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Azrubal's Host [2019-10-6]Antenor 10-06-2019

Dear colleagues!
Now that the size of my little collection is nearing a stage where one could, with a bit of good will, call it an army, I have decided that it's time to start a proper blog. I hope you enjoy!

My project started when an old friend asked me if I would like to get into some 7th edition Oldhammer. The decision to go for Chaos Dwarves came easily. I’ve always had a weak spot for their lore and aesthetics, but what won me over completely was the possibility of complete customisation. There were so many wonderful conversions and corresponding tutorials out there that I couldn’t resist the urge to try it myself. So far, I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting and hope to improve as I go along.
Right now, I am limited to the crafting part of the hobby by time issues. But when I finally get around to playing some games, I would like my army to be multi-system. With a bit of basing trickery, it should work for KoW, Oldhammer, and T9A.
Fluff-wise, I took inspiration from 5th edition lore and the marvellous custom army books here on CDO. I aim to post a bit of fluff along with every finished unit, both for the kind reader’s entertainment and because I like thinking up stories. It will definitely not be consistently serious. Big Grin

Thank you for reading!

Current aim: Getting to 1000 points (KoW)
Works in Progress: Golems, Artillery, Bull Centaur Lord

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RE: Azrubal's Host [2019-10-6]Antenor 10-06-2019

Azrubal the [insert awesome epithet]*

*Just saying, he hasn’t won a single battle yet. He’ll get his epithet when he’s earned one.

This is the Daemonsmith Azrubal. He has recently assumed command over one of the many fortified forges scattered across the Howling Wastes. As such, his command lies formally within the jurisdiction of the Daemon’s Stump. During his apprenticeship, Azrubal has paid many visits to that cursed place, delving deep into the secrets buried within its labyrinthine vaults. There are those among his peers who think that he has altogether spent too much time under the Stump, even for a Daemonsmith’s standards, and whispers of promises made and pacts struck between him and who knows what terrible powers are numerous. Still, his ventures into the depths of the Stump, being not unusual for aspiring Daemonsmiths, have not attracted much attention from the higher tiers of Zharr-Naggrund’s hierarchy; the manner of his rise to command, however, certainly has. Many are wondering about the peculiar demise of Azrubal's predecessor – his kinsman and teacher – and some think that the currently circulating story about a Daemonsmithing experiment gone awry may not constitute the whole truth. However, there are also those in Zharr-Naggrund who are willing to turn a blind eye towards such details, as long as Azrubal maintains his forge’s output of daemonic engines and weaponry. It has also been noted in his favour that when he returns from his frequent raids, he usually sends more than the traditional share of slaves and treasure to the capital. So, for now at least, Azrubal’s position is more or less secure; but it is also clear that the slightest sign of disloyalty or incompetence on his part might lead to a fall equally swift as his rise has been.





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RE: Azrubal's Host [2019-10-6]Antenor 10-06-2019

Azrubal’s Forge-Garrison
The garrison of Azrubal’s forge is mainly armed with blunderbusses. As garrison duty is hardly prestigious work and mostly limited to overseeing the slaves who are endlessly toiling away in the vaults beneath the fortress, these warriors are not exactly elite troopers, but they hold their own in a battle just as all Dawi Zharr will. Azrubal usually takes a detachment of them with him on his raids to supply ranged support.



(Close-ups of some members of this unit and the warriors in the next post can be found in my old conversions thread: http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showth...?tid=17939)

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Azrubal's Warriors
Azrubal has recently assembled a new regiment of warriors to enable autonomous raids launched directly from his forge, without the need to ask his formal superiors at the Daemon's Stump for troops. Each warrior in this regiment wields the weapon that suits him best, and while they all wear the traditional red-and-gold livery of the Daemon's Stump, Azrubal allows his warriors to display their individual devices on their shields.









Although it is every Daemonsmith’s undisputable privilege to entertain a personal guard, many in Zharr-Naggrund think that Azrubal has a lot of questions to answer regarding his warriors. Why are they always hiding their faces behind masks? Can “high recruiting standards” really account for their exceptional stature? And how in Hashut’s terrible name does this flail even work?

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RE: Azrubal's Host [2019-10-6]Antenor 10-06-2019

The Obsidian Guard (GH XXXIII entry)
As has been noted, Azrubal's activities have attracted some attention from the capital, and not all of it benevolent. Recently, a company of the dreaded Obsidian Guard has been dispatched to his forge, ostensibly as a token of respect towards the gifted Daemonsmith and to assist him in his endeavours. But everybody involved knows, of course, that their main mission is to monitor Azrubal closely and report his every move back to Zharr-Naggrund. Mago, the commanding officer of the detachment, is more likely than not authorised to take terminal measures against Azrubal, should he find any proof of overambition or insufficient loyalty towards the Chaos Dwarf Empire.





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RE: Azrubal's Host [2019-10-6]Admiral 10-06-2019

Lovely conversion work! Great vision and execution there. Also, solid painting. Happy


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RE: Azrubal's Host [2019-10-6]Uther the unhinged 10-06-2019

Such a great army and brilliant fluff. Got to love the flail, as for how it works... a daemonsmith did it !

Can’t wait for more.


An AoS creation myth: http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showth...?tid=17414

Uthers’ legions of Hashut: http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showth...?tid=17110

Bosom of Hashut: http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showth...?tid=18010
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