I'm Still Alive
The good news is that life hasn’t been work-related gloom and doom. I played in two more Warmachine tournaments over the last couple of months at my FLGS. that makes for a grand total of three tourneys under my belt. (You can read about the first one here.)
My third tournament was a 500pt. FoodMachine event. This was kind of a gimmicky charity tournament and it was a lot of fun. The setup: For each can of food you bring in,you get a ticket. You can use these tickets during a game to re-roll dice, get and extra focus, etc., but the cost goes up each time you “cheat.” Seeing an opportunity to compensate for my lack of skill, I brought in five cases (144 cans) of food! (Hey, it's a good cause.) Needless to say, I was a cheating bastard, but I still went 2-2. At least this time my two wins were by definitive caster kills, thanks mostly to Thorn and his Clairity Imprint. One of my losses were against a Sorcha/Beast 09/Kommandos/IFP list, and I just got owned. I took my alternate Stryker list for this game, but it didn’t help (in fact, I wished I had stuck with the Hailey list). I still haven’t figured out how to deal with that much hard armor. My second game was against a Menoth list that seemed like it had everything and the kitchen sink thrown in. I’ve heard the guys over at Fell Calls talk about “unraveling the Menoth Knot” – now I understand what that means.
All in all, I’m getting better, and my win/loss seems to be about 50% right now, which I guess isn’t bad. I’m too the point where I’m starting to know my own army pretty well, but I still get surprised a lot by what my opponent brings. With 5 warmachine books, a pirates book, and two hordes books it’s just awfully hard to keep track of it all when you are new. Although I’m finding that once you play something, and it pwns you, tend not to forget it. The people have been pretty cool – it’s somewhat intimidating to start going into a game store as the FNG, the folks have all been cool, willing to explain things, etc., and the new local press ganger has been just awesome at building community. (“Yay Jen!”)
I haven’t done just a ton of painting lately, but here are a few of the things I’ve been working on. I’m hoping to really hit it over the Holiday break and get back into the groove, and maybe crank out some full units...
One of my current favorites - Thorn.
The Angry Old Man - Nemo