A Workshop of Games!

Hey everybody!
So I’m a little late to this party as well, but given the amazing line-up of new stuff that we’ve seen previewed at the New York Toy Fair from GW. I’ve come across quite a bit of negativity towards some of these things while looking around at the online reaction, which is a bit of a surprise to me in some respects, but I suppose you can’t please everybody! At any rate, let’s dive in and take a look at some of the upcoming goodness:

I want to start with Storm Vault, a co-operative dungeon-delving game that looks like it only includes Stormcast Eternals as the playable heroes, from the look of the box. I originally wasn’t even sure if it was a miniatures game, as I couldn’t see any in the promotional shot of the game board, but I think they’re up there in the top right corner:

This does look kinda neat, and reminds me a lot of Talisman, for some reason. They’re both GW IP games, I suppose, but it has the feel, from the scant info we had revealed, of that kind of adventure game. It looks like the four Chaos gods play a part in the proceedings, too, which is interesting…

I’ve still not played Warhammer Underworlds yet, shame on my, but this seems like an interesting take on things. Aimed at new players for the game (so, me) it features what looks like two of the Easy-to-Build kits for Age of Sigmar made into warbands that can be used here with training wheels, and then taken further into the main game. I do love the Nighthaunt, after all, and I am looking to get into Shadespire/Nightvault, so I think this could well be a good buy.

I do see the perspective of those players who already have been playing the game, and perhaps begrudge having to get this if there are unique cards that they will no doubt need for more competitive deck builds, but I think all too often we’re bound up with the loud voices here online who decry such enterprises by game companies – all the while, without realising that they just aren’t the majority target audience for this sort of product.

While there was also talk of the new Funko Pop range, and this Space Marines Heroes thing, by far the most interesting and exciting announcement to come from the event was, of course, this:

Combat Arena appears to take the principle of Gorechosen and supplants it to the 41st millennium, with generic hero-types being thrust into a pit-fight set aboard a space ship. All of them are Imperium heroes, and so a lot of people seem to be a bit confused as to why such folk would be fighting one another, but there we have it.

The game might well be a complete dud, but I’m definitely willing to give it a try. Most importantly, though, the game is bringing to us five new plastic miniatures of iconic figures from Warhammer 40k, from the Primaris Psyker to a third Rogue Trader mini!

Apparently, this is a prequel to the Blackstone Fortress game, and these minis will feature in an upcoming adventure pack. What on earth does that even mean? They’re going to be coming out in a Blackstone Fortress-branded box, so we shouldn’t buy this game if we want the minis? Or will they start to release rules for existing minis to be used in Blackstone Fortress, simply as card packs or whatever? The basing for all of the minis previewed at the event has the same scheme as the other game, so it very much looks like it’s a tie-in, but I’m not sure I quite get it at the moment.

Anyway, the minis look fantastic, and I really can’t wait to get them in my collection. I really appreciate how interesting GW is making their universe through the introduction of new models or re-imagined sculpts for classic models within these sorts of boardgames. I hope we see more stuff like this come out for a long time to come, as we see all manner of weird and wonderful creations for the game. And yes, of course I would like to have rules for 40k included, and maybe even crossover rules for Blackstone Fortress and Kill Team as well. I’ve already been working on building a Chaos force that uses all of the weird stuff from Blackstone Fortress, and I’m still thinking about how to fit the Elucidian Starstriders into an Imperium list – I don’t care if they aren’t competitive, I just love the fact that the lore is being fleshed out on the tabletop, and the more esoteric corners of the 40k universe are being explored in this manner!


You know what else I’m really enjoying about this announcement? The fact that we’re seeing Games Workshop actually beginning to realise the promise of their own company name, and produce a whole smorgasbord of games for us to feast upon. When the FFG licence ended, I was a bit disappointed because I have enjoyed their offerings in the board game, card game and RPG formats for a long while. Thinking that GW might only want to concentrate on their big three tabletop wargames, I was anticipating a lack of anything further. But here we are, with a whole slew of new games as well as new takes on the existing games stable, and I think it’s just glorious! Combat Arena or Storm Vault may well be throwaway games that people only buy for the minis and never once look at the game itself – heck, I pretty much did that with Gangs of Commorragh when that came out, though I have still got all of the game material for that one waiting for me to one day take a better look at it. But there are so many games being produced now with incredible new miniatures that they can probably afford to have a couple of duds on the shelf. If Combat Arena is only remembered as the place where that sweet new peg-leg Rogue Trader first came out, then that’s fine, because we still have stuff like Warhammer Underworlds, Necromunda, Blackstone Fortress and the like that have been, from all accounts, runaway success stories. But if people are still enjoying Combat Arena years from now, and either clamouring for official rules for Sly Marbo to be written, or playing with fan-made rules for using a Genestealer Patriarch, then that is awesome, too. The important thing to take from this, I feel, is that Games Workshop are trying, and I love them for it!

LVO Previews 2019

Okay, so I’m a bit late to this party, as the LVO previews slid online in the early hours of Friday morning for me here in the UK, but my goodness, it’s taken some time to digest these things!

Starting with what I’m looking forward to the most, the new boxed set Shadowspear. Full to the brim with new sculpts of Primaris and Chaos Space Marines, this has got to be the thing that is top of my list! I mean, we’ve got new Black Legion models for the first time since the showdown between Horus and the Emperor, including some very sexy beasts and horrifically mutated dudes. What’s not to like?!

If that wasn’t enough, we’re also getting sniper-Primaris, alongside perhaps the best Primaris sculpt that has been released for the range:

I don’t know what it is about this boy, but this is the first time I have been actually excited for the Primaris as a range. Sure, PriMarneus Calgar was a nice surprise, and those Hellblasters sure look good, but there’s something about this Librarian with his camo cloak and leather gloves that speaks to me. Not sure about the actual snipers- they look like they’re trying too hard to replicate the original sniper scout marines, but in power armour they look a bit silly. Still, there are more, as-yet-to-be-revealed minis in this box, which I’m guessing will be coming out to coincide with the end of this 80-day countdown we’re still on. Exciting times ahead!

As an aside, a lot of people seem to be assuming that this box is going to be push-fit models like Dark Imperium, but the article does actually compare it with the line of battle boxes from Forgebane, which I think everybody is forgetting came with the actual multi-part kits. So I’m assuming instead that we’ll be getting the actual new CSM kits, etc, and that is an exciting assumption, indeed!

While the Black Legionaries are indeed very exciting minis, I’m particularly looking forward to the new Abaddon that has now been teased:

This could be along the lines of Roboute Guilliman big, which I suppose just further tips the balance towards Chaos (still only one loyalist Primarch out here in the wilds of 8th edition?) but it’s still a very exciting prospect. Of course, Abaddon can’t be expected to have Primarch-like stats, but given that he has the favour of all four Chaos gods, and is basically the rallying point for the majority of the Chaos Space Marine warbands in the galaxy, I’d hope he would be better than, say, new Calgar.

We’ll have to see! At any rate, all of this is making me want to get a CSM force off the ground like there’s no tomorrow!

We’ve seen more CGI-renders of the new Sisters of Battle, which is all very exciting and good and whatnot, but I feel a bit like this is just being drawn out a bit too much now, and I think I’d prefer to just have the models already! It has been very much a drip-feed that I’ve found a bit more irritating than interesting, but I suppose that’s just me being a grumpy old git! Hopefully the announcement of a more regular bulletin means that they’re closer to the release of these models than we knew.

The next warband for Shadespire is Sylvaneth, and definitely makes me wish I hadn’t sold off those models that I’d been building up – take note, kids: it’s not always a good idea to get rid of stuff you may later want!

Not quite sure about this one – a distillation of the best bits of 40k Kill Team and Shadespire? Sounds like it could be good, for sure! Details are a bit too sketchy for me to actually have much more of an opinion, though, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens with this one…

More vague promises of stuff that could be interesting: Forbidden Power is an expansion for AoS that continues the story of the Soul Wars, as something ancient and terrible awakens. What on earth is this about, then? Is Slaanesh the ancient and terrible force? This could be interesting, at any rate…

Staying with Age of Sigmar – new armies are coming, as well as new battletomes for existing armies, so that’s all quite interesting! After Skaven and Flesh-Eater Courts get their books, we’ve got a new book for Khorne, which I can’t decide if I want to get or not. I am, however, interested in the new Skulltaker model (even if it does look remarkably like the old one)

There are also “Khornate phenomena” – because the Lord of Skulls cares not for your magic, peasant!

I mean, they’re just what we’d expect, aren’t they? Delightful pieces of death and destruction from the Blood God.

I feel like this year has been on a par with the last LVO reveals, at any rate!


Coming so soon after my recent post about the Allure of the New, I probably sound a little hypocritical talking about how much I like the new stuff coming in that Shadowspear box. I suppose I’m just Games Workshop’s target market – always wanting the next new thing, never really halting to do anything with the stuff that I already have. I definitely want to start getting better with my purchasing strategy, and I’m trying to not get carried away by all of this stuff. I’ve found it interesting to think about my responses to the way that GW have been revealing stuff on the community site, with previews of next week’s preorders coming pretty much two weeks prior to their actual availability, and how this has made me almost too wary of committing myself to anything new because I want to see what’s coming the week after. If that makes sense.

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks, as the whole Gloomspite Gitz preorder window got me really enthused for starting up with those guys, but because I knew that the Genestealer Cults would be coming out at some point around the end of January – an army that I already own a considerable number of models for already – I have been wary of over-spending anymore. Knowing that there was something else coming over the horizon has kept me from going too deep into any of the very new stuff, and it makes me wonder if there are any others out there who have been the same. I definitely don’t get caught up in the release excitement in the same way that I used to, that’s for sure! And now that I know I have Shadowspear that will likely cost £95, I’m going to be very cautious with anything that comes out between now and then. Interesting times, that’s for sure…

Allure of the New

I had a bit of a personal victory today, and I thought I’d share it with you all!

As you no doubt know, a couple of weeks ago, the Gloomspite Gitz were released, and seemed to take the world by storm. The kits look amazing, and it felt a bit like everybody was suddenly playing grots. I got quite excited as well, mainly being attracted by the large scenery piece that reminded me so much of a Lego set from back in the day, and I did indeed consider starting to collect little green goblins. Then I spent some time watching the painting tutorial for the Dankhold Troggoth, and I thought I was sold:

As an aside here, how good are the Warhammer TV tutorials? The full ones, I mean – I like the little tips and stuff, don’t get me wrong, but I still enjoy sitting down with a cuppa and watching how they produce the various effects and whatnot. I don’t know if it’s because of the fact they’re the “official” paint guides, or what, but I do like these longer tutorials. Anyway!

I was on the cusp of buying my own, but I managed to resist. For possibly the first time ever, I’d been on the cusp of buying something, but had a moment of clarity where I just couldn’t see the need for this model among the rest of my collection, so left it there on the shelf.

This is perhaps particularly important as we approach the release weekend for the new Genestealer Cults stuff, and I feel my wallet already having little tremors of uncertainty at how much of this stuff I want to buy! As it happens, I’ve only pre-ordered the Codex, and two of the character models: the Nexos, and the Clamavus. I really fancy that Locus model, too, but I really want to see how the army looks once I have the book in my hands before I go down the route of buying new stuff. I want to think about my list, to think about the models that I already have, and how the new stuff might fit alongside that. Of course, I’ve been aware of the youtube reviews already doing the rounds, and spent a couple of hours the other day listening to my usual go-to Striking Scorpion 82 and his review, but nothing quite beats having the book to look through yourself, I feel!

I mean, I’m sure I’ll get some bikers, and I do want to get the new Ridgerunner, but I’m trying to temper my enthusiasm, because all too often in the past, I’ve found myself throwing money at a project to then get burnt out by it.

Most recently, this has happened with the Deepkin stuff. While hardly new, it was still a new project for me, and I’d thrown quite a bit of money at it over the last couple of months, but ultimately I’ve just found it really difficult to put together an actual army list that I would want to play, after spending a long time looking through the battletome. I’ve never really experienced something quite as disappointing as that in the hobby before – the miniatures are incredible, and I really wanted to get painting up some wet elves, but when it came to it, my lack of enthusiasm for the army’s rules really just put me off painting them.

I suppose actually having played some Age of Sigmar has helped, as I can appreciate that, actually, I enjoy playing Nighthaunt now, and I’m looking forward to building more on that side of things. Unlike with 40k, where I’m finding the variety of armies quite refreshing, and often find myself spurred on by having so many varied projects on the go, with AoS it’s a different matter, and I only really want one army.

Well, I suppose that’s not entirely true, as the arrival of the Skaven on the scene has prompted me to return to a plan from a long time ago, and actually get round to painting some of the little rat-men. For a long time now, I’ve been thinking about getting myself an “old world” army that I could use in AoS. Back in September, I thought that would be the Beastmen, but in the five months since that initial flurry, I’ve only built up ten Bestigors and have failed to anything with them. Time for a change? I think so. There’s just something about the Skaven, though, that I quite like. While I did find them a little annoying in Rise of the Horned Rat – the only Warhammer novel that I’ve read that featured them – I do actually think of that book as one of the most enjoyable that I’ve read, and have been thinking a lot about re-reading it. While I don’t particularly relish the thought of painting a horde army, I do have Thanquol and Boneripper somewhere, having picked them up during the End Times, and I could see myself building up an army of these chaps centred around the larger behemoth models. I think that could be a good starting point, at least!

So I’m trying my best to reduce my piles of plastic, as I’m currently selling off a bunch of Tau and Idoneth Deepkin models, and thinking more tactically about my purchases, and trying to plan those that I really want to get. Of course, there’s bound to be the odd mis-step in the future, but I’m hopeful that these will be fewer and fewer…

Genestealer Cults ascendant!

Hey everybody!
Well, the excitement is real – and about time, too! After patiently waiting in the shadows for all this time, the Genestealer Cult release begins tomorrow with the pre-orders for a decent chunk of this new wave of models. And I cannot wait!

 

These models have been teased for so long now, it almost feels like I own them already!

Back near the end of 7th edition, when the Genestealer Cults first came out of hiding, I can remember being really excited to see something really quite different to the normal stuff we get for 40k. While there’s no doubt these malformed revolutionaries are an army, they just feel different, with their industrial aesthetic – they really are the everyman of the universe. Just with extra limbs, and so on.

I didn’t really foresee there being any actual expansion to the range, though – while it’s always nice to think your army will get new stuff when a codex release happens, I thought the Cult was pretty much what it was. There has always been a very strong foundation on the original Deathwatch: Overkill boxed game, of course, but with odds and ends like the Acolyte Iconward, the Goliath truck, and all of the Astra Militarum stuff that can be wrapped into a list, I thought we had seen what we were always going to get. And then that gunslinger mini showed up, and the internet seemed to catch fire. Well, if the three-armed gunslinger was enough to ignite peoples’ interest, the rest of the releases have almost assuredly burnt the house right down!

Up for pre-order tomorrow, then, we start with the new, female Magus. Personally, I don’t feel the need for a new model, as I really love the commanding presence of the original sculpt. The cynic within me thinks this is just GW cashing in, while appeasing the calls for more female representation within the game. I have no problem with the latter, and I’ve come to expect the former. If there are no new rules for this particular model, then I guess we still need to get the Broodcoven box in order to get the familiars she can take? Or maybe there will be new familiars on the sprue with her – though I doubt it, given that the other stuff with familiar-type minis have all been shown with them now.

This chap is definitely on my list to pick up, however! Aside from being a hilarious model – with a hilarious name – the Clamavus has the very useful ability of denying deep-striking units just a little bit further, with mortal wounds being dished out if anyone comes too close. Can’t think I’ll get as much use of the +1 to charges for friendly units near him, but I think he’ll still make himself useful by providing that extra protection to the very fragile Neophytes I like to bulk out my lists with…

Of all the new models coming though, this grumpy chap has got to be top of my list to get. It’s not just because of the fact he’s plotting the invasion of Warhammer World itself, but he’s providing that very useful ability of re-gaining command points for the army, which I think is really very thematic for what he’s supposed to represent, as well as providing shenanigans with the Cult Ambush markers that will be forming part of the new style of playing Genestealer Cults:

These markers are used to mask how you’re deploying your army, in a similar way to how Battlelore deployment worked I suppose. You place these markers to represent any unit in your list, and once deployment is complete, you then decide what marker represents what unit. There are stratagems that let you place four markers for one unit, to further mess with your opponent’s plans, and also to change the manner of the Ambush – setting up Underground is more like the usual Deep Strike Reserves, popping up 9″ away from the enemy when you need it most!

Continuing our look at the new units on offer this weekend, we have the Locus, a bodyguard model with the usual bodyguard things that always goes first in the fight phase. I really like this mini, and I’m probably going to get him soon enough as well. The Clamavus and the Nexos are at the top along with the book, but I think other things might have to wait while I work out my plans for global domination.

The Sanctus is an assassin model, which is all well and good, but again, I think he’s going to be much lower down the list for now. I mean, I’m absolutely going to be getting one of everything for my army, but I just don’t feel the need for this guy right now. Though as with many things, I suppose only time will tell!

Interestingly, the rules preview that went up for these chaps is strongly indicating that they are actually all going to be HQ choices – if the Sanctus can never be a warlord it suggests he is in a slot from whence warlords normally come, and the Nexos’ ability to regain CP being something only HQs get. Interesting…

We also have the bikers up for preorder this weekend, and I’m really excited by the possibility of having a wealth of weapon options! Let’s ramble for a moment. I feel like there has been a trend in 40k of late to almost dumb-down the list building. Sure, I’ve recently been complaining of option-paralysis with my Deathwatch army, but I still like the fact that armies are, on the whole, quite customisable. Where this isn’t the case, such as with Necrons or, more recently, Primaris Marines, I find the units to be quite dull. When everybody has the same weapon, it generally bores me. Being able to properly customise a unit is a really nice feature, and I’m pleased that GW are keeping that sort of thing going with this book. Between these and the Neophytes, I think we’re going to have a very exciting book on our hands!

Anyway. The build options for the bikes feel a bit weird to me, with the quad bike being an optional build from the regular box, and the squad sergeant-type being a separate mini, although I suppose this does prevent having to come up with datasheets like we have with some Space Marines units, where they may take a jump pack, or they may ride a bike, etc etc. It feels a little clunky, but it also feels probably the best way of doing it!

It’s also nice that we get so many different head options, so we can definitely get two boxes and not have twins riding the bikes! And who doesn’t love a Cultist wielding a wrench?!

For £32.50, I think it’s actually pretty respectably-priced, as well – I was expecting something nearer the £50-mark, so that’s a nice surprise. Given that I’ll probably be wanting to get a lot of stuff on day one, I think I may well be using my preferred discount retailer, so that should be even better yet!


So this is week one, at least, of a very exciting release window. What else is there still to come?

Top of my list has got to be the delightful new vehicle, the Achilles Ridgerunner, which I think is one of the more hilarious releases due to its timing. We had the cartoon-y teaser trailer for GSC a whiles back, and so many people were polarised by whether this was going to be a new vehicle, or if it was just artistic licence with the Goliath – but now we know it’s something new, and weirdly exciting, to boot!

Let’s ramble again for a bit. Pretty much every army shares a basic blueprint, having HQs with similar buff-abilities, basic troops, some have a bit fancier troops, and there are heavy options and fast options, and the very fancy options in the Elites slot. GSC, to some degree, conformed to this back in the day, but with this, I’m at a bit of a loss for just what the hell it’s supposed to be! The preview describes it as a scout vehicle that seems to want to be paired with the bike squads, though its spotting abilities seem limited to its own weapons, rather than providing some kind of triangulation ability akin to the Necron Triarch Stalker. Hm. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s hilarious and I definitely want one, but I’m at a bit of a loss as to what it’s going to do for me! I guess, as always, time will tell!

We’ve also got another mini that was “previewed” during the cartoon trailer, the Biophagus. It seems like this guy is almost specifically designed to work alongside Aberrants as a support character, as his abilities grant permanent buffs to those grotesque hulks. I would guess, then, that it will be during the second wave that we’ll see him alongside the multi-part plastic Aberrants, as well as the Abominant character from Tooth & Claw. Whether we get any more units, who knows? The way this release has been so far, it seems like a Pandora’s box of amazing stuff that is almost never-ending!

So yeah – I’m looking forward to the Day of Ascension when I can get my unspecified-number of hands on this book, and see what I can do with all of the many, many miniatures that I’ve so far collected for my Genestealer Cult – I’ve got a feeling that the last list I wrote up is going to be undergoing quite a number of revisions! It’s going to be quite a voyage, I’m sure!

Competitive thoughts

Hey everybody!
In yesterday’s hobby update blog, I mentioned the Deathwatch progress would be explored more in a post today, so ta-da! Time to talk about what I’ve been up to with the alien-hunting elite!

At the start of the year, my gaming buddy Kev suggested trying our collective hand at going to a doubles tournament this year, which sounded like a fun idea at first, though I had no real inclination just how competitive Kev could be! Sure, whenever we’ve played I’ve usually been demolished by his lists, but still! His main army is Deathwatch, though he started Grey Knights for Kill Team (it was against those models I had my first KT games, as Genestealer Cult – and got demolished), which he has now branched out into a more full-fledged army. Having so much Deathwatch of my own that I’d like to get moving with, we pretty quickly settled on a Deathwatch/Grey Knights combined army for this theoretical tournament.

The main issue I’m coming up against, of course, is that I’m just not that competitive! Kev knows Deathwatch inside out, and has been giving me a lot of tips and advice, but I keep feeling like I’m looking at an army choice that I wouldn’t necessarily like to field. I suppose it’s natural, going to a tournament, that you’d be looking at getting the best units in the army, but even so, I feel like I’m missing out on a lot of “my sort” of models, because they probably aren’t that competitive.

I last talked about the Deathwatch thoughts I had been having at the back end of December, with this list being the one I had settled upon:

Well, that has been through no less than five re-writes, and currently looks more like this:

 

I keep playing around with this, of course – in part because I want to fit in a Razorback with twin assault cannons for 116 points, now that I’ve bought the Inquisition rhino doors from Forge World! But I think this is where I’ll be concentrating my Deathwatch endeavours for the time being.

Army Make Up
The plan for this is the first group of six veterans will be used to camp objectives, and possible play bodyguard for the Watch Master if he decides to do anything out of the ordinary. Having a terminator in the list should hopefully act as a suitable deterrent, I’m thinking, too. The second group of five veterans will be used more for distraction/mid-field harassment, and will be equipped with hellfire rounds for more damage output. The final group of seven veterans will act more flexibly, moving around the field to position where they’re needed most. These and the first group will have kraken bolts in their weapons to increase their threat range.

The vanguard veterans will work alongside the watch captain to drop in where required. The variety of pistols will hopefully form a suitable threat level for them, as well as providing a decent distraction when they show up. Finally, the Dreadnought is in there for the stratagem, as well as added threat.

A few thoughts
I’ve never played Marines of any flavour before, being much more used (in recent times) to the Dark Eldar way of getting absolutely wrecked, so needing to swarm the field to ensure enough chaps survive to do anything. I’m used to big lists, even at 1000 points, so I was a bit surprised to find out how few units I would get in here if I went for a really optimised build. I like infantry, though, and I prefer to keep this as an actual miniatures game rather than having massive stuff in the army just because. Luckily, of course, Deathwatch don’t easily have access to such stuff. I’m staying away from Primaris, because I think all of the other Deathwatch stuff looks fantastic enough, and while I’ve not been able to fit my beloved Chaplain model in the list, there’s always time yet for that!

I’m almost constantly told that the frag cannon is king of the list, though at 25 points each, I’m always a bit wary. I’ve probably mentioned this in my Dark Eldar ramblings, but any time a weapon starts to cost more than the guy who wields it, I get a bit twitchy. Including so many instances of this in the army feels really quite wrong to me. But as I am often reminded in these situations – Marines have got a much better toughness and save characteristic than space elves, so I don’t really need to worry on that level.

I’m often caught up with how exciting Deathwatch Veterans seem on paper, and have until this current iteration of the list forgotten that I actually need five of the basic Veterans in a squad before I can start adding Terminators or any other fancy chaps. Oops! So that has been a learning curve. It also took the article series on frontline gaming to get me to realise that mixed teams of Veterans is usually not a good idea. True, I have seven veterans in this list who have mixed weapons, but there is a point to them, insofar as they’re intended to be a more flexible unit. By keeping all of the heavy weapons in one team, and the assault weapons in another, it helps to make the tactical use of these units easier.

I think this has been a big eye-opener for me, and in a way is linked with what I was talking about earlier. I might be disappointed that I can’t get “my sort” of units in the list, or whatever, but if it means the army works better as a result, then isn’t that the important thing here? We are talking about going to a competitive tournament, after all! There has got to be an expectation of winning, even if it might not be likely given that it’s a first for both of us!

Shenanigans
Deathwatch look beautiful, with some very unique models, considering they’re just a little bit fancier Space Marines. They’re also confusing as all hell to me though, because of the fancy ammunition they have, as well as the Chapter Tactics equivalent they get, Mission Tactics. Mission Tactics give you bonuses for going up against specific unit types, such as HQs or Troops, and while these two are probably guaranteed to be on the opposing side, picking a bonus to going up against Elites or Fast Attack might be more of a waste – hence the Watch Master’s ability to switch up the Tactic you’re using, so he’s very useful in the army.

Special Issue Ammunition is one of these things that has been needlessly getting me tied up in knots – it’s not actually that complicated, it just allows you to get a bonus on any attacks made by a bolt weapon in the squad. All members of the squad use the same fancy bullets, so it’s not even like there will be excessive book-keeping to do. It just feels like one of these things that might confuse me, though! It certainly has the potential, of course…

All in all, I think I’m enjoying getting some of these chaps painted, because the models really do look fantastic. However, I feel a bit like it’s incumbent upon me to get all of them painted up, and I have to get playing games with them to practice for the tournament, so I’m starting to feel less inclined towards them at the moment! I’ve got a lot of stuff on the go, after all, and I’m finding myself wanting to get going with that instead – Grey Knights, for instance, and I’m once more thinking about stuff like the Skitarii, or maybe Dark Angels.

This is starting to sound like a rant, isn’t it?!

Having had these minis since Overkill and Death Masque, I’m really excited about the prospect of finally getting to play with them and see what it’s like to wield that glorious 3+ armour save. It is a project that should look damn fine when it’s finished, I hope, and I’ll definitely be keeping you all posted along the way!

Hobby Goals check-in: January 2019

Hey everybody!
While it’s not technically the end of the month just yet, I have an impromptu day off today, so thought it would be nice to check in and see where I’m up to as regards the hobby progress for this month. My original list of goals didn’t have any kind of time period against each one – so I didn’t want to finish painting the Deathwatch models I have in January, for instance, but I thought it’d nevertheless be neat to see how things are going!

So then, for those of you who may have forgotten, here’s a reminder of what I’d like to accomplish in 2019:

Work out what I want to do with the Tau army, if anything
This one hasn’t been quite as difficult as I’d first thought it might be, as it happens. I’d been thinking about what I wanted to do, and at one point I did feel like just getting rid of the whole lot. I initially bought into Tau because, if I’m being honest with myself, I was growing impatient waiting for the Dark Eldar codex to arrive, and wanted to play a xenos army with a book of their own. Being a completely different sort of project for me, I attacked it with relish and bought thousands of units (well, a lot) in a short space of time, built most of it, and started playing. Problem number one, therefore, was the fact I was playing games with an army that I hadn’t painted, which is never really advisable because it means you rarely get round to actually painting them up. Which has been my problem ever since, as it happens!

I’ve got a lot of stuff built, most of it primed, but I still have plenty of stuff just in boxes, so for my first efforts here, I’ve decided to get rid of the boxed stuff. I’m then going to look at what I have left, draw up a list or two, and see what I think from there. I think I still want to keep some of the big suits, so I’ll be keeping hold of things like that second Riptide, and probably all of the Crisis Suits as well, but I’m considering getting rid of the second Commander (not sure yet). I’m also going to see if it’s worth it selling off a lot of the bits that I’ve been keeping a hold of. This hobby isn’t cheap, after all, and so I’m thinking it might be worth it to sell off things like the fusion blasters and whatnot, in an attempt to then finance armies that I do want!

So far, then, good progress has been made with trying to sort out the Tau!

Continue painting the Deathwatch models I have
This one ties in to another blog that will be making its appearance tomorrow, but suffice it to say that I feel like most of the New Year/early January period was spent writing and re-writing lists for the Deathwatch army, before then building up more veterans ready for painting. So I suppose progress hasn’t so much been made with this one, as reversed, because I now have almost twice as many Deathwatch models as I had this time last year!

But I’m chipping away at them, and hopefully soon there will be finished units that I can unveil here on the blog!

Continue to build up and paint the 1500-point Grey Knight list
This one has somewhat suffered for the last point, but in recent days, I do feel like I’m getting myself back on track as regards this project. I am definitely feeling Grey Knights at the moment, so I’m excited to get this show on the road! While I feel like I’m swamped in Deathwatch and Tau miniatures that are just sat there, primed and taunting me, I’ve not been quite so prodigious with the Grey Knights, having a Strike Squad built up and primed, but nothing else, meaning I can concentrate on painting the Purifiers and the Grand Master.

So far, I’ve been making some pretty decent progress, I think, so I’m really quite pleased to be going down this route for my new army for 2019!

On a side note, I’ve recently managed to pick up the pieces for the Doomglaive Dreadnought that has been discontinued by Forge World, so I’m hoping that will turn out to be okay! The weapons are coming from the US, and the main body from Germany, so I’m always a bit nervy of such things turning out well…

Anyway!

Paint some Nighthaunt and see what AoS is all about
Of all of my goals, I think this is the one that I have succeeded with the greatest. While I’ve not fully painted the entire list just yet, I’ve nevertheless managed to get quite a lot done – so they’re not just bare plastic – and have played a total of two games so far. To put that into perspective, I played seven games of 40k during 2018 altogether! So far, then, I think I’m doing quite well with playing games. How are the models looking?

Well, there is still quite a bit to be done, of course, and I do think that miniatures that have been primed white look just dreadful until they are actually fully painted. But overall, it’s good to be actually seeing an improvement with them on the whole, I feel!

I’m really pleased with how my AoS exploration has been going, as well, as it has gotten me excited for playing, which is making me want to paint more, which is nothing but a good thing!

Of course, I have been a bit guilty of running before I can crawl, and have been planning out all manner of different army projects of late. So for AoS in particular, I’ve been taking steps to reduce that significantly, and have decided to get rid of the Idoneth Deepkin models. I know that I’ve only recently been building army lists for them and everything, but I do feel that, of all the armies I’ve looked into so far, they’re just not doing it for me. The models look fantastic, don’t get me wrong. It’s just the way the army seems to want to play, I just can’t seem to get into it. So I’ve taken back what I can, and will be selling the rest off shortly.

This isn’t meant to be some kind of slow abandonment of fantasy, however. Rather than going wide, I’ve instead decided to go deep into the Death faction, and will be broadening my Nighthaunt into the Legions of Nagash at some point, giving me the perfect excuse I need to buy the big guy again! Both of my AoS games have been at the local store against the same guy, who is Chaos through-and-through, so I think it’s perhaps a better approach to just stick to one faction and really go into that.

So there we have it! Hopefully there will be more exciting updates for you all next month, when I hope to actually have some finished units to show off!

Sunday catch-up

Hey everybody!
It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve been here on my blog, so I thought it might be time to take a look at what I’ve been up to, and what I might have missed in the recent days!

So this is exciting then! I am a huge Ghostbusters fan, as I’ve mentioned here when my blog turned two in 2016. That same year, of course, we had the reboot movie come out, with an all-female cast, a movie that I didn’t feel the need to watch as it just felt all too unnecessary. I’m not trying to make a chauvinist point, though I suppose it does sound like it. It’s just a franchise that didn’t need a reboot.

I read an article recently on movieweb that talked about how the recent trend for modern sequels has become a thing, as opposed to the total reboot of a beloved film series, and if the rumourmill surrounding Ghostbusters 3 is anything at all to go by, we could have a success on the way next summer. There’s talk of a Stranger Things vibe, which I’ve not yet seen but heard good things about. Now, given that the world has moved on from 1980s-style kids-on-an-adventure, I guess it won’t quite be that way, but I’m looking forward to seeing how a modern sequel to these films would work. If there are enough call-backs to them, without trying to keep too much in that re-hash frame of mind.

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I’ve been reading the fourth Gaunt’s Ghosts novel since New Year, and finally got round to finishing it the other day. It was a good read, though did feel a bit like a slog at times, given the storyline. Gaunt is forced to make a tactical error when rooting out some Chaos Cultists on Hagia, the homeworld of Saint Sabbat herself, and so is given a final task to evacuate the holy relics of Saint Sabbat before the world is overtaken by the Archenemy. It’s quite the slog into the hills to recover those relics, but there were some nice bits, and it’s always good to read about Chaos cults.

On the subject of books…

Remember back in December, I took a look a look at the first book in the Enforcer series, Crossfire? Well my fellow blogger wordaholicsanonymous has also published his own review of the book that we read as a buddy-read at the end of last year. I feel like he’s done a better review than me, and his copy looks like part of the Warhammer 40k Legends series, so has some extra fancy bits in it that my omnibus was missing, so if you’re interested in a different take, please go check out what he has to say!

Reading Azazel’s progress with the Balewind Vortex has reminded me that I was going to be painting up some terrain of my own this month! I’d decided to start work on one of the Promethium Reactors that I have, so I’ll start work on that shortly. At least it’s already built and primed! Hopefully I can start to make a dent in the massive amount of scenery I have waiting for some paint, anyway! With regard the Grand Master of my Grey Knights army, however, he’s been coming along quite well!

I’ve been struggling a bit to really get into painting stuff, though, but I continue building like there’s no tomorrow! I’ve been trying to get my Grey Knights and Deathwatch armies into positions where I feel like I could happily start playing them. It’s a bit more urgent with the latter, as I’m going to be entering a doubles tournament in the summer (with any luck!) alongside my mate Kev’s Grey Knights. I think I’ve been through about a dozen iterations of the army list, but finally have 1000 points built and ready to go!

It’s been a slightly different story with Age of Sigmar and my Nighthaunt, though, who had their second outing last Monday in a three-way match against Maggotkin of Nurgle and the Ironjawz!

To be fair, they didn’t do a great deal of anything, though it was an interesting game to see what everything could do. Definitely enjoying myself with fantasy right now, I must say. I’ve been excitedly thinking about plans for a Legions of Nagash army, incorporating one of my favourite models in the range, Arkhan the Black! Thinking back to such models as the Mortarchs, which came out back in the End Times, has also got me thinking about a Skaven plan when the new box set comes out, as I think steampunk rat-men could be quite a hilarious project! I’m sure I’ve got a Thanquol & Boneripper still knocking about somewhere from back in the day! I think it could also be time to dig my Deepkin out, as well!

So with all of this stuff, and the anticipated imminent arrival of the Genestealers, I feel like I’m going to have my hands full with a lot of projects on the go! I’m not yet convinced by Kill Team: Arena, which feels a little like it may not be the product for me, though I am excited to get my hands on the Primus Gunslinger model that’s coming in the next faction expansion for the game!

I’ll have a proper hobby catch-up at the end of the month, anyway, and see how I’m getting along against my hobby resolutions!