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.

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.

40K Las Vegas Open Reveals!

There was the unveiling of the new box set “Shadowspear” which came with a showcase video:

Normally more Primaris isn’t something I would be happy about, but they are new models that look so good!

This Vanguard Librarian could be really cool, sporting a real Dark Angels look. Can’t wait to see the details of this model. Masters of shroud and stealth? Sounds good for my Blood Angels.

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Looking edgy!

The Primaris Eliminators looking real good, making me wonder how they look beside the Space Marine Scout profile, and if they will replace them.

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Ready for the hunt?

Master of Possessions looking pretty cool here, maybe will make Possessed Space Marines better than they currently are, also a sweet model.

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Looks like they took a queue from Blackstone Fortress with these guys, because they look absolutely gorgeous. Really makes me want to collect some of them.

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They all better look this good.

Now this is what an Obliterator should look like, looking like it can really lay down the hurt. Seriously look at all those heavy weapons and you know this guy can throw down in melee too. I mean look at those muscles.

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Steroids + Daemons.

Then we got this Venomcrawler which I really hope Death Guard can use too… Because holy crap this thing looks awesome and deadly. Also like a pain to paint, but honestly what awesome thing isn’t?

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Defiler + Spider = Something really scary.

Then perhaps the most exciting news of all is this little video:

I do love they are aware of the Primaris Lieutenant joke, and sincerely thought this was going to be a release for yet another one, but oh my lord… A new Abaddon model? So far from what you can see in this video he looks so awesome. Gone is that terrible old model, and now can have a REAL terror leading your Heretics into battle.

All in all some really exciting stuff and all I can say it is time to invest into Black Legion.

Drukhari Kabal change

Now I have been collecting my Dark Eldar or Drukhari force for a while, and have been putting some more thought into the Kabal I was going with. I like many others, know am not the greatest when it actually painting my miniatures, especially in the winter time. Temperatures do get fairly low up here in the north, so I try to spray paint whenever the weather allows. Thankfully the weather was quite great for the other week and I was able to spray paint a lot of minis.  In the midst of the spray painting I began thinking about my Dark Eldar Kabal and began rethinking the one I decided to go with. Originally I had planned to go with Kabal of the Obsidian Rose because I really like obsession and warlord traits that they come with. The scheme seems was simple enough to pull off and doesn’t look terrible or anything like that, but just something about it didn’t didn’t excite me.

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I believe that’s part of the reason it’s taking me so long to get around to painting them, other than spraying them, just because I wasn’t terribly excited for what I was painting. I think that’s something that’s incredibly important when it actually comes to painting especially when you’re like me and suck at getting it done. So I began to look at some other Kabal paint schemes, I know I can do my own Kabal, but I don’t know I don’t think I’m creative enough for that especially come up with a half decent looking one. Though I did find some other paint schemes that really started to strike a chord with me. For example of the Kabal of the Poisoned Tongue was one I also like, even though it was essentially like like the Kabal of the Obsidian Rose save for blue instead of red, but the traits weren’t something I was as hyped up on as I was for the Obsidian Rose ones so it posed a slight issue for me.  I could also just paint them the Poisoned Tongue style and just go with Obsidian Rose traits if I wanted. Something about that doesn’t sit quite right with me, something about proper representation, so I was left at a slight impasse.

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Then I began to expand my search a little further to other Kabals and I eventually found one that kind of satisfied what I wanted. The Kabal of the Dying Sun has the look I want as well as also being allowed flexibility with the obsessions and traits. So this is how I decided to go with a Kabal of the Dying Sun and it also fit because I’d already spray painted them black. 

 
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I also feel like it’s worth noting that the Kabal of the Last Hatred was also considered, but I honestly had no idea how to do it and all the methods I found were rather annoying to say the least, especially since I already spray painted a bunch of my miniatures black. I do love the purple coloring on the paint scheme, purple is a fantastic color, but like I said I don’t know if I could really pull it off the good effect and didn’t care to try to be  honest.

Also as a side note I also want to say that Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2 is a really sweet game and it definitely has a lot of faction representation in there so I recommend checking it out if you haven’t already. Definitely lots of Dark Eldar fun to be had in there that’s for sure!

 
 
 

 

Wrath & Glory Hardcover

So the day has come that I finally acquired a physical copy of Wrath & Glory. I have been waiting for this for a very long time and funny how it comes not too long after I write about never getting the opportunity to get the physical copy.

Now that I finally have a physical copy, albeit months later than expected, I can actually start trying to run the game now. This is the book front and back:

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My buddy and I were there not one hour after they announced that my local hobby shop had gotten copies of the game and its supplements in, but I was there just in time to get the last one. Sadly I was unable to acquire any of the GM screens, but that can come at a later time I suppose.  The person at the counter did tell me most copies went to special orders, but the fact that they had so few after the fact tells me that the game is more popular than anyone was expecting for it to have been. I have already aired my concerns about how unprepared I think Ulisses was, but it shouldn’t matter that much going forward. Regardless I am really happen to have gotten one and can admit I would have been salty if I had been unable to acquire one.

I find myself in a weird spot because I want to play the game, but also would be the one who needs to run it as well. So makes me think I will have to initially start as the GM, but can move on to a player once we all learn the system. Though to be completely honest running Wrath & Glory games won’t be as annoying to me as DMing for Dungeons & Dragons is, just because I feel like I can craft stories that I myself enjoy more in the 40K setting. As a player the first archetype I would go for would a be an Eldar Corsair. I think they are just very cool and regret the fact that I didn’t get in on the Corsair fun while I could have in 40K, it is my great hopes that they will re-launch the Corsairs in the near future.

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I think it is a good time to say that the artwork in the book is awesome and wanted to end off by showing off some of the art that can be found in the Wrath & Glory book.

Anyway that is it for this little blurb, until next time everyone!

Is Wrath & Glory ever going to hit retail?

One thing that I have been looking forward to for a very long time has been the release of Wrath & Glory, the new 40K tabletop RPG. The release has been sloppy at best, with a digital copy being released rather quickly and the physical release being far far far behind when it was supposed to be out. Now I get some people would be fine with just the digital copy, but I personally (like many others) actually like having a hard copy of the book to use. This is a big issue for people who pre-ordered starting sets along with the core rules and other supplements that are coming out on release.

The Digital copy came out on DriveThruRPG.com in August and was available for purchase at a fairly low price, which I have to give props for. However, there was an issue with various inconsistencies, typos and the like, but when I finally got around to purchasing my digital copy it seemed that these were all cleaned up or I just couldn’t find any myself. I will say that the game itself is very cool, and I like the mechanics of it quite a bit so I want an physical copy so we can start running it at my table.

This is where we start having a problem, the physical copy, because I for the life of me can’t find it anywhere at all and my local hobby store has no idea about it either. It has started becoming a frustration for me as the release date has been constantly pushed back and back and back to the point where some people are still having issues getting their copies. Originally it was said that they were aiming for an October release.

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Alright cool, October rolled around and still nothing of a release date to be had for Wrath & Glory. November would come by and people would still be scratching their heads wondering what was going on for their orders.

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Ah there is that wording again “should be” which just signals a general lack of organization when it came to the physical release. Now there are reports of people starting to get their copies at the end of last month, which is good for them because it has been a long wait for it. The weird thing is that some people have gotten them and some haven’t, if you live in the United States it is probably very likely you have gotten your pre-order already.

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It is only the pre-orders that seem to have been sent out though, if you are waiting for a retail copy like me you are shit out of luck.

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On their Facebook Page they did make claims about how it would be available in retail as of January 1st.

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Now James for Ulisses does make a point about it does depend on the distributers as well and it isn’t wholly on them. Who knows how much of this is due to distribution issues, and not their fault at all? Hard to say.  But it does seem like retailers are kept just as much in the dark as everyone else because some of the online retailers that you could find this stuff on have no idea themselves.

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So I have no clue what is going on and it doesn’t seem like other people do either. Now don’t get me wrong I really like the game, and I WANT the physical copy which is why this irks me as much as it does. I want to play the damn game and I want to have a hardcover to do so with. I want to give them my money, but the amount of flip-flopping that has been going on with release dates and the general lack of information is incredibly frustrating to me. To me it just seems like they underestimated the amount of demand that this license would generate and were woefully unprepared to fill out the orders. Some people might call it an overreaction as it is only three months past the time they were originally aiming for and yeah I get that stuff happens, but a little more clarity on the release would have been nice. Instead of shoulds, coulds, and woulds, a little more concrete information would have gone a long way. I hopefully get my hands on a hard copy eventually and have some really nice stuff to say about the game itself, but I want the full hard copy and other supplements in my hands first.

Anyway thanks to anyone who read through this post shaped rant, and hopefully I will have some good news about the release in the near future.

 

 

Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy New Year everyone! As we leave behind 2018 it leaves us a chance to look back at the things we have done and what we have seen. It has been a great year for 40K players and fans as we have seen the game get expanded in so many ways. I wanted to take a look back at some of these releases and my personal favorites of them.

Kill Team

Kill Team is by far the release of the year that has meant the most to me personally, especially since I have had so much fun with it. Not only has it given increased value to the forces I already had, but it has inspired me to get my foot into forces that I would otherwise never go anywhere near.

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My Blood Angels, Death Guard, Eldar, and Dark Eldar were forces that I had already assembled prior to the release of Kill Team, but the release had caused me to examine my models closer than ever before. Now I was picking out my favorites, giving them more backstory, and putting more emphasis on getting models painted. This also meant that my Grey Knights, who I had only a squad of, were given extra purpose as they could be used to their full capacity now. It wasn’t just the ones I already owned that were given extra value, but it opened my eyes to new forces that I could sink my teeth into on this smaller front. This would lead to me collecting Genestealer Cult, Thousand Sons, Death Watch and Tempestus Scion teams. It serves as an excellent entry into other armies that I otherwise would have never gotten into at all, without this smaller stepping stone. This is why to me Kill Team was the greatest release we would see in 2018.

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The release of Kill Team would also bring us the Rogue Trader box set which gave us access to two new forces to play with the Elucidian Star Striders and the Gellerpox Infected. I appreciate these two new forces, as well as the suite of new play options the box gives us.

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Commanders allowed us to use some of our old favorite HQ and Elites slot units in the smaller scale field of Kill Team games. I relished the opportunity to take my Foul Blightspawn or Archons to this smaller field of battle that gave them more characterization than ever. Commanders also did highlight some concerning things, like the complete lack of regular Space Marine commanders, perhaps signaling the complete distancing from anything non-Primaris for the Space Marines. Though it is just conjecture, it is something interesting to really thing on. Overall Kill Team gave us many things and for me is the best thing that 2018 brought us.

Box Sets

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Tooth and Claw, Forgebane and Wake the Dead are the big box sets we saw some out in 2018 for Warhammer 40,000. These kinds of sets are always really nice to see as they bring with them great monetary value as well as a different kind of value. They serve as great entry points into the game allowing you to be able to get a great start on one or both of the forces in a box set. Dark Imperium is what got me back into 40K and 8th edition in full force, so to me these kinds of sets are always a treat to see. Seeing the Necrons and Adeptus Mechanicus paired together for Forgebane was my favorite of these sets to come out.

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Wake the Dead does hold some real importance to me as an Eldar player, and serves as another great example of a great way to enter the hobby. Tooth and Claw allowed for people who were fans of the Genestealer Cults to find their way into the game fairly easily, as well as providing a new way to obtain Aberrants for the Cults. These two boxes again presented to me the issue of how the Primaris were being put in the limelight a little too much, as it would have been nice to see other armies take their place. However, I am hopeful that 2019 will bring us many more box sets that put well deserving armies center stage.

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Battle Forces

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Speaking of box sets these Battle Force sets provide an incredible method to acquire units for the forces featured in these boxes.  Again seeing the Eldar having one of these box sets is quite appreciated by me and again the value of these boxes cannot be denied. I really wish the Deathguard Battle Force was around when I was assembling my Deathguard army, because being able to access all these units for the price is too hard to pass up. The biggest and best surprise was the Imperial Fists specific battle force as it pays homage to a chapter that was due to have some recognition. I know I go on about having too much Primaris being around, after all two of the six battle force boxes are Primaris, but it is nice to see the Imperial Fists get some love at least. Because let’s face it there are way too much Ultramarine representation lately, and Space Wolves are starting to get there in their own right.

Blackstone Fortress

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Blackstone Fortress is a hell of a lot of fun and after having played it a good deal I can say it is definitely worth getting. The game itself isn’t a direct adaptation of the full game, but could be seen as a light version that lets someone start getting into the world itself. The game allows up to five people, having rules that even let a person play alone, and is something I could easily recommend to any fan of board games as well. Simply put Blackstone Fortress is a really fun game, that also has some really cool models that any fan of 40K should consider picking up.

I will have some more of my own hobby progress to share in the next week or two as I have many models I have been working on over this holiday. I am very much looking forward to the things 2019 will bring us and am very excited to talk about them in the future. I have resolved to better manage my time for posts to be more consistent with them, and to actually get painting my models that need it. Anyways I hope everyone has enjoyed their holidays as they come to an end and wish everyone the best!

Start of month update.

As we start December I figured it is time for an update of my goings on and thoughts on some things.

Kill Team

My group of friends and I began drafting up our Kill Team campaign so we can get it started in a couple of weeks here. So far the factions we got are Adeptus Mechanicus, Adeptus Astartes (Space Wolves), Thousand Sons, Heretic Astartes (Night Lords) and Harlequins. So a mostly typical Imperium versus Chaos narrative by the looks of things, with a splash of clown troupe. Can’t say the direction the narrative will take is necessarily set in stone, but with two newer players I don’t foresee it being any too crazy. Those newer players will probably be more scared to set out on their own, and likely try to do alliances/teamwork where they can. We have highlighted that people can do this within the narrative as long as it makes sense, IE; no chaos and Imperium alliances. We isolated the kind of worlds that made sense, then did a vote out of those most ideal ones, and ended on a Forge World. I voted to do a Shrine World, but I am honestly more than happy with doing . The idea that was floating around is that it is an abandoned Forge World that has ancient knowledge and tech to offer the teams that have come to the world.

So the next thing, why Thousand Sons? Why not my favorite Deathguard? Well there are a couple answers to that question. For anyone who follows my posts have decently will see that I have quite a few options at my disposal for Kill Team, Blood Angels, Eldar, Dark Eldar, Grey Knights, Death Watch, Thousand Sons, Death Guard, and soon to be Genestealer Cults. Safe to say I have an issue, but point is I have a lot of choice. I really like the lore behind the Thousand Sons and I feel like playing Deathguard with a bunch of new players would be kind of mean. They are strong, hard to kill, have incredible weapon versatility, and their tactics are really good. I think the only option that would be less kind is the Deathwatch, Frag Cannon spam in particular. It would be an easy way to frustrate everyone at the table, especially when we have a couple people who aren’t as experienced. Besides the opportunity to do a narrative around Thousand Sons fighting Space Wolves is very intriguing to me. Now that is all I got for my thoughts on my Narrative Campaign that is in the works. Once there is more progress I will have more to talk about for sure.

Mechanicus and Inquisitor

I recently have finished Warhammer 40,000 Mechanicus and officially started playing Warhammer 40,000 Inquisitor: Martyr. I had planned write a small review about Mechanicus, but I am for now sticking with me saying that I did enjoy it and I would recommend it. Now about Inquisitor I originally decided to not get it on release as it sounded all over the place and not entirely worth the full price point. Though after some time, some patches, new content and the recent 25% off sale, I figured it was time to give it a shot. Now one thing I understood going into it is that it is at a slower pace when compared to other ARPGs like Diablo or Torchlight. I have played Diablo 2, Diablo 3, Torchlight, Torchlight 2, Path of Exile, Titan Quest, and now Inquisitor; so I have experience in the genre and understand that their faster pacing. I am okay with Inquisitor being slower and aiming to be more tactical than others of its genre. Just have to go into it with that understanding that it will be slower. I am having fun with it so far and will have something to write about that in the future.

That is all I had planned for this post, just some rambling about my Kill Team plans and my gaming endeavours. Will definitely have more to write about Mechanicus next weekend and get a proper review of it written up as I feel it definitely deserves that. Until next time everyone!

Space Marine Heroes!

Hope everyone is enjoying November so far! Been keeping busy myself and have a few smaller things that I wanted to share here.

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There are only a couple additions as far as my 40K ventures go, so lets get right into it. The Space Marine Heroes recently hit shelves here, and I figured I would go check it out at my local Games Workshop store. For those of you that don’t know Space Marine heroes are individual space marines that come in little boxes with a random marine in it. RNG marines essentially is what they are, but it is a neat little idea and they were cheap enough so I figured I would give it a shot since I could get some cool models out of it. Three boxes is what I settled with, and three marines are what I got. The ones I got are pictured below along with the cards, and I got the official pictures to show them off more.

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Brother Vaniel

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Brother Garus

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Brother-Sergeant Sevastus

I was pretty happy to get the guys that I got since they are the ones that I was more interested in getting, especially the Sergeant. They will eventually be painted up to be Blood Angels, and will fit nicely in a squad or a Kill Team. I think the whole concept is neat enough, as it tickles my old Magic The Gathering pack opening days, and for a cheap price I found that to be fair. I also was able to get my hands on a Daemon Prince of Nurgle at my local hobby store, so I made sure to get him assembled.

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Not a fan of resin, but I couldn’t resist

Need to get some green stuff work in on the big guy, since you can see there are some spaces that need to be filled up or just made to look better.

Mechanicus

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Been playing the newly released Warhammer 40,000 Mechanicus game for the PC, and I must say it is a lot of fun.  It is reminiscent of XCOM having you take a squad through a host of deadly missions that anyone of them can die on. I have roughly 9 hours in it, which isn’t anything crazy, but I have gotten into it enough to know that I like it. You get the real feeling of the Adeptus Mechanicus that we expect, and fits right into the 40K universe. I will be making a full post about it down the line, but for now I will say it is one of the better 40K games to come out in a long time.

Kill Team Narrative

My group and I are also planning a Kill Team narrative campaign which should be fun. It will give me lots to write about, I just need to decide what I am going to go with. Stuck between Deathguard or Thousand Sons. If anyone has any experiences to share about their narrative campaign adventures I would love to hear them!

Until Blackstone Fortress comes out and I sink my teeth into that this weekend, that is about all I have to share for now. I look forward to posting about that soon here!