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A Warhammer 40K podcast about giving you tips, strategies, and analysis you can use in about an hour.

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Ep17: Tempo Part 2
58:55

A subject too big to cover just once! This week we revisit tempo and really dig into the subject further- what is tempo, and what does it represent in the game? How do you tell it apart from other gameplay mechanics? Why is it so important to winning? We pick apart the big and the small parts of it and break them down into digestible chunks. We talk about how tempo happens in each of the major phases of the game, starting with your own and proceeding to your opponent's- plus, we talk about negative tempo, how to avoid it, and how to deny your opponent tempo.

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

Mar 18, 2019
Ep17: Summoning
01:06:40

Sometimes we like to talk about broad, general subjects- but sometimes, we like to get down to the nitty-gritty. This week on In the Finest Hour, we discuss summoning; coming off the back of an LVO top 8 finish, Josh obviously has a lot to say on the subject, so we dig in deep to the Daemonic Ritual ability and look at it in detail. What the ability does, stratagems that interact with it, units that enhance it, and of course the many units you may want to bring in using it. We talk about why summoning is useful, and what kinds of lists can take advantage of it as well as the things you need to make it work and some of the common pitfalls involved with players who try to incorporate summoning.

Of course, if you're coming from the other side of things, we also talk about the limitations of summoning and ways that you can beat armies that use it as well as how a summoning-focused list can fall apart and common archetypes that give it trouble.

If you haven't yet, also check out our new sponsor, Mindtake Miniatures- the owners are good personal friends of the show and if you're looking to pick up an army on the cheap or have some old minis that you're never going to find a use for, they can help you out with both sales and consignments.

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

Mar 11, 2019
Ep15: Get on a Team!
01:03:13

What's the number-one most important thing to improving your 40K game quickly? No, it's not studying lists, or learning target priority, or move-blocking, or any other game skills- it's getting your sad little self on a team! In this episode, we talk about teams- from tiny little two-person teams that you form to travel to tournaments to the big teams that dominate the ATC and ITC circuts, it's no surprise that all of the very best players in the game are on one. Teams give you access to a wealth of resources that you can't find by yourself, and for the truly competitive player they are an absolute must.

Whether it's about list help, travel plans, forewarnings of meta shifts, practice partners, borrowhammer, or just plain old-fashioned camaraderie, the benefits of a team are many- but we don't just talk about why you'd want to be on a team, we also go into how to get on a team, and if there isn't one in your area, why not form one? Two heads is better than one and three is better than two, so get your act together and get yourself a team.

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

Mar 04, 2019
Ep14: Ladies' Night
01:05:31

What happens when you accidentally knock two-thirds of the show's hosts into the warp? Aside from assorted cursing in tongues older than mankind itself, you get a 40K Ladies' Night!

Shaylynn Allen, Lady of Titan and The Good Host, takes over the center chair this week and is joined by Eleanor Byler (of Team Doll Wars) and Jessica Bowman (of Team Warhammered ) in a very special episode of In the Finest Hour. All three Ladies delve straight into the social contract- a critical component of the competitive experience that is perhaps the most important thing in keeping players coming back. The three of them get into the details of why such a simple thing can get so complex to deal with, and how it intersects with players' emotions and assumptions as well as how to untangle those connections. The ladies also talk about how to address conflict within your gaming experiences so that everyone can walk away from the table content with the experience and ready for another game.

The second part of the episode shifts gears as the three of them lay out the good, bad, and ugly realities of being a woman wargamer. A vast majority of the time, things are fine and fun- but when the go south they can reach depths both grim and dark. The hosts also give tips for how to better interact with, and better attract, female wargamers to your own community as well as some do's and don'ts of being around them. (Hint: asking whose girlfriend they are right off the bat is not a good start.)

As promised, the mentioned events and links:
Jessica's RTT- Command Zone Games & Hobbies Warhammer 40K Tournament (link)
Eleanor's GT- Clash Of The Titans 40K (link)


Episode Music: Dankmus

Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow

Sponsored by: Vreda Forge

Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/

Directed by: Sean Morgan and Shaylynn Allen

Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Feb 25, 2019
Ep13: Sacrificial Units
01:01:30

Ask not what your army can do for you, but what you can do for your army. In every game we inevitably end up losing some of our units, but in a lot of cases that's not such a bad thing- and in this episode, we look at the roles that sacrificial units can play in your army and how best to make use of them. We talk about how to get yourself in the right frame of mind so as not to be upset about those losses, ways and reasons to sacrifice something, and the most dreaded and worthless of all phrases: "m a k i n g  y o u r  p o i n t s  b a c k".

From speedbumps to tempo, from objective-holders to shields, and from board control to assassination runs, we cover all of the ways you can make your little spacemans die heroically for you in battle. "Your life is the currency of the Emperor- spend it well."

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

Feb 18, 2019
Ep12: The Command Re-Roll
01:09:54

The simplest stratagem in the game, and arguably the most important as well. This time around, we dedicate an entire episode to the humblest of strats in the game and one that everyone has access to. Although it may not seem like much, especially if you haven't played earlier editions of the game, the Command Reroll strat is incredibly important and can be a matter of win-or-lose in innumerable situations. In this episode, we talk about those many uses, how it existence changes the game, and why you need to be thinking about how our when you use this critical stratagem.

 

We also talk about when not to use it, the math of what portion of an attack sequence you should use it on, how it affects other stratagems, and much more.

Feb 11, 2019
12 LVO 2019 Hottake
31:02

Sean and Shaylynn talk LVO 2019. Josh sensibly decided to sleep instead.

Feb 09, 2019
Ep11: Target Priority
01:01:47

Remember when I said I'd kill you last? I lied.

This episode is all about choosing your targets- what you can afford to ignore and what you can't, what needs to die and what can wait until next turn. While the movement phase might be the phase that can win you the game, that's hard to do unless you're getting rid of the units in the enemy army that can prevent you from winning. And since you can't kill every unit in their army simultaneously (since it's not 7th Ed anymore), that means picking and choosing your targets carefully to get rid of the ones that can do you the most harm.

Over the course of the episode, we talk about getting rid of threats to your threats vs. getting rid of threats to your victory conditions, how your target priority should change over the course of a game, and when you should shift priorities based on bad rolls. We discuss how to deal with reactive stratagems and abilities that your opponent can use against you and how to get around them as well as advice on how to choose the order in which you activate your units, both of which can be critically important in destroying targets effectively. Plus, we cap it all off with a short lesson on knowing your math and overcommitting versus undercommitting- and if you'd rather not do that math yourself, you're in luck, because we have a couple of links created put up by helpful individuals that can do the math for you!

http://www.dice-hammer.com/#!/damage

My preferred calculator for quick-and-dirty stuff. There's some features it's missing (like "rending" style effects), but if you're just running some raw math on things it's handy. This is probably your best bet for comparing options, since it lets you set up multiple "armies" to contrast them.

http://mathhammer.thefieldsofblood.com/

Doesn't let you compare, but provides more in-depth stats on a single unit or weapon. Provides not just the average, but also the distribution on things, which is great for understanding your chances of getting different results.

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

 

Feb 04, 2019
Ep10: Hordes vs. Elites
58:31

There's a lot of talk about 8th Edition being a "horde meta," but what does that actually mean for you as a player? In this episode, we explore the relative strengths of both horde armies and elite armies, and how they each function on the tabletop. From movement to board control to objective-holding, both armies can perform a lot of impressive tricks- but if you're going up against them, you're going to need to fight those strategies very differently.

As usual, we also have a nod to our tempo episode as we consider how to fight each of them as well as more discussion of weapon types and how each of the two armies achieves saturation with its respective profile- all of these separate topics are fundamentally related, as it turns out. Plus, an opportunity to hear about each of the hosts' Closet of Shame.

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen
Jan 28, 2019
Ep09: First or Second?
01:01:02

In every game, at some point, we have to make that fatal decision: do you want the first turn, or the second? Which will benefit your army more? Which is better when it comes to playing the mission? Can you survive letting the other guy get the first hit in, or do you need that edge in firepower and maneuver to make your plan work? This week on the podcast we explore the myriad factors that go into making that decision, including the terrain on your table, the missions (and secondaries) you are playing, your opponent's army, your personal playstyle, and more. We also look at when you should mix up your decisions and how to look at it from the perspective of your opponent and what they want/need out of the matchup.

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen
Jan 21, 2019
Ep08: Tempo
59:43
Tempo, tempo, who's got the tempo? This week on In the Finest Hour we explore a concept that isn't talked about a lot but is pretty fundamental to the game, namely tempo. If you don't play many other games you may not even know what tempo is, exactly, but you've most certainly felt its effects during a match- whether it's because you always seem to be getting the wrong charges off or because you always seem to get onto those objectives a turn too late. Tempo, in short, is the ability to control the pace and flow of a game of 40K and the back-and-forth action that typically defines the main conflict of most games.
 
From defining tempo within the context of the game, we go on to explaining how it's typically used and how lists can take advantage of it- as well as how to reverse it and when it's okay to sacrifice it in favor of other things. It's a deep dive into a subject that a lot of people may not be familiar with, so pull on your wetsuit and let's get ready get educational.
 
Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen
Jan 14, 2019
Ep07: Saturation- Threats vs. Targets
55:41
This week we've got an important topic to lists of every kind- namely, the difference between giving your opponent a target for their guns and overloading them with things they have to shoot at. Most players recognize, on some level, that having just one of a unit (like vehicles) is often not a great plan, but it's not just because of issues with redundancy in a list- it's also about the kinds of units you give your opponent to shoot at. We talk at length at the various kinds of targets you tend to see on the tabletop as well as the different kinds of weapons that you tend to see for handling them.
 
However, as every coin has two sides, we also look at when you can have too much of something in a list, and why you would want to avoid that- more isn't always better, as it turns out. Our hosts discuss the costs of saturation, and the limits of what you'll want to put in a list as ways to play against lists that try to achieve hyper-saturation with one or more types of units.
 
This week also is the introduction of our new List of the Week feature, where one of our three hosts gives a brief shout-out to an army list that they recently found that was interesting, unique, or exceptionally well-crafted. Spoilers: this time around, it involves a lot of daemons.
 
Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen
Jan 07, 2019
Ep06: Making Space
59:06

In this week's episode, we talk about the concept of controlling space on the board, breaking it up into several different forms and discussing how each of them can be used during the game as well as why they're important. Whether you're trying to stop reserves from arriving in your backfield, keep the enemy away from your gunline, or hold the center of the board to score objectives, controlling space on the table is fundamental to the game and it's a strategy that top tournament players use constantly.

As a reminder, this week is your final chance to donate to the CharityHammer marathon stream (CharityHammer.com) to help decide what list(s) Nick Nanavati plays this coming weekend. If you're looking for some great games from top 40K players streaming for two straight days, morning, noon, and night, I highly recommend you check it out. Viewing the stream is free, though we do ask that if you can afford to pitch in even just a few bucks please do so- all proceeds will go directly to Child's Play charities to help out children in hospitals.

As always, you can contact us at inthefinalhour@gmail.com, or send us a message through our Facebook group- we're happy to answer questions, get comments or criticism, take suggestions for future topics you'd like to see, or just talk about Warhammer for a bit. If you've enjoyed the show, please share it with your friends, like our page, or give us a review on your podcast service of choice.

Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow (https://www.facebook.com/ArtofRylanWoodrow/)
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge (https://www.facebook.com/vredaforge/)
                      Charity Hammer (https://www.charityhammer.com/)
Our Patreon: inthefinesthour (https://www.patreon.com/inthefinesthour/creators)
Website: (https://www.inthefinesthour.com/)
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen
Dec 31, 2018
Ep05: Analyzing Missions Series the First, ITC Champions 2018
01:15:35

Snowflake Jake has brought us all a wondrous gift on this Snowflake Day, an extra-special start to our new episode series on analyzing and understanding the many different mission formats out there. We're starting with what is the most common format for west coast USA players, the ITC Champions set; we talk about the six primary missions and how they should affect your list-building as well as discussing all eleven secondary missions in detail and which ones you should pick (or avoid) in different situations and lists. Jam-packed full of helpful holiday tips, this is our largest episode yet, so sit yourself 'round the old yule log and have a listen!

This episode also marks the beginning of our Patreon service as well as the attached Discord servers and Facebook group- for a small monthly donation, you can join our growing group of fans and chat personally with them as well as the hosts of the podcast about lists, meta, and more.

Good Host Shaylynn, a woman of her word, has kindly provided the ITC missions vs. deployment maps visual for all to enjoy and learn from: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/blog/itc-championship-missions-vs-deployment-maps. Incidentally, this also links you to our snappy-looking website where you can find a few more gems of Warhammer knowledge. 

Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow (https://www.facebook.com/ArtofRylanWoodrow/)
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge (https://www.facebook.com/vredaforge/)
                      Charity Hammer (https://www.charityhammer.com/)
Our Patreon: inthefinesthour (https://www.patreon.com/inthefinesthour/creators)
Website: (https://www.inthefinesthour.com/)
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Recorded by: Shaylynn Allen
Edited by: The Lady of Titan
Dec 24, 2018
Ep04: Writing a Competitive List
01:00:45

Struggling with how to put together a tournament list? Our three hosts talk through the processes they use to formulate a list and the tools they consider critical to succeeding with an army. From single-minded armies that do one thing brutally well to multifaceted generalist lists that bring a tool for every situation, we talk about how you can make your creation come to life.

Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow (https://www.facebook.com/ArtofRylanWoodrow/)
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge (https://www.facebook.com/vredaforge/)
                      Charity Hammer (https://www.charityhammer.com/)
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Recorded by: Shaylynn Allen
Edited by: The Lady of Titan
Dec 17, 2018
Ep03: Getting Good Mileage Out of Playtesting
44:49

Playtesting is key to doing well at tournaments, but how do you ensure you're getting the most out of the time you spend there? Our three hosts discuss how they approach the process of playtesting, "hard" vs. "soft" games, and ways to mix things up to make sure you're learning as much as you can from your test games. Thanks to Dankmus for our music, and to Rylan Woodrow for the art.

Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow (https://www.facebook.com/ArtofRylanWoodrow/)
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge (https://www.facebook.com/vredaforge/)
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Recorded by: Shaylynn Allen
Edited by: The Lady of Titan
Dec 10, 2018
Ep02: Analyzing a New Codex
47:20

Codices have been coming out at a pretty breakneck pace this edition, and they're not done yet- this episode, we talk about the process of examining a new book to try and understand how the three of us pick it apart and zero in on the strongest units, stratagems, and other options. Thanks to Dankmus for the music, and Rylan Woodrow for our art. If you enjoyed the episode, please rate/review us on your podcast service of choice and share the episode with your friends.

Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow (https://www.facebook.com/ArtofRylanWoodrow/)
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge (https://www.facebook.com/vredaforge/)
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Recorded by: Shaylynn Allen
Edited by: The Lady of Titan
Dec 10, 2018
Ep01: Winning and Losing in the Deployment Phase
48:49

Have you ever lost a game before it started? You might have! In this episode, Sean, Shay, and Josh talk about how to deploy, how not to deploy, and how to take advantage of your opponent's deployment. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate/review us or share us with your friends.

Episode Music: Dankmus (https://soundcloud.com/dankmus/the-box-factory)
Icon/Banner Artist: Rylan Woodrow (https://www.facebook.com/ArtofRylanWoodrow/)
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge (https://www.facebook.com/vredaforge/)
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Recorded by: Shaylynn Allen
Edited by: Joshua Death
Dec 10, 2018