Tuesday, September 23, 2014

7th Annual New Zealand Masters

The 7th Annual New Zealand Masters will be held at Cashmere Avenue School in Khandallah Wellington on the weekend of 6/7 December.

As in past years, three competitions will be offered:

  • Warhammer Fantasy
  • Warhammer 40k
  • Flames of War

Umpires are now being organised for each of the events. All three competitions will be over six rounds. As in previous years each event will seek a field of twelve players.

Invitations will be issued on 31 October. These will go to last year’s Masters Champions and to the top ranked players as per the Fields of Blood New Zealand Rankings.

Battle Report - Ogres vs. Beastmen

Continuing the series of 2000 point games I've been having, on Saturday afternoon I played Mike's Beasts. Since our last game he has replaced his Minotaur block and characters with a Bestigor block.

We rolled up Meeting Engagement and then promptly decided to leave half our armies at home. In Mike's case it was his three Mages plus Harpies while in mine it was the Gutstar and the Maneaters.

So it was a tentative set up for me - I deployed first - with me having to hold back my army to let the Gutstar and Maneaters catch up. This meant all three characters went in the Bulls and the Sabrecats patrolled the flanks.

When I deployed I didn't know Mike wouldn't have any Magic defence if I went first. It wouldn't have likely changed anything as my characters needed their vehicle. Below you can see Mike's waiting Mages. He had taken "Wild" magic - I had to read all the spells - on a Level 3 and two Level 1s.
Mike was also circumspect in deployment as you'd expect.
As you can see below the buses have arrived. I tried to cast Comet but failed by one. My Ironblaster pinged 3 wounds off the chariot on the hill.
Mike's army has now arrived as well so we can start the battle.

NZTC 2015 - Update

Just an update on NZTC spots.

As of last evening 12 of the 16 spots have been secured and paid for. So there are limited spots left.
As previously noted there is no opportunity to expand the capacity.

The teams that have signed up so far:

von Trapp Family (Khandallah)
Shirts Off Warhammer (Mercenary Team selected from around Australasia)
Bucketheads (Manawatu)
DILFs (Auckland)
Beauty & the Beasts (Kapiti)
Legion of Doom (Kapiti)
Stonefall Massive (Horowhenua/Wellington/Melbourne)
The Nice Team (Wellington)
Grumpy Old Men (Wellington/Auckland - they've put the band back together)
Ham with Cheese (Waikato)
The Victorias (Melbourne)
Weekend Warriors (Waiarapa/Wellington)

Space for 16 more people - 4 teams.

I currently have two people on my "orphans" list so if you would like to play but don't have a team then I can help. Just drop me an email here

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekly Hobby Update

Been getting into some hobby over the past week. Certainly not concentrating on any one army has helped the creative juices.

Painting wise I have finished a unit of 5 Sisters of the Thorn (yes I feel unclean) and also 5 Hexwraiths. I intend to have pictures of both up tomorrow.

This has also inspired some purchases. First, Slave to Painting who got an order for cans of Army Painter Primer and Varnish as well as Secret Weapon Miniatures Autumn Leaf Cover. Last night IronHalo.net got an order for resin basing material for VC Hexwraiths plus a multitude of High Elf figures that need basing (yes I do have dirty secrets -owning a High Elf army is the worst).

Finally I bought the latest two buildings from Tabletop World. They are both Townhouses and will add to my terrain collection. I'm hoping to have them finished in time for NZTC.

I also got two games in. I've posted the Battle Report versus Sam Whitt's Dark Elves. Later in the week I'll post the second game, versus Beastmen.

ETC 2015 - Team Selection - The First Steps

The 2015 ETC will be held on the weekend of 7/8/9 August in Prague, Czech Republic.

The first stage in putting together a team is selection of the Captain. This is undertaken by the previous year's team who review the applications and make their selection.

The new Captain then runs the selection process for the 2015 team. In the past this has had him convene a selection panel and seek nominations from interested players.

To get this ball rolling, I am now seeking applications for 2015 Captain. I'm setting a deadline of 5pm (NZT) 29 September for interested parties to lodge an application.

Disclaimer: I do not intend to re-apply for the Captain's position so the NZ Team will require a new skipper.

Battle Report - Ogres vs. Dark Elves

On Saturday Sam came down for a game. He was running his Crack's Call Dark Elves - so 2000 points. We played Dawn Attack and neither of us was greatly affected by "random" deployment.

My big concern was Sam's Cauldron WEs ripping me a new one so I was determined not to let them hit anything meaningful. However my main re directors were very vulnerable to Sam's shooting and Magic.

Sam decided to charge the Sabrecat with his Hydra and the Bulls with his DR dart. The hydra made quick work of the cat but did take one wound in return. The Bulls survived the charge and killed three DRs in return.

Here possibly the most important series of dice rolls in the game happened. I had my Mournfang on my far left holding Sam's right flank. He cast Doombolt - 4 dice, Level 2 - and I failed to dispel it - 5 dice, Level 4. He then inflicted seven hits, six wounds. I saved all of them on 4s.

Friday, September 19, 2014

GW Models

I know that people continually bitch about how expensive Games Workshop's models are - and yes they are expensive- but I don't think that they give credit for just how good they are.

Games Workshop players are as a group a hypocritical bunch always looking for fault in the machinations of the Evil Overlord [as an aside contrast this with other gamers who seem to sup the Koolaid with all the critical analysis of a Moonie Cult member].

IMO one thing that is not up for discussion is the quality of the miniatures that GW produce. Every now and then they may deliver a shocker - and don't we let them know - but 95% (at least) of what they produce is light years ahead of their competitors. This especially holds true as they have moved into plastic and left both metal and Finecast behind.

You have a look at some of the dross other companies turn out in plastic (more a resin hybrid). At Adepticon one company gave out a box set of their plastic figures and having the chance to look at the figures I saw just how inferior they were to GW. Putting aside the aesthetics - which I personally find fugly - the material was so inferior to GW's hard plastic.

I know it's cool for all you Gen Y kids to "hate the man", "rage against the machine" etc but GW seriously deserves kudos for the quality of its product. Take a look at the new Morghasts, Nagash - in fact anything from the End Times - and it really is light years ahead. The 40k Ork release similarly is packed with great models. Sure you get the odd design clanger - I'm looking at the SW Santa Sleigh - but you can never fault the production quality. The scale and grandeur of the models is staggering.

And it's not just the models. If you haven't had the chance check out the new End Times: Nagash rule book. Great production quality, lots of new art etc.

Kudos to GW...you may be the Establishment but not everything you do is evil.

NZTC Comp Sandbox Redux

Earlier this week I polled the captains of teams signed up to NZTC as to their preference as to composition to be used. The results of that was a clear preference for FOB Lite excluding Special Characters. This received the most votes of any choice and importantly over 50% of total votes.

As a result I am going to amend the Composition System to be used to reflect that preference.

Given this is a change to advertised conditions, I am happy to offer any team that wishes to reconsider participation a refund.

An updated Players Pack will be uploaded tonight.

End Times - Chaos Edition

So looking around the net things seem to be coalescing around the second End Times release.

The most common date for the Chaos influx is 4th October announcement (personally I see this as a little early and wonder whether this will be the date of the dual 40k/WHFB release of plastic Greater Daemons.

Assuming this is the case it looks like we will have a multi month release - up to six weeks of Chaos tools. The first four weeks will have one of each of the four Chaos Gods have a Greater Daemon released in plastic. This is in line with previous model rumours. It also fills October.

Then in November we see the release of the second End Times book.

The book includes two new lists. Firstly there is rumoured to be a Cult of Slaanesh for Dark Elves with a new Unit and Chaos Demons. Secondly, a Chaos Mono-List for Nurgle with Warriors and Demons united. There is also a new profile for Archaon - presumably with a new plastic model - and the return of some of the older Chaos characters ( not sure if we get models). There is however rumoured to be a new named Nurgle Chaos Champion model.

These are truly exciting times.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Crack's Call - Lists

Crack's Call is being held on the weekend of 27/28 September in Masterton.

This is the Marauders' first event in the wilds of the Waiarapa.

It is 2000 points and the lists can be found here

In addition there will be a steeplechase event on the Saturday night where the participants will try and navigate their Warhammer mount to racing glory.