This month, DTB and I had a really great game between Horgle 2 using a Storm of the North Northkin theme force and TOM using a Faithful Masses theme force. It was a great game that came right down to the wire with POM eeking out a victory right before the time ran out. But what was even better than gaining the victory was feeling like I was coming to understand how to play the list much much better. Instead of playing defensively and not really knowing what it was I was trying to do, I felt much more in control of what models needed to move where, overlapping skills and benefits (which is the bread and butter of the Protectorate), and resource management. So! Great game! Gives me a little hope for the tournament. But today, I will bring you, for the first time, a battle that did NOT involve the Protectorate! That's right, it was a rumble in Blue, Trollkin Vs. Cygnar! But first...
|Cygnar Vs. Trollkin|
The Fukuyama Gaming Club will be meeting again at the Community Center behind the castle on March 18, April 1 and May 20. We'd love to have a couple more people join us, so if you feel like getting your game on, come on by!
And in exciting news, things are starting to come together for the 6th Annual Japan Open Team Tournament! Sarge has agreed to run things again this year, and the teams are starting to form! It looks like this year's teams are going to be totally different from last year's, as Sarge has decided to do away with region restrictions! Beru and Tetsu, my partners from last year, are going to make a university team by picking up a third alumni from their school. DTB and I are teaming up and currently looking for a third player. Rantei, one of the winners on DTB's team from last year is going to team up with a couple of Tokyo players and go for the win again! More on the JOTT6 as it gets closer!
Working Hard or Hardly Working:
This month I had a very important mission... to get the models ready for my painting exchange with DTB. As I mentioned last time, I've taken on painting some Cryxian models for DTB's extra army, and in return, he's going to paint up two heavy jacks... the last unpainted heavy jacks in my army! That's amazingly exciting. The only jacks that are left for me to paint are the Purifier, a light jack that I'm not using this year, and the Revelator, a Collossal that I don't have yet, and won't have a chance to pick up until my next trip to the states (shipping charges on a collossal to Japan is BRUTAL!). So, I put on the speed to get those two jacks up and ready for DTB by the 18th.
WIP: The Hand of Judgement and the Eye of Truth
There they are! Look good, right? These are going to look amazing! These are some of the newer models, so their lower bodies (legs and so on) are metal, but the upper chassis are made of resin, which means really amazing detail. It's up to you, DTB! Make 'em sparkle!
|New Northkin model, Volka the Curseborn|
Army List, Trollkin:
|Feel the winds of the North|
Dire Troll Brawler
Northkin Raiders (Maximum)
Trollkin Champions (Maximum)
Northkin Fire Eaters X 2
Northkin Bear Handlers (excellent models)
Trollkin Champion Hero
Storm of the North is the new theme list for the Trollkin, and it's benefits are pretty good! You get two 4" Snowdrifts within 20" of your table edge, you can upkeep spells on Northkin models for free (OMG, that is SUCH A GOOD BENEFIT) and all warrior models gain immunity to cold!
Army List, Cygnar:
|Heavy Metal Cygnar|
Warcaster - Commander Coleman Stryker
Ironclad X 2
Charger X 2
Sword Knights (Maximum)
This is a Heavy Metal theme force, which means lots and lots of 'jacks! Leland is getting to use the new Trencher Jouneyman, this is the first time that I've ever gotten to see it! The benefits are ok, pretty basic but not great... +2" on your deployment zone and solos gain a 3" reposition.
|Budge up, Budge up!|
Horgle, finally a fully fledged warlock, set up in about the center of the deployment zone, with the Champs and Skaldi on his right. The Champ Hero went on his left, with Rok, the Brawler and the Axer coming next, and Volka a little separate off to the left.
Advanced Deployment, Trollkin:
|Woah, speedy Trollkin today!|
Advanced Deployment, Cygnar:
|Strike while the iron's hot, amirite?|
Heeding a call from their native son, mightly Warlock of the Kin, Borka Kegslayer, Horgle brought a force of Northkin down from the Frostspires. In an attempt to honor previous Cygnarian treaties, Horgle met with Commander Stryker to negotiate for passage across a small streach of Cygnaran territories, but as tensions escalated, a fight broke out between the Raiders and the Sword Knights. All thought of dipolomacy aside, both armies races to control the strongest position in the center of the field.
Round 1, Trollkin:
|Ready, Set, Go!|
Round 1, Cygnar:
Round 2, Trollkin:
|The Bears take the field!|
|Knights Vs. Raiders|
Round 2, Cygnar:
|Stryker bravely hides behind the forest|
Round 3, Trollkin:
Round 3, Cygnar:
The Lancer attacked the Fire Eaters, killing one more. The Mechanics went to work, moving forward to repair the Outtie TJ Charger for 3 points. The JW Charger moved into the zone and shot another Raider, killing it. The Journeyman herself moved up to hide behind her 'jack, while Runewood shot the Axer, sadly doing no damage. The Sword Knight pressed their attack, killing off two more Raiders. The Innie TW Charger moved, and took a shot at the Hero for 2 damage, followed by the Outtie TW Charger doing the same, who managed to kill the Hero, BUT the Hero is Tough, and can't be knocked down thanks to the Solid Ground spell that Horgle has had up the entire game (a good plan, since models lose Tough if they are knocked down, and that's one of the Trollkin's strongest points in the attrition game). The Light Ironclad stood up and walked forward next to Rok again... my, what a brave 'jack! Rowdy turned his attention on the final remaining Fire Eater and hits it twice, but oh no! It is also Tough! Sadly, luck can only run so long, and on Rowdy's third attack, he finally managed to squish it into a yucky blue paste. Stryker walked up next to Rowdy and took a shot at one of the upcoming Champs hiding behind the wall, dealing 3 damage. The Dark Ironclad charged another Champ, dealing 13 damage that got shared around a bit. The Trencher Journeyman Warcaster moved up behind his Chargers, and R2D2 went next to Stryker and ....... BEEPBEEPBEEP!!! Game over!
Victory for the Trollkin.
|What... is the fight over?|
Great game, guys! I especially love the way a very expensive solo just kind of hung out all game. No wonder he's called the "Curseborn", his curse is so strong he got lost in the woods on his way to the fight! Ha! Thanks for letting me chronicle this epic battle! Can't wait to throw my models down on the 18th! If you're spoiling for a game, meet us there!