Saturday, 16 January 2021

Stompy and ghosty!

More God Engines 

Bloggers Pooch, Scotty and I got together and played a game of Adeptus Titanicus. Pooch dug up a narrative scenario in which Scotty and I would join our Traitor Legions and refight the Legio Mortis landing on Beta Garmon. This was an asymmetric scenario in which the Warp Runners (Pooch's actual Legio) bunkered up, let the Legio Mortis land and then tried to destroy them on the landing grounds. 

Sadly the light wasn't great for photos and most of them didn't quite have enough light to look good. But a couple came out!  Check out Scotty's new Damnicium titan scheme - his bone panels are amazing. He's got plans to do more work from here, but he's starting in an awesome place!

The attacker's left flank

The Warp Runner's defence

Scotty and I bought two 1000 point maniples, mine a Legio Vulpa Jannissary with 3 Reavers and Scotty's a Legio Damnicium Ferrox maniple with a Reaver and 3 Warhounds. We took on Pooch's 1500 point Mandatum maniple with a Warlord and 3 Warhounds, with an attached Reaver.

This was a game of swingy dice - Pooch should have dropped one of my Reavers in turn one with the combined fire of his Warlord and Reaver and somehow he did not. Scotty and I spent two turns trying to bring the Warlord down and failed. Mercifully Pooch singularly failed to make a single successful repair roll or command check for the Warlord and eventually one of Scotty's Warhounds hit him in the back with a Plasma Blastgun.

 I had a perfect shot at a charge on Pooch's Reaver, failed the command check, and engaged it anyway. That Reaver then called a shot on my chainfist and promptly shot it off, detonating it. It's followup fire basically blew a hole straight through the centre of the attacking titan! I managed one very very powerful headbutt before a Warhound blew out my reactor. I did get revenge putting a Reaver powerfist right through a Warhound though! 

In the end, it was 50VPs to 30 for the attackers as we finished with a Warhound and two Reavers in the Warp Runner's deployment zone. Pooch accounted for two Reavers and two Warhounds. It was a great  game and was a really nice 2 v 1 scenario. Pooch's bonus shield generator caused us no end of headaches and our orbital lances did at least manage to account for an unshielded Warhound. It was nice to have all the rules right and now the only thing we need to do is add some Knights to our games!

Painting progress 

Keeping on with my plans from last week, I am moving towards finishing up the Ghosties. The second base of the Dreadscythe Harridans is done: 

More chanting the anthem of the Phantoms!

I think I've also worked out how I want to base them. It's mostly going to be pumice gel with puddles of dank water - essentially, given all the bits of cemetery coming out of the ground, I'm thinking about a graveyard reclaimed by some kind of swamp. Having it be reasonably dark will help make the paleness of the ghosties stand out. I'll need to do a couple of test bases first but that'll be a fun little way to finish the project. 

 Next Time

We'll be playing some more Titanicus at the club I think so I'll put together a bit more of a report and a bit more of a coherent review of the game once I've had another game with all the rules right! I've started on the last base of ghosties too and have got most of the base coats down.  

Monday, 11 January 2021

Pooch's plan for 2021....

So, last year was... well, successful on the "me achieving goals" front, but less successful on the whole "everything going on in the world" front....

The first one I can deal with for 2021, the second? Well that's going to take the whole world doing what it needs to, that's not just on me!

Unlike the last two years, I am going for less goals, but keeping the focus in on getting things achieved that I have (in the past) otherwise failed to achieve. With that in mind then, my goals for 2021 are:

1. Finish a table of terrain

I have no less than.... four tables (I think) of terrain bought, currently unassembled, started or nearing completion. I want to increase the terrain that I have available, to the point where I am not entirely reliant on others for the games I want to play. Added bonus is helping me to have better facilities to have games at my place!

2. Play a game a month

This was the goal that I swapped away from last year. I would still like to get into the habit of playing more games, and setting myself the goal of actually doing it might help. Should we get put into lockdown again it might struggle, but... i'm choosing to be optimistic on that!

3. Finish a 1,500 point 40k army

I love making new armies. So, I'm going to make one! My plan is to do a slow grow of an army, adding something each month and having a narrative campaign days staged throughout the year to help me focus in on actually building a list, not just an odd collection of things. 

4. Finish armies that I have part started

Oh there are so many of these. Much like the terrain, some are close to finished, others are further away. All need work, and all need to have more effort put into them. I've got armies like Kings of War, Team Yankee and Flames of War are all sitting there, needing just that last push to get them finished up and delivered. 

5. Buy, build and play a new game

Don't know what this one will be. McZ talked about Warmachine. Pelarel has talked about Star Wars Legion. Tank has talked about Kings of War Armada. I have been tempted by Victory at Sea (because ships!). Or it could be any number of other things that I haven't even thought about yet.....

So there you have it, five goals, but with the potential to achieve these goals more than one time in a year, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for me to succeed! 

Let's see how I get on....

The eyes of the Imperium are watching.....

Pooch

Saturday, 9 January 2021

End of the Christmas break workbench

 So it's the last day my Christmas break before I go back to work and I'm spending it not relaxing like I should be but working outside filling nail holes. But there's always time for a little bit of hobbying.

 Star Wars?

Our next RPG for our group is going to be Star Wars: Edge of Empire and, like our last playthrough, I'm going to be running a Trandoshan because who doesn't want to play a 7-foot tall bipedal lizard with claws?

 not-Bossk. In fact, Rokrassk. 

I used the Bossk model from Star Wars: Legion because it was a good chance to try out a model from the range and, honestly, it's a great looking figure. He had to have the same yellow and white flight suit as Bossk but after the excellent episode(s?) of Clone Wars on Disney+ all about Transdoshan hunters, I decided to do him in a different colour that would contrast a lot more with the flight suit, so blue!

Star Wars: Legion hasn't (amazingly) triggered our group to go all nerd on it but I really enjoyed painting up not-Bossk and wouldn't be averse to doing some other Legion models. They're beautifully detailed and very evocative of the on-screen versions.  
 
MOAR Ghosties

So the third to last base is done and the second to last base is well underway. The third to last base is this one:

We chant the anthem of the Phantoms

These Dreadscythe Harridans are such cool models. They're creepy AF and stunningly dynamic. They were a real challenge to fit onto a 125mm wide base, that's for sure. I've got a couple spare that didn't make the cut in the end so they'll get painted and based up for use in Frostgrave. These ones will be Phantoms in my Kings of War Nightstalkers army.

The second to last base is this one:

WIP Dreadscythe Harridans

It's a fairly similar to the first one but the Harridan box is quite nice in that in the 10 models, there are only 2 pairs that are identical and the other three can be made up in two variants, which is nice. I have no idea how anyone would use these on round bases. They'd be a nightmare and they'd probably just blow over in a breeze.

Next Time

I think I'm aiming to finish the painting for the Ghosties. The second base of Harridans won't take too long, then it's just the Hexwraith Cavalry to go.I haven't worked out a basing scheme for them yet but I have lots of ideas so I'll probably do up a couple of test bases and see what I like before embarking on basing the whole army!

Saturday, 2 January 2021

First Regimental of 2021

 Retrospecting

 So I went back to my planning post of 2020 to see what I was supposed to do this year and how well I managed that. I realised I pretty much abandoned thinking about that by about February so a quick goal review: 

  1. Add one thing per month to one of my 40K forces. Without going back and looking in too much detail, I think I managed this. I have 9 40K models unpainted that I haven't bought for a specific 2021 project. Glad to have got the Grey Knights and the Armigers done.
  2. Run a campaign of something for the lads at the club. Yeah, nah. COVID-19 pretty much tanked that one so calling this one a wash. I did run Curse of Strahd for my DnD group from late 2019 through to about August and it was a lot of fun. We're going to play some Edge of Empire next and the team will be bringing back their characters again this year sometime as they have found themselves ejected from Ravenloft and dumped in the snowy north of Faerun for Storm Kings Thunder.
  3. Complete my FoW Australians. Nope. Absolute fail here. Still not done. I can see the four small bases and 2 Sentinels still in the same corner of my painting desk they've been in since....oh dearie me.....July? Still. It'll get done this year.
  4. Do some cunning thinking about 653 SPzJgr. I did a lot of thinking about this and have acquired all the parts to make it work effectively as a Grenadier company. It's not great, but I reckon it's got legs. I saw on Breakthrough Assault that it's a force in the Late War Bagration book but given that it requires 5 Ferdinands (unlike the v3 version, that required 2 and a Tiger 1(P)) it's not really fieldable for anything other than oversized scenario games.
  5. Complete my Brotherhood army for Kings of War 3E. Done! Clearly and cleanly. A good use of the additional time I got for painting during lockdown.
  6. Complete the stupid. I stopped working on World Eaters in June and spent most of the rest of the year working on Titans. Did I do 50PL of Apocalypse each month? And then some with all those Knights and Titans! :)

So calling it a 4/5 since I'm not counting item 2. Not all bad.

Prognostication?

 So what's on the plan for 2021? Nothing that structured, that's for damn sure! While I'm genuinely more optimistic about the world's prospects for this year, on a personal level I'm not going to commit to anything that might get derailed by more COVID, more lockdown, more whatever. Having said that, there are a few things on the boil:

About to go out for priming

1) Flames of War and Team Yankee - I'm keen to do a snow-based Flames army and Grenadiers are what I have decided on. I've done a lot of the support weapons, so this next stage is painting the infantry, mortars and HMGs. For TY, I'll be looking at some list changes to make competing with the vastly more terrifying later-Cold War Soviet gear. I have a few ideas at the moment, but they all involve painting more MASSTER. Urgh. I've picked up some M1s and some Bradleys to kick that off though.

2) 40K Crusade - we're planning a run at Crusade, driven heavily by a narrative, this year and for some people to slow-grow new armies or in my case, slow grow into the 9e Deathwatch. I'll be kicking off with a 500 point army made up of Phobos-armoured sneaky marines!

3) Frostgrave - I think another Frostgrave Wizgang. Because I want to. There is no other reason. 

4) Something old - I've been talking with Blogger Scotty about trying some Warmachine Brawl. It is a game I still enjoy and would like to get some of my gear back on the park. There's still a fairly vibrant community in Wellington so I should try and take advantage of that. 

5) Something new - definitely Adeptus Titanicus this year. I'm looking foward to some serious God Engine smashery. 

Actual Stuff

And since I'm rapidly approaching the end of the Ghosties project (I just built the Hexwraith cavalry and ZOMG I love those models A LOT) I decided that I'd treat myself to the centrepiece over the Christmas break, and thus I give you Kurnoss Valentian, the Craven King:

Float me closer! I want to hit it with my mace!

I tossed up between this model and Lady Olynder, Mortarch of Grief, for the big based model and decided I could get a better finish on this model than Olynder. So the Craven King will be riding his chair into combat as one of the four or five Titans that are permitted in the Nightstalkers list in Kings of War. 

Next Time

First club day of the year this weekend and we'll be playing some Frostgrave 2e for a light and breezy start to 2021. I'll also be working on the two bases of Dreadscythe Harridans to move me very close to the end of the Ghosties. 

Saturday, 26 December 2020

GOD ENGINES

So this is a bit of a sneaky project that, if you've seen Pooch's blog from last week and my swathe of waterslides, you might have figured out that we've been working on. Over this year, I might have built and painted a bit more than the Cerastus Knights and a single Warhound Titan for the Apocalypse stupid.

I might have done a whole bunch in fact, including 3 Reaver Titans and a Warlord Titan, all armed like they are ready to hit things in the manner of any kind of Khornate worshipper, God Engine or otherwise!

The God Engines of Legio Vulpa

For completeness' sake, the three Banners of knights of House Hyboras who will accompany my titans into combat:

Cerastus and Questoris Knights
Gaming?

So having painted a whole bunch of God Engines, we could hardly not get them out for a run. Blogger Pooch and I ran our Warlords and Blogger Tank brought out his....Ordo Sinister Psi-titan.

The Psi-titan gave me quite the hiding in the first couple of turns, nearly tearing off one of my legs, so I ducked and weaved away and it went off to go and chase the Legio Astorum Warlord. This gave me the wiggle room to cross the board. Pooch did a fair whack of damage in a firefight with the Psi-titan and then my Warlord arrived and the resulting combat round ended thus: 

Mors Aerea tears off the Psi-titan's head!

 After that, I ran my Warlord down the long table to try and engage Pooch's Warlord. I almost succeeded until my Voids failed and Pooch's Mori Quake Cannon damaged my stabilisers. That spun my poor Warlord around 180-degrees and got him shot repeatedly in the back:

Right before Mors Aerea was shot to bits

 Pooch and I went on to play a second game, 3 Reavers vs. a Nemesis Warbringer and 3 Warhounds, and it was....less destructive than we thought - I damaged two Warhounds and Pooch destroyed one Reaver. Here's a couple of pics just to whet your appetite for more competent Titanicus in 2021: 


Pooch's insanely quick Warhound, right before it ran straight past my Reaver

One of my Reavers engages a Warhound, only to have his chainfist shot off!

 We got a sense of how nimble Pooch's titans are, but at the cost to their reactors (two of his Warhounds overloaded his shields more than once!) and a Reaver, even with only one functioning weapon system, can still do a lot of damage. 

  Thoughts? 

It's a really cool game. Pooch and I both went through the rules afterward and realised how many things we got wrong (no surprises in the first playthrough) and how those would have improved the experience no end. It's definitely easier to learn the game once you have some experience to hang the rules on.

I really like the Titan command terminals, the order mechanics are fascinating (that there is a genuine benefit to not giving your Titans orders) and I enjoy how challenging it is to respond to your opponent  given the movement and firing arc limitations, especially on the bigger titans. It's also got a really interesting turn sequence that is integral to the tactical decision making. Terrain matters and line of sight and good positioning are really valuable. Ranged attacks seem well balanced against the incredibly destructive capacity that Titans have in close quarters. I also like that there's nothing to stop you firing while engaged in close combat, just using a lower skill. There's a lot of nice flavour differences between the Traitor and Loyalist sides as well as the different Legios and the titan formation choice tacks on some tactical benefits.  

Dislikes? Only one really. GWs seeming pleasure in it's boxed games (at least in AT and Necromunda) of separating core rules and advanced rules and then not providing a rulebook index. That's a real pain. I get the reason for separating them out for accessibility's sake but jeez it's a pain for experienced gamer. 

I have high hopes that there'll be some more Titans in future. There are enough rules that exist and no models to use them that presages some neat stuff. I really really would love (we're firmly in "shut up and take my money" territory here) a Banelord upgrade kit for the Warlord.

Ghosties

I have been doing a bit of work moving the Ghostie project towards completion. I've got the last 16 models to go to finish up the army and am currently exploring some options for some contrasting basing. In the meantime: 

 


These are my Large Cavalry, the Dreadblade Harrows in GW-land, Soulflayers in Kings of War.  They were a lot of fun to do and I learned a bunch of lessons from doing the Knight of Shrouds about making sure I could paint the interiors successfully before assembly. These were GW Easy-builds and they're held together by paint and plastic putty! Amazing.

Next Time

A bit more workbenching I suspect and a preview of what's on the blocks for 2021. I've got a couple of Christmas projects that I want to have done before the end of the break as well so will be getting into those before I head back to work in Jan. 

Monday, 21 December 2020

Pooch's December

So here we are, at the end of 2020. And it has really been a year. I'm positing this early, due to me going on holiday.

I did still set myself twelve goals (with one swapped out early in the year, which was darn handy when lockdown would have ruined it!) to paint, build and game my way through the year. It's fair to say that lockdown was quite good for me in making progress- it got me to finish my Kings of War goblin army, certainly one of my favourite things I finished this year. 

But enough pre-amble, did I get all of my goals done?

1. Paint a Kings of War Army- DONE

2. Create a table of terrain to support a game- Finished

Ok, so I have now, finally finished a full table of terrain to support a game, in this case, it is a full table of terrain to support my 6mm Apocalypse gaming! I got a great deal earlier in the year for a bunch of the Adeptus Titanicus terrain, which I built into a variety of buildings, of different sizes. They are enough to cover a table, and some of them a more than big enough to hide Titans!

I also bought a big cloth of calico, which I attacked with a variety of colours of spraypaint to provide the basecloth. I'm quite happy with how it all worked out!

The whole table

Shrine to the Saint

Some converted missile bunkers

3. Complete the 6mm Apocalypse Challenge- Finished

Titans you say? Well, how about another Titan?

This time, it's a Nemesis Warbringer, armed with a Mori Quake Cannon, a Laser Blaster and a Volcano Cannon. 166 Pl of amazing, amazing model completed!

I nabbed some little Plaugebearers, with a Nurgling as a Demon Prince to go on the base, fighting some of my Guard. All insignificant in comparison to the power of the Warbringer itself!

Oh. So. Cool.

4. Run a narrative campaign for the group- DONE

5. Add a new detachment to one of my 40k armies- DONE

6. Buy a starter box and paint all of it- Finished

So, this got done too. What box did I choose?

Ok, so there was a theme to this month's post!

That's right. MORE TITANS!

A Warlord....

STOMPY

A Reaver....

ALSO STOMPY

And a whole family photo:

So much blue and yellow!

And of course the Knight family too:

But wait, there is more yellow!

Guess I am playing Adeptus Titanicus then!

7. Paint a Space Marine Heroes Series- DONE

8. Update a 15mm Napoleonic army for Battaile Empire- DONE

9. Paint a stand alone force- DONE

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0. Update and improve a table of terrain- DONE

11. Paint a Flames of War Army- DONE

I finished up the last infantry for the third platoon, plus the 75mm artillery battery, meaning that I have completed the full Paratrooper formation for both mid and late war entirely using the lovely new US paratrooper models. 

Guns left!

Guns right!

I also took them to the Remember December competition, and did ... averagely. But that did make four tournaments for my year of US paras, two for Team Yankee, two for Flames of War. Which for an inconsistent player like me, is a great achievement!

Cav recon looking cool!

And paratroopers defending buildings...

12. Finish what I should have finished last year- DONE

So 12 goals attempted, 12 goals achieved!

Now what should be on next year's list?

Pooch
Morty is impressed at all twelve completed goals, but disappointed that the Titans are loyal to the False Emperor... 

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Worst. Thumbnail. Ever.

 I assume that sweet thumbnails in your blog previews are something that attracts traffic so this one is sure to attract no one. Ever. 

I have been sticking waterslides on things. I might also be the first gamer to ever need to buy a *second* bottle of MicroSol as I dumped mine in my lap in the middle of setting a couple of slightly convex ones. Not impressed.

So did I actually do anything useful? YES! 


 

I finished painting a pair of Knight Armigers I picked up in January (and models that I have been jonesing for since they came out.) It took me a while to find a knight house that is sufficiently different from the screeds of red and black I've been painting for the past couple of years in the 40K space and the forest green of House Cadmus was the one that I settled on. Pretty happy with how they've come out, especially the yellow panels which were a bit of a challenge to get right.

So I'll need to add one more Knight to complete the attachment which, because it's me, will almost certainly be based on the Epic classic Knight Errant - powerfist and thermal cannon - and I'm not too terrified of painting more big yellow panels either.

Next Time

 The astute among you will realise that that much waterslide backing can't just be for a pair of Knight Armigers and you, astute people, are correct. Today was a day long heralded as the 'transferrening' as I was preparing a number of things for a game next week. You'll get to see that project as part of a batrep once bloggers Pooch, Tank and I have played the game. Otherwise, I think I might do a bit of a 2020 retrospective and get to thinking about what's on the blocks for 2021.