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Horus Heresy 30K news for modelers, gamers and geeks. Warhammer 40,000, Forgeworld, Games Workshop

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    Will there be plastic Horus Heresy Miniatures?

    via Tzen at Bolter & Chainsword
    Please take this information with a huge wad of salt. I was really tempted not to post this at all, because a lot of the time rumours are just so wrong its laughable.I was sent this information over several e-mails and this is the best I can do to put the releases into some chronological order. It could be very wrong.
    Here’s some bits of info:
    - There’s mark 9 power armored marines on the way.
    - Sister of battle are shortly after summer, just after WFB 9th ed.
    - Horus Heresy is about to become very big, with Games Workshop building on the success of Forge Worlds game. This includes new plastic kits for Warhammer 30,000.
    Current release schedule to my knowledge looks some thing like this:
    - Harlequins.
    - Archaon End times – Bloodthirster and Khorne Chaos Warrior kits.- Khorne Chaos space marine supplement.- Adeptus Mechanicus.
    - 30K box set during the “red week” in May – This is a period of time staff members cannot take time off from the shops.
    - Some follow up releases to support the new rules set for 30k.
    - Then WFB 9th rules.
    - Horus Heresy releases
    - Mark 9 Power armoured marines.
    - WFB Releases for the Empire and Chaos – This includes the starter kit for WFB 9th ed.
    - Sister of Battle (Actually a codex: Ecclesiarchy, but not called that).
    This is by my own admission just guess work based on what I have been e-mailed. I don’t know if the order is correct or not. Or even if it is complete crap. I just thought it would be nice to share. This is an experiment, I don’t normally post anything without visible proof.

    Now tie this into the previous set of rumors from Harry:

    via Harry and others at Warseer 2-16-2015
    The implication is we’re going to see a GW-produced plastic Horus Heresy starter box/boxed game.
    Originally Posted by my_name_is_tudor“More Horus Heresy stuff? How dull. They’ve already done that.”
    Originally Posted by 75hastings69“Oh no they haven’t”
    Originally Posted by 75hastings69“Think outside the box a little………. or maybe inside the box”
    Originally Posted by BasetheRuin“As in think inside the brand new 30k starter box?
    I’ll have to start saving money then!”
    Originally Posted by 75hastings69
    Hastings later suggested it might broaden over time to include more than just marines vs. marines.
    Originally Posted by my_name_is_tudor“Personally I don’t think there’s any version of a 30K game that could get me particularly excited, given my assumption that it would focus on the good marines/bad marines bust up and not all the other interesting stuff the Galaxy has to offer…”
    Originally Posted by 75hastings69“well maybe not initially”
    So, seems to be something afoot.  And with GW running out of armies to release new codexes for, and desperate to grow their revenue, plastic Sisters are a no-brainer after Harlequins.  And a new Horus Heresy plastics release makes total sense.  GW released all the 40K Codexes so fast, that they simply can't go bsck snd start redoing all of them.  So they need something to release.  After all, GW's new strategy is to release new books and models rapidly to make up for lower sales growth and new customer acquisition.  SO I am thinking these rumors are pretty solid, even if good guesses.


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    The Stormhammer is finally here!

    And man is this thing a beast!

    From Forge World:

    The Stormhammer is the pre-eminent super-heavy assault tank of the Solar Auxilia. Equipped with a fearsome array of weapons with overlapping arcs of fire, it is often found in the vanguard of the Imperium’s invasion and pacification forces and is able, and often expected, to plunge into the heart of an enemy force and obliterate multiple units in short order.

    The Solar Auxilia Stormhammer Super-heavy Assault Tank features nine independently firing weapon systems: a turret-mounted Stormhammer cannon with co-axial multi-laser, a hull-mounted dual battlecannon, a hull-mounted lascannon and six sponson-mounted multi-lasers arranged in two broadsides of three weapons. Each of the sponson-mounted multi-lasers have the option to be upgraded to heavy flamers, heavy bolters or lascannon – all of which are included in the kit.

    This is a complete multi-part resin and plastic kit. The rules for using the Solar Auxilia Stormhammer in games set during the Horus Heresy can be found in The Horus Heresy Book Four – Conquest.

    This model is available to pre-order now and will be despatched from Friday 27th February.

    It costs £150 or $231.  Yikes!  Buy it here.

    But my Solar Auxilia need one.....


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  • 02/21/15--09:04: Tallarn: Ironclad Released

  • Tallarn Ironclad is out in a limited edition.

    From The Black Library:

    Tallarn: Ironclad is presented as a luxurious hardback in a glossy wrap-around jacket. The cover is beautifully embossed with Slaaneshi daemonettes. Included in the pages are unique before-and-after schematics of the doomed world of Tallarn. This edition is signed by the author John French and is individually numbered from a print run of 3,000. It’s a must-have for any Horus Heresy fan.

    This is the biggest armoured conflict in galactic history – there’s a million tanks! However, no one can leave the safety of their claustrophobic war machines for fear of melting into a toxic puddle. While this story supplies plenty of action, what brings the entire might of the Iron Warriors to battle is much more intriguing.

    It is available here.

    I already have my copy from The Horus Heresy Weekender.


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  • 02/27/15--16:38: Article 0

  • The new tainted Dreadnought from the Word Bearers is here!

    From Forge World:

    First encountered during the Battle of Ithraca amidst the catastrophe on Calth, the twisted form of the Mhara Gal Tainted Dreadnought is terrifying in both its aspect and its unearthly power. The first Mhara Gal is believed to have been created from the barely living remains of a Gal Vorbak Dark Brethren and a battle-shattered Contemptor Dreadnought chassis, both recovered from the blood-soaked ground of Isstvan V. Fused together by unholy practices, they were then corrupted by a warp-borne power, giving birth to a new monstrosity – a living engine of war and hatred.

    The Word Bearers Mhara Gal Tainted Dreadnought is a fearsome opponent in battle. Wielding a warpfire plasma cannon and tainted power claw, it is formidable both at range and in close combat, its blows slicing through armour and energy fields alike. Its warp-twisted reactor and the daemonic powers gifted to it by dark forces make it all the more deadly, even breaking the bonds of reality around the Mhara Gal to allow it to walk through obstacles as if they were not there at all.

    This new addition to the Horus Heresy Character Series is a complete multi-part resin kit and is packaged in a black presentation box. Experimental rules for using the Word Bearers Mhara Gal Tainted Dreadnought in games set during the Horus Heresy can be found HERE.

    This kit is available to pre-order now for despatch from Friday 6th March.

    It's available here for £52 or $80.

    I hate Word Bearers.  And its ugly!  :-)


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  • 03/03/15--09:54: Horus Heresy Plastics Rumors

  • More Horus Heresy Plastics rumors!

    We always like a good set of rumors about Horus Heresy Plastics!

    From Steve the Warboss 2-25-2015

    -Gaming Set Includes a Suppliment for the Age of Darkness
    -Rules and a Dettachment for Playing Legio Astartes and Xenos in the Past of 40k
    -A new Allied Matrix including Xenos of the 31st Millenium
    -Very generic Dataslates for the Models, only the featured Characters will have specific Background, but can used for any Legion
    -Unlike the previous Sets, the Squads will have no unique Leaders, only names “Sergeant”
    -Box will include 6 versions of new Sprues

    This will be good for all of us Heresy gamers!


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    More GW changes that benefit the Heresy!

    Thanks to Larry at BoLS for this.

    Here are a set of datapoints that we have been watching the past few weeks.  See if you can make out the pattern:

    Previous rumors/news from the last month:

    1) Horus Heresy plastic boxed is rumors to coming in Q2

    2) Horus Heresy standalone kits to support it are said to coming in the wake of the boxed set.

    3) Hobbit/LotR is said to be headed back to direct only for the entire range.

    4) Forgeworld is rumored to be integrated into the GW online store and retail in the near future.

    5) End Times Archaon is wrapping up the End Times series till 9th Edition hits later this year (summer).

    The Latest Puzzle Piece…

    Now tales are swirling of GW retail stores preparing to update their shelf racks with the following goals, with instructions already send out to some stores:
    1) Remove Hobbit/LotR entirely.

    2) Reduce the WFB rack frontage.

    3) 2 new product sections to be adjacent to 40K will be replacing them, to be rolled out over the next two months.

    You put two and two together…

    While exact dates are uncertain, it’s looking like the first half of 2015 may give us a revamped GW retail channel that could put an new foot forward to the world – redefining what GW is and offers.

    That product line could end up with looking like this:

    – Warhammer 40,000 (with select Forgeworld) – as the primary product line GW presents to the public.

    – Warhammer 30k (ties into select Forgeworld) – secondary product line

    – Warhammer Fantasy – secondary product line

    – Hobby Materials

    – Black Library

    First of all, THANK GOD they are losing The Hobbit / LOTR.  What a colossal waste of space.  NO ONE plays that game. 

    Second of all, this is all good news for us Horus Heresy players.  

    I still would rather buy it all from a FLGS rather than GW.  Support the little guys who GW is constantly marginalizing.


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    New Forge World Ogryns are out.

    From Forge World:

    Building on the already massive frame of an Ogryn, Solar Auxilia Charonite squads have been biochemically and cybernetically altered using ancient technologies, possibly of xenos origin, that have been deemed unholy by the Mechanicum. The result is a creature that will blindly follow orders, but which at the touch of a button will become a savage and near-unstoppable brute.

    With the Ogryns' hands and forearms replaced by a brutal collection of mechanisms known as Charonite claws, which amplify their already fearsome strength, Ogryn Charonite squads can rip through armour plating with ease, devastating their foes in the brutal confines of boarding actions. It is little wonder then that as the wars of the Horus Heresy became ever more ferocious, Loyalist Solar Auxilia commanders increasingly turned to the creation of Charonites, particularly when facing Traitor Legiones Astartes and the forces of the Dark Mechanicum.

    This is a complete resin kit which includes enough components to make three Ogryn Charonite models. The rules for using Ogryn Charonite Squads in Solar Auxilia armies can be found in The Horus Heresy Book Four - Conquest.

    These models are available to pre-order now and will be despatched from Friday 13th March. 

    The set of three costs  £65 or $98.

    And you can get them here.



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  • 03/08/15--10:58: More Horus Heresy Rumors..


    More Horus Heresy Rumors:

    via Faeit212 4-8-2015

    A reader posted this...

    Confirmed that HH was coming to regular GW stores.

    A starter box set for 2 players with ‘generic’, non-Legion specific Heresy-era units is coming in May. Wasn’t specific on plans beyond that, apart from that FW will take care of Legion-specific upgrade packs, unique units and any other stuff that GW doesn’t want to run in plastic.

    Apparently the demand for HH stuff has been so intense GW is centralizing the range.

    Didn’t mention anything about FW in stores though

    The rumors point to Horus Heresy Plastics coming your way!


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    Armillus Dynat of the Alpha Legion is coming!

    And he looks pretty sweet.  This was revealed on today's Forge World Bulletin

    Other photos from the Horus Heresy Weekender:

    And his rules:


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    More Horus Heresy Rumors:

    Thanks again to Larry from BoLS for this:
    via Voices in the Trees 4-10-2015
    Plastic Heresy Standalone Kits (Age of Darkness) Details
    Marine Squad Kit: 10 marines, Mk II-IV variants, bits for sergeant, communications, and banner bearer. Bolters or bolt pistol/chainsword for all. Combi weapon bits for sergeant. Pistols for sergeant include Grav, plasma, flame, and volkite. Power sword or fist for sergeant. Marine bits are compatible with current 40k bits. £35
    Cataphractii Terminator Squad Kit: 5 Models. Bits for sergeant including grenade harness, power sword, combi weapon bits, volkite weapon. Marine bits include combibolters, chainfists, power fists, heavy Flamer, auto cannon, plasma blaster, lightning claws, and thunder hammer. (no storm shields) shoulders are 2 part to accept FW legion shoulders. £40
    Contemptor Pattern Dreadnought Kit: Heavy heavy bolter, 2 fists with weapon variants (Bolter, plasma, flame, Melta) (no claw fingers), las cannon, and multimelta. Arms are universal, and compatible with FW upgrade bits. Includes legion decal sheet. £40
    Deimos Pattern Rhino (or Predator) Kit: Includes dozer blade, Smoke launchers, HK, TL Bolter, heavy Bolter, havok launcher, flamer. Will be compatible with FW upgrade kits for predator, whirlwind, razorback. £30

    Seems pretty cool.  I can only imagine what the starter set will bring.


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    The Solar Auxilia gets new multilasers and quad mortars.



    The Rapier weapons platform is used extensively by the Solar Auxilia. Its hard-wearing armoured track system and high load capacity make it ideal for carrying powerful weapons that are too heavy for an auxiliary to carry into battle. The long-range firepower of the quad mortar is used to suppress enemy troops and even crack through their armoured bunkers.

    The Solar Auxilia Rapier Quad Multi-Laser can be taken as part of an Auxilia Rapier Battery in Solar Auxilia armies in Horus Heresy games. Rules for this unit can be found in The Horus Heresy Book Four – Conquest.

    This complete multi-part resin kit includes a Solar Auxilia Rapier with two crew members.

    It costs £30 or $ 44.


    The Rapier weapons platform is used extensively by the Solar Auxilia. Its hard-wearing armoured track system and high load capacity make it ideal for carrying powerful weapons that are too heavy for an auxiliary to carry into battle. The quad multi-laser tears through enemy infantry formations in rapid firing bursts, the terrifying sound of which has heralded the advance, and victory, of the Solar Auxilia for generations.

    The Solar Auxilia Rapier Quad Mortar can be taken as part of an Auxilia Rapier Battery in Solar Auxilia armies in Horus Heresy games. Rules for this unit can be found in The Horus Heresy Book Four – Conquest.

    This complete multi-part resin kit includes a Solar Auxilia Rapier with two crew members.

    It costs £30 or $ 44.

    The Solar Auxilia continue to look amazing.


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    40k Facts – Top 10 Things You Should Know!

    Ever wonder where they get that wonderful fluff from for the Warhammer 40k universe?  Rob Baer of Spikey Bits put together this truly cool article that is a must read to make you a more worldly gamer.

    Fenris:– In Norse mythology, Fenrir is the son of Loki, who usually takes the form of a monstrous wolf.

    Onager Gauntlet– Onager is a Persian breedof donkey or mule. Bravo design team! They snuck a donkey punch into 40k!

    Lion El’ Johnson – This one is an oldie but a goodie. Turns out he was a poet from the Victorian era who wrote a poem called The Dark Angel’. He also was rumored to have quite the secret for those times.

    Tau Reproduction– Under the Matt Ward era supposedly they laid eggs. This was never verified and apparently was a bit of a joke around GW headquarters.

    Council of Nikaea: The council’s name, subject, and consequences have strong resemblance to the Roman Council of Nicea in 325 AD, which helped shape Catholic dogma.

    Battleblade – According toBryan Ansell, who led the manager buy-out of GW back in the early 1990’s, Warhammer was almost named Battleblade back in the 1970’s.

    Nurgle:“Nergal” was a diety worshiped throughout Mesopotamia, portrayed in hymns and myths as a god of war and pestilence.


    H.G. Wells – The famous writer is said to have invented miniature wargaming in 1913 with is book titled Little Wars.

    Storm of Iron - This riveting Black Library book by Graham McNeill, that sold out more times than I can count, seems to be inspired and loosely based on an amazing non-fiction book called Storm of Steel. That book written by a WWI German army officer named Ernst Jünger, offered a graphic tale of Trench Warfare from his experiences in that war.

    Mournival:  In ancient Egyptian mythology, the sky-god Horus has four sons of different nature who are said to collectively make up his soul.

    Ha, now you can impress your gamer buddies with your new trivia knowledge, or have a leg up on your fellows in the next pub quiz!

    Thanks to Rob at Spikey Bits for this truly enlightening article! 


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  • 03/18/15--17:44: 30K Lore: Konrad Kurze

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    Who is the Night Haunter?

    Over at Lexicanum they published a nice write up on the Primarch of the Night Lords.  Thanks to Larry at BoLS for re-publishing this.


    The child that would come to be known as Konrad Curze was first recorded as crashing through the surface and into the core of the night-shrouded world of Nostramo. The crust of Nostramo bore high quantities of the mineral adamantium, which provided the basis of the planet’s immense mining and purifying industries. The vast majority of the planet’s population lived in abject poverty, toiling in the mines while the rich grew in affluence, exploiting the already downtrodden workers. Crime ran mostly unchecked, depression was inescapable, and overpopulation was kept in check more by suicide than by any other measure.

    Unlike many of the other Primarchs, Konrad Curze was not taken in by any family and was left to raise himself. He spent his early life surviving off his wits and determination, feeding himself by hunting the feral animals that roamed through the vast city of Nostramo Quintus. He was continually plagued by visions of the darkest possible future, horrifyingly potent waking dreams that would curse him throughout his life.

    Night Haunter

    During his short youth, Curze was pitched into a destructive cycle of persecution and murder, focusing on the criminal elements of Nostramo’s society. His vigilante actions began small, intervening when he witnessed something he believed to be wrong, but rapidly escalating into hunting down those he believed had committed transgressions.

    At first, several people prominent within the city’s corrupt hierarchy disappeared. Leaders of the most vocal opposition to the status quo vanished in similar circumstances. Bodies of known criminals began to appear, gutted like fish by some cruel assailant. Officials were found hung from high windows. Body parts blocked storm water drains. Many of the corpses found were so horribly beaten by their assailant that identification was impossible.

    Within the year, the crime rate of Nostramo Quintus fell to near-zero. Society underwent massive changes, most notable of which was the self-imposed curfew that came into being. Mothers began to threaten children that if they continued to misbehave, the Night Haunter would come for them. This term quickly came into common usage, describing a dark creature that stalked the city, ready to disembowel anyone it believed to be a criminal or heretic with dirty, razor-sharp talons.

    Curze saw hope for the inhabitants of his world. He had become the only object of fear and hate within the city. Appearing before the nobles that had survived his vigilante purge, Night Haunter became the first monarch of Nostramo Quintus. He assimilated knowledge almost greedily, and became considered a fair and temperate ruler, until word of some injustice reached his ears. He would then hunt the guilty through the streets, wearing them down and then killing and mutilating them. The unpredictable pattern of benevolent wisdom and hideous vengeance ushered in a new level of efficiency and honesty. Other cities around the planet followed suit, in an attempt to keep the Night Haunter from their doors.

    The Coming of the Emperor

    A short time into the reign of Night Haunter, the Emperor’s Great Crusade reached the outskirts of the Nostramo system. The coming of the Emperor of Man was an event that had been prophesied in Nostramo’s history: an event that would lead to the planet’s downfall.

    The Emperor landed on Nostramo, and led a delegation to the centre of Nostramo Quintus on foot. The citizens of Nostramo, adapted to the near-constant darkness, could not bear to look upon the radiance of the Emperor. Most wept, as the healing light he projected reflected off the rain-slicked streets into their faces. Those brave enough to look upon him directly were blinded. At the end of the broad road leading to Night Haunter’s palace, the Primarch stood, waiting for the delegation to approach. As they did, he succumbed to a vision so potent and horrifying that he tried to claw his own eyes out, but was stopped by the Emperor. Night Haunter then looked at the Emperor, and the following dialogue ensued:

    “Konrad Curze, be at peace, for I have arrived and intend to take you home.”
    “That is not my name, Father. I am Night Haunter, and I know full well what you intend for me.”

    The Great Crusade

    Night Haunter quickly adapted to the teachings of the Imperium, studying the complex doctrines of the Adeptus Astartes under Fulgrim‘s tutelage. Night Haunter was soon incepted as the leader of the eighth Space Marine Legion, which he named the Night Lords.
    Although he and his Legion excelled in many theatres of war, a tendency soon became apparent. It never occurred to the Night Lords to use anything other than total and decisive force to achieve their goals. Over the first few years, the Night Lords were moulded by their Primarch into an efficient, humourless force, possessing the fanatical thoroughness of Witch Hunters.

    Night Haunter encouraged his legion to decorate their armour with images designed to inspire fear in the enemy, a tactic that proved incredibly effective. Soon, rumours of the impending presence of the Night Lords would cause a system to pay all outstanding tithes, cease all illegal activities and put to death any mutants and suspected heretics.

    Reinforcements to replace the Night Lords that fell in battle were selected from the population of Nostramo, but in Night Haunter’s absence, the population of the planet collapsed back into the corrupt and decadent ways that had prevailed before his arrival. The ruthless criminals were the only ones to remain healthy and strong, so it was these men who were recruited for the Legion. Night Haunter began to lose some of the control he held over his Legion, and the visions that plagued him increased in both lucidity and quantity.

    Learning of the fate of his homeworld, Night Haunter tried to confide in his brother Primarchs, but had never been close to them in the beginning, and their reaction was less than favourable to his claims. He attacked Rogal Dorn of the Imperial Fists before taking the Night Lords fleet to Nostramo. A few Imperial pursuit craft arrived just in time to see the Night Lords’ laser batteries firing into the hole left by Night Haunter’s arrival decades earlier. Nostramo’s core overheated and the world exploded.

    The Horus Heresy

    Night Haunter’s terrible acts caused him to become susceptible to the whispers of Chaos. The campaigns of the Night Lords became less justifiable, terror campaigns leaving a trail of devastated worlds across the galaxy. Night Haunter no longer crusaded in the Emperor’s name, instead fighting only in the name of death and fear. Eventually, the Emperor was forced to order the recall of Night Haunter to answer charges laid against him and his men. But before the Night Lords reached Terra a new crisis erupted…

    When the Horus Heresy broke out, Night Haunter was quick to swear his Legion to the forces of Warmaster Horus. Curze revealed his treachery during the Drop Site Massacre, launching his legion against the loyalist forces of the Raven GuardSalamanders, and Iron Hands. During the battle, Curze and Lorgar battled against Corax. After the massacre, Curze captured Vulkan but found that the Perpetual Primarch could not be killed despite his best efforts. After unleashing every torment imaginable on Vulkan, the Salamanders Primarch was eventually able to escape Curze’s clutches.

    Two years after the Dropsite Massacre, Curze engaged the Lion El’Jonson in a series of hit and run battles all over the Thramas Sector. Eventually, Curze would leave a message for his brother to meet him (Curze) on the planet Tsagualsa. Here he would reveal some prophecy to Lion. Afterwards, a fight would ensue between the two Primarchs and their respective troops. Eventually, Curze would slash the Lion’s throat and the Dark Angel Corswain would stab the Night Haunter in the back. Both Legions retreated. The next encounter between the two brothers would begin when the Dark Angels ambushed the Night Lords and would end with the Lion dealing Curze eleven identifiable wounds that are instantly fatal to an Astartes. These injuries would put Curze in a comatose state. While recovering, Sevatar would take temporary command of the Legion and divide it into six fleets that would go wherever the respective commander directed it. During this reorganization, the Dark Angels would attack again. During this second attack, Curze would reawaken and board the Invincible Reason. He would remain in hiding aboard the Dark Angels’ flagship for an indefinite amount of time.

    After the invasion of Terra, the Night Lords did not splinter and flee like the rest of the Traitor Legions. Instead, they continued to attack the Imperium, however, their tactics seemed to change, betraying a self-destructive desperation. The Night Haunter himself was gradually losing his sanity and sense of purpose that had earned the respect of his Legion, and in his last days would frequently erupt into fits of violence, incoherency, and sadism. Many, such as Sevatar, became disheartened at what their Primarch had become. The Emperor himself, wishing to disband the Night Lords forever, dispatched half the Callidus Temple of assassins to terminate the renegade Primarch.


    Night Haunter was eventually killed, assassinated by the Callidus M’Shen. It is believed she was allowed to infiltrate his palace on Tsagualsa, as she encountered no guards between herself and his throne room. Confronted with her, he simply said:

    “Your presence does not surprise me, Assassin. I have known of you ever since your craft entered the Eastern Fringes. Why did I not have you killed? Because your mission and the act you are about to commit proves the truth of all I have ever said or done. I merely punished those who had wronged, just as your false Emperor now seeks to punish me. Death is nothing compared to vindication.”

    The vid-log then shows M’Shen leaping forward, although the kill was never confirmed, as the video feed cuts out right before they fight. It is believed that Night Haunter allowed himself to be killed: he saw himself as a murderous and corrupt villain, the very thing he sought to destroy. Regardless, his final words are considered one of the great enigmas to the Imperium’s history.

    Thanks to Larry at BoLS and the Lexicanum for their awesome work!


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    Games Workshop introduces three mini cases!

    There are three different hardcases each fully loaded with the new GW “channel foam".

    Crusade Case $ 124

    Battle Case  $ 83

    Skirmish Case  $ 50

    That's a very good deal in the world of game cases. 

    From Games Workshop:
    “Containing one set of our revolutionary channel foam, the Citadel Crusade Figure Case has been specially designed to fit almost any model that we make, any shape and size, quickly and easily without the chore of cutting and shaping to fit.
    Packing and unpacking the case is absurdly quick and easy; any model, however pointy, placed anywhere within the channels will be protected as well as if you’d spent countless hours hacking away at a custom fit. You’ll free up more time to concentrate on games, painting or just showing off your miniatures collection. The channel foam is as efficient a use of space as possible, allowing you to store more models more safely than any other case.”

    Well, I give GW high marks for their effort and for a new type of foam.  The price point is good too.  I just don't like all that hard plastic when I am carrying around 4-6 cases for an apoc game.


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    The Adeptus Mechanicus are finally going to be in 40K

    Here are the latest rumors:

    via Lord Shadowheart (Warseer)

    It looks like there are two combo kits doing the rounds that make these units: 

    Skitarii Rangers
    Skitarii Vanguard
    Sydonian Dragoon
    Ironstrider Ballistarius

    via Felwether (Warseer)
    Admech Skitarii – 10 minis can be built as Rangers or Vanguard. £23.50/€31
    Admech Ironstrider £29.50/€38

    And the obligatory GW video

    Finally a new 40K army!


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  • 03/25/15--19:00: Forge World Top Ten

  • Forge World February Top Ten

    So what were Forge World's top sellers for the month of February?

    1. Deredeo Dreadnought Anvilus Autocannon Battery

    2. Deredeo Pattern Dreadnought

    3. Deredeo Dreadnought Aiolos Missile Launcher

    4. Sevatar - First Captain of the Night Lords

    5. Imperial Armour - The Siege of Vraks

    6. Tyranid Twin-linked Devourers

    7. Alexis Polux - 405th Captain of the Imperial Fists

    8. Imperial Armour Volume Thirteen - War Machines of the Lost and the Damned

    9. Sicaran Battle Tank

    10. Konrad Curze - Primarch of the Night Lords

    Well, the Deredeo tops the list for good reason.  Sevatar is a very popular character and the Imperial Armour reissue of Vraks, now in one volume, is a great book and needed by the Death Korps among us.

    After that the only surprise is the venerable Sicaran Battle Tank which remains the mainstay of the Horus Heresy armies out there.


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    The new White Dwarf is all Adeptus Mechanicus!Plus Videos!
    Issue # 61 is out and full of Skitarri!

    Thanks to Rob at Spikey Bits for his video review, which as always informative.


    Plus the rules for both versions of the Skitarii, and their walkers as well.


    The Paint Splatter article has everything from metal to red robes.

    And Rob's great White Dwarf Video review:

    From Games Workshop comes two Ad-Mech Preview Videos as well!

    Go knock yourselves out kids!


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    Forge World is on a roll with lots of new models!

    Mechanicum, Alpha Legion, Ultra Marines and more have all gotten love.

    Xiphon Pattern Interceptor

    At the Horus Heresy Weekender, the general consensus was that this looked a little too much Battlestar Galctica Viper.  Still cool....

    From Forge World:

    With unparalleled speed and maneuverability, the Xiphon pattern Interceptor saw increasing service in the Legiones Astartes during the dark days of the Horus Heresy. Based on ancient designs, the void and atmospheric craft carried heavy armaments into battle, allowing it to destroy both air and ground targets with apparent ease. Its pair of twin-linked lascannon and Xiphon rotary missile launcher combined with the Interceptor’s speed and agility to make it a deadly opponent from which the enemies of Mankind could not hide.

    The Xiphon Pattern Interceptor is a flyer that is available to all Legiones Astartes armies in Horus Heresy games. Experimental rules for this unit can be found HERE. Additional experimental rules for using this vehicle in standard games of Warhammer 40,000 can be found HERE.

    This is a complete multi-part resin kit which includes a plastic canopy and flying stand. It is available to pre-order today for despatch from Friday 3rd April.

    It clocks in at £80 or $118.  It is available on the Forge World website.  Not cheap, but worth buying a few to have some air power! 

     Armillus Dynat


    The new Alpha Legion character is pretty damn sharp!

    From Forge World:

    Armillus Dynat, the Harrowmaster of the Alpha Legion, has been a feared strike commander since his name came to prominence during the invasion of Paramar. Known to possess strategic genius, his style of warfare is as intricate as it is unorthodox. Using fast moving, heavily armoured vehicles and close air support, he will split enemy formations apart before crushing them without mercy.

    Armillus Dynat is an expert duellist and warrior in his own right. Wielding a thunder hammer and power sword in unison and carrying uncommon wargear such as venom spheres and phosphex bombs, he is an opponent to be reckoned with.

    The latest model in the Horus Heresy Character Series, Armillus Dynat is a multi-part resin kit that is supplied with both a 32mm base and a 50mm scenic base. The rules for using Armillus Dynat in games set during the Horus Heresy can be found in The Horus Heresy Book Three – Extermination. This kit is available to pre-order today for despatch from Friday 3rd April.

    Dynat costs £31 or $ 46 and is available on the Forge World website.

    The Mechanicum ScyllaxGuardian Covenant Automata

    From Forge World: 

    Deployed onto the battlefield as elite shock troops or the bodyguards of their magos overseers, Mechanicum Scyllax Guardian-automata have been adapted with a wide variety of mechadendrites and servo-arms for dissecting living matter with murderous speed. With an armoured carapace as durable as Legiones Astartes battle plate and powered by a rad furnace which can vent debilitating radiation at will, the Scyllax Guardian-automata are a force to be truly feared on the battlefield.

    The Mechanicum Scyllax Guardian-automata Covenant consists of four Scyllax Guardian-automata, each armed with a Scyllax bolter and various interchangeable claws and mechadendrites forming a mechadendrite combat array. Scyllax Guardian-automata Covenants can be taken in Mechanicum armies in Horus Heresy games and experimental rules for this unit are available to download HERE.

    This is a complete multi-part resin kit. It is available to pre-order now for despatch from Friday 27th March.

     They come as a set of 4 for £36 or $53.  You can get them

     Forge World Bulletin

    Sneak Peak from today's Forge World Bulletin

    That's all for now folks!


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  • 04/02/15--00:01: Adeptus Mechanicus are here!

  • SydonianDragoon

    The big Adeptus Mechanicus Rundown!

    Here is what is coming!

    Adeptus Mechanicus Sydonian Dragoon $ 49

    The Sydonian Dragoon is a marvel of Adeptus Mechanicus engineering, the closest anyone has yet come to violating the immutable laws of thermodynamics. Perpetual motion repurposed for destruction rather than creation, they act as the Skitarii cavalrymen, charging into battle without doubt or hesitation.

    Contained in the box is a number of options, customisations and modifications – the model can be armed with either a taser lance or radium jezzail, with holstered versions of each available – a phosphor serpenta can be added to either configuration. The legs can be posed in two different positions, the suspensors can be moved to different angles and the entire miniature is covered with the sensors, monitors and arrays typical of the Adeptus Mechanicus.


    Adeptus Mechanicus Ironstrider Ballistarius $ 49

    With a distinctive two-legged walking tank-shape, the artillery platform known as the Ironstrider Balistarius is a fearsome sight indeed. Gyroscopically balanced, with downlinks providing them with the sum knowledge of their enemies, the deadly accuracy of the Ironstrider Ballistarius would be the stuff of legend, were any survivors ever left to recall it.

    As a mobile artillery weapons platform, the Ironstrider Ballistarius can be fitted with one of two armament options: a twin-linked cognis autocannon or a twin-linked cognis lascannon. The split-toed legs can be posed in two different configurations, with suspensors that can be modelled at differing angles, and the entire surface of the machine crawls with sensors, data collection modules and antennae. The gunner has four head options; three hooded and one rebreather.


    Adeptus Mechanicus Skitarii Rangers $ 39

    Harnessing the energies of forge worlds within their curious weaponry, the Rangers of the Skitarii are implacable and relentless hunter-killers. For them, an engagement is not over until their enemy is destroyed – even if this means stalking them across galaxies and over decades.

    Skitarii Rangers, featuring cowls and gasmasks, stalk their prey with galvanic rifles. Each trooper is sealed in heavy, industrialised Skitarii warplate, emblazoned with the symbol of the Adeptus Mechanicus, bristling with data-collecting sensors, antennae and environmental monitors. Mindful of the harsh terrain of Mars, their legs have been removed from the knees down, with bionic replacements lending each model an air of cold, cybernetic augmentation.


    Adeptus Mechanicus Skitarii Vanguard $ 39

    Harnessing the destructive energies of forge worlds within their weaponry, the Vanguard are so soaked in radiation that even to approach them is to confer a death sentence upon yourself. Victory for them is pyrrhic, as this radiation burns through even their heavy armour plate, slowly poisoning them to death even as their carbines bring about the (much quicker) demise of their enemies.

    Skitarii Vanguard, featuring helmets and rebreathers, obliterate foes with radium carbines. Each trooper is sealed in heavy, industrialised Skitarii warplate, emblazoned with the symbol of the Adeptus Mechanicus, bristling with data-collecting sensors, antennae and environmental monitors. Mindful of the harsh terrain of Mars, their legs have been removed from the knees down, with bionic replacements lending each model an air of cold, cybernetic augmentation.
    Skitarii Decal Sheet $ 20

    This 210mm x 297mm transfer sheet contains highly-detailed transfers depicting the iconography and symbolism of the Adeptus Mechanicus’ devastating army, the Skitarii.

    And the bundles: 

    Skitarii Vanguard/Ranger Web Bundle $ 102.25

    This bundle contains everything you need to make ten Skitarii Vanguard and ten Skitarii Rangers, including two optional Alphas. 248 components are included in total, with forty-six heads, fifty weapons (enough to make any combination allowed for in Codex: Skitarii), a 210mm x 297mm Mars Skitarii Transfer Sheet, a pot of Martian Ironearth Technical paint and twenty 25mm bases.
    Ironstrider Squadron $ 147

    This bundle contains everything needed to make two Ironstrider Ballistarii and one Sydonian Dragoon – awesome, visually striking bipedal tanks featuring brutally effective long and short range weaponry.


    This weekend sees two new Mechanicus units: 

    Sicarian Infiltrators

    Sicarian Infiltrator  WS4 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I4 A2 Ld8 Sv4
    Infiltrator Princeps  WS4 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I4 A3 Ld9 Sv4
    Sicarian Battle Armor, Stubcarbine, Power sword
    Bulky, Doctrina Imperatives, Dunestrider, Feel No Pain, Infiltrate, Stealth
    5-10 models 
     Neurostatic Aura: Enemies within 6″ are -1WS, BS, I, Ld
    Princeps may take Special Issue Wargear and Relics of Mars

    Sicarian Ruststalkers

    Sicarian Ruststalker WS4 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I4 A2 Ld8 Sv4
    Ruststalker Princeps  WS4 BS4 S4 T3 W2 I4 A3 Ld9 Sv4
    Sicarian Battle Armor, Transonic razor, Chordclaw, Mindscrambler grenades
    Bulky, Doctrina Imperatives, Dunestrider, Feel No Pain, Furious Charge
    5-10 models

    Princeps may take Special Issue Wargear and Relics of Mars


    There is your AD data dump!


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  • 04/02/15--17:49: Mechanicus Rules!

  • onager

    Adeptus Mechanicus Rules and Force Org.
    Mars looks good!

    via and translated by Charon:

    Codex content & Allies

    The Codex content is about as much as Codex: Harlequin was. There is no HQ model in the entire book, not even a HQ slot. It is “only” the units we already know. Ad Mech is an Imperial Army and thus BB with all imperial armies.


    Skitarii Maniple Force Org:

    The classic Skitarii FOC is a detachment which gives Scout and Crusader to all units (but cannot outflank). Warlord gets prefered enemy.  

    WL Traits
    Eternal warrior
    makes a weapon master-crafted (but no relic)
    12″ reroll pinning, moral, fear
    overwatch with BS4
    reroll failed fnp + x

    reroll mysterious objectives
    zealot USR
    at I1 every unit in base contact makes a T test or suffers D6 wounds without armor saves.
    Phase Taser, unsaved wound causes I test or ID
    Pistol with minor effects
    Skull of Elder…Effect xx

    Weapons (some)
    Icarus Array (Dunecrawler only): Deadalus missile launcher: heavy 1, 7/2 48″ skyfire + gatling rocket launcher: heavy 5, 6/4 48″ skyfire, ignores cover + twin icarus autocannon: heavy 2, 7/4 48″ skyfire, interceptor, twin-linked.
    Eradication Beamer (Dunecrawler only, Basic weapon): 0″- 9″: 10/1, 9″ – 18″: 8/3 blast, 18″ – 36″: 6/5 large blast
    Neutron Laser: 48″ 10/1 blast, concussive

    There are 6 Doctrines. At the beginning of each movement phase you may use one of them (one use)
    +1 BS
    +1 WS
    +2 BS / -1 WS
    +2 WS / -1 BS
    +3 BS / -2 WS
    +3 WS / -2 BS


    Onager Dunecrawler

    WS3 BS4 S5 I2 A1 HP3 Vehicle (Walker)
    FA12 SA12 RA11
    Comes with interesting Equipment options, for example the Icarus Array for 45 points instead of the Eradication Beamer oder Neutron Laser. The walkers have shilds (6++) which do add up for every walker shield in 4″ (max. 4++)




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