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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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The Butcher4 - Orsus the Chained Preview

Previews drop like bombs and communities explode. This time Matt Wilson himself of Privateer Press shared an art concept advancing the story for one of the biggest characters in the Iron Kingdom, Orsus Zoktavir, aka The Butcher, and now everyone is speculating what he will do or what his final miniature will look like. If you don't follow Warmachine or Khador, the Butcher is one of the most brutal characters in the story of Warmachine. His original version is rather simple. Make himself and his army hit harder, even with their guns!, than anything has a right to do so. When his story advanced, he appeared to lose his mind even further and would kill friend and foe alike as he whirlwinded up the battlefield with his axe Lola in hand. In his third iteration, the Butcher made friends with a pair of dogs he brought onto the battlefield which seemed to turn him into a sharper, craftier individual...who would murder anyone who got in his way.Privateer Press even went so far as to make an alternate sculpt for t

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Mercenaries Collection 2018

277 Models899 pointsI wasn't originally a person who bought heavily into mercenaries in Warmachine's first edition. A lot of the push for mercenaries was that in the first expansion anthology of the game, Warmachine: Escalation, they released Warcasters who could work with the four starting factions or play as a faction all on their own.Up until that point Mercenaries were just a few solos and maybe a single unit (Boomhowler, I think). Introducing Warcasters was a bold move at expanding the size of the game.And you would have to expand the size of the game at the time, as the scenarios in the book called for two warcaster games.That never really stuck though.Instead, what happened was I saw a pirate model later on with a handcannon coming out of his sleeve and the name of the gun was Ace.So I bought into pirates, which then grew into buying a bunch of the solos and whatnot I never had before like Eiryss.Eventually I bought into a Rhulic collection that I used to track how long it would take me to paint a thre

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Doug Hamilton's New Year's Day Preview for Minicrate

In a year in review/preview image on the Privateer Press Insider, a small dog can be seen among the other digital sculpts feature. The models in the image come from all over the Privateer Press line. There's an image of the future model Boomhowler2, a troll armed with a chaingun, and there's an image of a Meatslave released from Monsterpocalypse.Included in this "family portrait" of models was  a small dog that everyone wondered what it was for.Was this a new Riot Quest solo?A unit attachment for Circle Orboros (who have the most dog-like things in the game, just bigger).A resculpt of the Khadoran War Dog?Turns out it was a little of B and a little of C. On New Year's Eve Privateer Press's 3D sculptor Doug Hamilton announced that he would spoil whatever the goodest boy was if he got 100 unique likes across the faction facebook groups. The next day, everyone was in a panic looking for the post, and then Doug posted the picture above.It's a minicrate model. Minicrate is Privateer Press's alternate sculpt l

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[Cryx Monday] Seether

This is a Cryx Seether I painted a while ago. One thing I did was not to put all the spikes atop the frame to reveal the glowing green beneath. I originally thought about using it with Starfinder. I had a partial setting idea that would require a number of dreadnaught/ warjacks. However, as I gave up on that game, the idea just went stale... When I think of a scifi game that excites me, I'll roll that one out.

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Happy Little Smoke Clouds

When I first started painting up my Crucible Guard army (or, as I like to think of my stuff these days, my Crucible Guard collection) I was worried about painting Rocketmen. First of all, they had clear flight stands that were annoying. I used painters' tape to cover the flight stands of my first unit so I could spray and seal and paint with them fully assembled.Secondly, there was a second unit. Distinguishing between units can be tough.Sometimes I go for the shorthand of using resin bases for duplicate units. Other times I've distinguished units by using head swaps or model poses.Figure painters' Tyson Koch came up with a solution that fixed both my problems. Smoke trails. If you follow the link it should take you to his online shop that has smoke trails for Rocketmen, Rocketman Ace, and Space Marine Interceptors (before you start wondering why a Railless Interceptor would need smoke trails the way I wondered about it).These resin bases double as flight stands for me as well as distinguishing between my fir

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Khador Collection 2018

321 models1269 pointsIn the future I'll probably split my khador collection and track them by color scheme, but really couldn't do it this time. As you can see there's quite a lot of it in each paint scheme, but I've settled on one for all future models.I started with "Home Depot orange" as a former friend liked to call it. (Kidding, still a friend, just haven't heard from him in a while), then worked my way over to a white paint scheme with orange khador symbols. Finally I started doing the Russian green thing to represent the 5th border legion while still retaining the orange anvils.Obvious gaps:There are models I still want to have painted in green, like my demo corps. I have orange ones and white ones, but I painted draganavich in green and would like for him to color match.Still no Viktor. I almost scored a free colossal kit at wmw but someone figured out I was looking at the wrong prize pool.Painting a second chariot, so that's unnecessary for any buy list.And then theres the issue of my drakhun being s

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How does Crucible Guard Play?

My friend Seth asked me recently how Crucible Guard played, and my off the cuff responses were "gun synergy" and "Cryx with guns." It was text messaging and I hate writing on my phone (some of my worst tpyos happen there) , so I confirmed my off the cuff response with my other friend, Dan, who's played more Crucible Guard than Me."Seems like a good description," Dan said. And that was it.(To be fair, I did message him on December 24, and he did reply to me on December 25. Just because I don't celebrate the holiday doesn't mean that my friends don't...)So I turned these 30 second conversations into a blogpost based on 4 or 5 games and theory!So what I said was "gun synergy," and what I meant by that was you had a bunch of ranged attacks in the Crucible Guard that apply debuffs. The first notable one is the artillery. The Dragon's Breath Rocket has Arcing Fire, a 14" RNG, and an AOE that lowers the ARM of living and undead models.That last part again. "lowers ARM of living and undead models." Most warcasters an

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Railless Interceptors Spotted: Mistakes Were Made

I preordered a Crucible Guard Railless Interceptor and on a whim bought the second one that was on the shelf at the FLGS. The title of this post refers to mistakes, but those weren't the ones I was thinking of.No, the mistakes were in the casting. Left and right you can how the trucks of the Railless are warped away from the body, so much so that the wheels kind of splay out. It would have taken some hair dryer time to fix, but I am an impatient man and went ahead and glued them together.One of the sides of the trucks was even cracked in the box, but I glued it down anyway as it was easier to set in place that way. As longer thinner pieces, they aren't really good candidates for resin casting.I know privateer press would have advised me on how to fix the bent parts and replaced the broken ones, but so long as everything can come together and get painted up without falling apart, I'm pretty happy with how they will look. Progress pics of the first railless I'm painting should be up in the next week.So I guess

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Matt Explains Artbook Kickstarter

The other day, Matt Wilson explained why they were going to use Kickstarter as a vehicle for the release of their artbook, even though it's "just" a collection of previously released artwork:Art books, however, are not a product that has traditionally been a staple offering of game distributors and game stores... As an art book is an expensive undertaking, we have been cautious about producing something unlikely to receive a reception through our traditional distribution channels and that might fail to justify its expense and effort. This makes sense to me. Every art book I've ever flipped through or purchased has been picked up at a bookstore, not at the gamestore. And usually those books were intellectual properties with wider appeal than a specialist hobbyist miniature wargame like Warmachine (unsure if this is meant to be all ips from Privateer Press or just warmachine). For instance, Game of Thrones and Blizzard have larger audiences than the far more niche Warmachine.However, Privateer Press probab

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2018 Legion of Everblight Collection

826 Points126 ModelsWhy do I need so many dragonblighted models that I haven't played with since the release of Rhyas and Mk1?You can see some of the reasons I picked up models in this line. I liked three of the huge bases enough to buy them, plenty of the Ogrun infantry, and models like Thagrosh1 and Thagrosh2. The Throne of Everblight never really impressed me, but then someone offered me a used one on the cheap, so I picked that up.What's missing from my collection are some of the best models in the line: the resculpt of Proteus, Azrael, Kallus2, Hellmouths. I think I want to remedy that gap in the next year.Models that I don't have but can see buying should they resculpt them or if I can find them cheap: Typhon. I never could stand its skinny necks.So this, along with my Grymkin, might be top of the list for 2019.

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Dan Booh's Trollkin Airship

Trollbloods facebook group user Dan Booh has been posting updates of his scratch built Trollkin Battle Engine, an airship in the style of Final Fantasy. I think he's got two of these, and the results are amazing.At this point I don't think anyone would argue about which Troll battle engine this is supposed to represent because the answer is clearly "Yes, this is a Trollkin battle engine." I would kill to have actual rules for this thing but I'll settle for War Hooch Hauler Wagon. I'd argue that the pilot's scarf qualifies him as Northkin.Anyway, this thing is lovely. I kinda want to do one of my own.I think he's currently posting either progress pics in the faebook group or building a whole new one with progress pics. I'm considering building alongside Dan Booh's posts this time around.

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Battle: Syvestro vs. Kreoss2

Round 3 of the Steamroller, I played Steven Mitchell's Protectorate. Looking at the pairings, he felt fairly confident that he could out tech me since he had access to my lists ahead of time (a self imposed condition I set for playing in a Steamroller I was running). So I went in with my Vulcan and promptly got wrecked .My trouble was not focus firing and looking for assassinations where there weren't any. Super fuel and the 8" minimum RNG combined with the right arc only position on the rocket was awkward to work with. And when I feated I kept forgetting the relevant portions of the feat, focusing on how the Vulcan's attacks COULD heal it should it be able to hit.With signs and portents it should have hit more often than not. And I needed the repairs on the Vulcan's left side so that I could spray everything over there without taking a penalty.I should have focused on clearing all that Kreoss Infantry because I'd underestimated what autohitting with extra attack Knights Exemplar could do to my screen of Heav

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Scary Garry

Garryth was a fun character to read about in the background material for the Retribution of Scyrah. I used to call him Batman because in the story he'd just kind of show up and the other Retribution warcaster (I forget which one) could not detect his presence, Highlander style.It was like Steve Gordon standing on the roof by himself one minute, then all of a sudden there's Christian Bale in his full croaky voiced glory, interrogating the chief of police about the situation.Garryth is now the Eye of Vengeance, nicknamed Scary Garry, and he has hit the CID and already undergone several changes. He's given up his armpit blades (his twin pistols had curved blades coming out of the pistol grips that extended back underneath his arms)in favor of a big gun.I guess he's sick of not being able to dive in as his original design intended and decided that if he couldn't beat them, he'd shoot them?And in his current iteration, he is quite terrifying.Right now he can put out a template that makes him and his battlegroup ig

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