Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Shirts off progress + de
still been beard deep in empire at the mo, got a few shoddy pics for yall! hooray! hopefully will get some better ones once its all done and together. for now tho;
as you can see in the background, just working on the walter and cane em at the mo. still got 10 more archers, 3 wizards and a priest, 3 pegs also. but the bulk of the army is all done! actually quite enjoyed painting it all, for once. so much so that i painted the demis in a week. and pretty stoked with how the lot of it came out too, she be popping once the basing got done, much to my surprise.
had a few games lately too, trying to get up to speed with the lizo with a swedish comp score 16 list for cancon practice. but before we get to that, lets talk dark elves!
a little behind the 8 ball on this one, already lots of comprehensive de write ups on the net. regardless, heres my 2 cents, and new list!
so whats changed? heaps! pts drops here and there, although increases in core. some of the new stuff is ace, some of it naff. some good items, some stink ones. sounds like any 8th book really lol.
there are definately some big winners here; l4 taking all lores is def no 1 in my book. awesome. and yeah, the new dark magic is pretty handy too. then theres the 4+as fast cav, the fact ANY unit (apart from shades & driders i think) can take a magic banner means youll be seeing a unit of flaming xbows a lot. black guard got the unit cap dropped, but well upped in price, making a horde w/t fc and ap banner over 500 pts. bolt throwers are special, 70 pts, and you can take 4 - which i now have MUAHAHAHA! - as are harpies now too, although they got a price upping too.
then theres the rare, literally bursting with options. one thing everyone will take tho, are warlocks. they are mint. fair amount of s4 poison attacks, not to mention the 4++ and built in
doombolts and soulblights. and fast cav. good times.
a few omissions there too, you might notice. we're gonna see more hydras on ebay than on battlefields now, not too much changed apart from the price, and the new version of regen. which sucks. if you can do 5 wounds on a t5 hydra witha 4+ as in combat, it dont get back up no mo' pa. no regen sucks. shame, now that they're special. might have some value in a monster mash list, but we'll see how it all pans out in a few months, once someones run one lol. just cos you can make a double kit, doesnt mean you should. although the kraken variant would make a hilarious character assassin.
theres also some contentious entries too. namely, the new cauldron. a definate nerfing of the previous version - aiint nothing free in 8th ed, it only gives a ward to whoever its sitting in -and unless youre a witch elf its not that great, and +1 attack is a bound spell. like many others, i was like 'witch elf horde+cauldron ftw!' but on second look, i dont know if thats how i want to roll. there are inherent weaknessess of a frenzied t3 horde, esp if its taking ld tests at -3.
plus the reduced frontage, plus having your t3 bsb with a 5++ and thats it.. etc etc. i will wait and see how it goes, but its no cauldron for me at the mo
so whats in the list mang? whats tickling your mancy? well my first list is based on what i already have. and its a deathstar. and im sorry.
L4 on life, ring, scroll (cant remember if i have a scroll too, not sure, think thats too much arcane) II - life + elves = awesome. who cares about t3 5+as elves, when they can be t5/7 with regen? LOL. the ring is lovely too, not too much more than an mr3 item, plus the double 1 miscast that people gonna forget
master, bsb, peg, cloak, 1+as, lance - a 1+ in every list. the cloak rules. i had to make my master a bsb cos i wasnt running a cauldron, not ideal, but we'll run with it, see how it goes
assassin, dark venom, sword of antiheroes, the other tricksters shard - suddenly, assassins can take any ol magic items up to 50 pts. cue broken combos. and also, the poisons seem to stack on top of magic weapons. mines in the mix to try and kb dudes. simple. id fancy him going toe to toe with a blender lord. less so a dprince, but thats what bolt throwers are for
core is 2x11 xbows, one with flaming banner - pretty self explanatory, you gotta have core. flaming xbows!
then we also have 3x5 driders, with the lot. spears, bows, shields, tiny hats. are they the new best fast cav? probably
4 rbts - if you got it, flaunt it. right?
2x5 harpies - a chaffy staple
31 executioners, fc - the new black. expect to see a lot of these dudes about. for the pts, they are a very very good deal. then combo that with life magic, and we are deathstar-ing
2x5 warlocks - another +1 in every new de army. dual purpose fast cav/wizards, means you can be casting spells of use from t1. and dont get me started on the double soulblight potential. sploosh.
the hard part was not adding more wizards! would love a l2 on dark, but 2x warlocks and a l4 on life means im casting useful stuff from t1-6, regardless of my opponent. now to wait until they release executioners and warlocks!
best part of the book imo is when i went to work on monday and emailed all the nerds about their de lists, everyone had a fairly different one. variety! although, like any book, no doubt we'll all be seeing more of a few certain things lol
havent had a game with em yet, so needless to say i cant wait. have been playing a bit tho, but with the lizo. got a pretty solid lizo list for a comp 16, but still not sold on it, especially now ive done the unthinkable and written a 15 pt woc list! more on that later. but heres a brief run down of some of the latest gaming;
first up against our newest member to the shirts off family, johannes and his woodies. another comp 16 list, with dual treeman! fire the lasers!
well i definately tried, but couldnt get anything better than a s4 shot against em. kept them away tho lol. despite some of the worst to wound rolls ive ever seen, johannes did manage to snatch up both my cold one heroes, but i did get a laser through the treekin, killing 2 and a half, and then mopping up the unit late game with 5 cold ones in the flank.
another battle in this game of note was a laserdon whiffing for most the game vs a unit of wild riders. turns out the laserdon wins! thanks to a 2+ as and johannes crappy to wound dice. ended up being a minor victory for the lizo
next was vs james' he.
to put it simply, i played like a chump, and got beaten like one. enough said. i felt bad for wasting james' time. sorry bud. woc now, i promise!
last game was vs von daemonovskis new fatties.
it was all going ok as i chaffed him up on a blood and glory game, and he started closer
until he overran past my oldblood, put a maw through my saurus and despite me wildforming and charging with the remains, it wasnt enough to deal with his minigutstar.
definate highlight was the cold one old blood with a 1+ rerollable nearly killing a stonehorn solo, then getting rear charged by his guts and holding for two rounds, making jammy jammy saves. lol.
didnt help tho, and i get a tabling
so back to the drawing board, decided ill suck up the comp hit and take a harder and more familar woc list instead. go with what you know, you know? so more batreps with the woc soon.
and finally, today at work i received a box of avatars of war corrupters + a metal exalted. now while it did take 3 months to arrive from spain, i was abso-lutely gobsmacked with the quality and detail of the models.
the limited photos of them simply do not do them justice ay, so putrid and disgusting, is going to save me a LOT of sculpting time as they're already pretty thoroughly nurgley. cant wait to get them together and painted. and the icing on top of this wonderful nurgle cake is the bases:
molded in such a way as to easily accomodate a rare earth magnet, without any effort other than gluing it on. faaaaaaarking nice one dudes.
so thats all for now, should have that empire all painted by the next time you hear from me, other than that, stay tuned for more, roll some dice, and take your shirt off