Monday, October 24, 2011

Team Challenge Results

After the dust settled and the Michigan team made their way back home, the final standings were 32 points IWFB and 20 points GLWL. Unfortunately we lost the club challenge, but I hope I can speak for everyone in saying I had a great time and the Chicago guys were a great group to play against.

I do think lots of late changes to our team roster and not having a full team hurt us (we had a ringer from IWFB join our team with Brettonians, though I don't know how well he did for us). But in the end there was only a 3 game swing between is and the Illinois boys. I have to take the blame, as I fell with a dissapointed 1-2 record losing to Daemons and Empire games 1 (Dawn Attack) and 3 (Blood and Glory), only defeating Skaven in game 2 (Watchtower). I changed my list the night before, and as usual that was a grave mistake.

I already talked to Chris, the IWFB Captain, and there is interest in them coming over to our neighborhood next year. There was also talk of possibly having smaller teams but doing a full 6 State team challenge similar to the Six Nations European event that is a primer for the ETC. So keep an eye out for upcoming announcements!

Thanks again everyone who came out. It was really a good time.

Here was my final list @ 2000 points:

Grey Seer - 5+ ward, dispel scroll
Plague Priest - furnace, forbidden rod
Chieftain - BSB
Warlock - doomrocket
30 Clan Rats - full command, shields, poisoned wind mortar
30 Clan Rats - full command, shields, poisoned wind mortar
40 Slaves - musician
40 Slaves - musician
30 Plague Monks - plague banner
Hell Pit Abomination
Warp Lightning Cannon
Warp Lightning Cannon

Below I grabbed some snaps of some of the cool armies that were present!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Wood Elves emerging as my next project.

Yes I do have the army attention span of a gold fish if something doesn't "stick" right away. Lets just get that out of the way. Lately I have been looking around for another army, and with the help of browsing miniatures and listening to a few podcasts I have decided on the Wood Elves. I wanted to build a "good" army to oppose my love for the Skaven, and the tactics and underestimated nature of the Wood Elves appealed to my idea of an interesting army.

The modeling aspect is not lost on me either. I am looking forward to possibly converting my Treemen and Treekin from scratch (er, well from GW Forest sets) and coming up with a paint scheme I enjoy. Right now I am really digging a Fall / Autumn theme with browns, tans, oranges, and reds. Take a look at the models from the GW Glade Guard Gallery that I am using as inspiration.

 Painted by Dave Taylor

Painted by David Robinson

As far as a list, I really want to try out massed Glade Guard for a bit before a delve into loads of Treemen and Treekin. The hit and run and massed shooting really interests me. Here is the list.

Spellweaver, lvl 4 Life, wand of wych elm

Noble, BSB, asyendi's bane, hail of doom arrow, dragonhelm
Spellsinger, lvl 1 AL, dispel scroll, ruby ring

18 Glade Guard, full command, banner of eternal flame
10 Glade Guard
10 Glade Guard
10 Glade Guard
10 Glade Guard
10 Glade Guard
10 Glade Guard
8 Dryads
8 Dryads
8 Dryads
8 Dryads

5 Wild Riders, mus

5 Waywatchers
5 Waywatchers
Great Eagle
Great Eagle


What do you think about the color scheme? The army?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Blood Bowl Skaven

I played a demo a few months back and I really liked Blood Bowl. After that I modeled up my team from plastic Skaven sets but then let them sit. Coming up at my local GW Hobby Center is their first Blood Bowl Campaign, so I decided to stop being lazy and finish my team. I played 1 more game and did well, and the only real problem I am having is deciding whether or not to include a Rat Ogre in my starting lineup for my League Team. If you have any input, or any other Skaven related Blood Bowl advice, I would love to hear it!

The current starting lineup of the yet unnamed Skaven team is:

4 Gutter Runners
2 Blitzers
1 Thrower
4 Linemen
3 Rerolls
1 Apothecary

Thursday, October 6, 2011

WAAAGH! PACA planning

I am planning on a trip (499.6 miles and 8 hours) to Wisconsin in January for the 3rd annual WAAAGH!PACA tournament. More details coming soon, but the GLWL v IWFB is a great start to my list building as it is also 2000 points. Right now the plan is to bring the dirty Skaven.

Here is the new website for this year's event

And here is the tournament pack!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Doomwheel rehabilitation

After not having use my Doomwheel more than a couple games since 8th Edition came out, I have been writing a few lists lately that include it. Arachnaroks, Sphynxes, Stonehorns and all the rest of the Ogre Kingdoms are a great reason for me to give the model another look in my lists for upcoming events that are limited to lower points values (2000 points).

And to make my Doomwheel playable again I would have to fix some battle damage from my pre-Battlefoam transfering of the Skaven. The banner top snapped off on a cold winter day, and the side attachments were both removed after a failed magnetizing attempt for easier storage. I know have a Battlefoam 1520 XL and a tray designed to hold 2 upright Doomwheels. One space is holding a Hell Pit Abomination, and now the other can hold the Doomwheel again.

This weekend will probably be my first test drive since after the Skaven FAQ that removed its chariot movement and made it move like the HPA again. We'll see how things go!

Comp restrictions that suck.

The Gamer's Sanctuary in Flint, MI is hosting one of the only local tournaments in the area next month (or any time recently other than one's I have run myself). That would be great news, if their comp pack wasn't garbage. They have a lot of the GLWL system restrictions, but then throw in specific anti Skaven restrictions that they don't also hit any other army with. "You may only take 1 Hell Pit Abomination, Plague Furnace, OR Screaming Bell". Really? Did you get beaten by Skaven that badly that you have to specifically target them, without also taking a look at Lizardmen, Warriors of Chaos, or Dark Elves? It's ok, for Dark Elves to take a Hydra, Cauldron, and Stubborn Pegasus Lord though... we wouldn't want to make it too hard for the Dark Elves to beat the Skaven.

Thanks but no thanks, GS.

Monday, October 3, 2011

GLWL vs IWFB is coming!

Coming up this month is our club grudge match! We are driving to the Chicago Battle Bunker to take on the Illinois Warhammer Fantasy Battles club in a 10 on 10 no comp slugfest. I have had a very off month for hobby work missing out on two tournaments I would have loved to attend, including the final Core Comp. I can only make so many trips from Detroit to Chicago on my weekends. Hopefully next year I can make some more! Stay tuned for a battle report of the day's events later in October, as well as some new additions I have been trying to work on for my Skaven.

In my other limited hobby time I have been building my Gen Con Malifaux models and playing some games with my wife on our Terraclips terrain. After playing some games on it I would definitely IMPROVE my rating to 9/10, the stuff is almost perfect for my needs at home. I have lots of Guild models primed and I am hoping to have a fully painted faction by the next tournament coming up at Pandemonium. I am planning on doing a full battle report of a Malifaux game soon, just in case you were interested in the game but haven't seen Malifaux in action yet!

Keep looking for updates. I'm not dead yet! Actually, let me correct that. My new D&D character died before reaching level 2. I'm now playing a Gnome Bard. Awesome.