Batrep: Ultramarines vs. Black Legion (80 power)

Getting back on the horse as far as 40k goes has been a slow process, but it’s still going.  This week, Simon, of all people, showed up to game night and we threw down for a game of 40k.

My Ultramarines:

  • HQ:
    • Cato Sicarius (warlord)
    • Sergeant Telion
  • Elites:
    • 5x Assault Terminators w/ Lightning Claws
    • Venerable Dreadnought w/ Twin-Lascannon & Missile Launcher
    • 3x Centurion Assault Marines w/ Hurricane Bolters & Flamers
  • Troops:
    • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Missile Launcher, Plasma Gun, & Power Weapon
    • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Heavy Bolter, Flamer, & Powerfist
    • 10x Scouts w/ Camo Cloaks, 4x Sniper Rifles, Missile Launcher, 4x CCW/Pistol, & Powerfist
  • Fast Attack:
    • 1x Storm Talon w/ Assault Cannons & Typhoon Missile Launcher

I originally started by pulling out the Tyranid codex, but realized that I have to play alot of marine games to catch up to the number of bug games I’ve played this year.  I didn’t know what to play though, so I just started taking advice around the room of what to include.  I started with Cato because I don’t know when the last time he saw the table was, and then Telion because he was a cheap second HQ option.  With Telion, I needed a squad of scouts, and everything else was added based upon the suggestions of those around me.

They were intentionally choosing less than ideal option, but I was ok with it.  Simon and I have played a bunch and the win/loss ratio is a tad lopsided, so having a slight handicap would make things more fair. Continue reading

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Batrep: Black Legion vs. Ultramarines (81 Power)

It’s been a little while since I’ve played 40k.  Based upon the blog history, I’ve played four other games so far this year (or five, if you count the last Apoc game, which definitely happened last year), so it can’t have been a very long stretch.  Many of our regularly Friday game nights are taken up by board games, based upon the folks that show, so 40k is coming less frequently.

Well, with the recent President’s Day holiday, Simon dropped by and we threw down for his first game of 8th edition.

Simon’s Black Legion

  • HQ:
    • Chaos Lord in Terminator Armor
    • Demon Prince
  • Elites:
    • 5x Chaos Terminators
    • Hellbrute w/ Multi-melta
  • Troops:
    • 5x Chaos Space Marines w/ Plasma Gun & Power Sword
    • 5x Chaos Space Marines w/ Plasma Gun & Power Sword
    • 5x Chaos Space Marines w/ Plasma Gun & Power Sword
  • Heavy Support:
    • Defiler
    • 5x Havocs w/ 4x Autocannons
  • Transports:
    • Rhino w/ Combi-bolter
    • Rhino w/ Combi-bolter
    • Rhino w/ Combi-bolter

Simon hadn’t played a game of 8th edition yet, so he threw together whatever he had.   As with most people, a typical 8th edition list starts off by playing what you played in 7th edition, so you can see how it fares.  The list contained a fair number of high-wound models with reasonably high toughness, plus a smattering of different units to hold objectives with. Continue reading

Knight Titan Follow-Up – Sun Shots

Last week I posted one “last” blurb about my Knight Titans, but I also snuck out and took a few pictures of them back when there was sun in this forsaken wasteland (for those that don’t know, I live in Alaska, and though there’s little truth to the “six months of night” rumor, it is based in fact.  December is the darkest of our months, and the picnic table has long since been covered in snow).

Anywho, this isn’t a post on Alaskan winters, but rather the joy of sunlight.  Since the pictures of these guys in a lightbox turned out so well, I decided to try them in some natural sunlight.  It was a little blinding at the time (and truth be told, I suspect I was taking the light box pictures in the sunlight on the same day), but it was great to be able to get shots of them all together.

I’ve droned on for months about these guys, so I don’t have anything more to add, except I wanted to include a few more pictures and call these guys officially done.

Well, until those transfers arrive.

And until I get off my duff and work on their bases.

But otherwise, completely done!

Knight Titan Update – Finished!

Can it really be true?

Am I really done painting my Knights?!?

Of course, they’re not 100% done because they still have to be based (excuse the fact that one of them is on two small bases–I misplaced his large base early in the painting process and never bothered to go searching for it after the fact.  Rest assured that he’ll be on a proper sized base when all is said and done).

And on top of that, despite my normal disdain for transfers, I actually went ahead and purchased a few sets for these bad boys.  In fact, I’m softening on the idea of transfers altogether.  I think it was when I saw the backs of my Centurions and the sloppy Omega on the sergeant, that I toyed with the idea of replacing all of my hand painted omegas with transfers.

It’s weird to think that after so many years of utter prohibition, I could flip-flop on the issue.

Well, anywho, this post includes the photos of the finished knights.  Of course, the ones taking inside under “warm” lights look a little off, but you can click on the quick light-box photos for better pics.

The arms, as always, are magnetized, so they can be swapped and position freely between the models (which is why you see different armament on them between the various photos).

Looking at them now, I can’t honestly choose a favorite.  I’m keep on the one that’s hunched over (he should eventually be re-positioned to be stepping up onto something big–like a rhino or the like), but I really do like the “leader” with the two white stripes as well.  If I had to pick one that I liked least, I think I’d go with the one with a checkered knee-cap.

Why?  I’m not sure: maybe because his cowl is two colored?  I do find that a little off-putting.

Still, I’m very pleased with how they all came out.

You can click on any of the photos for large images (I particularly recommend you do so for those below as the light box does wonders for making models look better).

 

Knight Titan Progress – Playing Dress Up

With all of the parts of the Knight Titans painted, it just comes down to easy part: assembling.

Except nothing in my world is easy.

Since I painted all of the different parts slightly differently, it came down to what parts look good together.  Realistically, this step might have been completely skipped by some people altogether, and I’m not sure it was necessary for me either.  Still, I like to over-complicate things a bit.

It just didn’t look right when I put some of the heads next to some of the torsos.

Does that mean I’m O.C.D.?

I’ve never really considered myself to have that affliction–nor would you, if you’d ever seen my desk at the office.  But when it comes to putting these guys together, it seemed like it was necessary.  So, I spent a good 30-45 minutes playing dress-up with theses guys in the garage and in the house.  I called my wife over and asked her how she felt about specific configurations: “Well, I really like this knee pad, and this guy is stepping up so he’ll show off that pad better–but that would mean that it would have to align with this carapace–is that too much checkerboarding for one model?”

I don’t think her heart was in it as much as mine was.

Still, it was a fairly pleasant experience, and I feel a good use of my time.  The only thing left at this point was to glue things into place and then take some final photos.  Ooooh, can you smell the anticipation?