I said I was back, but that was now some ago. Life continues to prevent me from spending too much time in the grim dark future. That said I’ve got a small written report today. Also as I am more about the hobby, writing my thoughts/summary will help me improve as a player.

Alas, the date was 25/3/2017 at Ikebukuro GW, Tokyo, Japan. I turned up without an opponent but the store manager, Sven, is a total hero so I thought I’d go anyway to pick up  Gathering Storm 2 and some hobby supplies. On arrival Sven informs me that somebody needs a game, Bryan, so I accepted. I took about 1000 points of Dark Angels so I was ready in the event a pick up game could be found. Bryan is also more into the hobby but wants to get into the gaming side more. He had Cult Mech/Skitarii from the Start Collecting box. I had about 10 minutes to get my army sorted :/

Mission type; Purge the Alien

Dark Angels; 590pts

Interrogator Chaplain; bike, auspex

Tactical squad (5); veteran, plasma gun, Razorback with twin linked lascannon

Tactical squad (5); plasma cannon

Black knights (3); no upgrades


Cult Mech; 590pts

Techpriest Dominus; Power axe, data spike, a bunch of other crap

Skitarii rangers (10); sniper rifle, some other stuff on the squad leader

Kataphron Destroyers (3); Heavy Grav cannons, flamers

Onager Dunecrawler (1); Neutron gun, heavy stubber.


I win the roll-off and get him to deploy first. Bryan splits his force up with the rangers alone on the right and the rest of his army in the middle. So I castle up on the left with the plan to send the bikes and Darkshroud to flank his slow but dangerous units. Razorback is in ruins with the plasma gun squad, and the plasma cannon squad in sitting above in the ruins too. Bryan decides to go first.

Turn 1;

Bryan moves the skitarii down from the right and runs them as they are a bit far from anything. The Dunecrawler blows up a couple of the plasma cannon marines but they make their moral check. The Destroyers shuffle around a bit but their cannons are still out of range.

On my turn, I turbo boost the bikes, Chaplain and Darkshroud behind cover on the left. The plasma cannon tries to hurt the Crawler but nothing happened. The Razorback missed to hit completely.

Turn 2;

Bryan continues to march forward and the strength of the Cult Mech/Skitarii becomes more apparent. Good guns and relentless, but slow. He snips the Razorback with the sniper rifle but I make my cover save. His Destroyers are a bit scared and distracted by the Bikes on the left so pulls them back. Plus he didn’t have line of sight to bring the Grav pain train. The Dunecrawler tries to blast more marines away but scatters onto the razorback, and it gets stunned. He was unlucky to only stun the vehicle.

My turn I move the bikes into a threatening flanking position and just out range of the Dunecrawler side arc. The plasma cannon does a wound to the Destroyers. The stunned Razorback pulls magic out of the bag and destroys the Dunecrawler! A series of lucky 6’s and a failed save from Bryan saw the Dunecrawler blown up. This scored me first blood and a kill point. 2-0 to the Dark Angels.. The tactical squad inside got out in case anything worse happened to the transport.

Turn 3;

Bryan’s is now on the backfoot having lost his big gun and with the bikes looming he acts defensively. The Grav Destroyers kill a Biker with a huge volley of grav. Another marine is downed by the Skitarii rangers.. The rangers again plod up and take pot shots at the marines that just got out, killing 2.

The bikes moved up and tried to plasma stuff but the only thing they did was kill themselves and kill off the first Destroyer. 1 bike down to plasma is sad. The plasma cannon did another wound to the Destroyers. The tactical squad continued to move up through the middle beside the Skyshield landing pad. The remaining biker and Chaplain make it into combat with the Destroyers and the Chaplain wipes them away without any damage back. 3-0. The Razorback could move now so it went to support with weakened tactical squad.

Turn 4;

The Skitarii continue to try to remove the tactical squad in the middle but no damage was done. The Techpriest Dominus charges the Chaplain and Biker to reclaim the data from the Destroyers. He tanks a bunch of wounds thanks to his 2+ save, and then does two wounds on the Chaplain as I fail two 4+ rosarius saves. I then fail hit and run so they are resigned to their fate.

My turn I kill a couple skitarii from a combination of Darkshroud heavy bolter and twin linked lascannon fire. The combat goes well for me doing two wounds on the Dominus. In return he does only 1 wound and I decide to risk it on the Chaplain. He fails again and that gives him Slay the Warlord and an extra kill point. 3-2. The last biker was successful at hit and run.

Turn 5;

The Techpriest Dominus pursues the biker and almost dies to overwatch from the plasma talon. He made his refractor field save. The bike is killed by the data spike. Meh. Score now 3-3. The Skitarii are unlucky again not to finish the tactical squad.

My turn is looking bleak after a flurry of fail saves. I pour everything I have into the Techpriest. But he tanks 3 or 4 2+ saves and then fails a refractor field save but make the feel no pain. Squeaky bum time for the Dark Angels.

The game continues…

Turn 6;

The invincible Techpriest manages to put a hull point on the poorly positioned Darkshroud. The Skitarii wipe the rest of the tactical squad putting the score 3-4 in favour of the Cult Mech.

My turn I tubro boost the Darkshroud miles away from the Techpriest, but it didnt matter as the plasma cannon guy finally killed him! Giving me two kill points the score swung back in my favour at 5-4. The Darkshroud had secured linebreaker if the game ended.

We decided to call the game there there was only a few rangers left on the Cult Mech side.

The final score was 6-4 to the Dark Angels.

This was a close win. It certainly gave me plenty of food for thought. I had to take the cheesiest combo in the Darkshroud and Blackknights in order to compete. The Darkshroud was new in the army and I wanted to try it. At first I felt bad, especially once the Dunecrawler and Destroyers were killed off. But the Techpriest completely turned the game around. I perhaps positioned the bike unit poorly, but I didn’t realise the killing power in combat of the Dominus. Dark Angels have an old codex and its shows. I thought I had enough AP2 weapons, but plasma talons are either excellent or they kill you. I can see why at competitive levels Blackknights are often run as the command squad for the Feel no Pain. Still, it was a fun and tense game.

Cult Mech/Skitarii are cool, and the first time I have played against them. I can only imagine it becomes more difficult as more units are added giving even more sweet benefits, as well as Bryan’s experience grows. I want to say how cool Bryan was, and say how awesome his models looked. The Cult Mech will be back and better than before. A scary prospect, but one i’ll meet head-on.

Thanks for tuning in.


Wow, it has been years since I visited my site, let alone posting any content. This wasn’t necessarily out of forgetfulness so first I want to explain what has happened in the intervening time.

Last time I posted I was in the final year of my PhD and I was happy with the progress of my 40k project, and I had tried to introduce my brother as a Yugioh columnist as a way of branching out into new areas. That changed quite significantly when the PhD was wrapping up. The timeline of what happened is now a little fuzzy but late 2013 I wrapped up my experimental work with my PhD, and so I moved home to my parents house in Ireland while I could write the thesis. I needed to finish experiments earlier than normal because I wanted extra time and care to write, especially something as important (to me) as a PhD.

However, during the summer 2013 I was helping my supervisor to organise a conference in our University for summer 2014. Whilst writing it became evident that more experiments were required for clarification purposes etc so I would travel to back every month or so to visit the lab to get some experiments done as well as visit my girlfriend and friends. This continued until about autumn 2014 when I finally submitted, shortly followed by the viva (defence) in late 2014. So I had achieved something I never thought I would ever do, and I cringe I little every time I see the thesis now but I am proud to have finished it.

During the conference, a colleague of my boss offered me a job in Japan starting as soon as possible. I accepted this job and once I had obtained the PhD I was set to go in the second week of January 2015. I have been here since with my girlfriend and experiencing life in a whole new way. My girlfriend and I moved in together for the 1st time in coming here, but I knew we were solid so wasn’t a problem. Scary yes, but obstacles are for overcoming. A year and a half into the journey here has been exciting and long may it continue. I don’t expect the blog to feature much on life in Japan. It is something that is hugely fascinating but I am not integrated enough to fully understand how and why things are how they are. What I will say is that I am thoroughly enjoying myself and trying to build a future which would have been difficult anywhere else.

With regards to hobbies, I kind of ditched Yugioh as it is too fast paced with ban lists changing every 3 months, and that Japanese/English versions aren’t compatible. Instead I picked up Magic, its a wonderful game and a bit more accessible than Yugioh due to its slightly more mature target audience (arguable now) and that there is no problems using different language cards. However, the tournament scene is just a tough and every changing metagames has pushed that down in the pecking order. Recently I discovered that a good friend of mine plays 40k which got the blood flowing through my veins again! What 40k does for me is combine my love for arts and crafts, sci-fi stories, and games. I also joined a rugby club which is also a blast due to the relaxed nature of all the guys (mainly foreigners too).A week ago I decided I to pick up some 40k again, which led me back here as writing here was a good outlet for self-expression. Just to note that in the move back to my parents house I have misplaced my Spartan marines! As far as I know they are tidily packed away in the carry case I had for them. The project wasn’t finished so I was pretty bummed when finding them wasn’t so straight-forward. The next time I am home I will try harder to find them.

I know this post is so brief compared to the amount of time I have been away but now I’m back!!! My life has change a lot since I last was regularly posting, but mentally I am in a similar place as before- a good place- to begin producing more content. But for now, ciao ragazzi!



So I finally got to do some card trading for the first time in years. I must say it was quite a nice feeling. It was only casual play- no locals, no tournament so people were fairly chilled out and playing for fun. Fortunately this meant that there was quite a variety of people looking for quite different things. It this variety of player that makes me think it is quite possible to make some money back by simply investing, then casting your trading net wide to reach out to many players. This would be quite different at regionals, or bigger tournaments!

The quality of trade binders wasn’t that great, and I received a bunch of compliments for my folder so that was good. I felt my folder was pretty average considering I removed half of it before I left to go. This is because I know I wont trade any of it, so there is no point in sticking it in there. All the hoarding of cards has paid off!

I went in there with the aim to get a bunch of staples for decks that are currently being built; however I came away with none of that! However feel I did manage to get some decent trades, given that the cost of many cards I traded cost me little to obtain. A lot of cards I traded were from tins, given that the value cards are usually not the cover card I feel I have done well. Some cards, like turbo pack Crush Card I won, so that I feel is a plus (sure there was a investment for locals etc).

So here is what I traded;

Out: In

1 secret (Tin) Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo : 1 ultimate 1st Ed Battle Fader

1 ultimate (Tin) Giga Brilliant : 1 secret Gem Knight Pearl

1 common Blackwing Kalut and Bora : 1 starfoil Krebons

1 secret (Tin) Hieratic Sun Dragon Overlord of Heliopolis : 1 super (Special Edition) Acid Golem of Destruction and 1 common Battle Fader

1 super Ruin, Queen of Oblivion and 1 rare Crush Card virus : 1 secret Mezuki

1 rare Lonefire Blossom : 1 super Galaxy Serpent


Do you think I made a good deal? Any similar experiences you have had with trading?


Hey guys, dtvglads here for my first of many posts!

YCS Toronto has just gone and it was good to see some diversity in the top 32. There was 12 dragons/dragunity, 4 mermail , 3 prophecy, 3 evilswarm, 1 geargia, 1 madolche, 2 fire fist, 1 infernity, 1 herald agent, 1 blackwing, 2 constellar and 1 undisclosed. Alas though, the almighty Dragon Rulers rained supreme once again even though many thought they were dead when the babies got hit. It seems the skillers have made Dragons still a big force in the game! The winner was Edward Kuang with Dragon Rulers, second place was Sorosh Saberian, third was Patrick Hoban with Dragunities and in fourth was Sehabi Kheireddine with Blackwings!

This format is going to be very interesting as there is room for any deck to win any big tournament but after the new banlist, Dragon Rulers take this one! YCS London will be interesting to see how that goes and hopefully Dragons won’t win again! (I’m a Fire Fist player :P)

Leave any comments on your thoughts to YCS Toronto, and the rest of the format.

After some consideration I thought I’d add a new page to talk about another hobby of mine- Yugioh. I used to be competitive (qualifying for the Uk championships a few years ago- TeleDAD, Lightsworn and Gladiator Beast formats) until other things took priority. Now I have a little more time to think about it, and my younger brother who is currently playing competitively will be giving insights from our point of view.

With a new format looming (Sept 2013), now seems like a good time to get into blogging about it!


Hi all,

I have a small showcase of what has been completed so far. Progress has been pretty slow, and I realised I was only ever posting up things in bits- so here is everything together. Plus I need to base them! Im still unsure what I want to do, but Im thinking snow/tundra.

Im pretty pleased with how things have turned out so far, I wish I has a little more opportunity to get things done as it is satisfying when everything is together- it looks better. The next goal is to get a bunch more marines done (I have started painting 5 and have about 5 to model), finish modelling the Ironclad and Thunderfire cannon. I also have a ton of other things to paint and fix up, and they are getting done slowly.

I hope you enjoy and I’ll try to post more work soon.