I'm mythicFOX a UK Malifaux Henchman, tournament regular, film nut, and all round geek.
Also the Malifaux devil, apparently.

Monday, 17 March 2014

#ToMB - Hobby Wobble

Tale of Malifaux bloggers is moving into it's second month so it's about time for me to pen some Kaeris thoughts.

I played two games with her early in the month and was a little underwhelmed initially. So much so I had a brief hobby wobble and considered switching to Rasputina.

Having played my third game with the crew over the weekend things have started to gel a bit more for me and I'm back on track.

Kaeris is certainly a very fun master. Having played a lot of Ramos in M2e, and Collette / Zoraida in M1.5 I'm not used to actually attacking things with my master.  I could take to this getting stuck in lark. For this I want to run quickly through some thoughts on the minions in the crew;

Fire Gamin

The backbone of any crew are it's cheap significant minions*, the 4ss Fire Gamin are Kaeris' default choice. Their key benefits are their mobility (Wk5 / Cg7) and their attacks handing out burning. This is particularly useful on their Sh5 ranged attack, which with weak damage two and a point of burning is handing out a good deal of damage for such a small model.

They pay for that with defensive stats which are a pile of fours making them fairly squishy, even with armor one.


I like a bit of Gun-Fu, so want to like Gunsmiths. I really do. I'm not quite sold on them though. In theory they're damage dealers but for all their toolbox of tricks they have no way of getting above weak damage two.

It almost feels like they're tripping over their defensive trigger which gives them fast, forcing some of the rest of their options to be toned down.  One thing I do think they'll do well is Vendetta, they have a lot of good options to 'finish' enemy models, which is what you want for that scheme.

I need a few more games with them but right now they feel like a solid 6ss model, which would be fine if they didn't cost 7ss. That said all seven stone minions tend to be in an awkward place power wise anyway, they aren't cheap and lack the power of henchmen and enforcers.

Ultimately I don't see ever using two of them in a crew once I have more options, but one may be viable.

I'm not going to cover Kaeris or the Soulstone Miner in this post as I want to cover them in more detail in their own posts later.

Month Two Dawns

I carried $5 over from month one, added to the $25 available in months two this gives me $30 to spend.  I'm not really sure what I want to add to the crew, the captain is fairly high on my list. I'll need to find suitable conversion parts for him though. I'm also tempted to convert up an Eternal Flame. I have one eye on adding a Mechanical Rider in month three, which would necessitate having $5 left over. 

I'll post my final choices as I make them.

*In the 1.5 sense, read; None Peon, non-Insignificant models.

Monday, 10 March 2014

RUTG2: Shaking Hands

Quick post following last week's Rumble Under the Gaslight II tournament (aka JimmyFaux2). This was held at a great local store an hour south of me in Sheffield; The Outpost.  For a local event the venue was certainly packed, 32 players played shoulder to shoulder over three rounds.

At three rounds a 32 player 40ss event will always have a higher level of randomness in the final standings than normal. Top players may not clash due to the breadth of the field, and smaller games make it hard to build a crew against adverse scheme pools and masters at the same time.

My hopes of the podium were dented with the round one pairings. I was matched up against UK Masters runner up Greg Piskosz, which is the game I want to quickly touch on. My Ramos was facing his had Jack Daw, playing Turf War with; Distract, Assassinate, Vendetta, and Deliver the Message.

Round one in progress
Early on turn three I delivered the message (unannounced) for 2VP, and Greg was limited to 2VP on Vendetta, both our crews were engaged in the Turf War zone and highly distracted. We looked at each other and shook hands for a 9-9 draw, four activations into turn three.

I like the fact we've reached a point in Malifaux where players can read a situation and know the outcome of the game. This speaks of a maturity in the game and a positive state for competitive play.

I managed to win my next two games, and ended the event in fourth, behind a podium of players on three of three wins. Congratulations to them.

Final Standings included another Gremlin podium, in this case for newcomer JP Stubbings. It's good to see we're starting to see a mix of factions doing well at events which points to a good level of balance in the meta at the moment.

Fourth still nets me just over ninety rankings points, which as the year progresses is a result well worth having. For those who haven't seen the UK's Malifaux rankings have moved from RHQ to a new site; www.malifauxrankings.com

My thanks to the guys who made that possible.