February 5, 2016

Khorne Daemonkin get first run & its not pretty

Well that didn't go to well. In my 3rd ever game of WH40k 7th I took my infantry based Khorne Daemonkin (as I only really have infantry) up against an Iron Hands Bike Spam list and got railed.  My opponent had around 20 bikes on the table as well as these 3 big rocket launcher barrage things that simply vaporised half my units before they got anywhere.  My Chaos Lord got into combat once and got munched and it doesn't really matter how many attacks Khorne guys have if your opponents are T5 and your S4 and they have Chapter wide IS then its pretty hard to kill them.

Maybe I should run my Word Bearers as Space Marines and see what extra buffs I can get with them that way?  Anyway I managed to kill a few guys but it was difficult especially after both Rhinos exploded in Turn 1 & 2 and 75% of the Raptors got barraged off in Turn 1.  Definitely need that Blood-Thirster.

List for next week still @ 1000pts going to go with something a little different just for the hell of it.

Terminator Lord
w. MoK, Axe of Blind Fury, Gift of Mutation, Melta Bombs, Sigil of Corruption

15 x Cultists
15 x Cultists

5 x Terminators
w. 2 x Chainfists, 1 x Lightning Claw, 1 x Heavy Flamer/Power Fist, MoN

5 x Possessed
w. MoN

5 x Havocs
w. 2 x Heavy Bolter, 2 x Missile Launcher

2 x Obilterators
w. MoN

Hopefully Mark of Nurgle keeps people alive longer.  Thought about MoN on Lord and giving him Black Mace but as my model is built with an Axe it didn't seem right as its not WYSIWYG

January 27, 2016

Local 40k Summer League: Daemonkin @ 1000pts

Gaming for me starts up again next week with a 40k Summer League held at a local gaming store/venue on Thursday.  and the re-start of my local clubs gaming night the following Tuesday.  Thursday's (if I can organise it) will be my 40k gaming nights while Tuesday's are going to be all about X-Wing and for my first 3rd ever game of 7th Ed 40k next week I've opted to go with a Khorne Daemonkin list.

The book and its kit out kind of suit my play style which is very much a "straight the guts lets go hit something and throw dice" kind of thing regardless of the army (or game system) I'm playing.  In the absence of a Bloodthirster (waiting for the budget to settle down so I can order one) I wanted to give some of my Betrayal at Calth figures a run so I'm going with the following list (the league is set at 1000pts).

I have no idea if its viable or not but it could be fun

  Chaos Lord
w. Plasma Pistol, The Blood-Forged Armour, Sigil of Corruption & Goredrinker

8 x Cultists
8 x Cultists
8 x Cultists

9 x CSM 
w. Flamer, Champion with Combi-Flamer, Melta Bombs & Power Sword, Rhino with Havoc Launcher

10 x Raptors
w. Meltagun, Champion with Melta Bombs, Power Fist, Icon of Wrath

w. Multi-melta, Powerfist

Lord goes with CSM in Rhino they and Raptors munch on up while Hellbrute provides fire support and Cultists run up and die to give me Blood Tithe points.

January 20, 2016

Book Review: Beast Arises 2 - Predator Prey

Predator Prey is the 2nd book in the new Beast Arises series from the Black Library.  The author for this one Rob Sanders is not one I'm familiar with so I had no idea what style it would adopt but in the end I was pleasantly surprised.

In Book 1 you were presented with two story arcs told from the perspective of the Imperial Fists fighting a Xenos race called the Chromes who then experience the first Orc incursion, and that of the High Lords of Terra and the political response to that Orc attack.  The first book while a good read felt rushed, like it was setting up the series rather than telling a story, and while the characters were good you never really got a good feeling for who they were.


January 14, 2016

Betrayal at Calth - Word Bearers finishing touches

All of my Forgeworld Word Bearers shoulder pads and a small package of bits arrived from the UK today allowing me to start making the finishing touches to my Betrayal at Calth boxed set.  All of the principle painting and basing is done.  All that's left now is for the Oath Scrolls, Purity Seals and Shoulder pads to get some treatment and we are good to go.

30+ Forgeworld shoulder pads all glued on and ready for painting - look a hell of a lot better than transfers IMO

January 11, 2016

Book Review: I am Slaughter - Dan Abnett

Just finished reading the first in the new Beast Arises series from the Black Library.  1 book a month for 12 months set 1500 years after the Siege of Terror and detailing the rise of a new Ork Waagh that threatens Terra and the Imperium.

This latest effort by Dan Abnett is pretty good the story is well paced, you get a good feel for all of the characters (and there are a number of important ones) albeit briefly in most cases, and the overall sense of anticipation as you wait to see how things pan out is good.  The writing is also up to Dan's usual standards and you get an ok feel as to how Space Marines fight, although no where near as well as in standard HH books.  My usual reading fare is anything by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and I have a very strong Word Bearers bias but after reading this the Imperial Fists seem like an intriguing bunch.

I have two key criticisms of the book though.  The first is that is very short only 237 pages so I managed to finish it in a single day in between looking after 3 kids and housework etc.  An enjoyable read but still far too short.  You also realised about 1/2 way through the book wasn't leading to a conclusion but - as many movies do nowadays - simply setting you up for the sequel.  In that respect the novel read like 1/2 or even 1/3 of a decent book.  Given that this new series has 12 books in it I would suspect they will all be of similar length but would together constitute no more than 3 or 4 decent sized novels.  Its a pity as I think releasing larger books every 2 months would have worked and I would rather see good authors like Dan Abnett be given more opportunity to write a full novel.

Despite these reservations and being somewhat desperate for good reading material - If I read the Night Lords Trilogy or First Heretic anymore my copies will fall apart - I have pre-ordered the next book in the series.