Thursday, February 4, 2016

Horus Heresy Weekender Schedule



The schedule is out for the seminars for the Horus Heresy Weekender.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Space Wolves Coming From GW



Space Wolves are coming!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Alpha Legion Headhunter Kill Team Released



Forge World has released an Alpha Legion Headhunter Kill Team Upgrade Set.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Graham McNeil Drops "War Without End" Image


War Without End is here!

Alpha Legion Models from Forge World



Alpha Legion Headhunters are coming!

Monday, January 25, 2016

New Forge World Heresy Armour



Forge World has released new Heresy Armour Kits.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New Black Library Audio Books


Black Library has released two new Horus Heresy audio books.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Horus Heresy Cover Art Collection




Black Library has compiled The Horus Heresy Cover Art Collection – come look at some of the awesome cover art that YOU can own!

The Horus Heresy: War Without End



A new Horus Heresy book is coming from The Black Library.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Games Workshop Betrayal at Calth Follow Up



Here are some tasty Horus Heresy Rumors from my friends at BoLS.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Forge World News



Via Battle Bunnies

Horus Heresy Volume VI - Retribution

-Will be available from the Horus Heresy Weekender
-Rites of Wars for Blood Angels, Dark Angels, White Scars and Shattered Legions. Possible new Rites for certain legions
-Tylos Rubio is being worked on right now by Israel
-No characters/units for new legions
-There will be a Meduson character that can be used as a HQ for all Shattered Legion armies. As he is so close with the Raven Guard and Salamanders he can be used in different army lists with the alternative Rites of War
-Certain equipment will be mentioned for each legion such as multi plasma arrangements for the Dark Angels and a special Glaive hand to hand weapon for
the White Scars.
-The Keshig will be upcoming for White Scars as well as a Bike squad (but not this book).
-A new bike has been finished by Blake.
-Mastodon and Stormbird will appear

Further info we have also found out:

-Darren Parwood is working on a new knight (A Heavy variant - Castellan like).
-A new air field display board is being worked on / planned which will feature the new Stormbird and Thunderhawk Landing pad tiles, which is not being released until the Stormbird is finished (which is apparently so big it might go through the tile!!).
Stormbird is currently in printing production. Possible first appearance at Weekender


Via Penddraig on the Heresy30K Forums

Crusade Imperialis Red Book
This will contain all the army lists from Solar Auxilia, Militia and Warp Cults as well as Knight Households. Simply put - everything that does not already have a Red Book available. No planned changes, may have a few rules tweaks but probably not any points value changes. The new Knight chassis' like the Warden will be included as well as the up-to-date wargear like the Gatling cannon.

Legion Crusade Red Book

This is going to be a straight re-print with the latest units like the Leviathan, Xiphon, Damocles Command Rhino etc added. No points values changes as FW are happy with the points values but some units may have added rules or abilities to reflect their higher points cost.

Istvaan Campaign Red Book

This book will see the biggest changes. Several Legion-elite units are having rules tweaks but not points value changes, as they are under-performing compared to newer units. Units like Phoenix Guard and Justearin are top of the list for changes. The original four Legions from Betrayal are also having some of their Legiones Astartes rules tweaked but not massively changed. Emperors Children for example are going to have more advantages if they charge in assault whilst Sons of Horus are having Merciless Fighters changed. The SoH rule has gone through a lot of changes of which one possible change could be bonuses with certain weapons like pistols and other weapons not mentioned, at short range. I didn't get details for other changes.

Book 6
No collectors edition coming. Contains lots of Rites of War of which loads in other threads has been written. One detail on the White Scars RoW is that it will focus on bikes and other quick units. The other WS RoW is shared with the Shattered Legions and represents some of the tactics of the WS legionaries thrown out by Jaghatai for supporting Horus - these tactics are then picked up by "dodgy" Shattered Legion forces.

Specialist Games
Forge World is effectively being divided into three parts all overseen by Tony Cottarel in an Emperor Palpatine-esq way (in my mind at least). One section is led by Alan Bligh and will continue producing all the normal 40k, 30k and Age of Sigmar that we are used to. Second section is led by Andy Hoare and is focusing on the traditional specialist games that we would recognise from the past like Necromunda, Blood Bowl etc. The final section is going to focus on Lord of the Rings. Each section includes the manager and three developers.

In terms of models, there will be a core focus in plastic in the starting box sets that will be designed by the SG department and then manufactured by the main Studio. Blood Bowl is currently in development but mentions were made about Adeptus Titanicus coming back to its roots of a Titan vs Titan game set in the heresy and additional Necormunda gangs made in resin. All of this is still in very early days of development and chat. The new department opens officially on the 18th January.

One final point is that the main GW Studio is not going to develop the Horus Heresy / Age of Darkness as that it staying within FW. This may include further plastics however as FW may be branching into plastic manufacture in the future as mentioned with the traditional specialist games above.

Imperial Armour 16
This is Red Scorpions with Ad. Mech allies fighting Tau on an abandoned Forge World. The Red Scorpions will have lots of Legion equipment like Leviathans and Kharbydis Assault Claws with 40k rules while the Ad. Mech will have a lot of the 30k vehicles ported to 40k without Volkite or Battle-Automata. Mention was made of possible resin Skitarii upgrades.

New models
Corax looks much better painted and close up than he does in the pictures as do the new Raven Guard assault troops. The Ordinatus has been modelled with a volcano cannon and to my mind, looks better for it. The Warlord is getting new weapons - a plasma weapon and a siege claw with an inbuilt Vulcan Mega-bolter in the same way as the Contemptor CC weapons. Head hunters appear to be upgrades as opposed to new kit but it does confirm they only have combi-bolters. The Thousand Sons upgrades look great painted and the metallic FW scheme looks awesome "in the flesh". Can't wait to see this scheme on vehicles.

Book 7
This is confirmed for later publication this year. It has been confirmed as Prospero so get your flea powder ready for the all the VIth Legion froth that is going to emerge. Personally, I want to see Sisters of Silence and Custodes models.


Via Blindhamster on B&C

No big reveal either (unless it was blood bowl)
The shopping bit had a bunch of older kits and books for half price.
Corax looks lovely in person, paint job seems a bit off with pure black eyes, just looks unfinished.
Dark furies are ace in person, a friend bought them and gave me the bodies/legs for my blood angels.
Blood bowl minis look really nice.
Russ is the next primarch, with magnus being next, both this year. Inferno is aimed to be out late this year.
Signus book might not be book 8, as book 8 may be calth part 2. (Sad face)
On the game side, eisenhorn is based directly on the first book but they've opted to streamline it in places and instead use data cards you can read to cover them (autopsy scene was specifically mentioned)
There was apparently some kind of special game related reveal but I never saw anything for it.
Warhammer total war looks pretty good although they didn't show any actual combat. 


There you go and thanks to all the wonderful news sources.  Make sure you read the Battle Bunnies blog and join Heresy30K forums.  THE forum for Horus Heresy gaming!

Loken







Sunday, January 17, 2016

Forge World Previews



The Games Workshop 40th Birthday event at Warhammer World had some Forge World goodness!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

New Forge World Releases


Death Guard
New Decal Sheets and Brass Etch for The Night Lords top the Forge World news.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Forge World Release Corax!


Corax is here!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Forge World Teases Dark Furies and Model Masterclass!


 

The Dark Furies are coming!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

40k: Dreadnoughts On the Rebound



Reprinted from Bell of Lost Souls and posted by Black Blow Fly, December 21, 2015.

Today we take a look at the dreadnought and see what is has to offer and what can make it competitive.

Hey everybody it’s your friendly neighborhood Black Blow Fly swinging through your neck of the woods to spread some holiday cheer and mischief ! A lot of people say the dreadnought is no longer competitive with all the xenos monstrous creatures that are so popular these days. The thought is that a dreadnought can be one shotted which while true is something that can be mitigated. If you think about it dreadnoughts are about as close as you can get to a monstrous creature for Space Marines.

So let’s take a look at the dreadnought and see what is has to offer and what can make it competitive. It has its strengths and weaknesses like any other unit… The right build and possibly a transport can make them truly shine.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths

If you play Space Marines you know the basic dreadnought got a nice boost with four base attacks now – this was a great buff – first and foremost S10 AP2 is no joke, especially when striking at initiative. This is a natural counter to deathstars, Imperial Knights, other super heavies and monstrous creatures… Even the mighty gargantuan must take heed.

There are several variants that stand above the rest:

    • Contemptor (Forgeworld)
    • Furioso
    • Ironclad
    • Leviathan (Forgeworld)

All of these chassis have a fundamental component in common:

Front armor 13 which is what opposing models strike against in melee. The Ironclad and new Leviathan also have side armor 13 which is huge as a lot of armies really struggle versus this level and is impervious to the majority of ranged weapons. The Contemptor and Leviathan also have an invulnerable save which is huge in itself.

Both the Contemptor and Leviathan are from Forgeworld with lots of options for a high degree of customization… You pay for what you get. My standard Chaos Contemptor always has a heavy conversion beamer which can drop a S10 AP1 large blast – place it on the back line and in a corner if necessary to maximize range… It can easily earn back its points. I remember one sixth edition game versus Tau in which the Contemptor almost single handily beat a highly optimized army.

The Mortis pattern Contemptor with dual Kheres assault cannons is another monster – 12 BS5 shot at S6 that rend – plus it has free access to Skyfire as well.


The new Leviathan is truly a beast in close combat and can even take out gargantuan creatures… That’s pretty amazing!!! It’s siege claw can generate additional wounds in close combat which gives it the ability to go toe to toe with super big baddies such as even a Wraithknight. The Leviathan has the equivalent of assault grenades and strikes at initiative 5. It also has a 4++ invulnerable save and access to immunity to ranged melta weapons via Ceramite Plates. 4 hull points is also another big plus. This is the most survivable walker… Sure it’s a lot of points but you get it all back in spades.

The best build for The Furioso is a frag cannon and heavy flamer – two S6 rending templates followed up with a heavy flamer template. This weaponry provides you direct access to ignoring cover saves… The drop pod for delivery is the way to go with this one.

There is another walker that should be mentioned – the Soul Grinder which also falls into this tier and has an invulnerable save as well. While it’s technically not a dreadnought it’s basically the same thing with its own unique rules.

Finally there is the Maulerfiend which has become quite popular with the advent of Khorne Daemonkin. While extremely fast with a 12″ move its armor 12 and like the Soul Grinder has WS3 which basically halves it’s number of attacks in melee. They are good at what they do and fairly cheap for what you get but not my style.

Monstrous creatures tend to struggle versus armor 13 in melee since most are base S6… this means they must use Smash attack (S10) which is only one attack. I have seen a single dreadnought hold up a host of Dark Eldar Talos for several turns while slowly whittling them down. To me this is a big deal if properly exploited.

Basically you have to decide if you want your dreadnought geared for melee or shooting – some can do both quite well too. I tend to for the combination which makes them more versatile.

Weaknesses

As I mentioned earlier the biggest weakness is one shot can destroy any dreadnought. The melta bomb is also really bad news which bypasses Ceramite Plates. They are also slow. The good news is these cons can be mitigated to a strong degree if yours willing to invest in the right transport which brings us to our next subject…

How to Deliver the Dreadnought

If you go big then you go strong. A basic drop pod is the bare minimum standard required to get them where you need them. My philosophy is in for a penny in for a pound… Lucius pattern drop pods, the Dreadclaw and Stormraven are your best options. The beauty of the latter two transports is they are both flyers and can deliver the dreadnaught directly into melee.


I often run two Mortis pattern Contemptors with the dual Kheres assault cannons, both riding in separate Dreadclaws, for my 30k Sons of Horus army. You can take them in a talon which means they both arrive the same turn. They seem to always do something spectacular.

Favorite Builds

Chaos Contemptor – Extra armor – Heavy conversion beamer – DCCW with plasma blaster – Havoc missile launcher – Dedication to Khorne

He is not cheap but he has never failed to impress and has won many games for me. He actually does not require a transport due to range of his primary weapon.

Leviathan – Siege Claw (inbuilt meltagun) – Storm cannon – Armored Ceramite 

Conclusion

A lot of people will tell you that the dreadnought is not competitive but I have seen them do very well. It is an investment in points to get the most out of a dreadnought and they are suited towards particular types of armies. The Forgeworld models are really awesome looking and fun to play… so check it out.



Thanks to Black Bow Fly and BoLS for this awesome article!

Loken
 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!



Seasons Greetings!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Corax is Coming!



And he is bad ass!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Black Library Horus Heresy Bundles




New Black Library Bundles

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Thousand Sons Are Here!




Forge World has released the Thousand Sons and they do not disappoint!

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