Thursday, November 24, 2016

Warhammer 40k - Imperial Agents and Traitor Legions

Ol' Games Workshop has been doing well in the, "fan service" department. Rumors say we'll get two new armies in December (or shortly thereafter), Imperial Agents and Chaos Traitor Legions.

I suspect that the Imperial Agents book will be more of a revision/combination book for the few digital only and outdated codexes - Assassins, Inquisitors, and Sisters. I'm sure they'll add in the Sisters of Silence from the recent Burning of Prospero board game, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Militarum Tempestus, Astra Militarum, Grey Knights, or regular Marines units to make a full army.

For the Chaos Codex, I can only assume that we'll see rules like the Space Marine chapters.

The Black Legion will be the generic Ultramarines style army that's flexible enough that most current Chaos armies can play. Death Guard, Emperor's Children, World Eaters, and Thousand Sons will probably have some of the best rules/tactics/formations because they already have rules and units based on the single Chaos god they are devoted to.
I imagine Night Lords will probably get some rules similar to Raven Guard, or perhaps White Scars. Iron Warriors will likely be similar to Iron Hands, and Word Bearers, I feel, are a lot like the Black Templar. Who knows what Alpha Legion will do? Maybe they'll have a bunch of cultists/traitor Guard but I bet it'll probably be awesome.

The thing I think I like the most, GW really seems to be putting the things out that fans want.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Warhammer 40k FAQs!

Whoa, Games Workshop has released their new FAQ for Warhammer 40k!

A lot of the changes were based on community feedback and they even gave credit to Frontline Gaming/operators of the Las Vegas Open for their help.

Link to changes on GW's site.

My favorite FAQ? Witchfire psychic powers without a profile, like Psychic Shriek, don't need to roll to hit. Invisibility? You can't hide from being yelled at.

Also, Battle Brothers can NOT deploy in each other's dedicated transports. No more drop pod rideshare for Ad Mech. Let's hope that drop pods get a little more expensive or Rhinos get cheaper.

If the rumors are true, 8th edition is just around the corner, so I imagine most of these will apply to that edition as well.

Friday, November 18, 2016

What to watch? Warhammer 40k Youtube Battle Reports

When I paint, I like to watch battle reports on Youtube. When I work out on a treadmill, I watch battle reports. Sometimes, I just sit and watch battle reports.

Even when I'm not actually watching batreps and they are playing in the background, I can pick up some helpful tips and rules, especially for armies that I don't own. These are valuable resources that have boosted my game play and certainly help fuel my enthusiasm for playing just as much as reading a Black Library novel or entering a painting competition.

It was a really good week for batreps for me because most of my favorite channels posted videos! Here are my favorites:

Winters SEO: If Winters had a pay to play channel, I'd pay. I love his fluffy, narrative-story driven format. I also love his little sayings like, "Take a bite of the apple" and his love of the game is second to none. I think of all of the players I watch online, I would love to play Winters the most. His channel is at the top of my list and I've probably watched all of his videos several times.

Table Top Tactics: I love the whole cast of players that rotate through the channel and I really enjoy Lawrence's "tactical" tips and knowledge - as well as how he presents on camera. His videos are always fun and he has a great mountain of content - bat reps, list analysis, tactica... He really rivals Miniwargaming for the library of videos. Lawrence, B-Bone, the Colonel, Beard, Pastry Chef... I wish I was on the channel with a nick name.

Geeks 40k: They put out top quality videos and have a lot of fun with the game. The post frequently and have great armies on their channel. They are a good hybrid of narrative-story telling and tactics, but really excel by simply saying out-loud what most gamers are thinking.

StrikingScorpion82: Luke has some of the most thorough bat reps on Youtube. He is quite passionate about the game, narrates nearly every step of the game, and you can hear his excitement with every dice roll. His batreps are probably the longest and I suspect they must take quite a bit of time to record. His terrain and "decoration" is probably the best on any Youtube channel.

What channels do you guys watch?

Remember, many of these guys don't make batreps for a living, but they do make some extra coin from viewers clicking on the ads in their videos. Help these guys out and click on a few ads to help keep these guys making content for us to digest!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Non 40k Games

There are more games than Warhammer 40k?

Yes. Yes, there are.

 Today I re-read the Age of Sigmar rules. I have still yet to play a game though. Part of the problem is the lack of interest in my neck of the woods. Part of the problem is the simplicity of the rules and I can't wash previous edition of the fluff and rules out of my mouth. That's on me and I know it... but I'm just not excited by it.

I have, like six old fantasy armies. I really should try to drum up a game and give it a spin.

I also picked up a box of Infinity models. I began reading the rules and it seems pretty straight forward, but man, there are a lot of unit specific rules. Plus, tokens. I dislike games with tokens...

Necromunda is the only system that I really give a pass to but other games that require cards or chits, or model specific tokens, I'm usually unlikely to give it a try. However, I really like a lot of the Infinity models and I had a hard time picking a faction, so I went to the obvious face of the game.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Warhammer 40k Chaos Heldrake WIP

Do you know what's hard?

Painting 6 Heldrakes for a major ITC event in a few weeks is hard.

I had no idea how hard it is to paint a heldrake, let alone 6, but I'm giving a go.

As you can see in the picture, I've got all my space dragons clipped, sanded, primed and now I have black to red gradients painted on all of the parts that need the coverage.

Now, I've begun the arduous task of hitting all of the "veins" and edges of the dragons. Luckily, Leadbelcher is a base color from Citadel and I can usually get one coat coverage. I may not have time to edge highlight...

At present, I have one model done and awaiting magnets, one model nearly done - but has the wings magnetized, and the rest are sitting in boxes waiting for their first coat of silver. It's taking me about 7-10 hours per heldrake just to paint the silver. Oy.

After I get all of the silver painted, I plan on adding a black oil wash and then air brushing some energy spots on the baleflamer and maybe the eyes and the jet engine exhaust ports.

If I don't get these done in time for LVO, I may be bringing Grey Knights.