Thursday, 31 January 2013

From the Vaults #3: Man O'War!

Man O' of the highest rating Games Workshop games on Boardgamegeek
However, it still fails to get any love - even from the Specialty games division.  It's not like this particular genre hasn't got the love of gamers out there as other miniature companies have successfully filled this niche with extensive ranges, comprising of many different races and class of ship.
Any how here's the collection currently curated at the Museum.  I hope to get some games in with JB at some time in the not to distant future....but here they are coming up from the depths for a little air...

No! Not these guys!

Skaven and Dark Elves and Chaos...oh my!

Mostly Brets, Pirates and Flyers

Chaos Dwarfs....when will GW bring this race back?

For Sigmar!

HMS Pustule

Ark Ship top cool!

Sea monsters ahoy....there's another set unpainted too

Naggaroth Ship Co. pressed ahead with their failed Americas Cup design prototype (apparently race officials weren't fans of skull shaped designs...turns out it was more sea worthy than NZL 82
Well that's it for this week folks....until next time....

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

My preamble to the NZTC...

Hey folks,
I'd just like to say thanks to all the new viewers of the blog and thanks to Pete Dunn for the exposure on the Fields of Blood.

I thought I'd have a yarn about the forthcoming New Zealand Team Championship from a purely Nerdymen perspective.
As you may, or may not know, the League of Extraordinary Nerdymen came into being about 6 years ago, to carry the figurative chalice of Warhammer glory.  We spurn almost every non-Gamesworkshop game, fanning our zealot-like-fire for eternal Warhammer prestige with much wailing and gnashing of teeth!

Now charged with a Holy task by He, Jervis our Lord and Saviour we must bring back the NZTC trophy so we may smite ridiculous internet build lists, thus restoring order and Warhammer Equilibrium to the universe.
Somewhere Lord Jervis Johnson cries a single tear for his lost Warhammer children.
However Dark things are Judas, one of the Nerdymen has turned coat to British Imperialists, and another has been struck down by a Skaven assassin with a fell blow to his Achilles heel.
Yet darker still is the threat of the Dunnites.  Consuming every tournament in their wake this foul scourge has plagued the wargaming landscape of New Zealand for too long.  Soon Dunnite progeny will beget more of its ilk thus consigning every wargamer in this fair land to perpetual second place (aka a Butlerism)  
This is what second place looks like...
If we can't contain the Dunnites in our fair land of Aotearoa, then the whole world stands to fall....with Butlerisms for EVERYONE....
The Path of the Dunnites...
So by the Grace of Jervis, the Nerdymen must strive for glory or forever live in ignominy.  Using the dark arts of the Enemy we seek to use our foes weapons against them, lest we have the lash of defeat at our backs...

To the Dunnites and Others the Nerdymen say..."Come get some"!

To all the Nerdymen out there, you know your roles!  And I say to you our motto...

"May your children's, children roll sixes (except for leadership tests and miscasts)"

Battle will soon be joined on the 16th and 17th of February....

Thursday, 24 January 2013

From the Vaults #2

This cheerful chap wants your genes.  Nope - not the ones you're wearing on the outside, but the ones you have on the inside....

I think he may sit on a dais of some description but I can't seem to find it.  Once again, another fine example of a characterful miniature produced by GW.  I am always astounded by the rich history of miniature production by GW.  It truly is an amazing collective of human creativity.

Next week the 200+ Man O'War ships will be on display....

See you next time....

Monday, 21 January 2013

More photos from Day 2 AE...

Ryan Simister's bad boys...

Le Olde chariot...

About to overrun into Arkhan from Doombull POV

I tried to get Paul to do a victory jig after beating Dan Butler but he wasn't game enough....oh well next time...


That High Elf list in action...

War ponies!

JB told me to take a photo of this roll (it wasn't his)....outrageous!  I'm not sure what it was in relation to?

Here's some more Warhammer porn...get your tissues out....I don't know how satisfying these shots are but I hope you enjoy them anyway.


Sunday, 20 January 2013

My Warhammer Pet-Hates...

Hey folks this is just going to be a rant - and if you don't like insightful and to-the-point ranting, and much prefer wishy-washy mystic blathering then I suggest you stop reading now.

"Warning! Warning! Danger Will Robinson - wargamer on a rant.  Death from boredom and/or rage may result"
I was inspired to write this after watching Arch Enemy, as an observer my "pet-hates" were constantly on display - some of which I had to interject because it was a fundamental breach of the rules.  Whilst I am not perfect I try to be as reasonable as possible in most situations.
The following is in no order of preference:

1. Measurements - Don't float your tape measure above your miniatures, not only does it increase distance if placed on an angle, you can also grab inches throughout the game as your opponent doesn't benefit from the birds eye view that you do, and if you don't have a good eye things start to get inaccurate and add up over the course of the game.  Most players packs describe measuring from miniatures base to miniatures base as good etiquette - well it IS, so start fucking doing it.  Don't be lazy.
Measure from the outside edge during a wheel!  Such a fundamental but so many people don't do it - and some that should know better!  If you are in doubt as to what this rule is then I suggest you consult page 14 of the rule book.  Don't be lazy.
Don't break the 1 inch between units when moving and deploying.  Ignoring this changes the game mechanics significantly, especially as games can be won during the deployment and maneuvering facets of the game.  Once again don't be lazy.
Measure to the miniature not to the movement tray!

2. Rules queries - Don't become shrill and flip out when there is a rules query.  Keep your voice in an even tone and say "I would like to consult the rule book".  I feel that it's pretty safe to say that more time is wasted saying "No it isn't...yes it is" over the course of a game than consulting the rules in a timely manner.  REMEMBER - it isn't the job of your opponent to educate you over every single rules facet pertaining to their army book (however it is reasonable of them to answer questions or queries you may have), if access to an army book is an issue for you, your local hobby store or Games Workshop usually will have a store copy that can be read to help familiarise you with army content.

3. Dice - Probably my most controversial inclusion, but this is something that just really fucks me off.

A) Dice that have different symbols for different numbers - there's no consistency with the custom made dice, so from opponent to opponent the values are changing from symbol to symbol (even worse when multiple sets are used by the one person!).

B) As with the above, most of these custom dice are huge and overly large and actually totally impractical, in the sometimes confined space of a wargames table.  Even worse is when one of those rocks cascades into my miniatures....I am definitely in favour of smaller dice on the tabletop.  It just makes sense especially when rolling 20+ at a time!

C) The colouring of these dice can be so dark that it's actually hard to see what is being rolled from the other side of the table.....mistakes are made by everyone so it's far better to have two sets of eyes that can see the dice over one.

D) Rolling into a confined tray where I cannot see what is being rolled.  Quite rude really.  As above.

E) Rolling one set of dice for wounding and another set for leadership tests.  Now you may say I'm just being overly suspicious - but as Elvis once said "we can't go on together with suspicious minds"

F) Pick up your 'misses' not your 'hits'.  This eliminates the "no that wasn't a 6!" that can happen if you quickly pick up all your hits, as you're taking away the dice that don't benefit you, thus giving your opponent a chance to see what has been rolled. Refer also C) and D).

My solution to the dice problem would be to use a standardised set (I use the GW white and red dice).  There have been many well documented cases of dice tampering, even in big tournaments overseas - this would permanently solve this issue.  To skeptics I say - take your own deck of cards into the casino and see how far you get!

End of rant.

Arch Enemy II Photo reel and results...

Today's Arch Enemy tournament was won by Tom Van Roekel.  Below is a list of the Top 5 placings

1. Tom Van Roekel (Nerdyman) - You too can win a tournament with Ogres....skills!
2. Dan Butler (Nerdyman) - Second again...
3. Jeff Kent (Palmy North) - Lives in a total shit hole but plays an epic all goblin army! Well done mate!
4=. James "Fist Pumping" Brown (Nerdyman) - Yes Beastmen are pretty shit....
4=. Paul Dalton aka "Shrek" (correction from previously posted result)
5. Paul "Arkhan the Black" Clark (Nerdyman) - Yes Paul a level 5 caster is not's not....

So well done to the Nerdymen!  A sign of things to come?  The NZTC is shaping up to be a very exciting prospect (I'm certainly looking forward to it).

Anyway enjoy the photos from day 2....

First up this morning Dan vs Tom....much blood was spilled with Dan beating the eventual winner.

James plotting as to how he's going to smash some High Elves....turns out they're not that High after all!

Dan playing a shitter vs Paul to throw away a tournament 1st place 101 (I'm sure Auckland uni will have a paper on it soon)

Tom vs Jeff last game of the day - mad props for the all gobbo army!

Tom vs Jeff

Doom Bull killing tricksy HE lvl 4 (Actually...James is using Glen Tibbles Beastmen....still don't get sick of looking at this's fucking sweet)

Jeff in a fetching pink shirt - it takes balls to play gobbo's but it takes even more balls to play gobo's in PINK!

The face of a winner?

Hot pink!

Paul C vs James....this is where you lost the game mate (Paul)...Doom bullabout to smash the catapult then overrun into Arkahns unit....should of left whilst you had the chance....

Tom vs Dan (again first game of the day)

The Keeper that wouldn't die!

Tom vs Dan further in....grinding away at those Letters!

Almost had it here Tom!  Never least you didn't come second!  Lol!

Big Christian Pride (Nerdyman)....your Dark Eldar look mint bro!  In a game of aerial combat in the 41st millennium your army looks the most elegant!

No Tom, Dan will pass six 5+ wards with the Keeper so don't bother!

No Unchained Melody for this Ghost....

Dark Elves Hoooooooooo!

Got bush?

"Guys, I could have sworn it was Autumn in Athel Loren when we packed our cloaks...."

The Don (well done Aaron - you're certainly top of the list mate!).

On my knees, help me baby,
tell me what can I do, electric blue!

Shrek takes command of his Ogres!

Fist pump anyone?

Pink crotch FTW!

Going to throw toys?  Don't worry you won anyway Tom....

and it's.......Ogres FTW (suprise!)

Well done and a huge thanks to Aaron for organising the event....I had much fun watching tight games on day 2.....long may Arch Enemy continue.  Hopefully next year I can make it!