October 18, 2016

WIP - CSM/KD Maulerfiend

Taking one of these to Warpstorm at the end of the month - have one painted already that I acquired off a local gamer who sold off his entire KD collection (picked up 6 Bloodcrushers, 2 Skull Cannons, 6 Bikes & a Maulerfiend cheap as).  Still while I don't need two painted I can at least get this guy ready and take my own model down - I have repainted the one I acquired but still you want to take stuff you completely did on your own.

I've seen some great modifications done on this model where the legs are changed to give more dynamic poses.  Sadly that's beyond my capabilities at the moment.  However, I can at least add a couple of extras to it hence the Khorne banner and the Space Marine getting munched.

Once the PVA is dry and the cork is set the base will get my usual layer of Polyfilla and the standard dark grey washed colour scheme I use on all my Chaos stuff.  

October 16, 2016

More Harlequins Completed: Skyweavers, Shadowseer & Troupe

Collection moving along nicely now with painting completed on my 3rd Harlequin Troupe, 2nd Death Jester and Shadowseer.  Still 2 Troupes on their way to me but unfortunately I missed out on a 3rd cheap Death Jester and 6th Troupe after a late bidder nabbed the auctions out from under me.  Voidweaver paint stripped and re-undercoated as well so painting on that is the next thing on the list.

2nd unit of Skyweavers - patterns don't look as crisp on these for some reason... 

All 4 Skyweavers together - broke the glaive on one unfortunately..

October 15, 2016

Harlequin's 1st game & WIP Shadowseer

First small game with my Harlequins the other night only 1000pts up against a pile of Necrons.  Enjoyable game and I got to see how the army could work when its used properly.  Once I figure out the basics of how to utilise the various unit and weapon rules to maximise their effectiveness they'll be fun to play.  Brittle yes but then so are Daemons and CSM the whole being able to run and assault was good but I really need more Skyweavers - bit blobs of 4-6 would work quite well I think.  The Zephyrglaive is definitely the way to go with them as well as is mix n matching the various special infantry weapons.

Highlight of the evening was getting hold of my Codex which Simon had received that morning from his GW contact in the UK... its gorgeous...
Harlequin Troups dance their way toward the Necron masses
The Voidweaver gets slammed online but its shooting was quite helpful

The game basically centered around this combat with my entire force save for my Elites charging in
Had a productive couple of days with the paint brush as well making good progress finishing off my 3rd Harlequin Troupe, 2nd unit of Skyweavers and the Shadowseer.   Also have the Voidweaver soaking in Dettol so I can strip it and repaint it, and a 2nd Death Jester underway.

Opted to match the checkerboard pattern on the weavers on my Seer - pattern on legs isn''t quite right
Fun model to paint once you figure out what you want to do with it
Trying to decide whether to do checkerboards on the Miststave... its just so small
Also on the way are 3 more Harlequin Troupes and a 3rd Death Jester courtesy of Trade Me, and a Solitaire from GW in the UK (cheers Simon).  Going to have to order some different coloured flower tufts off the Kapiti Hobby Corner just to distinguish between units.

October 12, 2016

1st Harlequin list @ 1000pts

My Harlequin collection is growing nicely and I have enough now for 1000-1500 games albeit with a strong focus on infantry as I don't yet have enough vehicles to provide transports for them.  Still they get a lot of bonuses for movement so terrain is my friend.  

With that in mind I'll be giving them their first go tomorrow night at 1000 points using a Masque detachment from the Codex.  They're not all painted and I don't like using unpainted models but you know I really want to try them out.

Harlequins Masque Detachment
The formation rule means that from Turn 2 onward all units with Fleet can run and charge in the same turn.  Given that the entire army ignores the effects of terrain when moving and charging through it this is pretty damn good.

Death Jester - Laughing God's Eye

The Eye gives all friendly units within 12" Adamantium Will.  These guys are awesome in the shooting phase they hit and wound on 2's (BS5 + Poisoned), force a pinning test on the units they hit, if they kill a non-vehicle model get to stick a small blast template over its corpse to do more hits with ignore cover, and any unit that takes a wound must make a leadership test or flee in a direction the Death Jester chooses @ -2 Leadership.  

Inriams Spectre

The Death Jester from Death Masque he differs in that he gets Shrouded which considering Harlequins love terrain is extremely helpful.  

Shadowseer - Lvl 2, Mask of Secrets

Your friendly neighbourhood Psyker who in this case with the Mask is Fearless and reduces the leadership of all enemy models within 12" by 2.  Combine this with the Death Jester and you can see enemy units being forced to take leadership tests at -4.

Troupe - 3 x Harlequins Kiss, 2 x Embrace, Master with Power Sword & Haywire Grenades
Troupe - 2 x Harlequins Kiss, 2 x Embrace, Master with Power Sword & Haywire Grenades
Troupe - 2 x Harlequins Kiss, 2 x Embrace, Master with Power Sword & Haywire Grenades

Harlequins Kiss makes one melee attack go in at S6 AP2 with 6's having Instant Death.  The Embrace gives the model D3 S6 Hammer of Wrath Hits.  The whole unit has Plasma Grenades which are quite handy and the Haywire Grenades on the Master are good vs. vehicles.

Fast Attack
Skyweavers x 2 - Zephyrglaives, Haywire Cannon, Shuriken Cannon
Skyweavers x 2 - Zephyrglaives, Haywire Cannon, Shuriken Cannon

They are classed Eldar Jet Bikes which is fun now I know what they do.  Gave each unit one of each type of cannon so I could test them out.

Heavy Support

Painted this one really badly so I need to strip it as it looks like shit and I don't really want to use it but its a compulsory choice.  It gets bagged but it has lots of shooting which is nice.

There are far more special rules here for me to remember than with CSM & KD but I'm going to enjoy figuring out how to use them effectively.  

October 11, 2016

Playing Betrayal at Calth: Scenarios 1-3 overview

Think I've said it before but if you have a copy of this game and haven't tried it yet then you really should give it a go.  Its easy to learn, easy to play, a great way to get kids involved in the hobby and its fluff plus its fun as well.

The game also has a fair bit of replay value the original game comes with 6 scenarios and the first issue of the new look White Dwarf has modified versions of these 6.   Combining multiple sets would give you really big play areas and you could easily write your own scenarios.  These could if you wish increase the size of the forces used and turn BoC into a quite decent sized skirmish level contest.

Managed three full scenarios this afternoon after picking my son up from school.  He already has the rules memorised including all the weapon stats and as a result he was able to put all his attention onto the tactical side of the game.  End result I got my ass handed to me... much to his delight.