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Road to Templecon 2014 & Free Stuff!

Road to Templecon 2014 & Free Stuff!

When in doubt, return to your roots.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that Khador was the first faction I ever picked up for Warmachine.

I’m fairly certain trading some Space Marines for some Khador was one of my first transactions on Bartertown.  Anyway, the point is, that I find myself all too often returning to the Motherland when I don’t know quite what to do…

TempleCon 2014


Templecon.  The next big thing on the East Coast when it comes to things to do.  I’m only planning on playing in Iron Arena, but I really want to offer my opponents a fully painted force to play against.  This is a goal that’s rarely met here at home, and I want to use Templecon as a solid marker for setting and achieving a goal.

As much as I enjoy painting and just chatting with friends, I don’t want to be a complete push-over when it comes to playing the game.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’m horrid at playing this game, but I do want to learn, and I would like to win at least a few games at Templecon.  With that in mind, I had a discussion with two of the more tactically minded locals, and we came up with a list that takes advantage of my painted Conquest, is decently tough and basically plays itself.  All I need to do is point everything in the right direction, and success is guaranteed, right?

Vladimir Tzepesci, The Dark Prince
– War Dog
– Conquest
– Juggernaut
Battle Mechaniks – Leader & 5 Grunts
Iron Fang Pikemen – Leader & 9 Grunts
– Black Dragon Officer & Standard
Iron Fang Kovnik
Winter Guard Infantry – Leader & 9 Grunts
– 3 Rocketeers
– Winter Guard Officer & Standard
Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich

We all know that Vlad1 has done well recently, but that’s not really why he’s here.  He’s here because he’s solid, he’s easy and simple to play, and he synergizes well with Conquest.  Since I refuse to field such a critical and expensive piece without mechaniks (and they were already on my painting table), a full unit of grease monkeys was included.

The Black Dragons are an obvious choice, apparently they’re fabulous.  My advisors suggested just taking two full Black Dragon units, but I didn’t want to have to paint 24 IFP, and I have some WGI that I already painted a while ago, so why not use them?  I mentioned that I had everything for a full fledged Death Star, and that became a fairly solid choice to include.

The Juggernaut is there to take up space.  I already have one painted, and 7 points is a weird gap to fill.  I could drop a third of the mechanics for Drago instead, or take a Mortar crew and Greylord Ternion maybe…  I think there are some better options, but since I already have a 7pt filer painted, it’s in (for now).

Painting Status

So, ss of right now Conquest is 98% done (I need to highlight the black bits still…), the Juggernaut needs to be sealed, and the Mechaniks are 70% done. Everything else looks like this:


That’s a total of 27 models that need to be painted from scratch (and some need flocking on their base and pikes fixed), and 6 that are close to done.  I have approximately 8 weeks, or 56 days to finish them.

That’s almost exactly one model every two days.

 Do you think I’ll make it?

Are you going to Templecon?

if so, be sure to find me and make me play a game with you.

In the past, I’ve been lucky to be under the Lost Hemisphere umbrella, and have some free goodies to give away to my opponents.  Last year, we had small measuring widgets and some LH Logo bases from Dragonforge.

This year, I have some stuff of my own to give out.  When I sent in an Advanced Deployment order not long ago, I mentioned this site, and my re-branding.   Ravyn, owner & operator of AD, and I got to talking, and not long after, this happened:


There are some that are being made in a transparent light blue as well, and I’m very excited to be able to have something fun to give to the people who end up suffering through a game against me.

Free Stuff!

If you aren’t going to Templecon (or if you are, and want another chance at free stuff), you can still have a chance at getting your hands on one of these.  It’s not hard, just comment on posts here on the blog, like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter.

Every comment on the blog, post liked on Facebook and Tweet from here to Jan 15 gets your name in the hat, and all the people who have liked the Facebook Page and all my Twitter Followers will also be entered.

While I know this is the usual “Promote me for free stuff” type deal, what I really care about is getting more lines of communication open.  Social media is a great way to bring people together and get some fun, interesting discussions.

View Comments (7)
  • I’m really looking forward to Templecon as well. I’ll definitely see if I can hunt you down as its been a while since I’ve played you. You’re going to crush me, but it’ll still be fun to get a game in against you.

      • Drinkmachine FTW! Yeah, I think the last time I went you were busy helping with the Orange Crush army and your PG duties. Definitely looking forward to playing you and getting a drink or three in and catching up.

  • I’d say go min Mechaniks and take Drago. He doesn’t hit as hard, but you have Conquest for a very hard hitter.

    The Juggernaut needs focus to do its job and focus always seems to be in short supply in a Vlad1 list. Drago is a decent threat to light jacks/beasts (and some of the squishier heavies you can find in Cygnar, mercs, Circle and Legion) without using focus. You’re likely to get three attacks with the Chain attack, all without focus.

    And a really, really great model.

    • Fantastic insight, thanks!

      I just don’t know if I can get him painted on time. I’m going to try and sneak him and Butcher1 in before Templecon in addition to everything else. We’ll see if it happens.

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