More Happy, Red Friends

My first walking mouth gets some new friends.

I finished two more Kromlech “Gnaws” the other day.  They come in packs of three, so that finishes off the ones I have for now.  They are solid, resin casts, so I didn’t have too much modelling work to do.  Just cleaned off flash and trimmed some mold lines.  The pieces didn’t come with bases and I thought that regular infantry bases were too small so I used terminator bases, which seem to be the right size.

My husband was right about one thing.  He looked at them and said, “They seem a little too happy for Khorne.”  Yeah, I agree, they probably would have looked better as minions of Nurgle.  But maybe they are happy because they have just been unleashed from the warp and are anticipating the orgy of violence to come?  Or maybe Khorne has a sense of humor after all?

Good things seem to be coming in three’s lately.  My next piece I’m putting the finishing touches on tonight is my second thunderwolf cavalry model.  They don’t have too much in common with gnaws except they also come three to a box.  So it’ll be a Space Wolf day soon as I stoically paint toward my long dreamt goal of having enough Space Wolves to actually play a game without having to proxy Ultramarines!

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Chaos Marines & Orks versus Dark Angels

Chaos Marines & Orks versus Dark Angels

1500 Point Armies
Mission: Crusade
Deployment: Vanguard Strike
Warlord Traits: I have no idea what the Dark Angel player rolled. If it mattered then I didn’t notice. I rolled “Hatred Incarnate” which turned out to be kind of handy.

I decided to start playing allies now that more of my friends are building allied lists themselves. In fact my Dark Angel friend showed me some pictures of his well painted kroot he is working on. So I’m using my husband’s Ultramarines to represent my allies while I build my own marines. For now they are the so-called “True Ultramarines”.

Dark Angel Forces
The Dark Angel general was a biker chaplain with a mace of redemption. He led a squad of (I think) 7 bikers, which included some plasma guns, and a banner that gave Feels No Pain. The bike squad was supported by a darkshroud land speeder, which in turn was supported by a biker techmarine. Other forces included a squad of ten tactical marines in a rhino, a nephilim flyer, five deathwing terminators with a terminator psyker, and five scouts.

Orks with Chaos Space Marine Allies
My leader was a terminator Chaos Lord, who I attached to a squad of five havocs, to keep an eye on them. Ten space marines provided further infantry support. The havocs had an attached rhino with a havoc launcher, the other squad a rhino with a dirge caster. I also fielded a helbrute, and an auto cannon heldrake.

The orks were led by a big mek with a shokk attack gun attached to a lobba battery. Troop strength was two small gretchin mobs, and two trukks full of boyz. Finally my forces deployed an aegis line and quad gun.

Deployment
I placed the aegis line across a hilltop along the middle of my long table edge. (We did narrative terrain and then placed fortifications.)

The Dark Angel player clustered all of this forces in an area across from my aegis line, but blocked by a high plateau probably in case I seized the initiative. His bikers were in the vanguard. I figured his plan was to rush his bikers at whatever was behind my aegis and support them with the rest of his army as needed. That is one problem with placing an aegis line. It serves as a declaration of your set-up intentions.

I marshaled all of my chaos marines behind the aegis. It sure was crowded back there! The ork mortar battery was masked behind the hill with an attached big mek spotting on top of the bluff. I placed my trukks on the other side of the battlefield so they wouldn’t be easy first turn targets. Same with the gretchin. Since there were no objectives their mission was mostly to stay out from underfoot.

After we set up, Nick infiltrated his sniper scouts on the hill to the True Ultramarine left. I’m glad I had wrapped the ends of my barricade around against flankers.

Tomorrow
I will post turn one.

Hail!

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My name is Ann and I’ve been a gamer since the mid-1970’s when a friend turned me on to original Dungeons & Dragons and Chainmail. Since then I’ve played a lot of different games. My favorite for the past couple of years has been tabletop Warhammer 40K. I enjoy building and painting the figures as well as playing the game.

I’ve worked part time in a game store for awhile now and with the employee discount and burgeoning trust fund, I woke up one day and realized I could field a decent-sized force of every faction except space elves and sisters!  Up to this point though I’ve mostly been an ork player and painter.

I like to sort of “roleplay” my forces a little in live games and someone suggested that I write up and post the battle reports online that I verbally tell while we are playing the game and rolling some dice. (I don’t do that with everyone — only the players who don’t find it annoying.)

I also enjoy other games and the occasional book. I’ll talk about them too from time to time.  I’m really starting to like the looks of some of those Dark Eldar models and I wonder when they’ll start making Sisters in plastic? *wink*.

Cheers,

Warboss Ann