Friday, January 30, 2015

1850 Battle Report: The Leviathan wakes a Dynasty


That was what greeted Cryptek Y’san when awareness returned to his living metal frame. The stillness of the crypt was almost stifling, if he could still feel such a thing. A Harbinger of Eternity, with the power to control time and molecular speed, Y’san became aware of his Wraiths patiently waiting in the halls beyond his chamber, and he realised why he had been awoken. 

Strange beasts with purplish-black carapaces stalked the Tomb World known as Willow, getting perilously close to the concealed entrances that led to the Tomb Complex. A blinking icon captured his attention. The Phaeron he had served for millenia, H’orj, had summoned him.

Y’san left his personal escort of Wraiths behind him as he stepped into the Royal Crypt. “You summoned me, your majesty?” he asked. “Ah, Cryptek, you have awoken. Your creations have maintained our Royal Court well. You should construct more of them.” The Phaeron had always been a pompous one, even for one of his kind.

“As ever, majesty, your powers of observation impress me. How may I be of service?” If the Phaeron took any notice of the sarcasm, he gave no sign. Given how self-centred he was, it was unlikely.

“I was awoken by the warning glyphs, indicating that our Tombworld had these strange insects on my Tombworld. I want to know what they are.”

“I believe they are called Tyranids majesty. Would you like to ready your troops?”

“No, I do believe you have a Transcendent C’tan kept as a pet, do you not? I feel like going on a hunting trip. One of the larger beasts would make a great prize for the stasis collection no?”

“Indeed majesty, if for some reason, you feel like your collection is missing a crazed beast.” It was a good thing metal features could not be twisted into a sneer. Many millennia of strange requests were wearing thin.

“As I thought. Ready my barge and the Scythes, and prepare to unleash your C’tan! The Dynasty of G’uang goes to the hunt!” Seeing his Phaeron fairly burst with excitement reminded Y’san of vids of human children with toys. This was the ruler of the current Dynasty. A noise approximating a sigh escaped from the Cryptek's vocabulator....

This batrep covers my 1850pt game with Raymond, who brought his TAC list to the Tombworld. I decided to bring some fromage for the final game of the Oldcrons with my Transcendent C’tan. The main idea was to use him as a distraction, while the mobility of the Tomb Blades, Barge, and Scythes would help me to secure objectives.

Ray's Army List
  • Flyrant with TL Brainleech Devourers x3
  • Dimachaeron in Tyrannocyte
  • Carnifex in Tyrannoctye x3
  • Rippers with Deepstrike x4
  • Rippers with Deepstrike x4
  • Rippers with Deepstrike x3
  • Rippers with Deepstrike x3

The Necrons
·         Catacomb Command Barge with Gauss Cannon, MSS, 2+/3++, Solar Thermasite, Warscythe
·         5x Warriors in Night Scythe x 3
·         2x Tomb Blades with Nebuloscope, Shield Vanes (Proxied by Jetbikes)
·         2x Tomb Blades with Shield Vanes (Proxied by Jetbikes)
·         2x Tomb Blades with Shield vanes (Proxied by Jetbikes)
·         1 x Transcendent C’tan with Seismic Assault, Sky of Falling Stars, Transliminal Stride

    The Tyranid Swarm of Hive Fleet Leviathan
    The Necrons

    Tyranid Deployment, with Psychic Powers

    Monday, January 26, 2015

    Dimachaeron - Start to Complete

    The Dimachaeron is the new hotness in the Tyranid world and my, I have been bitten by this bug (see what I did there?). I absolutely love this model. The detail that FW has incorporated into the kit is fantastic! Even the spines on the back have subtle ligaments joining the spines back to the main carapace. As a biology student I not only love this detail, but am amazed by the effort the sculptor took to make such a fine model. Here are a few WIP and completed models shots. 

    Built and ready to go
    Hit it with a white primer and then let it dry by the window

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Batrep: Hivefleet Leviathan vs Raptors Chapter

    Filing in for this battle report. With the end of Shield of Baal Campaign, the gaming group is back to playing normal 40k missions. After building his Dimachaeron, Ray was anxious to test his new bio-morph in game. Bringing my SM force as they are the only ones that are close to 100% WYSIWYG. After playing exclusively with the iron hands chapter during the campaign, I decided to go back playing the Raptors chapter.

    Leviathan List 1850

    • 2* flying Hive tyrant with TL devourers
    • 3* Carnifex with TL devourers in pods 
    • 1* Dimachaeron in pod
    • 1* tervigon
    • 5*3 ripper swarms units
    • 4* tyrannocytes

    Ray's Hivefleet Leviathan
    Raptors List 1850

    • Lias Issodon
    • Mortis Contemptor with 2* kheres assault cannon
    • 5 sternguard with 4* combi melta
    • 6 Tac sqd 1*plasma gun , melta bomb in las-plasma razor back (wanted to use TL assault cannon but forgotten about it)
    • 6 Tac sqd 1*plasma gun, melta bomb in las-plasma razor back (wanted to use TL assault cannon but forgotten about it)
    • 10 Tac Sqd in drop pod 1*melta gun , 1* multi melta
    • 2* storm talon with TL assault cannon & sky hammer launcher
    • 2* rapier laser destroyer
    • 3* centurions with 2* grav, 1* lascannon + omni scope
    • Culexus assassin

    YC Subtle grey Raptors Chapters

    The battlefield

    • Maelstrom mission 2 - Contact lost 

    Nids Deployment

    Raptors deployment

    Monday, January 19, 2015

    The Hivefleet Gestates its Big Bugs

    Spent a few hours at Titan Games today to build some gribblies! Man these monsters are AWESOME! 

    Dimachaeron all ready to wreck face

    Even its belly is engineered to consume. YIKES! 

    Friday, January 16, 2015

    Batrep: Ultramarines vs Hive Fleet Leviathan

    So after the close game with Marshall, he challenged me for another game. Same lists, 1850 and then we rolled for the mission. 

    And we rolled for it, it's Tactical Escalation! LOL that makes it the exact same mission as previously! True grudge match. 

    Grudge match

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    Batrep: Hivefleet Leviathan vs Space Marines

    This would be one of the most tightly played games I have had in a long while. Marshall and I decided to get in 1850 of 40k in today at Titan Games. 

    Monday, January 12, 2015

    Shield of Baal - Apocalypse

    After 6 weeks of campaigning, each faction scored bonuses for the final game which took place yesterday at Titan Games. Props to them for supporting this campaign, providing us not only a dedicated place to play but supplying us with food and even sponsoring the prizes at the end! 

    As for the players, each player contributed to the greater fight by taking on opponents on the opposing faction and scoring bonuses which helped in the Apocalypse. 
    Apoc in progress

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

    Shield of baal campaign: week 5 summary

    The Beasts of Tartoros

    Deadly radiation everywhere..

    Only the toughest of creatures can survive for long on this planet.

    The hivemind has unleashed its monstrous swarm upon this planet and it is up the imperial armored forces to hold its defence.

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

    Shield of Baal - Bonuses for Apocalypse

    One of the many battles played over the past 5 weeks at Titan Games
    Now that the last week of the campaign is running, here is a recap of the few bonuses that both factions have been able to secure over the past 5 weeks of war.

    Monday, January 5, 2015

    Batrep: Week 6 Wrath of Shelse

    Just got back in from Japan yesterday and managed to book in a game with You Cai. He brought his Iron Hands from our previous game and I tweaked my 1,850 list to the following:

    Hivefleet Leviathan Detachment

    Flyrant with TL Brain Leech Devourers
    Flyrant with TL Brain Leech Devourers
    Flyrant with TL Brain Leech Devourers

    Hive Guard x3
    Mucolid Spore
    Mucolid Spore
    Mucolid Spore

    Carnifex with TL Brain Leech Devourers in Tyrannocyte
    Carnifex with TL Brain Leech Devourers in Tyrannocyte
    Carnifex with TL Brain Leech Devourers in Tyrannocyte

    YC brought the following list:

    Iron Hands - Clan Raukaan List

    Captain with artificer, Axe of Medusa, Gorgon Chain
    Tac sqd in Rhino (Captain rides with them)
    Tac sqd in Razorback
    Tac squad in Drop Pod
    Sternguard x5 in drop pod
    Mortis pattern contemptor with Kheres assault cannon
    Storm talon with Skyhammer
    Storm talon with missile launcher
    Rapier laser destroyer x2
    Culexus assassin
    Sicaran Battle Tank
    Hunter Tank

    The mission is unique. There is a wall of water that is washing everything out. Anything it touches immediately dies. And the objectives are unique because the Tyranids have to consume them (at the start of their turn) while the Imperial player is trying to shepard them to their table end. There are 3 of such units of "villagers" on the table. The Imperials are basically cutting their losses and are trying to pull out. The heroic Space Marines of the Iron Hands are doing their best to stem the Hivemind.


    Week 5 - Jason the Ripper vs Commander Maybury

    Another excellent batrep prepared by Jason who will be commanding his own Hivefleet for this game. Over to Jason.
    Hive Fleet Salix hung motionless in orbit around Tartaros, alien optics stalking the every move of the prey on the barren surface. Antennae and sensor stalks told the Hive Mind what it needed to know. Radiation bathed the grey surface of Tartaros, and only the hardiest and largest of the Tyranid bioforms would be able to survive on the surface. The prey were observed to be scurrying about in their metal boxes yet again, which was not surprising, given their general frailty. A quick kill was needed, which was this particular Hive Fleet’s specialty. Bio-forms were cultivated in the biopools, and a familiar foe was awakened.

    This was another 1500pt game as part of the Leviathan campaign, this time against Alan and his combined Space Wolves/IG list. I’ve had a terrible track record against Alan, with no (or maybe only one) wins against him. Still, there’s always a first time☺. This was another kill point mission, and any non MCs or vehicles would have to make a 3+ “save” or take a wound.

    Alan brought the following unbound list:
    1 x Pask Squadron (both in Punishers, with lascannon, multi meltas, camo netting, and relic plating on Pask)
    1 x Imperial Knight Paladin
    1 x Land Raider Crusader
    2 x Stormfang Gunships (TL Helfrost, TL lascannons, 2x heavy bolters)

    I brought a Hive Fleet Detachment:
    3 x Flyrants (all with 2x TL Devourers, ESG)
    1 x Hive Crone (Fighter Ace)
    4 x Mucolid Spores
    1 x Carnifex (TL Devourers, and in a Tyrannocyte w/ Deathspitters)
    1 x Trygon Prime (Maw Claws of Thyrax)
    1 x Void Shield Generator (with extra Shield)
    Psychic powers: A whole lot of useless Psychic Shriek, Paroxysm, Onslaught, and Catalyst

    After the initial victory experienced on Lysios, Hive Fleet Salix had been pushed back twice in the cities on Asphodex, with much biomass being lost. That the defeats occurred were unsurprising, the Tyranids of Hive Fleet Salix were gene-tailored for lightning-fast assaults and surgical strikes, not the grinding attrition of urban warfare. Despite these setbacks, this smaller fleet that arrived with Leviathan continued to probe the Shieldworlds of the Cryptus System, and the Tyranids sought for biomass to replenish the losses suffered…

    Launched from a Hive Ship in low orbit, and wrapped in a protective layer of chitin to keep it safe, the Hive Tyrant Alpha snapped open its wings the moment it hit the atmosphere. Staying just out of range of the emplaced defences, it circled the area and crafted its battle plans.

    The prey were at a strategic disadvantage; letting the Swarm gather critical mass would mean they would get overwhelmed, but leaving the protective hab-domes could mean being overwhelmed in the open. All things considered, baiting them out into the open would doubtless be costly, but if things went right, less costly than infiltrating Lictors and Genestealers into the hab-domes.

    The first step was to prepare the ground for the arrival of its swarm. Swooping low over the chosen battlefield area, it dropped the large seedpod it had been carrying in its claws. In a matter of a few short hours, the seed would grow into a bio-node that would generate a powerful gravitic field, shielding the Swarm’s creatures from almost any attack by sucking bullets and energy blasts down a miniature black hole. Through its synaptic connection to the main fleet, the Tyrant Alpha activated the first wave of its assault, summoning a Hive Crone which had killed many flying boxes.

    A cloud of dust on the horizon caught its eye. The prey had taken the bait. It was time to close the trap.

    See pics for deployment. Flyrants are actually all clustered behind the VSG (proxied with a Bastion), just that they kept sliding down the slope. Every Tyranid FMC was hidden behind terrain to reduce the impact of the (very scary) shooting. Imperium’s tanks were spread out in a battle line.

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    Week 4 - Skywar of Aeros: A Summary

    Hivemind Rico did the reporting during my absence. Over to Rico!

    Board made to suit the scenario

    The Skywar of Aeros
    By Hivemind Rico

    Aeros, the massive gas giant platform...

    Mined for its precious fuels by the Imperium...

    But, the Hivemind has other plans for this planet...

    To devour it!


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