Month: January 2016

The Journey Ends

The Journey Ends

Well, we reached the end of our winter Journeyman League. It was spread a bit more than six straight weeks because of the holidays, but I judge it to be a great success. We had 13 total players show up, including two who split a 2-player starter box on the first night and started building the models right there. Everyone made progress painting, and almost every player earned the full badge set! Glad we got the reinforcements booster!

For the last event, we changed up the scenario from the league ones as people were wanting a bit of variety. For my game, I finally got a chance to play against Colton’s Khador. He had been using Sorscha as well as Karchev in the league, and I was excited to face off against his Karchev list. First up painting, then a bit from my battle, before the rest of the league.

A ShrikeCompleted my Shrike bonejack. Modified slightly to be flying, rather than taking off. Takes me to 34 points painted for the year!

Cryx 1My army arrayed for battle. Even at 35 points, Cryx makes for a fearsome large battle line.

Cryx 2Colton’s Khador line of battle, led by Karchev the Terrible at the front. Less widespread, certainly, but equally imposing as the Cryx line. I had my work cut out for me. 

Cryx 3The battle was joined, and Karchev led the way all across the board to the flag on my side. My poor Defiler was no match for the armored destruction. 

Cryx 4Goreshade3 followed suit, and rode across to the opposite flag himself. To win the game, I merely needed to defeat one destroyer. It took me a full turn of Goreshade3 and the Mechanithralls, then surviving the return attacks from the crippled warjack, and finishing it off the next round. Man, those crabjacks are tough! I managed to pull off the win, but only just. 

Other 1Other games from the evening. Andy’s Thornfall Alliance hog squad against Terry’s Protectorate of Menoth–the smell of bacon grilled on the flames of the righteous!

Other 2Brandon’s Trenchers dig into the zone, firing madly at Dan’s advancing Khador line. 

Other 5Another game for Brandon’s Trenchers, this time facing fellow Cygnarian compatriots in Tony’s force. 

Other 6Careful application of force can sometimes trump raw numbers. Ryan’s Cryx had been the most successful faction at racking up caster kills through the league, but this time the kill went to Rico’s Legion of Everblight. A bow shot and Parasite from Lylyth onto Asphyxious made him quick work when the Carnivean trampled in. 

Other 7The conclusion of the Protectorate/Thornfall match between Andy and Terry. Beautiful models on both sides lured me to get an extra shot of the action. 

Z Journeyman CrewMost of the Journeyman crew. From left to right: Andy, Tony, Ryan, Rico, Dan, Brandon, Colton, and Terry (I took the photo). We had a grand total of 13 players who participated in more than one evening of the event, with 11 who participated in all but 1-2 nights. 

Awards were as follows: 

Overall Journeyman Points: Dan

Most Hobby Points: Andy

Most Battle Points: Tony

All told, a great time. The next events planned at Drawbridge are a “Who’s the Boss” tournament at the end of February, and then participating in the Privateer Press Company of Iron campaign. With all the great painters and modelers, I’m pumped about that event!

366 Points Challenge Progress (2016):

32/366

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2016: 4 (Win/Loss: 2/2/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Cryx:

2 Wins (Caine, Karchev)  /  2 Losses (Asphyxious, Lylyth2)

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Blightbringer

Blightbringer

On Friday night I got a chance to finally set Goreshade3 on the table for the first time, matching up against Rob’s Legion of Everblight list. Got a couple of pictures in the midst of things.

His Legion list was led by Lylyth2, who had two Ravagores, a Shredder, and a Naga Nightlurker in the Battlegroup. Plus support staff and two Strider Deathstalkers. Oh, and the Blightbringer. How can one forget that monstrosity? The list was tight and shooty, and was going to be a rough challenge for my force.

Goreshade3 v Lylyth2Just a bit of shooting in the opposing list… There used to be a left flank of Mechanithralls…

My force was Goreshade3, with a Leviathan, Hell Diver, Deathripper, and Nightwretch in the battlegroup. Mechanithralls, Bile Thralls, and the Revenant Crew of the Atramentous formed the bulk of my force, with the Withershadow Combine and a Necrotech rounding it out.

Goreshade3 v BlightbringerGoreshade3 stares down the massive form of the Blightbringer that rose beyond the forest.

 

The battle ended up being pretty close. My side took horrific casualties, but I got some luck in one of the Ravagores destroying their own objective and the speed of Goreshade to dominate the right zone. The Everblight player was only able to toe the Blightbringer into the zone to contest the following turn, so all I needed to do was take it down. The Leviathan turned to melee, and as always hit like a truck. The Helldiver also did some damage, but the beast was still up and only Goreshade was left. He charged in, and did a ton of damage but not quite enough (I think it was only five boxes left). Legion was then able to swoop in for the caster kill with ease.

I made some placing mistakes, and got muddled by the forest in the middle for a turn too long on a couple of key pieces. Overall I was pleased–Lylyth certainly butchered my forces but I wasn’t shot off the table and got more competitive as the game went on in my estimation. A few dice higher, or perhaps putting Scything Touch on the Leviathan rather than keeping the focus on Goreshade3 for his run in that last turn would have swung it to a win for me.

Great game and fun opponent–it’s good as I’m learning Cryx to play against people who have familiarity with the force.

366 Points Challenge Progress (2016):

28/366

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2016: 3 (Win/Loss: 1/2/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Cryx:

1 Win (Caine)  /  2 Losses (Asphyxious, Lylyth2)

Nearing the End

Nearing the End

The Drawbridge Games Journeyman League that I am running just hit its fifth week, so it was time to move up to 35 points. This week was all painting for me, as I added two new Warcasters to my total but didn’t manage to squeeze a game in (when there’s an odd number, the league organizer sits out). That takes me up to 28 points painted for January and 2016 in the one point-per-day challenge.

Goreshade3 FinishedI wasn’t too keen on Goreshade until I read some of his fluff that links to him plaguing Retribution of Scyrah. Definitely a cool incarnation of the model. 

Skarre2 FinishedSkarre2, Queen of the Broken Coast. I really like how the model turned out. At first I felt it was an odd pose, but now I’m really digging it. I’m still searching for which caster(s) in Cryx I feel comfortable with, and there’s some strong reasons that it might be Skarre2 (defensive feat and flexible strategy are two strong items in the plus column). 

Journeyman Week 5 1We had great turnout for the Journeyman league overall (fourteen total players)–the tables were packed with generals clashing.

Journeyman Week 5 2Ryan’s Iron Lich Asphyxious army versus Tony’s Caine-led Cygnar force. Ryan has become the come-from-behind warnoun assassin of note for the league. He caught me with it once, and this time he caught Caine as well. Never count Asphyxious out. 

Journeyman Week 5 3The controlled advance of Kevin’s Puppet Masters force led by Exulon Thexus faces off against Dan’s fast advance and shooting-heavy Sorscha2 army. 

Journeyman Week 5 4There’s no match up more classic than Kreoss versus Sorscha. 

Journeyman Week 5 5At the next table over, it was an epic version of the same match, as Terry’s Kreoss2 faced off against Colton’s Sorscha2.

Journeyman Week 5 6Blackbane’s Ghost Raiders realize the Doom Reavers have magic weapons.

Journeyman Week 7 FinishedA wild match up of Tony’s Cygnar (with Caine) versus Rico’s Legion of Everblight being led by Thagrosh. Bad luck ruled the day for Legion, as there was a critical moment in a Mutagenisis assassination run ruined by an over-ambitious Naga Nightlurker that killed rather than only damaged the target that was being softened up.

No new progress for me on the battles front, but a great day of gaming nonetheless. This Journeyman league is really working well, making Thursday nights a great night of gaming in the Pittsburgh area.

366 Points Challenge Progress (2016):

28/366

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2016: 2 (Win/Loss: 1/1/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Cryx:

1 Win (Caine)  /  1 Loss (Asphyxious)

Escalation of War

Escalation of War

 

Another week of the Journeyman league at Drawbridge Games, and that means more painting progress and more games! It’s a brand-new year, so a brand-new start to my gaming record. I’m not declaring this the Year of Cryx for me, but I’m planning on playing a lot of Cryx to get myself used to the faction and options. I’ll still squeeze in some Trollbloods (and maybe occasional Skorne) no doubt, but for the time being it’s the legions of dead for me.

Given that, I’ve added two new painted portions of my Cryx force: some troops and a nasty little bonejack. They bring me up to 18 points painted for January, toward the 366 points in 366 days challenge for 2016.

Cryx Painting 2A Cryxian mainstay: a minimum unit of Bile Thralls. 

Cryx PaintingThe little bonejack that could: the Helldiver. The little marker on the left signifies when it’s completely underground. 

For the league this week, there was good turnout and some beautiful painting progress by every player. I played two games myself. First, a match against Cygnar led by Caine. Then a mirror match against another Cryx player, facing Aspyhxious. For both games, I continued experimenting with Lord Exhumator Scaverous and his magic-slinging Rube Goldberg army of death. But before I get into those battles, some of the other great-looking action that took place.

Journeyman 2 wk 4Terry’s gorgeous Protectorate of Menoth force led by good old Kreoss against Dan’s aggressive Sorscha2-led Khador army. 

Journeyman 4 wk 4Ryan’s Cryxian nightmares face off in no man’s land against the Protectorate faithful.

Journeyman 5 wk 4Nasty Khador-0n-Khador action as Colton’s Karchev-led Warjacks (on the left) powerslide into the “friendly” forces on the other side. Journeyman 6 wk 4Tony’s Cygnar build the “Flying V” as they surge up into the crossroads to take on their snowy adversaries from the north. Journeyman 7 wk 2My favorite moment from my game against Ryan’s Cryx. My Withershadow Combine, thanks to some Telekinesis from Scaverous to get positioning correct, managed to actually get their Dark Industries ability to trigger–destroying one of his light warjacks and replacing it with one of my own. This shot shows the aftermath, as the newly-created Defiler moved up and acid-bathed the opposing Slayer and infantry behind. 

Despite the ten point swing of Dark Industries, however, I still managed to lose the game. I was clearly winning in the piece trade and scenario, and really only had the Slayer, a single bonejack, and Asphyxious left. The Helldiver surfaced and managed to flub its rolls, so Scaverous had to use his feat, Telekinesis Asphyxious out of combat, then tried to blast him with Feast of Worms and spells, plus the boosted attacks from the  Withershadow as well. Yet after the smoke cleared, Aspyhixous was still improbably standing there–thanks mostly to stinky rolls. He moved his remaining arc node up to just hit range against Scaverous, and then blasted my caster to bits with his own feat turn–thanks to a HUGE damage roll in his final chance to finish me off.  Still a blast of a game. 

Journeyman wk 4My other game was against Tony’s Cygnar and Caine. I was really nervous about the pairing, as Caine and the force of Gun Mages and the Black 13th definitely project a ton of destruction that my single-wound infantry simply could not handle. I had to use the terrain on the board to fully obstruct line of sight as much as I could, relying upon Ghostwalk on bonejacks and then Mechanithralls to get them into safe position against the imminent shooting death of my army. 

Luckily the battle was won by scenario before it got to that. The No-Man’s Land was the strip of road down the middle of the board in the picture above, and on the first turn where it could be scored (I have something, opponent has no models), this was the layout. The Cygnar Warjacks and Caine didn’t advance up to contest the zone–trying to draw the Cryx into a spot where his feat turn would be spectacular. That meant I had one chance to sneak a quick win if I could take out the six Gun Mages. 

Moving my arc node into place, Scaverous went first. He used his feat, then started with a Telekinesis to move one of the Gun Mages into the center of the others. He blasted that mage with a Feast of Worms, which took out that one and one other and left the survivors reduced in armor. Another Telekinesis slid the one toeing the road on the left out of the zone. Finally an Excarnate took out a third Gun Mage–adding a new Mechanitrall to my side and leaving only two Gun Mages left standing in the zone. The Withershadow Combine then moved up, and finished the two off with their feat-boosted Dark Fire spells. I’ve struggled with Scaverous in prior games, but this was the first where I really felt like I pulled off his complex victory game successfully. 

So with the start of the new year, I’m at a tied 1/1 with Cryx. Last year my record was helped immensely by playing Skorne (which I know really well) and a lot of brand new players in my area–gotta be honest about that. I’m hoping to carry a winning record forward for 2016, but it’ll be an uphill climb. The more I play Cryx, the more I enjoy them but also the more I fear that I have a Hordes gambler’s brain rather than a Warmachine architect’s brain.

366 Points Challenge Progress (2016):

18/366

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2016: 2 (Win/Loss: 1/1/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Cryx:

1 Win (Caine)  /  1 Loss (Asphyxious)