Wednesday, November 11, 2015


"Commander, what happened on Tenga VII? Your report was rather vague, and we could have used your warriors at the Eastpoint."

"Apologies, General. En route to the rendezvous point, we received word that one of our scout forces located a lost cache of Astartes wargear. We moved to intercept, and retrieved several dozen nearly pristine suits of advanced power armor from a crashed and nearly buried transport. All unused, but marked with a Chapter badge we have been unable to verify. Our armorers are currently reconsecrating the suits, and searching any info-daemons out before recoloring for the Storm Fists, and issuing to our brothers."

"A lost Chapter? What were their colors, their badge? Perhaps one of my command have information on them."

"We appreciate your assistance, General. They were a charcoal grey, with the mark of a burning book..."

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Reflections on home

"Tell me of your homeworld, Commander" she asked.

"The Chapter is my home, our fleet ever searching for the world our Chapter built it's fortunes upon for thousands of years. Someday we will find it, and reclaim what cruel fate tried to deny us."

"I, however, originally hail from a world of mighty trees. As tall and nearly as wide as a hive city, and much more densely packed. We lived and built our villages among the branches, never seeing the ground. We lived a simple life, harvesting the fruits that grew around us, and hunting the mega-rodents and birds that lived around us. And we warred, all the tribes were constantly seeking more stable branches further inward towards the trunk. Tribes that were driven out had to move further along the thinner branches, or move further down, into the shadowed depths."

"There was a serious bout of branchrot infesting the trees when I was recruited, many of the tribes were being forced to move closer to the trunk, and were getting into conflict with those already in place. Many bloody battles were fought, and the Storm Fists took advantage to find the best of the young warriors. We were taken up and ascended, and have never been back to that world. I never even knew the Imperial name of it."

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Wargaming Rules

Been a while, huh? Cant say I forgot or anything. I just didnt feel like posting. Maybe Ill pick it back up. Or maybe not.

So, post I feel like writing? Not what you are probably thinking. While rules are involved, I am more focusing on my rules for collecting models in a particular system. I figured a while back that the easiest way to contain my "Hobby ADD" was to let it run wild. Yes, this will make sense.

I came up with a few rules, meant to keep me on track, and keep me from blowing money all over on models Id only half paint before getting distracted and moving on. Well, Im still doing that, but at least they are all reasonably themed, so I can use them together.

Easiest example is what I decided on for 40k. I play the Imperium. The way army selection works now, this is a great way to keep a varied force for painting, and for gaming. Ive got Knights. Ive got Mechanicus. Ive got Space Marines. Ive... started working on Imperial Guard. Heh. Sadly, Ive been in a bit of a 40k rut for a while. Simply lost interest in favor of 30k...

Second example would be 30k. Close but not quite what we get for 40k, with army selection being tied to previous editions of 40k. Still, I play the Death Guard Legion, and am allowed to make with allies as I like. So, a Knight, and trying to work in Mechanicum. Night Lords were there first, but count as allies now. I can also add other Legions if/when I feel like it. The reason I was a lot tighter for this system was cost. Ordering from Forge World gets spendy quick. So, I added the caveat of "if they go plastic, reconsider". Well....

The other big set I had specific rules on was Warmachine/Hordes. Tried to keep it all in faction, decided to open it up a bit. Playing Cygnar, Circle, and Farrow, but building 35pt theme forces for which ever caster/warlock I go with. Between the variety of themes available, Ill eventually get a bit of everything, and can "borrow" to go higher if needed.

Now, what about Warhammer Fantasy/Age of Sigmar? Yeah... For the past few editions allies were not really a thing, not in any significant manner. Then End Times hit, and suddenly you could build something new and exciting. Then they tore that up and said "play what you like". Gotta say, between that and round bases, Ive got a supercharged interest in the Fantasy side again. My rules for WHFB were "Add to your armies. Maybe something new if you really like it?" Last army I did was my Undead Legion. Before that, starter Skaven force. So, now Ive got Goretide in the works. Im painting Hallowed Knights. Ive got an old Ogre army, and a large chunk of Undead. Ive even picked up a decently sized Skaven force. And Ive got ideas. So many ideas. Im going to really need to lay down a new rule here, before I go a little too crazy.

Knee jerk idea for restriction is one Grand Alliance, but that doesnt really work, as I have armies from all the Grand Alliances. Well, Ogres are kinda dead in the water, and have been for a while. That clears Destruction. Undeath? Well, I might just push them off on my brother, so he can play with something of his own. Leaves Order and Chaos. On the Order side, I have Stormcast Eternals, and no interest in any of the other forces (until they redesign them, perhaps?). Chaos, oh Chaos. Love the Goretide. Very interested in doing something fun for Nurgle. Skaven can go anywhere, working for anyone. Ive got Plague Monks. Ive got Stormvermin. Clanrats all over the place. Beastmen fall in the same boat, adding variety (and cheaper bodies!) to the more influential forces.

So, I know where my loyalties appear to lay. What am I to do? Well, think Ill say my WH/AoS hobby rule is now Chaos Grand Alliance, with special exception for the Stormcast Eternals available to the Hallowed Knights. Why the Hallowed Knights caveat? I fully expect them to get special characters, and perhaps some unique units eventually. This way, I wont be trying to paint a dozen different Stormhosts. And dont think I didnt already consider that! ;)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #18

Late? Perhaps, but I fully intend to blame helping my sister-in-law move on Friday for that.


The Age of Sigmar train keeps on rolling, and I am still liking what I see. Got the new book, finally, and enjoyed the whole damn thing. Not much else is going on for hobby. Right? Nope, nothing exciting...


What is that... No...

PLASTIC MKIV SPACE MARINES!! Sorry, had to say it. Rumor sites around will have the pics available, so go hunting!  I am already plotting plans and planning plots on how I will be using these models, whenever they may be released.

Hobby & Gaming-

Been slowly working on my first unit of Stormcast Eternals, decided to use part of my test model's scheme, and am painting them as Hallowed Knights.


Obviously MKIV is on the brain tonight, so a slowball for you: Night Lords. Mix in a few stolen Imperial bits, and the Warband of the Exalted would be simpler than snot.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #17


Lets see, Age of Sigmar has a big book on the way, as does Hordes. A new Heresy novel is lined up, I think.

AoS scenery pics are floating around, getting me tempted to work on my table again.
Hobby & Gaming-

No gaming done recently, for shame. But I did get a bit of building worked out...

Still need to assemble the Khorne guys, just six of the marau...sorry Bloodreavers built so far.

Fun theme this week: Slaaneshi Dark Mechanicum. Lots of servitors, only they are not brain-wiped, but entirely conscious of their situation..

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Gates of Azyr

Something a little different this week. I got a copy of Gates of Azyr by Chris Wraight this past weekend, and have read it twice since, so I figured Id give you my brief view.

To start off, it really is pretty limited in scope. It is basically the two forces (Khorne Goretide and Stormcast Eternals, The Hammers of Sigmar) sweeping in and having a messy brawl. What happens before this, or after, isnt really covered much. Of course, this keeps the page count down, and makes for a quick read.

Pretty hefty on the action, as expected. Characters are surprisingly fleshed out, especially the Goretide. Traditional Khorne-marked characters are almost without exception depicted as near mindless berserkers, only hunting for the next skull to remove from neck, but the three main characters here seem to defy this stereotype. Threx Skullbrand is the closest to "traditional", but even he manages to keep hold of his personality.

On the Stormcast Eternal side, the heroes dont seem quite as fleshed out, but that might be more because no one really knows what to expect from this new faction. They all have their voices, and over a longer book will probably really shine. In particular, Im looking forward to more about Ionus Cryptborn. We get a limited idea of what the Reforging is (Basically: painful), that they come from all over, and while they are highly trained, the force is still *new*, not truly tested yet.

As a teaser taste to the Realmgate Wars, this was an interesting start and I am looking forward to more tales in the Mortal Realms.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #16

Big news is Age of Sigmar! Yay! Wait, no real new news lately. Hrm. New book next week, lots of pics of Stormcast Eternals units and assorted terrain. New icon on the Chaos Wheel has everyone crapping kittens, but I am 90% certain that it is a variant of Slannesh's mark.

PP has new Kromac and Farrow Warlords catching my eye. More stuff I need to work on...

I bought Deathfire tonight, going to start reading that as soon as I finish writing this up. ;)

Hobby & Gaming-
No games, but since Im getting my copy of AoS tomorrow, well, Im sure SOMETHING will get played soon.

Only painting done was that Stormcast Eternal Liberator, that I showed Tuesday. Ive since repainted the hammer head to match the armor. Was very not happy with how it looked. Still telling myself Im not starting that army. I think even I have stopped listening to myself....

Little different this time. Assuming I paint the Stormcast in the AoS box like I did my freeby, how would I paint the Dracoth (Dragon beast mount)? Bluish steel armor is the main, so a gold (Maybe light brown, maybe orange?) might contrast best, but Im kinda thinking dark red instead. Problem there is confusion when matched up with the Khorne models from the same set. Ideas?