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Battle Report: Blood Angels v Necrons

I managed to get my second game of Warhammer 40K in the other day. It was against Necrons, and an opponent who had not played the new edition, or the game in a long time either. Seeing as I haven’t played much either, I felt this match up was more in my level of playing.

I took the same miniatures as my previous game, I want to get my head around a few things at a time, rather than use loads of different things and confuse myself. I had 10 Assault Intercessors, 3 Bikes, a Primaris Liuetenant and Captain. I faced 20 Necron warriors, a Plasmancer, 2 murder buckets, scarabs and a Canoptek Reanimator. We also played the ‘Supply Drop’ mission; the objective was to hold objectives until the supplies came in – these translated into victory points as the turns progressed.

I went first this time. The bikes moved up the board to secure one objective, while the intercessors moved to capture another. Most of the intercessors got shot by Necron Warriors, but not before doing catastrophic damage to the Reanimator!

My Captain called in an orbital bombardment, which wasn’t that good. It cost me three command points and didn’t do much. I won’t be using that again in a small game where it can only get a few units.

The bikes were charged by the plasmancer and murder buckets, which could have been really bad for them, however dice let my opponent down and they did far less than they should have done. They lasted the entire game, finally succumbing to the buckets in the last turn.

The other half of the board fared a bit better. The Lieutenant killed the reanimator with a shot from his volkite pistol, allowing the remaining two intercessors to charge into the unit of warriors. One died to overwatch, however the sergeant fought valiantly on, until he too fell to necron ‘headbutts’.

Sergeant Nic’s day went downhill from here

The lieutenant took his place however and continued to beat on these warriors. This allowed the Captain to remain on the objective and score all the points I needed for the win.

Points I need to remember for next time involve scenery – I need all the guys to be in the scenery for it to be a benefit, rather than have someone sticking out of it. I do like how it works, it adds an interesting flavour to the game. I am also getting quicker at remembering what to roll and the numbers, which is a bonus!

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Mephiston: The Diorama

Before the world went mad, I had planned on creating a diorama of Mephiston fighting a demon – Doonbreed – for a Golden Demon entry. A lot has happened and the event was cancelled. The parts of the diorama have been left in a box mostly forgotten about until the other day. I thought, it might not be for Golden Demon anymore, but it would be a shame to waste the parts I had collected. So I started working on it again last week. Fridays have become my ‘skills’ day – where I try new things and practice existing skills in a way that I am unable to while doing commission work.

Here are some snaps of the mock up:

The idea is that he will be landing on the pipe in order to mess up a horde of demons on the larger base. I want the smaller base to be able to come off in case I get the insane notion of using this large, tall miniature on the tabletop… Yeah, maybe not but the practice of building up a scenic base won’t be a bad thing.

So, next task was to crack on and paint him. He is in sub assembly in order for me to get into the hard to reach spots without making too much of a mess. Here are some of the parts:

I have quite a way to go with this as yet, but I am pleased with the progress. I have also done work on his cloak, but I am saving that for another post as I want to really talk about the process of creating it.

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Decals

Up until very recently, the only thing I have put decals on is a tank – a large, flat surface that is relatively easy to do. I have just started to put them in other places. I usually freehand details like that, but seeing how I am now painting a full army, that is a lot of freehand. It is about time I learned how to use decals anyway as some of the orders I have taken lately have also asked for them. Here are the results on one of the Blood Angels Assault Intercessors – and a shot of the Captain again as well because I am super proud of him!

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Crusade Force – Mission One

Today, I finally got around to playing my first game of 9th Edition. I’ve spent a bit of time getting a Crusade force together with the intention of using them while playing. I have named every miniature, and I am in the process of painting them too. I took the following out for the first battle:

Primaris Captain – Azakiel

Primaris Lieutenant – Vespa

Assault Intercessor squad – Squad Nic (Nicodemus, Ruman, Qaspiel, Araton, Hamon, Maalik, Renzo, Sablo, Jehoel, Netzack.)

Outriders – Aldus, Lukar, Marzio

So, how did the first battle go? There were some heroics, but there were some pretty awful events as well.

The best unit this game was the Outriders, they took a great number of Necron Warriors out with both their guns and their chainswords. Although they did not kill an entire unit, they managed to decimate two. Unfortunately, Necron Warriors come back so that proved to be problematic.

The Captain and the Intercessors come next. They were securing objective 2 when they were charged by a Skorpek Lord and the Skorpek warriors. It was all going so well until the dice deserted the Captain, resulting in the Skorpek wiping out the unit and the Captain in the next turn.

The Lieutenant did very little and so is at the bottom of the honour role for today. He got charged and died. He did do a little damage with his last hit – which I used a command point to do, but other than that, he sucked.

So. I didn’t win. I did get some experience points for the Force though, and it was fun to play. There is a lot to remember – a lot more than Adeptus Titanicus, and my head felt blown towards the end. I’ve not played 40K for a couple of years but some of it came back to me as I played. Scenery rules seem to make more sense to me as well. I will pick it up the more I play, of that I am sure.

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Old School Blood Angels!

I have taken some time to paint my own miniatures this week. With the looming release of Indomitus, I want to clear some space on the ‘To Paint’ shelf. So I have worked on the base coated ‘mini’ marines. I collected the various parts from a load of bits boxes around the house and stuck them together. They are a mis-matched bunch of marines, but they are mine and I am sure there will be plenty of fights for them to get stuck into in the future.

There are twelve in the squad – I had extras so put them altogether and thought they may as well all be in the smae squad. There seemed to be no point in having two smaller squads and I am sure I can write a fluff reason for it if the need arises.

It has been really lovely as well to work on something for myself, rather than for a commission or for sale elsewhere. I plan on painting the Marine half as Blood Angels and keeping them, and then maybe actually playing some games with them! That would be a novel idea!

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Review: Darkness in the Blood

I don’t normally go for special edition releases, but sometimes, you just need to know what happens. I endulged in this one and I was pleasantly surprised. Before I talk about the book itself, I want to show you the extra goodies that came in the box with the book:

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The week’s projects.

So, I’ve been a bit quiet this week, keeping to myself and getting on with my own miniatures. I’ve been painting some Death Company Marines to go with my other Blood Angels, affectionately known as The Crayon Eaters:

I have two more of them to go and they are waiting for me on the hobby table for the next session. I have really enjouyed taking my time with them and focusing on the highlights. They are not perfect but they are mine and I am proud of them.

The next thing I wanted to mention was a project my sister and I have started working on together. It order to distract ourselves from the current climate, we have decided to work on a science fiction setting. It involves the crew of a star cruiser – the Trailblazer, being hurled through space into regions unknown. It is still very early in the project and we’re doing it for the fun more than anything else. If you want to look at our workings and progress – short stories, drawings, profiles and more creative ideas, here is the link:

https://ssctrailblazer.wordpress.com/

It’s still early in the creation process, so it looks a bit vacant, but there will be more content added as we go along.