Wednesday, October 1, 2014

W.H.A.T Tournament Report

Hey everybody, it’s been a while since I last posted here on the Blog but I managed to find time to get out and play in a very awesome escalation tournament that was run in Shilo (near Brandon) by my good buddy Donny.  It was held right on the military base in the Junior Raks bar so there was plenty of alcohol and it started flowing early.

Mark giving me the finger.

Table 1 on the stage

Party on the dance floor!


As I mentioned the tournament was an escalation tournament so our first game was 1000pts, the second was 1500, and the last game was 1850.  The stipulation in army construction was that you could only add points to your list in order to get it to the next points limit.  So with that in mind I decided to take a very crazy list that was untested and very “iffy” at best, and it was unbound which bit me in the ass and cost me my last game.

All 1850 of it.


My list looked like this:
1000pts
Sorcerer, level 3, 5++, plasma pistol, force sword
5 Spawn MoN
Maulerfiend, lasher tendrils
Maulerfiend, magma cutters
Helcult formation:
                Helbrute, TL lascannon
                20 cultists, 2 flamers
                30 cultists, 3 heavy stubbers

So as you can see, I could actually make a normal army and make my cultists troops, but in the formation they are in makes them fearless, which I valued more than objective secured.  Now this list looks pretty scary, but I found that I just did not have any teeth.  The maulerfiends are great, but with only 3 attacks, 4 when charging, they are only really going to kill 1 marine a turn.
My first game was against Matt Brewet who was running Iron Hands.  He had a librarian with stern guard in a rhino, 2 tac squads in rhinos, an iron clad in drop pod, and a devastator squad with missiles.

For my warlord trait I rolled the one that lets me infiltrate 3 of my units and my warlord and I chose to deploy my 20 man cultist squad and the spawn on the right flank to try and bait him to getting close enough for me to assault him on my first turn.  I then “infiltrated” my other 30 man cultist squad in my backlines cause I didn’t want his Ironclad dropping in there to cause trouble.
My plan essentially worked, in theory.  He moved up with a tac squad and his sterguard to wipe out the cultists which allowed me to assault with both of my maulerfiends on my turn 1, which is where they stayed the entire game before getting ground down by krak grenades.

End of turn 2


This game ended with me having 1 cultists and 1 spawn alive.  I found that this list did not have enough killing power, as I mentioned earlier.  For other lists I’ll consider getting rid of the big cultist unit and taking marines, and then swapping a maulerfiend for a heldrake, because they are awesome.

As my next game will prove…

For my 1500 point list I had the above and added:
Heldrake, baleflamer
Heldrake, Hades autocannon
Sorcerer, level 3, 5++, Balestar (gives access to divination) combi-melta, force axe.

This game I play another Matt, and as it turns out I know him.  He used to live in the same little town that Donny and I grew up in.  Anyway, he is playing Ultramarines with a Librarian, 5 terminators, 3 scout squads, a tac squad, centurions and a devastator squad.  No vehicles though, not even a rhino.
This game went all my way.  Matt deployed across his entire table edge, and I deployed my whole army on my right flank, away from his centurions.  Again I rolled the warlord trait that allows me to infiltrate and I make good use of it infiltrating everything I could, and I got all the awesome psychic powers I wanted.

Deployment - my cultists were actually out of LOS


He had the first turn and didn’t do anything, maybe killing a couple cultists.  I moved up as far as possible and got off all kinds of psychic powers.  Ignoring cover, rending, the works, and I did some damage to his largest scout squad that had Tellion in it.
His second turn happens and he doesn’t get in his terminators, who were in deepstrike mode, and then did some superficial damage to the maulers and killed a couple more cultists.
My turn 2 was devastating.  Both heldrakes come in and BBQ his devastators, and everything I have assaults something and kills it.  At the end of my turn he is left with terminators in reserve, the centurions, and a tac squad with his Librarian, and he decides to call the game.  I though this was a bit premature because he still had a chunk of his army left, but we started playing his turn 3 and his terminators still didn't come in and his important shooting didn't do anything.

Start of my turn 3


This game everything went my way and it demoralized Matt pretty hard during turn 2.  He was pretty new to the game so I gave him some pointers and it turns out he won his next game, so I hope he learned something from the baby seal clubbing.

For my third game, and to bring my list up to 1850 I added another Helbrute formation which allowed me to deep strike 3 helbrutes.  Sounds awesome eh, only if helbrutes didn’t suck…

I was playing Jason in a cool mission called Bullets and Beans.  The idea was that it’s nearing the end of a long campaign and each force is beginning to run out of supplies.  At the beginning of the game you roll on a chart to find out what supply your army is running low on, then at the start of each turn, you roll again on each unit in your army and on a 1-2 that unit is affected by the supply shortage.  If you are holding one of the 6 objectives, you don’t have to roll as the objectives are the supplies you need.

Deployment - bubble wrap my backfield


I rolled hunger, so at the start of my turn each of my non-vehicle units that rolled a 1-2 could only move at half their speed.  Jason rolled bullets and any unit that rolled a 1-2 could not shoot, which came into effect a couple of times preventing his predator from shooting, and his stormfang gunship on a critical turn.
This game went pretty well until around turn 3 where I made a critical mistake.  I got carried away after having 3-4 double rye and cokes, and forgot to cast my psychic powers, which in my case was huge.  I needed to cast invisibility on my spawn who were in combat with Jason’s Thunderwolf cavalry.  Having forgotten to cast invisibility meant that the wolves chewed through the spawn and made it to my cultists and, more importantly, got close enough to contest my objective.

Needless to say I didn’t win, but I had a great time getting warhammered with a bunch of cool guys, and at least my games went better than Donny’s, who got spanked in both of his non-40k games he played while we wasn’t running the tournament.

I’ll be looking forward to the next one.


Until then, Happy gaming.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ORKS LOSE BY WINNING! The 2014 Beer League show down!



ORKS VS ELDAR! THE FINAL SHOWDOWN OF 2014 BEER LEAGUE!



  Now I have zero idea how in the hell I keep making it to the final of this stupid thing, I play Orks, they arent supposed to win anything.  Actually that being said they dont really.  But despite being handicapped with a severe lack of fire power and armor saves (what the hell is that?) I manage to win or in some cases convince people to forfeit enough games to let me make to the final.

    So with out further delay Fabio shows up at my house, with Eldar.   He KNOWS Eldar make me uncomfortable as it is!  
FABIO!


                                                                                  VS

ORKS IN ARMOUR ROB!

 We roll off for this and that, I cant really tell you all that much because any of you who have played me know this is about the time I go and get my rye and coke and stare at the TV that will have football and or hockey on.  So Fabio told me, more or less, when it was time to start rolling dice.

  He deployed, then I deployed.  Now there sure must have been a massive point drop in the recent Eldar Codex, because I have never  thought Eldar could fit so much shit into 1k points.   And this is coming from a Ork player, who can shit pack 1k points like you wont believe!


  So Fabio shoots with all this fancy Eldar tech and kills like 1 gretchin and a Ork boy. Ok, well I say, maybe this Eldar stuff aint so bad after all!  So I shoot with my Ork Kannons at Fabio's nicely clumped up Eldar stuff.  I hit ALOT, he fails ALOT of saves and  they fail moral and run right off the board.  I get first blood and slay the warlord!



Ork kannons hit hard!

  Well at this point im feeling pretty good!  Honestly prob had more to do with obscene amount of Jimmy Bean coursing through my veins.

  TURN 2!

  Well Fabio starts shooting, and after 25 str 5 bs skill 5 shots I was like wow, im glad thats over, upon which he tell me, oh thats just ONE Wave Serpent!  Oh mother of god.  He manages to start sniping all shorts of shit.  I lose like an entire 20 man squad of boyz in one turn.  I hate ignores cover shots!

 
Eldar shooting doesnt seem all that fair, i was inside a freaking bunker and still got dummied!


So now im getting worried.   I shot more stuff but never really killed all that much.  Wave Serpents seeming have saves on top of saves on top of saves!


Orks seemingly safe inside a bloody bunker.  But not from sneaky Elf voodoo shooting!


  So by now im down to a like 17 boyz, my war boss and a mek in mega armour.  Plus the all mighty Gorkanaught and mega Dread, who likes to hit absolutely F'all.



  Now sadly its Eldar shooting time again.  I cant get across the table, im stuck in cover and these two legged Disco ELF shit with with 50 shots each start to target my other squad.  Its an amour 10 vehicle with some kind of stupid saves!  (why not!)  
  


War walker rapes my orks!








So by now im hunkered down with one gretchin and a few orks plus my mega mek.  In the not so safe building.  But like a bad infomerical "BUT WAIT THERES MORE!"  That seems to be the principle on how the eldar codex was written.

  My big mek with a re-roll able 2 up save (only one re roll per turn cause that seems good unless your getting pumped by wave serpents and war walkers) gets sniped out of the building by more Eldar voo doo magic shooting!

 
Big mek gets sniped!


  So now i have a few  Ork boys left.  But I think I can still win this thing!  Oh wait Fabio finally gets his Eldar bikes to come on and they can move over anything where ever they want no matter how retarded it may seem.

 
Fabio Eldar bikes, what terrain?

  These line breaking, point stealing devil machines deploy on my table edge, then  in one move end up right beside my objective, oh yeah and their troops too!



  Now because for some stupid reason I thought this black dice on the board was an objective marker, and being all clever I thought i would go to ground by it, not realizing I was 4 inches from the real objective!  I now had to NOT go to ground so I could get up and move to the objective.  Well I stuck my head up and head it take off by 70 wave serpent shots!
 
Ork boys decide to get up after going to ground and get wiped out


  So despite all this shit going on, I can still win this thing.  IF I wipe out the remaing  jet bikes on the 4 point Objective.  I shoot with my mega dread! NOTHING! (Elves on bikes in ruins get a 2+ cover save, AWESOME!)  So now its all up to the Gorkanaught.  Its Over time! With this one move he can win the game!  I move and I shoot!  And I wipe out ALL the jet bikes!  I WIN!  


Gorkanaught bullz eyes Jet bikes


  Wait, Fabio goes, shit wells there is the game.  And suddenly it dawns on me, Dam you Jimmy Bean burbon! I didnt think this completely through, my plan being to shoot some bikes and then charge.  Thus placing me on the objective for the win.  When on gods green earth is Ork shooting so good that it manages to wipe out stuff?  The Gorkanaught by wiping out the last remaing Jet bike gave me nothing to charge and now im stuck between two objectives holding neither one!

  So I look to Fabio and say, wow I just lost but blowing you off the table.  The Gorkanaught super stud all game just fired the shots that while killing Fabio, won him the war.  Huh?

Gorkanaught super shooting back firing badly


  So instead of winning by a few points I now lose by 1.  AWESOME!


 It was until that point a super fun and great game.  Hats off to Fabio for winning and finding my house.  I even had the road ripped up on one side to deter him from coming here, still didnt work!

  So the Eldar win over the Orks............again.  




 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hello Fellow Nerds!







I am posting on behalf of Damien Cote in regards to a 40k Doubles Tournament that he and Christian August are holding at the Winnipeg Games Workshop Store. (All the information is towards bottom)







Here is the info behind the event written up by Damien:
For those of you unfamiliar with who I am or why I am doing this:
 Melanie McCloskey was my fiancee who lost her battle with breast cancer last July. We had known each other for 8 years, having met way back in high school. When her cancer went to stage 4 I made a promise to her that I would continue the fight for her.
 So last year and this year I have put together a team for the Run for the Cure to run in her honour. I have also become very involved in the breast cancer research area, focusing my studies in systems and synthetic biology and some bioinformatics.
 Your donation makes a difference, it gives those of us who work tirelessly day and night the resources for us to develop better treatments and greatly enhance the chances of survival for breast cancer patients. Feel free to ask me about my research in the area, and I can show you some of the advancements we (mankind) have made.
 But I don't feel that just asking you for your money is good enough, instead I would like to get people together to have some fun and good times playing games against each other. After all, one of the best methods to prevent cancer is to have less stress. Meeting new people, playing in a laid back non-competitive environment is a great way to relieve stress.
 Thank you.
 If you have any further questions, feel free to ask me. If you would like to help or join my team, visit;
http://www.runforthecure.com/site/TR?team_id=69225&fr_id=1858&pg=team

 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

IMPORTANT!

Register with me or at the GW store with Mark. I WILL BE GONE on a field research course from July 25th to August 2nd. During that period you can contact Christian Augst or Mark to register.
 The Event will be held on [u]August 30th[/u]
 This will be a [u]doubles tournament[/u] hosted at [u]Games Workshop Winnipeg[/u].
 Doubles 40k Tournament Fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
 [u]3 Games, 860 Points per player.[/u] (1720/team)
 [u]Location: Games Workshop Winnipeg - 200 Meadowood Drive, Unit 14.[/u]
 [u]Entry fee: $20.00 per person [/u](tax deductible donation to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation on behalf of my team "Melanie's Fire")
 This is to be paid up front. Online donations can be made here:
http://www.runforthecure.com/site/TR/RunfortheCureFY15/PrairiesNWT?pg=team&fr_id=1858&team_id=69225
 Players are encouraged to sign up as a team.
 Individuals are also welcome and will be randomly assigned a teammate.

 Rules and Restrictions:

 + All models must be painted to a 3-colour minimum.
 + One Combined Arms Detachment per player.
 + Players may select their Warlord Trait unless a Warlord Trait is set for a character. This must be noted on your roster before coming to the store on game day
 + No 'Lords of War'.
 + Teams treat each force as Allies of Convenience.
 + Fortifications are limited to Aegis Defence Lines and Bastions.

 Awards:
 + Phantom Fury - Top Team Battle Points
 + Preferred Enemy - Favorite Opposing Team (player voted)
 + Master-Crafted - Favorite Army (player voted)

 Donation Opportunities $5.00 each.
 + Re-roll For The Cure - You get a 'keeper dice' and once per game you may use it for a re-roll.
 + Challenge For The Cure - Challenge an opposing team to battle in the next game instead of randomly being assigned.


Guys I know we like saving money for more plastic crack but I think this is another one of those times where we need to take a step back and evaluate what is more important.



Remember every Dollar counts!
For more info you can visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1469172373322996/



I will be there, will you??? 


Fabio

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

40kegger 6 Tables

Sorry for the delay in posts, but its fucking summer and I have summer shit going on. Like sitting outside with my dogs drinking beer. Going hiking. Going out with girls.*winky face*

Here's our tables all set up pretty like before the event.



















Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thanks again nerds!


Hey nerds!
Since we wrapped up a very successful 40kegger 6 I've taken a bit of a nerd break. But now I'm back and ready to start posting, playing and painting again!

I want to thank everyone who came out to and made it the awesome event that it was! Special thanks to the guys who came in from out of town. Andrew Sass and his Wife Tiffany from Minnesota and the 40kegger Satellite team (aka Brandon Wargaming League guys).

A big super dooper tuggs and kisses thanks needs to go out again Christian and Mike from Astronomi-con. They've helped us out since the beginning to get our event to where it is. Without them, we wouldn't be where we are today. They've helped us with everything from advice to terrain.

Speaking of terrain, I just want to thank the other dudes that helped us out with that again this year. Garth from Maxx Collectibles, The Astro guys and Byron. Without you guys we'd be playing with Phone Book hills and Soup Can towers. As most of our collected monies go towards venue, beer, food and prizes, we can't buy much of our own terrain... So thanks again guys!

Last but not least, again we had a ton of kick ass prizes for our silent auction! Thanks to all the sponsors who donated kick ass shwag! Maxx Collectibles, Secret Weapon Miniatures, Burn In Designs, 40k Radio for the T-shirts, On-Call Software, Mechani-kon, Astronomi-con, and Mike S!

www.manitobamutts.org

This year we decided that we would also do a fundraiser for Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue during the event. We raffled off a Battle Foam P.A.C.K 720 (graciously donated by Maxx Collectibles) and sold custom 40kegger re-roll dice, that could be used once per game. Because of your generosity, we raised $680 for Manitoba Mutts, plus a ton of much needed supplies for their dogs in care!



But wait, there's more! If you'd still like to help Manitoba Mutts (in a non monetary manner), they are in desperate need of fosters for their dogs!
                  "As well as looking for loving homes for our rescue "mutts", we are also seeking foster homes, who will help with the transition process - from abandoned / neglected / relinquished lifestyles to forever second chance families.
Fostering a dog is also a great opportunity for those who are considering getting a dog, but unsure. All we ask is you offer a loving environment for the dog and take him/her to the vet when required. We provide the food and supplies, and pay the vet bills.
Foster families are the foundation to our rescue running. The more foster families we have, the more dogs we are able to rescue.
If you are interested in getting more information regarding fostering, please contact us at fosterintake@manitobamutts.org."


For example, this 8 month old girl needs a new foster home!  Information about her can be found HERE

Thanks for being the greatest community in the world! Greg out!

ps. I swear I'm gonna crack open my 7th edition rule book today!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Misfits of 40K: Episode 10

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to episode 10 of Misfits of 40K.  This episode I’m going to be talking about a flier.  Now before you get all upset saying “There is no such thing as a bad flier!”, there is…




Man it looks pretty cool eh?  This seems to be a long standing theme with Games Workshop models.  The ones that look the coolest aren’t really all that good, while the ones that look kinda shitty are awesome.
So lets dive into what this thing can do.  It starts off with a twinlinked heavy bolter, a twinlinked lascannon, and 6 S6 AP4 missiles.  This is bad news right off the hop because it seriously compromises is effectiveness giving it a bunch of weapons with such variances in strength.  Is it supposed to kill infantry, vehicles, monstrous creatures?  Who knows?




Fortunately you can upgrade (or downgrade?) that twin linked lascannon to an
 AVENGER MEGA BOLTER...






...for free.  The wickedly awesome sounding weapon is a S6 AP4 Heavy 5 nose mounted cannon.  Now making this swap actually gives this thing a purpose, light vehicle, Flying Monstrous Creature, and infantry slayer, and it’s pretty good at it being able to unload 8 S5-6 AP4 shots, and now it can unload all of it's missiles at once for a grand total of 14 shots.
Against ground vehicles with AV 11 it’s dealing 3 hull points (thanks to Strafing Run) with a chance of a penetrating hit.  However, there is a bit of a downside, the Nephilim has a fancy rule called “Unrelenting Hunter” which allows him the option to treat any weapon destroyed result he causes as an Immobilized result instead.  Except the odds of scoring a penetrating hit decreases with the swap to the AVENGER MEGA BOLTER.






Against AV 12, you drastically loose effectiveness and drop to 1.5 hull points.  So if you know that your opponent will have lots of AV 12, keep the lascannon, you will actually not remove hull points as fast, but you have a chance to penetrate the armour.
This little bad boy also excels at shooting down flying monstrous creatures.  With 7 S6 shots you’ll be scoring 3-4 wounds against T6, and with greater mobility, you should be able to avoid their vector strikes without too much of a problem.

The Nephilim itself is only AV11, so it’s pretty fragile, but sturdy enough to ignore bolter equivalent fire, and it has 3 hull points which is huge considering it’s similar sized cousin the Stormtalon.  Considering firepower and survivability I’d place it somewhere in between the Stormtalon and Stormraven which explains it’s 180 point cost.  This also explains why no one ever takes this thing, 180 points to "spam" S6 shots is not good.

This thing is pretty straight forward so this is going to be a short episode.  If you guys have any idea for future episodes leave them in the comments section or send me a PM on the forums.


Happy Gaming!

























AVENGER MEGA BOLTER!!!


Monday, June 2, 2014

40KEGGER 6 Results and Beer League Playoffs

40KEGGER 6 was a fun ass weekend for me. Thanks to everyone who showed up. Like, a huge thanks.

I have been procrastinating a big wrap up post, with pictures and telling of tales. But, I know people have been anxiously awaiting some results, so I will get those up and save my thoughts and deepest emotions for another time. The internet is so much work! Son of a bitch...

Though, I will say something before I post the results. Please keep in mind that these results, and the "tournament" that transpired, are both the result of a casual attempt to bring structure to a couple days of nerding with a bunch of wicked dudes. Not to mention raising a shit ton of cash for Manitoba Mutts in order to help rescue dogs find loving homes.

*high five*

But under all that, yes, we recognized four guys with awards to congratulate their sagas from the weekend.

Congrats to Fabio Fiorentino for winning Champion: the winner of the Single Player event on Saturday. As you can see in the results, Sean Habing gets to share the title as well. However, with only one physical award, we had to have a peek at the Miniatures Scoring to determine a clear (but, barely) winner. Table sorted by Single Player Score:

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Congrats to the team of Jordan Nykolaishen and Donny Neely for winning Battle Brothers: the winner of the Cooperative Play event on Sunday. Table sorted by Cooperative Play Score:

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Finally, congrats to Christian Augst for winning the title of Warmaster: the best overall combined score. Now, we had to use some common sense here and not screw Jordan out of a Battle Brothers title when his team clearly earned it. So, we skipped Donny's true highest overall score because we knew that's what Donny would want to do for his team.

We also want to congratulate Wes Orsulak for winning the newly created award of Shittiest Player. Now, before you grab a tissue for Wes in fear that we made him cry in public, you must note that it is a much honored award by 40kegger. You see, Greg and I have a tendency to lose a lot of fucking games of Warhmmer 40,000. So, we tip our hats to you, Wes, and say "welcome to the club, my friend". We scoured through the bottom of the Total Event Score, excluded dudes who didn't play all five games, and that is where we found Wes. Well, Mike Anderson gets the true score we were looking for, but Mike is already an Eldar player. This was a problem because the Shittiest Player was awarded an Eldar Codex along with a framed picture of at about 6 Wave Serpents, captioned "How to win at 40k". The idea of the award is credited to Sean. He is an Eldar player...

Table sorted by Event Total Score:

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As for the Beer League... Well, it's not over yet. We are smack in the middle of playoffs.



GAME 2 has come to a conclusion. It looks like Thurston Hillman and the Astral Claws have taken out our regular season powerhouse, Wes Szmaglik and  his Craftworld Alaitoc Eldar. Thurston will be advancing to the Semi Finals. We are still waiting for the results of the other games in the Quarter Finals. Stay Tuned...

Thanks to all the players in the League. It looks like Jordan Nykolaishen - our club's official Social Media Administrator, by the way - has offered to run the League next season. I think this is great and really healthy for the League. I always envisioned this to be a community driven idea, with different people taking turns throwing some creativity and inspiration into it. Hopefully this will run for years to come, and under the wings of many different 40kegger dudes. But in the mean time, please give Jordan your ideas and input. The likes and dis-likes from this past season are super important in bringing something together for next year.

I will announce the Semi Finals when they are all set to go. Those two games and the Final Battle will be played on the same day, at a location that has room for nerds and beer...