Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Thursday Theme - 1000 Point Shadow Warrior List

This week’s list is my attempt at creating a surprise deployment list that works better than the one I used at this year’s Adepticon 1000 point tournament. When I say surprise deployment, I am referring to an army that does not deploy anything during the normal deployment phase.

Alith Anar (250 pts)

Mage w/ Lvl 2 (Lore of High Magic) and Moranion’s Wayshard (170 pts)

Archers (23) w/ musician and standard (250 pts)

Shadow Warriors (11) (154 pts)
Shadow Warriors (10) w/ Shadow-walker and Reaver Bow (175 pts)

Total Points: 999

One of the major issues I had with my surprise list this year was that most of the ambushing or scouting units in the Dogs of War list are CC units. Since I was getting the +1 to my roll, my units were typically stuck for a turn doing nothing if I was too close to my opponents. I believe this list will correct that problem as I can sit back and shot at 30” with BS 5 or better with Alith and the Shadow Warriors.

As for the archers and mage, the challenge with them initially is that they are not providing any support on the first turn. If my rolls for ambush are poor, it also means that it could be an additional two or three turns that they do not arrive on the board. However, I do think that when they do arrive that they will have an impact as I will be able to place them on any board edge and shoot on arrival.

If Adepticon decides to not allow lord choices in next year’s 1000 point tournaments, I would replace Alith Anar with a third unit of Shadow Warriors and bump up the size of each of those units. I also think that I would upgrade one of the two units with a shadow-walker and give him a magically weapon as a back-up to ethereal units.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Thursday Theme - High Elves Cavalry Army

I have been playing with a couple of different lists that I think would blend well with the Wood Elf army book for next year’s Adepticon Team Tournament. The idea with this list was to pair the cavalry units from each book to create a fast moving army that has a solid punch.  The assumption with this list is that my teammate would also bring the cavalry units from Wood Elf book and not any blocks of units.

Noble w/ Elven Steed, Ithilmar Barding, Dragon armour, Ogre Blade and Enchanted Shield (140 pts) 
Mage w/ Level 2 Wizard (Lore of High Magic), Elven Steed, and Golden Crown of Atrazar (150 pts) 

Silver Helms (10) w/ shields, musician and standard (250 pts) 
Ellyrian Reavers (5) w/ musician (90 pts) 

Dragon Princes of Caledor (5) w/ Drakemaster (w/ Sword of Might), musician, and standard (Banner of the World Dragon) (245 pts) 
Dragon Princes of Caledor (5) w/ Drakemaster (w/ Star Lance), musician, and standard (205 pts) 
Dragon Princes of Caledor (5) w/ Drakemaster (w/ Fencing Blades), musician, and standard (Banner of Eternal Flame (220 pts) 

Total Cost: 1200

While I like the models and theme of this list, I am not sure I have the optimal choices on the noble, mage, and dragon princes. I get the impression that I should take a little from the noble and give it to the mage in the form of a ward save. An alternative build to accomplish that goal would be to drop the ogre blade, give the noble a great weapon and exchange the crown for a 4+ ward save talisman.

When it comes to deployment, I would deploy the 3 units of dragon princes close to each other with the silver helms and reavers flanking the weak and strong sides of the block. I would place the noble in the dragon prince unit which appears to have the best match-up directly across from him. The mage would go into one of the two dragon prince units that do not contain the World Dragon banner.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Episode 17 - High Elf Review

In this episode, the Warriors Three discuss the demise of Specialist Games.  After mourning the lose of Battlefleet Gothic, the crew discusses their latest hobby activities and preparations for the Midwest Rampage.  Next, the guys have a tangent filled discussion about how to write an army list.  Finally, the guys review the High Elf army book.
Episode Timeline
00:00:17 The Death of Specialist Games
00:24:45 Marshaling the Host
00:42:57 Hobby Corner (Writing an Army List)
01:08:58 High Elf Review
02:15:00 End of Show

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tournament Tuesdays - Duelcon 2012 (Part 5)

Images of the hall from Duelcon plus the content of the Duelcon swag bag.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Adepticon 2013 - Chuck Wins Overall Video

My apologies to all of the listeners as the best part of Chuck winning the award did not get captured on screen.