Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
In this modern time, lets be honest...this hobby is expensive. There are degrees to this and tricks to help make it cheaper, but it isn't like buying a 99 cent deck of playing cards and dealing a poker game. For that reason, I will be taking starting costs in. I am not including the codex since they are all around the same price, but will instead look at availability and affordability of the models needed to get you a good 1500 points.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Warning: lots of pics ahead
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
The first theory is that they'll take what they've learned from Forge World and start making resin blisters. I personally doubt this for a few reasons. Anyone who has worked with resin models knows it can be a mixed bag what you get an d how difficult it can be to get things right...plus many model resins are toxic. Resin casting is also a bit of a challenge and seems to be more time consuming and less forgiving. Finally from what I hear it's probably going to cost them the same as metal.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Honestly this won't be as long as Spcae Marines don't have many choices in either squad...and even less good ones. Still you need troops and there are some decent options so here we go.
Friday, April 1, 2011
First, Phase out is gone. This alone makes them infinately more playable. WBB is being changed to work something like a combination between the old rules and FnP. Basically you'll get it vs any weapon, but it happens immediately. The orbs, which are now standard equipment make it a 3+.
The Gauss rule is being altered somewhat. Not every weapon has it anymore, but now rolling a 6 leads to a second roll...a 5+ on that will penetrate no matter what. If not, it's still a glance.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
My next hobby community goal is to get a guest spot on a webcast but I'm not sure how likely that one is seeing there isn't a single one from anywhere in the tri-state area. I think TEW are the closest and they're way out in the Chicago-land area. Still as a long-term goal it's fun to think of...any takers?
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I brought my standard Chaos Marine Nurgle list which is 2 winged princes with warptime, 3 squads of 7 Plague Marines with double melta guns and a Champ with a fist in a Rhino with Havoc Launcher, 5 Terminators with 2 combi-meltas, 2 chainfists, one with twin lightning claws, one with a Heavy Flamer and one bare. All of them were upgraded to Champions because I had 50 points to spare. I also had 3 Oblits and a Defiler. The tournament was 1850.
My first opponent was...12? maybe? He brought Ultramarines, 2nd company complete with Sicarius. It was a foot-slogging list with a few dreads, a command squad, 2 combat-squadded Tac squads and a mixed weapon Dev squad. The deployment was Spearhead and there were 5 objectives. I'd like to think I was nice to this kid, I was forgiving when he forgot a few things and I helped him out a bit, though I refused to say anything when he was unsure on tactics. As his opponent, I just didn't feel right saying anything even if I was sure what he should do and what I'd want him to do. In the end I held 3 objectives and my Termies had cleared him off the only one he had. I didn't want to destroy the kid, but he had about 6 models left at the end while I had lost my princes, one Rhino and 3 termies. I got his vote for favorite opponent, so I guess he had fun. I did help him, but I made it a point to not treat him like some kid playing with toys but a fellow gamer...an equal. I hope he appreciated it and learned something and I hope he'll be back.
At this point there were 4 players that had annihilated their opponent and being one of them, I ended up playing my buddy Alex of My Dice Suck. He had a primarily Khorne list...as is his usual, but he brought some Plague Marines and a Lord with Bloodfeeder for a change. He had Berzerkers in a land raider with the lord, a rhino of Berzerkers, a Khorne prince, 2 squads of Oblits and a Rhino of chosen with 5 melta guns and an Icon of Chaos Glory. It was the "roll dice and tie" mission and dawn of war, but with a twist. Your opponent's objective was more valuable then your own. This was just painful. It started fun with a turn 1 charge between his prince and one of mine. I brought my other one in for support to kill his off. Here we are 8 minutes into the game and we have a 3 Demon Prince slug-fest. Things went downhill from here. I couldn't hit anything with my shooting while his was effective, popping two rhinos in one turn. He had his Plague marines parked on his objective so I threw 2 rhinos toward it...one of which was destroyed at this point. One Prince was gunned down while the other ended up getting charged bt the berzerkers and lord. He rolled a ton of attacks at me and I left him with one wound as he stood over my demonic corpse. He got back in and ran the raider to my objective, parking on the wreck of my rhino while his oblits finished the squad off there. Mind you all the oblits on the board didn't really follow the "slow" part of their movement as we were both rolling high on their movement. On the other flank, the chosen came in and got my last Rhino. I assaulted them with the plague marines and watched them slowly die. I had a shot at evening out this flank with my termies...who promptly scattered off the board and died in a deep-strike mishap. The game ended when my last model died a horrible death.
The third game was against another Space Marine player. He had Kantor, 10 shooty termies with 2 cyclones, 2 tac squads in Rhinos, a 5 man Sternguard squad with 2 lascannons, 3 attack bikes and 2 autocannon preds with lascannon sponsons. It was pitched battle and kill points. I split my force as I often do with one Rhino and Prince going right and the other two Rhinos and prince left. My oblits ended up in a vary tall building giving them fields of fire across the table and my Defiler was inside a building getting cover. He was spread across the field, keeping all his squads together and attaching Kantor to the Termies. I siezed the initiative after deploying conservatively while his depolyment was to capitalize on his first turn. I blasted an attack bike apart with my battle cannon and the other two ran off the board. We swapped Rhinos on the Right and I slowly killed everything on that flank over the next few turns. Teh Termies came in on my third turn, meaning for once I actually was able to use my Icons. They always come in turn 2 and I don't have an Icon anywhere helpful. On my Right, I moved around a large building and started doing damage while the termies moved to deal with the stronger assault. The Right Prince assaulted the Termies, hoping to kill Kantor before he gets annihiliated by 10 power fists, but I only put 2 wounds on him. This blob took a few casualties but was largely intact by game's end. I ended up winning by a kill point, but we finished on Turn 5 with lots of time left so we played it to 7 anyway for fun. I had to win this game to ensure Alex got 2nd place after a bad run in with a much hated IG player.
I ended up in 4th place, but all 3 of my opponents voted me as favorite opponent (their equivalent of sportsmanship) so I used my winnings to snag some Greatswords and move one step closer to completing my Empire army.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
And finally, their Trukk, showing off what I think is some decent freehand checks. I have lots of cheched shoulder pads mixed in the army. Yes, despite me only posting fast stuff I am pretty much a Goff warband. the 90 boys on foot should proove that. I may run some deffcoptas, but most of this army just advances through the fire, with a KFF to get them there, then eats whatever gets in the way. I can't wait to field them and I look forward to Orkfest.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Well, for starters we're seeing 3 army updates in 3 months, something GW hasn't done in my tenure with the game. Not only that but this makes 2 Fantasy armies in 3 months after 13 with no new army books (sorry GW but one crappy army that no one cared about and the 8th edition rulebook did not make 2010 "The Year of Fantasy") Also the Grey Knights and Tomb Kings are in that bundle of what I see as "forgotten armies". After moving Dark Eldar out of that club finally they take 2 more which is interesting. (So when do my Necrons get to move out of that club?)
Now what can we get from this? Well for starters I think this is a direct response to the low sales numbers announced last year. I don't think lack of releases is why their sales dipped (I think they're pricing themselves out of their own market, but that's another article) but pushing up a release that most of us expected this fall is probably an attempt to speed up their release schedule in an attempt to boost sales.
I think this is a flaw in their strategy as once again they're acting reactively and not proactively. GW is a dinosaur and while they are still a mighty T-rex, the Raptors are swarming in the form of Privateer Press, Spartan Games, Battlefront and a few other companies that are working to avoid GW's mistakes. These little companies are evolving to meet the new gamer's needs and GW is only slowly shifting to catch up with these new competators. It's a matter of time before one of those little raptors turns into that big finned thing from Jurassic Park III and becomes a real threat to GW.
I'm also worried that if I'm right and the TK book was bumped up 6 months, we'll see a mediocre book and very limited first wave model release. Does anyone remember the Sega Saturn? No I didn't think so, but once upon a time Sega tried to beat their competition to the market by releasing their system 6 months before their previously announced "Saturnday" release. As a result, the system dropped with about 4 games as developers were still months from what they expected to be the release window. When those games finally hit on time, the Saturn had already been forgotten.
My other concern is did they shift everything up or will this now just leave a gap in their releases? I'm hoping everything will be shifted accordingly which means my Necrons might see an update before the world ends. We do expect another 40K expansion this summer, but considering how well Planetstrike and Spearhead did, I hope they're not banking on that and there's still 1-2 codex/army book release possibilities before the end of the year. The rumored flyers release will hopefully see a few plastic kits (fighta bomma and Thunderhawk please) but I don't know if Tomb Kings are opoular enough to boost their numbers. Only time will tell if this was a one-time boost or the beginning of an accelerated release schedule.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
First the Army book. It's nice to see GW finally acknowledging that color exists and a hardcover book that hopefully will last more then a week. The price is GW high but not bad considering the source. Of course this is before this year's annual price-gouge but I'm excited to see that GW has finally discovered the infinite value of Kinkos.
Next is the Arachnarok Spider. This thing looks HUGE and is another amazing plastic model from the industry leaders. Add price-bitching here, but otherwise this is a winner. I can't wait to see the rules for this beast and then to aim a few cannonballs at it.
Then we have the Savage Orks. This looks like it will be fun. I see tons of bits for customising which I think is awesome, but again $29 for horde models? This is why people should NEVER buy at GW retail stores. Go online and get these for a bit closer to what they should cost. This basically goes for the Boar Boys and Shaman, too.
The Whirling Death really doesn't seem to have any purpose as they're a re-release of older fanatic models and there's really nothing wrong with current models.
Overall, I'm interested to see to see where the greenskins end up. Not only is this the first new Army book in a year but also the first 8th edition book so we can see what to expect in the future. Will the new books be balanced or will they follow 40k's established pattern of releasing a codex that's even more broken then the previous one? Only time will tell.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Let's start with the FAQ's. I think it's great that these armies finally get the new wargear rules and with them a shot at being competative again. This is good. Yes, this should have happened 2 years ago, but better late then never, so I won't complain about that. When I saw this, I did read something else into it though and that is don't expect a DA or BT codex anytime soon.
Next we have the Grey Marines book, following the Power armor/non-power armor pattern again. This I have mixed feelings about for the sole reason that I liked running a squad with my Ultramarines and I won't be able to anymore. Of course I may end up with a GK army some day so I can field my models but that's way down the road.
The other thing I've considered is last years lack of Fantasy releases. They did one army book and the 8th ed rulebook. Now when 40k got its 5th ed book in 2008, GW supported that with 3 Codex releases that year. I can't help but think Fantasy got the shaft, and I hope to see them make it up this year.
So having said all that, here's my predictions....April 2011 will be Grey Knights...yeah we know that. Rumors say this will be followed by Orcs & Goblins. I think we'll see Necrons in the fall...probably around October and likely have another fantasy book (hopefully Tomb Kings, Bretoninas or Ogres) around the same time. There's rumors of some flyer expansion and I don't know if this will be the epuc fail Planetstrike was or the moderate fail Spearhead was but we'll see. I think that's all we see this year. This will be a bit slower release year for financial reasons as we've all seen GW numbers falling and they'll probably pull back production to compensate but also to gear up for 2010 and...
Warhammer 40,000 6th Edition! Yes, I'm calling it now that we will see a new rulebook in 2012. I will also say that I am 100% against it. I think 5th has lots of life left and could easily go another 4-5 years but the evidence is piling. Yes, we were told a while back that there were plans to update every codex before 6th, but that was Alessio Cavatore's plan and he's long gone. Rumor also had it Jervis was against this plan and with Alessio out of GW, Jervis will likely get his way. The semi-update FAQ's support this theory...why give them this equipment so far after the Space Marine codex unless you aren't giving them a book for a while? This is espically true if until more recently you were functioning under the idea that their book is 18 months off or so. Also a 2012 release gives 5th ed a 4 year lifespan. 4th edition had a 4 year lifespan so that's consistant. I see another 40K release next winter followed by another fantasy army in the spring and 6th edition next summer, then of course Codex Space Marines in fall 2012 and GW will coast through to the end of the world.