Saturday, May 25, 2013

Friday night game - Warhammer 40K

This is my first game trying out the new Tau Codex.  Despite the new codex, I've been adjusting my attitude for Warhammer games, and I'm giving more serious attention to list-building.  Those two drivers, along with slowly acquiring/preparing new models, resulted in the following adjustments for 40K army (we played a smaller, warm-up game of 1000 points):
  • Put aside Eldar allies for the moment.
  • Try out the Devilfish.  Try to move troops around the table.
  • Try out the Stealth team.  I'm excited about using a combined Homing Beacon and Positional Relay to potentially guarantee a flank attack.
  • Try out the new Cadre Fireblade.  I really like the idea of a line infantryman earning hero status.
  • Go back to using a Drone shieldwall in place of the Aegis Defense Line.

Here's a view of Turn 1.  Half my army is In Reserve.  Oh, and I finally painted those damn craters, which have been primed black for about 3 years.

Here's a link to the full battle report.

I ended up losing the game, but I had fun.  Understanding why this particular list build & match-up put me at a disadvantage eased the sting of being on the back foot for most of the game.  I've always said that the Deployment phase and Turn 1 make 50% of the game in 40K, and this was no exception.  I'm ready to tweak my list and try again!


  1. This is one of the most entertaining battle reports I have ever read!

    I love the commentary for each picture.

    Keep it up.


  2. Thanks for reading and commenting, Bob! Great to have some feedback.

    Back in the day, I used to put together battle reports in Visio, with arrow overlays, which showed moves, charges, flees, shooting, wounds, etc. That approach is my ideal for a battle report, but it's a bit too time-consuming to put together. The straight-on photo-reports get the job done, especially when folks chime in on the commentary.

    If you're ever bored, you can check out some other reports from the past year, where there's some pretty good commentary from both sides:

    And just for good measure, here are a couple from the vault, showing the overlays:


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