Posts Tagged ‘warhammer40k’

Dungeon Master Class: A Game Deciding Test

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

Here’s a test I run on every single one of my first encounters with a new group of players, both in DnD and the various 40K RPGs you can get. It never fails to dictate the flow of an adventure, and is a really accurate measure of how people want to pla…

Remembrance Day 2017

Posted on November 10th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Please spare a moment of your time to think about the soldiers who aren’t made of plastic, and for whom a failed save roll is much more bitter.Remembrance Day is a UK event where we remember fallen and still active soldiers who have gone out to fight i…

Remembrance Day 2017

Posted on November 10th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Please spare a moment of your time to think about the soldiers who aren’t made of plastic, and for whom a failed save roll is much more bitter.Remembrance Day is a UK event where we remember fallen and still active soldiers who have gone out to fight i…

Have I got Crows for you!

Posted on November 10th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Clockwork thoughts chattered through the crow-priest’s brain. This truly was a bizarre place they found themselves in. The crow-priests understood well the processes to connect biology to bionics, but this…this was something approaching…synthesis.&…

Have I got Crows for you!

Posted on November 10th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Clockwork thoughts chattered through the crow-priest’s brain. This truly was a bizarre place they found themselves in. The crow-priests understood well the processes to connect biology to bionics, but this…this was something approaching…synthesis.&…

Finished! Typhus, Herald of the Plague God

Posted on November 9th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

This project was started during a private tutoring session. Super fun to work on after throwing away the derpy smoke that came with the sculpt (you know what I’m talking about). I’d also like to remind my regular readers I’ve moved my operations over t…

Finished! Typhus, Herald of the Plague God

Posted on November 9th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

This project was started during a private tutoring session. Super fun to work on after throwing away the derpy smoke that came with the sculpt (you know what I’m talking about). I’d also like to remind my regular readers I’ve moved my operations over t…

(Pre-Codex) Blood Angels Tactics Discussion

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

Assault army with only a handful of hard hitting assault units. A fast moving force, built around a slow moving infantry core. A unique army, with less unique options than their vanilla counter parts. A deep strike shock force, with no r…

(Pre-Codex) Blood Angels Tactics Discussion

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

Assault army with only a handful of hard hitting assault units. A fast moving force, built around a slow moving infantry core. A unique army, with less unique options than their vanilla counter parts. A deep strike shock force, with no r…

Space Wolves Breacher Marines Converted

Posted on November 7th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Soooo, as you can probably tell by the relative silence from me, that I have failed on the dreadtober pledge to finish my Deredeo. Between one thing and another I did not get past the final wash stage on the armour plates. Not too worried about it thou…

Space Wolves Breacher Marines Converted

Posted on November 7th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Soooo, as you can probably tell by the relative silence from me, that I have failed on the dreadtober pledge to finish my Deredeo. Between one thing and another I did not get past the final wash stage on the armour plates. Not too worried about it thou…

The Philosophy of the Aeldar

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

“oh god, delete” – First response to this project.With feedback like that, you’d think I’d stop. I think I can see why though, as the original title of the project was a bunch of weighted labels and didn’t really reflect the intent of the project. What…

The Philosophy of the Aeldar

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

“oh god, delete” – First response to this project.With feedback like that, you’d think I’d stop. I think I can see why though, as the original title of the project was a bunch of weighted labels and didn’t really reflect the intent of the project. What…

Beginner Space Wolf 500 point Army List: The Viking Raiders

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

Are you wondering what makes a Space Wolf different from a Space Marine? Do you need another reason to justify gathering the Sons of Russ under your banner? Do you want another way to give character to your army apart from just wolfing your wolf? Then read on, young thane, and make your ancestors proud.
Space Wolves are a very characterful army, that have a unique personality when compared to the other Space Marines chapters. They use the Codex as toilet paper, not because they find it to be bad advice but rather that they don’t want to be told what to do by someone who isn’t a Wolf.  Unfortunately a lot of writers and players treat the Wolves as a strange blend of frothing beserkers and werewolves, with the addition of Wulfen units not helping them.
In the past, typical wisdom had every Wolf in a drop pod, getting point blank range with the enemy on the first turn. With the changes in 8th Edition, this is no longer as viable, and other armies do Deep Strike Deployment better. Before then, the Wolves had an edge in encircling the enemy and had unique flanking rules. Whilst they do have this on some units, it’s no longer the universal army advantage they enjoyed before.
So what unique strategy do the Space Wolves enjoy over the other Chapters now? How can they compete?
With long boats, and being a Viking.
space wolf beginner army list 40K 40k 40000 vikings viking
Might need a bigger boat…

Viking is actually a misused term most of the time, and really referred to a job or activity rather than a culture or people. When a Norse man goes viking, they go raiding. And to do this they would need a boat. A long boat. So a raiding party would all hop aboard a boat, sail across the ocean and attack the easiest target they could.

So our Wolves will need a Long Boat:



space wolf beginner army list 40K 40k 40000 vikings viking
That’s better

Space Wolf Patrol Detachment: The Viking Raiders

HQ

Wolf Guard Battle Leader

Wargear: Bolt Pistol, Frost Sword
[67 points]

Troops

Grey Hunters

Wargear: 8 Boltguns, 2 Flamers, 9 Chainswords, Power Sword on the Leader
[162 points]

Fast Attack

Thunderwolf Cavalry

Wargear: 3 Bolt pistols, 2 Chainswords, 1 Frost Sword
[142 points]

Flyer

Stormwolf

Wargear: Twin Hellfrost canon, 2 Lascanons, 2 x Twin Heavy Bolters
[279 points]

Total: 650 Points (38 Power Levels)

I go with 650 points as that is the usual School League standard. To get it down to 500 points, drop the Thunderwolves and downgrade the Stormwolf’s heavy bolters to Skyhammer missiles. You may want to do that anyway if you want axes on your melee weapons instead of swords.

This small army is very, very fast. It also has a surprising amount of firepower behind it, with the tactics all being about claiming the objective early, and staying there. If you want to know the theory behind choosing the units in a general sense, read this handy guide on list building.

The Wolf Guard Battle Leader is perfectly adequate for this force. As there are no over charged plasma units in this army, his aura of re-rolling 1s to Wound is no different from the Wolf Lord’s re-rolls a 1 to Hit. He has the Frost sword, combining the really good AP of the power sword with the extra strength of a power axe. He sticks with the Grey Hunters, and moves in to chop up any melee threats.

The Grey Hunters are your Nordic shield wall. Starting off in the Stormwolf, you drop them on an objective in the second turn, and they stay there. Two flamers, and the Battle Leader getting them to re-roll Wound rolls of one make them a nasty prospect for Overwatch, and the fact each Wolf will throw out two attacks each will make pushing them off the objective a very tricky prospect.

The Stormwolf is very much the ace of this army, ferrying the Infantry to the objective, whilst laying down Fire Support. With Power of the Machine Spirit, it can happily fire off all its heavy weapons whilst zipping around the battle field. Once the troops are on the objective, you can kite the enemy all day long, zooming around the map to get the best firing angles. You can even drop into hover mode and charge units, your Toughness 7 helping to keep you alive. The next turn, perform the FLY Fall Back and shoot again.

It will be quite tough for the enemy to deal with, particularly if you are clever about switching in between Fly and Hover modes.

Imagine this as a party of Viking Raiders crashing onto a village beach in a Long Boat, forming up a shield wall and daring the defenders to come at them. This Long Boat happens to have some really huge guns though, and can launch off the beach to attack the enemy in the rear!

The Thunderwolf cavalry are there as a harassing Skirmish unit. They run up to vulnerable units, charging easy targets and tieing up key Fire Support units in combat. They’re a little slow compared to Deep Striking jump pack squads, but are tougher and pump out more attacks. The enemy will be a little more distracted by them than an Assault squad, buying more time for your Stormwolf and Hunters to do their job.

All of these models come from the Start Collecting! Space Wolves box, apart from the Stormwolf. In total the army would come to about £100 of models. However, you can get cheaper models by using Wayland Games and Element Games (usually about 20% off). If you were inspired by the post, using the links below will give me a small tip on whatever purchase you make on those sites, and helps me keep my school club in fresh paints!

I’m rather inspired myself, and I may well get this army as a new project for next year. Space Wolves don’t have their codex yet, but I think this list is a good way to keep them competitive until they do. And I’ve been toying with the idea of painting Space Wolves for a while…


Thanks for reading.

If you liked what you saw, and you want to help out, please leave a comment. Sharing this with your friends, and following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ would also be hugely appreciated.

If you have anything you want me to look at, let me know in the comments below. I’ll probably be able to write an article about that topic within a day!

If you want to support me directly, use the affiliate links below. I get a small percentage of purchases you make her, and you get cheaper miniatures! If you really love what I do here, you can make a one off donation at my PayPal, or become a true hero to table top education and make a regular donation to my Patreon. Every Little helps!



Beginner Space Wolf 500 point Army List: The Viking Raiders

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

Are you wondering what makes a Space Wolf different from a Space Marine? Do you need another reason to justify gathering the Sons of Russ under your banner? Do you want another way to give character to your army apart from just wolfing your wolf? Then read on, young thane, and make your ancestors proud.
Space Wolves are a very characterful army, that have a unique personality when compared to the other Space Marines chapters. They use the Codex as toilet paper, not because they find it to be bad advice but rather that they don’t want to be told what to do by someone who isn’t a Wolf.  Unfortunately a lot of writers and players treat the Wolves as a strange blend of frothing beserkers and werewolves, with the addition of Wulfen units not helping them.
In the past, typical wisdom had every Wolf in a drop pod, getting point blank range with the enemy on the first turn. With the changes in 8th Edition, this is no longer as viable, and other armies do Deep Strike Deployment better. Before then, the Wolves had an edge in encircling the enemy and had unique flanking rules. Whilst they do have this on some units, it’s no longer the universal army advantage they enjoyed before.
So what unique strategy do the Space Wolves enjoy over the other Chapters now? How can they compete?
With long boats, and being a Viking.
space wolf beginner army list 40K 40k 40000 vikings viking
Might need a bigger boat…

Viking is actually a misused term most of the time, and really referred to a job or activity rather than a culture or people. When a Norse man goes viking, they go raiding. And to do this they would need a boat. A long boat. So a raiding party would all hop aboard a boat, sail across the ocean and attack the easiest target they could.

So our Wolves will need a Long Boat:



space wolf beginner army list 40K 40k 40000 vikings viking
That’s better

Space Wolf Patrol Detachment: The Viking Raiders

HQ

Wolf Guard Battle Leader

Wargear: Bolt Pistol, Frost Sword
[67 points]

Troops

Grey Hunters

Wargear: 8 Boltguns, 2 Flamers, 9 Chainswords, Power Sword on the Leader
[162 points]

Fast Attack

Thunderwolf Cavalry

Wargear: 3 Bolt pistols, 2 Chainswords, 1 Frost Sword
[142 points]

Flyer

Stormwolf

Wargear: Twin Hellfrost canon, 2 Lascanons, 2 x Twin Heavy Bolters
[279 points]

Total: 650 Points (38 Power Levels)

I go with 650 points as that is the usual School League standard. To get it down to 500 points, drop the Thunderwolves and downgrade the Stormwolf’s heavy bolters to Skyhammer missiles. You may want to do that anyway if you want axes on your melee weapons instead of swords.

This small army is very, very fast. It also has a surprising amount of firepower behind it, with the tactics all being about claiming the objective early, and staying there. If you want to know the theory behind choosing the units in a general sense, read this handy guide on list building.

The Wolf Guard Battle Leader is perfectly adequate for this force. As there are no over charged plasma units in this army, his aura of re-rolling 1s to Wound is no different from the Wolf Lord’s re-rolls a 1 to Hit. He has the Frost sword, combining the really good AP of the power sword with the extra strength of a power axe. He sticks with the Grey Hunters, and moves in to chop up any melee threats.

The Grey Hunters are your Nordic shield wall. Starting off in the Stormwolf, you drop them on an objective in the second turn, and they stay there. Two flamers, and the Battle Leader getting them to re-roll Wound rolls of one make them a nasty prospect for Overwatch, and the fact each Wolf will throw out two attacks each will make pushing them off the objective a very tricky prospect.

The Stormwolf is very much the ace of this army, ferrying the Infantry to the objective, whilst laying down Fire Support. With Power of the Machine Spirit, it can happily fire off all its heavy weapons whilst zipping around the battle field. Once the troops are on the objective, you can kite the enemy all day long, zooming around the map to get the best firing angles. You can even drop into hover mode and charge units, your Toughness 7 helping to keep you alive. The next turn, perform the FLY Fall Back and shoot again.

It will be quite tough for the enemy to deal with, particularly if you are clever about switching in between Fly and Hover modes.

Imagine this as a party of Viking Raiders crashing onto a village beach in a Long Boat, forming up a shield wall and daring the defenders to come at them. This Long Boat happens to have some really huge guns though, and can launch off the beach to attack the enemy in the rear!

The Thunderwolf cavalry are there as a harassing Skirmish unit. They run up to vulnerable units, charging easy targets and tieing up key Fire Support units in combat. They’re a little slow compared to Deep Striking jump pack squads, but are tougher and pump out more attacks. The enemy will be a little more distracted by them than an Assault squad, buying more time for your Stormwolf and Hunters to do their job.

All of these models come from the Start Collecting! Space Wolves box, apart from the Stormwolf. In total the army would come to about £100 of models. However, you can get cheaper models by using Wayland Games and Element Games (usually about 20% off). If you were inspired by the post, using the links below will give me a small tip on whatever purchase you make on those sites, and helps me keep my school club in fresh paints!

I’m rather inspired myself, and I may well get this army as a new project for next year. Space Wolves don’t have their codex yet, but I think this list is a good way to keep them competitive until they do. And I’ve been toying with the idea of painting Space Wolves for a while…


Thanks for reading.

If you liked what you saw, and you want to help out, please leave a comment. Sharing this with your friends, and following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ would also be hugely appreciated.

If you have anything you want me to look at, let me know in the comments below. I’ll probably be able to write an article about that topic within a day!

If you want to support me directly, use the affiliate links below. I get a small percentage of purchases you make her, and you get cheaper miniatures! If you really love what I do here, you can make a one off donation at my PayPal, or become a true hero to table top education and make a regular donation to my Patreon. Every Little helps!



Crows 2 and 3

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

Getting into the swing of things now :) I’ve also come up with a little poem to go alongside them for the ~200 word background aspect for the Invitational which I’m dead chuffed with :) it uses the structure and theme of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and aspects of the Thorn Moons and Migs’ excellent XX Alpha Legion army.


‘pon the ruin’d moon of Hyllas, spake the legionary Pallas,
“Cast thou hence from in the shadows, lest I smite thee duly, or-
speak thy name if Thorne or craven.”, ‘pon which from its darkened haven
Stepped a grim and tattered raven wand’ring from the Nightly shore
“Tell me what thy wretched name is ‘mongst this pale and icy hoar”
Quoth the raven “Nevermore.”

“We spy thine ships by moonfall’s aft, thy manifold and blackened craft
Loiter round the Rout like stormclouds, scavengers like crows of yore. 
Chatter caw and bicker hasten. Ears and eyes and spies and graven-
ones the Wolves do brand ‘Valravn’, we have spied thine ilk before.
By what hubris think thine arms might stand afore the might of Thorne?
Speak no more of ‘nevermore’.”

The raven’s head did tilt and twist and quizzically it viewed him hence
Yet Pallas stayed his mighty blade, confusion gripping soul and more
“Wherefore art thou masters brave then? Tombstones ‘pon which names engraven.”
Yet unflinching stood it’s brazen gaze that burnt through armoured core 
“Hydra’s heads shall reign supreme from dust to dust and Throne to Thorne.”
Quoth the raven ‘Nevermore.”

Within Pallas rose an ire as a raging inner fire
Impudence of wretch’s tongue like insults flung hast brought it fore.
Sadly rage obscured unshaven brutes within said Nightly haven
Hydra’s blood ran through the cave in ruddy pools along the floor.
Thence the skull of Pallas stands resplendent ‘bove the raven’s door.
Thorne supreme reigns nevermore.


Crows 2 and 3

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

Getting into the swing of things now :) I’ve also come up with a little poem to go alongside them for the ~200 word background aspect for the Invitational which I’m dead chuffed with :) it uses the structure and theme of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and aspects of the Thorn Moons and Migs’ excellent XX Alpha Legion army.


‘pon the ruin’d moon of Hyllas, spake the legionary Pallas,
“Cast thou hence from in the shadows, lest I smite thee duly, or-
speak thy name if Thorne or craven.”, ‘pon which from its darkened haven
Stepped a grim and tattered raven wand’ring from the Nightly shore
“Tell me what thy wretched name is ‘mongst this pale and icy hoar”
Quoth the raven “Nevermore.”

“We spy thine ships by moonfall’s aft, thy manifold and blackened craft
Loiter round the Rout like stormclouds, scavengers like crows of yore. 
Chatter caw and bicker hasten. Ears and eyes and spies and graven-
ones the Wolves do brand ‘Valravn’, we have spied thine ilk before.
By what hubris think thine arms might stand afore the might of Thorne?
Speak no more of ‘nevermore’.”

The raven’s head did tilt and twist and quizzically it viewed him hence
Yet Pallas stayed his mighty blade, confusion gripping soul and more
“Wherefore art thou masters brave then? Tombstones ‘pon which names engraven.”
Yet unflinching stood it’s brazen gaze that burnt through armoured core 
“Hydra’s heads shall reign supreme from dust to dust and Throne to Thorne.”
Quoth the raven ‘Nevermore.”

Within Pallas rose an ire as a raging inner fire
Impudence of wretch’s tongue like insults flung hast brought it fore.
Sadly rage obscured unshaven brutes within said Nightly haven
Hydra’s blood ran through the cave in ruddy pools along the floor.
Thence the skull of Pallas stands resplendent ‘bove the raven’s door.
Thorne supreme reigns nevermore.


Warhammer 40K List Building Guide: Patrol Detachment

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

Do you want to know how to build an effective army? Do you want to avoid cheese traps and chasing metas? Then read on, you outrageously good-looking individuals, whether you be a fresh faced Lieutenant or grizzled general.There are a good number of lis…

Warhammer 40K List Building Guide: Patrol Detachment

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

Do you want to know how to build an effective army? Do you want to avoid cheese traps and chasing metas? Then read on, you outrageously good-looking individuals, whether you be a fresh faced Lieutenant or grizzled general.There are a good number of lis…

Feminism, Diversity, and Social Politics in Warhammer 40K: An introduction

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

Sadly lacking any women for true diversity…Well, this topic has reared it’s ugly head again, with the “Feminists”* leading the charge for this foray into the minefield.That opening sentence itself has probably triggered all kinds of alarms, and even …

Feminism, Diversity, and Social Politics in Warhammer 40K: An introduction

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

Sadly lacking any women for true diversity…Well, this topic has reared it’s ugly head again, with the “Feminists”* leading the charge for this foray into the minefield.That opening sentence itself has probably triggered all kinds of alarms, and even …

First Test-Crow

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

I’m rather pleased :) pretty time consuming mixing up various shades of greeny/bluey black (thanks Zab for the suggestion!) that sort of look little different from each other, but I suppose if that was the aim in the first place I shouldn’t complain ;)…

First Test-Crow

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

I’m rather pleased :) pretty time consuming mixing up various shades of greeny/bluey black (thanks Zab for the suggestion!) that sort of look little different from each other, but I suppose if that was the aim in the first place I shouldn’t complain ;)…

Finished! Eldar Wraithknight Death Jester Style

Posted on October 25th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

A really fun commission to work on. With the Death Jester theme in mind I wanted to accent more the wraithbone part of Eldar culture opposed to the checkers and other mechanical lines. This post also marks a transition for me. I’ve started a …

Finished! Eldar Wraithknight Death Jester Style

Posted on October 25th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

A really fun commission to work on. With the Death Jester theme in mind I wanted to accent more the wraithbone part of Eldar culture opposed to the checkers and other mechanical lines. This post also marks a transition for me. I’ve started a …