Batrep: Grey Knights & Custodes vs. Hive Fleet Proteus (110 power)

When a friend comes in from out of town and goes to the trouble of bringing his army with him, you are obliged to play some 40k. Obligation is not the right term because I really like playing with Cole and I frankly don’t play enough 40k as of late (darn you, board games). He opted to bring a friend out to my place so we could throw down in a doubles match, so I drafted up Brandon and we set to making our lists…

Hive Fleet Proteus

  • HQ:
    • Tervigon in Pod w/ Barbed Stranglers (Catalyst)
    • Old One Eye
  • Troops:
    • 10x Tervigons (summoned)
    • 15x Genestealers
  • Heavy Support:
    • Trygon Prime
    • Mawloc
    • Mawloc
    • 2x Carnifex w/ Scything Talons, Crushing Claws, & Bioplasma
    • 2x Carnifex w/ Scything Talons & Bioplasma
    • 2x Carnifex w/ Devourers & Brainleech Worms
    • 2x Carnifex w/ Devourers & Brainleech Worms

I wanted to keep the points relatively low in order to make the game go quickly, but wanted to make some consolation to Cole who seemed to want to play more than 50 points per player, so we bumped it up to 55 points. Rather than fielding a disjointed marine & bug force, Brandon just decided to play some of my Tyranids. We batted around the idea of Old One Eye + 8 Carnifexes and when we mathed out that it came to exactly 55 points, he had his army (he just needed to go to the garage and play dress up to figure out how to arm them).

I toyed with a couple of ideas, but eventually settled on the “all deep strike” list; however, we had to combine forces to make that work for us when I remembered I couldn’t simply deep strike my entire army. Continue reading

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Batrep: Hive Fleet Proteus vs. Orks (84 power)

I haven’t played a game of 40k since August. Considering we’re coming up on the end of October, that’s fairly abysmal. My goal is to get in a game per month (or at least average that much), and there may be decreased pressure since I’ve already gotten 12 games in this year, but I really should try to get more in. I like 40k, but game night is almost always board games anymore.

Well, this week, I got out of the slump and threw down a game with Brandon (who, coincidentally was the same guy I played my last game against)….

Hive Fleet Proteus

  • HQ:
    • The Swarmlord (Catalyst, Onslaught)
    • Tervigon w/ Crushing Claws (Catalyst)
  • Troops:
    • 20x Genestealers
    • 20x Termagants w/ Devourers
    • 6x Ripper Swarms
  • Fast Attack:
    • 1x Harpy w/ Stranglethorn Cannons
    • 1x Harpy w/ Stranglethorn Cannons
    • 3x Spore Mines
  • Heavy Support:
    • 1x Trygon Prime w/ Adrenal Glands
  • Transport:
    • 1x Tyrranocyte w/ Barbed Stranglers

Seeing as I’ve played essentially everything in the codex that I own, I figured I’d branch out and include something that I don’t own: Tyrannocytes. I actually have four of these guys, but none of them are painted yet, so I asked Brandon if he’d mind me proxying one of them. Normally, I’m not keen on doing that, but since I actually made this model to be a Tyranid drop pod back in the day (don’t believe me?  See the tutorial here).

I made the list figuring that I could put the ‘gants or the Tervigon into the pod, and then use the Swarmlord to slingshot them forward and be a threat early on. I also had the Trygon Prime and his genestealers for the same rational. Of course, I can’t slingshot two things with Hive Commander, so that was poor planning. Also, in retrospect, having the Trygon come up surrounded by Termagants wouldn’t be half bad either… Continue reading

Greenstuffing Gaps

When I last left off with my Tyrannocytes, I was ready to call them finished (as far as modelling goes) and proceed to painting.

Since they’re a dipped army, I don’t take as much care with them as I probably should.  Granted, I still go over them and clean off mold lines, drill out barrels, and even take the time to fill in occasional cracks.  I just don’t worry about getting everything done perfectly because they’re just going to be dipped anyway.  Well, as I sat at the table looking at these guys, I realized that the dip is going to really wreak havoc on the seams for these guys.

Whoever put these together did a fair job of it, as nothing is woefully out of place; however, there are some joints that leave room for improvement.  Many of them are pretty innocuous, but there are others where the seem is big enough to slide a sculpting tool into.  Though I didn’t want to be bothered filling in these gaps, I realized that it’s the right thing to do.

So, I found myself at the table, mushing green putty into tiny crevasses.  Not exactly a thrilling Sunday night, but there are worse things I could’ve been doing.

Since they’re organic in nature, I felt that I didn’t have to worry about getting everything to be perfectly smooth.  Little imperfections seem to work out well with the general feel of the models.  With that in mind, the work went quickly.

And that’s a good thing because screaming children running around the house don’t tend to leave enough hobby time for longer projects these days.

It’s nice to get back into the hobby aspect of the game, as I feel that I’ve been out of touch for a while.  I think the last real hobby progress I made was back in May when I was working on my Knight Titans (whose write-up is still, as of yet, unfinished).

With any luck, I’ll be able to revisit that topic again soon on the blog as well, but for now, I’ll leave you with a picture of the “finished” pods…

 

Batrep: Salamanders vs. Hive Fleet Proteus (50 power)

Of all of the guys in our crew, I think it’s pretty easy to say that Brandon is the one that knows the rules best.  He spends a lot of time reading the rules and watching online games, etc. and even judges tournaments now and again.  The thing is, his free time has been pretty well eaten up as of late, so he doesn’t show up as regularly as he once did.  As a result, while he may really know the rules, he doesn’t play much.  In fact, I think he’s only gotten about three games in so far.

Well, despite a great turnout at our regular game night, he and I peeled off and played a game of 40k to get him his fix.  He was working on a reduced timeline, so we opted to play a 50 power game instead of our normal 80 power level, in the hopes that it would speed things up…

Salamanders:

  • HQ:
    • Captain w/ Thunder Hammer, Plasma Pistol, & Armor Indomitable
    • Lieutenant w/ Lightning Claw & Master Crafted Boltgun
    • Apothecary
  • Elites:
    • 5x Sterngard w/ various combi-weapons
    • Dreadnought w/ Twin-Linked Lascannon
  • Troops:
    • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Meltagun, Combimelta, & Multi-melta
    • 5x Tactical Marines w/ Flamer & Combi-melta
    • 5x Scouts w/ combi-melta
  • Transports:
    • Rhino w/ Stormbolter

Brandon plays Salamanders, which means that he’s a cheating power gamer.  Well, in the previous edition, he played salamanders, but now that they get to re-roll failed hits and wounds for each squad, I’m going to just label him a cheater.

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Batrep: Tyranids vs. Hive Fleet Proteus (2000 pts)

With a bit of a derth of 40k games due to the folks showing up for our regular game night, Tim and I managed to schedule a game outside of normal hours.  He’s more into the competitive circuit, and actually frequents local tournaments, so he requested that I play a list in points values (something I haven’t yet mustered in this edition) and also that I bring something a little less casual than my usual lists.  With that in mind, I set out to make as cheesy a list as I could with my bugs…

Tim’s Tyranids

  • HQ:
    • Hive Tyrant w/ Venom Cannon, Laswhip, & Bonesword
    • Old One-Eye
  • Troops:
    • 20x Genestealers (for the Trygon Tunnel)
    • 3x Warriors w/ Boneswords & Deathspitters, including a Barbed Strangler
    • 3x Warriors w/ Scything Talons & Deathspitters, including a Venom Cannon
  • Fast Attack:
    • 3x Raveners w/ Spine Fists & Rending Claws
    • 3x Raveners w/ Spine Fists & Rending Claws
  • Heavy Support:
    • Trygon Prime
    • 3x Carnifex:
      • 2x w/ Scything Talons & Bioplasma
      • 1x w/ Stranglethorn Cannon & Scything Talons
    • Scythed Hierodule

 

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