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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Blood Angel Vanilla Marines army list

First things first, as we can see from the poll I placed, there seems to be a lot of love for the loyalist SM legions, and none for those heretic fallen battle brothers. I was expecting some more votes for the World Eaters (my fav. chaos legion, along with the best legion name in the 40k universe...).

So, as I continue to paint away on my new blood angels army (will post pics next post, I think they are coming together well - see post below), Ive decided to continue to play test army lists in the space marine codex. My latest army is led by K. Khan, a very under utilized SM character in my opinion. First, he grants the unit he is with furious charge (in this case, my command squad in razorback), and allows any reserve to come in using the outflank rule (my 2 assault marine squads). The command squad should be a nasty one to deal with. Veterans with 4 attacks on the charge (at S5 and I5) with feel no pain... These guys will slice through a 10 man marine squad in no time. With outflank, my assault marines will be coming in from the board edge of choice 66% of the time. That's great considering they'll get off a 18" assault on the turn they arrive. Ill be sure to keep any objectives I place along the board edge... Here is the list:

160 Khan

115 Command Squad
Furious Charge, Feel no Pain, Hit and Run
15 Company Champ

10 Meltagun

40 Razorback

90 Tactical Squad

80 x5 Marines

5 Meltagun

10 CombiMelta

0 Rocket

90 Tactical Squad

80 x5 Marines

10 Plasmagun

10 Combiplasma

0 Rocket

35 Rhino

200 Assault Terminators

105 Dreadnough

0 M.Melta

10 H. Flamer

35 Drop Pod

100 Assault Marines Reserve

25 Power fist

90 x5 Marines Reserve

80 Attack Bikes (2x)

20 M.Meltas

60 Predator

25 H. Bolters


Im becoming more fond of plasma as you can see. I never used plasma in my army before, but with the new Nidz codex, it should be helpful in killing those MCs (Tervagons - this is the one new Nid unit that "can" be spammed and ruin a game (if the dice rolls are going for the Nid player)). I also never realized how great it feels to shoot 2 plasma guns and take down 3 MEQs in a round of shooting regardless of the rest of the squads bolter fire. And with 1/2 the armies out there MEQs, not to shabby...


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Nid Killerz! (Battle with New Nids)

Long time no post! Well, I did actually post 4 or 5 days ago, however I posted an illegal army list, so I had to quickly delete that post before I made myself sound even more noobish... Either way, it was around a new army I may run with K.Khan as the HQ (grating a group or assault marines furious charge in a rhino, and having a few other assault marines outflank).

Well, I had my first run in with the new Nid codex today. Actually had a great 1000 point battle, in which I think I found every weakness in the nid codex by mopping them up... To be fair, it was against a relatively new player who got back into 5th ed with the release of his army's new codex. I wont get into the details of the game, however what I will say is the following about my limited experience with Nids:

-Remember to bring a lot of rocket launchers (as I did today) - insta killing warriors and zoanthropes is KEY to saving the bolter fire for the guants, genestealers and gargoyles (combat squad you tactical squads). Also great to drop a small templates on a swarm of gaunts as opposed to a single lascannon shot.
- I did a little post not to long ago praising the predator tank armed with heavy bolters, autocannon and storm bolter (for 95 pts). Yeh, this will eat up those non MC nids just fine... I was taking down warriors left and right with this thing. 8 AP 4 shots (and 2 AP 5 shots)
-Carnifexs are overpriced now! If you see them, be thankful the points are tied up in this
-Assault Terminators with TH/SS will EAT any Nid MC (monstrous creature) alive... A hive tyrant MAY last a turn, more likely two... Use Assault Marines as Counter-Assault MC destroyers, dont loose them by getting forced to make 18 saves from a swarm of gaunts. Thats what your cheaper marines are for! (I think this is my best advice)
- Be worried about a swarm of h.gaunts - be sure to be in cover, youll get to strike first!
- Take a combat squad of plasma/combi plasma as opposed to a melta gun... youll knock out a few wounds off a MC without much issue. Have this be your MC hunter squad...
- Attack Bikes with H.Bolters are great - a squad of 3 for 120 points. 9 S5 AP4 shots and some bolter fire

What do you think of the new nids? How have your experiences with them been?

Well, back to painting my Blood Angels. I really hope their new codex gets attack bikes, though im sure it will...


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pre-Heresy Blood Angels (Chaos Codex with Primarch - Daemon Prince!)

So, in the hopes the new BA codex is still kickin it, I do have a backup plan in place in case I dont love it (which I will). I will be building a pre-heresy blood angel army as follows:

Daemon Prince = Sanguinius (Avatar of Aurellius Model as show) works awesome!
Daemon Lord = SM Captain
Chaos Raptors = SM Assault Marines
Chaos Marines = SM Tactical Marines
Khorne Beserkers = well, slightly converted khorne berserkers
Chaos Rhino = SM Rhino
Chaos Predator = SM Predator
Dreadnought = SM Dreanought
Terminators = SM Terminators with power weapon from AoBR terminator captain
Obliterators = Obliterators with BA paint scheme OR converted terminators
Lesser Daemons = SM Scouts

Now, I would have to model this up to allow for tournament play, and make sure everyone knew what the deal was. Would you have an issue with any of these counts as models??? I wouldn't, and for one, I love this idea. Your Thoughts?

What sparked this as Im trying to trade away my painted lizardmen for a number of chaos models, primarily khorne berserkers and obliterators...

I would likely have the following in a 1750 list:
Daemon Prince (Sanguinius) with Wings, Warp Time (~155)
10x Chaos Marines (with a mark of Khorne or Slaanesh)
(flamer/ missile) (~170 without mark)
10x Chaos Marines (with a mark of Khorne or Slaanesh) (flamer
/ missile) (~170 without mark)
8x Berserkers in Rhino (Skull Capt - power fist, personal icon) (~210 + 35 w./ Rhino)
8x Berserkers in Rhino (Skull Capt - power fist, personal icon) (~210 + 35 w./ Rhino)
6x Raptors (power first, melta gun) (~170)
Predator (A.C., Heavy Bolters) (100)
5x Lesser Daemons (Scouts) (65)
3x Obliterators (225)
5x Terminators (150)


Maybe Kharne (as SM captain counts as) (165)

Maybe a Dreadnought (I know people hate them, but they arent that bad)

I would need a little more anti tank, but I like the list thus far...


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Official - Blood Angels in APRIL

" The Sons of Sanguinius will be deep striking onto a tabletop near you this April – now’s the time to practice painting red ". This is what I read first thing this morning as I opened my email inbox and saw "Incoming - Blood Angels in April" from the GW. Very, very excited. Looks like I began painting my red marines just in time. Cant wait to see the new sprues (which Ill assume will be released like the space wolves)... AWESOME!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Using GIMP to make 40k art (freeware!)

So, some of you may know of GIMP - the GNU "photoshop" program and just how awesome it is (search for it on google and download it now). As someone who used photoshop some in the past, I missed not having a copy of it anymore. I certainly wasnt willing to dish out a few hundred dollars either to get it. So, in comes GIMP and after downloading it, I attempted to make some "40K" art for fun. See the results... You may notice the picture above is the same one in my photodex on the site.

And one for the blood angels (though I think the ork one turned out cooler)


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Vanguard Veterans as Assault Sergeant - Unique!

One thing I rarely see is unique models representing a sergeant in a troop squad. Typically, folks model up their sergeants off the same sprue which the rest of the squad came off of. This is something I used to be guilty of as well. Ok, ill give the sergeant a nice shoulder pad, a white helmet and call it a day. Well, I would highly recommend spending a few extra $s to really get that neat sergeant model. For me, it was a Vanguard Veterean model to act as my assault marine sergeant. Sure, it took a little converting (chopping off the plasma pistol, adding on the power fist), but I think it was well worth the effort. Well, we all dont have 45$ to spend on a metal box set Ultra Vulkan... Well, either do I, which is why eBay has become my best friend for buying individual models. Here is the tactical marine sergeant:

I was able to pick these models up for about 5.50 each off ebay, with a few extra to over shipping. Spend the extra 20$ to really add some flare to your sergeants, I think it will make any decently painted army really stand out.

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