Friday, November 30, 2012

Forge World Newsletter #327 - Imperial Armour Volume One – Second Edition: Imperial Guard

As always all the important bits below:
Hi there, The very first of our large Imperial Armour books returns to our online store this week in a fully revised and updated edition. Imperial Armour Volume One – Second Edition: Imperial Guard is available to order now and as we’re on the very cusp of December, we’ve also got a reminder in today’s newsletter of our upcoming order deadlines for pre-Christmas delivery.
Imperial Armour Volume One - Second Edition: Imperial Guard
Here at Forge World we've always loved tanks, and from our very earliest beginnings it is the massed ranks of the Imperial Guard that have inspired many of our hobbyists to take to the field of battle. This week sees the return of the very first large Imperial Armour book to our range, rewritten and expanded to be fully compatible with the 6th Edition of Warhammer 40,000.

Imperial Armour Volume One - Second Edition: Imperial Guard is a book dedicated to the fighting vehicles of the Imperial Guard; the steel-clad behemoths that rumble and clank their way across the battlefields of the far future, unleashing fire and shell at the enemies of Mankind. Inside this 294-page book, the full panoply of Imperial Guard armoured vehicles are displayed in exhaustive detail, including profiles and rules for over fifty tanks, support vehicles, artillery pieces and super-heavy vehicles, alongside extensive background material on these war machines, their munitions and manufacture. You can find a full list of contents here.

In addition to this wealth of information, the book also includes a full army list that allows you to field the sledgehammer of Imperial military power: the Imperial Guard Armoured Battlegroup. On top of this are also rules for some of the most famous Tank Aces of the Imperium including General Grizmund of the 1st Narmenian Armoured Regiment, made famous in New York Times-bestselling author Dan Abnett’s Gaunt’s Ghosts novel Necropolis (also available in e-book format).
Imperial Armour Volume One – Second Edition: Imperial Guard is available to order now for immediate despatch, and we can still guarantee pre-Christmas delivery worldwide.
nice to see the book getting an update for the new rulesset, having to think about it though whereas normally i would go out and get this straight away. Its nice for the guard to get some love but im really hoping they get some HH love for the imperial army underway soon.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Millest’s Monthly Workbench - 28.11.12

Millest’s Monthly Workbench
So folks after debating it on a few of the news groups, forums and facebook pages, as well as with some advice from some of you guys on the blog I have decided to drop the workbench commitments from fortnightly to monthly. It has been suggested by others using this format to get things done that fortnightly doesnt give time to get things dont and your more likely to become overwhelmed (and i agree) so I have decided to set more realistic targets for myself of monthly goals. So time for the first realistic goal (I hope).

Workbench update
Once again the previous two weeks for me were very busy with not only Dan's (the blogs resident ultramarine player) wedding but with general work. Happily all the reading slated for completion, Flesh of Cretacia, Old soliders never die and the Black Library Weekender Volumes 1 and 2, was finished as expected. In addition I have made a start on Tome of Fire  this week and am looking forward to completing it.
Unfortunately however the physical hobby side of things didnt pan out the way I wanted with only the additional turrets getting built. The main bodies of the tanks are still on sprues so this will roll over to this commitment.

Workbench commitment for December 2012
So once again this fortnight we have the chimera, once their completed I shall see about getting some pics on the blog.
Again more reading in the form of Tome of Fire and The Seige of Castellax on the horizon, not only that but i have just ordered the new campaign book and hopefully that should be here soon.

This month also sees some Airsoft action taking place. Not only will i be removing the airsoft trades from my toys, so expect some new pictures of my rifles for the airsoft armoury, but I also intend to Start work on my new helmet and bringing my old mich up to date with a new paint scheme and the latest accessories. I wont post pictures of them here but i will be posting some pre and post pictures over the week, This work is unfortunately dependant on parts coming from overseas for the Mich (and to a lesser degree on the fast helmet) but all being well we should have some progress soon. This does also mean i need to sort out my remaining kit and the parts from  my helmets etc i wont use and sell them (so if anyone needs anything let me know and i can let you have a list) to help cover the costs of other parts i need.

So this months commitment consists of the following:
  • Tome of Fire
  • Ther Siege of Castellax
  • Build 2 x chimera
  • remove trades from 2 x rifle
  • assemble and complete fast ops helmet
  • strip and start updating mich
  • sell no longer used airsoft kit
Overall i think a manageble goal and one that should work well now we are on a monthly system. It also gives me a simpler way to check what i need to do. Next work bench update will be at the end of December but keep an eye on the blog for progress over the coming weeks.

Forge World Newsletter #326 - Legion Squad Deals

As always all the important bits below:

Horus Heresy
Hi there, With Christmas fast approaching, we’ve put together six fantastic bundle offers to help you amass your own Horus Heresy Legion force. These bundles will only be available for a limited time, and with the first of the Christmas delivery deadlines today, we recommend that you get your order in quickly.
MkII, MkIII and MkIV Legion Tactical Squads Sets
The mainstay of any Legion is its Tactical squads; serried ranks of bolter-equipped Space Marines capable of crushing almost any foe that stands against them.
We have put together three Tactical squads sets, each of which allows you to build two squads as the compulsory Troops choices for a Legion force. The Legion MkII Tactical Squad, Legion MkIII Tactical Squad and Legion MkIV Tactical Squad sets comprise thirty power armoured Space Marines, thirty bolters and a set of Command Upgrade parts for the relevant armour mark.
Legion Cataphractii Terminators Sets
Every Legion maintains a cadre of veterans within its ranks, and the most experienced of these deadly warriors often take to the field of battle clad in the near-unstoppable protection of Cataphractii-pattern Terminator armour.

The Legion Cataphractii Terminators with Power Fists set and Legion Cataphractii Terminators with Power Axes set each contain twenty Terminators, twenty combi-bolters and the relevant close combat weapon, and a set of Cataphractii special weapons. This allows the Elites section of your Legion force to be bolstered with two powerful Legion Cataphractii Terminator squads.
Legion Contemptor Dreadnought Talon Terribly wounded and interred within an advanced life-support sarcophagus, the Dreadnoughts of a Space Marine Legion endure for centuries, perhaps even millennia, a tangible link to past glories and an incredibly powerful battlefield presence. Contemptor-pattern Dreadnoughts are immensely powerful, capable of fielding potent weaponry and protected by flickering energy fields.
The Legion Contemptor Dreadnought Talon is a potent Elites choice in the Legion army list, and this set contains two Contemptor Dreadnoughts, a Relic Contemptor Dreadnought, and six weapons: two Power Fists, an Assault Claw, a Heavy Bolter, a Kheres Assault Cannon and a Multi-melta.
All these great value seasonal bundles are available to order now for immediate despatch.
ok so no new models but some good packages (albeit damned expensive ones) the termies for example saves you £22 on the individual prices and the legion squads could be useful for throwing together "current" 40k armies using HH minis. nice to see that they are considering the budget of their purchasers, slightly

Friday, November 23, 2012

Forge World Newsletter #325 - Legion Characters, Assault squads and weapons packs

As always all the important bits below:

Horus Heresy
Hi there, We’ve got a packed newsletter for you today, with no less than four weapon sets, a character set and a new squad. You’re rather spoiled for choice this week! Plus we can still guarantee pre-Christmas delivery on all of these new releases. On the subject of which, we’ve got a reminder of our ordering deadlines for the festive season and also a new video on our YouTube channel!
Space Marine Legion Champion and Master of Signal
Ranked below the Praetors, who command the massed ranks of the Legiones Astartes into battle, is a substantial cadre of battle commanders and officers who control and co-ordinate hundreds of thousands of Space Marines across a given conflict. Commonly referred to as Centurions, more specialised officers and ranks are also included under this level in the chain of command. The Legion Champion and Master of Signal are two such commanders; both ranked equally but with very different battlefield roles.
A Legion Champion’s sworn task is to hunt down and slay the commanders and heroes of an enemy force in single combat. Armed with the finest weapons available, these deadly fighters embody the honour of their Legion.
A Master of Signal will commonly be attached to the forward elements of a Space Marine assault, providing communications support across the wider warzone, and is capable of calling down a pinpoint bombardment from either orbiting fleet assets or static artillery positions nearby, engulfing the foes of Mankind in flaming destruction.
Designed by Mark Bedford, the Legion Champion and Master of Signal set comprises two detailed multi-part resin miniatures, each a fantastic painting project and ideal centrepieces for a Horus Heresy-era force. These models also make excellent characters in a 41st Millennium Space Marine army, and this set is available to order now for immediate despatch. Rules for fielding these characters in a Space Marine Legion army can be found in The Horus Heresy Book One: Betrayal.

Legion MkII Assault Squad
Jump pack-equipped assault squads, whose wargear is optimised for close quarter fighting, fulfil much the same role among the Space Marine Chapters of the 41st Millennium as they did for the Legiones Astartes during the ancient and storied Great Crusade. Able to move with great speed across the battlefield and engage the foes of Mankind with savage force in bloody melee, it is a rare Space Marine force indeed that does not count these masterful warriors among its number.
The Legion MkII Assault Squad, designed by Will Hayes and Phil Stucinskas, comprises 5 detailed multi-part resin models armed with bolt pistols and chainswords. The kit contains 2 different helmet designs and 5 differently-posed sets of legs which allow for great flexibility when assembling the squad. The components are fully compatible with our existing MkII Space Marine Assault Squad as well as the rest of our range of resin Space Marine infantry, and with Games Workshop’s plastic kits. The Legion MkII Assault Squad is available to order now for immediate despatch.
Legion Weapon Sets First showcased on our Studio stand at Games Day UK earlier this year, we’re excited to release four new weapon sets this week: the Heavy Bolter Set, Autocannon Set, Volkite Charger Set and Volkite Caliver Set – all designed by Will Hayes.

‘Volkite’ is an arcane Martian term for a variety of thermal ray weapons of ancient provenance, once relatively common among the Legiones Astartes before the demands of the Great Crusade outstripped supply. The Volkite Charger and Volkite Caliver sets each contain ten detailed resin weapons which can be combined with our range of resin Space Marine Legion Infantry to construct Legion Tactical Support Squads and Breacher Siege Squads.

The Autocannon and Heavy Bolter sets each contain five detailed resin weapons and an additional scanner attachment, perfect for building Legion Heavy Support Squads in concert with our Space Marine Legion Infantry sets. They can also be used with Games Workshop’s range of plastic Imperial and Chaos Space Marines, allowing you to build striking units of Devastators or Havocs.
All four of these weapon sets are available to order now for immediate despatch, and rules for using these weapons and squads can be found in The Horus Heresy Book One: Betrayal.
Horus Heresy Miniatures Gallery

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We’ve added a new video to the Forge World Visual Feed on YouTube, showcasing painted forces of the four Legions featured in The Horus Heresy Book One: Betrayal.for you to admire, and perhaps gain some festive inspiration from. These are handsomely displayed on painted examples of Blake Spence’s Cityscape Tiles.
If you look closely you might even see a few unreleased models, and these will be available to pre-order within the next few weeks...
Forge World Christmas Ordering Deadlines
We’re moving inexorably towards December, and no doubt many of you are being asked what you’d like for Christmas, or leaving copies of the new Forge World catalogue lying around open to specific pages.
Remember that the Forge World Customer Service team is standing by to assist with any and all enquiries you may have – from product availability and hobby advice to helping to explain the difference between a Titan and a Dreadnought to a confused relative.

Once again some great models. more and more of this HH stuff looks like it was made just for my nice shiny mentor legion i keep fantasising about, well now it looks like it might happen :) the heavy weapons are great (heavy bolters are ideal for deathwatch) and the volkite weapons just scream plasma guns to me :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesdays Workbench - 14.11.12

Hi Folks,
welcome to the second Wednesdays Workbench, so without further ado lets see what was achieved and whats planned for the coming two weeks:

Millest’s Workbench
The previous two weeks for me were very busy with various weddings however amazingly I managed to achieve all the reading I had promised I would. Completing both "Armored" and "Brotherhood of the Storm" in the first week, "Pariah" just flew from the pages and was completed over two days. In addition Both "The Stomark Massacre" and "With Baited Breath" were listened too, effectively taking me up to 5 "books" in little over a week. I think over the course of the week my hobby commitment fitted in perfectly.
OK so the other "possible" commitment to build tanks didn't get done but in its place I did complete my army painting tracker, a massive spreadsheet that lists all the units i have/want and what stage of progress they are in. This had to be redone after the original was lost, its given me chance to reevaluate what I have and want as well as update it with the newer units, like my cyclops tanks. All in all i personally think ago start for the first work bench, so on to my commitments for this next fortnight.

Workbench commitment
Again this fortnight more reading on the horizon, a task complicated by the wedding of the blogs very own Dan, I have a large number of books, or should I say novellas, to read as below
As you can see a nice little haul, and one I am thankful to eBay for as I couldn't make it to the weekender. Looking forward to cracking on, particularly with the Ciaphas Cain book.

In addition this time I am making the commitment to build and detail both my remaining Chimeras along with spare turrets for them and my existing Chimera, a total of 6 extra turrets. I will also be organising/tidying my hobby cupboard so getting motivated might be easier as at the moment its just a daunting wall of GW boxes! Again though anyone with any Chimera Track guards please let me know as I'm still looking.

Well that’s it for the first Wednesdays Workbench, check back on 28/11/12 for a round up on what was achieved, hopefully with pics, and plans for the next two weeks.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Forge World Newsletter #324 - Legion Contemptors and Command Sqauds

As always all the important bits below:

Horus Heresy
Hi there, All of us at Forge World enjoy adding to our armies, whether that’s adding new models to their ranks or converting existing ones, and this week we’ve got news of two new releases to help you do just that: the eagerly anticipated Legion Command Upgrade sets and the World Eaters and Death Guard Legion Contemptor Dreadnoughts. We’ve also finalised our ordering deadlines for pre-Christmas delivery, so read on for more information…
World Eaters and Death Guard Legion Contemptor Dreadnoughts
Regarded as the most advanced and powerful pattern of Dreadnought fielded by the Legiones Astartes during the Great Crusade, the Contemptor draws not only upon technologies found in the more common MkIV and MkV designs, but also arcane systems taken from the ancient and shrouded lore of the Legio Cybernetica.

The significant advantages in speed and durability granted to the Contemptor over older Dreadnought patterns are not without cost, however, as it requires higher levels of maintenance than other designs. This has not prevented it from finding a place amongst all the Space Marine Legions though and demand for the new chassis is incredibly high.
Designed by Simon Egan and Will Hayes, the World Eaters and Death Guard Legion Contemptor Dreadnoughts are packed with details themed specifically to these two fearsome Legions, from the battle-scarred reinforced armour of the Death Guard Contemptor, reminiscent of MkIII power armour, to the World Eaters Contemptor’s molecular bonding studs, the sign of makeshift battlefield repair that would later become synonymous with the betrayal of Horus. Each is a fantastic centrepiece for both Heresy-era Legion forces or 41st Millennium Chaos Space Marine armies, and they are available to pre-order now for despatch from Monday 26th November.

Space Marine Legion Command Upgrade Sets
Space Marine Legions train and equip their warriors so that they are experts in battlefield recognition and communication. Being able to quickly locate and communicate with comrades-in-arms can mean the difference between the Emperor’s finest fighting together as one formidable force of war or being destroyed piecemeal by a better co-ordinated foe. Officers and sergeants, therefore, often mark themselves out with a helmet crest, reminiscent of the warriors of Ancient Terra, and each squad, company and Chapter bears a standard to become a rallying point and a spur to glory.

To remain in constant communication with others of their Legion, be they in orbit or other theatres of war on a given world, squads will also make use of so-called ‘nuncio-voxes’, which are often built into a modified power armour backpack and helm. These allow the squad’s commander to order in reinforcements as required or call down a barrage of weapons fire directly upon an enemy position.
Will Hayes and Mark Bedford have designed sets of MkII, MkIII and MkIV Legion Command Upgrades for use with our Armour Marks. Each set contains two crested officer’s helmets, two vexilla icons and two nuncio-vox helmets and backpacks. These detailed resin components each allow you to represent several squad upgrades from the Space Marine Legion army list in The Horus Heresy Book I: Betrayal on the tabletop. All three of these upgrade sets are available to order now for immediate despatch.
Loving the old school command sqauds. nice detailing on the Contemptors, personally FW cant seem to do anything wrong with the Horus Heresy range, well apart from neglect the imperial army (so i can steal stuff for my IG).

Imperial Guard Sabre Defence Platforms - Are they worth it?

I was recently on the Forge World site, looking at the Cadian Hostile Environment Conversion Sets and found myself completely drawn in by the Imperial Guard Sabre Defence Platforms. You have to admit they look pretty sweet:

I don’t know how feasible these would be in a game, but if you’re playing something scenario based I think they would be a real visual treat protecting an emplacement. The question I have is who has used them, are they useful and worth taking and which of the variants are the most sucessful on the table?
Any information or suggestions on their performance would be great.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Not so Grey Knights - An update from Chris

So time for another hobby update from the compatriates, Chris has recently decided to ditch the Tau army he was working on and has decided to head down the route of the Grey Knights. Whilst this is a pretty common army now Chris has decided to try and differenciate his from the others out there by tackling a red scheme for them.
These are just inital WIP pics but looks like the scheme could work out in the end, assuming of course something else doesnt catch his attention.

A nice start and some nice models, cant wait to see if they get finished and cant wait to see the army expanded with some new and exciting models.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Ultramarines Rhino - An update from Dan

Seems that Mr Dan has been a bit busy over the past few weeks and has started to expand his Ultramarines force up to the 750 point mark. He recently sent me pictures of his latest project his Ultramarines Rhino:

An interesting take on some of the parts, particularlly the driver. Must say I like the idea of the top hatches and just hope this gets used for a Techmarines ride or for a squad Devestators.
A good start and cant wait to see the rest of his expansion force.
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