Sunday, January 13, 2013

Blood Angels vs Imperial Guard at 1250

I had a fun game the other day playing against Imperial Guard as lead by my brother, Marc.  We played Big Guns Never Tire (3 objectives) with Vanguard Strike.  I ran a Librarian Terminator (Blood Lance and Wings), Sanguinary Priest(Plasma and Claw), three full Assault Marine units as combat squads with three in reserve (split a melta between the squads; sarge sporting a Claw) along with the fully kitted Stormraven.  I know a few players out there will drop jaws, cry foul or otherwise have fits about the points sink, but with very little else to deal with fliers, the Stormraven is a good choice and has so far succeeded in it's role more times than it has failed.  Marc castled up behind his Aegis with a Manticore, Command Platoon and Vets with his two Vendettas waiting for turn two. I focused on keeping my Marines out of line of sight as much as possible in deployment and turn one, which was Night Fighting, relying on my reserve units to make the dash for objective denial since Marc placed two of the three objectives in his deployment zone.  The whole of the game played very tactically with the only casualties being a Vendetta, due to the Stormraven and a unit of Marines that got too close to the Manticore.Neither the Librarian nor the four IG Psychers got a chance to duke it out, but I feel the threats were played very well.  Here's some highlights:

Blood Angel deployment and turn two disposition except for the preist...

...who took up position between the two combat squads.

Turn two and the arrival of the fliers!
IG deployment and disposition until turn four.

Turn three the Blood Angels begin advancing on the IG strong point and pay for their arrogance on turn four.

Turn three and four...taking fire!


Friday, January 11, 2013

A little off the track...

Okay, so these aren't directly related to miniatures battle games, but have been a significant influence in my enjoyment of the hobby. These paintings are on their way to a local doughnut shop called Doughbot Donuts who makes the most epic donuts this gamer could ever want. It's a shame I don't live closer 'cause these would rock during a game of Warhammer 40,000. My current favorite is the Bacon Chocolate!

If you ever get into Downtown Sac in the early part of the day, stop by their shop and try them out.  Pure AWESOME awaits!

 Necron99, later known as Peace, is my favorite character from the classic animated story Wizards. Shortly after seeing this film, courtesy of VHS, I converted a Guardsman to look like Peace and used it as a character mini in many a game. I'm tinkering with the idea of doing an allied detachment consisting of a platoon of Necron99 Guardsmen lead by a  Commissar called Blackwolf, though I'll most likely take the concept to a unit of Blood Angels Scouts or maybe some Storm Boys.
Gojira!  Godzilla to us westerners.  Who can deny that the awesome, often stunningly detailed miniature sets featured in the TOHO films hadn't inspired the would be terrain maker in all of us.  For a few of us, the great old monster has become synonymous with the armies we play.