Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Emperor's Tarot

My friend and regular gaming opponent Godfather Viktor recently went to the "Throne of Skulls: The Emperor’s Tarot" weekend event at Warhammer World. I'm sure he will blog his experience of the event soon (spoiler: he had a great time!) but for now I want to share some images of the tarot cards that all participants were given to keep as part of the event.

The cards themselves feature John Blanche artwork and they are printed in a lovely matt-finish on pleasantly heavy card-stock. The 21 cards have no rules printed on them (just an illustration, a number and a name), but they came with a small "rule book" that described each card's in-game effects. They represent the "major arcana" of the Emperor's Tarot deck.

They are really beautiful, atmospheric, "artifacts" in their own right! They will be featuring in our Mancunius Dome games very soon!























Monday, 20 February 2017

The Dark Age of Sigmar - The Court of Spades, Part 2



The Court of Spades

The Mordants of Hunger Woods are wretched creatures that dwell in the vast dark and twisted forests that surround Wortbad in the Harrowmark. The Kyng of Spades and his court are just as twisted as their home. In their madness they see themselves as a dynasty of “The Blood Royale” - a warrior-king and his retinue. They see the dark forest as their castle and it’s surrounding lands. The mad king of a hidden court; Mudshroud, The Kyng of Spades is an Abhorrant Ghoul King who sees the dark and twisted forest as his mighty castle and it's surrounding lands. His rotted retinue seen through his eyes are a band of mighty heroes and fair maidens, wise and just and pure of heart. The truth is dark and unpleasant.

Mudshroud, The Kyng of Spades, an Abhorrant Ghoul King in tattered royal regalia.




Mordgrave, The Quene of Spades, a Crypt Ghast Courtier in the tattered remains of a blue dress.



Moldforth, The Joker of Spades, a capering Crypt Ghoul fool in motley.




Friday, 17 February 2017

The Dark Age of Sigmar - The Court of Spades, Part 1

The Mordants of Hunger Woods are wretched creatures that dwell in the vast dark and twisted forests that surround Wortbad in the Harrowmark. The Kyng of Spades and his court are just as twisted as their home. In their madness they see themselves as a dynasty of  “The Blood Royale” - a warrior-king and his retinue.


The mad king of a hidden court; Mudshroud, The Kyng of Spades is an Abhorrant Ghoul King who sees the dark and twisted forest as his mighty castle and it's surrounding lands. His rotted retinue seen through his eyes are a band of mighty heroes and fair maidens, wise and just and pure of heart. The truth is dark and unpleasant: Mordgrave, The Quene of Spades is a Crypt Ghast Courtier in the tattered remains of a blue dress. Mossblade, The Knight of Spades is a Crypt Haunter Courtier with an animal skull in place of a horned a helmet.


This group is inspired by the cover of an 80s board games from Games Workshop, that some of you may remember:


There is still a lot of work to be done - mainly greenstuff tattered robes and the Kyng's bone crown....

The Guardian's Network - part 3 "Alone in the dark"

Rumours of another miracle by the Guardian have reached the Inquisitors. They rush to investigate the area as a black-out plunges it in darkness.

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Inquisitor Lenk pushed through the crowds in the Shambles market, closely followed by his retinue. Hordes of local underhivers filled the winding narrow streets: traders, miners, guilders, gangers, beggars and thieves. Flickering neon signs above windows with open shutters illuminated the customers around each business in garish colours, while hand-carts pushed by merchants shouting their wares jostled for space in the throng. Lenk was here to investigate reports of another "miracle" performed by an agent of the so-called Guardian. His informant had not been able to go into specifics but the rumours were persistently centred on the Shambles market.

Gunshots roared, echoed off the metal walls. The power for the whole area went off, plunging most streets into darkness and chaos. Panic spread through the crowd as people tried to escape the darkness. The crowds quickly dispersed and the dark streets were left empty. Lenk found himself separated from his party and alone in the gloom.



Tarkloth the Servo-Skull Collector and Fishgutter of the Sumptreaders were far off on Lenk's right but out of sight of the Inquisitor.


Rockwell, the moonface-masked Bounty Hunter quickly found his employer.


Servitor Drone Mordrux floated slowly through an area that had, just minutes before, been filled with locals using empty oil drums as card tables.


The gunfire that caused the panic may have been the work of Quintus Severus' henchmen, some of whom appeared out of the darkness.



Tarkloth and Fishgutter investigated some ancient archeotech, left behind by traders or miners.


Lenk also found some abandoned gear.


Quintus Severus made a dramatic entrance as Servitor Drone Mordrux's plasma weapon blew itself up!


Rockwell the Bounty Hunter was gunned down!



Tarkloth panicked!


Severus's Scribe attacked Fishgutter but Bull Lansen came to his aid, the huge Sumptreaders Gang Leader appeared out of nowhere and body-slammed the weedy scribe to the ground!



Balthasar Tirpitz, Rogue Trader and gunslinger, opened fire on the Sumptreaders.


Severus made for lenk - hoping to face his old colleague one-on-one. But Inquisitor Lenk could see that the day was lost and ordered his retinue to fall back. They slipped away in the stygian underhive blackness.

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Godfather Viktor scored 1VP for "First Blood" and 2VP for 2 "Objective Secured".
I scored 2VP for 2 "Objective Secured".

So Viktor won this round 3:2.