Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Upcoming Tournament - Bringing out the Trolls

In two weeks my FLGS is having a 25 point tournament that requires fully painted armies. Most of my time in this hobby has been spend painting so I'm quite excited about this. After some thought I decided that this would be the first time I bring out my Trolls, so I have some work to do.

15 points done - 7 models to go!

The list I'm going to bring is the 15 point list I already have done plus some new fellows. Here it is:

+Dire Troll Mauler
+Troll Axer
full Champions
minimum Krielstone Bearer

On my painting table right now is the Fellcaller, I need to get my last two Champions assembled, and I need to base and prime the Krielstone Bearers. That's seven models in two weeks, with a lot of World Cup soccer, class work, and marathon training to get in the way. Hopefully I can get it done!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Gaming for Charity

There are two charity armies currently running around the blog-o-sphere right now and I thought an extra blog post to draw more attention to them would be a good idea.

The first one is a big collaboration between some very well known bloggers, the Storm Wardens army project. Anyone interested in this army can donate money to the cause and be entered in a drawing for the army. All of the money raised will be going to Doctors Without Borders. You can get lots more information here, as well as see photos of the finished models.

The other army hasn't had as much face time as the Storm Wardens - I saw it for the first time last week on The Painting Corps. The army is up for auction on ebay here (5 more days left). The money is going to help pay the medical bills of a very sick little boy.

If you've got a little extra money, check out these two armies and see if you can help.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Plastic Warmachine Battleboxes

Privateer Press recently announced that it would be re-releasing the started boxes for the original four Warmachine factions (Khador, Cygnar, Menoth, and Cryx) in plastic. When I read this I thought there would be the new plastic heavies that all of the factions got when Prime MkII was released, plus the new light 'jacks that appeared in the faction books, plus the new sculpts of the original Prime 'casters.

Cycgnar Battlebox - image from Privateer Press

I was mostly right, but apparently the new 'caster sculpts are plastic as well! Privateer Press has been making some very nice plastic models recently (the Menoth Bastions and and Troll Fennblades come to mind) but I'm really excited to see what they can do with some of the high profile models in plastic.

It also means that I'll probably be picking up the Cygnar box so I can make a little army for the Kraye model I have on my shelf. Fortunately there isn't a release date announced yet so I'll have some time to get my New Model Fund back under control.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Troll Warlock Sculpt Revealed!

Two weeks ago I put up a photo of the concept sketch for the new Toll warlock Gunnbjorn. His model has now been previewed on the PP site here.

image from Privateer Press

The pose looks better sculpted than I thought it would, but I still think I like the sketch's pose better. Pose aside, I think this model looks fantastic. He will absolutely be making an appearance I my Troll army.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Weekend Warmachine

After three straight weekends of tournaments I took last weekend off to sleep in and do other things, but this weekend I was back at my FLGS for a game.

My opponent played a Circle army led by Kromac that had the new Warpwolf Stalker (proxied by the Pureblood in the photo below). I was running a pretty normal Strakhov list.

I saw an opportunity to pull off my first Overrunn + Superiority-ed Spriggan assassination run and I was so excited I went for it even though it wasn't terribly high percentage. Strakhov charged a Druid in a vortex and with the debuff needed a 9 to hit. I boosted my roll and could only come up with a 5, so the whole thing fell apart.

Strakhov barely survived the Circle player's next turn and the game turned into a big attrition match. I snuck in a win because Kromac had been cutting himself for Fury a lot so Strakhov was able to charge and kill him.

Friday, June 18, 2010

15 Point Troll Army

Sorry for the late post today - I spent the day watching a heartbreaking US draw and a sort of uplifting England draw.

I finished off the basing for my Axer which means I've completed the first 15 points of my new Troll army.

The next phase of the army will be infantry heavy as I start to dig through a unit of Kriel Warriors, a Krielstone Bearer unit, and Fellcaller.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tutorial: Speed Painting Trolls

Before I get started I should mention that this tutorial is not designed to make you a better painter, it is designed to teach you how to get your models painted quickly to a table top standard. You won't win any Golden Demons with this method but you will make some good steps towards having a painted army on the table.

With that out of the way, lets get started.

Step 1:
Prime black.
Black is super forgiving as an undercoat since anything you miss is just instant shadow. Let this dry fully.

Step 2:
Base coats.
Block in the major colors on your model. Neatness counts here so take an extra minute to keep your colors on the correct sections and clean up any mistakes. In the two photos below the left half is the base coat stage.

Step 3:
I wash the entire model heavily in brown and then all of the metal areas again in black. Be generous with your wash but don't go overboard. As the brown dries keep a brush nearby to clean off any areas that start to pool heavily. Make sure the brown dries completely before adding the brown - I'll usually wait 20 minutes before doing the black.

Step 4:
This is a personal thing and you can do whatever you'd like. I do a heavy drybrush with a light brown, a light drybrush with a bone color, and add a little static grass.

Optional Step 5:
On the model above I added a few quick highlights to some of the facial features to bring them out and draw attention there. The goal with this method is speed so for small models I do almost no extra highlighting but for some larger models with big spaces you might need to add a little something. I added a few highlights to the yellow and purple on my Mauler as well.

That's all there is to it. I painted the model in the photos over the course of a single evening. The paint job doesn't stand up to super up-close scrutiny but it looks good from three feet away. I've listed the colors used on this model below but you can use anything you'd like, just be sure your choices for base colors are light enough that the washes will show up.

Colors Used:
Khemri Brown - cloth
Iyaden Darksun - skin
Hormagaunt Purple - purple details
Tin Bitz / Boltgun Metal - metal
Bleached Bone - teeth / nails / details

Devlan Mud - entire model
Badab Black - metal

Monday, June 14, 2010

Finished Madrak Ironhide

This is a pretty simple model but I really like him. The pose isn't static while also not being over the top (see eMadrak for a little over the top dynamism) and there are enough details to be interesting without being cluttered.

With Madrak done I only have an Axer (my first light beast or 'jack) left to complete my initial 15 points. I've just learned about a 25 point, fully painted tournament at my FLGS in July and I've decided that will be my first time taking the trolls out. I don't know what the actual list will be yet but I'd better get cracking.

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Troll Warlock

This was posted in a blog post on the Privateer website earlier this week.

click for a bigger version - image from Privateer Press

There were zero spoilers about any of his rules, but how sweet is this model?! He has a gun that is so ridiculously large that it almost looks normal, he has spare rockets strapped everywhere, and an awesome Civil War style hat. I have no idea what he's going to do but unless the totally bomb the model I'll be picking this guy up when he releases.

I just hope they don't use the pose in the lower left corner, the main image has so much more character.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Champions Finished

I've been slowly plugging away at these guys this past week and I'm happy to report that they're done and I have my first complete unit of Troll infantry!

There are another two guys still to be added but that will come later. They were done the same way I've been doing all my trolls - base coats, washes, and very minimal highlights. I'm almost done with my first warlock, Madrak Ironhide, and will hopefully have photos on Friday.

Monday, June 7, 2010

New England Team Tournament Report

This past Saturday the local Press Ganger and I took a trip down to Connecticut for the New England Team Tournament. There were 32 players crammed into an a very warm gaming room playing some very intense games of Warmachine and raising money for a good cause.

I'm not positive of the breakdown but there were three Hordes players (Legion, Trolls, and Circle), 8 or 9 Cryx players, 8 or 9 Cygnar players, and then a smattering of Mercs, Khador, and Menoth to round it out.

I ran an Irusk list the whole day that had a Spriggan and Kodiak, 10 Kayazy and Underboss, Great Bears, Widowmakers, Koldun Lord, and Kell. I ended up going 1-2 on the day.

Game 1
I lost this game to one of the eventual two first place finishers so I don't feel too bad about it. He was running a Terminus list that had a single arc node and more Mechanithralls, Bile Thralls, and other infantry than I think I've ever seen.

On my second turn Irusk feated and put Battle Lust on the Kayazy who then charged an ARM 27 Terminus. Even with the bonuses from charging, Battle List, and Gang the six Kayazy who got into range were only able to do about 5 points of damage. As I think about it now they were probably lucky to do even that much.

On his next turn Terminus just flew out of the melee (taking 5 free strikes and another point of damage) and two shotted Irusk.

Game 2
This was against a pMagnus list with a Nomad, 2 Renegades, 10 Nyss Hunters, 6 Kayazy and Underboss, and a few solos.

I made a huge mistake on my second turn moving Irusk too far forward and paid for it with two boosted Renegade shots. Irusk was dead but thankfully had feated and he made his Tough check. After surviving that mess I started to roll over his army, eliminating everything but Magnus and the two 'jacks.

Magnus was looking pretty dead on my next turn so he went for a pretty low percentage assassination run on Irusk. One of the Renegades moved out of combat with two Great Bears and survived both free strikes from them. It was then just barely in range of Irusk for Magnus to arc Arcantrik Bolt through it. With boosted hit and damage rolls he was able to do that final point of damage.

I was pretty annoyed at myself in this game. I should have been a lot more aware of the Renegades and what they could do because I thought about a Magnus army before I picked Trolls and am reasonably familiar with what that army can do. After surviving the two shots I got too confident because I was doing well and didn't think about their arc node capabilities. I could have moved Irusk anywhere on the board that turn to keep him safe and I chose to put him closer to the arc nodes because I wasn't thinking.

Game 3
This game I got to play my second ever game against Retribution. It was a Rahn list with a Phoenix and Manticore, Battle Mages, 6 Sentinels, one Arcanist, 2 Magisters, 2 Mage Hunter Assassins, and Narn.

I was pretty successful in rolling over his army but late in the game he used Narn and an Assassin to sneak behind my lines, kill my back line, and pick up a control point. I had to made big push on his control point to score one of my own so I wouldn't lose and then then dice down was called. I had a lot more of my army in his control zone than he had in mine so I snuck out a win on the tie breaker.

I should have been paying more attention to defending my control point but I got a bit carried away killing his army.

All in all it was a great day playing little men and I had a lot of fun. I think I should have won that second game but I don't have anyone to blame but myself for losing it. I got to see some gorgeous armies and very talented players as well as meet a bunch of great people.

There are some photos that one of the Press Gangers took here.

Friday, June 4, 2010

May Summary

Painting for Points

This was another good month for me painting wise. I finished my Convict Gunslinger (who won a painting competition!) and a Troll Champion early before slowing down and working on a Spriggan and Dire Troll Mauler. That's another 12 points of painted models for the year, bringing my total to 40.

New Model Fund

I continue to be poorly disciplined here, but I also continue to be hopeful. This month I purchased the final models for my Khador army in some Kayazy and a few solos, and also a few Trolls to round out some holes in the army I bought. In total I bought $123.49 worth of models, which is a lot. However, I won't be buying any more Khador models for the foreseeable future and I don't need any more Troll models so I think I'll be capping my spending for the next few months.

My fund for June starts at a terrible -$121.26.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Malifaux Tournament Report

Malifaux is a sweet game. I had only ever played twice before this tournament but over the course of my three games I had a ton of fun and really never stumbled over the basic game mechanics.

There were 15 people who showed up and the TO filled in as the 16th. I've never played in a tournament this large and it was great fun seeing all of the different armies and getting to meet a lot of new people.

I went 2-1 on the day, losing my first round game to a Seamus list and then beating the other two Viktoria lists at the tournament. I finished the day with 18 victory points, which put me in 5th or 6th place overall. Not bad for a first time out!

The highlight of the tournament for me was my Convict winning the painting contest! Everyone loved his mom tattoo and I was just super excited when they announced the winners. I took some better photos of him outside this weekend because I was so happy: