Posts Tagged ‘Space Marines’

Hobby update 21/8/17 – nice to be able to put a few things in the finished pile!

Posted on August 21st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Greetings all! Well last week has certainly been a busy week in my painting den, let’s have a look at all that lovely progress shall we?First up, as I’ve been working hard on getting my devastators up to snuff, I figured it was probably a good time to …

8th ed. Space Marine codex review part 2 – HQ

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Ok people (see, I’m channeling the spider now!), let’s get down into the nitty gritty of this here book shall we? Enough of the fluffy stuff, what can the new marine codex actually offer me?

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2000pts battle report – Tyranids v Dark Angels – Game 5 – North West Open

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The North West Open Tournament @ Wargames is an ITC format competition using the following rules pack: ITC 8th ed Combined Arms Missions. Each mission was rolled for randomly before the game and we were then all told which one to play.

Game 5 low down:
  • Scenario 4 – The Scouring [check the rules pack linked above for all the details]
  • Search & Destroy deployment
  • 1 Eternal War Objective and 2 Maelstrom

Moving down the tables I was on table 26 with only one pair below me and my partner Colin Mill’s Dark Angels. However, it turned out the two other players were ‘no shows’ and as such I’d managed to reach the bottom table – we were indeed fighting for the Wooden Spoon! The added bonus for me was seeing how Dark Angels fare in 8th. Colin had a vehicle heavy list [all lists are here], Razorbacks, couple of Predators, two Dreadnoughts and two Las Cannon Devastators with Azrael to buff his nearby units behind that ruin in the top left.

I got first turn and rolled hold objective 1 and 2 for Maelstrom which meant I could swap them for hold 3 objectives. It’s a bigger gamble but the rewards were 3 VPs instead on a max of 2. It was doable as all three objectives were within [Death] spittingdistance of my DZ. I mean it was a competitive decision, I felt I had a 65-75% chance of success given the bodies on the board but failure would push me into Wooden Spoon territory. I couldn’t ignore the chance, to do so would spurned the gift, so I went for it.

Flyrant and Carnifex moved on one of the Razorbacks, but no First Blood in this game! The Flyrant was spectacularly inneffective against the tank. He really needs a Melee weapon if I’m going to play him like this. I think further insult was added by possibly being killed by Colin in his following turn, he doesn’t appear in any further pictures.

I thinned out the Devastators in the Ruins opposite my DZ but the 2 remaining wouldn’t break.

The returned fire by killing the Tervigon. Support from the Predators were surprisingly effective, their Auto Cannon was particularly brutal, propmpting me to consider moving my own one further up my 2017/18 Hobby Season To Do List. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to pull me off my objectives and I gained 3 VPs in my turn.

Colin had inadvertanly positioned his units in such a way as to make my Trygon tunnel really difficult to place. I coudl certainly put them down, just nowhere to take benefit of their deployment, with trees and choke points all around. However, I’d drawn objective 1 and 2 again so a second chanc eto convert that to 3 objectives. The odds were prety even in success now. Without the Tervigon the Trygon and Genestealers could soak up the fire while everything else secured the three objectives.

The Carnifex attempted what the Flyrant had failed to do and were equally unable to complete the task. The fact their Thresher Scyth tails is only S4 the reason for their inability to wound the tank.

And therefore paid the price as the Razorback fell back leaving them exposed.

And one Carnifex went down.

The Trygon Prime was also felled but my line stayed true and I was able to secure another 3 VPs in my turn.

I drew hold objective 2 and kill a unit. I’m not entirely sure what went down in this turn 3 [our final turn, believe it or not]. I know I ultimately scored both Maelstrom objectives. I think the Razorback got destroyed, I couldn’t quite get the last Devastator in the ruins and my remaining Genestealers tried to assault the two Razorbacks in the woods, not sure how many survived but the end of the game I’d won 8 VPs for Maelstrom [thanks to the three objective gambles], we tied the Eternal War mission on 4 VPs each and I got Linebreaker for my Carnifex while Colin Scored Big Game Hunter and Slay the Warlord – final score 13-6 to me – a win!

Because of the win I was out of the Wooden Spoon competition and I was convinced Colin had been successful but he actually lost out on that ‘accolade’ by one VP. I suppose it’s no surprise to discover that Colin’s experience was limited, this may well have been his first five games of 8th if I recall but his sportsmanship was awesome and such a genuinely friendly bloke, his kilt was also particularly special :)

There we have it, five games, one win, about right and Martin [owner of Wargames] did say, with no disrespect, that I’d found my place. The third floor was by far the most relaxed, even Aceface said it got progressively tense the higher up the tables [the lower down the building]. Every game was a treat, every player was a true gentleman of the hobby and as you know I did come away with Best Army and £50 to spend which will cover the Tyranid Codex and perhaps go towards an Exocrine if they ever return.

I think as a ‘make or break’ for 8th it’s been apparent in my reports and comments that I still have reservations. It’s such a change that it’s clear I can’t continue to play 8th as I have 5th, 6th and 7th. Bottom line Tyranids are competitive and I currently am not. Whether getting better at the game can be achieved without that need to be ruthless that seems to predicate success I don’t know.

The ITC format was interesting in the Maelstrom missions only scoring in your subsequent turn – this certainly led to some tactical thought to ensure you would still score your points after your opponents turn. But beyond that I think tactics in general have taken a huge hit. I keep referring to the first turn – regardless of missions it seems you have to decapitate as much of your opponent as you can because they’re sure as hell going to do that to you. Once you’ve blunted their force you have room to deal with whatever tactical missions are on the cards.

I confess I’m not sure how this is different from me always striving for First Blood. but that can be achieved with just one unit, however small and a wrecked Rhino isn’t exactly ruining your day. Purge the Alien missions have always been my least favourite missions but it seems like this forms the core introduction to how 8th games pan out. Maybe there’s a little more finesse I’m missing because I’ll admit my grasp of how to approach games is sorely lacking. But this is still coming to terms with 8th and so long as my mates are still invested and I’m still having fun, which the NWO provided in abundance I’ll be there. Next stop – Nevermind the Blog Wars.

8th ed. Space Marine codex review part 1 – what’s new?

Posted on August 16th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Greetings all – it’s about that time now I think, when I’ve had enough games with the ‘new’ space marines that I can start to talk with confidence about them in 8th edition, what’s good, what’s not so good and how to get the most out of the army in your games of 40k.

I’m going to write this article in a new way for me, so please as ever feel free to give your thoughts and comments on the style as well as content in the section below.

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Space Marine Unit Spotlight: An Aggressor Review

Posted on August 14th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Last Monday I looked at the Reivers, and gave my opinion on how best they are used. This week, we’ll be looking at the aptly named Aggressors, and why my initial thoughts of them being a defensive unit are very wrong. Let’s dive into the this brand new…

Black Library – Newsletter

Posted on August 12th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The latest Black Library releases from Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Chris Wraight and Andy Clark…

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2000pts battle report – Tyranids v Blood Angels – Game 2 – North West Open

Posted on August 11th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The North West Open Tournament @ Wargames is an ITC format competition using the following rules pack: ITC 8th ed Combined Arms Missions. Each mission was rolled for randomly before the game and we were then all told which one to play.Game 2 low down:S…

Primaris Marines and Vedros Objectives

Posted on August 9th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

A root canal and a light work schedule for a couple days gave me some time at the painting desk. First, here’s my take GW’s new super-sized Primaris Marines. Stock color schemes, I have to say they paint up easily and make a table top quality painter like myself look good. Blue with darker shoulder … Continue reading “Primaris Marines and Vedros Objectives”

Black Library – Newsletter

Posted on August 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

New from the Black Library…

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Black Library – Newsletter

Posted on August 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

New from the Black Library…

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Space Marine Unit Spotlight: A Reivers Review

Posted on August 7th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Last Monday I looked at the Intercessors, and gave my opinion on how best they are used. This week we’ll be focusing on the sneaky, scary Reivers. These are my favourite part of the new codex, so much so that I’m tempted to throw all my pennies into ma…

Space Marine Unit Spotlight: A Reivers Review

Posted on August 7th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Last Monday I looked at the Intercessors, and gave my opinion on how best they are used. This week we’ll be focusing on the sneaky, scary Reivers. These are my favourite part of the new codex, so much so that I’m tempted to throw all my pennies into ma…

New Grey Knights Reveal Explained!

Posted on August 5th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been burned before trying to pint out some of the negatives with New Games Workshop, but I think the latest Grey Knights Codex reveal has a few question marks surrounding it.I was flicking through my Codex Space Marines today, trying to justify my…

New Grey Knights Reveal Explained!

Posted on August 5th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been burned before trying to pint out some of the negatives with New Games Workshop, but I think the latest Grey Knights Codex reveal has a few question marks surrounding it.I was flicking through my Codex Space Marines today, trying to justify my…

Dusk Knights game 2 – vs Ultramarines successors & a Cerastus Knight

Posted on August 4th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Greetings all!

Time for another quick battle report my friends – this time I was up against another space marine army. Supported by a Ceratus Knight Castigator! Argh!

Find out how I got on after the break.

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Chaos Space Marines Legions Summary and Analysis Part 1

Posted on August 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hot off the heels of last week’s Codex Space Marines, Codex Chaos Space Marines is already on it’s way (I heard pre-orders on 4th August in the shop last weekend, but that seems to not be accurate). This week Warhammer Community has been dropping Legio…

Chaos Space Marines Legions Summary and Analysis Part 1

Posted on August 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hot off the heels of last week’s Codex Space Marines, Codex Chaos Space Marines is already on it’s way (I heard pre-orders on 4th August in the shop last weekend, but that seems to not be accurate). This week Warhammer Community has been dropping Legio…

Battle Report: Fate of Konor – Week #1 (Chaos vs Wolves)

Posted on August 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Last night some of us decided to try the global campaign that Games Workshop is doing – Fate of Konor. You can get the details of it, the first week anyway, over at Warhammer Community. The decision was spur of the moment, so nobody had prepared for th…

Fate of Konor: Astramis Battle Report

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

No word on the winner at my local shop yetThis, is Astramis. Astramis is home to a key star port for the Konor system, named for Guilliman’s adoptive father on Macragge. A large hive world, this represents a large population centre in Ultramar. Th…

Hobby update 31/7/17 – Progress rocketing along!

Posted on July 31st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Greetings all – it’s that time again where I generously grant you a quick peek into my painting pile! This week, with the advent of the new space marine codex and having finally settled onto a 2000pt standard list following extended unit testing I’ve been going back to the dusk knights to get that list up to scratch. More after the break!

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Hobby update 31/7/17 – Progress rocketing along!

Posted on July 31st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Greetings all – it’s that time again where I generously grant you a quick peek into my painting pile! This week, with the advent of the new space marine codex and having finally settled onto a 2000pt standard list following extended unit testing I’ve been going back to the dusk knights to get that list up to scratch. More after the break!

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Space Marine Unit Spotlight: An Intercessor Review

Posted on July 31st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

With the Space Marine Codex now in my hands, I can do a proper analysis of the units within. Whilst I’d like to do the whole codex, I can only really go with the ones I have… and since I’m certain nearly everyone has them, I’m going to start with the…

Fate of Konor: Images from the First Battle on Astramis

Posted on July 31st, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Battle was met on Saturday in a gruelling 5 hour slugging match. The Avengers of Mu’gulath Bay held their own, but found themselves hopelessly outgunnned after the loss of a reckless ally! Images below, full report tomorrow:See if you can work out the …

Warhammer Digital – Newsletter

Posted on July 29th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

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Warhammer Digital – Newsletter

Posted on July 29th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

For those of you who like your codices in digital form…

Warhammer Digital
Collector's Edition
Enhanced Edition
eBook Edition
Path to Glory
iBooks
© Copyright Games Workshop Limited 2017. GW, Games Workshop, Black Library, The Horus Heresy, Space Marine, 40K, Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, Age of Sigmar, Stormcast Eternal and all associated logos, illustrations, images, names, creatures, races, vehicles, locations, weapons, characters, and the distinctive likenesses thereof, are either ® or TM, and/or © Games Workshop Limited, variably registered around the world. All Rights Reserved.
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