Friday, July 30, 2010

Scissors Beats Paper

Well have fun watching my shortest battle report ever. 1850 versus FNP assault marines.
You really don't need to watch the video to see what happens, but the marine players will find it funny.

I thought, maybe I will castle up with kroot surrounding my stuff then some fire warriors then some juicy bits in the center. To top it all off it was kill points and spearhead. Jawesome.

It doesn't matter how many models on the table you have if you can alpha strike one unit with your entire army and that one unit doesn't die. Here's what shot
2x 3 Crisis with fusion and plasma
2x 2 Broadsides team leader in each unit had twin linked plasma
10 Kroot (Only 6 were in range though)
Hammerhead Submunitions
2x 6 firewarriors
10 markerlights from pathfinders

so I guess my WHOLE army did not shoot at them, I was missing 1 unit of 6 firewarriors.

Have fun with the steel drums.

My tactic to "kill everything" worked awesome

Also did not know you can multi-charge through one unit to get to a unit behind it. So when he charged my kroot he was also able to multi-charge my firewarriors right behind the kroot.

Stay mobile! Maybe I should go back to my all mech list with no broadsides :(

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Drones as Monsterous Creatures

I always loved the Marvel comic book series "What If". The basic premise is that they took familiar characters and changed one thing like , "What if Norrin Radd never became a herald of Galactus?", then they had a little story exploring that possibility. I have some time before work so this is just gonna be a none fancy post, although i do intend to start making some words hyperlink, I think that is neat. So here is a what if for the Tau codex.

What if:
Drones didn't count against morale check casualties?

Drones were wargear?

Krootox were monsterous creatures?

The Kroot Shaper offered something other than a +6 armor save

The Ethereal was useful?

A Shas'el or Shas'O could be outfitted in an XV9, XV22, or XV88?

Pathfinders were a troop choice?

Firewarriors could equip jetpacks?

There was a flying transport for Crisis Teams?

a Sniper Drone team could be purchased as an auxiliary for a Firewarrior team?

Neutron blasters were assault 2?

Drones could explode?

Feel free to add your own What if ideas.


Thursday, July 22, 2010


I used to have 26 now I have 25. :( NOOOOOOoooooo!!!!!!!!

Well I guess that's just the way life is. A lot of Tau blogs have seemed to slow down and coalesce on the same few ideas.

Pretty sure there is not going to be a Tau FAQ

Pretty sure that when the Tau codex does come out in early 2012 that it will be awesome, then 3 months later a FAQ will come that will basically be a rules rewrite so that Space Marine players can again trounce Tau. Maybe I am just cynical after reading the new Tyranid FAQ. I mean, I hate the bugs but they don't deserve what GW did to them.

I can't wait to have my Grandkids ask me, " Grandpa what was Spacemarines like when you were my age?"

"Well believe it or not when I was your age it was called Warhammer 40,000. Instead of having 26 Marine Codeces and 1 codex Xenos, there were only 6 Space Marine codeces and 6 Alien codeces that actually had their own fluff and different species instead of just random stuff that grouped together to get slaughtered by Space Marines."

"Weird, Grandpa, why do you still play Dungeons and Dragons 3.5?"

"Because it's awesome."

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Yes I know, it is battle report crazy day

POsting three battle reports in the same day!?! Yup, That's why I made a blog. Everybody can talk tactics, but few people can witness someone actively not using tactics!!! I kid, I thought this game went fairly well given how annoying Eldrad is.

Had I realized that Eldrad did NOT have eternal warrior I may have done more shooting at his unit, really though I wanted to get rid of all the wave serpents first. The Night Spinner was annoying. He kept it out of sight so had to roll the full 2D6" scatter, but each time it HIT dead on :P I thought nothing of it and proceeded to fail all of my dangerous terrain tests :P :P. Oh well If it would have ended on 5 I would have won, I had to settle for a tie instead.

Attacked by Bugs again

Here is an 1850 game I played recently versus bugs. Another reminder that maybe I should just mech up.

At least no Doom this time, but still it is hard to run away from shrikes. Besides Shadowsun I have been toying with the idea of taking a budget EL then maxing out on firewarriors with devilfish, pathfinders in devilfish and an ethreal with an honorguard. Not seriously thinking I can win, but it would just be funny to put a ton of tanks on the table. More tanks would have helped me a lot in this match.

Maybe in the next Codex Crisis suits will get some type of fast transport?

Tau with Hit and run is not as cool as it sounds

Alrighty! another battle missions battle report, this time "Fighting Withdrawl" Which is one of the Tau missions. Basically it sets it up as an objective mission with a decent advantage given to the Tau via deployment. Plus I get Hit and Run!!!(sarcasm, hit and run with I 2 is not super cool.)

What's gonna happen next!?!?!?!?!?!?

That was a fun game, and I guess Hit and Run did help in the end, a little bit.

Been poking around with Shadowsun for a while, she is fun to use. I have her in there mostly for her leadership bubble.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Tau Close Combat Madness

Another Battle mission battle report for all you viewers out there. This was "Ambush!" out of the Necron themed battle missions. Basically the defender deploys along the center column of the table and the attacker can deploy on either side at least 12" from the center line.

It was a kill point mission and I was the defender. I was playing a KP mission where Chaos was within assault range on the first turn. If only I could seize the initiative.

I think my firewarriors and pathfinders have been practicing jiujitsu (the BEST martial art :P). I am liking shield drones a lot. Also the giant line of kroot was a lot more useful than outflanking kroot, even though they are dead now.

Chaos sorceror got a little greedy and pwned himself. I got damn lucky with some saves. Go pathfinders on the far side, taking out bikers in CC to avenge their fallen devilfish!?!?!

Alrighty Pavonis looks like I am riding a wave of entropy, time to average out against your army next!


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

For the OLD ONES!!!...err I mean the greater good.

This is a Warhammer Fantasy post, so if you don't have any interest in that this post will not be interesting.

Alrighty if you are still reading here we go.

I started playing WFB back in the long long ago. When Nagash had a silly hat, chaos dwarves were still around, and wood elves and bretonnia were new armies.

Lizardmen were my first army and always my favorite. In grade school I was known as "The dinosaur kid". What's not to love about a bunch of giant dinosaurs and their magic wielding masters?

Now I am the kind of person that picks one army out of a game system and just uses that to the exclusion of all others. I have a wagon firmly hitched to both Tau and Lizardmen. Tau have had some good times and have been through some rough times. I think they are still pretty good, and playing Tau has improved my tactical brain by quite a bit.

With Lizardmen it is interesting to see how much raw power is there, especially in 8th edition. I haven't really played WFB since my tactical epiphany (read: doing something besides just running all your stuff at their stuff and see which dies first)

I will probably be starting a Lizardmen blog. Now that I know how to actually paint there is a lot I want to go back and get done. I guess this post is about the fact that I will still be playing 40K and still posting Tau battle reports, but if anyone has any interest at all in fantasy and wants to hitch a ride with the dinos, or just fantasy in general, there will be a blog here for you. Now all I have to do is come up with a name...


Monday, July 5, 2010

DAWN RAID Kroot outshoot the rest of my army

Still trying to figure out how to be more tactical. I think I may need to rely more on FW in devilfish to take points versus outflanking kroot. Going to do some more experimenting with infiltrating kroot, instead of out flanking.

Deep striking suits got too close. Also probably should not have clumped my Broadside teams together.
Kroot got a little silly this game.

how many troop choices do you guys use? (Tau players) Do you have a ratio of points to amount of troops? or you always take X number of troops?

Holy Back log batman!

My blog has been a little neglected as of late. Have some battle reports!!!!

In my experience, reserving everything has a good chance to not come in right away. Blood Angels have a better chance with the re-roll to come in, but only guys with jetpacks have that...