Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Menoth Saves! A Look at Propaganda and the Iron Kingdoms. Part Two

This would have come earlier, however real life illnesses are never as fun as the ones in tabletop games. I think I'd rather slowly turn into a Shaft Wight than be experiencing the sickness that is coursing through me right now.

Moving on, part two of our look at all the propagantastic ways you can spice up your gamer den/ tabletop. In our last installment, we looked at the propaganda of Khador and Cygnar. Now we look at Cryx and the Protectorate of Menoth.

My next idea was for the Protectorate of Menoth. As a loyal Khadoran, the Old Faith calls to me. For this one, we took our influences from a combo of old school religious art and the work of Alphonse Mucha oddly enough. For the record, Phrases like: "Let's go all Mucha up in this beyotch!" tend to happen when you send nerds to art school. While the previous posters were built for 11x17, this one needed to be more grand.  The call of the Harbinger can't be just slapped up on a wall. This would be a large scroll, something to hang off a temple to call to the faithful. In fact several enterprising Redditors have made it into wall scrolls, which brought the kind of overjoyed smile to my face that normally only Lil Bub or obscure 90's hentai can bring me.

Good job, Redditor Magasato!

The idea was a grand call to action for the true believers of Caen. Again, Bef supplied some absolutely gorgeous artwork while I began work on the copy. As it turns out, you can think of some pretty convincing scripture in your car at three in the morning. The Harbinger's passage didn't come from any IK book or PP source. Pure West.

With the Protectorate done, we finally turned our sights to the nightmarish hellscape of Cryx. Cryx is one of those factions where I felt it would be more likely that propaganda would be done in reaction to, instead of created by, the Nightmare Empire. After all, the residents are either fanatically loyal to Lord Toruk, or too afraid to not bust their asses for that scaly, sexy beast.

With a Cryx poster my mind immediately went to the ever present submarine danger of the World Wars. There are places in the Meridius that you just shouldn't go, but alas the spice must flow. Cryx is a constant threat, and mercantile concerns like the Mercarian League would probably set up some kind of convoy system to reduce loss of cargo and sanity to the foul Satyxis Raiders of the high seas.

Now I did cheat a bit with this one. As a general rule I've tried to limit the anachronismishness to going no farther than the Great War. But I had to let a little WWII creep in on this one occasion.

After Cryx, we moved on to other projects. Recently we have added a new Protectorate poster. I decided that I wanted a standard sized poster for the Protectorate for a bunch of reasons. When you have the Bioshock Infinite soundtrack in your head, and Tom Noonan does a wonderfully spooky turn as a doctor going over the wounds of Christ to put the fear of Jeebus in some kids on HBO's Louie, you suddenly wanna have an Old Faith Revival.

This one takes a lot of inspiration from the revival posters of yesteryear. The days when a traveling preacher would set up in a tent, the gospel would be blasting, and a whole community would be ready and raring to whack ol' Lucifer in the goolies with a sock full of quarters. Unlike the flowing tapestry of the Harbinger print, this one is meant for mass distribution and looks appropriately weathered.

Rest assured, should I ever make it to Lock and Load, there will be a Menite Revival.....

Will you hear the calling of the True Law
Will you stand with the Maker of Man
Will you hear the calling of the True Law
Or perish in the wastes of Urcaen
-Excepts from an unfinished Menite hymn composed in my car on a midnight drive.

Okay you CHUDs, we're getting into TL:DR turf here. In Part 3 we'll look at things in the pipe for the Hordes factions, and some ideas for those of you who might want to make your own propaganda.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

For King and Country! A Look at Propaganda and the Iron Kingdoms. Part One

As it so happens, one of the reasons why I love Warmachine is because of the way it fuses the things I love together. Often with robot enhanced explosiveness. One of the biggest reasons I play Khador is because of the wonderful marriage of two of my interests: steampunk and Soviet era shenanigans. Having a Warcaster who's a godless killing machine doesn't hurt, either.

Now, being a weird creative type/ history nerd, I also have a brain boner for vintage propaganda. Being the awesome brother that he is, DwarfishBook tracked down this gem of Canadiana for my walls ages ago:

As soon as my droogs and I got serious about Warmachine, I knew that we needed stuff like this for our table. Plus it would take our existing terrain from being generic 28mm-tabulous, to something straight from the battlefields of the Iron Kingdoms.

And thus was born a project where I plan on making one propaganda poster for each faction or about each faction at least. I doubt Lord Toruk really needs to motivate his nightmareland of lich lords, zombies, serfs, and zombie serfs that much. Also, I don't think the literacy rate in Cryx is that high given how much of the populace has had its eyes rotted away.

While I'm a fairly decent graphic designer, or at least decent enough to trade my skills for money, cat food and ammunition at times behind the bus station. (If only my other business ventures behind the bus station were as profitable, but some things you just gotta do for the love of the game.) I am not the best artist. Fortunately, I've got a great partner in crime with Beth Porter. A smallish, yet talented drawist who loves propaganda, cats, and robots as much as I do. You could check her stuff out at snowbringer.deviantart.com, but that would be blatant pandering.....

Our first poster was inspired by the Irish hero poster up top. I saw it and knew right away that Cygnar needed something similar. After a collaborative process of obsessing over fonts, stealing fonts, sketching junk out, mucking about on Retronaut, and revising our schemes all to the tune of an 80's power ballad montage, this happened:

We captured the spirit of the original, and gave it some IK flair to boot. It's just the sort of thing ol' King Leto needs to get the men to sign up. I think Cygnar might be the only place that actually asks people if they'd like to be soldiers. Khador-conscription, Cryx-serfs turned to parts for un-nameable horrors, Protectorate-sense of holy duty. Maybe Ord does, but all we see of them is bagpipers, wooly buccaneers and saucy courtesans.

People seemed to like it, local players went wild, many upvotes happened on Reddit, and they were printed off and placed without attribution/ permission by Green Leaf Terrain for the beautiful dockside table they made for Miniwargaming.

Because remembering the usernames/ possible meatnames of the folks who made the posters is so hard. Yes We Caine Guy, I feel your pain.  And by Yes We Caine Guy, I mean Tossy from the Privateer Press forums. Wasn't so hard, was it? Eh?

Anyways, right afterwards we needed to do one up for Khador. After all they are Cygnar's main... Who am I kidding it's my army so the Big Red Machine was pretty high up on the queue. Now, the people of Khador don't need as much prodding to serve their country as those weak southerners do. But, I guess we should do something to convince the fine people of Llael that they are in good hands after our glorious Empress decided to liberate Llael from the Llallese for the Llallese.

In this one I decided we needed to tug at the heartstrings a bit. Look at that foppish noble being led away by the brave men and women of the Winter Guard. After all, Llael's aristocracy has been kind of a nuisance to the people for ages. It's time those meanies got what was coming to them!

Now, we're getting into TL:DR territory so we're ging to stop here. In Part Two we'll look at Cryx and the Protectorate of Menoth. And some ideas you can use for your own posters. There are even some ideas for the Hordes factions in the works as we speak. As a certain Farrow player will not stop bothering me.


If you want to print these off for your table, go for it. Some Redditors have even printed off the Protectorate one you'll see here in Part Two into a gorgeous wall scroll. I really can't sell them without PP's legal team rolling up on me all Hulkamania anyways. The Green Leaf guys did minorly chap my ass becuase they didn't list the names of any of the people they grabbed posters from, and they got paid for their table.

Didn't even give so much as a "hey cool" when Beth and I popped up in the comments on the table. Lame.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Nemo's Airborne Death Squad

So who's ready for the Calgary Expo? Actually, who's ready for the Warmahordes tournament at the Calgary Expo? As you can see, I am. This will be one of the lists that I play in the tournament.

I'm not going to give it all away but essentially this list is organized chaos.

Use your Trenchers to screen the Minutmen and Nemo. You can cut off half of the table with twelve trenchers digging in and placing cloud effects. This will allow you to put seven Minutemen within striking distance of anything. Did I mention that Nemo and Caitlin will be supplying 14 Focus to the Minutemen.

50 Point Artificer General Nemo List:
Artificer General Nemo & Storm Chaser Adept Caitlin Finch
Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator
Victor Pendrake
Trenchers (Minimum Unit)
-Trenchers Officer and Sharpshooter UA
Trenchers (Minimum Unit)

This is an aggressive list, play it as such. Have fun guys. #Slugguns4Life

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A lack of planning on my part...

It's 5:30 AM. I'm tired, grumpy, and I haven't even had a cup of coffee yet. I am up this early on my well deserved Saturday off because of a lack of planning on my part. As you may or may not know, the 2014 ALES Open is right around the corner, which is held right here is Regina. The ALES Open is the largest homebrew competition in Canada.

I have had a recent change of career and have put my homebrewing hobby on hold. Now I have the problem of the ALES Open deadline being April 7th and nothing in the fermenters. A little backstory: I'm on the executive of my local brew club and I'm expected to enter several categories with aspirations of winning medals for our club. So I have an ambitious plan, brew twelve styles of beer in less than a week... Sounds nuts right?  Maybe it's nuts but I plan on brewing 30 gallons of beer today. Wish me luck.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Khador, where we respect content creators.

I recently stumbled upon a post on r/Khador looking for the original artist for a certain map of Western Immoren Khador. Well, let me tell you, Matt was quite ecstatic when I brought it to his attention.

I have seen several examples of Matt's work creeping into the wide world and I would like to say on his behalf that it is very flattering to an artist to see fellow gamers appreciate his fan art in these ways.

I would like to take this opportunity to promote our very own Matty V's absolutely fantastic collection of Warmahordes propaganda posters. Check them out if you haven't done so already. Fly-Dog's Warmahordes DeviantArt Gallery.

Hopefully, I have convinced him that a wanted poster for Lord Carver should be next.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Decisions, decisions...

I play Minions; Thornfall Alliance to be specific. Next to Lord Carver, Sturm & Drang is becoming my second favorite warlock in the faction.

That said, I think that I have settled on a solid 50 point list that I plan to vigorously play-test for competitive play.

50 Point Sturm & Drang Tier 4 Theme Force:
Sturm & Drang
- Road Hog
- Road Hog
- Road Hog
- War Hog
- Razor Boar
- Razor Boar
- Razor Boar
Farrow Slaughterhousers
Farrow Slaughterhousers
Farrow Bone Grinders (Full Unit)

1. Go with Drang on turn one for the speed burst to your Warbeasts.
2. Ram the Road Hogs down your opponent's throat.
3. Second Wave with the Slaughterhousers.
4. Use the War Hog as a Bodyguard for Sturm & Drang.
5. Use the Razorboars opportunistically.
6. The Bone Grinders hang back and mainly buff Sturm & Drang.

I still only have two Road Hog models and have thus far been playing a version of this list that subs in Rorsh and Brine for one of the Road Hogs while dropping down the Bone Grinders to a min unit.

Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think of this list and my tactics.