So I wrapped up getting my Grey Company complete to 600 points this past weekend. I added 10 rangers and the eagle Gwaihir to the list as well as the new display base extension. While that certainly is Aragorn above he's not in the list he's just proxying one of the "Rangers of the North" I need for the list, if I added Aragorn it be almost 800 points. My list is pretty simply: Gandalf the Grey, Gwaihir, 5 Rangers of the North, 20 Rangers (10 w/spears) 27 models with break point of "14" of course breaking is semi-irrelevant as long as Gandalf is alive and there haven't been too many games where the big "G" had been killed before the games very end.
Of course I am well accustomed to the fact by know that this list isnt particularly competitive but it is fun. The Eagle adds a new dynamic as its move "12" and defense "8"..Gandalf while awesome always needs support, when engaged against other beefy heros..I can't go hand to hand with Str 5 attack and last for long. The Eagle is great for going after other heros to either soften them up or kill them outright, also quick enough to get back to support Gandalf as well.
Gwaihir, Lord of the Great Eagles
The whole display with the 10 man add-on for the new figures
Not much more I can do with Grey Company, other than add some characters like Arathorn or Halbarad, I recently picked up a box of Warriors of Minas Tirith and probably do up a bunch of them and have a more well rounded Gondor force. I've been fiddling with my Cirith Ungol for a bit as well, a good couple days of painting and I have 600 points, but that included running Shelob. Anyway its Bilbos Birthday Bash for these guys next weekend, If I get my act together to take a personal vacation in February to attend GitD, it might be these guys or Cirith Ungol. Do yourself a favor pick up a hero blister and a army box and go play this game. I'll be sure to do a write on the event when its concluded with 22 people paid points its over triple last years attendance! It would be really ironic if the event gets close to Core Comps shoddy numbers from this year. LotR SBG going head to head with WFB in a tourney body count 2010???? Not sure what to make of that, but someone upstairs at GW probably wouldn't be happy.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Despite the ominous title, it's not that serious and a purely rhetorical post here. I'm well aware I have not had an update in a couple weeks. I've been working on polishing up my 600 point Grey Company force for the Bilbo's Birthday Bash tourney coming up in a few weeks I've been working on few odds and ends here and there and seriously need to set up the photo studio and post some new stuff, I do have lots, its just combination of overall hobby malaise and being extra busy.
Something's in the air here ever since Core Competency and even slightly before I have been a funk over 8th edition WFB. Don't get me wrong I do like the game, certain things I like much more than 7th edition. I just think after almost 4 years of constant Warhammer it's natural that eventually you get that "meh" feeling, and then when your biggest/favorite local tourney has a 50% turnout reduction and its like pulling teeth to get our usual rock solid TO to post the final results, almost 3 weeks later! You got to figure somethings up. It also didnt help the previous tournament back in May didn't post results either and as far as I am aware people still havent gotten awards. So with creeping malaise going on all around me it sure doesnt help me move my new lizardmen army along.
Games Workshop certainly doesnt do themselves any favors by doing second waves of model releases now, before another army book. GW really needed to capitalize on 8th edition and get some new books and updated model lines out to cash in on the interest with the new edition. I am unbelievably hearing March 2011 for the next book and it's Orcs (being playtested right now)...IF thats true GW really has its head where the sun don't shine, while "supposedly" Tomb Kings and Ogres books have been ready for awhile...and where are those Empire Knights I keep hearing about, instead we are looking at Skaven second wave, one containing a Abomination? a bit soon I'd say especially for all those folks that made custom ones, and have barely seen the table for a season.
GW's horrid management of its own lines aside, the general funk I am in got me thinking about my friend Tim's post from early in the month regarding the highly underrated Lord of the Rings SBG. From the commentary there it seems people seem to have the opinion that the 'lack of customization" seems to be culprit. You'll have to excuse me but as for all but the most fanatic that's a wheelbarrow of horse dung. With most robust alliance rules of any GW game and at least of half dozen different models of every major character..you've got a slew of options in both list and modeling options, plus the plactic figures, while not at the level of GW's flagship stock are still way better than say the current Wargames Factory plastics I have boxes on boxes of that I struggle with for Warhammer Ancient Battles, and basically just as convertible.
Personally I see attention gap coming from the games narrative. Both 40k and WFB are open narratives meaning while there is plethora of background information and stories, and even a current timeline, the narrative is flexible nough that just about everyone interested can find their "special" place within of what interests them and create their forces accordingly.
Games like Lord of the Rings and even Warhammer Ancient Battles are closed narratives meaning the books, models and events operate on a historical perspective. LotR really just operates as 3 chapters of fantastical history novel. In the end Boromir is still dead, Aragorn is still King and Sauron is destroyed. I find the parallels between WAB and LotR interesting because currently playing my Saxons, I fight the same battle more less every week, its 1066 and I am fighting Normans..or hypothetical Arab invaders or 9th Lost Legion of Rome reborn making it military comeback.
Obviously WAB is about the battles and the excellent ruleset more so than getting hung up on the narrative. LotR is special because it has both rules and narrative, the tools are there for you to create whatever scenario you want, with whatever forces you want it doesnt have to be a replay or the movies or books. So I think the games biggest stumbling block is really a matter of perception or even perspective. (Keeping in mind Sci-fi regardless is just more popular than fantasy.) To its credit GW is digging in deeper with obscure new releases that get into the books more than movies, I expect a big shot in arm for the game when "The Hobbit" film gets released expect 28mm Battle of the Five Armies, "War of the Ring" style for sure.
As to the "what does it take" question in the end I think it takes the same thing it takes for any game to gather attention people to be out in public place playing with awesome looking terrain and models..that is what attracts people to any game..in short for an experiment..I may drag myself, 2 fully painted armies and some awesome terrain over to my local shop and get some SBG games going and just see if drives any interest..until I get my Saxons painted to where I can stand looking at them or WFB gives me a big shot in arm..seems like a good goal..of course I still have host a 10 player Legend of the High Seas event at Adepticon next year, there is alot to do there. Photos soon I promise!
Friday, October 8, 2010
Next up for me is Bilbo's Birthday Bash, a great local tournament for GW's red headed step child otherwise known as The Lord of Rings Strategy Battle Game. Taking place November 6th and 7th, I originally was signed up to make the weekend trek to Minneapolis for the North Star for WFB, but life, the wife, the kids and the business, made traveling away for what amounted to 4 days for Warhammer, not an option. Given that my Saturday and Sunday day time were free, I got the hall pass and BBB is on. Upped to 600 points and only one army this year, (as opposed to two 350 point armies, last year, one good, one evil) My Grey Company with Gandalf the Grey is return with another 10 Rangers and the Great Eagle, Gwaihir. With a break point of 14, I am sure I'll get my arse handed to me at 600 points..but its fun army..and while I've lost alot a games , actually most games are very close, and the great eagle is surely to be a real problem for my opponents. I should note, after my horrid luck at probably my last 3 WFB events, the law of averages says I am long overdue for some luck breaking my way in a tournament, so I am optimistic. I am working on the new models right now, pictures of additional models and my expanded display are coming soon
Speaking of the Lord of the Rings, SBG..I'd like to point out a great recent post from my pal Tim over at Cursed Treasures, titled "what does it take" Tim laments the inability to keep this game relevant amidst the volume of 40K, and WFB and to an extent its sister game WotR. A great post and I sympathize. Finding people to play LotR with is like pulling teeth..even thou most folks I know agree it's a great game, with fantastic models, a very low cost entry point, and some great local events every year. Let not forget the years premier LotR event Gathering in the Desert out in AZ, a great excuse to get out of Chicago in middle of grey and cold February, Once again I certainly plan on trying to get away for the weekend and be there!, fingers crossed this time it will work out. If you're local and have an interest in throwing down with LotR SBG, definitely
shoot me an email.
Monday, October 4, 2010
I write this I am pretty Warhammer'd out..so this month I am working on several other things, with the exception of maybe one game, after that I can reboot and start thinking about Adepticon2011 where I'll be running an event Friday ( Historical- High Seas) and playing in WFB
Game 5 vs John W, Dark Elves.- Win
Dreadlord, Master BSB, 2- Sorceress's (Lv 2) 39 Warriors, 20 Warriors, 19 Corsairs, 10 Crossbows, 5 Dark Riders x 2, 20 Blackguard, Hydra.
On to the Awards!
While final scores aren't posted, I know I managed to score 63 out of 84 potential battle points, if my appearance and sports scores are anywhere near normal, I should have definitely gotten a top 10 finish.
(edit: with final scores posted here I actually got 69 BP, my paint being tied for second, and my sports at 19/30 and Comp at 19/25. I knew with the Stank I'd take comp ding and a 19 is higher that I thought I expected a 14 or 15, my Sports is lower than I thought expecting 21-24 range..not sure what that means..my opponents liked the Steam Tank better than me!?? In reality I had three really close games where things can get a little testy so you just got to roll with it..again I must reiterate how bad having to rank people for sports sucks. Anyway...7th overall was my best showing yet.)
I did win the runner up in players choice category (for favorite army) which was nice. Winning the silver bunny trophy and certificate. I had already won Best Appearance at Core Comp 2008 so I am not eligible until I bring another army. That award went well deserved to Brian H whose High Elves can be seen in a previous post here., Player's choice and Best Overall went to Dennis G's whose Slanneshi painted WoC are always a top contender in all categories and can been seen here and on many of the WFB forums..finally congrats to Alex N winning best General going 5-0! and my pal Steve for winning the award..for scoring the least amount of points in a game 66!! while getting tabled..despite that game Steve still had a strong showing winning 3 games.. Huge props to Alex G the organizer its about the most professionally handled and run as a gaming event can be, which is a good thing as Alex is running the WFB action at Adepticon next year.
Once again Kudos to everyone for another great event here in Chicago!.
A pile of wound counters like this before your first turn is never a good thing!
Last turn I put a cannon ball into the building, Killing the Glade Guard, but Scotts pull of there
4+ and 5+ wards...
Warboss. Great Shaman, Big Boss, 50 boyz, 44 Night goblins, 20 Black Orcs, 2 Rock Lobbers, 2 Doom Divers, 2 Chariots, 10 Wolf Riders.
At 1 win, 1 loss, and draw...I headed home for some dinner and movie having a great time on the day.