Featured in the last No Quarter was a write up about the 3 main archetypes of list building or play-style: Attrition, Assassination, and everyone’s favorite, Control. After going over the tenants of these types PP asked the reader if they thought there was a fourth type. Well that got me to thinking, is there a fourth way that I’ve seen people approach the game or even how I may have built lists in the past and I think tonight really solidified that the answer is yes. I’ll explain and let you be the judge. Continue reading
I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks delving into Mercenaries in Mark III and one benefit of that is their access to a huge bevy of wonderful solos. With the removal of pacts/contracts it has really opened up the options. Two that have really stood out to me is being able to play Kell Bailoch and Orin Midwinter after mostly sticking to highborn covenant in Mark II. I’ve found list building to be extremely exciting because combinations of solos are so varied and can lead to so many neat synergies.
Mark III has been a whirlwind so far and I don’t know what other player’s experiences have been but I have seen a slew of lists featuring very heavy battle groups. I think everyone expected more jacks with the new power up rule but I’ve also come up against and played quite a few beast heavy lists. I don’t know how much of this is people still holding on to old mentalities, especially with Skorne or Legion, or if the new edition boosts them as well as it does jacks. It seems like Skorne and Legion took a huge hit to their ability to run lots of beasts with the changes to the condition rule and Trolls didn’t really gain anything new to help. There was a decrease in fury and threshold stats almost across the board. I would love to hear player’s theories on this phenomenon or if maybe what I’ve been seeing is an outlier to the true new meta. For now I’m going to focus on some of the jacks/beasts that have stood out to me for better or worse.
So we’re a ways into Mark III and I wanted to jot down some of my thoughts about casters that I’ve played and have played against so far. I feel some of the changes have really shaken up the meta and brought some new casters to the fore while also making some old mainstays very interesting.
I’ll start with Trollbloods as they are my mainstay faction and I’ve played nearly all of them in the new addition. I’m not going to go over them all. Just the ones I’m really excited about or feel have changed the most.
“I would love to paint; I just can’t find the time.”
“I wish I could play painted, but I just don’t enjoy it!”
“I am a terrible painter.”
I am sure everyone has said one or more of these at one time or another. I want to address some of these, to show that you CAN get fully painted in almost all instances.
For this edition, I want to discuss time constraints.
I should note up front – this post is based on my own, personal busy life. Between working a full time job, having a spouse, starting up a development company, being a Press Ganger, and trying to play a little bit where I can, I don’t tend to have a lot of free time. Yet, I find time to assemble models and get them painted. How?
The first piece of advice I can state is that you have to WANT to do it. This seems rather silly, but if you want to play painted, if you want to paint your models, then you have to accept that this means you will need to make time. Maybe this means less time watching TV, or not going to the bar one night a week, or … you get the idea.
Making time is hard, and it requires a focus on what you want and need to do. It requires prioritization. And sometimes you may find that painting isn’t a priority – and that is OK! But, if you are serious about painting, serious about making it happen, you have to set aside the time.
There are a few ways to do this. Note that some, or all, of these may work for you. Some might work some times of your life, and others will work better in other times of your life. Pick and choose, and above all else, try things. even if it doesn’t work, that doesn’t mean you have failed – it just means you need a different thing to try, or a different group of things to try.
Some people work best on a schedule. For example, you might set aside Thursday night after dinner for painting. This has the benefit of getting your mind into the proper space. It also helps because you can say to yourself “Thursday night is my night for painting, so that is when I do it. I can’t schedule things over that time.”
For some people this won’t help, because their schedule is too chaotic, or they have a hard time keeping to a schedule, or any other variety of things. But, if you are someone who does well with a schedule, for whatever reason, setting aside a time can help immensely.
Weekly Time Blocks
Other times, it make sense to just say “I am going to do X amount of time painting every week.” If your schedule is not static or standard, if you have a chaotic life for other reasons’, this can help allow you to be flexible with your time, but still allows you to say “this week, I am going to do 2 hours of painting.”
Random Time Blocks
If all else fails, you can do painting when you are bored. For instance, you might turn on the TV, surf the web, or whatever when you have “nothing to do.” Instead, you could take those times to paint. For some people, they have the time to paint, they just forget, or don’t think about it. They would rather be painting, but they forget. Using notes as reminders can help. For instance, if you surf the web when bored, you can put a post-it note on your computer monitor to remind you that painting is an option.
One problem with “making time” is that sometimes people have a hard time following through. I know I do at times, because of a variety of reasons.
There are a lot of techniques for helping oneself follow through, but one that works really well for me is gamifying the work. I have been using an awesome piece of software recently, Habit RPG. I use the tasks as a way to get models done. For instance, “Assemble Keltarii” would be a task that, once completed, I can check off. I might then have “Prime Keltarii”, etc etc.
You could then have, as a daily, “30 minutes of painting.” Or as a habit “Did 30 solid minutes of modeling/painting.” All of these are helpful. And while it seems silly and strange, making things that might be tough to get impetus to start a game, something that gives you benefits, is hugely beneficial. I use Habit RPG as my general task system, and I have dailies for things like remembering to take a walk, do some physical therapy items I need to do, etc etc. And it is great, because I can say to myself “I have to do my dailies” and I can. I can say “I need to make sure I work in uninterrupted bursts, so that is now a habit.”
And, I can say “I finished my Keltarii being assembled – checking that off of my tasks!” I have only been using it a few weeks, but I am planning on adding in a painting “habit” for doing sustained painting groups.
By using a tool like this, I find I am way more productive in other things as well, which means that I end up with more time to do the fun things I want to do.
If you think you don’t have time, but painting is something you really want to do, take a step back. Ask yourself if you want to do (or need to do) a particular activity more than painting. You can then take that time and paint, model, whatever.
If you find painting boring, I have some advice for that too. That will be coming in my next post.
One Last Note
While I may sound a little flippant about “making time,” I have found that many (most?) people have time they can make for things, if they prioritize those tasks above other things. However, some people actually don’t have the time – because of life, family, work, etc. And that is OK! You shouldn’t feel bad if you prioritize other things above painting, or anything else really. They are your priorities, and I won’t tell you what you should or should not prioritize. But if you can prioritize painting in, and you want to, hopefully the above will help give you some ideas about how to schedule it in.
A reminder of the upcoming events:
- Saturday, February 28th: Painting Demo
- When: 2 PM
- Where: Rook’s Comics and Games
- Cost: Free
- Sunday, March 1st: Banned Tournament
- When: Signups at Noon, games start at 1 PM
- Points: 50
- Lists: 3
- Cost: $5
- Where: Rook’s Comics and Games
- Every round, an opponent can “ban” one of your lists to keep it from being fielded.
- Monday, March 2nd: Riven Bonds League begins
- When: Signups start now, league lasts until March 29
- Cost: $10
- Rules are here
I am well known in the local gaming circles as being someone who likes variety in their gaming. I love the thrill of the new model, faction, tactic, etc.
Yes, there are some styles I will generally gravitate to, some aesthetics I will prefer. But overall, I just love to game. And I want to try out everything I can while gaming. Mostly as an exercise for myself, to clarify in my own mind why I need variety in my gaming, I figured I would talk about some of the benefits and drawbacks behind playing a lot of different factions.