Saturday, March 16, 2019

40k - The Long War "Bombardment" Results

The first of "The Long War" series was held at the Warlords today. This is an ITC based tournament for 1750 points over three rounds.

The results were as follows:

Rank
Name
Army
WDL
Points
1
Louis Thomson-Gregg
Eldar
3-0-0
97
2
Pete Dunn
Dark Eldar
3-0-0
75
3
Simon Smith
Genestealer Cult
2-0-1
78
4
Aaron Wilson
Imperium
2-0-1
72
5
Jordan Green
Chaos
2-0-1
71
6
Cody Parlato
Dark Angels
2-0-1
67
6
Sam Whitt
Chaos
2-0-1
67
8
Luke Archbold
Adeptus Custodes
2-0-1
62
9
Paul Knieriem
Imperium
2-0-1
61
10
Aidan Corlett
Genestealer Cult
1-0-2
70
11
David Hodgetts
Astra Militarum
1-0-2
67
12
Scott Paterson
Tau
1-0-2
60
13
Alastair Helm
Tau
1-0-2
59
13
Courtney Thomson
Death Guard
1-0-2
59
13
Kent Jackson
Eldar
1-0-2
59
16
David Oemcke
Harlequins
0-1-2
44
17
Chris Sims
Space Marines
0-1-2
38
18
Hawke Vermeulen
Imperium
0-1-2
24

Best Army: Luke Archbold

Best Opponent: Aaron Wilson

The next The Long War event is 4th May.

Thanks to all who attended and especially David Oemcke who filled in at late notice.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

40k - Souping It Up With The Long War "Bombardment" Lists

This weekend is the first of the Warlords' The Long War series. The full series will be using ITC Missions, Scoring and Restrictions this year.

Interested to se what's on the Menu?


Soup, Soup and more Soup

Not so much "Wellington on a Plate" as "Welington in a Bowl". Where humanly possible it seems that this intrepid bunch of gastronomes have embraced exploring the nuances of multiple codexes.

My Top Three Picks for the Podium:

1. Aidan Corlett - GSC
2. Louis Thomson-Gregg - Eldar
3. Scott Paterson - Tau

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

40K Podcasting

Currently I am listening to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts. The podcasts I subscribe to vary from crime, football, economics through to 40k.

It seems that it is almost a rite of passage for some people to start a 40k podcast. They grab a group of mates and before you know it they are broadcasting their thoughts to the world.


Unfortunately for a lot of people (and listeners) it can be the wrong decision.

Generally, to hold my attention as a 40k podcast the hosts need to do/be one of three things:
  • Be good at the game;
  • Be innovative; or
  • Surround yourself with people who are.
I'll generally give a podcast 4-5 episodes to find its feed but for me to continue back to it, I want to learn. So many podcast hosts are just not that good at the game. They think they are but they are not. Sure they might be the biggest mudskipper in their local rock pool but out in the ocean, they'd be nothing more a quick snack. You can generally tell somebody who is not that good. They will have a netlist but with their own spin on it. This betrays the fact that they like to club baby seals but at the end they really don't know why their list works - or importantly how to apply it in disadvantageous situations. When they run into a roadblock that they can deal with easily they moan about the tactic/stratagem/power/list being broken. In effect, they lack adaptability. This is usually coupled with tactical play - placement of characters, order of powers/stratagems etc - that is significantly lower than very good players.

This can be got around if they are either very informative or innovative. Sometimes it is just easier to hear the "news" from a podcast. The innovative side is also interesting. This is important when new rules are released. These people pull apart a book and lessen the learning curve (FUN FACT: this is actually steepening the learning curve) by looking at new stuff innovatively.

If you listen to something like Chapter Tactics you should quickly deduce that Pablo is not that good at the game. He is generally very linear in his appreciation. However that podcast works because he has surrounded himself with good contributors. For instance he has a stats man whose information is primary and fresh. He will have Geoff Robertson on who is a very good player - and excellent communicator - whose armies are generally ahead of the curve. This is backed by Abuse Puppy whose own podcast systematically unpacks a facet of the game and explores its important nuances. He then has Val Hefflefinger....etc etc 

Contrast this with the "then I rolled a six" type of podcast [This was a meme pioneered back in the day of WAU (and 3rd/4th) to describe jubbs] which is less about informing the audience and more about self-promotion.

There are a real mix of offerings out there and you can spend a lot of time listening to dross. To round out this article here are the ones that I think add something to my knowledge of the game and help me get to be a better player:
  • Chapter Tactics - can be hit or miss depending on who is on
  • In The Finest Hour
  • The Long War (for the contributions of Sean Nayden and Steve Fore)
  • TFG Radio
  • The Best General
Podcasting is generally a financially free service - they may cover outgoings by advertisers - however for listeners as well it is not without cost. Generally your listening time is limited so you don't want to be wasting your time. I recommend giving any new podcast 4-5 episodes time to find their feet. However if they are not adding to your upskilling then they are really just "noise". Yes, they may entertain but I'd venture you'd be better spending your time listening to Ricky Gervais if you're looking to be amused.


Monday, March 4, 2019

40k - ITC Mission Practice

Over the weekend I managed to get in a couple of games using the ITC Missions.

In the first I played Alastair's Tau and it was a real ding-dong battle. He had to leave before we completed the game but at the end of Turn 4 he was ahead 18-17. I learned a few hard lessons in this game as my character placement was sloppy. Going into the game I had a plan but my line got disjointed and that led to some poor decisionmaking on my part. I was also rusty with my rules knowledge forgetting some critical attributes I had. As a result I went home and updated the cheat sheet I had been using previously.


My second game was against Tom who was having his second game of 8th and using Nids. We used it as a training session where we talked through our moves and what we were trying to accomplish. In this instance my character placement was much better. I was helped in no small part by Seizing the Initiative (and rolling like a 12 year old at times).  My Grotesques where able to nullify some of his heavy hitters in the centre.


One of the key learnings from the game was in relation to the selection of Secondary Missions. WE both have developed plans around what works best for each of our arms.


Character placement was much stronger for me this game and hopefully I can reinforce what I did in future games.

Next weekend I'm looking to have a gaming day here at Chez Dunn so I'll get a chance to test those learnings.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

40K Event Calendar Updated

The 40k Event Calendar has been updated to reflect upcoming events. Here you can get the headline details, registration info and download a copy of the Players Pack (if available).

New events added:

  • NatCon
  • Battle Above The Brynderwyns
  • Lakes of Blood
  • Iron Monkey
If you have an event you want added just let me know.

NZ Rankings Display Update

The FOB NZ 40K Rankings Page has been updated to reflect that the NZ Masters this year will have a field of 16 participants.

The Top 15 plus the current NZ Master will receive invites and those places are marked in Blue and Yellow respectively.

Icons for the codexes that didn't have custom icons have also been added.