Monday, 30 January 2023

Xenos Rampant - Konvoy!

Matt came over for a game of Xenos Rampant. At one point we were due to be joined by more players for a muti-player affair but in the end it was just the two of us.

We rolled of ra scenario and came up with Charlie - which involves getting a convoy off one side of the board. As I had nothing resembling sofskin vehicles for the Black Templars it was clearly the Orks who were on a resupply mission.

I set up my desert terrain - I made most of this a few years ago for games of 40K with the boys. However I always lacked a suitably coloured matt for desert gaming. Wanting one for Armoured Storm, Blitzkrieg Commander and Sudan games in the future I looked in Boyes recently. They didn't have anything quite right (a sandy coloured throw was a bit too shiny) but when the Current Mrs Tom's Toys Soldiers asked what i was looking for she exclaimed "but we have a throw that colour on the rocking chair - you have than and I'll order new one". This of course ended up being more expensive all round than the bits of fabric I was considering, but it did mean it didn't come out of my soldier funds, so I think it's a win. Possibly needs a dusting with some sprays in places to break things up a bit but is otherwise just fine for my purposes.

The peaceful Ork Konvoy prepares to move out

In the distance Black Clad shapes are lurking


Oooh look, there they are - could be an ambush!

The Big Hammer guy leading the Templars.

Templars try and sneak around a flank - the Nobs are on to them.

While the Lootas blaze away at the Assault Marines.

The Nobs get the better of the fight.

As the Truck rumbles forward.

Dakka, dakka, dakka!

The lads bravely make a green shield for the buggy

The assault marines are driven back and pinned (flame marker).

The Nobs continue to force back the chainsaw armed Templars

It all gets a bit crowded in the middle

More Orks try and sneak up on the Templar command.

The chainsaw Templars are assaulted twice in quick succession and ripped apart.

Still more frothing Ork boys attack the Templars

I forgot to take many more pictures. However the Ork Mobs made short work of the Marines in Close Combat and despite the game ending were able to sneak one buggy off the board and wipe out the Templars.
Da supplyz will get froo!

Good fun game - Berserkers are *brutal* in close combat (generally my ladz have been shot up before charging home in previous games).

Think the Marine Commander needs some sort of a boost - Matt described him in current form as a glass cannon without much actual cannon...


  1. Just got the rules myself and checked out your blog, via the warcabinet.... would be interesting to see your army lists as I get to grips with the system! Love the models!

    1. The Orks are mostly Berserkers - large units with High Power Blades - this makes them ferocious in H to H combat but easily distracted :)
      the Nobs are the same with Heavy armour and taken as reduced model count (so 5 Nobs with 2 'hits' each.
      The Lootas are support with Armour Piercing.

      We started with all the Marines as Elite, but mostly now we play them as Heavy with various upgrades (skimmers for jetpacks, Close Combat for assault marines, AP for bolters etc.) Usually we just make the commander unit Elite.

    2. Thank you, I am trying to talk a few friends into playing, have put some time aside this week to read the rules, the above pointers on armies is gratefully received! We may use legion stuff instead of our 40k bits.

  2. Looks good, the new desert mat is a success!