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Another week down, we saw the majority of the Hunters guild get teased and also the last of the season 2 captains are coming to pre-order next week which is very cool.

Games This Week

No games this week, as I try to get my hobby on in different ways

Hobby This Week

I have been pretty busy this week, I have picked up some Stormcast Eternals….Yes I am back on the AoS bandwagon and I have to say the models are pretty nice. So I am gearing up on getting these guys painted Yellow: Yep, I am going yellow. Because if you are going to do something you may as well do it uber stupid.

They have also proved a nice distraction from the Fishermen I am supposed to be painting as I am too scared to start using the W&N7s I have as I don’t want to ruin them. Maybe next week!

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Beared-itorial – Shattered Heart Report

Last Sunday was another trip down to the Grid for some Malifaux, this time we were led by Mr Tea aka James in full Henchmen mode.

It was a 3 games of fun to be and as already mentioned in previous posts I was going all out and using Ironsides for all 3 games, which should be interesting.

Round One: Interference, Standard Deployment.

  • Schemes: Convict Labor, Exhaust Their Forces, Hunting Party, Search The Ruins and Mark For Death

I went against Ant Hoult and his Hamelin rats for this, a very tough first outing for Toni then?!

The list I went for included Johan, Muse, Mech Rider, 2 Oxfordian Mages and the Arcane Emissary.

In the end I lost 5-10, which considering I played Ant in my first ever tournament game and lost 2-10 it was a marked improvement for me:) In the end I couldn’t deal with so many activations against me. But Johan did well tying up Nix and a rat catcher for a couple of turns with Mouse helping with the healing

I got full points for Hunting party and 2 for Search the Ruins and nothing for the strat.

Going against Ant was always going to be hard even worse when he had a very strong summoning/scheme marker eating crew. So happy to come away with something and was also nice to face a Haemlin crew that did more than summon constantly.

Round Two: Squatter’s Rights, Corner Deployment.

  • Schemes: Convict Labour, Exhaust Their Forces, Show of Force, Catch And Release and Detonate The Charges

This game was against Huw and his Molly crew, this could be interesting so summoning may mean Ironsides can lock down some models:)

The list I went for included Johan, Mouse, Mech Rider, Oxfordian Mage, Soulstone miner and The Firestarter.

As we had corner deployment I actually had the speed with Firestarter, Mech Rider and SS miner to claim the far 2 squat markers and also have convict labour markers out well away from the scrum in the middle.

What a scrum it was as well, Johan again proved his worth tying up the Valedictorian for a while (with the help of Mouse). But what actually changed this game was Molly dying so early (end of turn 2) for only summoning of 3 models. As Ironsides managed to throw in some big punches in turn 1 and 2 to leave her pretty weak (even with card discard trigger), then Firestarter managed to land a lot of burning onto her which finished the job.

As he had Bette waiting in the wings, I did get to see Ironsides tank nicely she help up 5 models in her engagement area during the game which meant I actually got over 10 Adrenaline, as I wasn’t using it, just using her activations to do nothing but defensive. Until last turn when she nearly killed Mortimer with 1 AP thanks to her triggers. In the end I got a 10-6 win, couldn’t stop Huw scoring for Detonate the charges and in the end couldn’t finish Mortimer to stop Show of Force.

Huw was a little inexperienced with Molly and had not seen what Ironsides is capable of when she is surrounded by stuff that can’t do big damage on her. He was also taken aback by the 3 attacks for 1 AP she dealt to Mortimer. But his list was nasty he just couldn’t do enough to deal with my centre with Ironsides in the middle while I did my thing on the flanks.

Round Three: Headhunter, Standard Deployment.

  • Schemes: Convict Labour, Exhaust Their Forces, Catch And Release, Leave Your Mark and Undercover Entourage

This game was against a Collette list driven by Ben, which should be interesting with all the marker madness and both Howard and Emmisary in his list.

The list I went for included Johan, Mouse, 2 Gunsmiths, The Captain and The Firestarter.

A very caging start to the game with both of us using the opposite flanks and I lost 1 point by playing Search the Ruins rules NOT Leave the Mark I should have been playing.

In the end I started to force Ben’s hand a little with Ironsides throwing burning bottles that was ignoring the wind wall from the Captain. In the end I put enough into Angelica to ensure she couldn’t show her head again and make Howard come in swinging or risk popping eventually too much burning.

He chose to go for my obvious entourage target in Firestarter but with imbued protection on him, he is a very hard to take down normally. Which left Howard in the area for Johan to do the job and kill him. The emissary then tried its luck but again Johan did the job thanks to a Red Joker damage flip. Cassandra dealt with a Gunsmith and nearly managed to do in the Captain in as well but he survived and managed to put her in the dirt as well, Thanks to Ironsides MS&U bubble.

So in all that was the only deaths in the game (mannequin died due to a Collette jump also) but I managed to pick up the heads. Which meant I got a 8-6 win, missing out on that LYM point while Ben missed out on any heads.

An enjoyable game to end to the day, mistakes were made on both sides but the biggest was piecemealing his 2 hitters and me getting very lucky with the damage flips for a 7pt model to take 20+ off the board in 2 activations. But Collette has my respect as she is certainly a nasty one to deal with.

So all told, I came out with a 2-1 result with a diff of a mighty +1 and a 10th out of 24 finish. Which I am incredibly surprised about as after some of the kickings I have taken, I was expecting the worse and sort of hoping for a Spoon:)

I have enjoyed Ironsides and you maybe surprised to hear I have played her the most out of the masters I own barring Von Schill. I admit I fritter about too much but such is life as a hobby butterfly. Speaking of which I am off to pick my next master to play as this event has taught me something, concentrating on 1 master has meant I am less stressed about what to take.

I have enjoyed sticking with a master and making the crew fit the strats and schemes rather than picking the ‘best’ master for each round, a different take but perhaps with my wandering eye and better route forward for me personally.

Final note is my thanks to Mr Doxley who ran a tight ship and made the day flow wonderfully.

Games This Week

No other games this week, but I am planning on some Dreamer fun and trying to get the Spooks understood a bit more now.

Hobby This Week

Trying to tie up some of the malifaux miniatures I have left and also trying to get the courage to start the fishermen.

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Diffuser

Time to diffuse the situation………Thank you I am here all week try the fish!!

I have yet to use the Vector at moment he is still very new to me, but on paper he is certainly an interesting one to play with:)

Beared-itorial

Well that was certainly a full week:)

I am pretty proud to say I have been made a Pundit for Guild Ball with my work on the Vassal Ball page:) which means I now know many secrets that are exciting and can’t tell you (nice tease there).

Also there was amazing deal this week on Amazon which meant I picked up Star Wars Armada earlier than expected can’t turn down 50% off RRP..

So in space of a week I am now a volunteer for GB and started a new system…I would call that productive

Games This Week

Managed a few games this week, in which I have played all 3 of the teams I own and managed to win them all. My Butchers managed to eat some Fish to as a starter, it was against a player not use to Butchers but I did surprise him by scoring a goal with Shank as soon as he had scored.

Next we had Brewers versus Masons and the poor dice from my opponent meant the guys managed to cause loads of with no real return. 12-2.

Final game was Alchemists vs Fishermen again, this was a very close game. My opponent was nice and brought Gutter which meant that Midas had Scything Blow. It is something I have never seen before and I now know why, truly brutal and he managed to eat 4 players on his own..

I also got a couple of games of Armada against myself, have to say I lost but fun was had by all. Really hoping to get plenty of games of this in as it is surprisingly deep for such a simple game.

Hobby This Week

Started painting Mash, Ghast Kane and Fangtooth as well, should keep me busy over Christmas. Especially if I can start my Alchemists as well.

Psst, I have also managed to acquire so Spooks and Blackheart don’t tell anyone…

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Really slow week this week due to many real life things getting in the way, so not going to be a long one today.

Games This Week

Managed a few games this week, with more kickings taken by my Brewers😦 but I did manage to get a win the Balls Out tournament against the morticians which was a close rung thing. A charging Scum taking out mist like a boss!!

Even played some Malifaux which was my 3rd game with Lilith against Kirai, it wasnt the greatest match up but did manage to eek out a small loss still.

Hobby This Week

The Brewers are done😀 now to move onto Mash and for some reason Ghast….

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Beared-itorial – Leeds Winter Ball Report

So another Guild Ball tournament down and well what a shock!! I came third, I actually podium’d never ever done that before ever.

So you can imagine I am super happy with that, I also won best painted goal as well!!

But anyway the event was well run by Simon aka Spuddy from the Tabled podcast especially as it was his first time. The playing area was very nice and I can understand why the Leeds Night Owls are popular with that area to use.

The free tea/coffee/drinks plus mountains of cake and biscuits made by mummy spud where amazing and Simon has now set the bar for the next one he runs (no pressure fella).

It was a standard format event, 8-man teams (so 2 subs) and played over 4 games and 45 min death clock. In the end we had 10 players take part with a nice spread of teams on offer (but no Masons or Engineers).

Game 1 vs Alchemists

Result: 12-0 with 1-0 goals scored.

Team Picked: Ox, Princess, Shank, Boar, Boiler and Brisket

Not sure why I decided to run the flat 6 just went on a whim as round 1s are always a lottery unless you know your opponent. In my case it was Neil from Tabled podcast, who was still trying to get his head round Alchemists.

This proved to be a very nasty game as I managed to get on the front foot and once that happens with Butchers it is hard to stop. This was made nastier by the fact that Ox’s legendary play got maximum effect out of itself. 3 players taken out in one turn was nasty, Katalyst even with all his new buffs is still going to take a kicking from Butchers. In other news Brisket scored a goal which was pretty cool.

Stand-out moment – Ox eating Katalyst and nearly doing Flask in one turn.

MoM – Have to say Ox, but Brisket actually scoring was a close second.

Game 2 vs Butchers

Result: 12-6 with 1-0 goals scored.

Team Picked: Ox, Princess, Shank, Boar, Gutter and Rage

Face off with fellow Butcher and Bradford club bearded man JC. The last time we played we both tried silly lists and my silly list ate his (first turn puppy death on his part).

This time it was a very interesting game in a very tit-for-tat sort of way. Thankfully I managed to get my nose in front again and stay in front. He sacrificed his Gutter to get me with a counter punch which didn’t quite come off for him. Boiler did managed to get a goal scored to win while engaged. This was a very close game and much closer than the result showed..

Stand-out moment – Princess proving she will not go down easily. Even with a spot prize up for grabs.

MoM – Boiler for the winning goal.

Game 3 vs Morticians

Result: 4-12 with 0-0 goals scored.

Team Picked: Ox, Princess, Shank, Boar, Gutter and Rage

This was going to be interesting going against Steve Newton of WCWW podcast fame and winner of many events (including this one by the way). I was outplayed and was smashed well. Perhaps played the momentum game wrong, trying to play light to not be hurt from the Obulus legendary play. It didn’t work but hopefully lesson learnt from that. Not much to say really but good to play a very good player.

Stand-out moment – Shank just trying his best to be annoying to Obulus and failing badly.

MoM – Shank

Game 4 vs Union

Result: 12-8 with 1-0 goals scored.

Team Picked: Ox, Princess, Boar, Brisket, Boiler and Gutter

Final game was against mini Newton, which would be another hard game as he has won events as well.

It was a real brutal game, very to-and-fro in which we absolutely battered each other. I managed to get a goal with Brisket again. But the turning point and what won me the game. Was he took out Princess while I still had plenty of stuff to activate. Including a Boar who had just come back onto the field and Gutter with a chunk of influence on. Turns out Loved Creature trait is incredibly nasty if it kicks in early in the turn.

Stand-out moment – Boar enraged by puppy dying and smashing Gutter hard.

MoM – Princess – Without her being taken out couldn’t call the game.

Result

This meant I went 3-1 with a +14 differential which considering my goal was 2-2 result and a positive diff, not bad at all. Some of you keeping up will know that was the same stats I got at the Bradford event as well, I can be consistent who knew…

Lessons from the day

So what have I learnt from this tournament then as far as Guild Ball goes.

Young – The community is still very young and has a long way to go before it matures into the community that Malifaux has. Which makes sense considering this is only the first year of Guild Ball, it will be very strong I am sure. Which means I will savour the 3rd place as I aint getting close to a podium again..

Local Club – The rest of the Bradford lot also did OK. Which suggests that we have the start of a strong little meta which can only help everyone improve. Well except for me who is retiring as never going to do that well again:)

Local Meta – With both Bradford and Leeds having decent scenes, looks like we will be seeing a few GB tournaments that I can get too with even public transport which will be nice.

Captains – The season 2 captains are going to shake up the game so much it is going to throw some crazy results in tournaments. It is certainly going to be interesting as people are trying to constantly adapt to this.

Games This Week

Apart form the Tournament I managed to get in a game versus Alex for some Vassal Ball with me trying to get to grips with Brewers didn’t end well against his Fishies losing 12-2. Much to learn with the drunks didn’t help I took daft list with 3 big bases in it..

Then got a second game against Oli and his masons and the reactivating mallet first turn missile trick…I know its coming and wanted to see what would happen with Brewers. He took out Tapper but needed all his INF to do it, so at least I know that. Game ended 10-12 to him and to be fair it was really close and I made one huge mistake. I had Friday on one wound a few INF that could have taken out a very weak snakeskin (and then heal and run away) instead I went for the hail mary play hopping Tapper could deal with a full Mallet and a 2 wd chisel. Unsurprisingly he came up short. Must remember to think more and weigh up chances of doing big damage.

Hobby This Week

So after a self-imposed painting ban after some burn out. I am back on it slowly at least as I tackle the brewers team I have. Lets see if I can get them done before Christmas..

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