I’ve been alluding to it for a couple of weeks now, but I can finally reveal most of my Secret Xmas Project…
I like to give painted models as presents at Christmas, and this year I thought to do something a little different. So a grabbed two packs of Trollblood Whelps and concocted a (not very) devious plan. I painted up 6 whelps for “Formerly Known As…” as gifts for the players, and kept 3 of them for a diorama for my wife.
Of course, I told her that they were all for the players and I told the players they were for my wife. Mwahahahahahaha! 😛
And then I had an idea to paint up Skaldi as well, as a Father Christmas!
Today I hosted an end-of-year BBQ to give back to those people who have made my year of (more) competitive Warmachine/Hordes enjoyable.
Originally it was going to be a 35pt tier event – but with people coming from interstate, as well as others starting new factions, there were issues about the ability of people to make competitive theme forces… so the event was changed to “The Event Formerly Known As ‘Tiers, Beers and Xmas Cheers'”. At stake – I’d buy and paint up a small-based model of their choice, oh, and bragging rights (for what that is worth).
I invited 6 of my best gaming buddies to participate in a 3-round, single list, Steamroller 2011 tournament, with an emphasis on fun over seriousness.
I pre-rolled the three rounds (so that I could prepare markers and players could tailor lists) and I came up with:
Clayton’s Scenario (Killbox)
Where’s the KaBOOM? (Destruction)
Survivor: Immoren (Outflank, Outfight, Outlast)
Here are the lists that they took:
Hoarluk Doomshaper, Rage of Dhunia
– Mulg the Ancient
– Dire Troll Mauler
Trollkin Champions (max) + Skaldi Bonehammer
Fennblades (min) + Fennblade Officer and Drummer
Karchev the Terrible
Battle Mechanics (max)
Kovnik Josef Grigorovich
Winter Guard Infantry (max) + Winter Guard Officer and Standard Bearer
Yuri the Axe
At the end of the day the winner was James (3-0), scoring himself a painted model of his choice. Come the new year, looks like I get to paint up Kallus.
From the sides, I watched a couple of tight games that came down to caster on caster and some really swinging rolls. At one point Andrew was averaging 4 on two dice!
Thanks to the guys (and gal) for coming along. It’s the people you play with that really make this hobby, and I’ve been fortunate to have had a stellar year of fun, learning and an overall fantastic community vibe.
I’ll leave this entry with some shots from the day. Thanks again to Cheaty for supplying terrain.
With the new version of iBodger, I now have a way to more easily track which of my models have been painted. While I finish up my Secret Xmas Project, I thought it’d be interesting to see how I’m progressing.
Khador – 94.1% (of 34 models)
Circle Orboros – 62.5% (of 32 models)
Legion of Everblight – 7.7% (of 13 models)
Skorne – 60.5% (of 43 models)
Trollbloods – 100% (of 2 models)
Mercenaries – 100% (of 2 models)
Minions – 100% (of 1 model)
I always thought I’d invested a lot into Khador, but I have two other factions that have close to if not more models – Circle and Skorne. Though, the numbers are skewed because the majority of my Khador are heavy warjacks, while my Skorne and Circle both have infantry.
The list doesn’t look so bad considering this year I’ve given away / sold off my Cryx, Cygnar and Trollbloods and have not included the Protectorate of Menoth that I painted for someone else.