On the painting table ... Lucius Pattern Drop Pod

On the painting table ... Lucius Pattern Drop Pod

Warhammer 40,000 – Dreadnoughts in drop pods were the bane of my existence during 6th and 7th edition. Anytime I'd want to play a vehicle heavy force they'd drop in front of my line block LOS and miraculously explode a key unit almost without fail. I think this was mostly because it was so easy to use the plastic kit and move those machines across the field quickly. Paying almost double for a Lucius Pattern Pod made them rarely seen or purchased in my area. Now that Dreadnoughts can't go in a regular drop pod I feel like you might see more of these massive resin models hitting the table.

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Warhammer 40K Open War Battle Report ... What about cover?

Warhammer 40K Open War Battle Report ... What about cover?

Warhammer 40,000 – Cover is one of the things that doesn't seem to really matter much in 8th edition. You're either in it or not and if you are you get +1 to you armor save. When you're blasted by something that's ap -4 it won't matter to most models. The advanced rules add a little bit to the terrain rules but the core is still really simple.

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Versatility in List Design - Raptors

Versatility in List Design - Raptors

Warhammer 40,000 – I'm been grinding through list building using a core force based around Liass Issodon. The idea is if I can get good at playing the core of the force I can swap around elements to expand on their potential. Ideally the parts I swap around with help to make them a more balanced all take-all-comers still list. I feel like the core of the force is geared toward taking out high value targets quickly, but it might have a hard time in a war of attrition.

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8th Editon Space Marines - Getting sneaky with it?

8th Editon Space Marines - Getting sneaky with it?

Warhammer 40,000 – Back in 2003 when I started the Twilight Ravens chapter they were based on the Chapter Approved Ravenguard rules. I did this because I loved the logo and the local meta was skewed toward Chaos Marines, so the idea of Marines that hit chaos on threes seemed like a good idea. Over time my chapter has evolved with the editions and now fits in the generic marine realm. I have models from the entire range and with a few tweaks of building a new model here or there I can build most anything I want to play. This means that since I devoted myself to marines as my primary army the Twilight Ravens haven't be shelved even if tactics and army builds changed with each edition. With eighth edition I want to do something different with my marines and until the codex comes out with chapter tactics (I really hope Forge World comes out with a pdf chapter tactics update to go along with the indexes) making do with the generic Index entries will have to do.

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Ready to Ram ... Assembling the Caestus Assault Ram

Ready to Ram ... Assembling the Caestus Assault Ram

Warhammer 40,000 – My fingers have a nice crust of scales, you know what that means, I'm been assembling Forgeworld. It seems that every time I put something together from them I wind up with super glue covered fingers. It's probably because of the difficult fit on some of the parts force me to hold in weird places. I should really invest in some bands and clamps to help hold big vehicles like this together during assembly.

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On the painting table ... Dawn's Lament

On the painting table ... Dawn's Lament

Warhammer 40,000 – I recently found a good deal on ebay for a Knight Archeron to add to my collection. This will be my fourth Knight. With all of them I've avoided aligning them with a house. I think Freeblades make more sense to travel from warzone to warzone. As such I've been keeping the colors in the same pallet for each so even though they are unique individuals they still look good with the rest of my forces.

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On the painting table ... Relic Sicaran

On the painting table ... Relic Sicaran

Warhammer 40,000 – Recently I found a really good deal on a Relic Sicaran Tank on ebay so I decided to add to my collection of Forgeworld items. The Sicaran is a nifty fast tank that has a serious rate of fire and can be upgrade to not to shabby armour. It's pretty reasonably pointed as well and since I love to run Techmarines I can run it with my Landraider Achilles in a fairly balanced 2,000 point list. 

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Space Sharks ... How do you play them?

Warhammer 40,000 – I love making lists. In fact making lists quite often leads to me getting new stuff. Which is a problem. I've been making a concerted effort to only build lists with models that I own or have the parts to build already. I've also been making an effort to only play with stuff that is fully painted. (at the minimum I have to have the purple, white and gold on a model) 

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You like the boom? Thunderfire completed.

Warhammer 40K – I like blast weapons, there's something satisfying about laying a template on the table rolling for scatter and then subtracting your BS. Especially when your BS is really good. Odds are you're going to hit a few models at minimum with each template. That said placing 4 of them is even cooler. Sure most of the time you're not killing anything because they make their armor save, but there's something about making your opponent roll a ton of saves that brings a smile to my face. (During a recent game I scored 15 wounds on a unit of 10 marines, a bad set of armour saves left two of the standing).

I've completed work on my Landraider Achilles and and just about done with my Thunderfire cannon. With these two models completed I'll have some nice heavy support options to add to my completely painted based and sealed list. 

The Thunderfire cannon is a weird model. So much of it wants to be metallic silver that it doesn't really feel like you've done much to paint it. I went in and added a bunch of bronze components just to add some interest areas to the model. Of course once the washes and highlights are applied the general look is mostly silver metallic. The Techmarine gunner has the same issue, just tons of metallic parts that don't make sense to do in any other color. Coupled with the "Mechanicus wear red" the model looks a little odd to me. But I'm trying to keep my home-brew chapter as codex adherent as possible so I make sacrifices to my design sensibilities to fit with the existing cannon.

I'm still on the fence as to whether I should base this or not. I have something it will fit on and I think the base would add stability and durability if I need to transport it much. I'm probably going to to use one of the attack bike bases to complete this gun.

No Wonder It Cost So Much ...

Warhammer 40K – While waiting to hear back from Forgeworld regarding the damaged parts of my order I started working on the items that weren't broken or missing vital parts. The shear size of the the excessive resin is pretty daunting to deal with. At first I though they included tank traps as part of the sprue. I'm not sure what the though process is in attaching a delicate piece to a giant block of resin, but it's not good. 

After a few hours of cutting and sanding I was able to assembly the bodies of both dreadnoughts and the landraider. I'm pretty happy with all the kits once they're assembled. Still waiting on the banner poll for the venerable dread, but overall they went together easily and had very little warping.

Customs ... how I loathe thee

My loving mother was kind enough to buy me a bunch of Forgeworld stuff for Christmas. Much to her dismay what the package arrived it was in a blue plastic bag and the models were just dumped into the bag along with a destroyed box. As she ordered it just in time for Christmas she had no idea what to do. Not having any idea on what it was she actually bought she had no way of knowing what was missing or broken. 

Of course when I opened the box to find a Babab War book, Land Raider Achilles, 2 Dreadnaughts, Captain Korvydae, Damocles Command Rhino, and Raven Guard Doors for the Land Raider and Rhino I was thrilled. Then of course she explained how it arrived and upon closer inspection I noticed an immense amount of damage.

The book looked like it had been chewed up in some type of machine and several of the parts were missing for numerous models. Many of the parts were broken to the point of being unfixable.

I have attempted to contact Forgeworld regarding the damage and would hope that the package was insured since it was several hundred dollars worth of product. Since they just got back from the holiday break I hope to hear something soon (and hopefully positive). Be forewarned this is part of the danger of shipping or ordering things from overseas.

 

After a bit of a wait, the kind people at Forgeworld helped me out. They replaced all the missing or damaged parts with COMPLETE new models. Customer service like this really make a company stand out.