Maelok and Rask-terisk

Maelok and Rask-terisk

Well, I’m close to settled on my Minions pairing to do a deep dive with in practice. I’ll put an asterisk on one warlock, as I still have a few ideas I want to test with Jaga-Jaga and Barnabas1 and could maybe, maybe still move to Dr. Arkadius. The Jaga-Jaga idea probably more cute than good, but still want to check it out (need to assemble a few more models for it). And Arkadius is great, but pulling up those relatively poopy Farrow warbeasts is a chore.

So for right now it looks like Maelok and Rask* will be my Warlocks that I’ll seek depth of practice with. But first up, more painting:

Hordes Minions Gatormen Posse Minimum Posse Maelok List

Finished up the first two of my many minimum Gatorman Posse units. Two more minimum units to go, but I’m going to change up some of the bits I’m painting before tackling the next set. There are markings on the back of each of the units to keep them separate–and those correspond to the feather colors of their leaders. 

I at least got a number of chances to test varieties of a Rask list once I started to get games in.

(Clockwise from Left) Started a mini Rask-a-thon with a game against Siege2, piloted by Mike. Was a good game, and I felt that I had some answers to the trenchers and traded well as I went with the game. Won by assassination after Siege had to get much more personally involved in the battle. Second game was against Chad’s Feora3. I didn’t feel like I played this one particularly well, sorta fumbled more than a few things. But I managed to clear his battlegroup pretty effectively, to the point scenario became a smooth win. Was fun, and staying safe from Feora3 was a huge part of the challenge. Final game of the set was against Steve’s Rahn. I was ahead on scenario, but as always: where there’s a Rahn, there’s a way. A personal charge to clear Orrin Midwinter, then some careful chain blasts to free up the TK lanes, and Rask was dead. Yikes. Even after dispatching both arc nodes early and effectively, you still need to play it super-conservative. 

(Left to Right). I wanted to give Jaga-Jaga at least one more go, but I definitely don’t think Larry’s Iona list was a good test. It punched my ticket pretty well, top-to-bottom (was a clear attrition loss about to get ugly). We did a rematch because that game was pretty quick: this time Maelok took the field. Better, but still abysmal. Iona is a serious, serious list and I need to think more about how to face her. 

So far so good-ish with Rask, as I’ve played him more than any other warlock in the faction. 21 games in to Minions and still liking their overall options and play, which alone is a win. Gonna do a bit of Barnabas1 testing, and then settle (finally) on a pairing.

Primary Warlocks Games Secondary Warlocks Games
Rask 7 Barnabas1 2
Maelok 5 Jaga-Jaga 2
Dr. Arkadius 3 Midas 2

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

376/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 114 (Win/Loss 69/45); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Minions: 

11 Wins (Vlad1, Issyria, Kromac2, Maddox, Magnus2, Kryssa, Helynna, Irusk2, Amon, Feora3, Siege2) / 10 Losses (Venethrax, Ossrum, Syvestro, Madrak3, Krueger2 x2, Iona x3, Rahn)

Convergence of Cyriss:

3 Wins (Haley3, Vlad1, Caine2) / 11 Losses (Heretic, Rask, Kaelyssa, Xerxis, Siege2, Testament, Bradigus, Vyros2, Ossrum, Stryker2, Vlad2)

Legion of Everblight:

38 Wins (Denny1 x2, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1 x2, Strakov2, Kaya3 x2, Helynna x3, Sorscha2, Kaelyssa, Dreamer, Jaga-Jaga, Denny3, Elara2 x2, Thexus, Sorscha1, Maelok x3, Heretic, Strakov1, Borka2, Caine2, Karchev, Baldur2, Gaspy3, Gaspy1) / 18 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1, Issyria, Child, Helynna, Gaspy3 x2, Karchev, Vlad1, Barnabas, Heretic x2, Madrak1)

Skorne:

10 Wins (Anamag, Sorscha3, Kolgrima, Gaspy2, Feora1, High Reclaimer, Vlad1 x2, Haley2, Skarre3) / 5 Losses (Rahn, Magnus1, Denny1, Haley2, Syvestro)

Protectorate of Menoth:

8 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1, Vlad1, Kraye, Garryth, Naaresh) / 1 Loss (Madrak1)

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Gators and Pigs

Gators and Pigs

I got in a bunch more games, to keep trying out various Warlocks in preparation for some team tournaments I’m attending in early Spring. But first, painting: I completed my first full Gatorman Posse unit.

Minions Gatorman Posse

I’m still pleased with the look of these models. There’s more work in getting the scales just-so than I thought, but it’s worth it. I’m pretty pleased with the results so far. 

For games, I’m still tracking my different Warlock experiences to kind of get a sense for how deep I’m going in the faction. After this set, I’m at six different warlocks at least hitting the table–but certainly some more than others.

(Clockwise from Left) First up, I played Maelok into Cornelius’ Kryssa list in Legion. Thanks to the pressure that the Gatorman Husks put on his list, I was able to get far too sizeable a lead early on for him to catch up in a meaningful way. Second, it was Maelok again–this time into Steve’s Helynna list. I didn’t crack much armor (especially on Feat), but the scenario pressure was enough to get my the win. Opponents really seem to need to adjust their game plan against Maelok–avoiding the scenario getting out-of-hand seems critical. Third game was my first outing for Dr. Arkadius. I faced Jonas’s Irusk2 Khador list in the Winterguard theme. Arkadius’ threat ranges and silly feat are something I’m going to need a lot of practice with, but I won this game largely due to Jonas being a relatively new player. I’m sure soon enough that Irusk2 list will be causing fits for my force. 

(Clockwise from Left) More Dr. Arkadius games! I faced Ben’s Protectorate running an odd Amon list (two units of Idrians rather than all battlegroup). After my alpha strike, he killed four of my five heavies, which made me have to go for an assassination with the fifth. I managed to do so, which was good. It was a game marked by poor plays be me–need to sort out all the bits of the Doc’s technicalities (while also thinking about opponents’ abilities). Next I got in a game against Ryan’s Madrak3 list with my Arkadius force. This list was a real solid one, and while I did a good job clearing the infantry the durability of what was left was a real struggle to get thru. We were tied on control points at the end of 7 turns (8 each!), and it came down to army points destroyed where he hedged me out by 7 points. What a close game! Finally I played Rask into Larry’s Krueger2 in Bones. Was a pretty fierce game, and I expect that if I had gone first it would have come down differently. It was a clear loss on scenario for me. 

(Again, clockwise from Left) My final two games to report on were both against Larry and his Circle forces. First against Krueger2 again, then against Iona–the new warlock. I dropped a Barnabas1 list that I wanted to at least try out in both lists. I learned a few things. First, I’m unsold on Underchief Mire, the Minions lesser. Free animus distribution is good, but keeping him safe and keeping the warbeast relevant gets much harder to manage. Second, while I like Will Work for Food, I don’t know if Barnabas brings exactly what I need. I’m thinking that Rask is where I want to spend a bit more of my time and thought (though I did have a Jaga-Jaga in WWFF flash of insight that I’m going to at least try). 

Overall a great set of games, and definitely feeling like each one I play I’m learning more and more about the faction’s strengths and weaknesses. I definitely am feeling more connected to this faction than others I’ve played. Not sure why. But yeah, I think this is a groove that will last a while.

Primary Warlocks Games Secondary Warlocks Games
Maelok 4 Midas 2
Rask 4 Jaga-Jaga 1
Dr. Arkadius 3 Barnabas1 2

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

356/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 109 (Win/Loss 67/42); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Minions: 

9 Wins (Vlad1, Issyria, Kromac2, Maddox, Magnus2, Kryssa, Helynna, Irusk2, Amon) / 7 Losses (Venethrax, Ossrum, Syvestro, Madrak3, Krueger2 x2, Iona)

Convergence of Cyriss:

3 Wins (Haley3, Vlad1, Caine2) / 11 Losses (Heretic, Rask, Kaelyssa, Xerxis, Siege2, Testament, Bradigus, Vyros2, Ossrum, Stryker2, Vlad2)

Legion of Everblight:

38 Wins (Denny1 x2, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1 x2, Strakov2, Kaya3 x2, Helynna x3, Sorscha2, Kaelyssa, Dreamer, Jaga-Jaga, Denny3, Elara2 x2, Thexus, Sorscha1, Maelok x3, Heretic, Strakov1, Borka2, Caine2, Karchev, Baldur2, Gaspy3, Gaspy1) / 18 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1, Issyria, Child, Helynna, Gaspy3 x2, Karchev, Vlad1, Barnabas, Heretic x2, Madrak1)

Skorne:

10 Wins (Anamag, Sorscha3, Kolgrima, Gaspy2, Feora1, High Reclaimer, Vlad1 x2, Haley2, Skarre3) / 5 Losses (Rahn, Magnus1, Denny1, Haley2, Syvestro)

Protectorate of Menoth:

8 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1, Vlad1, Kraye, Garryth, Naaresh) / 1 Loss (Madrak1)

Blindingly Blindwater

Blindingly Blindwater

Progress continues on my Blindwater side of my Minions project, both in painting and list creation. I’m fiddling with three different Warlocks to begin my serious inquiry into the faction: Jaga-Jaga, Maelok, and Rask. I think each of them bring some solid tools and effective play styles for me to work with.

On the painting side, I am working toward a fully-painted core of a force, and exploring the various types of model that I’ll be fielding. To that end, here’s some progress:

Minions Maelok the Dreadbound

Maelok the Dreadbound is the first Minions warlock that I’ve finished. He was an intimidating model to paint, as there’s a lot going on with him. But I think it turned out really nicely–special bonus Mr. Meeseeks voodoo doll in his pouch to torment any Trollbloods with. 

Minions Blackhide Wrastler

This Blackhide Wrastler shows a lot of what the faction will be looking like from an alligators side. Red cords, two-tone skin “top” and “bottom”, slight trend toward yellow on the more prominent spikes and scales. I’m really pleased with this one!

Hordes Minions Boneswarm

The Boneswarm was honestly pretty easy. My technique for painting bone is quick enough, so he went fast. Maybe I should play some Barnabas2 just because I could get his kit painted faster than most everything else!

Bullsnapper Minions

The Bullsnapper painted up pretty easy as well. He doesn’t have quite as many sharp scales, so is a more simple thing with a bit less yellow along the top (it’s very fait, just on his head and tips of the darker spine scales). 

Despite focusing my painting efforts on Maelok first, I started experimenting with Rask and Jaga-Jaga as well in my first two games. But quickly broke out Maelok as well.

(Clockwise from left). First took Jaga-Jaga vs Savage’s Kromac2. Managed to survive two rounds of assassination attempts due to mostly luck and some positioning mistakes, won on scenario after that. The new Circle Thunderbird is a scary piece to face! Then took on Steve’s Issyria with a “Neomodern Rask” list (all credit to Matter of Pact Minions Podcast for coming up with the list). Managed to win on scenario with this one as well. Finally dropped Maelok into Larry’s Ossrum list. He forfeited near the end of the game due to needing to run to an appointment, but it was going to be an assassination kill of Maelok unless the dice were exceptionally poor–so I’m going to count this one as a loss. 

 

(Again, clockwise from left) Fielded Maelok vs Mike’s Cygnar and Major Beth Maddox. Was a good learning game, and while Maddox got a shot to assassinate Maelok she came up a bit short and he was able to finish her off personally. Next took Rask vs. Larry IV’s Mercenaries Magnus2 list. Managed to stave off scenario pressure with some key placements and ambushing husks, which let me get to the point where I was able to assassinate Magnus2. Finally took Rask into Syvestro, which taught me that I definitely need more practice into Crucible Guard and more experience playing into infantry swarms with these lists. Was a solid scenario loss for me. 

 

As I was doing with Skorne, I am going to sorta do with Minions as well. I’m going to track number of games I get in with my chosen focus warlocks leading up to the America’s Team Championship (ATC) and Ontario Team Championship (OTC) coming up at the start of the year. Hoping to hold myself to 30 games played of each of the two warlocks that I end up bringing to those events.

Primary Warlocks Games Secondary Warlocks Games
Maelok 2 Midas 2
Rask 3
Jaga-Jaga 1

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

340/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 101 (Win/Loss 63/38); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Minions: 

5 Wins (Vlad1, Issyria, Kromac2, Maddox, Magnus2) / 3 Losses (Venethrax, Ossrum, Syvestro)

Convergence of Cyriss:

3 Wins (Haley3, Vlad1, Caine2) / 11 Losses (Heretic, Rask, Kaelyssa, Xerxis, Siege2, Testament, Bradigus, Vyros2, Ossrum, Stryker2, Vlad2)

Legion of Everblight:

38 Wins (Denny1 x2, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1 x2, Strakov2, Kaya3 x2, Helynna x3, Sorscha2, Kaelyssa, Dreamer, Jaga-Jaga, Denny3, Elara2 x2, Thexus, Sorscha1, Maelok x3, Heretic, Strakov1, Borka2, Caine2, Karchev, Baldur2, Gaspy3, Gaspy1) / 18 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1, Issyria, Child, Helynna, Gaspy3 x2, Karchev, Vlad1, Barnabas, Heretic x2, Madrak1)

Skorne:

10 Wins (Anamag, Sorscha3, Kolgrima, Gaspy2, Feora1, High Reclaimer, Vlad1 x2, Haley2, Skarre3) / 5 Losses (Rahn, Magnus1, Denny1, Haley2, Syvestro)

Protectorate of Menoth:

8 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1, Vlad1, Kraye, Garryth, Naaresh) / 1 Loss (Madrak1)

Shameless Borrowing

Shameless Borrowing

So in the process of looking at Skorne, I assembled a fair number of Minions models to play in the Disciples of Agony theme. And I’ve had even more that have run with my Legion and Trollbloods in the past. And I realized that while the Skorne CID might be underwhelming me (mostly–the change to the Bronzeback is pretty sweet), I had some core components of some Minons lists ready to roll. So I nabbed a few Warlocks (and unpacked a couple old ones that I had stashed away), and thought I’d try my hand at some games with them.

Because this fits within my aim to have ample reps of lists before the ATC in January, that also meant that I don’t have quite the time to tinker with lists. So it’s shameless borrowing time! I did a pretty deep dive into what the effective lists are for Minions out there, and there’s surprising diversity that seems to be working. Going to give some of them a try (roughly).

On the painting side, I’m doing some shameless borrowing as well. This painting guide from Bell of Lost Souls is what I followed roughly for the look of my models. I tend to like Citadel paints for most colors, so I used some color matches. But I’m still pleased with the basic formula of two-tone sandy brown-to-yellow scales, with red cord accents and neutral cloth colors. I did up a Gator first to see how it worked. I’m still experimenting with the Croak solo and the Bog Trog–wanted to get all my colors for the three major types of model in Blindwater lists sorted out.

Minions Gatorman Husk

Despite painting first toward the Blindwater, my first games came with some Farrow. I had more Farrow than anything else from the Skorne DoA project, so it was the first spot that I had an assembled list: Midas with infantry in the Farrow theme. The games are not much to look at because my force is almost completely unpainted (just one Splatter Boar and a Gobber Chef, and the Splatter Boar colors may or may not be what I settle on for the force). But it’s a start to trying them out.

Minions Midas versus Cryx Venethrax

My first game was Midas into Venethrax Black Industries played by Justin. Not only was I on the learning curve with a new warlock, it was a warlock with some limitations–which Venethrax exploited pretty well. Definitely a learning game, but a healthy and solid loss for me. 

Minions Midas vs Khador Vlad1

Second game with Midas went better. Took him into Larry IV’s Vlad1 Winterguard list. Even scattering the Splatter Boar blasts around still took out plenty of Winterguard with corrosion. I found that this list can indeed hit hard and shoot well, but it cannot stand up to firepower particularly well either. Definitely a list to bring into a mostly-melee force. 

So that’s a start to Minions at least. I’m definitely hoping to make progress on the painting side, and have a full slate of Gators to work on. This weekend I should get my first games with Blindwater forces in, which will be a welcome start (as I think my interest is hovering more there than with Midas).

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

302/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 95 (Win/Loss 59/36); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Minions: 

1 Win (Vlad1) / 1 Loss (Venethrax)

Convergence of Cyriss:

3 Wins (Haley3, Vlad1, Caine2) / 11 Losses (Heretic, Rask, Kaelyssa, Xerxis, Siege2, Testament, Bradigus, Vyros2, Ossrum, Stryker2, Vlad2)

Legion of Everblight:

38 Wins (Denny1 x2, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1 x2, Strakov2, Kaya3 x2, Helynna x3, Sorscha2, Kaelyssa, Dreamer, Jaga-Jaga, Denny3, Elara2 x2, Thexus, Sorscha1, Maelok x3, Heretic, Strakov1, Borka2, Caine2, Karchev, Baldur2, Gaspy3, Gaspy1) / 18 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1, Issyria, Child, Helynna, Gaspy3 x2, Karchev, Vlad1, Barnabas, Heretic x2, Madrak1)

Skorne:

10 Wins (Anamag, Sorscha3, Kolgrima, Gaspy2, Feora1, High Reclaimer, Vlad1 x2, Haley2, Skarre3) / 5 Losses (Rahn, Magnus1, Denny1, Haley2, Syvestro)

Protectorate of Menoth:

8 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1, Vlad1, Kraye, Garryth, Naaresh) / 1 Loss (Madrak1)

A Calculated Approach

A Calculated Approach

So I attended the Michigan Warmachine Grand Tournament Masters this past weekend, which was a great experience overall. Because it had a painting requirement, I was more limited in my selection of army than I would like to be. I had the most (and most effective) painted models within my Convergence of Cyriss force. So with the completion of a second Transfinite Emergence Projector I was ready to go. You can see the fully painted forces on my tray in the photo above!

Transfinite Emergence Projector Convergence of Cyriss

This Transfinite Emergence Projector (TEP) got my Convergence of Cyriss force to hit two fully-painted lists. I like this paint scheme still a great deal when it’s done, even if it isn’t particularly fun to paint itself in the process. 

Unfortunately, Convergence is not where my game repetitions were located. Which led me to not the best results at the event. I didn’t do terribly, but I also didn’t set the world on fire. Overall I went 1-2, and blame myself and not understanding where my matchup strengths would have been with my lists.

1 Convergence of Cyriss Orion vs Cygnar Stryker 2

First round I faced a Isaiah Thompson, from the Detroit-area meta. He fielded Stryker2 from Cygnar, and I dropped Orion with Prime Axiom. It was probably the wrong choice on my part, and a miscalculation–but I also wanted to see what Orion could do. Answer: not much. The prime had a good kill of Ole’ Rowdy, but other than that the Stormlances were just too much pressure to handle. I still nearly killed Stryker2 after his Feat turn, but the dice didn’t go my way. Honestly tho, there were lots of decision points that could have made it so I didn’t need to rely on dice. A fun opponent but a loss for me. 

2 Convergence of Cyriss Orion vs Khador Vlad2

Second game was against Adam M. from the Buffalo meta. He and I have actually played before in a tourney in Rochester, which was fun. He dropped Vlad2 Armored Corps. I should have dropped Lucant, but again felt like I could learn some with Orion (and was already out of the running with a round one loss). What I learned is that Orion was even worse into this match-up. I managed to keep the game to seven rounds and score enough points to stay in it, but it was just a losing effort the whole way. Orion doesn’t have the oomph to handle heavier armored infantry, and his stuff cannot take the punch either. Was a good game, as he’s a great player and a fun guy to chat with, but again a pretty hefty loss for me. 

3 Convergence of Cyriss Lucant vs Cygnar Caine2

Third game was against Tom Dryfuse, a nice guy from the Flint meta. He dropped Caine2 into my Lucant. It was a tough match-up for him, and while he finally finished off the two TEPs that were causing him serious grief, I managed to get the scenario win by that point. This game was a really good learning game in lots of ways for me–in particular that while Lucant is strong with two TEPs, I fear that my interest in playing a caster who does a lot more–is more dynamic–is what balances my decision to play him sometimes. 

All told it was a good learning experience. I played some good games against fun opponents, and I thought pretty hard about my own lists (even while making some mistakes with them). I emerged from it realizing that I need to select dynamic casters for my pairing, and have a real PAIR to play with–not some feeble strategy of a scary list designed to push other sorts of lists into it. I need to stop building answers and start asking questions to move to the next level. So that’s my goal.

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

299/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 93 (Win/Loss 58/35); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Convergence of Cyriss:

3 Wins (Haley3, Vlad1, Caine2) / 11 Losses (Heretic, Rask, Kaelyssa, Xerxis, Siege2, Testament, Bradigus, Vyros2, Ossrum, Stryker2, Vlad2)

Skorne:

10 Wins (Anamag, Sorscha3, Kolgrima, Gaspy2, Feora1, High Reclaimer, Vlad1 x2, Haley2, Skarre3) / 5 Losses (Rahn, Magnus1, Denny1, Haley2, Syvestro)

Legion of Everblight:

38 Wins (Denny1 x2, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1 x2, Strakov2, Kaya3 x2, Helynna x3, Sorscha2, Kaelyssa, Dreamer, Jaga-Jaga, Denny3, Elara2 x2, Thexus, Sorscha1, Maelok x3, Heretic, Strakov1, Borka2, Caine2, Karchev, Baldur2, Gaspy3, Gaspy1) / 18 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1, Issyria, Child, Helynna, Gaspy3 x2, Karchev, Vlad1, Barnabas, Heretic x2, Madrak1)

Protectorate of Menoth:

8 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1, Vlad1, Kraye, Garryth, Naaresh) / 1 Loss (Madrak1)

Practice (and Painting) Makes Perfect

Practice (and Painting) Makes Perfect

So I’m prepping for the Michigan GT in mid-October, which requires some practice with lists and also both lists to be fully painted. And while I’m making decent progress on painting my Skorne (see below), I am worried that I won’t have two viable lists. Playing both lists as Immortals seems like it would really limit my options, so it was time to dig out a faction that I haven’t played in quite some time–not since the America’s Team Championship in January: Convergence of Cyriss. I thought I would get in a couple of practice games with them just to knock the rust off, in case I wanted to bring a group with more options (and fewer items I need to complete painting to field).

But first, as always, painting:

1 Skorne Immortals Jade Color Scheme

Finished up a third unit of Skorne Immortals. These have some more special bases, and I’m really pleased with the jade scheme. Turned out quite effective as the scenic bases add that little touch. Going to mix these guys in with my other units to spread out the look (and maybe eventually decor-up some of those bases). 

Skorne Extoller Advocate

Also finished an Extoller Advocate to go with the unit. These guys are neat, and I had fun doing the glowing eye. Picture doesn’t quite have the right focus to show it, but I’m pleased at least. 

1 Convergence Orion vs Khador Vlad1

First game with Convergence was exactly like riding a bicycle. Yes, I had the knack but I was still pretty wobbly. Faced off against Andy’s Khador, led by Vlad1. That makes three different Vlad1 games in about the last five outings. It was a good clash, and I managed to win on scenario with Orion. 

1 Convergence Locke vs Mercenaries Ossrum

Second game was with Locke, taking on Larry’s Ossrum Mercenaries list. Not only is the Ossrum list super-solid, and Larry a great player, but I was tripping all over myself with this warcaster as I played this match. Locke has a deceptive number of moving parts in her playstyle–which will be super fun to unlock, but meant that the first outing was a bit of a disaster. Needless to say I lost this one. 

1 Convergence Axis vs Retribution Vyros2

Third game was with Axis vs Pat’s Vyros2 list. I made a key mistake with one servitor’s positioning, which led to having a bit too much loss on my side. So I had to go for an assassination–that was pretty likely, until my dice decided to be outside the curve. While I ended up losing, it was a fun game, and it definitely showed me the power that Axis can have in scenario play.

I’m still not sure if I’m going to take Convergence or Skorne to the Michigan GT. The lure of playing my new Immortals lists are sure tempting, but they just may not have the depth to be effective for a strongly competitive tournament. That said, I’m definitely still rusty with the Convergence–and that has me questioning taking them to a big tournament as well. Plus they don’t have good answers for one of the boogeymen lists of the meta right now (Primal Terrors)–which doesn’t excite me.

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

280/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 90 (Win/Loss 57/33); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Convergence of Cyriss:

2 Wins (Haley3, Vlad1) / 9 Losses (Heretic, Rask, Kaelyssa, Xerxis, Siege2, Testament, Bradigus, Vyros2, Ossrum)

Skorne:

10 Wins (Anamag, Sorscha3, Kolgrima, Gaspy2, Feora1, High Reclaimer, Vlad1 x2, Haley2, Skarre3) / 5 Losses (Rahn, Magnus1, Denny1, Haley2, Syvestro)

Legion of Everblight:

38 Wins (Denny1 x2, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1 x2, Strakov2, Kaya3 x2, Helynna x3, Sorscha2, Kaelyssa, Dreamer, Jaga-Jaga, Denny3, Elara2 x2, Thexus, Sorscha1, Maelok x3, Heretic, Strakov1, Borka2, Caine2, Karchev, Baldur2, Gaspy3, Gaspy1) / 18 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1, Issyria, Child, Helynna, Gaspy3 x2, Karchev, Vlad1, Barnabas, Heretic x2, Madrak1)

Protectorate of Menoth:

8 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1, Vlad1, Kraye, Garryth, Naaresh) / 1 Loss (Madrak1)

Week Three Power Rankings – DBBL 2018

Week Three Power Rankings – DBBL 2018

This post is the highlight coverage of week three of the 2018 Drawbridge Blood Bowl League. This link has the full current standings . Don’t forget you can also view the League Rules and check out the Endorsements page, and catch up on all the action from week one here and week two here.

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Chris Killingsworth: Well John, we’re back in week three. Before we get into coverage of the games, the big news is that there’s been yet another team poisoned. Gotta watch the contents of those Bloodwiser Kegs, guys.

John Flatten: That’s right Chris. The Orcland Stompas are more like the Orcland Stomach-pumpas. Eight of the team are dead, and their Troll is in jail as he liked the poison so much he drank it all down and asked for seconds.

Chris: Then why is he in jail?

John: He tried to take a crossbow onto a zeppelin.

Chris: It’s quite a sad turn of events. But it does open the way to a new team to join the league from relegation. This time The Sinatras move up–a Skaven team.

John: That’s right, Chris. They’ve been waiting in relegation for a long while, perhaps so long they might try to… poison their way on to the field?

Chris: John, I think you might… GACK! ACK! AUGH!!!

John: CHRIS!?!? AUGH, THEY’VE STABBED ME TOO. RUN. RUN FRIEND, RUN!

[Approximately one minute of air time is the distant sounds of clattering, a door slamming, and then movement in the studio]

 

 

Drawbridge Skaven Takeover

Rat Summerall: I’m Rat Summerall. Welcome back-back to Drawbridge Power Rankings.

Myron Nope: Yoi-yoi, Rat. I’m Myron Nope. Us rat-things are take-taking the league by storm.

Rat: New team is Sinatras. Rat pack is back-back.

Myron: Box score says they lose-lose, but we know it was win-win for them.

Blood Bowl Skaven Touchdown

Rat: See? Touchdown. Run-run score!

Myron: Yoi-yoi! They better than those Elf Yonkos they play-play. Elf Yonkos have, hmm-hah, six division wins. By next week, Sinatras have twelve-twelve you see-see.

Rat: Old Skaven team still good-good too. Skee-attle Squeakers face goblins in cut-cut match.

Blood Bowl Skaven vs Dwarfs

Myron: They win-win. Why league care about division win first? Dumb-dumb.

Rat: True-true. There any more-more powerful teams?

Myron: Nope-nope. Only Skavens. Best-best.

Rat: You heard it there first-first folks. Power Rankings Week Three. Stay tuned for more Skaven coverage of the Drawbridge, no… Skaven-Skaven Blood Bowl League 2018.

So. Much. Pain.

So. Much. Pain.

Ah, experimenting with new Warlocks. The pain of losing a lot as you get used to them, and the pain of winning ugly when you do win. It’s just like Skorne as a faction.

But first up, I finished another model: the Supreme Guardian.

Skorne Supreme Guardian

This was a great model to build, love putting him into my list. I chose to make him just a bit deeper green than the smaller ones, to represent the jade being a bit thicker. Pretty pleased how it turned out. 

On the gaming side, I continued to try out a lot of different Warlocks in different ways. I’m trying to settle in on a smaller group that works, so the practice continues.

1 Skorne Xerxis2 vs Trollbloods Kolgrima

First game was against Larry’s Trolls, running Kolgrima. I took Xerxis2 in Masters of War, as I definitely want to try running him with more infantry. Won on scenario, by being able to leverage how compact she needs to stay to be safe. 

2 Skorne Morghoul3 vs Cryx Gaspy2

Next game was with Morghoul3, trying out a Masters of War list again. Took on Ryan’s Cryx, led by Gaspy2. Won on scenario. Love the toolbox of this warlock–he definitely has some components that make him really tricky. 

Skorne Minions Morghoul2 vs Protectorate of Menoth Feora1

This game was with Morghoul2, in a Disciples of Agony structure: what I’m calling my “Fifty Shades of Pork” list (as those Paingiver Task Masters are carrying handcuffs for the Minions they’re enslaving). Faced off against Chad’s Protectorate of Menoth, led by Feora1. Prey helped a great deal in this matchup, allowing quick work to be made of the Flamebringers, and then helping against Warjacks. That caved in a side, which let me get strong scenario presence. Feora1 had a shot on my Warlock, but couldn’t land any of the sprays so I won the game on scenario. Was a good learning match for this list.

Played a second game with Morghoul2 as well, but neglected to get photos. It was again the Fifty Shades of Pork list, against Larry’s High Reclaimers with double Judicator list. I managed to get a strong scenario position via attrition, which really helped. The list does have to think carefully about where it applies force, but it’s been fun to play so far.

1 Skorne Zaal1 vs Khador Vlad1

Next up was a match versus Larry IV and his Khador. It was Vlad1 with ample rockets, versus my Zaal1 Exalted list. While that’s hardly the list I want to face with the Immortals, I got a pretty healthy scenario lead which helped me then get enough clear that the Kovaas could move in with Last Stand and assassinate Vlad1.

1 Skorne Zaal1 vs Cygnar Haley2

Followed that with another two (sorta) games with Zaal1 against Larry’s Cygnar. He had a shot at assassination early, so we decided to play it out w/ proxies then re-rack and try the game again regardless of the success or failure to see how the lists do against each other in more depth (as if he hadn’t gone for the assassination). He managed to shoot Zaal1 to death with that one. In the re-rack I fared much better in terms of surviving the onslaught, and got to the point where it was a done deal to assassinate Haley2 after attrition advantage. Was a good split (counting it as a win and a loss, as it was mostly like two games), and an approach I really was glad we did. Gives more reps with these casters, and more exposure to how games can play out. Helps each of us improve as players.

Finally had a set of games at a game day at our new local store. Played against Rob’s Skarre3 trolls-in-cryx list, and won not thanks to anything I really did so much as on clock advantage (brought Zaal1). Then faced Larry IV’s Khador a second time–again with Vlad1 rockets. I took Zaadesh2 in a really bricky list, and managed to push the raw force of the warbeasts right up to where Zaadesh could get a shot at killing Vlad himself (which he did). Third game was against Larry’s Syvestro list–my first time playing against Crucible Guard. Went about as well as you’d expect: took the wrong list into them (a Zaadesh2 brick that couldn’t handle infantry well) and wasn’t ready for some of their rules interactions. Still a fun game, and amusing to play both a father and a son on the same game day in sequence (You’ll see that my only picture of the Crucible Guard game is the one Larry took, which is sadly more me than the models). 

All-in-all a heap of games in a short amount of time. I’ve really enjoyed getting back into Skorne as a force, and it will be where I’m at for at least a while in my games.

Warlock Number of Games Warlock Number of Games
Makeda1 Hexeris1
Makeda2 Hexeris2 3
Makeda3 Zaal1 5
Morghoul1 Zaal2
Morghoul2 2 Zaadesh2 3
Morghoul3 1 Mordikaar
Rasheth Jalaam
Xerxis1 Xekaar
Xerxis2 1 Naaresh

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

261/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 87 (Win/Loss 56/31); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Skorne:

10 Wins (Anamag, Sorscha3, Kolgrima, Gaspy2, Feora1, High Reclaimer, Vlad1 x2, Haley2, Skarre3) / 5 Losses (Rahn, Magnus1, Denny1, Haley2, Syvestro)

Legion of Everblight:

38 Wins (Denny1 x2, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1 x2, Strakov2, Kaya3 x2, Helynna x3, Sorscha2, Kaelyssa, Dreamer, Jaga-Jaga, Denny3, Elara2 x2, Thexus, Sorscha1, Maelok x3, Heretic, Strakov1, Borka2, Caine2, Karchev, Baldur2, Gaspy3, Gaspy1) / 18 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1, Issyria, Child, Helynna, Gaspy3 x2, Karchev, Vlad1, Barnabas, Heretic x2, Madrak1)

Protectorate of Menoth:

8 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1, Vlad1, Kraye, Garryth, Naaresh) / 1 Loss (Madrak1)

Convergence of Cyriss:

1 Win (Haley3) / 7 Losses (Heretic, Rask, Kaelyssa, Xerxis, Siege2, Testament, Bradigus)

Week Two Power Rankings – DBBL 2018

Week Two Power Rankings – DBBL 2018

This post is the highlight coverage of week two of the 2018 Drawbridge Blood Bowl League. This link has the full current standings . Don’t forget you can also view the League Rules and check out the Endorsements page, and catch up on all the action from week one here.

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Chris Killingsworth: Well John, we’re back again after another week packed to the gills with exciting Blood Bowl action.

John Flatten: That’s right Chris. We’ve had some thrills, spills, and kills this week. Plus ample actual fish gills because the Dark Elves brought a boat deck to play on.

Chris: Let’s get right into the week’s Power Rankings. While the Green-Grey Plaguers and Honest to Gob continue to lead the East and West divisions respectively, there’s a lot of rising teams that are starting to get hot.

John: Let’s hope they’re not too hot. Remember that use of fire, napalm, and burning oil was banned six years ago from the League for being too lethal.

Chris: Players were tougher back in our day, John. The occasional pot of boiling oil was the cost of doing business.

John: Speaking of business, let’s talk about a team that’s in the business of scoring touchdowns: the Leadbelching Manglers. This West Division team won its opening match against the Orcland Stompas, in large part with the classic “Goblin Toss” special play. The Troll picked up the goblin who had the ball, refrained from eating him, managed to throw him, and the goblin actually landed on his feet.

Blood Bowl Thrown Goblin Touchdown

Chris: That’s a heck of a good play. Check out the telestrator: getting that Gobbo up well past the Stompas’ line made a real difference, and took the Manglers to a lead they would keep the rest of the game.

John: Yeah, with play like that, the Manglers are likely to be a nasty team to face. It’s one thing to face Orc muscle and armor, entirely another when they’re able to score on you.

Chris: Hold up John, let’s quick take a moment to talk about the next advertisement campaign from Hike, manufacturers of of the finest athletic boots for Blood Bowl Competition.

Blood Bowl League Ad

John: That’s right, Chris. Not only are Hike shoes the choice of Finn the Fierce, star Trollslayer of the Fort Tyr Miners, but they’re also apparently socially conscious now days.

Chris: Odd. I thought they were stitched together in a sweatshop that uses underpaid halfling laborers. But what do I know? At least the pair of boots looked good when Finn used them to kick in the teeth of a Goblin Fanatic in his last outing.

John: That’s right, the leather of every Hike boot is bloodstain-resistant.

Chris: Speaking of blood stains, let’s get to our next power ranking. I think teams really need to watch out for the Clar Karond Krakens. They’ve suffered some losses in their first few games, including some serious injuries to their players. Yet they won their most recent bout, and they’re looking tougher and tougher as a team.

Blood Bowl League Dark Elves

John: Sometimes it takes a bit of adversity to really get a team going, Chris.

Chris: Tell that to Da Noo Orleans Scents… their mass poisoning should put them over the top then!

John: Except they’re all dead.

Chris: Speaking of the dead, I think it’s time we talk about our third power ranking this week. They’re a rising team to watch: the Karak Zorn Zealous Zoomers.

John: Wait, I thought they lost last week.

Blood Bowl Dwarfs vs Goblins

Chris: They may have lost, John, but I think they’ve got a key advantage to watch out for. Their coach went and sprung for a Deathroller.

John: I thought I smelled the aroma of fuel mixed with beer when I was standing outside the arena!

Chris: Exactly. That beer-steam-driven-machine is poised to wreck some players’ days. While they haven’t won yet, I still think the Zoomers are a team to watch in the coming weeks. When opponents start turning up in the casualty box covered in spiked tread marks, that opens the door to a few rushing touchdowns right quick.

John: And speaking of quick, that’s our power rankings for the week. Stay tuned for next week’s coverage. And remember: it’s not Blood Bowl till a fan throws a bottle at the pitch.

Week One Power Rankings – DBBL 2018

Week One Power Rankings – DBBL 2018

This post is the highlight coverage of week one of the 2018 Drawbridge Blood Bowl League. This link has the full current standings . Don’t forget you can also view the League Rules and check out the Endorsements page.

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Chris Killingsworth: Well John, it certainly was an exciting week one of play in the Drawbridge Blood Bowl League.

John Flatten: It sure was Chris.

Chris: Before we talk our power rankings, do you have any thoughts about how the League is going?

John: Well Chris, it seems clear that the teams that are scoring more points are winning their games. My advice to teams not scoring points: score more.

Chris: Insightful commentary as always John. Okay, let’s get to our power rankings. Right now most of the action has happened in the East Division, but I know that this coming weekend the West Division is sure to heat up.

John: We’ve seen some great games already, and the rivalries are definitely heating up. Rising star Hrnnnrhnnhr from the Trauma Bay Buccaneers is in particular trouble for that aggressive Tweet he posted after their loss to the Green-Gray Plaguers on Sunday.

Blood Bowl Chaos Beastmen Tweet

Chris: Oooh, yeah. This is a family game. There’s no room in Blood Bowl for that sort of language.

John: Well, let’s get to the power rankings. Number one has to be those Green-Grey Plaguers. They’re sitting atop the East Division with a 2-0 record in division play.

Chris: Remember, they’re playing from behind as well. They lost one of their Pestigors early on: the right blocker, Goiter. He suffered a savage kick to his goiter, no less, which took him out of action, permanently.

John: That kick was clearly a foul.

Chris: Well, the Pestigor was foul himself so it probably evens out in the referee’s eyes.

John: Second up in our power rankings is the leading West Division team: Honest to Gob. Their win over the Gorklue Enforcers proved that sometimes small is preferable to tall in the world of Greenskins.

Chris: I’ve got bad news for the West Division. You cannot let a goblin team get the lead in a League like this. Their sneaky, underhanded, nasty tricks are just what the fans love to see.

John: They’ve got the underdog feeling for an over dog team.

Chris: That’s also coincidentally what they served for team dinner after the match: Stewed Mushrooms Over Dog.

John: Third in our power rankings is the second place team in the East Division: the Orcland Stompas. They’re 1-1 so far in the Divison, winning their latest game against the Clar Karond Krakens thanks to a last-minute fumble.

Chris: Let’s look at the footage:

DBBL Footage One

John: You see here, Chris? That dark elf handed the ball to the ground, not his teammate.

Chris: Astute commentary, John. Just because they won that game on a dark elf fumble doesn’t mean that they’re a fluke team. The Orcland Stompas are packing some serious stomp this season. Four Black Orcs and Four Blitzers means a lot of beef on the line.

John: That’s it for our top three in the power rankings. Let’s take a moment for the team that’s at the bottom of the heap right now.

Chris: I’d have to say that it’s Da Noo Orleans Scents, John.

John: Wait, I thought they won a game or two already?

Chris: Indeed they did, but during the victory celebrations for their second victory the entire team keeled over dead. DBBL investigators are still processing information, but initial reports indicate that their celebratory fungus beer contained highly lethal doses of poison.

Blood Bowl League Poison

John: If you want to keep living, don’t drink poison.

Chris: Too true, John. That’s a tough lesson for teams to learn. League officials still don’t know who poisoned the Scents, though this is a huge benefit to the New York Stone Giants who move up from Relegated status from the DBBL junior league to take the place of the now-deceased Scents. However, polling among DBBL fans shows that 95% of them are convinced that the New Elven Patriots must be behind the poisoning.

John: Well thanks for tuning in to our week one power rankings! Tonight week two kicks up, and Chris and I will be back to give full coverage of the weekend’s games!