Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Time to re-read the rulebook

So I was flipping the rule book for something that I was double checking (not important to this bit) when I stumbled upon this bit:

Page 67, second paragraph of "Destroyed - Explodes!"

Note: remember that all models in a single unit fire simultaneously,  so a squad cannot take out a transport with its lascannon then mow down the occupants with their bolters.  However, if a transport is  destroyed (either result) by a ranged attack, the unit that shot it may assault the now disembarked passengers, if it allowed to assault  according to the assault rules.
I highlighted the part that made me go *blink*, *blink*.  Assault units with anti-tank weapons...  how did I miss this?  How has it not happened to me in the last year and a half?

I sent that paragraph with a "how did I miss that?"  to my evil twin and he responded with:

"Same way I missed pg62 "wrecks" count as both difficult AND dangerous terrain.  Makes transports slightly more dangerous to use.
"oh look I blew up your rhino. Now make a difficult terrain test for everyone that lived.""

I flipped to the page - well, damn.  Right.  What else am I missing?  What other rules changed between 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions are rolling around in the empty space between my ears?  Time to sit down in a quiet place and re-crack open the book.  Something I think really should be done about once a year anyway.

Which brings me to my point.  So often, gamers have a minor (or major in some people's case) of Gamer ADD.  Now for some people it's the gamer magpie (aka - "ohhh shiney") effect that results in people starting new armies when the next codex comes out "because it's the end all, be all, for this game!  It will totally dominate this game!"   ... and then sell the army off in 3 months time because they are in fact living with a case of INMABS (I Need My Ass Beat Syndrome) because they only read the good parts of the codex/rulebook/army list/whatever.  (BTW, for the record - 3 to 4 months after a Codex comes out is a good time to get reasonably cheap, used armies from eBay...)

Sitting down and re-reading my Ork codex a in August is what got me to look at Boss Zagstruk.  I'm now in the process of acquiring new Ork Stormboyz to bring a full mob in for my larger games.

So, my fall reading plan is to re-read my 5th Edition rulebook, and all my codexes (codecies?).  All of them, not just the ones I currently have armies using.  May I suggest you do the same?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

BFG* for the Win!

Ok, I'll admit it, I'm lousy at remembering to take pictures during the games.  All's I have are these two from the first game:

Scot's turn 5 deepstrke and assault with Boss Zagstruk and da Vulta Boyz (it didn't end well for the deffkopas)

Tye's Bloodthirster (yes, it's blue - got a problem with that?) checking out his new ride, trying to figure out if he can fix it to make a pimpin' ride.  :)

Right.  So my army was Wazdakka, 2 x bikerz (3 plus nob with a 'uge choppa), and 2 deffkoptas with Kustom Mega Blastas (reasonably useless today).  Tye's was a Bloodthirster with some upgrades, 3 nurglings, 3 Bloodcrushers, and a nekkid daemon prince.  Hence the team name:  "Beardy Fat Gits."

Game 1, vs Orks/Orks.  Run forward kill stuff.  Orks die.  Zagstruk and krew wait till turn 5 to come in (their turn 4 was just rolling for reserves).  Game over.  We win.

Game 2, vs. Imperial Guard and Tau.  Run forward and kill stuff.  End of turn 4, only the drones from one of the devilfish was still around.  It was a kill point mission so the guard player combined his 4 squads into one... then got charged by the 'thirster who killed more, broke them, and ran them down.   It did take till turn 6 to kill the last drones.  We win.

Game 3, vs. Space Marines and Tau.  Highlight of the game - Wazdakka charges into a squad of terminators who were wrestling with nurglings (termi player wasn't rolling well).  Completely whiffed... broke, and ran away.  It took another two turns to wipe them off the table.  We win.

End of the day, after some math-fu corrections...

Which, really was overall.   :) 

Friday, September 25, 2009

Tournament prep...

Got most things packed up for the couples... errrr, *team* tournament tomorrow.  I'll try to send short updates throughout the day with some pictures. :)  In theory, the whole event is supposed to be a painted only kinda thing.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Total games played.

So, it looks like with the passing of the equinox, summer is officially over. Here was the game totals for the summer.

  • 10- Bloodbowl
  • 2 - Necromunda
  • 1 - Warhammer Fantasy (Ogre Kingdoms)
  • 3 - Warhammer 40k (Plague Marines)
  • 2 - Warhammer 40k (Eldar)
  • 13 - BattleGround
  • 2 - Game X
  • 3- Battlestar Galactica
  • 1 - Apples to Apples
I was hoping to get more games of 40k or Warhammer in - I will get 3 games in this weekend though (doubles tournament). I didn't get *any* games of Space Hulk in (can't complain too much, came out what, 3 weeks ago?) Got more games of Bloodbowl and Battleground than expected, and had a blast playing Apples to Apples. I can't wait for the Pegasus expansion to come out so I can airlock a skin job (if that doesn't make sense, you need to rent/buy/borrow/steal the BSG series). There's talk of a local Bloodbowl league...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The games are much better when both armies are painted... you know?

Got to play against someone's brand new DKOK* army. 1500 points, Dawn of War, Capture and Control. My army was an Avatar, 1x6 WG, 2x10 WG, 3 walkers with scatter lasers and 5 dark reapers. His was (from memory); Command with vox (which he forgot till the middle of his next game), banner and 2 grenade launchers, Storm Troopers, 1 squad of Vets, a Platoon with 3 Inf squads and a LC and AC squad, LRMBT, and LR demolisher.

I abandoned my objective, knowing that if I committed one of my Troops to claiming it I could really short myself (400 points to be exact) to play for a tie.

His use of orders helped a lot - the re-roll of cover save is harsh against the Concealed WG. Twin-linking against the Avatar put it in the red before it made combat - took a inf platoon and command squad 3 turns to take that last wound from it though. :)

It was a bloody, 7-turn game. At the end, I had my 5 dark reapers in one corner and 1 WG with a spirit seer sitting on his objective. He had 1 AC team, 7 inf, and 3 of his command squad too far away to do anything.

It was a *good* game.


*DKOK = Death Korps of Krieg, a beautiful (and expensive) resin Imperial Guard army done by by Forgeworld. See link here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ork Teasers...

Teaser pics of the painted Orks... No, I didn't paint them. A very good friend of mine did.

Monday, September 14, 2009

CAPTCHA - you've got to love it...

Ok, so this is reasonably random...

I've got an iPhone, I've had one for work since they first came out. To say that MMS functions on the phone suck is a bit like saying the Pacific is small ocean. It's this huge whole "go to this web page, use this user name with this password to view the picture." The user name is usually something like "I76rSB*m" - but the password, the password seems to usually have some relevance to the picture. I'll get passwords like "bugs4fun" or "cars4all" when I get pictures of VW's from my brother (obligatory link here). From my sister I usually get passwords like "hair8fun".

I was reading a friend of a friends blog about his Chaos army - specifically about his World Eater's squad. The CAPTCHA that google decided to give me was so appropriate I had to take a screenshot.

Funny/odd... ya?

Not a lot of gaming done in the last week - my daughter turned 2 today. More updates later this week.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Owie, owie, owie, make the bad man stop...

I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture - but that would be an Avatar and 10 Wraithguard about to be curb stomped by Vulkan and 5 thunder-hammer equipped assault terminators. Can I say "curb stomp" and still be reasonably politically correct? ;)

Dusted off the Eldar for some fun, got a game in against a *really* nice Armageddon list (his 2000 is a mix of Salamanders, Blood Angels, and Ultramarines, lead by Vulkan). No, it's not using the special rules for all those different armies, just the paint jobs. Since he's got Vulkan, he has that lovely special rule set.

Kill point mission - he got 5, I got 1. I did lot's of immobilizing, but that Terminator squad is a tough nut for me to crack with my Eldar. If I have range on him this turn, he's in assault range on his next turn... and he's got a 2+/3+ save.

Did some final planning with my teammate for the 500 point tournament coming up. We are going to a very special place in Hell for our lists. :) More on that later.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Picture pages, picture pages, get your picture, pictures pages...

I promised pictures of the Dwarf team for Bloodbowl that the wife unit painted up. Truth be told, she build most of it too. Anywho, it's up on ebay currently (my part of the proceeds goes towards me buying the BB video game... :) which I've been informed I have to share - does playing it still count as gaming?).





The whole team:.

Slayers - I didn't have the heart to take their weapons away from them:

Runners - as evident by the winged helmets and the white guy shuffle:

Blitzers - Players with "Dodge" get trapped in their cloaks:

Linemen (Line Dwarfs? Line Dwarves?):