Space Marines


Post Adepticon Breakdown Part Three: Astartes on Ice 40k Team Tournament Board

Coming back to you with more Adepticon Coverage, this time our last minute board and theme.The forthcoming podcast will talk more about it, but in short we had another large amazing theme planned for this Adepticon. Unfortunately one of our team mates had to bow out this year for a family emergency. In solidarity with him, we decided to put that on the back burner and in two weeks time pulled off this board and theme. It basically came about because Chris joked my Redemptor looks like he is Ice Skating. And since all good boards start with a joke, we went from there.So here is the finished productHow did we get to that? Well a whole ton of last minute work.I personally built 3 bikes, painted 6 bikes, an attack bike, and 11 intercessors, and painted the Realm of Battle Boards. Chris did TONS of construction on the boards, integrating all our motors, put together our draft pamphlet, and helped with bases, while Jason helped finish off bases and added all the snow once we were in the hotel. The whole thing was f

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A Kill Team Battle

Yesterday Tim and I got together for a game of Kill Team.  This was my 5th game since we decided to try the game out earlier this year.  This would be our first game using our own custom Kill Teams rather than the pre-generated teams from the starter set or the Rouge Trader set.  Tim used is Deathwatch kill team and I took my trusty Orks.For this game we selected the Terror Tactics scenario.  The setting is a ruined sector frontieris settlement that has been taken over by an Ork Mekboy for his workshop.  The the goal of the battle is to do as much damage to the enemy as possible.  The first kill team to break is the looser. For this game we actually forgot to use any of the sector special rules.Deployment is complete.  For the Scouting Phase the Orks select Take Forward Positions and and the Deathwatch selected Eliminate Sentries.  Ork gunners move up to take better firing positions.Deathwatch marines target the advancing Orks.  They score a single flesh wound

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Battle Report – Kill Team Arena – Astartes vs. Mechanicus

  Jimmy from my FLGS Battleline Tabletop Gaming (https://www.facebook.com/BattlelineTTG/) is back with his Astartes to face my Adeptus Mechanicus in another Kill Team Arena game!

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Abaddon the Despoiler 2019

Ezekyle Abaddon has many names. He is known as the Despoiler, Warmaster of Chaos, greatest Champion of the Undivided Chaos, and Lord of the Black Legion. As such he has led multiple Black Crusades onto the Imperium and the latest attack on Vigilus. This new campaign supplement for Warhammer 40,000 is one of the reasons, […]

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Ruins of Station 5743b

The place was dead. There was no sound save for the incessant wind howling through the ruins of the station. It seemed an unlikely place, but the skeins of fate had shown the Farseer that that a weapon lay hidden beneath the ground. A Weapon that, if it fell into the wrong hands, could spell the doom of the Biel-Tim fleet.They were not alone. The Star Soldiers of the Mon-Kee where here. The ignorant, meddling, unpredictable Mon-Kee. So belligerent and full of blind hatred for all they do not understand. And there was just so much that they did not, nor could they ever, understand.Last night Other Tim came by to try out Warhammer 40,000 (8th Edition). Other Tim is an old school 40K player that played the game for over 20 years, through 6 editions off the game, but finally threw in the towel at 7th Edition. For some reason, however, he's dragged his toys out of the closet, dusted them off and decided to have a go at 8th.We played a smaller game (1000 points) for him to just try out the rules and for me to try o

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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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WIP: Silver Skulls Primaris Kill Team

Another update on my Silver Skulls Team. Working on the final two models, still this takes longer than expected. Garfy slaps out these Primaris so quickly, makes me admire his Conquest run even more. Speaking of Garfy, doesn't the Sergeant with the sword look a little bit like Garf when he had a mohawk? Hmm, I might be on to something...

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Rogue Trader Crimson Fists Squad Taurasi

With Space Marine players jumping for joy that the new Primaris miniatures get jump heavy weapons, I’ve jumped at the chance to do a Rogue Trader era squad – when jump heavy weapons were also a thing. I regret not thinking of “JUMP THE GUN” as the armour graffiti for the squaddie with Heavy Bolter. Stamped out in Warhammer 40,000’s second edition, and now only just reappearing 26 years later – Space Marines with heavy weapons could also select jump packs in a number of ways in the various army lists. Squad Taurasi have done it here by being a Tactical Squad upgraded to “Cobra Squad” status in the 1988 Book of the Astronomican army list – and the highly mobile lad on the far right is toting a Heavy Bolter. Sergeant Taurasi’s graffiti reads “I SAY JUMP” and “U SAY HOW HI”, showing she’s the lady charge. I had a lot of fun painting checks on the jump packs, to give the squad some visual interest, and distract from the assymet

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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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If normal Marines are staying, GW has to fix its Primaris problem

For the sake of this article, we are going to take GW at face value and believe them when they say "Old Space Marines aren't going away." I know a lot of people don't believe that. And it is hard not too. All the new artwork is Primaris. All the new Space Marine models are Primaris. The lore just makes Primaris better in pretty much every way... so why would old Space Marines even remain a thing (outside the Horus Heresy range).But going forward we are not going to ask "Why?" We are going to ask "How?"The title of the article claims GW needs to fix their Primaris Problem. Well "what is that problem?" you are asking. It is really a two fold issue.1- Primaris are better in everyway to space marines as is. Lore wise they are bigger, stronger, faster, tougher and have more enhancements. They have newer weapons with greater range and damage. They have a few new vehicles which are pretty impressive. They are just, as I said, better in every way. To top it off, they are also better than how the Emperor designed them

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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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