I've always liked the movie Pitch Black, the Chronicles of Riddick maybe not so much despite it being the closest live-action 40k-esque movie out there at the moment, disregarding Starship Troopers.
The big draw of these movies is the one and only Riddick, as portrayed by mousy, wallflower geek-actor Vin Diesel. With the impending release of yet-another sequel due late-2013, I thought it fitting to work up a new addition to my existing armies, be it Imperial Guard, Grey Knights, etc. Thank you 6th edition allies rules!
Seasons greetings to all readers, and happy holidays to all.
2012 was the year of 6th edition, and we're all enjoying it for now, warts and all. I for one will be starting a new army, to complement my existing Imperial Guard and Grey Knight model range. Building upon one's collection is so addictive!
That makes me feel proud. In fact, since the release of the Imperial Guard Codex yonks ago and the fact that people are still interested, searching, and looking for news, rumours, ideas and inspiration for plastic stormtroopers tells me there's a bonzer market for it. Come on GW, get your act together and RELEASE SOME MOAR PLASTIC CRACK. Please, please PLEASE!
In the meantime, I built my own. As will most players. (See: Crimson Stormtrooper above)
Greetings readers, welcome to an ultra-mini batrep featuring
the very first battle against the new Chaos Codex! Our resident Chaos CSM
player Doug rubbed his hands in glee when he arrived with a 1K list worth of
new Chaos toys, I offered to challenge him with my recently-victorious and
tweaked ‘Thawnwing’ list.
Loyal readers, I present to you the very 1st game
of 6th Edition 40K as played by the Wednesday Night Gaming crew
(myself & Laur) here on the 512th Cadian. Read on to see how well did Justicar Thawn fare against Belial's big boys.
Welcome back ladettes and fiends. You came to this blog to
find out more about how Grey Knight Grandmaster Mordrak, and his ghostly bodyguard, fare in this brand spanking new 6th edition of Warhammer
40K, didn’t you?
In the last game of the dying gasp of 5th edition, I took to the field of battle with Draigo and his ChuckNorris-wing Paladins in a mega apocalypse battle, where they tore through their enemies like a hot knife to butter. In this instance I used my Mordrak model as a counts-as Draigo, and I must admit I like the taste of it. I must have. I must have Draigo!
But what to do, when I detest the finecast model absolutely so? I'm not a fan of the pose, the 'look' and feel of the model, and the overly busy aesthetic of the model covered in chains, pennants, seals, writing, etc. I know Draigo has to look suitably impressive for the Eternal Grandmaster of the ass-kickin' Grey Knight chapter, but I prefer my models looking a little bit more graceful.
Round 2 of the mega-apocalypse goodbye-5th-edition game continues apace, taking up the entirety of Wednesday Night Gaming's nighttime slot to play, with the 3rd round to be played next week. Highlights include the following:
It's the last gasp 5th edition mega-apocalypse battle we here at Wednesday Night Gaming have only ever dreamed of! A full on 8700 points battle (complete with Buckfast Bottle Titan) on both sides, using *most* of our complete collection for a straightforward Annihilation battle, just like wot you sees in dem White Dwarf battle-reports innit?
In the latest Tier of the Wotan’s Night campaign, I have found myself at the bottom of the rankings. Do not fear, as I have also received a compensatory bonus of a useful Strategic Asset: Minefields!
In order to give our campaign battles a modicum of flavour and to balance the books a little given that different players are given different bonuses to mix things up (a sentiment that our current ‘Winning’ player, Laur, has vocally disagreed to time and time again. Next campaign will no doubt be managed by him!), these Strategic Assets from the Apocalypse rulebook has been injected into our weekly games of 40K, plenty of which we will now be using in the impending 4th tier.
Having received the Minefields asset, I found myself wondering how to represent this on the board?
The third Tier of our campaign has commenced, and the 3 of us have progressed on nicely playing the mission and deployment type: Seize Ground & Pitched Battle.
The games were now ramped up to 1250 points, with any Veterans from the previous battles surviving and bringing their battlecraft experience to the next part of the tier, “Assault on Ice Station Zebrox”
Don't you just love Dreadknights? They remind me of 80's anime-icon robot, Voltron, sans head.
Knock that baby-carrier all you want, but I'm a big fan of the excessive metal that is the Grey Knight Monstrous Creature. Exxxxxtreme is what I want with a Matt Ward'd GK army, and this model positively oozes with it. Shame about the pose limitations though.
I've recently been experimenting with the usage of a Vindicare Assassin in my recent games, and he's been such a fire magnet he barely survives past Turn 3. Still, as a Tank-Buster extraordinaire, for 145 points he's a real bargain in terms of psychological value as well as providing results in each turn he's able to shoot both 36" long range and 12" off-hip with his pistol, thanks to the Turbo-Penetrator ammo.
The model of the left was one I had bought yonks ago and have now sold off to a lucky buyer on Ecstasy Bay, replaced with the newerer model to the right, also purchased off said site. I've put some touch-ups on the model, such as adding a dash of green Ork blood through the skull, highlighting the bullets and grenades.
For some real fun, variety and the sheer tension of it all for your Grey Knight games, I approve of the Vindicare!
Following on from the theme of making one's owns wound counters from my last post, I've taken things further and used a bunch of spare 25mm counters to make my own rules counters/markers, to mark things out like crew shaken, crew stunned, etc, vehicle damage results, as every 40k player knows well that's hard to keep track of these things during the heat of the battle!
Years ago I had worked up some 'wound counters' for use in my Imperial Guard games against the forces of Wednesday Night Gaming, as a means of keeping track of how many wounds were left on characters during games. I used leftover Guard bits e.g. arms, lasguns, helmets, and my favourite, a hand still gripping a grenade, painted up onto 25mm counters, to provide a fun and fluffy way to do this. I never did take any photos of these, so you'll have to take my word for it!
Sadly, as my Grey Knight army is taking up all my attention these days I thought it appropriate to provide army-specific wound counters for my White Knights, so the above photograph is the result.
The second Tier of our campaign has commenced, and the 3 of us have progressed on nicely playing the mission and deployment type: Seize Ground & Dawn of War, at 800 point each, and took along our Veterans from the previous tier in the ongoing battle of Wotan’s Night.
Here at the Cadian 512th blog, we’ve begun 2012 fresh in anticipation of February. No Wednesday Night Gaming for this month of Jan as real life concerns have gotten in the way, but as soon as next month rolls along the Campaign games will resume anew.
In the meantime, I’ve been slowly beavering away ‘refurbishing’ my Grey Knights.