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.