Category Archives: Blood Angels

Space Marine Battle

After the Knights versus Titan game a few weeks ago, we used the same setup to have a game of Space Marines against Space Marines.

For a change, I decided not to use any Death Company, no Sanguinary Guard and no named characters.

My old Terminators on 25mm bases should give you an idea of the era I come from.

A good deal of Mr Steinbergs marines are of a similar age, so we had plenty of old beaky marines converted in all sorts of ways.

The missions and objective cards make the latest 40K version a good game to play, points are easily won and lost. Having units that can get around quickly are generally a benefit.

I had a Tactical Squad in a Rhino to try to give them plenty of speed when trying to get to an objective.

The Baal is a great shooty vehicle when armed with an Assault Cannon, Heavy Bolters and a Storm Bolter, 20 dice I think…

Mr Steinberg had Veteran squads, armed with various weapons, these started the game guarding one of the objectives.

This is quite literally a heavy metal Dreadnought, an old lump of a lead model with Assault Cannon and Powerfist.

Mr Steinbergs Terminators supported by a Librarian teleported in behind the Blood Angels starting point and exchanged fire with the Ball and a Librarian Dreadnought for several turns.

The Blood Angels Terminators teleported onto an objective and proceeded to cause havoc against the veteran Marines.

I have never used a Land Speeder, but Mr Steinberg likes to field a couple, I’m sure I have an old lead one in the loft still in its packaging…

Terminators in a crater, that will be +1 to their saving throw then.

One of the newer models in my Blood Angels is this Librarian Dreadnought, whats is not to like, a psychic Dread!

I dropped my Blood Angels Assault Marines on top of the processing tower, ready to charge the next turn.

The Tactical unit gave up their transport and got into the fight, can’t spend the whole game getting a ride.

I still really like this version of 40K, so glad we decided to give it a go.

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Blood Angels On The Move

I can’t remember which edition of 40K I started my Blood Angels army, but it has grown quite a bit over the years. As it has expanded, I have just added more and more figure cases until it was just too many. So recently I acquired a large red Games Workshop carry case, well, red is a good colour for Blood Angels.
As it is nice and deep, the Rhino’s and Baal Predator could go in end first so they could all fit.

However, my two Stormravens just will not go in here as well so they still have their own case…

Forge World Dread

This is another model that has been in the Loft Full Of lead for ages, when I say ages, I mean years and years. I think this was the first Contemptor Class Dreadnought released by Forge World.

I have magnetized the weapon mounts so there is plenty of scope for weapon combinations using the three I have and possibly adding more in the future.

I really like the model, but having it for years, I was not sure how to paint it, Blood Angels red or perhaps a gun metal and silver finish. I already have four Blood Angels Dreadnoughts so did not really need another. So I went down the metallic route as a Dreadnought for the Grey Knights.

40K 8th Edition

Warhammer 40K 8th Edition has been kicking around for a while now and Mr Steinberg and I have once again delved into Games Workshop’s game of never ending war. The quick start rules were available free and the army indexes meant it did not cost much to try it out. In fact Mr Steinberg bought the indexes so I did not have to spend a penny. To start with anyway…

I have been playing 40K on and off since Rogue Trader first came out 30 years ago! The first book was great, 2nd Edition was good, I started to lose interest after 3rd Edition and tried 5th and 6th without much joy. I don’t think I even noticed 7th Edition being released.

I really wanted to like this edition. I have plenty of models, especially Blood Angels that have been added to in more recent years, around 5th Edition I think. I have always liked the setting and the massive range of models, loads of which have been languishing the Loft Full Of Lead for years.

We have had several games in the last few weeks, mostly with my Blood Angels against Mr Steinbergs close combat heavy Nurgle force.

I have to say I am quite impressed. It plays well, even if it is still using the I GO YOU GO turn mechanic rather than alternative activation, which I do prefer.

One thing you do need is loads of dice, especially if attacking with chainsword wielding Death Company.

Mr Steinberg has a number of proxy models in his Nurgle force, but they all looked fantastic. The Greater Beast of Nurgle (above) was pretty much a tank and a tank killer. These Nurgle will double up in Dragon Rampant, so I will be seeing plenty more of these…
The Psychic phase is quite powerful and most models seem to spend plenty of time Smiting anything within 18″. As it is a Mortal Wound, it cannot be saved.

Cover increases a units armour save by 1, but for Marines with a standard 3+ save it does not really make a huge difference, I spend my time rolling 1’s anyway for armour saves, just ask my Terminators, oh no, wait you can’t, they all died.

There are a couple of things that I am not keen on, mostly around movement and charges. All models charge 2D6 inches, regardless of what their basic move is. So a unit of jump pack equipped Assault Marines with a move of 12″ can charge as far as a unit of Terminators with a move of 5″.

I think for units with a greater basic move should be able to charge 3D6 and discard the lowest dice. House rule!

Another issue is that character models are no longer part of a unit, they are individual models. This can cause problems when trying to get a squad and a character to charge at the same enemy, the squad may not succeed in their 2D6 charge, but the character may and end up all on his own in combat. So far, I have found it best to first attempt to charge with the squad and if they make it, then attempt to charge with the character.

Close combat has improved, models can freely leave combat in the movement phase without suffering a free hit, but they generally can’t fire weapons or charge again.

There is no Overwatch, basically any unit being charged can shoot at the attackers but only hit on a 6.

I like this edition, a great improvement over the last edition I played. We will continue to thrash out some games.

I have the new Grey Knights Codex and need to work out if the models I have fit well enough into the revised structure. My Grey Knights were last used when the Inquisition were in the same army list, so I do not have a large number of pure Grey Knights. As we are currently playing 75 power points in a game, I should be okay.

One thing I noticed in the Grey Knights Codex was that my three Forge World models were not listed, it is a good that Google provides all the answers. My two Dreadnoughts and a Vortimer Pattern Land Raider Redeemer are 35 power by themselves.

I am also going to catalog my old Orks and Tyranids to see what I can field but both of these forces are really old and do not include anything released in about the last 20 years. Most of my Orks will look like Gretchin compared to today’s model sizes. Should be fun.

Baal Predator

After my first game of the latest incarnation of Warhammer 40K, I quickly decided I needed some emergency maintenance work on the Ball Predator to remove the Flamestorm and replace it with an Assault Cannon.

The Flamestorm was too unpredictable for me with its D6 attacks, I prefer the guarantee of rolling 2D6 with an Assault Cannon.

I had to carefully score the Flamestorm join and then basically snap it off. When I glue something, it is pretty well glued!

I was able to tidy up the turret fixing and attach the Assault Cannon without too much grief.

I have not glued the Assault Cannon, it is a tight fit, I may be able to repair the Flamestorm and make them interchangeable.

Classic GW Models

A friend was rummaging through his Loft Full Of Lead (or should that be Loft Full Of Plastic) and found these three old GW models from the last century. The original Land Raider, Rhino and Predator. I have now inherited these and will have to see what I can do with them. I originally painted the green Land Raider a long long time ago back when you could buy two Land Raiders in a box. Back in those days before there were loads of Space Marine Chapters with bright colour schemes, I always thought it better to have some sort of camouflage and painted my first Marines and tanks green! Of course these days, most of the old Marines have been repainted red for my Blood Angels…
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I must take a few pictures comparing the size difference of the current and original Land Raiders and Rhino, the original Rhino looks so small.