I wasn’t expecting to play, but sadly I was unable to make a previously planned trip to Edinburgh for medical reasons, so I ended up playing in The Dark Artisans Winter Warmup tournament for Warhammer 40k.

It was three rounds and in my first game I played Tyranids, and lost very badly, my opponent seized the initiative and was able to badly cripple my heavy hitters before they had a chance to do any damage to him.

My second game was against Drukahri and that was closer, but I still lost, the invulnerable saves really made me work hard to kill anything.

My final game was a mixed one, my opponent said he got his list off the internet and it was entirely unpainted.

But that lad was canny so it was a good game, I won simply because whilst his list was powerful, he didn’t know how to use it.

My list was this:-

++ Battalion Detachment +5CP (Chaos - Death Guard) ++

+ HQ +

Malignant Plaguecaster: 1. Miasma of Pestilence, 5. Putrescent Vitality, The Pandemic Staff

Typhus: 2. Gift of Contagion, 5. Putrescent Vitality, Warlord

+ Troops +

Plague Marines: Icon of Despair
. Plague Champion
. . Codex: Bolt pistol, Plaguesword, Power fist
. 5x Plague Marine w/ boltgun
. Plague Marine w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun

Plague Marines: Icon of Despair
. Plague Champion
. . Codex: Plague knife, Plasma gun, Power fist
. 5x Plague Marine w/ boltgun
. Plague Marine w/ Special Weapon: Blight launcher

Poxwalkers: 20x Poxwalker

Poxwalkers: 20x Poxwalker

+ Fast Attack +

Foetid Bloat-drone: 2x Plaguespitters, Plague probe

Foetid Bloat-drone: 2x Plaguespitters, Plague probe

Myphitic Blight-haulers
. Myphitic Blight-hauler: Missile launcher, Multi-melta
. Myphitic Blight-hauler: Missile launcher, Multi-melta
. Myphitic Blight-hauler: Missile launcher, Multi-melta

+ Heavy Support +

Plagueburst Crawler: 2x Plaguespitter, Heavy slugger

Plagueburst Crawler: 2x Entropy cannon, Heavy slugger

+ Dedicated Transport +

Chaos Rhino: Combi-bolter, Havoc launcher

Chaos Rhino: Combi-bolter, Havoc launcher

It’s all stuff that came from Conquest, and I had no plan on how to use it, in fact for most of it, this was the first time it saw the table.

I probably need to get to know the army better, it I went just to have three fun games and in the end, that’s what I got and I am happy with that.

What I Am Modelling

It’s been a so so week in terms of modelling, I started with some Necromunda doors that we will be using for my Zone Mortalis stuff, simple to do and these were done quite quickly.

Then I painted a Plague Marine Icon Bearer from the multipart Plague Marine kit for the tournament I played in on Sunday so that all of my Plague Marines were unique.

At the same time I finished off a squad of Death Korps of Krieg Engineers and a Hades Breaching Drill for Niki.

And then finally I painted up a Heavy Support Squad for my Ultramarines, armed with Volkite Culverins. This is a squad that has sat in my to do box for over three years and it felt good to finally get them done.

I also this week built one of my Repressors for my Sisters of Battle, but that’s gonna need a lot of green stuff before I prime it, and I also built my second Javelin, but I need to grab some magnets for that.

Right now I am working on a Millitarium Tempestus Squad armed with Plasma Guns and their Taurox Prime, and I am also working on the Haemotrope Reactor I got with my last delivery of Warhammer 40,000 Conquest as a side project.

So what does that do to my painting plan then.

  1. Tempestus Scions and Taurox Prime
  2. Plague Marines and Plague Marine Champion
  3. Death Korps of Krieg Centaurs
  4. Blood Ravens Reivers
  5. Blood Ravens Librarians
  6. Death Korps of Krieg Quartermaster and Retinue
  7. The Three Hunters
  8. Death Guard Heavy Support Squad with Autocannons
  9. Blood Ravens Bikes x 3 with Attack Bike
  10. Forge World Plague Marines

I have ready just over half of this list, the rest need priming before I can move forward with them.

What Am I Reading

I finished Requiem Infernal and it left me, quite confused, I am not sure what the ending was about but it was, different.

I have since started on Celestine The Living Saint by Andy Clark and I am enjoying that a lot, I am halfway through it now.

And I am still making my way through the Soul Wars audiobook.

What I Am Playing

Apart from the tournament I played in, I also played another game of Warhammer 40k, this was a 500pts game using the contents of Shaodowspear apart from the Captain and Librarian.

I played against some old school 1st edition metal Eldar, which were quite cool and I was throughly beaten!

It was nice to see the Vanguard in action, the Eliminators are amazing and the Supressors are surprisingly good, although I didn’t quite figure out how to use the Infiltrators right.

I am working on my Blood Ravens a lot at the minute, one of my 2020 hobby commitments is to complete them, and I aim to get the Phobos stuff out the way as I am not a fan of painting that armour.

The clubs games are jumping up to 750pts next week so for the next time I play I am thinking of this.

++ Patrol Detachment (Imperium - Space Marines) ++

**Chapter Selection**: Blood Ravens

+ HQ +

Librarian in Phobos Armour: 1) Shrouding, 1. Shoot and Fade, 2) Soul Sight, 6) Temporal Corridor, Camo cloak, Force sword, Tome of Malcador, Warlord

Lieutenants in Phobos Armor
. Lieutenant in Phobos Armour
. . Occulus Bolt Carbine and Bolt Pistol: Grav-chute, Master-crafted occulus bolt rifle

+ Troops +

Infiltrator Squad: 8x Infilltrator, Infiltrator Helix Adept, Infiltrator Sergeant

+ Elites +

Reiver Squad: Bolt Carbine, Grav Chutes
. 8x Reiver
. Reiver Sergeant: Bolt Carbine, Combat knife

+ Fast Attack +

Suppressor Squad
. 2x Suppressor: 2x Accelerator autocannon, 2x Grav-chute
. Suppressor Sergeant: Accelerator autocannon, Grav-chute

+ Heavy Support +

Eliminator Squad
. Eliminator Sergeant: Bolt sniper rifle, Camo cloak
. 2x Eliminator with Bolt Sniper: 2x Bolt sniper rifle, 2x Camo cloak

So just adding in a Reiver Squad and the Librarian bit keeping with the Phobos armoured theme.

What Am I Backing

I read about an interesting video game project called Justice Blocks, it’s by a Chinese guy named Frodo, and looks interesting.

It came to my attention as I heard they had some visa issues getting to PAX, so I ended up checking out the campaign and you know what, it kinda looks interesting, I doubt it will find, but I fancy joining the ride.

What I Am Cooking

I did attempt to cook, but it failed, I am still not doing so good on that front 🙁

What I Am Spending

I am not, I need to keep money for my trip to Nottingham for Graham’s birthday, but I did buy myself the Sisters of Battle dice, which are really really cool.

I did cave and buy a Contemptor Dreadnought for the Sons of Horus as well.