Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Horus Heresy Game and Adepticon!

Its been awhile since I have posted but I have been up to a lot!  I haven't gotten as much hobby progress done as I'd like but hopefully soon I will be able to post some new pics of some projects I've been working on.  Hint: It's Necromunda!

So two weekends ago I played some Horus Heresy and last weekend I went to Adepticon.

I figured I'd just combine the two posts because I will not be doing a full battle report and also because I didn't take a ton of pics of Adepticon either.

First up, Horus Heresy!

I played a 3,000 point game against my friend Seti's Night Lords on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon.

Take a look on his Blog; The Eye of Isha for more coverage of this game.

We played mission 1: Blood Feud.  This mission is basically Kill Points but in addition to that each player secretly selects a particular unit type from a list of unit types and then that player gets additional points based on how many of the chosen type is destroyed.

The game lasts 6 turns.

Here is the Deployment:

 Iron Warriors Deployed

From another angle

Night Lords' reserves arrive 

I am confident in my 20-man Tactical Squad holding(perhaps too confident).

After his Land Speeder destroys a Medusa, my Destroyers deploy and toss a 
Phosphex bomb onto the Terror Squad.

His Leviathan Dreadnought destroyed my Terminators in assault and then moved onto my Proteus. 

My Tactical Support Flamer squad flames the Night Lords and their retaliation is swift. 

The Night Lords Terminators make quick work of one of my Tactical Squads. 

 I tried to counter the Leviathan but it destroyed my Terminators and then my 
Proteus before I could stop it.

 The Rhino moves to block the Leviathan Dreadnought.

This was the final picture I took of the game.

In hindsight, I would have liked to have taken some different units.  I would have liked to have had some Iron Havocs and Augury Scanners.  The two Apothecaries I had could have been equipped with Augury Scanners but weren't.

Also the 20 man squads may need some more punch in HTH.  Adding ccw to the two large tactical squads could be very useful.

The Terminator squad was not as effective as I would have liked and I could have put those points into something like the Iron Havocs which may have been more effective, especially if they had missile launchers to deal with the flyer or lascannons to deal with the Leviathan.

I think playing 3000 points is a great size for Heresy games.  For veterans like us we were able to play a full 6 turns, which is the number the scenario called for in 4 hours and 15 minutes.  It was a good close game until the very end where the Night Lords pulled away and ended up winning handily.  He chose Vehicles and I chose Infantry for the secret unit type.

I have only finished a couple of 8th edition 40k games and maybe only a couple have felt as satisfying as this game.  Maybe I am just used to the old mechanics but the Horus Heresy rules just feel right.  It feels like I am playing a war game as opposed to a large, unwieldy skirmish game (which is what 8th ed 40k feels like).

And now onto my Adepticon coverage.

I only went on Saturday and arrived around 10:30am.  I have been to every Adepticon since it has moved to its current location and this is the first time I couldn't find a parking spot in the Hotel's parking lot.

We drove around for quite awhile until we found someone who was leaving so we could pull into their spot.

I heard that the attendance last year was around 4000.  I wonder if the attendance was up this year and if it will continue to rise because if so they may need to move again in the not too distant future.  I also heard that Adepticon is taking up all of the meeting rooms and ballrooms in the hotel which again would make me wonder if they will need to move at some point.

Anyways besides the parking, I had a great time and bought a bunch of stuff (as usual).

One of the first things I saw.  Duncan sure is busy this year!

These were some really nice Necromunda 2D boards made in 3D.

A cool Warmachine statue.

You don't get a good sense of scale until you see one of these in person.

This booth was really cool.  They were showing off some display boards from the past.

This display board was great!  It was an Ork Rok with slot cars racing around it.

Another very cool display board.

This ship display board was awesome!

Here are some new Star Wars Legion minis.

The game sounds interesting and I wouldn't mind trying it sometime.

Black Library had 3 authors present. 

Da Gof Rockers are this band that dresses up like Orks and plays rock music.  I bought 2 of their CDs and got a free sticker and a couple of guitar picks. 

Check out their music video: Da Red Button

Here is the haul.  

I finally have Tyrant Siege terminators for my Iron Warriors Legion!  Those Armorcast techno walls will work well for Necromunda.  Xtine got the Predator and the Emperor's Children Shoulder pads for her Emperor's Children army.  We also got the last Escher weapons accessories pack for Necromunda from the Forgeworld booth.

I hope that I can get some Hobby time in this week so my next post can have some freshly painted miniis!

Until then...

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Necromunda at the Big Game and more!

This past weekend was a big weekend for Necromunda.

At Warhammer World in Nottingham, Games Workshop had their first Horus Heresy and Necromunda Weekender.

At this event they had seminars about the future of both games and has a lot of new models to show off.

While I wasn't able to attend because of a number of reasons, I did get a chance to look at the coverage of the weekender on several blogs I follow.  The most notable of these which I have a link to on the right is, Battle Bunnies.  If there is ever an event at Warhammer World, they are the ones who cover it!

I strongly suggest to anyone who hasn't been to their blog, to go check it out now and take a look at all the new and exciting Necromunda news.

One thing that was pretty exciting was just how much stuff they want to release for Necromunda.  They talked about Guilds and Enforcers and Ogryns and Brutes and Automata!  Also, the leaders of the entire gangs, and the pets of leaders and bounty hunters and Squats!

They also want to expand the setting to Hive Secundus and other places like Space Stations.  I was expecting they would show off the new Orlock Gang and some new weapon packs and talk about Gang War II, but what we got was so much more!

I am very excited for where Necromunda is going!

Now, one reason I wasn't in England this past weekend is because I was at my gaming group's annual get together, the imaginatively named Big Game.

We had a Necromunda board set up just to get some games in if anyone was interested.  The main focus of the weekend was playing a number of 40k games leading up to a massive confrontation on Saturday evening.

I won't be doing a full report here but I want to share some images from my Necromunda game.

 My Goliath gang, The Shredders facing off against a Van Saar gang.

 I had already played one game with this gang but this was my opponent's first game.

It was a learning game for both him and me since this was also my first 3d game. 

 My Goliath's would try to jump that gap several times and they never made it.

My Leader, "Shredder" Gorak was a beast!  He pulverized two enemy 
gangers including their Leader!

I also bought a great terrain piece from a buddy of mine who came half way across the country to game with us this past weekend.  His blog is Guardsman-a-day, which is linked on the right.

His original intention of his blog was to post a picture every day of a different guardsman of his.  He has a lot of Guardsmen!  But it has evolved into kind of a showcase for whatever it is he is working on at the moment and he updates virtually every day.  

What's really interesting about his blog is that each picture has a caption that tells a small part of a larger narrative which he has built over the years.  Its interesting reading them because it sets a scene of a far-off, evocative universe.  In each blog entry we only get a tiny window into the universe and each post leaves you wanting more.

Here are some pictures of the piece I bought from him:

Not only did I buy this great piece of terrain from him but my other friend Pen Dull, whose blog is Excursions Beyond the Call of Duty found a great classic Necromunda figure for me, which I can't wait to paint up.  Its an old Necromunda Wyrd Telekinetic in its original blister! 

It seems almost a shame to open it.....But I must!  Its such a great model.  I will find a way to incorporate it into my current Necro Campaign.

Another thing I got from Big Game weekend was a fantastic portal painted by my other friend Ethmongul.  His blog is at the following link:  http://ethmongul.blogspot.com/.  Right now he has some final thoughts about the big game on his blog.

Here is a pic of the portal terrain piece (which I also want to incorporate into Necromunda):

I will leave you now with some pictures of my new table, which is still in development.  I am putting together a table that is not in the basement because it gets really cold around here in the winter.  Here are some pics:

That's all for now.  Until next time...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Gor Half-Horn, Beastman Bounty Hunter

I ordered Gor Half-Horn from Forgeworld a few weeks ago and he just came.  I was able to get him painted up and I can't wait to use him this weekend.

Here he is in all his glory:

I really like the fact that they brought back beastmen in 40k.  This isn't 30k this is 40k.  I hope they continue to do this sort of thing; bringing things from old fluff back.

Who knows, maybe we will get a squat at some point.....

On to commission work.

I just finished painting up some Bullgryns for a friend of mine.  I don't do commission work often, but occasionally I am ok with it.

I also painted up a master of signal, or whatever the Imperial Guard version of that is.

Tonight I will be working on some Sisters of Battle and some terrain fro Necromunda.  Pics will follow soon....