Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Adepticon Calth Bash: The Revenge!

Last night, we played a great game at the house of one of my fellow Greying Legion (The Adepticon and NOVA Heresy Team) veterans. We played through our "Calth Bash" that we ran at Adepticon this year, and are planning to again. It's a pretty great little set up. The armies essentially are restricted to what you can get in the Calth box, plus your legion rules. That's it. So, each side has 30 marines, 5 terminators, a contemptor, and a character. There are points restrictions for upgrades on each of those things, and the only model not from the box that is available is a single bare rhino. To make things interesting, we add in the Calth dice, which gets rolled every turn. You can then use the various results to do things like add models back to squads that have taken casualties, or get extra shots with various weapons. We also use a fancy version of Meatgrinder. Each time you recycle a unit, you give your opponent your Meatgrinder token, which they flip over and becomes a Vengeance token. You can use those to do things like count as a one shot combi weapon, or juice someone up on combat drugs!

Overall, it's a blast, and basically results in total madness and huge numbers of casualties that keep getting followed up by more fresh meat....which is exactly what the Heresy is to us!

We racked up my Alpha Legion and Salamanders against the birthday boy/host's Death Guard. Really, his army is made up of Istvaan III loyalists, so it's got Sons of Horus, Death Guard, Emperor's Children, and World Eaters in it. For simplicity's sake, they were all Death Guard.

In the end, the Death Guard won by a single Victory Point, 23-22. VPs were based on a check-list of accomplishments during the game, some silly, some game based. Things like destroying a unit, destroying a unit in a sweeping advance, making your opponent laugh, and contributing to capturing objectives all got you VPs.

Since it was a weeknight, we ended up cutting the game short, but we had a great time, and got a couple people a little more familiar with the rules.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Arena Rex Demo Day!

Whoo hoo! Our first Arena Rex Demo Day is in the books! We had a blast on Sunday at Untapped Games in Providence, RI, rolling dice and causing mayhem. We had 5 people, plus me running things. First, we played a couple of warm-up rules learning games. We played with cohorts of 3 models, and we essentially used only the fronts of the cards. No special rules or special Ludus rules. Both were bloody affairs! We played both games on the Arena Rex mats, with the cake topper pillars and a a couple of pits each. The first game was Legio XIII vs Zephyri, and then we switched to the other mat where the Morituri and Ludus Magnus were set up. Last, we added a model each to the Morituri and and the Legio XIII and played a 4vs4 game, this time with all the rules in play, and the Wendigo in the middle as a living hazard. It was a mess, in the best way possible! Special shout out to Zhara for reaching out with her whip, grabbing Amelia, pulling her towards a pit, re-positioning, and then throwing her in, all in one attack!
I look forward to running more days like this, and I think everyone had a good time.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New Alpha Legion Saboteur! Recon Rite of War underway!

So, I've decided I'm going to build up the recon portion of my Alpha Legion army, aiming to use them both for the Recon Rite of War, and the Hunter-Killer Traitor Shattered Legion Rite of War. I will also be using them heavily in Kill Team and Tactical Strike games. They're all going to have the same black and turquoise tiger stripe camo that I used on my previous sniper recon marines:

So, here's the first couple guys. I have two bolter recon guys and a new Saboteur. I've always loved using a Saboteur, but the model I built for it previously was done really fast. I will still use it, but I wanted a new one with a combi weapon, and lookin' a little more mean. So, here's the new version. Since the photo, I've given him a small helmet crest.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pre Heresy Alpha Legion updates!

Well, I've been busy not being able to stick to one project, but I've gotten a lot done on a few. Sometimes, I have to just fully embrace the fact that my inspiration shifts from project to project, and get things done on whatever I have momentum to work on. Right now, I've got my caestus mostly done. This will be for transporting my Laernaen terminators in big games. It needs some freehand somewhere (haven't decided on what I'm going to do yet), and some washes, and that'll be that.

Next up is a test model for my Dark Furies...still deciding on the right shoulder. Anyone have some Raven Guard decals they wanna share?

Finally, I have a Storm Eagle. It's a regular Storm Raven, with the Chapterhouse extend-o kit added. I really like that kit, and I think it perfectly fixes my issues with the proportions on the 'Raven, which I think is otherwise an awesome kit. I also hated assembling the fire raptor, so I wasn't willing to subject myself to another giant flying pain in the ass. The missile pods on the wings are just from the whirlwind kit.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Arena Rex Progress!

Some paint is finally happening!
I am working out a date for my first demos, so I'm going to try and have this done by then...

Also, some pillars to go with my mats. Just yer basic cake topper style. I sprayed them once with bone spray, then again from a downward angle with white. Easy peasy.