Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tournament Report

Hey guys, your friendly neighborhood Spiderma... Huron here. Today I have what I promised to post yesterday (Sorry, had some trouble with youtube), the full tournament report for the 2,000pt Inner Circle High Stakes Tournament and Pancake Jamboree that was held in Glen Burnie, MD on 2/21. I know the tournament has a weird sounding name but it was a lot of fun and had a very interesting format I look forward to taking part in again. Besides the prizes at the end of the event, per the usual, each game had a $10 Gift Certificate riding on it. Win Get $10, tie split the money, lose and you are out of luck. The important thing here is that it gives you something to fight for even if you have already lost your first two games and have no shot at a prize. Pretty cool if you ask me.

That said, I was disappointed that this event followed the trend surfacing now and did not include Sportsmanship or Comp scores in anyway. Also their was a prize for painting, but it was completely separate and did not effect the overall winner in anyway. I think tournaments that are run in this style really hurt the hobby, as it promotes just beating face and not competitive, fun game play with nicely built and painted armies. The army that won the whole thing had a good decent paint job at least.

Okay so here are Games 1 - 3 with the tournament results included at the end of Game 3.

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3 & Results

While as I mentions I didn't like the fact that sports and comp got dropped, and painting didn't matter for overall, I will say I had a good time and will be playing in some of the future Inner Circle events. They have a GT Qualifier coming up in July which I will be participating in most likely, as it is nice and local to me.

Since I am talking about GT Qualifiers I should mention that this weekend sees me heading to my first GT Qualifier event, the St. Valentines Day Massacre Tournament up in Media, PA. This is one of the Big 2 events I have been tweaking my Howling Griffons for and I am excited. Everything comes down to whether or not I can get the army finished in time or not. I am almost their, but it is going to be a long night tonight most likely.

Wish me luck, I will post more info on the army and hopefully some finished photos of it tomorrow.

Until next time.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

And a new Era begins...

Hey guys, how is it going? Today you are in luck, you get to join in on the new Era. Yup that's right, the world is all shiny and new, and you get to be a part of it. I am happy to announce a project that both Nix over at The Dead Tau Project and I have been working on for several weeks now, Gamers Lounge. Gamers Lounge is a hobby podcast focused on miniatures gaming and all the elements associated with it.

The first episode has been recorded and is up on the Gamers Lounge site ready for you to have a listen. If you would prefer you can instead find us on itunes and very soon at podcast alley as well. I am very happy with the first episode, in which we discuss Theme vs Comp and Sportsmanship. In addition, as we are both bloggers we talk about blogging and some of the great blogs we enjoy.

So come join in the fun of this brave new Era and have a seat and join us in the Gamers Lounge.

Oh and I will have News and Battle reports from the Inner Circle tournament I attended on Saturday for you tomorrow as well as a sneak peak at what I am taking to the St. Valentines Day Massacre in PA this coming weekend.

Monday, February 15, 2010

I need a good Exterminator...

Hey guys, Huron here, as promised I have a new battle report for you featuring the new Tyranids played by a new opponent, David Johnson. David it the younger brother of my regular opponent and chaos nemesis Mike. This army features no less then 5 of the new big bugs, 3 Trygon Primes and 2 Tervigons, plus and upgraded Hive tyrant and 2 units of 2 of the new you can't hide from me tryant guard. Enjoy!

Wow that was a close game and I learned a new tactic with Khan. Hit and Running out of combat allowed me to contest the objective on his side, I will have to remember that one.

Until next time.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Nose to the Grind Stone

Happy Friday!

Hey guys, Huron here, how is it going? After a week of snow and extra time off you'd think I would have lots to share but my blog has been quite this week. I am truly sorry about that but I've had my nose to the grind stone working on getting my Griffons done by Feb. 20th for a tournament near me. Then I will be spending the next week tweaking some paint schemes and maybe painting a command squad for the St. Valentines Day Massacre 40K tournament the weekend of Feb 27th - 28th up in PA. It is a GW GT Qualifier tournament and my first of several that I plan on attending.

So today I leave you with 3 things:
  1. A promise to post a new Battle report come Monday the 15th featuring the new Tyranids played by a new opponent vs my Howling Griffons (and what an awesome game it was).
  2. Pictures of the Griffons and their snazy display board on Thursday the 18th.
  3. This hillarious pic of the emperor and the baby primarchs that a friend on a forum I read posted, he got it from: here

Have a good Weekend!

Friday, February 5, 2010

HAPPY FRIDAY... with Snow!

Hey guys, Happy Friday. Well for all you North Easterners (is Virginia really North East?) you and I share something in common today, snow, snow, snow. While it might not have started for you yet good chances are by sometime tomorrow you will be sharing in the down poor. Weather forecasters are calling for 18" to 2 Feet in my area between now and Saturday night. Well I was supposed to be at a 40K tournament this weekend, guess I am going to be painting instead (look for the fruits of my labors Sat or Sun.).

So today I have a treat for you. Another battle report with my good friend Nix from Dead Tau Project. Both or us are using our most tweaked version of our 1850pt tournament lists yet. Oh, and there is a surprise ending.

Check it out!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

This just in, the most addicting Flash Game ever!

Hey guys, here you are, the most addicting flash game ever.

How many Halo Spartans can a Space Marine kill?

X shoots, Z activates your Chainsword. Swing away!

If you can get it to start, try right clicking on it and changing "Loop" to "Play", that has worked for me.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The New Tyranids, Battle Report

Hey guys, Huron here. Well I have a short Battle Report for you today featuring my Howling Griffons facing off vs the new Tyranids. This isn't the best report I have ever posted (I forgot to record turn 1 for example) but should give you a feel for the tweaks I have made to my basic list to face the new bugs and to play, as fritz says, in the future. More on that next week.

I really think the new bugs and the rumors for the new BA Codex really shed the light on GWs plan for the future of 40K. Until recently I was a whole sale believer in rampent codex creep, however I am starting to see a trend of tougher, more dynamic codex that allow those "Wow" moments that happens sometimes in 40K to happen more frequently. You know, that turn that the lone guardsmen faces down a whole unit of Dark Eldar Wyches, kills one, and then manages to run them down when they break.

I think GW is pushing the power of the books to amp up our games and you know what, I have started to really become a fan of that. Sure it means meaner, nastier armies. But wait 2 years, everyone will have a new book or most of us will, and every game with end with a story to tell.

Oh yeah, sorry I got distracted, here is the battle:

Hope you enjoyed it. Catch you next time.

Monday, February 1, 2010

A look at my Howling Griffons

Hey guys, how is it going? Today I have a special treat for you. In a very Black Matt from "Black Matt's Black Legion Blog" style post, I have an overview of my entire Howling Griffons army and where I am in painting all of it. You have seen me talk about painting them in my tutorials and you have seen them on the table, but I do not think I have ever really shown you close ups, at least not recently. So please enjoy the break down.

In the future I will be sharing more on specific army builds and tactics, but I thought I would start by introducing the whole army to you.

Let me know what you think. See you all next time.

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