Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Painting Update - Mythic Americas, MESBG

New year, new minis!

Just before the last year closed out I picked up the collector's edition starter set for Mythic Americas, a new wargame based on the Warlords of Erehwon ruleset and set in a mythological pre-colonial Americas. The starter set comes with small warbands for two of the four initial factions, the Tribal Nations (essentially the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois) and Aztecs. 

I found the Aztecs the more interesting of the two factions, since they're a horde faction that uses undead infantry and monsters, supported by comparatively expensive units of lightly armored, elite living troops. The Tribal Nation focus more on hit-and-run tactics using small groups of lightly armored warriors. 

The warband is lead by a Tlalocan High Priest and his bodyguards, a magic-user who can enhance the various undead units that make up Aztec warbands. He's not as strong as other factions' Warlords, but who needs that when you've got a horde of undead warriors to fight for you?

Tlalocan-Bound Dead are the mainstay units of Aztec warbands. While they are rather weak compared to most other combat units, the various magic-users in the faction can make these units tougher, stronger, or raise reinforcements. 

In addition to the Bound Dead, there are also Tlalocan-Bound Marauders, hulking monsters that wield massive macuahuitls, the famed weapon of various Mesoamerican cultures. 

I'm looking forward to playing Mythic Americas, and to get my hands on the rest of the Aztec faction miniatures.

I also finished a Mordor Troll Chieftain, as well as the mounted and foot versions of the Mouth of Sauron. These are regular options for Heroes in the Mordor faction, but they're critical for the Black Gate Legendary Legion (which covers the very end of The Return of the King when Aragorn leads the men of Gondor to the Black Gate to distract Sauron's gaze from Frodo and Sam). 

The Legion supercharges a Troll Chieftain, giving it an extra point of Might, Will, and Fate, as well as making it Fearless. So as long as the Black Gate Chieftain is alive, the rest of the army will likely be sticking around. 

To accompany the heroes for this list, I've got a bunch more regular Mordor Orcs to paint, which you'll likely see in the next update. 

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