Friday, May 20, 2011

Retribution Home Team

Next Saturday I host Retribution a one day 40k tournament with 10 players which my good friend Wil Hoverd has organised.

I of course will be playing and will be taking my Eldar into battle again. My list is a variation of what I used at NZ Masters in December where I got 2nd (imagine my delight =D). This build has the 'fat' trimmed out of it and is pretty functional.

Farseer, both Runes, Spear, Stones, Doom, Fortune

10 Harlequins including Troop Master, Shadow Seer, Death Jester and Harlequin kisses
6 Fire Dragons, inc Exarch with Dragon Breath Flamer
Wave Serpent with Twin Eldar Missile Launcher, Shuriken Cannon, stones

3 Jetbikes, cannon
3 Jetbikes, cannon
5 Dire Avengers
Wave Serpent with Twin Eldar Missile Launcher, Shuriken Cannon, stones
5 Pathfinders

Night Spinner, Shuriken Cannon
Night Spinner, Shuriken Cannon
3 War Walkers with Scatter Lasers

I have played variations of this over the past few months but have come back to this core list simply because I know how to use everything in it fairly well. Sure there are a couple 'weak' choices or wasteful upgrades here and there but I find everything very useful so well see how they go next weekend against the varied lists attending.

PS - The Nightspinner in the pic above will have a cannon attached instead of catapults by play time ;)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


So after waiting anxiously over the weekend to see how GW's new terms & conditions would effect Maelstrom and Wayland I now slump my shoulders in dissapointment.

I have read the comments on WAU with people claiming their time for GW is over but is that the answer? Well kind of...

What this has done for me is restrict heavily all the future projects I have rumbling about in my creative mind. That Inquisition focused GK list with heavily converted Stormraven, the Imperial Guard high tech PDF force to mix with the GK and go nicely with the terrain I'm working on for Retribution, the Fantasy army alternative for High Elves I can't decide on, the amazing new Dark Eldar Pain Engines and Flyers I want to tinker with and any upcoming wonderful toys that GW will release will all now be most likely shelved for the forseeable future, very sad.

However after fuming about it all day at work and even explaining the horror to my sympathetic staff I came to a realisation of sorts. I have boxes of sprues, assembled miniatures and bitz galore that I should suck it up and sort them out and see what armies I can get to a playable level.

I have numerous Chaos Marine models including a fully converted Thousand Sons army a good friend gave to me while he lives in London which is crying out for some love and attention from my paint sets. Also the FW Keeper of Secrets my wifer Ali bought me for my birthday.

A variety of 'Imperial' models both Imperial Guard and Marine including 3 Valkyries, Infantry, marine vehicles and lots of varied marine infantry.

3+ sets of AoBR Orks still on sprues plus some Mega Nobz I got cheap.

3000+ points of Necrons I share with Stu/Tiros waiting patiently for a new codex

Enough Tau from a couple owners to get a working force in action.

My old Vampire Counts army which needs bringing up to 8th ed standard, shame I have so many skeletons and Zombies instead of ghouls.

Literally hundreds and Orcs and Goblins in various states of quality needing only the touch of super glue and the new army book to get them back on the table.

An Ogre army a friend has left here for 3+ years barely assembled

Cody/Coldbane's Warriors of Chaos collection he scored cheap of trademe

..and those are just the things I can think of without going out to the gaming room to look.

All a bonus of being the local gaming host I guess.

So what do readers think? Instead of wallowing in a pit of retail despair what forces should I get into working order as an alternative to my pointy eared armies - Eldar and High Elves.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Preparing for Retribution!

I have not made a post for a few days but I assure you I have not been remiss in my painting.

With Retribution 2 weeks away and myself as the host I have been performing maintenance on terrain and making some new pieces for the 5 tables.

I have completed 15 jungle pieces which I can add to some smaller bases I already had. If I have time I may even make some larger pieces as I've got the techniques sorted out.

I also painted my Arcane Ruins set which I think will be added to in the future as they are such nice useful variable terrain. I considered basing the Ruins but decided against for now as I have yet to decide which of my terrain 'sets' they'll join.

Last night I finished repainting my Imperial Bastions. They were a simple drybrushed grey but as I have a new Imperial army in mind to slowly work on, I want a specific look to their environment. I finished the Honoured Imperium set last week and they go nicely together.

The paint scheme is Khemri brown base, Dheneb stone overbrush, heavy skull white drybrush/overbrush, devlan mud wash into recesses. The Aquilas and Bastion floor/doors are tin bitz.

More terrain to come soon...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Awesome vid especially for the Monday night team

Go watch this if your a gamer

So well done

Monday, May 2, 2011

The First Retribution

Saturday the 28th of May sees what was going to be a casual 40k day with a couple new guests from Wellington up at my place become something a little different.

With all organisational effort under control of Mr Hoverd I will be hosting the first 'Retribution' mini tournament!

With a cap set at 10 players(well see how it goes) we will be having a great day of 3 competitive games of 40K with a cash prize on the line ;) Wil is kindly going to use some of the players entry fee to feed and water us all as we play, thankfully I have a large BBQ.

With 5 tables semi accounted for I have been motivated to do some needed maintenance of my varied terrain collection. Last night I painted up the set from Honored Imperium in nice marble white tones. I'll finally paint the special craters from when Planetstrike was released and with Cody/Coldbane having purchased a Skyshield I'll get stuck into that too.

I plan on themeing all the tables so to play over well have the following.

Ruined Imperial city on my home made modular terrain boards
Imperial City with roman/marble theme and plant life
Imperial airfield with 3 Valkyries
Ancient chaos temple complex
and most likely a mixed fantasy terrain table.

I must say I'm really looking forward to it and we'll be using some of the well loved scenarios from the last years Wellington Tournament scene that most of the attending players are familiar with. I'll get to have what should be 3 really good games and work the fat out of my Eldar list I'm taking to High Lords in Sydney in July.

If anyone is interested in maybe coming to say hello let me know, I have had a smaller mini tourney at my place before and the double garage and my gaming building/room should accomadate all the players fairly well. For a home run event should be a blast just hope the weather is at least agreeable.