SAMCRO Black Legion year in review

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , on December 31, 2016 by vobeskhan

SAMCRO-legionAs 2016 draws to a close it’s time for the annual reflection on how my SAMCRO warband have grown and the progress they have made.

Games wise its been a slower year, only managing 20 actual games, with 7 victories, 1 draw and 12 losses. If I had to pick one that stands out it would be the opening battle of the Damnation Campaign against the Tau – they were totally unprepared for the speartip assault we unleashed against them.

Painting wise, the Survivor Series Painting Challenge was another success this year, I managed to complete all 12 of my pledges, resulting in fielding a fully painted tournament force for the majority of our annual tournament (didn’t make the results any better, finishing dead last), as well as finally completing some of my long-planned conversions and getting them painted up.

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Not a bad result for the year, bringing the tally of models for the legion as follows (I have included the cultists and their associated Guard vehicles which will eventually become an allied force of Renegade Guard, which aren’t included in last years figures in brackets):

  • Assembly Needed – 1 (5)
  • Unpainted – 174 (125)
  • Need Stripping – 3 (5)
  • Base sprayed – 145 (96)
  • Painted – 119 (74)
  • Total models – 442 (305)

The Black Legion itself has had a few improvements this year too, with a new soft cover supplement book containing new formations and tactical objectives, the Tratitors Hate book with more formations, vehicle squadron rules and alternative detachment and objectives, and then the biggest release, the Traitor Legions softback, which pretty much combined the other two into a handy single volume but now with added bonus rules including the Speartip Detachment (which I put to good use in my final game of the year against the Blood Angels).

With the Gathering Storm:Fall of Cadia coming in January 2017, you can be sure there will be a Chaos counterpart hot on its heels – hopefully 2017 will see Chaos back in its rightful place as the galaxy’s biggest threat instead of its laughing boys, though to do so we still need to get that long overdue updated codex – the new formations, detachments and Legion updates are a step in the right direction but the underlying issues of the outdated codex remain.

What are my plans for SAMCRO in 2017? Well, I want to continue getting the outstanding units painted up, I’m also planning on upgrading some of my old school (ie small metal) terminators using some of the Betrayal at Calth Cataphractii plastics. Wether that results in better gaming results remains to be seen, but if Abaddon’s boys could wait ten millenia I too can have patience.

SAMCRO Black Legion v Blood Angels christmas calamity

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , on December 29, 2016 by vobeskhan

60030102012_BlackLegionENG01Today my SAMCRO Black Legion faced off against my friend Patrick’s Blood Angels in what has become our annual Christmas showdown. We agreed to 2000 points, no Forge World and no Lords of War.

Patrick used some of the new units and formations from the Angels Blade book, appropriate as the game would also count towards a small campaign some of us at the All Scars are playing based upon the Black Crusade.

From memory he had:

  • Level 2 Librarian dreadnought
  • normal dreadnought with twin-linked lascannons and missile launcher
  • 10 man death company with jumppacks, led by
  • Lemartes
  • 6 man assault marine squad with jumppacks
  • 10 man tactical squad with multi-melta and meltagun in a rhino
  • 10 man tactical squad with heavy flamer and flamer in drop pod
  • level 2 librarian in terminator armour
  • 8 man terminator squad including an assault cannon
  • 5 man bike squad

While I was bringing:

++ CSM Black Legion Speartip (Chaos Space Marines: Codex (2012) v2010) (2000pts) ++
Rules: Crusader, Fear, Heralds of the Black Crusade, Speartip Strike, Tip of the Spear

+ Core (1039pts) +

········Black Legion Warband (1039pts)
········Rules: Black Legion, Favoured of the Warmaster, Thirst for Glory
············Chaos Space Marines [9x Chaos Marine with Boltgun, Flamer, Flamer, Mark of Nurgle, 9x Take CCW, Veterans of the Long War]
············Rules: Mark of Nurgle, Veterans of the Long War
················Aspiring Champion [Bolt Pistol, Boltgun, Melta Bombs, Power Sword]
················Rules: Champion of Chaos
············Helbrute [Multi-melta, Power scourge]
············Rules: Crazed
············Chaos Terminators [Mark of Nurgle, Veterans of the Long War]
············Rules: Deep Strike, Mark of Nurgle, Veterans of the Long War
················Chaos Terminator [Combi-Bolter, Lightning Claw]
················Chaos Terminator [Combi-Bolter, Lightning Claw]
················Terminator Champion [Combi-melta, Lightning Claw]
················Rules: Champion of Chaos
············Chaos Lord [Combi-melta, Lightning claw, Mark of Nurgle, Sigil of corruption, Terminator Armour, The Skull of Ker’ngar, Veterans of the Long War]
············Rules: Adamantium Will, Bulky, Champion of Chaos, Eternal Warrior, Fearless, Independent Character, Mark of Nurgle, Relentless, Veterans of the Long War
············Raptors [Mark of Nurgle, 2x Meltagun, 4x Raptor, Veterans of the Long War]
············Rules: Fear, Mark of Nurgle, Veterans of the Long War
················Raptor Champion [2x Lightning Claw, Melta Bombs]
················Rules: Champion of Chaos
············Chaos Space Marines [9x Chaos Marine with Boltgun, Flamer, Flamer, Mark of Nurgle, 9x Take CCW, Veterans of the Long War]
············Rules: Mark of Nurgle, Veterans of the Long War
················Aspiring Champion [Bolt Pistol, Boltgun, Melta Bombs, Power Sword]
················Rules: Champion of Chaos

+ Command (931pts) +

········The Bringers of Despair (525pts)
········Rules: Black Legion, The Despoiler’s Guard, Without Equal
············Abaddon the Despoiler [Warlord]
············Rules: Champion of Chaos, Daemon Weapon, Eternal Warrior, Fearless, Independent Character, Mark of Chaos Ascendant, Technomancer, Veterans of the Long War, Warlord Traits: Black Crusader
············Chaos Terminators [Mark of Nurgle, Veterans of the Long War]
············Rules: Deep Strike, Mark of Nurgle, Veterans of the Long War
················Chaos Terminator [Combi-melta, Lightning Claw]
················Chaos Terminator [Combi-melta, Lightning Claw]
················Chaos Terminator [Combi-melta, Lightning Claw]
················Terminator Champion [Combi-melta, Lightning Claw]
················Rules: Champion of Chaos
················Terminator with Heavy Weapon [Chainfist, Reaper Autocannon]

········The Chosen of Abaddon (406pts)
········Rules: Black Legion, Blessed by the Chaos Gods, Exalted Champions
············Sorcerer [2x Additional Mastery Level, Burning Brand of Skalanthrax, Force Stave, Mark of Nurgle, Sigil of corruption, Spell familiar, Terminator Armour, Veterans of the Long War]
············Rules: Bulky, Champion of Chaos, Independent Character, Mark of Nurgle, Psyker, Relentless, Soul Blaze, Torrent, Veterans of the Long War
············Chaos Terminators [Mark of Nurgle, Veterans of the Long War]
············Rules: Deep Strike, Mark of Nurgle, Veterans of the Long War
················Chaos Terminator [Combi-melta, Lightning Claw]
················Chaos Terminator [Combi-melta, Lightning Claw]
················Chaos Terminator [Combi-melta, Lightning Claw]
················Terminator Champion [Combi-melta, Lightning Claw]
················Rules: Champion of Chaos

+ Auxiliary (30pts) +

········Spawn (30pts)
···········Chaos Spawn [Spawn]
············Rules: Fear, Fearless, Mutated Beyond Reason, Rage, Random Attacks, Very Bulky

We decided to roll for mission, deployment etc once we were at the table.

  • Mission – Maelstrom 5 – Cloak and Shadow
  • Deployment – Hammer & Anvil
  • I got to choose zones and deploy first
  • Patrick failed to seize

I decided to go full Nurgle for my sorcerer’s powers – getting Force, Nurgle’s Rot, Weapon Virus, Blades of Putrification, and Gift of Contagion (so only one of the new powers), the sorcerer also got a free Boon roll from his formation and got 53 Hatred (wow, how helpful, not).

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Patrick took an early lead, being 3-1 up at the end of the first round, I got First Blood for Lemartes and he got Slay the Warlord for Abaddon.

Second round neither of us scored anything.

Third round I pulled back a couple of points, 3-3.

Fourth (and final round due to time), I score a card for D3 points and roll a 3! Patrick takes a gamble but fails to get the extra points needed. Final score 6-3 to the Black Legion.

As always it had been a great game against a courageous and friendly opponent, this brings our personal tally to 3-0 to me, but Patrick swears vengeance. I look forward to it eagerly (maybe I’ll even have a new codex by then).

 

D&D: Paladin Sacred Oaths Playtest Material

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2016 by vobeskhan

Unearthed Arcana over on the Wizards of the Coast website have given us a couple of new Sacred Oaths to test over the festive season, but these aren’t the typical good guys we’re used t…

Source: D&D: Paladin Sacred Oaths Playtest Material

D&D: Monastic Traditions Playtest Material

Posted in Uncategorized on December 17, 2016 by vobeskhan

Originally thought of in the Oriental sense Monk’s have long since become mainline character classes in D&D, indeed the european monk (or friar if you will) is more suited to the abilitie…

Source: D&D: Monastic Traditions Playtest Material

All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2016 – December

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , on December 14, 2016 by vobeskhan

survivor seriesWell we’ve reached the end of another year of the All Scars Survivor Series Painting Challenge and as usual its a Showcase month.

With that in mind I wanted to do something a little special for my SAMCRO Black Legion, especially since we also received the new Traitor Legions supplement this month too.

So I decided to paint the head honcho of the Black Legion himself, Abaddon the Despoiler. However, I still feel the existing metal miniature is too small compared to the newer plastic models (terminators in particular), so I decided it was time to do a conversion I’d been planning for a while.

Combining the plastic Chaos Lord in Terminator Armour kit with parts from the finecast version of Abaddon would give him the size to be comparable. Plus having used him (albeit the old metal one) in a highly succesful speartip assault against Tau (see the Damnation Planetfall) I wanted to include some tau trophies on his base. Thankfully a fellow All Scar (Hi Graham!) let me loot some pieces from his bits and pieces.

The original plan was to paint the Tau parts in the same colour scheme as my opponents of the game, but most of them were unpainted, and the scheme one of them had begun was mainly black. As I didn’t want it the same as the main model (too much black can be a bad thing I guess) I went with the standard sandy beige colour instead.

As with the rest of my Black Legion most of the details on the armour for Abaddon are picked out in silver rather than gold, it’s just my preference.

So here he is….

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D&D: Fighter archetypes for playtesting

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2016 by vobeskhan

Archery, mounted combat and oriental honour abound in the Unearthed Arcana playtest of four Fighter archetypes. Arcane Archer – elite elven guardians that combine their magical skills with th…

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Should D&D be PC? Part 2: The newbie female player

Posted in Uncategorized on December 13, 2016 by vobeskhan

Since my comparatively recent entrance to the world of tabletop gaming, I have become more aware of the conversation on sexism in gaming. On the whole I think having a conversation is certainly bet…

Source: Should D&D be PC? Part 2: The newbie female player