Posts Tagged ‘Hordes’

Picking a Warmachine or Hordes faction

Posted on April 27th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

So there is a new version of Warmachine/Hordes coming out and it has intrigued me enough to consider playing again. There are some interesting rule changes being made and it seems as if some work has been done to streamline the game. I won’t say ‘simplify’ as I don’t think that is the intent but […]

A Kindred Spirit in the Chop Shop!

Posted on April 20th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

If you have been enjoying my little updates on converting my troll models you will probably love this post!

If you want to do an Epic Troll conversion first you have to remove the head….My friend Ruin here will show you how!

Kommandant Sanders gonna need a
big bucket for this Chicken!

In the spirit of all the conversions I’ve been showing recently, I thought I would take the chance to point you at one of my favorite blogs about converting and making super cool Warmachine models.  Tom Mennes build incredibly cool armies with a great flair for super dramatic conversion work (which he follows up with really solid paint in really personal and creative schemes). His output is equally impressive given the quality of the work.

Fun models – dramatic poses, and great creative work. I’m watching this one and hope you will too! Definitely worth reading back through his posts as well!!!!!!! LOTS of great tips and Step by step builds!

His Khador army is full of really creative conversions and I absolutely LOVE his paint scheme. Supurb techniques and great unity mean that even with the wild conversions everything is identifiable, cool and harmonious. So well handled. Most of his work is converted – using plastic stock, tubing and a little greenstuff – but really isn’t beyond the realm of others to learn from and attempt on their own. He is really good at showing key steps and materials and explaining his process from concept to creation.

Robo Seraph with Gatling Blight…. AWWW YEAH!

His Everblight army is one of the craziest full army conversions I have seen in Warmahordes. It is simply brilliant! And the paint style on it makes me REALLY want to paint my trolls all in moonlight and glow…. This guys plays to the rule of cool and defys expectations – but always keeps opponents, recognition and playability in mind. A true kindred spirit, I hope I get to meet him at some point because I can think of few armies anywhere or in any game that I would rather see across the table from me.Keep up the amazing work Tom!

Hordes/Warmachine new MKIII Battle Boxes

Posted on April 19th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

As promised I continue to follow the Hype Train and collect more of the rumours and facts about the new edition for Hordes and Warmachine.
One big thing for me are the new Battle Boxes because they always help to draw in new people and normally should also provide older players to get into new editions by providing the rules and stuff for a reasonable price. Most of us will buy the MKIII rulebook nonetheless, but for testing it out those should be perfect.

So lets see what the new boxes will offer us:

  • MSRP $40 for a battle group (1 caster and at least 2 large or 3 medium models)
  • All necessary cards
  • Quick rules
  • A paper battlemap and terrain
  • A paper ruler, dice and tokens

Additional information to these boxes:

  • The caster will be Battle Box only (at least for the first time)
  • The material will be the same PVC as today (although precolored)
  • The paper battlemap is most likely 24×24″, which would perfectly fit for introduction games

My impression so far: 

The paper ruler is garbage (it was already in the current box), the battlemap and terrain I don’t need (but are nice for beginners). But still I hope that you get more than only this stupid wall, maybe some markers for woods or so.

The rest sounds awesome! If they really will stick to 40$ (which will most likely be 40€ because they always do it 1:1) sounds like a perfect price for a starter box. Also you get a hopefully useful battlegroup. For me the Legion one is somewhat 50:50 because I already have half of the stuff, but maybe I can convert some of the Shredders. For me, at this point, it is a must buy (and maybe I will also get a second faction now).

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More information about MKIII

Posted on April 16th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Nearly a week ago, Privateer Press anounced the new edition for Warmachine/Hordes. Slowly information is trickling into the public and to be honest: I am quite hyped about the bits and pieces that are made public now and are collected in the different …

Privateer Press launches new edition of Warmachine/Hordes

Posted on April 12th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

So today when I read the tabletop news I first had to double check if it is not the 1st of April. But no…
Privateer Press anounced that on 29th of June 2016 they will release a new edition of Warmachine/Hordes!
It will come with new rules, new casters, new cards and new starter boxes. For us Warroom users there shall be a discount on the faction decks, because they will be incompatibel with the old MKII rules.

But first a promotional video from Privateer Press:

So what exactly did they tell us yet?

  • We have rebalanced every model in the game.
  • Each warcaster has a unique, flavorful spell/ability. Some casters already had, some had to be added.
  • Doubled the point scale.
  • Addresses difference between Focus and Fury.

New Mechanics:

  • Power Up: Warjack are allocated a focus for starting in the caster’s battlegroup.
  • Spirit Bonds: As warbeasts die, Warlocks can gain fury “from the grave”
  • Upped warjack/warbeast points. 28-30 points now.
  • Games are still similar sized.

Change with Huge-Base Models:

  • They feel like the monsters of the battlefield like they should.

Presentation of Story

  • Time-skip! Two-year jump.
  • Flash-Point. First installment in a trilogy.
  • Story line stuff. Resolutions and new things.
  • No favorite character is safe.
Let’s see with what they come up with in the future. Looking forward to it.
So long,

Warmachine and Hordes Mark 3 Announced

Posted on April 11th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Warmachine and Hordes Mark 3 Announced

Privateer Pressed have announced that their Steampunk miniatures games Warmachine and Hordes will be getting a brand new third edition later in the year.
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{T}Roling along – Runeshaper conversion #1

Posted on April 5th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Hey folks – Back at the workbench again – Had an idea for a new rune shaper model!Now I don’t play Runes of War/Runeshaper Spam but I do have a couple lists I want to play that use one or two units of Runeshapers – my one Jarl list in particular looks …

Hordes: Trollbloods Dire Troll Bomber (Warbeast)

Posted on April 3rd, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Well the batteries in the painting machine seem to have faded in the month of March, but during the last week of the month I was able to get my Trollbloods Dire Troll Bomber on the painting table. I did not get him finished in March, but he will b…

{T}Rolling Along – Last of the Fire Eaters AND their new best friend!

Posted on March 31st, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

So I have done two posts now showing my fire eater models – and I have saved the best for last… or at least the most extreme conversion!This is one of those models where I will drop it on the table at a major event and have to hope for the best – I t…

Hordes: Blindwater Bog Trog Trawlers

Posted on March 30th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

So I like the Bog Trog minis… and actually played a game of Hordes for the first time in about 6 years so that gave me a little inspiration to paint something. I actually painted my Shambler unit too but not enough light for me to take photos of them…

{T}rolling Along Nicely 2….. MOAR Fire Eater conversions!

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Man that is a pretty obnoxious title… sorry.Anyhoo the task of converting and personalizing my Trollbloods continues! As mentioned last time I have 2 units of fire eaters and I dislike duplication in my models. My first unit were pretty standard – ju…

Strange Aeons: Dave Graffam Print n Fold Cardstock Buildings

Posted on March 15th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

I wanted to share these PDF print-on-cardstock buildings I picked up from Dave Graffam Models. Look, seeing and playing is believing. I didn’t think I would get such a great match for the other Strange Aeons terrain I have been building in cardstock te…

{T}rolling Along Nicely 1….. Feel the Burn! Converted Fire Eaters.

Posted on March 15th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Following last weeks peek at a couple of my trollblood conversions, I gotta admit I was having a lot of fun so the conversion train just kept rolling along! Over the next while (as the Greenstuff and Glue dries & the pieces resolve) Ill post up pic…

Hordes: Trollbloods Captain Gunnbjorn (Warlock)

Posted on March 11th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

My first Warlock for my Trollbloods army is now complete. I have been slowly working in Captain Gunnbjorn throughout the week, and last night I was able to finish him up.
I still have a lot of models to complete for my 2 50 point lists, and in all honsestly do not think they will be finished by June. I am going to continue working on them and if they get completed, great, if not I will then porobably fall back and play my Gators at Lock & Load.
Debating if should tackle the Highwaymen next or work on a Warbeast…. probably a Warbeast….

Captain Gunnbjorn
Captain Gunnbjorn

Painting Points: 2

Hordes: Minions Croak Raiders (Unit)

Posted on March 7th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Nothing special with this Unit, these guys were truly just ‘speed painted’ so I can get them done and have 2 full 50 point lists for my Minions.
At least now I am ready for Lock & Load Masters with at least my Gators. My plan is still to complete my Trollbloods for this event, but it will be close to getting them done in time. So I’ll be practicing with my Gators and Khador until then.

Croak Raiders


Croak Raiders

Painting Points: 10

Hordes: Trollbloods Pyg Bushwhacker Officer & Mortar (Unit)

Posted on March 2nd, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

I am finally quite happy on how the skin turned out on my Trollbloods. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am still trying to figure out the skin tone for this army. I think with these guys I am satisfied and will be using this technique going forward on the rest of my Trollbloods. I know it is not perfect, the layering could be better, but I like the way the color came out and it did not take too long to complete. I still have a lot more models to paint to finish 2-50 point lists for Master’s Lock & Load, so I needed to fins something that paints quickly and still looks decent.
Instead of just using the color ‘Trollblood Base’ followed with a drybrush of ‘Frostbite’, with these guys, after the base color, I then layered on ‘Meredius Blue’ to make them a bit bluer (which I prefer), then just did a few highlights with ‘Frostbite’ instead of drybrushing the model. I think it looks a lot cleaner this way.
Now I am going to slide the Trollbloods over for a very short while and get my final Unit for my Gators completed, the Croak Raiders. Once this Unit is completed I will then have 2-50 point lists for my Gatormen Blindwater Congregation. This will more than likely be my backup plan for Lock & Load if the Trollbloods do not get completed.

Pyg Bushwhackers Officer & Mortar


Pyg Bushwhackers Officer & Mortar

Painting Points: 2

Hordes: Trollbloods Pyg Bushwhackers (Unit)

Posted on February 28th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Painting my Trollbloods started back up last week. I have a lot to paint if I want to get this army ready for the Master’s Tournament at the 2016 Lock & Load in June. I am hoping this army will be done in time, but do not want to rush them.
I am still working on the way I want the skin to turn out for my Trollbloods. Each model I paint I am learning something and the next models I’ll apply what I learned. By the time I get to my Warlocks and Warbeasts, hopefully I will have my skin tone down.
So Friday night I was able to finish up another Unit for my Gunnbjorn list, the Pyg Bushwhackers (their UA will be done next).
I wanted to get these guys posted before we start the new month on Tuesday.

Pyg Bushwhackers


Pyg Bushwhackers

Painting Points: 6

Daily Chronicle: ‘Decisions, Decisions, Decisions, What Lists For 2016 Lock & Load’

Posted on February 24th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

We are a little over 3 months away from the Privateer Press 2016 Lock & Load GameFest (June 10-12) in Bellevue, WA and I need to decide on what I want to play at this event.
The ‘official’ event listings have not been announced yet (hopefully very soon), so I am basing my decisions on the events that were posted the previous 2 years (the last 2 years were pretty close in the event types and I honestly do not see them changing it to drastically).
The event is 3 days, Friday-Sunday and my son and I plan on arriving there sometime Thursday afternoon and heading back home (with a stop in San Franciso) early Monday morning.

Just like when we attended the LVO Warmachine a few weeks ago in Las Vegas, my plan is to have fun at this event. At the LVO we did not load up our schedule with event after event, we played in the Masters and then had fun with some open gaming. That will be the plan again for Lock & Load.

Friday: The Masters event has been played on Friday the past few years with the finals on Sunday, so the plan is too definitely play in the Masters on Friday. We both know we won’t be advancing to the finals, so we plan on adding another event for Sunday.
Saturday: I think Saturday will be an open gaming day for the two of us. Get in some Iron Arena games, fun games, and possible sit in on some of the workshops. Also last year, Privateer Press brought in a tattoo artist on Saturday offering free faction logo tattoos…. Now which faction tattoo should I get…..
Sunday: Since we are driving 24 hours to attend Lock & Load, on Sunday I would like to be entered into another official event. Last year there were 2 events that looked to be fun. The first one is called ‘Speed Machine’, 25 points Caster/Warlock and their Battle Group. I really enjoy playing Mangled Metal type of games so this is one of our options. Then the other day I noticed they also had an event called ‘Double Threat’, this one is 50 points, 2 Casters/Warlocks with separate Battle Groups. I have never played a game with 2 Casters/Warlocks before and this one also sounds like it could be a lot of fun.
Now down to the decisions on what lists to play. More than likely I see ourselves playing in Masters and Double Threat (so I will base my decisions on those 2 events)(unless Privateer Press does not have Double Threat this year and replaces it with another event, then depending on that event, we may play Speed Machine instead).
The Masters event requires 2-50 point lists and you have to play each list at least once (this is a norm for Masters events and at the LVO this year, the 2nd list was optional, so it was not a problem for me). I like to play with fully painted armies at events like this (even when I play just for fun), so part of my decision process is what can I get down in time.

First let’s look at Khador. Khador is ‘my’ army for Warmachine/Hordes and I am most comfortable playing with this army. Part of my problem though is the 2nd list. In your 2nd list there are certain requirements that must be met (you can not duplicate ‘Character’ type Solo’s / Units) in your 2 lists. A lot of my Solo’s / Units have this ‘Character’ label on them, so my 2nd list is pretty close to painting another 50 point army. I have already started painting this list (will be using Buthcher 3) and I am down to 16 models to complete this list (Butcher 3 and his dogs, Fenris, and 2 Units of Doom Reavers).

My second option is my Gators. This army is my closest to being completed for 2 lists. All I have left to do is a paint a Unit of Croak Raiders (10 models) and then they are completed. One list will be lead by Rask and the other by Barnabas. One problem with this army is experience, or the lack of.

Finally my third option would be my Trollbloods army. I just purchased the models needed to have 2 complete 50 point lists. One list being lead by the Warlock Captain Gunnbjorn Tier 4 (because I think he is a cool model) and the other by Doomy 3 Tier 4 with 2 Glacier Kings (I think playing with 2 Gargantuans would be really fun). So there are two problems with this army. The first, just like with the Gators would be my experience playing with them and Hordes in general. The second problem is the model count needed to complete both of these lists. Between the 2 lists there are 51 models, and I only have 6 painted so far. That leaves 45 models to be completed by June 10th along with some playtesting. I really love the look of the Trollbloods army, as much as I would love to get them painted in time, I do not want them to look like crap.
My goal would be to have the Trollbloods completed and use them for the Masters and Khador/Gators as a backup plan. So I think during the month of March I will concentrate on painting my Trollbloods and at the same time mix in some Khador and Gators (to change it up a bit and too make progress on those armies), then I will reevaluate where I am with my Trollbloods and to see if it is doable to have them completed in time. If it looks promising I will probably continue down that path, if it does not, then I will have to shift to one of the others.
Double Threat:
As mentioned above, my options are 1 of the 3 above armies (I will not have time to even think about getting any work done on the Cryx army). So for Double Threat I will probably use 1 of 2 armies left after I decide on which I am playing for the Masters. If by chance my Trollbloods get completed for the Masters, then I am heavily leaning towards my Khador to be played in Double Threat. If Trollbloods will not be done in time, then more than likely play Gators in the Masters and once again Khador in Double Threat.

The point is too have fun at this event, playing with Trollbloods and Gators will be different for me, it will be fun and a learning experience. What better way to learn an army then getting in a weekend of games with them.
Whatever army does not make the cut into the 2 above events, will then probably be played on Saturday for some open gaming and Iron Arena games.
I think today’s Daily Chroicle is long enough for today….stay tuned for what my decisions will be as we get closer to 2016 Lock & Load.

Hordes: Minions Swamp Gobber Bellows Crew (Unit)

Posted on February 24th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Last night it was time for some more Minions and my Swamp Gobber Bellows Crew hit the painting table. Again, once I started on these models I just kept on going and next thing I knew they were almost done. This is one of the main reasons why I like W…

Hordes: Minions Saxon Orrick (Solo)

Posted on February 22nd, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

It was a slow weekend for painting for me, only was able to get this 1 model completed (although I was able to get 2 games in on Friday night).  Saxon Orrick is another Solo that I need for my Khador Butcher 3 list (down to 17 models to get that l…

LVO Las Vegas Open 2016 photo dump…

Posted on February 9th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

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Daily Chronicle: ‘LVO 2016 Friday-Sunday February 5th-7th Recap’

Posted on February 9th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

I thought I was going to have time at the end of each day to write up a daily recap of the LVO Warmachine, but that did not happen, so I am going to try and recap all 3 days in one post.    Friday February 5th, 2016 For my son and …

Daily Chronicle: ‘LVO 2016 Thursday February 4th Travel Day’

Posted on February 6th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Thursday February 4th was my son’s and I travel day up to the Las Vegas Open 2016. We left Phoenix, AZ at 9:00 AM and arrived in Las Vegas, NV around 2:00 PM local time.
Since we arrived a little early for hotel check-in, I decided to get some shopping done for my family at the M&M’s store. Once we finished with that, it just about time to check-in.
After check-in at the Bally’s Las Vegas we rested for a little bit until 6:00 PM when badge pick up and registration opens for the event.
We headed downstairs to the events center to check out the venue. Once we picked up our badges we walked around the hall for a little bit and snapped a few photos.

Warmachine Final Table




After walking around for a little bit, my son and I headed next door to Paris and enjoyed dinner at their buffett.


Once dinner was completed we headed across the street to Caesar’s Palace and my son and I walked the Forum shops to close out the evening.


It was now getting late an we headed back to our hotel so we can wake up early Friday and hit the Privateer Press store for some new releases.
Stay tuned for the official Day 1 of the LVO.