Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Legio Atarus Vs Legio Varus

Titan Slugfest!

Last weekend Bryan and I got together for a 2000 point game of Adeptus Titanicus. This would be the first time my titans weren't fighting themselves as Bryan is almost finished with his titans! We used objectives but not stratagems, Bryan had to keep my titans from his board edge and I had to kill his titans.

Legio Atarus ready to walk!

I had my Legio Atarus with two warlord titans, one with missiles, volcano cannon and plasma annihilator. The second had turbolaser destructors, volcano cannon and plasma annihilator and was my princeps senioris. Two reavers, one with missiles, laser blaster and gatling cannon, the second had turbolaser destructor, laser blaster and gatling cannon. I also had a single warhound with turbolaser and plasma and three knights, two with battle cannons and one with melta, each had a close combat weapon also. One of the warlords, reavers and the warhound were in a Axiom battle maniple.

Bryan's custom legion. I can't think of the name right now.

Bryan's Legio Varus was running knight heavy. He had two warlords, one with missiles, plasma and volcano cannon and the second with a quake cannon, plasma and missiles. His reaver had missiles, a volcano cannon and a laser blaster. Lastly he had some fully loaded knights. His first banner had a lord scion, four gatling cannons and two melta cannons with melta guns as well. His second banner had a lord scion, four knights with battle cannons and two with melta cannons and melta guns. All 12 also had close combat weapons. His two warlords and reaver were in a Myrmidon battle maniple.

Our board set up.

Bryan's 12 knights rush under the bridge.

Bryan's princeps senior in the warlord "Bellum Aquilae"

The battle field from his side.

I move up to get close.

Unfortunately this would be a theme for Bryan. Shaken knight banners.

The first turn I put a volcano cannon shot into the enemy knight banner that destroyed two and they failed their command check and were shaken. This would go on for the rest of the game with me keeping both his banners shaken. That kept them from taking order and slowed them down. It really hurt their ability to get into combat. Bryan had added lord scion's to both, but it really didn't help him during the game.

Fire everything!

I tasked my warhound and knights with holding off the enemy knight horde.

Bryan's knight banners lasted much longer than I thought they would and took a great deal of fire to finish off. But they were never able to get entirely behind me to force me to decide about turning to face them.

Two turns of brutal fire puts the enemy reaver down!

In the center my princeps senioris took a lot of fire from Bryan's warlord and reaver, but I focused on his reaver. On the second turn my reaver took down its void shields and my center warlord with turbolaser destructors, volcano cannon and plasma cannon destroyed the reaver entirely. I first fired the volcano cannon to see where it hit and it landed on the legs, I then rolled a "5" and "6" for damage and did two critical hits. I then targeted that location with the turbolasers and plasma, even needing 5's I got enough hits to outright destroy the reaver!

Bryan is targeting my reaver on the left and doing serious damage.
Bryan's warlord on the left had a quake cannon that proved to be very valuable to him, as it slowed me down and ended up turning my reaver nearly every turn.

Bryan's center is much less secure with the loss of the reaver.

I continue my steady advance.

The knights mix it up in close combat.

They got behind my badly damaged warlord, but the reaver was there to support.

My warlord takes the lead on the left putting massive fire into its opponent.

More knights fighting it out in close combat.
The net closes on the remaining warlord as my last two knights finish off their opposite number.

His last warlord was pretty fresh at this point.

But one turn of combined fire took it to crits all over, and another ended the godmachine.

This is what my center warlord looked like after the final turn.
Great game. Lots of fun. Bryan said his knights suffered from the unpainted model syndrome and I would have to agree. They took tons of damage, stayed shaken, and missed most everything they shot at or tried to hit. Once the center reaver fell and my warhound and knights tied up his 12 knights it was really over. I had a warlord and reaver to take on each of his warlords and that was pretty textbook. The reavers would damage or strip shields and the warlord would pour on the hurt.

I did have great luck with restarting my warlord's shields! The emergency repairs order came through big for me throughout the game.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

AT battlereport but mainly about FLGS

Adeptus Titanicus Battle Report and more

This post was going to be a battle report for AT, but will mostly be a sad farewell to my FLGS. The Hobbytown USA in Auburn, Alabama will is shutting down after 20 years. I didn't realize this would be my last game in the store...

If you have read my blog over the years almost every single post was at Hobbytown with few exceptions. I had started to paint miniatures and play wargames before moving to Auburn for college, but it was here at the Auburn Hobbytown USA that it really developed. I started Flames of War by seeing the miniatures and 1st edition rulebook at HT. Then the owner, Steve, was incredibly supportive of out Flames of War group over the years. He not only gave us a place to play but also provided terrain and even covered our entry fees to tournaments, on occasion. It was the only supportive store for miniature wargaming in the area. 

While I have a group of friends that get together and play at each others houses, I only meet them through the shop and it will be so much more difficult to grow any miniature gaming group without a place for people to see the game played.

The reason for the store closing is not a single simple answer, but more of a set of circumstances. The biggest reason is certainly the growth of online shopping, something I am entirely guilty of. If you look at the following pictures of all of my AT models and rules, it totals almost $500 that I could have ordered through the shop... but I didn't, I bought them online through various sources and spent around half that instead. How can a brick and mortar store compete with that? The second reason is that people are spending less on physical hobbies and more on video games and other media. More reasons are, competition in the R/C car market with new stores in the area and just rough patches in the economy in the past decade.

Sorry, this has taken forever, but let me just say that Steve, and the others I meet at Hobbytown USA in Auburn are the entire reason my interest in the hobby became what it is today. I have met some of my greatest friends at the shop, from wargaming to the finescale model meeting to gundam kits, so many firendships started at the shop.

The AT game

On to the game. Robert and I met up at the shop a few Saturday's ago and got in another Adeptus Titanicus game. Like the last AT post, I will just use the picture captions to tell the story. This was my first game using Warhound titans.

My force of a Warlord, Reaver and Warhound.

Robert had a mirrored force.

He deployed his group together on the left side of the board.

I moved my titans up to take the airfield (with a Salamnders Stormbird).

A look at the battle field.

From Roberts side.

This Valkyrie is not in a good spot, between two titan forces.

My Reaver putting fire downrange.

My Warhound getting ready for a flanking attack.

He found a good location.

My Reaver was taking the bulk of the fire.

This is going to hurt!

My Reaver was pummeled.
However, focused fire took out Roberts Reaver!

My Reaver survived another round, on it's last leg... literally.

But it kept firing each turn!

But the enemy Warlord put all its fire into it.

Allowing my Warhound to go for side shots.

My badly mauled Reaver finally fell.

Reaver down.

But my Warlord and Warhound quickly took their revenge!

Engine Kill. The enemy Warhound then made a hasty withdrawal.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Legio Custodes - The Gaudy Ten Thousand

Here is a teaser for some of what I've been painting. Hint, there is a lot of gold involved...

Constantin Valdor, Captain General of the Adeptus Custodes.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Adeptus Titanicus Battle Report

Legio Atarus Combat Exercises

I was able to get my friend Bryan into Adeptus Titanicus, he has picked up a boatload of titans that he is working on. In the meantime we got together to play a game with the titans I've finished. We made mirrored forces with a warlord, reaver, warhound and a banner of knights each. 

I will just run through the game in the captions.

My maniple with one of each.

Bryan's maniple of titans.

The battlefield. 
Some Solar Auxilia gunships trying to get out of the way. The were just there for looks.

Early on we just slugged it out at range.

My warhound and knights went around the right to go after Bryan's warhound.

In my mind we were going for the Salamanders Stormbird in the center.

We both loaded out for ranged combat.

Bryan's knights moving around my left flank.

The enemy warhound does not like these odds!

I have focused on the enemy reaver.

My knights just couldn't hit the warhound at range.

But my warhound was pummeling the enemy warhound.

My warlord has taken some damage, but Bryan's reaver is a wreck.

However, I hit his critically damaged reaver in its ruined torso with the volcano cannon, double ones for damage...

So it took another turn to kill the reaver, which stumbled forward and fell.

However my warlord was badly damaged and the knights moved in for the kill... but instead took fours shots from the plasma annihilator in the face and all died.

Bryan's warhound took some serious damage...

So it took off in a run. 
But the knights wouldn't let it get away.

In its deaththrows his own warhound turned and fired at Bryan's warlord, but its shields held.

In my mind the princeps of the warhound had never liked the princeps of the warlord, so shot him as he died.

After some emergency repairs my warlord was able to gain all its shields back.

Somehow the knights survived fire from the warlord, my reaver destroying the warlords volcano cannon helped!

But in the end, all the combined firepower was to much for Bryan's warlord. I went with all targeted shots to the head.

It was a lot of fun and I can't wait till Bryan gets all of his titans painted up so we can run some different kinds of forces, I want to use more reavers once the new kit is out.