Noob Plays Warma-Hordes 04

By: Kirk W Buckendorf

Check out Part 1Part 2 and Part 3 if you haven’t already.

Last weekend was week 3 of our modified Journeyman League. We started with 0 points week one and are adding 15 points every week, which allowed for a little more diversity in the beginning weeks of the lists. I was planning on adding a Slag Troll for Week 3, but my order didn’t make it in on time. I did however have a full unit of Krielstone Bearers and a Stone Scribe, so my list looked like this:

  1. Ragnor (+30)
    1. Dire troll (Bomber) (19)
    2. Troll Axer (10) (+1)
  2. (min) Fennblades – (9)
    1. Officer & Drummer (5) (14/15)
  3. (max) Krielstone Bearer & Stonescribes (9)
    1. Stone Scribe Elder (3) (26/30)

This was fine as it gave me chance to learn a little more about Units and how to manage the Fury with the Krielstone. It works as a little bank for Fury and gives some effects using the Protective Aura and Scribe Elder’s powers.

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From this, I do think I find using Units with so many models a little overwhelming. I still have yet to pull off any kind of offensive charge with the Fennblades, I always seem to put them in the right position and timing for my opponents’ to strike them with their units first taking them all out before I can do anything. I have a LOT to learn. I was attracted to Warmachine and Hordes because it looked from the outside if it was centered around large model combats so you didn’t need to wield tons and tons of unit models. 75 point games are probably just not going to appeal to me very much, and after this league I may just play lists with higher point Warbeasts like the Gargantuans and character models. I don’t mind finishing out this league with the Units I have planned so I can learn which ones I do want to add to future lists.

For next week, since I have 20 points coming I’m thinking of just running two Slag Trolls to see what happens and if they can help against the Warjack heavy metagame. Since we get to add a second list, I’ll probably just alternate Dozer and Smigg in place of them for non-construct match ups.

For painting this week, I finished the box’s Battle Group even though I’m only playing Ragnor and the Axer. I think I’m going to wait to dress the bases for when I have all the models painted and do it all at once. Because procrastination is my default setting!

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I only time to get one game in this week, and I got to play Dean with his Khador again. He’s great and helpful with the rules as always, and I don’t mind losing at all when I get the chance to learn more from a good opponent. Here are all my models lined up before battle. It’s a minimum unit of Fennblades with an Officer and Drummer and a full unit of Krielstone Bearer and Stonescribes with the Stone Scribe elder.

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There was a Steamroller objective this week that included adding an Objective model to your list that is placed on the table before setting up. The rectangle you see above with two circles represent these. The circle closest to me represented the Stockpile I chose. It has hit points, but does not move. If one of my models is in Base to Base contact with it they can heal d3 damage during the Control Phase. I have no idea if this was the right one to choose. Again, I’m overwhelmed with just learning my own troop models without adding something else I had no idea was coming until I showed up. I’m sure it helps make for more interesting games, but as a total noob, I’m still just trying to learn how to play a smooth game. To be honest, I’m kind of just ignoring objectives and points to just work on learning the phases, moving and using my own models and trying to figure out what my opponents’ models do and how they approach and play the game.

I’m sure it’s a tough balance, Journeyman Leagues should be accessible to new players while still being interesting enough to attract veterans.

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Not having any idea how to tactically take advantage of terrain, I split up my force during set up on either side of the river. I figured I’d leave the Bomber behind the river to lob kegs over, but I should’ve at least put Ragnor and the Stone Scribes on the other side as crossing the river at half speed was annoying! The Fennblades were quick to get out there and get into range of a charge attack from Dean’s similarly equipped blade swingers and their 2 inch arc. They had Berserk which let let do follow up attacks on all models in range (even friendly ones) if they killed their first target. Again, I ran the unit out too fast; I really need to wrap my head around moving them the right distances so I can charge first. But that’s a little too chess-like and I can’t think like that under pressure.

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Oh yeah, I didn’t stick to the plan of keeping the Bomber behind the river anyway, he decided to move at half speed across as well! Dean quickly got to the Objectives in the middle of the field to start racking up points while cutting through my guys. I got to lob a few kegs at his unit of steam powered smaller jacks (or are they guys in suits?) and found them surprisingly squishy and easy to kill. I enjoyed blowing them up at least!

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IMG_2599With his Warcaster touching base with the flag on the left and a few points he gained from destroying my stockpile and controlling the center square for a turn, it wasn’t too long before he got to 5 points for the win. The Fennblades are at least decent at mitigating my terrible positioning of them by saving themselves with Tough rolls and having Vengeance when some of their own are killed. I’m adding a Fell Caller in week 5 who has a call to make them stand up without sacrificing a movement or combat when they are knocked down for a Tough Save.

I’ll be painting the Slag trolls this Saturday before getting a game or two in on Sunday for week 4. I’m going to do some green stuff sculpting to the Slag Trolls as they aren’t my favorite looking models. I think they are older sculpts where the anatomy is a little wonky. Even when you want to exaggerate some features or do caricature of anatomy, their has to be some proportioning that makes sense. Their newer models are way better and I hope the Slag Trolls get an update soon. Here’s a pic of a painted one from their website so you can see what I’m working with.

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I’ll show what I do with it next week. Here is what my list looks like going into this Sunday:

  1. Ragnor (+30)
    1. Dire troll (Bomber) (19)
    2. Troll Axer (10) (+1)
  2. (min) Fennblades – (9)
    1. Officer & Drummer (5) (14/15)
  3. (max) Krielstone Bearer & Stonescribes (9)
    1. Stone Scribe Elder (3) (26/30)
  4. Slagg Troll (10)
    1. Slagg (10) (45/45)

Have a great week!

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