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This Week in 40K Podcasting – 08/08/2014 – 08/14/2014

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Aug 17 2014
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Welcome to another installment of “This Week in 40K Podcasting,” Here is this week’s top 5!

The 11th Company – Episode 204

Highlights:  This week the guys check in with an almost 3.5 hour show, so strap in for some 40K awesomeness!  They kicked off the show with what games they have been playing lately, which included the most recent Space Wolf releases like the Murderfang, and the GW finical report.  Alan then went on to discuss his games at the Bay Area Open!  Next, in ‘Tactical Terrain’ Eric discussed what seminars he will be running at this year’s NOVA Open and what you can learn about display boards!  Next, Neil led a discussion on the 7th Edition meta and where it is going early on in the edition.  They discussed the Bay Area Open results and how many Space Marine armies were near the top, and how they feel that will translate to the East Coast who is not playing with Lords of War.  They discussed what the competitive scene currently looks like with Knights, tier 1 armies like summoning Daemons, Centurion-star and blob Guard armies, and tier two armies like Necrons AV 13 spam, MSU Space Marines, MSU Tau, Serpent Spam and much more!  Neil then took the time to discuss the menace of the Imperial Knights and how you need to build lists prepared for them.  Next, Mark steps into Pat’s shoes as the interview guy and interviews Kurt from Team Quality Control and they discussed the ETC and how they won it all this year!  They closed out the show by responding to questions from their Facebook fans! 

Opinion:  Well, there was an awful lot to digest in this mega-episode!  First, Alan’s coverage of the BOA was one of my favorite things about the show.  Hearing first-hand how the event went down was very entertaining.  The big one for me this week was the discussion on the meta and where 7th Edition is going competitively.  Overall, a great show, very thought provoking! Thanks guys!

Highlights:  This week the guys take their first look at the new Space Wolves codex!  They opened up the show with the news and the rumors that Grey Knights will be getting a new Codex very soon!  They then covered the new releases from the Space Wolves, including the Space Sled, Murderfang, and much more!  They also took a moment to discuss the GW Finical Reports.  They also discussed a recent tournament that they had played in and how Lords of War may or may not have affected the results.  Next, it was on to their review of the new Space Wolves codex, starting with their first impressions and look and feel of the book.  They then moved on to the Warlord Traits, as Sagas are now gone and were rolled into the Warlord Traits. They moved on to pick out all of the wargear that was removed from the book and talked some about the Relics found in the book.  They then moved on to a unit-by-unit review, starting with the generic HQ units like the Wolf Lord and the Rune Priest.  They took the time to look at the new Tempestas Discipline and the powers it brings to the table.  They also covered some of the Special Characters like Njal, Bjorn, and Harlald Deathwolf.   They moved on to the Troop choices like Blood Claws and Grey Hunters, and then it was on to the Elite choices like the Wolf Scouts, Dreadnaughts, Murderfang, and Wolf Guard.   Next it was on to the Fast Attack choices like Swift Claws, The Stromwolf, Thunderwold Cavalry, and Rhinos/Razorbacks in the FA slot now.  They then moved on to the Heavy Support choices like the Stormfang, Long Fangs, and the standard Marine tanks, then polished it off with the Lord of War Logan Grimnar and his, sleigh, and the formations.  They then gave their final thoughts on the book and how it really didn’t ‘wow’ them.  They closed out the show with what they have been doing lately in the hobby. 

Opinion:  I absolutely love the guys’ coverage of new Codices when they release and this one was no exception.  Top to bottom, a very complete look at the new-look Space Wolves and what you will be seeing on the table very shortly. I am a huge fan of their unit-by-unit format and pointing out things I know I missed on my read through.  I absolutely recommend this as one of your first stops when looking for Space Wolf goodness this week!  Very good show guys! 

Highlights:  This week Lange and Matty dive into the new Space Wolves Codex!  They kicked off the show with what they have been up to lately in gaming and the hobby.  This included the announcement by FFG for Star Wars Armada.  Next was the ‘Weekly Listener Poll’ before discussing the ‘Model of the Week’, the legendary Space Sled!  They moved on to talk about the new Space Wolves Codex, starting with their feeling toward the army in general.  They move on to discuss the physical look and feel for the book, the crazy layout, and some of the cool fluff revealed in the codex.  They then moved on to the Army Wide Special Rules, which hasn’t changed from the previous codex, but the Sagas have changed and are now all Warlord Traits.  They moved on to the entries on the codex, starting with the Wolf Lord, and moving on to the other HQs like Harlald Deathwolf, Rune Priests, and Njal.  They then moved on to discussing the new Tempestas Discipline and all the new powers available to Space Wolves.  They moved on to the Troop selections like the 12 point Blood Claw and Grey Hunters.  It was then on to the Elites like Dreadnaughts, Wolf Scouts, Murderfang, Wolf Guard and much more!  It was then on to the Fast Attacks, where Rhinos and Razorbacks now live, but they also discussed the new flyers, Thunder Wolf Cavalry, and more.  They then moved on to Heavy Support choices like Long Fangs, the ailing of the Whirlwind, Land Raiders and all the same stuff as before.  They then moved on to talk about the Lord of War: Logan Grimnar and the ‘Great Company’ Formation.  They closed out the show with a review of the Relics. 

Opinion:  Lange and Matty did a really good job breaking down the Space Wolf Codex this week, and pointing out all of the ‘interesting’ design choices the GW staff made with this release.  I especially liked their ‘Model of the Wekk’ segment this week, as we all were thinking it about the Space Sleigh model, and these guys nailed it.  Keep up the good work!

Hitting on 3s Episode 48 ***Explicit*** 

Highlights:  Matt and Sean are back after a bit of a break and they kicked off the show with what they have been doing lately in gaming and the hobby.  This included a tournament that Sean played in run by Kenny from the Heroic 28s podcast.  Next, in the main segment of the show, the guys dove into an article written by Adam B from the blog “The Dice Abide” entitled ‘An Awkward Situation from this Weekend…‘ and this involved allegations of cheating at the Bay Area Open.  This article was featured here, on BoLS as well as other 40K ‘media’ outlets.  They talked how it was written that there was a mistake made during a game, and it was not caught during the game.  It wasn’t until after that it was noticed, and hence, way too late to do anything about it.  This moved on to a discussion on how both players are responsible for knowing the rules to the game.  Next, the guys tackled the lasted from the GW Finical Reports and the stepping down of Tom Kirby, well sort of.  They both agree that Tom Kirby clearly is out of touch with the real world and what it takes to run a successful company.  They did take the time to mention some of the thing that GW is doing right, like digital resources and the potential for 3D printing and options GW has in this field.  They closed out the show with a discussion on the right size of 40K games now in 7th Edition.  They talked about how they are seeing more and more at 1500 and why they believe this is so. 

Opinion:  So this show has really taken a turn in my eyes over the last few episodes, and slowly but surely they keep creeping up my list of quality 40K podcast!  They really had two very intriguing topics this week, the cheating at a GT being my personal favorite, and kept the show on the rails for a great finish.  I am not sure what changed over there guys, but I have to say I really like the new format.  Very good show this week!

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Life After the Cover Save – Episode 114 ***Explicit***

Highlights:  This week the guys kick off the show with an interview with Doc Dragon and they discussed this year’s CelestiCon!  Doc discusses all of the events that will go down there and who will be running them, however there is a sever lack of X-Wing there!  They, of course, hit Doc Dragon with the LAtCS ‘Dirty Dozen’ questions to follow up the interview!  Next, Longhair is back and the boys dove into their Stormclaw Brakdown!  In the vein of their old Battleforce Breakdowns, they run down each army in the set and point out the value of this box set for those armies, low and high ends.  They also look at the missions that were included in this set and how this introduced players to the game.  They then rated this box set based on its overall value.

Opinion:  Don’t look now, but the LAtCS guys are back in my top 5!  I really liked hearing from Doc Dragon and all the events at CelestiCon this year, however my favorite segment this week was the Battleforce, I mean Stormclaw breakdown.  Still the only show where you can find this kind of break down on the value of what you are getting in the box!  Love the show guys!

Honorable Mentions– All great podcasts that just missed this cut this week, but you should still check them out, in no particular order:
Signals from the Frontline ***Explicit*** General Gaming News, Rumors, List Reviews, Tactics, and Rants!
Wolfkin Podcast – Episode 20 ***Explicit*** Space Wolves Codex review

The Combat Phase – Episode 61 Alex Huntley from Warplock Miniatures and Fluff discussions!

X-Wing Podcasts – And if you’re looking for a few good X-Wing Podcasts, please check these guys out!

The Kessel Run Brought you by the Heroic 28s!

NOVA Squadron Radio Your home for tactical X-Wing discussion!

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Scum and Villainy The Team Covenant X-Wing Podcast

The X-Wing Podcast Ben Curry & Ben Johnson’s UK Show

So, that is it for This Week in 40K podcasting, thanks for reading. Got a podcast all about 40K, or mostly 40K that I am not listening to? Let me know about it, [email protected] and let me know about it.  Also you can find me on My YouTube Channel for Battle Reports, Tactics, Reviews, X-Wing and more! Disagree with my review? Post comments for that too!

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