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Friday, November 28, 2014

Battle Report: Eldar vs Astra Militarum and Grey Knights




I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I've got a battle report here for some Black Friday reading while you digest.

I’m trying to get some more experience with my Eldar, now that they’re better painted and a more balanced army. I brought it to my FLGS for a 2,000 point game. My list wasn’t the strongest, but it used some of my newly painted models. I was somewhat restricted as my Eldar collection is just barely above 2,000 points in total.

Here’s my list:

Asurmen

Karandras

10 Striking Scorpions w/ Exarch w/ Scorpion’s Claw, Crushing Blow

5 Fire Dragons w/ Wave Serpent w/ Twin-linked Scatter Laser, Shuriken Cannon, Holofield

10 Dire Avengers w/ Exarch w/ power sword, shimmershield w/ Wave Serpent w/ Twin-linked Scatter Laser, Shuriken Cannon, Holofield

10 Dire Avengers w/ Exarch w/ Twin-linked Avenger Catapult w/ Wave Serpent w/ Twin-linked Scatter Laser, Shuriken Cannon, Holofield

10 Warp Spiders

10 Warp Spiders

6 Swooping Hawks

Monday, November 24, 2014

Karandras, the Shadow Hunter



Here's the second in my set of Pheonix Lords, Karandras, founder of the Striking Scorpions. Karandras has quite a bit of personality in his backstory. He is not the first Striking Scorpion Exarch, but deposed his Chaos-tainted predecessor, Arhra. He is described as living for the hunt, lying in wait for decades before launching his ambush. He only seems to come alive when slaughtering the foes of his people.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Space Marine Codex Review: Stormraven Gunship




The Stormraven Gunship is one of the heaviest flyers in the game (not including Forgeworld), with AV12 on all facings. It has fairly been called a flying Land Raider, and it shares the Assault Vehicle and Power of the Machine Spirit rules with Land Raiders. It can carry up to 12 models, including Terminators and jump infantry, as well as a Dreadnought. It comes with a turret mounted twin-linked assault cannon, which can be switched for a twin-linked plasma cannon or twin-linked lascannon for free, and a forward mounted twin-linked heavy bolter, which can be traded out for a twin-linked multi-melta or upgraded to a typhoon missile launcher. It also comes with 4 stormstrike missiles, and you can add hurricane bolter sponsons.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Asurmen, the First Phoenix



I received three Phoenix Lords last year for Christmas, Asurmen, Karandras, and Fuegan. It obviously took me a long time to get around to painting them, but I finally finished the first one. Fittingly, it's Asurmen, Pheonix Lord of the Dire Avengers. I think he's one of the better Pheonix Lords in game, and he performed very well in the single game I've managed to played with him. It was time to paint him.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: Talon of Horus



It's rare that I finish a book soon enough after it is released to think it's worth posting a review. I generally have quite a reading backlog, so even if I buy a book upon release, I usually won't start reading it for months. I made an exception here because Aaron Dembski-Bowden is by far my favorite Black Library author, so I picked up Talon of Horus and started reading immediately.

This book wasn't anything like what I expected when I heard it would be about Abbadon forming the Black Legion. In the previous background (as I know it), Abbadon took command of the Sons of Horus after Horus' death and just commanded them to repaint their armor to start again, untainted by Horus' failure. Straightforward and not terribly interesting if you (like me) aren't a big fan of the Sons of Horus.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Warp Spider Squad Part 2



It took me a long time to finish this squad, but here they are. Here are the last 5 members of my new Warp Spider squad.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Space Marine Codex Review: Land Raiders



The Land Raiders all work on the same chassis, with AV 14 all around and 4 HP. All of them mount two sponson weapons and a forward facing gun, as well as having the option to stick a multi-melta on top (you should always do this). Land Raiders can carry Terminators, making them and Stormravens our only options for transporting Terminators. They all have the rules Assault Vehicle, making them our best way to deliver assault units, and Power of the Machine Spirit, allowing them to split fire with their many weapons. There are three patterns of Land Raiders with different weapon loads and transport capacities.

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