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.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Weekly Hobby Update

Finished up the Cathedral which I posted pictures of last week.

I ordered a Fabius Bile model from GW Direct which turned up last week and started painting that. It is quite interesting that in the game, while Heretic Astartes, Fabius may not belong to a Legion (even Emperor's Children). This will limit how much table time he sees - I'll use him in narrative games - as he needs a separate Detachment for you to maintain your Legion Traits.

Here are a few early WIP shots of the Clonelord:

The base colours are laid down and I'm starting to tidy up all the errors.

Once he's finished I need to do work on my WotR models and I have some existing terrain to tidy up.

Fields of Blood NZ Grand Tournament hit its 50 participants on Saturday. I released the last 10 tickets yesterday and there are only two remaining. Once gone that is it.

Next time.......

Saturday, February 10, 2018

40k - NZ Grand Tournament Hits 50!!!!

The fifty tickets for the FOB NZ Grand Tournament have been sold. A big thank you to all of you that have supported the event by buying a ticket.

The capacity of the hall is limited and player comfort is paramount. That being said, I am going to check out the hall again today - armed with a tape measure and notebook. At the NZ Team Championships I have fitted in 33 gaming tables but that was very very tight.  I am going to check dimensions with a view to adding 4-5 tables which would mean an additional 8-10 tickets (total 29-30 tables).
Unfortunately that is the upper limit of the venue with no further opportunity to increase this year.

Therefore these extra 8-10 tickets represent your last chance to participate in what will be NZ's premier 40k event. If you want in, now is your last chance.

And aside of all this is that at capacity the event qualifies as an ITC "Major".

FOB NZGT - The Lucky Last

Down to ONE ticket left for FOB NZ Grand Tournament.

Forty-nine have signed up and paid which just leaves the one.

Who will be the Lucky Last?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hobby - Ruined Cathedral Terrain Piece

Last year I purchased the Ruined Cathedral from Puppet Wars. Over the past view days I constructed the building and painted it.

The various parts are cast in resin and needed to have mold lines removed. They were also far from perfectly flat and trying to rectify this with hairdryer and hot water was only partially successful.

I mounted the building on some 5mm MDF. The base board is 20" long and 10" wide. I used Gorilla glue to stick it down - and together and then filled the gaps with Green Stuff. I then glued sand over the GS.

Rather than go for a grey stone I decided that this would be a golden sandstone - think some of the British cathedrals e.g. York. I worked this up through 5-6 colours and washes.

 The internal floor is grey tiles with an inset black pattern. It has fallen masonry, wood etc scattered across the floor.

Outside I built up the surrounds with filler then covered it with mix of river sand and stones. These were then washed and drybrushed.

The final touch was to make yo some water effects to give some added colour. I mixed in some SWM Algae wash and then laid down a couple of coats.

I'm happy with how it has come up. It fits a lot of game systems and should make a centre piece for my table.

Monday, February 5, 2018

40k - Practice That Play

Yesterday Hagen and I had a game at 1750 points with him using his Deathwatch against my Emperor's Children. He used the list he had used in our last game which meant it was his usual soup of, in his words, "cool" units. From my viewpoint that just means every model is armed differently "just in case" - cue story of Skink Priest with Biting Blade/ Scout Champ with Power Fist etc back over 20 years.

I used a newer version of my Emperor's Children incorporating those models I have recently painted. This included a single unit of Obliterators, the "Three Amigos" - Sparkle, Primrose & Moonbeam - and the Masque (which was found in Tom's wardrobe).

Cultist "Blob" Moving Up Table Under Watchful Eye OF DPoC

We used my Chess Clock to time our moves.

The game got through three turns in the 2.5 hours - but by that stage Hagen only had his Land Raider (on 10W), a Drop Pod and Inquisitor left. My turns took 30 minutes, 39 minutes and 18 minutes.

This is too slow!!!

Hagen's turns took 24 minutes, 29 minutes and probably 7 minutes - so  he was far more on point.

My "New" Emperor's Children Obliterators With Their Sorcerer Friend

So what did I learn?

  • Know your unit's stats
  • If you don't know your unit's stats then have a hard copy of them available to reference
  • Don't rely on an army list on your iPad
  • Don't rely on a Codex on an iPad
  • Don't rely on both your Codex and army list on your iPad 😕
  • Have FAQs in hard copy
  • Ignore Hagen's questions such as "Are you sure your Rhino moves 12", can you show me"
  • Be mindful that your turn includes your opponent's fight phase 
Overall these were "Pete" problems and I'll address them from here on out.

Hagen's Drop Pod Squad Drop Down To Deal With My Rhino Bound Noise Marines

As for my play. I saw real benefit from the time I have spent watching battle reports, reading blogs and viewing games on Twitch. My placement was far stronger, my tactical acumen better and my application of rules nuances important. I was helped in that I got first turn in this game but I also felt that I made good choices.

I've just got to make them faster.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

FOB NZGT Ticket Update

Tickets when on sale on Thursday.

As of this morning there are  3 left!!!!

Those that are coming can be seen in the "Event Registration" tab under the FOB banner.

If you are wanting to attend the event you need to contact me and pay for your ticket.

A Facebook Group has been set up for those coming to the event. You can access it here

If you want to come to what is sure to be a premier event. Don't delay!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Weekly Hobby Update

Three things taken up most of my time this week.

Firstly, getting ready for FOB NZGT tickets to go on sale on Thursday. visited both GW shops with posters and flyers and then visited Valleycon and gave out flyers. There seemed to be very good level of interest so we'll see come Thursday.

Secondly, watched the Las Vegas Open. There were a few excellent games over the weekend and I learned a lot looking at figure placement in particular. Also saw a few of the "dark arts" in play.

Finally, while watching I built and painted three Obliterators for my Emperor's Children. I was really happy with the way they came up - they were the old metal 3rd Edition models which way a ton. I then re-based three of my WHFB Fiends of Slaanesh - "Moonbeam", "Primrose" and "Sparkles" - and gave them an additional highlight ready for my 40k Slaaneshi Daemon contingent.

The one annoying thing from the weekend was looking out the Masque of Slaanesh model Charlie St. Clair painted for me and not being able to find it. Both it and some metal Flamers of Tzeentch were missing 😕 If I have lent it to any of you locals I'd love it back. In the interim I've ordered a new Masque plus Fabius Bile from Games Workshop.

40K - A Blight On The Game

After saying that wargaming is not a spectator sport it is time to fess up. I spent a large part of my weekend watching 40k live from the Las Vegas Open up on the big screen.

Billed as the world's biggest 40k singles event - which it is with 500 players - the tournament goes through six rounds before splitting into a knockout Top 8. To make the Top 8 you needed to go 6-0-0 to guarantee a spot or worse case 5-1-0 (even a couple of those missed out). So no room for slip ups.

In the end the Top 3 lists were essentially the same Ynnari/Aliatoic list with the variance between them less than 100 points. This in itself is a potential problem - maths would say it is unlikely that out of a field of that size you would get three identical lists at the top unless there were some significant inherent advantages - but not the subject of this diatribe.

As we moved into the Top 8 games there was some very questionable sportsmanship on show. And there was a certain karmic satisfaction that those who "lived by the sword, died by the sword". However the most blatant "crime" was slow play.

Cyril the Snail is Usain Bolt compared to some players

Prior to the Final Game, I understand that the player who finished 2nd had not had a game go to Turn Three throughout the event. Certainly in his Semi-Final his 1st Turn took over an hour and his 2nd Turn around 30 minutes. In a game with 2.5 hours allocated this is unacceptable to most people watching. The Judges obviously thought so because they but in place a 20 minute limit per player turn in the Final. This meant that they at least got through three turns.

Slow Play wasn't restricted to a single player though he seemed particularly plagued by it. The player inquestion, is a Team USA player at the ETC, Captain of the ATC Team champions, had led the ITC Championship all year until the final game at obviously a very good and experienced player. Yet throughout the semi final, in particular, he was plagued by tactical indecision, needed to look up reasonably simple rules on his own army and continually questioning his opponent's rules. I appreciate he was playing under pressure but the impression portrayed was that it wasn't all innocent.

My view is that Slow Play whether innocent or deliberate is a blight on the game. I also believe that players who attend events should have a reasonable expectation that they will play their games to a natural conclusion. I am also determined that the Fields of Blood NZGT should not experience problems related to games not ending "organically".

To that end, participants should bear the following in mind when preparing/playing at the event:

  • Army List - it is a reasonable expectation that in a 2.5 hour game that players should split the time equally. To that end, just because you bring a high model count army e.g. Astra Militarum, Orcs, Tyranids, etc. you shouldn't be expecting to take up more than 50% of the available time. The onus is on you to play at a speed that guarantees at least 5 turns or cut your cloth differently. Practice prior to the event, time your turns, know your tactics and your rules.
  • Player Turn - to ensure that the game reaches a conclusion then no Player Turn should really be taking more than 20 minutes. Players should be monitoring time between themselves and self-regulating. If issues arise then calling an Umpire over early in the game is probably the best course.
In the end I'm sure that most players want games decided by tactics and die rolls rather than running out of time. The onus is on the players to work together to achieve this in the first instance. Players should attend with that expectation. However Umpires will get involved if the players can't work it out.