Sunday, 15 October 2017

Kings of War - Dwarves v Spidergrots

Some while back I played a game of KoW against well known author, competition gamer and man about town - Dr Simon Elliott - in his war bunker.

Can't remember who won now but I know it was close.

You always get a good game with Mantic's Kings of War.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Review Adeptus Mechanicus Dunewalker

The Business End

I really didn't like the look of the photos of the Dunewalker when it first came out but when I actually got to see one I found that I liked the real thing a whole lot more. I was fortunate to be given a starter set for my birthday.

Rear Threequarter View

It is one of those new highly detailed kits that I suppose date back to when GW deluded themselves that their main market was modellers rather than wargamers. In fact it is over-engineered for a wargame model, but that is a not uncommon problem with kit manufacturers these days.

Showing The Icarus Weapon System

The legs, for example, have a number of joints which one is advised not to glue, which does make for a very posable model. But it also results in it collapsing in a heap like a dead spider so one ends up gluing the joints in position one by one after the event. Some of the detail is a pain to put together - the tiny rods connecting the turret rail to the turret for example. Also there are some very delicate bits of plastic that are unlikely to survive long.

Come In No. 74, Your Time Is Up


Nevertheless, the finished product looks very nice indeed and there is quite a choice of weapons and equipment for those who must have one of everything.

The Radiation Doomed Crewman

The Dunewalker comes with a base which I chose not to use as it is rather large to decorate
and the model really doesn't need one.

Recommended: but be patient with all the small components.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Civil War In Ruralshire

Ye Ruralshire Echo

Fighting Breaks Out In Ruralshire


 by our own Royal correspondent - Lunchtime O'Cider

Upon hearing that Prince Rupert was leading the Royal Army was marching down the London Road, the Parliamentary host under Milord of Essex ventured out beyond Emtyfive Lane to impede their entry into the city.

Essex took up a strong position on a ridge to the east of the village of Muckspreader. Price Rupert deployed his army on a similar ridge adjacent to the hamlet and the two sides exchanged insults and the occasional ball.

The two commanders could be seen riding out to their cavalry on each wing, waving their arms and delivering stirring speeches, but the aforesaid cavalry refused to move.

The parliamentary cannon were usefully engaged bombarding the village, where it was later reported that they killed two chickens and a pig belonging to Parson Noseworthy, when unhappily one of their balls went astray and caused divers wounds to a company of Royal Horse, believed to be the King's Own Waterboys. Said company immediately retired from the field at a brisk gallop.


On the Royal right wing the horse, hearing the sound of galloping, mo doubt assumed that their left was charging so they charged too. Twas a stirring sight to see the parliamentary horse countercharge in response. The thunder of hooves and clash of arms fair made your correspondent spill his refreshment in excitement.

One of the Parliamentary company of horse retreated behind the foot, closely followed by the Cavaliers but the other pushed back the Royalist horse despite the being supported by curassiers.

With high spirits ye Roundheads charged into ye foe who flee.



After some confused milling about behind the line, ye Cavaliers retreated followed by our Roundhead troopers [A - a blue marker indicates a blown unit] but neither seemed keen to continue the fray.

Prince Rupert personally lead the charge of the Royalist troopers against the exhausted Roundeads [B - note blue marker].

And a fine sight they made, polished armour flashing in the sunshine. Indeed, they made just as fine a sight as they promptly u-turned and retired from the field.

A friend of  Rupert reported that the prince was 'disappointed' by his horses' performance.



On ye right flank absolutely nothing moved until the King's entire army departed.

'Tis your humble scribe's opinion that although  Parliament was left in possession of the field celebrating a victory that the issue had not been decided. I predict more trouble to come.



The troops were 25mm minifigs belonging to my friend Shaun and we used Warlord Games Pike & Shot rules by Steve Morgan.







 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Smurf Primaris Repulsor Tank

This thing is a brute!

It's a sort of flying Land Raider - only with more weapons.


It has a Gatling cannon and HMG in the turret, twin anti-tank lascannon in a front hull turret, two anti-armour grenade launchers, four anti-personal grenade launchers and a SAM launcher with anti-tank capability on the engine deck.


Oh and then there's the repulsor field that pushes close assaulting infantry away.

And it can carry a section of Bigly Smurfs exiting through the side doors.

Codex creep or what?




Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Hellions

A bladed killer swoops down on his prey

My pack of Hellions

The gang leader....for now

He should watch the lady behind him...she is ambitious

Circling around

Celebrating the kill








Sunday, 10 September 2017

Gosh, He's a Big Boy





Haven't had much time for painting recently as I've been finishing off a book but I did get around to modelling a Primaris Redemptor Dreadnought.

This is a complicated highly posable model with a multitude of parts that move or open. Display modellers will love it but it is almost over-engineered for a wargame model. Of course, this trend is also detectable in the products currently being offered by non-wargaming kit manufacturers - especially vehicle interiors that can't actually be seen when the model is assembled.

I have read of show judges inserting fibre optic probes into models to check out the quality of painting for non-visible parts. And wargamers are supposed to be obsessives!

Anyway, the model is infinitely posable: you want it in a sumo wrestler crouch? - no problem,  an arm out shoulder high clutching a cultist? - piece of cake, doing chinups - why not?

Just for fun, here is a Primaris Dreadnought by the side of an old one.


The Primaris undoubtedly has presence on the battlefield.

It also has presence in game turns. I've given it a typical general-purpose mixed weapon load of a heavy gatling, close combat weapon, flamer, twin assault grenade launchers and an AA missile launcher with ground to ground capability.

Hellbrutes don't stand a snowball's.

Great model: recommended


Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Warband of Malo the Impaler



8th edition has rekindled my interest in 40K so I am getting out all my old models and tarting them up a bit. This is one of my chaos collections.
I enjoy putting together small 40K armies and giving them a back story. Somehow it seems much more fun than putting together a killer army. I guess that’s why I play narrative rather than competitive games.



Anyway, here is a small balanced Khorne force.

HQs
Chaos Lord in terminator armour – 6pts
Exalted Champion – 5 pts

Troops
15 Khorne Berserkers – 13pts
20 Beastmen (cultists) – 6pts

Fast Attack
2 Chaos Spawn – 4 pts

Heavy Support
Forge Fiend – 9pts

Flyers
Hell Blade – 8pts
Hell Talon – 12pts

Total: 63 pts


In tactical terms the idea is that the Forge Fiend is fire support for what is primarily a close support army. The aerospace assets are there to tie down a defensive line and keep them occupied while the troops move up. The Beastmen are a tarpit and objective holding force. I expect the Berserkers and Spawn to do the actual attacking.

 


Malo the Impaler

Sgt Maluock of the Iron Hands 1st company lost control and slaughtered a detachment of the 73 Zillian Fusiliers who failed to advance dooming his squad of Space Marines, impaling their Colonel and mounting him on his armour. He turned to the worship of Khorne, making an unholy pact with the Seamless Dark Mechanicum Forge World – souls for Daemon engines.

Currently he leads Bloodfist’s Warband of Brazen Gladiators, Donna Bella and her Beastmen cultists, and two Spawn. His warband is supported by three daemon engines – a Forge Fiend, a Hell Talon and a Hell Blade.