BatRep: Hive Fleet Proteus vs. Orks w/ Empyric Storm Cards (1487pts)

My goal has been to get in twelve games per year for basically as long as I’ve had this blog.  It’s not exactly an exciting goal, but it takes an extra level of effort above and beyond just casual gaming.  Well, this year I have been keeping up with the goal–at least so far, so with the end of March approaching, I scrambled to get in another game.  As luck would have it, we have a State holiday in March.

Not that I’m a state employee, or that I even get the day off, but I had some extra “use it or lose it” time accumulating, and opted to take off a day that coincided with Brandon’s day off.  We managed to throw down with a game of Silver Tower, and also a game of 40k.

Rabbit trail: I’m not sure why I never write about Silver Tower on the blog…  But this entry certainly isn’t going to be about that, it’s going to be about the battle report..

Hive Fleet Proteus

  • HQ:
    • Tervigon (Domininon, The Horror)
  • Elites:
    • 1x Hive Guard
    • 1x Hive Guard
    • 1x Pyrovore
  • Troops:
    • 15x Hormagaunts
    • 15x Hormagaunts
    • 1x Mucolid Spore
    • 1x Mucolid Spore
    • 1x Mucolid Spore
  • Heavy Support:
    • 1x Biovore
  • Fortifications
    • 2x Vengeance Weapon Batteries w/ Battle Cannons
  • Formations:
    • Neural Node:
      • Maleceptor (Dominion, Psychic Overload, Psychic Scream)
      • 3x Zoanthropes w/ Neurothrope (Dominion, Warp Blast, Spirit Leech, & the Horror)
      • 3x Zoanthropes w/ Neurothrope (Dominion, Warp Blast, Spirit Leech, & Psychic Scream)
      • 3x Zoanthropes w/ Neurothrope (Dominion, Warp Blast, Spirit Leech, & Onslaught)

We had decided in advance that we were going to play a game with the Battlezone: Empyric Storm cards as I had recently picked them up.  When we thumbed through them days earlier, it was pretty clear that the cards were pretty heavily psyker focused, so I had joked about making an army consisting entirely of Tyrants, Tervigons, Maleceptors, Zoanthropes, and Broodlords (running triple CAD, of course).    While that seemed like an interesting army that I would like to try sometime, I figured it wasn’t something I wanted to run this game.

So, the day before the game, I found myself flipping through the formations that I had never run before and came across the Neural Node.  It had a bunch of Zoanthropes (which I like), and they were all in squads of three (which Brandon also seems to like to convince me to play), so why not go with that?   Sadly, that ate up about half of my available points, so my actual CAD was fairly limited.

I knew I didn’t want to go with a flyrant, because that’s a crutch to ‘nid players.  Frankly speaking, Tervigons are the only halfway decent viable alternative (of course, I’ve run all of the other options, and will continue to do so, but Tervigon is the most solid secondary choice).   I included my now necessary Pyrovore (if anything, I’ll at least be the world’s foremost authority on why they suck), and some Hive Guard to help handle vehicles.  Well, that was after I decided not to include any Genestealers, so my troops were all fairly small and frail.   The Vengeance Weapons were based upon a quick search on my blog which seemed to indicate that the last time I’d used them was in late 2014–can that be right?

In the end, I had 85 points left, so I threw in a few mucolids and a biovore (always well worth his 40 points) and called it a day. Continue reading

Batrep: Hive Fleet Proteus vs. Nurgle Themed Chaos

I’m a little behind on my goal to get 12 games in per year (which, for the particularly astute of you out there averages out to one game per month).  So, when I had a day off that coincided with a friend, and we were able to sneak in a game of 40k, I was delighted.

Hive Fleet Proteus:

  • HQ:
    • Deathleaper
    • Tyranid Prime w/ Lashwhip, Bonesword, & Scything Talons
  • Elites:
    • 3x Zoanthropes w/ Neurothrope (Dominion, Catalyst, Warp Blast, & Spirit Leech)
    • 2x Lictors
    • 2x Hive Guard
    • 2x Hive Guard
    • 3x Pyrovores
  • Troops:
    • 3x Tyranid Warriors w/ 2x Deathspitters & 1x Venom Cannon
    • 3x Tyranid Warriors w/ 2x Deathspitters & 1x Venom Cannon
    • 3x Tyranid Warriors w/ 2x Deathspitters & 1x Devourer
    • 10x Hormagaunts
    • 6x Genestealers w/ Broodlord (Dominion, The Horror)
  • Fast Attack:
    • 3x Raveners w/ Rending Claws
    • 3x Raveners w/ Rending Claws
    • 4x Raveners w/ Rending Claws plus The Red Terror
  • Heavy Support:
    • 1x Biovore
    • 1x Biovore
    • 1x Biovore
  • Fortifications:
    • Promethium Relay Pipes

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Baby Making Time – The Cult Must Survive!

kouzesbabyWhen I set to making a cult Magus with a little friend, I knew that I was inspired by another model I’d seen online somewhere, but when I turned to a Google search, I wasn’t able to locate it.  If you wind up searching for yourself, you’ll likely see that any combination of the search terms “Genestealer,” “Cult,” “Magus,” & “Baby” come up with no relevant hits.

Well, that’s not to say that they’re not relevant at all, but that you just don’t see anything resembling a cultist with a baby in it’s arms.  You’ll, of course, see a bunch of hits for various cult magi from around the net, but likely nothing immediately relevant.

At one point, that left me to wonder if I had made it all up.

Maybe I was just envisioning a model based upon the GW artwork so vividly that my mind had tricked me that it really did exist?

While anything is possible, my imagination just isn’t that impressive.  Luckily, I wound up saving the artwork on my home PC in an “inspiration folder” (which is a folder where I save various pictures of ideas that I want to steal from other people), so with a google image search, I was able to determine that I hadn’t made it up.

cultbaby-2The reason why Google is likely not providing me with the results that I want is because the artist who worked up this little baby is French, as is, naturally, his blog.  So, instead of looking for a Genestealer Cult Magus with a baby in his arms, I would have had to search for “d’un magos de Culte Genestealer tenant un bébé dans un bras.”  His conversion is really quite simple, but he pulled it off well, and it’s not hurt by his fantastic paint job.

The image of the painted figure in this blog post is of his model.  If you want to see more of this particular figure, or of his cult in general, I would encourage you to check out his blog–in particular, this post.

I wound up starting on the conversion from memory though, knowing that it basically involved an arm swap and a custom baby.  I started at first by looking for baby models online, because I had forgotten how he did his (though, now that I see, I’m going to steal that idea, though I will likely mix it up a bit).  On the arm though, he seems to have kept the upper arm in place and crafted a new sleeve.

I wound up going a different route here: I chopped off the arm at the shoulder (or at least as close to it as I could reasonably come without messing up the robes, and then measured out the arm length in a paper clip to determine where the elbow should be.  I scored the paperclip to show me where to bend it and then set to it with some pliers.  cultbaby-1The end result is that the bend is not actually in the right spot, and his upper arm as a result will be too long; however, I think that I’m going to leave it as is, so that he can comfortably cradle a larger baby inside it.

This is pretty great.  I somehow turned cutting off an arm and inserting a bent paperclip into it into an entire post!  Using that as a guide, I shouldn’t have to do any more projects except for this guy and I should have plenty of content for my blog for the next six months!

Nah, really, I’ll start posting real content again soon.  More important than the modicum of progress I’ve made here, I felt it was more important to get the word out about Les Kouzes’ blog.  Go check them out now:

http://leskouzes.blogspot.com/2017/02/cult-genestealer-warband-making-of.html

 

 

It’s Time to Make a Baby!

When Deathwatch: Overkill was released, I went ahead and purchased three copies of the game–or rather, I purchased one copy and then two extra sets of the cult models from the box.  I knew that it was “overkill,”–especially because they had no rules in 40k and, when they finally released them, they were designed so you really could never use more than one box of them.   So, I didn’t get around to painting them until fairly recently.

But now, things have changed, and the rules are such that you can use the models from multiple boxes in a single force (sort of).  I say “sort of” because the characters are still listed as unique when using a Decurion detachment, but technically you could run two of those, or even mix things up with CADs or allied contingents to skirt around these rules.   And since I happen to have three old metal magi, plus the three plastic ones from the boxed set, I’m going to have to do something like that eventually…

This post is about one of those magi.

cultbabyAt one point, I assembled most of my models and took them on a trip with me so I could paint them in my free time.  Painting progress on that trip was minimal at best, and it turns out that when you just throw a bunch of models into a tub and pack them in a suitcase, you’re liable to have some breakage.  One of my Magi suffered and irreparable tear to his phalange and, as such, can no longer grasp things without an opposable thumb.

Maybe I could green stuff a thumb on him, though I feel that sort of thing would be likely to fall off again.  But then it hit me, why not model up a baby in his arm, and use that baby to cover his thumb?   The idea of him holding an infant just creeps me out, and was inspired by a drawing in the new codex.

Unfortunately, my green stuff skills aren’t terribly keen, so it’s going to take a bit of effort and a whole lot of luck.  Then again, I have five more models, so it’s not a big loss if I mess him up, right?  Wish me luck!

Image Credit: Magus with Baby image from Genestealer Cult Codex by Games Workshop

Batrep: Genestealer Cult vs. Nurgle Demons (2000 pts)

I haven’t gotten many games in this year.

Ok, that statement has a superfluous “M” in it.  It should ready: I haven’t gotten any games in this year.  We’ve been pretty regular as a gaming group, but most of the time we’ve been playing board games.  In particular, we’re playing campaigns of Star Wars Imperial Assault and of Silver Tower.  So, basically when the guys show up in any quantity, we generally play those instead of 40k.

That’s fine, but I do have to get my 12 games in per year, and I’ve been making a lot of progress on my cult, so I wanted to dust them off.

Actually, I was supposed to get two games in this particular day, as I had the day off and had scheduled another game in advance–but things didn’t work out and my first game had to cancel due to illness.  But at least I got this one in, right?

My Genestealer Cult:

  • Command:
    • The First Curse (20x Genestealers & Patriarch – 4+ Armor save (Mass Hypnosis, Telepathic Summons, & Mental Onslaught)
  • Core:
    • batrepcultvmitch-1Neophyte Cavalcade
      • 10x Neophytes w/ Grenade Launcher & Autocannon in Chimera w/ Heavy Stubber
      • 10x Neophytes w/ Grenade Launcher & Autocannon in Chimera w/ Heavy Stubber
      • 1x Leman Russ
      • 1x Scout Sentinel w/ Lascannon
  • Axillary:
    • Subterranean Uprising
      • 5x Hybrid Metamorphs w/ claws
      • 5x Hybrid Metamorphs w/ claws
      • 5x Hybrid Metamorphs w/ claws
      • 5x Acolyte Hybrids
      • 5x Acolyte Hybrids
    • Subterranean Uprising
      • 5x Hybrid Metamorphs w/ claws
      • 5x Hybrid Metamorphs w/ claws
      • 5x Hybrid Metamorphs w/ claws
      • 5x Acolyte Hybrids
      • 5x Acolyte Hybrids
    • Subterranean Uprising
      • 5x Hybrid Metamorphs w/ claws
      • 5x Hybrid Metamorphs w/ claws
      • 5x Hybrid Metamorphs w/ claws
      • 5x Acolyte Hybrids
      • 5x Acolyte Hybrids
    • Shadow Skulkers:
      • 5x Genestealers
      • 5x Genestealers
      • 5x Genestealers
      • 5x Genestealers
      • 5x Genestealers
      • 5x Genestealers
      • 5x Genestealers

Mitch doesn’t have a great win/loss record, so this list is clearly too powerful to play against him.  I knew that going into it.  I justified it because I have all of these newly painted models that I’m itching to have see the table and because he did say that his list was pretty powerful.  I also justified it by leaving about 60 unused points on my list (because that wasn’t enough to throw another squad of genestealers in, so I had no idea what I’d do to fill those points).

This is really just an evolution of the only other game I played with my cult, wherein I used nothing but the required minimums and some patriarchs (cheating) and as many genestealers as I could squeeze in the list.

In hindsight, this list is too nasty for casual games (though I specifically bought/made/painted all of those metamorphs for this purpose, so they’re sure to see the table again).  I also would’ve liked to have replaced the core formation for other option, but I don’t have a banner bearer painted up, so that’s something I should likely be working on–along with the other characters, and getting some real paint on those tanks… Continue reading