Thursday, 17 April 2014

Nationals this Weekend

This Easter weekend the NatCon is being held in Christchurch

Nationals is a convention that is held every year but in a different city around the country, and covers many gaming systems like Warhammer and Warhammer 40k all the way through to others like DBM Warmachine.

This year I am heading to the event with my Dark Elves for WHFB. I'm giving the Executioners one last tour as so far I have been less than impressed with them.

The Tournaments is run with 2400 points and eight games over three days. I have not been to a three day singles event before so should be interesting.

My list is as follows:

Total Roster Cost: 2399

Supreme Sorceress, Level 4 Upgrade, Dark Pegasus, Earthing Rod, Dragonbane Gem, Cloak of Twilight, Lore of Metal, General
Master, Lance, Heavy Armour, Sea Dragon Cloak,  Battle Standard Bearer, Dark Pegasus, Charmed Shield, Talisman of Preservation
Master, Great Weapon,  Heavy Armour, Sea Dragon Cloak, Dark Pegasus, Dragonhelm, Dawnstone
Sorceress, Level 2 Upgrade Dispel Scroll, Lore of Shadow

5 Dark Riders, Repeater Crossbow, Shield, Musician
5 Dark Riders, Repeater Crossbow, Shield, Musician
5 Dark Riders, Repeater Crossbow, Shield, Musician
10 Darkshards, Musician, Standard Bearer, Banner of Eternal Flame
10 Darkshards, Musician 

1 Reaper Bolt Thrower
1 Reaper Bolt Thrower
1 Reaper Bolt Thrower
1 Reaper Bolt Thrower
27 Har Ganeth Executioners, Musician, Standard Bearer, Razor Standard

5 Doomfire Warlocks
5 Doomfire Warlocks

So trying out something different to the typical all cavalry avoidance style for a change of pace. Hopefully my opponents will appreciate having a block of infantry to fight for a change

Monday, 14 April 2014

Games Workshop FAQ's

Apparently some enquiries have been getting a similar response these past few days since the new GW website has been launched

Thanks for the email regarding the FAQs on the new website.

Currently the FaQ’s are not available on the website, as the design team are taking this opportunity to fully update all the FAQ and Errata articles. This is only temporary and these FAQ’s will be made available again in the very near future.

Fully updated? One wonders why they could not just keep them up to date in the first place, I mean they are one of the core drivers of the business...

Deal or no Deal... Games Workshop bargins?

Enter the Hammer of Cadia

So the new Imperial Guard.... err I mean Astra Militarium release has bought the joys of massed armour to us once again. Every veteran scifi wargamer has something stir in them every time they see armoured columns deployed on the table. Flames of War is founded on this principle alone!

So when Games Workshop releases a boxed set packaging an armoured column together I tend to take notice. This time us punters are happy to see a rather hefty discount on the package. Complete with 3 Leman Russ, 3 Hellhounds and a single Hellhammer, what more armour could you want (answer: all of the armours!)

In NZD it retails for $585 
RRP of all the components separately total $783
This provides us Kiwis with a substantial saving of $198 which is basically the Hellhammer for free, or a 25% discount from Games Workshop! Smart punters will know you can shop around locally and get between 10-15% off this again

So how are the rest of the world fairing with this boxed deal?
In Australia the price is AUD$495 (NZD$543)
States Side, they pay US$330 (NZD$385)
And in the Motherland, GBP205 gets the goods (NZD$400)

All I can say is Wow. We are still getting ripped off, the Aussies as well, especially considering you can easily find a 20% off deal from the states. The so called price equalisation does not appear to have lasted long. A quick scout around and I can get a Hammer of Cadia to NZ for NZD$330 shipped! That's getting very close to half price....

So the verdict is bad. GW southern Hemisphere trade is still ripping people off, atleast at first glance. Lets look at some other new releases

AUD$55 (NZD$60)
USD$48 (NZD$56)
GBP29 (NZD$57)

So the Taurox is a completely new kit not based on anything else, and the new policy from GW seams to apply here. Pricing is reasonably consistent across the board (16%)

AUD$85 (NZD$93)
USD$56 (NZD$65)
GBP34 (NZD$66)

The Hydra however is based on an existing kit, and could be considered an "upgrade". Huge variation in price here with a 38% price variable. I suspect this has something to do with keeping the price consistent with similar kits (Chimera, Basilisk, Hellhound) in each region, however does go against the pricing policy that is current. I suspect they may have been worried about Aussies and Kiwis just buying the Hydra kit for new Chimeras...

Verdict? Southern hemisphere shoppers are still getting the raw end of the deal, at least for older product range pre 2013. If you have access to buying from Uk or US, do so.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Games Workshops new website goes live

Games Workshops website is now back up and running, along with a special offer to get a free Space Marine Captain with every order over $X monies.

It looks cosmetically different, however appears to function the same besides the additional layer of filters

No sign of Forgeworld, Black Library or Social Media yet

Go check out the site now

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

GW confirms launch of new website!

Long rumoured, and hinted at with the closing of all the social media pages, now finally Games Workshop have announced the launch of a new Website

Are they hinting we may get a freebie?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Forgeworld posts detailed views of new Knight Lancer

We find out the full name, Cerastus Knight Lancer. Full rules appear in Horus Heresy Book III, so it appears to be a 30K focused variant. No doubt we will get 40K specific rules eventually.

More details here

Friday, 4 April 2014

Horus Heresy Book III up for pre orders

Book III Exterminatus is now up for pre-order on the Forgeworld Webstore

If your quick you can get a copy of the limited edition which includes a nice slip cover that holds all three books plus the additional collectors books. Ive put in my order already!

Check out the videos below for more details

Collectors Edition video
Book III video