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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)

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.

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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. 

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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)

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)

2016: Faith and Fury

2016: Faith and Fury

This is it, the final update of 2016. I got behind in updates due to the madness of the holiday season, so pardon the fact that this one is a LONG one.

The big highlights: I painted 727 total points (converted to Mark III costs) in 2016, and played 122 games fielding four different factions (Trollbloods, Protectorate of Menoth, Skorne, and Cryx).  I finished up with a 60% win rate overall, which I’ll take as pretty good for the sheer number of Warcasters and Warlocks I plunked onto the table during the year (27). I played the following Warcasters and Warlocks in at least one game this year: Feora2, Amon Ad-Raza, Kreoss1, High Reclaimer, Malekus, Durant2, Goreshade3, Asphyxious1, Scaverous, Skarre2, Deneghra1, Borka1, Grissel1, Doomshaper2, Hunters Grim, Jarl, Madrak2, Ragnor, Makeda1, Xekaar, Hexeris2, Morghoul2, Hexeris1, Naaresh, Morghoul1, Mordikaar, and Xerxis2.

My goals for 2017 are fourfold: Settle on a caster pairing and really play a lot of them, focus on a single Hordes and single Warmachine force, play in more “away” tournaments to get more exposure to players outside of our local meta, and paint at least 365 points again for the year.

On the painting side, here are the models that I completed to finish off 2016:

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The Scourge of Heresy prepares to cleanse the unfaithful. 

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Not a great photo, but the Vigilant stands ready to defend my warcasters.

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The Hunters Grim, which were a super-fun unit to paint up. I really love Krump in his little bowler hat and stogie. 

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Dire Troll Bomber stands ready to blow up some foes. 

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And my final addition of 2016, a hint of my 2017 project: a Retribution of Scyrah Griffon. 

 

I got a heap of games in to finish out the year as well. Some brief photos from each:

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Mortenebra could not handle the charge of the Allegiants of the Order of the Fist under Durant2. They gummed up the works long enough that I could get her into the range of the Book, and once she couldn’t cast spells she was done. More of a grind than an assassination, but it ended with her dying. I also got in a game with Malekus, who lost to Deneghra3 (but I failed to get a photo of them). 

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Kreoss1 faced off against Fyanna2. It’s a rough match up for Fyanna overall I think, as his feat hurts her. After the knockdown, it only took an Eyriss1 shot and a single Vanquisher shot to finish her off. 

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Did I mention that my meta is chock-full of Cryx players? Because it is. These are Terry’s amazing Bloodgorgers opposing my Malekus force. I managed to carve my way to Gaspy1 and finish him off. 

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My newly painted Vigilant hits the field… and immediately loses me the game. Forgot the Banshee shot, having a medium as part of my bunker (rather than just heavies) turned the Vigilant into a slammed knockdown on Kreoss1. And Kreoss did not like the taste of his own medicine as he was promptly shot to pieces. 

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With a sour Protectorate taste in my mouth from my blunder, I decided to play some Trollbloods for a bit. It also helped that I finally painted up the Hunters Grim and really wanted to give them some table-time. This is list absolutely not the list I want to field with them, but it was good to give a go with. I’m still finding Dire Troll Blitzers to be somewhat bland (the change of their animus is the worst part… as I loved the hijinks that I could do with their Mark II animus). My force took on Absylonia2, and I managed to triumph after a long grind of a fight. Abby2 came up just a bit short on killing Grim2 personally, which let me finish her off in return. 

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Next I took the Hunters Grim into Deneghra1. Overall I think I played okay in this game when it came to attrition but ended up losing Grim2 when my center couldn’t quite hold to protect him. 

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The Denny1 game had been against my buddy Ryan in prep for a Tournament we were headed to. Sadly, nasty ice and snow managed to keep us from heading down into the hills of West Virginia, so the four of us who were going to carpool played the “Bummer Bowl” instead at Ryan’s place (as so very much went wrong that morning it got to be absurd). I got paired against Ryan’s other half of his pairing: Aspyhxious3. It proved to be a very rough game, but the Hunters Grim managed to hold on for the win. Grim2 got a Blood Lure shot onto Gaspy3 and put up Rage on the Mauler, and I cleared the path with the remaining Blitzer. Despite being way behind in attrition, a single Dire Troll Mauler can get the job done when he can play with all five Fury. 

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Another day, another Hunters Grim day. I faced off against Skorne this time, and my first chance to play Zaadesh2. The good news was that Grim2 had many of the tools to help against Zaadesh2. The bad news was that it took too long to get them leveraged in the right places. I lost by points on two opponent-turn dominates as I just couldn’t contest the left zone in the picture. 

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Finished 2016 with a game against my buddy Michael’s Trollbloods and Horgle2. I fielded Ragnor, as Michael is just starting out–so seeing his other caster is almost like getting reps himself. Horgle2 puts on a heck of a nasty show. We played the scenario “The Pit”, and my early scores on my friendly flag left me able to steal a dominate of the zone in the middle of the game to win. I’m definitely nervous about the next time I face off against Horgle2’s flaming fury!

 

 

All in all, a heck of a 2016 year of gaming. I painted a ton of models, got in heaps of games with lots of casters while maintaining a solid win rate, won a best-painted award for my Trollbloods force at a Steamroller, and ran two amazing (I thought) home campaigns for a dozen players in our local meta each time. I’ll take it! Here’s hoping to make 2017 even better!

500 Points Challenge Progress (2016):

504/500 (actually 727 if I convert everything to Mark III points)

Battles (Privateer Press):

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

Trollbloods:

18 Wins (Karchev x3, Vayl2 x3, Lylyth x2, Kaya, Skarre, Thagrosh, Asphyxious3x2, Venethrax, Deneghra, Grayle, Absylonia2, Horgle2) / 14 Losses (Adeptis Rahn, Kromac, Caine2, Borka2, Kaya, Rhyas, Ashlynn x2, Twins Saeryn and Rhyas, Butcher3, Thagrosh, Vayl2, Sturm and Drang, Deneghra, Zaadesh2)

Protectorate of Menoth:

25 Wins (Agathia x3, Tanith x2, Helynna, Lord Carver, Terminus, Beth Maddox x3, Ragnor x2, Sorscha, Stryker2, Rask, Xerxis, Butcher, Sorscha2, Haley, Aiakos, Reznik, Deneghra3, Mortenebra, Fyanna2, Asphyxious) / 12 Losses (Agathia x2, Haley, Terminus x2, Kaya2, Rhyas, Amon, Tanith, Deneghra3 x2, Helynna)

Skorne:

25 Wins (Butcher x2, Deneghra, Shae, Sorscha2, Feora2, Severius, Skarre x2, Kreoss2, Borka, Kaya2, Stryker x2, Ragnor x2, Agathia, Malekus, Durgen, Kozlov, Bart, Terminus x2, Tanith, Kallus, Harkovich)/ 19 Losses (Rask, Xerxis, Butcher3, Thagrosh, Zerkova2, Stryker x2, Magnus2, Terminus x2, Tanith, Vlad x2, Rahn, Arkadius, Deneghra, Gorten, Asphyxious)

Cryx:

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

Homebrew Campaign

Homebrew Campaign

My main gaming lately has been the homebrew campaign that I’m running at Drawbridge Games here in Pittsburgh, PA, which has taken on a life of its own. I’ve been fiddling with all sorts of factions as part of it, working with whichever sides need more assistance in getting onto the map. Thus, my painting over the last few weeks includes some for each of my armies. After that, I’ll talk about the games I’ve gotten in lately.

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Dire Troll Mauler. Yeah, this guy is an absolute monster in Mark III. Had to add one to my force, and I really like how he turned out. 

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Lord Tyrant Hexeris. Really pleased with the model, even if his rules leave something to be desired. 

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Finally, I added a minimum unit of Flameguard Cleansers (forgot to take a pic on the gaming table, so one on the shelf will have to do). For some reason infantry take me soooooo long to paint. 

On the gaming side, I got in a heap of games recently against a variety of different players and factions. I’ll dive right in:

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Since my last update, I started with some Skorne. Having finished Hexeris1, I had the idea of a pairing with him to be anti-infantry and Morghoul1 as an armor-cracking/counter-punch list against heavy spam. My first game was against Kommander Harkevich and a whole heap of Khador warjacks, so Morghoul1 it was. His feat really helps Skorne heavies survive the initial attack, and then answer back. I got to the point where too much was able to get in on Harkevich (two void spirits and an Aradus), and managed the assassination. 

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My other game was against Asphyxious1, and there were enough troops that I took Hexy1 for a spin. He was… less than impressive. I’m not sure which types of troops are best for him and his feat. Satyxis Raiders proved to have too high a DEF value to hit each other in melee, making my feat turn quite lackluster. I got caught having to catch up, which meant an over-extended Hexy1 and an assassination against me. 

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Onward to some Trollbloods. I swapped to them mainly to balance out the sides in the campaign we’re up to, and started out with a Doomy2 loss to Andy’s Sturm and Drang. I played a lot of Doomy2 at the end of Mark II, so he was easy to plop on the table for a game to give it a go. My wall of heavies got close to sealing the deal, but I ended up losing after not quite getting an assassination. There was no way I was going to stay in the game when it came to scenario, so I had to make my move. My list needed a few more troops to really make it work. 

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I followed that game with a match using Borka, against Scott’s Deneghra1 and Cryx force. He’s a newer player who has gotten good ahead of the curve, but the classic “understood that Borka is hard to assassinate but didn’t realize just how hard” problem manifested itself, and Mulg was able to get into Denny and finish her off in the turn after she went for it against him. Borka may be my favorite of the Trollbloods casters, as I simply love his dare: “go ahead and try, I’m right out front”. 

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Had an old friend, Charles, who used to play Warmachine and Hordes reach out and say that he was returning to the game and wanted to get a match in–so I jumped at the chance. Faced off against his Grayle list with my Jarl force. Mauler smash-and-grab was the name of the game, managing to cripple his Satyr and knock down Grayle with the throw. Thanks to Fury issues, and some lucky misses, the Mauler survived the retribution. Snacking down a few whelps, he then rocked into Grayle and finished him off. Was a great game, and Charles’ stuff is beautifully painted so always a joy to face. 

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I’ve been bugging my buddy Ryan to finish up his Deneghra3 model ever since it took flight when he was bringing it on a windy day last year (the wind legit lifted the model off the top of his case and crashed it to the street, breaking it). He finally finished her up, so we nabbed a couple of matches as I was keen to face her. The first game I took my Protectorate and Amon Ad-Raza. Scenario was the Pit, so it was somewhat of a dead letter due to positioning. I almost got her assassinated, but came up just short. Having to trample to get there rather than charge hurts, and Amon’s feat still doesn’t fill up warjacks particularly well. Ryan managed to get a functional warjack onto Amon thanks to Ghost Walk, and that was a game. 

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The second game I fielded Feora2, as I wanted to have my painted Flameguard Cleansers on the table. I managed a win over Deneghra3 this time, in large part because lighting my own jack wall on fire with Cleansers then swapping it over to key enemy models is just awesome. The kill came down to the continuous fire. Always my favorite type of assassination… wait, no it’s AWFUL to win that way. Shouldn’t go in if I need to get lucky to finish the job. Great game as always with Ryan, and it was fun to see Denny3 hit the table.  

500 Points Challenge Progress (2016):

445/500

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2016: 113 (Win/Loss: 68/45/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Protectorate of Menoth:

23 Wins (Agathia x3, Tanith x2, Helynna, Lord Carver, Terminus, Beth Maddox x3, Ragnor x2, Sorscha, Stryker2, Rask, Xerxis, Butcher, Sorscha2, Haley, Aiakos, Reznik, Deneghra3) / 10 Losses (Agathia x2, Haley, Terminus x2, Kaya2, Rhyas, Amon, Tanith, Deneghra3)

Trollbloods:

15 Wins (Karchev x3, Vayl2 x3, Lylyth x2, Kaya, Skarre, Thagrosh, Asphyxious3, Venethrax, Deneghra, Grayle) / 12 Losses (Adeptis Rahn, Kromac, Caine2, Borka2, Kaya, Rhyas, Ashlynn x2, Twins Saeryn and Rhyas, Butcher3, Thagrosh, Vayl2, Sturm and Drang)

Skorne:

25 Wins (Butcher x2, Deneghra, Shae, Sorscha2, Feora2, Severius, Skarre x2, Kreoss2, Borka, Kaya2, Stryker x2, Ragnor x2, Agathia, Malekus, Durgen, Kozlov, Bart, Terminus x2, Tanith, Kallus, Harkovich)/ 19 Losses (Rask, Xerxis, Butcher3, Thagrosh, Zerkova2, Stryker x2, Magnus2, Terminus x2, Tanith, Vlad x2, Rahn, Arkadius, Deneghra, Gorten, Asphyxious)

 

Cryx:

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

Scream-Roller and Open Warfare

Scream-Roller and Open Warfare

Another blog post for another few weeks of gaming madness. This time, it’s a Halloween event, some painting for one faction, and even a few games played with my other two factions.

First up, I ran the first of what I hope becomes a regular fall thing: a Scream-Roller tournament at Legions Games. You can see the close up of all the Jack-O’-Lantern objective markers I painted up for the event above. I also made key trophies for the winners and arranged for some “scary” door prizes (a Wraith Engine and some “Beware of Nerfs” Bane Warriors). You can read more about this event on Bell of Lost Souls, and the prizes and winners are below.

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The Prize Collection. Players got to keep their pumpkin objective markers if they wanted.

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Front Row (L-R): Nicholas Caruso (3rd Place, Legion – Lylyth3/Abby2), Paladin Larry (1st Place, Cryx – Coven/Scaverous), Andy Thompson (2nd Place, Khador – Strakhov/Harkevich). Back Row (L-R) Door Prize Winners: Mike M. and Justin Shannon. 

 

I made a bit of progress on the painting side, in addition to painting all of those Pumpkins (which took a fair amount of my painting time this month).

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I painted up a second Wrack and a Vassal of Menoth, ready to help Amon Ad-Raza scourge all non-believers. 

On the gaming side, we’re starting a new narrative campaign at Drawbridge Games, which you can read all about here: Dragons at the Drawbridge. I wanted to get some experience with Madrak2 before the big January errata, so I began the campaign with my Trollbloods. However, seeing a player working to make Skorne effective made me miss my true love faction a lot, so I swapped to Skorne in the second week and will likely continue them forward for a while. The announcement that the designers at Privateer Press recognize that the faction isn’t working as intended is a really welcome one, which has gotten me excited about getting play in with them now to be ready for when changes come in January.

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My first game fielded Madrak2 into Ryan’s Cryx, facing off against Venethrax. Madrak2 did exactly as he does, and chewed through all the infantry (even though they were undead) in a single glorious Pacman-style turn. Then I simply jockeyed for scenario victory and counted on his quite-powerful survival rules to keep him alive. 

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My next game was against Colton’s Khador list with Karchev, which was definitely warjack heavy–so I swapped to Jarl Skuld for that game. It was a well-fought clash, again with my victory coming from scenario. I managed to survive the tide of warjacks by trading 2 for 1 (the Mauler’s buff really helps). It would have helped to have feated one turn earlier, but I still managed to get the win.

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Week two my Skorne appeared to help carry victory to the empire. Though my first battle didn’t help. I’ve been fiddling with a Void Seer Mordikaar shooting list (counting on the spell that gives the entire battlegroup ghostly to free ranged warbeasts to slip back without free strikes and shoot again). It didnt’ fare particularly well in its first outing, however, and I lost to Ryan’s War Witch Deneghra. I was just going in on Denny with essence blast assassination when time ran out. It was a desperation move anyhow, as the list was absolutely unable to cope with the amount of infantry that he fielded. Back to the drawing board!

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And to a different Warlock: Master Tormentor Morghoul. I played a very brutal game against Andy’s Legion of Everblight with Kallus at the helm. I manged to get a win with my force largely thanks to Morghoul’s buffs and feat: denial of transfers and the ability to throw a Bronzeback way further than one things due to Rush + Abuse managed to net me an assassination. 

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My third Skorne game this week was Lord Assassin Morghoul2 against Enrico’s Rhulic Mercenaries with Gorten at the helm. I went for the cannonball special assassination as I was getting boxed out on scenario and it was my only hope. Gorten was on no Focus, so it would have totally succeeded. If the throw hadn’t deviated Morghoul2 directly back toward the throwing Bronzeback just enough that I was an inch short of being able to reach Gorten and Flashing Blade him to death. The best I could do was scamper to a safe-ish spot, which proved not so safe as Morghoul2 was assassinated in the following round. 

500 Points Challenge Progress (2016):

418/500

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2016: 106 (Win/Loss: 64/42/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Skorne:

24 Wins (Butcher x2, Deneghra, Shae, Sorscha2, Feora2, Severius, Skarre x2, Kreoss2, Borka, Kaya2, Stryker x2, Ragnor x2, Agathia, Malekus, Durgen, Kozlov, Bart, Terminus x2, Tanith, Kallus)/ 18 Losses (Rask, Xerxis, Butcher3, Thagrosh, Zerkova2, Stryker x2, Magnus2, Terminus x2, Tanith, Vlad x2, Rahn, Arkadius, Deneghra, Gorten)

Protectorate of Menoth:

22 Wins (Agathia x3, Tanith x2, Helynna, Lord Carver, Terminus, Beth Maddox x3, Ragnor x2, Sorscha, Stryker2, Rask, Xerxis, Butcher, Sorscha2, Haley, Aiakos, Reznik) / 9 Losses (Agathia x2, Haley, Terminus x2, Kaya2, Rhyas, Amon, Tanith)

Trollbloods:

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

Cryx:

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

So… Much… Menoth…

So… Much… Menoth…

Since my last post I’ve had a whirlwind of 30 points of painting and twelve games of Warmachine and Hordes. And all of it Protectorate of Menoth. I think I’ve got a problem.

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Not sure if I’m a convert or not… the hat may give it away

I’ve been really enjoying the force, even though I’m really slow at painting it (I’m so tempted to go back to Trollbloods which I paint fast or Skorne with which I have a simple scheme). But I’m still making progress: I finished a new Warcaster and two Warjacks for my force.

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Feora2, Protector of the Flame. I really like how she turned out, and while assembling I was annoyed by her model I really like it now that I’ve gotten it completed. 

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A mighty Reckoner heavy warjack. 

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Redeemer light warjack. With Feora2’s Firestarter spell, this model seemed to be the obvious must-add for my army list. 

This post also marks the completion of our first season of the Crossroads of Courage campaign that Privateer Press has been putting on. I played in every week and was pretty successful overall as a Sower. I got an awesome campaign coin for playing in the games.

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Though I never once got this result in the four weeks. It was four straight weeks of Coward for my Holden the Last. 

 

On the gaming side, I fielded my Protectorate in a local Steamroller, played a heap of Crossroads of Courage games, and had a one-off game with my buddy Michael who is making leaps and bounds progress on his Trollbloods force.

First up: the Steamroller. It was a pretty small event, and I went 1-2 overall. That said, I had some really fun games. My pairing was Kreoss and Amon Ad-Raza. With Kreoss, I ran a warjack shooting-focused list using a Judicator as a central pivot and the threat of Kreoss’ feat. With Amon, I had a Warjack heavy list to capitalize on his Mobility spell and deep-range assassination runs.

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First round I was paired against Dave’s Legion of Everblight force, led by Rhyas. I was doing well in attrition, and had eliminated every one of his warbeasts. Sadly, the Devout stood in the woods rather than behind it with Kreoss, and Rhyas’ feat let her warp to just the right spot to promptly chop of Kreoss’ head with a critical decapitation.

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Second round I faced off against Little Larry’s Minions army, with Rask as his warlock. He bricked up, which meant that my template shooting was murderous on his cluster of heavies and Rask. With his Bog Trogs flanking rather than staying to protect Rask, he ran out of Fury too fast over two rounds of shooting and I managed to assassinate him. 

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Third round was another close game, this time against Jay’s Protectorate of Menoth force. He ran Amon Ad-Raza, and I ran Amon Ad-Raza. It was an Ad-Raz-off! I made two blunders that cost me the game ultimately. The lesser one was forgetting the rules of his objective (passing damage to nearby warjacks), which left my shooting Warjacks strung out with little impact. The greater one was inexcusable: denoting just how far Amon can get a warjack into the mix. He had to trample to do so (as I managed to get a Monk in the way when I realized my mistake), but with the Synergy chain Amon’s high defense wasn’t high enough and the Crusader mashed him. 

 All-in-all a great set of games and a good time with all three opponents. I’m still getting the handle of competitive list-building for Protectorate, so playing against a mirror in the third match was particularly useful for my thinking.

Next up, I played more than a few Crossroads of Courage games over a couple of weeks’ span:

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My Amon Ad-Raza helped escort Old Jeb to a mine entrance past Brad’s Skorne led by Xerxis.

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A second Old Jeb escort mission. This time against Colton’s Butcher and his warjack-heavy Khador force.

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We called them training exercises when my Protectorate clashed against Terry’s. Reznik wasn’t ready for how far a Reckoner could get with Mobility, and I managed the assassination. 

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My first outing with Feora2 was against Ryan’s Cryx and Terminus. I got so close to killing him… needed a 7 or more on the fire roll at the top of his turn to win. I rolled a 6. And was promptly slain in retaliation.

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The burning ash hazards made for an interesting messenger battlefield as my Feora2 force took on Colton’s Sorscha2. Fire triumphed, mainly by Feora’s Feat giving the messenger a burning sensation by transferring the continuous fire to the model. 

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For the first time ever, I managed to assassinate pHaley. I’ve played her countless times in my gaming career, and she’s been something akin to my Achilles heel. All it took was Andy fielding her for the very first time with his brand new (and awesome) wasteland-themed Cygnar force. Curse of the newly painted model and someone fielding her for the first time? Doesn’t matter. Streak broken!

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My Holden the Last ducks near a crate of dynamite as Roger’s marauding Circle warbeasts close in on the Protectorate battle line. 

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After a protracted battle against Ryan’s Cryx, led by Captain Aiakos, my force hunkered down enough to eek out a victory by scenario points. It took Feora standing up to an attack from Barathrum, which she barely survived. 

Finally, I got in a game against my friend Michael who is slowly getting into the game.

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Look at those beautiful, classic-scheme Trollbloods models. I managed to win by assassination,  but Mulg had smashed his way through anything in my force that was a threat to him by then… had I not succeeded, Feora2 would have been a red stain on his big club. 

500 Points Challenge Progress (2016):

414/500

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2016: 101 (Win/Loss: 61/40/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Protectorate of Menoth:

22 Wins (Agathia x3, Tanith x2, Helynna, Lord Carver, Terminus, Beth Maddox x3, Ragnor x2, Sorscha, Stryker2, Rask, Xerxis, Butcher, Sorscha2, Haley, Aiakos, Reznik) / 9 Losses (Agathia x2, Haley, Terminus x2, Kaya2, Rhyas, Amon, Tanith)

Skorne:

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

Trollbloods:

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

Cryx:

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

Coloring the Crossroads

Coloring the Crossroads

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

13 Protectorate of Menoth versus Cryx

 

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

500 Points Challenge Progress (2016):

384/500

Battles (Privateer Press):

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

Protectorate of Menoth:

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

Skorne:

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

Trollbloods:

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

Cryx:

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

Decisions Decisions

Decisions Decisions

Ah, faction-jumping… My favorite pastime. I’d have a completely painted full faction together by now if I wasn’t so torn all the time. Mark III, of course, threw that into over-drive. I was initially was focusing on Protectorate for Mark III. I wanted to take them to GenCon, but the time grew too short. So I swapped to Skorne as I have much more painted for them. Then (of course) couldn’t make it to GenCon, which meant that I’m still suspended between the two: not quite enough Protectorate to be happy with what’s hitting the table, but a Skorne force that I’m not as entirely enthused about as I’ve been in the past. I swapped to Skorne for our Journeyman league, and while I was intending to play Protectorate in a recent Champions format tournament in my area, I ended up taking my Skorne there as well. Again, the curse of wanting to play fully painted.

That said, my painting addition for the Journeyman league this week was at least something that I could use in my Protectorate force as well (actually, designed and painted to accompany them more than the Skorne). Enter, Rorsh and Brine:

Rorsh and Brine in Protectorate of Menoth Minions

I did Rorsh up as a convert to the faith of Menoth, to the point where he incorporated a stolen shoulderpad from some fallen Exemplar into his armor. Sorry the pic is a little blurry on Brine’s face–he’s a long model and really leans forward. 

This past week and two weekends were a flurry of Warmachine and Hordes, with my Skorne getting a lot of action. I played a couple for-fun games, two Journeyman league games, and attended a small Champions tournament at Legions Games.

Makeda1 vs Broadsides Bart

Kicked it off with a battle between Archdomina Makeda and Ryan’s Broadsides Bart Mercenaries list. I wanted to try out the trick of using lots of Scarabs as shield guard targets for Makeda’s Subjugation of Will spell. This was a good list to try it against, as it was somewhat shooty at first. The melee threat after was hard to handle, and my force dwindled. We were playing with a clock, and Ryan timed out ultimately for a win for me–but he definitely was hammering me (Makeda and a single scarab were hiding at one of the flags) and if it had been a more focused tournament situation he would have most likely won in time. 

Journeyman 1

Again, I faced off again (a different) Ryan’s Terminus Cryx list. It doesn’t have many of the things that he would normally include if it weren’t for Journeyman restrictions, and yet it was a very nasty list to battle with Xerxis2. 

Journeyman 2

This time, Terminus beat Xerxis to death rather than Makeda. Outcome was the same. He’s a monster that Xerxis2 simply lacks answers for in the list I’m fielding for Journeyman. 

1 Skorne Xerxis2 vs Khador Vlad

My other Journeyman game for the week was against Paul’s Khador force, led by Vlad. This was a nasty fight, but Xerxis2 did as he always does, ends just a little too close to something. He managed to land a little damage with some ranged attacks as I advanced, and little damage adds up fast on Xerxis2 even with ARM 19 (occasionally 21, thanks to the Razor Wurm). Finally I tried to set up a lane to try and get to Vlad, but just a bit too much could reach him and Xerxis2 was defeated yet again.

2 Skorne Naaresh vs Trollbloods Ragnor

I was glad to get in another friendly game, this time against Michael’s Trollbloods force. I took Naaresh for this one, mainly because Michael is a newer player and hasn’t seen every different type of caster. I wanted to show him what an aggressive caster played like–and Naaresh did it well. He led the charge, stomped around damaging foes and surviving attacks leveraged at him. I ended up damaging his caster with Naaresh, and finishing him off with a charging Gladiator to end the game. 

As I mentioned above, I also played in a Champions format tournament this past weekend. I fielded a ranged attack Xekaar list and the multiple-shield-guard-scarabs melee list with Makeda. I ended up losing all three games, though two of them were very close.

3 Skorne Xekaar vs Cryx Asphyxious

First up, Brandon’s Aspyhxious list. I was doing very well in the match, with my Siege Animantarax and Paingiver Bloodrunners doing great work on my right flank. And that’s why my opponent took a chance at spell assassination. It worked, just barely. Aspyhxious is a good assassin, and Xekaar just didn’t have enough defense around him to survive (note a similar theme next game with Makeda… I need to get a spot for Orrin Midwinter in my lists for my Skorne to be competitive it seems). 

4 Skorne Makeda vs Retribution Rahn

Second game was against Kyle’s retribution. I had the distinct feeling he would play Adeptis Rahn, mainly because both of my lists were going to be awful against that match-up. Lo and behold he did, and I got a bit too close with Makeda… After all the twisting, turning, jerking, and pulling she was backwards in front of a few weapon masters and easy pickings. At least it ended quickly. In retrospect, I should have probably taken my Xekaar list and used the Battle Engine simply to deny line of sight as much as possible to my caster, with hopes that my shooting could clear enough of his stuff to try and slog it out at the end. Either way, it was unlikely, and Kyle ran his list very well. 

5 Skorne Xekaar vs Minions Arkadius

For my third game, I matched up against Andy’s Dr. Arkadius list, complete with four heavy Pigs. I did a good job befuddling him with added fury from the Agonizer and lower thresholds from Xekaar’s feat, but he got to the far flag first and started scoring a bit quicker than I did. I tried to stop him but came up a bit short–the forest in the middle slowing all of my warbeasts besides the Aradus Sentinel, who is just as slow as a Cyclops in terrain anyhow with his Speed 3. A fun and silly game, as Andy is always a pleasant opponent win or lose. 

It was a week of a lot of Skorne, which only increased my thinking that maybe it’s time to put a push into my Protectorate and get them at least a single list that’s really Table-ready at 75 points. With the upcoming Crossroads of Courage league from Privateer Press, I’m all the more torn: do I want to try to pull the character’s narrative toward Protectorate, or would it be funny to campaign for him to be a Skorne model instead… Decisions decisions.

500 Points Challenge Progress (2016):

320/500

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2016: 81 (Win/Loss: 47/34/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Protectorate of Menoth:

11 Wins (Agathia x3, Tanith x2, Helynna, Lord Carver, Terminus, Beth Maddox x2, Ragnor) / 3 Losses (Agathia, Haley, Terminus)

Skorne:

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

Trollbloods:

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

Cryx:

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

Journeys upon Journeys

Journeys upon Journeys

I’ve been updating the full progress of the Journeyman league on that post, but this one tracks my own progress (Weeks 2 and 3 of the event).

I completed Week 2 games with Protectorate, but our league was getting to the point where a lot of the players were fielding Protectorate armies (there was one player who ended up facing Menoth something like five times in a row). Given that I’m the organizer and cannot win any of the prizes anyhow, I figured I’d step aside and field my Skorne starting on Week 3 in order to give people a more varied play experience.

So you’ll see both Menoth and Skorne across the two weeks of progress in the post. I also added two new Paingiver Beast Handlers to my force for Week 3.

1 Paingiver Beast Handlers

The pair in front are the new additions, giving me the flexibility of a minimum or maximum unit. 

Week Two

1 Protectorate vs Cygnar

It was a slug-fest, but my Menoth managed to triumph over the cagey Cygnar by taking them on piecemeal. 

2 Protectorate vs Trollbloods

Jon’s Trollbloods started packed in a corner, so I was able to use that little cabin to my advantage. Despite a bunch of misses on my feat turn slowing progress, I managed to take out Ragnor with Malekus to end the battle. 

3 Protectorate vs Cygnar

My match against Tom’s Cygnar went much the same way–a lot of back-and-forth attacking leaving damaged but not destroyed warjacks. I managed to claw my way to victory mostly through dice rolls being lucky for me and unlucky for Tom. 

4 Protectorate vs Circle

Having the Devout made a huge difference against Roger’s Circle Orboros force, and I managed to defeat Tanith with some well-placed fire sprays. 

5 Protectorate vs Cryx

The Devout’s Shield Guard made the tight brick work against Ryan’s Cryx force and the harpoon-launching Reaper. It enabled me to bully my way up to Agathia and take her out with the Scourge + Fire Type sprays combo. 

Week Three

6 Skorne vs Protectorate

This was the week I swapped to Skorne. Andy, my opponent playing Protectorate here, requested that I field Scarab Packs so I did up a list that had two of them. This match he got really close to killing Xekaar but fell short. Allowed the Cyclops Savage to finish Malekus off in return. 

7 Skorne vs Cryx

Next I played Ryan’s Cryx, and again an assassination fell short–leaving Xekaar freed to take Agathia out himself. 

8 Skorne vs Rhulic Mercenaries

I took on Enrico’s alternate battle box Rhulic Mercenaries in a third game. Despite the crippling effects of my feat, his feat turn proved very successful. However, it came up two points shy of killing Xekaar. He probably would have had it if he didn’t CRA with the Ogrun Assault Corps too. After that, a thrown Warjack into his caster to knock him down and the Cyclops Savage nearby to finish him off won me the closest match of the week.

9 Skorne vs Khador

Paul’s Khador force. He never quite got two Warjacks to bear on my forces at any one time, and my feat turn really slowed him down. I managed to get to a position where he wasn’t going to be able to take the center from my force without losing his own, and we called the game a win for me. 

 

I also managed to sneak in two larger 75 point games against Ryan as well during the weeks… both with High Reclaimer.

15 High Reclaimer vs Agathia

I won the first clash against Bane Witch Agathia (above), but lost a rematch fielding the same force against Terminus. 

500 Points Challenge Progress (2016):

292/500

Battles (Privateer Press):

Overall Totals 2016: 71 (Win/Loss: 45/26/0); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14/0)

Skorne:

18 Wins (Butcher x2, Deneghra, Shae, Sorscha2, Feora2, Severius, Skarre x2, Kreoss2, Borka, Kaya2, Stryker x2, Ragnor, Agathia, Malekus, Durgen, Kozlov)/ 8 Losses (Rask, Xerxis, Butcher3, Thagrosh, Zerkova2, Stryker x2, Magnus2)

Protectorate of Menoth:

11 Wins (Agathia x3, Tanith x2, Helynna, Lord Carver, Terminus, Beth Maddox x2, Ragnor) / 3 Losses (Agathia, Haley, Terminus)

Trollbloods:

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

Cryx:

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