In the Finest Hour Podcast
Ep 35: Analyzing Mission Series: Maelstorm Missions

Ep 35: Analyzing Mission Series: Maelstorm Missions

August 19, 2019

Starting off our examination of the ETC mission set to give our listeners context for what just went down in Europe and why its so important- we decided to hunker down and focus on the Maelstorm aspect of the missions themselves. Maelstorm has some unique features to be aware of when playing 40k and has a rising popularity. It is a system with faults and strengths and we examine all of it. While Sean was unable to join us this episode, we do feature Jason Byrd- a good friend of the show and Named Pacific Northwest Player. 

You can find out more about DOTS RPG here.

Music: Dankmus
Art: Rylan Woodrow
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Ep: 34.5 Capital City Bloodbath Hottake

Ep: 34.5 Capital City Bloodbath Hottake

August 17, 2019

With all the pom poms and hype- Shaylynn and Josh bring you the Capital City Bloodbath Hottake! Straight out of Ottawa!!

Aforementioned things to look at:
https://thehonestwargamer.com/

https://www.capitalcitybloodbath.com/

https://www.40kstats.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1024759151051991/

Ep 34: Analyzing List: Plaguebearers

Ep 34: Analyzing List: Plaguebearers

August 12, 2019

While the smell in the studio is somewhat under control now, this week we talk about the big stink: Plaguebearers! ‘Plaguebearers’ refers to the Chaos Soup list featuring two maximum (or nearly) size units of <Plaguebearers> to protect a <Character> castle of <Thousand Sons> psykers and <Nurgle> daemons. This list is then seasoned with 800-900ish points of <Chaos> to taste.  

 

Here we dive into the complex synergies of this list archetype and why it has been so successful for so long. And, as always, we also delve into weakness and how-to-bear-it strategies. Josh Death personally took a version of this list to the top 8 of LVO 2019- and he provides some excellent insight into this list that are not obvious.

 

Music: Dankmus
Art: Rylan Woodrow
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Ep33: Do Your Research

Ep33: Do Your Research

July 29, 2019

We talk a lot on our show about the importance of information in this game- but how do you actually go about getting that information, and how does it help you? This episode, the hosts break down some of their study techniques and ways to pick up parts of the game without committing to a ten-hour full reading of every codex out there. Not all information is equal, and not all methods of uptaking it are equally effective- and if you're looking to improve, you'll want to do so in the easiest and most effective manner possible rather than struggle-bussing your way through all of the books.

Music: Dankmus
Art: Rylan Woodrow
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Ep32: Post-Tournament Tactics

Ep32: Post-Tournament Tactics

July 22, 2019

The tournament is over, the laurels handed out, the victors taken their prizes- but the work of the competitive player has only just begun. In the aftermath of a tournament, there's always a million questions to ask and a million things to improve, but how does one go about doing so in an organized and effective fashion? In this episode, we look at ways to better analyze your performance and the questions you want to be asking yourself, whether you won or lost.

How do you know if your losses were because of bad play or problems in your list? What sort of tools can you bring to put a closer eye to your games and get an accurate sense of what happened during them? How can you correct your mistakes, and how can you avoid making similar ones at future events? Where is the meta going, and is your list prepared to handle that new version? We talk about all of these subjects and more in this new retrospective as the hosts talk about how to win the game that happens after the game.

Music: Dankmus
Art: Rylan Woodrow
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Ep: 27.5 Cross-Talk #02- Running Your First Event (Part 1 of 2)

Ep: 27.5 Cross-Talk #02- Running Your First Event (Part 1 of 2)

July 14, 2019

Eleanor returns!

And with her is the conundrum of running your first event (an RTT) and a total unawareness of the pitfalls and tricks needed to be successful. Thankfully Shaylynn is the Head TO of the Razor Valley Tournament Series out of Corvallis, OR and has already dealt with this conundrum many a time. Knowledge is shared and nuisances are discussed. (Also Shaylynn was super sleepy which is why she gets a tad bit repetitive). 

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Mindtaker Miniatures
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Eleanor Byler
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Ep31: Heroic Interventions

Ep31: Heroic Interventions

July 8, 2019

We get real specific this time as we buckle down and talk about just one singular rule from the core book and its implications- but one that a lot of players misunderstand, and a rule that a lot of people don't take advantage of (or get caught by.) Heroic Intervention is a rule that didn't really exist in previous editions, so even veterans of the game can get caught off guard by it, but at its core it's actually a very simple rule. That doesn't mean it's an unimportant one, however, as it has myriad applications across a variety of different armies.

The hosts talk about the many ways you can use heroic interventions- whether simply joining a combat or bypassing overwatch, or more esoteric applications such as controlling sections of the board, dictating movement, or even escaping from fights you want to avoid. We look at when and how it activates, when to use it and when not to, and even who gets access to it- a broader swath of models than you might think! Even armies like Tau can make good use of heroic interventions, so it's not a topic to be ignored by any general.

Music: Dankmus
Art: Rylan Woodrow
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Ep30: List Archetype: Ork Horde

Ep30: List Archetype: Ork Horde

July 1, 2019

When it comes to horde armies, you're hard-pressed to find one more powerful and influential on the meta these days than Orks. Armed with a plethora of special rules from their many powerful characters (not to mention the many built-in abilities they have), Orks are a threat in all phases of the game and their aggressive pricing along with their excellent stratagems can be a danger to virtually any army in virtually any format.

They are not, however, unbeatable, and this week we take a look at the many factors that make them so strong and how they are likely to be used in a "typical" Ork army as well as what you can do to mitigate them. From baiting stratagems to managing morale to engaging in combat, there are a large number of tricks you can use to make the fight a lot easier; we also talk about the importance of their characters, high-priority secondaries in ITC, and the proper time to call a Waagh at a tournament.

Music: Dankmus
Art: Rylan Woodrow
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Ep29: Mathhammer

Ep29: Mathhammer

June 24, 2019

"Everyone talks about, math, but no one ever seems to do anything about it."

There's a lot of misconceptions about mathhammer that tend to float around, whether it's not understanding how statistics work and how to apply them, or misusing math and statistics beyond their purposes or even simply distrust of the whole idea of using them in the game because "that's not how my dice roll" or "well, might roll less/more than that." So in this episode, we take sometime to clear up a few of these misconceptions.

Of course, if you're math-phobic, you might find this am intimidating topic, but rest assured- you won't get any lectures about exes squared or sums over integers in this podcast; instead, we look at how to apply the math and what it means for you as a general, rather than worrying so much about the practice of it. Indeed, why do out all yourself if you have tools that  can handle the number-crunching for you? As a bonus feature to go with the show, here are a couple of my favorites:

https://www.mathhammer8thed.com/

https://mathhammer.thefieldsofblood.com/

Ep 28.5: Gentlemen’s GT Hottake

Ep 28.5: Gentlemen’s GT Hottake

June 21, 2019

Exhausted Shaylynns are very slow on hottake editing occasionally. This is a view into the on-floor experience of the Gentlemen's GT. This episode was recorded after the ending of the event (again due to tiredness). 

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen