Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Cryx Army Book review

Our friends from Dreamspirit Wargaming blog made the video review of the Cryx Army book. Check it out: 

Grim Angus Assassination List, 35 pts

Grim Angus was always one of my favorite TrollBlood warlocks (if not THE favorite). Last week, I got the Dire Troll Bomber and then I realized that I may have all of the key pieces for one nasty list. The list I am going to write about is for 35pt games and consists of a "core" part and the "flexible" part. 

The Core

These models make the core of the list:
- Grim Angus (+6)
- Troll Impaler [5]
- Dire Troll Bomber [10]
- Earthborn Dire Troll [10]
- Lanyssa Ryssyl [2]
- Troll Whelps [2]

That's 23 points. The remaining 12 points can be spent on other things, but I will cover that later. As you can see, Grim have a lot of tools here, and he can also give some great abilities to other Trolls. If you cast Cross Country on bomber, and also give it Impaler's animus, the Bomber will be able to sit behind the forest and throw POW 16 AOE 4 bombs at models up to 12" away. His real threat range is acutally 17" (SPD 5 + 8 + 4). If grim uses Marked for Death, Bomber will be able to hit models with Stealth AND they will get -2 to DEF AND he will be able to get them regardless of LOS. With Grim's feat and Marked for Death, target is in a BIG trouble. The same applies to the Impaler. So in the first case, grim can use his feat, cast Lock the Target, shoot at the enemy, and the Impaler and Bomber can finish the job. Do not forget that Grim can also knock the target down with his snare gun - this may be better option if the warcaster/warlock has high defense. Just pop feat, cast Marked for Death (if it's needed), knock the enemy caster down and let the Impaler and Bomber loose. If the warcaster has low ARM, Lanyssa can also help - because she has RNG 10 POW 12 magical attack.

The other option is not so obvious. Impaler, Bomber and the rest of the list could be used to clear the way for  a ninja Earthborn. Earthborn already has Pathfinder and Grim can give him the Hunter ability (with Cross Country). If Grim hits and damages the target, Earthborn gets +2" of movement. Lanyssa can cast Hunter's mark on the target, giving Earthborn another +2" and a free charge. Finally, Earthborn gets +2 to SPD if he starts his activation within 2" of rough terrain (keep in mind that this one is situational, but in most games I've played there is always some rough terrain). So, on his charge, Earthborn has a threat range of 5 + 2 + 2 + 2 +3 = 14", and he does not need to be forced. Of course, you need to have clear charge lane to pull this off - the rest of the list could be used for punching a hole big enough for EBDT. If grim pops his feat and uses Marked for Death, EBDT will hit it's target easily. Grim can also knock the target down so when EBDT charges... you get the picture. The best part is that if Cross Country is on EBDT he can ignore forests, so if there is any forest near the table center, that may be a good position.  

Whelps are in the list because you will need to have some way of discarding Fury - Grim can't do it on his own and these warbeasts can generate a lot of fury. 

The flexible part

Now, this part of the list can be configured in many ways. Long riders are good option, because Cross Country is great on them and they can slam, do impact hits, they cannot be taken down so easily and their threat range is decent. for 12 points, you can take minimum unit of Long riders and Horthol, so you will have access to Follow up and boosted impact hits. They are excellent for knocking things down and clearing the way for Earthborn or for shooting. 

The other unit that comes to mind is Gatormen Posse. They are great here because they can have Pathfinder, they are hard to take down and their damage output is very high. Because they have access to Pathfinder, Grim does not need to spend his Fury to cast spells on them. Grim's feat and spells help EVERY model in your army - that is one of the many good things about this warlock. 

That would be all for this time. Tell me what do you think about this list; any comments are appreciated. Have fun! Here's some Troll music for the end:

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Monday, 24 January 2011

Dreamspirit update: Witchfate Tor

Our friends from Dreamspirit blog reviewed another cool piece of terrain. Check out this video:

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Battle report: Cygnar vs. Legion of Everblight (35pts)

Last night I played 35-point game against Cygnar. This was the list I played:
- Epic Thagrosh
- Carnivean
- Typhon
- Shredder
- Warmongers (5)
- Warmonger warchief
- Forsaken

On the other side of the table was the Cygnar army:
- Commander Coleman Stryker
- Ironclad
- Lancer
- Charger
- Precursor knights (6)
- Arcane Tempest Gun Mages
- Gun mage adept
- Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team
- Lady Aiyana and Master Holt
- Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord
- Reinholdt

Cygnar went first. During the first turn, they moved into position. I was a little worried because of all that shooting - my caster is on a large base, so it's very easy to get a line of sight to him. During my first turn, the beasts advanced; Typhon used his animus, Thagrosh used it as well. Thagrosh cast Dragon's blood on warmongers and moved forward. Warmongers run. Forsaken gets some fury and that's it.

Precursor Knights advanced and used Shield Wall order. Everyone else moved a little bit closer. One Warmonger was shot to death by... someone (I can't remember). On my turn, I decide to put some hurt on those gun mages and charger before they get to me. Carnivean and Typhon use their spray attacks, but unfortunately, I kill only one model - I was unable to hit high DEF, even with boosting. Typhon also puts some decent damage on Charger with one of his sprays. Warmongers charge Precursor knights and Lancer. Some knights die, but my Berserk attacks fail to hit the Knights, even with Warchief in play. Warmonger who charged Lancer rolls snake eyes as his charge attack. Blah. Thagrosh goes on the hill, and uses Typhon's animus. He uses his spray attack to kill one of the Precursor knights. Now it's going to be tough.

End of  turn 2
And it is: Aiyanna hits Thagrosh with Kiss of Lyliss and then Gun mages, Charger and Hold shoot at him. Good thing is that Thagrosh is on the hill, so his DEF is 15 - and Typhon's animus helps a lot. Anyway, after the dust settles, Thagrosh is left on 3 hit points. That was close. Anyway, I get a Shredder (yaay!). I also had one Fury point for transfers. B13th Team kills one Warmonger and Lancer advances so Stryker can cast some spells on Thagrosh. He uses Arcane blast, but misses, and then pops his feat.

On my turn, Warmongers kill the rest of the Precursor Knights, but they also hit each other, because of the Berserk rule. Warchief charges Holt and kills him, then kills Aiyana, then hits charger, but deals no damage because of it's high armour. Carnivean kills 3 Gun Mages, Rhupert and Gun Mage Adept, while Typhon kills Charger. Shredders charge Lancer to deal some minor damage and annoy him.

Stryker tries to hit Thagrosh with his guns and spells but the damage he rolls is too low to penetrate Thagrosh's armour. Ironclad does nothing, just tries to block charge lanes to Stryker. B13 fail to damage Thagrosh. On my turn, Carnivean advances and throws Ironclad on Stryker - and hits. Warmongers then charge the warcaster and kill him.

I haven't played Legion for a long time - and I also haven't faced Cygnar for a long time. My opponent is a great guy and he will get much better - this is only his 3rd game. Epic Thagrosh looks great - but I still have some doubts when it comes to his usefulness. Anyway, I played him in only two games, so I have to play many more before I make any conclusions.

I also got some new stuff for my Trollbloods army:

Yeah, it's Dire Troll Bomber and Whelps. So, my next game is going to be with Trollbloods (I bet this was a big surprise :P). Can't wait to assemble DTB and see him in action. And Whelps are also cool. I am probably going to play Grim Angus. Prepare for some shooting, Troll style!!!

New epic warlocks for Hordes!!!!

This picture was posted on PP insider blog - it is the new battle journal for Shattered Grounds league. It seems that in the new Hordes book, called Domination (which should be published this year, woo - hoo) we will get new epic Warlocks. Check it out:

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

MK1 book collection

Recently, I decided to collect all of the MK1 books for Warmachine. Since I mostly played Hordes during the MK1, I had all Hordes books (and I absolutely love them). For some reason, I wasn't interested in Warmachne fluff, despite people telling me that it's great. But, as the time went, I realized that I enjoy this game more and more. And so, I got Prime, Esalation, Superiority and Legends very cheap - the only book I'm missing now is Apotheosis. Man, I was missing a lot. These books are great. Even now, with all MK2 books finally printed, those MK1 books are still great to have. The story is interesting and the art is fantastic. Funny thing is that I actually believe that MK1 books were A LOT more interesting that MK2 faction books. It was only because you had all of the model description, fluff and art on one place. That made those books unique. I really miss such format.
Anyway, here's my little collection:

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Here's Borka!!!

Borka is one of my favorite warlocks. I had a lot of fun painting this miniature - and even more crushing my enemies with it. Actually, this is the second time I paint Borka; I painted him for the first time over year and a half ago, but recently I decided that I do not like that pain scheme. I was convinced that I could do it much better now. Here's the result:

More Legion pictures

You can take a look at my Angelius and Nephilim Soldier. All beasts with wings (as well as Thagrosh), have black spots on the back of the wings - like spots on the reptile skin.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Painted eThagrosh

Finally, I made some proper pictures of my painted minis. Since I play three armies (Trolls, Legion and Khador) and I do not have as much spare time as I would like, I am painting very, very slowly. To make things worse, I decided to paint some older minis again, because my painting skills got better so I know I can paint those minis much better now. Anyway, here is the most recently painted model: 

Soon, I will start taking pictures of my other minis, as well as Rick's and Dejan's - so expect to see our online miniatures gallery taking shape in the next few weeks. Next model I am going to paint is Typhon. Expect some WIP pics. 

New forum signatures

I made these simple Warmachine/Hordes forum signatures. I love the whole "local" thing.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Dreamspirit update

Guys from "Dreamspirit wargaming" blog posted another installment of their "No game without terrain" series. You can check it out on this address:

DreamSpirit Wargaming blog

There is a very cool blog about wargaming - "DreamSpirit Wargaming". These guys have started doing some Warmachine video battle reports recently, so check them out. They also make some beautiful terrain pieces that could be ordered from their online store. You can find link to their blog in "Our blog list" section. 

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Still here...

First of all, happy New year!
"The Nyss and that" is still running - expect to see some interesting posts very soon. The first one will be up by the end of this week and it's an epic battle report - Rick and me played 150 pt game last week. It was so intense and demanding that we are still feeling the consequences. :P

After that, expect to see (finally) some cool pictures of our painted models. I did some painting in last few months and I'll post some pictures soon. 

Of course, that's not all. Stay tuned!