Friday, February 10, 2017

Storm King vs a Lot of Tanks

Finally time to put my shiny new Titan on the table. One lone Warlord Titan (2,750 points) versus a full Emperor's Fist Tank company of ten Leman Russ Vanquishers, a Baneblade, and two Shadowswords (3,100 pts. A few stand-ins for the Guard)

Turn One: The Guard went first, Even with most of the Vanquishers only needing a 3+ to hit, it still took four of them to drop the Void Shields. The remaining six did 4 hull points of damage, all from the Vanquisher battle cannons. The Baneblade did single point of damage with its main gun and none from the lascannons. The pair of Shadowswords inflicted seven points of damage with their mighty Volcano Cannons. 12 points of damage total, almost half.

Then Tempestus Rex shot back. The Shadowswords were clearly the biggest threat and each got erased by a triple turbo laser battery. The Baneblade and a Vanquisher were taken out by a single Volcano blast, and the formation HQ tank plus a two of his friends by the second Volcano Cannon shot.
Three superheavies and four Vanquishers. Not a bad turn of shooting. And I got two Void Shields back.

The six remaining Vanquishers (now hitting on 4+ due to the loss of the HQ) Took down the Voids and did 3 more HP. Then they died.
 A swift two turn bloodbath. With thirteen vehicles the tank force only did 50% damage to the Titan. The tanks had the added advantage of going first, and starting within lascannon weapons range. The Warlord's guns have a huge range advantage, if we had started any further apart it would have been even more lopsided. The plan was for the Vanquishers to close and use the sponson mounted Multi-Meltas to great effect. That didn't come close to happening.

No big surprise that the Warlord Titan is a nigh unstoppable machine of destruction, and doesn't really belong in a 40K scaled game. But it is so much damn fun!

  The Emperor Protects
But Size Does Matter

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Back in the Blood Bowl

As Jim & Bob would say, "We're back for another exciting season of Blood Bowl!" of course it has been about twenty years since I last played BB on the tabletop. After a very long hiatus, The Game of Fantasy Football is back. Real Fantasy Football with dice and Orcs, not to be confused with  spreadsheet jockeys who fantasise about "owning" real NFL players.

The big question about Games Workshop returning to other games it any good? Happily the answer is a resounding yes. The miniatures are great, the board is great, and the rulebook and supporting items are great. And for a smart extra bonus, they kept the rules the same! There may be a few very minor tweaks, but it is classic Blood Bowl, thank Nuffle (BB dice deity).
Playing BB with two painted teams is quite a satisfying experience. And it is pretty easy to get there, a full team roster is only sixteen players, so they paint up quick.
 Aside from looking good on the pitch, the painted figs really help with figuring out who is who. We decided to follow the Copenhagen International Tournament Rules Committee's guidelines on base colors to tell apart player's positions. Who are we to question their ancient wisdom? It just works.

The box set comes with a dozen Orc and Human players, and the Skaven starter box has been released. Dwarves and Elves are rumored to be next. Extra players, Star Players, and the like are suppose to be coming from Forge World. Hopefully they will get to the Chaos team before long.
Blood Bowl is a fast, fun and often very chaotic game. It is not for people who can't stand to see their "perfect" strategy evaporate with a few bad die rolls. It is a game where you have to be on your toes and thinking of Plan B at all times. Which is one the reasons I have always really liked this game. BB matches can be exhausting, full of despair and triumph, often in the same turn.

This does feel like it is a real re-launch of Blood Bowl that will have good support from Games Workshop rather than a one-off nostalgia release. I hope that is the case.

Go Roll Some Dice
And Score Some Touchdowns  

Friday, December 30, 2016

Tempestus Rex

Here is the culmination of many hours of toil. I present to you, Mars Alpha Pattern Warlord Titan, Tempestus Rex, ("Storm King" in low Gothic) of the Legio Gryphonicus.

I am well pleased at the way it came out. As with many large projects, there are a few small things I would do a bit differently, but nothing major. It has been one hell of a build, and one of my best.

Thank you all for the kind words of encouragement, it helped a lot in the dark times when there was just so much left to do. Booze and cursing The Jeff helped a lot too.

Now it's time to see what 3,000 points of imperial Guard Tanks can do to it.

The Big Guns Never Tire
And What A Joyous Sound They Make

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy X-Mas

Happy Holidays to all! Be it Christmas, Hanukkah, or the Ascension of Tzeentch, may you have a great time.

I know the Warlord update is very late, but weather (cold and very windy) has prevented the final spraying of dullcoat. The Titan looks terrible in photos right now due to the glossy coat I put on as part of the decals stage. Maybe next week for the glorious reveal.

So have a excellent holiday(s) and feel free to invoke Metal Santa on a T-80 for an extra mulligan.

Go Roll Some Dice
In The Name of Holiday Cheer