Friday, 20 March 2015

Three WarJacks painted

Painted up three Jacks this week! 
Triumph and two Grenadier's

This is where his hammer should be...

While Triumph may not be the best Jack in the game he does look quite cool.

My two Grenadier's Dig and Dug!
Love these guys, I just wish they were a little cheaper.
They are great fun Marshaled to Gunmages for push shenanigans... 

Trenchers please insert ammo here

What do you think of these guys? How do you think my colour scheme works on Warjacks?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Sword Knights Painted

Finished up my Sword Knights today!
I have a second unit and a second UA but they need stripping before I can start on them.
I use these guys a lot they are my go to guys for holding zones or fueling pAlexia...

Max unit with UA

I was torn for a while on how to keep them in my black colour scheme. In the end I settled on shoulders and shields. I think they fit in nicely with my other painted stuff.

The officer, he was a bit of a pain to paint. The white... so many layers! Lots of fiddly detail on him too took quite a while to get all the gold detailing neat.

Standard barer, I have heard that some people replace the flag pole with brass rod. I'm just hoping I don't have to I can see that it could quite easily bend or snap though.

Some of the grunts

What do you think of my colour scheme for them? Do you think I should paint the second unit the same or alter it slightly?

Monday, 9 March 2015

Models painted and Tournament results

I got a few models painted for the league and here they are!

pCaine is one of my favourite warcasters and was a joy to paint. I'm still not trying to paint eyes properly and doubt I ever will. Just not that good a painter.
Warcasters get glowing blue eyes non magic users get inked faces only.

The squire is one of my oldest Cygnar models so I had felt bad that I had left it unfinished for so long, It needed a repaint as I had half finished it back when I painted the standard blue Cygnar colour scheme. I like how he looks in black the glowing coils aren't as good as I would like but I'm done fussing forever on tiny details I have loads more to paint before I worry about repainting things like that!

Viktor Pendrake was fun to paint I did him as a treat to myself as I wanted to use him in the weekends tournament painted so got him finished up.

pCaine sports the black colour scheme I have chosen for my Cygnar on his shoulder pads, forearms and shins. Other than that I painted him similar to the rest of my gun mages

The Squire... yeah he'll do. Might revisit him one day but thats fine for now.

Pendrake is my only painted model to date with any kind of blood or visible signs of battle about them. The beast head under his boot forced my hand on this one... I hope the blood looks realistic enough.

So thats three models painted so far for the league giving me 3 exp and putting my Gun mage Captain Adept up to 15 exp allowing me to take a tier 2 upgrade!
I'm going to give him the "sniper training" upgrade which gives him a 3" move once he completes his action.

Tournament results

This Sunday's tournament went really well, our local press ganger Dave hosted a great day.
I won 2 of my 3 games and came 4th! Really happy I attended I met a bunch of players from out of town who I would not ordinarily get to play. 

Breakdown of my games...

Game one was against Legion, he used Bethayne and I ran eCaine the scenario was Outflank.
The threat of Caine's feat kept his battlegroup back and I took apart the rest of the army over a few turns. It ended with Caine (Who had spent most of the game near the right zone) moving quickly over to the right to finish off the last couple of Hex hunters and gatecrashing into the zone to put me up to 3 points. (I had scored 1 on a previous turn) On his turn he couldn't get enough to the left zone to contest and clocked himself.

Game two was against Menoth, he used eFeora and I used eHaley the scenario was Destruction.
This was a very bad game for me (which also meant I learnt a lot!).
The Judicator setting most of my army on fire and there being little I could do to stop it was hard to get over. That and Eiryss keeping my Stormclad disrupted meant I faltered. (Eiryss even hit the Stormclad when it was in melee and deflection up...)
I lost this game but learnt that spacing apart is more important to keep Sword Knights alive than the +2 ARM from defensive line.

Game three was against Cryx, he used pSkarre and I used eCaine the scenario was Close Quarters.
He got first turn, allocated 3 to his Jacks (no warwitches) and ran turn one to quickly close the distance. Looking at how far up Skarre was I measured my feat and was eyeballing to see if she was within 22" of Caine. I figured she likely was but she had a jack in front of her so I would have to move at a slight angle to get line of sight. I ran with Alexia and the risen carefully placing one 10" in front of Caine. I activated Caine had him charge the risen which he easily killed, check line of sight to Skarre. Yup I had line of sight and range so I popped feat and shot her down. 
As it was a really quick game we reset my turn and played a friendly while the other players finished their games. 

All in all I had a great time and am looking forward to the next one in April. But until then I have the league to keep me busy!

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Tournament and League prep

The press ganger in my local area is running a couple of events that I will be getting involved in.

First is a 35 point tournament (which is tomorrow)
I normally play at 50 points so its a bit tricky trying to fit all the things I want in lists but the local club hasn't had much of a tournament scene until now so they are starting things off at a lower points level.

My lists are:

Gunmages + UA
Sword Knights (Max)
Stormblades + UA +1WA
Effigy of Valor

Viktor Pendrake
Gunmages + UA
Bommhowlers (Max)
Effigy of Valor

What do you think of these list do you think they pair well? What changes would you make?

I'm lacking pathfinder in both lists but hopefully that won't bite me in the arse too much...

These are stripped down versions of the 50 point lists I have been running for a while so Hopefully all should go well.

One of the things I have been practicing has been deployment. Having a "default" deployment has been a nice way to not use as much of the death clock time during deployment.

Its also easy enough to practice at home on my painting table and then I only need to tweak things a little depending on terrain or my opponent.

Real life has slowed down my painting the last month or so the other event running at my local club should help with that.

They are running the League of Devastation so I will be painting models to gain exp that I can spend to upgrade my Gunmage Captain Adept.

Probably the least used solos in Cygnar... slightly jealous of some of the other factions hero choices

I don't normally run him (so many 2 point models to choose from...) so its interesting getting to put him on the table. I played my first two games in the league this Tuesday and won both! (ending a losing streak I had been on for some weeks)

To date he has gained 13 exp so far I spent 5 to give him +2 range and am keeping the remaining 7 to spend on a tier 2 ability. I'm leaning towards Sniper training at the moment (3" move after a completed action) Could keep him out of reprisal range when he kills something.

I'm planning on getting a bunch of painting done to level him up a bit. Seems like a good way to encourage myself to paint!

I also was given the Scenario for Iron kingdoms should anyone want to earn some exp playing the RPG as I am currently GMing Iron kingdoms I can easily set this up for people.

I'm thinking about seeing if anyone at my local wants to do an unbound game to round off the league might be a fun way to end it.

League rules can be found here for anyone interested

So all things willing I should have some painted models to show you guys soon, wish me luck for the tournament I will try to post up about it!