Monday, September 21, 2015

Battle Report: Death Guard vs. Grey Knights

This Sunday I got a game in with McCoy's Grey Knights, using the Maelstrom mission cards.  I'm not a big fan of them for "serious" games, but for a casual game don't mind.  I broke out my Death Guard, which I had built last summer  (actually, two years ago, yikes) but have never used yet.  Better pics of the painted figures here.  

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Grim Darkness, but don't forget the light

My friend Scott Johnson (pictured above) has passed away after a long battle with cancer.  While we didn't see eye to eye on everything (who does?) he was a friend, a fun opponent, a good influence on the gaming community, a good father and was my blogging inspiration with My Little World of Dementia.    

His handle of Col. Killgore was even the inspiration for the Scythiak Usurpation's ogryn leader, the 40K minotaur, Killgore:

Here's links to a couple battle reports with his beloved Nurgle marines.  He was also a fond Imperial Guard, Sisters of Battle, Flesh Tearers and Ad Mech (back in the counts as days) player, aside from WHFB and myriad other systems, genres and eras.  Along with his blogging partner Chuckaroobob he could be found anywhere from the colonial battlefields of Africa to the jungles of Venus and everywhere in between.  

All things and gamers must unfortunately pass.  I will try to honor his memory by trying to continue on with his best traditions - he would play, contribute, and try to make sure everyone had a good time.  

Rest in peace Scott.  Enjoy the next game.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Capitol Chaoticus and League Pics

One of our local players, Solomon, has been working on a scratch-built Capitol Imperialis that he uses as an army transport.  He brought it along with his Chaos guard force for our new league.  It's still a work in progress, with various weapons and such still to be added.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Combat Patrol: Fourth of July, Merka heck yeah!

Merkans ready to deploy.
Yesterday on the Fourth of July I attended a small Combat Patrol style event.  Given that it was the Fourth, I figured that the only choice to bring were the Merkan 76th.  I brought a platoon with two grenade launchers in the command squad, two infantry squads with plasma guns and autocannons, a vet squad with three plasma guns and a Chimera, an armored sentinel with plasma cannon, and an underpriced Wyvern.  Sonofsonsoftaurus also came along and served as Commissar, exhorting me to glory and recommending the more aggressive course of action whenever I was undecided.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mini-review: The Siege of Castellax

I just went through C. L. Werner's The Siege of Castellax.  It's a "Space Marine Battles Novel", though that's a bit of a stretch as the only Space Marines involved are of the traitor variety.  

The basic plot is that the Iron Warriors-held world of Castellax is invaded by a horde of orks.  Mayhem ensues.  Orks and Iron Warriors, how could I resist?  I went through it pretty quickly, and it was a good read.  Not as deep as some of the better Horus Heresy books, but it wasn't meant to be - it's an action story with two bad guy factions slugging it out and it does that pretty well.  Some deeper themes are hinted at, various kinds of loyalty and duty vs. survival and self-interest, and I would like to see what Werner could do with a story that would let him explore deeper things a bit more, like one of the upcoming three thousand further Horus Heresy novels.

(minor spoilers follow)

In my view, the orks come off better in this.  Their betrayals of each other are just matter of course orkiness, like bombarding places they know their own troops are.  That's just what orks do - they expect it, they would do it themselves, no hard feelings.  The Iron Warrior betrayals and infighting really bring them off as petty and counter-productive even as they try to frame themselves as superior to the millions of humans they dominate.  
There was one really good line.  One Iron Warrior addresses another who has recently returned to the fold after a long, enforced absence.  They discuss their mutual thirst for revenge, and the Iron Warrior asks the returnee - "Who do you want revenge against?"  The reply - "I haven't decided yet."  Also it was a nice touch having the product of a certain underground factory be colored green.

There were a couple of parts with questionable distances - a guy runs away, and in moments is two thousand meters away - and gets shot by someone he fled from.  Both normal humans.  Another time they are able to clearly make out what's going on under a streetlamp twenty-five hundred meters away, seeing uniform details, etc. without magnification.  Definitely read like there was a factor of ten error going on there.  Maybe a result of an American author writing in metric.  

Overall a good read, shows what jerks Chaos Marines can be and how ludicrous and awesome orks can be. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

League pre-season game: Endless Ones vs. Orks 1000pts

We have a new league gearing up at Gaming Underground, with various upgrades available for your warlord over time.  We had some pre-season games today, with my Endless Ones against Leonard's Orks and James' new Grey Knights against Solomon's traitor guard.  Above my sorceror Barbatos deploys with the Wild Bunch mixed renegades to assess their worthiness first-hand.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Some random updates and thoughts, not enough in any one for a full post at this point:

We're getting ready for another escalation league, still on the fence on what to bring.  Will probably end up with Endless Ones as I should be able to go all the way to 2000 without having to make anything new.  May still end up with Space Sharks, though I will need to add some to reach 2000, if I backburner other things/put them in the mix I should be able to do them in time (eviscerator, eight bikers, two attack bikes).  

I've got the new Space Marine codex and have looked through it but haven't delved deep into it.  Partly because it isn't that deep.  Little has changed, and from my perspective too little to really justify a full new book.  Some things I hoped for like adjusting things like Thunderfire cannons more expensive didn't happen.  While there were minor tweaks, really they could have just put out a $20 book of Space Marine formations.  

I've been thinking of trying some retro-40K, taking things back to a somewhat simpler time without layers of rules on top of one another, superheavies, etc.  To that end I've been floating the idea of an event/league/campaign using 7th ed core rules but 3rd ed army books and FOC.  It's starting to get a little more traction, we'll see if it gets going. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sons of Taurus: WIP Maulerfiend part 2

Got the painting for the maulerfiend pretty far along.

And with his dreadnought buddies:

I also picked these up to turn into something else, long-time readers can probably guess.

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