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Update #82

Mortans - Cataclysm Catapult Painted

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When the Technostratum demonstrated its effectiveness in war, they were bequeathed responsibility for all of the Legions’ war-machines. Thereupon the engineers of the Conclavus Segreta set about enhancing the range and power of the existing devices and developing ever more exotic forms of long-ranged death. 

The Cataclysm Catapult is one of their masterpieces.

Catapult and crew
Catapult and crew

This war-machine does not shoot the rocks of normal catapults; it fires instead cluster bombs – large clay pots filled with explosives and metal shards. When the missile hits the ground, the impact detonates the naphtha, showering nearby victims with incandescent shrapnel.  

As if that was not enough, the engineers fitted the catapult with vats of chemicals which can be dispensed into the firing arm, including warm, sticky tar and extremely caustic acids. The tar is used in concert with comrades employing incendiary weapons such as the Xisteri Bombers, since the tar coats the victims with flammable goo that is near impossible to remove.

Sprays from exploding acid bombs seep under armor, melt through clothes and then require mere moments to eat through skin, fat and muscle all the way to the bone, causing excruciating pain. Both acid and tar attacks force victims to spend time rubbing off the foul chemicals, making them prime targets for charges and further bombardment!  


Update #81 - For backers only

German Rulebook Printing

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Update #80

A Host of New Releases

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We are happy to preview our releases due out next week:

Halodynes - Sons of War - Unit
Halodynes - Sons of War - Unit
Wyldfolk - Blackwater Banshee - Character
Wyldfolk - Blackwater Banshee - Character
Troglodytes - Packlasher - Character
Troglodytes - Packlasher - Character
Nordgaard - Chainslayer - Character
Nordgaard - Chainslayer - Character
Banebrood - Bloodgut Ravager - Character
Banebrood - Bloodgut Ravager - Character

Update #79

Skullsmasher Oakbows

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Cowardly to the core, Gnolls delight in slaying foes from a comfortably safe distance while hiding in the undergrowth. Gnolls possess puny muscles in their arms, which offer only a feeble draw-strength with bows, but this is not true of their legs. Leg-drawn Oakbows were a natural development – missile weapons imparting massive force to bolts shot from a reclining position.

For targeting individuals on the battlefield the Oakbow has an effective range of 50 meters, at which distance a single arrow can drop a man dead. The bow itself is a composite made from oak, yew and horn, bound together and reinforced with metal bracers at the center. The 4.5 ft (1.5 meters) long arrows are carved from hardwood and tipped with crude iron heads that can punch through bronze.

The Skullsmasher archers are celebrities within their tribe, renowned for their kill-count. Nothing sends mobs of Gnolls into shrieks of delighted mirth more than watching a famed enemy hero die from a dastardly shot in the back launched from across the battlefield. Each bow is a treasure with its own name, handed down through generations, for oakbows represents technological apex of Gnoll society. To be a Skullsmasher is a great privilege reserved for families who possess one of these artifacts.

Skullsmashers typically deploy on hillsides where they command a view of the whole battlefield, to pick off the enemies with the biggest egos and the shiniest armor. Some Skullsmashers prefer to set up at the edge of forests for added protection. Other prized targets are monstrous creatures and well-armored foes such as heavy infantry, against which their tremendous power is best employed. Like a scorpion, these diminutive pests are elevated from an annoyance to a lethal threat by a single weapon, making them one of the most powerful units in the warren.


Update #78

Putrid Abomination! - The Mortan Moloch WIP

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Constructs of the living-dead are routinely fashioned by the necromancers of the Magistratum from the rotting corpses of multiple beasts. Every creation is unique, but one general type particularly favored by the Magistratum is the Moloch – an immensely powerful and unsubtle mountain of putrid flesh.

With Reptilian Tail
With Reptilian Tail

The massive back legs of a Wyvern, Mastodon or Slothodon are often used to provide thundering locomotion, while the heads are commonly those of rhinos, buffalos or other creatures with horns. For the spine, those of Sabrefangs and Vargs are preferred for flexibility, while the front legs are ideally taken from a Manticore or griffon. Another key ingredient is that of a tail – usually from a Sandosaur or crocodile. The raw carcass is then embellished with fangs, claws, tusks, scales or scraps of armor.

Option without tail
Option without tail

Construction begins with collecting the gory materials and cleansing them of all spiritual residue. They are then carefully chiseled into shape and locked into place with joints of boiled leather and metal pins, while metal braces are used to reinforce the decomposing carcass.

Right View
Right View

The Cadaverian Halls where this grisly craftsmanship is conducted are nauseating blood-spattered pits, ankle deep with the sloshing putrid remains of flesh and guts. The artful procedure of tailoring the creation is overseen by a Necromagus, who is assisted by butchers and surgeons. Once the physical procedure is complete, the rites of re-animation are conducted. The souls of humans are too weak to animate a Moloch and the spirits of animals too feral, so the Necromancers summon and trap within the Moloch the spirit of a Demon, Djinn or similar entity.

The Scorpion Tail Option
The Scorpion Tail Option

Molochs are primarily used to crush heavy units, and once engaged they gore with their jaws or thrash around with tails which are whips the size of a tree. However, the terrifying appearance of such an unnatural assemblage of gangrenous undeath can scatter the enemy even before combat is joined!

Top View
Top View

Horror – This giant maggot-eaten assemblage of rotting flesh is a terrifying sight.

Reek – The putrid smell of the Moloch causes opponents to retch and vomit in its vicinity. Undead – The Moloch is an undead construct reanimated with necromantic rites.

Death-Breath – The Moloch exhales a cloud of fetid breath from its festering lungs, choking those nearby with pestilent, nauseating gas.

Flesh-Hammer – Molochs are not known for subtlety; when they charge an enemy they slam into it with hundreds of pounds of bone and decomposing flesh.

Septic Spit – The contents of its necrotic stomach are spewed in a toxic shower of diseased horror.


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