Category Archives: Warmachine

Beared-itorial

Slow week, really slow….

 Painting & Hobby

I am painting Legion :O

Been over a year since I have done any, but I maybe back on it ;)

Getting close to Christmas and with the Outpost it’s always Christmas with 20% off RRP on everything on their site (what? too cheesy?).


Bendy Boards Battle Board Review

Today I will be having a look at the new Battle Boards (cue thunder and lighting) from Bendy boards , you may remember when I looked at the crew boards which are suitable for Malifaux and other small skirmishers..

Well Mr Leee has expanded his scope and has now started creating BattleBoards which are daddy versions of the crew ones which will cover large model counts for say Warmachine and Hordes (or people with massive Malifaux collections *looks over at Marc*).

As most tournament tray business comes in from the US its nice to see UK-based availability of these sorts of trays. Lie all BB trays they have plenty of space for models but also the various paraphernalia, you need as well such as stat cards, dice, pens, tape measures etc. freeing up your hands for some juggling :)

You can see Leee has learnt much in the time between my reviews, as now we have a flat-pack arrive rather than the block that is the crew board.

The whole thing is very nice and clean and goes together very easily, even with my daft hands..

Some nice features worth mentioning are the support beams underneath the tray, they really add some rigidity to the tray and make it feel as solid as the block crew boards!!

There is also the lip around the tray although small, it is certainly high enough to help catch the minis before the fall when you do have a brain fart during a tournament..

As always we are provided with more than one type of board configuration and in my case I went with the ‘A’ board but you do get a further 3 choices as well. Below is the layouts on offer;

Battle board A

  • 1 x 120mm or 2 x 50mm and 2 x 30mm
  • 8 x 50mm or 40mm
  • 29 x 40mm or 30mm
  • 4 x 30mm

Battle board  B

  • 1 x 120mm or 7 x 30mm
  • 4 x 50mm or 40mm
  • 8 x 40mm or 30mm
  • 38 x 30mm

Battle board  C

  • 1 x 120mm or 7 x 30mm
  • 15 x 50mm or 40mm
  • 6 x 40mm or 30mm
  • 22 x 30mm

Battle board  D

  • 7 x 50mm or 40mm
  • 9 x 40mm or 30mm
  • 40 x 30mm

Plenty of variation across the different boards, in fact the only thing not catered for is those broken players who take 2 Prime Axioms……Colossals I meant all Colossals and Gargantuans.

 

Ignoring the drunk Angel (which the lip stopped btw) I can hold a fair amount of models in this tray with little fuss. So what about the price then? Well for the currently reduced price of £30 you can not go wrong!

Overall if you play Warmahordes (or another lipped base game) and need a tray to carry your miniatures from table to table, then the Bendy Boards one is what you want!

The only question I have left is do I theme the board up like my gremlin one…


Earthbreaker Review

Been a while since I have done a model review and boy is it a belter. The Rhulic Dwarves have themselves a colossal :D

The Box

As with all the PP boxes it is nice and shiny showing of the model in question.

I am impressed that they have managed to get all the kits into these boxes as I am sure it has been tight on a few of them ;)

The Bits

Once we get all the bits out of the box, what do we get?

A nice set of models, I have to say there is a large amount of resin compared to metal in this kit compared to others I have looked at. The standard stuff is of course the big ol’ 120mm base, stat cards, wreck marker and instruction diagram (forgot to take pics).

There is a large amount of pieces, but surprisingly this is down to the arms as we shall see..

The Pieces

With this kits the pieces are generally very nice as you would expect from the resin PP uses. What did surprise me is the amount of chunks of waste resin my kit had. I am not used to the large amount in here, yes it is less than some of the FW kits I have built but significantly more than other PP models I have done. The flash amount was on the low thankfully with only the odd bit here or there (some of it was noticeable though).

As mentioned the arm/shoulder sections are significant number of pieces in the kit, this is great though as the arm is very long and account for a lot of the width of the model so any metal on here would have made them pretty impossible to keep attached to the body. On the flip side the legs are only in 2 parts!!

The main body comes in 2 sections and feels surprisingly solid I actually think the is more to main hull/body than other kits I have come across. I have to say the level of detail on the one-pieces is awesome and PP are showing they have really got to grips with the resin..

Do think they would make great steampunk submarines ;)

Detailing on the back section is very nice for such a lump of resin!!!

The long arm sections appear to be the worse areas for the flash I have mentioned as you can see on the plate other long sections suffer a little as well.

Here is a pic of the waste which actually surprised me on this build.

The metal bits are nice and are really just small additions on this model over anything else.

The Build

This was a very simple build and went together quicker than the Stormwall and Prime Axoim. Although it was the most labour intensive build for the pliers!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lot of cutting is needed to get rid of the excess..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the ending result is very nice and I have to say I like the kit a lot, my own reservation is the size of the arms!! Are they too big? Maybe but they look nasty!

You can see a little of the flash (maybe mold slip) on the longer sections, which is a shame.

Scale

Now for the standard scale shot. He is the squattest (it’s a word) of the colossals and as such maybe that is why he has the big arms.

He really is a beast!

Thoughts

Like the over Huge base models, he goes together pretty easily and from my experience probably the easiest of any of the PP models I have dealt with (maybe bias after dealing with clockwork angels recently).

The only misgiving is the size of the arms as they really do broaden the model significantly and with that body it is certainly the bulkest of the big models, especially if you ignore the shoulders on the Prime Axiom..

You can assume to see a lot of these guys on the table when facing the armies of the Rhul.

You can pick up your own Prime Axoim from The Outpost with 20% off RRP HERE


Beared-itorial

It’s that time of year when family start asking about Christmas presents, I am all for new shiny but I am going to try to be sensible in the coming year….Stop laughing!!

What this means is no more factions, no new armies!!! Now I can have some play here as I will be allowed to add within a faction and if I completely remove myself from a faction that leaves me with some space also!!

I would like to say no new games, but with Infinity and Guild Ball knocking on the door not sure how well that will happen.

I will of course also have Infamy to play as well once the KS is finished and the rules become available but I am not going to even fight that. Does mean I need to actually build the models I already have for my shame!!

PPP

PP have moved to hard plastics for some of their future releases. This is huge as I know a lot of people are not a fan of the resin they use (I am though for the big kits) and lets not discuss restic.

I am looking forward to see what becomes of this, but it will be interesting as now we have a direct comparison between PP and GW for the first time since they have not been closer too each other as far as fan bases go (although honestly we all know GW is still out there in front)

 Painting & Hobby

I have managed to paint my friends Lady J and Hoffman crews this week, like literally 2 crews in one week. Thankfully he is a fan of the poster paint look…

As always make sure you check out the guys at the outpost who now over 20% off RRP on everything on their site.


Exulon Thexus

Well, after winning Mr Thexus at the BCB, figured I may as well have a look at him….What this now means is I have a target for next years BCB for a pink army. Yep, I am going Merc well Cephalyx anyway. So what does the floating Brain bring to the table? Its been a while and I am incredibly rusty but lets have a little look shall we ;)

Stats

As a floating brain Thexus obviously gets pathfinder and he can actually move pretty well. Enough to keep up with the rest of the army while not needing to run so much. He has amazing amount of Focus which grants him a massive control area obviously. Then things start to go downhill a little, his RAT is very poor but he doesn’t shoot so that’s not too bad. His straight offensive abilities are based around average MAT and very poor Prosthetic Blades this guy should not be in combat or anywhere near combat.

Now defensively its also not so good, Thexus is basically part of the old man club with Nemo and Sevvy. Thankfully he doesn’t need to be anywhere the action with his control area.

Abilities

Obviously he is a Merc who will work for Cryx but as for contracts he is Selective and as such will only be found in Cephalyx contracts. This means he can’t be found in other contracts to really mix up choices, it does make sense from the background.

As mentioned he is very squishy, even if he sat on all of his focus, so he has 2 things that help with this. He gets Sacrificial Pawn with his Monstrosities which helps against any range hurt coming his way. Spell Driver allows his Monstrosities to be arc nodes for a small amount of damage to them. So again keeping him out of melee range of most things, although extreme charges will catch him.

Further to support his pets there is Aggressive Reaction which allows his battlegroup to run/charge for free when an enemy model is in his control area. This adds a little focus efficiency from turn 2 onwards, allowing you to make sure your monstrosities are in the right area for some spell channelling or smashing face.

Feat

Thexus’ feat is Telekinetic Tide, which is pretty simple one. All enemy non-caster/lock models are pushed in any direction a small distance. A simple feat that is also incredibly powerful, with that huge control area means you can in theory catch nearly every enemy model. The 2 obvious things you can do is clear area for an assassination run but also to help clear an area to score on scenario.

However other possibilities are to pull a unit out of command range of the unit leader or pull stuff out of combat etc.

Spell

Interesting spell list for him, in that he has no upkeep spells which makes for some interesting choices.

  • Deceleration – His only direct buff for his army, gives a bonus to DEF and ARM against ranged attacks. Helps deliver your army as they don’t generally have a lot of shooting themselves.
  • Hex Blast – Thexus shooty spell that everyone will know. Probably only worth it against packed opponents (which is possible with the feat), It is also handy for setting up other things as it removes animi and upkeep spells.
  • Influence – A little bit situational as you again need models bunched up or they have reach but in the right instances (like the feat :D ) this can be nasty to use. Khador Demo Corps with back swing to hit 2 of his mates for instance..
  • Pyscho Surgery – This is a great spell as it heals all your monstrosities by the same possible amount as what the Spell Driver ability causes, which is incredibly helpful.
  • Rampager – Very powerful spell against Hordes, yes it cant target character beasts but all others are fair game. Allows you to take control and take one hit, not only is this nasty when used against a heavy hitter but you can ensure they are in position that is better for you.
  • Telekenisis – An incredibly powerful spell as it is a place you can change the facing of the model hit never mind the movement involved…Hands out those lovely back strike bonuses and also stops charges.

Conclusion

He is an pretty selfish caster with only deceleration around to protect his army not that he cares for such things, although he can at least heal his monstrosities as he abuses them.

But with his feat and spell list he can at least bring the enemy closer to where he wants them and on the odd occasion cause mischief within their ranks.

Currently the Cephalyx are a limited contract to take for Mercs but still pretty effective. As everything is so cheap with a mountain of muscle one choice or simply infantry spam. However it is very easy to run both in the same list as you can squeeze a lot into even 35 points (this is the size I am planning at the moment) as these 2 lists show.

  • Thexus +5
  • Subduer – 7
  • Warden – 6
  • Wrecker – 7
  • Agitators x2 – 4
  • Full Mind bender unit – 6
  • Full Mind slave unit – 6
  • Overlords – 4

Whilst at tier 4, it is possible for ambushing mind slave units.

  • Thexus +5
  • Warden – 6
  • Wrecker – 7
  • Agitators x2 – 2 (one free)
  • Full Mind bender unit – 6
  • min Mind slave unit x2 – 8
  • Dominator with Croe’s Cutthroats – 11

Both are pretty scary with at least 2 heavies and 20+ infantry each certainly nothing to be sneezed at. I am sure I will be looking at other Cephalyx choices in the coming weeks because I have not fallen under their spell at all….

Would be cool to here other peoples thoughts on the cave dwellers and how they have found them.


Beared-itorial

Off to the Zoo today, I beleive they have the whole cast of Flock and Awe there now which will be nice.

 Extra Life

Remember to back the Heretic as he goes gaming mad for Charity. Extra Life

Open Combat – A little plug

If you havent seen it yet, head on over to Second Thunder, they have a nice intro price for their new Open Combat system. Go check it out and grab yourself a bargain but be quick it only lasts till the end of the month

 Painting & Hobby

Guess what……

Still painting Malifaux :) I am beavering away on my Neverborn so should have some fully painted playable lists pretty soon which is nice. While after BCB I have the warmachine bug again as well, which means I am finally going to tackle those clockwork angels. I may even suck it up and build Auorora…

As always make sure you check out the guys at the outpost who now over 20% off RRP on everything on their site.


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