Posts Tagged ‘Warhammer’

Space Marine Unit Spotlight: An Inceptor Review

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

Last week I looked at Aggressors, and it sparked a few conversations. One of the ideas that came up was comparing the various bolter fire support units that the Space Marine Codex has to offer. In a sentence, the Aggressors actually come out on top of …

TSA Age of Sigmar Megabattle 2017

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

Yesterday, a truly humongous battle in the Age of Sigmar took place at our clubhouse.Including the reinforcement points for each side to bring back lost units, this was a staggering 22.500 points per side as the forces of Order faced off against an unh…

Space Marine Unit Spotlight: An Aggressor Review

Posted on August 14th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Last Monday I looked at the Reivers, and gave my opinion on how best they are used. This week, we’ll be looking at the aptly named Aggressors, and why my initial thoughts of them being a defensive unit are very wrong. Let’s dive into the this brand new…

The Adeptus Mechanicus Project Part II

Posted on August 14th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

++++++BEGIN TRANSMISSION++++++ Part I Welcome back to part two of the The Adeptus Mechanicus Project, for this update I have managed to build all the […]

The return of Necromunda!

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

Looks like we (and probably a few others…) were “bang-on the money” regarding that teaser video released previously. Necromunda is coming back! As can be […]

Sorry! Moving House!

Posted on August 11th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

As title says. Sorry for not uploading anything, as my computer is somewhat in-between buildings right now. This post comes to you from a work laptop which I’ve sneaked away to work on.Here are some sneak peak pictures for what’s to come later:Thanks f…

Game of Thrones Themed 40K Army, and Chaos Renegades

Posted on August 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I was watching Game of Thrones last night, along with approximately 70% of the TV viewing public, dreaming up lists to re-imagine the army barbecue on screen. In a somewhat fortunate twist, Chaos Renegades are happy to oblige!The Renegades are true Cha…

Chaos Space Marine Legions Review Part 2

Posted on August 6th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The Second half of our look at the Chaos Space marine Legion traits and reveals spotlights the Black Legion, the Word Bearers and the one I’ve personally been waiting for, the Alpha Legion.

Part 1 covering the Emperor’s Children, the Iron Warriors, the Night Lords, and World Eaters is found here. Also apologies for any silly spelling errors, as I’m ill today.

Yes, I blog when I’m sick. Papa Nurgle protects.

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Chaos Undivided by Fernoll

Black Legion

I started this off last week trying to figure out a strong case for the Black Legion, and kept coming down to Terminators. After a fashion.

Here is their trait, and I’m just going to quote myself from last week on my gut reaction to it:

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Add 1 Leadership, on Advance Rapid Fire weapons become Assault 

At a glance, this helps your army become a faster moving Chaos force. The old Veterans of the Long War bonus is there, and it’s clear there’s meant to be symmetry with the Ultramarines chapter tactic.
But here’s the thing… auto-bolt rifle armed Intercessors with the Ultramarines Chapter tactic can do exactly the same job as Black Legion Chaos Space Marines for 30 points cheaper AND get to shoot Falling Back from combat. They also get an extra shot.
Apart from the Chaos Space Marines getting to use Plasma Guns as an Assault weapon (of dubious advantage since they’ll be exploding on 1s and 2s), there’s no benefit to this trait. And if you wanted that, the Hellblasters have an assault gun anyway!
Very unimpressed, as the Black Legion were starting to become a really good Deep Strike, hyper aggressive Legion in 7th. Disappointing to see them come back to being vanilla but worse than Loyalist again.

I actually can’t say more than that for them. Your good picks are Terminators and bikes, allowing really swift battlefield movement for the latter whilst still putting out a decent rate of fire. The benefit for Terminators is avoiding being left out of the game. If you’ve ever dropped a group of Termies into the enemy back line, only to have them spend the rest of the game chasing other people down, then you’ll know what I mean.

The other units that really benefit from this are two of the cult Marine groups. The Plague Marines are a great tar pit or damage sponge for their points, equally effective at range or in melee. This Legion Trait can get them right to where they need to be faster.

By the same token, the differently tough Rubric Marines of the Thousand Sons can advance and use their good bolters (at least a little bit!). A neat way to counter the slightly slower movement speed they have, without piling them into a transport and negating the use of their Sorcerer.

It’s worth noting that faster movement across the battlefield without the crutch of transports is always welcome. Your regular Marines will be faster… it’s just that Loyalist Space Marines do it better.

The Warlord trait is of dubious benefit as well.

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Death to the False Emperor triggers on 5+ 6-inches from the Warlord

The trait is very cool and thematic, but it only works against Imperials. Granted, about 2/3 of your opponents will BE Imperials, but really not impressive.

The Stratagem is copy/paste from the Space Marine Codex. Basically Ultramarines.

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Re-roll 1s for To-Hits in shooting and fight phase. Re-roll failed hits if Chaos Space Marine squad

Yay? Good because you can get 3 plasma guns into a 10 man Chaos Space Marine squad, but there are better ways to get firepower from special weapons. Now if that Stratagem was for Terminators, as the Black legion were renowned for their Termies, that would have made for a very powerful alpha strike unit.

Abaddon is noted in the release, but if an army can’t stand up without leaning on special characters then something has gone wrong. I’m generally against using special characters in armies, as they detract from Your Dudes.

Overall, underwhelming for the premier Bad Guys of 40K, but some neat tricks you can pull with the more exotic troops.

Word Bearers

Black Legion have always been  considered the most vanilla of the Spikey Marines. However, the Word Bearers have taken hold of their Horus Heresy development in full and are now the best candidate for “standard” Chaos Space Marines… if such a thing is possible.

Their trait is simply And They Shall Know No Fear:

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Re-roll failed Morale tests

Which on the surface seems fairly terrible compared to the Loyalists. But then you need to consider marks and icons. Well, one of them really. Icon of Fury basically turns your Chaos Space Marines into spiky Black Templars.

That summon demons more easily.

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Re-roll any dice in the Daemonic ritual. Also no Perils on rolls!

And have dragon robots, dinosaur robots, and don’t mind the psykers in general.

Frankly, out of all the traits we’ve covered so far this lends itself to be the most flexible. If you’re not sure which way you want to go, or which specialism, Word Bearers are going to be your Legion of choice.

Different icons can let you dabble a bit in the other Legions:

  • Flame for testing out Mortal Wounds in the psychic phase as a transition to full on psyker play. 
  • Despair for trying out Night Lord fear mechanic shenanigans.
  • Excess for… Black Legion I guess? 
  • Fury for all of the close combat Legions.

They have a few more bits and pieces in their reveals, but these all have analogues within the Space Marine codex… and actually a lot of similarity with the Black Templars. If you wanted “Space Marines But Evil”, the Word Bearers are really what you need. And since they have slightly better access to daemons, they really are more Evil Marine than the Black Legion.

I’m just going to mention Tide of Traitors here, even though it isn’t strictly a Word Bearer stratagem. For the cost of two Command points you can bring back 40 cultists from death on your enemy’s flank.

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2 Command Points brings back your cultist squad on the enemy’s flank

The kicker from this is that the unit isn’t destroyed, meaning your opponent doesn’t get victory points for it.

So imagine this: an unholy (literally) blob of autoguns marches in front of your power armour as human shields, and just as they’re about to die out they teleport to behind your enemy and rapid fire 80 shots into the enemy artillery.

Proceed to cackle with glee.

Just as a little incentive, this blob can be made with two purchases. Nearly £60, but so worth it for the look on your opponents face! And if they get snippy about saying only half are armed with autoguns, just remind them they’re rag tag rebels, and those pistol looking things are “home-improved”.

And of course, that works just great with…

The Alpha Legion

These are hands down my favourite Legion, and only second to the White Scars in my mind. They specialise in subterfuge, terrorism and integration into the populace. They literally bring down a world from within. How does an 8-foot tall power-armoured warrior do that without getting noticed?

They’re just that good.

They also have a weird history, and no-one is quite sure where their allegiance lies. It may even be that individual cells of the Alpha Legion have different allegiances. To make the point clear, their war cry is “For the Emperor!”. Although they may just be saying that to confuse their enemy.

They’re so mysterious that the story of Alpharius, their Primarch, being discovered has three different versions, all of which are true. And what makes matters worse? All their leaders are Alpharius. And their sergeants are Alpharius. And even their regular troopers.

So how does the crunch support this fluff?

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-1 To Hit if more than 12″ away

Copy/pasted from the Raven Guard, this receives similar criticism and benefits to all the other Chaos Legions. They don’t have the And They Shall Know No Fear, making them less point efficient than the Loyalists, but they have access to Marks and Icons making them far more flexible.

Raven Guard are probably very jealous of the Alpha Legion Raptors with an Icon of Fury, who can hide in the shadows as well as they can, and then make their charge better than they can. Winged Deliverance indeed!

The coolest thing is going to be the Warlord trait:

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Pure trolling

The enemy needs to chop their way through every single one of your characters to get that Slay the Warlord point, and with the trait allowing you to roll on the regular Warlord trait table, it’s essentially a free upgrade!

You trade sureness of your build for a little bit of security here, with the great benefit being able to throw your Warlord into danger more easily than other armies. That teleporting Terminator Lord may seem risky to a Black Legion commander, whereas for you it’s just another cunning decoy by Alpharius.

It fits the Alpha Legion that only two parts of their list are unveiled properly now, with just the snippet of their unique stratagem given out. Quoting from Warhammer Community:

“The beauty of the Alpha Legion is flexibility. Take advantage of the versatility of Chaos Space Marines by deploying far away from combat armies or close to shooting armies with Forward Operatives.”

This is likely to be the same Stratagem as the Raven Guards, where you can spend a command point to put a unit into an unusual deployment. You can use this in a similar way to the Raven Guard (assault unit in charge range [Icon of Fury!!], plasma Chosen in Rapid Fire range etc.) or some absolutely horrible tricks unique to Chaos.

First up: Death Guard in front of the enemy lines. Or Khorne Beserkers. Or Thousand Son warp flame bolters. Fun, but predictable.

How about a blob of 40 cultists?

Which come back on the enemy flank?

Have a think about that.

The rest of the reveals for the Alpha Legion are generic ones:

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Shoot twice at nearest unit if you didn’t move

Fire Frenzy is a fun way of getting more dakka out of your Hellbrutes, but the command point is probably better spent elsewhere.

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Swap your powers!

Chaos Familiar is very nice. Being able to swap psychic powers on the fly is incredibly strong, meaning your psykers will never lack utility. Having a few psykers dotted around the field with this Stratagem means you’ll always have access to your full tool belt.

And this is why I’ve put these three Legions together in this post. Whilst the previous ones ha a lot of benefits in their respective specialisms, these ones really highlight the advantage of Chaos against their Loyalists counterparts: adaptability and flexibility.

Space Marines with the Primaris coming down the line are becoming more inflexible. Intercessors, Inceptors and Hellblasters do one thing, and do it quite well. Chaos, by chopping and changing marks, are the opposite. Even their psykers can change their battlefield impact on the fly!

If you like to come up with quirky strategies, or unusual synergies, Chaos is going to be for you. Whilst on the surface they may seem to be less strong than the Loyalists, remember that even their most flexible Chapters have a plan and stick to it.

You can make things a bit more Chaotic.

Renegades and Fallen tomorrow.

Until next time!

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Dwa nagie miecze | Two bared swords

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

Mam w pracowni taki upał, że przez kilka ostatnich dni w zasadzie nic nie malowałem, farba zasycha na pędzlu. Czas ten poświęcam na skrobanie kolejnych części plastikowych figurek, jednak powolutku wysycha źródełko pomalowanych figurek. Czas chyba wziąć się do malowania.
Pokazywany dziś dowódca oddziału szkieletów ukazał się na rynku w lipcu 1987 r. Wchodził w skład grupy kilkunastu figurek określonych zbiorczo jako Grupy dowodzenia szkieletów, a on sam nosił już mało poetycką nazwę Champion with two swords. W praktyce cały wydany wówczas tuzin miniaturek to wariacje na temat jednego z czterech wzorów – inne uzbrojenie, inne hełmy, zmienione parę detali…
Malując tego dowódcę chciałem nieco rozbić w sumie dość monotonną kolorystykę, wykorzystywaną do malowania moich undeadów. Oprócz kolorów pancerza, kości, itp., barwy moim szkieletom zapewniają resztki ubrań i wyposażenia w kolorach – najczęściej – niebieskim i czerwonym. Tu, dodatkowo, pobrudziłem kolczugę jakimiś nalotami “pleśni”, pobawiłem się tu i ówdzie patyną.
Do pomalowania został jeszcze muzyk i cały oddział będzie gotowy – do momentu pomalowania kolejnych paru szkieletów;)
My man’s cave is so hot and humid that few last days were without painting at all – I spent my hobby time assembling new plastic miniatures, as the paint – literally – dries on the brush. I will have to paint something soon though, as the line of finished miniatures is growing very thin indeed.

Today’s miniature was released back in July ’87 (middle of my High School) as a part of bigger release of Skeleton Command Groups. Miniature was labelled simply as Champion with two swords – rather bland I’d say. Dozen of miniatures released as a part of this group may seem a lot but – in reality – there were only four main designs, with three variants each – different helmet, weapons, some details added or removed here or there…

I tried to distinguish this particular miniature slightly, he deserves that as a champion. So, in addition to usual colors of bone, rusty armour and ‘spot’ colors for my undeads – red and blue – I painted a lot of varied tones on the armour – some patina, some discolorations, etc.

So, only musician left to paint and whole unit will be battle-ready – at least till the time of painting another bunch of skeletons;)


Dwa nagie miecze | Two bared swords

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

Mam w pracowni taki upał, że przez kilka ostatnich dni w zasadzie nic nie malowałem, farba zasycha na pędzlu. Czas ten poświęcam na skrobanie kolejnych części plastikowych figurek, jednak powolutku wysycha źródełko pomalowanych figurek. Czas chyba wziąć się do malowania.
Pokazywany dziś dowódca oddziału szkieletów ukazał się na rynku w lipcu 1987 r. Wchodził w skład grupy kilkunastu figurek określonych zbiorczo jako Grupy dowodzenia szkieletów, a on sam nosił już mało poetycką nazwę Champion with two swords. W praktyce cały wydany wówczas tuzin miniaturek to wariacje na temat jednego z czterech wzorów – inne uzbrojenie, inne hełmy, zmienione parę detali…
Malując tego dowódcę chciałem nieco rozbić w sumie dość monotonną kolorystykę, wykorzystywaną do malowania moich undeadów. Oprócz kolorów pancerza, kości, itp., barwy moim szkieletom zapewniają resztki ubrań i wyposażenia w kolorach – najczęściej – niebieskim i czerwonym. Tu, dodatkowo, pobrudziłem kolczugę jakimiś nalotami “pleśni”, pobawiłem się tu i ówdzie patyną.
Do pomalowania został jeszcze muzyk i cały oddział będzie gotowy – do momentu pomalowania kolejnych paru szkieletów;)
My man’s cave is so hot and humid that few last days were without painting at all – I spent my hobby time assembling new plastic miniatures, as the paint – literally – dries on the brush. I will have to paint something soon though, as the line of finished miniatures is growing very thin indeed.

Today’s miniature was released back in July ’87 (middle of my High School) as a part of bigger release of Skeleton Command Groups. Miniature was labelled simply as Champion with two swords – rather bland I’d say. Dozen of miniatures released as a part of this group may seem a lot but – in reality – there were only four main designs, with three variants each – different helmet, weapons, some details added or removed here or there…

I tried to distinguish this particular miniature slightly, he deserves that as a champion. So, in addition to usual colors of bone, rusty armour and ‘spot’ colors for my undeads – red and blue – I painted a lot of varied tones on the armour – some patina, some discolorations, etc.

So, only musician left to paint and whole unit will be battle-ready – at least till the time of painting another bunch of skeletons;)


Games Workshop Transmission Teaser Video!

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

Games Workshop are being sneaky and alluring as is their trend as of late. Posted on the Warhammer Community website titled “Incoming Transmission: B50-AP/78903//M/h” holds […]

Fate of Konor: Astramis Battle Report

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

No word on the winner at my local shop yetThis, is Astramis. Astramis is home to a key star port for the Konor system, named for Guilliman’s adoptive father on Macragge. A large hive world, this represents a large population centre in Ultramar. Th…

Dark Elves classic Morathi

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

She arrived just yesterday by mail, but as she needs to be on the table friday, I pulled an all-nighter to get her ready.This classic sculpt of the Dark Elf Queen Mother, Morathi, is one pretty looking sorcererss, though not as cool as her later Pegasu…

Dark Elves classic Morathi

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

She arrived just yesterday by mail, but as she needs to be on the table friday, I pulled an all-nighter to get her ready.This classic sculpt of the Dark Elf Queen Mother, Morathi, is one pretty looking sorcererss, though not as cool as her later Pegasu…

The Adeptus Mechanicus Project

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

++++++BEGIN TRANSMISSION++++++ I have played a lot of Warhammer 40k over the years, all the way back to Rogue Trader.  With every edition I ran […]

Space Marine Unit Spotlight: An Intercessor Review

Posted on July 31st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

With the Space Marine Codex now in my hands, I can do a proper analysis of the units within. Whilst I’d like to do the whole codex, I can only really go with the ones I have… and since I’m certain nearly everyone has them, I’m going to start with the…

Fate of Konor: Images from the First Battle on Astramis

Posted on July 31st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Battle was met on Saturday in a gruelling 5 hour slugging match. The Avengers of Mu’gulath Bay held their own, but found themselves hopelessly outgunnned after the loss of a reckless ally! Images below, full report tomorrow:See if you can work out the …

Haul Report 92

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

Greetings all to another week of glorious hauls for the collection… including the start of a totally fresh one.But that is for a bit further down…The first thing I got was through a find on a local Facebook group, in the form of a boxed set of the …

Haul Report 92

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

Greetings all to another week of glorious hauls for the collection… including the start of a totally fresh one.But that is for a bit further down…The first thing I got was through a find on a local Facebook group, in the form of a boxed set of the …

Warhammer Digital – Newsletter

Posted on July 29th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

For those of you who like your codices in digital form…

Warhammer Digital
Collector's Edition
Enhanced Edition
eBook Edition
Path to Glory
iBooks
© Copyright Games Workshop Limited 2017. GW, Games Workshop, Black Library, The Horus Heresy, Space Marine, 40K, Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, Age of Sigmar, Stormcast Eternal and all associated logos, illustrations, images, names, creatures, races, vehicles, locations, weapons, characters, and the distinctive likenesses thereof, are either ® or TM, and/or © Games Workshop Limited, variably registered around the world. All Rights Reserved.
Games Workshop Ltd, Willow Road, Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2WS
Registered in England and Wales –  Company No. 01467092. VAT No. GB 580853421

Our mailing address is:
digital@gwplc.com

Warhammer Digital – Newsletter

Posted on July 29th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

For those of you who like your codices in digital form…

Warhammer Digital
Collector's Edition
Enhanced Edition
eBook Edition
Path to Glory
iBooks
© Copyright Games Workshop Limited 2017. GW, Games Workshop, Black Library, The Horus Heresy, Space Marine, 40K, Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, Age of Sigmar, Stormcast Eternal and all associated logos, illustrations, images, names, creatures, races, vehicles, locations, weapons, characters, and the distinctive likenesses thereof, are either ® or TM, and/or © Games Workshop Limited, variably registered around the world. All Rights Reserved.
Games Workshop Ltd, Willow Road, Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2WS
Registered in England and Wales –  Company No. 01467092. VAT No. GB 580853421

Our mailing address is:
digital@gwplc.com

Fate of Konor: Complete Mu’gulath Bay Avengers!

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

It’s just past midnight here in the UK, and despite some drying texture paint, the Mu’gulath Bay Avengers are complete!Avengers assemble!An unknown Shas’vre is the de facto Fire caste leader of this groupThe Ethereal’s staff shows the blue of Mu’gulath…

Fate of Konor: Undercoat done for the Mu’gulath Bay avengers!

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

As of 12pm today the undercoating for the miniatures was done. I’ve just started getting colours on the T’au, and hope to have everything done by the end of today.Until later today!Thanks for reading.If you liked what you saw, and you want to help out,…

The Empire – Hochland Militia

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

The last unit I needed to paint for the 1000 points mega battle, this mob of 10 Militia takes the total to 940 points.The very last thing to be added is a Hag for the Dark Elf contignent, but as she is still in the mail, she probably won`t be on the ta…

The Empire – Hochland Militia

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

The last unit I needed to paint for the 1000 points mega battle, this mob of 10 Militia takes the total to 940 points.The very last thing to be added is a Hag for the Dark Elf contignent, but as she is still in the mail, she probably won`t be on the ta…