Monday, November 22, 2010

Blood Angels - Revised List

I sat down and took a look at my current list and on the advice of one of our fellow gamers, I decided to tinker with the list a bit. After a few modifications and a quick look at my inventory of current models, I was able to expand to 1,000 points and beef up the Assault Squad. So, let me know what you think:

Captain w/ storm shield, power weapon, bolt pistol (Master of the Watch) - 130

Tac Squad (10) w/ multi-melta, flamer - 170
Tac Squad (10) w/ missile launcher, melta gun - 175
Assault Squad (10) w/ plasma pistol, power weapon, melta gun x2 in Rhino - 205

Sanguinary Priest - 50

Baal Predator w/ twin-linked assault cannon, heavy bolter sponsons - 145

Dreadnought w/ multi-melta, close combat arm, stormbolter - 105

Total - 980 points

I'll pack the Assault Squad in the Rhino as it is 'Fast' and can still get me into assault range fairly quickly with some protection and I'll attach the captain and sanguinary priest to each of the tactical squads. Future plans would include an Honour Guard, Mephiston, an LR, Death Company and some Terminators (Assault), and Rhinos for the tactical squads. The goal is to collect the 2nd Company with supporting units like scouts and termies.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Blood Angels - Second Wave?!

Just received the latest email newsletter from Games Workshop and it looks like February will see more new 'never-before-seen' models for the Sons of Sanguinius. Not sure what they could be, after reviewing the codex, but can anyone say "Stormraven"? I don't know what the rumor mill is reporting, but I'm personally hoping for maybe plastic Honour Guard, Sanguinary Priests and maybe a new Blood Angel specific dreadnought kit.

The image above has been floating around on the internet and it's sure to be one of the new kits. I, for one can't wait for Februrary! I better kick it in to high gear and get my force completed!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Blood Angels Starter List - 950 pts.

Here's a stab at a Blood Angels list, based on what I have on hand at the moment:

Captain w/ storm shield, power weapon (Master of the Watch) - 130

Tac Squad (10) w/ flamer, multi-melta - 170

Tac Squad (10) w/ missile launcher, melta gun - 175

Assault Squad (5) w/ power weapon, plasma gun (sgt) - 130

Sanguinary Priest w/ jump pack - 75

Baal Predator w/ twin-linked assault cannon, heavy bolters - 145

Dreadnought w/ multi-melta, stormbolter - 105

Total: 930 pts

I have no transports at this time, so the plan is to attach the captain to one of the tactical squads and the sanguinary priest to the assault squad, so as not to be able to be targeted.

It's been some time since I've played, so this list, as I said is based solely on what I have lying around the house (due to budget constraints), and also, it's designed to help refamiliarize myself with the rules. Man, I miss playing.

Friday, November 12, 2010

FW Blood Angels Decals

If you're like me and suck at freehand painting and heavily rely on decals, you're always looking out for a way to make that happen. So when Forge World produced a Blood Angels decal sheet, I was absolutely ecstatic. After all of these years, GW was finally expanding on the very, very, very limited Space Marine decal sheet that they've always included in their kits (I've got about 150 sheets by the way). So I ordered a sheet immediately.

But as soon as it came, I found myself feeling a little disappointed. Thanks, Forge World/GW. There were a couple of specific things that I expected to find, mainly squad markings. After all, the Codex clearly identifies each squad's marking. However, they only included squad markings for first and second squads, and also the ninth squad. WTF?? Why not produce the rest? If space was the issue, there was no need for yellow skulls or tactical arrows. Not to mention that they completely disregarded the fourth, eighth and tenth company in terms of company badges. So there's my rant on the negative.

Now for what I do like: I like the extra large chapter badges (for the tops of rhinos), I like that they finally made chapter badges small enough for scout armour, I like that they provided white chapter badges for Sanguinary Priests, and the names are pretty cool for using on vehicles. I'll even go as far to say, they provided some badges for have of the Successor Chapters, but while I am glad that I can produce some of the results that I've been wanting to, I think for $16 a sheet, they could have done a better job.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dark Eldar...WOW!!!

I sat down last night, while watching 'My Wife and Kids' re-runs and got around to opening the box of Dark Eldar Kabalite Warriors that I bought over the weekend. For the record, I also grabbed the Codex and a box of Reavers. The kit came with two sprues, which are nearly identical, but the second has the Sybarite special weapon options.

The models were nicely sculpted and I was fortunate to have a box that had very little in the way of mold lines. As far as assembly goes, it's been some time since I've built anything other than marines, so I had to actually look at the directions. was pretty simple and parts fit together nicely.

Here's a pic of my first Dark Eldar model. I'm going to work through a 1k list tonight and get that posted for comments/suggestions. So yeah, these models are pretty awesome and I'm looking forward to getting the army going.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Late Off The Mark

I know, I know - I shoulda jumped on this as soon as it came up for pre-order, but I didn't. I'm one of the guys who detests ordering things online. I prefer the 'old school' method of shopping like dear old dad. Go to the store, find what you want, give the clerk your hard earned money, and walk out with a tangible item that you can put to immediate use. The online way is a bit different: find what you're looking for, give them your hard earned money and wait patiently until they are good and ready to send you a tangible item. Meanwhile, they have you're money and have probably spent it, before you even get you're stuff. Is that narrow minded? Probably. But hey, that's me. Don't get me wrong, sometimes you have no choice, but I don't have to like it.

Anyway, I really want one of these nifty Webway Portals, but of course, GW sold out quickly. I'm not a skilled enough craftsman to make one, nor do I have the time to hunt down the items to make one (although kudos to the creative folks who had the creativity to make these. They look aweseome!), but if anyone knows where I can obtain one of these, I'd appreciate it.