Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The Motherland awakens! (... And so does the blog...)

Hi guys - I know, I know, it's been a loooong time. Something close to ten months to be exact.

Lots of things has happened - I've gotten involved with a nice young lady, and these females tend to chip away at the hobby time - I know, not cool. ;) Not that she has anything against the hobby - to my surprise, she's probably the first person I've met that has never heard of this hobby - she was genuinely surprised when she found out this is a thing that some people does.

Also, my band has been really busy, with lots of gigs, which is really cool, but again, it doesn't leave much space for the hobby.

Lastly, I've become tired of 40k. Not the universe, which I love, but the endless supply of data slates, broken codexes, and oceans of decurions, or whatever they're called. They've completely ruined the game to me, and I haven't played a game of 40k for over a year. I've become more and more interested in smaller skirmish battles, especially Age of Sigmar, Warmachine and Malifaux (I've also just bought a Malifaux starter crew (Pandora), hopefully more of that soon).

Anyway, for the past month (also known as summer vacation as a teacher) has given me some hobby time, and I've managed to pick up quite a few of the new wonderful AoS Sylvaneth models, and put them together - they are in the process of being painted, but then lightning struck - I became aware of the new Warmachine MKIII. Some of you may remember that I've quit the game, partly due to the lack of quality with the miniatures, but mostly due to Warjacks being somewhat of a burden in a Khador list - the game is called WARMACHINE, dangit!? There should be tons of Warjacks in the army, bashing other Warjacks to bits.

Well, it seems like Privateer Press has paid attention to me (or just wanted to sell some jacks), because Jacks has become much more viable in MkIII - actually, Khador jacks are some of the best in the game! I've only played a few games so far, but it has been a much more enjoyable experience than  mkII, and it inspired me to pick up some of the new cool REAL plastic (not that PVC nonsense) kits (Grolar and Berserker) and make a new Grolar, a new Karchew and finish my Behemoth conversion.

Without further ado, here is the pics:

Again I apologize for the long overdue update - and I can't promise that I'll be super active either, since real life tends to overrule my hobby time recently - I will, however, try to update at least once a month. I've just started putting paint on them tonight, and hopefully I'll have them finished by the end of the month. 

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Are you not entertained?

 So I set off to get Morghoul2 and some paingiver master tormenters done this month. I was planning to try out Hit squad for the campaign starting next month, but then I got distracted by this guy!

I got my gladiator done yesterday. The gladiator fits in Hit Squad too, but I started thinking about playing Chain Gang instead, and since I’m playing against a lot of living arm skew at the moment Rasheth just seems like a better option

Besides the painting I have done some magnetizing – I generally don’t enjoy modelling, but once in awhile I get around to doing some minor stuff like this. It is the new aradus kit and since I think that both the soldier and the sentinel got its merits, I couldn’t really decide on which one to build. So magnetizing the kit was the obvious compromise.

I'm thinking of painting them up like scarab beetles, but I haven't really gotten around to trying anything out.

Besides the Skorne models I received The Devil’s Shadow Mutineers and Lord Rockbottom for my Denny1 list, but more on them when I get a chance to put them together.


Sunday, 10 January 2016

Happy new year!

A new year has started and is the time for new years resolutions. To me that means I started making hobby plans for the coming year, and here is some of the goals

1. Get a second cryx list painted and play a lot.
Cryx is still my main faction even though I mostly have been playing Skorne these last couple of months. I have signed up for an event in Sweden in the end of march, and there I’m going to compete in two single tournaments and a team tournament. At the moment I’m going to pair up my Gaspy3 list with either Denny1 and a lot shooty mercs or Terminus with a lot of banes.
I think that the Denny1 list will compliment my other list better, but the shooty playstyle is something I have to get use to. Terminus is just a lot of fun to play! Simple, straightforward and in peoples face. Which of the two I will choose will be decided doing this month.

2. Get some Skorne painted
Doing the last couple of months, I haven’t really been very focused in my painting projects which have resulted in that I have only gotten 10 points done of Skorne models and a lot of basic colors on a lot of different models. The finished models is a krea, a drake and a small unit of Beast handlers. Besides those a single cetratii is done.

The goal is to get focused and get models done. I have signed up for Tale of WMH 2016 on Privateer Press forum and the idea is to get at least 5 points of Skorne finished each month and first off focusing on getting a Hit squad list done starting if with Morghoul2 and two Master Tormenters.

3.  Play more games, make more battle reports, compete in more tournaments!
I don’t get to play as much as I would like, and the goal is to play at least one game pr. week. Besides that I want to do more battle reports and I want to do at least one pr. month. Battle reports should always be done with fully painted models, so that will put some pressure on the painting schedule. I will try two fine at least two other weekend events to compete at this year, besides maybe some one day tournaments.

Next week I'm going to do a couple of intro games with some new guys hopefully getting them ready to be a part of the campaign I'm starting next month

/Johan B.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Giant Fanatic 2015

So a long time ago I played my Cryx at Giant Fanatic. Once more I have been lazy and not finding the time to update the blog, and again I’m sorry.  I hoped to get some practice games in ahead of the tournament, but it ended up in a lot of painting instead. I was ahead of my painting schedule when this guy arrived

It was for my friends Legion of Everblight force I showed some quick pictures of earlier, and the model is awesome so it end up in front of my painting queue. As you can see the Archangel got done, but I end up being a little stressed about getting my two lists done before the Tournament. But with 4 intense days of painting I got them both done.

My Morty list
Master Necrotech Mortenebra
Warwitch Siren

Satyrix blood Witches(min)
-Satyrix Blood Hag

This was my other list - I got one game in with Mortenebra ahead of the tournament, and I weren’t really aware of what I should play her against were my main list wouldn’t do a better job. I only played the list in one game, but more on that later.

My Gaspy list
Asphyxious the Hellbringer
General Gerlak Slaughterborn
Satyrix Raider Captain
Saxon Orrik
Satyrix raiders(max)
-Satyrix sea witch
Satyrix blood witches(max)
- Satyrix blood hag
Necrosurgeon & stitchthralls
Necrosurgeon & stitchthralls
- Skarlock Commander

I'm really comfortable playing this list and I haven't played against anything were I felt I had a seriously bad match-up. Gaspy3 is also my mainstay caster so he is the one I have had most games with by far. His feat is best against beast heavy lists, but it aren't what makes him awesome, it's just the frosting on top.

Going into the tournament I was ready to drop Gaspy against everything and hoping to drop Mortenebra who wouldn't be able to understand how far the jacks are able to threat and simply win through assassination.

First game
My opponent is a local trollbloods player, but I have never had the chance to play him until now. He has a classic Runes of War list, but he drops his pGrissel list instead, which I think was a fine choice since it was low on beasts and spellcasting and through calamity and fell calls should be able to cut down some of my dudes.
Grissel Bloodsong, Fell Caller
- Stormtroll
- Pyretroll
Horthol, Long Rider Hero
Fell Caller Hero
Stone Scribe Chronicler
- Fennblade Officer and Drummer
Krielstone Bearer & Stone Scribes(max)
- Stone Scribe Elder
Long Riders(max)
Trollkin Warders(max)

Of Course I go with Gaspy3 - and I end up winning because he runs out of time. He has a hard time killing my ashen Veiled raiders who end up jamming up most of the middle of the board. He puts a little damage on Gaspy with fire from the Pyretroll, and as a last effort to turn the game he charges Grissel up and smashes a bloodgorgor and tries to hit Gaspy with a rift, but he fail to hit and the clock goes off.

Second game
I’m paired up against a swedish circle player, who I was told is quite skilled. He drops his Morvahna1 list against me, and I know I will have a hard time handling it.
Morvahna the Autumnblade
-Warpwolf Stalker
Sacral Vault
Blackclad Wayfarer
Gatorman Witch Doctor
Wrong Eye
Tharn Bloodtrackers
-Nuala the Huntress
Gatorman Bokor & Bog Trog Swamp Shamblers

Once more, Gaspy3 is my go to guy. I know I have hard time handling the Sacral Vault since I don’t have a lot of models with more than one box. Early on I get the Cankerworm up and giving it a hard hit leaving the Sacral vault on 4 boxes. He retaliates by shooting the cankerworm taking out the head and shooting down Gerlak, which basically makes Gaspy himself my only way to take out the battle engine. The attrition goes back and forth, and the clocks is on my side, but to take out the battle engine Gaspy charges it, and my jamming aren’t good enough and he gets a stalker to the face. I have 20 mins left and he has less than 5, so I should have just stalled to win. In retrospect I should have been faster to get the blood witches to engage the bloodtrackers and have the blood hag dispel Regrowth early on which I’m sure would have shifted the attrition in my favor.

Third game
the third game was against me most usual opponent, and the two last games we had I have ended up beating his Convergence of Cyriss. This time he is fielding his Cygnar army, and he puts down Haley3 against me. And once more. I go for Gaspy once more, knowing it will limit my choice for tomorrow, but I don’t think I can get a assasination in on Haley with Mortenebra.

His list
Major Prime Victoria Haley
Journeyman Warcaster
Captain Maxwell Finn
Lieutenant Allison Jakes
Horgenhold Forgeguard(max)
-Captain Jonas Murdoch
Trencher Infantry(max)
-Trencher Infantry Officer & Sniper
Trencher Chain Gun Crew
Trencher Chain Gun Crew
Anastasia di Bray
Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator

It ends up being a very intense game leaving both of us with very few models left and very little time. The chainguns and the Reliant gives him great control of the board on my left, which lets me engage the other side of his army on turn two with all my raiders removing most of the clouds and letting my trolls run forward on almost without any harm coming to them.  The game turns in his favor when I’m not careful enough with the placement of my necrosurgeons making me loss both in the same turn. The game ends with him winning on control points and me only being left with Saxon and Gaspy himself.

I have gotten redemption since, with Terminus beating down Caine.

Forth game
This time I’m playing against a local Khador player, who I haven’t played since a mangled metal tournament a long time ago. I know he doesn’t play a lot so I drop Mortenebra into his Butcher2 theme force list, hoping I can get an assassination in on the butcher even though he is one tough dude.

Kommander Orsus Zoktavir
-War dog
Yuri the Axe
6 x Doom Reavers

It is a shitty match-up and I know it. So the game for me is all about killing the butcher, and on turn 3 Nightmare charges the butcher through the lane made by the leviathan. Even though Butcher is Nightmares prey and the boosted attack rolls from Temporal Velocity butcher is still left with 4 boxes when Nightmare is done.

On his turn Nightmare goes done and I’m loosing heavly on scenario and attrition. My end game ends with Morty using her feat something, and casting Doom Spiral at his juggernaut and by the second attempt Butcher is out of boxes. The leason learned is to never underestimate Doom Spiral!

Fifth and final game
Im facing off against a swedish giant playing Legion of Everblight. He brought both Vayls and again I’m dropping the mavellous Gaspy3. I’m figuaring he will play Vayl2, but he has gotten tired of her so he goes with Vayl1. We are both taking pictures doing the game, and you can read his side of the game here 


This game quickly goes in my favor. My troops basicly kills anything they touch. For exemple two bloodgorgors charged and killed a ravagore. I’m aware as the game are going that he will try to assasinate quite soon so I’m trying to camp a lot of focus. Gaspy takes two turns of punishment, but I’m an idiot and end up focusing on casting an unessasery Carnage instead of healing and running away, so Gaspy gets taken out by a fire damage roll. Too bad.

I will keep playing Gaspy3, but I’m looking into finding a better pairing than Mortenebra. At the moment I’m looking into either a Denny1 list with a lot of shooty mercs or a terminus list for some bully machine. At the moment I aren’t getting alot of games in a hard meta, because I’m playing in a locale campaign and I don’t have the time to travl that much at the moment. I will get a couple of games in over the holiday, and hopfully I will have the new list ready for a tournament in January.

/Johan B.