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September 30, 2010

Wargames Gallery 9-30-10

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pic submitted by Thaddeus Pecorak

"The good news is we found one of the Fallen"
"The bad news is we're gonna need MORE BACKUP!!!"

SHOWCASE: LEGO Marines

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Lego, is there anything you can't do???  Check out these crazy Lego Marines by the Brothers-Brick


Warmachine: New Character Warjack Reviews

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Privateer Press surprised us all with 5 new character warjacks, released as upgrade kits for their line of plastic heavy warjacks, at Gencon.  So, how do these Warjacks shaping up rules-wise?  Let's find out after the jump:

40k Lore: Cypher

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Previously we took a look at the enigmatic Commander Farsight, this time let’s take a look at what we know about an even more mysterious figure; Cypher.

40K RUMORS: Dark Eldar Rules -Pt 2

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Ok, so with most of the week behind us, and tons of GDUK attendees starting to post their individual fragments of what they saw of the Dark Eldar codex a picture is starting to emerge.  Lets jump right in:

September 29, 2010

Wargames Gallery 9-29-10

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pic submitted by Dwayne Dibbley

"So a giant walks into a bar..."
You guys finish it.

SHOWCASE: Heresy Death Guard - Part 2 - Loyalists

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Hi folks.  following up on the big army overview, I'm here to show off a bunch of the promised closeup shots of my beloved Death Guard army.  Today lets look at the loyalists.

FOW: A French Armor Overview

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Compagnie De Combat

French armor is an interesting beast in Flames of War.  At the time of the blitzkrieg, French tanks had better armor and armament than their German counterparts, but suffered from many flaws- both strategic and design related.

THQ: Playable Eldar Trailer for DoW2-Retribution

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THQ just put out word (and a snazzy video) that the Eldar will be a playable race in the upcoming Dawn of War 2-Retribution expansion. Take a look:

Goatboy - Thoughts on the Dark Eldar Range

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Goatboy here again - chatting about the upcoming Dark Eldar release.

September 28, 2010

Wargames Gallery 9-28-10

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Moderati, where did you put that arm?
I don't know Princeps, it was just there...

40k Hobby- New Imperial / Traitor Guard Greatcoat Conversions

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MBG here with some more crazy Imperial Guard Conversions. I was inspired by the new Wargames Factory Shock Troopers to make some new Renegades / Greatcoats.

My buddy Mike made this great renegade Stormtrooper drop trooper  out of the normal Forgeworld renegade commander, some M.A.S. Wings, and a M.A.S. Base.

Hordes Teaser: Legion of Everblight Lylyth Theme List

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Hey everybody, our friends at Privateer Press sent over this exclusive teaser of Lylyth, Herald of Everblight's tier list from the upcoming Legion of Everblight book. Take a look:

Editorial: The Mob Speaks! I Listen.

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Hello again boys and girls, Unicorns and children of all ages, Brent here again; which means it's Tuesday!  What will he think of next, you ask?  Nada - today, you're doing the talking.

Spacecurves' Tactics Class : The Defensive Land Raider

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Hello everyone, welcome to another Spacecurves’ Tactics Class, where you learn practical tactics you can put to use on the table top.

This article will discuss how to use a Land Raider in a defensive role.

September 27, 2010

Wargames Gallery 9-27-10

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pic submitted by Richard Tapias Rios

I bet you forgot these even existed :)
Caption contest--GO!

FoW Review: Stalin’s Onslaught - part 2, Germans

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a guest piece by Eusebius Rex

For the Germans, Stalin’s Onslaught curtails the usual answer to Soviet heavy armor and horde infantry – typically 3x Panthers and elites / Pioneers – with rock sold AT Infantry and the ability to take an abundance of fortifications. In part 2 of our Intelligence Summary of SO we’ll take a look at what the German Wehrmacht can bring to face the Soviet hordes.

Hordes: Weekly New Minis 9-27-10

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Another week, and a new batch of cool minis and books from Privateer Press.  Lets dive right into some Hordes goodness:

40K: Dark Eldar Rules - GD-UK

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So at Gamesday there were excerpt pages from the Dark Eldar Codex on display and lots of readers got to briefly glance at it.  Here's what we've pieced together so far from eyewitnesses:

Goatboy's 40k Thoughts: What I think about Comp

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Goatboy here again - wanting to talk about the yin to the competitive 40k player yang - Comp.

September 26, 2010

Wargames Gallery 9-26-10

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There is no denying today's pic of the day could be any other than this.
12 years in the making, but here at last. Comments and celebration are welcome!

Games Day UK

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I'll be updating this post throughout the day as soon as I get any information and I can get to a Wifi point! The very latest will be on my twitter feed, but better quality photos and more detailed info will appear here throughout the day.

Resistance or Why I Think Shatner is Better

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I will always think Shatner plays a better Kirk than Pine and William Petersen was a better CSI than Laurence Fishburne, which is why I'll always be stuck on 7th.

September 25, 2010

Wargames Gallery 9-25-10

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pic submitted by Jordin Austin

Sometimes a picture really comes together and has a feel of reality
BRAVO!

Hordes Teaser: Legion of Everblight Thagrosh Theme List

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Hey everybody, our friends at Privateer Press sent over this exclusive teaser of Thagrosh, Prophet of Everblight's tier list from the upcoming Legion of Everblight book. Take a look:

WFB: Warhammer Forge Arrives

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Its been hinted at for many months, but Forgeworld has pulled the covers off of its Warhammer Fantasy counterpart.  Expect to see resin minis and more from the Old World at Gamesday-UK.

Warmachine: Returning to the Darkside

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Have you heard about the new miniature craze all the youngsters are playing called Warmachine?

September 24, 2010

Wargames Gallery 9-24-10

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The Germans roll up the King of Battle

Hordes: Painting Lord Carver

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Having completed my recent Cryx projects I've finally had a chance to get around to a new one I've been looking forward to for awhile: my Minions Thornfall Alliance army.

40K: FW Necron Tomb Stalker & Grot Mega Tank

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Well. it likes the earlier rumors of a crazy Necron centipede-construct were correct (if not exactly accurate).  Check out the creepy crawly Necron Tomb Stalker and Grot Goodies after the jump:

40K: Dark Eldar Warrior -OH MY!!! (Pic)

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Gamesday UK is only a couple of days away, and here's the latest that's maing its way all over the tubes tonight - a pic of a Dark Eldar Warrior.  Juicy stuff after the jump:

Goatboy's Weekly list - Wolf HQ's are COOL!!

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Today's list is from a recent thought build for a local gamer with limited resources. He wanted to play some crazy Space Wolf concoction with a rather low model count. Here's my plan...

September 23, 2010

Wargames Gallery 9-23-10

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Its the matching haircuts that bother me the most...
Caption contest  GO!!!

40K: Fear the Alien: Book Review

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Fear the Alien is another Black Library anthology filled with stories about... you guessed it, aliens.

Forces of Hordes: Trollbloods

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Trolls were my first pick for a Hordes army when Primal was released back in 2006, so this is the Forces of Hordes book I've really been looking forward to. Lets take a look at Privateer's latest.

40K RUMORS: Necron Early Tidbits

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So the Necron chatter is starting to pick up a bit after years of little to nothing.  Details on the Nectontyr after the jump:

40K: Necron Wraith Wing

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Fritz here, a few posts back I talked about running a destroyer wing themed Necron army so this week let's turn to running a wraith themed army...

September 22, 2010

Wargames Gallery 9-22-10

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pic submitted by Richard Tapias Rios

I just love this shot - so characterful
Caption contest  GO!!!

Games Day UK Preview

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In a few short days, Games Day UK will finally be here. The 'home' event of Games Workshop usually gives the biggest hints of forthcoming projects and the first glimses of the latest advanced releases. Here is a round up of what I'm expecting:

FOW Editorial: But Judge, What's My Comp Score?

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An old-time wargamer but new player to Flames of War might wonder why Flames of War events have no composition scoring of any kind, whether democratic or judged.  Hopefully an old tournament vet can explain why not - and why that's a good thing.


40K BATTLE REPORT: Death Guard vs Lamenters (Video)

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Hi everybody.

The BoLS video battlereports continue. This week we bring you Bigred's Loyalist Death Guard (SMs) facing off against Aventine's Lamenters in a bitter king of the hills battle. Sanquinor vs Lysander - Who's going down!

40k: Codex Eldar - How to win in 5th Edition

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TPM reporting in.  I'm not here to talk about Blood Angels this time.  I've been reading the new Eldar book that came out not that long ago Path of the Warrior and it has gotten me nostalgic for the glory days of the Eldar Codex.

September 21, 2010

Wargames Gallery 9-21-10

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Rambo vs the Terminator
That can only mean a Stallone vs Arnold quote-a-thon!  GO!!!

40k Hobby: Orky Vehicle Warpaint

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Hi, MBG here with another installment in my series of "Hobby Basics" articles. This time I'll be sharing with you my technique for Orky Vehicle Warpaint.

This is a quick and easy method I use for the white warpaint on my orky vehicles.  The base coat is a foundation color, which is great for going on over the blue paint of the hulls.

Editorial: Defining the Assumptions in Wargaming

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Greetings and hello again boys and girls, Unicorns and children of all ages!  It's Brent here again, livening up your Tuesday as usual... except today it's not really about what I think.  Let's clear up a few assumptions, you and I.

40K: First (blurry) Dark Eldar Image Breaks

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Well, it was only a matter of time.  The first incredibly blurry image of the Dark Eldar has been making the rounds all over the net over the last few hours.  The Incubi await after the jump:

September 20, 2010

Wargames Gallery 9-20-10

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Lamenters indeed!

40K ARMY: Aventine's Lamenters

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So this Lamenters army has been a long time in the making and I'll probably never stop adding to it, but this is it, as it stands, in September 2010. It is a very large army, probably almost 6,000 points (mainly due to the ~20 HQ choices). Much larger than last time I showed it. I have units to run it as Codex Marines or Blood Angels, as well as an assortment of Special Characters from each book. Let's check it out.

Warmachine: Do or Die Scenarios are Bad

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Warmachine is a game where if you play carelessly with your warcaster, you can lose the game immediately.  When I read battle reports from other players, I shake my head every time I read the dreaded "do or die" scenario.  What does this scenario mean?  It means that if you don't do something big this turn, you will lose the game.  It's literally do or die.  This is exactly the type of scenario that you should avoid.

Spacecurves' Tactics Class: The Passive Aggressive Assault

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Welcome to another Spacecurves Tactics Class, where you get step by step instructions on how to perform specific tactics in the beautiful game of Warhammer 40k.

Today's Tactic: The Passive Aggressive Assault

The purpose of the passive aggressive assault is to get your squad into combat, but to do so in such a way as to maximize the chances of you breaking out of combat in the following enemy assault phase. It is most useful when you are playing an assault army, against a primarily shooting army with poor assault troops.

In picture 1 below we see my space marines approaching an imperial guard battle line. There is a guardsmen squad and a Leman Russ tank. It is the start of my movement phase.


Picture 1: Passive Aggressive Scenario

It is clear my squad can easily move up and charge the guardsmen, slaughtering them in one assault phase. However, if I did this my marines would be out in the open next turn, and that Leman Russ tank would likely blow them all up. Ideally, I would like to charge the guardsmen, stay in combat this turn, and destroy them in my opponent’s assault phase, so I’d be safe from shooting in my opponent’s turn, and then be free to move up and destroy the battle tank on my following turn. How can I make this happen?
Picture 2 shows the board after my movement phase.


Picture 2: Moving into PA Position

I have moved my squad so that most of them actually moved away from the guardsmen. The goal is to have as many models over 12 inches away from the target squad as possible, while keeping one of them within charge range of the enemy. The twelve inch number comes from your six inch charge, plus their six inch pile in move.
Picture 3: Assault like you don't mean it!


In picture 3 we see the board after I have charged, and the guardsmen have done their six inch pile in move. I have succeeded in keeping all but 3 of my marines out of the fight. This means I’ll probably only kill 1-2 guardsmen. This maximizes the chances of them making their morale check, and staying in combat for a turn. In my opponent’s assault phase my whole squad will be able to fight and I’ll likely break the guardsmen, get a six inch consolidation move, and be free to melta that tank on my next turn.

It is interesting to note that this tactic becomes much harder to pull off if I had Grey Hunters instead of Tactical Marines. The better your individual models are at assault, the harder it is to “pull your punches”. Sometimes, having mediocre assault troops is actually an advantage.

Homework Assignment #1: What other use, besides delaying an assault conclusion for a turn, can you think of for a "passive aggressive assault"? *hint, think about the forced movement of the enemy models*

Bonus Homework Assignment: What should my marines do in THIS situation?


Picture 4: The Codex Astartes didn't cover this...

I hope this article has taught you something you can use in your next 40k game. Please post your answers to the homework assignments in the comments below.

-Spacecurves

Class dismissed!
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