Friday, 12 January 2018

Brushin' - Epic, Gaslands etc...

Just a quick update with some works in progress (actually finished the blood angels in the photos below, but put them away without taking final photos, and i'm too lazy to dig them back out... so...)

Eldar Shining Spears - chopped up some Warhammer fantasy bows, knifes and spears and cobbled these guys together.

Gaslands - base coated 10 cars and stuck a couple of guns on. reckon i'll make up some lists later with the cars in duos, can see we already have Military, Cops, Racers, Crazy-Europeans and Redneck teams starting to emerge!

Blood Angels - Terminator Company, and Devastator Company (as well as some Death company)








Thursday, 4 January 2018

Epic - Campaign Game 1

As mentioned we are kicking off a new campaign this year and we have just had our first game, so i thought i'd get a write up in as soon as possible before my brain erases it.

For those interested i'll include the campaign rules in this post.

Apologies for the sporadic and crap photographs, they were more for reference than artistic value!

Brief fluff
A decade ago Imperial Governor Warmmonth of Brecksitt 7 made the decision to secede from the empire, this split the planet in half with those loyal to the empire and those who had been turned by whispers in the night. the 45th Highland Battalion of the Imperial Guard held a coup to overthrow the governor and were victorious by the slimmest of margins, leaving them significantly weakened. They now control the planet and have sent out the call for reinforcements and guidance from Holy Terra.
The planet was once ruled by the Eldar a millennia ago and More recently a fragile truce was brokered to allow both races to focus on the Chaos threat in the sector.
Fearing the planet may have fallen, or be on the cusp of falling, an exploratory fleet from the nearby Eldar craftworld has been dispatched to investigate and secure any artefacts from their past. The two forces tentatively send out their scouting armies to size up the opposition. It isn't clear who fired first, but it's fair to say that the truce is broken.

Game 1 - 3000 Pts Eldar vs 3000pts Imperial Guard

Armies;

Eldar

Falcon Host
Jetbike Host
Spirit Host

Revenant Scout Titans
Phantom Titan (Heat Lance, Pulsar, Las Wing, Missile Launcher)

Striking Scorpions
Fire Dragons
Swooping Hawks


Imperial Guard (from memory)

Heavy Infantry Company (w/ 3 Chimedon Detachments - Vindicator Proxies)
Leman Russ Company (Predator Proxies)
Shadow Sword Company
Rough Rider Company

Mole Mortar Detachment


Turn 1

A unit Eldar Jetbikes push forward into the forest containing objective 5, The entire Company of Rough Riders take up position in the opposite forest staging themselves for a charge.
The Avatar smells the flesh and is drawn towards them.
A Revenant Scout titan pushes out wide on the left flank, charging past the rough riders as it is unable to make out any targets in the dense woods.



 The Spirit Host Wraith Guard stride into the city and their Wraithlord companions take up position to make shots at the incoming mechanised heavy support troops in their Chimedon transports as they  disembark into the nearby buildings.


The Mole Mortars take out one of the advancing Wraith Lords with their subterranean artillery.




Eldar Falcons deliver Fire Dragon Aspect Warriors to the building containing Ojective 8 and they proceed to exchange fire with the Heavy Company troops and supporting Leman Russ tanks.
Striking Scorpions are also hurled into combat and begin trying to clear out the buildings of Imperial Forces in Close Combat.


The 2nd Detachment of Jetbikes secures objective 7, whilst fire is exchanged between the Falcons and Wraithlords against the Leman Russ company and ShadowSwords.
Out of shot the Second Scout Titan secures the objective between the forests. The Phantom Titan manages to damage a Shadow Sword super heavy tank, but leaves itself exposed to a las canon shot that slips through its shields and whizzes over its wing tip.


VPs
Eldar 25
IG 10

Turn 2

At the beginning of turn 2 the towering Eldar Phantom titan fails to do any significant damage and after firing slips behind a tall building to find some shelter from the titan killer tanks that it has stirred up. Thankfully for the titan the Volcano canons fail to find their targets again and the Phantom is safe once again.
The Imperial cavelry make their charge against the jetbikes in the neighbouring forest and the enraged Avatar piles in.


The bloody battle for control of the city continues with Striking Scorpions being slain by las canon fire as they charge in and the brave company commanders leading by example and laying fire into the approaching Vyper jet bikes.
The Vypers retaliate by strafing the building containing the HQ units managing to take one out of action.


One of the scout titans pushes behind enemy lines and lights up the damaged Shadow Sword and Leman Russ', Their retaliation fails to damage the agile titan.

From the sky, Swooping hawk aspect warriors descend to sieze the objective from the Imperial Guard tanks and accurately land surrounding it.


The remainder of the Rough Rider company spreads its units out across the valley in order to try and hold two objectives.



The Eldar jet bikes leap over the charging cavalry to hold objective 7, leaving them to take Objective 5 and deal with the Avatar.

The 2nd Jetbike detachment push into the Heavy Guardsmen who are exposed in the open holding objective 2 at all costs, with no communication with their command.

The 2nd Scout Titan charges around the forest to bare down on the brave commissar sitting on the Objective.




Close Combat follows and the Avatar Survives and onslaught of lance blows from the Rough Riders. The Titan's defence matrix slays the commissar before he can draw his chain sword and the Jetbikes wipe out the exposed troops on the hillside.

After a quick check of Victory Points it looks like the Eldar have snatched victory at the end of Turn 2. To the relief of both sides the casualty count was quite low and the battle was more of a sizing up exercise, i think the next time they meet there will be much more blood...

VPs
Eldar 41
IG 15

XP
First Blood - Writh Lords (Destroyed a detachment of chimedons from the heavy company)
Break their spirit - Fire Dragons (Broke the Heavy Company)
Bloodied Fists - Avatar (survived Combat against 3 rough riders)

Lead By Example - IG Heavy Company HQ

RP
Eldar 22
IG 14

Renown
Eldar +2
IG 0


Rules link;

http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/viewtopic.php?f=146&t=32879&sid=bbf5657236b4d19ac80bc7272f44811c















Tuesday, 2 January 2018

The foot of the mountain - Hobby Update

Figured i'd post as i go, so here's today's work, just picking away at a few bits before starting a batch of something.

Added some edge lines to my roads for Gaslands and gave a bit of a drybrush to bring out the texture, they look a lot better now!

Started to mod a few cars, painted a Zombicide model for Frostgrave (or any other fantasy stuff that comes my way)

Painted a new HQ Vindicator for my Epic IG army to replace the old brick style model.

Detachments of Chaos Minotaurs and Trolls

And That's about it!

Will see what takes my fancy the rest of the week and report back.

Cheers!





Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year - 2018 Hobby goals

Happy New Year!

Looking back at the blog for the last few years it does seem i get a burst of hobby energy during the festive season. Maybe its the crap weather, or the time off work, or simply the guilt of the unpainted boxes upon boxes of miniatures that sets me off?

Anyhoo, I've not done much since my last post aside from a bit of hobby admin.
I've knocked together a campaign rule set for Epic which we are going to test in the New Year. I've photographed and boxed up a bunch of excess stuff for trading/eBay-ing (still lots to go there!)

Also, my Brother gave me a new game for Christmas - Gaslands, which seems to combine a Mad Max/Death Race 2000 aesthetic with X-Wing style template movement, like a an updated Dark Future, using the same 20mm Matchbox/Hotwheels cars given an apocalyptic make over!

I've collected a few together and will knock out a few gangs in the near future, as well as this I've made a modular road system, and have some ideas for other terrain pieces.

Hobby Goals 2018.

I've got an ever growing list of things i want to achieve hobby wise and i'm going to list them in no particular order below, with the aim of checking back on progress later and seeing how derailed i've became.


Epic:

  • Finish painting Dark Angels (mix of GW/Vanguard minis) - its about 50-75% done. just need a final push!
  • Put together a chaos army - Finally picked up some sprues of GW plastics after the last lot got lost in the post/warp. Bit of a slow grower here, as the metal minis are crazy expensive so just biding my time until i spot them a decent price.
  • Paint remaining missing Ork and imperial units and sell the rest (not too many left to do).
  • Re-base Blood Angels - started putting sand/grass on over the old 'Goblin Green' bases and need to continue as the mix and match is a bit crap looking.
  • build some more terrain for fortifications, mine fields etc to use in game.
  • Play more epic (got a campaign starting soon!)
X-Wing;
  • Not much here - will continue to pick up the odd ship that takes my fancy and hopefully get a regular game in.
Imperial Assault;
  • Paint the last 2 troopers for the Return to Hoth Expansion which will mean everything is painted.
  • Play some more games of it! (no excuse now the companion app is out)

Gaslands;
  • Quickly mod/paint 2-3 factions with some different load outs and get it played!
  • Make some terrain (road obstacles, billboards, fences, walls etc...
Warhammer 40k;
  • Play more Heralds of Ruin this winter, played a good bit in 2017 and it was decent.
  • Paint Tau boxed set - Bought this for HoR and haven't got round to painting them yet
  • Sell any excess bits, Tyranids etc - got boxes full of random minis as well as a pristine 2nd Edition boxed set, which are little or no use to me - set them free to get back some shelf space!
Necromunda;
  • Play it? - The White Whale of my hobbying... The game that may never happen!
  • Trim down to my Cawdor gang + a few hired guns and sell all the crappy old starter set plastics and excess terrain etc as it takes up a lot of space for a game that doesn't get played.
Misc;
  • Paint up 'Frostgrave' minis scavenged from Zombicide Black Plague box - just in case anyone fancies a game!
  • Paint remaining Flames of War stuff - just a few tanks to paint, should be fun and a nice change of style/scale but not had the motivation yet - Still can't see me getting a game of it anytime soon, and don't really want to buy in much more.
  • Paint Space Crusade and Hero Quest board games

So yeah, not much!






Saturday, 23 December 2017

Stompy McFire-Crotch (Final Name Pending) - Epic

Another day another Eldar titan...

Still not 100% convinced the colour scheme i went with was the best choice, but i'm OK with the end result, just think the blue is better.

Anyhoo, I'll fire up some photos below at the various stages.

Next up, Chaos infantry!















Friday, 22 December 2017

24 Hour Challenge - Epic

Well, i didn't mean to, but i guess i had missed the 'rush' of painting, and once i finished the first test Falcon, i didn't want to stop.

I'm sure i could have spent longer on these and add more details (Runes, gem stones etc)

As I've mentioned before, i work best when i'm inspired and see instant progress, so getting bogged down in the details often turns me off, which often leaves my minis in a permanent 'almost finished' state.

But i'm happy here. A small Eldar force completed in less than 24hrs. Adding in the pre-painted jetbikes, Vypers, Scouts and Striking Skoprions I've got a decent 2500 points in a jiffy!

I didn't have the balls to paint the Phantom titan that i posed up yesterday - i think i'll do him in a different scheme again - possibly some kind of dark red > yellow white/firey fade similar to the titan below's Heat Lance... But not sure!








Thursday, 21 December 2017

A new Craftworld sighted - Epic

Having recently acquired more Epic minis than i'll ever likely paint/play with in a single life time i've decided to do the sensible thing and... Start duplicating my painted armies! :)

To a certain extent at least.

I'll be painting some new stuff (should finally be able to 'complete' my Ork force, as well as start some proper Chaos now that i have the infantry sprues.) However to rekindle my painting fires, and for an excuse to use the airbrush i'm going to start with a new Eldar force.

I'll use these to bolster my existing Biel-Tan dudes, or for use in smaller/allied games.

I've set aside;

A Company of Falcons
A Jetbike Company
2 Phantom Titans
2 Revenant Scout Titans 
1 Avatar
And if i can be arsed, some other skimmers and some infantry.

Paint Scheme on the test Falcon below, i'm pretty happy with it, and it will blend nicely with some painted stuff i've picked up, as well as provide a nice contrast to the other armies in my collection.

Couldn't resist having one of the Phantoms doing a bit of posing.

Also on the cards - Paint up a couple more Traitor and Loyalist Warlord Titans in the schemes below to allow me to play some nice big titan games! (New Adeptus Titanicus next year hopefully!)

And in other news - finally got hold of Star Wars: Rebellion board game for a decent price. played it a few times now and its great. Blow those Wookies to hell!

Have a great Christmas, and a Happy New Year! (Resolution as always is going to be to paint more, and post more... We'll see.)