40k 8th: The Road to Ultramar

Today I experienced my first game of 40k’s 8th edition after painting up a moderate amount of my Death Guard. It was 1000points a side, or technically 999 (me) vs (997) opponent. I faced up against some Dark Angels consisting of 5 plasma devs, 5 assault marines, 5 termies, 6 bikers, a las razorback, a dread and Azrael. I ended up taking the DG side of Dark Imperium, plus 7 additional plague marines, with a meltagun to bulk points. It was a blast, it feels more smooth from when I left in the transition from 6th-7th and there’s less special rules to remember.

I can’t remember the type of match, but it was an objective take, with 4 objectives, relatively centre. I lost deployment and initiative, but given my units slow move stats…eh. Ha. Turn one saw my blightbringer cop a missile to the face but shrug it off – disgustingly resilient is disgustingly good. While my forces scrambled out of a killzone which was set up from the previous game involving orks and into some cover. This proved beneficial but dangerous, as one of my bolter marines bit the dust from a direct hit from the razorback in the next shooting phase. Remember to always use a mirror to check windows in a hostile environment, kids. The ravenwing bikers sped forth in an attempt to down my bloat drone, which in turn doused them in diseased goodness *coughcarbonemmissionscough*

My second unit of plague marines made for a second objective, while my lord of contagion camped a third. The poxwalkers ambled forward, losing 7 of their number to the bikers. I have no fucking clue to to boost their save – it’s 7+ -_- Anyhow, the bikers did their hit and run against the bloat drone, which just would not die! No seriously! Turns 3-4 are so nondescript because my opponent kept hitting, but failing to wound, or I’d make disgustingly resilient rolls while I couldn’t return in kind- partially due to short ranged weapons, but also being forced to hole up in buildings unable to advance. Plasma is hot. The terminators teleported in, but could not finish the bloat drone, which had been charged by the bikers, retreated and doused them again in flames.

In the end, I came out on top, 3 objectives vs 1+first blood. The blightbringer died failing a charge- must’ve tripped over all his censers, heh. My sorcerer died from plasma overdose but not before he stripped 50% of the dreadnought’s wounds. I killed 3 bikers, that is all, but hey, I got the objectives, so the Micturators have made successful planetfall onto one of the 500 worlds of the Ultramar system despite not destroying the loathsome dark angels.

From this first game, I realised I needed a) transports and b) ranged support as the death guard are slow and when your opponent has 36-48″ weapons, you can’t really dictate combat. Still, my dudes were survivable as all hell- even without a save, the poxwalkers have disgustingly resilient, which is kinda the same thing, but not quite as the plague marines et all have a save and DR. Also – more terrain or at least ensure there’s no kill zone lanes. Still, it was incredible fun and intense as all hell as I had hot dice on the defense, but rolled poorly on the attack.

I’m painting up a salvaged rhino (it was a BA rhino, then a predator, then used as a priming test subject then dunked in dettol and finally, pressed into service of the Dark Gods) to give me some means of delivering some pestilent warriors to the front.

In closing, 8th is fun.

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The Sending of Seven, part 1: Micturator Blightbringer + poxwalkers done!

Well, someone’s been painting up a storm! “My Dudes” Death Guard vectorium (as they are called these days) are The Micturators. The name was chosen to take the piss and be humourous while also being a thematic name for a subgroup of the Death Guard.

Out of 62 dudes, 11 are painted with another 10 coming soon. Yeesh, that’s a load of dudes but hey, cultist plague horde! The expansion plan is to get a multi-part kit when it hits to fill out the ranks of 7 marines and also to fill special/heavy weapon options. There’s enough spare marine bodies lying around my bitz box to make some extra dudes should parts prove compatible.

On another note- I got out of the swifthawk agents for AoS 😦 Just couldn’t get a paint scheme I was happy with. Managed to sell most of it through a FB group but the two still-sealed boxes were exchanged at my nearest GW*. What were they exchanged for? Something in Index: Imperium I (The skittles book- The Rainbow Knows No Fear) as the DG release isn’t here and I wanted to offset all this Heresy. Plus the models looked neat and I’m an impatient git with poor impulse control. Also, so much stuff in 40k starts with ‘Death‘. Screw you, you can’t judge me, is what I’m trying to say.

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No, I am a DEVOUT and LOYAL member of the Imperium

Ok, so maybe a little bit of judging, but as they say- There is no such thing as innocence, only degrees of guilt. A skycutter and some shadow warriors became SC! Deathwatch** and Index: Imperium 1, while a little bit of extra money went towards a DW rhino as those are sold-out online. Get’em while you can. So yeah, generic space marines might be picked up on ebay for cheaps, cleaned and sent to join the circus…I mean Deathwatch. Or the Death Guard, whenever GW decides to release them.

*Mt Gravatt in QLD, as the Brisbane one keeps moving further away from the train station. Also the Mt. Gravatt staff are nicer, which is a plus (going to Tiny Hammer some 40k there)

**You want death guard, but say deathwatch, and you don’t have the heart to correct yourself as the models are swish.

How to Construct a Wet Palette

Greetings Guardsman!

With the rise in Xenos activity and the return of the pitiful Traitor Legions, the Adeptus Administratum requires all regiments to capture images of these so-called threats. Such images will be used in future campaigns to ensure a constant feeling of Righteous Wrathfulness towards those who would trespass within the Imperium.

It has come to our attention that many regiments are woefully under-educated in this department. Fear not! The Schola Progenum has begun dispatching extra commissars to your battlefield in an attempt to improve morale and discipline.*

Learning to construct a wet palette is a vital skill that all guardsmen should know upon entering the battlefield and can be done using even the most basic of Adeptus Munitorum materiel.**

How to construct a Wet Palette:

1: Obtain the lid of a container, be it from a ration pack, lascannon charge container or the hatch of a Leman Russ Battle Tank. Bullgryn Slab Shields are not recommended. Plastic container lids may suffice but fall under Battlefield Scrounging and/or Looting, which is a punishable offence.***

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2: Obtain some sponge-like material to serve as the basis for the palette. Such items are commonly used in cleaning tasks, but in a pinch can also be ripped out from the interior of a suit of flak armour and cut to size.****

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3: Hydrate the sponge-like material with Adeptus-Biologis approved water. If approved water cannot be obtained, the use of Xenos blood is an acceptable substitute.*****

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4: Once the material is adequately hydrated, place a sheet of wax-lined paper over the top, which will hold paint and keep it from drying out on the battlefield. Do not attempt to retrieve this material from purity seals. Such an action is a) Heresy, b) Punishable by death and c) The Adeptus Astartes do not take kindly to the wayward guardsman.

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And there you have it, Guardsman! A nicely constructed wet palette for you to use in your future campaigns!******

Thought for the day: Die for the Emperor or die trying.

*Studies indicate that the presence of a commissar on the battlefield increase morale by 32.7% Furthermore, additional studies indicate guardsman casualties increase by 67% but we believe this to be a baseless coincidence.
**Any attempt to alter Adeptus Munitorum equipment is a punishable offence.
***The type of punishment dealt is at the discretion of the regiment’s commissars. We trust their judgement.
****Removal of any part of your flak armour constitutes Wilful Destruction of Imperial Property and is as such, a punishable offence.
*****Such action may constitute Use of Xenos Technology and is, yet again, a punishable offence. Consult your commissar if you have any doubts.*******
******Future not guaranteed
******* You shouldn’t. A good guardsman never doubts.

Excommunicate Traitoris: Poxwalker WIP

This Saturday just gone, I picked up my copy of Dark Imperium and promptly swapped the primaris side for more Death Guard goodies. I’m not sure how I feel about painting up 40 poxwalkers, but 20 seems at least manageable and I am actually enjoying painting them up 😀

The recipe thus far is: Prime White

Flesh:

  • Mix 50/50 Rakarth flesh/Dwarf flesh and basecoat
  • Wash with Athonian Camoshade
  • Wash with Agrax Earthshade
  • Dilute layer of Ryn Flesh
  • 50/50 Ryn Flesh/Ogryn Camo

Boils:

  • Straken Green (all steps after this are as thin layers, with emphasis on thin)
  • 50/50 Straken Green/Ryn Flesh
  • 50/50 Ryn Flesh/Ogryn Camo
  • Ogryn Camo
  • 50/50 Ogryn Camo/Ice Yellow
  • Final highlight of Ice Yellow

Tentacles:

  • Glaze over flesh with 1:1:1 Ryn Flesh/Warlock Purple/Xereus Purple
  • Fine Highlight of 50/50 Ryn Flesh/Warlock purple

I might sell off or trade away the other 20 poxwalkers for more plague marines/another bloat drone. They’re fun to paint, but a bit too detailed to be rank/file horde troops. Nevertheless, I’ll prosecute the Long War regardless!

Of placement, plastic and projects

My placement has come and gone, besides handing in all of my assessment pieces and proof of attendance. It was a bit of a mixed bag to be honest but I’m glad I got the hands-on experience and am now 6 months-ish away from finally graduating. No seriously- I’ve been studying since 2010. Initially went in for a Bachelor of Biotechnology, then swapped into Biomedical science, then I didn’t want to be shoehorned into research and found out about Medical Laboratory Science in 2012. I had to swap out of my current uni and into a different one, which took me to 2013. Add in a bunch of part-time years and here we are- a 25-year old still-undergrad but a graduate soon enough. Ha. The arc fatigue is real. On the plus side, I have plenty of experience in labs, just not much yet as a scientist.

While I’d rather stay with my current place of employment, I do very much want a scientist position ASAP after graduation and I’m hoping something comes up through work. Applications will be launched in every direction though, just in case nothing comes up. In any case, that’s an issue down the track, September/October-ish.

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Best reason to buy the set? It has red dice. Red. Dice.

I haven’t done much painting or playing save for relapsing into MTG for a lark- most of my cards are going to be current until Q4 2018, so I can on/off this for a bit, considering 40k 8th is about to hit, as is Twisted. I’m going to get the new 40k starter, as the rulebook by itself will most likely be expensive by itself and to be honest, both sides look neat. The bloat drone and Interceptor marines look pretty sweet. That, of course, is a bit of a problem as by swapping one of the sides, one must decide whether “For the Emperor!” or “Death to the False Emperor” is the appropriate battlecry. It’ll most likely be the last mini purchase for a while as I need to paint the backlog. Most of the local 40k groups are going to swap one half of the set for the other, and leaked sprue pics seem to have each side on their own sprues.

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Cute -and- disgusting!

The debate is whether the Adeptus Restartes are the better choice over Legio XIV. The drone, as mentioned, looks cute as hell (for a daemonic machine of deadly disease) but the astronaut vibe from the interceptors is a real draw. On the chaos side, one would end up with 62 minis (most of which is CC/short ranged and horde-ish) as opposed to the 44 of the Imperial side (which seems to have minimal CC ability and is MSU-is). Being able to make a force from 2x one side of the set, plus random minis lying about would be a bit of a challenge, but one that would be rewarding. Transports be damned! Back in my day, we had to build our own drop pods out of stone! Uphill! In the snow! And they could only fit 10 marines if 6 of them held onto the outside!

Moving on from that, I’ve got two weeks off work to recuperate from placement as I became pretty burned out during it (4pm start, 1:30am finishes for about a month out of 3 months). I’ve started organizing the beginnings of a gameboard- I just need to get the MDF base and some XPS and construction can commence. This’ll happen around this Friday, as all of my placement assessment is due on the 2nd of June and I am required to submit everything in person. Most of the stuff has been sitting around for a while and I’ve been meaning to do this since 2013 due to being inspired by other projects (curse you, Bush Craft, if you’re still out there).

It’s going to be modular, to reduce weight and to allow for fixed terrain that’s able to be swapped in/out and rotated to create more varied boards. Another thing is that with fixed terrain on a modular board is that consecutive games can be ‘flow-on’ from the previous match. If there’s a central fountain in the middle of game one, game two can move that over by one foot and the new board has a fountain to one side, some buildings and the new area added in is a bunch of alleys. I think a 4’x4′ divided into 4x 2’x1′, 4x 1’x1′ and 1x 2’x2′ should give enough variation to a 3×3 board pulling double duty for both Malifaux and Twisted, if the latter takes off in QLD. I hope it does, as the minis look fantastic and the game-play looks solid.

Take it easy,
Pete

Shadow Wars: Armageddon- Chaos Warband!

Yo whaddup peeps?

I caved and got the SC!CSM box as I’m crazy about dreads so why not get a crazy dread, and some CSM to practice paint schemes on and get some SW:A action in while building the Death Guard army.

Going for a Death Guard breakaway force, and not DG proper as I can’t seem to get the green right on colour swatches/practice CSM. Anyhow, Zandri Dust –> Balor brown –> Agrax gloss wash makes a glistening, sickly yellow-brown armour. The gloss wash was a happy accident as I wanted regular agrax earthshade but y’know ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Chaos, man, chaos. Anyhow, to keep with the space marine naming procedure in The <something or other>, I wanted to name them after their armour which is a sort of corroded brown as evidenced by this fine fellow:

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I was thinking the “Rust eaters” again, or “Corrosion Lords” but settled on a name that quite literally takes the piss: The Micturators. Yes I have been re-reading the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Vogon poetry, eh?).

The name fits both colour scheme and nurgle dedication. Battlecry: Urine for a treat! Heh. I wonder if I can paint the squad then see if GW can show off them as I plan on using them in Shadow Wars, then having them as basic/veteran? CSM in a DG force, once the Sky-dawi have taken off again. #ALLthegrudges

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Centre dude is going to be the unit champ in 40k, in SW: A, he’s second piddle, er, fiddle.
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Cuz regular CSM heads are fer losers.
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Blood for the…wait, I mean, um, Praise Nurgle!?

The blightking box is so awesome, 3 years on and I’m still finding uses for their bitz (and I got rid of all WHFB chaos too!) Might pick up a box in the future for Chosen DG marines. I dunno. Gonna paint them up and wait until the DG proper release hits.

Might get the snap-fit cultists so I have recruits but eh, the bitz box can provide. Maybe.

Have a safe and happy Easter/Ishtar everyone.

PS- PRO TIP: Piss off everyone on the roads this holiday season by driving safely and adhering to the speed limit!

Lost and Damned Part 0: The Sending of Seven

Now that Shadowaaaghs Armageddon is out (and sold out) everywhere, hopefully more rumours come to light regarding the Death Guard release which is pinged for late April/Early May. I’m determined to slow-grow this army like I did with my dwarf one, so many years ago. I did find this gem by Good Ol’ Uncle Von which does have a well thought-out approach to an army, Stillmani style. Having the new kits be expensive is going to be a given, so it should hopefully curb the “I must buy the entire army naow” mentality that’s been pervading wargaming these days. Scale that shit up, yo. It’s the beauty of age of sigmar- you can have a regiment box each and still have a game. Also worth noticing is that a unit of orcs will still be as effective whether the size of the game is 1 unit, 1000, 2000 or even 5000 points.

Moving onto pre-planning this force:

While my No Chaos policy in AoS stands, Chaos marines > Regular Marines. Nurgle also out of the big 4 actually cares about his followers. Instead of treating them as puppets or expendable, Nurgle takes a good deal of interest in his adopted children. Why the Death Guard though? I’m not sure, as there’s been sweet feth all fluff in the HH series aside from Garro on Istvaan III.

As of the current rumours, there’s at least 4 kits- Death Guard Marines/Termies/plague cultists and Morty.

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Turn to chaos, Morty; The Emperor is lying to you, Morty

I don’t watch the show, but the opportunity was there, so I took it.

Breaking an army into 1000pt groups, or even 750pts leads me to think that a typical tallyband would be:

2x 10 man unit of Death guard

1x 5 man unit of Terminators

1×20 man unit of plague cultists

1x leader.

Then using further bands to add in things like Pestigors and vehicles if needed. As much as I want to race out and grab either SC! Chaos or the chaos half of DV, I’m gonna stick to the new, dedicated nurgle kits as the visual feel remains consistent…even if it’s a bunch of blobby dudes in olive green armour.

May should be fun,