Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The end of a league of extraordinary gentlemen

Way too few updates this month, business as usual, right?


So, Machinations league officially ended down at our store yesterday. I use the word ‘official’ with some caution, seeing as how it’s been closed for the last 14 days around the globe. At least if you judge by the official PP rules. However, sticking to plans has never been the primary forte of our community, and I’d be lying if I said those extra 14 days weren’t a blessing. Especially seeing how busy we’ve been at the shop, and how little energy I had to paint when I got home. Not to mention how deep breaths I had to take just to fire up a 35+ points game.

My final score was an, despite it all, impressive sum of 94 points. It’s something to be rather proud of, I’ll reckon. There were a couple of things that truly helped me push through to this level.

First and foremost, a friend and I decided to hurl in an Unbound-game. 150pts. All new Warcasters for my side. That meant pretty much throwing in every mini I had, along with no plans and Butcher3, Strakov and that Koldun Lord Woman, Zerkova. Not a bad mix, albeit a strange one. As I went up against Cryx my expectations weren’t high, but then again, my usual Cryx opponent doesn’t play hardball, so after six hours of intense fighting our (We played ‘Last Stand’) I won behind my fortifications.

Unbound, I’ll have to say, is an immensely more fun and tactical experience compared to the ordinary Warmachine. While we agreed that 150pts. Did seem like much for a first game, it’s not really that hard to get into the new mindset. There are some tweaks to the rules and procedures of the turn you definitely need to keep in mind, but once you get it up rolling, I had it working for me after two hours or so. This is definitely something I’ll repeat when the new leagues start next year.

Then there was the painting; I did a lot of that. Since a friend of mine dumped all his Khador in trade for my old Warriors of Chaos, I had the pleasure of finally getting a colossal. It was a daunting painting project, but I pushed through. With two new heavy jacks (berserker and the Drago) it secured a bit more.


All this being said I didn’t win. Word eventually got out of my streak and one of our best Menoth players slammed in 107 points on the final night, which pretty much taught me the ever relevant lesson. 

While I was kind of defeated about this, I shook hands and I’ll admit he’s a really nice guy who deserved it. I’m not sure whether I’ll try and go for the top next season, seeing how I’ve painted pretty much every little bit I’ve got. I doubt I’ll manage to collect that much Legion of Everblight (my second army) before then, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Either way, it was a grand finale and I thank all my wonderful co-players.

Now it’s about time to lean back a bit and head into autumn.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

New minis and those Dark Elves

Hey, all!

Not that much new to say, except for some short updates.
With the current Warmachine league currently about to reach its end, I'm still thinking I'm in a very sweet spot regarding badges. I imagine it's around the top three, once again given the fact that I could've been first had I only taken the time to actually play more games.

That being said, painting has been all the rage for some of the top-tiered players this time around. Whereas I went pretty high last league, mainly because of painting, people seem to have followed in my steps and gone absolutely crazy this time around. Which is nice, because we need more people getting off their ass and actually start painting shit.

One of the local players had a long struggle about his current role and faction (Khador) and eventually decided to call it for the Motherland (we'd usually shoot them, but he kept a small army, just in case, so that's okay) - meaning he was very interested in some trading. Seeing as how he was on the market for Warriors of Chaos, I didn't delay much. After some talking, this is what I ended up with for all my WoC-minis:

I'd say it's rather solid, I'm almost able to field 150 points by now, albeit in a "I'll just field all the shit I own lol"-tactic. It'll be a lot of jacks, but I've still spoken a bit to my main Cryx-opponent about trying out that Unbound format next week. I'm sure it'll prove interesting, if not for the points at least.

On the paint-wagon, I'm still busy with the Doom Reavers - will make sure to get back to you on that one. I won my latest game against Cryx, but I've had the royal smack from Cygnar and Retribution this season. Those guys aren't playing around at all, and while I think I'm much better prepared for the emo-elves, Cygnar can still give me a headache.

Speaking of Warhammer, there's been a lot of hype about the Dark Elf book. I believe those most interested will have picked it up by now, and sadly I have very little to say about it yet. Delf has been one of my main armies ever since I began the game (in fact, it was the first army I ever played) and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted to pick it up and get going once again. Sadly, the usual GW-pricing discourages me as it always does, especially regarding the Witch Elves that I really want to play. I'm not sure whether I'll go crazy yet, but the models are indeed really sweet to look at; only the new executioners fall flat in my perspective. Then again, part of me is still eagerly waiting for the dwarves to come out next, which some rumors have it will indeed be the case after the Tyranids have been updated.

I suppose that's also the main reason why I eventually let the Warriors go. I loved my army, but it was always one of the latest picks whenever I found someone ready to game. I believe it will serve much better elsewhere; it's a great book and some great models that I'm sure will serve the gods for years to come!