Friday, February 27, 2015

Infinity: Tournament at Games & Stuff 2/28 Prep

I have been preparing my lists for the tournament this Saturday and have settled on two that I wouldn't normally pick.  Mainly because they go against a lot of my play style.  I have been trying to adjust my play style to be more reliant on adjusting for the mission and keeping things fresh.  Of course there are some standards to my lists but I really think I needed to juggle some things.

The missions for the event are Armory, Supremacy, and Nimbus Zone in that order.  I am not too happy with the mission choices mainly because I don't think they are truly balanced for tournaments.  I think they are close and that these are the best available but there are some balance issues.

I had a game last night doing Supremacy against Len (MRRF).  I tested out a few pieces.  The list is below:

MORAT Hacker

Aspects performed well (Umbra Legate made a billion saves) but Len plays tough and managed to inflict some heavy casualties due to my poor deployment strategy.  I am glad it was at this time and not at the event.

I finished up my lists based on the game and a few other factors.  I think they are both fun and should give my opponent some things to deal with.  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Infinity n00b: How Losing a Model Can Expand Your Perception

This isn't a post about that one time your LT got taken out and you managed to survive LoL.  This is about being a moron and getting distracted and leaving you Umbra Legatus in a building only to realize a week later.  I called my daughter to see if she can find it on my paint table even though I know i never took it out.  I tore my bags apart.  Asked the store and friends to keep an eye out.   Luckily, I friend said he might have extra for sale.  NOTE: It was found and back in my possession.

I started working on a few concept lists and with how needed hackers are in Infinity now I needed hackers.  I added my trusty Umbra Legatus hacker and then stopped.  What if I didn't take him?  What would I be losing if I took a different hacker?  I started going through the differences between the three main hacking devices available to CA: HD, HD+ and AHD.

Last night was the first time I only took one hacker.  The HD+ Umbra Legatus.  I tried the Fraacta with BS and man was she nice.  The game was easily won without my hacker.  He got off a STOP and a SUCKER PUNCH but he mainly sat in the arsenal.  In the game that I left him at the store, he did a lot more but I was also needing to play more aggressive with him.

This got my little brain thinking.  Do I need HD+?  You get a few extra programs but nothing that isn't that great.  BREAKWATER is good but nothing to really write home about.  It got me thinking.  I have a habit of being really stagnate. It's not a big problem in 40k but in Infinity it could easily cause an opponent to out maneuver you because they know what's coming.  So I started making some lists and I think CA has some nice winners without always getting an HD+ and a Sepsitor.

Fraacta with Boarding Shotgun.  28 pts for a drop troop with a killer weapon.  Once she loses her first wound she is even tougher.  Wait for your opponent to line up a nice link team and see if you can work some magic.

Morat with EI Hacking Device.  Not bad for 22 pts and with the Morat special rule.  BLACKOUT won't effect it and 8 pts more than the base model.  Great objective grabber and suitable host for your suicide LT.  Plus you get SUCKER PUNCH.  -3 to the roll for your opponent.  Not a bad item to kick some teeth in.

The Charontids with Hacking Device Plus.  Another great option is as your LT or a decoy.  Rush him forward and have him soak a ton of attacks.  HD+ will give it BREAKWATER which is great in ARO.

The temporary loss of one model has been an eye opener for me.  Hacking is very needed in the game but you really don't need to take the same models each time.  I have started a bunch of lists to test out some strategies and synergies.  I have a game Thursday where I plan on trying a few new pieces.  I will post an update on what I used and how it worked.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Hobby: Gogo Marlene and Umbra Legates

Been working on getting guys painted.  While I should be working on my Tohaa,  I love the new CA starter.  So I bumped them to know these guys out.

They aren't completely finished.  I need to work on the black on both but happy with the initial process.  They won't be so shiny when I get done with them.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Infinity Noob: Everyone's a Specialist Now

One of the hardest thing to explain to new players is the need of specialists in Infinity.  I ran a small tournament and only one player brought a specialist and that was because he saw me use one against him.  This was even when I announced the missions and explained you needed a specialist.  Part of it is being use to playing 40k.  Troops are scoring.  They don't see one of the many specialist as a troop and don't think beyond that.

I can see with list building in N2 why they would also shy away from a specialist.  There was a steep costs for most and each had a set of rules that newer players could find daunting at first.  N3 changes that when it comes to points.  FO is only a point more than a similarly equipped model.  While it's rules got a little more complexity, I think it's easier to explain that a FO can target someone and everyone gets a +3BS to hit them.

Hacking got a little cheaper in most cases but exploded with utility.  Hacking use to be one of those items where you might take it if you know your opponents will bring a HI or TAG.  Sort of as a crutch to fight them without getting in an arms race. The bigger issue is they could be very expensive and provide limit use.  Not anymore.  A drop in price coupled with a big bag of tricks makes it an auto include.  The additional utility maybe confusing at first but man are they useful. 

I created a few lists for this weekend's tournament and I have to say they have more and more specialists.  I should have no issue getting objectives done.  Provided I remember them.  I will post an after action report some time this weekend.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Years Resolution or Things that May or May Not Get Done in 2015

I decided to try a list of things I am looking at doing for 2015 to serve as a did I get everything done I wanted to when I look at it next year.

Laser Cutting

I started the year off hitting the laser cutter and had a blast. Started with a test run of my Silhouette markers and command tokens. 
Need some additional work but happy with the progress and very happy with the suggestions and help from my gaming group.


Infinity 3e is top of the pecking order.  Had a blast with 2e and I think 3 e will be even better.  Hoping to improve my rating (ended ITS2014 ranked 43 in the US out of roughly 420). I have still yet to play a game of 3e but looking forward to getting a game in before the first tournament at the end of January.

I did get a game of Malifaux in last week.  It was a blast and I really enjoyed it.  I will probably play in the Story Encounter this year at NOVA again.  It was a nice time and very relaxing.

NOVA's Schedule came out and looks like two ITS matches and one campaign.  I would like to see more Infinity events but it is what it is.

I actually got Zombiecide for Christmas and played a game with the kids.  I loved it.  The kids had a blast and they worked together.

All in all, I am looking at a great 2015 and enjoying the hobby.  Best wishes to all of you.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 is done. 2015 is up next.

2014 has been a banner year for gaming.  I have actually managed to accomplish a lot and have been very proud of my achievements in the gaming arena.  It has been a very busy year as far as gaming goes.

40k - I basically stopped playing.  I know 7th changed a lot but the fire has died. I love the fluff but that's about it.

Malifaux - Had a blast at NOVA but I really need to actually paint the rest of my Ressers.  Probably play this more with Todd (SincaiN40k) the coming year.

Attack Wing/X-Wing - I didn't play a lot of X-Wing but played a fair mount of Attack Wing.   Not sure what 2015 holds in store.

Infinity - Man has this been a great year.  It even ended big.  I started playing seriously in February after finding a great group in the guys at Games & Stuff.  After getting my head bashed in in every event, I managed to get 1st (with team mate Stephen) in the team tournament and finished their ITS season with a 2nd place finish missing a tie by 1 point. Looking forward to continuing the improvement with ITS2015.

I managed to make it to BOTH NOVA and GenCon.  Man, was they great.  I can honestly say that the beatings at the hands of the G&S crowd has actually helped make me very prepared for both event.  While I won't be back for GenCon this year, I will be at NOVA.  I loved the event and really looking forward to it again.

Laser Cutting - I really enjoy it but I have to say it's a pain in the arse to design items and get time to cut them.  I don't see next year being any better but I can still say cranking out stuff for personal use. 

Moving into 2015 - I am starting a board game night with the kids.  First, up is Zombicide.  Not sure what game will be next but should be fun.

I am behind in my painting (like always).  I haven't touched a brush in almost a month and have been playing a lot of video games.  I need to work on my Secret weapon tiles and get them done.  I also picked up all those Nomads which I think I now want to change their color.  Damn them. 

All in all I can't wait to see what 2015 holds and sharing it with everyone. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Infinity: Farewell Old Friend...We Barely Knew You (or Sepsitor was beast mode).

Games and Stuff had their final N2 ITS2014 tournament.  It was a small turn out (7 players) but most of the regulars were there.  I decided to not play Tohaa or my Haqqislam.  Instead, I wanted to try the cheese that is Combine Army.  I made two lists.  One based off of some discussions with Denis (eypyeash) and another list with Avatar/Speculo Killer combo for Annihilation.  Never played the army before and wanted to get in on the cheese before they changed everything.  

Round 1: Quad Control - I get Denis and won initiative.  Not a good match up.  I rushed to an early turn 1 lead but he pushed back in turn 2 to tie.  Due to my inexperience and the time constraints we had to call it at turn 2.  It ended in a tie but he would have clearly beat me in turn 3.  He killed my Skiavaro, Ko Dali and The Anathematics.  I was left with a Spec Ops and a few Witch Soldiers.  Not a lot to report.  I fumbled through this and Denis really should have won.  He was also really patient and helpful. Tie (3-3)

Round 2: Front Line - I got Rodger but I won initiative.  He was very new.  I apologized for what was about to happen to him.  It was a route.  I was septorizing everything in sight and what I wasn't taking over was dieing.  He got better as the rounds went on and Jeff helped him a bit toward the end.  I tabled him in the top of round 3.  Win (10-0)

Round 3: Annihilation - I got Steven as my final opponent and I won initiative.  Steven actually was my first opponent almost a year ago when I started playing Infinity at G&S.  He kicked my teeth in.  He was having a rough go this event.  He had three pieces that worried me.  A Deva hacker, a ML Fusilier, and a Aquila Guard HMG.  I parked the Speculo Killer behind the Fusilier and deployed the Avatar on the side with the Aquila and Deva.  The Speculo Killer failed her WIP roll (man I miss WIP 15) but was prone within striking distance.  She kills her target and then kills his spec ops with a combi shot.

Next up was the Aquila.  Avatar moved over carefully looking to avoid the Deva.  I didn't want to challenger her but in hindsight BTS 9 would have been pretty good footing if I wanted to add a hacker to my pool. I got the Aquila and then used him to kill the Deva.  I also used the avatar to make friends with Auxila FO.  With the main threats neutralized, I used the Aquila to set up a suppression fire.  In the end Steven took out 59 points of models.  

Denis and Len played for first.  Len beat him enough to allow me to get 2nd place while Len took 1st and Denis made 3rd.  It was a great event and a nice way to say bye to 2e.