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  1. [Bland Title] Infinity Blog

    I got in a practice game with Frazier @Drak on Sat. We played Move, move, move! in preparation for Rampage. My first time really digging into Vanilla CA, coming from Onyx I am really happy with the amount of options. People talk about the flexibility of a vanilla force, but it really was eye-opening. My list: Rampage! ────────────────────────────────────────────────── 9 1 3 FRAACTA Spitfire, Nanopulser / Pistol, Knife. (1.5 | 35) MAAKREP TRACKER HMG / Pistol, Knife. (1.5 | 33) NEXUS Lieutenant Hacker (EI Hacking Device) Combi Rifle, Nullifier / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 24) JÄGER Submachine Gun + E/Mitter / Pistol, Monofilament CC Weapon. (0.5 | 18) M-DRONE Combi Rifle, Sniffer / Electric Pulse. (0 | 17) M-DRONE Combi Rifle, Sniffer / Electric Pulse. (0 | 17) Treitak Spec-Ops (4 XP) (Doctor, Engineer) Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 14) DĀTURAZI Chain Rifle, Grenades, Smoke Grenades / Pistol, AP CCW. (0 | 14) DĀTURAZI Chain Rifle, Grenades, Smoke Grenades / Pistol, AP CCW. (0 | 14) KRAKOT RENEGADE 2 Chain Rifles, Grenades / Pistol, DA CC Weapon. (0 | 14) 4 SWC | 200 Points Open in Infinity Army Frazier was playing USARF, with a 5 man Minuteman link, couple of foxtrot FOs, Grunt, Spec-ops (dr/hacker) and a 112. That link team is a tough nut to crack, so I'm a bit worried. Some notes from the game: 1. I got a lot of crits, and critted some of Frazier's crits, to his frustration. 2. Suppressive fire is awesome and I need to use it more. Humble M-drone in suppression with assisted fire is a dangerous piece. 3. Don't get greedy and try and win the game in 1 turn. HMG's are dangerous and will fight back! 4. Mines are a pain when one is trying to move up the board! My first turn was devastating for Frazier, with my Fraacta tearing apart his link and putting him into LoL. He clawed his way back in turns two and three, with his Minuteman HMG really putting in work. The scoring ended up at 5-4, but it didn't feel that close until a late game push from Frazier to kill 3 of my scoring units and put his foxtrot into my half of the board. Overall a really fun game!
  2. [Bland Title] Infinity Blog

    Yeah that's pretty sweet. I keep making lists of all the good things in YJ, and then I look up and I'm at 500 points and 12 SWC. All things in moderation I guess. This will be a fun challenge!
  3. [Bland Title] Infinity Blog

    I look at all these units and I've got a bit of the "grass is greener" syndrome. Everything looks so much better. It will take a while to digest and find the right balance I suppose.
  4. [Bland Title] Infinity Blog

    A long time friend of mine who couldn't get into warhammer (too many models) when we were playing it just talked me into splitting red veil with him (twist my arm!). He's really more interested in the painting aspect as something to do in his off season (BLM), but I think we can get him into the game as well. Anybody know anyone who is playing on the east side of the mountains (Bend, Redmond, Prineville)? He's taking the haqqislam side which means I get to start Yu Jing as a second faction. I'm very intrigued by the HI models of this line (like a lot of people). I heard invincible army was coming sometime soon, I may hop on that bandwagon.
  5. [Bland Title] Infinity Blog

    Things are pretty quiet around here. The fall slump has arrived. But you know what that means? No pressure to do things like "go outside", which also means that we hobbyists get to stay inside where it's warm and dry, and do the things we love to do. This week I finished the base coat and large area airbrushing on my cube jager, nexus, maakrep, M-drone, and krakot. We have friends coming over this weekend so I won't get any of the detail work done, but I've got plenty of time to finish up before rampage.
  6. [Bland Title] Infinity Blog

    Saturday was the No Surrender November escalation tournament at Glimpses in Sherwood. I had been considering playing morats at this event, but ultimately decided to go with Onyx. The three games played were 200 points Supplies, 300 points Safe Area, and 400 points Firefight. Game 1 was against Jacob with his Corregidor. His list had a Mk12 Gecko duo, an aguicile link with Lupe, a clockmaker and a warcor. He spent the first turn moving both links up into my half of the board under the cover of smoke. He spent a lot of orders shuffling around but when the smoke dissipated his two geckos were left exposed to template weapons. My first turn I spent some orders removing both geckos and what turned out to be his LT with my unidron link team. I moved up Bit and Kiss and they grabbed one of the supply boxes, and I moved my Malignos FO out of hidden deployment into position go grab another one next turn. His second turn was in LOL. He grabbed a box and put some guys into suppression fire. My second turn I moved my malignos up to grab a box, and moved my link around to be able to kill most of his aguicil link and grab the third box. 8-0 victory for onyx, with me only losing one unidron FO. Game two was a great, cagey game against Pete's NCA remote spam. He really had an order advantage against me and used it well. I'll let him tell the tale, as I'm sure he has a better memory then I. One major mistake I made that we discussed earlier was to let his CSU get into my backfield which let him take down my Dr. Worm and Umbra Legate hacker. I had opportunites to come out of hidden deployment with malignos and either shoot him or lay down mines, but my thought was I wanted to keep them hidden until the end so I could guarantee holding that quadrant. Another highlight (Pete correct me if I'm wrong) was failing to fail a guts check with a rodok, who was then killed in the following order. If he had stayed alive, I *might* have kept that quadrant and *might* have ended up with a 5-3 victory, instead of the 2-6 loss. Game three was a slug fest against Than and his Russians. There was so much camo I didn't really know how to handle it. He spent turn one picking off some ARO pieces (Noctifer, Maakrep, Q-drone) and moving up the board with his anipode pack and dog soldier. My turn I hit back, removing some of the camo pieces he had exposed, but really not getting much done. It went back and forth like this for three turns. My biggest failure was failing 6? orders to try and spotlight an hermandino. I ended up killing more stuff than him in the end, and we both got a classified, so it was a 6-1 victory for Onyx. I ended up 2nd overall (after Pete's misadventures in game three), and walked away with a sweet poster and a xeodron patch. I'm working on painting some new stuff for Rampage this month. I've got a Cube Jager, a Nexus Hacker (Pneumarch) a Maakrep, and Shrouded on the paint table.
  7. [Bland Title] Infinity Blog

    Played a 200 pt practice game of Supplies against @Caitlandia last night in the garage. I took morats, and it was an uphill battle from the outset. I lost my Yaogat sniper trying to take out Atalanta on the first order of the game. That unit in a good perch is very dominant. I didn't have space for eclipse grenades, so I was limited to lots of cautious movement. I moved up and grabbed some supply boxes, and sacrificed a Zerat to plant D-charges for a classified, and barely managed to take out a proxy mk 5. Her first turn, Achilles started to get in on the action, and it was down hill from there. He waded through my army like a hot knife through butter. She got to practice some new things, such as which ammo to use from a multi-rifle, Martial arts and close combat, and Discover+shoot mines. I got a crippling fear of Aleph. Good times all around! Game ended with my army in retreat and Caitlin up 8-1.
  8. Hacking Program of the Day

    My most used program so far. My first order of the game is usually my Lt. order from a Nexus Hacker to put Assisted Fire on the Unidron Plasma Sniper rifle. It's a good way to get the ball rolling.
  9. Raindog's Rampage

    Last night I was given the official go ahead to attend, and it was witnessed by Frazier and Caitlin. I'll be bringing 3 things: 1. A fully painted army. 2. A table of terrain 3. The best damn chicken curry you've ever had. Looking forward to seeing you all there! Oh and I guess @Twinmasks and I need a rematch, so challenge issued!
  10. [Bland Title] Infinity Blog

    I received my preordered Pneumarch of the Ur Hegemony and assembled it today. Such a cool model, I can't wait to get some paint on it. And in my (and many others) opinion, make a way better Nexus hacker than the model coming out soon. So I have a new Nexus hacker, and my converted nexus can start doubling as Bit. I've been working on lists for the next tournament at Glimpses. 1 list each for 200, 300, and 400 points poses and interesting challenge.
  11. [Bland Title] Infinity Blog

    Thanks Kremmet, great post. As far as general organization, I've got that down; orders ready to go, general plan of what needs to happen this turn, etc. However, I do fall into the trap of looking for that "perfect plan", the one that's going to win me the game, and getting all the details perfect. This leads to choice fatigue as I run through all the possibilities of the decision tree. Too much waffling leads to 1. time waste, and 2. irrational decisions. I'm working on this, but I do worry that having 20 orders on the board will exacerbate the issue. I think what it really comes down to is focusing on doing 1-2 good things to further the plan that turn, and spending the rest of the orders getting ready for ARO/next turn. I like running daturazi because I don't need to have a perfect plan or perfect cover (they can't have it), and I can just run in them up in the most expedient fashion and hit guys with an axe. I'm thinking this will help me get over it.
  12. [Bland Title] Infinity Blog

    Anyone who runs 18-20 order lists haven any advice for keeping things moving along? I tend to get caught up in making detailed decisions and often take longer than necessary to get through my turn. All of the Morat lists I'm considering are at least 18 orders + impetuous, and I can't afford to be bogged down. Is it a matter of simply playing more games with them to the point where my lizard brain can take over, or are there any specific conventions you use to speed things up?
  13. [Bland Title] Infinity Blog

    It's amazing the toys you can take when you don't worry about specialists!
  14. [Bland Title] Infinity Blog

    I have continued to work on Morats. I've got Oznat and 4 gakis assembled and primed, and test paint on 1 gaki. I got in a practice game with Aaron on Sat, 200 points Decapitation. Morats opted to go first, and came out swinging. My list was: Decap ────────────────────────────────────────────────── 8 2 7 SOGARAT Lieutenant AP HMG / Pistol, AP CCW. (2 | 56) DĀTURAZI Chain Rifle, Grenades, Smoke Grenades / Pistol, AP CCW. (0 | 14) DĀTURAZI Chain Rifle, Grenades, Smoke Grenades / Pistol, AP CCW. (0 | 14) KRAKOT RENEGADE 2 Chain Rifles, Grenades / Pistol, DA CC Weapon. (0 | 14) KRAKOT RENEGADE 2 Chain Rifles, Grenades / Pistol, DA CC Weapon. (0 | 14) RASYAT Boarding Shotgun, D-Charges, Eclipse Grenades / Pistol, DA CCW. (0 | 28) YAOGAT MULTI Sniper Rifle / Pistol, CCW. (1.5 | 34) OZNAT Combi Rifle + Light Smoke Grenade Launcher / Pistol, Shock CCW. (0 | 18) GAKI AP CCW. (0 | 4) GAKI AP CCW. (0 | 4) 3.5 SWC | 200 Points Open in Infinity Army First order of business after impetuous orders was to take out his MSV2 sniper with my sogarat, spending his lt. order. Next I moved my daturazi data tracker up under the cover of smoke and he hunted down the designated target, slaughtering him with my martial arts and giant ax. I found a spot where my Rasyat could walk on, safe from the watchful eyes of his bulleteer, the LOF being blocked by a father knight, who was facing the wrong direction. After that I promptly forgot and blasted the father knight with my sogorat. Walked the rasyat on, and he died from a shot from the bulleteer. So much for pre-planning. Order of operations Andy, order of operations. He dropped in a Akal and managed to put down my sniper, and sogorat, finishing him with a coup-de-gras. I spent my second turn hunting down his next lt with another daturazi, and by that time the damage was done. Thoughts: Aaron and I discussed and our deployment was not great this game. He gambled and it didn't pay off. My sniper was in a terrible position, and couldn't really see anything worth while, thus negating his role in ARO. Daturazi continue to be ballers. That is all.
  15. [Bland Title] Infinity Blog

    Thanks Guys! This sat was a blast for me (in more than one way). I won't go into too many details, but touch on some interesting moments. Game 1 was against Daniel's Hassassin's. My first time playing against Haq and my first taste of Mutts. Man those guys are BS. First game was Power Pack. The split deployment was odd. We played on my very dense table, and there were not too many fire lanes for my unidron link. I opted to deploy them opposite of his link to try and take them out with templates. He got first turn, mutts did their thing, he advanced up the board and felt like he was doing work. A fiday popped out and shot my samaritan in the back, but my noctifer missile launcher in the same room took revenge with his assault pistol. I started my first turn with almost all of my orders. Due to our chitchat and careful play, we only managed to get through two rounds, which was disappointing for both of us. I ended up with two antennas, for the 5-1 victory. Game two after lunch was against Nate with his vanilla nomads playing Acquisition, and the unluckiest Kriza in the world. The game was mostly about him spending too many orders to kill my noctifer and Unidron link, and me spending orders to bring them back up. Most of his morloks were destroyed first turn by missiles, and I moved up my umbra legate hacker in relative safety to hack and control the right console. We were both surprised by the dice down call, because we felt we hadn't been playing slowly at all. Must have been the beer at lunch. I walked a unidron fo up to the left console to hack and control it, and the game ended. Had he gotten one more turn, he would have walked his task master datatracker up to the tech coffin for the win, but as it was we didn't have enough time to speed play two more turns. I don't feel great about this "win", next time we will have a full and complete game. 4-0. Going into game three I am sure that Alex will be out for revenge for his beating last month. He is bringing ISS with two (2!) Guijia, Jack and Jill. We are playing The Grid, and are excited to play this interesting mission. Some highlights include me killing Jill with only two orders from the noctifer missile launcher. With that threat out of the way, I can spend some orders moving my umbra legate data tracker up to get into B2B with his Hostile HVT. All he has to do is not crit with the stun pistol and I'm 4 points up. What does he do? Crits with the stun pistol on my way in. Oh well, next turn. I had a bunch of orders left that I didn't need to spend, but did and that lead to losing one of my malignos FO's after it was discovered. Lesson learned. He used his turn spending orders on Jack to try and take out the missile launcher, and ended up losing a wound for his trouble. A Kuangshi put my legate into NWI. Turn two is where the fun begins. I start off killing the HVT with my legate, losing him to a chain rifle in the process. I then spend all of my remaining orders FOing and killing antennas. By the end of the second turn I've killed 5 antennas. We spend the remainder of the game with Alex trying to kill as much of my stuff as he can, and me trying to collect all 9 antennas for fun. I end up killing 6 and FOing 2 more, with 1 antenna untouched. 10-0 victory for Onyx, and that pushes me just 1 TP over Raindog for the overall win. I expect Alex to be gunning for me hard next month, I'll have to be prepared! Overall a fun event. These missions were a blast. I wish I could have gotten all my game rounds in, but I'll be working on it for next time.