Monday, January 31, 2011

World of Two Dungeonscraft

While I've greatly enjoyed being back in the band, I've gotta say Bliz has really railroaded the casual players enjoyment a tad. 95% of the random dungeons I get into without a premade group are either Halls of Origination, or Grim Batol, and mostly the former.

If you play at odd hours, like most of us Aussies do compare to the rest of the world, it seems to be more likely to play with the lighter side of casuals. The problrm there is a lot of them, like I did myself, haven't researched the need to enter a dunfeon in person before you can get into it. This means that if 90 people are qued, and only ten of them have done their reading, you have a rather limited selection for the dungeon finder.

Don't get me wrong, Halls is great (apart from the trash once you hit the troggs), but not 5 times in a day, and the random heroics seem to be filled with Ragequitters, Elitist Jerks, and tanks that haven't read their strats because they're too busy in high demand.

Simple answer: Pre-mades. If only I got to play more at the same time as others. Half the nights everyones on I'm at work, and the other half is split between being at Daniela's or my place, painting, and for the last couple of weeks annoying headaches. Might be time to get a laptop, so D and I can group when physically together.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lich Lord Venethrax

Another of my Cryx favourites, Venethrax is a hot model. Another medium based melee monster, with Reach, the spell list, and Dismember, he's definitely my choice against Hordes. I had some brief success with him in early MKII before my year long sabbatical with Khador, so I'm drooling green corrosive blobs at the thought of busting him out again.

Army Name: 50 Venethrax TierA
Theme Force: The Dragon Slayers Tier 4
50+6 points, 40 models

Lich Lord Venethrax +6 points
* 3x Defiler 5 points each
* 2x Seether 8 points each

6 Bloodgorgers 5 points
General Gerlak Slaughterborn 3 points
10 Mechanithralls 5 points
* 1 Brute Thrall 1 point
10 Mechanithralls 5 points
* 1 Brute Thrall 1 point
Necrosurgeon & Stitch Thralls 2 points
Pistol Wraith 3 points

I'm thinking this will accompany my eAsphy list to Conquest in April. It's a bit less of an Assassination list and more scenario based, with lots of Mechanithralls to tie up enemies/hold zones, Seethers to toss objectives around, and Defilers to clear space. While I'm tempted to field him every time I see a Hordes army, I think I'll be more tactical and pick based on scenario.

My Bloodgorgers have never had a lot of luck, I think in 6 outings I've never passed one Tough roll with them, so I'm yet to really capitalise on their nastyness. Gerlak, on the other hand, minces the living shit out of things thanks to Killing Spree quite regularly.

Speaking of the eAsphy list, I'm toying with reworking it as a theme list.  At Tier4, I admittedly loose the Bloodgorgers, Slaughterborn, Skarlock and Pistol Wraith, but I do gain two minimum squads of Cephalyx Drudges and a free unit of Overlords.  Add in the ability to take my beloved Withershadow Combine and it's could be all gravy.  I'd still have the Bane's for the assassination run under Spectral Legion, and let's face it medium based Bloodgorgers aren't going to fit well for that feat, so I think it could work.  I swap the ranged support of the Skarlock and Pistol Wraith for three Dark Fires and three Psychic Assault sprays, and get a little bit more coverage area-wise with the two units of Drudges - I might have to give it a go.

Meanwhile I've begun a little work on project Slaughter School, which I've slightly redesigned the list on.  I've dropped back one Defiler to a Nightwretch to upgrade the Reaper to a Corruptor, giving me a little extra range and some nice AOE potential against living models.  I'm a little hesitant about that, as the Reaper did give me the Drag option to set up assassination runs, but I'll playtest both and see once the plastic kit I have is assembled - I've still got to find a few lil bits and pieces to give him some more character, but I think the Infernal Swapper of Arms is going to get a lot of use.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

eSkarre, School Mistress

Oh, hell yeah.

Arcanacon Day 1 extra photos

Leigh's Terminus, just before eStryker became a soul token.

Ben's gorgeous army as seen on the Road to War.

You win this round Thamar, but good will always triumph over evil! At least, maybe next time?

Arcanacon 2011 Day 1 Report

Arcanacon was a blast, despite the eating of a credit card the moment we landed by an unlabelled ATM and a freezing cold overpriced room at Vic Hall. With over 24hours of Warmachine & Hordes under my belt from two days of gaming, I had a great time, so here's the Morrowan report. It's lifted pretty much straight from my Road to War blog on

For some reason I'm having trouble adding more than 3 pics, so I'll includ more in another post.

Round 1
Facing off against 6th place finalist Rowan Leech's Terminus list, I went down in a hurry. Failing to deploy well on a semi-awkward table (pics to come later, but a dry riverbed and two raised bridges got a bit in my way) was my first mistake, the other was not noticing that Revenant Cannon Crew up the back. A strong lesson was learned - ALWAYS take a GOOD look at your opponents list, because after killing some random precursors the Cannon Crew threw a well placed Ghost Shot shell in front of eStryker, Terminus got a nice charge off and reminded me just how big his pimp hand is.

A good fun game though, I do love to see a nice theme list.

Round 2

This time taking on Erica Robinson's Menites, including the oft-maligned Deliverers (scattering AOE's taking precious clock time in SR), I was sad I hadn't worn my bazinga shirt as she was sporting one of ThinkGeek's Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock shirts. Outclassed in style, I did however manage to bring Kreoss far forward enough to teach him how to really knock things down - with an effing big hammer to the face! My first win ever with the Morrowguard, it was a great game full of laughs and nerdy references (and some vague insults against the guy on the table next to us), and Erica was almost my sports shoe in for the day, until round 4.

Round 3

Taking to the field against me in round three was Leigh Callahan's Siege. I can't remember a lot of his list, nor a lot of this game, but Ardent Touch reminded us both of the Powerful Attack a Charger can throw out there, bringing down the man who breached the walls of Sul, but fared not so well against the Shield Wall of the Morrowguard. I wish I could remember more of this game, I'm sorry Leigh, but it was in the middle of my very long day, hopefully you'll forgive my memory.

Edit: Having looked at the photos my memory has been jogged. I did try to get the objective marker moving, but ended up losing a lot of my forces on that flank. Between that and the general distaste everyone had for the mission (I liked it myself), I decided to go for the assassination.

Round 4

I had to search the TO report for this name, so forgive me if I got it wrong, but I do believe my last round was against Wayne Bracegirdle's Khador. With a model light list I was a little confident initially, but considering those models included the Behemoth, a Juggernaut and a Kodiak, eVlad, the Great Bears, some Demo Corps, and Yuri with a pair of Manhunters, yeah I got worried fast.

If memory serves, one of the Manhunters went down to a counter charge on my west, while on the east side the Great Bears got shot to pieces by Trencher CRA's and the Demo Corps took a pounding from Precursors. In the end of what was a very fun game (hopefully for both of us!) Wayne just didn't have a lot left (Rowdy scored himself a Juggernaut!). Despite the low model count he was very restricted in where he could move with three large walls taking most of the centre of the table, and I think that weighed heavily in the ranged damage I laid out and then the assassination run I got off. eStryker, after Madelyn triggered the melee reaction of eVlad trying to seducing a walking tin can, powered up with a great roll and took of the Dark Champion's head in a gorgeous, yet brutal swing.

Wayne got my sportsmans vote as not once did he complain about the walls, the scenario, or my high model count vs his low one, and I loved his army and attitude for the game. The sports vote was done saturday night, but I also ended up having a really fun game against his alternate list on the sunday with my Farrow. As with all my opponents, he was fantastic to play, and I hope to run into him again some time.

The real battle was yet to come however.

The Grudge Match
Finally, after 3 1/2 months of planning, it came down to Morrowans vs Thamarites. Ben's list had an incredible amount of nasty potential in it, but not only that it was completely stunning to look at. If you haven't yet seen it, take a look at his RtW thread and gape in awe at the detail on those jacks, beautiful solos, and terrifying ex-trenchers.

We used one of the funky rubber-mat terrain tables for our game, covered in some suspicious geology that we won't go into here (mostly because I'm not quite nerdy enough to get why stalactites and limestone don't go together) that was absolutely stunning to behold. From memory it was the table the final Arc Championship was played on, so what better a blood soaked arena to fight it out in the name of the twins?

With a feat thrown at me that was a complete cock block, I had little choice but to do some blocking of my own, and for the first time in history found out the fun of Trencher Smoke Bombs, holding him back for a whole round and saving my charges and nasty combos for when I'd feat myself. Unfortunately, Daniera Madise went down to an ensorcelled Mariner shot, which Ol Rowdy happily took revenge for, but when the dice were laid down (some 9 hours after we started, thanks to a break for the con to close) eStryker was on the ground, bleeding his life away, Fiona had stripped him down with her magic and then the few Kayazy he couldn't clear with lightning had shredded his fancy schmancy armour.

Couldn't have had a more fun weekend, really. In the end I took 10th place, with a gorgeous Best Cygnar General trophy to mount into the Morrowguard's scenic base that I've started to work on.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

How Gaspy got his groove back

Mitch decided to go with my Morrowguard for the lone game of the evening, so having been thinking about eAsphyxious for some time I brought him out for a little play. It turns out that not only did my Cankerworm want to Replicate a nice hammer from Ol' Rowdy, but Cryx can out-smoke Cygnar.

Pulling a nice trick I saw from the weekend, I kept my stuff nice and safe behind some well placed Caustic Mist, which unlike a Trencher Smoke Grenade does damage and can be placed in the most advantageous of positions easily. The real killer though was the dual Abomination of the Deathjack and Slaughterborn - one failed check and half my opponents army was wasted on feat turn, leaving me plenty of room to manoeuver eAsphy for a Spectral Legion. Thanks to a well placed Curse, two Banes took out eStryker and the field was mine.

Despite their thrashing, albeit at my own hands, the Morrowguard still need a shelf place to call their own, so while the guys went and watched some College Humour I went about prepping a project.

With the Chainguns up front on ground level, and eStryker up highest at level 4, I'm planning to make a nice display tray. I've got a lot of foam, a ton of flock, and pop sticks galore - so look out kitchen table, you're gettin messy! I'm gunna try to do it as clean as possible, don't get me wrong, but let's face it - I'm a messy guy, and the tables' likely to end up as colourful a battlefield as any good terrain piece.

Now, to find an autocomplete to tie into this so I never ever have to type links twice.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I've been playing around a little with an Epic Asphyxious list I'm thinking about using to warm myself back into my beloved, and long ignored Cryx. With a good amount of Thralls, some Bloodgorgers, and every Cryx players favourite jack I think it's fairly competitive, and I think not dissimilar from Trent Dennison's finals placing list from Arcanacon this weekend gone.

Army Name: 50 eAsphy
50+6 points, 32 models

Lich Lord Asphyxious +6 points
* Cankerworm 5 points
* Deathjack 12 points
* Defiler 5 points
* Skarlock Thrall 2 points

6 Bane Knights 6 points
Bane Lord Tartarus 4 points
10 Bane Thralls 8 points
* Bane Thrall Officer & Standard 3 points
6 Bloodgorgers 5 points
General Gerlak Slaughterborn 3 points
Pistol Wraith 3 points

I'm trying a new blog app as well, hopefully that worked this time.

eAsphy doesn't look like he needs as many Arc Nodes as pAsphy, so I've just gone with a single Defiler. The Skarlock can stick forward for some support, but I expect the DeathJack and eAsphy himself to do the majority of the casting.

The solos are fairly standard, Tartarus to Curse and create more Thralls, Gerlak to mince things and buff his guys so they can't be Knocked Down, and of course a Pistol Wraith to Death Chill and collect souls. I'm quite enthused about that actually, I think it has Gun Fighter now so it can charge into melee - could be quite fun.

10 Bane Thralls are a must for me - I love them, they're my most favourite Warmachine unit of all time, and one of my first purchases. The Officer will be great for eAsphy's feat turn, but let's be honest - what isn't. I included Bane Knights to get some reach action going on, I think they'll be the bulk of the Spectral Legion when it pops, and the Bloodgorgers are just gorgeous models, rules wise, model wise, and paint wise if I may toot my own horn - I got mine to look really menacing.

My only real regret is not fitting in the Withershadow Combine, but I like that this list is still viable (or at least has nothing but the Cankerworms Replicator wasted) against hordes, and the Combine just really feels anti-jack to me.

I've invited some of the guys and my lady over thursday night to kick my ass, so we'll see how it goes. Did I mention I'm really looking forward to destroying things with the Deathjack?

Monday, January 24, 2011


As asked for via Twitter, my old Bileforce list I'm gunna dust off. Nasty, eh?

Army Name: 50 Denny Bileforce TierA
Tier 3: Witching Hour
50+5 points, 36 models

Warwitch Deneghra +5 points
* Corruptor 8 points
* 4x Defiler 5 points each
* Stalker 4 points
* Skarlock Thrall 2 points

6 Bile Thralls 5 points
6 Bile Thralls 5 points
6 Bile Thralls 5 points
6 Mechanithralls 3 points
* 1 Brute Thrall 1 point
Pistol Wraith 3 points
2x Warwitch Siren 2 points each

Taking n00bs to Slaughter School

I've got a bit of time in the cab on the way to the airport home, so what the hell. The project after Team Warpigs will be Slaughter School - finally making use of my Satyxis Blood Witches, stealing Daniela's unused eSkarre, and stripping back some existing models. Here's the list.

Army Name: 50 eSkarre Slaughter school TierA
Tier 4: Merchants of Death
50+6 points, 40 models

Skarre, Queen of the Broken Coast +6 points
* 2x Defiler 5 points each
* Leviathan 9 points
* Reaper 7 points

10 Satyxis Blood Witches 6 points
* Satyxis Blood Hag 2 points
2x Satyxis Raider Captain 2 points each
10 Satyxis Raiders 8 points
* Satyxis Sea Witch
10 Satyxis Raiders 8 points
* Satyxis Sea Witch 2 points
Thanks to the help of Blythy and melbourne PG Matt (whose forum name escapes me) I'm going with what looks like a nice nasty fast list with a few neat tricks (Black Spot + Leviathan, Desperate Pace Satyxis raiders, and Seas of Fate + Reaper come to mind) that also has a nice visual theme - or at least, it will when I plonk down 34 Satyxis with white shirts, plaid skirts, and high heels.

I'm not sure on the jack painting, but I think I'll get fresh jacks and do some conversion work. School books, plaid scarfs and team flags seem a must, but I've also always wanted to do a more spidery Leviathan, so I might get some more legs in my next parts order. I rarely use the Reaper I already have, so I might strip him back along with a pair of Defilers (I own 4 already), and I think I can just paint over on my existing Satyxis as I never did a lot of detail or finushed them.

Should be fun, or so I think now, before starting to paint 34 plaid skirts.