“The armored squiggoth was huge, by far the biggest he had ever seen on the planetoid ever since the Ultramarines had come to quell the rising Ork Waagh. The beast’s masters laid dead and dying all around and without them the squiggoth reverted to its feral state running berserk through the battlefield killing friend and foe alike heedless to the destruction it was wreaking.
From within the armored cockpit of the Vindicator “Vigilus” Brother Enon waited, still obeying the orders not to engage the huge behemoths until all greenskins were slain, watching while the monster ahead of him crashed head on against the ruins of an old building and tearing apart the howdah, and the weapons carried in it, on his back. Suddenly the voxcom came into life and the orders issued were clear and simple “Bring them down” sounded Captain Valius. The Vindicator tank kicked in almost instantly rumbling towards the squiggoth. The beast was still regaining its balance when the first round impacted against the exposed belly on its right flank. A huge chunk of the creature’s body was torn away blasted into a million pieces raining noxious meat and blood around it, and still the creature stood. Roaring of pain and angst it charged towards the approaching tank aiming its tusks and preparing a devastating blow. The tank didn’t swerve, stepping onto the accelerator Enos drove the tank towards the monster head on. “BOOOM” sounded a second shot from the demolisher cannon, this time impacting squarely onto the beast’s left shoulder throwing it off balance. As is came forward crashing down on it’s knees Enos swerved to his left one of the beasts tusks inadvertently tearing apart one of the adamantine plates that covered the vehicle’s hull. The squiggoth tried to rear back up but the blasted shoulder made standing up impossible as the ensuing explosion had left his front leg dangling by a few threads of muscle and tendon. The monster roared again, the sheer power its frustration shaking the battleground and the Space Marines that had gathered around the fallen creature and now peppered it with bolter fire. It still roared and vented its fury as the last round fired by the vindicator impacted on its head”.
Desde o começo a falta de armas pesadas me preocupava na concepção do army Ultramarine. A escolha de levar uma unidade de comando (HQ) tão cara em pontos como a unidade do Marneus e seu retinue de terminators me deixou com bem poucos pontos para investir em tanques. Muito embora as duas unidades táticas contassem com armas pesadas e seus transportes também estivessem equipados com elas (Razorbacks com twin linked lascannons) ainda assim eu me sentia “desarmado”, principalmente contra exércitos rápidos e de horda (como os Tyranids e Orks). Depois de alguma ponderação decidi incluir no exército um tanque bem pouco usado por aqui: O Vindicator.
O Vindicator tem uma arma fenomenal, o demolisher cannon (STR 10; AP 2; 24”; Ordnance) cuja única desvantagem é o fato deste ter um alcance um tanto curto (24 polegadas) o que obriga o tanque a perder alguns tiros enquanto se movimenta para chegar a distancia mínima ou aguarda que os inimigos se aproximem. Uma vez dentro do alcance o tanque brilha. O fato de sua arma ser “ordnance” implica em algumas regras especiais (desvio do tiro) porém quando o canhão consegue acertar uma unidade é muito difícil que alguém sobreviva.
A performance do tanque nas partidas me surpreendeu. Embora seja um tanto vulnerável ele conseguiu devastar diversas unidades nos jogos onde não foi destruído de cara, sendo responsável por destruir diversos Orks na partida contra o Silvio, boa parte de uma unidade de Bloodletters contra o Lustosa e duas unidades com um único tiro em uma partida contra o Topa.
A pintura do veículo seguiu a premissa aplicada aos soldados do exército. Um tanque já bastante avariado pela longa campanha e bastante sujo (quem lavaria seus tanques em batalha constante?).
Pra representar a pintura, após a pintura do tanque ter sido concluída, empreguei algumas aguadas (washes) bastante diluídas de preto e marrom, bem como generosa aplicação de giz pastel para emular poeira e sujeira.
Até a próxima.
Not wanting to be the one who brings a knife to a gunfight it downed on me pretty soon I needed more heavy weapons in the army if I was to do any better than offer a fighting resistance to other players’ victories on the tournament.
The disadvantage of using expensive units in small games is that they drain on the already somewhat scarce point allowance we have. Thus using the uber expensive unit composed by Marneus Calgar, a retinue of terminators and accompanying chaplain and librarian left my “point pool” depleted.
But I still felt I needed a tank over some more troops, specially because of the heavier punch they pack. I was torn between a regular Predator (not the lascannon totting version) and a seldom used Vindicator tank. Well this was supposed from the start to be different. I had already experimented with so much new stuff that it felt incoherent not to give the Vindicator a chance.
Suffice to say I was not disappointed by it!
See you guys soon.