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  1. So in general, do you all field Roaster rider or War Pig with Zoraida ? If yes , do you like one over the other and why ? Same question with Bad JU JU or McTavish? If yes , do you like one over the other and why ?
  2. This is the first of I hope several battle reports that will be coming out of our new group here in Osaka. Most of the players are relatively new, but there is already quite a bit of enthusiasm and most players already have fully painted crews. In addition, I will be attempting to dramatize part of the battle reports as more of a story and not just pieces of plastic being moved around a flat surface. I will keep those parts separate from the tactics by italicizing the story for those who aren't interested in such things. With that, let's get into our first game. It is Guild vs. Neverborn. This is the Guild players first time playing a full 50 soulstone game. The Neverborn player is a bit more experienced. Standard Deployment Strategy: Extraction (Greed was used as the informant “marker”) Schemes: Claim Jump, Eliminate the Leadership, Dig Their Graves, Hidden Trap, Set Up Guild List: 8 Members, 3 Soulstones Sonnia (The Mask, Reincarnation, Cherufe’s Imprint), Puryfying Flame, Dr. Grimwell (Research Grant), Samael Hopkins (Witch Hunt, Disrupt Magic), Guild Pathfinder, Orderly, Witchling Stalker X2 Guild Schemes: Eliminate the Leadership, Hidden Trap Neverborn List: 8 Members, 4 Soulstones Zoraida (Hex Bag, Crystal Ball), Bad Juju (Eternal Fiend), Mysterious Emissary (Conflux of Fate), Doppleganger, Waldgeist X2, Bandersnatch, Will o’ the Wisp Neverborn Schemes: Dig their Graves, Hidden Trap Background: “Samael Hopkins Field Report to the Office of the Governor (Reviewed by Secretary Lucius) “This is the follow up report into the investigation of the destruction of the Pig’s Eye Hamlet. As indicated in a previous report, the hamlet was abandoned after several of the locals attempted to murder the others and make off with all the valuables in the village. The final survivor of that night was mostly incoherent, but made reference some kind of music. Guitar music, which ‘filled him with such desire.’” “Well, my Mistress and I were out hunting in the Hag’s territory. Dr. Grimwell had made, and was granted, a request to hunt the bayou. He was hoping to catch some specimens of fast healing Neverborn or swamp creatures and with Perdita off engaged elsewhere Sonnia took it upon herself to help. The Dr. brought along one of his Orderlies as a personal assistant. To help with the capture we also employed a Pathfinder and brought a couple of the witchlings to help carry the traps. “We had been roaming for about an hour before we heard the sound of a guitar echoing on the breeze. Immediately I remembered the report of the vanished hamlet in this area and informed Sonnia of it. She agreed it was worth investigating. Sure enough, we followed it straight to the hamlet and in the main courtyard there stood a woman playing a soft tune. I recognized her as someone that occasionally joined in with us on hunts or other Guild expeditions. “We started our approach to detain her and find out what we could, but then the forest on the other side of the hamlet came to life…” Guild Deploy: Sonnia, Puryfying Flame, Dr. Grimwell, and Orderly deploy in the middle. Hopkins takes cover behind some crates. The Stalkers spread out to the right and Pathfinder deploys further up behind a large building on the left. Neverborn deploy: Mysterious Emissary takes the center flanked by the waldgiests. Zoraida crouches behind a nearby building with the Wisp. The doppleganger prepares to advance on the right flank. Bad Juju and the Bandersnatch take the left flank. “It seemed like the forest itself was marching on us as several towering creatures that looked more like trees than people or animals lumbered into our lantern light. I immediately took cover behind some crates while Sonnia started directing the stalkers to fan out to our right flank and our Pathfinder to our left. The only sound from our side was the mad Doc who started cackling madly. Apparently he thought this was a perfect chance to catch his prize. “Sonnia immediately went about preventing their approach by advancing on them and summoning a great wall of fire between the living forest and the woman we were after. She still threw down the trap she had been carrying for the doc and the Witchlings advanced and did the same seeing a gigantic creature of moss and logs approaching them. “The doc himself was only too eager to get up close to them and take a “sample” personally. I had to run up and cover him since I could see trees and shrubbery sprouting up all along the edge of the courtyard covering the advance of these monsters. I didn’t know what was going to come out the other side, but we needed to be ready. “We lost our pathfinder first. He laid one of his animated attack traps on the far side of the building, then stalked over to the other side to get ready to set another trap. He seemed startled by seeing a small brown homunculus of some kind, like a walking doll, run off into the trees after seeing him. After that though, he suddenly doubled over like he was having a heart attack. I saw him stand again, only to be brought down like he was crushed by an invisible weight. The last I saw of him in mostly one piece, his body was being dragged into the newly grown trees by a woman with camouflaged skin.” Round 1: Neverborn win initiative, force Guild to go first. Sonnia walks and casts a flame wall off her upgrade to block the direct advance of the neverborn, then drops a scheme marker. Waldgiest walks up, places scheme marker, germinates trees to cover the right centre flank. Dr. Grimwell double walks to get into position. Bandersnatch double walks. Pathfinder lays trap covering entry around far left side of building, then double walks to get into position on the other side. Waldgiest walks and places another scheme marker, germinates trees to cover the left center flank. Puryfying Flame double walks to get into position. Bad Juju double walks on the left flank. Witchling Stalker walks and places scheme marker, preparing their Hidden Trap expecting the Neverborn to push far into their territory. Mysterious Emissary uses upgrade action to look at the top 4 card of the deck and draw one. Then walks and summons a Changeling out of a scheme marker. Other Witchling Stalker walks and also places a scheme marker for the coming trap. Will o’ the Wisp walks to the edge of a building and summons a Voodoo doll, copying Zoraida’s ability. The Doll successfully Hems to the Pathfinder. Samael Hopkins double walks forward. Voodoo doll walks closer to Zoraida and other Neverborn models. Orderly walks up and places a scheme marker. Zoraida draws a card with crystal ball. She then casts Obey on the Doppleganger, forcing it to walk forward. She then walks herself forward and casts Hex Bag on the Voodoo doll and pricks it for 2 damage and two damage on the pathfinder. She then fails to cast her last Obey. Doppleganger walks up and places a scheme marker within 4” of pathfinder. The changeling, still slow from being summoned, uses it’s only action to attack the voodoo doll by copying the Mysterious Emissary’s Nature Reclaims All attack. The Changeling cheats high and the voodoo doll cheats its defence low letting the Changeling hit it for moderate damage, killing both the Voodoo Doll and the Pathfinder. The Neverborn gain a VP for Dig their Graves and discard the scheme marker next to the pathfinder (maybe, see end of game thoughts). The dead Voodoo Doll and Pathfinder. The orange disks are Sonnia's flame wall. End of Round 1 Neverborn 1 ; Guild 0 “After seeing the pathfinder, a man I have worked with before and trusted well, crushed and destroyed in such an inhuman manner, well, I was ready to roast some of these freaks. The first one to come crashing out of the foliage to face us was a huge white oak creature with pale green energy flowing from it’s eyes and hands. It extended a hand and immediately some hideous toothed plants sprung up and tried biting at the Doc. It then blasted the doc with some strange green energy that also blew up a trap one of the Witchlings had placed. “Well, the doc wasn’t having none of this, he ran straight past those plant beasts and jumped up with his little hand chainsaw and dug right into the creature’s forehead. He then used his full weight and pulled it straight down ripping into the chest of the creature after completely bisecting it’s head. The thing was still alive though. I knew I had no time to lose so I ran up and aimed as carefully as I could. I could see some kind of pulsing green light inside the things split open abdomen and I shot it dead on. Green goo exploded from the cavity as it collapsed into timber. “I wish I could say that was the end though. But at that point I happened to look over and my heart nearly stopped. There was the hag herself. Worse, she was clutching a little brown doll with a toy gun. I saw her move the gun arm and sure enough, though I prayed it wouldn’t, my gun arm moved with it and pointed straight at the good doctor. “I know I couldn’t have stopped myself at that moment, but I never will forgive myself for that. He looked up at me in shock from the bullet wound, but I was sure he’d be okay. So I hoped but then, of all things, a strange green child walks up to me, looks at my gun and asks me “like this?” and I swear that thing’s arm turned into an exact replica of my personal customized revolver. “And it shot Dr. Grimwell straight in the throat. “He fell over and the last I saw of him, one of the tree creatures was piling dirt over him. “I looked back over at the Hag. She set the doll on fire and handed it over to one of her tree monsters to tear apart. Sure enough, I could feel the heat rising in me as much as I felt the stabs and thrashing of the living vegetable as it tore my effigy apart.” Round 2 Neverborn win initiative, chose to go first. Mysterious Emissary walks through the trees on its left and summons a Hungry Land marker (metal tin). Then uses its attack to hit Dr. Grimwell, getting the tomes trigger and removing a scheme marker next to a Witchling Stalker. Dr. Grimwell bravely walks up to the enormous beast (using Nimble AP) and attempts a lobotomy, flipping a Red Joker for 14 damage. The Mysterious Emissary survives only due to Hard to Kill. A waldgiest walks up and places a scheme marker just behind the Mysterious Emissary. It then Germinates a pair of trees next to the Emissary and the doctor cutting them off from the left side of the board. Samael Hopkins walks up behind crates for cover and shoots at Mysterious Emissary. He has to randomize between it, Dr. Grimwell, and the Bandersnatch that was sneaking around, but successfully hits the Mysterious Emissary, finishing it off. The Will o’ the Wisp walks through a building and summons a Voodoo Doll which hems to Hopkins. A Witchling Stalker walks up and shoots at Bad Juju doing damage and burning. Voodoo doll walks closer to Zoraida while staying within 1” of active flame pillars. The other Witchling Stalker walks and shots Bad Juju but misses due to cover. Zoraida peeks at the opponents hand with her crystal ball, then casts Obey on Samael Hopkins, but failing to the Black Joker. She tries again and this time successfully forces him to shoot Dr. Grimwell for three damage, bringing him down to 2 health. She then uses Hex bag to give both the Voodoo doll and Samael Hopkins burning. Orderly double walks up behind Hopkins. Changeling walks up near Hopkins and copies his gun to shoot Dr. Grimwell, killing him and scoring 1VP for Dig their Graves from the Scheme marker the Waldgiest left. Sonnia double walks, which causes the pillars to disappear dealing 1 damage to the Changeling, Voodoo Doll and by extension of the Hem ability, 1 to Samael Hopkins. She then blasts Bad Juju for Severe damage and chain blasting damage into the bandersnatch and a Waldgiest. Doppleganger fails to mimic Samael’s gun, so just walks and places a scheme marker. Puryfying Flame walks and tries to hit Waldgiest and misses. Waldgiest hits Voodoo Doll for 4 damage, walks and fails to Germinate trees. Bandersnatch runs over to Hopkins and vanishes into his shadow. It then reaches out and attacks the orderly behind him dealing 2 damage. Bad Juju double walks up to Sonnia and a Witchling Stalker, fails to landslide. Activations end. During the upkeep, burning goes off for both the Voodoo Doll and Hopkins killing both of them. Neverborn have several models within 6 of the informant and score a VP. Guild only have Orderly and Puryfying flame, which is a peon and doesn’t count. No VP. End of Round 2 Neverborn 3 ; Guild 0 “I passed out not long after flames consumed both me and the doll image of me. I remember only a few things that seemed to be going on around me. I remember the docs orderly running up to try to help, but a huge black spider came out of the woods and started devouring him. “I also remember the woman we were going after. I had tried to reach for her at my last, but she just turned, still playing her accursed instrument and went to the Hag who smiled when she approached. “I looked over to Sonnia. She was with her Witchlings. They had been using many bullets and energy to hold back the living pile of moss, but it still approached them. The last thing I saw was her and the monster facing off. “Then all light went out.” Round 3 Guild Wins Initiative, chooses to go first. Witchling Stalker charges Bad Juju, and hits twice for 4 damage total, bringing bad juju down to 1 health. Bad Juju activates and landslides. One stalker takes damage and is slowed. Bad Juju flurries into Sonnia dealing severe damage on both the first two attacks. Sonnia soulstones to prevent three on the second attack, barely keeping 1 health. Bad Juju’s last attack is still too much and finishes her. We decided to end the game there as Guild only had only two Stalkers, the Orderly, and the Flame left. Ariel of the board when we ended. Game end “The next thing I remember is waking up in the Guild Hospital. Dr. McMorning was there leering over me. I jumped up and demanded to know what happened. Apparently, the last soulstone had barely saved Sonnia’s life. One of the stalkers had run off with her while the other stayed to hold of the monster. As for me and Dr. Grimwell, well, Dr. McMorning says we were in bad shape, but he’s “worked with worse before.” I mentioned that I saw Dr. Grimwell shoot in the throat and buried and he just chuckles and says it was the morphine talking and that I should still be resting. His nurse pricked me with something and I passed out. “I do not like that man. “My conclusion though, it did not end well. We were lucky, those of us that left alive. I won't say what condition the Pathfinder and Orderly were found in. Even McMorning hasn't worked with anything that bad before. We didn’t catch any samples for the Doctor, and in the end the woman with the guitar evaded us as well. But now we know, and next time I will see that living forest razed to the ground.” ~Samael Hopkins End Game Thoughts The Guild player was hammered with a pretty average and lower hand turn 2 which really did a number on them. Destroying the Mysterious Emissary on turn 2 with a Red Joker Lobotomy was fun. One of the tactical differences that I think would have swung things more in the Guild favour would have been to just ignore Bad Juju and gone straight down the middle for the informant. Bad Juju is slow and can come back if destroyed, so better to just ignore it. This was the second time the Guild player has run the Pathfinder and the second time that it was jumped and destroyed first turn. They are trying to figure out how best to deploy them most efficiently without being overly vulnerable. Changeling was perhaps the most potent little critter this game as he scored VP for the neverborn twice (probably) by destroying the Voodoo doll on the first turn when all other models were out of attack options and again on the second turn by taking out Dr. Grimwell with Hopkins revolver. Will o’ the Wisps were supper useful to Zoraida for summoning dolls and freeing up Zoraida’s AP. Recommended to always have at least one around. The Bandersnatch did very little, but that was expected. The Neverborn player is still trying to figure out how to optimize it. Mistakes (?): It seems that victims of the Voodoo Doll’s Hem ability may not count towards Dig Their Graves since technically it’s a condition damaging the model according to the wording. If anyone can confirm for or against this I would appreciate it. So that is the first report from our new group, the Wargamers of Osaka. Let us know what you thought, did you like the story, the photos, tactical advice, all welcome. Thanks, see you again soon.
  3. Hello everybody! My gremlin collection is missing the Swamp witch, so I was thinking, is there anyone running a successful Grem-raida? I know she can do some nasty tricks with models that have 1ap charges, but aside from that I have some hard imo figuring out crew ideas with her (which is a pity cause I love the box models and Will o' Wisps!), and how she would work with gremlins
  4. Quick question on will o' the wisp ability and how it interacts with Zoraida as a gremlin master. Basically, is Zoraida still considered a Neverborn model for purposes of Ever Changing Form. The rule book so far as I can tell only states they are both for purposes of hiring, and that they must take upgrades from the declared faction. Ever Changing Form: Target a friendly Neverborn model within 10". Take a (2) Tactical Action printed on the target's stat card or one of its Upgrades. This Action may only be taken once per Turn...
  5. Gremlins are the faction that got me to play malifaux. Although I started with ten thunders I found them kinda boring and not very thematically fun so I only played occasionally. Gracie hooked me and i've been a gremlin player since (who doesn't want to play a pig in armor from the kitchen). I don't post on the forums much but i've been having serious problems running gremlins. As this is the only faction I have I thought I'd look for some advice here before I sell them and try to start over. I've played for 2 years almost, over 100 games, and I own every gremlin model in the game. During this time I've gotten so badly beaten by even the newest of players that I'm having a hard time reconciling the balance of the game when it comes to playing gremlins who seem to crumble by the middle of turn three. I'm disheartened to the point of just selling off my models and finding a new game to get into. So to get deeper into it.... I tend to play Zoraida and Ulix most followed by Somer. I've not gotten much play time in with Wong or Brewmaster and I dislike how ophelia plays. I tend to try to focus on strategies and schemes that require scheme markers as I expect to be able to out activate opponents for a turn or two and can get 3-4 points this way easier. I typically avoid points requiring long term terrain holding as this has always failed when gremlins get into combat.... they always just die in droves so I lose models and often gain zero points. Most of my games are basically over by the end of turn 2 or middle of turn 3. I understand that the out-activation that gremlins bring because they are cheap to purchase and have reckless abilities is how they should be powerful. However, in my experience the extra AP and activation control is only relevant until the end of turn 3 as by that time I've lost so many models, been forced to retreat or hide out in terrain, or just can't stand up to even a moderate sized opponents hand that the extra power in AP and activation is gone. I've had several games where I've lost a huge number of points in a turn and a half (turn 2 to middle of 3) and can't claim points beyond maybe 3 or 4. Comparing equal points model to model I can't see the balance in abilities and stats. Although many gremlins can get extra AP with reckless/drunk and reckless, the payoff isn't enough to make them that much better compared to models of the same points that can do the same or better actions without a down side that can cause them to get killed in one shot. Example: Nino (the big guild sniper) compaired to Rami. Nino can kill models by focusing quite easily with a high damage flip. For Rami to do the same I've had to reckless, get the ram trigger to knock myself to half health to get the same effect. If you consider the damage level a gremlin can do with a Ram trigger they are decent hitters but they also blow themselves up in the process and cost me models when this happens. One of my worst outcomes was losing Francois to a massive hit (admittedly killing the minion he hit) followed by losing Bert because of a ricochet trigger (flipped late and couldn't cheat to change), then because my two big hitters that were protecting Somer were gone he also died that turn. All because of one turn of damaging myself. My local Henchman has been extremely patient working with me to either get better or figure out lists to play for certain schemes etc. However, we've run out of ideas. I've tried playing conservatively, which helps with gremlin survival but I often still only get 3-5 points because my opponent has had two turns of free roaming for points. I've tried being aggressive with expendable models but find that I'm just spending two turns and 3-4 models to nullify one 5-10 point model, often losing 8-15 points of my own models in the trade. I've tried being more selective with schemes and strategies by focusing on what other gremlin players play (from podcasts and tournaments) but inevitably lose so many models so early on that I'm just waiting for my opponent to get max points and end turn 5 with a 4-6 point spread between us. I'm extremely positive and excited about playing every game (one to three games a week). I listen to and read hours of malifaux posts and podcasts every week trying to learn to play better. But by turn 2 or 3 in most games, even against new players, I'm just wanting the game to be over because i've lost so many models and will only be able to get half or less than half points and feel like i'm just waiting for my opponent to max out their points while I wait an hour for the game to end. I understand that it's possible, and very likely, that I'm playing extremely badly and can't figure out what to do to get better. But I also can't see the balance of the game when looking at a gremlin card compared to other factions. I love the game and how it plays but I'm very close to just selling all my models...... ANY advice would be great, any ideas for lists, advice on schemes and strategies to choose, any help with understanding how gremlins are even close to other factions in power level would be great before I decide to dump them. Thanks in advance
  6. Hi to everybody! First for all, sorry for all the misspellings that you are going to read, english is not my primary language. I've been doing a bit of theory-faux during this weekend thinking about a Zoraida crew and I was wondering if someone could help me finishing the list. I was thinking in something like this: - Zoraida. Hex bag, crystal ball, fears given form. - Spawn mother. Hexed among you. - Widow weaver. Handbag, pact. - Waldgeist x 2. - Will O' the Wisp x 2. That's 43 SS, so that leave us with another miniature of 4-6SS and a SS pool of 5-7 SS. The idea of the crew is the following: The waldgeists are there to slow the enemy, meanwhile the doll factory starts running leaving the Spawn mother as the last one trying to maximize her perfect camouflage. An ideal secuence for the doll factory would be something like this: - Will O wisp activates and summons a voodoo doll. Voodoo doll hems an enemy. Will O wisp uses his last AP to attack doll (If you are lucky and get a crow Voodoo can get slow) - Voodoo activates near Zoraida and fails the Fears given form duel. - Zoraida activates. Draws a card. Summons a new voodoo doll. Voodoo doll hems an enemy. Zoraida hexes voodoo with prick. Zoraida orders widow exhale terror on vooddo. Voodoo fails the horror duel and you draw another card for inhale terror. - Voodoo activates near Zoraida and fails the Fears given form duel. Voodoo dies ( 2 + 1 + 3 wounds) - Widow activates and summons two wicked dolls. I like the fact that you are summoning AND debuffing your opponent. If everything runs you end your first turn with 2 wicked dolls, a gupps and you have done 4 wounds and slow on a model and 6 wounds and paralized another one. The bad news are that the factory is cards and SS intense; I've been running some tests and usually spend 2-3 SS and end with almost an empty hand (always save a 6+ crow for the spawn mother), the goods new are athat while it's hard to get and ideal turn it's not SO hard to get it ( the SS spent on the drawing phase, the two cards that you draw and the SS to add masks or crow ...) Also, the idea is run the factory only on the first turn, on second turn I think it's better summon just one wicked doll and cast exhale terror on two different dolls. So ...... do you think it could work? What model would you add to the list? (Yep, I know that in Malifaux is a mistake decide your crew before the game, but I feel I don't have enough experience to play it on this way). I don´t want to invest more points on the factory and I would like a model that can run alone and without support, but at the same time I feel that it needs a bit of support to run without problems. So far I've been thinking on Iggy (Incite is a 0 action and you can hit it with the new upgrade and trigger the push), a stitched together (it can support the factory killing one doll with gamble your life and can be used to draw some cards), another waldgeist or mysterious effigy. Thanks
  7. Afternoon, It's been a while since I painted any new models for Malifaux but I've just bought a few new models for my Leveticus crew and have been looking what I might buy after I finish these ones... At some point soon I do want to add a couple more models to my Zoraida crew. Top of the list is a Nurse but the Wyrd ones don't really fit the 'rustic bayou' look of a Zoraida crew, so does anyone have any suggestions for an alternative nurse model? How do people feel about this model as a bayou Beckoner? (Do Beckoners even work well with Zoraida?) http://www.freebooterminiatures.de/index.php/en/shop2-2/kult/product/view/2/246 Also, this guy looks like he'd make a great tough guy for a Zoraida crew, but I have no idea who it could be who would work well with her - any suggestions? http://www.freebooterminiatures.de/index.php/en/shop2-2/kult/product/view/2/247 Thanks in advance, - Dave
  8. I don't think I've seen much discussion about The First Mate here, so I thought I'd start the topic. He's Gremlin-faction only, but has the Swampfiend typing, which allows Neverborn Zoraida to bring him in with her upgrade. Outside of the interesting synergies with NB Zoraida, he has a pretty solid defensive statline for a Henchman, and he brings the "typical" Sluirid abilities of Perfect Camouflage and Leap, which are always great. Moving on to specific synergies, he has Pounce, which plays well with Zoraida having the option to Obey and use the Voodoo doll to shove something around. We've seen the combo before with Lelu and Lelitu, but this gives us another piece to use it with, even outside of bringing the twins package. He also has some interesting abilities that interact with the Slow condition. He can hand it out on a non-built-in trigger, Paralyze a Slow model with another non-built-in trigger, or simply devour whole a Paralyzed model with a high Tome. This set of abilities gets especially interesting with the models that come in Titania's box, as the henchman and minions have an aura which force tests against gaining Slow. They're also compelling choices in any crew since they're great for dropping and playing around with scheme markers. Any of you play with First Mate in Zoraida yet? How was he?
  9. So Martin (ArcanistHero29) and I ended up playing each other last night, in what was billed as an opportunity to try out new stuff, at least that's what he had thought. Unfortunately he never told me... Strategy: Guard the Stash. Schemes: Convict Labour, Leave your Mark, Covert Breakthrough, Inspection, Take Prisoner. Setup: Corner Deployment. So Martin took: Nellie, Delegation, Guild Funds, Misleading Headlines. Phiona Gage, a Debt to the Guild, Wrath of the Guild Printing Press 3 Field Journalists Master Queeg, a Dept to the Guild And a Pale Rider... So an intrepid band of journalists ventured into the Bayou accompanied by their trusted school teacher(!) and the walking portent of death! Expecting to write a tale about the Intrepid Adventures of Zipp the Magnificent they stumbled into an Old Hag brewing up a can of Whoop Ass! I took: Zoraida, Hex Bag and Tarot Reading Trixiebelle, A Gun for a Lady and Dirty Cheater Sammy Lacroix, Animal Shape Whiskey Golem, Barrel Up Merris Lacroix 2 Bayou Gators (one with a gremlin in it's mouth). Not quite the crew he was expecting (unfortunately due to my policy of only painted models (currently only Zipp and Earl Burns are finished) I was unable to take The Sky Pirates (this self imposed rule seems as popular with my opponents, as post-Brexit UK foreign policy...) Zoraida having just finished brewing two cauldrons before the Paparazzi turned up, realised that she need to Guard her Stash, with no time to get a super-injunction granted by The Judge, she instead had to lump for sending a Bayou Gator towards each marker, with the Whiskey Golem going to left marker. Like the benefits scroungers the Guild believed them to be, the rest of the Gremlin's seemed to mill about with no apparent goal in mind, the only noticeable event being the appearance of the Old Hag's child, who seemed to be mimicking Phiona Gage, much to her annoyance, with every time the Voodoo Doll was struck, she felt a pang of pain. The guild sent two of their best investigative journalists to either flank to start searching for evidence near the corners (suggesting a thorough Inspection). Queeg and the Pale Rider moved towards the left marker (my left) with Nellie, Phiona and the third reporter moving towards the right marker/middle. A face off with no one scoring any points in turn one. The walking portent of death broke the stalemate by (true to form) heralding the death of a innocent harmless reptile (a Bayou Gator (without a gremlin in it's mouth)), who was just basking in the mid day sun! He then turned his attentions to Trixiebelle, shooting at her, who in turn suggested the Sammy rather generously could be shot instead... as confused by this turn of events as poor Sammy, the Pale Rider (being a stickler for honour and not harming someone who didn’t deserve it), fired wide. Trixie feeling lucky from avoiding death, drew her Big Gun and drew a bead on an unsuspecting Journalist, with a level of anti-press violence, seldom seen outside of a Russell Crowe telephone call, after some truly Dirty Cheating, she Red Jokered the damage and blew the tabloid hack away! Unfortunately Trixie's delight was short lived and she was charged by Phiona, and after chewing through soulstones like candy to reduce the damage she suffered, Trixie breathed a sigh of relief to be still standing. Zoraida not wishing to see her favourite Gremlin crutch removed, pushed Phiona away. Unfortunately this only delayed the inevitable, as Nellie dragged Trixie out of the woods and into the waiting pickaxe of the maniac! Queeg standing on a stash marker dropped a scheme marker, which started to wiggle and piggle, and with a monotone "brainnnssss-ehm-oink?" turned into a dead pig rammed packed with explosives! The Whiskey Golem then hitched up it's barrels, vowing to make today an inservice day (no teachers around!), unfortunately due to hard to kill he was left with one wound. The reporters on either flank, started uncovering evidence of Zoraida's bottling Bayou water and selling it under the Dasani brand! The Hag realised she needed a better cover up, and made a note to employ Tony Blair's Pr team. With the Whiskey Golem and a Gator (with a gremlin in it's mouth) around each of Zoraida's cauldrons scored me a point. Turn two ended 1-0 (me). Merris sick of hanging at the back (a spot which she makes her own in every gremlin crew) and wishing to spread her wings, dashing forward to sit near the marker, to line up a jump into the backfield next round to start scoring Leave your Mark and Cover Breakthrough. Unfortunately the dastard wordsmith Nellie dragged the innocent and defenceless Merris into the open for the pickaxe wielding Guild oppressor to mutilate. Merris exploded, stacking another 4 burning onto Phiona, to go with the plethora of other conditions passed across by the Voodoo Doll. Nellie, suffering from overwhelming curiosity ventured over to the right cauldron to peak inside, hoping for a scoop. Unfortunately all she met was the snapping jaws of a Bayou Gator (with a Gremlin in it's mouth), despite the Gremlin the Gator still had plenty space to eat Nellie, swallowing her whole! (Much to Martin's distress, he had the suit to trigger the pushback on the previous attack, but although the gator wouldn’t have got the 2nd charge attack, it could have pushed back for (0) action and still been in range to use its Melee Expert AP to make the killing attack). The School Teacher (on a break from managing Belgium) whipped the Whiskey Golem, causing it to wobble, splashing him with the good stuff and poisoning him, which would be enough to kill him off in the upkeep stage, having been on his last wound. The Pale Rider after dodging some attacks from the Whiskey Golem , pushed away before dropping some part of its horse or other appendage to count as something important in the centre of the board. This counted towards some Convict Labour. One of the Reporters scribbled something down, and Left her Mark near the edge of the board. Turn 3 ended 1-2 (to Martin). Both the Voodoo Doll and Phiona succumbed to a mixture of burning and poison (or Martin's cooking as its otherwise known). On the flank a Reporter uncovered more of Zoraida's chequered past, Zoraida in response Obeyed the snooper to bury the evidence in the horoscope section. Trying to do the same to Sammy ended up with the Gremlin showing its rebellious streak and refusing. The Pale Rider then was too stubborn to be Bewitched by the mature strumpet! Infuriated by such a young upstart she Hexed him with no effect. Mumbo Jumbo curses! Despite not suffering any damage from attacks, the Humiliation of Nellie's exposé of his fetish of twisting Oreo's anticlockwise the Bayou Gator (with a Gremlin in it's mouth) died! With The Pale Rider pushing away this left the Whiskey Golem to then Nimbly walk off. Sammy and Zoraida secured the cauldrons, the Convict labour survived the turn, raising it to 2-3 (for Martin). The Pale Rider moved into range with Zoraida and tried to hit her with The Last Crossing, focussing first with a true disregard for Proper Manners, he caused the Old Hag's life to flash before her eyes! Getting the attack off, he flipped a year 9 damage, which after chewing on her final stone to prevent 3 of the damage, Zoraida breathed a huge sigh of relief After a somewhat lackluster previous turn, Zoraida looked to the Pale Rider, and rather than seeing a dead bloke on an even dead-er steed, she saw something that remided her of the babe! The Voodoo doll Red Jokered the Hem flip, despite stubborn (Joker and 13!) and at once the Rider and his fate became entwined. Shortly afterwards the soft toy was charged by an exploding pig which dealt enough damage to kill the Pale Rider off. With just two Reporters and a Printing Press (that was scuttling around at the back) there was not much left for the lackeys of the Guild to achieve. The Reporters continued snooping around looking to find Trixiebelle's unmentionables. A pair of pants uncovered on the board edge turned out to be a stuffed piglet in disguise! Which snuffled around ineffectually. The Whiskey Golem dropped some of the nectar of the gods before moving on and dropping more roughly where the Guild had came from. The convict labour no longer scored due to a stuffed piglet standing too close. Another Mark was left by the reporter, Zoraida and Sammy remained to Guard the Stash, the Whiskey Golem revealed his mark had been left and he had Broken through covertly, to end the game 5-4 (Me).
  10. Hi, we are Agent(s) of the Breach, a couple who are starting to play with Neverborn. We love to have a painting thread of every game we play because, not only It keeps us motivated, but also, it’s always interesting to have different points of view of the things you are working on and share ideas. So, please, feel free to comment or ask whatever you want, we’ll try to keep this updated At the moment, we’ve been focused on painting Zoraida’s box (testing colours and doing some brainstorming), so we don’t have much to show yet; only an (almost) finished Silurid. The idea is that the Silurid had to look as froggy as possibly, but with a spice of lizard in it. Like we said, it’s not finished yet; we want it to have a brown pattern in her back. Something like these: Usually, the base is the last that we (she, in this case) paint, but we wanted to see how it was going to look. It tries to be an autumn swampy zone. Seeing the photos, we have realized that it's a little dark, so we still have to work it a little more. Malifaux it’s a strange game; coming from Warhammer and Infinity, we are kinda used to paint “armys of”, but every single miniature here looks like a separate challenge. We’ll see how this work!
  11. i bought Zoraida, aaand many people say i should take her outta the "swamp" but i dont know what to buy except i know i will need a nurse any suggestions would be greatly appreciated ^^
  12. I'll start it off with Lucius, just to make the Guildies jealous. OURS. Other masters, henchmen, enforcers and minions to come. Lucius Wallpaper, with room for resizing
  13. HI folks, thinking of running a 'fun' list to get the best out of Obey. Zoraida with Crystal Ball (2ss) and Tarot Reading (2ss) Mysterious Emissary (10ss) with Conflux of Fate (0ss) Doppleganger (7ss) Hannah (11ss) Vasilisa (9ss) Nurse (6ss) Planning on bringing the voodoo doll out using Z's action and hopefully getting a few Changelings off the Emissary. Has anybody tried this before and if so how did it go? it looks like it could really mess with an opponents head!
  14. This might very well due to my poor English, but I suddenly find the text of "The fickle winds of fate" a tad confusing: According to Pullmyfinger, this If this was indeed the case, shouldn't it have been worded differently? Shouldn't it say 'place them ... at least 1" away from each other'? As a matter of fact, my brother has even come to understand that the placement would require a further Scheme Marker, placed within 6" (but not within 4", as it would be removed!) of Zoraida, so that you can place the removed schemes "at least 1" away from another Scheme Marker". But that doesn't sound very logical and makes a not often used action even less appealing. A different interpretation would suggest that you may place those pesky markers anywhere within 6" of Zoraida, with the only constraint that you cannot do it anywhere within 1" of any remaining marker. Whichs is a weird and specific requirement, but doesn't force you to position Zoraida leaving at least 1 marker between 4" and 6" of herself. So, what do you think is the intent of the text? I always understood it as described in Pullmyfinger: you have to place the markers anywhere, but leaving 1" inbetween them. But, if this is the case, I don't think the action was clearly worded.
  15. Hello everyone, I have been theoryingfaux on Zoraida for a while and I had my first game with her yesterday. I have tried her with Crystal ball + Hex bag, Lazarus + Retribution's Eye & a Doppelganger (copying Lazarus usually) + flavour again a Nico crew. This is a master I definitely want to explore more because she provides a change from my usual masters (Lynch & Lilith). However, I have the following remarks / questions that pop to my mind. I would be very interested in knowing the opinion of more experienced players The cost of the upgrades: Animal shape, Tarot Reading and Crystal ball are very nice but it feels as if they were not quite worth the soulstone points. 2SS for animal shape is huge considering you can't interact after the placing. Crystal Ball is very random while Tarot reading seems only good with Animal shape if you consider that Zoraida seems usually at the rear of the crew. When I compare to what Lynch and Lilith can have, I am a bit disappointed. Lazarus is amazing and one more attack with Obey goes a long way in grindin down the opponent's crew. Having a Doppelganger duplicating his attack 2-3 times is also very impressive. I think I will stick to this core in my future tests. I mostly used the voodoo doll and the hex bag during Zoraida's activation. Although this is very powerful (especially the curse), I feel that I use a lot of APs to achieve a result. It also seems to me that Bewitched is not really useful (I have not found the opportunity to use it). I have a feeling of inefficiency when I play Zoraida. I have checked the Pull my Finger but only got general feelings in there. I'd be interested in seeing how other players use her and if she is better than my first impression lead me to think.
  16. I normally play Zoraida as Neverborn, but I've been kind of looking for a reason to field McTavish in faction, since Mud Toss and Cute Critters are both interesting upgrades. (Dirty Cheater seems better than Aether Connection, too.) From a purely fluff standpoint, Sammy Lacroix is that reason, but I wondered if anyone else had any experience with her? She seems like a side-grade from a Nurse; she brings a more-reliable set of triggers (no need to dig up specific suits), but they're overall less flexible and powerful. (Twisted Legs seems like a passable pseudo-paralyze, though.) Her ability to take Zoraida's upgrades is nice, but limited – Winds of Fate doesn't trigger if Sammy's holding Crystal Ball, she doesn't use Animal Shape nearly as well, and Hex Bag seems better served on Zoraida. (Sammy does seem like an excellent Tarot Reading carrier.) I do like the synergy the pair have with the another amazing gremlin model, Merris Lacroix. If Z's on Animal Shape, Merris can still trigger Winds of Fate; Tarot Reading loves dense scheme marker placement; a Z / Voodoo Doll / Sammy knot is going to love pulse protection; Merris hands out Burning tres easy ... And, in the super-niche category, Sammy can easily soak two bad cards with Bayou Two-Card off Merris' draw 2, stack 3 ability, since Sammy's likely going to be targeting Voodoo Doll. I'm on the fence; if I'm paying 1 ss and giving up Nurse's insanely flexible triggers, I want a little more than a 1-card cycle and a fourth upgrade slot. Have you guys played with Sammy yet? I'm not a gremlin player, so I'm likely overlooking some awesome in-faction obviousness.
  17. Hey! I've been thinking about running Zoraida with most of her crew being pigs, boars, war pigs, roosters and other kind of animals within the Gremlins faction. Is it viable? As far as i know, it's viable, but i don't know the crew composition. Pigs, boars and other bacon bro's need to be supervised by some other models like old major and gremlins to avoid charging themselves. So, any ideas on the lists? Can a crew based on crazy bacon score VP and accomplish all the objectives or would be situational crew composition? PS: Been thinking too with Mc Tavish and swampfiends, that would be more reliable? Thanks for your time
  18. Hi there! I was thinking how would Zoraida perform with a crew based on some terror tots, barbaros and some other nephilim models, maybe combined with some swampfiend models? Has anyone thought about it? Could the crew aspire to accompish the objectives or would be too killy? PS: I've been thinking on running her with Jacob Lynch's crew: illuminated, beckoners and something more. Thanks for your time
  19. I have an alternate Zoraida I got for my gremlins and I am looking for ways to spice her up. I am talking about the one hunched over the cauldron. I was thinking of a Baba Yaga Style theme with her and the cauldron on a rickety wooden platform with either chicken or swamp vine legs. Anyone have any ideas? Could I ditch the cauldron and make her perched on something to give her a more sinister ravens esque look? She could have a voodoo doll in front of her. Just wondering of anyone can help or of I should try to buy the old metal one. The box set I can't see using besides Z.
  20. I jacked up my plastic Zoraida terribly and was wondering if anybody would have one they aren't looking to keep. The rest of the box is good but Zoraida took the worst of it. I'm US - NC. Let me know what your price would be.
  21. When I saw that there is an upcoming release of another Swampfiend model - Wild Boar, I got really excited and started to look for some information, but sadly did't find much. First source was its rather short Pull My Finger entry - M2E Wild Boars. Then some blog posts, which were either Neverborn and discussed all other Swampfiends, or Gremlin and discussed all other Masters. There is also an ongoing discussion in Gremlins - which does contain some general informations useful to a Neverborn player as well and originally I didn't even want to start a separate thread, but writing a reply, I realized that I have too much specific questions. So without further ado... So far what I have seen people usually have all the Neverborn Swampfiends (Bad Juju, Silurids, Waldgeists, Spawn Mother and Gupps) and McTavish and Bayou Gators (Gremlin Swampfiends) - all the Swampfiends there are apart from one... Wild Boars. Why is that? Is it simply because without model with Pork Whisper'n Ability and no Gremlins in general they require extra effort to control due to their Bayou Rampage Ability? Is it because Wild Boars share a role with Bayou Gators, but Bayou Gators are for Neverborn Zoraida just better? Should the title of this thread read Wild Boars versus Bayou Gators? They both were introduced in M2E and so far have not been released in plastic, yet I have seen a lot of proxy models of Bayou Gators and only few of Wild Boars. What is the reason that people hire Wild Boars? For example in Gremlins, why would you hire them over Piglet or War Pig? Looking at the cards, the only reason that comes to my mind is From the Shadows Ability. But Zoraida can give From the Shadows up to three friendly Swampfiend Minions via Hexed Among You Upgrade for a single SS. Wild Boars have On Edge Ability, that gives them to Attack flips they make outside of their Activation, but if you deploy them via From the Shadows they might be outside of 12" range of Zoraida's Obey or not in Line of Sight. Wild Boars are more durable than Bayou Gators (2 more Wd, Eat Your Fill Ability and Eat Anything Trigger), but they are worse at killing things. If you want to kill something, you hire Bayou Gators. If you want models that are more durable, you hire... Waldgeists? If we didn't have Waldgeists to our disposal, would Wild Boars be more viable? I have been listening to some podcast (Sadly I can't remember the name, so I can't give credit for that.) and the guest said that he doesn't really mind that Bayou Gators die quite easily, because they make great Bad Juju delivery system. He then expanded on it saying that, unlike Gupps, they can't be simply ignored and that Silurids, costing 7 SS, are too expensive for that early in the game. 5 SS Bayou Gator deployed via Hexed Among You... Bad Juju delivery system extraordinaire. The only thing that I do not like about Bayou Gator is its Insignificant Ablity. But back to the original topic. Does anybody, please, have any experience with Neverborn Zoraida and Wild Boars? If not, when would you theoretically hire Wild Boars over other Swampfiends.
  22. Hey guys, I'm pretty much kicking things off with neverborn and guild mostly but I'm thinking about making Zoraida my main master (despite never playing an actual game of malifaux - hobby is mostly my interest). When I do throw the 50 crews I have at friends and tell them to crank some games from time to time I was wondering what works well on the gremlin side of the fence with these crews. I got the kin box as a) another crew to use here and there and to get pierre so I can use him with zoraida as neverborn and blow things up for the lols. In regards to minis I was liking the look of the war pig and the piglets basically but was wondering if there was anything else i'd be missing out on that would be fun or rather useful that I should probably consider looking at as well.
  23. Recently I started to play Zoraida... well, so far I have played only a single game, but I have been reading a lot about her. I purchased The Swamp Hag - Zoraida Box Set and box of 3 Waldgeists and I own some Gremlins as well (The Kin - Ophelia Box Set and 2 Slop Haulers). I was doing an excercise where I generated Strategy and a pool of Schemes and using the Crew Creator built a Crew. Rince and repeat. I feel like the models that I own give me more or less all that I need - Waldgeists are durable, Silurids are great scheme runners, Gremlins do a lot of ranged damage (Sadly Francois LaCroix can be hired only in Gremlins Faction as opposed to Raphael and Rami LaCroix and Pere Ravage.)... but I would also like to have an expensive beatstick. And this is the reason, why I am posting this topic. I would like to ask you, what is your favorite Zoraida beatstick. Since Zoraida, Bad Juju, Silurids, Waldgeists and Spawn Mother and Gupps, that I am planning on purchasing, all have Swampfiend Characteristic, McTavish is an obvious choice. He is a Gremlin Mercenary so can be hired by both Gremlin and Neverborn Faction, synergyzes greatly with Swampfiend models, has Swampfiend Characteristic himself so can be hired via Tarot Reading Upgrade as well (And synergyzes with Bad Juju's Eternal zFiend Upgrade, even thought it is going to happen very rarely.) and has two (1) Attack Actions with high damage potential that he can be Obeyed to perform. I also like his picture in Crossroads and fluffn... fluffiness... feel of Zoraida, Swampfiend Beasts and McTavish Crew. But... he is definitely not the only candidate. There is so much great beatsticks, that I think would work very well with Zoraida. So I would like to ask you for your opinion on models like Teddy, Mancha Roja, Hooded Rider, Ototo, Samurai, maybe even Stitched Together and alike. Recently there was a topic dedicated to Whiskey Golem, so that one is not really required. But if you are a Whiskey Golem aficionado and feel like sharing your opinion, I will be glad. And if you have some advice regarding McTavish or just would like to praise him, I would like to hear that too. Or mabye you hired him and he didn't fulfill your expectations. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  24. I'm returning to the game and haven't played since the 2E beta started and I'm not sure which master I should jump back in with. When I last played, I was all over the place and owened crews from each faction except 10T. This time I would like to be a little more focused and choose a master and then faction to learn well. For Neverborn I have, and really enjoyed playing Zoraida and Collodi. I also have Lucius, so he's a possibility. In 1.5 I loved Zoraida for her card related abilities, and her ability to just mess with your opponent from afar while remaining safe (relatively so anyway). Collodi was lots of fun as an extremely fast yoyo of death and he was always harder to kill than my opponents thought. I've never played Lucius, I got him just before I stopped playing. How is thier play style now, or, if you played 1.5 as well, what has changed and what remains the same? The other masters they're up against for my attention are:Nicodem, Zoraida (gremlin), Ophelia, S'ommer, and Lucious (guild). If you have any experience with these masters to compare and contrast, it would be appreciated as well.
  25. Hi, I intend to purchase The Swamp Hag - Zoraida Box Set and play her in Gremlins faction. I would like to ask you for help. So far I own theese models: Ophelia LaCroix Young LaCroix (3) Francois LaCroix Raphael LaCroix Rami LaCroix Pere Ravage Slop Hauler (2) The Swamp Hag contains: Zoraida Voodoo Doll Bad Juju Silurid (3) And in the future I would like to purchase: Sammy LaCroix McTavish (and maybe some Bayou Gators) Rooster Riders and Bayou Gremlins (in the far future) I like to play to theme, so I do not plan on purchasing models like Nurse. Or pigs. I got the impression that reason why Pigs are so good with Zoraida is their (1) Charge (via Pigcharge Ability) and I would rather wait for Rooster Riders (with their Roostercharge Ability), whose concept art I like much more. My qeustion is, will I have use for Waldgeists? I have been reading about Zoraida on PullMyFinger Wiki, Wyrd Forum and even some blogs and a lot of people said, that Waldgeists are amazing. But the problem is, people were almost allways talking about Neverborn faction. The box contains 3 models, 6 Soulstones each. Or... should I purchase Waldgeists and play Zoraida in Neverborn and wait for models like Sammy LaCroix and McTavish to play her in Gremlins faction? Thank you