Saturday, 31 October 2015

Help, need a little help here!

Ok, so maybe that's a bit over the top, but I'm kind of stumped at the moment as to where to go next with the Tau in the Tale of 4 Gamers series at my club (yup, we lost another, we're now down to 4).

So far I did pretty well in round 1, round 2 has been appallingly bad in terms of results so I need to bring things back in line in round three, which is where you wonderful people come in.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Funny Friday

Greetings all,
today we're celebrating the imminent release of the new Tau codex (well, I am, I'm not so sure about my opponents).

Thursday, 29 October 2015

40k Army Building - Assessing a unit's strength

Hi all, and welcome to the second article of the list writing section of my army building series. Today I'm going to look at critically assessing the units within your codex and their strengths and weaknesses, and how they can contribute to a coherent, synergistic strategy.

See other articles in the series here

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Tau Hunter Contingent - the busted part you didn't notice!

Hi guys, well I'll be honest I'm psyched for the new tau codex, my FLGS has my order in and so I should be getting it on Saturday.

It's fair to say I've been quite eagerly trawling the interwebs therefore for the last few weeks to find out as much as I can, and I think I've noticed something pretty evil that I've not seen mentioned anywhere else. Apologies to those of you who have picked up on it but I've not seen anything specifically mention this.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Tale of 5 Gamers - Tau v Dark Eldar 750pts

Hi all, I've got a battle report for you today, from the Tale of 5 Gamers we're running at my club, MAD wargaming. This was a game between myself and George, who's got a fledgling Dark Eldar force on the way (ok, mainly it's stuff borrowed from me and proxied at the moment).

It was a 750pt game, and we played on a 4'x4' table, fighting for 4 objectives using the eternal  war crusade mission.

Monday, 26 October 2015

A whole day painting - how much did I get done?

Howdy all,

after the mania of the last couple of weeks I've finally got s bit of time to sit down and just do a proper painting post again! Rest assured, there's plenty more coming in the army builder series, but yesterday my wonderful wife took both our daughters out and left me at home for the whole day (actually, come to think of it she only brought one of them back - must ask her about that), which meant that I got to get the paint brushes out and have a really good go at things for a change, instead of doing half an hour here and there.

As always with days like this, my ambition far outstripped my ability, but there's nothing wrong with aiming high is there?

Thursday, 22 October 2015

40k Army building - modelling/painting overview

Hi all, welcome to the third article in my army building series - we've already looked at an overview of list writing, and introducing you to the idea of creating a background story for your collection, so today let's have a quick look at the basics of building and painting the miniatures that are the focus of this hobby.

I thought I'd start by listing all the key tools and materials that I have stashed around various places that I use for my construction and painting projects. This is probably a small list in comparison to some of the more ambitious modellers and painters out there - but it'll certainly take you to a decent level.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Tau Obsidian Enclave Painting update, plus Dreadtober!

Which do you want, multi-melta or power fist? They're both gonna hurt...
Hi all, pic heavy post for you today - it's ages since I did a proper painting progress update, so I've got a complete pic dump for you of all the pictures I've taken of the Obsidian Enclave. I'll be doing more regular progress updates again in the future! In the meantime, you can see my latest progress pic for the Dreadtober challenge over at Feed Your Nerd above. He's nearly there, some silver and detailing left to do.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Bloodbowl Player analysis – Dark Elves - Lineman

Morning all and welcome to the third of my Dark Elf player reviews. All my analysis is done from a league point of view, so whilst I will touch briefly on the basic abilities of the players, it’ll mainly be looking at how they perform using the league rules. I’ve cut down the previous style of my player reviews so they’re hopefully not quite so lengthy, and give you a bit more of a strong direction as to how I see the player working within the game, and directions for development. As ever, these analyses will be solely my own work and my own opinion – feel free to disagree with me and comment in the section below, if it makes sense I may even agree with you!

Monday, 19 October 2015

Tale of 5 Gamers - 750pt round progress

Greetings all, and welcome once more to the wickedly whimsical wanderings of my mind as I discuss with you how the Tale of X Gamers series is progressing at my club.
Some of you may recall that a few of my gaming buddies and I decided we would embark on this series, made famous by White Dwarf’s very own ‘Fat Bloke’ many, many years ago. Many times since then have various groups tried to emulate the hobby-changing series, but none have really succeeded in gripping the imagination like the original. Think ‘Total Recall’, the remake isn’t bad by itself, but it’s just not the original

Sunday, 18 October 2015

40k Army building - Background overview

Hi all, and welcome to the second article of my army building series - this time we'll be looking at building a background for your collection, and everything that this entails, from the simplest of elements such as a paint scheme to the most complex and detailed elements like naming characters, and fleshing out individual background stories for them all. Strap yourselves in, it's gonna be a fluffy ride!

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Tau formations - a few thoughts.

Howdy all, I thought I'd post up today a few thoughts I've had about the Tau collections we can see on their website. We've seen these aplenty before, but some sharp eyed soul spotted that three of the formations detailed actually refer to them being detailed in the Tau codex. Now as there are no formation in the current Tau codex we can be pretty certain that they are from the forthcoming book instead.

I have had a look myself on the website just cos I'm nosey, but it also occurred to me that the text also gave us, in a couple of instances at least, an idea as to what the formation bonuses might actually try to achieve!

Let's start with the one I'm most likely to be interested in, cos you know, it's my blog and I can do things like that.

Optimised Stealth Cadre

The collection includes 6 stealth suits, seemingly in two squads, and a Ghostkeel, and the flavour text has this to say about the formation.

Their stealth fields are networked using a technique known as mesme’j’kaara - the wall of mirrors - which utterly blinds targeting sensors with a mesh of interlocking obfuscation fields, making the weaving, undulating movements of the squad completely unpredictable.
So, we know that these units all have stealth and shrouded anyway, so what benefit could be achieved by linking their stealth fields? Well the text talks about blinding targeting sensors, so could we be seeing enemies forced to snap shoot if the units are close enough together? Alternatively, it also talks about 'The Squad' so could it mean that the six stealth suits and the Ghostkeel can be taken as a single unit? My other thought is that perhaps the cadre might give stealth and/or shrouded to units behind them in addition to the usual 5+ cover save for partially obscuring a target. 

I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for the benefit to be that they're taken as a squad, which would drastically improve the firepower output of the ghostkeel!

Heavy Retribution Cadre

This formation is made up of three Ghostkeels and two Stormsurges, which is a pretty hefty investment in both points and money no matter which way you look at it (way out of my league at the moment!). The flavour text has this to say.

Three Ghostkeel Battlesuits lead the charge, spotting and advising, while two Stormsurges absorb their data, take aim, and annihilate.
I think this one is pretty clear, and we've probably seen something similar in the Adeptus Astartes codex, using the Ghostkeels to improve the aim of the Stormsurges behind them. My money is on either a generic boost to BS (though that would tread a little on the toes of marker lights) or, more likely, twin linking the Stormsurges main weapons.

Armoured Interdiction Cadre

Finally we have a tank formation, three Hammerheads (with their new TX7 designation) and a skyray. I'm betting most Tau players would have preferred it the other way round, though let's wait and see if the Hammerhead gets a buff.

Screaming, roaring jet engines herald the arrival of the TX7 Hammerhead Gunships, and the Sky Rays assist them, streaking blue contrails peppering the skies with their messages of hyperspeed death.
This is probably the least obvious of all the text clues. There are a few potential options though.

The roaring jet engines may indicate the cadre could be deployed via deep strike?
Streaking blue contrails peppering the skies with messages of hyperspeed death - could the Hammerheads have Skyfire???
Or are we looking at some form of preliminary bombardment style rule where the vehicles get to fire from off-table before they arrive into the game? I'm excited, as the formation benefits here may convince me to invest in this formation, I do love the Hammerhead model.

Firebase Support Cadre

That leaves us with three model collections left on the page, The Ghostkeel Wing and the Mobile Assault Force Stormsurge are pretty self explanatory I think, as they can both be taken in units of three, so having them in a collection is reasonable.

That leaves us with the Firebase Support Cadre (Notice how the three formations above are also referred to as Cadres?). This was released ages ago as a dataslate, but I do wonder if it will remain supported and usable in games of 40k as it's still on the website and referred to by the same term as the other formations. What worries me however is that the website doesn't state it's included in the codex as it does for the other three, which leads me to think it might be discontinued (that being said, it's also the only one that obviously hasn't been updated to the new paint scheme so may just be awaiting a re-write).

What do you reckon, am I way off?

Friday, 16 October 2015

Funny Friday

Hi all, I thought it might be quite nice to begin a series of posts on Fridays based around all the 40k stuff I've found around or made up myself that I think of as funny. There will be pictures, poems and observations, but all will look to end the week on a light-hearted note!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Bloodbowl Player analysis – Dark Elves - Runner

Morning all and welcome to the second of my Dark Elf player reviews. All my analysis is done from a league point of view, so whilst I will touch briefly on the basic abilities of the players, it’ll mainly be looking at how they perform using the league rules. I’ve cut down the previous style of my player reviews so they’re hopefully not quite so lengthy, and give you a bit more of a strong direction as to how I see the player working within the game, and directions for development. As ever, these analyses will be solely my own work and my own opinion – feel free to disagree with me and comment in the section below, if it makes sense I may even agree with you!

Monday, 12 October 2015

40k unit review - Tau Breacher Squad

Hi all - I've decided to test out my planned format for unit reviews on the new Tau Breacher Squad. Please feel free to have a look at things and let me know what's good/what's bad about the format, I've tried to keep the first part pretty short and to the point then at the end is a more descriptive section. If you have any suggestions for what else to include in the assessment, please feel free to leave a comment below

Saturday, 10 October 2015

40k Army building - an overview

Hi all, and welcome to the first of a new series of articles for my blog - it's a series on one of the key aspects of this hobby of ours, and one that can often put you in an advantageous position over your opponent before you even pick up the dice (let's face it, the way some of us roll we dice we need all the help we can get).

Play Eldar.

The End.

What's that? You want more detail? Ok, ok.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Help - my blog is changing!

Ok, I'm not actually looking for help (though if anyone wants to design me a more professional looking banner I'm not going to turn you down!)

You may have noticed the colours have changed a bit - that's quite simply because my 40k focus for the next few months is going to be solidly on my Tau army - the Obsidian Enclave.

I've got a few ideas for some new series of articles too, and with that in mind I've ripped up my old posting schedule. I'll still be posting about those sorts of things but I'm still to come up with a new schedule once life settles down a bit.

So, here's the bit where you can help out - what do you want to see me write about?

My style of writing is likely to change, I wrote a series of articles some years ago now on a series of golf lessons I took that were arranged by work, and one of the key things I tried to bring to that series was a slightly irreverent humour, and I'm certainly going to be trying to introduce that to some of my blog posts.

I'll certainly be blogging about bloodbowl more, mainly tactics for players and teams but also keeping you up to speed with the painting and building I'm doing in that game.

Painting updates will stay as well, since painting is what I joined the hobby to do all those years ago (yes, I started playing Warhammer back when battlefields were green, uniforms were bright and white dwarf was, erm, good)

Tactics articles will probably still appear, but the main series I'd like to look at is army building - and I don't just mean list writing, I mean building your actual army - from the models, to the paint scheme to the background and all that entails. I've got grand plans - watch them fall down around me into ruins!

So, anything else? A weekly battle report? Hobby comedy? The Burning Eye's take on people in our game?

If you're lucky I may even look at adapting the MAD league newsletter to make an appearance on the blog.

If you've got an idea you'd like me to look at - post it up in the comments section, I promise I won't mock you for it!

I look forward to the many, many comments I'll no doubt receive with suggestions!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Dreadtober - progress 1

Hi all,

time for a quick update. I'm still getting back into the swing of blogging after my hiatus owing to fatherhood for the second time.

Little one is now four weeks old and doing really well (though keeping us up through the night quite a bit), and I'm getting little bits of time to put articles together.

I've got a monster post I'm working on for a construction project, but I'll release that when it's complete and not before!

In the meantime, one of the most prolific commenters on probably any 40k related blog has got a little event going in the month of October - the idea being that those of us who've signed up to it will build and/or paint a dreadnought during the month. See here for more details

Thankfully I'd already got one sat around unpainted just waiting for an excuse, so I got all enthusiastic, signed up and then realised not only have I got a dread to do, but I've got Tau to finish this month for the Tale of Gamers I'm participating in, and two bloodbowl teams I want to get done, one for the final of the current league and the other for the start of the next.

Still, in my lunch breaks at work I've been slaving away and here's my progress photos so far.

Half an hour's work on the base coats

Whole model washed with Agrax Earthshade
Top layer done on the sarcophagus and started on the arms, along with some detail started

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Tau rumours and leaks - a burning eye view

Hi people - here I am again, giving you my own personal thoughts on some of the leaks we've seen for tau over the past few weeks.

As ever this post represents my own personal opinion on what I've seen, influenced by my experiences and the way I like to play the game - please don't assume they're a guide to what going to be most competitive in the future!

Monday, 5 October 2015

Bloodbowl Player analysis - Dark Elves - Blitzer

Morning all and welcome to my new-look style of tactical analysis of bloodbowl players. All my analysis is done from a league point of view, so whilst I will touch briefly on the basic abilities of the players, it’ll mainly be looking at how they perform using the league rules. There’s going to be more of an influence of bloodbowl on the blog over the coming months as MAD League III kicks off at my club on a Thursday evening. I’m going to look at managing the league online as well so look out for plenty more content to come!

Friday, 2 October 2015

An appeal to all gamers and collectors out there

Hi all,

non-hobby specific post today, but a subject that's becoming closer to my heart the more time passes.

I want to talk about blood donation.

I'm based in the UK as you may know, and I've recently started giving blood, mainly as a result of my wife having a transfusion after our first daughter was born. Anyone who has had a transfusion cannot after that time donate blood, so I signed up as I felt a moral obligation, having benefited from another's generosity.

The blood donation service comes to the building where I work on a regular basis, but despite this being the case for the last 13 years I've worked here - I'd always shied away from donating as I'm not keen on needles.

How wrong I was, the staff do this all day every day and they really are very good at it, I can honestly say it doesn't hurt at all (now the iron level test they do on your finger, that hurts, but it's short lived and you don't see the needle there anyway).

During my first donation I was chatting to the member of staff looking after me, and a story I was told really illustrated just how important the blood donation service really is. She'd been to a venue and the blood they had taken over the course of that whole day had been matched by the amount used by a single patient in an operating theatre for an emergency operation.

Here's the important bit - there were 40% fewer new donors in the last year than there were 10 years ago. I'm writing this in the hopes that my experience can convince others to sign up - even 1 person could make a difference. A close friend of our family is in a situation now where their 2 year old son will need a blood transfusion. Please please please sign up to give blood - it only takes an hour of your time (and you get biscuits afterwards)!

Let's make gamers and hobbyists in the UK a group of people who donate blood, you never know when you or someone in your life might need it.