I must regretfully report that I terribly mismanaged my time and was unable to complete my task of five Eldar Guardians with a heavy weapons platform. Things started off quite well, but as exams approached and assignments piled up I was unable to finish painting what I set out to do. Though I will say that so far I feel like this batch is going better than the last and I am getting better at getting yellows to paint evenly. Now the bad news is that I will have to take a week off from my paint goals even though I am only three weeks in, as finals take full priority and have to focus on those. The nice thing is because of how my final exams are positioned I only have to deal with them in one REALLY annoying small stretch, so after that I will be able to get that which I started done and pending how things are going start some other painting too.
What I also wanted to do was give my two cents on the new Warhammer logo.
I kind of like how the logo looks, and it supposedly is a mix of the Stormcast Eternals Hammer with the Imperial Aquila. I can definitely see that in here, though the part that somewhat saddens me is the fact is it feels like the Age of Sigmar inspired part of it is the majority over the 40K portion of it, weird complaint I know. Maybe that is just because I feel like Age of Sigmar was a slap in the face to most Warhammer Fantasy fans, and just instituted the weird Sigmarines that don’t make all that much sense to me personally. Warriors who were supposedly the best heroes plucked away from their demise at the last second to serve as these great heroes infused with Sigmar’s power, but none of them are the named characters from Warhammer Fantasy who more than earned that or anyone you actually know so yeah…. But that aside I like the new logo and think it does a good job, I mean it is a war hammer after all.
We are also seeing the majority of the new Heretic Astartes releases coming out which is really nice. I really want to get my hands on a Master of Executions because I feel like it could make for a cool conversion, and I find myself leaning to doing the Shadowspear CSM as World Eaters. Because I really think Chaos Space Marines should be up close and in your face shouting things at you about the dark gods as they chop you to bits. Anyway just wanted to give that quick little update for now, and will have more in the very near future!
I managed to get a second batch of miniatures painted, and even though it was a smaller grouping progress is progress. So here are five Alaitoc guardians that I got done throughout the week.
When I initially said I would get them done I left myself room to do as little as half or as many as a full squad, this was because I wanted to get a feel for the paint scheme and take it at a good pace. I do really like painting this scheme and have noticed some of the issues there is with painting yellows, such as difficulty to get it to spread evenly. Regardless, I like painting the yellow here far more than I like doing the full white body armour of Biel-Tan Eldar so that is a win for me. I am fairly pleased with how they turned out, only thing I am missing is some Seraphim Sepia shade for the helmets, but I think they are fine without it for now. I was also missing some Hoeth Blue so I subbed in some Baharroth Blue to do a bit of edge highlighting and give some pattern variety among them. In conclusion I was missing a couple things, but made it work with what I had.
For next week I want to finish off the rest of the squad along with the heavy weapons platform, but for them I was toying with the idea of trying out white helmets instead using the same scheme I used for the shuriken catapults above, which was way easier than any schemes of white I have done in the past. I also think I am making progress with how to paint my future Chaos Space Marine force and despite saying I didn’t much want to go with them, I am heavily leaning towards the World Eaters. I was hoping to see some new Emperor’s Children model(s) or atleast a newer upgrade sprue for Noise Marines since they are second in my list of choices, but I am just happy with all the new stuff the Heretic Astartes are getting.
Paint Week 3 Goal: Last half of the guardian squad with weapons platform done in Alaitoc craftworld scheme.
So after the first week of trying to make my way through the mountains of miniatures that I own, I was able to paint my Blood Angels Kill Team. The team consists of the following (as everyone can plainly see);
Tactical Sergeant [18pts]: Plasma pistol, Power fist, Veteran
Reiver [16pts]: Combat knife
Tactical Marine Gunner [16pts]: Heavy bolter
++ Total: [150pts] ++
So yeah that’s what the team looks like on paper, and I am happy with how they turned out to be honest. There are a couple of insights that I have from painting these guys up. The first being that I hate painting human skin at all, and I know you are thinking that there isn’t any here, to that I would say you are right. I started doing the head for my plasma gunner that has the breather mask on (pictured below) and it was going well, but when it came to the eyes I started to have some difficulty. Once the eyes came into the equation things got out of hand and I had to remove the head to give the gunner a regular Space Marine helmet. I learned a bit from the attempt to paint the head, but this wasn’t the time for it so another time maybe.
The other thing I managed to learn is that I really enjoy painting red, gold and black together, in particular I found the Reivers to be the most enjoyable. The power sword for the Primaris Lieutenant went well and has a nice blue sheen to it so I am happy with that as well. Overall I am happy with what I got done and how they look, just need to focus on what comes next. Next I want to work on more Eldar Guardians, especially since I have dropped the idea of doing of them as a Biel-Tan scheme. Essentially I found I really hated painting with as much white paint as the Biel-Tan craftworld demanded so I decided to go for a mainly blue scheme and landed on Alaitoc. Majority blue with some yellow, now that I can handle, so I am excited to get started on them. Essentially the goal is this, get acquainted with the new paint scheme and get at least half a squad of Alaitoc Guardians done. Pending speed might be able to get a whole squad done. Well that will be it for this post, until next time everyone!
Paint Week 2 Goal: Half to a Full squad of Guardians pending how well I can make it through them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Primaris Eliminators looking real good, making me wonder how they look beside the Space Marine Scout profile, and if they will replace them.
Master of Possessions looking pretty cool here, maybe will make Possessed Space Marines better than they currently are, also a sweet model.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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!