Wednesday, 26 November 2014

End Times : Khaine is coming

So I stumbled over the upcoming sneak peeks of the Khaine book on the interwebs. Better late than never and thought I'd share. This so far means that you can run two types of allied Elven armies. This makes for some powerful builds and Warhammer Fantasy only gets better.

Tyrion's host.
 Malekith becomes King...

Characters in the end times are just uber! 
Here's but a selection.

 Super Franz joins the action.

Every army book gets a End times spell.

Tyrion what hast thou done....

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Back in the groove: WHFB & X-wing

Warhammer Khaine was released for pre-orders over the weekend. Attributing to it's massive popularity it was sold out in less than 20 minutes of release. Well this tells me how many players are out there still playing Warhammer fantasy, Friggin lots! So it's given me a renewed passion for the game. Of course the IT warriors out there too intelligent for their own good criticised a games company for being too popular to sell out a new release, um duhh. For all of us who didn't manage to get one online, I'm sure you're like me and will pick one up from your local hobby store. This will be a hardback if you're lucky or the later release softbacks due this weekend and onwards.

I'll be picking up a pack o these too.
Really getting amped about all the new releases. 
Managed a game out with the Ogres and it was goodge!

Busy weekend for gaming. On Saturday I helped out one of the good guys promoting X-Wing and ran the Furballs tournament at BGBTB along with the help of Mike. We hosted 20 players which meant 5 tables of 4v4, Elimination. A great concept to get more players into the X-Wing hobby. Everyone had fun and it gives you a great amount of intrigue trying to ace it out and be the last pilot standing. The mini tourney had a 'Tantive IV' up as the final prize, so massive!
The pilots flew two rounds to determine the final four to fly off for the big prize. the guys who managed to make the final were:

Henare : A-wing     Top Pilot Wins the 'Tantive IV'.
Geoff :    Interceptor
Sam :      E-wing
Myself:   X-wing

Sam is 10 years old and a absolutely brilliant pilot. Hen and Geoff flew amazingly to make my silly X-wing look like a overladen bus! Great games for me and I learnt lots. Everyone looked like they enjoyed it immensely, so tournament success for another X-wing shindig.

Sunday at the Club was a little quiet with some other big events happening around Auckland. We managed to host 38 gamers who played Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40K, Flames of War, Blood Bowl, SAGA, X-wing and a few Board games too.

Firefly the Board game.
Double Shuttle!
 Lizardmen and water.
 Blingin the paint job.

If you're free this weekend head on down to the ACG club. We've got a X-Wing tourney running along with the usual range of Table top and Board gaming.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

End Times : Elven Alliance

This weekend brings the next peek into the next End times book and it's my favourite. The shaky alliance will tie together the entire three Elven races to fight in the End times. The arsenals of all Elven players just got real!

Malekith finds himself leading the prime of the High Elf and Wood Elf elite into battle.
(My hope is that they are still going to release a whole bunch o new mini's)
Khaines getting into the action and there's gonna be another 
G.R.R.Martin like culling of WHFB Special characters I feel.

Spoilers - We had expected this for a while.

Just when you thought that was huge, here's the new End time spells.

I'll have more before the end of the weekend so keep a watch.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Glotkin and End Times : Warhammer

The Glotkin has arrived in book II of 'The End Times'. I've just got around to having a read and boy o boy it's a brilliant advance on the WHFB IP. It's a time of uncertainty for gamers but let me tell you that it's a great time of change. The game has just gotten way way better. We're looking at holding some large multiplayer games at club to ding dong it out. Plus with Equinox & Natcon in March and April next year up here in Auckland, you guys in the hobby are gonna have a blast.

The New Nurgle range is some amazing sculpts.

Bretonnians are in the book and are still strong in the old world.

Gutrot Spume battles the Forest Gobbo's.

Unusual alliances lend themselves to battle.

From the Glotkin book we're also provided with the rules for Legion of Chaos lists. All those Beaastmen players can come out of the woodwork now And you get to ambush. Looking forward to facing and running a few games with this lethal combination.

with the lists the Reign of Chaos and Eye of the gods tables are also provided.

What are you waiting for. Get some of your own hammer games in.
Glotkin is a great purchase idea. It's fantastic that it's xmas time :)

Friday, 7 November 2014

New Tyranids and Ogre Kingdoms WIP

Some more new Tyranids are up this weekend and here is the sneak peek at them for ya. The bugs get their own droppies and they look pretty rad!

Also some new goodies from Forge world.

Ogre Kingdoms are on my painting table currently. Trying to make it as quick as possible so they are table top ready. I've had a few games with them and they play very nicely if not just a little too one dimensionally vs my favoured High Elf army. My club has recently had a huge influx of High elf armies with new players. This is great but also means I'm going to use different armies to break up the same ol.

 Brilliant sculpt.

This is the WIP on the Ironblaster that was missing its cannon.
I made an appropriate Cannon to replace it :) 
 Not your usual unit in a Ogre army but I really like the look of them.
They are in even though they are not so flash game wise.

Monday, 3 November 2014

BloodBowl and Club day

This Sunday was the ABBF Bloodbowl final held at Auckland City Guard Club between Geoff's Orcs and my Elves. We're both relatively new to the game and it was a funtastic season with 14 coaches playing in a round robin which culminated to the top 8 making the finals. With some really closely fought quarters and semis. Geoff and I were pretty stoked to have made it to the final deciding game with such tough opposition through the elimination stages.

Elves adopt the special grid position maneuver.
Christian the BB guru comments 'I've never seen anyone play like that'.  
I fooled em toooooo, not to mention myself hic...

Howlers (Elf) Vs Baserkerz (Orcs) ABBF 2014 Season Final.

Firstly, before we go to the match report, many thanks to all the ABBF veterans for helping all us new players throughout the league this year. Even without knowing the result when we kicked off, Geoff and I were pretty stoked and humble that we had managed to get to the final.

Pretty sedate weather on finals day. There was a fantastic gathering of ABBF coaches from the league eager in the throng of spectators to see how the final ran (thanks for coming to support and spectate BB folks). The Elves got the ball for the first drive and looked visibly relieved to be receiving in the face of the Massive team of Orcs skilled to kill with tackle, mighty blow and block. The Elves shot fast down right field on turn 1 hoping for that quick touch down. Stretching it so it only left a one dice block that the Orcs could save the play with. Luckily Heloise was on hand to provide the one dice pow luck for the Baserkerz coach. The ball spills and pinballs around the field to be picked up by a Orc blitzer. Not a good sign for the Elf team. Luckily the Elves had danced around the toughen up maypole the night earlier and brought the hurt sending the first of many Orcs to the injury bin. A quick recovery from Richie from the Howlers and it was a turn 6 TD. Oh no, the Orcs get three turns to whittle the fragile Elf numbers down but only manage to send 1 to the bin thanks to the influence of Nuffle.

The second half was going to bring some Elf pain and the Orcs sharpened their spikes for the receive.  Caging up and rolling down field for the drive and preparing to dish out the hurting to the Elves. I don't know what got into the Rampaging tiddly Elf Blitzers to rile them up this day but they put pressure on and killed two Orcs and reduced the Orc team to only 6 players at one point. Orcs were wanting to stall but had to score with 3 turns remaining due to their lack of numbers. With only 8 Players from the Orc team making it back for the Elf drive it was looking pretty handy for the Howlers. A quick stack of the right field from the Elves meant they could out muscle the tired Orcs and with a 7th turn touchdown the Orcs were reduced to ignoring the ball and bashing face on the final turn 8. Elves take the championship 2014!!!

Superb game and opponent. The tide of dice when bashing for the Elves at the end of the season proved the winner on the day. Bring on street bowl!!!

Club day photo's (excuse the poor Phone cam res)