Monday, 22 October 2007

New GD Model

Heres the Limited Edition model for next Games Day (according to WarSeer). Looks pretty cool.
-Gavin

Monday, 24 September 2007

Empire Greatsword

Here's my single painted Empire Model from my 500pt Nuln army, a Greatsword. I want his unit finished for Christmas.


- Gavin

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Industrial Tower System

Just stumbled across this, coming soon from Litko. Looks like it'll be perfect for games of Necromunda, 28mm Inquisitor and even 40K. No price announced yet, but it looks good.


Images copyright Litko Aerosystems, and stolen without permission.

- Gavin

Friday, 21 September 2007

A few formatting changes.....

I'm fiddling around with the blog a bit while my paints are boxed up, so there will be a few changes. I'm planning to reorganise the links/sidebar, change the colours a bit and maybe add some graphics, so at least I'll be doing something to the blog while I'm decorating.

I've recently subscribed to Google Analytics, which kicks ass. I can now see the operating system, web browser, resolution and location of people reading, and even see how they stumbled here. So far we've had several people looking for Eldar Flags, Baal Predator Painting Guides and Vespid Tactica's. It's just a pity we only have one of those on here at the moment - I may have to add a painting guide for my upcoming Baal, just to add another. I'm not doing any flags though! We're getting around 5-10 different people a day, which is nothing compared to most websites (even my own forum gets around 20-30!), but much better than it was last month. We're getting there slowly, I just need to add something worth reading.

- Gavin

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

New Forge World Eldar

Nothing really amazing, but Forge World are releasing an Eldar Avatar with Spear alongside a new version of the Wave Serpent. Enjoy.


-Gavin

Monday, 17 September 2007

Vespid Tactica

Vespids - are they hideously fragile fliers or MEQ* killing superstars of the highest caliber? In this article I will examine their use on the tabletop, and suggest tactics for their use in games of 40K.


From the forum posts and articles that I've read, it seems that a lot of people really, really hate the Vespids. They complain that the guns are short range, they have too low an armour save, they are dire in close combat and most of all, they hate having to pay 16 points for each model! Yet, I've found that if they are used in the right way they are a fantastic reserve unit that can really ruin a marine players day.

OK, now I've waffled for a bit, lets look at their rules.

Movement

Vespids are jump infantry, therefore moving up to 12" each turn. They also have the Fleet of Wing ability (potentially adding another 6"), meaning if they wanted to assault then they could move a total of 24" - not too bad.

Add to this the idea that they are skilled fliers. With this rule they get to re-roll any failed dangerous terrain tests, meaning they could simply skip through dangerous terrain if you wished it. This is a very handy ability to have for flanking, if your gaming group uses dangerous terrain.

Shooting

Now lets add the guns - their 12" range means they need to be staring into the eyes of the opponent, so every shot counts here. They can practically kill anything, but you need to ensure the enemy is dead by the end of that shooting turn, or returning fire and close combat will destroy them. I recommend markerlighting the target unit for them, they'll be much more likely to destroy the enemy and survive to shoot again

What can we do with this unit?

Reserve Unit

My first idea is a reserve unit - they are born for this role. Keep them out of the enemies sight, preferably near to any static units of Fire Warriors. When a close combat unit attempts to get near them (like Assault Marines), the Vespid unit will fly out of their hiding place. Markerlight the incoming unit, increase the vespids BS and let them pummel the target squad to a fine paste. Any models that are still alive can then be mopped up by the fire warriors, and if that doesn't kill them the Vespids could charge them, using their high initiative to their advantage. 9 times out of 10 there would be no enemies left by this point.

Surgical Deep Strike

Pretty simple tactic - simply deep strike as close as possible to the most expensive enemy unit on the table (that has 3+ Armour), and cause as much damage in one turn of shooting as possible. If you hit an expensive enough target you can easily make twice the Vespids points back.

This tactic once helped me successfully wipe out a death company. Yes the company could be claimed to cost not that many points, meaning that points for points the Vespids didn't make their points up, however, they eliminated the biggest threat to the Tau - something that I'm sure any player who has fought blood angels are all too aware of.

Flanking Force

My next suggestion is a flanking force. With the potential to move through almost any terrain with relative ease, the Vespid can out flank and maneuver around most forces, hitting them and exploiting their weak points, something that would be great against most tanks. You should use terrain that blocks LoS to avoid being shot at - at least get a cover save on the go. At a critical point in the game you should reveal the Vespids and cause as much damage as possible, again using Markerlights to your advantage.

Evaporating Flank

A suggestion I've seen someone put was the evaporating flank technique. Set up the Vespids away from everyone else, draw the opponent towards them, then fly away, leaving you free to deal with the rest of the army. If you're lucky it will work, although most players will either ignore them or use long range weaponry against them.
Points to Remember
- Always use them against models with Armour 3 or above, to take best advantage of their high AP.

- Avoid the enemies fire as much as possible, even the humble Lasgun can chew through Vespids.


- Use squads of 11 where possible, to make this unit as survivable as possible.

-Alternatively, use 2 small units of 5 to split the enemies fire
(although this also splits your markerlights!)

- Use markerlights where possible, this can almost double the number of enemies killed!


So to sum up, yes vespids have dire close combat, short range of guns and are extremely fragile - but used well they make the perfect supporting unit for the Tau Empire army.

-Sam

*MEQ = Marine Equivalent, Models with T4 and 3+ Armour.

You might want to check out the Games Workshop page on Vespid Tactics also.

Friday, 14 September 2007

Descent of Angels

I'm going to be redecorating over the next few days, so don't expect any more posts from me for a while - here's something good to hold the frontpage till I'm back:

This will be the front/back cover of the next Horus Heresy novel, from the Black Library. It's called Descent of Angels and focuses on the Dark Angels prior to the Heresy itself. It should be fantastic, all the other books in the series have been so far.

If you haven't read the Horus Heresy series yet, read it NOW.

-Gavin

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Rhino WiP

This is a repaint of a repaint, so the paints far too thick. It looks pretty good from a distance though, and should be finished soon.


-Gavin

Armoured Company Planning

My Blood Angels take a long time for me to paint, but I want to be able to field an army large enough for Apocalypse size games (probably me against 2 friends at once). It's going to be far too impractical for me to paint up 3,000+ points of Blood Angels (I'm having trouble with 2'000pts), but I think I've found the answer.


1 - Paint my Blood Angels army up to 2,000pts (about 500pts done so far)

2 - Buy the box set of 10 Leman Russ Tanks (excellent value for money)

3 - Also buy a Baneblade, Macharius (with Mega Bolters no less) and several FW upgrade kits

4 - Assemble the following list

5 - Paint quickly using lots of Spray Paints, Drybrushing and Ink Washes

6 - Voilla, 5'000pts of Imperial Forces!


Here's my trial list (all tanks have Track Guards and Extra Armour)

HQ

Commisarial Command Tank - Leman Russ Vanquisher (Hull Lascannon, Improved Comms, Storm Bolter)

ELITES

Tank Ace - Leman Russ Exterminator (3 Heavy Bolters, Storm Bolter)
Tank Ace - Leman Russ Exterminator (3 Heavy Bolters, Storm Bolter)

TROOPS

Leman Russ (Hull Heavy Bolter)
Leman Russ (Hull Lascannon)
Leman Russ (Hull Lascannon)
Leman Russ Conquerer (3 Heavy Bolters)

HEAVY SUPPORT

Leman Russ Demolisher (Plasma Cannons, Lascannon)
Leman Russ Demolisher (Plasma Cannons, Lascannon)
Destroyer Tank Hunter

-2'000pts-

SUPER HEAVY REINFORCEMENTS

Baneblade (Upgrades*)
Macharius (Vulcan Mega Bolter, Upgrades)

-3'000pts-

*Not seen the Apocalypse rules for the Baneblade in depth, but I've left over 80 points to buy additional upgrades for the 2 super heavies.

This adds up to about £350, which isn't too shabby for a 3000pt army. Feel free to leave any thoughts or suggestions on the list in the comments section. Here's my planned colour scheme, courtesy of Dawn of War:




The guys over at Golden Throne have given me some brilliant tips to help with painting large numbers of tanks, check them out.

In other news, I've nearly painted up a Rhino, which I will probably use to mount my Baal/Whirlwind turrets on when I need to. I've found another Rhino in my bits box, so I might assemble that soon.

-Gavin

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Devastators WiP

Since I use Dev's in all my lists, it's high time I got some painted. Heres they are, in all their basecoated glory. Not much to look at, they need a lot of work yet.

-Gavin

Monday, 10 September 2007

Forge World - New IG Tank / Tau Remora

I saw these on WarSeer today, and decided they're so cool they have to go on here. Behold:



It's a Macharius Super-Heavy with Vulcan Mega Bolters! This thing is a beast, and a snap at 450 points. More pictures are available here. The Mega Bolters are Heavy 15, S6 AP3 weapons, so not something you'd want to mess with - from the looks of it they might be twin linked.

The second Forge World item we have here is the new Tau Remora fighter drone. This is an armour 10 skimmer with Stealth Generator, Networked Markerlight, Seeker Missile, Targeting Array and twin linked 36" range Burst Cannons, 110 points. It can be upgraded with a Blacksun Filter if need be.

More pictures are available here, and rules for both are available for download here. Note that the points cost for the Macharius is wrong on the PDF (it should be 375 basic cost, +80 for the weapons), and the Remora is labeled as a Leman Russ. That's the legendary Forge World proof readers for you.

2000 points of Tau

Well I decided to write up a list for the next battle to try and combat either Space Marines or Eldar. Its just a slight deviation of my standard list with a few things that I would like to try:

2,000pt Tau List

Command Squad

Shas'O with plasma rifle, missile pod, shield generator, multi-tracker, drone controller with two gun drones and stimulant injector
Shas'vre with twin-linked plasma rifle, shield generator, target lock & drone controller with two gun drones.
Shas'vre with twinlinked missile pod, shield generator, target lock & drone controller with two gun drones.
They are bonded.

Stealth team 5 Stealth Suits, one upgraded to shas'vre with fusion blaster. Bonded

Monat -Shas'vre with air burster fragmentation projector, burst cannon, shield generator with multi-tracker.

3 Fire Warrior Squads Each have 12 members, with an upgraded Shas'ui. The Shas'ui has a markerlight and target lock. The teams are bonded.

Vespids 1 Strain leader with 10 Stingwings

Pathfinders with Devilfish 6 Pathfinders with upgraded Shas'ui. 3 have rail-rifles
The Devilfish has decoy launchers, a disruption pod, multi-tracker, targetting array and target lock

Hammerhead Railgun and burst cannons. Also has decoy launchers, disruption pod, multi-tracker & target lock with a blacksun filter

Hammerhead Ion Cannon and smart missile system. Also has decoy launchers, disruption pod, multi-tracker & target lock with a seeker missile

Sniper Teams 2 Sniper teams

Total - 2'000pts




Basically, I've modeled my army to be good against most things. I love the command squad. Most people hate the idea of putting too many eggs in one basket, but this kitted out squad can just about take any unit on - marine hunting with the plasma, tank busting with the missile pods and mass infantry killing with the drones and other weapons, plus they're hard as nails. The gun drones can be expected to die, however they do help add more shots to the unit and obscure the suits.

My stealth team is my signature piece. I love these guys, partly because everyone else hates them. They pop out, shoot you and pop back again whilst you find it extremely hard to hit them because of the stealth generators. I upgraded them with a fusion blaster in case I have to go tank hunting too, although looking at the amount of tank piercing guns I have it shouldn't be too bad unless I'm against the land raider (which I may be playing either alongside or against next game).

The Monat can be changeable if need be, this is my mass infantry killing unit and the bane of Eldar Guardians. The fragmentation projector ignores their armour and any cover save before pinning them. He would be good as well if any marine squad bunches up.

Fire Warriors are my usual fire base, 3 squads should provide some nice covering fire as well as some useful markerlights.

Pathfinders are an interesting unit. They function both as a sniper unit and as a markerlighting one. Their rules provide easy deep strikes and allow my pathfinders to come up with an extra move before the start, useful sometimes if I want to deceive the opponent as well as making the devilfish automatically become a unit which you have to glance rather than penetrate.

Vespids are the reserves. With their fast movement and short range marine hunter guns, they will protect the fire warriors against assault squads such as the death company. With markerlights these guys are renowned for destroying large chunks of squads in one turn of shooting.

Again two hammerheads, with two different functions. You may have noticed the rail-gun one has a blacksun filter. Considering the different types of games and the chance of having a night fighting game, I thought it wise to equip it with a blacksun filter so it could see a maximum of 72 inches (4d6 * 3), the maximum range of its gun and be able to hide away from those tank hunters. The battlesuits have acute sense, making them likely to see fairly well whilst the other hammerhead can fire up to 24" guaranteed with its smart missile system.

As for the snipers, in the last battle they certainly scared Brad and Gav as well as distracting them. As a result I will use them to either draw fire or do some damage to any squads getting near me.

Hopefully this should be a good list.

- Sam

Deathwatch WiP


Now I've finished and posted my scouts, I'm gonna show you what I'm working on at the minute.

I've got a 10 man Deathwatch Kill Team on the go, led by a Librarian. Although I'll only be able to use them in friendly games they look awesome, are quick to paint (being all black) and would make a very good Kill Team. Besides, who can miss out on Assault 3 Heavy Bolters?

Above is the painting so far - the Black Templar is more or less done, the other two are at varying stages.

Below is another model I'm working on, the Captain of the 8th Company. I want to model and paint all 10 Captains of the Blood Angels, and this will be the first.


You can see a picture of the Captain unpainted in this old post.

-Gavin

Sniper Scouts

Here they are in all their glory. They just need Static Grass on their bases, and off they go.







I'll have some Deathwatch posted on here sometime this week, and maybe the Captain of the 8th Company.

-Gavin

Sunday, 9 September 2007

WYSIWYG Blood Angels List

I'm buying a Baal Predator and Dreadnought from a friend this month, so I'll almost have enough Blood Angels to use a 2,000pt non-proxied army. I still have to borrow a Tactical Squad and proxy a normal bike for an assault bike, but I'm very nearly there. I imagine I'll have enough models in late October.

2,000pt Blood Angels

HQ

Chaplain Grimmauld (Crozius, Rosarius, Grenades, Jump Pack)

Elites

Death Company* (10 Men, Jump Packs)

Dreadnought (Assault Cannon, Power Fist, Storm Bolter, Extra Armour)

Sniper Scouts (5 Men, 4 Rifles, 1 Missile Launcher)

Terminators (5 Men, Assault Cannon, 2 Chainfists)

Troops

Tactical Squad (10 Men, Power Sword, Missile Launcher, Flamer)

Tactical Squad (10 Men, Power Fist, Missile Launcher, Plasma Rifle)

Fast Attack

Attack Bike (Multi Melta)

Heavy Support

Devastator Squad (10 Men, 2 Plasma Cannons, 2 Lascannons)

Devastator Squad (10 Men, 2 Heavy Bolters, 2 Missile Launchers)

Baal Predator (Assault Cannons)

*Does not take up a slot, hence the 4 Elite units.

-Gavin

40K Mission Generator

Here's the Scenario Generator table we'll probably be using from now on. I've missed out what I consider the worst of the missions, and mixed the special rules used up as well. All missions use Victory Points unless stated otherwise in the mission description.

D20 Roll Mission Played Page No. Rules Used
1 Breakout 213 None
2 Rescue 190 Reserves
3 Night Fight 191 Night Fighting, Infiltrate
4 Ambush 206 Hidden Set Up, Divided Force, Reserves
5 Rearguard 212 Hidden Set Up, Deep Strike, Infiltrate, Divided Force
6 - - As above with Night Fighting
7 Patrol 191 Escalation, Reserves, Deep Strike, Infiltrate
8 - - Random Game Length, Reserves
9 - - None
10 Take and Hold 83 Escalation, Reserves, Deep Strike, Infiltrate
11 - - None
12 Recon 83 Dawn, Infiltrate
13 - - Infiltrate, Forced Deep Strike*
14 Cleanse 81 Escalation, Reserves, Deep Strike, Infiltrate
15 - - Dawn, Infiltrate
16 - - None
17 Seek and Destroy 82 Escalation, Reserves, Deep Strike, Infiltrate
18 - - Dawn, Infiltrate, Reserves, Deep Strike
19 - - Night Fighting, Infiltrate
20 - - None

* = All units that can Deep Strike (for no extra cost) must start in reserves and enter via Deep Strike on the usual turn.

-Gavin

Thursday, 30 August 2007

General Update 2

Nothing noteworthy has happened since the last update, which explains the lack of posts. In short:

-The planned game between Brad and Sam didn't happen.
-My scouts are now fully painted (pictures soon), and my Captain is well on his way.

...and er, thats about it. More posts soon.

-Gavin

Thursday, 23 August 2007

General Update

We've had another game of 2'000pts today, with Blood Angels and Tau battling it out. I controlled half the Blood Angels army, Brad controlled the other half and Sam controlled the Tau. Result was a Solid Victory for me and Brad, we managed to capture a quarter which won the game for us. It was close though. The lists used were more or less the same as the last battle posted.

I'm roughly half way through my Sniper Scouts squad, expect them to be posted as soon as I have some time off work. Alex's monolith is getting there and Sam has discovered the joys of Dark Crusade, although he can't play it online. Friday night will be a 2,000pt battle between Brad's Eldar and Sam's Tau, which will probably be the last game for a while.

-Gavin

Sunday, 19 August 2007

News - High Elves Update

Coming soon from GW, the new High Elf models. Looking pretty good, it's just a pity that the old plastics spearmen and archers are staying for now.










The Mages (as yet unseen, by me anyway) and Prince are apparently plastic.

- Gavin

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Blood Angels vs Tau

Earlier today the Blood Angels of the 3rd Company took to the field under my command for the second time, once more against the corrupt xenos species known as "Tau". Scum.

I chose my army very carefully. Sam was expecting me to deploy very little on the board at the start, and then move in several assault squads - so he chose plenty of maneuverable suits with short range heavy weapons, and two hammerhead gunships that the Assault Squads would be unable to destroy. Knowing this, I decided to abandon my usual army lists, and took three squads of Devastators, backed up by plenty of infantry.

My numerous Heavy Bolters chewed through the Fire Warrior squads easily in the first few turns and sniper fire kept his men pinned down. While this was going on, my Terminators and Tactical Marines advanced unscathed towards his line - it looked like my plan was going to work perfectly, until his reinforcements arrived.

Sam must have breathed a sigh of relief as his Hammerheads arrived, and killed an entire scout squad with one shot. I bet he was crying inside when one Lascannon armed marine killed all 3 of his tanks one after the other. The arrival of the Death Company was timely indeed, as they charged the same turn as my Terminators, and wiped out the rest of his infantry. At the end of the game all that was left were his Crisis and Stealth suits, hiding behind some rocks. In Sam's defense my army list was not what he expected at all, and he had the bad luck that I usually get.

So far my Blood Angels are undefeated, I hope it lasts....

Here's my army list:

Captain Adeon - Power Fist, Plasma Pistol

Chaplain Grimmauld - Jump Pack

10 Death Company - Jump Packs

5 Terminators - Assault Cannon

5 Scouts - Sniper Rifles, Missile Launcher

10 Tactical Marines - Power Sword, Flamer, Lascannon

10 Tactical Marines - Power Fist, Flamer, Lascannon

10 Devastators - 4 Heavy Bolters

10 Devastators - 4 Heavy Bolters

10 Devastators - 4 Multi Meltas

I loved using this list, the Terminators especially are fantastic. They seem to be able to survive anything that gets thrown at them, so they'll be in many of the lists I write in future. The sniper scouts were impressive for their points, I'm certain they'll see plenty of action too.

The main mistake in this list were the Multi Meltas, they needed to be much closer to do some damage, so I won't take them without a transport in future, unless the enemy plan on coming towards me. I would have been much better served by taking a second Heavy Bolter squad, or maybe an Assault Squad.

-Gavin

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Tau vs Blood Angels

Well after the defeat the other day, my Tau have decided to hunt down and exterminate the hated Blood Angels, the primary threat of the Tau due to their brutal close combat abilities. The Tau Commander, Shas'O Ukos, leader of the campaign has decided to meet a small force of Blood Angels and hopefully wipe out some reinforcements using fast mobile Tau battlesuits and auxiliaries combined with the firepower of 4 Fire Warrior teams and some tanks

My list is as follows:

Shas'O Ukos
Plasma Rifle, Missile Pod, Shield Generator, Multi-tracker, Drone Controller, 2 Gun Drones, Stimulant Injector

Bodyguard

Tor, Twinlinked Plasmas, Shield Generator, Drone Controller and 2 Gun Drones, bonded and with a target lock

Kor, Twinlinked Missile Pods, Shield Generator, Drone Controller and 2 Gun Drones with a target lock



Elites

5 Stealths with Shas'vre and are bonded, one with a Fusion Blaster

Shas'vre, Plasma Rifle, Missile Pod, shield Generator, multi-tracker, bonded

Troops

4 Fire Warrior Squads with 12 men, Shas'ui, markerlight, target lock and bonded

Fast Attack

6 Pathfinders with a Shas'ui, bonded and 3 have rail rifles as well as having photon grenades

Attached Devilfish with Target Array, multi-tracker, 2 Seeker Missiles, Decoy Launchers and Disruption Pod

10 Vespids plus a Strain leader

Heavy Support

Hammerhead 1- Railgun with 2 Burst Cannons, multi-tracker, target lock, disruption pod, decoy launchers and 1 seeker missiles

Hammerhead 2- Ion Cannon with Smart Missile System, multi-tracker, target lock, disruption pod and decoy launchers

I'm hoping that these prove an effective element against the fast Blood Angels army, being able to dodge and whittle down the forces against them.

- Sam

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Monolith WIP

Hello there! I have decided to do a WIP for my Necron Monolith - as you can see in the picture below, it is of the same colour scheme as my warriors.

S
o far I've done two sides, the base and the column, theyre pretty roughly painted at the moment and I could do with touching them up a little. Next up will be putting the guns on along with the other two sides. All four sides are meant to hold the guns in place in glued so that they are flexible! Anywho I shall keep you guys updated when I do some more.

-Alex

Monday, 13 August 2007

Blood Angels Reinforcements

I've recently bought some more units to fit into my list, and have also been given a load of goodies by Alex - my army is taking shape! I shouldn't have to proxy models for much longer.

Here is a summary of my new Blood Angels:

HQ





I already owned a Chaplain with jump pack, which was serving me nicely. To that I can now add a Chaplain on foot (should I need one, for s
ome reason), and a converted Jump Pack captain. The Chaplain was a gift from Al, and I couldn't resist making the captain up from my bits box. Backpacks need to be added, and I want to change the Chaplains base for a large round one, a habit of mine - to distinguish the officers from the troops and veterans.


I have also been given two identical Sanguinary Priests (Blood Angel medics). I shall probably give one a jump pack, just in case.

Devastators


By combining the plastic Devastator box and a plastic Combat Squad box with my bits box (which is full of metal heavy weapons, for some reason), I can assemble:

  • 4 Veteran Sergeants (armed with Bolters, 3 of them are identical metal models!)
  • 4 Multi Melta Devs
  • 3 Lascannon Devs
  • 3 Missile Launcher Devs
  • 2 Heavy Bolter Devs
  • 3 Plasma Cannon Devs
This will give me a wide selection of heavy weapons to use, I could even field four Devastator squads if I wished (and had an extra HS slot!). I plan to use as many bare heads and grooved legs as possible, so they can be fitted into both tactical and devastator squads with ease - I just need to stock up on fodder Devastators to use them effectively.

Scouts


I've bought and assembled a box of Sniper Scouts, which are handily in my 2000pt list. I want to paint these first.

Variant Sergeants


I've made a few variant Sergeants up as well, armed with power fists and suchlike. This will allow me to change my list in future without remodeling my old Sergeants.

All I need to buy now is a Terminator Librarian, 20 Assault Marines, 2 Forgeworld upgrade packs, 3 Land Speeders and a Razorback. Gonna take me a few months.

- Gavin

Mega Battle - The Report

This is the Mega Battle we had on Tuesday 7th August, 2007. In one corner we have Sam, using 4000 points of Tau. Facing off against this hideous amount of firepower, we have a combined Eldar and Blood Angels list, split evenly into two 2000pt detachments.

The Forces

Sam's 4000pt Tau List.

Brad's 2000pt Eldar List

Gavin's 2000pt Blood Angels List

The Terrain

We took it in turns to cover the board with terrain. A large ammount of boulders obscured Sam's firing in the centre of the board, to the left of the board was a trench system made up of sandbag walls, with a large ruined building positioned on the right side. There were also a few pieces of light cover scattered around, with a few columns to hide behind.

The Deployment

We were using the escalation rules in this game, so only the infantry started on the board, with the exception of the pathfinders and their devilish. Team Brav won both the rolls to choose board side, and deploy first.

Brad deployed 2 Farseers, 4 squads of Guardians, one squad of Scorpions and one squad of Dark Reapers. The Dark Reapers hung back in some light cover from which they rained death throughout the game. One squad of Guardians and a Farseer stayed back to support them, with the other Farseer leading the 3 squads of Guardians in the ruins. The Scorpions hid in the rocks, very close to the Tau lines (thanks to infiltration!).

Sam deployed 3 full Fire Warrior Squads, a full Kroot squad, a pathfinder squad (with Devlifish) and 2 squads of Stealth Suits. The Fire Warriors lined up in the best firing positions available (only one squad made it to cover), the pathfinders scouted to the left side of the board to snipe from, and the Kroot deployed in front of the Fire Warriors to protect them. On the right side of the board, the Stealth Suits infiltrated towards the ruins, hoping to wipe out 3 squads of Eldar as early as possible.

Gavin's whole army must have been in a Battle Barge or something, because they weren't on the board at all!

Sam rolled first turn.

Sam Turn One

  • Stealth suits move into ruins occupied by a squad of Eldar Guardians, thanks to their infiltration move.
  • They kill 6 Guardians, forcing the squad to flee - somehow they rolled a 12 on their Ld test!
  • The Scorpions are marker lighted by a Fire Warrior Shas'ui - the rest of the squad could not shoot.
  • Another unit of Fire Warriors kill 3 Guardians standing just outside the ruins.
  • The Kroot use marker lights to fire on the infiltrating Scorpions, killing none of them, even with a barrage of 28 shots!
  • The Devilfish also attempts to kill some Scorpions, killing none at all.
  • The Pathfinders use their Rail Rifles to snipe a single guardian on the other side of the board.
  • One squad of Stealth suits moves back to hide, leaving the other unit trapped in difficult terrain.

Sam

In this turn, instead of getting the kroot to go forward, I should have left them behind the fire warriors so that the Scorpions would have had to charge the fire warriors instead and on the next turn, counter charge with the Kroot which would have wiped out the scorpions according to the calculations I did later.

Brad
In my opinion, the Kroot wouldn't have wiped out the Scorpions anyway, but it certainly was a big mistake moving them forward, and Sam paid dearly for it.

Brav Turn One

  • The fleeing Guardians don't rally, moving further away from the carnage.
  • The other 2 squads of Guardians close in on the stranded Stealth Suits.
  • Scorpions stalk the Kroot from the safety of the rocks, ready to pounce.
  • The lead Farseer casts Eldritch storm on the Fire Warriors and Kroot, who are about to be crushed by the Scorpions. It kills only a Kroot and a Fire Warrior - he makes up for this by casting Fortune on a nearby guardian squad.
  • The Dark Reapers kill 5 of the 6 pathfinders, in a glorious turn of shooting. The Shas'ui passes his all alone test.
  • A Missile from the Guardian squad defending the reapers destroys the Devilfish in one shot, with 2 Gun Drones escaping.
  • The Eldar Guardians in the ruins kill 4 Stealth Team members from the stranded squad, with the last one falling back.
  • The Scorpions charge, killing 8 Kroot. The shocked Kroot fight back by killing 2 Scorpions. The Exarch then kills one more Kroot with his Scorpions Claw.

Brad
Yeah Sam pretty much got mowed in this turn, there's no two ways about it. The only thing I would say was particularly lucky was taking out the Devilfish in one shot. Can't believe that one Pathfinder survived the Dark Reaper fire, and didn't even fall back.

Gavin
I did nothing in this turn, but it looked as if it was a good start for the Eldar. Combat on the first turn is something you only usualy dream about when fighting against Tau.


Sam Turn 2

  • Sam's Tau get some reinforcements - the Hammerhead with Rail Gun, Broadside and both Monats.
  • The last Stealth Suit from the stranded squad runs off the board.
  • A squad of Fire Warriors retreat a safe distance away from the melee involving the scorpions - but it won't be far enough!
  • The Broadside sniped a Guardian, on the other side of the board, with a Railgun.
  • The Hammerhead missed all it's shots.
  • The squad of fleeing Guardians were pinned by Gun Drones, stopping them from leaving the board!
  • Sam measured the range on a guess range weapon, so we counted it as not firing.
  • Combat - Sam loses 7 Kroot, Brad loses 1 Scorpion. The Kroot flee, the Scorpions consolidate.

Sam
I forgot to use my Stealth Suits bonded rule..... 2 mistakes so far!

Gavin
Thank god that the Kroot fled in Sam's turn, leaving the Scorpions safe from Sam's firepower.

Brav Turn 2

  • Brad's Fire Prism arrives to join in.
  • All of Gavin's Blood Angels with jump packs arrive - but far too early! 3 Squads deepstrike into the heart of Sam's army, hoping to engage his men in combat before too many Tau reinforcments arrive.
  • Since they can't charge, the Blood Angels shoot, killing one single Fire Warrior. The Death company try in vain to penetrate the rear armour of the Hammerhead with Pistols.
  • The lead Farseer kills a Monat's Gun Drones with Eldritch Storm.
  • The Dark Reapers kill 8 Fire Warriors in one volley.
  • The Fire Prism annihilates 6 Fire Warriors in a single shot! Points well spent.
  • The Scorpions charge in again! They kill a whole unit of Fire Warriors, and move on into a second unit of Fire Warriors.
  • The Guardians in the ruins charge the Monat who still has his Drones, killing the drones.
Brad
I was loving the Fire Prism shot in this round, as soon as it arrived it kicked some ass, just a shame it went down so early in the next round.

Gavin
I was worried at this point, and doubting the wisdom of Deep Striking my entire army. The game rested on Sam's reinforcements in Turn 3, if he managed to drop enough Crisis Suits he could wipe out my army in one turn - if he failed his reserve rolls, I could tear the still beating heart from the corpse of his army!

Sam Turn 3

  • Tau Reinforcements - Second Broadside, Devilfish with Fire Warriors, Auxiliary Command Squad, Vespids
  • The lone Pathfinder markerlights an Assault Squad.
  • Death Company are markerlighted once out of 3 attempts from Shas'uis.
  • The last Stealth Team open fire, killing 5 Guardians
  • The newly arrived Vespids use the Markerlights to kill the whole Death Company. There is much rejoicing from Sam, and Gavin will probably have nightmares about Vepids for the next few weeks.
  • The Commander and his bodyguard finish off the Chaplain. The Fire Warriors finish off the Assault Squad. Sam celebrates, he's wiped out half of Gavin's army already!
  • The Broadside destroys the Fire Prism in a single shot. Sam reaches a state of oneness with the universe.
  • Combat with the Scorpions continues, although we forgot who killed who!

Sam
My best turn here. I managed to seriously do some damage to the Blood Angels, meaning that the following turn, the assault squads couldn't do anything to me. I also managed to down the Fire Prism, something that would have caused a lot of havoc. In all, the dice were with me here.

Brad
There were many tears in the Brav camp in this turn. I can't believe Sam's Vespids came on - as soon as we saw them, we knew there was going to be some maulage. Also it seems we forgot to write down the combat with the Scorpions, I know one of the Scorpions died, and several of the Fire Warriors did as expected.

Gavin
Bugger. At least one assault squad was left alive, and Mephiton was unscathed.

Brav Turn 3

  • The Wave Serpent joins the battle.
  • Gavin's single Tactical squad and his Devastators arrive by drop pod, and his Terminators teleport onto the battle field.
  • Mephiston suffers a wound trying to summon wings of sanguinius. WTF?
  • The Devastators open fire and kill 8 of the 10 Vespids! The Terminators follow suit, and a Crisis Bodyguard falls to assault cannon fire.
  • The Tactical squad shoot at a nearby Fire Warrior squad, 6 Tau die and the Plasma gunner suffers a fatal overheat.
  • The Dark Reapers kill 3 Fire Warriors, a pretty poor performance. A Guardian Squad kills the destroyed Devilfishes Drones.
  • The newly arrived Wave Serpent stuns the Hammerhead with Railgun, making it easier to destroy next turn.
  • Mephiston suffers a wound summoning the Might of Heroes.
  • Gavin regrets spending so many points on Mephiston
  • The Guardians in the ruins engage a Monat and Stealth Team in combat, killing the Crisis for the loss of one man.
  • The Crisis engaged by Mephiston is killed by a lowly Guardian! Mephistion is officially useless.
  • The Scorpions finish the turn by killing 3 Fire Warriors in combat, losing none of their own.

Sam
Ow, this turn wasn't too good in combats. The Hammerhead was open to some good movement from Brad which was why it got mauled quickly. Nice to know Mephiston likes me so much he gives me points :D

Brad
A pretty decent performance from the Guardians in this round, I was pleasantly surprised. Yet again Gav's luck fails us, no idea how Mephiston managed to wound himself twice, it was so unlucky.

Gavin
No comment.

Sam Turn 4

  • All of Sam's army arrives, apart from the last Hammerhead.
  • The last few Kroot regroup, after running several miles.
  • A newly arrived Crisis Suit fails to blow up Wave Serpent from behind, proving once again how hard the Eldar tanks are.
  • 5 Devastators fall to the Vespids and Crisis Teams firepower.
  • Only 4 of the 5 Terminators fall to the combined fire of the honor guard and 7 Crisis Suits armed with Plasma and Fusion weaponry, leaving Sam furious.
  • Sam's Commander and Bodyguard charge the Devastators, and the bodyguard is wounded. The Vespids offer support, but no Marines die to their pitiful blows.
  • Combat - Farseer kills a Stealth Suit. Stealth Suits kill a Guardian. Scorpions kill all but 1 Fire Warrior, who flee. Scorpions run him down, and charge into a Broadside.

Sam
The aim of the Vespids was to hold up the Devastators in combat, along with the squad in there with them. It meant that they didn't shoot any heavy weapons for the entire game. It was a pity the last terminator didn't fall though. This would have meant that the Honour Guard might have been able to deal with the assault squad more effectively. The good thing is that my Broadside got into combat, meaning I effectively pinned the scorpions in place so that later on, my kroot could finish them.

Brad
I pretty much only charged the Scorpions into the Broadside here because he was the only enemy close, and they would have fallen to gunfire anyway.

Gavin
I think Sam made a fatal error by charging his suits in. Even Devastators outclass Tau in close combat, all Sam managed to do with that charge was sign his commanders Death Warrant. I was very impressed by the resilience of the Terminators, not many 5 man squads can survive that kind of firepower and leave a man standing.

Brav Turn 4

  • Gav's Baal Predator arrives as reinforcements.
  • The main Farseer casts fortune on himself and the warlock aiding him.
  • The Dire Avengers disembark and charge a Crisis Suit.
  • Mephiston finally passes a psychic test and flies to aid the Farseer in combat.
  • Gavin forgets to shoot his Baal.
  • The assault marines move into position to attack the honour guard.
  • Combat - Assault Marines kill 9 Honor Guard, Terminator does jack shit. The Tactical Marines kill Commanders Bodyguard. Mephiston kills none, but Honor Guard kill 2. The Dire Avengers kill the Crisis suit they were fighting. The Broadside kills the last Scorpion, the Exarch kills a drone.
Gavin
He he he, that is the kind of combat I want! 9 Honor Guard killed in the charge is a fantastic result.

Sam Turn 5

  • The last Hammerhead does not arrive! Team Brav almost cheer.
  • Sam finally silences the mighty Storm Bolter on the Drop Pod, by blowing it up.
  • Broadside trys to kill the Baal, but is pitiful and fails.
  • The other mighty Drop Pod is annihilated.
  • The Baal is hit by a Seeker Missile, but survives.
  • The Kroot charge the Lone Scorpion exarch, and kill him.
  • The remaining Crisis suits charge in to assist their commanders in the melee.
  • Assault Marines kill the ethereal, and move in to assist the terminator, just as he dies.

Sam
I needed the terminator to die in my turn. If he had, without the Honour Guard firing at him, it would have resulted in the honour guard being able to fire on the assault marines, doing some damage at least.

Brad
Finally the Scorpions die, but they certainly made their points so it was all good, not much else exciting happened in this round, it was good that the assault marines managed to kill the ethereal though.

Gavin
Sam was treating the Drop Pods as if they were Land Raiders in this turn, putting nearly all his firepower towards them. Why he was so terrified of 2 Storm Bolters I will never know.

Brav Turn 5

  • The Falcon finally arrives, along with the Whirlwind.
  • Mephiston fails his psychic test yet again!
  • The Wave Serpent destroys a gun on the devilfish, and the Baal wipes up a Fire Warrior squad. The Falcon destroys the last Devilfish.
  • The mighty whirlwind misses it's first and only shot.
  • The rest of the infantry optimise their positions, getting into cover.
  • Combat - A crisis suit fighting the tactical marines takes a wound. The Tau retaliate by killing 2 tactical marines. The assault marines in combat with the crisis suits avenge the terminator by killing both bodyguards and a drone in the commanders squad.

Brad
A good performance from the assault marines yet again, it was good to see, especially for Gav since he didn't have much else left.

Gavin
Whirlwinds - why are they so useless?

Sam Turn 6

  • The last Hammerhead finally arrives and takes up position on the flank of the Baal and Falcon, Sam celebrates prematurely.
  • A Broadside blows up the Whirlwind with ease, with the second Broadside taking out the assault cannon on the Baal predator.
  • The Hammerhead kills 4 Dire Avengers, their morale holds.
  • Combat - Assault marines kill 2 gun drones, the Tau commander kills 2 marines. The devastators and tactical marines kill one bodyguard and wound the commander twice.

Sam
Here I should have moved the Hammerhead on in a different place, perhaps away from the Falcon in order to destroy the Dire Avengers. It is annoying that it came right at the end where it didn't do much good.

Gavin
The Assault Marines seem to have slowed down here, which is a pity.

Brav Turn 6

  • The Fire dragons disembark from the falcon and proceed to annihilate the Hammerhead. The Falcon takes out the Broadsides' drones.
  • The Wave Serpent attempts to finish off the Kroot but only kills a hound.
  • The Farseers spells combined with the Dark Reaper exarch finishes off the last fire warrior squad.
  • Combat - The assault marines take out two drones, while the tactical marines finish off a bodyguard.

Brad
Mostly just mopping up here but all in all it was a good turn. I was thinking the Fire Dragons weren't going to do anything, and I was unsure of their abilities when facing a skimmer but it turns out they live up to their position as tank hunters and kicked ass. We almost got full points for the Kroot squad but that little jammy git was left at the end.



Result

Brad - Major Victory
Gavin - Minor Victory
Sam - Loss

We decided on this result because while Team Brav annihalated almost all of Sams army (and would have mopped them up with ease given 3 more turns), Gavin lost 3/4 of his army, compared to Brads 1/4 losses.


- Gavin, Brad and Sam

Sunday, 12 August 2007

How to take a decent photograph.

Well since I've got the facilities, I thought I better take some photographs. Now Gavin has lent me his studio so I took some photographs using that, a daylight bulb and a tripod, using my Fuji Finepix F700.

Here are some of the better photos that I took:




  • Farseer painted by Brad.
  • Blood Angel, Ethereal and Crisis Suit painted by Gavin.
  • Fire Warrior painted by myself.

My apologies for not being able to play around with these images, but I blame the blog......

Anyway, onto tips. As you can see, I used the studio. The two colours for the background were blue and grey. Now personally, because I take a lot of photographs of bone, I love taking pictures with a blue background, it highlights the models extremely well and provides a good contrast to the models, enabling you to see the details easily. When I haven't done this was when I used Gav's blue Tau and Brad's Eldar. Personally, I would only use this unfrequently, preferably when using it for blue models, but it has reduced the shadows in those pictures.

I took the photographs using daylight and a GLS Bulb, a daylight bulb in other words. It was about 7 in the evening, in the summer and the light was at an angle and strong, coming through the conservatory window providing plenty of light. To prevent too much light getting into the lense I had the back of the studio to the window, so it only got indirect natural light, nothing else. I used the GLS bulb as a more direct source of light meaning I could play around with my direct lighting. I believe you can get these bulbs in the shops pretty cheaply too, so I recommend buying one if you are going to do some photography work. Hopefully Gav will provide the prices for each particular thing later on.

OK, onto the photography. Close up detail shots require either a steady hand, or the use of a tripod. These things prevent hand shake and are adjustable to the degree of photography you want, I believe you can pick them up at places like Jessops cheaply, even for small handheld cameras. Due to the height of the tripod, however, I was forced to raise the surface of the studio slightly with books in order to take the pictures at an angle I preferred, as you can tell. Finally, to take the photograph I used a macro function, allowing me to take close range shots of the subject. Check your camera manual for how to do it, as it will give a distance of focus at which you can take the photograph from, mine is 9cm. Take as many photos of your subject as you like, remember, if you are using a digital camera, you can delete your work, effectively being able to perfect your shots.

If you haven't got a studio, a contrasting surface and the daylight bulb will work just as well. My early photographs used the laminated floor of my bedroom and a white bookcase.

Hopefully this will help. This guide should assist you when taking photographs of objects. If you want, you can provide a scale too - a ruler in metric measurements is the usual measure, however if need be, using something unorthodox will work just as well like a thumb or even a pen, it all depends on what you have to hand. Anything which is of a known size will work.

Finally a few tips.

  1. Try messing around. Have fun, do different things and then play around with the images on your computer. Ensure that they are at least slightly accurate and keep a record of how you altered them if need be.
  2. For perfectionism, take pictures of small coins. Taking ones of multiple objects should challenge you.
  3. Have fun.

-Sam

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

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- Alex

News - Space Marine Apocalypse Releases

Stolen from Bell of Lost Souls, here are some pictures of the new Space Marine units for Codex:Apocalypse. First up is the Land Raider Terminus, a new Raider variant. It has many, many Lascannons but no transport capability - making it the opposite of the Crusader.



Here we have the new "Masters of the Chapter", which is a collection of 4 Company Captains. I love these models, and will definitely be getting them to use. Being a fool, I've been planning to make models for all 10 Blood Angels Company Captains, and this set will definitely help me along the way. Add to these 4 the original metal models, I have 6 of the 10 models covered already! I just need to add 4 Plastic Commanders, and I'm good.



Bigger pictures here.

- Gavin

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