The morning mist swirled around the two guards as they stood watch. Neither of them could see very far. Both of them were cold. One was an officer, while the other was just a regular guard. But the officer had decided that she would experience the same hardships that all her troops experienced, as good leaders do.
They were guarding an armory. It was a general's armory, and contained some of the best gear the Mythronian army had to offer. Up close, it seemed relatively unprotected, but it was hidden in a valley that was difficult to access, so the chances of an attack were low.
The guards were shaken out of their wariness by the sound of a horse trotting through the mud. They turned towards the sound. A mythronian soldier emerged out of the mist, followed by the head of a horse. The soldier stopped, looked up to the guards, saluted. Then he continued walking. The horse stepped forward, revealing it's rider. He wore a white cape, a ceremonial helmet, and a shield that bore the crest of his family, something only permitted to high-ranking officials in the Mythronian army. Two more soldiers stepped out of the mist behind him.
The first soldier stopped, turned, and shouted up at the guards. "The general wishes to inspect the armory!"
The officer walked over to the battlements and leaned over to communicate with the soldier. "We'll be down in a moment to let you in."
Just then, the other guard saw something. He squinted through the fog, trying to get a better look. And as he did, the fog cleared for a second, and he saw soldiers heading towards him... Soldiers wearing green. "Nerogue is attacking!" he shouted. "Nerogues are attacking the armory!"
"Defensive positions!" the general shouted immediately. As the soldiers got into position, the officer and the guard opened the hatch in the roof, slid down the latter, and ran out of the armory door to join the others. Then, they waited.
Suddenly, three soldiers wearing green and brown burst out of the mist with loud cries. "Those aren't Nerogues," the officer cried to the general.
"Of course they are!"
"No! They didn't cry 'for Nerogue'!"
The three unknown attackers dodged in between the spears of the mythronian soldiers. Now, the soldiers would have to retreat in order to stab their assailants. But there was no room to retreat, and so all the soldiers could do was block the attackers' swords with their shields.
Then, two archers emerged out of the fog behind the soldiers in green, shooting two of the mythronians.
The guard with the pike immediately moved forward, stabbing one of the attackers in the neck. At the same time, one of the other attackers slew the third mythronian soldier.
The officer moved forward and quickly avenged the soldier. But with that, both archers had a clear shot.
Only a minute after the start of the skirmish, the only mythronian left was the general.
Then, a man in a green cloak and hood stepped out of the mist.
"A Nerogue ranger," the general hissed. "I knew you rangers would come after the mythronian generals someday."
The man in green laughed. "I'm more powerful than any Nerogue ranger," he said.
The general growled, then dug his heels into the sides of his horse. But the horse didn't charge. In fact, the horse didn't move at all.
"What– what is this?" he shouted.
The man in green smiled. It was a nasty smile. "Don't worry. It's only petrified."
Then he flicked his wrist, and the horse keeled over. The general fell out of the saddle, and was buried underneath the horse. He tried to free himself, but the horse was too heavy.
The man in green sneered. "Pathetic," he spat.
Then he flicked his hand again, and his knife buried itself in the general's throat.
Four more men emerged from the mist, carrying a net. They cleared away the bodies, and took all the weapons and armor of the deceased, placing it in the net. Then, they went inside the armory, and took everything of use from there, too.
Then they took hold of the net, and guarded by the one remaining soldier and the two archers, they made their way north, towards Bodus.
As for the man in green, he took only one thing for himself: The plumed helmet of the general he killed.
He took one last look around to make sure that everything of value had been taken that could be taken. Then he, too, vanished into the mist.
Bonus pictures! This is the whole build on a white background. I decided to take the figless pictures on a white background, but then changed my mind and went back to black, because black makes the landscaping colors stand out more...
...As you can see here.
Closer look at the landscape. I like this colorscheme a lot. For those who don't know, the reddish color is sand red. I used all my sand red pieces for this (except for one, which I couldn't find).
Wall. Yes, I got the idea of lining the battlements with dark bley from Luke Watkins. Also the idea of lining the windows.
Roof. I am proud of myself for including an access hatch. :P
The main picture. Thanks to Halhi for his guide on how to give a build a colored background. I don't know if I'll do it again any time soon, but I did enjoy learning some new editing tricks.
And the original main picture, which looked worse than the current main picture, which is why it isn't the main picture anymore. :P
I had fun with this build. Hexagonal bases are awesome.
Oh, and this build is my 50th LOM build! :D Hooray!
Awesome work on that armory. Great textures, and that sand red looks nice in the landscape. ;P The hexagonal base is unique, but it kind of magnifies the boxiness of the build. I think some better shaping would have made it more appealing, but other than that, this is great. And your story is good, too, if a little repetitive and drawn out near the end. :P
Great job, Cab! I wish I could build something like that. Maybe I will later, but I can't right now. Well done! I liked the base a lot. And the story was great as usual! Hope you post another one soon! Keep it up!
Great Model, Mr. Cab! All of your design decisions, from lining the battlements, to building a hexagonal base, to the colors that you chose for the ground, come together quite well. Could you provide a link to Halhi's tutorial?