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The Alpha Legiondary Journey Part 1: Evaluating Codex: Space Marines

The Alpha Legiondary Journey Part 1: Evaluating Codex: Space Marines

Welcome back to the second article and the continuation of ” The Alpha Legiondary Journey “. Hopefully you have read and enjoyed Part I where I listed some of the goals and concepts that I’m shooting for with this series and as to why I will not be using Codex: Chaos Space Marines as the core for my Alpha Legion list. Evaluating Codex: Space Marines The Space Marines have been out for quite a while now and everyone and their mother are familiar with their pros and cons, their strengths and weaknesses. The tricky part is evaluating said characteristics and figuring out what can be applied to the Alpha Legion doctrine – what works and what does not. There is a caveat, however: Supposedly the 6th Edition version of Codex: Space Marines will be hitting the shelves by the end of the year, so this article may not be relevant for long. I doubt, however, that GW will tinker with their favorite poster child too much. Pros : Tons of incredibly flexible and customizable options, Combat Squads mimics the division of small, Alpha Legion cells, Combat Tactics can be a great bait-and-switch mechanic, many options to play with USR abilities such as Infiltrate, Move Through Cover, Scout as well as the option of having your entire list Outflank. Because of Combat Squads and Chapter Tactics, there is a lot of strategy and trickery to consider before and during deployment, really allowing you to analyze the situation and change the way your army is split and deployed. Cons : Really.. not a whole lot

June 4th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Dystopian Wars and My Dream of Crushing Everything Ottoman…

Dystopian Wars and My Dream of Crushing Everything Ottoman…

A little change of scenery for this post only, folks. As some of you probably know, Spartan Games just announced the release of their Ottoman Empire Naval Battle Group .. thing for their Dystopian Wars game.

May 21st, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

The Alpha Legiondary Journey Part 1: Goal, Concept and Evaluating Codex: CSM

The Alpha Legiondary Journey Part 1: Goal, Concept and Evaluating Codex: CSM

Welcome to ” The Alpha Legiondary Journey ” series, which is going to be my way of communicating, sharing and brainstorming with you – the blogosphere and wargaming community – as I slowly create a 2,000 points Alpha Legion-themed list to be used with the Warhammer 40,000 6th Edition ruleset. Originally I was thinking of calling this segment ” Alpha Legioning it Up “, but I’m pretty sure the fact that English is not my native tongue isn’t the only reason why this title is unpronounceable. Yeesh. My name is Skarvald the Troll-faced and I will be your host. Haha. Let’s start with the foundation of what “The Alpha Legiondary Journey” is trying to accomplish: GOAL:

May 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

I'm back! Read this!

I'm back! Read this!

Blah, blah, blah, you’ve read this here already and you’ve encountered similar posts on other blogs and websites scattered across this neat, little thing we call the Internet, haven’t you? Well, no worries. I’m keeping this short.

May 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

The Slaaneshi Whore Lord Strikes Again!

The Slaaneshi Whore Lord Strikes Again!

I’m happy to announce that the infamous Slaaneshi Whore Lord (for what else could he be with such a graphic nom de plume ?) has decided to leave his permanent mark in the blogosphere and in miniature war-gaming history by starting his very own blog, thus giving birth to… DIRGE AND PURGE Now, you might say ” Whatever, Skarvald. Yet another 40k-themed blog? Why should I even care?!? ” Well, sure. It’s a blog, or a bleeerg like I like to call it, but the Slaaneshi Whore Lord has a few things to say about the hobby and he certainly managed to amaze ME with the few articles he wrote for Wolves for the Wolf God. I’ll be honest here and say that he actually had a whole score of things to say and share here, but I was the one who dropped the ball in a period of extreme busy-ness , overwhelmed by my very own hobby glory.

August 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Did the Land Raider Achilles foreshadow the new Hull Points system?

Did the Land Raider Achilles foreshadow the new Hull Points system?

This has been bothering me ever since 6th edition came out. No, actually.. even before that – when the first “concrete” rumors and leaks flooded the blogosphere. Before I added the side sponsons.. which were a PAIN to build. So.. was the Land Raider Achilles an early sign for the Hull Points system – perhaps one of the biggest changes brought to us by 6th Edition? I think so. But let me clarify the actual fact of the matter here: Here are the early “Experimental Rules” of the Land Raider Achilles , as posted on the Forge World website as soon as the Land Raider Achilles was announced. Notice, for example, the original point cost of 300 points (compared to the actual, current point cost of 325 points.) “..

July 30th, 2012 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Alpha Legion and 6th Edition

Alpha Legion and 6th Edition

Probably just a month before the release of the new Codex: Chaos Space Marines, I've decided to sit down, reflect on some of the rumors and jot down a few ideas in order to inspire myself (and perhaps even you!) with the exciting, yet challenging adventure that is starting an army from the ground!

July 30th, 2012 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Breaking the Silence: 6th Edition, Hobby Mojo and.. Alpha Legion?

Breaking the Silence: 6th Edition, Hobby Mojo and.. Alpha Legion?

Hey there, my fellow bloggers and blog lurkers! Long time no see, I suppose. It has been.. errr.. more than a month since I last posted here. A series of unfortunate events (sucky primer, a third of my paints drying or exploding, etc. etc) managed to throw a wrench in the clockworks of my hobby mojo at the very beginning, proving once again that Skarvald the Troll-faced is unable to hobby by himself. No, seriously. Bad things happen whenever I finally sack up and start painting, folks. Add a few weeks worth of 100+ degrees and insane humidity in the Chicagoland and I think you get the picture.

July 29th, 2012 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Putting the Pain in Painting..

Putting the Pain in Painting..

Sometimes the Hobby Gods simply don’t feel like being on our side. Judging by the series of unfortunate events that have been happening to me these past weeks it seems like I have upset them… by actually feeling inspired and wanting to hobby. I know right? First, I had to experience first-hand what happens when you try to prime a model that has not been washed properly. Had to strip the paint off Black Ivan … … which turned out to be a success ! Then I spent ~$100 on the NEW Citadel paints, a few nice paint brushes, a paint palette and some primers.. Ended up not being satisfied with the way P3 Black Primer covers metal (although this time there’s no rubbing off resin), so Black Ivan is currently in for another Simple Green bath. Gah..

June 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Black Ivan Down: Black No More!

Black Ivan Down: Black No More!

Yesterday I posted about my priming malfunction with the Black Ivan and about the primer and paint peeling off way too easily. Now, I was very unsure when I dropped the model in Simple Green. I have used Simple Green to clean metal Games Workshop models and even an Ork Stompa, always with great results, but had never used the concentrated solution to clean Privateer Press’ resin/plastic models. Even some pretty thorough Google Fu revealed only promises that Simple Green should work on resin/plastic models without melting the model itself. The issue is, of course, that the resin/plastic which Privateer Press uses for their newer models is still relatively new and I’m guessing that not a lot of people have had to deal with such an issue.. Well I had to..

June 11th, 2012 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »