The Season of Painting is here!

Spring has finally sprung in the cold northern reaches of Canada where I live, and the time to begin the herculean task of painting everything has come! I recently picked up Shadowspear to add to my collection as I love all the models in it and wanted some Chaos Space Marines for Wrath & Glory stuff that I have planned down the line. I already got the Vanguard Space Marines assembled and I got to say I really love the personality will all the models. The Primaris Lieutenant is my favorite of the bunch honestly (I will probably burn up just saying that,) but I do really like it.

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I got them all base coated ready to become Blood Angels, but I began thinking about what to do with the Chaos Space Marine side of the box legion wise. I am having trouble deciding which Legion to go for so here my thoughts on all the ones I was thinking of:

Black Legion: I like the Black and Gold, as well as the lore behind them especially with Abaddon coming out. Though they are pretty basic paint wise, and I already got some black painted models lying around for my Deathwatch and Death Company.

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World Eaters: The World Eaters are really cool especially since it would give me reason to get some Berserkers, but I already got some melee oriented angry red dudes.

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Emperor’s Children: I like their lore, the fact I could get some Slaanesh daemons to go with them, and the fact that they have a different kind of melee utility as well as Noise Marine spam. However, I am not sure how painting the pink would go as my experiences with lighter paint colors like white aren’t the best.

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Iron Warriors: The metallic look is cool, I like their lore and their traits, but painting the hazard stripes scares the hell out of me.

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Alpha Legion: I have always loved Alpha Legion, but I have no idea how I would tackle painting these guys. They are really cool on and off the tabletop so they are a strong contender though I will have more than enough blue minis going around what with the Kabal of the Dying Sun and my recent choice to change to an Alaitoc scheme for my Eldar.

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I won’t be getting around to painting them for a bit, but once I do I want to have a good idea of what I am going to do. Pending which Legion I do I will pick up a few things to supplement them, but not the equivalent of a 2000 point force. So something I would bust out for 500-1000 point games and for Wrath & Glory. I am curious to see what anybody else thinks would be a cool choice to go with so I will throw up a poll to see what people would go with themselves.

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That Chaos Space Marine business aside, I decided I am going to set a paint goal for myself every week and do my best to reach that weekly goal. The goal will vary in size pending amount of work shifts and school work in that given week, but it ensures steady progress. These goal weeks will work from Monday to Sunday, with Sunday being the last day to get it done. I will post every Monday to check in, show my work, and declare my next paint goal. It should be lots of fun and get me off my ass to finally get my pile of unpainted minis looking the way they should. This will ideally get me to progress in the craft and become better at it as time goes on. So starting a little late this week, but I declare that my goal will be to finish painting my 100 point Blood Angels Kill Team complete with Commander. This first weekly goal will feel out what my weekly patience for painting is and help me sort out what is a good amount, so I won’t be terribly upset with myself if I am unable to finish it. That being said I have already got a good start on the Kill Team, so I am feeling optimistic.

Warhammer Chaosbane Impressions

I sat down with the Warhammer Chaosbane private beta during the weekend it was on, and managed to get just under two hours in. Now I have played plenty of these types of games before, Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance 1 & 2, Diablo 1-3, Champions of Norrath, Path of Exile, Torchlight, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 & 2, Sacred 2 and Titan Quest. So I like to think I have some experience with the genre.

One thing that you can notice immediately is that the setting takes a break from the End Times and the time of Karl Franz. It is based during the time of Magnus the Pious who united the empire against Asavar Kul, which is a while before the time that the likes of Warhammer Fantasy and Vermintide take place in. The change of setting is neat and makes for a nice new story. The story is shaping up to be really cool, but I will get to that later.

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Now what isn’t new are the character choices, Imperial Soldier, High Elf Mage, Dwarf Slayer and Wood Elf Ranger, where have I seen that before? Probably everywhere. I don’t fault the developers for these choices as they are iconic roles that compliment each other very well, but I always want to see more unique things. A Warrior Priest, Witch Hunter, a White Lion of Chrace, a Swordmaster of Hoeth, Dwarf Runesmith, Bretonnian Knight, things like that. Dwarf Slayer is probably the most unique of them and I can always applaud that, as well as the High Elf to some degree cause I love High Elves in the Warhammer Fantasy setting. Also some people might point out these were lots of the things that were playable in Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, to which I have to say, yes they were and it is too bad that game isn’t around anymore. That is a whole other thing though..

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The other issue I find is the lack of equipment diversity, something about the Imperial Soldier not being able to wield a great sword sits wrong with me. Of course there is build diversity with skills, but equipment goes a long way in games like this, so you want to see as many different weapon options as possible without overkill. While I was playing I was definitely driven to get all the loot I could, so it wasn’t a BIG issue, it was that I just wanted more options. However, I don’t want to sell short the amount of skills and powers available though because there are a lot that sound like lots of fun later.

Those two points are my only real critiques and that’s all they are, they aren’t what I would really call negatives. As for positives the combat itself flows nicely and is satisfying. The two classes available for the private beta, Imperial Soldier and High Elf Mage, both were fun with the Mage being the best for me. Flinging spells will always be more than just being the dude with a sword who can hit them in slightly different ways, but that is just me. The classes all have their unique skill mapped to the space bar by default, the Mage lets you manually direct spells which can let you really blow up specific enemies. This was a fun mechanic for the Mage and definitely helped to keep me going. The game looks and feels good, as well as being completely Warhammer in all of its facets. The combat in general is quick and satisfying, giving you just enough enemies to feel powerful as you carve through groups of them.

My greatest compliment I can give this game is that I love how the story is presented with the art style and narration of the cut scenes. They look and sound phenomenal, I absolutely adore them.

Honestly the voice acting and story telling is very compelling to me. The story for the Imperial Soldier was honestly so awesome and appealed to me in so many ways, too bad I couldn’t get into his game play as much as I got into the Mage. I just hope the game has so much of this story telling because I just love the way it is presented. The launch unfortunately has the different editions that get you different levels of access to the game which is something that I have never liked when it comes to releases. It isn’t a big deal though, and nothing to really be complained about though since you see it everywhere.

Choices, choices, choices.

In conclusion I think this game has lots of potential, but I honestly find it hard to commit to at its price point ($66.99 CAD.) Honestly I want to say it is wholly worth this price point, but with so many competitors in the genre it can be a hard sell, especially when it feels like it doesn’t do all that much for new experiences since you can be the Imperial Soldier or Wood Elf Ranger archetypes in so many other places. If you are a massive Warhammer Fantasy fan I would definitely recommend it especially if you like these kinds of games because the setting and storytelling is just top notch.  I hope to see something that really pushes me onto the ‘must purchase’ side, but it would definitely help if my friends also got it… though the playing with friends argument can make ANY game better. Warhammer Chaosbane could be a really awesome experience, especially with the awesome storytelling, but time will tell if it is worth the price point.

 

Kill Team at GAMA!

Games Workshop showed off their roundup from the GAMA Tradeshow, with interesting things from Necromunda and Bloodbowl, but the most interesting news came from Kill Team.

That’s right elite classified units being allowed in Kill Team! Now this is something that could be very cool pending how they pull it off. Though I admit I am kind of scared to see how they plan to implement the point costs since some Commanders were so pricey you almost might as well be playing a 500 point game of 40K. There is a lot of excitement around Adeptus Custodes being playable in Kill Team with the Elites expansion.

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Though with their stat-lines they better be super pricey, because the Custodes have always been strong, maybe a little too strong for my liking. Don’t get me wrong I love their lore, their models and their overall aesthetic I just might be biased because of some bad experiences against them. Where the smaller squad based game is concerned units with 2+ saves, 5 strength and 5 toughness are definitely scary. Ideally this will be offset by the options you will get for the other groups though not to mention they should cost accordingly, so it isn’t a big deal… yet. Seeing things like Wraith Blades and Scarab Occult Terminators is super exciting for me as I love the models for both of them. Speaking of Scarab Occult…

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Some (hopefully) cheap boxes to get your new elites for your Kill Team? Yes please. The announcement of Elites could bring it some really cool additions to Kill Team, but could also worries me slightly about how it could ruin balance. Thankfully if the balance sucks you can just ignore Elites all together, but I’m sure it will be fine. All in all I am very excited to see what rules they got in stock for this expansion.

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There will be lots more to talk about for Elites down the line as they show off more and more as they lead up to release. In other news I played Warhammer: Chaosbane so I will have a post about that coming out this weekend latest and I even got some game-play recorded for it that I may or may not use as well!

Oh Hi Warmaster

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February was truly a short month, but a busy one that’s all I can say. Now that we are five days into March we are greeted with the new Abaddon mini which is absolutely glorious. So now I will barrage this post with Abaddon pictures to show of his glory and yes I took the time to make that “Oh Hi Warmaster” because I like doing silly stuff like that.

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Now of course anyone who is familiar with the 40K community knows that Abaddon isn’t everyone’s favorite chaos lord and has spawned quite a few jokes.

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Just gonna say I have no idea where the whole armless thing came from so the joke goes right over my head, but some people like it and that is good enough for me. Overall I am really excited for this model and for Shadowspear as a whole. Like look how great both these forces look.ShadowspearPreview-Mar3-VanguardGroup9wjvrgShadowspearPreview-Mar3-ChaosSpread21nfeg

Honestly this is the most excited I have been for a box set, excited enough to want to get both sides and the Warmaster to boot. The runner up box for me would be Dark Imperium as it is what I used to really get back into 40K with a Deathguard force, but damn Shadowspear looking really good. Now the Primaris troops for the most part don’t play into the ideal Blood Angels style, but I want them nonetheless. This is a very exciting start to March and I hope the hype continues with the awesome releases. Just really hope the next box set has zero Primaris in it.