Thursday, October 11, 2012

First Game of Sixth!

It finally happened.

First let me thank you for your patience. I have been away from the blog a bit (though very hard at work) while the wife and I transplanted everyone, dog, babies, and all, even the plants, at the end of last month. It’s been an intense but wildly rewarding ordeal.

My new (and glorious?) nerd space remains an absolute ruin… but it is my hobby space reborn at long last! It will be tremendous, I am confident, but presently it is a shambolic assemblage of boxes and mayhem with a dehumidifier in the corner. Perhaps as importantly, the internet is up and working, and I am back on your screen. It’s good to be here again. Thanks for having me.

Unfortunately, in darkest depths of one the aforementioned boxes, my camera has been securely secreted –too securely, in fact. I cannot, for the life of me, find it. And so I must enact that dreadful sin that I once promised I would never commit. I am posting picture taken with my camera phone. I tried to doctor the images somewhat to make them less abrasive, but I am reasonably certain that the results are worse than the originals. Where are you, camera?!

Apologies for the terrible photos.

Well. My very kind friend and (now reasonably near) neighbor Chris popped round to break in the basement and walk me through my very first game of 6th edition. This is a very promising turn of events. I love Chicago, but it can be a hobby wasteland at times.

As for 6th… I loved it.

Of course, there were a few bumps. We spent a small amount of time with our noses in the book and, to be candid, I forgot a bit here and there –my Warlord trait for example was established then immediately ignored. I cannot even remember what it was called, and certainly do not have the foggiest notion of what it was meant to contribute to my force. More’s the pity. I’m sure it would have come in handy somewhere.

Still, despite the noob jitters, the game itself was tremendous. I had a blast. We played at 1000pts, which worked far better, and was far more exciting than I would have anticipated. Credit to the game here, and I just recently read an article by Fritz on this very topic. Check it out if you haven’t already.

I really dig the new mission generation system and found the exchange genuinely engaging and impressive. It’s a great mechanism. I really enjoyed the victory point conditions and found that it made the game much more dynamic than any non-houserules version of 40K that I have seen to date.

In a word. Glorious.

I brought my Necrons against Chris’s Nurgle CSM. I basically cobbled everything that I have both painted and unboxed into a reasonable force as follows:

Destroyer Lord -and some techno goodies
2x 10 Warriors –the meat of the matter
5 Immortals -because that’s all I have right now.
5 Deathmarks -to look threatening and accomplish very, very little.
4 Wraiths -to bodyguard the Lord and eat otherwise hard units like air.
4 Destroyers –with sadly unrealized ambition, as they were summarily dismantled by the DP.

Chris’s force was assembled as such:

Winged Daemon Prince –who looks ferocious and earned the MVP. I’m not sure I even scratched him.
2x 10 CSM Nurgle –very tough customers with flamers.
10 Chosen Nurgle –his unit had a target on its back and got utterly minced by the Lord and Wraiths on my left flank.
Rhino –for one of the CSM units; the Necrons tore through this with the new Hull Points system, which I really like and not just for the obvious reason.
Vindicator –who might have earned the LVP with the exception of the tragically poor performance of my Destroyers. This Vindi couldn’t hit anything and the Wraiths disposed of it with good taste and manners.

In game terms, the DP and main units went up my right flank ...and crushed it. My Lord and Wraiths went up my left flank and crushed it. And so, we basically hooked around one another. At the end of the day, his crushing was more convincing than mine and Chaos won the day.

In sum, the new rules are wonderful. Necrons are still my go-to army. Having said that, I have at least one entirely new force on the cards for a special event next year (more on that soon), as well as an unquenchable need to paint some of those Dark Vengeance lovelies. We'll be seeing some Arrugginiti love for the first time in a long time! And then, of course, there are some cracking games in the mix: Zombicide, Warmachine, Malifaux (more on that very soon as well), X-Wing, Dystopian Wards ... and that Titan I've got to build. Mercy!

And, of course, Wreck Age!

My hobby cup runneth over once more! It’s good to be back.  


The Dark Templar said...

Great to see you back online Brian and on your way to being settled. Looking forward to "Gentleman's Ones" goodness over the coming months!

Lead Legion said...

Welcome to the new age, brother :D

Da Masta Cheef said...

It looks to me that your phone camera photos are better than my 'real' camera photos...

iemattias said...

Congrats on the new pad! And the new internet.

Know what you mean about Chicago being a hobby wasteland. I live down in Hyde Park, so I have to travel over an hour by CTA to even get to a game store.

Son of Dorn said...

Glad to see you're finally all moved and got a game in. Looking forward to Dystopian Wars in the future. That should be interesting :)

Captain Richard's miniature Civil War said...

Think of it this matter what condition your surroundings are...IT IS YOUR SPACE. You can make it whatever way you want...when you want it. When I go down to the basement to my civil war museum and look at a 22 foot table that I built...Im in my space, my world
can't be it. Congratulations on your space

warhammer39999 said...

Happy to have you back.

On the down-low I might finally have a reason to bust out those models we talked about ages ago--and finally have a post to give you proper credit as well. :)

Brian said...

@ The Dark Templar. Thank you. I owe you several posts, but I simply refuse to publish anything about it until I have my camera to properly photo the glory of it all. Many, many apologies. More soon.

@ Lead Legion. Much obliged.

@ Da Masta Cheef. Ha. You are far too kind.

@ Mattias. Solidarity. People would always ask if I went to the bunker, which was at least an hour fifteen from me... without traffic. There is always traffic. I'm in a much better place now.

@ Son of Dorn. Indeed. Thinking back on it, I should have sent you an email first about my 6th misadventures. Ha.

@ Captain Richard. 22 ft! So jealous.

@ 39.9K. Two years later, HA! I thought you had sold them or otherwise forgot all about those bad boys. I really hope to see them on your blog. Great stuff. That was a brilliant and challenging project, to be sure. One of a kind. Cheers.

warhammer39999 said...

I plan on keeping them forever--though they've still not made it completely out of the foam. I have a sneaky suspicion they will soon. I even pulled up the notes on color schemes while maundering whether to paint some dreadnaughts to match...