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Monday, August 15, 2011

August Painting Update

Hi guys, quick post from me today. Here's some photos of things I've painted over the last six weeks or so -

Flesh Tearers Assault Marines
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Storm Knights Space Marines - test colour scheme
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Dwarf Warriors with Great Weapons
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Gatorman Posse Warrior
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Cygnar Journeyman Warcaster
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Cygnar Stormguard
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Warriors of Minas Tirith Command Company
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Friday, August 5, 2011

Lenny's favourite gaming resources

Today's post is going to be a little different than normal. Here's some of the fantastic gaming resources I enjoy, whether it's excellent gaming content, beautifully painted models or anything else.

WEBSITES AND FORUMS
www.w-ired.org - This is the main Irish wargaming site. It's the place to go to find out about upcoming events along with a forum covering Warhammer, 40K, Warmachine, HORDES, Blood Bowl, Infinity, Malifaux and much more, as well as a Painting and Modelling section with some really nice stuff in there.

www.manticgames.com - Have to say I really like these guys and what they do. While they might not make the best minis around, they're really well priced and who can argue with free rules?

www.beastsofwar.com - Another excellent website with tons of fantastic content and excellent videos. I've met a couple of the guys involved at events and they're a great bunch.

www.avatars-of-war.com - These guys make some fantastic miniatures and characters.

PODCASTS
Wargaming Ireland Podcast - wargamingireland.podbean.com
Ireland's first wargaming podcast. Presenters Nigel and Jarvis (also the administrators and guys behind the www.w-ired.org website) discuss wargaming news, new releases, upcoming events and events which they have attended with a rotating cast of guest panellists. Was formerly the North Wexford Gamers podcast (northwexfordgamers.podbean.com). Both are also available on iTunes.

HeelanHammer - www.heelanhammer.com
Presented by Dan Heelan and Wayne Kemp as well as regular and irregular guests, HeelanHammer is a Warhammer podcast. The guys discuss and give their opinions on new releases, with in depth reviews of new army books and great reports from tournaments and events they have attended. I have met both Dan and Wayne in passing, I actually played Wayne at the 2010 ETC 6 Nations event. Really nice guys and an excellent podcast.

BLOGS
Fantasy Battle Roundup by Mike Sweetman - www.fantasybattleroundup.com
Mike's blog started up on the RankingsHQ website and has now moved on to his own website. His blog is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Warhammer Fantasy Battle. Mike sources lots of great links and showcases some wonderful models in his Midweek and Weekend Roundup posts as well as providing plenty of links to the work of others. A really great blog.

Wargames@farfaraway.org by Owen Conlan - www.farfaraway.org/blog
Owen's blog is mainly focused on Warmachine/HORDES but he occasionally posts on different games, such as Malifaux. Owen posts many battle reports and tournament reports on his blog, as well as lots of photos of his recently painted and work in progress figures. Well worth a look.

Wargaming Ireland Blog - www.w-ired.org/blog
I've mentioned Wargaming Ireland twice already, so I'll keep this short. The guys also maintain a blog with a variety of posters, although it's mainly concerned with upcoming events.

Subject to Stupidity by Phil Culleton - subjecttostupidity.blogspot.com
Phil documents his adventures in wargaming since his move to Germany a couple of years ago. He talks many different wargames, roleplaying and has some fantastic photos of his painting.

War and More by Adam Tremblay - warandmore.blogspot.com
I first came across Adam's work as his Daily D6 blog on RankingsHQ. He's recently set up his blogspot, where he posts a variety of different posts including his Daily D6 blogs, as well as plenty of other things - he's even branched out into movie reviews.

Dice and Brush by Johan Mars - diceandbrush.blogspot.com
Johan hails from Sweden. His blog shows off lots of his really high quality painting and modelling work.

The Triple Helix Project by Trev O'Hanlon - triplehelixproject.blogspot.com
Trev's blog has lots of great photos of his work along with some really interesting posts about his fluff for his army and reports on his tournament experiences.

Monday, August 1, 2011

DGG Cup Update

The draw for the DGG Cup group stage matches has been made.

Group A : Ger O'Brien (Space Wolves), Mike Tangney (Tyranids), John Stowe (Blood Angels), Brian "Lenny" Leonard (Blood Angels).
Group B : Colin Murray (Blood Angels), Ian Mahon (Grey Knights), Paul Quigley (Dark Eldar), Ciaran Bolger (Orks).
Group C : Phil Johnston (Blood Angels), Ralph Risk (Necrons), Alan Condren (Dark Angels), Frank O'Donnell (Chaos Space Marines)
Group D : Adam O'Connor (Chaos Space Marines), Gerry Nolan (Orks), Pearce Condren (Tyranids), Ken Chambers (Dark Eldar)

A quick reminder of my list
Librarian (125) - Jump Pack, Blood Lance, Shield of Sanguinius
Librarian (125) - Jump Pack, Blood Lance, Shield of Sanguinius
Sanguinary Priest (95) - Jump Pack, Meltabombs, Lightning Claw
Sanguinary Priest (95) - Jump Pack, Meltabombs, Power Weahttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifpon.
5 Assault Terminators (210) - 3 Lightning Claws, 2 Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield.
Honour Guard (250) - Jump Packs. 3 w/Meltagun, Meltabombs. 1 w/Meltagun, Power Fist, Meltabombs.
10 Assault Marines (235) - 2 Meltaguns, Power Fist.
10 Assault Marines (235) - 2 Meltaguns, Power Fist.
10 Assault Marines (235) - 2 Meltaguns, Power Fist.
10 Vanguard Veterans (395) - Sergeant w/Power Fist, 2 w/2 Lightning Claws, Meltabombs.


So my three opponents are Ger's Space Wolves, Mike's Tyranids and John's Blood Angels. The games, with missions and deployments are below. The group stage gives 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. The top two players advance from each group.

Ger v Mike, John v Lenny - Capture and Control, Spearhead.
Ger v John, Mike v Lenny - Seize Ground, Pitched Battle.
Ger v Lenny, Mike v John - Annihilation, Dawn of War.

Ger O'Brien (Space Wolves)
Wolf Lord (240) - Thunderwolf Mount. Storm Shield, Wolf Claw, Runic Armour, Meltabombs, Wolf Tail Talisman. Saga of the Wolfkin.
Wolf Lord (260) - Thunderwolf Mount. Thunder Hammer, Storm Shield, Runic Armour. Saga of the Bear.
Rune Priest (110) - Chooser of the Slain. Jaws of the World Wolf, Living Lightning.
3 Wolf Guard (129) - Combi-Meltas, Power Fists.
Lone Wolf (105) - Terminator Armour, Chainfist, Storm Shield, 2 Fenrisian Wolves.
Lone Wolf (105) - Terminator Armour, Chainfist, Storm Shield, 2 Fenrisian Wolves.
7 Grey Hunters (135) - Meltagun, Wolf Standard, Mark of the Wulfen.
Rhino (50) - Dozer Blade, Hunter Killer Missile.
7 Grey Hunters (135) - Meltagun, Wolf Standard, Mark of the Wulfen.
Rhino (50) - Dozer Blade, Hunter Killer Missile.
7 Grey Hunters (135) - Meltagun, Wolf Standard, Mark of the Wulfen.
Rhino (50) - Dozer Blade, Hunter Killer Missile.
8 Fenrisian Wolves (64)
6 Long Fangs (140) - 5 Missile Launchers.
Razorback (75) - Twin-Linked Assault Cannon.
6 Long Fangs (140) - 5 Missile Launchers.
Razorback (75) - Twin-Linked Assault Cannon.

This is a strong army (although it could be worse) played by a strong player. The main thing that might play to my advantage here is the scenario - Ger has considerably more Kill Points he can conceed than I have. It may be beneficial to try to pick off some of the cheaper ones available to me (Rhinos, Razorbacks) to build an early lead. Those Thunderwolf Lords are going to be near impossible to kill and will slaughter my guys, so I'll need to be careful. The Grey Hunter squads would be vulnerable in any other Astartes Codex as Tactical Squads, but underestimating them would be a bad idea. Maybe I'm best hoping for a late Deep Strike (bottom of turn 3) and an early finish, but that is relying on the dice more than I would like.

Mike Tangney (Tyranids)
Tyranid Prime (90) - 2 Boneswords, Scything Talons.
Tervigon (205) - Catalyst, Toxin Sacs, Onslaught, Scything Talons.
3 Venomthropes (165)
Tervigon (185) - Catalyst, Toxin Sacs.
10 Termagants (50)
13 Genestealers (182)
13 Genestealers (182)
21 Hormagaunts (168) - Adrenal Glands.
6 Raveners (210) - Rending Claws.
3 Spore Mines (30)
Tyrannofex (265) - Rupture Cannon, Dessicator Larvae.
Tyrannofex (265) - Rupture Cannon, Dessicator Larvae.

This is going to be a tough game. Mike is an excellent player (He's playing Eldar for Team Ireland ETC 2011) and tournament veteran who has played in many events all over the world. Tyranids aren't known as a top tier list, but there's a lot of things in there that will give me a lot of trouble. Genestealers are still more than capable of tearing into Space Marines, while the Tyranid Prime will rip into my guys while hiding in an infantry unit. The Ravagers and Hormagaunts are decent in combat as well. I'm less scared of the monstrous creatures, the Tyrannofexes may have S10 shots but they're only AP4, so I still get armour saves. They're tough with a lot of wounds as well and could certainly tie me up - same goes for the Tervigons, although both have low initiative. The Tervigons will no doubt pump out annoying Termagant broods while providing Mike with Feel No Pain. Should be an interesting clash - although if I get my assaults right I could hope to catch a monstrous creature at the same time as a brood of Termagants and Hormogaunts and force it to take lots of No Retreat wounds.


John Stowe (Blood Angels)
Dante (225)
Honour Guard (265) - Jump Packs. 3 Infernus Pistols, 2 Lightning Claws, Power Fist.
5 Assault Terminators (215) - 2 w/Lightning Claws, 3 w/Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield.
Furioso Librarian (175) - Fear of the Darkness, Wings of Sanguinius.
Furioso Dreadnought (150) - 2 Blood Talons, Heavy Flamer, Extra Armour.
10 Assault Marines (245) - Flamer, Meltagun. Sergeant w/Infernus Pistol, Power Fist.
10 Assault Marines (250) - 2 Meltaguns. Sergeant w/Infernus Pistol, Power Fist.
10 Assault Marines (260) - 2 Plasma Guns. Sergeant w/Infernus Pistol, Power Fist.
Stormraven (215) - Twin Linked Lascannon, Twin Linked Multi-Melta. Extra Armour.


This game will be the battle of the Descent of Angels armies. John uses the Blood Angels Codex to represent a Night Lords force (so he can have Jump Pack equipped Troops squads - maybe if the rumoured Codex : Chaos Legions appears, that will allow him to do that as well). I've played this army (and lost) twice at 1750, and found that my Jump Pack models beat John's - provided he doesn't get his Terminators or Dreadnoughts involved, so the Stormraven is a priority target (he's been talking about some form of Eldar Phoenix conversion - which I'm looking forward to seeing. His Furioso is based on an Epic Titan!). Both armies will want to get into the thick of things, so it will be interesting to see if the objectives are reasonably close together, or more distant.


I don't realistically expect to qualify for the quarter finals. Being the underdog in each of these three games, I can opt to play hyper-aggressive 40K and if I go down, it will be with all guns blazing to the last. I've found playing this army rewards aggression, so I'll probably stick to that. The first game up is against Ger on Wednesday night, so I'll maybe do up a report of the game by the weekend.

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