Less than a year ago I was finishing up some hobby projects that have been lying around. Since the new Tau codex cam rout I figured I would wrap up the devilfish and gun drones I started a few years back. It probably took a few weeks to finish but finally I did. So at the time I had a full squad of firewarriors, 3 stealth suits, and about 8 Kroot fully painted.

Long story short, the hobby progress challenge started and I need to strip the paint off the stealth suits for one of my commitments and it occurred to me I will need to do the same to my other previously painted models in order to match the new color scheme.

I never posted a pic of the final Devilfish so here is a before and after pic.





At the start of the new year I decided that because I have about 3000 points of Tau waiting to be painted I should try and knock some of it out during the 2014 year. Then I found that the Independent Characters podcast is having their annual hobby progress challenge. What  better time to start my army. So with that I created my 2000 point list (below). The challenge is based around the first part being a Zone Mortalis FOC and the second half being anything else I want.

Part 1:
Feb - Fire Warriors 11x, 1 Shas’ui (145)
March - Crisis Team, 3x Duel PRs, 3x Shield Drones (226)
April - Pathfinder Team x11, 1 Shas’ui, 1 Grav-inhibitor Drone (181)
May - Commander, 2 Marker Drones (202)
June - Broadsides, 2x HYMP, 1x HRR 3x Shield Drones (264)
Total: 1018

Part 2:
July - Stealth team 6x, Shas’vre, bonding knife (196)
August - Bodyguard x2, Duel Fusion, Target Lock, 4x Marker Drones (188),
September - Hammerhead, Disruption Pod, Longstrike (190)
October - Fire Warriors 11x, 1 Shas’ui (145),
November - Riptide, Velocity Tracker, Ion, 2x SMD (255)
Total: 1034

Now I’ve been posting these pics as well as the before pics to the IC forums but for this blog I will only post the completed work. So far I’m ahead of the game with 3 commitments completed. Now I know that the colors may seem off from these pics but I have been trying different things with my picture set up as well as my color correction in Photoshop. I assure you they are all the same color.

Here are the completed Firewarriors for February.




And my March commitment of the Crisis team.




Finally, my April Pathfinders and bonus Darkstrider model.




Currently I am working on my commander as well as my broadsides. Hopefully I can finish the first half of this challenge early because I plan on building some objective markers with all my bits. I’m actually really excited about this because I’m tired of searching for random things to use as markers.

I know it’s been a while. I’ve been busy with tons of things. Building a table, finishing my Grey Knights, creating a miniature campaign and  getting a few games in. Two more games were played at the local store. The game I played against tyranids was close but a little uninteresting so we’re skipping that and going right to the game I played this weekend.

This is my third attempt at playing Grey Knights and probably the most fun one yet. Typically I fight tyranids and my tactics are always the same, castle up and stomp bugs. However, this weekend I played Shawn who runs Tau. We played a 1500 point annihilation game and this is what happened.

The inquisitor gets word that the approaching Tau force is closer than they thought. In fact, just a little more time and they will be on top of the small detachment grey knights. As the vox com goes silent. The inquisitor thinks, these xenos will not get the better of us. “Charge!” the inquisitor commands to his war band of death cult assassins.

At the bottom of the hill stands an outpost. In that outpost an assassin waits patiently to see his first target. The Tau forces begin to make themselves visible and he thinks, who do I take out first. Quietly he chooses his first victim, lifts old blue and when right in front of 3 of the alien battle suits jump into the line of his fire. The vindicare hesitates to adjust his aim at the new target when he’s blinded by a bright blue energy beam. Unfortunately, this is the last thing he sees.

Not a moment later the Tau are on top of the grey knights with skimmers buzzing this way and that. Piranhas are slowly falling out of the sky from various rounds. The Inquisitor comes to a stop at the bottom of the hill tries to get Justicar Jones of the purifier squad to give him a status update but there is no response. The Inquisitor peaks around the corner of the building. He sees a unit of battle suits, guns smoking, moving towards the purgation squad that’s hold up in the ruins if an old warehouse. In an instant 5 marines materialize behind the battle suits. The marines unleash everything they have, including a blast from an incinerator. A small drone falls from the sky and the battle suits turn and fire on the unprepared squad of marines. The inquisitor holds his head and realizes that his detachment is completely underestimating the power of these xenos scum. Again, the inquisitor radios to the purifier in a desperate attempt to hear some good news but nothing.

Miles above the planet, the grand master of the grey knight detachment sits reviewing updates from the battle below. He thinks for a moment and realizes he does not want to commit to a full blown war for this planet nor is he prepared to. He makes a decision to send in 2 more units and if that is not enough, so be it. He will regroup at a later time and take this planet once and for all.

Justicar Jones takes cover against a ruined wall from the relentless fire coming from the tau battle suits holding up in the destroyed building 50 meters ahead. He turns to the last brother left in his unit, “There no hope left for us, brother. Let us do our part.” In an instant the purifiers round the corner out of cover, stormbolters blazing. Incoming fire surrounds the 2 marines. A blinding light flashes to the right of Justicar Jones and a moment later 6 terminators arrive. Too busy focusing fire on the purifiers, the tau battle suits are unaware of the new guests and seconds later are cut down by the terminators fire. Jones looks to the terminators and finds renewed inspiration in their brother banner and pushes forward.

Over the vox, the purgation squad speaks, “Status update: lost the eversor to concentrated fire. Threat eliminated. Multiple xenos craft down. Looks like the terminators have arrived, one unit 2 clicks north the second 3 clicks north east. We’re moving in.” The inquisitor orders his henchmen to move in as well. “Well strike them from the side and rip the enemy apart in combat.” With a renewed sense of determination the Grey Knights move forward. The Tau strike out at the now present terminators and unleash a deadly torrent of fire laying waist to the 5 man squad and more than half of the other.

Fully committed now, and way past the point of no return, what’s left of the Knights slowly pick off battle suit after battle suit, piranha after piranha. The Inquisitor runs though a ruined building, surrounded by alien fire, his henchmen falling all around him. The inquisitor manages to escape into a clearing still a target of the Tau, looking into the clearing he sees his brothers in the distance, a lone purgation marine, a single purifier and two terminators all regrouping and pushing forward. He pauses, smiles at the determination of his Knights, and takes his last breath.  

Over all, fun battle. When the game ended on turn 6, I was sure I lost as there were only a few guys left. Seeing it was an annihilation game and we tallied kill points, turns out I won. Kill point scores: GK: 8, Tau: 6. Turns out fewer squads are better… especially when you are playing Grey Knights.