Wednesday, 24 November 2010

So what does War Gaming have in common with Call of Duty???

*Sub-titled I've done nothing but work and play Black Ops*

But on a serious note playing on-line and hearing people bemoan weapon X, perk X, camping, etc dose have some things in common with war gaming - at least in my experience.

So for example:

"The FAMAS is over powered!"
"Space Wolves/Imperial Guard are over powered"

Lazy people will always take to path of least resistance for victory, but will always come unstuck against a better player who has an understanding of the game(s), for example little Johnny net list will copy a list from a website but will never understand how it really works, it's little tricks, how it flows, and it's nuances.

"You only won because you camped"

Well who's the dumb-ass for running into the same meat grinder over and over!! The only Warhammer comparison I can think of is someone who plays a pure assault army and loses cos he got shot up...... or...

"You only won cos you had tanks" (or insert unit X here)

I got this of a fellow IG player who had more tanks than my Space Wolves!!! Leman Russ Punisher, 2 Chimeras and a Hellhound vs a Solo Land Raider and 2 Rhinos - yeah. And I won that game thanks to........... my Wolf Scouts and Wolf Guard Battle Leader with Saga of the hunter who all out flanked.

If you cannot truly understand why you lost, then you will lose time and time again the same way. Personally I would rather win a good, closely fought game over a one sided ass whooping any day of the week. I am always free to discuss a game afterwards with an opponent and how the battle ebbed and flowed - what worked and what didn't (normally my Land Raiders) or who was uber lucky!

Or perhaps it's just over the last few weeks I have had enough of people's whiny crappy "can't do" attitude, or "It's the lag", "He's a noob tubing camper", or "Codex Creep" - personally I think it's a case of adapt or die.

So am I a young grumpy old man or have I grown up and seen the light?

I think it's best to finish this small post (or mini rant if you will) with my favourite quote:

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. 

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.” ~ Bruce Lee

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Army building on the cheap and me

For those of you who know me personally will know that I have spent the last 2 years in and out of employment due to the rescission and George Lucas. (I have a job now so no worries any more). So trying to continue gaming and building a army has been hard.

The best sources I have found for building a cheap army are:

E-bay - I got super cheap Space Marine scouts still on the frame, and some bits to repair tanks etc.
(This is quite obvious for most savvy gamers nowadays)

Webstores - Cheaper Space Wolf Pack box sets
(Most have a good 10-15% discount on normal high street prices)

Trading - see examples below (This oddly has been my main source)

Your old armies - see below (If you have been gaming as long as I have then you have some old minis knocking around)

Most folk know of good web stores like Firestorm Games, Wayland Games,and Malestrom Games, as well as e-baying little Timmy's old marine army.

For my Space Wolves I have traded bits for bits. I have gotten a Land Speeder for my old Dark Angels Codex, a Rhino for a truck load of Imperial Guard tank accessories, a few Space Marines bikers for the metal Bjorn the Fell Handed Dreadnought, as well as bits for other bits (arms, weapons etc).

Some popular forums now have trading areas but as with internet activity buyer beware. 40kforoldmen40kforums, and Warseer all have trade areas, and I guess many others do too.

My last source for cheap gaming is old models and armies. My Space Wolves are probably 70% recycled from my old Space Marine army - the Sons of Aran, or as they are more commonly know as - The Tic Tacs (hence my username). I did this by stripping down my old Space Marines of paint and where possible break the models up in to sections (arms, legs, torso etc) though to be honest quite a few fel to bits in the stripping process!

So a Space Marine went from this:

8 Year old Metroid fan boy to....

To this: (a very unfinished Space Wolf):

.......... badass Space Viking!

So what has been recycled in the above model?

Legs, Shoulder pads, and the back pack.

I have some models where it's all old Space Marine parts except for the Space Wolf head, or the legs, or just the arms. Some models are purely Space Wolf. It's a credit to the sheer number of bits you get in the Space Wolves pack set that you can kit bash so much.

While mixing the 2 sets of kits I kept to (vaguely) strict system of the more senior the Space Wolf the more "wolfy" bits which kind of fits the background as they acquire talismans, honours and such things over time. So my Blood Claws are quite plain with only a few Space Wolf bits, and my Grey Hunters have a larger selection of Space Wolf bits - mainly weapons, torso, legs.

Using the above guideline I have made 2 Space Wolf pack box sets and my old Space Marines to make over 60 Grey Hunters, 20 Blood Claws and a few Wolf Guard!

I would like to thanks those who I have traded bits with over the last few months:

The Student (40kforoldmen)
Kingfig (40kforoldmen)
edmundblack (40kforoldmen,

My poor abused fingers for stripping models!

Lasty I would like to thanks those of you who have helped me personally during my unemployment - Suzie W, Suzanne T, Mook, Tom (thanks for asking me to be your best man!) and the rest of "Da Wot Notts", Lucy and Ken, my family, and my girl friend Lucy.