Sunday 16 August 2009

Battle Report – Port Station Heist

Port Station, Jeriko Reach.

This scenario was essentially the Necromunda Ambush mission, with Patrol Drake guarding a shipment of Joy-Sims, as intelligence had indicated a recidivist element was intent upon stealing them away. The Joy-Sims were set up behind the shuttle in which they’d arrived, and Patrol Drake around it.

The attackers were Captain Jack’s new gang, a bunch of near-do-well pirates calling themselves the Con Fectors. The Defenders were Colonel Kane’s Patrol Drake.

The Con Fector Pirates

Patrol Drake

The Joy-Sims

The Con Fectors set up in the buildings around the landing pad. In the first turn, the pirates closed in on both flanks, the heavy taking opening up from his position atop a building and unleashing a withering hail of lead at the defenders. His stubber wounded three of Patrol Drake, putting down a Sepoy, the signaller and the medic. Even more impressively, Corperal Drake himself, the leader, was taken out entirely. This caused another Sepoy to break for cover, while Lance Corperal Kash was forced to attempt to restore order. Fortunately for the defenders, the pirate’s heavy suffered a stoppage, and spent the remainder of the battle trying to clear his weapon.

Things didn’t go so well for the Con Fectors on the other flank however, as the other half of Patrol Drake rolled up that side of the battle area, gunning down pirates as they went.

Meanwhile, on the landing pad, the psyker adept Grammatrix Apphia ran behind the shuttle, and operated the controls to raise the blast shields, affording at least some protection to the remaining defenders.

In the centre of the battle area, Drake’s sniper rained down fire on the pirates, but the attackers closed in, one scaling the tower and bursting onto the roof to engage the sniper. The pirate opened fire at point blank range, but missed entirely. The sniper then turned his weapon upon his foe, but found the weapon ineffective at such short range, and missed. The pirate fired again, pinning the sniper, who was saved by supporting fire from his fellows on the landing pad.

On the pad itself, the attackers closed in, making use of the ladders on the underside to scale the supports and burst out of the hatches. A volley of short range shotgun fire ensued, and things were soon pretty much over.

Both sides were now at break point, but Drake’s patrol failed their bottle test first, and a fighting withdrawal ensued. After a turn or two, the attackers had claimed their prize, and allowed the defenders to withdraw unmolested.

After the game, it transpired that Drake’s medic, Trooper Reko, had died from his injuries. As they had withdrawn however, the patrol has managed to drag away the unconscious form of one of the pirates. Will the Con Fectors fight to rescue their captured ganger? We’ll find out next time!

Patrol Drake deployment, with Grammatrix Apphia inspecting the merchandise.

Patrol Drake flanking party work their way through the station buildings.

Con Fector Pirates infiltrate the left flank.

Con Fectors move through the alley ways on the right flank.

The Con Fectors' right flank bites off more than it can chew...

Grammatrix Apphia at the landing pad controls, raising the blast shields.

The Con Fectors close in on their left flank

The pirates work their way beneath the landing pad.

Patrol Drake sniper about to be undone...

The pirates leap from the hatches.

The Con Fectors consolidate their attack, dealing with the last of the defenders.

The pirates claim their booty!

Friday 14 August 2009

Conversion Time Again

We played a really good game a few days back, and once I've written it up I'll post it here. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a couple of conversions I've just done...

An Ordo Xenos Inquisitor. This is an old 'Cobalt-1' mini, with the pistol replaced with an old Legion of the Damned bolter, a scout biker stowed shotgun on the back, and a couple of plastic purity seals from the Tactical Marines sprue. I've always thought the character models from the Cobalt-1 range had a distinctly Old School Rogue Trader look to them (probably because they were scuplted by Bob Naismith, who made a lot of the original Rogue Trader Adventurers).

A long while back, my gang was awarded a Graviton Gun following a successful Loot mission. This conversion represents 'Filthy' Lucre, Patrol Drake's melta gunner, carrying the weapon. I used the same bits as I did on the same character carrying the melta, but made the Graviton Gun from a range of components. The bulk of the gun is the flamer from the Cadian Command Squad sprue, but to give it a real retro sci-fi look appropriate to the weapon, I gave it the coil from one of the power field pylons that came in the Battle for Macragge set.

Sunday 2 August 2009

Terrain Workshop

You may have noticed that the terrain we have been using for the last few posts hasn't had too much in the way of vertical elements, so I've been working at making some modular pieces using a GW Imperial Sector box to make some wrecked Imperial buildings. Here are two of the pieces I have so far.