Posts tagged “Warmachine

European Team Challenge 2012

Next Friday I will be at Maelstrom Games attending the Hordes and Warmachine European Team Challenge 2012. It is a 224 player team tournament, consisting of 56 teams each with 4 players. I am part of Team Epic Slayer, a last minute replacement.

Each player has a single 50 point list. This must be legal using the normal 50 point single caster/lock restrictions. In addition each player needs 10 points of reinforcements (subject to SR2012 army composition rules). The lists across a team are character restricted. That is, no characters can appear in more than one list. This includes Prime and Epic versions of a Warcaster or Warlock and any other unique model.

I will be taking an Epic Kreoss list, full of Daughters, Knights, Errants, Bastions and the mandatory Reckoner along with the usual solos and support.

Its going to be a brilliant weekend.

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Exemplar Bastions = Colossal Killers

The Exemplar Bastions are a unit some people deem not worthy to be in a list. I on the other hand have always liked them. Now that I have Errants (just) and Knights painted I thought that the Bastions would be kept in the miniature case. This was until Colossal were announced.

With the new Colossal model now appearing on the scene, players need to be able to take one down. This is where the Exemplar Bastions are back in the game.

With Blessed weapons by all means put Arcane Shield on your Stormwall, because this unit will ignore that!

Of course the Bastions need a little more help to take down a Colossal. This is where Epic Kreoss comes into play, now the Bastions have two attacks on the feat turn.

So I did some analysis using a good old spreadsheet and some random numbers. On average the Bastions charging a Stormwall under Epic Kreoss’s feat can take down the Colossal in one turn!


May Update

May was a very slow month on the playing side. I only played a single game all month against Tyler and his Mercenaries. The target of 175 games I wanted to play this year is well and truely out of my reach, even going to struggle to play 150 games.

On the painting side, I still have the Errants on the painting table. Been slow on the painting as well as playing. It seems I lost steam in getting the Errants painted, I think I burnt myself out and lost all motivation to get these done.


Exemplar Errants on the Painting Table (9 Weeks)

The Exemplar Errants have been on the painting table now for nine weeks. All of the miniatures have been based coated and the bases are nearly done. The shields are also nearly done. got the crossbows still to do.

Not picked up the paint brush this week, so one more week of my planned ten weeks to go. Still have some shading and highlighting to do and some tidying up.

Next its going to be the Daughters of the Flame and Nicia, Tear of Vengeance.


Steamroller 2012 – Grand Exemplar Kreoss

Lists in Steamroller 2012 are very different for me than last year. Firstly I have a lot more painted, and planning on getting even more painted. Secondly the character restrictions and reinforcements have meant I have had to shuffle my lists around. So onto my choice of warcasters which are Grand Exemplar Kreoss, Thyra, Flame of Sorrow and Hierarch Severius. Thyra is mainly my anti Hordes list, I have had a lot of joy with Thyra against Hordes factions. But onto my first list and Grand Exemplar Kreoss.

Grand Exemplar Kreoss is the warcaster I have been playing the most with recently, so this list is more set in concrete more than the others. I mainly wanted a high number of weapon masters in this list. The Daughters of the Flame aren’t weapon masters, but they do benefit from the feat. I nearly opted for another unit of Knights Exemplar, but included High Paladin Dartan Vilmon and a Paladin of the Order of the Wall for taking control of flags. High Exemplar Gravus is included for some anti-knockdown with the Covenant being restricted. Finally two character solos. Eiryss, Angel of Retribution and Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord. Eiryss for stripping focus of a warcaster and disruption, and Rhupert for giving out tough and pathfinder.

50 Points

Grand Exemplar Kreoss (*6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Daughters of the Flame (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
Exemplar Errants (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
Exemplar Errant Officer & Standard Bearer (2pts)
Exemplar Vengers (Leader and 2 Grunts) (7pts)
Knights Exemplar (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (3pts)
Exemplar Errant Seneschal (2pts)
High Exemplar Gravus (5pts)
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon (3pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord (2pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

Reinforcements

Vanquisher (8pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

35 Points

Grand Exemplar Kreoss (*6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Daughters of the Flame (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
Exemplar Errants (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
Exemplar Errant Officer & Standard Bearer (2pts)
Knights Exemplar (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
Exemplar Errant Seneschal (2pts)
High Exemplar Gravus (5pts)
Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord (2pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

Reinforcements

Exemplar Vengers (Leader and 2 Grunts) (7pts)


Current Focus

During May, June and July I have no tournaments planned, even though the big three (Welsh, Masters and ETC) will all be taking place. However from September it starts to pick up again. In September I have on the 2nd Iron Wrath IV at Maelstrom Games, on the 9th its another Hardcore Heat at Chorley (possibly if Tyler wants to attempt qualifying for the final) and on the 22nd its the London Steamroller Series at Harlow. In October on the 6th & 7th its Scrap Metal VI at Maelstrom Games. In November its Blood and Oil in Leicester and December the Hardcore finals at Maelstrom Games.

So my current focus is to pre-build three 50 & three 35 point lists with character restrictions in mind, also considering the miniatures I can have painted in the next four months. This is with a view of playing all the lists constantly over the coming months, before attending these tournaments at the end of the year. Also every game I play will be with a Steamroller scenario. Hopefully this will improve my tournament playing performance!

So what needs painting? Of course the Exemplar Errants are nearing completion, so after those its the Daughters of the Flame, Nicia, Tear of Vengeance, Exemplar Vengers, Holy Zealots, Monolith Bearer and High Exemplar Gravus. This is a lot of painting to complete in four months, so had better crack on!


April Update

Compared to March when I played twenty six games, I only played a lowly eight games during April. However I did win half of those games.

The painting of the Exemplar Errant is progressing. I should just be able to hit my ten week target for painting this unit.

On the playing side I have built three 50 point lists and three 35 point lists for character restricted Steamroller. These are the lists which I will be playing in tournaments later in the year. I will post these lists in the next couple of weeks.

The big three tournaments (Welsh, Masters and ETC) are coming up over the next couple of months, all of which I am not attending. This has seen a fall in the number of smaller one day tournaments over the next couple of months, so can’t see me attending a tournament any time soon.

I have seen myself rise in the UK rankings for Hordes and Warmachine to 74th. This has been due to the York Grand Slam tournaments being added. However because I am may not be attending any tournaments in the coming months, then I will probably drop down the rankings a little.