Wednesday, 16 August 2017

(Backup) 8th edition Battle (sort of) report...



So last club night my mate and I ran through a game of 8th edition 40K and we both agreed it was really good.

It was only a 30PL game but we tried to use an array of units to give us a sense offs they play. As mentioned in an earlier post I ran Craftworld Aeldari with a Farseer, Warlock, Rangers, Guardian Squad, Striking Scorpions and a Wraithlord. My opponent fielded his Dark Angels and had a full tactical Squad a, terminator Squad and a terminator Librarian.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

New stuff from Forge World?

This popped up on my Facebook feed from someone on the EOH podcast page.

That Thousand Sons Praetor...

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Preparing for 8th Edition

This coming Friday I'm hoping to get to play a small game of 8th edition. "7th edition" was a dirty phrase at our club and so it was almost never played - to be fair though our local GW had their club night on at the same time as ours and it was always heaving, people just went there instead - but there are several people willing to give 8th a go.

The plan is to put out a 30 power level game between Aeldari and Space Marines. I've chosen the following lists to allow us to experiment with most aspects of the game:

Monday, 31 July 2017

Lord of the Rings battle Report:




Last club night we played some LOTR, I've already discussed my options and the set up for the games but here are the two armies I used:

For the 500 point game I used The Glittering Host Army List originally published in White Dwarf but updated in the Free Peoples source book. It's essentially the armoured forces of Lothlorien, like the ones who turned up at Helm’s Deep, it consisted of:

Warband 1:
    • Celeborn, King of Lothlorien (heavy armour, Elven blade and shield)
    • 4 Galadhrim knights with Elven blades and shields Warriors with bows
    • 4 Galadhrim Warriors with spears and shields
    • 3 Galadhrim Warriors with Elven blades
    • 1 Galadhrim Warrior with banner

Warband 2:
    • Galadhrim Captain (armoured horse, Elven blade and shield)
    • 4 Galadhrim knights with Elven blades and shields
    • 2 Galadhrim knights with Elven blades, Elf bows and shields

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Final Fantasy TCG Opus 3 release

 



Term finished on Friday and I made it home two minutes before the postman dropped off my box of shiny new FFTCG Opus 3 booster packs!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Preview: Should the Glittering Host go to war?


This week we are trying a bigger game of LOTR, 500 points each to be precise. The aim is to play a one vs one game at this level and then have a 200 point each arena fight to the death over an objective.

I have two options for this, a Warriors of Minas Tirith list and a Galadhrim glittering host list. I could run a Mirkwood list by proxying my Galadhrim but I don't like doing that, nor will I field unpainted minis so my Rivendell and Mordor lists are out.

The Crystal Chroniclers:

With the launch of Opus 3 for the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game I thought I'd have a search for a FFTCG themed podcast and I found this one, The Crystal Chroniclers. Their pilot episode was released last week and although they don't talk about the card game much they are embarking on a journey to play through all the mainline FF games and discuss their journey over the coming, presumably, years.

Monday, 17 July 2017

War of the Ring: Part 2

Just a quick update on my ebay challenge LOTR force...

I've broken my budget for July because I managed to bag a Finecast Sauron the Dark Lord for £12.25 – I wasn’t going to go for it but you very rarely get an on sprue finecast version and I didn’t want to let it slip away. This does however mean I’ve spent £27.08 this month leaving me with very little for August! That said, I now have Sauron…what else is needed?

Saturday, 15 July 2017

“I can fly anything.”




I don't think Poe Dameron got enough screen time in TFA, I'm sure there is a fat stack of director’s cut material lying about somewhere explaining, amongst other things how he survived the TIE fighter crash, got off Jakku and got back to the Resistance in time to then lead a flight of X-wings in a rescue mission…As this is my opinion, I felt it was time that I put Poe on the table in an X-wing game. I've had the Heroes of the Resistance expansion for ages but haven't used either of the ships in anger. Being a bit ‘gamey’ I did my research - on the FFG website, not Reddit - and put together a Poe/Rey list that was pretty filthy with lots of synergies going on.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game




I'm a big fan of Final Fantasy, not a super fan but VII is still my all time favourite game and XIV is a fab MMO, I played VIII and IX growing up, I have the HD remake of X & X-2 on my Vita and whilst I enjoyed the XIIIs I did find they started to drag after a while. I'm currently playing XV which is very well put together but the lead character Noctus is doing my head in…so when I heard about a new FF themed card game I took notice.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Heroes of the Aturi Cluster



X-wing is one of the best things to happen to tabletop gaming in a very long time. Easily accessible but bloody hard to master, if you haven tried it yet, I thoroughly recommend it. At the highest competitive level I've heard it's got a bit stale with one or two lists being flown by everyone, it's also on its 11th wave of expansions now and is starting to suffer from a bit of bloat. We had a phase of being a bit X-wing mad at the club a couple of years ago but it's phased out of fashion, we are however attempting to give it a come back.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Lord of the Rings Battle Report - Breakthrough


We recently played a 700 point doubles game pitting Elves and Rohan vs Mordor and Harad. We drew up lists before hand, since I'd been busy painting Glorfindel and some High Elves I made them the core of my list. I had originally planned to include Erestor and more High Elves but I didn't get them done in time. Instead I took Gildor Inglorian and a troop of Noldorin Exiles, this was rather fortuitous as their 8” movement makes them handy on the Breakthrough mission we rolled.

Forces of Rivendell:
Glorfindel with Elven blades and armour of Gondolin
Gildor Inglorian 
3 High Elves with Elven blades
2 High Elves with bows
3 Noldorin Exiles with bows
3 Noldorin Exiles with Elven blades and throwing daggers
2 Noldorin Exiles with Wood Elf Spears and throwing daggers

Terrain Tuesday


One of my pledges this year was to get some terrain sorted so my tables looked that bit more interesting. After much head scratching research I settled on some stuff from TT Combat, which is incidentally a local company. I've put together most of my kits and painted a few of them up, below are some pictures of them with my Algoryn Command Squad.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Geek Fest 3.0 and the charity raffle


Last weekend was Geek Fest 3.0, Cornwall’s answer to ComicCon at Heartlands near Camborne. It's a weekend event with trade stands, prop and armour displays, CosPlay competitions and a demo area for tabletop games, board games and RPG sessions. It's a smallish event but was good fun. 

War of the Ring: Part 1



One of the biggest obstacles for getting people into a new game is the upfront cost. Our hobby is not cheep and most of us (myself included) are not consistently flush with cash!

For example:
  • If you want to get into 40k, you're looking at £100 minimum by the time you've bought the new starter box or a Start Collecting! box, Rulebook and codex. 
  • Infinity is about £60 for their 300 point sets
  • Beyond the Gates of Antares is £50 for a starter army plus the Rulebook. 
  • Star Wars Armada is £75 + another £50 or so for a small fleet
  • Halo Fleet Battles is one of the more reasonable, you can get a small fleet for a faction and the rules in their Ensign edition for £35 though the £70 starter box s much better value.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Lord of the Rings battle report: Minas Tirith vs. Easterlings/Harad




Last week we played a doubles 500 point battle using a custom scenario we made up on the night. Pippin, with an escort of Rangers has to escape the Haradrim and light a beacon on the far side of the table. (Why it had to be Pippin doing it we didn't really clarify but it seemed like a reasonable thing).

We played on a 6x4 with lots of forests and hedges. We set up a small settlement around the middle and two watch towers, one on the centre line and the other in the back corner, this is the location of the beacon. 

Lots of gaming to report




Its been a good time hobby wise, I've been off on half term which has meant I've been able to get a fair bit done. Fresh from my trip to Triple Helix Wargames (where I bought my Kharadron Overlords) I sold my PHR fleet on eBay and used the proceeds to buy some MDF terrain from TTCombat. I ordered two Fantasy Watchtowers, some sci-if building pods, two sets of barricades, a generator, two Space Elf (think Eldar) landing pads and a set of Space Elf towers. The human stuff has arrived and looks great but I'm still waiting on the rest.

Terrain is a criminally overlooked aspect of the hobby and I'm going to make a bit of an effort to get some decent terrain sorted over the next year - I'm a grown up now, I'm beyond books and painted cereal boxes damnit!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

The Algoryn Prosperate: Faction Review


I thought I'd put together a basic overview of the Algoryn Prosperate  after my last article on Beyond the Gates of Antares. Please add any comments or recommendations in the box at the bottom of the article.

Introduction:
The Algoryn Prosperate have had a bit of a rough time of it over the years, being on the boundary of the Gharr Empire has led to frequent and brutal attacks on their society on a more-or-less consistent basis. In response to this ever present threat the Algoryn have developed a militaristic society where everyone knows how to fight.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Kharadron Overlords


I've just got back from my in-laws and a long awaited visit to TripleHelix Wargames in Westbury, because of how they operate I had to place my order earlier in the week, I'd been procrastinating for a long time but eventually settled on a basic core army from which I can expand as I go forward. To that end I now have in my possession an Endrinmaster, Arkanaught Frigate, Arkanaught Company and a trio of Endrinriggers. 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Beyond the Gates of Antares Impressions


A mate at my local gaming club got me into this after badgering me relentlessly for a few weeks. It's a sci-fi D10 game from Warlord Games and is essentially Bolt Action on steroids...and in space. The universe is very much still in its infancy but things are starting to take shape, I haven't delved too much into the background of the universe but essentially there are these warp gate-sequences things that various empires are fighting to take control of. It's a fairly standard premise but it's got enough flavour to it to make it stand out.