Saturday, December 16, 2017

Death to Tyrants - or Where's the Beef?

Over the past week, there has been a lot of drama around several "pro fans" in the Magic the Gathering community which was largely ignited between a cosplayer and a MTG centered Youtube channel host and now that drama seems to be bleeding into the Warhammer 40k Youtube-space.

MtG cosplayer, Christine Sprankle, said she was leaving the hobby after being harassed by Jeremy Hambly from Unsleeved Media/ MTGHeadquarters for some of the horrible things he said in posts about her. In a show of solidarity, others fighting for social justice in support of Sprankle have flagged Jeremy and Unsleeved at every opportunity for his harassment.

The end result is that Jeremy has been handed a lifetime ban from Wizards of the Coast for his behavior. Needless to say this is a big blow to his business, he's lost a lot of fans, and what I presume is sizable income source, and he's been fighting back in some posts on his channels. From the clips that I've watched, he argues that he was unfairly judged because he was just joking and the punishment is too heavy handed for what he felt were memes. From what I've seen, those "jokes" were really crude and lascivious and I think way beyond trolling and not really funny at all. 

Until the headlines popped up on Redit about Unsleeved's ban, I didn't know who Sprankle was (other than I recognized a few photos of her in costume) and I was only aware of Jeremy as another Youtube hobbyist who I didn't really enjoy watching.

Was Jeremy wrong? Yes. Was the punishment severe? Yes. Was the trolling aimed at Sprankle fair? No. Is what happened to Jeremy fair? I think so. 

Death to Tyrants.  

Now, it appears that this argument has leaked into the Warhammer 40k Youtube community.

Arch Warhammer created a post about the MTG community drama and had a warning that this same sort of thing could happen within the miniature gaming community. "Bro-hammer" is a real thing, and like me, Arch Warhammer has heard a lot of nasty things out of mini gamer's mouths and he warns that GW could drop a ban-hammer on content creators for their harassment or other tasteless "humor." 





Spikey Bits weighed in on Arch's post and flamed him for being, "triggered," and threw some shade for being a, "social warrior." Spikey Bits didn't even get Arch's name right...

Now Commissar Gamza weighed in and called out Spikey Bits. 






Arch Warhammer responded too:


I don't want to get political but I simply don't watch the "bro-hammer" channels for batreps or painting tips. I don't think that stuff is funny and I'm glad that trolls are getting their comeuppance and a taste of their own medicine. 

Why don't we see this in British Youtube channels?


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Holiday Wish List

Every year, I ask my wife for gaming supplies or models and I rarely get them as gifts for the holidays. The exception is my buddies who understand the hobby/addiction will often give something I need to further my current project.

Here's what I'd like this year:

1. Dice that roll 6s when I want.
2. A Stormraven (or two.)
3. 5 Ork Weirdboys (or weirdboyz.)
4. Blood Angel Horus Heresy figs.
5. 4Ground buildings (something that would fit in WWII or the Grimdark city fight scene)
6. Another Guilliman model to convert into a Sangunious.
7. More time to game.
8. My own Youtube channel to post battle reports.
9. Dice that roll 1s when I want.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Blood Angels!

As I've mentioned before, I really, really want to repaint my Blood Angels as Flesh Tearers. I've stripped the paint off all of my BA models, primed many of them, and now I'm in the process of repainting them as the 5th Company. I probably should wait to until the new codex drops and I can pick the best chapter to paint them as but I love death company and dreadnoughts so the Flesh Tearers makes the most sense. Heck, I've even made an emblem on Call of Duty WWII of the FT buzzsaw symbol.

I've recently switched day jobs and I've been too busy traveling and working the new gig that I haven't had any time to play let alone paint but the Thanksgiving holiday gave me a little time to work on some models.

For the past two days, I've pulled up a TV tray and applied base coats to my Dark Eldar and Flesh Tearers while I watched TV.


Actually, this is a bad idea.

I must have ADD because I just can't focus enough on football or painting to make either really enjoyable. I do much better when I can sit on my desk, maybe listen to an online battle report, and just keep my eyes on the model and not worry if the Chiefs are going to drop another pass or if the Minons are going to say, "bananas" and make me laugh.

I'm pretty excited for the new Blood Angels and I've got the new codex and tactical objective cards on preorder at my FLGS - along with the new Chapter Approved index.

What do I want from the new codex? The list is short:
1. Primaris versions of Death Company.
2. Primaris assault troops.
3. Chapter tactics for the BA successor chapters.
4. Sanguinious.

Here's my wish list for the BA chapter tactics.

Blood Angels - Re-roll 1s in the fight phase
Flesh Tearers - +1 attack on the charge
Blood Drinkers - 6+ FNP
Angels Vermilion - Reroll charges.
Angels Encarmine - Opponents have -1 to hit at 12" or greater
Angels Sanguine -  Charge after falling back.

I know those aren't very well written, but that about as complex as we usually get in our gaming group when we describe our armies to each other.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thinking about a new army and building lists on paper.

I've been in a rut at work and haven't had much time to paint or read (or do anything fun) but I did manage work up a nasty army on paper. Army building on paper is a lot like catalog shopping; everything is available and nothing is off limits.

I have read a number of the SN Battle reports with the Raptors and I've always kind of liked them... but the last thing I need is another army. Except, I have all of my Primaris Marines. I planned on making them Salamanders but I haven't given them any brush work yet so I may be painting them a different shade of green. I'm trying to justify this to myself since I like most of the armies in the Badab war, the Raven Guard chapter tactics are amazing, and I'm good with green paint.

I've also thought about painting them as Alpha Legion... but they wouldn't have any Primaris troops unless I concoct a shaggy dog story about Guilliman really being Omegron in disguise and this whole return has been a big ruse.

The Flesh Tearers are also an option, but Aramat - the 5th Legion captain that became company commander of the Flesh Tearers in the second founding - basically told Guilliman to take his Index Astartes and shove it so I doubt that the surviving members would take the new troops into their ranks.

I've also thought about White Scars, but they have terrible rules for the Primaris models currently available. 

Anyway, here's the army I've cooked up introducing the Primaris models into my boys from the 18th Legion (or maybe Raptors.) I'm trying to maximize volume of shots, but giving some punch with the master crafted rules for a smattering of lascannons. The Captain and Lieutenant will hang back and act as a poor man Guilliman for about 200 points less. The Librarian and Sternguard will go for a ride in the Storm Raven and pick on what they can in the enemy lines. As an all-comers list, I think it's ok.

Librarian
Captian
Lieutenant

Redemptor Dreadnougnt - heavy daka version
Redemptor Dreadnought - heavy daka version
5 Sternguard - 2 heavy flamers

5 Tactical Squad - 1 lascannon
5 Tactical Squad - 1 lascannon
5 Tactical Squad - 1 lascannon

3 Razorbacks with twin assault cannons
1 Repulsor Transport - various weapons

Storm Raven gunship - with hurricane bolters

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Small Parts

games workshopI'm more than excited for the new Ad Mech err... Adeptus Mechanicus codex coming out soon.

For the first time in the two decades that I've been miniature gaming, I snagged one of the limited edition codexes from Games Workshop. I was never to grab either of the White Scar or Salamander limited edition codexes for 6th and 7th edition and I actually yelled, "Yes!" when I saw that GW had some of the Omnisiah editions still available.


I also picked up a box of Kastelan Robots to bolster my forces. Since I built my ad mech (the Pilgrims of Erudition) around the War Host Convocation, I never picked up the 50s-style robots from space. I know a lot of people don't like the design, but I really dig them... The amount of fire power that two models can dish out with the proper protocols is amazing and I may add two more to my forces.

This afternoon I started putting them together when I ran into one of the more unusual pieces that GW has crafted...

This tiny piece (data drive?) is supposed to inserted into this slot.

kastelan robot model assembly piece chest













I don't know why they made this tiny bit to insert into a slot that is next to three other features that have already been molded onto the model, but OK GW, challenge accepted.


I use my fine snips, delicately sand down the data drive piece, apply the smallest amount of glue ... things are going according to plan. Then I flip the page in the instructions.



What?

Then you are supposed to cover it up?

This bit that I can't figure out why it needs to be two separate pieces gets obscured anyway?

Maybe the modelers are getting paid by the bit?

Oh well. At least I can say my models are complete.








Speaking of small parts...

I haven't post in a while or even played because I have a small part... in a TV broadcast of a 1930s style radio play.

I'm on the left hand side.
I've been part of this troupe for about 7 years and this is my sixth production. We record the show in front of a live studio audience after rehearsing for about a month. Then the show airs locally on our PBS station, then the shows are sold to other PBS stations across the country. Los Angles, Austin, New York... Topeka.

The troupe is called, "The Air Command" and the show is called, "Theatre of the Mind." This year's production is titled, "Curse of the Mummy." Like any theatrical production, it's a large time commitment but it is really a labor of love and I look forward to it every year.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fate of Konor

So far, I've played games in the first two weeks of the Fate of Konor campaign from Games Workshop. Unfortunately, I've let the Imperium down.



In my first game, I played Jim and his mostly Dark Eldar Ynnari in week 1. Jim was the attacker and had to get across the board so I deployed near the center line hoping to cut him off at the pass. Initially my plan worked and slaughtered most of his army, but I couldn't take down the Avatar or his Razorwing. They danced around and polished off my army in turn 6.

My mistake was deploying too close to the center with a gun line. I should have "stuck to my guns" and camped in the back. A turn more of dakka might have been the difference for me.





I played Kyle in week 2 and his Death Guard (before the new codex.)

I brought nearly the same army as before and I played a lot better. At the end of turn 6, Kyle had lost all of his army except two plague marines. I had only lost my infantry models but the way the points shook out, Kyle won because he had a unit left in his deployment zone. Oy!


We had a good laugh because that was one of those head-scratching wins but despite knocking out Typhus, the Astral Claws had to flee the battle field in shame and report to Lugft Huron about the loss.

What I learned is that the Salamanders chapter tactic is my favorite. I'm still working on my Sallies and they should be ready to hit the table top soon. I think the gun line with assault cannon razorbacks and redemptor dreadnoughts and perhaps some deepstriking termies should be part of my formula for victory.

I recently watched Duncan's Salamanders painting tip on GW's Youtube channel and gave it a try this weekend. It's so much better, cleaner, and faster than my method. I'm tempted to strip my 50+ painted models and start over using this method. Thank you, Duncan and your two thin coats.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Warhammer 40k 8th Edition Open War

Ryan and I got together tonight for a game of Warhammer 40k 8th Edition. The store had a couple of packs of Open War cards left so I bought a deck and we played the game we were dealt.

I have to admit, I had a blast!

We were both excited as we drew the cards, not knowing how our armies would play out in random game play. The nature of the game meant that we would have to out play our opponent and not rely on the optimized build. Since Ryan is just getting back into the game and still gathering models for his army, this worked out great for both of us.

New 8th Edition Open War Cards
 This was our initial draw. We also pulled two Twist cards - Set Piece Battle and Battle Frenzy - every model got an additional attack!

It made perfect sense for Ryan's Blood Angel Lamentors and my Astral Claws were happy to join in the frenzy of our separatist brothers.

Ryan brought three of the new Primaris Reivers. They can do some work.

Astral Claw lurking in the back field.
I haven't been too impressed with the new Primaris rules, I'm sure that will change when the new Space Marine Index drops, but right now I've shyed away from the big brother marines. However, after being on the receiving end of the Reivers attacks, I may pick up a unit.





The techmarine making Mars proud!
My rifle-dreads didn't work as well as I hoped this game.

Normally they do a lot of heavy lifting, but even keeping a Captain nearby and taking advantage of the healing hands/robot claw of the Techmarine, they just didn't get a lot done. I might consider giving the Techmarine a long rang weapon, or upgrading to the servo harness so he isn't wasted camping in the background.

I didn't snap a pic of them yet, but my regular-old terminator squad was the man of the match for the battle.

The 20 stormbolter shots from a five-man unit is disgusting! I dropped them in on the flank of Ryan's Kreig Death Corps units and watched them shoot-punch their way through everything they got near. I didn't have a character near them and they walked through fire.

Lugft Huron is close to hitting the table and will be joining his terminator friends soon. Having the chapter master bonuses will really add some punch. I also have 10 more terminators, still on the sprue and enough bits to kit them out as shoot or stabby versions I was going to go 50/50 with thunder hammer and storm shield and half lighting claws, but after tonight, I might go all shooty.