Monday, May 4, 2015

My First Bolt Action game fielding the Soviets.

Well, the Quar as Soviets...

This photo is here purely because I thought it would look good in the blog roll thumbnail pic...
This won't be so much of a battle report, but rather just a highlight reel. This game was played a few weeks ago vs. Kushial and his newly acquired American army. 750 points, Envelopment scenario, he was attacking (and won quite handily) and it was a good time.


That poor partisan squad (back near the pond) would spend most of the game at a dead run, firing very few shots. Whereas those two pin markers (from the preliminary bombardment) on the tank would render it ineffective for 3 turns or so (rolling high is a double edged sword).  The sniper team would spend the whole game moving around and doing nothing, whereas the AT rifle teams would act like actual snipers themselves (but prove useless vs. the Sherman, go figure).


The *free* inexperienced rifle squad that the Soviets can have. Amusingly their first casualty came from the Commissar behind them, and following that experience you see them here advancing at the fastest possible speed!


My Wily Murican opponent, feeling pretty confident in his army's chances (and rightly so)!


The T26b tries in vain to take out the Murican Jeep. Still, it made for a nice photo op!


Here the free squad finds itself in the unenviable position of having Muricans to their front, and a Commissar and his SMG toting henchquar to their rear.  In case your wondering, no they didn't survive long...


The turns one-thur-5 laser-guided Quar mortar beat the ever loving shit out of this squad (as you can see)!


My first tank dual!!! For some odd reason though I had it in my head that the T26b's light AT gun hit no harder than an AT Rifle (+2 AP). Actually it has a +4 AP!!! Damnit! My mistake resulted in nothing more than a pin marker.


Luckily the Sherman missed my tank, the Quonset hut behind it though, was not as lucky...


One hellova fire fight here! However my poor Quar were coming off the worse for wear in the encounter.


TANK SHOCK!!! Fuck this game has that too?!? lol, well with that many pin markers on them, they fled and were destroyed (no reroll would save them either).

Ya know it seems that every game of Bolt Action, even those which come in as a crushing defeat for me (as in this case), seems to move me a little farther away from 40k. This game is balanced, fun, and requires no wading thru an endless morass of special rules.

As such more 40k has gone the way of ebay, and in return there is a test squad for a possible 2nd go at a British Dad's Army coming in the mail...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

You wil respect my authoriai!!!

o/

This little guy is my Grymnquisitor. He'll be allied to my Grymn Militarum army, and it will be via his order that my Grymndicare assassin will be deployed! Whilst he looks like a normal 28mm mini in the pic, the top of his armor is only the height of a typical Space Marine's chest Eagle! Still, with an Inquisitor's stat line, power armor, bolt pistol and powerfist, short or not it would be best to keep your distance from him!

The metallic greenish glow represents the energy-field surrounding his powerfist.

Speaking of his (lack of) height...

Aaack! He's even shorter than the grunt infantry!

Like most heroes in the Grim-Dark, he's dumb enough to have removed his helmet before entering the field of battle. Idiot. Whereas his acolytes in power armor (who amusingly are taller than their boss) don't suffer from such stupidity.

Jeez! The only Grymn who's models are shorter than this guy, are the ones that are kneeling or laying down!

Monday, April 27, 2015

TIE Bombers suck! Just saying...

...but they are great places to meet your friends!
If you put Major Rhymer behind the wheel & give him Dead Eye, then yeah, you can go to town and clean house with the TIE bomber! However in all other respects its a waste of points. I've yet to get a TB to be worth a damn w/o using Rhymer! Without him, the TB just goes through the typical target lock and watch the target fly away while getting shot at from all directions motions.

I only managed to get one volley of Flechette torps off the other night with a crummy Scimitar Squadron Bomber. At least it managed to survive my Imperial Scum & Villainy elimination sortie, but (as usual) there was very little return for its use of 21 squadron points (aside from drawing fire).

Is anyone else out there having issues with the TB when not using Rhymer? If not, then do you have any suggestions? (and don't just say buy more of them...)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Codex Craftworlds: A license for abuse...but who's?

Actually this was written 2 years ago alongside the previously released Codex. However as is proper for any finely crafted cheese, they had to keep it in cold storage for 2 years before its release...

I don't normally write posts about rumors, but rather just nerd rage about them on FB, Faeit 212, and BoLS like most folks do. However a thought occuried to me in a conversation (amidst all of the other nerd raging) on BoLS with another commenter named (no pun intended) 'Nameless'.

lol, here it is:


Yeah that's about as inspiring as the average weather forecast in Seattle.


True, there are those who are anything but 'fun' to play against with the soon-to-be obsolete Eldar codex, but the new dex already has an online petition to ban Eldar from all competitive play (I still think this is encouraging GW as they insist 40k isn't a competitive game). Regardless it appears that the 'screaming online minority' (as its called) has come to the general consensus that all Eldar players are suddenly douche-bags! Indeed, more so than the codex writers themselves (funny that...).

However I can easily see the potential of Craftworlds spawning all sorts of douche-baggery, such as I mentioned above: 'well now I can bring the cheesiest thing that I can put on the table, and you can't complain about it because you're playing Eldar...' becoming a common occurrence. In some cases it already did with the current codex.  Craftworlds will in effect be the license/excuse for anyone to abuse army list-building (which I think is already waaaay too commonplace in 40k).

The modern-day-equivalent of 'Bladestorm'?

GW's apparently blind ignorance to the fact that portions of their player base is willing to do what they can, rather than what they ought to do with the rules given to them is really Forging the wrong narrative about what 40k is all about! (...and for those wondering, that narrative should be fun for both players...)

Just my 2 cents on the subject...

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sunday afternoon rim jobs...

...bases, I meant BASES!!! Get your minds out of the gutter! lol, however with a title like that, the page-hit counter ought to spike up just a bit!

The painted chunk of my army (minus the tank)
As I stated previously, the paint I was using for my Quar's Warmahordes bases was the discontinued color of Gretchin Green. Luckily, as one of GW's 'base' paints, it was easily covered with Warboss Green (and please, please, please let that color be in current production!).

With their sudden change to the Soviet side, my Quar Bagpiper has taken a leave of absence. It remains to be seen right now whether or not I'll do a British North African list, or just stick with the Soviets who have quite a bit more variety of forces than I had realized!
Overall I think the painted portion of my army (20 minis if I include the tank) looks good! I need to come up with some other form of squad numbering though as the fugly roman numerals which I used before was (intentionally) covered up. The Soviet army book gives you a squad of up to 12 grunts with all of the options available for free! That will negate all of my recent infantry purchases, and as such I told Kushial to make a 500 point list for our game this weekend.

Behold! The free squad. Made up of survivors from the various units shattered by the German Blitzkrieg! Unfortunately they've not had time to find new, or at least consistent uniforms. Note: The Grunt with the Shotgun will be the LMG's loader for the time being.
I also painted two more Partisans, and these minis are still my favorites of the Quar! The one thing this army needs is some more Sabol trays though, as I have all of the unpainted minis doubled up in their slots.

As colorful in character as they are in clothing, my partisans (well, the painted ones anyways)!
lol, As you can see, I also had some help from our kitty Kiya. She was all to happy to make sure my EVE online, afk mining was running  just fine when I was off clear coating minis!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

So umm...how do you paint a geodesic dome?

I mean seriously. Usually they're silver, clear, chrome-ish...like this:


Yeaaaah, that'll paint up easy! Lemme just open my paint pot of chrome and...oh, um...or how bout whatever boltgun metal is called these days? I guess that'll work, right?

Doubt it.

Fuck it let's go all earthy, woodsy, and cozy-like this:


Cozy...Battletech terrain (which is what this post is actually about), umm....no I don't think that'll work really (though it would be easier to paint than a chromed dome I guess).

Anyways, here's what I actually got:

I dimmed the photos a bit so they just didn't look like white silhouettes.

 Okay, not all of the pieces are geodesic domes, but a good chunk of them are, or variations thereof.  These are from a little company called Xmarx (I believe they're in Knoxville, TN) so fairly local to me actually, though I got the above from my Noble Knight credit and NK is located in Wisconsin so go figure.

I wouldn't mind getting another set of these actually.

All of the Geodesic sections are separate pieces, so they can be arranged however I want. Whereas the odd looking collection of resin below is...actually something quite neat: armored exit ramp to a subterranean mech bay (the above surface variety is ridiculously expensive for some stupid reason).

Closed...
...and open.

I'm gonna try to  magnetize the armored shutters so I can have the option to position them either open or closed. I'll have to put it on a base or else the piece that the mech is standing on won't have anything to attach to.

One other set that I got, isn't specifically for Battletech, as it will also work for 40k, Bolt Action, WHFB, or whatever...

So cool, and water is such a rare site on most game tables.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Quar Partisans WIP

o/

A weekend of beautiful weather and family obligations means that there was very little hobby progress (and no gaming at the FLGS, aside from making a quick run for supplies as I was out of zap-a-gap and some paints). Earlier in the week though, it rained for the most part in the evenings and I was able to get some work done on my Quar partisans. The Quar at left was painted before I bothered to assemble any of the others. It kind of has that hillbilly feel to it which I find amusing since I live in the heart of Appalachia!

Most assembly for the Quar consists of just drilling out the hole to insert the neck for gluing, and then gluing the mini to its base. However a few of these minis have separate hands and there was a fair bit of cursing, swearing and gluing those little fiddly bitz to my fingers rather than the minis as I had intended.

The one in the back (center) isn't a partisan, but a regular grunt. He will bring another anti-tank rifle to the table as the Soviet list allows me to take up to 3 of those for the price of one (in terms of unit selection) in a reinforced platoon.

Eventually though I prevailed and painting began. I'm totally enamored with these minis! Indeed they're the best of my Quar collection thus far! I changed the base's color (meaning the rest will need to be repainted) after realizing that Gretchin Green is not only discontinued, but I'm down the last sludgy dregs in my bottle of it. No worries though, I was going to revisit them eventually to add some leaf litter anyways.

I still have one AT-gun Quar left to assemble, but I've run out of Warmahordes bases, so that mini will have to wait. Likewise there hasn't been any progress on my 2nd Quar tank either. The bottom needs considerable sanding, however in order for my respirator mask to actually work worth a damn, I have to shave my beard first. However that hasn't reached the long and unruly stage yet, so the tank is currently on the back burner.