Thursday, March 28, 2013

Road to CAGBASH - Drkmorals

If you haven't caught on by now, the Road to CAGBASH series is CaptLoon's tale of ups, downs, mystery and adventure as he catalogs some of the journey he took getting ready and attending his first Major Tourney in a Hollywood style story. (I assume that means explosions, with boobs, or as close as he can get to that typing on a blog) It randomly and unplannedly (Look I made up a word) ended up that we would play each other for one of the rounds along the way. Since it worked out this way we thought it would be fun to do a more In depth battle report than you normally get for a battle with a little bit from both sides of the table.

So I was asked to also pop on here and talk about the list I happen to be playing and give some background on the list and why I was running it. If you haven't read it already The Mr. Loon has already done a fantastic break down of his list and thoughts on said list. LINKY

My list isn't as from scratch as his started..So I plan to just ramble on a bit about the units. The list I used for the event in question was more of a evolving list as I continued to test all kinds of different GK options in the new 6th edition environment. First though we started with a Core that I was happy with (let me note this is not the current version of the list I am running)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Road to CAG-BASH: Part 1

…Planning for the trip

Every Tuesday, I'll be posting my thoughts on Warhammer 40k trends and tactics.  This week, I'm starting with my first tournament experience, CAG-Bash.

CAG-Bash, for those who don’t know, is an 1850 point regional tournament in Southwest Ohio.  It draws players from the major metropolitan areas of Cincinnati and Dayton, mostly, but occasionally all the way out to Indianapolis and a bit of Kentucky as well.  This is the goal I’ve set for myself as my first “major tournament” event.  My goal is simple: to attend the event and not embarrass myself.  Of course, in order to do that, I need a list!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

An Experiment in Parenting pt 2

Story cont'd from Experiment in Parenting pt 1

It was early Saturday morning as I pack my gear and get things ready to go. I fully recognize that I may have to throw in the towel at some point because my Daughter just isn't having a great time; there is really no telling how this day is going to go. We pack into the car and I get to start off by telling her that our day starts and ends with a nice hour long drive to the venue. I make sure to give her the last chance to back out and not give up one of her school free days watching grown men shout “pew pew” instead of playing with her friends. She declines and is still up for the day with Dad. So I plug the address into the GPS and hand it to her. I inform her that she is in charge of the crazy talking box with a woman trapped inside and they are team responsible for directions like a Comic book Team up. She gives me the “Dad, I haven't a clue what you’re talking about” look or “My Dad is kind of crazy” look; you can pick (I get them both often.) Then she happily starts playing with the GPS checking the directions. I throw her a breakfast bar, turn up the radio and we start putting some miles behind us driving to the event. Now, normally I spend the drive time listening to a 40k podcast, or even going over my new list or the event missions in my head to get into the right mind set of the game. I don’t get to play as often as I would like so it’s nice to go over the rules and game plan prior to getting there. Today though, we laugh, blast music while singing along, and I figure I’ll just wing it.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The New Guy: Introductions

Hello!  My name is Dan, AKA Captain Loon, and I have finally convinced Drkmorals to allow me to attempt some blogging on this here fine site.  This is my first journey into the electronic writing world, so I’m sure I’ll be learning things as I go.  I started playing Warhammer 40k right about a year ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I’ll be up front with you from the start…I’m not in this hobby for the painting or the models, I leave that to the experts.  I like strategy games, so my posts will focus almost exclusively on the tactical side of our game.

I live in Cincinnati, and I make my living doing health statistics and data management (more or less).  My first army, and the one I love the most, are Blood Angels.  However, I’ve also picked up Grey Knights, Necrons, and Dark Angels on the way.  And with the introduction of allies in 6th edition, I also dabble in Space Marines, Chaos, and Tau (which may become a full blown army with the new codex).  And I’m debating starting Eldar.

Yes, that’s a lot of armies.  Believe me… my wife thinks I’m crazy too.

 Kinda like this guy

My goal when I started this hobby (aside from having fun) was to be able to play in a tournament within one year.  I’m proud to say I was able to do that!  My first contribution to this blog will be a chronicle of my first foray into the tournament scene, complete with theory-crafting, battle reports, and discussions on my tactical choices.  I encourage everyone to follow along with me and armchair quarterback this trip to your heart’s content.   Feel free to point out any mistakes I’ve made along the way!  I’m always open to becoming a better player and I love the feedback.

The next time you hear from me, we’ll be diving right in the deep-end on my first contribution….

…The Road to CAG-Bash.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

An Experiment in Parenting pt 1

So I had an interesting thing happen to me personally. I had my 9 year old daughter express some interest in my hobby.  If you have younger kids you have most likely run into this before. They want to paint for a while, I stress the “a while” part. Don’t get me wrong being Asian I am down for the free labor, I mean my kids can stitch a NIKE symbol in their sleep but that’s another story. If you are a clever parent you might even get a great base coat out of the deal, then they move on to something a little more interesting no harm no foul.  Anything beyond a base coat and you probably need to strip and repaint some mini’s but this is a small price for amusing your children and being involved.

Some Meta and Demon thoughts.

With Tau coming out very soon now after a Demon book just dropped, it seems GW is releasing books very fast lately. Something that I think is nice after the long gaps we had been getting before. Combine the fast schedule of releases with the new 6th rules and allies and BOOM there is a pretty wide spread of armies popping up on tables when I venture out to play. Something that again is very nice, after the sea of GK's and SW's that 5th ended in.

So what we have though is this odd meta place, where things are changing fast enough that no one is abusing one list or another for too long if at all before the meta shifts again.. Flyers are still good, and blobs are popping up regular as well no arguments there. However with the Helldrake being the go to beast for the sky's currently I have been seeing more and more armor 14 show up in lists, weak armor is still meh. While it gives you some nice flexible options it gives up first blood too easy is the bottom line. Even past that it's a super easy KP and the troops inside just take too many disadvantages for the added movement and semi protection for a turn. However heavy armor solves some issues and gives you some protection although most heavy armor is pricey as a draw back..  I was thinking this would be short lived with Tau coming out since the Rail Gun being everywhere after a release is just as good as melta being everywhere  but the rumor is Tau are only going to possibly be sporting Str 8 Rail Guns... That changes everything so I have to wonder is Heavy Armor going to be a regular staple moving forward? I do enjoy pushing around a Land Raider every now and then.. a Shame my redeemer isn't so hot now. Have to go the bolter route now.

Also I have been flipping through the demon book. There are tons of sites that did a unit by unit break down so I will skip that for now. In general it seems to be a new direction for the army.. The book is about MC's and Gribblies as far as I can tell. Nurgle and Slaanesh got some major love, while Zinch had to pay back his loan from the WD update that let him rain supreme. Major tone back, not making his elites bad but very different. Khorn seems to be ok kind of middle of the road. a Heavy Slaanesh build and a Flying circus seem to be the primary builds I expect to pop up. I plan to test triple Grinders personally so more on lists as I get time to test. Troops are cheap but not elite by any means, and the book seems to be stronger with allies or as allies I think and not going solo.  Expect Horde style lists as well though, since troops are so cheap and very Nids feeling to me with putting down target saturation style lists. Also I felt almost all Characters got a punch in the face, which means projects I was putting off like SkullTaker conversions and such are in no hurry to be put in front of the Hobby assembly line. More to come just some quick thoughts I was pondering.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Magnets and IG Heavy Weapons Squads

The IG heavy weapons Team is one of those units/Kits that have several options. The box set actually comes with all the options but not enough kneeling models to pull of several extra squads. This is one of those units that can quickly change roles in your armies. Depending on points level sometimes having some autocannons is great, and other times having mortars may fit the need more. So combine that with the fact that everyone wants the hobby dollar to stretch a bit, magnets are clearly your best options.. I was told that I tend to use my magnets a bit different than most people and that maybe sharing might inspire some others. So let's take a quick look at this kit. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Bay Area Open Meta shift

So I wanted to mention the Bay Area open results. I just talked about the Indy and a local event here called CAG and they both showed the same type of meta I have been seeing. I talked about it briefly here if you didn't catch it. I was really pointing out that Crons and CSM have shown up in force since the codices have been out, regardless of what people say about them. As the internet has been saying Helldrake does as Helldrake pleases, and we all know that blobs/flyers are all the 6th edition rage currently. However I think the BAO is interesting because it brings up a topic of discussion and has a completely different meta.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Crons, Crons, Everywhere

So I spent all this time getting my army up to a tabletop standard through the week without any issues, only to have a family issue come up and have to cancel my trip to the INDYOPEN this weekend... complete bummer. I was busy all weekend and I didn't even get to try and hit up the Local CincyCon event since I missed Indy... OH well.. sometimes life happens. However let's talk about the events a bit

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