Saturday, September 23, 2017

40K - Emperor’s Children Dice

Given my homecoming to 40k and more importantly, the removal of the taint of the Thorpe Failure, I thought that I would get some dice for my Emperor’s Children.

Recently Ex-KoW RC Supremo blogged about a company that he had been using to produce custom dice. I found the necessary non-copyrighted image on the net and send it off to the die-maker, Counterattack Bases in the UK.

Today my bag of 30 dice arrived.

The dice are 16mm purple pearlescent with gold pips. As with all civilised people know, the symbol is on the "6". In fact you'd have to be a hedgehog with breasts to put symbols on the "1".

The symbol is the EC Legion symbol from the time of the Cthonian Failure. From order to delivery was a month and the cost worked out at USD 1.90 per die including postage.

Here are the details of Counterattack Bases if you want to get your own army dice made.

FOB Rankings - NZ 40K Rankings Updated for DonkeyCon

The Fields of Blood 40k Rankings have been updated for the recent DonkeyCon event. This was a three round tournament and was won by Vinnie Purcell using Chaos Space Marines. Vinnie is now firmly established in the Top 12 and looms odds on for a Masters berth.

It looks like you'll need at least 200 points to make the Top 12 (automatic Masters invites) so the next few events are crucial.

Warpstorm, for instance, has 92 points on offer for the winner so we can expect some movement in the ratings post that event. There are four of the Top 12 participating and 5-6 more of the Top 25 on the hunt for points.

The 10th NZ Masters are on the first weekend in December in Wellington. The "season" closes on October 31 with invites going out the first week of November.

Any TOs out there get your results in!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hobby Update

The last couple of weeks have seen me working on my Emperor’s Children army, getting it 8th Ed compliant.

 I’ve signed up for a local tournament at the end of next month to give me the impetus to get the army finished. The event is now full which shows the demand that the new Warhammer 40k has engendered. This, despite a mission and scoring structure that looks like a demonstration for the dangers of dyslexia. The truism “KISS” is a truism for a reason.

For me this has meant I am trying to build my 2000-2500 point army and then I’ll select 1500 points from it. I’ve finished a unit of Close Combat Noise Marines and I am about halfway through painting my Terminator unit. After reading the Fabius Bile and Lucius books I bought a box of Raptor/Warp talons and have assembled those. They will be my next painting chore.

I also had to rebase all my power armoured infantry to the correct bases. They were on 40mm resins mainly for balance reasons. I’ve had to make some new bases as I couldn’t source suitable resin bases in the right size.

The final things to do will be to finish my Sonic Dreadnaughts and some Daemonettes.

Looking forward to trying it out on the table.

KOW - Vermintide on November 5

Neil Williamson is running Vermintide, a one day KOW event at Warlords on the first weekend in November.

It is a five round affair using 1400 point armies. However it has a novel twist. You only use your own army once. After the first round you will use an opponent's army.

This let's you prove just how good you are!

You can download the Players Pack here

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

KOW - NZ Rankings Updated

The NZ KOW Rankings have been updated to reflect the results of the last Warlords Super Series events.

The next event is the Auckland event being run on the North Shore in late October.y understanding is that will be the final event of the tournament season.

Remember the NZ Masters are being held on the first weekend of December here in Wellington.

Monday, September 18, 2017

KOW - WSS Spring Photos

On Saturday we had the last of the Warlords Super Series here in Wellington.

I managed to snap some pics of the early action.

Neil Williamson's Trident Realms Up Against Josh Barton's Orcs

Seth Cook's Orcs had a narrow loss to Ian Dixon's Ogres

The Orc Fightwagons spent most of the early game back in their own corner.

On the other flank the Ogres pushed aggressively into the Orcs.

Neil's Kraken in amongst the Orc lines. He got into the flank of the Ax Horde here

Ryan Lister's Undead take on Kent Jackson's newly finished Trident Realms

The Lower Abyssals of Lliam Munro are assisted by a Chroneas as they advance towards the Elf lines. Lliam lost this game but went on to win the event.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

KOW - WSS Spring Results

Yesterday we had the final of the four event Warlords Super Series, Spring at Khandallah in Wellington.

The event attracted 8 participant including new arrival in the country, Seth Cook from Atlanta, USA. Seth travelled down 2 hours hours for the event which was greatly appreciated.

Here are the results:

This was Lliam's first event win so congratulations. He and Josh played in the last round with Lliam prevailing. What was interesting is that every player won and lost at least one game - so hardly fought.

The other standout was Seth winning Best Sport by achieving best opponent votes from each of his four games. Fantastic effort and great reflection on the man.

So the series is now finished for 2017 and the winners of the four events were:

Summer - Pete Dunn (The Herd)

Autumn - Pete Dunn (The Herd)

Winter - Rob Higgins (Orcs)

Spring - Lliam Munro (Forces of the Abyss)

Thanks to all that participated through the year.

Monday, September 11, 2017

KOW - Warlords Super Series "Spring" Lists

This weekend is the last of the 2017 WSS events. It has attracted 8 players with Orcs and Trident Realms proving popular.

You can see the list here

This is the first appearance on the local tournament scene of recent import from the USA, Seth Cook. Looking forward to welcoming him to New Zealand and hearing his thoughts on different playstyles.

Weekly Hobby Update

The past week has been very stop-start. I have been looking at the Emperor's Children models that I've wanted to finish and have procrastinated until Friday evening. I managed to get a start on them....about my fourth start....which meant I lightly airbrushed over what I had done. Spent Saturday afternoon and then bits of Sunday and they weren't progressing. Finally got over the hump last evening and they are starting to come right.

I expect to finish them this week and then I can (re)start my Terminators. They also got new airbrush coats as I wasn't happy with the colour.

Next weekend is Warlords Super Series - Spring and I am umpiring. This is the last event I am running this year (apart from Masters). I have received all but one list and will post later today.

I have also been reading Black Library books. Finished Fabius Bile and now working my way through Lucius. Picking up snippets of new EC lore as I read them (e.g. how the Emperor's Children got their name).

Finally, I pre-ordered my Death Guard purchases at GW Lower Hutt on Saturday. Congratulations to Luke on the store's 7th Birthday.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Bigger than Wargaming - Brave Hugo

Most Wellington 40k tournament players know Aaron Twose. He has been attending events for over 10 years and is always a great and fun opponent.

Aaron's three year old son, Hugo suffers from cerebral palsy. I personally can't think just how bad that must be for his parents, as well as himself. You can read a recent article that appeared in The Dominion Post here.

At the recent Maelstrom event run by Hagen Kerr, the attendees were able to raise money to go towards getting treatment for Hugo. This was a wonderful initiative and I know was greatly appreciated by Aaron.

Coming up over the next few months will be more fundraising events aiming to raise the necessary money to get Hugo the further treatment to make his life easier.

One of these is something that all 40kers can get behind....a fundraiser featuring the new Star Wars movie. It would be great if the Wellington wargaming community could get behind this en masse.

I'll post details nearer the time but as they say in politics "Let's Do This"

EDIT: Aaron has provided the two dates for movie nights - 17th & 19th December.

Please mark these in your diaries wargamers. I'll let you know when tickets are available.