MTG Commander: Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain

What happens when Skyship Weatherlight returns to home port after years of sailing the multiverse? This deck demonstrates by unloading artifacts all over the place until you run out of playmat to put them on.

The basic idea of the deck is to get out Jhoira and keep her alive long enough to play the rest of your deck in one turn. Every time you cast an artifact, you draw a card. Most of the artifacts are mana stones or mana discounts for other artifacts. Eventually you’re playing mana stones for less mana than they cost, and the only thing left to stop you is running out of artifacts in hand. To avoid this, the deck includes X draw spells and plenty of artifacts that draw additional cards. There are a few protection spells for Jhoira, but the biggest protection is the massive amount of mana available to recast her.

After playing Elsha of the Infinite as a spellslinger deck, I intended to build it into an artifact storm deck. When I read Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain, I decided she’d make a much better commander for this deck. The main problem I had with Elsha was getting stuck when I couldn’t play the top card. After playing this deck I can say that drawing a card after playing an artifact is more effective than just being able to play the top card of the deck.

I think I should start adding a standard evaluation section with my impressions of the deck. Something like this:

  • Power level: 8
  • Fun to play: Yes
  • Fun to play against: once, maybe?
  • Optimal number of opponents: 0

This is a pretty fast deck that’s very fun to play and has a variety of win conditions, but don’t expect your opponents to have much fun watching you play every card in your deck. There’s interaction, but it’s mostly in the form of preventing other people from interacting with you, or recovering when they do.

I like how this deck provides a place where horrible cards can have their day in the spotlight. I don’t think I’ve ever actually used a Barbed Sextant before, but once your engine is running, drawing 2 cards for 0 mana is great.

The deck originally had a primary win condition of self mill with Jace, Wielder of Mysteries, though it also won with creatures or Psychosis Crawler as well, usually more quickly. Tuning up the deck with additions like Aetherflux Reservoir mostly reduced the length of the last turn rather than decreasing the turn count before it won.

This deck was originally built with cards I had on hand, and then upgraded with 5-10 singles. As I tuned it, I noticed several things about exactly which janky artifacts and support cards work best:

  • Card draw is better than land tutoring in this deck, so I dropped cards like Wanderer’s Twig. Tutors also slow down an already slow deck, so removing them is best. The deck doesn’t need any of its slow fetch lands either.
  • Artifact casting cost is eventually discounted to 0, but activation costs aren’t. You’ll rarely want to spend mana on an activated ability, but color fixers like Terrarion are useful since they don’t actually use the mana, and they help you fix your colors to cast Braingeyser.
  • Mana discounts really speed up the deck. I added the Mages before I had enough discount cards, but now they may not be needed.
  • Clock of Omens is awesome, don’t forget to use it!
  • Mind Over Matter can be a great sink for all the lands your hand is bound to fill up with.
  • I really have no clue why I have 8 mountains and 7 islands. There aren’t any red cards, don’t do that.

Stevedore's Nightmare: Unlading Skyship Weatherlight

Commander: (1)
Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain

Artifacts: (42)
Aetherflux Reservoir
Aether Spellbomb
Arcane Signet
Barbed Sextant
Basalt Monolith
Blinkmoth Urn
Chromatic Sphere
Clock of Omens
Fellwar Stone
Ghoulcaller’s Bell
Golden Egg
Golem Foundry
Guild Globe
Hedron Archive
Howling Mine
Ivory Tower
Izzet Cluestone
Izzet Locket
Izzet Signet
Lotus Petal
Mana Vault
Manifold Key
Mask of Avacyn
Mind Stone
Panic Spellbomb
Perpetual Timepiece
Pit Trap
Pyrite Spellbomb
Seer’s Sundial
Semblance Anvil
Sisay’s Ring
Sol Ring
Terrarion
Thought Vessel
Tormod’s Crypt
Unstable Obelisk
Ur-Golem’s Eye
Voyager Staff
Wand of Vertebrae
Welding Jar
Witching Well
Worn Powerstone

Creatures: (12)
Etherium Sculptor
Foundry Inspector
Herald of Kozilek
Jhoira’s Familiar
Myr Battlesphere
Ornithopter
Psychosis Crawler
Shambling Suit
Stonecoil Serpent
Tribute Mage
Trophy Mage
Walking Atlas

Other Stuff: (15)
Braingeyser
Brainstorm
Compulsion
Diplomatic Immunity
Drawn from Dreams
Hurkyl’s Recall
Jace, Wielder of Mysteries
Mind Over Matter
Paradoxical Outcome
Prosperity
Rapid Hybridization
Reality Shift
Taigam’s Scheming
Ugin, the Ineffable
Windfall
Lands: (30)
Buried Ruin
Evolving Wilds
Fabled Passage
Geier Reach Sanitarium
Highland Lake
Island
Izzet Guildgate
Mountain
Reliquary Tower
Rogue’s Passage
Scorched Ruins
Stalking Stones
Strip Mine
Swiftwater Cliffs
Temple of the False God
Terramorphic Expanse
Warped Landscape

MTG Commander: Yarok, the Desecrated

Another blog, another early deck I built that it’s time to take apart.

This deck has a lot of Yarok ETB synergy, but not much focus. It’s a toolbox without a single strong path to victory. There are infinite mana combos with Peregrine Drake and Shrieking Drake or other bouncers, and bouncing Gray Merchant of Asphodel is good for lethal damage, and Phyrexian Ingester can get huge when its ETB trigger is doubled. When the deck succeeds, it’s when it happens to draw the cards required to slow the game down long enough to eventually win on its own terms.

Yarok, the Dessicated

Commander (1)
Yarok, the Desecrated

Creatures (51)
Acidic Slime
Aether Adept
Agent of Treachery
Archaeomancer
Avatar of Growth
Blood Seeker
Boneclad necromancer
Cavalier of Night
Cloudkin Seer
Coiling Oracle
District Guide
Dream Stalker
Eidolon of Blossoms
Elvish Rejuvenator
Elvish Visionary
Fleshbag Marauder
Gatecreeper Vine
Golgari Findbroker
Gravedigger
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Grim Guardian
Healer of the Glade
Highway Robber
Horizon Chimera
Howling Giant
Identity Thief
Jace’s Mindseeker
Man-o’-War
Massacre Girl
Mulldrifter
Nekrataal
Pelakka Wurm
Peregrine Drake
Phyrexian Ingester
Pharika’s Mender
Ravenous Chupacabra
Reclamation Sage
Risen Reef
Salvager of Secrets
Satyr Wayfinder
Sea Gate Oracle
Shrieking Drake
Sower of Temptation
Storm Sculptor
Sylvan Ranger
Tatyova, Benthic Druid
Whirler Rogue
Wood Elves
Yarok’s Fenlurker
Yavimaya Granger
Zulaport Cutthroat

Sorceries (3)
Blood for Bones
Bone Splinters
Gruesome Fate

Enchantments (1)
Trespasser’s Curse

Instants (6)
Displace
Ghostly Flicker
Murder
Rescue from the Underworld
Teferi’s Time Twist
Worldly Tutor

Artifacts (2)
Bag of Holding
Swiftfoot Boots
Lands (36)
Evolving Wilds
Golgari guildgate
Halimar Depths
Pine Barrens
Simic Guildgate
Survivors’ Encampment
Tainted Isle
Tainted Wood
Temple of Mystery
Thornwood Falls
Underground Sea
Island
Swamp
Forest

MTG Commander: Karametra, God of Harvests

This deck is an Elf Bomb: accelerate mana through mana elves and Karametra’s land drops, and win with large X creatures or hordes of elves.

Karametra, God of Harvests helps a lot with ramp, but she also requires a lot of tutoring and shuffling, so it can slow down the game considerably if you also want to time your plays correctly. The main reason I’m taking the deck apart is because I’m going to rebuild it around Chulane, Teller of Tales, who helps with both ramp and card draw, and avoids the delay of constant land tutoring.

This deck is reasonably good, maybe a 6/10 for power. Its fun comes from making giant creatures and/or a lot of creatures. It tends to win more when it goes wide than when it goes tall, due to lack of evasion or trample.

Now that I think about it, this deck has a problem I’ve had before in decks I build: it is basically two decks mashed together. It’s trying to do both Elf Tribal and Big Mana Stompy, but it should just choose one. I built a worse Elf deck with a poor commander, but it needs some of the cards from this deck to work well enough to bother with. I expect I’ll eventually end up with both a Chulane Big Mana deck and another Elf Tribal.

Karametra, God of Ramp

Commander (1)
Karametra, God of Harvests

Creatures (37)
Beast Whisperer
Birds of Paradise
Drove of Elves
Elvish Archdruid
Elvish Branchbender
Elvish Champion
Elvish Harbinger
Elvish Piper
Elvish Spirit Guide
Fyndhorn Elves
Heart Warden
Heedless One
Heroes’ Bane
Hydra Broodmaster
Imperious Perfect
Ironroot Warlord
Jaddi Offshoot
Kaysa
Krakilin
Llanowar Druid
Llanowar Elves
Lys Alana Bowmaster
Lys Alana Huntmaster
Quirion Elves
Priest of Titania
Sigil Captain
Stonecoil Serpent
Sylvan Messenger
Timberwatch Elf
Voice of Resurgence
Voice of the Woods
Wellwisher
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Symbiote
Wolf-Skull Shaman
Wood Elves
Worldsoul Colossus

Enchantments (10)
Dictate of Heliod
Elephant Grass
Elvish Guidance
Gaea’s Touch
Guardian Project
Midsummer Revel
Oblivion Ring
Pacifism
Titania’s Song
Vernal Bloom

Sorceries (6)
Harmonize
Hunt the Weak
Hurricane
New Frontiers
Rabid Bite
Wrath of God

Instants (9)
Nature’s Chant
Swords to Plowshares
Mercy Killing
Condemn
Solidarity of Heroes
Dromoka’s Command
Hunter’s Insight
Ancient Animus
Warriors’ Lesson

Artifacts (2)
Prowler’s Helm
Slate of Ancestry
Lands (35)
20 Forest
Plains
Savannah
Selesnya Guildgate
Sunpetal Grove
Tranquil Expanse
Tranquil Thicket
Wirewood Lodge

MtG Commander: A Thanksgiving Story

“You should make a Thanksgiving deck with a bunch of Food cards in it,” Erik said.

“Ok.” So I did.

Finding cards to fit the theme is the easy part. I also wanted the deck to have a way to win, while still allowing for a bunch of janky theme cards. This deck isn’t competitive or consistent, but it has won games. It’s fun to play only because of the theme. I’d call it a 4-5/10 on the power scale, and fun enough to play once a year.

The Thanksgiving theme covers two very different perspectives on Thanksgiving: a progressive critique of the traditional story of pilgrims arriving in the bountiful new world on three ships, and a modern progressive stuck at a stereotypical dysfunctional family Thanksgiving dinner. I built this deck as a parody specifically because I don’t like Thanksgiving and what it stands for. Nothing here should be interpreted as endorsement of the holiday or the concepts traditionally associated with it.

(Update: I have learned, and changed my mind. If this article is accurate when it says that the national holiday of Thanksgiving was created by president Lincoln to help win the war against slaveholders, then I’m all for it. I just don’t like celebrating colonialism. https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/november-28-2019)

The theme cards are almost all green and white, and I wanted the deck to work, so Chulane, Teller of Tales seemed like a good choice for commander. A combo win condition could be added with only a few cards, and Chulane’s card draw and ramp make it that much easier to get the combo in hand.

I settled on an easy combo I am not likely to use in decks I play more often: Palinchron and Panharmonicon, for infinite mana. I added a handful of X spells for win (or just epic game end) conditions, but if I revise the deck I’d like to remove most of them. Playtesting revealed the other now-obvious benefit Chulane provides: with infinite Palinchron castings, you can draw as much of your deck as you need to find a win card, and then Chulane bounces himself back into your hand so you avoid milling yourself to death.

I didn’t add High Tide as a backup plan because of the low Island count. I did choose green enchantment ramp and multi-mana lands, to provide an alternative to Panharmonicon: If I can get 12 mana out of 7 lands, that’s enough for Palinchron to generate infinite mana.

The theme portion of the deck is used primarily as blocking fodder and ways to trigger Chulane, but there are also several theme cards that are more useful.

As for the budget… I didn’t actually buy the expensive cards for this deck, I had them on hand. I’m not that crazy… if I were, I’d add artifact tutor cards such as Enlightened Tutor.

Come on, tell me Palinchron doesn’t look like a roasted turkey?

A Thanksgiving Story

Storyteller (commander) (1)
Chulane, Teller of Tales

The Pilgrims (5)
Avacyn’s Pilgrim
Guardian of Pilgrims
Heliod’s Pilgrim
Nearheath Pilgrim
Samite Pilgrim

The Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria (3)
Fell Flagship
Shadowed Caravel
Dusk Legion Dreadnought

Disembark: The Spirit of Thanksgiving (2)
Settle the Wreckage
Annex

Bounty of the New World (8)
Dawn’s Reflection
Fertile Ground
Gift of Paradise
Market Festival
Overgrowth
Sheltered Aerie
Verdant Haven
Wild Growth

Wildlife and the Natives (5)
Fierce Witchstalker
Wicked Wolf
Wolf’s Quarry
Maraleaf Rider
Oko, Thief of Crowns

Settling the Wilds (12)
Dowsing Dagger
Defense of the Heart
Swords to Plowshares
Giant Opportunity
Fascination
Prosperity
Hurricane
Regrowth
Dive Down
Biomass Mutation
Pull From Tomorrow
Dawnglow Infusion

Taming the Natives (9)
Wrath of God
Allay
Worldly Tutor
Mystic Tutor
Sylvan Library
Growing Rites of Itlimoc
Mass Manipulation
Prison Realm
Wargate

The Feast (11)
Festival
Insatiable Appetite
Fell the Pheasent
Gilded Goose
Bartered Cow
Witch’s Oven
Fortifying Provisions
Sanguine Sacrament
Gingerbrute
Trail of Crumbs
Turn Into a Pumpkin

The Roasting Pan (1)
Panharmonicon

The Turkey (1)
Palinchron

That Tired Feeling After Dinner… (1)
Ixalan’s Binding

Starring: Father-In-Law (1)
Feasting Troll King

Mother-In-Law (1)
Mother of Runes

Grandpa (1)
Impassioned Orator

Racist Uncle (1)
Bishop’s Soldier

Your Cousin Who Has To Go Outside To Smoke (1)
Martyr of Dusk

The Kids (1)
Curious Pair

The New Land (35)
Azorius Chancery
Bant Panorama
Blossoming Sands
Bountiful Promenade
Canopy Vista
Esper Panorama
Evolving Wilds
Flooded Grove
Hallowed Fountain
Idyllic Grange
Lotus Field
Naya Panorama
Prairie Stream
Savannah
Scorched Ruins
Sea of Clouds
Selesnya Sanctuary
Simic Growth Chamber
Sungrass Prairie
Temple of Mystery
Thornwood Falls
Tranquil Cove
Tropical Island
Tundra
Forest
Island
Plains

MTG Commander: Elsha of the Infinite

This is a Spellslinger deck based around Elsha of the Infinite, the alternate commander from C19’s Mystic Intellect preconstructed deck.

The general idea of the deck is to get a bunch of mana out, and then play lots of spells off the top of the deck. This increases Elsha’s Prowess, allowing for some big attacks, and triggers other effects like Guttersnipe to win the game. In practice, this deck was a bit inconsistent: it stalls too often when you have a land or creature on top of the deck, and it hasn’t been easy to get win conditions into play before needing to play a lot of spells.

Casting tons of spells like this can be a lot of fun to play! However, it’s not fun to play against at all. Even though the deck is fairly effective, I’m taking it apart because it’s not fun for other players. My original plan was to rebuild Elsha as an Artifact Storm deck, but I decided to build Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain instead. Artifact storm is more effective, but spoiler alert: it’s also not fun to play against.

Now it’s time to take this deck apart, so I can use parts of it for Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest.

Elsha of the Un-funite

Commander (1)
Elsha of the Infinite

Creatures (9)
Burning Prophet
Crackling Drake
Gelectrode
Goblin Electromancer
Guttersnipe
Spellheart Chimera
Talrand, Sky Summoner
Thermo-Alchemist
Wee Dragonauts

Instants (26)
Anticipate
Arcane Denial
Brainstorm
Chaos Warp
Counterspell
Disenchant
Fact or Fiction
Fork
Frantic Search
Hindering Light
Increasing Vengeance
Jaya’s Greeting
Leadership Vacuum
Lightning Bolt
Magmaquake
Mystical Tutor
Negate
Opt
Pyretic Ritual
Refuse
Repeated Reverberation
Retraction Helix
Snap
Swords to Plowshares
Turnabout
Twiddle

Sorceries (12)
Beacon Bolt
Divination
Divine Reckoning
Faithless Looting
Mana Geyser
Ponder
Preordain
Serum Visions
Tamiyo’s Epiphany
Windfall
Winds of Abandon
Wrath of God

Enchantments (5)
Ghostly Prison
Jace’s Sanctum
Land Tax
Propaganda
Unifying Theory

Artifacts (14)
Azorius Locket
Boros Signet
Burnished Hart
Commander’s Sphere
Darksteel Pendant
Izzet Locket
Mana Vault
Marble Diamond
Mind Stone
Sky Diamond
Sol Ring
Traveler’s Amulet
Wanderer’s Twig
Whispersilk Cloak
Lands (33)
Boros Garrison
Boros Guildgate
Command Tower
Evolving Wilds
Exotic Orchard
Forge of Heroes
Highland Lake
Island
Izzet Boilerworks
Izzet Guildgate
Mountain
Myriad Landscape
Mystic Monastery
Plains
Prairie Stream
Swiftwater Cliffs
Temple of the False God
Temple of Triumph
Terramorphic Expanse
Tranquil Cove
Vivid Creek
Wind-Scarred Crag
Zhalfirin Void

MTG Commander: Bad Muldrotha

It looks like my blogging will never really catch up with the decks I’m actually playing regularly, as long as I only ever blog a deck once I’m done playing it. But that’s your problem, not mine. I’m just writing this stuff down in case I want to refer to it some day.

This was another early deck build. At this point I was more focused on “this looks fun to play” than “how does the deck win?” So, we have a pile of perfectly fine cards, but no real focus when it comes time to delivering a killing blow.

The deck isn’t focused on a specific strategy other than “play stuff out of the graveyard.” When it wins, it’s because it has longevity and lots of answers: it’s good at not losing, but not great at winning.

My list of cards to add include Lotus Petal to implement an infinite combo with Muldrotha… without enough mana to actually turn it into a useful win condition… and possibly Fa’adiyah Seer for more graveyard filling.

I haven’t played the deck since I added Hermit Druid and a few other cards, but it won’t help unless the deck adds a solid way to eliminate enemies. I’m setting this deck aside until I have an inspiration for a more focused deck with a specific win condition. At this point Muldrotha is hated enough that I’m not sure it’s worth putting effort into.

Muldrotha, the Rave Guy

Commander (1)
Muldrotha, the Gravetide

Instant (2)
Growth Spiral
Fact or Fiction

Sorcery (5)
Notion Rain
Severed Strands
Pilfered Plans
Windfall
Victimize

Artifact (8)
Darksteel Ingot
Ashnod's Altar
Perpetual Timepiece
Implement of Examination
Golgari Cluestone
Bloodsoaked Altar
Guild Globe
Nevinyrral's Disk

Enchantment (11)
Kaya's Ghostform
Elephant Grass
Seal of Primordium
Moldervine Reclamation
Retreat to Hagra
The Eldest Reborn
Font of Fertility
Animate Dead
Secrets of the Dead
Diplomatic Immunity
Mystic Remora

Creature (37)
Burnished Hart
Nyx Weaver
Pollenbright Druid
Rampaging Baloths
Agent of Treachery
Returned Reveler
Merciless Executioner
Spore Frog
Archaeomancer
Mulldrifter
Deranged Hermit
Dutiful Attendant
Lumberknot
Springbloom Druid
Scholar of the Ages
Ravenous Chupacabra
Corpse Connoisseur
Tatyova, Benthic Druid
Undercity Necrolisk
Acidic Slime
Shriekmaw
Wailing Ghoul
Reassembling Skeleton
Ramunap Excavator
Vigean Hydropon
Hermit Druid
Lhurgoyf
Silkwing Scout
Glowspore Shaman
Coiling Oracle
Golgari Rotwurm
Apprentice Necromancer
Farhaven Elf
Drooling Groodion
Gurmag Drowner
Gravedigger
Bloodbriar

Land (36)
10 Forest
Island
Swamp
Overgrown Tomb
Nurturing Peatland
Opulent Palace
Temple of Mystery
Dimir Guildgate
Dismal Backwater
Tainted Wood
Simic Guildgate
Evolving Wild

MTG Commander: Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood

I have no luck with Rakdos, and yet I feel compelled to try again. Once again, here’s a decklist before I disassemble the deck.

After some tuning I was able to get it to function, but the deck’s timing is very awkward. The objective is to get Kazarov on the board as soon as possible (never as soon as you want), and then use mass-ping spells to quickly add many +1/+1 counters. Kazarov costs a lot, but the spells are cheap. Keeping them in your hand long enough for them to be useful is hard, and all those turns give your opponents plenty of time to draw removal.

I originally ran Whispersilk Cloak to get attacks through more easily, but it’s really hard to keep Kazarov on the board unprotected for a turn. Swiftfoot Boots let you wait only one extra turn for Kazarov and still protect him. Now I know why Lightning Greaves costs more.

My next set of changes to this deck would be to increase my defensive base, probably with more creatures overall, more defenders, and fewer pingers. The pingers are too easy to kill with my own burn spells, not fast enough to provide adequate defense, and not necessary to add tokens to Kazarov late game

Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood

Commander (1)
Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood

Creatures (20)
Archetype of Finality
Blood Cultist
Clackbridge Troll
Cunning Sparkmage
Fire Ants
Frostwielder
Gang of Devils
Heartless Hidetsugu
Infected Vermin
Jeska, Warrior Adept
Kamahl, Pit Fighter
Needletooth Raptor
Raptor Hatchling
Sengir Vampire
Silverclad Ferocidons
Sun-Crowned Hunters
Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
Viashino Fangtail
Vithian Stinger
Vulshok Sorcerer

Spells (20)
Anger of the Gods
Arc Lightning
Blazing Volley
Chandra’s Fury
Dark Ritual
Demonic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Earthquake
Electrickery
Flames of the Firebrand
Flame Sweep
Pyroclasm
Read the Bones
Rush of Vitality
Scouring Sands
Tremor
Twin Bolt
Unlikely Aid
Volcanic Spray
Without Weakness

Permanents (23)
Caltrops
Charcoal Diamond
Commander’s Sphere
Dauthi Embrace
Dictate of the Twin Gods
Fellwar Stone
Gorgon Flail
Gratuitous Violence
Jaya, Venerated Firemage
Jayemdae Tome
Last Laugh
Mana vault
Pestilence
Prowler’s Helm
Rakdos Cluestone
Rakdos Signet
Ruby Medallion
Sol Ring
Staff of Nin
Swiftfoot Boots
Theater of Horrors
Treacherous Link
Wishclaw Talisman
Lands (36)
14 Mountain
Swamp
Rocky Tar Pit
Thawing Glaciers
Evolving Wilds
Rogue’s Passage
Spawning Pool
Rakdos Guildgate
Rakdos Carnarium
Akoum Refuge
Urborg Volcano
Bloodfell Caves
Cinder Marsh
Sulfurous Springs
Tainted Peak

MTG Commander: Neheb the Unworthy

This is one of the first Commander decks I built, after tuning it a bit more towards Discard instead of Minotaur Tribal. The deck isn’t very good. The problem is that Minotaur Tribal is not awesome, but transforming it into a discard deck will just leave me with a deck I won’t enjoy playing.

I’m disassembling this to use the Rakdos color base in another deck, but thought I’d save this for posterity.

Neheb the Unworthy

Commander (1)
Neheb, the Worthy

Creatures (34)
Abyssal Specter
Anaba Bodyguard
Anaba Shaman
Anaba Spirit Guide
Borderland Minotaur
Deathbellow Raider
Emberhorn Minotaur
Fanatic of Mogis
Felhide Brawler
Felhide Petrifier
Felhide Spiritbinder
Frontline Devastator
Glint-Horn Buccaneer
Gnarled Scarhide
Gorehorn Minotaurs
Grisly Survivor
Hypnotic Specter
Kragma Butcher
Kragma Warcaller
Lavaborn Muse
Merciless Javelineer
Minotaur Abomination
Minotaur Explorer
Minotaur Skullcleaver
Ogre Siegebreaker
Pitiless Vizier
Rageblood Shaman
Ragemonger
Sadistic Hypnotist
Talruum Champion
Talruum Minotaur
Talruum Piper
Warchanter of Mogis
Warfire Javelineer

Artifacts (7)
Charcoal Diamond
Door of Destinies
Fellwar Stone
Geth’s Grimoire
Whispersilk Cloak
Rakdos Cluestone
Ruby Medallion

Instants (6)
Murder
Tragic Slip
Terminate
Doom Blade
Go for the Throat
Shattering Pulse

Sorceries (9)
Blightning
Dark Deal
Demonic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Flurry of Horns
Gild
Innocent Blood
Read the Bones
Tormenting Voice

Enchantments (7)
No Mercy
Bottomless Pit
Attrition
Megrim
Liliana’s Caress
Theater of Horrors
Dauthi Embrace
Lands (36)
Akoum Refuge
Badlands
Bloodfell Caves
Cinder Marsh
Evolving Wilds
Ghitu Encampment
Howltooth Hollow
12 Mountain
Rakdos Carnarium
Rakdos Guildgate
Rocky Tar Pit
Rogue’s Passage
Spawning Pool
Sulfurous Springs
Swamp
Tainted Peak
Thawing Glaciers
Urborg Volcano

Triumph Renovation part 2a: Warring States Chinese

To take advantage of Museum Miniatures’ January sale, I placed a large order for Warring States Chinese figures to bring my triple army up to date. So far I have painted up a lot of Bow Levy, and rebased my DBA 4Sp figures as Light Foot for Early Warring States.

All of the figures are Museum. The red guys were painted by JM, the rest by me.

After I finished painting up all the Bow Levy bowmen, I read the Meshwesh army list more closely and realized I should’ve gotten crossbowmen instead. I opted not to restart from scratch. I have about 5 more bow figures that I will eventually base as Skirmishers or Archers depending on what the army needs when I’m finished.

Newly painted Museum 15mm Warring States Chinese bow levy.

After rebasing, I got 16 stands of Light Foot out of my 12 stands of 4Sp and assorted spare spearmen. This is not quite enough for a triple Early Warring States army; it looks like I may need to buy a few more packs of spears or just pretend my halberdiers are light foot.

Rebased Warring States Chinese Light Foot, Museum Miniatures

JM’s basing didn’t match mine, and the paste he used ran off the sides of the metal bases, so I decided to rebase his 3Cb as proper Archers, and rebased a few Skirmishers for good measure.

Rebased Museum Miniatures Archers and Skirmishers

Running tally of Triumph Conversions

This post

  • Newly Painted: 12 elements; 36 figures (plus 5 not shown)
  • Rebased: 20 elements

Total

  • Newly Painted: 34 elements; 109 figures
  • Painted/Rebased: 7 elements; 8 figures painted
  • Rebased: 32 elements

 

Triumph Renovation part 1: Greek, Thracian, Macedonian, and Persian

I’ve started playing Triumph. After building a few armies out of my existing DBA figures, I decided to build up my armies to better work with Triumph. Depending on the army, this means either rebasing elements or painting new ones to increase the size of the force.  I’ve had to do a little of both, to get my Classical armies up to date.  Clearly I need to adjust my depth of field  and get some better lighting before I take too many more pictures.

I started with figures I had on hand that extend the armies I already have painted. My first batch was enough Greeks and Thracians to at least be able to field single armies.

Now that Greek Hoplite armies are mostly Heavy foot but with some Elite Foot, I need both more elements in total and some different elements to distinguish between Heavy and Elite.  I painted up some Essex Later Hoplite Greek figures wearing metal breast plates to represent Elite Foot, as well as a dedicated general and a few more linen armored units.  Everything is hand painted including the shields, but my decreasing eyesight is becoming apparent.  Along with my 12 Spartan Hoplites this is more than enough to field most Hoplite-heavy Greek armies or a Persian triple army mercenary Hoplite contigent.

Newly painted Essex Later Greek Hoplites, 15mm

The other major change in Greek armies was reclassification of light troops from Psiloi to Rabble.  I had 2 elements of Greek Psiloi that I rebased as Rabble, and eventually I painted some more to bring it up to 4 rabble. The paint jobs were close enough that none of the figures stand out, once they’re based consistently.  I also painted 3 elements of Thracian Light Foot to augment my Thracian army.

Thracian light foot in the front; Essex figures with maybe a few Old Glory? Rebased Greek Rabble in the rear; Essex 15mm

A combination of rebased and newly painted Greek Rabble: mostly Essex, some Old Glory.

Along with the Greek Rabble, I also painted a bunch of Javelin Cavalry for my Alexandrian Macedonian army. Most of these represent Thessalian Cavalry, but there’s also an element that is more plausibly Thracian.  This is a mix of Magister Militum (Chariot) figures and Essex 15mm. The size difference is apparent if you’re looking for it, but not so bad when they’re based consistently and with only two horses per element.

Newly painted Greek and Thracian cavalry for Alexander the Great. Essex and Magister Militum 15mm

Thinking a bit harder, I don’t remember what order I painted all these in, so I might’ve gotten some of it wrong.  In any case, I also needed way more Hypaspists for a triple Alexander the Great army, and my existing Hypaspist needed to be rebased as Raiders.  I could’ve chosen Pike, but I don’t yet have a full set of Alexandrian pike yet, so I decided to make the Hypaspists Raiders for variety.  These were Old Glory figures I got from JM unpainted.  I declined to paint even more Alexandrians looking like clowns, and chose more straightforward colors for their armor.  The shields and plumes are enough color for these elements. I also had a few elements that were previously “4Ax,” but the closest equivalent in Triumph is Greek Mercenary Peltasts (Light Foot); so, more rebasing…

Newly painted Alexandrian Hypaspists: Raiders; Old Glory 15mm

Rebased Hypaspists (Raiders) and Greek Peltasts (Light Foot); 15mm Essex

Next are some mostly rebased Persians, augmented with newly painted Light Foot. I had 4 stands of Persian 3Ax with identical figures on each set of 2 stands, as well as 6 more identical unpainted peltasts.  I painted the 6 remaining guys and rebased everything with different figures on each base for variety.  You can find the newly painted figures if you look hard enough, but the paint jobs are close enough to match well.  I also rebased a bunch of DBA 3Cv stands as Javelin Cavalry, including the general, who is no longer allowed to go into battle on a chariot.  Good for morale, bad for King Darius’ hemorrhoids.

Persian Light Foot; Essex 15mm. Mostly rebased, with the guy sticking his arm out to the right on each stand newly painted.

Rebased Persian Javelin Cavalry; 15mm Magister Militum (Chariot) and Essex.

At this point I have a lot of options for an Alexandrian Macedonian triple army in Triumph, and limited choices for Later Achaemenid Persians. I may pick up some more Light Foot figures for the Persians, but I have enough mounted troops for now.

Rebasing figures that were originally based on metal bases, attached with either super glue or epoxy, is basically not a problem at all. The figures can be removed easily with an X-acto chisel blade, and it gives me an opportunity to update my basing. I’m not sure how difficult it will be to remove figures from wooden bases.

Running tally of Triumph Conversions

  • Newly Painted: 22 elements; 73 figures
  • Painted/Rebased: 7 elements; 8 figures painted
  • Rebased Elements: 12 elements