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Death Guard (Loyalist) – Kill Team Project – Update #1


After my post last month (where does time go?), time for a small update.

So I picked up from FW (at the Open Day 2014) some Scouts, a set of Mark III (Iron) Marines (x2 for 10) (with Phobos bolters and Shoulderpads) and a Death Guard legion Contemptor Dreadnought (plus more for my 40k in 40mins army later in the year) but these are the ones I think I will work on.

Now going back to the post here, we have 200 points and must pick the following:

0 – 1 Elite
0 – 2 Troops
0 – 1 Fast Attack

You also need to make sure you have minimum unit numbers, ie 5 marines, plus if your codex states you need more than 1 unit and so on.  It’s worth reading the rules because not all models can be taken (wound limits).

With that in mind, here’s list one:

5 x Scouts (with Sniper rifles and Camo Cloaks), maybe with a Heavy Bolter – around 70-83 points)

1 x Comtemptor Dreadnought (with Twin-Linked Heavy Bolters/Heavy Flamer and Twin-Linked Autocannon – kill of those Orcs/Nids – 20 points)


Scouts can be placed last and in cover so with the Rifles should be able to take out Elites

Dreadnought should be able to cope with large troop numbers such as Orcs/Nids


Low figure count.  Orcs/Nids could finish killing just 5 scouts quickly with numbers.

List two:

5 x Scouts (with Sniper rifles and Camo Cloaks), maybe with a Heavy Bolter – around 70-83 points)

6 x Marines (with Missile Launcher and Sergeant will have a Power Sword/Axe – 70 points plus 15 for the ML and 15 for the Power Weapon – 114 points)


Higher figure count

Lots of firepower with the ML and Heavy Bolter.


No mass killing as the ML has just 1 shot and the strength of the Frag missiles and AP rating won’t be killing many Marines.

List three:

Same as List two except, swap Power Sword for Jump packs on the Marines (18 points for these)

200 points is hard though to get in any decent SM army list.  These lists won’t win but they’re forming the 400 point army for later.   This is a start though, and I hope to get some painted soon (the scouts/marines are built – just need painting).

I have though got more Death Guard, more of that in the first 400 in 40 mins post coming later in the week.




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


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


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

Right, time to clean the kitchen…. Cheers

March is gone, so what have I been doing?


I should be out but instead I’m at home, writing this of course.

Now that March has gone (well nearly) it’s time to look at what’s happened.

First, let’s look at Relics.

As some of you might remember Tor Gaming ran a KS project called ‘Relics Reinforcements‘ during Jan/Feb, well time is moving on and so I thought I’d pop back to see what they were upto.

They’ve been busy.  If you look at the updates (some are only for backers) you can see that the models are still being sculpted (some are finished) and that Gavin has recently been working on the new rulebook.

That’s great news, my ONLY issue with Relics was the first Rulebook was a bit hard to read, the fonts and spacing, well let’s say they didn’t work with my eyes.  But look here, see how good the new Rulebook will look.

Reading from the update post it seems there will be two versions.  The first release a ~140 page A5 full colour hardback rulebook.  Nice.  A5 is a good size and I know if I have to take a Rulebook with me (40k/Warmachine) I prefer A5 versions and it being hardback means hopefully the cover/corners won’t get damaged too quickly.  Not that mine do, I take too much care, but I’ve seem some copies of them…

Next though and the interesting point is that they’re also going to release a Limited Edition release.  200 of these will be made and the cost is just £20, so I’ll order one of them via my KS pledge (limited to 1 per customer).  When I get mine, I’ll post a nice blog with photos.

Anyway onto some other KS projects that have my cash waiting for them and both have hit their targets so I know I’m going to get some goodies in the post later over summer.

First up we have Torn Armor (yes the U doesn’t exist but we the English can still read the word so no moaning).

A boardgame with some very nice figures being created for it.  I won’t go into much detail as you can find everything on their KS project webpage.  But time hasn’t run out yet for you to get a great deal so pop over now and pledge.

Second we have something very different, still a boardgame but a much darker game.

The KS project is called ‘Spinespur, the Survival Horror miniatures game‘.  Phew that’s quite a title.

This project has reached it’s goal but only just.  There are still 6 days left on it, so please if you like Horror games then take a good look at this.  It’s very interesting and one of the rules that I love is that when a character dies, they die with all their gear and you can pop over and loot them, amazing – now we just need Xbox/PC games to follow this.

And that’s the end of the KS stuff, back now to my SAGA Vikings.

During March I managed to paint 9 of them, a very poor result but a start.  That’s as many figures as I painted the entire of last year!  I will continue with them but I’ve been set a challenge that I shall post about in the week that follows.

Next we come to Warmachine.

This needs it’s own post, so I’ll just say that after looking at various rulebooks recently for a little project I picked up my Warmachine A5 rulebook and re-read parts of it.  Tonight I just happened to order more models and I’ve got a game of Warmachine on Thursday, I’ve not played Warmachine since last summer….

Lastly we come to GW.


There we are, quite simple wasn’t it.

I picked up the White Dwarf iPad subscription (£44 for the year was quite cheap) and had to go through reading all about the Tau.  Plus White Dwarf is 400 editions old, bloody hell I have some in the cupboard upstairs that are in their 70’s.  Yep, I’m old.

I had of course to order the Ltd Edition Tau Codex.  Tau have been a secret ‘like’ of mine for years but GW left them for dead.  So what we have is a small release, a few new models, a new codex and some existing models now in plastic.

Very much like the Warmachine section, this one needs a post all of it’s own and i’ll get that tomorrow I would hope.

Anyway I feel like painting some models, but I have guests and they are staying in my spare room/painting studio, so the Warmachine blog post next.


For the Emperor! A Dark Vengeance is soon to be upon us.

It’s been a few months since Games Workshop released Warhammer 40k 6th Edition and from what I can see, a lot of players feel it’s a good improvement upon 5th.  This of course means that over the next few years we’ll see updated codices for many faction but first off, we have the new 2 player starter box coming very soon (1st September 2012).

It’s called ‘Dark Vengeance’ and features the Emperors’ Dark Angels against chaos, Crimson Slaughter Chaos Space Marines.  We have here a picture of the box (I do like black) and its contents.

There’s plenty of chatter on the net and there’s not much more to be said at the moment but the images released by Games Workshop make you wish time would move forward and hurry up until release day.

First off they are releasing the Limited Edition of the Box set which contains a limited Dark Angel miniature, that of the Dark Angel’s Interrogator-Chaplain Seraphicus and what an amazing figure we have.

Once the Limited Edition is sold out, they’ll be releasing the normal edition.  So if you want Interrogator-Chaplain Seraphicus and knowing GW, the Limited Edition will sell out very quick so I’ve ordered my box set from Wayland Games, and I’d ask you to order from them as well (link below) or from your local independent shop.


So then, what does this Box Set Include?  Well the Limited Edition contains 49 miniatures, plus the much sought after mini-rule book, some dice, markers and more.

Dark Angel Army.

  • Interrogator-Chaplain Seraphicus
  • Dark Angels Company Master
  • Dark Angels Librarian
  • 5 Deathwing Terminators
  • 10 Dark Angel Tactical Marines
  • 3 Ravenwing Bikes

Crimson Slaughter Chaos Space Marine army.

  • Chaos Lord
  • 6 Chosen Chaos Space Marines
  • Hellbrute
  • 10 Close Combat Chaos Cultists
  • 10 Ranged Chaos Cultist

Lastly we have the extras in the box.

  • Mini Rulebook (168 pages)
  • 48 page How To Play Booklet
  • 1 Reference Sheet
  • 1 Flamer Template
  • 1 Small Blast Marker
  • 1 Large Blast Marker
  • 1 Dice Pack
  • 2 Range Rulers

So for your £65 (£58.50 plus P&P from Wayland) that’s one hell of a great deal and the figures do look amazing on both sides.

Here’s a gallery of the miniatures (taken from Games Workshop website) and as you can see, you must buy the box even if you have your own Dark Angels/Chaos Marines. I myself have an almost finished Deathwing Army and now I know where I can find the variance I wanted to help build up the last unit I need….

Not that much to say now really.  Of course go to Games Workshop website and look at what else you need and then go to your Independent shop or if you shop online use Wayland Games.

Anyway until next time (when the box arrives) I’ll let you know what I really think.

Until then, For the Emperor!

For the Emporer! – 40k Open Day (Blog 2 of 2)

So where was I, writing a follow up to this blog post….

Oh yes, my friends eldest and I had just finished our lunch (I had the fat slob double burger thing – quite nice) and so after my hip flask purchase we ambled upstairs into the hall of miniatures.

Mighty impressive I think and a touch of humour as well in places.

Once again my lack of ‘I have a camera, let’s take lots of shots’ has caught me out here, but I took some (mainly Black Templar) and my friend took a lot more (see the Eldar Titan), so here goes the pictures in a nice gallery format.

So what happened next?

Well it was time to go to the Seminar ’40k – Designing the new rules’.  It was being held in an area through Bugmans Bar where previously I’ve eaten during a Forgeworld event.

Sitting on some sofa’s on a stage were Jeremy Vetok, Jervis Johnson and Matt Ward.

Sorry that I didn’t take pictures, again brain freeze.

They answered a series of pre-asked questions mainly regarding rules but also fluff.  After that they opened the floor for questions and I had two but only time to ask one directly.  My question was “Let’s say you’re a Space Marine and I’m trying to shoot you, why would hiding behind that sofa offer you cover save, when in fact it will make me harder to hit you, take it further imagine you’re in a pill box, if I hit you it’s your armour that saves you, not the cover around you.”.  Matt Ward answered and said something along the lines of “It’s a crazy old rule that we didn’t get rid of”.  Jervis then took the microphone and explained that in 4th Edition that decided to make a decision to remove modifiers from the to hit, to wound and to save rolls, so instead they thought of that and it’s the way things will stay for the moment.”

Then the session ended, it was a very quick hour.

I approached Matt Ward and first fumbled my ‘to find my autograph pen’ roll and he signed my 40k Collectors Edition using his own pen.  We had a brief chat about Blast templates and why Orcs are as accurate as Space Marines.  At first he didn’t get my point, as Marines have a BS of 4 and Orcs 2 so Marines would deviate 2″ less, it was then I pointed out that both had a 1 in 3 chance of hitting due to the dice having 2 faces with a hit.  Then he got it, explained again it was an older rule, but sadly didn’t suggest that there would be any changes in the future.  Perhaps it’s a bit too early to plan 7th Edition, but I suspect it’s not, I suspect things were wanting to be changed, but didn’t make the cut.  I also get the impression that they couldn’t have too many changes so the existing player base and I can agree with that.  A quick chat with Jeremy and he signed my book, top man really – really really into the passion of the 40k universe.

A saunter then back into the main hall, a look around, a few more photographs and then a chat with John Blanche, again I should have taken a photo! I had a good chat about upcoming British Artists and the lack of them, his style (and my lack of fondness for a lot of it) and then he signed my book. He wrote the words “Burn Heretic”, perhaps in reply to my words…

After a few more chats it was time for the trip home.

It was a good day, I enjoyed it.  I could have (and should have) made more of it, I was a little shell shocked, tired really as it was a long round trip – but I may go back in November for a painting Masterclass session…. perhaps the Hive Tyrant, not sure, the cost isn’t the issue – it’s what I get out of the day and I’m not a fan of doing these things solo.

However I did manage to get my 6th Edition Collectors book signed by Alex Boyd, John Blanche, Jeremy Votek and Matt Ward… a few more names to get I think!

Right, i’ll sign off now, I am thinking of doing a further blog post on this, mainly the additional pictures, not sure yet, but I’ll leave you with some excellent pictures of the 1st Founding Imperial Fists Chapter..

For the emperor!

A short update….

Hello all,

Just a quick update on things.

Right, blog postings.  I’ve got a few on the go at the moment, these are all work-over-time type postings.

For example, I’m still typing up (and sorting out the pictures) for my 40k Open Day Blog 2 of 2 (which may become 3 posts!).  That’s taking some time as there’s a lot of messing and re-writing and so on.

However I also have a post on my Clash of Empires army that will soon be in full swing, on top of that I have a second post of Empire of the Dead showing my progress on my Gentlemen’s Club and off of that a, blog post on bases and basing, namely Black Cat Bases (being used for my EotD Gentlemen’s Club) and Product for Wargamers MDF bases that I’ve bought for my Black Powder Naps.

That is not the end, oh no.  I’ve also bought the War of the Ring rules, plus now ordered the Lord of the Rings (Games Workshop) rules, along with an army based on the Angmar lists as found in the Moria and Angmar army list book!

Phew, so much going on.

I’ve also sent GW an email, a plead more like.  I’ve asked them if I can arrange to interview Matt Ward, Jerm Votek or Adam Troke (the writers of 40k 6th Edition).

Anyway bed beckons, so I best sign off.

Hope to finish the 40k follow up blog tomorrow.


For the Emporer! – 40k Open Day (Blog 1 of 2)

Saturday 14th July 2012 after the launch of the latest edition of 40k, Games Workshop ran an Open Design day.  I saw this as a great opportunity to pick up some signatures for my collectors edition of the new rulebook.

Now before I go on, let me state that a number of these pictures are from a friend who came with me (thanks Greg), I, even had my camera with my but as I don’t take it many places I just didn’t think to take pictures!  I did a few of the models etc, but nothing of any real interest as to what was going on.

Due to my missus being away and the desire to not take my two young children I went down to Peterborough dropped them off with my folks, picked up a friend and his (older than my) kids and then headed up the A1 and across the A52 to find this:

After being directed to park up, we made our way into the Warhammer World building and were greeted by a couple of staff who replaced our tickets with wrist bands.  At this point sprung upon us were choices for which seminars we could attend during the day.  Let’s say we were very surprised at this and luckily for others trying to get in there wasn’t a mass of people being held up.

This wasn’t so well handled.  We umm’d and arrr’d and made a few decisions after which we were told we could pop down and pick up another seminar voucher if we changed our minds.

Anyway walking up the stairs and into the gaming hall we saw the stalls of the various departments, here are a couple of pictures of what we saw:

After going around and looking at what there was, we started to talk to a few people.

First we talked at a couple of sculptors.  One was working on creating a total new model.  I don’t what who he was, or what the model would be (Page 159 – middle picture) but he did say it was be quite hard because the picture was 2d.  I asked what concepts they got and he said that depends on what they’re creating.  Normally all weapons would be drawn for them to sculpt but some models themselves would just be some basic sketches and they would be allowed to create the model how they saw it, assuming it was in the spirit of what was needed.

We then spoke about why Plastic models are creating ‘3 up’.  I was given two answers, but the basic was that when creating the stainless steel moulds they had to be careful that there were no sharp points on the sides, and for the details that were needed, they were best created larger and shrank down by a computer to the correct size.  It did say that a normal 28mm model can take a few weeks to sculpt and that a 3-up model a lot longer and a lot more sculpting putty.  The models themselves seemed to be a mix of Super Scupley FIRM Grey and what looks like GW’s own ‘Green Stuff’.

So here are some pictures of what I saw on display – they really are excellent stuff.  Sadly the models were put in glass cabinets that had mirrors at the back (to keep them lighted I think).  However do you recognise any of these, I sure do…

I then next moved on to find some of the people responsible for putting the 6th edition together, I knew Matt Ward would be at the seminar later and hoped I could get him there.  So next over to the art area.

My first conversation was with a young chap who helped put the books together.  He’s one of them men who put all that time into making sure the text reads and flows well and fits into the space it has.  Oddly enough he was there to help people with their painting skills.  We talked about the new Citadel range of paints.  He explained how it had all been put together which now makes total sense.  You have the base colours and then all the highlighting layers available without the need to mix any.  Plus the layering paints are also thin enough that you don’t need you use a thinner.  I do also have the comment that the new Painting Guide book is excellent and very well thought about.

Once finished with him I went off and talked to some of the artists, finally I had found my cover artists, Mr. Alex Boyd.  He was kind enough to sign my book and we spoke about how long it took, how he did it and what he thought of it, the cover that was.  It was a shock to find out how long that cover art had taken, but when he told us of the story of it (and showed us the original painting it was based on) we could understand why.  I also spent a bit of time talking to the chap who does all the uniform guides for GW (not just the 40k but the WHFB stuff as well).  That was quite interesting and as we spoke he let me into some information that the Black Templars may NOT get another codex as they’re not a founding chapter, they are a second founding from the Imperial Fists.  Now that I look at the pictures we took, and some pictures in the new rulebook are all about the Imperial Fists – so are they about to get their own codex and the BT be a section within?  The word on the web is that BT are next then Tau, we shall see…

Popped over the the FW guys and bought a copy of the new release Aeronautica and some artwork for myself.  I picked up from the Black Library stall 3 limited edition prints.  All by Jon Sullivan we have 2 of the 3 prints right here, sadly I couldn’t find the best one that I have and the pictures are crap.

Another look around and then it was time for my friend and his youngest to go and take part in a sculpting and detailing miniatures seminar.  I took his eldest and went into Bugmans Bar, ordered lunch and drinks and of course I had to have a Bugmans…. it’s ok, not great.

Next up I looked around the Bugmans Shop and bought myself a hip flask.  No real need for one, but just wanted one.

After this half way point in the day and still a good 45 minutes until the Seminar on the ‘Rules design’ for 6th Edition, Liam and I headed up stairs to the hall of miniatures.

Sadly though this is the end of this blog, if I go on any further you’ll die of boredom, so come back in a days for part 2.  More info from various folks, a chat with John Blanche, chat with Matt Ward and a brief chat with Jerm Vortek.

Until then remember ‘For the Emporer!’

The Dawn of War, Day 6?

25 Years they say, has it really been 25 years since I first picked up Warhammer 40,000?  Then called Rogue Trader, that tome with the hardback cover all those pages of rules, drawings and some miniatures.  I can’t remember much about it.  I can remember building a Chapter and selecting the Space Wolves before GW went silly on them.

No such thing as a codex, but plenty of support in White Dwarf.  Good times, cheap figures, 2 Land Raiders in one box for £20 and plenty of drastic plastic beaked marines.  I though went Ork, picked up Waaarrggghhh the Orks and ‘Ere we go and built a bad moon force…. it was a shame what they did to the Dwarfs of Warhammer and I hope one day they return, return as Dwarfs are meant to be, short, strong and equally as stubborn.

So what’s the point of this post?

Not 100% sure is that answer, perhaps just an insight into how I think.  I played 5th Edition, only lost 1 game (only played a dozen) (and only lost that to a cheating opponent – as I later found out) and as such I can’t say I’m an avid 40ker..  Yet when GW announced 6th Edition I thought they’d actually learn from the changing wargamming world (where there share is shrinking) and as it’s 25 years later we would probably see a very nice effort to make this edition special.

Me being me, I bought the rulebook (from Wayland Games) and then went over to GW and bought the Collectors Edition.  The latter was £80 and a lot for a book?  Not really, i’ve seen books that cost much more that are half the size in pages, this is a collectors item and on Ebay I can already see them going for £300+.

Here are a few images of the standard and collectors editions.

So above you have images mainly of the covers, and more pictures of the various different coverings of the collectors edition.  That edition comes in a box that’s all marked up, it’s then inside a slip case which has a gate fold cover.  Inside the slip case is the rulebook and I have to say the quality of the book is excellent, well worth the £80 and for some worth over £300 already.

I have plans though for it.  I’m going to go down to Warhammer World for whatever events with some friends and I’ll take it with me, ask to see if I can get it signed by any of the artists/writers.  Some could say that’ll ruin it, I don’t agree.

What do I think of the new rules?  Not had a good chance to read them, I note the cover save still exists, which annoys me, since when does being behind a tree save me?  Surely it’s harder to hit me not hurt me if I’m hit….. vehicles have hull points and psykers have levels or somesuch.  I’m sure over time I’ll ingest all the rules and decide what I think.  Sadly the Black Templar don’t get too much of a mention in the miniatures showcase, not even a full page, yet the sisters do, I wonder if this is the future for the Templars?  I hope not, I want to finish painting my Templars at some point.

Talking of painting, finally booked myself an eye appointment on Thursday morning, assuming I get my glasses by the weekend I should be able to start reducing my massive collection of figures.

Anyway that’s enough for this post, 6th Edition, is it any better?  To early to say, but no big changes, nothing about 25 years and perhaps a pointless upgrade, time will tell.


The day after….

It’s Sunday, I should be doing other stuff, but alas I feel like not.

Went out yesterday with a good  friend up from Peterborough.  Wasn’t anything special couple of pints at the Kelham Island Tavern and then a trip to the Devonshire cat when my better half joined us.  A few more drinks consumed, nothing much but a few Pale Riders as Jaipur was not on (damn them!).

I then produced to come home when they went off clubbing , speak to the baby sitters for a little while before they went home.  A brief spat on the xbox and then bed as its me who has to get up with the girls.

Little did I know what was going to happen though, missus stumbles into the bedroom at 3:30, tells me the room is spinning then proceeds to spend the next 3 hours getting in and out of bed at one point she left to ‘evacuate’ her stomach into the bathroom sink, nice.

Then of course my angels got up at 7:45 so that’s a grand 4 hours sleep, split into 3 hours and then just over 1.  I am not tired, two cups of Typhoo! are doing a sterling job.

Received delivery of my 40k Tyranid force though from this friend who transported it from the chap whos house we play.  It’s now tidied away in the respective battlefoam boxes, I should paint them – but not sure.

Looking online now for my 40th birthday that’s coming soon. I’m being tasked with a ‘what do you want?’ and the trouble I find is that I tend to buy myself everything I need….. anyway family stuff to do now, need to replace the leaky fishtank.