Warhammer 40K

The October 2021 40k Meta Review

Welcome back, dear reader! We have returned following a massive list of new tournaments, energized with ALL SORTS OF NEW DATA, mostly concerning the newer faction releases - Orks, Grey Knights, and Thousand Sons. This month we’ll be spending some time looking at how those books have fared and look at whether they’ve shaken up the meta or merely convoluted the list of “also-rans.” Methodology Thanks to the wonderful efforts of tournament organizers and app developers around the world, we have access to what is essentially every meaningful piece of data...

Age of Sigmar

Faction Focus: Kharadron Overlords

Overview One of the factions made entirely whole cloth for Age of Sigmar, the Kharadron Overlords are capitalist dwarves who plunder the realms for Aether-gold in their steampunk ships and suits. Useful allies for the forces of Order due to their ability to control the skies above a battle, navigate difficult storms, and their general lack of self preservation in the name of profit. On the table Kharadron Overlords are one of the better shooting armies. In fact, almost everything in their army is shooting! So if you want to...

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Magic the Gathering

Commander Focus: The Rubaiyat of oh my Tayam!

Tayam, Luminous Enigma is kind of a strange card. He cares about counters, not particular counters. A lot of cards will have you remove counters, but typically they are counters associated with the creature itself, and the most common scenario is a creature that either enters the battlefield with some kind of counters and removes or gives them away, or else that generates some kind of counters and either places them or removes them. Ikoria though was the set with the idea of keyword counters, so you had creatures giving trample counters or deathtouch counters.  Tayam itself can be used to generate a sort of infinite combo, though it relies on a lot of token generation and then something that generates a fair bit of mana. It's the sort of deck that kind of durdles about then suddenly explodes, but can't handle much in the way of disruption and doesn't do much interaction.  It's a kind of playstyle I don't really enjoy, especially because it'll often struggle to close out games in addition to everything else. But the Saga of Urza's Saga, which didn't come out during Urza's Saga and is actually a land enchantment, an entirely new thing, can fetch...

Hobby

How to Paint Everthing: Be’lakor

In our How to Paint Everything series we look at how to paint well, everything, talking about different assembly methods, techniques, and colors used. In today's How to Paint Everything, we're covering a Warhammer 40,000 and Age of Sigmar double threat: Be'lakor, the first Daemon Prince, as painted by Daniel "Skails" Rodenberg. My aim with this project was to mimic the box art but not try to go full Heavy Metal on the thing. Be'lakor himself ended up taking about fourteen hours to complete, and the base another nine. This is a great model, full of interesting details. The chainmail and skulls on the tabard are cool as hell, and the whole thing is hanging on rings through his flesh. I could see spending another twenty hours polishing it up into a really nice display or competition piece. Paints Used My paint collection has a variety of brands. Each have their own attributes and I recommend using whatever gives you results you like. Anything here is could be swapped for any paint that looks close to the color. Vallejo Model Color German Grey Model Color Basalt Grey Game Color Stonewall Grey Game Color Leather Brown Game Color Silver Game Color Bloody Red Citadel Leadbelcher Retributor Armor Auric Gold Screamer Pink Pink Horror Pallid Wych Flesh Nuln Oil Druchii...

Gaming

The October 2021 40k Meta Review

Welcome back, dear reader! We have returned following a massive list of new tournaments, energized with ALL SORTS OF NEW DATA, mostly concerning the newer faction releases - Orks, Grey Knights, and Thousand Sons. This month we’ll be spending some time looking at how those books have fared and look at whether they’ve shaken up the meta or merely convoluted the list of “also-rans.” Methodology Thanks to the wonderful efforts of tournament organizers and app developers around the world, we have access to what is essentially every meaningful piece of data around competitive games of 40k. The data in this month’s study comes from: Best Coast Pairings/Down Under Pairings apps, the premier way to run, manage, and track results for tournaments The ITC Battles App, a brilliant app for tracking games both in and out of tournaments and a great source of casual game data worldwide We also frequently check the wonderful site 40kstats.com for some results data and to look at lists. It’s as large and complete a dataset as you could ever ask for for 40k. This month’s data specifically comes from the period ending on October 5th, 2021 in Best Coast Pairings and...