Monday, September 26, 2011

A Chance to dice with Mike Brandt

Some cool Space Marine Pic I found online- No relation :)

Hello all,

This past Friday I got a chance to play Mike Brandt of in a game of 40K. I decided to field my Codex Space Marines. This is the first time I have used them in over a year and only the second game I have had in the same period of time. That said we decided to treat this as a learning game since I am WAAAAAY behind the curve with this system. Mike Brought his Imperial Guard army.

We were using the NOVA style table set up with a spear head deployment and using 5 (I think) objectives.

We rolled off and I won so chose to take second turn and did not attempt to steal initiative. Looking back I should have at least tried for 1st turn. here is the list Mike and I put together for me to use (as I said learning game.)

Cato Sicarius - 200

Pedro Kantor - 175

Sternguard Veterans w/ Rhino, 2 Combi-Melta, 2 Missile Launchers, Power Fist - 205

10 Tactical Marines w/ Power Fist, Combi-Melta, Multi-Melta, Meltagun, Rhino w/ Dozer Blade - 250

10 Tactical Marines w/ Power Fist, Combi-Melta, Meltagun, Missile Launcher, Rhino w/ Dozer Blade - 250

10 Tactical Marines w/ Power Fist, Combi-Flamer, Flamer, Missile Launcher, Rhino w/ Dozer Blade - 245

5 Scouts w/ Combi-Melta Sarge, Bolt Pistol / Close Combat Weapon Scouts - 85

Land Speeder w/ Multi-Melta, Heavy Flamer - 70
Land Speeder w/ Multi-Melta, Heavy Flamer - 70

Thunderfire Cannon - 100

Thunderfire Cannon - 100

Land Raider Redeemer w/ Multi-Melta - 250

Mikes Army was a lot of Vet squads in chimeras (some in reserve) and 3 Vendettas- I think he said he had 17 Meltaguns.


Well the School of hard Knocks started out with both Thunderfire cannon being destroyed in turn 1. Thus showing my Warhammer Fantasy background by deploying them on a hill in LOS of the Vendettas (Lesson learned)

In my turn I learned about target priority, board control, and order of shooting... All good lessons. I managed to immobilize one Vendetta (Then spent several turns trying to kill it), move my Rhinos out but turning them so to protect them from the Flankers Mike held in reserve, and I managed to keep my Vet squad in position so it could fire it's 2 missile launchers at any of several targets (They took out the Vendetta) all of this was decided after consultation with Mike about tactics. (man is he good)

My Land Raider got vaporized after I foolishly advanced it (Falling for the bait mike left for me.)
leaving me in a position where it was surrounded by 4 Chimeras and one of the Vendettas. the Guard got out and I faced a wall of melta and 3 twin linked Las cannon...

The tank blew up and I was forced to make a pin check. Ld 10 with "Stubborn" (Good Combo) but I rolled 12 and got pinned still surrounded by "no armor save" doom.

At this point it was getting late so I conceded the game and packed my stuff up. In all it was a good learning experience (And a lot of fun) but also a wake up call that I need to step up my game if I am to ever be a contender in this environment.


I hope to have a new Hobby update posted soon so keep on the lookout.


Also please try to post to the blog when you get a chance- some folks have told me that they are having trouble getting it to work and I want to figure out what is going on.

Till next time....


Thursday, September 22, 2011

WTF is this???

So now GW is telling me straight to my face that My WD will be late!!!!!!!

I feel my eye twitching...

This article I found at the dead Tau project seems SOOOOOO right!

Thanks Bill for finding it!
Thanks Front Line Gamer for writing it!

Later everyone I am going to bed.


Monday, September 12, 2011

The rest of the pictures

Hello all.

The rest of the Nova Shots can be found on the NOVA open Website.

A link to the picture section can be found here.

The Event was a blast and I look forward to next year!



Friday, September 2, 2011

Pictures from the Nova Open Part 1


Here are a few picture of armies and individual models that were entered in the painting competition. Most were finalists.


Laurence Of Arabia (Army Finalist 40K)

Hand sculpted Demon (Best Conversion Fantasy)

Blood Angles (Army Finalist 40K)

Tech Marine (Conversion Finalist 40K)

A well painted Dark Angle Land Raider

Land Raider (Best Single Finalist 40K)

Hand Painted Shield (Best single Finalist 40K)

A Troll Based Warriors of Chaos Army (Lots of conversions)

Skaven Dark Elves (Best Army Finalist)

Skaven Dark Elves (Best Army Finalist- Close up)

There are Plenty more where they come from so keep on the lookout!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

NOVA 2011 over and done... Till next year at least

Hi everyone,

I have finally recovered enough from the event to report on it. From Thursday - Sunday I put Approximately 60 hours of time Staffing at the Convention. A lot of it was hard work but completely rewarding. As one of the appearance judges I got to look at literally hundreds of Armies from the three color minimum to some true works of Art.

If I had to state my favorite aspect of the event it would be getting to meet so many really awesome people and hanging again with folks I have not seen since last year.

Some of the people I got to meet/see/hang with (In no particular order):

Warpstone Pile
10 inch template
11th company Podcast
19 Legion
My fellow Appearance Judges
Sam and James- Congrats on the new Baby!
Mike and the entire NOVA staff - Thanks for making me feel like part of the Family
The gentleman from the Overlords Podcast who's name escapes me at the moment
The Scottish guys who bought and painted their armies just days before the Open
The Iron Fist league
The Press Gangers (who showed me Hordes)
Bill and Jay from gamers lounge
The guys from the War Store
Beef and the guys from Spikey Bitz
Romeo and Kyle from Battle Foam/ 40K Radio - Thanks for the staff shirt!
Cobra Commander and his fantastic Army- Congratulations!
(And everyone else who was good enough to stop by and say hi!)

Lastly I would like to say thank you to Gav Thorpe for flying over from the UK (defying a Hurricane to do so.) Meeting Gav was a major high point of the event. I attended his reading on Saturday night (Mike was right: If you missed it you really missed out) and got to be his Unofficial Photographer for the weekend. He is a really down to earth person and a pretty neat guy. I was able to get him to sign my copy of Codex: "Chaos Space Marines and "Angles of Darkness." Both with some really entertaining comments!

After the event he gave me signed copies of Crown of the Blood and The Crown of the Conqueror. THANKS GAV!

I should be posting Pics from the event soon so please keep on the lookout.