Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Warmachine & HORDES Deals!

Hi everyone,

While I haven't yet managed to find a playing group to enjoy the game with, I'm very interested in Privateer Press' Warmachine & HORDES games. 

My temptation just jumped up a notch seeing their Christmas bundles.

Here's an example for Khador.

So you get out there with your warcaster, two heavy Jacks, a support piece, some heavy infantry and some snipers too. To support the models they throw in the token set and a mini rulebook. Not to mention the little Christmas ornament :-)

I also love the Circle Orboros deal full of stone construct goodness (though I do love warpwolves too).

Now if you agree that these are great deals then head over to the Privateer Press store pronto. If you spend over $200 then you will get a Coleman Stryker action figure included for free as long as stocks last. Now this may not be something that works for you personally but I'm sure you could find a son/younger brother/cousin etc. who'd love to have this for Christmas. Who knows, they may even come asking you for an intro game later on when they're old enough for the big toys. 
All the best,


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Models or money???

Following up to my Dreadfleet game I talked with my buddy about my stash of Grey Knight terminators. I traded my Tau army for some 20 odd metal terminators, Captain sterns and brother captains when I left America. At the time I needed to get rid of bulky things so that I had space in my luggage for all of the other bits I had to bring back to England. 

I've been carrying around the Grey Knights ever since I left America with a vague future plan to make a Draigowing army and so on. Last night was my crunch time when I decided that I wasn't realistically going to do it any time soon and I would rather see my models in the hands of someone who would really use and appreciate them.

The question is.....sell or trade the models.

Last night I sold the painted power armour grey knights I have and also got the Dark Vengeance librarian above in trade. It's nice and as I looked at the other Dark Angel models I realised that: I'm tired of painting Deathwing so I want a change, the Captain model is much like the finecast captain I have, my buddy is using the power armour marines for painting technique test models and the Ravenwing just don't excite me. I've been offered the Ltd edition chaplain and that might be a cool trade model but then there's the other good thing.

Matus has a whole, mostly still boxed, Dark Eldar army he's happy to trade to me. We haven't worked out exactly what would be a fair amount but I'm very tempted. It has a few Raiders, a couple of Venoms, three Ravagers, several sets of Wyches and Warriors, some Hellions and a few Reaver jetbikes (battleforce parts). 

I'm really tempted by these models to have a very different army with a totally changed playing style. Some part of me is getting bored with marching big 2+ armour save models around the field and trying to get into combat so my Thunderhammers can smash things. I am really interested in playing a fast moving army that jumps from place to place and is a glass cannon.

So that's cool.

On the other hand, do I really need more models? Do I need to spend time painting a whole new 50+ models? Shouldn't I rather take some cash and use that for more 'grown up' activities like holidays or savings? What about transporting those annoyingly shaped Dark Eldar transports? 

I'm not sure yet. I guess the best thing to do is to figure out exactly what is a good trade from my buddy's side and then make a decision from there.

All the best to everyone and opinions are appreciated.

Pete :-)

A quick Dreadfleet battle report.

Hi all,

Thanks to getting out and about in the local gaming shop I found a new gaming buddy who lives about 100m from our building. We've been playing a few games of 40k since we live so close and last night we managed to get together again and thrown down for some Dreadfleet fun.

I didn't introduce all of the rules because it would have been a steep learning curve so for this game, we ignored the wind changes, the random fate card effects and some of the shooting modifiers. Instead we went with a fairly basic kill-em-all battle setup with the islands placed in the middle.

My buddy and his wife decided to take the bad guys and I got to play the good guys for once. As you can see, I'm not finished with the painting but slowly the set is starting to come together and look better. 

The funky seascape map hung over the edge of the table but we still had most of the playing area to work with. 

Who does not like to play boardgames with CAKE?

The Heldenhammer (good flagship) and the Blood Reaver (bad flagship) got into a close range broadside match. Sadly the Heldenhammer ended up with too much damage to keep going as it was battered by almost the entire Dreadfleet over a couple of turns. As my wounded captain tried frantically to issue enough repair orders, we were dealing with a collapsed gun deck (reducing broadsides), a dead first mate (reducing command rolls), two fires on board, a hole below the waterline, dead crew, smashed sails and a battered hull. In the end, it was just too much for the proud vessel and it slipped below the waves.

The last gasp of the game. After much fighting and mayhem in the middle and ships sinking left and right, the plucky dwarves, having slowly made their way to the battleground managed to shoot the Blood Reaver, board, kill the captain in a duel, win the boarding action, push off and shoot again to sink the enemy flagship, then ended up in a distant gunnery duel against the ghost ship, Shadewraith. Despite the difficulty in hitting their ghostly foe (you need a 6+ at any range) the dwarves had more guns and more armour to hold on for the final victory. My first ever win in Dreadfleet :-)

I know this game got a really bad rap when it came out and, while I'm not saying that it rewrites the book on quality games, it is fun to play. If you have a friend who has a set or find it on sale (some shops still stock it), then give it a go and I think you will enjoy it. I tend to think of it as more of a board game than a wargame but either way it goes down well with me. I like the variety of painting the different models too so there is a thumbs up on the that front as well.

All the best