Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Potential future Cygnar releases

Privateer press are well know for planning ahead with their releases - you can often see their planning for the future in the theme lists.

(Small thing, I started writing this back in mk2 then when mk3 was released put it to one side...)


The Stormblade Captain is a great example of this, before it was released the only "Storm knight solo" was Laddermore and there wasn't a "Stormblade solo". Both of these are types of solos allowed in various tier lists.

Stormsmith units are another example from Nemo  & Styker's theme lists in mk2. The only Stormsmith unit was the Storm tower light artillery. As with this example there were tier lists that allowed Stormsmith units and others that only allowed Storm towers, so that showed they would release another stormsmith unit which they did in mk3 with the Stormsmith Grenadiers.

I stated by looking through the mk2 tier lists for hinted future releases here is what I found and ideas from what they could be...

Ranger solos - Kraye & Magnus mk2 themes
No models that fit this yet but I think it would be a good way to add a solo that hands out pathfinder in faction. If it is not a character that would be even better!

Light cav solos - Kraye mk2 theme
Currently another empty choice, not sure how this could be used or what role a light cav solo could have in Cygnar. (The light cav rule doesn't even exist anymore!)  Perhaps a Character Tempest Blazer that buffs them much like Laddermore does for Storm Lances?

Morrowan units - Blaize mk2 theme
Other tier lists name Precursor Knights individually so it could be assumed that there will be another unit at some point. Hopefully a multi wound medium base unit, or maybe a cavalry unit?

Morrowan solos - Blaize mk2 theme
Currently only Harlan Versh fits in this category it would be good to see a Morrowan priest/cleric style solo that could prevent friendly model's souls going to enemy models in it's command area. It could also have a medic aura and grant tough as a Action.

Sword Knight solo - Magnus mk2 theme
I'm not sure what could be done with a Sword knight solo, my thoughts first went to Runewood but he is not typed as a sword knight. There are not many buffs that I can think of that Sword knights could be given that don't already exist in the faction. This makes me think a combat solo might be likely in that role.
It would be cool to see a "Sword knight veteran" With jack marshal and a rule allowing it to bring Talon merc jacks into a cygnar army making them Friendly faction so Sword knights can use them to enable Flank.

Now that the first three Cygnar theme lists are out we can look to them to see if any other hints are given.


The Storm division theme doesn't offer any real hints for new models sadly, but this is a theme within Cygnar that is really fleshed out so its not overly surprising.



The Heavy metal theme. Notice how it mentions "Sword knight models/units". Another link to the clue above that there might be a Sword Knight solo in the future or perhaps even another unit?


Sons of the Tempest them has a small clue to give, it states "small based Arcane Tempest solo" which hints towards a medium or large based one in the future. This could be the light cav solo mentioned above, so perhaps a character Blazer solo or Dragoon.

What do you think the future releases could be?
I'd love to know your thoughts on the subject.

(a lightning question mark to inspire...)

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Alexia2 Painted


Alexia2 Is done! I had been putting off painting her for a while as she intimidated me as a painting project and I was trying to get 100% done with my Cygnar (which now is done so I can move on to some mercs)


Ever since I saw someones conversion of this model I knew I wanted to do the same.
I can't tell you who was the first to convert Alexia like this but I salute them!
She looks so cool like this to me, though she is a pain to fit in the case now...





She was an interesting challenge to convert and a joy to paint in the end. I look forward to putting her on the table!


I obtained a pistol wraith in a trade last year and decided to keep it rather than sell it on, it will make a good "bad guy" for the Iron kingdoms RPG which I GM
I painted him as well just to save a little time.


What do you think of my Alexia2 then?

As with all my conversions if you would like to commision me to make one for you please send me an email to 
thomasgbell84@googlemail.com
(I'm based in the UK)

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Stormsmith's and Storm knights Painted


So with this lot painted I am 100% painted for the whole Cygnar faction! (There are new releases due to come out in March so it won't be for long!)


I took a long time to pick up Maddox as I owned more than enough of the Jacks that come in the battle box, but when one of my friends picked up the two player set to get the Cryx I went in with him on it. Sold a few of the Cygnar items I didn't want and will be converting the Lancer and Ironclad into a Talon and Nomad respectively.



I replaced her head with a Storm knight helmet just like I did for Stryker 2&3 I think this helps her fit in better and made it so I didn't have to paint the less detailed face...


I managed to pick up three Stormblade weapon attachments to round out my two units. They are now both at max strength!



Stormsmith grenadiers! Love the models for these guys and am looking forward to using them, not sure exactly how well they will do but it will be interesting to try.



Second unit of them too, I tried to vary the poses and pick different hair colours to make them look less like clones.



Anyone who has read my blog for a while will know that I like to paint in batches... So I picked up three more Stormsmith stormcallers to get me to max FA and paint at the same time as the grenadiers.
I did change my colour scheme for them a little, I painted their armour pieces black instead of silver.
I might go back and change the old ones to match this, what do you think? 



And to round it out I picked up a second storm tower! This was second hand as well and already assembled, I didn't want to take it apart but it was quite forward on the base leaving a big empty space so I put a barrel on there for some added detail.


So what do you think of this lot?
I will be doing a full army post with loads of pictures soon, but I will have to take them all to my gaming club as I don't have a surface large enough to set them all up on at home!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Privateer Warjacks Painted


Haven't got much painted this month but I did manage to finish off these WarJacks for my Merc army


This Freebooter was second hand and the leg to hip joints where ruined so it couldn't be posed in the normal running pose. It also has modded clamps from a Warden monstrosity. 





This Mainer was also second hand and didn't come with any legs! I had one Khador Jack leg from when I made the Junker hulk for Iron kingdoms RPG (pictured below). I built a peg leg out of plastic tubes and various other bits.









I changed the nets on both my Buccaneer's to have actual nets (I really don't like the look of the net the model comes with). I made these by bending links of jewelry chain to attach them together in a net shape then adding balls of green stuff to act as lead weights.


What do you think of my Merc jacks colour scheme and the conversions so far?

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Bear with me here... Brun & Lug in Cygnar : Part 1 the theory


I picked up Brun & Lug in a Mercenary army I bought and they screamed out to be painted so I figured I would give them a go in some Cygnar lists.

I am aware that they seem to be the least used of the four minion lessor warlocks but I think they have some promise.

So first I will go over what the pair do.

Brun has some decent survivability with his spell Stonehold reducing damage rolls he takes by one die and preventing knockdown.

Lug has the same stats as the Ironclad chassis except his strength which is one higher , though his melee weapons are pow 16 which is a little lower.

Where Lug shines is his control effects, he has both hyper-aggressive, Counter attack and Return.

Hyper-aggressive allows Lug to advance up to 5" directly toward a model that damaged him.
Counter attack allows him to charge a model that ends within 6" of him as long as he is not engaged.
Return lets Lug move up to 5" towards Brun after a charge attack ignoring free strikes (this does work with counter attack which is quite nice)

His animus is bear hands which allows him to either knock down or push 3" a model hit in melee. This works great to trigger another ability he has called "Chain attack: Grab and smash" which allows Lug to do a head-butt or throw if he hits with both his initial melee attacks.

In a good activation he can force for 1 to use his animus then boost to hit his first attack (which will knock down the target) then either use return to walk 5" away or auto hit with his second initial attack which will trigger the chain attack throw which will also auto hit.

So I decided to put Brun & Lug in a list in my pairing and have been using them for the last couple of months.

Haley2
Squire
Dynamo
Thorn
Ragman
Gunmage Captain Adept
Strangewayes
Journeyman Warcaster
Firefly
Lanyssa
Brun & Lug
Storm Lances 

(This list was before the errata so is now 1 point over...) 

Haley2 can protect the pair really well on her feat turn and can extend their threat range up to 4" using Telekinesis.

The plan will be for Lug to charge into a heavy (for free if possible using hunters mark from Lanyssa) use his animus to knock down his target.
Then buy all his attacks and after he is done Brun charges in with flank to get even more attacks on the target then uses bear hands on his last attack to push the heavy 3" away.
Haley then feats and the heavy is now knocked down and pushed out of melee with the pair so can't attack back.

If heavies are bunched up and you can get to attack more than one then all the better. They can also push surviving heavies away from the Storm Lances should they fail to kill their targets.

I think they are worth some effort trying out so for the next while I will be using them.
I don't plan on using them with every caster in Cygnar (that would be crazy) but there are a few that I think have potential such as Siege & Sturgis.

Hopefully I be able to get some batreps up on Youtube soon with Brun & Lug in action!


What do you think of the Bear?


Monday, 19 December 2016

Kraye & Gunmage batch Painted


This time I have Kraye and my remaining Gunmages done!
(Still waiting on my local store to get me another Gunmage rifleman)


Tempest blazers got put off for a long time, I disliked painting my two units of normal gunmages so the thought of painting them with horses added in was not something I looked forward to.

I got some advise about painting horses and after that they didn't take that long really.








Gunmage Rifleman was nice and easy to paint up, when I eventually get hold of a second one I'm sure it won't take me too long to get it painted.




Gunmage Captain adept was also fairly easy to paint up, just copying over the colour choices from the gunmage unit made it easy.



For my second Gunmage Captain Adept I decided to do a simple conversion.
Using an Iron kingdoms RPG model called Valeria Alvaro Ordic pistoleer I cut off second set of pistol holsters and added a sword in their place. This gives her two pistols and a sword the same as the Captain adept above.
That and keeping her the same colour scheme as the gunmages I feel happy with the conversion.




Since I was painting horses when doing the Blazers I figured I might as well work on Kraye at the same time. He was a little harder to paint than other casters I have worked on lately, mainly choosing what colours to paint the various parts of him...





I couldn't resist getting the resculpted Black 13th, even though their rules took a bit of a hit the models sure got better! I actually enjoyed painting these guys, which is huge for me as I really disliked painting the old unit.








What do you guys think of my Gunmages? I'm really glad to have painted them and happy that they weren't the grind that the two units of gunmages I painted a long time ago were.