Warhammer 40K

Battle Reports in Warhammer+: A Casual Player’s Review

I'll be straight up: I don't like most video battle reports. They tend to be poorly lit, laden with stock music, presented by uncharismatic hosts sitting too close to their microphones, and longer than your average Marvel movie. In other cases they feature players way too eager to try and be funny or generate banter, and it comes off as cringey and uncomfortable. Lastly, it can be hard to keep track of what's going on with just a marblemouthed dude's word to go on and the occasional panning shot...

Age of Sigmar

Ruleshammer: Age of Sigmar Core Battalions

You’ve got your army, you even added up the points to play a matched play game but you aren’t really sure how Core Battalions work. Do you need to take them? Should you? How many units should go into one? We’ll probably answer these questions and more, so read on if Core Battalions confuse you a bit (or a lot). For the context of this article I’ll be talking about Matched Play games and the General’s Handbook 2021. The new edition of Age of Sigmar removed Warscroll Battalions from the...

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Magic the Gathering

Commander Focus: Horde of Notions

Tribal commander archetypes are fairly common, though if you're in a more casual group there's a bit of an issue where several of them are really quite good.  Elves and pirates easily make the cut off for any kind of real deck you like; Zombies, Vampires, Wizards are all quite powerful, and humans help define the modern format, Ninjas are so strong they slide into cEDH territory and Najeela, the Blade Blossom does the same for warriors. For old time's sake I'd love to play Rebels, but there'd need to be an Orzhov rebel commander, if printed today I'm sure Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero would have B: target rebel gains menace until the end of the turn or something like that, and it would be perfect. Handicapping your deck building by going hardcore on one of the bad tribes though can lead to more interesting or fun games if you're having trouble matching up power levels at your LGS.  I've been looking for ways to match things up, the other night when my Atraxa planeswalker deck took infinite turns after resolving Tamiyo's Emblem people sort of gave me some side-eye, even though there was a suspended worldfire hanging over our...

Hobby

Gaming Spaces: Thanqol’s Hobby Space

I've been in the hobby for five years now and I'm currently going through some growing pains with my gaming space. A lot of ideas and concepts that made sense in the initial stages are starting to fall apart, and I'm on the brink of having to completely rethink the way I organize everything. This particular hobby space is less about what an incredible experience a late stage Warhammer collection can look like, and more a discussion about some practical problems and solutions I've experienced as I'm moving out of the early stage of collection. This is the current painting setup. The location, in the living room and directly facing a window, has been ideal - lots of natural light, an excellent view of the garden when I raise my head from painting and plenty of space to move around. A lot of people have dedicated rooms to paint in but I actually find that painting in a common area has a lot of positives too. My spouse crochets and this arrangement lets us have conversations while we both work on our respective hobbies.  A painting desk also just plain looks good. It's a place of colour and energy and an...

Gaming

Battle Reports in Warhammer+: A Casual Player’s Review

I'll be straight up: I don't like most video battle reports. They tend to be poorly lit, laden with stock music, presented by uncharismatic hosts sitting too close to their microphones, and longer than your average Marvel movie. In other cases they feature players way too eager to try and be funny or generate banter, and it comes off as cringey and uncomfortable. Lastly, it can be hard to keep track of what's going on with just a marblemouthed dude's word to go on and the occasional panning shot of the table. It's clear here that someone at the Warhammer TV team felt the same way I did, because Battle Report addresses almost every one of these concerns. This isn't going to be a review of any particular episode of the series as the quality of content is pretty consistent throughout, but these are my impressions based on the first month or so worth of them across Warhammer 40,000, Age of Sigmar, and Kill Team Warhammer with your Coworkers The hosts are going to be where this series lives and dies for a lot of people. You've got Nick Bayton and Patrick Price most of the time, with other members of the...