Friday, 24 February 2012

Too many naked bums. Bile Thralls!

As you all should know, I've begun to prepare myself and my army for the tournament scene here in England. I've started to get some more competitive army lists written and better units in the army(so long, black ogrun!).

The first staple unit in a good cryx army for me, are the simply delightful Bile Thralls. Every warmachine player knows, these guys can really mess up infantry formations, if you give them half the chance, so I quickly ordered a unit and good them painted up.

Here's the first one. 

And here's his naked dead bum.


 The thralls were a lot of fun to paint. Weird, but very fun! 

This guy is the leader, though whoever designed him, thought that a tiny set of goggles and some shoulder pads would be enough to recognise him at a glance when all 10 of them are stood on the battlefield. He was wrong.

So i said there was 10? Yeah, they are all painted, but there's only 3 different types of model in the unit. They look like this.

And here's their naked dead rumps. 

 Even though I didn't spend to long painting these dudes, I'm kinda proud of them. I can't help but look at them and smile, and that, in my opinion is a job well done. 

So what else have I got to talk about apart from naked dead bee-hinds? Firstly, the tournament preparations are already well underway. I had originally planned to take(as its a steam roller event) two lists, one with The lord exhumator Scaverous heading it up, and one with my old mark one favourite, Warwitch Deneghra.

 Now, during this warmachine season, I've been hammering various scaverous lists to get him learnt, so far with mixed success. He's got some pretty powerful moves, but I've struggled to find a decent play style with him. I played a game at my gaming club Tuesday just gone, and got a win, but only because my opponent managed to get an open charge lane on scaverous with an overboosting epic stryker and didn't kill him, So all I had to do was cut the little ginger's head off with avernus and 7 focus. 

On Thursday, I played another practise game, but this time, used deneghra. The last time i used her was when I'd just bought the mark 2 battlebox and was playing 15 point games. This time I played a 50pt deathclock timed affair against my good friend, Johnny with his khador lead by Harkevich.

This was, without question, the tightest game of warmachine I've played in mark 2. Suffice to say, there was a turn where both casters had a single point of health each and it could have easily gone either way. The difference for me between scaverous and deneghra became apparent during this game. Where I botched an assassination attempt with deneghra, I could get out of the way and come back for a second(more successful) attempt the next turn. If scaverous was in that position, I'd have blown his feat and that would have been the end of that. I'm beginning to think my style is more flexible than scaverous. 

All this is food of thought for me, but I'm starting to think scaverous might be up the road, and another of my mark 1 favourite's, the witch coven of garlghast can step up to the plate. 

More practise reports to follow! 


Sunday, 12 February 2012

Deathjack, Bonejacks, Ho!

I've been really hammering out the painted stuff for the last month or so, if you haven't been keeping up with me recently. This week has been no exception, and today I've got a bunch of 'jacks for my cryx army to look at.

I mentioned a few posts ago that I'd joined a new gaming club. Turns out we're all off to the WPS club challenge in Nottingham come may. I've entered into the warmachine steam roller side of the tournament, so between now and then, I've really got to get my game together. There's a good few months of list building and practise to come, and I'm really going to try and get the games in much as I can.

This means the blog may become more of a practise report than a painting blog for a bit!

Any way, on to the latest offering...

If I'm getting serious about the tournament scene, then I'm going to have to get some models with some power behind them on the table. Where better to start than cryx's heaviest, the mighty Deathjack? 

I like how this guy has turned out in my colour scheme. OK, so none of my stuff is mega converted but I think warmachine models are best pure.

Perhaps best seen on this pic, I tried out the privateer version of glow, mixed with my own theory on the deathjack's furnace. I think it looks quite good. or at least better than the effect I got on scaverous...

Next up, a pair of the crazy new flapper guys for the cryxians, scavengers.

Not gonna lie, I bought these guys out of pure novelty, and don't know how many competitive lists they'll make it into. Having said that, one of them got the killing hit on the butcher in my last game at the club, with a little help from scaverous!

Well fun to paint and play with. couldn't help but laugh to myself making and painting the little fellas.

Continuing the Sunday bonejack medley, I picked up a couple of ripjaws, just to give me more arcing options in my lists.

To finish for today, I also got a helldiver. not used him properly in a game yet, so report to follow.

Not quite as fun to paint as scavengers, but still, looks OK to my eyes.

Well, that's it for the moment, now I've actually run out of cryx models to paint, well at least until the next order arrives...


Sunday, 5 February 2012

The Satyxis Selection, and some dirty Mercs.

These last couple of weeks I've been hammering out the infantry side of my cryx army. Firstly, I finished off the rest of Croes Cutthroats, who've been doing much better in games since they've had a lick of paint. 

With the camera never lying, I do realise I can't paint eyes on privateer models to save my life. The guy in this shot on the left proves this utterly. Still, I've just have to get my practise on. 

The next unit I've been tackling are these satyxis raiders. They were also a tough unit to paint. OK, their eyes are mostly covered, so no really problem there, but there was alot of processes to get them to the tabletop, and I think the end result isn't as good as it should've been

I painted the sea witch's spear tip glowly green, just so my opponents can pick her out and aim everything toward her. 

Think it'll be awhile til I tackle a full unit of something again after these girls...

I also have solo captain to paint next, then I'll be done with the satyr for a while methinks.

One final note, I started building a couple of these machines this morning, and got to this stage and had to take a picture. "Raawwrr-not-so-steady-guys-rraawwwr!!" Just made to laugh :-p
Well, still got loads to paint, so till next time.