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GF9 X Wing play mat

Posted on April 16th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Got this little beauty in the post this morning.  Looks great not quite what I expected in terms of the backing material but still very good quality.  Also some good service from Seriously Board in Wellington.Only thing left to do is to put s…

X-Wing Squad lists used so far, where to for Escalation

Posted on April 15th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Having a decent Squad Builder on my phone I’ve been spending a fair bit of time making and re-making Squadron lists but like most players (I suspect) only a few of those have seen combat.  So far I’ve taken the following lists into action (that I can recall).

The 3 Amigos

99

TI

Sontir Fel – PS9
27
[Elite] Push the limit
[Mod] Shield upgrade
[Title] Royal guard Tie
[Mod] Targeting computer
3
4
0
2
36
TI

Tur Phennir – PS7
25
[Elite] Outmanoeuvre
[Mod] Hull upgrade
3
3
31
TI

Carnor Jax – PS8
26
[Elite] Push the limit
[Mod] Hull upgrade
3
3
32
Played this one 3 times now albiet with slightly different options on Sontir e.g. dropping Targeting computer for Hull upgrade or Stealth Device.  Definitely fun to play but I keep forgetting peoples pilot abilities e.g Tur Phennir’s free boost/barrel roll after attacking and most importantly that Carnor Jax needs to be in close (Range 1) of enemy ships as often as possible to stop them adding Focus or Evade.
Rexler ‘s Escort

100

TD

Rexler Brath – PS8
37
[Elite] Squad Leader
[Roc] Ion Pulse Missiles
[Sec] Heavy Laser Cannon
[Mod] Engine Upgrade
2
3
7
4
53
TI

Saber Squadron Pilot – PS4
21
[Elite] Push the limit
3
24
TI

Saber Squadron Pilot – PS4
21
[Elite] Wingman
2
23
Played 3 games with this one against Jeff on Tuesday night and managed to win 2 of them – although this was due in part to Jeff taking a strange Scum list with one very redundant ship in it.  Worked really well but not really the ideal set-up so I’ve modified it to the following
Rexler Royal Road Trip

100

TD

Rexler Brath – PS8
37
[Elite] Outmanoeuvre
[Roc] Proton Rockets
[Sec] Ion Cannon
[Mod] Engine Upgrade
3
3
3
4
50
TI

Royal Guard Pilot – PS6
22
[Elite] Push the limit
3
25
TI

Royal Guard Pilot – PS6
22
[Elite] Push the limit
3
25
Ion Cannon works better than Ion Missiles as I can shoot it every round and at 1pt extra you get 2 extra points of PS on your Royal Guard Interceptors vs. the Saber Squadron dudes.  Squad Leader and Wingman were too inconsistent in my ability to use them and I like the idea of Ion shooting people and having PTL Interceptors rush in to finish them off.
Sontir’s Swarm

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TI

Sontir Fel – PS9
27
[Elite] Push the limit
[Mod] Hull upgrade
[Title] Royal Guard Tie
[Mod] Targeting computer
3
3
0
2
35
TF

Mauler Mithel – PS7
17
[Elite] Swarm Tactics
2
19
TF

Howlrunner  – PS8
18
[Elite] Swarm Tactics
2
20
TF

Academy Pilot – PS1
12
12
TF

Academy Pilot – PS1
12
12
This list has also included Carnor Jax instead of Sontir but having someone at PS9 is slightly better for me.  Still working on Swarm movement but I’ll get it sorted one day.
There have been several others but these ones have kind of stuck as being fun for me to play.  Perhaps not optimum according to whatever prevailing meta people follow but still good for me.
Escalation List?
With Cerberus Games in Wellington running an Escalation event in May I’ve done some quick thinking about what I could take at 60, 90, 120 & 150 pts.  There are a lot of options available but I’ve come up with the following as a first attempt
Round 1 (60pts – Min 2/Max 8 Ships)

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TF

Howlrunner – PS8

18

[Elite] Swarm Tactics
[Mod] Hull upgrade

2
3

23

TF

Academy Pilot – PS1

12

12

TF

Academy Pilot – PS1

12

12

TF

Academy Pilot – PS1

12

12

Could go badly or well depending on how I move it, but will be fun either way
Round 2 (90pts – Min 2/Max 8 ships)

89

TF

Howlrunner – PS8

18

[Elite] Swarm Tactics

[Mod] Hull upgrade

2

3

23

TF

Academy Pilot – PS1

12

12

TF

Academy Pilot – PS1

12

12

TF

Academy Pilot – PS1

12

12

TI

Sontir Fel – PS9
27
[Elite] Push the limit
3
30
Sontir is a nice update to the list but I’m limited on what I can give him.  His pilot ability makes Push the Limit a non-brainer as you can effectively assign him 2 focus e.g. Focus action, push the limit boost, get stress from PTL, assign another focus.
Round 3 (120pts – Min 2/Max 8 ships)

118

TF

Howlrunner – PS8

18

[Elite] Swarm Tactics

[Mod] Hull upgrade

2

3

23

TF

Academy Pilot – PS1

12

12

TF

Academy Pilot – PS1

12

12

TF

Academy Pilot – PS1

12

12

TI

Sontir Fel – PS9

27

[Elite] Push the limit

3

30

TI

Carnor Jax – PS8
26
[Elite] Outmanoeuvre
3
29
Carnor Jax to really screw with people’s defence against the Swarm e.g. enemy ships within Range 1 of him cannot use Focus or Evade actions. 
Round 4 (150pts – Min 2/Max 8 ships)

149

TF

Howlrunner – PS8

18

[Elite] Swarm Tactics

[Mod] Hull upgrade

2

3

23

TF

Academy Pilot – PS1

12

12

TF

Academy Pilot – PS1

12

12

TF

Academy Pilot – PS1

12

12

TI

Sontir Fel – PS9

27

[Elite] Push the limit
[Mod] Hull upgrade

3
3

33

TI

Carnor Jax – PS8

26

[Elite] Outmanoeuvre

3

29

TI

Tur Phennir – PS7
25
[Elite] Push the limit
3
28
Chuck in Tur Phennir so I have the 3 Amigos going.  7 ships gives me more flexibility and if I like I can split Howlrunner off to fly with the Interceptors giving them his re-roll ability rather than the Academy Pilots.  

X-Wing updates & the future of WHFB/FOW?

Posted on April 15th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Its only been a few weeks but I am absolutely loving X-Wing and my collection, or at least what I want to collect, is nearly complete.  My latest acquisition was this little beauty a Tie Defender.  I was considering the Phantom but liked the …

X-Wing: Double Boba Fett and useful software

Posted on April 10th, 2015 under . Posted by

Our FLGS the Bad ‘Silver’ Cave provided a good venue for Jeff and I to engage in yet more X-Wing last night.  This time Jeff brought along some new toys in the form of 3 Slave’s – 2 for him and 1 for me.  Consequently, our first game pitted m…

X-Wing Carnage or "Asteroids are annoying"

Posted on April 6th, 2015 under . Posted by

Very enjoyable morning at Jeff’s place playing X-Wing.  We managed to get through 3 games including trying the first mission in the Core Rulebook – really a hard one for Jeff with the mission allowing me to bring in reinforcements. I ran 2 differe…

X-Wing a go go: first club games

Posted on March 31st, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Instead of one game of WHFB I managed to get in 3 very enjoyable games of X-Wing at the club last night up against Jeff Kent.  In game 1 it was my Howler Swarm list (see last post) against Wedge and the Millennium Falcon flown by Luke and Chewy. &…

First X-Wing list: Howlrunner Swarm Tactics

Posted on March 29th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Playing my first proper game of X-Wing tomorrow night, I have had several demo games in the past but this is my first one with my own stuff where I’ve actually attempted to make a decent list.In trying to put a list together I came across the one big i…

Retailer Review: Games & Hobbies NZ

Posted on March 26th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

I haven’t posted one of these for a while but my experiences ordering X-Wing over the last week or so have prompted me to write this little Retailer Review.  This time its about Games and Hobbies New Zealand an online retailer based out of Welling…

Post 1000 for Stumpy Heaven

Posted on March 26th, 2015 under Posted by

My 1000th post on the blog since it all started way back Feb 7th 2008. my hobbies, gaming and other stuff have all grown since then. so far I’ve played WHFB 7th & 8th Ed, Fields of Glory 15mm, Warmachine 1st and 2nd Edition, Flames of War, and now …

Kids love X-Wing!!

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 under . Posted by

Got my X-Wing starter set on Friday incredibly quick delivery by Games and Hobbies in Napier, just awesome stuff, and took some time to introduce to my two oldest kids (8 & 6).  Used simplified rules with no tokens or anything just turn dial, …

The New Zealand Tiki Squadrons (2)

Posted on March 22nd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Continuing on from The New Zealand Tiki Squadrons (1) there were further examples of tiki art in use by the New Zealand military (in both the RAF and the RNZAF) during World War II. Next up is No. 135 Squadron RAF stationed in

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The New Zealand Tiki Squadrons (1)

Posted on March 21st, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

A friend of mine has been researching the use of tiki symbolism in New Zealand prior to the 1950’s, and most notably it’s use in military units and formations. A German author, Sven Kirstin, has written 3 books about tiki pop culture (published

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WHFB Battle Report: Ogres vs. Dwarfs 2400pts

Posted on March 19th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

“The Ogres of the Mountain Claw tribe are no more and their chief and Slaughtermaster “Bigears the Noddy Killer” is dead his stomach exploded after he ate a dozen too many Gnoblars in a failed effort to appease the Great Maw and end the earthquake…

X-Wing arriving soon

Posted on March 17th, 2015 under . Posted by

Pay day today and after a productive PhD meeting at work on Monday I decided to treat myself by ordering this…Should be here in a couple of days.  Ordered from a local retailer Hobbies and Games as at current exchange rates the price was the sam…

Duty And Daring

Posted on March 17th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

It was a devastating battle, leaving several French and Spanish ships struggling to remain afloat. Proserpine (a 36-gun Frigate) was not involved in the battle, having been on picket duty nearby. Now having arrived at the scene of the battle to deal

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Returning to Warmachine: what to buy?

Posted on March 17th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Well I am definitely going to get back into Warmachine, especially as the local community seems to be going strong.  From my previously huge collection I only have 4 models left having sold all of the rest:eKreossPaladin Order of the WallPaladin O…

Un Trio de Batailles Navales (3)

Posted on March 15th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

With a second glorious victory for the Royal Navy, we prepared to set sail one more time – the mighty HMS Vanguard set forth again under my command opposed by the French Téméraire Class 74 Audacieux (actually the Sails of Glory model Généreux again)

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Warmachine anyone?

Posted on March 12th, 2015 under , . Posted by

A number of years ago I got stuck hardcore into Warmachine and ended up with a massive collection of Menoth miniatures around 100+ miniatures all told.  Something about an army of fanatical religious zealots who liked to set people on fire really …

Urgently Wanted: 1/72 HäT WW1 Figures

Posted on March 10th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Nick Papadopoulos of Papatoetoe in Auckland is currently in the process of mustering 1/72nd scale figures to produce two dioramas to display on behalf of the Papatoetoe Historical Society for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings. The dioramas will be a ‘Gallipoli

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Un Trio de Batailles Navales (2)

Posted on March 10th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

After our brief but brutal Frigate Encounter we moved on to a pair of SOLs (Ships Of the Line), being a pair of 3rd Rates (74 Guns). Joel was once again the French (commanding Généreux) while I again represented His Majesty’s glorious

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Un Trio de Batailles Navales (1)

Posted on March 9th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As I mentioned in my Setting Sail with Sails of Glory post I’ve been keen to get my teeth into playing the rule set recently, I’ve always been keen on Age of Sail naval gaming, and while I enjoyed playing

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End Times: Return of Nagash – a Stumpy Review

Posted on March 8th, 2015 under , . Posted by

I bit the bullet and ordered this a couple of weeks ago and it arrived not long after.  The next two are already on order/pre-order and I’m looking forward to getting them.The internet has already told everyone what the books about so it shouldn’t…

Renedra Mud Huts

Posted on March 6th, 2015 under . Posted by

Taking a break from painting figures to work on some terrain projects. I plan on using these Renedra Mud Huts and Acheson stone walls for some Crusades games, but I have quite a lot to paint up before I can pit Franks against Saracens.It’s more likely …

Gripping Beast Dark Ages Baggage Horses

Posted on March 4th, 2015 under . Posted by

I knocked out some baggage animals by Gripping Beast. These should be useful for Saga or a host of other games where they can serve as game objectives. I’m fairly happy with the sculpts, but the shaggy hair was a bit tricky on them. A bit too shallow t…

Stumpy Heaven is returning

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

My gaming hiatus is over, primarily as my interest is starting to return and the local club cricket season has finished.There will be some changes to StumpyHeaven for 2015 though.  A couple of my local club mates are going to start contributing to…