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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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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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Necrons!

I started painting the Indomitus Necrons the other day and wanted to share the progress I have made on them. There are a few new things I am trying out with them, which seem to have worked so far. Here are the pictures, I will talk about the new things afterwards so you know what I am talking about:

The bases. Usually, I would use either Agrax Earthshade or Nuln Oil to shade the texture paint. (I love texture paint), but this time around I wanted to use a different colour to see what effect it woul have. I used Druchii Violet as it is close to the red in the colour wheel, and then drybrushed Jokero Orange over the top. I like the shadow effect it has, though in some places it appears to have a white hue to it – might have to look into that and see where it has come from.

I am also really pleased with the Plasmancer’s blade. I have done blended weapons before but the green on this seems to have come out really well. Of course, the rest of the Plasmancer needs more work doing to him, but I really wanted to share what I had done so far.

I am looking forward to painting the rest of them and seeing them as a force on the battlefield, they should look striking on the red gaming mat that we use! Pictures to follow I am sure!

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Warhammer 40K – 9th Edition – New Miniatures!

I am most excited to see the new miniatures announced today. There are so many cool additions to the range, I had to do a post to enthuse about them. I’ll start with Space Marines, because they are my favourite!

Where do I even start with these? I love the blocky bikes, they just scream Space Marine in my mind. The shields are wicked – the skeleton on a shield is just so ‘extra’ it had to be done. The Judicar looks so mean. I can see a conversion into a Thousand Son’s Chronomancer in his future too. The Chaplain’s face is awesome and the option for having Melee Primaris Marines is just too cool! Also, that banner… Just wicked!

I shall certainly by adding these to my collection of Space Marines, but painting them red for Blood Angels instead.

Now, I never eally thought much of Necrons, but I feel that this has changed. These miniatures are every bit as cool and I will really have to think about how I am going to paint them myself.

I love the little scarab swarms, and it would be really cool if there were some spares to customise the other necron bases. The long spikey parts of the other miniatures are awesome and they look very stabby.

I can see myself learning more about them when they are released and doing some bits with them. Either way, I look forward to getting them on my painting table!

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Guest Post – Dynasty or Dallas

This is the first Guest Post I have featured on the blog and I have to admit this is rather exciting! The post had been written by Chris Frosin, whom I have mentioned before as being one of the most enthusiastic people I have met in recent times. Anyway, without any more waffle from me, here are his thoughts on returning to the hobby after an extended break!

 

It unfortunately doesn’t take much. Or maybe that’s fortunate, you can let me know by the end of this little post.

However, three weeks ago I met up with a friend of mine who I’d been meaning to catch up with for a while. It just so happened that the ‘catch up’ took place at Warhammer World where he was playing a small game of what I’d later realise was a new edition of Warhammer 40,000. Walking back in to an environment that I spent a lot of time in during my 20’s set my creative juices flowing again rather quickly and that certainly wasn’t ‘helped’ by the two guys I met nudging me to having a wander around the store there to see everything that had changed in the 12 years I’d been away.
Well, the models have certainly got even more gorgeous and the intricacies and details that I always loved to pick out have gotten even more precise and sharp. Unfortunately my beloved Tomb Kings seem to have been ‘killed’ off in a large explosion of some sort but seeing as they were playing 40k my mind was brought back to my small Necron force I pulled together all those years ago and a handful of Harlequins I’d converted. Now I love painting and converting so one of my first armies was what turned out to be a huge Ork force that I just kept adding and adding to; converted ork boyz everywhere, with a Land Raider based battlewagon, nobz with lightning claws and grots with guns they could hardly carry resting on their backs! If I was going to get sucked back in to the hobby I didn’t want to repeat that; but the sort of ‘been there done that’ feeling was satisfying enough that gradually throughout the evening watching Eldar PUMMEL (sorry hehe) the Space Marines into submission a plan of action was starting to form. Small numbers. I’d scanned the rulebook enough to see that I could form an elite force, maybe even a narrative army list based around fast attack detachments. Ultimately this would mean small numbers. But would I dig out the Death Jester and Shadow Seer models that I never face getting rid of, and do Harlequins again; the elite of elite, or my Necrons, an army that was more a couple of squads to test a colour scheme idea I had?
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Then a further suggestion was thrown at me.
‘We’re having a game of Shadow War in a couple of weeks. Why don’t you get a Kill Team together for that and join in’
‘Errr… hell yeah!’
There was already a Harlequin player so maybe that wouldn’t be the best choice… and then I was shown these!
The Necron Tomb Blades and Annihilation Barge!

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Tomb Blades

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Annihilation Barge

How. Cool. Are. They!
I was sold. I had to have Necrons again and fine tune my colour scheme to work with a vehicular based fast attack force for a new Dynasty! Mine! And it was going to be epic!
That week I headed in to my local store, had a browse around, checked out the new paints (which have tooootally different names to what I remember. Where’s Deadly Nightshade for instance?!?!) and picked up a box of Necron Immortals and the Shadow War rule book. I’d managed to find one rogue Necron warrior that somehow escaped the clear out all those years ago and that, with a little converting obviously, would be good enough to form the basis of a Kill Team.
And luckily one of the positives of my paint scheme is it’s rather quick to do.
What happened next sent me down an even more excited rabbit hole but I’ll save the story of bouncing around an amazing community on Twitter for the next post. Until then, here’s the first sneak peek of the Necron warrior that I dug out of the loft (attic if you’re from across the pond)