Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Goodbye

Well everyone, I have some bad news for you:

My father has always hated 40k from the moment that he saw it.  Two days ago, he decided to snap and destroyed all of my army, books, terrain, and anything that even remotely had to do with 40k in our house.  Therefore, writing this blog would without a doubt, be POINTLESS.  All I can say is that I'm lucky to have made it away with an extra copy of a codex, a few bitz, and some other books.  But because I'm only 13 right now, there really is no way that I can get back on my feet, as even if I had the $5,000 I've spent so far, he would just throw out everything 40k that comes into the house.  So this would be goodbye then, everyone.

Happy Wargaming
-Howard

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Money and the Hobby Part Two

So I have some more things on money and 40k.  This time though, it's about buying stuff with the money you found from the last post.

Let's talk about money-or rather the lack of it.  Miniature Wargames can be expensive.  In the past two years, I've blown about $2k for my armies.  At this point, I can safely say that I have gotten almost 7.5 points to the dollar, which is quite an achievement, as a Tactical Squad box even at a 20% discount is $32 for about 200 points.  200/32 is equal to... 6.25 points to the dollar, pretax.

So how do you get that type of effectiveness with your money?  What I used was Ebay, My local LGS, GW Auctions, patience, and a lot of math work.

1)  Ebay
Using Ebay can be a pain, but also totally worth the trouble you go through.  I've gotten such ridiculous things like a beautifully painted Mephiston for less than $10, including shipping.  Of course, you need to watch your back, as there are people on Ebay who want you to buy at overpriced rates, hoping to sucker in newbies.  There are plenty of sellers convinced that they have a great, one-off, item, but they're really just overpriced models and paintjobs.  When bidding, make sure that you're making it worth the time you took.  Generally, if it's a retail-available model, then shoot for about 35% off.  Forgeworld, go as cheap as possible.  Most importantly, REMEMBER TO FACTOR IN THE SHIPPING.

2)  Pegasus Hobbies (My local LGS)
Pegasus offers a sweet 20% discount on all retail-available GW models, paints, and other products.  If you take the time to find a LGS which offers this type of discounts, you can get plenty of points to the dollar.  It just takes a lot of work.  But if you're lazy/lacking a LGS, you can always go to The War Store (look them up on Google), which also offers 20% off a ton of stuff, just pay shipping.And of course, if you're across the pond, then look up Wayland Games.

3)  GW Auctions
Every now and then, a GW store in your area usually holds a Bizarre Bazaar or Gobbo Trading Post type event, in which you bring in your own stuff (GW Sanctioned of course) and sell/trade it with gift cards.  If you're lucky enough to go to a big store like a bunker, then they may even auction off a few of their own things.  Otherwise, these places are a great place to find deals.  This is how I jump-started my IG army, by buying the LA Bunker's army.

4)  GW Events
Every now and then, GW will also throw an event in which FREE stuff will be given out, most of the time, through a raffle.  This prime time for this to happen are birthday events and grand openings, so keep a keen eye out, as they're a great way for anyone to get some free swag.

Basically, buy from anything that GW doesn't try to you, it's generally cheaper.  In the next (maybe final) money and the hobby post, I'll talk about how to buy things wisely.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

We're Back!

As I said, we're back everyone!  And with a special Christmas present too:

This is my new Honor Guard Champion.  Honor Guard Champ, everyone; everyone, Honor Guard Champ.  Until I can think of a good name, that's what he'll be called.  It's Dark Angel robes that he has there, plus a SW ax (relic blade) and some command squad bitz.  He'll be part of a 5-man squad that consists of him, a Banner, and 3 dudes with Relic Blades.  So what do you think?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Temporary Hiatus...

As we roll into the holidays, I am sorry to say that the blog will go into a temporary hiatus for a few weeks.  Rest assured, We'll Be Back!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Review: The Imperial Strongpoint

Along with the Imperial Sector COD buildings, I also picked up the Imperial Strongpoing Planetstrike buildings. Once again, I didn't include a painting review because I haven't gotten around to painting them yet.  But all the same, here's the review:

Assembly: 9/10
The defensive line was a piece of cake, you just have to clip out the pieces and that's all.  The only thing that gave me any trouble was the bastion, as the walls were a bit of a tight fit.  Other than that, everything is easy to build, with each Bastion taking me 30 minutes and the Aegis Defense Line only taking half that time for each set, including all of the guns included

Economic Value: 10/10
Not only does the kit come with two bastions and three defense line sets, each comes with at least one gun and the bastion also comes with a comms tower.  In all, you're getting 3 sets of two TL Autocannon mounts, 2 Lascannons, 2 comms devices, 54" of defense line, and 2 bastions.  For $90, it's a great deal, but for the $75 I pay at Pegasus with their discount (post-tax), it's a no-brainer.

Aesthetics: 10/10
The kits have enough detail to define each and every one of them with the odd bullet hole or spotlight/vox to attach, yet are plain enough to make them easily convertible.  Of course there's no variety, but it's a military structure built to fight, so I didn't expect anything special anyways.

Overall: 10/10
Everything is great, from how easy it is on the wallet to how good it looks on the table.  It's so good that I'm actually going to get another boxset from Pegasus over the weekend.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Tyranids

So here's a big family pic of my 'Nids:
So basically, here's an army breakdown:
Big squad of Termagaunts
Slightly smaller squad of Hormagaunts
"I have to go!" Carnifex (I screwed up on the legs, so it looks like he needs to use the bathroom)
Squad of 5 Warriors
10 Genestealers
The spore mines from Macragge
Hive Tyrant and 2 Guard
Warrior Prime
I think that's a nice 1250 points (I think)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cities of Death Sprues: A Review

So I got the Imperial Sector for my Warhammer Club a few weeks ago, and I'm working my way through it.  Right now, a quick review.

Assembly: 8/10  The parts are easy to fit together, but I had a hard time getting in a balcony, and the instructions don't help much other than give building ideas

Variety:  7/10  There's only ONE sprue for each building, which means that there will constantly be repeating designs for them.  Although there are several different types of sprue, it could use different wall designs, less solid walls on the Manufacturium (we're shooting through them, not just using them for decor), and my biggest bone:  The floorboards-the floors are only aligned to the walls, and there really isn't a way to go from one end to the other without circling the entire building.  Not to mention the protruding skulls on every floorboard.  However, the building (s) only took about 30 min. each including planning.

Aesthetics:  10/10  Great designs as usual, GW, but only one bone to pick-there's too may skulls and spikes.  I get it, I get it, it's a gothic world, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

Amount of Building:  10/10  The GW box says you can make 4 buildings, but I'm working on my fifth as I type.  The buildings I've made so far aren't bad either.

Overall:  8/10 So It's not exactly overpriced, but if you want to to some cool stuff to it, the COD buildings don't always go along with your plans.  I'd still recommend it to others though, as the detail is just as good as any other GW product and it's quick and easy to build.

You also may note that I haven't posted any painting reviews.  That's because I haven't gotten around to painting it yet.

Now, my knife cut is getting better, but still hurts like heck.  I'll be posting pics of the model I was working on when I hurt myself with some pics of the IG soon.  I promise.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New stuff

And if you'll note the shiny new banner up top, and then OTHER shiny logo, we're now a part of the giant FTW Bloggers group, along with having a banner of our own.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Christmas...

Yup, Christmas is about two months away...  That means it's WISHLIST TIME!  Now normally, I usually blow about $200 on whatever's the latest box set that GW released, but no, GW has failed once again to provide any adequate means of getting an army-in-a-box, or so to speak.  But that just means that this year, it's time to graduate... to Forgeworld.  That means I may be getting a Caestus Assault Ram, and the new Red Scorpions Librarian and his Command Squad instead...

Otherwise, Pegasus Hobbies offers a 20% off all GW products, so if I wanted to, I could instead put $200 on some other stuff, like 25 more Terminators, *almost* enough to make a full Terminator 1st Co (or enough to make a 1st Co, I have a 10-man Sternguard Squad too).  Or I could get 15 Termies and a LR, then the Sternguard kit.  Or I could deposit some cash in my bank account and put it on some Ebay purchases...  The possibilities are endless.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Money and the Hobby

Well, it's been a hectic week.  The gash from the knife is still infected, school is picking up, and there are a ton of other things going on these days.  I haven't been able to get any pics of the IG or 'Nids, but I do have a little rant for everyone, about spending money in the hobby.

As a miniature wargamer, we already suffer from a lot of problems.  Bad companies that make overpriced products who are only concerned with making a profit, trying to find that ONE PART that you suddenly need but don't see in your bitz box, and just finding people to play against.  But what seems to be the biggest problem is how others think this is so expensive.  They are justified in their thoughts, as this stuff can definitely be lower priced, but they seem to overlook the price of their own hobbies as well.

A little backstory: I run a Warhammer 40k club at my school.  This is our second year, and we have about ten or so members.  A lot of people are interested by the name, or the concept of a science fiction game with cool models, but are always turned off by something.  Most of the time, it's the price.  Yet when you look at other hobbies, Warhammer 40k is actually cheaper than the other things out there.
Just a few examples:
So your current hobby is reading books.  Book reading isn't exactly cheap.  Assuming you read a book a week, and that book prices average out to about $10, save up your money for a month and then get a box of minis.  In a year, you still spend about $520.  Okay, so maybe you enjoy bargain books or only read a book every other week.  That's still $260 there.  Sure you could go to a library, but the trade off is that you don't get anything in a new condition and the selection can be limited.

How about video gaming?  So a basic Xbox 360 system costs about $250 now, plus a one-year Xbox Live membership for $100.  So that's already $350 spent, no games included.  I know I'd get about five new games a year, when they come out at $50.  So that's $250 a year, not including the main system itself or the membership.

Collect stamps?  How about coins?  Paying $50 for a scrap of paper to complete your collection is just as unreasonable as paying $50 for a model tank.  And then you spend even more money just taking care of your collection, with booklets, cleaners, mounts, and the like.

Computer games your thing?  It's just as reasonable as video games, just that you pay a lot more for a computer that can do just as much.  Still, with all the games and subscriptions you buy a year, you still end up blowing about $250 for a few discs.

The thing is, a miniature wargame is a hobby that can never get old, and when you finally give it up, you still have a tangible collection of models that you can pride in building and painting them yourself.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sorry

Well, I haven't been able to post too much recently.  Don't worry, I'm still here though.  This can be attributed to my finger, though typing is getting easier; my Acid Reflux Disease suddenly picking up, and school.  Rest assured, I'll be back by the weekend (I hope).

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Public Service Announcement

Okay everyone, here's a fun and friendly PSA...

Don't cut too hard, or you will slice right through the piece of model and right into your finger...
I'd show pics but they are a bit bloody and gory.  Meanwhile, I did cut myself with a new x-acto knife I got, lost a good cup or so of blood, and got it infected.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Who I Game With

I get let out about once, maybe twice a month to play.  For the most part, I'm at the LA Battle Bunker with their Apocalypse Club, run by Alec Peters.  On the last Saturday of every month, each player may bring up to 5k of any one army and play in a giant Imperials vs. Chaos battle.  It's lots of fun, and goes on from 10 am to 12 am (the next morning).  We have an Apocalypse Forum (it's in the links section, on the left), and anyone with any amount of points can jump in.  If I'm not at the Bunker, then I'll be at my LGS, Pegasus Hobbies, as there are some gamers who like to play in their back room on Saturdays.

Friday, October 15, 2010

My Space Marines

So here's some pictures of the Space Marines, starting off with my Battle Company, and then some:
Next up are three pictures, detailing my scouts, 1st company, motor pool, and everything else:


And a few more individual unit pictures, because in the sea of models, you may have missed some stuff.
First off, my Terminator Squad:
Then, a Sarge:
And finally a Dreadnought:



And I'll toss everyone a bone by providing a picture of an Imperial Guardsman from my company:



Of most of my models, only about 10% are self-painted, everything else is either incomplete or done by someone else.  Obviously, I need some skills for photos and a good lightbox.

The next post will either be on my IG, or the 'Nids.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My Armies and Their Backgrounds

Well, continuing from yesterday's post, I may as well talk about my three armies.  I currently run a Space Marine, Imperial Guard, and Tyranid army.  They're worth about 10k+,1.5k, and 1k respectively, points wise.  Even though I said that most articles would be on tactics and gaming, I did take some time to make some background on them.

So first off, the Marines:
The force consists mainly of Salamanders and Ultramarines, but also includes a small detachment of Crimson Fists and other squads of other chapters.  According to the fluff, they were a crusade force during the Third War on Armageddon, who have decided to band together and continue to cleanse the sector, occasionally separated to assist their own chapters (for smaller games).

Next comes the IG:
These are the Guardsmen featured in the GW Lucky 13s Campaign from 2009.  This is considered to be the first company of the Mordant 13th regiment, AKA Jaggo Kalloween's personal taskforce.  Here's the background that GW has on the Mordant 13th

Finally, it's the Tyranids:
A splinter fleet of Leviathan, Hive Fleet G'noth has drifted to the Galactic Northwest in recent years.  Mostly dormant, the fleet was awakened by the Orks of Alsanta and has begun to grow its biomass in recent years as it heads into the Mordant Zone, drawing closer to Attila, signifying a great battle to come.

So, what do you think?

Monday, October 11, 2010

How's this for a first post?

Well, what can I say?  I was bored, I have this hobby, and I wanted to share it with the rest of the world.  I've been playing Warhammer 40,000 for the past year and three-quarters.  Already, I have a giant Space Marine army, and is working on an Imperial Guard one.  My painting skills are sub-par, but aren't half bad, provided I put in some effort.  This blog will most likely vary in content, but will most likely focus on tactics and gaming as compared to painting.