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The Masters, The Crews. Ish.



Hey there! Remember this? No? Well, it’s still a thing. A terrible thing I won’t do well in, but a thing nonetheless. As a recap, for the UK Nationals this weekend, I plan on using a different master every round. No, I don’t expect to do well. Yes, I do expect to be very drained by the end of it.

So things have changed since I first thought of doing this. First, it will no longer be full faction thanks to the addition of Ripples of Fate. I think this is a great book and I love the masters in there, but the fact that I’m no longer able to claim that I ran the full faction of masters saddens me somewhat. Oh well.

Secondly, in the summer I swapped back to Arcanists. In part, this was because I thought Titania would be far more prevalent than she has been and, by running Sandeep, I get to lob a sodding genie into people’s faces.

Thirdly, and linked to the above, I kinda forgot my plan. I’d meant to practise the masters, taking each to at least one event and getting a decent feel for them. Did I do this before swapping? Nope, I got a little disillusioned, bought some gremlins and WHONKED my way through three events using Mah and Wong.

Heh. Whonking things with spoons. It’s fun.

So, this has left me with a couple of days before nationals to figure out what I’m going to do. My plan now is to come up with eight 30-35SS crews that I can then fill in at the table, plonk down and play. I think this prep will be sorely needed, especially by game 7 and my brain is mush. So that’s what I’m going to blather on about in the rest of this post.



Easy master to start with, Ramos plays with a fairly fixed crew at the best of times. In fact, I might just write his 50SS list now and adapt at the table if it’s needed.

Ramos – Under Pressure, Arcane Reservoir, Combat Mechanic, 5SS Pool

Brass Arachnid

Howard Langston, Imbued Energies

Arcane Emissary, Mechanical Conflux

Large Arachnid


Electrical creation

So this is a fairly standard list I think. I have the Emissary instead of Joss and a Performer because they are generally awesome. The Emissary appears with a few different masters and, while possibly not the optimal choice, there’s something to be said for sticking to the same models. Thanks to Ramos’s summoning (coming from the dead Electrical Creation) I’m not worried about activation control.



Like Ramos, I find Raspy fairly easy to build for as she really likes her Frozen Heart models, limiting the pool to pick from. Are these the only ones to use with her? Nope, far from it, but it’s a starting point.

Rasputina – Armour of December, Arcane Reservoir, Cold Nights


Snow Storm, Imbued Energies

Arcane Emissary, Elemental Conflux

Silent One

15SS remaining

I’m not sure having both the Emissary and Snowstorm together here is a good idea, but they do add a lot of mobility to the crew. I’ve not yet played Raspy with the Emissary but I really like it’s upgrade allowing Raspy to shoot through it, and the fact that Snow can plonk it somewhere with a nice charge lane… yeah, I’m hopeful this will be fun to play with.



My first love of Malifaux. I currently own four different versions of her, just have the translucent plastic eluding me now… Ahem, anyways…

Kaeris – Purifying Fire, Blinding Flame, Arcane Reservoir

Malifaux Child

Carlos Vasquez, Stunt Double, Imbued Energies

Johan, Well Rehearsed

Large Arachnid

18SS remaining

Hello Carlos! Here’s our first appearance of book 4  cards. Carlos is a fantastic addition to Kaeris’s hiring pool and just a plain fun model. I mean, he literally plays with fire! Well Rehearsed gives Johan some free movement and an effective second hard to kill, which couples with his heal could make him very sticky. I might still swap the Malifaux Child for the Eternal Flame yet, it also plays with Pyre Markers and if I need flight/scheme markers I’ll switch Purifying Fire with Grab and Drop quite happily.


Sandeep Desai

Sandeep. You have a genie. How I love you. Our newcomer is a great toolbox that I’ve been enjoying lately and I may well go single master with him after the Nationals for a while.

Sandeep – To Command Another Plane, Arcane Reservoir, Enlightened Soul

Oxfordian Mage, Temporary Shielding, Blood Ward

Oxfordian Mage, Temporary Shielding, Doom Ward

Oxfordian Mage, Temporary Shielding, Nemesis Ward


Ice Gamin

22SS remaining

Plenty of options still to hire, Cassandra with Warding Runes really tempts me. I always, always hire a gamin with Sandeep and will oscillate between Wind or Ice depending on mood. Yes, I have Oxfordians. I like them and I will swap out Enlightened Soul for Unaligned Sage if I want them to ignore LOS restrictions on Beacon. I enjoy using Sandeep’s 0 to teleport them, then have them unleash a furious cast, possibly at + flips to attack. Happy days.


Colette Du Bois

Uh.. I actually have nothing to say here. Moving on

Colette – Shell Game, Arcane Reservoir, Practised Production

Cassandra, Imbued Energies

Howard Langston, Imbued Energies

December Acolyte



Possibly the “filthiest” list yet and I have to admit, I’m not comfortable with it yet. Colette is a master I know is excellent but doesn’t gel with me all that well. I might tinker with this one somewhat still…



Ah Toni. If you want to hear her get bashed, go listen to the recent Arcane Reservoir podcast on Arcanists. She’s not the most thrilling of masters, but she is fun and I do enjoy her.

Ironsides – Arcane Reservoir, Warding Runes, Seize the Day

Arcane Emissary, Ironclad Conflux

Oxfordian Mage, Temporary Shielding, Blood Ward

Oxfordian Mage, Temporary Shielding, Doom Ward

Oxfordian Mage, Temporary Shielding, Nemesis Ward

Johan, Well Rehearsed

13SS remaining

It’s likely that I’ll just be adding scheme runners to this list, possibly some steam arachnids to keep the M&SU theme going. Toni and the Emissary here will be the target while the rest of the crew runs off, hoping to complete objectives… yeah, not the best of plans I know.



I’m not a Marcus fan. It’s not that he is bad by any means, but his style and fluff just doesn’t grab me like other masters do. Still, I have a whole one game practise with him, let’s get a list down.

Marcus - The Trail of the Gods (must not call it his happy trail..), The Hunger Cry, Feral Instincts.


Myranda, Obligatory Imbued Energies


Poison Gamin


19SS remaining

Possibly needs another hitter in the crew. The Gamin is there to tank damage for Marcus if needed… I might swap it out with some tinkering but for some reason it feels like it’s not a terrible plan. I think I might be wrong.

Also, no Arcane Reservoir! Boooooo!


Mei Feng

Remember how I’m not a Marcus fan? Well, at least I have one game with him. Mei is, as yet, unplayed and is my choice of master to not use this weekend for that reason.

Mei Feng – Seismic Claws, Vapormancy, Arcane Reservoir


Joss, Imbued Energies

Large Arachnid

Rail Worker

Arcane Effigy

17SS remaining

First appearance of the Effigy! It’ll no doubt make more lists, love that little guy, but at 4SS he’s easy to slot in. Joss will swap for Kang if I’m against ressers. Aside from that.. eh, that looks okay I guess? Yeah, really not planning on using Mei if I can help it.

So there we are! Eight base lists to add to/adapt as needed. Each has some form of a plan to run with. It may well be a poor plan, but that’s better than no plan at all. Next step, to figure out what master favours what strats.

Oh, and some painting. Quite a bit of painting. Oops.


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