Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Land Raider Armored Proteus released by Forgeworld

Forgeworld has released another amazing model this week, the Land Raider Proteus.  As an old school player I remember when Land Raiders only looked like the bad boy on the left and we didn't have the modern Land Raider sitting on every hobby store's shelf.  Land Raiders used to be elusive things, things you heard about from veterans of the game, that as a young whippersnapper in the game you would never see. 

Then the plastic Land Raider MK II kit came out and the Land Raider became as ubiquitous to space marines as a 3 plus save.  I for one, remember when the Mark I was the Land Raider, and one of these days I am going pick up the new Resin version put out by the artists at Forgeworld, knowing that my sixteen year old self would have been pretty happy about it.

That and its a kick ass model.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Review of Imperial Armour Apocalypse Second Edition

During the Apocalypse game I played last weekend I picked up the new Imeperial Armour Apocalypse Second Edition book as a bit of an impulse buy.  I've enjoyed the recent Imperial Armour books and I've begun to collect them slowly. 

Earlier this year I had picked up both of the Badab War books, Imperial Armour Nine and Ten.  These books both detail out a conflict we have heard snippets of from codexs (even one of the most used washes, is named after the dispute) and some novels though this is the first description of the marine on marine conflict by the Forgeworld folks.  The thing I enjoyed most about the book was it's descriptions of the different marine chapters.  Each book went into graphic detail of the history and involvement of about ten chapters per book, including my beloved Raptors. I've also been teetering on the edge of starting an Astral Claws army for a while now, and one day that impulse may be too hard to resist.

But I digress, back to this Imperial Armor book.

This book has become a bit of a lightening rod for debate lately, due to "The Stamp".  The book is a collection of units, each with a stamp that designates which game it should be used in, Apoc, Apoc Formation, or Warhammer 40k.   It is the Warhammer 40k stamp that is causing some calamity. The statement in question (or stamp, if you will) is the below(stolen from BOLS, with apologies.)

The interpretation has fallen into two camps, one that the units are official and okay to be used in any game or tournament. BOLS is making the case, as many in my local meta gaming scene are, that the units help balance a currently vastly unbalanced game.  The second camp, with The Independant Characters being the most high profile example I could find, is stating that the above statement is mearly the status quo, that nothing has changed.  You need your opponents permission to use Forgeworld in any game and they are not Kosher for most tournaments, unless explicitly allowed.

I don't honestly know who is strictly right, though I hope the first camp is for two reasons. One is, I simply like Forgeworld.  The models are fantastic, the books are well put together, and other then a terrible distribution system for sales are a huge asset to the hobby. Two, I think this game does need some more balancing.  Games Workshop has shown very little interest, other then some FAQs, in balancing the game that they see as more of a hobby and less of a balanced competitive game.  I've always disagreed with this stance, I think it can be both. Regular codex updates and FAQs (with today's digital distribution through e-books and pdf.s should be easy) would fix this problem.  Forgeworld has come along and helped out a few long in the tooth codex's by giving them some effective, points appropriate units.  The BOLS article does a detailed explanation of this, so I won't plagiarize or rehash, so if you haven't read it go take a look. 

As far as units in the book are, there are some fantastic models.  The two standouts that I see are the Remora Drones for the Tau and the Wraithseer for the Eldar.  While other armies get some much needed love, these are two models that add something to codexs that were released when Bush was still in his first term and are woefully under served by our Games Workshop overlords.  

The Remora Drones helps get the Tau what they need, more marker lights that aren't tied to Devilfish.  They also add some needed speed to the list.  While the Tau used to be mobile, in today's game of fast vehicle spam they can play down right snail like.

The Wraithseer does to the Eldar what some of the Marine Chapter Masters do. It add some synergy by unique abilities that affect only certain types of units and makes them stronger. The Eldar have always had a strong psyker enhancement and the Wraithseer does this in a new and unique way by helping the Wraithbone units in the list.

All in all, despite the controversy, I am hoping to see some of these units pop up in my local gaming scene. A friend this weekend put it best.  "I got into this game to play with cool toys,and there are a lot of cool toys in that book".  I couldn't agree more.

What do you think? Do you want to see these units showing up, or is Forgeworld to be only used in "special" games and events?

Starting a Hobby Project list - Too much on my plate

I've decided I need to start planning my hobby efforts.  With rumors swirling of the next two codexs to be released being ones that I know I want to get in on next year could be very busy. I've got one major project and a few minor projects on my shelves to finish up.  I have been keeping a running track of projects in my head though its lead to many a half done list as something new comes across my line of sight. 

With the next codex coming into view about March-ish this is when I've decided I need to finish up what I'm working on or it just won't get done.  I run into this quite often, the finish or sell mode.  Anyone who knows me know that I collect way more then I actually have time to assemble and paint. I'm a bit of a 40k pack rat.  I think its due to me wanting to try many things and truly not finding one that is "my army". 

My current Major project is my Warriors of Chaos.  They are about 60% assembled and unpainted.  I am planning on breaking out the airbrush and getting these guys done over my Christmas break.  I planned that with my guard and it didn't quite work out last year, so we'll see how successful I am.

My minor projects are much more vast and in order of what I want to finish.
  • Finish my Nurgle Terminators/Raptors.  I've only got about 5 or 6 hours to finish highlighting and basing.
  • Grey Knight Terminators. I have 20 terminators and 2 dreadnights that are 40% done painting.  I had started a black and gold theme though it is just too consuming.  I am thinking I will break out the airbrush and just do the traditional bolt gun metal, wash, highlight and done. 
  • My "Valkyrie down" terrain peice.  I really just need to highlight and paint some sand I added and this one is done. 
  • My Ork Bikers. I have six bikers for my Ork army I need to finish up.
  • Cleaning up my bits.  I have 30 or 40 boxes of various models that I need to finish clipping the sprues of use full stuff. While not as sexy as the above, I need to do it, as the boxes take up too much room.
  • Adding to my Guard.  I'd like to paint up a baneblade and add about 4-6 russes to have on hand for both Apoc and and regular games.  I'd also like to pick up a Vendetta or two.  I have about 60 infantry I could paint up, though I don't have much interest in the "blob" lists.  I like tanks.
I'd like to clear off about half of the minor list and finish my WOC before March.  If it doesn't get done by then its not happening.  How do you organize your hobby projects?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tanksgiving Apocalypse Game at Games Workshop Alamo

 Today I spent the afternoon at Games Workshop Alamo playing in an Apocalypse game with the appropriately named Tanksgiving. The game was run by Reece of Front Line Gaming.  He owns a local game store where they sell GW and also do some amazing paint commissions.

It was fun to get my first Apocalypse game in, though I wasn't quite prepared for the sheer chaos of it.  The game was about 10-12k a side, with three objectives.   It was supposed to be a scenario with Necrons though no Necrons showed up so it was just played as a regular Apocalpse game.  I had brought my regular guard army though others had plenty of super heavies (mostly of the baneblade variety) and even one Eldar titan. 

 Our side had to hold the below objective as one of our three. You can see my guard in the lower right (green vehicles).

 The other side rolled hard with a large Vindicator formation followed by two superheavies.  Our artillery rained a lot of death on those models.

 The aforementioned rain......

 After the rain...

 My command squad was brutally gunned down by some Templars with only the Commander remaining.

 A squad of my veterans with Meltaguns and Meltabombs snuck in behind the super heavies on the bridge and was able to after a few turns destroy one of the Baneblades.

 Our Super Heavies began to fall after the second turn.  Tons of marines deep struck or rode in Stormravens and got into our lines.
 The giant silver balls were teleporters that brought in reinforcements.  Lysander in a large squad of TH/SS terminators was a real threat showing up in our back door.
 Luckily a vortex missile was locked in the chamber ready.
 ...and no more Lysander or Rhinos.
 My meltavettes managed to take out one more vehicle before getting blown to pieces.

 The fight for the bridge raged on with our Tyranid allies trying futilely to get the enemy ff the second objective.
 My guard did do okay at taking down a lone Space Marine.

 The game ended with both sides contesting the second objective and each side holding one.  A big fat tie.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday and Battlefoam

My latest annual black Friday tradition has been picking up Battlefoam products on the greatest of free market economy holidays at a healthy 25% off.  Last year I started with my first bag, a 720 with custom foam for my Imperial Guard that has been fantastic. 

This year, instead of one bag, I picked up a bunch of foam. I've collected a 1520 since then so I didn't think I needed more bags.  I am trying out their GW sized foam to fit in my obscene amount (don't ask) of GW hard cases.   I really hate the red foam that comes in these cases, they are way too hard and I don't think they provide enough protection.  Over the years the foam has been cut up to fit long sold armies, so some fresh troop trays will be a welcome addition.

I am also trying out their new line of more inexpensive bags.  My son, who I've written about in recent posts, has picked up the Squarebased variety of the hobby so I think it is time I get him his own bag (as compared to a box) to put his carefully painted swarm of rats into.  The price is right, and I think it will work well for a 1k-1.5k fantasy army.  After I get it, I'll toss up a review, as I am sure others are curious.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

First Warhammer Fantasy Game with my Son

I am trying out the mobile blogger, so this post looks a bit different. I played our first game with his Skaven and my Warriors of Chaos yesterday. It was not a good day for the Champions of Khorne.