Monday 31 May 2010

Clubbing a Baby Seal

Played a game today, first game in over a month and it was kind of unsatisfying.

You see, the closest real life example would be of clubbing a helpless baby seal. I slaughtered the other player and it was one of the easiest things I have done.

It was a 2500 point game using a Battle Missions mission. I believe it was Dawn Raid from the Dark Eldar missions ( I dont have my book close at hand to check but was 1st mission from the DE section)

I was running a somewhat balanced Marine force that swung towards a gunline and he was running a very odd mish-mashed Chaos Marine force

Due to the size of the store we were forced to use a 4x4 table. I wasnt keen on using 2500 points but he wanted to test his list. Fair enough I guess.

His force from memory was.

Demon Prince with wings
5 Terminators
Dreadnought with TLLC
Squad of Possessed marines
Squad of Beserkers in rhino
Squad of Noise Marines
Squad of Thousand Sons
Squad of PLague Marines

Mine was:

Captain with Twin Lighting Claws
Command Squad (first outing for new squad)
Land Raider Godhammer
4 x Tactical Squads
2 x Rhinos
1 x Dreadnought with Plasma Cannon
Assault Squad
Land Speeder with HF, MM
Attack Bike with MM
Devestator Squad with 10 marines, 2 x LC, 2 x PC

The rules for the mission made his deployment pretty aweful as he ended up playing as the Dark Eldar which only allowed him to deploy Fast Attack (which he didnt have) and Troops in transports (only the beserkers)

I, on the other hand could only deploy Heavy Support and Troops.

Deployment was table quarters with 4 objectives.

I am not going to go into a detailed turn by turn, just the highlights.

His rhino and Beserkers were his only unit on the table when we started. They were both vaporised from all my heavy guns.

Most of his army came on 2nd turn and had to march across the table towards my quarter. His shooting was ineffective. My turn 2 saw his defiler fall the LR Godhammer and a few Thousand Sons die.

Turn 3. Rest of his army came on. He moved across the board some more towards objectives. He killed off 5 Assault marines with his noise marines. He assaulted my LR with his terminators and they failed to do anything. My turn saw the rest of my army come on. His demon Prince found itself in the sights of the Dev Squad as well as the LR. No more DP :) Plague marines ate a vindicator shell and PC from the dread

Turn 4 saw him assault my Land Speeder with his possessed and wrecking it. His terminators were hit with Lascannons, Plasma Cannons and a Vanquisher shell and were no more. I assaulted his TS with my command squad and killed them all.

Turn 5 only had a few possessed, noise marines dreadnought and typhus left. He assaulted my command Squad with his possessed and they got munched. Command Squad consolidated towards the noise marines. My turn saw Typhus die to massed fire, my command squad go through his noise marines like a knife through butter and the Attack bike melta his dreadnought into a blazing wreck.

Result: Massacre to me. I only lost 5 assault marines, company champion and a tactical marine who died to gets hot.

Not I dont know what this guys issue was. If he just lost interest after his poor deployment or if he was just a bad player but they way he marched his troops into my guns was just bad. Granted the deployment did not favour him but I could have done better with his army and I do not play Chaos. While I enjoyed winning, I took very little satisfaction out of the win.

Lessons learned: Gun Lines still have their place, especially with some of the Battle Mission missions. Also, despite many opinions to the contrary, Lascannons are still potent. S9 shot that can reach out across the table = win in my book.

Unit of the match: Its a toss up between the Captain with command squad and the Land Raider. The raider killed a rhino, defiler, took 2 wounds off a DP, killed 2 terminators and 1 Thousand Son. The Command Squad and Captain on the other hand mopped up 3 squads with only 1 loss.

Wednesday 26 May 2010

Ultramarine Captain

And here is the Captain that the new Command Squad will be attached too.

I have had him for about a year but have never had a decent looking squad to attach him too. That's changed now and I can see many a game where the lot of them slaughter the Enemies of Mankind

Tuesday 25 May 2010

Ultramarine Command Squad

The command squad is now finished. I must say that they came out rather well all in all. I was not altogether happy with the apothocary but I fixed him so he looks a bit better with the application of some grey for some shading. Used the grey as a bit of....I dont know what you would call it....low lighting maybe? Anyways I used it to break up the mass of white.

I really enjoyed building this unit. If you look closely you will find bits from 9 different boxes and 2 blisters.

Command Squad Box
Sanguinary Guard Box
Death Company Box
Assault Squad Box
Beserker Box
Old Space Wolf Box
New Wolf Pack Box
Venerable Dreadnought Box
Assault Terminator Box

Kudos to anyone who can identify what bit is on what model :)

The Banner is a photocopy from the Codex. I am not skilled enough yet to freehand that as yet.

Anyways, here they are:

The squad as a whole

Company Champion

Banner Bearer


Vet with Thunder Hammer and Storm Shield

Vet with Power Sword

Friday 21 May 2010

How McRunty got his groove back

I haven't posted for quite some time. This is mainly due to the fact that I was feeling very burned out on all things 40K.

I have actually spent the last 1.5 months playing PC games, reading or just chilling out. Didn't paint and barely played any games aside from Ultra meet 4. My water cup ran dry and my mini's languished in their cases.

That seems to be coming to an end. I have recently gone back to my paint brush and am painting up a new command squad. I have stripped down my old one, scavenged it for bits and am using the new Sanguinary Guard box as a base.

I have been really happy at the results this far. I spent most of last Sunday painting up a test mini just to see if the whole "Muscled Torso" idea was viable with blue paint and it is. The test mini is below.

I will paint up the rest of the squad this weekend and should be able to post the full unit next week sometime.

Ultra Meet 4

Once again, this was a blast. We all went up to Warhammer World and this was the biggest meet yet. I think we had 14 players at one stage.

I played 6 games with my DeathWing and won 4. The 2 I lost were too Tyranids which I lost 2 - 1 on objectives and to Sisters of Battle where I was pretty much tabled. Never having played Sisters before I was unprepared for the nastiness that their Faith can bring.

The 4 games I won, I won pretty convincingly. I smote C'tan's necrons, crushed Alloyslayers 4th Co., burned GC08's pesky scouts out of the woods and destroyed Kernmists marines.

All in all a good weekend and another demonstration that Deathwing can win games if you play them right.