Friday, 9 April 2021

A quick game

 I had a quick game of kill team with my son the other week, using the terrain that just painted up and his newly painted Necrons. We didn't use one of the red boards from the new starter sets, as they are up high and when we played this game I was still in a cast for my broken leg and unable to climb up to get it. Even so the painted terrain still looked good on the Infinity board we were using. This game did highlight why I need to grab some more terrain, as it looked fairly sparse even on just a single board. Granted, what looks sparse for kill team is different to 40k, it definitely makes me realise I need more. 

As it turned out, I played Necrons and so decided to go for a fairly underpowered list compared to the Scions I was facing. This is partly due to the models that are available to the Necrons at the moment and partly as I wanted to give my son something he could actually beat. 

I know that there are really two schools of thought about this sort of thing, either "play as you would normally and they will have to learn to loose" or "go easy on them and let them win". I generally go for the second option, I don't always make it easy and have won on a number of occasions but I never play to trounce him, which I could if I played properly. It's not that I'm a good player, I've just got 20+ years extra experience with this sort of stuff. I have no doubt that in a proper competitive environment I would struggle to hold my own, even with a top tier team, but against my son I think I should be able to win very easily.

Anyway, the game was pretty close up until the last turn when I got surrounded and lost 3 warriors in quick succession. We were playing with commanders so I was at a bit of a disadvantage as my commander was significantly more expensive then the Scions Tempestor Prime I was facing. In the end I had just my commander, an Overlord against 8 or so scions, including one plasma and one volley gun. Hopefully soon we'll be able to get a combat patrol game with the new terrain and see what it all looks like.

Friday, 2 April 2021

Eagle Knights Elites

So, after some playing around with various bits and pieces of the AoS sprues that I bought the other week, I have come up with a few more characters than I though I would. 

The remnants, not much left at all

So, things went a bit better than I thought. I got my Blade Guard, Chaplain and Judicar, plus Blade Guard Ancient, Librarian and Apothecary! 

The full band of brothers.

So I managed to form a lot more than I thought I would, which is great. First up are the 5 Blade Guard, Sgt with plasma pistol.

5 Blade Guard

Minor conversion work

The was very little conversion work involved here, really just a swap from hammer to pistol on the Sgt, a very simple job and a shield swap on another model. This was a little bit more involved as it required a little bit of trimming of the arm to get things to fit properly, but even so it was very quick and easy.

The Blade Guard Ancient was next and still needs some work. His model come with a hammer as standard and I need to change this I've to a  heavy bolt pistol, which I currently have none of. I might be able to get hold of one from someone down the club but that will have to wait a while I think.

Blade Guard Ancient

Next up are the Judicar and Chaplain. At the moment these two have no conversion work done and I don't know if the Judicar will. The Chaplain however will have some minor work but I need to wait for the packs that I've ordered to turn up first so I can see how it will all fit together. The Judicar model is one of the Easy Build Sequitors with the double handed weapon, which works well for an Executioners Relic Blade. The Chaplain has a double handed hammer which will work for a Crozius Arcanum. 

Judicar and Chaplain

Next up we have the Librarian. Now this guy is going to need a lot of work on him. Firstly he needs his hammers removed and replaced with pistol and sword. Secondly and most importantly, he needs to have his wings mounted somewhere, somehow!

Libby and wings

I love this pose, just need to make it work now!

Lastly we have the Apothecary. This was a very last minute built. I was just looking at the sprues and flicking through Battle scribe, thinking "what can I build" and the Apothecary popped up. This has by far the most amount of conversion work out of all the models here, with two arm replacements, a hand replaced and the tool thing built out of a chain sword. There will be more when I build the pack for him, but I have yet to really look into that. 

Apothecary, with head!

The medics arm, which the new model doesn't have, was made out of a chain sword and part of a servo skull. The is a nod towards the original model, and as these are Rubicon Marines you can understand why he wanted to bring is trusted tools with him. 

Next the pistol arm. The bionic arm comes from the assault marine squad but had a plasma pistol at the end of it. So I had to switch this to a bolt pistol. 

One little detail that I like is the base. I used some spare bits to make a fallen marine on the ground. When the base 8s flocked it will be quite subtle, even when painted in the orange of the Knights. I imagine this as the Apothecary standing over his fallen brother, either having recovered the gene seed or about to. 

Hopefully I will get a chance to paint these guys up soon, although I'm planning on getting my guard models all done first if I can. When I get the heads and packs I've ordered I will do a little update to show you the finished models.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Combat patrol terrain

 After playing a few games with my son a few weeks ago, before I broke my let, I decided it was time to actually paint up some of my terrain. The majority of my terrain in MDF buildings and will really require spraying up with rattle cans, which I have in the garage. I think I showed a couple of test buildings a while ago. For the recent games however, I have been using some.more industrial prices, as we're only playing 500 point games and infantry models only, so no requirement to have big line of sight blocking terrain.

As you can see, I've kept most of it fairly basic. The majority of it is just black primer with various layers of silver dry brush to build up some of the details. It's all fairly quick and basic but should be more than sufficient to create a good looking battle field devoid of grey plastic.

The pipes are from two sets, the main ones, shown below, are from the GW Promethium Pipe Relay. The others, at the back of the picture above, are from a Mantic Terrain Crate, specifically the Industrial Accessories set. 

 Barrels, every battle field needs some barrels. These have been painted to give them a weathered effect, which I think works quite well. 

A crate. Now I should have a few more of these somewhere but they seem to have gone wallies. I think I should have at least 4 big and 4 small crates but this is the only one I can find right now. When I find the others they will be painted a similar fashion to this one, although in different colours for some variety.

Some power generators from the terrain crate, again just dry brushed up. I spent a little extra time on the screens to give the pieces some extra detail and help them pop a little more on the table. I quite like how the screens have turned out.

The pieces are incomplete, however I painted them up anyway. They need some sort of mountings, as the two pieces top left are actually angled. I will build this as some sort of loading system and make the gap under the tracks solid to add some more line of sight blocking terrain. I've got some ideas and items in my eBay watched list to build this, so we'll see if I can get it done.

Containers, where would we be without containers. These are my two GW ones, one with a silver finish and one with a gold finish. Again there were dry brushed and it's really obvious on the pictures the bits that I've missed, such as the bolter mounts and the bits in-between the 'legs' on the bottom. Oh well, I'm sure I'll fix them at some point.

I plan on adding some more containers to the mix and have some in eBay that I'm looking at getting. If I get these, I would have 6 containers, which should be enough to give me a good amount of big blocking terrain if I need it. 

My old Aegis Defence Line is also in the box now. With them not havi g any meaningful rules in the game now, there is little.point in me taking it as an actual fortification but it works well as scatter terrain. 

The complete collection in its storage box. As you can see there is still plenty of space in there for additional terrain. The pieces in the bottom left form a small pipe network, which I may well build if I have bits left over from building the loading systems, otherwise they may just be added as features to those pieces. 

I plan on gathering enough terrain to fill this box and no more, making it easy to transport and store. I can combine this with my other terrain should I need some bigger pieces. 

Friday, 26 March 2021

Eagle knight elites

Just a quick one today. In my last battle I came up against some of the new Blade guard, who were very strong and resilient. Now the proper models are either from the Indomitus crusade box or the new multipart kit, both of which are very expensive for what they are really. Yes, they are very nice models and the multipart kit has a lot of options, but they were still very expensive. In my last match, the Blade guard I faced were actually AoS Stormcast Liberators with hammers. While these did look very cool, I just didn't feel that they fitted the role properly, I think that they need some sort of bladed weapon rather than an impact weapon like a hammer. You can get the kit with swords as well but the kit is still very expensive and you'd still need to get things like helmets and packs for them. After a quick browse around the internet I found something I was happy with, easy build sequitors.

These look pretty good and they have a proper blade type weapon, one that looks sufficiently heavy to do 2 damage. The only issue is that they come in packs of three, only two of which have shields, the third having a double handles weapon.

First two built, shields scrapped clean as well.

I managed to get two sets on eBay for lass than a tenner and planned on putting together a unit of 4 and then using the other two for characters, probably a Chaplain and Judicar. However, while I was looking I came across something else, a sprue from one of the Stormcast boxsets, the Thunderstrike Brotherhood I think. 

Anyway, this lot cost me about 20 pounds in total and with that's here I reckon I can build 5 Blade Guard, Chaplain, Judicar, Blade Guard Ancient and maybe some other characters. I would love to use the bloke with wings, so I may have a look at creating a Librarian, with Wings of Sanguinius obviously. I maybe able to build more but I will have to see.