Taking evil_tendencies' advice, I've not touched the Bloodcrushers in about a week. They mock me from the hobby section of my desk, however. Although I didn't do much in the way of painting, I did get to play a couple of games.
I got out to play a game with Casey on Saturday; I'd intended to do a pretty detailed battle report of the game... but hadn't sufficiently prepared to do that. So, instead, we just played the game and took some pictures. Game was Seize Ground, Dawn of War deployment at 2,000 points.
It was a rough game: between Dawn of War and infiltrating Genestealers, he did a pretty good job of controlling where I could come in. The first half of the game was spent with my Bloodcrushers tying up his Tyrant while I fed units to his Genestealers.
I won't say that things turned around when my Bloodthirsters came in, but I certainly felt a lot better about myself. The 'Thirsters smacked into his squad of Zoanthropes and Warriors: the combat against his Zoanthropes wasn't amazing, but the one with his Warriors kind of was. Unfortunately, after blowing through the Warriors, the thirster was stuck in the open, facing two Carnifex, a Trygon, Old One Eye and some Raveners.
I fought for a draw, but it wasn't in the cards. I'm okay with that: the list I ran was my 2K Battle for the Cure list, which was tossed together with a "how few extra models will I have to paint" mindset and hasn't been updated since. That, and Casey's a very strong player: there's no shame in getting tabled by him. (At least I hope not, 'cause it happens kind of often.)
vs. Chaos Space Marines
Last night, I got in a game with Mike U., someone I don't think I've ever played before. He was running Chaos Space Marines; the game Capture & Control, Spearhead deployment. 1,500 points.
This was an extremely close game, with a ton of back and forth. We both had some really shockingly bad dice rolls that made the game look hopeless... only to have things start looking up when the other would have a horrible roll.
Fought it out to the end with a draw. Had the game ended on Turn 5, I think I'd have won: he was out of Troops and I had some Bloodletters on an objective with one of his Rhinos ~3.5" away. It ran into Turn 6, though, and his Greater Daemon was able to wipe out all that remained of my Bloodletters (never mind his Rhino being able to move closer to the objective and contest).
All in all, a really good, close, fun game.
This Saturday, I should be getting in another couple of games: I'll be running my Dark Angels against Kevin K's beautiful Tau Empire army (I wish I could find pictures of it from Games Day Baltimore 2009's Armies on Parade) which I'm going to try to do a detailed, photo-heavy battle report about. Then I'll be doing a NoVA Open practice game against Casey, which will see me trying out some new units I've never run before. (Need to decide if I like them before I kill myself modelling them.)