Month: April 2018

Bringing the Blight

Bringing the Blight

So first off, buckle in for some odd battle reports. We kicked off our Permanent Death League at Drawbridge games on Thursday, so as Warlocks and named solos/warbeasts/units die, I’m likely to have some oddities in my lists for those games. That said, I’m also squeezing in some practice on my Primal Terrors lists in the meantime.

To that end, I finished up painting the Blightbringer for my army. After the CID it seems to be a really solid piece to support what Primal Terrors lists can do, so I wanted to get it completed.

Legion of Everblight Blightbringer

The games below he’s still in progress, sadly., but I wanted to get him on the table and start trying out Primal Terrors asap.

I started off the Permanent Death League running Vayl2, just because I wanted to get some experience with her but didn’t mind if she perished early in the league either. Clockwise from left: my game against Colton’s Khador and Vlad1, ended in a scenario loss for me. He ran Vlad with all the heavy armor infantry, and I just couldn’t keep up the pressure on my right flank. Vayl2 fared better into Justin’s Khador and Sorscha1, mainly because being immune to cold during the Feat can save your life in an assassination attempt. Finally I played a really hairy game against Larry’s Maelok list with all the Gatormen. He had a huge scenario advantage, but I managed to get the assassination thanks to a hellmouth tentacle, some shooting by my beasts, and Kallus1 finishing the gator off. 

 

4 Legion of Everblight Thagrosh2 vs Retribution Helynna

This table looked so nice, I wanted to include the bigger photo. This was a match with Thagrosh2 against Steve’s Helynna list. Was a good slugfest, and a Permanent Death League game that ended with four total characters leaving the league (two on each side). I managed to assassinate Helynna with the Blightbringer doing a slam attack that finished her (Eilish Garrity, before he died, had inflicted a lot of damage on her already with his little defensive spell ability). 

Overall I’m pleased with the Blightbringer as a piece. My only (and growing) concern with Legion is that I want to play a lot of the big pieces, so transporting them has been a real pain. I’ll have to sort out some more transportable lists (rather than all the huge bases). Hmmmm.

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

183/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 52 (Win/Loss 31/21); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Legion of Everblight:

26 Wins (Denny1, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1 x2, Strakov2, Kaya3 x2, Helynna x2, Sorscha2, Kaelyssa, Dreamer, Jaga-Jaga, Denny3, Elara2 x2, Thexus, Sorscha1, Maelok) / 14 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1, Issyria, Child, Helynna, Gaspy3 x2, Karchev, Vlad1)

Protectorate of Menoth:

4 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1) / 0 Losses

Convergence of Cyriss:

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

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The (French) Foreign Legion

The (French) Foreign Legion

The Legion learning curve continues for me. I’ve enjoyed it thus far, and I’m trying to be limited in what I’m fielding to better learn certain things. Right now I’m focusing on Fyanna2 (Children of the Dragon, 2 units of Swordsmen), Thagrosh1 (Oracles double Thrones), and Kallus1 (Primal Terrors, Blightbringer plus Ogruns). Definitely enjoying the faction, though there are moments when it’s feeling really foreign to me. For instance, so much time playing Protectorate of Menoth makes the relative lack of magic defense really noticeable to me. To the point where Eilish Garrity has been in lists (or considered) much more than he likely should–and he’s hardly the best anti-magic.

Painting-wise, I’ve added Kallus1 so I can have at least one painted Warlock for the faction in my current scheme, and Azrael, a character Heavy that has a spot in my Fyanna2 list.

1 Legion of Everblight Kallus1

He’s the first model that’s more in the yellow armor than anything else. I still like the look. The picture doesn’t highlight it, but there’s a bit of blue on the chain that covers his skirt to balance it. I’m pretty pleased with the model, and I think when the rest of the army gets done alongside him it’ll look ideal. 

Here’s the front and back of Azrael. The pinkish fleshtone of the wings works well, I think. And I love the way the yellow pops on the cool-tone model. It took a lot of work to get him done, but I’m really glad I finished it up. 

Now to games played. This set will be pretty quick, as they’re all just practice and refinement games that I’ve been getting in. We have a great local meta split across a few stores (Drawbridge, SCG Hobby, and Mr Nice Guy Games) so it’s relatively easy to get in a number of games against quality opponents. All the comments will refer to the photos clockwise from the larger one on the left.

First faced Justin’s Madrak1 list with my Fyanna2 list. Was a very close and grindy game (often the case between our lists), which I managed to win on clock. Next was a loss to Steve’s Helynna with Thagrosh1. I got behind on attrition, and had to go for assassination that simply flubbed the critical part (a miss on the boosted Mutagenesis–a long shot to begin with anyhow). Followed that with another match using Thagrosh1, this time against Xavier’s Kaya3. I did a good job taking out critical pieces in favorable trades in this one, and set up a scenario win as time ran tight. 

The first photo here represents two games, as I played Larry’s Gaspy3 10 Slayers list twice in a row with my Fyanna2 swordsmen list. The second time I did marginally better, but still game up very short. That’s a fearsome list! Followed it with a game against Ryan’s Deneghra3 that I won through sheer luck. Had he remembered to cast Ghostly on his own caster to avoid free strikes, and had those subsequent free strikes not both rolled huge on damage, he would have easily assassinated Thagrosh1. As it was, I pulled out the win through luck and oversight. Final game of this set was another Thagrosh1 game, this time against Elara2. The thrones did enough work at the moments they needed to in order to clear his Sentinels, leaving Thagrosh’s force well able to slowly close in on Elara2 to victory. 

Final trio of games. Another match against Steve’s Elara2, this time much closer as a battle. I managed to win by leveraging swordsmen in the far zone of the shot to a scenario victory. Had he managed to eliminate the Abbot with his shooting (which he almost succeeded on) it would have been much closer for Retribution. Turns out Cleave works well. Next up was Kallus1’s first outing, against Justin’s Khador led by Karchev. Another absolute slugfest. I managed to wreck a lot of warjacks but just wasn’t able to keep pace on scenario and lost by a pretty hefty margin. Final match for this set was again Kallus1 against Patrick’s Exulon Thexus. I had a good round with Hellmouths and the Blightbringer swinging balance of heavy hitters my way. He had to try for assassination, and failed (in part thanks to Kallus1’s defense boost on his Feat turn). Made a clear win for me the following turn. 

All-in-all some really good learning experiences. I’m definitely feeling like I have a sense of my Fyanna2 list. I know what it can face off against well, and where it struggles. Despite the fact that I absolutely love my Azrael model that I finished up, I think that list is going to get some thought and consideration before I get more elements painted for it. I’m leaning toward getting more of the Kallus1 and Thagrosh1 lists finished up and seeing where they can take me as a pairing.

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

151/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 48 (Win/Loss 28/20); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Legion of Everblight:

23 Wins (Denny1, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1 x2, Strakov2, Kaya3 x2, Helynna, Sorscha2, Kaelyssa, Dreamer, Jaga-Jaga, Denny3, Elara2 x2, Thexus) / 13 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1, Issyria, Child, Helynna, Gaspy3 x2, Karchev)

Protectorate of Menoth:

4 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1) / 0 Losses

Convergence of Cyriss:

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

 

Permanent Death League

Permanent Death League

Welcome to the Drawbridge Games ruleset for a Warmachine and Hordes Permanent Death League. This site will cover the rules, rewards, and track league results from the Spring 2018 league.

Permanent Death League Rules

The rules are pretty simple. Players gather and play games together as a part of the league. Anytime a character model dies (warlock, warcaster, or FA: C model) that named model cannot be played again in the league. We decided that it’s limited by version: so losing Caine2 means that you can still set Caine1 on the table. It’s a fun style of play, that trains players to be a bit more cautious with their characters (a benefit for developing players) and forces you to sometimes play things outside of your comfort zone in terms of new models hitting the table or seeing how you do without some key support piece (a benefit for all players). Most of all, it’s a fun way to kill the favorite models of your friends!

Permadeath League

Players in the campaign need to only commit to which faction they are playing throughout the campaign. A tally will be made of all participating factions, and a “Wanted” poster constructed for each participating faction. The “Wanted” posters will be used to track which characters have died–with a large red DEAD stamp across them when they perish. They’ll be posted on this site (below), but also on-site at Drawbridge games. An initial example of the Legion of Everblight wanted roster is below:

Bell of Lost Souls Warmachine Permanent Death Leagues Legion Wanted

Some special cases exist for a Permanent Death League, and need not clutter things here–instead it will be listed on the faction posters. A few general rules:

For named character units (e.g. The Withershadow Combine), losing one model from the group means that all are lost at the end of the game (the survivors mourn the lost). For character units that have just a single named character (e.g. Blackbane’s Ghost Raiders) losing grunts from the unit does not matter, only when the named character themselves dies is the unit out. For Warlock and Warcaster units, the same logic applies: which means that Butcher3 can lose his dogs often and still be played, but Grim2 better be careful with Muggs and Krump. In the case of any named characters that can be brought back to life, it’s the end of the game that matters (e.g. Saeryn & Ryhas, Talons of Everblight).

Rewards

Drawbridge will use a ticket reward system. When each of the conditions below is met, the player gains a ticket. All the tickets are put into a central container. After the last game of the final night of the league, the league rewards will be drawn at random from the pool of tickets accumulated. This means that everyone who participated in the league has a chance to win, but the more you participated the better your chances.

The following earn a player a ticket:

  • Play a game (25 points or 75 points)
  • Win a game (25 points or 75 points)
  • Field a newly painted Warcaster or Warlock for the first time*
  • Field a newly painted character solo (or character unit) for the first time*
  • Kill an enemy named character model
  • Have a named character model spend 3 consecutive turns in a single game within 6″ of the center point of the board

Borka Bust

Your characters better be as tough as Borka to survive earning that last one!

* The intention of this is that players will be painting new models for the event, to get us further along in play-it-painted progress as a community, as well as to ensure that we paint up the models that replace our lost characters!

Spring 2018 Campaign

The Spring 2018 campaign begins on Thursday, April 12th, and will conclude on Thursday, May 17th.

Week 1 saw its fair share of early deaths, particular amid the Khadorians. Things grew a bit during Week 2, as Khador didn’t suffer as badly as they had during the first week–instead it was Cygnar and Retribution that got a bit tighter as games went on. Week 3saw not the same rise in death, but still a few. It seems to be a very dangerous world for merc and minion solos with floppy hats and rifles, as Kell Bailoch joined Longchops in the corpse pile. Week 4 added a few more army leaders to the death list: Garryth the Blade of Retribution, Master Ascetic Naaresh, and Lord Commander Stryker all being assassinated. Despite those losses, people are definitely starting to play cagier with their named characters, particularly Kozlov who has hit the field numerous times across multiple players and survived. Week 5 was another bloody one, losing models across four different factions–and finally another character warbeast perished (Tiberion joining Azrael on the scrap heap).

Bounties Claimed - Week 5

 

 

 

 

 

Chase for the Cup

Chase for the Cup

It’s the start of the 2018 Appalachian Cup season. I took my Legion to the first qualifier, looking to leverage Fyanna2, Thagrosh1, and Lylth1 to victory (it’s a three-list format). First tho, I managed to get a bit more painting done for the event.

1 Legion of Everblight Nephilim Bloodseer

Nephilim Bloodseer. Not only do I really like the way the paint job turned out, I really like this model in the game. Solid defensive stats, strong magic interference, and occasional knockdown fishing. 

2 Legion of Everblight The Forsaken

Also finished a Forsaken. A good chance to experiement with the dragonflesh tone on a smaller model. For Fyanna2 (who is getting painted soon) it will be interesting to blend the blues with the skin tone. Happy with how this model turned out. 

 

I went 1-2 at the Appalachian Cup, but had a great time and good experience with my games. I’m still seeing how match-ups work for my forces, so there’s a lot of work I need to do in terms of practice and reps.

3 Legion of Everblight Fyanna2 vs Minions Jaga-Jaga

First game was against Larry IV’s Minions and Jaga-Jaga. It was a good game for me, as I was able to collapse the side away from the Dracodile. Finally ended on scenario as he just couldn’t get enough contesting.

4 Legion of Everblight Lylyth1 vs Retribution Issyria

Second game was against Patrick’s Issyria. It’s a bad matchup for my lists, and I didn’t do myself much favor with Lylyth1. She didn’t have what it takes to pull out a victory against all those fast and accurate weaponmasters. Back to the drawing board for what I’ll do against this force. 

5 Legion of Everblight Thagrosh1 vs Grymkin Child

Third game I played Thagrosh1 vs Ken’s Grymkin (the Child). I actually lost on the clock in this match, which was an utter slugfest. I had the advantage but just couldn’t clear the zones fast enough to get the points advantage in time. As I get better with the force (this was only Thagrosh1’s third game for me), that should help on the time issue.

Overall a good first Appalachian Cup event for me. Scored me 5 points toward getting into the Appalachian Cup finals, which alone is a good start. With more practice, I should be successful.

Speaking of practice, I played 4 practice games before the App Cup as well. Some shots from them (comments run clockwise from top left):

 

Had a win against Steve’s Helynna, facing all the Retribution armor. Next got in a CID game against Andy’s Sorscha2 with Lylyth1–took some tricky throws to clear zones but won on scenario. Faced Savage’s Kaelyssa list with Thagrosh1, and finally took on Larry’s Dreamer–and managed to scrape a victory there. 

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

124/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 38 (Win/Loss 22/16); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Legion of Everblight:

17 Wins (Denny1, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1, Strakov2, Kaya3, Helynna, Sorscha2, Kaelyssa, Dreamer, Jaga-Jaga) / 9 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1, Issyria, Child)

Protectorate of Menoth:

4 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1) / 0 Losses

Convergence of Cyriss:

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