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Age of Sigmar demo: Beer and Pretzels minus math equals…?

Ian, a regular at the Highland Library 40K club recently landed a sweet job as a Manager of the brand new Games Workshop store in Ann Arbor.  (GW, if you're reading this, BRING BACK THE NOVI STORE YOU BASTARDS)  As part of his getting paid to come to club, he demoed the new successor to Warhammer Fantasy.  That's right, the oft maligned Age of Sigmar.

So, I tried it.

It was fun, let's see what happened!


I was playing the Stormcast (foreground), versus Paul who had a horde of Khornate warriors (rear).


I pulled off to my right to deny the flank.


Paul advances.

My Stormcasts charge a Khorne monster.  However, their charge brings them to within 3" of the Marauders, who get to pile in!  In AoS, combats can swarm and engulf units not associated with the original charge.  All hits and wounds from a unit are always the same rolls in AoS, so my Stormcasts manage to do some damage to the monster.  However, great saves prevent a lot of this damage.


More charges end the Stormcasts, however the fight spills over into my other squad, who smash a Bloodstoker because his whip got within 3" of them!


Meanwhile, another Stormcast squad charges some Khorne warriors.  In AoS, combat is resolved one unit at a time, so because my other Stormcasts were fighting for their lives, they went first.  The Khorne Warriors got to swing first at these Stormcasts, and did some serious damage!  Order of combat is a really important tactical decision in AoS.


The rest of my army charges.  My lord riding a dragon-horse-thing does a ton of damage.


In the end, my forces smashed through the Khorne forces.


Final Thoughts:

AoS is easy and streamlined.  To hit and wound is easy, and toughness is now all about saves and number of wounds.  However, it still remains a game without a balance system.  You have to figure that out for yourself.  Is it fair?  Well, you decide what's fair.  Is that a cop out?  Yeah.  Is it fun?  Also yeah.  Try a demo of AoS for yourself.  If you like it, play it.


Tanksgiving at White Lake, and a defense of Maelstrom, in battle report form.


Happy Tanksgiving everyone!  Here is an obscene amount of vehicles beating the tar out of one another!

DSCF1076 DSCF1077


Andrew and Kyle threw down with their entire vehicle collections.  The pile of dead tanks was literally more than a foot high, not even carefully stacked.

After this, I wanted to play a game with Paul.  I mentioned my distaste for Maelstrom of War missions.  Paul and Ian (the new manager of GW Ann Arbor!) defended Maelstrom as a legitimate method of play.  Their argument?  Maelstrom discourages small armies with invincible death stars, and rewards fast tactical armies with lots of options.  It was a pretty good argument, so much so that Paul and I played a Maelstrom mission!  Will we regret it?  Let's find out!


Bozeman - Azure Flames (Salamanders Space Marines) 1850 ps

  • Demi Legion Formation
    • Chaplain, Jump Pack
    • Tactical Squad x 10, Veteran Sergeant, Power Fist, Bolter-Melta, Meltagun, Multi-Melta
      • Drop Pod
    • Tactical Squad x 10, Veteran Sergeant, Power Fist, Bolter-Melta, Meltagun, Multi-Melta
      • Drop Pod
    • Tactical Squad x 10, Veteran Sergeant, Power Fist, Flamer, Lascannon
      • Razorback, Twin Linked Lascannon
    • Assault Squad x 10, Veteran Sergeant, Power Fist, 2x Flamer
    • Devastator Squad x 10, Veteran Sergeant, 4x Plasma Cannon
      • Razorback, Twin Linked Lascannon
  • Whirlwind Suppression Force
    • Land Speeders x3, 3x Mulit-Melta
    • Whirlwind x2


Paul - Dark Angels Daemon Summoning with Grey Knights Battery (Unbound) 1850 ps

  • Dark Angel Chaplain, Bike, Mace of the Unforgiven, Plasma Pistol
  • Dark Angel Librarian, Level 2, Bike, Conversion Field
  • Dark Angel Librarian, Level 2, Bike, Conversion Field
  • Ravenwing Command Squad x6, 4x Plasma Talon, 2x Grenade Launcher, Ravenwing Banner
  • Dark Angels Drop Pod
  • Dark Angels Drop Pod
  • Grey Knights Librarian, Lv 2
  • Torquemada Coteaz
  • Grey Knight Purifiers x5, 4x Daemon Hammer, 1x Nemesis Force Halberd
  • Grey Knight Purifiers x10, 9x Nemesis Falchion, 1x Nemesis Force Halberd
  • Grey Knight Terminators x6, 2x Daemon Hammer, 3x Nemesis Fachion, 1x Nemesis Force Halberd


Mission: Maelstrom of War #6 - Deadlock






Night Fight occurred on turn 1


Dark Angels / Grey Knights - Turn 1

After a scout move, the Ravenwing bikes with all bike characters attached fire on the Assault combat squad with the Chaplain.  The Chaplain's Rozarius saves the day, preventing the squad from being wiped out!  One of the Librarians summons some Khorne Bloodletters into the building by objective 2, and loses a wound to Perils.  The 5-man Purifier squad with Coteaz and the GK Librarian drop pods next to the Land Speeders, and force a Jink.  Paul scores 2 points for Harnessing the Warp.


The first of many Daemons arrives to... help?  The Dark Angels and Grey Knights?  Ok...


Summoning Daemons is perilous work, as this librarian can attest!  Plasma Talon fire kills a lot of the Assault Squad, but the Chaplain bravely stands in front of the worst of it.  Meanwhile, the Purifiers blast the Land Speeders.

Azure Flames - Turn 1

Whirlwinds blast a bunch of the Bloodletters, and the Chaplain and one Assault Marine charge, declaring a challenge for a point.  One of the Tactical Squads drop pods in, combat squads, and takes objective 2 and blasts the Terminators, killing three!  Combat squad in the Razorback takes objective 1.  Razorback blows up Drop Pod for First Blood, while the Plasma Cannon Devastators kill everyone but one Grey Knights Librarian who goes to ground!  ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: I scored all 6 of my objectives for 7 points!


Brave Chaplain challenges the lead Bloodletter.  Combat squad takes the objective.


Thanks to Tactical Doctrine, the melta squad kills THREE Terminators!  NOICE.


Plasma Cannons are efficient at removing tightly bunched squads.

Dark Angels / Grey Knights - Turn 2

The Bloodletters finish off the Chaplain for Slay the Warlord.  Ravenwing Command blows away the squad in the middle, and a Librarian suffers a wound from Perils, but summons a squad of Pink Horrors!  10-man Purifier squad drop pods in, combat squads, and a Nova kills half the Devastators, one Whirlwind, and one Razorback!  Worse, the Devs break!  Remaining 3 Terminators charge the melta tacticals, and lose one but kill three.  Paul scores 4 points for a total of 6 so far.


You need more than faith when you're this outnumbered...


Nothing can stop the Ravenwing Command Squad, except perhaps the Perils!  Even so, more daemons arrive to "help."


The Purifiers drop like a bomb, blowing up half my backfield!

Azure Flames - Turn 2

5-man Bolter squad charges the Bloodletters for a point, lose two, and wipe them out due to Daemonic Instability!  Remaining Terminators keep fighting, whiff, and lose one guy, but stay.  Surviving Whirlwind kills 7/10 of the Pink Horrors.  Land Speeders waste the Grey Knight Librarian.  Plasma Cannon Devs destroy one 5-man Purifier squad, while the Assault Marines jump back across the board and kill the 2nd squad down to 2 guys.  I score 2 more points for a total of 9.


Gutsy charge pays off!  Bloodletters are eliminated!


This fight has gone poorly for the Grey Knight Terminators.


The Pink Horrors feel horror from the Whirlwind, while the Grey Knight Librarian is melted by Melta.


Thanks to Assault Doctrine, the Assault Marines actually stood a chance against the Grey Knights!

Dark Angels / Grey Knights - Turn 3

The Assault Marines finish off the Purifiers.  Due to horrible rolling, the Ravenwing Command AND the 3-man Pink Horrors BOTH fail a "One Eye Open" test, and can't do anything!  Terminator kills one Tactical marine.


These Assault Marines accomplished more that they should have!  Good job, guys!


"Hey guys, I know we, like, summoned you, but screw you."  "Well, screw you too!"


This fight continues...

Azure Flames - Turn 3

Land Speeders move Flat Out to gain objective 6.  Combined bolters from various sources wipe out the Pink Horrors.  Razorback tries to get objective 1, but is immobilized!  Lascannon from same Razorback, one thrown Krak Grenade from a Tactical marine, and assault from the 2-man Assault Squad kills the Drop Pod in close combat, fulfilling 2 different objectives!  Power fist sergeant luckily kills the last Terminator!


Zoom for an objective!


An unlikely convergence of rolls kills the Drop Pod!  This gives me a vehicle kill for a point, and a kill in close combat for a point!


Who would have thought that a 5-man Tactical squad would have wiped out 6 Terminators?

Dark Angels / Grey Knights - Turn 4

Librarians and Chaplain split off from the Ravenwing Command.  The Ravenwing annihilate the Land Speeders, who fail ALL their jink saves!  One Librarian summons 10 more Pink Horrors on Objective 3, perils, but gets a 6 and is a SUPER BEAST, killing the Razorback in a charge!  The other Librarian perils and drains all remining Warp Charges, but lives.   Due to all objectives being identified, Paul scores 2 points.


Not shown: 3 dead Land Speeders.


*throws 10 Pink Horrors into building* Whatever.  They're in there.

Azure Flames - Turn 4

Second Tatsquad FINALLY arrives!  A bad Whirlwind scatter kills some Horrors, but also two Bolter marines!  The rest of their combat squad breaks and flees!  Melta squad tries to shoot the Chaplain, to no avail. Assault Squad charges the remaining Horrors, killing the squad down to 2.


3-man Bolter squad flees from friendly fire, as a huge amount of firepower bounces off the invincible Chaplain.  3+ re-rollable jink?  Ugh...

Dark Angels / Grey Knights - Turn 5

Librarian summons 10 Plaguebearers, but Perils himself to death!  Other Librarian summons 10 Bloodletters, but also Perils to death!  Chaplain engages the Devastators.  Ravenwing shoot a Drop Pod to death and menace the sergeant.  Assault Squad finishes the Pink Horrors and beat feet towards the center.


Plaguebearers arrive, at the cost of a Librarian.  Chaplain gets up in the Dev's faces.




Oh, hey guys... Nice bikes...


The Assault Marines prepare for a mad dash toward the center to get one last point on my turn.

Azure Flames - Turn 5

Assault Marines get objective 1 for a point.  Whirlwind and tatsquad blow up some Plaguebearers.  Sergeant foolishly charges the bikes and dies to overwatch.  Thanks to Objective Secured, the 3-man Tatsquad holds objective 2 for a point, despite a bunch of angry Bloodletters!  Game ends.


Plaguebearers go boom as the Chaplain mops up the Devs.


Someone give these guys a medal!


Objecive secured allows these Marines to give the Bloodletters the finger.


Final Score

Azure Flames 14 + First Blood = 15

Dark Angels / Grey Knights: 8 + Slay the Warlord and Linebreaker = 10


OK, I am beginning to warm to Maelstrom a bit.  Consider a stand-up game with a kill the enemy objective.  I would have done jack and squat to the Ravenwing, who could have destroyed anything they touched.  With Maelstrom, I had things I could go do, even though I could not hurt this invincible nightmare squad.  Maelstrom punishes death stars because they are expensive and small.

That said, summoning daemons is GREAT.  I only did as well as I did because of my all-star Whirlwinds, who accounted for at least 30 daemons killed!  The two Assault Marines also saved the day multiple times and scored 3 points BY THEMSELVES.

Next: a seperate post from the same day, where I demo Warhammer: Age of Sigmar.  Is it as bad as people on BOLS forums complain it is?  Or, is it the next step in model gaming?  Stay tuned!


Lexington teaches me Infinity!

Lexington has a problem.  He can't quit getting me into model games.  Warmachine.  Epic.  Gothic.  Necromunda.  He always does this.  He plays a little demo game with me and then I can't stop.

He does this on purpose.

Because gaming is AWESOME.

Anyway, he's been bugging me to get into Infinity for a while.  Infinity is a futuristic heavily detailed skirmish game, where factions from Earth's future battle for dominance.

In this demo game, we didn't have enough terrain, so books stood in for buildings.  Brian had three Metros from the Ariadna faction, while I had three Alguaciles from the Nomads.


Here, my Alguaciles take cover behind some low structures, possibly depositories for... something...


Lexington's Metros set up in a similar situation across the board.

Turn 1 - Ariadna

Because Lexington had three Metros, he generated three orders.  His first order was to have the Metro near the bottom move up twice.  Orders can have two parts.  Enemies that see you take orders can react.  I got a lucky reaction shot, and the first Metro takes a hit!  The Metro has an armor save of 14, so Lexington has to roll a 15 or higher, but fails!  The Metro goes down!


Lexington's second order is for the central Metro to shoot one of my Alguaciles.  He got three shots and I got one.  We all missed.  In Infinity, you can spend orders on any of your troops, even ones that get to shoot!  He shot at me again and I dodged this time.  I failed to dodge, but he failed to hit again.

Hitting is hard from range.  To hit, you must roll a D20 equal to or under your Ballistic Skill.  If you roll EXACTLY, you get a critical hit!  If an enemy is in cover, you get a -3 to your BS, and long ranges can give you a further -3.  Lexington's BS was 10, so with a -3 and another -3, he needed a 4 or less on a D20 to hit.  Unlucky that he didn't get it with six dice.

Turn 1 - Nomads

Because the enemy can react, I order one of my Alguaciles to wait for the first half of her turn, and Lexington shoots at me. Because all parts of an order are resolved simultaneously, I take the second 1/2 of my order to fire a three round burst.  My BS is 11, so with a -3 for range, and -3 for cover, I need a 5.  I roll a 1, which hits!  The Metro goes down!


I take another order on the same Alguacile to fire on the last Metro, and one of my dice comes up 5, which is a critical hit!  Enemies don't get an armor save against criticals, so Lexington's entire force is wiped out on turn 1!


Wow.  Lexington has never seen a turn 1 wipe like this, and he's done a lot of demos.  He has a huge group in the Twin Cities devoted to Infinity, and it's easy to see why.  Infinity is a complicated system, but it has a lot of flexibility and strategy involved.

Next: Age of Sigmar demo at White Lake!

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Eldar Debut: Blockade Run 1000 pts

I've played against John and his Eldar, with few successes.  Now that I have an Eldar fleet, can I have the same result?  Let's find out!

Mission: Blockade Run

Battlezone: Deep Space


Bozeman - Attacker - Corsair Eldar Late Gothic War Fleet (500 points)

  • Eclipse Class Cruiser Argent Nebula
  • Nightshade Class Destroyer x3 Chisels of Vaul
  • Hemlock Class Destroyer x3 The Rememberers


Stephen - Defender - Segmentum Obscurus Gothic Sector Fleet (1000 points)

  • Fleet Admiral (Ld 8, aboard the Torpedo Dauntless)
  • Retribution Class Battleship
  • Overlord Class Battlecruiser
  • Dauntless Class Light Cruiser (Lances)
  • Dauntless Class Light Cruiser (Torpedoes)
  • Sword Class Frigate x2
  • Sword Class Frigate x2





The Overlord and two Swords deployed to my left, the Retribution and two Swords to the center, and both Dauntlesses to my right.  I set up behind an asteroid field to shield me in case I did not get first turn.  Luckily I did get the first turn.


Turn 1 - Corsair Eldar

My fleet moved up.  Most guns were out of range, but torpedoes fired from the Chisels of Vaul do two damage to the lance Dauntless and cause a Brace.  The Argent Nebula launches 3 bombers and a fighter.


The fleet makes for the weakest flank, tring to punch through.

Turn 1 - Imperial Navy

Battery fire from the Torpedo Dauntless forces a brace on the Chisels of Vaul.  The same ship fires torpedoes at the Argent Nebula and a terrible Holofield roll causes two damage!  The Overlord battleship goes on All Ahead Full to try to get into the fight.


Fantastic attack from the Admiral's personal ship!

DSCF1059I'm a comin'!

Turn 2 - Corsair Eldar

The Chisels of Vaul, unable to reload, tack and move up.  The Rememberers and the Argent Nebula combine firepower and destroy the Torpedo Dauntless, leaving it a drifting hulk!

DSCF1060Pulsar Lances are absolutely terrifying on a good turn.

Turn 2 - Imperial Navy

The drifting hulk moves through a blast marker, takes a damage on a 6, rolls on the Catastrophic Damage chart, and suffers a WARP DRIVE IMPLOSION!  The Argent Nebula braces for impact and barely avoids damage!  Two Swords move up, and damage the Argent Shroud, crippling it and shredding the mainsail, leaving it unable to move in the ordnance phase.

DSCF1061Batteries: don't leave home without them.

Turn 3 - Corsair Eldar

In a stunning display of hit-and-run, the Rememberers fire on one of the Sword squadrons, killing one.  The Chisels of Vaul fire on the other, killing one.  The Argent Nebula makes for the safety of the board edge.

DSCF1062Eldar escorts pack a wallop!

Turn 3 - Imperial Navy

The remaining Swords move up to desperately keep pressure on the Eldar as the rest of the fleet wheels.  The Argent Nebula takes two more damage and fails to Brace, causing a Mast Severed result that limits it to 90 degree turns.  Crippled lance Dauntless disengages.


The Argent Nebula is taking a beating.

Turn 4 - Corsair Eldar

The Chisels of Vaul reload and fire torpedoes at a Sword!  They never make it, as the Argent Nebula gets in a good Pulsar Lance volley and kills it before the torpedoes arrive.  The Rememberers fire at the other Sword and whiff, then turn and run.


Pulsar Lances are absolutely worthless on a bad turn.

Turn 4 - Imperial Navy

Overlord goes on All Ahead Full as the Sword tries a suicidal dash toward the Argent Nebula.  Lucky brace saves prevent destruction.


Last Sword just can't do one last damage.

Turn 5 - Corsair Eldar

The Chisels of Vaul fire batteries at the last Sword, killing it, and then the entire fleet flees off the board edge.  Turn not pictured.  Game ends.


Final Score

Bozeman - Corsair Eldar: 582.5

Stephen - Imperial Navy: 62.5


Blockade Run is a tough one for the Imperials, with their short ranges and being so slow.  If Stephen had put the Retribution along one of the edges, facing the center, it could have fired on close enemies, or gone on All Ahead Full to get across the board fast.  Leave the fast, maneuverable escorts and Dauntlesses in the center, ready to go any direction.  Anchor the other side with the Overlord.

Next: hopefully painting!


On the subject of cases.

Recently, I bought an Eldar fleet off of Ebay, and it has been gathering dust.  After all, I can't play it because I can't take it anywhere.  So, I made a case.  Here's some pictures:

This is an art supply case, augmented with used pluck foam (thankfully saved!) mattress foam, foam sheets, and hot glue.  You can see the results above.  While I was making this, I thought about cases in general.  After all, every model gamer needs to solve this problem.  So, here's my take on how to tackle this problem.


In order to be effective, a case has to hold all the minis you need to transport.  This can either be in one case (see my Space Marine case that I posted several years ago) or in many easy to carry cases.

You should also be mindful of how your collection will grow.  If your case holds all your current minis, that's perfect until you buy one more.  Above, you will see my Eldar case has several areas that are unused, for when I can get lucky enough to find more Craftworld Eldar on ebay.  If you want your collection to grow, you'll need a case bigger than what you need right now.

2. Protection and Durability

Cases are useless unless they get your minis from point A to point B intact.  One of my previous Space Marine cases was a large blue storage tub, outfitted with foam and cardboard tiers.  I didn't really design it to hold up the tiers, and so it rested on the minis directly.  As a result, several antennae, flags, bolters, and other extended appendages or items got broken on a regular basis.  The Battlefoam case I got later protects minis much better, and breakage rarely occurs.

3. Cost

Even though I love my Battlefoam case, it was expensive as hell, even with a Gen Con discount.  Frugal gamers have several options, based on what kind of minis you need to transport.  Battlefleet Gothic lends itself to art cases or toolboxes that can hold ships well.  For Epic minis, a fishing tackle box holds lots of small stands and has room for larger minis.  40K or other similarly scaled games such as Warmachine can use a variety of cases.  My friend Andy used to use foam filled pistol and rifle cases, which worked great but was inadvisable to take into a secure area...

4. Aesthetics

This to me is the least important, but still worth considering.  My Battlefoam case looks great.  The case shown above for my Eldar looks like garbage.  However, both work just fine.  You need to decide which is most important.  For example, my 40K Orks are partially stored in an old, rusty metal toolbox.  It's impractical, dirty looking, heavy, and makes loud noises when you open it.  In short: it's perfect!  I plan on spray painting part of it white, and then using a stencil to paint black checkmarks, then hand painting a few glyphs.

There's a lot of options.  Think about it and make the case that's right for your collection.

Next: a battle report with Stephen and the debut of my Eldar fleet!  Stay tuned!


Highland October 2000 pts Azure Flames vs. Star Phantoms Space Marines

Kyle and I were the only ones to show up at first, so we got out the big guns.  2000 points, Maelstrom 4, The Spoils of War.


Bozeman - Azure Flames (Salamanders Space Marines)

  • Demi-Legion Formation
    • Chaplain, Jump Pack (Warlord Trait: Storm of Fire, one friendly unit within 12" gets Rending on all shots)
    • Tactical Squad x10, Veteran Sergeant, Bolter-Melta, Power Fist, Meltagun, Multi-Melta
      • Drop Pod
    • Tactical Squad x10, Veteran Sergeant, Bolter-Flamer, Power Fist, Flamer, Multi-Melta
    • Tactical Squad x10, Veteran Sergeant, Bolter-Flamer, Power Fist, Flamer, Multi-Melta
    • Assault Squad x10, Jump Packs, Power Fist, 2x Flamer
    • Devastator Squad x5, 4x Heavy Bolter
    • Ironclad Dreadnought, Ironclad Launchers, Heavy Flamer, Chainfist
      • Drop Pod
  • Land Raider Spearhead
    • Land Raider (Phobos Pattern)
    • Land Raider Crusader, Multi-Melta
    • Land Raider Redeemer, Multi-Melta


Kyle - Star Phantoms Space Marines

  • Demi-Legion Formation
    • Chapter Master, Power Sword, Bolter-Melta, The Armour Indominus
    • Tactical Squad x6, Combi-Grav, Power Sword
    • Tactical Squad x6, Combi-Plasma, Plasma Gun
      • Razorback, Twin Linked Lascannon
    • Tactical Squad x6, Combi-Melta, Meltagun
      • Drop Pod
    • Assault Squad x5, Jump Packs, 2x Lightning Claws, Melta Bombs
    • Devastator Squad x5, 4x Heavy Bolter
    • Ironclad Dreadnought, Seismic Hammer, Ironclad Launchers, 2x Hunter-Killer Missiles
  • Inquisitorial Detatchment
    • Hereticus Inquisitor, Power Armour, Force Sword, Condemnor Boltgun, Psychic Lv2
    • Henchman Band (various henchmen, 2 Plasma Guns, Arco-Flagellant, 3 Servitors, etc.)
    • Chimera, Psybolt Ammunition
  • Militarum Tempestus Detatchment
    • Commissar, Plasma Pistol, Power Sword
    • Militarum Tempestus Scions, 2x Hot Shot Volley Guns, Med Pack
    • Valkyrie
  • Officio Assassinorum Detatchment
    • Vindicare Assassin


Mission: The Spoils of War (Maelstrom, 3 objectives, can't discard numerical objectives, can steal opponent's numerical objectives)




Two of my Tactical Squads with Flamers got into the Crusader and Redeemer.

Turn 1 - Star Phantoms

Melta squad drops in, and puts one penetrating hit on the Redeemer (the Weapon Destroyed result is ignored thanks to the formation special rules).  Razorback advances, and the other Tactical Squad snake-eyes a Difficult Terrain test and have to run to move through a small building.  Inquisitor and squad move up in the Chimera.  Heavy Bolters put the hurt on the Chaplain and his squad. Due to Mission rules, I score one point from Kyle's Tactical Objective for Objective 1.


Melta doesn't pop a Land Raider.


Squads getting into position.


The Chaplain takes a wound, and two Assault Marines bite the dust.

Turn 1 - Azure Flames

Chaplain Advances.  Land Raider Redeemer kills the Melta squad that drop podded in.  Land Raider Phobos kills the Inquisitor's Chimera, and the Heavy Bolters kill some of his squad.  Assault combat squad with Sergeant pops the Razorback.  Melta Tactical Squad drops in, combat squads, and shoots some of the Tactical Squad in the small building and the Inquisitor's squad.  The Chaplain fails to charge.  Turn not pictured.

Turn 2 - Star Phantoms

Ironclad drops in and Melta shot does one hull point to the Crusader.  Heavy Bolters hit the Azure Flames Heavy Bolters, killing the sergeant and one Heavy.  Assault Squad deep strikes just outside of the Devastator's line of sight.  Inquisitor's Squad makes for Objective 4 in the small ruin to gain a point.  Plasma Squad kills 3 Assault Marines, then charges.  They lose one to zero, break, are caught, and stay.  Valkyrie comes in, fires on the Melta squad leaving only the Meltagun alive.


Ironclad drops are contagious for a reason!  They are scary!


You can't see us, nyah nyah!


The Inquisitor gets Objective 4.


Shooting was much more effective than charging.

Turn 2 - Azure Flames

The combat with the Assault and Tactical squad continues, with one Star Phantom going down.  Tactical Squad in the Crusader shoots the small Tactical Squad, reducing them to 2 and breaking them.  Land Raider Redeemer kills 3 of the Assault Squad with a Flamestorm Cannon.  Devastators fire on the Inquisitor, killing all of his squad and wounding him once.  I gain 2 more points.  Land Raider Phobos puts two pens on the Ironclad, but it survives minus one Hunter Killer missile!


The fight drags on.


Objective 2 is claimed for a point.


The Assault Squad threat is still there, but less so.

Turn 3 - Star Phantoms

Assault Squad jumps into the building, fires a bolt pistol, kills a Devastator, and they break and flee, out of assault range!  One more tactiacl marine goes down in the small fight by the wrecked Razorback.  Space Marine Chapter Master, attached to the Militarum Scion squad with Commisar, grav-chutes in!  Combined fire from that and several other sources reduces the Flamer squad to the sergeant and one bolter!  Surviving Inquisitor assaults the five bolter marines, whiffs, killing only one.  I score that point because the five bolter marines have Objective Secured.  Ironclad charges the Land Raider Phobos, does one hull point.


This fight is taking a while...


A Chapter Master in good company.  How is HE taking orders from a COMMISSAR? Don't know, but it works.


The Inquisitor assaults with a fist full of ones.

Turn 3 - Azure Flames

Land Raider Redeemer finishes off the last of the Assault Squad as the Devastators move back up to Objective 1.  Land Raider finishes the Ironclad.  My Ironclad drops in and kills one of the remaining squad that regrouped earlier.  The Inquisitor kills all but one of the bolter Marines.  The lone Meltagun Tactical Marine puts a hull point on the Valkyrie in hover mode, and then charges but misses.


The Assault Squad couldn't stand up to two turns of fire.




Ironclad is finally dealt with.


The fight is finally over!


The Inquisitor steps up his game as the lone Melta tries to blast the Valkyrie.

Turn 4 - Star Phantoms

Inquisitor uses Gate of Infinity to try to score a point by being in my deployment zone.  Stormtroopers charge the remaining tactical squad, kill the Sergeant in a challenge, and then whiff leaving one bolter marine.  The Chapter Master breaks off and shoots his Combi-Melta at the Crusader, but misses.  Two different one-man bolter squads charge the Assault Marines.  One dies to Overwatch, the other dies in combat.  The Valkyrie tries to hurt the Land Raider Phobos but fails.DSCF1004

*sound of Star Trek transporter*


The last bolter is in a pickle as the Chapter Master's meltagun whiffs.


That went well.

Turn 4 - Azure Flames

Ironclad Dreadnought charges the Imperial Guard, killing them all.  Assault Squad moves and runs to get objective 2 for a point.  The Land Raider Crusader does one wound to the Chapter Master with a bolter.  Then, it does three wounds with the Assault Cannon and Kyle rolls 3 1's, taking him out!  Squad in the Redeemer pops out and kills the Inquisitor.  Every other thing around them fires at the Valkyrie and misses.


The center is cleared by a lot of firepower and one really bad Armour Save roll.  The Chapter Master goes down in a flurry of 1's!


The Inquisitor is taken down by flamers as the Valkyrie dodges several shots.

Turn 5 - Star Phantoms

Vindicare Turbo Penetrator round kills the Ironclad in ONE SHOT.  Heavy Bolters kill one surviving bolter marine.


One shot, one kill.  Vindicator takes down a Dreadnought.


The Heavy Bolter squad has been the star of the game.  They have been laying down a withering hail of fire all game.

Turn 5 - Azure Flames

Lone Meltagun hides behind the Crusader as it advances, killing 2 Devastators.  Tactical squad charges the Drop Pod, killing it.  Redeemer kills the other Pod.  Assault Marines move up and despite Assault Doctrine can't get the range to assault the Vindicare.




Two pods down.

DSCF1015Just can't charge, even with a re-roll!

Turn 6 - Star Phantoms

Valkyrie tries yet again to hurt a Land Raider and fails.  To gain a point, the Vindicare pops an Assault Marine and assaults the Sergeant, but both of them whiff.


Make yourself useful, Valkyrie!


Both players have an objective to kill a unit in close combat, so the winner will earn a point.

Turn 6 - Azure Flames

Vindicare kills the Sergeant for a point.  Land Raider goes Flat out and other units move or run to give me all 6 objectives for FOUR POINTS!  Game ends.DSCF1018

Vindicare earns a point by beating up the Assault Sergeant.


Mad dash...




Final Score

Azure Flames: 15 + Linebreaker, Slay the Warlord and First Blood for 18

Star Phantoms: 5 + Slay the Warlord for 6.


The above explanations don't show how Kyle rolled abysmally in critical situations.  He'd have had another couple points if the Inquisitor had killed the bolters on objective 2.  He also had some bad penetration rolls and shots that he needed.  The Land Raider should have died from the Ironclad, but got off light with one hull point.  This was a game lost on dice rolls.

Next: I'm going to try to get some time off to paint.  Back to the grindstone.


September Highland Game Club belated report.

Due to my new job, I totally forgot to write up the batrep from last month's Highland Game Club!  As such, I've forgotten the context of the battle, and only remember the highlights.

First, I squared off with a new player who didn't even have his own models!  He borrowed the Orks owned by the club from the Black Reach box set.  I tried to match the Space Marine contingent of the Black Reach set as faithfully as I could.

DSCF0940In the end, one half of a tactical squad and the Captain were all that was left on the board!  Close game and taught the basic funamentals!


Later, Andrew and I squared off with 1750 points.  We both took Space Marines with a Demi-Legion.  Andrew also took a Knight Titan...

Here are some pics:


Andrew refused the flank!  I should have seen that coming.  I'm getting old.


Andrew's Titan accounted for half the army and was able to kill multiple units per turn.  It was not very fun, as I had nothing to deal with it.


I dropped into Andrew's backfield to cause havoc.  It did a lot but I couldn't stop his whole army.

DSCF0975I took a Whirlwind/Land Speeder formation that did quite a lot!  The second whirlwind even stood up to two rounds of shooting from a Knight after it's sibling was destroyed early on.

In the end, Andrew won 14 to 8.  Ugh.  Knights are the worst.  I need to make a Sternguard squad that has 10 combi-meltas.

Next, the battle report from this month!


Blood Bowl time at Highland!

Highland Gaming Club got a good taste of Blood Bowl today!  To demo Blood Bowl I follow three rules:

1. The first person to say "yes" gets to pick their team.

2. Only one half is played, and the team that kicks off gets 1/2 of a point, so that they win ties.

3. Both players have me tell them what to do for the first turn, and from then on, have me only make general suggestions.

Let's take a look at the highlights!

Here, Paul (left, Monitors) contemplates how to set up to receive a kick from Ian (right, Scrappaz).  Paul brought a strong first drive, scoring quickly, but Ian pushed hard and got a lucky Throw Team-Mate touchdown, despite three turns of turnovers stopping him.  In the end, Ian was victorious.

Justin, playing the Scrappaz here, got a turn 1 touchdown thanks to some good rolls!  Sadly, his luck did not hold as Bill, a newcomer to Highland, smashed his early lead and scored two touchdowns to Justin's one!

It's interesting to note that both players that lost these demo games are veteran players of the Blood Bowl video game, which (barring a couple botched skills that don't work right) is the same game!

Time for a slightly off topic rant!  The current Blood Bowl video game does not capture the whole feeling of the original.  Here's what you miss out on with the PC version:

1. No face-to-face interaction with an actual human being.

2. Cannot build a team from scratch using 1,000,000 gold pieces.

3. No option for special play cards (even though no one uses them)

4. Cannot customize players to the extent you can with real minis.  Want purple skeletons?  Too bad!

5. Some skills don't work right.

6. To really get a handle on the rules, you have to read the pdf anyway, so you might as well read the regular board game rules.

7. Not all Star Players are present.

Blood Bowl II will be coming out soon, so hopefully some of these issues are addressed.  However, from the promotional material, it seems that some races are in-game purchases.  Want to play Lizardmen?  That'll be an extra fee, get out your credit card.

The point is: the board game is fun and gives you a lot more freedom!  Give it a try!

Next: more Gothic?  Perhaps Space Marines?


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Grimfang Scrappaz Support Staff

Two posts in one day?  Of course!  I need to get ready to show Blood Bowl to the Highland Gaming Club!  The Yella Runts (Cheerleaders) yell at the crowd to get them pumped!  The Coach Runts (Assistant Coaches) communicate with the players via a system of glyphs on banners or metal signs.

Next: Blood Bowl at Highland!


Blood Bowl Custom End Zones by Lexington

A long time ago I met a wonderful man.  He's not important; what's important is I met Lexington a little less than 15 years ago.  He's been my constant companion through model wargaming, and occasional rival.  Friendval?  (Editors note: think of something more clever later)  Regardless, Lexington just gave me my Xmas present and if you think that it's four months early, you'd be wrong.  Marvel in their awesomeness:

BLOOD BOWL CUSTOM END ZONES!  These end zones are designed for the 2nd edition Astrogranite board.  I designed the basic concepts for the logos for the Konquata Monitors and the Grimfang Scrappaz, but Lexington brought them to life, and formatted them for the correct size of the end zone. (Blood Bowl fans take note: these end zones are two squares deep, unlike the ones on a modern Blood Bowl board)

These custom end zones were then printed in full color on a laser printer and laminated with 10 mil laminate.  They were then cut to size.  This breaks the seal and eventually they will need to be replaced, but it looks better without a margin.  Incidentally, you can find the files here:

Konquata Monitors Custom End Zone by Lexington

Grimfang Scrappaz Custom End Zone by Lexington

Of course, these are useless to anyone but me.  However, if you want to make your own, use these as templates.  The final size of the Astrogranite 2nd edition end zone is 14.5" wide by 1.75" deep.  These files are larger than that in order to give you bleed to cut off.  Print them, laminate them, and trim carefully to size.  Make your own!

Next: Grimfang Scrappaz support staff!