Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Midwest Rampage coverage

My first MWR is in the books, and I have to say that it was a blast. The drive was long but the games were excellent. I am looking forward to hopefully making the trip again next year. It's a great event to kick off the Summer GT season with loads of fun terrain, good scenarios, and quality players. Lets start off by having a look at my list. It was definitely something unique for me, as I have NEVER played a list with this much shooting.

The new display really looked great with the full 3k points.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Finishing touches

I am getting ready to hit the road for Midwest Rampage this weekend, but first I needed to finish a few things (last minute). The display board I picked up at Adepticon didn't quite have enough room to fit a full 3000 points of Skaven, so I decided to expand it upwards! I added an above ground scene complete with buildings and flocked ground to match my movement trays and bases. I am a fan of how things turned out.

With a potential display set up.

I also almost forgot that I needed another Warlock Engineer painted up! So last minute, I knocked out a quick paint job on this guy. I still need to finish up his base and flock him, but you get the idea.

Next post SHOULD be a Midwest Rampage battle report. See you then!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Introduced to Warmachine

I've spent a good part of last week and the weekend learning and playing a couple games of Warmachine/Hordes while I also budget time to finish up for Midwest Rampage. After scoffing for so long at Warmachine as just another game, I finally broadened my horizons after getting a free starter box at Adepticon... and I REALLY liked it. Privateer Press really did the job right with the Adepticon swag bags, the models are top notch and really perked my interest. A week after assembling my first models I now have a formidable force and I am ready to start learning and hitting up tournaments.

First batch of Trollbloods, adding to my starter.

Reinforcements arrive after my first couple of games and friendly advice.

I played two games of WarmaHordes this weekend up at Gamers Sanctuary. Both games were against Retribution lists from Warmachine. The first game my opponent took his "weaker" caster (not that I know the difference) and I think I more or less overwhelmed him with numbers. He took 2 big warjacks, and I had 3 light warbeasts and a unit. The game was fun as my unit flanked to support and was able to work my way towards his Warcaster.

Game 2 was more of a learning experience as we jumped from 15 to 25 points. There was a lot more going on and I got pummeled! Up until the end of the game that is, when my only remaining model (my Warlock) retreated behind a building on my end. The Retribution force tried to swarm after me but failed to finish me off after leaving his Warcaster out in the open to cast his final spells. Down to my very last hit point with 1 Fury, I charged his caster and hit twice and rolled near max damage both times to kill and STEAL the game away.

It was very fun learning and playing a couple of games, and I definitely see myself getting excited to build and paint a tournament army for Warmachine. I just don't have time right now, because I still have models to paint for Midwest Rampage!!!

I put some good work in on that front this weekend. My movement trays were primed and ready for paint, and my Gutter Runners are tabletop ready at least after a good painting session all day yesterday.

In progress shot of Gutter Runners after the basecoat on the new skirmish trays.

Projected display board.

I also primed the Watchtower terrain set. The plan is to paint up the buildings and base and paint the top of the display board. The "village" above ground will also be marched on by Skaven as my board will be above AND below ground... so I can fit all 3000 points!

With my Gutter Runners at least tabletop ready, I can now make sure I have time for what I have left to paint in the next week and a half: Plagueclaw Catapult crew, movement trays, display base painting, Watchtower painting, and 2 alternate Hellpit Abominations saved for last, because I don't NEED them to be finished in time. I have a feeling they won't be making the trip, though.