Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Four Primes

I am back in business.  My two cans of P3 primer showed up from Minaturemarket.com and I am back to painting again.  I didn’t sit idle while I was waiting.  I picked out the bases for the minis and made sure that they were drilled and pinned and ready to be primered up.  As soon as I got the order in, I primered up a Grundback Gunner, Durgan Madhammer, Brun Cragback & Lug.  I did have the internal debate of if I wanted to prime Brun Cragback & Lug in white or black.  In the end I decided to prime them black because I really didn’t want to have to chase down all the little white spots that I know will crop up. 

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I am taking the easy way out. I figure once I am done with those four figures for my Searforge Commission list I am going to take a break and work on my Blindwater Congregation army.  

Speaking of Brun Cragback & Lug, I am starting with those two first.  A dwarf and his pet polar bear just say something primal and while I look at their stats and I see a nice one trick pony, it will be nice to paint up something slightly different for my Searforge Commission list that isn’t mostly green.  There will be some small things that tie them in with the army but over all they are going to be standalone models in their own right. 

I'll post pictures of my progress on Brun & Lug next week.

I do like the idea of the models though and I can see where Privateer Press got their inspiration for the models.  Can anyone say the opening sequence of World of Warcraft with a Dwarf Hunter and his pet bear?  That was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw these figures a few years back.  Now I can’t really say where Privateer Press got the idea for these two but like most of the Minion Mini-Warlocks pairs, they are beautiful sculpts and each one compliments the other very well. 

The one glaring issue I can see with them is the limited control range of the models do to the low Fury score.  3 Fury equals a 6” control range and since most of the Warbeasts are speed 5 or more, on they charge they are moving 8” and charging right outside of their control range so they can’t be forced to buy extra attacks or boost attack or damage rolls.  This is easily managed by positioning the Mini-Warlock first and then getting off the charge with the other guy but again you have to be careful because now the Warlock can charge out of the control radius.  I guess I’ll just have to play it safe with the Mini-Warlock’s and their Warbeasts.

Time to switch topics for a few paragraphs or so.

This past weekend there was supposed to be a Tournament for Warmachine/Hordes down at the Armory…I say supposed to be, because only myself and one other person showed up.  Talk about a total let down.  For the past three months every other Friday night saw at least 6 to 10 people playing their Warmachine or Hordes army.  The campaign nights saw at least 8 people getting in games. 

I had high hopes that the tournament would have at least that many people…

And my hopes got flattened like a poor infantry model getting squished between a Ghordson Basher and a Khador Juggernaut.  Man, how disappointing.  Two people.  Two people showed up and I was one of them.  For the past three months I have been talking up this tournament during the campaign nights and telling people they would be able to play their campaign lists in the tournament.  It seemed like folks were pretty jazzed about it and then nothing, nada, zip, zilch.  Seriously!  What the *#$% people!? 

To say that I was disappointed would be an understatement.  I understand that people have stuff to do, I mean life happens.  I know of two players that had to work due to folks quitting and accidents, I know another player was going out of town with his family.  One player couldn’t find a ride, hell I almost wasn’t able to show up on time because my wife was doing something at the gym and wasn’t going to be back until 12:30 - 12:45 but I still got there with a few minutes to spare.  Maleficarum showed up about 30 mins after I did and we both kind of looked at each other, shrugged, and threw down a 35pt game.  Our game was rather enjoyable and even though I lost due to poor positioning on my part (block an escape lane) for my Warcaster or possibly better positioning by Maleficarum I still had a great time.  I did end up playing Major Marcus ‘Siege’ Brisbane with a ton of infantry which was a pretty drastic change for me. 

Anyway, off to paint!

1 comment:

  1. I've noticed similar trends. 40k wise, if I didn't advertise the hell out of tournament on my blog, and talk it up every game night, send out text message reminders, etc, no one shows up. (The turn out at the recent doubles tournament was a good example.)

    That said...
    When I do put i the effort, we get an average of about 16 players for the tournaments.

    I posted the tournament schedule on my blog, but since I know nothing about WM/H,never post anything about it. I have not been able to get a WM/H author either.

    Long story short, you know my offer stands that you can post on Grimdark if you ever want, even if it's just advertising your own sight or an event that I'm clueless about.

    I've had you 2d6 linked for over a year now, but I'm not sure what more I can do, myself, to draw attention to 2d6, Warmachine, etc.

    As always, let me know what I can do to help and I will try.
    (No, I can't play WM since I'm flat broke. Chico State is sucking my savings dry!)