Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Talons of the Emperor - Sisters of Silence 30K TACTICS - Know your enemy


Sisters of Silence. We've gone from Nuns with Guns to Nuns without Tongues!

I've always loved the Sisters of Battle in the 40K fluff where the Ecclesiarchy was allowed no man with a gun so they armed their Nuns! In 30K, the fluff is a little more serious and the Sisters of Silence are psychic nulls and trained to defend against the warp and to abhor the witch.

With the Talon of the Emperor codex we have a joined codex of Legio Custodes and Sisters of Silence.

For this article, I will be focusing largely on running a pure Sisters of Silence list.

CORE SISTERS OF SILENCE RULES: 

The core rules for sisters are obviously very anti psyker. To be fair, Sisters of Silence can basically banish Magnus the Red off into purgatory with perils of the warp. That said, if you are playing agianst a non psychic army, you still get solid rules. Everyone is fearless and you get a good swath of rules to choose from due to company cadres.
  • Psychic Anathema:
    • Immune to all psychic powers
    • -1 LD to all models within 12". -2 if psyker. 
    • Units within 12" re-roll failed deny the witch 
    • Daemons with 12" -1 toughness or +1 on vehicle damage table
    • -1 to psyker rolls within 12" and -2 if in base to base. 
  • Ex Oblivio:
    • models with 6" do not generate additional warp dice
    • psykers in base must make a leadership test before casting powers. If failed perils at -1.
  • Fanatic Discipline:
    • Fearless + hatred (psykers)
BUILDING A LIST: 

Company Cadres turn out to actually be more annoying than I first thought. You quickly end up in a world where 1 HQ and 3 troops is barely enough and 2 HQs and 6 troops is way too many. So the structure starts feeling like an HQ tax. That said, the SoS HQs are pretty cheap and hitty for the points.

Company Cadres:
  • 1 HQ unlocks 3 non HQ with the Company Cadre rule set
  • Cadre tactics: All units in the cadre follow the same tactic. Choose from:
    • Infiltrate
    • Crusader
    • Stealth
    • Owerawe (+1 combat res)


HQ:

Jeantie Krole:
  • She so good, it's hard not to take her every game... 
  • Stats wise she's a T3 S3 Praetor with a 2+/4++ and the sword of oblivion, which makes her S5, AP2, two handed, insta death of a 5 or 6 to hit and +1 Initiative in a challenge. Can you say IC murder? 
  • She can also upgrade a unit of Oblivion knights to Ws5, which actually priced in viable fashion
  • Warlord Trait: This is the tits. She gives you a seize the initiative re roll and scouts D3 infantry units. (For the emperor! Where are the rending flamer units in this army!)
Oblivion Knight - Centura:
  • This is your standard HQ choice. She lands right in between a centurion and praetor in price, power and wargear. She comes with a 2+/4++ with a 3++ against template weapons and has beefy stats like WS5, 3W, I5 and 3A base. While she comes with an execution blade, the real upgrade is the paragon blade, which makes her a totally viable cheap character killer.
Excruciatus Cadre: 
  • These girls are an odd unit. They come with assault needlers, which are basicaly 18" assault 2, poisoned rending gun. While this a great gun, it's not 20 pts per model great... even with their precision shot rule.
  • They also have some odd rules like -1 BS to shoot them and a rule called Instruments of death which make all their hth weapons insta death if they catch a character out a of a squad. Strong rules but crazy situational. 
  • Can only take these guys as compulsory HQ in a game of 500 or less.
  • Finally, they have a lot of weapon choice. So you can run them with all power weapons, charnabal sabres, stake crossbows, snare guns (forces a bunch of strength checks) or compression flamers (one use S6). The hth options might actually be useful as they do have 2 attacks each and extra ccws. The snare guns might be good at ganking artillery weapons as they are Strength 0. 
  • The judge (squad leader), has a lot of weapon options as well, like the neuro-lash but the interesting weapon is the adrathic destructor that is a 12" S5, AP2, Instant death, armourbane, gets hot gun. 


ELITES:

Oblivion Knights: 
  • So these girls are your shock troops. 2 attack + extra ccws, 3+6++ (4++ against templates & blasts), precision strike ladies with execution blades. These gals will carve you up! On a charge, a full 10 lady squad (which is only 150 pts) is hitting with 4.5 AP2 wounds and 2.5 AP3 wounds. Ouch. And they have precision strike, so they are dropping AP2 on the good stuff. 
  • Of note, they can also drop in some power axes for cheap, which is probably a good idea for a a couple of them to up their AP2 swings. 


TROOPS:

Prosecutor Squads:
  • Basic, 10 pts bolter babes, with the option to swap their bolter for 2 pistols. Yup... they are as boring as they sound... (But the dual pistol models will look cool!) 
  • These are you 65 pts min troop choice is this codex. So... boring... (and over priced)
  • The most interesting part of this squad is that you can take a nuncio vox for deep striking custodes. Oh a breacher charge. Yay?
Vigilator Cadre:
  • Basic babe with execution blades? For only 12 pts? What?!? Yeah... You get S4, AP3 that go to AP2 on a 5 or 6 to hit. Sure they are 2 handed weapons and you only have one attack, but that's good enough to beat most infantry unit in hth, plus they come with preferred enemy. 
  • Also, consider the fact you you have a fast assault transport... These girls are the real deal. 
DEDICATED TRANSPORT:

Kharon Pattern Acquisitor: 
  • Holy Fuck! AV 12/11/10 4HP fast, skimming assault vehicle for 125 points has got to be one of the best transports stat lines every released. 
  • Battle auspex, gives night fight and -1 to cover saves. 
  • Spectra-distort gives the stealth rule and shooting attacks -1 BS from more than 12" away. YEAH... Hello 3+ jink.
  • Capture Grid: D6 S5 hammer of wrath attacks on a tank shock. (cute... but meh)
  • Comes standard with a Hellion Pattern Heavy Cannon array that is a 24" S7 Ap4 Heavy 4, twin linked pinning. A nice little multi purpose gun that you can swap for multi melta for free. You can also give this bad boy ceramite armor and extra armor. 
  • BEST FUCKING TRANSPORT EVER. 


FAST ATTACK:

Pursuer Cadre: 
  • What a crap squad. Weeeee. Move through cover and fleet! But you basically can only take crappy beasts (which aren't even beasts, they are infantry). 
  • Cyber jackals have rage, so 4 S4 attack on the charge (Sucks). q in 3 jackals can take melta guns. Oh can we? Is this tank hunting unit? FOR A @) POINT UPGRADE. (SUCK)
  • Stealton Wing have 3, S3 blind attacks and 3 T2 wounds.... (Suck)
  • I guess you can take more pursuers that have some hth choices. 
  • This unit could have been cool, but man did they make like 20 bad choices with these guys. 
Palas Grav - Attack Squadron: 
  • Yeah, yeah, yeah. No it's not a SoS unit, but you better treat it as one, because this is your fire support unit...
  • BS 5 AV12,11,10 fast skimmer with a choice of one of two weapons:
    • Twin-linked Arachnus Blaze Cannon (48" S8, AP1, exoshock (4+ for a second pen) or 36" S6 Ap5 heavy 3)
    • Twin-Linked Adarthic Devastator (18" S6, ap2, heavy 2, armorbane, instant death, gets hot)
HEAVY SUPPORT: 

Caladius Grav-Tank: 
  • Welcome to your heavy support choice. No it's not a SoS units, but paint it pink if want to keep the golden boys out ;)
  • BS 5 Av 13/12/11, 3HP fast skimmer
  • Lastrum Bolt Cannon - 36" S6, AP3, Heliothermic (T test or instant death or +1 vehicle table)
  • Choice of:
    • Twin-linked iliastus accelerator cannon -60" S7 AP2, hvy 3, rending, no jink, helio thermic
    • Twin-linked Arachnus Heavy Blaze Cannon (72" S10, AP1, exoshock OR 48" S8, AP3 Heavy 4)
  • These are your tank hunters. 


CONCLUSION: 

Sisters get the shaft again... It really seems like all the sister units were an after thought to the codex. That said, there are a couple solid choice. 

I think every list will start with 3 Caladius Grav-Tanks. You pretty much have too, as there is no other way to get any real tank hunting into the list if you don't want to go custodes infantry. 

As for HQ, it's hard not to just auto take Jeantie Krole. She's as close as you get to a ROW and scoutign D3 units and re-roll to sieze the initiative is pretty useful. She's also a BOSS in HTH and that where this army likes to be. 

For troops, I think you have to take vigilators. Prosecutors just seem like dead weight in this army, not to mention that you have access to a KICK FAST SKIMMING ASSAULT TRANSPORT!!!! 

Beyond that, all your points go into palas grav squadrons or oblivion knights. Here are a couple lists.

These lists would actually be pretty fun to play. Remember that you have infiltrate so you put the Acquisitors down after you opponent deploys ;)

1500 points

95  Centura w. Paragon Blade

125 10 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

125 10 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

125 10 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

210 Caladius w. Arachnus heavy blaze cannon

210 Caladius w. Arachnus heavy blaze cannon

210 Caladius w. Arachnus heavy blaze cannon


2000 points 

150 Jeantie Krole

95  Centura w. Paragon Blade

175 10 x Oblivion Knights, WS 5
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

125 10 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

125 10 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

115 9 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

85   Palas w. Twin-linked Arachnus Blaze Cannon

210 Caladius w. Arachnus heavy blaze cannon

210 Caladius w. Arachnus heavy blaze cannon

210 Caladius w. Arachnus heavy blaze cannon


2240 points

95  Centura w. Paragon Blade

125 10 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

125 10 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

115 9 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

255   3 X Palas w. Twin-linked Arachnus Blaze Cannon

255   3 X Palas w. Twin-linked Arachnus Blaze Cannon

255   3 X Palas w. Twin-linked Arachnus Blaze Cannon

210 Caladius w. Arachnus heavy blaze cannon

210 Caladius w. Arachnus heavy blaze cannon

210 Caladius w. Arachnus heavy blaze cannon


2495 pts 

150 Jeantie Krole

95  Centura w. Paragon Blade

175 10 x Oblivion Knights, WS 5
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

115 9 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

125 10 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

115 9 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

125 10 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

125 10 x Vigilators
125 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor

85   Palas w. Twin-linked Arachnus Blaze Cannon

210 Caladius w. Arachnus heavy blaze cannon

210 Caladius w. Arachnus heavy blaze cannon

210 Caladius w. Arachnus heavy blaze cannon


Monday, March 27, 2017

Raven Guard 30K - The Falcons - Part 5


After the devastation of the Dropsite Massacre, Corax reorganized his fighting force of ~4000 into 3 divisions based on combat specialization.


  • The Talons: Tactical Companies
  • The Hawks: Light Vehicles & Air Support
  • The Falcons: Assault Companies 


For the Adepticon 2017, I built the The Falcons.

Part 1Part 2Part 3, Part 4

Here is some of their glory!






























Raven Guard 30K - The Falcons - Part 4



After the devastation of the Dropsite Massacre, Corax reorganized his fighting force of ~4000 into 3 divisions based on combat specialization.

  • The Talons: Tactical Companies
  • The Hawks: Light Vehicles & Air Support
  • The Falcons: Assault Companies 

For the Adepticon 2017, I will be building The Falcons.

Part 1Part 2, Part 3

Finally, we get to what makes the Falcons Division of the Raven Guard, the Falcons. As all Assault Company you need to give them wings!

So this article is about the jump packs.

Step 1:

Wash the resin down with soap and water. I usually just soak them in dish soap for awhile when I'm doing something else hobby related. If you don't, your primer will flake off. Your paint will crack. Your models will be ruined. Don't risk it. don't skip this step.

Step 2:

Inevitably, you will end up with bent wings from Forgeworld. DON'T TRY TO BEND THEM BACK. They will break. Instead, boil some water. I use some tongs to hold the wings under water for awhile and then straighten the vanes.

Step 3:

Paint it Black! On these I used GW black spray primer. It's expensive nut it works.

Step 4:

Airbrushing light weight bits was the bane of my existence. Alligator clips, tweezers, pliers... I tried it all. Eventually, I discovered masking tape! Staple it sticky side up to a piece of card board and press the part onto the board. Air brush away!


Step 5: 

Blocking. I use business cards a lot to block or bounce paint to certain parts of mini. For the jump packs, I used this technique to add silver to the jump pack vanes. 



This is MUCH faster than individually masking them with tape. Especially, when you are painting A LEGION!


Step 6:

I wanted to add some color to the wings. Black armies in general need color to not look like they are just primed. I tried out a couple different options by airbrushing on some SCHMINCKE AERO COLOR. 

From left to right: 
  • Blue Cyan
  • Indigo
  • Violet 
  • Black



In the end, I have a little 10 month year old named Violet... So the choice was easy ;)


Paint it purple!!!!


Paint them all!!!!!


Step 7:

Jump packs give you a lot of cool painting options. You can do all sorts of cool smoke and fire options. In the end, I decided to use the object source light to get another color onto the black. I airbrushed red into the vents, cleaned it up with a little black and painted the flange with silver and then inked it.

For object source lighting, I used a light angled spray of mephiston red.


Step 8: 

Parts Assemble! With the jump packs and models assembled I can finally focus on the painting of the details! 


Step 9: 

Bring to Adepticon!!!

While this army was a bear to convert, the army was a joy to play. I've never had an army attract so many people stop to inquire and admire. 



The judges in the 30K tournament awarded the army 29 out of 30 painting points, which tied for best painted!!!

So no medal, but I won a $25 at reaper girft certificate and had some great conversations with fellow Raven Guard players that loved the Raven Guard Falcons Division!!!!


30K Armies of Adepticon: 2017



Yet another year at Adpeticon! 

This year, 30K was bigger and better than ever before. The terrain was beautiful and all the events impacted a massive campaign that unfolded on an enormous map. 

First and foremost, I would like to send out a thank you to all the organizers! Adepticon is the penultimate US event that grows the interest and love of the Horus Heresy. 

Personally, Adepticon is what drives me to paint, convert and play test my armies. Every year, I come home with so many ideas, new tactics, new friends and great memories. It fuels my 30K hobbying. 

I hope some of these pictures fuel your hobbying fire!