Wednesday, January 13, 2016

+ KINGS OF WARHAMS +

Regular updates, ha!

Anyway I moved shortly after that last post, then entered into a month of holiday stress attak, culminating in a botched NYE raid. But if 2015 was the year of trying to get things done, 2016 is the year of actually doing things. Embarrassingly not quite yet though ...

13 days in and I've made plans, however find myself being pulled in a few directions. I feel compelled to finish a Malifaux crew so I can flip more cards, but am very rarely motivated by the minis. What's saving it for me is thinking in terms of thematic crews, which you'll see some of once my McCabe crew is finally pulled together, hopefully sooner than later.

I'm also setting out on a Ridiculous AOS Army Project, which will be revealed once the minis arrive this weekend. Round-based and everything! Ignoring the fact that AOS isn't really played around here, it should still be a fun, relatively quick project more intended to push my airbrush than anything.

More importantly though, I played my first two games of Kings of War last week, and they were awesome. I did end up busting out my Nurgley Skaven as blight-heavy Ratkin, as I wanted to experience what a bunch of combat units felt like in the game. The answer is pretty good, even if I'm often at a loss for what to do with them all. 8E was so deathstar-centric that the game actually didn't have that many units to move around, unless you went MSU. The change is certainly welcome.

First game was 1500 points of Dominate vs Herd, and while we mostly smashed together on the right flank, I was able to muster enough troops to make a play for the center point. Herd held strong and pulled off the win, but it was surprisingly close and could have swung if his Guardian Champion with Ensorcelled Armor wasn't so damn tough. My list, for the curious:

RATKIN 1500
Blight Lord - bane chant
Blight Lord - bane chant
Warlock
Blight Regiment (20)
Blight Regiment (20)
Blight Regiment (20)
Blight Regiment (20)
Blight Regiment (20)
Blight Regiment (20)
Mutant Rat-Fiend
Mutant Rat-Fiend
Weapon Team

A few days later we rematched, this time playing 2000 points of Kill vs Herd. This time I took:

RATKIN 2000
Blight Lord - bane chant, sword of slashing
Warlock - bane chant
Warlock - bane chant
Swarm-Crier
Blight Horde (40) - potion of the caterpillar
Blight Regiment (20)
Blight Regiment (20)
Blight Regiment (20)
Blight Regiment (20)
Blight Regiment (20)
Blight Regiment (20) 
Death Engine - vile sorcery
Mutant Rat-Fiend
Mutant Rat-Fiend
Weapon Team

Battlelines!
 I look forward to doing full KOW batreps in the future, but this won't be the first, sadly. That said it was a stupendous game for the Nurglekin, with Ensnare helping to make the Herd's mediocre dice even worse and my smoking hot dice doing very bad things with my few ranged threats. The lightning barrage was real, routing Great Eagles in a single volley and chunking off wounds hither and yon. But real credit goes to the Death Engine, whose barrage of Piercing(2) fire was instrumental in vaporizing the DEF 6 Guardian Champion who otherwise was posed to flank through at least one unit of Blight. The Engine was so good that I'm afraid it'll be gaining a bit of a reputation around these parts, and as tempted as I am to spam 3+ of the bastards, I have a feeling that would be frowned upon.

All told a crushing victory for the green things, and KOW. Tons of fun - plus I got to flank with my horde! Rolling 60 attaks is nuts, and I realize you can go well higher with a rear charge @_@

Working on Malifaux tonight, stay tuned!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

+ BOUND BY BLOOD +

Time to let this flesh hound out of the bag: I'm building a Kings of War army. Without having played a single game, nor watched it live! There are reasons - KoW has points + clearly defined list building rules, as well as a very liberal approach to choice of models; gameplay is familiar from WHFB, particularly the combination of blocks + dice - but we can gloss over those for now.

While I could use my Skaven as Ratkin in a heartbeat (and I'll likely return to them), and I've already whipped up some lists to get my Tizz Daemons on the table as extremely shooty Abyssals, it's easier to find hobby time than game time, and I do like building armies. You know what else I like? The new AoS Khorne dudes ...

So Varangur it is! Here's the initial list:

Reavers Regiment (20)
> Chieftain - Brutal
Reavers Regiment (20)
> Magus - Bane-Chant, Famulus
Reavers Regiment (20)
> Skald on Mount - Diadem of Dragon-Kind
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1000

Packs of frothing loonies with some dudes to keep them in line, juice them up and/or kill stuff themselves. Maybe horrible, plus points may shift a bit when Uncharted Empires lands next week. Ignoring both of those inconveniences, I have the list planned out to 2000, and am excite.

At this point, I've summoned about 1200 points of Bloodbound ...


... scrounged up all the square bases needed for this first round, ordered fancy steel trays from Shogun Miniatures, and got the Chieftain and Skald cleaned and assembled:






Both need their gaps filled, and you'll notice Korgath is missing a shin! A packing mishap that is being rectified. Korgs has also lost his obnoxious KHORNE back banner - I feel like he's inspiring enough as is! I'll round out the characters with a converted bloodletter for the Magus. Because blood magicks don't count o_O


Early days yet. Moving apartments next week, so we'll see how much mold line scrapping I can get done in that time.