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[Mordheim] Undead Warband Leader Acansia

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I've been playing some table-top miniature game called "Mordheim",in which small warbands consisting around 12-15 models explore the ruined city of Mordheim for valuable wyrdstone. I've been playing with the Undead and boy, it has been quite a nasty warband to play with. My first games were really bad, my original leader and necromancer died and because of that all the undead servant like zombies collapsed. In situation like this it's common to disband the warband and start a new, but I could get a new leader and wanted to try some very risky games with a really small warband and it paid off.

I've written battle reports of each game in a form of a story, so I wanted to draw Acansia, the leader of the warband. She is a vampire which are among the strongest heroes you can get and play in the game. The Undead is all about bad or mediocre models with one A-tier model.

The state of the warband as it stands right now:

Warband name: Acansia's Gambling Dead
Warband type: Undead

Leader: Acansia
Race: Vampire
Perks:
- leader (friendlies in 6'' range can use her leadership in LD tests)
- cause fear (enemy must pass leadership test or cower in fear with lower hit chance)
- immune to poison
- immune to psychology (doesn't fear anything, never breaks from combat)
- feel no pain (ignore stun effect)

Stats:
Movement: 6'' (12'' run/charge. Typical human moves 4'' or run/charge 8'')
Weaponskill: 8  (prowess in close combat, typical human WS is 2-4)
Ballistic skill: 4 (prowess in ranged combat, typical human BS is 2-4)
Strength: 4 (not especially strong, but typical human strength is 3)
Toughness: 4 (not especially tough, but typical human strength is 3)
Wounds: 3 (it takes 3 wounds to injury her, typical human has 1 wound)
Initiative: 6 (fighting order and stunt tests with D6. Basically fails only with 6s. Typical human initiative is 3)
Attacks: 2(4) (+1 from dual-wielding weapons and +1 with a conditional skill)
Leadership: 9 (used in tests to see whether the model can hold their nerves in stressful situations. Typical human LD is 7-8)


Skill: Combat master
+1 attack if fighting 2 or more enemies at once. Trying to overpower her with multiple chargers is risky

Skill: Lightning Reflexes:
Attack order is determined with initiative. Acansia practically always strikes first even if she is being charged (typically charging models strike first ignoring the initiative).

Equipment:
Sword: parry one successful hit if she rolls higher
Mace: stuns on rolls 2-4 (instead of 3-4). Stunned models are helpless and easy to take out of action.
Gromril armor: +4 save to ignore any wound inflicted to her
Lucky charm: +4 save to first succesful hit (once per game)

Other heroes:
Gymbis the Spellslinger (necromancer hero): he uses magic to reanimate killed enemy heroes as zombies
Hermont the Strong (dreg hero): fairly strong guy with decent stats 
Oscar the Slow (dreg hero): the most unfortunate guy having taken some heavy beating leaving him insane and unable to run. Slow, but absolute madman at close combat
Wallace (dreg hero): nothing special
Zurmis (ghoul hero): a ghoul who got promoted to hero status

Henchmen:
5x Ghouls: insane men who eat human corpses at cemetaries. Tough fellows to deal with and cause fear.
1x Direwolf: an undead wolf with terrifying charge range of 18''. It has the same undead perks as Acansia, but may not run
2x Possessed Zombie: stolen enemy monsters possessed by chaos daemons and boasting terrific stats and mutations, with added undead perks, but may not run.
1x Witch: not part of the warband but is an old acquaintance of Silencia and wanted to return a favor. Helps with potions and spells in combat.

Backstory in short:
Acansia is Silencia's younger sister and was on
her way to reunite with her and join the wardband
searching the city of Mordheim for valuable wyrdstone.
She finds the wardband beaten and demoralized for
both their leader and necromancer were slain by
Skaven rat people. The magic holding the undead
zombies had dispersed so the three dregs were all alone.
Acansia assumes the command of the warband and
takes a huge risks in order to keep Silencia's loyal
dreg servants alive and swears to find and destroy
the Skaven warband to avenge her death.

Under her leadership, the Undead has become
one of the most feared warbands of Mordheim,
city of the damned...
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Akodo-Toturi's avatar

This is amazing! I would love to see the intense battle reports of this warband leader!

i love the look of her

Scumdog47's avatar

Now I want to find a suitable mini for this character.

ShengArtz's avatar

looks awesome :0

MisterSplit's avatar

She looks amazing!!!

NotWithoutHonor's avatar
KENSHINRO7's avatar

Some years back when you were telling me that you could get better. I didn't believe you because i felt your art was at top level then. Well now i can say that you have proved me wrong this work is remarkable.

Nsio's avatar

I had faith in my strategy since it had already yielded good results back then. I could improve faster if I put a tad more effort in this, but it works wonders even at this output level.

Firest's avatar

Oh hey, it's Mordheim!


The first GW game I ever had an actual army for as in those days a complete army for Warhammer could have well over a hundred models. A lot of support for a while, but then as usual GW just stopped caring.


Hopefully it will get the same treatment Necromunda has gotten recently.

Pink--Reptile's avatar

Really REALLY cool design and art style. Surprised Pikachu

Akiyama24's avatar

Very nice. One doesn't often see female minis let alone heroes in games of Mordheim. I was in a campaign a couple of years ago, but I ended up leaving to lack of time. I played a Middenheim warband comprising of an entirely female warband using miniatures from Freebooter Fates and Reaper Miniatures.

Nsio's avatar

I see. A friend of mine has quite a few minis for various warband and he had a female model for the vampire, though I don't know from which set it originated.

Akiyama24's avatar

It's possible it could be Reaper Miniatures or even the old Marauder range that GW did back in the 80s and early 90s.

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Nsio's avatar

Yeah, but the videos I've watched about it didn't impress me. The same with Battlefleet Gothic video game. The original table-top miniature versions are really cool, brutal and engaging :D

White-Squid's avatar

That looks sick as hell.

ShamelessPride's avatar

She looks awesome! Love her armour design. It looks very practical. Shad would approve, I'm sure, except for maybe the interlocking plates on the torso area and the lack of armour on the arms perhaps, heh heh. Maybe a vampire is just less concerned with losing their arms?

Nsio's avatar

Thanks, I wanted to make the armour more practical rather than sexy :D. I'm not especially well versed on armour so you may be right about interlocking plates on the torso. I imagined that the arms are armoured but there are just textiles on top. I tried to show the armour a bit trough the hole in the textile, but maybe it's not enough to give the impression I wanted. :D

ShamelessPride's avatar

Oh, that's a hole? To me, it looked like the elbow piece was overtop the textiles. Anyway, here's a link to the most relevant Shadiversity video I can think of. Maybe it'll give you some ideas. He's an expert in medieval and fantasy stuff, so even if this video doesn't help much, I'm sure he's got others that will. I hope it helps but this pic is still a beautiful piece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yfu8i9ywQI

Nsio's avatar

I meant the little torn holes on the textile right above the elbow piece. I've been watching, or rather listening Shads videos quite a bit too :D

ShamelessPride's avatar

Oh, now that I look, I see what you mean. Yeah, that makes more sense. Glad you've been enjoying him. He's got a lot of neat stuff.

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