03 April 2014

He's Lesser, but not Least

Hello again fellow scrummers. Today we're here to introduce, for those that haven't met him, are new friend Horgle Ironstrike. So let's get to the nitty gritty and just look at what the big guy can do.

 Picture posted by Celebros on the PP Forums

His stat line isn't bad he's decent SPD 5, so without buffs threats 8.5". He hits as accurately as a fennblade with MAT 6, and his RAT is negligible since he lacks a range weapon. Standard troll def and base 15 ARM, but a nice 17 when under the stone. He's also fearless, tough, and immune to fire attacks. He's got 8 wounds, like a good troll, and fury 4, so with ARM 17 he has some survivability (still better off then some of the Lesser Warcasters).

He's got two weapons, both without reach, and are magical weapons. His POW 11 sword also causes continuous fire, his hammer is POW 12 with Critical Ram. Though with the Stone easily made POW 12 and 13. With his Pyre or Slag animus POW 14 and 15. Or have your caster bring a Mauler and he becomes POW 15 and 16. Add eMadrak and you have up to six MAT 6 weapon master attacks, one at POW 15, the other five at POW 16 and if the target isn't dead it is on fire. So even without beasts this guy can be considered a crazy combat solo for late game.

Even with his crazy melee potential it's crazy not to take beasts with him. Mind you he is limited to Slag and Pyre trolls, though both come at a 1 pt discount if in his battle group. He also has the rule Burnt Meat which situationally allows beasts in his battle group to charge models for free that are suffering from continuous fire. So if he needs a little help in melee they can follow him in for free, or charge in after a Pyre troll sets it on fire with its gun. Speaking of guns Horgle has the 2 COST spell Hot Shot, which boosts the ranged damage rolls of one of his beasts in his battle group. This at first didn't strike me as great, but looking back now I realise that I was just being stupid. On a Pyre troll you now have focus to boost the attack roll and cast his animus on something else, because everything under that 3" AOE is going to suffer boosted POW 6. The Slag can now pay to boost its initial range attack roll, still pay for a second shot, and boost the attack roll, because the spell makes sure you get that fourth die on damage against non-living models. Initially I thought Horgle was going to receive a distance buff to ranged attack rolls, but I'm just as happy with boosted damage rolls.

Horgle's second spell is Molten Metal, an offensive COST 2, RANGE 10 spell that puts one point of damage in every column of a Jack's damage grid. It is a little situational, as it is only effective against Warmachine factions, and while it has a little more threat then his charge, it isn't nearly as effective as actually just charging.

I feel that Horgle will be a fine addition to our future endeavours in the Iron Kingdoms. Many of our casters are focused starved and won't mind a 3 COST melee monster that can also sit back and throw out Slag and Pyre animuses, while they are busy casting other spells or fueling the Krielstone. I can't wait for June to get this guy on the table. 

If you guys have any questions, comments, or suggestions throw me an email here, drop a comment below or pm me on the forums, otherwise have a good week and may all your dice roll tough.

- CrashWest

17 March 2014

Epic Borka

Start the rumor mill folks. Borka's concept art has been leaked and he's everything I ever wanted in life... In all seriousness though I don't see how this could be bad in any way possible. So let's hear it... I want to hear your wild speculation on what he does!
- Goris

High DEF Trolls?

Last week I shared my thoughts on an ARM skew list, which is undoubtably trolls easiest and most common skew. ARM skewing is possibly one of trolls greatest assets and we possibly pull it off the best. With ARM buffs coming out our wazoo it doesn't surprise anyone these days to see a heavy armour troll list across the table, however not so many expect a DEF skew from trolls.

In trolls we aren't without our DEF buffing warlocks. Calandra, Borka, pMadrak, Gunnbjorn, and Jarl all have the tools to help raise the DEF stat in some way. 

Calandra has her Star-Crossed and Bullet Dodger spells to skew our trolls chance of avoiding attacks. 
  • Star-Crossed - this is the main reason to take Calandra, it basically is a reverse Signs and Portents, which means that enemy models in Calandra's control area roll an extra attack dice, but drop the highest. It's pretty sweet and can be very upsetting for some opponents. 
  • Bullet Dodger - this spell only works on a model and provides them with +2 DEF against ranged attacks and gives the model dodge. It isn't as great as star-crossed, but it does help protect her base DEF 14 fat ass.

13 March 2014

Grim Angus, Trials and Tribulations Part 1

One year when visiting my father for the holidays he introduced me to the great game of Warmachine & Hordes. I was instantly drawn to the hordes side of the house. The Grim Angus artwork and blurb drew me into the Trollblood faction instantly. After numerous defeats I shelved Grim and moved on to other casters. Now almost two years later Grim Angus and I have been hitting the dojo and it's time for his triumphant return.

First things first lets have a look at my Grim list. 
Grim Angus
 Gatorman Witch Doctor
Stone Scribe Chronicler 
-Scattergunner UA
Krielstone Bearer & Stone Scribes
-Stone Scriber Elder
Min Farrow Bone Grinders
Swamp Gobber Bellows Crew

If I could define Grim Angus in one word it would be Versatile. I wanted to compound this strength by making his list as versatile as possible. I do run a great risk of having too much overlap thus making the list a heaping pile of shit. However, each model in the list is fairly proficient at multiple roles so the trick will be making the most of each piece. I am very light on armor cracking in this list which could also pose a problem. The list is meant to be paired with a beast brick and longrider caster though, so I can potentially avoid an armor skew match-up. If I find myself in an armor skew match-up (which I will do in a battle report) I hope the list has enough jam and denial to squeeze out a scenario victory before I am forced to deal with the armor.

I think the list has many strengths and I would sum them up as follows; jam, counter-jam, and denial.

12 March 2014

Show me your Kithkar ***Entry Extension***

Competition entry will be extended throughout the duration of the painting competition. Meaning as long as you let me know you want in and follow the instrcutions in the original post, then your model will be considered and voted upon when this is done. GET YE TO PAINTING!!!

03 March 2014

Geek Garage

One of my favorite things to do when I am glueing and painting models, or even just thinking real hard about getting starting is perusing other sites that have helps on how to accomplish this.  Really lets face it, I need all the help I can get when painting models right.  A site that I frequently visit is Geek Garage (Check the banner on the right).  They often run competitions, they have a forum that you can ask questions or seek advice on and they post a little bit on local events.  Check them out when you have time, and if you are overly ambitious you can get something painted up for the intermountain cup (yeah it's in two weeks, but you hardcore painters can do it, I know it.)  See the flier below for more info and go check them out.

The Geek Garage Painting Competition at Intermountain Cup returns as the:
Salty Dwarf Painting Competition!

March 15th at the IMC in Ogden Utah, we the Geek Garage, will be hosting an open painting competition. Complete with prizes!

Here are the details:

$10 Registration fee per entry ($5 if pre-registering*)

2 Categories

1st Category any models on a small or medium sized base (40mm and smaller)

2nd Category models on large bases and bigger (50mm and larger)

Prizes will be awarded for top three in each category!

Competition Rules:

-Entrant must have painted the
fig themselves. No commissions.

-Entries must be received by 12 noon

-The fig will be on display throughout
the day. DO NOT enter a fig if you
plan to use it in the tourney as well.

-Entrant must be present to collect the prize.
 Winners will be announced after round 3
 (between 5pm and 7pm) of the IMC.

-You do not have to play in the tournament
 to enter the painting competition.

-By entering the contest, you give the
 Geek Garage rights to post/publish pictures
 of the figures and Artists where we deem necessary.

*Pre-Registration details: Send Pay Pal payment to thegeekgarage@gmail.com leaving a note with a name and
  category along with payment.

Any questions feel free to contact us at thegeekgarage@gmail.com

Now grab those brushes and start slinging some paint!!

-Geek Garage

02 March 2014

Show Me Your Kithkar ***Competition Update****

We have expanded the model selection for the 'Show Me Your Kithkar' painting competition to include additional models from our most recent release.

You may paint the following for this competition:
Trollkin Fennblade Kithkar
Night Troll
Trollkin Sorcerer
The Hunters Grim
Trollkin Warders
Mountain King

Additional models that were completed previous to the competition date can submit pictures of those models for a chance to win a Trollbloodscrum Dice Set or Patch.

See the Competition Announcement http://www.trollbloodscrum.com/2014/03/show-me-your-kithkar-painting.html for more details.

Show Me Your Kithkar!!! (Painting Competition)

Our newest painting competition is up and ready to go.   As you can see by the new logo on the side of the page.  Lawn Battle ship is starting off a kickstarter (More information on it coming soon) and they have generously offered to sponsor this painting competition by giving two lucky winners a $25 gift card to either amazon.com OR Discount games... they're deciding okay.  Anyway here is the nuts and bolts.

1)Enter the competition by emailing thegreatblah@trollbloodscrum.com no later than MARCH 7th.
  a) Subject Line of the email should be 'Show Me Your Kithkar'.  If you don't use this subject line, I probably won't find it.
  b) Please give your Name, forum name if you have one, and any other information you deem pertinenet.
2)Obtain a Trollkin Kithkar or any model release for Trollbloods in Gargantuans (The Hunters Grim, Sorcerer, Night Troll, Warders or Mountain King) and send a pic of your unpainted, or partially unpainted, or painted but no yet complete, kithkar in the email.
3)Spend the next few weeks painting said kithkar.
4)Send a photo of your completed kithkar by March 28th for us to review.

That's it, its that easy.   Trollbloodscrum will post your completed kithkars as they come in and announce the winners on April 1st.  YES April Fools day.

Notes: Members of Trollbloodscrum CAN participate, but you probably wont win.  It will still be awesome though.   Also, you need not OWN the kithkar you paint we just want to make sure you are the one that painted it.

The Scrum Cast Episode 34

Go check it out and keep yer eyes peeled here for our new painting competition.