Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Toys For Tots Tournament

Well, it was that time of year again. The Fantasy Shop in St. Charles, MO hosted their annual Toys For Tots tournament this past weekend. I always love going to this tournament every year. It supports a great cause and you get to have a day of fun. The weather was a bit dicey but I wasn't going to let that stop me from playing. I hadn't played a game of 40k since October when my son was born. That's also the reason posts from me have been slow. Sleep is a hot commodity around the house so I devote a lot of free time to that now.

It was 1500 point ITC tournament. Three 2 hour and 15 minute rounds. After an entire year of playing nothing but my Space Marine Battle Company, I was ready to mix it up and play something different. So, I busted out the Imperial Knights. Here's the list:

Baronial Court
Cerastus Knight-Lancer – 415 Points
  • Sanctuary +15
Knight Gallant – 330 Points
  • Melta Gun +5 
Knight Paladin – 380 Points
  • Melta Gun +5 
Knight Paladin – 375 Points

Round 1 saw the Knights pitted against Tyranids/Genestealer Cult.  The missions were Emperor's Will and Maelstrom Objectives. I was not prepared for the Genestealer Cult shenanigans but the raw power of the Imperial Knights was too much for them to handle. Though I lost 2 Knights in the battle, I still won the game 9 to 1.

In round 2 I faced off against Grey Knights/Space Marine Grav Centurions in a pod. It was Purge the Alien and Maelstrom Objectives. I didn't think I would win this game but my opponent played a little bit too conservatively overall. He also managed to kill 2 of my Knights, but by that time the only thing he had left on the board was his Centurions. All I had to do was keep my Knights out of his 30" threat range to win the game. Final score was 10 to 1.

Round 3 was a showdown against Harlequins. The missions were Big Guns Never Tire and Maelstrom Objectives. Man was this an awesome game! Here's a quick turn by turn summary that my opponent posted on GameMidwest.com:

"Both Shadow Seers got Fog of dreams which saved my butt. One thing to point out is that my shooting was next to ineffective the entire game. Haywire grenades were the only ranged weapons that really did anything.

Turn 1
Adam got first turn and killed a Void Weaver(with a 3+ re-rollable Jink save), a Star Weaver, and 3 of the 5 troupe that were inside. Knights caused a bike unit and another Star Weaver unit to Jink but didn't destroy or kill anything else. I was well hidden and Adam couldn't get a lot of shots off.

I came out of hiding and got Fog of Dreams off on one of the Dual Battle Cannon Knights. Both the remaining Star weavers moved 12” then Turbo Boosted to get right up in the Knight's faces. Adam had no flamers so I was lucky there. One bike unit turbo boosted behind him. I knew Adam would have to deal with them and pull 1 Knight away from the group. Divide and Conquer!

Turn 2
Adam blows up both star weavers but I got lucky and only lost 4 harlequins between the 2 units. One unit only lost 1 model. The bikes I threw to the back were wiped out. Oh well. Adam charged 1 of the units and killed them but they put 3 HP on him before going down.

Shooting did nothing but I got Fog of Dreams off on his Warlord. The other one I casted with 4 dice and got 4 ones. I blitzed the Solitaire (SO should have saved that for turn 4) and the 2 Harlequins from the first blown up Star Weaver into the Knight Gallant that can throw vehicles. It was the same one that only had 3 HP left, and they killed him. His explosion scattered off the board. The 4 Man Troupe unit failed a charge on the Warlord.

Turn 3
Adam's shooting was ineffective here as one of the Knights was across the board dealing with the bikes. One Dual battle cannon shot at the Death Jester but with a 2+ cover he was good. Adam ran his Warlord. A Knight Paladin attempted to charge a Void Weaver but failed a 4 inch charge.

I got Fog of Dreams off on 1 knight (Adam was cursing that power and the Solitare at this point jokingly). The 4 man Troupe and the Solitaire charged his warlord and killed him. A Death Jester and a Shadow Seer both charged a Knight Paladin and between throwing the grenades and close combat, caused 3 wounds. He had a Void Weaver just behind him and was more scared of that, so he put his shield in the rear. The knight whiffed his attacks but then stomped the Shadow Seer. They were too far apart for him to get both and only rolled 1 Stomp. The Death Jester held the one knight in close combat to keep him from shooting. Another Shadow Seer had to fall back to my table half to take an objective.

Turn 4
Adam finished off the Death Jester in close combat and the other Knight killed the 2 man Troupe that was holding an objective near the back.

The Solitaire and his new unit that he was moving with(He couldn't join them because he's not an Independent Character), then charged another Knight Paladin and put 4 wounds on it. He hits the Solitaire 3 times but the Solitaire saves them all. Adam rolled poorly for stomps only killing one of the Harlquins. He was mostly concentrating on trying to kill the Solitare. The Death Jester and Shadow Seer attempt to finish the other one off and got it down to 1 HP. The Death Jester failed his charge and the Shadow Seer was killed in close combat after failing to take the last hull point.

Turn 5
The one mobile Knight Paladin moves onto one of my Big Guns objectives and shoots the bikes hiding in the back taking one of his Big Guns objectives. No wounds caused but he kills the Death Jester with Heavy Stubber fire. The Solitaire and unit kill off the other Knight Paladin in close combat but the explosion kills the Solitaire and 2 of the troupe. Only thing left standing is the troupe master.

Troupe master moves 6”, runs 6”, Then makes a 9” inch charge on the Last Knight. I only need to roll a single 6 on 5 Dice but I fail and get cut down in combat.

The game ends with 1 Knight with 1 HP and a unhurt squad of bikes.

Primary = He wins 4 Points
Maelstrom = I win 4 Points
Adam Got Slay the warlord
I got Slay the Warlord.

Best Game I ever Played it was fun as heck. The Solitaire was truly my MVP of the Day."

The final game was a tie 5 to 5. 

Overall standings for the tournament were:
1st Mike McGuiggan (Harlequins) tied with Adam overall but won because of Strength of Schedule
2nd Adam Warnecke (Imperial Knights)
3rd Jeff Naumann (Space Marines)

Here's few pics I took of some of the other tables:

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Time to upgrade Base sizes!

So since GW hates us and likes to make us jump through hoops of all sorts... I am now looking at the task of upgrading my 200ish+ Chaos Space Marines from 25mm bases to 32mm.

Luckily a company called Eccentric Miniatures sells these sweet ass Base extensions.  Just glue them on the existing Base, and BOOM, 32mm.  I started on my Plague Marines first and they work great.

Had to experiment with glue, and found my old stand by, hot glue, works the best.  Just got to be careful and not use too much ha, which is tough for me since I fucking love hot glue!

they come on a sprue of 4
the first test subjects
all of the plague marines done!
now to texture the bases all the way out to the edge to hide the gap!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Mortarion work in progress

So I've been trying something different with my Mortarion model... not sure if my vision is translating into the model... want him to look like he is emerging from the shadows, his power scythe reflecting light into his armor... hmmm. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Emperor's Children Cataphractii Terminators and Landraider

With the impending arrival of baby number 2 for me, there has been less and less time for hobbies. Still, I've managed to finish up 5 Cataphractii Terminators and a Landraider for my 30k Emperor's Children. Next up is the 5 Palatine Blades and Eidolon. From there, I can't decide if I want to paint my Caestus Assault Ram, or sell it and get a Storm Eagle instead. I'm currently leaning towards the Storm Eagle since it's less points and opens up an all important heavy slot for me.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hobby Update: White Scars Sicaran Venator

Been awhile since I had time to hobby enough to do an update. Finished up my first White Scars tank and wanted to share it with you guys. Next up, nine White Scars Rhinos/Razorbacks.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Siegeworld ITC Tournament Photo Dump



Thursday, September 8, 2016

Siege World Results and Apocalypse Awesomeness

Overall Winner Sam Henley's Soul Crushing Chaos Renegades/Daemons Army vs My Battle Company
The finale standing were as follows:
1st: Sam Henley (Chaos Renegades/Daemons)
2nd: Mike Mcguiggan (Dark Eldar/Eldar)
3rd: Adam Warnecke aka Capnmoe (Space Marines)

Siege World is in the bag! The ITC tournament was some of the toughest competition I've ever faced. Easily on the level of Adepticon competition. The toughest armies were by far 2 Chaos Renegades armies and a Super Friends Barkstar list. I, as well as others, sure as hell didn't expect to see Dark Eldar in the top 3.

This tournament really opened my eyes to the ridiculousness of the Chaos Renegades army. I had never played against them before, and in this tournament I faced them in 2 out of my 4 games. SO MANY ARTILLERY UNITS! You can see all of the Rapier Laser Desroyers and Earthshaker Cannons in the pic above. For an army like mine, theres almost no chance against something like this. He was also running the Masque to control the movements of opposing deathstars or large threats. This worked to his advantage on the top table as he went up against the Barkstar. If you're unfamiliar with the Barkstar, it's core is the Wolfkin formation from the latest Space Wolves codex combined with a ton of characters including Azrael giving the unit a 4+ invulnerable save. It's nigh unkillable. The Masque shut down the army so badly, that the Barkstar player conceded the game early since he couldn't move the distance he needed for his army to get into assault range.

I also played against Grav Centurion heavy Space Marines/Grey Knights and Eldar. Both opponents were great players, but lacked the ability to mitigate my turn 1 alpha strike. When all was said and done I had gone 3-1 on the day. I was pretty pleased with my performance overall. I'm excited for next years Siege World ITC event which they plan on being a Grand Tournament.

Day 2 gave the ITC Tournament players the choice of joining into the HUGE Apoc game that had started the day before. Mother of god was there a lot of money on the tables. I had not expected anywhere near the amount of Titans that were on the table. Check out some of the pics below!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Siegeworld Apocalypse Event, ITC 40K Tournament, and Age of Sigmar Tournament

Siegeworld Productions and the Gateway Gamers Club have joined forces to bring you Siegeworld 2016! This event will be will be held the weekend of Aug 27th and 28th at the North County Recreational Center (link).

We are looking to grow Siegeworld, so starting in 2016 in addition to the Apocalypse battle, there will be a 40K ITC Tournament and an Age of Sigmar Tournament.

Siegeworld 2016 will be a 2 day event. Players have the option of participating in Siegeworld for 2 days or they can participate in the 40K ITC event and have the option of joining Siegeworld on day 2.

In the past Siegeworld has been known for massive games of floorhammer. Now Siegeworld is coming up to the tables! Yes, the battlefields of Siegeworld will be played on table tops. Siegeworld 2016 will be broken up into 2 to 3 battle fields. There will be the main battle table and 1-2 satellite battle tables. The main battle table will host the central battle. Here is where Battalions of Tanks, whole Chapters of Marines, and numerous Titans will clash for supremacy. The 1-2 satellite battle tables will play host to smaller engagements to gain control of either a long range artillery installation or an orbital defense relay.

More information and ticket purchasing info can be found here: http://gateway-gamers.com/index.html

This event is hosted by the Gateway Gamers who were previously responsible for running all of the 40K and Warhammer Fantasy events at Diecon. They're a great bunch of guys who know what they are doing. 

I'm ridiculously excited for this. This is the one time a year I get to play an Apocalypse game. My five Imperial Knights and all of my various Space Marines are ready for action. And of course I'll be playing in the 40k ITC Tournament. If you're free this weekend, please come out and join in one of the events. IT"S GONNA BE AWESOME!!!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Fulgrim, Primarch of the Emperor's Children

Just finished Fulgrim for my 30k Emperor's Children army. Things are moving along nicely. I've also managed to complete a Leviathan Pattern Dreadnought and Contemptor Dreadnought. I'll try and get pics of those up soon. Next up is either going to be Lord Command Eidolon, 5 Palatine Blades, or my Landraider.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Fantasy Books and Games ITC Highlander Tourny July 30

Date and Time:
July 30th, 2016. Registration starts at 10 am. Dice roll at 11am.

1977 West Highway 50
Fairview Heights, IL 62208

1850 points
Highlander style ITC event using the ITC FAQ found at the link below. https://docs.google.com/document/d/16nmBS2KZglu9JaGttpX_9lOYhYO2PQM47N8HvrsAA60/edit
Rounds Swiss Style

This tournament will be using all rules and supplements released prior to June 30th 2016 except for the Death from the Skies supplements. Please note the ITC changes to the psyker powers in the Angels of Death supplement. The Facebook FAQ drafts will also not be used. The ITC FAQ will be used.

Highlander Rules
Armies will consist of 1850 points or less, and may be constructed utilizing the following options:
o Players may utilize no more than 2 Detachments. Furthermore each Detachment is considered unique (0-1) and may only be taken once. Those detachments are a Combined Arms Detachment and an Allied Detachment.

o All units in the army are unique (0-1).

o Troops units lose their unique status if the army includes all types of Troops units available to it.
 Example 1: A Space Marines army may include multiple Tactical Squads only if it also includes a Scout Squad (and vice versa).
 Example 2: A Space Marines army that includes a Chapter Master on a bike may include multiple Tactical Squads only if it also includes a Bike Squad and a Scout Squad.
 Example 3: A Space Marines army with a Tau Empire Allied detachment may include multiple Tactical Squads only if it also includes a Scout Squad, Breacher Team, Strike Team, and Kroot squad.

o Units with the same name but from different Factions will be considered the same unit. Likewise, extremely similar units (from the same or different Factions) will be considered the same unit.
 Example 4: A Space Marines Landraider and a Space Wolves Landraider would be considered the same unit.
 Example 5: A Landraider and a Landraider Crusader would be considered the same unit.

o Special/Unique Characters are considered the same unit as indicated by their background and/or title.
 Example 6: Chief Librarian Tigerius and a Space Marines Librarian would be considered the same unit.

o All Battle Brother allies are treated as Allies of Convenience.

o Lords of War, Super-Heavies, and Gargantuan Creatures are not allowed.

o Forge World units are not allowed.

ITC Missions 1, 5, and 6.

Entry Fee:
20.00 Dollars
All Entry fees will be fully used as prize support. Prizes will be given as store credit to Fantasy books and games.

Player Cap:
22 Players at max. Please preregister to ensure you get to play. Post in this thread to preregister.

1st Place (Battle Points) gets 45% of entry fees as store credit (assuming full turn out that is $198.00)
2nd Place (Battle Points) gets 25% of entry fees as store credit (assuming full turn out that is $110.00)
3rd Place (Battle Points) gets 15% of entry fees as store credit (assuming full turn out that is $66.00)
Randomly drawn door prize gets 15% of entry fees as store credit (assuming full turn out that is 66.00) Only players that did not make the top 3 are eligible to win this prize.

Although painting is encouraged, it is not a requirement that an army be painted. An unpainted army is eligible to play and win every prize with no penalty.

Please post any questions in this thread and I hope to see everyone there!

You can pre-register for this event here: http://www.gamemidwest.com/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=11831

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 25th ITC Event in Fairview Heights IL

Date and Time:
June 25th, 2016. Registration starts at 10 am. Dice roll at 11am. Post HERE to preregister.

Fantasy Books and Games
1977 West Highway 50
Fairview Hts, IL 62208

1850 points
ITC Event with full ITC rules (http://www.frontlinegaming.org/community/frontline-gamings-independent-tournament-circuit/itc-2015-season-40k-tournament-format/)
3 Rounds Swiss Style

ITC Missions 2, 3, and 6.

Entry Fee:
All Entry fees will be fully used as prize support. Prizes will be given as store credit to Fantasy books and games.

Player Cap:
22 Players at max. Please preregister to ensure you get to play. Post HERE to preregister.

1st Place (Battle Points) gets 45% of entry fees as store credit (assuming full turn out that is $198.00)
2nd Place (Battle Points) gets 25% of entry fees as store credit (assuming full turn out that is $110.00)
3rd Place (Battle Points) gets 15% of entry fees as store credit (assuming full turn out that is $66.00)
Best Painted gets 15% of entry fees as store credit (assuming full turn out that is $66.00). Only players that did not make the top 3 are eligible to win this prize unless no other armies than the top 3 are fully painted.

Painting will be judged by me using a rubric. I will be using the rubric from Adepticon 2016 with two modifications. Here is a link (see page 4 of the url) http://www.adepticon.org/wpfiles/2016/201640Kchamp.pdf
1. Display Boards will NOT be part of the rubric.
2. Any player receiving more than 30 points will qualify for the second round of scoring instead of 37 points as their rubric did. This means the max score is 33 (30 from first round of judging and 3 from second round). Please keep in mind that painting will not reflect in your overall score nor in your ITC points earned at the event and is purely being judged for purposes of the best painted award.

This is the second tournament that will be done at this location as part of an ongoing monthly series of ITC events. Please post any questions in this thread and I hope to see everyone there!

Below are a some pics from our first event. Everything went of without a hitch and all who attended seem to have a great time!