Heavy Metal Dayz Review, Part 2

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This is part 2 of my Heavy Metal Dayz review – if you haven’t read the first part, click here.

Previously on “Caine’s crazy adventure”: I went 2-1 in the first 3 rounds of the tournament, getting tabled once, winning by scenario once and Trick-shotting Haley 2 to death in the third game. Crazy as it sounds, we as a team were undefeated at that point – one of 6 teams.

Which brings me to:

Game 4 – The ‘It is still a dice game’ Game

We draw team “Diced Cocks”, a few Warhammer converts (who did quite well in Warhammer I am told). And we also draw the video table. You can watch my game here, and if you go to Page5.de’s Channel you can watch the rest of our coverage at Heavy Metal Dayz.

Anyways – we pair off: Cygnar vs. Ret (me), Khador vs. Skorne (Bartek) and Ret vs...

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Heavy Metal Dayz Review, Part 1

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Its that time of the year again – the Heavy Metal Dayz took place about 2 weeks ago. This is the largest and longest running team tournament in Germany. I have participated in the first one in late 2005 (thats actually how I met Tim) and in the first 5 HMDz. Took a break for a few years and went back in 2013.

So this year Schmerzi – the mascot, drawn by Florian Stitz – proclaimed a Stone Age Smackdown. Bartek, Alex and I went as team “Get off my lawn” (you know because we are old and want all those kids off our lawn – yeah, we’ll change it next year). After going 1-5, 2-4, 2-4 the past 3 years we wanted to be better and go at least 3-3.

Bartek went with Karchev and Butcher 1, Alex with Vyros 2 and Kaelyssa – taking the 4th faction in as many years (Khador, Skorne, Cryx, Ret).

Since M...

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Heavy Metal Dayz 2016

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Its been nearly 2 years since my last post and since I switched from Trolls to Cygnar after the EU Masters in 2014. Here are a few stats of my success with the Swans. All of that was prior to MK 3.

Games Total 246
Wins 74
Losses 172
Ratio 30,08%
Tournament Games 137
Wins 47
Losses 90
Ratio 34,31%

Since I played both versions of Allister Caine from September 2015 to about May of 2016 pretty much exclusively, these are obviously my most played and most successful casters.

With Caine 1 I played this theme force – Sons of the Tempest:

Caine
Ace
Gun Mages + UA
Hunter
Hunter
Gun Mages + UA
Hunter
Hunter
Tempest Blazers
Black 13th

And boy was that a lot of fun. I made it a point after SmogCon in February to drop this list into as much stuff as I could and had some really great matches...

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Bonehammer’s Brewery: A Swan Song!

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As I already announced last week, for the forseeable future my Trolls will go on the shelf and I will switch over to Cygnar.

But not before I took the Trolls out for a last spin. Last weekend was the EU Masters tournament in Rotterdam, where most of the WTC players of Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and of course Germany, plus quite a few other players met to see who’s the best player. It was a 7 round event over 2 days.

We travelled there on friday evening so that we could be ready for the games come saturday morning. We played in a bridge club of all places. Tables were set on two floors and 85ish players met to play Warmachine.

I brought the lists I had played almost exclusively the past few months, with only minor tweaks along the way.

Hoarluk Doomshaper (*7pts)
* Troll Axer (6pts)
* ...

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Swans it is!

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It’s about time, I restart blogging here.

Over 18 months ago, I got back into the game, as you can see in the previous posts. I picked Trolls as my faction for a variety of reasons (not necessarily in that order).

– The models look awesome
– I was able to aquire a significant amount of models from two friends
– The whole thing came fully painted
– I liked the “in your face” playstyle of the Trolls

The whole time I argued, I’d never switch factions or buy a second faction. I didn’t want to develop faction ADD and I loathed the idea of having to buy a complete second faction AND paint it up as well.

On the other hand I said, if I were to ever play another faction, it probably would be Circle...

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Bearka! Bearka! Bearka!

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I don’t know exactly why posted the image, but I am glad they did. Borka will get an epic version in the next book and it will look like this:

eBorka

Do I need to say anything more? This might be the first Hordes Model I absolutely have to get on release date. And its only fitting that I currently going back to pBorka and building a Family Reunion list.

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Bonehammer’s Brewery: A year in review

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A little over a year ago, Alex, Bartek and I got invited back into the hobby. We basically got roped into participating in the biggest tournament in Germany – the Heavy Metal Dayz. We had about 3 months before the tournament to re-familiarize ourselves with game and aquire the necessary miniatures to participate.

As you know, I choose trollbloods as my faction this time around. Both for me and Alex it had been about 5 years since we last played and we had never played a single game in MK II.

Ever since I started, I lost more games than I won. Way more games. Last summer I discovered IronGrudge, an Android app that lets you record your game scores. Since then I have recorded 54 games.

I won 12 of them. Roughly 22%. Not a very good margin...

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“Is it a bird? Is it a … plane?”

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So I started painting a few pulp minis in recent days. Once I have proper pictures of them, I will post them.

When I was a kid, my brother, my dad and I build a few model airplanes. One of these sets survived the past 25-30 years unassembled. And its perfect for pulp gaming:

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All I now need to do is assemble that thing.

How hard can it be?

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Achtung! Cthulhu

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By now you should now my love for all things weird, pulpy, retro and what not. So it’s no surprise that I backed the Kickstarter Modiphius Entertainment ran for its Cthulhu RPG – Achtung! Cthulhu – in Spring 2013.

Two weeks ago the final product arrived – these two gorgeous books:

achtungcthulhu

I will also get any future books (that were funded by the Kickstarter stretch goals) as a PDF.

I can’t wait to try this out.

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Bonehammer’s Brewery: Going .500!

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Ironhide grew desperate. The Menites were closing in. To his right the Avatar of Menoth was lingering and terrorizing his troops. Up front one of his full blood trolls had just succumbed to a Dervish slicing him up. His champions had died one by one. Nearly all of his Kriel Warriors were already gone. It wouldn’t be long before his troops were overrun and defeated.

It was time for one last play. He send a few of the scribes towards the Avatar, to prevent the hulking machine from crushing his right flank completely. Then he spotted something through the bushes and hedges. Moving closer he saw Amon, the Menite warcaster, just standing there, his chain ball at the ready.

Madrak saw his lone chance to turn the table in this battle. He inched forward and gathered all his strength. He picked up Rathrok, heaved it over his head and threw it at Amon. The look on the enemy warcasters face was one of total suprise as suddenly a huge axe struck him dead center in the chest.

Madrak just sunk to the ground, happy to have survived this ordeal. He rallied what was left of his troops and secured the area. The Menites were retreating in complete shock after the loss of their leader.

The a...

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