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  • 02/13/17--10:01: Heresy Trading on Facebook!


  • Heresy Trading gets a US group!

    I have been a member of the Heresy Trading group on Facebook, but sadly, that group seems to be 95% U.K. based.  And with shipping being as expensive as it is these days, I felt we needed a U.S. group.

    So we started a new group on Facebook for all of you based in the US who want to buy/sell/trade your Horus Heresy models, bits, books etc.  Make sure you check it out!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1559551250739593/

    I have already sold a bunch of my Forge World models!

    Loken



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  • 02/17/17--12:37: Inferno Arrives!


  • Inferno is here!

    The long awaited Forge World Horus Heresy book has arrived!


    From Forge World:
    The Horus Heresy Book Seven – Inferno is a supplement for Warhammer 40,000 which depicts the cataclysmic battle of the Burning of Prospero, home planet of the Thousand Sons Legion, the near-destruction of that Legion, the fall of its Primarch, Magnus, and the tangled web of fate and treachery which led up to it.

    Within the leather-bound, 312-page book, you’ll find detailed background information on the Fall of Prospero, told across six chapters from The Trial of The Sorcerer to The Seeds of Heresy, exploring the bitter struggle to defend Prospero from the merciless punishment meted out by the Imperium’s forces. Included are full army lists for Space Wolves, Thousand Sons and Talons of the Emperor, allowing you to play the full Prospero campaign – 4 Missions, 3 Conclusion Missions and 3 Legendary Missions are included, alongside a host of special and optional rules.

    The Space Wolves and Thousand Sons benefit from Legion-specific Rites of War and specific units and wargear, with full rules for their respective Primarchs included.

    Full background for the forces involved is included: on the side of the Imperium you’ll find Space Wolves, Legio Custodes, Sisters of Silence, Servants of the Warmaster and the Ordo Sinister covered in great detail, with the same care and attention placed upon the background of the forces of Prospero: the Thousand Sons, Legio Xestobiax and the Forge World of Zhao Arkhad.

    Also included is a Mechanicum appendix – this features rules for the Acastus Knight Porphyrion, Vultarax Stratos-automata and Karacnos Assault Tank, amongst others.

    The Horus Heresy Book Seven: Inferno is a complete expansion for the Warhammer 40,000 game – it requires the Warhammer 40,000 rulebook, the Legiones Astartes Crusade Army List and the Mechanicum Taghmata Army List books to use all of its contents.


     You can order it on the Forge World website. It costs

    Loken



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    Hi, my name is Loken, and I am a resin addict.

    Yup, I have a problem.  But let's face it, it is a good problem.  I buy Forge World.  I buy too much Forge World.  I have boxes and boxes and bags and bags of unbuilt models, like many of you!  And living in California, my apartment is pretty small (that damn sunshine tax) so there isn't a lot of space.  But thank God I have a small movie studio where I can store everything and have big Apocalypse games!

    So back to my problem.  I have too much Forge World.  Yes, I am building my Raven Guard legion to add to about the 80,000 points of Crimson Templars Space Marines, Blood Angels, Dark Angels, Imperial Guard, Sisters of Battle and Titan legions.  I have two Armorcast Warhounds (aka Derphounds), two Forge World Warhounds (a Mars and a Lucius), two Armorcast Reavers, a Forge World Reaver, and two custom Warlords that I am converting to Emperor class Titans (Because the Forge World Warlord I am having painted falls height wise right between the Reaver and my custom Lucius Warlord.  See below it makes sense).


    My 3 Spartans:


    I mail order Forge World, buy it off eBay when I see a good deal, Use the Heresy Trading groups on Facebook.  Heck, I started a Heresy Trading Group on Facebook to support my addiction!  I buy things when I go to Warhammer events, or wherever FW sets up.  Now they are at Adepticon, Dragon Con, Las Vegas Open, all of which I go to.  Damn!  A guy cannot get a break.  Stop tempting me!  

    And now I bring event-only models home for my friends, so I feel like a drug mule!  Which means maybe we all need a 12 step program.  

    But you know, there really isn't any downside here.  This is a pretty healthy addiction.  I mean, I am not out on the street.  The girl friend actually wants to learn how to paint minis.  I don't have kids, so no one is going to miss out on a college education. 

    My dining room table is currently filled with Forge World miniatures.  Leviathans, Deredeos, and lots and lots of troops.  Boxes of vehicles in bags waiting to be built.  And a tournament in a month!

    So off I go to build my first 30K legion, the Raven Guard.  I guess I can live with this problem...I guess.  ;-)

    Loken


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  • 02/22/17--13:17: Space Wolves Tactics in 30K


  • My good buddy Pete at the Pete Happens blog, wrote this article on Space Wolves Tactics in 30K.

    Pete is a fantastic student of the game and his analysis of different armies is always of interest to me.  Here is his take on the Space Wolves in Inferno:

    From Pete de Florio:

    As a tread head, my original interest in the Space Wolves started with the Leman Russ Battle Tank and continued with the release of specialty codices, minis and unique units like the wolfen and the massive Thunderwolf cav.

    Russ is also an especially interesting Primarch. He is a true lead from the front warlord and his legions buck tradition and are extensions of Russ's personality. To other Primarchs though, he is the executioner of the Emperor. He is rightfully feared, as it was the Space Wolves sent to destroy 2 of the initial 20 primarchs and Legions when they strayed from the Emperor's light.

    With release of Horus Heresy Book 7 - Inferno, we finally have rules to play out the Burning of Prospero, the Epic clash of the Space Wolves sent to exterminate the Thousand Sons.

    The Space Wolf Legion Rules really focus on their unique infantry and dispersed HQ great company structure. As you will see, the rigid structure heavily restricts build options but adds flavor by layering rules through a mix of IC, unit, ROW and war gear rules.

    So are Space Wolves the lap dogs of the Emperor or the incarnate of the Emperor's executioners? Let's take a look in bite sized pieces.


    ++ Numeration: The VIth Legion ++ Primogenitor: Leman Russ ++ Allegiance: Loyalist 
    Preferred Style of Fighting 
    "Since the days of the VIth Legion's inception on Terra, it has remained a Legion apart from its fellows, its origins shrouded as it garnered a fearsome reputation for its warriors' prowess as a shock-assault force as well as tireless pursuers and a peerless hunter-killer force. Unexpected violence was the Legion's calling card, its campaigns unsubtle, but brutally swift. Like their latter-day namesakes, the wolves of old Terra, its warriors' assaults are calculated exercises in ferocity, aimed to tear and rend until the foe lies in ruins or is driven to its death." 
    Tactics 
    "Conditioned to hold a near-suicidal disregard for danger and trained to exploit this to the fullest on the battlefield, the heavy infantry that form the core of the Legion's battalions are a force that has been honed in battle against the countless enemies of Mankind and, it is whispered, against their own wayward brothers. For, unlike their brother Legions, the Space Wolves were kept under the tight control of the Imperial Court and unleashed at the Emperor's command as often to chastise those who would renege on their oaths of service as to destroy those who resisted the offer of Compliance."

    So, if you want Pete's analysis, you need to go to his page to check it out and start following him!  You can find it here.

    And next up is his Thousand Sons analysis.

    Loken



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    The current rage in wrecked vehicle markers.

    Make your own for a buck each.  Here are the guys from WW40K Australia with a quick tutorial:


    Now go make your battlefield awesome!

    Loken



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    The new Custodes Achillus Dreadnought is here!

    And damn, it kicks traitor ass!


    Legio Custodes Contemptor-Achillus Dreadnought £56 ($68.50)

    From Forge World:

    In those isolated cases where the body has been all but irrevocably destroyed but the Custodian’s mind remains intact and their will to survive undimmed, internment within the cold and unyielding body of a Dreadnought is the next step. To this purpose, the few Dreadnoughts of the Legio Custodes are as singularly advanced as their other wargear, outfitted with weapons and systems artificer-made by the servants of the Imperial Court. At the time of the outbreak of the Horus Heresy, the most widely employed was the Contemptor-Achillus, a general battle unit which combined phenomenal strength and speed with the echoes of the interned Custodes’ own unmatched martial skill.

    A fearsomely-beweaponed example of Dreadnought technology, this model is bristling with both impressive detail and offensive capability. It’s exceptionally posable, featuring options for open and closed hands – meaning the included Dreadspear can be modelled in a single-hand or two-hand grip, with shoulder ball joints and elbow joints for almost infinite poses. There are also different foot options, meaning the model’s weight can be placed on either.

    Not content with just the Dreadspear, this Dreadnought also features a choice of two wrist-mounted storm bolters, Infernus incinerators or Adrathic destructors. The sweeping lines and large surfaces of the armour are broken by detailed Imperial iconography – this model will yield fantastic results for the painter, whether dedicated to picking out details or using shades and drybrushing to bring them out.

    Rules for this model can be found in The Horus Heresy Book 7 – Inferno

    This multi-part resin kit comes as 46 components, and is supplied with a 60mm round base.


    And there is a two-Dreadnought bundle! £112 ($137)


    Two Dreadnoughts for £112
    Pick up the two unique Legio Custodes Contemptor Dreadnoughts in one click with this bundle, giving you a pair of great resin models with which to fill the Elite and Heavy Support slots in a Legio Custodes army. You’ll receive:
    The eminently-posable Legio Custodes Contemptor-Achillus Dreadnought; featuring open and closed hands, shoulder and elbow ball sockets and differing foot options allowing a huge variety of modelling options; his Dreadspear can be wielded in either or both hands, with a choice of two wrist-mounted storm bolters, Infernus incinerators or Adrathic destructors, and:
    A Legio Custodes Contemptor-Galatus Dreadnought, wielding a huge Galatus Warblade with its inbuilt twin-linked infernus incinerator, and equipped with a vastly enlarged version of the Custodes Praesidium shield.
    This bundle includes 2 60mm round bases.

    So there you go Horus Heresy fans!  A new Dread to hack at Traitors with!

    Loken





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    How about we build the most insanely large gaming model ever?

    Yeah, let's do that and then make a video series about how insane we actually are. 

    Now THAT is something I want to see!  And now you can.  This is the most spectacular project I have ever seen for gaming.  Granted it is Drop Zone Commander and not Horus Heresy, but damn, this is worth it!   Check it out:



    And then watch all the rest of this series, which will blow your mind!  You can see them on the Warhawk Games page:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6vywIiVeb-OfqWyICMziaw


    Watch them as they release all their videos on this amazing build.

    Loken

























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    Roboute Guilliman is back in the 40K universe and he is a BEAST!

    While we of course focus on 30K, it is cool to see what Roboute is doing 10,000 years later

    Thanks to Adam Harry at BoLS for this great summary.


    via Games Workshop

    Stat wise, he’s WS 9, and has straight 6’s across the board. His Leadership is 10 and he’s rocking a 2+ save (more on that below). He’s also an Monstrous Creature (Character) and has all those special rules on top of everything else! Watching the stream we also know he’s got Feel No Pain, Eternal Warrior and a bunch of other special rules, too!

    Lord Commander of the Imperium: Friendly Units from the Armies of the Imperium re-roll failed Morale checks and Fear and Pinning test while Guilliman is on the battlefield.

    Primarch of the XIII Legion: You cn choose to enact the Devastator, Assault and Tactical  Doctrines (see Codex: Space Marines) once each per game (in addition to any you can already use). When one of these Combat Doctrines is enacted, all Ultramarines models in your army are affected.

    Unyielding Will: Roboute Guilliman’s Leadership is not subject to negative modifiers of any kind and he may re-roll Deny the Witch tests.

    Warlord Trait:

    Absolute Mastery: Roboute Guilliman has all of the Command Traits from Warhammer 40,000: The Rules.



    Before we get to his armor, let’s talk about his weapon. He wields both The Emperor’s Sword and The Hand of Dominion. These are combined to form one profile – Strength 10, AP 1 and they have the following special rules: Melee, Armourbane, Concussion, Soul Blaze, Touch of the Emeror, Whirling Flame. Some of it was cut off but watching the stream we learned the following:

    Touch of the Emperor: Any attacks with this weapon (that roll a 6 to hit) are resolved at Strength D rather than 10.

    Whirling Flame: This rule is pretty long, but basically Guilliman can sacrifice his regular 6 attacks to a swing at every enemy unit with models within 1″ of him. He gets a number off attacks on those units equal to the number of models they have within 1″ of him.

    The Hand of Dominion has a built in ranged weapon as well:
    Range 24″ Strength 6 Ap 2 and is Assault 3, Rending. He’s basically got the best heavy bolter ever created under his arm!

    Now, on to the Armour of Fate:
    The Armour of Fate confers a 3+ invulnerable save. In addition, if Roboute Guilliman is slain, place a marker at the spot at which he was slain. At the beginning of your next turn, roll a dice. On a 4 or more Guilliman is restored by his armour – place him as close as possible to the marker, more than 1″ from any units, with D3 wounds remaining. Otherwise Guilliman is slain. if the marker is on the battlefield at the end of the game, Guilliman is considered to be slain.

    So not only does he have a 2+ save normally, he’s got a 3++ and if you happen to chew through all 6 wounds, he’s got Feel No Pain AND on a 4+ he’s got a chance to get back up with D3 Wounds. The Robo-Primarch is HERE!


    Thanks to Adam for this awesome summary and go get this model!

    Loken



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    Another great Mechanicum tank gets its release!


    via Forge World

    Mechanicum Karacnos Assault Tank £105

    A variant of the Triaros Armoured Conveyor common within the Mechanicum Taghmata, the Karacnos is a dedicated assault tank, its armoured chassis and copious transport compartment devoted to the mounting and munitions store of a single heavy weapon system – a mortar battery of ‘Karacnos’ radiological warheads, designed to sweep an area clear of organic life for later acquisition by the forces of the Machine God.


    These warheads are rather volatile, meaning this tank is heavily protected by armoured shutters which provide two modelling options: the tank can have these open or closed. As well as this, its rear-mounted self-targeting lightning-blasters are movable from a resting position to battle-ready, meaning this machine can go from mobile artillery platform to true assault tank with a single command – especially given the front-mounted shock ram it shares with its ancestor.


    Rules for using a Karacnos Assault Tank as part of a Mechanicum army in Horus Heresy games can be found in The Horus Heresy Book Seven – Inferno.


    The Karacnos Assault Tank is a complete, multi-part resin kit in 50 components.

    WANT!

    Loken



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    Is there a plastic Thunderhawk in your future?

    We may be getting closer, or we may not....

    From a reddit thread. Someone emailed Forge World and they responded with:

    "Thanks for contacting us. For the Thunderhawk we are having to carry out some extensive repair work to the master model used to make the moulds for it before we can produce any more. To do this our designers have to be taken away from the projects they are currently working on and so can only do this in their spare time.

    As such this repair work can sometimes take quite a while unfortunately and sometimes the repairs needed are not possible so it could be that the Thunderhawk will not return in it's previous form. If this is the case then it's likely that we will produce a brand new version of it at some point in the future. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused."

    So a plastic Thunderhawk is still up in the air!


    Loken

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    Moritats and more!

    From Forge World:

    Said by some to be no less than death incarnate, and by others to be dishonourable murderers with no place in the Imperium’s order of battle, Moritats are lone killers operating outside the Legion’s usual command structures at the behest, or at least sufferance of its high commanders. Regarded usually as dangerously unstable outcasts – perhaps created by some seldom-exposed flaw of gene-seed or indoctrination – they are also savage and proficient warriors however, having become one with the act of killing, honing their superhuman reflexes to gun down the foe at close quarters to a preternatural degree.

    Operating outside the Legion command structure, occasionally serving alongside the ranks of the Legion Destroyer squads, this model will prove a great addition to any Space Marine collection. Wielding two plasma pistols, connected to the included jump pack via plasma feed cables capable of launching an incredible amount of constant firepower, the Moritat’s detailed miniature – including a symbol on the right shoulder pad, specifically created for the Moritat – can be painted to fit in with any Legion’s colour scheme.

    Rules for this model can be found in The Horus Heresy Legiones Astartes: Age of Darkness Army List.

    This multi-part resin kit comes as 10 components, and is supplied with a 32mm scenic round base featuring a rock for the Moritat’s elevated pose, and an unfortunate Space Marine’s detached head.


    Legion Moritat with Plasma Pistols £21, $26


    Legion Moritat with Volkite Serpenta £21, $26


    Iron Warriors Legion Tyrant Siege Terminators £60, $75

    Tyrant Siege Terminators are the vanguard of any Iron Warriors siege breaker formation. Clad in thick Cataphractii plate and spitting a relentless hail of high explosive missiles from their cyclone missile launchers, these implacable warriors are fortress-breakers of unparalleled skill. The bleak spectacle of these warriors wading through storms of lasfire and shell, stoically smashing apart any obstacle before them with chainfist and krak blast, became synonymous with Perturabo’s wrath unleashed.

    Add these Tyrant Siege Terminators to your Iron Warriors army with this multi-part resin kit. It makes 5 Terminators, armed with combi-bolters and cyclone missile launchers, which are mounted atop their carapaces. They feature power fists, and there is a targeter in the kit, used to identify the Tyrant Siege Master. Each model exemplifies the chunky lines and dense armour that Terminators are made of, with accessories including bionic limbs. The parts included are interchangeable between the models, meaning you can make your Terminators unique.

    Rules for these models can be found in The Horus Heresy Legiones Astartes: Age of Darkness Legions.

    This kit comprises 46 components, and is supplied with 5 40mm round bases.

    That's it for now!

    Loken

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    Want over a dozen Horus Heresy books for $ 15?

    The Humble Bundle is a charity site where you can donate and give money to a charity while getting cool stuff you want.  This deal is amazing as you can get over a dozen Horus Heresy books for a minimum $15 donation.  You can donate more, and I donated $ 25.  you also get to decide how that money gets divided between the charity, the company donating the goods and Humble Bundle. 

    Do this now!  Go here:

    The Humble Bundle

    Loken

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  • 04/10/17--11:43: New Thunderhawk Revealed




  • The new Thunderhawk has been revelaed!

    And it ain't plastic!
     
    From Forge World:

    We’ve had a lot of questions over the last few weeks, since our venerable Thunderhawk gunship sold out online.

    We can now announce that the Forge World studio are nearing completion on a brand new updated version.

    Pre-production model – there may be some slight differences in the final model.

    This new resin Thunderhawk keeps the iconic and uncompromising outline of the Thunderhawk we all know and love, but also takes on a few design cues from other recent kits, like the Stormbird and Heresy-era Space Marine Legion tanks.

    For the moment, we don’t have anymore to show you, but you can rest assured this Lord of War will be touching down very soon.

    In fact, we’re hoping to have it available first at Warhammer Fest this May.



    Well, I am in!

    Loken



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  • 04/17/17--10:14: Magnus Arrives!


  • Magnus is finally here!

    And I honestly think this is the best Primarch model yet.  And thank the Emperor that they left off his stupid chest horns.

    From Warhammer Community:

    Magnus the Red, the Crimson King, Lord of Prospero – famous and infamous in equal measure for being perhaps the second most powerful psyker in the Imperium, after his father the Emperor.

    We have, of course, already seen the daemonic incarnation of Magnus in the 41st Millennium. This version, while still towering over his brother Primarchs, is not on quite the same scale (which has the advantage that you can fit in a Land Raider of course.)

    You can pick him up for the first time at Warhammer Fest (which, incidentally, is also hosting a Horus Heresy Grand Tournament).

    The rest of you will need to wait a little longer to order one, but he will be available for all later this year.



    I am in!

    Loken



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    The new Space Marines are coming!

    We have been hearing about the new Space Marines and seen new models, so now they are here:

    From Games Workshop:


    A New Breed of Hero

    For the past 10,000 years, the galaxy has been defended by the awesome might of the Adeptus Astartes – warriors whose origins date back to the gene-forging of the Space Marine Legions on ancient Terra, before even the Great Crusade and the Horus Heresy that followed it.

    Over the millennia, some have tried to emulate the process of creating Space Marines, both for good and evil, but none have managed to equal the genius of the Emperor’s finished creation.

    Until today.

    For ten millennia, Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl has been working on a task set for him by the Primarch Roboute Guilliman: a new legion of warriors. Now, though the Imperium is poised on the brink of annihilation, his task is complete…



    The Primaris Space Marine is a new breed of hero for this, the darkest age in the Imperium’s history. These new warriors are the next step in the evolution of the Emperor’s Angels of Death – genetically altered from their brethren to be bigger, stronger and faster – timely reinforcements to the Imperium’s armies as their enemies close in for the kill.

    To aid them in battle, these new gene-forged warriors are equipped with new arms and armour forged on holy Mars itself.

    The Primaris Space Marine here is an Intercessor wearing Mk X Tacticus armour, a suit that combines the most effective elements of ancestral Horus Heresy patterns of plate with more recent developments in power armour technology. He carries into battle a bolt rifle: the archetypal firearm of Space Marines, re-engineered, re-crafted and perfected*.

    At the dawn of the Indomitus Crusade, these phenomenal new warriors join Guilliman as he fights to liberate the scattered bastions of the Imperium. Some, Guilliman has forged into new Space Marine Chapters, whole brotherhoods comprised only of these new warriors. Others he has offered to the existing Space Marine Chapters. Many Chapter Masters have welcomed their Primaris brethren into their ranks, accepting the new reinforcements gladly. Others, though, view these new creations with suspicion or outright hostility, claiming that the Emperor’s work should not have been meddled with.

    Though they are a step removed from their brothers, the Primaris Space Marines still bear the gene-seed of their Primarchs, and some dissenting voices worry how this new type of warrior will react with the known genetic quirks and flaws of some of the more unusual Chapters…
    *Range 30, Strength 4, AP -1 and Rapid Fire.

    Exciting times! The Primaris Space Marines sound like they are going to kick serious face in the far future. Classic Guilliman, playing the long game with this ace up his power-armoured sleeve the whole time he was in stasis. The newly triumphant forces of Chaos had better watch out.

    So what does this mean for you gamers and collectors out there and your Space Marine armies? Well, we’ve made this FAQ that explains exactly how this new breed of warriors fit into your collections. For those of you curious as to exactly how these new Space Marines work in the game, we’ll have more details on that later today, so stay posted.


    Well, I am excited!  The models rock!

    Loken




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    Amon of the Thousand Sons is here!  And Magnus gets a scenic base with Russ.

    From Warhammer Community.


    Both will be at Warhammer Fest.

    Loken



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    8th Edition launches June 3rd.

    And it looks amazing!


    From Games Workshop:

    June 3rd – mark your calendars folks, because that’s the day you’ll be able to pre-order your copy of the new edition of Warhammer 40,000. You’ll then be among the first to get your hands on it come release day on June 17th.

    Fresh from the forges of Mars, and ready to bleed in defence of the Imperium, the Primaris Space Marines have come tooled for war. The bolt rifle-wielding Intercessors are the mainstay of the force. Alongside them march plasma-toting Hellblasters, providing deadly fire-support. And dropping in from orbit are Inceptors with the short range fury of their twin assault bolters.

    Leading these new warriors are the champions of the Primaris Space Marines: the inspiring presence of the Lieutenants, the banner-carrying Ancients, and the commander of the force, a Captain clad in new Gravis armour.


    The Death Guard are equally impressive. First up, a unit of Plague Marines. The archetypal unit of the XIV Legion swollen with the raw power of decay, these form of the core of any Death Guard force. Nurgle fans will also be pleased to see a shambling plague host represented by the repugnant and varied Poxwalkers, each draped in scraps of clothing from their former lives. There is a new vehicle on offer too – the Foetid Bloat-drone, a floating Daemon Engine that hunts its prey with a malign intelligence. 


    Rounding off the Death Guard are their own leaders, including a huge new Lord of Contagion, clad in warped Cataphractii Terminator plate and wielding one of the most brutal looking axes we’ve ever seen. Alongside him is the Noxious Blightbringer, a dark reflection of the noble Legion banner bearers of old, who carries a cursed plague bell that tolls with the death knell of his victims. Last but not least is the Malignant Plaguecaster – one of the pestilent sorcerers of this pox-ridden Legion.


    A complete set of datasheets to field both these Death Guard and Primaris Space Marines armies are included in two separate booklets inside the box. You’ll also find a host of new background information on the two forces and on the Plague Wars being fought in Ultramar.

    And of course, there’s the new Warhammer 40,000 book itself. This 280-page, hardback tome is included in the Dark Imperium box and is also available separately. This book is your guide to the new edition and contains an extensive exploration of the Warhammer 40,000 setting. This includes some pretty major advancements in the story for every faction in the galaxy, not least of which are the arrival of the Great Rift, the rise of Chaos, and the launching of the Indomitus Crusade.

    And rules. Lots of rules. All the rules you need to wage the bloodiest of wars in the far future. Alongside the core rules for the game, there are missions, full guidelines for the 3 ways to play (open, narrative and matched) and advanced rules to represent the myriad war zones of the far future, including all the rules you need to play games of Cities of Death, Planetstrike, Stronghold Assault and Death from the Skies.

    This is easily the most complete Warhammer 40,000 book to date.


    All very exciting and looking forward to see this ported over to Heresy 30K!

    Loken



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  • 05/28/17--21:08: Alan Bligh Has Passed


  • My friend and the lord of The Horus Heresy at Forge World, Alan Bligh, passed away yesterday. 

    Alan was a friend of mine and he was a fantastic talent.  I love this photo of Alan, because this is what he looked like, sitting there at his table, when I last spoke with him at The Horus Heresy Weekender in February.  We started chatting about a couple burning questions that had been consuming debate on the Heresy30K Forums:

    Could you shoot at a Dreadnought in a Dreadnought Drop Pod the turn it arrives, and WTF with the one grenade rule?

    Now those questions seem ridiculous compared to the loss of the man who basically created the Horus Heresy game we all love. A man who loved game design so much, and loved talking about it so much, that he radiated the joy of gaming as if he was Santa Clause on Christmas every day of his life.  That is how I remember Alan, he LOVED what he did so much that after you talked to him, you could think of doing nothing else than diving into it even more. I would come away from every Horus Heresy Weekender reinvigorated for the hobby.


    I considered Alan my friend.  When I was visiting Nottingham for the Horus Heresy Weekender in 2013 I ran into Alan at Bugman's bar.  He was sitting talking to John French and I introduced myself and we sat and chatted about the game.  I am sure I fanboyed all over them (yeah, hard to believe I know) and I took the above photo.  He then told me he was a donor to the Axanar project and I was floored!  This man who was so brilliant at what he did, who lead the development of this amazing game I loved more than any other, actually liked my little project?  I was so honored.  So each year after that, when I would go to Nottingham, I would try and catch up with Alan.  And this past year, at the Weekender, I didn't want to bother him, because he is so swamped, I figured I would catch him at his table (which I did) but Alan saw me and came up to me and told me we would find time to chat.  That was how he was: real, genuine, and a person who people wanted to be around.

    There are two blogs you need to read if you knew Alan, are a fan of The Horus Heresy, or just want to know why we all cared about this man so much.

    Aaron Dembski-Bowden is not only an amazing author but a truly wonderful guy.   His blog is worth reading if you didn't know what Alan was like and want to see what his friends say about him.  

    Aaron Dembski-Bowden's Blog

    John French was one of Alan's best friends as well as a Horus Heresy author.  His blog is another worthwhile read on Alan.

    John French's Blog


    I hope you will all take the time to read about Alan.  He surely will be missed.

    Alec





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     The Legio Custodes get Terminators!

    From Warhammer Community:

    "Today, we’re looking at the latest addition to the Legio Custodes with the Aquilon Terminators, walking tanks in advanced Terminator armour wielding powerful close-assault weaponry. We had a preview of these guys at Warhammer Fest – and now here’s your chance to get up close and personal with these elite warriors.

    The design of the Aqulion Terminators blends elements from the Custodian Guard with Cataphractii-Pattern Terminator armour, as well as drawing on a wealth of classic Warhammer 40,000 art. The armour has a hand-crafted, artisanal feel in contrast to the brutal and industrial nature of Space Marine power armour during the Age of Darkness, while details like the raised gorget and recessed helmet cavity tie the Aquilon Terminators to the Legio Custodes Dreadnoughts. These models are posed dynamically and given a sense of movement and flexibility that hints at the additional mobility provided by Aquilon Pattern Terminator armour.

    Aquilon Terminators aren’t just equipped defensively, they’re also some of the most heavily armed of the Legio Custodes, equipped in this case with infernus firepikes and solarite power talons. Again, these weapons are similar to those wielded by the Terminators of the Space Marines Legions but have an extra degree of deadly craftsmanship – we’re big fans of the eagle’s head on the firepike in particular. Appropriately for the Emperor’s bodyguard, these weapons also have a savage and medieval feel despite their elegance; as well as making for a resplendent ceremonial vanguard for the Master of Mankind, the Legio Custodes are a ferociously capable fighting force. 

    Aquilon Terminators will be out soon – keep your eyes peeled for more previews and updates right here on Warhammer Community for the Horus Heresy and beyond! In the meantime, it’s a great time to start a Talons of the Emperor army, whether you’re taking advantage of powerful relics like the Telemon Heavy Dreadnought in the Age of Darkness or readying them for a new era of warfare with our boxed set."




    Damn these are so awesome!

    I want them.

    Loken




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    The Thousand Sons get another great model!


    From Forge World:

    Magistus Amon of the Thousand Sons Legion – £45 ($58)

    A figure whose repute was known well beyond his Legion during the time of the Great Crusade, for he often served as his Primarch’s equerry. It was said of Amon that he had served as Magnus’ tutor once, before the coming of the Emperor to Prospero, though the student soon far outstripped the master.


    If true then it is likely that he survived the conversion process to Legiones Astartes as an adult, perhaps aided by the Crimson King’s direct intervention, and emerged both as a potent warrior and powerful psyker. Most of his career beyond his public duties remained in shadow and it is believed that he was in fact master of his Legion’s intelligence gathering organisation. Amon’s fate was to see him survive the Battle of Prospero an embittered and wounded figure, who became increasingly isolated from his one-time peers and master.


    Posed dynamically, leaping forward into combat with cloak billowing and furious expression, Magistus Amon of the Thousand Sons Legion wears powerful artificer armour with layer upon layer of psychically-charged glyphs and waveforms designed to augment his own abilities. He comes armed with a reliquary staff, which contains the dust-like remains of slain mind-parasites – their murderous psychic essence is his to leverage.


    Magistus Amon comes with a 40mm round base, which on its own features plenty of detail – shattered rocks and the broken armour of a fellow warrior – but comes into its own when slotted into the included 50mm scenic display base; this model is sure to become the centrepiece of your Thousand Sons collection.


    The miniature comes as 9 resin components, and rules can be found in The Horus Heresy Book Seven – Inferno.


    I am in!  The Thousand Sons keep looking better.

    Loken



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    A new tank coming for Heresy fans.

    Forge World has previewed their new Sicaran-chassis tank:

    The Arcus Strike Tank is one of the more unusual tanks available to the Space Marine Legions. Similar to the malevolent Dreadclaw Drop Pod and the sinister Knight-Atrapos, the Arcus Strike Tank has a shadowed past, viewed by the Mechanicum for reasons unknown as a slight against the Omnissiah. As a result, the adepts of the Machine God refuse to produce or repair these vehicles – without their ministrations, these advanced support platforms have degenerated, and their advanced armaments have been replaced with more common rotary launchers. This has done little to blunt the offensive capabilities of the Strike Tank, which is still able to race forward and unleash hails of area-saturation incendiary missiles.

    The Arcus Strike Tank looks similar to the other Sicaran-class vehicles, distinguished by its large twin rotary launcher. This weapon shares design traits with other missile launchers in the Space Marine Legions, from the man-portable versions found on Heavy Support Squads to the notorious scorpius missile launcher found on the Whirlwind Scorpius. The mouth of each launcher contains a bundle of missiles and has two huge ammo drums.


    Well, damn, I need THREE!

    Loken



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    Another Sicaran on the heels of the Arcus Strike variant!

    Forge World has revealed the Sicaran Punisher.


    The turret was previously spotted at Warhammer Fest in May and rules are on p.15 of  Imperial Armour forces of the Adeptus Astartes.




    Here are the rules:

    “Punisher Rotary Cannon: 36″ Heavy18 S5 AP-1 D1, rerolls failed to hit rolls of 1 if the vehicle dies not move or Advance in the movement phase.”


    Will add this to my wish list!

    Loken



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    Gabriel Angelos, Blood Ravens Chapter Master

    The first of a series of Warhammer 40,000 figures is coming from Forge World.  And a beauty it is!


    Form Forge World:

    Gabriel Angelos, Master of the Blood Ravens chapter of Space Marines, guides his brothers against the most dangerous enemies in the Galaxy. Uncompromising and honorable, Gabriel has little patience for those who would hesitate in battle.

    Making a fantastic centrepiece for a Blood Ravens collection, this depiction of Gabriel Angelos, modelled after his appearance in the video game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War III, is an HQ choice for Blood Ravens armies. His armour is resplendent with detail, with greaves covered in studs and skulls, a detailed cloak and plenty of chains, chapter markings and iconography to keep the painter busy; his scarred head glowers at the foe from underneath a spiked iron halo. He wields the intimidatingly-named God-Splitter Daemonhammer, and stands atop a rubble-strewn 60mm scenic base – this depicts a blasted rocky outcrop, and features a shattered piece of Ork armour, no doubt victim of the aforementioned Daemonhammer.

    The kit comes as 7 components, and is presented in a Character Series box – there is also included a 40mm round gaming base, which can be removed from the scenic base for ease of use on the gaming table. Rules for Gabriel Angelos in games of Warhammer 40,000 are available as a PDF download.



    I will add this model to my Blood Angels!

    Loken



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    What's cool on eBay this week?

    Well, this set of dice and objective markers!  The lot also includes the massive munitorium dice set.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Games-Workshop-Warhammer-40-000-Limited-Edition-Dice-Markers-and-Lasgun-/232500017929?hash=item362214bb09:g:S5kAAOSwaZdZyADi

    Have at it!

    Loken




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    The Horus Heresy gets a rulebook!

    From Forge World:
     
    Get ready to return to the 31st Millennium with the new Horus Heresy Age of Darkness Rulebook, available to pre-order this Friday. This book is your guide to gaming in the Age of Darkness; this valuable resource is for both experienced Praetors who’ve been playing since Betrayal and fledgeling Consuls looking to take their place in the greatest war the galaxy has ever known.

    We know some of you want to know exactly what the Horus Heresy Age of Darkness Rulebook is, so we’ve prepared a quick Q&A:

    What can you tell us about the upcoming Horus Heresy Rulebook?

    It is a rulebook for use with the Horus Heresy range of miniatures using the 7th edition ruleset.

    The core of the rules will be familiar to those playing the Horus Heresy today, but there have been some changes. Can you tell us about any?

    The previous FAQs for 7th edition have been incorporated and the army construction section uses the Horus Heresy rules instead of the 7th edition standard. We’ve also made some balance changes based on community feedback. Invisibility has been replaced, while the usage of melta-bombs has been changed.

    Does the new book work with the current range of Horus Heresy books and expansions?

    Yes – all your red and black books still work!

    What is in the book apart from the core rules themselves?

    The rulebook just contains the core rules and useful reference material – you’ll find all the lore and specific rules for your chosen Legion (or the Mechanicum, or Crusade Imperialis) in the various Horus Heresy supplements.

    In short, if you’ve been playing with the 7th edition rules then the game is much the same as it always was, but for some much-asked-for balance tweaks and less bookkeeping thanks to integrated army creation rules and FAQ updates. For instance,  Invisibility with the new Mind Howl psychic power:
     


    Games Workshop also put out a quick FAQ about the book to help illuminate some of the questions players have been asking:
    Q: What can you tell us about the upcoming Horus Heresy Rulebook?

    A: It is a rulebook for use with the Horus Heresy range of miniatures using the 7th edition ruleset.

    Q: The core of the rules will be familiar to those playing the Horus Heresy today, but there have been some changes. Can you tell us about any?

    A: The previous FAQs for 7th edition have been incorporated and the army construction section uses the Horus Heresy rules instead of the 7th edition standard. We’ve also made some balance changes based on community feedback. Invisibility has been replaced, while the usage of melta-bombs has been changed.

    Q: Does the new book work with the current range of Horus Heresy books and expansions?

    A: Yes – all your red and black books still work!
    : What is in the book apart from the core rules themselves?

    A: The rulebook just contains the core rules and useful reference material – you’ll find all the lore and specific rules for your chosen Legion (or the Mechanicum, or Crusade Imperialis) in the various Horus Heresy supplements.



    So go get your copy!

    (I do wish we were playing 8th edition though).

    Loken