A Miniature Odyssey

Miniature Gaming Reviews, Tutorials & Musings

Works In Progress: Monsters & Savages & Robots Oh My! — October 28, 2015

Works In Progress: Monsters & Savages & Robots Oh My!

Currently, there are three projects in studio at the moment. The plan is to complete a last batch of Age of Sigmar Chaos models; The Mighty Khorne Lord, The monstrous Krorgorath, the Bloodsecrator and the Bloodstoker. There are a few more AoS Chaos models in various stages of assembly, but this will conclude the first batch for now. Final images of the Chaos Heroes will be posted upon completion.

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After spending almost all project time with AoS of late, I find myself pining for my good old 40K. While initially it was a toss up between painting the mass of Chaos Space Marines/Renegades & Heretics that have been assembled or the mass of Imperial Guard that have been assembled, an unexpected detour from both will herald my return to the more familiar 40K canon.

Enter then, the Adeptus Mechanicus. This is the last airbrush stage before moving to conventional brushes. It consists of what would be the Skitarii Maniple formation complimented by a Tech Priest Dominus, a Datasmith and a pair of Kastellan Robots. You may also notice a pair of Tech Priest Enginseers, a pair of Gun Servitors and a pair of Tech Servitors. Although intended for my Imperial Guard, the Tech Priests will follow the same scheme as the rest.

It should be noted that although this is a AdMech/Skitarii/Cult Mechanicus force, they are intended to be the first component of the Forge World Ino 14th Tech Guard Regiment and therefore part of the greater whole of intended Imperial Guard units.

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Also, making slow progress are the Forge World Imperial Fortress Walls, now know as the Odysseus Gate.

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After the Admech models are completed, I will likely conclude my AoS project by painting the remaining Chaos models and of course the followers of Sigmar. Unless something drastically changes that will bring all of my focus back to 40K, divided between the Imperium and Chaos.

Thanks for reading.

Mr. Kalidor

Fluffy Grim Dark: A Look At The Sources Of The 40K Universe — October 12, 2015

Fluffy Grim Dark: A Look At The Sources Of The 40K Universe

A recent news post on the Fantasy Flight website announced that a new expansion is in development of Dark Heresy Second Edition. The Expansion, Enemies Beyond looks to add more background and options to the Ordo Malleus. This will be the fourth expansion in the Second Edition after the campaign Forgotten Gods, Enemies Within which is a background book for the Ordo Hereticus and the completed (and on route to stores) Enemies Beyond focussing on the Ordo Xenos.

Information on Dark Heresy Second Edition can be found here:

https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/dark-heresy-second-edition/

I have the books released to date in addition to some of the Rogue Trader books. This speaks to the quality of Fantasy Flight games’ work because I have never played a tabletop/paper and pencil RPG! Would I? Most certainly but the option has not presented itself as of yet.

This news from Fantasy Flight started me on thinking about one of the most important aspects of the Games Workshop intellectual property; their canon.

When it comes to 40K ‘Fluff’ (and this is targeted towards 40K because of my lack of knowledge of WFB), there are many options; core Games Workshop 40K publications, Forge World publications, Black Library publications and of course the aforementioned Fantasy Flight licenced publications. But what amongst those represents the best?

For me Black Library, despite its role being solely dedicated to the ‘fluff’, to mean represents a combination of the best and the worst. The Horus Heresy Art Book, The Sabbat Worlds books, Guardsman’s Uplifting Primer and Munitorum Handbook represent some rare gems. There are also some passable novels and other literary works, but overall my experiences with Black Library have been underwhelming. It seems to me to be pulp writing at premium prices. A few of the novels and anthologies have grabbed enough of my attention to warrant completing reading them once, but overall I have discovered my money is better given to the other sources.

The Games Workshop entrances, an in this I include the Codices, Supplements, Expansions and War Zones represent the core of the canon. An accessible primary source of the 40K universe that has kept my interest for decades. I have collected numerous volumes for numerous armies over the years. Currently my Codex Astra Militarum, Codex Cult Mechanicus and Codex Skitarii are seldom out of reach.

If Games Workshop presents the core basis of canon, then it is Fantasy Flight that gives it depth and life. RPGer or not, these books are a fantastic source to see the universe, its factions, worlds, organizations and inhabitants expected to great depth. Furthermore, it provides great insight in the very day life of the Imperial Citizens and even the servants of Chaos (see Black Crusade).

Finally, my go-to source and longstanding favourite, the works of Forge World. Forge World make wonderful models, but their books too represent some of the best the 40K universe has to offer. It’s specialty seemingly being the ‘spin-offs’. They brought to life the 30K Horus Heresy with a plethora of in depth books to compliment the 30K-era Legions of the Adeptus Astartes. For me however it was the new flavours of 40K flavours they added. Of particular interest to me Imperial Armour Siege of Vraks books detailing the Death Korps of Krieg and the Renegades & Heretics (Chaos Imperial Guards), as well as The Taros Campaign, The Anphelion Project and The Raid of Kastorel Novem for providing the background on the Elysian Drop Troopers. Finally, there was the Mymeara book providing some new options for Cadian and Elysia-based Imperial Guard forces as well as Eldar Corsairs! Of course some of those books detail factions of the Space Wolves and Raven Guard which too are interesting. I am confident is suggesting the Badab Wars books are likely must haves for the Space Marine fans second only to the Horus Heresy Books.

So if I were to conclude with ranks, I would rank them as follows:

4) Black Library

3) Games Workshop

2) Fantasy Flight Games Licensed Warhammer Products

1) Forge World

Although unofficial I certainly recommend http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Main_Page and http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/Warhammer_40k_Wiki .

What do you think? What sources have I missed? What other gems from Black Library did I miss?

As always, thanks for reading.

Mr. Kalidor