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Word Bearers VS Marines Malevolent (50 Power Level)

My buddy Alex popped over last weekend with the new Chaos Codex in hand and a 50PL list that he would assemble out of my 30k Word Bearers Army. Alex’s current army, The Scourged, was up in Newcastle so Lorgar’s boys would have to do for the time being. This was also Alex’s first game of 40k and I was excited to both show him the ropes and to hear his thoughts on the new edition of 40k.

THE ARMIES

Host of Lorgar

 

 

HQ

Dark Apostle – The Cursed Crozius, Plasma Pistol, 

TROOPS

Chaos Space Marines (x10) – Two Lascannons, Power Fist.

Chaos Space Marines (x10) – Two Lascannons, Power Fist.

ELITES

Possessed (x5) – Writhing Tentacles.

FAST ATTACK

Chaos Spawn (x1) – Mutated Beyond Reason.

HEAVY SUPPORT

Chaos Land Raider – Two Twin-Linked Lascannons, Twin Linked Heavy Bolter.

Malevelolent Strike Force

 

Malevolent Strike Force

 

HQ

Captain Bericus of the 4th – Storm Bolter, Relic Blade.

Techmarine – Servo Arm, Power Axe, Bolt Pistol.

ELITES

Company Ancient – Bolter.

Apothecary – Bolt Pistol, Chainsword.

TROOPS

Tactical Squad – Missile Launcher, Flamer, Power Fist.

Tactical Squad – Missile Launcher, Flamer, Power Sword, Combi – Flamer.

HEAVY SUPPORT

Contemptor Dreadnought- Kheres Assault Cannon, Dreadnought Close Combat Weapon with inbuilt Storm Bolter.

Dreadnought – Assault Cannon, Dreadnought Close Combat Weapon with inbuilt Storm Bolter.

 

THE BATTLE GRID

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A combination of Sector Imperialis, TTCombat and scratch-built terrain on a DeepCut Studio urban mat.

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This strongpoint was the last area to fall when the forces of ruin fell upon this world…

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DEPLOYMENT

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The Word Bearers would deploy in the centre…

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Deployment: Alex set up his Possessed and Dark Apostle inside the confines of the Land Raider, whilst squads of Heretics deployed in the gantry and ruins. The Malevolents concentrated their infantry on the eastern side of the board, whilst the two dreadnoughts deployed in flanking positions.

Mission:

KINGSLAYER: The Power Level of all enemy forces destroyed by each player is totalled up at the end of the fifth round. The total is DOUBLED if the enemy Warlord was slain. The player can still win even if he has no models remaining at the end of the game…

ENGAGE!

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The end of the first turn: Alex concentrates his forces under the gantry, focussing all of his fire upon the Malevolent infantry, wreaking a heavy toll upon a tactical squad advancing through the tank graveyard. The Malevolents fail to do any real damage in return, but do manage to send the Spawn back to whatever depraved hell it sprang from…

 

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The Heretic Astartes in the gantry enjoyed an excellent field of fire, sending concentrated beams of death upon the Tactical squad below with their lascannons and exacting a murderous toll upon their loyalist brothers.

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Turn Two: Opting for a less direct approach, the second Tactical Squad manoeuvres around the tower, blasting the Heretics with promethium and bolter fire.

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Turn Three: The scrum in the centre swings dramatically in Alex’s favour as the Possessed leave the Land Raider to join the fray. Frustratingly for the scions of Lorgar, the Apostle doesn’t quite make it into combat… Above, Bericus is blasted from the gantry by four lascannons from the Land Raider, ending his captaincy…

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Turn Four: The Dreadnoughts enter the fray, swiftly turning the tide of battle…

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The tank commander sizes up another target…

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In a final, crushing tide of carnage, the Word Bearers are slain to a man. The ruined body of the Dark Apostle is tossed aside by the dreadnought… The Land Raider reverses swiftly away from the battle grid in a bid to survive the last turn.

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The Contemptor absorbed yet another blast of lascannon energy then strode eagerly onwards…

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Battered but victorious, the Ancient holds the Malevolent’s banner high over the dead city.

This proved to be a bloody game for both sides and tremendous fun too! The Ultramarines morale boost rescued me on several occasions and Alex was unlucky to fail his Dark Apostle’s charge upon exiting the Land Raider. The arrival of the dreadnoughts in turn three really saved my bacon and won the day for the marines. Next time, Alex vowed to focus fire on those lumbering giants early on, as well as bringing a bucket load of Tzeentchian trickery to put my Emperor fawning lapdogs in their place!

Thanks for reading!

 

Ed

 

 

 

Terrain Project 1.0

Rumours of my ship being lost in the warp were greatly exaggerated…

The self imposed hobby edict to create a table bursting full of diorama-type terrain is alive and well. In the past month I have been building, spraying, dry brushing and washing in a rattle canning, paint splattered fury!

Well, not quite…

But I have made significant headway and learnt that cool terrain doesn’t have to cost the world or have to take up a tremendous amount of hobby time.

I assembled and painted this piece of terrain last year.

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Ideally, I’d like all of my terrain looking like this. Seriously though, this is not tenable. I probably could have assembled and painted a squadron of tanks or a large squad of miniatures in the time it took to make this. Not ideal.

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I love looking at it and I’m proud of the little details; the blood splatters, the oxide, the washed out, griminess of it all. I’m also pleased with the little bits of Blanchian artwork and propaganda images that have been pasted to the walls. Unfortunately though, when put upon the battlefield, it seemed to detract somewhat from the miniatures. Worse still, it make the rest of the terrain (then under various stages of progress) appear somewhat underwhelming and demanded that I paint all of it to that level of detail.

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The grimy sandstone effect jarred with my city rubble neoprene mat and rather sealed the deal – I needed a new solution – a new direction entirely. I would keep this piece of terrain, but it would represent a municipal or religious building rather than be A-typical of the structures that were to be found on this city fight table.

During the recent 40kathon with Nick, Alex and James, we discussed terrain at length during and between games. We all fully subscribe (and are subscribed) to Carl Tuttle’s view that terrain is ‘The Third Army.’ [I urge you to check out The Independent Characters Podcast – you won’t regret it.] Whilst the GW terrain is undeniably awesome, the repetition of design choices and aesthetic soon gets old. It also dictates play style a little too much and undermines certain units. How valuable, for example, would jump infantry become on a table full of multiple levels and gantries?

We also wanted to see into civilian life a little more. What about subway entrances, abandoned imperial parks or a mausoleum complex? How about wrecked civilian vehicles or little details that told of frantic evacuation, ration distribution or martial law? The severe STC brutalism of the GW buildings doesn’t tell that kind of story, but could be integrated to add the aesthetic stamp and unify the look.

On my last post I mentioned TTCombat, and showed you a snap of two cargo containers.

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Well, I was so impressed with the designs that I bought several sets of their terrain, including gantries, barricades, walls and ruins. They were painted up in short order and I was careful to choose colours that matched the neoprene mat this time:

When painting the gantries, I could not stop imagining jump troops boosting up to secure the high ground or the kind of close action reminiscent of Necromunda. Metallics and rust paint completed the look.

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I duplicated this method for some barricades too.

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At this point I wanted to get creative and had a look in my bits er…bag. I wanted a few pieces of scatter terrain that told a story. This wrecked rhino has clearly been here for a while, and many battles have been fought over its desiccated remains.

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This is rather grisly, but the remains of the PDF or perhaps ‘the first wave’ could be used either as terrain dressing or ad hoc objective markers.

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These two statues, dedicated to the space marines who liberated this world, stand tall amongst the rubble.

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James very kindly gave me this manufactorum after the geekend. I assembled it to look like one of the more eccentric suggestions on the packaging.

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These ruins have only been sprayed and dry brushed so far. I will probably add more details and weathering, but for now they’ll serve.

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Now what?

I’m far from finished…

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Thank you for reading and I look forward to bringing you more of this project soon.

Ed