Warmachine and Hordes


Game 5: Kolgrima Stonetruth vs. Grand Exemplar Kreoss

Round 2 of the Champions Steamroller I played Austin Thimesch on the Mirage map. I brought Kolgrima up against Kreoss2. He chose to go first and I chose to give him the side of the table with rubble on it.Our armies line up like so, and he looks at me and he looks at the 10" distance between the Bears and Judicator and Visgoth Rhoven. And he asks me straight out, "What are you doing here?""Asking to get shot I guess."So the Judicator aims and the choir sings Song of Battle because he forgets what his main gameplan against Kolgrima was. Sing Warding. Because Hunter's Mark.The Judicator does an impressive job opening a line of fire through and into the Bears and into Skaldi beyond. However, the Judicator is exposed.The Krielstone moves up and uses Wild Winds, Kolgrima casts Primal on Rok and advances 6" to the side and casts Hunter's Mark. She even feats just to give her some space, but of course it doesn't stop the Cinerators. Everything else maneuvers to clear a path for Rok.Rok charges for free with 6 Pow 20

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Convergence of Cyriss: Initial Color Scheme

Won some Convergence from a player and saw a paint scheme I wanted to try. I've tried to paint my Convergence with white before and it didn't take, and I knew I didn't want to paint the silver scheme because the colors bored me, so I went ahead with a purple/black.It's a fairly simple scheme, and I have a few dozen more miniatures to paint using it. Seems like it will turn out fine across the board.Just 20 more Obstructors and three Enigma Foundries to go!Oh, and maybe a couple TEPs.This I got done while listening to Jemisin's The Fifth Season. Very good reading suggested to me by Cliff Etters. The mood of this paint scheme went together well with that book.Very apocalyptic and depressing.Which is why I think it worked.

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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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Game 4: Kolgrima Stonetruth vs. Kommandant Sorscha Kratikoff

Round 1 of a local Champions event, I played Mateo who decided to field Kommandant Sorscha Kratikoff in Armored Corps. I dilligently played Kolgrima in Storm of the North.Assassination wasn't an option for me, not with Sorscha's armor, the ability to repair, and my inability to cast cold spells at her, so I decided to play for scenario and hope not to clock myself.With a cloud of fire on the table, I decided to split up my Fire Eaters, not because I thought they would handle the ARM 23 or whatever Shocktroopers, but because they'd be maybe enough to get in the way and would need Fire to be relatively threatening and durable.Sorscha's Warjacks are misdeployed and too far away to get Stoke the Flames. This makes them slower and unable to counter charge. Shock Troopers with Iron Flesh Advance up the table...in Shield Wall! What nonsense is this! (answer: Typical standard ARM 23 or whatever it is nonsense).Sorscha feats to cover her side of the table with clouds.Edrea gets PAthfinder so she move up and remove any

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The Art of Privateer Press Kickstarter

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/privateerpress/the-art-of-privateer-pressAs the screenshot above shows, Privateer Press is putting out its artbook on Kickstarter, and there are just 11 days to back it.They've set this up so that there are incremental rewards for social and dollar goals, but most of them relate to artwork. There are tiers for number of pages in the book, tiers for sketchbooks of their various lines, and even one early release model.However, this kickstarter is about the artbook, and as such, I've changed my pledge from the 57 in the screenshot taken earlier to just 40 USD.40 USD covers both a digital and physical copy of the artbook. It is literally the minimum I need or want from the campaign.There is an intriguing "Curator" pledge at 240 USD that gets you (I'm guessing) good quality resolution canvas print, but the options available for those right now aren't really appealing to me. A lot of them are full battlespreads from the release of Mk2 or 3 and that famous Ashlynn art that had ev

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Game 3: Grim Angus vs. Lylyth Herald of Everblight

Francesc came by to try out some Champions, and his test list was an assassination list with Lylyth1 with the Children of the Dragon (a bunch of character warbeasts with ranged attacks to multiply the effort of her feat Field of Slaughter) and I tried out Grim Angus (since I already locked in Storm of the North with Kolgrima).I don't really give much thought to my deployment, but quickly realize that I'm in a bind. I'm a bit too comfortable with the Madrak1 loadout with Band of Heroes. I'm playing Grim Angus and can't move my dudes through my other dudes. It's a travesty and I waste a lot of time unpacking.Lylyth doesn't waste time. She goes to maximum range to target the Champions with a Witch Mark. Drops Parasite. Her army on feat kill as many of the bonded fighters as possible. A few Fennblades die.Zuriel on the other side of the church sees an opening and charges and kills a Fennblade. A shepherd has to run way out to support Zuriel, but there's no extra damage to be found and the Bomber is either too far

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A Druid Lich, a Demonic Monkey, a flying Megazord : it must be Privateer Press Previews

A lot can happen in a week. Or even just a day. I was just done writing about the Butcher4 preview when Privateer Press decided to drop another few leaks.''There was a lot of speculation about this model when he came out. The document reads 30mm base, he looks like he has Iron Kingdoms style Druidic armor, and he looks like he's flying in the pose, but it turns out he's not a Krueger at all.He's a lich.And around his feet isn't just normal dust getting kicked about from takeoff. That's fel flames boosting his rockets.In the background, the origins of Iron Lich Asphyxious are that he was once a Druid who wanted to get the attention of the dragon Toruk, so he jumped into a volcano. ("Notice me senpai!" is one of my favorite lines when explaining this to people). He died and was reborn the Iron Lich.Turns out that 30mm base was a typo, and Chad, our local Circle Player, is not happy at all.Cryx players are though. The Iron Lich models are pretty janky with a metal spear haft that breaks too easily. Not sure if t

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Game 2: Kolgrima Stonetruth vs. Iona the Unseen

Lost my second game of the year pretty badly against Chad. And when I say pretty, it was ugly.We did Kolgrima vs. Iona again. This time he brought zero cavalry and relied on Ravagers to do what they do, Ravage.I hate the matchup because he has a lot more important dangerous stuff than I do, and I don't have the attacks necessarily to deal with all of them.The other problem I had was that this time around I switched the list a bit to accommodate two min units of Raiders in place of Fire Eaters in order to increase the damage of my cold options, but this wasn't the time to try this out.In addition I lost the roll to choose 1st or 2nd and didn't pick the side closer to the forest for some reason. Against Tharn??? What was I thinking?These games against the Lord of the Feast start out the same a lot of the time where I feat early to deal with the Lord of the Feast, but it doesn't really help my problem because I don't have a solution lined up to deal with him the following turn.I try to maneuver my heavy to the c

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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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Warmachine – Champions Season 9 Overview

Hello! Tonight I’d like to do a quick flyby of the Champions roster for Season 9 for Warmachine and Hordes. I’m going to try to keep it brief because it concerns all 14 factions. My goal is to provide a brief description of what to expect from each faction’s roster. I am doing this in conjunction with running a Champions event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in the next few months. The Champions format is a format that I believe more organizers should start using. The Warmachine is definitely in need of more limited and/or transitional formats to help keep the game accessible, especially to brand new or returning MK2 players. Introduction Here is a brief overview of the format for the uninitiated. Champions has just a few additional requirements beyond those of the standard (Masters) format. Each warcaster or warlock must be selected from the “Active Duty” roster for that Season (including MK3 battlebox warcasters/warlocks). Each list must be from one of the two theme also listed on 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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