Hi !! Back home after a large week end at Newark. As usual, visiting Foundry miniature is a very good blast from the past and is a great source of inspiration for my next projects. This event is a great moment to re discovered all these Old Citadel painted models in the display cases scaterred in the shop. This is also the occasion to discuss with the super starts of the golden era of Citadel : Bryan Ansell, Rick Priesley, Nigel Stillman, John Blanche, Tony Ackland and Trish Carden.
But to be honest, the most important thing for me during this event was to meet, chat and play with many many nice Boyz'n Girl(z) previously met on the web during the last years. Lot of good gaming moments and friendly times. Thank you all for this rain of kind comments about my works, thank you very much!
So, I purposed several missions during all the week end (8 games) and the Nexus campaign was the principal theme of the saturday.
Nexus campaign : First Mission - The Cryogenic Area
I played this game against a very Nice Guy named Paul Ede, He is a very good SH player and leaded perfectly his Marines to the Victory. This mission is very offencive for the Marive. His objective is to seal the only one entries of the genestealers. Four marines survived to the mission and joined the effectif of the last mission. Bravo Paul !!
In game pictures
Paul and me
Nexus Campaign : Second Mission - Docking Bay
The Marines team was composed with Tammy, Paul and Pat. This is a very defencive mission for the Marines. They must defend the Control Panel of the Space Ship doors against my horde of Stealers and Beastmen leaded by my Champion of Slaanesh Vasilesnev Barchus. Three Marines survived to the mission and the Panel wasn't reached by the Stealers. Very good game with this band of friends very nicely advised by what it seem the veteran of the group, I named Paul !
Jon, Pat, Tammy, me and Paul
Nexus Campaign : Last Mission - The Patriarch
This is the best gaming moment of the week end for me! I had the pleasure to play against a very cool guy named Steve. This mission involve for the Marine player to use 3 Grey Knights, 1 Librarian, 1 Inquisitor and all the surviving Marines of the previous missions. Very powerful you said!? Yes I agree but the last mission take place in the heart of the Space Hulk, domain of the Patriarch and place where commonly summoned several daemons of Slaanesh!
Steeve brillantly leaded his troop across the Space Hulk and resisted to all the horrible things hidden in the corridors the ruined vessel. The entry of the lair of the Patriarch was defended by The freshly summoned Slaanesh Daemon Zingeth SilentShade Keeper of Secrets .
The inquisitor gathering his last psy points in a devastating Blast attack who sent back the Greater Daemon into the Realm of Chaos. After this epic moment and exhausting effort, the inquisitor succombed to a sneaky ranged attack of an hybrid. The Ordo Malleus Lost precious troops in this mission and the campaign was lost by the Marines but honestly ... That was a great gaming moment to see how a Inquisitor can banish a Greater Daemon. Thank you steeve!
An Epic moment! An Inquisitor faced a Keeper of Secrets. Me and the Brillant Steeve
Side mission : Delaying action
In parallel of the Nexus Campaign, I booked some other missions, like This one. The objective of the mission is very simple (of course) for the Marines player. they must cross the map to reach the exit point. But some bulkheads are on the way... And some stealers...
I played this missions three times during the week end and as you can see on the map, Steeve and James was the team who pushed farthest their Marines!
First plan : Chris and Jon as Stealers. Second Plan : Shane and Thomas as Marines
(Left ) Shane Marines (Right) Thomas Marines
In game pictures
Jon painted a superb unit of Marines for the event but no time to play with them!! Shame on us!
Harry and Garth quite giddy during the reading of the mission... But quitly disapointed by difficulty of playing it!!
Side mission : Corruption's Heart
This is the first time I played this mission, the scenario come from a White Dwarf from 2018 and contain some new rules to play the Hybrids in Space Hulk. I use these rules because they are better for the game play then the older from the Genestealer ext.. As you can see, the protagonists are slightly Orkoids : Hybrids Orks vs Nobz Orks in Heavy Armours! The Nobz Failed the mission.
Hi! Last stretch before BOYL... The next week end let suppose a lot of good moments around the gaming tables at Foundry Miniatures.
I play tested the Nexus campaign last weekend with a famous Old School gamer freshly back on the Oldhammer Scene. This nice guy named Slaanesh Child up dated is Freacky Old School website until 2011 (Link). And now he's back with a blog (Link) Check it for pictures reports of the Nexus Camapaign and a great WHFB chaos game.
So, during the last weeks I painted the last elements to complet the missions of the Nexus Campaign. Some sceneries from the Scotia Grendel Range : Cryogenic room, a lift crane for the docking bay, Arsenal room, hatchs, control panel and ladders.
The Cryogenic Area is kept by the Brood Brothers and the Mind Slaves (1st Mission)
Beastmen and their learder marauding on the Docking Bay (2nd Mission)
Ladder, Cantrol panel, Armoury and Hatch
Concerning the models necessary during the week end, the last piece of my Genestealer Chaos Cult is the Greater Daemon of Slaanesh. The Keeper of Secret is the better (imho) large miniature from the Citadel Chaos Range (80's), and it was a real pleasure to paint it. This is the second and last boss of the third mission of the campaign.
I continued my serie of gaming aids with several Space Hulk Combat Cards. By this way it's easyer to share the numerous data for every characters of the Cult. And it's look better than Excel Chart on paper sheet!
To enrich the Hybrids lists of the Nexus Campaign (missions here), I developed a Genestealer Chaos Cult list, Slaanesh Worship.
I used the Advanced Space Hulk expended Blip set to substitute the Genestealer Blip set. By this way I extended the original list of Hybrids and I integrated progressively some new troops at every scenario to represent the progressive immersion into the Chaos corruption.
To balance the games, the Space Marines Troops of the last scenario was swapped by three Grey Knight Terminators, one Librarian and one Inquisitor
Additional troops to the Nexus Campaign Hybrids lists :
Mission 1 : The Cryogenic area is kept by a band of Brood Brothers and some Mind Slaves Gunners. All these unfortunate implanted Humans come from the crew of The Perseus or come from the ranks of the prisoners Slaves Workers.
Mission 2 : The Docking Bay sector is under control of a 4th Geneneration Hybrid rewarded by Slaanesh with a Chaos Power Armor. He lead a warband of mutants composed by some Beastmen, a Mutant Bomb and a Large Ogryn Mutant.
Mission 3 : The heart of The Perseus is the adobe of the Patriarch and the coven of the Genestealer Chaos Cult. This is the place of frequent dark rituals where summoned Slaanesh minions like Daemonettes, Fiends of Slaanesh and The Keeper of secrets.
The whole Genestealer Chaos Cult :
Brood Brothers, implanted prisoners from The Perseus Space Ship
Mind Slaves, Gunners from the Crew of The Perseus
Genestealer Aberrant and Ogryn Hybrid
Beastmen from the Docking Bay sector
Large Ogryn Mutant and Mutant Bomb
Daemontettes and Fiend of Slaanesh ... But where is the Keeper of Secrets?
Genestealer Magus, Patriarch and 4th Generation Hybrid
with Chaos Power Armor as reward
Hello! Some new Terminators to complet the collection. Three Grey Knights and an Inquisitor join the ranks of the Blood Angels Chapter.
The Genestealer cult implanted in this Space Hulk seem to be corrupted by the Chaos. The marines player will be pretty happy to be helped by the Ordo Malleus for the last mission of the Nexus Campaign.
I painted these Grey Kights models in the classic WD style. The Heraldry on the shields is inspired by the euro feodal era.
I initialised a serie of gaming aids based on the lovely Citadel Combat Cards game. Today I show you these trackers to use as the "missions status display" of the last Space Hulk versions. Necessary to help the marines player to track his Command Points, numerous ammunitions and Psy Points. I created them for my Nexus campaign but you can used them for one shot games.