zondag 22 oktober 2017

The Haul Report 104

Hello all in an episode with a long awaited parcel on the one hand, and a box of freebies on the other.

Which also will mean I got a lot to paint up in the coming weeks or months...

The first thing I got was an order from Wayland Games (my regular go-to place for none GW stuff, that I usually get in my local store).  It was a box of Gripping Beast Late Romans, which will be painted up for the Dux campaign, to "phase" my Irish for more correct units.  And as such I can use the Dark Age Warriors as levy to better distinguish it all on the table.

I also picked up the Irish mounted noble to lead the unit in the game, and a Bard, for those times he is wandering around during a Battle, even though he doesn`t have any "practical" value.

The second thing is a big box of knights.  Years ago, when I went into hibernation, I apparently gave my Tau to Svenn over at TSA (I gave away a lot of stuff, can`t remember honestly what to whom).  He asked me if I still played Empire (of course) and handed me a box of plastic knights of various sources (like the old "Ridderstrijd" boardgame).

All in all about 30 cavalry models, including Reiksguard as well, some conversions, the old metal General with lance (you know, the one with the sideswipe haircut and the moustache), and a Finecast Valten.  Time to paint more horsies in the near future, thanks matey!

And all in all, thats about 75 models on top of the lead pile, if I get in the Analogue challenge, I`ll be having a lot of material to work on xD

zaterdag 21 oktober 2017

Dilemma 2018: The Lion or the Hydra?

With 2017 nearing it`s end as we go into november, it`s slowly becoming time to think what to do for 2018 on a 40k level.

With my Emperor's Children now battle ready, they will continue to receive new units to get to 4000 points by may for the TSA megabattle.

But I`m thinking about starting a second force, and my initial plan was the Alpha Legion.  Cultist heavy (hello New Necromunda), I want to build and paint the force with "regular" Space Marines instead of Chaos Marines, to better reflect their infiltration status and a bit of an oddball between being loyalist or heretic, as many theories are still about that they are actually "undercover" on The Emperor's orders.

So I was looking around the current "available" Space Marine models... and something started nagging in the back of my head.  Contrary to some might think, my first ever 40k army where the Dark Angels.  Now, I`m talking early 90s, when there where no "robed" troops, just a very cool captain with stand up crest and a big sword, as well as my "force" I played back then (it was 3rd edition btw): the Deathwing.

Yeah, that was like 25 models or something in a 1500 point force...

They did rise to popularity a lot in later editions, becoming even "poster boys" in the previous edition, but in those days, you had the captain model, and a box of 5 metal Terminators.  The end.  The force did grew when they got their "shared" codex with the Blood Angels (remember that?) but in the end, I mostly fielded the Emperor's Children by then.

But nostalgia is an alluring mistress...

Now, my "Start to Collect" Marines box is on the shopping list for very soon, but I can`t decide wether to go loyalist or again traitor legion with the second force.  I like both the looks, and the models will be different for the Alpha Legion as they will be loyalist only (cutting quite a few army list options, but heck), on the other hand the Dark Angels will open a totally different army to play with (well, they also have power armour and bolters, but that is about it) and no-one knows when they would receive a "pure" codex in the end.

But still, the rumour of the Lion re-awakening is getting stronger every month... meaning new models and stuff...

Legion number 1 or Legion number 20.  The Lion or the Hydra... this is something I`m going to have to plod over for quite a while.

On the Painting Desk 17

Okay, so the past week didn`t really go as planned. 

Instead of being able to focus on the Irish cavalry, an unexpected "play date" threw my schedule on a heap and resulting in totally other units getting love and attention.

But normally, the coming week should bring it all back in the fold, while in the meantime I`m going to hurt my brains in trying to decide on "The Lion" or "The Hydra"...

Emperor's Children versus Orks: 1000 points BatRep

Tonight I got my second game of 40k in, and facing one of the armies I "historically" always feared: the Orks.

Now, after the debacle that was my more CC orientated force versus the Death Guard, I rebuild my army to my own tastes and style of play: static and shooty.  No i don`t like Iron Warriors, I love to paint pinks and purples!

It didn`t help of course that I missed a few editions, and had totally no idea what was facing me, but he had a big dreadnought with a mechanic, guys with missile tubes, a painboy and warboss, a huge mob of 30 boys, a looterz squad, a nob squad and a bikers squad.

My line consisted of a Predator, a Quad Bolter Rapier, a small marine squad, a sorcerer, a squad of Havocs, an Exalted Champion, a large fully equipped marine squad, a Helbrute and a mob of Cultists... so oddly enough, I wasn`t outnumbered to badly, one thing I really feared.

He also spread his line over the whole table edge, so combined with him having no psychic defenses (apart from Smite I took Precognition and the Slaanesh power), this might turn out rather okay.

Amd how it did as I had first turn and an immensely succesful shooting phase.The Havoc lascannon and the Predator made short work of the Dreadnought before it could do anything, while the Rapier ripped into the boys.

His first turn saw the bikes surge forward with the nobs, but he failed his charge roll for the nobs (twice!), causing the bikes to crash into the Cultists... and fare rather badly.

Turn two was a massacre, as I literally ended the game there and shot his army to pieces.  After a devastating volley, only 5 boys remained, and the nobs where down to two.  Blunting his assault, he withdrew his warboss behind the building and hoped to do some damage with the remaining models.

His nobs charged the cultists, and in the end the last remaining one shot down the last cultist.

His missile launchers tore into the small marine squad, felling three of their number. But it was too little too late.

As both the missile troops and the looterz where shot to pieces, his characters finally appeared and went out to do a large stand charge on the Marines... and his Warboss failed both charges, needing to cover 6 inch.  He was duly executed (after suffering 5 of his 6 wounds to Overwatch), as the painboy was later crushed by the powerfist of the aspiring champion.  Two lascannon shots later, his last Nob and his mechanic where of to meet Mork and Gork and the game was done.

The battle went extremely well, and if I have to nominate a model of the match, it must be the Rapier, who ripped through the boys and missile troops like a hot knife through butter.  The Cultists once again performed above the line of duty as well... my Alpha Legion is so going to be filled with them.    On the flop side, the Helbrute's plasmacannon takes the trophy, causing a stunning two wounds during the whole battle... on itself!

But in the end, I lost only the Cultist squad, and a few marines, so that went better then expected...

A great game against a fun and new player to TSA, Vincent, and it seems we will be seeing a lot more of the Greenskins in the future.  And me?  I`m going to start tuning my force some more and expand to 1500 in the coming weeks, and take my first dribs and drabs in starting my second Legion.

donderdag 19 oktober 2017

Emperor's Children Herectic Marines squad

The final part of the three units I needed to finish for the game tomorrow, this is a small, non spectacular unit of Marines.

All bolters, no flashy stuff, simple 65 points unit...

But which gives me my third troop choice, and as such access to the Batallion detachment and it's three bonus CP`s for stratagems.

The unit itself will in all probability be expanded upon in the future, as I get loose models and leftovers until I reach a further 5 with special weapon and heavy weapon for example, but for now, they will serve mostly as a sort of "bodyguard" unit or speedbump, depending the opponent.

Let`s see how they fare tomorrow...

Build Report: 70599 Cole`s Dragon

Even though the Ninjago movie isn`t doing as great as the previous two outings of Lego to the cinema's, I liked this Sky Pirate subtheme of the series.

Giving a sort of sky-fi feel with the pirate vehicles, and the heroes riding dragons, this had some lovely elements and figures in the range.

A small box with about 90 parts, Cole`s Dragon is one such example, as the pirate figure included (Buko) quickly found life in my pirate builds.  Opening the box as such, you get two bags of parts, an instruction booklet and a sticker sheet.

The first thing as such is using some of the stickers to prepare Cole`s back banner, in old asian style of warriors.

Cole himself carries his trusty scythe, while Zane in a way is included in the form of a spirit crystal that is trapped in the sword, and it's up to the black Ninja to free his partner.

But the sky pirates are around to try and prevent this.  I for one LOVED the sword on this figure...

The underside of the dragon is then assembled, as this is where all the parts like the legs, neck, tail and wings will be connected to.

A riding spot is prepared on the back of the beast.

The tail is the first of the appendages that is being put together, using connecting parts and dressing it up with jumpers and slopes.

Next, the neck is also put together and connected to the central body mass.

We assemble the head itself then next, using stickers for additional decoration.  A nice touch is that the mouth can open and close on the little beast.

"Shoulderpads" are then added to the body, once again using stickers for decoration.

Two simple but sturdy legs are then put together, mirrored to go one on each side.

The final thing we need to build are the two wings, a symmetrical build and the use of the golden blades adds a nice touch to represent the spiky ends of them.

The full set as such then stands completed:

And of course, we had some left over extra parts included:

This is a really nice little set to be honest, as it has a cute little dragon, and some excellent figures and parts.  Combined with not being franchise sets, this is really cheap and at Kruidvat for example overhere, you would have one of them for about 6 euro if you waited for the right store actions...