Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Monthly Update: Painting Points

Last Month's Total: 29 Points
Points Earned in September: 02 Points
Total Points in 2009: 31 Points

If you would like to see the original post about Painting Points, check out the following link.

Special Thanks to Lone Pilgrim for introducing such a fun idea to the 40K blogsphere.

The Wednesday Peek

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Wednesday Peek

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tournament Tuesdays: Fantasy ‘Ard Boyz List

The following article was written with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek. While the points I state about what actual units I will be bringing are true, the sarcasm around them is meant in jest. Please be advised.

Fantasy 'Ard Boyz Preliminaries
Sep. 26, 2009
3,000 Points

I am not a fan of the format as I generally feel that it brings out the worse in people, but since I have not gotten many WFB tournaments in this year, I figure this may be my only chance in 2009. In general, the idea of this tournament is to bring the toughest list possible and win three games. Since everyone and their mother consider Daemons of Chaos to be the hardest book, and considering that I own enough of them to break 3000 points, I am going to use them for the tournament.

The foundation of the list will be a very strong magic phase. I have a few reasons for wanting to build an army this way. The first reason is that I like the style of play. Second, most of the units that I have at my disposal are slanted in this direction. Along both of those lines, I have to admit that I am not really interested in the actual competition or tactics, so an army that is point and shoot is just fine with me for this event.

While magic will be the primary tactic of this army, I plan on injecting it with the secondary approach of leadership attacking. The ability of a DoC army to attack another army’s leadership/moral is just too sweet for me to pass up. Again, like with magic, it seems like a really basic, and boring, tactic that will allow me to point the army and shoot.

As for offensive ability, I’ll obviously backing up the magic/leadership portion of my army with fleshhounds and flamers. These two units are the ones that all of the cool kids are using these days, so I might as well join them. I started painting a unit of hounds last year, but with all the negativity about them, I lost interest in them. Now seems like a good time to break them back out.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cheddar Bowl III - Website LIVE!

The Cheddar Bowl website is now LIVE! Head on over to the site and check-out the rules and information about this annual event held in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tournament Tuesdays: Down-n-Dirty Predictions

Like I always say, I am not an expert when it comes to tactics or the meta-game. That said, here are some of my thoughts on what I am expecting to see in the Down –n- Dirty Doubles Tournament.

The bottom line is that the best bang for the points is going to come from armies that can field large numbers of models using the mandatory troop choices. Orks, Tyranids, and Imperial Guard should have the edge here, but both flavors of eldar and daemons could also bring the numbers if built certain ways.

No Necrons.
I would be shocked if anyone brought necrons to this event, simply because at 500 points, that is one lord with an orb and two ten model warrior units. There are no other options.

Nothing with AV 14.
Once meeting the mandatory requirements, it becomes very difficult to field anything that as a 14 for an AV. It is not impossible, DH/WH can do it with stripped down troop choices and a basic inquisitor, but it doesn’t make sense if the player honestly expects to win. (Note: I can easily see someone coming with the sole goal of winning a painting category. In this case, an amazingly painted LR is not outside the realm of possibilities.)

A mismatched team that makes no sense in the fluff but takes advantage of some combination or loophole in the rules.
Since the rules are vague, duplicate 0-1 units seem possible. Two imperial assassins, I can see it happening. I am not complaining, but I learned from my last tournament that not everyone attending thinks the same as me about games at this level. I’ll be curious to see what combos people come up with for this one.

So based on the rules, what do my readers expect to see at the tournament?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Weekly Contest Round-up

In the 31st Millennium, there is only plastic…
The Astro Mag is hosting a contest to create a model that would be found in the 31st Millennium. Details Here!

For a chance to claim a cool prize it all you need to do is post a comment in the following article and become a Follower of the blog by Monday, Sept 14th.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Wednesday Peek

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tournament Tuesdays: Down -n- Dirty Doubles Tournament

- 500 points per person. Total of 1000 points per side.
- No special characters allowed.
- No more than 100 points of wargear per army list.
- All models must be your own. In addition they must be fully painted and based.
- Each force must be based around the standard 1 HQ, 2 troop choice requirement.
-$10 dollar entery fee per team...$5 per person.

- You may pick your partner ahead of time. If you do not have a partner we can find one for you the day of the tourney.
- This will be a full day event with the destruction spanning across multiple scenarios. Be prepared for anything!
- Matches will be timed.
- Standard rules apply...
- No expansion rules accepted.

- There will be judging for overall army, squad, and Independent character. The best painted in each catagory wins!
- Conversion Contest Prize for best conversion!
- Also awarding prizes for best sportsmanship and a few other surprise categories so come ready to have fun!
- Overall winner of course will be crowned the king of both beard and cheese.
- All prizes will be announced 1 week before the tourney.

3 Locations!
- GW Geneva commons October 17th.
- GW Palatine October 24th.
- GW Lake in the hills November.

I love small point events, so this one is right up my alley. My main man Ernie and I will be attending the one at GW Palatine on Oct 24th.

Tournament Tuesdays: N.I.M.G.C. Halloween 40K Tournament

Tournament Information
Date: Sunday, October 25th
Location: New Game In Town (811 W. Lincoln Highway, Dekalb, IL, 60115)
Length: 3 rounds, 2 hours per round
Time Start: 10:30 registration, 11:00 game 1
Entry Fee: $15 Entry for non-club members, $10 for club members
Size: 1500 points

1st Place: Space Hulk

Tournament Rules
1. Tournament will use standard FOC's
2. 'What You See Is What You Get' (WYSIWYG) is in effect. That means all units must be easily identifiable as the particular codex choice they represent and that any and all weapons/options taken for a unit must be clearly represented on the model(s).
3. Forge World/Imperial Armor units are allowed in this tournament; however players may not use any flyers or units with mass/structure points. Players must also use the updates currently on FW's website for IA 1&2. We'll have them on hand.
4. Special/Unique/Named Characters may be fielded, provided their individual rules allow them to be used in armies of 1500pts or less
5. Bring everything you need to play: your codex, rulebook, dice, templates, ruler, and any other rules (such as FAQs) you’ll need.
6. You must bring two printed army lists, one for the judges and one for your reference. If you must handwrite it, make sure it’s legible for anyone.
7. The judge’s have the final say in anything.

Scenario Information/Special Rules to prepare for:
Night Fight
Victory Points
The Dead Rise!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Rumor: Space Hulk Sprues

While visiting various game stores yesterday, an employee at one of the stores made the following comment that I thought was interesting.

"Don't be shocked when the genestealer and space marine sprues are GW exclusives next year."

Now this could have been speculation, but it sounded more like fact (or my brain is making it sound more like fact). There is speculation on various forums that this will happen. There is also rumors that Blood Angels and Tyranids are on the schedule for next year. So who knows. Sounds like something GW would do while still calling Space Hulk a limited release.

New Imperial Guard FAQ

The New Imperial FAQ can be found here!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Santa Cruz Warhammer Give Away: Treasure!

The blog Santa Cruz Warhammer is giving away some awesome bitz from Max Mini. You can read all of the details here.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tournament Tuesdays: Invasion Kenosha Sportsmanship Scorecard

Below was the basic instructions and statements from the sportsmanship scorecard for Invasion Kenosha I. Please note that this is last year's scorecard. The Invasion Kenosha II scorecard will be posted on the Invasion Kenosha website on Oct 1, 2009.

Guidelines: For each question, rank your three opponents from the highest (3) to lowest (1). No two opponents can get the same score for a single statement.

Note: This is going to be tough. Giving someone a one for a statement is by no means implying that they are a bad participant or player. It simply means that the other two players did that little something that made them standout.

1. Rank each opponent on how well they presented themselves as a gentleman. (i.e. declare moves, openly roll dice, explained rules as needed, etc.)

2. Rank each opponent on how well they presented themselves as a hobbyist. (Did they have all the required rulesbooks, dice, movement trays, tape measures, objective markers, etc. Was the army completely painted and modeled to WYSIWYG.)

3. Rank each opponent on how well they presented themselves as a player. (Did they complete each turn in a timely fashion? Did they have a clear understanding of the rules?)

4. Rank each opponent on how balanced their army was for the tournament.

5. Overall, rank each opponent with regards to how much you enjoyed playing them.

I have not finished writing the scorecard for Invasion Kenosha II, but I can tell you a few things that will be changed or modified.

1. Each statement will start with a sentence that expresses the view of Invasion Kenosha on the statement.
2. The statement about presenting themselves as a hobbyist will be revised to remove reference to painting.
3. There will be a line in the rules that state an average score is 10 and that it is still possible to score all three opponents the same. A few folks figured it out last year, but this year I want to spell that out.
4. I will have a printer on site, so I am going to hand out the scorecards as the last round finishes. Last year, some guys turned in scorecards with only their name on it. I was able to sort things out, but it added a little work.

Fantasy 'Ard Boyz

The Fantasy 'Ard Boyz locations and details have been posted.


Tournament Tuesdays: K'Wars II (Part Three)