Friday, May 27, 2011

D-Day minus 1: Kub-Waaagh is go!

Well, this is it. Last day before Kublacon. Tomorrow I will trundle up to the convention in the wee hours of the morning to try my hand - one last time - at playing Eldar competitively in a tournament.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kublacon Jitters and the 11th hour list review...

Hi all! Kublacon is coming up in ew like 4 days now, right? How did I do on my hobby progress? Not so hot. Based on some playtesting (primarily against orks but with one game vs. a Vulkan list), I'm really feeling the lack of melee units in my army list.

Friday, May 20, 2011

GW Haters are Hating GW!

I've read the same articles as you, the same blogs as you, the same forums as you, and I've been around long enough to be surprised when something that GW does actually - er - surprises me. The last week of business announcements, for example; resin releases with simultaneous price increases, countrywide embargoes for online retailers, etc., has certainly been an aggressive set of moves.

Overall it looks like they are pulling a money grab, and putting the screws to us, the consumers. Looks like. But is that what is really going on?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Farseer Fail's Dirty Little Secret

And it has nothing to do with the ex-governor of California...

I've got a dirty little secret. It's something that's been hidden in the background, behind all the glitz and glamour of my fabulous life. I tried to ignore it, but... it's been weighing on my mind now for a while. Things came to a head during the last week, when I was busily prepping my army for Kublacon... 

When I should have been working on my Eldar army, modeling up jetbikes with real guardians (not the old '90s conehead riders that come with them) and tooling up my jetbike Seer Council, finishing my fire prisms, and so on, I was instead spending time with... with... 

the other army. 

Yes, my fans, I'm afraid it's true. I can now join the ranks of other famous cuckolders (is that a word?) like Elliot Spitzer, Arnold Schwarzenneggerrggugung, and Jesse James. There's another lady in town. She lives in my closet. 

Her name is Dark Angels. 

Hard to say how it all went wrong.
It started off as an idle thought.  I didn't intend to stray... I was just curious. I wondered what the cheapest army was, at the time. After a little digging and some creative thinking, I came up with Deathwing. See, around this time, Assault on Black Reach was fairly new, and flooding eBay with cheap orks, deffkoptas, tactical marines and, yes, terminators. 

Soon I found myself parked in front of my computer, furtively bidding on those precious little 5-man units. It seemed so harmless! I could pick up five terminators for as little as 5 or 6 dollars, whereas the retail on a box of assault or shooty terminators cost nearly ten times as much. How could I resist?
Of course, then I crossed the line. 
After accumulating several AoBR termie squads, I realized I would need to fill in the blanks. How do you fill in the blanks with Deathwing? Well with Ravenwing of course! Those Dark Angel upgrade sprues that came with the Ravenwing box allowed me to start upgrading those termies with assault cannons. 
Then there were the close combat weapons; thunder hammers, lightning claws. I needed a box of those, at least. Then a friend of mine told me he was getting out of the Dark Angels to play Black Templars; I snatched up his loot like a bullet-sweating crackhead. Veteran squads, a DA battleforce, and more…
Oh but transports! I need transports, of course! A Land Raider Crusader… which turned out to be one of the old plastic-metal ones. Well, I could use this one for my tactical, vet or command squads. I picked up another Crusader, a new one. Ah sweet. I picked up another Ravenwing box, too, so that I might bring a full Doublewing list if I wanted. More devastators, a razorback, another rhino, some more vets, more devastators, and so it went. 

The first step is to admit you have a problem. 

So instead of painting up my faithful Eldar last week, I found myself slaving to the call of the Deathwing, assembling terminators and a Land Raider. The shame, the shame! 

Don’t do plastic-crack, kids. Like Whitney Houston says, “Plastic-crack is whack!”

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Farseer Fail's Wishdex, part 6: Vehicles

What, did you think we were done? Foolishness! We haven't broached the subject of vehicles, except to address them as particular units. Specifically I have issues with vehicle BS and upgrades.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Farseer Fail's Wishdex, part 5: Heavy Support

On to the Heavy Support slots. There are a lot of these, and mostly they are good choices. Mostly...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Farseer Fail's Wishdex, part 3: Troops

Okay, so far I haven't proposed any really dramatic changes. I've been saving it up for the Troops!

First let me say that Eldar players have, at this time, one of the finest and most varied menus of scoring units to choose from of any 40k army, particularly when you consider other 4th edition codices still circulating. Necrons have, at the time of this writing, one Troop choice, and Tau have two, neither one of which is terribly impressive, IMHO. The legacy marine codices such as Dark Angels have only one, as well. So it is with a certain amount of sheepishness that I propose the following changes for our forthcoming codex, whenever that may arrive.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Farseer Fail's Wishdex, part 2: Elites

Last time around I posted my list of recommendations for the next revision of Eldar HQs. This time I'm addressing the coveted Elite spots.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Farseer Fail's Eldar Wishdex, part 1: HQ

We all have one. We all have things we wish were in our rapidly aging codex but aren't. I've taken a look around the web at various wishdexes over the years, but I've found most of them to be a bit over the top. In fact, I think that the Eldar Codex can be repaired or brought into line with relatively few changes! Of course that won't happen; GW will not release a new codex without significant alterations. But if it were me, I would opt for the following changes.