|Leader lost a hand, as is tradition.|
In non-painting news (!) I realized I've made a mistake over the last few weeks. Hardcore has been my overwhelming focus for most of August, and July, and I still haven't fully settled on a list. I have a general idea and a few iterations, but it's looking like an executive decision will trump play testing. This is not ideal. Even worse, I've neglected the rest of the events. Since Hardcore is 50 while the non-"Championship" rounds are 35, this is a double whammy as I've been focused on one level and so haven't gotten a lot of practice at the other. The lists themselves haven't been much of a problem, aside from a complete lack of recent testing, but a bigger issue has emerged: reinforcements. At 35 points I'll need 7 points of reinforcements (I think, another bad sign) and I have few viable options for that level. Striders are 6, but lack the UA. No beast comes in at 7 points with the exception of a discounted Seraph, which will likely be in my Absylonia list already. Raptors run 6 for a min unit, which would be ideal, except I don't have Raptors. The best solution I've come up with thus far is Annyssa and a Totem Hunter, but best is relative here. I've played Annyssa exactly once, which is one more game than the Totem Hunter has seen. At least Annyssa is assembled. On paper I like the pair as they're both fast, Stealthed, and reasonably resilient, but my lack of experience with them is unsettling. Then again I'll be less familiar than I'd like with most of my lists, so at least they'll have company.