I have spent the last few weeks, more of a full month really, just trying to get my head back into going to work and enjoying time with my daughter — and summer planning. I have taken care of a few pre-summer todo things but really I have been really in a quiet headspace … not really leaning into one thing or another.
That changed about a week or so ago — when I decided I’d work on a few things in the hobby area. I first continued working on some Epic stuff – in this case gluing up my Hellbore. Here it is getting clamped …
More shots of it with its smaller cousins the Mole and Termite. It is an impressive old model – and pretty heavy as well.
Last week I also set up a time and date to play some 40k with a new player from fairly close by my home. We set up for 2000pts (the army he had built to play with) – so I updated my list from the last OFCC for the match. I had gained over 200points due to points level changes to my Eldar – so I needed to re-work my list slightly.
I decided to add in a unit of Hellions and a unit of Reaver jet bikes… both units I would need to get painted in about a week. I had already collected some old revers which were already assembled and painted. I did what I could to clean them up and primer them. The hellions I had build a couple years ago – on some old OFCC planed army and never utilized. They were already primed so I just started airbrushing some base colors on.
The Revers are the OLD Dark Eldar biker with the spikes… I love the old look for these.
The 40k match was fun – and I was really rusty. It was a work night and at 2000pts it was a lot to push around the table in a few hours knowing I needed to go to work the next day. Also, the last time I played 40k was last year… at OFCC (summer 2019). I didn’t remember most of my rules lol or what stratagems I liked lol. I just played by the seat of my pants and tried to remember what was what with my tactics as I went.
He is still learning the game – but he had played down at the Ordo clubhouse the night before – so he had a slightly better grip on things than I did. We had a fun time with the Open War cards and have a basic 4 objective style holding mission. One ruse card he received allowed him to pull one unit and “outflank” with it. Which led to more fun.
Things started out nice – I stole initiative and flew out to meet his Salamanders – having not used the Hellions I wanted to see how they could harass. I simply pushed most things forward and tried to soak up fire with my WraithKnight.
The first rounds went well – but then I got stuck in with all his shooting …melta and heavies. But I did get to give a good beatdown with my wraithseer on his outflanking heavy guys.
In the end the WraithKnight was taken down… and went up in a big flash!…. vaporizing several of the marine units… as well as a couple of mine.
We called the game at round 3… we were slow with play as we were relearning the game. Called it a draw – but I technically was down by one victory point. All-in-all a fun time and actually got me excited to play 40k lol. We are re-tooling our lists down to 1500pts for weeknight play and will probably get another game in the coming week.