750pts Battle Report

First battle. First Battle report.

So finally the first battle you have all been waiting for.

So the armies!

I was playing with a Death Guard army consisting of:

HQ
Chaos Lord with Flail of Corruption and a Combi Plasma

Troops
10 Plague Marines (PM) with a plasma rifle and a plague sprayer
10 Plague Marines (PM) with a plasma rifle, a plague sprayer and a power fist
18 Chaos Cultists with a flamer, a champion with a shotgun and Brutal close combat weapon, and 16 with auto pistol and Brutal close combat weapon

Heavy Support
Defiler with reaper autocannon and havoc launcher

My brother was playing an Iron Warriors army consisting of:

HQ
Chaos Lord with Combi plasma and Power axe

Troops
20 cultists, 10 with brutal close combat weapons, 9 with auto guns and 1 with flamer
9 chaos Space Marines (CSM) with a meltagun, and a champion with a Plasma pistol and chainaxe. They also had their own rhino with havoc launcher.

Heavy Support
5 havocs with 4 missile launchers and a champion with a bolt pistol and chain sword
5 havocs with 4 autocannons and a champion with a bolt pistol and chain sword

So you may be able to see that my brother seems a little short on the points front. Well he is due to the fact he calculated his points on a piece of paper where as I did them all on an excel spreadsheet. Thus what he thought was 750 was, in fact, 722, which made his army that bit less capable. We also only calculated this after the battle.

 

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Mission

The mission was a simple with two ways to win:

  1. Who ever held the objective on the last turn.
  2. Wipe out your opponent (thus gaining the objective)

And so we had our terms of engagement.

 

Board

The board was 46×50 inches (115x125cm) with a hills to the north west, central east and south east corner. A destroyed chapel just off centre to the south west with a ships wing inside. The objective was just to the north east of the chapel.

My brother deployed to the north west and I deployed to the south east.

My brother hid his lord and a squad of CSM in his rhino and hid it behind a hill.

I placed my Defiler on the south eastern hill so it could look over the whole battlefield and give covering fire to my troops.

My brother put his two havoc squads on top of the north west hill to be able to fire over everything.

My cultists were placed infant of the hill while my brother put his cultists on the other side of the chapel.

I put my two squads of PMs between the two western hills.

 

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Moves

So as we didn’t really take notes during the game so this will be a small case of decisive moments.

You: This seems like a very concise set of moves…

Well I am sorry we were a little more interested in the game being played than the actual report afterwards.

The first important move came in the first few turns of the game, as with many thing this made a big impact later on, I moved a squad of PMs behind the central east hill so that they would be out of the line of fire.

Through out the game I removed my brothers cultists from play through a mix of killing them off and making them take moral checks. This lead to my opponent being a unit down very quickly.

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A mix of bad dice rolls and toughness 5 troops made for a lack of deaths from my army. During this my brother tried to flank me troops using a rhino but for got about my squad behind the hill. After disembarking his troops from it he then tried to rhino rush the PMs behind the hill but got destroyed by my plague sprayer which managed a 6 shots at strength 10*. This barrage of shots destroyed the rhino without it killing any of my troops.

Then a long close combat battle happened and ending in the death of nearly all his troops rendering him to do one of two things:

  1. Me killing all the rest of his troops and winning
  2. forfeiting the match

My brother chose the less honourable option and forfeited**.

 

Allowing the Death Guard to claim another victory!!

 

WOOOOOO!!!!

 

* The way that the plague sprayer works is that you determine the amount of shots and the strength of the shots through dice rolls. (This seems somehow wrong. has anyone seen an FAQ for this or something? – O)

**Dying with honour is for fools, like Imperial Fists or some other vanilla marine chapter. Idiots… – O

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Zooooooommmm!!!

I finally painted five raptors.  This may seem sensationalist, but I got these raptors for Christmas (at the same time as my terminators in fact) so finally getting round to finishing them is a big deal.

Here they are in all their glory:

Finally done

Well… not all of them.  I accidentally kitbashed 12 of them, so I’m less than halfway through them. How did I get to this place?

Anyway, lets take a closer look at these models:

Sergeant [name]

The main thing is the lightning claw effect.  I tried to do some quasi blending with thraka green wash.  I simply painted the claws white and then layered over the wash, just covering less and less.  At tabletop distance they look pretty good, but up close they look blotchy and a bit ‘off’.  A good first attempt methinks.

Yes, he doesn’t have a name (yet)… I will accept suggestions in the comments below.  I may ignore them…

…I’ll probably ignore them.  But you peeps have fun anyway.

Special weapons

Flying special weapons bod:

Walking special weapons bod:

The ‘normals’

(I’m just going to lump them all together)

Again there’s one flying and walking, flying form the raptor kit and walking from the assault marine kit.  Nothing too special going on here,

I’ve also been working on some other things, including this vindicator conversion:

Scrubbing this Helbrute:

I’m slightly disappointed that I didn’t get many pictures of the conversion in action.  It’s my first conversion that isn’t kitbashing.  As in, there was cutting involved

The origin of it is 1) the new traitor legions book, which incentivises ordnance weapons and 2) I had a rhino lying around.

The first thing I did was try to find the sprues that are sold with the vindicator set.  But these are impossible to find.  So the next thing was the big momma cannon, but that was just ridiculous in size and price.  Expensive to the point where I may as well have bought another vindicator.

From somewhere came the idea to use the defiler cannon.  Really I have no idea where it came from just suddenly I thought ‘I wonder if that would fit’.  And lo, it did; and I saw that it was good.

The basic steps are here: Cut a rectangle out of the top right corner of the rhino front panel.  Then slip the defiler cannon in the gap, gluing the top of the cannon mounting to the front of the top part.  Next, up-armour the front by gluing the plates and the window armour on the left hand side and placing the cowling from the defiler kit around the cannon (this nicely covers any rough edges from the cutting).

Then I chaosified the rest in the normal way 😉

And I’m starting to experiment with basing…

I’m going for salt flats a la Star Wars 8

Here’s where we’re at so far

The front half is based red and the other Ulthuan Grey.  Then I put Agrellan Earth over it, using different thicknesses to see how the cracking works.   I quite like the deep cracking over redThen Ulthuan Grey over the top of it all.  I quite like the deep cracking over red, but I’m not quite sure where to go with it – maybe some ceramite white layered over, maybe use more texture paint?

Anyway, I’m off to watch an 8th edition battle report and deliver my musings on how my iron warriors are going to fare.

See ya!

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Some lessons from a game

I had a game what must be a few weeks ago now and now I have finally written up some points I learnt from it. (I was playing Iron Warriors vs Smurfs, using the traitor legions supplement).

So onto the 5 points 🙂

1. Obliterator as troops are epic

They are just AMAZING!

Like, any Iron Warriors army should really consider taking CAD instead of the Grand Company formation.  Deep striking, tank hunter, objective secured, 2 wounds, 2+/5++, 6+ FNP, fear, slow and purposeful… What’s not like? These possibly won me the game – deep-striked into my opponent’s back line and cleared out an objective and then stole it from under him.  And then refused to die.  1 point for objective and one for 1 point for linebreaker.  Bish Bash Bosh

Men of the match

2. Havocs are solid

They did really nicely secured my flanks, my opponent couldn’t do his cheeky land speeder flank attack as he didn’t want run through my right flank missile launchers.  The left autocannons popped a transport in their first salvo and then played tennis with a devastator combat squad.  The tank hunter makes them pretty good at that kind of thing.  If you’re going for a CAD, obliterators might be better though, that way your back line objectives are secure.  However, in a chaos warband you can’t take the ob sec oblits but you can take havocs, so worth bearing in mind…

3. Use daemonforge early

Yeah, defilers are good, but they’re not any use if they’ve been tarpitted by scouts 😦 should have used daemonforge early and then objective would have been clear and i could have rampaged across his left… oh well.

4. Warpsmiths are not alpha males

They do not do well in close combat.  That said, it was warpsmith in a unit of bog standard CSMs (avec c&c weapons) versus a kitted out command squad with librarian. It. Was. Not. Pretty

But the squad was avenged by… the havocs.  The autocannons never fail XD They riddled the command squad with heavy fire and broke them.  The fall back stopped them getting line breaker. Woop Woop!

See ya soon

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The first Warpsmith!

Well, I think I’ve finished the first model for our little game.  The HQ.

I present…

Master of The Forge Volga Mir-Ghazi.  I picture him as a sullen and unrelenting master.  He drives the great forges to produce the physical material of war: bombs, bolts, shells, tanks, armour, blades, and the like.

He’s painted in basically the same as all my normal dudes – spray, do metallics and black, wash, hazard stripes and details.  Now I am particularly pleased with him because of the scanners/sensors/lenses around his head.

The first time I’ve successfully used a Duncan (may His coats be thin) technique that worked

So they were done by painting the lens white and then applying a shade of the required colour (green, blue and red, respectively).  This dude is one of my favourite models so far XD

I also added some (more) dakka to my force.  Namely four autocannons:

Shout out to Stu at Southampton Sluggaz for setting me up with the converted autocannons; all I did was glue the dudes together

This addition brings my infantry based shooting to: two obliterators, four missile launchers, and four autocannons.

AND….. after all that kitbashing, I found another three models worth of bits to make some extra peeps to bolster my special weapons/sergeants.  I’m feeling the plasma pistol will be a great sergeant for my havocs.

That’s all for now – have a good one!

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750 points of Pain!

So, you lovely readers may be unaware of this, but Harry and I have organised a small introductory battle – his pox versus my iron.  Now I have been flipping through my models and the new traitor legions books and have decided on an appropriate force to face his shambling hordes.

I am going for a standard CAD led by a warpsmith; this one in fact:

He’s very menacing, I like him 🙂

I thinking a defiler, two obliterators, two 6 or 7 man marine units, and a rhino or two.  That should be a enough dakka and/or choppa to deal with Harry’s bloated pox bearers.

Also, I’m on the hunt for a cheap vindicator – that fist of the gods formation isn’t going to blow things up on its own XD

Iron Within!

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I need your clothes….

…your boots, and your motorcycle

That’s right, I’ve been working on some terminators for my grand company.  And they’re not doing too bad – nearly halfway through my terminator annihilation force in a blur of action that has not matched my previous apathetic mood.

This apathy was brought on by one particular model…

…and my inability to recess shade my vindicator 😭. Especially when Duncan makes it look so easy 😕.

However – I clearly got my mojo back XD

Quick question anyone know how to wash a smooth surface well? Would really help me finish this Deathwing shoulder pad

And how do you get the shade good on a smooth surface
Is the stripe meant to be green?

(also – is that about the correct colour scheme?)

Well, the train is about to pull in so I will lose my wifi

Happy war games!

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An Iron Update

So, as always, life gets in the way during the run up to November/December.  But nonetheless, stuff has been happening for the 66th Grand Company and the point of this is to share what’s been happening.

Thing the first:

I had my arse handed to me.  Which is not unusual.  Deep striking imperial guard totally outgunned me.  Now, I can’t remember my list exactly; except I was trying out using chosen CSM squads as troops – as the black legion codex will let you do.  The reason I bring this up is it sort of compounds my more general thoughts about the CSM codex.  Namely, compared to imperial space marines, everything *seems* sort of expensive.  Does anyone else find this? Do I just have a bad list? Am I the only one who feels short of ‘tools’.

Thing the second:

I finally finished painting my defiler!

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Isn’t he pretty… I mean I hated painting him, but I’m pleased with the final result.  He’s all packed away now; or at least until I have need to scrap an imperial knight (did happen – one round of combat XD opponent was not pleased).

Thing the third:

Terminators! I now have basecoated enough terminators to deploy a terminator annihilation force (WIP below)

Hopefully this helps with thing the first.

Thing the fourth:

I have some models that I’ve been jones-ing for: A Warsmith and a Warpsmith.  They’re both kitbashed and held together with copious amounts of bluetac.

There’s also a second Warpsmith kitbash that’s happening but the bluetac wasn’t playing ball so I couldn’t photograph it.  Now I just need to name the lot of them.

See ya next time

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