Sunday, April 15, 2012

1,500 Grey Knights

This is the list I tried out last night against my friend Tyler's White Scars list. Very bloody game, but he pulled it out in the end. As far as I'm concerned, I am pleased with my performance playing my first game with the GK. Still have a little learning to do, but I love playing the army so far.

Librarian- 210
Warding Staff, Quicksilver, Shrouding, MoT, Warp Rift, Sanctuary

4 Paladins-240
1 Psycannon with NFS, 1 Psycannon with NFH, 1 NDH, 1 NFH 

10 Strike Marines-240
2 NDH, 2 Psycannons
Rhino-45
Dozer Blades

5 Strike Marines-125
MC NDH, Psycannon
Razorback-55
Psybolt Ammunition

5 Strike Marines-125
MC NDH, Psycannon
Razorback-55
Psybolt Ammunition

Dreadnought-135
2 Twin-Linked Autocannon Arms, Psybolt Ammunition 

Dreadnought-135
2 Twin-Linked Autocannon Arms, Psybolt Ammunition 

Dreadnought-135
2 Twin-Linked Autocannon Arms, Psybolt Ammunition 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New 40k Project/Goal

A friend of mine made a New Year's Resolution to play 36 games of Warhammer Fantasy before the end of the year. With some help of myself and the Arkham Fantasy Escalation League, he has played quite a few! (You can do it Jake!)

I thought about this goal, and I felt that it was a pretty cool goal. I feel that playing more games is always a good thing, particularly because it helps you to become better at the game. So, I am taking the idea, but I am changing it up just a bit.

Recently, I have been looking through the Battle Missions book GW published a couple years ago to help bolster the amount of missions available to play. Many of them, on the surface, seem ridiculous, unbalanced, and potentially not entertaining at all. HOWEVER, I have decided that I want to play every last mission in the book, in order of listing. Once I get 1,500 points of Grey Knights built and table ready, I will be testing each mission. I may use different armies with the intention of using the racial based missions (i.e I have Tau, why not use Tau for the Tau based Battle Missions?)

In addition to playing each of these games, I want to make Battle Reports for each of them. That's right: Battle Reports. My Iphone has a fairly decent camera that is easy to use, so I figure, why not? It would give my blog some good material, gives me some ability to ponder my tactics and strategies, and I can give a better feel for the balance of each Battle Mission.

It may take some time to get this project off the ground, but I WILL complete this.. at least before I die :P

Monday, April 9, 2012

Local Meta- It really does exist

I have read a number of different opinion articles on the existence of 40k meta-game and its importance in the whole of the game. From a personal perspective, I didn't necessarily believe Meta-game was important. I just figured: "Bring a balanced list, and things will be ok." Then, I started playing at Arkham Games, and my thoughts changed.

After having run a few tournaments at Arkham, I have found some very interesting things about the Arkham Meta-game. For one, there are very few imperial players. There are certainly a few to be found, but they did not place very high compared to the Xenos players. The past tournament had 3 Dark Eldar players, which made up almost a third of the participants. There were also 2 Necron players present, which made half of the whole tournament Xenos. Knowing these sort of facts really does create a specific gaming meta for 40k.

Logically, from the local meta-games and their unique qualities, there must be a national meta-game. With the prevalence of the internet, blogs, and forums, people can easily communicate ideas about lists and list building. It seems unlikely that there isn't a national concept of winning codexes, lists, units, etc.

So, if you come up to play at Arkham, be ready to see Dark Eldar and Necrons all over the place! :P