An awesome weekend of games

GamerGus, CousinMike and Andrew the Smith made it out for the 40K 5th Ed. gaming weekend. And we all agreed it seemed like a better system. Gus was here for both FoW and 40K, but it turned out that we played more games of 40K than FoW.

These were probably the best games of 40K I’ve ever played. Sure there was a lot of rules checking, as we were all rusty in the rules, let alone the new 5th Ed. ones – but we all agreed they were more involving games. There’s alot of peering through terrain at exactly what you can see – sometimes through 2 or 3 bits of scenery.

The best shot of the game was by a Marine with a krak missile – through 2 windows – at a Necron Hvy. Destroyer. A shot no one saw until CousinMike – desperate for targets – got low and peered through the 2 freakin’ windows. A great shot!

Of the 3 games played this weekend though, the best were the team games. Andrew the Smith and I playing Necrons, against the combined Imperial forces of GamerGus and CousinMike. You’re not only competing against your opponents, but you’re actually trying to out-perform your teammate as well. Lots of tense moments and good laughs all ’round.

Four thumbs up on the new 40K. Thanks guys for a great weekend of gaming.

Wraiths get my thumbs-up-seal-of-approval as the best Necron unit in the game. These guys can turbo boost through terrain and turn a seemingly safe position into a perilous one with one move.


Panzer IIIJs in production

These Panzer IIIJ tanks were assembled and primed over a year ago. They were the first unit I bought for an Ostfront Panzer Co.

This picture shows them base coated gray with a criss-crossing pattern of dark yellow, common throughout ’42 on the Eastern Front. They won’t look too out of place in my Mediterranean fights against the British and Canadians.

German 10.5cm battery is complete

There are alot of elements included in this battery:
• 4 guns
• 2 observers
• 1 staff team
• 1 cmd smg team

There’s even 4 RSO tractors! But I’m not going to paint them yet. Maybe when I have nothing else left in the universe to paint I’ll get around to them. But less face it, they’re probably not going to get used at all during a battle – this battery fires 72″ across the tabletop!

That’s actually a bone of contention amongst some FoW players – that artillery shouldn’t have to be represented on the table at all…

FoW on the workbench

This weekend’s planned battles with GamerGus is getting me off my ass to finish a few Flames of War units that have been sitting on my shelves waiting to be painted.

The first to be revisited is my German 10.5cm artillery  battery. These guys were almost finished last year so I could use them in a game against EnglishAndrew; but now they must be completed. The only details left are flesh, personal gear and some static grass for these monster bases.

You have to have artillery for a FoW game – whether it’s an arty battery or some mortars, nothing kills stubborn infantry better.