Sunday, 25 May 2014

New Directions

No, not a blog about Glee!

Since returning from Adepticon I've had quite the journey in terms of my war gaming. It started off with the Yorkshire Open, a tournament with heats, semi finals and a final. Now personally I don't think we need all the rounds. No event seemed to have more than about 16 people at it and it could probably have all been done in a single event rather than the complicated way it was. It was also totally unrestricted in rules, so escalation and stronghold assault were allowed, also add into the mix Knight Titans too and it was a trial by fire. Personally speaking I think that Lords of War have no place in regular 40k and although I didn't face one in my heat, semi or final I did see the evidence of them, especially the final where there were a few. Having said that I did get to know a few of the Leeds Night Owls members and they were pretty cool to hang out with and play against at the various events. In the end I think I managed 6th in the final (out of about 12) so once again, mid table obscurity. 

However that all changes yesterday with the release of 7th edition. Now this has been a very fast release of a new edition and buy and large it is only tweaks here and there to the system. They've changed how psychic power work and actually made it a little harder to cast powers. However they didn't really address the battle brother issue, only removing Tau from the mix by taking away most of their battle brothers. Eldar / Dark Eldar as still best buddies so the beast-stars and wave serpent spams will continue to dominate the scene. I've lost a lot of my 40k mojo of late, I haven't been to a "top end" tournament since Caledonia and didn't really enjoy the field of competition at that one much. So I'm not sure if 7th edition is going to change that.

That said I am getting into 30k. I'm building an army along side a couple of the Garrison guys. One of the main things we're doing is being very open on the models we're buying and what we plan to use. So hopefully this more narrative approach means we won't face an army we can't handle.

My choice for a 30k army goes back to faviourite army and chapter which I was playing for a long time, until GW totally ruined their codex and took all the character from the army. So I'm building an Iron Warrior 30k force.

So far we've only got 30 troops and some HQ figures, but I hope to add the usual big guns and tanks which characterise the Iron Warriors best.

Next up on my wargaming experience is a totally new game, Malifaux. I decided to branch out into a none GW game just prior to the drop of 7th edition and after a couple of failed attempts at games which just had no one around here playing, I chose Malifaux.

Only played a few games at the moment and still very much learning the rules, etc. but it seems fun. Under the advice that pretty much all the factions and masters are balanced I opted to go for the faction that were visually appealing to me......  Ninja's of course. So I've picked up a few of the Ten Thunders box sets and I've been painting ninja and oriental types all weekend, whilst watching two different films called Ninja as well as 47 Ronin and the Last Samurai!!

Malifaux has some interesting twist on the usual game mechanics and I might go into a more detailed first impressions blog later on, but in one moment of blind madness I've just gone and bought a ticket to the Malifaux GT in November, so I'd better learn the rules and get some practise in.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Adepticon 2014 - Part 7 (Team Tournament conclusion)

Game 5 vs. Dorks with Chaos (Chaos Space Marines / Imperial Guard)

So we're into the final part of this epic write up. The final game of the team tournament and teaming once again with Lee we face off against a CSM / Guard combo. Centre of the CSM list was Typhus and his 75 plague zombies. Two Heldrakes and a Vendetta for air support, a Manticore and a handful of other Guard units with a Skyshield landing Pad for them to hold. This game took an interesting turn when I rolled terrify as one of my psychic powers. Suddenly we had a tool for dealing with one of the massive zombie blobs (the other one having Typhus in making it harder to affect).

Turn one and going second I set my Librarian up a couple of inches off the edge of the deployment zone edge on the assumption the zombies would advance. Which they did, so in our turn I duly terrified them, watched them break and then fail to run off the board ...Drat! The Assault Marines from both force flooded the left flank of the board hoping that in our small five man squads we would survive what was about to arrive on the board. A lucky shot from the Devastators also saw the Manticore blow up after having fired only a single missile. The resulting fire wash also cleared out some of the men on the top of the landing pad.

Luck was still on my side though as the zombies  failed to rally, running off the board however they were replaced by a new terror, two Helldrakes and a Vendetta. However the green stuff work and paint job on the Vendetta was AWESOME! I'd noticed a Warhound Titan last year in a similar scheme and it turned out this was the same person. However it was the two Helldrakes which worried us the most and rightfully so, in their firing phase they decimated the Assault Marines, wiping out one five man and severely mauling the other three. This combined with fire from other units on the board almost took them all out.

However the Librarian survived, barely. So in our turn a squad of guard were terrified but also manage to avoid running off the board. The remnants of the Assault Marines and Librarian jumped ever closer to the Landpad and the objective underneath it. On our other flank Typhus and his 35 strong zombie squad were advancing closer. 

Over the next turn the Assault Marines made it to the landing pad, just. By just I mean a single one of Lee's Marines made it there, but then managed to hang on for dear life stood on the landing pad on top of the objective. The Librarian cause some more carnage in the corner under the pad before eventually falling to weight of fire.

Meanwhile Typhus and his zombie massive had made it across the board. Lee started throwing marine units in his path to defend one of our objectives right near the board edge, and it did slow down the advance.

In the end it was time which defeated Dork's with Chaos. We only managed to complete up to turn four and at the end of it Lee's lone Assault Marine was still alive to contest their one of their objectives and Typhus hadn't made it to ours. So we ended up winning. However Dork's with Chaos went on to win the highest placed Heretics army and were a really great set of opponents to end the tournament again.

Overall I enjoyed Adepticon again. The games were a mixture of fun and challenging with the odd slightly dull game thrown in. I do think next time I might skip the team tournament and try some of the other smaller events such as combat patrol and battleground events. Also I'm currently getting into another game at the moment which I might look to play an event in, but more on that in another post.

I will definitely (well finances allowing) be going back next year and in 2015 they are changing venue to a bigger hotel, which was probably the right decision since it really felt that everyone was on top of each other, so they've probably max'ed out the space they can use at the Westin.

An amazing time and fun, even if it is bookmarked with a 7 hour flight.