Today I played a 2,000 point game against a nid player. I ran a pure daemon list:
Herald of Khorne on Skull Throne
Herald of Tzeentch on Burning Chariot
4 Bloodcrushers of Khorne w/ Banner of Blood
16 Bloodletters w/ banner of Blood
2 x 8 Hounds
3 Plague Drones w/ 3+ poison sting
Cavalcade of Slaanesh w/ 2 chariots and 1 exalted chariot
2 Bloodslaughterers w/ impalers
He ran a pretty typical nid army: Flyrant w/ twin-linked devourers, 2 blobs of 30 termagaunts, Tervigon, 2 groups of 2 zoanthropes, 2 venomthropes, Hive Crone, 2 ‘Fexes w/ dual twin-linked devourers in pods, and the plasma shooting MC (forget the name). Caveat to this report: He is a fairly new player and made some erroneous decisions that would haunt him.
We did black ops maelstrom mission (5) in a hammer and anvil deployment. He ended up going first. He advanced his units up, just outside of his gaunt’s range (18″ devourers) and shot up my hounds with his flyrant and made 15 gaunts with his tervigon but rolled doubles first turn. First turn I advanced into the hormagaunts and killed 19 on the assault with him out of assault range after the hammer of wraith. I also summoned 3 crushers with the scribes. He spread out to respond to the daemon advance, focusing heavily on the hounds and skull cannon that had killed 6 gaunts but ignoring my purchased crushers and gunned down the decoy crushers. My chariots killed 4 more gaunts before all the riders were killed, making back their points before dying (about 40 more points actually).
His second turn saw the first fex deepstrike in and almost kill the scribes, he killed the skull cannon, and a handful of dogs and a wound on the bloodletters. The chariot had the malefic power to improve invulns but he managed to keep it suppressed most turns. He wiped out the summoned crushers (as stated earlier) by dumping a lot into them. My turn I assaulted several units and made a staggering blow to his line. In a single turn he lost the remnants of the squad of gaunts, a squad of zoanthropes, and his carnifex (they died to the plague drones). Additionally I saw the writing on the wall concerning the scribes and was lucky enough to roll the greater daemon summoning and swapped him out for a great unclean one.
Third and fourth turns were just a bloodbath as he failed to focus fire on squads which allowed me to drive my forces into a tip and crush through his gaunt line, eliminating all of his rear-guard synapse beasties. Once they were no longer fearless, my crushers broke the last gaunts and the blood slaughterers dropped the tervigon.
He called the game after he realized I was up by 4 points (3 once secondary objectives applied) and we had 1 for sure turn remaining, meanwhile he had nothing left on the ground to secure objectives with, meanwhile I still had about half my army (daemonettes and letters were both about at 50-60% strength, all 3 of the crushers were alive, all the plague drones, the great unclean one, and about 12 hounds. Oh, and both of the blood slaughters were wandering around). It was a good game and my second game against him. I highlighted that a) flyrants get a total of 60- 84 shots the entire game and that with every unit being able to claim objectives, having every MC being shooty means that you have no recourse against assault armies once they pick up steam, b) when playing against an assault army, advancing far enough forward allowing me the charge can be catastrophic. Had he made me come to him, it is very reasonable to think that I very well may have lost that game. Overall, very fun game and I think he considered it quite fun as well. Looking forward to getting a game in with friends back at my old stomping ground though, which should hopefully be occurring in a few weeks.
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So, my last post for the skull cannon before it is done! The base is done as are most of the details. Just a quick post with some half-hearted pics, but it may be all the progress I make this weekend so I figured I’d get a post up just in case!
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So I have made progress on the skull cannon. Cleaned up the masked areas and did most of the highlights (minus the extreme highlights I will do at the end with mithril silver) and did the majority of the work on the riders. My intent is for the front two bloodletters to look lava-ish. However, I think I need to cover more of them with black and brown and have the reds and yellows be less apparent. Not sold on them currently. I also have designed and built a lava base as well as doing the first portion of the lava. Now I have to paint the rocks and skulls.
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So making some painting progress. I have been whittling away slowly at models I need to paint for the past month or so but very slowly. Recently I have started making more progress faster, especially making gains with my air brush. So, onto the stuff.
I recently finished my renegade command squad. Or at least a possible command squad. The flamed and melts cannot both be used but they can be swapped out. The rest of the renegades will be green and purple with the disciples being red. Sets them apart I feel. However, veterans will be black or something separate. The lack of unity in color scheme makes them feel more patchwork and more like a renegade army.
So here are the first five finished disciples (still figuring out how to base them):
Here is the Arch-Demagogue. I like the dual close combat weapon look with a power weapon and a regular close combat weapon.
Here is the first test terminator I did for my terminator squad:
Note the skull pad. I quite like this method of painting bone.
Here is the new scheme for my warp talons. Right now I field eight of them (7 previously painted green, one red). Daemon kin formations finally give me a good excuse to use these guys. That said, they have proven pretty good in the two games I have run them with daemon kin.
Here is my GW thirster. I painted a lot of him before I became discouraged and now I need to go back and polish off the last detail work on him. Oh, and his base. But I am trying to think of what his base is. He is either a daemon prince of Khorne or a lesser thirster (my big ones are the 275-300 point varieties).
Currently, before the thirster I am working on my Skull Cannon of Khorne. This is the first time I have done a fair amount of blending with my airbrush. The yellow bloodletters will be darkened through successive layers to look like they have sort of a lava finish. The back two will be more of a classic red bloodletter scheme.
Once this is done, which hopefully will be this weekend I will finish the details on the thirster and eagerly dive into my Stormfiends who are my renegade brutes (Picture Ogryns but chaosy). They fit the bill of a brute and they are the size one expects of a very bulky three wound model.
Well, thanks for reading. Glad to finally start painting again. While I am painting less, I feel the quality has improved gradually from where I was a year ago.
Until next week, thanks for reading,
So, I have had little time to do 40k. Working, wife taking weekend college courses, kids extracurricular activities, and the rigors of military leadership off duty have certainly taken their tolls. However, we all have things that eat away at our time schedules and so that it not it entirely. No, the larger issue was interest. I was spoiled by an outstanding community of gamers at Crossroad Games and surrounded by colleagues with similar hobby interests and goals as me. Many of those same players I follow online, such as Creativetwilight, Thin Your Paint, and Defenders of Calth. However, I have found that the “play for playing” attitude is pretty rare and those that play at that store, though you have some WAAC and really competitive players that don’t like comp scores or fluffy tournaments, are lucky. Every store since then has had knight-dar and daemon summoning lists that are built by players who regularly go to the ETC and ATC. Players who have spotlessly airbrushed lists that are the definition of min-maxed. Guys who run summoning lists and tack on invisibility psykers and then look at you like your an idiot when you show up with non-optimized units that you “like”. It was a drag frankly. Tournaments here have zero comp scores, zero painting or sports scores. It is the quintessential “top 3”. By the way, those top three last tournament I saw (several months ago) involved some of the greatest hits of cheese: A Mechanicus and Knight list, a Knight-Dar list, and a Riptide-Knight list. Yeah…you see the similarity. All had at least 2 fliers, all had at least 1 knight, and all had at least 1 formation. The 40k scene I had stepped into I just could not keep up with fiscally and playing became a chore of simply setting up and taking down models. I realized that it had gotten no better as I watched a 5 knight list that operated as a single formation obliterate a player with a solid list, shooting down fliers handily (used to be the knights weakness) and having buffed shields due to their forgeworld knights or formation.
However, I got a chance to go to an actual GW store. It radically changed how I viewed things and re-invigorated my interest in the hobby. I took part in a tournament that had no games. In fact, it was a painting only tournament. You brought in a model to be judged (one part) and then you had to open, assemble, and paint 1 large (60mm base or larger, non-vehicle) model and that is then judged at the end of the day. In fact, they had an entire series of these tournaments. One, you could only use 5 colors to paint your model with. Different sizes or number of models, all with two sets of judging (pre-painted and painted there).
Then the staff. Not sure if all GW store employees are like this, but they were freakin’ awesome! He knew pretty much every army, had books unwrapped there I could peruse prior to buying. I was looking for a box to buy and was talking about my army and he offered suggestions. Mind you, not “buy this big thing” suggestions, but “Hey, get this smaller box as it has better bitz, will look cooler in your army based on what you’ve said, and it will save you money” kind of options. The kind of options that you get from someone who enjoys the game and hobby and isn’t just trying to sell a product. SO, I sat and painted with guys who ranged from novices to amazing experts, chatted, learned, and while I did not win anything I had a ton of fun. Probably more fun than I have had since my last major tournament in Maine.
Alas, that said I have started painting and playing with renewed vigor. I also managed to get in a game as well that I will get a battle report for eventually as well as some of my finished minis.
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