Sunday, 17 January 2016

Imperial Fists vs Alpha Legion 30k Battle report

I was fortunate enough to have a game of 30k last night and remembered to take my camera along. The game was only a small one, 750pts, however, it celebrated my friends forays into 30k. He decided to go for an Alpha Legion force, which will be an assaulting siege force.

I, as ever, went for my solid Imperial Fists, especially as I thought taking Imperial Knights at such a low points level was beyond cruel.

For this game, I decided to take something different for me, which is no tanks. Usually I never leave the Phalanx without a plethora of tanks, but for this game, I decided I would.

I basically took:
1 Centurion in Cataphracti armour, Storm Shield, Power Sword

2 10 man Tactical Squads, with a Powerfist and Power Sword respectedly

1 10 man Veteran Tactical Squad, with 2 Heavy Bolters, and Sniper USR, oh and a Powerfist

1 Legion Apothecary

Alpha Legion was:

1 Praetor in Cataprachti Armour, chainfist, power dagger, digi lasers, something else I am sure

2 5 man Cataphracti Terminator squads, with the leaders with power daggers and chainfists

1 Legion Dreadnought, with close combat weapons

The mission we were playing was some kind of seize ground mission. I don't have the new rulebook, so I can't look it up. Basically we had to claim table quarters. I, personally, was more looking at the wall of Terminators, and a Dreadnought that was built for close combat and that I could only kill in close combat if I'm lucky.

I'll go a little light on the commentary this time and let the pictures do the talking.
 Wall of Imperial Fists, resplendent in their yellow.
 Alpha Legion.
 The battlefield.
 The Imperial Fists with the first turn unleash bolter fire into the traitors...
 ...and cut down three Terminators!
 Alpha Legion first turn.
 Imperial Fists second turn sees them rain fire into the building with everything. They only manage to cut down one terminator.
 The Alpha Legion get very close.
 With their shooting taking out a Tactical marine.
 The Imperial Fists Tactical squad, decide to move out and charge the enemy dreadnought, buying their brothers time.

 Fortune strikes, and the sergeant immobilises the great machine, though a marine gets flattened.
 The Alpha Legion surge forward, and get all their assaults off. The praetor gets into the Veterans, while the other Terminators decide to help out the dreadnought.
 The Imperial Fists sell their lives dearly to hold them at bay, to to no avail. They are wipe out and cut down.
 The wounded centurion issues a challenge, which the death machine Praetor accepts. The centurion bravely does nothing, not even a wound, while the praetor goes nuts and does 5 instant death wounds...
 ...and I make 5 saves!

 The veterans then get nasty and wipe out the Terminators before they strike, weight of bodies turning the tide.
 The remaining Alpha Legion consolidate towards the Praetor to engage the veterans.
 The second Tactical squad unleash the Fury of the Legion, and drill the 2 terminators with nearly 40 bolts.
 The second round of the challenge, finally sees the Centurion fall, but not before injuring the Praetor.
The sergeant, seeing the wounded Praetor, sacrifices himself to save his squad and manages to kill the enemy commander with his Powerfist, while getting minced by the chainfist. 

And that is essentially the game! It was called there, quite fairly, as all the Alpha Legion had left was an immobilised dreadnought, whereas all I would do for the last few turns would be to move the veterans to secure another table quarter. So it resulted in an Imperial Fists win.

A fun game was had, and we even had a chat to start a campaign with my Imperial Fists and Imperial Knights vs Alpha Legion, using the conquest campaign system. Will definately post more when we have started, but the first games will be around 1000pts. 

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Imperial Fists WIP shots - Templar Brethren

Well, I managed to make a start on my Templar Brethren. I do have enough kits to make 10, but thought I would just make 5 at this stage. I tried to make them all 'action' poses, namely with some Blood Angel bits I had laying around.

This will be the last bit of modelling for my Fists for a little bit, as I have a little nice back log now if things to paint.

Anyways, here they are.

I'm rather happy with how they turned out. I probably will painted them yellow, unlike the black and yellow like Forge World have.

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Imperial Fists WIP shots - Sigismund

I finally made up the Forge World Sigismund. Took awhile to do, as I already made a Sigismund long ago, and found him quite serviceable. However, thought I might as well make up the new one.

Here is the old one, in case you are not aware. I based him off the Helbrecht model, with the Emperor's Champion sword, and other assorted bits. The model has served me well in many a game.

And here is the new one.

Next up I am making some Templar Brethren. Trying to go with some cool poses for this squad. Although I have bits for 10, I think I will only make5 for the time being.

Thanks for looking!


Monday, 11 January 2016

Imperial Fists wip shots - Huscarls

I have been bust modelling away, while I await my last Knight. It has been apparant to me for a while now that I needed more Huscarls. Huscarls are the veteran marines that accompany Rogal Dorn, pretty much his body guard. Anyways, long ago I made up 5 of them, though I had parts to make 10. At the time, since I had played no games of 30k, 5 seemed more than enough back then.

Lately, however, I feel that I need more. So in the lull of assembling and painting my last Knight, I thought I would give them a crack. This also, just so happens to have coincided with a challenge on the Bolter and Chainsword, which is always a good incentive.

I also felt that in making these Huscarls, I would try and make them more anti-armour and anti-Terminator, hence why a few of them have Chainfists and Powerfists.

You can see my efforts below.

 I really wanted a banner, just as I thought it would look amazing. This banner is from the 25th Anniversary model, with the 'Crimson', greenstuffed in.

As before they are all armed with Storm Shields, so they will be very durable. The Storm Shields themselves are Lysanders shield, though I must admit, my stock pile of those shields is now critically low! Still, I think they look the part.

I am unsure if I will paint them soon, as I have no games forthcoming, so I might have a go at assembling some of my other models for my Fists.

Thanks for looking!