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Archives: September 2014

  1. Project Nemesis #1

    This article isn't about me. I have no distinguishing qualities other than being a Warmachine & Hordes player. My opponents, however are quite interesting. Look at those smug bastards over there. Not only are they confident that their game is better than mine, but also willing to put pride, time, and models on the table to prove it. They represent...
  2. Blending via Glaze Layering by Anthony Wang

    Hi everyone! After talking to the nice folks over at Discount Games Inc., it looks like I’ll be posting painting articles regularly (…hopefully). So this first article will be on a staple technique every painter should have in their toolkit: blending by glazing layers of paint onto previous layers. So what is a glaze? A glaze is a very diluted...
  3. List Selection Prep by Ed Hachtel

    Often I see players coming away from a table after a loss, explaining how they chose the wrong list. Players will give varied excuses, with reasoning as far as “I didn’t know X” to exhaustion. Moving out of this situation and into a space where you play more games on your own terms is a important step in learning how...
  4. POWER GAMING WITH JAY #3

    Self Restricted Players David Sirlin believes that there are two definitions of the term “scrub”. The first describes a player who is learning a game.  Sirlin does not believe that this usage is derogatory, since every is a new player at some point.  The second definition of scrub is someone who is handicapped within a game by a self-imposed set...
  5. Flavor of the Week #10

    This blog's purpose is to explore a "flavor of the week" (FOTW) list design and figure out whether the resulting list will have a place in the tournament scene meta-game. Sep/Oct 2014 - Can Rask be effectively assassinated? Background So Minions is getting a pair of new casters, (Jaga-Jaga, Helga), and two new battle-engines that will potentially open up the...
  6. Sidekick Series Sidestory: Horgle Ironstrike by Chad Shonkwiler

    Horgle Ironstrike - Thoughts, Opinions, Blunt Observations. Horgle Ironstrike brings something new to the Trollblood arsenal in the form of their very first non-Whelp fury management option. Kind of... Calling Horgle “fury management” is actually being pretty generous, but the truth is that Trolls have traditionally been so restricted in this regard that even the limited amount of fury management...
  7. Miniature Musings #11

    Hordes and College Football I’ll make no bones about it, Warmachine and Hordes is not my first love. A shocking travesty, I know. That distinguished honor instead goes to college football. It’s magical—crisp, cool afternoons in late September with hulking giants slaughtering each other on the gridiron. Nothing says fall like annual showdowns between top 25 teams. Such is the...
  8. Sidekick Series Sidestory: Alison Jakes by Ed Hachtel

    "The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought" -Sun Tzu Every gamer knows the path to victory does not start with the first die roll. Rather it begins with the construction of the parts of your war machine. To be victorious in a game as difficult to master as Warmachine/Hordes requires a...
  9. POWERGAMING WITH JAY #2

    PLAYING TO WIN: BECOMING A CHAMPION BY DAVID SIRLIN #2 Why do we enjoy competitive games? A game like Warmachine is a zero sum interaction. There can be only one winner of the game. What is the appeal of this type of interaction? David Sirlin believes that these games are a type of debate with each side putting forth arguments...
  10. FLAVOR OF THE WEEK #9

    This blog's purpose is to explore a "flavor of the week" (FOTW) list design and figure out whether the resulting list will have a place in the tournament scene meta-game. Sep 2014 - Exulon Thexus as the Hordes Drop Background So Mercenary is an interesting Faction in the Meta today. Defined not by a particular strong warcaster/warlord, but by it’s...

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