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Back in the game…

So this is awkward…

My last blog post was nearly 18 months ago, how time flies…

I could dwell on why (I had a post written, but it seemed awfully mopey) however I will just say this, I’m back.

Having not played a game of Warmachine or Hordes in nearly 18 months I have got the bug back. I have continued to Press Gang at events and after a great time at Smogcon earlier this year I have resolved to start playing again. This has tied in quite well with a few guys at my local club wanting to start too. As such I have just started a Journeyman league with 9 players registered!

I have plans for a few posts in the works so fingers crossed I can get back into the swing of this blogging thing…

Until next time!


I’m back… again

So, blogging, that’s a thing right?

Well it’s been a long time since I’ve written a post but I think now is as good a time as any to give it another whirl…

First up I aim to keep this post fairly short and sweet. That said it might get a bit rambley (if that’s even a word.) I will apologise now for what may be some low quality writing!

So, what have I been up to since I last posted something? I hear you all ask! I am now a member of the Press Gang, Privateer Press’ official volunteering team. This means that I will become more involved in running some of the events that make UK Hordes and Warmachine the thriving scene that it is. Further to this it may also actually inspire me to start running some more events myself! Who know’s we may even see the return of the Pre-Masters Mash Up…

Towards the start of the year I was able to attend a few events, but that dropped off as the year went on. Since then I have been doing a little bit of painting, more on that later, but all in all I haven’t been up to too much.

Well I guess I should really get on to the meat of this post then.

One of the more noteworthy events I took part in was Smogcon in February. Smogcon is the first American style event to be held this side of the pond. It is a weekend of gaming, both casual and competitive, as well as some painting seminars and the Golden Thrall painting competition. The event started in 2012, being held at Firestorm Games in Cardiff. I didn’t get chance to attend the first time round but after having been once I will make sure that I do all I can to attend each year.

2014 promises to be bigger and better than ever. The location has changed and will now be taking place primarily in the Mandolay Hotel, Guilford. Demand however has exceeded the capacity of the original venue and now part of the con will take place in an adjacent hotel! Originally Smogcon was purely Warmachine and Hordes, this year though it is branching out to contain Malifaux, Bushido & Dropzone Commander as main systems aswell as several other smaller board and card games.

I will be attending again next year and will hopefully get a few models into the Golden Thrall. On the gaming side I have entered into a Warmachine and a Bushido tournament and aim to get in some casual gaming in both systems.

I will hopefully find some time between playing some games, building and painting models to write a post or two with an update on my progress, however I’m not promising anything!

Thanks for taking a look…

50 Shades of Red – The Beginning

Here is another article from my good friend Steve, charting the progress of his foray into Khador. I’d just like to point out however that this post is a little late in being published as I suck!

I hope you enjoy it none the less. – Khadorred

Hi again!

I’d like to start off by praising The Wargame Store for getting my first couple bits to me promptly, and well packaged!

I have decided, while day dreaming on my way back from a friend’s house, to call my painting shenanigans ’50 Shades of Red’. So while I feel witty for the next few hours and before I wake up and debate if it wasn’t the best name I could of came out with to let the show roll on regardless!

After a few hours of fiddling with a couple Doom Reaver Fellblades and the unnecessary decorative skulls that go on eButcher’s axe ‘Lola’ (curse their tiny eye sockets), I finally managed to glue them, and myself a few times, together and get them primed.

Here are the results…

The Butcher and his pals.

The Halfords red primer was actually quite nice, its a more appealing canvas to work on than black, which I find a little intimidating to be honest.

One thing is stopping me from ordering proper paints however, and its something I feel we all (those of us who are indecisive like myself) tend to agonize over when starting a new faction: paint scheme. My current thoughts are with either…

  • White armour and red cloth for the infantry & red Warjacks with white as a secondary colour
  • Black armour and red cloth for the infantry & red Warjacks with black as a secondary colour

Having seen an image of pSorcha with black armour and red cloth, she looks very smart, which may be swaying my thoughts.

Paint wise, I’ve decided to expand my pallete from exclusively Privateer Press’ P3, to both P3 and Vallejo Model Colours. I’ve read that Model Colour is a little more muted (think WW2 historicals), so I’m not 100% whether I should use the more cartoony Game Colours, again from Vallejo, but thats just minor details in the long run and nothing a good wash can’t fix. Right?!? I think which brand I use will be important though. I need to figure out who makes the better light colours, and who makes the better dark colours. Having worked with Menoth White Highlight (P3), I’d assume Morrow White (P3) would also be exemplary when it comes to coverage, but from past experience paints can be a little funny even with slightly different variations in hue.

Let me know your thoughts though. Have you had any experience with schemes similar to those above? Is there a particular paint line you can recommend?

Thats all for now.


Starting a new faction, a study

Hi there guys & girls

As promised here is the first in, hopefully, a long line of article by a close friend of mine.

Please find the ramblings of a certain Mr Steven Knowles…

Well to start off, its important to note that, based on observations of my past games, I tend to be rather mindlessly aggressive sometimes, which violates the fact that the game itself is not just aggressive, but shrewd in tactical and strategic judgement. Not to mention a list of other reasons that I won’t go into because I’m not here to make excuses on why I tried to tough it out with the wrong army for 8 months and sold the solution that was the 2nd one.

Going from nimble Cryx helljacks and soft infantry to the slow, hard hitting Skorne warbeasts was a lovely change of pace that I immediately fell in love with: preferring to hit and be able to take a few hits in return rather than launching something from the other table on the other side of the room at the enemy line (all the speed in the world won’t help you hit harder, or avoid an impromptu lucky hit trashing your weapon/s before they have time to connect with something). When it came to choosing a new faction these factors affected my choice in a big way.

After an extended theory-affair with Legion of Everblight it took some help to clear my mind in order for me to see clearly, but I eventually landed on Khador. The main reasons for this decision are as follows.

  • The blatant Soviet Russia theme (my desire for this being exacerbated by playing C&C Red Alert 3: Uprising)
  • The strength of its infantry
  • Warjacks with excessive ARM and a high damage box count
  • Uncomplicated approach

Protectorate put up fierce competition, but I struggled with how critical the likes of the choir were to making the Protectorate warjack catalog not-so-pillow-fisted. Additionally only a couple warcasters appealed to me, despite how much I freaking love the Judicator model.

Now as I said before, my playstyle is rather aggressive, without the subtle nuancies of planning 4 turns ahead, so I may choke a little on old witch or zerkova, but Karchev and both Butchers are straight-forward enough, and respond well to an aggressive approach. Further more Karchev brings so many damage boxes that the enemy is often drawn into attrition. An approach that is much more tolerant of errors and is satisfying to sit there and take the best punches without dropping.

Certain warcasters adhere to certain playstles. We’ve all got a favourite that we’ll run for the heck of it (hit & run, attrition, assassination, board control, etc), I don’t know what style I like, but the best results are likely found in combining 2-3 different elements into one (have some board control & attrition, or hit n’ run & steamrolling). A wise sage (Neal barton) once told me that ‘movement shenanigans are king’. When you think about it, this rings very true: feats and spells that grant extra movement are often ones that can throw the enemy plan into disarray as the unit they were about to charge dances away or worse charges the intended response unit!

What to buy first?

Keeping all the above in mind and after much chewing, I’ve concluded my approach (after the obligatory tokens, new dice, templates, primer) will involve everybodies’ favourite murderous tramp: Kommander Orsus Zoktavir (lovingly known a eButcher). eButcher himself is such an aggressive warcaster that when paired with Doomreavers might make it look like I’m actually playing properly rather than barreling into the enemy line at break neck speeds or fannying about waiting for the enemy to walk into my charge range.

Any well balanced list starts with at least one warjack (Ed – what’s the point in wasting those free points?) afterwards solos and unit’s can be added to taste. It will also do one well to buy with other warcasters in mind when purchasing your first half-dozen models. In other words, can you see yourself using the Behemoth with just Karchev or Butcher? In short no, you will get use of the Behemoth with most ‘casters, Harkevich the Old Witch and eSorscha being prime examples.

The same question must be asked about infantry. How many warcasters like a fat unit of Winterguard? The answer is probably ‘most’, making Winterguard a very good option when starting out. Ironfang Pikemen are less popular, and don’t work with some warcasters as well as Winterguard do, so it also does one good to pay attention to what you want the unit to do and whether they can do it or not an army. Karchev may want a Demolisher but would be unlikely to want a max unit of Winterguard or Kayzay Assassins. pIrusk on the other hand will love that full unit of Winterguard, will get some use out of that Demolisher too. Of course eSorcha may well not want a Demolisher, she’d probably rather use a Devastator and again will love the full unit of Winterguard. You could go on forever!

Looking at theme forces, eButcher’s for example, monetarily speaking, is not very cost effective. I’m of the opinion that any theme force that requires you take more than the normal FA of something is not cost effective (unless you play that list a metric ton load). As a minimum of 3 units of Doomreavers is generally a given in an eButcher theme force, when they’re FA 2 normally, each extra unit will only ever come out to play when that tier list is played. Only 1 warcaster will have those specific tier requirement/bonuses, so its money spent on a single list with no room for cross-warcaster use.

Therefore it would be more logical for me personally, to go something like this:

Kommander Orsus Zoktavir +6
War dog


Doom Reavers (Leader and 5 Grunts)
Winter Guard Infantry (Leader and 5 Grunts)
Winter Guard Infantry Officer & Standard

Alternatively I’d swap the Winterguard and War Dog for min Ironfang Pikemen with the Black Dragon unit attachment for security from my own fear.

I like the Kodiak, so can expect a lot of use out of it, the Spriggan is very popular for good reason, I like doom reavers and thus can be expected to field them semi-often as my army composition allows. Winterguard are at home in most lists and the War Dog is an auto-include for most of the Khador ‘casters. What is important is that this sort of set-up doesn’t limit me to one ‘caster. After all I can always pick up the more specialized options for an eButcher theme force at a later date when I have an established army.

Hold on, Isn’t the battlebox the best place to start?

You’re right, it is. Sometimes. You have to consider if you will actually use the battlebox to start and going forwards if you expect to get use out of what the battlebox gives. Whether you’ll use it or not is very subjective, and thats alright, because I may still get it as an excuse to say I have pSorcha, and the juggernaut is always there for when I need a cheap heavy. The destroyer strangely enough doesn’t grab me like the decimator though, smart players spread out to mitigate AoE shots. Stealth would not like the doomreaver train crashing into them.

Thats all for now…

Breaking news – Vlad 3 seen in resin!

So on one of my many rambles through the world wide web I came across this picture of every bodies favourite mounted Khador ‘caster.

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From this picture it looks like Vlad3 will be hitting stores in resin!

Of course this may just be a master model and when released he will be metal. Who knows…

Road to the UK Masters – Update One

Well I think it’s time for a quick update!

And when I say quick I mean quick.

First things first, gaming. Since I posted last I haven’t had chance to get a full game. I did however manage about half a game on Vassal before my opponent had to leave. It was helpful though, I was using Grayle against a tier 4 pAsphyxios list that had lots of undead troops. While the game was quite evenly balanced I learnt a few key things about my force and it looks to be shaping up quite well. I would have liked to finish the game but it was not to be…

Moving on to the painting side I have managed to finish painting something!

Ladies and gentlemen may I present to you a Woldwarden!


In addition to this I have started to work on a Gallows Grove too, which I should hopefully have finished by the end of the weekend.

Here’s to the next update…

Road to the UK Masters 2012

It has again been too long since I last posted here but in all honesty not a lot has actually been going on, gaming wise, for me.

One big thing however is that the tickets for the UK Hordes & Warmachine Masters, held at the UK Games Expo, went on sale. Similarly to last year tickets went quickly with all 120 gone within around 24 hours of going on sale.

I was one of those lucky enough to get my hands on a ticket which has led me to start thinking about preparations. Last year, when I was playing with my Khador, I went into the event having played two of my lists once each and the other not at all. Accordingly I performed horribly, losing 3 of the first four games and dropping out after the first game on the second day.

This year things will be different! Or at least I hope they will. I worked out that their is just over 7 weeks until the event. That means that if I lock down three lists now and play three games a week, an ambitious target, I will get a total of 21 games in before the Masters. While this may not result in me winning the event I’d really like to do well. A target I hope to achieve is four wins from the seven games and hopefully a win with each of the lists I take.

Will 21 games be enough?

Only time will tell…

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