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Space Wolves Tactics in 30K

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

My good buddy Pete at the Pete Happens blog, wrote this article on Space Wolves Tactics in 30K.Pete is a fantastic student of the game and his analysis of different armies is always of interest to me.  Here is his take on the Space Wolves in Infer…

Forge World addiction? What Forge World addiction?

Posted on February 21st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Hi, my name is Loken, and I am a resin addict.Yup, I have a problem.  But let’s face it, it is a good problem.  I buy Forge World.  I buy too much Forge World.  I have boxes and boxes and bags and bags of unbuilt models, like man…

Inferno Arrives!

Posted on February 17th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Inferno is here!

The long awaited Forge World Horus Heresy book has arrived!
From Forge World:
The Horus Heresy Book Seven – Inferno is a supplement for Warhammer 40,000 which depicts the cataclysmic battle of the Burning of Prospero, home planet of the Thousand Sons Legion, the near-destruction of that Legion, the fall of its Primarch, Magnus, and the tangled web of fate and treachery which led up to it.

Within the leather-bound, 312-page book, you’ll find detailed background information on the Fall of Prospero, told across six chapters from The Trial of The Sorcerer to The Seeds of Heresy, exploring the bitter struggle to defend Prospero from the merciless punishment meted out by the Imperium’s forces. Included are full army lists for Space Wolves, Thousand Sons and Talons of the Emperor, allowing you to play the full Prospero campaign – 4 Missions, 3 Conclusion Missions and 3 Legendary Missions are included, alongside a host of special and optional rules.

The Space Wolves and Thousand Sons benefit from Legion-specific Rites of War and specific units and wargear, with full rules for their respective Primarchs included.

Full background for the forces involved is included: on the side of the Imperium you’ll find Space Wolves, Legio Custodes, Sisters of Silence, Servants of the Warmaster and the Ordo Sinister covered in great detail, with the same care and attention placed upon the background of the forces of Prospero: the Thousand Sons, Legio Xestobiax and the Forge World of Zhao Arkhad.

Also included is a Mechanicum appendix – this features rules for the Acastus Knight Porphyrion, Vultarax Stratos-automata and Karacnos Assault Tank, amongst others.

The Horus Heresy Book Seven: Inferno is a complete expansion for the Warhammer 40,000 game – it requires the Warhammer 40,000 rulebook, the Legiones Astartes Crusade Army List and the Mechanicum Taghmata Army List books to use all of its contents.

 You can order it on the Forge World website. It costs
Loken

Heresy Trading on Facebook!

Posted on February 13th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Heresy Trading gets a US group!I have been a member of the Heresy Trading group on Facebook, but sadly, that group seems to be 95% U.K. based.  And with shipping being as expensive as it is these days, I felt we needed a U.S. group.So we started a…

Horus Heresy Previews – Angelus Seminar Notes

Posted on February 5th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The Angelus Seminar closed out the Horus Heresy Weekender.I was way in the back, so thanks here to Battle Bunnies for all their photos and notes.It’s the Dark Angel and Blood Angel’s time to shine. This completes several slots in the Horus Heresy …

Custodes heavy Dreadnought Revealed!

Posted on February 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

You thought a Leviathan was big?Well, the Custodes have an even bigger Dreadnought!Need 3Loken

Sister of Silence Kharon photos

Posted on February 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Straight out of Flash Gordon!The Sisters of Silence are in charge of the Imperial Tithe, and we aren’t talking taxes!  It is the culling of psykers!  And here is how they collect them.  With totally silent vehicles delivered via the Blac…

Forge World New Model Seminar!

Posted on February 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The New Model Seminar! Thanks to Battle Bunnies for their photos.  Saved me a lot of effort shooting over people’s heads!Notes:Scoria is being worked on. Dreadnought Drop pod might come back. Dorn and Alpharius are still not being w…

Inferno Army Summaries – Part 4 The Space Wolves

Posted on February 4th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Space Wolves rules!Here is Garro’s continual summary of the rules from the newly released “Inferno”.As we keep saying, this is the hottest book yet, with so much new stuff and THREE great armies (Thousand Sons, Space Wolves, Talons of the Emperor – …

More Custodes Model Photos

Posted on February 4th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

More Custodes photos for you.I love this stuff, so I took a bunch of photos for you all.           Hope you enjoy them!Loken 

New Custodes Models

Posted on February 4th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Custodes models in bound!And the Custodes jetbike is sweet!Thanks to Garro for these photos!Loken

Inferno Army Summaries – Part 3 The Thousand Sons Characters

Posted on February 4th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

  The Thousand Sons’ characters examined.Here is Vhalyar’s summary of the rules for Thousand Sons characters from the newly released “Inferno”.  INFERNO COVERAGE PART 2 – THOUSAND SONS CHARACTERSAzhek AhrimanML4 Psyker, locked to Divination….

Inferno Army Summaries Part 2 – Talons of the Emperor

Posted on February 4th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Constantin ValdorThe Talons of the Emperor are here!And here’s what you get to work with:UNITS    (Thanks to sol_invictus of the Heresy30K forums)HQ: Legio Custodes Shield CaptainHQ: Sisters of Silence Oblivion Knight-CenturaHQ: Sisters …

Inferno Army Summaries – Part 1 The Thousand Sons

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

  Magnus’ Sons are here!No, it is not Ben Kingsley!Well, not that we are over that, here is Vhalyar’s summary of the rules from the newly released “Inferno”.  Honestly, this is the hottest book yet, with so much new stuff and THREE great…

Horus Heresy Weekender 2017 – It begins!

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

It is Friday night, and the event hasn’t even officially begun and there are already more people here than I ever remember on a Friday.  We all got our badges and now there is an Adeptus Titanicus demo game.The Forge World table awaits gettuing sw…

Nottingham Beware!

Posted on February 1st, 2017 under , . Posted by

Horus Heresy Weekender, here I come!The bags are packed and I am at LAX waiting for my flight.  Next stop Atlanta for 5 hours then London Heathrow.If you are going to the weekender, I will see you there!And yes, I bought a new larger suitcase just…

Inferno First Look

Posted on February 1st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Inferno is almost here!

From Forge World:

Last week, we saw the cover of the hugely anticipated ‘Inferno’ for the first time.

Today, we get our first look inside of book seven of Forge World’s Horus Heresy supplements, based on the infamous battle for Prospero and its capital Tizca.

The book will follow the structure of the previous 6 instalments in the series. A large chunk of this over-300-page tome is given over to the narrative of the story: the events that lead to Magnus’ censure, and the battle for the City of Light itself. Interestingly for you fans of Horus Heresy lore out there, it is written from an Imperial historical perspective, shining fresh light on events that we have previously witnessed only in the Black Library books ‘A Thousand Sons‘ and ‘Prospero Burns‘.

As you’d expect, there are a lot of Space Wolves and Thousand Sons in the book, but they are not the only combatants. The Talons of the Emperor are also deployed in force (Legio Custodes and Sisters of Silence) and we also hear about some of the less well known forces, such as emissaries of the Warmaster, Mechanicus contingents and Solar Auxillia Regiments.

A lot of work has gone into depicting the city of Tizca itself. We have seen this location a few times before in the background of artwork (often as rubble…), but you really get a sense of the city thanks to some stunning landscape vistas and maps.

That’s just the background though, and as you’d expect, there are also rules aplenty in the rest of the book, including over 100 pages of army lists, new units, Rites of War, missions, campaigns and a couple of Primarchs. 

It certainly looks like this book is all set to live up to the hype surrounding it. We all know how this story ends (in flame) but the fun is very much in the journey.

Copies will be available first this weekend at the Horus Heresy Weekender and available very soon after for the rest of you.

Well, that is the word from the Overlords at Forge World!  I will be at the Horus Heresy Weekender and blogging live!

Loken

PETA wants your Space Wolves Pelts!

Posted on January 30th, 2017 under , . Posted by

PETA is after the Space Wolves!


This from Slashgear:

PETA is causing a rift in the world of gaming once again, but instead of calling foul on video games, our focus is on Warhammer 40,000. PETA has put in a request with Games Workshop CEO Kevin Rountree to ask that the company stop depicting fur garments in its miniatures. It’ll likely strike many as a strange request, but as always, PETA has its reasons.
Primarily, it’s asking Games Workshop to stop outfitting its miniatures with fur garments because doing so sends a message that wearing is okay. In a statement laid out on PETA’s blog, the organization says that even though it realizes Warhammer 40k is a fictional universe, it still doesn’t think depicting soldiers wearing fur needs to have any place in it.
PETA has written to Games Workshop CEO Kevin Rountree asking that the leading British miniature war-gaming brand ban “fur” garments from all Warhammer characters. While we appreciate that they are fictional, draping them in what looks like a replica of a dead animal sends the message that wearing fur is acceptable – when, in fact, it has no more place in 2017 than it would in the year 40,000.

While we understand PETA’s point, these concerns may be a little misplaced. After all, these are not only plastic furs but a completely different, fictional universe in which magic exists and people hit each other with hammers. Gamers haven’t reacted all that well to PETA’s request, flooding the blog post in question with a number of negative comments.
For the uninitiated, Warhammer 40,000 is a war game centered around these miniature figures. Players purchase, assemble, and paint these miniatures before facing off with their opponents. The game has quite a following, and its popularity with tabletop gamers is probably why PETA is focusing on it in this latest campaign.
At the end of it all, we likely won’t hear anything from Games Workshop regarding PETA’s letter. We’ll leave it to you to determine if PETA is warranted in its request, but this does beg the question: what will we be wearing in the year 40,000? Let us know what you think about fashion in the distant future and PETA’s campaign in the comments section below!
SOURCE: PETA

Dear Emperor, please tell me this is a joke.

Your loyal servant, Loken

The Wolves Arrive…

Posted on January 28th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Maybe there are wolves on Fenris….

New products hit the street from Forge World in the form of Wolves of the Wolf King and some Word Bearer (yuck) dice!
From Forge World:

Said to be companions of the Wolf King from his earliest days as a foundling upon the bleak desolation of Fenris, these two creatures are beasts of prodigious size, formidable intelligence and a physical power that beggars belief in purely ‘natural’ creatures of their type. The guardians of the Wolf King’s hearth, from time to time when he calls they follow alongside him into battle as they may, ripping apart the hated foe limb from limb.


A pair of large creatures that would make an ideal centrepiece, the Wolf-kin of Russ can be added as a special HQ choice for a Space Wolves Legion army that includes Leman Russ. Formidable at close range, they use their enormous teeth and claws to do the bidding of their master. Rules for using The Wolf-kin of Russ as part of a Space Wolves army in Horus Heresy games can be found in the forthcoming book, The Horus Heresy Book Seven – Inferno.

This highly-detailed multi-part resin kit makes two Wolf-kin of Russ including 2 scenic 90mm oval bases – these feature unfortunate enemy Space Marines being torn apart, which can be painted in the colours of whichever Chapter you prefer. The 20-component kit is presented in a black Horus Heresy Character Series box.
And there are Word Bearer dice!
 
You know where to get em!

Loken

Dracosan Armoured Transport Review

Posted on January 27th, 2017 under , . Posted by

The Solar Auxilia transport reviewed!Rob from 30K plus 40K did this awesome review of the Solar Auxilia Dracosan and so I am reprinting it here!  Thanks Rob and check out his blog.From Rob:I’ve been piling in the hours to get my solar auxilia pain…

Horus Heresy Weekender is coming and we will be there!

Posted on January 26th, 2017 under . Posted by

The Horus Heresy Weekender is coming!I will be there and I hope you all will come up and say hi.  Will be hanging with my Heresy30K forum buddies, and we have special Heresy30K lanyards for those of you who are members.  Make sure you follow …

Inferno Info Released!

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Inferno is amost here!
 
Via Warhammer Community

“That’s right folks, feast your eyes on the cover of The Horus Heresy: Book Seven – Inferno.

Arguably the most anticipated Forge World book since the launch of our Horus Heresy supplements, Inferno is the campaign book that chronicles the epic battle of Prospero.

This is the saga of the Space Wolves and Thousand Sons Legions – two loyal(ish) Legions set upon each other by the machinations of Chaos and the traitorous Warmaster. It is one of the greatest tragedies of the era, but for Horus Heresy fans, one of the most awesome opportunities for games!

As you’d expect, there are loads of new rules for Space Wolves and Thousand Sons armies – both of which can deviate quite considerably from the standard Space Marine Legion force. It’s not just the VI and XV Legions in the book though – also covered are the Talons of the Emperor: the Sisters of Silence and Legio Custodes. Even in an age of superhuman demi-gods, this force is elite, with access to loads of great vehicle support for their unequaled infantry.

All in – it’s looking great, it’s going to be awesome, and it’s on its way very soon.”

Horus Heresy Weekender Schedule Up!

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The Schedule is up!And Heresy30K will be there all weekend!  So stay tuned here for all the photos and news!Loken

Forge World Release New Custodes Models

Posted on January 20th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The Legio gets reinforcements!Forge World has released more goodies for the Emperor’s best! Galatus Contemptor Dreadnought  Custodes Pallas Grav TankGrav Attack Bundle Legio Custodes Collection BundleCheck out all the new goodies here.&n…

Mastering Raven Guard Alpha and Beta Strike

Posted on January 13th, 2017 under . Posted by

The Raven Strikes!

This blog first appeared on Pete Happens, a blog dedicated to the Raven Guard.  Guest blogger Patton wrote this excellent article!

From Patton:

Welcome sons of Deliverance. Today we’re going to look at the way of the Raven Guard: Strike Fast, and Strike Hard. There are two ways to design the Raven Guard to do this: Alpha-strike or Beta-strike.

For the rest of this article, we’re going to look at list design to accomplish these goals, including Rites of War and unit choices. For each of these lists, we’re going to cover four types of units needed: anti-Spartan, anti-tank, anti-terminator/primarch, and anti-air.

Alpha Strike

Hit them hard! This strategy works very well with Raven Guard legion rules, giving infiltrate and fleet. There are two options to go with your ROW: Decapitation Strike or Recon ROW.

Alpha Strike—Decapitation Strike

For Decapitation Strike, you will want to take Strike Command Maun as your HQ. His major benefits to this list are the ability to reroll for seize the initiative, allow reroll to drop pod and flyer reserves, and allow no scatter deep-strike within 18”. The goal is to get as many hard-hitting units forward on turn one as possible. This list aims to be everywhere at once, and doesn’t necessarily need a combat unit; however, a unit of dark furies never hurt anybody 😉 The list really needs to be able to reliably kill a Spartan turn one to get to the juicy innards with shooting. The list will include pods to get dreadnoughts and special weapons forward, and take an odd number of pods (three is usually good, with the third coming in empty and bought for either a tactical squad or Maun).

Sample Drop Pod Alpha Strike List at 2.5k: Decapitation Strike ROW

HQ—Strike Captain Maun: 140

Elites: Contemptor Dreadnought: 2xCCW Arm, 2xGrav Gun 205

Elites—3xGrav Rapiers 225

Elites—3xGrav Rapiers 225

Elites—7xMor Deython, Rhino with Dozerblade and Multimelta 279

Troops—10xTactical Marines: Rhino with Dozerblade 165

Troops—10xTactical Marines: Drop Pod 160

Fast Attack—Dreadclaw Drop Pod: 115

Fast Attack—8xSeekers, 7xCombi-Plasma, Drop Pod: 320

Heavy Support—Fire Raptor: Hellstrike Missiles, Reaper Autocannons 230

Lord of War—Typhon Heavy Siege Tank: Lascannon Sponsons 435

Alpha Strike Recon ROW Style

The second option is the Recon Company ROW. This alpha-strike list will combine infiltrating heavy weapons with scouting assault elements which tear apart infantry and terminators. You will usually take a praetor, delegatus or Corax as your HQ in this as you won’t get as much use out of Strike Commander Maun. There is less of a need to murder a Spartan T1 in this build, as you have a better means of countering nasty terminators in cc.

Sample Recon Company Alpha-Strike List at 2.5k—Recon Company ROW

HQ—Forgelord: Artificer Armor, Power Axe, Bike, Grav Gun, Rad Grenades 155

HQ—Vigilator: Power Armor, Meltabombs, Jump Pack 110

HQ—Delegatus: Artificer Armor, Bike, Power Axe 115

Elites—1xApothecary, 1xBike 65

Elites—3xGrav Rapiers 225

Elites—3xGrav Rapiers 225

Elites—3xQuad Mortars with Scatter Shells: 210

Troops—5xRecon Marines with Bolters 100

Troops—5xRecon Marines with Bolters 100

Troops—5xRecon Marines with Bolters 100

Fast Attack—9xOutrider bikers with Meltabombs, 3xPower Axes, Sergeant with Power Axe 370

Fast Attack—10xDark Furies with Meltabombs on the Sergeant 330

Lord of War—Typhon: 395

Beta Strike

Flyer-based Beta Strike

In the beta strike, the idea is heavy use of reserves to support a solid infiltrating firebase. The flyer-based beta strike would do well to make use of a ground-based firebase to complement the flyer’s firepower. A solid anti-Spartan option is still a good idea to make those scary deathstars hoof it. A counter-assault unit is probably a good idea. So we are now going to change our fourth category from Anti-air (which I’m taking as a given in a flyer-based list) to be counter-assault instead. Strike Commander Maun fits in well to this style of list, as he insures your flyers arrive on time. However, there is no particular ROW that gives significant benefit to this style of play; you’ll probably want multiple fire raptors. Pride of the Legion is an option as vet tactical squads and terminator squads can take darkwings as dedicated transports

Sample Flyer-based Beta-Strike List at 2.5k: Pride of the Legion ROW

HQ—Strike Commander Maun: 140

Elites—3xGrav Rapiers: 225

Elites—3xGrav Rapiers: 225

Troops—9xVeteran Tactical Squad: 9xPower Axe, Meltabomb Dark Wing 510

Troops—7xVeteran Tactical Squad: 7xCombi-Plasma, Dark Wing 469

Troops—5xTataros Terminators: 5xCombi-Plasma, 1xChainfist; Land Raider Phobos with Dozer Blade, Armored Ceramite 470

Heavy Support—Fire Raptor: Hellstrike Missiles, Reaper Autocannons 230

Heavy Support—Fire Raptor: Hellstrike Missiles, Reaper Autocannons 230

Drop Pod Beta Strike:

The idea of the Drop Pod beta strike is to open all the vehicles turn one, then drop combi-weapons on the disembarked passengers turn two. This strategy works best with Strike Captain Maun and Decapitation Strike. This strategy works well with an even number of pods to get the maximum number of infantry-killers in on turn 2.

Sample Drop Pod Beta Strike List at 2.5k: Decapitation Strike ROW

HQ—Strike Captain Maun with Drop Pod: 175

Elites: Contemptor Dreadnought: 2xCCW Arm, 2xGrav Gun, Dreadnought Drop Pod 305

Elites—3xGrav Rapiers 225

Elites—3xGrav Rapiers 225

Elites—7xMor Deython, 7xCombi-Flamer, MB 243

Troops—10xTactical Marines: Drop Pod 160

Troops—10xTactical Marines: Rhino, Dozerblade, Multimelta 180

Fast Attack—Dreadclaw Drop Pod: 115

Fast Attack—8xSeekers, 7xCombi-Plasma, Drop Pod: 320

Fast Attack—8xSeekers, 7xCombi-Plasma, Drop Pod: 320

Heavy Support—Fire Raptor: Hellstrike Missiles, Reaper Autocannons 230

So there you go Ravens!  Thanks again to Patton from Pete Happens for this awesome analysis.