April 15, 2014

Runefang VII Tournament Lists out: Elves everywhere

Pete Dunn released the list for Runefang VII yesterday.  Apparently they scored between 11 & 18 on Swedish comp making some a lot easier than others, although I still haven't figured out which is which yet.  At 11.3 I guess my Dwarfs are theoretically at the hard end of the scale, 4th lowest score by the looks of it, for the event which is somewhat strange.  Guess that is balanced out by my generalship which generally involves picking whatever side of the table I happen to be standing on if I win the dice roll, plonking everything down kind of in the middle and then advancing straight up the guts aiming for the biggest enemy unit so I can throw lots of dice.

Should be a fun event, as always, although turnout is very low compared to recent years with just 16 players instead of the usual 24-28.  It will make the race for the top either horribly one-sided or very tight.  The armies being taken to the tournament and their respective Swedish comp scores where available are:
  • Warriors of Chaos - 3 (13.2, 11.3 & 11.0)
  • Dwarfs - 2 (11.3 - mine & 18.4).
  • High Elves - 2 (12.7 & ?)
  • Wood Elves - 2 (12.2 & ?)
  • Ogres - 2 (12.0 & ?)
  • Tomb Kings - 2 (13.0 & 13.7)
  • Skaven (11.3)
  • Bretonnians (14.2)
  • Dark Elves (11.2)
So no Orcs n Goblins, Empire, Vampire Counts or Daemons.  Whether that's due to the vagaries of Swedish comp and the ability to fit lists within the 11 max. restriction I'm not sure.  Very interesting to see so many Elves turning up particularly the Wood Elves.

Examining the lists I'd hate to face Peter Williamsons Bretonnians with its 7 units of Knights and one of Pegasus Knights.  I have a lot of GW but seriously its going to be hard yacker trying to kill that lot. The WoC lists and the Dark Elf one look like the big threats though.  But what do I know? 

The other Dwarf list was interesting and very very different to my own.  Alastair Allan's Dwarf list includes:

Belegar Ironhammer
BSB - Shield, MR Grungi, Ro Sanctuary x2
Runesmith - 2 x Ro Spellbreaking, Shield
Grim Burloksson
12 x Thunderers - Shields
12 x Thunderers - Shields
20 x Quarrellers - Shields, SB, Mu, GW
20 x Ironbreakers - Full Command, Ro Stoicism
10 x Miners - Champion, Steam Drill, Blasting CHarges
10 x Irondrakes
5 x Rangers

So 2 special characters, arguably the best ones in the book - although Grim is highly situational and personally I still rate Bugman as a solid choice.  The small unit of Rangers is interesting as is the unit of Miners whose uselessness without an Anvil is only slightly mitigated by getting ambush.  Can see Grim going with Alastairs Quarrellers and the other characters jumping in with the Ironbreakers to create a stubborn very hard to kill unit.  But at 18.4 its the easiest list of the bunch. 

Personally its not the kind of Dwarf list I would play as I prefer my big blocks of infantry (I have 3 of 28+ models) and at least one decent high strength warmachine.  If his shooting doesn't work in Turn 1-2 its going to go badly although the Gyrobomber could cause a few problems.  But aside from Belegar, Grimm and the Irondrakes who have S5 attacks everything in the list is S3 or S4 so it will struggle against the various Monsters that are floating around, and the high AS units.

April 14, 2014

Alternative Gyrocopter models

Along with WHFB I also play Flames of War, although gaming is restricted to tournaments lately, whose WW2 miniatures are absolutely fantastic.  Recently Battlefront the NZ company responsible for FOW started up two new editions of the game.  The first focused on Vietnam and the second on the Arab-Israeli conflict.  After seeing the Stanton brothers WW1 Biplanes standing in for Pegasus Knights (I think) at Call to Arms a few years back I've been looking for some kind of alternate mini for my Gyro's that followed a similar theme.

Battlefronts Vietnam range provided an opportunity as it included the Huey UH1-D Hog or Huey (Iroquios for us Kiwi's) gunship.  With a recent 40% off sale across their entire Vietnam range and after a chat to a club member who designs models for BF about their scale (they are roughly the same size as the current edition Gyro) I decided to order a couple of them to act as Gyrocopters for my Dwarfs.  At $40 for the pair its not the big a spend if they don't work out and I'll enjoy putting them together, but scale wise they should work and I like them better than the new ones.

Whether the models gain acceptance as legitimate alternatives is another story but considering the range of models I have seen people use in events over the years I don't see them being a problem.  If they work out I can grab a couple more, as they are cheaper, and possibly look at the Cobra's to act as Gyrobombers.

Still waiting for them to arrive though as the Vietnam sale was massively over subscribed and BF has had to put a lot of orders on backlog but hoping to get them soon.

April 12, 2014

Dwarfs for Runefang - 2400pt tournament list & 9th Ed?

Submitted my list (3 times due to a couple of errors) for Runefang VII yesterday.  Taking Dwarfs which will make this there first official outing under the new book.  List hasn't changed much from the old book due largely to the use of Swedish Comp for the event.  The comp limit for the event is 11pts which makes it much harder to take a lot of war machines, that and I still prefer big blocks of infantry.

Also read some horrible rumours about the new WHFB 9th edition basically becoming 40k but with magic and swords vs. psykers and guns.  If so its going to be freaking horrible (read them here). Really really hope these rumours aren't true because they will basically destroy WHFB as it currently stands.

Anyway my list for Runefang VII is:

The Throng of Karak Thorinkin
Thane (General) - 146pts
w. GW, MR Gromil, Ro Iron x2

Toughness 6, with 3 wounds and a 1+ AS.  Losing the old Ro Resistance which allowed us to re-roll AS still hurts (Dwarfs are the only army it seems that doesn't get this ability).

Thane (BSB) - 171pts
w. GW, Ro Fortitude x2, Ro Furnace

Toughness 6, 3 wounds, 4+ AS, 5+ WS and 2+ vs. Flaming.  Not quite as survivable but he'll do.

Runesmith - 113pts
w. Shield, Ro Stone, Ro Spellbreaking x2

Runesmith - 88pts
w. Shield, Ro Spellbreaking

2 scroll equivalents one of which eats a spell on 4+ alah the old Spelleater rune.  One in each Warrior unit to give them Armour Piercing, or maybe with the Quarrellers to give it to them - FAQ still not out so you could argue that it applies to their shooting as well as CC attacks.

28 x Warriors - 310pts
w. Full command, GW

28 x Warriors - 310pts
w. Full command, GW

10 x Quarrellers - 140pts
w. Musician, Shields

10 x Quarrellers - 140pts
w. Musician, Shields

Blah blah standard core for me.  I like my big blocks.  Did consider taking a horde of 35-40 Quarrellers as my 2nd block but that would have left me with 3 units of infantry which isn't enough against all the skirmish and cheap redirector armies out there.

29 x Hammerers - 501pts
w. Musician, Standard Bearer, MR Groth One-Eye

Runic banner makes all units with 12" stubborn.  Redundant on the Hammerers as they are Stubborn already but I've used this rune a lot and its golden.  

Gyrocopter - 80pts

Gyrocopter - 80pts

Only problem here is I only have the one model so hoping I can borrow one from somewhere.  Was planning on using some alternate models but they haven't arrived yet.

Cannon - 150pts
w. Ro Forging, Ro Burning

Organ Gun - 170pts
w. Ro Accuracy, Ro Forging

+1 to hit and re-roll misfires (on both dice) mean this thing is going to hurt.  I would have taken two but Swedish comp really punishes you for using these things, go figure.

TOTAL 2,399pts Swedish Comp Score 11.3

So there we go.  Not a gun line and none of the other toys like Irondrakes and Ironbreakers, as I don't have the models and no special characters.  I would take Slayers but I don't have the models for a unit and couldn't fit the solo characters into the list, despite usually taking 2-3 of them.

March 26, 2014

Star Wars, 40k and a WHFB campaign

Its always good to get out of your normal gaming zone and try something new and last night I gave the Star Wars miniatures game a go at my local club.  Have to say that it was a lot of fun.  Very easy to play, models look great, rules are simple and understandable and the game itself grabs you pretty quickly.

Warhammer 40k
With the intent of keeping things interesting I'm also going to have my first ever game of 40k next week which should be interesting - now I just have to recover my models from my sons toy collection where they've been for the last few months.

Warhammer Campaign
With a slight influx of new WHFB players at the club I put together a quick campaign for us to work through as well just for a bit of fun - check it out here.

March 17, 2014

WIP - Building a High Elf Display Board Part 1

Continuing my display board building run with one for my High Elves and specifically my double Griffon Eltharion list that I might take to Runefang VII - if I can make it of course.
The plan - along with some extra scribbles
The first thing you have to do with any display board is plan it out.  Simple process to get it right:

  1. Get a sheet of paper the same size as your display board.
  2. Cut out for pieces of paper the same size as the movement trays for the units you are going to display, or just grab some empty movement trays the same size.
  3. Use the movement trays or equivalent bits of paper to map out where you are going to put things, then draw the terrain you might want around them.
  4. Don't forget to (a) leave some leeway for larger/different units if you want the board to be useful for multiple lists and (b) leave room for the space paper mache and filler will take up.
No. 3 is pretty important as I soon discovered that my original drawing wouldn't work as the terrain pieces would not be capable of fitting everything or allow me to comply with No.4.  Hence the original design for a large crenelated walkway and Elven tower were shelved.  

Starting point as with my other two boards was an $8 corkboard from Warehouse Stationary and some left over polystyrene that I had lying around.  Just rip the poly into shapes and use big pieces for the larger areas.  Once the PVA glue on these is dry I'll cover the whole thing in paper mache to give it the right shape, rigidity and strength.  Once the paper mache is dry a layer of poly filler will go over the top to allow me to shape things further and to provide a better surface for flock and paint.
 The big hill is going to get covered in snow at the top so the Griffons are sitting on snowy peaks.  Light snow covering on the rest of the ground with the exception of the area around the Phoenix where Ill try and duplicate the blue/red fire effects I have on its body and base.  I didn't write down my painting process for the Phoenix though so it will be hard to duplicate exactly - lesson in that I think.
I also have some pillars/columns made out of old wine corks and some left over balsa wood bricks so I can put a few ruins around the place.  I might also try and find a way to create a cotton wool cloud effect around the top of the mountain, not sure yet though.

The first stage with the army list its intended for set out to help building

On another note I thought Id also take a couple of pics of my work area, the collection of unpainted models and bits I need finish off and stuff.  Haven't done any painting for a while as the shower in the room above sprung a leak and I've only just finished taking the ceiling down and fixing it.
Oh and the army list I am planning on taking, giving it another test run tomorrow night at my local club, is:

Fluffy High Elves @ 2400pts
Eltharion the Grimm + Stormwing - Lore of Beasts
Noble - Barded Steed, Ogre Blade, Dragon Armour, Enchanted Shield, Luck Stone, BSB
Noble - Griffon, Swiftsense, Charmed Shield, Heavy Armour, Lion Cloak, Sword of Might, Golden Crown
Mage - Level 1, High Magic, Horse, Ruby Ring
15 x Archers - Light armour, musician
15 x Archers - Light armour, musician
5 x Reavers - musician, bows instead of spears
5 x Reavers - musician, bows instead of spears
5 x Reavers - musician, bows instead of spears
8 x Dragon Princes - full command, Banner of Swiftness
Repeater Bolt Thrower
Repeater Bolt Thrower
Frostheart Phoenix

TOTAL 2,391pts - Swedish Comp Score 11.1

I've used a variation of this list and it worked pretty well. Swedish Comp means I had to adjust it.  In its original variation there was a single larger unit of Archers, 4 units of Reavers, two units of Dragon Princes one for each mounted character, and the Mage had the Ring of Fury not the Ruby Ring.