Thursday, May 30, 2019

Adeptus Custodes!

Constantin Valdor

The head custodes himself! Constantin Valdor is the Captain-General of the Adeptus Custodes from Unification throughout the Horus Heresy. He is a stone cold killer in the 30k rules, nearly able to put down a Primarch on his own. I didn't plan on getting this miniature when it first came out, because I thought it looked too "busy", but the more I learned about the Custodes I realized it was perfect. To date, this is probably my favorite miniature I've ever painted, I just love the way it has turned out. Still haven't gotten him on the table for a game yet.



Constantin Valdor

Constantin Valdor
Constantin Valdor

Shield Captain

This Shield Captain or Tribunate (if Constantin isn't around) is built specifically for 30k. I gave him a Paragon Spear and a Praesidium shield (the shield limits the spear on the charge, but it is still worth it). The figure is a limited Forge World miniature with the head from a Sagittarum Guard and a plastic Shield. In my few games I've used him in, he has just murdered lots of Imperialis Militia.

Shield Captain
Shield Captain

Custodian Guard Squad 1

The first squad has all Guardian Spears with one of them having a Adrathic Destructor.  I love the Adrathic weapons, even if they get hot! These guys can brutalize most anything they run into, but can struggle in later combat rounds against terminators (in 30k).


Custodian Squad
Custodian Guard Squad 2

The same as squad 1, just with three Custodians.


Custodian Squad
Aquilon Terminators

These Terminators are great! Both in 30k and 40k. Two have Lastrum Storm Bolters and Solarite Power Gauntlets, one has a Athrathic Destructor and Gauntlet and the final one has a Infernus Firepike and Power Talon. The Solarite Power Gauntlet is one of my favorite weapons, it is a power fist that doesn't strike last!


Aquilon Terminators
Telemon Heavy Dreadnought

The Telemon is like a mini Knight Titan with a ton of firepower. I have given mine an Arachnus Storm Cannon for tank killing, at range,and then the Caestus Power Fist for punching anything to death. The fist has a plasma projector and then a Spiculus Bolt Launcher on top for masses of infantry. I haven't used it in a game yet, since it is crazy expensive in points.

Telemon Dreadnought


Telemon Dreadnought
Contemptor-Galatus Class Dreadnought

A dreadnought that I have used, and has done me proud, is the Contemptor-Galatus. This bad boy is all about close combat. His shield makes him very tanky and the sword takes care of anything that it faces. This dreadnought killed 5 Iron Warrior Cataphractii Terminators in a single charge last game, they didn't even get a chance to attack! And his sword has a flame thrower as well, what more can you ask for. It is a heavy choice in 30k.

Galatus Dreadnought
Contemptor-Achillus Class Dreadnought

The Contemptor-Achillus is all about that spear. It has a lascannon equivalent for ranged attack and then is a D weapon in close combat when you charge! It's can have Adrathic Destructors, incinerators or Lastrum Storm Bolters on its arms. The Achillus below is fully magnitized at almost all the arm joints and weapons, I can replace the arms with a power fist and Kheres Pattern Assault cannon for the basic 40k version. I am completing another Achillus now, that is in a more dynamic pose, but not magnetized. It is an elite choice in 30k.

Achillus Dreadnought
Sagittarum Guard

I really like these guys, they have a heavy bolter that fires as an assault weapon with an underslung death ray (Adrathic Destructor). Then on top of that they are still multi-attack, multi-wound Custodes if the enemy gets close. 



Sagittarum Guard
Hetaeron Guard

The real stone cold killers in the 30k list are the Hetaeron Guard. These guys are the the closest to the Emperor, protectors, aids... friends. They have a relationship with the big "E" that even the Primarchs are jealous of. They are also just called the companions. In 30k each of these guys is almost like a Legion Astartes Praetor. They have three wounds three attacks base and can bring all the best weapons. I gave two of mine Paragon Swords and two Solarite Power Gauntlets and all have Praesidium shields. These are conversions of the plastic Custodes with Blood Angel swords and terminator power fists.

Hetaeron Guard
Custodian Venetari

These are my newest Custodes. The Venetari have jump wings and only power armor, ugh a 3+ save only. But they are a mobile force with a lot of punch, since they are still Custodes! I finished two with Tarsus Bucklers and archaeotech Kinetic Destroyers and one with a Venatari Lance. However, I am finishing two more, both with lances.
Venetari
Venetari

Monday, April 29, 2019

Quick Update - April 2019

So I have not updated much recently for a few reasons, but I have gotten some stuff done on the hobby front. 

First off my wife and I just had our first baby! So that has taken a little of my time!


She has meant that there hasn't been any gaming going on but I have been doing some painting, when she lets me. I've repainted some of my old Leman Russ tanks and then picked up some Death Korps of Krieg miniatures. I have finished more than this so check back for more. 

Leman Russ Vanquisher.
I've had this model for a while but just repainted it for the Death Korps of Krieg.
The first batch of Krieg.
Finally decided to paint this command squad.
Ready to assemble the army!
I decided to go with the standard uniform from the Vraks books.

 I have also finished up a great deal of my Adeptus Custodes force.

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.