The big highlight was an inaugural game of Warhammer 40,000 between Damian and David, but first everything else.
A game of Bolt Action (Brits vs Germans), some X-Wing (Poe Dameron and some X-Wings vs bounty hunting scum), and two games of Flames of War - one of which was a recreation of Operation: Deadstick, better known as Pegasus Bridge. Unlike the historical battle, things didn't go well for the Allies and they failed to capture the bridge.
|The ubiquitous Carrier towing a 6-pdr gun.|
A classic Airfix kit, recreated here in 28mm.
|Germans take cover as the Brits advance.|
|Things might look bad for the Mist Hunter,|
but this was before they tractor-beamed Poe into an asteroid.
|The table for the Pegasus Bridge battle.|
|Some of the German defences already in position.||The opposing forces. British infantry vs German armour.|
|British Paras ready for battle.||German Half Tracks gassed up and ready to go.|
|The Brits advance on Pegasus Bridge with the Germans in pursuit.||The paras overrun the German defences...|
|...and straight into the German machine-guns.||Their transport destroyed, the Germans continue on foot.|
And now for the main event - Damian's funkadelic Necrons against David's Heresy themed World Eaters (the models are 30k, but he used the standard 40k rules).
If you know one thing about Damian, it's that he's not a fan of the recent editions of Warhammer 40k. Based on the photos below, it looks like the changes made in 8th edition are to his liking. A lot of the rules bloat and psychic silliness is gone, leaving behind streamlined and sensible rules that make for some fun gameplay. Now for some photos.
|With templates gone, Damian decided to make the most|
of the cover bonus provided by some trees.
|Meanwhile, David's army lined up ready|
to collect skulls for the Skull God.
|Damian's right flank featured an Annihilation Barge|
supported by a Canoptek Spyder...
|...while his right consisted of some Canoptek Wraiths and Immortals.|
The Monolith began the game off the board.
The first turn was relatively straightforward. The Marines advanced in their Rhinos while the Barge traded largely ineffectual fire with a Land Raider. The second turn was when things got really interesting as units got into charging range with each other.
|The Wraiths raced across the battlefield|
while the Immortals trudged behind.
|Kharn and Berserkers exit their Land Raider,|
ready to assault the Necron barge.
|Damian attempts to outflank the Marines with a surprise attack...||...but has to deploy at least 12" from enemy models.|
|Please be a 3+. Please be a 3+. Please be a 3+.||It's a 3!|
|The Wraiths bypass the vehicles and go|
straight for the Marine commander.
|The Necrons emerge from the forest, just in time to be assaulted.|
|Things do not end well for the Necron Warriors,|
but the Lychguard get revenge.
|Elsewhere, another squad take on the Immortals.|
|The Vindicator turns away from the main|
battle to deal with the Monolith...
|...followed by the commander and another squad.|
I guess it's time to crack on with my Tau models.