I had a great time at Betrayal at the Bunker, although I did have an unusual day.

There were 11 players so someone got a bye in the first round, which is never cool for that person, but they volunteered and so was a good sport.

I was drawn against James, an Alpha Legion player and the first mission was Shatter Strike with a Clash of the Line deployment. Now James army was a thing of beauty, really nice paint job, his combo of metallic green/blue with a matt black just looked great, was a real joy to see on the table.

Anyway, in his army, he had a Spartan, with some Tartaros Terminators, Dynat, a squad of 10 Volkite Culverin Heavy Support Marines, a Veteran Tactical Squad, a Contemptor with a Chainfist and Volkite Culverin and a Fire Raptor.

My list was, as nasty as I was willing to make it and well here it is:-

+ HQ +

  • Legion Centurion: Cataphractii Terminator Armour with Combi-bolter and Power Weapon, Combi-Weapon, Thunderhammer. . Consul: Siege Breaker
  • Legion Centurion: Cataphractii Terminator Armour with Combi-bolter and Power Weapon. . Consul: Primus Medicae

+ Elites +

  • Legion Quad Launcher Support Battery: 3x Legion Rapier, Phosphex Canister Shot, Shatter Shell
  • Legion Terminator Squad: Cataphractii Terminator Armour with Combi-bolter and Power Weapon, Chainfist, Heavy Flamer, 4x Legion Terminators, 3x Power Fist

+ Troops +

  • Legion Tactical Squad: 9x Legion Tactical Space Marines. . Additional Wargear: Additional Chainswords/Combat Blades, Bolters, Legion Vexilla. . Legion Rhino Armoured Carrier: Dozer Blade. . Legion Tactical Sergeant: Bolter, Power Fist
  • Legion Tactical Squad: 9x Legion Tactical Space Marines. . Additional Wargear: Additional Chainswords/Combat Blades, Bolters, Legion Vexilla. . Legion Rhino Armoured Carrier: Dozer Blade. . Legion Tactical Sergeant: Bolter, Plasma Pistol

+ Heavy Support +

  • Legion Artillery Tank Squadron: Legion Medusa, Legion Medusa, Legion Medusa
  • Legion Spartan Assault Tank: Dozer Blade, Flare Shield, Quad Lascannon Sponsons, Twin-Linked Heavy Bolter

Anyway so we set up and I started the game by immobilising his Spartan and destroying his Contemptor, which was great. But in came his Saboteur and he destroyed one of my Medusas whilst the Lascannons on his immobilised Spartan were able to wreak the other two.

My Terminators got out of their Spartan and killed his Volkite Heavy Support Squad, and then were charged by his Terminator Squad. My Siege Breaker did kill Dynat in a challenge, but was then killed himself, and of course I lost combat, and of course I failed my leadership test, and of course they were killed in a sweeping advance!

Anyway I managed to get a unit into his deployment zone, and I killed the Warlord, but then he had done the same thing, so we drew, if I hadn’t of forgotten about his lowly Saboteur sitting in cover in my deployment zone, I would have won, ah you live you learn.

I then volunteered to sit out the next round so that the guy who sat out the first round got to play as he had volunteered t sit out again, and I really didn’t think that would be fair. Was all cool though as Jus gave me £10 store credit, which was really nice of him.

So I ended up taking a nap on the comfy chair, and woke up just in time for the next round.
And as luck would have it, I was drawn against James again! And with such a small pool of players, it was certainly possible, but I just rolled with it.
The game was Blood Fued on a Vanguard Strike deployment, so we set up, I won the draw and went first, I thought I had most of the board covered with my Medusas and Quad Mortars, but he then infiltrated his Heavy Support Squad on the far edge of the board right across from my Quad Mortars, and just out of their reach, but not out of reach of the Volkite Culverins.
Of course his choice of units was Tanks and well, I got pretty slaughtered, he seized the initiative and everything went downhill from then on, I quickly had to make a leadership test on my Quad Mortars which they failed, but that did win me a spot prize of some Sylvaneth dice which was cool.
But yeah I just couldn’t do a thing that game, and his Heavy Support Squad just sat across the table and obliterated everything on that side, while his Contemptor ripped apart my Spartan, at the end all I had left was three Terminators. My opponent played that game very very well.
In the end results, I got special mention in the painting, but Mike took that award with his beautiful Mechanicum army, but I did get Favourite Opponent which got me a free shipping voucher for Forgeworld, which I will put to good use at some point soon.
I had a really good day, very enjoyable and I am looking forward to the next event he puts on. 
What I am Modelling

This week I needed to paint a Primus Medicae, I had built and under Coates it but gone no further, so I pulled it out of the to do pile and got one with it.

I mostly followed the painting guide for Brother Lamentarios which is an excellent guide for painting a slightly off white, and it looks really good on the model.

I also built the UCM ships I need for the Dropfleet Commander tournament, I have now got a Tokyo, a Seattle, New Cairo, Saratoga, Avalon, San Francisco, 2 Jakarta, 2 Limas and 4 New Orleans, and I plan to prime them tomorrow.

What I am Reading
I finished On Basilisk Station and I have to say I rather enjoyed it, at times there was a little bit too much explanation of the technologies that perhaps could have been condensed a little, but overall it was a good book.

It delivered what it said it would, which was Hornblower in space, I may read the other books, but they are on the future reading pile for now.

In the meantime I have moved onto Principles of Angels by Jaine Fenn, who you may recall is the author who brought me back into fandom, and it’s a book I enjoyed a lot when I first read it, and it feels good to read it again.

What I am Playing

Apart from the games at Betrayal at the Bunker I had a practice game against Graham at Durham Raiders on Tuesday, I was supposed to be playing the Batman Miniatures Game, but Graham’s opponent dropped out, so I stepped in to play him.
That game also ended with a loss to me, we were playing Tide of Carnage and we each ended up with a scoring unit in each other’s deployment zone and one in no mans land, but Graham had destroyed more of my units.
It was a fun game, but it makes me aware of how limited your options are at 2000pts, wish we had been playing 2500pts at least to be honest.
What I am Backing

I am still backing Gloomhaven and that’s going to fund tonight, it’s raised quite a bit of money so far, and I really think it’s a game me and the girls will really enjoy and get a lot of value out of.

I am also backing Ember: Mage Nights, which is the fourth Ember campaign, and it’s supposed to be the final one, but I quite fancied the spell cards it adds to the game, to complete my collection.

The creator is also looking into options for us to get boxes to store all of the cards from all of the expansions as right now there are quite a lot of cards for the game, but no box big enough for all of them.
What I am Spending

With my £10 voucher for Battle Bunker, I bought some Bloodletters for my Khorne army for AoS as It meant I only needed to put in £3.50.

I also bought the UCM Command Cards for Dropfleet Commander, so I have all I need now for the tournament, just gotta paint them ships!

  • Mood: Tired
  • Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: 6
  • In My Ears: Push It by Salt n Peppa
  • Game Last Played: Pokémon Go
  • Book Last Read: Principles of Angels by Jaine Fenn
  • Movie/TV Show Last Viewed: The Expanse
  • Current State of Projects: UCM Ships Built, Tartaros Terminators stalled