Friday, August 19, 2011

Zoraida Thursday

I spent most of last nights Firestorm action painting up Zoraida - I'd say she is about 70% done now and I am feeling very pleased with things so far. Blood Bowl action is picking up at the club in preparation for the upcoming league and cup.

I also had confirmation of shipping from Wyrd for Gencon goodness! The Multiplayer expansion for Puppet Wars, Boosters 1 and 2 for Puppet Wars and the alternative Zoraida sculpt.

I uploaded some more Collodi pics last night - close ups of each model. You can check them out here:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

25ss Collodi vs. McMourning Report

So last night after about 13 games with the Dreamer suffering clear losses I played a 25ss game with Collodi leading. What I realise now is that I "get" Collodi. I did the right things with him and found him far easier to use. I'm not sure how fun he would be to play against - my opponent got his hands on a couple of Marionettes and polished them off, but that was probably my fault for throwing them in for an attack....

Anyway here is the report:

Me: Collodi, 4 Marionettes, 3 Wicked Dolls 2 Stitched
   Strategy: Plant Evidence, Scheme: Bodyguard (Collodi) and Stake A Claim
Him: McMourning, Zombie Chihouaua; Bette Noire, 3 Necropunks, 3 dogs
   Strategy: Reconnoiter, Scheme: Stake A Claim

Note he sacrificed taking a second scheme to get 2 additional soulstones.

Outdoors - big train line in the middle of the board with two large trains, practially spiltting the board in two. Lots of height 1 and 2 cover on both board sides in the form of boxes/oil drums etc

He deployed in a flat line about midway along the edge of his deployment zone I deployed with Collodi, Marionettes and Dolls clumped together and both stitched further off to the left.

Turn 1
I got the initiative. Collodi activated, gave fast to dolls and marionettes and failed to cast Breath Life. The Marionettes then all sprang forward and dragged each other/Collodi to just behind the end of the train in the middle of the board. The stitched moved up one at either end of the train. The wicked dolls were amazing! They sucked up to Collodi and than moved twice to terrain peices in his half. I had two peices of evience planted by end of turn one.
McMourning killed his totem for the parts and McMourning and dogs ran off to the side to get the wicked dolls. The Necropunks all moved forward to behind the train a bit, opposite Collodi and his Marionettes.

Turn 2
I wanted initiative to get the dolls out of McMournings way but lost! McMourning stepped up and managed to get an attack on a doll but I managed to cheat and avoid it! The doll then missed an attack, made another and caused weak (1) damage, but got the Trigger off so poison 2! Cheeky fella then Hags Toy'd it back to Collodi! The other dolls did the same as his dogs came around to chase them. The Necropunks had moved over to near where the dolls were and the stitched on the other side of the board moved up to terrain ready to plant evidence. Collodi activated, gave fast, failed Breathe Life and a marionette moved up and dragged Collodi to near a Necropunk. The other three Marionettes all took it turn to suck up to Collodi, move and attack twice, one even got three attacks in. I only killed one Necropunk! The other stitched managed to Gamble Your Life on another Necropunk causing 3 wounds. Bette Noire popped up and killed a Marionette.

Turn 3
I lost initiative again. Bette killed another Marionette. Collodi activated, raised a new Marionette from scrap and then him and 2 Marionettes shifted about 18" to safety on the other side of the board! The new Marionette got left behind a bit as I hadn't thought it all through properly! The dogs ran up to the midway point near the stitched and the necropunks jumped up to the straggling Maironette. The stitched planted evidence and then mvoed to intercept the chasing punks. The Dogs however had got a corpse counter and McMourning summon a Flesh Golum! The Golum proceeded to move to the Marionette the punks were chasing and smited him! The Dolls all Hags Toy'd over to Collodi and planted the fourth evidence.

Turn 4
The dogs moved up to threaten the stitched on the left. He activated and killed two of the three through Gamble Your Life. McMourning came up and finished him off, but his Does Not Die reactivated him. He killed the last dog with Gamble and failed to hit it on Bette.The other stitched stood up to the punks and golum that caught him. He managed to Gamble and finish off another punk, but was down to one wound. Collodi took his dolls and marionettes into McMournings deployment zone ready to achieve stake a claim.

At this point the FLGS was kicking out so we had to stop! I had my strategy and both schemes. Chances of killing Collodi were incredibly slim if we continued and my Stake a Claim couldn't really have been stopped. He hadn't yet, but could of got the stake a claim scheme, but with only four models left (McMourning, Flesh Golum, Bette and one punk) chances of getting Reconnoiter were slim. My last stitched would have had four potential go's to Gamble his last punk to death and I had 3 dolls, 2 Marionnettees and Collodi running around, plus two scrap counters I could use on the field to replace Marionettes with.

I love Collodi! All fustration I had felt with the Dreamer peeled away ;-) I hope it doesn't suck too much to play against. At 35ss games I am bringing in Zoraida and hopefully a bit hitter like JuJu or KillJoy for fun. I have no idea how to get rid of Bette and if I had to kill off McMourning I would have been in trouble. I made a mistake using Collodi and all Maironettes to take down one Necropunk, but is was lack of numbers on his part that put his strategy out of reach so it may have been the right thing to do. The stitched lost a few Gambles but who cares - when it works it is glorious! Must have high cards in hand ready when I plan to hit hard with it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Collodi Crew Pics

So I finished painting up my 25 SoulStone Collodi led crew. It is comprised of Collodi, 4 x Marionettes, 3 x Wicked Dolls and 2 x Stitched. Here is a group shot - more pics coming tomorrow - along with a battle report from my first scrap! Getting ready for the Bristol tournament on the 27th...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Painting, Bloodbowl & Helldorado Book!

So it's been a busy painting period recently. With the Bristol Malifaux one day tournament in two weeks I have been getting my Collodi crew ready for action. Only a couple of Wicked Dolls to go!! The Marionettes, Collodi and Stitched are ready. After that I need to get Zoraida ready for the 35ss league at Firestorm.

Before Zoraida though I am also in this years W.A.N.C Bloodbowl tournament hosted by the Viet Taff. Not expecting a win though as I am rolling with Halflings! The reason for this is that I had a nifty idea to use the Nightware Edition Teddy (left) as Treemen and Puppets War model, Plaguebears (right), as the Halflings to create a teddy themed team. League starts in October and I am starting from scratch....more on this later.

As a last point I obtained the much anticipated HellDorado book this week. I will post a full review soon, but it is very nicely presented, good bit of fluff and the models presented look nice so thumbs up so far!