Weekend in Review

Well, this was a rough week for my Warhammer record and me. My Carcharodons faced my Tyranids (not played by me) and lost. My Alpha Legion faced the Sisters of Silence…. I mean, Sisters of Battle… and lost. It was a fun and productive weekend though, so I count that as a win.

In the first game, I loaned my Tyranids to my opponent since he flew out from California (for some sort of training) and didn’t bring his Army. Since I hardly ever face the Nids, I asked him if I could be the Sharks. I wrote a pair of lists that were moderately competitive, but I hindered my side by not taking drop pods or Grav-centurions. Ok, I admit he didn’t have the toughest list either, so I would say it was a fair match.

I forgot how fast those Nids could move. It was a blood bath. I thought a good tactic would be to wait for him to come to me as I shot at him. And it might have worked if the sharks could actually hit something. Before I knew it, Raveners were in close combat shredding my army. I felt brave and charged the Swarmlord with my Captain and his command squad. They did tie the swarmlord up for a while, but in the end they just couldn’t stand up to that many attacks (11, right?). Sorry, inside joke.

In the end, I just couldn’t score enough Tactical Supremacy cards to be competitive… which leads us to game two.

Sister of Battle or an Alpha Legion Saboteur?

Sister of Battle or an Alpha Legion Saboteur?

Sisters of Battle vs. the Alpha Legion. 40K vs 30K… but it is the Sisters, right? Well, maybe not. While the Alpha Legion did have some good moments, they just didn’t hold up. The Saboteur destroyed an organ grinder (Exorcist) on the turn it came in. Headhunters did work with their AP3 (semi-rending?) shots. Dynat slayed Celestine twice in close combat thanks to his Thunder Hammer. But I was using the Tactical Supremacy again (damn those are tough to score) and while I had an amazing turn one (scored 8 points), the rest of the turns were a struggle to score anything. In the end I had 13 points while my opponent had over twenty (using the regular tactical cards). In the end I had about 5 headhunters left, Dynat, and an Apothecary left on the board.

On the hobby side of things, I managed to build 9 of my 10 Headhunters for my Alpha Legion. I even managed to paint one almost to finish. So, again, with the fun that was had, and the painting and building that was done, I would declare this a successful weekend.

Heavy Bolter Headhunter

Heavy Bolter Headhunter

Professor Severus 2016 Hobby Goals

Howdy everyone, Professor Severus here.  Yes, I changed the title after seeing Shorereapers last article.  It fits my current job, so why not?  Anyway, I know I have been slacking about working on the blog lately.  I actually have been slacking with the whole hobby, but such is life.

Proof that I actually do some cool stuff at the new job

Proof that I actually do some cool stuff at the new job

So, to motivate myself, I have decided to set some hobby goals.  I actually made these like a week ago, and decided to turn it into an article at Shorereaper’s prompting.  Basically, I have two main focuses this coming year.  30k Iron Hands and a bad Tau list.

First up, the bad Tau.  There is a tournament at the store that I play at, Moxie Games.  One of the members of the community has organized a bad list tournament.  Essential, you write the worst list you can (with some restrictions).  Then when you are paired with an opponent, you trade lists and play.  Shorereaper and I have done this once and it was a blast.  So when I saw that tournament format, I jumped at the opportunity.

I settled on the following Tau list.  It is about as bad as I can make Tau, and it should be fun to play against.  Lots of tools for a crafty opponent to use to good effect, but some epic points wasting in the list.  It is a 1500 point list using the farsight enclave rules.

Say hello to the new commander useless!

Say hello to the new commander useless!

  • Darkstrider (Warlord)
  • Commander with Advanced Targeting System, Counterfire Defence System, Early Warning Override, Velocity Tracker, and The Microcodex
  • Crisis Suit Bodygaurds – 1 shield drone and 9 man team, all with Counterfire Defence Systems, Drone Controllers, and Velocity Trackers
  • Kroot Carnivore Squad – 10 man and 4 Kroot Hounds
  • Kroot Carnivore Squad – 10 man and 4 Kroot Hounds
  • Drone Squad – 8 Gun Drones and 4 Shield Drones
  • Vespid Stingwings – 8 man
  • Vespid Stingwings – 8 man

All and all, a great bad list in my opinion.  I am working on fully painting it.  I just need to finish the crisis suits (5 left), the drones, and darkstrider.  I actually picked up some of the new crisis suits.  They are awesome, so I am excited to paint them up.  When I have this group painted up in a few weeks it will be time to look onto the next project.

I don't think I have ever seen this many painted vespid...

I don’t think I have ever seen this many painted vespid…

Speaking of, the next project is going to be completing the two base lists I have for my 30k Iron Hands.  I have a decent start on these lists, but have a lot of units left to buy and paint.  I settled on two lists.  One featuring Ferrus Manus and one without him.  I wanted to be able to represent the legion pre and post Istvaan V.  I also didn’t want the lists to be to different from each other (to minimize purchasing, forgeworld can get expensive).

Pre-Istavaan V

  • Damocles Command Rhino
  • Legion Tactical Squad – 10 man in a rhino
  • Legion Tactical Squad – 10 man in a rhino
  • Legion Tactical Squad – 10 man in a rhino
  • Contemptor Mortis Dreadnought – Two Twin-linked Autocannons
  • Gorgon Terminators – 8 man total with Hammerbearer
  • Legion Weapon Battery – Quad Mortar
  • Medusan Immortals – 10 man, all with Volkite Chargers in a Land Raider Phobos
  • Storm Eagle – Two Twin-linked Lascannons, Twin-Linked Multi-melta, Armored Ceramite
  • Ferrus Manus

Post-Istavaan V

  • Damocles Command Rhino
  • Legion Praetor – Cataphractii Terminator Armor, Cyber Familiar, Iron Father
  • Legion Tactical Squad – 10 man in a rhino
  • Legion Tactical Squad – 10 man in a rhino
  • Legion Tactical Squad – 10 man in a rhino
  • Contemptor Mortis Dreadnought – Two Twin-linked Autocannons
  • Gorgon Terminators – 9 man total with Hammerbearer
  • Legion Weapon Battery – Quad Mortar
  • Medusan Immortals – 10 man, all with Volkite Chargers in a Land Raider Phobos
  • Storm Eagle – Two Twin-linked Lascannons, Twin-Linked Multi-melta, Armored Ceramite
  • Sicaran Venator Tank Destroyer – Armored Ceramite and Lascannon Sponsons
The primarch awaits his legion to assemble

The primarch awaits his legion to assemble

When you boil this list down, I basically have the three tac squads with rhinos, the contemptor, and ferrus manus already bought and painted. I have 5 gorgon terminators, but they need to be painted. The rest are things I need to pick up, assemble, and paint. It should be a fun project. Not a lot of 30k players around here, so I plan to play against some 40k opponents.

Now, compared to Shorereaper, this is a pretty short list of things to work on over the next 10 months.  I don’t have much of a hobby budget anymore, so I wanted to keep the list limited purchase wise.  Outside of these commitments, I have plenty to work on.  I have probably over 7000 points of orks that I need to paint yet and at least another 2000 points of tau.  I figure I can use those to help keep the hobby varied.  Plus there are some new ork rules coming…we all know who shows up whenever the Orks come around.

So until next time everyone, this is Professor Severus saying have a good one and take it easy.

Status update and future plans

So, blog #2 will be a quick update on where I am with my armies, and what my future plans on with them.

Tyranids:

My army of choice, which I will admit has not been chosen much this year. I have played them a couple times, but nowhere near as much as I did last year. I have painted a large portion of my army, but I still have a long way to go. The Malenthrope has been finished, but I haven’t even truly started with the sky-slashers. I’ve partially built one. They are a pain in the ass, all those tiny legs having to be glued on individually.

The Sky-slashers should be next on my list of things to complete. However, I still have some warriors that I want completed, as well as a unit of Zoanthropes. I am not sure what will come next, but I hope for a new GW release. I could use some good formations, and a decurion style detachment.

Tau:

That right, I still own a Tau army. I have sold part of my collection recently. Not much of my army was sold, but a small part that I never use. Not like I use much of what I have. For the future, all I plan is on getting a game in with them. I don’t plan on expanding on the army, even with all the new units that have been released. Which, with their formations, are bloody awesome. I have also given up on the Piranha based army. 15 of them is just too much.

Carcharodons:

I have moved forward with a lot of my painting on this army. Also completed some of the transfers as well. I am happy with where this army is going. I have also been getting a lot of games with the sharks. I have been fairly successful with them, but I still need practice. (Heck, I lost a close game yesterday thanks to Tyberbos being punted by an Imperial Knight).

As for the future of my sharks, I want to finish some of my command squads (and yes, this is plural) and the rest of the army. I would love to have 2000 points fully painted and transferred, but that is going to take time.

Random Scout WIP

Random Scout WIP

Dark Eldar:

Ah yes, another army that rarely sees the table, although they do see the table more than the Tau. This is an army I play for fun because the 2K points list I bought and built is terrible. It is meant purely for fun.

I have no plans on expanding the army, I am happy where it sits right now. I do plan on starting to paint them again, but this is getting a low priority. At least everything is primed.

Sisters of Battle:

My latest addition to my 40K army set. I bought a small force that will slowly be allied into my Carcharodons. I have just enough to field the allied force how I want them. I have even fully painted a small portion of what I own. I really enjoy painting them, and I want them on the board soon. These will be expanded upon down the line, I just do not know what to get, or when to get it. The next step is to strip some of these sisters (get your mind out of the gutter).

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 Alpha Legion:

Ah, my 30K/40K random army. This has become my current priority. I have been playing them against both 30K armies and 40K armies. There is so much I want to do with this army; I just have to keep going.

Severus came up with the idea that I should paint one legionnaire from every Legion to be the saboteur. I have only five legions left to complete. I also ordered a Fire Raptor, 10 Headhunters, and a bunch of shoulder pads to complete more of this army.

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Necrons:

SOLD! I have one model left that I wanted, but the rest have been sold!

Dark Elves:

Shhhh! Don’t tell GW, but thanks to their move to Age of Sigmar, I decided to use my elves for Kings of War. This sudden move to a new game has motivated me. I have been painting one of the units, and even I have to admit that I like how it looks. It still has a way to go, but I plan on starting to play KoW soon. I need to learn to play.

I have no plans on expanding the army right now, but I should use the army since I have invested so much into the army.

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 General Hobbying:

I have seemed to slide into becoming a hoarder of books. I ordered all of the GW Campaign books, and have even gotten a couple of the FW book as well. I also ordered a tile for Zone Mortalis, but this is mostly for display purposes.

 

That’s all for now. I shall return again soon.

 

And maybe we can get Severus blogging again… if he’s not too busy with his life as a professor.

First Tournament of the Year

Hello all, Shorereaper here, and it has been a while. While I really should start my return to blogging with a “What have I been up to while I was gone” I am instead going to summarize a small tournament I entered today. I hope this will be my triumphant return to blogging, after taking months off, but I am not making any promises.

First, I will start with a brief summary of the rules of the tournament. It was an escalation tournament, with round 1 being 500 points, round 2 being 1000 points, and round 3 being 2000 points. You were allowed 1 CAD, no allies or formations, and no Lords of War. Your 500-point list had to be included in your 1000-point list with now changes, and the 1000-point list had to be a part of your 2000-point list. So, if you had 7 Tac marines with a Melta gun in your 500 point list, that until would be in the 1000 and 2000 point list with no changes. It made for some interesting list building.

Most of my Painted Nids... and three random objective markers

Most of my Painted Nids… and three random objective markers

The three missions were as follows:

Round 1:
Table size: 4×4
Deployment: Dawn of War
Mission: 1 Objective will be placed by each player in their own deployment zone, 1 objective placed in the center of the table (which functions as a relic with all of the Relic special rules). The Relic is with three points; the other objectives are worth 2 points each.
Secondary Objectives: Slay the Warlord, Line Breaker

Round 2:
Table size:
6×4
Deployment: Clash of the line (Arrowhead. Short Table edge, form a triangle, furthest point is 24 inches from the center of the short table edge).
Mission: Players set up 5 objectives in “No man’s land” following standard objective deployment rules. These objectives are scored at the start of the player turn and gain the controlling player 1 point.
Secondary Objectives: Slay the Warlord, Attrition (Army which has destroyed the most enemy units gains a victory point)

Round 3:
Table size: 6×4
Deployment: Dawn of War
Mission: Crusade (each objective is worth 3 points)
Secondary Objective: Slay the Warlord, Line Breaker, Last-man standing (The army with the most surviving units gains one additional victory point)

Ok, now onto the “amazing” lists I decided to field. My 500-point list consisted of a Flying Hive Tyrant with 2 twin-linked devourers w/ Brainleech worms, 2 units of 10 Termagants, and an Exocrine. This was probably my most competitive list. At the 1000 point level, I added the Swarmlord, a Hive Crone, and 2 Biovores, and this is where my list started getting a little wacky, and not all that competitive. Though, at 1000 points, two flying MCs are pretty tough… or should have been, but I will get to that later.

At 2000 points, I thought I wrote a list that was more fun than competitive. Added to the 1000 point list was a full Tyrant Guard Brood to make the Swarmlord a little more survivable. I also added an Haruspex, a close combat MC that isn’t all that good at close combat. 2 Pyrovores… yea, I have no idea why. A venomthrope to give some units a cover save. Next I added a full brood of Raveners with rending claws because I love playing them and they are so very pretty. And the last addition was a Trygon Prime with adrenal glands. The theme was for my army to be fully painted and fun. Not so competitive.

My first round was a bye, but I got to play my 500 points against the Whit (the store owner) and his Chaos Marines. My two termagant squads fled off the board after failing a synapse check, and the Flying HT periled causing himself a wound. However, the only wound not cause by me on my own army was against the Exocrine in Close Combat. Really it was a fun, if silly game.

Load survivors of the 500-point game.

Loan survivors of the 500-point game.

My second round paired me up against the Tau player. This did not go well. He had a unit of three Skyrays, some broadsides, and 2 breacher squads. I know he had other units, but these three wrecked me. The Flying HT was hit with 12 missiles and just disappeared. A breacher squad shot the Swarmlord in the face, eliminating my other synapse creature. Everthing else seemed determined to fail leadership tests and just plant themselves on the board. I wasn’t tabled, but it was a bad loss. It was not a close game. I did score some points, but not enough to really call it a close game.

An Eldar army I never had to face.

An Eldar army I never had to face… thankfully.

Round three was a bit of a surprise. Space Marines arrived via Drop Pod in my face. Neither of us thought we were going to have a good game. My opponent used ignores cover rounds on my venomthrope (and gave them rending, which I didn’t get), and took away my cover save bonus in turn 1. The hive guard brood disappeared shortly after (and the Swarmlord was left with 1 wound) thanks to three Grav-Centurions. After that though, things went very well for me. I took out the Grav-Centurions by making them take hits with the psychic scream. Biovores actually cause 2 wounds on his jump unit. The Swarmlord and the Raveners slaughtered his veteran squad in close combat (The Raveners were almost wiped out by his Ironclad Dred in the next few rounds of Close Combat). But really, after that first round of losses, my army stepped up and did a lot of damage. The Haruspex killed a drop pod and…. Well, that’s it really. My hive crone used vector strike on his flyer, giving me the advantage in aerial combat. It wasn’t pretty for the marines, even with all the grav weapons he had. Honestly, I think he deployed them a little close to me.

It was a fun tournament, and I managed to pull out second place (out of 5). Thank you to my opponents for some fun games… even when I was nearly tabled.