Sunday, April 17, 2011

Catching Up


Apologies for the quiet 'round here: haven't have much going on, so there's not much to say.

Fantasy Campaign

I dropped out of the Warhammer Fantasy campaign we've had going for the past couple of months: it's felt like work for the past month or so.

The short version is: two guys (one of whom I know to be a cheater and refuse to play) took unfun lists and allied with each other.  On the first day of the campaign, one of them attacked another player who (literally) said, "Not worth it," and dropped.  So, the rest of us allied to try to keep them from steamrolling: we didn't want to give them the satisfaction, you know?

I was well-positioned to tie up the other guy.  So, that's what I did.  It became clear that I was going to play the same game with the same list against the same opponent's list from now until the campaign wrapped up.  It didn't take me long to get burnt out on that.

And, to make things even easier, we caught the guy I'd been tying up doing dishonest things with his list in our last game.  Really the worst possible note to end things one.

Question, regarding my hobby status sheet: should I bother logging a game in which the other guy was cheating?

So, I'm a little sick of Fantasy right now, which is a damn shame.  I'm not far from having my Skaven there, you know?

Warhammer 40K

If I'm done with Fantasy for a bit, I can play 40K, right?

I'm having a hard time getting excited about playing it, though.  My Daemons don't like they're going to fare well in a post Grey-Knights world.  I still don't understand my Tau in 5th (and keep hoping they'll get a new book so I won't have to).  That leaves my Dark Angels, who got a huge shot in the arm via the updated FAQ... except the list the FAQ really benefited isn't exactly the list I want to run: Deathwing got a lot better, but I still kinda just want to run Battle Company Dark Angels who are so bad, even "Rank the Codices" lists that everyone loves to do almost always forget to mention them entirely.

Anyway, that's enough whining.  It might not be quite the list I want to play, but Deathwing's viable and will give my friend who's been learning to play 40K by way of playing nothing but (not my) Daemons something new to go up against.

So, this is the list I ran on Tuesday.  It's pretty much exactly the list Casey's suggest I run:
HQ
Belial - TH/SS
Interrogator Chaplain - Terminator Armor, Combi-melta

Troops
Deathwing Command Squad - Apothecary, Standard Bearer, TH/SS x4, Heavy Flamer
Deathwing Terminator Squad - TH/SS x2, CML
Deathwing Terminator Squad - TH/SS x2, CML
Deathwing Terminator Squad - TH/SS x2, CML
Deathwing Terminator Squad - TH/SS x2, CML

Heavy Support
Whirlwind
Whirlwind
Whirlwind
It did well, despite my dice not really cooperating with me.  I've got some work to do pulling the models together for this: my command squad's currently heavy on Lightning Claws, and I need to assemble a few more TH/SS terminators.

(I also need to figure out if I want to run the CML on one of the TH/SS brothers or on one of the PF/SB brothers.  I'm pretty sure the former's better, but the latter involves less work.)

NoVA Open

So, this thing's on the horizon: about four months out.  I'm not really excited about it right now: I've gotten extremely burned out on the idea of Competitive play (capital "C").  Every time I think about the cash prize I facepalm and start dreading shitty, unfun games... because now there's actual cash on the line.  Given my recent experiences with the campaign, where nothing has been on the line I think my pessimism is pretty justified.

Furthermore: I'm not sure what I'll want to do with it.  My Daemons are my most visually impressive army... and I'll go farther on looks than talent with this thing if you know what I mean.  I'm spinning up on my Deathwing, though, and I think it'll produce more satisfying games.

At the same time, my Skaven are coming along badass, and could conceivably be finished by August. I'd have to sell / trade my 40K ticket for a Fantasy ticket... but that's probably more feasible than going from Fantasy to 40K.

Anyway, I'm starting to think about it.

EDIT: It looks like I was conflating two things: the NoVA Open (that I have a ticket to) and the NoVA Invitational (that, let's face it, I'm not getting an invite to).  So, no cash prizes.  I'm still writhing in the throes of existential hobby disappointment, but the threat of money isn't contributing to it.

Lightbox

After bitching about needing a lightbox for something approaching a year: I finally grabbed one off of eBay.

I've played around with it a bit:  I'll have some photos taken in it up in the next couple of days.
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