Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Well as I'm sat at home feeling sorry for myself with cold/man flu/allergies (goodness knows what) I thought I'd take advantage of the spare time to finally post up the battle report from my last game against Dave.

I really enjoy my games against Dave but he does have a the tendency to... well... win, I was hoping that my new fangled unit of Hive Guard could help to turn this around and give me a long awaited victory against Dave's Marines.

Mission: Kill Points
Deployment: Pitched Battle

Pictures and Text Summary below:

Quick army shot of my 'Nids before the game

Marine Deployment

Tyranid Deployment

Full table pic after deployment

Turn One - Marines 2 // Tyranids 0
General tyranid advance to inside 24”. Hive guard disarm and immobilise the librarian’s razorback, biovore kills one missile launcher.
Central vindicator advances, no other movement. Nullzone allows heavy infantry to kill both zoanthropes, before the vindicator and everything else removes one brood of termagaunts (and wound the tyrant).

Turn Two - Marines 4 // Tyranids 1
Main body continues to advance, slightly slowed by woods on their left. Deathleaper appears on the floor below the right-hand heavy tacticals. Hive guard destroy the central vindicator.
Remaining vindicator advances and smokes. Israel’s razor advances 12”, disembarks sternguard and Israel (Kantor) next to stealers in wood. Other sternguard disembark also. Israel’s sternguard cripple the stealers, who are finished off by other units. The devastators frag the hormagaunts, who are then also finished off by supporting fire.

Turn Three - Marines 7 // Tyranids 2
Tyranids still advancing, tyrant now level with Israel’s guard. Hive guard wreck the second razorback. Deathleaper assaults the tacticals, but no casualties.
Vindicator closes on tyranid warriors and kills three of six, before the heavy infantry finish them off. Light infantry shoot the biovore. The tacticals (within 12” of Israel) kill Deathleaper.

Turn Four - Marines 8 // Tyranids 3
Spawned gaunts engage Israel and guard. Hive guard wreck the last vindicator. The tyrant engages one light tactical (the tyrant guard) and the librarian’s sternguard (the tyrant). The tyrant guard causes no damage, but the tyrant causes wounds. The tacticals fall back, and the tyrant guard engages the librarian’s sternguard
The tacticals rally. The tervigon is shot and wounded. A spawned brood of gaunts are wiped out. The fight between Israel, the sternguard and the gaunts continues, as does that between librarian, sternguard and tyrant. 

Turn Five - Marines 11 // Tyranids 7
The tervigon continues to advance. The hive guard destroy the crippled razorback. The last of Israel’s guard die. The librarian and the last of his sternguard are killed by the tyrant.
The tervigon is killed – this destroys one brood of gaunts, and cripples another brood, which Israel finishes off.

Turn Six - Marines 12 // Tyranids 8
The tyrant kills the heavy tacticals on the lower level of the building.
In return , he is killed by lascannon and launcher fire.
Turn Seven - Marines 12 // Tyranids 9
With only hive guard remaining, they target Israel and kill him.

Overall I think I made a fair few mistakes and there were a few learning points:

Deathleaper: Fluffed it, came in turn 2, opted to keep out of line of sight for next turn charge, charged Combat squad of las/plas marines, did one wound - saved. Next round did one wound - saved, and he was dragged down due to a measly 5+ save. I can't see myself using this guy again, even against an isolated unit like this he doesn't have weight of attacks to get through marines.

Hive Guard: Simply Beautiful, performance below:

Turn One - Immobilised and Weapon Destroyed on a Razorback
Turn Two - Explode a Vindicator
Turn Three - Wreck the other Razorback
Turn Four - Wreck the other Vindicator
Turn Five - Explode the Razorback they had fired at Turn One
Turn Six - Instant Death Pedro Kantor

Genestealers: 5 Sternguard with combi flamer and ignore cover ammo = no more stealers

Tyranid Warrior: Vindicator = Evil - One shot took out 3 Warriors (3/4 failed cover saves), followed by Krak Missiles and Las Cannons taking out the other 3 (No cover as gaunt screen had been blown away earlier in the phase)

Couple of questions that came out of it as well as both of us play very little and are still muddling our way through the rules.

Cover - If running alongside cover in base to base contact do you need to roll for move through cover or can you move the full 6"?

Smoke - If a vehicle uses smoke does he get a cover save from Hive Guard?

Independant Characters in Assaults: Can a Librarian direct his attacks at my Hive Tyrant if the Tyrant Guard is still alive or does he have to attack the "unit" as the Tyrant Guard count as a retinue?

Kill Points: Do you get Kill Points for the Tyrant Guard?

Monstrous Creatures: Can they climb buildings? We played it that the tyrant was able to move into the upper floors of the ruins but I'm not sure if this is allowed?

Thanks for reading!


Monday, 5 September 2011

Spray Stick!

Needed to get some of my Space Wolves undercoated ready for painting next weekend (Charlene is going away Thursday until Saturday so I'll have Thursday night and all day Friday to get as much hobby stuff doen as possible) and had to disassemble an old bookshelf yesterday in order to make space in our spare room. Whilst doing so I had an idea to use one of the slats from the book shelf as a "spray stick" as it'd make it much easier to get to all of the bits compared to putting the mini's on a tray.

Below are some pics of the results, I also wanted to praise the spray I was using as well though, the army painter spray cans are great! My first time around I didn't shake the can as much as I should have and had some poor results, however if you read the instructions it says shake the can for a good minute and a half, and the results are much better if you do that!

This is my first time using their "Wolf Grey" primer and it came out great, just the colour I was looking for and it didn't obscure any of the detail.

Also included are some pictures of odds and ends on my painting table.

The spray stick + figs ready for priming, I had initially intended to put screws in and glue teh figs to the screws but Charlene pointed out the obvious and asked why I didn't just try blu tac, problem solved. It's strong enough to hold the stick upside down without any fear so job's a good 'un. 


And the proud owner of the spray stick in all his glory, my wife was so proud... (Yes I'm lying, there were many comments on my geekiness)

Action Shot!

After spray shot showing, well... a stick and blu tac!

Painting station including my WIP Logan Grimnar

Close up of Logan, only really the armour (bar battle damage) and face done currently, still a long way to go.

The sprayed figures and other work in progress bits. Hoping to finish the Carnifex, Lictor and Hive Guard over next weekend and get started on the Space Wolves. The Rhino still needs the Razorback Turret to be magnetised so that it's fully interchangable before spraying (Assume the best way here is to spray all bits separate to prevent the Spray potentially bonding the pieces?)

More "to do" bits, need to convert those marines at the bottom into Long Fangs using IG Missile Launchers and a step by step from Rupert40k over on 3++, assorted other parts of the army above them.

I ordered a couple of foam cases from Mantic to experiment with, wanted to see if I could use these to transport/post the finished 10 man Grey Hunter units safely. I think the large one (pictured) would be sufficient and they do feel pretty secure once the case is closed, however the smaller one wouldn't close with even 2 of the mini's in. I'm not really sure how much use the smaller ones would be for any figures to be honest.

Well that's the update for now, I'll be posting a battle report up next with my latest game against Dave where my 'Nids got a pasting against his Marines. Just need to sift through the pictures and add them to the text that Dave sent over to me amd I can put it up.