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More Death Guard….

I’ve not written about my Horus Heresy Death Guard for a long time, a long long time, but over the last year I’ve been having a number of my models all painted.  I found online (using Facebook) a chap called ‘WarmasterPainting‘ and his stuff looked very very good.  So I messaged him and we spoke and well, 9 months later I’ve spent a large amount of money but have the best painted models that I’ve seen on the warfield around here…

So sit back, and have a good look at them.

In these pictures you’ll see:

Whirlwind

Calas Typhon

2 Units of 10 Infantry

1 Unit of Plasma Heavy Weapons (5 models)

1 Unit of Missile Launchers (10 models)

1 Unit of Lascannons (10 models)

1 Unit of Deathshroud (5 models)

1 Unit of Grave Wardens (5 models)

Now I had been working towards 2500 points for 30k version 7, but with Edition 8 on the way, June? I’m going to wait before I pick up anything else.  But I have some models ready to get painted, (3 x Contemptor Dreads), 5 more Grave Wardens, 5 more Deathshroud, Mortarion himself, plus some vehicles….

But I’ll wait a bit, as I fancy some Heavy Flamers….

Anyway that’s all for now.

Cheers

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The Best of 2015?

What a year it’s been.  So much has been released for so many games that I’m not sure where I stand to be honest.  It’s like creating a list of the best ‘Films’ you’ve seen in the last 10 years – each day (and maybe hour) you think different.  I’m sure you’ll all agree that the best Horror film ever is ‘The Thing‘ (John Carpenter) but let’s move on, this is about 2015 and about games.

Where do I start first?  Let’s make a list.  I’ll look at Tabletop War Gaming, PC Gaming/Xbox Gaming, Board Gaming, Roleplaying and maybe other things about gaming.  So what were the 10 best things about 2015?  These are in no particular order – they just speak to me, and thus are remembered….

Ridend Faction for Relics Wargame

When were they released?  Back in June (end of) the Ridend finally saw the sun.  Based on (in my opinion) Goblins vs Labyrinth Goblins they opened up a whole new faction for the game.  Unlike the previous 4 factions they weren’t listed in that lovely rulebook.  They also became the first figures that Tor Gaming used 3D sculpting for the entire faction.  As I write this there’s a new Ridend Profile coming in January (I believe) – these are the Peasants.

Beyond the Gates of Antares

A sci-fi game written by Sir Rick of Priestly.  Now before I continue I will say I’m not Ricks greatest fan.  For me, he’s not a god – but he his a great game designer and has that ‘touch’.  So when I started to see more about this game during the summer holidays I had to look into it.  At the Derby World show I had a demo game and b00M!  I was hooked.  I loved the idea a simple human soldier (not a 7″ tall marine) could take down the most armoured of foe.  Yes it requires a lot of luck, but it’s possible and that for me works very well.

So I pre-ordered the new two player starter box, Xilos Horizon and awaited it to turn up.  Great value I thought at £70 (I went direct so they got all the money – rather than off a retailer – who would probably discount it) and got the pre-order bonuses, the extra figures and a peice of average scenery.  Still great value and since then haven’t had the chance to play a game!

You can find more about it here, but note it’s NOT a replacement for 40k, it’s more modern and follows pretty much the system used in Bolt Action.  Each unit gets to add a number of action dice and these are pulled out randomly.  I still need to re-read the rulebook (I’ve read it once and skimmed it) but the info is all over the place.  It could be I’m simply too used to technical books where all of the relevant information is normally contained together.

Anyway there will be a blog post about this coming soon, following my progress building my Concord (then maybe painting – new glasses/hands required!).

Horus Heresy

The fluff – wow the fluff.  Hooked I am on the audio books (I tend not to read much unless it’s a blog site/tech book) but I do like to listen.  Now there’s a lot of HH books, tons in fact, they seem to spawn more than I used to playing Unreal Tournament.  However it’s not the books/audiobooks that I think about, it’s about the work Forgeworld do.  Regardless of whether you think them stupidly expensive you have to admire their skill.  I didn’t go to the Forgeworld open day this year however it didn’t matter.  A new website and new models.  For me I was hoping Garro would be released (the former Death Guard Battle-Captain) and what a model he is:

Nathaniel Garro, Hand of the Sigillite

I can’t stop there either, the newer Leviathan Dreadnoughts are splendid – make me wish I had to time (and money) to play 30k still.  I still plan though to continue building my Death Guard forces – more in 2016.

Fallout 4

Mixed reviews about this one, lots of moans – but it can’t be the same as FA3 otherwise you’d be bored after just 30 hours.  Currently I’m 80 hours in.  I’ve finished the main story (I went with the Brotherhood) and I’ve done a lot of the side quests and my toon is level 52 but I’m not done.  Nope, still plenty to do.  Bobblehead hunting at the moment, then will collect the magazines and complete all the current sub-quests.  I may then re-play the game and do the other 3 endings…. or might focus on settlement (let a good few die off this time around!).

If you do want to get the most out of the game, pick up the Survival Guide from Prima.  They have a holiday sale on at the moment, so for $9.99 (about £7) you can pick up an online (not downloadable) guide which compared to a lot I’ve looked at, is pretty well done.  Invaluable if you want to scour the complete wasteland without wasting much time, but do like I did, play the game, complete it and then get it.

Maulifaux

Now a game that really tickles my heart (and taxes my brain).  I only got into this game during the early part of this year and have only played a few games of it but I love the models and the idea (and at the moment the randomness of the game).

Wyrd games have got one hell (pun intended) of a release schedule and from what I know these are just the plastic re-sculpts of older metal miniatures.  However I don’t care.  Coming now(ish) and soon(ish) (I’m in the UK so have to wait) are 2 releases for the Resurrectionists, these folks, the Drowned and the Gaki….

I’d also note that Wyrd Games were perhaps the first (that I noticed) to move away from studio painted to showing 3d sculpts and artwork on the boxes.  Works very well as no longer does it make you think ‘that painting is great, I can’t get to that level’.

Rippers Resurrected RPG

A little known RPG but again a game that I love the idea behind.  Think of this as the Victorian version of Hunter, so rather than being super hero player characters, you’re the unusual heros who take on the rippertech and use it to hunt down and kill off all those nasty things.  I backed a Kickstarter for this in September (more a pre-order I think) but over the last 48 hours I’ve managed to download all the new stuff (I backed at PDF level) and over the new year I’ll be eager to see how it’s moved on from the 1st edition.  Go here to find out more.

It’s a setting for the Savage Worlds rules, and I like these rules as they’re more light hearted and a lot simpler – a mix of online RPG and book based RPG rules.  Worth looking into if you want a fresh system that can be applied to any setting.

 

Finally we come to…

Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition

Technically it’s not ‘out’ in printed form, but Chaosium have finally released the PDF + Ebook versions of the rules for us all to enjoy.  I backed the Kickstarter all those years ago and so hope that in earlyish 2016 I’ll see the physical books arrive at my door step.  I can’t also wait for a few folks at Fantasy Grounds finish off the 7th Edition rules set – so that I may then convert over Horror on the Orient Express…..

Here’s the cover images for the main 2 rulebooks plus the keepers screen.  Go here to get yourself the free quick start rules.

So that’s it folks, plenty happening in 2015 and I could go on and on and on, but I’ll leave it at this.

Have yourselves a wonderful New Year and I hope to return far more regular in 2016.

Cheers
MBM

 

Death Guard (Loyalist) – Kill Team Project

Good Morning!

It’s been about time I looked at what team I wanted for the Kill Team Challenge.  Yes I know it was to be finished before Feb but I’ve been busy, very busy.

This time next week I shall be getting ready to go to the Forge World Open Day held in GW’s Warhammer World.  I’ve been for the last 2 years and I’m hoping that it will be a good day.

So my plan then is to pick up want I need for my 200 point kill team from the GW shop or from FW themselves depending on what exactly I need.

First off I had to pick which codex I wanted to use.

Looking at which armies that I like and have the codex for this was my list:

  • Tyranids
  • Tau
  • Space Marines
  • Eldar

I do have the older codex for Imperial Guards and thus I did think about that, however I wanted to use my Death Korps of Krieg but the rules state that you can’t use any Forgeworld lists which means the DKK wouldn’t really be DKK and thus I removed them (for the moment).

So with a bit of a umm, and errr and ummm and errr again, I decided that I’ll play some Space Marines.

Now as far as they go I had to choose from

  • Black Templars
  • Mantis Warriors
  • Death Guard (Horus Heresy era)

It didn’t take long for me to choose the Death Guard.  Recently I’ve been listening to the Black Library’s Horus Heresy Audiobooks whilst I’ve been working away so of course the Death Guard are in my mind (think the audio books are advertising…).  I also happen to like the very basic colour scheme, shouldn’t take too long to paint up… (he says).

I should of course have chosen the Black Templars, but I have enough of them built already so it wouldn’t really be a project.

As I prefer the Loyalist (non Chaos) version I’ve chosen to base my Kill Team list on the vanilla Space Marine codex.

Current thinking is for a unit of Tactical marines and some scouts.  Not sure yet on equipment but I believe this is a nice base to build up from.  I know I could look at using bikes/land speeder/razorback but for the moment I’ll stick to infantry.

So here are the scouts I’ll pick up:

Legion MKIV Recon Squad

For the tactical squad, some Legion Mk III Iron Amour with Death Guard shoulder pads.

Legion Mk III Iron Armour

Now FW aren’t cheap, but unlike Orcs/Nids, you don’t need that many to fill 200 points.  Of course these 200 points are going to be the basis of my 40k in 40 minutes force later in the year, but let’s start small…

As for painting them, I found this on the net, from FW.

So ‘lifting’ from that document, here’s the colour scheme (this may change a little) that I plan to use.

Death GuardArmour:

  1. Undercoat with Skull White spray
  2. Wash with 50/50 mix of Seraphim Sepia and Lahmian Medium
  3. Highlight with White Scar mixed with Lahmian Medium

Green

  1. Basecoat with Castellan Green
  2. Highlight with 50/50 mix of Castellan Green and Elysian Green
  3. Highlight with Elysian Green

Brass

  1. Basecoat with Warlock Bronze
  2. Highlight with Runelord Brass

Right, time to clean the kitchen…. Cheers
MBM

What I won’t get for Christmas 2012

Evening All,

I had to do this.

Christmas isn’t a time that I myself find exciting. The pressure of being ‘happy’ and all that jazz just doesn’t do it for me. This is also the first in many years where I’ve not been in the pub with my friends drinking our way to our graves only to be kicked out at 2am and told to ‘go home’.

So a quick post.

Recently I’ve treated myself to a load of Forgeworld models, quite a sizeable amount in fact as I’m planning on building a Horus Heresy force for the near future.

But as it’s Christmas I’m hoping I get some more stuff, but the chances are that it won’t happen.

Spartan Assault Tank

Spartan Assault Tank

An armoured transport of truly massive proportions, the Spartan is a heavy assault tank previously all but unknown outside of the revered Space Marine Chapters and the secretive Adeptus Mechanicus. The Spartan is a huge armoured conveyer whose purpose is to carry a large body of troops into the very heart of an enemy’s battle lines, weathering weapons fire that would be the death of any lesser vehicle.

Its design bears clear connections with that of the mighty Land Raider, and its genius is such that the greater proportion of its interior space is given over to a transport capacity greater than any other Imperial vehicle save the super-heavy Gorgons – being capable of carrying twenty-five power armoured Space Marines into battle. It is, however, considerably faster on the battlefield thanks to potent reactor-driven motive drives, and it boasts an equally potent armament in the form of sponson-mounted quad lascannon batteries and secondary heavy bolters.

It’s expensive at £95, but you only need 1 (well I hope so).

I am looking at picking up some other vehicles, doing some research at the moment to see what’s worth picking up as I don’t want to at that price pick up something that won’t be used!

Thunderhawk Gunship

If madness strikes me this will be a purchase, its very very expensive and the model is huge…

Thunderhawk Gunship

This is a massive model of the famous Space Marine Thunderhawk Gunship. This mighty engine of destruction is armed with a pair of wing-mounted Lascannons, 4 twin-linked Heavy Bolters, a Thunderhawk Cannon that can be upgraded to a Turbo Laser, and wing mounts for up to 6 Hellstrike Missiles. Capable of carrying up to 30 Space Marines in various combinations, the Thunderhawk Gunship measures 19 inches/480mm longand 17 inches/440mm wide.

This model comes in at £399 and I really really do hope you need just 1.  However it’s a massive model looking at the size and so I’d need to make sure I got myself a new airbrush for the job!

Next up comes some more Infantry to fit alongside my Mk II and Mk III squads

Deathshroud Terminators Squad

Deathshroud Terminators

Forgeworld recently ran a little Jigsaw competition (with no prizes to be won) and at the end of it revealed the result.  Death Guards Legion Deathshroud Terminators.

So it looks like in the new year that we’ll be seeing these beauties up for sale.

Have a look at that picture, they look amazingly excellent and the Scythes they use do sweeping attacks allowing you to attack any figure in base to base contact.  These guys should be lethal if they’re dispatched from an assault vehicle.

Last we come to an assault Vehicle

Caestus Assault Ram

Caestus Assault Ram

Look at this model, doesn’t it look bloody impressive.  Yep I agree.  Picture that with the Death Guard colours and insignia and what we have is a vehicle able to send 10 of the Deathshroud Terminators down the throat of pretty much any enemy they choose to want to kill.

This vehicle has invulnerability save from frontal attacks including when it rams things of 5+, has excellent armour and well, it gets there and deploys whatever it’s carrying.  Talking of which, it can carry upto 10 Marines in Power Armour, Artificer Armour or Terminal Armour, perfect for the Deathshroud chaps above.

Anyway this is enough for me not to expect, one lot because they’re not available, another because it’s expensive and the other two because, well we spent enough on the extension, I will treat myself though.

So until next time, have a great Christmas if that’s your thing and I hope Santa brings you all the goodies you wanted!

Cheers
Col