Meeting the great deavourer-first game vs the new nid codex

This weeks club game will be against a young tyranid player. I am using my ultramarines and I hope to learn something about the new codex while teaching the new guy about the game.

When planning a new list, I usually start with a plan of what I want to do. I then build this up to a full list. For this game, however, it’s just about taking new stuff. So here is my new list.

HQ
Space Marine Captain (140) WS6·BS5·S4·T4·W3·I5·A3·Ld10·Sv3+
Iron Halo; artificer armour; frag grenades; krak grenades; melee/ranged weapons (power weapon; storm sheild); special issue equipment. And They Shall Know No Fear; Chapter Tactics (ultramarines); Independent Character.

Elites
3 Centurion Assault Squad (200) WS4·BS4·S5·T5·W2·I4·A1·Ld8·Sv2+
two siege drills; 3× hurricane bolters; 3× Twin Linked flamers. Relentless, Chapter Tactics (ultramarines), And They Shall Know No Fear, Move Through Cover.
centurion sergeant WS4·BS4·S5·T5·W2·I4·A1·Ld8·Sv2+
omniscope.

5 Sternguard Veterans (145) WS4·BS4·S4·T4·W1·I4·A2·Ld9·Sv3+
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 fist; boltgun. And They Shall Know No Fear; Combat Squads; Combat Tactics.

6 Sternguard Veterans (169) WS4·BS4·S4·T4·W1·I4·A2·Ld9·Sv3+
combi-melta; power armour; boltgun; bolt pistol; special issue ammunition; frag grenades; krak grenades; special/ heavy weapons list (Heavy flamer). 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 Mk 2 (35) BS4·FA12·SA12·RA12·HP3
storm bolter. Vehicle (open-topped); Transport Capacity: 12 models or 1 Dreadnought or 1 Thunderfire Cannon; Inertial Guidance System; Immobile; Drop Pod Assault.

Troops
10 Tactical Marines (185) WS4·BS4·S4·T4·W1·I4·A1·Ld8·Sv3+
power armour; boltguns; bolt pistols; frag grenades; krak grenades; Missile launcher; Flamer. And They Shall Know No Fear; Combat Squads; Chapter Tactics (ultramarines).
Veteran space marine sergeant WS4·BS4·S4·T4·I4·W1·A2·ld9·Sv3+
power weapon; bolt pistol.

10 Tactical Marines (170) WS4·BS4·S4·T4·W1·I4·A1·Ld8·Sv3+
power armour; boltguns; bolt pistols; frag grenades; krak grenades; multi melta; Flamer. And They Shall Know No Fear; Combat Squads; Chapter Tactics (ultramarines).
Space Marine Sergeant WS4·BS4·S4·T4·W1·I4·A1.Ld9·Sv3+
bolt pistol; power weapon; power armour; frag grenades; krak grenades. And They Shall Know No Fear; Combat Squads; Combat Tactics.

Fast Attack 250
Stormtalon Gunship (125) BS4·FA11·SA11·RA11·HP2
twin-linked assault cannon; Skyhammer missile launcher; ceramite plating. Vehicle (flyer); Aerial Assault; Escort Craft; Hover Strike; Supersonic.

Stormtalon Gunship (125) BS4·FA11·SA11·RA11·HP2
twin-linked assault cannon; Skyhammer missile launcher; ceramite plating. Vehicle (flyer); Aerial Assault; Escort Craft; Hover Strike; Supersonic.

Heavy Support
10 Devastators (205) WS4·BS4·S4·T4·W1·I4·A1·Ld8·Sv3+
power armour; boltguns; bolt pistols; frag grenades; krak grenades; heavy weapons list (2× heavy bolter; 2× las cannon). And They Shall Know No Fear; Combat Squads; Chapter Tactics (ultramarines).
Space Marine Sergeant WS4·BS4·S4·T4·W1·I4·A1.Ld9·Sv3+
storm bolter; chainsword; power armour; frag grenades; krak grenades. And They Shall Know No Fear; Combat Squads; Combat Tactics.

The big thing for this game are the centurions. I have not yet used these and it hard to find a positive blog about the assault variant. The Gav/amp lay out is popular, but I loved the look of the siege drills. As they are walking, I am not expecting much. The plan for these in the full list is to deploy them in a raven with an ironclad dread. The assault variant of these is a short ranged beast and foot slogging into a tyranid horde is not going to be fun. The sternguard will be an effective couple of units, again this is just to try them out. My big hitters in the list is are the 2 flyers. I love the storm talons, no only they are a great unit, but nids suffer from a chronic lack of AA. I hope they will continue their winning ways and I am sure they will take out any flying tyrant. The big uncertainty for me is the deavastator squad. I have never had much luck with these. I hope they can bag themselves a big beastly! The mixed layout of 2 lc and 2 HB gives me a clear devise for the combat squading. One will go for the big stuff, the squad will go for horde elements. With the deavastator doctrine I look forward to moving and firing! I never used this doctrine yet, so let’s see how it goes.

That’s the plan. It’s a low pressure game with a young gamer. I hope to impart to him a sense of what a good game of 40k is like, but I really don’t know what he will bring, what his style or game knowledge is like. So, I can’t say how this one will go!

I am sure ill blog out the game result and what I learn, but until then, see you across the battle table.

The big build up.

Ok, I will admit it. I may have a problem. They do say that admitting it is a start, right? In the last few months I have spent some serious money on my ultramarines. I now have a massive task ahead and it’s actually starting to stress me out. I have a simple rule for gaming. “If it’s not painted, it’s not used” I am not a ‘painting nazi’ (a phrase I hate btw) I don’t mind my opponent using unpainted or proxies, it is just I don’t like using unpainted stuff. I play wysiwyg every time and this drives my painting.

Now my problem is such a first world problem. I have over bought and now my painting stack is huge! I need to organise this lot and get some games in. I am expanding the ultramarines and working on my table/scenery as well. i am not a rich man and my local government paycheck does not allow for major purchases on a regular basis, I have been busy on eBay. I have sold lots and I have inherited a bit and my wife let me buy some bits with this as well. Using http://www.giftsforgeeks.co.uk I saved some cash that I re invested. Suddenly I had loads built up to build and paint. Of late I have added a fireraptor and some wall of martyrs bits. So here is the list and the reasoning.

Wall of martyrs-trenches.
I have 2 bunkers and the encampment already. So I have added the trenches and the will also fit into my christmas list. I have the family for more scenery and the BIG macro cannon kit.

Terminators
My force already has 6 ‘regular’ terminators. So I have added 15 more. 15 you say I hear you say? Yep, 15. I have bought 10 deathwing knights (2 boxes) and a box of assault terminators. The plan is to add 10 assault terminators, made in the robed bodies of the DW knights. 5 of each weapons option. The stormbolters from the kit also included will be used to make 4 terminators to round off the original squad to 10. The last set of bits will be a terminator librarian.

Sternguard
I love the new sternguard kit so I had to add a full squad. Armed with bolters and the odd combi, but no heavies. The sgt will be armed with a gladius and a mk4 helm, he will scream ultramarine veteran.

Scouts and land speeder storm.
I have added a battle force and this comes with 5 scouts. I have made these with shotguns and added a ls storm to the mix as well.

Tactical squad 4.
I have sold my old tactical squad 4 that were the old AOBR tacticals. A great intro kit but I wanted more. The new squad, from the battle force box will use strenguard bits and I will get some running legs as well to give the different look. The test pieces look great. Armament wise I think heavy bolter and grav gun will work and compliment the current squads well. The sgt will be a vet and have a chainsword. This will give me a cheap sgt to add when facing hordes.

Assault squad/devastator squad.
The 5 man squad will firm the start for the 2nd assault squad for my battle company. I need to arm these with plasma pistols and the sgt will get a power weapon. The last 5 marines in the battle force will be the bubble wrap for my 2nd devastator squad.

Stormraven
I love fliers. They suit my style and they look great. They added the raven to full list this time round and I had to add on. This will be armed with las cannons and it will add some anti armour to my force. Of course all good transports need a cargo.

Centurions
I have a box of 3 centurions. I know the current trend is for the grav build, but I want assault cents. The hurricane bolters and flamers will make a mess of hordes and the siege drills will kill any tank. If only I had some form of taxi for these slow moving beasts.

Thunderhawk
I did say I have sold a lot. A few weeks ago I visited Warhammer world and while looking in the hall of miniatures I looked at the 2 monster flyers in the cabinet. That night I made the decision to sell my whole ork force to get one. It’s with great personal pleasure that I have one in the ‘stack’ ready to go. This is a monster kit. The mould is over 10 years old and it has a reputation for being a bugger. But what a challenge! I will not start this until next year. But I will do a daily blog once I start.

So that’s the list. As I said I know I have a problem. I have spent a lot of money. I have a lot of work and at the end of whole project, I will have one hell of a force. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, doing something about it is the second.

I will endeavour to post as I go. First up, the scouts. I have already started these and 2 are done. Full photo blog soon.