Saturday, January 10, 2015

And Now for Something Completely Different...

With apologies to the Python team...

So I took a short break this week and joined some friends for an Apocalypse 40K battle.  This was just for fun, and was sponsored by a local game store, Adventure Games, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  I have not played 40K in 4 editions (3rd ed was the last time I played) luckily the guys were willing to help me get back in the swing of things, and put up with my shenanigans.

I had a pair of old Armorcast titans (a warhound and a reaver) plus a Baneblade for my forces.  At least they were painted, maybe not great, but passable.  The battle was fought on three separate tables, with some connections between them.  We could lob support shots with our indirect fire between tables, and some vehicles could travel between them.

It was a fun time, and I met some new gamers in the area.  Even if I was swept from the field of battle, I felt I made a good showing, and everyone seemed to enjoy the game.  I won't bore anyone with the details, here are some pics of the battle though.

That's a target rich environment
Oh to have a barrage into that mess!
The central front
We played a few rounds, apocalypse takes a long time to get through with so many models.  I believe the estimated points was 28,000 per side (total of all the boards.)  As I said, it was a fun game - we played pretty fast and loose with some of the rules, just to keep things moving.  I managed to get quite a bit of my stuff killed quickly...
Things start getting hot
Warhound down!
Everyone had some "big cheater" units and models, so we were pulling special rules out all over.  For all the shooting, it did seem to take a while for stuff to die.  It all seemed to be mine when it did get killed, but them's the breaks.
More air support might have been useful
Marines watch from a ruined tower
Chaos and Necrons fight for a shield generator
My damaged Reaver tries in vain to hold the highway
In the end both of my titans were destroyed, the rebels took the highway, but loyalists held the main battlefield.  The fight at the shield generator was still a toss up, but I had to leave before the final turns.  It's fun to play is such a large scale game, I had forgotten how much fun the 'special event' battles can be.

A quick update on my ruined high-rise.  I have a few parts started, and it is getting closer to finished.  I hope to be done in a week or so, depending on how much ATZ I get to play.  Some more pics:
Shanty and latrine started, plus some possible extras
Some weathering and paint, still a ways to go
Some signs added, need some weathering
I hope to get back to ATZ soon as well.  Once I get the ruins finished, I hope to get back to campaign.


  1. My goodness that was a lot of 40K models. For a moment I thought you'd converted to the dark side... great work on the ruin, its coming along nicely.

    1. Nah, not back to the dark side. I still have quite a few friends who play, and it was an opportunity to hang out, throw some dice and just have fun.

  2. I'm surprised the latrine doesn't jut over the edge of that high rise... ;P

    1. I considered that, however, the sides made that a much more difficult build. I plan on adding a pipe, and resultant gravity influenced pile... :)

  3. The high rise is looking great dude!
    I must confess, I too am a recovering 40K addict. I still have a huge Black Templars army, amongst others.

    1. Thanks, I am pretty happy with the high rise so far. Still a lot of detail work to go.

      I still love the grim dark future, I just can't afford the arms race. It's a great world, and I think few will argue that there are some very cool models. I can't justify the spending, and pretty quick rules changes.

      We addicts have to be careful not to regress...

  4. Great looking game! Good to see the high rise getting finished off.

    1. It was a fun game, which was the point...

      Hopefully the high rise will be finished sooner, rather than later...

  5. Well, that was different - but from my experience with the Evil Empire games of that size, two turns seems to have been the norm and no winner decided at the end of play, but all the particiapnts had great fun !
    Your high-rise looks great .

    1. Yeah, it was definitely a game for fun. Good reason to dust of some minis, before putting them away and getting back to things...