Sunday review 270414, way late again!

Had another great week in wargaming. A few bits got painted and had a stunning game at club. Also got to play an intro game to 2 people new to this hobby.

Painting
As you may know my painting stack is oversized for me and I am working hard to reduce it! This weeks project has been to finish the sternguard squad and finally have a full 10 man squad. After they are done, it’s going to be tactical 4. Tac4 is a cool looking squad, all converted with a leg swap, the are all running. (I used a mix of assault legs and vanguard legs. They are armed to be a relatively cheap tac squad, but I changed my mind on the special weapon and gave them a grav gun.

The sternguard that need to be done are a mix of combi weapons and a bolter. I am still not 100% happy with the white, but this is we’ll known for being a pain! I want to prefect this before I paint my next term squad, The converted/kit bashed assault terms. I aim to finish these sternguard be Tuesday and move on to the project. I really want to clear the painting Stack as I don’t want to buy any more models till I have halved the current stock pile.

Gaming
Wow, what a league game on Thursday! I was taking on a black Templar army, 1500 pts, using my ultramarines. The game was played dawn of war for the relic.

My list was written to include 2 newish units that I wanted to try out, the knight (errant) and the Lascannon toting stormraven. My basic list

Captian in artificer armour with a power sword
6 sternguard
2 tactical ( 10 man squads, both with missile launchers w/flakk, 1 with a flamer, 1 grav)
2 talons with sky hammer
Raven w/Lascannon and melta
Knight errant

The Templar list from memory
Captain on bike with thunder hammer and storm shield,
5 sternguard in a pod. 2 melta combi, grav combi, in a drop pod.
4 5 man tactical with plasma guns
Raven w/Lascannon, melta and hurricane bolters
5 bikes
Stalker
Techmarine and thunderfire cannon

The game was a relaxed, fun game with lots new stuff getting it’s first airing. The thunderfire was new to dan, my opponent and we got a bit turned around on the rules to start with. However, it was fun to see this model getting used, long and short of this is that yes, I want 1! It proved quite useful. Dan also used a deathwind launcher on the pod and again this proved very useful. The s5 large blast dis whittle a combat squad down.

The big star of the game should have been the knight and to be fair, it stomped across the table, on the right hand flank, leaving broken bodies from the enemy strewn all over the place, but it was the raven/talon mix that won it for me. The delivery of the sternguard and captain on to the relic, killing 2 tactical squads in the process claimed the vp’s to win the game.

We had 2 great moments in this fun game. 1st up was the brave techmarine surviving 2 turns if combat with the knight, tying it up for one of my movement turns. And the death of his badly mauled raven. Thought the game he dodged about 7 penetrating hits, passing his jink saves, by the end of turn 3 it had taken 2 glancing blows, one from a grav (thus locking it’s vector). In turn 4 the multi melta from the raven finally took it out, immobilising it yet again, this took off the last hull point and the stricken transport plummeted to earth. see rolled for distance and direction and the resultant impact just caught the wounded black Templar captain, who promptly failled his 3++ save, killing him! the raven and the 5 marines still stuck inside the flyer! Not bad for a single melta shot? The game ended in a 5-0 victory for the ultramarines and I only lost a fair few tactical marines. The fliers and knight all survived virtually un scratched, the knight having lost a single hull point.

I was asked to give a demo game to 2 potential new club members and it was great fun to share this hobby that I love so much with new people. It took me back to the days when I worked at gw leamington and my role As a red shirt, playing intro games. I used really enjoy this part of the job and we didn’t have the pressures that they seem to heap on the staff these days.

Well, that’s me for the week. Next week should see some new tactical marines getting some paint. I am not at club, so no games but I might get plenty of painting done. Let’s see if I can get a whole combat squad done!

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League update

It’s been a while since I have blogged, largely to working on the house and a big painting project. I thought I’d just share a quick catch up with up on my league standing at the rugby outlanders club. I have had league 4 games and a Forfeit over the last month or so. I have used a similar list in all the games, tweaking it a tad. It has meet with varying degrees of success but on the whole it works well. Against marines however it’s brutal to the point of hate, so I am not that popular with some at the mo. I think my list has sparked one of the longest threads on our fb page in long while. The culprit of the hate? The tesseract ark!

My list (core)
My basic plan is fairly similar each game. A tight core of warriors, skimmers and destroyers, with wraith acting as lone attacker. My twin scythes, one of each pair up and rush ahead. The night scythe dumping 12 warriors and The Lord into the opponents battle lines. This plan works for me, but it’s not with out risks. The wraith tend to die and I need to plan better with these.

Game 1
This was a game against a dark eldar force with pesky eldar allies. Played against a brilliant player, norbert, it was a fast game, but he played it well. He controls his forces well. His planning was his usually great approach. He planed was support his regular troops with the allies including 3 walkers. For this game I left the ark at home using the canoptek spider and some scarab bases. Added to this was a big squad of deathmarks. This added up to around 250pts of my 1500pt force, around the same cost as the ark. The game was a fast pasted affair. My normal approach worked well, but the ageis line killed my doomscythe. The fast pace nature should have doomed my Necrons and in a longer game I’d have been dead and his farseer took a terrible toll on my warriors.

The end result was a win, but only on vp, the table was a lot closer. It was this near miss that made me think about using the ark in more games. The variety of the main weapon would have helped me a lot in his game. The senseless death of the canoptek elements of the force for very little led me to make a clear decision as to what I should drop.

Game 2
Against black Templars and my first game against a newer club member. He went for a troop heavy force and I choose to take the tesseract ark as the core of my force. the forgeworld heavy tank is a major threat to marine forces, but he was not aware of how much of a mess it will make of his plans.

For a 1500pts My force was lord, cryptek, 2×12 warriors, tesseract ark, a-barge, night scythe, doomscythe, 4 destroyers and 5 wraith. This is now my core army and it’s affective. It’s a real fast paced force that does real damage early on, however it’s fragile.

He took a big block of troops and in the first couple of turns I broke the back of the force. The ark killed a large chunk of the force and the fliers took a good chunk too. The building death toil started the hate for the ark, but it was game 3 that built it to its current status.

The 4 turn tabling of the Templars was an easy win. The game was still fun. The solar flare setting on the singularity chamber (range 48″, S7, ap2, heavy 3) is a real marine killer. Again my fast paced approach to the game and the tight packing of the marines lead to the inevitable win.

Game 3
Vs space wolves. I thought I was royally screwed on this one. A 1500 pts drop pod army, hammering in to my close combat phobic necrons. I was doomed. While i had the first turn with nothing to shoot at, he got to fire first. The first shot of the game killed the normally impervious A-barge and I had the sinking feeling of a one sided massacre. Then the ark spoke. It kill 10 wolves and a drop pod in turn 2. The arrival of the fliers also killed a few more, including most of the wolf guard. His army looked beat up before the fight really started. Turns 3 and I lost the odd warrior. In return he lost the rest of his troops. He lost the last of his pod at start of turn 4 to the ark, leaving it with a kill total around a whooping 50% of this army falling to the power of captured star.

This lead to a lengthy debate on the club Facebook page the next day. The ark being the focus of the debate and to be fair it had killed around 1000pts in 2 games. In 1500 pt games that is a huge impact.

Game 4
Against tyranids. This game is alway hard for necrons and my opponent is a great player with the ‘nids. It was going to be interesting to see how the ark managed vs the hordes, but he choose a monstrous creature list and it turned into a doozy of a game. It was close in the end and the ark had a much smaller impact.

This game however saw the death of the ark for the first time since I started using it. The death however did take the carnfex that killed it. The explosion of the chamber causing the last wound in the hulking beast. The game was very cinematic like that and it was great game.

We thought it was a draw, but after checking game scoring, I had won by 1 point! It was very close and it was the death on his spore pod that cost him. (Worth 1 vp in purge the alien)

Parting shots

So what did these 4 games teach me?

1-I really hate the allies rules. I make all armies bland. “Got a racial weakness in force? Not a worry just borrow something to fix it rather than learn how work around it.” I did use allis last year, but I found that picking that only thing to fill a gap left me with out a complete knowledge of my force. I paid for that in last years final. I have not used any allies this year and I feel I know my necron a lot better as a result. (Ok, so I am grumpy about allies, but only because I am grumpy old git)

2-the ark is a fearsome bit if kit. The cost is high(250pts) and the risk is high (with the shields it’s av12 open topped) but it is a tough old sod until its shields fail. The solar flare setting, which has the same stats as the plasma executioner on the leman Russ tank, is a very effective way to kill space marines. Especially if they stand nice and close together. The wolves in particular made this mistake. They did not plan the ark and they failed to use the cover provided by their pods. They died where they deployed.

3-the use of forge world stuff is a lot of fun, but they do tend to lean towards the heavier end of the broken spectrum, use with caution to avoid alienation.

4-fear the new nid codex!they get a lot of stick a the mo, but good help us when they get aa and yet bigger beasts! The push for cheap troops will see more nids on the table each game! Nids vs necron is always going to be fun.

So how’s the league looking? Well, the view from top is always nice, but the competition is high this year and the 2 close calls make life difficult for me. I will be near the top at the end, but I am not confident yet of being in the final game in January, but if am, the ark won’t be far behind. (Insert evil laugh here)