Bringing rot to Konor

I played my first game in the Fate of Konor global campaign on Sunday, and my third game in 8th edition. I’m not sure if the campaign is structured this way in other places, but at my local GW store, the first week was for games with a Patrol detachment. We were looking at about 30 Power Levels (plus or minus a few). No other restrictions were put on what we could take. I took a group of my Death Guard. My opponent ran Ultramarines, but all Primaris. To say the least, I was a little anxious as I hadn’t faced off against Primaris Marines yet.

My list included two 5-man Plague Marine squads, a Chaos Rhino, a Chaos Spawn and Typhus. The Plague Marine squads I kitted out the same way: two plasma guns, and then swapped the champion’s boltgun and bolt pistol for a power fist and plasma gun. That meant I could belt out at least six plasma shots each round. My opponent had two Intercessor squads, an Assault Terminators squad, a Primaris Lieutenant, and a Primaris Captain.

We played on a 4′ x 4′ table and used this week’s Konor campaign mission. I deployed my Death Guard in something of a gun line at the leading edge of my deployment zone. I also held Typhus for a teleport strike. My opponent set up his Space Marines in a cluster, near the center edge of his deployment zone, with his Terminators out front. You can get a sense of how things looked in this photo. I was supposed to go first, but he rolled a six on his Seize the Initiative roll. Of course!

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First Dark Angels pass the finish line

It’s been a couple weeks. I’ve kept my Dark Angels moving through the painting process and now I have a full group of them painted, as well as the company commander. Well, I am missing the appropriate sergeant, but more on him later. As it stands, I have nine Dark Angels done and the company commander. I was able to get the proper paint color for doing the highlighting. I still ended up with a Tron-like effect, but it’s much more muted.

First completed Dark Angels squad

One thing I need to work on is the edge highlighting technique. The lines on these minis are a bit inconsistent in the width. I think I’m also going to scale back the number of edges I highlight from “darn near everything” to a more reasonable level. Looking back over the minis and thinking about it, probably not every line I did needed to have a highlight. Still, it looks pretty good from a table-top eye view – as in the distance your eye normally would be over them minis if you were playing a game.

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WIP Wednesday: Dark Angels tactical squad

I’ve done a little more work on my Dark Angels. Going back over the greens, reds, and tans after doing the shading took a lot longer than I thought. I finally got it done a couple days ago and now have started the highlighting work. So far, I’ve only done the squad markings, boltgun casings, and the purity seal wax.

Dark Angels squad, first highlights

That’s because I started doing the green armor highlight only to realize I had the wrong color green for it. You can see this on the far left Dark Angel marine in the picture. I’ve been using the Vallejo Game Color paint for the armor, and instead of using Sick Green as the first highlight, I used Goblin Green.

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Painting update: Darker Dark Angels

I’ve had to divide my free time over the last week between reading up on 8th edition and doing a little painting. I got the new Dark Imperium starter box, and I’ve enjoyed going through the contents. I’ll post up my thoughts on int at a later date. Even with the excitement of the new edition, I’ve tried not to neglect my painting.

Dark Angels squad, shaded

Work continues on my Dark Angels. I finished up the last of the base coat details on the squad and the company master. I then applied some shade in the form of Nuln Oil. The squad is now a bit darker than it was and I think the shade has really helped define all the details on these Dark Angel models.

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Played my first game of Kill Team; Crimson Fists make their debut

Well, you had to know I’d eventually remember I have a wargaming blog, right? The holidays were busy, of course, with shopping for gifts for immediate and extended family and trips to see out-of-state family. But I also managed time to do some hobby-related work, as well as get in a couple of games. I’ll try to get to all of it in the coming days. To start things off, I played my first game of Kill Team at a local shop. I call it ‘The Battle of Christmas Town.’

Kill Team, opening turn
“I told you to get behind the tree!”

My opponent played a Harlequin troupe, though she had to use some Dark Angel proxies as she hadn’t brought her Eldar models. That was all fine and good with me. I’d not had a chance to play Kill Team yet, or really even look at the rules for it, so I was mainly interested in just getting my feet wet. I’m all for the heuristic gaming approach!

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