April 19, 2014

WIP - Heresy era Word Bearers & High Elf Terrain Board

Well I have managed to get some painting in over the last week.  The roof leak is fixed but I am now, unfortunately, down to a single paint brush which isn't that ideal for details and small areas.  The others all died slowly and painfully over the preceding weeks and the budget hasn't allowed them to be replaced. (Photos aren't that great still waiting on new camera)

Painting wise I've focused on my 30k collection after my motivation took a big boost from playing my first game of 40k a fortnight ago.  No gaming since then and none at all for next 2 weeks means no practice for my Dwarfs before I head off to Runefang VII next weekend.
Full squad of 10 - Champion in black helm with Powerfist
For the assault troops I swapped out the FW pistols and chainswords on most of the models for GW ones.  The FW ones tended to break and had somewhat limited poses, they were also difficult to fit. That and I like the more solid look of the GW ones better.  Models are still waiting for me to order some Word Bearer shoulder pads from FW - which I will soon as the budget allows.  There are some very dodgy numbers of the fitted shoulder pads that I will paint over as they are rubbish.
Word Bearers Champion (Sergeant) with mix of MkIV & MkVII armour

Also finished adding bits to my other FW/GW marines including some purity seals that I found lying around.  I'm going to make some more of these and start adding skulls and possibly flayed skin looking stuff onto most of the models.  The Champion above has FW MkIV Legion armour and backpack.  But I swapped out the MkIV helmet for a horned GW one.  He has a bolt pistol in a holster on his right hip so I also had to add a Boltgun in his right hand and a chainsword, also GW standard  Once I get my brushes sorted Ill touch up the XVII and the shoulder pad and try to put some script on the purity seals.

I also managed a little bit more work on my High Elf display board before I ran out of polyfiller.  The layer of paper maiche helped solidify everything and once I get filler all over it Ill start painting.

Pillars are going to get a layer of filler that I will try and mould into Doric columns, and I'll flatten out the terrain around them to create a stone floor with a symbol on it.

Not quite sure where I'm going with it but we'll see but my lack of enthusiasm for playing High Elves kind of makes a board for them somewhat redundant. So I might re-jig it to suit my Word Bearers.  Just have to work out a terrain scheme that works for them.  My High Elves all have snow bases while the Word Bearers are getting a mixed brown sand/light grass base - so whatever I decide I am stuck with.

April 15, 2014

Runefang VII Tournament Lists out: Elves everywhere

Pete Dunn released the list for Runefang VII yesterday.  Apparently they scored between 11 & 18 on Swedish comp making some a lot easier than others, although I still haven't figured out which is which yet.  At 11.3 I guess my Dwarfs are theoretically at the hard end of the scale, 4th lowest score by the looks of it, for the event which is somewhat strange.  Guess that is balanced out by my generalship which generally involves picking whatever side of the table I happen to be standing on if I win the dice roll, plonking everything down kind of in the middle and then advancing straight up the guts aiming for the biggest enemy unit so I can throw lots of dice.

Should be a fun event, as always, although turnout is very low compared to recent years with just 16 players instead of the usual 24-28.  It will make the race for the top either horribly one-sided or very tight.  The armies being taken to the tournament and their respective Swedish comp scores where available are:
  • Warriors of Chaos - 3 (13.2, 11.3 & 11.0)
  • Dwarfs - 2 (11.3 - mine & 18.4).
  • High Elves - 2 (12.7 & ?)
  • Wood Elves - 2 (12.2 & ?)
  • Ogres - 2 (12.0 & ?)
  • Tomb Kings - 2 (13.0 & 13.7)
  • Skaven (11.3)
  • Bretonnians (14.2)
  • Dark Elves (11.2)
So no Orcs n Goblins, Empire, Vampire Counts or Daemons.  Whether that's due to the vagaries of Swedish comp and the ability to fit lists within the 11 max. restriction I'm not sure.  Very interesting to see so many Elves turning up particularly the Wood Elves.

Examining the lists I'd hate to face Peter Williamsons Bretonnians with its 7 units of Knights and one of Pegasus Knights.  I have a lot of GW but seriously its going to be hard yacker trying to kill that lot. The WoC lists and the Dark Elf one look like the big threats though.  But what do I know? 

The other Dwarf list was interesting and very very different to my own.  Alastair Allan's Dwarf list includes:

Belegar Ironhammer
BSB - Shield, MR Grungi, Ro Sanctuary x2
Runesmith - 2 x Ro Spellbreaking, Shield
Grim Burloksson
12 x Thunderers - Shields
12 x Thunderers - Shields
20 x Quarrellers - Shields, SB, Mu, GW
20 x Ironbreakers - Full Command, Ro Stoicism
10 x Miners - Champion, Steam Drill, Blasting CHarges
10 x Irondrakes
5 x Rangers

So 2 special characters, arguably the best ones in the book - although Grim is highly situational and personally I still rate Bugman as a solid choice.  The small unit of Rangers is interesting as is the unit of Miners whose uselessness without an Anvil is only slightly mitigated by getting ambush.  Can see Grim going with Alastairs Quarrellers and the other characters jumping in with the Ironbreakers to create a stubborn very hard to kill unit.  But at 18.4 its the easiest list of the bunch. 

Personally its not the kind of Dwarf list I would play as I prefer my big blocks of infantry (I have 3 of 28+ models) and at least one decent high strength warmachine.  If his shooting doesn't work in Turn 1-2 its going to go badly although the Gyrobomber could cause a few problems.  But aside from Belegar, Grimm and the Irondrakes who have S5 attacks everything in the list is S3 or S4 so it will struggle against the various Monsters that are floating around, and the high AS units.

April 14, 2014

Alternative Gyrocopter models

Along with WHFB I also play Flames of War, although gaming is restricted to tournaments lately, whose WW2 miniatures are absolutely fantastic.  Recently Battlefront the NZ company responsible for FOW started up two new editions of the game.  The first focused on Vietnam and the second on the Arab-Israeli conflict.  After seeing the Stanton brothers WW1 Biplanes standing in for Pegasus Knights (I think) at Call to Arms a few years back I've been looking for some kind of alternate mini for my Gyro's that followed a similar theme.

Battlefronts Vietnam range provided an opportunity as it included the Huey UH1-D Hog or Huey (Iroquios for us Kiwi's) gunship.  With a recent 40% off sale across their entire Vietnam range and after a chat to a club member who designs models for BF about their scale (they are roughly the same size as the current edition Gyro) I decided to order a couple of them to act as Gyrocopters for my Dwarfs.  At $40 for the pair its not the big a spend if they don't work out and I'll enjoy putting them together, but scale wise they should work and I like them better than the new ones.

Whether the models gain acceptance as legitimate alternatives is another story but considering the range of models I have seen people use in events over the years I don't see them being a problem.  If they work out I can grab a couple more, as they are cheaper, and possibly look at the Cobra's to act as Gyrobombers.

Still waiting for them to arrive though as the Vietnam sale was massively over subscribed and BF has had to put a lot of orders on backlog but hoping to get them soon.

April 12, 2014

Dwarfs for Runefang - 2400pt tournament list & 9th Ed?

Submitted my list (3 times due to a couple of errors) for Runefang VII yesterday.  Taking Dwarfs which will make this there first official outing under the new book.  List hasn't changed much from the old book due largely to the use of Swedish Comp for the event.  The comp limit for the event is 11pts which makes it much harder to take a lot of war machines, that and I still prefer big blocks of infantry.

Also read some horrible rumours about the new WHFB 9th edition basically becoming 40k but with magic and swords vs. psykers and guns.  If so its going to be freaking horrible (read them here). Really really hope these rumours aren't true because they will basically destroy WHFB as it currently stands.

Anyway my list for Runefang VII is:

The Throng of Karak Thorinkin
Thane (General) - 146pts
w. GW, MR Gromil, Ro Iron x2

Toughness 6, with 3 wounds and a 1+ AS.  Losing the old Ro Resistance which allowed us to re-roll AS still hurts (Dwarfs are the only army it seems that doesn't get this ability).

Thane (BSB) - 171pts
w. GW, Ro Fortitude x2, Ro Furnace

Toughness 6, 3 wounds, 4+ AS, 5+ WS and 2+ vs. Flaming.  Not quite as survivable but he'll do.

Runesmith - 113pts
w. Shield, Ro Stone, Ro Spellbreaking x2

Runesmith - 88pts
w. Shield, Ro Spellbreaking

2 scroll equivalents one of which eats a spell on 4+ alah the old Spelleater rune.  One in each Warrior unit to give them Armour Piercing, or maybe with the Quarrellers to give it to them - FAQ still not out so you could argue that it applies to their shooting as well as CC attacks.

28 x Warriors - 310pts
w. Full command, GW

28 x Warriors - 310pts
w. Full command, GW

10 x Quarrellers - 140pts
w. Musician, Shields

10 x Quarrellers - 140pts
w. Musician, Shields

Blah blah standard core for me.  I like my big blocks.  Did consider taking a horde of 35-40 Quarrellers as my 2nd block but that would have left me with 3 units of infantry which isn't enough against all the skirmish and cheap redirector armies out there.

29 x Hammerers - 501pts
w. Musician, Standard Bearer, MR Groth One-Eye

Runic banner makes all units with 12" stubborn.  Redundant on the Hammerers as they are Stubborn already but I've used this rune a lot and its golden.  

Gyrocopter - 80pts

Gyrocopter - 80pts

Only problem here is I only have the one model so hoping I can borrow one from somewhere.  Was planning on using some alternate models but they haven't arrived yet.

Cannon - 150pts
w. Ro Forging, Ro Burning

Organ Gun - 170pts
w. Ro Accuracy, Ro Forging

+1 to hit and re-roll misfires (on both dice) mean this thing is going to hurt.  I would have taken two but Swedish comp really punishes you for using these things, go figure.

TOTAL 2,399pts Swedish Comp Score 11.3

So there we go.  Not a gun line and none of the other toys like Irondrakes and Ironbreakers, as I don't have the models and no special characters.  I would take Slayers but I don't have the models for a unit and couldn't fit the solo characters into the list, despite usually taking 2-3 of them.

March 26, 2014

Star Wars, 40k and a WHFB campaign

Its always good to get out of your normal gaming zone and try something new and last night I gave the Star Wars miniatures game a go at my local club.  Have to say that it was a lot of fun.  Very easy to play, models look great, rules are simple and understandable and the game itself grabs you pretty quickly.

Warhammer 40k
With the intent of keeping things interesting I'm also going to have my first ever game of 40k next week which should be interesting - now I just have to recover my models from my sons toy collection where they've been for the last few months.

Warhammer Campaign
With a slight influx of new WHFB players at the club I put together a quick campaign for us to work through as well just for a bit of fun - check it out here.