Space Hulk: Mission XI

We’ve not played Space Hulk since everything was painted so thought it would be a good idea to have a game. The kids chose Mission XI – a few Marines in Terminator Armour versus many Genestealers including the Broodlord.

It should be simple right, we just need to get one marine into that room… Er sir, we have multiple blips incoming…

After this encounter it all went down hill, especially when the Librarian ran out of mind bullets.

Fundamentally in our experience to date it’s very hard to win as a Space Marine player!

Space Hulk: Painted

Finally painted all of the figures out of the Space Hulk set. It seems fortuitous that Games Workshop decided to make them al Blood Angels as they’re a great fit of the army being built. The detail in the sculpts and the models in the set are really nice.

Enjoyed doing a little bit of fine fresh work on these and adding on a few of the Blood Angel Forgeworld decals to give these characters some extra details.

I probably should have painted the Librarian in blue. Mistakes were made. Any way there are some blue details and the figure is so distinctive he’s not going to be mistaken for a standard marine,

I ended up with two of this figure due to having purchased one off eBay to see what the quality of the miniatures was like before hunting down a full boxed set. I modded the second one with a different power fist.

Genestealers. Painting made so much quicker with a bit of the purple contrast paint over Wraithbone. Properly understand the value of the contrast paints now. Saved so much time!

To treat the figures and keep it all neat and tidy I invested in some of the Feldherr Foam – there is a kit specifically for Space Hulk.

Little bit of DIY construction to make the storage compartments

I am not sure this is quite right but it is pretty close.

Great figure storage sorted! The Terminators form part of Nick’s Angels of Metatron Blood Angels force so will sit in the display cabinet with the rest of the Army.

They call me Brother Lucky

Played a bit of Space Hulk with the kids. Still one of my favourite Games Workshop boxed games ever. Highlight of the game had to be this bit where the Genestealer rolled three ones in attack before being turned into acidic mist by storm bolter fire. Let’s get all the figures painted up this year I think!

Blood Angels vs Night Lords

Had a little home battle with Nick using the DZTV dice that I picked up at the open day. They’re a good colour for battles in grim dark terrain – they really stay out. There is something to be said for playing 40k on a decent battle mat with a few bits of terrain in comparison to the games I was playing when I was a kid that generally involved a carpeted floor and in true Games Workshop style from that era books hidden under a sheet for hills. Yes line of sight blocking terrain was a thing even then.

Not much happened in turn one other than some long range shooting fro m the big guns.

There was some early occupation of the objectives by the Blood Angel Reivers.

No one made it onto the platform early on to bag the objective up there despite the bonus points it offered.

A bit of Dreadnought on Dreadnought action at distance…

Day two (because of under 10 kids attention span being a thing) saw the game continue and things get a bit more up close and personal for the troops. Turns out the Land Raider did fit under the landing platform which meant the Flamestorm cannons were a challenge for the boys in blue.

The Reivers turned out to be more than a match for the Assault squad that dropped in on them from the sky. Lessons were learned.

The 19th company having wiped out some more loyalists decided to go for the big points…

And the remaining Blood Angels who were camped out on the objective were going to have to fight for it…

First time I’ve used MDF terrain in a battle. The landing pad is from the Dark Assembly range from Warcradle and was in stock at the local hobby shop. It’s all magnetised that gives some options for assembly and makes storage much easier. My criticism of all MDF terrain is that it lacks surface detail, so I have bought some flexible resin cables from Zinge Industries and the plan is to do some mods and upgrades at some point.

Space Hulk

Space Hulk

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.

Space Hulk

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!