Sunday, March 16, 2008

HGR Journal Entry No. 049 - Slow Saturday...

Date: March 15, 2008
Venue: Robinsons Galleria
Regulars Present: Balian, Kyuzo, Ebon, with a no show from Sigismund, who backed out last minute
Other Players Present: Mike, Henri, with special appearance from John

A few Regulars were absent today, as well as most of the new players due to exams and prior commitments. But despite that, we were able to log in a few games, as well as enjoying the scene and being seen.


Game1 - Mike(Tyranids) vs. Balian(Dark Angels)
2000pts Take and Hold Gamma
Balian Wins!

This was a tiring 4-hour conflict with the Ezekiel-led Dark Angels standing ground against the steady advance of the Tyranid horde. In the end it was good target prioritizing and insane plasma firepower (some Dark Angels took one for the Brotherhood to keep the Tyranid horde at bay) that kept the Dark Angels on top.


Game2 - Henri(Space Wolves) vs. Kyuzo(Dark Eldar)
2000pts Recon Alpha
Kyuzo Wins! 3-0

Decided to go all raiders and ravagers (well... along with my usual Wyches and Archon-led Incubi on the side). Had to make full use of the Dark Eldar's mobility and hope to take out the Space Wolves' tanks before they return the hurt exponentially. The wyches were not as effective as I would've wanted against Blood Claws having missed a lot of hit rolls and did only a few wounds, and losing a few rounds of combat as well. Game ends with two Ravagers and a Wych squad touching down on the Space Wolf deployment zone versus none for the Space Wolves.


Game3 - Ebon(Order of the Clenched Fist) vs. Henri(Space Wolves)
2000pts Take and Hold Alpha
Henri taps out on the 5th Turn. Ebon Wins!

Balian and I watched part of this game. The Space Wolf Vidicator was pretty much take out of it when it was immobilized not facing the thick of the battle. The Order methodically took out Space Wolf units while slowly inching their way towards the center. Henri's taps out at the end of the 5th turn, after assessing his Space Wolves cannot match the Order's scoring units already entrenching themselves at the center.


Balian and I were both tired after playing long games, but a real good kind of tired. So we packed up and went home. Gaming ended relatively early at 7:30pm.

Quotable Quotes for the Day:

"The eye contact was there! At least I still have my mojo! Buti na lang may testigo ako!" - Balian. Enuff said.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

HGR Journal Entry No. 048 - Expanding The Secret Vocabulary...

Might as well post it now while I can't do my 15-min-painting-and-3-hour-admire technique. ;)

Date: March 8, 2008
Venue: Robinsons Galleria, near Victory and Skybowl, in a corner table among the card players
Regulars Present: Balian, Sigismund, Ebon, Salubri, Kyuzo, special appearance by Midnight
Other Players Present: Henry, John, special appearance by Mike


Game1 - Balian(Steel Falcons) vs. Sigismund(Black Templars)
2000pts Cleanse Omega
Balian Wins via VP! 7 turns


Game2 - Ebon(Order of the Clenched Fist) vs. Salubri(Deathwing)
2000pts Recon Omega
Salubri Wins via VP!

Gwen was adorable! We were a bit distracted in keeping her preoccupied so she doesn't distract Daddy Ebon while up against Salubri. Heard the momentum swung back and forth but in the end it was the Deathwing that prevailed.


Game3 - Henry(Space Wolves) vs. John(Tyranids)
1500pts Cleanse Omega
John Wins via VP!


Game4 - Kyuzo(Dark Eldar) vs. Balian(Steel Falcons)
2000pts Take and Hold Gamma
Balian Wins!

Brought my Dark Eldar again, this time taking another crack at the Steel Falcon light show. Dark lances were able to score some great hits against a lot of the Razorbacks and one of the Dreadnoughts in the earlier rounds. But there were still a lot more lascannons left on the table to methodically take out Dark Eldar raiders at will. Game ends with only the Wyches the only scoring units left for the Dark Eldar against a lot more mobile units left for the Steel Falcons to take the center.


The Regulars decided to pack up early when it seemed not sufficient to run a fifth and sixth game with the time left.

Made a quick analysis of man's complex mating rituals ensued when Balian, Salubri and Kyuzo decided to send a couple of hours for dinner and coffee at Quattro and Starbucks respectively. Despite the road repair, Starbucks was packed. A good way to end the day.

Some Quotable Quotes:

Kyuzo - "Too many lights!"
Salubri - "Syempre, Steel Falcons yan eh!"

*Bang bang bang!* "This is taking too long! Charge! Grrraaarrrggghhh!!!" - Henry's Space Wolves when they faced Tyranids for the first time. They will be missed. ;)

Some noteworthy additions to the Secret Vocabulary were made as well. What can I say, we were on a roll:

"Bleh" - pertaining to something that's not exactly what it seemed
"Poosshhiinngg" - as previously explained and just realized Balian was serious when he just figured out what it meant after hearing it
"Keblag" - pertaining to something distractingly bouncing, but in a good way. Hehehe...
"Wwwhhhaaah" - pertaining to a Keblag, but in a bad way
"Wwhhachacha" - the arrival of something really REALLY wrong! Wahahaha!!!

Session ends 9:30-ish

Saturday, March 01, 2008

HGR Journal Entry No. 047 - Pooossshhhiiinnnggg!!! Lolz...

Date: March 1, 2008
Venue: Robinsons Galleria
Regulars Present: Sigismund, Kyuzo, Salubri, Ebon, Meanderer
Other Players Present: Mike, Jesse, Henry


Game1 Sigismund(World Eaters) vs. Kyuzo(Chaos Space Marines)
2000pts Secure and Control Gamma (4 Counters)
Kyuzo Wins via Massacre!

I decided to take the Defilers out for a walk... Hehehe

I thought the best way to take on Sigis's World Eaters was to rush my Rhinos and bikes and hope to charge the berserker line (he had three 15-man squads of those bloodthirsty mofo's) and have the Defilers provide battle cannon cover. Two Slaaneshi Lords on bikes carrying Blissgivers were there to tie up his Havocs and prevent any problems they might pose to my Defilers. My bikers were only able to halt two berserker squads for only a few turns before dying against sheer numbers. The third Berserker squad proved to be real scary on the charge even at half strength, being able to kill off my termie squad in just one round of combat.

Kharn the Betrayer had a chance to prove his worth when he singlehandedly destroyed one Chaos Rhino full of Chaos Space Marines (Plasma pistol at the back of the Rhino, but suffered a wound in the explosion) and killed 7 CSM on the charge in the next Turn). Ironically, it took one CSM to cause two wounds and Kharn rolling two 2's in his armor save roll that did him in (I fondly described that episode where that CSM drove his chainsword up Kharn where the sun don't shine and flipped the chainsword switch on HIGH. *Wwwhhhiiirrr!!!*). Lolz.

Game ends with Chaos claiming three counters and the World Eaters wiped out to the last man.


Game2 Ebon(Order of the Clenched Fist-Space Marines) vs. Salubri(Deathwing)
2000pts Cleanse Alpha
Ebon Wins!


Game3 Ebon(Order of the Clenched Fist-Space Marines) vs. Jesse(Luna Wolves-Space Marines)
1500pts Cleanse Gamma
Joel Wins!


Game4 Sigismund(World Eaters) vs. Salubri(Deathwing)
2000pts Recon Alpha
Salubri Wins!

I tried to help out Sigismund on some finer points in deployment and see how he can maxmimize the effectivity of his World Eaters. Despite that, some of his units sadly sat back and waited for the Terminators to come to him, which whittled down the Berserkers numbers as they advanced.

Game ends with the Deathwing scoring three touchdown units in the World Eater deployment zone versus the World Eaters one.


Game5 Salubri(Deathwing) vs. Kyuzo(Chaos Space Marines)
2000pts Take and Hold Alpha
Kyuzo taps out on the Sixth Turn. Salubri Wins!

I'm pretty much in a pickle here, since Defiler battle cannons could do only so much against Terminator armor. I tried to take out the Ravenwing bikers out, but not in time before they were able to homer in a lot of Terminators on to the objective. It was tough to wrench the Terminators' strangle hold of the center.

Game ends with 3 Terminator units at the center to Chaos's none, with a Quotable Quote Moment allowed in the last turn. Good game.


Game6 Henry(Space Wolves) vs. Jesse(Luna Wolves-Space Marines)
1500pts Seek and Destroy Alpha
Jesse Wins!

Battle of the Wolves. Cool.

Got to consult the rulebook post-game to check that in a Seek and Destroy Alpha mission, its the most number of scoring units left after the game that determines the winner. Jesse's Luna Wolves win over Henry's Space Wolves 3 scoring units to 2.


Salubri, Meanderer, Kyuzo, Henry, Sigismund, and Jesse met up with Midnight at Quattro for some dinner and talk shop. Midnight's Saturdays were pretty much booked after taking up post-graduate studies, so it was good for the new players to meet up with him and maybe get a chance to go up against him in the coming games. Salubri and I got to congratulate Meanderer who now has a girlfriend a couple of days back. Heard he won her over with this handsome personality. Guess some of you will be able to figure that out.

We shared a few war stories and had a laugh. Who would forget Kyuzo's daemonettes (didn't realize those chicks made a considerable impression against the Regulars), Meanderer's patented oven tactics (flank the target with Rhinos then flush the corridor with LOTS of flamers), Salubri's "Sniper Vindicators", and Sigismund's Monoliths (I won't, with a sick note. Joke. :P). The Quattro scene had its share of excitement, as implied by how this Entry's title was coined. We could just imagine Balian would want to share our misery after seeing a Roxanne Ginoo in a promo girl outfit. Too bad Balian was in Sector KPH on boyfriend duties, who will most likely be back next gaming session with a vengeance.

Some Quotable Quotes:

"Thunderclaw!!!" - Luna Wolves with drawings of Thunderhammers on their Lightning Claws. Hmmm... so their claws can stun tank crews too? Haha.

" "(Jazz) - You wanna piece of me?
(Megatron) - No, I want you in pieces!"

Oops, that's Megatron" - Salubri promptly changes dice so as not to jinx his attack roll against a Defiler

Session ends 10:00PM