Did everyone have a great vacation? I had so many, many plans for my two weeks off, like getting my Exemplar Errants completely painted, taking part in the traditional Japanese big cleaning of the house, more blogging since I fell behind a little bit last year (oops, sorry, everybody!). Sadly, a dislocated thumb and a slipped disk in my spine made sure that I did nothing but a lot of sitting at my kitchen table, unable to do anything but sit still and pray for a miracle! No painting, no blogging... no nothing! And well just in time for real life to return. Curses! At least my second half was around to help with the poliwogs, or else I would have been completely out of luck!
A few weeks before the end of the year, the Fukuyama Gaming Club had our last meeting of 2018, and we got in some great games. Leland and DTB look like they're heading to Osaka for a tournament in the middle of January, and are really working hard on getting their lists ready for a good fight! We didn't just get in some Warmachine/ Hordes practice, though... oh no! Take a look at what got thrown down on the board!
|Ghostly warband FTW!|
This month, DTB and I paired off for a Warma/Hordes battle, leaving Sarge and Leland to their own battles, and was I in for a surprise! Instead of pulling out his tried and true Trollblood army, he threw a whole new bag up on the table... one with swirling purple patches... and I knew that DTB had fallen to the Defiers! Perfect! My Menoth worshipers were just dying to get their hands on these heretical nightmares! But in reality, I love love love the Grymkin, and was super excited to see a new army across the board from me! I guess DTB wanted to surprise everyone, so he put the army together and painted it up without telling anyone, until he had a fully painted, complete army up and ready to go. Amazing!
So, without further ado, your army lists for today!
Army List, Grymkin:
|A scattered bunch of Nightmares!|
Defier - The Child
Skin & Moans X 3
Rattlers X 3
Crabbits X 2
Gremlin Swarms X 3
Lady Karianna Rose
So, this is the Dark Menagerie theme force, which is pretty much like most Heavy Metal themes. Ultra beast heavy, no units, and a couple of solos are what DTB has to work with, but in return, the theme allows him to take Gremlin Swarms, usually not acceptable in the theme force, and the Gremlins get Serenity, that will help him with Fury control. Also, all non trooper models that can carry corpse tokens begin the game with one, so his Skin & Moans and the Death Knell are already tough coming out of the gate. The good news for me and the bad news for DTB is that while the Gremlin Swarms would be devastating to most armies, my force is literally awash in magical weapons, so getting rid of them won't be AS tricky as it could be for most opponents.
Army List, Protectorate:
|Line up for a fight with the darkness!|
Warcaster - High Exemplar Cyrenia
Exemplar Bastion Seneschal
- Officer & Standard Bearer
Exemplar Errant Seneschal
High Exemplar Gravius
This is the new Exemplar Interdiction theme force that I wanted to try out, along the the brand spankin' new caster, Cyrenia! Woo, is she a great addition to the Protectorate! I've only played her in a few games, but MAN!! I love her! This theme gives me the benefits of having all warjacks (so, only the Judicator, who already has it naturally.... sigh) Blessed on all their weapons, meaning that they will ignore spell buffs to ARM and DEF, and also gives me a +2" on my deployment zone.... now, usually that would be invaluable to me, but this army is surprisingly fast! Cyrenia has a spell to move her troops along, and Gravius also has an action he can take that also gets Exemplars moving... but still, I'll take it!
|Things that go bump in the night|
|And now for the fastest list in Menoth|
I started with Cyrenia and her Judicator in the center. To their left, I placed the Cinerators and Gravius (he's going to help them along since they're SO SLOW!!!) To the right I had the Mechanik behind Cyrenia and the Warder next to her, then the Bastions with their Seneschal behind them. Since DTB doesn't have any advanced deployment, I went ahead and put out the Errants and their Seneschal in the middle of the field.
"To be sure," Cyrenia replied. "Are you lost?"
A dark light flashed behind the child's eyes. "I'm not lost. Dolly's with me." Behind her, something huge began to push through the trees. The girls features twisted in a horrible grin. "And Dolly HATES the worshipers of the false one!"
Cyrenia moved back towards her forces as Dolly loomed behind The Child, and the Exemplars prepared their weapons as the chittering, moaning horde of Grymkin appeared, ready to rend them all until they joined the Wicked Harvest.
Round 1, Grymkin:
|Oh, man, they're coming!|
|You don't want to meet these guys down a dark alley!|
Round 1, Protectorate:
|For the Flame and the Wall|
Round 2, Grymkin:
|Fear not the darkness!|
|Mmmmm, Errant, nom nom nom|
Round 2, Protectorate:
|Stand strong, guys! They're only as scary as they look!|
|Casualties of war!|
Victory for the Grymkin!
|This monster must not be allowed to survive!|
The Child giggled maniacally as her monsters tore through Cyrenia's Exemplars as though they were untrained chaff. Unwilling to risk more of her brothers-in-arms, the High Exemplar sent the signal to withdraw, a vanguard taking the brunt of the retreat as the monsters continued their depraved games. "Go hide behind your wall, little knight," she heard the voice of the Child call over the wails of the dying. "We'll see you soon enough."
A very fun game with DTB! The Grymkin play style is still a little unfamiliar to me, and I had a great time learning just how devestating a Rattler on the lose could be! I made a lot of mistakes, forgetting important rules and tricks of my models, but most of them I'm using for the first time, like the Errants, and I'll pick it up soon! I'm looking forward to more Defier Vs. Menoth fights in the future! Thanks, DTB!!!