This evening, the poker face of one of the guys at GW gave away the reality of Space Hulk being on the cards, and obviously in the nearish future. I don't know anymore, but knowing him, I'm convinced its on its way!
Last night was games night at the local GW so I headed on down with my two GH squads and Wolf Guard Battle Leader (WGBL, the cool one with twin lightning claws) to get in some gaming. I got two games on the same city fight board as my first game.
The first was against a SM biker army (about 11 models inc one captain with power sword) at 500 points, annihilation and pitched battle. My GHs were basic with bolters, no special weapons, and the WGBL was basic with twin lightning claws and a belt of russ. It went well to begin with, the massed bolter fire taking out a number of the bikes, then we got into combat and it was a battle of attrition and the toughness 5 was the decider. I did last about 8 or 9 rounds of combat (we weren't counting turns) which was a surprise to both of us, but eventually I was wiped out.
The second game was against a deamon army at about 650 points, seize ground with 5 objectives and pitched battle again. Having only two squads I tried to get the objectives set in two groups as close as possible so I would have a chance of claiming as many as possible. I had my most tricked out list - two 9 man GH squads lead by WGLs, power weapon and fist in each, and a wolf lord with wolf pelt, belt of russ etc. My opponent had 2 squads of 5 bloodletters, one lead by a champion, 5 chaos houds, some plague bearers and some slaaneshi...girls... whatever they are called.
I got pretty lucky in this game, one squad of bloodletters scattered and were destroyed in the first turn so I was able to bolter his hounds to death in my second turn. The rest of the army arrived in turn three, the bloodletters with champ opposite one squad on two objectives, and the plaguebearers and girls opposite my other squad with lord who were on three objectives. I just stayed put, rapid firing my bolters at the plagues and bloodletters and then counter-attacked when they charged. After 2 rounds of combat, losing only a couple of marines I had pretty much wiped the deamons from the board and my opponent conceded.
All in all, I really enjoyed myself, the opponents were nice, helped me out, and I realised that despite having an old codex, the old wolves are still a very competitive army, especially in close quarters. Being on foot, I imagine slogging across a board towards a Tau or Guard army I would suffer, but in these battles they aquitted themselves very well.
So I've got my camera back, and finished up assembly on GH2 (minus some missing backpacks which are on order from the local GW). These guys were put together using the old metal GH bodies that I managed to source from ebay so will make a nice counterpoint to the plastic ones I painted first. Here are some pics:
Bolter wielding marines (minus bolters for ease of painting).
The full squad, commander sporting a hammer as counts-as CC weapon.
The more "customised" members of the squad.
Probably my favourite of the bunch.
I'll be trying to get the bases painted so I can get at least a base of fenris grey on them tonight and then I can take them down to the game night and try to get in a first skirmish game with them as a force.
Also, keep your eyes peeled for my next post which will be up soon from my awesome easter weekend!
So I've been threatening these for a while, my first squad. They're battlefield ready, have been shaded and had a second layer. Last night I sat down to apply highlights and got first highlight on 5 troops, and completed one of those as a treat to myself. Next sitting will be first highlight on the second 5, then finishing them off one by one including all the details. So, without further ado, the full squad (apologies for the terrible lighting):
and the completed individual. He has some runes on his armour which is going to feature throughout my units, and he has what is supposed to be a claw mark down over his right eye. I'm not happy with either the claw mark or the army badge on the left shoulder so will probably go back and redo those:
I can't wait to get these guys up to scratch, but I won't be concentrating on them too much, I've got the second squad on the go which are made with the old metal figures and I can't wait to get them up to scratch!
Comments and suggestions more than welcomed - I need to come up with something for the squad marking, cheers, bG