Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The lesser of two evils is still evil (Pick my list)

I am stuck between three army lists for Sunday. This time, the usual 1500 pt tournament is now 1750 points of pure anihilation games. Both lists I can run are fun , but I have no idea which one to take.



List 1-angry earth

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Overlord: warscythe, mind shackle scarabs, semp weave, phase shifter
in Command barge

Orikan the diviner

3 harbingers of transmogrification:

Elite

Ctan shard: writhing world scape, Gaze of death

Troops

7 warriors: ghost ark

7 warriors: ghost ark

7 warriors: ghost ark

heavy support

doomsday ark

doomsday ark

The list is tedious, but its a fun list. I personally love this list. I haven't run it in a while, but its going to be a blast really. Tons of kill points, but it seems like it could be fun. The other list
List 2-The Storm

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Storm lord

 Overlord, res orb, semp weave , mind shackle scarabs, war scythe 

Court
lords war scythe, mind shackle scarabs, res orb (goes in warrior squad 1)
lords war scythe, mind shackle scarabs, res orb  (goes in warrior squad 2)
Harbinger of despair-viel of tears (goes in death marks)
Harbinger of eternity- chronometron (goes in lychguard+stormlord)
Harbinger of eternity- chronometron (goes in lychguard+stormlord)

Elite
 8 Lychguard dispersion shields and power swords 

10 deathmarks

Troops

 19 warrior 

19 warrior 

This list is also fun. I have played a version of it as footcrons and it did well. I really want to see how it does against certain armies. Also, the Kill points are hard to get. Death marks can jump all over the board, warriors are massive blobs that will gun anything to a halt and the lychguard blob with 2 characters is nasty and survivable. The best part about this is that the entire army can't be complained about not being WYSIWYG since everything is exactly WYSIWYG down to every detail. No guns missing from the sides of my arks (even though they shoot straight to the side) and it has no mech element. This allows me to have the most durable unit in all of warhammer. Imagine trying to kill a T5 model that has a 4+ rerollable inv save and has a 4+ roll to come back thats also rerollable. pretty much a 4+4+ then another 4+4+. The unit is a juggernaught. Combine that will all power weapons and the mind shackle scarabs to try and deal with characters and single model units and you have a unit that just wrecks people. all I had to do to get the second chronometron guy was drop 2 warriors (I had spare points left over)

List three gets no awesome name or picture. Its my usual list tweeked.


HQ

Overlord-phase shifter, semp weave, war scythe, mind shackle scarabs
command barge-guass cannon

Overlord-phase shifter, semp weave, war scythe, mind shackle scarabs
command barge-guass cannon

Royal court one
harbinger of destruction-solar pulse
harbinger of destruction -gaze of flame
Harbinger of despair- veil of darkness

Royal court two
harbinger of destruction-solar pulse
harbinger of destruction-gaze of flame





Elite



10 death marks

Troops

8 warriors-ghost ark

8 warriors-ghost ark


heavy

Doomsday arks

Doomsday arks

You know how it plays
 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dreading the Future

At first I was going to leave off my Greenstuff article for late this coming week, but I was divinely inspired while working on my Drop Pod and couldn't wait.

I sat there staring blankly at the Dreadnought that would be using my new Drop Pod as a transport and despising the rectangular front. It just doesn't have any character and it's so, so... Angular. I grabbed some of the strips of Plasticard laying around my makeshift cutting mat and decided to make Gothic arches on my Dread. I'm more than a little surprised how well it turned out.

Whether I use it as Death Company or a Librarian, these are supposed to be the oldest and most honored of the Dreads. I didn't feel right using this one straight out of the box.

P.S: This is an AoBR Dread.

P.P.S: The loop on the top will be turned into an Iron Halo later.

P.P.P.S: The white stuff is where I glued the face but didn't like it.



My second decision was to make a death mask face for the Dread. This... Didn't turn out so well. It looked like a face, but something was just off about it. Also, it was huge compared to the Dread. I'm gonna take another crack at it some time, but I thought I'd show Da Masta Cheef that not everything I touch turns out great.

Still definitely a work in progress. I'm open to any criticism or suggestions. Since the AoBR Dread is smaller than the standard one, I'm gonna bulk it up with a extra layers of armour.




Closing Thought:
A person who has never made a mistake has never done anything.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Glory to the dice gods!


Going with the theme of diy projects I just thought I would share this little thing I whipped up last night. It is a glorious offering to the dice gods of my foe. Going to paint them gold so everyone knows whose army they came from ;). And on a related note that pile of skulls is probably the amount of Necrons I have killed that have actually stayed dead!

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Glue for the Glue God! Paper for the Paper Throne!

My posts will be a bit different from the posts you'll typically see on this blog. I tend to enjoy modeling Warhammer figures and vehicles even more than playing or painting, and I do enjoy both quite a bit.

This post I shall dedicate to papercraft.
     What's papercraft?
Who are you?
     I'm the disembodied voice that's gonna ask the questions around here.
O-kay... Well for those who don't know, it means to build 3D objects using heavyweight paper.

Like so...

     Well that's easy enough to understand, but how does this relate to Warhammer 40K?
I was getting there before you so rudely interrupted.With a little alteration, many of the Warhammer papercraft templates can be used to scratch build plastic models.
    You mean...
Yes, an industrious, and most likely poor, enthusiast could build models on the cheap and give them some extra character. Plasticard (polystyrene) is readily available at most craft stores and thin (.5 - 1.0mm) sheets are easy enough to manipulate. Now, even .5mm is much thicker than paper, so some conversion is needed. Also, papercraft templates have glue tabs which aren't necessary with plastic. Most can be cut off and plastic welding glue used to secure the joints.

An example of what you can do with papercraft.

It wasn't that long ago that GW encouraged scratch builders, as detailed in this post. It's that post that started me scratch building and links to the template for the Baneblade  pictured above. It also drew me to the Yahoo group BWC Archive which still adds templates on a regular, if long, basis. There I found templates for the Drop Pod that I am currently working on. So far I've used three sheets of Plasticard and have one more waiting to be used. I also used a small bit of Balsa wood, but most of it is still leftover.

4 sheets of Plasticard   $7.64
1 sheet of Balsa wood   $3.82
Xacto blades   $1.79
Super Glue   $4.21

Knowing you built that model
everyone thinks came from GW?    Priceless...

Here's a WIP video that shows my Drop Pod is already standing and the main struts are done. Once I prime it, few people will be able to spot that it's scratch built.

 

If there's interest on the blog, I'll make a follow up post with the template, my work flow and the problems I ran into with the template. Are you still there Mr. Voice?
    Yeah...
Say goodbye to the nice readers Mr. Voice.
    Later guys!

Good enough. Hope I sparked some interest in scratch building.

Keep your ammo dry.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Its here! Its Apocaylpse time

She is here! I pick up my third monolith tomorrow. As is evident by the picture below.
Its here!
On a related note, Easter weekend is an apocalypse game. This is the list I plan to run

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Overlord semp weave (2+), phase shifter (3++), war scythe(S7 power weapon) , mind shackle scarabs, command barge

Overlord semp weave (2+), phase shifter (3++), war scythe(S7 power weapon) , mind shackle scarabs, command barge

Overlord semp weave (2+), phase shifter (3++), war scythe(S7 power weapon) , mind shackle scarabs, command barge

Troops

9 warriors in ghost ark with Harbinger of Destruction with solar pulse

9 warriors in ghost ark with Harbinger of Destruction with solar pulse

9 warriors in ghost ark with Harbinger of Destruction with solar pulse

Heavy


doomsday ark

 doomsday ark

doomsday ark

Monolith

Monolith

 Monolith

Formations

Doomsday monolith.

Everything is range 72 and can really lay down the smack down. 3 solar pulses will protect my forces. What do you guys think?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Victory for the Tri-cities.

                  I am a gamer in the Tri-cities area.  We are a small area to game in. We have had roughly the same five or six guys in the local area for roughly the past two to three years. Its been chad, corey, screech, rob, and myself. We have played tons of games together. Its actually getting hard for me to find a game. Necrons are getting  difficult to find games. Bob has joined those numbers recently. I have been playing Chad and Bob a lot, but I haven't gotten to play the other guys. I am going to try and take a break from playing the usual guys. Necrons are tedious and often annoy people with their butt ton of rules. So instead, I plan to go to a Warhammer tournament that happens in the local Morristown every other weekend. Lets just say that this decision is something like this
Just for my overlords who win me games
(From 3++)

                 The first weekend I went , I tied for first with the tournament organizer. It won me 30$. I even gave you ,my loyal followers, my game by game breakdown of the whole thing. Today, I Tied for first with my friend and roommate chad. He is actually going to become a contributor on my blog. It netted me another 20$ in prize money. So I decided to buy something I normally wouldn't.I want a big vehicle. Something scary. Something apocalyptic. I ordered my first apocalypse formation, The Doomsday monolith formation. This means I get to paint,  model,  hold, and cuddle my beloved formation.  I plan to play in an apoc game the Saturday of Easter. The necrons have performed well against all opponents. I have played full mech opponents and it works relatively well as it demechs rather quickly . I fought a hordish ork player and it died because everything has guns .  It takes things like long fang squads and counter shoots them off the board. Two rounds of shooting allows me to kill the elements that would kill my vehicles and makes deep striking in and trying to kill my infantry really tough. Its just nasty.  More to come at a later date. I am developing the terrain manipulation list, yet I also love my simply av 13 wall. The av 13 wall is less tedious then terrain manipulation and is also a nicer list in general. Compared with everything else I have run, the av 13 wall is as soft as it gets.(so sayeth chad(that fat guy) and bob(thebob)). As I am typing this out, That fat guy even says for me to say that the list is really tame and that I run the list very well. Necrons are really awesome.
           Also, my Ghost arks have been receiving some hate. I have kept off the two broadsides in order to paint them.  So far its only really been the people in the immediate shop that have any problem with it. The people at the tournament have never had any problem. Chad and Bob have never had a problem. It really is just a few people and they have been kind of vocal and it annoys me.

Monday, March 12, 2012

1000 views and the future! Huzza

We hit a thousand views! New milestone for us. We are in the quadruple digits.  Besides that, its been a slow, but lovely spring break. So I will  discuss the future with you all. We will start with my tournament aspirations. Every other Sunday (and this coming Sunday),  and I find myself wanting to play. Problem I have is that its either I go to that tournament or I go to game night at hobby town. I cant just devote entire weekends to war hammer twice a month. I have decided to split the two. I have obligations in life to meet so I wont get to to both. If I can get another 30$ prize, I plan to get this.
Doooooooooomsday ! monolith formation
OK, so its not that one, but I will be buying my third monolith in the hopes of someday running this dreaded apocalypse formation. being and apoc barrage, 72 inch range, its just nasty. also, if the rumors for sixth edition are true, being heavy vehicles and having a structure point will make them even worse.another blurb about the future us, friday we may have another video battle report. Its gonna be two new players and we are gonna help them just play by the rules correctly. Should be an interesting play.

on a side note, I have stopped trying to care about how soft or hard necrons are. I catch flack in my local gaming area for what I run, but I asked 3++ what they thought in the chat box thing they had. I got called a silly goose at one point in jest. They honestly didn't understand how the list worked at all.  I don't run a hard list, I think I just run it well.

Also , a report that I am not sure if it got posted. Enjoy
 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

3:00 AM idea!

So I was thinking about trying to get a gaming comparison of Necrons in warhammer to something roughly the same and it suddenly hit me. Its an idea from magic. Necrons are the blue decks of magic. If an army can do it, they can stop it. If you can rock the melee, I can mind shackle scarab or throw a 2+/3++ s7 power weapon overlord at ya. If you shoot well, I can solar pulse you for a few turns. If you do it, I can outlast it and lay some pretty good smack down in the weak places. There is all sorts of nasty. If list tailored, you can have a counter to any type of thing. its nasty, but amazing. No other army really stops things in such a way like necrons. Sure, certain armies can make things tough, but necrons stop things completely. That is my 3:00 AM Idea. Is it correct?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Conclusion to the gaming weekend

I wanted to take a relatively softer list then what I usually run. At the same time, I just want to take what I had. This is my list. I ran it the local tournament. general consensus amongst a good chunk of the people I talked to seemed to think it wasn't to hard a list. This tournament was a lot of fun and I will definitely be going back. Also, I am at the point of feeling that my while necrons are ridiculous when the dice are hot, I feel my skill is a deciding factor. The tournament is single elimination. I lose, I go home. 5 people get bies in the first round. after that its quarter finals, semi finals, then finals.

HQ

Overlord-phase shifter, semp weave, war scythe, mind shackle scarabs
command barge-guass cannon

Overlord-phase shifter, semp weave, war scythe, mind shackle scarabs
command barge-guass cannon

Royal court one
harbinger of destruction-solar pulse
harbinger of destruction -gaze of flame


Royal court two
harbinger of destruction-solar pulse
harbinger of destruction-gaze of flame

Troops

8 warriors-ghost ark

8 warriors-ghost ark


heavy

Doomsday arks

Doomsday arks




First game




Dark mechdar
I have never played dark eldar save once and I am woried about all 9 of his vehicles. as I didnt bring a decent amount of AT.


2x9 wyches ,homunculous, raider
2x3 blasterborn in 2 cannon venom
2x5 warriors blaster in 2 cannon venom
3x ravagers.

My doomsday arks do business, dawn of war and 3 objectives all me to keep my d-arks safe and at one point explodes and immobilizes two vehicles in one shot. None of my troops die, but he contests all objectives. at thesame time, none of his troops live. Game continues to turn 7 I will kill all his guys and get 2 objectives. Tie breaker is kill points. I have 9 to his 3 because he killed an overlord and command barge in one round. Honorable mention- doomsday ark reaches across the entire table and  does 3 wounds on a 3 man warrior squad. after one hell of a cover save, he loses one and they run from the table.

Game 2

sisters of battle

2xmeltagun sister squads
2xhand flamed jump pack squads
Jacob and battle conclave(2 crusaders,3 death cult) in immolator
Celestine
3x Exorcists

4 objectives and pitch battle. If it could go wrong for my opponent it did. Immolator dies first shot. Battle conclave locked in combat with my lord for 4 player turns. Everyone dies save a crusader. To make it worse, he gets his few troops out and they promptly get doomsday arked. It was nasty. His vehicles wreck me when they started shooting, but luckily, Celestine and crew run off leaving both my objectives free and him with none. He is really frustrated because its the guy I played a 2v1 match with da masta cheef .So both his games this weekend were against me. Also, 2 rounds of night in a five turn game really shut down his alpha strike. all I can say is that if I hadn't had those two solar pulses, I could have been tabled as it stopped 6d6 of those long range exorcists roughly., also his Celestine and jumpers deepstrike with no real target because he couldn't open the cans with my troops in them.  Honorable mentions- command barge lord and doomsday ark. Turn 1, doomsday explodes the immolator killing a crusader and a death cult assasin. Then the overlord gets shot down only to assault the pesky battle conclave. game ends and the combat is still going.

Game three


foot crons
somehow I have never played another necron player. I don't know how, but I have never played a game against them. Should be interesting.

Command barge lord
Pharon lord with Gauss immortals and veil
10 Gauss immortals (proxied warriors which is allowed even at a WYSIWYG)
10 tesla immortals
6 warriors in ghost ark
5 warriors
2 destruction teks in each warrior units.
5 scarabs
2 annihilation barges

Spear head kill points.

I should have wrecked him, but TO said I can't use my solar pulse to cancel his solar pulse. He also has the devils luck. Wrecks my barge with 2 s8 hits rolling boxcars to pen. He gausses a transport to death and even my nightfight toll to murder the ds squad was double ones . To make it worse, he doesn't know the rules to well and I have to show him lots of stuff during the game. He plays slow and where I usually got 7 turn games in in an hour, we get to 5 and it stops in an hour and a half. Kill everything but annihilation barges and an immortal squad. My phase shifter alone causes me to win the game by the lord just not dieing. Honorable mention-command barge lord. Because I had bought 2+ and 3++ gear, my lords walked with impunity through his lords and units and never lose a combat with either.

Final round, we just split it. It's the tournament organizer and myself. The semi finals is blood angel vs blood angel and necron versus necron . We did the fluffy thing and worked together ...... I get 30$ in store credit  Overall, it was a good day. Was a better day after the tournament because immediately after the tournament, I realize that I was so into the games that I forgot to eat.... it was 7:30pm.
Units of the tournament

 My doomsday arks just murder everyone and it was even the topic of conversation amongst the other players. No one has really seen them in action and they wreck a lot of units as almost entire squads as they are blasted from the board every single game. My double solar pulse allows them to fire for 3 turns as I went first every game. The internet says these things suck, but range allowed me to reach all the way across the board and just rail whatever needs to die.

Only down side to the entire tournament was I found my dice tend to like high leaderships tests and low initiative tests.  Combat never goes well, but I can keep my warriors away from combat.  Lords on the other hand just fight and win or fight and die.  One thing I want to point out. I make a total of 5 reanimation protocol rolls and 1 ever living roll the whole tournament. 2 during the first game with 2 warriors coming back, 3 warriors in the second game, and my gaze of flame cryptek my third game.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A gaming weekend

I have a gaming weekend. I want to lose in a serious game. I haven't  lost a game since November (when the necron book first launched). I have ran builds from scythe spam, to terrain manipulation, to  several foot builds. Its getting ridiculous. I run Saturday and Sunday. saturday is game night versus Corey, who I consider the best player in the shop, and Sunday I got to a tournament in Morristown. over all this, I gotta lose somewhere. I will be using some tricks at the tournament, but nothing more then the book implies. Mostly how ever living is kinda stupid and ghost arks make it worse.

HQ

Overlord-phase shifter, semp weave, war scythe, mind shackle scarabs, labyrinth
command barge-guass cannon

Overlord-phase shifter, semp weave, war scythe, mind shackle scarabs
command barge-guass cannon

Royal court one
harbinger of destruction-solar pulse
harbinger of destruction


Royal court two
harbinger of destruction-solar pulse
harbinger of destruction

Troops

8 warriors-ghost ark

8 warriors-ghost ark

heavy

Doomsday arks

Doomsday arks


Its what I got that's WYSIWYG.  If I don't lose , this is how I will feel.
This is how I will feel save its with the codex instead of the core rules.

Whats bad about this list? doomsday arks aren't that awesome to start. They are expensive. On top of that, the barge lords are good, but expensive. To top it off, the troops are good but few.  I don't know how this will work against everyone else. 2 s9 ap 1 templates, 4 s8 ap2 assault shots, gauss everywhere, 2 rounds of night fight and 2