I apologize for the long delay. Between a job as an admin, a weekly RPG, a fiance and dog, my painting and converting, and a ton of video games and TV, I just didn’t have the energy. I also ran out of the higher quality photos that my friend Rory took. Honestly it is kind of a chore to edit every photo and still not have them come out the way I want, but I will keep at it. My model photography skills are slowly improving, although my camera is till mediocre. As of now my job is over and I am going back to school, so I’ll try my best to blog more. Look for posts about once or twice a month. Also, if you have requests I will pay attention to them. I am still planning to do a Lost and The Damned codex update within the next few weeks or months.
Tshft was a blast, although I had no team this time around. I was requested to bring orks by the organizer Zen, and so I brought ’em. I didn’t finish all of my orks to the standard I wanted but I still managed to get all 50 painting points. At the last minute I decided that I wanted to include madboyz models, and instead of doing touchups on my boyz I spent one night upgrading the old pewter torsos with new plastic arms and other bits, and a night or two trying to speed-paint them to a decent standard. I knew I didn’t deserve best appearance this year, especially considering the winner’s spectacular Black Legion Chaos Marine army. I hope “the man from Idaho” return s next September so I can see how my best painted force stacks up in the minds of the public. My pirate landship battlewagon and freebootaz were well received, and I got some other life sustaining compliments. Now that I have been to several of these events I know more and more people so I was comfortable. Honestly my terrain collection saved the day, I supplied about half of the terrain for the event and I plan to bring even more next time.
After my defeats last TSHFT I was categorized in the “B” bracket. To my surprise I took best overall for the wonderful veteran noob category, at the same time putting me back in the “A” bracket.I hadn’t played 40k since the last TSHFT so I knew things would be rough, but my boyz seldom let me down. Warboss Gorzag was slain every game on Day 1, so I brought in a Death Skull boss to replace him Day 2, and his lucky blue face turned my dice around.
Game one was a draw against castled Necrons, although since my battlewagon should have actually been destroyed instead of immobilized, I could have lost. I repaired the damage and went on to fuck up both monoliths with my deffrolla. The real problem was the Deceiver, I really had no answer to him. For some insane reason I charged him with my Nobz, only to have him float over to some shoota boyz camping on the center objective. It was still a really fun game and my opponent was quite accommodating.
Game two was short and bitter, I conceded after two or three turns of absolutely devastating tau shooting. My opponent was fine but I didn’t get to do much.
Game 3: A swarm of black templar terminators! Assault cannons and power fists all over the place! Thanks to some badly thought out objective placement, stolen initiative, and mistakes on my part, I lost game three after killing over 30 terminators midfield while 4 squads of 5 tacticals clustered on 2 board edge objectives. If I had managed to get my shoota boyz just a little close to one of my home objectives I could have tied. Really my biggest mistake was not placing my objectives close together. I did not like how the scenario allowed you to place objectives on the back board edge, but them’s the breaks.
I won game four against a risky Tyranid list that was nothing but a walking tyrant without guards, two Trygons, and a horde of vanilla and Ymgarl genestealers. The mission helped me out as both sides had to reserve half their force and roll for which half came on. My Lootas and Lobbas were untouched the whole game and shot quite well, I only lost one mob of boyz, the grot screen, a trukk, and random casualties here and there.
My last game was a win against a younger dark eldar player, who probably should have played more aggressively. My Lootas saved the day again taking out ravagers and raiders at vital times. Lilith was kicking my ass in assaults but I managed to trap her and her grenadeless blood brides with my kanz, killing her the last turn for an extra 3 battle points. The battlewagon was awesome again, I deffrollered a Raider, repaired some damage, then later went on to contest an objective last turn. We had to call it after turn 4 which was to my a dvantage, but I probably could have won a longer game the way things were going.
I was pleasantly surprised to win best in category with a 2 /2/ 1 record. At first Zen announced me as Best General in B and handed my a SM dreadnought prize, which I was happy about since my Tzeentch forces need a dread or two. He then took it back and gave me tons of orks, an amusing prize since I have around 10,000 points worth of the green fuckers! I will put them to good use though, I still need to populate my stompa after all.
All basic nobs had a PK and a Bosspole. I don’t care what TKE and Stelek think, bosspoles are way too useful to leave out.
Battlewagon with Deffrolla, grot riggers, 2 big shootas
7 fully equipped Nobz inna trukk
2 x 20 Shoota Boyz
20 or so Slugga boyz (Madboyz on foot)
18 Slugga boyz (Freebootaz in BW)
3 x 10 Lootas
3 Killa Kanz with rokkits
3 Big gunz (Lobbas, 2 ammo runts, runtherd)
RANT: Ok so you’re sick of grey hunters… get over it!
I see a variant of the following all too often:
“Oh geez, more of the same. A bunch of troops in transports, supported by optimal fast attack, elite and heavy support choices. What a boring netlist.” Um, what? That’s how lists are built. You have a codex and a force org chart, and need to win missions… so what is the problem with trying to make the best list you can within your restrictions? The above quote is admittedly straw mannish but it’s better than calling out individuals.
Guess what… the Space Wolf codex has but three scoring troops choices, and one requires a special character. Grey Hunters are one of the most versatile troop choices in the game, and possibly the most points efficient. Frankly, Blood Claws suck by comparison, with the possible exception of a bunch in a Land Raider… but even then, Logan enabled Wolf Guard are better. So you’re bored by Grey Hunters? Ok, then don’t bring along Ork Boyz, Tactical Marines, Dire Avengers, Genestealers, IG Vets, Necron Warriors, Plaguebearers, or any other common troop choice. I mean really, what do people expect to see from a list?
I am all for creativity, but this can be easily expressed through conversions, painting, army back story, objectives, strategy, etc. I am not one to mock people for taking unusual or subpar units because I recognize that there is more to the hobby than optimized list building. In exchange, how about the fluffier than thou segment please relent from bashing on actually good lists just because they have seen similar combinations before. Marines in Rhinos, IG in Chimeras, Eldar in Wave Serpents… yeah, that is how those forces deploy for battle in most of the fluff and most gaming tables.. Please stop thinking you are clever and original just because you don’t like someone else’s army list. Should everyone stop playing Space Wolves and Imperial Guard because they are strong and popular choices? It’s really just another kind of elitism. Honestly there is nothing wrong with someone trying out flavor of the month forces, a lot of players get excited over whatever the newest book is. Let them.
I can field Orks, Tyranids, Chaos Marines, Daemons, actual Space Wolves, Thousand Sons “count as” Space Wolves, traitor Imperial Guard, and even some badly painted OOP Eldar. Yay me. What will I take to the next tournament? Umm, how about whatever I feel like? It will probably be my Tzeentch Wolves or Traitor Guard, two forces I have a passion for and have poured countless hours into modeling and painting. they have back stories, conversions, the works. If someone wants to tell me my army is boring or cheesy because of the codex I pick I will just have to laugh.
What will it take to satisfy the haters? An army of nothing but Coteaz and dozens of Jokaero? Let me proxy with my mutants and we’ll try it out.
PROJECTS! And more photos!
As usual I am all ADHD about my hobby and don’t focus on one army for too long. I have been converting and painting models all over the map… Right now on my desk alone I have vehicle turrets, chaos spawn riding flying discs, servitors, orks, space wolves, mutants, and various chaos marines. There’s also a bunch of clutter, tools, paints, etc. Time to clean up I guess.
Besides all the painted minis in progress, and the old ones in need of touchups, I have over one hundred models ready to be primed. Besides the 8th edition set Skaven, they are almost all converted. For example I have about 6 unpainted daemon prince projects in various states of completion. As much as I would love to dive into Grey Knights or Dark Eldar my backlogged model collection and lack of money will simply not allow it. This is what happens when you are simultaneously excited for like five different factions. I should really get organized and finish up some specific pieces so I can get them photographed before Rory moves away.
I will try to get more pics up before the month ends, stay tuned. As always, comments are welcome, even snarky ones!