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Month: May 2013

New Eldar Images Spotted

So it seems that the next Warhammer 40,000 Codex that will be released is going to be Eldar. These precious shots have been making rounds on the internet.

Read on for some more juicy pictures, including the magnificent Wraithknight.

So the image we opened with is of ‘Illic Nightspear’, an outcast of the Eldar who is armed with the deadly sniper rifle, Voidbringer, which supposedly has a 120″ range!

Also included are images of the new Flyers in the Eldar Codex, of which we have a lovely shot of the fighter variant embedded below.

Also featured in the image can be seen the new plastic Farseer, and some Spiritseers. Some better shots of the Flyers can be seen below, where we have the fighter variant on the left, namely the Crimson Hunter, and the bomber variant the Hemlock Wraithfighter on the right. Notice the smooth sweeping edges, and how they have managed to capture both the feeling of the Eldar as promoted by their existing range, notably the Falcon, and how this shared aesthetic can be seen echoes of Dark Eldar design as well.

However, this isn’t what you’re here to look at. Quite simply, behold the majesty that is the $115 Wraithknight. It is gigantic, looking to b about 8″ tall on the tabletop.

Discussion on these can be found on the forums themselves, here: http://onthestep.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=3186

Many thanks to Dakka Dakka, being the original source of all the information represented here.

Preening Dandies – April 2013

A New Beginning – the Dawning of Man 
 A new year, a new contributor to the Preening Dandies posts on The War Altar. A big “thank you” to Newbreed for his tireless work over the last 12 months, however like Alex Ferguson, he’s decided to call it a day after all his moaning and harassment of everyone for so long.

Imperial Bastion (Warhammer 40,000)

So this month we see something quite unusual from BristolScale7 – a painted piece of terrain, posing on a lawn, during some sunshine! This Imperial Bastion is quite the work of art I’m sure you’ll agree – not only has he painted the door with some creosote-looking material, but he’s also managed to pick out the little imperial aquila with some whitewash while hanging from the battlements. That’s the kind of dedication we like to see here at Preening Dandies.

Grenadier Mortar Platoon (Flames of War)

Next, I (Frogdog) decide to make the most of the sunshine also and submit a German mortar platoon for Flames of War. Probably the quickest platoon I’ve ever completed, and boy does it show when I nearly cover the box the mortar rounds come in, in grass – attention to detail Froggy!

Space Marine Strike Cruiser (Battlefleet Gothic)

We have our first entry from our Prodigal Son, Void Dragon, who enters his Space Marine Strike Cruiser from Battlefleet Gothic. Note the Dark Angels colour scheme and highlighting, intended to match his Dark Angels models from the Dark Vengeance box set. The level of work and detail gone into this is quite frightening. For more of Void Dragon’s work, check out his painting log, here.

Irish Hearthguard (Saga)

A popular game within the Warheads at the moment sees some very well painted miniatures from Quozl for the historical skirmish system, Saga. Again, Quozl amazes us with the speed of his painting projects and his attention to detail and historical accuracy on his models – well done that man!

Devilfish (Warhammer 40,000)

Welshman sends us in a beautifully painted Tau Devilfish for Warhammer 40,000 with striking contrast between red and grey and a great camo-scheme. Will we see this in person on the tabletop soon? This contributor hopes so!

High Executioner Reznik (Warmachine)

Lowry sends us in High Executioner Servath Reznick for Warmachine. As usual, very clean lines, great contrast between the colours and a high standard as always from our ever-present Preening Dandy entrant.

Eldar Allies (Warhammer 40,000)

AlCorps submits quite the amount of work for one month – I count an Eldar Farseer and Warlock, as well as a ton of what I think are Imperial Guardsmen. Kudos for the amount of time and effort put into all of those.

Scout Platoon (Flames of War)

And last, but by no means least, a new contributor to Preening Dandies, herrireland, with his Kubelwagen MG Scout platoon, again for Flames of War. There’s great individuality between the bases here, particularly in the basing materials used with sand, gravel, flowers and various types of grass on display. HerrIreland also has his own painting log here.

That’s it for another edition of Preening Dandies where we see a total of eight entries from five different game systems, and after last month’s entries we see a clear leader emerging to take pole position on the leaderboard. Well done Lowry!

Preening Dandies
Player Score
Lowry 13
Newbreed 12
Nosediver 7
Quozl 7
Craftfeld 6
Frogdog 5
Trget 5
Welshman 5
Sycopat 4
Alcorps 2
Bristolscale7 2
Floody 2
The Big BZ 2
Crazy Aido 1
HerrIreland 1
Jiggy 1
Maynard 1
Void Dragon 1

We’ll be doing another roundup in June so get your works into prd@onthestep.net before the end of May. As ever, our local tech adept states that photos above 5MB in size tend to bounce back so keep your entries below that size.

Rules Refresher
1) Each participant may only send in one entry for a given month. You can send in multiple photos of the entry but only one will be used.
2) The entry can be a single model or single unit. The smaller the unit, the more detail in the photo so aim low.
3) The model can be from any game system. If it’s particularly esoteric, we’d appreciate a covering note explaining what it is.
4) The entry must have been finished within that given month. You can’t submit completed pieces from your back catalogue.
5) If you want us to include a link back to more of your work, we’d be delighted to do that.

Flames of War Tournament Stats (IRE/NI: May 2013)

We’ve got another Flames of War tournament kicking off soon, it seems like an appropriate time to have a look at the state of the game. We’re still operating with a seriously flawed data set (not enough tournaments yet) but we’ll improve over time.

First up is the big pie chart of nationalities played. The Germans remain very popular but their market share has dropped slightly. The Americans have also slipped slightly while the British record the biggest increase. Soviets and Hungarians climb very slightly. Overall, it’s situation normal here with an even mix of Germans and the rest.

I mentioned in the last round up that the tournament scene was notable for its list variety and that remains unchanged. The last tournament had twelve players with twelve completely distinct armies and included six never-before-used company lists. We’re still waiting on a list to be re-used. I suspect that run will end with the next tournament, this Sunday, but it’s still nice to see such a large measure of originality and experimentation.

The win ratio graph has gone to hell after a run of draws (which I treat as losses). I wouldn’t read too much into it as we’re going to keep seeing big swings like this until we’ve gotten a large number of tournaments into the system. It’s also a bit of fudged statistic as the national lists can vary widely in type and quality. With that in mind, we’ll quickly say that the Germans and Americans see a drop, the Soviets and Hungarians climb slightly and the British completely tank. Now, the last tournament didn’t see many of the new Bridge by Bridge companies so the British are still running on their older lists and I think we see that the v.2 versions are just a bit outclassed.

Those general overviews don’t really help in that a German list could be anything from a Jadgtiger company with a small number of heavy tank destroyers to a Luftwaffe Flak battalion pressed into service. There’s a wide variety of force lists which have only been played rarely so we’re going to ignore those and focus on the regularly played options. In essence, I’m ignoring the force lists that have only been used by a single player at a single tournament. So, what interesting tidbits can be drawn from the data? What’s are the most popular and successful lists?

The most popular army list is, without a doubt, Kampfgrupper Pieper from Devil’s Charge. It makes up 12% of all armies played and a whopping 24% of all German armies fielded in tournaments. However, it has the worst win ratio of any of the widely used lists, winning 22% of its games. It may have the numbers but it’s lacking in staying power.

The second most popular list is everyone’s least favourite opponent, the vile 2nd Infantry Division from Devil’s Charge. To no-one’s shock, it has the highest win ratio of any list at 69%. You could argue that it’s the players behind the list driving the win ratio up but as one of the guilty, I can say you’re wrong. The rules revisions to tank destroyers may draw some of the venom from the list.

The Panzerkompanie from Grey Wolf (third in popularity) is the second strongest performer on a 64% win ratio. I’ve got a real soft spot for it and it continues to perform even in the face of some internet hate. The bronze medal goes to the Hungarian force, Puskas Szazad on a 63% win ratio. This is a bit of a surprise and it’s probably the combination of assault guns and plentiful artillery that make it deadly.

As a quick finish, I’ll say that tank lists are played more often than infantry and mech lists are the least popular. You could argue that tank lists appeal more to players due to their low cost in actual money, their iconic status (think of the Tiger, Sherman and T-34) or the ease with which a force can be assembled and transported. I honestly can’t say.

When we look at the percentage of their games won by these list types, things change. Infantry lists score highly while the tank lists do not perform well. This is largely in line with the results of the 2012 ETC where the foot-sloggers strongly out-performed the armour. As we get the results for more tournaments, I’ll be curious to see if this trend continues.

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