Welcome to an update of this blog after a long pause (both in updating this blog and playing Warmachine/Hordes). I hope to do more frequent updates the coming month, as soon as I’ve tidied up my desk to paint again ;). Due to a lack of spare time at the moment, I will keep this one rather short. Just take a look at the battle impressions and read the captions. Photo quality isn’t as great as usually, cause I used my phone.
This game was played in our local tabletop gaming club last Sunday. The set up was 50 points with no specific scenario. I played against the Mercenaries (Four Star) of my friend with a standard Khador list. Some of the Mercenary models are none PP models but quite easy recognizable as what they are (Steelhead Halberdiers and Cavalry). Roccinante is a Mule. The Mercenary Caster was Damiano and I played a melee-focused eButcher list.
I played the Harkevich Tier4 list as described here two days ago. The 2 points filler were two Winterguad Rocketeers. Match up was a 3 player free for all with a hold center scenario. My friends played the Witch coven with some Bonejacks, full Sartyx Witches,full Soulhunters with Darragh and some solos, as well as Damiano with his Steelhead crew. The game was a lot of fun with Damiano going down to one box and Harkevich to four before the game ended.
The two Rocketeers weren’t that succesful and I think next time I would rather take a Widowmaker Marksman instead.
I played a game of Warmachine on Staurday with my Khador against a Four Star Mercenary list at 35 points. This was my opponent’s list:
- Damiano, Mangler, Nomad
- Steelheads: 10 Halberdiers, 3 Heavy Cavalry, 6 Riflemen, Stannis
- Ogrun Bokur, Reinholdt, Rhupert Carvolo
- Harkevich, Black Ivan, Decimator
- Great Bears
- Greylord Ternion, Koldun Lord
- MoW Demo Corps
It was the first battlefield appearance of the papercraft buildings. I even built an sporadic wall as terrain (yet unpainted) just before the game, that was quite helpful in the lategame. Below comes a short report of the outcome in the captions of the pictures.
Last sunday I had the opportunity to play a scenario I have been eager to play since I first read its rules. It’s the Hellhole scenario from PP’s 2009 Call to Arms league which can be found here. This scenario is about a growing sinkhole in the middle of the battlefield. You can win the scenario by getting into the opponent’s half without letting him into yours.
I played a Lord Carver tier 4 list and my opponent went with Magnus Four Star. Here are the lists (35 points):
- Lord Carver, 2 Warhogs, Gunboar, Rorsh and Brine, 2 min units of Brigands, Razorback crew
- Magnus, Mangler, Nomad, Renegade, full Halberdiers, min Steelhead Riflemen, Rhupert, Hawk, Gorman, Stannis
I started the game. Here are some battlefield impressions with a short report in the captions:
This week I played my first game with Doc Arkadius and his massive pigs. List was a tier 4 list with 3 Warhogs, 1 Gunboar, full Brigands, full Bone Carvers and a Razorback crew. The list was one point short as I didn’t like to use two proxy models. Next game I would change to two min units Carvers to have an additional chance to extend Arkadius’ spell range. The game was against MacBain with 1 Mangler, 1 Mule, 1 Nomad, full Halberdiers, Ogrun Bokur, Gorman, Rhupert, Stanis and Hawk.
As I expected, Arkadius is quite difficult to play. Especially timing is a big issue. There is almost no chance to speed up your Beasts in the midgame except with his feat which is difficult to use at the right time. So I ended up feeding one of the Warhogs to a Failsave Mangler and countercharging with only one P+S 20 pig that couldn’t destroy him. I should have used Arkadius’ feat at that time but wanted to wait for some obscure reason.
What is quite difficult with Arkadius is to use crippling grasp. You have to get quite close to the enemy even with extended range which is not a good plan for this ‘lock. At least Arkadius usually doesn’t has to worry about fury during the game which is great.
I also miss the CRA on the Brigands with Lord Carver. With Arkadius they do have a lot difficulties to hit targets like Steelhead Halberdiers.
In the end I lost this game with almost my whole army destroyed. Didn’t make much trouble in exchange. So next game has to become better.
I am proudly presenting a finished Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord. “Why that?” you might be asking, because so far I have only presented armies of mine that are not allowed to field him. Well, as a matter of fact, my wife started a small Protectorate of Menoth force some years ago but lacked the time to get deeper involved into the superb hobby of wargaming. So I got the permission to assemble a competitive but interesting 35 points force and paint it with the colour scheme my wife started on her models. I will tell about that army in a later post.