I was recently asked by Games Workshop if I’d like to submit an article for their Warhammer Community website. I thought I’d share my experience with you guys here.
Regular readers will already know I receive review samples when Games Workshop are doing a big release. Contrast Paints, Warcry, Beastgrave and I’ve shared my experiences and wrote several painting tutorials on this blog about them. So I already have a point of contact with Games Workshop. So when I received an email a couple of weeks ago saying they’d seen my recent Chaos Warcry models would I like to submit an article I immediately said yes.
There was some criteria and honestly it’s not too dissimilar to writing a blog post for Tale of Painters. High resolutions pictures had to be submitted with the models either on white backgrounds and/or on terrain and it couldn’t be more than 900 words.
I actually turned in my pictures and article within two days of agreeing to it. The very first thing I had to do was figure out what I wanted to say and make sure it would resonate with the audience. It was going to be about my Slaves to Darkness warband but just saying “I painted these because I like red and spike things” wasn’t going to be interesting. I quickly decided to theme my article on ‘From Warband to Warhost’. It explains how I took my Warcry Warbands and used the flexibility of the Slaves to Darkness Army Tome to field an effective force. It also goes into detail about how I mixed Untamed Beast and Iron Golem schemes to paint my Chaos Warriors and Maruader Horsemen. You can read the article here.
Because I knew what I wanted to write about I could take my photos before I wrote it. I decided on a terrain shot with the Slaves to Darkness Warband. Then 2 white background shots of the models and finally an army shot of all the units together as one. The army is still WIP. Tale of Painters readers would have seen my Ogroid Myrmidon on this site last week and as you can see it isn’t in the picture below.
When I read the article, I noticed Games Workshop had done some light edits. Mainly these were adding uppercase letters but two things stood out. One was they explained what the key word cultist meant in brackets and the second was they took out my light hearted (kind of) pun at the start. Originally it said “…that Archaon the Everchosen would’ve-chosen himself”, they changed it to “…that Archaon the Everchosen would’ve picked himself.” I prefer my clunky play on words.
Overall, I think the article was really well received within the community, I read lots of positive comments on the Facebook pages there was only the one single guy bemoaning the fact my Aspiring Champion can’t have a shield as the Warcry card has two hand weapons. I just play it as a “counts as”. my regular opponent wouldn’t mind at all if I explained it before a game.
Someone on Instagram said it was missing an army list, which I agree. I was limited to 900 words so I decided to leave it out. I told them I’d add it to this post. So here is my just over 2000pts army list I’m building – I know going over on points is a sin but when I went into Games Workshop to buy a Chaos Lord it was mail order only so I bought the Ogroid Myrmidon instead and his points pushed me over.
Hope you enjoyed this little insight into what happened. It’s been a real honour for me. I want to thank Warhammer Community for thinking of me and for all their hard work behind the scenes. They’ve been bringing top notch content to hobbyists all around the world whilst we deal with these strange times. One more thank you goes to Spaceshrimp who took on the role of editor and was an incredible help to knock the article into shape, give it direction and purpose and focus my writing.