Category: Warmachine/Hordes

Right into the (Blight)fire

Right into the (Blight)fire

Another couple of weeks and more progress on my Legion of Everblight project. First painting, then gaming–and what a bunch of gaming it was (two tournaments!).

I’ve already painted 24 points worth of Legion Models, and will be adding more soon. So far I’ve completed test colors for my infantry (shown in the prior blog post). This time I worked out my Warbeast scheme and armor scheme with a Stinger, a Naga Nightlurker, and a Nephilim Bolt Thrower.

1 Legion of Everblight Stinger

This Stinger lesser warbeast was my first test model for the color scheme of the beasts, and he turned out well enough. I decided on different tone for armor plates vs nails and teeth, and I’m glad I did. I definitely needed to work more on the armor plating, but otherwise I think he turned out great. 

2 Legion of Everblight Naga Nightlurker Blue Bone

I’m far more pleased with the Naga Nightlurker though. I worked out a higher level of bone and I think it did very nicely for his scales. Definitely going to be pleased with this as a force color. 

3 Legion of Everblight Nephalim Bolt Thrower Yellow Armor Blue Skin Bone

My big question was how my idea for yellow armor would look on the blue skin. So I had to do an armored model next: enter the Nephilim Bolt Thrower. I did the Nephilim a half step brighter in skin tone than the other beasts, as that seems pretty common with the other Nephilim examples I see. I think the armor plates worked well, and the contrast while stark kinda looks right in my eyes. When I get some models mixed in with even more armor plates I think the whole lot will look like a great force. 

With models slowly joining the force, I had to get my play skills up to the task as well. First up, a couple of practice games with Thagrosh2 to get started.

4 Legion of Everblight Vayl1 vs Scaverous

Thagrosh2 takes on Scaverous. Was a pretty mistake-filled game as I am still fresh to Legion and Ryan was running Scaverous for the very first time. Thagrosh2 got the job done in the end. 

5 Legion of Everblight Thagrosh2 vs Issyria

Against Issyria, Thagrosh2 again took the field. The Throne was a monster this game, eliminating 8 sentinels and 2 arcanists in a single round, then taking the entirety of my opponent’s force to finally kill thanks to Dragon’s Blood. Left a situation where Steve, my opponent, took some shots at Thagrosh who moved up with Hyper Aggressive (which I love on himself) and was able to reach Issyria. 

Instead of being sensible and practicing a lot more, I dove right into a doubles tournament and then a local steamroller the following weekend. The doubles tournament went okay, I lost one, won one, and played my teammate Ryan in the second round as we had the bye. The Steamroller went better, as I finished in second place–winning my first two rounds then losing in the final game.

I forgot to photo round one of the doubles tournament, but it was a loss to Savage’s Circle Orboros force. He was ready to throw in the towel when I started my Feat turn, but he ended up seeing how the dice went and Thagrosh2’s beast rush failed to finish off Krueger2. The second game (above left) was just a practice during the bye round against Ryan’s Scaverous list with my Fyanna2, as both of us wanted the reps with new stuff. My final game was against Ken’s Grymkin and the Wanderer. It was a great slugfest of a game, with my high defense versus his star-crossed bubble making for slow removal on both sides. I managed to finally win on scenario by collapsing a side and starting to score. Was a great game, capped off a fun event. 

Finished second at the Steamroller, which I’ll certainly take as positive. My first game was against Charles’ Skarre1. Lylyth2 was able to kill Aiakos who was running the Kraken, so Skarre1 had to move to activate it–leaving her in range of Lylyth and a Ravagore for the assassination. The second game was against Bill’s Kara Sloan list, and Fyanna’s troops got absolutely shot to pieces. Mercifully Azrael was able to land shots on Sloan over two turns and kill her as the rest of my army just jammed and died. The final round was against Larry’s Grymkin and the Dreamer. I made a mistake committing Azrael a bit too early, rather than just using spacing to stay safe from the troop-gobbling Rattler, and another mistake with placement around a close Skin and Moans. I left a spot for him to Apparate with the Dreamer’s upkeep, which meant that Fyanna2 didn’t get to admonition out of the way (which was what I was counting on to keep me safe when I didn’t manage to kill it). I don’t feel terrible about the game, but it was definitely a few mistakes on my part that kept me from being successful (in addition to Larry’s always excellent play of course). 

All in all I’m really happy with where my Legion is starting to go. I love my paint scheme, and when the bases arrive I’m going to be even more pleased to get them models looking right. A slightly orange-ish or tan limestone look to the base plates will really make the models look right. And I’m definitely enjoying them in the game. I am a much more natural Hordes player than Warmachine, and I’m especially liking the initial list for Fyanna2 that I’m running as it plays different than many things I’ve used in the game before. All-in-on-Legion-2018 seems to be shaping up well from the start.

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

93/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 22 (Win/Loss 12/10); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Legion of Everblight:

7 Wins (Denny1, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan) / 3 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer)

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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A Monstrous Mistake?

A Monstrous Mistake?

So my last post was pretty positive about Protectorate. And then I proceeded to remember why I stalled with them the past few times I’ve done them. I just don’t feel pulled to paint that scheme, particularly the infantry that I had to complete (40 or so Exemplars for the Testament list). So it was a bit of back-to-the-drawing-board. And I decided to resurrect a force that I haven’t fielded since October 2015: Legion of Everblight. In Mark II I played mostly Skorne, but before even that I amassed a Legion of Everblight army at the very start of Mark II through when I started up with Skorne. They were pirate-themed, converted to have tricorn hats and ship-decking bases, and generally pretty enjoyable. They’re where I cut my teeth as a Warmachine and Hordes player–a whole lot of Saeryn1 and Vayl1 reps under my belt from back then.

And now instead of going with Protectorate of Menoth, I’m actually thinking of getting back into Legion. This may very well be a monstrous mistake, as I have a more Protectorate I can paint and field compared to what I can do for Legion. That said, I’m just not feeling it with Protectorate. And I had an idea. I was looking at the models and thinking about color scheme (because I want to do a new one, rather than my current purple-skin, orange-spectrum chitin look). And I realized that the feathers on all of the Nyss could be the focal points of those models, and they looked somewhat Aztec in a way. And I realized I’m going to try for that sort of look to my force.

 

These images give a good sense of what colors I’m thinking of using for feathers and armor. Feathers will be reds, blues, teals, rare greens, and purples. Armor brown/yellow/bone/gold hues (going to work on that part). If I use the jaguar skin look anywhere is unlikely, tho maybe certain fabrics to represent pelts. 

So here’s my first test model, a Blighted Nyss Shepard. I was most inspired by the colors of the woman with the bird headdress: muted palate, blue tone feathers, yellow armor. I’m skipping the red tone, as it will keep the model in a more simple two-tone that I like.

Blighted Nyss Shepherd Legion of Everblight

Yeah, the base is still incomplete–I ordered a set of Aztec-themed bases from Dragonforge, but they’ll be a while until they get completed and shipped to me. It’s a great company, but just a single dude who casts his product on request. So gotta wait a bit on those, but it should be worth it if they turn out right. Check them out:

Dragonforge Aztex Bases

As for games, these first few were pretty ugly because I’m running lists more on what I have painted and table-ready (even if in old scheme) than what is really good with those Warlocks. However I need to start getting reps, no matter how the models are painted, so I can feel more confident with the force. I went with a mix of a new Warlock (Thagrosh2) that I’ve always wanted to try, and a classic I feel semi-comfortable with (Vayl1) as my first pairing attempt for these games.

Vayl1 vs Denny1

Vayl1 takes the field against Deneghra1. I lost my first game with Thagrosh2 when I came up one attack short on Denny1 (and totally forgot to Feat… which would have led to the winning attack on a Scourge-knocked-down Denny). I won this game in the same way, he just couldn’t finish off Vayl1 thanks to enough transfers. Which led to a Incited Raek surviving a free strike and getting onto Denny without any Focus for an assassination. 

It’s a start at least. Now more games will slowly let me shape things up. A new model painted, a lesson learned, bases completed. It’ll be a long road, but I’m excited about the promise of this faction and this year of gaming. Is it a monstrous mistake to go down this road rather than Protectorate? Time will see.

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

70/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 14 (Win/Loss 6/8); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Legion of Everblight:

1 Wins (Denny1) / 1 Losses (Denny1)

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)

 

A Plan to Keep the Faith

A Plan to Keep the Faith

So following my first trip to the Warmachine ATC (America’s Team Championship), I resolved to play a single faction more consistently. Given what my interests are in the game, I evaluated the factions at my disposal and I’m leaning toward the Protectorate of Menoth. I want to focus for the year on a single faction, and right now I’m leaning this way. However, I reserve my right to change my mind. February 3rd is my deadline to have decided on the faction to focus upon for this year: my teammate Ryan has ensured that he will mock me mercilessly if I swap at all after that point.

To that end, my painting focus started on things that I can use with my Protectorate army that I was already working on. So here is Eilish Garrity, all done up in my Protectorate color scheme and ready to hit the table (and be painting progress for this update). I’m going to dive into some Protectorate troops next, but he was already in progress so I got him done and out of the way.

Eilish Garrity the Occultist in Protectorate of Menoth Color Scheme

I had been leaning toward Protectorate prior to the ATC anyhow, and had already gotten together and assembled an Exemplar Interdiction list that I wanted to run. I didn’t take them to the ATC simply because they were unpainted, so I’m relaxing that rule this year and allowing myself some unpainted play–just going to try and make sure I make progress between each gaming excursion.

Focus also means picking Warcasters and practicing them in repeated fashion. I looked first at the ADR casters selection that will run from January to July, but only one of them really appealed to me (Thyra). The others are not exactly in my interests to play. I love Durst, but I fear he’s got a fundamental flaw in his play style. Though I did laugh that all three “big armor” warcasters made the list… Made me think of a comparison:

2 Protectorate of Menoth Season 7 ADR

Also, after making that I have been listening pretty much non-stop to the Fat Boys, now realizing that now as an adult I really like their music.

With the decision to just skip ADR concerns, I started with a Warcaster that had some sort of question they could ask an opponent. I’ve never had one that posed the “can you handle this many weaponmasters?” question, and that’s what Protectorate does very well (prob only second to Cryx). So I decided on my first Warcaster experiment with in leading my forces: the Testament of Menoth.

Protectorate of Menoth Testament of Menoth

I’m not doing anything particularly special with him–there are a number of lists out there that combine him with Exemplars in interesting ways, leveraging his ability to return them and their ability to hit hard without buffs and get where they need to go on Feat turn.

Played a few games so far, and enjoyed them. Spacing is something I need to watch, as is my clock. I lost a few too many in my game against Retribution by being clumped up and suffering an AOE. And same with Kodiak clouds against Khador. I think these are things I’ll learn as I play them more on the table.

Testament vs Gaspy2

Not the best picture because of the sunlight streaming in, but took on Ryan’s Gaspy2 list. The clouds were difficult to deal with, but there were so many banes he couldn’t cover all of them so I still was able to leverage my attacks for a win. 

Testament vs Helynna

Second game against Steve’s Helynna and Ret. They definitely tested my recursion on one turn, taking out a lot of models when they committed the turn after Feat (as I mostly hung back to wait out the Feat). The Helios is a pain to be sure, but I managed to finally fell it with enough charges. 

Protectorate Testament vs Khador Vlad2

Next up I faced Justin’s Vlad2 list. This was a heck of a grind of a game, as working through his high defense solos and all that armor was a pain. I finally managed to get a point where I could get charges onto Vlad himself as my opponent worked to get ahead in points. It took Elias Gade, Rhoven’s Honor Guard Gius and Cassian, and Testament himself down to the last bought attack to finish him. 

Protectorate Testament vs Sorscha1 Khador

Justin and I played a second game, and he swapped over to Sorscha1. Again, a grind of a game (I’m starting to see that’s a thing with Testament). He went for an assassination with Sorscha, and even though I was stationary from her Feat his damage rolls were just too poor to get through my stack of focus. Another win for Testament, and it taught me even more about running this list (which is more fiddly than it looks). 

So four games in and four victories. Should I take that as an omen? I’m looking forward to getting a second and third list up-and-running, so I can have some options–and I may experiment just a bit with a Hordes option as well. About three weeks until I need to be sure. I can do this!

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

69/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 12 (Win/Loss 5/7); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

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)

 

Converging at the ATC

Converging at the ATC

So this past weekend I attended the America’s Team Championship (ATC), playing with great players from my local meta of Pittsburgh. Our team, The Terminus and Friends Variety Hour (named that way because the only caster we were sure would be included for a long time was Terminus), managed to finish in 8th place overall with a 3-2 record as a team. We had some tough matches to be sure, playing our round 3 against the team that won it all (Top of 2 Grab a Brew) from California, and our round 4 against the team that finished 4th overall. You can check out the rounds and standings here and you can find our lists at the Conflict Chamber site. My own performance was not what I hoped it would be. I’m proud of two games: my first game was a solid win against a Haley3 list that I played a good game on, and my third game against Brandon Owens’ Siege2 list from the ATC-winning team ended in a 5 to 7 points spread in his favor at the end of seven rounds. He was ahead in attrition, but I scored first and managed to push it to seven (even while my forces dwindled due to his far better play). The other three games I made some key errors that cost me each game. So 1-1 I’m happy with, but there’s a distinct 0-3 I know I can improve.

Some more ruminations on the ATC are yet to come, but first painting as always… though maybe I need to revise that. I ended up playing Convergence of Cyriss at the ATC because I felt I could get it fully painted in time as a primary reason. And I think I need to put practice and familiarity ahead of painting completion to raise my competitive play level. So yeah, I’ll still list my painting as what I’m most proud of with these in future posts. And I’m doing the 365 points painted in a year challenge again. But expect a bit more acceptance of playing unpainted (and more focus on a single faction, but that’s for the next blog post). Anyhow, on to what I completed for the event:

1 Convergence of Cyriss Eminent Configurator Orion

Eminent Configurator Orion. A really fun piece to paint, as the strange solar calendar neck-piece is fun with him. There was lots of “ooh and ah” as opponents refreshed themselves on his rules, as he’s a very recent release. Pretty sure I didn’t represent him as well as one could. Still… happy with the paint job. 

2 Convergence of Cyriss Assimilator Art Deco Style

A second Assimilator to go with Orion. 

3 Convergence of Cyriss Prime Axiom Art Deco Style

And a Prime Axiom to go with him as well. I actually finished painting him after the first day of play in my hotel room overnight–so you’ll see he doesn’t have his porcelain art deco panels in the pic below. 

The ATC itself was a great event and great tournament, and I absolutely intend to return next January if I’m able. I was pleased with how my two lists painted up, and I think I presented a decent question with Lucant and covered his weaknesses with Orion okay.

4 ATC 2018 Convergence of Cyriss

My two lists, on the tray ready to play before round one!

The place was bustling with people, and one of my regrets was my plan for team T-shirts didn’t pan out. Lots of other teams had them! Gotta plot that for next year.

5 ATC Process 2018

Our first round opponents (from Missouri). This picture shows the set-up of the play and the size of the room. 155 players is a lot of Warmachine games at once!

Team tournament is a great format in many ways, as you get a bit of control (hopefully) over your games, to ideally face things you won’t be blown away by. But not entirely, as the other team is doing the same.

6 ATC Matchup Book 2018

We kept our “matchups book” ready to go thanks to our team captain Rob.

For each opponent/faction we listed Green for confident, Yellow for iffy, and Red for unlikely to win. You’ll see that the Khador and Retribution in this group had things that would be trouble for me, but I was confident into Cygnar. I got lucky and got paired against Cygnar that round (yay!) and won my game (only one of the weekend… /sob).

7 ATC Game 1

In the pressure of the games, I didn’t remember to take photos of all of them. Here’s game one at least–setting up to attack Cygnar and Haley3. Buildings would be my bane in round 4, but in this round it helped me to have that building in the middle for Lucant to hug up against.

8 ATC Game 4

The other game I snapped a shot of was round two: this is right after I went for it against Xerxis1. I could get a line on him from Orion, both Assimilators, and the Prime Axiom. And with my Feat up, I had hoped I could punch through his defenses. Unfortunately, the dice thought differently. 5 or less came up waaaay too often. Alas, can’t blame the distribution too much.

My third round ended in the loss on control point differential vs. Siege2 (run by Brandon of the tournament-winning team). My fourth round was a blowout facing John DeMaris’ Testament. I made a critical mistake with my Prime Axiom, but even if I hadn’t my chances in that game were very slim. And my final game was against Bradigus, and I got caught off guard and found Orion assassinated way too early in the game. I do truly loathe circle and their shenanigans, but I also need to be ready for them even in list construction. That’s one of my three takeaways from the event too–that I need to refine how I’m building lists.

So three big takeaways from the ATC 2018:

  1. I need to play a single faction more consistently to know them better and elevate both my speed of play and positioning of pieces. Getting reps in would have helped, especially in my Orion games. I ended up playing him three times out of five, and those were my three biggest losses–and it’s because i adopted him late and didn’t practice him nearly enough.
  2. I can relax my need to play things painted. I had a couple incomplete models at this tournament, and my list still made me happy on the table. And even if they were all just bare metal: this isn’t the forum for the painting to be something that keeps me from playing what is best.
  3. I really enjoy the team format, and definitely want to give this another try again next year.

I’m looking forward to following up on all three of these going forward. Onward to more gaming, more painting, and more fun!

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

64/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 8 (Win/Loss 1/7); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Convergence of Cyriss:

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

Protectorate of Menoth:

0 Wins / 0 Losses

Calculations of a Year

Calculations of a Year

It’s the end of 2017, and I’m writing my final blog wrap-up for my personal Warmachine and Hordes gaming. I’m judging it as a successful year for me. Painted a whole ton of miniatures (561 total points). Won a qualifier for the Appalachian Cup, and got to second place in the Cup itself. Showed well enough in the GenCon masters to consider attending again. And played just about the same number of games as last year (120).

I’ve also learned that I have some specific faction interests, and that is focusing my painting. Trollbloods, Convergence of Cyriss, and potentially Protectorate of Menoth are the three that will be the one’s I’ll sustain for the long run. In particular, Convergence is calling my name right now.

It was a crazy fall semester for me, and that slowed my pace of gaming and painting somewhat. I didn’t hit my double-points for the year goal (730points), but I still did well beyond the 365 minimum I set myself. I also had to slow down my blogging, so this is just a final culminating one with some shots of the last bits of painting I’ve accomplished (and finally updated stats for my games).

Painting-wise I finished up a bunch of Convergence models and one Protectorate of Menoth Warcaster. At least for the start of 2018 I am going to focus on Convergence of Cyriss, as I’m enjoying playing them and managing to paint them effectively enough.

Convergence of Cyriss Transfinite Emergence Projector

Transfinite Emergence Projector. This is a great model, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. 

Convergence of Cyriss Modulator

Modulator. My second for the force. I sadly think that I’ve already changed my mind and only need one for my Orion army plans… but at some point when I finish a Prime Conflux it will be nice to have a pair of them. 

Convergence of Cyriss Accretion Servitors

Accretion Servitors. Gotta repair those robots!

Convergence of Cyriss Elimination Servitors

Elimination Servitors. They’re handy for spot removal, and get to be shield guards in theme. Now to finish two more sets to run with Iron Mother (and paint her… heh). 

Protectorate of Menoth Testament of Menoth

The lone non-Convergence for this stretch. I REALLY like how he turned out, as I love my theme for Protectorate. They’re just such a pain to paint, and are seeming to need more and more models to do right. Gotta get working on them. 

365 Points Challenge Progress (2017):

561/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34/0); 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Trollbloods:

40 Wins (Gaspy1, Terminus, Barnabas, Gunnbjorn, Kaya2, Helynna x3, Stryker2, Kraye, Venethrax, Kaya3, Absylonia2, Skarre1 x2, Kallus2, Gaspy3, Karchev x3, Una2 x2, Saeryn & Rhyas, Grayle, Baldur2 x2, Baldur1, Horgle2, Kozlov x2, Exulon Thexus, Skarre2 x2, Siege, Vlad1, Lylyth1, Heretic x2, Nemo 1, Kraye, Calandra, Butcher1, Vlad2) / 11 Losses (Feora3, Exulon Thexus, Caine3, Haley1, Calandra, Kozlov, Absylonia2, Butcher3, Vlad1, Axis, Elara2, Coven)

Convergence of Cyriss:

17 Wins (Maddox, Haley2, Rask, Helynna, Makeda1 x2, Gorten, Kaelyssa x2, Vayl2, Gaspy1, Heretic, Haley3 x2, Butcher3 x2, Terminus) / 5 Losses (Venethrax, Helynna, Heretic x2, Child)

Protectorate of Menoth:

4 Wins (Kaelyssa, Magnus2, Skarre1, Lyltyh1) / 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)

Cryx:

2 Wins (Gaspy3 x2)

The Even Longer One (is shorter)

The Even Longer One (is shorter)

As per my last post, early August was crazy. Well, late August, September and October were even crazier. In short: I had a tumor in my neck that had to be removed, I recovered from it (benign), I attended GenCon Masters, won an Appalachian Cup qualifier, and finished runner up for the Appalachian Cup 2017 tournament. Oh and painted not nearly as much as I wish, but still a fair amount. So this details that entire process in one big post. Hope to get back to regular updates following.

First up, painting. So there are four factions total represented here. A bit of a scattered approach. I mainly played Trollbloods through this period though, as I took them to GenCon and used them in the Appalachian Cup. The others represent the three projects that I’m thinking of focusing on going forward, as it’s time for the Trollbloods to take a break. Three months straight of that army means I’m needing a change.

1 Trollkin Krielstone Bearer and Stone Scribes Unit

For years I resisted running a Krielstone. I finally had to add one. It still isn’t in all my Trollbloods lists, but I have been exploring some lists where it fits and is important. So here it is…

2 Trollbloods Pyre Troll

Pyre Troll. Thinking toward Horgle2 he’s a handy beast. 

3 Minions Splatter Boar

Splatter Boar to go with my Protectorate-themed Rorsch and Brine. Had a nonsense idea for him with Malekus that never really took off. 

4 Cryx Reaper

It’s been a LOOOONG time since I played Cryx. My team for the ATC is trying to get me to run them, as I haven’t used that faction since Mark II. I got in two practice games with Scaverous and painted this Reaper up. Not exactly my strongest preference, but a thought. They sure did fare well in the WTC this year (nearly 70% win rate is a thing). 

5 Khador Juggernaut

Decimator test model for Khador. I know they look similar to my Protectorate, as I’m using almost all the same tones minus the gold. I honestly like it better I think. The bone stripes on red please me. 

6 Khador War Dog

War Dog. This is the model I’m most proud of in this set. Just really pleased with the look.

For GenCon and the Appalachian Cup, I’m going to skip game pics in the interest of space. Below is the finisher sheet for GenCon Masters. Not great, going 1-2, but still okay. My losses were to the the person who ended up winning the entire Masters event, John Carter with his Convergence of Cyriss, and to Michael Ireland’s Elara2 Retribution list with all the Halberdiers. Finishing right behind Jake Van Meter in a field this strong? Not so bad.

7 GenCon Warmachine Masters Heat A 2017

And for the Appalachian Cup, I’m just going to provide the link to the amazing website for the event. It details the qualifying rounds, standings, and the 2017 Championship. Getting runner up meant being in the Hall of Champions even! I was really proud of myself for doing well, and I was a single dice roll away from snatching victory in a hard-fought game against Rob’s Witch Coven in the final game. One boosted roll that was an 8 which needed to be a 9 or better from victory. Alas!

So I’m now back on the blogging wagon again, hoping to expand both here and restart writing for Bell of Lost Souls soon. More to follow!

365 Points Challenge Progress (2017):

509/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2017: 111 (Win/Loss 80/31/0); 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Trollbloods:

40 Wins (Gaspy1, Terminus, Barnabas, Gunnbjorn, Kaya2, Helynna x3, Stryker2, Kraye, Venethrax, Kaya3, Absylonia2, Skarre1 x2, Kallus2, Gaspy3, Karchev x3, Una2 x2, Saeryn & Rhyas, Grayle, Baldur2 x2, Baldur1, Horgle2, Kozlov x2, Exulon Thexus, Skarre2 x2, Siege, Vlad1, Lylyth1, Heretic x2, Nemo 1, Kraye, Calandra, Butcher1, Vlad2) / 11 Losses (Feora3, Exulon Thexus, Caine3, Haley1, Calandra, Kozlov, Absylonia2, Butcher3, Vlad1, Axis, Elara2, Coven)

Convergence of Cyriss:

11 Wins (Maddox, Haley2, Rask, Helynna, Makeda1 x2, Gorten, Kaelyssa, Vayl2, Gaspy1, Heretic) / 2 Losses (Venethrax, Helynna)

Protectorate of Menoth:

4 Wins (Kaelyssa, Magnus2, Skarre1, Lyltyh1) / 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)

Cryx:

2 Wins (Gaspy3 x2)

The Long One

The Long One

So August happened. What a mess. I did get in a fair number of games, and painted a ton. But work and life stuffs happened. And continued to happen. So this is a LONG post detailing everything. It involves three factions, changes over what I think I’m bringing to GenCon, and a rapid amount of painting.

At first, I thought I would take my Convergence to GenCon 2017. But they’re just not quite doing it for me painting-wise. I completed a fair amount, but have too much yet to complete. Here’s photos of what I did manage to paint in the end of July and start of August though:

Convergence of Cyriss Aurora

I’ve liked Aurora as a model for a long time, and as an idea for the battlefield. I got to field her in one game (see below) and I was as nonplussed as everyone warned me I would be. 

Convergence Assimilator and Attunement Servitors

I also managed to fit in a number of Warjacks and some support. Here’s an Assimilator and Attunement Servitors.

Convergence of Cyriss Cipher

It might be just that I hate the clunky big four-leg warjacks for this faction. This is my second Cipher, and I dunno. Just don’t care for their look at the end of the day. 

1 Convergence Modulator

Yet the floating Jacks look really neat. I’m quite pleased with how this Modulator turned out. 

With a fair amount of painting but far too much left, and a couple of practice games with them, I realized that I wanted to bring a different option to GenCon. Hence, some real rush on painting Protectorate of Menoth–the faction I think I’m most inclined to be excited about and play.

2 Anson Durst Protectorate of Menoth

First up, the Warcaster I know that I want to make the core of my lists. Anson Durst is just too cool a model, and I have an idea for how to run a list with him that I really like. I’m super-pleased with how he turned out as well. And that always helps. I think my Protectorate is my best-looking army—even tho I love my Trollbloods as well. 

3 Thyra Protectorate of Menoth

The picture on Thyra turned out a bit darker than I hoped, but I’m pleased enough with her. Once she gets some units of Flame Bringers and Daughters of the Flame completed to join her, I’ll be really pleased. 

4 Protectorate of Menoth Castigator

And for my Durst plan I needed another Castigator. So here he is. I really like these Warjacks with him, as they answer pretty much everything I’m concerned with in his list: help with volume of attacks, can reach pretty impressive defense and armor values. They don’t hit as hard as others in the faction, but I really think they work with him. 

 

Now for the rapid-fire gaming recaps. I got in a bunch of games. One with Protectorate, a pair with Convergence, and then a whole heap of Trollbloods games as I continue to play in our local store’s Trollbloods-themed event.

5 Anson Durst vs Lylyth1

My first attempt with my Durst list turned out to be successful, against Dave C.’s Legion list with Lylyth1. I learned some key things about running it, and I will definitely swap a couple of pieces going forward. But I really like what it does as a list. I won on assassination after a long grind of a game. 

5 Aurora vs Calandra

My first outing for Aurora ended up with a win vs Ryan’s Makeda1 list. I managed to live the Aurora “dream”–having an angel run into base to base with the enemy Warlock then charge and finish with Aurora. Even though it worked this time, it was extremely iffy at best. Not sure she does enough for the force right now to make it worth attempting. 

5 Lucant vs Heretic

My other game with Convergence was against Kevin, fielding his Grymkin forces. I fielded Lucant and managed to beat the Heretic on scenario. Facing Grymkin is interesting–I managed to get a few games against his Heretic list with my Trolls as well. 

6 Madrak2 vs Butcher3

Speaking of Trollbloods, let the Troll games parade begin. I faced Paul’s Butcher3 with my Madrak2 list. Apparently Madrak2 simply cannot beat any Khador Warcaster I face. Butcher did his usual–get to the point where I couldn’t avoid him and stay relevant in scenario, then axe to the face. 

7 Madrak2 vs Siege

Followed that game with Madrak2 against Mike’s Cygnar Trenchers list led by Siege. This game went far better, as Feat turn saw every single Trencher but one die to a rampaging Trollkin Champion. Opened the door for the Earthborn, who shot in and finished things up after surviving a round of retaliation. 

8 Jarl vs Kozlov

Next up, Jarl versus Paul’s Vlad1. Jarl did his best, but got a bit too close in a later turn and got a Khador heavy to the face for his trouble. 

9 Grissel2 vs Kozlov

Paul and I then played again with me swapping to Grissel2. I managed to get really close to killing Vlad by targeting things around him. He ran and hid, and still I got sprays onto him thanks to Grissel2’s flexibility. But it was just too little at the end and he had a couple of boxes left… which meant Grissel2’s quick demise to a Kodiak. 

11 Grissel2 vs Kozlov

Seems like a steady diet of Khador for my Trollbloods lately. As my next game was against Zach’s Kozlov-led force. It was a good game back-and-forth, but Janissa Stonetide definitely won it for me. By making five Tough rolls in a row. Being steady, that meant she kept on surviving. That left him unable to clear the way and made Kozlov easy prey for my Mauler. 

12 Jarl vs Heretic

The prior-mentioned Grymkin vs Trolls clashes. Played a Jarl theme list with lots of shooty Warbeasts into Kevin’s Heretic. The first game was a pretty handy win by assassination for me. If a Bomber gets a line on a Warlock with no transfers, even high defense won’t save you. It took the Swamp Troll rolling high to finish him off, but it worked. 

13 Jarl vs Heretic Again

We decided to play again, just swapping the side of the table. This was a much more even match. He needed to take out Jarl to prevent the inevitable crash of heavies into him, and managed to miss a CRA from some flanking Hollowmen to allow Jarl to spin around and face the rest and survive the onslaught. Two great games against a good opponent, and a good chance to practice against Grymkin. 

15 Borka 1 vs Nemo1

Finally, I got in three games as my Pacific Rim tournament ended up having an odd number of players for the event. I made 14, so I played as the Bye round opponent. That meant first facing off against Gary’s Nemo1 list. The combination of Bulldoze and 4″ reach on the Sea King is definitely something to respect, as Nemo wasn’t ready for just how far it could get with Borka1’s Feat turn. 

16 Borka1 vs Lylyth1

Second Bye round offering was against Andy’s Lylyth1 list. This was a good game too, but trampling and then Mosh Pit for the auto-knockdown did the job to finish off his Warlock. Was a really fun battle as momentum kept swinging back and forth. 

17 Borka1 vs Helynna

The final Bye round of the event I got to play against Steve’s Retribution of Scyrah list led by Magister Helynna. The bright spot for her was that his force got to the point where they had nearly, but not quite, finished off the marauding Sea King. Only Helynna remained, and so she charged in and got the kill herself. Sadly, Rök was close by with enough whelps that he could eat 3 free strikes and still get to her and finish her off. 

 

 

 

Phew! What a set of games. All great matches with great opponents, so that was fun. Now to get a few more Protectorate things in shape before GenCon (or just relax and bring my Trollbloods… one of the two).

365 Points Challenge Progress (2017):

454/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2017: 97 (Win/Loss 70/27/0); 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Trollbloods:

35 Wins (Gaspy1, Terminus, Barnabas, Gunnbjorn, Kaya2, Helynna x2, Stryker2, Kraye, Venethrax, Kaya3, Absylonia2, Skarre1, Kallus2, Gaspy3, Karchev x2, Una2, Saeryn & Rhyas, Grayle, Baldur2 x2, Baldur1, Horgle2, Kozlov x2, Exulon Thexus, Skarre2 x2, Siege, Vlad1, Lylyth1, Heretic x2, Nemo 1) / 9 Losses (Feora3, Exulon Thexus, Caine3, Haley1, Calandra, Kozlov, Absylonia2, Butcher3, Vlad1)

Convergence of Cyriss:

11 Wins (Maddox, Haley2, Rask, Helynna, Makeda1 x2, Gorten, Kaelyssa, Vayl2, Gaspy1, Heretic) / 2 Losses (Venethrax, Helynna)

Protectorate of Menoth:

4 Wins (Kaelyssa, Magnus2, Skarre1, Lyltyh1) / 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)

Seeking the Sea King

Seeking the Sea King

A bit behind on updates due to the Independence Day holiday, but that didn’t stop me from getting ample games in! Here’s the rundown of my games played with my Trollbloods… a whole heap of Gunnbjorn and Grissel2, with a few doses of Doomshaper2 and Madrak2 sprinkled in.

Painting these past two weeks put me at 374 total points so far for 2017–already exceeding my 365 point goal. Pretty good progress, given that we’re only in July. Trying to decide if 500 points for the year is the new goal, or the impressive double-rate of 728 points. Given that I’m both doing this Trollbloods campaign at Drawbridge and prepping my Convergence army to be two fully-painted and ready lists, I’ve got high hopes for the latter!

Anyhow, onward to painting! And the Sea King!

1 Sea King Trollbloods

I love this model. His rules, well… less so. Still not sure what Warlock (if any) can make him functional. But I’m really pleased with how he turned out in the painting. 

Trollbloods Captain Gunnbjorn

Gunnbjorn is my current choice for helping the Sea King get work done. Snipe and a turn of ranged immunity helps a lot, as well as the wall to limit people reaching the big guy. 

2 Minions Swamp Gobber Chef

I also completed a Swamp Gobber Chef, because I needed that clutch one-point option for forces. I’m not fielding enough infantry to ever make him all that useful. Guess he can simply cook up the whelps for eating by giving them double Comfort Food.

Got in a whole heap of games with my Trolls too, so ample photos to follow.

3 Trollbloods Grissel2 vs Khador Karchev

 Finally a game where my Burrowers contribute to a win! The first (and only time, as you’ll see below). Knocked down Paul’s Karchev and then the Burrowers finished him off. 

4 Trollbloods Doomy2 vs Circle Baldur1

I next faced Joe, a new player to our area, fielding Baldur1. It was a slug-fest, but Doomshaper2’s speed let me get in better position for scenario and I won via that method. Fun game and glad to see new folks!

5 Trollbloods Grim2 vs Cygnar Haley1

Did I mention how much I hate Haley1 ever? I’m certain I did. I faced Brandon’s Haley1 in the first-ever outing of the Sea King. Got assassinated by her, despite having pretty good leverage. I’ll put this down to Grim2 being just a little too aggressive. 

1 Gunnbjorn vs Calandra

Gunnbjorn’s first outing with the Sea King also ended in a loss. The Sea King lived, everything else died in my game against Ryan’s trollbloods led by Calandra. 

2 Gunnbjorn vs Horgle2

More Troll-on-Troll violence when I played Mike G.’s Trollbloods. They are amazingly painted, so I had to include this great shot of his cavalry charging up toward my line. 

3 Sea King gets beaten by Mulg

He fielded Horgle2, who is no joke with Mulg. My Sea King was undamaged, then got a bit too close to Mulg and a Bouncer. Horgle2’s feat plus them ended him with Fury to spare. It bought time for Gunnbjorn to win the game on scenario for me, but Horgle2 remains legit for damage output to be sure. 

4 Mulg vs Kozlov

Seeing Mulg in action makes me always want to field my own. My next game against Paul’s Khador, led by Kozlov, saw Mulg in full destruction mode with Doomshaper2. A bit of clobbering got me up there. Kozlov tried to retaliate, and Mulg finished him the next round. 

5 Grissel2 gets lucky against Baldur2

Next game was against Michael D’s gorgeous Circle Orboros force. I took Grissel2 against his Baldur2. It seems like I always end up with her into this matchup, even though she’s hardly ideal. And yet again, I managed to pull a win by assassination. Go go Grissel2!

6 Khador Jacks vs Madrak2

Another game against Paul’s Khador (yay for summer and getting to play more often). This one was against Kozlov again, with me fielding Madrak2. Came up short even though my Champions did a number of one half of the table. Once the infantry is stripped of Madrak2 he gets way more fragile. 

7 Trollbloods Sea King vs Exulon Thexus

Next up was a great game against Taylor’s Exulon Thexus-led Mercenaries. This one was a win by sheer dumb luck and then some kindness from my opponent. I left a dumb opening that was a pretty likely assassination. Thexus came up just shy of killing Gunnbjorn. I was able to recover and get him safer, and then took my own shot at assassination. Taylor is an experienced Trollbloods player, and gave me an order of activation suggestion that really helped me get it done (rather than coming up short). Really fun game with lots of twists and turns, and a great opponent.

8 Trollbloods Sea King vs Absylonia2

Next game was against Dave B’s Legion, again his Absylonia2 list. Given that he wasn’t going to be fooled again by Doomshaper2, I took Gunnbjorn. It was probably not the best choice, but I had a couple fair moments of success before Abby2 was able to just get close enough to get a Scythean in on him and assassinate me. 

9 Trollbloods Grissel2 vs Skarre2 Kraken

These were actually two games, both against Kyle’s Cryx using Skarre2. It was two games, because in our first Skarre2 stood too close to the objective during her Feat turn. All the defense in the world won’t save you from an AOE knockdown on a DEF model adjacent to you. She didn’t take damage from the blast, but it made subsequent shots into her an easy assassination. We re-racked and played the same lists again. This was a much closer battle, and I managed to win by scenario–Janissa’s heroics pushing models away from contesting are always welcome. Two great games!

365 Points Challenge Progress (2017):

374/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2017: 85 (Win/Loss 60/25/0); 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Trollbloods:

27 Wins (Gaspy1, Terminus, Barnabas, Gunnbjorn, Kaya2, Helynna, Stryker2, Craye, Venethrax, Kaya3, Absylonia2, Skarre1, Kallus2, Gaspy3, Karchev x2, Una2, Saeryn & Rhyas, Grayle, Baldur2, Baldur1, Horgle2, Kozlov, Exulon Thexus, Skarre2 x2) / 7 Losses (Feora3, Exulon Thexus, Caine3, Haley1, Calandra, Kozlov, Absylonia2)

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)

Pacific Rim Steamroller 2017

Pacific Rim Steamroller 2017

Here’s the scoop on Drawbridge Games’ Pacific Rim Steamroller 2017 event, happening on July 22nd, 2017. We developed these variant Steamroller rules to both showcase the cool huge models and to explore the joy of titanic monster movie clashes. “Today we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them!”

You can register for the event and follow all the details here at the Facebook event

Date: 7/22/17

Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Doors open at 11am, dice roll at noon. Rounds will ostensibly run noon-2, 2-4, hour break for food, 5-7, 7-9. If rounds end quicker, we’ll move the schedule up accordingly.

Army Size: ONE 75 points list. This is a variation from the two list format that is normal with Steamroller events.

Rules: Steamroller Format missions, Deathclock (52 minutes each), Drawbridge play area rules (Please note the no external food/drinks policy. Drawbridge does have beverages and snacks for sale, and we’ll have an ample break for food around dinnertime–I also may bake Colossal and Gargantuan decorated cupcakes, no promises tho), and Colossal/Gargantuan bonus (see below). Ranking at the end of the event will use wins/losses, strength of schedule, control points, and army points destroyed (in that order).

Prizes: Steamroller Awards for 1st through 3rd place + Colossal Door Prize + Gargantuan Door Prize + Special Secret Bonus Prizes (x2) + Trophy for the best self-painted Huge Base model fielded in the event. To be eligible for any prizes, players must be present at the end of the final round.

Fee: General Admission – $15.00 Gatecrashers – $12.00 (Click here for info on Gatecrasher membership and discounts).

Colossal/Gargantuan Bonus: For this Steamroller, expect some huge carnage. The more huge bases you field in 75 points, the better your starting situation. Instead of random initial seeding, the player(s) with the most huge bases in their list will get first choice of opponent. Thus, everyone can expect that they should bring an armor-cracking list but the privilege of bringing more huge bases (being more “on theme”) is increased likelihood of getting to decide who your first round pairing is. Pairing for subsequent rounds will be done normally through wins/losses.

The process will be as follows: the player with the most huge bases in their 75 point list will go first. We’ll have a list of all players and their Warcaster/Warlock (not the full list). They then pick their first opponent. Once you’ve been picked, that’s your paring for the round. We then move to the set of players with one fewer Huge base, until all have chosen opponents for the round. If there are ties in number of huge bases, dice will randomize.

This format is designed to be a bit more fun and silly than traditional 2 list pairings, so expect people to tech for killing huge bases. Fully expect odd combos, Warcasters and Warlocks you haven’t seen before (one list changes things dramatically), and the happenstance of low percentage matchups. That’s why we have FOUR different prizes that go to anyone in the field, not just the winners (including at least one Colossal and one Gargantuan model). Come, have fun, get in some silly big brawls, and hopefully win great prizes.

 

Bronze Medal Masters

Bronze Medal Masters

So I recently won a Steamroller with my Trollbloods, and now just a couple of weeks later I managed to finish in Third Place in a 16-player Masters Trinity event.

For the event I worked hard to get everything painted up and completed. That meant finishing up a unit of Pyg Burrowers, as I think they could be good with Grissel2 (spoiler alert: they’re not). I also got a Swamp Gobber chef mostly painted, but he still needs touch-ups and so I’ll include him in a subsequent update. Despite him being a little rough, tho, I was completely painted with all three lists. I’ll attribute any success I had to the fact that I managed to field so many painted models.

0 Trollbloods Pyg Burrowers

They’re so cool looking, and they could be absurdly nasty for assassinations with her. But their Burrow is just ghastly slow. Both games I used them they never even had an opportunity to surface–and both were long games. 

For the Masters, it was a Trinity event so that meant three lists. And it was Divide and Conquer 1, which meant that I had to play each at least once (a harrowing proposition). I decided to go with my Doomshaper2 list that has been working very well, my Madrak2 anti-Ghost Fleet list (as I was anticipating up to three Ghost Fleets at the event… was wrong), and my Grissel2 list that I’m tinkering with.

1 Trollbloods Trinity Masters 3 lists pairing

The three lists and my results, along with my third place Bronze medal.

2 Trollbloods Madrak2 vs Legion Saeryn and Rhyas

Round one was against Dave C’s Legion of Everblight led by the Twins. This was a brutal slug-fest of a game. A Champion on Feat turn missed both MAT 9 attacks on an infantry model, which meant I didn’t finish off one of his heavies with 2nd/berserk swings, which led to me having to play really defensively. Mercifully, the timed rounds imposed a deadline. Dave played the game in great fashion, and literally left me with just Madrak2 and a single knocked down Fennblade Officer far away–but he ended that turn with only 18 or so seconds on his clock. We agreed to work out his declarations of his turn on my clock, so he could get the most from his time. He charged the unprotected Madrak2 with a boosted attack roll by Rhyas. Hit and scored 13 damage, but not enough to kill him–and no Crit meant that Madrak2 survived as time ran out. One of the closest games I’ve ever played, against a great opponent. I’ll remember this game for a long while. I bet 3/4 of the times he would win the match, but I happened to get lucky. 

3 Trollbloods Doomshaper2 vs Circle Grayle

My second game was against Savage’s Circle Orboros force. I wanted to get my lists played to not be locked in a later round, which meant either Grissel2 or Doomy2. Given that he had Grayle, which would give Grissel2’s shooting list a really poor look, I had to choose Doomy2. I ended up facing Grayle, and taking him out with Rök’s usual pacman trickery. Grayle didn’t have Fury on him, so once Rök got there with Wild Aggression and Primal on him, it was over. 

4 Baldur2 Stand In Art

Third round I played Larry IV and his Baldur2 Circle Orboros list. I forgot to take a photo of this game, so apologies for the substitute image above. The list was a Woldwrath, Megalith, another stone heavy, two of the stone shrimp, some stones, and a few support models. I knew that Grissel2 was a bad look into it, but I also knew that terrain could be my advantage–there was a big house blocking the path from the center zone to the flag on a Recon. I took a chance and played Grissel2, and it paid off. With the house and my strong shooting, I was able to misdirect and pull him to one side, then run her to to the flag on the other side and clear a few models. I had just enough stuff to clog the way each turn, which led to a scenario win for me. It wasn’t pretty, and I didn’t do more than 1-2 damage to Megalith or the Woldwrath thru the game. But it worked and got me to the final game undefeated. 

5 Trollbloods Grissel2 vs Cygnar Caine3

Game Four was against Larry III and his Caine3 Cygnar list. I wasn’t list-locked, so I knew I could play any of them. I might have been better to have chosen Madrak2, as he had even more shielded protection, but I went with Grissel2 as there wasn’t much to screen Caine3–and if I could get him knocked down at any moment it would be game over. It ended up being a pretty fun slugfest. He got the advantage on his Feat turn, but I still had ample to threaten him. I was able to take out all of his lights except for Ace, and cripple the right side of the Hurricane. Still not quite enough to push me thru, and there were two turns of some really bad looks for me. I played well enough for him to keep Caine3 away at least, so I’ll take that as a developing player. “First step: don’t lose to assassination on the Feat turn”. Done. Caster eventually dying in an attrition match, well… so be it. I’d prefer the win, but I’ll take this against one of the top players in our meta to be sure. Was a great game, as always with Larry III. He’s an exceptional player, and every game I face him I get better. 

All in all a great tournament. The folks at SCG Hobbies put on a good show, and there was great turnout. I was really proud of myself for doing so well, but I also recognize that I got very lucky in my games. A few seconds more in game one, a gap of more than an inch in game two, and just enough models to clog in game three were the difference between 3-1 and 0-4 for the day.

365 Points Challenge Progress (2017):

321/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2017: 73 (Win/Loss 52/21/0); 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Trollbloods:

19 Wins (Gaspy1, Terminus, Barnabas, Gunnbjorn, Kaya2, Helynna, Stryker2, Craye, Venethrax, Kaya3, Absylonia2, Skarre1, Kallus2, Gaspy3, Karchev, Una2, Saeryn & Rhyas, Grayle, Baldur2) / 3 Losses (Feora3, Exulon Thexus, Caine3)

Protectorate of Menoth:

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

Convergence of Cyriss:

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

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)