Archive for November, 2015


Kill Team uses the standard 40k rules but with some variations and restrictions on what you can take

Teams are just 200 points, with limited units that can be taken, but the rules allow for personalisation with skills – the idea being you create an elite special forces team to complete a series of fluffy missions

We used these rules for our trial run – Kill_Team (1)

Our biggest learning point; don’t booze BEFORE a gaming day (during is fine… encouraged even… but never before)

We played a series of games all of which were great fun! There were some surprises at how effective/ineffective some units were in this environment – the Taurox for example was phenomenal (a bit too overpowered, almost guaranteeing on killing whatever it targets), yet combat troops (including Genestealers!) all seemed to struggle in hand to hand

The lads are hooked and we’ll be playing this again – in fact, it’s got us all looking at starting new 200 points collections of different armies… which I’m sure can only end well, right??

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The Kill Team

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The Seraphon are ancient aliens – the proof

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Imagine if you will an episode of Ancient Aliens, a TV show that if you’ve not watching you’re missing a treat. Each week the beliefs of an ancient civilization, from like olden times, are examined to reveal true insights that prove that aliens have visited our planet and interacted with its inhabitants. When an early human sees something unexplainable it has to be magic or a god when in fact Giorgio Tsoukalos clearly sees its just another encounter with beings from beyond our galaxy or dimension.

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Giorgio Tsoukalos

So what’s this got to do with Warhammer Age of Sigmar and the new Seraphon book, I hear you ask. Well, why not take that same thinking and apply it to the new book, let’s not take anything on face value, let’s look deeper and see what secrets it might hold.

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Imagine the writer was an ancient person with no understanding of technology or deep space and lived everyday in fear of vengeful gods and unholy powers.

Let’s look at some descriptions and apply the ‘Ancient Aliens’ mindset.

  • Firstly they are described as Celestial Demons – an overly simplified way of saying creatures not of this world.
  • Slann arriving appearing in a silver comet – could that simply be a shuttle craft from orbit?

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  • The Seraphon army appearing out of no where, which can only be remembered from the mind of the Slann – or have they just teleported down to the surface.
  • The armies of the Seraphon, Constellations, are seen as star formations in the night sky – surely fleet ships in low, geostationary orbit.

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  • Even the names of the leaders of these extraterrestrials have names that fit perfectly with this thinking:
    Starmaster – the master of the star ships. The controller of the teleport system on the planet surface.
    Starseer – these have to be the navigators from the fleet.

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  • Floating Palanquins – very clear example of anti-gravity technology to support the weakened bodies of those that have been in zero G for many years.

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I shall leave you with one telling piece of evidence, one that links back to our world today.

The Star Drake (or Dragon) Dracothion – is mentioned many times as the one that steers the lost space fleet of the Seraphon back to the Mortal Realms (our system). Is this mythical creature not the same as the creature Mesoamerican myth – Quetzalcoatl? This winged serpent god that came to earth and taught mankind about the stars and the passage of time…

Space Hulk Deathwing – the painting

With a deep breath and clenched cheeks, I began converting the beautiful Blood Angel Terminators from the new Space Hulk boxed set into Dark Angel Deathwing and posted progress pics on this very blog 

Thankfully, I’m pretty pleased with the results – a testament to the quality of GW’s kits that they can so easily and seamlessly be converted

After a lick of paint, they join the Deathwing

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The Deathwing weigh in

Ever wonder what 1.2kg of Deathwing looks like?

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Your army is fully painted

It’s beautifully honed and the roster adds up perfectly to 1000 points

Your scenery is fully painted and you’ve got a matching battle mat

You’ve even gone so far as to develop a cool scenario and your opponent is on board

It’s the stuff dreams are made of

So when you get an absolute drubbing, thankfully, it doesn’t sting as much!

In this battle, 1000 points of Storm Troopers took on 1000 points of Raven Guard…and were taken apart

Still a fantastic battle that looked great. My favourite moment was when a Raven Guard Assault Squad charged a Taurox and blew it up with their Hammer of Wrath attacks! And we had to laugh when I immobilized (and destroyed) another Taurox trying to turbo boost towards an objective right at the end (and that’s after its re-roll!)

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Three men walk into a bar

Three men walk into a bar; a Englishman, a Serbian and an idiot

They’re 40k players; Black Templars, Tyranids and Deathwing, respectively

After several beers, the conversation naturally drifts towards hobby. Spurring each other on, their plans become increasingly grandiose

“Oh man, wouldn’t it be cool to recreate a battle like the Tyranid invasion of Macgragge? ‘Nids vs Terminators. Back-to-back fighting until they die to a man!”

“Well… I have a LOT of Tyranids. Somewhere between ‘bucket loads’ and ‘zounds’. How many Terminators do you two actually have between you?”

*both Imperial players mentally tot up their collections*

“100”

And with that, the battle was set

100 Terminators. An entire First Company. An alliance of Deathwing and Black Templars. Deployed in the centre of the field against an endless Tyranid horde until all the Terminators are dead. We kept a tally of Kill Points (whole squads) to determine the ‘winner’

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Sprucing the Necromunda scenery

Gaming with fully painted models is great, but gaming with fully painted models AND a fully painted scenery set is even better, taking the experience up to 11

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I raided my bits box for the scatter scenery, making good use of the battlefield accessory sprue. The orange gas canisters are from Zinge Industries. A quick coat of Typhus Corrosion, and a drybrush of orange and silver took care of the metal work, while brown washes over block base colours sorted the rest. Being a hopeless nostalgic, I’m still a big fan of the classic cardboard Necromunda scenery. It’s especially handy as it can be easily transported and stored too. But eventually I’ll upgrade it to some of the more modern kits around. Until then…. game on

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Custom objectives – Deathwing

Six Deathwing themed objectives for Warhammer 40k

Using a mixture of the objectives from Space Hulk, scenery from Lord of the Rings and spares from the Terminator sprue

All painted to match the colour palette of my Deathwing army 

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