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Zombies in Spaaaaaace!

I attended a fun, pre-Halloween event at Chimera Hobbies & Games in Appleton on Saturday the 29th. It was called ‘Zombies in Space’ and all I knew going into the event was that each player was supposed to bring up to 150 points of Warhammer 40k troops, no vehicles. I assumed we’d be fighting zombies, so I figured I shouldn’t need heavy, vehicle-killing weapons so I just brought six Plague Marines: five with standard loadout and one was a “technician” (scenario-specific figure worth five extra points) with a flamer.

A lot of people showed up. Evidently this is an annual event and it’s getting more popular.

A lot of zombie-lovers, or zombie-haters more specifically

This year it was played on the Space Hulk tiles. Since the GM was planning on 10 players and 21 showed up, this made things even a bit more cramped, but it still scaled quite nicely. The players were all on the same team in the first mission, and we had a few objectives we all had to try to hold. There were tons of zombies all over the board, and if one of a player’s models died, it then sprang back up as a zombie. It was tough going, but eventually we beat the first mission.

My squad of plague marines, after cleaning up some zombies

The second mission was quite a bit tougher. We split up in to two teams, with each team trying to fight their way through to get to the center of the board and the teleporter off of this ship. Of course, there were many zombies and the entire other team to worry about. Plus, the ship was falling apart from the outer edge: each turn, each of the two GMs (Nick and Jason) would randomly pull a few tiles off of the outer edge of the ship. If there were figures on that tile (zombies or players) then they were lost to space.

Long story short, my intrepid yet putrid plague marines fought through a pile of zombies and got into the main room in the center of the crumbling ship, full of even more zombies and turret defense guns. Due to a botched run roll of a ‘1’, I was only able to get my technician with the flamer to the teleporter. All of the rest of my squad was cut down by the defense turrets.

My only survivor. John decided that his swiftly moving crotch would make an excellent backdrop

However, my technician was the first figure for either side to actually get to the teleporter. Very few from either team actually made it. By the end of the mission, we only had three and the other team only had four survivors, but we won because it was based on the percentage of surviors, not the number; the other team ended up having many more figures on its side than we did. And since I fought through it all and got the first figure to the teleporter, I won a zombie-killing shotgun as a prize.

Sweet over/under suction-cup shotgun for killing very weak zombies or for sticking to the fridge

It was a long day but it was still a lot of fun. I knew a bunch of the players, but there was an equal amount there that I had never seen before. I saw a few nicely painted minis and won a neon-colored shotgun. And I killed 30+ zombies over the course of the two missions. Who says gamers don’t live a full life?

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Combat Patrol Tournament and Dreadnoughts and Princes

So I’ve been busy lately. Two Saturdays ago, my good friend Peter helped me get the old chest freezer and the very old (and very heavy) refrigerator out of the basement, freeing up more space for nerdery in the Nerd Bunker. I was able to get people to come and pick up both of these behemoths (free of charge!) by putting them up on CraigsList under the ‘Free’ category. It feels really good to have these things out of my hair and it allows me to progress with work in the basement.

This past Saturday I played in my first Warhammer 40k tournament. It was a 400-point Combat Patrol event at Chimera Hobbies and Games in Appleton, and I didn’t completely tank. I did bring a totally new list that I’ve never played before and even used units I’ve never played before (Plague Marines) because, why come to a tournament with all of those preconceived notions about what your list is like and how your units work? That’s for boring people, I assume. I did actually win two games and of the three that I lost, one was really close (only point point) from a draw, so I felt like it was a good showing. I got a terrible painting score because, well… my figures aren’t painted. So I need to fix that soon.

Speaking of figures: I’ve been working on some of the bigger figures in my army in prep for a potential 1000-point battle in a few weeks. You may recognize the dreadnought here from a post a few weeks ago. He’s been changed, however:

Chaos Dreadnought made from Venerable Dreadnought

Chaos Dreadnought made from Venerable Dreadnought

He still needs a little more grunge and pitting on his legs, and a bit of baking soda corrosion, but he’s pretty close. The tentacles turned out pretty well, and the spikes and skull-chain accessories from the Chaos Rhino troop transport set fit this guy just about perfectly. While the spikes on top make the figure look a lot more interesting, it makes him a lot taller and might make him a bit more difficult to transport in a Battlefoam bag, so I’ll have to figure that out. I’m really looking forward to painting him, though I haven’t decided on a color scheme yet.

Then there’s this guy, who has been a bit of a pain:

Warhammer 40k Daemon Prince

The Daemon Prince

The kit goes together fine, even though the instructions are a bit difficult to decipher from time to time. However, I wanted to magnetize his wings, not so much to give me options (I’m not sure why you’d ever use a Daemon Prince without wings, duh) but for transport purposes: removable wings would make him easier to transport to games at other people’s houses, etc. After much screwing around, I finally got the rare earth magnets all set up and put in the right spots and the wings attached properly and everything about the model was great.

Unless you touched it. Or breathed. Or looked at it. Or thought. Or your heart was beating. If any of those things happened, then the wings would fall right the hell off.

So now I’ve glued the damn wings on, and I have to do a little work with some ‘green stuff’ putty to fill in the holes left over from my magnetic shenanigans (‘Magnetic Shenanigans’ is the name of my next band, by the way) and then I have to texture this guy’s base. There will be a new post about base texturing and painting coming here quite soon, as I’ve been doing preliminary work so I can get my whole army properly textured the same and then ready for priming. Then painting. Then I won’t get such a terrible painting score at the next Combat Patrol tourney. Hopefully.


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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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