Rank #1: Episode 201: Is Oldhammer the Answer?
In this episode, we look at proposed old-school solutions to new-school problems. Some people have suggested that what 8th Edition needs is to get rid of all the weird detachment and mixed army building rules and go back to the tried-and-true Force Organization Chart of past editions. Is this a good solution? Would it even work in 8th Edition? What would be gained? What would be lost? Is playing without allies and flyers and such truly Oldhammer? And does this solve the problem, or just create new ones? Also, as always, news and new releases – including a special Iron Halo streaming announcement – hobby progress, and your listener mail!
Sep 25 2019
Rank #2: Episode 167: The Las Vegas Open 2018
Kevin and Rob leave the studio and head to Las Vegas to attend the Las Vegas Open 2018! It’s our first trip to the LVO, and we talk about our experiences at our first huge wargaming convention. From the reveals on Thursday about the upcoming codexes, to the seminars we attended on Friday, to the games we played on Saturday and Sunday as part of the LVO Friendly Tournament, we give you our impressions of this event at the end of the ITC season. Enjoy!
Feb 05 2018
Rank #3: Episode 199: The Return of Apocalypse
It’s time to go big or go home – the new edition of Apocalypse is upon us! Rather than just play 8th Edition and use more points, Games Workshop has completely revamped Apocalypse into its own game with its own rules. With this re-imagining, they’ve made some lofty promises of fast, streamlined Apocalypse games – but can they deliver? How does this new system work? What’s with all the tokens? Are the army rules really free? We explain the game and talk about our reactions after playing. Also, a brief look at the Chaos Knights, our pre-Show-Me Showdown hobby progress, and your listener mail!
Jul 26 2019
Rank #4: Episode 178: The State of the Game
It’s time to take a brief break from codex reviews to take a look at the current 40K landscape. From an unexpected Death Guard victory at the Bay Area Open, to how the ITC Champs missions affect list building, to the current command point battery battalion issues, we have one big, meandering conversation about our thoughts and experiences with the competitive 40K environment. Also, more on Kill Team releases, hobby progress, and your listener mail!
Link: Meta Events tournament, Battle, East Sussex on Sep. 1st
Sponsor: Preferred Enemies on Patreon
Sponsor: KR Multicase
Aug 07 2018
Rank #5: Episode 171: Hobby 101 with Alex and Danny
What do you do when you only have two hosts available? You grab two fantastic painters and you talk hobby! On this episode, we’re joined by Alex Hunt and Danny Holwerda, two great painters (and great friends) to talk about how to get started painting your army. From cleaning mold lines to sealing your models and every step in between, they take us through the process, share some of the tricks they’ve learned along the way, and hopefully debunk some myths and fears about getting your army tabletop-ready. Also, Rob and Kevin talk about all the news out of both GAMA and Adepticon and all the new releases coming our way. All that, and your listener mail, too!
Apr 03 2018
Rank #6: Episode 177: Kill (Team) Clowns from Outer Space
Our Codex cavalcade continues, and this time it’s the killer clowns from the webway, the Harlequins! This elite Eldar assault army may not have many unit options, but they’ve got a bag full of tricks for getting what they have into the enemy’s face. They’re a glass blender, and we look at all the shiny, sharp pieces. Also, in our news and new releases section, we talk about the new Kill Team release! We’ve had a chance to play around with it, and we give you our rundown of how it plays and our initial impressions (as well as our impressions of the new terrain). All this, your listener mail, and hobby progress too!
Jul 23 2018
Rank #7: Episode 176: All Knights Big and Small
The codexes keep coming, and this time it’s our look at the new Imperial Knights book! Knights have gone from being a two-trick pony book in its first iteration to finally looking like a full-fledged army. How do the new options stack up? From the little Armigers to the hulking Dominus-pattern Knights, do they have the tools to succeed on the table? How does it feel like GW intends this army to be played? And should you look at Freeblades as well? Don’t worry – we fit the Renegade Knight index in there as well! All this, as well as new releases, hobby progress, and your listener mail (including three list-related letters)!
Jul 10 2018
Rank #8: Episode 189: Urban Conquest
It’s time for a big ol’ city fight! In this episode, we unbox and review the new Urban Conquest set. Has GW finally found the way to make campaign management easy? Between the cards and stickers and the giant plastic pocket sheet, is there finally a way to make a map campaign without a ton of prep work? And how does it actually run? And will 40K Colorforms ever be a thing? Also, news and a suprisingly busy new releases segment, our hobby progress, and your listener mail! Come for the 40K Funko Pops, stay for the worst game of Clue ever!
Feb 08 2019
Rank #9: Episode 179: And Out Come the Wolves...
The Wolftime is almost upon us, according to the runes, and that means it’s time for our review of the brand-new Space Wolves codex! In this episode, we’ll be digging into Codex: Space Wolves and trying to figure out what makes them tick – or howl, as the case may be. How do these most-unique Space Marine derivatives hold up, and what do they have that sets them apart from the rest of the pack? And just how do you pronounce “Vlka Fenryka”? All this, as well as a long list of new releases and an even longer list of listener mail!
Sep 02 2018
Rank #10: Episode 188: Imperial Knights 2 – Titanic Boogaloo
On our first look at Imperial Knights in 8th Edition, we only managed to briefly touch on houses, stratagems, and relics – and as the past few months have shown, those are critical parts of that particular codex! That means it’s time to take another look at the Questor Imperialis. What Knights are we seeing on the table, how are they being run, and what stratagems are powering their success on the tabletop? And perhaps more importantly – what can you do about them? We also look at the releases from the New Year’s Open Day, answer your listener mail, and reiterate our love for all 40K factions.
Jan 22 2019
Rank #11: Episode 190: The Las Vegas Open 2019
Another year has gone by, and Kevin returns to the Las Vegas Open to see the sights and play the (friendly) games! Flying solo this time, our intrepid host talks about his experiences at the 2019 Las Vegas Open, including the new releases teased by GW, his Forge World indulgences, his painting classes, the always-excellent media panels, and how his games went at the LVO Friendly! In the second part of the show, he’s joined by friend of the show and organizer of the Iron Halo GT Jason Horn to get a judge’s-eye view of the competitive side of the game, including a look at the new ITC Code of Conduct in action. It’s a short episode – no listener mail or hobby progress until this Beast of Nurgle stops using Rob as a chew toy – but huge props to Kevin to getting us his coverage!
Link: The Midwest Conquest 2019
Link: UnderCon 2019
Link: Squad Marks
Link: “So You Want to Start A Podcast” – UnderDiscussion
Sponsor: Preferred Enemies on Patreon
Sponsor: KR Multicase
Feb 25 2019
Rank #12: Episode 187: Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019
It’s the end of another year, and that means it’s time to look back at the year that was and look forward to the year that will be! After playing our annual Preferred Enemies battle-of-the-hosts, we take a second look at Chapter Approved 2018, including a deeper dive into the new Maelstrom missions and the new (old) deployment format, and another look at the Adepta Sororitas beta codex. We also talk about our most and least favorite 40K things of the past year, and what we hope to see in 2019. All that, your listener mail, and 20 duck-sized Abaddons!
Jan 07 2019
Rank #13: Episode 194: Datasheet Doctors – Chaos Space Marines
The Datasheet Doctors continue with their second set of cases – the unloved units in the Chaos Space Marines codex! Can these units be rehabilitated? Will chaos marks ever have a game mechanic again? Is there any saving Mutilators and their ugly models? It’s a tricky set of cases, to be sure, but we’re up to the challenge! Also, news and new releases, hobby progress, and your listener mail!
May 06 2019
Rank #14: Episode 168: Talking About Soft Scores
We focus a lot on generalship and winning games, but what about the other aspects of the game, such as painting and sportsmanship? With the happenings at LVO – both with the Friendly and in the Championships – fresh in our minds, we decided it was time to have a talk about these “softer” elements of the tournament scene. From scoring sportsmanship to penalizing unfinished games to chess clocks to having more friendly events, we talk about some of the issues and solutions for dealing with these aspects of the game, and what they mean not just for the large events, but also the local RTTs. Also, news and new releases (Dennis can stop asking for Squats!), hobby progress (Rob reviews an awesome paint remover), and your listener mail (including two list reviews!).
Link: Midwest Conquest 2018
Link: UnderCon 2018
Link: Warzone Painting
Link: Invasive Wargaming
Link: War Corgi
Link: VMS Clean Slate paint remover
Sponsor: Preferred Enemies on Patreon
Sponsor: KR Multicase
Feb 19 2018
Rank #15: Episode 193: Datasheet Doctors – Adeptus Astartes
A few months back, we asked our listeners a question – what units don’t make the table because they’re just not quite working the way they should? In this episode, we’ve started working through the results and take a look at some units that you wish would make a return to the table top if someone could just cure their ills, starting with the Space Marines. We debate diagnoses and collaborate about cures for a few key units in that codex that just need to be a bit better. Also, news and new releases – including the return of Slaanesh models – and your listener mail!
Apr 14 2019
Rank #16: Episode 169: The Sons of Sanguinius
It’s time to get back to codex reviews, and this time we’re taking a look at the Blood Angels, everyone’s favorite superhuman space vampires. What makes these red-armored marines different from, say, Ultramarines or Dark Angels? Is it merely the blood drop motifs, their love of jump packs, or their propensity of sculpting nipples on everything? Or is it the Flaw that makes them invariably go insane in a frenzy of genetically-remembered death? In this episode, we dig into the Sons of Sanguinius and look at what makes this army distinct in both the fluff and on the tabletop, from their units to their strategems to their bloody psychic powers. Also, news and new releases (it’s a slow news week!), our hobby progress, and your listener mail!
Mar 04 2018
Rank #17: Episode 180: The Citadel, The Forge, and The Siege
We take a break from normal topics to discuss three recent happenings. First, Dennis talks about his trip to the brand-new Warhammer Citadel in Grapevine, Texas. Is it the US version of Warhammer World, just a really big GW shop, or something else entirely? And why won’t the Squats stay on the wall? Then, we talk about the recent changes to how Forge World prices and ships things and the backlash that ensued. What is good and bad about local pricing and shipping, and what can you do about it? Finally, Rob recounts his experiences in the Siegeworld Apocalypse game in St. Louis, Missouri. Titans abound, things die in droves, and Piranhas are thrown like frisbees! All this, news and new releases, hobby progress, and your listener mail – including our first Kill Team questions and the return of list reviews!
Sep 13 2018
Rank #18: Episode 200: The Real Episode 200!
It’s finally here, all four hosts are on the air, and best of all – this one’s fully listenable! We finally get out our 200th episode, in which we answer your questions about, well… us! From our favorite 40K moments, to why we play the armies we play, to what army we’d remove from 40K (no hate mail, please!), and a lot more, we answer listener questions about the Preferred Enemies crew! Also, we talk about the new reveals at NoVA Open, our hobby progress, and your listener mail!
Sep 10 2019
Rank #19: Episode 192: A Cornucopia of Chaos
Games Workshop just dumped a crusade’s worth of Chaos releases on us, and it’s time to take a look! Vigilus is on fire, Abaddon has shown up to ratchet up the destruction, and he’s brought a lot of new toys and models with him. So, between Shadowspear, Vigilus Ablaze, and the surprise 2.0 release of the CSM codex, how do these new options stack up? Is that new gatling gun worth it for havocs? How much do Obliterators really cost now? Are Chaos Renegades worth playing now? And just what books do you really need to get all the rules? Also, news and new releases, hobby progress, and your listener mail. We’ve shifted formats a little to try to keep the episodes coming on a timely basis, but all that Preferred Enemies content is there, and now 100% error free!*
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Mar 31 2019
Rank #20: Episode 174: The Midwest Conquest GT 2018
What’s kept us busy this last month? It was this – the 2018 Midwest Conquest GT! With another large tournament under our belts, we look back at who won, what worked, what didn’t, and what we’d adjust for next year. For this discussion, we’re joined by Andrew Tiegs and PE fifth chair Dave Arimond from the Renegade Open. For a short episode, we cover a lot of ground – what longer rounds did for the game, how the Big FAQ changed the environment, the lessons we can learn from the London GT, and how to retool 7th Edition terrain for 8th Edition. Also, small games with Combat Patrol, and Knight Joust craziness! If you’re looking for our standard show sections, don’t worry – they’ll be back in two weeks!
Jun 10 2018