The bulk of the new baddies in Blackstone Fortress Escalation are these Chaos Cultists.
They have a very different look from the Traitor Guard in the main box, but there’s a lot of common features. In particular, they have similar ports studded into their skin. I decided to paint them with the same tan and deep red, to accentuate the similarities.
Moving on from the Dreaded Ambull, let’s get started with Escalation. This set really unlocks a lot of the other expansion content. It seems like the later boxed expansions assume you have it. It also is required for most of the contents of the Annual.
The Firebrand is the bossman for the other cultists that come in the set. He’s got a cool psychic flamer. It was an excuse for me to play with using GW Contrast paints to blend. It’s easy to get a decent effect, though you can’t really get the inverse highlighting that many suggest for flames.
As we’ve wrapped up the main campaign in Blackstone Fortress, it was time for expansions. I was late to the party, so they’re hard to find. But with some diligence, I’ve been able to find a few of them at retail prices. First up is the Ambull from the Dreaded Ambull.
The Ambull is larger than any of the models in the main Blackstone Fortress box. It has some neat rules, too. Other enemies will attack the Ambull, and vice versa. That gives some new opportunities to play the board against itself.
Even though Blackstone Fortress is a scifi game, the Ambull isn’t especially scifi. It would work just as well as a deep cave dweller in a fantasy setting. I’ve already talked about how I’ve used the model as a wildcard in Blitz Bowl. It’s nice to get some versatility.