Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Week of warriors + camberwell gaming

howdy pardners,

lots of lovely pics for ya'll today, got some updates from last week's week of warriors plus a one day tourney. unfortunately this week's week of lizardmen did not eventuate, but enough of that. also, pre-emptive apologies for any missing 'g' or 'h' in this post. my keyboard has developed a sense of humour.
So, am i ready to go for nztc on sat?

bring it on. cant wait to see the ol nerds and wreck some face. now i'm not one for predictions or any of that carry on, and obviously there are a lot of strong teams and lists, so it should be interesting. batreps around this time next week, but send your good vibes to shirts off warhammer this weekend fellas!

now first up, a few months ago i took stock of my woc chariots and thought id get some more, and finish converting an old one - sorry dave. so last week i finally got round to getting em done. first i nurgled em up a lil;

and painted em. one of the plastic ones has been magnetized so i can swap out for the gorebeast. all done bar the basing, which i planned on doing all of it at once later on.

and the whole fleet. am i now THAT guy? no, because i only have 4 core chariots. lololol

next up for some long overdue loving were the nurgle knights. im pretty sure i posted the greens a while back, but for continuities' sake;

a lil more muck that the chariots, but only cos theres a lot more flat armour space. now they are looking like:

not great photos, but ive got heaps to do today lol. they're various shades of green and muck, but most importantly - they're done.

 i spent a lot of time during the week sculpting my avatars of war corrupters. loooove the models, and nice and nurgley already. i wanted to add cloaks to keep em more in line with my other warriors, and the obligatory flames, tiny hats and muck, keeping in tradition with my other marked woc;

not fun to rank up. now all due credit to my better half, who has done all the painting on em thus far, along with helping on the drybrushing of the chariots.

so far just the basecoat + 1 layer of drybrushing. expect the finished unit shortly, cos i cant wait to paint em lol

didnt quite have enough time during the week to finish painting ol rotbeard the dprince, but hes not far away:

and that was week of warriors. still a few things to do, but have enough now to run a 2400 mono nurgle list, which despite being behind the curve a lil looks like fun. more on that soon

then on sunday, out to gw camberwell for a 2400 pt 1 dayer. i took it as an opportunity to practice with my nztc list, which now that the cat is out of the bag - i call the 'chaff flood';

orc warboss, stubborn hat, armour of 4++, sword of striking, shield
orc l4, scroll, ironcurse, 6+ regen

blorc bsb, 4++, charmed shield
sorc l1, shrunken head
blorc, mr1
gobbo big boss, gigantic spider, 2+/2++ vs flame, spear
gobbo big boss, gigantic spider, 2+/2++ vs flame, spear

5 spiders
29 boys, fc, hws
24 sorcbuns fc, ahw

3x1 troll
3x chukka
2x wolf chariot

2x manglers
2x dd
2x lobba

if you follow this blog, you know this ong list of mine, and you know the reasoning behind everything. if you dont: i love spiderbosses, people always underestimate em. 3 chukkas is usually a facepalm, but also a force multiplier. 24 is the optimum amount of savages unless you are going full deathstar, which im clearly not. spare blorc is a savage orc babysitter, with mr1. only thing that animositeez is the spiders, and who cares about em. enough chaff to dickmove a deathstar all game, lots of shooting, and a couple solid combat units to back it up.

as an aside, its funny to note all of the shirts off nztc team just took their regular lists, without any netlisting, matchup or meta consideration. just sayin. it just so happened that we naturally formed like voltron. whether that was the right move remains to be seen lol. anywho..

camberwell! 3 games, 2400 pts. missions were the usual, but the victory conditions were odd. 5pts for loss, 10 for draw, and a win by 150+ pts was a 15. the only way to get the 20 was additional conditions, getting an infantry unit somewhere - centre of board, enemies deployment, etc etc.
anyway my first game was bftp vs lizo. my opponent was more a 40k player and this game was unfortunately a bit of a roflstomp.
top to bottom, he had lord on carny, 10 cold ones, a couple single sallies, priest on engine, laserdon, med temple guard with bsb, 20 rus with spears, and a giant swarm of  unranked skinks with another priest

so heres turn 3. the carny got mangled and lord was shot. one priest got magicked off, the other shot along with his steg. one spiderboss beat and ran down the skinks, the other tangled with and beat sallies. cold ones are down to 4, and there was a little bit of a poo pants moment when my savages fluffed against his halved tg but held and ground em out eventually

 i kill the cold ones and lose a warmachine or two. spiderbosses gang up on laserdon and run it down. that laserdon btw, could only roll 6's for its laser, and was vapourising trolls at an alarming rate lol

 trukk goes into saurus as sorcs kill tg to a man. beat the rus but dont catch, they reform and i charge again

end up with a 20 for getting the trukk into his deployment zone. terrible match up for my opponent, and im crossing my fingers, hoping not to play the jerk, grandpa ivan, or either of the epidemius lists

but i can only get so lucky, and was against an epi list. not daemonovskis awful list, but filth nonetheless.
can i just take a moment here to point out just how much i hate special characters. spoiler alerts aside, i think they are a crutch, and obviously the power level varies between them, there are a number that should never be seen at a tournament. in saying that this was a no comp gw tourney, but nevertheless, i am not a fan, and never use em. you could try and argue that it is 'fluffy' to take epi in a mono nurgle army, but youd be arguing against a wall of boo's and rotten fruit.

anywho, he has 3 units of 21 bearers, 3 flies, 6 beasts, 3 snotties, bsb on palanquin, epi, a couple single beasts, and big papa, who was only a l1. meaty engagement, and although i go first, i have 5/7 warmachines off the board. ffs.  heres a photo of my opponents t1 where not much happens apart from epi and a unit coming in on the top right

despite the bad luck for deployment, my dice swing back in a big way. im not sure if my opponent was confident, or wasnt familiar with manglers, but puts his bearers, a single beast, flies and big papa in a lovely line, and i mangle appropriately, killing the beast, putting a couple wounds on papa, killing 2/3 flies and a rank of bearers. then i proceed to shoot off papa, with a chukka of all things finishing him off. i throw chaff into a bearer unit and eventually kill it

bit of a gap here sorry, but yeah, dice swing the other way now. i pick up the bearers and flies,  but savages are beaten and run down by bsb unit of bearers. i foot and shoot the bejeezus out of epi, and leave him on one wound with two bearers left in the unit lol, but despite having 3 opportunities to kill him, each time he makes his fucking rerollable ward save and eventually moves too close to shoot.
beasts make it into the trukk and grind it out, but the stubborn boss saving the day kill he gets fucking killing blowed. grr

ends up a 15-5 as he didnt hold the centre line at the end of the game. that would have been a cakewalk if it werent for epidemius sitting in the corner, and i spit on the floor at his name.

last game was dawn attack against vc on the same table. left to right hes got skellies, zombos, ghouls, baby vamp on hellsteed, horde of gg with wight bsb, 5 blood knights with blood keep banner and blender lord, zombos, skellies with l2, and 5 hexes. i go first, and shoot of the mounted vamp

hexes cause me no end of grief, killing both manglers. i made an error sending spiderbosses to solo small zombo and skelly units, when i should have sent them both into flaming gg. didnt realise they were flaming till half way through. basically from here it was me killing blood knights, and my opponent trying to raise em.

i eventually shoot off the unit and get the lord to two wounds twice, but frustratingly cant kill him. keeps him out of combat though at least. gg end up killing all the trukk bar the characters, and savages get enough res from a flank charge into hexes to pop em

ends up about 100 pts up to my opponent, but a draw overall. frustrating given that it was a very good matchup for me, and those spiderbosses should have won me the game. but a good game and a great opponent.

ended up midfield in the end, but my heart really goes out to granpa ivan, who not only had the suffer the ignominy of attended a tourney at gw, but also didnt place. chin up abuelo.

so there we go. now i gotta go pack and order a cab to the airport tomorrow morning. stay tuned for some nztc write ups next!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Shirts off dark elves

hola gang,

lots of gaming and hobbying lately, as youd expect from an unemployed nerd such as myself.  its still been dark elf focussed, trying to hone in on what i want to take to crossroads. nztc next weekend though, so will be dusting off the ong between then and now. first up today, i made greg a dark peg

the only varghiest wings i had left were the windmilling ones, but i thought it came out ok. better than the one i made for myself anyway lol. magnetised the rider on,

and gave it a giant cock, cos i know how much greg loves em. s5 impact hit!
then i was up really late the other weekend, plotting over de lists, and was like ill get a cauldron, thats what i need, so as if by magic the next afternoon i came to, on the tram home with one in my bag. warhammer blackouts. a day or two later its nearly painted and ive got some snacks

hags magnetised on the top, still got a bit of work on the crew and highlights and stuff, but was eager to get it on the battlefield asap to see if my frenzied 6am scribblings were correct. i played against nicks woc, and got a charge onto his 6 crushers with 30 ap welves, and hag on top with ogre blade and rune of khaine. also got a soulblight off. heres what it looked like after combat

so they can murder crushers, but how bout 18 nurgle warriors, a khorne dprince, chim, mounted bsb, and two flavours of woc chariot? nec minute

no, they cannot. who'da thunk it. next i scribble some awful 2k uncomped delves for a 1 dayer in melton last weekeend. i took:
l4 death on steed
lord with cloak and lance on steed
master bsb on steed
master on steed with ring
l1 metal
2x8 driders
10 flaming bows
5 harpies
4 rbts
2x5 warlocks

you know the one. first up was dawn attack vs aarons woc. fire l3 on steed, unkillable bsb on disc, throgg as the general, 17 trolls, 6 hounds, 4 crushers and 2 gorebeasts. I was rubbing my hands with delight until I didn't roll purple sun or a double. Ruh roh! i set up first heavily on the left while he goes in the right lol. i go first and we look like this

got the l4 and bsb in one unit of driders, lord and master in the other. get a couple wounds on a gorebeast. he annihilates the l4 bunker with a fireball, and they hop into a unit of warlocks. i was able to get a 10" charge into the flank of crushers with lords unit, killing one and a bit, and chasing them down into the l3, not the trolls lol. i kill the gorebeast on my left and spirit leech a wound off throgg this turn i think

his bsb kills a rbt, the other gorebeast makes a boxcar charge into another and overruns into warlocks off on the right. does 1 wound, i hold, and kill it it his turn. they go onto charge bsb in rear and although they do die, it pins him for long enough. i beat the l3 but dont kill him, and dont overrun. i get doom and darkness on trolls and swift reform unit to get him next round. harpies had tried to push him off the board but he didnt quite flee far enough

 my lords unit comes into his bsb, along with my bsb for the scr. i get a doom and darkness, and chase him down. everything stays out the way of the trolls

to further rub it in i bjuna throgg, roll an 11, and kill him. what a dick

end up 19-1 to me, pretty happy with that without purple sun lol

next up against dans ong. blood and glory, and hes got 20 blorcs, a lobba and ddiver, 37 savage big uns with warboss and l4, gobbo bunker with bsb, aracnarok and boar chariot. i got first and yes, i did roll purple sun.

we trade scrolls t1 and his ddiver handily blows up. t2 i sneak both units of driders up, the one on the left holding all my mounted characters. i cocked up the driders on the right, allowing his rok to see em, but figured i could afford to lose those pts so long as it kept the rok distracted.
i steadily took wounds off it with rbts and searing dooms. this phase was all about the purple sun though, going through all his savages and killing half, along with the l4. i go to caress his bsb after with my new magic phase and fail. oh well lol. shoot off the chariot though

here my opponent goes for the driders with the rok but fortunately it stays on the board to shoot lol. he spins his orc units to face the other driders and tries to cover their escape route, while the lobba scatters

i have no plans to escape, instead i charge his gobbo bunker and send the harpies after lobba. i cheekily fart a purple sun through the reformed savages and blorcs, and although i kill the warboss and most the savages, my l4 promptly rolls a 6 and dies lololol. however the new magic phase allows the warlocks to blast off the last savages. the dreadlord murders the gobbo bunker and reforms, leaving em to run off the board

 i dance around out of los of blorcs and rok, and shoot and magic both off eventually

ends up being a 20-0 to me, putting me in the lead into the 3rd round, much to ivans disbelief.

next round... oh the next round. facing off against daemonovskis doc, chocka block full of beasts, drones, and epidemius. i did roll purple sun though, and nick goes first for bftp

t1, he if's a final trans on the bunker, and not only kills my bsb and a few driders, but also my l4. i hate casino dice. so, i basically lose right here without the death magic. why not split up the characters you ask? well the other spell he had was gateway, and i only had the one magic res.

with a heavy heart and watery eyes, i charge what i could and got slapped around, calling it in t3 and giving him the 20. stupid dice

last round was vs james' empire. behind the building hes got 11 inner circle knights with bsb, then halberd block with two detachments of archers, in the halberds hes got a l4 on light along with two l1's and a whunter. then theres the walter, stank, 3 demis and a cannon.
he goes first and does a wound on a rbt. i respond by charging warlocks into bunker and searing dooming off half of his knights. warlocks kill both l1's and do a wound on l4 and whunter.

he magics off my xbow bunker and kills a rbt. warlocks die without killing l4, but he does take another wound, leaving 1 left. i dickmove the harpies and shuffle around, shooting knights. cannon blows up at some point too

stank comes through the woods and takes 5 wounds lololol. demis kill harpies and warlocks get into flank, winning, but demis are steadfast and hold. i take the bait and send lords unit into stank, doing a wound or two. i if a spirit leech and kill l4, and cascade my own l4 lol,

missed a few key things here, it looks like models have been turned to dice lol. from left to right i get a flank shot on knights, killing bsb and polishing off the unit. in the centre the walter charges in the support stank, takes 3 wounds from forest lololol, and breaks and runs while stank is still alive.  also
before the l4 dies, she throws a purple sun through all 3 characters, stank and walter, and everything passes its tests lolol
 he rallies the walter same turn i finally grind the stank out with just 3 characters left, and turn to charge walter who flees 3" and gets caught last turn
4 warlocks vs 3 demis, lox all die, leave 1 wounded demi left at the end of the game that i cant seem to shoot

ends up 11-9 my way in the end, hell of a game with lots of swings both ways

so in the end i finish 4/14 i think, well done to the shirts off boys who attended, ivan coming first, nick coming second - boo - and johannes in 5th. good times, and perhaps the result i needed to make up my mind about crossroads lists.

so coming up next some woc progress, wrapping up this week's week of nurgle. taking the ong for a practice at a gw tourney on sun so will have more batreps and progress shortly. for now, stay tuned and take your shirt off!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Shirts off nerd world tour + updates

top of the morning to ya'll

so, cancons over, and im loving unemployment! whats this world tour though? you ask.
well, ive been kind of set on going over to canada to see that lovable rogue dave meachen for a while, and so after 8 months of hard work at a call centre, ive got enough cash to do that and more. yep, australia pays that well my friends.
then i thought i might as well add some tournaments into the mix, and figuring i was unlikely to get 3 months off work, i resigned lol. but still, whats the world tour?

well its great and i cant wait. started with cancon, next up at the end of the month im over to nz for the nztc, and although we're not all playing lizo, you can expect shirts off up in your grill, combining into the team behemoth

really looking forward it, and to see the ol nerds back home, smashing skulls, taking greg's dark elves off so quickly that it sends his hat flying, and generally spreading the shirts off message.

after that, its back to australia for a week, then off to toronto for 3 weeks for a visit, and to look at setting up a north american franchise of shirts off warhammer. whoop! cant wait to trade the 30+ degree nights for some snow lol.
then a few days after i get there, dave and i are popping across the border to the us for crossroads gt! had to pull the im coming from oz card, but got the last ticket lol. bit of a worry there when dave was on the waiting list, but hes all signed up too, stoked!
after we get back to canada, daves locked us in for a local tourney there, apparently they play 1 day singles, and one day doubles games, which is gonna be awesome! then back home to find another job. sigh. but thats ages away now!

so there we go, some exciting international times for shirts off warhammer! now unless its just dave and the nsa, we have a number of viewers from the us and canada. i dont think we'll be in ny state for too much longer than crossroads, and not too sure where we're staying yet, but if anyone wants to get in touch and set up a game, you can find shirts off on fb so gizsa message ahl. ill be in canada from the 10-31/3, and the us maybe 14-17/3

as for updates, i figured i had 4 weeks between when i got back from cancon and monged out for a bit, to when i leave for nz. the plan is basically to polish off an army a week. now i tried that before with the empire and failed, but this time ive got 3 armies to finish, and most of it is done already.
first up, heres some more empire

and this is whats on the table for week 1. helping out our james by basecoating his shittily undercoated 15 silver helms + a rbt, then finishing off some de stuff for my crossroads list (so far) another 4 warlocks, 5 more driders, 6 exes and 7 witches. also picked up an arcane ruins and chapel to paint for the hq - thanks ryan!

good times. im glad to have queued up so much painting before i quit, so i dont need to buy anything else lol. helms are nearly ready to go back to james to finish as of now, just gotta finish a few things today then get cracking on the dark elves

next week we'll be getting stuck into some long neglected woc, then lizo after that. hopefully not too many hot days/nights (LOL) its the only thing that stops me from painting nonstop.
so stay tuned for more soon, and take your shirt off!