Alot of people have been chatting about Malifaux model pools on their blogs recently. To briefly explain, there's a tournament way down South which you have to submit a list of up to 100ss worth of models and upgrades which are the only thing you are allowed to use through the tournament. Because I am sad, I thought it'd be fun to go over what I would include in my list if I was to go to an event like this.
First of all I am going to pick a single master to take. Then, if I have the spare stones, I will pick another. The main reason with this is because I think Som'er can do every scenario and I really like him and have loads of practice with him. Also, I think it's better to have one master who can do everything than more that can't quite match up, you only get to use one in a game after all!
Anyway, as I have already said, I have chosen Som'er. If the game isn't reckoning, my list almost always contains the following models:
3*Bayou Gremlins  (I vary between taking 2 and 3 in a crew)
Slop Hauler  (one of the best models in the game imo, last night he managed to kill huggy!)
Get 'Yer Bro  (because summoning models is cool in the first turn)
2*Dirty Cheater  (I know at the moment I can only take one, but I normally always take the cap of this)
Liquid Bravery  (Very useful just to make Som'er stubborn)
So this puts me on 19 stones, I have loads left! There are a few models that a regular players in my crew aswell, often swapping between them depending on schemes.
Gracie  (though I am trying to free myself from taking her non-stop...)
saddle  (...but this upgrade is so good!)
Trixiebelle  (a tool box, so good in so many situations that I cannot say no most of the time)
A gun for a lady  (I have not been using the upgrade so much recently, but getting double pos. damage flips when Som'er is giving out rams is hard to say no to)
Burt Jebson  (synergises beautifully with Som'er and Gracie)
Fracois Lacroix  (he almost makes a way in for Vendetta, Assassinate or Murder Protege)
Skeeter  (I normally only take the one and only if I have spare stones, but they are fantastic)
At that point I am on 55 stones and laughing. Now I can start trying to focus on specific strategy models.
Lenny  (he really only makes an appearance because...)
I'll love it and pet it  (...of this upgrade, which means I can summon piglets to go with...)
Piggapult  (... this model! It's just amazing in recon so I couldn't say no)
Sammy Lacroix  (I don't always find space for her, but she often comes out for killy schemes and strats)
Encouragement  (I tend to only take this on Sammy so that Som'er can gain the benefit, nice for make them suffer)
Old Major  (I have written about him multiple times but here he is to replace Gracie against Outcast and Joss)
Merris Lacroix  (I don't rate her as highly as other Gremlin players, but she finds a space sometimes)
O.K. I am pretty much reaching my cap of things I need with Som'er now and I am at 97 stones, not bad! The list does now include many of the models I would use with Ulix, however. Gracie, Old Major, Lenny, slop hauler and trixxie is one of my lists. Preferably I would like to have the option of taking Wild Boar but I don't want to lose anything from the list for it. 3 stones is also not enough to cover upgrades for the pig master. At this point, to allow for maximum flexibility, I think it makes sense to lose something to allow for Ulix though.
- Merris Lacroix [-6] (I told you I didn't rate her as highly!)
Husbandry  (summoning 9 stone models is pretty mint)
Hunting Bow  (making models charge for 1 ap is also pretty mint)
Corn Husks  (a very nice upgrade for certain scheme pools)
Penelope  (just for the 0 action push!)
And there we go, exactly 100 soulstones. To be honest, I didn't find it that restrictive. I suppose the idea is if you single master it's not but any more than that is more of a struggle. I didn't get everything in for Ulix after all. Hope it was a mildly interesting read.