Month: May 2017

March of the Kriels Summer 2017

March of the Kriels Summer 2017

Campaign Rules

The March of the Kriels is an open event that will run at Drawbridge Games during Summer 2017 until it is completed (estimated 12 weeks). The campaign fits with the current Privateer Press fluff, focusing on a mass exodus of the more major Trollbloods Kriels moving southward to Tolok Fortress in the Jungles of Alchiere. The campaign is designed for people to play different points levels but still participate, whether one game or many.

The goal is simple: to see which Trollbloods Kriel arrives at the Fortress first. We’ll be tracking the progress of each Kriel–as represented by their leader Warlock–as they make the journey through the various environs in the massive exodus. Trollbloods players will be able to progress their forces as they choose by playing and winning games. Opposition players will be able to prevent progress by continuing to foil the Trollbloods advance.

The campaign map will be a 12-foot long banner that gets hung at Drawbridge, which will feature each of the 12 steps along the way. As Trollbloods win games, they will move one space. If they lose on scenario, they stay put, and a loss by assassination moves them back a space. Think the Mountain Climber game from the Price is Right for the feel of how this will go. Each Thursday at 10pm the results will be tallied, and the markers moved.

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The first part of the Journey features some treacherous mountains and hills punctuated by enemy strongholds. 

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The second part of the Journey starts pleasant enough, but soon sees the Trollbloods winding their way through the Bloodstone Desert. 

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The third part of the Journey sees the Trollbloods cross into Alchiere, and finally reach Tolok Fortress. 

This is a great opportunity to start up a Trollbloods army if you haven’t, or play against one of our Trollbloods players. A few forces can also ally with a Troll Kriel if they choose: Khador and Mercenaries can choose to have their games contribute to the Trollbloods’ cause. However, given that these are allies not the Kriels themselves, it takes two declared “ally wins” to move a given Warlock’s Kriel one step forward on the map. And all the other forces, plus these if they’re feeling belligerent, get to strive to slow the Trolls by defeating their forces along the way of the journey.

While most of the Trollbloods Kriels are making the journey in the fluff, a couple of Warlocks are notably absent from the progress (Borka and Horgle). Thus, we’ll be tracking the advances of only those Warlocks who are on the path.

March of the Kriels 2017 Participating Warlocks

Participating Kriels: Calandra, Grim, Grissel, Doomshaper, Gunnbjorn, Madrak, Jarl, and Ragnor. (Note: it was unclear if Ragnor or Jarl were actually on the path in the fluff, but to allow more options, particularly to new Trollbloods players, we figured we’d let players field them)

We’re hoping that the fun of telling the story will be a big part of why people participate in this mad race for the end. Trollbloods players (or people starting Trollbloods) can jockey for their preferred Warlock’s success. Meanwhile, everyone can play spoiler and obstacle. The campaign will kick off on June 8th with a quick IKRPG scenario that sets up the events, followed by the inaugural games.

However, we also know that campaign rewards are a great way to get games moving–so check the section below for the great prizes that Drawbridge is making available to players.

Campaign Rewards

There will be an entry fee for the Campaign of $10 to cover the production costs for the map and combine with the prize support generously offered by Drawbridge games to enable the following rewards. As always, players do need to be Gatecrasher members.

Adversary incentives: We wanted to make sure that there were ample opponents for the Trollbloods players to face. Thus, participating players can rack up “Adversary” points. They accumulate with a point per game played against a Trollbloods player (25 points or more), or 1/2 a point for a Battle Box game (0 points). At 10 points, the player wins a new Warcaster or Warlock. Upon entering the league, the player will list what Warcasters or Warlocks they have for their adversary force–when they hit 10 points, they’ll receive a free surprise Warcaster or Warlock that they don’t yet have for that force. At 16 points, the player will receive an additional surprise Privateer Press official item that matches their preferred Adversary force. We’re estimating the campaign pace as more than 10 weeks, so even players who only get in a single game per week can still make the initial mark. Finally, adversary struggles and success will be featured in the campaign reporting as the story of the journey gets told.

Trollbloods players incentives: Just like adversary points, players can rack up “Kriel” points. They accumulate at the same rate, and yield the same rewards. Thus, a really ambitious player can get themselves a Troll Warlock and one other Warcaster/Warlock for the adversary force that they fielded! Trollbloods players also will receive the free surprise official Privateer Press item we’re arranging to mark their participation in the event. And finally, the progress of the Trollbloods players will be tracked and reported, with a feature on each Trollbloods player and their progress.

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Tristan and Tournament

Tristan and Tournament

 

So I started this week by reading the great new novel set in the Iron Kingdoms: Godless, by Orrin Grey. It tells the story of Sovereign Tristan Durant (Durant2), and it’s a great piece of fiction that focuses on the Protectorate. I got so wrapped up in the story that I thought: I’ve got to paint this model. I had picked him up a long time ago (yay for friends who went to GenCon 2016), so it was good to paint him up to get him onto the table.

1 Sovereign Tristan Durant2

Sovereign Tristan Durant. I’m pleased with the look of him, as I am with all of my Protectorate. He’s an intriguing Warcaster, so I was pumped to get him onto the field of battle. 

2 Eyriss1

I also finished up Eyriss1 this week, as I needed her for my Kreoss1 that I’m working on. His Feat enables assassinations. If Eyriss1 can then get a shot on the knocked-down Warcaster or Warlock, then it’s surely game over. 

First up, I got in a couple of games with Sovereign Tristan Durant to see if I wanted to run him in the upcoming Steamroller tournament.

3 Sovereign Tristan Durant2 Protectorate of Menoth vs Cryx Asphyxious3 Gaspy3

His first outing as a painted Warcaster was against Ryan’s Cryx and Asphyxious3. In the battle of Warjacks, the fight goes to the squad that can gain souls/focus for Focus spent by models. Tristan got a little too close to Gaspy3, and paid for it with a nasty melee loss. It was certainly a fun game, as Ryan is a great opponent, but Tristan hit the dirt hard. 

4 Sovereign Tristan Durant2 Protectorate of Menoth vs Mercenaries Fiona

My second test of Tristan Durant2 was against Savage’s Mercenaries led by Fiona the Black. Again, I am blessed to be in a fun meta with such great players. This was a great slug-fest. He finally managed to finish off Tristan with a few shots and a spell from his Warcaster. Was super-fun and I learned a lot about my list. Durant2 can be defensive if he’s camping enough, but he’s still vulnerable in ways as his survivability tends to come from what surrounds him. 

These games convinced me that I was nowhere near ready for a tournament with Durant2. I like what he does, but finding a way to not be punished due to the slow speed seems critical. So for the tournament, I took my Kreoss1 list (now with the finished Eyriss1). I planned to play it for most match-ups, except those where I felt like there was some manner of assassination vector. I decided to pair him with Feora2. I like her abilities somewhat, and with the right support she can be definitely defensive. She at least seemed like a good look into infantry lists or lists that would be safe from Kreoss1’s knockdown shenanigans.

So what did I face in all three games? Two lists that were safe from knockdown shenanigans and one that was infantry-heavy. I ended up dropping Feora2 all three games. Which was hardly my plan nor my preferred option. Still, she worked okay in a few matches. I’ll discuss each below in slightly more depth.

5 Protectorate of Menoth Feora2 vs Legion of Everblight Kryssa

First game I was paired against Charles’ Kryssa list. I had to drop Feora2 because I knew he would be taking this option full of battle engines and serpentine models (maybe four models can be knocked down in the whole force?). I bumbled more than a few things in the game and he very effectively picked apart my force. I scared him with a Flame Step assassination attempt, but Feora2 didn’t have the focus nor the dice to finish his Warlock off, and I was crushed in return. 

6 Protectorate of Menoth Feora2 vs Mercenaries Magnus2

Second game I laughed because I got paired against Savage. His first question: “did you bring Durant2?” Nope! With two lists that carried more muscle than Kreoss1’s list and ways to avoid knockdown in both, it had to be Feora2 again. This one went much the same as the last one, if not even worse. I was jammed into my initial spot and coping with the fast loss of my stuff. All I could do was light most of his force on fire and then watch him take out my models. With pretty much only Feora2 left, I had to use a desperation play–Flame Step and then try to spell Magnus2 to death. Luckily he had left Magnus2 without Focus, spending it to help take out my collossal with Calamity. I managed to hit with the spells and flamethrower, and that spelled the end of Magnus2. 

7 Protectorate of Menoth Feora2 vs Cryx Skarre1

Third game was against Bill’s Cryx army. It was the new Ghost Fleet theme list with Skarre1 as the Warcaster. Because of the numbers and the incorporeal volume, I figured that the Judicator getting magic weapon from the Armory objective would have to be my play. Turned out that I had all the wrong tools except for Feora2. He did a great job dismantling my army. But Feora2 is just hard to kill–and she managed to set up in a spot of danger that still had a threat on Skarre1. 

8 Feora2 vs Skarre1

Bill brought his whole force against Feora2, and totally should have killed her. His dice went completely sour on him, which is saying something under Skarre’s dark guidance. Feora2 managed to survive two warjacks and about six ghost pirates. Then it was a simple flame step, charge, and kill Skarre1 in melee. 

I ended 2-1 for the Tournament, which I was very pleased about. That record left me in the top half of finishers, which seemed great to me given that I was stuck playing Feora2 in all three matches. All-in-all a good event and a good learning experience with my Protectorate.

 

365 Points Challenge Progress (2017):

223/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2017: 57 (Win/Loss 38/19/0); 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Trollbloods:

5 Wins (Gaspy1, Terminus, Barnabas, Gunnbjorn, Kaya2) / 1 Loss (Feora3)

Convergence of Cyriss:

9 Wins (Maddox, Haley2, Rask, Helynna, Makeda1, Gorten, Kaelyssa, Vayl2, Gaspy1) / 2 Losses (Venethrax, Helynna)

Protectorate of Menoth:

3 Wins (Kaelyssa, Magnus2, Skarre1) / 7 Losses (Makeda1, Deneghra1, Thyron, Kozlov, Kryssa, Fiona, Gaspy3)

Skorne:

8 Wins (Kaelyssa, Nemo3, Zaadesh2, Makeda1 x2, Kaya3, Grayle, MacBain) / 4 Losses (Makeda2, Venethrax, Grayle, Horgle2)

Retribution of Scyrah:

13 Wins (Tanith x2, Venethrax x2, Malekus, Gaspy1, Ragnor, Zaadesh2 x2, Grayle, Borka1, Makeda1, Strakov) / 5 Losses (Zaadesh2, Thyra, Xekaar, Tanith, Gaspy1)

Axis of Evil

Axis of Evil

 

Flip flop, flip flop. Back to fooling with some Convergence. I managed to paint a bit more for the force, so I took a new Warcaster for a test-spin. Axis, the Harmonic Enforcer. Haven’t finished his paint job yet, so no photos of him. But here’s what I did get done:

Convergence of Cyriss Galvanizer and Diffuser

Two of the light vectors: a Galvanizer and a Diffuser. These are fun little models, but I’m still somewhat iffy on my paint scheme with them. Dunno, just seems bland–which leads to me always drifting to other models. 

I played three games trying out Axis, and found him to be a fairly enjoyable Warcaster. I like control casters a lot, and I think he has enough control between his Feat and the Razor Wall, that he can get the job done.

1 Convergence of Cyriss Axis vs Retribution Kaelyssa

My first game with Axis was against Steve’s Retribution, a frequent foe of mine. He gave a good try on killing Axis with a ranged assassination, but the shield guard ability of the servitors in the theme list, along with Axis’ high armor, kept him from being killed. He returned the favor by crashing into her lines and starting the attrition struggle. It ended when she was trapped by the killbox and my models, and couldn’t escape the advance range of the Iron Aggression Inverter. 

2 Convergence of Cyriss Axis vs Legion of Everblight Vayl2

Played my second game with Axis against Ryan’s Legion of Everblight force and Vayl2. I was able to close the gap on his infantry with the Transfinite Emergence Projector, and the Feat plus some counter-charging warjacks kept his force from getting meaningfully engaged. With attrition well on my side, he had to take the shot at spell assassination on my Warcaster. It wasn’t a particularly good look to begin with given what I was camping, but it got extra awful as he rolled some misses with spells. Axis waded in and killed Vayl2 himself after weathering the storm. 

3 Convergence of Cyriss Axis vs Cryx Gaspy1

My third Axis outing was against a new person in our area, Kyle. He’s getting back into the game after having played in Mark II, and he ran Cryx with Gaspy1 and all the banes. I felt bad, because that’s a dream match-up for Axis’ feat plus Razor Wall. He had to try his feat to get some breathing room, but it didn’t do enough work to buy him an opening. My warjacks cleared the path over two turns, and finally the Inverter got in on his Warcaster and finished the game. He was a fun opponent to play, and he suffered thru the rough treatment of Axis’ control game with aplomb. 

All-in-all I enjoyed Axis hitting the table. Whether I’m really into Convergence for the long term remains to be seen. Something about painting them is just slow with me, and no matter how well I’m doing with games, I tend to be a complete hobbyist–and draw passion from painting models I’m going to field. We’ll see going forward!

365 Points Challenge Progress (2017):

210/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2017: 52 (Win/Loss 36/16/0); 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Trollbloods:

5 Wins (Gaspy1, Terminus, Barnabas, Gunnbjorn, Kaya2) / 1 Loss (Feora3)

Convergence of Cyriss:

9 Wins (Maddox, Haley2, Rask, Helynna, Makeda1, Gorten, Kaelyssa, Vayl2, Gaspy1) / 2 Losses (Venethrax, Helynna)

Protectorate of Menoth:

1 Win (Kaelyssa) / 4 Losses (Makeda1, Deneghra1, Thyron, Kozlov)

 

Skorne:

8 Wins (Kaelyssa, Nemo3, Zaadesh2, Makeda1 x2, Kaya3, Grayle, MacBain) / 4 Losses (Makeda2, Venethrax, Grayle, Horgle2)

 

Retribution of Scyrah:

13 Wins (Tanith x2, Venethrax x2, Malekus, Gaspy1, Ragnor, Zaadesh2 x2, Grayle, Borka1, Makeda1, Strakov) / 5 Losses (Zaadesh2, Thyra, Xekaar, Tanith, Gaspy1)

The Behemoth Approaches

The Behemoth Approaches

Don’t worry, frequent readers–I’m not starting another Warmachine faction and painting a big nasty for Khador. Rather, this is the inital set-up for my new 40k project. With the new rules coming out for 8th edition 40k, and the promise that starting a small new team for Shadow War holds, it’s time to explore some Genestealer Cult.

Genestealer Generations

I’m envisioning them as a preparatory force, hiding and making way for the arrival of Hive Fleet Behemoth to a system. There’s a little note in the fluff about the second spot the Hive Fleet struck and consumed: Occulus. The 5th edition codex has the following mention: “Occulus was a moon-sized observator station caught in Behemoth’s path as it pushed onwards past Tyran. The station was a bio-artefact claimed by the Imperium nine thousand years earlier and was devoured, along with its crew.”

I figure that a bio-artefact would be a popular mining spot in addition to the Observator station–to research the artefact and what resources it might provide. In some way (I’ll determine later) a Genestealer Cult could have formed on the planet, and been a part of the lure of the fleet to the system. With splinter cults on a variety of other planets in the system (to represent the other types of battles/foes they may face), it is a fun way to origin my force. At least that’s my starting notion about the force.

In deference to the picture above, I wanted to work on painting the different generations first to get my sense of how they would look. And I wanted them to be of the strain that would lure Behemoth, so figured the distinctive red chitin with blue plates look from that Hive Fleet. This is my first shot at the different generations (akin to the art above).

Genestealer Cult Behemoth Color Scheme Warhammer 40k Hybrids Purestrain Acolyte

I’m pleased with how they turned out, and they’re going to look really good as groups I think. For a special added bonus, the guy on the far right is in the colors of the Macragge planetary defense force that my good gaming buddy Justin painted up as allies for his extensive Ultramarines force. I figure that clashes against him made sense, which is why I chose the Hive Fleet Behemoth look in the first place.

Now that I’ve got the colors down, my first stop is to get a full group painted up for Shadow War: Armageddon. That way I can get some games in while still working on the basic building blocks of my force.

Harbinger of Menoth

Harbinger of Menoth

Ah, the complicated existence of someone who cannot settle in and paint just one type of model over and over. Just as I’m getting started with Convergence of Cyriss, I start to feel like I want to paint something else. Of course, that means my plan to play only one Warmachine faction and one Hordes faction in 2017 has been long-since lost (this week’s games makes 3 different Warmachine factions and two Hordes).

I figured that if I wanted a change in painting I’d better do something worth my time. So I finally painted up a model that’s been intimidating me for a while: The Harbinger of Menoth. I assembled her last September or October, and got some initial colors on to her model before I stopped. It was time to get going and get her completed. That led to even more model completion from amid some of the Protectorate stuff I have acquired.

1 Harbinger of Menoth Protectorate of Menoth Harby

I’m pretty pleased with how the model turned out. I honestly like the scheme for the penitents who are towing her along maybe more than Harbinger–I definitely need to complete my Choir and add some Zealots and the Covenant to my painting queue. That said, I also like how Harbinger turned out. The red armor is something that I’m really getting comfortable with, and I think it works well on the tabletop.

Rhupert Carvolo Mercenaries Protectorate of Menoth

I also painted up a Mercenary model: Rhupert Carvolo, the Piper of Ord. As I will never, ever play Cygnar, he really is only for my Protectorate force. So I made sure that some elements of his clothes and armor matched with the look of my Protectorate force. But I still wanted him to be a bit different, so I made the odd orange color that I use for occasional sashes on Protectorate models the dominant color on him. It also gave me a chance to explore some rudimentary plaid patterns on the bag pipes. 

On the gaming side of things, well… if I’ve got new models painted I want to play them. So out came my Protectorate for a few games–all using Harbinger as my Warcaster.

2 Protectorate of Menoth Harbinger vs Skorne Makeda1

First up, a match against Ryan’s classic-scheme Skorne, led by Makeda1. This game would have ended in a win for me, but it was his first time fielding Molik Karn and he messed up a bit of the order of activation in going for the long-distance kill run. I was happy to let Ryan sort it out, and Molik did indeed finish off the Harbinger. Was a fun game, and taught me that I need more bodies in the force. Even if I’m planning on only using Martyrdom on a few, I need to have that stand-off space in the army. 

3 Protectorate of Menoth Harbinger vs Cryx Deneghra1

Second game I played against Larry’s Cryx, led by Deneghra1. The bulk of the force was two units of Satyxis Raiders and a unit of Satyxis Witches. It was a fun game, it was a curious puzzle for how engagement would go for both of us. I ended up losing thanks in large part to feedback damage from the Raiders’ whips. I definitely need to be ready for that in future games, and have more of an answer for infantry than I did. Of course, I also forgot to set my unit of Flamebringers on the table, and that really hurt my ability to be anti-infantry. Hopefully I can get a rematch in sometime against this force, as I think I’d like to see how I can go about the puzzle of stopping all those high-defense models a second time. 

4 Protectorate of Menoth Harbinger vs Retribution of Scyrah Kaelyssa

My third game was against Steve’s Retribution, led by Kaelyssa. This was an odd battle–his warjacks were definitely ahead in attrition, but they were all clusters on one end of the battlefield–while the critical action was taking place elsewhere. Eventually the Flamebringers closed their way in on Kaelyssa and managed to kill her in a round of swirling melee.

1 Protectorate of Menoth Harbinger vs Retribution of Scyrah

Followed those games with a game against Dan’s Retribution of Scyrah. Was glad to see him back into the hobby after a break, but less glad to see the one Mage Hunter Assassin that managed to slip past my back line. I presumed it would go for support staff, as I had 15 hit points and only 2 damage on Harbinger. But he went for her instead, cranked the damage roll, and killed her in a single hit. Bad risk-taking on my part to be sure. Still a very fun game, as Harbinger’s feat and Protectorate shenanigans posed a tough puzzle for his infantry-heavy force. 

2 Protectorate of Menoth Feora2 vs Khador Kozlov

Next took my Protectorate against a newer player in our meta–yet another Andy. He’s working on a Cygnar force, but also had some Khador. He took Kozlov, and as Harbinger is kind of wonky for newer players to face, I took Feora2. While the first-starting Redeemer did amazing work, and she had a silly amount of focus on her feat turn, she couldn’t pull off a personal assassination. Kozlov’s defense gets powerfully high with any sort of buff to increase it, and my dice went cold in the game. Feora2 suffered a Juggernaut to the back as a result of the failed assassination run, and that was that. 

365 Points Challenge Progress (2017):

199/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2017: 49 (Win/Loss 33/16/0); 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Protectorate of Menoth:

1 Win (Kaelyssa) / 4 Losses (Makeda1, Deneghra1, Thyron, Kozlov)

Trollbloods:

5 Wins (Gaspy1, Terminus, Barnabas, Gunnbjorn, Kaya2) / 1 Loss (Feora3)

Skorne:

8 Wins (Kaelyssa, Nemo3, Zaadesh2, Makeda1 x2, Kaya3, Grayle, MacBain) / 4 Losses (Makeda2, Venethrax, Grayle, Horgle2)

Convergence of Cyriss:

6 Wins (Maddox, Haley2, Rask, Helynna, Makeda1, Gorten) / 2 Losses (Venethrax, Helynna)

Retribution of Scyrah:

13 Wins (Tanith x2, Venethrax x2, Malekus, Gaspy1, Ragnor, Zaadesh2 x2, Grayle, Borka1, Makeda1, Strakov) / 5 Losses (Zaadesh2, Thyra, Xekaar, Tanith, Gaspy1)