Saturday, March 30, 2013

I'm not dead, just busy

As the tittle suggests I have not abandoned my blogging, but academia is a cruel mistress. So is professional life for that matter. John should have some material up in the next few days and so should I. John has been playing a Path to Glory Campaign down at Games Workshop: City Walk in Atlanta and I have thankfully been able to get over to my local Hobby Town to get some good games in.  I have two battles to talk about where I have gotten to take the new Dark Angels out for a spin so I will be bringing you my thoughts on how the army performs in combat. Also I have a few new projects I am working on and several drafts for new articles that I will hopefully be getting written in the next few weeks.

Thanks folks and happy gaming!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Army Transport

Hey folks,

Can someone out there recommend a good army transport system? I want something that can hold a lot of infantry plus a land raider and a rhino sized vehicle or two. I would also like something to haul my paints around as well. If you could I would like the exacts size of foam trays that would work best for 40k models. Thanks!

P.S. I haven't forgotten about giving you my thoughts on my first battle with the new Dark Angels. Academia has been a cruel mistress lately so I will be getting to it soon. I will give you a short preview of how it went though. I won with one model left on the board in a 3k game against two 1500 point nidzilla armies.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Gaming in Atlanta!

So yes the rumors are true I did some gaming down in Atlanta yesterday. It was a tournament based on the Path to Glory Campaign, this was however just an introductory thing, and kink worker outer, which was great for me for doing both War band battles and Warriors of Chaos. So in warband/Path to Glory you have favor points to get units and deck out your Champion, you earn favor points  by participating in battles, killing the enemies big guys, winning challenges and other stuff the chaos gods look favorably upon. One nice thing is that you get to pick a god, and every unit in your warband gets that mark if they can. So me and Tzeentch most of my army had a 6+ ward save, and if they have shields 5+, the parry save is upgraded, booyah. So my warband was 4 marauders with shields, 2 normal chaos warriors, 1 chaos warrior with great weapon, 1 chosen with throwing axe, a spawn and my champion with shield and throwing axe. So without going into all the rules warband plays exactly like a normal game just with Favor Points not Victory Points, the major difference is you roll and spend favor points on the models you get, and that is what you are set with, then when you accrue more favor points you can take more rolls and add to your warband. Also there is set gear for your units then additional stuff you get to roll on, biggest difference for me was that Warriors dont have Chaos Armor just heavy armor. So onto the games, it was three games of 2v2 on 3' x 4' table lots of terrain, too much if you ask me. And Joshua if you read this I know I am now at -1 LD for the rest of the tournament. Then for the fourth battle it was a battle royal, with some heavy twists.

Game 1: Played a warband with 10 marauders, 3 forsaken, champion, and dragon ogre. To start out i could do no wrong my spawn crushed half his marauders, my warriors chomped up the other marauders and my chosen wounded the Dragon Ogre with his throwing axe. Then around turn 3 i started dying. Spawn went down my marauders got routed dragon ogre crushed chosen and warriors. I lost, everymodel dead, with about half his dead.

Game 2: Enemy Warband was two Chaos Trolls, champion, chosen and some marauders and warhounds. My spawn was MVP, killed champion chosen and marauders. My marauders killed his hounds and his trolls killed my Champion causing my marauders to flee. Then after his trolls over ran they got stupid and wandered to the edge of the map too far for me to catch in time. Victory for me.

Game 3: enemy warband was 5 warhounds, 3 warriors, 8-9 marauders and champion. This time the dice gods held me down. Crushed his warhounds then chosen was crushed my champion fled, my marauders lost combat by one fled and was caught, warriors lost by one also fled and were caught, spawn rolled a 1 for random attacks and did nothing, was killed in second round and we called it, major victory for him. I failed 3 LD tests which I should have passed causing my army to run and be easy targets.

So i won best Sport, probably bc I had lowest score of the non tournament runners, i did not actually place last thank you very much. So for that i got to take a mutalith or slaughterbrute for d6 games, for free. Well i choose Mutalith and of course only managed a 1 on the roll. But at least i will get to curb stomp somebody one game.

Sorry this is soo long but....

My comments, when playing warband the big guys/monsters are really important and dangerous while your champion and chosen are not as strong as you would think they would be.  Even with ward saves my guys died real fast. Even though i did badly i thought the tourney was fun and am looking forward to the real campaign. This has been great for forcing me to buy units and get them painted in a hurry, as well as trying out models i normally wouldnt take. In the future i will have my champion and chosen in units because alone they are squishy. Also from this tourney i learned warhounds are a bad choice as they always die real fast and have trouble doing damage. And that LD is big big big in these small games as one unit fleeing or dying takes away for me a 3rd or 4th of my army.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Gaming today

Hey folks, Bob here. Today both John and I will be doing some gaming. John is going to be playing down at Games Workshop: City Walk in Hotlanta, Georgia and I will be playing over at Hobby Town USA in good ole Johnson City. City Walk has a cool campaign starting up to get players into a new Warriors of Chaos army called Path to Glory. Warbands of Chaos will be going at each other. Hopefully John will put up some thoughts on the days events and maybe some thoughts on playing Warriors of Chaos. Meanwhile I will be taking my Dark Angels over to Hobby Town for my first time trying out the army since the new book came out. I will do an article on my thoughts on the army and what list(s) I try out. Hope you guys and gals can get some gaming in today too!!