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Preview: Infernal Horrors

Doug Hamilton, digital sculptor for Privateer Press, called dibs on sculpting the heavy monsters for Warmachine's upcoming Infernal faction, and he talked about it on youtube.Ignore the size differences between these two pictures. They are the same sized model, just two variants. I just suck at taking screen caps. The difference in size is probably attributable to me selecting a larger box for the ranged heavy on the bottom.One thing is for sure. Some friends were calling these models Convergence + Legion, but it's pretty clear to me that they are their own thing. Legion warbeasts have more plating, honestly, and this thing if it looks anything like Legion might take some style decisions from Incubi in that it appears to be literally bursting out of its own skin.And any four legged upright torso monster will resemble some of the Convergence heavies in that it will have four legs (duh) and also have thin llower body supporting an exaggerated upper body (standard style heavy warbeast/warjack) .I do want to pain

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Game 10: Borka Vengeance of the Rimeshaws vs. Garryth Blade of Retribution

Played Round 4 at ATC against...Retribution. Three games in a row against Retribution. Apparently our team captain thought I could handle all the gunfire. At least this game didn't have any Dawnguard Tridents. I was quite tired of those by this point.He presents me with a problem: Nayl in my face that ruins a central aspect of Hordes which is the casting of animi if Nayl blows up too close to my warbeasts (or even warlock).Nayl gets handled though, like he always does. Slams or throws. Anything that makes him die closer to the enemy. It buys Borka2 a turn to not worry about Garryth casting spells.  Rok goes in deep and Borka2 feats.It's a lot of work trying to get within 5" to shoot stuff without triggering counter-charge, and all the Stumbling Drunks mean that Rok actually gets pushed back my way. Garryth bails and jumps back behind the wall...and like a fool I give chase. I don't realize that the solo gives Garryth DEF 19 and whiff the second attack that would have had a good chance of killing the

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Skorne Collection 2018

Points Total: 658Models Total: 174Ah, the penultimate collection.I love the look of skorne's stone warriors and I love the concept of hoksune and the book featuring Makeda.Tortured elephant titans? Awesome.Why dont I ever play them?They're not trolls.But with their latest update, Makeda and the Exalted Court feels like she can play like Madrak2 used to, and I am still sorely tempted to try her out.Given unlimited skill I'd maybe figure out how to sculpt an entire custom troll army on 30mm bases to play as skorne.

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Behold, the Never to Be Released Whelp God

Brian Dugas, freelance artist/sculptor who does work for Privateer Press, Fantasy Flight, and Hasbro (and former senior sculptor at Wizkids) recently shared 3d Renders of a model that was never to be at Privateer Press.It is an uberwhelp, and he has said that it will probably never be made, so he wanted to show it off. Apparently this whelp would have been an Earthborn whelp with a signature rocky fist, a crossbreed with the Fantastic Four's Thing, or a miniature representation of Thanos's Infinity Gauntlet, Dhunia style. (Most likely it was the first thing, in case you were wondering).In getting his permission to repost the pictures here, Brian asked me to make it clear that the model isn't likely to be produced, and that the file will not be made available for printing. Oh to live in that world where such a thing could exist. This must be the worst timeline. Or maybe I was wrong. This is no earthborn. This is a character whelp, Mulg's Whelp or Wulg. According to Brian Dugas this artwork is by

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Pirate Testing!

I don't know much about Pirates, but I know that Captain Rehera will be a sweet model to get. She's partisan Cryx, so finding a paint scheme that potentially fits both armies will be a challenge, but it's not like I ever field anything other than trolls. Second best release, pirates get a monkey, so now there's two in the faction? Anyway, this monkey is special. He gives out focus! Somehow.Swabber! Don't know if any of it ever works. Drag is either unstoppable or does nothing. There's no in-between it seems.Character jack for Shae!No clue what a Swashbuckler does. And this will probably be the best release of this cycle. It's called a Blockader for its ability to...blockade? But wait, it's abilities probably BREAK blockades, what with fists that chain out like nunchucks and push people around.They still haven't said what materials these models will release in. Will update when I find out.

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Game 8: Kolgrima Winterwitch vs. Lord Ghyrrshyld, the Forgiven

Round 2 of the ATC we played against Practice is for Chumps. I got drawn into (by either captain, I wasn't really paying attention to the draft) a match with Trevor Gould who dropped Goreshade4 into my Kolgrima.The plan here is to threaten the Dawnguard battle-engine with my bears and then try to contain the map on the left side with my champions.Goreshade's cavalry play some yoyo games in the fire cloud by stepping into and through to shoot at viable targets and then step back. He feats because I will have the capability to alpha strike on his army and he wants to gather souls for Goreshade for when I do.Kolgrima steps up to cast Cursed Fate on the Soulless Escorted Dawnguard Sentinels on the left flank to make sure any hit kills them. She feats and catches everything except the Soulless Escort. She also catches the battle-engine and, more importantly, Imperatus. Then she Vanishes back behind the Wall and behind a cloud with Rok beside her to cover her rightside.Trolls sweep through and clear all but one mod

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Game 7: Kolgrima Stonetruth vs. Makeda and the Exalted Court

Round 1 of the ATC and we drew Magic Mike and the Freaky Four or Five or however many other players were on the team. I don't generally pay attention to the pairing process as I'm off to the side, getting in my game mode, so I don't know if I got drawn into Kirk Dalton, or if Chad selected Skorne for me.I think I went first, doing my typical thing. There was a lot of LOS blocking on his side, but he picked the side with the fire cloud to try to keep my Fire Eaters a bit more limited. However, he probably should have just given it to me as he needed more LOS to get his two Supreme Guardians into the game.He had two full units of Immortals to maneuver around all that terrain on his side of the table. Forests and Rubble, and an annoying Fire Cloud. Sure they can go incorporeal a the cost of a soul, but that's a limited resource that maybe he wants on supplying his two anchoring battle engines instead of his Extoller Advocates.Kolgrima feats early enough to lock down movement and shooting of the Supreme Guardian.

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New Muse on Minis zones at ATC

"They got Madrak."That's all my teammate had to say to me and I was off to go shopping.When muse on minis had the official warmachine and hordes logos available at warmachine weekend, I held off because i wanted to spend money on models.Apparently they now have licensed artwork for zones, and the trollbloods set has Hoarluk, Borka, Grim, and of course, Madrak.Not sure when it will be up on their website. They said as soon as they get back from the ATC.q

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Protectorate of Menoth Collection 2018

My Menoth collection1300 points345 modelsThe scrap stuff in front of them is me practicing deployments with my Crucible Guard and feeling too lazy to take them out of the shot. Things I don't have for my Menoth collection yet are the Revelator, Exemplar Officers for all my units (I only have one), the Deliverer Solo or whatever he is aaaaannnndd...I think that's it?They were my first army all those years ago.Looking forward  to adding the Initiates to this table layout and maybe a Revelator if I can get an unassembled kit on discount. Might even go for a second Judicator. I don't know. Go crazy.

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Brickworks (terrain piece)

Hello,January belongs to terrain building, no doubts about it.Just about 2 weeks ago I finished lasercut house for Bolt Action and now added another set, once again from Black Grom Studio: Brickworks.Must say I've never felt any fondness for lasecut terrain pieces, always liked building stuff myself - from the scratch. But since we got some buildings for Bolt Action must admit I changed my mind a bit.I am busy. Really, have not much time for hobby so if I want to work on minis it usually takes place late night. Preparing terrain "oldschool way" was fun but also rather time consuming so using lasercut models is just time saver. BIG time saver...As for these below models were assembled and instead of airbrushing walls (which was initial idea) I printed brick textures (available free on Black Grom blog), cut to fit and attached with diluted PVA glue. After glue dried buildings were washed with heavily diluted pigment+was mixture, sprinkled with some powdered chalk and then sprayed with heavu layer of m

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The Art of Privateer Press Kickstarter Funded!

When they first revealed the Privateer Press kickstarter rewards, I breathed a sigh of relief. There were basically just a few levels of support: Book (digital and/or print), Pre-release model (minimum 30 dollar buy in, but only 17 dollars if picked up with one of the book options), two hundred dollar canvas print of their artwork.It didn't seem like I needed to go deep into the kickstarter.  There wasn't anything I really wanted in the list of available canvas prints. I mean, sure, I love the big foldout battle-scenes and whatnot, but what I wanted was mah boi Madrak, Great Chieftain.I pledged 40 dollars for a print and digital copy of the book and was content to wait and watch the Kickstarter progress.But then I actually read the thing, and they said you could comment on the page asking if certain prints were available.Then I saw someone actually request and get a response for a particular print to be made available as a canvas option.Then I logged in and made my own request.Now, five days later, I'm p

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Painted Lord of Blood and His Special Friend and HIS special friend

Quick! How many Blindwater folks are in this picture?Answer: Depends on how you count them.If you count ALL living individuals, you get 3.If you count ALL POSSIBLE individuals, you get 8.The living ones are, of course, Longshanks, Kwaak, and Gub. The other five possible ones are the three bonepiles, Barnabus, the Gatorman spellslave.I feel like the swamps are a very strange place just outside the Iron Kingdoms. No wonder they're able to keep something like a Dracodile kept from sight.

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Painting My Oscar Award Trophy and some cyber ninjas

One of the things I hate having to paint is gold. Especially gold trim.One of the things I keep finding reasons to paint is gold. Especially gold trim.I picked up my current method of painting gold from an article I saw years ago on Doctor Faust's Painting Clinic. If you know me, then you know that this method is actually Too Many Steps, so I cut it down a bit. And what I started with was the blue gemstones (because I was also painting blue powerglows on my Shadow Sun Syndicate at the time) and so I started with the baseline yellow.After the gemstones, I lay down the Filthy brown on all the trim of the Supreme Guardian and the Immortal Advocate. Both models get gold trim both in the studio scheme as well as in mine, as do all Ancestral type models (Golems infused with the souls of valiant Skorne warriors)My current go to paint for yellow is actually an Ochre, Vallejo Game Colour's Filthy Brown. It lays down a nice color backing for gold.The next step is gold immediately followed by a gold/silver layer. I thin

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Trollbloods Active Duty Roster for Season 9 Champions

The Champions Format limits your warlock pool to a section of your faction, and on top of that, each list you choose to play must be both a different warlock and a different theme force. When you hear people say "Champions format" or "Active Duty Roster" they're talking about the same thing, a format that limits your army building forces.The current troll roster isRagnor Skysplitter (every army that has a battlebox gets access to that warlock or warcaster)Grim AngusKolgrima StonetruthGrissel Marshal of the KrielsBorka Vengeace of the RhimeshawsThe two theme forces areBand of HeroesStorm of the NorthMy conundrum is that I just need to get efficient with my main Kolgrima list in less than a month, and she's already taking up the Storm of the North slot. (fun fact: Storm of the North may be our best theme, and if you're planning on starting with Trollbloods it might just be the way to go), which isn't ideal in this formation.Probably our best Band of Heroes Warlocks are going to be guys like Madrak (any flavor)

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Game 1: Kolgrima Stonetruth vs. Kommandant Sorscha Kratikoff

Jon Raffensperger came by to try out his Armored Corps theme force with Kommandant Sorscha Kratikoff. I've been playing my Kolgrima list a lot, so I played it even though I had an inkling he would bring Sorcha and would have taken assassination by cold spell off my available options. Because it's Armored Corps, I choose not to Ambush my Bears as they'd be far away from any necessary buffs and the featured Man-O-War units move very slowly. Jon didn't have a Chariot in play either, so I didn't have to out maneuver that thing.My biggest concerns on first turn was getting fury into the stone as my line would get stretched thin and away from its Protective Aura, and not getting my Fire Eaters killed, so I kept the unit closest to the Bombardiers behind clouds.  On my second turn I send in the Fire Eaters to potentially get in the way of two of his battlegroup, Beast-09 and a Kodiak. Beast-09 has Stoke the fires on him, and he uses countercharge to kill the Fire Eaters that lands beside Sorscha.I the

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