Friday, June 29, 2012

Unboxing the 6th Edition Collector's Edition - video

I just got home from Frontline Gaming with my Collectors Edition of the Warhammer 40k sixth edition rulebook.

I made an unboxing video of what it looks like, nothing to detailed, but it'll give you an idea of what you get. 

Blogger is a bit weird on embedded videos, so you may want to open in a larger window.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Free Heavy Gear Rule Books for Download

As reported by Frontline Gaming's blog, the rules for Heavy Gear Blitz are availible for freee download. 

Check out the above linked article for the details.  Hard to say no to a company that is willing to give you digital versions of rules for free. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Retail stores may not get Collector's editions of sixth edition Warhammer 40k

Update:  The store I ordered my copy of the collectors edition from claims the below isn't the case for them, as of 6/28/12.  

According to a post up on the Warhammer section of Reddit, a local store was told that all Collector's editions were allocated to web sales.

"My GW rep just called, and told me that Web Sales took ALL the collectors and gamers editions, even though I'd preordered an allotment for my store, the web orders got my supply.
So if you preordered from your FLGS, check to see if they're getting any...
I asked about shortages for the standard book, and he said they still have plenty, and didn't forsee any shortage.
I also asked about FAQs, and he said "No idea, but the marines are pretty well updated in the core book" which was the only thing he'd tried personally, so far."

Hopefully this isn't true.  Otherwise there will be a lot of upset gamers on Friday.


25,000 Hits on Armyundecided - Woot!

I just passed over 25,000 hits this morning.  I've been running the blog for almost two years and it's hard to imagine how in the name of Zeus' butthole it got that much traffic.

Lets take a step back and look at the top 5 blog posts and how many hits they generated.

Number Five - 874 hits

First Warhammer 40k pictures with my new iPhone 4S 

This was a blog post where I took some pictures of a pickup game using the, at the time, new iPhone.  The pics came out much better then I had anticipated.  Most of the pictures on this blog, since I picked up the phone have been using it.  It just takes such nice pictures compared to my point and shoot.

Number Four - 904 hits

Repainting a twenty year old Land Raider Mark I

I wrote about how I took an old Land Raider, cleaned it up, and put a fresh coat of paint on it.   Came out not so bad.

Number Three - 964 Hits

Citadel Finecast Review / First Model

In this post I reviewed a Draigo I bought on Finecast launch day.  Spoiler had miscasts.

Number Two - 1078

Tanksgiving Apocalypse Game at Games Workshop Alamo

This blog post was a half battle report/half event report in an apocalypse game I played in over Thanksgiving at a local Games Workshop store.

Number One - 2027

Warmachine Two Player Battle Box - What's inside?

This post is an unboxing of the Warmachine two player battle box.  This post is a bit of a cheat, as it gets a lot of search traffic because of the goofy Warmachine picture at the top of the post.  In the all mighty words of Andy Sandberg, still counts!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Secret Weapon Minatures - How the washes stack up

I'm a big fan of Secret Weapon Minatures hobby products.  So much so that earlier this year I picked up a set of the entire line of washes.  The benifit is, when I am not sure which color to use, I can try a bunch!

I picked up some fantasy terrain from JR Miniatures and I had some trouble picking out what colors to use.  I decided to do a bit of a test, spraying two models grey and then throwing a few different colors of washes on top to see which I liked. As these are only terrain pieces I really don't want to put a lot of effort in.  The washes give some shading without too much work. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

How I got lucky with 6th edition Warhammer 40k - Allies

I ended up deciding to purge most of my 40k armies a few months ago leaving me with only my Space Wolves and Imperial Guard armies.   One of the rumors we are hearing is that allies are in this next edition.  Most of us who have been around the block remember a few editions ago how you could make some interesting combinations of lists, using allies.  It did help spice up the fluffy side, especially for the imperials.  

I ended up keeping two of the armies that can work together, so right from day one I should be able to try out some interesting combinations.  One of my concerns with 6th edition is how assault may get a bit nastier and vehicles may lose a lot of survivability with the advent of "hull points".  These two could weaken my imperial guard but a splashing of wolves could at least help with the turn 2 orks in my lines.

I think this change may have some interesting consequences for competitive play, good or bad, but it does seem to be a positive change for the garage hammer minded players.  Games Workshop has never really cared about the competitive scene, only selling models.  This should help them move a few more boxes of plastic toy soldiers.

If you haven't seen it yet, here is the chart of allies from a Warhammer world event in May.  Could be a guide on who can work with who.

 Image from Apocalypse 40k.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Leaked 6th edition Warhammer 40k Pictures from White Dwarf

 Not much to say here, other then to check out the leaked pictures.

6th Edition Warhammer 40k Rulebook - Collector's edition or regular?

The details haven't leaked yet, though we know from all of the pricing info out there we know a collector's edition of the Warhammer 40,000 rulebook will be released next week. Even though it's not what I am most looking forward to this summer, it is hard not to look forward to picking up a copy of the new rules.  I'm usually a sucker for these types of things as I really like books and have a bit of a collecting bug.  These are not traits you want to have in a war gamer.  My model collection gets thinned out fairly regularly, but I still have 2nd edition codexs on my book shelves.

I went back and forth trying to decide and I went ahead and pre-ordered a collector's edition  from Frontline Gaming yesterday.  I decided that as much as I put into this hobby spending an extra $50 on a nicer version of the rulebook made sense for me.  The question is, should you pick up a copy?  If any of the below applies to you, you may want to consider it.

  • It's a pretty limited edition.  Frontline told me since I was fourth in line, I may not even get a copy as Games Workshop is telling their resellers quantities are very limited.  This could be a line of horse manure to drum up sales, we'll see. 
  • The value.  While expensive I would guess that it would hold it's value pretty well.  This factor is always a thought in the back of my mind with hobby investments. I consider that if a purchase ends of being a mistake, how much will it cost me between what it would sell for and what I paid.
  • The cool factor.   This thing should be a pretty nice lookin' book on your shelf.  This is the sixth edition of their flagship product and coincides with it's 25th anniversary so I would hope Games Workshop would do it it justice.

I don't know if it's worth it to everyone.  If you had to pick between models for your army that you needed to win games or spending money on a a prettier version of  the rulebook, which most likely will sit on a shelf once the mini books are available, I would most likely go for the models.   If you are like me and you have the collecting bug as well as enjoy having this kind of stuff sitting on the shelf you may want to pull the trigger.

Monday, June 18, 2012

An Inexpensive Display Case for Minatures - The Ikea DETOLF

I know a lot of gamers know of these cases, though some may not.  These are very inexpensive display cases that are a great fit for displaying your models.  I have two myself and other then being a real pain in the butt to assemble (like all Ikea furniture) they are a great solution.  I picked mine up at my local Ikea for around $65.

If you haven't seen these before, check them out here.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

KR Multicase is doing Dropzone Commander Cases

Looks like KR Multicase is throwing its hat in the ring with some Dropzone Commander custom cases.  The exact cases won't be announced until closer to the release of the game though if the picture they've released is any indication they look like an elegant solution to storing these 10mm beauties.

I knew they were doing these for the Premium versions of the starter and other army deals on the Hawkwargames website so it's nice to see these are going to be sold a la carte.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

This summer's most exciting release isn't what you expect

While most of the gamers I know are pretty revved up for the release of the 6th edition Warhammer 40,000 or the game changing Colossals of Warhmachine I am excited about door number three.  A brand new 10mm game from the other side of the pond (England) is about to drop, and yes, the pun was intended. 

Dropzone Commander (DC)  is a new game by a new company, Hawk Wargames (HWG).  I first saw some of the models as they were posted up on Dakka a few months ago and have been following this game ever since.   Hawk Wargames has done an excellent job of keeping interest up by posting pictures of the units every day for the last few months.  Certain other companies could learn a lesson from Hawk Wargames. 

So why should you pick up this game?  I'll tell you why.

#1  It's the first small scale Sci Fi game to hit the scene in a long time. 

Yes, I know Heavy Gear is out there (and I have heard they've done wonders with the ruleset in it's last incarnation) as well as Battletech.  What separates this game from those two is those games is the scale of the game, as in the number of models and size of the battles.   10mm large battles have traditionally been almost exclusively a historical endeavor.  Games Workshop flirted with the scale for a while with Epic 40,000 and "maintains" the game as part of it's specialist range.  This means not much in the way of actual attention gets thrown Epic's way.

#2 The models.  If you haven't seen all of them, check them out now.  Stop reading and go look.  Seriously.

The above link is for the faction I am going to try out.  The Post Human Republic.   

#3 The story.  What has always been so compelling about Warhammer 40,000 has been the stories of evil space marines and epic aliens.  I might have that backwards, though in any case the story has keep me hooked since I was in High  School and first rolled dice in a friend's garage while he tried to explain 2nd edition to me.  The bits of story Hawk Wargames has released show Dropzone Commander to be just as engaging.  My favorite tidbit is the part about humanity getting its collective ass kicked on Earth and having to fall back to the stars. 

#4 The game.  This should be number one on this list though as a Games Workshop fan for many years I have learned that even a sub par game can be fun.   That wasn't meant as a slander on Games Workshop, it's just the reality of what playing their games for so long has done to me. The rules haven't been fully released yet though we do know a few things.  The game is an alternative activation which  leads to a more engaged gaming experience.  Most of the games we play now have a lot of down time when it's not your turn.  Games Workshop itself recognized this as a problem when it created Warhammer back in the eighties.  It's the reason why we have armor saves, it gives the opponent something to do on your turn.


Even though I am really excited about the game there are a few negatives.  It's a first edition of a gaming system and those typically have a lot of bumps you have to deal with.  I've heard that even though we are six weeks out from the release date the points aren't finalized for the factions, this could be an indicator of balance issues. 

Hawk Wargames has come out and said they are planning on regular rules updates so while I am concerned about the above it should actually create a more living game then other systems out there.  Time will only tell. 

I do know I can't wait to get these models in my hands. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Surprise visitor - Khador Conquest Colossal in person

A few folks at the game store I play Warmachine at,  Black Diamond Games, brought back a few Colossals from Lock and Load. I got a chance to take a look at the Khador one in person, though the Cygnar one wasn't put together yet.

In person it's even better then the pictures online.  While most of the pictures I have seen make it look much bigger then even a behemoth, given the price I thought they were a bit small.

Getting to see the model first hand I've changed my mind completely.    These are the perfect size and look like beasts on the tabletop.   The only unfortunate thing about this specimen was the gloss spray on  it..  To me gloss sheen is a huge detractor, really taking away from the looks of the model. 

Using the same  advanced tank weathering techniques I used on my Baneblade is going to make this model look amazing.  Basing it could be a concern as I'd like to come up with a dramatic basing job for the model.  I did a wreck marker for my Behemoth base and I would like to top that.  Maybe standing on a whole jack?  Crushing a battle engine could be cool though that might be a bit much.  

The end of July is coming up quick. Can't wait...

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Probability and how it works in Warmachine/Hordes

It's time for a shameless repost.  As I've said before, most of my reposts are done simply so I can find them in the future.

Check out this great article in how probability works in a 2d6 game like Warmachine/hordes, from

Article is here.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Help a FLGS with a minute of click time

One of the local games stores I frequent, Black Diamond Games, is trying to get a small business grant.  The winners are getting picked by votes (dumb, but that's what Chase is doing).  Take a few seconds and click on the below link to vote, could make a huge difference for a game store.

You need some info to fill it out.

Business is "Black Diamond Games" in Concord, CA.

Thanks everyone.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Winterguard have arrived - Big Khador Expansions

I ordered some Winterguard last week, and they finally show up this week.  I've been resisting using them, as I like the Man O War units a lot, and using the Winterguard seem to be the antithesis to the Man O War units I hadn't got any until now.  I've recently had a change of heart, and I've decided to pick up a few units to try and up my game. 

I really like my shock troopers, but I have a feeling they just aren't pulling their weight.  The Behemoth is a beast, and the Pike men have been worth their salt so that leaves the Man O War units, although my favorites, the first on my chopping block at 35 points. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Khador Behemoth Kit - What's inside the plastic/resin kit?

When I picked up my Khador Behemoth I was curious what the difference was between the prior all metal version and the current resin and metal kit.  I couldn't find much on the Internet as far as pictures, so when I opened up the kit I decided to take some video so others that wanted to see what was inside would have some reference material.

I did end up painting the Behemoth, after mounting on a Protectorate of Menoth Wreck Marker.  You can see pictures here.