Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dreamwizards 1500 Tournament Game 1

My first opponent was Dameon Green (who actually went on to take Best Overall). I have actually read and visited his blog (Khepri's Eternal Legion. Check the blog roll). Great looking army, without a doubt. He was a very nice guy; it's rare to find an opponent who agrees with you to cheat each other to victory :P

His list: Chaos Space Marines

2 Daemon Princes with Gift of Chaos
3 Dreadnoughts with Autocannon/ Missile Launcher
2 Rhinos with 6 Chaos Space Marines
3 Defilers

My list:
Rune Priest with Chooser of the Slain
Wolf Priest with Saga of the Hunter
3 Wolf Guard with Combi-Melta and Power Fist
(2) 5 Wolf Scouts with Meltagun
7 Grey Hunters with Meltagun and Wolf Standard in a Drop Pod
(2) 8 Grey Hunters with Meltagun and Wolf Standard in a Rhino
(3) 5 Long Fangs with 4 Missiles

It was a tough mission from the beginning. Guaranteed 3 turns of night fighting... ugh. Not even Acute Senses can do much to stop that. While his beginning turns of shooting were terrible, mine were not much better. Then his armor wall hit my lines, and the game was practically over. He massacred me, and managed to claim all of the objectives.

This may be a good time to bring up some of the more negative aspects of this tournament. This mission sucked. It was horribly designed. 3 turns of Night Fighting with a 66% chance for a 4th and 50% for a 5th is absurd. And on a spearhead deployment? Blow me.

Another thing that I found in this game, and my last game: Judges can really stink. Don't hold what they say as the correct answer because they may be entirely WRONG. One of the judges tried to tell my brother that Independent Characters did not count as a separate unit in close combat -_- . Seriously? That's a basic rule.

Maybe I am being slightly too critical, but I have plans and hopes to run some tournaments of my own at my favorite store Arkham Games. I just want to do the best job possible in this, and so I have the expectations for other TOs to strive for the same.

In any event, it was by far the toughest game I had all day. I love a challenge and Dameon certainly brought it. Kudos to the victory my friend! Oh, and thanks for the Frosty! :P

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dreamwizards RTT report

So, I remember now why I hate battle points so god damn much. They really aren't an effective means of determining who is the better player. Just who crushed harder.

By the standard of, "I earned more battle points than my opponent," I went 2 and 1. All 3 of my games were against very friendly and fun gamers. I know now some more tweaking that needs to occur with my list, which is always valuable. I met some really cool dudes; the DW community is very tight nit and awesome.

I intend to post individual game reports as time passes.

Friday, July 22, 2011

1500 Dreamwizards Tournament

Tomorrow, I am going to a 1500 RTT tournament bringing my Space Wolves! I have been working hard to paint everything up, earning me those important battle points :P

I'll be sure to take a log and report back on my games!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The end of an era

So, this morning, I saw the last Harry Potter film. First off, it was an excellent movie, and I thought it did the ending of this epic tale justice. It was a very moving piece While I wasn't broken down crying like some of the attendees, I definitely felt a bittersweet twing at the end of the movie.

Harry Potter was the first novel length work of fiction I can remember reading. I was definitely a non-fiction reader or the occasional short children's book, but Harry Potter takes the first novel. It was the book that showed me the world of fantasy and fiction. I honestly think it was the first novel that launched me into becoming the voracious reader and writer that I am. While I have found less time for reading novels, I have found it in the non-fiction blogosphere.

I look now at the end of my childhood with this movie. I think about where I have been with these books, and I am glad for reading them. I wonder now what the next greatest series will be, and I hope I will be as close to it as I was to Harry Potter.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Lessons Learned: Blood Angels

As I have played my 5 games versus a variety (ish?) of opponents, I have found out some very interesting things about the Blood Angels.

1. Mephiston is a killer special character. He is very effective against a variety of forces, and he often becomes a psychological modifier. People are afraid of mephiston

2. Furioso Librarian Dreadnoughts, while totally awesome, are a bit of a one trick pony. The ability to only cast one psychic power is a major problem. I think in my list I should have used unleash rage instead of blood lance, so he could be much more of an assault threat.

3. Sanguinary Priests. I love them. They are a force multiplier, no doubt. With the new FAQ, however, they can't float out of combat, and they are therefore incredibly easy to kill. They end up as easy kill points.

4. Fast Rhinos are GREAT. They really amp up the mobility of the force. 50 points though is pretty expensive.

On the whole, Blood Angels, while still Space Marines, are a completely different animal. They are built to be an aggressive codex through and through. Unfortunately with this fact, they don't quite play the Mech assault build very well. The inability to assault out a Rhino, which by the way costs 50 points, makes the concept somewhat less efficient than say a Mech Space Marines build.

For the next leg of the list, I have decided to try out a Foot Blood Angels list. Several of my club friends have taken the Foot Angels to tournaments and done moderately well. I am still suspect of its effectiveness, but it seems like a decent build to at least try. After that, I think a DoA list is a possibility, but there will be proxies.

Blood for the Blood God! Oh wait...

Friday, July 8, 2011

FrAG 40k League

Well, I haven't been posting much recently. Life kept getting in the way, but gaming has been at a pleasant peak. 

I played my last game on Wednesday for the first leg of the 40k league hosted by FrAG, my hometown gaming group. For the first season, I went 2-3 accruing 3769 victory points. Not a bad showing. I am certainly content with this standing, especially with playing a new codex. I have learned a good deal about the Blood Angels, but that discussion is going to be set aside for another post :) .

As for the league itself, I think it has been an excellent endeavor. It gives a good deal of motivation to play more games, try new tactics, and for some to complete their hidden hobby projects. In addition, I have been playing more games amongst the club members; they are a great group of guys and I'm glad to have played all of my games.

The next leg of the league is coming up very soon. Look for my next post about the learning of Blood Angels and my next 1850 list.