Sunday, 10 October 2010

I'm going to the UK 40K GT





Yes, as the title of this post says, I'm off to the UK 40K GT. It's a bit of a shock to be honest as over the last couple of months I've only played four games of 40K (I managed to pop to the club) in which I lost all of them. But then again, I haven't really read the rules and I am still using my Fantasy Daemons in 40K.

I've also been looking at the list of people going and it looks very much like a Who's Who of the best players in the UK (basicly the guys who would regularly get to the GW GT Finals or appear in the top halfs of events), so I don't think I'll be placing very highly unless I can improve how I play. Anyway, I've got roughly six months to paint a new army (currently Dark Eldar) and learn how to play properly and I've set myself a rough goal of winning a couple of games at the event.

Meanwhile, we've got the Fantasy Throne of Skulls going on this weekend and from the sounds of it, it's going ok (although there seems to be a lot of High Elf players with Teclis!). The Bad Dice guys have got a twitter feed going on if anybody is intested - http://twitter.com/baddice_podcast/live-updates

Catch you later

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

I've had the Dark Eldar Codex in my hands!!!


I'm feeling a bit sleep deprived at the moment thanks to one of my cats. He's got a nasty habbit of crying everywhere and anywhere for no reason at all and my wife hates it. So because he crys anywhere and everywhere, he does it at night, which wakes my wife up and she yells "Shut Up!!!" and normally throws a soft toy/magazine/lamp/anything to hand in the direction of the cat. This in turn wakes me up and the noisey moggy was squawking all night.

So why am I'm going on about this? Well apart from being sleep deprived which is making me slightly mental, it's one of the reasons why I can't remember any hard facts about the Dark Eldar Codex (that and I was more interested in the pictures as I want to enjoy reading the codex when I get my copy). I was going to hang on until payday but I couldn't resist, so I popped down to my local GW to pre-order a copy of the codex and some Warriors. Now I know some of you are asking why did I do this as you can get things cheaper online, but at the end of the day, I like to have my toys as soon as possible. One of the problems I've had with pre-ordering things from other online stores is that there can be delays as they tend to get the stock a day or so before the release. Ordering it directly from GW means I can get it a week before. Also by buying it direct, GW get the sales figures and will see that another player doesn't really want something Space Marine flavoured but something alien.

But I imagine a lot of you are more interested in the rules and wot not.....

Well, for a start the Warseer Dark Eldar Thread is pretty much spot on. The only things I will disagree with is that Wracks and Grotesques are an Elites Choice rather than a Heavy Choice.

My first impressions of the Codex is that it's very nice and follows the standard layout of a 40K Codex. The artwork is lovely and everything has a expanded background, like Scourges having their bones hollowed out and wings added to them to allow them to fly instead of a jump pack. The background has been fleshed out a lot and I think most people will be pleased with it. I didn't read to closely due to wanting to enjoy it when I get my copy.As for the actual rules, the term Glass Cannon springs to mind as they are very hard hitting but can't really take a punch (much like Craftworld Eldar). There are plenty of wargear options and most seem viable choices. The Dedicated Transports can have FlickerFields, which basicly give a 5+ Invunerable Save to the model (although I'm not a 100% sure if the Raider has it as default or as an upgrade. The Venom does have it as default).

Again I still think the army will prove popular for a few months but I think it will be tricky for a lot of players to adapt to if they have been used to playing with Marines. If like myself you like Glass Cannon armies then this is a good army for you.

Monday, 4 October 2010

+ + + UK 40K GT + + + (part twoish)






Just a quickie but the UK 40K GT Tickets have gone on sale and you can get them by going to http://www.uk40kgt.co.uk/.

I'll be honest, I would love to go but with real life being a mess at the moment, I doubt I would manage to finish an army in time. Hopefully I'll be able to get in assuming that things clear up for me, but for yourself you best be quick as half the tickets have already gone!!!

Saturday, 2 October 2010

+ + + UK 40K GT + + +


I've suddenly found myself with a Saturday to myself where I'm not working or rushing around for anybody (apart from my Cats who have just had a big fight and I need to clean the fur up). So it gives me chance to mention the following....

Games Workshop for the 2010/2011 Tournament Season have rejiggled their tournament events from the cut-throat ones we enjoy, to a more friendly and hobby orientated one and then got rid of any heats or finals and made them seasonal. Many people were annoyed, as it was fun to go to such an event to find out who was the best (I've been to a Warhammer Fantasy one and it was fun). So some of the regular 40K GT players got together and came up with The UK 40K GT, with the idea being that we could have something simular to the old style GTs. I'll just hand you over to the event organizer for a few words now.....


What is this all about?

Unhappy with the changes to the GW Throne of Skulls Grand Tournament?

Wish someone would organise an event like the old GW GT’s?

With the change in format to the GW Throne of Skulls Grand Tournament we feel that there is now a demand for a player driven Grand Tournament, where the focus is on a players gaming prowess.

Announcing the UK 40K GT. This is an event organised by a number of well known tournament players and members of the UK gaming club community with the aim of providing a non comp, no holds barred event for gamers.

We hope the UK 40K GT will expand over the years to become one of the UK's premier 40k tournaments. However as with all things we must start small and realistic, therefore for its first year we are holding a single tournament at Maelstrom Games Eye of the Storm venue on the 26th and 27th March 2011. We envisage this event will prove so successful that we are able to hold regional heats across the UK with a percentage of top finishers qualifying for a Grand Final to decide the UK’s ultimate 40K champion. A number of potential venues across the UK have already pledged their future support and we need your help to make this happen! Yes, this year will be only a single event, but the more popular it proves the greater our scope becomes to expand for the future. Therefore this really is going to be a truly player driven event as its increased size, scope and success will depend upon the support you give.

As we have said this year’s inaugural tournament is being held at Maelstrom Games Eye of the Storm venue on the 26th and 27th March 2011. Tickets will be £35 which includes a hot/cold buffet lunch on both days, and an evening meal on Saturday. Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis and details on how to purchase tickets will be announced on 4th October 2010 at 6pm GMT.

The event will consist of 6 games at 1750pts over 2 days with no composition restrictions beyond you may only use current and official Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000 Codices (so no Forge World) with the standard force organisation chart. The first round will be a random draw, with subsequent rounds being drawn on a swiss system because if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best!

For full details of the event please download the RULES PACK

There will be a minimum painting standard to be adhered to, similar to that employed over the years at the GW Throne of Skulls Grand Tournaments. This is because all of us prefer to face painted armies across professional built boards and terrain. There will be awards for the best painted army at the event, but there will be no soft scores to speak of. Your final ranking at the event will be based solely upon your gaming prowess. We understand that this may not appeal to everyone, but we feel there are plenty of excellent events across the UK with a stronger hobby over gaming focus; such as Games Workshops own Throne of Skulls Grand Tournament. That is not to say however, that we will tolerate poor sportsmanship (WAACer's) at our events, as we believe that it is entirely possible to play both tough and fair. Winning and having fun are not mutually exclusive and we hope to prove that with this event.

We have also set up a small forum; http://independentukgrandtournaments.freeforums.org. This is intended to be a venue for people to discuss the particulars of the UK 40K GT, whether that be submitting a rules question for the FAQ team, discussing travel arrangements, army lists, or even just laying down some smack talk.

Hopefully this has whetted your appetite for the event and you are already ear marking you calendars for the 26th and 27th March 2011. As we have mentioned above details on how to purchase tickets will be announced on 4th October 2010 at 6pm GMT.

Until then however, "Stay Frosty"

Regards

The UK 40K GT Committee: Bunny, Kong, Lash Machine, Lord Flashheart, Mattrs, MJayC50, Nature Boy and Skcuzzlebumm
So if you want to play in this sort of event, keep you eye out on http://independentukgrandtournaments.freeforums.org for more information. I'm hoping to go, especially as I was already aiming to do a 40K GT style event.

On another completely different note, I've joined The Bell of Lost Souls Network, so you may have noticed a new widget popped up on the right. All this means is that my blog gets exposed to a lot more people. Also The Bell of Lost Souls is quite a good site with lots views and comments from different people in the hobby. Pop over and have a look.