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What Went Wrong in Warhammer 40k 7th Edition?

Posted on December 7th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

What Went Wrong in Warhammer 40k 7th Edition?

I had originally made some drafts for posts about why Traitor’s Hate didn’t fix Chaos, how Wrath of Magnus wouldn’t fix Thousand Sons, and how Legions wouldn’t fix us spikey boys. In short, it boiled down to these being supplements, our codex being terribad,  and GW’s policy is that codices are the go-to for points and statlines. Within that framework, and based on previous supplements measured against the Emperor’s lapdogs’ formations, I made a list of demands required to make us playable, much like a demented hostage-taker with no hostage.

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Dark Angels – Drop Pod[s]

Posted on December 7th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

I’m not sure if I was otherwise affected by Rory Priest’s last comment on the drop pods:

“I do think they should really be approached in ones from what I have heard/read.”

But as it was I did stall for a while on this, it’s odd really as the process is highly predictable and although I can’t say I feel the need to gnaw my own face off as I would a dozen Genestealers there is something emotionally null about it. I don’t dread it or fear it but it just fills me with no pleasure whatsoever as I finish shading the inner parts of the fins.

The other sides have also been done but I now need to find a way to blend the colours, the highlight is too olive looking. Usually I use my Dark Angel green Valejo paint, if it’s not shaken it has a semi-opaque glaze quality that will help blend the stippled highlights and enrich the darker greens. I’m a little hesitant though as I fear it may obscure the black shading, part of me wants to get the Citadel Green Glaze to achieve the same result and be more consistent so I’m waiting for my next opportunity to get some.
In the mean time I went on to highlight the doors. The stippling is not looking great at this stage. From experience I would have applied the £1 craft acrylic to simulate a rougher cast surface that would have meant my stippling would pick up the extra detail and not need to be so perfect, like my Imperial Knights.
Unfortunately this had already progressed so far I didn’t want to go back to such an early stage and with the knights they had another coat of spray over the top to try to seal the art paint onto the model. Now I had to decide about the black shading on the doors and how to apply it. Then I’ll be at the same crossroads as the fins for blending the greens.
Therefore with decisions to be made I moved onto pod number 2. Hopefully while I focus elsewhere a decision can percolate in the back of my mind while my efforts are more productive elsewhere. So I move onto the bronze, can I recreate the success of the original?
I manage to get the Gehenna Gold and Brass Scorpion on. The stippling is a bit more chunky than pod 1, less realistic but I don’t think it’s any worse for it. I’ve some sepia washes to do next to deepen the tones and then I can work on the greens and sync pod 1 and 2 together in the process.
This was a long slog to get here but I did flip between a number of projects, projects that I don;t want to be working on as the pods are the primary goal; but they’re all on the list I just don’t want to get sidetracked from the next thing I have planned after the pods. I fear I may get too attached to the things I’m doing to keep my mojo up and not get back to the next big thing I’m hoping to do. That said I’ll still be sharing the supplementary efforts over the next few days, lots of exciting things after a period of seeming inactivity.

1500pts battle report – Caledonian Highlander 5 – Tyranids v Tau

Posted on December 5th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Peter Lennon was my final opponent of the tournament, also with Tau but a slightly unique list with only 1 Riptide, it’s almost as if he thought a Highlander event was about bringing just one of a particular type. That said he also had 2 Remora, 2 Tetra, 2 XV9 Battlesuits some Kroot and Farsight with his gang.

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The low down:

  • Eternal War missions
  • Maelstrom missions
  • Hammer and Anvil
  • I think I won deployment but asked Pete to deploy first and failed to seize on a 1!
  • Warlord Trait -Warlord and 3 units get infiltrate
  • Not sure about night fighting. 

Unfortunately I lost the most important dice role of the game – getting to deploy Infiltrators first. Peter positioned those Stealth suits the other side of the Factory ruins effectively blocking off my options to capitalise on my 5 Infiltrators. The best I could do was bunch up on the flank  halfway up the board and my Genestealers just 3″ out of my DZ.

    Peter had the advantage of the high ground and cover.
    Peter lines up the Malenthrope with marker lights and he suffers 3 wounds before he’s even moved. Luckily everything else was left unmolested.
    With the weight of fire from all the Devourers the Riptide just couldn’t last and was readily dispatched. This may have been First Blood and probably a Maelstrom Card too, things were looking good with the major threat out of the picture.
    Kroot came on at the back of my DZ
    The Remoras zoomed on, dodging through the ruins…
    their targeting systems locking onto the Flyrant…
    …putting 3 wounds on the conduit to the Hive Mind, despite jinking.

     
    Farsight and his gang appeared behind my advance force.

    They would not suffer the Tyrannofex to live and executed him with precision, the Malenthrope was also destroyed.

    The Flyrant swooped across to take cover behind the rocks.

    I actually think he may have died from a Perils, I think that’s the Perils result of a two, which is a wound with no saves. Stupid winged flappy thing!
    Meanwhile the Genestealers had only just made it into the Factory – lazy gets! But I think they did secure objective 6 for me.
    Which did them no favours as they were cut to ribbons by the XV9s and Stealth Suits.
    With no airborne targets left the Remoras focused their attention on the Hormagaunts holding objective 5.
    They thinned their numbers but Farsight was nearby to mop anything else up.
    The Carnifex came under fire from the Battle Suits on the building but their armour was ridiculously ineffective against the Tau weaponry.
    That wasn’t the end of their woes and the remaining Carnifex took another two wounds.
    Farsight, rebel that he is assaulted the Hormagaunts.
    They got wiped out with the Termagants next on his list.
    The gaunts swarmed together, putting two wounds on his retinue.
    The battlesuits systematically dispatched gaunt after gaunt
    But the weight of number brought two of the suits down leaving Farsight and one bodyguard.
    The XV9s faced down 8 spawned gaunts but however hard they tried they could not eliminate the last one as it skulked int e shadows.
    The last Carnifex headed towards the Tau line unawares the last Remora had targeted it from behind.
    The Carnifex was brought down and suddenly my entire flank had crumbled, so much for that good start!
    The Tyrannocyte arrived deep in the heart of Tau territory, it’s cargo of Rippers stealing the objective out from under the Battle Suits but it’s Deathspitters limited in effectiveness against the Tau armour.
    Meanwhile back in my DZ the Kroot had moved to snatch objective 2 away from my Tervigon. It was repeatedly casting dominion to keep the still engaged Termagants from bolting from Farsight.
    With only one bodyguard left the suits could fight in close harmony using Farsights enhance Weapon Skill to hamper my ability to hit. He still took wounds but the brood was thinning each round of combat.
    Eventually the Kroot contested objective 2, turn 5 came and the game ended. I think another 20-0 defeat after differentials [I socred points in the game but when you look at the difference Pete gets 20 points and I got zero for game score]. I thought I had a chance of the wooden spoon but Sandy must have had another bad game as he went away with the rather impressive trophy, £15 voucher and jar of lollipops.
    With time left on the board, I know, me not going to full time! We played out the Farsight combat I was curious to find out if the Gaunts could prevail. Sadly they didn’t, with Farsight cutting them all down – amazing, Tau succeeding in assault. I’m sure the Tervigon would have Miasmic Spit the Kroot off objective 2 and joined the fray at some point. But overall it was amazing to witness the nids just crumble so quickly with the loss of the Flyrant.
    Another great event attended and five excellent games with genuinely pleasant individuals. The perception beforehand was the Caledonian events breed a more competitive atmosphere and although the Highlander format attempts to make it less WAAC there were clearly some very competitive builds. Of course I spent most of the tournament down on the bottom tables were just getting a win was challenging all round. I have to say not having any aspirations of progress it’s so much more relaxed and enjoyable. I always play my best but if my best isn’t good enough then I’ll have a darn good time losing! I think this marks a new dawn in my appreciation of the social aspect above and beyond the competitive side, as evidenced by the selfies. I know it’s a bit cheesy regardless of the results it’s the people that count and the shared experiences, here’s to the next event!

      Undiscovered Power Lists: Order Draconis

      Posted on December 4th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

      Despite the simple core rules, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar is a deep and complex wargame, with most of the complexity found in the unit rules, or ‘warscrolls’. Metagame-defining combos are still being discovered, hidden in plain sight within (and between) the hundreds (and hundreds) of warscrolls available.

      Here in the Tron we have access to the ‘Rain Man’ of the Age of Sigmar, a mysterious figure known only as ‘Jim’. Jim has a sixth sense at finding combos, and I wanted to start a series to go over some of his list-tech.

      These will be lists that we haven’t yet seen from the international tournament scene. I suppose I should qualify that by saying that it is quite possible some of these lists have been discovered, but our focus is on the competitive scene for the purpose of this series.

      Without further pre-amble, I give you the first of the Undiscovered Power Lists – Order Draconis.

      Carrying on ancient traditions from a world long-lost, the Order Draconis range across the Eight Realms,
      searching for other enclaves, and assisting the forces of light against the Mad Gods.

      Order Draconis

      Aelf lists are not heavily favoured in the competitive metagame at present. We think this list is an exception, as it can be built to perform as one of the most effective alpha-strike lists out there. In Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, games often come down to one crucial turn. This list takes advantage of this dynamic, pumping up the effectiveness of all models and enabling them to take maximum advantage of it for that one turn.

      The List

      • Dragonlord Host (Battalion) – 80
        • Dragon Lord  (General) – 400
          • Dragon Lance 
          • Aelven War Horn
          • Reckless (Re-Roll Runs and Charge within 10”)
          • Quicksilver Potion (attacks before other models)
        • Dragon Blades (x5) – 160
        • Dragon Blades (x5) – 160
      • Dragonlord Host (Battalion) – 80
        • Dragon Lord – 400
          • Dragon Lance 
          • Aelven War Horn
          • Quicksilver Potion (attacks before other models)
        • Dragon Blades (x5) – 160
        • Dragon Blades (x5) – 160
      • Dragonlord – 400
        • Dragon Lance 
        • Aelven War Horn
        • Quicksilver Potion (attacks before other models)

      Leaders: 3
      Battleline: 4
      Behemoths: 3
      Number of models: 23

      TOTAL POINTS: 2,000

      The Combos

      Deployment

      Three deployment drops – one Dragonlord, and the two battalions. This means you will almost certainly get the first turn. And if you don’t, it’s not the end of the world, just hand back and set up for the charge in a following turn. While this makes for a spectacular first turn charge, this army works just as well saving up for a decisive big turn later in the game if required.

      When deploying, a key consideration is making sure that your units are within 10” of the general at key moments – that will be the main skill of the list.

      Speed

      First up, the basic Move profiles are very fast; 14” for the Dragonlords and 12” for the Dragon Blades.

      Add to this the battalion ability, which allows each unit to make a full move in the hero phase. If they are close enough to charge, after this bonus move, they can do so on a 4+. However, what we are aiming for is a turn one charge, so you will be starting at least 24” away from your opponent’s models, meaning this charge will require a roll of 10+ for the Dragonlords and a 12 for the Blades. We will opt to save this ability for the Dragonfire instead – more on that later.

      The army now makes its regular move. By now, the Dragonlords have moved 28”, and the Dragon Blades 24”.  They should be within easy reach of key targets. Because Dragonlords can fly, you can even get over the chaff or terrain if needed.

      Then you get to do your charge, on average another 7”, but you also have the General’s Reckless ability to reroll your charge rolls within 10” of him if you have positioned carefully.

      The first turn charge is a big deal, but as mentioned, you can also save the big charge for later in the game – in which case charging in the hero phase might be a useful option.

      The upshot is, this army can move across the table for the turn one charge more reliably than Destruction armies using Rampaging Destroyer, and almost as well as the Lightning Strike Stormcast.

      Shooting

      A requirement of decent alpha strike armies is the ability to clear chaff. Chaff are the annoying sacrificial units the enemy will throw in your way to slow you down, or ‘bubble-wrap’ more important units.

      This Dragonlords each get a ranged ability called Dragonfire.

      Remember how we passed up the opportunity of charging in the hero phase using that battalion ability? Instead, on a 4+, the Dragonlords can use Dragonfire in the hero phase, each potentially causing D6 mortal wounds. They can then do this again in the shooting phase. Pretty decent.

      Combat

      This is the meat-and-potatoes part of the list. Let’s assume you’ve managed to charge at least one dragon into key targets, which is quite likely. How much damage can you actually do?

      Each Dragonlord has an Aelven War Horn. When blown once per game, all units within 10” gain +1 attack with each melee weapon. The wording is important. If all three blow them in the hero phase, and are within 10” of each other, that is +3 attacks with each melee weapon.

      Suddenly, each Dragonlord attacks with:

      • Dragon Lance:
        • 6 Attacks, 3+ to Hit, 2+ to Wound, -1 Rend, 3 Damage
      • Dragon’s Claws:
        • 9 Attacks, 4+ to Hit, 3+ to Wound, -1 Rend, 2 Damage
      • Fearsome Jaws:
        • 6 Attacks, 4+ to Hit, 2+ to Wound, -2 Rend, D6 Damage

      And each unit of 5 Dragon Blades unit attacks with:

      • Drake Lance:
        • 25 Attacks, 3+ to Hit, 3+ to Wound, 0 Rend, 2 Damage
      • Steed:
        • 25 Attacks, 4+ to Hit, 4+ to Wound, 0 Rend, 1 Damage.

      Fearsome Jaws is the important one, but imagine a unit of 5 Knights doing 50 attacks! And half of them do two damage each!

      Now for the fun part. The General’s Command Ability, Lord of Dragons, allows every unit within 10” to reroll all failed Hit rolls for its combat attacks.

      OK I lied, THIS is the fun part; all Dragonlords have Quicksilver Potions. This is because you have two battalions in use, so you get an extra two artefacts. Most events allow duplicate artifacts (nothing against it in the GHB anyway). So you can attack with all three Dragonlords before the enemy gets to strike back. And as this is also your turn, you can even get in a unit of Dragon Blades.

      And that’s pretty much it. As an alpha strike army, you are getting the charge, doing an almighty ton of damage, and hoping there is not enough left to swing back.

      Army Cost

      The Dragonlord Hosts as a competitive 2,000 point army is one of the least expensive to collect. RRP it costs £177.50 – less if you purchase via online retailers. That’s a pretty good deal!

      Additionally, there are only 23 models to prepare, making it a good one for a beginner to get stuck into.

      Weaknesses

      There are some downsides that a canny opponent can take advantage of. The key one is that this army does its thing in one turn, while the Aelven War Horns, Potions, and charge bonuses are in effect. The Hit roll of the most important attacks (such as the Dragon’s) are only 4+, so anything that reduces the hit roll is going to throw a big spanner in the works.

      During turns in which these guys do not charge, the lance attacks lose +1 to Wound and 1 damage. Also, there is a lack of rend for a lot of these attacks.

      Objective play is a strength of the army, with a high threat range and speed.  But the army needs to throw everything at you in one go, and then go back for the objectives once they’re done. Perhaps keeping one or two units of Dragon Blades in reserve. So if you can keep out of their reach you might be able to score enough to take the game away from them. Easier said than done though.

      And lastly, just outlasting them if you can. Enough chaff ‘bubble-wrap’, a few missed charges from the Dragons, and things will start looking up.

      On the Table

      Jim and I had two games playtesting the Dragonlord Host. My army consisted of:

      • Nagash – 900
      • 4 x Morghast Archai – 480
      • 2 x Morchast Harbinger – 240
      • 2 x Morghast Harbinger – 240
      The Draconis force has been censored here due to unsightly proxies. Just use your imagination!

      I had been yet to lose Nagash in a matched play game so far, spanning three tournaments and a bunch of test games, so I was counting on Hand of Dust doing some good work.

      In the first game, Jim had the first turn, and by the end of that same turn I had lost Nagash and 4 Morghast Archai without striking back.

      In the second game, I took the first turn, got all my buffs off, and then tried to bubble-wrap Nagash a bit better. I moved the Harbingers to take some side objectives. This time Jim charged in the second turn, and again I lost Nagash and most of everything else in one round.

      Absolutely brutal!

      I would be keen to hear from anyone who has tried this! Please let me know your thoughts in the posts below. Can you think of any other counters? Would you be keen on giving the army a try?

      Sunday Colour: True Scale Marine pt 2

      Posted on December 4th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

      Hi all, last week I shared my method for making the torso’s and legs for Art-Scale Marines.  In case you missed it you should certainly check it out here.  Once you’ve finished with that come back here and learn how I do arms and see the almost finished Marines in the flesh. OK so you’ve … Continue reading Sunday Colour: True Scale Marine pt 2

      Games Workshop Newsletter

      Posted on December 3rd, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

      The latest from Games Workshop…

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      1500pts battle report – Caledonian Highlander 4 – Tyranids v Tau

      Posted on December 2nd, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

      Day two and I’ve managed to drop to the bottom table, what’s even more shocking is my opponent Sandy Grant has brought Tau! It’s not like he’s even brought rubbish Tau with two Riptides, three Hammerheads and three Skyrays! How he’s ended up on the bot…

      Finished! All the Kings men, part 1

      Posted on December 1st, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

      I mentioned before that there was a larger project going on behind the scenes. Nothing crazy, just some tabletop that I didn’t feel like posting about multiple times ha. This commission comes from the land down under and what I have finished is about a…

      1500pts battle report – Caledonian Highlander 3 – Tyranids v Khorne Daemonkin

      Posted on November 30th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

      Game 3 and who am I up against but my mate Liam! I could begin with the question what would be the odds of Liam and I facing each other in this tournament but given how you end up fighting against people of similar ability/success and historically how …

      Sunday Colour: True-Scale Space Wolves

      Posted on November 27th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

      Sorry that I’ve been absent for a few weeks.  Real life has been absurdly busy and that’s left little time for projects unfortunately and even less to type about it!  So what was going to be a short but challenging project to build some art-scale Grey Hunters has been dragged out for quite some time … Continue reading Sunday Colour: True-Scale Space Wolves

      Black Library Newsletter

      Posted on November 27th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

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      Warhammer Digital Newsletter

      Posted on November 27th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

      The ‘Wrath of Magnus’ from Warhammer Digital…

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      Games Workshop Newsletter

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      The Primarch of the Thousand Sons, Magnus the Red…now in Plastic…

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      Forge World Newsletter

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      Gav Thorpe Newsletter

      Posted on November 25th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

      A newsletter from the author Gav Thorpe…should you wish to receive this direct rather than via me then you can subscribe to it here.

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      In this newsletter:
      • Hello!
      • Space Hulk: Deathwing Competition
      • Coming Soon – Azrael
      • Short Story News – Shark Infested Worlds
      • Newsletter Q&A
      • Submission Alert – Zombie’s Need Brains
      • Blog Post Round-Up
      • Upcoming Events
      • Kickstarter – Ether Wars
      • Hard Drive Hot List (or, What I’m Currently Writing)
      • Bi-Monthly Competition Winner
       
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      Hello!

      Christmas. A time for merriment, joy and goodwill. And deadlines. Seems like only a year ago that I wrote, ‘Whew! What a month! Nothing like an impending Christmas break and then some time in the New Year working on a new project to make the deadlines stack up! On top of that, there’s the usual seasonal socialising and preparations eating into time and brainspace…’
      Rinse and repeat for 2016!
      I’m just finishing the typeset edit for Jain Zar – Storm of Silence, and I have the final chapters of Lorgar: Bearer of the Word to deliver before the end of the month. I’ve got an as-yet-unannounced audio series to write for Black Library in December, as well as putting together a couple of pitches for the 40K series and books I’ll be working on next year.  Oh, and delivering my Cryptid Clash novella ‘Conquest of the Nu-world’.
      Cover of Jain Zar by Gav Thorpe
      Throw in some Christmas shopping, the annual Freelancers Xmas Do that I’ve been organising for the last few years, and ongoing design work and hobby for my demo game at ROBIN in February and that is pretty much all my time filled.
      But before all of that, I’m really looking forward to attending Sledge-Lit in Derbytomorrow.  The Edge-Lit events are lovely intimate affairs, where you can really get up close and personal at the panels, writing workshops and book launches (you can read some of my previous Edge-Lit event reports here).  Do come and say hello if you’re attending.
       

      Space Hulk: Deathwing Competition

      You might have already seen my competition to win Steam keys for Space Hulk: Deathwing (released on PC on 9th December), but if not, keep an eye on your inbox tomorrow as I’ll be sending out a separate newsletter devoted to the game, with additional details of how newsletter subscribers can win a key AND a signed paperback of my latest Horus Heresy novel Angels of Caliban.
       
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      Coming Soon – Azrael
      The limited edition Azrael is now available to pre-order, with copies shipping on 12th December (apologies for the error in the last newsletter – it incorrectly stated it was coming out next year).
      It was certainly popular at Black Library Live! last weekend – my hand has just about recovered from all the signings (just in time for the 1,500 pages of Jain Zarlimited edition sheets I need to sign).
       
      Cover of Azrael by Gav Thorpe
      “The Dark Angels Chapter sprang from the First Legion of Space Marines to fight and die at the Emperor’s side. But over ten thousand years, even the most staunchly loyal warriors of the Imperium can fall from grace, and the Dark Angels guard their own murky secrets most carefully – only Supreme Grand Master Azrael knows them all. A legend among Space Marines, he has fought for centuries and ever at the forefront of battle. Now, with the enigmatically alien eldar as his uneasy and unlikely allies, he must tread the fine line once more between the pursuit of victory, and keeping the Chapter’s past safely buried…”
      Exclusive to blacklibrary.com, the Limited Edition includes the following features:
      • 192-page hardback novel encased in a magnetic presentation box
      • Box artwork depicts Azrael and includes soft-touch lamination, spot UV and a lavish ribbon
      • Novel includes soft-touch cover and marker ribbon
      • Each copy is uniquely numbered from an edition of 1,000
      …a ‘lavish’ ribbon no less.
      If you’re interested in reading more about Azrael, keep an eye on my blog in the next couple of weeks, as I’ve got my author’s notes, a writing advice post (including the phrase ” Codex Schmodex “), and a great interview with the cover artist Akim Kaliberda.  You can already read an extract in this blog post, and hear my music playlist here.
       

      Short Story News – Shark Infested Worlds

      Picture of a shark
      I’ve recently had two short stories accepted into anthologies.  The first anthology, edited by Scott Harrison for Snowbooks, is called Frontier Worlds and chronicles “the turbulent events of humanity’s struggle for survival six hundred years in our future“. My short story is called Hostile Takeover.  You can read more about the anthology here, but I’ll give more details nearer publication.
      The second anthology, edited by Jonathan Green, is Sharkpunk 2.  As well as my story Peregrinus Cibus Cedimus, it will also contain stories from fellow Black Library authors Guy Haley, David Guymer and Josh Reynolds.  It will be coming to Kickstarter in 2017, so expect my social media channels to be peppered with pictures like the one above.
       

      Newsletter Q&A

      Connor replied to the last newsletter (in reference to the Ride The Star Wind submissions opportunity): Thank you for giving us information on the submission window. However I was just wondering if you have any tips for writing space opera, since I’ve never heard of it before now.
      I wouldn’t be too concerned about the badge ‘space opera’ – it really means sci-fi that is about space-faring, colonised worlds, interstellar travel, possibly with aliens; rather than something set on Earth, near-future, small scale.  So big on ideas, adventure, world-building. It could be ‘hard’ and realistic or more toward the fantastical but it should be a world-hopping story.
      If you want to ask a question, just reply to the newsletter and I’ll get back to you as soon as my schedule allows.  I’ll pick a question to go in the next newsletter, and combine them all into a blog post for the website.  Click the button below for the full Q&A round-up for November.
       
       
      Part of the artwork for Submerged by Justin Adams

      ! Submission Alert !

      This time I’m providing details of THREE submission opportunities.  Zombies Need Brains recently ran a successful Kickstarter to fund three anthologies, entitled All Hail Our Robot Conquerors!Submerged, and The Death Of All Things.
      Several authors are already on board, including Aliette de Bodard, Juliet E. McKenna and Seanan McGuire, but there are several additional slots available through an open submissions process.
      They are paying 6 cents per word for short stories of no more than 7,500 words.  The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2016, so you’ll need to get cracking.
      If you need help with your submission, have a look at the writing advice section on my website, which gives lots of top-tips, as well as in-depth blogs on topics such as narrative, action, and pacing.
       

      Blog Post Round-Up

      Following the publication of The Thirteenth Wolf earlier this month, I published a few related blogs you may have missed:

      Upcoming Events

      • November 2017 (date TBC), Black Library Weekender
      Do come and say ‘hello’ if you are attending these events (and feel free to bring any books you’d like me to sign).
       
      Kickstarter – Ether Wars
      I’m always a sucker for cool dice – what gamer isn’t – so this Kickstarter for Ether Wars, “a sci-fi strategic dice rolling game” has caught my eye.
      It looks like some very nice production has gone into Ether Wars, as well as the design and mechanics being very intriguing. And the pledge levels couldn’t be simpler – there’s only one (two, if you count the Spanish edition), for which you get the game for 39 Euros –  which gives me confidence that Burning Games will be delivering in a timely fashion and aren’t going to over-promise  with lots of add-ons and stretch goals that will delay delivery…
      Mercenary Dice from Ether Wars
       
      Envelope with "Top Secret" stamped on it
      One of the most common questions I get asked is “What are you working on?”, so here’s my (sorry, sometimes cryptic) list of works in progress, plus future releases.

      Hard Drive Hot List

       

      Bi-Monthly Competition Winner

      All subscribers to my mailing list are entered into the bi-monthly draw to win a personalised, signed copy of one of my books.  This month’s winner is [redacted on orders from the Imperium] from the USA, who will receive a signed copy of my Horus Heresy audio drama, The Thirteenth Wolf.  The next winner, to be picked in January, will receive a copy of The Darker Road – a companion audio drama to Asurmen: Hand of Asuryan.
       
       
       
      Cover of Azrael by Gav Thorpe, published by Black Library
       
       
       
      Cover of The Thirteenth Wolf by Gav Thorpe
       
       
      Cover of Corax by Gav Thorpe, published by Black Library

      All the Blood Bowl teams that didn’t make it into the book.

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      The list of the other teams that didn’t make it into the new books has been shared online on Reddit. Follow this link for the PDF.

      All the wargames Black Friday Deals in one place.

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      Hot of the press as they come in, so here is all the Black Friday deals so far.   Mantic. The crazy Box is back and details can be found here Warlord Games. Currently they have two deals, 20% of resin tanks details here and 25% of plastic tanks details here Games Workshop. No News yet. … Continue reading All the wargames Black Friday Deals in one place.

      Review: Bases by 6 Squared Studios

      Posted on November 23rd, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

      Today, we are going to do a comparison of Six Squared Studios 25mm round bases to GW bases. Right off the top, I will admit wholeheartedly that I am a frugal gamer – so this review is looking through the eyes of a budget conscious gamer.As a value cons…

      Space Hulk is back…again!

      Posted on November 21st, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

      Space Hulk is back...again!

      Did you get rid of your old original Space Hulk? Did you fail to catch the limited edition version of Space Hulk back in 2014? Did you fail to catch the reprint of the other limited edition in 2015? Well never fear, because Space Hulk is coming back. Again.

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      Blood Bowl Games Workshop Winter Pitch details on Twitter.

      Posted on November 21st, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

      A new winter pitch has been spotted on twitter and showing the price as well. This is double sided for both the Humans and Orc teams. It shows the pitch in the depths of midwinter and comes with a unique weather table. The price has also been snapped and posted up on twitter by @Sonofultramar, … Continue reading Blood Bowl Games Workshop Winter Pitch details on Twitter.

      Battle Report – Warhammer: Age of Sigmar – Realms of Conflict Ep 33

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      Black Library Newsletter

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      Something new from the Black Library…

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      Games Workshop Newsletter

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      Some news from Games Workshop…

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      Black Library Newsletter

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      A new limited edition Horus Heresy novel from the Black Library…

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      Forge World Newsletter

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      Looks like Forge World are getting in on Games Workshops new found desire to interact with the hobby community…

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