Leland is doing a great job of little by little painting up his Cygnar forces, and they are really staring to come together. He's almost able to field a completely painted 75 point army... I'm almost certain that that will be a reality before the end of the year! Of course, since we are a friendly club, it's not a problem to play with unpainted mini's as long as it's not tourney time (and as long as you don't mind taking a bit of heat from DTB, that is, haha!). DTB and I are continuing to fiddle around with completely new lists, and I think we're really narrowing down at least the first of two casters. After this month, I have for sure decided that the Testament of Menoth is going to be one of mine for next year's tournament... I'm just trying to decide between the Exemplar Interdiction and The Faithful Masses theme forces. I adore the Exemplars... they are why I decided to play the Protectorate in the first place, and Kreoss, the most exemplary of Exemplars, is my favorite of the Protectorate casters! But even more than the Exemplars, my heart belongs the the Paladins of the Order of the Wall. I have often debated with DTB over the years the idea of having a Paladin based army, but it was never viable since there is a field allowance of 3 Paladin solos, and no other Paladin models. Well, all that is changing! A Paladin dragoon solo is being released as part of PP's 12 Factions of Christmas, and they have been included in the newest theme force, The Faithful Masses. Imagine a bunch of chaff warriors (zealots, deliverers, etc.) and Paladins to bolster them. Yesssssss!! I've given both of them a turn, but I'm still working out how I feel... both of them are strong, good lists. I've narrowed down my second choice to between Malekus and Sovereign Tristan Durant. This month I got Tristan out, and I really enjoyed it! Next month, Malekus' turn, and then I'll make a final decision... And this brings us to, drum roll please....
The end of the year is fast approaching! In Japan, that means that all Hell is breaking loose and we are all running around like chickens with their heads cut off, especially in my family... birthdays, anniversary, a very secular Japanese Christmas, all culminating in the busy disaster of getting ready for Japanese New Year... seems like there's hardly any time for painting, list tweaking, or playing, but we are going to squeeze in another meeting of the Fukuyama Gaming Club before the end of the year. Saijo Gaming Club in the suburbs of Hiroshima City are also meeting once more before the end of 2017! So here are the dates to save!
Fukuyama Gaming Club - December 17
Saijo Gaming Club (Hiroshima City) - December 10
Also... Some of our friendly Marines from the Iwakuni Air Base are going to the Las Vegas Open gaming convention, January 26-28, 2018! It's at the Bally's Casino, and it's going to be three days of crazy, with a veritable tide of tournaments, narrative events, seminars... in short, everything! Brought to you by Frontline Gaming, you should check it out if you're in the neighborhood, are looking for an excuse to get to Las Vegas, or would like to meet a few of the Iwakuni marines, some of America's finest!
For our report today, I bring to you for the first time Leland's Cygnar army! At long last! Against the boys (and girls) in blue, I have decided to bring Sovereign Tristan Durant, hero of the recent Skull Island Expedition novel "Godless." Durant is one of my favorite characters in the Protectorate along with Kreoss and Dartan... the good guys for Menoth. The Protectorate is full of a lot of people who don't really care about the majority of the people in the country, seeing them as mere cogs in the wheels of faith (I'm looking at you, Feora). But those three (Durant, Kreoss and Dartan) actually care about the little guy, and will go to great lengths to try and protect them. I decided to try out another of the theme forces, the Guardians of the Temple theme which uses Flameguard units and solos.
And with that, I give you the forces for today's battle! We rolled the Recon 2 scenerio, so Warjack zones on each side with an objective on each, and 2 flags in the middle of them. I won the starting roll, and chose to go second, on the side that didn't have all sorts of terrain trouble!
Army list, Cygnar:
|Pretty in Green|
Warcaster - Major Beth Maddox
Sword Knights (Maximum)
Boomhowler & Co. (Maximum)
Army list, Protectorate:
|Tristan, hero of the people|
Warcaster - Sovereign Tristan Durant
Choir of Menoth (Minimum)
Daughters of the Flame
+ Officer and Standard bearer
Pyrrhus, Flameguard Hero
|Capture the Flag?|
|Tristan joins the Interdiction of the Dawn|
Beth Maddox, on orders from High Command, is infiltrating the border between Cygnar and the Protectorate, trying to get Reconnissance on the redistribution of Protectorate forces after the dissolussion of the Norther Crusade, when chance (or is it the will of Menoth) brought newly appointed Sovereign Durant with a force of Flameguard patrolling the area face to face with the Cygnarian warcaster. Will Tristan be able to defeat and recapture the former POW, or will his gentle spirit give her the chance she needs to escape back to Cygnar lands?
Round 1, Cygnar
|Go go go!|
Round 1, Protectorate
|A slow march up the field|
Round 2, Cygnar:
|Sword Knights on the Offensive|
Round 2, Protectorate:
|Flameguard, holding the center|
Round 3, Cygnar:
|Cygnar bites back|
|Two on one, eh?|
Victory for Menoth! As Maddox and Tristan finally closed, the unmistakable jangle of mounted troops floated across the field, several units of Exemplar Vengers riding to support the Sovereign and his forces. For one moment Tristan looked over his shoulder, Veritas held ready to strike. He glanced at the approaching Exemplars, then back to Maddox before lowering his weapon and mentally commanding his 'jacks to stand down. "Go," he said, pulling off his mask of office and gazing at the former POW. "Hurry! Before they get here!" Beth glared at him, expecting foul play, but when their eyes met, all she could find was sincerity. As the Daughters of the Flame and Temple Flameguard repositioned to form a protective wall around the young caster, he gestured frantically towards the distant Cygnaran boarder. "GO!" he said again, more forcefully, and this time, Beth turned, calling her remaining troops to follow.
|This is going to hurt!|