Privateer: Nightmare Before Grynchmas

Will Shick creates a Christmas nightmare with his Grymkin.

via Privateer Press

December has arrived, and for my house that means a nearly endless stream of Christmas-related movies will be playing during family TV time from now until the New Year. While there are a number of what people would consider classic Christmas movies—from the Rankin and Bass Claymation classics Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, to that tale of parental negligence and incompetent burglary at its finest, Home Alone—for me my favorite Christmas movie is the same as my youngest son’s. It’s the story of the vilest, slimiest, heart-three-sizes-too-small hater of Whos, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

As anyone with children knows, however, tastes can change as slowly as a glacier or as quickly as a lightning strike. I must admit that the harmony between my youngest and my favorite Christmas flick was not always so. In fact, for nearly two years both my youngest and oldest agreed that Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas was far and away not only the best Christmas movie ever made but easily the best movie ever to be put to film, based on the enormous number of times we watched that delightfully quirky yet masterfully done stop-motion tour de force night after night…after night.

But, I can hear you asking, what does any of this have to do with WARMACHINE and HORDES? Well, after finishing my Dracodile for WARMACHINE Weekend, I found myself at a loss for what project to work on next. It wasn’t until we did our traditional Nightmare Before Christmas post-Thanksgiving, here-comes-Christmas movie night that inspiration hit. I had been wanting to expand my Grymkin army for a while now, and what better motivation than pulling together a kind of Nightmare Before Christmas-themed army? What really sold me was the idea of taking the grumpiest of grumps, the King of Nothing, and turning him into a Grynch for the ultimate bad news Christmas mash-up.

Here you can see my Grynch-inspired King of Nothing. My ultimate goal is to bribe our terrain and hobby specialist Danny to help me install a single LED light on his tree to add to the holiday majesty of the Santa hat, red suit, and Grynchy face.

The rest of the army looks thusly. The only other big conversion I want to do is to get some spare antlers for all the Crabbits so they can all be my Grynch of Nothing’s Max.

Nightmare Before Grynchmas
Theme: Dark Menagerie
5 / 5 Free Cards 75 / 75 Army

The King of Nothing – WB: +28
– Cage Rager – PC: 14 (Battlegroup Points Used: 14)
– Skin & Moans – PC: 15 (Battlegroup Points Used: 14)
– Skin & Moans – PC: 15
– Crabbit – PC: 7
– Crabbit
– Crabbit – PC: 7
– Crabbit
– Gorehound – PC: 6
– Gorehound – PC: 6
– Crabbit (Dark Menagerie) – PC: 0
– Frightmare – PC: 9

Death Knell – PC: 13

Gremlin Swarm – PC: 0
Gremlin Swarm – PC: 0
Gremlin Swarm – PC: 0
Gremlin Swarm – PC: 0
Lady Karianna Rose – PC: 4

Dread Rots – Leader & 5 Grunts: 7

Overall, I’ve been pretty happy with this list (I might even accuse it of making my heart grow a few sizes). And since our big holiday sale has passed, I decided to convince my fellow movers and shakers at Privateer that we should offer the same macabre New Year’s cheer to everyone. So, I’m happy to say that you can head on over to the Privateer Press Online Store right now and buy your very own Nightmare Before Grynchmas army at a special holiday price!

Till Next Time!

  • marxlives

    I go the starter box and battle engine with caster so I will need to test drive this list. Looks cool. Death Knell with Skin and Moans is really sick.

  • 415Native

    The Grinch conversion is pretty rad, great idea.