Sunday, 18 October 2015

Journeyman week 1

Week one of the Journeyman League is over!

I managed to get my 15 point list completely painted

I'm using pNemo as my caster for the league (at least until we reach 35 points and you can have two lists)

He was quite fun to paint. I wanted a colour scheme for him that matched the rest of my army but also linked him to the Stormsmiths I will be painting soon.

Dynamo was intimidating... so much detail on this model it was hard to know where to start.

I didn't notice until writing this that the paint on his head has chipped a little... I will have to fix that later.

So many lightening coils!

Finally painted my Lancer! This is the second model from my original battlebox that I have now painted, just pStryker and the Charger left.

The Tactical Arcanist Crops where a pain for me to paint, I had no clue what colour to paint their armour. Lucky for me the guys at my local club suggested some ideas for me. After that they painted up really quickly.

To round out the list I painted the Gobber Tinker I converted a couple of weeks ago. He was fun to paint up, I made the spare parts in his cart look a little rusty and second hand with a few washes.
I like the way his gloves look rubbery

On to the games!

Game one was against Mercs, His list was :
Harlan Versh
Steelhead halberdiers (min unit)

 At the start of the game I managed to kill all the Steelheads before they reached my army using the Chain lightening spell. Gallant was locked in place with Voltaic Snare and Dynamo shot it up so it didn't get anything done either.
Then Ashlynn charged and killed Dynamo and the gunmages kill the Tactical Arcanist Corps.
Nemo lacked the ability to do much to her with Quicken upkept on herself Nemo needed 12's to hit her with any spells...
She finished him off after I failed to kill her.

Game two was against Menoth. His list was
Bastions (Max)
Errants (Min)

This was a really hard match, I managed to wreck his jack easy enough and reduced the Bastions to 2 left out of 5 (each on its last health) but martyrdom kept them in the game for a long time.
I didn't even touch the Errants, in the end Harbinger moved up and cast Cataclysm at Nemo, who died quite easily to the auto hitting spell...

I hope to try and get more games in next week if I can, We have one more week at 15 points before moving to 25. (Each increment in points lasts for 2 weeks to give players more of a chance to keep up with the painting)

Monday, 12 October 2015

Journeymen League

There is going to be a modified journeyman league at my local club.

Official leagues give out painting points for anything painted during the league, regardless of whether it gets used or not. 
This version, however, also encourages players to play and paint their army they intend to use rather than just spamming for points. It gives bonus points to players that use fully painted lists that they painted during the league.

It also doesn't restrict players to keeping models in their list for the whole league. One of the things a lot of players don't tend to like, or struggle with, is keeping the battle-group for the whole league.

It starts at 15 points with no restriction on having to have a battle-group of a certain size, which is great for Warmachine players!

The league also slowly introduces scenarios week by week, and later there is an option for a second list.

The best part in my mind is that nothing is mandatory, nothing is forcing players to use two lists if they don't want to or if they don't own a second caster. 

So I now own all the Warcasters in Cygnar. I wanted to use one that was not only unpainted but that I could write a list all the way up to 50 points made up of unpainted stuff.

This puts anything I have already painted off limits for this list.
First thought was no Squire... yeah so I wanted to pick a caster that likes to take Sylys more than a Squire (also a great push for me to get Sylys painted - I'm not a huge fan of the model)
My first thought was pNemo. He's fun to use but not a power caster that will ruin a newer player's time.

So with all that in mind I wrote this 15 point list

Tactical Arcanist Corps
Gobber Tinker

The Gobber is less than ideal at this low points level, but I really wanted to paint up the model I converted the other week.

I'm hoping to keep up with the painting, as I have 2 weeks to paint the whole 15 point list - at the same time as trying to write my wedding vows!

I will post about games and painting as the weeks go on. Wish me luck.