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First 40k game of 2014

January 1st I travelled down to the FLGS to meet a friend, and we had our first game of the year.

I brought Chaos Space Marines: generic Chaos Lord, Plague Marines 2×7 w/Rhinos and x2 plasma, 1×5 Havocs (Lascannons x2, Autocannons x2), Melta-Maul Termicide squad x3, Ectofiend, and Baledrake.

He brought Craftworld Iyanden: Wraithlord as HQ, a Spiritseer to buff it, Wraithguard squads x2, Wraithblades x1, and a Crimson Hunter.

I didn’t take a lot of pictures, and I forgot I was taking pictures during the most intense parts of the game, but the ones I have should give a good idea of what happened.


We played Dawn of War and, as usual, forgot about the night fighting rules. I won deployment and decided to go first. We had three objectives, so I chose the table half that had two of the three. Since we had Big Guns Never Tire, I set my Havocs up on one objective backed up by the Chaos Lord: A. The other objective was at the entrance to a small building, so I hid a unit of Plague Marines out of LOS to camp out next to it, using their empty Rhino to block LOS in the gap between the hills in front of the objective: D. I set up my Ectofiend in the middle, so he could either support the Havocs or the other set of Plague Marines: B. The second unit of Plague Marines started in their Rhino, with the task of moving forward to contest or seize the third objective: C. The Baledrake and Termicide are in Reserves.

My friend sets up. He makes an “FU blob” with the Wraithlord, Spiritseer, and Wraithblades: 1. He positions them to move against the objective my Havocs and Lord are sitting on. He puts a unit of Wraithguard on the one objective in his deployment area: 3. The remaining squad of Wraithguard are placed opposite my maneuver units, probably to block them: 2. He’s got his Crimson Hunter in Reserves, of course, and counting on it coming in after my Baledrake so he can burn it down with it’s ridiculous shooting capability.

1stgame2014-002You can see those two Wraithguard there. I shot everything in the world at that one unit in an attempt to remove them before they could do anything. I got hits with both Ectofiend shots and my Havocs lit them up too. Not a bad first round.

1stgame2014-003My Ectofiend, and the worrisome menace of the Wraithblades. I was worried about taking just the one Ectofiend, because they’re only AV12 and they normally get exploded first thing. He lived to shoot for two rounds, though, then got tied up by the one surviving Wraithguard tar-pitting him in HTH.

1stgame2014-004My Terminators almost went off the board when they teleported down. They went nine inches straight toward the corner. Only the sergeant hit with his combi-melta shot, which failed to blow up the Wraithlord. The next turn the Wraithlord detached to face them, I forgot to assault with them, then the Crimson Hunter came in and lit them up and killed them.

1stgame2014-005And then I forgot to take pictures!

My Plague Marines had their Rhino shot out from under them, but had a gun-line showdown with the Wraithguard on the objective. The Wraithguard and Crimson Hunter killed my Plague Marines, then my Baledrake came tearing in and took HP off the Hunter with Meteoric Descent then put a fatal template over the Wraithguard. The Hunter was velocity locked at 18″, but it’s super maneuverability rule made that not completely terrible for it. The Baledrake got some lucky saves from the return fire, then flew off the board, hitting the Hunter again for HP. I think. Some things are fuzzy, but I know the Baledrake went off the table in a strategic retreat.

My Chaos Lord detached from the Havocs to set up a counter assault. The Havocs downed the Wraithlord with lascannons because it had left itself open by detaching from the Wraithblades squad. The Wraithblades made a couple of unsuccessful attempts to assault the Havocs, but they had the mysterious objective thing that halved charge distance, and I rolled some unholy 6s during overwatch shooting and killed a few. They finally made it up there and swept the Havocs, then the Lord charged in and used his LC/PF combo to wreck a few more before he got stabbed to death by the Spiritseer.

The Crimson Hunter blew up the Ectofiend after it finally managed to stomp on the lone Wraithguard following a terrible slap-fight. The Hunter then positioned itself to shoot up my Plague Marines on the far objective. Only 1 or 2 PMS actually go down to shooting, and then the Baledrake came screaming in from Ongoing Reserves and clawed the Crimson Hunter from the skies before laying down a template over the recently triumphant but now utterly horrified Wraithblades. All the Wraithblades got burned to death after failing every single invuln save, and the Spiritseer couldn’t claim the objective.

So we went 6 rounds, with the final tally being CSM: First Blood, Slay the Warlord, x1 Objective for 5 VP; Iyanden: Linebreaker for 1 VP. It was a very close game, and we both committed some tactical errors, but it came down to a single Spiritseer facing 5 PMs and a Heldrake at the end. A clear victory for the IV Legion XLIX Grand Company ‘the Iron Hounds’.

I look forward to a fun year of gaming and hobby related activities.


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2013 Year in Review

Another year gone, another blog post about it. This year wasn’t nearly as productive as 2012, but we all have our slow periods. I have a good feeling about 2014, and as always am excited about moving on to the future.

mwkf-25-tourney-chicago-003I guess the coolest thing that happened this year is that I made it to the MWKF tournament in Chicago again. I got my first tournament match win, and passed my shodan exam.

recruits-dust-demo-001I helped out with the 435th Dust Warfare Club’s demo games at the Recruits convention in Kansas City. The most important thing about this is that the 435th has sort of morphed into a design collective, and we’re making our own tactical skirmish game with the intent to publish. There will be more updates about that in 2014, for certain.

2013-yule-wreathThe family’s 2013 Yule Wreath. I haven’t done as much with the local Heathen community this year, but family is the all-important aspect of it as an outlook anyway.

Now for the obligatory stats:

yearinreview-001If I had to guess, I would say that it was the Straight Outta Comicon guys searching themselves on the net, but who can say?

yearinreview-002By “some” they mean “all.” I really didn’t post much on the old blog this past year. Nobody is really interested in my movie or book reviews, unless it’s the one on Ben Franklin, which I suspect is mostly kids doing homework anyway.

yearinreview-003“Fancy drinking fountain?” I have no idea. It does not surprise me that everything else about this picture is gaming related, though. Wait… Pinterest? What is that about?

yearinreview-004I’m going to go out on a limb and say the one guy looking at RA from Afghanistan is a British or American soldier looking at 40k stuff. Pakistan? Now that one is a mystery to me, unless it was the short blurb I wrote about religious extremism in India. Which is probably why India is also sort of blue. China? I honestly don’t know. Pacific Rim was a popular movie there from what I have heard, so maybe it was that post. Or 40k, because that’s a global interest, really. In fact, it’s most likely that anybody looking at this website is trawling the internet for 40k conversion pictures.

yearinreview-005Yep, numbers going way down this year. That happens when you forget you even have a blog for long stretches of time. I’d like to image it’s because my clever and deep webcomic “Iron Lawyers From Mars” is on an unofficial hiatus, but I know that it’s only ever got views because I only really updated it when I was living in England back in 2010, and it was confusing my parents and friends back in the States who wanted to know what I was doing over there.

super-heavy-wip-003Escalation came out in 40k this past year, giving me a reason to finally start assembling this. I’ve also started Gunpla as a hobby, which currently consists of buying kits and putting them on the shelf. Sort of like my model helicopter hobby… I’ve done some good reading this year, but again, not as much as I’d like. Writing? The only things I’ve written this year, outside of my kendo exam paper, were related to the skirmish game I’m part of developing. I can’t show anybody that stuff yet, but I can’t wait to get that stuff out there. Hmmm… I also wrote some things for an ill-fated web magazine this past year, as well. Two articles on gaming that I thought were pretty good. Unfortunately that project petered out, because I think all contributors realised that working for free wasn’t as fun or rewarding as we thought it would be. Maybe I’ll post those articles on RA for posterity, since I still have them.

What to expect in 2014? More movie and book reviews, more modeling and painting posts, exciting updates on the 435th Design Group project, the usual kendo annual events, and at least one short story and one poem (which is a promise to myself more than to readers.) I’d also like to get around to redoing my Budo and Heathen Gods sections of this blog. What I want to do with those keeps changing as my focus changes. It’s going to be a lot more personal and less theory related, but it will be there.


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Yule 2013


I’ve finally come to terms with Christmas, replacing it completely with Yule in my heart and mind. Now, “the Christmas season” is something else entirely. Black Friday both repels and fascinates me. Watching the riots and fights and “mob shopping” on youtube has become a thing for me. But when proper Yule finally comes around and the Yule Wreath goes up at my folks’ house, all that negativity goes away. Hopes, dreams, and promises for the coming year… it makes me feel so good.


This was the 2013 Yule Goat. Unfortunately I didn’t make him early enough that he stayed with us throughout the whole holiday season, as I believe is traditional now, but he was still a fine goat. There was a lot of trouble with cars starting right before Yule and lasting throughout, but everything that needed to be done eventually did get done.

2013-yule-goat-watchingMa and Pop watching the New Year’s Bonfire in the snow.

2013-yule-goat-startedMoments before the previous picture, the Yule Goat and Yule Wreath finally getting started. Every year I forget that Kansas has a steady wind that is decidedly uncooperative with anything to do with matches. Note to self, and to anyone else who wants to do this: make a little hole in the pile of straw beneath the wreath to get the fire started. The wreath itself will go up quickly, starting the goat.

2013-yule-goat-goingOnce the goat gets started on the Helheim Road, it doesn’t dally. This image is my new desktop! It was a lovely bonfire.

Our family had some setbacks this year, but our luck is strong and our wyrd well guarded. We put 2013 to rest in grand style, and are moving forward into 2014 with hope and strength.


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