Archive for May, 2012

The Start of a Dreadnought and a Nurgle Daemon Prince

Just a quick post to show you a few photos of two bigger projects that I’m working on: a Chaos Dreadnought converted from a Venerable Dreadnought that I picked up on eBay; and a Nurgle Daemon Prince made out of Finecast.

My converted Chaos Dreadnought, nicknamed “Zoidberg”

I wanted to field a Chaos Dreadnought (even though they used to be super-unpredictable in the rules but were recently fixed some) but the current model is terrible: it’s metal, so it weighs a ton; and it’s prohibitively ugly. Really, really ugly. So I figured I’d convert a loyalist Dreadnought and say that it was corrupted by Chaos, etc. I found a mostly built Venerable Dreadnought on eBay and picked it up. All it really took was a good deal of work with my Dremel to properly pit and corrode the model and then adding in the tentacles that are escaping from the inside of the vehicle, and boom: Chaos Dreadnought. Lastly, I primed and highlighted it with my airbrush and now I’m starting to lay down a very dark blue with Secret Weapon Miniature’s line of washes. Once that’s done, I’ll move onto metal details.

The Finecast Nurgle Daemon Prince, before priming and shading (left) and after (right)

The Nurgle Daemon Prince is something I was always interested in, but again, he was always metal and the last thing I want is a metal model that’s the size and weight of a baseball. However, he was recently re-released in Finecast (Games Workshop’s new resin line of models) which is lighter and a bit easier to work with, but the models are usually poorly cast and filled with pits, bubbles, and other surface imperfections. But, since he’s a Nurgle Daemon Prince (who’s already covered in boils and other horribleness) I figured that being a poorly-cast Finecast model wouldn’t matter. This was mostly true, but I did have to use my heat gun to straighten out his sword, which came to me pretty bendy. He went together pretty easily and I added some tiny little skeletal wings to his back, because a Daemon Prince without the Wings rule is like a day without sunshine. I’ve started to paint his skin a bright green color (using “Fallout” and “Green” washes from Secret Weapon Miniatures again) and look forward to trying some rust and corrosion techniques to his sword and armor.

I’m really looking forward to getting him and Zoidberg all finished up. After these guys are done, then I’ll either be moving on to some more Plague Marines or (more likely) some vehicles, like my two Vindicators. They need to be painted up so they start working better in my battles. Everyone knows that painted models work better, so once all my Chaos Space Marine force is finished, I’ll be nigh-invincible, I assume.

Versus Blood Angels

Ben and I got together a while back and played a 1750-point game in the Nerd Bunker. He brought his Blood Angels (very nicely painted, by the way) and I brought my Chaos Space Marines as usual. We rolled up the mission type (three objectives) and the deployment (Spearhead) and got started. I only have vague notes on this game (I’ve started taking much better notes since this battle) so my recollection is going to be flawed at best. Hopefully you’ll be able to get something out of it other than just the pictures and my rapier wit. Frankly, I learned a lot during this game.

He reserved everything, which is something that I never think to do, I guess. I only reserved a few things (my stupid Terminators and the good ol’ Deamon Prince who really needs a name) and deployed my guys in the corner and started moving them towards the middle objective, as I already had my trusty Plague Marines dug in and holding the objective in my corner.

Berzerkers love to go for drives, like dogs

Early on, my stupid Terminators came in from reserve via Deepstrike, and as usual, they scattered badly and I had to roll on the Deepstrike Mishap chart. This time, they only landed in error, which meant that Ben got to put them wherever he wanted instead of where I wanted. He put them all the way in the back of my deployment area as far away from the action as possible, thinking he was very clever.

His stuff started coming in from reserves and rolling in from his deployment area. His Baal Predator was outflanking, and due to the random roll it came in way down by my side of the board and very, very near my stupid Terminators’ threat range. Ha! They did get to shoot it up, but it never did explode or even wreck during the entire game. Again, the stupid Terminators failed me for the last time. Until the next time.

Things got weird and ugly over here for awhile

The Predator did end up either taking out my Vindicator on that side or helping to take it out. Either way, wrecked Vindicator. I’m not having too much luck with those things, either. Sometimes I get them to do a little bit of damage, and then they die. Other times, I get them to do no damage, and then they die.

You do NOT want Dante and his friends near your back end, if you know what I mean

Soon, Ben’s Dante & Friends squad deepstruck in (I believe they get to come in wherever they want on the board with no scatter) and went to work on my second Vindicator from behind. He also brought in his Stormraven from reserves, and it dumped off his Death Company and his “Cheater Dreadnought” which has a real name, but everyone I know (both offline and online) usually refers to it as a Cheater Dreadnought. Therefore, I have no idea what it’s really called. Do a Google search if you want. These things all got dropped off near the center objective, which I was hoping to take with my Berzerkers and good old Uncle Tickles.

Uncle Tickles says, “Is that Stormraven coming this way? My goodness, look at the time – I must be going!”

At some point my Obliterators finally immobilized Ben’s Predator and destroyed all its weapons, so it just sat there sadly the rest of the game and sulked. The Stormraven gunned down most of my Berzerkers that were trying to hold the center objective, so the remaining few and Uncle Tickles decided it would be better to run straight into combat with Ben’s Death Company unit than to sit through another volley of the Stormraven’s withering fire (because you can’t fire at a unit that’s in hand-to-hand combat with one of your other units; therefore the Berzerkers would be “safe”), so headlong into combat they went. The Berzerkers didn’t make it, but Uncle Tickles cleaned up the mess and eventually wiped out the Death Company unit himself after several turns.

Ben helpfully points to the Cheater Dreadnought in this photo

Ben’s Cheater Dreadnought, after completely chewing through an entire squad of Chaos Space Marines in one turn without even a thought, was thwarted from causing any more problems for me at the center objective quite simply: I parked an empty Rhino in a spot where he’d either have to spend at least one turn trying to destroy it or take the long way around just to get where he wanted to go, and since it was later in the game, the Cheater was kinda nullified. This just taught me again the importance of using your terrain and looking at certain units as mobile cover, bubblewrap or even as simple speedbumps. An empty Rhino with no guns on it can still be useful.

At some point, after destroying my second Vindicator, Dante and Friends got into a slapfight with my Chaos Dreadnought, Zoidberg. Dante couldn’t seem to do enough hand-to-hand damage to take out Zoidberg, and Zoidberg didn’t have a standard dreadnought close-combat weapon to crush foes with (since he’s all about the long range with the twin-linked lascannon and the missile launcher) so it was a stalemate for quite some time. Finally, Dante prevailed and destroyed Zoidberg, and then Ben realized something: Dante has Hit and Run, which would have allowed him to break from combat at any time and fry Zoidberg from a distance. This just reinforces the idea that you really need to know your army list.

You’d think, with hands that big, that my Daemon Prince would win ANY slapfight

Towards the end, Ben tried sending Dante (fresh off of his slapfight with Zoidberg) up towards the center objective and finally, my Daemon Prince (who had been doing nearly nothing this whole game due to a bad deepstrike landing and my dumbness) got into the game and started a fight with Dante, again annoying him and making him late for an appointment. Since Ben didn’t figure he’d be taking the center objective with Dante, he thought his best bet at this time was to try to get my Plague Marines off of my objective, since his snipers held his objective and I had nothing in that neighborhood to give them any trouble. This would allow him to win 1-0, if successful. To try to clear the pesky Plague Marines off of holding my objective, he brought in his Stormraven and did an alpha-strike on my unit of sticky troopers, firing everything he had all at once. After the smoke cleared, I think he had killed one of eight. Maybe two. They are very resilient, I’ll admit, but it would have been a very different outcome if any of the four BloodStrike missiles he fired would have actually hit their targets. Luck seemed to be on my side at the very end of the game and we scored it as a draw, one objective to one.

As I said, I learned a lot and had a good time. I see more and more why it’s not only a good idea to read your own codex, but keep yourself up to date on the other codex rules as well. The Cheater Dreadnought is still pretty damn gross, and your best bet is to try and block it in with vehicles and see if you can shoot it to death. And lastly, I learned that I have to paint my damn Vindicators if I want them to actually start working.

All of My Videos from Adepticon 2012

All of the Adepticon 2012 videos I did for Beasts of War are now finished editing and up on the site. It was a hectic weekend and a long week-and-a-half afterwards of editing and uploading more than a dozen videos, but the work has been well-received and I figured I’d link to the videos here. More exposure for these kinds of things is always good.

We shot thirteen videos over two-and-a-half days

Here they are in chronological order (as they were published, not the order they were shot):

Now to do some more videos from the Nerd Bunker (so many unboxings to do) and “rest” until it’s time for Gen Con in mid-August.

Versus Imperial Guard

I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks, both at work and in my hobbies. Luckily, I’ve gotten some games in, but I’m afraid my blogging has suffered a bit. Hopefully I can try to fix that to some degree here.

A few Saturdays ago, my friend Karl came over and brought a “fluffy” 1750-point Imperial Guard list with him, filled with special characters. I have a terrible memory and didn’t take any decent notes, so I can assure you that this will not be a proper batrep (battle report). However, I did take photos, so I can try to use them to give you some vague idea of how the game went.

Zoidberg, my Plague Marines, and a Rhino full of Chaos Space Marines: mostly ready for things

It was a two-objective game (one in each deployment zone) and the deployment type was standard (12-inches out from the long edges of the 4×6-foot table), I believe. We both set up our figures and left some stuff in reserve. I left my Daemon Prince and my trio of Chaos Terminators in reserve (as usual) and Karl left most of his stuff in reserve, only starting with a Leman Russ, a Chimera and a Manticore on the table to start. This made me a bit nervous because I knew that he was still going to be bringing a lot of figures into the game at some point, but I wasn’t sure from where, so I had to be careful. I moved up pretty cautiously (except for my Oblilerators, which I wanted to get into cover ASAP and use as a long range firing platform) and the game progressed.

Then, the Imperial Guard started coming in from reserve.

My Obliterators can only hide in a building for so long before the jig is up

The Imperial Guard have all kinds of airplanes and whatnot, besides all of the tanks. Valkyries and Vendettas and stuff like that. The can come on, hover around like a helicopter, drop guys off, shoot the place up and generally cause me problems. Karl had two of them, but the first one came in pretty early (Turn 2 or 3) and dropped off some troopers to deal with my Obliterators. Obliterators are pretty awesome in a long range fight, but they’re not great in a hand-to-hand fight, unfortunately. It looked as if it might be a big mess over on that side of the board.

“Hey guys! Are you having a party over there on that big rock? Is it fun? Guys?”

My Daemon Prince dropped in on Karl’s side of the board and was going to try to destroy Karl’s big Manticore missile launcher platform, but he was soon presented with some new targets: a squad of five Imperial Guard with melta guns and a big squad of 20 troopers with a wide assortment of weapons, and they were all Outflanking on the opposite side of the board from the fight between the Valkyrie and my Obliterators. Seeing this threat caused me to forget the Manticore and start going after some of the squishier targets with the dangerous guns. The squad of five guys with meltas fell really quickly to my Daemon Prince, but then the DP was left standing alone on the battlefield with 20 troopers (and their weapons) standing on a rock, all focused in on him. Needless to say, he didn’t survive another round and died in a hail of gunfire, but at least he did something.

The Imperial Guard Valkyrie: a flying piñata filled with jerks

Back on the other side of the board, the Valkyrie has been shot down and the troopers who had disembarked before the crash were heading towards the Obliterators. Uncle Tickles was coming to try and help out, but he was a bit far away and it was going to take him some time. Unfortunately, it was sometime around now when Karl’s ace in the hole, Guardsman Marbo came in from reserves. He can come in anywhere on the board and when he arrives, he can lob a suitcase full of explosives at a target and frequently kills a whole bunch of guys all at once, and he was targeting the Obliterators. However, this time he threw the suitcase wide and didn’t kill anybody. Since he really only has the one suitcase (I assume they’re heavy) he really couldn’t do much after that, and died in a hail of gunfire shortly thereafter.

A lone Chaos terminator left behind to try to destroy a Leman Russ; the alternate title for this image is “Not Able to Do Shit”

The rest of the fight is mostly a blur, to be honest. I know I brought in my Chaos terminators via Deep Strike and they landed pretty close to where I wanted them (which was near Karl’s big Leman Russ tank) but then they failed to do their job (which was to destroy Karl’s big Leman Russ tank) as usual. At some point, Karl realized that he didn’t have any actual troops on his objective. Luckily, he had an extra airplane flying around and moved it over to pick up a group of scoring troops that weren’t doing too much where they were. They hopped in the airplane and headed towards Karl’s home objective. I really wanted to shoot Karl’s airplane down so his troops couldn’t get to his objective by the end of the game (thereby giving me the win) but Dreadnought Zoidberg got destroyed so I had no chance to stop Karl’s airplane.

My guys, doing what they’re good at: holding their objective so we can get a draw

The game ended up as a draw, as Karl’s jet-setters made it to his objective by the end of the game, and my Plague Marines had held my objective all game long (as they do) so neither of us had the advantage. Frankly, I’ll take a draw over a loss any day, so it was fine by me. I had a good time and got to go up against an army I don’t get to play against too frequently, and Karl got to use an army list that he doesn’t usually run (with all of the outflanking) too frequently, and we both got to hang out together and game, so the day overall was a win for us both, I suspect.

Hopefully, next time I play against Karl I’ll take better notes so my dear readers can get a little more ‘play-by-play’ action. We shall see.


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The Statistics – 2013

Minis games played:
• WH40k (1850 pts):
   BT/GK vs Kevin (Eldar/DE) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Jason (D.E.) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Kevin (S.W.) LOST
Minis finished:
 none yet
Terrain finished:
 none yet
Cons attended:
 Fire & Ice
updated 28FEB2013

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