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Yesterday, after a harrowing trip into the next city over to refill our prescription, we met up with the woman we ran into last week to play Warmachine versus her Hordes list.

A zoomed-out view of the snowy, rocky battlefield, with Ret forges spread out and preparing to converge on the clumped-up Legion warbeasts and troops.

The games store has some awesome terrain tables.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the game(s), Warmachine and Hordes are sort of like playing a tag-team fighting game. You each pick a warcaster (or warlock, in Hordes) and a small group of either robots or monsters that character can control, and you win by defeating your opponent's character. There are things like infantry units and siege engines, the same as in large-scale games like 40k, but those are all optional add-ons.

She was using the Legion of Everblight half of the Hordes two-player boxed set, while we brought the Retribution of Scyrah starter battlegroup plus our Arcantrik Force Generator (the big model on the right in the pic up there). So basically, she had a squad of Ogrun spear-throwers to go with her monsters, while we had a big lazor gun and our myrmidons. Both of our lists had 21 points' worth of models.

Kaelyssa and two of her myrmidons square off against a Carnivean heavy warbeast, with the rest of the Legion battlegroup looking on.

WARNING: Getting this close to a Carnivean is hazardous to your health.

We made a newb mistake early on when we moved our warcaster, Kaelyssa, up into the threat range of pretty much every one of our opponent's models. She had her warlock, Lylyth, nail Kae with a couple of arrows, and that brought her health bar down by like 4/5.

We managed to pull back though, and had our myrmidons do most of the up-close fighting like they're supposed to. The three of them finished off the big warbeast in one turn of blade-swinging, while our battle engine kept blowing craters in the battlefield from long range. I think that it taught our opponent not to leave her models clumped together!

Just for fun

It was really a fun, casual game though, and we both strategized out loud while reminding each other of the rules. The best part was right towards the end, when our forces had made short work of most of hers but she had a single lesser warbeast close enough to charge Kaelyssa. We both spent like 10 minutes trying to figure out how to improve its chances of making a last-ditch warcaster assassination. One of our myrmidons ended up killing it as it ran past, but I think if it'd made it then she would have won!

So, we had a lot of fun on this outing. But the best part was that she used the correct pronouns for us without our even telling her. ^^; She didn't give us any trouble about our models' pronouns, either.

Stay tuned for next week, when our Tau secure some objectives for the Greater Good ~

Date: 2015-05-28 03:37 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
So awesome! \o/

Casual games with lots of chat sound great.

Date: 2015-05-28 08:25 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing

They've been going well, thank you! I just introduced a major NPC last session, and my players, being a bunch of very sharp cookies, figured out -what- he is just...right away. Delightful!

(He's a phoenix with a twist. He's a major antagonist, if they decide to take him on, and a fun bit of world-dressing if they don't. I'm not going to force them into conflict with him, but if they decide to try it, I won't stop them either.)

Also, I found a product that makes my minis' finish quit being tacky (Testors' Dullcote), and for a stroke of luck, a store in $my_little_town actually carries it. Yay!

Date: 2015-05-28 08:40 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
*nodnod* It's really nice. I was hesitant at first because a) it's pricier than my usual giant bottle-o-acrylic-finish and b) I could only find aerosols, which I strongly dislike, but I found a brush-on one and it's way nicer than the other stuff, so I can justify buying it. ^^;

Pale blue will look lovely on them! Amusingly, doing an image search for "underbelly blue" turned up a bunch of blues-album covers.

And, sort of? It's at least a strongly non-human-oriented setting. I actually have no base races in the party - there's a dragon, a Sylph, and a Kasatha. Humans are a thing, yes, but they're sure not the dominant species...that would be dragons.

I got annoyed with a particular fantasy series involving a war of dragons, in which the dragons were just fancy warhorses for humans, and then a homebrew RP setting fell out. *lol*

Date: 2015-05-28 08:57 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Oh my gosh, Attack Wing has the prettiest minis. owo

I'm glad the rules are nice, too! I haven't used the rules at all, though I did snag a couple of the individual minis for future use - a world with a war between dragons as the main event involves fighting a bunch of dragons, after all. I cannot believe how pretty the Copper is. They're my favorite metallics anyway. xD

(Actually, I had a copper dragon character once - he'd been trapped in a human form, but slowly his draconic characteristics came back out. Sorcerer/Dragon Disciple/Half-Dragon Paragon, since we ended up just touching 20th level.)

I borrowed a book from a friend that includes a nice set of D20 aerial combat rules, but will definitely take a look at the Attack Wing rules when I start converting them over. Aerial dogfights are going to be a thing once the party dragon gets big enough to carry her friends.

Also, Warhammer totally has the best Phoenixes! (Phoenici? Firebirds.) And I've been ogling some of their gryphons for ages. Pretty, pretty, BIG birds.

Date: 2015-06-04 05:00 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Ooh. As much as I'd love to offer on them, I probably should not right now. ^^; Thank you very much, though!

Date: 2015-06-08 03:29 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
What a kind offer. Thank you - I'd love to take the dragons if it's not going to cause a hardship to you.

I can pay shipping for sure.

Thanks! orz

Date: 2015-06-08 05:00 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Thank you! ^^;

I think the elves would be more appreciated elsewhere, though.

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