8th edition


What Now for the Corsairs?

I love my pointy-eared pirates. This is an indisputable fact. And while the most recent Big FAQ has come and gone, and the changes within it have been consistently good for the game, they do leave my beloved Corsairs in a bit of trouble. Or, to put it more pessimistically, Eldar Corsairs as we have known them are pretty dead in the water. So what now? How Did We Get Here? Watching the Corsairs’ decline has been something long in coming. It started with the hot mess that is the Forge World ruleset, which left the Corsairs woefully incomplete, and basically incapable of being fielded as a standalone, keyword independent force. There’s really no way to do that without an HQ choice, and with only two Troops and a Fast Attack choice, that was dead from Day One. There’s also the matter of them not having models anymore. But there are ways around that. You can do what I’ve done, and hoard Corsair bits and pieces in ways that make a Montana prepper seem reasonable and measured, or you can do alternative sources and

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A Solidly Reasonable FAQ

So, the new FAQ is out and… …well it’s fine. Genuinely fine. The studio team has gotten good at putting in their justification for things, and for the most part, these are reasonable, and well though out responses. We’ll touch on each in turn, though note we’re not going to talk about the Ynnari today, because in my view that’s separate from the FAQ, and I still need time to digest it. Changes to Fly Basically, you can move over units again, so long as that unit isn’t a building. I think this is a solid change – way too many things were hit by that particular nerf, and in pursuit of making things straightforward, the rule change did too much damage to immersion. Personally, there’s a lot of things in 8th edition that don’t make a good trade there, but this one was especially troublesome, and I’m glad to see them walk it back a little bit. The Return of Aircraft Poor flyers. Games Workshop really doesn’t know what to do with them. There w

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Swords of Dawn vs Grey Knights

Hi all,Well, last night I had one of the best games of 40k I’ve had in a very long time, possibly my best 8th edition game of all! 7 full turns and two armies slugging it out, tactical choices on both sides that affected the outcome of the game and played in a great spirit too. Thank you to my opponent James, I thought I’d do a quick report on how the game went (though I didn’t take detailed notes or photos). This game used the list from my last Primaris list evolution post.Read more »

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The Primaris Project - latest list and progress.

Greetings all, welcome to my little corner of the digital world and the fevered ramblings of an Astartes obsessed Dad.Well, I’m writing this post having reflected somewhat on my last game of 40k, which didn’t quite go as well as I’d hoped. I faced off against a Black Legion army (with Vigilus Ablaze and the updated codex released what else would it be!) and got schooled. My opponent’s list was (of course) led by Abaddon, supported by a Master of Possession, Dark Apostle and Sorceror, and it also included 2 marine squads and 1 cultist squad, 5 havocs, 5 terminators, a maulerfiend, helbrute and (of course) a Leviathan with the Grav Flux Bombard and a butcher cannon. Read more »

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Primaris Speculation

Hello all,Welcome once again to the weird and wonderful workings of my overactive imagination!I’m still thinking about Primaris Marines a lot, and despite gaping in jealous wonder at the nasty combinations that Chaos Marines appear to be about to receive in the form of new rules, prayers etc to go with their new models, I’ve been thinking in particular about Primaris Infiltrators and what the implications for them might be from previous releases by GW. And then of course the implications of what might follow beyond that!So, what the hell do I mean by that? Read more »

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Primaris Gravis Captain review

Hi all,Welcome to the first of my detailed unit reviews for the Primaris Marines, the Gravis Captain! Available in the Dark Imperium Boxed Set, but interestingly, not separately as a clampack, the Gravis Captain is the heaviest class of HQ currently available to the Primaris Marines.Read more »

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The Marbo Method

Hi all,Welcome to my detailed review of the Primaris units within the Space Marine codex. I’m very much hoping for this to be a ‘living’ document for want of a better term, and so as FAQ’s etc are released I’ll update this, and any comments or insight that you guys can provide will most certainly be added to the review.I’ve tried several times over the years to define a method for assessing units, and my latest iteration of that will take an appropriately legendary 40k approach, which I’m calling the MARBO method.MobilityThis section will cover all the mobility stats and options available to a particular unit, assessing whether it’s a strength or weakness of the model, what can be done to mitigate any weaknesses or enhance its strengths.AurasKind of self-explanatory, but equally, I’ll try to look a little beyond the obvious to understand how those auras can be stretched, where they are most effective and how best to utilise them on the battlefield. Auras I have found are one of those areas that has far more d

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Shadowspear unit review

Hi all,Like many of us I suspect, I’ve been eagerly devouring any information I can find on the Shadowspear boxed set recently, watching YouTube reviews from my favoured channels and trawling the interwebs for more in-depth stuff that doesn’t really seem to be available.I’m working on an in-depth review of all the Primaris units for this very blog, but the nature of such an analysis means that the posts will take time to prepare. Much as I hate to admit it therefore, this will be a very broad-brush look at the new vanguard units, bear with me please as I play-test them and gain more insight into how they can be best employed.Read more »

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Hobby Origins and the enduring appeal of 40k

Hi all,I read a fascinating piece on the Old School Gaming blog today (ok, a while ago now by the time this gets published) about High Fantasy and whether or not it is dying a death. Whilst this post isn’t a response to that, it is most certainly inspired by it, and I’d love for it to become a series of guest posts where my readers (yes, that means you, even if you’ve never commented on my blog) set out their hobby origins and why they are involved in the hobby. It’s intended to be a similar type of post to Mike Corr’s Better Know a Blogger series, though specifically related to the 40k universe and less Q&A, more exploration of the different facets of the hobby that hook people in.Read more »

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Hobby update - Part 3

Greetings all,it's about time I posted another hobby progress update I think, I've been conscious for a few weeks now I've not done one for a while but with the pace of real life and the teases from GW I've had other things to do.With that in mind, let's have a look back then at what I've been up to over the last month and a bit! Chapter Master Lox Kaitana completed. I say completed, I think I'm going to go back and re-paint the Dark Eldar corpse on his base, it was done in a bit of a hurry, and I think the red detracts somewhat from the colours of the Marine himself. The Repulsor hasn't moved on much from this point, I figured it was probably just a little too big to be the first model I completed, it should be more of a treat than a standard unit, and it's also obvious it's going to take a big chunk of time and focus to finish it, that at the moment would be better spent focusing on getting the basics of a battalion up and finished.I did find time to get the vast majority of the cupola done howeve

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Shadowspear psychic discipline - obscuration

Honestly, you analyse one set of leaks and before you know it there’s another landed in your lap!We know the Vanguard Primaris releases are coming soon with the Shadowspear box and contained within it is a new Librarian who accesses the ‘Obscuration’ discipline but what we didn’t know was what those powers looked like. Well now I do (assuming the pic I’ve seen is not an elaborate hoax of course).I’m not going to post the pic and I won’t leak warp charge levels, but I will talk in general terms about the powers. Speculation was rife about the discipline, and GW described the Psykers who access it as “masters of shrouding and stealth, allowing their battle-brothers to strike at enemy forces when they’re least expected…” Read more »

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My (Belated) Takeaways from the LVO Warhammer Panel

The Las Vegas Open was awhile ago, and the Warhammer Preview panel that was held the first night has been detailed in depth, as has the tournament itself. The results have been discussed ad infinitum. The models have been (rightly) drooled over by everyone. Innumerable blogs and podcasts and YouTube channels have had their go at it. So lets talk about it some more, eh? Mostly, because I don’t want to talk about those things. But I was there, and I have some things that have been brewing in the back of my mind.   Let’s be clear: The models are spectacular. But I’ve really got nothing to add there. It’s awesome that the Primaris line is getting fleshed out, and Chaos is getting some much needed sculpt attention. The Dark Mechanicum Nightmare Spider Thing in particular is amazing and I love everything about it. And while the vast majority of the panel was previewing amazing new models and people rightfully drooling over them, there was also an extended Q&A session. Now I didn&#

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Shadowspear Vanguard Space Marines

Hi all,So after last night’s big reveals, I thought I’d better put my thoughts down on what they mean for the Primaris as a stand alone force, where the significant benefits are and how this will change Primaris armies going forwards. I’ll also put down my own thoughts on the physical side of the reveals too, the new units, what I like and don’t like about them etc.Read more »

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Path to Glory - part 2

Hi all,Welcome to part 2 of my path to glory series. It’s actually the third game since I started the idea, but since the second game was so very one-sided I decided not to dedicate a whole article to it as there was little to learn. I’ll do a very brief run-down of it first. The third game, which took place last night, was in our club’s knock-out tournament, and was set for 2000 points and pitched the Swords of Dawn against the Blood Angels.Read more »

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