Friday, May 5, 2017

Balance in All Things

Besides being a cheesy cliche' from Zenyatta, I've found that phrase to be a good bit appropriate for me right now as a hobbyist.

I am looking to move again and change jobs, hopefully for one last time. As part of that, I am moving back to my former home store of Arkham Games!

This is an exciting part of my move, and I am thoroughly happy to once again call it my home store.

It is interesting, but I never truly understood the value of having a home store and a gaming community that fosters a strong community. For those that know me, I ran at least a dozen tournaments at Arkham Games over the course of a few years. I was the real catalyst behind most of the 40k related activity at the store. Now that mantle has been taken up by a very competent and dedicated Kyle Kirby, a long time attendee of my events.

This move has put me in an interesting position; I can now play in the events at Arkham! It is quite a nice feeling to be once again reinvigorated. Lost Legion has been a decent replacement in the mean time, but through no fault of the community, it's hard to be excited about events when there is an hour drive one way looming. Despite their Magic community, for example, being quite robust, I can hardly ever justify making an FNM, even if the bug bit. I have a modern deck, and a legacy deck I'd like to complete, but I never have the time or the desire, based on that long drive.

In terms of minis and wargaming, there are small communities at Arkham that are in various stages of existence. There is, strictly, about half a dozen games that a few people have the requisite forces in order to play. A few of them have piqued my interest, but frankly, I'm not looking to expand much past 40k and Kings of War. I could also easily expand into AoS and/or Warpath, but for several of the other games, I have little to no interest. At the moment, it is a major matter of finances, but also a matter of hobbying potential. I already have a number of projects on my plate, and I really don't want to load it up beyond a reasonable expectation. I learned my lesson the last time.

Unless there is a crazy new faction that I would go crazy for in either game, Grey Knights and Tau for 40k, and Dwarves and Ogres will remain my only few factions for each game. Luckily, the other two can be substituted in Warpath.

On top of this, of course, I have my video gaming. Heroes of the Storm 2.0 has been awesome so far, and the loot box system is really getting me back into playing the game regularly. With Starcraft being a free release, I have also been playing that quite a bit. Between all of these things, I just only have a finite amount of time for hobbies.

I really have been wanting to blog and post small streams again, but I just seem to lose track and been bogged down. Here's to hoping that will change soon!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The New Edition is Coming!

For a long while, I had actually been concerned about the newest edition of 40k and what changes it may bring.

Not gonna lie though, the snippets and changes that GW has leaked so far have put me in a sense of ease. Especially with the information that major GT managers and players gave input into the game. That seals the deal for me.

I hope that everyone is willing to give the game a try. Of course, I understand that the game may change into a speed that many do not prefer, and that is totally fine. That being said, coming into the game looking to find a reason to not like it isn't really fair to the game itself. I think approaching it from a neutral perspective is the best advice here.

Furthermore, as a side note, I hope that the fact GW is handling the rumors and posting them on their own sites will hopefully rid the community of the click bait sites. Now, finally, people can get rumors from a reputable source without the massive amount of ads that cause mobile browsers to crash and computers to slow to a crawl. Not super thrilled with the "steal the link, give title for clicks, profit" mentality. There needs to be some real content.

I hope to play test and post some reviews of my early games. Especially with my Grey Knights. I can't wait to bring them out on the table.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

For the Greater Good!


I did it! I completed my 1,850 point tournament ready Tau list. I based all of the models with Martian Ironearth (Thanks for the help Jason!). The drones are marker drones for all seen drones. Turns out that drones are 7 bucks a piece from GW... so I think this counts as will be ok.

The list has proven to be pretty nasty in play, and I intend to take it for the entire run of this tournament season, with the exception of some local RTTs.

https://www.facebook.com/Arkham-Games-Warhammer-Tournaments-226275264500464/

The link above is the information page for Warhammer tournaments at Arkham Games. There will be a season prize of about 1k. I am so excited for these events, and it is this exact reason that I completed this army.

If anyone else is interested, check out that page.

For those who might be curious, here is the list:

+++ Tau 1850 (Warhammer 40,000 7th Edition) [1849pts] +++

++ Formation Detachment (Tau Empire: Codex (2015)) [1204pts] ++

+ Formation +

Drone-Net VX1-0 [224pts]
Drones: 4x MV7 Marker Drone
Drones: 4x MV7 Marker Drone
Drones: 4x MV7 Marker Drone
Drones: 4x MV7 Marker Drone

Riptide Wing [980pts]
XV104 Riptide Battlesuits
Riptide Shas'vre: Early Warning Override, Heavy Burst Cannon, 
Twin-linked Smart Missile System, Velocity Tracker
Riptide Shas'vre: Early Warning Override, Heavy Burst Cannon, 
Twin-linked Smart Missile System, Velocity Tracker
Riptide Shas'vre: Early Warning Override, Heavy Burst Cannon, 
Target Lock, Twin-linked Smart Missile System
XV104 Riptide Battlesuits
Riptide Shas'vre: Early Warning Override, Ion Accelerator, 
Twin-linked Smart Missile System
XV104 Riptide Battlesuits
Riptide Shas'vre: Early Warning Override, Ion Accelerator, 
Twin-linked Smart Missile System

++ Combined Arms Detachment (Tau Empire: Codex (2015)) [645pts] ++

+ Uncategorised +

Farsight Enclaves

+ HQ +

Ethereal [50pts]

+ Troops +

XV8 Crisis Battlesuits [106pts]: Bonding Knife Ritual
Crisis Shas'ui: 2x Fusion Blaster
Crisis Shas'ui: 2x Fusion Blaster

XV8 Crisis Battlesuits [79pts]: Bonding Knife Ritual
Crisis Shas'ui: Advanced Targeting System, Burst Cannon
Crisis Shas'ui: 2x Burst Cannon

XV8 Crisis Battlesuits [53pts]: Bonding Knife Ritual
Crisis Shas'ui: 2x Plasma Rifle

XV8 Crisis Battlesuits [53pts]: Bonding Knife Ritual
Crisis Shas'ui: 2x Plasma Rifle

XV8 Crisis Battlesuits [53pts]: Bonding Knife Ritual
Crisis Shas'ui: 2x Missile Pod

XV8 Crisis Battlesuits [53pts]: Bonding Knife Ritual
Crisis Shas'ui: 2x Missile Pod

+ Heavy Support +

XV88 Broadside Battlesuits [198pts]: Bonding Knife Ritual
Broadside: Twin-linked High-Yield Missile Pod, 
Twin-linked Smart Missile System
Broadside: Twin-linked High-Yield Missile Pod, 
Twin-linked Smart Missile System
Broadside: Twin-linked High-Yield Missile Pod, 
Twin-linked Smart Missile System

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Status Update

Greetings readers!

So I have some good news and bad news. The good news is that I have been streaming a bit more video game content, which you can see here 

The bad news is that I have been so swamped at work and with other commitments, that I don't have the time to continue working on the podcast.

However, you can appreciate above some of my handiwork!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Content Coming From Rarkthor...

You may have noticed a new link in my link section... yes I am working on a Podcast! Check it out here if you'd like. Feedback is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

New Year's Resolutions and a List!

On my Facebook page, I shared some resolutions that I set out for myself this coming year. I'll share those again:
1. Finish building and painting a 1850 Tau list that is tournament ready.
 2. Finish painting and updating bases on my Grey Knights. 
3. Finish my modern and legacy magic decks. 
4. Beat bloodborne and dark souls 2 and 3. 
5. Organize my excess nerd collections and consolidate.
6. Finish a song of ice and fire.
7. Once a week, add some sort of content to my blog/Facebook page.
8. Exercise more.
9. Lose some weight (8 and 9 go together).

As part of that, I have been continuing the Facebook Live streaming, which has been fun for sure. I figured I wanted to discuss some 40k stuff on my blog, since it is an easier medium to work with.

So, let's delve into a list for this year. Tau!

+++ Tau 1850 (Warhammer 40,000 7th Edition v2012) (1850pts) +++

++ Formation Detachment (Tau Empire: Codex (2015) v2002) ++

+ Formation +

Riptide Wing
XV104 Riptide Battlesuits
Riptide Shas'vre [Early Warning Override, Heavy Burst Cannon, Stimulant Injector, Twin-linked Smart Missile System]
XV104 Riptide Battlesuits
Riptide Shas'vre [Early Warning Override, Ion Accelerator, Stimulant Injector, Twin-linked Fusion Blaster]
XV104 Riptide Battlesuits
Riptide Shas'vre [Early Warning Override, Heavy Burst Cannon, Stimulant Injector, Twin-linked Smart Missile System]

++ Combined Arms Detachment (Tau Empire: Codex (2015) v2002) ++

+ Uncategorised +

Farsight Enclaves

+ HQ +

Commander
XV8 Commander Crisis Suit [Command and Control Node, Puretide Engram Neurochip, Shield Generator, Stimulant Injector]

Commander [2x MV7 Marker Drone]
XV8 Commander Crisis Suit [Drone Controller, Talisman of Arthas Moloch, Vectored Retro-Thrusters]

+ Troops +

XV8 Crisis Battlesuits [Bonding Knife Ritual, 2x MV7 Marker Drone]
Crisis Shas'ui [Flamer]
Crisis Shas'ui [Flamer]

XV8 Crisis Battlesuits [Bonding Knife Ritual]
Crisis Shas'ui [Missile Pod, Plasma Rifle]

XV8 Crisis Battlesuits [Bonding Knife Ritual]
Crisis Shas'ui [Missile Pod, Plasma Rifle]

XV8 Crisis Battlesuits [Bonding Knife Ritual]
Crisis Shas'ui [Missile Pod, Plasma Rifle]

XV8 Crisis Battlesuits [Bonding Knife Ritual]
Crisis Shas'ui [Missile Pod, Plasma Rifle]

XV8 Crisis Battlesuits [Bonding Knife Ritual]
Crisis Shas'ui [Missile Pod, Plasma Rifle]

+ Heavy Support +

TX78 Sky Ray Gunships
TX78 Sky Ray Gunship [2x MV1 Gun Drone]

TX78 Sky Ray Gunships
TX78 Sky Ray Gunship [2x MV1 Gun Drone]

XV88 Broadside Battlesuits [Bonding Knife Ritual]
Broadside [Target Lock, Twin-linked Heavy Rail Rifle, Twin-linked Smart Missile System]
Broadside [Target Lock, Twin-linked Heavy Rail Rifle, Twin-linked Smart Missile System]
Broadside [Target Lock, Twin-linked Heavy Rail Rifle, Twin-linked Smart Missile System]

+ Fortification +

Imperial Bastion [Comms Relay]


One of the commanders jumps around/deep strikes with the marker/flamer unit, one of the commanders works the Comms Relay up top, while buffing the Broadsides. Otherwise, the rest of the list is pretty self explanatory: Crisis suits deep strike for ObjSec units, with some guns to hose down marines (a huge chunk of my local meta.) Riptides shoot, as do the sky rays and Broadsides.

Thoughts or opinions on this list? 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Arkham Games 40k Tournament Report 11/12/16

Howdy y'all! Just another brief report on my experiences at Arkham Games 40k tournaments! It had been a while since I had come up for a tournament, and let me say that the organizer, Kyle Kirby, has done an excellent job running the events and encouraging participation. He has managed to revitalize tournaments at Arkham, which had been dwindling for some time. Kyle definitely deserved his reward we donated for, and I'm excited to see what he rolls out for next year! 


The list that I played is as follows:+++ Centurionstar with Dreadknights (Warhammer 40,000 7th Edition v2004) (1850pts) +++

++ Combined Arms Detachment (Grey Knights: Codex (2014) v2000) ++

+ HQ +

Librarian [Cuirass of Sacrifice (Replace TDA), Nemesis warding stave, Psyker [ML 3]]

+Troops+

Strike Squad [3x Grey Knight (sword)]Justicar [Nemesis force sword]
Grey Knight (incinerator) [Incinerator]
Justicar [Nemesis force sword]Strike Squad [3x Grey Knight (sword)]Grey Knight (incinerator) [Incinerator]

+ Heavy Support +

Nemesis Dreadknight [Heavy Incinerator, Heavy Psycannon, Nemesis Daemon hammer
and power fist, Personal teleporter]
Nemesis Dreadknight [Gatling Psilencer, Heavy Incinerator, Nemesis greatsword and power fist,
Personal teleporter]
Nemesis Dreadknight [Heavy Incinerator, Heavy Psycannon, Nemesis Daemon hammer
and power fist, Personal teleporter]

+ Lord of War +
Kaldor Draigo

+ HQ +

(FW) Magister Sevrin Loth

+ Troops +

Scout SquadScout [Sniper Rifle]Scout [Sniper Rifle]Scout [Sniper Rifle]Scout [Sniper Rifle]Scout Sergeant [Bolt Pistol, Sniper Rifle]

+ Heavy Support +

Centurion Devastator SquadCenturion [Grav-Cannon and Grav-Amp, Hurricane Bolter]Centurion [Grav-Cannon and Grav-Amp, Hurricane Bolter]Centurion [Grav-Cannon and Grav-Amp, Hurricane Bolter]Centurion Sergeant [Grav-Cannon and Grav-Amp, Hurricane Bolter, Omniscope]

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It's once again a Centurionstar, again backed up by Dreadknights. I felt that the Iknights did a lot of work at the tournament in Lost Legion, but with ITC missions and lots of secondaries, I wanted the extra psychic dice and speed. Plus, I had anticipated more daemons in the mix at Arkham, but I was surprised by only 1 daemon player present.

Game 1: Alex V. with Eldar


I knew that if I played against THE Eldar list, I was going to lose that game. I knew of one person bringing that list, but what I didn't anticipate was a second Eldar player. He used the Pale Court detachment, and ran the standard Eldar build, which was like 20+ Warp Spiders, 2 Warp Hunters, 2 Wraithknights, Farseer and some warlocks and some scat bikes squads.

He had way more maneuverability, and I wasn't able to crush the Warp Hunters turn 1. From there, it was just a matter of picking apart my army with fast moving, decently damaging units. I was able to score a few secondaries, so it wasn't a total blow out. I lost 18 to 8.

Game 2: Alex C. with Eldar

Turns out there was a third Eldar player! But he was playing his own version of the Biel Tan Eldar, which featured some Dire Avengers, Striking Scorpions, Swooping Hawks, Warp Spiders, 2 Fire Prisms, a Crimson Hunter, and a few Wave Serpents.

The mission was incredibly unbalanced from the get go. It was a trial run of a mission, and it was a total flop. Essentially, you scored points by having units sitting in your opponents table half. Each point stacked from the beginning of the game until the end. Every single Gladius list (of which there were 3) won handily. I was also able to win handily due to my deathstar accumulating 4 points a turn by itself. I won this game 18-8. 

Game 3: Tim with Daemons

As I alluded to earlier, there was 1 daemon player present, and I pulled him third round. It was GK vs. Daemons, which he was a bit unhappy about. He played a Daemonic Incursion list with a ton of Khorne Dogs, Fateweaver, a Herald of Tzeentch on a disk, nurglings, and some plaguebearers.

The mission was the ITC style of Maelstrom, with two charts of achievable objectives. I was able to, through my maneuverability. capture a number of the objectives and just clear away daemons with no remorse. I could stack Banishment until a unit hit a 6+ and then Force my psiscilencer to clear away dogs. I won this game 12 to  8.

I ended up taking the Best Painted Model, which was cool! An extra 5 dollars of store credit never hurts. I placed 6th overall, which is middle of the pack. I was happy with the tournament overall.

I took a ton of pictures, check them out on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/Rarkthor/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1813629702246241