Howdy all, Ian here, and still kicking around ideas for my final list for this year’s NOVA Open. The tournament is 1850, and I really want it to be the coming out party for the CSM army I have been working with on and off for the last 5 or 6 years. Originally just a Death Guard army, I added Red Corsairs last year, and am now considering fortifications and Daemon allies. Now, I have Daemons queued up for my Death Guard (I have several all Nurgle lists with all kinds of goodies, including Land Raiders, Mutilators, Spawn, Blight Drones etc), but I want to try out a minimized Daemon ally for a little fun gimmick I call the “Pocked Prescience Herald.” I’ll get into that in a moment, first, here’s the list: Now, I’d like to break down the different elements of the list: Rear Guard: Pocket Prescience Herald – At 45 points, the bog standard Herald of Tzeentch is a deceivingly good buy. At 45 points you get a model that shoots like a marine (BS 4), comes with a mastery level, and gets access to Divination. He also re-rolls failed saves of 1, so he is perfectly at home behind an Aegis Defense Line. This is actually the first list I've made that featured a fortification, I recently bought the Imperial Strongpoint, and now have 2 Bastions and 3 ADL's to distribute among my armies. So, I will plan to setup an objective or two behind my Aegis, and plop my 135 point
I’ve got a complete boner over Abaddon lately; this guy is the ultimate beat stick unit in 40k and I think is perhaps the best single close combat model in the entire game. To show why Abaddon is the Warmaster I think going to do some 1v1 challenges and test Abaddon’s mettle. Behold the Warmaster! Before Abaddon starts getting into scrapes lets see what Abaddon can do. Abaddon is a super charged S.M Captain and is basically
New Space Marines models are coming out with Apocalypse next month. Four new “Masters” are being released during the July Apocalypse release.
Alongside the tournament itself I always run a two part painting competition. The first part is the obligatory Best Painted Army whereas the second is part of Blog Wars’ focus on Special Characters namely Best Painted Special Character. As ever there were some excellent entries, there were a few armies we’ve seen before alongside some excellent new entries. Best Painted Army The winner in this category was Hendrik Müller-Joswig who is Blog Wars’ first ever international player having travelled from Germany for the event! Whilst he may have placed 28th in the tournament his army is a worthy winner with 8 votes. Another notable mention goes to Chris Benstead's Chaos Space Marine force. Chris has previously had painting
Here is teh Rumor Roundup for this week! Apocalypse Second Edition is around the corner!
I have been looking at Wraithguard in the new Eldar codex and really fancy using them. Fire Dragons offer almost the same thing for a fair bit cheaper. Choices choices.. Wraithguard Wraithguard come in a unit of 5 and cost 160 points. For that you get a Space Marine profile but with S5 and T6. Wraithguard do not get the Eldar army rule of battle focus, which means they will bail out and will have to walk into cover or stand in the open. They are also bulky so taking double the amount of room in a Wave Serpent. They do get fearless which means they are not running away if needed to take morale tests for any reason. They also have the ancient doom rule too. The T6 will keep them protected from small arms fire, though anti tank weapons will be punching holes through them, however if anti tank weapons are firing at your Wraithguard (who have hopefully already done their job) then your vehicles are not being shot at
Had a little 1k game last night, which is unusual for me as I am normally a 2k monster. Played against Phil aka Goblin Man and his Chaos Space Marines. I call Phil Goblin Man as he owns a cool little shop called Two Fat Goblins in Stafford which sells 40k stuff and other cool bits and pieces. I thought I’d try Ravenwing out tonight. The low model count is certainly going to be interesting; 20 models at 1k! Dark Angels ‘Ravenwing’ – 1,000 points HQ Sammael Ravenwing Command Squad – Black Knight, Apothecary, banner of devastation & grenade launcher Troops 6 x Ravenwing Attack Squad w/ Attack Bike – 2 x meltaguns – Sgt w/ melta bombs – Attack Bike w/ mulit melta 3 x Ravenwing Attack Squad w/ Attack Bike – plasma gun – Attack Bike w/ multi melta 3 x Ravenwing Attack Squad w/ Attack Bike – plasma gun – Attack Bike w/ multi melta Chaos Space Marines ‘Death Guard’ – 1,000 points HQ Chaos Lord – blight grenades, bike, sigil of corruption, burning brand of skalathrax & mark of nurgle Troops 7 x Plague Marines w/ Rhino – 2 x meltaguns – Sgt w/ melta bombs 7 x Plague Marines w/ Rhino – 2 x meltaguns – Sgt w/ melta bombs 7 x Plague Marines – 2 x meltaguns – Sgt w/ melta bombs Fast Attack 2 x Chaos Spawn – mark of nurgle Heavy Support Obliterator – mark of nurgle Obliterator – mark of nurgle Game: dawn of war & crusade – night fighting is active Deployment I won the roll off for sides and deployment. All objectives were placed in the centre, I placed mine like this as I am heading that way anyway. I guess Phil did the same. I deploy with the Attack Bikes at the front, Sammy and Command Squad behind with units split into combat squads on the sides – both melta units on the left flank and both plasma on the right flank. Phil deploys using the large centre ruin for cover for the two Rhinos. On the left flank he puts the Plaguie Marines in area terrain with the Lord and Spawn buddies hanging back a bit
**This is a bit of a moan, so if you’re not interested then Autobots roll out. I admit that sometimes I miss things and read things too quickly. It's an honest mistake and shit happens. Other people do this too, we're all human. What annoys me is when people read things wrong and then bitch
I may have the odd rant about things in this hobby but in general I accept that Games Workshop will always charge as much as they think they can get away with. In fact Jervis Johnson himself once told me this was their strategy. Fair play to them, they’re a business not a charity. If people don’t like it they can vote with their money and simply not shell out for it. However, we all know that we’ll want whatever plastic crack they send our way and they’ll still make a fortune no matter how up in arms we are about it. That being said I remember a time when Games Workshop used to do deals. They used to offer a free miniature with White Dwarf and would issue “collector cards” so that once you bought all of the models on the card you got something free. Granted neither of these were particularly great deals but the idea was there. Oh and don’t get me started on the decline of White Dwarf
Fast Attack for Eldar today, here is the elites if you missed it: