Sunday, June 26, 2011

Storm of Magic Advance Orders

Yesterday afternoon GW put the Storm of Magic stuff up for advance order - at last! With this being the first of their new release schedule formula we only get a couple of weeks to salivate over the new toys before they're released.

However my actual point of comment is - I actually find the majority of prices for the new kits fairl reasonable. Now some may disagree as by all means do but looing at the prices of things over the last couple years and the stupid prices of re-released finecraft models I find the new batch ok.

The terrain especially is a high point for me. I expected the kits to be $110+ NZD and was suprised that they are 'only' $72.50 NZD. I will be adding both sets to my collection in the near future for sure. The new Mage models in Plastic!? are only $25.50 each and pretty nice models at that, if they are indeed plastic as opposed to Finecraft I have no issue with that, plastic FTW please. I'm looking at getting the Necromancer to reboot my languishing Vampire Count collection and a friend is most probably using the Tzeentch Sorcerer as a Daemonic Herald.

The book is an expected price but looks like fun. I like monsters and the inclusion of them in all armies as well as some classic beasties returning makes this very appealing for me.

As an advance order I will probably only order the new spell card set as I have High Lords in Sydney later in July but overall I'm an interested customer for sure. If it ends up falling into the pit alongside Apocalypse, Spearhead and Battle Missions so be it but these releases pave the way for impressive new kits(terrain)and thats all good with me.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Coteaz list

This is a WIP list for my Inquisition build, other than being very good on the tabletop it's very appealing to me from a fluff and hobby perspective.

Some of the choices are not optimal and I know I don't have any of the amazing bullshit Psyflmen Dreadnoughts but this a list with units in mind I will convert/paint up. And some of its still bloody good.

Coteaz 100
Ordo Xenos Inquisitor, Psyker, Rad grenades, power armour 78

Techmarine, rad grenades, force halberd 110
Callidus Assassin 145

7 DCA(death cult assassins), 3 Crusaders, warrior w/meltagun 164
7 DCA(death cult assassins), 3 Crusaders, warrior w/meltagun 164
3 Multimelta Servitors, 2 Jokaero, 1 DCA, 1 Crusader, Mystic in Chimera 195
10 Warriors, 3 meltaguns, 6 hotshot lasguns in Chimera 155
9 Psykers, 1 warrior in Chimera 149

Stormraven with Typhoon ML and Twin Plasma Cannons 230
Land Raider Redeemer with Multimelta, psybolt ammo 260

The Techmarine and Ordo Xenos each team up with the assault focused DCA/Crusader units in the Stormraven and Land Raider Redeemer. Coteaz bunkers with the servitor/Jokaero Chimera. Melta and Psyker squads go roaming in their Chimeras. Callidus is just fun and goes after backline units. The Mystic can enable a secure Deepstrike of the Stormraven if needed and visually will form a nice retinue for Coteaz with his 'bodyguard' DCA and Crusader.

The hotshot on the warriors is so I can model a squad which can be used as an imperial guard vet squad and also the Psyker unit could be used for IG. Will probably model the Techmarine into a high ranking tech adept. I may build a flamer focused Deradnought to drop with the Stormraven and model it as the tech adepts creation.

All this will have to wait til the Dark Eldar and Sisters are done but at least I can look forward to it and tweak the list in the meantime.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

WIP - Dark Eldar

So I am in the process of painting Coldbane/Cody's Dark Eldar army for use in Sydney next month. My own Craftworld Eldar need some minor repairs and I'm going to rebase the vehicles.

I plan on getting through the bulk of the Dark kin in the next couple weeks so I might have a little time to paint some more High Elves before Horned Rat in Wellington but we'll see =/

I apologise in advance for a couple photos, as I finish bases and full squads I'll repost better ones.

I really enjoyed the Venoms and this has encouraged me to get the 2 remaining Raiders and 2 Ravagers completed before the Razorwing arrives and a handful of Wyches and Warriors are on the painting table basecoated.

More to come...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Post Retribution

To all those that made the trip to my place on Saturday a big thank you for a great fun day of 40K and I hope to see some of you again up this way.

There will be some in game photos soon but I'm having slow net issues so they may be a few days away when my broadband resets for the month.

Thanks to Wil for TO'ing the event and it was good to see some people who shy away from tournament style proceedings get stuck in and play against some new people.

My Eldar performed fairly well coming 3rd out of the 10 forces. I went to battle against Ryan Lister's Grey Knight list and after trying to steal a 6th turn draw in a random objective game the dice didn't favoured me and a 7th turn saw my contesters destroyed. An entertaining couple rounds of combat saw his Brother Champion skirt past the Avatar in a Bastion to engage my Farseer in melee. To my disgust he wounded the Seer and succesfully 'popped' him with his annointed blade - so much for Runes of Warding. However the Avatar took offence the following round and stomped the Champion narrowly avoiding his Heroic Sacrifice attack.

Next was the infamous 'kill the fast ones' but with the heavy terrain I had set on the tables and smoking and flaming rules the heavy mech lists were given some relief. I played Craig Stewart with his Ultramarine list. A rematch of sorts as we had played each other with very similar lists at 40k Masters in December. After exchanging blows across the crystal infused chaos desert I won though failed to eliminate a single pesky terminator from his originally 10 man unit and didn;t get a bonus point for most expensive unit though after he had 'gated' the surviving termies away from the harlequins he had gunned down the clowns to get a bonus point off me.

Finally I played James Stewart with his Ultramarine bike force - MEQ day. I have played Jimmy a few times so it was nice to play the final game with him. We fought over the Imperial airfield complete with 3 stationary valkries. The mission was for 5 set objectives and 5 chosen kill points. After a few short rounds of exchanging fire and insults Jimmy decided he wasn't going to win but would be damned if he 'bent over' and gave me a massacre so played well and avoided being tabled no matter how hard I tryed.

In regards to my list it performed well as it did at Masters with the NightSpinners being a fantastic nuisance for my opponents - probably why Ryan purposely destroyed them so early in the game as he has had to endure them before. The build can complete all missions but I am finding it harder vs the newer codex books.

I play against Dark Eldar a lot as Cody/Coldbane perfects his lists and have fought the new Grey Knights a couple times and now as much as I hate to admit it, I am feeling codex creep more and more. However the Eldar will not be shelved and I am entertaining a slightly different list which eliminates some of the static elements in my list and is the 'attack from all directions' list I've wanted to use for a while now. I'll hopefully play with it over the weekend and let you know how it goes.

After Retribution I played some more games on Sunday with guests who had stayed the night. I tryed out a list for the Grey Knights I had been thinking about since I first got the codex - the Coteaz all inqusition build and damn it was fun... more to come.