40k with Superheavies

It’s been a while and I’ve been a little remiss in posting. Mostly I was obtaining rhinos and razorbacks for my Templars and just giving them a litte love. They still are in desperate need of a solid finish and some of them are in real need of stripping back.

I was also getting ready to give Guild Ball a look. I’ve printed out all the rules and made every miniature as a standee and made all the templates. Got to love having access to a laser. I was really looking forward to getting in my first game too.


Last Friday I got to lay some games. My first game was 40k and I stood there aghast as my friend lay out his forces. He’d warned me he was going with total cheese so I was expecting his new Sicarus and the return of the Scorpius tanks. What I wasn’t expecting was a grand total of 10 troops, 1 carefully chosen warlord (a Master of the Forge so he could take ll the relic tanks), 2 scorpius tanks, the sicarus and then this backed up with an allied Knight and a Lord of War superheavy choice; a Typhon Heavy Siege Tank! To top it off he chose to play his Wolf Legionnairres as Iron Hands so all his vehicles healed damage!

I thought I’d gone cheesy, I was wrong. My force was actually quite a playable force and I was very happy with it. For my part I went with a Captain with the Teeth of Terra and the Shield Eternal (a squad killer – unfortunately my opponent had very little in the way of squads) leading a command squad all in a standard razorback, a crusader squad of 9 marines and a sword brother equipped with bolters in a standard rhino, a 5-man scout sniper squad, a vindicator and I finally(!) got to use my Spartan assault tank loaded up with a 7-man Terminator assault squad (6 with Thunder-hammers and Storm Shields, the other with lightning claws) led by a chaplain in terminator armour.

I managed to secure first turn without my opponent stealing it. The quad lasers of my Spartan opened up on his Typhon and would continue to do so whilst the Spartan existed. Ultimately it would take off a fair few hull points but the fact the Typhon could laim a bunch of extra rules, being a super heavy, kept it in the game and able to shoot no matter what. My snipers killed a couple of marines before being exterminated by the Sicarus and knight. My razorback made it most of the way across the table, just about in one piece, before being obliterated by the Sicarus, the command squad being wiped out by the sicarus in the turn it blew up the razorback. My Captain was on one wound and was left being accompanied by the apothecary. The captain wiped out one of his squads (the apothecary died en route) before being killed off by the sicarus. On the opposite side of the table the rhino made it across the field, deposited the 10 man crusader squad who finished off his warlord and his other 5-man squad before being wiped out of existance in one turn by the pair of Scorpius (Scorpii?). The rhino was left on one hull point and almost drew the game for me, claiming an objective. 

The middle of the table saw the Typhon and Knight slowly take chunks out of the Spartan until the terminators assaulted out the front 6 inches away from the front of the Typhon ready to charge. Unfortunatley I rolled a 3 on the charge and they stood in the open ready to die. The lightning claws marine died in a salvo from the Typhon. The knight charged the rest and killed only 1 terminator! Over the course of 3 turns the knight rolled 9 to hit rolls, needing a 4+ to hit. Only 2 of the 9 scored hits and both were saved. All terminator deaths from the knight were from stomp attacks rather than the d-weapon. In the end, amazingly, the terminators won the dual and destroyed the knight! The inevitable explosion killed off more terminators and the last two weren’t enough to survive what was left of my opponents tanks – all of them!

And the vindicator? Destroyed in my opponents first turn having fired a single shot!

But it was fun. It was almost a draw and would have been had it ended in turn 5. Unfortunately (althought rightly) it went into turn 6 and I conceded to my opponent. I had 1 rhino, on one hull point, holding an objective but unless he suddenly couldnt hit for toffee the game was over.

So I had my first experience of Lords of War and Super Heavies. The only thing I found was I wish I knew before hand. I was lucky I had my Spartan full of terminators or the game would have been null. I’m not sure about the rules for Superheavies. They already have lots of hull points and high armour. I’m not sure ignoring results on the penetrating hits table is entirely justified. But, what it’s really left me with, is a desire to own my own Superheavy 🙂 (And a sicarus!). I’m not sure I’ll get to use one but it’s a lovely idea. Also I shouldve fielded a knight but thought at the time that would have been unfair! (lol – good ol’ hindsight).

So then we tried Guild Ball. Once I began to understand it I really got into it. But it is a game where I would advise both layers to have read the rules first. There is also information missing from the rules unfortunately which impacted negatively before we even managed to start. The intro game is played on a 2×2′ field but there is no information on how to set this up like there is with the 3×3′ field. I found the kick off rules very vague too and this, I think, put my opponent off before we even got into the game. He certainly never seemed to settle into the game and, choosing the engineers, didn’t particularly enjoy his team either. He’s not keen on denial tactics and this seemed to be their thing. I played as the butchers and very much liked the play style. We ended early, I believe my opponent just wasn’t enjoying the game unfortunately (although he did say he’d like to try again with a different team). I’m looking forward to trying again in the near future.

The week ahead promises some gaming too, maybe infinity, 40k or even Guild Ball!

Stick to one project dammit!

My limited hobby time this week was spent all over my projects…

Monday I was exhausted after my daughter’s birthday party Sunday so instead of roleplaying we played a game of Relic. I appreciate my friends letting me get away with this (especially seeing as I won!) although they’re beginning to realise how lucky I am (really I’m just a genius strategist – not!) and seem to think this gives me an unfair advantage. I just win so many games.

The rest of the week I tried to paint when I had the time. I made the parts I needed for the scorpius but progressed it no further. I continued on Rupert a little but mostly I worked on my white Templar. I wish I was a better painter. I spend too much time frustrated at my skill level that I often wonder if I spent the time patiently applying thin layers would I actually improve.

I’ve got two new books to help me. Part 1 of the Forgeworld painting guide and I was one of the lucky few that got one of the first run of Angel Giraldez new book. Signed too 😀

Beasts of War talked about Batman again today… Darn them but I want a joker gang!

No progress on DZC scourge force but I hope to utilise my airbrush soon. I have plans for them! 

Finally… My first game of Infinity next week. I’m intrigued, but not enough to buy any more forces thank goodness. 

Scorpius mk.1

After my game last Friday I decided I’d like a Scorpius or two of my own. As I don’t own any Whirlwinds having something that could be utilised as both works for me. The Scorpius based on the Deimos pattern framework.

So I started looking for mk.1 whirlwinds to use as the base. I quickly found some on eBay but there was one on a warhammer group on Facebook going particularly cheap due to its condition. I decided that for £10 including postage I would take the plunge…

It was truly in a bad way. Most entertaining was the way the missiles point at the tank! The first job was to break it down as much as possible and see what could be salvaged. I particularly wanted the sides and the metal parts.

It didn’t look great at this stage but the core parts had been saved. The metal parts were grit blasted clear of paint and I took as much paint off the rest of it as I could. Using illustrator I drew out the middle section and made the basic form pretty quickly.

Then I started to place the salvaged parts back onto the framework and this is where I left it for the day;

I’m enjoying it as distractions go. I ought to be working on my scourge, my ogres or my bikers but, right now, this has caught my fancy. I’ve also ordered some parts for a new Templar warlord having been inspired by a friend’s Raven Guard model. I plan to create ‘The White Templar’ to lead my assault squad.

How the week went…

It’s been a fun week. We’ve taught our daughters to play chess and Carcassone. I’ve received almost all my miniatures back from various commission painters that had them – I like to have the base coats painted and then go in and do weathering and detailing myself. I’ve continued my new found mission to rescue badly painted miniatures (imo) and give them a new lease of life as a Black Templar.

My scourge are nearly all built but I’m still not decided on a paint scheme. I’m planning on something that uses the airbrush, some shading and a bit of detailing but we’ll have to see with that. I have some liquid greenstuff now to finish preparing the models for painting so hopefully I’ll be up and running soon, before any other projects (I’m looking at you Wolsung!) turn up.

Thursday night was boardgame night with a couple of friends – we played Chaos in the Old World where – after a first turn card that shortened the game – we all lost to the a Empire. I think I was close to victory but you never can be sure in that game. Hopefully soon we’ll play a 5-man game. Afterwards we played relic but unfortunately ran out of time, relic really is the kind of game that takes the whole evening by itself.

I’ve been challenged to a game of ‘something’ next week. Possibly Wednesday night. I have a feeling this may be infinity as my friend has bought the starter set and is raving about it… Another new game?!? I have no intention in investing in it but quite happy to give it a try. Just wish we could play more of the games we already own; he’s one of the DZC players I know and the owner of Planetfall that we still haven’t played yet.

Friday was my highlight though. I went down to Southampton Sluggaz to play a long-overdue game with a friend. We’ve been back and forth all week about what to play and, in the end, we settled on a 1000pt each 40k game. His 30k Space Wolves vs my Black Templars. He put together the far better list; 2 squads of 10 marines with bolters and close combat weapons, a 5 marine unit with flamers, a warlord with killer weapon and a 2+ save, a psyker (level 2) and 2 Deimos pattern Scorpius Whirlwinds.

My list was pretty poor to be honest. I couldn’t tell you my reasoning for my choices except I wanted to try out an emperor’s champion and a drop pod. I went for a thunderhammer and stormshield wielding chapter master in terminator armour, an emperor’s champion, a venerable dreadnought with power fist and assault cannon (in a drop pod) and 2 15-man crusader units with 10 initiates and 5 neophytes. 1 unit set up for ranged and the other for close combat. The EC let the close combat unit.

The result of all this, and my poor tactical choices during the game, was that I was almost tabled (wiped out completely). At the end of the game I had my chapter master, one marine and a drop pod left. The deployment of my chapter master was probably my biggest mistake. Once again I chose to start with him in reserves and didn’t see him until turn 3. I’ve made this mistake before and it’s time to learn from it. He achieved killing a couple of men with his orbital bombardment and he destroyed a scorpius but he should’ve done more. The dreadnought and the other scorpius died in a rather epic stand-off that finished with the scorpius destroying both of them in his final volley. The emperor’s champion died in a middle of the table duel with my friends warlord when his psyker decided enough was enough and jobbed him. He had managed to hold up the warlord and his unit for 3 turns (with the 4 surviving marines that actually made it to the melee -they died swiftly once the psyker joined though) and the psyker for two turns. This led to a very surprising development – I won!

The game was a matter of taking and holding an objective (HQ) with any unit. Because of my EC he failed to reach my objective and my drop pod was sat within claiming distance of his – thanks to a lucky scatter. He had been guarding the objective with his flamer unit but between some early shots from the dreadnought and persistent shooting from the drop pod they were down to 2 men in my last turn. The drop pod fired, killed one and the other failed his leadership test and fled the table leaving the pod to claim the objective. Pure luck won me a game I had absolutely no right to win but luck really is all it needs sometimes.

I plan to completely rewrite my list with a lot of the lessons I’ve learned ready for our next game.

The scourge has begun…

I’ve begun to assemble my scourge forces. The ships are done and the ground forces are next. I’m impressed with how good the ships look, particularly my Harbingers and the Desolator. The Harbingers are far bigger than I expected them to be and I find myself wishing all the scourge transports had this styling if not size. The Harbingers have the online assembly issue out of all the models; the tail doesn’t fit cleanly onto the body. I’ll need to dig out my green stuff or procure some more.

So now I’ll sit and enjoy pondering colour schemes. Something organic, dark and threatening. I thought of the Shadow ships from Babylon 5 and the Vorlon from the same. Something along those lines is where my creative vibe is taking me at present. Something I can play with my airbrush to create hopefully. It hasn’t had anything like the use I’d planned. But the actual colours I’m undecided on. Purple, red, fleshy grey-pink or black and something… Pinterest here I come; it’s time to search for some inspiration.

A week off

I’m lucky in where I work. I enjoy my job and I work in a school which, amongst other benefits, means I get a good amount of holiday each year. I can’t decide when to take it like others can but most of the time I’m off at the same time as my wife and daughters. This has been a major improvement in my life as I used to work at the other end of a motorway doing a job with harsh deadlines and unpleasant customers and coworkers. 

I say this because I like to reflect on it when I have a week or two off. Makes me appreciate it more. 

This week I’m roleplaying tonight, hopefully having a boardgame night with friends on Thursday and then having my first taste of Sluggaz (a miniatures gaming group) in Southampton on Friday. I couldn’t say which I’m most looking forward to but I can say I’m most nervous about Friday. I don’t do well with new people. I don’t go out of my way to game with people I don’t know, in fact I avoid it. I don’t do tournaments unless my friends are with me. I can play competitively but I play for fun and people obsessed with winning ruin the hobby for me. 

One of my friends plays theme armies, they’re great but they don’t win often and he takes it to heart. Another friend researches armies, plans them out based on his opponent and plays to win. He’s fine however if he doesn’t win. They struggle to play against each other. Out of the two I actually find it easier to play the second guy. My other friend prefers to play against the first. We all share the same hobby yet so many of us approach it so differently. Friday night I’m playing a game against the ‘other’ friend. We both play for fun, we have a laugh and lots of daft comments and conversations along the way. For me that’s what it’s about. I like to win, I’m competitive as a person, but the fun along the way is more important.

So I’m rambling… The point was I don’t know what to play on Friday. My friend has given me the choice. DZC, Warzone, 40k, Planetfall or Malifeux. I don’t want another game so, as good as Malifeux’s reputation is, it’s off the cards. That slot in my repertoire will be taken by Wolsung when it arrives. My DZC army only arrived last week so it’s still in exciting looking boxes and unplayable. I’m pretty sure even with a week off I’m not going to get it ready. Planetfall actually belongs to another friend again (I know right? That’s a lot of friends for a roleplayer, geeky-nerd!) and we haven’t played yet so that wouldn’t be on.

So Warzone or 40k? I wish I could play both more often. I love the Warzone rule system but also rather fancy getting my Templars out of their display cabinet – they could do with the exercise. But Warzone would be awesome to introduce to Southampton, get more people playing it locally maybe? I really can’t decide…

In the meantime I’m looking at a big box of scourge that need assembly and a half-painted ogre tyrant that needs some love. Here the procrastinating begins, the hobby-wide ‘where do I start?’ issue. But sitting here, writing this has worked today. Today is a scourge day.

Time to open some boxes!

Where to start?

I’ve decided to record my expeditions in gaming and painting. Hopefully it’ll be a cathartic experience and will help keep me in the painting ‘zone’.

Predominantly I plan to write about my new Scourge army for Dropzone Commander (DZC). I made a great deal with Trolltrader in Newquay, I exchanged my second Warhammer 40k army for £180 in credit for Dropzone. I sat and made my shopping list, it was very exciting actually. I planned the list by checking the Hawk Forums for Scourge lists that predominantly feature the ships I like aesthetically rather than what is an effective army. I’m about the fun with this, not the winning. Hopefully having ships I like will help keep the mojo on the building and painting.

However I also aim to write and document some of my other gaming too. I love board games and have a good selection. I’ve recently received Firefly, Alchemists, Dragonriders and the latest expansion for Bloodbowl Team Manager as Christmas presents and am yet to play any of them other than Dragonriders. 

For a good while I revelled in Kickstarter and have several items now arriving; Tiny Epic Kingdoms (TEK) and Tiny Epic Defenders (TED) have recently arrived as has the update to my favourite game to play with my daughters – Luchador! I’m still waiting on several items including Harbor (US spelling), Wolsung (my birthday present from last year), Galaxy of Trian (a cross between Carcassone and Star Trek, this is for my Trekkie, Carcassone-loving wife) and a Steampunk game due later this year. 

I recently made the decision that as a game addict I would only keep one army for each game I play (except Wolsung – more on that later). So with 40k I’m keeping my beloved Black Templars, for Warzone by Prodos it’s my Imperial (I have a character named after me in Warzone!). My ‘epic-sized ‘ games are DZC (now) and Planetfall (of which I have a small force). For the fantasy genre I’ve just started an Ogre Kingdoms force for Warhammer Fantasy Battle (by small I mean I am painting my first figure currently) and for Steampunk I’m waiting on Wolsung. With Wolsung I’ve ordered a few small forces as I’m hoping to play it with my daughters. It’s also a skirmish game so only small forces are required.

Games that really intrigue me but I’m not yet committed to include Aliens vs Predator (also by Prodos), Wild West Exodus, the Batman Miniatures game and the Judge Dredd Miniatures game. I also rather enjoy a good game of Bolt Action but don’t own any miniatures and have infrequently played Dust.

I’m a backstage member of Beasts of War and weekly watch both weekender showsto find out what’s going on in the world of my hobbies. I never miss Will Wheaton’s Tabletop and occasionally watch other geek and sundry shows.

Finally, I’ve been a roleplayer since I was 12 and am currently GMing a weekly Warhammer campaign, which may get some mentions, and I’m playing a martial character with mental illnesses in a monthly Rolemaster campaign.

So that’s where I’m starting I suppose… I’m a geek, a roleplayer, a boardgamer, a miniatures addict, a painter and an artist but also a husband and father and I love bringing the two worlds together.