Well it has been dark on the hobby table for about a month, but I'm back! This last two weeks I have:
Brought the Bullgryn Squad up to 5:
Nork Deddog I did some time in December, but don't seem to have a picture. I'm particularly proud of myself for doing OSL from the base onto the boot of Bullgryn 5 on the left here:
(though I seem to have unwittingly focussed on his bro to the right...)
I'll amend that photo later.
Also in the works has been my third valkyrie, bringing me to a current total of 3 valkyries assembled and painted, 3 vendettas assembled and painted, two vultures assembled and painted. One Valkyrie to go and my air mobile force will pretty well be complete except for a scion here or there...
I also managed to get a game in today, a friend brought an undisclosed tau list and we fought short edges, tactical escalation 1000 points. Dice did not favour him for three turns (he normally plays chaos so I suspect the pantheon's involvement) but when his crisis suits finally made it in he made back some ground and made it to a respectable 6:5 defeat to my IG.
My list was:
CCS w med kit, vox, autocannon
PCS w HB, vox, sniper
20 man infantry squad with 2x heavy bolters, sniper, grenade launcher
Leman Russ with Sponson and hull HB
Armoured Sentinel Squadron with 2 Autocannons and a Plasma Cannon
An approximation of his list was:
2 fire warrior squads
Stealth suit team
Crisis suit team
My plan was to sit in rear slope defence with my infantry and artillery and let my armoured assets do the talking. It worked brilliantly at first, my hell hound careening forward and burning the advancing wave of infantry to a crisp, over turns 1-3 his two fire warrior squads were turned into a lone survivor and his pathfinders lost half the squad and ran halfway back into his deployment zone. The Etherial escaped death and, indeed, managed to make it through to the games end despite some concentrated firepower from sentinels and artillery.
His tank hunters were neutralised early on with longstrike immobilised behind ruins on the first shot of the game (manticore) (Longstrike was left with LOS to sentinels and the hellhound's route, as well as the LR) and his broadside destroyed by sentinels on turn two. It took the intervention of the rallied pathfinders and longstrike to eventually bring down my hellhound, and then the sentinels seemed to fall over on turn 4 and 5.
His deep strikers turned the game right around, despite losing the entire stealth suit squad to mishap, with his crisis team landing on a flank of my guard blob and then mowing into them with flamers and burst cannons, killing the lot over two turns. I didn't charge with the 15 survivors of the first round, more fool me.
The end of the game saw the board looking very bare, ruled by the Leman Russ on the hill but with his support faltering behind and on either flank. A fun game for me, but I hope my opponent thought so too! Although for three turns it looked dire, it ended up being a very close game.