Wednesday, January 30, 2013

TSHFT- Emerald City Slaughter '13

So a couple weekends ago I played in a great event up in Seattle, part of the TSHFT series of events. There were about seventy participants; which shows this events great growth. It was 2,000 points with a nice battle point system. See here for more about the event rules and layout. I play-tested my list for about a month before in a half-dozen or so games, making adjustments until I got it just how I wanted it. Here is what it looked like:


Destroyer Lord w/ Semiternal Weave, Resurrection Orb, Mindshackle Scarabs 190

(Allied) Typhus 230


10*Immortals w/ Tesla 170                                                 

5*Immortals w/ Tesla, Night Scythe 185

5*Warriors w/ Night Scythe 165

(Allied) 26*Zombies 114

(Allied)  26*Zombies 114

Fast Attack

7* Canoptek Scarabs 105

(Allied) Heldrake w/ Baleflamer 170

Heavy Support

Doom Scythe 175

Annihilation Barge 90

Annihilation Barge 90

(Allied) 2*Obliterators w/ Mark of Nurgle 152


Aegis Defense Line 50


....and here is what it looked like:  

So I have two fairly beatstick HQs, a solid footprint of tough fearless Troops, some decent heavy shooting, and some potentially devastating flyers. The army doesn't a ton of spam but it still has redundancy. I had  five great games against five great opponents.

Game 1 v. Fluger (ORK) - Hammer and Anvil/ The Scouring
I got the higher point objectives mostly near my side and had bottom turn. Fluger rushed up my deployment zone with his Battlewagon, two Trukk mobz and Stormboyz, putting immediate pressure on me. Unfortunately he didn't see my Scarabs right in front of them in the bushes and they wrecked the wagon. But at that point his MANZ were in my base. It took a lot of hard work from my Death Ray to dislodge them.

From that point it came down to my flyers harassing and whittling down his Boyz in midfield and surviving the Lootas.

Turn 5 I was winning, turn 6 Fluger was winning. We got turn 7. It came all the way down to me needing to kill a wounded Nob gone to ground on the 4 point objective behind an Aegis, managed to barely do it with an Annihilation Barge and claim the win.

Game II v. Tasty (NEC/CSM) - Vanguard Strike/Big Guns

Played against his 5 armour 14 stuff list. He deployed his three Monoliths spread equidistant along his deployment line. His Icarus with Chronometron re-rolls and Tank Hunter was nasty. My Obliterators killed a Land Raider and a Monolith and my Destroyer Lord killed another to claim an objective on the last turn to win.I think Tasty could have won this with better target priority; I had very few units to harm his AV 14 and they mostly had to be close to do the job.

Game III v. Jesse Z (GK) - Dawn of War/Purge

Nice guy who came in from Michigan, had Coteaz, 4 Acolyte units, a couple Strike Squads, 5 Paladins, 3 Psyflemen (2 Venerable) and 2 Dreadknights w/ Incinerators. Came down to his lack of anti-air stuff (the Heldrake and Doom Scythe dominated) and the Destroyer Lord getting up multiple times and killing both Dreadknights and Coteaz. Good win.

Game IV v. Ben C (DW/GK) - Vanguard Strike/Crusade(4)

Playing against Ben with his 4 Interceptors was a nightmare scenario for my army, but thankfully I was able to fly in out of range of his Kheres assault cannon toting Mortis Contemptors to help mitigate the problem. Only 1 flyer went down on the turn they came in. We were both able to eliminate all the threats we put on each others objectives and ended up with a draw.

Game V v. Kriston B (NEC) - Dawn of War/Emperor's Will

 Played against a Scarab Farm/Scythe list with 40 Immortals. Emperor's Will was modified so that there was an objective the the center worth twice as many points as the objectives the deployment zones. I played this game wrong for the most part, I targeted the Scarabs early when they weren't really a great threat to my army when I should have focused on his troops. I let his Destroyer Lord sneak into the flank of my deployment zone to start wreaking havoc. Despite all that on turn 5 I would have won; Typhus cleared the center objective with two zombie friends remaining and my flyer troops dropped in for the contest on the other two objectives. Unfortunately I didn't roll a 1 or 2 and lost the game. If I had rolled that 1 or 2 I would have been TSHFT Champion. :x :lol: :lol:

Great event and I can't wait for the next one in May!

*all photos courtesy of TSHFT and my inability to take photos myself!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Killbotz and White (Dark) Scars

I think I am getting the hang of these pigments now, I really like how this Wraith came out...
The "Shroud of the Khan" - White Scars Dark Shroud

Monday, January 28, 2013

Necron Killbotz! Canoptek Army Commission

So I have another commission project starting also; an awesome converted army that was done by Scott over at Conversion Fanboy. You can see the full conversions here. Another local gamer bought it from him and hired me to paint it. Going with a rusty look, as I will be using this project to learn weathering powders (yay!). This is one of the counts-as Immortals and the 1st tester!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

White Scars Commision

So I decided the best way to slow down my creation of my White Scars was to take on painting a whole bunch of White Scars for someone else, haha. Counts-as Dark Angels. Going to do over 20 bikers or so and a super crazy dark shroud with golden horse statues.... This is the Command Squad

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Death Watch Kill Team

These are my counts-as Obliterators for my Chaos counts-as Mind Shackle zombie allies. A good mix of the potential weapons I think...

Angels Sanguine and Sons of Orar 

Mantis Warrior

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Cataphractii III

These guys are looking pretty nice grouped up...

Friday, January 11, 2013

Five Years

Today is the fifth birthday of Zen 40,000. Five years, hundreds of painted models. I love having this living catalog of every model I have painted in that time, almost every tournament I have gone too, and lots of other memories. I can look at a picture of an old model and remember what was happening in my life in that time, and remember all the good memories of tough battles fought. Here is to five more years.

Monday, January 7, 2013

White Scars group progress shot

Coming along pretty nicely, I'll have a firmer idea of what's next once I get my hands on the Dark Angels Codex.....

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ordo Xenos Stormhawk Support Vehicle

I'm pretty happy with how my counts-as Heldrake came out. Really looks like something that could just hover in and fry a bunch of Genestealers or Hrud or something. I'm looking forward to trying him out in a game Sunday.
Sneaky little Necrons...
I like the rust/oxidation effect I achieved for wear and tear. It is just some layered stipling/ drybrushing with various oranges, browns, and metals. That is why one-off models are fun...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Vth Legion Rapier Laser Destroyer

This is great because it is four lascannons, so gun emplacement wise you can use it as an Icarus or a Quadgun...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Stormhawk OXSV

Another addition to my mind-shackled Deathwatch counts-as Chaos. It has roughly the same size profile as a Heldrake and I think the weaponry is pretty clear...

Happy New Year everyone!