Posts Tagged ‘Space Marines’

Space Marine Command Tank Rules

posted by TheRascalKing13
Jun 4

land_raider_excelsiorI’m back from vacation! Sorry for the dearth of articles recently.

The Space Marine’s Command Tanks rules have been leaked. Check out the two images below to see the rules. These are something Space Marine players have been asking for for a very long time, and it’s finally going to happen. Forge World released the Damocles-pattern Rhino, which is similar to the Rhino Primaris in concept, almost five years ago.

The tanks are interesting in that they come as a unit, and the Excelsior is a Character. Obviously, this is so it can engage in close combat challenges with it’s tank adversaries. The whole unit clocks in at 400 points, which is 130 more than they would be without the bonus rules. Let’s see if the new rules justify the price.


First let’s look at the Excelsior. My first problem with it is that I will always see Al Gore from the South Park episode “ManBearPig”. He always yells “Excelsior!” right before going off on some misadventure.

On to the rules. Right off the top of the bat it gets an Aquila Aegis Field, which grants it a 6++ invulnerable and ignores Shaken and Stunned. This is crazy good for a tank with AV 14 all the way around. The stayability of this guy is monstrous.
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May 4

tld_and_qcThe Forge World bulletins continue to be a font of great upcoming models. This week, in Bulletin #58, they show off the Warlord Titan’s weapon options. Clearly included is a Turbo Laser Destroyer, which also features on the Warhound Titan. There is also another gun which is almost certainly a Quake Cannon, which has been mentioned in various other sources as well.

What do you think? I’m pretty excited for finally seeing a Warlord Titan. They’ve been rumored about for years, and I’ve seen more than a few subpar scratch-built ones, so I’m excited to see what the “real deal” looks like.

I also think we should have some sort of MI40K betting pool as to how much a whole Titan will cost. I’ve got my bets pegged at $1800 USD right now. Let me know how much I’ve nailed it or missed the mark in the comments!



lascannonsWe’re reviewing the rest of the new Forge World releases today. This is the other half of our earlier review. Instead of showing off all the upgrades and bobbins, this article will focus on the two big model releases. Without further adieu.



Deimos-Pattern Vindicator Laser Detroyer

Available for pre-order May 1st!
The rules are available on their site. The Laser Destroyer is first and foremost and awesome-looking model. If I designed models, “Stick a shitload of Lascannons on it” would be my mantra for most things. Bringing this to the table is like surfboarding down an avalanche of skulls while shredding a sweet guitar solo and banging a supermodel. It’s that awesome.
The rules are, however, better than when we reported on it earlier. It’s a 130-point tank, and it comes with a single Ordnance, AP1 twin-linked Lascannon shot. That’s not that great, but it’s not terrible either. However, you can now fire twice if you sit still, and you can fire three times if you stand still and take what amounts to a Gets Hot roll. That’s a lot better, making this better than a standard all-Lascannon Predator!
I will never accept that this has four barrels and fires one, two, or three shots. I know the fluff is that it’s shooting them offset with a miniscule difference to “drill into” enemy armor, but it just feels like it should be a four-shot tank.
Here’s the Forge World write-up and a few pictures.

Tearing through the armour plating of enemy vehicles, the Vindicator laser destroyer array is a potent weapon of destruction. First retrofitted into the heavily armoured Deimos pattern Vindicator chassis during the dark days of the Horus Heresy, several Legions took to fielding this variant as a mainline battle tank, proving itself on many occasions as an able tank hunter. After millennia of brutal warfare across the galaxy, it is still in favour within the Space Marine Chapters, the Vindicator Laser Destructor continuing to bring retribution to the enemies of Mankind.

The Deimos Vindicator Laser Destroyer may be fielded in Space Marine Legion armies in Horus Heresy games and also in Space Marine armies in standard games of Warhammer 40,000. Its updated rules can be found HERE.



Thanatar-Calix Siege Automata

Available now!
The rules for this guy are experimental, but available. This guy is an absolute monster, clocking in near 300 points. His S8/T8/W4/2+ armor save are basically a necessity to keep him moving, so he comes appropriately defended. He’s also packing a S10 Lascannon, which is pretty insane. He’s also got a Gravity-Gun-esque Graviton Ram that helps add a little punch if he’s going to be shooting something. He most likely will be focused on shooting tanks and buildings, though. He does need to shoot Troops to assault them, but his inability to run or Sweeping Advance really takes the punch out of assaulting.
The other neat part about the Ram is that it acts as a D weapon against buildings. This is very fun, as usually buildings feel just about impenetrable. This guy may be shooting as he lumbers across the field, but if he does end up next to a building it’s going to have a bad time.
Overall, I really like this unit. The game needs more on-foot Monstrous Creatures, and this guy has a great model and some decently balanced rules. I’d have to play it a few times to be sure, but I think Games Workshop landed on a winner, here.

The Thanatar-Calix class Siege-automata is a potent war machine and a wonder of the Mechanicum’s craft. Combining arcane and secret technologies, it carries a twin-linked mauler bolt cannon alongside a rare solex pattern heavy lascannon, whose beams of coherent light can reach far across a battlefield to lethal effect. The Thanatar-Calix’s most destructive armament though is the graviton ram, a weapon whose origins are lost in the Dark Age of Technology. The ram’s crushing waves of gravitational force can pulverise infantry and vehicles alike, and it can be utterly devastating at both range and close quarters.

The Thanatar frame, designed as a heavy weapons platform, is well armoured and further protected by atomantic shield generators, making it nearly impervious to all but the heaviest of weapons fire. Whilst it is slow to advance, the Thanatar-Calix’s durability allows it to close steadily on its target, moving ever nearer until its formidable weaponry can be brought into range.

The Thanatar-Calix may be taken in any Mechanicum army, including the Taghmata Omnissiah, Legio Cybernetica and Ordo Reductor army lists, in Horus Heresy games. Experimental rules for the Thanatar-Calix can be found HERE.



Here’s a quick rundown of the new Forge World releases that don’t involve entire new models. We’ll have another article up within a day of the new Mechanicus and Space Marine models.


Raven Guard Upgrades

Available for Pre-Order May 1st
These are straight-forward upgrades for the Raven Guard. Featured are Mark II, III, IV, and VI shoulderpads, in order below. There’s also Mark VI heads and torsos. These are solid sculpts and would be a great addition to any Raven Guard army.

Skilled infiltrators and masters of reconnaissance, the Raven Guard Legion was the hidden hand of the Emperor from even before the time of the Great Crusade, hunting down any who would not bend the knee to the Imperial truth. Striking from the shadows, the XIXth Legion is ever prepared for enacting rapid, overwhelming assaults from unexpected quarters against the enemies of Mankind.


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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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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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Rumors – Laser Destroyer Vindicator

posted by TheRascalKing13
Mar 29

laser_destroyer_2Forge World released their Forge World Bulletin #52 from Adepticon. At the end of it is a teaser for a new model. Keen-eyed folks who attended Adepticon would have seen on Forge World’s tables the very model in question. It turns out that it’s a Horus Heresy Vindicator variant, the Laser Destroyer Vindicator.

This is a Vindicator, so we’re expecting the armor values to be 13/11/10. This also isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Laser Destroyer. There’s a few examples on the Forge World pages, and there’s some rules for them as well. This lets us extrapolate its offensive capabilities.

The gun appears to be a standard Laser Destroyer, so the stat block is as follows.

  Range S AP Notes
Laser Destroyer 36″ 9 2 Ordnance, Twin-Linked

laser_destroyerThat’s extremely underwhelming. It gets a single shot which is almost guaranteed to land a punishing hit on a tank. This makes the tank a one-trick pony. Compared to a regular Vindicator it has very little advantage. The vanilla Vindicator, which I will now refer to as the Vanillacator, has a 24″ range, S10, AP2, Large Blast Ordnance. It is about equally as good at killing tanks, suffering only slightly from the stunted range. The Vanillacator can put that blast to use killing high AP infantry units as well, though. This sets it apart from the Laser Destroyer in that it can effectively manage troops.

This is all still a rumor, of course, so we’ll see if there are addition rules when it is officially released. If there’s no point deduction or a fun extra rule or three, this thing might be dead on arrival.

I also want to comment that I don’t like the model. I’m not a big fan of making Rhino-chassis tanks tall and bulky like they did. Additionally, the lack of side doors, while fine fluff-wise, really unsettles me for some reason. It’s like having your best friend shave his head. The base hasn’t changed, but it’s just different enough you might not like it.


Horus Heresy – New Gubbin Preorders

posted by TheRascalKing13
Mar 22

There’s a new set of customizable parts for your Horus Heresy Space Marines army. There’s shoulderpads for Mark II, III, and IV Ultramarines. Thy have also pre-released Mark II torsos and heads for the Iron Warriors.

The models are available for preorder. They will be dispatched Friday, March 27th. Without further delay, here’s the new models.

Ultramarines Mark II, III, and IV Shoulderpads, respectively

Iron Warriors Torsos and Shoulderpads


Listhammer: Being The Alpha

posted by TheRascalKing13
Mar 16

alpha_maleWelcome back to MI40K! Today we’ll be taking a look at a list that inkzoo and I have been trying to get working for a while now. We’ll take a look and then figure out what is and is not working for us. We’ll play through a few test games and see how it stacks up. Without further ado, here’s the list.

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Now that’s just about the spammiest thing I’ve ever seen! inkzoo built this specifically to try out a bunch of new Drop Pods he had purchased. After putting them into a list, he ran with the alpha strike theme and built the rest of the list around some of the many Terminators he has.

This list was also built with the idea of solving a problem. The current metagame is utterly dominated by a handful of units. The big problems are Eldar spamming Wave Serpents, Imperial Knights, and Tyranids spamming monstrous creatures and Lictors. This list attempts to solve all three of those problems at once. It does so via the perennially-powerful Meltagun.

If there’s a Knight causing trouble on the board it will find itself rapidly surrounded on the first turn. If more than a few Wave Serpents show up, hopefully the weight of the Assault Marines’ Meltaguns will knock a few of them out of the air. The Tyranids tend to fly or come in from reserves, so they are a bit different of a matchup. In theory the abundance of AP2 should help out, but the utter lack of anti-air is working against us. Additionally, ranged Tyranids tend to fight by using the weight of small arms fire, which is good against our Terminators. As 40k is exceedingly more of a rock-scissor-paper game, we did not expect to be the best against everything.

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