Saturday, January 28, 2012

Dark Star Feature: Charles Janke

We are gonna start off our Dark Star features with Charles Janke and his Blood Angels army. Take it away Charles:

My name is Charles Janke, I started playing 40k back in 2003 with Necrons but switched to Blood Angels in 2004 when a friend stopped playing and sold me his.  While I still enjoy playing my Necrons and also play Grey Knights and Crimson Fists I feel the Blood Angels are still my primary army.  I like playing them because they seem to always have some rules that set them very much apart from the other Marine forces, from the old days of assaulting out of Rhino's to being the only ones with deep striking Land Raiders.


Librarian - Term Armour, Storm Sheild, Unleash Rage, Fear of the Darkness
Assault Sqd (5 man) - Meltagun, Sgt Power Sword, Sgt Infernus Pistol
Assault Sqd (10 man) - Meltagun x2, Sgt Power Sword, Sgt Infernus Pistol
Assault Sqd (10 man) - Meltagun x2, Sgt Power Sword, Sgt Infernus Pistol
Terminator Assault Sqd - x3 Lightning Claws, x2 Thunder Hammers
-->Land Raider Crusader with Multi-Melta as dedicated transport
Furioso Dreadnought - Blood Fists
Sanguinary Priest x3
-->Jump pack+Power Sword+Melta Bombs
-->Jump pack+Power Sword+Melta Bombs
-->Terminator Armour+Power Sword
Storm Raven Gunship - Twin Linked Lasscannons, Twin Linked Multi-melta, Locator Beacon

I love the concept of an assaulting Space Marine army especially one that specializes in it. No matter which version of the codex they've had I've always played them this way, even if there are some more efficient builds for them because if your not going to play an army based on it's back story then why spend all that time collecting and painting them.  While I don't have Mephiston in the list I do take a librarian as I feel the Blood Angels should have some of the best Librarians out there given who their chief is.

The army concept if fairly simple, deep strike in, hit with melta weapons then assault.
The Storm Raven acts mostly as a bullet magnet because opponents can't afford to ignore it which give time for the rest of the army to arrive and help out.
(I also scratch built this before any photos of GW's were leaked so I like to think of it as a battle field build by a crazy tech priest)
The priests grant the extra staying power needed for such a small model count.
The Assault squads allow for mobility for with the melta weapons and the priests can take on just about anything I need them too.
The Land Raider is mainly there because I love the image of it being deep struck (I love imagining the look on the enemy troops who must hear a loud crash only to turn and see that thing suddenly right behind them, wish I could use it as a tank shock - that would be awsome!)
Temies and Librarian provide the extra fear factor for small squads and troops, also a way to deal with monsterous creatures.
The Furioso Dreadnought is just plain cool and always has been so had to go in!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dark Star and More 40KEGGER 3 Pictures

There is a rather large tournament in Minnesota called Dark Star coming up on February 11 & 12. Although it is now sold out, a few guys from Winnipeg can be found amongst the list of Participants. And if you look at the Group/Club column, you will see that the people from Winnipeg are all gonna be waving the 40kegger flag with pride.

So, who are these 4 guys going and what is their plan for dominating and bringing home some awards? Well, let's find out. Over the next few weeks, we will do a little feature on each of the 4 guys going down with some pictures of their armies.
Good luck boys, and show those Americans how we drink beer up in the north!

Some more pictures from 40KEGGER 3:






Monday, January 16, 2012

Results and Pictures from 40KEGGER 3

What a day!

Most people showed up with barely 3 or 4 hours of sleep. Some of them had been up painting frantically, and some of them showed up half in the bag and slept in the parking lot because they had a social the night before. Either way, tired as we were, we all held in to the end because a day like this doesn't happen very often.

At the end of the day, there was one player that found a way to battle through all the fatigue and stand victorious. Dave Violago. No stranger to the 40k community and the tournament scene, Dave reminded us all what years of dedication to the game and hobby can accomplish on the battlefield. And a very honorable mention to Dave's final opponent and 40KEGGER 3 finalist, Jeremy Lennon-Gibson. Jeremy had taken a bit of a break from the hobby in his late teens, but he sure came back with an eagerness to battle hard. I guess that's what happens when you grow up in a 40k family. Seriously, how many people out there have a mother with a gruesome Death Guard army? Just awesome... I love you guys.

We did a bit of a B side final as well, just to keep the afternoon interesting. We took the 2nd place players from each group and threw them into a semi-final that mirrored the main semi-final. Those rounds turned out to be rather action packed as well, ending in an epic final between Mike Major and Christian Augst. The "battle of the Astronomi-con" saw Imperial Guard tanks blast away at one another in a game that ended with a margin of victory of only 50 Victory Points. It doesn't get any closer than that...

Thanks so much to Alex and Kat for serving beer to a bunch of nerds all day. You guys are the best! Hopefully nobody tried to offer you candy and invite you into a cable van... lol.

We hope that everyone can provide feedback in some way. There were slight "wording" errors in some of the missions that needed clarification, and we hope to rectify those before our next event. General opinions of the missions are also greatly appreciated so we can continue to offer missions that keep the games fair, fun, and action-packed.

There will be more picture at a later date (because we took tons), but here is the first wave: