Monday, March 19, 2018

Weekly Hobby Update

This week I got the Players Pack for The Long War finished and posted. As of this morning half of the available places have been filled with eight still open.

I managed to get a couple of games of 40k in over the course of the week. In the first I played Sean's Adeptus Mechanicus (and managed to kill my first ever Imperial Knight). The second I played Josh's Imperial Guard where I got to walk down the table into the teeth of his fire. Both games saw me eke out narrow wins getting me back to a 4-4 record with the Emperor's Children.

This Wednesday I'm off to Adepticon for the weekend. I get to fly 26 hours each way for the four days of the convention. This is the third Adepticon I've been to and I'll be spending most of my time doing hobby classes. I'll try and get photos from the various events. Taking an empty suitcase which I'll look to fill at the various vendor stalls.

40k - Game Tracker - Fear This! Kustoms

I'm a sucker for game aids and I have been trying to get myself something to help with in-game tracking.

Recently I was reading the Spiky Bits blog and saw the following game tracker. It was cast in resin having been 3D printed. Dimension wise it is approximately 6" x 3" and 10mm thick.Costs USD15 and tracked postage was USD8.

Arrived in NZ in approximately 5 days though NZ Post took 7 days to get it from Auckland to Wellington. Well packaged in layers of bubble wrap. The tracker is very crisply cast.

I sprayed mine with black primer and then a purple spray to match my Emperor's Children. Then I painted the dice wells (fit 12mm dice) black and filled in the lettering. To complete the finish - and ensure I don't scratch my wooden table surround - I glued felt to the bottom.

Happy with how it turned out and having used it now in my last two games it certainly helps me stay focused on the prize.

Friday, March 16, 2018

40K - The Long War #1

HERE  is the Players Pack for the first of the Warlords "The Long War" series.

To sign up to "The Long War" you need to be a full member of the Warlords or pay the $25 entry fee.

Email me your interest and I register you for the event. At the same time let me know whether you whether you are a Warlords member, wish to become one or just want to pay the $25 event fee. Warlords membership is $50 for the full 2018 year so you effectively get 50% entry if you attend four events plus membership that entitles you to free attendance at fortnightly meetings.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

40K - Speeding Up Play - Skirmish Trays

For those that use Horde armies it can take an awful long time to move models.....especially in the first few turns of the game.

Recently I have been using a large unit of Chaos Cultists and can see how a big unit can slow down your play. Early on I like to string them out for board control or screening whereas late in the game their role may switch to more offensive.

To allow me to do this and still play with reasonable speed, I recently purchased a series of skirmish trays from local firm, Battlekiwi. I bought a five model "LINE" tray comprising two pieces of 3mm MDF. They were very economical....I got 12 for around $20....and they were in my hands in just over 24 hours. You put them together using PVA and I had them all constructed in 10 minutes.

I intend to have 3 models per tray in the early game.....this gives me separation of approximately 1.5 inches between models so I meet coherency requirements.

Over the weekend I will flock them to match my Cultist bases.

I see this as speeding up a lot of movement helping the game progress.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

40K - Assault Dice App

For those of you looking to speed up your play, I can recommend the GW "Assault Dice" App.

This is an iPhone/Android dice rolling app. It is powered by a Vegas-approved physics engine that allows you to roll up to 120 dice at one time.

The app lets you do re-rolls of certain results (e.g. 1s; Misses etc). You can also set up specific tables for certain units. For example I have my Sonic Blaster table where I roll 24 dice for 8 Sonic Blasters.

For those of you using Horde armies or weapons with extreme Rates of Fire this app is a godsend.

The one thing that you have to do is read the "Tutorial". It shows you how to do re-rolls without it affecting existing dice. Done properly existing dice are unaffected.

I am going to allow the app to be used at the FOB NZGT as I think it allows Horde players to speed up their play. Personally I would only use it when I needed to roll more than 30 dice and would have those units set up as a separate table.

And the best thing? It's less than the cost of a cup of coffee.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Weekly Hobby Update

The past week has seen an allround hobby effort.

First, I finished painting my extra Warp Talons. They made it out to the field on Saturday for a couple of games. I also received the game tracker I purchased from Fear This! Kustom. This has now been painted to match my EC - I'll post pictures tomorrow.

Planning for the FOB NZGT continues and I purchased two sets of terrain - one from Frontline Gaming, the other from The intention here is to ensure that there is a series of high quality tables for the event. I'll also have my eye out at Adepticon for any further potential purchases.

Also have agreed with the Warlords details of THE LONG WAR 40k series. This is an initiative to provide regular gaming events at the Warlords with a view to driving both attendance and membership.

Finally, I got two games in down at the Warlords. The first was against a new member Chris's Thousand Sons. We tried out a Maelstrom mission from the book and it ended in a tight 13-12 win to Chris. I then played John's AdMech andthough the scores were tied when we called it, I believe it would be again a narrow win to John. That means my Emperor's Children are currently 2-4 for the year.

40k - The Long War Super Series

This year I am organising a series of 40K tournaments for the Wellington Warlords. This builds on the Warlords Super Series I ran for Kings of War for the past two years (now being picked up by Josh Barton).

THE LONG WAR will be four one day 1750 point three round tournaments run at the Warlords venue in Ganges Road, Khandallah. The dates are:

  • 19 May
  • 7 July
  • 1 September
  • 20 October
Each of the tournaments will be limited to 16 participants. Entry is open to all, whether you are a Warlords member or not.

The cost for each event is $20 but free if you have a full Warlords membership. Given that membership is $50 for the year there is no reason not to sign up to the Warlords. Not only do you get four one-day events, you also can attend 26 meetings a year at no additional cost.

The tournaments have been put in the Events Calendar below the Fields of Blood banner. I'll be posting up a Players pack in the next few days and will open registrations for the first event next Monday 12th March. If you'd like to know how to become a Warlords member then drop me an email here 

Become a Veteran of the Long War!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Weekly Hobby Update

Sorry for the lack of posts over the past week - real life has got in the way.

Last week I managed to get a game in against Sean Sullivan which ended in a 10-6 win to him. I tried out a couple of changes to my list and this necessitated a couple of purchases. The Warp Talons I used have expanded to 8 and the extra three are now on the painting table. I also picked up a couple of metal Obliterators from Jordan Green and they have been undercoated ready for next spot on the painting table.

The intervening real life was my mother died on Sunday morning. She got up out of bed, was having a cup of tea and had a massive heart attack, Apparently she was unconscious before she hit the floor. Mum had led a long life and she would have loved that she went out so quickly and without a protracted illness. Over the years she met a lot of my wargaming mates who came around for a game or a chat. Our family (including the cats) will all miss her but I'm glad she went out without any suffering.

Next few weeks will see me prepping for the trip to Adepticon. Really looking forward to this. Keen to attend the various classes that Jack and I have signed up to but also to see some of the amazing armies that are always on show.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Weekly Hobby Update

There hasn't been a lot of creative hobby for me in the past week. A lot of my time has been spent on working on planning for the FOB NZ Grand Tournament and listening both to podcasts and battle reports.

On Saturday was the first of the Warlords' Super Series for Kings of War. I had said that I would provide the terrain so got up nice and early so that I could be at the Club at 8.00am. By all account the event went well, being won by Hugh Dixon with Forces of the Abyss in a very tight finish - four players within a single point. The results have been uploaded and rankings updated to capture the event.

I took the opportunity to have a couple of games of 40k. I've been working on my Emperor's Children 1750 point list and so took that. In the first game I played Alistair's Tau, deployed poorly and suffered an alpha strike which meant I was always behind. At the end of the game we shared the four objectives, both had Linebreaker but he had Slay the Warlord and First Blood. So a small loss but overall a very fun game against a great opponent.

The second game was against Thomas' Wraith Eldar army. It was pretty much 3 big Wraith units, a Wraithseer, two Wraithlords plus Bonesinger and Spiritseer. Here I played much better both tactically and also mechanically. As it was a progressive mission, my greater mobility and number of units allowed me to always be ahead on the scoresheet. I worked at isolating one unit and dealing with it. There was one scary moment where Thomas got the Wraith blades into my Noise Marines and because I was Slaanesh he got 30 re-rolling attacks. There was nothing left of the Noise Marines but they did inflict damage on the Wraithseer on the way out. In the end I had a very solid win due to points bicked up on objectives and kills plus Slay the Warlord, first Blood and Linebreaker.

My EC start with 7 Command Points and in both games had used them all turn one. Unfortunately Chaos don't have a way to regain CPs so I suspect it is something I'll need to get used to.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NZGT has Sold Out!!!!

Twelve days after tickets went on sale and including the release of a further ten spots, the Fields of Blood NZ Grand Tournament has sold out. Really appreciate all the support.
Sixty gamers have signed up and paid their registration securing their tickets. They now have 7+ months to plan and build their army and in some cases terrain.

The hall has no further capacity to expand so no further places will be available. I am starting a wait-list in case there are any drops.

Speaking of support, I'd like to welcome Mighty Ape onboard as a sponsor for the event. We are working with them now to provide participants with some discounts etc to help them in the lead-up to the event. They will also be providing some prize support. Appreciate the efforts of David Grieg and the team at Mighty Ape.