Monday, 25 March 2013

Tau Release 30th March

Looks like GW have finally confirmed what the gaming world already knew: The new Tau codex and bits are out on the 30th March

See here for a teaser vid :

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Dammit Meathead!

... to quote Dirty Harry.

More musings today as I was cleaning up some Veteran Vanguard and browsing the Internet for more games.

The bottom line is : I like GW products. I may not like GWs global attitude right now but no other gaming system comes close for me. I'd like to try other systems but when you're married and/or are on a budget playing two (or if you count WHFB three) systems just isn't possible with any kind of persistence. I'd rather put my money towards something I know I'll play rather than something I might play even if that money doesn't gets as much as it used to.

Therefore it looks like I'm GWs bitch for now :(

(My opinion seems to change hourly on this as you might have guessed. I'll shut up for now )

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Further GW thoughts

I find myself in a bit of a quandary. I've been thinking a lot about the situation since my last post and I'm torn as to what to do.

The basic point is GW's continuing crap stance against the world has made me quite annoyed with them and I'd rather not encourage such behaviour.

So What's the best response? Drop GW?
Well this is the obvious answer but it has its pitfalls. Firstly I've been playing GW games on and off for about 24 years and I've grown rather fond of the universe it's set in. Secondly I have a large number of models in my collection so I will not stop playing the games (at least for now). Thirdly I was quite looking forward to the tau release however I really don't want to pay full GW price for it so I may let it slide

So maybe I need to start playing a new game. This is where I've gotten stuck. With any new game the problem is always : who can I play against? These days different systems seem to be quite well done and popular so there are a number to choose from.

 Here are the ones I'm currently considering:

Warmachine - Quite popular and I have played a game of it before BUT I can't say I enjoyed it that much. Maybe that was cos I was being bombarded by rules, but the background doesn't really grab my interest either. Plus the costs aren't much cheaper than GW which also puts me off.

Dystopian Wars - small scale steampunk game by Spartan Games. Looks quite fun and I like the background, however the model design is a bit hit and miss. Some I really like and others I hate (the St Pauls dome on the Britannia Mega tank really doesn't do it for me, mind you it may be a case of disgust turns to appreciation ). Others at the club have expressed an interest and its fairly cheap.

Dystopian Legions - 32mm scale in the same universe as above. Again like it and like the models too, but it feels a bit unfinished. It came out last year but doesn't appear to have a rulebook you can buy which is a bit odd.

Firestorm Armada - yet again from Spartan Games, this is pure space battles. I like the premise and some if the models look great but the game itself feels a little bland and seems to lack any depth. Rules are free tho

Planetfall - small scale land combat in the Firestorm universe. Models look fantastic. Rules are also free, however it looks like its just being launched so its a bit unsure if its worth investing in or not.

Others I've looked at but don't interest me are Infinity, Malifaux, Mercs and Dust.

I'm currently trying to see who at my local club is interested, which will ultimately be the deciding factor. We will see.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

GW throw all the toys out of the pram

News has come about that GW have effectively blocked online sales in Canada and are in process to make life very hard for online retailers in the UK. MiniWarGaming in Canada is actually shutting down its store because of this (see the video below).

Here in the UK, my favourite retailer, Wayland Games has also posted that its having issues. I can see that GW are essentially trying to get people to buy from their online store exclusively and as far as profit goes I can see that. However in their release to retailers they are spinning the line that this is best for the hobby.

This BS reminds me of one of the times I worked for GW. I was sent for training in Nottingham and we had a great morning exploring the hobby. Then in the afternoon they span this great yarn that they want to spread the hobby as wide as possible cos its a great game. They failed to mention that this would also bring in more money for them. Now don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with saying they want to make more money. What I object to is this constant hiding this with "We want to do whats right for the hobby" which, to be honest wiffs of pure bollocks.

As far as internet purchases go, where I live (in the Highlands of Scotland) there are no GW stores. There are a couple of local shops that sell some of the bigger stuff at full price, so the internet is pretty much the only option for me and many of my co gamers in Inverness.

My personal response? I've not decided yet. Its certainly made me think twice about spending money on Tau stuff and Im mulling starting Dystopian Wars or something other than GW to be honest.
We will see what becomes of this, but I agree with the video: in the short term this is probably very good for GW but it shows their lack of understanding of the internet and will no doubt harm them in the long term.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Battlesuit Bedlam

Over the weekend I did a bit more model making (mostly due to waiting for my PC to do things).

First off I managed to convert the arms of my Broadside. Originally I had envisaged the suit holding a dual Railgun much like a soldier holds a gatling gun, however after carefully removing both the forearms from the L shaped original position I discovered that the bulk of the suits chest simply doesn't allow this in any convincing pose.

So I thought rather than waste the work I'd done on the arms, I'd reposition them to be fist down. This allows for a more streamlined look than the current pose allows. I pinned both the joins as they would be carrying some weight with the white metal rail guns.

I've also had to pin the underside of the arm to join to the gun itself. Whether this works or not remains to be seen.

I also took some time to correct a 2nd hand Forgeworld XV9 suit I obtained from eBay. It came with one foot broken and a terrible pose. On closer inspection I found very little cleaning had been done on the model so removed some of the larger mold lines and flash. Correcting the pose proved harder than I thought as removing superglue from Forgeworld resin is quite hard. I tried freezing the model and thawing but this seemed to do nothing. I then tried hot water which kind of softened one of the knee joints but that was it.
I finally tried a small amount of superglue remover. This was not a particularly good idea as it appeared to slightly melt the plastic. In the process of teasing the joints I managed to break the shoulder and the elbow joint. This wasn't a total disaster as with a bit of pinning and plastic rod I was able to re-pose the model to a better look. I also pinned the broken foot (which was a botched repair job that wasn't mentioned in the ebay ad... <sigh>)

I still have another 2 XV9 kits to make up but I'm holding off until the new codex arrives as I may sell them on again.

Tau wave 90% likely next month

Several posts have been seen in the last two days suggesting the Tau wave of releases is imminent. The most convincing of these is shots from what looks like White Dwarf showing the new models and prices.

Mr Pins-of-War has also posted up an image showing that GW are releasing the Battleforce set with not many troop choices which is a bit odd.

Either way I'm looking forward to it.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Whispers in the dark

Ok a melodramatic title, but I'm ill and can't think straight!

Reading various posts on BOLS and Warseer there is good evidence that an updated Tau codex should be released in the next month or two. For those not in the know, this is a much sought after update as the Tau didn't even get a codex for the last version of the game and they've been using a 4th edition codex printed in 2005!

Feel free to read the posts yourselves but I find the interesting bits as follows :

- New Battlesuit models with more poses (cos the current ones require a lot of conversion to look right).
- Kroot get +6 save automatically with the option for +5 (Finally a better reason to take them)
- A new Tau flyer which is a transport. (I suspect a more mobile version of the Devilfish)
- A Tau DreadKnight sized Mech ^_^

Interestingly I just spotted this post on Warseer saying that the Tau codex has been pulled from retailers lists which usually indicates an imminent release.

So looks like I wont have to wait too long. I thought its not worth buying a battleforce for the older battlesuit when the new one is just round the corner. Sure it may mean the usual GW micro price hike but it may be worth it.

The Internet is made of cats.

And dodgy Games Workshop traders as well it appears.

I had an email several months ago from a new company called Mythreal. I thought nothing of it and filed the email under B-I-N (trash for the American readers). Anyway with my new found "fortune" (ie proceeds from sale of Orks) I spied that they had a 30% sale on.

 "Ah ha!" thinks I. "This would be a good opportunity to purchase a Tau battleforce." I have a look at their site and immediately think "I've been here before". On closer inspection the layout is exactly the same as TotalWargamers (a company I have mixed feelings about). An even closer inspection of the contact details reveals it is indeed the same company as the address and even the phone number are the same.

Unfortunately I appear to have forgotten my previous dealings with them (with a StormTalon that failed to turn up and a refund that took weeks to sort out) and I ordered the set anyway.

After 13 days of the order not moving from the status of "Processed" I lost patience and cancelled my order (to which they appeared to reply fairly quickly).
I suspect the problem with Mythreal/TotalWargamer and other similar companies is that they treat GW as their stockroom and only appear to order things when someone makes an order on their site. This leads to huge delays and a poor customer experience. There is only so much a 30% discount can countermand.

I'm encouraged by companies like Wayland Games who appear to actually have a physical stockroom and even a live stock count on their website, so I may order from them next time. HOWEVER, I've decided to wait for a while before ordering. This is for 2 reasons. :
1.) I have some Tau which I'm still trying to convert (more on that later) and
2.) The rumour mill has been going nuts about the new Tau codex (see next post).
Stay tuned.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Tau's it going?

Well a fair bits happened since my last post.

Upon looking at my Ork army I figured I just didn't have the desire to paint and play with it. While modelling an Ork army is great fun (with the many conversion options it gives) I find painting it more of a chore as its an army of individuals that really needs individual paint jobs for each item, and simply put I couldn't be arsed.

So it all sold on Ebay this week and is currently winging its way to new owners.

In its place I'm going to continue the Tau army I started in 2007! This has led to an odd situation. I don't have much from that army as I sold the kits long ago, but what I do have is 1 Ethereal, 1 XV88 Broadside, 1 XV8 Crisis suit, oddly 1 Kroot model, 1 Pathfinder, about 20 drones and 1 Inquisitor scale Ethereal :D

The odd situation is that I started conversions of the XV88 and the XV8 back in 2007. Now I come to look at the kits... I've no idea what I had in mind back then o.O
So I'm essentially having to make it up as I go along.

I've also been inspired by some info on Battlesuit conversions by this website :

We will see what becomes of it.