Apr 14

bloodthirsterThe Khorne Daemonkin codex has been released, and inkzoo and I were itching to take it for a ride. We’ve been waiting for a decent Chaos book for a while, and in particular one that let inkzoo use his painted and awesome Khorne troops. But first, a story.

When I was a young man back in the nineties, at 13 years old, I did not have a very wide social circle. Most people I was friends with in school were from my street. I lived in a pretty rural area Northwest of Jackson, so getting to see people outside of school was tough. As our school district was one of the largest by area in the State, that made it even harder.

My friends had heard that I played a game of 40K with my brother and enjoyed it. They insisted that I meet this other kid who played, so we could nerd out together. That person ended up being inkzoo.

The first time inkzoo and I played a game, I went over to his place. We started getting set up, and I noticed he had a really awesome fully-painted Bloodthirster. This is the old model, the pewter one that weighs 600 pounds. I pick it up and immediately butterfingers it. The model he spent 20 hours or more painting fell to the floor, and shattered into a haystack of twisted pewter. I had known inkzoo for under an hour, and I destroyed his pride and joy.

So, inkzoo, me, and Khorne go back a long ways to the fuzzy days of 1999, and our relationship started with Bloodthirsters. On the summit of the new Khorne Daemonkin book, we decided to play a game together to celebrate what Khorne means to us. I mean that in the literal sense, we actually both played both sides of the board. We wanted to create a fun, narrative-driven game. We also wanted to avoid mistakes while playing, so having two people both work on the same side works well for that. We also built the lists together, making sure that they were maximally assault-driven. This was to ensure the full glory of the fury of Khorne.

We’ll have a full battle report up within about a week, including the famous MI40K top-down full-graphics imaging we used to do before the server went down. Until then, here’s the lists we’ll be using for this battle.

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Review: New Forge World Pre-Orders

posted by TheRascalKing13
Apr 12

Alpha_Legion_by_megalarosIt’s been a busy few weeks for Forge World, and they just dropped another set of models on us. We’ve got a nice variety this week, with a new Realm of Battle board leading us off. Additionally, there’s a new entry in the Horus Heresy Character Series; This time it’s Armillus Dynat, Harrowmaster of the Alpha Legion. Lastly, there’s the new Xiphon-pattern Interceptor. Let’s go through them and take a look.


Realm of Battle – Imperial Primus Redoubt

This model regretfully has nothing to do with the awesome sounds of Primus. There’s not a lot to say here, the model looks fine, and is just another brick in the wall that is Realm of Battle. My main beef with the Realm of Battle boards remains that they are enormously expensive. Each 2’x2′ board is $185.00, plus shipping. That makes this almost certainly over the $200 mark, or $1200+ for a full 6’x4′ board. That’s way too high, and also explains why I’ve only seen these in game stores.

The rules for this thing are insane. They released experimental rules. It’s a large building, with ten hull points and armor 15. It also includes a Turbo Laser Destroyer in the base cost of 650 points! That’s the biggest gun in the game, usually reserved for Reaver Titans, and it’s on a platform that is basically undestroyable. It’s a two-shot Large Blast at strength D. It also has options to bolt on smaller guns, but honestly, why bother?

At any rate, on to the pictures and official description.

Found on worlds across the Imperium since the days of the Great Crusade, the Primus Redoubt is one of a class of super-heavy emplacements built en-masse to defend the cities, foundries and other vital structures on newly Compliant worlds. Constructed with emplaced weaponry more often found on heavy void craft and battlecruisers, and powered by reactors buried deep beneath its visible structure, the Primus Redoubt is designed to eliminate vehicles at very long range, and has enough destructive force to take down super-heavy vehicles and even Titans. Its substantial walls are further protected by a projected force dome, shielding the redoubt from all but the heaviest of incoming fire and orbital bombardments.

The Realm of Battle Imperial Primus Redoubt consists of a 2′ x 2′ Realm of Battle tile that features a large bunker complex with multiple battlements and a double-barrelled turbo laser destructor turret. It is a fortification that can be taken by any Faction in Warhammer 40,000 and Horus Heresy games. Experimental rules for the Primus Redoubt can be found HERE.

This is a complete multi-part resin kit. It is available to pre-order today for despatch from Friday 10th April.


Armillus Dynat, Harrowmaster of the Alpha Legion

There’s no way I won’t call this guy “Armadillo Dymaxion” at every turn. It’s just a ridiculous name. And also, I want to know who is handing out honorifics at the Alpha Legion base. “Harrowmaster”? Someone was going through his annual review and thought “We should promote Armadillo from Division Manager to Harrowmaster”. Oh Warhammer, you are incorrigible.
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Forums Update

posted by TheRascalKing13
Apr 11

Our forums have been in rough shape. I got them installed, but my anti-spam measures were going poorly. In an attempt to use the ancient fighting technique of MySQL-fu, I accidentally deleted everything.

After working hard at it last week the forums are back on their feet and should remain free of spam. Go give them a spin and let me know in the comments if you’re having any problems.


New Forge World Website Coming Soon

posted by TheRascalKing13
Apr 10

forge_worldWe’ve received word that there’s a new Forge World website on the way. The way we know this is slightly roundabout, however. Games Workshop posted a job description to their LinkedIn page looking for a web developer for a new Forge World site. I have no idea why Games Workshop doesn’t announce things ahead of time, instead making us search around like this, but the news is welcome regardless. Here’s a link to the job posting, and here’s the description reposted.

Job Description
Do you want to bring the glories of Forge World to an ever-increasing audience? Are you excited by the challenge of devising and managing a programme of promotions to bring people to the Forge World web store, encouraging them to buy our fabulous resin model kits and the products that support them, and making sure that every customer feels valued?

Your job will be to make sure you always have a great plan for bringing more people to the Forge World web store where they can browse the ever-growing range of awesome resin kits, and making sure that all the products, new releases as well as old favourites, are promoted in the appropriate way. You’ll be working with the rest of the web store team to come up with new ideas to promote the store and all the great products on it, agreeing a plan of promotions and then managing the delivery to make sure everything gets done as agreed. That will mean working effectively with lots of different people, solving all kinds of problems (many of them entirely new ones) and most importantly making sure that the offer to our customers always looks inspiring.

What makes this job hard is that the need for great ideas never ends. The Forge World design studio never stops releasing awesome new resin models, and the quest to find more connoisseurs to cherish and enjoy these exquisite creations goes on and on!


Apr 9

promethium_demoThe blogosphere is exploding today with leaked images of the new terrain that Games Workshop is releasing. With the rumors of the Void Shield Generator from yesterday, it looks like a big terrain push is finally on it’s way. The pictures of the new models are at the end of this post.

There are two new pieces, the Plasma Obliterator and the Promethium Pipes.

The first new model we’ll review is the Plasma Obliterator. It’s a medium building, granting it 14 armor all the way around. It is a truckload of points, clocking in around the same number as a bare-bones Land Raider.

The model itself is beautiful. The entire Warhammer 40,000 franchise hinges around The Rule of Cool, and the idea of shoving a gigantic gun on top of a building and calling it a day is excellent. It even looks like the Reaver Titan’s plasma weapon, too, which ties everything nicely together. I’ve always been a fan of the giant death-Saint motif on the gothic-style buildings.

However, the rules on this thing suck. It has two of the dumbest rules in the game. Granted, the gun itself is pretty good, with a nigh-unkillable 7″ plasma blast. The kicker is that it still has the Gets Hot rule for not only the gun itself, but for the guys inside. They also take those wounds randomly. Gets Hot has long been a pain point for our local group, as it should be a very small chance of happening, but has a tendency to kill guys that cost a lot of points.

The other crummy rule on it is that the “Access Points and Fire Points” says “as per model”. I remember when modeling for advantage was frowned on, but this basically says that you can take as many fire points as you want. I just don’t get why they don’t specify how many it should have. This rule should literally state, “Get in a fight with your friend or tournament organizer.” It would be trivially easy to provide firing point and even gun arc information, but Games Workshop is too lazy or stupid to do it.

Anyways, moving on to the Promethium Relay Pipes. This a pretty basic model as far as looks are concerned. I consider that both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because I can use the pipes from my Hirst Arts Chemical Plant molds. It’s bad because we don’t get a sweet model from Games Workshop. They make some of the best-looking models on the planet, and this one is just a little flat.

The rules on these are very good too. They’re a nice set of 4+ cover for whatever needs covered, and it comes at a decent price point. The rules regarding “Fuel Pipes” and “Fuel Siphon” are absolutely hilarious, and not terribly game breaking. The fuel pipes can both explode in your face and also give you a way to hook up your flamer-based weapons to give them Heavy and Torrent. The flavor is good, the points are right, and there’s utility here. This is just a great release!



void_shield_genWe’ve discovered some interesting news regarding the limited-release Void Shield Generators. These ones are going for ridiculous prices on eBay. It looks like Games Workshop is going to issue a new run, so stop bidding on eBay. There are signs on the Games Workshop website that new pages are being built for several items with redirects already in place. For instance, this page – http://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/void-shield-generator – resolves to – http://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/Void-Shield-Generator. This has caused many rumor mongers to expect an announcement in the next few days.

Here are some other website redirects of note.

Promethium Pipes

Link http://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/promethium-relay-pipes
Redirect http://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Promethium-Relay-Pipe

 
 
Dark Angels Codex

Link http://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/codex-dark-angels
Redirect http://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Codex-Dark-Angel


32mmAdapterThe miniature accessories manufacturer Secret Weapon has come out with a new release. They are now producing 25mm to 32mm adapter rings. These are rings that you can glue around the bases of your existing 25mm bases to make them a step up to the 32mm size.

Games Workshop
has been quietly releasing models on the new 32mm bases. They say that the reason is because it makes the models more imposing, and gives them more room to be dynamic. Specifically, the Death Company release saw them on the new bases.

They do look good, but they have left a lot of people wondering if they will need to re-base their entire army. Games Workshop has been adamant that you can legally use either in gameplay. Most tournaments are flexible, since they know that it can be a massive burden to keep armies up-to-date once they reach critical size. Indeed, just replacing arms on guys that I have when a new edition comes out can be a month-long process.

The problem of course arises from the fact that some units heavily benefit from the larger bases, and some are hindered. We’ll be discussing this further later in the week when talking about the new Khorne Daemonkin codex.

secret_weaponThese rings solve the problem by allowing you to easily step up the size on your existing bases without breaking the model. You can paint and extend any flock on them, and you’ll never notice the difference. I intend on upgrading all of my models as soon as possible to take advantage of the increased board control.

The absolute best part about these is the price. $5 upgrades 10 bases. In the world of $120 Bloodthirsters, getting something for $5 feels like a steal. You can upgrade 100 models for $50, and that’s the same price as a single Wave Serpent.


2015 Crystal Brush Winners

posted by TheRascalKing13
Apr 6

crystal_brush
We’re a little late to press on this one, but I’d like to share the Crystal Brush winners from Adepticon in Chicago. The fifth annual awards competition ran from March 19-22.

Crimson Fist Captain

by Kirill Kanaev

Holy hell! The first thing I want to mention about this model is that it is not at a larger scale than the regular Space Marine Captains you’ve seen elsewhere. This model is literally the standard, two-or-so-inches-tall model that we are familiar with on a day-to-day basis. I lack the words necessary to describe the detail in this model. The face shows true emotion, and has more detail than entire tanks that I’ve painted.

I also am always impressed by what I call “flat surface” work. In this case, it’s the cloak that has a mural painted on it that really wowed me. I also am a huge sucker for gems, and this guy’s completely froze.

And also, the guy kind of looks like Vladimir Putin. I don’t know why, but that makes this significantly better.


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Happy Easter from MI40K!

posted by TheRascalKing13
Apr 5

khorne_easterA very Happy Easter goes out to all of our Christian readers today. Easter is always reminiscent of the Warhammer 40K universe. Obviously, they both feature an immortal creature guiding his legions while avoiding eternal damnation. I suppose only Easter has the chocolate thing going for it, though, so maybe Easter is better than 40K.

At any rate, have a safe and happy holiday with friends and family, from all of us here at MI40K. Eat lots of food, eat lots of chocolate, and we look forward to seeing you around for many more holidays!

Next week we’ll begin our discussion of the Daemonkin codex and also have our first battle report since the relaunch of MI40K! Stick around for a great week.


Apr 1

WarRabbitWyrd has released a limited-edition War Rabbit for the Easter holiday. There is only a handful available, but they’re pretty sweet models. They came to my attention from our old contributor r3con. He’s always looking for different ways to theme his Space Wolves, and there’s no denying that having a War Rabbit would be the way to build an appropriate Space Wolves Rabbit army.

If anyone ends up purchasing one of these, we’d love to see it in person! Drop us a comment and we can find a way to get your review or pictures on the site!