Friday, November 21, 2014

What A Ride!!!!

I was sitting here this morning thinking what an amazing last two months we've had in the Warhammer World.

To say everything has changed would be about as big a statement as "Margaret Thatcher was unpopular with Miners".

It has been a real roller coaster ride with twists and turns coming on a weekly, if not daily basis.
And the "scary" thing is that we don't know where it all ends!

Looking back at the last few months let's look at some of these changes.

It all started with rumours of 9th Edition being released in September. We didn't get that and instead got what was termed an "Expansion".
  • The Nagash book hit and nobody really knew how to treat it. We're these new rules? Was it a toolbox? Was the combined list overpowered?
  • Fantastic new models, especially the Mortarchs - but every one - Nagash, Morghasts, Spirit Hosts - were a hit.
  • These brought new rules e.g. the combined profile and what was that a harbinger for as well as the controversial 50% Lords / 50% Heroes rule. Was this just for End Times or all Warhammer.
  • Coming with these was a serious advancement in the storyline - in particular the framing of the conflict being one of Chaos vs. Order. This reset all the old alliances and enmities.
  • Characters could die! Everyone suddenly had their favourite character death - mine was Thorek (though I note we haven't seen the body). Old characters were breathed with new personality. I really liked Arkhan and enjoyed his tormenting of Mannfred.
And just as we were digesting all the Nagash info, Games Workshop dropped the FAQ bomb.
Suddenly it was truly a Brave New World.

Nagash was quickly - even by GW's more recent history - followed by Glottkin and the changes kept coming.
  • More new models - for me the only miss was Gutrot - and another twist of the power level. While a lot of players - especially some vocal TK players - could live with the Undead Legion suddenly for a lot of people a combined Legion of Chaos was a scary thought.
  • Beastmen received marks and suddenly came back into play - I dug out my Pestigors which now sit expectantly on the painting table.
  • The story continued to move on. Characters died and came back and the Empire was truly up shit creek.
  • And if Nagash was scary.....dum, dum, dum.....enter KFC
While we were catching our breath - and much sooner than anybody thought - Khaine is entering the arrival lounge. And what an entrance this appears to be!
  • Everything that we've been told about the Elves is a lie. Malekith has truly been maligned rather than just being a very naughty boy. And Tyrion is the bad guy.
  • The army lists appear to be redrawn so the "guys who really love the aesthetics of the Elves" can add Brolocks to their Frostheart aviary (or vice versa).
  • And then yesterday's revelations that Magic may have indeed gone batshit crazy. New spells, Winds of Magic increased to 4D6 and every wizard a Loremaster.
There's an old Chinese proverb "May you live in interesting times". No-one is ever sure if it is a curse or a blessing.

For Warhammer those lines may be greyer than ever for some people.

For me, well I'm excited.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mordheim Comes to PC

The first GW game I ever played was Mordheim so I was quite excited when I say this:



This is just the Teaser video but there is a 10 minute game walkthrough on Youtube as well.

Can you guess my Warband?

Warhammer Magic Goes Batshit Crazy!

Ok the latest tidbit stalking the net ahead of the End Times: Khaine release:


Magic is now 4d6. No generating spells, you know ALL of the lore, regardless of level. Nagash will know every lore he has access to, for  example. Wizard levels only helps with casting/dispelling now.


Now I'm not sure this is real but if it does, well let's say there is an awful lot of Obsidian about to be mined and turned into charm bracelets.


All I can say is Horrors of Tzeentch look an awfully good buy. Finally :-)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Who Says GW is a Model Company?

We regularly hear GW describe themselves as a model company - presumably as distinct from a games company. That makes the cover of the latest White Dwarf all the more surprising/disappointing.

This is obviously the old Malekith model and given the brooding one is the poster boy for the next End Times release it gives credence to the circulating rumours that this book won't be supported by extensive model releases.

That's a shame as I think a dual Malekith/Imrik plastic kit would have had legs. Hopefully we will see some new releases - Avatar of Khaine presumably - but it looks like it is in the latter weeks.

 

FOB Lite Comp - Where Is It?

Over the past couple of months I've been asked about potential updates for FOB Lite Comp. This has largely been inspired by the release of the End Times books and the recent FAQ from GW re character percentages.

Taking a step back, the basis of FOB Lite was to be a permissive comp system - with the caveat that it had "some" restrictions to knock the top off the more egregious combos. It has also been an evolving system with the restrictions lessening as more and more 8th Edition books were released.

The underlying philosophy was to not be too prescriptive as to what people could and could not bring. As a TO I have found that people want to bring their toys and it's only other people's armies that are broken.

The arrival of End Times has really thrown a spanner among the pigeons!

So what are my thoughts?

First, and foremost, we are in a state of flux. While we are always part way through a release cycle, End Times has amplified that tenfold. Things are very much a moveable feast until all the books are released and we see the final "shape". In the interim we see some races getting boosts - and I don't think anyone would argue that all ET releases have seen a ratchet up in power - while others wait their turn.

Secondly, Warhammer has fundamentally changed. New rules mechanisms are being introduced - e.g. Combined profiles - that drastically change the nature of the game. These are hard to fully reconcile within the existing FOB comp system without making calls that some people will like and others will hate.

On that basis I won't be updating FOB Lite to reflect the partial release of End Times. Once all the books are out then I will revisit that and see where things are at. It may be that comp is not needed at all and we have reached some sort of nirvana. I hope so.

Shadowing all this, is the expected release of 9th Edition mid-2015. Typically this sees a reset of all comp until things have been tried and tested under the new rules.

As to how this impacts upcoming events, the only one scheduled with FOB Lite Comp is the NZTC at the end of February. I have been discussing this with a few people and you can expect a definitive announcement in the next couple of weeks.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Here Comes "The Host of the Phoenix King" - Choo Choo

Here are some interesting little titbits from the next White Dwarf:

There is the Host of the Phoenix King which seems to be a combined Asur, Asrai, Druchii army under Malekith and Teclis and the Aestyrion, who are loyal to Tyrion.

There is a third list mentioned but no details given other than: "In Warhammer: Khaine there is, once and for all, an absolute winner in the war for the Phoenix Crown. The third army represents the Elves that survive."

and

"In a game set during the End Times, Wizards of Level 3 or higher know End Times spells in addition to the other spells that they know. Each different End Times spell can be cast only once per Magic phase and cannot be dispelled if successfully cast (see page 8).

Most End Times spells are extensions of existing Lores of Magic and benefit from the lore attribute of their parent lore in the usual way. Any Wizard who knows the lore in question will also know any End Times spells associated with that lore. Some End Times spells are not associated with any lore (for example, Conjure Arcane Fulcrum) on page 10). These spells can be used by any wizard, unless they state otherwise."


and lots of new models:

Tyrion
Malekith
Imrik
The Eternity King
The Avatar of Khaine

Plus

Battle Magic: End Times consists of 22 cards (so it would seem that there are quite a few spells).

And finally some story spoilers:

Tyrion draws the Widowmaker, not Malekith.

There's a picture of Malekith, Teclis and the Everqueen at the head of a combined Asur, Asrai and Druchii army. This is 'The Host of the Phoenix King' list.

Malekith is stated as being the sole claimant to the Phoenix Crown and there's a suggestion that Tyrion might actually be the bad guy.

Quick get onboard the train before it leaves town!

NZTC Spots

One team has withdrawn from the NZTC so I have one spot open.

If you are looking to put a team together then please get in touch. Currently I also have one player looking for a team so don't worry if you don't have a full complement as I can furnish players.

In fact if you are an orphan and would like to participate, contact me and I'll put a team together for you.

End Times: Elven Big Brother

So the 22nd of November is confirmed for our next instalment of End Times. And this time all is not well in the land of the Elves.

The word coming out of GW is as follows:

Over 6,000 years ago an Elven prince was denied his birthright. Now he seeks to reclaim it. The bloodiest, most tragic war of the End Times is about to begin. Be here on Saturday the 22nd of November to find out more.

They have even released a little video to go with it. Contained within is the secret text:

 

The flames await the Phoenix but the Dragon stands against him.


More angst than a teenager's Facebook page.

 

However I try to get the most important page reference - where it says you can add a Frostheart to your Brolock army.

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hobby Update - The Weekend That Was

So apart from my game versus Neil on Saturday, I managed to squeeze in a little bit of hobby over the weekend.

First I dug out the newly fashionable unpainted Pestigor I had in my model drawers downstairs.

I managed to find twelve of the little beasts and spent last evening removing flash and mould lines prior to painting. If I don't do this, the Prep Gestapo - Jack and Charlie - attack relentlessly.

They are now ready for priming and matching to the 25 I already have painted. I suspect I'll then do the normal headstone filler to give me the full 40 cow unit.

Downstairs I've had 19 Eternal Guard painted. I don't think they have ever seen the table in the seven years I've owned a Wood Elf army. With the release of the new book I thought "Wouldn't a unit of 30 be great! Or even three annoying units of 10?" Of course I couldn't face the thought of painting another Wood Elf so managed to talk Sam in painting an extra 12 for me.

Below is the finished unit:

Sam has done an excellent job matching the original style giving me a largely seamless unit. I have rebased the original - mixed herbs, static grass and SWM Autumn Leaves - and that helps tie them all together.

So is a horde of EG the new broken or will these stay dutifully on my shelf? Time will tell.

The eagle-eyed will notice a mummified skink on my work tray behind. Just a present from Nurgle the Cat!

 

FOB NZ Rankings - WHFB Updated for Vermintide

The Fantasy rankings have been updated for Vermintide.


Alan Hughes, the winner of the event, enters the Top 20 for the first time.


The Best Army icons remain tightly held by the Top 10