Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Herd vs Kingdom of Men

As foretold, I got to play some Kings of War on Sunday. I was supposed to build some more abyssals but I was lazy and decided to bring a Herd army instead. Which turned out fairly well for me in the end.

We played 1500 points. My list was the following:
2x longhorn regiments
1x hunter troop
1x chariot regiment w/ scrying gem
1x brute horde
2x brutox
1x shaman with heal(5)
1x great chieftain with armor

I played vs Robert's KoM army. I think this is what he had:
1x halbedier horde
1x heavy inf regiment
1x warbeast
1x handgunner troop
1x spearman regiment
2x knight regiments
1x cannon
1x mortar
1x bannerman
1x wizard with lightning bolt(3)
1x wizard on horse with banchant(2)

The table was setup by a third party and the very center of the river was normal terrain. So my pathfinder really helped me charging across.

My herd all lined up.

The evil Kingdom of Men....coming to take my trees!

I don't  have a play by play, but can give you some highlights. For the herd, the left side longhorns were amazing. They wiped out the handgunners, then the spearmen, and then put a pretty big hit on the halberdiers before being wiped out. They did an average of 9 hits per charge. My brutoxes carried the battle though by taking out the two knight units, the warbeast, the bannerman, and the spearmen.

The KoM had their moments too. The mortar got three hits in a row on my brutes and sent them packing, even while inspired. The warbeast crushed my chariots in a single charge as well. One unit of his knights took out my other longhorn unit.

Top of the 4th, the knights would remove the longhorns.

We were playing a tournament scenario where you wanted to hold table 6ths. That actually played very prominently in the tactics of the game. He chose to have his warbeast take my center zone (worth 2 pts) instead of joining the combats which actually gave me a surprise rear charge with my brutox. Very back and forth game.

He ended with his mortar and two wizards left on the table, while I had my two brutoxes, my hunters, and my heroes. He had a shot on his last turn (7) to take out my brutoxes, but missed with the mortar.

Love the fact that this game is so close pretty much every game. Plus, I don't need to spend a week optimizing my list.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Are there ruts in the Warp?

So no major update this time either. I've got a Kings of War play date coming up soon that I still need to assemble some models for. Should work on it this week...although most of this week is already gone....so maybe Saturday?

I have been looking through my Bolt Action collection as well. Hoping to fan the sparks of interest into at least a small flame so I can start playing. I don't really have much for any of the forces...but probably enough for some small games. I have to admit that my time playing Company of Heroes is helping me get excited about BA.

I did have a minor tragedy this week as my PC's hard drive decided to go out. My PC is my current escape from the norm. Having it out is not my favorite thing. Although it did help to put some perspective on my life. For the most part, I have nothing to complain about. But those First World problems do creep up on me from time to time.

Hence the 'rut' title. In order for my life to go smoothly, I have to be consistent. I have to conform to a schedule. That is how everything goes well. But it also eventually makes things go by really fast...because there is no change. Definitely one of those "be careful of what you wish for" scenarios right?

Years ago, I used to look forward to things. Especially when it came to my hobbies. Now? there really isn't anything. I don't play regularly, I don't do events anymore. About all I do is buy stuff I want and then store it. Its not that I'm unhappy...I think I'm just being unappreciative of what I do have.

I definitely see how people turn that into a mid-life crisis. We don't like being bored. Even when we create the boredom because we know its what we need. What this means is that I need to find a way to enjoy the lane I'm in...because its a good lane. Might not be fast or exciting...but it's safe and gets me to where I want to go. Man I sound old.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Quick update

So nothing major is really going on. My local shop had the new KoW movement trays. $20 for a decent number of trays in either 20mm or 25mm sizes. I'm thinking about picking them up to base the rest of my abyssals in....and maybe even rebase my abyssals in. Some of those darn units are just really hard to get to rank up...so why not just do a complete tray of them at once? I've never been a big fan of that idea, but since it doesn't seem like I'll ever use this army for other games, then why not?

Other than that, I picked up Monty's Hounds for Flames of War. I get a bunch of cool Comet tanks and plastic brit infantry, plus another rulebook and the sourcebook! Very nice that BF did those starter deals. I already have quite a bit of LW Brits and these fit in very nicely with them. I'm almost tempted to get Rommel's Wolves...but I'd make mostly jagdpanthers with them instead of panthers.

Oh, and I gave Star Wars, Knights of the Old Republic MMO a go. Haven't grouped up with my friends yet, but perhaps that will happen tonight. I don't want to spend any money on it since I'm still paying for DDO. But it really annoys me that if you don't subscribe, you don't get certain rewards. That is just bollocks. Just one more coin on DDO's tray in my mind.

So the plan is that I'll assembled more Abyssals so that I can field 1500pts. If I'm feeling really frisky, I'll try painting up a model or two...if I can remember how.