Saturday, 10 June 2017

Lord of the Rings battle report: Minas Tirith vs. Easterlings/Harad




Last week we played a doubles 500 point battle using a custom scenario we made up on the night. Pippin, with an escort of Rangers has to escape the Haradrim and light a beacon on the far side of the table. (Why it had to be Pippin doing it we didn't really clarify but it seemed like a reasonable thing).

We played on a 6x4 with lots of forests and hedges. We set up a small settlement around the middle and two watch towers, one on the centre line and the other in the back corner, this is the location of the beacon. 

Lots of gaming to report




Its been a good time hobby wise, I've been off on half term which has meant I've been able to get a fair bit done. Fresh from my trip to Triple Helix Wargames (where I bought my Kharadron Overlords) I sold my PHR fleet on eBay and used the proceeds to buy some MDF terrain from TTCombat. I ordered two Fantasy Watchtowers, some sci-if building pods, two sets of barricades, a generator, two Space Elf (think Eldar) landing pads and a set of Space Elf towers. The human stuff has arrived and looks great but I'm still waiting on the rest.

Terrain is a criminally overlooked aspect of the hobby and I'm going to make a bit of an effort to get some decent terrain sorted over the next year - I'm a grown up now, I'm beyond books and painted cereal boxes damnit!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

The Algoryn Prosperate: Faction Review


I thought I'd put together a basic overview of the Algoryn Prosperate  after my last article on Beyond the Gates of Antares. Please add any comments or recommendations in the box at the bottom of the article.

Introduction:
The Algoryn Prosperate have had a bit of a rough time of it over the years, being on the boundary of the Gharr Empire has led to frequent and brutal attacks on their society on a more-or-less consistent basis. In response to this ever present threat the Algoryn have developed a militaristic society where everyone knows how to fight.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Kharadron Overlords


I've just got back from my in-laws and a long awaited visit to TripleHelix Wargames in Westbury, because of how they operate I had to place my order earlier in the week, I'd been procrastinating for a long time but eventually settled on a basic core army from which I can expand as I go forward. To that end I now have in my possession an Endrinmaster, Arkanaught Frigate, Arkanaught Company and a trio of Endrinriggers. 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Beyond the Gates of Antares Impressions


A mate at my local gaming club got me into this after badgering me relentlessly for a few weeks. It's a sci-fi D10 game from Warlord Games and is essentially Bolt Action on steroids...and in space. The universe is very much still in its infancy but things are starting to take shape, I haven't delved too much into the background of the universe but essentially there are these warp gate-sequences things that various empires are fighting to take control of. It's a fairly standard premise but it's got enough flavour to it to make it stand out.

Fair well High Elves, we hardly knew ye!


My recent post on the state of my 'to do list' made me realise a few things and the main one was that the High Elves were not going to get done. As such I made the decision to sell them. Luckily a mate was starting High Elves to play 3rd Edition and happily took them off me for a price we were both happy with. I'm glad that they're sort of staying in the family and I'll get to see how they turn out.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Halo Fleet Battles: Autumn class Heavy Cruiser Review



If I'm honest, I haven't done enough with Halo Fleet Battles at my local club, they seem to have a collective wariness towards space games that don't come with a Star Wars sound track (I backed Dropfleet Commander and that hasn't picked up locally either). Anyway, I still love it and am going to be making a more concerted effort in the coming months to play more and write a bit more coverage of the new releases. 

First up is the long awaited Autumn-class frigate which arrived this week, this release marks a new trend for Spartan because they are releasing ships as single blister packs now, this is great because it not only allows you to pick and chose individual ships but it also cuts the price down and reduces the wastage - for example, you get 4 Orion Assault Carriers in their box, realistically I'm only ever going to use 2 so I'm paying for 2 ships I'm probably never going to use.

How they didn't get round to making this ship sooner I don't know, the clamour for them to do this has been incessant since the game was first announced. The model is beautifully rendered though smaller than I expected it's not appreciably bigger than the ubiquitous Marathon Heavy cruiser. It comes, for the first time in a release, with a trio of pelican boarding craft which is a nice touch.

Stats wise things are looking familiar, the base ship is 100 points whilst the X is 110. With a damage track of 6.6.3 is nothing to shout about but it does have Defence Array 2 and Titanium Armour 2 which gives it some additional survivability over the Marathon. The Autumn also has a unique special rule which lets you re roll miss (skull) results on the initial MAC shot. This is huge and means that the Autumn is basically always at Firepower Rating 5 for her MAC cannon. It is slower than the Marathon with speed 6"

With the revised rules for the Marathon making Valiant cruisers viable for once I did wonder where the Autumn would fit in, my first impressions are that it is definitely worth the extra5 points over the marathon but probably won't be usurping the Valiant anytime soon. It's special rule mean it would be brutal in a unit of 3 or in pairs with a Halbred Axe element sniping bigger ships from the back line.

I'm hoping to get this painted up in the next few days. I'm going to be running a demonstration at our regional geek-convention in July and have a mini-game in mind for it.

What are your thoughts on this new unit?


Thursday, 25 May 2017

Heresy Raven Guard Army Roster

A while back I wrapped up the bulk of my Raven Guard project, there are still things I want to do with it but for now I'm satisfied. Below is the roster and some half decent photos.

Friday, 19 May 2017

This is my Everest

Current Projects:

I recently took stock of everything I had going on at the moment and had a bit of a realisation - I have far too much stuff to do. In my office is an old passenger trunk, it's a hearty thing I got from an elderly neighbour a year or so ago, it is my 'project box' and contains all the stuff I still need to do, it's mostly full.

My current inventory stands at:

Heresy:
  1. Ultramarines - obviously! Lots of infantry (30+ models) a pair of Dreadnaughts and my Falchion Super Heavy tank needs finishing off.
  2. Raven Guard - I had a binge on them recently and now only an Assault Squad and then they're done. I'll post some pictures up soon.
  3. Night Lords - after the news that the next HH book is Angelus and my mate is set on a Dark Angels list I though it was time to put on my traitors cloak. I've drawn up a centurion list and have a pair of Terror squads, a volkite Support Squad, some Terminators and a big Tactical Squad to do.

GW Non Heresy:
  1. Space Marines - My Celestial lions have some tanks and a Dreadnaught that need finishing
  2. Eldar - 2 of the Start Collecting boxes, some Farseers and Eldrad plus a Cobra super heavy which I snapped up on eBay (pretty sure it's from Forge World China though)
  3. Harlequins - lots and lots of eBay purchases after the box game they put out - I've got just under 50 infantry and some skimmers to do. I think I've settled on a colour scheme of purple, black and gold I just need to get airbrushing. 
  4. High Elves - too much to list
  5. Dark Elves - big blobs of Witch Elves and Black Guard plus a bolt Thrower and a cauldron of blood
  6. Shadow Wars - I've set on the Inquisition and have built up a warband, it's all primed I just need to get on with it.

Non GW:
  1. Halo Fleet Battles - My Orion heavy cruisers need detailing
  2. Beyond the Gates of Antares - I have an Algoryn army (I've got a draft article about the, somewhere) that has a few models to finish up.
  3. Infinity - the last few Aleph units

So yeah, quite a lot.




Nathaniel Garro, Knight Errant

My wife very kindly bought me this awesome dude for my 30th and I've finally got round to finishing him off (she also got me a Legion Falchion SHT but that's a long way from being camera ready!)

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Custodes Tribune

Afternoon all,

I had the pleasure of attend the Weekender 2017 and snapped up the event only Custodes guy as well as a copy of Inferno and a few other small bits and pieces. Overall I thought the event was good but I was a bit flat that there were know Thousand Sons goodies for sale...

Corax and the Raven Guard



Whilst I think that there is always going to be something to do on this model, I am calling him done for now. He's actually been done for a few months but I'm only just getting round to putting up some decent pictures.

Airbrushing Setup


I've been airbrushing for a couple of years now but this is the first time I've been able to get a permanent setup. Our new house has a garage and I've commandeered the back of it for hobby purposes. The airbrush is a Badger Patriot 105 and it's a solid bit of kit. I've had a few blockage issues but that is certainly down to me not cleaning it properly. At the moment it's running quite smoothly and I've been knocking out a few things in the past couple of weeks. Most notable some Night Lords and Algoryn army for Beyond the Gates of Antares...

More on both of those in the future!

We are now on Instagram!

Apparently it's a popular thing that I have not shown any interest in at all. However, since listening to podcasts like the Sons of Heresy and the Eye of Horus Podcast, neither of which are big on Twitter, I have felt the need to get involved.

So, if you're on Instagram the site is on user name: Calthburns

Branching Out with Ahriman

I took time off working on various Heresy projects to have a stab at the new Ahriman model. I've always been taken by this guy's ignoble fall-from-grace backstory and the transformation he goes through in the post-Heresy years. Working with a different pallet was nice, the jet black of the Raven Guard was starting to grind me down.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Clash Burns Channel

This blog recently passed 100,000 hits! Now, compared with other gaming sites this is paltry but to me it seems like a real accomplishment. To feed my narcism I am now embarking on setting up a YouTube channel!

How long it'll last I don't know but I've built an intro graphic and am putting together a few videos to upload straightaway including a look at Dropfleet Commander, Burning of Prospero and my kit bashed Thunderhawk - I've even ordered a model turntable!

If anyone wants to become a contributor to the channel let me know and we can see what we can do!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

It's been a long time...

I was shocked to see that my last post was back in February which is bizarre but fairly understandable considering between then and now I've moved house and had a baby. I've done a fair amount of hobby in that time but not much that is worthy of pictures, below is a quick summary of what I've been up to:

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Raven Guard and the Shattered Legions Plan

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm now doing a smaller 30k army in the shape of the Raven Guard. I've been hard at work with some hobby stuff recently and here are the fruits of my labours.

The black was just 2 coats of undercoat spray and rather than doing edge highlights which as far as I'm concerned goes against all the RG fluff I've added battle damage to break up the larger black areas.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Deliverance Lost No More




When I bought my second set of Betrayal at Calth I wasn't 100% sure which army I was going to plump for. I wanted to do a smaller force of around 2,000 points and I wanted to try and theme it to something from the novels. My initial thoughts was a World Eaters list  I'd called Descent of the Red Angel which is taken from Galaxy in Flames. It was based around Angron coming to the surface to fight the loyalist survivors and only really needed a Storm Eagle to do. However, World Eaters are quite common and I wanted to try something a bit different.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Epic Tau expansion


Thanks to the wonders of eBay I have been able to supplement my Epic Tau army with some more units, specifically a stack of crisis suits and some hammerheads. I'm hoping to go to a local tournament in the New Year so I'm going to be tinkering with various lists to work out something effective that isn't going to bog me down with too many fiddler rules to remember (this has been downfall in recent games!)

At present my army consists of the following:

Core units:
Crisis suit cadre 1
9 Crisis teams and a Shas'O.

Crisis suit cadre 2
9 Crisis teams

Crisis suit cadre 3
6 Crisis teams

Crisis suit cadre 4
6 Crisis teams

Fire warrior cadre 1
6 Fire Warrior units in 3 Devilfish

Fire warrior cadre 2
14 Fire Warrior units

Support units:
XV88 team
6 Broadsides

Armour group
5 gunships

Pathfinder group 1
6 Pathfinder units in 3 Devilfish 

Pathfinder group 2
4 Pathfinder units in 2 Devilfish

Riptide unit
3 Riptides, Shas'el

Recon group
5 Tetras, 3 Piranhas

Skysweep group
3 Skyrays 

Air Caste Units:
Tiger Shark AX-10
  
2 Sunshark bombers

I'm hoping to add some Orca proxies to the list to give me some tactical flexibility, particularly when deploying the smaller crisis units and maybe another trio of Riptides because they're awesome.