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Well it may only be June but, as I mentioned the other day, I’ve met one of my New Year targets by having more than 200 followers. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read this blog. It’s especially impressive when you consider how wordy my posts normally are! Anyway, realising I’d hit that target half way through the year got me thinking about how my other resolutions were coming along. Attend More Tournaments Well so far I’m not doing all too well on this front. We may have been to the GW Doubles in January (and won it) but the only other tournament I’ve played in this year was Blog Wars 5. Obviously there’ll be Blog Wars 6 and the Doubles again in September but it’d be good to get to a few more tournaments in the next six months. I’ve been looking in various places across the interweb and I’ve struggled to find events that really appeal to me. Matt and I will, however, be attending a small doubles event at the Outpost in Sheffield on July 13th. There are still plenty of places left if anyone is interested by the way
Had a little 1k game last night, which is unusual for me as I am normally a 2k monster. Played against Phil aka Goblin Man and his Chaos Space Marines. I call Phil Goblin Man as he owns a cool little shop called Two Fat Goblins in Stafford which sells 40k stuff and other cool bits and pieces. I thought I’d try Ravenwing out tonight. The low model count is certainly going to be interesting; 20 models at 1k! Dark Angels ‘Ravenwing’ – 1,000 points HQ Sammael Ravenwing Command Squad – Black Knight, Apothecary, banner of devastation & grenade launcher Troops 6 x Ravenwing Attack Squad w/ Attack Bike – 2 x meltaguns – Sgt w/ melta bombs – Attack Bike w/ mulit melta 3 x Ravenwing Attack Squad w/ Attack Bike – plasma gun – Attack Bike w/ multi melta 3 x Ravenwing Attack Squad w/ Attack Bike – plasma gun – Attack Bike w/ multi melta Chaos Space Marines ‘Death Guard’ – 1,000 points HQ Chaos Lord – blight grenades, bike, sigil of corruption, burning brand of skalathrax & mark of nurgle Troops 7 x Plague Marines w/ Rhino – 2 x meltaguns – Sgt w/ melta bombs 7 x Plague Marines w/ Rhino – 2 x meltaguns – Sgt w/ melta bombs 7 x Plague Marines – 2 x meltaguns – Sgt w/ melta bombs Fast Attack 2 x Chaos Spawn – mark of nurgle Heavy Support Obliterator – mark of nurgle Obliterator – mark of nurgle Game: dawn of war & crusade – night fighting is active Deployment I won the roll off for sides and deployment. All objectives were placed in the centre, I placed mine like this as I am heading that way anyway. I guess Phil did the same. I deploy with the Attack Bikes at the front, Sammy and Command Squad behind with units split into combat squads on the sides – both melta units on the left flank and both plasma on the right flank. Phil deploys using the large centre ruin for cover for the two Rhinos. On the left flank he puts the Plaguie Marines in area terrain with the Lord and Spawn buddies hanging back a bit
I got a message from Tom who also goes to Vine Inn Gaming, he was asking for some feedback on his Deathwing list. The original list has a Land Raider in along with some Deathknights, can’t remember what else. I wrote this for him, keep in mind I am not a Deathwing player and play Ravenwing. Dark Angels ‘Deathwing’ – 2,000 points HQ Belial – thunder hammer & storm shield Librarian – mastery level 2 & terminator armour Deathwing Command Squad – apothecary & 5 x thunder hammers & storm shields Elite Mortis Dreadnought – 2 x twin-linked autocannons Mortis Dreadnought – 2 x twin-linked autocannons Troops 5 x Deathwing Terminators – 4 x thunder hammers & storm shields, chain fist & cyclone missile launcher 5 x Deathwing Terminators – 4 x thunder hammers & storm shields, chain fist & cyclone missile launcher 5 x Deathwing Terminators – 4 x thunder hammers & storm shields, chain fist & cyclone missile launcher 5 x Scouts – sniper rifles Heavy Support Predator – lascannon sponsons Predator – lascannon sponsons Fortification Aegis Defence Line Total: 1,995 In Tom’s previous list he had a Land Raider Crusader – this is handy for mostly anti infantry, though in past experience playing against Tom he has never had enough long ranged punch. I was thinking of switching the Crusader for Godhammer, but two Predators are still cheaper and contribute more lascannon death. Plus a Land Raider sucks up more points in a list heavy with heavy point suckers. Deathwing Knights, I dropped these because Tom is paying points for the Crusader to transport them and then Belial only makes Deathwing troops – so paying to make Terminators troops and not having one unit scoring. I replaced these with a DWCS (Deathwing Command Squad), which act as the hammer unit.
Ok, this one is really going to put the cat amongst the pigeons, hold on to ya hats! When I play 40k I use tough bad ass lists. This is because I don't see the point in using 'fail' units or units which are not very good. You can easily spot the stronger units when reading codices or after play testing i.e I used Soul Grinders in my previous Chaos Daemon list (before current codex), but had no anti air, so switched them to Daemon Princes – this is just good list building and covering all bases to deal with a variety of threats. I also used to use Meganobz when I played Orks, lovely models, but they would get knocked out their ride and then easily instagibbed with meltas,
Onto the final leg of the Tau codex review now, if you missed it, the last part of the codex review was
We already knew they were coming but now GW has finally announced them. The new Tau models are available for pre-order on the GW website. The riptide looks awesome and the flyer is growing on me but I just can’t get on with the new commander model. He looks too scrawny and flimsy somehow. I can see what they were aiming for with him but I just don’t think they’ve pulled it off. I’ll be sticking to conversions from the standard XV8 kit I think. Here’s the FOC breakdown as it appears on the GW site. Bear in mind they sometimes get it wrong before release and that this doesn’t take into account things that can move slots.
In the spirit of Blog Wars I thought I’d cover the Special Characters in more detail and go over what they can offer to your army. Some are far better than others but with the exception of one they’re all pretty useful. Here goes: Azrael He’s a bit of an enigma really. At first you think he’s awesome because you can take both Deathwing and Ravenwing as troops for about half the number of points it’d cost to include Sammael and Belial for the same result. Then you start to write a list and realise that he doesn’t play well with others in that he can’t join either DW or RW. This means you need to spend points on a squad for him. Sure you can stick him in a tactical squad for cheapest but that’s somewhat wasting his abilities. Anyway, I’ll get back to that. For now let’s look at what he offers
Preferred Enemies – Warriors of Chaos – Skullcrushers of Khorne This installment of Preferred Enemies will deal with the Rare choice for the Warriors of Chaos army, the Skullcrushers of Khorne.
Well… Real Life(tm) has been kicking my butt recently – it’s been 60+ hours a week at work and that hasn’t left much time for the hobby. However, I did get a huge package in the mail – the first batch of stuff from the Dreamforge Games kickstarter arrived, and I snapped a few pics of the unboxing! I ended up ordering a pair of the Leviathan Crusaders, a Leviathan Mortis and a mess of weapon upgrades and whatnot. In the first shipment were the Crusaders, the left arm Vulcan cannons, the capacitor upgrades and the Excalibur alternate swords. Plenty to keep me busy until the Mortis and the other weapon arms show up a few months from now! I was impressed with the boxes, plenty of pretty pics and suggested build ideas! Opening the big box revealed that it’s all protected with foam, and I really appreciated the fact that they included a base for the monster as well – definitely a nice touch! The instruction manual is thorough and appears to be pretty comprehensive, it definitely set my mind at ease for when it comes time to build the beast! The sprues were all banded and stacked together and all the bits seemed free from warping (if only I could have said the same for the Sedition Wars models) and are all very crisp and well detailed. They use the same plastic sprue layout that the other Wargames Factory models utilize, but really seem better cast and more refined than the Shock Troop models I’ve been using for my Ad-Mech army. Definitely a step up in quality it seems! At the bottom of the box was a plastic tray that includes a number of bits and pieces that I assume are what separates the Crusader from the Mortis kit, and to my surprise the kit also utilizes metal screws in the construction and includes a little screwdriver as well. According to the instructions, it’s possible to build the kit such that it remains thoroughly articulated and posable, though my intention is to build it in a dynamic pose and glue it together for stability (which the instructions also suggests). As I mentioned, I ended up ordering a pair of Crusaders and a Mortis, but I think one of the Crusaders will be going up on the auction block at some point soon
After wrapping up my Cultists last week I figured I’d stick with troops for now on the painting front. I’ve had the other half of this squad painted for a while now and figured it was about time to get … Continue reading → The post Thor’s Workbench: WIP Chaos Marines appeared first on Creative Twilight .