There we have it, my entry into a series of special "prequel scenarios" that will influence the big battle end of May.
While I would be paired with Nemesis and his Death Guard, he ran off for something called "family holiday in Singapore" (lame excuse) and as such I got paired with his little Nurgling Ruben and his Death Guard.
Oppossing us was a combined force of Space Wolves and Genestealer Cultists. The objective? We got ourselves a nice and big gate, and they had to get through it. Now, I had only two orders: don`t kill full units before our turn 3, meaning they wouldn`t be able to come back by deep strike, and ignore the stuff that was at the back of the table, which would have to travel 3 tiles of 24 inch before reaching the gate, so heck, no way they would get there in 5, possibly 6 turns.
So the Emperor`s Children and it`s gunline took up position on the gate walls and towers, while the Death Guard being the more resilient heap camped in the central plaza of the bunker complex.
Our opponents kept a fair share of their forces of the table to strike / ambush / drop in, while the rest of their forces deployed at the end of the first tile
Ambushing forces appeared inside the compound, while Terminators teleported in on the edge of the table
Lovely, more things to fire at...
My gunline provided covering fire, even going to increase the ranks of poxwalkers due to their walking dead stratagem.
Tactical Marines crash in using a Drop Pod, putting pressure on our left gate side.
The wounded Arjan and the Terminators crash into the Blight Drone, which after several rounds of combat would result in the drone blowing up and taking the character with him, great great.
Everything is still under control as we move to the third turn in the meantime.
The Assault Marines come into range, and after a withering storm of a Quad Bolter are completely reduced, resulting in one less threat to lose the battle. At this point, we had to worry about a cultist unit, a genestealer unit, two intercessors and a chaplain. But the biggest thread came from the Terminators, who looked to scale of the wall and go to the gate from the backside.
So the Deathshroud marines arrived and blocked the gate, supported by Lucius. While the Plague lord charged into them, the Nurgle Terminators failed their charge.
Enter Lucius, who was 11 inch away! This was going to be the defining moment of the evening, as in a battle which had, let`s put it mildly, Slaanesh would be proud language, I swayed over to the other side. I casually, loose handed tossed the first of my dice in their dicetray, and it came up as a 5. Then I backhandedly tossed the second dice in, while turning away to not watch the roll. The cursing that came from behind me told the rest...
As the cultists and the genestealers where shot down, Lucius took care of the Terminators. Now the only remaining chance they had, was racing the Intercessors and the Chaplain through the gate... IF they would get a 6th turn after our turn 5.
I openend fire first on the Intercessors, and the odds and end shooting took them down. Now it was only the Chaplain, and Lucius was ready to charge him, should he survive the Deathshroud flamers. but a howling shriek went over the table as Lucius his Doom Siren went off, and it knocked the final wounds of the Chaplain before the Terminators could fire.
Their last chance gone, the opponents tossed the towel, and I ended up with a big red button for the big battle that will control half a dozen defence turrets, muahahaha... Donald the Eternal is in the house.
The final weeks of the AHPC where this march, and as such the number of painted models still rather good.
Though near the end of the challenge, once the goals where reached and 10th was far out of reach, I did 'slack down' as I returned to play Final Fantasy XIV with Noshi.
But never the less, some projects got some more loving and neared their completeness, even though in the case of the Emperor's Children I guess I never will be 'completely done'.
This month saw me complete a few more of the limited edition figures we released at our Crisis shows. De Dulle Griet and the Bokkenrijder where completed this month.
Of course, said Emperor's Children got some serious boosting in their numbers as well, as I started painting up both necessary units for the big battle in may in the form of the additional Noise Marines, as well as a heap of odds and ends for their 'sub armies' like the daemons of Slaanesh or the first Heretics unit in the form of some mildly converted Mutant Rabble.
Another heavy 'hitter' this month have been my Dark Age Irish, in that I (bar 2 it seems) completed the final box of plastic warriors from Gripping Beast.
For the budding Ancients project under the Mortem et Gloriam rules, I completed some Shang spearmen for the Mandate of Heavy Late Shang Dynasty list. These guys are going to be worked on in between in the coming months, but probably one of the main projects for the next challenge... it'll depend on when I mail order the remaining 'needed' units...
A small odd and end in between was this single base of 4 miniature dwarf cultists in scale 15mm was entered in the challenge as well, even though I planned on three bases as the entry... so they probably will show up in the coming month...
To round of the challenge as it began, I painted up more of my 6mm forces. Though not every finished Knight made the deadline, resulting in three of them being ready the day after the end of the challenge. This boosts the force now to a sweet number of selections, and I am hoping / planning on adding a few more units in april as well. They are lovely in betweeners to paint when you have only an hour or such.
The final thing I painted this month has been the start of the new project, a 1000 point T'au Empire battlesuit force painted in the colours of the Gundams from the SEED Destiny anime. The first is the Buster gundam coloured Broadside and his Ball inspired companion drones.
Not really figures as such, some `essentials` have been done as well, and these resulted in my having to order fresh Coat D`Arms Tank Green paint soon... very soon... as in probably this afternoon x-D
So that's it for march, a strong number of 79 models have been saved from Lead Mountain again, and while the numbers for april will definitly be lower, I do expect to get some things finished for sure...
For april I`m aiming at rounding out the 15mm Dwarves, the 6mm jump troops I have on the desk for a while now, those two AWOL Dark Age warriors and a fresh ACW regiment as main targets. I also have some odds and ends I`m dabbling with at the moment, and an urgent mail order coming in who will have to be painted like within a week of their arrival for the next Dux campaign game the 13th I believe...