May 20, 2015

A Visit from Nurgle (or the Night before 9th Edition)

Found this fantastic piece on the blog Trouble in the Border Provinces 

So with mixed emotions we all wait with bated breath for what 9th Ed brings.
The anticipation is almost like Christmas, with the very real fear that we may just end up with coal in our stockings...

A Visit from Nurgle (or The Night before 9th Edition)

- With Apology to Clement Clarke Moore

'Ts been months  before 9th Ed, and all through the web
Not a creature was blogging, not even a pleb;
The rumours had run dry, does anyone still care?
Feels if Fantasy Battles 9th Ed will never be here

The gamers are nestled all snug in their beds;
Elves on round bases dance through their heads;
End Times, speculation and rumours, so sick of this crap,
I’ll  just settle in for a long winter's nap.

The faithful departed to Warmachine: that’s bad
Or Star Wars X-wing, to me that is sad
The End times left us stunned and confused
GW’s marketing policies are oh so obtused

Does all the anticipation still matter,
When my Ogres, Lizards could all just go splatter ?
They squatted the Elves, my Druchii lament
What does combined stats, KFC and the Glottkin portend?

Down to my man cave I flew like a flash,
Tore open the doors and looked at my stash.
The moon on the figures like new-fallen snow,
Gave Lustria’s denizens a sad sorry glow

What else to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a unit of dwarfs drinking Bugman’s sad beer,
My Warhammer world once lively and quick,
Now gone? In Bubbles?  I’m feeling so sick.

More rapid than eagles my feelings came,
I cursed and I shouted called them all names:
"Now, Dashit! Now, Hashit! You Pratts and you Vixens!
Oh, come on, how stupid ! Oh, Donner und Blitzen!
From the top of the porch! From the top of the wall!
Now dash it all! dash it all! dash it away with it all!"

As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
I wonder about 9th Ed and look to the sky;
So up to the workbench the modeller withdrew
To his pile of plastic models, and paints and of glue

The stump of a brush I clenched tight in my teeth,
And bent down to my Flames of War, underneath;
With Tigers and Panthers, with StuGs  I made merry
Painted Russians and Germans and Brits (and a dairy).

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of a harpy’s hoof ?
As I swung my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney I spotted a green Nurgle hound

Please nerf him, I thought, as hard as my Kroot
And his mates conga-lining behind him to boot;
A bundle of misery he had flung on his back,
Nurgle’s herald was just opening his pack...

The stats - how broken:  poison, challenge, regen, how scary!
Line ‘em, smell the roses, oh look, oh how merry!
My Daemon army, at least this I know,
May still remain useful come the 9th Ed blow.

Nurgle was chubby and plump, not quite a dour Dark Elf,
But I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had everything to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
Of  poisoned blogs and of rumours; then turned (what a jerk),
Pulled the finger, and blew snot out his nose,
And passing wind, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his palanquin, to his nurglings a whistle,
And tangled me quick in bramble and thistle.
As I screamed he exclaimed, ere he drove out of sight—
“Here comes 9th Edition, and to all a good night!”

May 19, 2015

Call to Arms X-Wing Escalation list idea

August in New Zealand for wargamer's in this part of the country means one thing the Wellington Warlords annual convention "Call to Arms" .  Call to Arms is one of my favourite gaming events so much so that this year will be my 6th CTA in 7 years, the only one I missed since I started gaming was in 2010 when work got in the way.  The venue and catering are great - especially the home baking, there are always some good bring and buy tables plus 2-3 retailers with stalls.  The gaming is also always fun.  So far of the 6 CTA's I've been to I've alternated between FOW and WHFB but this year thanks to X-Wing I'll be doing something a little different.

The X-Wing event at Call to Arms consists of two separate events a standard 100pt tournament on Day 1 and an Escalation event on Day 2.  Having repainted my Firespray I've decided to give it a run in the Escalation event and to go with something a little different.

ROUND 1 - 60 points
Only using 57 points here to save some for later and going with the just the minimum 2 ships. Howlrunner comes in instead of 2+ basic Tie Fighters as taking her now means I can squeeze in more ships later on.


May 17, 2015

Repainted X-Wing miniatures: Slave1 - Firespray

You don't have to paint X-Wing models but a lot of people do and I've jumped on the band wagon as well.  Some ships are easier to paint than others the Firespray in particular - it was also in need of a paint job as its original paint job is somewhat "unfortunate".
The colour palette I used was randomly chosen rather than a deliberate attempt to create something and to be honest dictated by what GW paints I have left that haven't dried out.  But surprisingly it turned out pretty well.  The black lines proved harder to do so in the end I cheated and used a pen rather than paint.

May 15, 2015

SCGT comp (Revenge of the Triffids!)

Kia Ora,

I am McCrae and this will be my first post, of many [fingers crossed].

I bit of background first. I am an avid Warhammer Fantasy player. I played and painted a lot when I was younger but I got back into the hobby a couple of years ago. I consider myself a player first and hobbyist and painter second, but I am working on the hobby aspect! I play with John in Palmerston North. Currently I have an extensive Dwarf army, a mostly painted Chaos Dwarf army, a Wood Elf army and some Brettonians and High Elves in a box.

In this post I am going to discuss the HomeCon tournament run by Pete Dunn in Wellington next weekend. He is running the SCGT comp pack which can be found here:

It is a radically different comp pack. The points breakdown is a 20-0 system with a twist. You get:

  •  4 TP’s for maintaining your fortitude
  •  4 TP’s for breaking your opponent’s fortitude
  •  4 TP’s for denying your opponent’s secret mission
  •  4 TP’s for successfully completing your mission
  • 4 TP’s for Scoring 200 VP’s more than your opponent (2 Each if neither player achieves this objective)
Simplified versions of the secret missions are as follows:

May 14, 2015

Forgeworld Horus Heresy Book 5 Trailer

I am a huge fan of the Horus Heresy novels and the books put out by Forgeworld and Aaron Dembski-Bowden in particular.  40k as a game doesn't interest me that much but the literature behind it is simply fantastic.

My sole concession to 40k models is a small collection of Forgeworld 30k Word Bearers.  The XVII Legion is by far my favourite - something about religious fanatics appeals to me (probably why I went with Menoth when I played Warmachine).  To me the best books from the HH series so far have been: The First Heretic, Betrayer and Know no Fear all featuring the Word Bearers and the best character in the series Argel Tal (although he isn't in Know no Fear).

So it was great to see FW release a trailer for Book 5 of their fantastic HH series (I have Book 2... so far) which focuses on the Battle for Calth described in "Know no Fear".  Enjoy...


May 11, 2015

Critiquing an X-WIng Escalation list

Yesterday's event was a lot of fun but it was also important for giving me some more insights into the game and a clearer idea of what works well in X-Wing.  As a game its very balanced, far more so than WHFB for example and there doesn't appear to be one uber-winner takes all list although there are some that are flavour of the month.  The lists at Cerberus varied considerably and I picked up a few good ideas from my opponents about what to take and how to use ships effectively.

X-Wing Escalation wrap up

I'm back from my first ever official X-Wing event this was a lot of fun and a great day of gaming.  Plus and at just one day it was an easier trip away than the typical WHFB event. Escalation made for some interesting lists but the balance seemed to be fairly even with no one faction dominating among the 16 players, although there were only 2-3 Scum players. Neither the rebel or imperial players stuck to one particular list and the meta showed a large amount of variation; overall there was only 1 Han Solo in the entire event and a spread of ship types including A, B, X, Y & E-Wings. A couple of Rebel players also took HWK’s which was interesting, Z95 spam got some takers, Tie Swarms are not dead and a Shuttle even made an appearance.
One the gaming tables

May 8, 2015

Cerberus Games Escalation List: Ready to go!!

After much umming and ahhing here is the list I will taking to Cerberus Games Escalation Event in Wellington on Sunday. Had to make one change to it as I have lost an upgrade card somehow, but it should still work.  Anyway my final list with pictures of the ships, pilot & upgrade cards and what gets added at each phase of the competition is:

ROUND 1 - 59/60 points
 Veteran Instincts  

May 4, 2015

X-Wing custom paint jobs & final escalation list?!?

The X-Wing bug has well and truly bitten me including a desire to repaint the fantastic pre-painted models that come with the game. The repaints I have done so far we primarily to help tell ships apart especially elite from non-elite TF's - overall results are OK..

Red Wings on Tie Fighters for Elite 'named' pilots e.g. Howlrunner
Soontir Fel repainted Green