Month: September 2016

Crossroads and Drawbridges

Crossroads and Drawbridges

Our Drawbridge Games Crossroads of Courage campaign is in full steam. Check out photos from the weeks below and the results of our play through the seasons.

Season One Recap and Standings:

Reapers came down to a horse race on week 4, with Andy and Roger both making great headway and tying for the final week’s Fate point. With equal Fate points, it came down to regular points to break the tie–and Roger won. On the Sowers side, Colton pretty much ran away with the victory with a whopping three out of four Fate points. As for Reapers versus Sowers, the Sowers gathered many more points throughout the event, scoring points 49 compared to the Reaper’s 28 points.

Note that the scores for each week are number of points (from battles won plus achievements) before the slash and Fate points (for being top point-getter that week for the faction) after the slash.

Reapers

Name Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week4 Overall
Roger Coldren 3 / 1 1 / 0 2 / 0 3 / 1 9 / 2
Andy Dobies 1 / 0  1 / 0 3 / 1 3 / 1 8 / 2
Terry Mealy 1 / 0 5 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 6 / 1
Brad Randall 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 0 2 / 0 3 / 0
Dan Hodgepodge 1 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 0 2 / 0
Brandon Mozingo 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0

Sowers

Name Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week4 Overall
Colton McBryer 5 / 1 2 / 1 3 / 1 1 / 0 11 / 3
Andrew Lotz 4 / 0 2 / 1 2 / 0 6 / 1 14 / 2
Scott Kinola 3 / 0 2 / 1 2 / 0 0 / 0 7 / 1
Xavier Walker 1 / 0 0 / 0 3 / 1 0 / 0 4 / 1
Adam Rutledge 2 / 0 1 / 0 0 / 0 4 / 0 7 / 0
Ryan Nolte 1 / 0 1 / 0 2 / 0 2 / 0 6 / 0
Steve Yaworski 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0

Holden Conversions:

Part of this campaign is converting up a Holden the Last model to be a part of your forces, so I wanted to highlight the Holdens who were converted up for the first phase of our campaign.

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Andy’s Holden the Last, fitting with his wasteland-theme Cygnar force. 

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Adam’s Holden the Last. This Holden grew a beard fast, no doubt because of the cold winters wandering with Adam’s forces of Legion of Everblight. Tho maybe it’s to hide the shards…

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This is my Holden the Last. You can’t see it too well in this picture, but he’s got a Menofix insignia shoulderpad on his left arm, as he’s taken the faith in my version of his story. 

 

Terrain Building:

I wanted to show off the awesome terrain building that people have done so far as part of the campaign. Keep it going!

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Colton’s excellent burning ash markers, that actually glow. Amon Ad-Raza for scale. 

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Adam’s absolutely gorgeous mine entrance (I mean, look at that thing. Wow!). And Colton’s dynamite crates. They killed three Choir of Menoth models in one of my games, so it was “fun” having them on the table. 

 I also took photos of the awesome mine entrance and bandit tower that Roger built, but cannot find them for the life of me (and will update with them when I get a chance).

Season One Battles:

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Dan’s Retribution squares off against Andy’s Cygnar, with Holden standing bravely against two heavy Ret warjacks. 

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Andy’s Cygnar horsemen race into the thick of Terry’s Protectorate infantry. 

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On a field blown with snow and limited line of sight, the glow of flares lit the battle between Colton’s Khador and Roger’s Circle. 

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Adam’s Legion of Everblight tries to whittle down Dan’s advancing Retribution forces as the two exchange ranged attacks.

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A clash for the fate of the Motherland, as Brandon’s Khador (in the background, spread out) battles Colton’s Khador (hugging the edge of the table).

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Ryan’s Black Ogrun boarding party stares into the towering might of my warjack-heavy Amon list.

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Ryan’s Captain Aiakos drives his Warjacks far ahead into the support staff of Brad’s Skorne. 

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Brad’s Skorne gunline tries to shoot down Andy’s Stryker2 force before they can crash into his lines. 

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Roger’s pair of Circle werewolves prepare to weather the storm of Adam’s Legion shooting. 

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It’s villains vs villains as Adam’s Legion of Everblight attempt to stop the undead menace presented by Scott’s Cryx. 

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Coloring the Crossroads

Coloring the Crossroads

Okay, so Privateer Press’ Crossroads of Courage event is going on, which means I’m getting some games in–and getting a ton of painting done.

I’ll be doing a separate post for the story of Holden the Last through my game experience, so you can check that portion out elsewhere.

First, as always painting. And there’s SO MUCH. Largely because I’m finally pushing hard on my Protectorate of Menoth force.

1 Amon Ad-Raza Protectorate of Menoth

First up, I finished Amon Ad-Raza, as I wanted to have an answer to terrain-heavy battlefields. He’s a buff caster, who casts buffs (absurd muscles joke). I like how he turned out, as the red works well for me when there are the neutral colors and metals. 

1 Protectorate of Menoth Judicator

I also finally put all the finishing touches on my Judicator. I really like how it turned out. I need to add some scrub grass to the base, but otherwise I’m really pleased. 

3 Protectorate of Menoth Allegiant of the Order of the Fist

Two Allegiants of the Order of the Fist, otherwise known as “punch monks”. Much debate was had on whether they should be “kick monks”, but I think they’re stretching or practicing their balance in this pose, rather than in mid-attack (very few Privateer Press models are depicted “mid-attack” it seems). 

4 Protectorate of Menoth Hierophant

A Hierophant. Man, I love this model. Its ability to reduce the cost of a Warcaster’s spell is huge, ultimately letting me camp more Focus or get another critical spell out in early turns. 

5 Protectorate of Menoth Wrack

A bit blurry, but I also finished a Wrack. Can you tell I’ve been worried about Focus issues? The Wrack is a very solid solo, and at 1 point the ability to give potentially limitless rounds of and extra Focus is huge (though 1/3 chance to blow up is still pretty high). 

6 Protectorate of Menoth Crusader

I finished a Crusader as well, as part of the Crossroads of Courage is choosing a side and getting painting objectives based on your side. My side is Sowers, so it’s a heavy warjack or warbeast each week for me. 

7 Crossroads of Courage Holden the Last Conversion

Finally, my Holden the Last conversion (for season one–I’ve got some later season Holdens planned too as he advances through the faith). It’s a Sea Dog Rifleman unit attachment, with a shoulder swap and the removal of the drinking cup (I put in power charges on his belt instead). 

 

What really pleases me about this progress is that I’ve now hit more than 365 points painted in 2016 (actually I’m at 384). My goal is 500 by the end of the year, which is pretty absurd if I thought about it in January, but currently looks entirely manageable.

I got five games in with my Protectorate of Menoth these past two weeks. One practice before the league started, and then three league games.

8 Protectorate of Menoth Amon Ad-Raza vs Khador Sorscha

Small practice game versus Brandon’s Khador. They gave Amon a scare, but he narrowly survived–which meant that a quick slam of a Juggernaut over Sorscha followed by generous application of a Devout in melee managed to win me the game. 

9 Protectorate of Menoth Amon Ad-Raza vs Circle Orboros Kaya2

My first Crossroads league game was against Roger and his woodland critters Circle army. This was one of those games where I realized how Warjacks can be a bit more limited than Warbeasts–even in Mark III. I came up short in an assassination, and Kaya2 beat Amon to death. 

10 Protectorate of Menoth Amon Ad-Raza vs Stryker2

My third game was against Andy and his cool wasteland-theme Cygnar army, led by Stryker2. It was a clash of two very compact forces that were largely battlegroup in composition. Stryker moved to take out one of the Monks, but failed to kill him despite repeated attempts. Which left him too low on Focus and with his back to two of my Warjacks… which let a long Mobility-driven attack finish him off. 

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My fourth game was against a brand-new player, Scott, who is starting a Cygnar army. We played battlebox sized games, with the two battlebox casters. Through an astonishing number of bad rolls, I came up short again and again with attacks–which culminated in an assassination gone wrong and Beth Maddox using her feat to boost herself and her attacks on my Warcaster, finishing him off. 

13 Protectorate of Menoth versus Cryx

 

My final game of Week 1 of the Crossroads campaign was a loss to Ryan’s Bane Witch Agathia. I was winning the attrition war pretty handily, yet left a damaged Amon just a half inch too close to Barathrum. I forget how fast Cryx heavies can be. 

500 Points Challenge Progress (2016):

384/500

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2016: 89 (Win/Loss: 53/36/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Protectorate of Menoth:

14 Wins (Agathia x3, Tanith x2, Helynna, Lord Carver, Terminus, Beth Maddox x3, Ragnor, Sorscha, Stryker2) / 5 Losses (Agathia x2, Haley, Terminus, Kaya2)

Skorne:

23 Wins (Butcher x2, Deneghra, Shae, Sorscha2, Feora2, Severius, Skarre x2, Kreoss2, Borka, Kaya2, Stryker x2, Ragnor x2, Agathia, Malekus, Durgen, Kozlov, Bart, Terminus x2, Tanith)/ 16 Losses (Rask, Xerxis, Butcher3, Thagrosh, Zerkova2, Stryker x2, Magnus2, Terminus x2, Tanith, Vlad x2, Rahn, Arkadius)

Trollbloods:

11 Wins (Karchev x2, Vayl2 x3, Lylyth x2, Kaya, Skarre, Thagrosh, Asphyxious3) / 11 Losses (Adeptis Rahn, Kromac, Caine2, Borka2, Kaya, Rhyas, Ashlynn x2, Twins Saeryn and Rhyas, Butcher3, Thagrosh, Vayl2)

Cryx:

4 Wins (Caine, Karchev, Skarre, Vlad)  /  4 Losses (Asphyxious, Lylyth2, Goreshade3, Stryker)