Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Kill Team Game

Greetings folks,

Bob here with a small update. Recently Nevrerness and I got in a rare Saturday game of Kill Team in. I decided to test out my Deathwatch against his Dark Eldar (check out the battle report here). Kill Team has really brought new life to 40k which was largely dead at the local shop (for dubious reasons). After the battle I decided that I needed to get some more paint on the Deathwatch so I moved them up to the main painting spot. So far I have only 1 "finished" with the other 9 models at the 75% mark. Here is the completed Raven Guard with Stalker bolt gun.




After I get the rest of them finished I will do a large picture dump of them and other projects I have been working on over the past months.

Happy gaming!



Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Hunt for Cypher Round 2


Greeting folks,

Its been a while since I posted anything so I would like to jump back in with a battle report. Recently Neverness and I got around to fighting the second round of our Dark Angels vs Cypher saga (part 1 here).



Mission

We decided to do another mission from the Cypher data slate. This time we  went with the mission Turn the Tide. In this mission Cypher and his cronies are backed into a corner with a superior force closing in. Cypher's forces are split in 2 with the primary group deployed normally and a reinforcing element auto arriving on turn 4. Victory Conditions are fairly simple. Cypher's forces get 6 points if they can survive until their turn 4 with the opposing force scoring the same points for destroying Cypher's primary force before reinforcements can show up. Secondary objectives are 1 VP for each unit completely destroyed. No line breaker or any of the normal ones.




Cypher gets a corner with the enemy forces deploying in the remaining 3 with a 12 inch gap between enemy forces.

Forces

1500 point game

Dark Angels

Company Master: Bolt pistol, Mace of Redemtion

Deathwing Knights (5)

Deathwing Squad (5) assault cannon

Deathwing Squad (5) plasma cannon

Tactical Squad (10)  Sargent, missile launcher

Tactical Squad (10) Sargent, plasma gun, missile launcher

Ravenwing Bike Squad: Sargent, attack bike with multi melta, melta gun, 3 Ravenwing

Land Raider Crusader



Cypher and Company

Waiting on Neverness to send me


Set Up



Cypher and his cowardly Fallen started off in the Land Raider with the Vindicator and 2 squads of Chaos Marines deployed around the center of the ruins. The Black Legion squad in the center also contained a Champion. The Khorne Berzerkers and Lord on the Juggernaut remained as the reinforcements. My Deathwing remained in reserve to deploy against Cypher when he came out of hiding with the Knights inside the Land Raider Crusader to deliver a hammer blow. The Tactical Squads and Company Commander deployed to move into the ruins and the Ravenwing set up against the Land Raider.

Turn 1

As the attacker I went first. The Tactical Squads advanced in the ruins along with the Crusader doing some Mass Effect Mako all terrain fu to get in closer in preparation to unleash the Knights. The Ravenwing maneuvered closer to the Land Raider in order to get maximum firepower from the melta weapons. Unfortunately the range didn't matter as the dice weren't with me this round. Between all the bolters and the assault cannon the Black Legion squad was killed to a traitor with the Aspiring Champion legging it for the safety of the table edge.  


The return fire from Nerverness saw both Tactical Squads suffering some casualties. The Vindicator thankfully couldn't hit the broadside of a barn and only a few marines fell to the pie plate of doom. The Ravenwing didn't get so lucky as all but the Sargent and Attack Bike falling to the fire of the Land Raider and Cypher's guns and Fallen. The Ravenwing fell back from the onslaught to hopefully call in the Deathwing on Turn 2



Turn 2

Luckily both Deathwing arrived at the top of Turn 2 and deployed to confront Cypher and the Land Raider. The Tac Squads continued to advance into the ruins in hopes of killing the remaining Chaos Marines and the Vindicator. The firepower of the Deathwing proved too much for the Fallen to withstand as they were gunned down to a traitor with Cypher suffering a wound as well. 


The Traitors weren't out of the fight yet though. Again my Tac squads took casualties for return fire. Yet again the Vindicator scattered wildly. The Ravenwing Sargent fell to the fire of the Land Raider but the attack bike stuck around to fight on. Cypher, seeing which way the wind was blowing after his squad got vaporized, wisely got back into the Land Raider for protection as it retreated back before killing the Sargent.




Turn 3

Turn 3 saw my forces advancing towards the remaining traitor forces. The attack bike finally rolled well with the multi melta and the Land Raider was no more. Cypher stumbled from the wreckage unscathed. The Vindicator suffered a hit from a Krak missile and was destroyed. The Tac squad in the ruins again shot at the traitors opposite them reducing their ranks even further. 



On Neverness's turn he moved the surviving Traitor squad over to Cypher in hopes of surviving to his turn 4 when reinforcements would arrive. 

Turn 4

Barring some truly heroically good or bad dice rolling (depending on who you have been cheering for) it was all over but the crying. All I had to do was pray to the dice gods and stay in their mighty favor and kill the remaining traitors with the seemingly overwhelming preponderance of firepower I had to use. Defeat has been snatched from closer victories though. Cypher fell to the Deathwing and was duly captured by the surviving Ravenwing. The remaining traitors fell to the firepower of the Deathwing and Tac Squad that had been moving in from the rear. With that the game ended with the Unforgiven making a clean sweep of Cypher and his forces while suffering relatively few casualties in return. Now lets hope that Cypher stays captured this time (yeah right).




Conclusion

And with that Cypher is once again on his way back to the deepest, darkest interrogation cell on the Rock. I don't feel this win was really down to superior generalship on my part, but rather to Neverness's dice failing him miserably. My dice were pretty hot too. I generally dithered with the Land Raider Crusader and didn't deploy the beat stick of the Knights. Being forced to make up the points that the Terminators should have occupied was a wrench in the works for sure for Neverness. The Berzerkers and Lord would have been a potential world of hurt had they arrived and the points would have been a lot closer had they shown up. As always I really enjoyed the game. Neverness is a great opponent. Our Kill Team games have been a blast and very close run (we have tied on all of them so far). Until my next emergence from the aether, happy gaming folks! 




Monday, September 19, 2016

Bolt Action with Neverness part deux

Greetings folks

Bob here with another tale of game of Bolt Action with Neverness. Hit the link to check out his battle report of the days events. As most all of you know by now 2nd Edition is out in the wild and yours truly got the new starter set and free box of infantry (Warlord rocks).


I've been building the contents of the box and so far I am pleased with the new US Airborne plastics. May end up picking up a full box of them when they release. I'll write up a little review of the box and my thoughts on the rule changes. I have managed to get a game in using the new rules and my initial impressions are positive.

Recently I completed my first attempt at painting terrain. I have to say that I am fairly pleased with the results. Hit it with the air brush then washed and dry brushed it. Fairly simple process. Here is the final product



Until next time, happy gaming!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Bolt Action vs Neverness

Hey folks,

Long time no post. I certainly haven't been silent on the hobby front with various projects being completed. Hopefully I will get some articles out over the next few weeks highlighting some things I have been working on. Bolt Action 2nd Edition is not far away at this point so I will be doing a review of that when it hits. John and I both have been hitting Total War: Warhammer pretty hard since it came out and I will try and get a review of it up here soon. In the mean time please enjoy this battle report from Neverness where he gets his first ever Bolt Action game in against your's truly. Happy gaming, folks!

http://nevernesshobby.blogspot.com/2016/09/battle-action-bolt-action.html?m=0

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Warhammer:TW Strategy



So about a week and CA has been teasing us with Campaign play thrus. It has got Bob and I talking about how we will play. We will undoubtedly have multiple campaigns ourselves but of course we are going to have coop campaign as well.

Dwarf Campaign

John's thinking Coop: To start I would prefer to play as the Dwarves, I have the tabletop army and I love their style of play. So I definitely play a lot slower than the Devs play, but I don't want any of that rebellion bull crap. You're dwarves. So general strategy is to focus on one problem and hammer it till its gone. Single player this probably means attacking the orcs to my south and securing that while ignoring the north. However in the coop I figure I will be saving Bob a lot. We typically like to choose factions that border each other or at least are quickly close to have a shared/protected border.

Vampire Campaign

Having that protected edge is huge. Maybe the biggest thing imo. Being able to turn our armies around to face outward problems only is hugely beneficial. With the number of small factions available we are sure to be attacked from all around. In Coop, depending on who Bob plays as ,(Empire?) the quickest path will probably be straight through the Vampires. Which is fine imo. It gets us a shared border (BIG) gets rid of a couple enemy factions including one of the big ones (BIG). Getting rid of problems early will be very helpful and with one quickly removed we should be able to slow play the rest.

Bob's thinking Coop: I will of course be playing the Empire for several reasons: 1) I have a large Empire army, 2) the old alliance between Sigmar and the High King, and 3) it just makes sense considering how we play. Funny, I was going to say the same for helping John in the south (John: I do tend to be the lightning rod of hate)..... Having the ability to march and support each other is going to be huge as is the fact both races can expand to the north and south.

Empire Campaign

John's thinking Army Build: As dwarves I am not going to be fast, I am not going to be magicky and I am not going to lose. Defensive play with plenty of heavy infantry and artillery. In some of the gameplay I have seen the players like a lot of missile troops, I am not that way. My ideal army is probably General, 3 Organ Guns, 2 Quarellers, 2 slayers, 2 Hammerers and 9 Ironbreakers. Come get it. Organ guns to deal with any cav and flankers, quarellers to deal with any opposed missile troops (I like them for their longer range). The Ironbreakers will be my main line with the Hammerers as the anchors on the flanks and the Slayers as reserves. Not sure what I want to do with that last slot, maybe a cannon for range and ranged monster killing but otherwise I think they are going to be useless.


The idea of this army is to be able to dish out enough damage at range to be able to force the enemy to close into combat. with enemy ranged armies I will count on my artillery and superior armor to weather their fire, and for Chaos I still (I think) have enough heavy combat units to outlast them. In either case I will depend on my artillery dishing out a lot of damage and I need to protect them, therefore the slayers who just want to kill something and don't care how scary the enemy lord is on a dragon.



Bob's thinking army builds: Well I am of a few minds on this. The Empire has several different builds I am thinking of. On the table top and in Total War games I typically go for a combined arms type of set up. I am thinking of a General and Wizard in most armies when available with a Warrior Priest or Witch Hunter thrown in depending on how useful they are. I typically take a solid 8 to 10 Infantry units giving me a strong battle line. I am thinking 2-4 Greatswords, 3-4 Swordsmen and 3-4 Halberdiers, and maybe a spear unit or 2 depending on who I am mainly fighting. For support I want 3 units of Handgunners as I like their superior stopping power. Cav will consist of either 2 Demigryphs or 2 Knights with an addition of Outriders or Pistoliers if needed. Artillery is a must so I am planning on running at least 2-3 units at all times with composition being dictated by who I am predominately fighting. For Vamps I am thinking Mortars and Hellstorm rockets where as Chaos will be Hellblasters and Cannon. Oh and I wont be leaving home without a Steam Tank in my high tier armies. The STank is an capable of dealing with multiple threats while also withstanding some hurt back. The choices available are one of the many reasons why I like the Empire as an army.

If you plan on playing give us some of your thoughts in the comments!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Warhammer: Total War Update

So the original release date, April 28th, has come and gone and we have nothing to show for it. While we knew about the delay I always held onto hope that they would release a beta/something for those who preordered. Instead we have had to deal with more videos by guys who can't play the  game.


including this one I actually haven't watched at the time I typed this up.

They have been doing a couple different types of movies.

The Slayers Guide offers a perspective on some of the monstrous creatures out there



And they have even started getting the community involved vs devs. but again no one seems to know what they are doing (who brings trebuchets as the DEFENDER in a siege?)


And then of course they have been doing more set piece battles.


And lastly they have started doing "challenges" for each other, which I actually like. But again these people largely don't know how to play their own game. I admit it might be scripted just to show off some things, but come on. Also I am a big fan of the undead puns.



Plenty of other videos out there. also some commentary from fans and other blog runners. Some offer good insight and give good screen shots of unit stats, I still am curious to see some side by side stats, but others reviewers have voices fit for a brick to the face and a silent movie role.


Overall thoughts continue to be positive, after some of the early misgivings I had from videos and releases, seeing more and more come out has definitely put me back on the  happy side for this game. I have loved seeing the unit rosters expand and be fleshed out. The sieges have been great, protecting a quarter of the city doesn't bother me and I am interested in seeing how settlements defenses level.

I have been real happy seeing everything they are putting into the Bretonians as an unplayable race. Probably the first real dlc imo. I don't count chaos, yeah yeah yeah BS rabble rabble rabble, get over it.

I couldn't find it in a quick search, too lazy for more, but there was an awesome video breaking down the AI's thought process in sieges. In the video they go over how different blocks of units are assigned different roles within a subset (attack gates, attack walls, break down walls) which was amazing to see. Hopefully some of that carries over into the normal battles as well. would love to see some ranged enemies taking advantage of hills, or the enemy actually holding a choke point and not just an automatic engaged everything with everything mode. Hopefully this really evolves the battlefield. I am looking forward to the challenge as I usually play the battles with difficulty all the way up to have a little bit of back and forth. so if we start seeing strategy, unlike that ork vs bretonia video, I will be extremely happy with this game.