Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Throwdown mk2

After lamenting my use of Wrong Eye and Snapjaw recently and garnering some varied and useful advice, I managed to get them ticking in a game of vassal last night. All I can say is 'wow'

Before I get to that take however I'd like to talk a little about my local club. From maybe three or four warmahordes players at the end of last year, I just attended a 15pt 'intros' tournament with 9 players. One of whom has recently picked up 120pts of cryx in one go... Inorite? There are at least 3 players who couldn't make it as well, so the community is really booming at the moment.
It was a really great day, and I had a lot of fun chatting with opponents I've not really met (and of course not played) properly before.

The whole thing did make me determined to vassal more though. My journey home from the club on Monday's takes around 90minutes on trains/buses as I dont drive. This pretty much limits me to one decent length 35pt game every time I go.
Now I'm not saying vassal can replace minis/real life opponents and game situations but it's sure close. So on I pops to vassal last night, and I met a great opponent (friendly and around my skill level, a rarity I find) and I had a great 35pt game with Barny and the gang.
This was also my first time at 35 with gators and the croak hunter did a great job of distracting bloodtrackers as prey, and an ambush run/charge with bog trogs took ravagers and bloodtrackers a couple of turns to clear out so I was well chuffed with recent purchases. The piece de resistance however was our infamous duo. Snapjaw charged a warpwolf stalker with the extra 2" for living model, just in range, boosted first attack with his tail... Crit knockdown, three fury and one initial bite attack later and it's all over.
In later turns Snapjaw took out a gorax as well. All this, and Wrong Eye is certainly no melee slouch either, taking names and healin' beasts :p
The caster kill was throw barny at a gheist, charge a grunt, feat and paste morvhanna. Which I felt dirty for doing but there was a clear path to her if I had range, which I did with the throw.

All in all then, good times. Sorry its been a while since the last post. Lots of wedding and honeymoon stuff going on at the moment. Which has also hit men pretty heavily financially so I won't be making any purchases till my birthday at least probably. All in a good cause though (awesome honeymoon, ask me about it :))

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Tuesday, 10 May 2011


I learned a lot from last nights game;

1. Gators can be tough - spiny growth, dirge of mists, iron flesh and unyielding are all abilities which make most of what is on the board tough to shift

2. Having a vague idea is far different from checking rules and understanding what you are trying to do. Yeah, I should check rules before I try to get fancy. I tried to throw snapjaw early on, and should already have known the rules for distance of throws etc. Lesson learned

3. Feat, feat and feat again. If I had a shiny penny for every-time I've forgotten to feat because I got carried away with something else id have at least 10p. Unfortunately on this occasion it was a thrown, risen and charged barny buying attacks vs baldur. It would of course been far less risky against his reasonable DEF if he was knocked down. Lesson learned.

4. This is the third game where I've really not done a great deal with wrong eye and snapjaw. No idea why, I just never commit them. I need to get out of this habit as snapjaw can hit hard

5. A good opponent is more fun than a strict opponent. I was allowed to 'go back' a couple of times, like the order in which I cast spiny growth and rise on a beast to prevent rise cancelling the ARM buff. Makes things more fun, and less like a chore. I hope for both our sakes that I stop making the silly mistakes soon though.

So that's it really. A good game which now takes me to 2 from 3 with barny, each time was a caster kill by Big B himself. I enjoy the way gators play, but like everything else, I should have more of an idea about stats abilities an synergies before I get to the table.
In my defence, I find it hard to switch off from work at the best of times, and I have to rush around from work to packed train to club in short order and then get gaming. I'll get used to it eventually maybe.

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Thursday, 5 May 2011


I've finally got up the courage to catalogue my Warhammer High Elves (and soon to be dwarves) for sale. I was particularly pleased with the price offered for my elves, and I'm going to use the money to fund models to take Xerxis to 50 points.

I've had a hectic Easter filled with bank holidays and time away, so I've nothing really to show as progress until after the weekend maybe. I'm still part way through assembling bog trogs at the moment (fiddly little beggars) but I hope to have my posse ready to basecoat at the weekend, as well as some WIP pics of Barny and my Wrastler, so stay tuned!

Going to be testing my 35 points of gators on Monday, and then I'll be up at 50points for the foreseeable future as both of my regular opponents are testing tourney lists for the summer. One of whom is looking to grab some farrow and has a posse for sale, which means I'd have very little left to buy to take Barny to 50.
I'm pretty sure though that Ret will be waiting until Wrath for some love, except for when I finally finish discordia and Garryth.

Lots of wedding Stuff going recently too (funnily enough), so painting progress may be slow.

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