Saturday, 23 November 2013

Battles of Calth II

My previous post 'Battles of Calth' has spiked in interest in recent weeks so I thought I'd put up a second scenario for consideration.

The Honour of Maccragge:

On board the Ultramarine's flagship, the Word Bearers have unleashed a demonic incursion. A rag tag group of Loyal Astartes have to fight their way to the bridge in the hope of regaining control. Taking characters and wargear from the novel help make this scenario more dynamic or you could just pick a force from the options listed below:

Castellum Stronghold

Just released from FW is the Castellum Stronghold. The basic board is £90 and is full of detail. I met the designer at the HH weekender and saw the initial mockup, his intention was to allow chapter rhino doors to be used to denote legion specific bases. I don't know whether this has translated into the finished thing but it sounded like a cool idea. 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Why did I buy HH: Massacre?

Let me start by saying that Massacre part 1 is a spectacular book, brilliantly written and top quality print - just as good as book 1.

However, having had it for the past week I'm not sure why I bought it...I say this because although there is a lot of interesting fluff, in terms of actual rules there aren't more than 2, maybe 3 models in the list that I might actually use (Fell Glaive and the Sicaran). I thought the Fire Raptor was in there but I suppose that was my own fault for not checking. The 4 Legions have some cool rules (Night Lords are very cool) but with FW being the cost that it is, at the moment I can't see me starting up another force to make use of them any time soon.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

30k Ravenguard-Exclusive Flyer?

Last spring when I went to Nottingham for the first Horus Heresy Weekender I was sat in the 'Preview of a massacre' seminar when I heard this during a Q&A session with Alan Merrit (head of IP)...

Q:Will we be seeing Stormbirds?
A: There are lots of different variants of these used by different legions and we are going to try and do one or maybe two, it won't be to scale relative to Thunderhawks. It won't be for a while though. However there is a new flyer coming in.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Using FW in regular 40k

There seems to be a lot of rumour and conjecture circulating the web at the moment as to the wording of recent updates from FW regarding its use in normal games of 40k. Specifically about whether you need your opponent's permission or not.

I was always led to believe and in fact always played that you could use FW in normal games with your opponent's permission but that this was something of a gentlemen's agreement - you should always ask, and they should always say yes. This was a fair enough system because if someone said no they were usually a prick and one of those pedantic sticklers who are the worst type of person to play against - they would always point to the fact that FW isn't allowed at official events and therefore wasn't legal outside of IA campaigns.

Now it seems to be that you simply need to tell your opponent what the rules are BEFORE the match. This is fine too so I'm really not sure what the fuss is about. Maybe it's an exclusivity thing as FW is expensive, maybe it's seen as 'the rich get richer' - we can buy the fancy toys. Yes, maybe but those fancy toys have an associated points cost so there is a trade off. It's about as balanced as you can get in an evolving game system.

Honestly, I don't know what the fuss is about, clarity is here now, isn't it? From GW point of view maybe it's about pushing FW stuff. I'm often hesitant to buy things outside of the Horus Heresy series because I don't want to have that awkward moment where an opponent says "No." Now that problem has gone! So will I blaze £300 on some of the flashy Eldar toys? Quite possibly...if I don't spend it on Fire Raptor's instead.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

What to do with spare space marines

Currently sat in a box on my desk are a cluster of half built models who currently have no real purpose. I had thought to do an Ultramarines successor chapter called the Scions of Calth but that has lost its appeal after a bit of a faff trying to paint them in literal bits (rather than as a whole) and then sticking them together. This was more trouble than it was worth and has been abandoned as a concept.

So what do I do now?

The force currently consists of:

Techmarine with servitors
10 Sternguard
10 Vanguard
20 Tactical Marines

Before we go any further, please bare in mind that I already have the following armies - admittedly in various states of paintedness

2,500pts Carcharadons
1,750pts Raven Guard
1,500pts Celestial Lions (Imperial Fists)
1,500pts Ultramarines
600pts White Scars

It seems to me that Iron Hands would be a solid bet but I've already got 2 all-black armies (I've got a 2,000 point Death Company army knocking around somewhere) and I'm not sure I can manage a 3rd. My local store manager suggested Crimson Fists because you can have Sternguard as scoring units but my Celestial Lions already have the same chapter tactics. Salamanders are something I haven't touched upon but because I'd rather do them as 30k (I've got the new HH book coming on Monday) and all the cloaks and tabard so you get on the Sternguard aren't very reflective of the 'world of fire' thing they have going on.

If you had these minis on your desk, what would you do?

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Whatever happened to Hank & Marv?

Remember them? The unfortunate chaos cultists caught up in a galaxy that just doesn't care...nothing? Well that's a shame but also largely my fault. Fear not though, they will be making a resurgence in the coming weeks, especially as it's getting dark and cold outside.

Rather than turning out comics (which is surprisingly time consuming) I'm going to start doing a one/two panel 'thought for the day' which should allow me to produce them on a more regular basis. There are also plans for a 'live action' version using stop capture animation but that is definitely a long way off. In the mean time I'm going to leave you with my favourite comic...

Enjoy and keep your eyes out for more!