Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Throwdown Day - 55% done!

The final Throwdown came and went last Friday. There were some really nice models there, but only 1 army was complete. And that of course, was Iqbal's brilliantly bright Eldar! Kudos for that purity seal dude.

My own AirCav came in at 55% complete. And I'm really glad for the Throwdown to get my ass of the ground and get some movement going in this project. Now that the Throwdown is done, I'm going to focus on finishing the army to the original 1750 pts, and then to the expanded 2000 pts.

For 1750, these are the models that need to be finished:

2 Vendetta - status: OD base coat done
1 Valkyrie - status: OD base coat done
20 veteran infantry - status: black under coat done
1 standard bearer - status: base coats 80% done
2 advisors - status: black under coat done
1 priest - status: black under coat done

For the extended 2000 pts, I need to add the following:

6 Ogryns - status: unassembled
1 Chimera - status: MIB
1 Marbo - status: unassembled (kitbash - parts already set aside)

And last Friday also saw the return of Ahriman and his dust boys. After 2 months of playing an all-foot Eldar, I must say it was a huge change - especially in rediscovering how easy Rhinos pop to concentrated fire (when I was playing the all-foot Eldar, that was a great way to gain First Blood. Guess I'm giving those away now).  But Thousand Sons is huge fun! All that magic. So cool.

Of course, in the very first time they come back to Legio battlefields, they go up against armies that ignore their AP3 bolters - Deathwing, and Blood Angels Honor Guard. Typical. The fight vs Deathwing didn't turn out too well. While Belial's uber 10-man Deathwing Assault Squad was wiped out in a single round of shooting, he actually held on in the ensuing close combat till battle's end. And the squad that could have saved the day for the Sons outflanked on the wrong flank (my mistake to assign that squad to the sorcerer with the blindfold - of course he couldn't see where he was going! lol), and the Deathwing carried the day. The fight against the Blood Angels was bloody. At the end of the battle, only Dante, 1 of his bodyguard and 1 Stormraven was left, and only 2 Terminators and 5 Thousand Sons survived (Ahriman died in Turn 2 - rolled a 1 for LOS, and failed his save against a melta shot). But they held the objective and won the day. The Sons are back!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Um, Colonel sir, I'm afraid we have bad news ...

... AirCav Detachment, II Catachan will not be ready for deployment by tomorrow evening as scheduled, sir! Yes sir, I have assigned myself to special punishment detail, sir! What is that sir? Yes sir, I will add self-flogging into my list, sir! Yes, sir, I will use the torture implements as used by the Arco-Flagellants bunking in at base camp, sir!

Sir? Paint faster, sir? Sir, yes sir!!!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Eldrad Lives!!! Again!!!

What an amazing night of gaming and hobby last Friday! On the downside I didn't manage to finish my Vendetta #05 in time for the last fortnightly Throwdown. It was a great Throwdown too. Khairul's Space Marine jetbikes were awesome, and rookie Lena's Dark Eldar was really cool.  Btw, bunches of kudos to Lena for being the only one to have made 8 for 8 Throwdowns! 100%! Puts us all so-called vets to shame.

Iqbal's lovely Harlequins won the night's Throwdown. Real detail work. And if you know his penchant for really original color combos, it works just fine for Harlies. Well done!

I did manage 2 games. One was a kill team game, which was rather one-sided. Mad Donna and her gang of Escher lovely thugs totally outnumbered and outgunned Khairul's Eldar aspects. Poor xenos. This game convinced me to finish painting my stormtroopers.

Anyways, my second game was a 1750 rematch vs Faizal's Tau, who slaughtered Eldrad's Defenders of Haran 2 weeks ago. The rematch was bloody from Turn 1, with the Kroots fried to a crisp by Wraithlord flamers. By turn 5, the Tau were down to their Riptides, a Hammerhead, a Tetra and the battle suit command squad. Eldar was down to only Eldrad and his Wraithlord buddy, both of whom managed to be in close combat, and thus pretty safe :) In the second last turn, Eldrad survived such a hail of shooting from the entire surviving Tau army. Insane! Fortune is good. With extremely heavy losses, Eldrad won the day, thanks in part to First Blood and the extra VP gained by killing the Ethereal.

And thus completes an amazing tour of duty of Eldrad's Defenders of Haran. Next time, Ahriman and his dust boys will be back in town. In the meantime, there's a s**tload of painting to do to get my AirCav done. And it shall be done!!!