Swords of Dawn


Dreadtober 2019!

Greetings all! It's been a very long time since I posted anything on my blog, for which I am a very sad panda, I really wish I had the time to dedicate more effort to posting, but at the moment that's just not going to happen I'm afraid. I am determined to get something posted up for Dreadtober though, after all, I bought the Conquest 40k Redemptor Dreadnought specifically with this in mind!So, without further ado then, here's my Swords of Dawn Redemptor, Honoured Brother Barbaliam, in his current 'glory', along with a pic or two of his finished partner in crime in the Fifth Company, Honoured Brother Zimaseo.Honoured Brother Barbaliam. He says he feels quite naked at the moment.Apparently being a painted dreadnought feels much more distinguished

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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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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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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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Messing with Primaris Lists

Hi all,As you may have noticed, the blog has been very Primaris-focused recently, for which I make absolutely no apology! I dropped a fair whack of money on new models at Christmas and I’m keen to get them painted up and working for me on the tabletop. That means that I need to figure out how best to use them, and part of that is experimenting with lists and combinations against a variety of foes. All this experimentation will most definitely feed into my reviews of the Primaris units that I’m working on for the blog. All this focus has also resulted in something else quite significant happening. I’ve sold the Dusk Knights. That’s right, they’re all gone (ok, except for a couple of models that weren’t painted etc). Still, onwards and upwards eh? The only downside I’m feeling at the moment is that I now don’t have a painted army in my ownership (oops!) but then since it’s not something we get too fussed about at my club and I rarely tournament I’m not getting too worried. If it’s still all unpainted in 6 month

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Path to glory - part 1

Hi guys,I thought that as I’m taking a fresh start completely in a lot of aspects of the hobby this year, I’d also try and do regular updates of my games, and add in some analysis of them from a tactical point of view. That’s not to say I want to get all competitive over my armies and my unit choices, but more that in order to improve as a player, I think it’s important to take time to look back on your games and what happened, why and how to improve your play going forward. Read more »

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Hobby update 2019 - Part 2

Greetings all!It might be a little later than before, but it's time for another hobby update.This week I've been mainly working on my Swords of Dawn, though I'm going to be switching over to Kairic Acolytes for a commission once I'm finished with the first combat squad, so this weekend hopefully.I also picked up a citadel painting handle to give it a try - I've got some buddies who swear by them so I thought I'd give one a whirl - see my thoughts on it a little later in the post. First though, some lovely piccies!Read more »

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Hobby update 2019 - part 1

Hi all, me again! It's high time I resurrected a weekly look at my hobby progress I think, and though I've not done a montage image yet for this year that's no excuse not to get posting up some pics of stuff!So far this year I've granted myself a little time off from my commission work, and have been putting several hours into my Swords of Dawn. As you may know, I'd got a scheme sorted for these guys and had just about finished all the Dark Imperium stuff when over Christmas I decided that I was going to change it all. Typical me that, I'm a true hobby butterfly after all!Read more »

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A Xenos interlude

Hi all,I’m back again! See, I’m really making an effort with this blogging thing again!Right, last time round I left you with a promise that I would update on the direction of my Xenos armies, and I certainly will. First though, I just wanted to do a quick round-up of the hobby week.Read more »

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A New Year, a New Direction

Hi All,so, that was 2018 was it? Wow that went quick!As ever at this time of year, I tend to look at my life (both real life and hobby life) and re-evaluate things, trying to figure out where I want to be at the end of the year, what I want to have changed and done differently, and what I want to improve upon.2018 was a year of huge change for me, moving to a new job after 16 years at my old place threw a lot of things up in the air and changed a lot of other things about my life, not least of which the 2 hours travelling a day I now do instead of about 10 minutes I did before.But enough about the real life stuff, this blog is about my hobby and I've neglected it over the last 11 months, something I very much wish I hadn't felt I needed to do. So whilst this post isn't about making 'resolutions' as such for my hobby life, it very much is about trying to reconnect with things I love about the hobby, and blogging is certainly one of those things.Read more »

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Swords of Dawn - building a history

Greetings all! Long time away from the blogs again, I've got a host of stuff on the cards coming though, both hobby and blog related stuff! Hope you enjoy.First up today, I've got some fluff for you - in this current realm of chapter approved and FAQ's tweaking the balance of the game to make things as balanced for competitive play as they can be I find myself rebelling somewhat and wanting to play more narrative style games, creating cool moments and events rather than finding that extra 1% (who am I kidding, 10% is the minimum I'd need to start competing!) in the rules to help me hold my own in more competitive games. It's no surprise either that this changed approach follows on from me signing up to https://www.deploymentzone.tv/ and watching their more narrative approach to gaming, designing their own missions and playing in a narrative style (a particular highlight was watching a pair of Ork Generals squabbling amongst themselves and getting in each other's way on the tabletop on

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