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The Palerider art work

The latest artwork is looking so nice, though that ankle gives me some concern.

New Crossroads preview

Looking good! Though Colette's choice of clothes look plain for a showgirl, I guess the painter can always brighten them up.

Tactica: Lady Justice

I picked up the M2E Guild's Judgement boxset which contained the Lady J model; my first master in Malifaux

The low down

Lady J has a reasonable df5, which auto includes a ram, this is half a trigger, as a mask is also needed to complete the trigger. The trigger allows Lady J to deal damage to an attacker after the attacker's melee attack has failed. This is a negative flip,  but can do 3/4/6 damage,  you can't really complain for free. Add in a strong wp7, wd14 with a fair wk5 joined with a very high cg7 with a normal ht2 and you have a powerful master.

Justice has three abilities: 

Final Repose - gives the ability so no markers are placed when an enemy model is killed by LJ. This ability is great against Resurrectionists, which LJ is designed to take down.

Blind Fighter - allows to charge ignoring los.

Inspiring Swordplay - gives all friendly minions with 8" a positive flip to melee and shooting attacks when LJ kills an enemy model. This ability is really sweet when using Death Marshals, which come in the same boxset as LJ.

Master of beat downs

Lady Justice is perhaps one of the best melee fighters in Malifaux and is maybe thee best melee based master. The reason for this is her greatsword has a ml7 with a ram built in, anyone familiar with the Guild models will know that a ram does +1 damage for each ram in the final duel total. The damage track of the greatsword is 3/4/6, basically that's 4/5/6, which you can make 6/7/8 with a ram in your hand and burning soulstones - that's enough to  make a serious dent on enemy masters and punk pretty much any minion out there. If that's not good enough LJ gets a positive attack flip if she doesn't charge, which is handy if you're unable to charge but have enough distance to walk into melee.

A lover and a fighter

LJ isn't just about being a beat stick, she can be pretty survivable and can add a little buff to your crew:

Restore Natural Order - this is a casting tactical action, which removes all conditions on every model within 8".  This ability is sweet against Resurrectionists as it can remove pesky poison conditons used by Mcmourning! However,  it is hard to get off as target is 17 and LJ starts with ca5.

Juggernaut - this is my favourite ability for LJ, basically it's a healing flip which heals 1/2/4 damage and is a 0 action! Add in soulstones and LJ can be extremely difficult to kill off.

Covering Fire - this is a 0 ability which gives Lady Justice soft cover against shooting actions taken within 12". I really like this ability when rushing across the table on first turn.


Justice Unleashed - this upgrade gives LJ two abilities; Last Rites and Justice Unleashed. The former is a 0 action and removes all scrap and corpse markers within 6" - another ability aimed for taking out Rezzers. The former is a casting (ca5 tn13) which effects spirit and undead models in 6", they must succeed on wp13 duel or suffer 3 damage, this ignores armour and hard to wound.

Vendetta - if Lady Justice wasn't a beast in combat already then with this upgrade she will be on steroids! This upgrade gives the onslaught trigger which requires a ram and mask (remember LJ has a mask built in already) and allows Justice to take another melee action against the same target, which cannot declare triggers. If that doesn't fill your boots then the vengeance trigger needs just a ram and this gives a positive damage flip. So if Lady Justice didn't charge she will get a positive flip for both attack and damage!

Implacable - this gives two abilities; Pursuit of Justice and Bullet Proof +1. The latter speaks for itself and really adds some survivability to Justice. The former stops enemy models walking away from Lady Justice's melee range, so the only way to escape a beat down is by a push.

Last Stand - this upgrade also gives two abilites With Me! and Unimpeded. With Me! allows friendly guild marshals within 6" to push up 6" when LJ declares a charge and after the charge has been completed. This is a great ability for getting some free movement and helping melee models I.e The Judge get closer that bit quicker.

All the upgrades are worth taking,  though I think justice unleashed is situational. It's always worth taking implacable for the bullet proof ability.

I hope this tactics will prove useful and will bring you many Lady Justice beat downs in your favour :)

Guild's Judgement boxset intro

This post is the start of many, basically these posts will be guides/intros for the crew box sets which are available. The only draw back is I can only discuss about the crews I have.

Guild's Judgement

The first crew in this series of articles is the Guild's Judgement.  Now if you don't know what the Guild is just think of them as like the Imperium.  The Guild's Judgement crew is lead  by the fearsome melee expert, Lady Justice. Her job and that of her crew is to hunt down pesky Resurrectionists. Resurrectionists do what they say on the tin,  bring things back from the dead, this is extremely frowned upon in the city of Malifaux.

Lady Justice

Lady Justice or Lady J for short is one of the baddest melee models in the game. Her fearsome greatsword has a nice range of 2" and at the minimum does 3 damage, now the greatsword has the ram trigger built in, which does +1 damage for each ram in the final duel total. So, Lady J is in fact doing minimum 4 damage, 5 if you get another ram in the attack draw!

Lady J has some other nice actions; she can remove all conditions within 8", though this spell needs a 17 to go off and casting value is 5.

Juggernaut is a sweet 0 action which allows Lady J to discard a card, very handy for a melee expert and for a model who has an average defence value.

The last action is also a zero action and this treats Lady as if in soft cover if models are shooting at Lady J within 12".

To mesh with Lady Justice's actions there's some nice abilities; she doesn't need LoS to charge, when she kills an enemy model all minion models in 8" gain + to melee and shooting actions. The best ability is if a melee attack misses Lady J, then she can hit them back with a - damage flip, though needs the mask suit to do this (already has the ram built in)

Lastly, enemy models killed by Lady J don't put down any  markers; excellent if going against Lady Justice's preferred enemy crew; Resurrectionists!

There's two upgrades which stand out for Lady Justice; implacable and vendetta. The former gives Lady Justice bullet proof for shooting attacks and vendetta allows Lady Justice to get a free melee attack with the mask and ram suits.

Scales of Justice

Scales is Lady Justice's personal totem. Scales has some nice abilites such as giving +1 will power to all friendly models within 6" and has the accomplice rule.

The only cool action Scales has is you can draw an extra card if the opposing crew has more cards in hand. Of course this ability is situational.

The Judge

The Judge is the henchmen of the crew (second in command) and is basically a mini Lady Justice.

The Judge has hard to wound and hard to kill, throw on a lead line coat amd you've got a very tough cookie! Add anice defence of 5 and The Judge can be hard to take down.

The Judge has a fairly decent shooting and and melee stats,  melee is slighty better and includes built in ram, which gives +1 damage for each ram in the final duel total. The best bit about The Judge is the bullets and blades trigger which is built into both actions. Basically this mask trigger allows you to make a melee attack after shooting or vice versa when in melee.

To help The Judge in melee there's the stand for judgement action. This is a zero action and pushes target model 5" towards The Judge. This power has a casting value of 5 and target 9, so should be fairly easily to get off.

The Judge also has a dislike for the undead. The bound by law action has a casting value of 5 and target of 13, the target suffers 2 damage, but if an undead model suffers 2/4/8! The model then must discard a card to take a walk or charge action.

The Judge costs 9 soulstones, which is pretty expensive, but this melee beat em up supports Lady Justice nicely, especially as both have the same walk value.

Death Marshal

The Death Marshal is the crews minion (think troop choice 40k players) and costs 6 soulstones. At first glance this is a bit high, but you get some nice abilites like hard to hard and unimpeded (ignores severe terrain)and you're getting a mini Judge with six wounds.

The shooting and melee attacks of the Death Marshal are reasonable with the ram trigger giving +1 damage to each ram in the final duel total. Shootingis slightly better as severe damage deals 5 damage insteadof 4 like in melee.

The cool thing I like about the Death Marshal is the pine box action. Basically you get the bury target enemy model - lock those bitches up in the green fiery coffin! The spell is pretty easy to get off as casting value is 5 and target is 10, the resistance against this is will power so anything with low will power or an unlucky draw will find themselves in the box. There's some cons to this pine box action, but I feel fair ones. The range is only 1" and at at the start of the Death Marshal's activation there's a will power dual to be done in order to keep the target model in the box. Of course only one model can go in the box.

Final Thoughts

Overall the Guild's Judgement is a greater starter crew (hence why I bought it) and is nicely balanced.

There's particular models which will suit the crew more than others such as an Exorcist and The Lone Marshal. Both these models are marshal types, so they can benefit from an nice upgrade Lady Justice has access too, which is call last stand - this allows marshal models to push up 6" if Lady Justice charges.

Hooded Rider M2E artwork

Wyrd have been treating us some more and this time with artwork for the Neverborn Hooded Rider. Looks like Wyrd have some love for the Neverborn lately.

Lelu M2E artwork

This is the sweet looking artwork for Neverborn Lelu.

Lelu is a nightmare and a nephilim, so fits well in a Dreamer or Lilith crew. Don't forget about Lelu's sister, Lilith, I'm sure artwork will be appearing soon.
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