Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Goblins and Hipster Toad Tries a New Magic Lore

Today's post is a 2-for-1 special.  I recently got a game in with my lizards against my regular opponent and his night goblin army, using their new army book for the first time.  I've played several games against goblins recently so I'll share my thoughts on how they perform under their new book  versus the old.  I've also made a few promises online that I'd break form from the rather predictable choice of running my Slann with Lore of Life and try what is generally considered their second best magical option, Light.

First, because it's most relevant, I'll talk about the new Gobbos.  I didn't get the chance to really read through the new book, so the following is more a series of educated observations rather than serious analysis.  The army I faced consisted primarily of night goblins units, all packing fanatics, with a supporting cast of trolls, two giants and bolt throwers.  If you're going field night goblins, all or nothing seems to be the way to go.  With only one or two night goblin units on the table, drawing out the fanatics is not as daunting as when your opponent's whole line is chalked full of them.  I hate those damn fanatics.  Skarsnik was leading the goblins, which also seems to be the way to go with a goblin army.  His ability to delay opposing units forced a Saurus blocks, Salamanders and a unit of Skinks into reserve.  The goblin magic was good, but not particularly overpowering - when Curse of the Bad Moon landed on one of my Saurus blocks, they had to roll toughness tests and not initiative, which saved their scaly asses.  My opponent gave some of their new magic items a try as well.  The Skull Wand didn't manage to kill a single model and the Bad Moon Banner didn't do anything since through a series of bad animosity rolls and the close deployment for the Blood & Glory scenario, the unit with the BSB ended up charging early in the game.  Had the BSB not done so, the banner would have been much more effective.  Like many others have said, unless use you run an all goblin army you're not likely to see this item on the board - I fight goblins all the time so I'll have to get used to it.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Chapel of St. Nigel - Making Terrain on the Cheap

I'd been thinking about Dethtron's Gaming on a Budget series over at the House of Paincakes and I realized that I had a piece of terrain, circa 2005, sitting in the old storage cabinet that I could share with you to illustrate some of the principles that Dethtron has been writing about, hopefully motivating you to join the ranks of the home made terrain enthusiast - wow, I feel like Alton Brown.  Anyways, click on the links sprinkled throughout this post to read the related HoP article.

If you've played Warhammer long enough there are certain items that you've probably accumulated over the years, like the red plastic rulers that come in the boxed sets* and piles of tiny white dice.  If you had the 3rd edition 40k boxed set, or maybe even one of the original battle-forces, then you probably have some of the old plastic gothic ruins lying around.  Sadly, I never had any of those ruins, but I did amass a small collection of Lord of the Rings ruins from my days as a GW red shirt (we got a free box-game ever time one of the movies came out).  Alas, they are not nearly as cool the 40k ruins, but sometimes one must make do with the contents of one's proverbially terrain making pantry.  Here's what I did to spruce some of these ruins to turn a bland, ho-hum piece of terrain into something better, the Chapel of St. Nigel!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Old Stuff Day!

Today is Old Stuff Day!  Proposed by Warhammer 39,999, today is the day when bloggers across the interwebs are highlighting some of their posts from the past, whether they be a best-of, a nugget of greatness lost in the blog rolls or something that a new reader may have missed.  Thus I present to you, loyal One Inch Warriors readers, a few morsels of pure awesome from the 30 posts that I've managed to crank out in the short life of this blog:

Halloween WIP Part 2 and a Note on Painting Flames - This post is everything I originally wanted the blog to be, painting models and sharing the techniques that I used to do so.  This also made From the Warp's Tuesday Top Ten, which blew my mind.

a word in your ear or how I learned to stop worrying and love the blog - This post is what I did not expect this blog to be. I started writing it the day before House of Paincakes launched, without any knowing the launch was coming, rather most serendipitously.  They liked it so much at HOP that it made the first Weekly Top X.

And now something from another blog: Creatures, Weirdos, Freaks and Minions from Bringer of Victory.  If you missed this post go read it now.  But maybe go to the bathroom first because it's so funny I almost pissed myself laughing.  I plug this blog all the time because it's the best around for Warhammer Fantasy knowledge and the writing is high quality.