It seems like ages since I rolled any dice in anger, but in reality it has only been a couple of weeks. And it will be a while longer as the world battles this very real crisis.
One would think that staying at home would mean plenty of time to paint figures and get ready for the return of some sort of normality, but I am really busy actually working…
A while back I posted a bunch of pictures of a large battle between a combined Blood Angels and Grey Knights Task Force versus a Death Guard host.
Before the lockdown, Mr Steinberg and I had another large game, this time a Grey Knights force lead by Inquisitor Coteaz and a small retinue going up against the Old Foe, The Death Guard.
I set up my industrial terrain again, but this time with more open space and less towers.
I used the Coteaz and Retinue profiles from White Dwarf, but they really were not very good. Although it is fun to add a varied unit of soldiers, they are not very well trained or armoured for an Inquisitors Retinue and they were little more than a speed bump.
Mr Steinberg’s Death Guard are a spectacular army across the table, all nauseating green and putrid pustules.
We had agreed what vehicles we would be taking before the game to make sure it would be as balanced as possible.
…so there was a Land Raider on each side.
I was overly impressed with Inquisitor Coteaz’s Psychic abilities, they did not benefit the Grey Knights or the soon to be deceased Retinue. They may work better with an allied Imperial Guard army.
A Grey Knights Purgation unit with Psycannons and a Mortis Class Dreadnought with four Autocannon’s should be able to hold the flank, right?
There were objectives to hold and these randomly changed each turn to make it more interesting, this was a scenario from a White Dwarf a while back.
The Blight Drones with their speed, flamer attacks and probes can make a mess of most things, including a Land Raider.
If you shoot something enough, it will go down, the massed firepower of the Purgation squad and the Mortis Dreadnought eventually killed the tentacled Death Guard Dread.
The Mortis Dreadnought went down and the Purgation fell back to some cover to make their last stand…
The Grey Knights were falling too fast and not taking enough of the Death Guard down, it was only a matter of time before they were overwhelmed.
A really good game again, I just need a a little more firepower, maybe the Leviathan Knight will help next time.
On the rare occaision we get a weekend game organised, it is great to have the time to set up a complex table of terrain, get loads on toy soldiers on the table, eat pizza, roll buckets of dice and have a thoroughly enjoyable day.
It does take me ages to actually get the pictures online, this battle was played some time ago, my Grey Knights and Blood Angels against a massive horde of Death Guard.
So I am not going to make any comments, just leave this big list of picture here…
My newly painted (and nearly finished) Warcry terrain got its first use in a couple of games this week. This allowed us to use the terrain setup cards as well as the missions and twist cards. The whole thing works very well giving loads of setup options. Not all of the terrain is used in every mission, so some of the newly painted (and nearly finished) terrain did not even get used, after all that hard work as well!
These games featured Mr Steinbergs new Orc horde against my Iron Golem warband.
The first game we played was capture and burn objectives, so some strategic running around was required to outnumber opponents to allow an objective to be claimed.
Quite a few of Mr Steinbergs Orcs had bows and so they are able to pop off a few shots and take a few wounds off the Iron Golems before any serious melee breaks out.
It was all tied up at two objectives each before the Iron Golem’s decided to beat down on a few Orcs and so miss the opportunity to get a tie. The sneaky green ones managed to claim the last two objectives and get a win.
The next game had the greenskins needing to kill three particular models in the Iron Golem warband, including the large and scary Ogre.
Deployment can cause some challenges, as you never quite know where your models are going to come on until the deployment card is flipped, makes it interesting!
Luckliy for the Iron Golem’s, the hard hitting massive spear was kept away from Ogre, but the other two targets fell quite quickly.
In the end it was a big brawl and even the mighty 30 wound Ogre was taken down, nibbled to death by the green tide.
I like this game, good game mechanics, quite different from the norm, the added abilities, both generic and warband specific give each force a unique style.
I have been a bit tardy in posting details of bigger games played recently, but I do get around to it eventually.
Mr Steinberg and I played out a decent sized Steam Wars game with his US Navy making an airborne assault against my Mechanica force.
Mr Steinberg has built up quite an armada of steampunk flying ships from Blotz, and they have plenty of deck space for transporting his troops.
To counter the threat, The Mechanica had a new weapon, the OW81 Air Superiority Aether-Jet Fighter, armed with a substantial nose mounted Gattling Cannon.
The US Navy narrow barge can carry a squad into the thick of the action, and there were a couple of these, each flanking the main twin hulled flyer.
The larger twin hulled flyer can easily carry a couple of units, I think it would be possible to get a least four six man squads onto the deck of this thing if needed.
Once the Skyships had made it most of the way across the table, it was time for the ground offensive, the troops rappel from the flying ships to deploy into the best cover and start to assault the defensive positions of the Mechanica.
Meanwhile in the skies above the ground war, the Mechanica Fighter Aether-Jet continued for unleash hot lead into the Skyships even though they had already deployed their troops.
The Mechanica ground units had all been equipped with Drones for the engagement, some were weapon Drones, others were defensive Drones.
One lucky unit even had a B4-PO Droid which had been configured as a targeting drone for the battle.
There are few living models in the Mechanica force, the Iron Man likes to operate on all his own, using his jump pack to charge into combat and try to inflict enough damage so the defending unit cannot strike back with much success. It does not always work…
Meanwhile in the skies above, the dogfight continued and the Mechanica Aether-Jet eventually brought down a Skyship.
Another new piece of hardware for the Mechanica was the Steel Wheel Quad Ack-Ack Roller Tank (I need a shorter and punchier name for this baby). It packs some serious firepower, but for some reason the targeting systems (the dice) were just not working.
It was another really enjoyable game, but then again I am biased as I wrote the rules…