Author: Orkses Never Defeated

Dogfight December #2

Dogfight December #2

Just like last year, TANKS-giving was a blast, so we again this year are going to do the follow-up game for December: a game of 40k plane mayhem. Again, the game is a big event that lets new and experienced players group together, play a fun mega-event, and win some prizes.

WHEN: Thursday, December 15th. Set-up for game, pictures, and painting accomplishments inspection at 6:30 pm, dice start at 7:00pm.

WHY: A motivation to paint flyers (and select skimmers) of all types for our 40k armies, and then to field them in one glorious free-for-all battle. Fun at the event, motivation for painting new things, and prizes for the winners are the reason we do these events.

WHAT: Players will bring a flight team consisting of two painted Flyers (or selected skimmers) to compete for aerial supremacy. Each flight team will indicate a “Primary” and a “Wingman”, and players are strongly encouraged to come up with call signs for the pair. The goals of the game will be to rack the most confirmed kills while surviving as long as you can. If for some reason you can only field a single painted flyer, that’s fine–you just lost your Wingman in your tragic backstory! Models need to be painted to tabletop standard (the general 3 colors approach).

HOW: There will be a door prize raffle with some great 40k prizes as always for our big events. Everyone who shows up with a painted force of two flyers (or selected skimmers), gets one entry in the draw. For each plane that you have painted new for the event you’ll get an extra ticket with your name in the prize drawing. The winners will get five extra tickets with their name in the drawing, including both competition victory as well as best painted Flight Team. As for the game, we’ll use the playing card system as often is the case with our big events: each round every player will be dealt a card that will determine turn order after turn one. Turn one is slightly different, as more expensive (by PL) flyer teams will have to enter the board first (in order), which will help balance out the advantage of having more capable vehicles. Finally, eliminated players will have a special way to affect the battle even when they’ve been shot down.

WHO: You! Entry is $5 for Drawbridge Gatecrasher Members (only $35 for the entire year, and includes 10% discount on all purchases for that year plus 20% on select pre-orders), and $7.

SPECIAL RULES: Flight Teams use their formation to protect each other. Thus, when targeting in your shooting phase you simply indicate which other Flight Team(s) in range of your weapons you’re targeting. The “Wingman” of the pair is always hit and wounded first. Until they’re downed, the Primary does not take damage. Accordingly, Wingmen may choose to fly more defensively than their Primary partner. Each of their active turns they choose to fly more defensively, the Wingmen halve the number of shots and range of their weapons (rounding up). But if they do so, they get a 4+++ “Feel No Pain” style save against wounds (replaces rather than stacks with any similar rules they might have). When the Wingman plane has been eliminated, the Primary can itself choose to fly more defensively for the same benefit (and automatically gains this condition if its Wingman was shot down while using this mode, until the start of its next turn). Heavier flyers (e.g. Super-heavy or Titanic keyword models) cannot fly defensively, cannot be the Wingman model (only the Primary plane in the Flight Team), and can be specifically targeted even if the Wingman model remains alive (as they’re so big). As this is a Dogfight, there won’t be any charge phase or combat phase (similar to TANKS-giving), as that will keep the game flowing smoothly.

“It came from behind!”

So what can you bring? The list below has everything that we’re permitting. If something is missing let me know and we can talk about adding it.

Space MarinesArvus Lighter, Corvus Blackstar, Dark Talon, Fire Raptor, Nephilim, Sokar Stormbird, Storm Fang, Storm Eagle, Storm Hawk, Storm Raven, Storm Talon, Stormwolf, Thunderhawk, Xiphon
Armies of the Imperium*Arvus Lighter, Avenger, Lightning, Marauders, Sky Talon, Thunderbolt, Valkyrie, Vendetta, Vulture
CustodesOrion Assault Dropship, Ares Gunship
Ad MechArvus Lighter, Fusilave, Stratoraptor, Transvector
ChaosArvus Lighter, Avenger, Fire Raptor, Helldrake, Hell Blade, Hell Talon, Lightning, Sky Talon, Sokar Stormbird, Storm Eagle, Thunderbolt, Thunderhawk, Valkyrie, Vendetta, Vulture, Xiphon
AeldariCrimson Hunter, Hemlock, Nightwing, Razorwing, Voidraven
NecronsDoom Scythe, Night Scythe, Night Shroud
OrksBlitza Bomma, Burna Bomma, Dakkajet, Wazbom Blastajet
T’au EmpireBarracuda, Manta**, Razorshark, Remora Drone***, Sun Shark, Tiger Shark
Tyranids and Genestealer Cults*Harpy, Hive Crone, Harridan
* Genestealer Cults can mix Imperium Flyers with Tyranid Flyers (the only cross-faction pairing allowed). ** Must be the actual Forgeworld Manta model… no cheeky scratch-builds for this one. *** Remora Drones can count two drones as one Flyer for purposes of a Flight Team, but a team cannot be simply 4 drones.

Note that models that have drones or spore mines can use those models and rules as part of this event. Any additional models placed do not count toward surviving until the end, but can give the player additional things to do in their turns.

You get to select the shared Faction keyword for your force (e.g. Night Lords, Ultramarines, Szarekhan Dynasty, Bad Moons, Kraken) and use the rules for that as normal. In the case of fielding Genestealer Cults mix between Imperial and Tyranid, you pick a Cult (e.g. Four-Armed Emperor) that would apply to the Imperial unit and a Hive Fleet for the Tyranid unit.

As always, potential players can direct any questions about the event to me or Drawbridge’s owner Enrico on social media.

Ground Shooting

When a player is eliminated, they can still affect their opponents on their phase. After each round of activations is done, all eliminated players get to indicate a single model each that takes a number mortal wounds depending on the round of the game (wounds can be shrugged as normal if they have that rule or are flying defensively). This represents various flak, stray shots, and defensive grids.

TANKS-Giving 2

TANKS-Giving 2

Hard to believe it’s been a year since our first TANKS-Giving event at Drawbridge games. Similar to last year (https://cryptektactics.com/2021/09/26/tanks-giving/ ) it’s a chance for everyone to field a big mess of tanks and tank-like 40k vehicles in one big ‘ole scrum of a battle.

WHEN: Thursday, November 17th. Set-up for game, pictures, and painting accomplishments inspection at 7pm, dice start at 7:30pm.

WHY: A motivation to paint tanks and cars of all types for our 40k armies, and then to field them in one glorious free-for-all battle. Fun at the event, motivation for painting new things, and prizes!

WHAT: Players can bring up to 55 PL of tanks and sorta-tank-like vehicles (see full list below). All models must be painted to tabletop standard. The things you field DO NOT need to have the same keyword! So if you want to field a Land Raider next to a Rukkatrukk Squiggbuggy and a Dark Eldar Ravager, well… do it. No HQ, character, or named vehicles allowed. This year we are allowing Lord of War choices, so paint up them big behemoths if you want. Also, this is a shooting war–so while some tanks have melee options there will be no charge or combat phases, to keep things rolling nice and smooth. As always, if I missed something just contact me on socials and verify if it’s permitted.

HOW: There will be a door prize raffle with some great 40k prizes as always for our big events. The one announced prize will be the living tank himself, a Ghazgkhull Thraka. But that’s certainly not all! Everyone who shows up with a painted force, from a single tank to a full 50 PL of mixed vehicles from various factions, gets one name entry. For each newly-painted (painted for this event specifically) model, you’ll get an extra ticket with your name in the prize drawing. The winner (last tank or team of tanks standing) will get five extra tickets with their name in the drawing. And we’ll vote for best painted single model as well as best painted overall tank-squad, winner of both getting extra entries to the drawing as well. As for the game, we’ll use the playing card system as often is the case with our big events: each round every player will be dealt a card that will determine turn order.

WHO: You! Entry is $5 for Drawbridge Gatecrasher Members (only $35 for the entire year, and includes 10% discount on all purchases for that year plus 20% on select pre-orders), and $7 for General Admission.

So what can you bring? Well, things with tracks and wheels mostly, but certainly skimmer tanks too. There are a few exceptions for armies that have limited options (e.g. Tyranids get their two gun-focused bio-beasts, and some forces get sorta-walker-but-still-tank options like the AdMech Dunecrawler). Forgeworld and super-heavies are welcome, just let me know in advance to double-check.

Adeptus AstartesGladiator, Hunter, Impulsor, Land Raider, Predator, Razorback, Repulsor, Rhino, Stalker, Vindicator, Whirlwind
Adepta SororitasCatigator, Exorcist, Immolator, Rhino
Adeptus CustodesLand Raider
Adeptus MechanicusDunecrawler, Skorpius
Astra MilitarumBasilisk, Chimera, Deathstrike, Hellhound, Hydra, Leman Russ, Manticore, Taurox, Wyvern, Baneblades (and all the other super-heavy tanks that share that same rough chassis)
Chaos DaemonsBurning Chariot, Skull Cannon, Soul Grinder
Chaos Marines and Thousand SonsLand Raider, Predator, Rhino, Vindicator, Defiler
Death GuardBlight Hauler, Land Raider, Plagueburst Crawler, Predator, Rhino, Vindicator
Leagues of VotaanSagitaur, Hekaton Land Fortress
EldarFalcon, Fire Prism, Night Spinner, Wave Serpent
Dark EldarRaider, Ravager, Venom
HarlequinsStar Weaver, Void Weaver
NecronsAnnihilation Barge, Doomsday Ark, Ghost Ark, Triarch Stalker.
TauDevilfish, Hammerhead, Piranha, Sky Ray
OrksBattlewagon, Bonebreaka, Boomdakka Snazzwagon, Gunwagon, Hunta Rig, Kustom Boosta-Blasta, Megatrakk Scrapjet, Rukkatrukk Squigbuggy, Shokkjump Dragsta, Trukk, Kill Tank
Genestealer CultAchilles Ridgerunner, Goliath
TyranidsExocrine, Tyrannofex

Models are straight off of the datasheet, so no faction rules (e.g. Legion, Chapter, Dynasty, Hive Fleet, etc.). No command points or strategems, nor relics or non-datasheet upgrades (e.g. Ork Kustom Jobs). If a model’s datasheet has a synergy rule for other models, then it works only on models from the same Codex.

It was a great event last year, so I’m excited to see if we can top the turnout both in players and models both this year. Again, you can bring combinations across different factions as you’d like. So it’s a great time to experiment with something new alongside an existing force, or make progress on a few projects you’ve got sitting in the pile of shame. I’m looking forward to seeing just how much armored fury we can muster!

Orktober 2022

Orktober 2022

It’s that time of year again! ORKTOBER!

We’re doing “Git Race 2” on Thursday, October 6th, which will be similar to our Git Race from 2019 event (https://leviathancult.com/2019/09/03/orktober-2019-git-race/) but with newly-done rules.

Git Race 2

Welcome to the careening light-vehicle bashing demolition derby race for glory (and fungus glory). Each participant can field a single one of the vehicles from the following list:

FactionAvailable Racing Vehicles
OrksTrukk, Kustom Boosta-Blasta, Shokkjump Dragsta, Boomdakka Snazzwagon, Megatrakk Scrapjet, Rukkatrukk Squigbuggy
Space Marines (all chapters)Rhino, Primaris Impulsor, Primaris Invader ATV
Adeptus MechanicusSkorpius Dunerider
Astra MilitarumTaurox (all variants), Chimera, Hellhound (and variants)
Sisters of BattleRhino
CSM, Thousand Sons, and Death GuardRhino, Blight Hauler
TauDevilfish, Piranha (all variants)
Eldar (all sorts)Wave Serpent, Raider, Venom, Starweaver, Vyper
Genestealer CultGoliath Truck, Achilles Ridgerunner
NecronsGhost Ark
Chaos Daemons and TyranidsSorry, none of these. Daemons players add a Rhino for your CSM allies, and Tyranids if you’re not into Genestealer Cult then get thee to one of their Goliaths!

The rules are simple. It’s an Ork racetrack where the Bad Moonz have assembled to watch a demolition derby take place while they’re killing time before the next Waaagh launches. They’ve looted a bunch of different vehicles and kept them roughly as-is: to see which bits are killy and which bits are sturdy–to save both.

All vehicles have the following modification: they are now BS 5+ and Leadership 7 (obviously, as they’re driven by Orks), and whether Ork or not they’ve got no Clan affiliations (or other codex faction rules, obvously). The goal is to race around the track, causing as much damage and making as many laps as possible. When a vehicle is wrecked, it’s pulled to the side of the track and repaired by a swarm of mekboyz and grot spanners (and injured drivers replaced or jury-rigged by painboyz). Wrecked vehicles lose a turn of shooting and movement (their next turn), then tear off back into action the following round. There is no charge or melee phase–as everyone’s intent on racing rather than raw crumpin’. That said, collisions can happen, particularly at the point where the track criss-crosses. If your movement takes you within an inch of another vehicle at the end of the move, you can choose to sideswipe (each vehicle takes 1 mortal wound), or ram (both vehicles take d6 mortal wounds). It’s a breakneck race, so shooting can only be done at vehicles that are ahead of yours in the race (mario kart blue shell rules). And driving can go off the track if needed, but that reduces speed by d6 inches for that turn. For the figure-eight intersection, vehicles can test their leadership on 2d6: if successful they can take the jump side of the intersection (yes, there’s a jump!), which adds a bonus 6″ to their move for that turn.

We’ll track number of laps, number of spectacular crashes, number of jumps, and number of times each driver reduced an opposing racer to zero wounds. Players will get bonus entries into the prize draw for the top of each of these. And everyone will get an entry for playing. Multiple great GW prizes to be had (Games Workshop themselves provided prize support for our event, owing to the success of the prior one!).

A Few Old School Orks will come out of the woodwork for this one
Cult of the Four-Armed Omnissiah: Begins

Cult of the Four-Armed Omnissiah: Begins

So I’ve been fiddling with my Genestealer Cult again, owing mostly to running a gang of them in Necromunda. And I realized that I wanted to do allies for them, but not really enthused with Imperial Guard or with Tyranids either at the moment. And I realized that there could be some potential for doing some conversion work and making an Adeptus Mechanicus force from a remote Forge World where the Mechanicum was itself infiltrated by members of the cult.

“The Omnissiah shows the value of mechandendrites and other additional limbs, so don’t mind my third arm.”

I like the idea of having an Ad Mech force a well as the Genestealer Cult, as it gives some fun options for painting and modeling. And I already do like my color schemes–and they click well enough on Ad Mech bodies. I’ve also been inspired by some cool AI-assisted art that’s been making the rounds on social media–visions of a very bleak surface of a Forge World.

I got in two games of Necromunda, one against Tony’s Delaque squad, and the other a three-way match between my force, Tony’s Delaque again, and Ryan’s Enforcers. Tony won the first as I was down some of my best crew members from my first match. I won the second as Tony’s and Ryan’s forces beat up each other, and I sort of swept in after and cleaned up.

I’m hoping to be somewhat balanced in my progress: expanding the Genestealer Cult as I have a lot of models yet to go for them, but also building up a small Adeptus Mechanicus exploratory force. I’m picturing a lot of more service-based Ad Mech stuff to complement the Genestealer Cult’s industrial feel. And every model having some sort of hint of the Cult to them, at least the non-vehicles. The Cult of the Four-Armed Omnissiah grows!

Painting Progress

Finished up 10 Neophytes, to keep that core base of the force growing. I want to have at least 60 Neophytes finished up total, to really have three big squads with different types of armaments to give a lot of flexibility in selecting models.

Anybody order a survey team?

And as I said, I also completed the first of my Adeptus Mechanicus models: a Tech Priest Manipulus (seen above, but here again for good measure).

Overall some good progress on the Genestealer Cult. Hopefully more to follow soon!

Painting Challenge 2022 Progress

Warhammer 40k Genestealer Cult and Associates Power Level Painted: 90/365

Necromunda: Gang Lineup

Necromunda: Gang Lineup

Played my first campaign game of Necromunda in a small campaign (the Law and Misrule campaign) that a few of us are doing at our local store. We did a practice game to get some of the rules down (I’ve played less than others), and I had enough fun with my Genestealer Cults in that game that I wanted to try them out for the full game. They’ve got some limitations to be sure (they make a lot of money for my opponents if I’m captured), but they’re fun and I like the models I’ve painted.

Here’s my roster:

The exacts of the starting roster are as follows:

Shop Steward Timor DelGrötAdept: Non-sanctioned Psyker (Hypnosis), Autogun, Shock Stave, Mesh Armor, Filter Plugs
Little CousinPsychic Familiar
Uncle PardaEarly Gen Hybrid Acolyte: Extra Arm, Hazard Suit, Fighting Knife, Hand Flamer
Sister Sniper HortenseNeophyte: Autogun, Hazard Suit
Brother ClaimNeophyte: Web Gun, Hazard Suit
ToddAberrant: Power Hammer, Flak Armor
That guy from Block D, maybe Jeff or Jack?Neophyte: Shotgun, Hazard Suit
Mister Snips VanOutsenNeophyte: Shotgun, Hazard Suit
Daan VanDaryynNeophyte: Autogun, Hazard Suit

I’ve got no real sense for what is great and what stinks, but I wanted to try out some stuff that I had painted up and fit. First game was an Ambush scenario that we rolled up: my Genestealer Cult force ambushing a group of Van Saar that were passing through my turf.

Ended up a win for my Genestealer Cult, thanks to the threat of my melee, and the template weapons removing the to-hit roll. Unfortunately I had a few injured so they’ll be sitting for a round: Uncle Parda, Todd the Aberrant, and newly-painted Hortense the Sniper. But on the plus side, we captured my opponent Steve’s boss (tangled in the webbing from Brother Claim’s nasty gun). We sold him back very cheaply, because it would have stunk for Steve to lose his boss so early–but the credits were enough to buy a Grav Chute for Sister Sniper Hortense, so she can perch up high and actually snipe. In the story, it’s perfectly fine to let the enemy boss go for a pittance, because he doesn’t realize that his body is carrying a special surprise from the Cult Broodlord’s kiss.

A fun game with good opponent, which is always the best part of gaming. I’ll post updates as I play more games and get more of my group painted for them.

Painting Progress

Finished up “Sister Sniper” Hortense, who is part of a larger Neophytes squad I’m working on. So I’ll add her points next time when the squad is finished. So progress, but nothing finalized for the list.

Painting Challenge 2022 Progress

Warhammer 40k Genestealer Cult and Associates Power Level Painted: 82/365

Under the Underhive

So wanted to get a bit of experience with Necromunda, as that’s catching the interest of some of the players in our area alongside the 40k games that we’re playing. I toyed around with a couple of forces, worked on boxes of three different types of models (/sigh): Escher, Goliath, and Delaque. None of them clicked for me really, and as I worked on them I realized that there are rules for Genestealer Cults in Necromunda… and well… that force was a lot of fun to work on and I already have more than a few models painted up for them. So in we go!

The models a Genecult can field in Necromunda start with the leader: Adept or Alpha (but not the Jackal Alpha kit, sadly… as the instant I dug my army back out I thought “oh I love this model”). Then you fill out the roster with Hybrid Acolytes (which take the role of Champions), Aberrants, and Neophytes which form the bulk of the gang. You can also grab psychic familiars, which is great because I already have them painted up. Honestly, what I’m lacking is just some options amid the Neophytes and any completed Aberrants, so for the first test game I played (a four-player scrum just to teach the two newer players–including me–the rules) I painted up an Aberrant to be ready.

“It’s [power] hammer time!”

The game was a fun experience, mostly just learning the rules with a smaller-than-usual gang. We had to destroy a big building in the middle of the board that supported the layer above. Victory was doing the most damage to it, but as it crashed down an expanding radius of destroyed terrain and out-of-action models for anyone caught in it happened.

Bring it down!

Normally a newly-painted model suffers the curse of the newly painted, and does nothing before getting destroyed. In this instance, his melee might brought down the center better than most of the ranged gangs (faced off against Ironhead Squat Prospectors, Palanite Enforcers, and a shooting gallery of House Van Saar warriors). Of course that meant he was utterly squashed when the ceiling fell. But it was a fun game, and I’m excited to play some more of them. Working on list ideas now, as well as painting some stuff to make sure I’ve got plenty of options.

Painting Progress

Well, after my test game I got a better sense of what I wanted to field in my force, so I painted up a leader: I’ve been hanging on to this 2nd Edition Imperial Guard Sanctioned Pskyer model with his silly big head for a while, always thinking that he’d be good in the Genestealer Cult. But the armament was always not quite right for a Magus or any other models. But for the Necromunda Adept? Perfect. I mean, it’s a derpy model from the mid-90’s, but still totally perfect I think. For purposes of power-level painted I’m going to treat him as if he was a Magus or a Primus–both are 4 PL and he’s sort of between those two in terms of look anyhow.

Autogun and shock staff, plus a non-sanctioned pskyer wyrd power, should make him pretty solid in the game.

I also took the time to do up the rest of the Aberrants starting squad, just to finish them up as a whole and add some more painted models to my Genestealer Cults force as a whole. I’m going to pair the Genestealers with some other Imperial stuff, but I’m thinking not Imperial Guard (yet)–instead maybe some Adeptus Mechanicus just for odd flair (and to justify a big weird project I’m doing with my Warhound Titan).

Hulk smash! And bash! And pickaxe and crash!

Pretty pleased with them as well. Gonna do some more Neophytes, then finish up another five for this unit.

Painting Challenge 2022 Progress

Warhammer 40k Genestealer Cult and Associates Power Level Painted: 82/365

Crusade: Faster and Faster

Crusade: Faster and Faster

More Crusade Games, two against Michael’s Deathwatch and one versus Dave’s Ultramarines and Imperial Knights combined arms force. Gonna just do some highlight pics of the games.

Ork Meganobz close in on the Deathwatch
The fast boyz added to the force have been great fun to use so far.
Duel between the Big Mek in Mega Armor and the Librarian–I love the two-tone cloak of the librarian’s paint job. Kudos Michael!
Bikes versus Warbikes
Dave’s Ultramarines meet the Deffrolla
Sneaky Ultramarines used a Crusade-tech teleporter to get behind the grots and wipe them out.
Beast Snagga Boyz hide in the building to try and survive the gatling fire of the Knight
The Waaagh manages to reach the core of the Ultramarines lines

All in all some fun games against a lot of Space Marines. Definitely good fun with the Orks, as the Meganobz rush is just brutal stuff for many forces to face.

Painting Progress

I’m working on some speedier models for my force, starting with a Kustom Boosta Blasta. I’m looking to build a Speed Waaagh as an alternative to my Deffwing all-meganobz force, just to present some varied options to my foes at times. Pretty pleased with this buggy!

Painting Challenge 2022 Progress

Warhammer 40k Orks Power Level Painted: 95/365

Crusade: The Waaagh Spreads

Crusade: The Waaagh Spreads

Another set of Planetary Empire games with the Orks. Making big gains for Orks on the main map, though honestly it’s in large part due to our other player in the Campaign Enrico (whose Bad Moonz have some serious territory). My Goffs in red are at least foot-holding two asteroids and the big planet.

I think we are going to make our goal the asteroid belt and the main planet. See if we can’t get those two things conquered fully.

Game Four

Hrukgrog and Gagrak were, in the Ork tribe, Minderz. Their job was to help their Warboss, Drozgurk, win scraps with the green energy of the Waaagh. Problem was, their Goffs clan didn’t have any Weirdboyz. The last one they had watched over blew himself up with a particularly strong discharge of energy that came out of his cranium rather than his eyes, ears, nose, and mouth–the right paths for the energy(Gagrak nearly lost his arm to the shrapnel of skull). So they took a page out of the Deathskullz playbook, and just looted themselves a Weirdboy. Amidst the chaos of the invasion of the planets, the allied Bad Moonz force that was fighting alongside them showed that they had more Weirdboyz (multiple towers full!). So Hrukgog and Gagrak just went and snatched one for themselves.

Unfortunately, their scurry across the battlefields of Scylla Prime after abducting their Weirdboy attracted the attention of a scouting Imperial Armiger. Hrukgrog and Gagrak were watching for pursuing Bad Moonz, but entirely missed the Knight’s sighting of them. Which meant that their trail back to the encampment that the Goffs had established on the planet was noted, tracked, and followed by a force of Knights. The deadly war machines of the Imperium struck in a rush, their scouting Armiger Warglaives reaching the Orks first. As Knights cannot be entirely stealthy, the Orks managed to mobilize their forces and rushed to resist the attack’s spearhead: with Meganobz and their drill-laden Battlewagon leading the charge.

The larger Knights followed the smaller, and that’s where the Ork lines simply broke. Scores of foot troops and the elite Meganobz both suffered under their fire and titanic assault. Big Mek Ursatz tried to support the forces, only to watch wave after wave torn apart by one of the Knights. He took a swat from the thing’s massive powerfirst, which knocked him clear across the ruins where they fought to collapse in a heap under the rubble.

Painboy ‘Eadfragg Muzritt also battled the massive knight, fighting in the shadow of it as the remaining boyz were crushed underfoot and via massive fist. His power claw had ample cutters, but they were for bone and flesh not the reinforced armor of the massive knights. While he severed a few cables, otherwise the mighty war machine was unharmed. Thus, when it moved away (to pursue more sizable targets) ‘Eadfragg celebrated. No doubt the pilot of the massive suit was afraid of him, that his warlike prowess was too much for the titan.

Unfortunately for ‘Eadfragg he didn’t quite grasp the tactical situation, nor did he see the Armiger Helverin approaching him from behind and ranging in its twin autocannons on his form. With a blast of rapid shells, ‘Eadfragg’s celebration quickly became a situation where his grot orderly was dragging his shattered body away from the smoking crater that remained.

The remaining Orks had to flee–mounting up in their vehicles, gathering their casualties, and making escapes–in the face of the onslaught of the Imperial Knights. Warboss Drozgurk stewed inside the cabin of his Battlewagon, entirely oblivious to his enterprising Minderz whose actions lured the Knights to attack him. His force was attacked by Knights. And that meant Knights would need to pay. Drozgurk got on his shouter to the Rok supporting the force, where Big Mek Ursatz’ fellows were keeping up the production of weapons. He demanded they use their sighting tools to find him where the Knights were. Knights were going to get krumped, he pledged.

Game Five

The call came two days later. Knights were on the plains of Scylla Prime. The shouter reported how far away and what direction (“many many many seven miles toward the mountains”) Knights were spotted by his Rok-based spotterz. And so with a roar, Warboss Drozgurk directed his forces to make for the mountains. Some of the nuances were lost on the Orks, that this was a household of Chaos-aligned Knights that were themselves hunting the same Imperial Knights that had attacked Drozgurk’s enclave. They were Knights, and that was what the Orks intended to krump.

Waves of Gretchin were summoned from the crews of vehicles and sent forward to be a picket screen against the big warsuits. While the Gretchin were cut down in droves, the main line of Drozgurk’s forces–hard units like Meganobz and Battlewagons–prepared to strike. His main Meganobz mob, now with a few new Nobz who had looted mega armor during the last battle, unloaded salvos of rokkits that started to detonate into the massive Knights. While the armor could take some assault, the sheer volume of explosives started to make a dent.

Such was the vengeance-fueled fury of Warboss Drozgurk that his forces actually cooperated effectively, and timed their assault into the Knights in concert. Wave after wave of Meganobz, the massive battlewagons, and Beast Snagga Boyz all took their choppas, saws, and claws to the assembled Knight forces. Two Knights and an Armiger all fell in the same wave, the catastrophic damage taking even a few Ork casualties as they exploded upon being torn apart.

Only the leader of the Knights, which had a strange flail-like set of weapons on its arm, managed to survive the push. It took strikes back, and despite the power emanating from its massive cannon arm, just could not crack the armor of the Battlewagon that opposed it.

With four other Knights wrecked, the fifth–the leader–limped away to not be destroyed as well. The Orks paused their assault, happy to take all of the scrap that was left from all the fallen knights. Big Mek Ursatz started dispatching his cutting crews immediately, carving up the Knights’ armor and hydraulic systems both to help manufacture even more suits of mega armor. Warboss Drozgurk was pleased. The Knights had changed their colors and brought other weapons, but he still gave them a better krump than they’d given him before. This planet was a good one. Plenty of fights to be had. He called up to the Rok in his shouter again. “Spottaz spot us some moar targets, ya filthy gitz. It’s time ta krump!”

Game Six

The portents were constantly shifting for the Thousand Sons, those ancient warriors of Tzeentch who walked in suits of hollow, dust-filled armor. So many forces were vying for the Scylla system the fates continued to flux–sometimes something that was the right move would suddenly be something to be avoided at all costs when casting their divinations. Their chief sorcerer had even summoned a group of pink horrors to help advise him in where their force should strike next. For the moment, it showed that the Orks were a particular threat: they had attacked and dealt a serious blow to the allied Chaos Knights that were supporting operations in the system. The Orks were indeed a perpetual nuisance, their very chaotic behavior was the antithesis of Tzeentch’s careful planning and decades of schemes. Stopping their random behavior would mean a more predictable system, which meant more of the great Changer of Ways’ plans coming to fruition.

The Thousand Sons struck when the Orks were re-arming themselves in a small abandoned research facility in the plains of Scylla Prime. Ancient Thunderhawks landed groups of their warriors at range, who immediately started the barrage of their deadly fire. Initial fire inflicted some casualties, but it was the Battlewagons that drew a great deal of their fire–and while the great war machines were damaged, they kept rumbling forward. One of them reached the Thousand Sons lines, where its massive Deff Rolla crushed more than a few of the slow-moving ancient suits.

Scarab terminators teleported down onto the battlefield to support the approach, only to find themselves amid the assault of Killsaw-armed Meganobz. The saws proved to be absurdly deadly to the ancient warriors, cutting off limbs and into the central armor itself. Where there had been a full team of ten terminators, only three lived to strike back at the Orks. They managed to kill one, but the remaining two managed to slice the rest of them to pieces.

The psychic onslaught of the Thousand Sons was the only thing that kept their force reasonably in the battle. Slowly but surely they started getting Ork after Ork to fall, their brains burning with the psychic energy. A group of Beast Snagga Boyz was cut down to a man by the psychic onslaught. Arcs of energy ran from the Sorcerers to the Orks, bursting their heads or lighting their whole body on fire.

However, the Orks were too aggressive in grabbing control of key portions of the battlefield, so while their numbers thinned–and the heavy hitters of the Thousand Sons were too easily slain. Meganobz cut down a Deamon Prince, while Warboss Drazgurk himself tore apart a rampaging Maulerfiend himself. Too many losses meant a need for retreat, and the Thousand Sons took discretion as the better part of valor. Soon enough the time would be right for stopping the Orks. Just not this day.

Painting Progress

Finished up the angry Painboy, just in time for him to have his moment of failure hah. Still pretty pleased with how he turned out. I kind of like the survivability it provides the big gang of Meganobz, but man it comes at a higher cost that I’d like so I’m unsure how useful it is. But the model looks great, I think.

Next, finished a unit of ten Beast Snagga Boyz. Really showed me how the red colors will look balanced with more natural colors and skin tones for the orks. There’s always the danger of the Christmas curse with this color scheme: green and red and white accents. But I think I dodge it really well with these.

Finally, first of the Battlewagons–this one a Bonebreaka style. Had fun doing this one, and it took a ton of time to get sorted and highlighted. Finding the balance of black plates with red plates was the biggest challenge of this one, and I think future ones will also have to work to strike that same balance. Needs to be a bit of black, but still the bulk being red, to really look right in my view. So far so good.

I’ve got another Battlewagon in-progress, a buggy, and some bikes, so should be a good next set of completed models with my next update.

Painting Challenge 2022 Progress

Warhammer 40k Orks Power Level Painted: 91/365

World of Teef 2: Desperate Assault

World of Teef 2: Desperate Assault

[Second battle report from the set of Shrine World Planetary Invasion games that I’m playing with some friends. For part one, see here: https://orksesneverdefeated.com/2022/05/27/world-of-teef-1-da-tellyporta-attack/ ]

After blunting the initial teleporter-based Ork strikes, the Imperial forces moved to consolidate gains across the planet–hoping to whittle down the remaining pockets of Ork resistance. In one sector, the red-daubed forces of one Warband mingled with the mustard yellow of another, the survival situation of being pressed on all sides meaning more than clan affiliations. Their backs were against a literal wall, a big intractable section of collapsed cathedrals meant their only way out was to push back against the forces of Space Wolves and Sisters of Battle that had been hemming them in. And like any cornered beast, this made the Orks more dangerous.

As it was a Shrine world under assault, and the most dire of emergencies, it is no surprise that another incarnation of Saint Celestine awakened amongst the faithful. A figure born and reborn in times of strife, she appeared amongst the Sisters lines and encouraged the Space Wolves to unleash themselves in pure pursuit of the Ork forces. Squads of Space Wolves primaris stalked through the ruined streets, closing the gap on the Ork menace.

The Adeptus Sororitas was also helping close the net, with squads of Battle Sisters and their deadly Paragon Warsuits taking the more defensive posture with firepower. They finished a set of vows that the holy shrines celebrating their most valiant martyrs and heroes would not fall to the Ork predations on their watch: burning incense, lighting candles, and general other offerings to the Emperor. As the husks from the burnt offerings drifted on the wind, they marched forward toward the Ork line.

The Space Wolves were joined by a Knight, Canis Rex, a freeblade Knight piloted by Hekhtur Cereberan. Hekhtur had been working with the Space Wolves to find an enclave of Iron Warriors heretic marines and extinguish them, when the call to defend the Shrine world came. He gladly accompanied the Wolf lords to the surface to lend his Knight’s might against the Ork menace.

It was Canis Rex that led the core of the charge into the Ork lines, and while his massive las-impulsor blew the Orks’ massive Battle Fortress apart right away, it was smaller threats that started to take their toll on the mighty war machine. Squads of Tankbusta boyz loosed their rokkits into the mighty war machine, followed by a bomb squig laden with explosives that damaged the Knight’s right shinguard.

Elsewhere the spearhead of warsuits hitting the Ork lines were making progress. The Bad Moonz had to call their Warboss to the fore to help take out the marauding warsuits, only to eventually be grievously injured by the Wulfen dreadnaught’s scything axe blade.

Canis Rex shattered a Trukk and started turning its sights on the boyz that piled out, only to find a gang of Meganobz with Killsaws come rumbling toward it. With brutal efficiency their saws began carving pieces of the mighty war machine, and it had to cede the field to seek repairs lest it be overwhelmed and demolished. The Meganobz howled with frustrated triumph in its wake.

By choosing to attack headlong, the Imperial forces left their back lines open to the squads of Orks that were escaping the press of the cordon. A mob of Trukk boyz managed to get to grips with Saint Celestine, killing her attendants and gravely pressuring her own defenses. While she cut them down, they had pinned her in place long enough that the tide of Meganobz that followed the Trukk ran her into the ground with their devastating attacks.

The Space Wolves’ Librarian had taken some incidental fire during the battle, and was relocating back to the strategic objective spot to support the Battle Sisters’ lines. A marauding Trukk scored a hit on him with its Big Shoota, and in turning to face the vehicle he dropped his guard for just a second… when a lone surviving grot from a squad of Gretchin tossed a cluster of stikkbombz his way. The shrapnel from the explosions caught him right where his battle plate was already damaged, and a lethal shard of metal carved through both hearts striking him dead.

With the forces that led the attack on the Ork lines broken, the waves of Orks remaining spread out to the reserve spots where Space Wolves and Sisters of Battle squads of the line were holding key objectives. The firefights were valiant, but when the Orks reached their lines the savagery of their assaults finished off the stalwart defenders.

While the Orks had been hard-pressed during the tellyporta attack due to being spread out, they proved that when they could work in concert they were a force to be reckoned with. The third and final phase of the war for the Shrine World was about to commence: the protracted fight where each side tried its best to grind the opponents into dust and ashes. Too much of the world had been already trampled for the Imperials to call it a clean victory, but the Ork Waaagh was still not in firm control of the planet either. The fate of all hung in the balance as both sides raced toward the final confrontation.

Painting Progress

Got a fair amount done this phase. Finished a classic Rogue Trader era Weirdboy (with his Minderz firing him like a gun). I liked the idea of looting another Clan’s weirdboy, so my red and black Orks stole a Bad Moonz weirdboy to use for their forces. Really pleased with how it turned out.

The karma of finishing up units paid off in the game, as the Grot with the stikkbomb was clutch in the battle. Glad to get these done so I can have them to round out the Battalion.

And I did up a second unit of Gretchin just to keep that flow going. Good to get some of the horde aspects of the army painted up.

Painting Challenge 2022 Progress

Warhammer 40k Orks Power Level Painted: 72/365

Match Play: Da Shiny Tin’eadz

Match Play: Da Shiny Tin’eadz

Got a chance to play a new player at my local game store, Alex, and his Custodes. Not a Crusade or Campaign game but just for fun. Here’s the write up. Mission was a Nachmund mission: Display of Spiritual Might. My secondaries were Assassinate (he had lots of characters), Domination (I had numbers so thought I might get lucky, and this was definitely a “one has three, one has one” sort of mission), and Stomp ‘Em Good (kinda tough given Custodes were elite, but thought maybe I could pull it off… spoiler alert, I didn’t hah).

Game

It was dawn on the planet, a manufacturing world in the fringe of the Segmentum Solar just past the Cicatrix Maledictum. It had been 8,000 years since Orks ravaged the planet as a part of the War of the Beast in M.32, and yet now they were back. The Cicatrix played havoc on Imperial warp travel, so it well might be even worse on the incautious Orks. Whatever the reason, they had arrived, and the landers had been pouring down from the Space Hulk and pair of Kill Kroozers since they appeared in the system. In the early dawn light, the shadows of the force–particularly a massive Morkanaut–cast long ahead as they fought their way though the shanty town.

While the Custodes were charged with defense of Holy Terra, there was a contingent of them that had been pursuing off-world aims as part of a broader defense (they’d crossed paths with some Genecults that linked back to Terra). As such, they were closest to respond. The contingent, more formal and leadership-heavy than would be ordinary, assembled as close as their lander could get them to the Ork front lines.

The Captain on the Jetbike roared ahead of the main force–which were all on foot–to scout out the battlefield and engage with the Orks as soon as he could. Unfortunately he ran right into the towering Morkanaut. The blistering hail of weapons fire from the towering beast formed such a curtain of electrical discharge, the bike’s propulsion systems caught and sputtered. The metallic beast’s crushing claws managed to swipe the bike once, and with the damage it was all the Captain could do to retreat and get himself and the precious artifact bike back to safety and a Tech adept.

The other Custodes leadership group came in two waves, Trajann and a Blade Champion with the main line, with two Shield Captains in Terminator armor using short-range teleportation strikes to join the attack alongside a group of Allarus Custodians. The Orks had some sort of battlewagon with a massive drill that moved through the earth, followed by waves of Mega-armored Nobz. Trajann stood valiantly against them, but the huge battlewagon proved to be just too sturdy (or too ramshackle) to take down easily. He found himself beset by Meganobz while trying to down the clanking behemoth of a vehicle. The Blade Champion lept into the fray, killing swathes of the heavily armored Nobz himself, but the waves were just too many. Even a single slip in coordination and the massive saws or pincers of the Ork suits could damage. With the battlewagon continuing to grind down their line of troops, they had to cede the point and make a fighting retreat. This was not Holy Terra itself, and thus tactical discretion when damage started to pile up was the order Trajann enforced. He didn’t want to lose a single brother to the odd happenstance of an Ork attack while they were responding to a different matter.

One valiant brother had fallen in the main line, while the rest had retreated in the face of considerable damage. Given a chance, the brothers could cut through the Orks’ armor easily–but the sheer numbers advantage of the Orks, plus the fire of their combi-rokkits and skorchas took a toll in terms of damage. Numerous brothers took enough damage to need to pull back to safety.

One lone Shield Captain in Terminator Armor stood firm, refusing to cede the ground while the enemy still stood. Whether he had a link to the planet, a streak of stubbornness, or a vow against the Orks it didn’t matter: he stood toe-to-toe with the massive Morkanaut and resolved to take down the giant monstrosity before he left the field.

Seconds bled into minutes as the titanic clash continued. All the other Custodes had left the field, calling to their companion over vox that he should come with them, that this was a moment for discretion. The remaining Meganobz were turning around, consolidating objectives on the battlefield, and starting to look in his direction. The Morkanaut’s attacks were being stopped by careful parries alongside the raw power of his armor’s protective field generator, but even his near-eternal strength and training started to waver. Blow after blow came closer to hurting him, and the occasional weapons shot (as the thing blazed away with all guns as well) managed to wound him. His strikes were damaging the thing, limiting its own attacks more and more. But still, it wasn’t enough. The massive claw swung and he was a little too slow, and it seized his leg. With a surprisingly quiet “snip” the leg came off entirely, and the Shield Captain fell to the ground. The mighty machine started swinging again and again down onto him, pulverizing his form further and further–the smoke and steam from the rents where his weapon had scored the metal frame of the Ork machine seeming like boiling anger at this foe.

Pict caps of the fight–gathered by data-servo skulls–were relayed to Trajann’s display. He watched his brother, veteran of a thousand fights, battle valiantly but fall to the Morkanaut. His blood boiled. The Orks needed to be stopped. This was not Terra, but it was the Segmentum Solar. This was the domain of Man, not of Orks. He vowed they would return this fight to the Orks tenfold, and that the fallen Shield Captain’s sacrifice and fervor would not be forgotten. He appended the data file to auxillary artisans, to have a new vambrace made for the Shield Captain that would replace the fallen one–to honor his legacy.

Painting Progress

Finished up three Meganobz (from a set of 12 total new ones to add to my “Deffwing” force). Super-fun to complete them as always.

Painting Challenge 2022 Progress

Warhammer 40k Orks Power Level Painted: 64/365