Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Army Showcase- Deathwatch Army

I recently completed my Deathwatch army, so here are some photos of the entire force. I started this army at the end of last year, and managed to get a fair amount painted up in the past year. With this army, I really wanted to push my painting skills and try to put together a nice looking force of Space Marine Veterans. 

The army comes in at just under 4000 pts (3977 pts including modelled upgrades), so there is a lot of scope for customisation at the standard level of 2000 pts. 

As this is an army showcase, I thought I'd answer the standard questions for my Army Showcase series. 



Monday, 18 September 2017

New Frontline Gaming Articles

With the release of the 8th edition codex, I have been able to start writing more in depth reviews of certain units for Frontline Gaming. I just wanted to highlight these to some of the readers, in case you had not seen them. 

You can check out the Frontline Gaming tab to get a list of my articles over there. Please check them out and comment on them if you feel like it (the more they get read and commented on, the better for me, as they'll want me to write more!). This gives me a chance to go into more detail than I did for my initial reviews, as well as to add some insight from actually playing games with the units. 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hobby Sunday 17/09/17- Genestealer Cult Metamorph Hybrids

This week, I also managed to complete a unit of Metamorph Hybrids for my Genestealer Cult army. Even though these models take a while to paint with all the details, they are a joy to paint as I think they really come to life when completed. 

With these models, I have been trying to get them done to a decent tabletop standard. I have not picked out every single detail on the model, but I think they still look good. For example, I have left some of the hoses and buttons the same colour as the armour. I don't think this detracts too much from them, as they could get a bit too busy with all the details picked out (at least, that's my excuse!). 

Here are some work in progress photos. 



Saturday, 16 September 2017

Hobby Saturday 16/09/17- Neophyte Hybrids

This week, I have been continuing my work on my slowly growing Genestealer Cult force. 

First up, I managed to finish off my unit of Neophyte Hybrids that I had started last week. These were from the Deathwatch Overkill boxed set.




Friday, 15 September 2017

North West Open 2017: Deathwatch Army and Tournament Review

I recently attended Bunker War 3 and the North West Open 2017 with my Deathwatch army. This post will take a look at the army that I took to the tournament and review how it performed during my games. I will also be reviewing the tournament itself, as well as the ITC missions, as this was the first time that I was playing them.

Army Review
As a reminder, my army consisted of:

Battalion Detachment
Watch Master
Watch Captain- Jump Pack, Pair Lightning Claws
Kill Team 1- 5 Veterans, Vanguard Veteran with Pair Lightning Claws, 3 Frag Cannons, Storm Shield
Kill Team 2- 5 Veterans, 2 Missile Launchers, 3 Stalker Boltguns
Kill Team 3- 5 Veterans, 2 Missile Launchers, 3 Stalker Boltguns
Kill Team 4- 5 Veterans, Meltagun, 3 combi-Meltas
Kill Team 5- 5 Veterans, 2 Frag Cannons
Rhino 
Drop Pod- Storm Bolter
6 Vanguard Veterans- 2 Pairs Lightning Claws, Power Sword and Bolt Pistol, 3 with Bolt Pistols and Chainswords 
3 Deathwatch Bikers- Power Axe, Power Sword
3 Deathwatch Bikers- two Power Swords 
Corvus Blackstar- Auspex Array, Hurricane Bolter, Twin Assault Cannons, 2 Blackstar Rocket Launchers
Vindicare Assassin

6 Command Points

I am finding the Deathwatch army quite a struggle in 8th edition at the moment. They are a small, elite army, but lack the durability of other elite armies such as Grey Knights or Harlequins (not the toughest, but that invulnerable save goes a long way). Their firepower output can be high, but you need to get to close range to make the most of the Frag Cannons, leaving the Kill Teams very vulnerable to counter-assault and being wiped out. 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Hobby Season 2016-2017: Review

I'm a bit late to the party with my review of my hobby season for 2016-2017, but there has been a lot of other blog content that I have wanted to get out recently (and I don't like double posting!). 

The hobby season is a feature run by Dave at Confessions of a 40k addict that a number of other great bloggers take part in. Last year, I set myself some hobby goals try and complete, so let's see how I got on. 

1. Find a new gaming club- SUCCESS
Last year, I was in the process of moving down to Newcastle, so one of my hobby goals for the year was to find a new gaming club to play 40k. Fortunately, this hobby goal was a big success and I found several new clubs to attend. 
In Newcastle, I was able to attend the Heaton Gaming Club, Newcastle Warlords gaming club and Durham Raiders, three excellent clubs in the area where I had a lot of great discussions with fellow hobbyists and some fantastic battles to write up as battle reports. 

In addition, an awesome new gaming store opened in Sunderland during my time in Newcastle. Battle Bunker is a great store which runs regular tournaments, as well as having plenty of great tables available for casual gaming. 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

North West Open 2017: Armies on Display

The North West Open tournament saw some fantastic armies at the event. Here are some photos of the painting competition. 




Monday, 11 September 2017

North West Open 2017: Game 5- Deathwatch vs Astra Militarum

The final game of the North West Open tournament would see my Deathwatch taking on Toby's Astra Militarum army, featuring a lot of Scions and a lot of Tauroxes. 

The mission for game 5 would be ITC scenario 4- The Scouring. For the Eternal War mission, there would be six objectives; two worth one point, two worth two points and two worth three points. The Maelstrom mission also featured 6 objectives; two objective 1's, two objective 2's and two objective 3's. The maelstrom table was:
  1. Hold either Maelstrom Objective 1. 
  2. Hold either Maelstrom Objective 2.
  3. Hold either Maelstrom Objective 3.
  4. Destroy an enemy unit.
  5. Destroy an enemy unit.
  6. Destroy an enemy unit.
Nice and simple. As usual, you generate three unique maelstrom objectives by rolling on the table and choose the two you want to perform. If you generate two hold objectives, you can swap them for holding three objectives for 3 points. Equally, if you roll two destroy an enemy units, you can exchange them for destroying three enemy units for three points. 
The tertiary objectives were Big Game Hunter (whoever destroys the unit with the highest power level), Linebreaker and Slay the Warlord. We would also be using Search and destroy deployment. 

My army consisted of:
Battalion Detachment
Watch Master (W)
Watch Captain- Jump Pack, Pair Lightning Claws (W)
Kill Team 1- 5 Veterans, Vanguard Veteran with Pair Lightning Claws, 3 Frag Cannons, Storm Shield. (KT1)
Kill Team 2- 5 Veterans, 2 Missile Launchers, 3 Stalker Boltguns (KT2)
Kill Team 3- 5 Veterans, 2 Missile Launchers, 3 Stalker Boltguns (KT3)
Kill Team 4- 5 Veterans, Meltagun, 3 combi-Meltas (KT4)
Kill Team 5- 5 Veterans, 2 Frag Cannons (KT5)
Rhino (R)
Drop Pod- Storm Bolter (DP)
6 Vanguard Veterans- 2 Pairs Lightning Claws, Power Sword and Bolt Pistol, 3 with Bolt Pistols and Chainswords (VV1)
3 Deathwatch Bikers- Power Axe, Power Sword (DB1)
3 Deathwatch Bikers- two Power Swords (DB2)
Corvus Blackstar- Auspex Array, Hurricane Bolter, Twin Assault Cannons, 2 Blackstar Rocket Launchers (CB)
Vindicare Assassin (V)

6 Command Points

My Warlord was the Watch Master, who took the Tenacious Survivor warlord trait.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Hobby Sunday 10/09/17- Neophyte Hybrids WIP

This week I have been doing some work on my Genestealer Cult Neophyte Hybrids from the Deathwatch Overkill boxed set. I managed to get the basecoat and shading done on the models. Hopefully, I'll be able to get them finished over the next week. 



Friday, 8 September 2017

North West Open 2017: Game 4- Deathwatch vs Grey Knights

Game one of day two of the North West Open tournament would see my Deathwatch facing off against Daniel's Grey Knights army. 

The mission for game 4 was ITC scenario 6- Secure and control. The eternal war mission consisted of two objectives, one in each of our deployment zones. 
There were also four other maelstrom objectives; two labelled objective 1 and two labelled objective 2. The maelstrom table for this mission was:
  1. Hold Maelstrom objective 1
  2. Hold Maelstrom objective 2
  3. Destroy an enemy unit
  4. Destroy an enemy unit
  5. Have a unit at least partially within the enemy deployment zone (Behind Enemy Lines)
  6. Have at least 3 of your units and no enemy units at least partially within your own deployment zone (Hold the Line)
As with all the ITC missions, you generate 3 unique maelstrom objectives each turn by rolling on the table and choose the two you wish to try and achieve. If you roll up hold objectives 1 and 2, you can exchange it for holding three objectives for 3 maelstrom points. If you roll up destroy an enemy unit twice, you can exchange it for kill three enemy units for three points. 
The tertiary objectives were First Blood, Linebreaker and Slay the Warlord. We would be using Spearhead assault deployment. 

My Deathwatch army consisted of:
Battalion Detachment
Watch Master (W)
Watch Captain- Jump Pack, Pair Lightning Claws (W)
Kill Team 1- 5 Veterans, Vanguard Veteran with Pair Lightning Claws, 3 Frag Cannons, Storm Shield. (KT1)
Kill Team 2- 5 Veterans, 2 Missile Launchers, 3 Stalker Boltguns (KT2)
Kill Team 3- 5 Veterans, 2 Missile Launchers, 3 Stalker Boltguns (KT3)
Kill Team 4- 5 Veterans, Meltagun, 3 combi-Meltas (KT4)
Kill Team 5- 5 Veterans, 2 Frag Cannons (KT5)
Rhino (R)
Drop Pod- Storm Bolter (DP)
6 Vanguard Veterans- 2 Pairs Lightning Claws, Power Sword and Bolt Pistol, 3 with Bolt Pistols and Chainswords (VV1)
3 Deathwatch Bikers- Power Axe, Power Sword (DB1)
3 Deathwatch Bikers- two Power Swords (DB2)
Corvus Blackstar- Auspex Array, Hurricane Bolter, Twin Assault Cannons, 2 Blackstar Rocket Launchers (CB)
Vindicare Assassin (V)

6 Command Points

My Warlord was the Watch Master, who took the Tenacious Survivor warlord trait.