Category: #New40k

Its been a while

Its been a while since I posted here so I thought I would take some time out to provide an update on whats been going on in ConradLand. August 10th was my last update. Despite wanting to paint my Bolt Action stuff, there has been a complete halt on all things painting recently. This has changed as of today! This week I tidied and dusted the painting table and today I finished 3 BA British Infantry figures that had been waiting for those last bits to do. When I say I have finished them, I mean I have finished painting the figures. They still need to be sealed and based. I’m now on to the next 3 figures and once these are done, the 2nd British Infantry platoon will be complete (apart from basing which I will do together as a platoon), leaving me with my Commandoes to paint and a Medium Mortar team. I have base coated my vehicles and put an Army Painter dark tone wash on them so they are good enough for now. Once I have finished the infantry I can go back and highlight and weather these vehicles. There are 2 universal carriers, 1 Cromwell tank and 1 Humber  Armoured Car. That will be 1000pts of painted British Infantry done and I still want to complete this by the end of the year. I don’t believe my EpicA marines will get done this year (again) but if I achieve my Bolt Action goal for 2017, then this will be a biggy for me as it will be another completely painted force. I’ve not done many of these in my time painting – Cygnar Warmachine faction, Malifaux Resser Crew, Arcanist Crew and Relic Knights Black Diamonds and an orc blood bowl team are the only things that spring to mind. I’ve got paint on other stuff, but nothing more where a list is complete (to play with) so whenever I do something like this, its a big deal for me.

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During August I took part in a 4 way (fnaagh) game of Bolt Action, 2 vs 2, Italians/Germans vs British Paras and British Infantry. This was a 2000 pt game with 2x1000pt lists on each side. The game took something like 6 hours to play and an hour for deployment. There was the usual banter and chat and lunch too but it was a long day where I did a lot of standing. What is it with wargamers and standing even when there are seats about? I remember going home and realising that my calf muscles were aching. This was a great game with many cinematic moments (as is always the case with BA) and unfortunately for the free world, the axis defeated the allies in this game.

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As previously mentioned, I’m building my Adeptus Mechanicus force for 40k. I’ve had a few games using my gaming buddy Nick’s Space Wolves and I love 40k 8th edition. With the imminent release of the new codex, I decided to not complete building some of the kits that I am in the middle of constructing basically because I want to know what weaponry to add to these models based on the new codex. As such my destroyers and castellans are weaponless. I managed to get 749pts built and as luck would have it one of my other gaming buddies (Jay), needed a walk through of the new 40k rules with his Tau.

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I took Jay through the game and rules playing the basic scenario. This was the first time I had played with my Ad Mech and this was the first time Jay had played with his Tau and 40k! Of course all I am doing here is setting the scene to tell you all that I got my arse whooped good and proper by Jay’s Tau. It was still a good game but it made me realise how different the basic 40k scenario was compared to the full blown Match Play scenarios complete with objectives and it urged me on to my next Ad Mech model, the Dunecrawler, again without weapons as yet!

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I’m looking forward to the Adeptus Mechanicus codex coming out so that I can finally have some closure on these Ad Mech figures in terms of construction and weaponry.

One other thing that I have managed to do is to play a few games of Mythos using the first 2 scenarios in the rule book. I played these against my gaming buddy Nigel who plays The Hidden Ones. Both games have been fun with some classic moments like Professor Zachary Lazarus blowing up after a failed Mythos Test! In both games Zeus has been an early casualty in the game so I need to protect him a lot more. Like Malifaux AP is king in this game and losing a model reduces a resource (called Mythos) and loses your APs which means you can do less. As these scenarios are objective based, APs count a lot. I really like Mythos. It has a nice balance to it and is fun to play. We’ve had a few rulese queries (one timings based) and one a rule on the card for Maharal, but the guys from Paranoid Miniatures on the Facebook group are brilliant at responding. They will be at Bonescon running demos and there may even be a Mythos event there too!

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Talking Bonescon I saw that there will be a Wrath of Kings event there – this has excited me as I love the game and models. Every time I get my teknes out (fnaagh), out come the pig noises. Its made me go and look at the book 2 rules and model. Teknes bombardiers are just plain awesome figures.

The Teknes in themselves as a painting project is something I dream about but it has to take its turn in the queue and that is dependant on what I am enjoying playing. Clearly for me next on the table will be my 40k stuff.

Until next time ….

Musings

So apparently the last time I wrote something here was July 19th. I’ve had a very up and down time since then. Some of you may know that my youngest sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has been undergoing chemo for the last few months. I got to see my sister for the first time in a good while and I must have given something away in my body language because her response was “yes it’s a bit of a shock”. She was shaven headed and had put a fair amount of weight on. She looked well though which is a good thing. My mother died of cancer so seeing someone else family wise going through this is when I think about it now …. an experience that I would not wish on others. One of my friends and colleagues from work whilst I was at GE Healthcare had cancer of the anus. His character was such that he would joke about it (and he had this attitude despite having gone through his wife having cancer years before and getting through it all). He joked about trying to go to the toilet after his anus had been bombarded with radiation – a painful experience. The good news is that my sister today has finished her chemo. There has been very big reductions in the cancer and they will be moving on to surgery in September. The other positive thing is that they have talked about curing rather than treating during the various consultations that she has had – a mark of catching it early.

With my current job role based in Southend-on-Sea, I’ve found myself more and more in the evenings being dog tired. This unfortunately means less hobby which is frustrating as well as I love the hobby and gaming. Being realistic though about how much I can hammer my own body is something I have had to come to terms with these last few years. Falling asleep at the wheel driving at 70mph regularly is not a good thing and so trying to get to bed at a decent time in a moderately calm state fooling my brain in to thinking that I have achieved what I needed to in an evening is a trick I have had to learn. Essentially its about being realistic and managing expectations. If I’m too tired, then I’m too tired. There is no point in pushing myself to the point of exhaustion. The good news is that I am moving my role to London. Not a new job, I’m still looking for that to get me to where I was from a salary perspective to where I was at 2014 rather than earning a salary that I was earning in my 30s – but it is a job! So if you need a very good Scrum Master in London – I’m your man! Moving the job to London should mean that I cut my traveling time down hopefully getting at least an hour back of my evening/day. I’m hoping that I will have more energy and more time and clearly this means HoBBy!!!

With Mike dropping the “pseudo competitive” nature of #FDWHP (a good thing IMHO), this becomes a blog about hobby and whats going on in our lives as such. I have blatantly not moved on with the 2nd platoon of Brits for Bolt Action. I have built an Isengard troll for my slowly emerging LoTR force. I need to build some more Warg Riders for this to move to roughly 500 points and then I can potentially have a game too!

I’ve had my first game of Mythos with my gaming buddy Nigel. My initial thoughts were, is this a Malifaux substitute? I’m not playing ‘faux at present. I have no interest in the game. I have no idea where my mojo for the game has gone. However, after reading the Mythos rule book (yes we got a few things wrong) and scenarios, posting some questions on the Facebook group/page and getting answers from Gav at Paranoid Miniatures, I am definitely interested in the game and will look to be putting some paint on the figures at some point soon (honest)! The game is definitely worth a look folks so go check it out.

And then came 40k 8th edition. I  purchased the rulebook as it was clearly something I wanted to get back in to. I flicked through the rulebook and smelt the pages – new book smell is lovely! I then ummed and aarghed over what faction I would look to play. Initially my thoughts were with Tau. I love their vehicles and flyers. However as I looked more and more at their troops and suits (apart from Kroot which I love), I was not excited by the range. I have to be engaged with the models and excited or it means I wont be playing or enthused about the game. I mentioned this to my various friend groups and Mr Spooner came up with the eminently sensible idea (2 in the same year Matt!) of going Marines but specifically Imperial Fists to link in with my Epic army. As the club I attend (Tanelorn Wargames Club) is looking to run a combined 40k and Epic narrative campaign later this year, this seemed like a brilliant idea and I started to get excited. I played my first game borrowing my friend Nick’s Space Wolves but using them as generic Marines. I enjoyed the game but was playing versus Nick’s Eldar (filth!). What amazed me most about the game was the simplicity of the ruleset and yet the level of tactical challenge still coming about by the rules, the armies and the scenarios. Since that time I have had another game as normal marines before switching to using the space wolves as space wolves. In the meantime I was pouring over the GW site looking at marines and became more and more aware of the fact that I was not happy with marines as a faction. The figures were not doing it for me despite the Imperial Fist idea.

The new club venue (EXP Leisure) now has a gaming shop associated with it, namely Magic Madhouse. You may already have used them to buy sleeves or CCG folders for your ‘faux cards. I know I have. Little did I realise but these chaps do tabletop stuff too and as they had the new combined codexes at the shop at the club, I was able to flick through them. They also had the Space Marines starter set, something I was considering buying for the Imperial Fists but had gone off. They also had a Skitarii Starter set too. As soon as I saw the dunecrawler and the look of the models, I felt excited. I found these guys in the Imperial 2 book and looked at them – the Adeptus Mechanicus. I asked Nigel if these guys were any good and he said yes. Looking over the pictures of some of the units (how good do electro priests look!!) it became very clear to me that this was the faction I would be collecting. I bought the Imperial 2 book and so wanted to buy the Skitarii Starter set but stopped myself. 2 days later I bought it. All I want to do is build the stuff so I can play a 1000pt game.

I’ve been selling stuff on ebay with a view to using the monies to fund the new 40k army. I can tell you that some of that has happened now and building has started. The Swedish Chef Tech Priest Dominus has been built and today I started to build the Skitarii Rangers leader – the alpha.

Its been interesting building GW plastic kits compared to the Wyrd plastic kits. I had my first experience recently with the Isengard troll. That was plastic. The first thing I noticed was mould line. I hate mould lines and despite the technology and material, it was still there. Apart from that, getting parts to not have gaps is something I will need to pay attention too more or I am going to have use the liquid green stuff or fill!

Moving on to the 40k stuff, its pretty much the same thoughts but at least I have parts that I can hold and not lose forever (queue Tan Po’s beard jokes – not Yan Lo!)

I’d like to begin painting again but I think in all honesty I will be building until I have enough to play a game with the Adeptus Mechanicus. I’m also worried that with the driving too and from work, my left had (the one I had surgery on last year) has started to get some severe burning sensations and pins and needles. I’m going to have to go to the quacks about it as painting (when I am in the zone) is hugely rewarding and relaxing for me.

Thats me done for now. All hail the Omnissiah.

Tortured Dreams

Space should not tear but there seemed to be no other way to describe the shimmering hole that hung above the surface of the planet. It sparkled with a myriad of colours and if you looked hard enough you would swear that you could see shapes moving beyond the event horizon, though of course that couldn’t be the case as the surface of the planet was desolated by war for miles around.

This was not the first time that Joshua had been here and each time he looked, he could see subtle differences. This time it seemed bigger and there were subtle whispers, just on the edge of his hearing, that hadn’t been there before.

As he moved towards the phenomenon it started to pulse like some sort of luminous heart and the whispers became audible if not intelligible. Would this be the time that he would make it all the way and discover what was on the other side?

Beep! Beep!! Beep!!!

Inquisitor Joshua Rands eyes snapped open at the insistent sound of the proximity alarm and the visions vanished into the aether as quickly as they had come. Stifling a muttered curse, he stabbed the open channel switch on the vox caster beside his cot.

“Inquisitor, apologies for disturbing your meditations but we have just entered orbit around the planet and have started our initial scans. So far we have not detected any unusual readings. We have also received an astropath transmission from the Heart of Terra. Lady Kara has been delayed and will not make the rendezvous for another two days”

“Acknowledged” replied Rand, “The will of the Emperor be done. Inform Techpriest Anderson that he has two additional days to get his charges ready. As soon as Lady Kara arrives we will be heading down to the surface.” With that he broke the connection.

Kara’s tardiness was not a surprise, she had been disappointing him ever since the Ordo had placed her with him for training. If only he had been able to mould that rebellious streak into something more productive, though of course she didn’t see it like that, to her that spark in her nature was what made her a great inquisitor. Still there was no one else in the whole of known space that he would have trusted with this mission, such was its importance to the future of mankind.

Or at least he thought it was important to the future of Mankind. Once he got down to the planets surface he would soon know if the visions he had been having were from the Emperor himself or if the whispers were from more insidious sources.

2 days, what in Dorns name could have delayed Kara so …

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

Qualities

R’alai took another deep breath before opening his eyes.

‘A warrior with your…..qualities’

The feint praise was amongst what Ethereal had said. The pause in the statement carried more meaning than the words themselves.

He focussed again on the holo-image floating in front of him. The planet was a rock. A desert, stripped of life. It was also a strategic lynchpin in the expansion around the wound that now split the galaxy in two.

‘A warrior with your…..qualities’

The humans knew of the value of the planet too. Sensors had shown that the rumours shared by the Water Caste members across the system were true. Imperial troops were also en route. The Ethereal  been clear. The Empire must control this world or the fifth phase expansion would be in jeopardy.

R’alai turned his head slightly and acknowledged the Shas’El waiting patiently by the door.

‘Prepare the Darkstrike. Ke’lshan goes to war.’

Alone again, R’alai closed his eyes and focussed on his breathing.

‘A warrior of your…..qualities’

He felt the heat and prickle rise as he thought of the war ahead. T’au would die, they would suffer and perish. Yet the anticipation of battle stirred something within R’alai. Animalistic and angry. Mont’au still burned within him. His men knew, the Ethereal had known, and now the humans would know.

‘A warrior of your……qualities’

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