2017 Hobby In Review

Around this time of year, everyone starts counting down their TOP X’s of 2017.  Frankly, I don’t have enough to fill out a TOP X.

Personally, 2017 has been amazing in terms of growth and what I’ve been able to achieve.  In terms of hobby, it’s been pretty meh, despite the golden age that is 8th edition.

On this basis, knowing full well I could have done a bit better with my hobby, I’d like to rattle off the stuff I’ve worked on over this year.  Basically I’m shaking down my camera roll, and if it comes out as a stream of consciousness, that’s because IT TOTALLY IS. Continue reading “2017 Hobby In Review”

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Battle Report: Astra Militarum vs. Daemons (2,000pts)

What the crap?  Blink and a new Codex comes out these days!  This report is of my haphazardly assembled Cadian Combined Arms against a competitive Brimstone Horror List, using the new Astra Militarum Codex.  Dig in and smoke ’em if you got ’em.

No rest for the weary, Pask finds himself a new Hand of Steel; a Punisher fitted with heavy bolters.  While not the most… elegant… vehicle, Pask recognizes the need for versatility in a command vehicle. 

Summoned for an offensive against some entrenched Death Guard at the “Brimstone Bastion”, Pask leads a combined arms detachment including infantry assets, armour, artillery… and Super Heavy assets at regimental level.  The Emprah’s Mighty Flow’ry Meadow – a Baneblade of legend was at his disposal.  Surely this bastion would not stand a chance against this mobile fortress…

No sooner had this thought passed, but a smell of burning stone wafted through the cupula of the Leman Russ Punisher…  The fortress wasn’t called “Brimstone”.  It was a living wall of Brimstone Horrors!  Curse those dogs at the astropathic intelligence!

The air was filled with profanities as Pask wheeled the Hand of Steel amongst the infantry, shouting the men to ready themselves for the terrors of the warp… Continue reading “Battle Report: Astra Militarum vs. Daemons (2,000pts)”

The History of the Imperium: Tanks of Old Terra

The Regimental Standard

Attention Guardsman! The Imperium, and indeed the Astra Militarum, has a long, grand history, an unbroken line of memory from the distant days of Terra to the modern era.

While the study of history beyond great Imperial battles and the names of Imperial saints can, for simpler minds, raise heretical questions, we here at the Regimental Standard are committed to keeping you informed. Today, we look at the older predecessors of the Leman Russ in the first of our exciting History of the Imperium series.

We’ve enlisted Tech-Priest Kappa-Nu AX77446 to share some of the Adeptus Mechanicus’ valuable insights into the history of tank warfare.


Kappa-Nu AX77446: Greetings, Guardsmen. While many of you will never know the joys of replacing one’s body with an invulnerable augmetic shell, some of you may get to experience the next best thing – serving worshipfully in the belly of one of…

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Battle Report: Astra Militarum vs. Necrons (2,000pts)

So, the house is getting there, my hobby space is slowly getting unpacked, and I caught enough free time on a Monday to get a game in!  It was a bit of a learner, because I hadn’t played in 4 months, and this also represents only my third battle in 8th edition.

Regrouping following the 13th Crusade from Cadia, Knight Commander Pask sets up camp around some Imperial Ruins.  Within hours, some of the accompanying infantry are not reporting in their patrols.  Techpriests are encountering significant difficulty taming the machine spirits of the normally docile and dim Leman Russes of the armoured division.

Sensing these ruins were abandoned for a reason, the Knight Commander orders his troops to readiness just as the klaxons sound.  Metallic wraiths had phased in around the perimeter, ready to protect the tombs of their forebears, accompanied by two dreaded C’Tan.

Within moments battle was joined.

 

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Floods, Real Estate, Power Tools, Goats and Dollies

My last posts would have been dated, what, mid June?  At that point in time I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed over the pending release of 8th Edition Warhammer 40k and getting some serious gaming going over the summer months…

That obviously got derailed…

HOOBOY.  Been a long, wild summer eh?  Buckle up for yet another excuse post (or proof of life).

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8th Edition Tips for 7th Edition Veterans

Alrighty – I’ve had a few games under my belt now, which pretty much makes me a certified expert.*

I also poked the #Warmonger community out on the twitterverse for inspiration, and have awoken the mighty Greggles**, who came out swinging to the great benefit of the 40k community (and myself in particular!)

* LOLNOTREALLYNO
**Maybe I can get #Gregglesthebest trending sometime in 2017…?

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Warhammer 40k 8th Edition and the Imperial Guard

I’ve been writing this article forever.  It’ll never get done.  At first I started writing based wholly on speculation, and now I’m writing it with my first game under my belt, and having poured over all the rules that are available out there (while also pre-ordering the material and anxiously awaiting delivery).

So.  I am now going to hit “publish” but reserve the right to revisit this at a later date as I get more games under my belt.

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