Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Secret Weapon Bases

Last week I ordered an army-sized lot of bases from Secret Weapon miniatures for my Chaos Daemon list and they arrived yesterday and I couldn't be more pleased! They are less expensive than Micro Art's bases and while a few bases had spurs of flash still left along the edges,it was nothing more than you'd find on a regular Games Workshop base.

I couldn't make up my mind on which style of bases I wanted, so I just ended up mixing and matching between desert mesa and desert wasteland. Not having purchased any Secret Weapon materials before, I didn't want to blindly order a theme that might be filled with bubbles and flaws and then be forced to spend hours fixing imperfections on a complex design or base. Now that I'm familiar with the quality, I'm seriously considering ordering the Trenchworks or Flagstone sets for my White Scars.

Tonight I sanded down most of the biker bases, a couple of others and green stuffed my Fateweaver model. Lucha Domo looks on in the background and blankly gives his approval.

I've mentioned before how I have trouble focusing on just one army and finishing up painting all of that factions models. Right now, I'm in the middle of book four of the Horus Heresy novels, "The Flight of the Eisenstein" and all I can think about while I'm reading is getting to work on my White Scars. Except for Orks, the Chaos Daemon army is my second "bad guy" army. I've never really been able to play the antagonists and it's getting hard to work on nameless horrors while reading about the brave and duty-bound Astartes. With the Black Library, GW has really added a lot of flavor and diversity to would could be very vanilla army. Each Space Marine novel I read about, I want to start building an army!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Of all of the miniature war games that I have played, Warzone is one of my favorites.

Based on, "The Mutant Chronicles," Warzone is a skirmish level game set in the future where the nations of the world have developed into plant-spanning corporations - plus, add a religious inquisition, an unaligned technarchy, and corrupted mutant/alien horrors and you have a backdrop for a well designed mini game.

Warzone used D20s and unit-by-unit activation that I really liked. For some reason, the D20s made simple math hard and we often found ourselves quickly throwing dice, then trying to add modifiers and figuring out if our role was successful. Also, due to the 20 small faces on the die, sometimes a tricky flick of the wrist could result in a long wait for the outcome of a critical roll as the die spun!

I mostly played Mishima, the Japanese themed army, but I also had a slightly smaller Capital army, as well as the British themed Imperials. I'm tempted to start sorting through boxes in the garage to see if I still have any models!

The leaked images of the new Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard  (nay, Militarium Tempestus) Scion unit reminds of the Imperial corporation army from Warzone. I write that as a high compliment because of my love for Warzone.

Images from 40kWarzone

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Oh, the horror!

I'm home sick today with a nasty head cold. Maybe it's my fevered mind, but I've been dreaming up Chaos lists for Warhammer 40k.

Here's my current Screamer Star list:

1 Fateweaver
4 Harolds of Tzeentch - disks, Grimoire

3 units of Pink Horrors (10 per unit)

9 Screamers
14 Flesh Hounds

1 Soul Grinder

I like the looks of this on paper and have it tweaked to about 1,750 points. I could min/max a few things and squeeze in a Portaglyph but I'm not too fond of spawning new units that always seem to get wiped out and give up more victory points. That's something I'm going to have to just playtest and see if it's worth the risk.

I've also been working on my converted Soul Grinder. I used the torso from a Tomb King Warsphinx to make a better looking torso than just mounds of meat. I just need to find a spare missile launcher in my bits box and magnetize it to an arm or the hull.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Death Company "Death Star" Tournament results!

Today I played in a tourney with my Blood Angels, "Death Star" list.

It's been in vogue to label nasty units as "star" units because of the original "Death Star" from Star Wars, an nearly impervious weapon of immeasurable power. You'll find Screamer Star, Biker Star, etc. so, I decided to build a Death Company "star" unit, and "Death Star" is really the best name for it.

Here's my army list:

1 Reclusiarch - melta bomb, jump pack
27 Death Company (5 power fists, 12 power swords, jump packs)
5 Scouts with sniper rifles
1 Furioso Dreadnought - Melta, Flamer, Drop pod.

The Reclusiarch joins the Death Company to gain even more cheaty rules.

In the tournament, I went 2-1, with my only lost being very close Relic game.

The first game was with a guy from Kansas City who had maxed out his IG army with heavy weapon squads. I was lucky to get night fight the first turn and ran as fast as I could to his hoard that turtled up in the deployment zone. He had so many models, and so much shooting, we only got to the bottom of turn 2... But I won line breaker, first blood and held a bonus objective for the win. I had about half the Death Star left and probably would have lost most of them in the next round of shooting.

The second game was against his buddy with a Pedro Imperial Fist armored Space Marine list. In the end, he held a 3-point Relic, and I had line breaker and first blood. I almost got him to drop the Relic too but my penetrating hit with a melta bomb on the rear of a Rhino only rolled a 1. I only had my Reclusiarch and one Death Company trooper with a power sword left.

In game 3, I played a kid who just started playing his Necrons. Despite his age, he had a good list and played very well but my Death Company was just too much for him to handle and I was on him before he could do anything about it, with some help from the Night Fighting warlord trait. We had screwy tournament scoring on this battle and I picked up 9 victory points to his 6 victory points.

My buddy Danny and his Dark Eldar fared very and won! With victory points and such, I ended up third or fourth but I rewarded myself with a new Imperial Knight purchase! (I was going to buy it anyway...)