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After a busy summer with little to no time for war, I finally played a game again. This was my third game of 6th edition and I must say, It was fantastic. Not so much because of the rules, it was just a really good game. I still didn’t feel I got all the rules correct though. Below is the list I used for the game.

Grey Knights (1250)
HQ – Grand Master (MC Force halberd, Psychotroke and Rad grenades)
Troops – 2x Terminator Squad (5 man) (Demon hammer, 4 Force halberds, Psycannon, Psybolt ammo)
Elite – Purifier (10 man) (4 Psycannons, 4 Demon hammers, Warding Stave, Sword, Psybolt ammo)
FA – Interceptors (5 man) (Sword, 3 Force halberd, incinerator, Psybolt ammo)

Overall I felt pretty confident in this army list both before and after. I used my unyielding anvil to make the purifiers troops then split them into 2 combat squads. Here is how it went down.

Steam rises from the dewy grass as a giant boot crashes down. The early morning sun reflects off the silver finish of the terminator’s armor. The Grand Master arrives on the battlefield a few meters from his other soldiers. Looks like the battle is well underway and quite successful so far. He sees a combat squad of Purifiers to the south west pinning down and laying waste to the chaos plasma gunners that are holding up on the roof of a bunker. To the south the Grand Master finds the second half of the squad in a fierce fire fight with the chaos marines a few meters north. He considers moving over to attack the remaining chaos marines but instantly a squad of Interceptors arrive between the Grand Master and the traitors. In addition, another squad of terminators arrive and move into engage the chaos heavy weapons team off in the distance. At that moment the rest of his squad appears beside him. “Looks like our flank is secure. Let’s put an end to the cowards in the bunker.”

As the last in the bunker falls the Grand Master begins to feel the presence of a psyker approaching. The Justicar of the Purifiers to the west reports “Be advised there is a considerable sized squad of terminators on the other side of that bunker.” The Grand Master replies, “We’ll make a note.” Falling back, the Grand Master and his terminator squad position themselves just in front of the Purifiers to prepare for the oncoming chaos terminators. As the first of the traitors comes into view, he realizes that this is no ordinary soldier in terminator armor but in fact the infamous Typhus. The Chapter Master yells, “open fire!” and charge towards the enemy. The chaos bolters rip though the Justicar of that squad while the auto cannon drops another. They engage in combat.

Meanwhile the last of the chaos marines falls and the Terminators move in to capture their objective. A voice comes over the Justicar’s vox, it’s the Interceptor’s Justicar, “We have cleared this side no sign of enemy, moving on to support the Grand Master” “Affirmative.” The Interceptors charge over to the west only to find that the Grand Master is now engaged in combat with a massive squad of chaos terminators. A vox communication from the approaching thunderhawk gunship goes out to all squads, “Hold tight Knights we are in route, do not let these bastards take our objectives. The Justicar of the interceptors charges forth into the melee with the terminators.

It is a bloody battle. The interceptors fall almost immediately while lightning crashes as the power of a force weapon is unleashed. The Grand Master   falls beside the rest of his squad. The Thunderhawk swoops in to rescue the remaining troops. Objective complete.

I think I may take a break from the descriptive battle reports for a while. Who knows.

 

 

The war rages on and another summer passes. With fall approaching, I am looking back at the books I read and what is on the horizon. I always enjoy the summer as I try to relax a bit more and do a little reading however, as much as I like the summer I really like the starting of fall. Especially for reading books. Something about the change in seasons/weather just puts me in the mood to start a new adventure. without further adieu, here is what I read over the past 2 months.

Savage Scars – Andy Hoore
Where do I begin.. well, to read my initial thoughts let me direct you to this previous post.  Overall I enjoyed it however, originally I chose this book because I was interested in learning more about the Tau. How they act, fight, etc. While there was some great moments I felt that the book never strayed farther or more in depth than what has been presented in the Tau Empire codex. The weapons, vehicles and warriors acted in a way that you would expect to see on the table. Although this is smart for the author to consider, you have to remember that it is a book and creative license is expected.

Aside from the description of the Tau units, I thought that the book’s strongest quality was watching this epic war play out from different points of view. The author did a great job of bouncing from one view to the next while keeping the story moving forward. Now, I must admit that I heard about the multiple perspectives from another review and at first I wasn’t too impressed by it but I did find it very easy to follow. This brings me to my biggest complaint about the next book.

Fall of Damnos – Nick Kyme
I was extremely excited about reading this book. The only other Space Marine Battles book I read was Rynn’s World and I loved all the action. So needless to say, I was expecting a similar experience with The Fall of Damnos. Unfortunately, I was left fighting just to finish it.

The beginning started off alright. I feel they threw a ton of characters at you right up front, between IG and the Ultramarine characters, for me it was hard to relate and keep up with what was going on. Not to mention getting caught up to speed on the Necrons. As the book continued I felt things became clearer and I could finally settle into what Damnos was up against. Honestly, this book was not for me and if this book was a 40K model it would be a Necron. Tedious and tough to get through. Maybe that was the author’s intension.

Purging of Kadillus – Gav Thorpe
Despite the bad reviews and my last experience I was even more excited to get into this book. And thank God I did because I really enjoyed it. So much in fact  that I read it in under 2 weeks… which is good for me cause typically I just read for about an hour or less a night. I’m also a slow reader.

Kadillus was a great example of how to bounce between characters while keeping the scale of the war epic. Gav Thorpe kept it to like 5 characters and bounced around a bit. He had fun and it shows in this book. Having read some of his other books such as Path of the Warrior and Angels of Darkness. Overall I find him to be a great author. He doesn’t hand you the story on a platter and allows the reader to figure it out. Not in Kadillus. It’s just a story of war. Win some, lose some either way you get two sides fighting hard, and that was entertaining to me. I don’t expect these Space Marine Battle books to give me something to think about.

There were maybe two spots I was losing interest but really no complaints. Great build up to a final battle. Solid entertainment. No complaints.

Helsreach – Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Coming off a high with Kadillus I quickly purchased more Battles books, Battle of the Fang and Helsreach. At first I tried to get into Battle of the Fang but after reading the prologue I just had to stop. Don’t get me wrong it started well enough, it just wasn’t where my head was. I just got off a huge war with Orks and still needed to spill xenos blood.

I jumped right into Helsreach and never looked back. Currently, I am just past half way and the book is moving. I wish I had more time to read otherwise I would have finished it already. It starts off at a great point and quickly moves into the action. I love how the Templars are portrayed because I never really learned anything about them before. Most of all, the thing I like best is what it takes to fight a war from with in a Hive. Always seeing picture of these type of wars and never reading about it, I have to say that the author paints a great picture of it.

Not sure what’s next for my fall to winter reading (usually slows down, and for good reason… more painting needs to happen) but I’m thinking either Gaunt’s Ghosts books 1-3 or finishing up the Path series by Gav Thorpe as I hear the last two are better than the first.

 

 

It’s been quite some time since I posted anything regarding my Grey Knight force. The big reason is because I have been so much more involved in building terrain and getting my table ready, but before all that was started I actually finished some more units. I now present to you the second wave of completed Knights.

While I finished a squad of Terminators and began the second, I realized that I couldn’t just field them as is. They needed a little more kick, so I revisited them and gave the Justicar a hammer and another Term a psycannon. I also did the same with the second squad of Termies. I also added in a brother banner for good measure. Only one though as it took an incredible amount of time to paint.

Next up was the Vindicare Assassin. Here you can see the extent of my modeling where I removed the Ork skull and replaced it with a Genestealer’s skull (Thanks Dave). Not very GK fluffy but seeing as I fight Tyranids a lot, it’s fitting.

I had a really great time painting the Purgation squad and although I enjoyed painting the purifiers, they seemed to take forever. I’d also like to thank Thomas for giving me his thunder hammers to round out mu purifier squad. I know that this is not the most ideal kit for them but I like giving my units a soul purpose and they are clearly for assaulting MCs and vehicles.

So that’s all completed for now. On deck we have the final squad of Termies and the rest of the Wytches counts as DCAs, which most likely will be last. In the building stages we have a Redeemer, Rhino, and a Stormraven. In the mail is a handful of finecast.