The Hiccup

So this happened fast.

I had (have) very clear plans for how I am going to do the Deatwatch army, but it looks like I wont be able to get my hands on the models I need in time.

In Time I hear you say / type / think ?!? 

Well I have set myself the challenge of getting my army painted and battle ready for the Winter War charity event that my local club holds each year.

As a quick aside over the last 8 years we have managed to raise £11,000 for various charities doing this, and if you are in or around Dunfermline on the 12th November you should definitely pop along to the Dell Farquharson centre to say hi & take part if you can! 

So with that in mind I have had to reassess starting a new army, that would need painting and assembling. 

That means I am going to pull out the Ultramarines that I have from Betrayal at Calth with a view to get an Ultramarine force up and running in time for the tournament. 

This puts me at a head start with 10 Marines, 1 Contemptor & 5 Terminators prepainted and ready to rock!

My next step is going to be to pick up another Betrayal at Calth set, to give me 60 Marines, 2 Contemptors & 10 Terminators.

I then will need to look at what my options are to build out the Gladuis Strike force.

The key trick here is going to be keeping my model count consistent so that I can use them in 30k games (which was my original intention for these guys).

To begin with I am looking at at a Battle-Demi Company (as its the only core choice).

That requires:

1 Captain / Chaplain
3 Tactical Sqauds (could be 5-10 men here)
1 Assault Unit
1 Devastator unit (can do a heavy bolter devastator squad with the models I will have, or use the Centruions that I somehow have to fill this gap).
0-1 Dreadnought (which can be a contemptor)

The Angels of Death supplement lets me sub in the Cataphrattci Armour Captain, Cataphrattci Terminators & Contemptors in this formation, which can only be a good thing.

I then need to figure out what Auxilary formation I want to use here, as I have managed to also snaffle a Vindicator & 3 Predators if I can work them in, or I will have two Terminator units, which is 2 thirds of a first company formation.

All in all some fun times planning out the list and getting it painted in time!  

Deathwatch First Thoughts

All aboard the Band Wagon!

Well sort of, not knowing how 7th Edition plays now, how the meta works in my area, or even what is technically a 'good' build means I am likely to miss a trick or two (or six).

However that hasnt stopped me from picking up the ebook of Codex Deathwatch.

So far it has been fascinating reading, I love the structure of the Deathwatch force, how the Kill teams let you build some truly bizzare combinations of units.

So far my plan is:
  1. Try and make sure every model is unique
  2. Worry less about the competitive element of a build (i.e try to reduce spam unless entering into a true competition)
  3. Include a Rollcall, which will include me calling up new recruits from other Marine chapters that I face on the tabletop.
  4. See how we get along with naming the models (should keep my mind going).
So starting off small, only four objectives, and some of those can't come about till I actually play some games. 

I have managed to get my hands (well order) a copy of Death Masque where someone is going to buy the Eldar off me, which gives me a nice cheap start into a Deathwatch force. 

After that I think my Deathwatch purchases will be limited to getting one of each box / model so I have some choices.

I love the look of the Corvus Blackstar, (the front on view from the GW webstore sold me on it in a heart beat)

I like the idea of painting up all the minis then mixing and matching across the range to build some diverse kill teams, from a fluff perspective that should be pretty awesome! 

Yes... the picture at the top certainly means I will be looking at Kill Team Cassius... if nothing else its only £40 new for 11 models... which seems very good value! 

The Rant & Next Project

The Rant

So despite my excitement over Halo Ground Command, I took a big step yesterday...

My order is now cancelled.

Next up I will be stepping down as a Vanguard for Spartan... in the final analysis I feel I have to take a stand, with my wallet and a little bit of this blog around Spartan's handling of the whole pre-order situation.

They have plenty of reasons and explanations, but ultimately I have a limited Hobby budget, and while I dont mind pre-ordering things I do not like a shipping date to pass, and then an excuse to appear that they couldnt keep up with demand.

If you put up pre-orders you know what your demand is, which means you know what your likely shipping dates are from very early on.

Waiting to update people and tell them you can't keep up with demand is a sign of poor planning and preparation.

I love what Spartan do with their games, I love how Halo Ground Command plays, I love the models, the same goes for Dystopian Wars & Planetfall. It wont change me playing the games I have, nor will it change me keeping my eye on spartan in the future.

But it will prevent me from ordering or buying anymore of their stuff for the next few months... at least until I see how it all plays out.

The Next Project

The models below have managed to make me stop and look, and go as far as to make preparations to get back into 40k, Games Workshop haven't managed that in the last few years (since well before 7th edition came out).

So it looks like i have my army chosen (I love the idea of the Deathwatch and how I can incorporate marines / colour schemes from my opponents as future additions to my army).

It also means that I can look at breaking into an Ad Mech force which has been tickling at the edge of my imagination for a while as well.

I would expect a few more 40k posts going forward... now i need to find someone to take me through the nuances of the change from 6th to 7th edition.

In the mean time I will leave these pictures right here... I'm off to source a copy of Deathmasque to split with someone!

Halo Ground Command Art Work

Another very quick post.

The Art Work for Halo Ground command Rule book & Starter box. 

Looks very nice, getting more and more excited for this! 

Halo Ground Command

A quick post to plug the latest game coming out from Spartan Games, this does look good, and the article that Spartan Derek has written should wet you appetite quite nicely if you are interested already, and might make you keep an eye on it moving forward.

Planetfall Terrans vs Aquans

My last game of Planetfall was 3500 points of pure I wonder what would happen if I did this...

More pictures and the rest of the (quick read) report after the jump! 

Beyond the Gates of Antares: Strike Vector One: The Xilos Horizon (Unboxing)

So... in addition to a recent purchase of Halo Fleet Battles demo kit (and another game incoming).

On another note... my name is John, and I am a gaming addict

Anyway back on topi. Gates of Antares. I have been looking at this game as an alternative to Bolt Action. 

I don't play Bolt Action, not because I don't like the gameplay, but mainly because the setting doesn't grab me, this one does though.

A quick snap of the back of the box, before lots more pictures after the jump!

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