Tag: Daemons

Clevelandis Falls

Clevelandis Falls

The following is a narrative battle report for our mega-battle culmination to the Second War for Futuris Clevelandis. Huge thanks to Ryan for building walls and terrain, and to Rico, Mike, Andy, Colton, and Jeff for painting up great models to join in the battle.

Future Cleveland 1

The time had come. The enemies were at the gates. The Mayor of Futuris Clevelandis stood on the battlements, his electro-monocle showing him the massing forces below, while his trusted aids counseled him on courses of action. While the advisors were solidly Imperial citizens, the Mayor’s slight mutation meant that he was just as uncomfortable with Imperial rule as what the forces of ruinous Chaos would do to his precious city. 

Future Cleveland 2

While defenders prepared their positions, inside the city walls critical infrastructure was being prepared and defended. Even the unemployed buskers of the Mechanicum were given temporary work furloughs to sing songs of praise to the careful machineries. 

Future Cleveland 3

The citizens, like this crone and her two grandchildren, had seen the horrors of war before. They expected difficulty, but had no idea the cruelties that Chaos planned for the invasion. 

Future Cleveland 4

Adeptus Astartes from the Salamanders and Ultramarines chapters manned the massive walls of Futuris Clevelandis, determined to keep them intact and the city center protected. Every unit they could keep from getting to the city was a critical objective spared and civilians defended. 

Future Cleveland 5

When the conglomerated forces of Chaos arrived they did so with a grand howl, spilling from warp rifts and bulk landers alike. Strangely, the Eldar that had been plaguing the system with raids showed up and launched an assault at the walls of Futuris Clevelandis at the same time. The defenders fired down on their numbers, hoping the hail of gunfire would slow the assault. 

Future Cleveland 6

Yet Chaos’ victory in the air battles had left the defenses of the interior of the city open. Deep striking terminators from the Thousand Sons appeared first, and then used their magical loci to enable masses of daemons to surround the Adeptus Mechanicus defenders that occupied the critical infrastructure of the city center. 

Future Cleveland 7

At the walls, the Imperial Guard were the first to the fight, their tanks being placed at the far side of the walls, supporting their troops that occupied external trench works. The daemons were far too close and too numerous, and their great strikes tore through troops and tanks with equal ease. 

Future Cleveland 8

Inside the city, the daemons of Slaanesh enacted their cruel plans: by slaying the souls of the citizens (including the crone and her grandchildren) they increased the blood power of the Daemonic forces. Soporific clouds of Slaanesh’s power began to accumulate within the city corridors thanks to the suffering inflicted on the innocent. The Adeptus Mechanicus fought back in the face of it, and called for help from the Space Marines who manned the walls. 

Future Cleveland 9

A great Helldrake of Chaos launched itself into the lead of the forces of Chaos, but the resolute Salamanders remained undaunted. Their squads of Primaries Inceptors boldly leaped the walls and unleashed plasmatic destruction into the chest of the great beast, felling it in a wave of destruction. 

Future Cleveland 10

Yet it was too late. The Eldar had sent sapper Kill Teams ahead of the mission, and they were able to blow one section of the wall right as the battle reached its climax. The Mayor of Future Cleveland managed to barely escape the destruction, but his aids were not so lucky. The Ultramarines and Salamanders steeled themselves for the incoming assault, even while some units turned to support the city that lay at their backs. The tanks of the Ultramarines were savaged by the Tzeentch daemon prince that reached them thanks to unholy speed, while the battle line troops of both Chapters poured their fire into the Hell Blade fighter that was the first attacker to exploit the gap in the wall. 

Future Cleveland 11

Yet all the defenses at the gate were for naught, as the city center fell to Chaos. The Adeptus Mechanicus put up a heroic fight, but surrounded on all sides and dulled by the strange musks and magical energies of the Slaanesh daemons they could not survive. The Chaos Fire Raptor’s arrival to the city center furthered the wave of destruction, and helped finish off the Space Marine reserves who were dispatched to the city center. While one section of the city remained held by the Imperium forces, three sections fell to Chaos. Back on the battlefield, the wall was broken but manned, but the trench system had been entirely taken by the Chaos forces. The city of Futuris Cleveland was broken, fallen to the ravages of Chaos. Already their rituals began to be enacted, with the goal of turning the entire planet into a daemon planet to harness the dark energy that had always been bound in the crust and core of Clevelandis. 

Future Cleveland 12

The Mayor of Futuris Clevelandis had thought himself finally safe, and that at least his mutation would make him seem appealing to those on the Chaos side–explaining it away to the Imperials had grown increasingly difficult over the centuries. He had dodged the wall collapse as well, and found himself atop an entirely empty battlement. Where had the space marine defenders gone? Then with a blink he realized, the Eldar had been operating with a singular mission the entire time. They had engaged enough Space Marine forces to clear the battlement, then blown the wall to force him to flee that way. As two farceurs on Jetbikes flew in at him, the Mayor felt a sinking sensation. He was far from safe. The Eldar had designs on him. What they were he could not say, but he knew as he surrendered that he was the central goal of their plan all along. 

The game turned out to a great event, and was a really fun time putting it all together. Again huge thanks to all the players who build and painted things to make this go off so well. Stay tuned, as the next steps for Clevelandis and its erstwhile Mayor will be taking place over the summer of 2020 in the DaemonWorld campaign that we’ll be playing at Drawbridge games.

Painting Progress

I didn’t get any of what I hoped to get painted for this event done, but I did manage to finally finish up the last touches on my two units of Nurgling bases. These little scamps have been mostly painted for a while, and just needed the final treatment.

Chaos Daemons 40k Nurglings

Such gross little dudes. 

2020 Painting Challenge Progress

70/366 Warhammer 40k Power Points Painted

14/25 Marvel Crisis Protocol Models Painted

Invasion of Terra II: Planning

Invasion of Terra II: Planning

It’s time to start planning for The Invasion of Terra II: The Emperor’s Boogaloo. We’re gathering the forces of the Imperium and Chaos for a big final showdown that will culminate at the steps of the Golden Throne itself.

The 6ft table and the 4ft table will be lined up to form one massive 12ft table, with trench works and the walls of the Imperial Palace along them. Forces will start relatively intermixed, representing that fighting has been going on and that reserves from both Imperial and Chaos factions have joined in from various sides. That battle will be the “Invasion Battle”. It will be immediately followed by clearing a space on the 4ft table and placing down the terrain for the Golden Throne, representing the cathedral chamber in which the Emperor resides. That will be the “Golden Throne Battle”. Both will take place on Thursday, May 7th.

The key to the Invasion Battle will be seeing what general toll the war takes on both sides. The story will be that the champions of Chaos do fight their way to the Golden Throne, and get opposed by the great champions of the Imperium there. Results like one’s forces being lost may delay certain arrivals to the Golden Throne Battle, or enable certain supporting units to be present. Even if a champion character is destroyed in the big battle, it will be back in the Golden Throne fight–as you can’t keep leaders like Vulkan or Magnus the Red down too long. That said tho, they are likely to be hampered in ways due to the punishment they took at the gates.

Golden Throne Warhammer 40k 8th Ed

We’ll sort out more specific “if/then” rules about the results of the Invasion Battle affecting the Golden Throne Battle (and the specifics of the Golden Throne battle) as we plan forward. For now, I wanted to put out the list of who we’re expecting as those big characters for the event, as well as players, factions, and the schedule.

Players and Factions Involved

Player Faction(s) Characters
Steve Black Legion Abaddon
Enrico Slaanesh Daemons Fulgrim
Andy Tzeentch Daemons Magnus the Red, Ahriman, Changeling
Andrew Nurgle Daemons, Khorne Daemons, Death Guard, Chaos Knights Mortarion, Ka’Bandha (also the Golden Throne terrain itself)
Ryan Blood Angels, Imperial Guard Sanguinius
Colton Salamanders Vulkan
Mike Ad Mech, Deathwatch Belisarius Cawl
Jeff Ultramarines Rouboute Guilliman
Tony (?) Imperial Knights

Schedule

Wednesday, May 6th, afternoon or evening: set up terrain for event, set up models in starting positions.

Thursday, May 7th, 6:00 pm: The Invasion Battle begins.

Thursday, May 7th, 9:30 pm: The Invasion Battle results are tallied. Selected models are moved to the Golden Throne room.

Thursday, May 7th, 10:00 pm: The battle for the Golden Throne commences.

Daemonic Invasion at Drawbridge Games

Daemonic Invasion at Drawbridge Games

I’ve mentioned a couple of times on the blog that my painting of 40k Nurgle daemons was part of a build-up to a big game. And here are the results:

It was a huge game (over 750 power points per side), and featured a narrow win by the Imperials–by a single mission point. Each player had their own missions to accomplish, and the Imperials narrowly managed to get a bit more traction than the other forces–thanks to the Knight Titan that wouldn’t die and the resolute Salamanders dispatching all foes that faced them.

Here are some of the photos from the battle:

Drawbridge 1

The portal opened, teeming with Daemons from all four Chaos gods. 

Drawbridge Apocalypse Warhound Knight

The Manufactorum repair bay where the Warhounds and Knight Titans were under repair. 

Drawbridge Apocalypse Eldar

On the other board (connected by the gate we built between them) the Eldar army waited.

Drawbridge Apocalypse Salamanders Beast of Nurgle

So. Many. Salamanders. 

Drawbridge Apocalypse Knight Slaanesh Greater Daemon

Greater Daemon of Slaanesh, plus a Beast of Nurgle buddy to eat the overwatch, assault the Knight. 

Drawbridge Apocalypse Eldar Flyers Warhound Titan

The Eldar flyers finished off one of the Warhound Titans.

Drawbridge Apocalypse Knight Nurgle

The other Warhound Titan, its command staff corrupted by Gellerpox, rained destruction from behind the manufactorum building. 

In all it was a great day of gaming and a massive story told. Huge thanks to Drawbridge and Enrico for hosting, Ryan for building and painting the light-up bridge that spanned the two tables, Steve and Jesse for painting the eldar gates, and Mike, Tony, Andy, Colton, and even Jeff for providing the huge number of painted models that took part in the battle. Finally, an additional thanks to Just Hitched Films ( www.justhitchedfilms.com ) for coming and filming the event, and putting together the great video.

Lucky Git

Lucky Git

This is a 40k story battle report featuring my Bad Moons Ork army versus Andy’s Tzeentch Daemons force. We’re gearing up for a big event, and Andy’s been painting up a storm, so we wanted to get some models on the table for a scrum.

Skizzit had never been a lucky git. Skizzit worked hard on his Warboss’ trukk, mostly repairin’ the whatnots and makin’ sure that the yellow paint was fresh. Skizzit’s Warboss was a Bad Moon, and that meant an eye for style and sumthin’ he called “sofikstikation”–which Skizzit understood mostly as lots of fresh yellow paint.

Orks vs Tzeentch Daemons 1

The Orks in Skizzit’s warband had been muckin’ around some ancient ruins, lookin’ for good loot amid the vacated humie structures that had been built. All Skizzit knew was that the humies had been here, and built some stuff to explore the ruins, but the humes weren’t around when the Orks arrived. It wasn’t long until one of the more knowy mekboyz got to turnin’ on some of the equipment the humies left, and then the fightin’ began.

Orks vs Tzeentch Daemons 3

Skizzit didn’t understand the things that came pouring out of the central chamber of the ruin, up into the abandoned work zone. They were fleshy odd things, in pinks and blues, with all sorts of flames everywhere. The Orks dove into battle with the things, but the fires were hot and when the Orks krumped ’em, they just came back with more.

Orks vs Tzeentch Daemons 2

The biggest of the squishy things was more massive than a Warboss, and had big old wings that carried him from fight to fight. Da Warboss got both his Big Mek and his Weirdboy to lead the attack on the thing, tho it was hard for Skizzit to tell if the thing was damaged at all by their attacks–as he barely understood what the Mek and Weirdboy did themselves. He did know that as the big thing killed its way through all the Orks and his fellow grots, things were getting out of control. What’s worse, is that Skizzit fled to the top of a building, only to find the big winged thing landing up there with him. He was trapped between the unsettling Weirdboy (who he always tried to avoid) and the great winged thing itself! The creature roared a massive roar as it sought to get at the Weirdboy, whose own eyes were glowing green with power. Skizzit fumbled in his bag for the small slugga he had nicked, vainly hoping to protect himself. The great bluish creature rushed forward, reality itself warping where his clawed feet treaded.

Orks vs Tzeentch Daemons 4

Skizzit raised his slugga and fired vainly, hoping that the noise would at least cause the thing to slow down or move away or something. Somehow, some way, the round from his slugga managed to catch the creature in the thigh. A hole appeared there, blistering with fire, and as Skizzit stood watching the air around the creature burst with sparks. The flaming hole in the thing’s thigh expanded and expanded, and after but a moment it was consumed in strange energy and reduced to ashes.

That was when Skizzit was taken from the Warboss’ Trukk work crew, and became part of the Weirdboy’s personal detail. He had defended the strange Ork once, and the whole crew said he’d have to keep doing it again. He was the blue giant killer, after all.

That’s how Skizzit found himself huddled in the shadows of the Weirdboy’s hut, suffering strange dreams and the Weirdboy’s frightening ranting every day, reflecting on how he never had been a lucky git.