Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Raven Guard Fellblade!!!

As some of you may have seen on our Facebook page I began construction of a Fellblade Super Heavy Tank for my Raven Guard this week. I finally finished assembly of it today and thought I'd show it to you guys. So without further ado I give you the the Fellblade "Corvus Ferox" or roughly translated "Raven's Anger". The commander has yet to be named.
Here you can see the partial assembly from earlier this week.

I've added some brass etchings to give it some more character

The lascannon sponsons are magnetized so that they can be swapped out if I choose to.

Added the Forgeworld Rhino Doors

And an overhead shot.

Now I must admit this was a pain to assemble. The worst part by far was putting the treads on. I had to heat them up several times to get them straight and then actually getting them to fit on the tank itself was quite a challenge. Overall, though I've very pleased with how it turned out, not that I could fix anything at this point anyways. I magnetized the crew so that I can pop them out and put on hatches if I feel like it. I gave the commander two combi bolters becuase hey why not. I'll actually use those to represent a pintle mounted weapon if I use one.
The only thing left modelling wise is an inspection to see if there are any gaps I need to fill with green stuff and then its off to paint. I'll be sure to get pictures up when that's done as well.

Monday, July 21, 2014

X-wing: League End and My Love of Roark Garnet

Thursday marked the end of the previous league and the start of a new one. I finished 2nd place and was very pleased with my performance overall. I went 6/8 only loosing to the person who got 1st. I played the same list 2 weeks in a row, and I think I've found my new go to build, or at least part of it.

(HWK-290) Roark Garnet, Ion Cannon, Chewy
(E-wing) Knave Squadron Pilot
(B-wing) Blue Squadron Pilot
(B-wing) Blue Squadron Pilot

I'm not sold on the Knave yet. He's great but I'm thinking a named X-wing like Garven or another B-wing may be the way to go.

One thing's for sure. I'm loving Roark Garnet. His ability is huge for taking out de-cloaked Tie Phantoms. At this point I'm going to be building most of my lists around him. The only downside is that he has no koiogran turn so he can't turn around. While that is a bummer, the turret weapon usually makes up for it.

This Wednesday there's a Tournament at Heroic Adventures I'll be attending instead of league. Hopefully all my practice and my new list will pay off. I'd love to come home with some new Z-95's or the Rebel Transport.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

X-wing: League Play

Hooray!!! Fantasy Books and Games is finally running an organized X-wing league on Wednesdays. It started two weeks ago and I've been having a blast. I really needed a break from 40k too. After all my prep for DieCon, I was getting burned out. I hadn't had a chance to play X-wing since shortly after last years regional. So, I added a few new ships to my collection (2x B-wings, HWK-290, and an E-wing) and dove in full force. I had forgotten how much I love this game. We play two games per night at either 75 or 90 minutes each. The league uses the official X-wing dogfight tournament rules for game scoring and at some point plans to do some Epic play. You can bring a new list every night but you have to use the same list for both of your games. Here's a recap of the first 2 weeks.

Week 1
My List:
(Y-wing) Dutch Vander, Ion Cannon, R2
(X-wing) Garven Dreis
(B-wing) Dagger Squadron Pilot
(X-wing) Rookie Pilot

This week I was focused on relearning the game. I took Dutch and Garven which were staples of a lot of my old lists, simply because I was used to running them and they have good synergy. I went 1-1 this week. The win was against a Firespray, Lambda Shuttle, and Tie Fighter/Interceptor combo. The loss was to a Tie swarm with Howlrunner, 4x Academy Pilots, and Sontir Fel with Push the Limit. Tie swarms are ridiculously strong.

Week 2
My List
(YT-1300) Chewy, Marksmanship, Gunner
(B-wing) Dagger Squadron Pilot, Fire-Control System
(B-wing) Dagger Squadron Pilot

I love me some Chewy. I had brought the same YT-1300 build to regionals last year and knew just how powerful it could be. The B-wing had performed the best out of all of my ships the week before So I wanted get both of them on the table. I went 2-0 this week. I played against a Tie Defender/Phantom/Interceptor combo and an Elite Tie/Interceptor Swarm.

Each week the league organizer passes out items from the Fantasy Flight Game Night Kit which is nice. So far I've acquired 5 acrylic stress tokens and an alternate Gold Squadron Pilot card. I'm really hoping this league stays a regular thing at the store. I could totally see myself alternating between the 40k league and this.

Going into week 3 I feel like I've got a good handle on the game again. I'm going to try and get all of my newer ships on the board. I've heard rumbles on the inter-webs that the HWK-290 just doesn't cut it. I guess I'll find out tomorrow. Here's the list:

(HWK-290) Roark Garnet, Ion Cannon, Chewy
(E-wing) Knave Squadron Pilot
(B-wing) Blue Squadron Pilot
(B-wing) Blue Squadron Pilot