2013 gaming review-what a year!

So 2013 draws to a close a it time to look back on what I got up to over year. I will try to pick out the bits that will have some thing to learn from, but it has been a great year in the hobby

1st quater-January to March

The year started badly with my loss to Norbert in the league final. It was last game with my marines in the league and after about 10 games he had finally worked them out. He deserved to win the trophy but 2013 would be my year (or not as it turned out).

It was around this time that I, with the support of the club, applied for a ‘play grant’ from our local council. Designed to promote club activity, this grant usually gets allocated to football clubs and other sports. This was the first time that any gaming club had asked for some money. We were awarded around £600.00 and we used this to grow our club. We purchased 2 realm of battle sets, lots of scenery and the 2 core sets. The idea is that if you turn up at our club, we will be able to teach you to play either core game. We held an event to paint the stuff up and had an open door painting session were 10 club members turned up help paint the boards.

New gameboards

New gameboards

Our clubs annual painting competition went well an I picked up 1st in the other section for my samurai guinea pig. I didn’t win the main prize, which was best in show, but simon trammer deservingly won for his ork storm boy. As Simon had organised the event, he refused to accept the prize of a battle force of his choosing. This was raffled off and I won! This gave me a necron battle force to add to my league army.

The rise of the Necron

I started using my necrons as my league force. This was a choice as the marines had dominated the league last year and I wanted to try something completely different.my test games had gone well, but I was not really prepared for how effective the soulless metal hulks would be. My basic list was 2x 12 warriors, a-barge, doomscythe, nightscythe, lord and cryptech. This left around 500 pts to experiment with. I tried deathmarks, C’tan, destroyed, scarabs and spiders over the year, but it was wraith and tesseract arc that really struck a cord. You’ll find lots of blogs about the necron over the year, have look.

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2nd quarter April-June

By now my necrons had a reputation and I was sitting pretty in the league. May saw my 40th birthday and I planned a trip to Warhammer world to spend my birthday money. A strange quirk of fate left me with £400.00 to spend, so I had my heart set on a warhound titian! After a lots of thought however, I changed my mind. Instead I went for the realm of battle and some forgeworld goodness. I added the tesseract arc, the fall of Orpheus and the necron citadel tile. It was great day with the family and it was such fun to spend big like that, I don’t normally get to spend that kind of money.

Painting wise I got loads done and I soon had a fully painted board, tesseract arc and a whole pile of Necrons.

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We also took a trip to Warhammer World for a game of Apocalypse.Using my orks and the Stompa, We had a blast and the ‘evil team’ of Me, Adam and Norbert got a clear victory over the imperial dogs (Matt, Lee and Jamie) the full blog is here

3rd quarter July-September

August saw our first kill team tournament. I had chosen my list using wraiths. Rather than just use normal wraith, I planned a new canoptek race, the shades. Made from converted wraith models, the shades went down well and I won the event. I did however lose one game to norbert for a second time! This was the first loss of the year and it would not be the last.

The 5 shades read for War!

The 5 shades read for War!

The tournament went well for the club and was our best event ever. I was luck enough to also win the best kill team at the event, voted for by the club members this did mean a lot to me.

League wise it was going well and I was leading the field for most of 2013.  I had a few close calls and the level of the games in 2013 was really high.  1500pts game I remained unbeaten all year.

By the end of september I started to plan my 2014 games and I decide to return to 2nd company Ultramarines, now reinforced with a Stormeagle. I started to tidy the force up and started to plan the new editions. the New codex out in Sept Helped me a lot and the force stared to take shape.

4th Quater October-December

The Last Quater of 2013 turned out to be great fun. Not only did I get to add a Fireraptor to the Ultamarines, but got to chat with Stuart Williamson, the Sculptor of this stunning Flyer

Finished Fireraptor

Finished Fireraptor

We meet while I was playing a great game against Lee and Norbert, my ally was Mark Bedford. it was a great game with Spacemarines winning against the alliance of the Dark eldar and the Imperial Guard. played on a Warhammer world scenic table this was one of the best games of 40K I have played. The Dark eldar advance was blunted, but they fought on, the Imperial Guard blazing away at Sternguard (75 las shots Vs 5 Sternguard, and the Sgt Survived!) Heroic Archorns taking on and killing 6 terminators, and the Centurions dying in the 1st turn, this game had it all!

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After game we made the Mistake of heading up to the Hall of Miniatures and on the left by the door are 2 Thunderhawks, I was blown away by them but at £400.00 I was never going to get one.  Forward-wind 2 weeks and I’d sold my orks for over £400.00 and you know What ended up with right? Project Gladius in next years big project so watch out for this, probably in Feb?

League wise, I lost 1 game all year, but due to the Game mechanics, I ended the outside the top 3. work meant I had to pull out of the wildcard stakes and the league decider is next week.  Our 40K league this year has been great and while I didn’t win, I don’t think I’d want to change anything. the games were fun, the players, while competitive, have been great opponents. No cookie cutter lists, not underhanded shenanigans and no bad blood. defeats were taken well and victories not rubbed in. I can’t wait for the new league!

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here is the last remaining humans lined up against all the remaining Necrons.

here is the last remaining humans lined up against all the remaining Necrons.

Painting wise 2013 has been great. with 3 ‘Big’ Forgeworld kits and loads of great models painted, I am proudest of my Board. I FINALLY have a fully painted and usable board with full painted and Usable scenery! it may not the thing I have painted, but Its the most useful. 2014 will see it getting a lot of use and the Ultramarines will be on campaign against the Imperial guard of Lee early in the new year.

So that was 2013! what great year with a great bunch of War gamers! 2014 is already looking like it will be better! The Games night will be more crowded, the Leagues will be tighter fought and I am sure we as a club will get to Warhammer world at some point! Killteam 2014 will have the new rules to use, and I hope we get some Apocalypse games in to.  The New Ultramarine list is taking shape, With more flyers, dreads and centurions on the way.  the Outlanders Open is only 6 days away and the new Leauge is 2 weeks off. 2014 is gonna be great!

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Till then, see you all across the battle table.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday update 29/12/13

Wow, last update if 2013! What a year, but more of that later.

Last week, due largely to christmas I have gone totally off project! Still I have got lots done.

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For christmas I got lots of scenery and I have been assembling this lot and painting bits of it up. So far I have finish the statue and wrecked Aquila from the honoured imperium kits and made a start on the battle scape kit. I have also finished the crashed Aquila lander I stared ages ago.

Finished Statue

My scenery collection is starting to take shape not. My realm of battle board is supposed to look like an alien waste land and the scenery I have for it works well in this environment. The battle scape in particular adds to this other world feel. I would like to add more Los blocking stuff, but I need it to fit. I am tempted to add a few citadel woods painted in weird alien colours.

Aquila Finished

Model wise I finished the first centurion and assembled the other 2. I will try to finish a 2nd one next week, but this scenery bug has got me bad.

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I will try to post a retrospective of the year next week to. Until then, thanks for read my ramblings over the year. I may also have game club news to share as well next week.

As always, see across the battlefield!

Unboxing the Macro Cannon

I have been given a Aquila Strongpoint  as a Christmas gift from my wife. she is very good at feeding my Plastic Crack habit and she puts up with my hobby like a stoic trooper.

the Opened Box

The Wall of Martyr kits are a break away from the normal GW work and they a a quick way to add loads of scenery into your battles. with the addition of the Strong hold assault book you can now add these to your regular games as part of your army. the ‘Aqulia Macro Cannon’ is the biggest of the kits and is HUGE! When I opened the box I was surprised by the contents and this is a real departure for GW. In fact it reminded more of a Forgeworld kit. you get 2 large bits, the Turret and the main building and 4 zip lock bags each containing a number of large parts. for a kit of this size it only has 56 part! it is worth noting that unlike normal kits you can make it in both versions (the turret sits over the Missiles) but you don’t get any other options! You can upgrade it by adding up to 4 heavy bolters, but you don’t get these in the kit which is a little disappointing.  the only decision is to add the steps or not. With the steps in place its a stand alone model. Without them, you can fit it into the WoM stuff. I have chosen the first option.  largely as I want to use it as an objective in games and thus the stand alone  option works so much better for me.  Also in the box are the Rules for both Layouts which is a departure for GW. Give away the Rules?  Its a nice touch I thought.

Main elements

the model is less assembled and more ‘clad’ in the external parts. The Wall has blank sides and you stick the panels onto this. you then add the Buttress and doors.  Sadly 2 of the antenna had broken on the Buttress, but this will be an easy fix.

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The turret and main gun are assembled separately and fit on the top with now glue required. this allows for the turret to be moved or removed to expose the 7 missiles below, converting it in to a Vortex Missile Silo.

Turret Bits

To paint this will be a challenge. Its hard to break it down to smaller than 2 big bits and it will a big thing to try to hold while painting. I am relishing this challenge and I can’t wait to make a start. Prep wise, the mould lines are virtually non exisitant and it took me about 45 Mins to Prep this for assembly.  Compare that to the Stompa, a similar sized model, which took a week of prep alone!

Side plates

All in all, I would say this is a good kit.  Fast to assemble, but challenging to paint. In games It will be a scenery piece more than a part of any army, but we have a few Apoc games planned for 2014, so it will get to fire in anger. With my Thunderhawk, it will be great to roll out 2 Super heavies!

 

 

 

 

The even bigger build up

Hi and a merry Christmas to you all.

This year my family have been extra kind and my painting stack has substantially increased. The ‘To paint pile‘ now includes:

Aquila macro cannon
This model is huge! Even if if not being used it will make a great centre piece for any battle. For a plastic kit, the parts don’t come on the sprue. You get possibly the largest single plastic piece you will ever see (the main body of the building is one piece!) and 3 zip lock bags of fairly large bits.

I can see some great mission being fought over this fortification. You just see kill team missions to recreate films like the ‘guns of naveron’ where a stealth team try to destroy the gun.

Imperial entrenchment
The wonderful @ratinbun bought me an imperial entrenchment from forgeworld. I had not really considered this model much before, but getting it in my hands I can see I was wrong. It is stunning and will be so much fun to paint. I feel some what that lee, an avid imperial guard player was thinking about his army using this item in our regular games and I can see his colossus parked behind the sand bag walls. However, like the macro cannon, it could be used as a great objective to seize. I am really grateful to him for this wonderful gift.

Wall of martyrs imperial defence emplacement
This added to my current collection of Wall of martyrs models. I have 2 bunkers, 1 set of trenches and a set of emplacement. These kits have a strange effect on me. The sculpting is poor by gw standards and I should hate them, but I love them. They are fun to paint and work well on the table.

The second emplacement kit is great as it adds symmetry to the collection. ( not that I a bit OCD or anything!) it also means I can make a much bigger entrancement.

Battlescape
This is odd kit. Made up of a wrecked rhino, some dead trees and 2 craters, this will add some difficult terrain that also blocks line of sight. Again it’s a great objective for my games and with my scouts and centurions having ‘move through cover’ it makes for an interesting addition to my scenery collection.

Honoured Imperium
This pack of 3 imperial scenery pieces is a great, if somewhat ecleptic mix. You get the wrecked Aquila, a bit of broken building and the big space marine statue. I have wanted this for ages and I have already built and painted the statue. I was such fun to paint and weather it in. I can’t wait to crack on with the rest of kit. The Aquila is huge and will look great along side my crashed lander. The building part seems a bit random, but it’s a nice bit of cover to paint up. While it doesn’t fit my current collection, I hope to add a lot more wrecked buildings soon, so it’s a great addition to my wrecked city scape.

Space marine captain
I took part in the 2013 warmonger secret Santa and someone has sent me a finecast space marine captain. It’s the master of the relics with the servo skull and combi plasma. Not a model I would have chosen, but it looks a challenge to paint an I needed an additional model for space marine supreme hq for apocalypse games.

Vouchers/cash
As well as the fantastic gifts I have a bit of money and vouchers. These will be invested into more marines and I am focusing on getting my battle company finished. I will add a devastator squad and a tactical squad along side a new dreadnought. I am thinking of adding an ironclad dread as it works well with the centurions with a few modelling nods to each other (siege drills and flamers) and with the addition of the stormraven they are a Death Star unit in the making.

As I have the combat squad from the battle force I can make the devs a 10 man squad. Taking the missile from the new tactical squad I will go for 2 launches and 2 plasma cannons. Mainly because I have 2 lass and 2 heavy bolters in the other dev squad. I will put a las-cannon into the 6th tactical squad. The dev sgt will get the fantastic power weapon arm from the sternguard kit. The iron clad will be armed with dread close combat arm and the seismic hammer. 2 heavy flamers will round off this unit.

So that’s the painting stack. It will take me months to get through this lot, so the bank balance can breath easier. The only thing I need to buy, apart from the forgeworld terminator shoulder pads is black spray. Lots and lots of black spray.

Till then, have a great new year and I hope 2014 bring you much luck (and new tyranids, imperial guard, space wolves, Orks and possibly new blood angles)

Sunday update 21/12/13

Ok, so my plan for the week did not go so well. I had planned to finish the Sternguard and then complete the bases on them and the Scouts with Shotguns.

Sternguard

Part one started well and the Squad is finished ( apart from the bases) part two just didn’t happen. Why? well to be honest, the temptation of the Centurions finally got to me! I have assembled all 3 and made a good start on the 1st Cent.

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I have gone for the Assault variant, something my army lacks is a dedicated assault squad with some real impact and these fit the bill quite well. The bonus is that as they are Elite, they don’t reduce the number of Flyers I can take. (all the SM flyers are either FA or HS choices)

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Weapon wise I feel the 3x twin linked flamers and 3 hurricane bolters will make mince meet on any horde units while the the s9 AP Siege drills will make a real mess of anything bigger. Hitting at I4 they can make a hole in most of the bigger ‘nid, with the exception of the Tyrant.  as they have Armourbane they will goo through most tanks as well.

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So how to use them? I have seen the weakness of these marines. they don’t mix well with AP2 weapons! You need to get in close and fast. if your walking them, your losing them. I plan to use a Raven. 3 of them (3 Very bulky models= 9 capacity) will rush in. supported by the Sternguard as detailed last week and they job should get done.  simple. (well, that’s the Idea)

Model wise I love this kit. they are easy to assemble with some large parts, but you can make some sub assembly for ease of painting. pose wise, you get what’s on the box.  To add movement will mean a major conversion, and I can’t be bothered. I like the pose and as i am not going to add to many of these, this is not a problem.

Sunday update 15/12/13

Sternguard squadWork has kept me very busy this week and next week is not looking so hot either. How ever I did get some of the work done. My target was to get the blue done on the 5 basic terms and the 5 sternguard. I did manage to get the base coat airbrushed on an started to layer up the first of the sternguard.

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For the loin cloth I decide to keep them black, rather than the normal white or cream for to reasons, the first is this was an idea that they mourn the deaths they are about to bring and the other, more practical one, was I can use the forgeworld transfers on them to avoid having to paint the icons. This turned out ok and add a nice level of detail.

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This turned out really well and I got so into the paint job I didn’t stop there. By Tuesday the first sternguard was done and the stared. Forward wind to today and 4 are done, inc the sgt!

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I had planned to blog about the sternguard kit at a later date, but long and short of it is

This kit is awesome!

You get so much stuff! To make 5 warriors, You get 6 chest fronts, 5 bolters, 8 combi, 2 stormbolters, 1 each of every special weapon, 2 heavy weapons, loads of heads, plasma, bolt and grav pistols, awesome power fist, the uber cool power weapon arm and 15 really nice shoulder pads. I will be using these bits for years to come, just from these 2 kits alone! The main thing missing was a decent back banner, but hey, you can’t have every thing you want.

Cost wise I was really impresses with sheer volume of stuff you get for your money. and It is some of best sculpting I have seen for a while.

Last week I said I would build them all with a bolter of some form. Game wise this is best for me, but I can’t help but love the heavy flamer in the kit, so when I build the next box, I may have to go off plan.

Next week the plan is just to finish the first 5 sternguard and base them and last weeks scouts up. I am going away for 3 days at the end of week so this will be a challenge to get them done. As Christmas is coming it going to be difficult to get it all done, but hey, christmas is coming and that usually means new shiney and the odd gw voucher!

I also managed to sort the #warmongersecretsanta out that I accidentally sent to France. I love the idea of the warmonger secret Santa and a massive thanks to phil at the the shell case forum for his great work. Its people like him and dr Bungle that make the warmongers on twitter such a great group. (And the many other great war gamers. It would take me ages to mention them all. )

Till next week, I see will you across the battle table.

Project Gladius 2nd company Thunderhawk

So I am starting to plan for my Thunderhawk. Its currently in a box on the shelf while I panic about the build. Its fair to say that this is not a project for the faint hearted.  Its a massive kit with some huge parts but still has some fine detailed parts and crew. The mould is old now and the quality,  while still good, has had the odd  issue.  The instructions are basic and it has no parts list. The “glass” is a peice of flat thin clear plasticard and you don’t have a mounting point for the stand, which you also don’t get.

Now it would easy to turn this blog in to a whinge.  Easy to complain about  a £400.00 for kit the lacks a stand, parts list…..! But I knew all this before I bought it. I wanted a challenge and at the end will be a fantastic peice.

That is what I hope this blog will show you, My trails and tribulations building and then painting this iconic flyer. I want rhe challenge, I want to break our the power power tools and above all I want to really enjoy this project.

So how to approach this epic task? I think I need to break it up. I have found some great blogs on the task and researched the best way to approach this leviathan. I will therfore try to do it in the following order.

-Write a Parts list!
-Check and clean the full kit.
-Prep the core body and super structure.  This will include the flaps and ailerons.  All the work to mag up the frame will be done at this stage. I want to be able to remove the top to expose the crew. I will dry fit the core of the kit at this stage.
-Drill out the major parys for pinning, mainly the wings and main gun
-Assemble and paint the flight deck. (Inc crew)
-Assemble and paint interal main body
-Prep and assamble ancillary items. (Weapons,  landing gear,  air breaks.)
-External weathering
-Make a stand (possibly 2 for display-I need to angle it into the display cabinet)

Well that seems alot! I think it will need to be broken down.

I think I will do it in small stages and paint other bits in between. I will try to blog each stage as we go. Here are the links to the awesome blogs that I have been reading.

http://taleofpainters.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/thunderhawk-project-overview.html

http://19thlegion.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/lessons-learned-building-forgeworld.html

Till then, see you access the battle table!

[Infinity] Initial thoughts on Tohaa & Completed Army Pics!

Looks awesome.

Miniature armies, huge time sink.

I went with Tohaa as my first (and quite possibly only) Infinity force. Aesthetically, they hit all the right buttons. I haven’t come across a model I don’t like yet, which is a rarity as even though I love my Menoth, there are still models I don’t really care for in that regard (same goes for every faction in WM/H actually). So A+ there.

Playstyle-wise, so far the Tohaa seem a bit horde-ish to me as many lists I build have more than 10 models (conversely, the Haqqislam list I was initially going with was just 8 models if I remember correctly). You can make lists with less by using more Symbiote Armor (again awesome) troops or taking heavier weapon loadouts however.

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The best possible defence

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My playing style is fairly aggressive when it comes to Warhammer 40,000. I play an assertive game and the sternguard units fit my playing style. And that’s what this post is about. Currently I have the 5 sternguard from the old metal box set. Armed with 5 bolters, one of which is a combi-melta. The sgt has a power fist, that is less than useful.

Now, the emperors finest should never be considered as disposable, that’s how I currently use my 5 sternguard. I drop them behind the enemy lines in a drop pod turn 1 and kill any AA unit. They usually die by turn 3, but in that time my opponents will have turned his lines. In the meantime, my main event, the flyers, arrive to kill the opposition. By the time the sternguard fall, it’s to late and the game is mine. Now, that’s how I use a combat squad, but now I have 10 of new plastic SG, I have to find a new use. I think I will start off with using them the same way and see how it goes.

This leads me to the armaments. Now, you have so many options and the new kits have most of them included. Now I have a simple plan . The ‘main event’ of the stern guard is the special ammo. Anything that takes them away is a waste of points. I don’t use any special or heavy weapons, but I do like my combi weapons. I keep them to a minimum as, like I said earlier, are disposable, so I have to keep the points low. I am going to build them with 4 combi options. 2 with flamers, 2 with melta. This adds 20 pts to the total. The sgt for the same reason only get a power weapon.

So here is my list.

SternGuard List (Ultramarines) 285 points

10 Sternguard Veterans (250)
WS4·BS4·S4·T4·W1·I4·A2·Ld9·Sv3+
2× combi-flamer; 2× combi-melta; power armour; boltgun; bolt pistol; special issue ammunition; frag grenades; krak grenades. And They Shall Know No Fear; Combat Squads; Chapter Tactics (ultramarines).

Space Marine Sergeant
WS4·BS4·S4·T4·W1·I4·A2·Ld9·Sv3+
power armour; special issue ammunition; frag grenades; krak grenades; power weapon; boltgun. And They Shall Know No Fear; Combat Squads; Combat Tactics.

• Drop Pod (35) BS4·FA12·SA12·RA12·HP3
storm bolter. Vehicle (open-topped); Transport Capacity: 10 models or 1 Dreadnought or 1 Thunderfire Cannon; Inertial Guidance System; Immobile; Drop Pod Assault.

So thats the Plan, I like to keep it simple and cheap. there are other places to sink the Points, usaly, from Forgeworld!

 

I let you know how they get on.

till later, see yo across the battle table.

Sunday update 08-12-13

The big build is well under way, here is quick update on the progress!

Scouts with shotguns are done! (Ok, the bases need to be finished)

Regular terminators are built, based and undercoated. I am not 100% sure about the posses! but they will stand out from the crowd.

Assault terminators, 5 are built but I have decided to add forgeworld shoulder pads, so they will have to wait to get painted.

Terminator librarian built, based and undercoated. Again I wanted a forgeworld pad, but I bought 1 on eBay. The delivery was really quick, so it’s all sorted!

Sternguard, assembled, based and undercoated, these will be the next squad to get painted.

Tactical squad 4 I have assembled the 1st 4 and the next one will be done this week.

Ok, so that’s the update for this week. Next weeks goal, real life allowing, is to get blue coat finished on the sternguard and the regular terminators done. Well that’s the plan. The centurions are very tempting to build, I must resist and try to focus on painting this week.

Till then, see you across the battle table.