I was going to try to avoid the slump this year. I was energized to paint coming into March. Then I met Skorne.
True to form at the end of our third week of Journeyman, I’ve entered the Mid-League Slump. This is where you don’t think you’re going to finish painting your army or you’re even going to finish the league.
Three weeks in and the only things I’ve finished painting are a Bronzeback Titan, Marketh, an Ancestral Guardian, eHexy (well…almost), and maaaybe three Praetorian Swordsmen. So if I’m being generous that’s seven models in three weeks. Not even double digits. Last year with Rhyas I was in my homestretch.
Why? Well, I think the basic answer is that Skorne just isn’t hitting me, either in my painting parts nor in my gaming jones. I even have two of my local Tyrants taking me under their wing to teach me the ways. I’m not going to give up, because that’s just not me, but after the league I’m really contemplating putting Skorne up on the chopping block. For the aforementioned reasons and because of some new distractions I’ll be writing about soon.
We still have three weeks to go and I am currently in third place in the game point standings (despite losing every single one of my games, weird), hopefully I can pull out a 180 on all counts.
UPDATE: I was not able to pull a 180, and decided to cut my losses. The Skorne forces have been sold 😦 Sometimes you just can’t swim against the current.
The time of this year’s Journeyman is almost here! Countdown one week from today! Since we can have up to half of our list painted (about 27 points) before the start of the league, I figured it was time to get started on my death elves.
Our Gaming group’s annual Journeyman League is upon me once again…This year’s league is a lot earlier in the year per request and the focus has shifted to a more “competitive” minded league.
The league formats, they are a-changin’
While a huge issue I see with Journeyman, even though I love it so, is the issue of burnout. Like I’ve said and most of you who have participated in one before can attest, it quickly becomes a numbers game where if you can’t keep up, you just about auto-lose and drop out a quarter of the way in. Quality can also slip, something I also really don’t like. I don’t know about you, but I’m not dumping investing all this time and effort into simply half ass painting my toy soldiers. THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS YALL.
As you may or may not have noticed, Journeyman leagues are my ish. The past two I’ve been a part of have been complete successes for me. I’m usually in the top 3 across every category (always a groomsman?). With talks starting up about doing our 2014 Journeyman League earlier in the year (March it’s looking like), and with Journeymans starting up anywhere else, I’d like to take some time to share some tips that have helped me and can help you in your League. Continue reading Tips for a Successful Journeyman League!→
Tonight is the ‘Awards Ceremony’ for our Journeyman League. Six weeks of painting and playing games behind me, I now have a fully painted 50 point army (see above) to terrorize the table tops with. Overall, I didn’t win any of the categories but came close in two of them (which was a huge surprise to me), and went 10-6 as far as win-loss record which is the bigger news! With Rhyas. Boom shaka laka naysayers.
The army is a lot of fun to play as it’s very different from my Menoth. You have to be VERY aggressive with it to get anywhere and always on the look out for assassination opportunities (more so than usual). FURY management is also a big concern for it with a FURY 5 warlock and two heavies and a light capable of producing 11 fury if you max them out. Make sure to keep that Shepard safe! Sometimes I wanted/needed Rhyas to have a ranged attack spell, but when all else fails, just apply Rhyas and see where it takes you. And never look down on Riposte. I think it killed as many models as Rhyas did charging. Also the beef wall of terror causing Ogruns is fantastic! It’s 12 models totaling 96 health boxes, all at ARM 16-17. It can be a lot to chew through for some people. Then you have a mess of Swordsmen to clean up the remains.
Surprise MVP? The Nephilim Solider. He assassinated more casters than either Rhyas or the two heavies.
So what’s next for me?
A break probably. In actuality, I think it’s time to indulge in some palette cleansing games (like Infinity!). More on that (very) soon!
Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I’ve been feverishly trying to maintain a painting pace at which I would be able to field a fully painted list every Thurday for the duration of the Journeyman League. And lately, it’s been burning me out!
But I take solace in realizing that I only have six models left to complete the Rearguard! Four Swordsmen grunts, and two Warspear grunts. Well, and eVayl in order to get the “paint 3 warcasters/locks” bonus we have. That’s it! A 50 point force in 2 months?! None too shabby, me thinks.
Anyway, I’ve wanted to share a few links with you guys:
The first of which is from Lost Hemisphere. I jumped into their Most Epic Extreme Unloved Models Challenge 2013!! or (LHMEEUMC2013 for short) as Rhyas clearly qualifies for that distinction (along with a few other models in the Rearguard like Warmongers) if reading online is any indication. You can read the rules here, but the main link I wanted to share with you was the thread I created which details my journey thus far. A lot of the initial pics you’ve already seen here, but the big thing is the mini battle reports I’ve been posting of my games. Find out how I’ve done with not only (arguably) Legion’s worst warlock, but also (again arguably if online sources are to be believed) one of the worst warlocks/casters in the game!
Second is from Plarzoid’s blog. The first weekend in order to kick off the Journeyman League, we had a Highlander Death Race tournament. He’s got some pics up now. I even wore a shirt to match (which wasn’t intentional). Check them out! (Link goes directly to gallery)
Finally, one more pic before the next big gallery post to hold you over…