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Blog Wars 5 – My Battle Reports

Blog Wars 5 – My Battle Reports

Head back a few posts to find my army list. I’ll keep the battle reports short this time (or at least I’ll try – I failed! ). I’ll be writing up some more in-depth after action thoughts about my Tau list in a separate post. Game One – Tau vs. Space Marines Mike had generously agreed to fill the spot left by someone who’d dropped out on the day itself!?! He quickly scrawled an army list down and we started our game with an hour already gone! By the time we’d done all the pre-game rolling and deployed there was just over an hour to go I think. Needless to say the game was a little rushed. We were playing Purge The Alien on Vanguard. Mike had a crapload of terminators with Pedro Kantor, a couple of tactical squads, aegis line and three stormtalons.

June 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Horned Gobbo Day 2 WHFB Tournie Report

Horned Gobbo Day 2 WHFB Tournie Report

Day 2 is done and Im home in front of the fire with time to reflect on another great WHFB event.

June 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Blog Wars 5 – The Aftermath (and 200 followers!)

Blog Wars 5 – The Aftermath (and 200 followers!)

Before I go any further I wanted to point out that at the start of the year one of my resolutions was to push for 200 followers. Well we’re about half way through 2013 and I’m up to 200 today!! I’ll have to look through my other resolutions and see how I’m getting on with them! Anyway, a big thanks to everyone who reads, the followers thing means more to me than pageviews so I really appreciate it. Blog Wars 5 was held at the North West Gaming Centre in Stockport today. We had new record of 30 players all competing for the crown which had been previously controlled by Andy Humphris. I knew we’d be having a new winner today and, without any further beating about the bush, I’m pleased to announce that winner as Franco Marrufo with his dirty, dirty broadside spam Tau and Eldar list. He never really looked in danger of not winning throughout the day but it would’ve been interesting to see him play Andy for it. Maybe next time eh? Chris Benstead took second with a Chaos Space Marines army that he hadn’t used before the day. Respect to Chris for that but it doesn’t say much about the rest of us! In third place was Rob McDougall who beat his good mate Frank Marsh by a single point.

June 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

The Road to Blog Wars 5: Setting Off

The Road to Blog Wars 5: Setting Off

This year Blog Wars is going to be epic! At least for me it will be. I’m sat at Victoria Coach Station waiting for the 1.00am coach to Manchester. What lies ahead is an all-day adventure, and when I say all day I mean all day and a bit, I expect to get home about 6.30 Sunday morning. The things we do eh? I’ll be posting pictures and updates during the event if possible. For now, here’s the list I’m taking. Ethereal Ion tide Ion tide 12 Fire warriors 12 Fire warriors 11 Fire warriors 6 Fire warriors in a Devilfish 10 pathfinders 4 piranhas Hammerhead Hammerhead with Longstrike 2 missile sides Skyshield Landing Pad The plan is to put either the infantry or the armour on the landing pad depending on the mission and what my opponent is best equipped to deal with in my army. The goal is to enjoy myself, meet some fellow bloggers and avoid the wooden spoon. Shouldn’t be too tough! Now, how does 6th edition go?

June 21st, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

The Road to Blog Wars 5: Progress

The Road to Blog Wars 5: Progress

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

June 19th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

The Road to Blog Wars 5: Army List

The Road to Blog Wars 5: Army List

It was always a given that I’d be taking Tau Empire to my first Blog Wars tournament. The real challenge, for me at least, is settling on an army list. Preferably with enough time to actually open.clean.assemble.paint the thing! See what I did there? Digital Codex: I have to give a brief thumbs up here to the digital codex. There are some things I don’t like about it, such as it’s size (in MBs) and cost. On a more serious note, I’d like to be able to access it from machines other than my iPad, such as my iPhone or iCloud account on my PC/Mac, but I’ll live with this for now. Generally speaking the codex is a really good electronic document. Games Workshop have done a convincing job of moving into the 21st century here, this isn’t just a PDF of the print codex. Instead it’s a shiny pretty thing which is functional too

June 18th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Horned Rat WHFB Tournament & First Match Up

Horned Rat WHFB Tournament & First Match Up

Well the army lists for Horned Rat Gobbo came out over the weekend and were quickly followed by the usual round of net analysis.

June 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

40K Battle Brothers – Army Painting Competition (pic heavy)

40K Battle Brothers – Army Painting Competition (pic heavy)

Sunday’s painting competition was for entire armies. Usually they split it down into individual forces (i.e. two forces make up a doubles team) but this time it was for the whole 1,500pt army. There were several examples of where one half was outstanding but was let down by the other half. The weaker halves were by no means poor and I’d be happy if I could paint even half as well but the proximity to a better army made them weaker by comparison. The eventual winner was a full army of stunning pieces. The sort of army that amazes you but at the same time depresses you that you’ll never produce anything like that kind of quality in your own armies. Finally, here’s several shots of the winner’s army:

May 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

40K Battle Brothers – Legends Painting Competition (pic heavy)

40K Battle Brothers – Legends Painting Competition (pic heavy)

On the Saturday the Battle Brothers organisers run a painting competition for individual models with the full army competition on the Sunday. One of the things I’ve always liked about the doubles events is that armies have to be fully painted which makes for some great looking battles. This time the Legends competition had very few entries in all but the “Hero of Legend” category which I think is a shame since I’d seen plenty of suitable candidates as I wandered around. Here’s a selection from the cabinets. Beast of Legend This was the only category we entered using one of our dreadknights. The eventual winner was the minotaur chaos daemon thingy (I really ought to know the name). Monument of Legend There really wasn’t many entries in this category and the stand-out piece and eventual winner were these fantastic objective markers. Engine of Legend Again, very few entries but the winner was the mauler-fiend and deservedly so as the panels were stunningly painted.

May 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

40K Battle Brothers – Day Two Battle Reports

40K Battle Brothers – Day Two Battle Reports

Here’s a rundown of the final two games from last weekend’s Battle Brothers event. Day one had seen us take 48 victory points having tabled two of our opponents and only missing out on tabling the third by three models. The first day’s games had been a bit mismatched so we felt sure we’d now facing something nasty on day two. Game 4 – Titanic Fenrisians vs. Necrons Our opponents for game four were Liam and Kyle who’d brought the now classic Necron combination of 4 flyers with 5 immortals each, 2 lots of 5 wraiths, 3 annihilation barges and a destroyer lord. We’ve said before that our army just can’t deal with multiple flyers and Necrons are always a tough game thanks to the sheer volume of fire they can put out. This was going to be an uphill struggle. We were already tense then, but our opponents didn’t help. Whereas the first 3 games had been a great laugh this one was an awkwardly silent affair.

May 1st, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »