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Legio Hellion: The Brazen Furies & Knights of House Paramour


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Last night's game was probably the most fun I've had with AT so far. I think that's because the forces were asymmetric. So it felt like a proper match up, rather than training. Although it was my opponent's first ever game he knew the rules better than me! A non-blurry deployment photo:

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My 1000 points were made up of my reaver, a warhound with VMB & TLD and the newly christened Incandescent Midnight, armed with a plasma blastgun and inferno gun. He's the 'hound on the middle right and the newest fruit of my labour. Although his carapace & leg plates aren't finished yet.

 

My opponent took a reaver, warlord and warhound. So we both had legal maniples, but again eschewed maniple rules, Legio traits and also stratagems. My opponent has done a lovely job of getting his entire Grand Master set painted. It was a real treat to see the GW terrain on the table. As you can see, we used a lot more than last week. There are plenty of clear lanes of fire, and paths across the board for every titan class, but it means that manoeuvring and positioning became a crucial part of the game.

 

I'm still trying to find the right level of aggression for AT. In this game I did most of the manoeuvring and basically split my forces into two flank rushes. After two turns, this is how things looked:

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On my left, my cerastus and Incandescent Midnight rushed forwards. Due to my poor positioning in turn 1, the knights got in the way of the titan and the 'hound got blasted by the enemy warlord. He survived and got out of the line of fire here. On my right, our respective reavers, who were symmetrically armed, engaged in a duel whilst my warhound rushed forwards. My reaver got the better of it and put some heavy damage to his foe's legs. I made the same mistake I keep repeating; getting my order activation wrong. I'd given my reaver first fire orders to try and finish of his foe, but then chose to move my knights first in turn 2. This meant that the enemy reaver got to waddle sideways into cover. The upshot being that it survived an extra turn.

 

As you might guess from the above left photo, the enemy warhound & warlord unloaded everything on my cerastus knights. Those little fellas are tough! They only killed one of them, leaving the second damaged.

 

Turn 3 saw this happen:

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I was very happy! If I'm remembering rightly, my knights got up in the enemy warhound's grill. And then got wiped out. They'd tied up two titans for a couple of turns, so I was quite proud of them!

 

By this point:

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I think we might have been on turn 5. My warhound on the left was doing his best to survive. That resulted in him being crammed up against the edge of the board and me messing up activation order and all sorts. Meanwhile, my reaver & other 'hound repositioned around the tower in the middle of the board.

 

The final stages of the battle saw the enemy 'hound circling around Incandescent Midnight and them going toe-to-toe. At one point I had to use emergency repairs to get IM's shields back up and then turn to face the enemy. So we had my titan with shields unable to fire facing the enemy titan without shields who could! On turn 6, which we decided to call the final one, this happened:

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Incandescent Midnight used his inferno gun to drop the enemy shields and then fired his blastgun on MAXIMAL POWER! Two hits to the head lead to two devastating hits and two criticals! It was awesome! Then my reaver used his missile launcher to target the heat and blew the titan clean away! I loved that the head was magnetised and could be removed smile.png

 

This is the final state of play:

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Right up until the end I'd have called it a draw. But I got some horrendously good luck on void saves and armour rolls in the last couple of turns. So it turned into a nice win. None of my titans had any shields left and the righthand warhound had some damage to his body due to a reactor overheat.

 

Stuff I learnt from this game:

(1) warlords are tough, its tough to get the shields down and even tougher to damage them.

(2) I need to pay more attention to activation orders in EVERY phase.

(3) a coherent plan works better than charging into a Ferrox light maniple smile.png

(4) the mega gattling blaster thingy warlord weapon is a lot better than I thought.


Edited by Achinadav, 28 August 2019 - 08:21 PM.

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For a beginner you've got an impressive terrain collection

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For a beginner you've got an impressive terrain collection

Or I play with folk with lots of scenery :) The blue & white cube buildings are some pre-coloured terrain I use for 40k 2nd ed. The rest was from my opponents' collections.



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This weekend's hobby time was spent working on my knights and terrain. Yesterday I put some basecoats down on my acastus and my questoris. Boy are the acastus fiddly! They're chunky, but their armour plates are quite small, or at least the bits between the trim is. There's going to be a lot of clean up work.

 

Terrain-wise, I've been drybrushing and washing Santorini buildings. I prayed them with rustoleum textured spray, drybrushed with ushabti bone and then washed with seraphim sepia. They've come up a bit redder than I would like. Although OK for the speed at which I cranked through them all. Scale photos with cerastus:

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and with Razortail, one of my questoris:

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You get a lot of these buildings in Santorini. Here's the 42 of them (I did the first 20% yesterday, the rest tonight whilst sat in a hotel for work, might as well do something useful):

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When they're dry, I'll go over them all and make sure that I haven't missed any bits. Or rather, I'll touch up the bits I've missed smile.png If I was doing it again, I'd spray them black on the inside first. I might try careful brush work, as I think that'll improve them. Just the domes to do! Because of the colour of the buildings I'm going to go for black, with a nice glossy ink over the top to make them shiny.

 

I did try some cheaper textured spray I got in Aldi. But its too coarse. Probably OK for a road, bigger buildings or something. I quite like the idea of an elevated roadway. Goodness knows when/how I'll get to that.


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Your custom weapons and heads look great.


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Your custom weapons and heads look great.

 

Thanks. Largely kept it very simple, bit more elaborate on my questoris. When everything has got a lick of paint on it, I've got a minimal Ferrox maniple waiting in the workshop (their boxes!). I'm going to convert the hell out of them, I think.

 

Here's a few shots from the two games that I lost horribly last night. 1250 points a side. I had

 

Battlegroup Geryon

 

Venator Light Maniple

 

Righteous Indignation: Reaver with volcano cannon, laser blaster and apocalypse missile launcher. Princeps Seniores with trait that lets me reroll a to hit or shield save

Raucous Euphoria: Warhound with Vulcan mega-bolter and turbo-laser destructor.

Incandescent Midnight: Warhound with inferno gun and plasma blast gun.

 

Cerastus Banner

3 x Knight Lancer

 

Cerastus Banner 

3 x Knight Lancer

 

Stratagems: Over-charged cannon (super-maximal fire for +4 Strength), Experimental weapon (add always-on maximal fire) and Ablative armour (ignore a hit).

 

My opponent was using a Legio Astorum Ferrox Light Maniple made up of two reaver and two warhounds. The reavers were both armed with a chainfist, a powerfist and a turbo-laser destructor. One warhound had a plasma blastgun and a turbo-laser destructor. The other had a pair of Vulcan mega-bolters. The maniple was accompanied by two single knight Acastus banners. The acastus were armed with conversion beamers.

 

Here's deployment from our first gameL

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I piled stuff up to the right of my centre. Basically, I knew the enemy battlegroup would want to close range, because of the punchy reavers and the Ferrox benefits. I figured, refuse the left flank and let the terrain get in the way of the acastus on that side, then send [Incandescent Midnight[/i] and one cerastus banner up the close terrain to get the other acastus. The rest would advance into cover and then prepare to ambush the enemy as they closed in.

 

This plan did not survive contact with the enemy. If I'm remember correctly, the acastus wiped out all but one knight in a single turn of firing. The Astorum titans used their special rules and Full Stride orders to come screaming up the table. I tried to maneouvre [Incandescent Midnight[/i] back to the centre, hugging cover. Turn 2 (I think?) and it looked dire:

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Raucous Euphoria was ripped apart in a single combat turn. Having survived an acastus barrage, but ending with its shields stripped. Righteous Indignation had been plugging away and doing OK. No spectacular damage. I did get to use the Venator special rules once!

 

So in turn 3, [Incandescent Midnight[/i] decided to sneak up and use his Over-charged plasma blastgun. That was dumb:

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It was an absolute gift to my opponent! One punchy reaver splatted the 'hound, the other charged the reaver and ripped his legs off. Ouch. You know, we might have got to turn 4. I honestly can't remember, but everything was dead.


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So. An hour & half in and the God Machines of Legio Hellion lie decimated. Time for another game? Yes, says, why not, its only half 8.

 

This time my cunning plan was to start in cover. This way the acastus wouldn't be able to spank me with First Fire. Also, don't dash forwards. Hold back, you know now they're going to be all up in your grill by turn 2 at the latest. This time I put Over-charged cannon and Experimental weapon both on Incandescent Midnight. This gave him a Strength 12 blastgun and Strength 9 inferno gun. Wicked, thought I.

 

We took random missions. My opponent got Retrieval and I got Glory or Death (or something like that, had to kill his Princeps Seniores). I missed a snap of deployment. But very rapidly, we ended up here:

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The acastus ruined my knights again. Whilst I was in cover, they had to cluster together. The enemy knights just manoeuvred and fired diagnoally. Five knights dead. One remaining. A reaver right up next to me again. Incandescent Midnight didn't even get to shoot! Just got slapped about and then stood there like a statue.

 

Almost the same shot, but you get a slightly better impression of firing angles:

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Raucous Euphoria bit it somehow. I think it involved a blasted acastus and warhound. Anyway, next turn my last remaining knight tried to charge the rear of the Princeps Seniores reaver. I'd put some damage on his body and a 9" charge would have given him 5 attacks. It would have been glorious! Alas, thermal mines did for him. So we came to this:

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Thanks to a carefully placed First FIre order on Righteous Indignation he got to go before the enemy reaver got all punchy. So I targetted his body! IT was an awesome roll! Two 5's, a 6 and a 3! Hang on, did I just roll 4 dice....I felt myself staring at them. No way was this going to work. I needed 6's. One would probably have done, because the reaver's body was in a bad way. Glumly I picked up the high dice (because the ones that just scored the highest have got into the habit of rolling high) and chucked them again. And I rolled two 6's and a 5! The enemy reaver's goose was cooked! Blam, blam.

 

He blundered by and did a bit of a body slam to my titan as he went off to die. I think there were lots and lots of sixes. If memory serves, 3 criticals to the body, possibly with a little bit of damage already, or maybe just a devastating hit. That tends to end a reaver, so the game ended this way (it was more in focus in person, I swear, I was just a bit excited at the time and couldn't make my phone work properly):

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I think I might have forgotten the Ablative Armour. And maybe something else finished him off? Whatever, it was awesome smile.png I'm going to claim a moral victory because I completed my mission. Even though I was wiped out in even fewer turns that before!

 

Things I learnt being completely wiped out twice in the space of three hours. I'm not very good at Adeptus Titanicus :) I'm finally beginning to pay attention to getting my activations in the right order in each phase. For example, putting First Fire on my reaver at the end there and actually using it to off the enemy before he clobbered me. But I'm need to start thinking about what my opponent might do to. I got out manoeuvred and had all my knights cooked twice because I fail to remember that the enemy get a chance to move before they fire. Acastus are definitely nastier than my first impression. I think the size of the game makes an important difference. Here it was two in a 1250 points battlegroup vs. 2000 points before. I won't be using them again, at least in small games, and neither will my opponent. Even though I was horrifically mauled, I still had fun. I love this game.


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Everyone who has a terrible game with Acastus knights should email their customer service or reach out on Facebook. A friend moved back to the area so we’ll be playing soon, I plan to email my feedback on their points.

I still plan to use them in my knight list because I feel like a household doesn’t have many advantages.
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