• Texicon 2017 Day 1, Borka2 vs Butcher3

    Butcher3 or Vlad 1.  Either way, I had just played two Madrak games in a row, and his army wasn’t feeling very strong into Khador.  I think it needs a Mauler. So I picked up the bear and vowed not to throw away the wagon.  First turn, I should have played slower.  Turn 2, I could have feated.  As it was, I wound up facing a top of turn 2 assassination. So I found myself cramped in, Borka repositioned behind the wall.  I wish I had feated.  But I didn’t think he would make a run at the beginning of

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  • Texicon 2017 Day 1, Borka2 vs Rask

    I played several games over the three days of Texicon.  Friday was a 75 point steamroller 2016 tournament, and I played 4 games. I learned that there is so much variety in this game.  Despite variety, some people will end up playing similar lists with similar playstyles.  In planning my own strategy and play, I probably shouldn’t get hung up on how to combat certain lists, but focus on win conditions and combating overall win strategies. First game, I ran Borka 2 into Gators.  He had tough, snacking gators, and I had snacking trolls. Minions Theme: The Blindwater Congregation 2

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  • Road to Texicon, Ragnor

    Ragnor Lothbrok Not quite. He’s Ragnor Skysplitter, the Runemaster, and he’s Madrak’s pairing for day one of Texicon.  I considered taking the Borka2 list, but I feel like Ragnor has a touch more punch.  His feat affects all attacks, and reduces enemy punch by a whole die.  With the stone running, we have ARM 21 beasts and 1 less die on the feat turn. Pulverizer gives +2 and beat back, and when combined with the stone elder and Rage, we have a POW19 Slag Troll, POW 21 Earthborn, POW 25 Mountain King, and yes, even the Winter troll becomes POW

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  • Road to Texicon, Borka2

    I love this model!  Why don’t I run him more often?  Honestly, I do not know.  I think it stems from one of my early losses with him, where my opponent simply backs up and waits for my feat to expire, then hacks out some sort of assassination run. I’ve come to the conclusion that Borka, Vengeance of the Rimshaws is probably fine, and that my tactics need adjustment.  Unfortunately for me, all of Borka and Northkin is about to change, due to the CID beginning soon.  Texicon is only two weeks away at this point, and I loathe the

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  • Road to Texicon ’17 Madrak 3, V3

    War Room Army   Trollblood – Madrak’s Band of Heroes (alt-1)   Theme: Band of Heroes 2 / 2 Free Cards 74 / 75 Army     Effigy of Valor – Steamroller Objective   Madrak, Great Chieftain – WB: +29 – Troll Impaler – PC: 11 (Battlegroup Points Used: 11) – Troll Bouncer – PC: 9 (Battlegroup Points Used: 9) – Pyre Troll – PC: 9 (Battlegroup Points Used: 9)   Fell Caller Hero – PC: 0 Horthol, Long Rider Hero – PC: 8 Fell Caller Hero – PC: 5   Trollkin Fennblades – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15 –

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  • Road to Texicon ’17 Madrak 3, V3

    I’m still thinking Madrak 3 should by my primary list.  Last weekend I had a 2v2 Khador/Trollblood vs Cryx/Skorne with a few guys at one of the LGS.  We ended up splitting the space so that I could face off with the Cryx army, who placed most of their forces opposite me, except for a unit of ghost pirates who took the flank on the other side of the Skorne forces.   During the game, the Mauler ends up doing hardly anything.  It kills ooff a light jack in like one hit, without even having Rage running.  I suppose it

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  • Horgle2, Three Games and Three Lists

    I tried Horgle into three different guys at 75, 35 and 75 points, in and out of theme.  I don’t have a good grasp of this guy.  He has a potentially powerful feat, providing everything is on fire before his feat.  He has a good Armor buff spell, and Solid Ground is pretty awesome.  His 3 point spell, consuming flames is better cast by the Trollkin Runebearer, aka “Troll Moses,” since he probably wants to keep solid ground running, needs to be at least 12″ from combat, and might want the inviolable resolve running as well.  That means he can

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  • Road to Texicon ’17 Madrak 3

    Madrak 3 I’m still toying with lists for Friday’s 75 point event.  I think I’ve settled on Madrak 3.  I tested him into Skorne under the ranged theme and with those soul-abusing Immortals. Version 1 Trollblood – Madrak’s Band of Heroes Theme: Band of Heroes 2 / 2 Free Cards 75 / 75 Army Effigy of Valor – Steamroller Objective Madrak, Great Chieftain – WB: +29 – Dire Troll Mauler – PC: 15 (Battlegroup Points Used: 15) – Troll Bouncer – PC: 9 (Battlegroup Points Used: 9) – Winter Troll – PC: 8 (Battlegroup Points Used: 5) Fennblade Kithkar –

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  • Road to Texicon ’17

    Texicon is the largest Warmachine event I’ve attended.  It boasts a standard Steamroller, an escalation tournament with three rounds, and a master’s event for those who qualify from one of the others. Escalation The way I understand the web site, it looks like the Escalation games will be limited to three rounds with the same caster and list each round, with more models being added between rounds.  Multiple Trollblood warlocks work at 35, 50 and 75 points.  I’ve played a few, and feel like the best match for me is Borka, Vengeance of the Rimeshaws. War Room Army Trollblood –

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