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.

Kabal of the Obsidian Rose

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.

Kabal of the Poisoned Tongue.

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. 

 
Kabal of the Dying Sun

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!

 
 
 

 

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!

Review of Mechanicus

Alright I wanted to share my thoughts on Warhammer 40,000 Mechanicus. Why am I a month late? I wanted to take the time to play it and give it some real thought. So here is what I came up with. I did plan to have this done for last weekend, but I over estimated the amount of time I had to get assignments done and all that. What else is new? Before we get into it I want to set the mood, so watch this video of the opening.

This was what they also used as their teaser trailer, it is the same thing you see when you open the game, but still sets the mood perfectly. It gets me hyped right up and ready to be part of the Adeptus Mechanicus!

Story

Story? There really isn’t much of one, but that is okay since you are given lots of atmosphere and interesting missions from your various advisors. The story boils down to this image right here:

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Well put.

Essentially it is as Faustinus puts it and you end up finding out it is a Necron Tomb World leaving you to deal with them before they all awaken. The intro mission shows you everything you need to know and has you encounter one of the big baddies of the opposing force.

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Need a game based on the War in Heaven.

The game gives you all the reason you need to start delving and fighting Necrons, that is all I need.

Missions

Every mission plays out in a similar manner, you are greeted by this holographic map of the area you are investigating for the mission. Every mission has its offerings of rewards as well as showing you what difficulty it will be and what enemies you can expect. Now it is very important to note that there is no starting difficulty and it is measured by mission. So you want a harder experience? Go for harder missions, but I will touch on the overall difficulty near the end.

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You will have to deploy your units, choose your canticles, and jump right into it. I will touch on the specifics of units and canticles later.

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Sure you can fit everyone in there?

This is the map you are met with on starting a mission.

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Green = Glyphs and Exclamation = Event.

From this map you have objectives you need to accomplish and little events along the way. The green symbols are glyphs that have you picking one of multiple options to get either a beneficial or detrimental effect. These can vary from healing a unit, to giving you resources, to increasing the awakening level. Glyphs always have a set effect and it allows you to start figuring out which ones you want to be avoiding which is nice. The exclamation points on the map give you a little event that also has you picking an option, but in a more narrative way.

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Tough choice.

These events like the glyphs can result in positive or negative effects pending on your choice, but are far harder to guess what they will do. It will constantly keep you guessing as you will never know what is always the right choice.

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Finally these yellow diamonds represent your objective which will always play out in a battle that can have different objectives like activate a terminal, survive, or just straight up slay all the enemies. Good variation in these missions and they aren’t too terribly overwhelming. Caution is always advised as sometimes when you run to an objective you will activate others and put yourself in a bad situation. So take it slow, and no need to rush, well except for the fact that the Necrons awaken more the longer you take.

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These levels of awakening will give the Necrons various buffs and contribute to the overall percentage that they are awakened in your play through. So you want to get through at a brisk pace, but not too fast as to cause yourself issues.

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Once you get that Awakening to 100% there that is when things come to an end more or less, but you can also defeat their head honcho earlier if you like. Anyway at the end of a mission you are rewarded for enemies slain, deducted for tech priests damaged or troops lost. So the better you do the better you are rewarded, that is the way things should be right?

Battles

Now everyone likes to compare it to XCOM, and I feel that is a decently accurate comparison. They are both of the tactical turn based RPG genre and both have a similar feel. Mechanicus takes all the good things of XCOM and leaves behind many of the annoying things. Like in Mechanicus all your characters actually know how to use their weapons effectively and don’t have a percent chance to hit. I get that this is part of the allure of XCOM and the difficulty of it all, but it is gets damn right frustrating. Moving on, the combat in Mechanicus is pretty much what you would expect form something compared to XCOM except for the lack of cover and everyone being generally stronger. Never will you feel like you are just weaker than your opponents because you are very strong in your own right. There are two damage types, energy and physical, so balancing the two damage types out in your group is important because if you say brought all energy weapons and were fighting enemies with high energy armor you are going to have a bad time.

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You are also unable to use ranged weapons while you are engaged in melee, making it pretty true to the core material. It allows you to deal with pesky ranged units by disabling their ability to use their deadly ranged weapons when you run at them in melee. This is especially handy if you build one or more of your priests to be proficient in melee combat.

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You are also able to charge up the machine spirit of weapons through using them allowing additional effects for the next time you use them. Like the Skitarii Vanguard whose weapon will do extra damage while the machine spirit is charged.

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There are several mechanics that are noteworthy, but this is one of the most important; cognition points. Now these points are generated through various actions, scanning things on the field, collecting them from downed enemies, and from Tech priest abilities. Now this cognition allows you to use abilities, weapons, and move your tech priests more. They are represented by the little gears on the bottom of the screen. As you do more missions you can have more at a time, and they allow you to use your best tools.

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An example of collecting cognition points.

Your management of cognition is incredibly important to your success and good management will have you win battles lopsidedly. Cognition is also used for the deployment of your basic troops, and the varying troops have different costs. Canticles are also something vital to success in battle and are something you can only use once per mission. The effects of canticles vary from healing to ignoring armor and overall are incredibly important.

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You can only take three Canticles at a time so you better choose wisely. They are also unlocked from achievement style progress.

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Lame canticle imo.

So you are able to utilize Canticles in many different ways to augment your preferred play style.  The battles have varying objectives from killing all enemies, using a terminal, or surviving, so you will get some decent variety.

Your Units

The next big thing to talk about is the amount of unit variety and customization you get. Your troops have their own load outs and abilities based on their level that can be raised after completing certain missions.  So you can take various kinds of troops that fulfill different roles and tackle the battles in the way that best suits you.20181214232627_1.jpg

Now the tech priests are where the real customization comes in, as they can be upgraded down various trees, equipped differently, and given different abilities. You have your choice of six different disciplines that have their own combat specializations. Often you will end up dipping into multiple trees to optimize your priests and make them as strong as possible.20181213152512_1.jpg

You will also get specific gear from a skill line that makes them better at what that specific discipline does, for example being better at ranged combat with gear from the Dominus tree.

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As you can see there are very many choices for equipment you can get, and I didn’t even get them all. Overall you have so many options for your priests to make them into your preferred kinds of killing machine and is something I very much appreciate. I loved dropping a Kastellan Robot on my enemies who loved ranged combat and forcing them to face down my big robot… good times.

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He isn’t ready for this.

My only gripe is that you can’t change their portraits that are randomly assigned to them, and they seemed to randomly change whenever I loaded the game (they might have fixed this since I tried it last though.)

Design

Now the music and graphical design are top notch, everything bleeds tech priest and Adeptus Mechanicus. The music makes you feel like a tech worshiping zealot from the 41st millennium. With its mix of vocals and techno, man I really like the soundtrack, it fits so well. The weapons also all look and feel like they should, which is very important in a Warhammer 40K game, especially if you have ever heard what some people have done to Bolters in some games.

All in all the game looks and sounds fantastic, big points for nailing that.

Conclusion

In conclusion Mechanicus is a fantastic game, and is more than worth its lower price point. The game play is fun and the atmosphere feels right at home with anyone 40K fan or not. The difficulty got to be on the easy side once I got my priests kitted out in the right way, but there is nothing wrong with being rewarded for building your characters the right way. I definitely recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of tactical RPGS or of 40K in general. This along with Gladius are a big turning point for 40K video games as these two are of great quality and make me hopeful for the future.

EDIT, December 17: They released a balance patch that fixes a lot of bugs, and changes weapon characteristics. Most importantly they make the final boss have more health which should definitely help with him being more of a threat. Definitely worth checking out the changes.

Happy Halloween! Have an update!

Happy Halloween! It has been a rather busy last half of October for me; I’ve had exams, papers due, had Soul Calibur 6 come out, and so it has been a little crazy for me. There are a good number of things to talk about now though, and I will work through some of those.

Soul Calibur 6

First I want to touch on Soul Calibur 6, and it has been fantastic so far, it reminds me much of the older games in the series. It is quite the departure from Soul Calibur 5 which sucked quite a bit in my opinion. They did that whole thing where they tried to replace most the characters you love with crappy younger replicas of them that make you wonder why bother replacing them at all? The sixth entry does not do that kind of thing and takes it back to its roots, which it does so amazingly. I wanted to say that I love this game and it is fantastic, I highly recommend it. I even broke down and bought a fancy edition which I haven’t done in a long time, I know I shouldn’t have but I did anyhow :/

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I do really like the talking steel book though…

Kill Team Commanders

I picked up the Commanders expansion to Kill Team and I like everything that is has to offer, especially since one can think of it as just an expansion to Kill Team. There are many who prefer the sanctity of keeping it just at the troop level and leaving the HQ/Elites at home, which I definitely understand. However, I do appreciate the narrative campaign opportunity to include some of these harder hitting models and do some cool stuff with them. The ones I am most excited to use are the Deathwatch Watch Master, Deathguard Plague Surgeon and the Dark Eldar Archon. Speaking of Deathwatch Watch Master that guy comes in at a whopping 125 points! That really makes taking a Primaris option actually attractive (and practical) despite my thoughts on having Primaris guys in any sort of command of veterans like the Deathwatch. Commanders comes stock with all new specialisms to give your Commanders, the Strategist and Strength ones making a return from Rogue Trader, with many of them being reminiscent of ones that the other troops can take. For example, the Melee specialism at base gives an extra attack to the model similar to the Combat specialism at a glance, but has different stratagems and better abilities the higher the level. Overall the types of commander specialists you can make are pretty cool and can probably fulfill whatever role you could think of.

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Definitely one of the cooler specialties.

On top of all the stats, specialisms, and stratagems, you have new missions in the book that sound pretty fun. This one Heroic Stand sounds like a lot of fun, and could be really awesome to play.

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The defending Commander is the only heroic one on their side.

Apart from Commanders I continued to fill my ranks of models and think I am done assembling various kinds of Kill Teams for now, save for maybe Necrons in the near future. Anyhow here have been my projects as of late:

 

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This guy is my converted Archon. Had a vision of an Archon who would serve in the Kabal, but is more militaristic liking to get into the thick of things. Lacks the cunning to make it as the Warlord, but is nonetheless quite the melee fighter.

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Finally got some Thousand Sons like I always wanted to, this is essentially all I would ever need for a Kill Team of theirs. Well maybe a Tzaangor or two as well…

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Finally converted a couple Storm Guardians for potential use in Kill Team, I got my hands on some really cheap Guardian bits and had the Storm Guardian conversion stuff lying around from when I converted my Autarch. Two is all I really need.

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Got my Deathwatch guys base coated and this Watch Sergeant started. Need to clean up the shoulder a bit, but a good start considering I lost my fine tip brush.

 

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My assembled Deathwatch Watch Master for a Kill Team commander, as expensive as he is (points wise) I really want to field the model in the near future. Gave him a helmet because Space Marines should always have helmets IMO.

 

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And my Primaris Chaplain who I love the model of. I decided that for all the Space Marine Commander options this was one that I liked, especially since Chaplains are very important to the Blood Angels. I also love the look of the Absolver Bolt Pistol.

Well that is all I have really been up to in the past couple weeks besides work and school, so that is all I really had to talk about for now. The Blackstone Fortress stuff that has been coming out will certainly give me more to talk about once it has all been revealed. I have also been slowly working on a post talking about Warhammer 40K video games after I played Space Hulk Tactics. Then finally I will definitely have more to say about Wrath & Glory as I finally sink my teeth into it. Anyhow that is all for now, until next time!

 

Kill Team Commanders

Alright now that we have gotten the previews for all the kinds of Kill Team Commanders there are some things that I wanted to point out about some of them and what I think in general. I don’t plan on going over all of the factions Commanders, but just the ones I play and actually have something to say about.  Mostly plan on talking about the options for the Commanders, but will touch on some tactics and the like.

Commanders of the Imperium

Adeptus Astartes Commanders

The Commanders:

  • Primaris Captain
  • Primaris Lieutenant
  • Primaris Chaplain
  • Primaris Librarian

Now I as well as many other people have an issue with this list of options, there is a certain something missing from it, the actual Space Marines? The so called “old type” they seem so eager to be rid of. Why no Techmarines? Captains? Apothecaries? Librarians? And I don’t mean the Primaris they love so damned much. Seriously this is really dumb that it is just Primaris, and the amount they attempt to shove them in your face is getting nuts. I find myself taking the Gabriel Seth anti-Primaris stance more and more as time goes on. Story wise they are cool in the sense they represent a new hope and a chance to produce a stronger soldier, but them trying to replace the older guys completely is crazy. Rant over.

They also showed off the Chaplain tactic which mirrors their passive in the full game, which I do like and the Chaplain is probably the one I would end up fielding with my Blood Angels.

It is of course awesome and will be very useful, especially for close combat oriented teams, which to be honest against most things any basic Space Marine will function well in close combat. Also got a look at the use of Might of Heroes and it would definitely be helpful especially put on a fighter or zealot specialism.

Deathwatch Commanders

  • Watchmaster
  • Primaris Captain
  • Primaris Chaplain
  • Primaris Librarian

Now again trying to force that Primaris on us, but thankfully the Watch Master is a quite nice option, admittedly the Librarion is always a nice option, but I would go Watch Master every time. I admit the Watch Captain lacks any sort of customization options, I still prefer him over Primaris choices for sure. I mean the Deathwatch are THE veterans and shouldn’t be commanded by the new blood Primaris guys, I am just happy to have the Watch Master though. The Master of Battle aura tactic the Watch Master gets is pretty sweet, so I do like that quite a bit, especially since it applies to all failed hit rolls period.

Grey Knights

  • Brotherhood Champion

Just the one option, but at least this wasn’t their big reveal of Primaris Grey Knights or something (felt like it might be). The champion looks like a very solid choice and has the Hammerhand psychic power.

Solid psychic power with a low charge value, tossed on a combat or zealot specialist will allow you to dish our some real damage.

Xenos Commanders

Eldar (Aeldari) Commanders

  • Autarch
  • Farseer
  • Warlock

There is nothing to complain about these options, especislly considering the Autarch can be geared out in many different ways via the Index. The codex Autarch is pretty solid with those swooping hawk wings, giving you some good battle field mobility. The aura tactic for the Autarch looks pretty good too, letting you re-roll hit rolls of one, so that is pretty nice.

Warlocks and Farseers mirror their functions on the full tabletop which is nice to see. Having the choice of some psykers to add to you Eldar Kill Team is always welcome, and I for sure would be likely to throw my Farseer into the mix as a Commander.

Dark Eldar (Drukhari) Commanders

  • Archon
  • Succubus
  • Haemonculus

Again all with great customization, having basically any option you could ever want. The Archon with Huskblade and Blast Pistol would be a deadly combination in any game, as well as being a personal favorite of mine. I would also love to see how the Shadow Field functions, because that 2++ could be incredible, if they did it the same way that is. The Succubus with those combat drugs will be a force to be reckoned with, and sure to slice up most enemies. Finally the Haemonculus with his host of deadly tools and the aura ability to boost toughness will be a god send to save our squishier units. These Commander units are top notch choices for sure.

Necron Commanders

  • Overlord
  • Cryptek

Okay let me start by saying I was going to skip over these guys since I don’t play them (despite wanting to), but I just couldn’t after seeing those abilities. First off Overlords are tough as nails with a good deal of survivability, so they already are awesome. Then you add the My Will Be Done aura which makes them better at shooting and charging, so regardless of how you play your Necrons it is a boon. On top of that the Resurrection Orb allowing you to bring a model back on a 2+ with 1 wound and no flesh wounds is super good, even if you can only use it once that is all you need. Maybe it is time to get some of these guys.

Chaos Commanders

Heretic Astartes

  • Exalted Champion
  • Chaos Sorcerer

 

Originally I thought these options weren’t the greatest, but then after some thought I changed my mind. Not only do both of these guys have a host of wargear options, but they can fit with any kind of Kill Team you got set up. The Champion (if keeping with full game stats) will be better at fighting than shooting with a 2+ WS and a 3+ BS, which are both really good. The aura tactic lets you re-roll wound rolls of one which is pretty decent honestly. The Sorcerer is the stand out here in my opinion, Death Hex and Diabolic Strength both will make him a force to be reckoned with. Overall I think these options are awesome. Though to be honest I would totally go for the Exalted Champion just because he is more choppy and has some cool gear options.

Deathguard Commanders

  • Biologus Putrifier
  • Plague Surgeon
  • Tallyman
  • Foul Blightspawn

So where to start? Well these Commanders don’t have a lot of customization, but are fantastic in their own right for what they bring to the table. The Putrifier brings those Hyper Blight Grenades with the extra damage and strength, as well as the added mortal wounds could deal some real damage. The Injector Pistols are also pretty good at bringing tougher guys down with the -1 AP and the D6 damage. The Plague Surgeon brings a Balesword to the mix, being able to re-roll DR rolls of 1 and being better at killing those pesky Adeptus in general. The Tainted Narthecium is an aura tactic that the Surgeon gets that will further increase the survivability of your already hard to kill Deathguard units, though they got to be within three inches. I think he is my favorite choice of all, plus what amounts to dank apothecaries is cool to me. The Tallyman is able to potentially refund any tactical points spent on the small chance you get a 7 on a 2d6 roll, though getting that back would be really sweet. A Tallyman also comes stock with a Plasma pistol so you can get some real work done with it, and the Festering Zealot aura tactic lets you re-roll failed hit rolls in the fight phase, so pretty good. Finally the foul Blightspawn has the incredible Plague Sprayer which is an Assault d6, with 2d6 Strength, -3 Ap, 3 Damage, auto-hitting, plague weapon? Yes please. This guy will shred so many units it isn’t even funny, and I will have a hard time choosing which Commander to take in games. All in all I love these choices for Commanders, and look forward to using them.

 

Anyway we have some really cool stuff coming out for Kill Team and I hope to see more in the near future! Until next time!

Drukhari additions and other things!

Since I am at the end of my Blood Angels army building it is officially time to start piecing together the rest of my Dark Eldar (Drukhari) force, so I have some progress outline down below here.

Dark Eldar

I picked up the full Court of the Archon and have put them together in all their resin glory. On top of getting the court, I also got myself another box of Kabalite Warriors since I will be needing about three more units of them (or more even). It is a small addition to my force, but I told myself I would only get a few things at any given time so I didn’t over do it.

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I want to take this opportunity to point out how cool I think the Court of the Archon models are (despite them being resin) and how fun I think they will be on the battle field. They are interesting models that occupy a myriad of roles between them, but definitely will supplement my main Archon well. Out of all of them I think the Sslyth is my favorite of all, I mean he looks cool and sounds very strong. Just look at this picture of a Sslyth, it is so awesome.

Sslyth art aside, I hope it won’t be too much of a pain to paint (whenever I finally get around to that). So the end goal aim is a Kabal based Drukhari force, that isn’t just Kabalite/transport spam, so we will see how that goes I suppose.

Blood Angels

To be fair I said I was at the end of my Blood Angel building, not done yet. Though this will be the last Space Marine stuff I pick up for a while I think, save for some divinely inspired conversion, which probably won’t happen. Anyhow some Devastators and some more Death Company to round out my options. Next and last Imperium oriented thing I get will be some Deathwatch guys, but then that will be it for the Imperium

Now the Big Faq 2 dropped and there were some major hits to FLY units, as far as charging is concerned. I am part of a Blood Angels group on Facebook and everyone went nuts for a couple days there. I only play for fun, and can barely get my stuff painted, so for me the changes while slightly regrettable aren’t the end of the world. I still love my Blood Angels, their lore is awesome, their models are cool, and they are fun to play. So as far as any nerfs to Upon Wings of Fire and to jump pack units go, it doesn’t really affect me all that much. Just might need to start fielding units like terminators more, or be more careful with your fast attack units. Ah well.

Speaking of playing Blood Angels, I had a Kill Team game with them against my friend’s Elucidian Starstriders, that was rather sweet. It took place on the Ministorum Shrine mat, using the “Free Prisoners” mission out of the Rogue Trader book. I even wrote a little narrative out for it that was pretty enjoyable to do, so maybe some of those will show up in the near future. The end result was a resounding victory for the Blood Angels, though sadly my Tactical Sergeant with Power Fist wasn’t able to do too much, ah well next time. Thinking the next Kill Team game I do will be utilizing my Dark Eldar, so that’ll be fun and might even write a report on the battle. Though I find battle reports rather tedious and they might even take away the fun of the game for me. Either way it will make for some more stuff to talk about.

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Other than the Warhammer happenings I don’t have too much to say about other things, I did play the Soul Calibur 6 network test though, and I got to say I was having a lot of fun with it. Thinking it will be what replaces the Street Fighter V shaped hole in my gaming retinue. I mean they got Geralt in it, whats not to love? Other than Reversal Edges, but that is neither here nor there.

Anyway that is all I had in mind for this post, until next time!

Rogue Trader and Blood Angels Updates

It has taken me far longer to get around to this post than I would have liked, but it happens I suppose. What with school, work, and social life, I have been rather busy. Story of everyone’s life right? Well I am coming here to discuss some of my Warhammer progress as of late.

Rogue Trader

I picked up the Rogue Trader box for Kill Team earlier in the week, and oh man I love everything it has to offer. There are quite a few things to talk about with this set, but nothing that I doubt others haven’t talked about yet. What I will say is that I love the Gellerpox Infected, and in the one Kill Team game I used them they were lots of fun. I very much look forwad to using them in the future, for Kill Team and full 40K both. One thing I will say is that I feel the whole ‘Commander’ role needs a little more clarification on if it can take the place of the required Leader position or not. Because it would seem a little silly to have your Commander not be THE Leader, and it doesn’t have anything to say about that what-so-ever. Other than that I think everything is pretty solid, between the missions and terrain there is some sweet stuff. Hope we can get more Gellerpox units separate from the set down the road, because I can definitely see some sweet conversions coming out of them, as well as their use in existing armies. Anyhow below I got some pictures of the Gellerpox guys and the game I had with them.

Blood Angels Army… Assembled!

That is right I got all my Blood Angels units fully assembled, and ready to be painted. It was quite the long road for these guys, and I never quite imagined I would get them done before my Dark Eldar or Deathguard (If Plagueburst Crawlers weren’t so expensive..) But yeah something about Space Marine models in general are just so fun to work with to me, just the sheer levels of customization, or just how cool they look (Blood Angels in particular) drove me to continue picking them up where I could. I had lots of fun with these guys, and can’t wait to start getting them painted in the near future. Here are some of my recent assemblies:

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First off a unit of Death Company marines, equipped with Jump Pack, Bolter and Chainsword. I got to say I love the concept of Death Company, and being able to take Bolters with Chainswords, but it does take a bit of extra work to make it happen.

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Some Space Marine Bikes to fill out Fast Attack slots, decided to go for the in-between of Scout and Attack bikes. I like these models and am somewhat excited to paint them down the road.

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A chaplain who I liberated the Jump Pack from, and gave him a regular backpack, because I figured why not? Already have the model and somewhat hard to use the rest of it for conversions, so may as well have a chaplain on foot.

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Then here we have a regular Captain with master-crafted Bolter and Lightning claw, I originally picked up the set for conversion use, but found that nothing in it was useful to me, so I figured may as well make a Captain I can use for the re-rolls. Figured I could have him be along side Intercessors, and Tactical Marines.

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Some good old Assault Marines for that Fast Attack slot, I’ve always liked them, and have fun assembling them. Too bad the Eviscerator isn’t good in this edition. They just seem really expensive for what they do.

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Then we got some Aggressors who I think generally people have a lot of fun assembling/painting, myself included. These guys have some good weapons at their disposal so I figured they would be a good fit, especially with Red Thirst on those Power Fists.

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Finally my very own Captain Slam. Took me a while to get this conversion done, but I am very happy with how it turned out.

Next?

I have a checklist of models for me to be getting down the road here to get my Deathguard and Dark Eldar collections completed..

Deathguard

– Poxwalkers x 2

– Plagueburst Crawler x 2

Dark Eldar

– Archon

– Kabalite Warriors x 3

– Sslyth

– Ur-Ghul

– Medusae

– Lhamean

– Mandrakes

– Scourges x 2

– Ravager x 3

– Haemonculus

– Wracks x 3

– Raider

Oh yeah also some of my desired Kill Team additions:

Harlequins

– Harlequin Troupe

Thousand Sons

– Rubric Marines

– Tzaangors

Deathwatch

– Deathwatch Kill Team

Eldar

– Guardians (For conversion into Storm Guardians)

I just like the idea of being able to dip a bit into these cool armies without having a massive investment. Anyhow that is all I had in mind for this post, will be having another one up next mind. Until next time!

September updates.

So with the coming of September it means I am once more back in school and also able to put more time (and money) into my hobbies. I know that sounds a little weird, as it is usually the opposite, but that is just how it works for me. So I just wanted to talk about some of the things I have been up to since my last update:

Warhammer 40K

Now for most of the summer (other than Kill Team) I was rather slow to get anything done on my current models, or to purchase new ones, but in the past week I have made quite a few updates to my lists.

  • Deathguard

I had this idea of a brigade planned for my 2000 point Deathguard list, but I found I didn’t like how many points I had to invest into Heavy Support and Fast Attack, which obviously I want some of those units, but honestly I ended up having not as many of the units I wanted. I am not a man who plays competitively, just one who has fun with it, so I decided to say ‘screw the brigade’ and went with a double battalion list instead. This limits the amount of spending I would have to do at minimum, while allowing me to make more use of what I do have. One less Plagueburst Crawler, one less Fast Attack option, and I can have more of the units I want; Plague Marines. Man I love Plague Marines, aesthetically, lorewise, and in usage. This is also why I love Deathguard in Kill Team, since I can have my Plague Marines do some real work. On that note I did play another Kill Team game with them today, and only lost a single Poxwalker, awesome.

  • Blood Angels

Now see this is where I have found most of my hobby efforts focused as of late, on the sons of Sanguinius, which probably can largely be attributed to my reading of the Dante and Devastation of Baal books. I have always liked the Blood Angels, and find them to be really interesting, on or off the tabletop, so when I made the decision to start them up a little while ago it was a decision I never looked back on. In the past little bit I have accumulated a good deal of my ideal brigade for my Blood Angels force, and I would like to talk about what it is that I have gotten to that end.

As an HQ option I picked up the Primaris Lieutenant Tolmeron model, as I like the ability to re-roll wound rolls of one on a character who I can use for awesome fight capabilities.

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And of course I modeled him to have a helmet, because I think Space Marines not having helmets is somewhat ridiculous, because why wouldn’t you have one?

Next I had managed to pick up a Start Collecting Blood Angels box, since the value of these boxes is undeniable, and it killed two birds with one stone.

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I had decided that for Kill Team I wanted some tactical marines, as well as their bits, and the Baal Predator was something I needed to get for my Brigade list. This made the Start Collecting the obvious choice for pure value alone, and it actually led to me making some changes in my list, to replacing a group of Primaris intercessors with a squad of tactical marines. This accomplished things on two different fronts, and I am rather pleased with it.

Then we come to my purchases today as shown below;

The mostly Blood Angels related purchases of the day; a single Bike Squad out of my required two, a Scout squad to outfit with Boltguns who will be having a role both in and out of Kill Team, and an Assault Squad to fill a Fast Attack spot (I also love the look of eviscerator weapon so I wanted it for some bitz). The other purchases include a journal to keep track of games/notes, data-cards which I sorely needed, and the set of Drukhari dice. I gotta say those dice did work for me in my Kill Team game today, so they are a for sure winner.

  • Next?

I am not too far off from finishing my full Blood Angels force now, so after finishing that my attentions will be turned to finishing my Drukhari Brigade, then the acquiring of both Harlequins and Thousand Sons Kill Teams. That is what I have my hobby goals set on for the near future and there will be a lot more coming about that.

Gaming

Another large chunk of time has been the gaming I have been doing, so I wanted to take a brief amount of time to talk about that a little bit.

The Shin Megami Tensei series has always been something that I have loved and their games don’t disappoint me.. Ever. Persona 5 is a game that I have sunk 50+ hours into and will for sure sink many more into, as I have yet to beat the game, forgetting the fact that I plan to do New Game+.

Street Fighter 5 is a constant grind, and I am rarely not playing it to some degree. I am making slow, but steady progress in the world of ranked. Would like to hit Diamond someday, but who knows if that will every transpire.

For Honor is a game that I picked up on release, stopped with for a bit, and recently just got back into. I have always thought the game was really fun, loved the aesthetic of it, and for all purposes it is a fighting game, which I love. The major downside was that on launch it was a peer-to-peer connection base, so it was a jumbled mess that would disconnect you rather frequently. In a game that sees 95% of its content in multiplayer, this was a terrible idea on their part. Fast forward to a week ago (ish) where it was free on steam, so there was a surge of people that started playing it again, so I figured I would try to get back into it. There is also that expansion that is coming out in October as well, which I can talk about more later. I got a buddy to play it with me, and have been having a blast with it since. Plus side is that they made the switch to dedicated servers a while back, so no more garbage connections.

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Conclusion

That is all I really had in mind to talk about for now, just some 40K stuff and some gaming stuff. Until next time everyone!

Drukhari Kill Team stuff incoming!

So Games Workshop announced the new set of pre-orders for Kill Team, and oh boy am I excited.

First thing of note are the two new Kill Team starter sets that we got coming, that is the Drukhari (Dark Eldar,) and the Deathwatch. A fitting pair of starter sets to come out together, and I must admit I find it surprising that the dark kin get one before the Craftworlders. As cool as the Deathwatch is I am mostly focusing on the Drukhari here, as they are without a doubt one of my favorites. Though it is highly likely that I will be getting a Deathwatch Kill Team in the near future, but I digress. I am pretty stoked to pick up The Slicing Noose box, even though I already have some Wyches that I picked up beforehand, regardless lets take a look at the set:

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So like I said it is a Wych Cult theme Kill Team with plenty of melee killing power, with some pistols to add some shooting capability. The Drukhari specific data cards will for sure be useful, having their stratagems on hand in the most convenient way possible. Also get some dank looking Death World scenery that goes perfectly with the next Kill Zone. Then next got a look at the Drukhari specific dice which are picture just below.

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I am a sucker for things like this, getting the specific dice for a faction. Just an added bonus to the stuff that has been announced and I know for sure I will be getting this set of dice as well. Then we got the next Kill Zone;

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So here we got a really cool looking Death World forest that is a nice break from the urban Kill Zone that came with the starter set. No more roofs and higher floors that people can try to post snipers up on, it is just a straight slog and dirty fight in a crowded environment. They also showed off one of the environmental effects that you can get in the Kill Zone.

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This will make things even dicier for troops to traverse the dense forest, and could make some interesting scenarios. Also I feel like Harlequins would thrive in this kind of scenario due to their flip-belts allowing them to move through regular terrain, honestly they would thrive in the forest in general.

Just a short post from me getting hyped up about the up-coming Drukhari (Dark Eldar) stuff, while also being happy about the upcoming Kill Zone. If you wanted to check the community post out yourself I have the link here. Until next time!

Thoughts on Gladius: Relics of War

Warhammer 40,000 Gladius: Relics of War came out last month on July 12th, so this may seem a little late, but I have at this point, put quite a bit of time into the game and figured it was time to say a few things about it.

July was an incredibly busy month for me and I didn’t even pick up Gladius for a week after it came out, because I honestly didn’t even realize it was out. It came out with what I thought a fairly silent release, despite it being fairly well received. Once I did get it it was easy to dive into and sucked me in instantly. The game is well-crafted and reminiscent of the 4X games that it shares a category with.

What is 4X?

Well to get the easiest explanation I turned to Wikipedia (yes shame on me) and here it is; The term “4X” originates from a 1993 preview of Master of Orion in Computer Gaming World by Alan Emrich, in which he rated the game “XXXX” as a pun on the XXX rating for pornography. The four Xs were an abbreviation for “EXplore, EXpand, EXploit and EXterminate”. So there you have it, a game that has you exploring the environment, expanding your empire, exploiting the world, and exterminating your enemies. It plays out on what essentially looks like a board game looking like this:

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Factions

So for release we see only four factions for Gladius, them being Astra Militarum, Space Marines, Orks, and Necrons. This is a decent spread for sure, and is quite interesting that we see Necrons, and not something more common like Eldar. This is a good thing though, as I am sure fans of Necrons are rather happy to see their living metal buddies in this game. As is usually the case with 40K there are no good guys or bad guys really, all seek to accomplish their mission through their own violent ways. They also have their own research trees that allow for different ways to unlock units, unlock buildings, unlock abilities, to upgrade existing units, etc. This allows you to further differentiate yourself from your enemies showcasing your faction’s specific strengths. Also each faction has a really sweet opening video when you start a game with them.

 

Game-play – General

So the general game-play is very typical for a 4X title, build units, and expand your territory as you deal with native threats, as well as your rivals. To start off there are quests present for every faction that can range from you eliminating enemies, to doing research, that all net you sometimes very useful bonuses that give you an extra edge.

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There are both melee and ranged units in Gladius that have their own benefits, and true to the nature of 40K units will sometimes possess both types of weapons. This means there are scenarios that will let you shoot as you run in for melee damage, or shoot over-watch at enemies. That is right there is over-watch, so when a unit doesn’t act in their turn, and a hostile enemy goes into range of their ranged weapons, your unit will open fire upon them. This sometime allows you to set-up deadly ambushes that will devastate enemies, or unwittingly find yourself eating free damage from an enemy you didn’t know was in an unexplored area. As I mentioned there is research to be conducted that allows you to advance yourself in many different aspects, which again is a key element in this type of game. Then there is the lack of diplomacy, as to be expected in something based in 40K as There is Only War. This upset some people, but I think it is more than fine since the AI you have to do diplomacy with in the 4X games are more often than not, irritating jerks that do things that make zero sense, then blame you when it doesn’t go their way (I am talking about you, bloodthirsty Ghandi of the Civilization games). Different factions have different elements when it comes to expanding, that I will cover in greater detail for each faction, but regardless of who you play expanding territory is incredibly important. You must find land to exploit that gives you the resources you need, like ore, electricity, food, influence, loyalty, and research. Between these resources you will have to use some more than others, pending your faction, but all are important to gather. The more cities and higher population you got, the more loyalty issues you will have with your cities. Loyalty functions a lot like happiness from the Civilization games giving your cities penalties if you have a negative loyalty, so you have to build buildings, and do research to combat this issue. Territorial expansion isn’t just about building new cities, but about capturing outposts that give you faction-wide bonuses to your resource collection. These outposts give you added bonuses if they are in a city’s territory, making them useful to settle near.

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Which exploiting the correct kind of resources in incredibly important as it allows you to build more and better units enabling you to fight more effectively, as well as supporting the upkeep that buildings will also bring. Another thing that Gladius does differently is having certain buildings be able to build simultaneously instead of a city sharing all production.

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This allows you to be building units and key structures at the same time, giving everything a nice pace. Lastly, there are relics all around that you can capture that provide a faction wide bonus to all your units or cities, that can make for some deadly combos when put together.

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These do not come without challenge however, as your rivals will gun for them and there are neutral enemies that defend them.

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Enemies like this guy will seek to deter you from relics, and from moving around in general, they can be quite the challenge to start, but act as good deterrents to your enemies as well. All in all Gladius has the typical things that a 4X game would, but makes these mechanics its own and excels at this.

Game-play – Necrons

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To start off I will say the Necrons retain their core trait of survivability being very sturdy (for the most part) and having an additional ability that allows them to heal themselves when you are in need.

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 They also can only build “cities” where there is access to a Necron Tomb.

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This makes it quite an exciting aspect to find these tombs and makes you ensure that you find them and secure the area before anyone else. The tombs also make it so where you can expand is limited, but since you don’t have to worry about food the most typically inhospitable places are typically more than fine. The standard array of Necron units is here from Warriors, to Monoliths, you will have access to your favorite Necron units to make your Dynasty the best.

Game-play – Space Marines

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What would a 40K game be without the stars of the show? The ever present Space Marines of the 40K franchise. Bringing their devotion, and sturdiness to Gladius, they feel quite at home, a big bonus is their bolter sound effects are actually on point. Their units are quite strong, and are hard to take down (early fights between them and Necrons sometimes feel like a wet noodle fight). What makes them unique is they can only have the one city, since it wouldn’t make sense for Space Marines to be building cities everywhere.

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The next key feature is them being able to build forts next to outposts that grant them bonuses as if said outpost was within a city’s territory.

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These are decently strong and can be used to hold the outskirts of territories that you might be worried about defending, or just to acquire more of a certain resource. These Fortresses of Redemption get progressively more expensive, and also have a cool-down between calling them down, so they just can’t be spammed. Space Marines also make use of requisition instead of ore or food, streamlining what they need. This makes it really easy to get a lot of units early, as long as you have good amounts of requisition coming in. The lack of being able to build more cities makes it quite necessary to have lots of units, as you have lots of ground to cover. Lastly, the Space Marines also have things called doctrines which function like Astra Militarum edicts (covered more later) allowing you to give units a boost to combat effectiveness.

Game-play – Astra Militarum

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You get what you would expect from the Astra Militarum, lots of Guardsmen to be sacrificed like they are cheap fodder, impressive tanks and armour, as well as daring heroes that stand a cut above those that serve under them. They rely on having food for their infantry, and ore for their vehicles, so you aren’t terribly starved for one resource or another allowing for a nice spread. You can also manage to get a lot of infantry out quickly, who when reaching critical mass, can put out a lot of fire power.

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See? Lots of guys and that isn’t even half of my force, a bunch of guys are off fighting Necrons elsewhere.

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The Imperial Guard also have the ability to issue edicts that have specifics effects on the city you use it on. These effects can vary from increasing production from certain buildings, to making a resource more abundant in that city.

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This allows you to really dedicate cities to producing a particular unit or resource, helping you in the grand scheme of things. The Astra Militarum are hard to get going, but once they get going they are hard to stop. They are also able to found cities wherever they please, but still have to worry about that loyalty rating.

Game-play – Orks

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Finally we come to the boys in Green, who bring their brand of humour, and deadly thuggish natures to Gladius. They particularly find themselves at home in melee combat, but have a good variety of ranged units to provide support to their melee brethren. Everyone knows a true Waaagh! is held together by the authority of those who lead them, so the influence resource is incredibly important to the Orks, giving them buffs (or debuffs) to their damage accordingly.

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Many Ork units use influence as part of their upkeep, but can also generate it when defeating enemy units, so there is a greater amount that you can pull in when compared to other factions. They can also make use of the Ork Fungus that grows around the planet to use that as means of healing their units, and they can also set them up, making these patches of ‘shrooms quite useful. Ork infantry also possess an ability that allows them to move a little more, this has a short cool-down, but can be quite handy when it comes to positioning.

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Scrappy, sturdy, and all-together hilarious, the Orks are a joy to play in Gladius.

Conclusion

For being below the standard price tag of games nowadays, Gladius: Relics of War is definitely worth the price tag. It manages to bring its own unique 40K flavour into the established 4X formula, that I believe any 40K fan could enjoy. I am excited to see what other factions they bring into this game, with a wide-array of possibilities Gladius is truly one of the better 40K games we have seen for awhile.

That is all for this post, until next time!