Monday, 1 January 2018

My First ever 2017 In Review Type Post

Well I've decided to write up a brief summary of all that happened in my little piece of hobby wonderland. Lots of other blogs have them so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon.

The Revolving Door Of Gamers

Well my gaming group has had a constant core of about 6 gamers who over the last 5 or so years I've had the pleasure of cursing dice with. Stuart, Phil, Aaron, Shane and Pat. We lost Vinny last year to something called 'a better job'. We have also had some new arrivals, Billy the Ultramarine player, Dylan who is Crimson Fists and Death Guard and Alan who uses AdMech. 


2017 was a pretty productive year. 122 models finished. Mainly Imperial Guardsmen, with a smattering of Aeldari. I must admit it was very good for someone who struggles with the actual finishing of models. A big pat on the back for me. I did a quick total up of how many points it all comes to and it is 1161. I was going for any weird model that doesn't really fit into a specific army like the Star Lords civilians they get drafted into my Genestealer army as Hybrid Neophytes. Even the Werefox.


So I think I've been tallying up my games, and I've had 5 games of Inquisimunda and 14 games of the new 40k. There is probably another one or two I may have forgotten, but a total of 19 games is pretty good for someone who used barely manage 1 a year. In both systems I've won more than I lost so that is something but for posterity it is Inquisimunda P5, W3, L2, D0 and 40K P14, W8, L5, D1. Here's to at least another 19 in 2018.


I started many scenery projects but the only one I managed to fully complete is my six craters. They've had many guardsmen and other humanoids inside them so they really get around. Hopefully there will be a lot more to report in 2018, I have a public toilet, a hab unit and half a dozen other pieces to hopefully dazzle my readers with. 

Six craters to hunker down in.

As you can see the above craters have luminous pools of some undisclosed material in them. Are they lava? Toxic chemicals? Fanta? Each game will have a different possibility.

The Futures

 Dylan has mentioned a narrative campaign for the start of next year so that sounds like immense fun. The details have to be ironed out but hopefully it will be the sort of mayhem that makes for fun battles and fun battle reports to read.

My veterans for the Krablokistan 47th will hopefully be finished by the end of January.
Paintwise the Catachan's above are what I want to get finished first. Mainly going to use them as vets as there are plenty of meltas and a plasma gun in there, following that is my landing pad.

My Mantic budget Skyshield Landing Pad is hopefully getting used in a beautifully crafted Battle Report in the near future.
So all that's left for me is to wish everyone in plastic metal world a very Happy New Year and as much hobby as they can handle!

Thanks For Reading! 

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Eldar Attack (so do the Tau)!

Farseer Gelladrill had cast the runes of fate for the third time and the result was the same. She kept discerning the sign of the death of Aeldari. Tracing back the threads of causality it was clear that a combined force of Ultramarines and Crimson Fist Astartes were about to attack a smaller force of Tau on the contested planet of Gabbrodon Theta. This in itself was of no great consequence but if her reading of the runes were correct they would then advance towards one of Ulthwé's maiden worlds and that could not be allowed. What further complicated the endevour was the craftworld was already stretched thinly as a large force of Ulthwé soldiery was currently deployed against Ork Warlord Gitbag Gutstrangla. Nevertheless it was imperative that Pur'La Sept was allowed time to reinforce their beachhead and therefore divert attention from Aeldari territories.

Barely have I finished one lacklustre batrep, then I have to start the next! This week is pretty novel as far as the normal workings of the WH40K universe is concerned as two Imperial forces (Ultramarines and Crimson Fists) duke it out with my Eldar army (20 + years in the making) and Aaron's Tau - who if recent comments made at the games table are to be believed - a genetic experiment by the Eldar to act as a buffer against humanity. This game is a bit of a departure as I have not taken any of the pictures on display, mainly due to no battery on my phone, but with the assistance of Aaron and Billy, photographic evidence was supplied.

The Armies

My army consisted of for the most part what I've been painting over the last 20 years, which isn't very much as I'm a terribly slow painter and all over the place when it comes to creating a cohesive force. Prior to the codex I had decided to go with Ulthwe, mainly because I thought black and white is a quick colour scheme. The Craftworld Attribute: Ulthwe: Foresight of the Damned made my choice even more worthwhile as it gives every unit in my army a 6+ save against every wound caused. So now every vehicle I take gets a free set of Spirit Stones.Of all the craftworld attributes, I figured it was the most beneficial as it will work in every phase, psychic, shooting and combat. The characters I took were Asurmen because I have never fielded him before, a Farseer as they are top notch psykers and a Autarch just because. Banshees were my only elite choice as I'm trying to only field painted models, I say trying as I just couldn't not take my two Wave Serpents, they were vital to my plans, the Dire Avengers and Banshees were to scoot across the table deploy and hopefully destroy swathes of marines. 

Autarch : Forceshield, Plasma Grenades, Star Glaive, The Path of Command (Codex)
Farseer : 2. Doom, 3. Fortune, Ghosthelm of Alishazier, Witchblade
10x Dire Avengers
10x Guardian Defender;Guardian Heavy Weapons Platform: Starcannon
10x Rangers
Howling Banshees . 9x Howling Banshee: 9x Power Sword. Howling Banshee Exarch: Shuriken Pistol & Executioner
Fast Attack:
Windrider - Shuriken Cannon:. 4x Windrider - Twin Shuriken Catapults:
Heavy Support;
6x Dark Reaper: 6x Reaper Launcher
Support Weapon: D-cannon
 Dedicated Transport; 
Wave Serpent : Shuriken Cannon, Star Engines, Twin Shuriken Cannon, Vectored Engines
Wave Serpent : Shuriken Cannon, Star Engines, Twin Shuriken Cannon, Vectored Engines

Total: [86 PL, 1499pts] 

Next is Aaron's Tau force;

Commander in XV81 Crisis battlesuit [7 PL, 146pts]: Fusion blaster, MV4 Shield Drone, MV7 Marker Drone, Plasma rifle, Smart missile system
XV25 Stealth Battlesuits ;. 3x Stealth Shas'ui w/o support system: 3x Burst cannon
XV8 Crisis Battlesuits : MV4 Shield Drone, MV7 Marker Drone
. Crisis Shas'ui: Fusion blaster, Plasma rifle, Shield generator
. Crisis Shas'ui: Fusion blaster, Plasma rifle, Shield generator
. Crisis Shas'vre: Fusion blaster, Plasma rifle, Shield generator
XV95 Ghostkeel Battlesuit : 2x Flamer, Fusion collider, Multi-tracker, 2x MV5 Stealth Drone, Target lock
Fast Attack;
TX4 Piranhas; Fusion blaster, 2x MV1 Gun Drone
Spearhead Detachment +1CP (T'au Empire) [39 PL, 734pts]
Longstrike : 2x Burst cannon, Railgun
Heavy Support;
TX7 Hammerhead Gunship : 2x MV1 Gun Drone, Railgun
XV88 Broadside Battlesuits;. Broadside Shas'ui: 2x Smart missile system, Heavy rail rifle, Multi-tracker.
XV88 Broadside Battlesuits ;. Broadside Shas'ui: 2x Smart missile system, Heavy rail rifle

Total: [78 PL, 1502pts] 

Aaron's force is full of tanks and battlesuits. A bit light on infantry. Longstrike is the commander so a 2+ to hit Railgun should prove fun for the enemy. I'm still not really sure what all his stuff does, a bit silly really as I have the Xenos II codex book so I should know. Sometime we should play a game where he plays an army of mine and I use the fishmen.

Billy's Ultramarines are next;

HQ ;
Marneus Calgar : Terminator Armour
Terminator Squad : Teleport Homer 3 x Terminator: Power fist, Storm bolter,. Terminator Sergeant: Power sword, Storm bolter,. Terminator w/Heavy Weapon: Assault cannon, Power fist
Terminator Squad : Teleport Homer 4 x . Terminator: Power fist, Storm bolter,. Terminator Sergeant: Power sword, Storm bolter.
Venerable Dreadnought : Twin lascannon,Dreadnought combat weapon w/Storm Bolter: 
Venerable Dreadnought ; Twin lascannon,Dreadnought combat weapon w/Storm Bolter:
Venerable Dreadnought : Multi-melta, Dreadnought combat weapon w/Heavy Flamer.
Lord of War; Roboute Guilliman 

Total: [76 PL, 1501pts]

As everyone knows by now Rouboute Gullimann will show up to a punch up in a pub car park. Ever eager to try to kill enemies of mankind, as long as they don't have many tanks. It must've been a slow day in Ultramarine HQ as Marneus Calgar also deigned to join the battle. A total of 15 models is what he brought averaging 100 points a model. If it gets to an attritional game my armies superior tactics, pointy ears and one foot in the Eye Of Terror attribute should stand them in good stead. 

Finally Dylan's Crimson Fists;

 HQ; Captain in Gravis Armor: Boltstorm gauntlet, Master-crafted power sword, The Fist of Vengeance.
 Primaris Lieutenant: Master-crafted stalker bolt rifle
 Primaris Lieutenant: Power sword, The Burning Blade
Intercessor Squad: Auxiliary Grenade Launcher, Bolt rifle
 4x Intercessor
 Intercessor Sergeant: Power sword
Intercessor Squad  Auxiliary Grenade Launcher, Bolt rifle
 4x Intercessor
 Intercessor Sergeant: Power sword
Scout Squad : 6x Camo cloak
. Scout Sergeant: Bolt pistol, Boltgun
. 5x Scout w/Boltgun
Contemptor Dreadnought : Combi-bolter, Dreadnought combat weapon, Kheres pattern assault cannon.
Primaris Ancient.
Sternguard Veteran Squad . Space Marine Veteran: Special issue boltgun
. Space Marine Veteran: Special issue boltgun
. Space Marine Veteran: Special issue boltgun
. Space Marine Veteran w/Heavy Weapon: Missile launcher
. Space Marine Veteran w/Heavy Weapon: Plasma gun
. Veteran Sergeant: Bolt pistol, Power axe
Fast Attack;
Inceptor Squad : Assault bolter, 2x Inceptor, Inceptor Sergeant
Heavy Support ;
Hellblaster Squad: Plasma incinerator
. 4x Hellblaster
. Hellblaster Sergeant: Plasma pistol
Predator : Twin lascannon, Two Lascannons

Total: [90 PL, 1501pts]

Dylan's all-singing all-dancing Primaris Marines are another small force but having two wounds each make them annoyingly durable, just like Terminators. If anything his force seems to lack anti tank firepower - with the exception of the Predator and plasma incinerators. I'm not overly concerned by plasma guns as they have a tendency to blow up in my experience. What I do dislike is the Primaris standard bearer who gives a last gasp attack on a 3+ when removed as a casualty.


Dylan also gets special mention for picking the deployment zones for this mission. He went for the rarely seen opposite diagonal with a small 9" no man's land in the middle board. Otherwise known as 3. Search & Destroy .As the table was 9' x 4' it made a possible 10' distance between models (why didn't I have my astra militarum Basilisk?). Aaron got placing his Stealth Battlesuits in the objective of the Olde Shielde Inn over in the top right of the picture below. Olde Shielde Inns are a rather popular franchise as they seem to be cropping up a lot in recent battle reports. Good job, because Dylan's pushy scouts would probably have gone in there instead. Once again Aaron's Crisis Battlesuits and Ghostkeel deployed within a whisker (or over 9" to be exact) of Dylan's Contemptor and a few Lieutenants who were going for a stroll in the central plaza of Gabradon Theta's huge shopping area towards Comms Tower 41. Also in a general Dillhole type way my Rangers arrived on the back line of the marines deployment area to hopefully snipe some wounds off of Gullimann.

The Game

The aliens got first turn (which was nice). So we set about wiping out the Emperor's seedlings as quickly as it was xenosly possible. As a large number of hover vehicles were over to the far left of the battlefield engines were engaged to full thrust (well the Aeldari ones were anyway) and an attempt to close with the enemy was attempted. As both Wave serpents had star engines they advanced 2d6" rather than the pedestrian 1d6" also the jetbikes automatically advance 6" so I was loving the speed of the Aeldari. I had to move the D-Cannon to target the nearest Dreadnaught and took many wounds off it in the shooting phase. Farsight then finished it off. Chalk up another First Blood! Aaron's now familiar suicide battlesuit squadron failed to kill either Gulliman, Contemptor Dread or Lieutenants. My Rangers similarly failed to even give Rouboute a scare. Then the marines had their turn and some deepstriking Terminators attacked my D-Cannon and the Inceptor Squad arrived on their back line to deal with my Rangers. The Inceptors shot up then assaulted the Rangers but they sort of failed to destroy them (I thought they would steamroller them in one turn). If memory serves the battlesuits and Ghostkeel got a taste of marine boot Ceramite as well.

Due to the elongated nature of the table 9' x 4' dontchaknow, and Dylan's wacky deployment map choice there was a lot of commuting this game. Thank Osiris I had given both my Wave Serpents star engines, 2d6 advance move gets you places!

The two objectives in this picture remained firmly in the hands (webbed and otherwise) of the alien alliance all game. Just out of shot of this picture some Eldar Jetbikes are giving some scouts what for. In the centre of the board four walls intersect forming a cross. This is probably not of religious significance.

In this picture Aaron's transformer mech thing having unloaded on the dreadnaught and failed to kill it will spend the rest of it's short existence wondering why Pur'La Sept keeps sending highly expensive pieces of equipment into very dangerous situations without the ability to rocket away in what would be the opposite of Manta deployment. 

For me this was the most annoying event of the battle; 10 Terminator marines with Calgar sashayed onto my flank shooting up a man's good D-Cannon. As it happens the shots took the weapons platform down to one wound and then the Terminators made a long charge into combat with it, wrecking it totally. You can also see scale creep in all it's twisted magnificance! On the left are some current sized Terminators, next to them are some of last millenium's plastic Terminators on their 25mm round bases. Huddled in the middle is the cowardly Marneus Clagar. Or whatever his name is.

See, I told you, one wound. Before it's demise the D-Cannon got first blood aided by a Hammerhead to kill an ancient Dread. This is probably why Billy targeted it for Terminator deletion shortly after. Note the 1995 paintjob when I was an indentured slave for GW south east. 

A crowd of Ultramarine bullies attack my D - Cannon. I've only just noticed in the Codex that it doesn't need line of sight to target models. This is annoying as I probably didn't need to move it into an exposed position to target the Dreadnaught. Oh well, a lesson is learned. The Wave Serpent in the background is about to spew out Howling Banshees who will contest the objective in the tower and assault another unit of marines by the big terracotta building. 

The Predator gets to feel the might of Railguns. I may soon purchase more cotton wool for extra special effects. The tau tanks may be fairly slow but they do pack a decent punch. On the top of the building is another objective that the Crimson Fist Primaris sat on all game. Not very sporting is it?
The Howling Banshees disembarked the Wave Serpent to assault two units of Primaris. I figured the first unit by the Bastion objective would be easy to roll over as they only had 3 models left so they also charged the larger Primaris squad  at the foot of the building next to it. As there was a squad of terminators perilously close to my Dark Reapers and Farseer a quick about turn for a Wave serpent and Guardian unit was implemented. To make certain of their demise they were Doomed (psychically). The Dire Avengers also got out of their transport to shoot up the marines. My belief in the Howling Banshees was slightly misplaced as they struggled to see off both units. So much so that the Dire Avengers had to get involved as well. Meanwhile the jetbikes were fighting the scouts and found they were unwilling to die as quickly as I'd hoped. The Tau killed the Predator so my floaty vehicles weren't so scared anymore. A lot of firepower went into the Terminators and thankfully they were eliminated.

My two stripped down Wave Serpents whizz about the table the nearest one dropped off the Howling Banshees and attempts to cause mayhem on the Terminators next, the second one is ferrying Dire Avengers into the fray.
One of the good things about my Star Engines/Vectored Engines on the Wave serpents is the move like buggery and have a -1 to hit in shooting. This was handy as it kept them alive longer than you would expect. Another bonus was Rouboute Gulliman wasn't surrounded by loads of rerolling if they miss Ultramarines. Calgar was give the Terminators rerolls so it really wasn't as important to keep them all together. Billy scooted his Terminators over to an objective as the possible targets for close combat had retreated well out of his range, probably also he didn't fancy losing them to my Dark Reapers. His remaining Dreadnaughts advanced up towards my Banshees and Avengers. The Inceptors fluttered away from the Ranger combat to presumably shoot the remaining few up in combat. Gulliman, the Contemptor and Lieutenants advanced on Aaron's Battlesuits killing the Ghostkeel and the Tau Commanders bodyguards, leaving him in a perilous postion. During this combat phase the Primaris contesting the Bastion were finished off. 

As the Terminators (just out of shot) were threatening my Dark Reaper firebase I sent my Wave Serpent and Guardians to intercept them. This was probably unnecessary as two Tau tanks and some sort of heavy support battlesuit was there also.  The Banshees are give some Primaris marines what for and over on the far end of the table space marine scouts are getting shot up by jetbikes and stealth suits.
This was the last picture taken. Gullimann has taken 8 wounds so isn't overly eager to commit himself to anymore danger, presumably because he's mankind's last hope or something like that. The Wave Serpent over on the right ill advisedly charges the Dreadnaught Ancient. It doesn't survive the turn. Also in this picture Marneus Calgar tests the durability of his armour against the Hammerheads along with various Eldar shooters, even when Doom was successfully manifested on him the Tau tanks struggled to hit him. Like any good alien race that doesn't have a clue Eldar created them to act as a buffer against humanity, they tried bless 'em, but inevitably it was good Dark Reaper missiles that finally done the trick. Sure, you could say they softened him up, but the Eldar got the actual kill though, so that's what's important here.

The remainder of the game had Marneus Clagger Doomed then finished off. My jetbikes remembered the could leave combat and still shoot because they could fly so they did. The Banshees killed another unit of marines. A Wave Serpent charged into a Dreadnaught and was swatted away like a big sleek fly. Rouboute, seeing his lapdog Calgone eat dirt made a good impersonation of someone who intended to get into combat but just about fail to so do. The Guardians with their never fired Starcannon managed to achieve something by parking themselves in the Bastion. The Contemptor destroyed the Tau Commander but due to there being no nearby enemies of the Imperium probably went into standby mode, thus saving the Crimson Fists a fair bit in diesel money. Asurman got himself involved in combat with another ancient Dread, but the Blade of Asur seemed no match for the big oaf of a machine and nothing happened. I was fairly happy about the combat as he has a 3++ save in combat and 4++ when shot at so he is actually one of those models that likes that sort of thing. We called the game at I think the end of turn five and totted up VPs. It was close but the perfidious aliens had shaded it with their superior weapons and all round better technology.


Another narrow win. First Blood really is a vital objective to go for as the nature of many games means they are close, especially dealing with the thrice accursed Primarch Rouboute Gullimann. He had taken 8 wounds but unfortunately there were too many nearer targets to get taking that last one from him. The game itself was, as I find generally with my gaming group a hugely enjoyable event. I think my plan was tactically OK, but the Eldar army isn't like my Astra Militarum: just throw loads of troops/artillery at the problem, it more like use the right tool for the job. Also buffs are very important for them, especially the Warlock ones. Of particular use are the ones that give a +1/-1 save modifier and the +1/-1 to wound in combat, both are situational but going from a 5+ to a 4+ in hand to hand has got to be good. I also underestimated the value of the -1 to enemies saves (invulnerable and otherwise) as against power armoured marines a 3+ saving throw is very hard to get through. One of the biggest wastes of the game was the Guardians advancing everywhere with their Starcannon. Didn't fire once. Had I stayed where I was it would have done something and not seemed like Eldar showing off. Another colossal waste was the Autarch. Standing next to the Dark Reapers all game to give them a reroll on their 1's is all very well but it wasn't a very heroic role in the battle. The Tau were a good ally in this game as their anti tank vehicles did for the Predator very well. They put significant damage on the Contemptor and Gulliman with their suicide battlesuits and in so doing they halted the Primarch's advance late in the game. The marines were suitable tough opponents as they were dangerous in combat and shooting. Of special annoyance was Dylan's standard bearer, you know the one, every marine you kill get to attack again on a 3+. A better bet for my Rangers to try to assassinate him instead. All in all, a fun game that hopefully helped my general tactical acumen. Well it can't hurt anyway.

Farseer Gelladrill surveyed the battlefield. A smoking ruin of an Imperial vehicle and more than a few marine corpses showed how effective the attack had been, but the cost in Aeldari lives had been great. Asurman had already left through the webway, and the Ulthwé group were preparing to leave. This attack that had intended to destroy the High Command of two Astarte chapters hadn't gone as well as intended, but due to the light casualties the Tau had taken, it meant the balance of power on Gabbrodon Theta had changed. She did not doubt that a massive armed reaction from the humans would in all likelihood result in the annihilation of the Tau on this planet but it would serve the purpose of deflecting attention from  important Eldar planets. Gelladrill sighed now she had the awkward task of informing Commander Longstrike that his valuable allies were leaving him to the inevitable marine counterattack.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Dire Avengers Painted and Some Valhallans Too!

My first Dire Avenger Squad has been completed! This post is merely to display them and allow me to chalk them off my 'to do' list. They have actually seen action against a combined force of Ultramarines and Crimson Fists and acquitted themselves quite well. They are a pretty decent  troop choice for the Eldar as they have a high rate of fire and enhanced overwatch.The models below have had their first coat of varnish (gloss) so they look a bit shiny. Once the second coat of mat varnish goes on they will look better methinks. I'm now waiting for an unseasonably warm spell due to my encounter with Daemonic varnish, that I have no intention to reacquaint myself with.

Valhallans Ho!

As part the ongoing Astra Militarum project, some more brave but essentially expendable guardsmen have been completed. These models were purchased shortly after they were released so I'd imagine 1994. The were put on bases undercoated black and that was pretty much it. Now they've received some brush love and I can honestly say I really enjoyed painting them. So much character. One of the best things about Valhallans is all the baggage they bring with them. Blankets, tin cups, helmets and many pouches they give the impression of excellent looters. They can form my acquisition platoon, dangerous objective grabbing missions. Unlucky lads....

Three large handed Xenos throttlers!
The original Valhallan boxed set came with a couple of duplicates, to be honest I can't remember which models came in the boxed set but the one in the centre is contender for my favourite ever model, at least favourite painted model of 2017 anyway. They were all given a splash of red to tie them in to the rest of the army but I'm not 100% sold on the red helmet. Oh well, I'm not going to redo them now.

Three more worried soldiers some with a bit of Barney Rubble.
The two slightly more detailed models are the sergeant and the flamer trooper. Another pair of excellent models. Only after I started painting them did I discover the sarge has a couple of medals! The flamer trooper has a wicked snarl as well. The sarge also has 15 kill marks on his sword. It must be a family heirloom as very few guardsmen make it over the one hand to hand victory (unless Tau Fire Warriors are involved). Both models have got the now common hazard stripes on their weapons. Sadly Adeptus Administratum legislation makes the display of said hazard markings mandatory following some highly costly court cases.

"Burn & Eviscerate For The Emperor!".


 Some Not So Valhallan

The last few painted models are from Blind Beggar miniatures and were painted as part of my stalled Inquisimunda campaign. The first two are billed as a scout and her (?) stealth cyberhound. Painted her up in the drab olive of my guardsmen so she can join battles and do her bit for the Imperium Mulan style. Her dog is presumably allowed on base as added security and to stop any unwanted Ratling advances as we all know they're randy little buggers who would get up on a cracked plate!

Pseudo Mulan and her Eddie Murphy Cyber Dog
Last is another dog type thing, this one is the Nomad's companion, also from Blind Beggar. Covered in bags and a tarpaulin this critter is going into the army to count as a guardsman or something else in Necromunda type games. It can also be an objective, as the baggage can contain top secret blueprints, a picture of the Fallen Sorritas With The Big Boobies or any of a trillion other things that people fight over in the 41st Millenium.

Bug eyed beastie.
This model has a hoof like appendages at the end of this creatures legs. I painted them to look like metal shoes but I may repaint them as proper horse like hooves. The big dome like eye guards were painted with a technical paint but a little bit more highlighting is probably needed.

The other side.

The entire group. 
So that's what I've completed this week. Brings my yearly total to over 100 so I'm pretty happy about that. My painting table still has plenty on it though so no resting on my laurels (not that I received any). Looking to get some more Catachans finished and some Ratlings before the new year as well.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Battle Of Sugden; A Tale Of Two Bombardments.

Supreme Commander for the Mitigation Of Hemmerdale, Porfectus Von Neestleroi pondered the map. A rebellion, xenos incursions and both Sisters of Battle and Ultramarines seemingly randomly attacking loyal Astra Militarum forces left him exasperated. The geography of the planet hindered him at every turn. Patches of intense magnetic activity in the atmosphere rendered major aerial troop movement hazardous as the destruction of the Chestafar 64th's continental troop freighters would testify. Intelligence reports indicated that the Pur'la Sept had once again been sighted, this time on the outskirts of Sugden a moderately sized town where an Imperial armoury was situated. Sending a priority order to Farg Woolstrop of the Krablokistan 47th to engage and destroy hostiles on the way to Sugden, once there rendez vous with a detachment of Crimson Fists marines and hold Sugden from all enemy forces.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Heresy Of The Highest Order!

Still stationed on the temperate yet eventful Hemmerdale, Farg Woolstrop's command received orders to rendezvous with elements of the 420th Suhnnidayl Shithawks regiment and secure an important artifact from the vicinity. He was perplexed to find the commander of the 420th was a highly intoxicated and abusive Ursakar Creed. Recent intel had surmised that Creed was missing, presumed dead following the destruction of Cadia, and that this particular version of Creed was swilling a malt based liquor which was causing him to issue orders that were both senseless and contradictory. The artifact was supposed to be set in a solid gold copy of The Thumb Of The Emperor, an object d'art that had presumably mystical properties that ensured citizen obedience and loyalty. Further information had led to surmise that Tau from the Pur'la Sept had allied with renegade Astartes to take the relic for their own purposes. When the order to move was issued Farg was once again horrified to see the so called renegades were from the Ultramarines chapter and led by none other than Rouboute Gullimann! Never one to shirk his duty he ordered his force into suppression formation and prepared to take the relic....

Hot on the heels of last weeks defeat against the Ruinous Powers comes this battle report. As our gaming group in Cavan is undergoing a bit of a revival due mainly to the new 40K this game is another 4 player battle. 1500 points per person. This time it was the valiant Krablokistan 47th, Stuart's 420th Suhnnidayl Shithawks (Astra Militarum) vs Billy's Ultramarines and Aaron's Tau (of the Pur'la Sept).

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Some Fishy Characters & An Eldar Chorus line

Some more models have been completed! As the Warhammer 40K train trundles along I'm making progress. As is unusual in the male dominated 41st millennium there are more female models painted this week than male. Some will be getting stuck in to 40k ASAP and the others will wend their way onto the gaming table via a more narrative route. So anyhow, bring out the lead!

Blind Beggar Fish People

I've been a fan of Blind Beggar Miniatures for a while now and I have finished some more from a couple of kickstarters. Immediately below is one from the Mother Hydra campaign - some amphibious aliens who have made contact with various people of Farpoint IIRC. First up in the Mother Hydra diplomat. A nice sculpt which I plan to use as an npc in my games and possibly a hugely powerful alien psyker to boot. I tried to make the waistcoat look like coral and experimented with citadel technical paint with the eyes and gemstones (at least that's what I thought they were) on the aforementioned piece of xenos apparel.

"In my culture glazed eyes are a sign of attentiveness".

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Chaos Vs UltraKrablokistanmarines

Following their skirmish with Ultramarines where (sub)Commander Bolshoy Bartlett was attacked and possibly killed (the body had been removed the Astartes), Commander Farg Woolstrop was surprised to receive orders to bolster Ultramarine forces that had become bogged down fighting rebels that had declared the entirety of Hemmerdale's second largest continent - Brearley - Imperium free. As had recently occurred several times in the recent past Woolstrop was half expecting the Ultramarines to immediately open fire as soon as they came within bolter range. But as was so often the case with the seemingly last minute orders he had been receiving from High Command lately no sooner had the Astra militarum deployed then the rebels came capering across to engage and the foul sight of the Traitor Legions could be seen behind them. On the plus side, the Ultramarines were holed up in an old jail and, for now at least, not shooting at him.....

Another Day, Another Batrep.

Welcome! Last week I participated in a game of 40K where my most recent enemy was now my ally. Yes that's right Billy's Ultramarines and my Astra Militarum have apparently patched up their differences in an adult fashion and smoked the pipe of peace. Not a moment too soon as the Ruinous Powers have landed on the beleaguered planet Hemmerdale intent on fomenting rebellion and nailing good honest imperial folk up on walls and using them as hood ornaments. We arranged for a 3000 point a side battle with Shane, Billy, myself and Aaron. Sadly Lord Nurgle infected the Tau force with Galloping Flatulence and they couldn't attend. Luckily Shane brought more than enough Chaos models to make up the shortfall. As I don't have either Shane's or Billy's army list, all I will say is Shane took 3 grands worth of Chaos and Billy took half that in Ultramarines. I brought my Imperial Guard that included 3 infantry squads, a unit of heavily tooled up Scions, a Leman Russ, Hellhound and Chimera, a meltagun special weapon squad and 2 heavy weapons squads (mortars and autocannons), the obligatory ratlings and sundry characters made up my force. The mission was the one where at the end of each battle turn each of the four objectives scores 2 VPs, it's called Only War. A simple mission that proved to be a lot of fun.