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MWIH – My Week in Hobby 5

Hi guys,

Another slow week for me through a combination of being away and being ill. I actually haven’t managed to get a game in at all, but I have been doing other stuff.

My GW loot

My GW loot

Firstly, I managed to get in and out of an actual Games Workshop store without being upsold anything! I went into the store on the Royal Mile to see what the new White Dwarf Weekly was like and to have a look at some of the new Fantasy Dwarves. I have to say I quite like the new releases and the schedule of them seems to be quite good.

New Runelord

New Runelord

I really like some of the new Dwarf models – like the one above – but am yet to be convinced by alot of them like the new Gyrobomber and the leaked Iron Drake models. I have a big, and fully painted, Dwarf army already, but am holding off on any purchases for a while as they are currently in storage.



In other news, I recently bought my first ever Forgeworld book, the Imperial Armour Aeronautica book. It contains the most recent rules for a variety of the new Forgewolrd flyers for 40k, including the Thunderbolt which featured on this blog recently.



Upcoming, I have a game of BFG organised for Saturday and am helping a friend move on Sunday, but am not going to the local club this week because the weather is atrocious!

I hope you are all having good weeks, and getting alot of games in!

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Lost and the Damned Tactica – Air Support

Pretty cool Thunderbolt diorama

Pretty cool Thunderbolt diorama

Hi guys,

Back to the ongoing Lost and the Damned Tactica with this post, this time looking at the Air Support formations available to the list and the role that they can play in armies. As a quick note, I will be covering the Doomwings and Firelord Daemon Engines in an upcoming Daemon Engines post even though they are flyers, but the Daemon Engines post may be a while coming – there is alot to talk about!

So, the Lost and the Damned list has the choice of two air formations, both ripped straight from the Steel Legion Imperial Guard list and probably very familiar to any Space Marine players too. The two formations, Traitor Thunderbolt Fighter-Bombers and Traitor Marauder Bombers, both have very different functions.

A 40k sized Thunderbolt I have recently bought.

A 40k sized Thunderbolt I have recently bought.

Traitor Thunderbolt Fighter-Bombers:Thunderbolts come in a formation of 2 for 150pts and have a 6+ armour save. Armament wise they sport a decent selection of AA, AP, and AT firepower all fixed forward in arc:

Stormbolters 15cm AP4+/AA5+, FxF
Multilaser 30cm AP5+/AT6+/AA5+, FxF
Underwing Rockets 30cm AT4+, FxF

The ubiquity of Thunderbolt formations in Lost and the Damned lists is both a testament to their usefulness in the context of the list as a whole, and the genesis of the recurring joke that the first thing a planetary governor faced by a revolt should do is lock up all the pilots (and Sentinel drivers…). The reason for this ubiquity is the way in which Thunderbolt formations provide the list with the ability to reach out and touch the enemy at long range, with good AT firepower which is a weakness of the list, and also provide good Intercept and AA coverage, which as we have seen is another weakness of the list. So the Thunderbolts, for a relatively cheap cost, provide the LatD player with the ability to effectively shore up the structural weaknesses of the army to a certain degree.

What tends to happen to Marauders whenever I try to run them...

What tends to happen to Marauders whenever I try to run them…

Traitor Marauder Bombers: Marauders, like their Imperial cousins, come in a formation of two for 250pts and have a 4+ armour save. Armament wise they are focused mostly on a bombing role, with a little bit of long range AT too:

2x Twin Heavy Bolter 15cm AA5+
Bombers Bomb Racks 15cm 3BP, FxF
Twin Lascannon 45cm AT4+/AA4+, FxF

I have to admit, I have never been able to get Marauders to work effectively for me either in the Lost and the Damned or in any of the Imperial lists that use them. They are very fragile, and even though they put out 6BP as a formation, I have found ground artillery to generally be a better investment, because as soon as one Marauder is downed the usefulness of the formation drops significantly. In the context of the Lost and the Damned list, they compete against Basilisks in the Traitor Artillery Battery formation, and against Griffons embedded in Cultist Covens.

One thing to note about the Lost and the Damned list is that its access to air formations is slightly different. While normally War Engine and Air Support are limited to 1/3 or 1/4 of the total army points, in the Lost and the Damned list they are included in the 1 Coven : 1 Support formation ratio – meaning that you can take one air formation for every Cultist Coven. Realistically I don’t think this is every likely to make much difference (I tend to take 2 formations of Thunderbolts in most lists, one for attacks, one to help with AA / Intercept), but it does raise the amusing possibility of a 3k list with 8 barebones Covens and 8 formations of Thunderbolts!

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6k Steel Legion v 6k Eldar – Army Lists

6k Steel Legion vs. Eldar

I recently returned from the home to Lancaster for the start of the university term  – and what better way to celebrate than getting in a game of epic? My two friends (Andy from Miniature Miscellany and Ben from Forgot My Tea) teamed up their eldar to face up against my (almost fully painted!) guard. I was using the Steel Legion list in this game, mostly because I could be bothered to set up all the trenchlines necessary, which are ultimately pointless against Eldar anyway, to play Siegemasters.

This post will have the opposing lists, and then once I get up to uni I will put together a fully featured, activation-by-activation battle report – not like my usual disjointed pictures and vague rememberances.


Steel Legion:

Reg HQ w/ Demolisher Platoon

Tank Company w/ Hydra

SHT Coy – 3 Baneblades

SHT Coy – 3 Stormhammers

Rough Riders x 2

Storm Troopers in Valkyries

2 x Basilisk Batteries

2 x Manticore Batteries


3 x 1 Shadowsword

Infantry company w/ Griffons

Tbolts x 2

Marauder Bombers


Ben’s Eldar:

Aspects in Wave Serpents, Exarch and Autarch

Guardians in Wave Serpents

Guardians w/ Wraithguard, Support Weapons

Revenant Titans

Void Spinner


2 x 3 Nightwings

Rangers x 4

Night Spinners



Andy’s Eldar:

Phantom Titan

2 x Falcons

2 x Guardians w/ Wraithguard (1 w/ Heavy Weapons)

Aspects in Wave Serpents

2 x Jetbikes

Rangers x 4

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Scramble the fighters! (oh and some Chimeras tagged on the end…)

Thunderbolt Flight 1

Thunderbolt Flight 2

I have gotten on with a little bit more painting in the last couple of days – finishing up 2 flights of Thunderbolts and 7 Chimeras. The thunderbolts finish off the air forces for this army, making 2 Tbolt flights and the Marauder formation from last week, while the Chimeras mean I am able to mechanise one formation of troopers in the LatD army, or have a Supreme HQ in the Steel Legion list. I have stuck with the simple mid gray scheme for the Thunderbolts in line with the Marauders, but took the scary, scary step of painting on the little squadron markers on their tails. I think they came out a bit big – but am pretty pleased overall.

Chimera 1

Chimera 2

The Chimeras did not take as long as some of the other detailed E40k era tanks have done, I think I am getting into a pattern of painting them. I chose to keep them relatively simple again, but picked out the searchlights in that bright yellow to tie them more convinvingly to the army as a whole.

In game terms, I love Tbolts for the ability to strike anywhere on the battelfield especially harrying broken formations, and they are not too bad on the intercept either. Still the armour save kills me every time – unlike my friend Ben, whose ability to make 6+ saves is astonishing! The chimeras give infantry formations a little speed and a fair bit of firepower in the 30cm range. I like putting a LatD coven tooled up with daemon summoning upgrade in them and making a massive engagement move. The FF of the Chimeras, and the flamers, and the cultists tends to do quite nicely!

Thanks for reading guys.

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