Sunday, April 27, 2008

HGR Journal Entry No. 052 - Return To Midnight's Lair...

Date: April 26, 2008
Venue: Midnight's Place
Regulars Present: Midnight, Salubri, Shink1m, Balian, Kyuzo
Other Players Present: Henri

Not much in terms of game highlights for me today, since I came in a little late to catch up on some gaming over at Midnight's. Here's the results of the games that day:


Game1 Salubri(Eldar, Sword of Light) vs. Shink1m(Necrons, Tomb Fleet Vyr)
2000pts Secure and Control Alpha (Four Counters)
Shink1m Wins!

Got details of this from Shink1m: Eldar was able to claim one counter using his Fire Prism while Tomb Fleet Vyr claimed two counters on the other flank.

Kim has put up a new blog for his Tomb Fleet Vyr. Check it out as well as his commentary on the battle here.


Game2 Henri(Space Wolves) vs. Balian(13th Company)
2000pts Secure and Control Omega
Balian Wins via VP!


Game3 Midnight(Eldar, Sword of Light) vs. Kyuzo(Chaos Space Marines, Black Legion)
2000pts Take and Hold Omega
Midnight Wins via Massacre!

A comedy of errors for me on this one, with not much room to recover. Crucial for me here would be the my Chaos Sorcerer on bike failing his psychic test (rolled an 11) to fire Wind of Chaos on his Howling Banshees and Waveserpent. Howling Banshees got to countercharge and in the later turns cut the Sorcerer down despite rolling 6's to wound. Second would be my Chaos Lord on bike rolling a 1 on his Daemon Weapon attacks and eventually die on a sweeping advance by the Warpspiders and Autarch. Served some payback on the Autarch with a Powerfist from one of the CSM squads, only to be given the Eldar Rain of Death treatment with practically everything with fusion guns to finish. Shooting with fusion guns first would've been enough, so I guess Midnight was trying to prove a point. :P

Midnight here - this was a great army list (and my thanks to Salubri) against kyuzo's chaos. agree with kyuzo on comedy of errors and i'm sure i made more than him. i just got lucky with the rolls - them banshees really should have been dead 2nd turn pa lang. swooping parrots, warp spiders were fun (surprisingly) to use. the 2 wraithlords both passing their wraithsight checks the whole game! sorry to kyuzo, minsan lang ako maka-massacre :)


We finished relatively early but were a little tired for the usual poker games after 40k gaming. Dropped Midnight off at the nearby MRT station and the rest went to Quattro for dinner. For a change. ;)

Session ends 9pm-ish.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

HGR Journal Entry No. 051 - Quotable Quotes Too Many To Mention...

Date: April 12, 2008
Venue: Robinsons Galleria
Regulars Present: Balian, Salubri, Sigismund, Ebon, Kyuzo, with special appearance from Meanderer (who brought along Rose) and Midnight (who brought along Ana Marie)
Other Players Present: Marty, Henri, Adrian (who brought along Christian), Jesse, Alfred, with special appearance from Owen and JP


Game1 - Balian(Dark Angels) vs. Marty(Tau)
2000pts Secure and Control Omega (4 counters)
Marty Taps out on 6th Turn. Balian Wins!


Game2 - Salubri(Eldar) vs. Henri(Space Wolves)
2000pts Recon Alpha
Salubri Wins!

I arrived to see this game in its middle turns. Salubri's Aspect Warriors are proving to be a real handful for the Space Wolves, and ominously for a lot of players in future games. But the Space Wolves were able to hold their own against the Eldar, especially when things got into close combat. In the end, it was a scoring unit of Firedragons, Swooping Hawks and Fire Prism touching down on the Space Wolf deployment zone to secure the win.


Game3 - Alfred(Imperial Guard with Daemonhunter allies) vs. Sigismund(Chaos Space Marines)
2000pts Secure and Control Omega (5 counters)

Sigis fails his Leadership test and didn't go up against the Baneblade and settles for IG with Grey Knights. Alfred showed some marked improvement in his tank tactics and shooting, which proved a problem for Sigis's Berserkers who, alongside his Daemon Prince (with chicken wings) stayed behind cover for a couple of turns before deciding to move, and in the roundabout route at that. The game resulted in a draw despite Sigis being able to control 2 counters to Alfred's 1.


Game4 - Ebon(Order of the Clenched Fist) vs. Adrian(Azure Dawn)
1500pts Take and Hold Gamma
Adrian Wins!

This looked like a test of patience from both players as Adrian's (9)Landspeeders hid behind two hills for half the game and was content to have his two Librarians use Fury Of The Ancients from behind that same hill formation while Ebon's forces tried to weather the shooting from the far corner.


Game5 - Marty(Tau) vs. Jesse(Luna Wolves)
2000pts Seek and Destroy Gamma

It's been observed that Marty's shooting tactics are starting look scary and living up to the Tau's billing as advertised and had a distinct advantage over the Luna Wolves in the early turns. It only took two Luna Wolves Terminators to reach and wreak havoc on the Tau battle line to even out the game and pull out a hard fought draw. Good game.


A Game6 would've been counted between Salubri's Eldar and Kyuzo's Chaos Space Marines but closing time beckons and only two turns were played with no clear advantage held by either side. Well, there's always next week.

A lot of Quotable Quotes were heard that day. Mental note to self to be more active in writing things down. Balian and I were pretty much content in watching and heckling at Sigis when we finish our games or when we wait out our turn to play.

Gaming ends 9:00-ish.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

HGR Journal Entry No. 050 - After A Long Drought...

Date: April 5, 2008
Venue: Robinsons Galleria
Regulars Present: Balian, Ebon, Kyuzo, Salubri, with special appearance from Midnight da Heckler and Sigis da Rouge Trader.
Other Players Present: John, Henri, Jesse, Mike, with special appearance from Alfred, Adrian, and Ike.

The Regulars are back to our playing ways after two weekends of no games at Galleria. That's close to three weeks of pent up gaming energy just waiting to... self-destruct. Lolz.


Game1 - John(Ultramarines) vs. Ebon(Order of the Clenched Fist)
1500pts Secure and Control Alpha
John taps out on Turn 3. Ebon Wins!

The brothers Mike and John changing armies today, this time John playing his brother's Ultramarines. Guess the tide turned when John's Assault Squad decided to assault two of Ebon's squads with powerfists. ;)


Game2 - Balian(Ravenwing) vs. Henri(Space Wolves)
2000pts Cleanse Alpha
Balian Wins! 1 Quarter against 2 Contested

Balian almost regretted giving up first turn after a dismal round of shooting. But using Ravenwing's speed, Balian was able to secure one quarter and contest the others, including the Space Wolf home quarter.


Game3 - Jesse(Luna Wolves) vs. Salubri(Deathwing)
1500pts Seek and Destroy Alpha
Jesse Wins! 1 Scoring Unit remaining vs. None


Game4 - Kyuzo(Dark Eldar) vs. Mike(Ultramarines)
1500pts Cleanse Gamma
Kyuzo Wins! Massacre to the last man on Turn4.

Mike takes out the Commander from John's earlier list for a better tooled up Librarian. Dark Eldar shooting focused more on the Devastator Squad and Assault Squad forcing both units to fail morale and leave the table. Landraider shooting almost singlehandedly took out two raider transports and a ravager before blowing up to dark lance fire.


Game5 - Balian(Dark Angels) vs. Jesse(Luna Wolves)
1500pts Seek and Destroy Gamma

Critical last turn heroics by the meltagun carrying veteran blowing up the remaining Luna Wolves Landraider more than 6 inches away to tie things up.


Quotable Quotes:

Salubri: "Balian, have a cheese-filled pandesal."
Balian: "Thanks, I'm good."
Kyuzo: "Apparently, Balian's got enough cheese laid out on the table."

Salubri: "Sampung Terminators! Anong nagawa sa isang Landraider? WALAAA!!!"

John: "Kaya nga nandyan yung Commander in the first place." - Right after Mike's Assault squad left the table after failing morale to Dark Eldar shooting.

Session ends 7:30pm-ish