Guild Ball is the game of medieval fantasy football from Steamforged Games. The Century War has wracked the land, and all that forges the fractious nations of the new Empire together is the blood-sport of Guild Ball, brought together by the scheming Guilds. Will you play the slippery Fishermen, the arcane Alchemists, or the suspicious Union? Read some articles, listen to some podcasts, watch some videos, and maybe you’ll find out which is best for you!

Secrets of the True Law – The Harbinger’s Hidden Talent

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  Sometimes, the abilities that are printed on the card don’t tell the whole story. The Harbinger of Menoth has so many abilities that it’s often tough to remember one of her greatest strengths – the ability to pre-measure pretty much anything. After all, with a Control Area of 20″, there’s generally very little of the board you can’t measure to. The ability to accurately park your Reckoner exactly 12″ away from a Scythean or your Vanquisher 10″ away from a Bronzeback can be game-breaking. But how do we take advantage of such a generous gift? Well, sometimes pre-measuring something can be easy. When your attacker and your target are kind enough to line up in a direct line (or close to that) to the Harbinger, measuring can be a matter of some fairly simple subtraction. Make a measurement to your target, then measure to the front of your attacker’s base. Then subtract the second from the first and voila, pre-measuring! (A quick note for those unfamiliar with Vassal: Ranges are measured in tenths of inches, so “Range 118” indicates 11.8 inches, while “Range 41″ indicates 4.1 inches.) Here we can easily conclude that the Templar is 8.7″ away from the poor Ironclad – meaning we could safely leave the Templar where it is and avoid retaliation (Ironclads threaten 8.5″ without outside buffs). Alternatively, the Ironclad is well within the Templar’s charge range of 9” – so we could save focus by not casting Crusader’s Call. Unfortunately, enemy models are not always polite enough to line up directly in front of your Warcaster and attacking unit. So what then? Well, actually, basically the same principles apply – but in this case, you need to measure to something different. Namely, you need to measure to the unit’s “depth” on the field – that is, where its base “would” be if it happened to be in front of you. By measuring to the yellow and then the blue line, we can just do the same thing we did before – subtract the distance to yellow from the distance to blue, and conclude that the Templar and Ironclad are about 8.5″ apart – probably not a good place to park the Templar if you don’t want to get charged next turn, or alternatively well within range for a charge. Sometimes units are rude enough to position themselves NOT directly across from one another – the nerve of some heretics is downright despicable. In this case we could attempt some fairly crazy trigonometry… But that will probably just hurt your head. I have a simpler, less 8th-grade-math and more 2nd-grade-math – do the same thing we did before. You’ll notice that if you rotate the image above clockwise a bit, it’s basically the same as our second example – so why not just measure it the same way? This time we’re 9.2″ away, so we’d need Crusader’s Call if we wanted to beat down that foolish heretical Ironclad. Don’t let the blindfold throw you off. When fielding the Harbinger of Menoth, look through Menoth’s eyes – and know that the Wracks await you if you ever fall short on a charge!   I’m sure you’re wondering to yourself, “but Kestrel, my Warcaster’s FOC isn’t nearly as well-endowed as the Harbinger, how can I pre-measure...

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Victoria, for she does not know defeat… Warmachine Cygnar Tactics

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    I think eHaley is the best caster in the game. I’m not in love with all of the deliberate handicapping that’s going on lately. So I wrote a tactica for the model I think is the best. Statline: eHaley has fairly average stats. Her focus is conspicuously high, and her def is on the high end, but her armor isn’t the best, and her offensive potential is minimal. I’ve seen her charge Rasheth and stab him to death, but that’s about all. Warjack Bond: I’ve seen others (notably eSorscha’s) argued for best in the game, but its hard to discount a blanket 2″ threat range increase for your heavy hitter, with no downside. eHaley’s Stormwall can get 4 focus, and can advance 7″. That’s a pretty big deal. The bond can’t be dispelled, it is a wonderful perk on a caster. Set Defense: This is a nice perk for eHaley, thus its the sort of thing Constance and some of the other casters and Cygnar would give their right eyeteeth for. Infantry basically can’t hurt a caster without charging. Charging infantry have to hit 18 to hit eHaley. Now, normally you don’t get to charge eHaley, but I’ve seen a certain Lich Lord feat on her a couple of times, and I’ve seen eHaley’s sky high anti-charge defense save her twice. Replication: This ability rarely comes up, because eHaley would rather cast her amazing spells than your comparatively less impressive ones. But I’ve seen it used. She can cast anything offensive you cast in her (massive) control radius by spending focus. So casters and the Deathjack are valid targets for mimicry. Signature Spells are usually where this gets cast. Overrun, crippling grasp, freezing grip, etc. Spell List: Arcane bolt: This is a pretty rubbish spell. But range 12 is noteworthy. Everyone has to have an attack spell, and this is her basic one. Domination: This is ostensibly her signature spell, but its more of a circus trick. She rarely deploys this one, TK usually accomplishes the same thing (get the enemy closer, turn shield the wrong way) for less investment. But from time to time she’ll trot this out. Shooting Magnus with his own Renegade. Making eSorscha’s bonded devastator attack something and drop to arm 17, or just putting a pow 19 on something with a jugger’s ice axe. Its an exclamation point spell. She doesn’t usually need it, but it helps with a few select situations, and it is a stylish way to win. Time Bomb: Oh PP and your pun names for things….This spell is a big deal. It allows her to put a speed debuff on spell warded models. Normally that’s only possible with a feat. But if the Defender’s warded avatar is bearing down on her army, and she’s already feated, she can slow it to a crawl by time bombing something B2B with it. The def debuff on a spell that is an AOE (and hence can hit things without rolling) is also a nice touch. It is saying something about eHaley that this isn’t one of her best spells. I’m not saying that this spell is fantastic, in fact using it is usually a mistake, since you can generally get the bennies from TK, but having the option is awesome. Deceleration:...

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Chewin’ the Fat 6

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Tournament results! Ahem… Let me start over. For those following these articles you’ll know that I’ve been preparing for a tournament for the last couple of weeks. There ended up being 21 players total and 5 rounds which was great fun. The last couple of articles are linked below for convenience: I ended up going for a Caine2 list very similar to the one mentioned in article 4 and a Haley1 list identical to the one listed in article 5 with the small exception of the reinforcements being a Minuteman and 2 Stormsmiths: Captain Allister Caine                                +5 –       Ol’ Rowdy                                                9 –       Squire                                                      2 6 Boomhowlers                                           6 10 Horgenhold Forge Guard                     8 6 Rangers                                                      5 Lady Aiyanna & Master Holt                     4 Rhupert Carvolo                                          2 Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator                   1 Journeyman Warcaster                              3   Reinforcements: Minuteman                                                   5 Gorman Di Wulfe                                         2   I did take pictures of every round of all the games and can post up more if people want. As it stands this post is quite long so I put one photo in from each of the 5 games showing what I consider the pivotal turn of that game. So, without further ado, lets begin:   ROUND 1: In Round 1 I get matched against Becky Barton with Circle. Her lists are Kromac and Krueger2. It was around this time that I realised that Krueger2 trumps a lot of my tricks, especially with the scenario lined up as Incursion… Krueger the Stormlord                                +5 –       Ghetorix                                                   11 –       Megalith                                                  11 –       Gorax                                                       4 6 Tharn Bloodtrackers                                5 – Nuala The Huntress                                 2 Shifting Stones                                            2 – Stone Keeper                                             1 Shifting Stones                                            2 Gallows Grove                                              1 Gallows Grove                                              1   As expected the matchup was Krueger2 vs. Caine2, mainly because my Haley list had absolutely no game against Storm Wall. I won the roll off and decided to go first. We both set up quite centrally and turn 1 begins. I decide to go fairly strongly towards the left hand flag to try and focus my power with some stuff moving up relatively slowly towards the right. I throw out all of my upkeeps, Heightened Reflexes on Boomhowlers, Blur on Rangers, True Shot on Caine and Arcane Shield on Forge Guard. She advances fairly solidly down the middle and the left flag disappears… Wonderful. At this point, with the left hand flag gone, I realise that I need to go all out into the flags to avoid auto-losing to Kruegers Feat. I Magic Bullet a Ranger and then they shoot the Bloodtrackers opposite with the Magic Bullet going into Nuala and taking her down to 1hp. The rest of my army runs right into the middle of the board expecting the lack of attacks from the opposing army to struggle taking me down and Ol’ Rowdy moves up in front of Caine and uses Imprint: Grudge (for the first time ever). Becky decides to take the bait and double teleport a Primaled Ghetorix into Ol’ Rowdy. At this point we later discovered that I cheated which is a shame… Ghetorix hits Rowdy and then I used Grudge (rather than wait until after his full activation as you are supposed to do)...

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MoM’s Podcast #31 – A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast

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MoM’s Podcast #31 Topics: 6:15 – News and Announcments 23:00 – Theme Forces 55:05 – Muse on Mail 1:39:45 – SR 2013         Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:49:52 — 50.3MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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TheEmu’s trip to Polish Masters

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I’m a 23-year-old student from Finland, totally hooked for WM/H. For long time I’ve been wondering if I had something to say here, but this tournament/”Long weekend in Krakow” report was the final push to get registered. This is a report about our trip to Krakow (Poland) for Polish Masters. We also took a couple of days to get to know the city a bit. If you’re not interested about our tourist adventures, just read the “Pre-tournament” and “Polish Masters” parts of this article. Any comments and critisism is more than welcome as this is my first longer article in the interwebs. Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading this!     Pre-tournament A group of Finns, specifically five from Turku (southern Finland, near-ish to the capital city of Helsinki) and one from Oulu (waaaaay up from north) decided to travel to Krakow for the Polish Masters on November 17th and 18th. We had first heard about the tournament in June when the Poles were visiting our tournament (the Nordic Open Tournament) in Turku. They were awesome guys and we heard Krakow was an excellent city to visit so why not? I’ve been playing Cygnar for quite some time now. Before the OETC I came up with an eStryker list I really love, but I was not totally happy with my eHaley list there. I came up with the idea of eHaley pirates and the list duo was born: System: Warmachine Faction: Cygnar Casters: 1/1 Points: 50/50 Major Victoria Haley (*5pts) * Thorn (8pts) * Centurion (9pts) (Bonded to Haley) * Squire (2pts) Press Gangers (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6pts) Sea Dog Crew (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts) * Mr. Walls Sea Dog Crew Quartermaster (2pts) * 3 Sea Dog Crew Riflemen (3pts) Anastasia di Bray (2pts) Bosun Grogspar (2pts) Doc Killingsworth (2pts) First Mate Hawk (2pts) Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2pts) Journeyman Warcaster (3pts) Lord Rockbottom (2pts) Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord (2pts)   Reinforcements: * Charger (4pts) (Controlled by Haley) * Charger (4pts) (Controlled by Haley) Alten Ashley, Monster Hunter (2pts)   and System: Warmachine Faction: Cygnar Casters: 1/1 Points: 50/50 Lord Commander Stryker (*6pts) * Stormwall (19pts) (Bonded to Stryker) * Squire (2pts) Arcane Tempest Gun Mages (Leader and 5 Grunts) (6pts) * Arcane Tempest Gun Mage Officer (2pts) Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team (4pts) Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters (Cylena and 9 Grunts) (10pts) * Captain Jonas Murdoch (2pts) Field Mechaniks (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts) Archduke Alain Runewood (3pts) Journeyman Warcaster (3pts) Stormsmith Stormcaller (1pts) Stormsmith Stormcaller (1pts) Stormsmith Stormcaller (1pts)   Reinforcements: * Charger (4pts) (Controlled by Stryker) * Charger (4pts) (Controlled by Stryker) Captain Arlan Strangewayes (2pts)   The idea behind the eStryker list is to stand back and shoot everything dead, until there is only eStryker vs their caster (which is when you win). It works out quite well as long as you’re being winning the shooting competition and not losing to scenario. Incursion and other “rush to the middle” scenarios are really bad for this list but it enjoys Gauntlet, Process of Elimination and the like, where I can just stand at the back edge of the area and blast with guns. Also two covering fires and magestorm to deny movement from closing troops. So I needed my other list to...

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Beginners: Matchups to Watch For

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This is the first in a planned series of two articles, aimed at those that are relatively new to the hobby and expecting to play in a tournament soon (or have played only in local tournaments). My hope is to ease the transition into competitive play, since your first tournament can often feel a bit like the transition below…. This is what veteran tournament players see when you enter the room The aim with these two articles is to identify the most common ‘problem’ lists that you’re likely to encounter in any given tournament. Lists that you really need to have some plan to deal with. These are also (for the most part) lists that I expect most people lost to the first time they played against them, since each of them has a very distinctive style/capacity that will quite simply kill you dead if you don’t know it’s coming. Some of them will still often kill you dead even when you DO know they’re coming. This first article deals with just the Warmachine side of things, you’ll have to wait a week or so for the other half since I’m new to this blogging thing and it takes me forever to make one of these posts. So without further ado, lets kick things off with everyone’s favourite…. THE PROTECTORATE OF MENOTH Star Player: The Harbinger of Menoth Aint nobody keeping her down….wait1 Most commonly seen with (at the moment) reckoner(s), redeemer(s), Battle engine and/or avatar. Generally with errants in front. Often with a variety of solos. My recommendation: Don’t play circle. What she’ll do: -She has a bunch of abilities that, if you’re new to the game, will not seem fair. Dont worry, they dont get fairer once you gain experience. I wont list everything she does that is annoying, but the following is a short list of things to be aware of: -Awe: If you are within 10″ of her and living, you get -2 to your attack rolls. -Martyrdom: If you kill something (a warrior model) of hers within 10″ of her, she can take 1d3 damage in order to keep it alive. She can do this indefinately. So dont depend on killing any individual model within 10″ of her, if the game depends on it then it wont die. -Purification: She has the spell of spells. It will remove all your upkeep spells and animi. It does not remove non-upkeeps like batten down the hatches, which is a small mercy. -She cant be knocked down. Dont ask me why. I like to hum the chumbawumba song in my head when I think about it, that way I smile instead of crying. -Feat: Her feat will completely and utterly lock down your single wound models. Be aware that, for scenario play, there will be a turn in which you simply cant move your infantry, plan for it. -She will use martyrdom, plus other Menoth abilities6 to stop all of your favourite abilities from triggering. Sprint is the particular one that I fall for every time. What you should do: -If you can get her to martyrdom with cheap shots, do so. She is on a large base, so you can get line of sight to her surprisingly easily. Most of the games I’ve won against Harby...

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Baffo’s colossal ideas (part 2)

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Once again we are talking sketches and conversion ideas for colossals. This week we will brainstorm on concepts to personalize the last three huge based warjacks from the latest Warmachine book (Galleon, Judicator and Hyperion). Admiral Hook (aka Bart’s land battleship): Let start with the Galleon: both the model’s name and decorative details give off a strong naval feel (especially the right hand side shoulder pad that looks like the prow of a ship), so I tried to build upon that concept (this conversion could represent Broadside Bart’s personal colossal…). The first change that came to mind, when I first saw the concept art of the Galleon, was switching the trident for an anchor (mainly due to the bit where the chain links to the harpoon). Next I wanted to accent the asymmetry in the composition by keeping the original battery of deck guns on the left hand side of the torso and converting the right side to carry torpedoes/rocket pods. Since I am a megalomaniac, I also added one of the secondary guns from the Conquest on top of the right hand side shoulder (so that it looks like the front of a modern battleship) and mounted some extra torpedo launchers on top of the left shoulder… That seems something Bart would do, right? After that I started thinking about ways to change up the cargo claw and ended up with a hooked claw. Finally I wanted to modify the head a bit and went with a mechanical Popeye face, with two different eyes (one squinting) and a ‘proxy smoking/exhaust pipe’.   Scrapheap (aka Magnus’ custom colossal): For this concept I wanted to ignore/remove the pirate-y feel from the jack and make it look more like a scratch built custom colossal (the kind of thing Magnus is known to do…). The first thing I thought of converting for this was the cargo claw: I wanted something more like an excavator dozer claw (or alternatively a wrecking ball, but that might create confusion about its rules…). Proceeding with the scrapyard theme, I decided to switch the trident on the harpoon with a ‘rocket propelled scrap metal crane claw’; I imagine it being shot at the enemy, using the rocket boost to fly further (remember pMagnus has Snipe), clamping down on its target and dragging it in, to be smashed in melee. Next I wanted to do something different for its secondary batteries, since the original deck guns look very much like cannons on the broadside of a ship. As you have seen in my past articles, I like rockets and so does Magnus (proudly fielding multiple Renegades since Mk1) therefore I loaded up this colossal with as many missiles as I could fit, much like I did with Katyusha. To remain consistent with the ‘bogged together’ feel, I thought it best to keep the left and right side of the torso (and extra rocket pods on the shoulders) asymmetrical. I gave it an ‘armored loin cloth’ like the one on Magnus’s model, just to add different bits from the original… The last detail that needed some work was the right hand side shoulder, since that detail gives the most maritime vibe. Looking at the Mangler’s shoulder pads I realized that, if I added some extra layers of armor plates...

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Team ATL: Trollbloodscast

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Hello everyone. Here is our trollbloods podcast. Sorry about the whistling breathing. I hope this is useful to y’all. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:07:57 — 117.1MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Crippled System Podcast – Episode 1

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Our First Episode – Train wreck Hosts: Andy Welton & Nathan Hoffmann Guests: Brian Giese, Jeremy Schea, Katie Schea Honorable Mention: Jeff   We chat about WMW, some Who’s the Boss?! Borderlands 2, and random recommendations. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 51:54 — 35.6MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Unloved Swans: Constance Blaize

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  I’m not sure whether I should introduce myself or not, but if so, my name is Merlin and I want to write about models that don’t get enough love in Cygnar. I’m planning several more articles already, but I can tell you now that Triumph really is that bad and don’t expect me to say otherwise. My first tactica on unloved swans is dear to my heart, as I’ve been playing Constance Blaize (mainly in Cygnar) since she was released both in and out of tournaments, and I win a lot of games with her. Constance Blaize is generally reviled by Cygnar players as a faction warcaster. “She’s better as a Merc,” “She needs cheap, reach infantry,” and “mercs got two warcasters in Wrath and Cygnar got none” are all common cries on the PP forums and elsewhere. I disagree. Further, WWF wrestling legend and warmachine paragon Hacksaw Jim Duggan recently claimed that Constance (admittedly in mercs) had a boring playstyle on The Road to War podcast. I don’t necessarily disagree there, but in Cygnar Constance has a lot more options than she does in mercs, which diversifies her playstyle and adds some depth to her game. I think she’s got some game in the bully-style of focus campers like the Butcher and Terminus, though to a lesser degree and with a few caveats. Let’s get some general overview out of the way real quick. The Warcaster Stats She’s not exemplary in any particular stat. Her stand-outs are an above-average defense split favoring the armor side and a decently powered reach blessed magical weapon.  She. . .doesn’t have a gun. Which is weird for me. Apparently she’s not as NRA as the rest of Cygnar. “Disruptor Pistols don’t disrupt warjacks; people disrupt warjacks.” Rules Flank is the standout, increasing her MAT to Butcher level and making her a weapon master with that blessed spear (she is not as butch as the Butcher; more on this below). She does inspire Morrowan models around her, so I can play a relatively fearless list, which is pretty sweet in Cygnar. Random command failures can ruin a good game. Spells Flashing blade with her weapon can be a money maker if she is able to get into the thick of things. Careful evaluation is required to keep her safe, but if she can keep some camp and Arcane Shield up she can do some damage, and sometimes to multiple models. The spell is best when spending one focus buys multiple attacks, or when Blaize needs to thresher models before charging in. She gets herself unjammed pretty easily with it at least. Take care when considering sending in the clown. Constance seems like she can anchor a piece trade for heavies, but if the plan is to keep her safe with camp then it’s a risky proposition at best. Armor 18 heavies go down pretty easy. Armor 19 or 20 is a different matter. Dire trolls under the Krielstone are a problem. When she’s at dice -7 or 8 instead of dice-5 it’s going to take a lot of focus to kill a heavy unless it’s already pretty hurt. If it’s cherry and she’s only got her normal loadout then she might not kill it at all. And then she’s also exposed up...

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