Monday, October 5, 2015

Talking Tactics - Haley's Heroes 101

Haley2 is one of my favorite things to talk about, so I’ll never pass up an opportunity to wax philosophical about my main gal!

I get a lot of questions about the Haley2 list that I’ve been championing around the convention scene since ECR this March, so in the interest of saving time writing about it over and over I thought it’d be cool to put all my thoughts down in one place so I have one specific article to point folks too.  Someone (I don’t actually know who, but huge kudos to that guy) coined the name “Haley’s Heroes” for the list and the name caught on, which I think is super duper legit. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

WotS Batrep 32 - Haley3 vs. Kromac2

Another battle report for you all; this time featuring a brand spanking new Haley3 list that I've been toying around with as a Legion answer.  Not sure if it's any good but we'll see. :P


Side note; let me know whether or not you dig the new intro format!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Cygnar Tournament Batrep Database

Cygnar Tournament Batrep Database 

Internet coverage of Warmachine and Hordes has multiplied exponentially in the last few years, which is super awesome but means that YouTube has been inundated with media content to make it hard to find solid, competitive videos to watch.  With that in mind and in the tradition of Kreigsspeile's Khador Battle Report database, I've sifted through a lot of battle reports on YouTube to categorize the most competitive videos featuring the noble armies of Cygnar!  This database is organized into YouTube playlists that feature Cygnar 'casters in a variety of matchups.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tourney Recap - NOVA Open Masters

‘Sup all!  I’m back from an exciting time at the NOVA Open and pretty pumped about the weekend!  A bunch of people have asked for recaps of my games from Masters and I’m nothing if not a humble servant of the masses so here they are!  All of my games were recorded by Advanced Maneuvers, so they’ll be on their YouTube channel sometime in the future if you want to watch the shenanigans in full-length Technicolor from the comfort of your own home.  I’m also going to try to commentate on the batreps for my own YouTube channel, so stay tuned for that if you’re interested.  With that in mind; this is going to be a super quick recap because the videos will be much more dynamic and exciting!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Tourney Recap - Erratapocalypse!!!

What’s up folks!?  This past weekend I took a little trip to a local game store to get some games in with my now apparently awful and competitively pointless swans!  The Nova Open is in less than a week so it’s crunch time for lists, so I was excited at the opportunity to try out some of the changes that I’ve made to my list pairing to cope with the recent errata.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WotS Batrep 31 - Morvahna2 vs Butcher3

More battle reports!?  Madness!  Even more maddening is that this one doesn't feature any Cygnar!  Instead it focuses on the pansy fairy people of the forest against the imperialistic might of the Khadoran war machine!  Enjoy!


Friday, August 21, 2015

Cygnar in a Post-Errata World

For those who don’t know, Cygnar underwent some significant changes in yesterday’s errata.  If really truly didn’t know that, you need to head on over to that document and read through it so that you don’t fall into an endless spiral of depression after an Archangel sets your Warcaster on fire after forcing twice to shake both Black Oil and Shadowbind.

Monday, August 17, 2015

WotS Batrep 30 - Caine1 vs. Madrak1

Another battle report coming at you!  This time featuring some super cool Sons of the Tempest action against a local Trollbloods player!  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

List Dojo - Using Sgt. Verendrye

Sgt. Nicolas Verendrye.  Steelhead.  Mercenary.  Solo.  Medical professional.  Bit of an oddity, honestly.  Let’s build lists with him!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Update - New Blog!

That's right, everybody!  Way of the Swan has moved and is now faster, cooler looking and better than ever!
Previously the site was hosted on, which turned out to be a colossal mistake.  It was slow, the builder was crappy and it had numerous issues posting blog articles so I had to turn to putting them directly on the PP forums, which felt dirty and has stained my soul permanently.  Fortunately, the site's moved over to Blogger and is now way better!  The site will still be available at just like always, so don't worry!

In other news; I've transferred articles from the last year or so to this blog so they'll still be available.  Stuff before that was mostly incoherent ramblings from the dark ages when I thought Trencher Commandos were legit so a lot of them will remain buried in the depths of the internet for all eternity.  If I dig through and find any gems I'll move them here too.  Enjoy!

P.S. Now that the site is vaguely useable I promise to post more articles for everyone to enjoy.  For realsies.

P.P.S. I'd love feedback on the site's aesthetics, usability and any new features folks would like to see.  Anything at all; hit me up here, on Facebook or Twitter!  Cheers!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tourney Recap - CaptainCon Masters

So many WMW qualifiers! Today I’ll be talking about my games in the masters of CaptainCon; a local New England con put on by the same crew that covers the WM/H events at Templecon! As such, CaptainCon is sort of like a smaller, slightly more intimate and less terrifying version of Templecon, which makes it awesome! Everyone should go.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tourney Recap - Michigan Qualifier

What's up everyone!? Here's my super sweet recap of a recent Warmachine Weekend Invitational Qualifier I attended a couple weeks ago in Michigan. Unfortunately, I'm a lazy slob so it's taken me basically forever to put words down about it. I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cygnar's Reckoning - First Impressions

Reckoning just dropped and in it came a host of new, shiny toys for all the Factions. Unlike Vengeance, PP did a great job of keeping most of these new releases under wraps until the book release so we got a lot of sweet stuff to talk about! I’m going to take a couple minutes to jot down my first impressions of all of Cygnar’s new stuff; all the cards are online everywhere so I’m not going to go into rules too much, just what I think about their performance on the table.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Tourney Recap - East Coast Rumble Masters

Having won my qualifier pod I was in the ECR Masters; battling tooth and nail with 16 other players from hardcore and the other pods for the coveted WMW Invitational spot! I played essentially the same lists that I had in the qualifiers, with a small change from Viktor to Madelyn in Stryker’s list.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Tourney Recap - East Coast Rumble Qualifier

Hey all! I just finished up a report of my games from the East Coast Rumble Masters qualifier pods!   For those who don’t know, East Coast Rumble is a (previously) small Warmachine/Hordes event run in New Jersey every year. In past years it was focused on the social aspect of the game, offering camaraderie and alcohol in addition to good games of Warmachine and the occasional ticket to a local con (like the late Dark Omen Invitational or CaptainCon). This year, however, it was awarded a WMWI qualifier spot and almost instantly doubled in size, with over 110 players arriving from across the country to compete for the coveted qualification.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Talking Tactics - Cygnar in the 2015 Meta

'Sup guys!

I'm on a recovery regime from Templecon and just getting over the lack of sleep and Warmachine overdose. A big 'ol thank-you to everyone I met at the con for making it hella awesome and just being super sweet!

I had a couple discussions with several people about Cygnar in the 2015 meta is it's shaking up that were very enlightening; things have changed very drastically very rapidly for our boys in blue and I'd like to touch on that 'real quick. Caveat; I'm pretty sure I wrote a whole book and will be talking to a publisher soon, so be prepared for a bit of a long article. It's all super cereal so I put cute pictures in there to spice up the monotony. Before that, though, I want to reminisce about back in the day.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Tourney Prep - Blood, Sweat and oh so many Tier(list)s

‘Sup folks!? I haven’t posted anything meaty on this thing in a while; mostly because I’ve spent my time making battle reports and delivering crack Warmachine content for Bell of Lost Souls. Today, I want to talk a little about Templecon, and more importantly preparations for one of the most interesting formats on the event roster; Blood Sweat and Tiers (or BS&T for the acronymically hip).