Thursday, 17 May 2018

Learning Game: Druze Bayram Security vs Haqqislam - 300 points, Firefight

With it not being a League game week, I decided, as I had enough models assembled, to give the Druze Bayram Security a quick run out in a practice game. Riker was kind enough to accept the challenge, as he wanted to take a break from his usual Yu Jing to return to his Haqqislam.

I started off with the pretty standard core link of Druze with a Clipper Dronbot. The rest of the link consisted of the HMG, Brawler Doctor, Light Grenade Launcher and a Killer Hacker. My Druze Lieutenant was deployed further up the board to replenish the link as it moved up.

A couple of Bounty Hunters in a Duo were set up further up the field to act as a speed bump, with the hope that they'd manage to hold a few models up as they advanced.

And meanwhile, a Brawler Haris with the MSV2 Sniper hung out on the right hand side of the board.

I then got a bit of a shock as Riker's reserve model was a Maghariba Guard. The Druze certainly have a reputation for being punchy, but this was definitely going to be a challenge.

Fortunately for me, I'd left Saito Togan hanging out in a nice spot, and I got a beautiful opportunity to call an "Engage" move, trapping it in place before it could cause too much damage.

The Dronbot got into a little bit of a gun fight with some Haqqislam models and didn't do too well out of it. Broadly, I ended up pinned down with little capacity to move

A Bashi Bazouk wandered on from the side and shot up Saito Togan, freeing up the TAG.

I don't recall what this model was, but it was causing me some significant woe in the midfield.

The Maghariba Guard got into position to cause me trouble the next turn, but the Druze showed why they are so terrifying. There were a couple of orders of ineffective shooting against the TAG, but then suddenly it rolled low, I rolled well and the entire TAG just vanished off the board in a hail of machine gun bullets. I was probably more surprised than Andy!

In an effort to outflank the Druze, I brought on a Bashi Bazouk. The model in the tower turned out to be a Hafza in disguise and used a blast template to obliterate the Bashi by targetting a Holo Echo...

Fortunately, at least, I managed to take out the annoying midfield piece by shooting it in the back.

My sniper lost a duel with . . . something?

One of my few amusement high points was the Ghazi Muttawiah pulling their normal trick of shooting a burst of E/M through a wall at my Lieutenant, only to be reminded that Druze are Veterans, and thus immune to such parlour tricks...

In the wider picture, though, it was all going downhill. The Druze link was slowly dismantled.

Soon, there weren't very many models left, and we called it a day.

As a learning game, this was still super useful. I wasn't much impressed by the Brawler sniper link, but the Druze core link was excellent and caused a lot of damage before going down. I think I need to place more models who can join up with the core link in sensible places to let it get back up to a full five person fire team, as that's where it really shines.

Monday, 14 May 2018

A new dawn for painting

It's been a long while since I posted any painting stuff. I mean, this isn't hugely unusual as my painting schedule is historically erratic at best. But the hobby area is a bomb site, there's a ton of clearing to do to even get to the hobby area, and I've not even been trying to do so recently.

The picture above is why. My darling wife and I have now purchased a flat in London. It's unsurprisingly tiny, so we'll need to have a bit of a clear out. But the new space is going to have a dedicated hobby area (as shown above) and we're planning a ton of storage solutions to make sure everything has a place and isn't sitting about in piles.

Once the move is done, I'm looking forward to getting to settle down and paint regularly. In the meantime, the clear out will continue. If people are interested, I may post more rambling thoughts on my hobby clear out and abandoned projects. There will also still be plenty of battle reports as I am keeping up my gaming schedule in the meantime.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Salute 2018: A Demo of Moonstone

For my final post about Salute 2018, I thought I'd write up our experience of playing a couple of turns of Moonstone. This was the demo game that caused us to end up accidentally kind of buying teh game. Alongside, of course, the fact you get a flatulent goblin knight riding a pug.

They had a beautifully set up board for demo games with a few figures a side.

Each figure comes with their own card, and you have tokens to spend as action points. Some actions can cost more than one point. You get a move, then each additional step is an action point - this means that you can push a little bit further if you need to, but it's not ideal.

You drop a bunch of D4s at the start of the game - they represent Moonstones buried under the earth, with the number representing how deep they are buried. The objective is to get as many Moonstones as possible.

For the demo game, I charged forward and over extended, meaning that my poor goblin knight got beaten up by a giant - although the knight did manage to cause everyone damage with a particularly toxic bout of flatulence!

It was great fun, and there's a few different factions available. It was on sale at Salute and I believe it will be on general release soon.

Monday, 7 May 2018

A bit of a clear out

As part of the bank holiday weekend, I've taken the opportunity to have a little bit of a clear out of some of my abandoned projects. You can find them listed for sale here. However, as I was taking nice photos to go on eBay, I thought it would be interesting to talk about what I'm selling, but also why.

First up, we have a bunch of Nurgle Chaos Space Marine stuff. There's three dreadnoughts and five Chaos Terminators in total.

I picked these up many years ago at an Overlords gaming club bring and buy. One of the younger players was selling on his Nurgle chaos force to fund a new project. As I understand it, he'd also bought a lot of it second hand from someone as well.

I picked up the models I did because at the time I was planning an Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine force using the models from Dark Vengeance I'd got as a present from my wife. My logic was that these models were painted to a gaming standard and could easily bulk out the Iron Warriors force I wanted while I was getting it ready, and once the force was complete, I could sell them on.

Unfortunately, the Iron Warriors never came to be, so there's no longer any reason to keep team Nurgle. I'm weirdly attached to the little blighters because I know so much of their history. Hopefully they'll move on to someone who'll use them as is, rather than simply stripping them and starting again.

I'm also selling off various bits from the Japanese Successionist Army box for Infinity. I grabbed the box for the pre-order miniature and to get the various models out of it that are of use to the Ikari Mercenary Company, as I already had a lot of the miniatures for that force. (Essentially by mistake, due to the nature of mercenaries.)

There's also a few surplus Antenocitis Workshop bases - either ones I used for some of my civilian models, or ones purchased for mercenaries before I decided to incorporate them into my Ikari forces.

So, if you're seeing this in the first few days the post is up, please head over to my eBay page and grab a bargain. If not, I hope you found these ramblings about why hobby moves on to someone else interesting.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Salute 2018 Purchases

So, with a spring in my step, I set out across the mystical halls of Salute to find treasures to return home with. What bounty might I discover?

The bag I was handed at the door already came with a souvenir miniature and a free dice. Already up!

First stop was Northumbrian Tin Soldier, where I had pre-ordered some lovely new goblins. Yes, more goblins. I thought if I got it out of the way early, I might not go too mad again... I also got a free gift of a badge, which I thought was a nice touch.

Next up was Eureka Miniatures, where I wanted to pick up a couple more oddnesses from their chaos range. I ended up with these beauties.

My wife and I then got a demo of a game called Moonstone, which we both really enjoyed and ended up picking the core box for. I took a few photos of the demo game, so I'll put them up shortly in a separate blog post.

I remember seeing the Kickstarter for this when it came out, but I was on a crowdfunding ban at the time. The figures are definitely a style I appreciate, and I'm looking forward to getting them painted up and playing some games!

While queuing to pay for Moonstone, I noticed that Troll Trader, who were the distributor, had got a little laser cut laser cutter as their event exclusive, so I kind of had to get one! I mean, you can't blame me, can you?

One of the stands I wandered past was "Awesome 3D Printing", who 3D print things for other wargaming companies. I didn't get a shot of their stand, but they gave me a free keyring, so the least I can do is link their site.

I then wandered by the Warploque stand. The original plan was just to drop by and say hi as I haven't assembled the stuff from their first Kickstarter yet...

But then I saw the Mjowls, and they were just adorable and I had to own them...

Then a quick trip to the Anvil Industry stand (obligatory Kickstarter plug) to say hello and pick up their show only miniatures... So I now have a werewolf and a political commissar type, which is excellent.

I then got a text from my darling wife. We have, for some years, had a rule that until we bought a property, she was not to buy a titan. She's broken this rule a few times so far, with "Knight Titans Don't Really Count", "They're Smallish Eldar Ones So It's Not That Bad" and "An Ordinatus Isn't a Titan" (OK, I deserve that last technicality)...

But a few weeks before Salute, we'd bought a flat. So . . . technically, she was allowed to buy a Titan. She did, however, acknowledge that this was lightly taking the piss, and some level of light bribery was necessary for me not to give her grief about this forever and a day. Negotiations occurred, and I was allowed two significant purchases...

She was also buying herself a Termite, and agreed to buy me one as a present as well. I have some cunning plans for this that I'm looking forward to doing, but they will remain secret for now. The casting quality on these kits is also really excellent, and there's a lot less flash than I recall from other Forge World kits I've bought of late.

I have been looking super thoughtfully at the Heresy Giant for a while now. Heresy put out some amazing kits, so I'd really recommend, of any of the kits I've linked here, you go and check their stuff out. Andy who runs Heresy is good people, almost an institution of the small hobby businesses out there, and it's well work grabbing a purchase of something.

My other large purchase at Salute was a selection of pre-painted 4Ground scenery, for my planned Infinity table in the new place. There was a bit of a discount if you spent certain amounts so I grabbed a few pieces of scatter to hit the threshold.

I had a few pounds left in my pocket, so I pottered by the Fenris Games stand and got just one more goblin.

I really do have a goblin problem, don't I?

Monday, 23 April 2018

Daughters of the Burning Rose - Anvil Industry Kickstarter

As I mentioned in last week's Salute post, Anvil Industry are currently running a Kickstarter for their "Daughters of the Burning Rose" miniatures.

So firstly, having seen the miniatures in person, I can definitely recommend them. They are wonderfully detailed, well cast, and have a nice consistent theme across the range.

Obviously, one of the most common uses for heavily armoured sci fi warrior women will be as Sisters of Battle in Warhammer 40,000. Many people will have seen the announcement by Games Workshop that they'll be releasing Sisters in 2019, with an open development process. So why buy these now?

Well, if you only play in your local Games Workshop, then no, you won't be able to get to use them there. But otherwise? You'll still be able to use both these and the new Games Workshop plastics. These aren't a direct rip off - there's clear tips of the hat, sure, but they are their own thing and I don't feel bad about buying them. They're also sensibly proportioned and armoured, with no over-sexualised nonsense that I've seen so far.

In short - these are the sort of figures that there's been a bit of a shortage of up until now, and it should be encouraged. If you can spare even a token amount for a single figure or squad, I'd recommend throwing it into the pot now to show that there is a market for this sort of thing and it's worth doing.

To finish, this magnificent figure - it's a "10 up" figure that Anvil basically put together because they could. Pretty awesome, right?

Disclaimer: I am friends with the owners of Anvil Industry. However, I've not received any free product from them and this isn't a paid advertisement. I'm promoting something I think there should be more of in this hobby, because I think it's awesome and you'll like it to.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

HATE Infinity League 2018: Corregidor vs Acontecimento, Looting & Sabotage

HATE is once more descending into the chaos and mayhem of a League - this time organised by the fearsome Riker. This one is a full on ITS tracked League...

With most of my Corregidor now assembled, I decided to stick with them for the League and try and get as many practice games in with them as possible. You will see a few other games up on the blog, as I've got some other things recently I'm wanting to try out, but for the most part, I want to try and improve my play by sticking with this sub faction as much as possible.

First game, and I'm drawn against Yashar. Now, Yashar is Really Rather Good at Infinity, but has only done one ITS tournament. He's started up a Shock Army of Acontecimento as a break from his usual MRRF, and they're already beautifully painted.

The mission chosen is Looting and Sabotage, and knowing that the Acontecimento TAGs are much better than the Nomad ones, I decide to rely on punchy close combat with smoke to try and get to the AC2.

On the left, I threw down the Jaguar link, with the Intruder HMG nearby, and a few Alguacile order generators.

In the middle, the Lunokhod covered the objective with two Crazy Koalas in an inconvenient spot for anyone want to try and hit the buttons, even if they were under smoke.

Finally on the right, the Haris Wildcat link with HRL and Assault Hacker covered this flank, with a doctor behind a wall nearby to run around and sort them out when they invariably got smooshed.

My reserve model was McMurrough. I've not used him before, so I avoided making him my data tracker in case he got easily smushed. One of the Jaguars got that honour. The basic plan was for McMurrough to run up the table, punch as many long ranged ARO pieces to death as possible, and leave the second turn open for me to head up the table and hit the AC2.

He did OK at getting up the table, picking up an MSV1 Visor from the Panoply on his way past, but his intuitive attacking of the Regular Sniper resulted in him eating a Critical Stun, leaving him unable to do any more attacks that turn.

My Intruder HMG stepped out using all the midfield smoke and neutralised the second sniper and an unfortunate Fugazi that was hanging out from cover a little too much.

The Jaguars took advantage of the remaining orders to start their swing up the board for turn two, and I left the Panzerfaust in a nice awkward spot with a good view across the board in case anything started working it's way up - in particular I was looking suspiciously at the Guarda de Assalto...

I decided to try and neutralise the surviving sniper with the Wildcat Haris link. The HRL has a pretty good range, so I moved it up for a shot.

Unfortunately, I'd misjudged the range, was over 32" and in a terrible position, so my HRL lost the firefight and ended up with her brains splattered all over the asphalt... With a few models thrown into suppressive fire, it was time for the second round.

A Bagh-Mari HMG walked out to get into a gun fight with McMurrough out of chain rifle range. Fortunately, McMurrough has a good throwing arm and live grenades as well as the smoke ones. Yashar had a bit of a panicked moment as grenade damage started splashing onto the link  team, but they incoveniently made the necessary armour saves. McMurrough was now injured and in a risky spot.

Another burst from the HMG as the Bagh-Mari hastily moved out of the blast range of the link, and McMurrough was down. An Akali Sikh Commando came on the side and put the Panzerfaust Jaguar Dogged, and the rest of the turn was models positioning for turn two - a helper bot heading up to repair the Fugazi, and the Guarda de Assalto

The Akali Sikh commando had an inconvenient "not dying" problem, costing me seven orders and another Jaguar.

The sniper just wouldn't dislodge - a vain attempt to use a Wildcat in the hope of getting lucky was of no use.

The Alguacile might have had better luck if I'd had enough orders to move him up to a closer firing position, but I shot from further away and he also got sniped out.

The Guarda then advanced and took out the Lunokhod to disable the Koalas. There was a short and panicked pause while he melted my Wildcat Assault Hacker's brain, but it didn't take long before he could advance.

I dropped Senor Massacre into suppression in the vain hope of doing something useful, but a carefully placed Eclipse Grenade put paid to my efforts and I took an 8-0 win, with a 270-80 split on Victory Points.