Insider 9-9-2011

Week 1 Journeyman
The new Journeyman League format has everyone at Privateer Press excited for the opportunity to start a brand new army, or in the case of some of our many recently hired employees, the opportunity to start playing WARMACHINE and HORDES for the first time!

With twenty-two staffers participating, I knew it was going to be an exciting league with a great mix of factions and paint schemes. Let’s take a look at our roster of participants divided up by faction.

  • Simon Berman
  • Chris Ross
  • Protectorate of Menoth
  • Jason Soles
  • Khador
  • Oren Ashkenazi
  • Rob Hawkins
  • Phil Chinzi
  • Cryx
  • Matt Warren
  • Brandon Burton
  • Retribution of Scyrah
  • Ben Misenar
  • Chris Walton
  • Mercenaries
  • Jason Martin (Talion Charter)
  • Oz Schoonover (Searforge Commission)
  • Trollbloods
  • Doug Seacat
  • Hector Villareal
  • Circle Orboros
  • Will Shick
  • Jacob Stanley
  • Skorne
  • David "DC" Carl
  • Stuart Spengler
  • Legion of Everblight
  • Laine Garrett
  • Cody Ellis
  • Minions
  • Will Hungerford (Thornfall Alliance)
  • Jen Ikuta (Blindwater Congregation)
  • We kicked off our league with an afternoon of assembling, painting, and playing with our battlegroup box sets after I handed out the very rad Steelhead emblem participation patches. At least twelve games were played that afternoon, and I quickly gave up trying to track everything in the madness of the moment. I'm one of those people who usually doesn't play with unpainted figures, and I resolved for this league to be no different; a resolution I swiftly broke after base-coating my Charger and rushing into a game with Jason Martin and Broadsides Bart! It was a hard-fought game with the two of us jockeying for position and line of sight. Although I ultimately lost, I have to say it was one of the most satisfying games of WARMACHINE I've ever played. We both wrecked each other's 'jacks, and I put a solid twelve points of damage on Bart before a boosted Ship Gun shot took out Stryker. I made a mental note to take my revenge on Mr. Martin and Mr. Montador in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I need to get back to painting my new Cygnarans, I decided I would go with a variation on the usual Cygnaran colors, emphasizing the yellows a little more strongly than the studio scheme.

    The first day of the league wrapped up, and I was very pleased to see how many games had been played and how many models were already painted to one degree or another. Over the rest of the week, games were played during lunch breaks and after hours. I took some time to look over the other games and hobby projects in progress and ask some of our participants for their thoughts on the Journeyman League.

    Laine Garrett: Being a total newcomer to WARMACHINE and HORDES, I joined the league because it seemed like a great chance for me to learn the games and start building an army. Choosing Legion of Everblight was an effortless decision since monsters with an excess of teeth and claws have always had a special place in my heart. I haven't painted miniatures before, so hopefully I won't embarrass myself too much here.

    Will Hungerford: My murderous bacon monsters keep crushing foes, but sadly I haven't put a drop of paint on the pigs yet! I'll have to fix that soon!

    Doug Seacat: I went with HORDES for the league, and decided Trollbloods would offer a really different feel and look than my usual Circle Orboros army. Madrak is one of my favorite characters in both games so running him appealed to me, as did the fact that the Trollblood battlegroup box set is the only one with no heavies but a trio of outstanding light warbeasts instead. Impalers have been terrorizing me from the opposite side of the table for years, so I was eager to have them on my side this time. I am usually a traditionalist with paint schemes and opted to stick to the studio scheme, which has the added benefit of letting me rely on our painting guides. I only have one Axer and an Impaler painted right now, but I hope to rectify that soon.

    Matt Warren: After a week of the Journeyman League, I'm really looking forward to the rest of it. After a painful loss to DC's Skorne in my first league game, I learned quickly how to play the Cryx battlegroup box set. Fortunately, the league has also got me painting again, even though I haven't picked up a brush since the HORDES Impossible Dream Challenge a few months back. I'm eager to get my battlegroup painted so I can move on to my unit of re-sculpted Bane Thralls.

    Jacob Stanley: Four losses down, I now understand how the battlegroup works, and I am trying desperately to keep my Warpwolf alive to seal the deal on future caster-kills. Now that I've got her pack hunting mentality down, I'm well on my way to making Kaya a much trickier warlock to track down with all that teleporting back and forth.

    Week 1 is wrapped up now, and the gameplay category is already hotly contested! The lead is currently tied at 16 points between Matt Warren's Khadoran battlegroup and Cody Ellis and his Legion of Everblight. Hobby points are starting to rack up as well with an early lead taken by Will Shick who painted up a phenomenal 16(!) points in just one weekend! Will knocked out his whole battlegroup: a Gorax, a Shadowhorn Satyr, and a Warpwolf Stalker.

    We'll be back next week as the League ramps up into the 15-point battle format but in the meantime a few staffers will be sharing more in-depth looks at their league experience!