Thursday, October 8, 2015

ShortRep 1500: Blood Angels vs Eldar+Dark Eldar

Alan and I rocked up for a 1500 game. Trying to get my Blood Angels to work has been interesting. I created a variant to the list I played previously with Alan. This time I applied everything I have learnt from our previous game into the new list. 

Sanguinary Priest on a Bike: Combo-grav
Death Company x6: Power Fist x1
Tactical Marines x10; Sergeant with Combo Melta, Meltagunner and Heavy Flamer + Drop Pod
Tactical Marines x10; Sergeant with Combo Melta, Meltagunner and Heavy Flamer + Drop Pod
Tactical Marines x10; Sergeant with Combo Melta, Meltagunner and Heavy Flamer + Rhino with Dozer Blade
Assault Marines x5; Meltagun x2 Combo-Melta
Stormraven; TL Multi Melta; TL Assault Cannon

Alan brought an Eldar + Dark Eldar combined list with an Autarch, 5 D Scythes Wraithguard in a Wave Serpent, Night Spinner, 2 Venoms, 1 Wraithknight, 3 Groteques  and 2 units of 3 Scatter Laser Jetbikes. 

Looks like I have models to build and paint-those Ultramarines aren't mine
Abby was the one who set the table up for us and we rolled for table halves. I chose the side with all the ruins to deny Alan from being able to hide. I depended less on Cover owing to his D flamers.

We rolled for missions and chose to combine the Relic and Deadlock. Relic was worth 3VP.

I won the rolloff and let Alan deploy first.

Alan kept his Wraithknight away from my GravBikes

I played exceptionally cagey but forgot about the Marines hidden in the terrain. Genius

With minimal LOS, Alan didn't manage to do as much damage

I prioritized the Relic and went for the Wave Serpent with his Wraithguard armed with D Scythes. 
Unfortunately I did not manage to pop the Wave Serpent and now would receive payback. I did however manage to get First Blood by killing off the Venom.

In turn 2 Alan made these Marines pay for my forgetfulness

And the D Scythes toasted majority of my guys
In my turn, I poured all my firepower into the Wraithguard and managed to wipe the squad from shooting and close combat combined. In return I had little left myself
Put my remaining Meltagunner out to threaten his Wave Serpent while keeping my Sanguinary Priest hidden
In Alan's Turn 3, his flyer turned up. He tried taking my Rhino down but it survived! Seem to be living on some kind of lucky charm. Then in my Turn 3, my Stormraven turned up and managed to take his flyer down.

Aerial combat
I dropped my Tactical Marines out to toast his Jetbikes behind the ruins. This meant leaving them in the open to be charged by his Groteques which he did. He managed to take 3 out but Emperor Protects! They held.

In my Turn 3, I was caught with a conundrum. I brought Mephiston to test him against Knights, which included Wraithknights and Imperial Knights. However, I drew the Kingslayer card. The "Autarch" that led the Groteques was Alan's Warlord. I also drew Secure Objective 6 which was next to the Groteques. Freeing this unit up would allow me to score 3 VPs, including Slay the Warlord.

In the end, I dropped Mephiston next to the Groteques and charged him in. I challenged the "Autarch" and managed to gazed him down, allowing me to hit on 2+. Magically, Alan made all his Invul saves! Ah well!

Mortal combat! 
In turn 4 however I chose to Hover my Stormraven to attempt to take out the Night Spinner.

Wraithknight charges in
Mephiston destroyed the unit of Groteques and move off toward the Wraithknight. This was important to me because I really wanted to see if he could take on that behemoth and hold his own.

Wraithknight failed to take out my Stormraven 

Charged Mephiston in! 
This was it. This was the reason I brought Mephiston. Rolling the dice, Mephiston managed to get the charge in. Couldn't do the Gaze because the Wraithknight isn't a character. I failed to get get Force up (insert horrid Star Wars or Viagra joke here) but got the STR10 power off.

After a flurry of attacks, the Wraithknight took no wounds. Whaaaaaaaat?

In return, he loped the head of Mephiston with its long fingers. Lame!

At the end of Turn 4, we had come close to the 3 hour mark (tourney standard and I had to run). We decided to tally points here.

Alan got 13
I counted my cards and included all First Blood and Slay the Warlord and came up to 12!

That charge cost me the game because I didn't have to charge and risk losing my Warlord like that. Nonetheless, this was a practice game and I think it proved to me that Mephiston is not able to fulfill the function of Knight Killer.

Great game and much closer than our previous game. Really glad it worked out. Granted, Alan did bring a softer list than previous but the Knight sure made a dent to my list.

So I have modified my list a little based on this game and will be working on it. I suspect that Mephiston can't cut it in today's meta and may have to look at other characters. I will be back.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Shortrep: 1500 Blood Angels vs Eldar

Managed to get in a game with Alan on Monday evening and man it was a brutal one. I am gearing up for a 1500 point tourney so this list had to be able to stand up to all sorts of cheese. 

Sanguinary Priest + Bike
Sanguinary Guard x5
Death Company x7 with one Power Fist
Tactical Marines x10 with Meltagun and Heavy Flamer; Combo Melta with Rhino and Dozer Blade
Tactical Marines x10 with Meltagun and Heavy Flamer; Combo Melta with Rhino and Dozer Blade
Tactical Marines x5 with Meltagun; Combo Melta with Drop Pod
Cassor the Damned
Drop Pod

Alan brought a balanced list comprising 

Sweeping Hawks x5 with Exarch
Dark Reapers x3 with Exarch 
Jetbikes with Scatter Laser x3
Jetbikes with Scatter Laser x3
Wraithguard x5 with Wave Serpent (Scatter Laser)
Night Spinner
Night Spinner
Guardians x10 with Scatter Laser platform
Aegis Defense Line

We played a combination of missions to make it fun:
Cloak and Daggers + Emperor's Will

I won the roll off but chose to let Alan go first. Night Fight was in play

Didn't quite finish all my models in time hence some proxying

Letting Alan go first paid off. The reason I did it was because of Emperor's Will - giving me the last turn to grab objectives giving me 3VP per objective secured. He managed to only kill off one Marine in the First Turn. Looked like it paid off.

Moved most of my stuff mid field to try to bring pressure to his side of the table. The idea was to control two thirds of the table giving me access to 4 out of 6 objectives.

Strangely enough the Tacticals managed to blow up the Wave Serpent giving me Fist Blod
Out spewed the Wraithguard. First using Mephiston quickly thought me something-he has no invulnerable saves! The Wraithguard wiped them out to the man. Alan scored Slay the Warlord.

Eldar struck hard killing off Mephiston and gang
Alan pulled back most of his units and the Bastions in his side of the table was really giving his Reapers tactical advantage. My units not only lacked cover but also died to AP3 weapons.

Forgot a critical thing-Boltguns are Rapid Fire, not Assault Weapons
The mistake of forgetting Rapid Fire weapons prevented me from assaulting. This was silly because it allowed the Wraiths to fire for another round.

Cassor finally decided to turn up (with Alan allowing it) on Turn 3
At this point I had little left on the table but kept on playing anyway.

Also, I kept rolling 1's for my Reserves and Cassor was never going to see battle. Alan allowed me to bring it in since I had nothing much left on the table. Good sport

Charged the bikers, only to take overwatch fire and die. WTF...
Wiped to the last man in Turn 4. Wow....this list needs a lot more work. Firstly, Mephiston does not have any form of Invul saves making him easy meat since he will sit for one turn. Mephiston needs an Assault Vehicle like the Land Raider or Stormraven.

I've changed out my list and will bring a variant next Monday. I hope it will work better. Many of the changes are made based on my experience from this game. Giving it another shot! 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Some modelling updates over the Past month

Last day of September today and i'm like a frenzied bloodletter typing away to get 1 more post before midnight...

Some work in progress shots trying to the cheques onto my converted ork warbuggy. I cant believe I took 2 months to decide how to paint them and then in an anti climax, settling on just go faster cheques.

Note to self.
Masking off cheques only really comes out nicely when using a spray (airbrush), I didnt take a photo of the horrow after I peeled off the masking tape and realising all the white paint had run!

The ork wartrakk has been around I think since when I quit 40k ermm 16 years ago. I decided I had to upgrade and modernise the kit alittle, Chopping off the frontbike and adding the new awesome looking ork warbike on the front.

Mental note to self: damn, the wartrakk just got even larger.. would I be able to stay completely out of line of sight (LOS) now?

Green Stuff and  Talcum powder on converted Painboy on Ork Warbike.

Warboss Alex and I had a 2v2 game against Charles and Alan, it was one of those games, where we were laughing all the way, convinced that we were going to lose and enjoying every minute of it. A miraculous roll of dice on 2 of those D3 points for objectives cards, suddenly swung the game in our favour.

Anyway the star of Alex's army was his beautiful core unit of warbikers and his painboy on the warbike. I decided I needed one too!

Alex's warbiker on their volcanic asphalt type basing.
GW didnt make a model but I thought I saw a few converted models online. After clipping off the waist and legs of a painboy, I did some dry fitting onto the biker legs and onto the warbike itself. Hopefully the surgery and reassembly would please the Mad Doc himself!

Heres a tip.
I realised that GW wants the builder to assemble the bike first, then insert just the lower legs over the saddle. And then glue on the upper half. Its almost impossible to seat the ork fully assembled into the seat.

This works great if this is an out of the box build but with the painboy conversion there wasnt a smooth mating surface between the upper and lower halfs.

In order to create a small mating surface between the upper and lower halfs of the conversion, I first aligned the 2 halves, placed a pin through them and squished some green stuff between the 2 halves. BUT BUT before squishing the 2 halves together, I dusted talcum powder.. (well actually SAF foot powder because Orks like it like that) as a form of 'mould release agent' so that the 2 halves wont get too tacky and stick together.

2 halves pulled apart, showing the talcum powder between. Note the pin that will help to align both halves together later on.

talcum powder washed off and the green stuff left to harden.

Once the green stuff has fully hardened, I can continue to prime and paint both halves and then gluing together when I'm thoroughly satisfied.

All quiet on the western front?

It’s been quiet on the blog since the GR invitational tourney but its actually been quite the opposite here in our gaming world.

Well firstly we heard about the closure of my favourite gaming haunt, this led to our many discussions about what to do etc, we haven’t an answer yet. 

Because we have built up a nice little community of regulars who are both fanatical about wargaming and modelling, we really want to keep the community going.

Also we had a mad run to stock up on mini’s and supplies in the said shop’s closing down sales.
Whole shelves cleared in a few days! Ray in his earlier post, obviously helped to clear the shelf too!

We even had a chance to celebrate the opening of a cool bakery in the Kg Bahru. Lots of yummy cakes! Thanks Swarmlord and JE!

"Say Cheesee!"  Photo (courtesy of Mrs AM, used without permission =p )

Something that got me excited is the announcement of the 1500point ‘Last March of the Titans Tourney', I really want to give it a good run.

I decided to give myself a few goals of
1.)    Putting together a decently competitive ork army
2.)    Play competently (heh)
3.)    Fully paint every one of them green skins..

Grey? tide..

Tall order? Miracles happen in Ork-tober! We’ll find out. 4 weeks left to the 1500pt battle …

Here's the new banner for the all up coming Orky posts!

Last but not least, heres a photo by special request..  =)


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