Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Trionoras: Victory at Andur Bridge

Infuriated by the long fought stalemate at Andur Bridge, Sammael was determined to finally overwhelm the Chaos defenders. He called upon the orbiting strike cruiser, Sword of Redemption, to deliver the full might of their mechanized forces. Sammael lead a force of 2 Dreadnoughts, 2 Predators, 1 Vindicator and 2 Razorbacks to attack Andur Bridge. The Iron Warriors defenders fought valiantly but were ultimately defeated. Andur Bridge was claimed by the Imperium of Man.

A lone Obliterator stands defiant in front of the Dark Angel gun line.

A Chaos Defiler looking to outflank the Dark Angels.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Trionoras: St. Gaven Bridge

The Death Mage Space Marines attempted to capture Imperial held St. Gaven bridge. The Dark Angels came to the bridge's defense. After engaging the Chaos forces in fierce combat, the Dark Angels managed to successfully repel the Death Mages.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Trionoras: Andur Bridge

Seeking to deal a crippling blow to the Chaos forces, Imperial command sent the Dark Angels and the Blood Angels to capture Andur Bridge. The Chaos space marines managed to defend the bridge as the Iron Warriors defeated the Blood Angels and the Death Mages fought the Dark Angels to a stalemate.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wound Allocation Explained

Wound allocation is one feature of the 5th edition 40k rules system that a lot of people seem to have difficulty wrapping their heads around. So here's my shot at trying to explain it as simply as possible.

To illustrate, pretend we have 3 Blood Angels. After being shot by a squad of firewarriors, they need to make 6 armour saves:

The first thing we have to do is divide the wounds as evenly as possible. Simple enough. Here there would be 2 wounds to each model:

Now here's were people get confused. All the models that have the same stats and wargear group their wounds and roll them together. Here the two tactical marines are exactly the same (boltguns) so they group their 4 wounds together. The marine with the flamer is different so he keeps his two wounds separate:

This is a mistake people often make. The wounds are rolled without grouping them among like models:

This mistake may not seem like a big deal but here is why it matters. So the 1st marine rolls his saves and fails both. The second marine and the marine with the flamer successfully make all their saves. So the result is 2 marines survive:

If the wounds were rolled for correctly, the two identical marines roll their 4 wounds together. They fail 2 and succeed in 2. They both die. So here the result is only one marine survives:
As you can see, we had the same exact dice rolls in both scenarios but very different results.

It's important to understand that the player being attacked decides how the wounds are allocated. This can lead to what some consider cheesy tactics, but it is a crucial part of the game. Allocating for advantage often comes into play when you're dealing with wounds that are caused by different types of weapons.

To illustrate, let's look at the same three space marines. This time a squad of guardsmen laid into them, inflicting 6 wounds - 2 from plasma guns(red) and 4 from lasguns(yellow):

4 of the wounds(2 plasma and 2 lasgun) are assigned to the bolter marines and the 2 remaining lasguns wounds are assigned to the marine with the flamer. As marine armor offers no protection against plasmaguns(AP2), the 2 marines automatically die. The marine with the flamer is the only survivor:
The player could allocate the 2 plasma gun wounds to the marine with the flamer and the 4 lasgun wounds to the marines with bolters. In this case, only the marine with the flamer dies and the 2 marines with bolters survive:

To recap, understanding wound allocation can definitely help your game because it allows you to better protect your valuable weapons specialists or independent characters(option I) or make sure you keep as many members of a unit alive as possible(option II).

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Trionoras: St. Gaven Bridge

Once again the forces of Chaos attempted to conquer St. Gaven Bridge. Despite suffering heavy losses, the Dark Angels held firm and successfully defended the vital territory.