Thursday, 22 September 2016

I am actually doing hobby stuff...

It has been quiet... too quiet.

With the arrival of Deathwatch I have been busily assembling... my collection of bitz. Now I have actually put some models together (and even painted one!)

Such nice models to assemble

Finally a use for those Wolf Claws

Seems appropriate that Black Templars would use smite-sized hammers

Brother Shaen

... And finally a reminder - Warpstorm IX is in just over 5 weeks so if you haven't registered yet you need to get onto it! 

Friday, 12 August 2016

Warpstorm IX - 29/30 October 2016

I am very pleased to announce that the ninth Warpstorm tournament will be held on the weekend of 29th/30th October 2016 at Cashmere Avenue School, Khandallah, Wellington.

It will be 5 rounds of 40k, with armies of 1750pts. Earlybird entry cost for Warpstorm is $30 up until 30 August 2016, after which the cost is $40.

You can download the Players Pack here

I'd like to thank Mighty Ape for sponsoring this event. Check out their Facebook page here

Any updates or news will be posted on this blog.

This is the last qualifying tournament for the 2016 Masters (being held in Christchurch).

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Return of the Eldar Clown Party

In 2007 I built and painted (and used) the only Xenos army I have really had. By 'had', I mean not bought via eBay/people and actually used in tournaments.

It was based around several troupes of Harlequins, led by Eldrad (at higher points I added in an Autarch as well), supported by Shining Spears (Harlequins on jetbikes) and War Walkers with scatter lasers (yes scatter lasers, not starcannons, after all it wasn't 2nd/3rd ed). I had to take 2x troops so that ended up being Pathfinders... well, because. Just because.

I ran an army 'blog' on WargamerAU. ... .  suffice to say I can tell you, I was not very good at using this particular army. I think now (nearly 10 years later) I'd possibly be a bit more ruthless but back then I was still a Space Wolf at heart so charge etc. <except T3 5++ save = die more>. Mind you I did win a Best Sport at a GT and also Best Army with them so it wasn't all bad. And they did Bad BAD things to a certain Deathwing army... <sigh>

Here are some photos I dragged out of my hard drive
Great Harlequin Tre'sidda 

Very Metal Eldrad conversion

Troupe A

Troupe B

Shining Spears... so good... yet so crap

One of my favourite conversions ever

Very fluffy Pathfinders

Anyway... I did laugh when the new Harlequin codex came out, but not as much as when I saw Death Masque. Eldrad leading a Harlequin troupe... 

I just want to say "You saw it here first/I TOLD YOU SO" :)

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Terrain for Call to Arms

While I am not playing at Call to Arms this year, I did offer Craig Stewart (the umpire and regular tournament attendee) 3 tables worth of terrain for the players to fight over.

After Maelstrom I purchased some more terrain. I had been eyeing the Tempestus Firebase that had been for sale at Livewire Games what seemed like forever, and it was still available so I finally pushed 'buy' and it appeared a couple of days later on my doorstep. Must have been fate.

A lot of guns. Death to the enemies of Mankind!
The box is made up of an Aquila Strongpoint, 2x Firestorm Redoubts, a Vengeance Weapon Battery, and an Imperial Defence Emplacement. You get a lot of plastic! 

The only things I had to watch for is that some parts were slightly warped so required lots of rubber bands. that there was a lot of mold lines to clean off, and whoever disassembles them off the sprue at the factory doesn't necessarily do it with the care and attention most gamers would... oh well, battle damage I guess...

It's now had an undercoat and a couple of shots of spray paint (enough for the weekend - detail later). Next challenge is to find something to store it in...

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

More photos from Maelstrom IX

Thanks to Aidan Corlett for supplying these photos (taken with an actual camera, not by some hack with a Samsung i.e. me)

Also, Wellington City Mission really appreciates everyone's generosity in donating via the raffle, notice was posted on their Facebook page. Good work!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

That's a nice feeling...

Thanks to Mighty Ape for the prize, and thanks to all those that bought raffle tickets. The money has gone to a place it is needed.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Maelstrom IX Disjunction... the TO's report

Maelstrom IX 'Disjunction' was held over the weekend 11/12 June.

32 players from both Wellington and all the way from the deepest darkest Palmerston North (or thereabouts, Levin is just a suburb of Palmy, amiright??) descended like a horde of... umm... wargamers to the local primary school hall to battle it out over 5 rounds.

The players pack, if you have not read it, is located here.

The armies that participated can be found also here.

Breakdown of armies attending
Imperial Knights: 2
Adepta Sororitas: 1
Astra Militarum: 2
SM: Grey Knights: 1
SM: Space Wolves: 1
SM: Blood Angel/BA successor: 2
SM: Dark Angel Ravenwing: 1
SM: Iron Hands: 2
SM: Imperial/Crimson Fists: 2
SM: White Scars: 2
Chaos Daemons: 2
Chaos Space Marines: 2
Khorne Daemonkin: 1
Necrons: 1
Dark Eldar: 1
Craft(y)world Eldar: 3
Tau: 2
Tyranid: 2
Orks: 2

So a 50/50 spread between the Holy Defenders of the Imperium and <insert Chaos/Xenos> scum.

Here are some photos from the event
Day 1 Round 1

Fantastic Ork-themed table

WTF are these old fishing line weights? JUST KIDDING... 

Monsty Tyranids Flying Circus

Imperial Knights getting confused about who is the enemy (tip: Not Imperial Space Marines!)

Non-crafty Eldar... lovely paint job!

A great table that was brought along

Aquila winner Sam Whitt's crazy Death Co


That's a nice looking Guard army if I do say so myself

2nd Place army... doing sneaky Xenos 'stuff'

Somethingorother is about to Get Real

Mighty Ape Hobbies supplied me with a copy of Imperial Knight: Renegade, which was raffled off with all money raised from this being donated to the Wellington City Mission.
The lucky, lucky ba,,,, winner - Brendan Dee

All I can say is...

The final results

And here is a picture of the prize winners

What went well

  • Getting 32 40k players to a tournament in Wellington was a good result I think. Great support from the community, especially the core cadre of people that make the trip down from Palmerston North/Levin/Kapiti. Great stuff
  • Getting some of the old warhorses of the local 40k community out and playing again - the comp aspect appeared to appeal, and they all seemed to have a good time
  • Everyone attending appeared to embrace the 'just take one army' ethos, at least I didn't hear anyone complain they couldn't take their White Scar/Raven Guard/Tau/Eldar combo.
  • Missions were good... the scoring appeared much more variable.
  • After getting my head around the fact that 30 minutes to turn around the scores/next round matchups was different with 32 people as opposed to 20-odd, things got easier for me (second game started 15mins later than scheduled...)
  • No dramas, minimal questions... and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

What will I change

  • The scoresheet. Round 1 is always a challenge with the multiple VP's but I could actually make it easier for the players... so I will. Next time. 
  • Comp scoring - in hindsight I think the penalty for the 3x Detachment/Formation might be too harsh. Nobody took 4 Detachments/Formations so.. maybe... ditch it?

Big thanks goes to Peter Dunn who supplied all the tables, plus cloths, and three tables worth of terrain. And for being the independent person that drew the raffle winner. Thanks too to all those that helped set up. who brought terrain, and helped pack up. These are probably the least fun aspects of a tournament weekend but having people able and willing help out really means a lot.

Call to Arms, run by the Wellington Warlords, is next in the Wellington calendar. The next tournament I will be running is Warpstorm IX on 29/30 October at the same location as Maelstrom (players pack, points etc. TBA).