The way it is....

A blog that is mostly surrounding my obsession with Games Workshop's many, many fine products but will occasionally feature posts about my many other geeky hobbies!


Friday, 25 March 2011

And Now Time for Something Completely Similar!

Soooooo, I've been neglecting my blogging duties as of late - all I can say in way of an explanation is that my life has taken a fairly significant shift in the last few days and as a result I should have allot more time for gaming related activities in general, blogging included!


I came, I saw, I didn't quite get as bad a kicking as I have in previous tournaments!! Progress!!!!! All in all I came 31st out of 43 players and whilst I didn't finish particularly highly I did much, much better than I ever have done in the past so it's a definite result on my part. The next two tournaments I'll be attending will be Open War 15 in a few weeks and then BOTCH in July and I'm hoping to see a similar increase in my placings as I further refine my list and get to know those armies I don't normally face off against that little bit better.


Yup, I finally caved and picked up the Mk2 rules and a small Khador force. I've yet to even glue any of these guys together but as I get cracked on with them expect to see a few posts about my progress.

Thats about it for now.....

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Vapnartak, Decision Made

Ok, so I've mulled it over for a long, long time and I've decided I'll be rocking Vapnartak with The Sanguinor heading up my Blood Angels. Now whilst he is an awful lot of points to include within a 1k list he is allot of points for a reason, and at last years tournament there were a high proportion of the players there running with Daemon Princes and the like and they all seemed to do fairly well.

The list I'm planning on running is as follows:

1 x The Sanguinor, Exemplar of the Host 275 pts
1 x Sanguinary Priest (with Power Sword and Jump Pack) 90 pts
1 x 10 man Assault Squad (Jump Packs, 2 x Meltaguns, 1 x Sargeant with Power Fist) 235 pts
1 x 10 man Assault Squad (Jump Packs, 2 x Meltaguns, 1 x Sargeant with Power Fist) 235 pts
1 x 6 man Assault Squad (Jump Packs, 1 x Meltaguns, 1 x Sargeant with Power Fist) 153 pts
Total Points - 988

So yes, its a very small aggressive list and I will be aiming to get stuck into my opponents as soon as possible in the game and trying to table my opponents - a fairly simple strategy which I'm hoping will serve me well. Fielding this list also gives me the incentive to get the Sanguinor painted up!

Thoughts, suggestions, comments appreciated as always peeps!

Friday, 10 December 2010

Upcoming Tournament

So, come February I'll be heading to the Vapnartak 40k tournament and it's time to finalise what I'm aiming for list wise.....and even army wise!

I'm currently torn, I have 3 options in regards to Army with various pros and cons to each choice - one of y main considerations is that I really don't want to be buying anything else as I already have a massive amount of unpainted figures kicking about. The tournament is a one day affair and you play four 1000 point matches throughout the day. I attended last year and found it was one of the more fun and relaxed tournaments that I've participated in. My choices boil down as follows:

Pro: I have LOTS of eldar figures so I can pretty much field any build I can come up with.
Con: I have LOTS of UNPAINTED eldar figures, if I decided to run with the Space Elves then I'll have a pretty sizeable task ahead of me getting the army up to scratch.
Con: Dated codex

Pro: Took these guys last year so I could just run with the same list as then.
Pro: I have a fair amount of extra Tau figures, some painted some not, so if I decided to make changes to last years list I'd not have any cash outlay to worry about and minimal time to get extra stuff painted.
Con: I've never done very well with the Tau at Tournaments in the past so it may be shooting myself in the foot even considering taking them.
Con: Kroot.......they're fugly! I've always loved the look of the majority of the Tau models but the Kroot figures just don't appeal to me so I'm adamant that I wont field them, the trouble with that outlook is that they seem to feature in pretty much every "competitive" tau list out there so I may be loosing out by not taking them.
Con: Dated codex

Blood Angels
Pro: I have a 1750 point list all painted and assembled so no work would be required with these as long as I choose my list accordingly.
Pro: This is a recent codex and as such is geared up to take advantage of the current rules edition.
Con: The 1750 list I have is pretty much all jump infantry with a few Land Speeders, whether this would compress down to a reasonable 1000 point list is doubtful.
Con: I have very few figures asides from the 1750 point "Descent of Angels" list and changes such as Razorback spam would involve a significant cash outlay.

So there you have it, any suggestions to prod me along the path to a decision would be, as always, appreciated!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

An Update.....Shocking I Know!!!

Well, it's been far too long since I've updated this blog and all I can say is sorry peeps - what with starting a new job and moving the missus in it's been a bit of a crazy few months. Now that things are (hopefully!) going to start to settle down I should be posting on here again with a bit more frequency, but for now I've just got a couple of short things to say:

This Blog
I'd always intended this blog to mainly follow my 40k "habit" with the odd bit of other general gaming info added in if I had nothing else to post. As I'm playing allot of Warhammer 8th Ed currently there have been the odd posts about that creeping in recently....well, not so much recently but you get the idea.

I'm going to be moving the focus of this blog back to 40k related topics, this will also include certain posts about the RPG's, novels and board games that are set within the 40k universe as I'm pretty much a sucker for the lot. The fantasy posts will be appearing somewhere else, which brings me to.....

The Other Blog!
Me and 3 of my friends are looking to start a WFB blog called The Averland Chronicle - this blog will be used to track our progress at getting our WFB armies together and will also follow our trials and tribulations during a campaign we are hoping to get kicked off in the coming months. I will still be posting announcements on this blog when there are new posts on The Averland Chronicle but my intention is that all Fantasy related content that I've got to post will all be on that blog.

Well, that's it for now - hopefully it won't be another three months before I get another post up!

Monday, 16 August 2010

A Hard Weekends Work at the Forge

Over the last weekend I managed to get a bit of time to sit down and make some headway on my Dwarf army. I managed to get the following assembled:

1 x Cannon
1 x Grudge Thrower
16 x Quarellers
16 x Thunderers
16 x Dwarf Warriors
1 x Master Engineer
1 x Rune Master

I'd already assembled 20 x Ironbreakers so this now means I've got a 1500 Point list assembled and I can actually play! With that in mind I've booked in 2 games on Wednesday, in the morning I'll be playing Ricks High Elf's and in the evening I'll be facing off against Brads Empire army - should be a good intro into the world of 8th Edition. 

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Toy Soldier Update

It's been 2 weeks since me, Brad and Neil made the trip across to Preston for Toy Soldier and basically I did not do well!

To cut a long story short I finished 38th out of 40 players - not where I'd hoped to place but the way the scoring was handled in this tournament meant that as soon as you'd lost a couple of games you were potentially 64 points adrift of the top players (as the top you could score on a match was 32 points). I only managed to win the 4th game out of the 5 but in that game everything fell into place and the army worked like a dream, the others were a pretty mixed bag but I did make quite a few mistakes. 

My biggest problem seems to be that I have a tendency to hang back when I should be getting in my opponents face and end up getting shot up or I try to be very aggressive when I should really be hanging back a bit and bringing my firepower to bear.

I've taken this poor performance as a learning experience, I fought 'nids for the first time and even though I got beat on I learned allot from the game. I'm still pretty new to playing the Blood Angels and I'm hoping that this is the main reason why I didn't do so well, we will be playing at another tournament down in Oxford in September and my current leaning is to stick with this list and use the games I'll have there as more "testing" (as I don't think I'm going to have chance for many games in the interim) and then decide whether I want to make any changes.

Thats all for now, as per usual comments welcome.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Toy Soldier and BA Done!!!

Tomorrow morning me, Bradimus Prime (of the Space Wolves Grey Blog) and Neil will be heading to the Toy Soldier tournament in Preston. The tournament will be 1750 points and will be 5 games fought over 2 days. Hopefully my performance will end up placing me slightly higher on the table than 2nd or 3rd to last (which would be a nice change!) but as I've yet to win a 1 on 1 game with my BA I'm just going to have to see.

As per usual I've left things until the 11th hour and have only just got my army finished tonight (although that said both Brad and Neil are in the same position!) but I am pretty damn pleased that I've got the army finished.