- Hire an Electric Creation (EC)
- Deploy Ramos behind the EC
- Activate EC, it walks forward twice and drops to 2 wounds
- Activate Ramos, Magnetism the EC, Ramos pushes 6" towards the EC and it is killed, dropping a scrap counter
- Use the scrap counter to make Steam Arachnids.
Recently I saw an interesting counter to this play from Jon Mickleburgh; before Ramos reached step four he had a Void Wretch bury Taelor (or another threat). That way if Ramos executed step four he effectively drops an unactivated combat monster on top of his head.
These plays aren't uncommon in Malifaux. A lot of models have simple combinations with others to provide a powerful synergy or neat trick. One thing that's important though is never to stop experimenting and asking yourself; is the set play the right play now? Clearly in the above counter makes completing the Ramos set play a mistake, or at very least not an automatic call.
You may surprise yourself, or at the very least not get welcomed to Malifaux with a big hammer.
This is also where practice and experimentation come in. Try all the upgrades for your master, don't take the same crew every game. Especially when you're playing friendly games. It's easy to get trapped into the mentality that you want to keep playing the same crew just because it works, but it's always good to explore. You never know what you'll find.
In this vein I've lined up some new models to try out in my Arcanist lists over the coming weeks. Including a mercenary I'm very interested to try.
That's it for the main body of the post. I just wanted to drop in a quick plug for an event I'm running; the UK Team GT, on the 5th and 6th of April 2014 in Stockport. This promises to be a fun event for teams of three (or trios I press gang together) and something a bit different to the normal singles events. Hope to see you there. Meanwhile happy hunting!