Road to LVO 2017 (213 Days To Go!)

213 days to go to LVO 2017!

Tickets came on sale this past week and I’m all signed up. I’ve already put my feelers out there so see what I want to field at next year’s big tournament in Vegas. So far I’ve come up with something similar to, but very far from what I’ve played in the past. Let me tell you first that I am by far an Imperial/Emperor fanboy and have thoroughly enjoyed fighting for the God Emperor for many years. I don’t think of them as the “good guys” by a long shot but do enjoy the mythos surrounding the Imperium and vast and thick fog that surrounds much of the history of mankind. In that vein, The last many years (5) of playing Warhammer 40K have been filed with Imperial Guard, Space Marines, Sisters of Battle and Imperial Knights. (Mostly Imperial Knights in the last 2 years.)

That being said, my current thoughts of what to put on the table next February are a CAD of Fateweaver, and two units of Horrors along with a Chaos Paladin Knight. Beside them is a team of double Avenger-Gatling-Cannon-wielding Renegade Knights.

Throwing a little mathhammer around with just the Renegade Knights, that would be:

MEQs without cover: (2/3 to hit) * (5/6 to wound) * 48 shots = 26 wounds
Rhino without cover: (2/3 to hit) * (1/3 to glance/pen) * 48 shots = 10 hull points

As a side note, I am also toying with the idea of running a 3rd Renegade Knight instead of the Chaos variant with the same loadout as the other Renegade Knights and upping my shot output to 72 Str6 AP3 Rending shots per round.

Just the idea of playing a Heretic/Xenos army is baffling and alien (puns intended) to me. I have very little experience playing against non-Imperial armies. In fact, this past LVO, I played 5 our of 6 games versus Imperial armies. (And out of those 5, three of them were 9+ Drop Pod lists.)

I am interested in what others think about these ideas. Let me know on my Facebook page.

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Cerastus Knight-Acheron on Experimental Base

Picked up a Cerastus Knight-Acheron from eBay and it didn’t come with a base so after taking some measurements with my calipers, I threw together a model in Sketchup Make that seems to be a pretty good base for my new wargaming model. I also incorporated a rock into the model thinking I could have my Cerastus Knight-Acheron stepping off of it. The rock was a bit small so instead I glued the Knight in a way that it remains very dynamic and looks like hes about to kick the rock into outer space. Who needs planetary defence forces, am I right?)

Archeron Base with Rock

Archeron Base with Rock

Archeron Dynamic Pose

Archeron Dynamic Pose

Archeron Strutting

Archeron Strutting

Archeron Walking to the Left

Archeron Walking to the Left

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Knight Time Rant

So the Adamantium Lance Imperial Knight detachment is the only 3+ Knight Detachment that doesn’t get a Lord Baron or someone who can take Heirlooms of the Knightly Houses.

Even the non-Formation Household Detachment gets access to the Heirlooms.

This just screams Games Workshop isn’t keeping track of their own shenanigans in-house.

I guess that’s the price you pay for re-rollable Ion Shields. Except now there is no such thing as a Senechal (replaced with Lord Baron but not specified for Adamantine Lance Formation) so it’s all 4++ instead of the leader getting a 3++. The Senechal also loses the +1 WS/BS/I yet remains the same point cost.

Give Knight players who run 3+ knights access to more stuff yet nerfing us on point costs does not a good Codex make.

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New (3D Printed) Weapons for New Knights

Now that I’ve taken a lovely long look at the new Imperial Knight wargear, I’ve decided to 3D print some of the new goodies. Now $157 per Knight may be doable for some folks but I’m currently still looking for work so I decided to break out the old Google Sketchup and 3D printer to design some of my own weapons.

I threw together an Avenger Gatling Cannon first followed by the two carapace rocket pods. I plan on attempting to design a Thunderstrike Gauntlet but that seems a little beyond both my skills as a 3D modeler as well as my 3D printer’s abilities. I would like to design a Twin Icarus Autocannon but I may forego that since I plan on eventually getting quite a few Onager Dunecrawlers and I will make a conversion out of their Autocannon bits.

New Knight Weapons

New Knight Weapons

I will post better pictures of the Gatling Cannon in the future. (After I print my MkII version which has more details and will be printed at a better resolution.)

Knight with A Fancy Hat

Knight with A Fancy Hat

Dat Rocket Pod

Dat Rocket Pod

Alternate view of Stormspear Rocket Pod

Alternate view of Stormspear Rocket Pod

Make sure to check out my Etsy store and pick up a set of 3D printed game markers!

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New Objective Markers Part 2

So Rainy Day Games runs a monthly Warhammer 40K league and they make heavy use of objective markers both Tacical (1-6) as well as Eternal War (1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4).

I’ve 3D printed objective markers before but I wanted a more complete set so I designed and 3D printed out a set of 1-6 as well as an “R” for the relic and an additional 2 and 3 for missions that require them. Additionally I designed and 3D printed some 40mm bases for the 25mm markers to sit into.

You can’t really see what is going on with these as they aren’t painted yet.

Unpainted 25mm

Unpainted 25mm

Unpainted 40mm

Unpainted 40mm

There you go.

Painted 25mm

Painted 25mm

Painted 40mm

Painted 40mm

And finally some closeup money shots.

Combined Base

Combined Base

Brick Base

Brick Base

Marker Base

Marker Base

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You Adapted to the Imperial Knights Codex. I Was Born in It.

IKErrant_battle

So the new Codex: Imperial Knights is freaking nuts. No more Seneschals or Knightly Ranks.

The Lord Baron (the new Seneschal) loses an initiative but can now buy 1 of 6 Heirlooms of the Knightly Houses.

Primary and Allied detachments have been replaced by Household (3-5 Knights; choose one to be your Lord Baron) and Oathsworn detachments (1-3 Knights).

All Knights are considered to be Lords of War now. (So tournaments better not negate an entire faction by limiting the number of Knights by allowing only a single Lord of War. I’mm looking at you, BAO and LVO.)

That should make getting lots of Victory Points for people when playing the Alter of War Escalation mission. (Receive 1 VP for every 3HP you pull off a LoW)

A big one for me is that if you choose Knights to be your primary detachment then all your knights gain Objective Secured.

Something that is funny to me but is very situational is the new Hurl rule that allows you to use a monstrous creature or vehicle as a large blast weapon against your enemies.

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New Space Marines – Rumors Have Landed! | Spikey Bits

Space-Marine walpaper

The first round of Space Marine rumors are doing the rounds.  Come see what the Astartes are bringing!

via RR on 5-2-2015

“June 13th sees new Adeptus Astartes Codex release with two vehicle boxes. New land raider command variant included and new rhino command variant. Ornate design on additional armour plates etc. More marine kits to follow.

The codex sees predators/whirlwinds/indicators as 1-3 options. No surprise.
The codex sees land raider squadrons and huge bonus to ignoring damage when part of them.”

After codex Craftworld, seeing the older Marine vehicle vehicles move to squadrons is not surprise.  Forge World has been making command variants of the Land Raider and the Rhino for years now (see below)

With a rumored release date of June 13, this would appear to fit right in front of the rumored WFB 9th Edition reboot.

GW sure seems intend on jam-packing as much high interest 40K items as they humanly can in their end of year Q4 right before the WFB re-launch.

~Thoughts?

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Objective Markers Part 1

So I just added these to the Etsy Shop.

Clicking the top image below will take you to the Etsy page.

So I’ve been getting back into the hobby in a big way and I decided to start with some Objective Markers.

These are very utilitarian and soon (Read: Monday) I will post about the more artsy markers I also designed and painted. They will seem very familiar to some of you who followed this blog a while ago and I hope the new ones are as well received ad the last few sets I’ve made.

Meanwhile, this post revolves around the markers I designed and have been printing out sets of all day. They can hold a pair of rounded 12mm dice and are 40mm in diameter.

Objective Markers on Parade

Objective Markers on Parade

Objective Markers with Many Uses

Objective Markers with Many Uses

I’ve already sold a set of 6 to a new friend over at Rainy Day Games and I hope to see them on the battlefield on Sunday’s league games.

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The New Hotness

So I recently moved to the Portland Oregon area and I needed to find a local game store. I looked high and low for this place called “Friendly Local Game Store.” I find out, after driving for 20 mins, that the place shut down last November and that it was sudden and shady sounding.

Disappointedly I decide to give Google one more chance to find me some new gaming digs and I found a place in Aloha, OR called Rainy Day Games. Being the social pariah that I am, I was very apprehensive to give the new place a shot.

I walk in to the place and am greeted by massive walls full of all things geekery when it comes to gaming.

Wall of Geek

Wall of Geek

This is my impressed face

This is my impressed face

I was impressed to say the least.

My last gaming store was pretty sad when it came to selection whereas Rainy Day Games had everything I was looking for and more.

I walked away with a Skitarii Dunecrawler and a box of Skitarii Vanguard.

Picked up a Dunecrawler

Picked up a Dunecrawler

I set away to building the models quickly both excited to be hobbying again as well as worried about my skills being up to snuff after being away from it for so long.

Assembling a Dunecrawler

Assembling a Dunecrawler

Still need to base my models but I feel the painting looks really good so far.

Skitarii Vanguard

Skitarii Vanguard

Skitarii Vanguard

Skitarii Vanguard

Skitarii Dunecrawler

Skitarii Dunecrawler

Skitarii Dunecrawler

Skitarii Dunecrawler

250pts of Skitarii

250pts of Skitarii

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