Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Armies of Australian Masters 2017 - Part 3

Greetings!

Welcome to the part 3 of Armies of Australian Masters 2017! Today another Undead army is going to be featured but this one is of a completely different flavor. 

This undead force is commanded by Adam who currently holds the "Best in Race: Undead" title. Adam is a regular tournaments participant and in four out of six events last season he took his Undead Army. And while Josh puts his faith in Mummies and War Engines, Adam brings all mounted force of Undead Cavalry!

Undead - Adam - Army List

10 Soul Reaver Cavalry, Regiment, Maccwar’s Potion of the Caterpillar
- Revenant King on Undead Winged Wyrm, Hero

10 Revenant Cavalry, Regiment
- 5 Revenant Cavalry, Troops 
- Revenant King, Hero, Mounted
10 Revenant Cavalry, Regiment
- 5 Revenant Cavalry, Troops
- Army Standard Bearer, Hero, Mounted, Lute of Insatiable Darkness

10 Revenant Cavalry, Regiment
- 5 Revenant Cavalry, Troops
- Necromancer, Hero, Mounted, Bane Chant, Inspiring Talisman

6 Werewolves, Horde

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Armies of Australian Masters 2017 - Part 2

Greetings!

Welcome to part 2 of Armies of Australian Masters 2017!  

Today I would like to present Josh from Victoria who is bringing his trusty Undead army to the tournament. Out of six events Josh took part in this season, Undead were featured four times and I got lucky to play against him and his shambling hordes during the Australian Clash of Kings 2016! 

I must tell you that Josh is one of the nicest opponents I have ever had a pleasure to meet. He was more happy when things went well for me and more sad when unlucky rolls happened than myself. :) 

Who knows, it may be that we will have the rematch during the Masters!

Undead - Josh - Army List

20 Mummies, Regiment
- Liche King, Hero, Banner of the Griffin

20 Mummies, Regiment
- Liche King, Hero

20 Mummies, Regiment
- Balefire Catapult, War Engine  

20 Mummies, Regiment
- Balefire Catapult, War Engine  

20 Mummies, Regiment
- Balefire Catapult, War Engine 

10 Soul Reaver Cavalry, Regiment, Brew of Haste
- Cursed Pharaoh, Hero, Wings of Honeymaze

Monday, 20 November 2017

Armies of Australian Masters 2017 - Part 1

Greetings! 

The tournament season in Australia ends on 31st October and it is now time to prepare for the Australian Masters - invite only event that is organized for the best 12 players in the country to determine the ruling Champion for the next season. It is the second year of Kings of War Australian Masters too. 

This year I got very lucky to qualify and I am already looking forward to the event that will take place in Ipswich in Queensland on 3rd December! 

The event is one day tournament with 4 games being played and Clash of Kings 2017 in place. There is, however, one very interesting tradition that the very first game is so called Army Swap. It means that the players would play against each other but commanding their opponent's army against their own! 

The pairs are already determined and 1st player in the ranking is going to play against 12th, 2nd against 11th and so on. 

If you are interested in details here is the link to the player's pack:


Once the players confirmed their attendance there was the deadline until 17th November to submit our respective army lists and they have just been officially published. Here is the link to the army lists:


You may expect discussions on various social media about the lists and the chances of each player to win this year and I wanted to add to it a bit as well. However, I decided to go for armies and players presentation. The main reason is that I think the players and their armies deserve it after the full year of campaigning as qualifying to Masters is a success already. In addition, I think the event itself is worthy talking about as it further promotes a fantastic game of Kings of War. And while naturally it is going to be a very competitive event, there is so much more to it!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Game 66 - Romans - 2017/11/18

Greetings!

After a very interesting set of games at 1200 points during the most recent local tournament, it was time to get back to playing at 2000 points! This time, however, it was a game like no other as I had a unique chance to play against - Imperial Romans!

During the tournament I talked to Glen, another great local player and he is known for bringing his beautifully painted Romans to the events. While terrain rules for KoW Historical are not in use, such armies are usually allowed. I would love to play a proper KoW Historical one day but this time we agreed I am going to bring my Elves as usual.

We are spoiled for choices these days as we have two gaming nights per week (I wish I could attend every week at least once, not to mention twice!) in our local stores. This time we played at Jolts

Glen brought all infantry army with no less than 6 war engines!

Romans - Army List

40 Legionnaires, Iron Resolve, Foulkon(2), Single Throwing Weapon, Shiltron
- General, Hero
- Catapult, War Engine

40 Legionnaires, Iron Resolve, Foulkon(2), Single Throwing Weapon
- Eagle Bearer, Hero
- Catapult, War Engine

20 Legionnaires, Iron Resolve, Foulkon(2), Single Throwing Weapon
- Army Standard, Hero
- Catapult, War Engine
 
20 Legionnaires, Iron Resolve, Foulkon(2), Single Throwing Weapon
- Musician, Hero
- Bolt Thrower, War Engine
 
20 Legionnaires, Iron Resolve, Foulkon(2), Single Throwing Weapon
- Bolt Thrower, War Engine
 
20 Legionnaires, Iron Resolve, Foulkon(2), Single Throwing Weapon
- Bolt Thrower, War Engine
 
20 Legionnaires, Iron Resolve, Foulkon(2), Single Throwing Weapon

20 Legionnaires, Iron Resolve, Foulkon(2), Single Throwing Weapon

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Valley of Kings 4 - Summary - 2017/11/12

Greetings! 

Time for a short summary of the most recent tournament. It was great to be back after a short break and I really enjoyed small size format too. My concerns that smaller tables would be a challenge for me or that 5 games in one day might be a little bit too much proved to be unjustified. Which is simply great! :)

Once again the crew at Three D6 perfectly accommodated the group of Kings of War enthusiasts and Matt delivered yet another perfectly organized event. This time, as we were testing a new scoring system, he prepared scenario sheets with rules explaining not only how the scenario works but also how it is scored. It helped a lot and players didn't have to spend time to calculate the scores as the three-step procedure was really easy to follow. 

We had 12 players this time which is also a nice attendance number. The interesting I observed, however, that every time I participate in the event there are players who did not necessarily participated in previous tournaments. It simply means that the number of Kings of War players in Canberra is much larger than and that is awesome! I am sure that the regularly organized Valley of Kings series of events helped in fueling the enthusiasm and kept people interested in this game.

I had great 5 games and it would not have been possible without my fantastic opponents. My thanks to Mark (congratulations on the 2nd overall!), Damian, Chris, Sean and Craig (congratulations on 3rd overall!) for great games!

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Valley of Kings 4 - Elves - 2017/11/11

Greetings! 

I begun the tournament with a civil war and it happened that I was about to finish the event with the civil war too! 

This time I had a great pleasure to play against Craig who was very enthusiastic about  our incoming battle too! We have not fought against each other yet. Craig brought Elven army that was different in composition to mine and Mark's (check battle report 1) so all three Elven forces were truly unique. Craig's Drakon Riders looked great in particular and properly intimidating! His army also had a nice contingent of allied Elohi:

Elves - Army List

6 Drakon Riders, Horde
- 10 Archers
- Drakon Lord, Hero 

10 Storm Wind, Pathfinder, Regiment
- Mage, Lightning Bolts, Hero

Basilean Allies

6 Elohi, Horde

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Valley of Kings 4 - Night Stalkers - 2017/11/08

Greetings!

In the game 4 I played against the army that is going to be (or is already becoming) a very popular choice thanks to the new Mantic releases - the Night Stalkers. I played against Sean who is getting back to wargaming with this army. We played against each other long time ago so it is great to have him back. I am sure he has an eye on the new concept art and models and I am looking forward to seeing how is he going to develop his force.

I had a few games against the Night Stalkers but I haven't had a chance to play against some of Sean's choices. I was also very curious how to play against them at small points and I was really looking forward to our game. Here are the details of the army list:

Night Stalkers - Army List

20 Reapers ,Regiment
- 10 Spectres, Troops
- 10 Spectres, Troops
- Horror, Hero

20 Dopplegangers, Regiment
- 10 Phantoms, Troop
- Plannar Apparition, Monster

3 Nightmares, Regiment

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Valley of Kings 4 - Undead - 2017/11/05

Greetings!

In the third game I played Chris and his Undead horde. We have played against each other a few times already and last time Chris defeated me during the Edge of the Abyss campaign.  It was thus a great opportunity to even the score!

The interesting part of playing against the known player is that we both started developing certain behaviors as a result of previous encounters. Chris became even more patient with his army, slowly but purposely approaching my army, being careful not to expose the flanks. I learned some painful lessons about being too hasty in the attack or underestimating the power of Surge. I really hoped I would not make these mistakes again! 

Chris had some usual suspects in his force but there were a few surprised for me too:

Undead - Army List

40 Zombies, Horde
- 10 Skeleton Warriors, Troops
- 5 Soul Reaver Cavalry, Troops
- 5 Revenant Cavalry, Troops
- Liche King, Hero

6 Barrow Wights, Horde
- Army Standard, Mounted

20 Wraiths, Regiment 

Friday, 3 November 2017

Valley of Kings 4 - Forces of the Abyss - 2017/11/03

Greetings!

In the second game I had a great pleasure to play against Damian. He brought his very nicely painted evil Abyssals and I was really looking forward to our game. One reason was to have kind of classic blue vs red battle (almost literally when you look at the respective color schemes!). Another was that I have not played against one of the iconic armies of Mantica for some time. Last but not least I have not had a chance to play against Damian before either so it was great we were finally matched against each other.

Forces of the Abyss - Army List

40 Lower Abyssals, Horde
- 5 Gargoyles, Troops
- 5 Hellhounds, Troops
- Abyssal Chmpion with Wings, Hero

20 Succubi, Regiment

20 Succubi, Regiment

6 Tortured Souls, Horde

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Valley of Kings 4 - Elves - 2017/10/31

Greetings!

In the first game of the tournament I played against Mark and his Elves. I played against Mark several times already and he brought his favorite units with a smaller force too.  His army was more compact, very fast and more durable than mine. It is always very interesting to play against Mark because he has a different approach to the Elven forces. Hence, it creates an unique match up where opponents have good understanding of each other armies but due to different compositions it still feels as if two completely different forces were fighting.

Here are the details of Mark's list:

Elves - Army List

40 Archers, Heart-seeking Chant
- Army Standard, Lute, Hero

6 Drakon Riders, Horde
- Dragon Kindred Lord, Hero
 
6 Drakon Riders, Horde


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Valley of Kings 4 - Introduction - 2017/10/29

Greetings!

After a month or so of a break in playing after the Edge of the Abyss campaign I was eager to get back to some games. Fortunately for me, local tournament organizers, Matt and Tas, planned another of their fantastic events in the series known as The Valley of Kings.  As usual, the great crew of Three D6 store hosted a group of 12 Kings of War enthusiasts.

This time things were a bit different. First of all, we played with 1200 points armies and that immediately looked a bit of a challenge for me as I have never played this size of the game. However, I managed to downsize my current 2000 points force and was set to participate. 

Second change, which was more of a consequence of the first one, is that we played on 4 x 4 feet tables. It is understandable and recommended for smaller battles but it also meant that the battle fields were narrower. To the player who needs space for maneuver it was another thing to quickly adapt to.

However, the most intriguing and discussed modification as compared to Clash of Kings standard for tournaments was an introduction of a new scoring system - BlackJack. For details, please, follow the link:


In short, the aim is to shift the focus to the scenarios and decrease the impact of the attrition on the overall result the player can achieve. It means that under BlackJack system a player may earn more points if he can fulfill the scenario requirements in a more decisive way. For example, one may earn more points if he gets all the loot tokens rather than just one more than his opponent that is required to win the scenario. At the same time the brackets for getting a significant shift in the scoring due to attrition were increased and the player can no longer claim up to 5 extra points in this way. 

I must say I was intrigued but at the same time a little concerned that checking all these tables to get the result may be a bit time consuming. However, to help with that special score sheets were prepared for each player and it turned out to be faster than I expected. 

The aim for the organizers was to collect data about the new system and ask participants for the feedback. Did the new system affect their decision making at any stage (including army design)? Did it reward playing for the scenario conditions more and did it entourage them to do so? Did they like it (simple but important!)? etc.

I decided I am going to scale down my usual army without taking into account the new scoring system. What would be ideal is 2000 points size games with exactly the same army. I could then better assess what was the impact of the new system on my decisions during the games. However, with the army that had all the units I usually have in my 2000 force that was as close as I could get.

I also decided to approach the scenarios in a similar way as before. It means that I wanted to focus on the scenario conditions first. Destroying enemy units is important but my assumption was that if I were to make a decision between destroying more units or getting more scenario points I should go for the scenario. Unless destroying the enemy units allowed to do both and/or was the safest option. I would leave more detailed considerations on that matter for the battle reports :)

Here is the army list I brought to this event:

1200 version of the Outcasts.

Outcasts - Army List

3 Drakon Riders, Regiment - 175
- 5 Silverbreeze, Troop - 145
- 5 Silverbreeze, Troop - 145
- Drakon Rider Lord, Hero, Large Cavalry - 160

3 Drakon Riders, Regiment - 175
- 10 Palace Guard, Troop - 105
- 10 Palace Guard, Troop - 105
 - Army Standard, Hero - 50

3 War Chariots, Regiment  - 140
 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Kings of War - Past, Present and Future

Greetings!

I have recently listened to a new episode of the Counter Charge podcast. It was a big one to celebrate the fact at it was episode 200! If you haven't listened to it yet, I really recommend it to any Kings of War enthusiast, here is the link:


Rob and Mark have been delivering fantastic episodes and 200th one was truly special. Congratulations once again! Such a great achievement for sure and it is great to know that they have plans for more! The episode contains some very interesting recollection of the KoW past, the way the game evolved in time and how did the hosts of the podcast participate in that process. It also had a discussion of the way people see that state of the game at the moment and continued with a very interesting discussion about ways the game could evolve in the future.

I have played quite a few games recently and I was more focused on the global campaign but after listening to the podcast I started thinking about the future of Kings of War again. There were some thought provoking ideas in the podcast. Initially I considered short feedback about these but the more I thought about the more it was obvious I may need a bit more space. Hence, I decided it may be a good option to write a post blog instead. :)

Monday, 2 October 2017

Edge of the Abyss - Summary

Greetings!

This first global Kings of War campaign, Edge of the Abyss, is over! While we don't know yet what is going to be the exact impact of the result for the world of Mantica, I would like to share my own experiences after participating in the campaign.

First of all, I was very happy the campaign was organized and the additional supplement was released. From my personal point of view, campaigns and supplements are perfect because I don't need any new miniatures at the moment. But spicing up the game with new stories and ability to take part in shaping up the future of the world - now that is temptation I don't even try to resist! I immediately ordered the supplement and was very lucky that there were a lot of local players who wanted to participate too.

I would like to stress out that this post is my feedback on the campaign. I do hope it will be of some use to game designers as I think the campaign was a fantastic idea. I would love if they had an annual event like that with more and more players participating and more and more exciting new releases accompanying the event.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Edge of the Abyss - The Great Wall! - Empire of Dust - 2017/09/27

Greetings!

The fifth scenario of the Edge of the Abyss campaign is played on the Ardovikian Plain where forces of good try to build a Great Wall in order to stop the green tide of Orcs pouring further into the lands of Men.

This time I had a great pleasure to play against Christo and his Empire of Dust army! I have never had a chance to play against him so it was great to finally do so. Empire of Dust, on the other hand, is not completely new foe for me but then I have not fought against this army for quite a long while. 

Christo brought the following army to our game:

Empire of Dust - Army List

40 Revenants, Horde, Brew of Strength
- Bone Giant, Monster
- Ahmunite Pharaoh, Hero, Wings of Honeymaze

20 Mummies, Regiment
- Reanimated Behemoth, Monster 
- Cursed High Priest, Hero, Heal (4), Shroud of the Saint
20 Mummies, Regiment
- Cursed High Priest, Hero, Heal (4)

6 Enslaved Guardian Archers, Horde, Chant of Hate

6 Enslaved Guardian Archers, Horde, Blessings of the Gods

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Edge of the Abyss - Twilight Glades - Night Stalkers - 2017/09/24

Greetings!

Battle number 4 of the Edge of the Abyss campaign takes place in Twilight Glades. Main opponents are Elves and Night Stalkers so I was lucky that Jules had time to field his fantastic army of various monsters and horrors from nightmares! 

It always great to play against him and this time we could add a bit of thematic feel to the game with terrain set up that was tailored to represent the Twilight Glades and fielding main opponents for the scenario.

Unlike in previous games this time my army got a special rule due to scenario so I was curious if and if yes how this would affect the way the army fights. As always, Jules was busy with painting more models and units to his great looking army. This time, in comparison to the army I played against several months ago at Clash of Kings, he added a unit of Fiends. 

Night Stalkers - Army List

60 Blood Warms, Legion, Brew of Strength
- Void Lurker, Hero, Brew of Haste
- Shadow Hulk, Monster

6 Fiends, Horde, Helm of the Ram
- Dread Fiend, Hero
- Planar Apparition, Monster

20 Spectres, Regiment
- Screamer, Monster

20 Phantoms, Regiment
- Screamer, Monster

3 Nightmares, Regiment

Friday, 15 September 2017

Edge of the Abyss - The Dead Fleet - Undead - 2017/09/15

Greetings!

Edge of the Abyss campaign continues! I must say I really enjoy the games, as they are a bit more relaxed without time pressure. I do like plaing with chess clocks during the tournaments but it also nice to have a bit of a break and play a few more casual games once in a while. 

This time I had I played against Chris and his evil Undead in a very fitting scenario - The Dead Fleet. I have played against Chris before but since it was quite a log time ago I was even more happy to do so! 

We also played in a different location as Chris suggested we should promoted Kings of War in another store in Canberra, Jolt. It is a very nice place to play too, with plenty of space and neat tables. I played there before and as it is relatively close I was happy to drop by.

Chris has a really cool army comprised of old school models. It is always great to see it assembled across the table and he constantly adds new units to it. The one he used in our game had:

Undead - Army List

20 Skeleton Archers, Regiment
- 10 Ghouls, Troop
- 10 Ghouls, Troop
- Revenant King on Undead Wyrm, Hero, Wings, Pipes of Terror

20 Reventants, Regiment, Undead Giant Rats
- 10 Soul Reaver Infantry, Troops
- 10 Wraiths, Troops
- Army Standard Bearer, Hero, Banner of the Griffin

20 Mummies, Regiment, Brew of Courage
- Cursed Pharaoh, Hero, Wings of Honeymaze

3 Zombie Trolls, Regiment
- Liche King, Heal(6)

6 Werewolves, Horde, Potion of Caterpillar 
- Necromancer, Hero

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Edge of the Abyss - March to War! - Orcs - 2017/09/12

Greetings!

Once given the signal, Forces of Evil march to war! In the second week of the campaign I had a great pleasure to play against Tasman, who is responsible for rallying the local players so that we too can contribute to the global campaign.

Tas is currently in the process of painting his brand new army, Orcs! It was thus the task for my Elves to stop the rampaging greenskins from doing even more harm to the world of Mantica. 

Tas modified his army list based on the experiences from the previous week and this is what he brought this time:

Orcs - Army List

6 Trolls, Horde
-War Drum, Monster
-Krudger on Winged Slasher, Hero
6 Trolls, Horde
-War Drum, Monster
- Grumtongue, Hero

20 Ax, Regiment 
- Flagger, Banner of Griffin
20 Ax, Regiment 
20 Ax, Regiment  

20 Moreax, Regiment 
20 Greatax, Regiment  

Orclings, Regiment
Orclings, Regiment
Orclings, Regiment

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Edge of the Abyss - On the Precipice - Twilight Kin - 2017/09/10

Greetings!

Edge of the Abyss campaign started on 28th August and I was very happy to join and contribute to this global event. Luckily for me, our fantastic local TO, Tas, already had some great plans and rallied KoW players to participate in weekly game night to fight for the future of Mantica. The friendly crew of Three D6 store hosted us and we had plenty of room to have several games being played simultaneously. 

The plan is to play each scenario in each week and then have a big battle at the very end of campaign. Hence, while I am reporting this game with a bit of delay it was actually played on 24/08/2017. As planned, we begun with the very first scenario "On the Precipice" that was fought at The Edges of the Abyss. Thanks to the fact that some players have few different armies it was possible to have equal numbers of Good and Evil forces. 

In the very first game of the campaign I had a pleasure to play against Mark and his Twilight Kin! I have played against Mark a few times so far but I think it was always against his Elven armies. He brought the following for the opening of the campaign:

Twilight Kin - Army List

40 Crosbowmen, Horde, Jar of the Four Winds
- 10 Shadows, Troops
- 10 Shadows, Troops
- Priestess, Hero
- Dragon Breath, War Engine

20 Blade Dancers, Regiment 
- Priestess, Hero  

20 Blade Dancers, Regiment 
- Army Standard, Hero

10 Dark Knights, Regiment, Maccwar's Potion of the Caterpillar
- Dark Lord on Pegasus, Hero
10 Dark Knights, Regiment, Blessing of the Gods
- Army Standard, Hero

Friday, 8 September 2017

The Valley of Kings 3.1 - Summary - 2017/09/08

Greetings!

It was really great to get back to playing Kings of War and even more so to attend such a fantastic tournament. 

Three D6 crew as always organized the venue in a perfect way so many thanks to them for being such a great host. Matt is doing stellar job as an organizer too and I personally feel very lucky to be in Canberra and be able to attend his tournaments. 

It was fantastic to see players from interstates to attend the local event and boost the numbers so that for the very first time we reached the maximum number of players for the tournament! 

And of course many thanks to all my opponents, Matt, Daniel, Kate and Ken for fantastic games! I hope I will have a chance to play again all of you and it was mainly thanks to you that I enjoyed the day so much. 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Valley of Kings 3.1 - Trident Realms - 2017/09/07

Greetings!

In the last game of the tournament I played against Ken "Chaaarge" who happened to be on a guest performance in Canberra. Ken is a very experienced player from Queensland and it was fantastic to have him attending our local event. However, Ken was not commanding his usual all mounted Varangur army this time but thanks to Tasman he played with superbly painted Trident Realms. 

It was thus a very interesting situation from my point of view because I had an honor to play against Ken for the very first time but against the army I met before. Another difference was though that the army composition differed a little from these Tasman used earlier.

Trident Realms - Army List

40 Placoderms, Hammer of Measured Force, Horde
- Trident King, Hero
- Leviathan's Bane, War Engine

6 Naiad Wyrm Riders, Brew of Courage, Horde
- Naiad Centurion, Banner of the Griffin, Hero
- Leviathan's Bane, War Engine

6 Depth Horrors, Mace of Crushing, Horde
- Kraken, Monster

6 Water Elementals, Brew of Haste, Horde
- Coral Giant, Monster

Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Valley of Kings 3.1 - Forces of Basilea - 2017/09/02

Greetings!

In the third game of the tournament I had a pleasure to play against Kate and her Forces of Basilea army. It was the first time I played against Kate. I must add that it is really great to know that there are so many Kings of War players in Canberra as I happen to meet new people every time I attend a tournament!  

Forces of Basilea is also quite an unique army and I am surprised that such a classic force for Mantic world does is not represented more often. What is more, Kate did a great job in terms of collecting fantastic Mantic models and I am sure her army will look fantastic when she finishes painting it. Hopefully, she will be attending the tournaments regularly too!

The army she assembled for the tournament had all the fantastic units that are trademarks for the Forces of Basilea, here is the list with the details. 

Forces of Basilea - Army List

20 Paladin Knights, Horde, Maccwar’s Potion of the Caterpillar
- High Paladin on Dragon, Hero, Blade of Slashing
- Phoenix, Monster

6 Sisterhood Panther Chariots, Horde, Brew of Sharpness
- War-Wizard, Hero, Soul Drain

6 Elohi, Horde, Blessing of the Gods
- War-Wizard, Hero, Soul Drain

20 Foot Guard, Regiment, two-handed weapons, Brew of Strength

20 Men-at-Arms, Regiment, Mace of Crushing

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The Valley of Kings 3.1 - Ogres - 2017/08/30

Greetings!

In the second game I had a pleasure to play against Ogres commanded by Daniel. I have never had a chance to play against Daniel before so I was very happy to meet a new player! Daniel told me he used to play a lot of historical systems so it is good to know that Kings of War became his chosen fantasy system.

I have had a chance to play against Ogres before, however, so I knew I am to have a tough nut to crack. This was to be a battle between armies with quite different approach to warfare by default. However, Daniel emphasized melee aspect with his force even more. Here is his army list:

Ogres -Army List


6 Warriors, Horde, Dwarven Ale (Headstrong)
- Grokagamok, Hero
- Giant, Monster

6 Warriors, Horde, Brew of Haste (+1 Speed)
- Warlord, Hero 
- Giant, Monster

6 Warriors, Horde
- Red Goblin Blaster, Monster

6 Warriors, Horde
- Red Goblin Blaster, Monster 

6 Shooters, Horde

Saturday, 26 August 2017

The Valley of Kings 3.1 - Dwarfs - 2017/08/26

Brocks, Rocks and Glocks!
Greetings!

In the first game of the Valley of Kings 3.1 event I was honored to be challenged by Matt, our local tireless Tournament Organizer and the man behind organizing Clash of Kings in Australia himself! 

I was very happy to play against Matt again as not only he is a top bloke and a absolute pleasure to play against but we also started to develop a Saga of battles between classic enemies in almost any fantasy world - Dwars vs Elves. 

As Matt built his army with fantastic models I was also looking forward to see them in action again as they look awesome on the battle field. While I decided to keep almost the same army as in our previous encounters, Matt kept experimenting in the meantime. As a result, a version of his force called affectionately "Brocks, Rocks and Glocks" was fielded this time.

Dwarfs - Army List

6 Earth Elementals, Horde
- Organ Gun, War Engine
- Stone Priest, Hero, Bane Chant (2), Surge (8), Banner of Griffin
- Greater Earth Elemental, Monster

6 Earth Elementals, Horde
- Organ Gun, War Engine
- Berserker Lord, Mounted, Hero, Sparkstone

10 Berserker Brock Riders, Regiment, Blessing of the Gods (Elite)
- 5 Berserker Brock Riders, Troops
- 5 Berserker Brock Riders, Troops
- Berserker Lord, Mounted, Hero

10 Berserker Brock Riders, Regiment, Maccwar’s Potion of the Caterpillar (Pathfinder)
- Organ Gun, War Engine

Sunday, 20 August 2017

The Valley of Kings 3.1 - Introduction - 2017/08/20

Greetings!

It's been a while since the last tournament I took part in and even since I posted a report from any game of Kings of War. It was absolutely not planned and I am sorry I could not find a way to cut this break short earlier.

The good news, however, is that I have just attended another fantastic local tournament in Canberra, organized by a great TO Matt and hosted by awesome ThreeD6 guys! It was one day, 4 games event that this time attracted 24 players - the maximum numbers that could be hosted that day! What is more, in addition to great local gamers who tired their best to be there, we also had a strong contingent of players coming from interstates. 

It was absolutely fantastic and I hope that in the future there will be a chance to host even more players. As to the event itself, we played Clash of Kings 2017 version of the players pack so I had a chance to potentially play one of the new scenarios. Also historical armies were allowed but with fantasy version of the core rules (e.g. hills are not treated like a difficult terrain etc.)

For the full pack follow this link: The Valley of Kings 3.1 - Player's Pack

If you are interested in checking the scores, army lists and which factions were represented, please, follow this link: The Valley of Kings 3.1 - Results

As usual, I would like to present some introduction before I get to the detailed report from each battle.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Edge of the Abyss - First Impressions

Greetings!

I have just received my copy of Edge of the Abyss - a Summer Campaign in the world of Mantica for the game of Kings of War. 

It was greatly anticipated as it is the very first global campaign for Kings of War and I personally hope it will attract a lot of attention from the players all over the world.

One of the advantages of being on a sick leave is that you may have a bit of time to read. I was glad then I got the book I was waiting for now and I started reading it immediately. 

I decided to use the short periods of time I could sit and write to provide a bit of first impressions on what I have read. 

Although quite a lot is already known there are also parts that I was not aware of and would like to mention. I don't plan to give exact details though. I don't want to spoil all of it before you read the book by yourself! :)

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Hobby Update - 2017/07/09

Greetings!

It seems that the unexpected hobby break is much longer than I hoped for. 

With no new games yet scheduled (entirely my own fault :( ) I decided it may be a good idea to write a short post about a few things that did happen in the meantime. And to let you know I will do my best to get back to the regular posting about Kings of War!

I am also entertaining an idea of more recent short posts as I have seen that on other blogs and websites where the authors simply briefly discuss a topic. It sounds like a good idea to keep the blog updated and put some thoughts in writing. And with a busy schedule it may be a better way of staying in touch with the hobby!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

MSU Elves - some observations

Greetings!

Due to real life interference I had to miss the local event that took place in the always welcoming hall of Three D6 store - The Valley of Kings 2. If you are interested, you can check the results here: The Valley of Kings 2 - Results

It means that I am not going to have any new battle reports at the moment. However, it is not an excuse not to write something about Kings of War! The number of games I have played so far has just reached 50 so I think some kind of generic post about experiences and observation can be a good idea. I still would love to write something more detailed in the future but as it is going to take time. 

However, my fellow player Daniel (@Ecumenical_mate on Twitter), suggested I may write something about MSU Elves on the blog. Especially, that he is interested in trying his version of such an army too!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Game 51 - Trident Realms - 2017/04/17

Greetings!

This game was long overdue as real life interfered a bit and Ed and I had to postpone it. Fortunately, Ed found some time to play before his trip to US where he is going to attend Lone Wolf KoW tournament. He is bringing his trusty Trident Realms army, that is continuously undergoing a very interesting development. 

Ed used this particular force during his last event, Fools of War, and was very successful indeed as he finished the event on 7th position and having the same amount of points as 5th and 6th players (including Dan King himself!). I believe this excellent result was not only due to a very interesting composition of his army (Trident Realms and Dwarf allies) but mainly due to his persistence and very good experience with Trident Realms faction. 

I was very curious about Ed's army, both about its potential on the battle field and the modelling aspect. Ed told me, that Dwarfs are actually Pirates! Now it all makes perfect sense to include them in the Neriticans army and I can't wait to see his newly painted units. (the picture above was taken during his most recent tournament where his allies were not yet ready)

Here are the details of the Trident Realm army with Dwarf Allies:

Trident Realms - Amy List

 40 Naiad Ensnarers, Horde, Hammer of Measured Force - 250
- 10 Riverguard, Troop, Two-handed weapons - 120
- Leviathan's Bane, War Engine - 95
- Knucker, Monster - 145
- Naiad Envoy, Hero, Lute of Insatiable Darkness - 80

40 Placoderms, Horde, Brew of Haste - 305
- Leviathan's Bane, War Engine - 95
- Knucker, Monster - 145
- Placoderm Defender, Hero, Wings of Honeymaze - 150

3 Tidal Swarm, Regiment - 75

3 Tidal Swarm, Regiment - 75

Dwarf Allies

20 Rangers, Regiment - 180
- Sharpshooters, Troop - 100
- Sharpshooters, Troop - 100
- Organ Gun, War Engine - 85

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Star Wars Armada - Game 1 - 2017/04/09

Greetings!

This blog post is going to be about something completely different than what I usually write about. Instead of talking abut fantasy battles, infantry, cavalry or even epic monsters, this time I would like to talk about my first game of Star Wars Armada!

I had a fantastic opportunity to play that game thanks to the great hospitality of my amazing friend, Jimmy, when I happen to visit his corner of the world recently. Jimmy is my fellow wargamer from the time of Warhammer Fantasy Battle 8th edition who moved at some stage to play Fantasy Flight Games systems. His main interest is, at least at the moment, focused on X-Wing and you should definitely visit his fantastic blog dedicated to that game:


We have had quite a few discussions about Armada prior to my visit and I was very happy to know that Jimmy accumulated enough ships and squadrons to build two fleets for us to try the game out. Fortunately for me, he also had his first demo game to learn the ropes from his friend (check the relevant blog post here: Armada - First Game).

In this post I will discuss my initial expectations, the game itself and impressions afterwards. I hope it will provide some entertaining read. :)

Friday, 7 April 2017

Game 50 - Kingdoms of Men - 2017/04/07

Greetings!

My most recent game was a rematch against Meniskusmike from Mantic forum and his Kingdoms of Men army with Brotherhood allies. We had our first game a year ago! I must say I did not realize almost a year has passed already! Here is the link to our first encounter:


We also decided to try a new platform for our online games, Universalbattle 2 as a way to test it and provide feedback Lorenzo, the designer of this fantastic software. The platform is still under development, so you can also provide feedback from your games to make it even better!

Mic brought the army that is based around the same principle but this time the composition was different in a few places:

Kingdoms of Men - Army List

40 Bowmen, Horde, Wine of Elvenkind - 205
- Siege Artillery, War Engine - 90
- General on Winged Beast, Hero, Blade of Slashing - 195

40 Foot Guard, Horde - 225
- Siege Artillery, War Engine - 90  
- Wizard, Hero, Bane Chant (2), Lighting Bolt (3), Inspiring Talisman - 85

20 Foot Guard, Regiment, Two-Handed Weapons - 135
- Wizard, Hero, Lighting Bolt (3), Scarletmaw's Fenulian Amulet - 75

10 Knights, Regiment, Blessing of the Gods - 220
- 5 Mounted Scouts, Troop - 100
- Wizard, Hero, Bane Chant (2), Lighting Bolt (3), Mounted - 80

20 Militia Mob, Regiment - 70

Brotherhood Allies

10 Order of Redemption, Regiment - 260

3 Order of the Forsaken, Regiment - 170 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Valley of Kings 1 - Summary - 2017/04/05

Greetings!

Here is the short summary of the Valley of Kings 1 tournament. Once again, I am sorry for a delay in recent reports updates. 

First of all, many thanks to Matt, Tas and Three D6 for organizing and hosting yet another great event for Kings of War enthusiasts. It was great to meet new players and see new faces as it means there are more and more people playing this game in Canberra. Having such events on a regular basis definitely helps attracting players and I think one day, 4 games format at 2000 points is a great combination. I know that there are going to be more events like that and hopefully I will be able to attend.

Here are a few things I wanted to highlight about the tournament:

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Monster March! - Week 5 - The Final!


Greetings!

After 5 weeks of a Monstrous Journey, it is time to finish it and wrap up the event. For me, it was a very unique experience and I will talk about it a bit at the end of this blog post.

What I would like to start with is to say THANK YOU! to all the participants who made this whole event possible. I didn't know how many people would have wanted to take part in it but I was extremely happy that there was a very nice interest and that the participants submitted their pictures on a regular basis.

That was simply amazing and from my point of view first Monster March was a success. I hope that you as a participant also enjoyed it. Ok, before I continue, let's have a look at the updates I have received in the last week of #MonsterMarch.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

The Valley of Kings 1 - Trident Realms - 2017/03/31

Greetings!

My sincere apologies for a long delay in posting the battle reports. Here is the one from the last game of the Valley of Kings 1 tournament. This time I had a pleasure to play against another veteran of the Canberran KoW community and a very creative Trident Realm player - Tas. 

It would also be a rematch as we had one encounter already so I was really looking forward to seeing how the game would develop this time. Even more so that we used most recent CoK 2017 suggestions and some of the units in the army of Trident Realms got a bit of a boost too. 

No wonder Tas took some new units in his most recent incarnation of the army:

Trident Realms - Army List

40 Naiad Ensnarers, Horde, Crystal Pendant of the Retribution
- 10 Nokken, Troop
- 10 Nokken, Troop
- Kraken, Monster
- Leviathan's Bane, War Engine
- Trident King, Hero

40 Placoderms, Horde, Brew of Haste
- Leviathan's Bane, War Engine
- Placoderm Defender, Hero, Wings of Honeymaze

6 Depth Horrors, Horde, Blessings of the Gods
- Leviathan's Bane, War Engine
- Thuul Mythican, Hero, Inspiring Talisman

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Monster March! - Week 4 - The Painting Part 3!


Greetings!

Welcome to the next update on the progress for #MonsterMarch! We are almost at the end of the journey, with just a few days of March left and a few more until the end of the week. Some of the participants almost finished painting their wonderful models! There is still time to add a bit more to what you have done so far so don't stop! In the meantime, let's have a look at the updates from the last week!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Valley of Kings 1 - Twilight Kin - 2017/03/22

Greetings! 

In the round 3 of the Valley of Kings tournament I had a chance to play against the army I have never faced before - the Twilight Kin! I was very excited as it meant I will have a game with a civil war theme. These are always very close and bloody! 

Andrew, who commanded a beautifully painted army of the Evil Elves, is also a new opponent for me so I was very happy to play against a new player with a new army at the same time!

I was very intrigued by Andrew's army because it was a combination of units that seemed to be a copy of some of my own and those that are unique to the Twilight Kin army:

Twilight Kin - Army List

40 Crossbowmen, Horde, Heart-seeking Chant
- 10 Shadows, Troop
- 10 Shadows, Troop
- Bolt Thrower, War Engine
- Hydra, Monster
- Dark Lord, Hero, Scarletmaw's Fenulian Amulet

20 Reaper Guard, Regiment, War-bow of Kaba
- 10 Blade Dancers, Troop
- 10 Blade Dancers, Troop
- Bolt Thrower, War Engine

10 Dark Knights, Regiment, Maccwar's Potion of the Caterpillar
- Hydra, Monster