Building A City Worth Fighting Over (Part One)

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26th of January 2019
By: Floris Hussaarts

BUILDING A CITY WORTH FIGHTING OVER
(PART ONE)

When Games Workshop released the latest edition of Warhammer 40,000 in 2017 we quickly created a battlefield for our Gaming Saturdays to go with the new rules. The city table got a lot of use but damage due to limited storage space, overenthusiastic use of tape measures and stray dice meant it had to be retired in July of 2018. Since then all the gaming tables for the monthly Gaming Saturdays have used separate scenery pieces, perfectly fine but something was missing  . . .

It wasn’t until the release of a new range of building sets that I realised exactly what was missing.  Height!  There was plenty of scenery for infantry and vehicles to hide behind but there was hardly space for miniatures to be placed on higher vantage points and certainly no way for them to be moved across the board at heights other than ground level.

The new range of Citadel scenery is well suited to building large structures that can be stored in multiple pieces (a must if the board is to last and moved).  All I needed now was an excuse to start such a massive project.

You wait for an excuse and then two come along at once.
A new year is always the perfect time to start on a new project, this can be a new army or painting up the contents of a game like Blackstone Fortress. For me building a new multi-level gaming table could be a good start of 2019 project. To encourage me, Games Workshop released Urban Conquest at the end of the second week of January. This expansion for Warhammer 40,000 is all about city fights and contains so much cool background information, rules and game ideas that I really haven’t any other option than to start Building A City Worth Fighting Over.

40k-building-setsDecision made, there will be a new multi-level, multi-part gaming board that can be used during Gaming Saturdays. As with all our tables it will be a 4’x4′ board. There is no point in rushing this so I’m going to plan in monthly stages. My first goal will be to build the first 2’x2′ square by the middle of February, mostly with the scenery pieces and tools I already have. That reminds me, I will need to make sure I have plenty of glue.

I will then have a better idea of how many scenery sets I’ll need to create the entire table. I’m not going to worry about painting anything until the entire board is ready. That way I’ll have a more consistent paint scheme for everything when it is time to paint the board.

Over the next few months I will be recording my progress and posting regular updates. You never know it might offer some useful tips and if nothing else it could help others to avoid the many mistakes I will be making along the way (so even if I fail, it won’t all be for nothing).

Time to start sorting out what I already have and write down what I will need to purchase to make the first quarter of this table a reality (definitely glue). Join me next week (2nd of February) once I have started building.

Adeptus Titanicus Is On Its Way

Adeptus Titanicus is a standalone boxed game for 2 players set during the Age of Darkness.

Pilot enormous walking Titans in a battle of strategy, wits and incredible firepower.

Inside the Grand Master Edition you get 2 Warlord Battle Titans and 6 Imperial Knights, the full hardback rulebook, dice, tokens, templates, weapon cards and scenery.

These miniatures are supplied unpainted and require assembly – we recommend using Citadel Glue and Paints.

Please note this item is limited for launch. Once the Pre-Order stock level has reached zero it means we have sold our ordered stock and will not be getting any more until after the release date.

Because of the limited stock quantity of the Grand Master Edition we have made the difficult decision to limit this product to one (1) set per order.

You can also order the Adeptus Titanicus Rules Set. This box comes with the full hardback comprehensive rulebook and accessories for Adeptus Titanicus, Including Command Terminals, Battlefield Assets and all the dice needed!

If you are ready to expand your Titan Legion then why not grab yourself the Warlord or Imperial Questoris Knights sets to bolster your Adeptus Titanicus force.

To finish off the releases you can also fill out the battlefield with two new sets of scenery specially designed in the scale of Adeptus Titanicus.

Please note these items are limited for launch. Once the Pre-Order stock level has reached zero it means we have sold our ordered stock and will not be getting any more until after the release date. You can still order the item and it will be marked with an Out of Stock message in your shopping basket. We will fulfil your order as soon as we are able after the release date.

The Grand Master Edition has very limited stock and has therefore been restricted to one (1) set per order and will not be available on back-order.

Two Years Of Gaming Sundays

Can you believe that our team of enthusiastic hobbyists has been organizing Sunday events for two years now? It all started in May of 2016 with humble beginnings, three tables and a handful of eager players ready for a few games of Warhammer 40,000. For the first eighteen months the Gaming Sunday took place on the last Sunday of the month and in January of this year we shook things up by moving to the first Sunday. Since that day in May ’16 we have had a total of 29 fun filled days of gaming (we added in an extra day during the summer and Christmas holidays of 2016 and one for the Worldwide Warhammer 40,000 campaign).

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While Warhammer 40,000 has always been the most popular game, there have been many varied games played. People have played games of Age of Sigmar, Blood Bowl, X-Wing, Bolt Action, Shadespire, Kill Team, Konflikt ’47, Star Wars Legion and Warhammer Quest. That last one was especially fun, with two teams of 4 players each trying to be the first to make their way to the final room. Most Gaming Sundays have been free for all to decide what games to play, with a few exceptions. There was the Warhammer Quest day mentioned above and we have held a Kill Team day. We also actively took part in the latest Warhammer 40,000 worldwide campaign with games played being recorded on the campaign website.

As stated earlier, the first session we only had three tables. This number has grown over the months and we can now cater for up to 16 players with enough scenery to fill eight tables. Even that has not been enough on a few occasions. The other thing that has been a problem is not knowing what games people want to play on each day. This has unfortunately caused people to not always be able to get a game or just one after a long wait for table space. Some days we have had over 20 people with a lot of standing round because there are not enough tables and other days we only had six people with armies for different games and long waits because there are not enough opponents. These have all been things we are keen to improve on and we have a plan.

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We have been experimenting with various lay-outs for the room to try and get as many tables in as possible and learned valuable lessons with each Gaming Sunday. We will be taking a break during the summer months to improve the tables and will come back towards the end of the year with a new format for the Gaming Sunday that we think will be very exciting for everybody attending.

Update!
For 2019 we have moved our games to the last Saturday of every month. This means that the shop will be open the entire day and it also makes it easier for people to travel by bus and train. We look forward to seeing everybody on the last Saturday of every month.

You Are Invited To attend Court

Written by Liam Gregg

Sigmar 2.0 is on its way and that means it’s the perfect time to go back and revisit an army that never made it to the table. Flesh-Eater Courts have a great back story and more importantly the Terrorgheist! So using the Start Collecting box I built up a core force and added from there.

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Ghouls can grab and hold objectives, while the Terrorgheist with an escort of Crypt Flayers can swoop down and take the fight to the enemy. As magic will be important with endless spells and new spells, my Infernal Courtier has the command trait Dark Wizardry so I converted a Ghoul king to represent my Generals upgraded abilities.

With the new edition bringing in more focus on the realms I decided for to base them to match one of Shyish’s deserts. To further this theme I decided to have my units look like they have been lying in ambush for prey. While increasing unit sizes and adding more courtiers for expansion is my current plan let’s see where the new edition takes us.

The Blood God Takes A Break

Written by: Sam Doran

Ah, Age of Sigmar. To think, when you debuted, I was one of the people that decried you and sold off all my models in a huff because they’d “ruined” the game. Now I’m painting up a second army for the second edition, and times have changed oh so much…

I’ve always, always, ALWAYS played Chaos in Fantasy – and how could I not? Massive armoured vikings backed up by Daemons, Dragon Ogres (oh wait, “Ogors”), and all other manner of nightmare fuel is exactly what dark fantasy is all about for me. The fact that their characters are nigh-unstoppable murder machines may also have been a factor. But for this new version of the game, I fancied a bit of a change, and what’s as different as you can get from plate wearing bearded muscle men? Half-dressed lady ninjas. Enter my Daughters of Khaine.

Happily I’m not having to stray too far from the darker bits of fluff that pulled me to Chaos (choosing a faction that sacrifices hearts to the Murder God helps with that). I still get an incredibly predatory look on all of my models. Just look at the basic Witch Aelf – every angle on them screams “KILL!”. And of course, the wonderfully monstrous gorgon units, my favourite being the Bloodwrack Medusa from the Bloodwrack Shrine kit, seen here in my corn snake-inspired scheme.
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I’m a massive fan of painting as a factor for choosing my army, so doing something bright and colourful on such a small frame is a good challenge and contrast to my usual dark and bulky forces like Deathwatch or Goliath gangers.

I’ve planned, bought, built, and started painting my 1k starter force, listed here:

HEROES
Slaughter Queen on Cauldron
– Iron Circlet
– Zealous Orator
– Catechism of Murder

Hag Queen
– Blessing of Khaine

BATTLELINE
Sisters of Slaughter
– Bucklers
– Handmaiden
– Hornblower
– Standard
Witch Aelves
– Twin knives
– Hag
– Hornblower
– Standard

OTHER
Doomfire Warlocks
– Crossbows
– Mindrazor
– Master of Warlocks

Blood Sisters

Khinerai Heartrenders

For a total of 990
I’m hoping the new General’s Handbook will give me just 10pts more to spend – the last 20pts would give me space to add in the Quicksilver Swords endless spell from Malign Sorcery. It’s such a beautiful little piece of model, and it gives me an excuse to shriek “I CAST KNIFE!” whenever I use it.

My next step is going to be adding Morathi and the Medusa up there into the force for a push to 2k, but I promised myself I’d not do that until all of this was finished.

Seriously, I promised!

Age of Sigmar – Soul Wars

 

By Floris Hussaarts

If you are reading this then, like me, you will be excited about the new edition of Warhammer Age of Sigmar that will be released on the 30th of June. The temptation to start a new army will be big (and who can blame you?), I am thinking about building an army centered around the Stormcast Eternals that come inside the new core game. However I don’t want to have to put painting miniatures on hold while I wait for the game to be released. So what to do? A small 1000 point army obviously. By doing this I will something to do until launch weekend and I will have an army ready to play some games with the new rules before I have build and painted all those gorgeous looking new Stormcast Eternals.

In the past I have had a number of Age of Sigmar armies and when choosing a new force to collect I try to avoid repeating myself (I have had a Stormcast Eternals army in the past but, as they say, exceptions make the rule). The Seraphon are an army that I have always liked the look of, ever since they first appeared in the Warhammer Fantasy Battles coregame set where they faced off against the Bretonians. However I never painted any of the miniatures and actually only remember playing against them on a few occasions.

So decision made, a 1000 point Seraphon army it shall be. The new General’s Handbook 2018 will probably change some of the points values so by staying just below the maximum points I’ve set I’m hoping to still have a legal force after the launch of the new edition (not long now until I find out).  My final list contains the following heroes and units:
– Skink Starseer;
– Skink Priest;
– Skink unit (10 models);
– Skink unit (10 models);
– Troglodon;
– Bastiladon;
– Ripperdactyl Riders (3 models).

As you will have noticed, it is a Skink army with not a single Saurus Warrior to be found.

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The above image shows my progress after my first few evenings of painting and I have already started building and painting the remaining miniatures, that I aim to have ready in time for the Soul Wars launch weekend.

I’m not much of a painter (building/converting and playing the games are my hobby), problem is that I don’t like playing games with unpainted or proxy models so over the years I have developed a painting style that I am happy with and gets models onto the table in no time. I always start by using a spray to base coat the models in a colour that will be the core colour used to tie the army together. In this case Army Painter Uniform Grey. This is followed by adding details with basic light colours. For the seraphon I used Citadel Ceramite White for the scales, with Deathclaw Brown and Gehenna’s Gold for the weapons and armour. Many of the models have feathers for decoration and these got a coat of Calgar Blue. Once this was done I used the Army Painter Dip and literally dunked the models in it. Individually and under close scrutiny my miniatures leave much to be desired. On a battlefield and grouped together in units they serve their purpose and look the part.

Should I like the army enough then I will put the Stormcast Eternals on hold for a little while longer and concentrate on the Seraphon. A second Troglodon in a different pose sounds like a challenge I’m up for. If that becomes a reality I will be covering the conversion work in a future blog post.

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