WHFB: Dark Elf Transfers

With the new miniatures come a full A5 sheet of transfers (aka Decals). When posting on druchhii.net it was noted that the standards of my army were blank. This was because I originally intended on printing my own transfers and decorating them. Well life intruded and over the last year I didn’t get round to that.

Today, I started decorating the banners with the GW supplied ones.

A few things to note:

  • Buy a decent pair of tweezers
  • Use a bowl or tea cup saucer, with a small puddle of water
  • Have a box of tissues to hand to soak up excess water
  • Cut the transfer from the sheet, I try and get close to the actual design, and make sure it is not a square/angular cut
  • Soak the transfer/decal in the water, making sure it is under the water
  • In the mean time paint Micro Set onto the area of the banner you’re going to add the transfer to
  • Slip the transfer off the backing paper after a couple of minutes
  • Grip the decal with the tweezers from one end
  • Do NOT grip it in the middle, as once out of the water the transfer will collapse around the tweezers and itself and be useless
  • If this does happens dunk it back in the water to disentangle it
  • Place transfer on the standard, and use the tweezers to shift it around – if necessary dip tweezers in water to keep the transfer from sticking to them
  • If there’s two much liquid, use a tissue to draw off the excess – don’t let it touch the transfer itself though
  • When its in the right position leave it to dry for a while
  • Then use Micro Sol, to help it adhere to the surface properly

So far the transfers I’ve used on my AVBCW stuff have all stayed in place, unlike back in the day my Airfix models that flaked off !

As you can see I’ve gone with a theme for my army – I don’t like the cheesy extended skull ones.

Warning – at the bottom of the sheet are very small transfers, and they are all individual. They are a right s*d to use.

For example, this standard/pennant has 6 separate transfers (three each side), I think I used more than 6 expletives whilst doing this one.

My advice is to start at the top of the sheet and gain experience. Expect to lose/damage some transfers. As you get a sheet per box, and you’ll be buying multiple boxes per unit there is room for collateral damage. So don’t get disheartened. The Corsair standards and the largest transfers are where you should start if you do not have experience of using transfers.

Hopefully they will tart the units up a bit. 🙂

WHFB: The Cursed House

Off to the Cursed House for a game hosted by Byakhee Jim. Everytime I go there bad things happen:

  • I forget my army list
  • I forget my army book
  • I forget parts of my army
  • I forget to bring any luck
  • some, any or all of the above
  • I forget the camers so I can’t take funky photos
  • I am late arriving and / or otherwise flustered and forget to field a unit

So I carefully prepared my army list on Friday. I got up early Saturday morning, and made sure the army list and army book were first in the car along with the camera and my box of dice and equipment. Next up were the boxes of figures, and the as yet unboxed Manticore and other new monsters in the army.

I arrive on time. And then I find I removed the Black Guard from the army list and therefore did not bring the box labelled Special Troops. Unfortunately, that box also contained the Executioners that I had retained in the army list, and it was also the temporary home of the new plastic Bleakswords unit, AND the Corsairs, which I had also retained in the army list. Fantastic, I am now down about 700 points on a 3,000 point army, and have to improvise with what is in the boxes I brought with me.

Jim and I assess the options, and Jim admits fielding Mengil’s is the most sensible option. I add along a unit of Shades and another Sorceress.

These are not good options when fighting a Skaven Horde army ! (Of course on my return home I find Jim’s e-mail sent that morning informing me what army I’d be fighting.)

Oh well, lets at least use this as a chance to use the new monsters and the new rules in the army book and get an understanding of how the new army works. Jim spent a long time unboxing his horde army so we didn’t “lose” time.

Lots and lots of Skaven slave units acting as a meat shield.

I had won the dice off for choosing table edge, and elected to choose the open side, on the assumption that a Skaven horde would have lots of large units that would all get cramped up and in each others’ way, with the river an added aggravation.

On my side of the table, a square section was defended by what we agreed would be difficult terrain, which we nick named Camp Bastion. I decided to set up my 2×10 RXB units and Silver Talons unit there, with mobile units of monsters, Lords, CoK and Dark Riders. The Dark Riders I placed on the far right flank almost on their own in the hope that I could get in a flank attack/harrasment.

Jim’s set up, as mentioned contained lots of slaves as a meat shield in front of the Screaming Bell amid a unit of clan rats, a large unit of Rat Ogres, and each flank was buttressed by large (30+) Skaven Plague Monks which I had not seen him do before – a very cunning move (T4, frenzied basically tough hombres).

So I had to place Mengil’s and the Shades on one flank against the mad plague monks, and the vanguard moved the Dark Riders up close to them.

The game started with Jim winning first go – I felt a bit like the bowl of petunias in HHGTG (“Oh no, not again“)….

To be cont’d…