|A frentic Sunday afternoon in the West End of Glasgow|
Yes, Sunday saw me take part in a somewhat unusual game. I went round to Dave's house and Stuart was there, along with his two kids - 10 year old Josh and 6 year old David. I'd met Josh before and had played a little bit of 40K alongside him, but this was my first time meeting David - he's very yougn and can't really read the rulebooks yet, but of course his dad and big brother do 40K so naturally he wants to be involved.
Therefore it was decided that Dr Dave and Josh would pair off, while the 6 year old Dave (or "Manly Dave" as I took to calling him) and I would be a team, with Stuart acting half as GM and half as an assistant for David to try and explain the rules to him. I had just given Stuart some figures for David not a week ago - the Space Marines from the old Black Reach boxed set, to be exact - so Stuart topped him up with some of his own Marine figures and we paired up as Marines of normal and Chaos varieties against the unlikely pairing of Sisters of Battle and Tau.
|Still a better love story than Twilight.|
The two kids set up the objective markers first - each of them choosing to place three markers at the far end of the table - then Dr Dave and Josh won the roll to set up. On Dave's large table they took the icy side and set up amongst the snow-covered hills, ice crystal and the like. (Hey, it's pretty cold here in Glasgow right now, it seemed thematically appropriate.) Each player had 1,500 points to spend and Josh took lots of vehicles while Dr Dave seemed to focus more on Sisters infantry choices. The table was split diagonally and they filled their section with models, leaving just an Imperial plane and a couple of Tau jetpacks off the table to come in later on.
|The combined forces of purpleyness. (With a few of Josh's blue Tau looking surprisingly well camouflaged.)|
My teammate and I got the side of the table that was greener with church walls and columns. Most of our army was placed behind the wall, the infantry mostly staying out of sight. Our combined mass of Dreadnoughts took the front - four regular and a Contemptor Dreadnought. Only a small advance force comprising of two Vindicator siege tanks and a meagre infantry support section went in plain view, and we kept our flyer and a few other tricks in reserve until later.
|The view from the Marine side: my garish colours mixed with Stuart's sensible hues and David's bare plastic.|
Our deck of random missions was shuffled and placed on hand for us to draw during the game - there were six objectives on the table but we wouldn't know who would be getting points for which one on any given turn or if they'd have other changes to score bonus points by destorying tanks, killing psykers, winning challenges etc.
Our adversaries had the first turn and, bar a short gap for fried chicken and hot cross buns, we played for several hours of bloodshed. Pictures and comments follow.