Monday, 15 January 2018

Better Know A Blogger: Part 45- SDFnet 40k

This week's Better Know A Blogger features Steve from SDFnet 40k.

I first discovered Steve's blog when he started following my own. I tend to check someone's blogger profile when they follow me, so that I can see if they write their own blog or what blogs they follow.

Steve posts on a wide variety of subjects, including Battle reports, reviews, army builds and general musings on the state of the hobby. 

1. What age did you get into gaming and what started it off?
It’s hard to put a specific age on when I first became aware of miniatures/wargames, certainly pre-teen, maybe 9 or 10? I had 2 friends from school each of who owned games that I played a different game that I played at different times. I believe my first exposure to miniature games was Heroquest, I can’t be sure if the set they owned was incomplete or if I/we were just too young to play the game unsupervised but while I have distinct memories of setting up the board etc, I don’t remember playing it too much/the game capturing my imagination. The game I do recall really grabbing me was Space Crusade! The Sci-Fi version of Heroquest from MB Games, my imagination was captivated from the outset! I loved the models, the dividing walls, the setting… I was hooked and always wanted to play that game when I went round that kids house.

As time went on I picked up ad-hoc bits and pieces of 40k stuff but nothing coherent, I had a copy of 2nd edition 40k which the books got such a beating as I would take them to school in my bag and just read the wargear book etc. I also remember owning the old metal Ghazghkull model at one time. I inherited some Space Marine (epic… before it was called Epic 40k) stuff from my cousin at one point who out grew the hobby, I had Eldar stuff, my younger brother had the Imperial, we never really played Epic too much as my force consisted of a bunch old (old design) falcons and guardians, 1 phantom titan, and a small handful of other tanks, while the Imperial side had 2 Imperitor titans, 2-3 warhounds, a reaver 2 warhounds and something like 50 land raiders! So… a mix of my and my brother’s ages and the imbalance of armies meant we never played too much.

Anyone who’s read my blog will know how I go on and on about Necromunda, that game was and is very close to my heart, I also have a really old copy of Space Hulk, but the models are not the cool sculpted ones, they are the naff ones, I liked that game too! Unfortunately, as I aged through school, a mix of studies and social pressures caused me to drift from the hobby, a common story for wargamers.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Battle Report 128- 2000 pts Dark Angels Ravenwing vs Death Guard

This week's battle report saw my first outing with the new Dark Angels codex. In this game, my 2000 pts Ravenwing army would be taking on Connor and his Death Guard army, featuring the Daemon Primarch Mortarion. 

We rolled for the mission and were playing the Recon maelstrom mission. This game uses a form of reserves. Each army would be split into three roughly even portions (based on number of units). One portion would start on the board, while the rest would come on from reserve in the first or second turn. 

My army consisted of:
Outrider Detachment
Sammael on Corvex (S)
Librarian- Bike, Force Sword, Aversion, Mind War (L)
5 Ravenwing Bikers- 2 Meltaguns, Power Fists, Chainswords (RB1)
5 Ravenwing Bikers- 2 Plasma Guns, Power Sword, Chainswords (RB2)
4 Ravenwing Bikers- Flamer, Chainswords (RB3)
Dark Talon- Two Hurricane Bolters, Rift Cannon, Stasis Bomb (DT)

Outrider Detachment
Ravenwing Talonmaster- Shroud of Heroes, Twin Assault Cannon, Twin Heavy Bolter, Power Sword,(T)
4 Ravenwing Bikers- Plasma Gun, Power Sword (RB4)
3 Ravenwing Bikers- 2 Grav Guns, Chainswords (RB5)
5 Black Knights- Plasma Talons, Corvus Hammers (BK1)
5 Black Knights- Plasma Talons, Corvus Hammers (BK2)
Darkshroud- Assault Cannon (D)

I decided to try out my all-Ravenwing army to see how they fared with the new rules and points reductions. 

I decided to take Sammael, the new Talonmaster and a Librarian. The Talonmaster would provide some very nice buffs to my Black Knights, along with Sammael. The Librarian took Aversion and Mind War. I was hoping that Mind War would be able to diminish Mortarion and make him easier to deal with. 

I was able to put another unit of Bikers into the list thanks to the points reductions to the Ravenwing, allowing me to field 5 units of Bikers, pretty much all the Bikers that I had. They would be supported by the Darkshroud, Dark Talon and Black Knights. 

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Hobby Sunday 07/01/18- Genestealers Cult Scout Sentinel Completed

For this week's hobby Sunday, I managed to complete the first of my Genestealers Cult Scout Sentinels. 

I quite like the yellow coloured scheme for the Sentinel. I plan to do my other two Sentinels in the same scheme. I got the crew member painted up and glued into the cockpit.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Hobby Update 04/01/18- Genestealer Cults Scout Sentinel WIP

This week, I have been working on a Scout Sentinel for my Genestealer Cults army. Dave over at Confessions of a 40k Addict recently completed his Genestealer Cults Scout Sentinels. He painted them in a yellow scheme, reminiscent of the power loader from Aliens. I really liked this approach, so decided to flat out steal it for my own Scout Sentinel. 

I have three of these to build for my army. I decided to build and paint one as a test piece. In addition, I decided to magnetise the different weapons options for the Sentinel so that I could have some variety in my games if I wanted to and allow me to test out the different options in my games.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Warhammer 40k Bloggers facebook group

Just a quick post today to let you know about what will hopefully be a great new facebook group for those that write 40k blogs and those that love 40k blogs. 

Nick from the Burning Eye blog has set up a new group to further promote 40k blogs and blogging. Rather than muddle it up, here are Nick's own words on what he hopes to achieve:

"Greetings all! Welcome to my new plan (the first of many in 2018).

From what I’ve seen, we’ve all seen a bit of a downturn in views this year, and so this is my attempt to make an effort at halting that trend.

What I want therefore is for you all to post links to your blog articles here, with a little précis of the topic as an intro. That’s not all though, I also want you to invite all your blogging friends to join the group and do the same, and anyone you know who enjoys reading blogs, even if they don’t have their own.

Send a message to us with your blog’s homepage (and an idea of your content themes) and we’ll look into creating a master list available as a page on our own blog and linked to this group where you can search for new authors to follow."

Facebook is a great resource for sharing hobby content and blog posts. A lot of facebook groups don't like you posting blog links at all or very often, but this group appears to be specifically geared towards that. This is great and you can join it knowing exactly what you will be getting there. I'm hoping to find some great new blogs to follow and content to keep up with. 

Click the link to find out more and join up!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Hobby Update 02/01/18- Genestealer Cults Leman Russ Completed

On Sunday, I managed to get my Genestealer Cults Leman Russ finished up. This was a great model to work on, a real classic from the 40k range. I really like the grey armour on the Cult vehicles and I painted it up to match my other vehicles. 

I added some hazard stripes to the model to break up the grey armour a bit. To me, it was a bit bland on its own. 

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Hobby Sunday 31/12/17- Genestealer Cult Leman Russ WIP

This week, I have been working on a Leman Russ Battle Tank for my Genestealer Cults army. This should add some serious firepower to the Cult and allow them to punish the enemy army from afar. 

Hobby work has been a little sparse of late thanks to the weather. It's been a little cold and snowy to undercoat the models outside, but the warmer weather recently has allowed me to spray the Leman Russ. 

Thursday, 28 December 2017

St Andrews Wargaming- 2017 in review

For me, 2017 has been a great year for 40k, and it has been a pretty good year for St Andrews Wargaming too. I'm going to take a look at what has happened in the last year for me and for the blog.

Hobby Content
This has been a good year hobby wise for me. At the start of the year, I was well in progress on painting up my Deathwatch army. I had started this force towards the end of 2016 and kept at it as the year began. This was helped along by taking part in Squaduary, allowing me to engage in the community scheme to get a unit painted up in February.

In September, I completed the army and posted a showcase of the force. I was really happy with how the army turned out, becoming quite a sizeable force when it was completed. I was also very happy to receive a best army nomination at one of the tournaments that I attended.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Battle Report 127- 1500 pts Genestealers Cult vs Harlequins

This week's battle report features the inaugural battle featuring my Genestealer Cults army. I have been painting this army up for a few months now, so was excited to finally get them on the table. I know a few of the readers have been looking forward to this as well. 

This game was to be against Yaro and his Harlequin army, and was played at the Spiky Club in Reading. As an aside, this was not actually my first time at the Spiky Club. Back in 2003, I was on industrial placement for university in Reading. I regularly attended the Spiky Club all those years ago with my Dark Angels (my only army at the time). 

Yaro wanted to play 1500 points, as he is building up his Harlequins army and only had enough models for a smaller game. This would allow me to field a fully painted army, as I had enough done to field this level of points. 

My army consisted of:
Battalion Detachment
Patriarch- Mass Hypnosis (Pt)
Magus- Might from Beyond (M)
Primus (Pr)
10 Purestrain Genestealers (PG)
10 Neophytes- Heavy Mining Laser (N1)
10 Neophytes- Heavy Seismic Cannon, Grenade Launcher (N2)
10 Acolytes- 2 Heavy Rock Cutters (A1)
10 Acolytes- 2 Heavy Rock Drills (A2)
10 Acolytes- 2 Heavy Rock Saws (A3)
Goliath Truck- Heavy Stubber, Twin Autocannon, Cache of Demolition Charges (GT)
Goliath Rockgrinder- Heavy Stubber, Clearance Incinerator (R)
6 Aberrants- 3 Power Picks, 3 Power Hammers (A)

My army featured a mix of unit to try them out for the first time.
For my HQ units, I took the Patriarch, the Magus and the Primus. The Patriarch is a beast in combat, hitting incredibly hard and going through a lot of armour. I gave him Mass Hypnosis, to stop the Purestrains he would be accompanying from being shot up by overwatch fire. The Magus took Might from Beyond to boost the strength of the unit he was with. The Primus has some solid combat ability, as well as giving me useful deployment options from Cult Ambush.

For the troops, I took two units of Neophytes with Heavy Weapons. These would be used for holding objectives and taking pot shots at the enemy army. I also took three units of Acolytes. Each had two of the different Heavy Weapons, so that I could try them out and see how they performed in combat.

I took 6 Aberrants for some heavy combat punch and put them in the Goliath Rockgrinder. I also took a Goliath truck to transport another unit.

My warlord was the Patriarch, who took the new Genestealers Cult warlord trait. This allows any unit within 6" of the warlord to perform a heroic intervention.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope Santa brought you some hobby goodness to enjoy!