Tuesday, March 3, 2015

X-wing: Store Championships and Scum and Villainy


X-wing season has a tight grip on my soul right now. I took part in the league at my FLGS and went on to play in two store championship tournaments in the area. One at Fantasy Books and Games and one at Realms of Gaming in Troy.  I had no idea Realms of Gaming even existed until a few friends from the league said they were going to play in the store tournament there. Discovering this store was pretty huge for me. Turns out its only 15 minutes from where I live. While the store doesn't do Warhammer, they do play X-wing every Thursday. It's always nice to have more gaming options since having a family can sometimes change the nights I have open for gaming.

It had been a long time since I played X-wing. The last time was back in July when the X-wing league first started at Fantasy Books and Games. I decided I would pick up where I left off and run the list I was using back then with some minor tweaks.



My List:
(HWK-290) Roark Garnet, Recon Specialist, Blaster Turret, Shield Upgrade
(B-wing) Blue Squadron Pilot
(B-wing) Blue Squadron Pilot
(X-wing) Garven Dreis

I absolutely love this list. I know there's a lot of hate out there for the HWK-290 and thats partially why I wanted to keep the ship in my list. Everyone seems to think the ship is underpowered and awkward but the synergy between Garven and Roark is fantastic. If for some reason Roark can't Focus during his turn, Garven can still get a token to him. This is very important since Roark can't fire his blaster turret without at least 1 focus token. I also figured I'd be facing a ton of the new Tie Phantoms and would need Roark's ability to get shots on them before they re-cloaked. I went 3-1 in the league and figured that this would be my list for the store Tournaments. Surely no one would suspect the awesomeness that is the HWK-290. For my participation and placement in the league I got a Tie Bomber pilot alternate art card, a Han Solo alternate art card, and an acrylic Cloaking token for Tie Phantoms.

Realms of Gaming Store Championship
Game 1:
(Tie Phantom) Echo
(Tie Interceptor)
(Tie Interceptor)

I don't remember his exact build but I do know that I made pretty quick work of it. 1-0

Game 2:
(Tie Phantom) Whisper, Advanced Cloaking Device
(Tie Phantom) Echo, Advanced Cloaking Device, Veteran Instincts
(Tie Advanced) Darth Vader

Roark was the star here again boosting my pilots to skill 12 to take out his phantoms. 2-0


Game 3:
(B-wing) Blue Squadron Pilot, Advanced Sensors
(B-wing) Blue Squadron Pilot, Advanced Sensors, B-wing/E2, Tactician
(Y-wing) Gold Squadron Pilot, Ion Cannon
(Y-wing) Gold Squadron Pilot, Ion Cannon

You wanna talk about control. This list had it. There was nothing I could do. He would Ion a ship with a Y-wing and cause it to take a Stress token with the Tactician. He had me running into astroids left and right. This list just tore me apart. 2-1


Game 4:
(Tie Fighter) Dark Curse
(Tie Fighter) Back Stabber
(Tie Interceptor) Soontir Fel, Push the Limit, Shield Upgrade
(Tie Defender) Delta Squadron Pilot, Ion Cannon

This game was against a familiar opponent and while we usually have great/close games against each other, this time that was not the case. His dice failed him early and his poor piloting had him all over the asteroids. From there it was like he was in quicksand. This win put me at 3-1 and would place me in the top 4.

Game 5:
(YT-2400) Dash Rendar, Outrider, Heavy Laser Cannon, Veteran Instincts
(X-wing) Wedge, Veteran Instincts
(B-wing) Blue Squadron Pilot

The winner of this game would go to the top table to play for First Place and a single round bye at the Regional Championship of their choice which run from May-July. Sadly for me I got smoked off the table. Dash with a Heavy Laser Cannon is serious business. My opponent would go on to win the Championship. He was a great player and deserved his prize. I didn't walk away empty handed though. For making the top 4 I got a limited edition dice bag and acrylic focus tokens!


Fantasy Books and Games Store Championship

By this time the Wave 6 Scum and Villainy faction had been released and it seemed like everyone was running it. Everyone but me. My SnV ships were due to be delivered that day so I wasn't able to try it. I was pretty worried about having to face all the new ships and pilots without having played against them before. 


Game 1:
(Aggressor) IG88-C, Push the Limit, Advanced Sensors, Mangler Cannon, IG-2000, Autothrusters, Hot Shot Blaster
(Aggressor) IG88-D Push the Limit, Advanced Sensors, Mangler Cannon, IG-2000, Autothrusters, 

The newness of the expansion really saved me here. My opponent was having a pretty difficult time piloting the ship. He ended up stuck on asteroids half the time which allowed me take the victory. 1-0

Game 2:
(Tie Defender) Rexlar Brath, Shield Upgrade, Heavy Laser Cannon, Decoy, Ion Pulse Missile
(Tie Defender) Colonel Vessery, Shield Upgrade, Heavy Laser Cannon

I would have NEVER expected to see a 2 ship Tie Defender build. These guys are point hogs and only have 3 hull and 3 shields apiece. This list took me totally by surprise at how good it actually was. Still I managed to shut it down and take the win. 2-0

Game 3:
(Firespray) Kath Scarlett, Veteran Instincts, Ion Cannon, Proximity Mines, Engine Upgrade, Recon Specialist
(Aggressor) IG88-B, Veteran Instincts, Ion Cannon, Proximity Mines, Advanced Sensors, Autothrusters

I managed to get him to split his ships off from each other and he was unable to focus my ships down. I took out Kath and that was pretty much the end for him. 3-0

Game 4:
(Starviper) Xizor, Virago, Autothrusters, Advanced Sensors, Veteran Instincts, Predator
(Z-95) Binayre Pirate
(Y-wing) Syndicate Thug, Ion Cannon Turret, BTL-A4 Y-wing, Unhinged Astromech
(HWK-290) Torkil Mux, Ion Cannon Turret

I had a great turn 2 move getting 2 B-wings within range 1 of Torkil and took him out before he even fired a shot. However to my dismay, my opponent dropped Garven in the same round. From there we traded kills each round. In the end only Xizor was still left standing. It was a great game. 3-1 I would again place in the top 4 to head to the final tables.

Game 5:
(Tie Defender) Rexlar Brath, Shield Upgrade, Heavy Laser Cannon, Decoy, Ion Pulse Missile, 
(Tie Defender) Colonel Vessery, Shield Upgrade, Heavy Laser Cannon

Double Defenders again. I thought I had this game in the bag. I had killed one Defender giving me 47 points. He had managed to kill Roark for 30. I had his remaining Defender down to 1 hull point. On the last turn just after time had been called I went in for the kill with Garven. I flew threw an astroid thinking he wouldn't expect it and managed to not hurt myself. I couldn't take an action though so I had no Focus. He made the move I was expecting and ended up at range 1. He would be firing before me because of his higher pilot skill, but I was still thinking this guy is toast and I've won. I get 4 shots to take out 1 hull. He took his 4 shots and landed a hit, hit, crit, crit unmodified. I rolled to save and got 0 evades! An X-wing has 2 shields so they went down. First crit was 2 damage and it didn't matter what the second was because he just took out my 3 hull. It was amazing. I still had my 2 B-wings to shoot at him which both failed to cause the 1 damage I needed. He did 5 damage with 4 dice at the last possible moment to win the game 47-56. I was absolutely stunned! It was amazing! Again, I won a limited edition dice bag and focus tokens. The Championship round was won by the Firespray/Aggressor list I had played earlier in the the day. 


I freaking love this game! So happy to be back in the swing of things. Since I started playing again I've managed to amass a small Imperial fleet again. I had traded all of my Imperial ships to get what would end up being the start of my Cygnar Warmachine army. And as I mentioned earlier I now have most of the ships from the new Scum and Villainy faction. I'm really excited to get them on the table this week. Some of the new combos and cards are amazingly awesome. If you have time this Wednesday evening, I highly suggest coming up to Fantasy Books and Games for some X-wing action.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Great Unclean one for Valentine's day

Hey ladies!

Finally getting around to finishing my GUO... Need him for my Adepticon army, so finishing up his highlights and little details.  Fun model, hoping I didn't go to monochrome with him.  I think he looks swell.  Happy V day errbody!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Blight King Terminators... WIP pics

Squoze, Herald of Nurgle here... finally got around to painting some of my Blight Terminators... here is some WIP pics:



 Aaaaaand, done:
Once I get more lighting claws arms I will finish up the last two!  Yay!

-Squoze

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tools of the Trade: PART DEUX. TOOL FAST, TOOL FURIOUS

Hello!  So lets talk about a few more handy tools for the modeling wargamer... these things aren't quite necessary, but on my desk, they are indispensable.  And quite a lot of destructive fun!

DREMEL

Now, the Dremel tool isn't totally necessary, but if you really want to do some serious plastic shedding, you gotta get one.  You can use them for drilling holes if you have a steady hand, or get a bit like this one, and use it to create pits and scratches in armor, vehicles, etc... its a great effect.  You got to be careful with this little bastard though, you can take a little too much off of you aren't careful... and if you run this bad boy at too high a setting you will be melting the shit out of your little plastic mens, and you don't want that... one cause it could ruin your models, and two because burning plastic can create some fumes that I'm pretty sure aren't good for you.  This tool is great fun, and when you run it, people in the other room wonder what the fuck you are doing.  Here is a model I did that had some serious Dremel action.  In retrospect maybe too much, but it gives you a good idea of what the Dremel can do in the wrong hands:


The desired effect was corroded, pitted armor.  I think he looks quite pitted. Quite.  Ok, next tool...

DENTAL TOOLZ

Not just for dentists anymore!  Anyone with an interest in semi-professional dentistry might have some sweet tools like this you can borrow, or head down to the ol' dental hobby shop and pick some up.  But really, you should be able to find things like this in a hobby store in the sculpting section.  Or next time you go in for your yearly checkup and fluoride, you swipe the dentists tools when they aren't looking.  And every time, every fucking time they say, "you aren't flossing enough".  Jeezus.  Who has the time to floss?  Anyway, stealing their sweet-ass tools will show 'em.  These are great for modeling and molding your greenstuff and whatever else might need poking and prodding, paint scraping, and general stabby-ness.  Speaking of Green Stuff....

Modelling putty/Green stuff

You will find green stuff at your fave game store, and its actually called Green Stuff.  I bet you cant guess why.  Also pictured here is my favorite modeling medium, Milliput.  Both  are two part modeling compounds, and both get good and hard after a few hours (just like prom night!).  Modeling compound like green stuff is responsible for more shitty "conversions" than I care to count, so it takes some time and a keen sense of editing to make it look like something other than a big fucking blob on your models.  We'll talk about that later... but just some quick notes, work these compounds with wet fingers and tools, or it will stick to everything... and for fucks sake smooth out all those fingerprints.  It is not cool.  Here's a model that I went apeshit crazy on with some Milliput:


The tentacle around the axe, the fleshy bits around the spikes, the eyes, the horn, his chest, the base... all built up with milliput.  This is what happens when you have a lot of time on your hands... sometimes the result is ok, this example is questionable.  Moving on...

HOTT GLOO GUN

One of my favorites, the hot glue gun.  These are mad cheap, so if you are like me and you lose one every few months, you can just buy another... they are like 4 whole dollars.  I cant think of many things I can get for 4 dollars these days... maybe a few double cheeseburgers, or a night with your mom.  But unlike your mom, these things get warm and gooey and are useful.  They are fantastic for gluing together foamboard when you are making awesome buildings, and for gluing your styrofoam and styrene hills together.  I also use them for interesting goo effects, I've gone so far as to use them on the bases of my Nurgle troops, to mimic the look of them standing in puddles of nondescript slime.  There are also colored glue sticks that could be used for some interesting effects... I've also modeled some sweet 'nid drop pods, cracking open with pools of goo spilling out... the only limit is the imagination.  Get one (a hot glue gun, hopefully you already have an imagination).


THE AIR BRUSH

Another nice to have tool that makes life a whole lot easier.  Base coating models with an airbrush is one of the simple pleasures in life we should all experience.  Adding sweet fades, graceful designs and my favorite, OSL (Object Source Lighting) are just a few of the things you can do with some patience, a steady hand and a nice airbrush.  Like a cool breeze off the ocean, a relaxing bubble bath, or the screams of your victims as they try to escape, this is just a joy.  Its great to be able to mix your own colors, to paint models cleanly and evenly, and to graffiti anti government slogans on very small buildings.  A decent setup could cost you as little as 150 to 200 dollars, and it will pay for itself in no time.  Check out the eBay, I'm sure they have plenty of airbrushes and compressors for a decent price.  Mine is a sweet double action deal that allows you to adjust the pressure of the air flow as well as the size of the spray... very handy.  A rule of thumb with these as well, CLEAN THEM OFTEN.  They can get gummed up with paint pretty quickly, so clean after every use.  Clean them at least 3 times as often as you clean yourself, you stinky little monkey.

Ok, so a few odds and ends aside, that's what I have sitting on my awesome desk here.  These tools have made all of my work that much easier and enjoyable.  Again, this is just what I use, and your mileage may vary.  Find the tools that work best with you, experiment and have fun.

-SQUOZE

Tools of the Trade: PART 1, THE TOOLENING

Squoze, Herald of Nurgle here...


I moderate r/warhammer over on Reddit.  I run a weekly thread where noobs can come in and ask noobular type questions, and its a good time.  One of the most common questions I see is "what tools do I need for this hobby?"  Well here you have it.  I have plagiarized my own work here from another blog I ran a few years ago (The Wargaming Anarchists Cookbook) but it seemed a nice place to re-introduce this post.  I hope its a nice starting point for some of you noobs out there.  Enjoy!

KaNife

Here we have the standard tool of tools, the hobby knife.  You want to get the kind with removable replaceable blades, so when they get duller than the current Chaos Space Marine Codex you can replace them.   Unlike this one here.  I will change it when I'm damn good and ready.  In all cases, be fucking careful with these... a fresh blade will slice through your hand like it ain't no thang.. you won't even feel it at first this shit is so sharp.  Next thing you know you are dripping blood on your new pants your mom just bought you, feeling woozy and SLAM!  Head right down on the table amidst your plastic space men parts.  Use caution okay kids?

Sproo Cutta

Here we have the sprue cutter.  This is an invaluable tool.  I use mine for everything... removing parts from sprue, trimming parts, conversions such as cutting off hands and heads, and the occasional back-alley Bris.  Also handy in the bedroom, and fuck, it even makes fries in 7 different ways!  7!  Anyswayze, you want this to safely remove parts from the sprue, cause I know what your little nooby ass is thinking, "I will just twist them till they come off!"  NO, BAD MOVE MY LITTLE HOMBRE.  This is a good way to break those delicate parts, and generally ruin a perfectly good piece of expensive plastic.  Use sprue cutters you goofy bastard.

Supah Gloo

Super glue.  Get some.  I prefer the thicker kind.  This will allow you to add a drop, and it not run all over the goddamn place while you are fumbling to get  the other piece lined up with it.  Use sparingly, or don't listen to me cause I glob this shit on as though the fate of the universe depended on it.  Whatever you decide keep your hands away from your naughty bits if you get some of this on you, nothing is more embarrassing than going to the ER and having to explain to the Doc that you glued your hands to your nutsack while trying to make plastic space men.  Trust me on this.

Plastik Seement

Plastic cement.  This is an option for you, obviously only for gluing plastics.  Thus the name, Plastic cement.  I hate that I have to bring that up, but as usual, I only bring it up cause some goofball has probably tried to glue metals or other shit together with it.  No Mr. Wizard, its time for you to head back to Hogwarts for another semester...  plastic cement is for plastic only.  Anywhoo, I don't like plastic cement as much, because it creates too strong a bond for my taste... sometimes I get all antsy in the pantsy and want to remove an arm or a leg to redo a model, and a superglued joint will snap apart nice and clean... not so with plastic cement, it melts the plastic together, and once its together, its together... if you try to pull any arms off you will find the weaker parts of the model snapping off, and there you are with the elbow joint of your favorite xenos, thinking to yourself, "I need to switch to superglue."

Pin vise

The pin vise... this is a handy little tool that is nothing more than a drill bit on a nifty little handle.  Use this for drilling out gun barrels for that realistic look (pew pew pew!!) or for drilling holes to attach pins, for pinning heavier bits of models together.  Also handy for drilling tiny peepholes in bathroom walls.  Hehehe.

Filez

Get some files!  Super handy for removing those exta bits of plastic, or flattening out pieces to make them fit.  Get different shapes and sizes if you can.  Keep some brushes around to clean them off!

Ok, so I think that's the basic shit to get you started.  Check out any decent hobby store nearby and get your shop on.  At the very least get a hobby knife and some good glue.  Over time you will find the tools that work best for you, and you will soon find out what you really need.  Have fun and don't take yourself too seriously, we are playing with little plastic guys for fucks sake.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Forgeworld Cerastus Knight Lancer: My Imperial Knight Army Expands


Well, it took a LONG time, but I finally got the Cerastus Knight Lancer I had ordered. I absolutely loved this kit. In fact I loved putting this kit together and painting it so much, that I now have another one on the way. That will give me 5 Knights total finishing out my 2000 point Imperial Knight army. Here's some pictures documenting the assembly and painting of this bad boy.














Monday, January 26, 2015

Cygnar Army Additions!


I took a break from finishing my Circle Orboros army and went back to working on the faction that got me into this game in the first place. I got a bunch of new additions to my Cygnar army for Christmas and finished painting a couple of them this weekend. I'm pretty damn excited to have this Stormwall ready for play. I've been wanting to try this model since Sqouze stomped me with his Mammoth. They really need to go head to head. 






I also painted up what I believe is going to be a really fun unit to play, Alexia Ciannor and the Risen. She has a lot great mechanics that allow you to raise your dead models as Risen for her horde. Good stuff!