The Overlords are (almost) here!

Hey everybody!
Well, I’m back, after a week which will definitely not be one for the annals! I managed to cut my left hand open last weekend, so couldn’t type anything substantial for a number of days, not exactly one of my finer moments, I have to say! But still, time to soldier on!

Having an injured hand didn’t impede my reading, of course, so I’ve been catching up with the news on the upcoming Kharadron Overlords release for Age of Sigmar, the first wave of which is going up for pre-order tomorrow. I’ve previously talked about these sky dwarves here, of course, and at the time the first previews were coming out, I wasn’t entirely sure if I was going to go all out and buy any of the models. I’ve been slowly pondering the idea of perhaps getting a box of the soldier-types, predominantly because gun-toting dwarves look kinda hilarious, but they also look like they could be a lot of fun to paint!

I’m still not really feeling that excited about Age of Sigmar as a game, though, which has been giving me pause against going ahead with a lot of my projects at the moment – Slaanesh daemons being top of that list. I’ve actually been selling off a lot of the fantasy kits that I’ve had gathering dust for a while now, partly as I downsize prior to moving house, but also because I’m just losing interest as I firmly plant my flag in the 40k camp – regardless of what changes 8th edition might bring.

However, that raises another interesting question about these chaps: Squats. The Demiurg, to give them the “proper” title, were a race that was removed from the 40k universe early in the game’s evolution, a casualty of the Tyranid Hive Fleet Behemoth. While the term “squatted” has come to be used for the fate of any race removed from the canon by GW, many folks remain devoted to the idea of space dwarves, and range from using them with Imperial Guard rules to actual fan-created Codexes. While I’m not 100% sold on the idea as yet, the mining aesthetic and the fact they’re carrying massive guns has got me playing around with the idea of building a small team to use in Shadow War: Armageddon (using IG rules).

Of course, I’d really like GW to release something that would actually allow for their use in 40k games. Much like a lot of the Chaos Daemons stuff that can cross-pollinate between the two, I think it could be glorious to see happen!

Warhammer News!

Hey everybody!
It’s been an exciting day for all of the news coming out of AdeptiCon regarding Warhammer 40k and Age of Sigmar! I wasn’t quite expecting so much so soon, but I suppose the times have been changing lately, and only for the better!

First of all, we’ve had a better look at the new Warhammer Shadespire, a miniature skirmish game set in the Age of Sigmar universe and apparently coming with tournament rules later this year. I’m all for skirmish games, as I think they allow for some wonderful customisable content. We’ve been talking about it at the local GW, and I think we’re all in agreement that, so long as they provide ongoing support, it could be something amazing. Hex-based movement is interesting, I suppose a bit like Gorechosen, but the fact you need cards to play the minis seems like it might have a bit of the Silver Tower thing going on at first. Hopefully they’ve learnt from that, and will provide enough content to support a wide variety of warbands right from the off. I’ve been drifting away from AoS for a while now, focusing my energies on 40k when I’ve been doing anything hobby-related, but I do think it looks like it could be great, so will be keeping an eye on this as things develop!

The Death Guard are getting the Thousand Sons treatment, with reports making it onto facebook that a new book and entire model range coming out soon – including the primarch, Mortarion. Is that supposed to be his scythe near the end? While I’m not planning to get myself any of these chaps, as I’m not a big Nurgle fan anyway, I think it’s fantastic that GW are moving in this way, supporting so many different factions in the game with distinctive models of their own. Sure, they do look a little too closely related to the Putrid Blightkings from the End Times of Fantasy, but I suppose it’s all thematically tied together in the end. Overall, I love seeing them support these factions in this way, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next on the list as the year moves on!

Death Guard

Finally, we’ve got the exciting news that everybody has been waiting for – what are they doing with 8th Edition 40k?

First of all, we’re getting a General’s Handbook-style 3 ways to play, which sounds really nice as I enjoy narrative style games. Narrative games in AoS tend to revolve around at least one side being pretty much prescribed, which hasn’t been as prevalent in 40k for me to see, so I’m not sure how well that will look, but I’m optimistic! Most excitingly, however, is the idea of army-specific rules for bringing thematic lists – unfortunately, I can see how this would be abused by power gamers and the like, but I still hope that it’ll be fun, and provide a more interesting game all round.

Changes to movement and shooting I can’t really speak about, as I’ve never actually known 40k outside of the current 7th edition, but it does sound good that each model will have its own individual movement characteristic – I’ve already had the rant about needing to consult three or four pages of rules to find out how my Triarch Praetorians work! It all seems to point to a warscroll-like one page rules sheet for each unit, and I’m very much in favour of this. However, I can’t say that I’m all for changing how charges work – I think the initiative-based system for close combat is great, and thematically I don’t think you should get to go first just because you charged; what if the guys you’re running into can see you coming, and formed-up ready to meet you? Maybe there will be certain units that have quick reflexes (Dark Eldar, maybe?!) who will have specific rules to interact in this manner. I guess we’ll see!

The fact that the article mentions that these are rules that people will perhaps be playing with at next year’s AdeptiCon makes me wonder, when will we be seeing 8th edition hit? Everyone has been assuming April-June time, but this new info sounds like it’s still under development, which would not give them enough time to get new rulebooks into print and distributed ready for a launch so soon…

At any rate, I’m all for more theme in my 40k, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with when the new edition eventually hits!

The Overlords are coming!

Steamhead Duardin have been promised for what feels like an age – but next month, they’ll finally be A Thing. While there is naturally already an unhealthy amount of hate going around about these little dudes, I just thought I’d weigh in here and say that I actually really like the look of them! I don’t know if I’d go so far as to buy any of them right now, mainly because I’m not really that big into Age of Sigmar at the moment (although I’m also trying to cut down on how many models I’m buying, anyway). But they look good, and I’m excited to see what people do with them when they’re released and we start to see the facebook and instagram posts with all manner of interpretations!

Kharadron Overlords

And who doesn’t love mechanical blimp riding steampunk sky pirate dwarves?!

Kharadron Overlords

 

Sunday catch-up!

Hey everybody!
It’s been a busy few days for me, as I’ve been sucked into a lot of stuff with work and whatnot, and I haven’t had a lot of time to check out what’s going on in the world. Well, I thought I’d spend some time today taking a look at all the stuff that I’ve been missing of late!

Let’s start with Warhammer, because why not!

The Age of Sigmar releases continue with more Stormcast stuff, which I’m really no longer convinced by all that much. While at first I liked the idea of having new additions to the line, there is a vaguely unnecessary feel to them to my mind, coupled with the fact that they look almost exactly the same as the original Stormcast dudes. A lot of this Stormcast line has actually felt like GW didn’t really know where they wanted to take things – we started out with expensive five-man squads, now sold in tens, and they’re cheaper than they used to be! Which begs the question, why were they so bloody expensive in the first place, then?! Maybe I’m quite bitter because I spent £60 getting two more boxes, when I could have saved £22.50 if I’d have waited just over a year. Hm. It’s a similar story with the Retributors and the Prosecutors. They were either stupidly over-priced to begin with, or GW was intentionally gouging customers for the first 18 months of the new system to create an artificially good sales record.

Usually, I try to be really positive about GW stuff, and I did like the whole Age of Sigmar thing at first, but this has just left a bad taste for me.

Returning to these new releases, the new scout-type Stormcast don’t really look all that different – am I the only one who thinks the armour is actually the same as the regular guys? It’s not slimmed-down or whatever it’s supposed to be, it’s just the same, but with some wolf-pelts or whatever thrown over the top. Also, some of those bare heads make me think of Space Wolves. Hm. The bare heads are another aspect that I find quite interesting, as if GW is responding to the desire of folks to have Stormcast without the helmets, particularly after the amount of people who have been converting them up. Might be a bit far-fetched, as they do tend to work quite far in advance, but who knows. They look interesting, though I remain unsold on the idea of getting any to add to my force. If I ever see some with a discount, I may pick a box up, of course, but for now, I’ll pass.

The bird-riding guys look silly – more because of the fact that they’re riding lizard-birds or whatever they are. It’s almost like GW are intentionally pushing how far they can take things… At any rate, I’m not convinced, and have only considered getting the crossbow-wielding Raptors because I thought those birds might make useful Razorwing flocks for my Dark Eldar! But again, for now I’m resisting.

That said, the Vanguard-Palladors do have a wonderful sense of dynamism to them that was missing from the Dracothian Guard. At £35 for three models, I can’t honestly justify that expense, but again, if I found some for a significant discount, I might get some.

The one concession I’ve made to all of this right now is getting the new Battletome. Yes, it’s the third book for these guys in less than two years, but I thought it might be useful to take a look at the new units and see the developing lore etc, as well as the new rules for relics and whatnot. I forgot to pick it up when I was in my local store the other day, so will have to try and get back there soon for that, but anyway…

Has anyone been remotely tempted by the new Warhammer Quest game, Shadows over Hammerhal? I enjoyed the first one, but this one is less than interesting to me. I think part of it might be due to the lack of any new models, whereas Silver Tower felt more like an event, or something. I feel like this is a bit of an attempt to emulate the success of the first, and would have preferred to see something more original than using the pre-existing minis. It even seems like it doesn’t know what it wants to be, having minis from all four Chaos gods involved in some weird mash-up.

Again, a bit of a disappointing release, for me…

I suppose all of this isn’t helped by the fact that I’m just far more interested in what’s going on with 40k right now. While we’re still on the cusp of the third and final installment of the Gathering Storm series, which many folks think will be leading directly into 8th Edition, a lot of this AoS stuff feels a little too much like a distraction! I’m looking forward to seeing if there are plans for more accompanying models for the Gathering Storm than just the triumvirates, and I’m eagerly awaiting what else 2017 has in store for the grim dark of the far future…


I’m a little disappointed in the news from Fantasy Flight Games lately, I have to say. While the Arkham Horror card game seems to have taken over the world, I’ve not really seen anything more exciting to come from them for a while now. I find this curious, because I used to be such a huge fanboy for their games, and would incessantly check in with them to see what new amazing thing was coming out. Lately, though, it seems like they’re slowing down on what they’re doing – to me, at least.

The Runewars miniatures game appears to be the next big thing, and maybe they’re just like a wave pulling back before this thing launches – I believe it’s due in April. We’ve had a new expansion each for Eldritch Horror and, just this week, Elder Sign, so I suppose it’s not all exactly quiet. There certainly doesn’t feel like a lot of the excitement that I used to feel for the company, however. I can’t even say that the loss of the Warhammer licence for them will affect me that much as, aside from Conquest, I wasn’t really buying into any of the other things.

I suppose part of the problem for me is that they’re doing a lot of Star Wars games, though I don’t know anybody else who’s interested in these things. The LCG has died a death for me, and Imperial Assault has never even gotten off the ground. X-Wing had a brief surge, though I’ve since lost a lot of interest and am considering selling off at least a portion of that. And Destiny… Destiny still seems interesting to me, and I would like to try it out, but the fact that it’s been out three months or so and I’ve not been in any great hurry to do so does say quite a lot to me.

I do really like the look of their RPG, however, and have been thinking about diving back into that of late. Stay tuned!

I just find this quite curious, so thought I’d offer it up here and see whether 2017 will cause me to change my mind there.


The end has come… #StarWars #newcanon #Aftermath

A post shared by Mark (@marrrkusss) on

Speaking of Star Wars, though, I’ve been up to the elbows in the third Aftermath novel, Empire’s End, since I picked it up on Tuesday. What with work, I’ve not been able to read as much as I’d’ve liked up to this point, but I’m over halfway now, anyway. Expect a blog to come on that one once I’m done! I may even get back to that whole youtube thing…


On Tuesday last week, I posted about my triumphant return to playing Magic. Well, maybe not triumphant, but it was a return, nevertheless. I’ve been watching a lot of videos on youtube since, trying to catch up with what I’ve missed since before Kaladesh happened, and was struck by the little nugget that happened in December, where what is possibly the autumn set for this year was leaked:

It’s an exciting prospect for another plane, what looks to be a cross between Atlantis and Mesoamerican culture. I’m a big fan of such things, anyway, so could see myself getting into that quite extensively. Of course, we don’t really know if it’s going to be a thing – it certainly looks like it will be – even if this was for an internal survey that was more concerned with packaging than anything else, that’s original (as far as anyone can tell) artwork they’ve used, so it would be expensive just for a test. But who knows. Steampunk India followed by ancient Egypt followed by sub-aqueous Maya sounds like the dream, right there! Not forgetting, of course, we’re due for Archenemy in the middle of it all!

Based on all of this, I think WotC might be beating GW for the flavourful new releases right now…

All quiet…

What a week! Between suffering with a cold, trying to get an essay written for my OU degree, and computer problems from hell, last week was quite the week… But the essay’s in, the cold is gradually leaving me, and so far my laptop has been behaving after a bit of help from a chap called Jeffrey at Microsoft. So there we go!

So, what have I missed?

Well, first things first, my planned game day blog didn’t go out, which is weird. I usually write these things a day or two in advance and schedule them for Tuesday, but something has obviously foiled me on that one! As such, my Dark Eldar learning blog will be coming out this Tuesday, which I suppose is fitting, given my current love affair with the space pirates!

Stormcast Eternals Vanguard Hunters

While we’re getting some wonderful new Eldar miniatures this weekend, it seems like the Stormcasts are back in town, with the new battletome coming out to support the Vanguard Hunters. I was initially planning to get some of the new models when they were first previewed, but now that I’ve seen them – to say nothing of seeing the price! – I’m having second thoughts… £37.50 seems a bit steep for 10 miniatures, and I’m just confused as to why this is happening to the hobby. There’s an excellent theory I subscribe to from Adam at Tabletop Minions about how GW work out their pricing, based on how many boxes of the models they think you’re likely to need for your army. Basic troops are the bulk of the models you’ll be fielding, so they cost less than the fancy troops, of which you might only buy one box. That makes sense to me, but we’re now seeing the Liberators, the tactical marines of the Stormcast line, at £37.50 for a box of ten. You can get tactical marines for £25 on their site, just for comparison’s sake. They were never exactly cheap, at £30 for five, so I suppose this new pricing structure is actually a saving (while a bit of a slap in the face for folks like myself, who spent £60 when they bought two boxes of Liberators in the past). Whereas I was planning to get some of these new dudes to sprinkle some diversity throughout my army, I’m now having serious misgivings about the whole endeavour…

But speaking of Age of Sigmar, I have read the new City of Secrets novella. It took me long enough, considering how short it is! The story is actually quite interesting, if a little join-the-dots Warhammer Fantasy style. We have a conspiracy among the ranks of the city guard of Excelsis, and the plot really kinda weaves through some very standard beats as a lone guardsman teams up with a Witch Hunter, they go to his powerful friend only to discover he has turned traitor, and escape with the help of a flamboyant pirate, before looking to the defense of the city against the hordes of gribblies. It’s pretty standard fayre, but I did find myself enjoying it all the same. Mainly because it feels so much like an old Warhammer Fantasy novel, I suppose. That sort of story has been lacking from GW for far too long, now, and while it was a bit predictable, I think it’s nevertheless an important development for the setting, and I hope we get more stories like these in the future!

I’ve also finished my first unit of Dark Eldar Kabalite Warriors, which has excited me immensely! I say “finished” – the bases still need a little work, but in the main, I’m excited! Back around New Year, I decided that I wanted to set myself the goal of painting one unit per month, as a minimum, and while January didn’t really feel like I’d succeeded – I mean, sure, I painted the Alpha Legion Apothecary, though he was just one dude – I’m now well on the track to success, I feel! Let’s see how many more of these folks I can get painted by the time I write up my February progress blog!!

All that said, I am kinda hoping to take a little step away from Warhammer for the next few weeks. After finishing The Beast Arises, and all the Dark Eldar stuff going on, I do feel a bit like saturation point has been reached. I’m still going to paint and whatnot, of course, but I think I’m going to once more look outwards among my various hobby bits, and see if I can broaden out the content on the blog here.

So stay tuned for that, anyway!!

So much change!

Hey everybody!
It’s another week of Change over at Games Workshop, as we enter the third week of Tzeentch releases for Age of Sigmar! After the human cultists and the beastmen, we’re now in the realm of the daemons, including the previously previewed Lord of Change / Kairos Fateweaver.

Tzeentch Kairos Fateweaver

This week’s releases, while exciting, are predominantly re-packs, however. From what I can tell, we have the new Lord of Change, and the Blue/Brimstone Horrors that we’ve previously seen in Silver Tower, but the rest of the range is the pre-existing stuff from back in the day, such as Flamers, Screamers, and Pink Horrors. Bit of a shame that those two “new” Pink Horrors from the boxed game haven’t made an appearance, but I guess they have to keep something in these boxes to prompt folks to buy them! While I might sound a bit down on the release, I do actually like the fact that they’re slowly getting round to re-packing all of their minis in the new stuff, so we have a more consistent look and all the rest of it.

There’s also a new Start Collecting box for Tzeentch daemons, which is good to see! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting more bits to flesh out my Silver Tower enemies for a while, so it would be a good way to do that!

Stormcast Eternals Lord Aquilor

It looks like this is the end of Tzaanuary now, however, with February once more bringing new Stormcast Eternals to the Mortal Realms. I mentioned these the other day, the so-called Rangers of the Stormcast forces, and we’re seeing some more of these guys now, with another Lord Celestant type miniature, the Lord Aquilor (above). Gryph-hounds have always struck me as a bit silly, and I’ve previously used High Elf lions to replace them with my Lord Castellant, but with this new batch of releases… I don’t know. It looks to be a bigger release than last year’s Extremis Chamber, which only gave us the dracoth riders and the stardrake of course, but so many silly animals have left me feeling a bit disappointed, overall.

Unless I can somehow build that Lord Aquilor to look like he’s riding a Tauntaun. That might do the trick…

Reinforcements! #Warhammer40k #DarkEldar #GangsOfCommorragh #awesome

A post shared by Mark (@marrrkusss) on

I’ve picked up the new Gangs of Commorragh boardgame, and I’m very excited for more Dark Eldar, so expect a first look at that bad boy on this Tuesday’s game day blog!

I must admit, I’ve been really slow with painting stuff so far this year, and the purchases in the above instagram picture are kinda unnecessary really – I still have the first Venom only partly painted, after all! I think moving from weekly to monthly painting update blogs may have been a bad move, but keep your eyes peeled for the January update in the next few days, where I’ll talk about this more. While I may have been slow in getting anywhere with painting them, however, I am still very much enjoying the Dark Eldar miniatures!


Age of Sigmar isn’t the only thing to experience Change at the minute, anyway. I’d like to get a little more philosophical for a moment, as I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of late, as is often the case at the start of a year. In 2017, I’m going to be moving house, and while I’m currently renting the flat I’m in, I’ve decided to actually buy myself a house and move away from where I am currently. Naturally, then, I’ve been looking to downsize a lot of the stuff that I’ve managed to accumulate in the time that I’ve been here, to say nothing of what I’d accumulated prior to that! One of the biggest cuts, therefore, is the boardgames that I’ve amassed.

I’ve been slimming down the collection for a while now, and games that have previously featured here on my game day blogs have since been sold on ebay – who knows, you may be reading this having bought one of them! But while I’ve been doing so fairly infrequently up to this point, I think it’s time to really trim the fat now. While I have no intention of cutting back on game day blogs, as it’s one of my favourite aspects of my blog, I suppose it’s entirely possible that there may be a narrowing of focus as my collection shrinks. After all, pretty much every game day blog features a game that I personally own and have played. I think I might try and do more session report type blogs, though, rather than merely churning out review type blogs all the time, and see if I can mix things up a bit! I’d also like to do more news-y type game day blogs, which I did try towards the back end of last year, but haven’t really done that many since.

At any rate, if you’re a regular reader of this here blog – first of all, thank you very much! But let me know if you have any views on these thoughts, as I’m still very much in the sort of planning stages of everything!

For now, at least, the first look at Gangs of Commorragh will be coming up this week, so it’s not about to change overnight!

Stormcast Eternals Rangers!

Stormcast Eternals Vanguard Hunters

I was not expecting this! I’m a big Stormcast fan (I recently worked out my army is currently over 2000 points of the golden guys), though there is an element of same-ness to a lot of the units. Sure, the weapons might be different, but otherwise, they can be a bit too uniform. The weapons options on these chaps look really interesting – what’s that orb in the hand of the chap top, second from the right? Hm!

We’re also getting a menagerie of gryph-hounds, as well as gryph-chargers, and some stuff called aetherwings. I hope that means we’ll be getting more beastie-riding Stormcast! New battletome is also exciting, though it does make the Stormcast feel a lot like the Space Marines of the Mortal Realms, and I’m not sure it’s a particularly great move. Though I will obviously be buying it!

Three books for one army? Hm.

While I’m not exactly anticipating a whole new change for my army’s direction, I am excited to add a unit or two of these guys to the collection, at any rate!

I just wish they didn’t look quite so Space Wolves-y!