Batrep: Imperial Fists vs. Hive Fleet Jormungandr (80 power)

This week’s battle report comes to you courtesy of Sam.  After having many Friday Night Games co-opted by folks that don’t play 40k, I put my foot down last week and insisted that I get a game of 40k in.  We had a decent turnout, including Sam–who was itching for a rematch after our game in January.  He had come up with some sort of strategy that he wanted to try out, and I was his chosen victim.

Sam’s Imperial Fists:

  • HQ:
    • Chapter Master w/ Storm Shield & Flame Blade
    • Librarian w/ Jump Pack & Force Sword
  • Troops:
    • 5x Tactical Marines w/ Lascannon, Powerfist, & Combi-Melta
    • 5x Tactical Marines w/ Lascannon, Powerfist, & Combi-Flamer
    • 5x Tactical Marines w/ Lascannon, Power Sword & Plasma Pistol
  • Fast Attack:
    • 10x Assault Marines w/ 2x Plasma & Powerfist
  • Heavy Support:
    • 8x Devastators w/ 3x Multi-Melta, 1x Plasma Cannon, Combi-Plasma, & Cherub
  • Transport:
    • Drop Pod w/ Storm Bolter
  • Superheavy:
    • Knight Paladin w/ Rapid Fire Battle Cannon, 2x Heavy Stubbers, & Rocket Pod

Prior to the game, Sam I talked a fair bit of trash to each other, which is the norm around these parts.  I have been on a bit of a winning streak against him though, and didn’t want to make a list that was too hard–nor did I want to make something entirely too soft that he’d just roll over.  So, I asked a neutral party (Brandon) to review Sam’s list and give me an idea of general power level.  His response was that it was just a bunch of marines.  After watching it in action, I’m not sure his assessment was entirely fair, as he lead me to believe it was relatively soft.

What’s interesting here is that Sam, famous for using Knights and drop pods, is branching out.  Though both of those are included in the list, neither of them is really prevalent.  At face value, the list looks like something I’d play (except I’ve still yet to use a Knight outside of Apocalypse).  I’d say the list is pretty well rounded though. Continue reading


Old Stuff Day: 2018 Edition

Old Stuff Day is a chance to look back at some classic blog posts (either your own, or others’) and presenting them to a new audience of blog readers.

It really started as a self-serving notion of getting some of my older content a second chance to be seen by a fresh set of eyes, and now that the blog is going on 9 years old, it’s never been more true. This year’s post, I thought I’d go back and revisit a few of the long standing projects that I’ve never completed, and one that I have.

I recognize that some of it will be new to others and might serve as a little inspiration, but the goal of this post is to really motivate myself this year. I can start with:

Too Many Unpainted Tyranids

I have “finished” painting my Tyranids multiple times. I recognize that it’s an ongoing hobby and, as long as they release new kits, I’ll likely never be finished with the process. Still, I’ve been remiss in painting this past year, and have been slowly collecting more and more unpainted bugs (along with genestealer cult models).

My most recent acquisitions include a number of Tyrannocytes (aka. Drop Pods for Tyranids). They, along with some flyers, an Old One Eye conversion (which I’m realizing that I’ve never really blogged about), and a host of other figures are aching to be painted. In fact, they’re all at various stages of completion on my work bench, but they will all be done this year.

With any luck, they’ll all be done before the next Apoc game at the end of this month (though that seems a tad overly optimistic at this point).

My Tyranid Bastion

Without a doubt, it’s been too long on this bad boy. Honestly, it’s only been about 2 years, and I have outstanding projects that have wasted away on my work bench far longer than that. Still, since I’m already committing to painting up my tyranids, it only makes sense that I add this to the bunch.

I wound up stealing the idea from Dwez over at 40k Addict, and I’m really pleased with the progress so far. Of course, I also seem to have lost (err.. misplaced) the window coverings for this model. I’m sure they’ll turn up though, right?

This too, should be done sometime this year. Click here to see more pics of my Tyranid Bastion.

My Imperial Knights

With a few outstanding projects weighing me down, I figured I’d also include a success story. Back in 2015, I wound up picking up a couple of Imperial Knights. In 2016, without painting the first two I purchased, I wound up getting a good deal on a third. It wasn’t until last Summer that I finally worked up the nerve to paint them up.

I wound up writing quite a few blog posts on the matter, detailing it all as a step by step process. Typically I would’ve only done one or two on a painting project, but considering the amount of effort and time, it seemed reasonable that I’d have a few extra posts on the matter.

The final inspiration to help me paint them was an impending Apocalypse game. They have always been a good driver for me to get off my arse and make hobby progress. Maybe next year I can convince myself to paint up all of my outstanding fortifications

That might be a little too unbelievable at this point.

Finally, seeing as there’s been quite a number of years, I figured that Old Stuff Day deserved it’s own tag on my blog. So, for anyone looking to see what I’ve drudged up for previous years’ events, look no further than the new tag: OldStuffDay

So here’s to wishing you a Happy Old Stuff Day.  I’m looking forward to reading into some of your old gems out there.






Reminder: Old Stuff Day is this Friday

Old Stuff Day (Small) Original Art by

I recognize that not everyone out there is as old as I am.  For you young whippersnappers, Old Stuff Day is a chance to look back at some classic blog posts (either your own, or others’) and presenting them to a new audience of blog readers.

It really started as a self-serving notion of getting some of my older content a second chance to be seen by a fresh set of eyes, and now that the blog is going on 9 years old, it’s never been more true.

Wow, can that actually be possible?  Have I been blogging for nearly a decade at this point?   For that matter, is Old Stuff Day really seven years old?

Well, use this as your reminder to dust off some old posts and get them ready to go live by Friday!


Image Credit: Old Stuff Day (Small) Original Art by 



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

Tartarus VII: An Apocalypse Battle Report (sort of)

With the army lists and mission already detailed, the only thing left to tell of the Battle of Tartarus VII is the actual battle report.

I’ve long-since learned that a proper battle report for an Apocalypse game is neigh-impossible to write if you’re actually playing in the game. You’re too busy participating to catch all of the nuance swirling around in the larger battle. And, since we don’t employe a professional reporter for our games, instead I’ve chosen to highlight various parts of the game that were more memorable.

To get up to speed, the teams were as follows:

The Victors

  • Dan’s Imperial Guard
  • My Ultramar PDF
  • Albert’s Chaos
  • Sam’s Adeptus Astartes (& Knights)

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