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So I’ve played a while with my Cryx and I’ve been thinking about starting another army. I’m feeling reasonably comfortable with my Cryx, 4 tournaments or so and went 2-1 at the New England Team Tournament losing in the last round, and I will by no means stop playing them but with my gamer ADD kicking in I’d like to have another army to kick around.
So I want something different. Not a lot of the other Warmachine armies particularly grab me so Hordes it is. Of the 4 Hordes factions I’m actually drawn to all of them except Circle. Neither the models nor the theme suits me. Of the other three I’m having a really tough time choosing so my plan is to get together a small army of each and give them a shot.
The other big change I would like at least at the beginning is to run beast heavy having played so much infantry with Cryx. Beast heavy ideally meaning almost all beasts with some support thrown in. Skorne may be slightly problematic as so many of their casters are infantry oriented but it will still be fun. Based on this and the number of Legion players around I’ve decided to start my trials with the Trollbloods.
Here’s the sample 500 point list I have tried out.
Dire Troll Mauler
Dire Troll Blitzer
I’ve played 2 games. The first I actually had Saxon Orrik in place of Lanyssa for his trail blazer ability forgetting that Grim already has that, so he’s out.
First game was against Alistair Caine, that jerk. The scenario was to grab 3 of the table sections running between deployment zones. He ran away a bunch as usual, but I grabbed 1 zone with my gobbers while he grabbed 2 others. I figured that as long as I protected 2 zones I was safe. I ran Caine out of one of the zones with a trampling Blitzer and with that side of the board cleared I could have won as long as Caine misses 1 of his 4 pistol shots which he of course fails to do and the Trolls lose.
I didn’t have any fury management problems like I thought I would. Left some extra fury on the axer once and he frenzied, but crippled a hunter while doing it so it worked out.
Second game was against Scorcha. The scenario was that the central zone is divided into 6 16″x14″ areas. You have to control 2 of your side’s and one of your opponents. Despite this scenario being tough for my army, I was also stupid and bunched up my trolls so they could all be knocked down by Scorcha. Not a whole lot else to say, I actually ended up losing by caster kill as my beasts were all ineffective.
I was thinking about adding in the Fell Caller for the stand up ability even though none of his other abilities work on beasts and the second game convinced me. Also I can throw my own guys and stand them up to attack. That sounds like fun.
I fell fine with the fury management. It seem strange to me people only taking as much fury in beasts as their caster has fury. I mean I can see how it works and have been beaten by it before, but I think that it would make me feel too cautious and not be nearly as fun.
Not sure I’m in love with the Axer. His animus is great but I can get a similar effect from Lanyssa or Grim and I’ve just not been feeling him. Wondering whether to replace him with the Krielstone Bearer.
I’m having a lot of fun with the army and the models are great looking. I am also planning on trying out Calandra and Hoarluk.
Army for next game:
Dire Troll Mauler
Dire Troll Blitzer
Krielstone with UA
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
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I am currently using an 8 man unit of Bane Knights in my Cryx army and when it came time to paint them, I decided that the Army of the Dead paint style from Games Workshop’s Lord of the Rings seemed to fit with their Ghostly nature and the green Cryx furnaces on the ‘jacks. I didn’t want to do the whole model in the green like the Army of the Dead but I liked the idea.
I wanted to get these guys on the table, and look decent while out there. I generally take a faster painting approach to most of the models in my army and save my detailed painting for either individual models or models which I buy for the sole purpose of painting. While some of the techniques might not get Grandmaster quality results, they should look pretty good on the table and be easy and pretty quick to do.
After painting up a test model(always a good idea), it was officially ready to go. As I painted the unit, I took pictures at each step so I could create this step-by-step guide.
Start with a black primer of your choice.
Step 1 – Ghostly Green ‘Cloth’
I decided that the ‘cloth’ area of the knights was not actually cloth, but ectoplasam, or whatever. This would give me the green ghost effect without doing the whole model this way. If that was the look you were going for, do step 1 for the whole model and ignore the rest. I also decided that the glowing effect should be coming from inside the armor. Therefor, there would be a brighter color toward the top, under the armor and get darker farther away. This decision will effect how I go about highlighting.
Now drybrush the upper half of the area with Fortress Gray and spread some small drybrushing to the bottom half. We’re trying to build up the color toward the top and introduce some randomness to the spread of the color.
Last we add the color. We mix up a wash or of Dark Angels Green. The mix should contain a mix of Paint:Water:PVA Glue at about 3:9:1. Add the PVA glue to increase the surface tension of the water and cause the wash to pool in the recesses and help with the gradient effect. If you want less of a white color showing in the end, replace the PVA glue with dish soap. The purpose of the dish soap is to break the surface tension of the water and allow it to properly coat the model like a paint but more translucent.
Then, after the wash dries, go back and touch up the armor areas that got paint on them with black.
Step 2 – Gold Armor
Like the images I’ve seen from Privateer Press, I’ve painted some of the armor areas gold and some silver. Since the gold holds some of the more intricate details I decide to do those first.
Soon I’ll come back with Part 2 where I’ll go over the silver colored armor and the bone.
So I’ve started painting my Bane Knights. I did a test model to try out the concept. I took a page from Games Workshop’s Lord of the Rings Army of the Dead with the glowing green look, but not for the whole model. I painted their ‘cloth’ with the glowing green look, being brighter higher up toward the armor so that it looks like the glowing is coming from the inside of the armor.
I am currently painting up the rest of the unit and taking pictures at each stage so I can create a step-by-step guide.
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