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Imperial Fists vs Space Wolves — February 12, 2017

Imperial Fists vs Space Wolves

It’s been years since I fought Space Wolves. And that was in 5th edition. A new player came to the store today eager to play. And funny enough he hasn’t played since 5th edition either.

So we built 1,500 point lists. I selected an easy mission (Eternal War: Big Guns Never Die) and we started deploying.

Deployment

The store manager at our Games Workshop has been working on a 2 by 2 board for kill team. A nice big tower to view basically the whole board. I play Imperial Fists Рwe have awesome devastator squads Рso I had to take that side of the table.

Devastators on a tower
Devastators can see the entire table

I put terminators + Lysander on one flank. A my beefier tactical squad with a dreadnought on the other. And I held my Legion of the Damned in reserve.

The Space Wolf player deploys in cover and puts his terminators, thunder wolves, and wulfen on the side with my terminators. It’s going down.

Turn 1

I move my guys forward, take a couple pot shots, remove a couple models and that’s about it.

The Space Wolf player does what all Space Wolves do – charge!

He moved his wulfen, terminators, and thunder wolves up. The wulfen might get a charge but the thunder wolves look out of range.

Terminators, wulfen, thunder wolves, and space wolf terminators
My Imperial Fists terminators look at the oncoming wulfen, thunder wolf cavalry, & terminators. There’s no way they can take all of that.

He decides to charge my terminator squad with his thunder wolves and rolls box cars. He made a 12″ charge – wow!

The good news is that they get in the way of the wulfen. Making it harder for them to charge in. And they don’t make the distance – pfew.

Lysander fights thunderwolf cavalry
Terminators & Lysander fight the Thunderwolves.

Amazingly enough the Thunder wolves only kill 3 terminators. I rolled really way for my storm shield saves. And I was able to inflict 5 wounds back on the them (unlucky storm shield saves). They lost combat and ran away.

I don’t ever think I’ve seen thunder wolf cavalry run away.

Turn 2

I decide to play aggressively. I bring in my legion of the damned. I’ve planned that they’re going to shoot the wulfen to pieces and my assault terminators are going to charge his shooty terminators.

Legion of the damned
Legion of the damned materialize with plenty of targets to choose from.

Unfortunately the best made plans often go awry. I kill only one wulfen. ūüė¶

I wanted to neutralize that squad. But I barely touched them. Now I have to decide between charging the thunderwolves, wulfen, and the terminators. The thunderwolves still have thunder hammers, a lot of attacks, and storm shields. But I’m terrified of the wulfen so I go after them.

Imperial Fists terminators fight wulfen
My terminators charge the wulfen. And Lysander challenges the leader.

After a bloody fight. I lose a few terminators but he loses his squad. Again if he could have had a few better storm shield saves they could have dragged on for a few more rounds.

On his turn he charges his terminators in towards my legion of the damned and his thunder wolves into my terminators.

Legion of the Damned VS Space Wolf Terminators
Legion of the damned prepare to get charged by space wolf terminators

He rolls double 1’s for his terminators. The legion of the damned gun down 1 terminator and they don’t even get charged. Huge boon¬†for me.

And the thunderwolves don’t fare too well either. Two of them are cut down by my terminators and the last one runs away.

The stormfang gunship comes in and starts taking hull points off my rhino and kills a devastator.

Turn 3

Assuming there’s no crazy die rolls here I mostly mop up. I ignore the lone thunderwolf and go after his space wolf terminators. Between shooting from the legion of the damned. And the assault from my terminators they go down.

We called the game at this point. There were a few things we could have played out.

The entire left flank shot back and forth all game. I killed a lone wolf terminator and some blood claws. And their plasma guns took off a few hull points.

Conclusion

I had headhunter (my devastators sniped his lord while he as in the open) and 3 objectives. My opponent had 2 objectives.

So close game. And had his storm shield saves gone a different way. Or if he could have made a few more charges it could have been a very different game.

I have to give my opponent props. He gave me a run for my money and he hasn’t played in years. I think with a bit of list tuning he’ll make one of those space wolf lists I dread.

Over all great game. Great opponent. ūüôā

Imperial Fists & White Scars Versus Grey Knights — February 4, 2017
Using Glazes for Flames — January 9, 2017

Using Glazes for Flames

I’ve always been a big fan of edge highlighting. And when I was painting my Legion of the Damned I knew I could paint from red to yellow with multiple thin layers. But I wanted to try something new so I gave the Games Workshop glazes a try.

I painted the the flames with three steps:

  • Paint the flames Flash Gits¬†Yellow.
  • Glaze the bottom 50% Bloodletter Glaze & wait for it to dry
  • Glaze the bottom 20% Bloodletter Glaze

Pretty easy and the transition is very smooth. I really liked how easy they were to apply. I’ll have to try a few more glazes moving forward.

Game Plan for 2017 — January 2, 2017
How I Paint the Sector Imperialis — December 28, 2016

How I Paint the Sector Imperialis

 

A few months ago Games Workshop released the Sector Imperialis bases. They come in all sorts of sizes and they look pretty darn good with a mixture of dirt & city scape.

Sector Imperialis Box art
Sector Imperialis Box art

I’m a big fan of unique¬†bases so I picked up a set and added them to my Legion of the Damned. And with just 5 paints they look pretty darn good. Here’s how I painted mine:

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Strategies Against Genestealer Cult — December 11, 2016

Strategies Against Genestealer Cult

Everyone in the 40k world is talking about the Genestealer Cult and how amazing they are. They have a powerful ability to appear anywhere on the board. And there’s a chance they can even assault after being placed.

Pretty strong right?

In missions where you have to capture¬†random objectives all over the board they’re really strong. But in missions where you only have 2 objectives their ability to be placed on the board becomes so much less powerful. And you can take advantage of their weaknesses.

I just played against them for the first time and I thought I’d share some tactics that worked well.

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Imperial Fists Take Down Perturabo — November 16, 2016

Imperial Fists Take Down Perturabo

Yesterday I went back to Enchanted Grounds and played another Imperial Fists (1,250) & Blood Angels (1,750) VS Iron Warriors (3,000).

Lists were pretty similar with the big exception that the Iron Warriors player saved enough points to take Perturabo, primarch of the Iron Warriors. This was the first time I ever fought a primarch.

Highlights

Perturabo and his bodyguard of terminators were held in reserve so I decided to march my 10 man terminator squad + Lysander right up the middle to take on the Leviathans.

Lysander & his squad did great. They took down one leviathan in two rounds of combat and a lascannon from the devastator squad rolled a 6 on the penetrating hits table and blew up the other leviathan.

Leviathan
Devastators take out the leviathan on the left while terminators take out the leviathan the right

Perturabo deep strikes in our back field right behind my rhino and an objective.

Perturabo & bodyguard deep strike behind our lines
Perturabo & bodyguard deep strike behind our lines

I figured with some shooting from the devastator squad and the tactical squad with a grav cannon, flamer, and disintegration rifle that we could do something. My allies sanguinary guard deep struck and were going to shoot their bolters and charge in.

We should be able to do something right?

We killed one. One. And that was from the disintegration rifle that also killed himself. *sigh*

The sanguinary guard charged in and killed one terminator. They were killed to a man.

Ouch. That could have gone better.

Next turn the terminators break off from Perturabo. The terminators go after some blood angels and Perturabo pulls off a 12″ charge to get into combat with my devastators. Ouch.

That half of our deployment zone was secure. Now it’s just a crater.

Next turn Perturabo needs to control the objective that the terminators are sitting on.

Perturabo & Imperial Fists Terminators
Perturabo fights Lysander & Imperial Fists Terminators

He pulls off another insanely long charge and does his best. He survived 3 rounds of combat before he fell to Lysander & his terminators.

Wrap Up

Perturabo is a beast. The objectives made my opponent split up Perturabo & his retinue. If he didn’t have to do that it would be a been a very bloody fight at the end.

There isn’t much that can survive 3 rounds of combat against that many terminators but a primarch is one of them. Can’t wait to fight more.

Fallen primarchs
My goal to kill all 9 of the fallen primarchs