How to taunt your regular gaming opponent

Written by Ron Saikowski, February 2, 2018

We all take great pride in painting our minis. Carefully adding such details as battle damage, honors, veteran markings and such. Things to make our Space Hulk force unique. I do it with my Deathwing squad. I add little feathers here and there to mark bravery and such. I do it for my Genestealers too. Just in a different way.

The other day I posted a pic of my friend's recently painted Genestealer on Instagram. Careful inspection revealed a discretely placed Deathwing Terminator helmet among the skulls on the base under the foot of the Genestealer. Well played my friend, well played.

My friend plays Salamanders. He has a sharp looking force with all the details mentioned in the paragraph above. Each model carefully marked with indivdual battle honors accumulated from well over a year's worth of gaming between us. Each one telling a different story. And he's earned every one of them. I cut him no slack as the Genestealer player.

But I like to help him remember some of his short comings too. He gives his Marines battle honors, I give my Genestealers battle honors. I know... it's a bit childish. Actually a lot childish. But it's so worth it. It's not much, but it can be enough to throw a lesser opponent from their game as they blindly try to kill a particular Genestealer just because of what's on it's base.

I've taken to adding Salamander parts to my Genestealer models where I can. What's left of a Terminator suit as the base here, a single helmet under a foot there. I figure if GW didn't want me to do it, they wouldn't have made the models that way. The helmet under the Magus is much more subtle than the dead Terminator sitting on the throne. Besides, what was I supposed to do with a spare Terminator helmet? Wouldn't want something like that to go to waste.

Nothing stings more than a squad of Deathwing going to recover a suit of Terminator armour for the Salamanders. It's like saying, "Don't worry fellas, we'll take care of it for you." I may have actually used that line during the game.

Besides, you don't expect me to paint the dead Terminator in the livery of Deathwing do you? We already collected all our lost suits back in the 35th millennium and have painted every suit white since then in remembrance of those who fought that battle. We don't leave anyone behind.

My friend does the same thing to me. Deathwing armour litters the bases of his Genestealers. Turnabout is fair play. A little good natured ribbing never hurt anyone.

If you have a regular gaming opponent, I'd like to paraphrase the immortal Ferris Bueller, "If you have the means, I highly recommend you do the same thing."

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Image credit: My Genestealer models with "battle honors."