Monday, 27 April 2020

Leviathan Project Log Part 1


Well after a busy start to the year, I seem to have got distracted with other projects which is a bit of a shame as I have been pretty productive in the Leviathan department!

Interestingly I seem to be getting folks looking up Leviathan all of a sudden with a bit of a flurry of posts over on Facebook about it and it's got me to wondering how I can develop this blog. I had thought of setting myself a bit of a challenge but am notoriously rubbish when it comes to such things, especially if I have to paint a load of stuff.

An Elven Dragonbane Rider is confronted by a unit of Dwarven Troops

This got me to thinking about the possibilities of playing Leviathan and developing the setting in a more skirmish style approach. Think Gorkamorka but fantasy if you will, with small groups of warriors from the assorted races accompanied by one or two resin beasties and play out some heavily scenario based games with them.

With this in mind, I took a look at what I could do with approximately 250-300 points in the rules. On first glance, it wasn't too promising as it wouldn't give the supposed minimum requirements for a game. Typically this is a single character leading at least one, but often more units 5 models or more.

But what if I chucked out this and instead used the points given for individual models as the basis for smaller warbands?

After a bit of a rummage, I discovered that for just over 250 points, my Elves could have a champion mounted on an Earthbound Dragon, a single Dragonbane rider armed with a lance, two infantry with hand weapons and shields and a single powerlancer.

With a wee bit more tweaking to make things interesting, I decided to go for 300 points for a starting warband and if I feel brave, I will always have the option to paint up more to build a full sized force.

Half Orcs tangle with Tox Spirits

Looking at my bits box, I think I have enough Elves to make do for the time being as the Dragonbane rider is done already, I have the Earthbound based and ready to prime and I think I have some Elven infantry lying around somewhere which may need a bit of TLC but I think they should do for the time being.

Further rummaging amongst the armylists has given me the impression that each force should be able to manage a playable little warband with the exception of the Dwarves whose use of heavy tanks and artillery may make them a bit too powerful but I'll see what I can put together.

I'm also keen to add some new denizens to the mix with the Tox Spirits and Half Orcs being first in line so I shall have to put together a bit of background for each and some playtest rules for them to see how they perform in a skirmish!

Hopefully I'll get an update on soon with some more painted stuff and random ramblings so watch this space.

All the best!

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