Saturday, 23 February 2013

Death From The Skies review

Chaos Daemons advance order

The new Chaos Daemons codex and psychic power cards have gone up online for advance order.

Ordered mine. I just so hope they tone them down. Rumours do seem to suggest that Bloodletters have gone down to a AP4 weapon rather than AP3. Please say it is true!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Daemons Rumours.

Taken from a post on 40k Forums. Comments in red are mine.

Now that everyone has ordered their redundant Death from the Skies it is time to move on to the next "impeding" release: Deamons. I am one to think that they aren't coming out just yet, but maybe with the April release. With rules rumors being hard to come by let us look at some obvious ones right in front us and others not so much.

As most people realize Daemons will lose both Fearless and Eternal Warrior replaced with 5+ invulnerable and Fear. Eternal Warrior never really made sense in the grand scheme of things anyway because wouldn't Force Weapons be perfect to "banish" Daemons back to the War? As for Fearless,

see a return of "instability" which is going to be close to 5th edition Fearless.

This makes more sense to me as EW was too much. Also now Daemon gives them immunity to fear anyway. Bringing instability back would be so much better. Here's hoping that is true.

As I stated in a previous rumor GW is hell-bent on having each army hate something. Daemons are no different they just seem to hate themselves now.

Taking a look at the Chaos Space Marine and Warriors of Chaos books you can see where this is going. Each Chaos God units will hate a certain other god. This leads into the next rules change right in front of us. Depending on the Daemon's God it will determine the special abilities they get.
Good. Bring back the original hatreds. In reality Khorne would never ally with anyone, except Nurgle if the old plague guys didn't use pyskers, Slaanesh would only ally with Tzeentch and Nurgle. Tzeentch only with Slaanesh, and Nurgle only with Slaanesh or as said above Khorne if the cercumstances were right.

Khorne: Furious Charge

Slaanesh: Rending, Run bonus, Fleet

Tzeentch: Re-roll 1s for saves

Nurgle: Slow & Purposeful, Shrouded

Other changes that will surely happen...

Flamers and Screamers are getting nerfed, but the real big change will be Deamons having standard Deployment rules: no more Daemonic Assault.
Yay! Flamers and Screamers were horribly overpowered and still are even with the rules update. Flamers for a start should not be AP3 and Screamers should be killed if they explode a vehicle.

The big reason Deamons were fast tracked has to do with Alessio Cavatore. Chatting with a few inside GW there has been an everything Alessio purge, and Daemons are the last big chunk of Alessio material left. Yeah, I know it sounds kinda petty, but it was a major impetus to get Daemons done. Daemons will still primarily be an assault based army, but that is the nature of the models having to be used both for Fantasy and 40k. That means Daemons will rely on speed to get across the board. Expect Chariots, warp portals, beasts, cavalry, jump troops to help with all this. Then there is cover saves Nurgle is the first piece of the puzzle, but just like certain Dark Angel things expect a "Clouds of Flies" to provide bonuses to cover saves all around. Chaos Space Marines and Deamons ICs will be able to join each other as long as their gods match up.
Cavatore made the best version of the rules and now he's gone they are dropping everything.

Anyhoo, dropping the deepstriking daemons element is a great idea. It never really worked the way I thought it should. Proper deployment might hurt them a lot though. We'll have to see. Will also have to see how it will change the Daemon missions from Battle Missions.

Things have been spares from all rumor mongers, but a lot has to do with GW "renewed" lock down; translated GW rumor monger wack'a'mole.

Another good thing to understand is GW is moving quicker with releases than ever before. They had almost an entire year to create a backlog on sculpting and rules. To give you an example, the Chaos Space Marine codex was done in December of 2011. I am not talking about just the rules, but everything the photography, the layout, everything! Dark Angels same thing, done in March 2011 [I think he means 2012 -Sour]. That means Daemons have been done since June and Tau and Eldar compelete or almost complete.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Games Workshop at it again

I'm a GW fan. I love their 40K game and I always will, but sometimes I really have have to wonder what goes through their brains at head office. Take a look at their latest numptiness.

Games Workshop claim copyright of term "Space Marines".

Yep. You read that right. They have screwed some poor online author over by claiming copyright on something that predates their game by fifty years! I hope that they come to their senses and stop this nonsense.

40K Facepalm

The Midas Crusade - update

So after just four weeks the club Midas Crusade is going nicely. Unfortunately things may slow down now as our venue is closing for a month, but I hope that it won't stop any of the guys from getting their 40K hats on and playing some games.

As it stands at the moment the forces of Chaos still hold the majority of control in the Midas sector with the Imperium giving them a good run for their money especially over Midas Prime. The Necrons are recapturing their homeworld, the Orks are confined to a single world and the Eldar are taking heavy losses wherever they try to intervene.

You can follow the crusade at our sister blog, The Midas Crusade.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Part 2

After yesturdays post about the Knarloc it seems from todays rumours (pinch of salt as always) that there may well be a Knarloc in the new Tau codex. Good news for me if it is true. Yay!

Monday, 4 February 2013


Today has seen some more rumours for the Tau codex. One of the supposed units is the Krootox Giant. Since I plan on using Demiurg for Tau, with some Kroot mercenaries, I like the idea of using the FW Knarlac in place of the Krootox Giant model.

Space dwarves and dinosaurs sound like fun to me.

A Krootox Giant?

I much prefer the idea of fielding this model.

Saturday, 2 February 2013


This is one of those pieces of art that I mentioned in my previous post. For those who remember, 1st edition / Rogue Trader felt like an old comic we used to have called 2000AD. It's where Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper and Strontium Dog came from originally. The universe was oppressive but had that odd fun feel to it that modern Warhammer 40K lacks.


1st edition artwork and stuff

For some time now I have had a hankering for the feel of the old 1st edition 40K (AKA Rogue Trader). The game had some different artwork and a very different feel back then. Part of me wishes it was still that way. Anyway, I did a search this afternoon and found some of that artwork.

This is one of those images that comes back to me. Are these guys space marines or simply mercenaries? Back under 1st edition, before the army lists, you could field Imperial Guard all in power armour. I miss that sort of versatility.

The old marine jet bikes.
£2.50 for two metal models. Those where the days. I remember four figure packs for £3 or £4. Those days are long gone sadly.
I posted this more because I had those jetbike models. Don't remember Christmas Marines though. 

40K Funny

Not so bad anymore but I am so tempted to make one of my Sons of Tantalus in this pose.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Death from the Skies update

So, it's official, and Faeit 212 has posted the details.

Death From the Skies (Direct only – Range item) 60040199031
sale through Direct on Saturday 16th February (no advanced order)
•A 72p full colour, softback, Warhammer 40,000 Compendium
•Contains a fantastic showcase of flyers available to collectors,
beautifully painted by the ‘Eavy Metal team
•Contains all the updated 6th Edition rules for the following Flyers:
- Stormraven (that can now be used in Codex: Space Marines and Codex: Black Templars)
and Stormtalon Gunship
- Valkyrie and Vendetta
- Ork Dakka Jet, Burna Bommer and Blitza Bommer
- Necron Night Scythe and Doom Scythe
- Dark Eldar Razorwing and Void Raven

•Includes the rules for the Space Marine Stormtalon Gunship and Ork
Bommer previously available in WD
•Contains cool new content – new scenarios as well as the Dog-fighting
rules from Crusade of Fire
•This compendium will be promoted on the web and by the blog
•English language only
•Please note: This product will go out of stock for short periods if
demand is high


Stormraven for the regular marines? I'm a happy bunny then. :-)

Hopefully the lack of eldar, tyranid and tau flyers means that they aren't that far away with codex releases.