40k this weekend was 1500pts per player, 2x dark angels vs 2x space marines (iron hands and the unyielding). Dark Angels were mostly bikes, and they closed in the first turn, wreaking havoc on our line of tanks.
My plasma devastators were largely cut down in that initial attack, leaving the unit with only 2 plasma cannons to return fire. By the second turn only one remained, having survived unscathed as a hail of plasma and gunfire vaporized his comrade. At this point I decided he was going to get a name, and then he proceeded to vaporize another bike, and continued to do so for several more turns!
At one point totally surrounded by the enemy, he ducked behind the wreck of an Unyielding predator annihilator, and got right back to raining plasma death upon his enemies.
He was finally brought down in the fifth turn, and I grabbed a pencil so I could mark him for later naming. I flipped him over, and…
That’s right! Henriksen is back!
And in brilliant form again. I’ll have to give him a purity seal or something.
The other real standout individual was chronus. Faced with a veritable wall of melta from turn 1 on, he kept his land raider crusader in action right to the bitter end. Having lost a multimelta, both hurricane bolters, and 6 (!) hull points, he managed to cut down the last of the melta bikers before losing his seventh hull point to dark angel terminator attacks. He almost never missed with anything, healed 3 hull points with It Will Not Die, and fired all available weapons every turn of the game.
I liked him before; but now that he’s been updated I’ll never have to defend the choice again. At 50pts, chronus was a steal. As amazing as Henriksen’s performance was, I think MVP goes to chronus this time.
First off, Henriksen. Last night we got a sizable game of 40k going. Dark Angels and the Unyielding vs an Eldar / Tau combo, 3000pts per side. Great game, but I had a couple marines that really stood out. My 1500pts consisted of:
– a crusader with a meltagun and Chronus, carrying 6 lightning claw terminators and a terminator chaplain.
– a lucius drop pod carrying an ironclad kitted out for assault
– two 5man tactical squads
– a loaded vindicator
– a team of plasma devastators
First turn was a bit of a mess. The lucius mishapped off the table, but was fortunately just delayed. The devastator squad rolled multiple ‘gets hot’s and was then pummeled by the tau, reduced to a largely ineffective sergeant and a lone plasma cannon by the end of the turn.
That lone plasma cannon devastator survived the entire remainder of the game (while being shot at every turn), and never missed; he singlehandedly wiped out a broadside team and a chunk of the objective-holding fire warrior team. In recognition of his resilience, resolve, and brutal effectiveness (in other words, for living up to the space marine fluff), he has been given a name. Meet Henriksen.
I also had a tactical marine do a great job holding an objective. Of the two 5man squads, only one marine remained by game’s end, but considering how much fire they drew, that struck me as pretty impressive. Plus, without him we’d have lost the game! (For those of you that are wondering, we space marines eaked out a minor victory; I had a marine holding our objective and the tau had two fire warriors holding theirs so it came down to first blood and linebreaker…). I haven’t decided yet whether to name that tactical marine or not.
In other news, I finished Chronus, both tanked and de-tanked versions. Voila!
I’m gonna throw in one extra photo of pre-wash tanked Chronus, if only because I think the lighting makes the face look fantastic.
So there we go.
So I think I can safely say this is going to be among my most precise paint jobs. First time I ever painted before assembly. Still working on ‘tanked’ Chronus, but standing Chronus is almost finished. Just need to add my usual dark wash and he’ll be ready to field.
I managed to carve the hatches off one of my pintles (or is the pintle the hardpoint that the gun is mounted on?), so once that’s painted up I can assemble the tanked version. Still need to paint that head, too. Finally another opportunity to use my flesh-coloured paints. Fancytime!
Fluff-wise, I didn’t feel like removing all the ultramarines logos, so I’m going to consider this tank commander to be a lost former ultramarine (perhaps trained under Chronus at some point or something?) that has since been picked up/rescued by the Unyielding. He’s changed his armour colours to reflect his new chapter while keeping the old chapter symbols in respect to his roots.
Or something like that. My grasp of the official fluff is pretty weak, to be honest, so maybe that wouldn’t even be possible…
I don’t think it’s in any way a secret that I don’t really buy new ‘off the shelf’ 40k stuff very often. The Unyielding consist of about 5000pts right now; the following is what I bought new:
1 predator at 30% off
1 vindicator at 30% off
1 pewter chaplain at 40% off …
…and until this week, that was it. This week I took my first step into the world of finecast, with my purchase of sergeant Antaro Chronus. I’m fully aware that he’s not generally considered to be worth the points, but I really enjoy fielding him, and tend to include him in pretty much any list over about 750pts. That said, I decided it was about time I picked up the actual model.
So what do I think? I have mixed feelings. Its a nice couple of models (‘in tank’ Chronus and ‘on battlefield’ Chronus), and I don’t hate the resin, although I don’t prefer it over the pewter either. Flash and mold lines were fairly easy to remove but they’re everywhere! So much tidying to do. Tanked Chronus looks like he has a broken finger and I constantly feel like I’m going to shatter the things. Plus there seem to be a *lot* of bubbles in the resin messing up the model.
The thing that actually bothers me the most, though, is that the model doesn’t come with a hatch. Tanked Chronus is modelled to sit in a round hatch, but there isn’t one included. I don’t have a spare because I’ve modelled all of mine to be used for various loadouts. Which means I have to track down a hatch somewhere before I can finish Chronus.
Not the end of the world, but annoying, especially since – and I don’t think I’m crazy here – the gw website images gave me the distinct impression he’d come with one. I mean, he’s modelled in one and can’t be put onto a tank without one. I dunno, look him up on the website and tell me that image *doesn’t* suggest you get a hatch (pintle? You know what I’m talking about, right?)
Otherwise, though, it’s a nice model, and I have high hopes he gets a boost when a new vanilla space marines codex turns up; while I still love him, hull points were not particularly kind to his inherent value.