After the game, I think that there are a few things I’d change, but here’s a pic of the army I took.
The Bloodthirster is just a gun magnet and degrades too quickly even with the Armour of Scorn with a 6+ feel no pain. I’d take a Daemon Prince with wings and more Bloodletters or a different fast attack squad.
On that basis I’ve built some Furies and will try some of them, plus a few more to bulk out other units. Further post to follow.
They say the god of war does not care from whom the blood flows. This is probably a good thing for I am the recipient of a very fine wooden spoon for last place. The last game came down to the final rolls of the dice, but it was not to be. I lost 3 out of 3.
The board for game 1 forced a lot of movement around the buildings – this was the start lined up for Vanguard Strike to move as far up the board as possible.
And they’re off!
Sneaky Harlequin sniper on top of a building looks like a tasty snackeral for the Bloodthirster. However the Greater Daemon doesn’t last long enough to make it into combat…
Charging Bloodletters kill two jet bikes and damage a third. It’s not enough… The Harlequins win.
The Bloodthirster smells a Salamanders Leviathan and goes hunting
The Skull Cannon manages to put a scratch on the Leviathan before it is sent back to the Warp
Bloodthirster brackets the Lev but gets toasted by Heavy flamers on the charge thanks to overwatch,
Meanwhile the Bloodcrushers go after the Warlord.
When they fail to do the business the Skulltaker has a go
The final game ended up here – literally all that was left on the board. Very closely matched on victory points, but the Bloodletters just ran out of momentum to get the win…
As I plan heading off to a 1250pt Deployment Zone TV invitational tournament called King of the North to be held at Element Games in mid-January, I had a realisation.
I hadn’t added that army to my list of things to do because it was done, except it wasn’t. Over the last 20 years I’ve collected that faction, but never played them as a mono list. They’re always been fielded with Chaos Space Marines, so to make a battle forged battalion I needed a few more units, which has meant adding in the following:
8 more bloodletters – I built units of 10 each with standards and horns but running blobs larger than 10 you don’t need more, so I wanted to have extras to play WYSIWYG.
3 Bloodcrushers – plan is buy something built and base painted and lightly finish
1 Skull Cannon – plan is buy something built and base painted and lightly finish
They’ll be joining the Flesh Hounds (which all need rebasing – half way through that now) and the Bloodletters and Characters to make up the army.
So I’ve decided that I’ll do things a bit differently this year, part of which is cutting back on purchases and more time clearing the backlog. Yes… that’s been said by everyone and the plastic crack is a hard one to fight, but anyway that is the plan because there is quite a lot to do. Off the top of my head:
Night Lords 19th Company
Finish the Fellblade – base coated
Finish the 3rd Landraider – base coated
Finish the trio of Vindicators – base coated and some with detail
Finish the trio of Predators – built but base plastic
Finish the Greater Possessed – Primer and some base coat
Finish the 2nd Venom Crawler – Primer
Rebase the existing Havocs
Build more squads – making a number of custom ones from various acquired bits
Interweave the 30 mark 4 armoured troops into the ranks – Base coated
Paint the Stormhawk Interceptor
Paint all the unpainted Warhammer Conquest Marines
Paint the Crimson Spear Strike Battleforce boxed set contents
Build the rest of the Shadowspear boxed set
Bad Moons Orks
Paint the Armageddon Killa Cans and Deff Dread – half built and base coated
Paint the Big Mek with Shokk Attack Gun – primed
Paint the other Mek – primed
Build Ork Mek Boss Buzzgob
Paint the Nobz in Power Armour – primed
Build the Stormboyz
Finish the Scorcha Squad – almost done!
Finish the Burna-Bomba – built but base plastic
Finish the terminators – painting and basing onto 40mm
Finish the genestealers – half painted
Build the terrain from Gregster’s Lab
Build some ruins from the cast parts
Paint the Forgeworld Scenery
Finish the Warlord and Reaver Weapons
Build some buildings from cast Sector Imperialis parts
Deployment Zone TV has been a real motivator to get back into the hobby. Liam and Winters had organised an inaugural open day at Element Games in Stockport for 31st August 2019 , it’d be rude not to go. Having bought a ticket months ago, I picked 1,000 points of Nostramo’s finest and headed off.
The DZTV team were polite and modest hosts who created a light hearted and friendly day for all of us who made the trip from all over the UK and beyond.
The army, I’ll post up a more detailed breakdown shortly.
For the first game we took on some Primaris Imperial Fists. Facing up to 10 Hellblasters was a sobering moment.
Sure enough they tore some chunks out of the Land Raider pretty quickly. I should have brought a Warpsmith!
The units advanced…
..but were spotted
The jump pack equipped assault squad stormed forwards and the Rhino survived long enough as a shield wall to absorb the plasma rounds from the Hellblasters.
Lots of rapid fire shots from the Imperial ranks reduced the troops pretty quickly but the heretical cultists held on to some of the objective markers and started clocking up victory points as the Terminators became a popular, but resilient bullet magnet.
The Landraider succumbed in the final rounds but the Warlord and his fellow Terminator clad Night Lords had amassed enough VPs for victory! The other game was a loss, but it was a great day and like everyone else we’re looking forwards to the next event.
Back in the day had a lot of time for the original game of Space Hulk. Once we’d played all the default missions in the book we started making up our own and including various Traitor Marine versus loyalist games.
The models and board sections in the latest edition are much more detailed that the original and I’m now getting our kids into this classic game. Should have bought a version where someone else had painted all the figures already!