Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Widget, Tinker Extraordinaire Painted


Widget is done! 


The model had a lot of open space on the base so I decided to try out one of the bunches of flowers I picked up recently to brighten up my basing.




Sooooo.... confession time... I really struggled to paint her face. I must have tried to get it right a dozen times. I gave up and made her a welding mask made using green stuff. It's moulded from the Rhulic model Thor.

Widget (Played by Zulamandi in Field of Fire's Riot Quest radio show. Spotify link here) had this to say about it...

"Oouuu ouuu can she fly like me? Is she aware that the mask will disrupt the effectiveness of the aerodynamics? She is gonna have to readjust for jellybean to wing ratio....hmmmmm"


Zulamandi streams awesome hobby content (Riot Quest, Warmachine and 40k) on her twitch which you can find here!


The wings were interesting to paint, though they did take a long time to paint due to the delicate nature of them. I did have to be very gentle with this model in general as I was always aware that either the wings or the wrench could have bent if I was rough with the model.


And here is the scale shot with Professor Pendrake.
I love Widget I think she is an awesome character and one of my favourite Heroes in Riot Quest

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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Maddox Nov Dynamic Update First Thoughts

 I'll start this off with a disclaimer: these are my first thoughts on seeing the changes and are not based on gameplay as of now. 

So Maddox got some buffs, lets take a look at them and see what they are, how impactful I think they will be and if this update changes how I see her viability as a caster.


Here they are broken down...

Gain Flank [Storm Knight]

When I heard Maddox was going to get some changes a few people asked me what I would change and I suggested Weapon Master (WM) as my first choice. Her melee output has been mediocre at best since she came out and with a pow of 13 WM would go a long way to making her a credible threat.

Her gaining Flank is kind of the same thing... except it really isn't. In terms of damage output its actually slightly better as she will also gain the +2 to attack rolls... but... she need a Storm Knight to facilitate this, which if any of you have played Blaize before becomes harder and harder this becomes as your infantry die off. 

It also changes up your order of activations. If you want her to charge on the turn you plan to feat you'd better hope whatever you wanted her to attack already has a Storm Knight engaging it or else whatever you use to help facilitate flank will not be able to benefit from her feat.
This might mean that she will really like to bring as many of the Storm Knight solos as possible to help get around this by being less costly activations when it comes to giving up the feat buff.

I also have always had this feeling that somewhere in PP there is an ideological resistance to Cygnar getting Weapon masters. As a faction we have so few but often have units with ways to get things like flank. It feels like we have to work just that little bit harder to get the same damage output as other factions. Again this is just how I feel about it - I have no evidence.

This change does further push Maddox into being "A Storm Division" Warcaster, though she can still potentially get Flank in Heavy metal using Nemo4 to bring in a Stormblade Captain.
If PP decide to do the right thing Acosta will gain the Storm Knight tag in the SD update next year! That would allow her to have a way to gain flank in every theme!

Gain Resourceful

Being able to upkeep spells on her battlegroup for free (this includes herself) is a great addition. I have often felt as though once she has spent her focus to upkeep spells she didn't have enough left to contribute meaningfully either by herself or fuelling a battlegroup. 


This change essentially gives her 3 extra focus on later turns. (She has 4 Upkeep spells but only 3 which can be on her battle group at any one time as Onslaught and Dauntless resolve (DR) can only be on Maddox herself as battlgroup choices. So realistically you will still be paying 1 focus to upkeep DR on a unit of some sort.


Storm Strike ranged weapon gains Electro Leap

This is the weakest of the three changes in my opinion. Her gun is only ranged 10" so she will still rarely be using it. Still, its a buff so we'll take it! 
I am surprised she still only has critical disruption (and critical cortex damage on her melee) it would have been nice to see this lose the "critical" requirement.


Well that's all I have for you today! I feel like this might be more of an impactful change once we get the Storm Division update next year. I have a lot of thoughts on what I would like to see adjusted in that update, so fingers crossed!

What are your thoughts on the changes to Maddox? Do you have any lists you are excited to play with her? I'd love to hear what you have to say.


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Friday, 20 November 2020

Darius1 Brawlmachine list


A while back I did a hobby stream on Twitch (you can find my twitch here, follow to find out when I stream next time) to finish up some of my Cygnar Warjacks which had been work in progress for a very long time. (They are finished now you can find them here)

While doing this I said that I would write a Brawlmachine list for any Cygnar Warcaster a viewer suggested. 
(if you don't know much about Brawlmachine you can find out more here

aajz_solari suggested Darius and I thought that was a great choice. 


So we set about making a list which might be good fun at 25 points with the various restrictions such as everything being FA1.

Knowing that I was sure to be adding lots of Warjacks and focusing on repair I used the theme Heavy metal which will allow the Half Jacks and any other repair models to repair even more with the theme benefit.

The first thing I added was a Centurion, its the tankiest Cygnaran Warjack and takes Darius' spell Fortify, which will increase its armour and prevent it from being pushed or slammed. Truly allowing it to be a contesting monster.

To keep Darius safe but still get use out of his awesome spell Jack hammer I wanted to include an arc node, so I decided to add Thorn as the extra rules and abilities it brings for the extra 3 points over a Lancer seem well worth it!

For the requisition card I added a Squire. The extra control range will help the list spread out a bit more and lessen the focus load on Darius slightly.

I added a Charger for some ranged support, I image it will be a great asset hunting down solos and making short work of the limited units brawlmachine lists will bring.

I wanted to make sure I added a unit but I didn't want to spend many points on them, so with that in mind I added a unit of Field mechaniks. They can help with the repair focused theme of the list and also make a great scoring/contesting unit. 

With 12 points left I wanted to add another heavy and my choice was an Ironclad or a Hammersmith. I decided to go with the Hammersmith as with Darius's Full throttle spell you can get value out of the boosted attack rolls making the Hammersmith's chain attack smite more likely to happen.
Here is the list:

Darius1
Halfjacks
Squire
Centurion
Hammersmith
Charger
Thorn
Field mechaniks


I thought it might be nice to include a picture of my painted version of this list.

If you want to see more pictures of my Darius and how I converted him you can find the post about how I did that here


My general battle plan (which would likely change depending on all the other factors like the other players list and deployment etc) would be to have Fortify on the Centurion which would run out to lead the army with the Hammersmith nearby to attack as an early trade.

Thorn would hang about in a central location to react to how the game progresses and provide support with its arc node. I would also be keen to try and use its Disruption spear and shock shield to cripple Warjacks when possible.

The Charger would go hunting infantry and solos.

Field mechaniks would try to hang back at first to repair chip damage done to the Warjacks by early ranged attacks. I would later use them to score zones or contest. A good way to get more turns of contesting out of them is to only run in the leader model and leave the rest of the unit out of command range preferably somewhere safe behind terrain. Running in one guy in each turn to get the most out of them.

The Halfjacks are amazing cheap (they're free!) flag scoring solos and they contest cheaply as well. 

It can be tricky to know when to turn them into mines, though putting a mine within range of a flag to kill solos which go to score it can be a great tactic. 

Be sure to bring one in every turn if you have less than 3! Write a big reminder and place it in your deployment zone so you never forget!



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Thursday, 19 November 2020

Model Review: Thrullg


So we have a bit of a retro review today! While I'm sure a lot of people might already have a Thrullg I figured I might as well write up a review while I was assembling my second one!
The Thrullg comes in four metal parts as seen above.




The body is very muscular and has a kind of "skinned" look to it. It really benefits from drybrushing.



There is some flashing/mould lines left on the underneath of the tail and back of the left leg, I had to gently carve this off then filing it down smooth.





Lovely fine detail in the suckers on its face tentacles.


Snarling mouth and saucer eyes give this beast an alien like appearance,


The arms have slight mould lines running down them but easy enough to fill done.



The attachment points on both arms are slight right angles with a small bump and dent style. They attach reasonably well but some people might prefer to pin them for extra security.


Here is is fully assembled. You can pose the tentacles somewhat by bending them, though I would caution not bending too much or they could break.



There are slight gaps in the join between arms and torso, but from experience these don't show up once painted so I don't feel the need to gap fill them.


The feet are on a sort of mini little base for each to keep the thin clawed toes from losing detail most likely. I recommend using greenstuff or some other putty to smooth the transition between them and the base they are on to make it less obvious.


Here is a scale shot with Professor Pendrake, the Thrullg is a decently sized monster.


I figured I might as well also show it alongside my painted one, I will be painting this one in the same style. I will likely end up painting it when I next paint glow effects as these use the same colours. (This will likely be when I paint Nemo4 and his Warjacks)

The Thrullg is a decent sculpt though the moulds might be showing their age based on the mould lines/flashing. The arms are posed a bit goofily in a gangly off to the side kind of look. They aren't easy to repose without considerable resculpting (which I considered but didn't want to spend the time on it)

I hope you found this retro review interesting/helpful, if you did please let me know!

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Eiryss, Fortune Hunter of Ios Painted


Eiryss is done! This puts me even closer to having all the starter box heroes painted and my goal of painting all of the Mayhem block heroes before the Winter time wasteland Kick starter arrives.





One of the parts I struggled most to pick a colour for were the magma bow (I think that's what they are called) In the end I just went with the Orgoth Bronze which I've become very fond of lately.



Here is the scale shot with Professor Pendrake.


And here she is with Eiryss 1 & 2. There is quite a bit of scale difference here...
As you can see I kept the colour scheme consistent across all three of them, this did help me in painting this one as I didn't have choice paralysis deciding colours.

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Monday, 16 November 2020

Balthazar Bamfist Painted


Balthazar Bamfist is painted! It took me a long time to paint him purely because I struggled to pick colours for him! I wanted to try a different scheme than the studio one try to challenge myself to use colours I don't typically use.
As he comes from the continent of Zu I wanted to reflect that in the Mechanika he uses glow a different colour.







The glowing runes I painted white then washed in some watered down purple paint.



Its always a challenge to paint large sections of skin. I'm pretty happy with how this turned out though.


Here he is with Professor Pendrake. I'm glad to have Bamfist painted, which puts me closer to having all the starter set heroes finished!


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