Monday, December 2, 2013

Imperial "Victory" at Verdicon *Ahem*Ahem* Cough* Question not the might of the Imperium.

Re-enactment from the Imperial Victory at Verdicon. Note that lack of astropathic communication to the planet is believed to be due to "anticipated" solar flare distortions.

*To question Lex Imperialis is Heresy*

Wednesday, July 31, 2013




Sunday, July 7, 2013

Of Epic Gaming Moments

Had the chance to use the Terrify psychic power with my Farseer today. Up till now had always underestimated it because it looked seemingly meh. But today, seeing as I was going up against Mark's Necrons, which I usually struggle against, I figured what the hell.

So it's turn 4, and unsurprisingly it's a pretty tough fight with his multiple Night Scythe drop staring down at my one remaining troop choice of Dire Avengers with both Asurmen and Farseer down to 1 last wound each. My WraithKnight is nearby and locked in combat with another squad of Necron warriors, which I was trying to keep off an objective (and the overall fight) but then a Necron Destroyer Lord charges in and was tearing it apart thanks to mind-shackle scarabs and general good luck.

So, moment of truth, lose the wraith knight and a destroyer lord and necron squad are going to add to my troubles, likely ensuring a Necron victory from overwhelming numbers. Farseer thumbs his nose and casts Terrify onto the Necron Destroyer Lord. It is successful. Mark rolls deny the witch. Fails. He notes how fortunate it is all Necrons have Ld 10. Rolls his morale test... and FAILS!

So Necron Destroyer Lord breaks away from the combat and scampers off whence his codified circuits and cloud based operating systems came from! Successfully regroups in his turn but lacking Marine uberness, does nothing else in the turn allowing Big W to take out a few more Warriors though they do not break. Poor shooting by Mark leaves the Dire Avengers heavily battered, but alive! And in my next turn, the WraithKnight finishes off the warriors in combat while, in a round of very fortunate shooting, the Dire Avengers, Asurmen and the Farseer polishes off the entire remainder of the Necron squad which had been hammering away at them.

Bottom of the 5th, it's Mark's turn and with not much left, he tries to at least contest an objective by charging into the Wraithknight with the Necron Destroyer Lord. It blasts away with his Heavy Wraithcannons and misses, but gets to re-roll because of Prescience and boom, rolls the six. Suffice it to say that there wasn't much left of the Necron Lord to re-animate. Game ends in an Eldar victory, and it was pretty much down to the sequence of events brought about courtesy of Terrify :D

Moral of the story, your models will excel in combat when you finish painting them :P

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Battlegroup Operational

We're coming up to what's quite possibly the campaign which I'm most excited about... Battlefleet Gothic

And so, without any further ado, allow me to introduce to you the fleet.

Battlegroup Adama in all its glory

Sword Squadron Ignis, Dauntless Ligth Cruisers Mayhem, Havoc, Revenge and Avenger, and Cobra Squadron Cazon

Swords are great escorts... It's been so long since I last played BFG that I cant remember why, but they are nonetheless great escorts :P  The Dauntless class is also possibly the best light cruiser out there (Seeing that it's a pretty short list of light cruisers out there...) Remember many an opponent often underestimating them early only to then witness what utter mayhem they can cause when they hit a battleline from the sides with torpedoes or lances.

Cobra Destroyers (Actually, those models are Hunters I think, but have always preferred the models and played em as Cobras). Lovely little harassment Destroyers which are great at disrupting an opponents fiendish plans.

Apocalypse Class Battleship 'Imperial Wrath'. Sadly, this was quite a late addition to my fleet towards when BFG play was dwindling down again so I think I've only ever fielded it once... Still, Nova Cannon on the prow and look at all those lances. I mean. Just. Look at em... Blasting away at range and then ripping the guts out of heretic ships of the line with awesome broadsides.... PAX IMPERIALIS heretic scum!!!

Seriously, LOOK at all those lance batteries. LOOK AT EM!

Here you see 'Revenge' escorting Imperial Behemoth Class Mass Conveyors. Each one of those is capable of transporting multiple regiments of Imperial Guardsmen and their attendant vehicles, weapons and supplies to conduct fully independent combat operations.

 Will prove to be very useful and fun models for those planetary invasion scenarios...

Here you see the Mars Class Battlecruiser 'Lion El'Jonson' and the Armageddon Class Battlecruiser 'Sparta'. The Lion is probably my most favourite vessel and more often than not serves as Battlegroup Flagship. She has a very illustrious career and has brought ruination to many a traitor vessel. The 'Sparta' has also served with distinction and is one of those great backup ships coz they can dish out a hell of a lot of fire.

The Retribution Class Battleship 'Rex Imperium'. Official Flagship of Fleet Admiral Riker Adama though as mentioned, he typically does fly his flag on the 'Lion' more often than not. A great gunboat the Retribution is, but far too often, the more nimble ships out there tend to be able to do her great harm.

Ships of the Line. Yet to be christened Lunar Class Cruiser. Dictator Class Cruisers 'Truth & Reconciliation' and 'Pax Imperialis', Dominator Class Cruiser 'Lucius Verinus'. My carrier heavy preference is I think a result of numerous engagements with Hive Fleet Zaki, which frankly leaves even the most grizzled Fleet Veteran crying like a little girl in the bathtub as she clutches her favourite inanimate Teddy.... Yes, Tyranid fleets are not to be trifled with. The Dominator is a great ship of the line and can hold up to even the battleships if you support her properly. Hmm, might reconfigure the Lunar into a Dominator as a matter of fact.

Will do a Space Marine showcase separately, but not really planning to involve them in this campaign.... Save perhaps the good chaps from the Imperial Inquisition's very own Matt Wardified kick a demon in the face then date his girlfriend Imperial Grey Knights.

So lets blow some stuff up then :D

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Target(s) acquired

Been in a real hobby slump of late, primarily because I'd gone and done the usual thing of getting too much stuff, overwhelming myself with the hobby workload and then going into the inevitable "frakit,don't give a damn, gonna watch tv instead mode."

So, just listing out some objectives I've mentally set, (and by all means, come after me with an axe if I don't get them done).

Dark Eldar- Eldar Alliance list. Get these guys ready for play (assembled+ongoing painting) in the campaign being organised by Yip and Billy. Get a fully painted and WYSIWYG 1850 list for the year end tournament. This involves:-

Painting up the Eldar contingent. Going to push myself to make these guys look great with proper reference to painting guides, tips, techniques and the color RED.

Eldar on the list are -
1 Farseer
1 Warlock (Need to strip the paint of this 90's white metal era yokel first to boot)
10 Guardians
1 Wave Serpent
1 Crimson Hunter
1 Wraithknight

Aimed time of completion - August


Dark Eldar. This is where it hurts... RE-painting all of my Kabalites into something actually half decent. Will keep the crimson colour scheme for my Wyches (which I won't be using in the list :S...), the Incubi, Archon and his personal Venom but gonna respray and re-paint the two kabalite squads, their 2 venoms and a ravager... Seeing as I do have 5 unpainted Incubi, I might even paint them and the personalised Venom in the new scheme... but the list of things to do is already exceptionally intimidating.
Aimed time of completion - In time for the Year End Legio Tourney

High Elves

Taking a deliberate pause here as I made a clear mistake in trying to paint too many infantry units at one go (Will muntah darah if I have to paint steel armor AGAIN). Still, have been spending a fair amount more effort on em than I traditionally do, so will definitely try not to rush this so that they come out dapper. Still, deadlines should be deadlines so;

Items to complete
- The Prince on Dragon.
- Phoenix with Caradryan
- Plastic on foot Caradryan
- Prince on Griffin
- 10 Elf Silver Helm regiment
- 20 White Lions
- the second White Lion chariot
Actually not that much left all things considering... Must find inspiration to do this.

Deadline. November.

Tau - Haha!

Dark Elves - Assembled and primed in time for the Legio Throwdown - October... rargh.

So on that note, really need to discipline myself on the purchases. It's amazing how when you're fired up to paint you can do whole regiments at pretty good quality in a matter of weeks... But when the bug leaves you, you wallow about like a dugong... Considering that work is going back into overdrive mode and much of July-August will likely be focused on the home reno, actually not too much time left for hobby time either... Ho-boy... :S

Monday, April 29, 2013

Phoenixes? To hell with phoenixes...

Almost there... Looks a lot better in person... :P

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Children of Asuryan

Yes, it's been a very long time and I have indeed been busy.

Don't think I've rampaged through painting an army this quickly while also testing myself by applying more effort.. Still aways to go to match up to the pro's but am very happy with the result nonetheless.

First up, my favourite models in all of hobbying at the moment, the Swordmasters of Hoeth.

Really love these guys, the sculpts are simply fantastic and game play wise they know how to bring the hurt. Most momentous moment to date is when about 7 of them cut a swath through Hassanal's Bloodletters, pinching a slim win over seemingly overwhelming odds at the time.

Next up, also incredibly nice models but really also getting on my nerves because there's just soo many bloody details to get through, the Seaguard.

As you can see, not quite done yet and to be honest I've moved on to other units for the moment just to break the monotony of things. Very pleasing to look at though and they've been a dependable, albeit fragile, core of line infantry to support the battle-line.

Which brings us on to the Spearmen!

Actually also really like the look and feel of this regiment. The front two ranks have spears forward just waiting to impale any enemy lacking in caution. Incredibly fragile troops who've been totally trampled upon by hard hitting cavalry or heavy infantry in a couple of games... but still one of the units which I'm most pleased with in terms of look and feel. A great big thank you to my lovely Rachel for pointing out that Red IS the only colour I could have painted those shields.

Which brings me to my current line up of Lords and Heroes.

From left to right, Level 1 Mage, Level 4 Arch-Mage, Level 1 Mage and Hero of the Elven Republic.

Need to take some better pictures of these guys. Again, quite pleased with the result of these guys as they are a bit of a new personal best (Simply in terms of attention to details/ Actually shaded the jewels here dammit.) In any case, going to try to push myself even more with...

Puff, the Magic Dragon....

For some reason I forgot to take a close up shot of my finished White Lion Chariot the other night. Also missing from the line-up is my regiment of White Lions (Who have been utterly devastating in battle), and Korhil who's one of, if not the best, Heroes out there. Still a fair bit of progress to go in finishing them up... and the new Tau are providing me with a significant distraction. An incredibly exciting boost with the new Codex.... Blasting three out of three Necron Night Scythes out of the sky... Hallelujah...