Monday 23 January 2023

Tempest of War Battle Report - Tyranids vs Space Wolves


First 40k game of the year! With the Grim Dice Crusade League wrapped up, and the new GT mission pack out but not really available anywhere, it was time for good old Tempest of War, a format which is probably cementing itself as my favourite way to play 9th edition. Sadly due to work, Christmas stuff and illness I wasn't able to arrange the last game of the Crusade league (I ended up pretty much dead centre of the pack in the overall rankings) but I was now able to play my scheduled opponent Neilson and his Space Wolves, so we made it happen. Since he was looking forward to a bug hunt, I brought my Tyranids, and we had a nice 1750 point game (because his 2000 point army dropped a lot in the recent points adjustments!).

With the new points costs in play I took the opportunity to run a whole load of stuff I'd not taken much and leave out some of the things that were previously such good value. I ran Behemoth as usual, keeping the adaptive trait and fitting into a battalion. The Swarmlord was, of course, my warlord, and I spent one extra CP on another trait. 

HQ: Swarmlord (Catalyst, Paroxysm, Synaptic Lynchpin), Broodlord (Onslaught, The Dirgeheart of Kharis, Alien Cunning)

Troops: 3x 10 Termagants, 2x 3 Tyranid Warriors (talons, 2 deathspitters, venom cannon)

Elites: 2x 10 Genestealers, Haruspex, 3 Tyrant Guard (talons)

Fast Attack: Mawloc (adrenal glands, biostatic rattle), Trygon (adrenal glands, pincer tail, Dermic Symbiosis)

Neilson's Space Wolves were an essentially all Primaris force, heavy on infantry, and as such he had quite a few units. He spend a few CP at the start to kit out his characters and to place the Eradicators into reserve. He had a Captain (aka Wolf Lady), Librarian (Rune Priest), Lieutenant (Wolf Guard Battle Leader?), two units of Intercessors, Assault Intercessors, two of Infiltrators, two of Reivers, Hellblasters, Las Eliminators, Eradicators, Suppressors, Flamestorm Aggressors, a Redemptor and some doggos. It's a lot of stuff at 1750, but I was looking forward to not having to worry about Armour of Contempt!

Deployment. We were playing Vital Ground, which is increasing points for holding your home objective, any middle objectives and then your opponent's objective. It also scores extra points for killing units, which we didn't forget this time! The twist was that we placed an additional no man's land objective, meaning scoring that middle points bracket should have been fairly easy. Deployment was long edge triangles, but we both had forward deploying units, and we both had some stuff in reserve - the Rievers and Eradicators vs the big snakes.

Space Wolves got the first turn, and immediately moved up to cause some damage. Not a mega shooty army, the long range heavy weapons reached out to damage the Haruspex (who fixed some of it with Rapid Regeneration in my turn) and then the dread went brrrrrt with the Gatling cannon and a load of genestealers went away - though two remained in synapse range to frustrate. In melee a unit of Intercessors charged Genestealers in one of the central ruins, cutting down several but losing three to return attacks. Some secondary points were scored for claiming three objectives, but no units yet killed.

Tyranid turn one saw very little shooting, but a brutal counter punch to claim the middle. The Haruspex gobbled up the remaining Intercessors that had charged the Genestealers, while the Swarmlord and his guard cut down a unit of Infiltrators who had strayed to close to grab an objective - this netted me some points both for the kill and for the secondary card to claim an objective from the opponent. I also had to kill units in melee and kill 30 wounds worth of stuff which were well under way.

Space Wolves once again marched forward, but only one of their reserve units came in, Reivers on the flank looking to shift my two Genestealers hanging on to the objectives. They had secondary points on offer for killing units in the shooting phase, so between the Redemptor, and Aggressors a unit of warriors fell, leaving the Broodlord clear to be blasted off the board as well. Firepower also damaged the Haruspex once again but it remained alive. 

Those Reivers made their charge and displaced the 'stealers, who fought on death out of spite and killed a couple of them in return. Four more wounds for my tally.

Nid turn two, and it was monster time. The Mawloc burst up to cause some mortal wounds right on the Wolf home objective, while the Trygon found a gap right in the corner. The Haruspex regenerated again and went after the Dreadnought, while the Swarmlord and Guard flanked the ruin to get onto their objective - in this turn the Guard were made ObSec by Swarmy.

In the shooting and psychic phases not a lot happened, though importantly the Warriors hit the Suppressors to proc the Shard Lure stratagem and give the Trygon an extra dice to charge in. All the other charges were made, and the killing commenced. The Haruspex dropped the Redemptor to a single wound, though sadly was crushed in response. Swarmlord and the Guard both reduced their respective Intercessor units to just the sergeant. Finally the Trygon did kill the Suppressors to finish off my three melee kills!

Onto Wolves turn three, and the Assault Doctrine. Thanks to my melee butchery, they didn't hold their own objective, so lost some points there, but had an opportunity to gain some back in secondaries, with Assassination - kill the Swarmlord...

The reserves arrived to put pressure on the Termagants on my objective, while the Eradicators marched into their own deployment zone in order to get a nice close shot at the Swarmlord, while the Frost Axe wielding Wolf Lady lined up for the killing blow.

Unbelievably, only one of the six melta shots caused a wound, which was saved by the Swarmlord's psychic shield, leaving the Space Wolf warlord with a lot to do!

Elsewhere, the wounded Redemptor and Aggressors poured fire into the Trygon, then charged in, but in an impressive displace it split attacks to interrupt and kill both the Dread and two Aggressors, then passed a whole load of Dermic Symbiosis invulnerable saves against the power fist attacks.

In the big duel the Wolf Lady failed to do any damage, but passed all but one invulnerable save to survive and stick around.

In Tyranid turn three and beyond the fight for the centre was looking good for the Nids, while the flanks were going the way of the Wolves. The Mawloc kept the Eradicators busy/dead for the rest of the game while the Swarmlord eventually took down the enemy general in the grand duel (Neilson took this photo btw, I just thought it was pretty epic so I borrowed it.) The Trygon killed off the Aggressor but then perished to Eliminators and character support. Crucially the Reivers took out the Termagants on my home objective on the second attempt to net a bunch of points. By the end of the game it was looking very tight.

Tallying up the scores, with ten for painting, it ended in an incredibly narrow Space Wolf victory, 79-77. 

So first game of the year, and first loss. But really, it's nothing to complain about because it was another great, tight Tempest game. My last three have now been a two point loss and two dead draws, so that goes to show the system is well designed to create nail biters. With tenth edition probably on the way in the summer, I'm not sure quite how many games I'll get in before the end of ninth, but I fully intend to make most of them Tempest games if I've got any say in it! Anyway, thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it, and stay safe out there.

Thursday 19 January 2023



As I alluded to in my last post, I've been working on something quite big, so here he is! Mortarion, Lord of the Death Guard, Daemon Primarch of Nurgle, Big Daddy M, whatever you want to call him.

Here he is in all his gribbly glory. I had a great time with this model, fun with contrast paints, a full model wash, weathering powder, Typhus Corrosion, and of course, the sponge. He will be joining my Death Guard force, 'The Desiccated', and has appropriately taken their colours on his pauldrons for the occasion. 

His hood and robes/cloak thing turned out pretty well I think, the purple really contrasting well with the rusted armour around it, and the model really lending to a couple of slightly inconsistent highlights.

This may be a bit sad, but I think my favourite little bit of weathering on him are those green tanks on his back, I just think they look particularly realistic.

I chose the Lantern to go in the right hand, aiming, because it looks cool (the alternate build is the scythe and pistol in opposite hands, both held down.) As one of the few obvious glowing bits on the model it's a good place to draw the attention and then it's a straight line back to his face and more subtly glowing eyes. 

The mighty scythe Silence. This was the last part of the model I finished, originally it was a bit more green like his armour but I didn't really like it so I added some more sponged metal and then bone to rough it up a bit, and make the blood and green ooze stuff look old and dried.

This was another model that barely fit into the light box, so to take a proper photo of the wings (which received a lot of sponge love) I had to lay him down and invert the picture!

And of course it wouldn't be a big Nurgle model without some little lords!

Finally, a shot with some of his boys, off to cause mayhem around the galaxy, no doubt. I hope you like him, I'm really pleased with how he turned out, better than I envisioned in my head at the start. Thanks for reading, and stay safe out there!

Thursday 12 January 2023

First Projects of the Year Compilation


As the title says, this is just a compilation of small projects I've been working on so far this year. A small commission and a couple of Christmas presents. Here we go!

First up, it's an Ork! The awesome Goff Rokker (though in this case he's a Snakebite like the rest of my Boyz), complete with purple Amp-squig. I always enjoy painting Orks so this was a great gift from the wife. A fun and pretty quick job with contrast doing a lot of the boring work for me over a brown base coat.

Next up, some sinister looking Zoanthropes and a Neurothrope to lead them. These are more of the Xenomorph inspired Tyranids I painted at the end of last year for the Icaran Sector, and I think with the big glowing brains (via sponge) they look particularly spooky. Again they have spaceship themed bases which hopefully comes across with the various markings and bits of debris.

Finally another little project for me, some Seraphon from a discord secret santa! A cool selection of minis that caught me a bit by surprise, as I was kind of expecting 40k. Still, I do enjoy painting lizards, and I'm hoping to get the chance to play some more AoS this year, so all in all a great gift!

The Saurus Sunblood is a cool, gnarled old lizard with a big old shield. In keeping with the narrative and the official scheme, I kept him very pale, but also desert themed so he should fit in nicely.

The big old Kroxigor are pretty fun. They look a bit like giant Saurus but they prefer to hang out with skinks, so I gave them a scheme that doesn't mark them out as either, based off some real world lizards.

So there we are. That's what I've been getting up to so far this year - well that and something big that'll be getting it's own post in the near future...

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed, and stay safe out there!


Monday 2 January 2023

2022 End of Year Review


As with previous years, here's a little bit of a review of this past year in the blog, and a bit of a look forward. Not really resolutions, more like guidelines.


Based on numbers, this was my 'worst' year of the blog with only 50 posts. However I do feel like I've covered a fair amount of stuff over the year but I have been 'slacking' in regards to posting about literally everything. Luckily no one is paying me for this and it's all for my own benefit anyway, so it doesn't really matter!

Battle Reports:

Quite a few of these this year, including a lot of Crusade content. I have been enjoying Crusade a lot but I've had somewhat mixed luck with getting games either cancelled or having to cut them short so they don't appear as full reports. On that note this was the first year that I missed some in person games on the blog (I have previously played TTS and not posted about it) either because I only took a few pictures or the game didn't reach a satisfying conclusion - in which case these games usually feature on Instagram instead. Notably I did get some AoS games in this year, finished off the Adeptus Titanicus narrative arc with The Claw and filmed a battle report for the Narrative Wargamer.

Hobby Stuff:

Plenty of hobby progress this year, though mostly not for myself. I completed large commissions for Tyranids and Kharadron Overlords, as well as a few fun smaller projects such as the Leagues of Votann launch box. For myself the year was bookended by a couple of cool Orky bits, and had some Tyranids to coincide with the new Codex.

Other Stuff:

'Other stuff' on the blog was somewhat lacking this year, almost everything fell into one of the two categories above. Of course away from the blog I have been getting in some other nerdy activities, including LARP, D&D and a bit of boardgamey stuff - I've recently been suckered into playing Blood on the Clocktower over discord and that's definitely a good laugh. It's possible I could write something about that in the future.

Looking Forward:

So the plan for the future is to keep going, more of the same! I'm hoping to play some games of various systems - possibly a cheeky bit of Bolt Action in there, and go to some more events. Another big tournament sometime in the year would be nice as well, hopefully winning a game or two this time! Now that I've broken the streak of battle reports I don't feel that I need to worry so much about covering all of them - but I will still continue with the prettiest and most interesting ones! Away from the table I'm hoping to continue with the hobby stuff a bit, though I'll be limiting my commissions to smaller projects to avoid burnout. For myself I plan to focus on Death Guard this year, in part because I picked up Mortarion for Chrimbo. And of course, with any luck there will be more Narrative Wargamer content to come! 

So that's that. The end of another year of Warhammer (unlikely to be the thing I'll remember 2022 for!). Roll on 2023.