Sunday, 29 January 2012

Αstartes and mortals

Those last 10 days was fun. Working overtime and under extreme weather conditions is always intresting but I have seen worse, way worse. Well, not all 10 days was all work. I also picked up my first battles with the Imperial guard. Stelios was kind enough to lend me his Imps and I enjoyed it greatly. With 20 or so guardsmen taken from a friend I couldn't resist but paint a test model! Other than that I painted one more Assault Marine for my third Assault Squad. See you everyone!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Angels Sanguine Attack bike

Attack Bikes for the Angels Sanguine this time! In the I.C.Tournament part of my roster was a 5 man assault squad armed ONLY with chainswords riding a Las Cannon armed razorback for 155p. It worked great but against Land Raiders and AV 13-14 vehicles I was in trouble. You see 3+ to hit is not a great problem but a 6+ roll to penetrate an AV 14 target is! So, I ll replace the Razorback for a 3 strong Multi Melta Attack Bike Squad. Thus, I gain 3 multi melta shots and with the 2d6 Armour penetration in 12'' my opponent can kiss that heavy AV 14 target goodbye!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Empire Handgunners. 35 barrels are looking your way!

I still paint Warhammer Fantasy! I am dedicated to finish for sure the Empire models I have. So, 5 more handgunners are succefully painted! Now I have 35! That will be a hell of a regiment or two! This time I painted the classic old models. I hope you like them!

Friday, 13 January 2012

Angels Sanguine Assault Marines

The Tournament is over and in the aftermath of it I found out that my motivation for painting more Angels Sanguine is soaring. I was thinking of storing the army and starting a new project, the Astral Claws, but now I have an Attack bike squad, armed with multi melta no less, in mind and thankfully for my wallet I really got 4 or 5 models to salvage from the Failed Project Box. But one squad at a time, first I want to finish the Assault Squad or a combat squad at least!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Angels Sanguine goes to War!

The first think that came to my mind when I entered the luxurious hotel that the ICT (Independent Club Tournament) was held was:
''That’s too good for us!''
Having a backpack and a Feldherr case full with miniatures, tanks ,rulebooks, FAQs, templates, dice and the like, descended down a level to the ''conference hall.
26 tables were waiting there ready to accommodate the blood-hungry orks... er I meant players.

It was great to meet old friends and rivals, to shake hands with them and wish ''happy new year''. It was really a great atmosphere. It was the calm before the storm.

1st game. VS Tyranids! ''The awakening of the tactician''
My list was :
Librarian (Unlease Rage , Shield of Sanguinius)
2XSang.Priests with power swords
Terminator Assault Squad with 2 thunder hammers and Land raider Redeemer with Extra Armour and Multi Melta
Assault Squad (5) Razorback with Las Cannons
Assault Squad (7) Melta gun , Power fist , Land Raider with extra armour
Assault Squad (7) Melta gun , Power fist , Land Raider with extra armour
Scout Squad (6) Sniper Rifles

Mano's List:
A happy Harpy with twin venom cannons. (I would steal his awesome conversion of the model ANY TIME)
3 Tervigons (again a lovely conversion)
2 Tyranofexes!(Guess what? He really did an awesome conversion here too!)
9 Hive guards (I think he wants to shoot me)
few critters to make the Tervigons ''troops''

Game Tag:
Oponnent: Manos with Tyranids
Mission: Spearhead , Capture and Control

Was the game fun?: absolutely             
Play with this opponent again? Absolutely!
His luck? Great at the start, average later.
My luck? Average!
Any rule issue? none at all. 

After the handshaking we rolled to see who will play first. Unsurprisingly enough he won. At that time I told myself ''I have to fight to take a draw''. He deployed with his Hive Guards around the no man’s land (this 12'' radius cycle at the center), the Tyranofexes few inches behind them and the Tervigones just around the T-T-fexs. His objective was way back at the corner of his Table Quarter. That was an extremely aggressive deployment but with a flaw! Nothing was on his objective and most of his critters were 12''or more away.
 (Manos deployed his objective behind that buinling unguarded when the rest of his forces prepare to shoot to oblivion)

(A well painted and converted army is alway a sight to behold.Manos did a great work indeed)
I deployed with a counter charge tactic in mind. My three Land Raiders were almost sponsor to sponsor to each other with the librarian securely placed in the middle one, the Razorback and Scout Squad in reserve.
He opened fire and all hell broke loose! The Harpy destroyed the Land Raider with the Assault Squad inside and the T-fexes manage to immobilize the Land raider with the librarian. Thankfully, the Shield of Sanguinius saved me from a penetrating hit but the results are the same I am almost crippled.
I charged the Redeemer 12'' forward its assault cannon in range with the Harpy the Las Cannons of the Crippled War Angel opened fire leaving only a wound to the Happy Harpy but the beast was still very much alive and now it was his turn.
He shot me again breaking a precious Las Cannon sponsor. He stunned both Land Raiders but that was all! When his shooting phase was over no Land Raider was a burning wreck! I was so happy I could hardly control myself to not scream!
Now it was my turn and the Scouts were coming from the wrong table edge. Oh well, I could always shoot him from the safety of the Sang.Priest's bouble! The Razorback Black Death charged onward 18'' and popped smoke just behind all the enemy battle line.
(Speeding to the objective the Razorback ''Black Death'' goes for the objective)
(the last ack of this monstrous Tervigon was to give birth to 18!!! termagants before the Terminators plant a Thunder Hammer to its head!)
 Once again the Land Raider redeemer moved 12'' and there the Terminator Sergeant Axion took the fight to the xeno scum itself! Charging the 2 Tervigons blocking the way to the T-fexes. The ''War Angel'' engaged the Harpy with the remaining Las Cannon killing it. In close combat the Tervigones suffered 7 wounds but both of them still stood claiming the lives of two veterans but that was all I was still in combat with 9 Hive guards awaiting to shoot me.
The T-fexes understood that remaining close to close combat were risking assault so they both moved away, now if they wanted to shoot me they had to do so giving both my Land Raiders a 4+ cover save. A brood of 18 termagants moved to Intercept the Razor back. And a T-fex opened fire against it penetrating it once. Thankfully, the smoke launchers saved my vehicle. The Hive guards were far to shoot it so the ''Black Death'' was free to move again. 
The close combat was finished with my Terminators victorious and both critters slain. The Emperor smiled at me once again and I could consolidate 6''. That was in range for assaulting the T-fex who threatened both Land Raiders or assaulting the Hive Guards who threatened me less, or I could mount again on the Redeemer and assault next turn. Axion pointed his thunder hammer at the T-fex ''Suffer the xeno no more'' and he was charging
(with a final prayer to the Emperor Terminator Squad Axion charge the Tyranofex who threatens my precious Land Raiders)

. Before that the Land raider reigned supreme to the guideless termagants tank shocking all off the table leaving the Razorback to conquer the objective harmless. In close combat the might of Terminator squad ''Axion'' left the Tfex with one wound.
It was turn four. My Opponent saw the threat that the Razoback , Land Raider and Terminators suggested and took drastic measures. The Second T-fex pointed its massive cannon to the RazorBack but both shots wildly missed. I could breathe once again. His Hive Guards that stayed for so long away from combat were out of range to hurt the razorback. Worse yet the Axion Squad dispatched the t-fex losing a squad member , consolidating even nearer to his objective.

With his fire power to demolish my precious Land Raiders diminished and a Razorback sitting on his objective every critter left the offensive to defend its home. He wisely shot to death my Terminator Squad with his hive guard and tried to kill my Razorback but the irony is that he hid his objective so well that it granted me a 4+ cover. The Razorback and Land Raider held his objective and won me the game.

The Squad of the match went to : Terminator Squad ''Axion'' for slaying 2 Tervigons and a Tyranofex breaking his fire line in half wining me the game!

Notes: His list was very good and with his initial shooting a more expierienced player could do better. Never the less, he was an opponent with good manners and I will gladly play with him again any time. I am only hoping players like him to become the backbone of the Greek Warhammer 40.000 Community. Lastly I gave him the favoured player vote for his good character. Thank you kind sir!

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Of Knights and Angels

As the Grey Knight Project expanded to a Twin Auto Cannon Dreadnought I guess it will not hurt to paint a strike squad. Having about 15 oop power armoured knights I am sure I can paint/salvage a strike squad at 0 price and save 10 models from the Failed Projects Box.
In the same time and with no reason at all I have started to paint a 3rd Assault Squad for my Angels Sanguine. Having so many Assault Marines never hurt anyone.
Tomorrow I will attend to the biggest 40K tournament ever held in Greece. A 52 players event called Indipendent Club Tournament organised by the Battle Bunker Club (this is the gaming club I belong for almost 6 years) and Espairos (another club for RPGs and tabletop games in general). Judging from yesterday's battles I have no chance in hell to be competitive so I will try for some friendly easygoing battles to awake the tactical monster I hide deep down!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

New Year New Projects!

Τhe new year brought two new projects. I still have enough space marine models to assemble a new army. This time the Astral Claws will grace the paintstation. I worked hard for the test model but I think the results are good enough. I believe that my bases are better and the free hand Astral Claw insignia is an improvement too.
The second project will be to paint a descent Vampire Counts army for the Warhammer part of the hobby. All and all it will be another year away from home but thankfully enough, I have a lot of time to spend improving my painting skills.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Angels Sanguine Reinforcements

With less than a week until the I.C.Tournament I have to make haste finishing my army list to compete.Thankfully the basing is nearly complete and the extra assault marine and sanguinary priest are both ready too. Now I only need to remodel the Land Raider ''Rellentless Fury'' from a Redeemer class to phobos and paint one more sniper scout.Well, I think I ll make it in time!