Archive for May, 2011

I have been on a bit of a gaming glut lately – I love how much shorter the games can be than 40k and still be competitive and fun.

I got in my first 2 games against Mike, a local press ganger at 15 points.  Just to keep things simple for me I just basically ran the Everblight starter box and added a Strider Deathstalker (so that was pLylyth, 4x Shredders, Carnivean, and a Deathstalker).

I am not sure of Mike’s list but I am thinking it was pMagnus, Reinholdt, a Mangler, a Nomad, and uhhh something else that was a light with a single shot.

These games in particular are going to be quick and dirty coverage as they were really just about learning the mechanics of the game.

Game 1

The table was pretty symmetrical with the cross corners each containing a hill and the other corners containing a small forest.  Right smack dab there was a big bridge with a batch of shallow water.

I pretty much just lined up straight across from him with my shredders to either side and the Deathstalker on the far right.  I then threw him away by standing him right next to a shredder (AOEs – d’oh!)

Other genius moves were sending my shredders wide out on the flanks.  I then learned that 10″ for a control area is really really short.  The shredder on the left frenzied and went for a swim, the one on the other side went and chewed up on one of the other jacks scratching the hell out of the paint.

I then thought I was being clever and charged the Carnivean over at the cluster of Magnus and his escort killing Reinholdt in the exchange for my Carnivean.  Sweet 10 point trade there.

Fortunately the end was mercifully quick and we reset for game 2.

Game 2

This time, I was determined not to make the same mistakes.  Fortunately there were plenty of others to make.  I used my Deathstalker quite a bit better this time.  I ran him up the right flank, swung around, took a shot and killed Reinholdt.  He was far enough off to the side that dealing with him would pull away part of Magnus’s phalanx and Mike refused to fall for so obvious and clumsy a gambit.

I then popped Lylyth’s feat (yeah, I should have done it first, not that it ended up mattering) and hit the shooty ‘jack and tried a spiny eruption to take out Magnus.  My master plan was the Carnivean advancing and spraying.  Apparently, it is really hard to with with just shooting in this game.  A shredder charged in and locked the jack preventing much from charging the Carnivean.  Strangely enough a shredder wasn’t quite up to the job and was squashed, freeing up the mangler who moved up on the Carnivean and knocked in its teeth.  Mike then charged Magnus in against the Carnivean, basically to throw me the game.  It was unnecessary, I have been playing games long enough to expect to lose a lot when starting a new one but it was a nice gesture I guess.

So on paper I guess I was 1-1 though in reality I was 0-2 heading over to my friend Shep’s place to go against his Cygnar.

But those will have to wait for another day.  Thanks for reading.

A tourney and a goal

Posted: May 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hmm, there is a 35 point tourney coming up in early June.  It is far enough away that I can hopefully be fully painted and it gives me a good goal for painting.

This is my first draft list choice and some of my thinking –

I am thinking of entering a highlander tourney  in early June. The format is basically, 1 warcaster, 1 unit, 1 solo, no duplicate warbeasts. With that format in mind, here is the list I am thinking about running and some of my thinking behind the choices.

pLylyth – a good straight forward generalist feat, I have the most experience playing her which will help me not have to think (I considered both Vayl and Saeryn but I think my lack of experience with them and their tricksy feminine wiles will make me think WAY too much).

Striders – a good all around choice. Knowing that there will only be 1 other unit/solo in opposing force makes them even more appealing – they should be able to handle most other units fairly easily and then be in place to harass mid/late game.

The Forsaken – I wanted to do the Strider just to totally destroy my opponents support, but decided in the end that a fury assist would be more valuable. The Shepherd was tempting, but a forsaken can be a desperation beatstick if necessary, especially vs. camping casters.

Carnivean – Great animus, great all round beast. Like Lylyth, I have most experience with him and that will help at a tourney. It was tempting to swap carni/forsaken for Typhon/Shepherd and I am still considering that.

Seraph – Slipstream plus strafe. I don’t think I need to ‘splain this, especially in a pLylyth list.

Ravagore – I don’t have any experience with it yet, but its role as a shooting beast helps to make it a bit more straight forward (at least in my head).

Shredder – Don’t leave home without him. Cheap, easy, mean, great animus. Not to mention it is like a cute little puppy – who doesn’t love cute little puppies?

Stinger – I had 2 points left over so it was either this or a harrier. The animus seemed slightly better, plus it could be extra nasty on feat turn.

Anyway, I would love to hear if I am on the right track or way off base and why so feel free to drop in a comment. Thanks!

A quick update

Posted: May 9, 2011 in models

I hope to have pictures up soon but I finished building all of the non warlock models I own!  I used cork on the bases and am going to go with a deep winter basing scheme I am thinking.

That gives me, assembled and ready to go:

pLylyth
Rhyas
Carnivean
4 Shredders
2 Seraphs
Forsaken
Shepherd
Strider Deathstalker

and unassembled:

Vayl
Saeryn

and in the mail:

6 Striders

Pretty sweet – according to forwardkommander.com I have right around 35 points and closer to 40 when the Striders arrive.

Like I said, I hope to get pics up soon.