Posts Tagged ‘Hordes’

WTC 2015 – Accommodation (Video)

Posted on March 19th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

// I made another video for the WTC – this time covering the excellent accommodation players can expect at the Killarney Convention Centre. Until next…

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MMM – Farewell T.P. and Melting the Ice

Posted on March 16th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

© The Smiling Grouch

Welcome back to another Monday Music and Musing episode! Before I really want to start my musing, I have to start (again) with some mourning: Last week one of my favored authors of fantasy (comedy) novels died: Terry Pratchett.


Many artists made drawings and paintings to honor the creator of the Discworld and writer of many many fantastic novels. The picture shown by me is from The Smiling Grouch. On the Tumblr page you can also find some other interesting pictures.

But now let’s continue with something not so sad: On the weekend I had the chance to play two Warmachine/Hordes matches with my Legion of Everblight against NumbDice’s Khador. First a Mangled Metal with only one battlegroup to learn the rules and then a 25pts scenario game with the complete content of the 2-players box. I don’t want to spoil too much because I will try to write down some short battle reports. But since I am still owing you some music:

Power of the Dragonflame by Rhapsody of Fire (formerly Rhapsody), an Italian metal band.

The games where lots of fun and really, really thrilling. I found it absolutely interesting how the game changes in scenario play. Can’t wait for my other stuff to arrive to build a more balanced list.

Have a good start into your week!

So long,

More All in One Army Boxes From Privateer Press

Posted on March 12th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Warmachine: Cygnar: All-in-One Army Box $129.99   The quickest and easiest way to storm the battlefields of Warmachine!   A perfect entry point for new players and an amazing value for seasoned vets looking to start a new faction, this All-in-One Army Box contains everything you need to quickly field a complete and competitive army […]

WTC 2015 – Venue (Video)

Posted on March 9th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

// So, I made a little video to show off the venue for the 2015 World Team Championships of Warmachine and Hordes… Until next time,…

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MEGA MULG – Part 1

Posted on March 9th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

MULG SMASH!So I don’t normally share my competition entries before an event but this time I am just having too much fun not to share! I love trolls and I really love Mulg – in spirit, in rules in fluff (The NQ article on him from a  few …

Hordes 2-Player box arrived

Posted on March 7th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Finally it is here! The Hordes 2-Player Box arrived. After some (to be honest extremely long) waiting because our LGS had trouble getting the German box, I have it now in my hands. So I can start with building and painting the stuff and see how much I …

April Releases for Privateer Press

Posted on March 5th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Warmachine: Retribution: Moros – Light Myrmidon $25.99   Commissioned for Garryth, Blade of Retribution, Moros is a quick and agile myrmidon that strikes using its dual curved blades with the deadliness of an assassin. Its unique power field renders Moros invisible to the naked eye and can be manipulated to lash out and stun potential […]

IKRPG Unleashed – First Thoughts

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

I haven’t RPGed in years, but the social side of gaming is one of my favourite elements. It’s probably the most important thing for keeping…

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REVIEW – Las Vegas Open 2015…

Posted on February 27th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The crew at Frontline Gaming once again hosted the Las Vegas Open. For only being in it’s infancy at two years old, the convention has grown a lot. It’s big game that draws the most players is Warhammer 40,000, but … Continue reading

Milestone reached: 60.000 hits

Posted on February 26th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

So its another milestone which this blog breached: 60.000 hits since I am tracking. Maybe you ask yourself why I am not waiting for the 100k mark for making a happy dance. That’s easily explained: I just count this mark more like 50.000 hits because re…

Hordes: Legion of Everblight: All-in-One Army Box

Posted on February 24th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hordes: Legion of Everblight: All-in-One Army Box $129.99 The quickest and easiest way to storm the battlefields of HORDES! A perfect entry point for new players and an amazing value for seasoned vets looking to start a new faction, this All-in-One Army Box contains everything you need to quickly field a complete and competitive army […]

NEWS – New Hordes Gargantuans…

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As expected by most, Hordes got their second wave of Gargantuans just like Warmachine had their second wave of Colossals. All of the new sculpts/sketches look amazing. I personally think it’s really cool that they are mostly all new model … Continue reading

P3 Grandmaster Diorama – "Contract Renegotiation" Part 5 Paint trickery!

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Edit – sorry for missing last week – I had this all cued to go and somehow screwed it up and forgot to hit the publish button… oh well back again!So when last we left off – I had painted and mortared the back wall, base coated the floor, rust coated …


Posted on February 23rd, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

P3 Grandmaster Diorama – "Contract Renegotiation" Part 3

Posted on February 2nd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

With the wall and floor established and an antagonist/protagonist relationship realized it was important to address the room “décor” that will tell the rest of the story and provide supporting information about the characters and events.

Gorman is an alchemist whose abilities in game are basically defined by his grenades rather than his swordsmanship. If we look at the figure this is also clearly on display where the blade is held up defensively to keep opponents at bay while his right arm is flung back in preparation to throw, causing the cape to wave dramatically and revealing the arsenal slung on his belt. The grenades are the real threat and the basis of the stance of the model.
In the game, Gorman carries smoke bombs, impractical here as he is making his presence clearly known (not hiding), bombs which create instant rust and the dreaded blinding black oil. The use and effects of both of these could definitely be incorporated into the scene with clever use of paint and a few fun tricks. Used correctly they should also add a sense of power and gravitas to our protagonist.

Having conceptually established the criminals as being dangerous and well equipped, it made sense to include a light warjack in their personal armory – certainly useful in most aspects of their shady daily business. Having a firepower heavy warjack in a warehouse full of goods and at close quarters seemed less than completely sensible so I grabbed a Talon (mercenary light warjack) armed with a Stun spear and boasting a shield it seemed to make a great logical bodyguard/enforcer/labor ‘jack.

It was also a target that Gorman could believably shut down in his own special way.

you can see that it is still in pieces here as I “mocked up” the pose and arrangement. 

SO:  How to wreck a Warjack in a believable Gorman-esque fashion.

close to the final pose – time to cut a bit and fine tune.

This warjack would have to be defeated by alchemical process moreso than by brute violence – so it shoud remain realtively intact. The damage and manner of its defeat would be evident in the paint and finish rather than in heavy modification.  I took some time to monkey around with the pose and in the end did a little bit of cutting and pinning to lay this big guy down. I wanted the lines of his body to draw attention in the same direction as the action of the scene so that he became a dynamic compositional element rather than just a piece of scenery or a major character in and of itself. Using the paint to tie its colors into those of the criminals and using additional paint effects to make this defeated wreck harmonious with the overall environment were also very important – but we will come to this in the next installment ;P (ooh a hook!) 

With a bit of work on detailing (strip styrene, granst line rivits, watch parts, brass and wire) and hinging the door to fit it was time to move into primer and finalize the little details for the piece. It was at this point that I nearly made a very costly error. I added alight by the door which looked super cool, but I did so without consideration that it was a GW brand part and that it would be against the rules of the competition. This would come back to haunt me later, but would also give me an opportunity to do something even cooler……

For priming I tried Vallejo’s Black Airbrushable primer  that I borrowed from my buddy Erik, with an overspray of Ammo Of Mig Jimenez Grey Primer. I REALLY prefer the finish of the Ammo brand primer and 
will be picking up their black instead for future work. (you think I would know by now just to default to this stuff in the first place but In the moment I am super glad that Erik had the black to lend me either way!)

Note the extra light being suggested around the lower window and coming from through the doorway as well as directly under the thrice acccursed lamp….. Now the painting was really ready to begin!

Cya next time to show you some really cool paint tricks!

Ranked Attack + Forward Kommander + VASSAL = WIN!

Posted on January 29th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been a fan and advocate for using VASSAL to play WMH for years. The only slightly painful bit of using VASSAL is the selecting of models to make up your army. I’ve always found it to be a slow … Continue reading

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P3 Grandmaster Diorama – "Contract Renegotiation" Part 2

Posted on January 26th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Welcome back to my articles on building my P3 Grand Masters Competition Winning Diorama! Having gathered my plans and reference, and roughly laying out my key pieces to help me visualize  and plan the overall size/spacing of my elements the next s…

2015 Gaming Calendar

Posted on January 21st, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

With January rapidly coming to a close I thought it was worth taking a closer look at the Wargaming Calendar for 2015 and coming up with a bit of a plan. Also I need to clear the plan with the Master Scheduler (in other words, my wife) so that I don’t get into hot water.

Battlecry – Tigers in the mud
Traditionally one of my favourite events of the year as in the past it was hosted in a big gymnasium and it was filled with people playing a wide variety of wargames, as well as board games and card games. It also had the biggest turn out of retailers of any of the events I would normally go to. This resulted in some good games along with a few ways to be parted from my money. This year they are moving to a new (smaller) venue and dividing the event up over a couple of weekends. Hopefully it will still retain the flavour of previous years and luckily I only have a few weeks to wait to find out!
As for the gaming I am taking a slightly unconventional approach (at least by my standards) and dividing the weekend up in to two events – one day of X-Wing and one day or Hordes (first chance to roll out some Trolls).
Ides of March
Yeah, this is the big one! 40-50 Warmahordes players and a chance to get in a bunch of tough games (that I will of course loose). Ideally I will be taking the Trolls along for their second outing but IOM does have a fully painted requirement (which I am really pleased about) so I might have to put down a backup list with eBaldur and/or Bradigus Thorle and lots of constructs. Super excited about this event
Ides Of March – Sweet trophies!
To go to the NZ Nationals or to not go… that is the question?
This year the New Zealand Nationals will be in Auckland (yay!) but I am really struggling to find the time and enthusiasm put a 3 day weekend into gaming these days. Ten years ago I would have gone in a heartbeat but with more responsibilities comes more hard decisions… not going will definitely put a dent in my efforts to take out the Romanian spot in the NZ Flames Of War Rankings though! I might end up just having to put in a days friendly gaming somewhere instead?
The North Island Convention is on another long weekend (just like the Nationals) but in this case it is in Thames (which is a short-ish drive away from the in-laws house) which might make it a bit easier to get away for a couple of days. Whilst it is too far away for concrete plans, Flames Of War is definitely on the cards.
Panzerschreck – Road Trippin’
Panzerschreck is the ancestral home of Flames Of War tournament gaming and traditionally takes the form of a doubles Late War event. 
Definitely keen on this as we normally hire a big mini-van for a nice team building 9 hour drive! I’ve been chatting to Phil about pairing up for a bit of low stress gaming. 
Assuming I get my act together I’ll either be taking an Atlantik Wall Puma company or Romanian StuGs so that could be quite a lot of fun.
Lords of Ruin – More sweet trophies!
Lords of Ruin
I am working on the assumption that this event is happening again this year as it was an absolute blast last year. Sean Lincoln organised a fantastic event in a local pub (down in Wellington). This is my drop dead target for having the fully painted Trolls in action!

Looking forward to this one day W/H event here in Auckland. All the usual suspects will be there, and it will be a low stress event!


We still need to get out ducks in a row with FlamesCon but my assumption is that it is happening… so much for insider knowledge eh! Either way, Romanians all the way baby! Currently thinking that it would be fun to play Early and Mid War, just not confident that I can get an EW Romanian army painted for it…

Well, there we have it, but 2015 event plan… throw in a few 1 day X-Wing events that pop up over the course of the year and it is feeling pretty solid to me.

Borka, Vengeance of the Rimeshaws (AKA Bearka)

Posted on January 20th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Horgle Ironstrike

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Dozer & Smigg

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Still Alive…

Posted on January 19th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Yes, I’m still alive.  After a good year and a half I’ve picked up the brush again…this time to paint a few more Hordes miniatures that had been sitting on my wall for a good three+ years.First up, some Trollblood Fennblades…And an Earthborn D…

Year of the Trolls: Designing My Meat Mountain

Posted on January 16th, 2015 under , . Posted by

2015 has finally come around and it is time to start thinking about what I am going to paint if I am going to make “The Year Of The Troll” a reality.First up how do I build a list that is going to be fairly competitive? Looking around the forums it is …

Privateer Press February Releases

Posted on January 15th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Warmachine: Cygnar: Major Markus “Siege” Brisbane – Warcaster $17.99   A professional soldier with more field experience than virtually any other warcaster in the Cygnaran Army, Major Markus Brisbane is famous among Cygnaran troops for his ability to lead from the front and infamous among his enemies for his ability to triumph. It has been […]

Warmachine: Cygnar vs Farrow

Posted on January 14th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

There has been somewhat of a resurgence in popularity of Warmachine and Hordes at my local game store. This has given me a chance to play my first games since the Mark 2 rules came out a few years ago. So far I have been able to play about 3 games with…