Here is a quick list of the contributors to the Scottish Masters so far. For more details of how they have helped; please see the page entitled Masters Contributors at the top of the page:
Ok so the title sounds a little oxymoronic, but that is how I have been feeling and how life is/has been treating me. Hopefully things are on the turn, but it’s still a long path just now.
On the flip side, things are picking up on the painting side; thanks to a small Facebook group called Painting Oaths. The aim of the group is to help promote miniature painting, while at the same time rewarding the participants in a friendly monthly prize competition. Phil Millar the organiser, has with the help of many gaming industry companies got some amazing prizes each month. It doesn’t matter what skill level you are, it is all about the Oath you make each week; with bonus points for using the Special Ingredient which this month was Battle Damage.
So being an idiot, 12 days ago I signed up to paint some models for the April contest. On the table:
- Skarre, Queen of the Broken Coast
- Witch Coven of Galghast + Egregore
- Gerlak Slaughterborn
A total of 7 models in just under 2 weeks, like I said I’m an idiot *grins*. With just 4 days left, I have just 2 Witches and Gerlak to paint, so it is going to be close; but should have it done before the 30th April. Here’s Skarre, Selene (that my name for her ok, or I’ll forget) and the Necrotech.
Due to real life and it’s foibles, I am going to slowly be winding down the blog. The sad thing, is that my heart isn’t in this any more, hasn’t been for a while as some of you might have guessed.
I’ve enjoyed the time I did spend on this and perhaps in the future I might re-start it; but for now this will be my last post. I want to thank everyone who followed it, commented or just passed through. It has been a pleasure and I wish you all the best for the future.
The Hairy Caber
Yesterday was the 2nd Malifaux event at Worlds at War. As planned, I ran the Kirai crew again, with the addition of Jaakuna Ubume and some Gaki’s.
I had wanted initially to run without Taelor in the crew, but it worked out better to have Jaakuna as summoned.
First game was against Greg, running a Nicodem crew; which was a series of silly mistakes. At this time I was unaware there was a restriction on the use of Schemes, which prevented using the same scheme twice in the event. So taking Death after Death and Stake a Claim together, wasn’t the best option for me. In quick succession, caused by a bottleneck through terrain; Nicodem wiped out Kirai and 3 Seishin. This was pretty much game over in turn 2, no way to gain Death after Death; with Stake a Claim a very very long impossible shot. I think making the switch from WM/H to Malifaux was difficult yesterday, as with Kirai I have to hold her back from my normal aggressive style.
Lessons learned though and definitely something to work on in future games. Moving onto Game 2, which was against Victoria and her Colette & Showgirls crew. Despite getting beat, it was a really good game; with an opponent that knew their models well.
Strategy was Supply Wagon, which you can see mine above. With the schemes chosen being Framed for Murder and Hold Out. It was really frustrating, to see my Gaki ready to engage Colette; so she could kill it (Framed for Murder). Only to see Colette jump to the other side of the board, to swap places with the Coryphee Duet; scheme one stuffed. I did manage to hold out and despite some attacks on the wagon, it survived without damage. 2 Victory Points, but Victoria did well to claim the game with 3 VP.
For whatever reason, the software used by the TO; drew me against Victoria again. Despite suggestions from two other players, who were happy to swap; the TO decided to stick with the software. Fair enough, if I could have; I would have swapped crews at this time just to make it different. Sadly it was Kirai v Colette again, with a whole new set of challenges. This time the strategy was Turf War, with the schemes I decided to go for Betrayed by Spirits and Bodyguard.
This is the first incarnation of Ikiryo, almost killing Cassandra; to allow a healing flip on Kirai. One measly HP away from killing her, so frustrating. Not wanting to miss next time, I took a massive risk, moving Kirai close to the action taking 5 WD’s; just to place Ikiryo within melee of Colette. Sadly nothing came of it and ended up Ikiryo was killed again. In the end it came down to time, with Victoria deservedly winning again. I gained 2 VP for Bodyguard, but lacked the models for keeping Duet and Cassandra from claiming the Deployment Zone.
Over all I really enjoyed the day, still got a lot of work to do; to iron out the mistakes. However, it is slowly sticking what I need to do with each model, especially the Seishin; which I might just add one more to the list for the 35ss next time.
Tomorrow sees tournaments back at Worlds at War, with the April Annihilation. Originally a 16 player tournament, it is now a 12 player tournament’ due to changes in the shop. With the previously mentioned health problems, this has kind of crept up on me. Thankfully everything should be all set, without too much issues.
We also like a few previous tournaments, have some new people coming along; which is always a great thing. I am really looking forward to it now, so I better get cracking on some last minute preparations.