Tuesday, 25 March 2014

More Warmachine

Played Matt and a friend (who's name I completely forget, which is awful of me) at Warmachine again last night.  50 points this time.  My list was

Commander Adept Nemo
6 Long Gunners with Standard and Officer
6 Arcane Tempest Gun Mages
6 Stormblades with command, 3 stormgunners
Stormblade Captain Solo
Journeyman Warcaster

I would like to say it was close, but his Cryx list took me to pieces in short order.  By the end of the game, in turn 3, the stormblades had broken, there were only 4 gun mages left, the long gunners were dead, as were the journeyman, the stormblade captain, and Nemo.  The Stormclad had been taken over by the Cryx side, and the Thunderhead was too out of position to affect the game.

Lessons learned

1.  Thunderhead is amazingly good at dealing with Infantry.  Its pulse doesn't need line of sight, and I found out, can be used to autohit with sustained attack.
2.  Spread them out, and buff them.  This seems to be the rule for the stormblades.  I keep losing this unit, and it is usually in cases where I could either have buffed them, or they would have been less vulnerable to spray attacks if I had spread them out.  This is something that I REALLY need to learn to do with units in this game.
3.  Nemo's Feat is really very good, once the enemy gets close enough.  It nearly destoryed a light Cryx jack on its own, and hit the others really hard.
4.  Combined Ranged Attack is rather good with the long gunners.
5.  Auto hit attacks are useful.  Thunderheads pulse, and the stormsmiths are good.  But the stormsmiths can't be relied on, due to the need to roll a skill check.  That said, potentially 9 auto hits if you can set it up right is rather good, and worth keeping for the price.
6.  Cryx Jacks hit like a ton of bricks, but are reasonably soft if you can hit them.
7.  I probably could fit another Jack in, if I used the Stormclad with the Journeyman, and then got its free focus from the Stormblades.  That would engage the Journeyman more, and allow Nemo to use his focus on a 3rd Jack.
8.  I need to make better use of Nemo's spells.  Which means I need to read them, and be better at remembering what they do.

I think in part, the list was weakened by being made up of what I had with me, rather than my wishlist.  If I had made the list again, I would have had a firefly, another unit of stormblades and probably another light Jack, making this a Tier 4 Nemo list.

Anyone with any thoughts, they would, as usual, be welcome.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Where we are at the moment.

This is just an update to let me know what I have left to paint/build/finish

Infinity - 10 Models

To finish my "Vanilla" list models,
  2 Dakini Tacbots
  1 Maruts

And my Steel Phalanx,
  1 Eudoras
  1 Atalanta
  1 Agema
  1 Myrmidon
  3 Thorakitai

I can't decide if I will do the Steel Phalanx in the same colour scheme as the main force (Bone and Black) or to paint them as a Paradiso force, and do them in a jungle camo theme.  It may come down to a trial model and see if I like it.  That would, however, mean I might need 2 of some models, one in each scheme.....

Malifaux - 31 Models

  McMourning Alternate
  3 Canine Remains
  2 Guild Autopsy
  2 Nurses (May sell these)
  Rogue Necromancy
  1 Hanged
  2 Seishin
  3 Crooligans
  3 Mindless Zombies

  3 Mannequins
  3 Performers
  3 Mechanical Doves
  3 Colette Avatars

  Pandora Alternate

Warmachine - 33

  6 Stormblades + Officer and Standard, 6 Stormgunners
  3x Lancer
  Journeyman Warcaster
  Gun Mage Officer
  Commander Coleman Stryker
  Major Victoria Haley
  Stormblade Captain
  3 Stormsmiths
  2 Stormtowers

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Kirai Crew

More painting, this time the Kirai crew I picked up off of E-Bay.  There are a few models that need to be added, including the totem, and some more Seishin, but for now, this crew is considered complete.  It also includes a custom made decorative base for the Ikiryo, since I objected to paying £7 for a similar one.
Again, any comments and advice welcome, and again I can only apologise for the quality of the images from my phone camera.



And the Showgirls crew.  A lot of this has been painted for some time, but I finished adding the last Oiran, and the Coryphee to it recently.  Still have at least one named Showgirl to add, the Avatar, and to decide whether I want to paint up 2 more mannequins and showgirls, or whether to sell them on E-Bay.