Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Magnetizing the New Bugs: Harpy/Crone and Exocrine/Haruspex

This past weekend I broke out the new bugs and started putting them together. With both kits, I decided that I wanted to magnetize them as much as possible, in part so I don't have to make a decision on my list before painting the models.

Nice big pile o' bugs
I jumped back and forth between an Exocrine/Haruspex kit and the Harpy/Crone kit as I ran into problems or concerns, allowing myself some time to think about a potential problem and not just going gung ho on an $80 kit.

Monday, January 27, 2014

SCARAB GT Day 2: Game 5 and Closing Thoughts

For my fifth and final game at the SCARAB GT, I was matched up against Steve and his Flying Circus Daemons. The mission was an inverse of Game 3, with Big Guns as the Primary and Relic as the secondary with Vanguard deployment. And interestingly, I was on the same table as for Game 3. Steve's list was roughly the following:

~10 Plague Bearers
~10 Pink Horrors
~15 Flesh Hounds
Daemon Prince
Daemon Prince
Belakor (SM Ally)
~10 Cultists

FTGT Invades FTW; Iron Hands vs. New Nids and Iron Hands vs. Eldar

A couple weekends ago, three-quarters of the Blog got together in Richmond, VA. It was an incredible time that was filled with a lot of excitement, a lot of anticipation, and some incredible games.  Now I would like to say that it was great to meet Rob Baer of Forge the Narrative, Spikey Bits, and For The Win Games.  He was out, talking to us, mainly Evan, and just talking to us about some of his thoughts on the Tyranid Codex. Next guy we met was Kenny Boucher of Forge the Narrative and owner / operator of Next Level Painting. He was joking, talking to us about all things 40k, and was awesome to joke around with.

Iron Hands away!
It was an awesome weekend where the blog met some very influential guys that have had an impact on not only our blog, but also on some other ideas coming down the pipe.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tyranid Vanguard - Rising Leviathan First Look

As a blog with three Tyranid addicts, we of course had to pick up the first of the three dataslates to supplement the army. As Black Library released earlier in the week, in addition to the fluff (which I haven't read yet, but I'm looking forward to), there are five formations to be added to the army.

Friday, January 24, 2014

SCARAB GT: Day 2, Game 4 - Tyranids vs. Necrons with CSM

Continuing right along, after two victories helped in large part to my opponents' dice hating them in Game 2 and Game 3, Day 2 saw me matched up against Trey and his Necrons with Chaos Space Marine allies. His list was roughly:

Destroyer Lord: MSS, Sempiternal Weave, Warscythe
4x5 Warriors: Night Scythe
6 Wraiths
3x Annihilation Barge
Daemon Prince
10-15 Cultists
Aegis Defense Line: Comms Relay

The Best New Year's Resolutions are the Ones You Have Already Procrastinated...

Greetings everyone, BeeCee here.

So as I was in Google Hangouts with the rest of the FTGT crew we started talking about resolutions and each of us doing a 2014 post. Immediately I got excited about all the things I was going to accomplish in the hobby this year, the fact that I was going to post to the blog more often, and become a better play/hobbyist.

Do I get credit for adding a caption to a blank picture that already has a caption?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

SCARAB GT: Day 1, Game 3 - Tyranids vs. Farsight with Tau

After winning Game 2, I was faced up against Adam and his Farsight Enclaves with Tau Allies to finish the day. The mission was The Relic Primary (4pts), Big Guns Never Tire secondary (3pts), with Vanguard deployment.

Facing The Grey Tide Podcast - Episode 1: Tyranid Release

What's up everyone?  The Boys of the Grey Tide got together recently to throw a little podcast together to go along with the blog.  The first podcast is everything Nids.  Going forward we will be doing everything, from list building to codex review to what is happening with our Grey Tides.  I hope you all enjoy the first Podcast, and hopefully this won't be the last.  Also, you are on the ground floor as we go forward working out the technical difficulties and making it better overall.

Enjoy the Podcast.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SCARAB GT: Day 1, Game 2 - Tyranids vs. Imperial Guard with Inquisitor and Space Wolves

After my loss to Josh in Game 1, my second game was against Talon and his Imperial Guard. The mission was The Scouring primary and Purge the Alien secondary on Hammer and Anvil deployment. Talon's list had an Inquisitor warlord and Space Wolf allies with two rune priests and some grey hunters in a pod:

Guard Command Squad - Lascannon
Guard Platoon Command Squad, 4 Flamers
Guard Platoon Command Squad, 4 Flamers
Guard Blob - 4 Lascannons
Guad Blob - 4 Lascannons
2 Valkyries (carrying platoon command squads)
2x Manticore
Rune Priest
Rune Priest
10 Grey Hunters in Drop Pod - 2 flamers

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

List Building: 1,850 Points Tyranids - Shenanigans

This list I am about to share started mostly as a lark, goofing around with what you could do with the Deathleaper formation that can be seen in the previews of the Tyranid Vanguard Supplement.

SCARAB GT: Day 1, Game 1 - Tyranids vs. Taudar

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the SCARAB GT in Columbia, SC. I found out about the event through Neil and The 11th Company Podcast. It was a little bit of a drive, but nothing unfeasible. I made it to the hotel a little before midnight and did some finishing touches on the bases of my airbrushed Flyrant and Tervigon. First thing Saturday morning I headed down to the convention center and unpacked.

Monday, January 20, 2014

SCARAB GT: Initial Reaction and Thoughts

I had the pleasure of attending the SCARAB GT this past weekend. It was about the same distance drive as NOVA for me, and I'm really glad I decided to make the trip. I brought my Tyranids, partly in the hope that I would be the only one to do so and get best in Codex (which went to Cory, who has an awesome Doom he sculpted from scratch).

Cory's Intimidating Doom ready for his last hurrah.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Why The Hate? A Tyranid Codex Theory

While thinking about the new Tyranid Codex (which is most of the time, this week), a theory occurred to me why there might be so much hate in the community for the new book. At this point I'm generally dismissing the claims that is a terribad book and the worst of the 6th edition codices. I will accept that it's not going to unseat Eldar and Tau as the big power codices. 

My theory revolves around perceived power before and after a 6th edition codex. Namely, that the successful codices in 6th, particularly Tau, Eldar, and Space Marines, were generally received well because before the codex, they were not a competitive option in 6th Edition. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

List Building: Tyranids Mawloc Mash

After reading Nick Nanavati's post on Torrent of Fire this morning, I've been thinking about some of the points he raised and how I might use his list as a blueprint for a list that fits what I think would work for me. Namely, using hive commander in combination with a Comms Relay and Mawlocs to overcome the general lack of speed in the current Tyranids Codex.

Tyranid Codex Review : Instinctive Behavior and Synapse

Hey guys, Ron here with my first section review on the new Nid Codex.  Today I am reviewing one of those parts that is receiving a lot of negative attention - Instinctive behavior. Just how bad is it?  How much synapse is enough to counter it?  Will it really make your entire army flee off the table or kill itself?  Did I really just walk into a game store and spend my rent money to buy more Tyranids?  Stay tuned after the jump for FTGT's take.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tyranid Psychic Powers and Psykers Review

Like most Tyranid players, I was not happy about losing access to the Big Rule Book powers, particularly Biomancy (even though I knew it was coming). Initially, I was very disappointed to see what I perceived as a very weak selection of psychic powers. But after spending some time considering their in-game use, I've come around a bit.

Monday, January 13, 2014

List Building: 1,850 Tyranid List

As I mentioned in my second review this morning, any list I build will be wildly in flux for the next couple months, particularly as my actual play-testing time is rare. After mentioning it as a goof, I couldn't help but try to create a list using a bastion to anchor the line.

Codex: Tyranids - A More Thought Out Review

The Tyranid Codex has now been out for a couple days, and we've had some time to actually read it and think about it and list build. And while I began a little doom and gloom, I am coming around. This is a brand new book - what used to work will not work anymore. That's what we asked for, even though on release we were looking for the same old build to just get better, if we're being honest with ourselves.

At this point, I am confident the power level is still there. Will it unseat Eldar as the tournament kings? Or even Tau and all their allied variations? Probably not. But despite the moaning and groaning that Tyranids will be the weakest 6th edition codex, I don't think that will be the case - I think they will still compete with Daemons and struggle against powerful Eldar and Tau builds, but do well against most of the rest of the field.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Codex Tyranids First Thoughts

So with this release, most of us on the blog were really looking forward to it. However, as more things leaked, we became and more concerned with what we were seeing. I did my best to reserve judgement until I actually saw the codex in its entirety. That said, I knew the couple things I was looking for, so here's my first impressions.

The First Heretic (Horus Heresy Book 14) Review

The first entry in the Horus Heresy from Aaron Dembski-Bowden is the story of the architects of the Horus Heresy: the Word Bearer Legion. Continuing the Horus Heresy Review Series, this novel gets back to some of the main action of the Heresy. As with the recent reviews, following the jump, there will be spoilers.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Local 1k Tournament: Eldar with Tau Allies

Last weekend was the monthly 1k tournament at my LGS. A while back I made a deal with myself that I wouldn't field an army that wasn't fully painted. Right now that would essentially stick me with my Tyranids. That said, I'm planning on playing my Tyranids pretty heavily over the next two weeks at our gaming weekend and then the SCARAB GT, and I was hoping for a quick break.

And so, Saturday night I found myself digging through my Eldar and Tau minis to come up with a 1,000 point list that would only include models that at least had paint on them and no bare plastic other than the base. In the end, I came up with the following list:

Friday, January 3, 2014

Evan's 2014 FTGT Resolutions

Hi All. I thought I would put together a 2014 Resolutions list for my goals as a hobbyist in the next year. I've also suggested the other guys do it so I don't look quite so egocentric.

The goal of setting up resolutions like this is to create a set of goals I can track myself on throughout the year. This goes back to what I did with my NOVA prep posts last summer. Hopefully some of you will like the method and adopt something similar. Or maybe you are awesome and already achieve your hobby goals without need for lists. But I like them.