Just thought I'd give a shout-out to the TN wargaming community and see what everyone is up to with their hobby!
For me, life and work have meant that my casual gaming is down greatly, but my tournament gaming is as strong as it's ever been. I've been to no less than 7 tournaments this year (6 of which were 2-day GT's), with plenty of ups and downs throughout! For those of you who've met me, you know my pride and joy is my High Elf army. With a (relatively) new book, I've had trouble coming up with excuses to switch off of them, especially since the book is well balanced and competitive for any tournament style (talking comp and mission structure here).
At the NOVA GT I finally broke through my personal goal of going 4-1 at an event by going 5-1 (at my first 6-game GT) and placing 2nd! I hope now that I've taken that pressure off of myself, I can enjoy the events more, and just relax and throw dice! I found at NOVA that when I approached games as: "the models are telling a story of a fantasy battle and as the general you are just giving them the best opportunity you can for their success", it became way more fun to play. 'Will the Frostheart hold against the bloodcrushers for yet another round?' - Yes! 'Will he rally in the last turn after fleeing a charge?' - No! He's decided that I pushed him too hard!
On the topic of tournaments, I will not be at Redstone Rumble this year, which makes me pretty sad. The reason for this is that the country has developed a US Masters system (check out wargamersusa), and the Southeast has decided to pick its representatives by using its SE Masters system (top 10 finishers by taking the highest 3 of 5 possible events in the area). Redstone isn't part of that circuit this year, so I had to cut it. For those of you who want a really good time, with a cool tournament structure and atmosphere, I definitely recommend going to Redstone Rumble in Hunstville, AL. It's awesome!
The meta-game is always evolving, and right now the list-building revolves around facing Warriors of Chaos and their chariot-spam goodness, while still being able to handle the lists of other armies. If you haven't had a chance to play against this list, count yourself lucky, because it is tough! I won't go much into the why, but know that players now need to have an answer for a Nurgle (though I think his Slaanesh cousin is better) Daemon Prince, along with his Gorebeast chariot buddies. Cannons are out in force, which further limits the 'weaker' monsters (those with relatively low wounds/ no regen or ward/ overcosted), while Monstrous Cav are still kicking butt. Warriors tend to make up 10-25% of the fields right now (I know HE's had a big showing at Maul in the Mall, but it was a bit of an anomaly in my opinion).
If any of you would like to get a casual game sometime (and don't want to travel), check out Universal Battle! For the one-time cost of one average GW boxed set, you can test out new units and try out builds before making a purchase. It's especially useful for people like me, who have old gaming buddies in NC, AK, CA, NV, MD, & WV! Also, it's very useful for people who are going to spend 10+ hours to paint/convert each model in their army.
On the hobby front, I've done relatively little this year. Mostly just painting up a Frostheart (400 snowflakes!), a Loremaster, a Mountain Chimera, and expanding my White Lions from 14 to 20. I'm actually looking for a new project, wistfully pouring over Lizardmen build ideas with a Carnosaur mounted Oldblood (meaning, yes, no Slann). You can bet I'll be testing this one out on UB.
That's me. What are the rest of you guys working on?