Saturday, 12 January 2019

Boxes and booms!

And in one of the most boring painting posts I think I've ever done, this one!

Terrain is important for games and all the games of 40K I've had suggest that more terrain is better. As I'm working to extend a collection of classic GF9 ruins into a more 40K-ish table, I picked up the Scions Kill Team starter box for some of the terrain included.

Stuff and things...
The kit came with two Munitorum containers (which I *had* to put storm bolters on) and a whole bunch of crates and barrels. I'm just pondering if I should base up the crates to make them easier to deal with on tables. They'd maybe be less useful in games of Kill Team. Not sure.

Anyway, the containers were a sweet little addition and they went together like a dream. Honestly, the longer GW make multi-part kits I swear the better they get. I remember the days of single pose models in boxes and then the amazing box that was the GW skeleton kit, way back in the mid-90s. It was SO COOL.

and now...the booms! 

Our annual club event is coming up in a couple of weeks and Scotty and I decided to have a test / learning game as Scotty is pretty new to his 90th Light Division from the DAK and his army is a really interesting challenge for my light Italian armour. Scotty has done an amazing job on this army - it looks fantastic and I hope he'll put some close up pics for you, dear reader, I think you'll really enjoy them.

The lists, if you're interested:
Ariete Armoured Division DAK 90th Light Division
HQ M14/41 - Tenente Pascucci
5x M14/41
5x M14/41
5x M14/41
Bersaglieri Rifle Platoon
5x L6/40
4x 100/17 artillery (captured 25pdrs)
AB41 OP (L6 proxying)
Panzergrenadier HQ
Panzergrenadier Platoon w/ HMG, 2.8cm
Panzergrenadier Platoon w/ HMG, 2.8cm
SdKfz 222 Platoon w/ 2x 2.8cm
SdKfz 222 Platoon w/ 1x 2.8cm
2x SdKfz 231 Platoon
4x Marder III 7.62
3x PaK36R
4x leFH 10.5cm artillery
3x SdKfz 10/4

We pulled out More Missions - Scotty elected to defend and I elected to maneuver. We rolled up Bridgehead. Scotty elected to defend the Alamein Railway Station with his two Panzergrenadier platoons, his SdKfz 222s and the 10.5 cm artillery, with the Marder III 7.62s in ambush. He placed some mightily crafty minefields too!



I hid my 25 pdrs, knowing there weren't any tanks I was going to have to use them on, lightly stacked my left flank and attacked up my right.



I attacked the right hand side of Alamein station as well as sending my L6s hard down my right flank. I had a crafty idea (stolen from Pel's and my last game of FoW) to force Scotty's Marders back. A fired off a few loose shots at the defenders and, with my best weapons, bailed out a 222. Disappointing.
Pew pew! 
Avanti!
Scotty sent out his armoured cars to give my tanks a bit of what for, which was quite possible given my reasonably average armour and the effective high ROF of 222s as well as the punch of 2.8cm ATRs. His 231s also arrived on my left and accosted the rear of my tanks! A couple of M14s went down or bailed out. Some direct firing 10.5s didn't give me much hope but snake eyes firepower rolls saved my bacon. 


I took my revenge in my second turn, although only on some 222s. I ignored the 231s in my rear and went after the 10.5s and got one with the spewing MG dice that come from an M14 platoon. It wasn't the most effective turn as my right flank slowed down navigating a tank wide gap between minefields and I attempted to move my Semoventes to direct fire and promptly failed all four cross checks. Derp!


The Marder IIIs appeared and vigorously fired marshmallows at me and the PaK36Rs appeared in my rear. Much regret until we remembered that they have no Tactical speed so can't move and shoot. The 231s and the 10.5s killed and bailed one each of the M14s on my left. In a turn where I forgot to take any sensible photos, I responded by MGing and charging (and killing) the PaK36Rs with three M14s and charging the Marders with my L6s and prompty missing completely. My M14s on my right closed on the railway station and threw a lot of MG dice for no real effect. The Semoventes failed to move. Again. Lolz!

Surrounded.

What? Me? Worry?

Scotty had an exceedingly clever turn as he slipped his Marders around my L6s, surrounded them with a Panzergrenadier platoon and rolled some 10/4s behind my Semoventes. On his right, he shelled, MGed and mortared my attacking Bersaglieri, which utterly shredded them, leaving my with 4 stands. Scotty assaulted the L6s and I promptly failed to shoot them off (although I did remove a couple of stands). His assault was ineffective and I promptly ran away, back behind the Marders. Oh, and I lost a Semovente to the 10/4s. Vexing.
The end of Scotty's third turn

Overrunning the guns

Getting the Marders....?

I made my first push toward the train station compound. I pushed tanks into all three flanks of the compound, attempted to deal to the Marders, unsuccessfully, and ditto the 10/4s that were hooning around blowing up my Semoventes! I assaulted and destroyed the 10.5s with the last of my infantry and finally dealt to the 231s on my left flank. Mostly thanks to a lucky 2cm shot from the L6 OP. 



From here, Scotty's Marders popped the last of the tanks in the centre, including my CO and I was left with one working Semovente thanks to AA guns. The remaining 2.8cm guns popped away at my M14s but my Italian steel held out but the MGs of the defending Panzergrenadiers wiped the Bersaglieri out. In my turn I finally got the Marders and the 10/4s (when I worked out MGs were more betterer than 7.5cm guns!) and I pushed my one working platoon into Scotty's defences.


This is where we ended up - the two badly mauled Panzergrenadier platoons, without their heavy weapons, retreated back to the station compound and the last operating platoon of my M14s in possession of the objective. It was a 5 - 4 result for the Italians but I had one Semovente left on the table and six M14s left operating on the table. A couple of better results with firepower and a few less shenanigan saves against his 10.5s and I think this would have been a completely different result. 

Next time:
Objectives for Batman have been added to the queue and I need to do a massive stack of repair work on my Infinity table as being in a hot car yesterday has weakened a lot of the glue holding the buildings together! So hopefully that won't be too horrific!

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Happy New Year

I mostly spent the holiday break doing assembly and priming. I've got my first Guard squad together, prepped some other new bits for the Guard company and got a bunch of random stuff assembled (including a couple of Battlefront's Cobra kits and man oh man did they cause some bad language.)

I haven't picked up a brush in more than a month so thought I'd ease myself back into the painting with a couple of simple little scatter terrain projects for my 15mm Russian table. I dug up some old draught horses and generic horses as well as some old Opel Blitz trucks, which I figure were probably loitering around in Russia during and after the war.

Hello Wilburrrrrrr....
The horses are just decorative, just something to add a bit of fun to the table. One of these days I'll manage to find some 1:100 scale farm equipment too. One of these days.


Meep meep, I'm a jeep! 
The trucks? Also decorative, but they'll add a bit of concealment in places too. Somewhere to start the farm equipment I guess. They're nothing pretty or all that well painted, but robust enough for terraining I hope!

After a swathe of brown and green, I decided to paint something a bit more fun since I was in the mood.
Black Canary
This is a variation on the box scheme, but I haven't quite managed all the fine details. I'm competent with a brush but sometimes I think not patient enough for some of the detail on Knight's models. But she's been added to the crew so that I can run the Birds of Prey crew for Batman as well - the idea of having Canary, Hawkgirl and Huntress on the park should be a bit of a chuckle.

Finally, ANOTHER Inquisitor:
Cacaw! Birdy!
I've always loved the model for Torquemada (!) Coteaz. And I had to Bald Eagle the psyber-eagle because why not? So he's the first (okay, that's not entirely true) towards the Ordo Malleus list I want to put on the table later this year.

Next time
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Some more terrain I think. I'll get the containers and crates from the KT Scions box done because they're taking up HEAPS of room in the progress pile and I've already started on them and once those are done, I think a couple more Inquisitorial acolytes will hit the painting table. Our first club meeting of 2019 is coming up too so there might be some good piccies from there too.

Monday, 31 December 2018

Badger, badger, badger......ok this is not a guilt post - just my turn :)

So this is my first attempt at doing a goals post. This is a bit scary as the rest of the Regiment will bare witness I am the worst magpie, possibly in the universe. So setting goals that will inevitably be distracted from by new shinies is.....well lets say ambitious. So lets do a summary. 2018 saw me take up 40k after nearly 30 years of resistance and within a year I have a Tyranid army AND a Space Wolves army. I also picked up Kill Team - of course I can field 'Nids and Spez Wolves (and Tau BTW because I had bought and painted them for Armaggedon) but no, I magpies into Necrons...and so you may see the issue.
Team Yankee is next. Thanks to Richard and Pooch my enthusiasm for 6mm Team Yankee wained and with Stripes bringing the USM into the game I launched into the world of 15mm Team Yankee. Remember December was great fun and I am looking forward to Nationals next year - where the Marines may get an upgrade.
Blood Red Skies was the next new thing for 2018....cool dogfights in WWII - really enjoy the game but I am not sure the uptake in the group will allow too many more games. However my plan is to take this one to work - I reckon the kids will love it. Right - what could possibly be next - BATMAN! Knights Models have a fantastic range of figures and I went all in on my favourite Batman villain The Penguin, I have loved the painting project on this one.
So as 2018 continued what could possibly be next - well I bought into Necromunda. I made up the Goliath gang from the core box, picked up a couple of extra Orlocks for a gang I had from the previous version and of course I needed to create a table of terrain to play on. All for a game I haven't played anyone at yet :(.
Next is DRACAM - or Dracula's America. This one scratches the Old West and the Fantasy itch. A terrific game and one I am looking forward to playing more of. We had a campaign day recently and I am keen to see my Skinwalkers progress even more.
In the previous photo you would see another side project - Walking Dead - All out War. I have also picked up a few bits and pieces on the way as painting or modelling projects - here are some Zulu that I am sure one day I will use for something....
These are just the new games and figures I collected this year. FoW V4 is still in the mix as is a newly discovered enjoyment of Warmachine thanks to Scott and McZermof. So as for 2019, well the Xmas period saw a new game enter the Tank Engine realm - Cruel Seas. MTBs screaming around the high seas shooting eachother up - who could resist. So this is my main focus for the early months of 2019. A few other members of the Regiment have been dragged along kicking and creaming (or should that be screaming????). My big goal for the year is to consolidate. Finish my TY US Army list for Nationals and possibly Panzerschrek. Finish the painting pile (yeah right) and start playing Necromunda!! And here's the biggy - NO NEW GAMES IN 2019, unless GW re-release BFG or we find a new........

Saturday, 29 December 2018

What's on the calendar for 2019?

Following hot on the heels of Pooch, here's my plans for 2019 as I stick to 2018s posting schedule for the last time. I'll clearly have to badger the rest of the crew a bit more as well.

Games to play:
Some more 40K: I really like 8th and I want to play it more. I've found a level of silly that I'm comfortable with and the new missions in 2018 CA look fricking cool. And it would be good to get some Kill Team out again too - probably playing a campaign day with the nerds should get on the cards.

Oh, and I assembled this yesterday as part of my holiday WIPs:
Clank clank, I'm a tank! 
TY and FoW: I'm enjoying both and interested to look at some LW lists for FoW. I'd love to break out my beloved (and terrible) 653 Schwerepanzerjager Abteilung but that's going to be a wee wait for a new list. So it will be interesting to see what turns up in the new books. I found all my old beach landing fortifications recently, so those lists might be worth digging out too.

DracAm: Still loving this. It's a great game, lots of fun and is all sorts of silly. Plus it doesn't require painting anything!

Batman: I have all the bits I need now to play and enjoy Batman. And I think I understand how to use Batman effectively in a crew. I think. Whether I can do it or not is a different question. Green Arrow is still something of a mystery.

Games to try:
Kings of War. I have a Teutonic Order army for Impetus that is just plain awful but it would drop into the 'Brotherhood' list for KoW as faux-Bretonnians. Pelarel has recently acquired a fair whack of Mantic Undead so we could have a jolly good match there I think.

Kings of War: Vanguard. As an alternative use for the three Frostgrave warbands I have. It looks like a really interesting game and warrants at least a round or two. Speaking of which, I'd like to go back and play some Frostgrave too. Pel has suggested a couple of really simple amendments that would dial back the amount of insta-death that happens with the odd bad roll.

Cruel Seas. I got a bit ranty when Warlord didn't put Italians into Blood Red Skies but they have redeemed themselves with the Italian fleet in Cruel Seas. Oh, so sexy. And the game doesn't look bad either.

Adeptus Titanicus. Having dug out some old titans and knights, it seems like it'll be worth a go. Should be good for a laugh if nothing else.

Projects

40K:
  • Rogue Trader Kill Team
  • Inquisitors
  • Imperial Guard company for my Ordo Malleus and Ordo Hereticus Inquisition armies
  • Terrain

Team Yankee:
  • More Marines
  • M60s and Humvees
  • Some CH-46s if I can find some for the second Marine platoon to ride in. If anyone knows where I can get some 1:100 scale CH-46s, let me know! 

Other:
  • Black Canary and Objectives for Batman
  • A bit of terrain for my 15mm FoW / TY board
  • A Magister Link for Infinity
  • Repainting a bunch of my Malifaux Arcanists for DracAm 
  • Some random Elves for expanding my Elven warband for Frostgrave / KoW Vanguard

Blogging
I'm going to try my level best to keep this up. I think I've managed around two dozen posts over the last six months, so 52 shouldn't be too hard. He says, ambitiously.

Next time
Some painted models! Something new and interesting. Promise.

Setting some goals for 2019

Apparently McZ's near-constant reminders of his blogging successes has finally worn me down, and it's time to get myself back into this blogging thing. Perhaps it's not enough sleep after a family holiday. Who knows, but here we are.

Since it's me, these things start with:

  1. A list of things I want to achieve next year, and
  2. setting myself a timeline for doing updates
The plan

Now, onto the plan. Since there are 12 months, it seems appropriate to have 12 goals. So in no particular order:

  1. Paint a new 40k Army
  2. Create a table of terrain to support a game
  3. Make a modular terrain piece
  4. Paint a naval fleet
  5. Finish something for an army I haven't used in a year and take it to a tournament
  6. Buy a starter box and paint all of it
  7. Paint every miniature for a game I own
  8. Paint a Space Marine each month
  9. Paint a stand alone force for a game
  10. Expand a table of terrain from 3x3 to 6x4
  11. Paint something Napoleonic
  12. Finish what I should have finished last year
Without a doubt I will paint more than this, especially since commissions don't count!

I have got a plan for each of them, which will become clear as the year progresses. But to give you a clue on #8 I bought a full blind box of Space Marine Heroes, netting me one of each. 

I've got a plan for what Chapter they will be too. Given I am going for one of the more complex chapter colour schemes, I am going to paint one a month to ensure I do a proper job of painting them!

Updates

I'm not game enough to commit to a weekly update like McZ, instead I'm going to go for a much more manageable monthly update schedule.

So that's the plan, look out for the first update in January to see how I am getting on!

Pooch

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Some reflections

And a couple of little things off the workbench:



These two are Lesser Entities for Dracula's America. On the left, the generic Lesser Entity and on the right, a Hellhound, the custom summon for the Crossroads Cult. The only difference is that the Hellhound is A LOT faster than anything else, otherwise they're both D6 Grit summons. The generic entity is an old Malifaux Neverborn and I think the hound is the old Mordheim War Dog. These additions were gratefully received from the collection of our own Tank.

Most importantly, these two will mean that when I'm playing DracAm and summoning greeblies, I am summoning easily identifiable greeblies! I still have a D8 grit generic Medium Entity to paint.

Some reflections on getting back into this
I've enjoyed getting back into blogging about random gamer nonsense. I enjoy reading other people's gamer nonsense so it's as much about being part of that community as anything else. It's been a good motivator, especially when it comes to Sunday morning and I realise that I've got nothing interesting to blog about and I need to paint something to have something to post! My collection of half finished models has been greatly reduced as a result of this. I am now, vexingly, staring at a pile of mostly unprimed, half assembled stuff.

However, I have realised that it won't make me do things I don't want to do. Eisenhorn is still unfinished (coming as no surprise to any of you.) And it doesn't help me get large projects done unless I can break it into blog sized pieces. Events and competitions are still going to be the main motivator in that regard.

Next time
Some WIP shots of my holiday programme (with hopefully a couple of finished products in there, although lets see how that goes eh?) After that, a bit of a think about what 2019 holds for me gaming and painting wise. Maybe, just maybe, that'll encourage some of the other nerds to get back to writing about their own nonsense.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

I didn't finish a thing so workbench post...

Just a short update this week - with Christmas around the corner and the necessary shenanigans that come with it, I've not been so inclined to pick up a brush. So instead I've been prepping a few of the good finds I've picked up off TradeMe and things I've been wanting to do in the last few weeks.


I dug this old Necromunda Bounty Hunter out of my bits box and decided that he'll make an excellent addition to an Inquisitorial retinue. It has some of the charm of GW models of that era - the legs akimbo, carrying more weapons than you can use an staring straight ahead. But I'm oddly fond of it and a dude in a duster is always a good look.


Because named Inquisitors seem to be something that I find quite desirable to have in the collection, I picked up Coteaz. It wasn't a complete model, but the seller on TradeMe graciously included two different thunder hammers to replace the one the model would normally come with. The next 40K event I play at (some time next year) will be the stupid Malleus army with some Grey Knights, Ordo Malleus Inquistors (Greyfax AND Coteaz) and some Guardsmen. Should be fun.


These came from the Kill Team Astra Militarum box (hence the weapon loadout) - this is still something I intend to put on the table at some point when I've painted enough Guardsmen for it - but they also will act as a retinue for Inquisitor Greyfax. They were a blast to assemble and I'm looking forward to putting them on the table.


Finally, I've managed to add a third Assassin to my roster for 40K which means that I *can* put the stupid assassin detachment on the board if I want to. And I might. But this alt-pose original Vindicare (that came still in it's 15+ year old blister!) is a model I've been looking for to hang out with the Callidus and Eversor I already have. Now just a Culexus to go...



And then, the pinnacle of all my stupid - Fyodor Karamazov. Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor and owner of the most impressive armchair in the 41st millennium. This big boy turned up on TradeMe and I could hardly say no. It's so mad as to be necessary in my stupid collection of stupid. It wasn't the easiest thing to assemble without instructions but much referring to the internet later and boom!

'Where does all this silliness lead?' I hear you ask. Well, I must answer, it leads to the most lunatic thing I can do. The Spanish Inquisition. All my Inquisitors on the table at once. It'll be stupid.

Next time
We'll see how the last work week of the year goes shall we? I've started running the DnD 5e campaign "Princes of the Apocalypse" for the nerds and I'd like to put together some thoughts on 5e and Princes too so be warned, there'll be a nerd essay in your futures.