Friday, 24 May 2013

Last Man Standing!

At the Horus Heresy Weekender there was an open game in the evening called 'Last Man Standing'. I missed it because it was late on and I wasn't staying at the hotel but I took a snap of the rules (see below). It's basically a death match between X number of players, each of whom takes control of a single basic Tactical Space Marine from one of the founding legions. They can be equipped with any of the optional s available to a tactical marine (including heavy/special but not sergeant only upgrades like plasma pistols). 

The choice of legion is important because each one has a different effect on the basic stat line, for instance Death Guard get +1 Toughness whilst Space Wolves get +1 Attack.  So think carefully about your style of play before you enter the arena! 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Monday, 20 May 2013

Seminar 4: The Legions

The Legions - How each legion has its own characters
With Nick Kyne, James Swallow, Rob Sanders, Gav Thorpe

A structured and then open Q&A session

What legion do you represent the most and how do you make it different?
Raven Guard and Dark Angels. The story is how the legions change and how they are affected by the things around them. The raven guard are trying to stone to themselves for the shame of defeat. Trying to make a difference for the emperor. The dark angels is a lot more complex. Is about loyalty, where it lies and how it is tested. I focus on their organisation, wargear, and stuff devised by their Primarchs and allies. We can be a bit more adventurous in creating kit because most of it has been lost by the time of 40k. The story is all about the development of the founding legions and how that story has developed over ten thousand years.
Corax was the saviour of the Deliverance Raven Guard, the embodiment of the ideals of the great crusades. He was raised amongst them but raised above them. The lion has never really been one of them, he has been set apart. He tries to relate to them but he's so different, he had to learn differently. Corax was raised by political ideals, the lion by a need for survival. The RG are very down to earth - they are beefed up tunnel rats and have a very pragmatic relationship with their primarch whereas the dark angels are more customer and traditional.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Picture Drop: Display boards and FW painted minis

These are some of the models on display in the Armorium where the FW guys were hiding. Again, I'll try and get some better resolution ones up when I get back to my computer.

Assorted legion minis

Picture drop: Things to come

The following photos were snapped in the model showcase room, these pictures don't really do them justice but needless to say we've got some pretty tasty toys coming!

Mechanicum: Legio Cybernetica Magos Dominus 

Picture Drop: Fulgrim Pre-release photos

These photos are taken from the event brochure and show various angles of Fulgrim, including a close up of the scenic base. When I get home I'll scan these in and try and get some better quality ones.

Seminar 3: Preview of a Massacre

With Tony Cotteral, Alan Bligh and John French

Book 2 is Written (mostly) by Alan but helped by John, we might even get further than book 2!

What's in the book?
Part two of the first trilogy (Betrayal, Massacre part 1&2) they will be self contained trilogies in terms of rules for legions etc. FYI these 'trilogies' might be sets of two, three or four...

Focussing on the drop site massacre. The book contains the narrative of the loyalist's surprise attack on the 3 traitors, they get repulsed and then are betrayed by their reinforcements. This is set over the course of a day and lots of people, including the primarch Ferrus Manus, die. This is one of the largest battles ever known involving 7 legions, titans and the mechanicum. It's a big battle so needs to have two books. The first of the books covers the early stage of the battle.

Seminar 2: Models of the Horus Heresy

There aren't going to be any pictures with this because the models shown in this seminar are strict WIPs and we were told this was not allowed...But I'll do my best to describe them!

Seminar 1: History of the Heresy

First seminar Origins of the Heresy with Graham McNeill, Dan Abnett, Alan Bligh and Allen Merrit (head of GW IP). This seminar is not a history of the heresy as such but more a history of the product. The idea of the heresy is 25 years old this year.

Please note: This isn't a verbatim transcript, just my summary of what was said!

The Heresy is first mentioned in chapter approved, september 1988 on pp.13, a small paragraph in the bottom right hand corner...Allan Merrit who was there at the time tells us that the reason for this fist appearance was there was a gap on the page - written by Rick Priestly, totally off the cuff. It was viewed as 'pretend history' for 40k, it was birthed to fill an awkward gap on a also has a typo!

The Madness begins!

I arrived at the venue, the rather swanky Nottingham Belfry after a dubious journey round Nottingham's roundabouts. I arrived a full 2 hours before the scheduled start time and was probably one of the last to arrive.

We're given a lanyard and a little back pack with the eye of horus on it as well as a special eye of horus die. We then scrambled for models before joining a rather lengthy queue. I managed to get my hands on the new Fulgrim the Illuminator model (which looks awesome) though they were sadly only 1 per person. I also bought a copy of Fulgrim which I'm hoping I can get the author to sign as well as the Davinite Lodge Priest.

I am currently sat in the bar, in 10 minutes the first seminar is due to begin...check back for updates as and when things are revealed! But for now, enjoy these images...

Friday, 17 May 2013

Horus Heresy Weekender Preview

Tomorrow is the start of the first (and no doubt soon to be annual) Horus Heresy Weekender and yours truly is going to be very much in attendance!

I've been quite excited about this event since it was announced a few months ago. I wasn't all that surprised that GW out the event on as 30K is clearly a very lucrative line that goes beyond the remit of 'specialist game'. Having only ever been to a biomedical conference before this (FYI, I was an ultrasound model) I'm not really sure what to expect. There are seminars, lectures and signings - usual stuff  plus demonstrations and participative stuff which intrigues me. Tickets were advertised as "extremely limited" but only sold out last week having been on the FW homepage for a long time so I have no idea how many people will be there. The full range of HH stuff will be on sale plus some new (Fulgrim!!!) and exclusive (Davin cultist) models as well as the usual one of t-shirts, prints and novellas. I'd been meaning to save up a wad of cash to blow on stuff but I just spent £750 on a puppy and £200,000 on a house so I'm not exactly flush with cash at the moment...still, that's what credit cards are for.

I will be taking notes all weekend and in NATFKA's continued absence I'll see if I can get some juicy gossip for my followers, all thirty-something of you.

If there is anything you want me to keep an eye out for, please drop me a message or send me a tweet using @Calthburns or #CBHHW

Sunday, 12 May 2013


Macragge is a civilised culture and I can see them having a wealth of stories from the days of yore, stories of magic and monsters, heroes and villains. I see artisans and scholars working together to bring these stories to life, perhaps in miniature fashion for two or more players aged would prove a useful tool for gauging tactical acumen in the recruits or a past time for commanders on their long transits through the warp...

Okay it's not the best Segway but it will do. I have recently been struck by shiny model syndrome and have bought the new High Elf armies book and a dragon. I don't play fantasy but I'm interested in getting to grips with the game,  as such I'm looking to you, Internet to offer me some sage council.

The plan at the moment is to do a Caledor/Chrace themed force. I've got a Dragon Mage but that's it. I was going to start off with the new battalion set (20 spearmen, 8 silver helms, 20 archers and a chariot) but am sort of stuck as to where to go next. Magic is something I'm keen to use a lot of but I want to make life quite simple, at least to begin with.

I don't want to over reach myself, I personally think fantasy is harder to paint than 40k (it seems fiddler and there's a lot more of them needed to get a decent game going!) so I was looking at around 2,000 points. Now, the following is about 1,500 points

Loremaster of Hoeth
Dragon Mage
36 spearmen
20 archers
8 silver helms
Lion Chariot of Chrace

I think this is a solid base with which to build around. The archers can be split into two units of ten to give me some ranged options, the dragon gives me manoeuvrability and a bit of fire power whilst the spearman are fairly solid in these big numbers. Lastly the chariot and silver helms can cover my flanks. The question is, what next?

I need something to hide the loremaster in. In this month's battle report he was in a unit of Phoenix Guard and this seemed to have worked well. I don't really like the fluff of Phoenix Guard - I much prefer the fluff of White Lions but I'm not sure how the loremaster would fare in this unit. A unit of 20 of either is much of a muchness in terms of points. This would leave me with a bit left (200 or so) for something else...maybe a unit of dragon princes or an eagle bolt thrower.

Basically, what do you guys think?

Monday, 6 May 2013

Faeit 212 has gone...

So it seems to me that my favourite 40k based rumour source has gone. There was a brief video on youtube from Natfka explaining the situation and even he didn't seem to know quite what was going on.

I really hope this isn't part of the recent GW legal crackdown but I would hazard a guess that it is - there are lots of pre-sale photos and details that go up on 212 (especially about White Dwarf) that may be the reason why they've pulled the blog. If this is a GW legal casualty it seems a bit excessive, it's not like the site is allowing you to download rules or anything! The pictures it gets are given to them by contacts from inside the company or from foreign versions of White Dwarf, which leads me to believe that perhaps sorting their own house out would be a better use of their time than trying to shut down the internet mouth piece.

The other thing I don't get is why this site and not say, BoLS or Warseer which also regularly post the same sort of things. No doubt there is a simpler explanation and far be it from me to speculate - In any case I hope Faeit 212 comes back and perhaps with some more thorough editing (no points/prices?) it will be allowed to.  212 was a great source of info and inspiration for me and allowed me to waste quite a lot of time!

Just my 2c worth...