My 1520 (Empty) Battlefoam Pack came in today and guess what! It came with an extra little treat; pluck foam! Wooohoooo! Now I can make a foam tray that fits my Stormravens.
Now here comes the awesome sauce. I got the pack off Amazon at $154.00 including shipping and handling. Not a bad price, slightly cheaper than buying it direct from Battlefoam. The pack with pluck foam however retails at $185.00, or $212.00 including partial shipping within the US. Woah! I save close to 50 bucks! Happy Schnitzel! :D
Also, Tuesday was of course 40k night at my FLGS and I showed up with my C:BA Khorne Berserkers that I've prepped for 'Ard Boyz. Threw down dice against a Tau player who had greatly overestimated me.
"Reserve everything, let them shoot at thin air and then we swoop in and remove their heads!" -Khorne Berserkers
"Ha! They reserved everything! Lets blow them to bits as the drop in piecemeal. Marklights!"
Well, foolish nooby mistake on my part. There were other mistakes I made too, but it was a valuable learning experience. The Tau player was a very good sport, gave me some advice for list building and such and pointed out some things I should not do in games (ie; reserve against gunlines). Hats off to him for sportsmanship.
And once again I received a plethora of comments on my Stormravens. They do seem to be popular.
Tomorrow its off to the FLGS once more (this time with an easier means of carrying my army) for either some 'Ard Boyz practice or a pick-up Apoc game. Should be fun.
As I'm now starting on Aaron Dembski-Bowden's novel "Helsreach", I figured I best jot down my thoughts on his previous novel "Soul Hunter" first.
Soul Hunter follows the 10th Company of the Night Lords traitor legion, primarily the character Talos whom was the former apothecary turned de-facto Sergeant of his squad. In it he is cursed with visions of the future such as his Primarch Conrad Kurze, the Night Hunter, was. We follow him and his squad of Astartes through hell and back as they battle against both Imperial and Chaos forces alike.
When I first started this novel I was timid, half expecting it to be another edition of "bolter porn" and full of senseless action scenes, fandom and little to no plot. Instead I was immediately sucked in and impressed by Mr. Debski-Bowden's writing prowess. He manages to flesh out and add a layer of depth to the members of the Night Lords legion as I never expected. And it doesn't stop there, he may also actually rival the great Mr. Abnett in the way he spins the novel's plot. This is no point A to point B story folks, it's a fast and furious rollwer coaster that throws a few sharp turns and unexpected corkscrews at you. There were moments when the story managed to take even me for surprise. I loved every second of it.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Lovely piece of work, I highly recommend it.
Whats this mean? I just doubled my Stormraven count! Whoop whoop! I've also redrafted my 'Ard Boyz list and plan on testing it out Tuesday at my FLGS... Hopefully my Razerbacks and Dreadnaught get here in time. I'd hate to actually resort to... DUN DUN DUN... Proxying. Oh the shame of such thought!
Bought a long line of thin chain yesterday and more parts for my Titan scratchbuild. Yay! Unfortunately my plans on building it out of extruded foam is at a standstill... I need a hot knife to cut the darn thing to my liking! The chain is for my dreads btw... Every time they perform well in battle I'm gonna buy some skull bits of whatever they kill and add 'em to the chains. :D
Cash splurge! Argh! I'm such an impulsive spender. :O
Today I finally got around to buying a battlefoam carry case. Can't wait. On the upside, I got the big on at a $30-40 discount. :)
New Valk came in today as well. I'll get started on converting it to a Stormraven tomorrow.
Did manage to start on the Warhound today.... I got two toes down. Cardstock Warhound is meh... But after this is finished I'll either reinforce it with plasticard or make a new one from scratch with plasticard.
First and foremost, today was a day of heavy spending. Not as painful on the wallet as it would have been if I had bought from GW, but weighty enough. Three new Razerbacks and a Valkyrie to buff my forces up to 2500 pts for a 'Ard Boyz list. While I don't particularly care for 'Ard Boyz, and highly doubt I'll even place in the prelims, I do want to be able to play prep games with my community and attend as well for the sake of just gaming.
My splurge of spending didn't stop with mere plastic tanks though... It went on to sheets of plastic board, 110lb size card stock and a bit of 1/8 x 1/8 balsa wood. What all could it be for? Well, as the post title hints, a Titan! A Warhound first as it's my initial attempt at scratch building, and later possibly a Reaver and/or a Warlord! :O
And without further ado, my 'Ard Boyz rough draft.
HQ: 430pts 220pts Astorath the Grim 210pts Honor Guard with Chapter Banner, Melta and Razerback dedicated transport
Elites: 298pts 180pts Sanguinary Priests (x3) with Combi-Flamers (x3) 118pts Chaplain with Power Fist and Storm Bolter
Troops: 990pts 215pts Death Co (x8) with Power Weapon, Power Fist and Inferno Pistol 215pts Death Co (x8) with Power Weapon, Power Fist and Inferno Pistol 135pts Death Co Dread with Blood Talons and Heavy Flamer 135pts Death Co Dread with Blood Talons and Heavy Flamer 145pts Assault Squad with Melta, Lightning Claw and Razerback dedicated transport 145pts Assault Squad with Melta, Lightning Claw and Razerback dedicated transport
Fast Attack: 200pts 200pts Vanguard Vets with Lightning Claw (Sgt), Lightning Claw, Inferno Pistol and Razerback dedicated transport
Heavy: 430pts 215pts Stormraven with Extra Armor 215pts Stormraven with Extra Armor
The Stormravens will carry my Khorne Berserkers (Death Co) and Dreadnaughts. Astorath will accompany one squad while Lemartes of course augments the other. Both will bring a ton of hurt.
The goal of this army is to charge in fast and hard and hope that I can table my opponent. The two assault squads are there to claim any objectives possible, and the Honor Guard are around to buff them with extra attacks in lieu of Sanguinator's absence. The Vanguard Vets were selected to help fill out the points... and extra killiness.
As I said earlier, I'm not expecting much in terms of results for me but it should be fun to play regardless. :)
First game of my BA Codex Khorne Army went very well tonight, minus the fact it ended after four turns due to time constraints. I paired off against a Tyranid Tervigon list and faired much better than I could have possibly expected. Game type was the capture objective (5 this game) one. Dawn of War deployment. I won the roll and elected to go second. 1850 point lists.
Turn 1: I reserve everything. My opponent starts spawning masses of Termagaunts. He reserves two Trygons and Doom.
Turn 2: Opponent spawns more Termagaunts and his Trygons come in around the center of the board between three objectives. He moves some hordes up towards my edge. My Death Co Stormraven comes in guns a blazing as Lemartes and the Death Co jump out. A few small buggers go down to the Stormravens shooting. Death Co lights up a swarm of Termagaunts on the nearest objective, downing two before rushing into assault. The annihilate the buggers.
Turn 3: Opponent's Doom lands towards the center of my territory, starts working its way towards the Death Co. Ole One Eye comes in behind a swarm of Termagaunts. Trygon and some other buggers pop off shots at the Stormraven to no avail. More bugs are spawned and begin rushing towards the Death Co as a Tervigon, Trygon and One Eye do the same. Death Co Dread leaps out of the Stormraven and lights up 7 Termaguants with his Heavy Flamer, opponent pulls the models to prevent assault. Death Co fires at Trygon and charge! They strip it of several wounds but fail to kill it this turn. One Heavy Bolter Razerback with Assault Squad and Sang Priest arrive on the far side of the board where only two squads of Termagaunts guard two objectives. The squad hops out and everyone opens fire. A few bugs drop. Sanguinor also came in and aided the Death Co in their battle.
Turn 4: Trygon battles on with the Death Co and is joined by Ole One Eye. Together they drop the majority of the Death Co, but the fight rages on. My opponent rushes my Assault Squad with his unit of Gaunts, I take one casualty but dish out a lot more. Some bugs and stuff spawn in various places as well and amble towards various congregations. My Jump squad comes in as well as my last two Razerbacks. The two Razerbacks rush towards the center to aid the Dreadnaught in seizing the objectives there. The Heavy Flame Razerback wipes a squad of 'gaunts off the table. Death Co finish off the Trygon and One Eye, but are downed by Doom. Two marines in the Razerbacks also die from his scream. The assault squad on the far side mop of the rest of the 'gaunts they were in battle with and seize the objective. The Jump Squad stand by to move on the next objective the following turn (that never came :( ). Dreadnaught goes insane and charges the largest mob of 'gaunts on the table and downs four of them. His blood talons generate 4 more attacks and kill another four. Rinse, repeat, 4 more down. Another four attacks splatter more bugs and there are no more in range for the assault.
At this point I have one object, my opponent has 3. I stand ready to seize one of the center objectives and another on the far right side if we were to continue, but due to time constraints the game ended.
Pros: - Death Dread with Blood Talons is a BEAST! Sixteen skulls for the skull throne in one fell swing. - Lemartes and Co; 360 pt squad downs 460 points of bug, throw in the 60 pts of Termagaunts from before and they've definitely earned their keep. - Stormraven was very pretty, got lots of compliments and made it very easy for me to get to any unit to assault safely. It also ate a ton of fire and went by relatively unharmed.
Cons: - Time constraints. This could have easily been my first win. - Traffic. I had to run 20 miles north to pick up a dreadnaught model before the game... 10 minutes to get there, 50 to get back. Grrrr. DC traffic blows.
Overall, great night. Easily the best game night I've ever had. Also learned that the GW Springfied, VA is holding an Apoc event this weekend in commemoration of their third birthday. 1500 point limit per player though... I'm tempted to show up with my Obliterator Cult of Destruction. I've only got 12 Oblits at the moment, but if I had 15 it'd be a done deal. :D
My chaos warband has finally been refitted to follow the BA codex! Now sporting three razerbacks, a storm raven and small contingent of jump troops; its a force to be reckoned with.
The center tank is actually a heavy flamer razerback. I liked the flamestorm cannon so much I had to keep it. Used the spare heavy bolter sponsons from the Baal Pred to jerry rig my two rhinos into basic razerbacks as well. The weapon just sits on top for now, but I'll add magnets later for it to clamp on securely. They easily can be swapped out for heavy flamers as well. Blood for the blood god! Lascannon with multimelta. The MM is magnetized on. I want to work something out to replace the laz with plasma... No plasma cannon bits at the moment though. :( And on the back you may notice the docking clamps for dreadnaught transport. I opted not to bother making it with magnets for an actually dread to really fit there, too much of a hassal. My dread will just sit on the tableside until its release. Speaking of the dread, I'm contemplating getting a FW World Eaters dread with an extra CC arm. Its either that or a plastic iron clad.
Got a nice little box in the mail today stock full of goodies. One Valk, one Baal Pred and a unit of Death Co. The Valk and Pred chassis are going to be combined to scratch build my Stormraven. I could have gone with a Rhino to save myself some expense, but I really wanted the extra bits that came with the Pred. Not any old Pred either, I got the one with the Flamestorm Cannon. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. ;)
The Death Co set comes chock full of lovely bits and tons of detail! GW has really stepped up their quality, I'm impressed. I bought this mainly for the Inferno Pistols and Hand Flamer bits, but I've found some great uses for the other bits as well. There are some body parts with flowing scrolls and honor seals galore! I decided to use these bits for my Khornate Priests. Giving them a kind of Chaplainy look, but intended to fulfill the role of Sanguinary Priests. Throw in some chain axes and Khorne symbols and they're set. Love it.
At the moment my work desk is a bit crowded... I've managed to accumulate over 40 troops to build now. Plenty of bits to customize any model practically any which way I'd like. Love it. Also pushes me wayyyy over the company size for my warband. Including the unassembled troops, I now have approximate 120 men. Throw in my retinue of Terminators and I have a formidable sized force. There's about 40 Terminators or so in all.
Right now my pet project is a dynamically posed Berserker. He's holding up a severed Ultramarine he impaled with his claws and is bringing around his bolt pistol to finish the kill. I need to pin the claw arm to the models torso and green stuff some entrails hanging down from the smurf. I hate smurfs.
Now of course my Blood Angels aren't really Blood Angels, they're obviously going to be something dark and nasty and dedicated in large part to the Blood God. Only one unit in this force will be legitimate Khorne Berkserkers, and they're to be the center piece of this army. This isn't meant to be a competitive list, it's merely the quickest list I can get on the table with the resources I have available. As the majority of my mech is still sitting with my possessions of in the middle east, I have very limited options available to me.
List: 1850 pts
HQ: Winged Champion of Chaos (Sanguinator, Exemplar of the Host) 275pts
Elites: - Priests of the Skull Throne (Sang Priests) x3 150pts +Jump Pack (one) 25pts +Combi Wpns (x3) 30pts
That leaves 35 points left over for any other wargear I may want to tack on. I'll need to play test it to see if I've overloaded the Death Co... Don't want them to run into assault and completely toast the enemy that turn and be open to fire the following.
Also, I'm unsure of whether or not the Death Co can actually take the Stormraven Gunship for a transport because its not a dedicated transport.
This list has a low model count and not much shooting power, but I'm hoping with the Stormraven I can rush in hard enough that it shouldn't be a problem. I choose the Sanguinator as my HQ not so much for his stats, but his +1 atk buff he gives troops within 6 inches. I figure 5 furious charging Assault Marines with FNP and an additional attack would be pretty hard hitting, don't you?
As it would appear, this blog has clawed its way up from 6 ft below the gaming table and risen again. A terrible spill whilst partying in Europe had sent the young blogger crashing to the ground with a broken leg... Unable to stand for months... And hence, unable to game. All motivation for 40k stopped then and there. Untill....
Blood Angels arrived!
However, the red of this codex was not that of the Blood Angels! In fact, it had been tainted! These were Khorne Berserkers! What madness was this? And they have a mini thunderhawk!? My passion for gaming has been reborn!
Now as my leg heals and I can stand once more, the tables call for me yet again.
Points are awarded based on model size. (Borrowed from LonePilgrim) Infantry = 1 point Large infantry, Cavalry and bikes = 2 points Monster or Dreadnought = 5 points Vehicle = 10 points Superheavy vehicle = 20 points Custom Banner = 1 point Custom conversion = same points Total points for 2009 = 42