The reason EiF presents opportunities from a modelling perspective is that it's trying something a bit different this year. Instead of regular armies of about 2400 points, players will be bringing 2000 points, of which 500 points are an allied force. So it's 1500 points from the main list and 500 points from another army. In effect the 500 point army is a force in its own right, so much adhere to all the usual restrictions (must have a general, minimum 25% core, minimum of 3 non-character units, etc). This makes things a bit rigid, as you're effectively cutting the 500 points up into at least 4 bits (a character and 3 or more units). I was finding the idea of that a bit off-putting – you're basically being forced to use the 500 points to field some chaff, which didn't really appeal to me.
As I say however, Nick managed to talk me around. He got me excited by the thought of fielding an Empire army with Ogre allies – specifically, Empire Ogres dressed the same as their Empire allies. I have always stated that one of the end goals of my Ogre unit filler project was to have enough of them to be able to pull them out of the Empire units and field them as a themed Ogre Kingdoms army in their own right. Well, EiF has basically become a step toward that eventual goal.
Apparently just thinking of these things doesn't make them appear, however. Eventually in the midst of these conversations with Nick, I snapped and ordered some Mournfang models. I figured they would give me a basis for conversion as well as plenty of Ogre-ish bits. Hopefully with enough green stuff and dedication, I could convert the models to my specifications. The order turned up late last week, and I have already started glueing the models together.
None of this actually committed me to entering EiF, however I figured it would be a good motivational tool if I actually entered the tournament. So eventually, after making an army that I discarded as being too competitive, I scrambled together a list late last night (yesterday was the deadline), and sent it off. So now I am committed. The list I sent in is as follows:
Arch Lector on War Altar with Armour of Destiny, Sword of Might, Shield = 324
Captain of the Empire on Barded Steed with Battle Standard, Full Plate Armour, Shield, Talisman of Endurance, Biting Blade = 149
Battle Wizard (Level 2, Lore of Light) with Dispel Scroll = 125
40 Halberdiers with Full Command = 270
Detachment of 6 Archers = 42
9 Knights with Standard, Musician, Great Weapons = 218
4 Demigryph Knights with Standard, Musician, Lances, Shields = 252
Great Cannon = 120
TOTAL = 1500
500pts Allies: Ogre Kingdoms
Bruiser with Heavy Armour, Charmed Shield, Great Weapon = 125
3 Ironguts = 129
3 Mournfang Cavalry with Heavy Armour, Iron Fists, Standard, Gleaming Pendant = 225
1 Sabretusk = 21
TOTAL = 500
My initial list had more cavalry and a Steam Tank in place of the Great Cannon, but it was looking a bit tough. And it would have meant there were no Halberdiers to match the Ironguts (who will be Ogre Halberdiers). So a bit of chopping and changing gave me what you see above.
|This guy is the sum total of my painted Ogre contingent thus far. The list was too tight to fit the Ogre Swordsmen in. Yay for forward planning...|
weeks 11 days is plenty of time, right? Ah man, I think I'm
giving myself headaches again...