Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanks Everyone!

Thanks to all who have voted on my polls so far. The input is greatly appreciated.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

1500 Blood Angels

I was taking a look through the Blood Angles Codex, and their great geometric skillz. :P I thought of an interesting list concept and ran with it. Here is what I got:


Jump Pack

Jump Pack

3 Sanguinary Priests-225
Jump Packs

10 Assault Marines-200

10 Assault Marines-200

10 Assault Marines-200

30 Feel No Pain, Furious Charge, Hit and Run, Precision Strike, Fearless Warriors of Doom!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bad to the Bone-Fantasy

So, after some 40k thoughts, here are my Fantasy thoughts.

Beastmen- Army looks pretty dang sweet, with the exception of a few models. The idea of ambush is also very very cool. The beasts are also really cool too. This is a good possibility.

Daemons of Chaos- I don't really have any interest. They look cool, and they are monstrous on the battlefield, but I don't care. :P

Dark Elves- They look awesome, and I dig the idea of a flurry of crossbow bolts. The balance is cool, and they definitely exemplify evil in the Old World. Probably a top choice.

Lizardmen?- Are they evil? Haha.

Ogre Kingdoms- Interesting for sure, but the models don't really suit my style. The monstrous infantry thing is pretty cool though.

Orcs and Goblins- Also a top choice. The variety and choices are definitely a plus. The chance to be stupid however is not.

Skaven- Island of Blood definitely makes this army a top choice. They look great, and the tactics seems like a ton of fun. Still needs some thought.

Tomb Kings- Undead is meh to me.

Vampire Counts- Undead is meh to me.

Warriors of Chaos- They seem to be crazy good, and they look awesome. Also, a top choice.

Some simple overview type thoughts. I'll put up another poll for this one. Thoughts?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bad to the Bone-40k

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! 

So, I have been debating on a new army project to start, but I'm steering away from the forces of Order. For both Fantasy and 40k, I have been debating on a new "Destruction" army for both, after I finish painting most of my Dwarves and Imperials.

So here are my thoughts on the races; we will start with 40k first.

Chaos Daemons- They look like a ton of fun. However, the prospect of getting ROFLstomped by a Land Raider is less than pleasing. Lots of assault capabilities, but not very much shooting. The models are pretty cheap and are really cool looking to paint and build.

Chaos Space Marines- Look good on paper, suck in the game. Some people can absolutely trash others with CSM, but others get crushed. I still can't really develop a build that I like and that works, but I would try hard to do so. I'm also trying to move away from Spaz Mareens.

Dark Eldar- Look badass, but they are definitely not my style. I kinda like my guys to take a few hits. :P

Necron- DESPERATELY need an update. I think they would be a lot of fun, but the models are kinda bland and the rules suck. If they got an update, I'd consider picking them up.

Orks- Fun, easy to play and build, but I'm not much of an Orky player. There is some potential, however, for me to change my mind.

Tyranid- Currently my optimum choice. I see Nids as being the most fun and most versatile. The number of models I would need, however, isn't terribly attractive.

Thoughts? I'll put up a later post on the Fantasy side of things.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dark Eldar Thoughts

So, my good friend Nick just bought the new Dark Eldar codex, and it is silly good. There are so many versatile units and weapons. Suddenly, with the addition of 2 blast pistols, your Wyches can snipe a vehicle or two. It's crazy. The speed and mobility can honestly counter any sort of MEQ type unit. I'm excited and a little fearful to fight against these sadists.

We did a few test combats just to see what would happen. Charging Wyches are crazy scary. They pretty consistently won combats by large margins, especially if the combat drug roll was in their favor. They aren't very sturdy in combat, but with the first strike, they weaken your forces.

The poison weapons mechanic is very nice, especially versus Tyranid and high toughness units. Even though they are unable to harm vehicles, they have plenty of Dark Lances for that.

The Arcane Wargear can also get a little crazy. There is one item called a Soul Trap that doubles your Strength for each IC or MC killed. Suddenly, you can have a S10 Archon -_- . Great.

I'm really excited for Nick to make this army. Dark Eldar seem to be a great new codex.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Red vs. Blue: The Magic Deck

So, after much discussion with friends about the best combination of colors in Magic, I have decided upon a Red and Blue combination. It allows for a lot of the Direct Damage Spells and low cost creatures, and the Battle Control mechanic. After a few playtests, It seems to work very very well. Thoughts?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Video Games...

..just don't cut it for me anymore. I haven't really had the urge to play a console game in a very long time. While I don't have a video game system here at college anyway, it doesn't bother me all that much anyway. Sure, I think having one wouldn't be a bad idea, and it may be a ton of fun. On the whole, however, I have noticed that my preferred games have been those that don't involve a screen.

My family can attest to the fact that I used to be obsessed with video games. I never liked to go outside or do anything else aside from sitting in my room and playing my Nintendo or Playstation. The trend seemed to continue for a long period of time, until I was introduced into Warhammer 40,000 by my cousins. The concept that games of such complexity and interest existed was beyond me. Of course, I knew there was Monopoly and Scrabble, but those didn't involve story or background. Once I found Warhammer, I looked into Dungeons and Dragons and other trading card games. The trend continued, and I found more friends than I ever had with video games. All of these games seem to have one thing in common: Human Interaction.

While the Internet has become an integral part of current console gaming, it still doesn't capture the feeling of actually speaking to a live being. You can talk about your epic kill streaks all you'd like, but your friend wasn't there to experience. With 40k, however, you can share the games and share the moments. It's a nice feeling. On the more negative side, the Internet can certainly allow for anonymous dicks to ruin your experience. Face to face, however, that person is very unlikely to behave in such a fashion. Social gaming adds to the positive experience, and it also reduces the negative experience.

I can easily say that these games have introduced me to a number of great friends, and I am very glad that I found these types of games. It has gotten me out of my room and out into society. I am glad for my friends and the enjoyment I have had with these games and them.

Two Magic Planeswalkers: Which one?

So, I used the Magic the Gatherer index to try and find some planeswalkers I wanted to add into my decks and create a concept based around the use of these two cards.

Ajani would be a soldier enhancer and healer card. His use would be to essentially create a health ramp deck with some White Weenie (God that's a hilarious name). He would be a really fun card to use.

Koth would be a tactical nuke. He does damage to very specific cards, and the mana doubling and mountain attacking is awesome.

I just wonder which would be more effective. Hm...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Why I'm a member of a third party

So, today, as he has done several times during the semester, my political science professor has commented that it is much wiser to register with a major party. His logic is that you waste your vote for a primary candidate. I openly discussed with him that I have registered as a Libertarian instead of a Republican or Democrat. Simply out of humor, he called me "The Patron Saint of Hopeless Parties." I found it very funny, and I didn't mind the comment. This professor has honestly been one of the best teachers I have ever had, strictly in the education sense.

His comments did make me ponder my decision to join a third party. While I think labeling is an unnecessary and overdone phenomenon, I at least want to be labeled correctly. I do not wish to be associated with either of the major parties, as I see a large amount of hypocrisy within both of them. So, I intend to stick with my guns and register Libertarian. Sorry Dr. Simpson, but I'm gonna stick to my Lost Libertarians. :P

Monday, November 15, 2010

Conflicting Perspectives on Cable News

An interesting topic for my Politcal Science class. I wrote a short essay about it, and I wanted to post it up to get some thoughts. (Sadly, I could only write a one page paper, so it is much more abbreviated than I had originally wrote.) On a random note, Go Eagles!

The media has a very important function for our political environment, by bringing the political world closer to our hands. It bridges the gap between the White House and our house. A new trend that has appeared in our media broadcast has been the expanse of cable news networks. These broadcasts often go around twenty-four hours and give plenty of news updates. Fox News network and MSNBC are two very popular media broadcasts that actually have become partisan in their editorial work. Fox News is often a very conservative channel, and MSNBC is seen as a very liberal channel. I viewed two different broadcasters on November 11th, 2010: Bill O'Reilly and Rachel Maddow.
The topic on the Bill O'Reilly program was a detailed interview with former President George W. Bush. They discussed many different topics including the economy, foreign policy, and President Obama. The President took a very candid approach to the interview and answered very honestly. I was surprised at his forward and direct speech of the former President. O'Reilly pushed Bush to talk about a variety of topics, despite the reluctance of the former President. The President considered many of the questions and answered as well as he could, but some of the topics Bush simply refused to answer. Bush wanted to advertise his new book, but he did not wish to be a part of the current “political scene” as he referred to it as.

The tone of the coverage was very pessimistic. While President Bush claimed to be very optimistic about the economy and the future of America, O'Reilly pushed back with many of the downturns of the state of the union. O'Reilly cited the foreign policy issues and economic issues the country faces. While Bush acknowledged these truths, he gave little more than his own opinion on them. The interview did not have a very noticeable bias associated with it. It seemed that O'Reilly did nothing more than his job as a broadcaster. I would likely watch this program again, but only if it was a similar program to this interview.

The other program hosted by Rachel Maddow consisted primarily of an interview with Jon Stewart, a famous political satirist. The interview consisted of again, a variety of topics including cable news, George W. Bush, and his own program. Jon Stewart had many things to say about these topics, and of course, he was ready to crack a joke about all of them. While I thought the interview was interesting, I thought that Maddow did not do a very good job. Stewart often contradicted her and seemed to dominate the discussions. While he is a satirical comedian, the wealth of knowledge that he brought to the table was surprising.

The tone of this interview was very scathing actually. Maddow certainly was not quiet about how she felt about each of the topics. She was argumentative and very defensive about her positions. Stewart gave some good ideas and logic behind his statements, but Maddow was quick to try and correct him. I think that without a question this episode had a strong liberal bias. It was apparent from the beginning of the interview. Maddow certainly did not appeal to me as a viewer in the slightest. I would probably not watch this program again.

While the stations as a whole have their own bias, these two broadcasters had their own personal biases. Each came from different sides of the political spectrum, and each of them gave their opinions on current affairs. Essentially, I learned that each station has their own biases and interests in mind. One must listen to the news and editorials presented, but they must dig deeper and try to form their own opinions.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Arkham Games Trip

Today, I went to the Arkham Games, and I played two games of Warhammer 40k. My first opponent was a Dark Angels player named Dalton. He brought a mix of normal Tactical Marines and threw in some Deathwing Terminators for flavor. Belial and Ezekial also made an appearance. It was a pretty straight-foward table edge, 4 objective game. I won fairly solidly, with 3 objectives in hand.

My second opponent was Ben, the tyranid expert up at Arkham. He brought an interesting ambush concept list with a Hive Tyrant with Hive Commander, 2 Zoanthropes with a spore, 3 Lictors, Ymgaril(sp?) Genestealers, 10 Termagants, a Tervigon, a Harpy, and a Trygon Prime. It was a very close, back and forth games, but in the interest of time, and the impending defeat, I conceded. It was actually my first defeat in a while, and it was definitely humbling. I chose some poor tactics, and I suffered. I enjoy a challenge, and Ben brings it.

I think next week, I may bring Tau. Its very tempting.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Magic: The Gathering, Man I got trashed

So, I went to local game store today (Arkham Games) and went into a Magic: The Gathering standard tourney. I was completely DESTROYED. The guy I played was a cool guy named Robert who had a complete elven deck that just pooped on my new Red/Black combo deck. He eventually came in second in the tourney.

It was slightly discouraging, but I think that it also inspired me to come up with new deck ideas. Now, I want to see if I can make a nice mana ramp deck for the other colors. Also, I want to try out a white, quick monster type deck. I'm interested a little more in the game because of that tourney.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I'm on a podcast!

I sent these guys an e-mail about my Shadow Guard, and they responded on the air! It's their first inaugural episode after dropping the Dice Like Thunder show. Listen if you'd like!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Magic: The Gathering

So, I have recently gotten back into the game known as Magic: The Gathering. I used to play it with my buddies at home, but I kinda got out of it. Now it seems to be all the rage on campus. It makes sense. Its cheap (compared to some games), easy to learn, and fairly balanced.

Currently, I have black zombie deck, but it seems to be heavily based on non-standard cards. Now, I am slowly working on a white standard deck. For anyone who plays Magic regularly, any good suggestions for cards or sets? Standard sets preferably.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Warhammer Fantasy update!

I've been madly painting my Dwarven throng for about 2 weeks now. Slowly, I have been applying some base coat black and throwing on a first coat of red. After looking at these gray midgets for about a year now, they finally have some color on them, and I'm excited.

I haven't actually been able to get a Warhammer Fantasy game since the move to FSU, but I have heard a lot about the new edition. Dwarves suddenly can charge! What?? According to many players, the extra 2d6 on the charge has turned Dwarves into a legitimate assault army. Along with that, the Fall In rules allow for me to simply inflict wounds with my Great Weapons! This is awesome!

If anyone out there plays some Dwarves, I'd love some advice and/tactics for 8th edition. As soon as I can find the money for the new book or Island of Blood set, I'll be sure to get some games in.

PS. My camera absolutely sucks. Sorry about the poor quality.

Adding in Some Mobility

So, After playing a few more games and getting some pro tips from the guys in The Eternal Warriors, I decided to make some points for a Rhino in my 1500 point Shadow Guard list. The Rhino will be attached to one of the tactical squads, which has a removed lascannon and an added multi-melta.

The List goes as follows:

Pedro Kantor-175

Null Zone, Gate of Infinity

5 Assault Terminators-200
4 TH/SS, 1 LC

10 Sternguard-285
2 Meltaguns, 1 Powerfist
Drop Pod-35

10 Tactical Marines-180
Meltagun, Multi-Melta
Sergeant with Meltabombs

10 Tactical Marines-185
Lascannon, Meltagun

5 Devastators-150
1 Sergeant with Signum, 4 Missile Launchers

5 Devastators-150
1 Sergeant with Signum, 4 Missile Launchers

Total: 1500 points.

Thoughts on the revision?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Political Note

First post in a very long time. Just thought I would add this.

In other news, I am officially an English Major with a concentration in Education!

Here is the note:

I find it very very amusing that democrats are depressed at the results of these elections. My question to those of you who feel this way: Are you really that surprised? Political Analysts have been predicting this reversal for months now. In reality, the party has no one to blame but themselves. Consider the fact that the Democrats controlled both legislative houses, the executive, and have placed 2 supreme court justices. What more control did they need? Seriously. Please, give me your responses. I am curious. PS. Before you respond, consider my political affiliation. If you don't know, look at my info page. It's NOT Republican. I find BOTH parties hypocritical. I am simply a commentator looking for some intellectual stimulation