Friday, April 25, 2014

Painting Challenge 250 Points/Month (April)

Hey guys,

with the month of April coming to an end I want to present the models for my Tyranid army that I haved painted this month. As in the month before I only painted a very small number of models, but I used the remaining time to start magnetizing a few models I want to paint over the next month in order to get a small headstart for the busy time coming towards me.

The list for this month was:

---------- HQ (1) ----------
Tervigon (195 points)
- Scything Talons
- Stinger Salvo

---------- Troops (1) ----------
 Broodlord (64 points)
-- Scything Talons
259 points

As you can see I have finished my first monstrous creature for the army and directly a rather large one ;)

In the next month I'll most certainly add another monstrous creature and some other models, all of them fully magnetized in order to change weapons.

So stay tuned!

Cheers Cleutin

The Tervigon in all its pride

Close up of the Tervigon
Comparison of Broodlord and Tervigon
The second Broodlord (painted in April)
The Broodlord Brothers (painted in March and April)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Painting Challenge 250 Points/Month (March)

Hi guys,

another month rushed by and I managed to paint another 250 points of Tyranids. This month I decided to only paint the following models, because I had my final exam at university:

---------- HQ (1) ----------
Deathleaper (130 points)

---------- Troops (1) ----------
5x Genestealers (134 points)
- Broodlord (Scything Talons)
264 points

Now I already have completed over 500 points and own the mandatory choices of 1 HQ and 2 Troop choices. In April I will add the first monstrous creature to the Hive Fleet. I definitely need some huge beasts in the army ;)

Cheers Cleutin

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Painting Challenge 250 Points/Month (February)

Hi all,

a friend of mine in our local gaming club came up with the idea to start a small painting project in order to increase his motivation for painting. He planned a new IG army in an urban warfare style and wanted to paint 250points per month.
Looking for other people foolish enough to join his idea he asked me whether I was interested in joining him. After a quick glimpse at my started and still not finished armies, I decided that I could just as well use a boost of motivation in order to finish at least one army. A second look at my armies revealed that I had already decided the schemes for all of my armies and none of them would end up with city fight bases ... This seemed like a great excuse to start with a new army ;)
With the release of the new Tyranid book only a few weeks before I nearly instantly decided to grab my old and awfully painted Tyranids from more than 10 years ago and rip them apart. With some new additions I would end up with a decent but not too strong force.

After some research about how to create bases that fit in a destroyed city I found a video from BoW that showed a way to create concrete out of old CD-cases. I now had an army and a style to create bases, but was still left with no colour scheme for my army.

Originally I had painted my Nids in the classic Kraken scheme, but over the years I had seen way to many Kraken, Leviathan and Behemoth Nids so that I decided to change unto another range of colours. I had always admired green and brown Nids and painted a simple Termagant as a testmodell for my new scheme.

With everything ready to paint I just had to find the time needed for the project between my university exams and decided to paint the following models in the month of February:

---------- Elite (2) ----------
Zoanthrope (50 points)
Lictor (50 points)

---------- Troops (2) ----------
5x Genestealers (70 points)
11x Termagants (44 points)
- 11x Fleshborer

---------- Heavy Support (1) ----------
Biovore (40 points)
254 points

I ended up with 254 points (due to the testmodel) and a total of 19 models in one month. This seemed manageable to me and I didn't have to work with magnets in the first month (I will have to do this once I start working on Tyranid Warriors, Hive Tyrants and Carnifexes).

To come to an end: I finished all of the models in time and started working on some SporeMines for the Biovore, which I haven't finished. In March I will work on an HQ (the Deathleaper, because I still have no time to work with magnets) and another brood of Genestealers. But that's it for today and now enjoy the photos of Hive Fleet ... I still need a name for it ...

Cheers Cleutin

Termagants without finished bases

First 254 points of my new Hive Fleet completely finished

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Orks vs. Tank Company (1,850)

I recently played a game against an Imperial Tank Company. Having not been able to play for quite a time I decided to pack some of my Orks as I was somehow sure to be able to pull of one or two smart moves with these guys.
Without the smallest idea what a Tank Company looked like I decided to simply take an allround list for my Orks to be able to react to everything my opponent could throw at me and came up with this list:

---------- HQ (2) ----------

Warboss (135 points)
- Warlord, Warbike, Power Klaw, Slugga, Cybork Body

Big Mek (95 points)
- Choppa, Shokk Attack Gun

---------- Elite (2) ----------

5x Kommandos (60 points)
- 2x Big Shoota

10x Lootas (150 points)

---------- Troops (4) ----------

30x Orkboyz (225 points)
- Shoota
- Orkboy Nob (Power Klaw, 'eavy Armour, Boss Pole)

30x Orkboyz (225 points)
- Slugga & Choppa
- Orkboy Nob (Power Klaw, 'eavy Armour, Boss Pole)

10x Gretchin (40 points)
- Runtherd (Grabba Stikks)

5x Nobz (360 points)
- 2x Big Choppa, 2x Power Klaw, 4x Slugga, Boss Pole, Waaagh! Banner, Cybork Body, Nob Bikerz
- Painboy ()

---------- Fast Attack (2) ----------

Warbuggies (105 points)
- Warbuggy (Twin-linked Rokkit Launcha)
- Warbuggy (Twin-linked Rokkit Launcha)
- Warbuggy (Twin-linked Rokkit Launcha)

Deffkoptas (70 points)
- Twin-linked Rokkit Launcha, Buzzsaw

---------- Heavy Support (3) ----------

Killa Kans (135 points)
- Killa Kan (Grotzooka)
- Killa Kan (Grotzooka)
- Killa Kan (Grotzooka)

3x Big Gunz (66 points)
- Kannon, 2x Grot Krew

3x Big Gunz (84 points)
- Lobba, 3x Grot Krew

---------- Fortifications (1) ----------

Aegis Defence Lines (100 points)
- Quad-Gun

1850 points

This was the first time since 2nd edition that I played the SAG and I had absolutely no idea if this would be a cunning plan or a total desaster. Normally I'd have chosen the KFF Mek but with the addition of the Aegis and nearly no vehicles benefiting from the KFF I decided to leave it at home.
The rest of the list is a pretty simple Ork list. Lootas and Big Gunz providing fire support behind the Aegis, while Kans and 60 Orks march forward. The Nobz on bikes are the real troublemakers either with or without the Warboss able cause mayhem in enemy lines. Deffkopta and Komandos are just pure tactical elements in order to annoy the enemy from different angles or to prevent his own infiltrators to disrupt my army.
With this more or less cunning plan I went to the club and faced a list somewhat like this (not 100% sure as I didn't know Tank Company beforehand):

***************  1 HQ *************** 
Company Command Tank, Vanquisher battle cannon, Lascannon, Pair of heavy bolters, Co-axial heavy stubber
 - - - > 210 Punkte

***************  1 Elite *************** 
Commissar Tank, Exterminator autocannons, Lascannon, Pair of heavy bolters
 - - - > 195 Punkte

***************  6 Troops *************** 
Armoured Fist Squad, 6 x Lasgun, Autocannon, Melta gun
+ Sergeant, 1 x Laspistol, 1 x Close combat weapon  -> 0 Pkt.
+ Chimera Transport, Autocannon, Heavy bolter, Hunter-killer missile  -> 70 Pkt.
 - - - >; 140 Punkte

Armoured Fist Squad, 6 x Lasgun, Autocannon, Melta gun
+ Sergeant, 1 x Laspistol, 1 x Close combat weapon  -> 0 Pkt.
+ Chimera Transport, Autocannon, Heavy bolter, Hunter-killer missile  -> 70 Pkt.
 - - - > 140 Punkte

Armoured Fist Squad, 6 x Lasgun, Autocannon, Melta gun
+ Sergeant, 1 x Laspistol, 1 x Close combat weapon  -> 0 Pkt.
+ Chimera Transport, Autocannon, Heavy bolter, Hunter-killer missile  -> 70 Pkt.
 - - - > 140 Punkte

Armoured Fist Squad, 6 x Lasgun, Autocannon, Melta gun
+ Sergeant, 1 x Laspistol, 1 x Close combat weapon  -> 0 Pkt.
+ Chimera Transport, Autocannon, Heavy bolter, Hunter-killer missile  -> 70 Pkt.
 - - - > 140 Punkte

Tank Squadron
   + Leman Russ Battle Tank, Lascannon, Pair of heavy bolters  -> 185 Pkt.
   + Leman Russ Battle Tank, Lascannon, Pair of heavy bolters  -> 185 Pkt.
 - - - > 370 Punkte

Siege Tank Squadron
+ Siege Tank, Leman Russ Demolisher, Lascannon, Pair of heavy bolters  -> 200 Pkt.
 - - -> 200 Punkte

***************  1 Assault *************** 
Vendetta Gunship Squadron
+ Vulture, Twin-linked Autocannon, 2 Hellstrike missiles  -> 105 Pkt.
 - - - > 105 Punkte

***************  2 Heavy Support *************** 
Hydra Flak Tank Battery
+ Hydra Flak Tank, Heavy bolter  -> 75 Pkt.
 - - - > 75 Punkte

Ordnance Battery
   + Basilisk, Heavy bolter  -> 125 Pkt.
 - - - > 125 Punkte

TankCompany : 1840

We rolled for mission and deployment and ended with the relic and Vanguard Strike deployment. I was able to choose sides but as the table was filled with ruins to a good amount that wasn't so important at all. Nevertheless I was able to choose a side with two large ruins and could connect them with my Aegis in order to create a large area of cover for my firebase. With nightfighting active in the first round I was able to get turn 1 as well and deployed rather aggressively to be able to make turn 2 charges with at least my Nobz. I already had realized that all those LRs had to be taken down quite fast and my own real chance to do so was close combat. AV14 is just not a good thing to shoot at for Orks, especially if there are 5 of these bastards ...
I ended up with this deployment. I had decided to deploy the Deffkopta and let it make a scout move. The Komandos are set up in the ruin opposite my own zone.
His deployment looked like this. He nearly only faced his AV 14 in my direction leaving my shooting nearly completely without real targets.
In turn 1 my Nobz boosted along my board edge behind the next ruin into a position where they could launch an assault at some tanks in the next turn. I just hoped that they would survive a full turn of shooting, because nightfighting is not really helpful if every enemy model is equipped with searchlights. The big mobs moved right at the relic and the oppoentn in general. The shooting of my Orks resulted in a destroyed weapon at one of the Chimeras and so I ended my turn and hoped to have enough hitting power for the next turns left after his shooting.
As expected nearly everything aimed at my Nobz and killed the two equipped with Big Choppas as I had placed them in the front behind my Warboss and was able to transfer everything onto them. My Painboy lost a life, but the rest of the squad remained unharmed, ready to attack the next turn. On the other side i lost some Gretchin to a missed shot of the Basilisk which was originally aimed at my Lootas.
Turn 2 clearly showed in which direction the game would go as my Shoota boys opened the first Chimera, securing First Blood for me and my Warboss left the Nobz and both units destroyed on of the tanks on this side. I was also able to secure the relic with my Shoota boys. In return he killed all of the Nobz but one claw and started killing the first Shoota boys, freeing the relic this way from Orks for another turn.
The next turn already more or less decided the game in my favour. The Warboss and the remaining Nob both killed another LR (the Nob heroically dieing in the following explosion ... idiot ...) This way the right side of the field was nearly completely cleared of tanks, only the Hydra and Basilisk where still standing there, fireing at my Orks. My remaining Ork mobs and the Kans where still advancing towards his lines, taking several hullpoints from different tanks. In return he killed all but four Orks of my Shootas causing them to flee, leaving the relic behind ... great plan utterly crushed. But I still had 30 Slugga Orks on the other side who could take it.
If this wasn't annoying enough a group of 7 soldiers decided to charge my Warboss and he even lost a life ... with great rolls to wounds he was only able to kill one soldier and was hence stuck in CC in my round :(

Turn four decided the fate of the Tank Company. The Orcs kept destroying more and more tanks and the IG only got help from the Vulture Gunship, which was unable to kill my Warboss.

In the end we stopped the game after his fourth turn with only the Vulture, the Basilisc, the Hydra and a single empty Chimera left. The relic was lost somewhere in no-mans land, but I had won due to First Blood, Warlord and Breakthrough at least 3-0.