Friday, February 5, 2016

Dindrenzi Aerial Ground Attack Helix - Painted

Last but not least of my current dindrenzi models, the aerial ground attack helix. The renders for these models had me feeling a little unsure of whether I would like them much. The Icarus gunships in particular looked to be missing something, almost too streamlined. The excellent weapon range and damage values for the Daedalus heavy gunships were not something I could pass up on so I took a chance and purchased the helix.

I was not disappointed. The Daedalus heavy gunships are fantastic models and honestly the Icarus gunships were much better looking in person than they appeared in the renders. I painted them in a similar scheme to my core helix like the aerial interceptor helix.

Icarus Gunships - I debated for a while on the striping but decided to go with the cross pattern. 
Side Overhead picture of the Icarus gunships.
Rear picture of the Daedalus Heavy Gunships. Its not easy to see but I painted the engines on the underside of the gunships to match the engines on the back of the gunship.
Side profile of the Daedalus Heavy Gunships.
Overhead and side pictures of Daedalus Heavy Gunships.
Front picture of the Daedalus Heavy Gunships.
Aerial Ground Attack Helix
Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to field these fantastic models yet in a game. I am particularly excited for the Daedalus gunships with their excellent firepower and range. Hopefully they will perform well during my next game.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dindrenzi Aerial Interceptor Helix - Painted

Interceptor Helix Picture! These models used the same scheme as my core helix. The Orestes Heavy Interceptor Gunship is a fantastic model and has performed really well for me in the one game I have played my Dindrenzi in. The Erinyes have also performed really well. I particularly like how well Spartan was able to take the tiny SRS token and turn it into an interesting planetfall model.

Orestes Heavy Interceptor Gunship - I tried to emulate the vaygr from Homeworld 2 and am pretty happy with how this turned out. My experience with this gunship was excellent in my last game versus my Terran opponent. The Orestes performed excellently against his Sheriff.
Side profile of the Orestes.
Rear view of the Orestes. I was really happy with how the engines turned out.
Erinyes Interceptor Squadron - These also performed well in my previous game. I love how these turned out. Seeing the model in person reminds me of the x-wing from Star Wars.
Erinyes Interceptors from the front.
Erinyes Interceptors - rear picture. Again I was really happy with how the engines turned out.
Aerial Interceptor Helix 
This helix turned our really well. I was thrilled with how the color scheme turned out. I have only fielded them once but was really happy with how they performed. So overall I am really happy with my purchase of this helix.

Next up will be my ground attack helix which I hope to have up by this weekend.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dindrenzi Core Helix - Painted

I finally got my Dindrenzi units all painted up. The first set of pictures will be of my core helix followed by the aerial helices. The color scheme I decided to go with is almost an inverse to the standard Dindrenzi scheme.

The models were all base coated in black to start. I followed this with a light coating of deck tan and then drybrushing with white grey. I added some hull red to provide some contrast and to make the models pop a little more on the table. Weapons and other points of glow were painted templar blue followed by sky blue and then a point source of white. The engines I painted a intermediate green then drybrushed necrotite green and then green yellow. I also added some dark german grey and gunmetal blue to add a little more variation to the model colors.

Kratos Heavy Tank
Front profile of the Kratos
Side profile of the Kratos
Overhead picture of the Kratos
Underside picture of the Kratos
Eris Medium Tanks - Side Profile
Circe specialist tank and Eris medium tanks
Side profile of the Circe and Eris tanks
Circe specialist tank
Leto light tanks
Side profile of the Leto light tanks
Leto light tanks in formation
Damocles MkII skydrop pods
Damocles MkII skydrop pod exit side
Back of Damocles MKII Skydrop pod
Nyx infantry deploying from skydrop pod
Nyx infantry fire team
Nyx Infantry fire team
Nyx Infantry fire team - Love the guy hiding behind the concrete barrier!
Core helix deployed!
These were all very fun to paint. I really like all of the details Spartan was able to cram onto these models. The Kratos in particular is a favorite of mine for appearance and, so far in the one game I have played, a fairly solid unit. The infantry and drop pods also turned our fantastically. I really like the action poses Spartan modeled for the Nyx. Overall this helix may have taken the cake as my favorite from my Relthoza aesthetically though I am still in a toss up for which I enjoy playing more.

I will try to get both of my aerial helices up over the next week. My wife has taken all of the pictures, there are so many great ones to choose from, that it will take me a little bit to wade through them all and select the ones to upload. Shouldn't be too long though.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Battle Report - Dindrenzi vs Aquan

Recently, my son acquired a Dindrenzi core helix to go with his Works Raptor. This was our first game with them. His core and recon helix versus my Aquan core and Terquai recon helix. It was a very close game but in the end I was able to wrestle a minor victory from him.

True to his forces, my sons approach was direct and overwhelming. His primary objective was to recover a crashed Works Raptor escape pod. The Aquan forces in the area were in possession of the pod but looking to recover the local computer/sensor equipment possessed by the Dindrenzi. There was also a secondary objective to acquire a small supply depot for both sides.

I apologize for the quality of the pictures. My tablet doesn't appear to have been in focus for some of the pictures.

Aquan Forces
Core Helix
1 x Sedna Heavy Skimmer
3 x Lamana Medium Skimmers
4 x Imzani Light Recon Skimmers
1 x Khitari Strike Shoal
1 x Stinger Missile Battery

Terquai Recon Helix
1 x Iophon Heavy Gunship
2 x Temporal Portals
2 x Nabis Heavy Infantry Cadres

Dindrenzi Forces
Core Helix
1 x Kratos Heavy Battle Tank
3 x Eris Medium Battle Tanks
5 x Leto Light Tanks
2 x Damocles Mk 2 Sky Pods
2 x Nyx Infantry Cadres

Works Raptor Recon Helix
3 x GX-74 Heavy Interceptors
5 x LR-6 Recon Tanks

Aquan/Terquai Forces Deployed
Deployment of the Dindrenzi - The LR-6 Recon Tanks move to acquire the secondary objective.
Lamana's move and open fire on the Dindrenzi Medium Tanks damaging one of the tanks.
A lot happened between pictures here. Both Sky pods were deployed. The First Nyx Cadre took the bunker, the second advanced toward pod both opened fire on the Imzani inflicting heavy casualties, destroying three. The Iophon relocated to zero in skydrop marker and opened fire on the bunker destroying a Nyx fireteam. The temporal portal materializes and out from it spills a Nabis Cadre who open fire on the Nyx on the field destroying two fire team with minimal losses. 

The GX-74 Interceptors advance and open fire on the Iophon. Its shields unable to stop the torrent of fire fail and the gunships goes down in flames. A major loss for the Aquans this early in the battle.
The Sedna opens fire on the Kratos causing some damage.

Khitari Strike shoal attempt to storm the bunker and dislodge the defending Nyx Cadre.

The Khitari are repulsed from the building losing three fire teams while on destroying one of the Nyx fireteams. The Kratos Opens fire on the Sedna causing some damage. A stinger missile battery is dropped from orbit and opens fire on the GX-74 interceptors causing no damage.

Turn two - The Aquans win initiative and reposition the Lamanas to open fire on the Kratos causing further damage.

The Kratos and Eris tanks pound the Sedna. Finally it explodes leaving the Aquans without any heavy units. Elsewhere the Nyx in the bunker destroy the lone Imzani. The Nyx Cadre in the field is destroyed in a firefight with the Nabis Cadre.

I unfortunately didn't take anymore pictures after this point that are worth anything. The Kratos was brought down with some extremely lucky rolls from my Khitari Strike Shoal remnants. We had set a lower zero hour score for our game and the game hinged on my stinger missile battery to win as I was down one point still.  With an amazing roll the stinger missile destroyed the lone Circe giving me two points and wrestling a minor victory from my son.

In reflection the Aquans would have likely performed better if I had tried to stay to the edges and picked at his forces as opposed to holding the line. The Nabis Squads really did an awesome job at this and both squads were still alive at the end of the game. My son played well with his Dindrenzi and without two extremely luckly rolls at the end of turn 2 would have beaten my Aquans. Looking forward to our next game!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Planetfall Assault Helixes/Helices incoming!

Assault Helix renders have been found on the Spartan Games forums. I must say that they all look amazing. I am particularly excited to pick up the Relthoza and Dindrenzi sets!

The two walkers are very cool and reminiscent of the Firepower Leviathan. Personally I like the new stinger missile equipped hover tanks.
I love this helix from what I can see of the renders. The pair of walkers look fantastic as do the assault hover tanks. I am hoping that the walkers have a rule similar to the RSN Assault Helix robot for their blades.
This helix is also fantastics looking. I think these might be the coolest looking walkers. It appears that both the walkers and tanks have flame weapons though the walkers appear to have additional arm mounted weapons.
I may actually be more excited to add this helix to my forces than the dindrenzi! The new demi-leviathan looks absolutely amazing. I am also really liking the light assault walkers. Very much looking forward to acquiring this helix and seeing their statistics.
The larger walkers are amazing looking. I like the curled power fist in particular. It looks like a giant robotic version of the sorylian heavy infantry. The smaller assault walkers look similar to the medium or scout walker with new weapons.
All I can think of when looking at these renders is battletech/mechwarrior. From the renders I am guessing that both of these walkers are using heritage and/or legacy laser weapons with lots of pinpoint. The larger mechs also appear to have a secondary weapon, maybe a grenade launcher.
Overall, this release has some amazing new models and may perhaps be my favorite release from an aesthetic standpoint so far. Hopefully we will not have to wait long for the release!

Just realized that these are up for pre-order on Spartan Games website. If ordered before Monday the 25th they will come with racial specific objective tokens. A very cool deal!

Hope everyone enjoys the update. I must say I am extremely excited to see these new models in person!