Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gunnbjorrn Spoiled!

I think he's been technically spoiled since GenCon but this is the first look I've had at his full stats and background. Here are my first thoughts:
  • He looks rather solid defensively with DEF 15 and ARM 16, and he doesn't have to get terribly close to the front lines with Snipe and the 12" range on his gun.
  • His gun looks fantastic, and Guided Fire is going to make Critical Devastation happen more often.
  • I can see 6 Fury being a little light. Guided Fire is 3, and if he's upkeeping Snipe and / or Rock Wall he'll be sparse on transfers. His spell list is quite nice overall - he's a great support warlock.
  • I'm not blown away by his feat.
  • He looks like a lot of fun to play.
Snipe and Guided Fire make me lean towards a more ranged list with him. Bombers, Blitzers, and Slag Trolls all have the potential for multiple shots to take advantage of Guided Fire. An Impaler will give the option for two Sniped models / units so he should probably make it in there as well.

That's 24 points right there, assuming you want two heavies and two lights. Since Guided Fire only works on battle group models I would probably take some melee units and support solos to round out a list. Full Kriel Warriors + UA or Fennblades are 8 points, and a Fell Caller is 3, so maybe something like that.

I'll probably be picking this guy up once I open up my wallet again and start buying models.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Finished Kriel Warriors

Here's my minimum unit of Kriel Warriors done - only 6 more models left to paint for a full unit (unless I want Caber Throwers...).

In my haste to get these off my table and packed for the move I went a little heavy on the Devlan Mud wash and they're a little darker than I'd like, but they're finished and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.

I officially move into a new apartment in seven days, so the next week will be rather busy for me with packing and the actual move, and then I expect to be busy unpacking and buying stuff for the new place. I'm going to try to stick to my recent schedule of two posts per week but I'm going to have to play it by ear.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Kriel Warriors WIP

These are the last 6 models that will ever be painted in my current apartment. I'm starting to get the hang of this scheme and the idea of speed painting - it only took me about two hours to get them to this stage and there isn't much work left to do.

I'm hoping to have them done this weekend and packed in my case for the move.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Finished Kayazy

These guys have just been sitting on my desk and not getting painted for the longest time. I had a free afternoon yesterday (the last day of my mini vacation) so I sat down and painted them in between games of Starcraft 2.

(sorry for the bad picture, I'm moving in a few weeks and my room is a big mess)

Finishing these models was the last step in my completion of the Tale of Painters at Librarium Online (the 3rd one I've finished!). Here's the army I painted:

My Khador army has been packed for my upcoming move along with most of my Trolls. I left out the Madrak and Grissel lists I've been playing with lately so look for more Trolls in the next few weeks.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Next Troll List

I've had some good success with my 25 point Madrak list (winning the Show Your Colors mini-tournament and going 4-0 when using the full list) but I've found the brick to be a little boring to play. For my second warlock and list I'll be using Grissel Bloodsong and bumping myself up to a full 35 point list. Here's what I'm thinking:

+Pyre Troll
+Troll Bouncer
+Earthborn Dire Troll
10 Kriel Warriors + UA
3 Long Riders
Fell Caller

The list is two points short so I might add a Minion solo (Pendrake or Saxon Orrik come to mind) or drop the Fell Caller to add Horthol. Since I'd have to buy models either way I'd probably buy Horthol.

The Long Riders can move 21" on the first turn with Hoof It, and can then make slam and axe attacks at MAT 9 when she puts Calamity on a unit.

Kriel Warriors are a great tarpit, but with Calamity, Heroic Ballad, and the leader's prayers they'll but able to put a lot of hurt on whatever they're holding in place.

The Earthborn is a big wrecking ball all by himself. The Pyre Troll gives him a nasty damage buff and Grissel can cast Rift to give him a speed boost when he needs to get somewhere.

The Bouncer is here to give Grissel a little extra protection, be a Fury battery, and to hit something in the face later in the game.

This list should be a little more dynamic to play. The Long Riders and Earthborn will be zipping around the flanks while the Kriel Warriors hold the middle and Grissel, the Fell Caller, and the Pyre pass out buffs.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Warmachine Wrath!

image from Privateer Press

The new Warmachine book's name has been announced: Wrath! Clearly, this is far on the horizon since Privateer Press is just now starting to release the Hordes MkII books, but I'm still excited about the prospect of a new 'caster.

PP is running a contest to coincide with the announcement. They've published the names and some fluff text for the six new 'casters in faction specific runes and asked people to translate the runes and submit the names of the 'casters. Someone has kindly done all of the work and posted some humorous paraphrasing of the fluff text on the forums here.

The new Khador 'caster is named The Iron Wolf (he has a real name too, but it isn't posted) and here's his text:

"***********, The Iron Wolf

********* is an oldie but a goodie. He's really good with Warjacks, and uses them to scare the crap out of his opponents. He knows a couple tricks to make them work harder than they were designed to, focusing their fire on one unlucky SOB at a time."

I like the idea of an old man 'jack buddy, although it sounds like he's going to want ranged 'jacks and I just don't have any interest in getting a Decimator. Maybe there is a new ranged 'jack coming as well?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Weekend Warmachine

Spooy was in town visiting this week so we took a trip down to the Hobby Bunker and played a few games. He couldn't fit his models in his suitcase so he made a Butcher list from my Khador and I played my Trolls.

He won both of our games because I couldn't crack all of his heavy armour and his army had no trouble chewing through mine.

After that we switched it up and both got in a game against two Skorne players, both using pMorghoul. My game was super bloody - I killed his whole army and he killed everything but Madrak, a Champion, and the Mauler. Morghoul and Madrak played tag in the last few turns but in the end I was able to smack him with an axe before he could tickle me to death.

I don't know how Spoony's game went but he did end up with a win, making him 3-0 on the weekend.

Monday, August 2, 2010

July Summary

Painting for Points
July started with 46 points. I was in a groove earlier this month getting through my Trolls for the Show Your Colors tournament so I painted up a minimum Krielstone Bearer unit and two Champions. Those models bring my total up to 52. I also started working on some Kayazy before my life exploded and most of my hobby time evaporated.

New Model Fund
I've still been working my way though the large amount of hobby dept I've accrued. I started July with -$71.26 and spent $54.12 on the new Hordes book, the Troll cards, and some models for a Cygnar army I've been thinking about starting (they were 20% off, how could I say no?!).

Normally that would take me to around $-75 but I'm going to forgive my debts because I made nice bit of cash selling all of those models in my most recent round of ebay sales. I'll be starting August with a clean slate of $0 dollars in the hobby fund.