Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Swift Brush Studios

I won the $50 GC from the Baltimore Brawl and decided to use it to get my Cutter painted.  I love to paint but figured PanO was just going to be for my Step-Brother to use.  I dropped it off about a month ago and last weekend he sent me photos of the completed product.



This is the highest level he offers and I think he did a bang up job and looks very close to the pic he sent as a sample for the colors.

My problem now is I have to paint the rest of the guys to look like him.  Todd actually asked if I was going to have him paint the rest.  I told him I have thought about it and will consider it as I put everything together for this army.

UPDATE: Here is the link to the studio.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Infinity: 300 (non-ITS) at Titan Games


Titan is having their second event for Infinity this time is a 300 point non-ITS event.  Mission scenarios are Annihilation,  Supremacy and The Armory.  I brought two fun lists for the event since it's not an ITS event and the missions are pretty straight forward.  There are a lot of new people playing at Titan so I thought hard about what lists I was going to play.

I took two lists (I think these are close since I don't have my iPad with me):
List 1 (Used in Annihilation and The Armory)
AVATAR Lieutenant 3.5 137
IMETRON 0 4
IMETRON 0 4
MORAT Hacker 0.5 22
MORAT FO 0 15
FRAACTA Hacker 0.5 35
MED-TECH OBSIDON MEDCHANOID 0 23
SLAVE DRONE 0 3
SPECULO KILLER BS 1 34
IKADRON 0 9
 IKADRON 0 9
 Gaki 0 4

List 2 - (I think this was it)

CHARONTID Lieutenant 0 78
UMBRA LEGATE Hacker 0.5 43
UNIDRON Sniper 1.5 24
MED-TECH OBSIDON MEDCHANOID 0 23
FRAACTA Hacker 0.5 35
UNIDRON FO 0 15
SLAVE DRONE 0 3
IMETRON 0 4
IMETRON 0 4
NOCTIFER ML 1.5 32
Q-DRONE Plasma 1 25
DATURAZI Chain 0 14

Round 1 - Annihilation versus Nomads - Win 10-0
I go first and keep the Avatar and Killer in reserve.  One Imetron goes off the board and he shot the Gaki.  First order is to move the Killer into CC with the Gecko while saving a flamer shot and another order to actually have him fail his save.  Avatar moves up and loses ODD to a flamer but make a friend.  I proceed to make lots of friends.

Round 2- Supremacy versus Ariadna - Loss 0-10
I lose WIP roll but my opponent chooses deployment and takes the more advantageous position.  I go first.  Charontid moves up and reveals two markers and takes a flamer to the face.  I fail my saves with a 1, 1, 5.  The game would play out with me failing almost all saves.

Round 3 - The Armory versus PanO NeoTerra- Win 8-2
I lose initiative and my opponent chooses first turn.  I pick the side and let him deploy first.  He lines up his link team and I put my Killer there.  She ARO's his first move and doesn't kill a single model and fails all three saves.  He uses a specialist to open the doors and lines up three of his 5 man team in front of the door closest to me.  Avatar takes out his missile launcher and then proceeds to sepsitorize the tree in a line.  They kill one of the link team members and Avatar kills the other.  The game basically had me controlling the center easily in rounds 1 and 2.  Round three I had to run a Ikadron into the room.


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:

CHARONTID Lt+HMG
MED-TECH OBSIDON MEDCHANOID
SLAVE DRONE
MORAT Hacker
MORAT Combi
MORAT ML
UMBRA LEGATE Hacker
UNIDRON K1
UNIDRON FO
DATURAZI Chain
M-DRONE
DATURAZI Chain
PRETA
PRETA
PRETA

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.

Gaming

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.