Saturday, July 31, 2010

And my Fantasy army of choice will be...

When I first decided I was going to play Fantasy (at the end of 7th), I thought Tomb Kings were going to be a really cool army. I looked at their army book and the models and ended up not liking them at all (I mean seriously, what the heck is up with the "Chiquita Banana" Tomb Giant?). Later, the Beastmen got a new army book and yet again my interest in Fantasy was sparked. They got a whole new line of stunning miniatures but again, after looking at the army book I was disappointed with the number of units (Ungors, Gors, Bestigors, Centigors, Minotaurs, and the Pumbagors and that's it).

And now, with the release of 8th Edition, my interest has yet again peaked with Dark Elves (after seeing several pictures of the army on one hobbyist's site). Some of the factors that helped me decide which army to play were:
  • The actual sculpts of the models
  • The number of units and options available to that army
  • Was this army going to be the "Tau" of Fantasy
Now sure, it's plainly obvious that Dark Elves are a nasty, and even top-tier army, but I didn't know that when I made my original decision. They fulfilled all of the requirements I had, plain and simple. They look sweet, there are enough different builds to be nearly in the double digits, and they're at least competent.

I plan on picking some up soon, and I will keep a progress report going on them as this will be the first army I plan on buying then painting unit by unit!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

5 Land Raiders in 2,000 points?

Yes, I have done it! I have made a 2,000 point Blood Angels list that has five Land Raiders in it! But the beautiful part is that the list also has Mephiston in it!

It consists of three Crusaders with Multi-Meltas, two normal Land Raiders, three squads of six Assault Marines with a Power Weapon and Meltagun in each Crusader, and two squads of five Assault Marines with no upgrades in each normal Land Raider, not to mention Mephiston running around by his lonesome. That's five Armor 14 vehicles that SCORE objectives!

Sure, this is a gimmick list but what would you do against FIVE Land Raiders AND Mephiston???

Tell me!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hobby Store Review - Collectormania, Parker, CO

Today I decided to do something I haven't ever done before, and that's walk into another local game store on their 40k night and see how they did things (and maybe even get a game in). I visited Collectormania on Parker and Cottonwood in Parker.

When I walked into the store, I was greeted with a brief "hello" by an employee who was sorting comics into boxes. I noticed a four-player game of 40k and a two-player game of 8th edition fantasy in progress, with several other people painting and modeling.

I approached the 40k table and noticed the teams were Tau and Ultramarines/Blood Angels vs Dark Angels and Space Wolves (apparently one player was using two different space marine forces). The game seemed quite intense, as there were three land raiders on the table, over 15 terminators, The Sanguinor, an HQ Crisis Suit with bodyguards, and Azrael all in the same 24" space of ruined buildings and rubble. I stood by and watched, then as the game was wrapping up I asked if people were going to stick around for more games. One of the players explained that two of the four players were going home but that the other guy and himself would be staying for more games. He asked what army I was playing, and I explained "Blood Angels", and he let out a sigh and moan of discontent and then proceeded to explain that he was done playing 40k for the evening. As some of the other players in the game sat down to play Magic the Gathering, one of the players complained that if tonight was a 40k night, why weren't all those people breaking out their armies and playing me? He was confused since he said if he didn't have to leave that he would have played me or anyone else that was staying.

Over the next hour, the store seemed to empty out and people started settling into card games or painting/building new models. I resorted to Plan B which was playing Amy in a 2,000 point game of 40k (Blood Angels vs Necrons), which went amazingly in my favor by the way.

The players at this store a very tight-knit group of players that refused to play newcomers because they owned an army that recently got a codex (even though I don't run a traditional Blood Angels list and I have been playing with this army since 1996 so I'm not a codex-jumper). This is called being "elitest" and basically just rude.

Here is my rating of this store on a scale of 0-5 stars:

Attention to the customer: 4/5 (they set up a table for me as I was waiting for the 4-player game to finish)
Quantity of Product: 4/5 (they had a lot of the best of each product line in stock, which made my home store look bad)
Player Base: 0/5 (Apparently one of them is a thief but not wanting to play someone because they say two words is just retarded)
Quality of Terrain: 2/5 (unfinished Cities of Death buildings, welcome mat cut-outs for "difficult terrain")
Store Hours: 3/5 (Their store closed early at 9pm though they let us play until 9:30 to finish our game since the employee on duty was deep in a 4-player Magic game)

Total score: 13/25

Stay tuned, as I will be attending the 40k night at several other hobby shops in Colorado to see what other Games Workshop enthusiasts are doing and how other stores compare to my home store (which will be the last review).

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Continuing coverage of Fantasy 8th Edition

So Amy and I have been getting in a couple of small games with the new rules and I have to say it's a blast!

We ran the following lists:

16 Handgunners
18 Spearmen (with musician and standard bearer)
1 Great Cannon
1 General of the Empire on a Warhorse
1 Battle Wizard (level 1, Lore of Fire, added on after our last game)

16 Arrer Boyz
18 Boyz (with musician and standard bearer)
1 Orc Boar Chariot
1 Orc Warboss on a Boar
1 Orc Shaman (level 1, added on after our last game)

The game went really well for the Orcs, as in the Empire's first turn their cannon exploded! Their wizard got off a spell that cast a cage of fire around the regular Boyz, but it was dispelled in the second turn when it was cast again. The Orcs got off successful charges against the Empire Handgunners and Spearmen, and the Shaman even got to cast Gork's Warpath though Gork only stomped once then moved on to other things.

At the end of the day, the Empire were tabled and the Orcs had only lost a handful of models.

Next time I think we'll introduce the cool new terrain rules!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Warhammer Fantasy 8th Edition

So today I tried a small game of Warhammer Fantasy using the new 8th Edition rules. My wife and I used the minis found in the 6th Edition starter set (Orcs and Empire) and after using Army Builder to tally up the points we found that the two forces were exactly 415 points. The Orcs got a Warboss on a Boar, a Boar-Boy Chariot, 16 Arrer Boyz, and 16 Orc Boyz with a single hand weapon, while the Empire got a General of the Empire on a Warhorse, a Great Cannon, 16 Handgunners, and 16 Spearmen. Both forces had one musician and one standard bearer.

We had picked up the new template set, the new counter set, and the battle magic cards, but only ended up using the counters. They helped tremendously in keeping us aware of all the things that were going on.

Now, this wasn't my first game of Fantasy. I have played two games of 7th Edition, but something just drew me in to Fantasy and I can't quite put my finger on it. When I heard Fantasy was getting a new edition this summer, I decided to hold off on buying into the game until the new rules came out, and I have done precisely that. And since I have no idea what I'm doing yet, I can proudly say I didn't start 8th Edition because of any rules rumors as I'd be clueless as to what they meant.

And back to the game I played tonight, it was quite a lot of fun. My wife left the Warboss all alone and did not attach him to either of the Boyz units, which ended up winning her the game. It flew down my flanks and charged my great cannon, demolishing it, and then chose to overrun into some handgunners in their flank. Brilliant.

I am excited to play more Fantasy and I think that so far I'm liking the new rules. Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New YouTube Videos

Attention cronies, I recently uploaded two YouTube videos on my Sons of Sagnuinius channel. The first one is my review for the Stormraven Gunship from Codex: Blood Angels, and the second is a video battle report between my Blood Angels and a Salamander Space Marine army at the 2,000 points level.

Make sure you guys check them out and SUBSCRIBE! :D