Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rarkthor's Response: Las Vegas Open


So, for all of the 40k tournament enthusiasts, many of you know that the Las Vegas Open concluded on February 22nd, with Tyranids as the victors! I posted a link to the Top 8 lists above, and I wanted to remark on a few of the lists and comments made by Tastey Taste on the lists on the players.

First of all, I am not surprised that a 3 Flyrant list made the Top 8, and furthermore, I am not surprised that it was able to win. The new Shield of Baal supplements, formations, and detachments really helped push the Tyranids to the next tier of competitiveness. Nayden has been doing well with Lictors previous to the release of these supplements, and a good player took the supplements to the next level. Congratulations on the victory!

The Space Marine list though really surprised me. Scouts in Drop Pods, with Devestators, Centurions along with... Blood Angels? Holy cow! I am still investigating some of the intricacies of the list, but it seems like a very tactical and cagey kind of list. Not my style, but I can not ignore the results. Awesome.

Only 1 Eldar player made the top 8, with only 4 Wave Serpents. I am also surprised by the lack of Wraithknights, but the Lynx seems pretty cool in its stead! Large D blast is not something to shake a stick at.

You know, some of the fluff bunnies will complain about Nanavati's use of an Inquisitor along with his daemons... but Chaos can corrupt all.. (except my beloved Grey Knights of course).

Hey look Chaos Space Marines! Whoa! Well, we already knew the Brass Scorpion of Khorne was good. It seems the player used the Daemons to help generate more scoring units to ensure that points lost to the scorpion were made up elsewhere. Makes sense overall. I still would have liked to see mono-CSM, but I don't think it could be.

Aaron Albert, however, takes the cake for a list that I have been working on myself for quite some time. Grey Knights Centurionstar with 3 NDKs. I'm glad to see that a list I built previously has to potential to win big events. I feel much more confident in attending the NOVA this summer. We shall see if that is the list I take or not.

Overall, I would LOVE to go out to the LVO next year. Vegas provides more than just fun for me as the Warhammer nerd, but it could make an awesome vacation place! I do enjoy the occasional casino trip, and what better place than Vegas! Still looking to the NOVA as a possible GT, but I am sorta waiting for the final decisions as to the event rules and regulations.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Anime Rarkthor Recommends: Sword Art Online

I know I haven't spoken much about anime and manga in the past, but I really do enjoy the creative nature of the works.

Movies and Television shows have access to a tremendous amount of graphic alteration and special effects that just were not present in the past. Anime is able to transcend those limits and create characters and plots that go beyond just a normal fantasy or science fiction show. Manga is closer to Western comic books and graphic novels, and we sorta already know the limitation and capacities.

I want to do a series on various anime that I have enjoyed viewing and would recommend to others for viewing. The first anime is a series called Sword Art Online.

Without ruining too much of the plot, Sword Art Online is a series that delves into the realm of VRMMORPGs (Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games). The game becomes extremely serious once the creator announces that logging out is impossible, and in-game death will cause real life death. The main character, Kirito, now has to take on the lead to help save the rest of the players.

The anime takes on more than just the action/adventure of the game; it delves into some real issues with reality versus virtual reality. It does have elements of romance which, for some, is a turn-off, but I felt it was very well developed in terms of the feelings and emotions created between the characters.

I enjoy this anime thoroughly, and I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Crazy Wombo Combo

Thoughts on this list? Should be 1850. 

Nemesis Strike Formation (Deep Strike T1 shenanigans.)

Curiass and ML 3

5 Terminators
Psycannon, 2 Halberds

5 Terminators
Psycannon, 2 Halberds

5 Terminators
Psycannon. 1 Halberd

Nemesis Dreadknight
Teleporter, Heavy Incinerator, Heavy Psycannon

Nemesis Dreadknight
Teleporter, Heavy Psycannon, Gatling Psysilencer

Storm Raven
Hurricane Bolters

Legion of the Damned Detachment

3x 5 Legion of the Damned
Combi-Melta, Meltagun, Mult-Melta

Monday, February 2, 2015

Pictures from a 40k Game!

40k pictures incoming!

My buddy Rob and I have been working slowly on making a 40k table in my new place. We have been working with some clay to create some decent terrain. Yesterday, we decided to play a game. It also was the first time using the Galaxy Themed FAT mat. I was concerned about the use of the game for 40k, but Rob and I adapted the idea to a floating debris and "alternate planescape" (Think Outlands from World of Warcraft). The terrain seemed to work well for the scope of the models. Some of the barricades were perhaps a little bit, but I think it worked out well enough in the end.

Recently, I acquired a decently sized Ork army (Thanks Bro!), and I wanted to give them a shot on the table top. Not a whole lot of paint has gotten onto these guys, but hey, let's see how it goes. Thoughts on Orks:
1. They still hit with a lot of shots and attacks. Not much changed there.
2. The Mob Rule is a boon and a burden. It can keep your squads around a little longer to fight, but they sorta hemorrhage dudes as the game goes on.
3. Nobs are pretty cool.
4. Trukks and Kans are still super fragile, but perhaps worth the points for their purposes.
5. Lootas are still good.
6. I really want to try Stormboyz; I think they have potential.

I tried taking pictures on my Kindle, so the quality may be sorta meh. It was super convenient in terms of transferring onto my computer, which is a plus.