Insider 9-30-2011

Week 4 Journeyman
The Journeyman League is more than halfway over now for the staffers at Privateer HQ! I’m sticking with Commander Stryker despite the allowance of a ’caster swap during week four. My current list is functioning pretty well on the whole:

  • Commander Coleman Stryker
  • Charger
  • Defender
  • Firefly
  • Lancer
  • Squire
  • Captain Arlan Strangewayes
  • 3 x Stormsmith Stormcaller
  • I’ve been having more fun than is probably seemly using my Stormsmiths and the Firefly to electrocute solos—and in one instance an enemy warlock! My last game against Doug Seacat’s Trollbloods was an exception, though, and my love of electricity was thwarted time and again by his ability to succeed in Tough rolls. Even Stryker’s feat was not enough to save him from the fury of Rathrok. I’ve also earned my third set of chevrons, and while I am pretty sure I’m not going to win any of the final awards due to the psychotic fervor with which some of my co-workers are approaching this league, I’m feeling pretty good about my accomplishments so far. Now, let’s see how some of the other staffers did during week four.

    Jason Martin:
    So I made the plunge. Last week I was having difficulty deciding if I wanted to switch my ’caster to Phinneus Shae. With his theme force “A Pirate’s Life” reducing most of the pirate solos to 1 point, I could not resist. I lost the ability to use Master Gunner Dougal MacNaile, but in the end, I think, the 1-point solos make up for it. At week four, my list looked like this: Captain Phinneus Shae, Buccaneer, Freebooter, Mariner, Bosun Grogspar, Doc Killingsworth, First Mate Hawk, Lord Rockbottom, a full unit of Sea Dogs, and Mr. Walls.

    Brandon Burton:
    Week four of the league brought a change of warcasters, and though I was really just starting to get used to Deneghra I also wanted to spread my sinister batlike wings a bit and try on something new. The points for the week were still at 25, and I wanted a warcaster who would be able to bring the most to the table. Lich Lord Terminus is my boy, but in a 25-point game his feat would not be as mind-blowing. I considered Lich Lord Venethrax, since a majority of the other league players seemed to be running with warlocks and his spell list is prime against warlocks and beasts. It was a tough choice, but I finally decided on Goreshade: with his 6 bonus points for ’jacks I would be getting my Slayer for free, and with his feat I would get to add a minimum unit of Bane Thralls, also for free. Win-win if you ask me.

    So in all week four was going to be full o’ free for me. The rest of my list consisted of the required three bonejacks (the Defiler and two Deathrippers), a minimum unit of Bane Thralls with UA to complement my free unit and Goreshade, a Necrotech and Scrap Thrall to keep my ’jacks in the game and for a potential Soul Gate target, and the obligatory Skarlock. At that point I was feeling good about what I was putting on the table, so I just had to try it out. Getting my work done as an infernal caster—getting the parts made so they can get out the door and to your local gaming store—trumps fun time, though. I’d get only one game in during week four, so I had to make it count. When I got my game in I found myself looking down the barrels of a shooty pirate force. Praise the Dragonfather for lots of stealth! The game went in my favor, and I came away with a few ideas on how to refine my force a bit. Goreshade was definitely the right choice, so to get the most bang for my buck I then added a few more Revenants to the Nightmare Empire’s Dirgenmast fleets.

    Stuart Spengler:
    The fourth week was probably my most productive week of the league so far, or at least the most varied. I was able to get in a few games and finished the Rhinodon and Razor Worms, taking me to 35 points of painted models well ahead of schedule. Having more models than I can play gives me breathing room for the No Quarter Magazine projects I am also working on. I am pleasantly surprised at how easy the color scheme (which I unabashedly stole from Ron Kruzie, with the addition of red as a spot color) was to paint. Right now I am working on Rasheth, and after that I might finally paint the Bronzeback, or some Paingivers, or Bloodrunners, or . . .

    The race is getting really close at the end of week four. Coming from behind, Chris Walton has rocketed to first place with 44 points from an incredible amount of painting and a fair amount of games played. He’s even surpassed Will Shick’s 37 points from hobby alone! Second place for Journeyman is currently a tie between Phil and Cody, each of whom have earned 38 points. With only two weeks left, the trash talking at the office is heating up, and I’ve heard more than a few people muttering about their strategies to win the day. Things are sure to get even uglier in week five!