Monday, June 23, 2014

40K Events - Blind Teammate Tournament at MacNarb Gaming Part II

Blind Teammate Tournament at MacNarb Gaming on June 21st 2014

Part II

The Results

Following a late Friday night after an exciting  Dungeons & Dragons  Pathfinder game I couldn't sleep for a couple of hours afterwards so I only got about 5 hours sleep the night before the Saturday Tournament. I was the last to arrive with only five minutes to spare. Swiftly I paid for my entry and bought a box of Fantasy Skullcrushers because I needed 2 new Juggernaut Lords for my new 7th Edition tournament list. Anyway, that is for a future full article.

We had about 16 people show up, half from +SMGWargaming  and the rest from +South Alabama War Gamers  (SAWG) and TBS Comics in Florida. As the co-T.O. +SMG Hinkel called out the randomly created teams I waited, and waited and waited to hear my name called. Finally, the last team was proclaimed and it was I and Carter from TBS Comics. Carter is a great guy and a great competitor, I got to know him a little when he joined forces with our club for the +Redstone Rumble in Huntsville, AL last year. I couldn't have asked for a better pairing and we couldn't have brought more complimenting lists. His was a fast attacking Dark Eldar army with some gunboat support. My list, the one I talked about in Part I, is an objective controlling list. Perfect! He blitz attacks and I control the objectives while lending support, sounds like a super friends combo.

Game One Deployment - Right before they steal Initiative. Doh!
First Round: vs. Tau Super Heavy and Iron Fist Space Marines. Crusade Mission.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Building Armies for 7th: Typhus Zombie Stomp 2000

Detecting Incoming Transmission ...
Source: Blood Star Cluster, Eye of Terror ... The Brigadoom Chaos Legion ...
Initiating 13th Black Crusade Code Verification Protocols ...
Verified ...
Downloading ...   ...   ...
Deciphering Encryptors ...0130V010L11101010101  010130V010L11101001 ...
Displaying Transmission ...


By Uktena
(AKA Ryan)
 South Mississippi Gamers

Dawn of the Dead New Edition.
 It's that time again, time to learn a new edition. Sixth, unfortunate for it, pasted away while still in it's prime. That might have been a good thing, after all, we had a meta dominated by this 'star and that 'star with crazy combos and 2+ rerolls. Seventh, while not a giant leap in rule changes, does attempt to even out the playing field again, albeit by throwing everything but the kitchen sink into the game! That is why I refer to 7th as 'Choosehammer'. Each gaming club, group of friends, tournament organizers or whatever can go through the rule book and pick out the things they like and don't like and play their games accordingly. There is so much to choose from here, everything from maelstrom missions, unbound lists, unlimited detachments, super-heavies, stronghold, a psychic turn and so much more. I have also noticed that they cleaned up some rules and redefined others to make things more streamlined in order to improve game flow. All in all I like what I see. We just need to have an adjustment period to figure out what parts we personally like and what parts we don't and weed them out.

New rule, it's called Objective Secured.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

40K Events - Blind Teammate Tournament at McNarb Gaming and My List

2500 Point Random Teammate 40K Tournament at 

McNarb Gaming on June 21st

As the title says there is an event at my FLGS this Saturday, in fact, it will be the first 7th edition tournament held in our area. Our gaming club, +SMGWargaming , has announced the rules to be 7th edition with no stipulations. Heh, this ought to be interesting. 

I expect to see Imperial Knights, Lords of War and daemon summoning spamming. I'm not so worried about the summoning spam, it seems to be a dud really. But I am not looking forward to playing anyone whom brings that kind of summoning list because it slows down the game and if they are using proxies for summoned daemons it will be confusing as all get up. Do us all a flavor daemon summoning spammers, don't do it during a tournament. Friendly games are a different story and I would be happy to battle you without the time constraints and extra stress of a competitive environment.

Each tournament participant will be bringing a 1250 point list (unbound is legal) and will be randomly paired up with another participant not of their club or home area. So what this means is that we will be partnered up with people we don't know or have any experience playing with. From what I am hearing we will have people playing not only from our club but from +South Alabama War Gamers, people from the Hattiesbug area and maybe some folks from +TBS COMICS in Florida if we are lucky.

I've been playing almost exclusively with Chaos since my last bout of 40K burnout ended earlier this year. My Space Wolf army is still, after 2 years, 95% unpainted. Sigh. But I'm getting super-super-super excited about rumors of a new codex! I was enthusiastic (somewhat) about Astra Militarum when the next codex hit but I don't have any desire to play my Steel Legion army now. For some reason 6th edition has just put a sour taste in my mouth for shooting armies. I just don't like the tediousness of shooting armies. I prefer assault, it plays faster and it's a whole lot more fun - at least I think so.

In preparation for the team tournament I've put together a 1250 Chaos Space Marine list which is actually a cut down version of a 2000 list I had created for an article on the SMG blog. Right now the article has still not been posted but after it is I will place it on my blog. 

Here is a look at my 1250 list and some of it's photos.....

Typhus and his Plague Terminator retinue.


Primary Detachment: Chaos Space Marines

SORCERER - mastery level 3, terminator armor, spell familiar, force axe, combi-melta, melta bombs

Chaos Terminators x3 - mark of Nurgle, power axe x2, chain fist, combi-melta x3

Chaos Cultists Plague Zombies x24

Plague Marines x5 - meltagun x2
-----> Chaos Rhino - combi-melta

Plague Marines x5 - meltagun x2
-----> Chaos Rhino - combi-melta

Chaos Land Raider - dirge caster, dozer blade, extra armor


For 7th edition, and especially in a tournament with no rules or list limits, I want to pack as much melta into my lists as possible so to have a chance against all the vehicles and Lords of War I am expecting to see. Much of this list has been explained in detail in my article and I will get that posted to my blog before too long. For now, I will give a quick summary of the list tactica.

The main strategy of this list is twofold; solid and unwavering troops with both fearless and feel no pain and a big "stomp" unit to threaten (and destroy) the lynch pin enemy units.

The Plague Zombies are tactically flexible, albeit slow, ideally they will sit on an objective in ruins and be a rock-solid anchor for my army. They can also be used as a screen or tarpit as needed. They might be useful for the relic mission as well.

The Plague Marines are the flexible arm of the list, able to do almost anything. They have the melta to deal with armor and they have the staying power to hold objectives. Their rhinos will give them the speed they need to take forward objectives and to attack as needed. They may support the Land Raider if it is threatened by enemy anti-armor units.

The "stomp" unit of Typhus includes a Sorcerer (for buffing himself or Typhus with Biomancy) and 3 chaos terminators. All these have 2+/5++ and T 5 (except the sorcerer). I've got melta, axes and a chainfist to deal with armor and 2 force weapons to slash through enemy units in assault. Typhus is a locomotive as long as he avoids S 10 and force weapons. The Land Raider is kitted out to insure it keeps moving and places the stomp unit where it is needed to assault.

Overall, considering the new meta, I think this list will do OK but not great. I think all that Chaos Space Marines has going for it in 7th is either all out fast assault or full Nurgle. So I will give this a try and see how it goes, list experiments are what we need to be doing right now.

Plague Zombies will eat you.
OK, so they are really Plague Bearers but they proxy close enough as zombies.

Friday, June 13, 2014

40K EyeCandy - My First Chaos Daemon Commision Painted By Goatboy

I do paint. I paint fairly well I think - if I take the time to do it right. Problem is that I can take hours just to finish one little model to get it looking the best that I can. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to painting and that is my weakness. When it takes all day to paint up just one Grey Hunter or Chaos Cultist it starts to gets tedious and time consuming. That is time I could be spending playing games, web surfing, creating or writing.

With a regional tournament coming up in October I need to get started now on getting my new tournament army painted up. So after recommendations from Allen and Hinkel (both of +SMGWargaming) I gave Goatboy a shout through email about a commission. Long story short, I am glad I did! I can't say enough good things about +Goatboy Flylord. He answers emails in a day, if not in hours and is happy to chat back and forth about what you want done so that he gets it right the first time. His prices seem reasonable, he gives you three tiers to choose from and even tier one is pretty darned great.

One thing I've learned from reading Goatboy's blogs is that he genuinely enjoys the heck out of painting. So why not give him your commission? It's not like you are burdening him with extra work, he gets paid for doing what he loves and he is a real pro at it!

Here, I will let his work speak for itself. All of these pics were created by Goatboy.

And now, the EyeCandy ......

Tzeentch Demon Prince by Goatboy.
Too bad my Flying Circus tournament list is no good anymore.
Tier 2.

Plague Bearers by Goatboy.
Tier 1.

Portoglyph by Goatboy.
I so want to use this in my new tournament list but don't have the points. :(
Tier 2.

Thursday, June 12, 2014




Greetings, my blog name is Uktena (ook-ten-ah) which is Cherokee for 'Horned Serpent'. I suppose I chose that name because I myself am a small part Native American, though not Cherokee but Choctaw. In real life I am a member of South Mississippi Gamers, located guess where? The Gulf Coast of Mississippi. We have a very solid gaming club here thanks in no small part to hard work by SMG founders AArdvaark85 and +SMG Hinkel

McNarbs gaming store is a local shop that opened up in Gautier, MS just two years ago and the owner has been a tremendous help and enthusiastic supporter of not only SMG but all gaming in particular. You know a gaming store is doing something right when every time you walk into the shop to see the spacious open gaming area bustling with gamers of many different types having fun.

I decided to create this blog out of a need to have an outlet to put my ideas and thoughts about my favorite hobby (and Factions) into writing. Recently I wrote a full article for the SMG blog and it reminded me of how much I enjoy to write. This blog will give me an opportunity to do just that. Most posts won't be full articles, in fact a vast majority won't be. When I do write articles they will appear both on the SMG blog and then here right after.

Oh, I guess you might want to know what I am going to blog about in particular. Well, in case you haven't figured it out yet I am a 40K player. I started at the beginning of 4th but didn't really get into it much but I had purchased a nice Steel Legion army. Sadly my army collected dust until about 3 years ago when my Pathfinder friends decided 'Hey, lets all  go crazy and spend lots of money on this hobby called Warhammer 40K'. The rest is history. During these last 3 years I've expanded to three armies; Imperial Guard Astra Militarum, Chaos and Space Wolves. I have no interest in playing any Xenos at all.

As a blog you will get posts about my favorite three factions because they are what I know and follow in the 40K web-universe. Occasionally I may blog about Dungeons & Dragons Pathfinder (because new D&D sucks balls) and other things I fanboy about like Star Trek, Doctor Who (classic & new) or Ms. Lindsey Stirling. Hey, it is my blog after all!

The way I am thinking, and it is early still, is that I will be posting under several different label categories. Those categories being: Articles, Tactica, Rumors, Army Lists, Fanfic Stories, Rules, Events, General and Fanboy. Wow, that seems like a lot of label tags when I write it all out. The first five categories will exclusively be about Astra Militarum, Chaos or Space Wolves.

Thank you for stopping by.

Wish me luck.