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[Musings] Thyra & the Black Widows

Ok so not the Black Widow we'll be talking about today, but I don't see anyone complaining...
Ok so not the Black Widow we’ll be talking about today, but I don’t see anyone complaining…

Lately I was able to try my first theme force in Warmachine and as per usual for me, it’s probably not one of the easier ones to play.  I’m talking about Thyra, Flame of Sorrow and her Black Widows theme force for Protectorate of Menoth.  It’s basically all Daughters of the Flame.  Which is okay with me, as I love all the Daughters models.

Here’s what I ran with at 35 points.  The only proxy was the Sanctifier, as it hasn’t been released yet.

Faction: Thyra – Black Widows
Points: 35/35
Tiers: 4
Thyra, Flame of Sorrow (*6pts)
* Blood of Martyrs (9pts)
* Reckoner (8pts)
* Sanctifier (9pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Daughters of the Flame (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
Daughters of the Flame (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
Nicia, Tear of Vengeance (3pts)

So how is it?  What is it?  Read on, all will be explained! [warning: this is going to be a wall of text]

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And now for something completely different…Vidya games!

khador scene warmachine video game

While all the sites and many people are gearing up for or travelling to (including Plarzoid and Mugu) Templecon this weekend, you’ll get all you need from them since I won’t be going (at least not this year 😉 ).  Instead, I thought I’d do something a little different today and talk with you about something that frequently cuts into my painting time.  I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of you.

Video games.

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I’m going to do 2012 right! My resolutions and what to (hopefully) expect this year…

It’s 2012 and I’m back home and still trying to recover from that holiday break.  Late 2011 I started this site and this hobby and I want to take both into 2012 with gusto, so I’ve come up with a few New Year’s Resolutions that pertain to wargaming and myself! So here we go:

  1. Paint – this one is obvious.  I have a maddeningly massive list of models to get through this year.  I personally don’t like playing with unfinished models and usually I can’t really use the models I have anyway because of the way I paint things in sections/pieces.  First on the painting block is the rest of my Khador (minus the other warcasters for now).
  2. Paint better & faster – This one is just going to come with time.  Menoth looks like it is going to be my main faction from now on, so I’ll be hopefully better by the time I roll around to painting them.  I also have a 2 day painting class in March hosted by Privateer Press studio painter Meg Maples!  I hope to learn a lot there that I can apply to my Menites!
  3. Keep the blog going – with all these models to paint, surely there will be plenty of updates to be had?!  In a poll I did late last year, I asked what you guys would like to see more of.  Tutorials and how-to’s were at the top so I’ll be keeping that in mind and can hopefully accommodate by sharing the various things I learn along the way. Also new year, new look.  You like?
  4. Play more – Thursdays is quickly becoming my established game night and with a great group of players. This one is the easiest.
  5. Take part in a tournament (specifically at the NoVA Open) – I would REALLY love to be in a tournament this year.  I think I finally have enough models to field some competitive lists and would really like to experience that part of the hobby.  The NOVA Open is being held in Crystal City at the end of August this year, and since that is the closest for me which won’t require long treks or overnight stays, is the one I am specifically eying to be ready for (i.e. have my list painted up by then).  They are going to have 3 different Warmachine/Hordes tournies that weekend, 2 are 35 points, 1 is 50 points.  All are 1 list.  I think that is going to be perfect for me.

I think that’s good for now, don’t want to overload myself too early.  I’m off to tinker with the site some more and get started on finishing up my other magnetized Khador heavy and the other 4 Man-o-War Shocktroopers.  Now if I could only keep my other, previous nerd weakness (video games) from cutting into my time.  Over the holidays I got Skyrim, Space Marine, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations on the x360 AND scooped up the Dawn of War II Complete Pack off the Steam sale. Ugh.

When you’re young, you have lots of time but no money.  Now I have money (still working on the lots part) and barely time…

Slow Day: I make the lists, you critique the lists!

With the holidays coming up, it’s been kinda slow at work, so what better way to kill some time than with list-building? Too bad I can’t paint my models at work…


Over the weekend, Menoth smiled upon me something fierce and my model collection grew exponentially!  Filling up that new shelf may not be so hard after all…until you count painting them…

Starting to look a lot less sparse...
Starting to look a lot less sparse...

With so many new models, I think I have enough to really make some diverse lists and start trying something other than my current Strakhov 2-jack list.  Let’s get to theorycrafting!

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The minis have a new home & a preview of what’s coming up…

New shelf!  The collection has a new home courtesy of the future wife and my birthday!

Now to fill it…Shouldn’t be an issue I think 😉

Also a quick word about whats coming up in the next few weeks on this site! Lined up for you I have:

Completed posts for the Widowmakers, Widowmaker Marksman, & Great Bears

A tutorial on how I make my snow bases!

A test model for my Man-O-Wars

And finally (hopefully), test models for my Menoth!


Indeed a busy month.  You wouldn’t think it was December!

PSA: Avoid neck pain!

Just a quick reminder to take some breaks while painting and do a few stretches or something.  I learned this the hard way this past weekend after working on my Great Bears and Marksman.  It’s just so easy for us to get into that hunched position (you know the one), with our shoulders tight, while we are focused on painting these tiny army men.

So yea..just a little something to keep in mind next time you sit down to paint.


Lineup change! Lists for upcoming 25pt games…

Recently my Khador collection has grown considerably, thus resulting in an increase in army list flexibility.  As you may recall, I had already outlined my 15, 25, and 35 point lists based on what I had on order.

Welp, all that goes out the window now! With more choices, comes great…er…more…um…


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What’s next on the chopping block?

Butcher could still kill you with no arms.

See what I did there? Chopping block…picture of the Butcher…ehhh, you don’t know funny.

This is just a preview of sorts of what I’m working on.  Butcher was just an exercise in trying a new basing technique, the “junk pile”.  I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out and the massive headache it was not, so I’ll be doing this one more often for my minis.  I think it gives it that “oomph,” you know what I mean? That extra little bit to make it look better.

The slow grow’s 15 point weeks are winding down and I have a lot of catching up to do in terms of painting. It’s safe to say I’m pretty behind in this league due to the delay in getting my stuff.  But oh well, I like playing with painted models and I’ll be glad to be able to quit proxying or subbing plain base discs as my models.

Next up is the Wardog and another warjack, this time Torch. The other warjack that I got in the 2 player box is going to get the magnetized treatment, while Torch and Beast 09 will not be. I think two “omni” ‘jacks should be enough, plus I have some cool pose ideas for the character ‘jacks.