Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Blunt Force Gamer Episode 8: Pre Adepticon episode. Our convention plans, Jonny P interview, and what makes a gaming club?


Episode 8 is a short 35 minute or so podcast about our Adepticon plans, what we are working on in Warhammer Fantasy and also what makes a gaming club? Is a gaming club more than just a bunch of people on a social networking site? We think so.

Join us for all this and more in an action packed half hour before the weekend and Adepticon 2011 hits!



In episode 8 we cover:

  • - An interview with Jonny P from Zlurpcast

  • - Our Adepticon plans

  • - What makes a club a gaming "club"

  • - What armies we are working on in Fantasy

  • - A little gaming club history for us

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Magnetized Ogre weapon options

A post on Ogre Stronghold gave me the idea and I really wanted options on my Ogre Bulls so it was time to give the magnets a go. Each Ogre bull can swap out hands to get an additional hand weapon or the iron fist. That takes a huge load off my shoulders on how to model my troops.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

This week it is all cavalry

My major projects this week are to finish the Vampire Counts army in terms of assembling. That will require building a few units


Blood Knights

Black Knights

Once that is done I can move on and start painting or assembling my third army which is Ogre Kingdoms. I also FOUND instructions on how to assemble a Gnoblar Scraplauncher.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blunt Force Gamer Episode 7: 40k orks, fantasy vampires and what to do about rude players that butt in during your gaming

In episode 7 we cover:

  • - What we have been up the past two weeks including battle reports

  • - 40k Rule of the week is Ork mob rule

  • - Fantasy rule of the week is vampire counts shuffle

  • - Trivia is back

  • - Blog of the Week: Warpstone Pile

  • - What to do about rude game watchers that try to butt in on your business

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Monday, March 21, 2011

HPS Sims goes digital least with one title.

This just in. HPS Sims (makers of fine computer wargames) has a new spiffy ordering site up and they have started to provide some digital downloads. Right now only Greek Wars is available via digital downloading but I am sure more titles will follow.

You can see the new ordering page here:

Saturday, March 19, 2011

1500 point Warhammer Fantasy Battle Dark Elf vs Dwarves battle

Some local friends of ours got together for a battle today at the Chicago Battle Bunker in Downers Grove and had a good fight of it. You can see all the pics and read the report over at Druchii Battle Reports.
Today's battle featured my Dark Elves against Mike's Dwarfs. It was a very fun and close game. Mike is a great general and it was enjoyable to have a player like him across the table. We fought a 1500 point pitched battle. My strategy was to counter the dwarf anti-magic by bringing none to the table. That's right, no sorceress or spell casting at all. I went for maximizing shooting, mobility and number of models with only one magic item: a Banner of Murder for the Corsairs to give them Armor Piercing.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

How to use Mantic Games Revenant Skeletons in a GW Army?

I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to use Revenant Skeletons in a Games Workshop Vampire Counts army. I already own 40 GW Grave guard so that unit is finished. The regular Mantic skeletons are fine and dandy but the Revenants are a bit fancier and I am not sure how to integrate them. I have about 20 that came in my box set.

You can view them at that link. Do I just mix them in? What are some thoughts from undead players out there. No I dont mean literally dead players reanimated, but actual live players!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Teaching the game

Tonight at the GW Battle Bunker in the Chicago burbs we finally come circle in our little gaming group and pick up two new players. While all of us have been friends for a while in one circle or another (even in World of Warcraft) this is the first time we have all been on the same "page" and playing the same gaming system. Long gone is Warhammer 40k and in is Warhammer Fantasy. I will be teaching a new player the ropes while Jonny P will taking on Valdric and his dwarves in a 1500 point battle.

The thing about the game is although you may have the basic rules down it takes a while to learn the nuances fully. This includes deployment, proper use of dispells, tooling up heroes and lords, unit block size, reforms, and much much more. Tactically the game is as sound as ever and presents a broader and much more fulfilling wargaming experience. A few weeks to learn but years to master it seems. You can have multiple armies but you really need at least 15 or so games with one to learn how the units behave and will perform.

I plan to bring a few examples of all the troop types and then show the basics like movement, combat, cavalry and magic. This also gives me a good excuse to bust out those Vampire Counts models and get some on the table as I rev up my second army. The initial painting of the test model is done for the Grave Guard. I attempted to use just 4 colors and get the thing done in under 20 minutes and it worked out quite well. Of course I have 39 more to paint but Skaven come first.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Orcs and Goblins week kick off

If you like the greenskinned ones then this is the week you want to watch Beasts of War. Once you get around the annoying "WAAAGHH'ing" they settle to take a look at the new army book in the video below:

Friday, March 11, 2011

Warhammer Forge announces new Empire models

Some spiffy Empire models made their way to the Warhammer Forge website today and below are some pics:


Also a reminder is posted that
"If you’re attending the annual AdeptiCon event on 1st – 3rd of April, at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Centre in Chicago, IL, then a visit to the Forge World stand in the Vendor Hall will allow you to purchase both Forge World kits and the growing range of Warhammer Forge miniatures. We’ll also have a selection of display models for you to admire and Forge World Graphic Artist Kenton Mills, one of our crack AdeptiCon team, will be happy to sign your copies of The Badab War."

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Army Builder Warhammer Fantasy files updated

Just a note about a quick update today for Army Builder that fixes a few bugs for Warhammer Fantasy

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Grey Knights! Advance Orders Open!

Games workshop has just opened advance orders for the Grey Knights. As of right now, the following is available to order:

2nd of April

  • Codex: Grey Knights $29

  • Grey Knight Nemesis Dreadknight (No Price Listed)

  • Grey Knights $33

  • Grey Knights Terminators $50

  • Lord Kaldor Draigo $22.25

In any case, I'm very excited about this. Will I be jumping out and buying them right away? Honestly, I wish I could. However, I already have a space marine army and I am working on getting an Ork list built. Afterwords, there is a very good chance that I will play Grey Knights. I will be picking up the codex though. You can bet your ass!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

40k Grey Knight price lists leaked

A few blogs and miniature gaming outlets are letting fly the fact that the upcoming Grey Knight price list has been released and there are a few cover images of the Grey Knight codex floating around out there also.

From various outlets and blogs we have learned the following (all prices in pounds)
Grey Knight Codex Softback – £17.50 RRP

Grey Knights Boxed 5 man Set -£20.50 RRp

  • A Grey Knight Squad

  • Interceptor Squad (Can teleport 30″ once per game)

  • Purgation Squad (Heavy Support can have psy-cannons, psilencer or incenerators. Have psyk-out grenades and can fire at targets the can not see due to Astral Aim.

  • Purifier Squad (Elite Squad with 2 attacks and the cleansing flame psychic attack)

The Grey Knight Nemesis Dreadknight – £33 RRP

Grey Knight Terminators / Paladins – £27.70

(Paladins are two wounded ws5 terminators with apothecaries)

Lord Kaldor Draigo – £13.80 RRP

(HQ choice that makes Paladins troops and grants D3 universal special rules)

Castellan Crowe – £10.25

(Makes Purifier Squads Troops)

Jokaero Weaponsmith – £7.70 RRP

And lastly the cover image:

Blunt Force Gamer Episode 6: 40k pinning, fantasy buildings, Headbangers Ball Blood Bowl, battle reports and more

In episode 6 we cover:

  • - Why dont other podcasts respond to their Twitters? If you want us to follow then respond to us when we do!

  • - Headbangers Ball Blood Bowl Tourney report

  • - 40k Battle Reports for the week

  • - Warhammer Fantasy Battle Reports

  • - The pinning rule in 40k and buildings in Fantasy

  • - How GW Mini's are a good investment compared to other games

  • - Why we play multiple armies

  • - Blog of the Week: Awesome Paint Job Blog

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Headbanger's Ball Blood Bowl Tournament comes and goes

Well my first official Blood Bowl tournament is over and I have to say I didn't do as bad as I thought I would. Sure in a total of 4 games I only scored 3 times but I think that my defense was pretty solid all day and I really gave my opponents some headaches. In fact in game 3 I jipped myself a touchdown by not going for it and really should have only lost 2-1. For some reason I always forget to go for it I guess I just do not trust my luck.

I brought my Lizardman team Extermination Event which consisted of 6 saurus, 1 kroxigor (the hero of game 1 with 3 kills) and 4 skinks. We were allowed to give each player one free skill and I went with block on all the saurus to match up with Dwarf teams and then I took Jump Up on the skinks. I played the kroxigor normal because I forgot to give him a skill.

Another thing I want to bring up is my pairings. All day this is what I played: Dwarves and Chaos Pact. First game was against Dwarves, next was against Chaos Pact then Chaos Pact again and finally I rounded out with Dwarves! Yippee! I hate Dwarf teams with a passion. This was no exception since they already had the best skills to start and the tournament allowed one free skill of standard choice for every player it only made them tougher. Throw guard in with block and my day was full of bashing and trying to stay alive.

Game was against Kornholio a Dwarf team that I beat 1-0 on a late play in the second half where I blizted the ball carrier and got a skink to scoop up the pigskin and run off with it.

Game two was against the co-host of Zlurpcast Xtreme and I came away losing 2-0 which I consider lucky. I had a few good hits.

Game three was against a Chaos Pact team that I had a chance to score on but forgot to push my luck. Also had some bizarre bounces in this game that killed my hopes of making any headway on offense. I failed to pick up a ball on a kick off and it went out of bounds and scattered 12 squares into the opponents team and that was all she wrote. I also had 4 casualties inflicted on me that game.

Game four was tough at first. I started out down 1-0 early and with 3 dead. I rallied back and was leading 2-1 late in the game on turn 15 but just did not have enough people to stop the other team and he scored on turn 16 to tie it 2-2.

All in all it was a good time but I was burned out by game 4. I hung in there and was a lot riskier in my last game and it paid off. With Lizardmen you have no finesse players so you have to force the skinks in and pull off some nutty moves. For my first tournament in any game EVER I will take a 1-2-1 record and lick my wounds.

Headbangers Ball was put together well and run by Jonny P over at Zlurpcast. Take some time and check out his site here:

The results? Well I was not the last place coach but I was NEXT to last! You got points for a loss and casualties so even if you didn't win you could put a hurting on people and try to salvage something. In all games but 1 and 3 for me I failed to really cause casualties and that was killing me.

He ran a great event and even had crazy rules like the Metalhead who was a extra player on the pitch that roamed around in control of the player whose turn it was. There was also a rule about mosh pits and special kick off and weather tables. Well prepared event and there was a great turn out at the Chicago Battle Bunker of 16 coaches. Good times for all Blood Bowl players as we had the entire half of the large game room.

Next up for me a 2000 vs 2000 game at the Bunker in Warhammer Fantasy Sunday. Busy week of gaming!

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Dwarf King's Hold preview

Beasts of War has a look at the upcoming Mantic Games board game and what comes in the box. The actual long title of the game is Dwarf King's Hold: Dead Rising and it looks to be a slimmed down version of say Space Hulk but in a fantasy genre.It also reminds me of Descent a tad bit but minus the role playing aspects.
This is a 2 player, scenario based board game, with one player taking control of the Dwarfs, while the other commands the Undead. There are 6 scenarios to play through, each build upon each other, culminating in a huge, desperate battle which will ultimately decide who controls the King's Hold

Included in this game  are over 25 plastic figures including 5 Dwarf Ironclad Warriors, 2 Shieldbreakers, 12 Skeletons and 10 Revenants. There are lots of little extras that are fully usable within the game, such as the Dwarf Pit Dog, the dead Dwarf, piles of bones plus plenty of fun conversion bits.


Friday, March 4, 2011

1500 point Skaven List

So this is my standard list for the moment. I don't use slaves at the time because I don't have the models to convert. Thusly I use tons of clanrats.

1500 Pts - Skaven Roster

Hell Pit Abomination (1#, 250 pts)
1 Hell Pit Abomination, 250 pts (Warpstone Spikes; Causes Terror; Large Target; Regenerate; Stubborn; Thunder Stomp)

Plague Monks (30#, 260 pts)
29 Plague Monks, 260 pts (Musician Mus; Standard Bearer Std; Hand Weapon; Extra Hand Weapon; Extra Attack; Frenzy)
1 Bringer-of-the-Word (Hand Weapon; Extra Hand Weapon; Extra Attack; Frenzy)
1 War Banner

Night Runners (19#, 160 pts)
18 Night Runners, 160 pts (Hand Weapon; Extra Hand Weapon; Sling; Throwing Star; Extra Attack)
1 Nightleader (Hand Weapon; Extra Hand Weapon; Sling; Throwing Star; Extra Attack)

Plague Priest (3#, 266 pts)
1 Plague Priest, 266 pts (General; Hand Weapon; Plague Censer; Frenzy)
1 Plague Furnace (Frenzy; Large Target; Magic Resistance (2); Unbreakable)
1 Plague Monk Crew (Frenzy)

Clanrats (31#, 225 pts)
29 Clanrats, 225 pts (Musician Mus; Standard Bearer Std; Hand Weapon; Light Armour; Shield)
1 Clawleader (Hand Weapon; Light Armour; Shield)
1 Warpfire Thrower Weapon Team (Warpfire Thrower; Hand Weapon; Heavy Armour)

Clanrats (31#, 225 pts)
29 Clanrats, 225 pts (Musician Mus; Standard Bearer Std; Hand Weapon; Light Armour; Shield)
1 Clawleader (Hand Weapon; Light Armour; Shield)
1 Warpfire Thrower Weapon Team (Warpfire Thrower; Hand Weapon; Heavy Armour)

Warlock Engineer (1#, 108 pts)
1 Warlock Engineer, 108 pts (Level 2 Wizard; Hand Weapon)
1 Warplock Pistol

Validation Report:
Army Subtype: Skaven Army; Edition: 8th Edition; Game Type: Normal Game
Roster satisfies all enforced validation rules

Composition Report:
Points of Lords: 0 (0 - 375)
Points of Heroes: 374 (0 - 375)
Points of Core: 610 (375 - Unlimited)
Points of Special: 260 (0 - 750)
Points of Rare: 250 (0 - 375)