Hi everyone, This month I start my new wargaming
Hi everyone, This month I start my new wargaming
Well it may only be June but, as I mentioned the other day, I’ve met one of my New Year targets by having more than 200 followers. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read this blog. It’s especially impressive when you consider how wordy my posts normally are! Anyway, realising I’d hit that target half way through the year got me thinking about how my other resolutions were coming along. Attend More Tournaments Well so far I’m not doing all too well on this front. We may have been to the GW Doubles in January (and won it) but the only other tournament I’ve played in this year was Blog Wars 5. Obviously there’ll be Blog Wars 6 and the Doubles again in September but it’d be good to get to a few more tournaments in the next six months. I’ve been looking in various places across the interweb and I’ve struggled to find events that really appeal to me. Matt and I will, however, be attending a small doubles event at the Outpost in Sheffield on July 13th. There are still plenty of places left if anyone is interested by the way
The new formations have all been posted as one-click bundles on the Games Workshop website .
So as you may have read in Tuesday’s battle reports, my Tau cadre did reasonably well against some less than ideal opposing armies. I didn’t get to play anyone who simply rushed headlong at me but rather had to be pretty manoeuvrable to take the fight to them. Here’s a quick reminder of my list before I go through the units individually and talk about their pros and cons (this will be wordy!): 1,850pts of Tau Empire Ethereal Commander (fusion blaster, plasma rifle, target lock, vectored retro-thrusters, iridium battlesuit) 12 Fire Warriors 12 Fire Warriors 12 Fire Warriors w/ Devilfish (disruption pod) 11 Kroot
Total Rethink: Unit Design and Balance By Mephistoned I don’t know about anyone else, but I frequently find myself scratching my head and (other hard to reach places) over GW’s unit design and costing. On the one hand we have the laughably ineffective mutilators, on the other the terrifyingly cost effective nightscythe, and all shades of expensive, broken and mediocrity in between. I’ll forgive codex entries that were not written for 6th such as the vendetta, but now we have the new Eldar codex and I am seeing the same rotten old mistakes being made again. Banshees? Come on! Sigh. Now it might seem the problems of unit design and cost are connected – just lower the points cost and everything is fixed right? Well, no actually. Frankly, with those rules, even if you were giving mutilators away for 25 points a pop, I still might give them the finger just for the opportunity cost of a lost FOC slot, and the fact that they aren’t likely to do anything.
Alongside the tournament itself I always run a two part painting competition. The first part is the obligatory Best Painted Army whereas the second is part of Blog Wars’ focus on Special Characters namely Best Painted Special Character. As ever there were some excellent entries, there were a few armies we’ve seen before alongside some excellent new entries. Best Painted Army The winner in this category was Hendrik Müller-Joswig who is Blog Wars’ first ever international player having travelled from Germany for the event! Whilst he may have placed 28th in the tournament his army is a worthy winner with 8 votes. Another notable mention goes to Chris Benstead's Chaos Space Marine force. Chris has previously had painting
Iyanden Ghost Warrior 1-Click Miniatures Collection available for 24 hours! Games Workshop has released a special offer that is only available for 24 hours.
It’s the evening of Tuesday 18 June 2013. I have three days to go before Blog Wars 5 and there’s a lot to do before the army is ready! The picture above was taken on the 1st! This post is going to be a brief summary of my progress to date, some of the techniques and materials I have used to prepare the army and my thoughts about what’s worked and what hasn’t worked. Pulling it together: The first thing to do is to get everything stuck together. For the new kits this is a lot of fun, but for the older kits some of the mold lines are pretty substantial. I took a production line approach wherever possible for this project, assembling everything in batches, tanks, piranhas, broadsides, riptides, drones, and finally the infantry models. Working on things in groups allowed me to mix and match between the sprues, taking heads from the pathfinder sprue and arms from the tank sprue for example. The firewarrior kit has really aged and after about twenty of these guys I became convinced that an updated kit would have been fantastic. Especially if it had been made to the same quality as the pathfinder kit which is an excellent example of what Games Workshop are capable of these days. This next picture shows where I got to at the end of my plastic gluing session on the 8th June. Out of shot the piranhas are mostly done and the devilfish and hammerhead tanks are drying
Dark Heresy Campaign – Character Presentation and Session 1 Summary: We have finally started the bi-weekly Dark Heresy campaign we discussed on the Deployment Zone podcast.
Well, life has still been busy, so I’ve failed to get a game in in the last few months. This is frustrating, but I’ve taken the time to make some progress on hobby projects. Below are some updates: Using a bits bag find (I think its a Cold One), I built this Slaaneshi Lord on mount, outflank time! I purchased 30 of the Dreamforge Storm Troopers, I am going to turn them into veterans for my Tyrant’s Legion. I am using Pigiron heads, and experimenting with ways to make them look close enough to the Cultists I am using as my Guardsmen. The plan is for them to wear tattered shrouds that partially cover their improved armor. With these guys built, I should be closer to having a small IG army, I need to get a second Vendetta and some other things before that’s really possible, definitely a back burner project. My Storm Raven with the Chapterhouse Extender kit. I bought 2 of these kits, so I am just waiting for some budget space to buy another one! This is a greenstuff/cork base that I made for my Sorcerer, I am working on basing my whole CSM army, and am using bases from Ironheart Artisans that are a ruined temple. along with some that are infested ground