After a flurry of rapid paint application to disguise new and suspiciously shiny metal from the penetrating gaze of the Widow, the Knightly Goblins (who ride under the Nom De Guerre of The Doomguard) have recently expanded their ranks. Like the beam of a warships searchlight, her roving eyes move on, unsuspecting. There will be no punishments this night.
As was discussed here the battlefield utility of the chariot is somewhat suspect, but it is undeniably an impressive sight. Even more so when they come in pairs.
The original sword from the crewman was cut away, and a hole wide enough to accept the lance was drilled. This particular lance has been purloined from a Chinese Warring States range. It’s a very simple conversion, and further chariots will likely get bows or other assorted items instead: a large and impressive banner might not go amiss, or perhaps a Crew swap for the FL2/4 Champion. If they turn out nicely, then this impecunious record-keeper might be persuaded to sculpt production versions…
Painting follows the same process as with the first machine, laid out in a little more detail here.
From a game perspective, these two will be fielded for now as a Reduced Model Count Heavy Riders with the Chariots upgrade in Dragon Rampant, which essentially makes them slightly better armoured, but with poorer mobility. How they will perform is as yet unknown. As the Doomguard grows beyond the limitations of that ruleset, they are likely to end up either in a larger grouping, or on some form of movement tray, the better to fight in Oathmark (although whether chariots are actually a thing in that as yet unreleased game remains to be seen. They may end up as a proxy unit.)
The Goblin Knight Chariot is available in exchange for coin of the realm at Alternative Armies, alongside a (growing) range of other Armoured Goblin units and a huge variety of other fantasy metal (and sci-fi, and Weird Napoleonics and lord knows what else. Better yet, at least for this week, it’s on sale. Add the code ‘Danger’ when ordering, and a little light comes on on a desk somewhere, and blinks…slowly.
*They do indeed have faces, just well-hidden from the likes of thee.
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