Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Focused Fire

I have now had the chance to experiment with my 35 point eMagnus list and it rocks. I played against a new (for me) player called George. He was using pDeneghra (the joy) and what seemed like a pretty balanced list. In the end I managed to drop pDeneghra with a rocket, whack Kiss of Lyliss on her, then shoot her with eMagnus' Scattergun and a Convection (she should have died at this point, but miraculously survived) and finally shot her with a Nyss Hunter who could get into the stealth bubble. All during her feat turn.

Magnus the Warlord
+Renegade (bonded)
Cylena Ryssyl and Nyss Hunters (max)
Lady Aiyana and Master Holt
Gorman di Wulfe
Rupert Carvolo, Piper of Menoth
Eiryss, Angel of the Retribution

I am very impressed with the Nyss Hunters. After playing with so many lists where shooting was completely absent it is a massive relief to be able to shoot down all those crafty Bile Thralls waiting in the wings. That and giving them DEF 16 is lolworthy. Their MAT isn't impressive, but they do have Weapon Master - combine all this with Aiyana and Holt and Calamity and they bring the pain where I need it.

Calamity and Kiss of Lyliss are a match made in heaven. Things just disintegrate beneath the power of these two abilities combined. It's heart warming.

Monday, 19 April 2010

The Cake is a Spy

Happy Birthday to me. I'm off to buy a cake that is both delicious and moist.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The Boundaries of Space

Had my first 50 point tester game against Tom using his Retribution and I was using my Mercenaries (Four Star Syndicate). We were playing Incursion (the scenario with three flags). Casualties on both sides were horrendous, Boomhowler & the Wall of Tough was fairly lacklustre but Cylena and the Nyss Hunters made an excellent effort.

Eventually Kill Box shone through, denying Tom the ability to counter my flag capture on the left side of the board. I managed to capture that flag with the Nyss Hunters, a Renegade and Aiyana and Holt clearing away the majority of his Sentinels until eMagnus stepped in with his Scattergun to clear out the remnants. I'm happy to say I even managed the much vaunted Kiss of Lyliss and Calamity combination onto the same target before it was blown to bits. It's very impressive, I'll have to try it more often.

One thing I *must* remember to do is to keep eEiryss away from my warjacks. I moved her away from a Renegade thinking just that, promptly forgot and then moved the Renegade back into her aura. My genius is showing through I'm sure. I would also LOVE someone who can repair my warjacks. I was thinking I would swap out Gorman di Wulfe for Dirty Meg, at least until a better option arrives (please, please, please).

Overall, a very fun game. Lots of casualties, a good punch up in the middle (or everywhere but the middle as that was the flag that vanished), and a hail mary attempt by Garryth to kill eMagnus.

Stone Fall

Finally! Someone managed to get the critical hit.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

The Rarefied Forum Troll

Job opening at Privateer Press! I'm totally going to apply for the mysterious "job-1". Honest.

Having tried out the 50 point list with eDoomshaper, I can say it stinks. Or well, my Fennblades seem determined to fail me in ways I never thought possible. I'd like to swap them out for 2 units of Runeshapers, but that would be ludicrously expensive in actual cash, so I'll just have to wait until I'm swimming in cash from the plumbing business. Oddly I think pDoomshaper may work out better for me. If the Swamp Troll has Submerge as an animus it's pDoomshaper all the way!

On the other hand, I've assembled all but one of the Nyss Hunters - the last one is missing an arm so I'm going to have to wait until a replacement arrives. My two blisters of Trollkin Mercs (the grunts from Boomhowler & Co) also failed to arrive. A bit perplexing really. Luckily I have a bajillion trollkin models that I can use as proxies meanwhile. Everyone loves the tarpit unit. Soon eMagnus, soon.

I'm not entirely sure if I should get Madelyn Corbeau or not. That extra 3" of movement would be extremely useful, as would being able to use Seduction to FINALLY getting some Backstab bonuses with Magnus or my bonded Mangler.

Whilst browsing the Mercenaries faction forum I noticed there is a proliferation of homebrewed weirdness going on. Having had a look through it briefly (it's some sort of voyeuristic curiosity I think, I KNOW it's going to be bad but I've got to have a peek anyway) I'm amazed at what people don't think is possibly broken. I also wonder what makes people post these things (says the guy with the blog...).

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

The Taking of Souls

Jim, for the love of the Dragonfather, read Soul Taker. It is NOT Soul Cages. It's also on your Harrower.

Having secured myself Cylena Raefyll and the Nyss Hunters my eMagnus list is nearing completion and is almost ready to be tested out. All I need to do is assemble these bloody Nyss Hunters. Who designed the assembly, were they on psychotropic drugs of some sort, and was there a real need to make these models 6+ parts each? Well, I'm complaining but it's not actually that difficult to put them together, it's just very time consuming - that and I've glued my fingers to my models a number of times now.

The Satyxis Reaver Bloog Hag does concern me greatly. I'm infamous for relying on Tough, whether it's through expendable troops or using the tarpitiest of tarpits Boomhowler & Co. Given that there are numerous Cryx players, I'm going to end up playing against the Bloog Hag a lot. Also, the anti-healing part of her aura opens a whole can of worms from a rules point of view: for example, what happens if an Exemplar Errant Seneschal is disabled and wants to sacrifice an Errant? I foresee many headaches to come.

Also, when are we going to see some Mercenary models with Power Booster?!