We are one week away from the tournament, so I am in full-fledged tournament panic mode. I still need to paint three dragon princes and do a host of touch-ups and augmentations (including painting about 60 eyes and freehanding three banners). One would think after playing this army for seven-odd years that I wouldn't have to rush like this before grand tournaments, but I have completely overhauled the army, causing me a great amount of work.
The theme this year is dragons, so in addition to the fire-breathing dragon and the fire-casting dragon mage elsewhere on this blog, I have painted up and converted several other dragon themed folks. First up are my counts as eagles:
I have three of these old dragon master dragons (which you can still get from GWs website). I left one of them in his standard pose and added a bit of fire breath to the other two. I put them all up on dragon-kit rocks. I'll post some picks of the lot later as I'm still working on the basing.
I also added in an eagle riding BSB using these same dragons:
I still need to add a banner-top from the dragon prince kit to his flag, but he's becoming one of my favorite figures. I really like the dynamic pose that I was able to bend him into.
To round out the "Here Be Dragons" theme, I am running two units of 5 dragon princes:
The list that I have decided is not really a competitive build, but I think it looks nice on the table. I find myself spending far more hours building, converting, and painting these miniatures than I do playing with them, so I like to show off the cool stuff. I think dragons are cool, so that's what I'm taking. So there.
My goal in this tournament is to get my paint score as high as possible (because soft scores count 45% of the overall score). If I can get a high paint score and a couple of player's choice votes, I'll be happy (with 78 armies, winning a painting prize is most likely out of the question. I expect to see some awesomely painted armies). That said, this army gives certain builds problems, and if I get the right match-ups, I think it can do better than people will expect. My goal is to average 2500 VP per game, which I'm hoping (along with the soft scores) can land it in the top-25. We'll see how it goes next Saturday. Here's the list for those interested:
Prince on Star Dragon (Vambraces, Armor of Caledor, Great Weapon)
Dragon Mage (level 1, silver wand, fire)
Wizard (barded steed, level 2, annulian crystal, death)
Noble on Great Eagle (biting blade, helm of fortune)
4 x 10 Archers (mus, standard)
20 Sea Guard (mus, flaming banner)
27 White Lions (gleaming pennant)
2 x 5 Dragon Princes
3 x Great Eagles
The tournament kicks off on Saturday. Wish me luck!