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Beginners: Matchups to Watch For

Posted by on 6:10 pm

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)

Posted by on 9:08 am

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

Posted by on 10:23 pm

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

Posted by on 10:35 am

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

Posted by on 4:19 pm

  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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Secrets of the True Law – Assembling the Protectorate Gunline, Part 3

Posted by on 7:53 pm

In my previous article, I gave an overview of the kinds of support that truly enable the protectorate gunline. Now that we’ve got a good grasp on the models that form the core of the lists, let’s start arranging some battlegroups. You’ll note that these are caster-independent and generally do their own thing without too much help – which is part of what makes them so good. Anything that does its job without needing a warcaster to enable it is a great deal – and it lets you focus on adding elements that your warcaster does enable. Friends with Benefits – Reckoner, Redeemer, Choir (Minimum), Vassal Simple and effective, this battlegroup is great for Warcasters who can rely on their Infantry for armor cracking, such as Vindictus or eKreoss. It’ll demand 4-5 focus a turn, but you’ll enjoy every minute of it. For all its strengths the Reckoner doesn’t deal very well with Stealth or masses of infantry. However, the Redeemer can cover those weaknesses by tossing out three templates a turn. The Redeemer also greatly appreciates Flare, which can bump its effective RAT up to 7 after Battle and Aiming. Being able to turn even the Inaccurate Redeemer into a legitimate and deadly armor cracker is a huge boon. Menage a Trois – Reckoner, Redeemer, Choir (Minimum), Vassal, Vessel of Judgment, Vassal Mechanik (he likes to watch) If you’re looking for more firepower but don’t want to invest any extra focus, this is your go-to. This combo is similar to the one below in terms of versatility, but without the extra focus investment. You also get the bonus of the “Vessel Bunker” to protect your Warcaster. pKreoss particularly likes this setup, as he has plenty of things he likes to do with focus, wants plenty of powerful ranged attacks, and appreciates having somewhere to hide in the middle of the field. Be mindful, though that this “battlegroup” has some of the lowest melee potential, so bring something that’s hitty in melee. Happy Family – Reckoner, Vanquisher, Redemer, Choir (Minimum), 2xVassals If you’re looking for a do-it-all Battlegroup, this should be your starting point. While relatively focus-hungry, this battlegroup can and will eat a heavy warjack from a comfortable distance, while remaining plenty capable of clearing out infantry and extremely capable of delivering a beat-down in melee. Everything’s better with Twins – 2xReckoner, 2xRepenter, Choir (Maximum), 2xVassals – Ideal as a second line, this battlegroup can deal with a variety of threats while being relatively cheap and a very low strain on the warcaster if you’re willing to let the Repenters do their thing without focus. Twin Flamethrowers with Vassal support are a very bad time for any Infantry, and twin Condemnor Cannons will put the hurt on heavy armor quick. Don’t discount the Flamethrowers agianst heavy targets, either – two boosted POW14s (at effective RAT9 after Flare) are a great way to take out that extra column or two. These are just some examples of battlegroups that have a good amount of synergy and cover a lot of bases between them. These don’t have to be your only warjacks, they simply form the core of your “gunline” and allow the other elements of your list to shine. Of course, it’s still likely that your opponents will take the...

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MoM’s Podcast #30

Posted by on 2:49 pm

MoM’s Podcast #30 Topics: Intros News and Announcements 13:00 – Warmachine Weekend Experiences 1:12:45 – Muse on Mail 1:31:00 – Warmachine Weekend Shout Outs         Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:53:57 — 52.2MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Chewin the Fat 5

Posted by on 12:54 pm

After last weeks schpeel on the various different thoughts roaming around my head I’ve been thinking a fair bit on what Faction I intend to choose. The tournament in Dundee tomorrow appears to have blown up into a pretty big one. Current guess is around 20-25 players which, for Scotland, is pretty big! As a result I think I’m going to have to go with the Faction that’s been faithful to me over the last few months. Cygnar it is! For anyone wanting to see my thoughts on this subject in more detail I will refer you to last weeks article: http://museonminis.com/chewin-the-fat-4/ (Also, apologies for the lack of shamelessly pilfered pictures this week but I barely had time to write this down at all! I’ll make it up next week with real pictures!) My issue, now that I’ve chosen Cygnar, is that I must consider my pair of lists carefully as I have not had as much tournament success with them as I ever did with my Cryx or my Legion. I tend to change my lists fairly regularly as Cygnar have so many different options and, as a result, I often end up with some glaring weakness appearing over my two lists. Due to the high number of players and different Factions involved at the upcoming tournament I can’t let this happen again so I’ll be putting a fair bit of thought into this over the available time I have when I should really be working… Cygnar has a ridiculous number of options. With a huge range of access to Mercenaries and a solid list of very powerful casters to pick from I find it can be really difficult to settle down on any particular list. As mentioned in previous articles, the lists I have had probably the most experience with recently are Haley2 with the full load of Steelheads and Siege with a Stormwall. I mentioned before that I was going to try 2 largely untested casters that I have high hopes for. Unfortunately, I’m starting to waver in this decision and am levitating towards these tried and tested lists in the hopes that my experience with them can cover some bad matchup issues. Even if I don’t go with my regular lists I can say for sure that my Cygnar pairings will always consist of one Reinholdt caster (Siege, Caine2, Kara) and one support caster everyone else but usually a Haley of one form or another). To start with then, lets take a look at the Reinholdt casters. For Siege, 35pts is a difficult setup as I love using Stormwall but don’t feel that I can get all the supporting infantry that I want. This is especially prevalent in my list: Major Markus ‘Siege’ Brisbane                         +5 –  Stormwall                                                             19 –  Squire                                                                      2 Storm Strider            ...

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This old Hordes – Landscaping

Posted by on 11:27 am

To help Crump with “All-Based 2012”, I figured this would be a good place to start. Great Landscaping often increases the value of property, and with minis it’s no different. I’ve decided to go with an Autumn theme with my circle. Along with my usual assortment of tools, I’ve brought along some other hobby products; Army Painter Winter Tufts Secret Weapon Master-craft scenics ; fallen leaves – Fall mix Sand (from a river) Sand (from the beach) Brush Bristles Woodland Scenics “realistic water” Sticks form the yard(oak) Cork sheet 1/4″ a couple Deep dish bases (for water) They come from various manufacture, I cast my own.   So let’s get started The first step is going to be to  cut the cork rings for our water bases. to do this I simply paint the ring of the base with a wash, then flip it upside down and press it onto the cork. cut out the inside of the resulting coffee ring and it should fit into the base perfectly. Since the wash is still wet, you cna just wipe it off the ring.       Superglue it into the base, and then pick away at the edges. This clumpy area will become out shore line soon. I guess this is as good a place as any for a small rant. I’ve always felt that cork rocks look horrible and that cork does a poor job of being rocks. It makes great broken concrete or clumpy dirt though.       quick stump tutorial 1 find sticks. break them 2 saw them in half and pin them (shorter stumps look better, adding one or two long ones to break it up is OK) 3 add a small snake of green stuff around the base 4 using your thumb or finger, blend the ring into the stump. Just push in and drag your finger to the top, continue to drag past the greenstuff so that you don’t leave fingerprints. 5 Place it into the base. 6 take the back end of a paintbrush, wet it and push it into the greenstuff ring. You can see the roots starting to form. 7 continue around the stump, pushing the brush into the green stuff. space the indentions around it differently. in some places you’ll have to “pull” the roots out with the back end of the brush. Lastly lightly tap a lot fo the roots and the base of the stump with the brush. this will add a little bit of texture and help to match it up to the actual wood. Next, let’s talk about the types of sand.  While you can go with the prefab stuff that you can buy at hobby stores, I prefer to go find mine.  I like to use river sand, while it has some fine bits, it also has some nice chunky varied pieces in it which break up the ground form being so uniform. …That and it’s free. As for the other part, I like to use beach sand, it’s usually much more fine and uniform.       Here we’ve applied sand, Riversand to everything that’s above water level, beachsand to everything that’s below it. The reduced size of the beachsand grains helps to create an illusion of depth. Also note that I’ve scraped away the sand in several spots while the glue is wet. These flat spots will give a...

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Valachev – Hoarder of the Coin – Warmachine Khador Tactics

Posted by on 12:18 am

  Sorry for the delay on my articles. Some personal things have been keeping me from writing them. WARNING: This article will assume knowledge on behalf of the reader, if you don’t know what I am talking about read the tacticas on the PP forums to find out (or PM me). Anyway, Valachev is Khador’s resident make Mercs faction model. He presents a conundrum in Khador in a character restricted environment because: a. Khador likes using Mercs b. He is a character Let me get out of the way a few bits of housekeeping before I get into the meat of the article. I will only be touching on Mercs in Khador in this article. Honestly because I am still in testing for some of them and because this is about Valachev. Valachev has abilities I always forget which could make a huge difference to a game. This is an example of knowing your model. 1. Disbanding is good, especially against a debuff faction. Plus it is one of Khador’s only ways to get rid of upkeeps. I have forgotten this a number of times and it has cost me the game. It is oft forgotten but you will catch people with this. 2. Frostbite, he is a Greylord so has a magical shotgun with a pretty good magic ability. 3. He becomes the leader of his unit. Even if it is a character unit. I say this because it allows you to keep your key leaders safe or put them in weird positions. Alexia and Cylena are great examples of this. You don’t measure from them so you can extend their safe range or put them in better positions to charge. 4. Iron Flesh is not a faction spell… I repeat, Iron Flesh is not a faction spell. So you don’t need Valachev if all you are thinking is chuck Iron Flesh on the unit. So, Khador have quite a few Merc units that work for them. The problem is a lot of our spells, buffs and feats are Friendly faction. Not all but enough to make it annoying when picking out your models. If you decide you want a Merc unit you must decide if they need him or not. Valachev and Zypher are amazing on all Merc units as it is without all the in faction buffs. He is more needed where the in faction buffs are required. For example, the Old Witch does not need him as she does not have in faction buffs. pButcher or eIrusk however have pure in faction options which causes stress if your Mercs can’t benefit. So make sure you use him to maximise potential.I will start with Khador’s favourite Merc unit. Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters They can find a place in almost any Khador list. They like Iron Flesh, they can CRA and create a ranged threat and are weapon masters. There is nothing not to like about these models except assembling them. They play right to Khador’s strengths of high def which we can make higher but they have things that Khador want. Pathfinder, Hunter, a ranged threat mixed with melee and super speed. If you don’t know much about nyss hunters go read all of the threads about how broken they are elsewhere. They are pretty...

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