Grumblin Gremlin Tournament Pre-Report

So Sunday I will be going to the a malifaux tournament down at the Gird in Doncaster.

As appears to be the norm we know the strategy and schemes prior going into the tournament. As I write this before the tournament I thought it would be interesting to have my thoughts about them and what I think I will use going into the tournament as a pre-ample before I write my report.

I will be taking Outcasts to this as my first tournament as part of #ToMB2 which basically means I taking Von Schill and the Viks. The hightlighted schemes are those that are building towards as using.

Round 1

Strategy – Guard the Stash, Close Deployment
Schemes – A Line in the Sand, Protect Territory, Power Ritual, Assassinate and Plant Explosives

With this strategy I have been having good luck with a shooty core with the scheme runners for everything else. With this in mind I am thinking Von Schill, as he can go where I need him to with a Henchmen being the linchpin for me with I Pay Better while trappers etc. use the free focus to pepper stuff as they hide behind the stash markers.

Close deployment does make me worry as everything will be much closer.

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So we have Hannah as the rock in the middle of the board. Trappers killing stuff with free focus. Void wretches running schemes. Korpsman running generally interference making sure to get his Df boost trigger when I can. The libriain healing who needs it. Von Schill Problem solving.

Round 2

Strategy – Interference, Flank Deployment
Scheme – A Line in the Sand, Breakthrough, Outflank, Bodyguard and Distract

As interference is like turf war any list would work with this but I need some models that are hard to shift OR get too. So Ronin and perhaps Ama No Zako as well.

Think I will probably run Von Schill again for this one.image

 

Lazrus dropping blasts into the the 6″ bubble in the middle. Von Schill, Trappers, Librarian and Void Wretches doing same job as round 1 and Johan there to tie stuff up and smash if needed.

Round 3

Strategy – Collect the Bounty, Standard Deployment
Schemes – A Line in the Sand, Assassinate, Plant Explosives, Breakthrough and Spring the Trap

Tough one if I know there is a lot of blasts coming my way then Freikorps will be a must. However, I am feeling Viks for this. Mainly as many people will be terrified of them regardless of if I run slingshot or not.

imageVanessa and Librarain dealing with the healing. Ronin and Trappers can be swapped around but Ronin I can get rid of if I need the Soulstones. Void Wretch running schemes. The Viks being threatening and doing the stratergy work when I need it.

I think all these lists will give me a reasonable backbone. Obviously any summoners will be seeing Taelor :)
Killjoy may appear in the last game as well.
Any advice is welcome, the aim is 2-1 although based on who I know is going more like 1-2 and as close to positive VP differential as I can get.

Oh and if you are reading this and going all of what I have said is a lie and I am taking Neverborn


#ToMB2 Month 3 – Lazrus

Everyone needs a big stompy robot and its rude not to have one that also comes with grenades. Especially an unkillable one that keeps on going despite a kicking.

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As with all ToMB I will take better pictures at the end.


Bayou Bear – Slop Hauler

Its feeding time down at the Bayou today with another Bayou Bear article. This time looking at possibily one of the most popular models to have in any list the Slop Hauler.

Stats

For his cost he gets the sort of stats you expect. Average across the board, although he can shift on the charge which is rare but still nice to have.

Abilities

On to their abilities;

Reckless – Well know and often used ability in the faction.

Bayou Two Card – Amazing ability as it allows you to cheat from the deck rather than from your hand. The Hauler will probably not use it as much as others but still worth remembering he has it.

Squeel – Df trigger on Masks, allows for the little guy to pushed away after taking damage from a Ml hit. IF they survive it obviously..

Attack Actions

Slop Bucket – An average low Ml attack that does low damage (with blast on severe) that also hands at the Appetizing trigger as standard. It lowers the targets Df to 4 and also any bonuses to the its Df. IF you can get this off then it means even Bayou Gremlins are more likely to hit. Very powerful if you want to risk the Hauler

Tossed Slop – Average Sh attack that does very low damage but with lots of blasts. It also hands out the Appetizing condition as above. This is a better use as the range on it keeps them a little further back.

  • Spread it Around – Tome – All models damamged get Appetizing so the blasts come into play more.
Tactical actions

Feed Piggies – A 2AP action that always 4 gremlins or pigs to make a healing flip. This is whats makes them so useful. As gremlins generally take wounds to do some cool stuff this allows them to keep doing that stuff beyond once or twice.

Overall

The best way of keeping all your models ticking over and a must for the summoners in the faction. Although all masters wont say no to some relatively efficient healing. They also make some a nice debuffer when needed as they can hurt if they get some blasts going with their ranged attack. No-one likes being a low Df.


#ToMB2 Month 3 – Hans

Better watch out as Hans sees when you have been naughty or nice; and he will shoot you regardless unless you pay.

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As with all ToMB I will take better pictures at the end.


Nephlilm bolt thrower

Quick picture of the bolt thrower as mobile artillery is just better..

 


Beared-itorial

Going to talk a little about the system GW are currently undertaking with releases, I am starting to think they really like Tapas!!

The number of small contained lists is beginning to get scary, I feel like the flood doors are open and they will never close. How can anyone truly keep up with what is landing? I am starting to get turned off by the GW model as I can’t keep up with these releases.

Which in a way is a good thing as I only have my Eldar (we will come to them in a minute) and I am not drifting from army to army. My wallet is hiding and hiding well as far as GW is concerned, which is a shame as I love the lore and the models but they have overloaded my hobby ADD to the extent it is broken and has gone off to look at other systems. As big as GW is how can they keep this up? if the community seems to be breaking with the load of releases how must they be going internally! I have a big concern the company will run itself into the ground, prices and speed I think will eventually push more and more people away unless they make the game(s) more skirmish based so people are more likely to have more armies so this expanding is easier for the consumer. Time will tell I am sure but I am seeing more people take a step back from GW in varying levels.

Eldar

Well they are getting a new book and what feels like so soon after the last one (I know 2 years is now an age in the current release cycle). To be honest I am excited by the thought of a big codex coming my way BUT the trend towards heavy use of formations makes me very MEH!

I enjoy the freedom that FoC grants over formations, I never play a cheesey lists with my Eldar. Only 1 Wraithknight only 2 wave serpents, no seer council..I have never been a spammer despite how good these things were so I like to think my list was reasonably balanced.

However with greater use of formations and the set models they need to get bonuses means lists are probably going to get very boring as some of the bonuses are too good to turn down based on experience we have of them. OK the Necrons have the Tomb Blade tax for theirs but they are not bad just under-used, not anymore.

From what we are seeing, looks like the Eldar will have the Vyper tax for their formation.

Maybe I am just an old jaded wargamer who likes his list and can tweak things around to shake things up. But I maybe growing apart from my first love as our differences become greater. Which makes me a little sad.

Although the new Jetbikes are very nice.

In a Galaxy Far Far Far Far Far Far Far Far Far Far Far Far Far Far Away

A little excited about this…The question is will x-wing and other FFG star wars stuff disappear of the shelf? I would say yes!!

Hobby This Week

Much painting to try to get as much of my Outcasts ready for the Tournament next weekend. Plus the various WAAC activities really need to get those finished and out the door…

Make sure you check out my sponsors the always friendly if in South ‘Yorkshire’ gaming store the Outpost where you can get 20% off RRP on their site.


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