Kill Team Accessories

I’ve played Kill Team now more than probably any other Wargame; here are some of the things I’ve found to make it more visually appealing or easier.

Google Docs Datasheet

Blank Kill Team Datasheet

I made these datasheets in google docs for portability and ease of editing on the desktop. I’m incredibly scatterbrained so I need all my profiles, weapons, abilities and tactics in front of me while I play (and even then I still forget to use tactics most of the time.) 

There’s a quarter page card for each specialist, a half-page roster for each Fire Team, and a half-to-one page list of Tactics and special abilities. It also includes the mini-campaign system from my earlier post

Laser Cut Combat Tracker

I picked this up from the Laserforge Etsy store. It works well and looks great on the table.

Page Markers

This saved me a lot of time flipping back and forth between the different sections.

Ring Binding

I was able to ring bind my whole set for under 20 pounds. I asked the printer to cut as close to the binding as possible, leaving the covers attached to the first and last pages at the edge, but preserving plenty of margin.

Wound Marker Dice

These dice act as trackers for both Wounds on multi-wound models and Flesh Wounds.

Objective Templates

I purchased some stock HUD elements and printed them on OHP film as 4″ diameter circles. They lay underneath terrain, and you can place any objective marker you’re using in the center.

Objective control is measured 2″ from the center of the objective, so this makes it real simple – if any part of your base is on the template, you’re contesting the objective.

Oldhammer Eldar Kill Team

A recent game against an Eldar Kill Team made me realise, Eldar are fun now! When I was in school I bought the original 1987 Eldar models off a local player from an ad in the paper, and painted them lovingly; but when I came to try them on the table it seemed that Guardians and Dire Avengers were pretty useless; back then everyone else played Marines, marines always got the initiative, and I’d get one ineffectual round of shuriken catapult shooting off before becoming embroiled in close combat.

But in Kill Team both seem effective and fun to play, and the available squads match up nicely with these 80s sculpts, so I can make the Eldar warband I always wanted to make. I’ve re-purchased them, now I just need to find time to assemble and paint them.

I’m thinking Alaitoc Pirates, to explain the archaic and varied gear? And some of them are just going to be a challenge to fit to the stats – Belgae and Irbic I’ll have to call Rangers, treat their lascannons as rifles and their power armour as the Eldar equivalent of stealth suits.

Doughty & Smol

Not to be confused with doughy and smol – that’s hobbits.

Looking through the 2E bestiary, one of the distinguishing features of the Norse Dwarfs was the presence of shield maidens. They’re a fun character type that I’ve run a few times in MMOs over the years:

So here’s a roundup of non-GW models I could use in an all-female dwarf warband:

BOYL 2018

Rigg’s Shrine

Amazons battle to defend Rigg’s Shrine at BOYL 2018.

This was a chaotic but fun game with some great people – nobody even gave me a hard time for showing up with round bases to a 2nd edition game. We had at least two different sources for the Goddess Rigg’s stats, so her abilities ended up changing round by round depending on whose notes we were looking at.

My Amazons started off guarding the approach to the shrine. They maintained a truce with the Pygmies on the basis that both groups hate the Slann, and marched across the table through the jungle to fight off some of the Norse invaders. Having dealt with them they took out the Slann leader with an extremely long shot fireball, before heading through the teleport gate into the shrine and all arriving on different floors.

Rigg found herself in a room full of leopards. The leopards wisely decided discretion was the better part of valour and tried to climb the ladder, leaving her free to help clear the main temple of outsiders, slaying the Norse leader in an epic melee.

Helsreach

A brief visit to Helsreach; it was late in the day and the Tyranid’s retinue didn’t get to do much other than make their way into town and murder anyone who questioned whether they ought to be there.

Amazons vs Slann/Dark Elves

Some Blades & Heroes skirmishes between the Amazons and Dark Elves, and some shots with the Slann from the Lustria game.

Hannah and Ben took joint control of the Amazons in the second game; it was one of the high points of the con for me when I asked Hannah which side they wanted to play and she enthusiastically said “Amazons!” I really got into the lore of that faction while I was working on them – they’re probably my favourite thing I’ve ever painted – and it was nice to feel like that was just as cool to someone else.

The Amazons won that engagement.

Amazons WIP

WIP photos of my 1984 C30 Amazon warband for #BOYL2018.

I love the Amazons of 2nd edition, and when I heard they were doing Rigg’s Shrine for BOYL this year it was the perfect excuse to go out and buy them all.

This faction is such a wonderful melange of varied 80s influences – There’s Mysterious Cities of Gold and von Daniken’s ancient astronauts, 70s feminism, punk rock, and native imagery.

They’re a rule-breaking faction, bringing boltguns to a swordfight, and bringing some gonzo to the pathetic aesthetic of early WFB.