Monday, December 27, 2010

Lordly Lore?

So... As Gamecon nears my confidence in winning a golden ticket is beginning to wane, this is my last opportunity and frankly I'm not sure how well this is gonna go down. I went 1-2 in my last tournament, my first loss was decisive and lost entirely at the hands of my poor decision making. The second game began with my level 4 sorceress miscasting turn one... Then again on turn 2. Followed by me failing every single fear test for the remainder of the game. Needless to say luck wasn't on my side that game. Of course I know there were things I could have done differently to minimize how much these poor rolls would have affected me but I am far from skilled enough to have been able to recognize them at the time. My last game involved me rolling hellshriek as one of my spells (all enemies withini 18" make a panic test) against a goblin army... Yeah... Not my most earned victory.

So here I am less than three weeks away from Gamecon with a ton of painting to do and no decisive list put together. I am however attached to the idea of my sorceress Lord being mounted on a chariot. As such I currently have her set up with the following build:

Dayana, lvl 4 Sorceress Lord of Death
-Terrifying Mask of EEE!!! (Causes Terror, no inspiring presence)
-Diabolic splendour (Enemies at -1 leadership when taking fear or terror tests caused by Dayana)
-Talisman of Preservation (4+ ward save)

To go along with that my BSB will be equipped with the doom totem (Enemies with the totem in line of sight get -1 leadership)

Now for an explanation: In a perfect world one of my four spells would be Doom and Darkness, the idea behind this is that Dayana will cast D&D on an enemy unit that will be in her charge range next turn. This makes it so the enemy MUST dispel the D&D next turn or odds are that their unit is going to flee off the table by taking a Terror test at -5 Ld. Alternatively, against an enemy such as Dwarves with nothing better to do during the magic phase than dispel D&D I would set up a concerted Charge with Dayana and the Warrior block leading the enemy most likely at WS1 for the remainder of the battle (allowing for some heavy rainbow steamrolling). Of course against armies Immune to psychology these tactics won't work.


So lets take a moment to analyze our other tools shall we?

Spirit Leech: Mind war fantasy style. Honestly I'm not entirely fond of this spell. While it is capable of sniping off an enemy leader of a lower leadership army with ease, odds are I won't have any problem dealing with them anyway. I would like this a lot more if the leadership test were taken on modified leadership values instead.

Aspect of the Dreadknight: This spell suffers in the similar way that Doom and darkness does in that it is considerably less effective against enemies who don't do much casting. The fear is still useful when wanting to charge an enemy with just the rainbow steamroller. Of course this is just a 4+ spell and easily one worth just throwing a spare dice at for the off chance 3+ cast.

The Caress of Laniph: I like this spell alot against dwarves. It is great at sniping away those nasty runelords that are actively shutting down my magic phase. The great part is that this spell is relatively cheap being cast on a 6+ short range (another 3+ cast on a single dice for my level 4) It's great for punishing dwarf players for using up their dispel dice too early.

Soulblight: This is a nice spell to cast on a charging turn in order to soften up a unit for my marauders or Steamroller to shred and its flexible enough to be cast on two seperate units in case of a concerted charge. Otherwise it's not the most important spell for me to get off because most of the time I will just wipe out anything I charge anyway, but it's nice to have against more stubborn enemies.

The Fate of Bjuna: Like Caress only nastier. 2d6 wounds -enemies toughness  wounding on a 2+. Yes please Say good bye to your Runelord. (Can you tell the vast majority of my games have been against dwarf lists boasting massive amounts of anti-magic?) This is the kind of stuff that leads Dwarf players in this area to take anti-magic, if I get this off once against a runelord I will most likely wreck a dwarf army in the coming magic phases... If only i can get past the 5 spellbreaker runes...

Purple Sun: Think about this on a chariot for a moment. Roll it up to the flank of a Dwarven gunline, Channel it and shoot it sideways across their army rolling 6 dice for the cast. Odds are there will be a lot less Dwarves on the table. Sure pass that initiative test if you can.

My good friend, and WFB mentor Chris has been helping build my game to be the best it can be, as such the one army I know to fear most is the Dwarf army (his main army) I've been having him build the strongest tournament lists and the nastiest lists he can to play against me in order for me to learn where my weaknesses lie. As such the only real matchup I am prepared for is against Dwarves. This is where you all come in. I need help realizing my weaknesses point out where my thinking is wrong tear me down so I can see what I need to fix in my army in order to make it as competitive as possible for Gamecon. I've got all sorts of experience against dwarves, but what should I learn to fear of Vampires, Daemons, Elves and the like? What do I need to keep an eye out for? Anyway thats all I have for today I fear I'm just talking gibberish now... No more late night drunken blog posts I swear.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Quick note on progress

Just figured I would make a quick note on the second page I have added to the blog. (Look for the link entitled progress towards the top of the page) This is my progress page, I will be using it  to keep a running tally on the progress each unit and model has made towards completion using fancy rainbow colors for added visual effect! I will not be making posts to this page, just updating the list as I see fit, so don't worry you don't need to check the progress page in order to keep up with that I am doing unless you want to see where I stand. I will still be posting pics of my army and all of my posts here on the front page to keep it simple and clean. Let me know what you think about this new little addition to my blog, and let me know if there are any changes or features you would like to see implemented. Also I give you full permission to give me shit for any incomplete models, it's good for me and I need a lot of pushing.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Did you miss me?

So it's been a long time, my life has definitely been traveling a strange path the last few months and I let blogging fall to the wayside. One of the main reasons I haven't been posting much is because of strange and interesting relationship stuff and a lame attempt at school. For one I am no longer in a polyamorous relationship, and in the break up a lot of my hobby stuff and models got jumbled up. I went back to school but ended up failing a class because I am also working full time again, so once again school is set to the wayside. But perhaps the most important reason why I have been away is because I am once again in contact with my ex from about 21 months ago, and with her comes this little guy:
This is Jasper, my ex's son. He turned one on December 20th this year and he is the cutest damn thing I have ever laid eyes on. I've been gettin in as much time with the little one as I have been able to over the last month or so and enjoying every moment of it.

Now of course I haven't let my hobbies fall to the wayside, I've been trying to play Fantasy every chance I get and I even have some painted models! I figured I'd show a few pics of what I've been up to:I've spent some time at T&M cards meeting some other Gamer girls (this one's name is Jenn, imagine that) of course we are playing magic so as you can see I have that stellar attitude to go with my Frankenfurter hair.
I've put some work into the Warshrines for my chaos army, These are a fun if not pain in the ass project. This picture was taken during an all nighter the night before my most recent fantasy tournament. The TO, my good friend Bob Kelley, told me that he is enforcing Wysiwyg and that while models didn't have to be painted they at least had to be complete... so... an all nighter was in order.
Why yes those are Skaven on 40k bases. From the moment I saw the Clanrat box I knew that I wanted to use clanrats as lesser daemons of nurgle. I built these little fellows in the day leading up to my most recent 40k tournament, I ran a list including 40+ daemons, two princes, and a greater Daemon for maximum ratty goodness (the rat ogres were converted for my daemon princes and greater daemon)
At the 40k tournament I met a man with a beautiful 40k army, I just had to take some pics and share them with the world. Gotta love female guard.
I had a brief relationship with and introduced yet another Unicorn into the world. My now friend Rachel is the latest unicorn to grace the web and while she is still learning she is very excited about her nid army, Welcome Rachel! Once she gets started up I will be posting pics of her Nid army and record her progress as I can.
Of course I found my true love in the past couple of months too! His name is Jose, last name Cuervo. He keeps me company in my quest to become the hottest unicorn I can become. Right now I am working on becoming a member of the D20 girls project, basically a company that hires booth babes that are actually intelligent and knowledgeable about the product they are selling. I met the Idaho manager yesterday and I hope to have my interview soon(I live closer to the Idaho manager then the Washington one)
Last but not least I have been spending a lot of time with my fellow 40k players and good friends Michelle and Joe. There is just something great about having fellow hobbyists that you are close to and people that can help keep you focused and prepared for upcoming tournaments. These two are going to be the ones responsible for keeping me on track for Gamecon. I will get my golden ticket and I will see you in Vegas, that is my goal and I am going to need support to get there.

Anyway that is all I have for right now, I dont want to blow my load when it comes to ideas for things to write about. I just wanted to make a post and say that I have been once again been inspired to write and I am thankful that Brent has guided as many of you as he has my way. I love to hear from anyone interested in reading what I write and I pretty much do this for the Comments so anything I get is super appreciated, let me know what you like and what you dont and what you want to see! I will do my best to bring you things you actually want to read about.

Thanks for reading and look forward to more from me in the coming days I'm back baby and I have a lot I want to talk about!