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Blindingly Blindwater

Blindingly Blindwater

Progress continues on my Blindwater side of my Minions project, both in painting and list creation. I’m fiddling with three different Warlocks to begin my serious inquiry into the faction: Jaga-Jaga, Maelok, and Rask. I think each of them bring some solid tools and effective play styles for me to work with.

On the painting side, I am working toward a fully-painted core of a force, and exploring the various types of model that I’ll be fielding. To that end, here’s some progress:

Minions Maelok the Dreadbound

Maelok the Dreadbound is the first Minions warlock that I’ve finished. He was an intimidating model to paint, as there’s a lot going on with him. But I think it turned out really nicely–special bonus Mr. Meeseeks voodoo doll in his pouch to torment any Trollbloods with. 

Minions Blackhide Wrastler

This Blackhide Wrastler shows a lot of what the faction will be looking like from an alligators side. Red cords, two-tone skin “top” and “bottom”, slight trend toward yellow on the more prominent spikes and scales. I’m really pleased with this one!

Hordes Minions Boneswarm

The Boneswarm was honestly pretty easy. My technique for painting bone is quick enough, so he went fast. Maybe I should play some Barnabas2 just because I could get his kit painted faster than most everything else!

Bullsnapper Minions

The Bullsnapper painted up pretty easy as well. He doesn’t have quite as many sharp scales, so is a more simple thing with a bit less yellow along the top (it’s very fait, just on his head and tips of the darker spine scales). 

Despite focusing my painting efforts on Maelok first, I started experimenting with Rask and Jaga-Jaga as well in my first two games. But quickly broke out Maelok as well.

(Clockwise from left). First took Jaga-Jaga vs Savage’s Kromac2. Managed to survive two rounds of assassination attempts due to mostly luck and some positioning mistakes, won on scenario after that. The new Circle Thunderbird is a scary piece to face! Then took on Steve’s Issyria with a “Neomodern Rask” list (all credit to Matter of Pact Minions Podcast for coming up with the list). Managed to win on scenario with this one as well. Finally dropped Maelok into Larry’s Ossrum list. He forfeited near the end of the game due to needing to run to an appointment, but it was going to be an assassination kill of Maelok unless the dice were exceptionally poor–so I’m going to count this one as a loss. 

 

(Again, clockwise from left) Fielded Maelok vs Mike’s Cygnar and Major Beth Maddox. Was a good learning game, and while Maddox got a shot to assassinate Maelok she came up a bit short and he was able to finish her off personally. Next took Rask vs. Larry IV’s Mercenaries Magnus2 list. Managed to stave off scenario pressure with some key placements and ambushing husks, which let me get to the point where I was able to assassinate Magnus2. Finally took Rask into Syvestro, which taught me that I definitely need more practice into Crucible Guard and more experience playing into infantry swarms with these lists. Was a solid scenario loss for me. 

 

As I was doing with Skorne, I am going to sorta do with Minions as well. I’m going to track number of games I get in with my chosen focus warlocks leading up to the America’s Team Championship (ATC) and Ontario Team Championship (OTC) coming up at the start of the year. Hoping to hold myself to 30 games played of each of the two warlocks that I end up bringing to those events.

Primary Warlocks Games Secondary Warlocks Games
Maelok 2 Midas 2
Rask 3
Jaga-Jaga 1

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

340/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 101 (Win/Loss 63/38); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Minions: 

5 Wins (Vlad1, Issyria, Kromac2, Maddox, Magnus2) / 3 Losses (Venethrax, Ossrum, Syvestro)

Convergence of Cyriss:

3 Wins (Haley3, Vlad1, Caine2) / 11 Losses (Heretic, Rask, Kaelyssa, Xerxis, Siege2, Testament, Bradigus, Vyros2, Ossrum, Stryker2, Vlad2)

Legion of Everblight:

38 Wins (Denny1 x2, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1 x2, Strakov2, Kaya3 x2, Helynna x3, Sorscha2, Kaelyssa, Dreamer, Jaga-Jaga, Denny3, Elara2 x2, Thexus, Sorscha1, Maelok x3, Heretic, Strakov1, Borka2, Caine2, Karchev, Baldur2, Gaspy3, Gaspy1) / 18 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1, Issyria, Child, Helynna, Gaspy3 x2, Karchev, Vlad1, Barnabas, Heretic x2, Madrak1)

Skorne:

10 Wins (Anamag, Sorscha3, Kolgrima, Gaspy2, Feora1, High Reclaimer, Vlad1 x2, Haley2, Skarre3) / 5 Losses (Rahn, Magnus1, Denny1, Haley2, Syvestro)

Protectorate of Menoth:

8 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1, Vlad1, Kraye, Garryth, Naaresh) / 1 Loss (Madrak1)

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Shameless Borrowing

Shameless Borrowing

So in the process of looking at Skorne, I assembled a fair number of Minions models to play in the Disciples of Agony theme. And I’ve had even more that have run with my Legion and Trollbloods in the past. And I realized that while the Skorne CID might be underwhelming me (mostly–the change to the Bronzeback is pretty sweet), I had some core components of some Minons lists ready to roll. So I nabbed a few Warlocks (and unpacked a couple old ones that I had stashed away), and thought I’d try my hand at some games with them.

Because this fits within my aim to have ample reps of lists before the ATC in January, that also meant that I don’t have quite the time to tinker with lists. So it’s shameless borrowing time! I did a pretty deep dive into what the effective lists are for Minions out there, and there’s surprising diversity that seems to be working. Going to give some of them a try (roughly).

On the painting side, I’m doing some shameless borrowing as well. This painting guide from Bell of Lost Souls is what I followed roughly for the look of my models. I tend to like Citadel paints for most colors, so I used some color matches. But I’m still pleased with the basic formula of two-tone sandy brown-to-yellow scales, with red cord accents and neutral cloth colors. I did up a Gator first to see how it worked. I’m still experimenting with the Croak solo and the Bog Trog–wanted to get all my colors for the three major types of model in Blindwater lists sorted out.

Minions Gatorman Husk

Despite painting first toward the Blindwater, my first games came with some Farrow. I had more Farrow than anything else from the Skorne DoA project, so it was the first spot that I had an assembled list: Midas with infantry in the Farrow theme. The games are not much to look at because my force is almost completely unpainted (just one Splatter Boar and a Gobber Chef, and the Splatter Boar colors may or may not be what I settle on for the force). But it’s a start to trying them out.

Minions Midas versus Cryx Venethrax

My first game was Midas into Venethrax Black Industries played by Justin. Not only was I on the learning curve with a new warlock, it was a warlock with some limitations–which Venethrax exploited pretty well. Definitely a learning game, but a healthy and solid loss for me. 

Minions Midas vs Khador Vlad1

Second game with Midas went better. Took him into Larry IV’s Vlad1 Winterguard list. Even scattering the Splatter Boar blasts around still took out plenty of Winterguard with corrosion. I found that this list can indeed hit hard and shoot well, but it cannot stand up to firepower particularly well either. Definitely a list to bring into a mostly-melee force. 

So that’s a start to Minions at least. I’m definitely hoping to make progress on the painting side, and have a full slate of Gators to work on. This weekend I should get my first games with Blindwater forces in, which will be a welcome start (as I think my interest is hovering more there than with Midas).

365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):

302/365

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2018: 95 (Win/Loss 59/36); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)

Minions: 

1 Win (Vlad1) / 1 Loss (Venethrax)

Convergence of Cyriss:

3 Wins (Haley3, Vlad1, Caine2) / 11 Losses (Heretic, Rask, Kaelyssa, Xerxis, Siege2, Testament, Bradigus, Vyros2, Ossrum, Stryker2, Vlad2)

Legion of Everblight:

38 Wins (Denny1 x2, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1 x2, Strakov2, Kaya3 x2, Helynna x3, Sorscha2, Kaelyssa, Dreamer, Jaga-Jaga, Denny3, Elara2 x2, Thexus, Sorscha1, Maelok x3, Heretic, Strakov1, Borka2, Caine2, Karchev, Baldur2, Gaspy3, Gaspy1) / 18 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1, Issyria, Child, Helynna, Gaspy3 x2, Karchev, Vlad1, Barnabas, Heretic x2, Madrak1)

Skorne:

10 Wins (Anamag, Sorscha3, Kolgrima, Gaspy2, Feora1, High Reclaimer, Vlad1 x2, Haley2, Skarre3) / 5 Losses (Rahn, Magnus1, Denny1, Haley2, Syvestro)

Protectorate of Menoth:

8 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1, Vlad1, Kraye, Garryth, Naaresh) / 1 Loss (Madrak1)