Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Apocalypse Recap

This past weekend I had a blast playing a game of Apocalypse. Misguided League Bowlers (that's my gaming group's name) in attendance for this battle were Lynell, Tim, Chris, Todd, Scooter and Solomon. This get together actually doubled as a birthday celebration for Tim.

The armies were split up with the theme of "Xenos vs Imperium." Orks, Tyranids, Tau and Eldar made up the Xenos forces while the Imperium forces were made up of Space Marines. In all there were 16000 points of models duking it out in this game! Below is a shot of a Space Wolf Rune Priest standing firm against an oncoming Stompa:

Despite the admirable efforts of the Imperial forces, the Xenos were ultimately too much to overcome. The main reason being the combined might of an Ork Stompa and a Tyranid Hierophant Bio Titan:

Once we called an end to the game, the Xenos had control of two objectives versus none for the Space Marines. Here Warboss Gorgog Badzagga tries to control a valuable objective.:

Big thanks to Tim for hosting the event at his house. Thanks also to Cundo, Jay and Lynell for providing such an awesome table:

Friday, June 18, 2010

Why I am the luckiest man alive

Let's face it, miniature war gaming is one of the geekiest hobbies known to the human species. I myself am an admitted miniature war gamer, a Warhammer 40K gamer to be specific. For me this means a number of things:

1. I am crazy about science fiction.
2. I spend an enormous amount of time building and painting hordes of tiny toy soldiers.
3. Every week I get together with friends, break out my measuring tape, dice, templates and we actually play with our armies of tiny toy soldiers.

So this past week it felt really nice when I received this photo-message on my phone:

I hope my miniature will bring the Lakers good luck tonight. :)

Not only does my girlfriend accept me for the geeky gamer that I am...she proudly decorates her cubicle with a DARK ANGEL SPACE MARINE!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ranking the Best 40K Podcasts

As a Warhammer 40k player, I am totally excited about the recent growth in the number of 40K-themed podcasts. While most are simply terrible, there is a handful of shows out there that I enjoy. I've found that listening to these shows can be a great way to keep myself entertained through long painting sessions or even just commuting to work. If anything, it's interesting to listen to the different opinions and ideas that other people have about the hobby.

Here's a quick rundown of my top 6 Warhammer 40k podcasts:

#1. The Independent Characters
These new kids on the block have a very infectious enthusiasm for the 40k hobby.

#2. 40K Basement
A funny group of hardcore gamers. Their "gay-innuendo" sense of humor seems eerily familiar.

#3. The 11th Company
Just a solid show that is heavily focused on the strategy aspect the game.

#4. Imperial Vox Cast
This San Diego based podcast does a good job of covering the west coast 40k scene.

#5. Gamers Lounge
I like that this show encourages more fluffy or themed gameplay as opposed to the win-at-all-costs tournament mentality. They also have a lot of discussion about the 40K blogging scene.

#6. Dice Like Thunder
At times these guys can be good and other times they can be overly cynical.

Well there you go. Give these podcasts a try. They can be a good source of inspiration for your own hobbying experience.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Taros Campaign: Assault on Port Kantrael

In an epic battle of mechanized forces, the World Chompas managed to defeat the Imperial defenders. Warboss Gorgog Badzagga successfully captured the planet's sole Space Port.