The Ways of Waaagh! Tactics Post Double Feature: Lootas and Battle Wagons



Hello again, everyone! I am back with my first tactics post, and this one will be a heavy support double feature! Two great units that go great together, it’s Lootas and the Battle Wagon! But first, a little insight as to how I am going to go about tactic reviews:

One of the things I want to stay away from in these posts is looking at units strictly in a vacuum setting, using math hammers and ideal conditions to measure units against each other. The thing is, some things get overlooked or are just not thought about until you actually put the models on the table and see how they work in the real world. So, to that end, all my tactic post will only involve units that I actually use, and have used for a good number of games. I will look at the units first in a vacuum setting, and maybe even do some minor math hammering, but then I will take a look at the units using my real world experience, showing how effective they can truly be, how my opponents usually react to them, and how they have fared in my battles.

So without further ado, let’s get this waaagh started with the guys with the big gunz: Lootas!

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Innocence Proves Nothing

Justicar_terminatorHey there guys! My name is Alex and I’m one of the new contributors to 3++. If you couldn’t tell by the title I’m a big fan of the Inquisition, particularly the Grey Knights who are my main army. So I figured I’d start off with a little information about myself:

I started playing about 10 years ago as a wee lad with Warhammer Fantasy. I was living in Europe at the time and was introduced by a friend and fell in love with the game playing Tomb Kings in small narrative campaigns. After a few months I decided to try and enter a local tournament where I did pretty decently. However after about a year of starting Fantasy my family moved back to the US and I was left without any place to play. I picked up a few Tyranid models and generally just built and painted them. I then happened to meet my current Warhammer partner who came over one day and noticed the Carnifex on my shelf. He informed me he was a an avid 40k player and we’ve gamed together ever since. Besides my Grey Knights I also have a large collection of Tyranids though they don’t see much play as I rather detest the 6th edition codex. But enough of that little intro how about what you guys can expect?

I’m a competitive player, but I aim for fun lists that can still hold their own against some of the more cutthroat lists out there nowadays (I do play Grey Knights after all, not the best codex out there).

So I thought for my first post besides the little introduction I’d showcase the list that I have used for awhile now that’s gotten me very good results. It is as follows:

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The List

Just to show that I do actually practice what I preach, here is the list I rolled into my first tournament with.  It should be noted, though, that I use 1850 points as my base level for any list, simply because that is the standard for most tournaments and it is easy to scale up or down from there if I need to.

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So You Want To Play Competitive 40K? Three Observations For New Players

Americans thrive on being the best at any- and everything that we endeavor towards achieving, whether that is a high-minded pursuit like landing on the moon, or something a little more lowbrow (i.e. the Big Mac or fried butter).  Our shared hobby is not immune to this competitive itch, in fact it is experiencing a Renaissance, if the number of GTs that are being run are any indication.  If you are a casual player, don’t write this off; I still consider myself a casual player, even though I actively search and participate in more competitive play.  They are not mutually exclusive play styles, and there is room for you to be both simultaneously.  Don’t believe me? Read below, where I have compiled 3 things that I have learned if you are just now starting out in competitive play. Read more »

There Are No Wolves On Fenris


Hello fellow wargamers!  I am very excited about the opportunity I have to post content on 3++ is the New Black on one of my favorite topics: Warhammer 40,000!  But you’re probably wondering who I am and why you should read what I write.  Well, let me try to address this. Read more »

A New Waaagh Approaches


Hello my fellow nerds!

I am excited to announce that I will be posting new Warhammer 40k content for 3++ is the New Black! But first, a little about myself.
I started playing 40k when I was nine (fifteen years ago). One of my brothers and I got the rule book, a codex or three, and some green army men and fought to the bitter end many times. Nowadays, I play at the local game store here in town. Read more »

More EPIC:ARMAGEDDON – Tau vs the Dead Emperor’s Dead Planet

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This game was a rare opportunity to kill two birds with one stone – test the latest revision of the Death Korps list, and the current Developmental Vior’la Tau simultaneously. I posted a battle report recently where I played Tau against my opponent’s Death Korps, while this turns the tables and switches the generals around.

There were a few compromises made to fill in gaps in models, mainly using death korps infantry tilted upside down as Death Riders, and traitorous hammerheads filling in as Macharius tanks that I didn’t have models available for (see the pic below on the right for the models I’ve since finished for use as Death Riders).

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Star Wars: Armada – International Tournament Lists, and a Vassal module launched

Sswm11-15_preview1tar Wars: Armada fans may be happy to hear that a new update for Vassal has just been released. Thanks to a huge amount of work put in by the talented Ransberger, the launch release v1.0 has now been repalced by v1.99 which comes with a host of new functionality and improvements (more details and a free download link the end of this post).

Even better, this is just in time for the first International Star Wars: Armada Tournament, which kicked off this morning, moments after the new vassal release. This is the very first vassal tournament for Armada, and has attracted players from around the world including some of most successful Xwing players. I have compiled a list of most of the Fleets being used, which I think Armada players will find really interesting.

The big questions at the moment as people try to ‘meta-game’ their squadrons against potential opponents revolve around the minimum points spent on initiative bids (the player with the least points in their fleet gets to pick to be player 1 or 2), objective selection (each player picks 1 of 4 objectives from 3 categories and offers them to their opponent to choose from if the opponent is 2nd player – it’s a whole mini game of interesting decisions before the real fight starts!) and especially the balance between Capital Ships and Fighter/Bomber Squadrons. Read more »

So you think you know 40K? Guest Articles on 3++

With Kirby current unavailability, AbusePuppy’s absence and my own enthusiasm for other games systems, there is now an opportunity for aspiring 40K players and generals to write articles here on 3++.

This site is for the thinking-gamer, tournament player and people interested in fun, competitive tabletop games of all sorts, but has always primarily been about 40K. We get thousands of visitors, but let’s face it: 40K has been a minority topic in the actual posts recently.

If you believe you may have something to add to the body of knowledge about the game, please get in touch.

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Epic:Armageddon: It’s like 40K – only further away!

I am happy to say that Epic:Armageddon is still going strong in many areas of the world, including the isolated outpost of Perth Australia where we have both a Campaign and a tournament this month. The game is great fun, the grimdark 40K Universe realised on a scale not possible with standard 40K, and the rule set balanced and armies excellent and varied despite GW not giving the game the attention it deserves. Basically, you should all play epic, and are frittering quality gaming time away on other systems 😀

Read on for a dramatic battle report as the might of the Death Korps of Krieg attempt to invade a peaceful Tau Sept world.
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