Beared-itorial – EoY 2014

Well its the end of the year nearly.

This will be my last post of any real content till the new year as I am off to have much food and drink.

But before that happens a look back at a really eventful year! As you will know I lost my mum this year to Cancer which was a huge shock to my family, I miss her terribly and this Christmas is going to be a tough one. But something amazing did come out of this and that is WAAC!

Wargamers All Against Cancer was an idea to help the MacMillan nurses who had helped both my mum and also my dad. So what started as a weekend of playing games and raising money for MacMillan turned into….no…EXPLODED into something truly massive with many different little projects people had set up from Mr Henrys Gremlins 4 Joe to Mr Gill painting a whole army of Skaven in 24hours!!

What this meant that from the original total of £1500 we have actually raised over £8000 nearly six..SIX times my original total!

Are we doing it all again next year? Hell yes but maybe I can be a bit more organised 2015, well I can try!

Gaming for the year has certainly pointing that 2014 is the year of Malifaux I have hit the game hard mainly because the new edition has made the game enjoyable again for me after the craziness of the early edition!

It is also helped by the fact we can get games in an evening even with dealing with little ones a huge positive for my little group..

The other games I have, have taken a huge hit because of this to the extent that I have WFB completely from my collections which was pretty huge as I have had my hand in for years!!

I have also only do a couple of tournaments this year which has been a shame but this is done to wanting to learn Malifaux again and not wanting to be unprepared going into a tournament both with my models and also number of things painted!!

This has been balanced by the fact that I have started popping to the local club a bit more which at least has kept my playing other people levels up.

Extension to this has been Vassal which has been a great help playing people I generally don’t get a chance to play.

So what does this mean for 2015?

Well I am hoping to have more of rotation going on with my systems to give everything a chance to be played, maybe on a monthly basis. Hopefully this is the only thing I am aiming to do for the coming year. Use all of my collection ;)

I am also hoping to go to more than just 2 tournaments this year but keeping options open as to which systems I play for them.

Systems wise I think I am pretty set up for 2015. Malifaux will be about rounding out the factions I have. I will not be starting any new ones, ok I only have guild and ressers left but want to leave them be as they don’t really sing to me.

For masters the only thing I have eyes for are Gremlins I want to gremlin models ANY of them!!! Plus knowing that the avatars will be soon back in Beta has me excited for them as well.

40K it will be just about actually painting some Eldar and SM. Hordes I still have some Legion to paint but they will be on the backburner in the coming year as I have my PP project for the year in the shape of….Mercs.

As you know I am planning on attending BCB as always which means 2 35point lists with a nod towards the pink :) this means I have Durgen Madhammer list and a Cephalyx list to build and paint all for October a nice BIG timeline ;)

Hoping to play some more Freebooters Fate again as it is a great little game and there is always some more CoC to paint when the mood takes me..

As for new systems well with WFB I probably have space for one more system (maybe two)..At the moment I have a 3 systems on the horizon.

The obvious one is Infamy: the big smoke which hopefully will have models (more models) soon but the rules in some format will be coming soon as well.

Next is Guild Ball the idea of small number of models is always good for me but also I missed out on the KS but after a good chat on Flock and Awe I am very tempted.

Finally is Infinity which has landed into its 3rd edition always liked the idea of the game but never made the plunge completely maybe with all the new resculpts etc.. incoming this could be the year of some sci-fi fun..

Time will tell I suppose as who knows what else will land in 2015.

But for now enjoy the break and if you celebrate Christmas may it be spent with family you love and may Santa grant you some new shiny things :D

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Episode 27 – Jiggle Balls

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Frozen Wargaming

With all credit going to MrChom of Elite Cadre fame for sharing. Break out your inner Disney;

Remember to use the instrumental ;)

White Metal’s cold in the lead belt tonight,
Not a brush stroke to be seen,
Just one more half built army…
My collection’s the biggest ever seen.
Unbuilt minis mock from boxes they’re inside
Can’t be arsed to glue
Heaven knows I’ve tried…

Don’t open them,
Don’t look and see,
Don’t even think about the ebay fee,
Just box them up
Just ship them out
Then they’re gooooone

Buy some more
Buy some more
All the shiny pewter things

Buy some more
Buy some more
And a bag of new dice too
I don’t care
If I’m never done
Let the dice roll on….
Game balance never bothered me anyway..


Primoridal Magic

A walking cheap scheme marker? Rude not too..


Alpha Bear Post 2 – Ressers

Welcome to post 2 of Alpha bear, my look at the various beasts that Marcus can use. In this post I will be covering the Resurrectionist beasts that you can pick. They are generally looking like good choices and let you run Marcus as a Resser Master ;)

Rogue Necromancy

He is big and beasty but also brings some shooting to the Marcus beast crew. He has all the things you would expect with three heads.

Positive flips on attack and damage while still healthy, as well as Terrifying ALL with Smell fear which works together really for more stabbiness. It does not have any defensive triggers (and meh Df and Wp) but is rocking Impossible to wound which is great on top of the large amount of wounds.

So that gun Acid Breath such a shame to it can only be used once an activation (but Alpha is a way round this). Something that also adds spice is it is a Ca action so can snipe some incorporeal models beware. The damage is unusual that it has high weak and low severe however we do get blasts. While its melee attack Monstrous Claws is also good with excellent Ml and also good damage track. Having a possible second model with Stalk (Cerebus) is great as you can stalk something let it activate and have the other model move up in preparation for some snacking.

He is expenisve but he brings the damage output of other big beasts but benefits from impossible to wound and brings the shooting. So I think they are some call to have them in some of Marcus lists. You could go with other beasts and get the same effect (looks at dawn serpent) but every little helps.

Night Terror

A resser insignificant minion that is cheap but also against other cheap models can be surprisingly hard to take down.

The enigma of the unusual mixture of incorporeal with hard to kill on top of no defensive triggers or hard to wound (like other ressers) means that it can survive against one models activation but is more reliant on weak damage to do so (incredibly difficult as it has the same Df as a Teddy!!!)

Nearly all severe damage will take it to the H2K wound, so like most cheap minions it can survive as long as its ignored which is handy with the big hitters Marcus can bring.

What it does bring is disruption to the Marcus crew. First up Attracted to Noise: when an enemy within 8″ takes a combat action you can push the night terror a small distance towards them. Now this isn’t directly so as long as you end up closer you can actually get some repositioning out of them.

This can be a trap with the model though as you could be setting up the little guy for a smack so be careful. But does mean on the flip side you can set up Law of Meat with these if the enemy is clumped up a little.

Now comes the added disruption, the attack action Clawed Wings: isn’t very special low damage average Ml but it does come with a trigger that needs Masks that causes the condition Blinded, which means they can’t take Sh Actions (is removed by discarding cards) against the right models this is nasty. Most sniper models have a push to get out of contact but this is pointless if the can’t shoot! Also if you can get it off it actually shuts down Predita completely, although condition removal is easy for the Family it is still messing with activations a little.

Next is the tact action Night Falls: which is a bubble which reduced enemy models range of Ca actions. Incredibly nasty against the right models both (de)buff and attack actions will suffer from this. Especially those support pieces that won’t have descent attacks back, but remember Ca will go through incorporeal so against say Raspy this will be a suicide mission..

Overall, the Night Terror grants some cheap bodies for recon as long as the schemes are not killy. They can also be very effective against high Ca crews so using them against Ressers could work well as well.

Shikome

Are simply something to hit things with, their stats are pretty average for the price being paid but they do have healthy amount of Wds. They have the expected H2W you get with most undead and flight which does help aid the moving around no end.

Scent of Death: helps if you have poison in your lists as they get to charge for 1ap instead of 2 ap which is nice if you have things like the Dawn Serpent or rogue necromancy in the list as well..

They also have a few different triggers on their attack, the 2 built in ones, let them hand out poison or ignore armour which is nice against fellow arcanists for Marcus. While having a Ram around allow for double positive flips on damage which is excellent as in a lot of cases will get you to the straight flip for cheating.

Now this all sounds pretty cool and gives you some extra choice for Marcus however this is not really the case as you should really be taking 2 of them in a list (so big investment) as they start to excel if the Adversary Condition is about and the only way to get this with Marcus is via the Shikomes themselves…

So what does Adversary do as a starting point, well it grants positive flips to attack flips for spirits, which means they can boost themselves.

There is only 1 way to get the condition and that is the 0 action Shrieking Challenge which has a range slightly further than the Shikome charge range (which is a huge shame). If you get this off it creates a lot of bonuses for the Shikome.

First you have the ability Long Memory which lets you target either Wp or Df when hitting the target. Then you have their Vengeful Talons which have the nice triggers as mentioned but also gain additional damage which takes the damage track to big damage levels (with the nice weak damage of 3). Now this means that if you can get off the Adversary condition they power themselves but if you do take 2 you open a second 0 action Taken By The Sky which lets a Shikome push into base contact with the target for free.

Overall they are worth considering but you may find they become your focused damage dealers over other models while rest of your crew go about their business.

Canine Remains

Cheap scheme runners, that are similar to Guild Hounds but are a point more expensive but then they can act independently as there are not insignificant. Fast moving and Scent of Death lets them Cg for 1ap if the target has poison on it.

They do have some redundancy built in, as Marcus can’t use Found a Bone, as he has no uses for corpse markers.

Their Teeth and Claws attack is very meh in general due to the low Ml and damage track. However this is balanced by that they have Hunting Dogs ability which causes -1Df, which actually makes their slightly higher. But what does really sing for the little Zombie dogs is the triggers Infect, hands out poison for each crow (one built in) so can hurt the enemy but not directly. The other which appears to be built for Marcus is Rabies which require 2 crows and gives the Beast condition and lowers Wp. This is just super :).

The big problem for the dogs is yes they have H2W but they only have average Df and Wp and wounds are very low.

Resser Marcus

So it is surprisingly easy to create a Resser crew for Marcus, the only thing worth while taking with Marcus upgrade for the Wp swing it grants for the crew. But in a 50ss crew you can easily get a Rogue Necromancy, 2 Shikome, 2/3 Canine Remains and 2/3 Night Terrors without any issue which should help under a few different Strats. Although the Night Terrors maybe not worth it in Reckoning.


Dominator

Carrying on with my look at the Cephalyx models, this time the leader of all the Dominator. An unusal model as he is a Ranking Officer that opens up any (small/medium) non-cephalyx unit into a Cephalyx list

Stats

Like the other Cephalyx you come across they can hit reasonable well and their DEF is ok but they suffer the low ARM and the weapons wont scratch much thankfully they do have Anatomical Precision as well.

Abilities

They Grant some nice abilities to the unit they take over (lets face it, they aint using strong character and leadership to move the unit around) with both Fearless and Tough being excellent abilities to hand out to any of the Merc units. To add to the survivability of the Dominator you also get Sacrificial Pawn as well which should help protect him as when he dies it isn’t good for you.

He is the Linchpin which means if he is killed then the unit loses fearless for a turn AND will immediately flee. I really like this rule as it is a great fluffy rule as the controller dies the unit suddenly ‘wakes up’.

Units

So out of the box which units will help bring something to the Cephalyx that they don’t already have (we can ignore Cavalry as they aren’t allowed anyway). There are a lot of units so bear with me;

  • Press Gangers – They bring some advance deployment and range attacks to the army and will benefit from fearless but they already have tough.
  • Sea Dog Boarding Crew – As the Pressgangers, they bring range threat and enjoy being under control for the tough and fearless. They need some help so you will probably be looking at using their UA (Mr. Walls) and WA (Rifleman)
  • Sea Dog Deck Gun – Cheap long range gun but there is a slightly better option elsewhere.
  • Lady Aiyanna & Master Holt – They have a great boost to damage through the Lady and Holt adds some range however with all the other Cephalyx sprays they don’t need to worry about magic weapons.
  • Hammerfall High Shield Gun Corps & UA – Will grant plenty of shooting with the UA around, they can also be surprisingly quick as well.
  • Horgenhold Artillery Corps – Huge range on the gun and nice damage output, the point difference between this and the SD deck gun is probably worth it.
  • Horgenhold Forge Guard – Weapon masters which will love the tough and fearless, just a shame they are pretty slow.
  • Ogrun Assault Corps – They have range attack plus assault ability as well as. Plus they are medium bases, so ok blockers.
  • Tactical Arcanist Corps – They bring some cloud effects to hide crucial models (like Thexus) but also everyone loves fire.
  • Herne & Jonne – Lots of AoE shooting fun.
  • Precursor Knights & UA – Shield wall and pseudo- weapon master as well. They also ignore DEF/ARM buffs
  • Steelhead Halberdiers – They bring Reach but apart from that not much else they are another cheap unit.
  • Steelhead Riflemen – Having CRAs that can be rerolled make them dangerous.
  • Alexia Ciannor & the Risen – Lots and lots of chaff, really goes for the attrition list type.
  • Captain Sam MacHorne & the Devil Dogs – They bring some knock down and additional damage against beasts/jacks, so tough and fearless will be very good for them, to get in.
  • Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters - The bring CRA with hunter as well as weapon masters when you need it. The low ARM means both tough and fearless help loads.
  • Dannon Blythe & Bull, The Bounty Hunters – They bring ability to have Prey in the list but not much else.
  • Greygore Boomhowler & Co. – They are already rocking the (super) tough but fearless is great. They are also great trample blockers.
  • Kayazy Assassins & UA – They bring Backstab and gang, while the UA helps with kill stroke. But like the Eliminators it’s the Dominator keeping up.
  • Kayazy Eliminators – Fast and Stealthy already so the additional bonuses are great, just difficult for the Dominator to keep up.
  • Croe’s Cutthroats – poison, back stab and bushwhack; Plus the benefit a lot from the tough and fearless.

So what is best for the Cephalyx to take bearing in mind they can only take 1 unit, 2 if you go tier with Thexus. At the moment I am liking the look of Croe’s Cutthroats as with poison and backstab on all their attacks with the manipulation of Thexus it could be a match made in heaven, especially against hordes. The Forge Guard with their weapon masters could be nasty, especially as he can protect them a little from shooting and helps with their slowness as he can bring enemies to them.

For a hard to shift unit I could see Boomhowlers being great at this as their built-in super tough and then fearless as well is a nice combo. Tactical Arcanist Corps with their clouds will also be very handy with keeping Thexus well hidden, well except against Legion. Then there is obviously the Nyss hunters that gain a lot from the Dominator and make them a little more scary.


Episode 26 – Guild Ball

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Thats right we had the chaps on from Guild Ball on to chat about all things guildy bally…..Click the image to go see shiny models and free rules! GO!

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