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Lock & Load 2017 – Comparative Opinions Episode 59

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, David is rejoined by Chad to discuss Lock & Load 2017 (which Chad went to), the current state of Warmachine & Hordes, and about the upcoming skirmish game from Privateer Press, Company of Iron. We try to avoid getting deep into the weeds, so we hope you like it!

You can listen to our previous Warmachine related podcast here!

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Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

Trying to dive back into painting – Warmachine Wednesday!

It’s been a while – what with packing up, leaving my models at Chad’s house, and moving in – but I thought I would try to get some painting going on my Trollbloods! I was just getting this going before things like that got set down in our lives several months ago, so I needed a way to get back in.

One thing is that I picked up a good red color I plan to use for the Tartan area of the models. I have tried green, but red will I think stand out better from the blue skin and the various leather and metals. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s the final piece that will let me start finishing models.

However, actually getting models out and getting some paint on them – in our new space – was what I needed to do. So I decided to go with something simple, and which will help when playing the game. I got some arc markings painted! So that you can tell what the front half of the model is, for showing where the models can see.

Oh, and I think I’ve figured out my basing, as well. With the Northkin coming soon – and the general Northkin bent of my collection – I think that the snowy north sounds good. Also, I won these wonderfully painted models on eBay…

Whoa, that ended up quite dark, didn’t it? Let’s try with one of the new lights in the house…

Wow, that almost give a light box effect. Maybe I need to get something to put things on to hold under the light, for photography!

Anyway, the snow basing on these guys is awesome, and a simple touch to make a Northkin army! I’ll be looking into how to do this, to truly be able to finish models. But for now, I’ve gotten paint on some models, and broken the ice, so to speak. Now it’s time to go play with my new buffalo riding trolls!

Trollbloods in Theme

With my upcoming appearance on the Trollbloods Scrum, well, I’m thinking a lot about Hordes, and my Trollbloods army. Rather than stop myself and write something else, it seemed like time for one of my occasional Warmachine & Hordes articles. I’ve been thinking about doing these more frequently – “Warmachine Wednesday” has a nice ring to it, since alliteration is all the rage online…

If you’re new to the site because of my appearance on the Scrumcast, welcome! (I remembered to plug the site while I was on the ‘cast, right?). I tweet about the game occasionally @CompGeeksDavid (also my forums handle). And write about it occasionally. And I want to interview my former PG about his experience at Lock & Load, so when we catch some time for that it’ll be part of our podcast, Comparative Opinions (here’s the last time I interviewed him). And you should be able to find all my posts about the game under our Tabletop category (and there’s related tags as well).

For normal readers… yeah, this one may be more of a deep dive than usual. Whereas I often try to talk about the game at a high level, because I’m currently way more into specifics, that’s where I’m going to be writing. I’ve talked about how the game is mainly envisioned now for play in thematic groupings (like the Northkin), and with the Northkin Trolls will now have 4 themes to choose from. So I’m going to go through each of the Warlocks and talk about which theme I think fits them best, and which one is a good secondary, and a few thoughts on each. Like I said, deep dive! Editor’s Warning: Long Post!


A quick breakdown on the 4 themes:

Power of Dhunia: This is the theme based around the Warbeasts in the faction, as well as the various sorcerers and magic users. Troll beasts are quite good, as are troll beast-focused warlocks, and this theme is very popular and good.

Band of Heroes: This is a theme based around the elite, hearty Trollkin infantry. It also allows some of the other excellent melee infantry. It’s basically just a bunch of melee, so any guns you want need to come from beasts or your warlock. It has a distinct advantage in removing destroyed enemy models from play, stopping a whole host of abilities – basically, when they kill you, you’re just dead and gone. Not a bad rule for the elite trolls!

Kriel Company: This is a newer theme, based around the various shooting Trolls. These are not considered super great, but you can bring a bunch of them in the list and it tends to have the largest number of models and attacks you can fit into any one theme. There are several ranged support warlocks, and there’s promises of new models in the works (like the Pyg Lookouts) which will hopefully all focus on support. Because you generally play with two lists, I like this one as a counter-point to a melee force.

Storm of the North: The upcoming Northkin theme force. With the other three highly focused, this list feels like a generalist in comparison. I think it will often have a solid mix of melee and ranged, of warbeasts and infantry and often a battle engine. If the change sticks to make all of the infantry in the list Northkin models, there’s a lot of list building potential here. Several excellent support pieces tie the whole thing together with great buffs. It doesn’t seem overly strong, but it does seem well balanced for a lot of potential.

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Alternate Me Was There… Lock & Load 2017

Today is the first day of Lock & Load 2017, the convention run by Privateer Press! My friends headed down to that but with our last trip, traveling now didn’t make sense. However, I’ve gotten to watch some of the spoilers and all that came out of it today. They did a good job on some video work for their keynote, and it’s all that’s buzzing in my head, so I thought I would share!

First, a totally hilarious video for their upcoming painting tutorial series (something I should probably watch more of):

Next up, a voice over video with a ton of spoilers to round out potentially the whole next year of their major focus and releases! Lots of cool art and spoilers both.

And finally, their next project (and apparently an annual one): the 12 factions getting something for Christmas. So that everyone always at least gets something each year…

Chad (from the podcast) and probably the rest of my friends made it to the front row, so I could have been there! Alternate reality me was there. But hey, I get a little bit of the fun…

Distracted by: the Northkin Theme Force!

Well, get back from vacation, and lo and behold! Time for the new thematic playtest rules for my Trollkin army! It’s the Northkin, who are the drinkers and brawlers. There are already some models out in this style, and they’re some of the ones that Holly especially was most interested in. They just have a lot of character, with their booze and kegs all over, things like that.

And in the concept art we got for the new models (which will all release in several months time, as this is all currently in playtesting), oh man, they just kept going with the flavor on these models. Behold!

First and most obviously, it’s the beer! Their last set of playtesting introduced “structures” to the game, and I had theorized that Trollbloods would get a beer hall. Well, we did, except the beer hall is on wheels and being pulled by armored bears. Because of course it is.

Oh, and on top? That’s a catapult where a Troll jumps down and sends out a barrel of high-proof stuff that makes things burn more. Because this puppy lights things on fire! Because that’s what you need when it’s cold out.

Also, I mean… it’s called the Hooch Hauler.

Speaking of bears… OMG BEARS! These things seem like they are going to be a ton of fun on the table, with lots of strategic play and counter-play. For instance, they can be deployed mid-game (Ambush being the rule for that) and attack. Counter-point, if the Troll Bear Handler is killed, the bears aren’t as effective without him. The bear pelt is such a fun touch!

One of the things I’ve liked the most about the Northkin stuff in general is their flavor, and these little guys have that in spades! A small unit of scouts, these guys look like they’ll be interesting to play. More importantly, it looks like the leader is camouflaged as a snowman. That might just be the best model out there…

And finally, because they’re so important to how the game functions, there’s a new Warlock! Most of the Troll Warlocks are either gunners (either sneaky hunter types, or more straightforward artillery types), or frontline fighters. Oh, or a few do more leading from the back, hanging back and buffing up their army.

So to step totally out of that, Privateer Press has come up with a Winter Witch Troll! I love the owl. I’m excited to see that pose executed on the table, as well. Meanwhile, she has an incredibly counter-intuitive hard-to-envision playstyle that I think is going to be a lot of fun to master on the table, and which is going to force really hard decisions on my opponents! Which means I think a lot of replayability with her.


There were other new models, and some interesting changes to existing ones, but this is some of what I’m excited about. One thing I’m trying to think through is how much of any of this I want to actually buy. Getting Kolgrimma, the new Winter Witch, lets me play in new ways with existing models, so that’s high value! And I think the bears for sure. And the Keg on Wheels… Yeah, okay, new stuff is dangerous, but fun too! I’m glad that this is all coming out later (maybe closer to my birthday and Christmas time?) so I can worry about all that later! For now, to brainstorm on new army lists!