When I arrived this morning, the guys were already playing two one-on-one games. Chris was playing against his brother John, trying to teach him the game, while Jared's new Space Marines and Rob's Witch Hunters faced off. Steve wasn't able to attend today.

After Rob and Jared finished, I played a 2,000 points match against Rob's new Tyranids.

It was chaotic, to say the least.

We started the game with my army in full display... and the only unit Rob had on the field was his Hive Tyrant. The rest of his army was deploying via deep strike. Oh joy.

I took a few shots at his Hive Tyrant, a couple hit but nothing wounded... and then the Mycetic Spores began to fall.

By turn three, almost all of his army had arrived... and landed with accurate precision. My Marines fought off the majority of his infantry: they basically shredded most of the Termagaunts and Genestealers with their bolters, double tapping every chance they got.

Using psychic powers from a unit of Zoanthropes, Rob was able to destroy both of my Dreadnoughts. Thankfully for me, though, all of the attacks he targeted at my Whirlwind and Predator failed.

Soon after, my Assault Squad made a mockery of his Zoanthropes.

On the other side of the battlefield, my Land Speeder Squadron inflicted two wounds (out of four) on his Carnifex, just before the hulking beast charged into a Combat Squad and annihilated four of the five Marines. The lone survivor, a sergeant, failed his morale check and was forced to fall back - thus saving his life! If he had passed the test, he would've been the killing machine's next victim (making the game a draw).

The final score was 3-2 (KP). It was a great game, and I look forward to our next battle.


To War

In preparation for tomorrow's battle, I've packed up my models and gaming aids. I also grabbed the Canoness for Rob, as well as a Servitor-Scribe Skull and an alternate heretic pilot for a Penitent Engine. I'm sure Rob will enjoy these bonuses.

As predicted, I was unable to complete the Drop Pod in time, so I won't be bringing it. I never play with unpainted models. It's a rule I have.

But, I am excited for tomorrow. I know Josh won't be there, but Rob, Steve, Chris and Jared will. We might end up doing an Apocalypse game... which would be awesome.

Who knows. All I know for sure is I want to kick some ass tomorrow, rather than get my ass kicked.

Wish me luck.


Final Strike

In a couple days I'll be at the Whiz with the guys. I found out yesterday that Josh is sadly moving to North Carolina in a couple weeks. Permanently.

So our group is down an Eldar player, but he's selling his Tau to Rob. Playing against Josh was always fun, and unfortunately he'll be leaving undefeated against me. Every time I'd faced him, he'd win the battle, but only by a couple of kill points (I think the scores were 8-6 and 5-3). I really wanted vindication.

I've been trying to paint my Drop Pod in preparation for Sunday, but it doesn't look like I'll get it done in time. I've got the top "fins" and parts of the inside done, but none of the detail work. And what's worse, I completely forgot how difficult it was to paint red. Seriously, it takes like six coats. Oh well. It's roughly 35% done, so it won't be much longer.

From talking with Rob, he's building up his Tyranids force with the new codex. I'm also giving him a Canoness for his Witch Hunters army. He has one currently, but got frustrated when building her and decided to attempt welding her together instead of using glue.

Not a good idea, apparently.

Luckily I had a Canoness model in a blister pack collecting dust, left over from an ex-girlfriend, so I'm going to be giving it to him this weekend. I gave him my Broodlord about a year ago, and he put that to good use, so I know the Canoness won't go to waste.


Counter Strike

An overview of my hobby world.

I'm 26 years old and have been in the hobby since early 2006. I remember the first time I saw the Games Workshop store in my local mall. The very moment I caught a glimpse of the models on display in the windows, I was immediately interested. After talking with some of the staff, and playing a demo game, I was hooked. That day, I spent about $110 of my tax refund money on getting started. Clearly, GW's marketing strategy worked!

Years later, I find myself collecting the annual Forge World product catalogues to track my time in the hobby.

It took me a little over three years to finish my 2,000 points army. Counting spare models for variant lists, I probably have around 3,000 points worth of a fully painted force.

My gaming group is quite diverse in our armies of choice:
  Mike (myself) - Space Marines
  Rob - Tyranids and Witch Hunters
  Josh - Eldar and Tau
  Jared - Imperial Guard
  Chris - Chaos Space Marines
  Steve - Chaos Space Marines

We play standard games; I have yet to play a Cities of Death, Apocalypse, or Planetstrike game (despite having all of the books). I anticipate trying these expansions soon.

You can usually find us at the Whiz on Sundays and Wednesdays.


Initial Strike

Well, this is my first blog on here, so I guess I'll explain my reasoning behind this account.

I use MySpace and Facebook frequently but - since most of my friends on those sites have no idea what Warhammer 40,000 is - it's pointless to write updates on them.

Plus, I want those accounts to be about my life in general, and this one to focus on the hobby aspect exclusively.

I'll be posting WIPs, gaming updates, event plans, battle reports, and thoughts on hobby-related news.

If you want to know my thoughts on politics, religion, my job, marital status, etc., then visit my personal pages. I won't discuss those here.