Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Ashes of Konor Tournament

I had planned to try and "live blog" my attendance at this tournament that my FLGS, Rules of Engagement Games, in Havelock, North Carolina, was having.  Unfortunately, my phone did not have good enough service.  Luckily, this has given me time to think about what happened.

Lets start with the army I decided to bring.  I chose Abaddon, a Warpsmith, a Chaos Space Marine Squad with a single plasma gun, a hellbrute (is that one or two "L"s?) with fist, heavy flamer and multimelta, Maulerfiend with lashes and a Chaos Predator with autocannon, two heavy bolters, havoc launcher and combi flamer. In all it came to 991 points and formed a patrol detachment, Black Legion of course.   The tournament was 1000 points, and I just didn't have the time to maximize the list.  You can see them below.


The first event was to display your Konor campaign card, which I had almost two rows completed, that counted as one row complete.  Next the pins for the weekly missions were tallied, and after a strong showing the first four weeks I sucked the last three.  So I earned points for 4 pins.  Next, the armies that were "fully painted" were placed on display for judging.  Lets take a look at some of them.


These were my guys, Abaddon is glowing with his internal joy at the impending slaughter.  The watch batteries and LEDs helped as well.


I faced this Eldar army in my last battle, and (spoiler alert) only victory.  It was my first real look at Eldar in 8th edition, and I think I wouldn't mind trying them again.


Yes, that is Guilliman back there in this Soviet themed Primaris (or is it "primarus"?) Ultramarines army.  Ultramarines are annoying enough with a chance to get back spent command points.  I can only say I am happy I did not face this one.


I'd faced this Tau army before and had managed a win by controlling objectives.  This time....well. The paint scheme makes it more difficult to know what is a unit.


Celestine and her "fan boys?"  I'm glad I didn't face these Custodes.  All those storm shields is why I don't bother with trying for lots of high AP weapons.


This is the ork army I would face in the first battle.  The guys in the bushes are kommandos


This was an another all primarus (-is) Ultramarines army.  10 helblasters in there. 


Some winter themed IG.  No Conscripts.  Sadly this army was tabled in all three games.


A nice looking Chaos Space Marine army, from what I saw, they did well.

I think there were 14 (it might have been 16) total players, so at least 5 armies were either not considered fully painted or not on display as I went around taking pictures.

So lets talk about the first battle.  It was "live streamed" but I tried watching it and there isn't much to see.  The place was so noisy, that I don't think they captured any audio.  While most of the missions on the tables were rehashes of the weekly Konor missions, this one was objective based.  Scour, seize or something.  With Six objectives, I knew I'd be at a disadvantage to the more numerous orks. The orks who were currently tied with me for best painted.

This was the initial deployment, there are two additional objectives out of view to the right.  All I can say about this battle was his psykers were hot, and I wish I had brought a Sorcerer instead of the Warpsmith. 
The orks in the upper right corner are all dead, but Abaddon and the Warpsmith would fall next turn.

The Predator and the Chaos Space Marine Squads survived, but it wasn't enough with him getting da'jump off every time he tried.   I earned 8 points (6 for objectives, warlord and first blood), my opponent earned 9 (7 for objectives, warlord and linebreaker)  Minor Loss for me.

Next I got to face the T'au (r'eally?)
You can see from the setup, thatI'm trying to overpower one side, or at least make him move some guys to be in range of me.
Mission:  Get to the enemy deployment zone on turn 5.  I'm the attacker. but he steals the initiative and destroys my predator on turn one.

I've got nothing good to say about this game.  I should have played the mission better and kept half my forces in reserve.  I also should have deployed Abaddon in a teleportarium (transporter room) and dropped behind him on turn 3.  I was tabled on turn 4 or 5 but enjoyed an hour break before my next game.

Well, I still had a chance to win best painted, right?  Okay, lets see that Aeldari (areallyi???) battle.

This was the Konor mission where there were objective markers I needed to destroy.  I didn't take any other pictures, but imagine my Maulerfiend climbing on top of the central building to eat some Aeldari Rangers.The Warpsmith actually repaired my Helbrute on his way to smash the guardian squad to the right.  He went from one wound to 7 with the use of a Konor Stratagem card and the Warpsmith.  I almost lost this mission by not pushing fast enough to the middle objective.  This was the first game to see my Maulerfiend survive, ever.  Abaddon, died dueling with Warlocks and Farseers.  Apparently you can only take so many Smite wounds.  And by the way we played it, Abaddon's dark destiny damage reduction power didn't work to make 3 mortal wounds 2 or 2 into 1.

Anyways, I had a great time and my opponent was in good spirits as we played.  All of th players got some loot like dice bags, wristbands and tokens, while the winners got some nice 40K kits.  However, I am very proud of this one thing:

I had tied the orks and one of the store owners had to cast a deciding vote.  So its nice to see that my fellow gamers appreciated my army.

Let me know what you think, and I'll work on more pictures of my Warriors of Mayhem!









Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Warriors of Mayhem Status

I have been very hard at work on my latest army, a Chaos warband known as the Warriors of Mayhem.   While they are primarily Slaanesh devotees, they count Khorne Beserkers and Rubric Marines amongst their number.  Worship of Nurgle is strictly forbidden.

Let's look at some units, starting with the first model that was completed, a Hellbrute.


You may notice that the Hellbrute is standing on a custom 3D printed base with a Chaos star.

My Hellbrute needed a friend, so a Winged Demon Prince was Summoned.  Here they can be seen next to a few of the Konor Campaign buttons I had earned.  Sadly, I have not made much more progress on the demon prince.

I saw the Warpsmith, and knew I had to try my hand at making one.  Here's an in progress shot.

After a few more mechandrites, and some paint he was looking like this:



Next up is a Deimos Pattern Predator.  I CAD modeled and then 3D printed a turret, side sponsons and front hull plate.  I really like how this one came together.









Next time we'll see some Chaos Space Marines, Cultists, Khorne Beserkers, Chosen, Raptors and Havocs.

Till then, let me know what you think.





Monday, September 11, 2017

Abaddon

Abaddon, made from a Chaos Lord in Terminator Armor.  Read more below.
Did you notice the light behind his head?  And the glow on his Lightning Claw?

Here he is in progress, the battery pack and switch are below him.  The wires run through his right leg and into the torso, connect to one light and then out his shoulder and up his right arm to the claw. 

I think the sword is from a bloodletter.


And with the lights on.

It's amazing in a dark space.


I enjoyed making the screaming faces on the sword.  The topknot comes from a Space Wolf.

I like how the eye came out.  Can you see the switch?

The combi-bolter was fun to graft onto the claw.  It started as two chaos bolters.  The battery pack was recessed into the 40mm base, and the rock outcrop from the Chaos Lord in Terminator Armor kit was placed on top.

All in all it was a fun build.  Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Outpost Psi Upsilon 34 (Mega-Terrain)

Hello and it's time for a new Mega-Terrain Project.  I've lamented the lack of LOS blocking terrain at my local store and have toyed with several ideas.  This idea is a lonely research outpost located on a mesa with a landing pad on an adjacent mesa.

So I imagined the outpost would look something like this:

And I wanted to have a landing pad like this:


I had already determined that this would be something placed in the center of a gameboard, but I wanted to make sure there would be plenty of room to deploy forces and move around the  piece.  Although, I would like to make some smaller mesas as scatter terrain.

After some math, I decided that 24" by 18" was a big piece, but left enough room along the outside.  I found some old high density foam leftover from a previous project and set to work.


The Chaos Predator and Salamander Space Marine give a good sense of scale.  This thing is going to be huge!


Happy with my stacking, I used Gorilla glue and wood glue to bond the foam together.  To add stiffness, I drilled holes and inserted 3/8" wood dowels into both mesas from top to bottom.


Used a hot wire foam tool and a keyhole saw to shape the foam, and make a considerable mess.
(I should probably go clean that up.)

It was important to include ramps so that vehicles could get to the top of the mesa.  Chimeras and Rhinos should have no problems, it's a close fit for the Predator, and I wouldn't recommend trying to get a Land Raider up that hill.

Once the shape was where I liked it, I used a 50/50 water and Elmer's glue mix and some playground sand to seal the surface of the foam.

I then primed it black and brushed on several shades of brown acrylic paint.


I'd been working on the landing platform, and you can see I have 6 of the 8 pieces printed and glued together.  At this point the platform is just resting on the twin mesas, but that's about where I planned it to go.
I'm going to need a bridge to get from the main mesa to the landing platform.  The narrow gorge is great for dreadnoughts, but the Predator's sponsons mean it has to go around.



Here's a great shot of the supports for the platform.

I added small 2" x 2" platforms so that infantry can make their way up the mesas without resorting to the road.  I'll add ladders later.  Check out the bridge and the makeshift repairs.


Another profile shot.

And lastly I finished a small ruined building for the main mesa.  It is based separately, which should give me some flexibility.

Well, let me know what you think.  It's not finished, but I expect to use it in a game this weekend.