December 27, 2015

Betrayal at Calth - Word Bearers Terminators

Finished the Terminators from Betrayal of Calth.  Painted up as Word Bearers as I don't have any CSM versions yet and have always wanted some. Only issue is the lack of power weapons as they are standard CSM gear but the options are still pretty good.

December 24, 2015

First Game of 9th Age Fantasy Battles (Guest Post: McCrae)

It has been a long time since I posted my initial post, but I have had a busy year. Yesterday I had my first game of 9th Age. I was rather impressed with the rules and had a lot of fun. It was warhammer as we know it with improved rules, better balance and more variation in units.

For those who have not heard of the 9th Age it is a community project to continue the WHFB game system after the disaster that was Age of Sigmar. It has a lot of traction in Europe and some areas of the US and is becoming a more and more streamlined ruleset. They are slowly tweaking the 8th edition rules to be more cohesive and easier to use. The new 0.10 and 0.11 beta editions are looking really good as the rule designers have taken the plunge and simplified some awkward rules for magic and cannons etc. If you want to have a look the rules can be found here:

I decided to take my Sylvan Elves (Wood Elves) for a test spin against some Warriors of the Dark Gods (Warriors of Chaos) played by a great french guy called Jules with an impressive beard.

I took a list as follows:

High Druid, Level 4, Path of Wilderness, Dispell Scroll 260
Treefather Ancient, Avatar of Nature, Entwined Roots 295
Forest Prince, Forest Guardian Kindred, Armour of Destiny, Whirlwind Blade 270

Forest Captain, Forest Guardian Kindred, Battle Standard Bearer, Light Armour, Shield, Dragonscale Helm, Lucky Charm, Potion of Swiftness, Sacred Spear of Cadaron 175
Druid, Level 2, Tome of Arcane Lore, Path of Nature 120
Dryad Matriarch, Fertile Seeds, Path of the Wilderness 95

25 Forest Guard, Spears, Shields, Light Armour, Innate Protection 6+, Full Command, Veteran Standard Bearer with War Banner 295
29 Dryads, Entwined Roots Upgrade (S5), Champion 430

8 Sylvan Sentinels, Additional Hand Weapons, Hawthorn Shots 128
7 Sylvan Sentinels, Additional Hand Weapons, Hawthorn Shots 112

Treefather 220

December 16, 2015

WIP: Betrayal at Calth

Had to wait a fortnight after getting my box set to start assembling these guys but progress is now being made.  Decided to start with the heroes, Contemptor and Terminators.  Of the models in the box the only ones I'll paint up as Ultramarines will be the Terminator hero and possibly one squad of Tactical marines.  Everything else Terminators included will be in Word Bearers colours.

Only issue with painting the Terminators as Word Bearers is that the current (suxy) CSM Codex has CSM Terminators equipped with power weapons and bolters as standard and there is only one power weapon in the box.  I have a few others spare but they're all right handed which meant some tricky conversion work to get them to fit.  I'll have a play around later on to see if I can get them to work.

The Sergeant is getting Chaos'd up with a few bits.

Polyfilla on all the bases prior to model assembly

A slight modification on the Contemptor I cut the torso off the legs so I could rotate it slightly making it slightly less static.  Did look at options for pinning the weapon arms so I could interchange them and for putting the Rotor Cannon on the left arm (an easy job) but as I already have an Assault Cannon armed Dread went with the other weapon option instead.

School holidays now so should have a lot of spare time (kids depending) to get these guys painted up ready for gaming next year (no gaming for me till March due to Cricket)