Recently my local gaming group decided to start a Journeyman league. Peoples reasons for taking part varied greatly, from wanting to have everyone at the same level for games in terms of faction knowledge, to just wanting to have the motivation to get things painted. Personally I needed (Yes, needed) to have a Warmachine faction, since I already have a Hordes one and this seemed like the perfect way to get it going. I am very much a leaf on the wind. I have a tendancy to go for whatever shiney thing the wind is blowing at at the time, and this was certainly no different for me. The announcement of the Cephalyx coming out was one that definately excited me. They are not out for a while yet so how could I tie in to this now without needing to start a whole new faction? Simple! Go for Cryx! Now I had a cryx army before and I was not excited at getting it all painted so what to do about this? Enter the theme. During a chat amongst the group on facebook chat we were shown a Cthulhu themed Plague marine force for 40k which looked really good. Seeming this made me think that a Cthulhu themed Cryx army was the way forward. With that in mind I have started on my battlebox and thought I would show the progress I have made with the Cthulian Cryx army…
sorry for those last 2 but you get the idea.
As I am sure all will have noticed by now there has been little activity from me over the summer months on the blog. I have managed to get some painting done and have also made a myriad of plans. (Who among us hasn’t?) So what has been going on? Well 15mm has been featuring heavily in my gaming life as my group seeks to affordably satiate our SciFi based desires.
15mm models are one of the cheapest way of going. most games can convert with little adjustment to 15mm scale. most only need a little adjustment to the movement rules (I.E reduce 40k movement from 6 inches to 4 inches for infantry) In our case Gruntz is fulfilling our needs nicely. I find myself collecting a lot of models! and planning more in the upcoming months (such as my birthday! *Hint Hint*) I’ll throw some pictures up as soon as I can of the 15mm Khurasan Federal Troops I have painted. I think I’ll write an article about the differences in painting this smaller scale that I have encountered as it is a very different beast to 28-32mm that I am used to with 40k in the past and Warmachine more recently. Its easier to get good looking results for a start.
From my groups fantasy standpoint, Kings of War has been the flavour of the month, only we have gone travel sized and are using 10mm models with a conversion from inches to centimetres. My wargaming host has even constructed a table to scale! I’ll get some pictures of this as well as the Dark Elf army (or Twilight Kin if you prefer) army i am constructing for it. Again, cheapness is very much the main draw, with a 2000pt army costing around the £35 mark!
As far as plans for the blog go, i think i will be returning to the roots of why i started it originally, not that you’ll find it on this one but in a previous blog there was more than just wargaming! I will write opinion pieces on the political news that piques my interest or fuels my anger and will happily host any wargamer that would like to chip in their own views and articles on what has gotten them steamed up. Lets face it, Politics effects all of us whether we like it or not. I will also spout off about other news pieces that illicit a strong enough train of thought from me and again, will happily allow others to do the same. I doubt these will be Wargaming related ever at all but you never know your luck. With my new job I should have enough time to write some stuff at various times, like now, as I sit in a quiet office waiting alone for something to happen.
Anyway. Happy birthday to me.
Here is a new video regarding the forthcoming Warmachine Tactics videogame. Funded through Kickstarter in 2 days flat this game has promise, but I lack a machine I can play it on presently. Therefore my interest lies with the limited edition alt. Sculpt models being offered for new Journeyman characters being released as part of the next Warmachine book, Vengeance as well as the first ever caster to be released as both “prime” and “epic” versions at the same time and the first ever faction change! He starts as a Noble Cygnaran, then he snuff it and joins Cryx! Full stats are released through a No Quarter Extra made for the kickstarter and all over the Privateer Press Forums. Check the video then check he Kickstarter @ Kickstarter.com!
So on sunday 23rd I attended a local tournement dragging my fledgling Cryx force in the shape of Denegrha1 and Asphyxious1 crammed with the bits I had. Seems Cryx suites me some. (Shut up Dave! Cryx is as Easy button as your Legion!…O.o) The lists I took were as follows:
Full Blackbanes Ghost Raiders
Minimum Bane Knights
Bane lord Tartarous
minimum Bane Knights
My first game was versus a chap called Iain and his Circle, EKaya was the chosen enemy. Incursion was the scenario. I was immediately in trouble, my spells couldn’t be used due to stupid druids. Fortunately my opponent committed his forces to 1 of the far flags, where Denny was more centrally placed. He swamped his nearest flag which disappeared and denny had the speed to reach the other far flag while my army got in the way/his army was to far away to do anything about it. Casting my mind back, I dont think I killed much, I got 4 army points, but the required 5 cp’s to take the game. One plus to this game was that, I was able to use Madelyn to Seduction a Skinwalker over 2 turns and make him hack up his comrades! He never killed any but he put some damage in and turned the wrong way, which is always fun!
My second game was versus Retribution against James Harrison, a chap I faced last at the previous tourney. Something I clearly have to work at selecting the right army for the job. I knew he was packing Rayvn and Ossyan so rather than choosing my stealthed caster, stealth being something that Retribution really struggles with, I chose Gaspy. He chose Rayvn, so I spent this game terrified of Snipe-Feat-Go. As a result Gasy never really got involved. My arc nodes got wiped out and my idea of parasiting the Mage Hunter Strike Force and using the POW 5’s from Gaspys feat to wipe them out was doomed. I also forgot to activate one of my Pistol Wraiths for one turn which turned out to be crucial as the Pheonix across from it would likely have been Death Chilled, preventing him from combusting over my Bane Knights and wiping them out which meant that flank collapsed. I cleared away his halberdiers but couldn’t prevent Rayvn from dominating the wierd scenario we had, which was 2 zones and 2 objectives that make casters immune to continuous effects. In the end Gaspy did get to feat on the Mage hunter strike force, needing 7’s to kill and failed to hurt any. My warwitch siren was able to seduction Narn as well, unfortunately he missed the target mage hunter I sent him at.
My 3rd game was against my other faction, Trollbloods, and Madrak was the flavour along with Horthol, full Longrider cav and full fennblades. I chose denny this time, though I felt I could have taken either, I wanted Blackbane to be useful in a game and he and his crew really shined for me in this one. Hardly any magical weapons meant my SPD 7 incorporeal pirates were basically impossible to deal with. They tied up the fennblades and completely neutered them. Dan Melia, my opponent, flanked with Horthol on one side and the Longriders on the other, Horthol had to take an extremely long route to avoid blackbanes lads, since he can’t hurt them either and the longriders were behind a forest I was able to move through with impunity so I ignored them as well. My feat turn saw the death of the 1 beast he had, fennblades further neutered and Crippling Grasped, and all set for the assassination next turn. Dan had little option but to go for an assassination himself since Denny was fairly close, it was full of movement shenanigans and a joy to watch but wasn’t sufficient. In the end I was able to kove away and Parasite him before having my remaining Bane Knights finish him off. Again, Madelyn was able to get off a seduction, this time a Fellcaller went off to try kill Jannissa but failed to hit, still, I’m loving Seduction shenanigans and coupled with Dennys Influence spell, I’m hoping to assassinate a caster with their own models soon!
My final game was against a Merc player whose name escapes me. He chose to rock MacBain! With a Galleon and the scenario was the one with 2 circular zones. I rocked Gaspy for this one as hitting wasn’t going to be an issue, and there were some steelheads that looked ripe for becoming Bane Knights! There was no going for scenario in this game, I had a slayer helljack face off against wrongeye and snapjaw with a bull snapper, it tied them all up long enough for Tartarous to make some Banes, which were able to be placed to move around Galleon and charge MacBain, after one of my pistol Wraiths got close enough to sften him up from a flank. Despite its fearsome firepower I was able to largely ignore the Galleon, even Deathchilled it once and he moved rather than fired.
So at the end of the day, I had played 4 games and won 3, lost 1. Thats my best record yet. As much as I’d like to think my skill took me through, it was a big dose of luck, with a little skill, and possibly some Cryxian doings as well. It was a good time had by all and im looking forward to rounding out my Cryxian forces and taking something I choose to built rather than just using what I have.
I thank my opponents for the enjoyable games and The Guardians Of Tyr for running the event for us, I have booked a space on the next though I have no idea if I can make it, so that should say something.
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So I have aquired my first Cryxian models and the first thing to say about them has to be my surprise at how very nice they are! I have a min unit of Bane Knights and hot diggety! Very nicely sculpted and very dynamic models they are. People are always to quick to point out the negatives with models, especially older ones like these are. The thin spear shafts are slightly bendy but if you store them right I cannot see any issues. My Temple Flameguard had no such issue and have similarly thin shafts on their spears.
Overall im happy with my decision, though hardly any of my models have actually been sold thus far, swapping my judicator got me a good starter force. Something we have never really had to deal with round here is incorporeal stuff so with Blackbanes Ghost Raiders on the table it should help shuffle anything non-cygnar out of kilter. Cygnar will just throw gunmages my way but there are ways of dealing with them. My plan as it stands is going to be to make 3 armies il not change with the intention of using them in local tourneys to begin with in the 35pt range.
With that in mind I will be taking Cryx to a local tourney this very sunday to see what all the fuss is about. Gaspy1 and denny1 are my weapons of choice, time to see what they can do methinks! Il try doing a report on the tourney if possible as well. In the mean time, I will stroke my moustache evilly with glee until my moment of glory comes!
See you later, after I’ve lost!
In an effort to forgo yet more faction boredom and to give my local group a bit more variety, I have killed myself. My soul belongs to a dragon now. And possibly Asphyxious 3 as well. So to utilise my blog for something useful as well as to have somethig to post (its been a while, lets be honest) I would like to announce that my Menoth army is for sale. Or possibly trade. So if you have a craving for some Fire, hope over to the Warhammer.org.uk website and check out what im getting rid of. £275 will get you the lot, or il trade for a Cryxian army. Follow the link…
Alright, long time is something of an understatement. I apologise for the lack of posting. this is mainly due to a new job, lack of a PC, I’m typing this on my tablet at the moment, as well as generic real life being a bitch. So what should i post about? Theres so much i haven’t covered its probably best to not try and catch up, that way madness lies. So i think a general hobby update is the way to go.
On My Table
My recent hobby related activity has been Warmahordes as per usual. I have been snapping up ebay bargains left right and centre for my Menite forces. This is my second go at Menoth and thus far I’ve been picking up all the stuff I didn’t get previously. Last time i was all about the Flameguard, i did not have a single Exemplar. This time however i have nothing but Exemplars! I’m loving the medium bases and seriously looking forward to the upcoming Bastion Seneschal. I have gone for a purple colour scheme for my guys which i will show off below. Christmas saw me getting, initially the circle Gargantuan, bless my wifes effort, which i was able to swap for a Judicator. I love it and need to fight the urge to put it in every list i make! My current caster of choice is Kreoss2 and i need to keep with him until i have a certain level of competency but new shineys pull at my attention. I will be converting myself a Kreoss2 from the plastic Kreoss1 and have been picking up crusaders on the cheap for conversions of Fires of Salvation and a Guardian jack.
Sorry for the poor quality
The Gargantuans book has been released and although I dont have it presently I do have War Room and thus all the Trollbloods new stuff available to see. I love me some Epic Grim! One of the first Warlock units available and definately the most characterful, I will be picking him up as well as the Trollkin Warders. I rather like the look of the night troll as well. Unfortunately anyone being vocal about these things that iv seen, mainly on the PP forums, is being negative about the troll releases. In fact the Trollbloods forum seems to be the Cygnar forum of the Hordes forums, endlessly complaining. Not that I’ve really read the other forums
The other distraction I have is the new Warmachine faction, The Convergence of Cyriss. luckily these are not released yet but my wallet has a wary look about it.
Thats about it for now, just a quick update and some self gratifying pictures to show off. Now if you’ll excuse me, i have some conversions to work on whilst i should be doing housework.