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SAMCRO Black Legion – Paint it Black

Posted in 40k, modelling/painting with tags , , , , , , on May 6, 2018 by vobeskhan

A friend and fellow worshipper of the Dark Ones posted in a group chat a photo of his assembled force this morning and I realised that I hadn’t taken my annual photo of my painted so far Black Legion. Now I haven’t painted anything since end of last year so the photo is still accurate but as I had the house to myself I decided to get all of them out on my kitchen floor for a photo.

I also decided to work up an updated WYSIWIG list of what was there (using Battlescribe as usual):

++ Unbound Army (Faction) (Chaos – Chaos Space Marines) [297 PL, 5222pts] ++

+ No Force Org Slot +

Legion: Black Legion

+ HQ +

Abaddon the Despoiler [12 PL, 240pts]

Chaos Lord on Bike [7 PL, 127pts]: Bolt pistol, Combi-bolter, Mark of Nurgle, Power fist

Daemon Prince with Wings [9 PL, 183pts]: Hellforged sword, Tzeentch, Warp bolter

Dark Apostle [5 PL, 76pts]: Bolt pistol, Mark of Tzeentch, Power maul

Fabius Bile [6 PL, 109pts]

Sorcerer [6 PL, 105pts]: Force stave, Infernal Gaze, Mark of Tzeentch, Plasma pistol, Warptime

Sorcerer in Terminator Armour [8 PL, 147pts]: Combi-melta, Force stave, Infernal Gaze, Mark of Tzeentch, Weaver of Fates

Sorcerer on Bike [8 PL, 140pts]: Bolt pistol, Combi-bolter, Death Hex, Force stave, Infernal Gaze, Mark of Tzeentch

Sorcerer with Jump Pack [7 PL, 139pts]: Combi-melta, Force stave, Mark of Tzeentch, Warptime, Weaver of Fates

Warpsmith [5 PL, 76pts]: Bolt pistol, Flamer, Mark of Nurgle, Meltagun, Power axe

+ Troops +

Chaos Cultists [3 PL, 40pts]: 9x Chaos Cultist w/ autopistol and brutal assault weapon, Mark of Tzeentch
. Cultist Champion: Brutal assault weapon and Autopistol

Chaos Cultists [3 PL, 44pts]: Mark of Tzeentch
. 8x Chaos Cultist w/ Autogun
. Chaos Cultist w/ special weapon: Heavy stubber
. Cultist Champion: Shotgun

Chaos Space Marines [12 PL, 212pts]: Mark of Tzeentch
. Aspiring Champion: Boltgun, Power sword
. 11x Marine w/ Boltgun
. Marine w/ special weapon: Plasma gun
. Marine w/ special weapon: Plasma gun

Chaos Space Marines [12 PL, 181pts]: Mark of Tzeentch
. Aspiring Champion: Bolt pistol, Chainsword
. 8x Marine w/ Boltgun
. Marine w/ heavy weapon: Lascannon
. Marine w/ special weapon: Plasma gun

Chaos Space Marines [9 PL, 143pts]: Mark of Khorne
. Aspiring Champion: Bolt pistol, Power sword
. 8x Marine w/ Chainsword
. Marine w/ special weapon: Flamer

+ Elites +

Chaos Terminators [28 PL, 350pts]: Mark of Tzeentch
. Chaos Terminator Champion: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator w/ Heavy Weapon: Chainfist, Reaper autocannon

Chosen [7 PL, 159pts]: Mark of Tzeentch
. Chosen Champion: Plasma pistol, Power sword
. Chosen w/ Combi or Special weapon: Meltagun
. Chosen w/ Combi or Special weapon: Meltagun
. Chosen w/ Combi or Special weapon: Meltagun
. Chosen w/ Combi or Special weapon: Meltagun

Chosen [11 PL, 191pts]: Icon of Wrath, Mark of Khorne
. Chosen: Power maul
. Chosen: Power maul
. Chosen: Power maul
. Chosen: Power axe
. Chosen: Chainsword
. Chosen: Chainsword
. Chosen: Chainsword
. Chosen: Chainsword
. Chosen: Chainsword
. Chosen Champion: Bolt pistol, Power sword

Helbrute [7 PL, 145pts]: Helbrute plasma cannon, Mark of Tzeentch, Power scourge

Possessed [6 PL, 110pts]: Mark of Tzeentch, 5x Possessed

+ Fast Attack +

Chaos Bikers [9 PL, 159pts]: Mark of Nurgle
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Meltagun
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Combi-bolter
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Meltagun
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Combi-bolter
. Chaos Biker Champion: Combi-bolter, Power sword

Chaos Bikers [9 PL, 164pts]: Icon of Flame, Mark of Tzeentch
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Meltagun
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Combi-bolter
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Meltagun
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Combi-bolter
. Chaos Biker Champion: Combi-bolter, Power sword

+ Heavy Support +

Chaos Land Raider [19 PL, 356pts]: Mark of Tzeentch, Twin heavy bolter, 2x Twin lascannon

Chaos Predator [9 PL, 180pts]: Mark of Tzeentch, Predator autocannon
. Two lascannons: 2x Lascannon

Chaos Vindicator [8 PL, 125pts]: Mark of Nurgle

Defiler [11 PL, 167pts]: Defiler scourge, Mark of Tzeentch, Reaper autocannon

Forgefiend [9 PL, 177pts]: 2x Hades autocannons, Daemon jaws, Mark of Tzeentch

Havocs [7 PL, 177pts]: No Chaos Mark
. Aspiring Champion: Boltgun, Power fist
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Missile launcher
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Missile launcher
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Missile launcher
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Missile launcher

Havocs [10 PL, 134pts]: No Chaos Mark
. Aspiring Champion: Plasma pistol, Power sword
. 2x Havoc w/ boltgun
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Heavy bolter
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Heavy bolter
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Missile launcher

Havocs [7 PL, 137pts]: No Chaos Mark
. Aspiring Champion: Chainsword, Plasma pistol
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Lascannon
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Heavy bolter
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Autocannon
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Autocannon

+ Flyer +

Heldrake [10 PL, 185pts]: Baleflamer, Heldrake claws, Mark of Tzeentch

+ Dedicated Transport +

Chaos Rhino [4 PL, 72pts]: Combi-bolter, No Chaos Mark

Chaos Rhino [4 PL, 72pts]: Combi-bolter, No Chaos Mark

+ Fortification +

Chaos Bastion [10 PL, 200pts]: 4x Heavy bolter

++ Unbound Army (Faction) (Chaos – FW Heretic Astartes) [50 PL, 1001pts] ++

+ Elites +

Hellforged Contemptor Dreadnought [10 PL, 172pts]
. Left Arm: Combi-bolter, Hellforged deathclaw
. Right Arm: Multi-melta

+ Heavy Support +

Hellforged Land Raider Proteus [19 PL, 381pts]: Accursed Phylactery, Combi-melta, Twin heavy bolter, 2x Twin lascannon

+ Lord of War +

Hellforged Spartan Assault Tank [21 PL, 448pts]: Havoc launcher, Twin heavy bolter
. 2x laser destroyers: 2x Laser destroyer

++ Total: [347 PL, 6223pts] ++

Even though I no longer take part in the All Scars Survivor Series (for reasons I won’t go into here) I still intend to get back to painting my units soon.

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SAMCRO’s trials within the Hecate gate

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , on February 4, 2018 by vobeskhan

So over the past five month’s I have been taking part in the latest of the All Scars annual narrative campaigns – The Hecate Gate.

Basically our forces have been sucked into a demi-plane by Tzeentch and Khorne and are being forced to battle to prove ourselves worthy of facing the final guardian (Magnus) and escape via the Gate.

We formed teams amongst ourselves and I was in team WAAC (Win At All Costs, because its entirely the opposite of how we play). My goal for this campaign was to face as many people that I hadn’t played before as possible or failing that opponents I have a good laugh with.

Game 1 was against David’s Blood Angels, now in 7th edition I had a good track record against the Sanguin Sons however this did not prove so against the brutality of David’s assault.

Game 2 was another imperial force, Crimson Fists run by Adam. This was one of the most fun, relaxed and enjoyable games of 40k I’ve played in ages, and the sneaking a win by 2 points  made it even better.

Game 3 was another first, facing the Ultrasmurfs of Matthew, bouyed by my success against Adam I was brought rapidly down to earth as Matthew’s helblaster entrenched forces ripped me a new orifice. Great fun though.

Game 4 was Blood Angels once again, this time my annual throwdown with Patrick. He brought a Blood Angel and Lamenters force while I fielded my Black Legion with a Thousand Son allied battallion. It was exceedingly close and Patrick thought he’d just managed to secure a draw when I destroyed his leviathon in close combat and reminded him of the Objective card I’d held since the first round to score a point for destroying a unit in assault – sneaky 1 point win to me.

Game 5 was yesterday and was against another of my favourite people to play Dave C, usually I face his Ultrasmurf’s but this time I faced his Thousand Sons. Chaos on Chaos! It was a brutal, fun-filled game with both of us having equal amounts of amazing and dire dice rolls in good measure. Dave came back hard in closing round but the mission conditions granted me just enough points for a 7-5 win.

Another of the fun parts of this campaign was the fact that its the first one I’ve not been involved in running myself, so all I had to do was play my games and enjoy. Huge thanks to all my opponents and Andrew for organising a great campaign – thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Photos from yesterdays match

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My army list for yesterday.

++ Super-Heavy Auxiliary Detachment (Chaos – Questor Traitoris) [23 PL, 488pts] ++

+ Lord of War +

Renegade Knight [23 PL, 488pts]: Meltagun, Reaper chainsword, Stormspear Rocket Pod, Thermal cannon

++ Battalion Detachment +3CP (Chaos – Chaos Space Marines) [128 PL, 2399pts] ++

+ Flyer +

Heldrake [10 PL, 185pts]: Baleflamer, Heldrake claws, Mark of Tzeentch

+ No Force Org Slot +

Gametype: Matched

Legion: Black Legion

+ Heavy Support +

Chaos Land Raider [19 PL, 367pts]: Havoc launcher, Mark of Tzeentch, Twin heavy bolter, 2x Twin lascannon

+ HQ +

Abaddon the Despoiler [12 PL, 240pts]: Warlord

Sorcerer in Terminator Armour [8 PL, 139pts]: Combi-flamer, Force stave, Infernal Gaze, Mark of Tzeentch, Weaver of Fates

Chaos Hellwright [8 PL, 142pts]: Flamer, Infernal axe, Mark of Tzeentch, Soulburner pistol, The Eye of Night, Voidcutter

+ Elites +

Helbrute [7 PL, 145pts]: Helbrute plasma cannon, Mark of Tzeentch, Power scourge

Chaos Terminators [14 PL, 297pts]: Icon of Flame, Mark of Tzeentch
. Chaos Terminator Champion: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator w/ Heavy Weapon: Chainfist, Reaper autocannon

Rubric Marines [14 PL, 273pts]: Icon of Flame
. Aspiring Sorcerer: Force axe, Warpflame Pistol
. 4x Rubric Marine w/ Inferno Boltgun: 4x Inferno boltgun
. Rubric Marine w/ Soulreaper cannon: Soulreaper cannon
. 4x Rubric Marine w/ Warpflamer: 4x Warpflamer

+ Fast Attack +

Chaos Bikers [9 PL, 169pts]: Icon of Wrath, Mark of Khorne
. Chaos Biker: Chainsword, Meltagun
. Chaos Biker: Chainsword, Meltagun
. Chaos Biker: Chainsword, Combi-bolter
. Chaos Biker: Chainsword, Combi-bolter
. Chaos Biker Champion: Combi-bolter, Power sword

+ Troops +

Chaos Space Marines [9 PL, 167pts]: Icon of Flame, Mark of Tzeentch
. 7x Marine w/ Boltgun
. Marine w/ heavy weapon: Autocannon
. Marine w/ special weapon: Plasma gun
. Aspiring Champion: Bolt pistol, Power sword

Chaos Cultists [9 PL, 108pts]: Mark of Tzeentch
. 12x Chaos Cultist w/ Autogun
. 12x Chaos Cultist w/ autopistol and brutal assault weapon
. Chaos Cultist w/ special weapon: Heavy stubber
. Cultist Champion: Shotgun

Chaos Space Marines [9 PL, 167pts]: Icon of Flame, Mark of Tzeentch
. Aspiring Champion: Bolt pistol, Power sword
. 7x Marine w/ Boltgun
. Marine w/ heavy weapon: Autocannon
. Marine w/ special weapon: Plasma gun

++ Fortification Network (Chaos – Chaos Space Marines) [6 PL, 110pts] ++

+ No Force Org Slot +

Legion: Black Legion

+ Fortification +

Skyshield Landing Pad [6 PL, 110pts]

++ Total: [157 PL, 2997pts] ++

SAMCRO Black Legion – stand and be counted

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , on November 22, 2017 by vobeskhan

SAMCRO-legion

So now the impact of 8th and our new codex has died down I decided to go through my collection and work out how many points I had painted up so far. So care of Battlescribe, here it is:

++ Unbound Army (Faction) (Chaos – FW Heretic Astartes) [50 PL, 1017pts] ++

+ Elites +

Hellforged Contemptor Dreadnought [10 PL, 196pts]: Havoc launcher
. Left Arm: Combi-bolter, Hellforged deathclaw
. Right Arm: Multi-melta

+ Heavy Support +

Hellforged Land Raider Proteus [19 PL, 373pts]: Accursed Phylactery, Havoc launcher, Twin heavy bolter, 2x Twin lascannon

+ Lord of War +

Hellforged Spartan Assault Tank [21 PL, 448pts]: Havoc launcher, Twin heavy bolter
. 2x laser destroyers: 2x Laser destroyer

++ Unbound Army (Faction) (Chaos – Chaos Space Marines) [304 PL, 5466pts] ++

+ No Force Org Slot +

Legion: Black Legion

+ HQ +

Abaddon the Despoiler [12 PL, 240pts]

Chaos Lord on Bike [7 PL, 127pts]: Bolt pistol, Combi-bolter, Mark of Nurgle, Power fist

Chaos Lord on Bike [7 PL, 127pts]: Bolt pistol, Combi-bolter, Mark of Khorne, Power fist

Daemon Prince with Wings [9 PL, 189pts]: Hellforged sword, Warp bolter
. Tzeentch: Infernal Gaze

Dark Apostle [5 PL, 76pts]: Bolt pistol, Mark of Tzeentch, Power maul

Fabius Bile [6 PL, 109pts]

Sorcerer [6 PL, 111pts]: Death Hex, Force stave, Gift of Chaos, Mark of Tzeentch, Plasma pistol

Sorcerer in Terminator Armour [8 PL, 173pts]: Combi-melta, Force stave, Mark of Tzeentch, Warptime, Weaver of Fates

Sorcerer on Bike [8 PL, 146pts]: Bolt pistol, Combi-bolter, Force stave, Infernal Gaze, Mark of Tzeentch, Weaver of Fates

Sorcerer with Jump Pack [7 PL, 147pts]: Combi-melta, Force stave, Mark of Tzeentch, Warptime, Weaver of Fates

Warpsmith [5 PL, 76pts]: Bolt pistol, Flamer, Mark of Nurgle, Meltagun, Power axe

+ Troops +

Chaos Cultists [3 PL, 44pts]: Mark of Tzeentch
. 8x Chaos Cultist w/ Autogun
. Chaos Cultist w/ special weapon: Heavy stubber
. Cultist Champion: Shotgun

Chaos Cultists [3 PL, 40pts]: 9x Chaos Cultist w/ autopistol and brutal assault weapon, Mark of Tzeentch
. Cultist Champion: Brutal assault weapon and Autopistol

Chaos Space Marines [12 PL, 212pts]: Mark of Nurgle
. Aspiring Champion: Boltgun, Power sword
. 11x Marine w/ Boltgun
. Marine w/ special weapon: Plasma gun
. Marine w/ special weapon: Plasma gun

Chaos Space Marines [12 PL, 194pts]: No Chaos Mark
. Aspiring Champion: Boltgun, Chainsword
. 9x Marine w/ Boltgun
. Marine w/ heavy weapon: Lascannon
. Marine w/ special weapon: Plasma gun

Chaos Space Marines [9 PL, 143pts]: No Chaos Mark
. Aspiring Champion: Boltgun, Power sword
. 8x Marine w/ Boltgun
. Marine w/ special weapon: Flamer

+ Elites +

Chaos Terminators [28 PL, 358pts]: No Chaos Mark
. Chaos Terminator Champion: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator: Combi-melta, Lightning Claw
. Terminator w/ Heavy Weapon: Chainfist, Reaper autocannon

Chosen [11 PL, 192pts]: Icon of Vengeance, No Chaos Mark
. Chosen Champion: Bolt pistol, Power sword
. 5x Chosen w/ chainsword
. Chosen w/ weapon option: Bolt pistol, Power maul
. Chosen w/ weapon option: Bolt pistol, Power maul
. Chosen w/ weapon option: Bolt pistol, Power axe
. Chosen w/ weapon option: Bolt pistol, Power axe

Chosen [7 PL, 159pts]: Mark of Tzeentch
. Chosen Champion: Plasma pistol, Power sword
. Chosen w/ weapon option: Bolt pistol, Meltagun
. Chosen w/ weapon option: Bolt pistol, Meltagun
. Chosen w/ weapon option: Bolt pistol, Meltagun
. Chosen w/ weapon option: Bolt pistol, Meltagun

Helbrute [7 PL, 145pts]: Helbrute plasma cannon, Mark of Tzeentch, Power scourge

Possessed [6 PL, 110pts]: Mark of Tzeentch, 5x Possessed

+ Fast Attack +

Chaos Bikers [9 PL, 179pts]: Icon of Flame, Mark of Tzeentch
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Meltagun
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Meltagun
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Combi-bolter
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Combi-bolter
. Chaos Biker Champion: Combi-bolter, Power sword

Chaos Bikers [9 PL, 169pts]: Mark of Nurgle
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Meltagun
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Meltagun
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Combi-bolter
. Chaos Biker: Bolt pistol, Combi-bolter
. Chaos Biker Champion: Combi-bolter, Power sword

Chaos Spawn [10 PL, 165pts]: 5x Chaos Spawn, Mark of Nurgle

+ Heavy Support +

Chaos Land Raider [19 PL, 356pts]: Mark of Tzeentch, Twin heavy bolter, 2x Twin lascannon

Chaos Predator [9 PL, 190pts]: No Chaos Mark, Twin lascannon
. Two lascannons: 2x Lascannon

Chaos Vindicator [8 PL, 135pts]: No Chaos Mark

Defiler [11 PL, 179pts]: Defiler scourge, No Chaos Mark, Reaper autocannon

Forgefiend [9 PL, 195pts]: 2x Hades autocannons, Ectoplasma cannon, Mark of Tzeentch

Havocs [7 PL, 152pts]: Mark of Nurgle
. Aspiring Champion: Boltgun, Power fist
. Havoc w/ boltgun
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Missile launcher
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Missile launcher
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Missile launcher

Havocs [10 PL, 144pts]: No Chaos Mark
. Aspiring Champion: Plasma pistol, Power sword
. Havoc w/ boltgun
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Lascannon
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Heavy bolter
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Heavy bolter
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Heavy bolter

Havocs [7 PL, 155pts]: No Chaos Mark
. Aspiring Champion: Bolt pistol, Chainsword
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Autocannon
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Autocannon
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Missile launcher
. Havoc w/ heavy weapon: Missile launcher

+ Flyer +

Heldrake [10 PL, 185pts]: Baleflamer, Heldrake claws, Mark of Tzeentch

+ Dedicated Transport +

Chaos Rhino [4 PL, 72pts]: Combi-bolter, No Chaos Mark

Chaos Rhino [4 PL, 72pts]: Combi-bolter, No Chaos Mark

++ Unbound Army (Faction) (Chaos – Questor Traitoris) [10 PL, 217pts] ++

+ Fortification +

Imperial Bastion [10 PL, 217pts]: 4x Heavy bolter, Icarus Lascannon

++ Total: [364 PL, 6700pts] ++

 

This is still only about a quarter of my total collection model count, though I’m slowly but surely getting through it all.

Besides another huge lump of cultists, there’s another helbrute, two old style dreadnoughts, another land raider and two predators, another pair of rhinos, fire raptor and storm eagle, ten bikers and another sorcerer on bike, quite a few of the Dark Vengeance chosen, another defiler, a second heldrake, a maulerfiend, loads more marines, Ahriman, Thousand Son marines, at least two more units of terminators. Oh and of course my chaos knight and conversion which will eventually be a helforged fellblade.

 

All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – October

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2017 by vobeskhan

So this month I wasn’t really feeling the urge to paint (possibly due to some proposed changes to the series which have sadly been made official since) so just pledged a CSM unit, possibly a Havoc squad.

Settled on a Havoc squad built from my modified Calth heavy weapons men and their accompanying champion.

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Not sure if there will be further pledges as the whole format of the series is being altered (with only 2 months of the current year to go for no reason other than the new supervisor within the All Scars wanted to).

New format is pledge any single model rather than a fieldable unit, so single marine/grot/familiar etc.

Showcases will be every other month.

Voluntary “donation” of £5 towards the extra showcase prizes which will also gain you entry to a raffle.

oh well, guess the idea is no longer to encourage us to field painted forces but just have odd miniatures here and there.

 

All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – September

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2017 by vobeskhan

This month I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time (or inclination) to paint so wanted to do something small – having looked in a few of my old boxes I cme across an old rhino back from my Space Wolves days and since that force is never going to see the light of day again I decided to repurpose it for my SAMCRO Black Legion.

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It’s not going to win any awards but it matched the rest of my army and thats good enough for me.

Now I just need to decide what to do for Octobers pledge……

All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – August

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , on August 11, 2017 by vobeskhan

So the Survivor Series reaches yet another Showcase month and following the release of 8th edition and its accompanying FW Chaos Index I decided to paint my Helforged Contemptor (modified from a Betrayal at Calth model).

I’ve only used him in a couple of games (mostly in 7th, 1 in 8th) and he usually gets blown to hell.

Originally he was magnetised so he could be removed from his base but once I finished the painting I decided to glue him in place. The pieces on his base are Blood Angel parts donated by fellow All Scar Ricky, and are in “honour” of my annual Christmas throw down with Blood Angel player Patrick.

Hope you like him, I’m quite happy with him, particularly the gloss Nuln Oil wash (first time using that version) making the black armour plates pop a little better.

 

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All out war in the 8th edition of 40K

Posted in 40k with tags , on August 4, 2017 by vobeskhan

So the new edition of 40K has been out a little while now and I’ve had a number of games with it, some wins, some losses, but lots of fun!

All my games so far have been Matched Play using the points system, and have either been Eternal War, Maelstrom of Narrative missions (the latter for the ongoing Fate of Konor campaign).

I haven’t played Power Levels yet and in all honestly don’t feel the inclination to do so, however I did pick up the Open War card set which is meant to be used in a Power Level Open War scenario.

However I reckon you could easily use them to generate a very random mission for Matched Play just as easily.

The pack splits into 5 separate decks:

  • Deployment deck
  • Objectives deck
  • Twists deck
  • Ruses deck
  • Sudden Death deck

Shuffle each of them and then draw the top card of the Deployment, Objectives and Twists decks. These will define which deployment zones are being used, the overall mission objective and a non-standard bonus that could affect both armies equally.

Then have each player draw a ruse card, this is different to how they’re meant to be drawn (usually to the player with the lower total Levels) but give each force an individual bonus that can have an impact on the game.

Set up and deploy following the normal rules and any of the cards drawn so far. Then the player that is to go second draws the top card from the Sudden Death deck (again this is not the normal use, that’s normally for if one player has a total level whose opponent has more than double the total levels). This generates an instant victory condition that can be achieved by either side but if player one completes it, player two still gets his equal turn and if he also manages to complete the victory condition (for example, the card is “Kill Order” and both players manage to destroy the enemy Character/Vehicle/Monster that has the highest Wounds currently on the battlefield) then it is a draw.