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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Latest Work

More minor housecleaning. First was some servo skulls because, well why not?  photo 100_4075_zpscd334650.jpg Second are some chaos havocs because I refuse to drop the coin on the finecast reworks of crappy models that don't give me the weapons I want in the first place:  photo 100_4074_zps4eba7320.jpg And lastly, here is a heavy bolter marine to trade into tac squads in lieu of a missile launcher and a Heresy-era rhino (although these keep finding their way into my regular games and again, why not?):  photo 100_4071_zps4d850cb5.jpg

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Liberation of Salem: Chaos Counterattack

Captain Sicarius was in a hangar bay monitoring the loading of the Thunderhawks when he received the transmission. "My lord, we are getting reports of a counterattack on the landing site-I'm patching through picts now!" Knowing his loyal and apparently rather resiliant chaplain was at the water treatment plant trying to make contact with local authorities Cato ask, "Who is in charge of the landing site?" "Sir, there are no command personnel there; the senior most official is the Techmarine who brought down the thunderfire cannon and the two squad leaders."  photo 100_4050_zps269e3a86.jpg Sicarius knew that the last drop had deposited a scout squad, a predator, two rhinos, a razorback, and a single apothecary who had gone down alone to treat the wounded, and the thunderfire cannon with a techmarine and two servitors who were there to maintain the site and install an aegis defense line. In addition to the two tac squads that had seized the site were there as well. "I'm on my way to the command center-keep me appraised." As he arrived, the first orbital auguries gave him an idea of what the group faced: the fell powers had pulled out all the stops apparently: Two small squads of chaos marines with corrupted rhino transports, a squad of depraved cultists, not one but two helbrutes and a defiler! In the rear (Cato found his cowardice appropriate) was a champion, "encouraging" his troops forward.  photo 100_4047_zps570e6006.jpg Cato watch the battle unfold. The chaos forces surged towards the hastily assembled defensive lines. Slowly cultists and chaos marines were picked off with the defiler and predator crew trading ineffectual shots off of each other. The first Ultramarines casualty was the razorback as one of the helbrutes struck home with its twin-linked lascannons.  photo 100_4051_zps3c5a4595.jpg  photo 100_4055_zps86fd088f.jpg  photo 100_4057_zps5f9a016b.jpg The predator shuddered as it took a hit, damaging the hull but failing to do crippling damage, but in return the defiler was felled.  photo 100_4062_zps0c173dbc.jpg  photo 100_4064_zps4d99280d.jpg Rallying the nearby squads, they quickly elmininated the quickly advancing helbrute and wounded the far one with its lascannons. The closes chaos rhino was taken down by the scouts and the chaos marine squads were cut down just as they were reaching the defensive lines. The chaos champion quickly mounted the remaining rhino to escape but it was blown up underneath him. He emerged from the wreckage and bellowed a challenge to the loyalists but they cut him down instead; they would spare no honor for this traitor to the Empeor. Captain Sicarius nodded in approval as the apothecary moved towards the wrecked razorback to try to recover the crew. Cato was pleased with how the battle had turned out; the price had been low this time. Now to take care of the mercenary group that had attacked the water treatment plant... Note: Sorry for the lousy pics-my digital camera is on its last legs and this is a side effect of the flash not working. Next time I will break out the tripod and do this right. This was a narrative battle so the force org was played with a little; normally there would be an actual HQ choice but for flavor this was the group I was assigned to work with; it was a great way of representing a force that thought it was in a secure area. Also, I did set the aegis line up incorrectly per the actual rules. It didn't affect the outcome any but I will do my homework in the future. I was worth every point paid for it though and it will be seeing its way onto the battlefield again!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Central Casting 2013

"Bobby it's Sal! How's it hanging? Bobby baby I need some people! Yeah, give me a Rogue Trader or Imperial Commander-make him kind a pasty. Yeah perfect! Now give me some dogs. Big ones! No I don't want a grumpy cat instead! Yer killin' me! Those guys will do but hire someone to clean up after them. Okay now I need heroes. Yeah some big guys-I need a Missile guy-what can I say it's the new meta. And a guy on a bike. Yeah he'll do. Okay now a speeder but make it an old one so we can use it in some Heresy work I'm doing. Yeah 30k is the new 40k! Fantastic! Okay now I want some set pieces, huge ones-we're talking epic here! A bastion and two Aegis lines plus some anti-air? Perfect! I love ya Bobby-don't ever change!"  photo 100_4037_zpsaea05ce7.jpg  photo 100_4035_zps651ebe06.jpg  photo 100_4039_zpse9062bc4.jpg  photo 100_4034_zps700d758e.jpg

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Salem Water Plant

After Action Report

The Ultramarines finish off the last of the attacking force with the assistance of the would be local militia. The space marines have taken a fair amount of damage in the assault but they have prevailed.

Chaplain Trajan has been injured again, but his armor has saved him. He spends a moment to thank the Emperor and he blesses the power armor that has once again turned would be death into a small victory. After securing the prisoners, the marines begin to secure the area while the Chaplain begins to ask the local force the situation.

"You seem to be in a position of authority. I am Chaplain Trajan of the Ultramarines. What has happened here? Who was that attacking force? Who is in charge and where are they?" Trajan is already a fearsome site to behold, but at the moment he appears to be less tactful than usual.

"I am the acting commander of this force. My name is Lt. Lestero. We were sent here to secure water for our community. The attackers were an off world merc unit. We do not know why they were attempting to take the facility but we can guess that they needed the water as well. My commander is Bryn, but he is back at town. We should be able to reach him as we get closer to the base."

More Troops have arrived at the landing pad.
1 Predator
1 Razorback
2 Rhinos
More Marines