Thursday, 21 February 2013

From the Vaults#4 - Elves

Sorry I haven't done something from the Vaults over the last two weeks, I've been busy with two tournaments and a few other work bits and pieces.

The following models are from the Marauder range - from '87 and '88 respectively.

Dark Elf Corsairs



Dark Elf Corsairs
Witch Elf replete with crossbow....so cool!

This guy is a Dark Elf Corsair unit champion (I think) he's so cool I took two photos.  I love the owl and all the little pieces of equipment he carries....so characterful.

Photo #2 of badassness

Not High Elves, nor Wood or Dark Elves....just Elves (reads "Elf" on their casting tab '87)

When you look at these miniatures then look at the complete abortions that GW has just released (new Demons miniatures) a little piece of me inside died....
The new Demon miniatures are so crap....the cannon of Khorne looks like a over-blown "hot-wheels" car....just so shit.  Even the new Demonette doesn't have her tits out?  Like what the fuck is up with that?

That's all folks, I hope you enjoyed these models of yesteryear...

Monday, 18 February 2013

NZTC: The path of the Nerdyman is beset on all sides...

...by the inequities of the FAQS and the tyranny of evil players. Blessed is he who, in the name of chance and good tactics, shepherds the geek through the valley of Ngaio, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost dice. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to outplay and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Nerd when I lay My vengeance upon thee!

The New Zealand Team Championship has to be the most epic event that I've ever attended.  The vibe.  The intensity.  The antics. The socialising.  The Lads on tour.  The great collection of varied and interesting individuals that make Fantasy tabletop wargaming the most exciting and fun (in my humblest of opinions) hobby in which to participate!

Going to Wellington always has a sense of occasion.  It has many old buildings nestled through its spectacular hills.  The journey to the venue in which the taxi takes, slips over these undulations, through tunnels, eventually arriving in Ngaio valley and its old brick hall.  Marvelous.

The event was smoothly run, Locky Reid and Ryan Lister doing a great job with the officiating and Pete Dunn with the initial impetus/organisation (kudos Pete).

I was slightly disappointed that only the Nerdymen and team OMEN took initiative and designed their own team shirts.  It really would have added to the occasion and generated a carnival-like atmosphere if all the teams wore something that made them stand out (especially the locals, it's not like you had to pay for flights!).


Even though the white trim with buttons made them look like gay sailors, their shirts were fucking awesome! (I secretly wanted to look like a gay sailor too).  James - I'm going to unabashedly copy your headband next year!

Whilst we came second, we had the satisfaction of knowing that we smashed NZ Hammered (3rd) who, in turn, smashed the Von Trapps (minus lederhosen) the eventual winners.  Really proud to have served The League of Extraordinary Nerdymen in this inaugural event.  We spent so much time where we could have been productive at work, planning and plotting and just talking about Hammer in general....so satisfying.

Before I get into the game break downs I just want to say....if you are looking for cheap accommodation in Wellington never, ever, EVER stay at The Lodge in the City on Taranaki Street in the central city.  Came home Sunday morning 2am after another night out to find that our locks had been changed and that someone had been into our room.  Needless to say didn't get to bed until 3:30am.... facilities were comparable to a concentration camp - worried that Zyklon B was going to come out of the shower head.  Disgusting.


Dawn
 Game 1 - Glen Burfield (VC)
Weathering a storm of screams, most valuable unit (MVU) "Skellie Bus" tagged both the terrorgeists and some other stuff.  All that was left was some ghouls and his lord, everything else returned to undeath....
Still it was a really cool game with lots of really good maneuvering from both Glen and I.  Glen came undone when he strayed to close to Skelly bus  with one terrorgeist, then when I finished it off in his following turn of combat I killed it then reformed to charge the other terrorgeist in my following turn.


Dog-off!

Vargie kills these wolves and overruns into vargeists wiping them out.

Over view

Skelly bus'!  lordy didn't go in for the kill against Glens vamp lord...learned my lesson from OTT!  Kill what you can and get the points! 16-4 win!
Joel vs Tom round one
Paul vs James round one.

Graeme vs Sam round one.






Totally forgot to take photos of round two, had a good game vs Damon's lizards won 14-6 - here's me vs Mr Millington!


Looking promising...

Niue's finest!

Feel the magic!


The ultimate sacrifice - raised zombies....literally the most crucial spell for vamps, but no vamps player in this country (that I've played at least) uses it - for goodness sakes...you get a free unbreakable unit!  That leaks no points!

Skellie bus eventually killed that shrine...I lost 15-5, lost all my black knights to that fucking dumb spell gateway (wasn't 11-12 result).  Read my scroll of shielding and failed eight 4+ wards at once.  So shit.  James went on to make a ridiculous amount of 6+ wards to pop a lonely lordy vs the chaos knights (only time I lost him...complete reversal of OTT where I was 5/6 NZTC 1/6.  Good game though with a tonne of carnage which is always fun!

Game 4 vs Cody and cut the mustard....double charge vargies almost takes out the treeman, one dies but two wraiths zap in to pedo-touch him to his death.....


I deployed my bus right at his flank, then swept across....if I charged up the middle with the bus I would have been seriously fucked.

Cody....what a guy....we both ended up singing silly songs together....great fun!


Close up.....I ended up winning this game 17-3, to be fair Cody didn't have much experience with WE and in the right hands this list would have ended up being really fucking annoying and I would have had to of played out of my skin for a small win,  My advice Cody....don't play 40k

Day two....pre-battle, discussing tactics before match-ups against NZ Hammered!  Played Glen's Warriors....almost turned into a disaster....but I invoked the dice GODS by doing a special dance saving Lordy from the brink....

Lordy surviving and killing and bathing in blood and killing and spilling intestines and killing and gorging on the blood of his fallen enemies and KILLING some more!

Unlucky not to crack the skull crushers (GW originality fail wtf skull/blood crushers?)

Oh lordy, oh lordy I love you so much! 14-6 win!  Take that NZ Hammered....and yes Glen I gratefully accept your grudge for Equinox!

Ha ha Graeme survives for a 10-10 huzzah.....Nerdymen crush NZ Hammered, yeah!

Mike King...super nice guy (Grumpy Old Man apparently) a hard match up for both him and I....if he could zap the bus (and he had the tools to do it) it was game over for me and if he couldn't it was game over for him.

Slaan in building far left....

Skelly bus MVU!!

Operation get the slaan

Woof time...

Raised zombies occupy the building....Slaan left to be closer to the important combat (next shot)

Mike double charged me with two saurus blocks....massive mistake you gave me free res as you could only get the one pha's and speed of light off on one unit....you were better off charging in with one and and res-ing me off the board....any way in this combat the double charge failed to kill lordy and MVU Skelly bus tagged the Saurus in the side for the win

uuuurrrgghhhh niifff uuurgghh

3 blood brothers on a rampage!


Eventually tagged Slaan with Lordy giving me the 17-3 win


Some grumpy old men....

3rd place winners

2nd place winners!  I love you guys and had a blast!

Some guy walking away with a trophy...next time Dunnites, next time!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Captains log...star date 2013...



NZTC

Captains Log –

For all Nerdymen and nerds alike,
I would love to share with you our road to glory, path to victory and us coming out of the flames like a phoenix reborn - reaping a blazing path of destruction upon our enemies. Unfortunately, this weekend we were beaten by a most formidable opponent. Congratulations to the Dunn Family and Joe Dixon.
On a more positive note The League of Extraordinary Nerdymen finished 2nd in the first (hopefully annual) New Zealand Team Champions.
“Raarraaaaaahhhhh!!!!” – Primal Battle Cry of a Bloody Victory
Special mention goes to NZ Hammered for 3rd place, the Australian team that came over and all of our opponents.

The beginning.
It was announced at least 6 months ago that the NZTC was to be held in Wellington.  My faithful Champion and Vampire Lord ‘Rory F.’ signed us up and the planning began.  All Nerdymen are fiercely proud to fly the banner of The League so to turn up as representatives came with the weight of high expectations from a large extended group of friends sitting back in Auckland and across the globe as far as the UK and Serbia. They weren’t demanding first place but wanted a result to be proud of. So it became my personal goal to squeeze every bit of skill and potential out of the resources I had available to me in the Nerdman crew.

Our lists can be found elsewhere but we took
Vampires  ‘Rory Finnemore’
Basic Strategy put him in front something that can’t control the bus and watch Rory do the happy-clappy dance.
Daemons ‘Paul Clarke’
Basic Strategy “Sorry Paul, under the bus please and hold on to whatever points you can”
High Elves ‘Graeme Fry’
Basic Strategy N/A
Advanced Strategy. Where do you start with High elves?? What Graeme and I came up with was a list that looked like a juicy target in the match up process, but would ultimately punish you for sitting back and alternately providing a wall of white lions should you wish to engage. Graeme was our out-of-the-box list and this Veteran Prince of Ulthuan showed his claim as the NZ Phoenix King over the weekend!
Ogres ‘Thomas van Roekel’
Basic Strategy get myself in against whatever Red match up everyone else had and ‘Take it off’!

First up, thank you to Pete Dunn, Locky Reid and Ryan Lister for the organisation, planning and hosting over the weekend. Everyone appreciates the hard work. Cheers!
On to the good stuff –
Forgive me for not adding in everyone’s names in this. If we played you, you know who you are and the Nerdymen all said they had fantastic games against everyone so I can only assume you are the sort of people that won’t get offended.

Round One ‘Omen’ –
Riding high on emotions the Nerdymen were all gunning to get started. And the Omen boys provided us with an epic first round clash that was hard fought on every table. We got in most part all the match ups we wanted so were set to really try pull some point out of this one.
Graeme vs Dark elves – 4-16 loss
Rory vs Vampires – 16-4 win
Paul vsHighelves – 7-14 loss
Thomas vs Empire – 18-2 win
 A couple of the boys got stung in this one. We were after a couple more points out of the games we lost.  But credit to Omen the Nerdymen were happy to come away with a small win in the round.

Round Two ‘Shaken Not Stirred’ –
These boys presented with a list line up that we were not happy about. No one wanted to play Chaos Dwarfs and most of us said no thank you to the Orcs as well. Thankfully Paul stepped up and went ‘under the bus’ Cheers Paul and my Prince of Ulthuan commanded the game in a Historic clash against the Orcs.
Paul vs Chaos Dwarfs – 1-19 loss
Graeme vs Orcs – 11-9 win
Rory vs Lizardmen – 14-6 win
Thomas vs Empire – 19-1 win
Everything roughly went as expected, small win to the Nerdymen.

Round Three ‘Over the Hill’ –
Again credit where credit is due. After the match up process I really thought we had these guys numbers - but things went south.
Paul vs High Elves – 1-19 loss
Graeme vs Dwarfs – 7-13 loss
Rory vs Warriors – 5-15 loss
Thomas vs Skaven – 17-3 win
We were confident about this one and I’m ashamed as captain that I don’t have an answer. We were beaten. Congratulation to Over the Hill on this one – a well earned victory.

Round 4 ‘Cut the Mustard’ -
After rolling a couple of D6 the boys passed their rally tests and then fired up for round 4. It was a long day and coming up to my bed time by the time this game started. We knew we needed a big win here and we couldn’t afford to drop away from the leaders any more than were already had. I got the matches I wanted (sort of) and the Victory orders were given “Point lads, Points or you won’t see the podium no excuses”
Paul vs Ogres – 6-14 loss
Graeme vs Daemons – 19-1 win (the sundering V1.0)
Rory vs Woodelves – 17-3 win
Thomas vs Vampires – 20-0 win
The Nerdymen responded in turn providing a crushing victory capping us out at 60/20. I really enjoyed my game and had a fantastic Ogre tactics chat with their ogre general after. Cheers to Cut the Mustard.

Round 5 ‘NZ Hammered’ –
These guys were our closest friends and biggest rivals going down to Wellington. After spending Friday night out getting up to no good with these lads, there was Smack talk aplenty during this round. We both knew it would happen, may the best gamers win!
Rory vs Warriors – 14-6 win
Graeme vs Bretonnians – 10-10 draw
Paul vsLizardmen – 13-7win
Thomas vs Ogres – 14-6 win
The League stepped up here! This was a better result than I could have hoped for, cheers to NZ Hammered but the Nerdymen will remember this one and the bragging rights until we clash again next year. Across the board the Nerdymen’s favourite round.

Round 6 ‘Grumpy Old Men’ –
Veterans of the NZ community and in Podium contention the guys were the Nerdymen’s last hurdle to jump to come home with some silver wear. A good result here and we were in, so the rally cry went out again “Point lads, Points or you won’t see the podium no excuses”. It was time to step up or go home with our tails between our legs.
Graeme vs Daemons – 14-6 win (the Sundering V2.0)
Paul vs Dark Elves – 2-18 loss
Rory vs Lizardmen – 17-3 win
Thomas vs Dwarfs 19-1 win
The match ups were tight and I hadn’t lined up what I wanted. In stunned belief as Captain – My Boys gave last huge effort, as the results came in we looked at each other asking ourselves “Have we done enough? Will we be close?” Fantastic games across the board – cheers Grumpy Old Men.

The League came away with Second, dodging the Von Traps who claimed tile.
Or from my prospective -
“Vonn Traps, You dodged us!!”
So to all the Nerdymen and nerds alike this was the best tournament I’ve ever played in.
There is nothing like battling for glory with your closest mates.
Thank you everyone involved.

“May your Children’s, Children roll 6’s” (Except for Miscasts and Leadership Tests)

From a Fiercely Proud Nerdyman Captain,
Thomas van Roekel

El Capitan

The wheels of the bus go round and round....

Airport beers

Paul and I pre-flight (flying phobic)

Mean as Indian in Welly - I had an awesome Saagwala!

Note from me: My tourney break-down and photos to follow this evening.  So stay posted!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

A day may come...


"Sons of Extraordinary Nerdymen, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Nerdymen fails, when we forsake our friends, and break all bonds of fellowship; but it is not this day! An hour of woe, and shattered shields, when the Age of NerdyMen comes crashing down; but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of Nerdiness!"


Not this day Von Trapp's, not this day NZhammered, not this day Shaken not Stirred...or any other mofo




What I think of all the internet build lists, the big chat, the big names...we're gonna flush it all away....




Because we're coming to smash face....


I'd like to finish with some Biggie Smalls....

"You see, there are two kind of people in the world today
We have, the playaz, and we have, the playa haters
Please don't hate me because I'm beautiful baby
Hear what they talk, about me
But my crew so deep, you can't do, a damn thing, to me"


Thank you....see you in 12 hours Wellington.