Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fisrt Battle, (Not a Battle Report)

So, after weeks of painting I had my first 40k battle. It was less a battle really and more a long drawn out learning process. It ended up being a three player match with my Black Legion vs. Space Marines vs. Black Templar. This was a 500 pt match (Take and Hold Objectives, 5) on a table less than 3 ft x 3 ft with Spear head deployment. Needless to say a blood bath ensued.

We planned this as more of a shack down game in order to start working out the rules. I had a Termy Sorcerer with Lash and a Rhino, two squads with Melta. The Space Marines had a Chaplin and squad and two other squads with Heavy Weapons. The Black Templars had two squads both with heavy weapons and a Dreadnought, not sure who his HQ was (doesn't matter hid the hole time and saw no action.)

Anyway the highlight for me was deep striking three Terminators, one with Lightning claws and one with a heavy flamer, right into the Space Marine Heavy Weapons units dropped two with the heavy flamer, then was assaulted the next turn to try and cut down my advantage. They were assaulted buy two squads so it was 8 on 2 (I had lost on Termy on a bad save in the shooting phase) What I learned here is that when the terminators are fighting anything without power weapons they are out of control. The cut up the SM with out an issue. It was to late in the game to make a difference for me but it did keep kept the SM from winning too.

The Lowlights list is longer.

1. I had two squads of CSM and my Termy Sorcerer in close combat with the chaplain and his squad and all three of my units, both CSM units and the Sorcerer failed there Moral checks and fell back on my turn leaving all open to the shooting phase of both the SM and the BT.

2. My Rhino was destroyed on the first turning pinning me on the side of the board.

3. I had some of the worst rolls, like 3 hits with lighting claws needing nothing to wound and not wounding anything

Other noteworthy events, the SM Las shook the Dreadnought on the first turn and destroyed it on the third. Very funny.

All in all it was very informative.


Monday, April 20, 2009

500 Point Chaos Space Marine Army

My first Army List, is it any good? I have no idea, but I will find out as I plan to play my first match next Sunday against my brother Matt. I hope that it has a little of everything so that I can use it to start to focus my larger Army lists and learn what Chaos can do as I develop my angles for Success.

500 pt CSM


Chaos Terminator Sorcerer 140 pt
Mark of Slaanesh

Chaos Space Marines 150 pt
5 Marines
Havoc Launcher
Extra Armour

Chaos Space Marines 85 pt

Chaos Space Marine Terminators 125 pt
3 Terminators
Lightning Claws
Heavy Falmer

So, this is my 500 pt army, I hope that I will be able to deal with some Space Marines and Black Templars Marines.

Wish me luck


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Getting Started with 40k Chaos Space Marines

Hello, I am Ash and I have been drug away from WoW and into the world of 40k. My brother dropped our social guild in WoW and started painting Space Marines. Well, I followed and am almost done with my Chaos Terminator squad, (Black Legion) pictures to follow. We have also lassoed another brother who is working on a Black Templar Army.

I have found reading others blogs every entertaining and informative. So, I am starting my own. It will take some time for me to get it up and running but this is the start. I have to say I love Jawaballs blog and videos, even if I can't stomach Space Marines and also Black Matt's blog.

I hail from Minneapolis and want to say that Tower Games in Minneapolis and Phoenix Games now in Deephaven are great shops and have been very helpful in this process.

One last thought on how I am starting this. My brother who pulled me in has been laid off from his job. He is amassing an army from pieces that he has had for 20 years mixed in with pieces he is getting from ebay. My other brother is getting started with pieces left over from these ebay purchases. Needless to say they have a great start for very little money.

I on the other hand have a great job and am doing well. I could buy everything that I need on ebay cheap. Instead I go to Tower Games (seven blocks from my house) and I pay full price, for paint, models, everything. See I like Tower Games, I like that they are right down the street. I want them to stay there. Here is my point, if you can afford to support your local shop, do it. They are the corner stone of our gaming communities. Help them out, they are not jacking up the price, trust me. They are just covering overhead and eking out a living. Show them love when you can.

ok thats my first post.