August 11, 2020

Guild Ball: The Death Of Guild Ball (August 2020)

Yesterday was a pretty sad day for Guild Ball fans, Steamforged Games announced the "End of Guild Ball" was on September 1st 2020.  I had a feeling something was coming when last week during their GenCon keynote they had no mention of the game and then yesterday came the announcement.  The Guild Ball players are pretty upset with the article, not because the game is ending, but also that Steamforged put most of the blame on the competitive players, which if it was not for the competitive players, the game probably would have ended long ago.

It was not the players, it was Steamforged Games themselves that killed the game due to their lack of communication over the last 2 years, killing their Pundit volunteer program and especially their fiasco of trying to produce models and keep a stock on them.  When you have nothing to sell because of production issues for just about a year, that is your fault, not the competitors.  We were still out there playing and promoting your game.

I honestly could say Guild Ball was one of my top favorite games.  I loved the story arc, I loved the models, and I loved the low count of models needed to play the game, and I loved the COMPETITIVE players, they were probably the nicest bunch of tournament players I have ever met before.  It was an enjoyment traveling to different events last year and meeting new players.

Grant it this year has seen no games played of Guild Ball for me with my renewal interest in Warhammer 40,000, but I wont count out getting in 1-2 games before the year is up.  We still have all the models and the latest rules/cards so there is nothing saying that it cannot be played still.  Who knows, maybe we'll try and even squeeze one game in this weekend.

August 10, 2020

Weekly Chronicle 2020 #32

I have to admit it was yet again another slow week, as I stated numerous times, even though we are still in a pandemic, I have been super busy with work.

I did manage to get one model completed last week and it was 'Tribune' for Arena Rex, so at least something was completed.  My 'Invictor Tactical Warsuit' is now sitting on my painting table and I am hoping this weekend it will start to get some colors.

On the gaming side, nothing was played.  Honestly this was probably more due to the NHL restarting and all of us watching last week, it will be tough for the next few weeks, but our plan is to at least squeeze in a small game over the weekend.

Models Completed: 1
Games Played: 0

August 5, 2020

Arena Rex: Ludus Magnus ‘Tribune’

It has been a long time since I painted anything for Arena Rex, but after an afternoon of a few games a couple of weeks back, I felt like getting another model down on my painting table.

With the excitement of Indomitus for Warhammer 40,000, he took a little bit longer than expected, but 'Tribune' for my Ludus Magnus is now completed.


Painting Points: 2

August 3, 2020

Weekly Chronicle 2020 #31 (Michigan GT Cancelled)

It was not another great week for painting, but I did get quite a few models assembled from the new Warhammer 40,000 Indomitus box.  I still have a lot more to build, but at the moment do not have a "rush" on any of the models.  Most of the models from the Indomitus box will be used for my Imperial Fists, but mainly when I want to play an "assault" style game instead of my usually "shooty" game.

My highest priority model to get completed will be my 'Invictor Tactical Warsuit', it is assembled and primed and will be hitting the painting table sometime soon, not sure when it will get done, but hopefully this coming weekend I'll be able to sit down and get some of it done.

I mentioned last week that I started on an Arena Rex model, 'Tribune'.  He will be getting completed and posted tomorrow so that way it leaves room for the 'Tactical Warsuit'.

On the gaming side of the week, one game of Warhammer 40,000 was played on Friday....really not sure how this weekend will pan out, it is looking pretty busy with "real work".

Also this morning, it was announced that the 2020 Michigan GT that was slated for October has been officially cancelled.  With the state of Michigan still limiting their gatherings to 10 people, it was the only decision that they had.

Models Completed: 0
Games Played: 1

August 2, 2020

Battle Report: W40K 7/31/2020 (GT2020 "Scorched Earth")

Friday afternoon I took the half day off from work so my son and I can try a full 2000 point game of Warhammer 40,000 using the new new "Grand Tournament 2020" missions and rules.  We ended up rolling mission "Retrieval Mission" but with the way the deployment is for that mission it is not easy to play on our board setup and turned the page and played that mission, it was "Scorched Earth".

We proceeded to select our Secondary Objectives and my Imperial Fists choose; "Thin Their Lines", "Bring It Down" and "Raze" from the Mission.  My sons Dark Angels choose; "Raise Banner", "Grind Them Down" and "Assassinate".

I was Defender and selected my Deployment Zone and placed my first unit down, a 'Whirlwind' hidden behind a some Obscuring Area Terrain.  We finished deploying and then rolled off who will go first or second.  The Dark Angels won this roll and elected to go first.  

My Imperial Fists lost a Unit of 'Tactical Marines' and my 'Invictor Tactical Warsuit' took some heavy damage but he managed to stay alive, it was time for the Imperial Fists to fire back and we sure did.  First turn is where we get the best of our Combat Doctrine against Vehicles so that it what we were shooting for.  The Imperial Fists managed to destroy a 'Razorback', 'Land Raider Crusader' and did some damage on a 'Predator'.  I managed to keep the Dark Angels from scoring on their Secondary "Bring Them Down". 

Scoring the Primary Objectives each Round we were keeping it pretty even, it was not till Round 5 where I was able to take the go ahead on the Primaries.  The Dark Angels were scoring points with "Raise Banner" and I was with "Thin Their Lines" and "Bring It Down".  My Turn 3 I brought in my two Units of 'Eradicators' (first time trying them out) from "Strategic Reserves" and one Unit took out a 'Dreadnought' while the second Unit managed to take out a lone 'Primaris Captain', both of these Dark Angel Units were holding an Objective, so it was a good Turn.

By the end of Round 5, my Imperial Fists managed to wipe out the Dark Angels, but using the new scoring sheet with points for Primary and Secondary Objectives in 9th Edition, the game was much closer.  Imperial Fists 57, Dark Angels 32.

July 27, 2020

Weekly Chronicle 2020 #30

It is a little bit later in the day than usual for this post, but I had a busy morning.  Unfortunately nothing was painted this week, but I did get a few colors done on an Arena Rex model this past Saturday, hopefully I will have time this week to finish him up.

All the excitement this past week led up to the official release of Warhammer 40,000 9th Edition on Saturday.  My son and I each pre-ordered an Indomitus box from our local gaming store three weeks and Saturday evening we drove out to pick them up.

We were able to squeeze in a 750 point game yesterday afternoon using the quick setup of Open War cards that I picked up, and my Imperial Fists just managed a small victory after trailing all game.  It was our official first game of 9th Edition (with real rulebooks and points).  I spent the better part of yesterday morning assembling 10 Primaris Assault Intercessors just so I can try them out for the game, one Unit was just holding an Objective, but the other did get into some combat,

I now have A LOT more models to paint and not sure what will be next, I am leaning towards painting an 'Invictor Tactical Warsuit' that I just put together.

There was some sad news also announced during the week, Renegade Open 2020 has decided to cancel their November even up in Minnesota, so as of now, I really do not think there will be an event for us to attend to this year.  We'll see if there is a tournament that might pop up later in the year.

Models Completed: 0
Games Played: 1

July 20, 2020

Weekly Chronicle 2020 #29 Warhammer 40,000, Arena Rex and the Week of Indomitus

As stated in last week's "Weekly Chronicle", Buckeye Battles was happening this past weekend but I had elected to cancel since it was against Ohio's gathering rules, so instead my son and I played a few games here at home to continue preparing for Warhammer 40,000 9th Edition and we broke out a game we have not played in a long time.

Saturday was the day of Warhammer 40,000.  Our first game was 1000 points (8th Edition points), I elected to give my new 'Creations of Bile' army a a first time shot vs Dark Angels.  The Mission was 'Divide and Conquer'.

This was a pretty close game and as you can see above, the Dark Angels squeaked out a small victory 47-37.  I am still getting used to the Chaos army, and not having a Primaris type troop model does really hurt them.  I am also still needing to assemble some 'Khorne Berzerkers' for the army, so I think that would help some too.

Our second game on Saturday was roughly 2000 points (new 9th Edition points) of my Imperial Fists vs Dark Angels.... payback is a bitch...  We moved over to the larger table for this game, but I forgot to get any pictures of the game.  The Mission was Front-Line Warfare.

My Imperial Fists just dominated this game wiping out every last model of the Dark Angels allowing the only points to be scored is for a painted army.  My Imperial Fists won 88-10.

With the release of the new Tournament Pack this coming weekend, I heard some rumors that there will be a few changes on some of the lists can be built (mainly Specialist Detachments will not be allowed) so this will effect my Imperial Fists slightly, but it will also save me 1 CP when building my lists.

Sunday was a nice change of gaming.  Since more than likely the majority of our gaming after this weekend will lean heavily towards Warhammer 40,000 9th Edition, we decided to break out the gaming mat and models for Arena Rex.  It has been a very long time since we played this game (only played it once in all of 2019) so it was a nice change and quite fun.  Since I was drawing a blank on the rules while setting up, we decided to keep the battles 3v3, but we did play 2 games.

In both of my games I was playing my 'Ludus Magnus' and my son was playing a bulk of 'Legio XIII', but with a single 'Helleniki' model.  Between games we each did swap a model to change things up a bit.

This was the setup for the first battle with three Deadly Pits in the arena, my 'Ludus Magnus' were able to win this battle with 2 remaining models still standing in the arena.

For the second battle, we swapped out one of the Deadly Pits for a Living Hazard, the Lion.  It was now payback for 'Legio XIII' as they won this battle with some help from the Lion, Deadly Spikes and a Pit.

So that was 4 games played this past weekend, probably the most since what was suppose to be AdeptiCon weekend.

No painting was done this week, and it does not look too good this coming week, I "may" actually prime an Arena Rex model since it has been a long time since I last painted one of these.

Now comes next weekend which is the releases of Warhammer 40,000 9th Edition aka "Indomitus" boxed set.  My son and I each were able to get a pre-order in with our local store out in Kalamazoo, and we wont be picking those up till later in the day (around dinner) so not much will be done that evening.  More than likely we will be using the new points book and start updating some of our lists with pen and paper just so we have a few ready to go for when time allows.  We shall see what the plan then is for Sunday, probably start assembling some of the models and reading through the new rulebook.

Models Completed: 0
Games Played: 4

July 13, 2020

Weekly Chronicle 2020 #28

Besides actually getting my 'Thunderfire Cannon' completed last week, nothing else was started on nor any games played over the weekend.

Buckeye Battles is suppose to be this weekend and still is running despite the state of Ohio extending it's ban on mass gatherings of 10+ people, so I decided it is best not to go.  My son and I will have a weekend home playing some more games of 9th Edition Warhammer 40,000 so we can still get to used to all the new terrain rules and little changes.

Right now I do not really have much in the queue, I have a backlog of models, but I am waiting till 9th official drops with the point changes to see what I need to complete next, so it is pretty quiet on that front.

Till next week...

Models Completed: 1
Games Played: 0

July 7, 2020

W40K: Imperial Fists 'Thunderfire Cannon I'

My pace has been slow as a turtle lately, but at least another model was completed.  I had purchased three 'Thunderfire Cannons' awhile ago and this past weekend I finally sat down and started working on one of them.  Once the changes for the Space Marines Doctrines went into effect, the Thunderfire Cannons were not as effective so my immediate desire to get them completed went down slightly.  Now with 9th Edition right around the corner and these models becoming "Blast" weapons, the need slightly went up, but so did their points costs (leaked rumors),

At least for now I do have one 'Thunderfire Cannon' completed, and we shall see what I do with the other two.

Thunderfire Cannon I

Thunderfire Cannon I

Painting Points: 6

July 6, 2020

Weekly Chronicle 2020 #27

We are now officially one week into the second half of 2020 and my painting has not really picked up that much, although this past weekend I did finally sit down at my painting table and will have something completed for this week.

Buckeye Battles is still scheduled for the weekend of 7/17-7/18 but sometime tomorrow the Governor of Ohio is suppose to announce the extension of mass gathering indefinitely and if that happens we will not be attending Buckeye Battles (hopefully we will be able to get a refund).

Warhammer 40,000 9th Edition is still keeping me excited.  Last week the "Core Rules" were made available for FREE and I printed out a hard copy for us to easily thumb thru.  Since as stated above, Buckeye Battles will more than likely be a "no go" my son and I decided to try out a Combat Patrol game of 9th Edition on Saturday.  For the most part at this point level it played very similar.  Obviously Command Points are handled differently and the Morale Phase (which neither of us failed, although close, so we did not see the full new rules of Morale in action).  Learning the new Terrain Traits will also take some getting used to, I like the fact that Terrain is explained better, but now I have to remember all that "better".

I am also working on a new score sheet to be used for the Eternal War Missions.  The ITC Tournament pack has a score sheet for their missions and since the new 9th Edition missions are similar, I am working on getting one completed and use this game as a test before I laminate ours.  The Secondary Objectives are hard to do since there are so many choices and each one earning different points, so the Secondaries will be more of  manual process.  Here is a pic from of my work in progress.

To wrap this up, a game of Extended X-Wing was also played Friday night to kick off the Holiday weekend and my Scum really did their job on the Rebels.  5 Kihraxz Fighters were able to take down Han, Luke and Wedge.

Models Completed: 0
Games Played: 2