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The Proving Grounds - Warhammer Escaltion Campaign
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September 29, 2014
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Starting in January, several of the fantasy players are planning to run a year long escalation campaign. The campaign will be fluff driven, with each general naming his characters and units. Each of these characters and models will progress throughout the campaign, heroes will become lords, units will gain extra abilities and items will be awarded.

The campaign will be based on the escalation campaign run by the black sun podcast (http://theblacksunpodcast.tumblr.com/) and the blood in the badlands campaign book, with smatterings of the storm of magic and mighty empires! The generals are allowed to pick any army from the 15 standard army books, the tamurkan armies and the legion of undead from the Nagash book. We are also allowing the unofficial army books from the http://www.warhammerarmiesproj.....spot.co.uk

Starting with just a 500point force will will progress to a fully painted 3000 point grand army and 500pts of Storm of Magic Allies! Each month, each general will add 250 points of painted models to their force (2 months will also include an extra 250 points of storm of magic). We are not limiting people to games workshop models so these can be from any model range, allowing the "generals" full freedom of modelling. The only rules we have is WYSIWYG (so if it's a dual-weilding minotaur it should look like a dual-weilding minotaur or a empire handgunner, should look like a human with a gun!) and that all armies should follow a theme, (ie Stirland Empire have a death theme and are in shades of green and yellow, or Lamhian Vampires are based around the female bloodsuckers and their court!)

As for the gaming side, we will play just one game a month to help progress the story, work out all the external factors, such as land control, captured characters, injured characters etc. This frees up the players to play other game systems/games.

Currently we have six people signed up for the campaign, but more are welcome if you want to take part, think of it as a great way to either get into Warhammer or to re-introduce yourself into the game! The current players and their armies are:

Alan - Skaven
David - Ogre Kingdoms
Gary - Wood Elves?
Garry - Beastmen
Kevin - Bretonnian
and Brown - Albion

When the campaign gets going, we will run a blog on tumbler to keep people in formed on the progress of the campaign and to keep a record of games and army photos.
So if you fancy trying, just pick an army (preferably one not already picked, but can be a duplicate if need be) and post below. It will give you 3-4 months to get your first 500pt force and your fluff ready for January!

September 29, 2014
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!!! Awesome. I so need this, and will have a painting incentive in my life.

 

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September 30, 2014
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Regular updates on how the campaign progresses would be great 

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October 1, 2014
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Now got 10 of us taking part:
Alan - Skaven
David - Ogre Kingdoms
Gary - Wood Elves?
Garry - Beastmen
Kevin - Bretonnian
Brown - Albion
Juck - Warriors of Chaos
Jamie - Vampire Counts
Sanj - Dwarves (again!)
Julian - Orcs and Goblins

still more welcome!

October 1, 2014
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Sounds great! (but I don't square base :P)


October 1, 2014
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Zak said
Regular updates on how the campaign progresses would be great 

Agreed, let's keep blogs, blogs for everyone.

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October 2, 2014
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If anyone wants to blog about this on the club site, give me a shout and I'll set you up!


October 2, 2014
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Fleafa said
Sounds great! (but I don't square base :P)

Come on....you could get your Pointy Ear fix with the three flavours of elf.

October 3, 2014
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I sold one flavour last year.


October 19, 2014
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For those still sitting on the fence about possibly trying this, here's what the commitment/limits are for each of the "spring" months:

Month 1 (January) Needed for the 27/01/15
500pts of your chosen army with following limitations: Max 125pts in Lords/Heroes/Rare, Max 250pts in Special and Min 125pts in Core. The other restriction is you can have either a BSB or a Wizard but not both.

Month 2 (February) Needed for the 24/02/15
750pts of your chosen army with following limitations: Must contain previous months army plus extra 250pts with max 185pts in Lords/Heroes/Rare, max 375pts in Special and Min 185pts in Core. Again the other restriction is you can have either a BSB or a Wizard but not both.

Month 3 (March) Needed for the 31/03/15
1000pts of your chosen army with following limitations: Must contain previous months army plus extra 250pts with max 250pts in Lords/Heroes/Rare, Max 500pts in Special and Min 250pts in Core. Also needed is 250pts of Storm of Magic creatures. The other restrictions is now lifted.

So for example:
A Dark Elf player may start with: A Master on cold one with lance and sea dragon cloak, 10 Darkshards with champion and standard bearer, 5 cold one knights and 1 cold one chariot for 499pts.
In month 2 he might add shield and heavy armour on Master, 10 witch elves, full command plus sword of striking on knights and a bloodwrack medusa for a total of 251pts making it 750 in total.
Finally in month 3 he adds: A sorceress on a clod one and a war hydra for 252pts giving him a total of 1002pts. Also this month he adds his 250pts of Storm of Magic in the form of a Hydra and 2 cold ones for 242pts

So between now and the end of march he has 32 models to buy, assemble (possibly convert) and paint!

Now I'm off to carry on sorting out my Skaven ready for January, got at least 10 different colour tester models to try! :D

October 20, 2014
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Excellent.

How about this for skaven: http://taleofpainters.blogspot.....nrats.html

October 20, 2014
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I've ordered in more celts and my bases :D More then enough for a 1000 point game now (unpainted of course, that's for the months lol) so I can get to grips with Fantasy again.

 

Now all I need is a Giant (most likely GW's since it has a lot of bare skin so I can go to town with Woad), a old looking stone thrower, more chariots, some crazy naked fanatics and my elite troops.

November 2, 2014
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Just in case anyone taking part in this campaign has missed it, "The End Times" have caused a major errata to the BRB (Big Red Book! - http://www.blacklibrary.com/Do.....OKv1.9.pdf), you can now take up to 50% of Lords and 50% of Heroes! This may make you change your minds on planned lists, or even on army choice, so the new monthly guide will be:

Month 1 (January) Needed for the 27/01/15
500pts of your chosen army with following limitations: Max 250pts in Lords/Heroes/Special, Max 125pts in Rare and Min 125pts in Core. The other restriction is you can have either a BSB or a Wizard but not both.

Month 2 (February) Needed for the 24/02/15
750pts of your chosen army with following limitations: Must contain previous months army plus extra 250pts with max 375pts in Lords/Heroes/Special, max 185pts in Rare and Min 185pts in Core. Again the other restriction is you can have either a BSB or a Wizard but not both.

Month 3 (March) Needed for the 31/03/15
1000pts of your chosen army with following limitations: Must contain previous months army plus extra 250pts with max 500pts in Lords/Heroes/Special, Max 250pts in Rare and Min 250pts in Core. Also needed is 250pts of Storm of Magic creatures. The other restrictions are now lifted.

And p.s. I've now worked out my color scheme and have cobbled together a couple of conversions/kitbashing for the first couple of months! but keeping it under wraps for now.....

November 2, 2014
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Also, still space for more players, although i would say a maximum of two more really, so current line up is:

    1. Alan - Skaven
    2. David - Ogre Kingdoms
    3. Gary - Wood Elves?
    4. Garry - Beastmen
    5. Kevin - Bretonnian
    6. Brown - Albion
    7. Juck - Warriors of Chaos
    8. Jamie - Vampire Counts
    9. Sanj - Dwarves (again!)
    10. Julian - Orcs and Goblins
    11.
    12.
November 10, 2014
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Maybe changing to a nurgle beastmen list using the chaos legion rules

November 10, 2014
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Im in, my lizards have been dust covered for too long, seems a shame to forget about the game i have played for over ten years. The host of Itchybitz shall march to war once more :D  

November 10, 2014
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1. Alan - Skaven
2. David - Ogre Kingdoms
3. Gary - Wood Elves?
4. Garry - Legions of Chaos (Nurgle Beastmen)
5. Kevin - Bretonnian
6. Brown - Albion
7. Juck - Warriors of Chaos
8. Jamie - Vampire Counts
9. Sanj - Dwarves (again!)
10. Julian - Orcs and Goblins
11. Cadan - Lizardmen
12.

Still space for one more..
Also any more changes???

November 11, 2014
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I'm into this now ill join with ogres 

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November 13, 2014
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Any chance of making an exception for a 13th player..........I would be using Skaven. You cant have a narrative fantasy campaign without some ratty infighting!

November 14, 2014
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Rat-Bone said
...a 13th player...

You should be allowed to join, but only because the bell tolled 13.


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