Necromunda: Dark Uprising

Wow!

So there have been quite a few exciting things shown off by GW at this year’s Spiel, but the only thing that I’ve got eyes for is, of course, Necromunda! After the tease a few weeks ago, we finally get to see what it’s all about!

What looks to be a new starter set, Dark Uprising pits the Palanite Enforcers against the Corpse Cult, which was a bit of a surprise to me. I mean, was it only August when we had the Enforcers, anyway? But it’s taken me almost the whole day to realise that, actually, these are new models – or at least, there’s an upgrade sprue in there for the riot shields. Wonderful!

The Corpse Cult are delightfully weird, and I think they could well replace my love of the Dark Vengeance Chaos Cultists! There is something really creepy at work with these dudes, and I love them! I also think it’s really interesting to see the numbers here – I’m guessing they’ll be really cheap and flimsy guys, with a strength in numbers thing going on.

However. Can we just stop for a moment to appreciate this:

Rather than coming with just a few barricades, this box is giving us our first taste of the long-rumoured plastic Zone Mortalis terrain! The structures in the front look a bit weird to me, I must admit, but I love that centrepiece thing in the background, with all the stairs and walkways… oh my! It’s terrain features like these that really fire my imagination for tabletop gaming, and this piece in particular has really gotten me hooked for this box!

So, I had been saving for the Ossiarch Bonereapers. Then I’d decided to keep my pennies for Sisters of Battle. But with pre-orders coming next month, I need to start saving with real zeal for Necromunda: Dark Uprising!!

Warhammer Reflections – 4 years on

Hey everybody,
It’s approaching the time of year where I generally get quite nostalgic for my “career” within the Warhammer hobby, so I thought I’d ramble a bit here about some of the good times I’ve had with little plastic men over the last four years. In a manner of speaking…

Can you believe it’s been four years since I started this little adventure? Well, if you’re a long-time reader of this blog, you’re not only extremely classy, but you probably can… It all started because of Shadows of Brimstone, that kickstarter from Flying Frog Productions that I backed massively, only to find out in the months following the end of the campaign that the miniatures would require assembly. To practice, I therefore bought a Beast of Nurgle from Games Workshop, having been aware of their products for a number of years thanks to the card game Warhammer: Invasion, and the rest, as they say, is history.

As a side note, I should really look at doing a blog devoted to that game. I know it’s long-dead, but it was one of my all-time favourites, so definitely deserves some love here on the blog!

While I was initially really heavily into the Old World, due in part to the fact that I was so familiar with the card game, I think the negative reactions I was exposed to following the End Times series really started me moving away from the fantasy setting, and instead looking into the 40k stuff. While I felt like I had a decent grounding, between the card game and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, I was really flying blind when it came to the grim dark of the far future, but threw myself into the lore of the Necrons, having discovered the Lychguard kit (as has been mentioned on this blog before, of course!) I suppose, to some extent, it was only natural that I would gravitate towards those chaps, seeing as how I was a huge Tomb Kings fan. It was a real heartache when I recently decided to sell my stock of TKs, having been so assiduous in gathering up as many of the kits as I could when they went Last Chance to Buy. But that’s beside the point.

I really enjoyed the look of metallic skeletons, and as has been well chronicled on the blog now, I really fell for those Lychguard like there was no tomorrow. While they weren’t the only contenders for my first 40k army – it was a toss-up between Necrons, Tyranids and Dark Eldar as to who I was going to pursue as a first army choice – the undead space robots won out! Tyranids were an extremely close second, due in part to the awesome Shield of Baal series that started very soon after I’d made the decision, but I think I’ll always love those undead space robots…

Of course, since then I’ve managed to build up an extremely large Dark Eldar army, as well as having started to build a number of big bugs, too! Recently, I’ve embarked on repainting my Necron force, as it was my first army (and you can tell), though I’ve not yet managed to get very far. Always something to distract me!

It’s really been 40k that has been a driving force behind my passion and enthusiasm for this hobby, despite dipping my toe into fantasy every once in a while. I have very fond memories of the launch of Age of Sigmar, and while I’ve bought and sold more fantasy armies than I care to remember, I think I’m definitely keeping hold of my Stormcast Eternals for the fact that I enjoyed assembling that force so much.

Age of Sigmar

40k has been huge for me since then, and I honestly can’t ever see myself moving away from it. Whether it’s through the tabletop game itself, or any of the specialist games like Deathwatch Overkill or Necromunda – or even keeping some of the FFG games alive such as Conquest or, the classic, Space Hulk Death Angel – I can see myself forever staying with the grim dark of the far future, and look forward to sharing that with as many people as possible.

It’s definitely been an exciting four years, and there has been so much that I’ve enjoyed. While this blog started life as a sort of general nerdy thing with a lot of variety (at least, I think it did!), I’ve been very conscious of the fact that it has now become very focused on Warhammer, with Magic and Star Wars being a bit of a sideline.

And this is because I basically love the Warhammer 40k universe now!

I had a bit of a realisation a week or so ago, as I was laboriously reading through the latest new canon Star Wars novel Last Shot, that I don’t actually enjoy the new Star Wars as much as I enjoyed the franchise back before 2015. I don’t mean to turn this into some kind of Warhammer 40k vs Star Wars debate, but let’s leave it at I’m enjoying the former an awful lot more than the latter, right now!

And I suppose that’s partly due to the interactive nature of Warhammer 40k for me. There hasn’t really been a stand-out Star Wars game since WotC produced Star Wars miniatures, whereas there’s a whole hobby-gaming side to 40k that makes it a great deal more immersive.

I’d like to think that I’ve improved a great deal as a painter in the last four years – certainly, I’m more willing to show off my Drukhari, my Genestealer Cult, or my Thokt Necrons before bringing out that Beast of Nurgle – though there is always room for improvement. I’m still quite a lazy painter, something I’ve noticed when painting some Van Saar gangers recently. I rely a lot on drybrushing, while not always taking the time to drybrush properly. More models than I care to remember are quite streaky as a result! But I do feel a lot happier with my miniatures that I’m painting now, than I have done with the older lot. One of the reasons why I’m intending to re-do my entire Necron army, actually!

I don’t really have any sort of hobby goals in mind right now, except maybe to paint more than I buy, and get smarter with just what I’m buying in the first place, though who doesn’t have those sorts of goals in this hobby, right?! I’ve got a number of projects on the go that feel like they’re overwhelming me, particularly since Kill Team came along and I’m finding myself with plans for several small bands of infantry! Since delving back into my Genestealer Cults for that, however, I’ve been feeling in the mood to try some Tyranids, having bought quite a lot of kits for that army back at the start of the year. I find myself forever floating around from one project to another, without really getting anywhere with one (a notable exception being the Drukhari last year, that was amazing how I managed to apply myself and get over 2000 points painted up in a few months!)

I definitely want to plan my purchases more, and really try to work out just what I need before wandering into the store and picking up all manner of pretty looking kits just because they look nice. I also want to try to paint more, as has been shown by the variety of ‘painting goals’ style blogs that I’ve written so far this year. Having added Tau to my army rosters back in March, I really do feel a bit overwhelmed with everything, so definitely want to start scaling things back on that front. Going forward, I want to try (as much as I can) to pick a unit of, say, five guys, and just do what I need to do to get them finished. I think that’s how I eventually got going with the Drukhari, just five or ten at a time, and as whole units were added to the force, things really just snowballed…

I also want to play more games! Who doesn’t, I guess? But with Kill Team a thing now, the ability to have a lot of small games should make things easier. I’m keen to try my hand at Necromunda, having kitted out the Van Saars to be a proper gang and ready for the skirmish there, though I’m not sure if it’s that popular at my store… Skirmish games are fine, of course, but I also want to try and be a bit more serious with my efforts in mainstream 40k. I’ve got three big armies now as far as my Drukhari, Necrons (if I include the old ones that need re-doing), and T’au, along with a lot of smaller forces (with a lot of unbuilt kits that will one day make them bigger forces), so it would be a shame to not make the most of that and actually do something with them!

All this talk of Necromunda and Genestealer Cults brings me to something that I find a bit odd, but let’s talk about it anyway. I’ve not been in the hobby that long, and I’ve especially not been within the 40k universe that long, but there’s a weird kind of borrowed-nostalgia that I get from these re-imagining of classic aspects of the 40k universe. I suppose I get swept up in the moment, and find it all quite wonderful, though it could just be down to the fact that the miniatures are obviously designed with such care and attention to detail that I find myself really enamoured with them, despite not having a basis for any kind of nostalgia-response. It also helps that Necromunda, in particular, just looks like such a cool, immersive game that I can’t help but be swept up within the tidal wave of awesome that it is!

Rogue Trader is obviously coming out at Christmastime, and also promises to be every fanboy’s dream – including mine! I’m going to have to do some serious negotiation to get that under the tree for Christmas, but it looks like it will be so damn worth it!

The Rogue Trader release in 3-4 months’ time makes me wonder just when we can be expecting the last three Codexes for Warhammer 40k, though. There has been a hell of a lot of talk about a big campaign box for Space Wolves vs Orks, but as we’re now getting closer to the end of the year, I just don’t see this coming out anytime soon. It’s been two months since the announcement, on 1 June, about these books – looking at the last such announcement, when those for Imperial Knights, Harlequins and Deathwatch were talked about, it’s roughly two-to-three months between the announcement and the books being released. So I’m guessing that September will see the start of these things. It’s kinda unheard of for a big box game to have not been spoiled if it is, in fact, only a month or so away…

But that said, the Warhammer 40k facebook page did just unveil this…

Space Wolves vs Genestealer Cult? Who saw that one coming?!

Just another little tangent there! I did say this would be rambling!

Where was I? Ah yes, how much I need to be more careful with my purchases, rather than simply throwing my money at all the new shiny releases. Erm…

At any rate, after almost a year where I moved house and have since struggled to find a place to paint properly, I’m finding myself sliding closer to that point where I’m happily applying acrylic to plastic, so I’m hoping that I can at least make good on one of the many, many painting promises I’ve talked about on this blog before the end of the year…

While I like the thought of Tyranids and having a big bugs army, I’m also moving back towards my Drukhari, having lost interest a little when I felt the Codex had tried to force me to play a mixed list. However, I think I’m most excited right now for the Militarum Tempestus army that I’ve been wanting to build for a number of years now.

To date, I’ve still only painted two models for them. However, this is where the joy of Kill Team comes in, as I’ve excitedly been writing up a list that I think will make it relatively easy to get done, at which point I might as well just carry on and paint up a platoon! Oh, I make it sound so easy. But I think, if I can get some of these done, and some more Skitarii painted by the end of the year, I’ll be a very happy bunny, indeed.

So, thanks for reading all the way through this extremely rambling blog post about my jumbled thoughts on 40k right now, as well as something of a potted history of my life with the game, and stay tuned to the blog as I begin to delve more seriously into Kill Team campaigns – and, of course, Necromunda!

Necromunda!

Hey everybody!
This weekend saw the pre-orders for House Cawdor, the fourth gang available for the new Necromunda: Underhive, and between this and the recent kill team stuff going on, it’s gotten me thinking a lot about the skirmish stuff from GW.

I’m a huge fan of games that see massed infantry with some decent heavy support stuff, so skirmish games might not be the first thing I go for. But there’s no denying it, long and drawn-out 40k games can be a bit tiring after a while. I mean, sure, some folks will relish playing for 4+ hours, but while I love the look of seeing my army out on the battlefield, I can’t say that I relish setting aside an entire day to play one game. Certainly not if it isn’t in the comfort of my own home, where I can at least take food and bathroom breaks to my heart’s content…

So, instead I’ve been thinking about these skirmish things, and after excitedly getting my Kill Team box last weekend, I’ve been poring over the rulebook and building teams left and right – fortunately, I don’t think I need to buy any additional models right now, though I don’t think that will stop me in the long run from buying yet more little dudes…

Kill Team is a subject for another blog, though – today, I want to talk about the other 40k-themed skirmish game that has been out for almost a year now, Necromunda: Underhive.  I bought this game for myself last Christmas, and despite having built up the Escher gang that came in the box, and also investing heavily in literally everything that has come out for the game between then and now, I haven’t really done anything about it. Hm.

So this weekend, I’ve been looking through the rules, and through each of the (currently) three Gang War supplements, and have been trying to fathom out (a) how the game works, and (b) how gang construction works. Doing so has gotten me really intrigued, I must say, to the point where I’ve gone and built up my first actual gang, a group of six Van Saar gangers that I’m now ready to paint and see if I can get some games with them!

I’m really excited for this game, and will continue to buy everything for it as it gets released, from my retailer-of-choice for these things, Alchemists Workshops. They’re not too far away, and definitely have some fantastic deals going on with GW and more, so you should definitely check them out if you’re after some little dudes of your own!

Stay tuned for more blogs on Necromunda coming soon, as I fumble my way through the Underhive!!

New Kill Team!

Well folks, the news has dropped, and so has my jaw! This release looks huge, and makes the 7th edition ruleset look particularly awful by comparison!

I mean, right off the bat there’s just so much stuff!

I’ve not played Shadespire, but from all accounts it’s pretty good. Using the same rules designer to come up with this game seems like it’s a sure bet for success, at any rate. The article linked above talks about what will make the game so good, such as the squad customisation stuff, and from the sounds of it, we should be in for a really great addition to the 40k universe.

The way that the game is going to be supported, with individual Kill Teams available with their own bits of terrain, as well as terrain bundles that come with the game mats to play on, sounds like it’s almost akin to a boardgame than anything else, and I guess that is the overriding impression I get from the launch article, that they’re heavily targeting the boardgame audience rather than making just a different way to play with your existing 40k collection.

When I read the article, my first impulse was to buy everything so that I could have it all, but upon reflection, I have a great deal of this stuff already, so will likely only be getting the manual at first. I’ll probably be getting one or two of the “environment expansions” as well, mainly for the terrain but also because they come with the game mats. I’m really hoping that they will produce some way of selling the datacards for the kill teams separately for those of us who already have the models – I’d be really interested in playing a Genestealer Cults kill team, but I don’t want to buy another set of Neophyte Hybrids just to get the cards. (Or maybe I will, anyway…!)

The scenery does look incredible, and I really want to get that Basilicanum right now, even though my painting backlog is insane!

It’s just beautiful!

The accessories are as exciting as the game, almost – with unique dice sets giving this the greatest resemblance to the Shadespire model that is giving me the hope they’ll sell the cards separately. But I digress…

It’s not all fantastic though, as there is something giving me a little pause here. The game is described as the successor to Shadow War: Armageddon, and the article ends with a look at the different factions that will receive rules support, saying that “each of these factions uses a specially chosen pool of units, designed to represent the kind of forces you’d find in a kill team”. While I realise that balance is important for these sorts of small scale games, one of the things I really hated about SWA was the fact that I was so severely forced into playing with a narrow pool of units if I wanted to play the game – sure, I want to play Tau, so I have to play with Pathfinders and cannot make a team out of Fire Warriors or just two/three Crisis Suits. I might want to try out Dark Eldar, but cannot make a Coven team, or a Kabalite team, but instead must use only Wyches for the core of the squad. It just feels so incredibly cramped that I found myself without a whole lot of interest in playing it as time went on.

I hope that Kill Team is much broader, and uses a similar sort of idea to the last iteration, and instead of really prescribing the models we can and can’t use, it will allow for much more cherry-picking of favourite unit types.

While not mentioned in the article, the FAQ they have posted alongside all of this news does specifically state that the recently-leaked Rogue Trader game is actually an expansion to this game system, which sounds like it should be a fantastic new games line for the company. Delving into corners of the 40k universe that the main tabletop wargame doesn’t otherwise allow for conjures up all manner of goodness to me – principally, Arbites! Who knows what awesome stuff they could bring out?!

It’s very exciting, and really cool to see something done to this extent with the skirmish game. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the book (maybe the box set itself), and maybe getting some games in with a couple of the other skirmish fans at my local store!

Necromunda hype!

I’ve not been able to talk much about the hype around the return of Necromunda on my blog yet, as I’ve been in the middle of moving house and stuff, so haven’t had a proper amount of time to digest the news we’ve seen from GW about it. However, I’ve been gorging myself on this stuff today, and I have to say, I’m incredibly excited to get my greasy paws on this box when it arrives in November!

I wasn’t around for the original Necromunda, which was out in 1995. I mean, I was alive, but I was much more interested in fantasy than 40k at the time. Anyway! This time around, it looks like GW have applied all of the style and panache of their recent sculpting success into the gangs we get in the box, to bring us (what looks like) twenty wonderfully individual miniatures that would look great on the tabletop. While I’m excited for the game, I’m excited for the miniatures and find myself hoping that we’ll be able to use them, in some way, in 40k at large, as well. At any rate, they should provide some amazing conversion-fodder!

I’ve already been thinking about the potential for House Escher as Wyches in my Dark Eldar army!

The sculpts look amazing, but I find myself less than enthused about the paint jobs on the minis we’ve seen so far. The purply skin tones seem to clash terribly with the yellow on the Escher minis, although I love the weapons options, and I’m really impressed by the look of them as a gang. House Goliath minis look somehow weirdly washed-out with the faintly rust-orange thing going on all over there, but even so, they look like solid sculpts that I’m finding myself looking forward to painting up just as much!

Each of these gangs will be multi-part plastic kits, and I’m so happy about this! It sounds like this game is going to be more like Betrayal at Calth rather than Deathwatch Overkill, and we’ll eventually get the sprues for each available separately without any need for them to re-tool the sculpts. I love getting individuality from models through the assembly, so this is definitely something to look forward to. Forge World are also set to do upgrade kits, which sounds like there could really be quite the industry coming out of this game! Not that there would really have been any doubt about its popularity, surely…?

While the game is coming with just two gangs, I really hope we get more options soon for more variety. News from the recent NOVA open indicates that we’re getting a lot of support for the game – Adeptus Arbites, welcome back!

The board seems a bit flat, especially when you consider that the original game was all about the multi-level experience. However, as the article from whence I’ve been plundering all of these pictures explains, there will also be rules for us to enjoy the game amid the Sector Mechanicus terrain sets, which makes me glad I picked up the entire range earlier this summer!

I’m hugely looking forward to getting hold of this game when it comes out. I’m hoping that GW don’t drop the ball and make it some kind of limited-run thing like the original Shadow War Armageddon box – hopefully, its release in November means that it is taking the place of the Horus Heresy boxed game that we’ve had over the last couple of years, and so will be available for a long time yet. Though of course, I imagine that initial take-up is going to be phenomenal.

I mean, it’s Necromunda!