Monday, 20 March 2017

Maelstrom X - 10-11 June 2017

I am very pleased to confirm that the TENTH Maelstrom tournament will be held on the weekend of 10th/11th June 2017 at Cashmere Avenue School, Khandallah, Wellington.

It will be 5 rounds of 40k, with armies of 1500pts. Earlybird entry cost for Maelstrom is $30 up until 30 April 2016, after which the cost is $40.

You can download the players pack here

Monday, 20 February 2017

Not just one, two games!

I was lucky enough to get a couple of games in the weekend before last.

The first game was against Pete, playing the first of our 2017 monthly games.

Pete is getting back into 40k on the back of the Traitor Legions codex (apparently he did not like the Gav Thorpe Chaos dex, I never knew....) and hopefully in preparation for (I hope) a sleeker better v8 40k. It also is an opportunity for me to brush up on my gaming skills, which have not been utilised much at all these last few years due to child commitments (this was my 3rd game in about 18mths).

So these monthly games are a Good Thing™ as they get a couple of old bulls (if you will) back vaguely into figuring out stuff around the roll of the dice.

To keep it simple we played Eternal War: Crusade (rolled 3 objectives), hammer and anvil setup, and no Special Characters or allies were allowed.

I took a generic Sororitas CAD list:
Canoness with Eviscerator, Rosarius, and Mantle of Ophelia
Missionary with Storm Bolter, Book of St Lucius
2 squads of 8x SoB, incl VSS, Meltagun, Heavy Flamer, in a Rhino w/Dozer blade
1 squad of 12x SoB, incl VSS w/combi-flamer, Meltagun, Heavy Flamer
1 squad of 5x Dominions, incl VSS w/combi-flamer, 4x Meltagun, in an Immolator with Heavy Flamers
1 squad of 6x Seraphim, incl VSS, 1x Inferno Pistols and 1x Hand Flamers
1 squad of 8x Retributors, incl VSS, 4x Heavy Bolters
2 Exorcists

Pete's army (from memory) was:
Kakophoni Formation
Lord on Bike with Blissgiver, 4++ Inv
6 Squads of 5x Noise Marines incl Blastmaster, Sonic Blasters, various power weapon upgrades for the Sergeants, and Icons (for the 4+ FNP)
Plus a Lord of the Legion (Winged Daemon Prince with Power armour)

His army was not that optimised - more playing with the models he had although in saying that it's not much of a tweak to make it tougher.

Pete rolled +1T for his Combat Drugs, this combined with Formation bonus of S+1 Sonic Weapons with Shred, plus split fire for the Blastmasters, and the Icons, made this a pretty tough matchup for the T3 Sisters!

I managed to win the roll off for ends so I chose the one with two objectives, with my main tactic to try not to be drawn forward into a CC battle if I could avoid it.

The thin grey line

Will you look at all those sonic weapons

End of Turn 5

I think of Pete had been a bit more aggressive with the Lord and DP I would have been in a lot more trouble much earlier on. 

We also made a whole bunch of inconsistent and n00b mistakes but hey. 

The second game I played was against Shane's Ravenwing. another old foe. I swapped out my Canoness and a few models for the new Celestine unit, while Shane took a Ravenwing CAD with:
Librarian on Bike
5x Bike Squads (some with Attack Bikes)
3x Speeder Squadrons

We played one of the Tiered missions I use in my tournaments:
Dawn of War
Primary Mission (Eternal War) – Emperor’s Will* – 2 objectives (4 VP each)
Secondary Mission (Maelstrom X of War) – Contact Lost
Tertiary – First Blood, Slay the Warlord, Linebreaker (1 VP each)

Again I was looking at this T5 nonsense with rerollable jinks across the table and was a bit nervous about my chances. I won the roll off to set up and thankfully Shane both scouted and then failed to seize the initiative.

Wall of scouting death
Mad rush for objectives

Due to time constraints and other interruptions we only managed to make it to the bottom of Turn 3 - and as it turned out I won 6-4 by VP, one more turn and he would have been all over me. Also Celestine didn't get anywhere near combat due to two failed charge rolls (needing 7 and needing 8 from memory) and speedy bikes getting the hell outta there, it will be interesting to see what happens when she actually makes it! 

Takeaways are that the Sororitas are really brittle and need a knight...

Next in the queue to paint are the two remaining Dominions from the first melta squad, then the immolator, then a new priest, then an Ecclesiarchal death squad thing.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

2017 painted model commitment #3

Well well well... who'd have thought a commitment to paint one (one!!) model a week would be so... productive? So far anyway!

Firstly I had to paint a unit of Dominions for my monthly game vs Peter (more on that later), I managed to get 5/7 painted in time.

Led by VSS Helena, who is holding one of the many copies of the famous works of St Lucius

I still have a bolter Dominion and one holding a Simulacrum Imperialis to paint (this week's job), plus their Immolator.

And since I had a couple of evenings up my sleeve, I thought I'd paint an alternate Canoness to take, armed with an Eviscerator. I've found that with the restriction on Relics (i.e. one per model) you can no longer build something that looks like the old Witch Hunters codex, so my old Blessed Weapon+Inferno Pistol model is taking a 'rest'. 

So here is Dominicae Palatine, Evelyn Louise, Penitent Champion of the Order of the Violaceous Heart

Should have put a large skull on the back of the cloak... ..

Next on the list (aside from finishing the first Dominion Squad above) is the Geminae Superia to go with my (to be rebased) St Celestine.

How on target am I?
Weeks of the year complete: 5
Models painted: 11
Vehicles painted: 1

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

2017 painted model commitment #2

Here is my latest offering to the Paint God(s)

This is made up of a 2nd Ed metal immolator upgrade courtesy of Peter Dunn, a number of years ago (so yes armed with Heavy Flamers not Multi Meltas), converted to fit a 3rd ed Space Marine rhino. Added are Forgeworld doors, a Bretonnian Questing Knight banner and some Bretonnian Men at Arms accessories.

It's generally going to be a Command Squad or Celestian transport, hence the extra bling.

Burn heretics!
I suppose you're going to tell me the top hatch is no longer a fire point

The Emperor looks over you as you disembark to... burn the heretics!
All that is required is some varnish (which will help blend the highlights etc.). I just need to wait for less weather bombs and more dry sun. 

Now I am going to be onto a Dominion Squad, I have three to complete (along with their Immolators... multi melta Immolators). Also in my immediate modelling and painting future are Canoness Veridyan, a Seraphim that will become one of the Geminae Superia (still looking for her twin at the moment...), and probably an Ecclesiarchy Battle Conclave.
How on target am I?
Weeks of the year complete: 2.5
Models painted: 5
Vehicles painted: 1

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Happy New Year (and some vague promises for 2017)

Happy New Year every(any)one! 

The New Year is often a time for reflections on what you did (or in many cases, didn't) achieve in the previous year, so I'm going to start this year with a few commitments to 2017.

#1 Paint at least one model a week, starting with my Adepta Sororitas
Ahh... a Command Squad. The least likely unit to ever see a competitive army list (IMO)

More detail

Well underway! All that I need to do is figure out squad markings and then some static grass and varnish!

And I've put some paint on the first of four Immolators...

#2 Assemble, undercoat, and zenithal highlight 2000pts of Space Wolves - at a minimum

The intention here is to have an army I can have some fun games with that isn't just grey plastic... it'll be plastic undercoated grey (there is a difference!)

#3 Play Blood Bowl more (in person/Board game or PS4)

I have played two games vs the AI on my PS4 so already achieving this

#4 Try not to get stressed out/depressed about GW's release schedule and my inability to keep up

So many cool things coming out but how long is this sort of release schedule sustainable - not for GW, but for the community? In the old days you had 1-2 army releases a year which allowed time to collect, model, and paint a reasonable sized force. It just seems that the current marketing schtick is to force you to buy lots, paint little, and then have a liquorice allsorts army... 

I've also got Deathwatch and Genestealer Cults to keep me busy when things get boring...

#5 Play 1+ games of 40k

#6 Run 1+ tournaments, Joy willing...

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Goodness me, Adepta Sororitas rumours

Some of you may know that I have been a bit of an Adepta Sororitas (or Sisters of Battle for the older ...err... more world-wise crowd) player ever since the Witch Hunters Codex. I had some reasonable success with them and also enjoyed the whole aesthetic. 

Ahhh... so many neat rules for Faith Points... so much imagery

(This one too, I just didn't have an army of them at the time...) 

Anyway. the rumours are that there will be plastic Adepta Sororitas models around Xmas - now I am not sure if this is actually SoB models or just more of those (awesome) Sisters of Silence, but regardless I have some more models to paint before this happens - so I can essentially (but not completely) 'finish' my SoB army.

It's not much... just 4 Immolators, a command squad, and 20 Dominions... ... .. (at least they are undercoated.)

It's so scary when they're all on the table

Might finish these first... likely to never see a competitive game but hey 
Only four models to paint, really

Melta melta everywhere

And a healthy dose of plasma pistol just because I couldn't be bothered converting her to a combi-melta or flamer

Added to the list - but waiting to see what a Codex might bring - are about 30 other models (lots of bolters, multi-meltas, and a complete Inq/Priest retinue of Death Cult Assassins etc.). 

Best I press on.
What exactly are you waiting for?? A Blessing??

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Warpstorm IX 2016 - done and won

Warpstorm IX 2016 has been done and won.

It was a bleak cold weekend in Wellington - which of course is perfect wargaming weather. 

Luckily when we packed up on the Sunday it had cleared and was very sunny, which was fantastic for taking the tables back to their home. 

Overall it was a great success, we raffled off a copy of Deathwatch: Overkill (supplied by Mighty Ape) for the Wellington City Mission, 8 trophies got given away, and everybody had fun (max sports scores for the weekend).

The participants in some of their glory

Breakdown of the results
Thanks goes out once again to all the supporters (sponsor, table and terrain suppliers, bye busters) and participants who (apart from the stressful week prior when I ended up having several dropouts that I needed to find replacements for) were amazing with zero drama llamas.

Congratulations to all the winners... and here's some photos from the event

26 happy gamers 

Nigel's cool Razorback

Daemonic goodbadness from Glen

Fantastic diorama base... more here

More Eldar shenanigans

Flying Circus

First Place army... just a bit of firepower

How now blue Tau?

Best Presented army.... nice

Lucky bugger

Hope to see you all again soon!