Saturday, 21 January 2017

St Andrews Wargaming takes on The Dark Artisan

This weekend I have a game planned for Sunday against The Dark Artisan. 

For those of you that don't know, the Dark Artisan is a gamer in the Newcastle area that produces some fantastic video battle reports on Youtube. You can find links to his Youtube page and Facebook page by clicking on the highlighted words above. You can also find him on twitter @darkartisan40k 

My recently painted Deathwatch will be taking on one of his armies. I will be taking notes for what is sure to be a very nice looking battle report, as well as the video battle report also being produced. This way, you can enjoy both contents and see the battle from the perspective of both players. 

Be sure to check out and like his pages, I hope to be featuring in more of his battle reports over the coming year.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Giant Blogroll images on blogger? Here's how to fix!

For a while now, I've been having a problem with the blogroll on my site. Certain blogs (generally Wordpress ones) appear on the blogroll with a massive thumbnail image to accompany the title. While this was annoying, I hadn't really done that much about it. It was making the blog a bit unsightly. 
Even though that is an awesome Rhino, it takes up a bit much space.

Recently, Jimmy from Eye of Terror contacted me to see if I knew about it. He told me what the cause of it was, but I am a bit of a Luddite when it comes to coding or doing anything with the blog, so didn't really understand what he was trying to tell me, try as best as he did. 

I went to the Blogger help site and managed to get a simple fix that even I could follow! I thought I would share it with my fellow Bloggers so that they could fix it too. 

Fall of Cadia Review: Part 5- Detachments and Empyric Storms

This final part of my Fall of Cadia review will take a look at the two new detachments available in the book. In addition, I will take a quick look at the new Empyric Storms table for adding a lot of psychic fun to your games of 40k.

The Fall of Cadia introduced a number of new formations and detachments for an Imperial army, some of which are very useful. I will not be reviewing some of the Mechanicus formations. I don't have the codex, so am not aware of the units required or some of the special rules available, so analysis of these is limited for me. 

Wrathful Crusade
This formation consists of:
  • Saint Celestine
  • Inquisitor Greyfax
  • Space Marine Captain
  • 0-1 Sternguard Veteran Squad
  • 2-4 Black Templars Crusader Squads
  • 1-2 Black Templars Assault Squads
  • 1 Militarum Tempestus Platoon
The special rules grant the formation Crusader and re-rolls to all charge rolls (unit gains Furious Charge if you roll a 10 or more). In addition, if the formation includes the maximum number of units, all units gain Zealot. 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Hobby Update 19/01/17- Watch Captain Artemis

For the past few weeks, I have been working on one of the leaders of my Deathwatch army, Watch Captain Artemis. 
Artemis comes from the Death Masque boxed game, but I managed to pick him up from ebay for a reasonable cost (annoyingly, this was before the recent release of the awesome Deathwatch boxed set). I decided that as he was likely to be my Warlord model in games, that I would take special care when painting him up, even more so that my regular Deathwatch Marines. 

I found a great painting video on Youtube from The War Gamer on "How to Paint Watch Captain Artemis" and used this to guide my painting, following each step as faithfully as possible. 

I can say without a doubt that this is the longest it has ever taken me to paint a single miniature and the most effort that I have put in. I am actually quite pleased with how it has turned out in the end and am happy to have him leading my force. 

When taking the photos of the miniature, there were a few errors that I noticed when examining them. I was able to go back and touch up those areas that I had missed the first time to try and make it better. I plan to use the same devotion when painting up my Watch Master in the coming weeks. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Fall of Cadia Review: Part 4- Arcana Mechanicum Relics and Ecclesiarchy Relics

Today, I take a look at the new Relics available to Armies of the Imperium from the Fall of Cadia book.

If your army includes Saint Celestine or Belisarius Cawl, or is in one of the Formations/Detachments in the book, any models in your army that can normally take a Relic can choose to take one of the Ecclesiarchy Relics or one from the Arcana Mechanicum. These are some potent Relics to add to your army as you will see below. 

Arcana Mechanicum
Any character normally able to take a Relic that is in one of the book's detachments or in an army that includes Belisarius Cawl can take one of these Relics. 

Numinasta's Casket of Electromancy
This is a one use only weapon that hits all enemy units within range (including flying units). It is a 2D6" range that is S3 and Haywire. At 30 pts, I feel that this is way too expensive to be useful as a one use only weapon. Strength 3 with no AP is not going to worry most units in the game. Haywire is nice, but most of the time you are going to do a single glancing hit. The random range is also annoying, as it would be too easy to fluff the roll and get a very short range. I would not see much use for this in an army. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Fall of Cadia Review: Part 3- Inquisitor Greyfax

Part 3 of my Fall of Cadia review sees me taking a look at the final character from the book, Inquisitor Greyfax, eye of the Emperor.

Inquisitor Greyfax
Greyfax is a pretty decent addition to any Army of the Imperium looking for some measure of psychic defence and for taking on enemy psykers. While she is expensive, I can see some use for her when playing against psychic-heavy forces. However, I still think a Cullexus is the better option for taking on enemy psykers. If you have the points and wish to take both, they could prove to be a powerful team on the battlefield.

She has a fairly modest statline. With 3 wounds and a 3+ armour save with no Invulnerable save, she will not take a lot to kill with most competitive lists (or many casual lists, to he honest). As such, she will need to join a unit to stop her being wiped out too easily.
She has a Master-crafted Power Sword, but with 3 attacks at S3 and WS4, you probably don't want her in combat all that much, as she will fall easily to many enemy characters or even just enemy units with enough attacks.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Better Know A Blogger: Part 24- Eye of Terror

Yes, it's back. You've been asking for it, and I have managed to get some more participants to contribute (a big thanks to everyone who got in touch to take part). 

This week's Better Know A Blogger features Jimmy from the Eye of Terror

The Eye of Terror is a relatively new blog that was only started in December. However, it has some great content already, as Jimmy discusses issues and pitfalls of starting 40k, as well as showcasing the building of his current Traitor Legions army. 

Even though he is just getting started, Jimmy has already given magnetising a go, applying magnets to his Chaos Terminators and Forgefiend. These efforts have been very successful and are a fantastic for someone who is only starting in the hobby. I know it took me about 15 years of 40k to even attempt my first magnetisation of a model! 

I asked Jimmy for a bit more information on what is to come for the blog and he said: 
"My aim would be to write about getting stuff done. How do you assemble pieces, where to get pieces, how yo learn the rules, how to build terrain like stones/mountains/trees? The latter I hope to start out with in the upcoming weeks, as it's something with my current painting skills can't really screw up, it can be done quite rudimentary?

Codex reviews will be left to the pros I think, as I don't have the time to spend on it. Possibly I will post commentaries limited to my own armies, ideas of future setups, that sort of thing.

Battle reports might become a part at a later stage. I'm not sure whether or not I'll do it, as it might break immersion or game flow?"

I look forward to seeing how the blog grows and progresses over time. Be sure to check out his posts and comment on them, show your support for a fellow blogger starting out. 

Here are Jimmy's answers to my questions:

1. What age did you get into gaming and what started it off? 
I guess there we have a huge gap with the general audience right off the bat? I played boardgames when I was young, stopped at around puberty, hardly ever played since. I like the way Scythe sounds though, so might pick it up in the near future! Computer-games I've played since I was 6-ish I think, up until a few years ago, around 35-ish years old. I guess you could say it created a void that I'm going to fill with playing Warhammer 40K? :) 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Fall of Cadia Review: Part 2- Belisarius Cawl

Part 2 of my Fall of Cadia review will take a look at the second character of the Triumvirate, Belisarius Cawl. 
Belisarius Cawl
Cawl is the Archmagos Dominus of the Mechanicus. As such, he can be taken in any existing Cult Mechanicus formation, replacing the Techpriest Dominus. Alternatively, he can be taken as an HQ choice in any Army of the Imperium.

Cawl is a character that seems designed for vehicles- boosting the vehicles in your own army and damaging enemy vehicles. He is also a quite a durable character and has some useful wargear for taking on larger horde units in combat. 

In terms of durability, Cawl has toughness 6 and 5 wounds. In addition, he has Feel no Pain and gets to re-roll failed Feel No Pain rolls, giving him roughly a 50% chance of passing the roll. On top of that, he gets to recover D3 wounds at the start of each of your turns. This combines to make him pretty tough to kill against a range of weapons. Grav will still give him problems with is 2+ save and he only has a 5+ invulerable save. Another downside is that he does not have Eternal Warrior. Thanks to his toughness of 6, only Instant Death or a 6 on the D table are going to cause him issues with this though. 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Fall of Cadia Review: Part 1- Celestine, the Living Saint

Hi everyone, welcome to the first part of my review of the new Gathering Storm, Fall of Cadia book. I rushed down to the local GW this morning to get my copy of the new book (as well as some other choice goodies), eager to read the new story and some of the new rules. 

First up, we have Saint Celestine of the Sisters of Battle. Celestine was originally feared lost with the recent release of Imperial Agents, but she is now back and stronger than ever. 

Celestine, the Living Saint
Celestine can be taken as a HQ choice in any Army of the Imperium. She costs 200 points, but is well worth the cost. Expect to see her in a lot of armies. 

Celestine comes essentially as a character consisting of 3 models. She is accompanied by two Geminae Superior, but they do not prevent her from joining another unit, the Geminae Superior simply join the unit as well. 

Celestine is insanely durable. She comes with Eternal Warrior (great as she is only toughness 3), 5 wounds, a 2+ armour save and 4+ invulnerable save. On her own, she would be pretty tough. Even though she is only T3 and easy to wound, she does get Eternal Warrior along with a very good armour save and decent invulnerable save. However, she comes with a number of special rules that significantly boost her durability. 

Friday, 13 January 2017

Hobby Update 13/01/17- Deathwatch Terminator

This week, I managed to finish off the Deathwatch Terminator from the Deathwatch Overkill boxed set. This model comes with a Heavy Flamer and a Power Fist with an Auxiliary Meltagun. This gives him some good option for tank hunting or going after infantry. 

In my games, I will use him as Garran Branatar, the Terminator from the Overkill rules. He costs the same as a Deathwatch Terminator armed with the same weapons, but gets a master-crafted Meltagun and Power Fist for free, as well as access to the Salamander Chapter Tactic special rules (FNP versus flamers and re-rolls to wound for his Heavy Flamer). My plan is to use him as a solo tank hunter or infantry hunter. The twin-linked Meltagun should help him hit any enemy tanks he goes after. He can also be used for Deep Striking onto enemy objectives.