Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Hobby Update 24/01/17- Deathwatch Librarian

Today I have pictures of my latest completed model for my Deathwatch army, the Deathwatch Librarian from the Deathwatch Overkill boxed set. 

I really like the look of this model, as he is striding forward ready to face the enemy. I am planning on using him in my tournament list for the upcoming Birthday Bash 2.0. Usually, a lone Librarian does not do much in a list, but with Biomancy he can be quite effective for boosting my fragile Marine units. 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Better Know A Blogger: Part 25- I'm Alone with a Dream

This week's Better Know a Blogger features D Power from "I'm Alone with a Dream". 

What to say about D Power's blog that would accurately describe it or do it justice?!?! I'm actually a bit behind the times with discovering "I'm Alone with a Dream". Marc (Old School Gaming) has mentioned him a few times in the past and Rob (30Kplus40K) recently highlighted some of his work on his own blog. 

The best way for me to describe his converting and painting style is a Blanchitsu-inspired, proper grimdark vision of the 40k universe. Take a look at some of the creations on his blog and marvel at the creativity and unique style that D Power brings to his work. His blog is not the place to go if you want tactica articles, codex reviews or rumours analysis, but if you want to spend a few hours marveling at some top notch creations and original painting style, it is definitely a blog that should be on your list. 

He recently took part in the Dreadtober event and produced a fantastic version of a scratchbuilt loyalist Space Marine Dreadnought. 

He also runs a painting commission service that is well worth a look. You are unlikely to get a model that will match your own army style, but as a fantastic display piece, you can't go wrong.

Anyway, enough of my vain attempts to describe it. Enjoy the pictures throughout the post, and here are D Power's answers to my questions:

1. What age did you get into gaming and what started it off? 
I was 16 when I bought my first batch of Space marines from a friend that had been running Tau from the crib and had no room for the Imperium anymore; although I had been drooling over the bible-sized catalogue at the old hobby shop since I was 10.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Hobby Sunday 22/01/17- Deathwatch Chaplain

As part of my continuing efforts to get my Deathwatch finished, I have now completed the Deathwatch Chaplain from the Overkill boxed set. 

I really like this model. He has a very angry facial expression, quite right for a Chaplain extolling the virtues of killing alien scum. Given the huge number of combat options available to the Deathwatch Veterans, he should come in very handy for giving me the Zealot re-rolls, as well as stopping the units from running. I still suck at painting faces, but other than that, I am pretty pleased with the result.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

St Andrews Wargaming takes on The Dark Artisan

This weekend I have a game planned for Sunday against The Dark Artisan. 

For those of you that don't know, the Dark Artisan is a gamer in the Newcastle area that produces some fantastic video battle reports on Youtube. You can find links to his Youtube page and Facebook page by clicking on the highlighted words above. You can also find him on twitter @darkartisan40k 

My recently painted Deathwatch will be taking on one of his armies. I will be taking notes for what is sure to be a very nice looking battle report, as well as the video battle report also being produced. This way, you can enjoy both contents and see the battle from the perspective of both players. 

Be sure to check out and like his pages, I hope to be featuring in more of his battle reports over the coming year.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Giant Blogroll images on blogger? Here's how to fix!

For a while now, I've been having a problem with the blogroll on my site. Certain blogs (generally Wordpress ones) appear on the blogroll with a massive thumbnail image to accompany the title. While this was annoying, I hadn't really done that much about it. It was making the blog a bit unsightly. 
Even though that is an awesome Rhino, it takes up a bit much space.

Recently, Jimmy from Eye of Terror contacted me to see if I knew about it. He told me what the cause of it was, but I am a bit of a Luddite when it comes to coding or doing anything with the blog, so didn't really understand what he was trying to tell me, try as best as he did. 

I went to the Blogger help site and managed to get a simple fix that even I could follow! I thought I would share it with my fellow Bloggers so that they could fix it too. 

Fall of Cadia Review: Part 5- Detachments and Empyric Storms

This final part of my Fall of Cadia review will take a look at the two new detachments available in the book. In addition, I will take a quick look at the new Empyric Storms table for adding a lot of psychic fun to your games of 40k.

The Fall of Cadia introduced a number of new formations and detachments for an Imperial army, some of which are very useful. I will not be reviewing some of the Mechanicus formations. I don't have the codex, so am not aware of the units required or some of the special rules available, so analysis of these is limited for me. 

Wrathful Crusade
This formation consists of:
  • Saint Celestine
  • Inquisitor Greyfax
  • Space Marine Captain
  • 0-1 Sternguard Veteran Squad
  • 2-4 Black Templars Crusader Squads
  • 1-2 Black Templars Assault Squads
  • 1 Militarum Tempestus Platoon
The special rules grant the formation Crusader and re-rolls to all charge rolls (unit gains Furious Charge if you roll a 10 or more). In addition, if the formation includes the maximum number of units, all units gain Zealot. 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Hobby Update 19/01/17- Watch Captain Artemis

For the past few weeks, I have been working on one of the leaders of my Deathwatch army, Watch Captain Artemis. 
Artemis comes from the Death Masque boxed game, but I managed to pick him up from ebay for a reasonable cost (annoyingly, this was before the recent release of the awesome Deathwatch boxed set). I decided that as he was likely to be my Warlord model in games, that I would take special care when painting him up, even more so that my regular Deathwatch Marines. 

I found a great painting video on Youtube from The War Gamer on "How to Paint Watch Captain Artemis" and used this to guide my painting, following each step as faithfully as possible. 

I can say without a doubt that this is the longest it has ever taken me to paint a single miniature and the most effort that I have put in. I am actually quite pleased with how it has turned out in the end and am happy to have him leading my force. 

When taking the photos of the miniature, there were a few errors that I noticed when examining them. I was able to go back and touch up those areas that I had missed the first time to try and make it better. I plan to use the same devotion when painting up my Watch Master in the coming weeks. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Fall of Cadia Review: Part 4- Arcana Mechanicum Relics and Ecclesiarchy Relics

Today, I take a look at the new Relics available to Armies of the Imperium from the Fall of Cadia book.

If your army includes Saint Celestine or Belisarius Cawl, or is in one of the Formations/Detachments in the book, any models in your army that can normally take a Relic can choose to take one of the Ecclesiarchy Relics or one from the Arcana Mechanicum. These are some potent Relics to add to your army as you will see below. 

Arcana Mechanicum
Any character normally able to take a Relic that is in one of the book's detachments or in an army that includes Belisarius Cawl can take one of these Relics. 

Numinasta's Casket of Electromancy
This is a one use only weapon that hits all enemy units within range (including flying units). It is a 2D6" range that is S3 and Haywire. At 30 pts, I feel that this is way too expensive to be useful as a one use only weapon. Strength 3 with no AP is not going to worry most units in the game. Haywire is nice, but most of the time you are going to do a single glancing hit. The random range is also annoying, as it would be too easy to fluff the roll and get a very short range. I would not see much use for this in an army. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Fall of Cadia Review: Part 3- Inquisitor Greyfax

Part 3 of my Fall of Cadia review sees me taking a look at the final character from the book, Inquisitor Greyfax, eye of the Emperor.

Inquisitor Greyfax
Greyfax is a pretty decent addition to any Army of the Imperium looking for some measure of psychic defence and for taking on enemy psykers. While she is expensive, I can see some use for her when playing against psychic-heavy forces. However, I still think a Cullexus is the better option for taking on enemy psykers. If you have the points and wish to take both, they could prove to be a powerful team on the battlefield.

She has a fairly modest statline. With 3 wounds and a 3+ armour save with no Invulnerable save, she will not take a lot to kill with most competitive lists (or many casual lists, to he honest). As such, she will need to join a unit to stop her being wiped out too easily.
She has a Master-crafted Power Sword, but with 3 attacks at S3 and WS4, you probably don't want her in combat all that much, as she will fall easily to many enemy characters or even just enemy units with enough attacks.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Better Know A Blogger: Part 24- Eye of Terror

Yes, it's back. You've been asking for it, and I have managed to get some more participants to contribute (a big thanks to everyone who got in touch to take part). 

This week's Better Know A Blogger features Jimmy from the Eye of Terror

The Eye of Terror is a relatively new blog that was only started in December. However, it has some great content already, as Jimmy discusses issues and pitfalls of starting 40k, as well as showcasing the building of his current Traitor Legions army. 

Even though he is just getting started, Jimmy has already given magnetising a go, applying magnets to his Chaos Terminators and Forgefiend. These efforts have been very successful and are a fantastic for someone who is only starting in the hobby. I know it took me about 15 years of 40k to even attempt my first magnetisation of a model! 

I asked Jimmy for a bit more information on what is to come for the blog and he said: 
"My aim would be to write about getting stuff done. How do you assemble pieces, where to get pieces, how yo learn the rules, how to build terrain like stones/mountains/trees? The latter I hope to start out with in the upcoming weeks, as it's something with my current painting skills can't really screw up, it can be done quite rudimentary?

Codex reviews will be left to the pros I think, as I don't have the time to spend on it. Possibly I will post commentaries limited to my own armies, ideas of future setups, that sort of thing.

Battle reports might become a part at a later stage. I'm not sure whether or not I'll do it, as it might break immersion or game flow?"

I look forward to seeing how the blog grows and progresses over time. Be sure to check out his posts and comment on them, show your support for a fellow blogger starting out. 

Here are Jimmy's answers to my questions:

1. What age did you get into gaming and what started it off? 
I guess there we have a huge gap with the general audience right off the bat? I played boardgames when I was young, stopped at around puberty, hardly ever played since. I like the way Scythe sounds though, so might pick it up in the near future! Computer-games I've played since I was 6-ish I think, up until a few years ago, around 35-ish years old. I guess you could say it created a void that I'm going to fill with playing Warhammer 40K? :)