Monday, January 14, 2019

Man O'War - The Fleet Sets Sail


Eluf Gorebeard, Bloodfated, chosen of Khorne and Jarl of the Hversing clan strode along the deck of the bloodship World Eater with mounting impatience. He was man unused to answering the summons of another like some lackey, not even for one such as Aesir Vortag.

As Eluf approached the steps leading up to the immense black sterncastle he could hear the exhortations of a slaughterpriest addressing the faithful. The priest stood atop a high gantry which rose above one of the gigantic bronze vats that fed the bloodship's colossal greatcannon. He was loudly extolling those watching below to fight well in the coming battle. A captive lay kneeling before the priest, precariously balanced on the edge of the walkway, his eyes glazed with terror. As Eluf watched the priest raised his axe high, paused to give one final bellow to the crowd below and then effortlessly struck the head from the prisoner. The corpse collapsed forward before disappearing into the noxious gases rising from the bubbling inferno beneath. Eluf nodded curtly in approval at the perfection of the priest's killing stroke.

Turning away, Eluf took the steps up in a measured fashion. He would not be seen to hurry, especially not with Vortag's personal guard gazing impassively down at him from either side of the huge iron and oak doorway that led to his audience chambers. As he reached the head of the stair he could have sworn the guards took just a little too long to open the door to him. A measured insult he would take pains to remember. Grinding his teeth, he swept inside.

Rush hour can be murder.
At long last the Khorne fleet is complete! The bloodships Worldeater and Impetuous Glory take their place alongside the flagship, Guns of Anarchy. The fleet now numbers twelve ships. Along with the three Bloodships there are two squadrons of Ironsharks and a squadron of Death Galleys. That brings me up to around the thousand point mark.

It's been a fun project working on something new like a Man O'War fleet, but I am very happy it's complete. I took way, way too long on it. The ships are dainty things, so I spent a long time figuring out ways to make them a little more sturdy. Metal flagpoles, masts, heavy card sails and clear bases are all intended to give the models more endurance. I may add some adhesive magnets under the bases for transport a well. You don't want them banging about in a box. Gods no.

The fleet in it's entirety.
I had some nice new ship cards printed for the Khorne fleet, so I'm game ready. I may add a kraken or some other sea monster to the fleet, but for now the Bloodtide is ready to go a reaving! 

10 comments:

  1. The fleet is very impressive. Hopefully we'll see a battle report soon.

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    1. Cheers Sean! I'm hoping they get blooded soon.

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  2. This is mighty glorious! Such a treat to see them cutting through the waves, streamers all pointing in the same direction. Bloody awesome.

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    1. Thanks Curis. It's both a delight and a relief to have them done.

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  3. Beautiful. I can almost smell that mix of salt and blood they leave as they sail.

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    1. Thanks Suber! I reckon 'Blood & Salt' is probably the number one sea shanty aboard the ships of the fleet.

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  4. Brilliant. And lovely to see a complete set.

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    1. Thanks Riot. It's nice to have the whole fleet finished, that's for sure.

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  5. Nice fleet! No painted sceneries are planned?

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    1. Thanks Nico! I have some Dreadfleet scenery to paint down the road, but most likely I'll be playing on Cheetor's lovely scenery: https://sho3box.com/2018/06/25/dire-straits-covers-michael-bay-in-unexpected-seamen/

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