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Still Painting Exemplar Errants (6 Weeks)

Yes I am still painting the Exemplar Errants, its been six weeks now and not painted anything else but Errants. The base coat on the bodies are almost done, then its onto the base, followed by shading and highlighting. Some how not looking forward to painting thirteen bases with my usual method.

To give myself a break and to stop me going mad, I have made a start on the shields over this weekend with a view to hopefully having these complete. Then next I need to concentrate on the crossbows. So with only four weeks remaining I think I can stick to my original plan and hopefully stay on target.

I did mention that Gravus would be next, however I think the Daughters of the Flame may be next. I have a week off work soon, so may keep Gravus for that week and to have the miniature as a back burner project. Therefore I can paint something different when going mad with my current painting project.

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Errants on the Painting Table (4 Weeks)

The Exemplar Errants have been on the painting table now for four weeks. However over the last two weeks I have hardly picked up a paint brush. With six weeks remaining on my plan, I think I can just meet the target of ten weeks. Just need to get the turso’s painted which I am struggling with at the moment.

On another note I have decided that High Exemplar Gravus will be next on the painting table, followed by Daughters of the Flame and Nicia, Tear of Vengeance.


York Grand Slam Tournament – What a day !!!

On Saturday both myself and Tyler spent a day in York at the Grand Slam Tournament. It was a 32 player Hordes & Warmachine Tournament, two events held over the course of the day. A 5 round 35 points Steamroller and a 4 round 15 points Mangled Metal. The 35 point steamroller came with a twist, Shrinking Kill Box artifice. Round by round the Kill Box shrinks by a further 2″ each time.

I took Grand Exemplar Kreoss and Thyra, Flame of Sorrow for the 35 points Steamroller and High Exemplar Kreoss along with Thyra, Flame of Sorrow again for the 15 points Mangled Metal. Here are the lists I used during the day.

Grand Exemplar Kreoss – 35 Points

Grand Exemplar Kreoss (*6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
Knights Exemplar (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard (4pts)
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon (3pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord (2pts)
Taryn di la Rovissi (2pts)
Vassal Mechanik (1pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow – 35 Points

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow (*6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Vanquisher (8pts)
Hierophant (2pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
Knights Exemplar (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan (2pts)
Saxon Orrik (2pts)
The Covenant of Menoth (2pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

High Exemplar Kreoss – 15 Points

High Exemplar Kreoss (*5pts)
Revenger (6pts)
Crusader (6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow – 15 Points

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow (*6pts)
Revenger (6pts)
Crusader (6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)

35 points Steamroller

First game at 9 o’clock in the morning against Adam and his Legion of Everblight. I never play well first game of a tournament and especially this early in the morning. So resulted in a lose to me.

Second game and bottom table against Luke and Circle Orboros. Getting to sound familiar, losing the first game and bottom table game two. Anyway Thyra got a caster kill on Krueger, so a win to me.

Third game against Legion of Everblight and Martin. And another win with Thyra killing the Warlock. So after three games all against Hordes factions I was on two wins and making progress up the tournament placings.

Next Andy and his Minions. And again I bring Thrya to the table! This time Thyra bites me, like she has done in so many times in the past. Failing to hit Barnabas needing sixes on three dice (yes I even boosted) and again needing sixes to hit. Will the fire damage do the job, I needed 11 on two dice, and rolled a 10! So close to a win, if I had rolled the sixes to hit on the initial two attacks I am sure Thyra would have won.

Final game and another Hordes faction. So I had gone the entire tournament and only faced up against Hordes factions. This time it was Skorne against Gavin. But I needed to play Epic Kreoss at least once in the tournament, so Thyra sat this one out. I lost this final game. But felt that if I had remembered Epic Kreoss had Armour Piercing, then a Bastion would have had a charge on the Warlock under the Feat to win me the game.

I ended the tournament in 17th place out of 32 player. Really pleased with this and how I played during the day. Still made some mistakes, but overall a big improvement. Playing more aggressive with Thyra in this tournament and the Hardcore heat has proven to be a hit.

15 points Mangled Metal

First game and Andy (who I played in the Steamroller), but this time Trollbloods. And a win, this time with Prime Kreoss. Next up against Luke and his Circle Orboros again, only this time it was a lose with Thyra. Third game against Graham and his Cyrx and a win with Prime Kreoss, only because Graham forgot the Mosh Pit scenario. So final game and up against Tyler and his Khador. A Narrow lose, all because Kreoss a Reckoner and a Crusader could not kill Beast 09.

I ended the Mangled Metal in 17th place out of 28 player. Again really pleased with this.

An excellent days gaming. What a day !!!


March Update

I played a massive twenty six games during March, attending four tournaments. In the last three tournaments I have placed mid table, close to being in the top half. This is a big improvement over usually being placed last or close to last. So very happy seeing some progress in my playing ability.

Having played this amount of games during March it means that I am only nine games from being on target for playing 175 games this year, and three up on this time last year.

Painting wise progress has slowed down on the Errants. I have hardly picked up a paint brush in the last week. So need to make some progress. No tournaments planned for April, so its concentrating on painting all of those Errants.


Errants on the Painting Table (2 Weeks)

The Exemplar Errants have been on the painting table now for two weeks. The picture show my progress. I usually paint all the same colours at once when batch painting a number of miniatures. However this time I decided to take a different approach.

This time I am painting an area of each miniature at once, before moving onto another area. I painted all the chain mail first, then the helmets and shoulder armour. Next moving onto the upper body. Having tired this method I have to say I much prefer this method of painting.

Next update in another two weeks!


Dissecting my Thyra Hardcore List

This is my 50 point Thyra Hardcore list which I qualified with at the 2012 Hardcore Series heat. Even though I did qualify with this list I think it could be tweaked and made a little better.

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow (*6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Hierophant (2pts)
Avatar of Menoth (11pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard (4pts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (3pts)
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon (3pts)
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan (2pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
Saxon Orrik (2pts)
The Covenant of Menoth (2pts)
The Wrack (3 wracks) (1pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

So before I start swapping in and out miniature, these are the miniatures which I deem as a must have for Thyra at Hardcore.

Reckoner (8pts)
Hierophant (2pts)
Avatar of Menoth (11pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan (2pts)
Saxon Orrik (2pts)
The Covenant of Menoth (2pts)
The Wrack (3 wracks) (1pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

Here is my reasoning on each of the miniatures. The Reckoner with Assault giving a 20″ threat range. The Hierophant, Avatar of Menoth and The Wrack help Thyra manage her low focus. The Choir of Menoth enough said. Madelyn Corbeau for the extra 3″ charge threat on Thyra. Saxon Orrik giving Thyra Pathfinder. The Covenant of Menoth to keep Thyra on her feet, or continuous fire on a charge. Both Vassals of Menoth to Enliven both the Reckoner and Avatar of Menoth, or an Ancillary Attack on the Reckoner.

The Exemplar Bastions I still have in question, they are a very good unit to hold up my opponent, yet they lack in speed. Still considering the Exemplar Vengers, but for the moment the Bastions are included.

This leave these miniatures which are up for replacing with another Reckoner, possibly Nicia, Tear of Vengeance and may be the Exemplar Vengers.

Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard (4pts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (3pts)
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon (3pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)

Therefore by adding another Reckoner I remove Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard and both Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts). So this leave only Eiryss, Angel of Retribution. High Paladin Dartan Vilmon and possibly the Exemplar Bastions in question. However High Paladin Dartan Vilmon can help keep Madelyn Corbeau alive with the use of Sucker and he has reach, with I like.

So it’s possibly going to be swapping Eiryss, Angel of Retribution with Nicia, Tear of Vengeance. Both are 3 points so a straight swap. If the Exemplar Bastions are swapped out for the Exemplar Vengers, then I have a point spare for a Vassal Mechanik. However with out the Exemplar Bastions then Thyra could be exposed early on in the game with the Exemplar Vengers being a lot more killable than the Exemplar Bastions. So here is what the list possibly looks like

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow (*6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Hierophant (2pts)
Avatar of Menoth (11pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
or
Exemplar Vengers (Leader and 2 Grunts) (7pts) and a Vassal Mechanik (1pts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (3pts)
or
Nicia, Tear of Vengeance (3pts)
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon (3pts)
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan (2pts)
Saxon Orrik (2pts)
The Covenant of Menoth (2pts)
The Wrack (3 wracks) (1pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

The final is not until December, so plenty of time to play test the list and paint the new miniatures. I may take the list to another qualifier to test it, as Tyler will probably also want to attempt and qualify also.


What a weekend !!!

I spent the weekend at Maelstrom Games playing in two tournaments. Saturday was Iron Wrath III and Sunday was the Hardcore Series II Heat. Got to admit on Sunday evening I was toast after playing 9 competative games over the weekend. Of those 9 games I managed to win 3, but could have been more.

Saturday and Iron Wrath III.

First game was against Ron and his Skorne. Sorry Rob can’t remember a lot about this game (was a long weekend), but can remember I lost by caster kill. Next was another Rob and his Legion, another lose by scenario. Then the 50 point game of the day against Adam and Cryx, and another lose by scenario.

So after three games all with Thyra I needed a win, so eKroess for the last game against Bruce and his Khador. Managed a caster kill with kreoss charging eButcher.

At the end of Saturday playing 3 competitive games with Thyra and losing all 3, I wasn’t looking forward to the Hardcore on Sunday. Got to admit, I wished I could change the list and take pKreoss who I took last year and had some good games with.

Sunday and Hardcore Series II Heat I.

First game and Marc with his Protectorate of Menoth, lost by caster kill. Although Thyra did failed her charge into Kreoss my less than a millimeter in turn two (needless to say we were very careful in measuring!).

Next Rob and Trollbloods which I won by caster kill. Rob forget Thyra was Stealth with Occulation and moved his Warlock into her charge range (15 inches) for a ranged assassination, needless to say the Warlock died next turn due to Silence of Death (with no transfers and no Tough).

My third game was against James with Cynar and another caster kill win! This time an Enlivened Avatar moved into range of Brisbane, and he died next turn. I really enjoy playing with two Enlivened Warjacks!

This put me on two wins and table 4 with 2 games to go. So it was up against Lewis and Legion in game 4, which unfortunately resulted in a loss by caster kill.

Going into the last game it was possible to definitely qualify for the finals with a win, and I ended the day against Phil and his Cygnar (eHaley). The Reckoner managed to get ten wounds on Haley whilst under the influence of her feat, but the Ancillary Attack failed to hit needing 9’s. The Thunderhead then killed Thyra with the auto hits. Which meant a long wait for the round to end and the results to be announced before I knew if I had qualified for the finals.

The top 16 players qualify from 3 heats, so I was in with a chance. I did qualify in 16th place, so its the Hardcore Series II finals in December for me, and after my performance during the day with Thyra I will definitely be taking her maybe with a few tweaks to the list!

Here is my Thyra Hardcore list, which will probably be tweaked before the finals in December. I am going to consider adding another Reckoner, and possibly a unit of Vengers for the speed to keep up with Thyra, as I found Thyra was bound by the speed of the Bastions.

Thyra, Flame of Sorrow (*6pts)
Reckoner (8pts)
Hierophant (2pts)
Avatar of Menoth (11pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & 2 Honor Guard (4pts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (3pts)
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon (3pts)
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan (2pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
Saxon Orrik (2pts)
The Covenant of Menoth (2pts)
The Wrack (3 wracks) (1pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

Having checked the UK Warmachine/Hordes rankings on Monday I have moved up the rankings from 123rd to 90th. So thats a big jump and a tick against one of my new years resolutions to improve my UK Warmachine/Hordes ranking on Rankings HQ.

Like the post title says….

What a weekend !!!