Tuesday, 22 April 2014

New Codex - Same Old List?

Hah, finally I have the new codex, why so late? Well I was away on release day, and though I had a nose previously that was about it. The first thing I'm doing is taking a fairly typical list I was fielding under the old codex and re-price it with the new one, so here is the old....

HQ

Company Command Squad inc. Company Standard, Autocannon, Flamer @80pts

Lord Commissar inc. Powerfist @85pts

ELITES

Guardsman Marbo @65pts

TROOPS

Platoon Command Squad inc. Autocannon, Flamer @45pts
Infantry Squad inc. Lascannon, Plasma Gun @85pts
Infantry Squad inc. Lascannon, Plasma Gun @85pts
Infantry Squad inc. Lascannon, Plasma Gun @85pts
Infantry Squad inc. Grenade Launcher @55pts
Infantry Squad inc. Grenade Launcher @55pts
Heavy Weapons Squad inc. 3 Lascannon @105pts
Heavy Weapons Squad inc. 3 Heavy Bolters @75pts

Veteran Squad inc. 2 Meltaguns, Plasma Gun, @105pts
Chimera inc. Multilaser, Heavy Flamer @55pts

FAST ATTACK

Vendetta inc. 3 Twin-linked Lascannon@130pts

HEAVY SUPPORT

Leman Russ Eradicator inc. Hull and Sponson Heavy Bolters @180pts

Manticore @160pts

 FORTIFICATIONS

Aegis Defence Line @50pts

1500pts

and now the new... with old units repriced and ones which are no longer available, otherwise known as Marbo, removed.

HQ

Company Command Squad inc. Company Standard, Autocannon, Flamer @90pts 
Lord Commissar inc. Powerfist @90pts

ELITES

Guardsman Marbo @65pts

TROOPS

Platoon Command Squad inc. Autocannon, Flamer @45pts
Infantry Squad inc. Lascannon, Plasma Gun @85pts
Infantry Squad inc. Lascannon, Plasma Gun @85pts
Infantry Squad inc. Lascannon, Plasma Gun @85pts
Infantry Squad inc. Grenade Launcher @55pts
Infantry Squad inc. Grenade Launcher @55pts
Heavy Weapons Squad inc. 3 Lascannon @105pts
Heavy Weapons Squad inc. 3 Heavy Bolters @75pts

Veteran Squad inc. 2 Meltaguns, Plasma Gun, @95pts
Chimera inc. Multilaser, Heavy Flamer @65pts

FAST ATTACK

Vendetta inc. 3 Twin-linked Lascannon@170pts

HEAVY SUPPORT

Leman Russ Eradicator inc. Hull and Sponson Heavy Bolters @140pts

Manticore @170pts

 FORTIFICATIONS

Aegis Defence Line @50pts

1460pts
So the base change is I've got the same list, but with Marbo gone that list is now 25pt more expensive. The Infantry have remained the same, with a ten point swap between the Veterans and their transport. The HQ's have gone up by 15pts, the Manticore by 10pts and the Vendetta by 40pts, but the Eradicator has dropped a tasty 40pts as well.

So what changes to make?

Well the first port of call is the Lord Commissar, his roll previously was to make sure orders were followed using the Aura of Discipline. Under the old dex it specifically stated that his leadership could be so used for orders, but the way I'm reading it that is no longer the case as the Aura is used only for Fear, Pinning and Morale - which I would take to be break tests, not leadership tests. Any thoughts on that, am I wrong?

If that is indeed the case I'll be waving bye bye to the Commissar, the Flamer can also go from the Command HQ and Platoon HQ for the moment, giving me 140pts to play with.

Now this leaves me more then a little torn. I could add another Tank, or Scions (which I really do want to play with, I love the models and they are a tastier option now). I could add more Infantry, or of course bring back my beloved Roughriders, which given they now have a Pistol & Close Combat Weapon in addition to their Lances (AT LONG LAST!!) are that little bit more useful.

That of course is exactly what I'll do, so 65pts will go on a 6 man squadron of those, a further 75pts will go straight on a second Heavy Bolter equipped Heavy Weapons Squad for now bringing me back upto 1500pts.

HQ

Company Command Squad inc. Company Standard, Autocannon @85pts 

TROOPS

Platoon Command Squad inc. Autocannon @40pts
Infantry Squad inc. Lascannon, Plasma Gun @85pts
Infantry Squad inc. Lascannon, Plasma Gun @85pts
Infantry Squad inc. Lascannon, Plasma Gun @85pts
Infantry Squad inc. Grenade Launcher @55pts
Infantry Squad inc. Grenade Launcher @55pts
Heavy Weapons Squad inc. 3 Lascannon @105pts
Heavy Weapons Squad inc. 3 Heavy Bolters @75pts
Heavy Weapons Squad inc. 3 Heavy Bolters @75pts

Veteran Squad inc. 2 Meltaguns, Plasma Gun, @95pts
Chimera inc. Multilaser, Heavy Flamer @65pts

FAST ATTACK

Vendetta inc. 3 Twin-linked Lascannon@170pts

Roughrider Squadron inc. 6 Roughriders @65pts

HEAVY SUPPORT

Leman Russ Eradicator inc. Hull and Sponson Heavy Bolters @140pts

Manticore @170pts

 FORTIFICATIONS

Aegis Defence Line @50pts

1500pts
 Now that all said, I think the new Heavy Weapons Squad will be replaced by a Wyvern just as soon as I can get one put together, I'm also tempted to drop the Manticore in favour of a second Eradicator leaving me 40pts, enough for some Snipers - either Ratlings of a Special Weapons Squad - or perhaps some of the other new toys, maybe even dropping an Infantry Squad in favour of some Scions. Oh the possibilities!

So what has the new codex done to your old faithful list and what changes are you planning? Or are you just starting from scratch?

Monday, 21 April 2014

40k Throne of Skulls January 2014

Right, well I singularly failed to do battle reports for Throne of Skulls - and in all honesty I dont think I could now! So instead, I'll just do a quick photo dump of the pictures I did manage to take!

Game 1 was verses Orks! I know there were Mega Orks, Ard Boyz a Bomba of some description oh yes, and a Stompa!


Said Stompa got very close... and then died to an overwatching Lascannon IIRC, second Stompa kill of the weekend and a win for the Guard!

Game 2 saw me up against the Space Marine force of Ash Turner in which he had a Wall of Martyrs Firestorm battery with a Devastator Squad inside and a pair of Thunderfires.... it hurt. I did manage to destroy the fortification eventually, but it was far too little too late.

Game 3 and I played Mark Burstal's Necrons. I've played Mark a couple of times before, he builds hard lists, and he uses them well, but he's a great opponent! At the start of the game things looked very positive for the Guard, I took down most of his Destroyers and all the Wraiths, but his Necron Destroyer Lord just would'nt die, and assisted by Immortals his badly depleted army was able to hammer mine to submission - I just ran out of troops in the end!

No pictures of either of these games, not a reflection of my losing them I have to say, they were both pretty intense but enjoyably so!
Game 4! Whats that coming over the hill...?
More Orks, another Stompa! This time it was Toby from Hackney Area Tabletop Enthustiasts, or HATE. Toby is an absolutely awesome opponent, I played him at the previous Throne of Skulls with his Traitor Guard, and we really wanted to play again, so when another Exeter player was drawn against him who was'nt too keen on facing a Stompa we agreed to do the old switchahro! And yes, its a Dreadmob! Mega Dreads to the right of the picture, plus a load of Kanz and Dreadz besides!
It makes a Guardsman feel very small - but were the Praetorians daunted? Hell no!

The red coats could have been mistaken for Deathkorps the way Squad after Squad advanced, buying time for the rest of the line as Imperial Weapons got red hot. Aided by some sneaky flying from the navy stalling the Stompa's advance the Praetorians brought down their third Stompa of the weekend! Aided by one Mega Dred destroying the other with a stray shot! Orky accuracy eh? The Praetorians were able to force a draw despite losing the objective and taking a right hammering, I believe it was the only time Toby's Stompa bought it all weekend, and the only game he did'nt win - he won best Ork!
The final game of the weekend was against Aodhan with his Eldar, Aodhan was just too cautious with his Wraithknight, admittedly I had a fearsome number of guns behind my defence line, but his whole army hit me piece meal and I dealt with these in short order it with very few loses until the monster, almost his last unit, moved in. I'm pretty much convinced if everything had struck at once I'd have had a much less successful time of it, a fun opponent though and another great game!
And so came the end of my Throne of Skulls, well almost! I picked up two wins, two loses and a draw over the weekend, and did'nt expect anything off the back of that, while my army was and still is in a state of flux with alot of mixed basing etc so no painting nominations. However, I was left pretty stunned to get called up alongside Dan Fortnum (another HATE player) and Jes Bickham (the current Editor of White Dwarf) to jointly recieve the coveted Emperor's Laurels award for favourite opponents - the three of us each picking up 4 out of 5 favourite opponents from our games over the weekend. I have picked up a few certificates since I've been going to the event, mostly Best Army nominations, but this is without doubt the one I'm proudest of!


I ever sneaked a mention in White Dwarf 10 in Jes' Event Report!


 And yeah, three stompas in three games! Ha! Revenge for the 24th Foot!