Age of Sigmar at Warhammer world

Being at the release party of Age of Sigmar at Warhammer World was too good an opportunity to miss. So booking an ealry table for a bit of 40K action in the morning we headed off to Lenton.

First thing , the rumours were true and the Space Marine and Aquila has been usurped by a ’Sigmarine’.

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We saw the new Forgeworld shop. Sadly, this is as close as we’ll come to owning one of these bad boys – £900 to you sir!aos2

A quick précis of our 40K game. We had just painted up the tomb blades as that Logan could field a Reclamation legion. However, as we were only playing 650 (to get a 120 min game in ) he didn’t want to use the immortals and opted to use lychguard.

aos5That drop in reanimation protocols tipped the balance. I’d knocked up Ultramarines with Tigurius and devastator Centurions and 2 tactical units with Grav guns too. The Ultramarines normally had a torrid time against the Necrons so I beefed them up a bit. But perhaps a bit to much. So with Tigurius getting Invisibility (not hard) then invisible Centurions pounded out the fire.
Pretty much a whitewash …. So just goes to show that even with points you have to consider what level to aim the game at! (more on this later)

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So after the obligatory lunch at Bugman we pressed on to the Age of Sigmar demos.

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“For you Lurz ze war is over.. relegated to scaring small children exiting the washroom”

Unless you have been living in a hole then you know what the Age of Sigmar is, and the nerd rage that this has generated.  I tried to take an objective view of the whole situation. I’ve being playing Warhammer Fantasy battle since 1983, and every edition (to a greater or lesser extent). I admit it has come as rather a shock to see the old world ended. Its heritage in engrained in my psyche after 30 years.

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“The games being played of AoS (non GW demo), looked neither skirmish or ‘just a mash up’. Also the standard or presentation looked markedly higher, with all the big kits out on display”

However the demos flowed pretty well. I thought it was going to be a hard sell, but after 10 minutes I picked it up. It not hard … it very lite. aos7But do you know what ? it was actually quite fun!  Lets put aside balance and all that sort of stuff , the games there were the starter boxes and are probably balanced. But there was a situational tactical element to it. The sequence of activation and pile in choices meant something. aos8The magic is toned down and the monsters are toned down .. I cab see how big units are not going to be effective  with the bravery test (which can double up your casualties).

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So there you have it, I enjoyed it!  Not enough to buy the box (and it they can’t sell it to me – then they might be in trouble! ). The aesthetic might not suit me , or the fluff might be nonsense. But the game seems to work in a beer and pretzels sense. Not the convoluted WFB charge baiting or hero hammer (guff) … and I can see it not suiting all, but I can see it really making a difference to their entry level target market.  So I can see it being successful. Maybe not with ubergamers, but kids and old (wise) gamers for sure.

We played 2 starter box games , in about 2 hours. Fun has had by all, and our opponents shook our hand at the end !

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I did speak to various folk – it seemed staffers were touting for opinion – and as a wargaming face who am I to remain silent 😉  The whole balance thing did come up (no points – all that stuff) … and I think we need to wait for the next – big – book just out on pre release now, as that has all the ‘battle plans’.. as I understand it a cross between a dataslate and scenario generator. They expect maturity in the gaming fraternity to be able to deal with the games that they want to play. The framework is very loose, and thy want to give as many options for people to play as possible. Have they read Black Powder  I wonder 🙂

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“Logan with his new Space Wolf T-shirt”

While we were there the new exhibition centre was open. So we checked it out. I was looking forward to seeing all the old models , but when I saw them I was a bit disappointed as I’ve got them all! However the new exhibits were stunning .. So here are some selected photos.

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The day just raced by and it was soon 6pm and time to leave – great day 🙂

Warhammer World trip

We took a trip up the road to Lenton to Warhammer world, this was Logan’s first visit, and it was my birthday too.  We booked a table to play a game in advance, so we had anticipated to stay the whole day. We’d booked into the Premier Inn just along the canal at Nottingham Marina (which is actually recommended, as you couldn’t get any closer and avoids all the unpleasant road works around Lenton. They are putting new tram lines in and actually when they are finished getting to WW will be a breeze as the tram goes right outside to the railway station.

Warhammer world is going through renovations right now, with a grand re-opening in May. It was a little disappointing the museum/exhibition centre was closed, the shop seemed reduced in range, and the number of gaming table looked lessened and more cramped. However, there is still Bugmans bar.I could just spend the weekend there!

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We played our game in the morning, and a luck would have it it was the last day for submission to army of the month. So, the staff there were keen for us to submit our armies – which we did. That meant hanging around for a few more hours after lunch.

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Which was fine, we have cake and coffee and a leisurely wander around the other games and store. I was genuinely surprised about the amount of unpainted figures that were in use. For the flagship store you’d think they would have some sort of minimum requirement. These weren’t young kids that were doing this!ww4

Anyway come 4 o’clock the announcement was made and Logan had won the army of the month – which as you can imagine he was pleased as punch. His army is now on display there for the next month in the winners cabinet if you have chance to swing by.

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Nice day out.

I’ll let Logan tell his story!

On Friday 27th 2015 we went to Nottingham and stayed at a hotel overnight. The next day me and dad went to Warhammer world while mum and Georgie went shopping, as we walked up the gravely road the first thing I saw was a giant statue of a space marine looming ahead. Behind it was a life sized model of a rhino parked in the middle of the huge car park.

ww1We walked through the entrance of the building into a dwarf restaurant called Bugman’s which had an excellent menu full of delicious meals. Then we went into the gigantic gaming room full of quality tables, I got a little bit of a shock when I turned round and saw Lurtz glaring down at me from up a stand next to the door! Next me and dad went down to our reserved table in the middle of the big room and set up our game, with me playing necrons and dad playing grey knights (oh no!). On turn one I rolled a six (oh boy! I needed a lot of those!) ww3So I went first. Since no grey knights were on the table yet (they all teleport in 🙁 ) I had to move so I shuffled my warriors a bit and moved some of my tanks forward and that was really all I could do. Next dad deep striked all over the table with his big titan-y robots right in the middle of my base, capturing all the objectives and ruining my plan. Then he had the nerve to challenge my warlord, foolishly, I accepted and guess what? My lord got killed outright, before I could even attack! I was furious and pushed forward with all my might but it was no use the grey knights are too good. Halfway through, a man came up to us and asked us if we were entering the “army of the month” competition and we said no (we weren’t) so he asked us if we’d like to and we said yes and he told us to put our army’s in the glass cabinet at one o’clock and. So we carried on playing until one, and packed up our stuff to display in the cabinet. Then we had 2 hours to kill so we went back to Bugman’s and I had cockatrice pieces (chicken nuggets) ww7and some juice. Next we went to the shop/stall and had a look round then I took out my wallet and brought a rhino for my space wolf army.

ww6It was three o’clock now and we were waiting for the votes to come in when they finally did I was extremely nervous. The winner for the staff’s choice was another necron army then they said the ultimate winner was another necron army, I knew there was only two other necron army’s left mine and someone else’s. They said the winner was…

MINE!!!

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Me! Me! I was the winner! After I’d had my pictures taken and got a certificate we went to Bugman’s to have coffee and cake and the next day we went home.

40K Combat Patrol – Necrons Vs Black Legion

Being snowed in has some advantages! After the obligatory snowman has been built … time for a 40K Combat Patrol with the boy, with his newly completed Necrons. Black Legion is the only 40K army I own (painted) now, so that was easy. Throwing 4’ of urban landscape together with the Chapel of Sanctuary as the central objective.

The opposing armies are

Necrons

Necron Overlord

Necron Warriors x7

Necron Warriors x7

Necron Immortals x 5

Scarab Swarms x3

 

Black Legion

Chaos Space Marine lord

CSM x5 (+1 plasma upgrade)

CSM x5 (+1 plasma upgrade)

Obliterator Cult x1

The game was simple enough starting as opposite corner. Both side advancing to control the central objective. The Obliterator hanging back as a Lascannon platoon – sniping off a couple of warriors.

The Chaos Space Marine sneaking around the building to try and apply their advantage in H2H.

The central bundle didn’t work so well for Abbadons boys. Bad dice in the assault left very few Necrons needing to roil ‘they’ll be back’ roll.

Once in close combat the necrons attrited the CSM quite nicely.WS4 and T4 with a 4+ Save makes then quite resilient. As the CSM were outnumbered nearly 2 -1 it was only a matter of time. In true Hollywood style the Overlord faced of the Chaos Lord. Despite having the upper hand ( I thought) the Chaos lord went down without even inflicting a single wound on the Overlord. So HQ down, and shortly both CSM squads succumbing to fighting Scarabs and Necrons (after losing their armour save from that Scarab special ability – I forget its name)…  The sole survivor was the Obiliterator.

Makes the Necrons quiet tough!