Monday, 1 January 2018

25 Days until Cancon, better start painting.

Well Cancon is in twenty five days, I am getting super excited for it and I cannot wait until I am rolling some dice.

Twenty five has the feel of plenty of time to get everything completed for this event, and in truth it is with the following exceptions. I have a family holiday with my wife and son for a week, and the day of travel prior to the event, as I am a Victorian and I will need a day of travel.

Factor these into the equation and I have a total of 19 days to complete my army. And by days I mean evenings. And this equates into 76 hours. Whoops I have 76 hours of hobby until Cancon. Time to stop typing and start painting.

So which Army?

Well I will be taking my Eldar Craftworld army of IL-KAITHE to Cancon, that much at least I am certain.


Craftworld IL-KAITHE

So whilst working on my Eldar I found myself drawn to the colours of Purple and green, looking through the Eldar resources both online and in hard copy, I found that a Craftworld called il-kaithe used those colours, once I had read everything I could on this Craftworld I was sold.

So I decided to paint my Eldar or Aeldari for you younger readers, in this scheme. Soon my Craftworld will rise, soon the young races shall suffer for their transgressions, soon I will show pictures of completed miniatures.

But for now here is a token picture form the webs.


2017 in review

So 2017 has come and gone.
On a blogging front I have not been as prolific as I would have expected, but that is okay.
On the gaming front I have been active with the majority of my time devoted to Warhammer 40K.

Over this last year I have played a lot with my Marines and Recently with Craftworld Eldar. Since 8th edition has been released I have played over 50+ games. This does not sound a lot, but for myself that is massive, as the year before I played 0 games of any board top system.

On the hobby front I have painted 6 marines in the scheme of my Flame Wolves Chapter and 42 Eldar miniatures in that of Craftworld IL- KAITHE since 8th edition dropped, again the year before I had painted zero.

What does this mean? And why do I feel the need to blog about it?

The answer is that this sets my baseline for 2018, this is my goal to play more games than last year and have painted and completed more miniatures. That I intend to have both these armies completed in 2018 and that I will at the very least provided a monthly blog update to share my gaming adventures.

Finally, that I intend to attend a lot more tournaments this year, starting with Cancon, where i have entered into the 40K ITC championship. More on this in a later post.


Friday, 8 September 2017

An Unkindness was gifted

Well Fathers day has been and gone, and thanks to my lovely wife my Flames wolves has an air force now. Adding speed and firepower to my force I am now the proud owner of a StormRaven gunship.

My Unkindness has a population of one.
At this stage my hobby time consists of playing 40k, getting used to the rules and slowly tweaking my army so that it better suits my play style. My current tally for for 8th edition is 6 wins and 14 losses. Not a bad score for the time being, will post soon with updates of my Raven being built etc.


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Adding the old Aeldari to the blog.

For a while my other blog has languished , due to not being given any time, love or interest.
My Eldar Blog can be found Here. I have decided to consolidate them into the one. So going forward my musings on Eldar will also be here.

Maybe there could also be something worth while reading, I mean there is bound to be.

So without further preamble, I introduce the Craftworld Mael Dannan.

May  Khaine, Ynnead and the laughing god protect.


Saturday, 12 August 2017

How many command points for 2000 points, and their uses.

This is something, that I have struggled with since the inclusion of Command Points or Cp as we have started to call them. How many Cp to you include in a 2000 point army?

Of course, there is no hard and fast mandate that you need to include any Cp past the initial three you receive because you are battle forged. Your army could use only the patrol detachments and other detachments that do not issue Cp bonus's, that is entirely up the the individual and the Army they design and play. I intend to focus my rambles on my army of Flame Wolves for this article.

First I think that 6-7 Cp is about the most that I can squeeze into my army design process. Currently I seem to be taking a Battalion detachment (+3Cp), and either a Vanguard/Outrider/ Spearhead detachment (+1Cp) and occasionally a Auxiliary support detachment (-1Cp). These detachment choices for my Flame Wolves seem to be my optimal setup, I do not currently use any Lord of War choices or fortifications.

The next thought I am trying to think through is the uses of the Cp themselves. I always use a Cp to re-roll the seize roll so that I can go first, that reduces my allowance to 5-6 Cp, and the remainder I uses for critical re-rolls in game.

Is this the best use of my Cp?
To be honest I do not believe that it is. My play style, experiences and usage of Cp will become better  the more I play, with the new Space marine Stratagems and Chapter tactics from the Space Marine codex there are new better ways to meaningful spend the Cp's besides re-rolls.

With this in mind I think the Salamander chapter tactics suit my play style and the fluff of my marines the best.

Whilst this does not help vehicles at all, it will go some way to reduce my reliance on Cp re rolls. 

Okay the next stage of reducing reliance on Cp uses for re-rolls, is of course including units that passively buff the army. Some of these are Captains, Lieutenants and others. I think that I will leave for thoughts on army design to another article, when I feel the urge to put my thoughts down.

Anyway I know this is a somewhat inconclusive end, so let me just finish with, If you design your army to maximise Cp generation, always address what you seem to use your Cp for and see if there is a better way to gain that ability.


Friday, 11 August 2017

The Flame Wolves are going to Cancon 2018

Well it has happened, my lovely wife has agreed to send me away for the weekend in January to play with my lead and plastic marines at that Gaming paradise of Cancon.

An fine gent that I played last time at Cancon, I have forgotten his name but the good memories of that game remain.

The above picture gives an indication of how many gamer's of different ilk go to this event. So what does this decision mean for me?

Well honestly, this means that my next five months of free time will be used either playing 40 K or painting my 40 K army. And by painting, I mean to a standard that I shall not be ashamed to play with it.

This is not a bad thing, as all the armies that I have painted in the past have all been to play in a tournament. I need this push, as I have been struggling to put brush to miniature for some time now.

With this in mind, I will be setting myself monthly painting targets, and will need to ensure I complete them in order to have my force battle ready.

But painting is not the only requirement that I will need to ensure I complete. I will need to enter some events prior to Jan next year to ensure that my gaming standards and skills are up to snuff.

To add another dimension to it, all of this must be accomplished on a Uni students budget both in Time and Money.

Regardless of my intentions however, I know I will be doing more hobby in December whilst on Uni holidays, then I will in any of the months preceding it.