Sunday, July 6, 2014

My X-Wing Miniatures 100 pt Squadrons

Golden Blade of the Rebel Alliance:

Inspired by PC Game X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, repainted to gold squadron colors.

Emperor's Sword of the Galactic Empire:

Inspired by the SW TCG, (canonized from ROTJ). Space blue scheme with jet black paneling, instead of prepaint light grey scheme with very dark grey paneling.

I always told myself I was going to get into this game I'd have to put my own flavor into my fleets. Stock ships simply won't do! Not that there's anything wrong with X-Wing prepaints, they're quite excellent.

Lists I've been running them as:

4x Green Squadron Pilots w/ Push the Limit & Stealth Device

7x Academy Pilots, Backstabber

More to come.... still working on a Flesh Eaters 40K army.

Friday, June 13, 2014

A brutal battle for the Relic

Lamenters vs. Imperial Guard (1500 pts)


+Inquisitorial Class C Encrypted Message:...Retrieve [REDACTED] heresy relic at any cost:... Local units may be TRAITOR..... Battle Barge Daughter of Tempests Mission Status: AFFIRMATIVE+

+Artifact Secured+

+Pict-Log M41.997+ Brother Captain of the First Company leads a heroic last charge

One last attempt by the traitor guardsmen to prevent the Lamenters from stealing their tainted relic

24 of 28 deployed battle brothers lost. Mission success. Deploy the servitors for body retrieval.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The struggle against 40K Flyers & Lords of War

Fight fire with fire, right?

I never expected things like Shadowswords to be legal in standard games of Warhammer 40K, but apparently that is now the case. I'm not saying they're too good or anything - actually I think it's pretty awesome, the problem is I am late to the bandwagon of super-heavies. Mega-tanks and walkers aren't even the issue though - well placed Terminators can usually take care of them. It's the rampant amount of Flying vehicles in 7th edition that is really giving me trouble. My army has no anti-air weapons at all, and when I'm almost guaranteed to be facing off against some flyers every match - something's gotta give.

The first thing that came to mind was my Stormraven. But just as I was placing my army case down on the floor... one model I own caught the corner of my eye as I spotted on the bottom shelf of my desk.


Snap crackle pop. Can't wait to dunk some of those Necron croissant buttheads into the freakin' DIRT!

More to come

40K 1000 pt doubles tournament, 7th ed

So at the local store today there was a doubles tournament using 7th edition rules. I was paired with a random partner who turned out to be pretty cool. He was playing Tyranids. Even though we only managed 1-win on our record, I'm not sure if that's really indicitive of our performance. One of the other matches would have definitely been in our favor had the time not elapsed before we had a chance to finish the bottom of turn 4 (we went second, so that was pretty lame). The other game we faced 2 knight titans, pylon shield fortification things, basically one of the most cheesiest doubles lists I've ever seen. The guys playing the lists were nice though, and I understand it is a tournament so people are allowed to bring whatever the rules allow.

Here are some pics. Lots of flyers and big scary crap on almost every table. I am getting a much better grasp on the rules though. I think after a few more games I might be able to get my mojo back.

More to come

Friday, May 30, 2014

Back from the dead

It is a new era of Warhammer 40,000!

After not playing any 40K for quite a long time, I figured the advent of 7th edition would be a good time to materialize into realspace once again and crush the enemies of mankind.

I liked 6th quite a bit, but I only played it at the very beginning. Maybe a dozen games or so. Real life made me have to take a step back (moving to a new city, new job, starting my life in the real world). After more than a year of no Warhammer in my life, I had a craving that could not be controlled. I need my GW toy soldiers! The emperor commands me.

Anyways, bought the new rulebook a few days ago, and went down to Dragon's Lair in Austin last night for my initiation into the Thursday night casual play scene.

The game seems so foreign to me. I saw so many bizarre models. There was a time in 5th edition, when I was heavily involved in the competitive scene, where I could have recited the stat-line of any unit in the game from memory. Now I cannot even name half the models on the tables, let alone what they do, or if it's  a creature or a vehicle.

Riptides, Helldrakes, Necron ring-pop fortress city with cthulu arms. Eldar wraith knights. This is not the 40K I remember, but that's okay. I still had fun.

Played 2 matches (using 7th rules), 1 at 1250 points vs Necrons and 1 at 1500 pts vs Space Wolves. Both were pretty crushing defeats for the Lamenters, but I was putting myself in unfavorable situations on purpose in order to put myself in a position to learn the rules better. I think the 6th edition competitiveness of my Lamenters is mostly gone. BA psykers and the way psychic powers themselves work has been totally changed. Almost everyone I saw playing was using flyers, my armies have no AA (What's this skyfire shenanigans?).

So what is the next step? Tournament on Sunday. My skills might be as rusty as a total newbie, my armies may be so last year, but as a faithful servant of the imperium I must put these xenos pretenders to the sword - or die with honor.

More to come