Monday, February 4, 2019

40K - 2019 FOB NZGT - Registrations & Waiting List

Last week tickets went on sale for this year's FOB NZ Grand Tournament.

The tickets sold out in under two hours 😀

Under the "Event Registrations" in the banner above, there is a list of the 72 participants.

A waiting list has also been started should there be any drop outs. Last year real life intervened and there was some attrition leaving the event with 59 starters. My intention this year is to work on the basis of 64-68 participants.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

40K - Fields of Blood Warhammer 40k New Zealand Grand Tournament Tickets

Tickets for the 2019 FoB NZGT go on sale tomorrow 1 February at 8.00am

The event is limited to 64 participants due to the size of the venue.

You can download the Players Pack here

This event sold out in 48 hours last year and I expect that there will be good demand again.

Monday, January 21, 2019

40k - New Year, New Gaming Room

Just before Xmas Tom moved into a flat closer to his work. This seemingly innocent move put in place a train of events that involved some sensitive discussion as interested parties maneuvered to mutually beneficial outcomes.

As a result of these negotiations, the garage has returned to its role as a place to park a car, the outside shed a place for garden tools (rather than boxes of terrain) and my wargaming room  (off the garage) to a general storage room [95% wargaming stuff 😀). To offset that I have a room up in the main part of the house purely for gaming.

I called up Hagen one afternoon and he came around to help me move my gaming table. Easier said than done! The table sits on an old Games Workshop table and this was too large to get through our doorways (as well as weighing a tonne). So it had to be dismantled and reassembled once inside the room. The cabinet holds my armies and there is space at either end for 8x 92L boxes of terrain.

The room has built in cupboards for further wargaming storage. It is really well lit and you can get 360 degree access meaning that it is now easier to play Hammer & Anvil deployments.

The last two weeks higgins has been around and spanked tmy Harlequins both evenings.

Looking forward to have more locals over for games during the coming years.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

40K Harlequin List - 1000 Points

At the end of March I am going to Adepticon in Chicago and have signed up to play in The Long War Doubles. Jack will be using his Dark Eldar so I need to have 1000 point list to complement them. I've decided to use Harlequins.

The list I am working towards painting is as follows:

1000 Point Harlequin Battalion - Masque TBC


Troupe Master - Fusion Pistol, Relic + Warlord Trait
Shadowseer - 2x Spells TBC


3x Troupe - 2x Caress, 2x Fusion Pistols

Fast Attack

Skyweaver Unit - 4x Glaive & Haywire

Dedicated Transport

3x Skyweaver - 2x Shuriken Cannon

That comes in at 989 points. I'd appreciate any C&C on makeup, loadout, possible, Masque, Relic, Traits and Psychic Powers.

Monday, January 14, 2019

40k - Harlequin Vehicles

Over the break I painted up the vehicles for my initial Harlequin list so that I could get them on the table and start playing.

I have painted up 4 dual-Shuriken Cannon Starweavers and 8 Skyweaver jetbikes with Haywire. 

The crews haven't been done yet as I can add them as I paint them and still play in the interim. Also the placement of the crew will allow me to more efficient paint the highlights on the vehicle (no point highlighting then covering with riders 😀)

I wanted to be more muted in my Harlequins and not have the vehicles too garish or ostentatious.

Looking through my hobby drawers I found some of the magnetic flight stands Jack had bought from Litko. Using the same Secret Weapon bases used for Jack's Dark Eldar, I created magnetised bases for these flyers. The army's basing has been painted to match that of Jack's and my Dark Eldar.

I'll get some final pictures up once the riders are completed. In the interim I am painting Troupes to go in the Starweavers.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

40K - The Return of The Long War

In 2019 I'll be running The Long War 40k Tournament series at the Warlords.

These are three round one day events held at regular Warlords meetings. The tournaments are open to all but are free if you are a Warlords member. This incentivises people to join the Club and builds the community by having a regular group of people playing 40k at the Warlords.

The cost of each event is $25. However, as I said, if you are a full Warlords member (annual sub currently $50) then there is a substantial saving should you attend all of them. In addition, you can attend a further 20+ fortnightly meetings.

In 2018 there were four The Long War events. But 2019 will see that grow to FIVE!!!!!!

The dates and points levels are as follows:

  • 16 March - 1750 points
  • 4 May - 1500 points
  • 6 July - 1500 points
  • 7 September  - 1500 points
  • 19 October - 1750 points
The events have been loaded up into the "Events Calendar" - just push the button on the banner. A players pack for the first event will will be up in the next couple of weeks. If you want details on how to join the Warlords then just drop me a message.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

40K - Hobby Tip - Tinting Canopies

Over Xmas I have been painting Harlequin vehicles to take to the Long War Doubles at Adepticon.

I did not like the clear plastic canopies so decided to try and tint the canopies to make them better fit my paint scheme.

Going online, I saw techniques that used Humbrol Clear Paints but did not have any or access to get them quickly. So I decided to experiment.

In my collection I have the Gem Paints GW released a few years ago. They are to create gem like finishes on silver background. I decided to see if I could use them to tint canopies.

Well, you can. You need to do a few thin coats and in between time use a brush loaded with water to stop any pooling.

I think it has come up well and I like that it is thin enough to let the light through and throw it onto the face mask.

So a happy discovery - and a new use for those paints.

Fields of Blood New Zealand Grand Tournament 2019

Fields of Blood NZ Grand Tournament is back for 2019.

You can download the Flyer here

The flyer has the details as to when the Players Pack will be available and when tickets go on sale.

Capacity is limited to 64 people so mark it in your diaries!

Friday, December 21, 2018

40K - Chari-Con - 23/24 February

Chari-Con - the all for Charity Convention being run by Bede Bailey - has its 40k field filling up.

As of today, 24 places are filled. Bede has allocated me 40 places so if you are keen then please contact him to secure your place. You can access the details here

The Players Pack is written and can be accessed here.

"WHAT!!!! I only need to bring one book???"

This is the first in a series of events I'll be looking to run in 2019. The big two are the Fields of Blood NZ Grand Tournament and the 16 person Warhammer 40k NZ Masters. The events will range from hobby to no-holds barred events to cater to a broad range of participants.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

40k - Disappointed

The leaks today emerged of points adjustments in Chapter Approved. You can see them here

The changes are generally underwhelming. I was expecting a nerf of some of the major "offenders" but in all truth that hasn't happened. For my Dark Eldar list I am unaffected and it has got cheaper for me to add Eldrad to "help" them out.

However, that is not the biggest disappointment. As a TO I check a lot of lists. I can tell you from experience that I do not see the humble Tactical Marine in anything but a small percentage of lists. They needed a drop. At least two points for them and the vanilla CSM. There was nothing.

I'm not one for conspiracy theories nor tinfoil hats but.......

A lot of things that GW make in the Space Marine/CSM range got a drop. Terminators, Cult Marines, things GW makes discrete models for. Tacticals didn't.

Can only say that this adds weight to theories that they are on their way out to be replaced by Primaris. Can't give the customer any reason to buy the old pattern can we?