Friday, November 27, 2009

Bringing something new to Blood and Blades

Okay sports fans, I have something new for you. This past weekend Mike Johnson (a fellow Sugarland Gamers member) and I spent some time (actually almost the whole time) up in White Plain, NY playing in the Battle for Salvation Fall Tournament run by Bobby and Black Matt. What a tournament, I had a blast and will be sharing my experience more over the coming week (still have some photos to edit). However, I have a special treat and a new addition to my Blog. Mike and I decided to stick around and get some games in Sunday with Black Matt, Fritz and the rest of the Battle for Salvation crew at one of the regular club gatherings at M&I Comic Book Heaven in the White Plains Mall. If you are ever in the White Plains area and are looking for comics, cards, and gaming I suggest you check them out.

Anyways, I have for you a real treat, my first Video Battle Report vs Black Matt from Black Matt's Black Legion Blog. While the quality might not be up to what you are used to seeing from Fritz, Jawaballs, and Black Matt, remember this is my first video of many more to come so cut me some slack. Check it out.

Assuming everything worked and you were able to view the battle report this is an exciting time for Blood & Blades. Now I can start sharing with you some of my painting knowledge as I find that showing instead of explaining is really the best way to pass on new techniques to others. Also I promise the quality of my Vids will get better as I get more practice.

Well that is it for this time. You can expect details on rounds 1, 2, and 3 of the Battle for Salvation Fall tournament, and an article about painting the interiors of tanks in the next 7 to 10 days. From there I guess the sky is the limit.

Until next time...

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Howling Griffon take a trip to NY.

This weekend me and a guy from the Sugarland Gamers club are headed up to the Battle for Salvation tournament happening in White Plains, New York on Saturday. I thought, since I just finished finalizing my plans and that it has been a while since my last post I would share my list with you guys. Jawaballs, Fritz, Warmaster Black Matt, eta all watch out because we are coming for you. Oh and that snazy Eldar army is coming home with me! ;)

Some of you may remember by Howling Griffons. For those that do not go slip down the left side of my Blog here and check out the labels section. You should find a direct link to everything I have posted about them there. Originally, my Griffons list was based around Pedro Kantor and a Master of the Forge allowing me to play and infantry/ dreadnought/ drop pod heavy list. However I found this didn't really work for me and while I have not abandon the concept of the army complete I have gone in a different way for this list.

I'm trying a tactic that I have never seen used and have only recently seen people talk about here on the Blog-o-sphere. I am playing a Kor'sarro Khan outflanking army. Here is the list.

2,000pt Space Marine Army

160pts Captain Johfrit (Kor'sarro Khan)

115pts Squad Sagrenor - (5) Tactical Marines w/powerfist
050pts Dedicated Transport: Razorback w/ Twin-Linked Heavy Bolter, Hunter Killer Missile

115pts Squad Agravain - (5) Tactical Marines w/powerfist
050pts Dedicated Transport: Razorback w/ Twin-Linked Heavy Bolter, Hunter Killer Missile

100pts Squad Garreth - (5) Tactical Marines w/ Combi-Meltagun
075pts Dedicated Transport: Razorback w/ Lascannon and Twin-Linked Plasmaguns

100pts Squad Lanval - (5) Tactical Marines w/ Combi-Meltagun
075pts Dedicated Transport: Razorback w/ Lascannon and Twin-Linked Plasmaguns

100pts Squad Calogrenant - (5) Tactical Marines w/ Combi-Meltagun
075pts Dedicated Transport: Razorback w/ Twin-Linke Assault Cannons

100pts Squad Palamedes - (5) Tactical Marines w/ Combi-Flamer

280pts Squad Aramand - (7) Assault Terminators w/ 5 Thunder Hammer Storm Shield, 2 Twin Lightning Claws
260pts Dedicated Transport: Landraider Crusader Llamrei w/ Multimelta

260pts Landraider Gringolet w/ Multimelta

085pts Predator Destructor Caliburn w/ Autocannon, Heavy Bolter Sponsons

TOTAL: 2,000pts

Kor'sarro Khan does 2 things for this army. First be replaces combat tactics with the ability to Outflank. All units can outflank as well as any dedicated transports they have. And secondly Khan gives whatever squad he joins the Hit and Run and Furious Charge Universal Special rules. So needless to say, Khan joins the Termies in their dedicated Landraider Crusader and along with the 5 Razorback squads outflank. The landraider, with the 6th tactical squad that does not have a transport are deployed on board (which makes it scoring, oh yeah) and the Predator start on the table or roll on early. This army is mainly designed to do well in objective missions but has done surprisingly well at Kill Point missions in the few test games I have run.

The big flaw is not having things show up till late game or having them show up piece meal. One way to counter act this is to include Tigurius in the army, but at 230pts I would have to drop the Predator, the 6th Tactical Squad, and the Multimelta on the regular Landraider, and I am not sure it is worth it but I may have a decision for you after I see how I do tomorrow.

Well that is it, see you all later. Check back late Sunday or early Monday for coverage of the event. Depending on when I get back into town I may have some coverage of the Sugarland GW Rapid Fire Tournament as well.

Until next time.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

What I have been up to...

So, its been a while since I did a status post, especially with pictures. So here we go:

I have been working on 3 armies lately. Orks, Howling Griffon space marines, and Chaos Daemons. So far the only thing I have done for Orks is a Warboss and 5 Nobs. Here is a pic, sorry about the depth of focus, my camera hasn't been cooperating lately.

Besides these guys I have 2 more nobs that need basing but are done being painted and around 120 Orks is one stage or another and some vehicles to work on. Next up Daemons. Here are some pics of the Forge World Daemon Prince I painted over the summer which is my stand in for Ku'gath.

Besides the above model, I have 14 Plague Bearers, 2 metal Great Unclean Ones (I use them as Daemon Princes), and 5 Nurglings painted up. Additionally I have 28 more Plague Bearers, 8 Screamers, a Soul Grinder, a Forge World Herald, and 3 Blight Drones all waiting to be painted up to match. I still need another DP, Epidemius, and maybe one or two little things to fill out the army.

Last are my Howling Griffons. I have really put a lot into this army and for the most part so far I am fairly unhappy with how they have turned out. While they look good they do not look great and several of the techniques I have used just do not stand up to photograph. Also this army never wins. Never. Except against Eldar(Hi Bill). I just can not figure out how to play marine is this edition. I have a few ideas but they need developing. Here are two pics of some new stuff. A stripped down Ko'sarro Khan with a new head and a command squad which while modeled very nicely, I will probably never figure out how to get into an army list.

And with that things come to a close. I have a few other things hiding in the folds and a few pics of things that just did not turn out so did not make it up here. That stuff will have to be saved for a future post.

Until next time.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sigh... Stepping out of Mechanicon.

Sigh, hey guys, Jay here with an update. I know it has been a while and I am sorry about that. Work and School have been slamming me, even more so in the last two weeks, it almost feels like I am working 2 full time jobs and both have been forcing me to work over time.

Mechanicon is this weekend and I have been rushing to try to get one of my newer armies completed (Orks, Howling Griffons, or Nurgle Daemons) done for it. Well none of them are even close so I fell back on my Red Corsairs and have been working to figure out a way to get them to a level I am happy with.

But as of today I am officially bowing out. I do not have a place to stay (things got screwed up with my hotel room), I have to work at least a half day Friday, which means I won't have time to do a display board, and I've been burning the candle on both ends for so long I am just to exhausted to stress over trying to make it work anymore.

So everyone have fun at Mechanicon, I will see you all in the future.

Until next time.

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