Thursday, 27 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Here is my Salamanders army as it stands and it's only taken a year to get to this point! Honnestly though, despite being a collector for years, I have rarely ever got around to completely painting an army but determination, and this blog (as well as the helpful comments from readers) have helped to spur me on. I also feel my painting skills have improved (obviously still have much to learn!).
The list for the above is as follows:
HQ: Space Marine Captain - boltgun, power sword, artificer armour, hellfire rounds
ELITES: Terminator (x5)
ELITES: Dreadnought - extra armour
TROOPS: Tactical squad (x10) - flamer, missile launcher, sgt. has chainsword and melta bombs
FAST ATTACK: Assault squad (x5) - plasma pistol, thunder hammer, storm shield, melta bombs
I've got another tactical squad to add, a command squad (an old Blood Angels' Honour Guard with the iconography removed) and a chaplain to lead the assault squad (which I'm going to work on next).
Since this is the first 'proper' Space Marine army I've collected, I'm not really sure what I need to add to the list. I was thinking about the ubiquitious rhino but then what?
Saturday, 22 August 2009
I looked for some inspiration regarding the cloak - since the army are Salamanders I couldn't have the ubiquitious red cloak for fear of the christmas effect.
In the end I went for a dheneb stone base, thraka green wash, highlighted with rotting flesh and finally bleached bone. The result was the photo below.
I felt the cloak was a bit bare so I decided to add something. What it is, I'm not entirely sure. I can't tell if it's ruined the model or if it's ok. Feedback would be greatly appreciated. What could I replace it with if it is rubbish?!
Friday, 21 August 2009
Currently have an assault squad, command squad and tactical squad to finish. By the time that's done, Space Hulk will be released and I will be reverting to Blood Angels.
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Went to my local GW store today and they had a copy of Space Hulk to prepare for the September 5th release. As a result, I was lucky enough to play the game and understand the rules, both as Space Marines and the genestealers.
The game mechanics are similar to the 1st edition with a few (important) additions.
The Space Marines have 4 action points (AP) and the genestealers have 6. Space Marines can also randomly pick command points (CP) (from 1-7) to add to any actions during a turn. They also have a time limit of 3 minutes to move, shoot and complete their entire turn! The genestealers have no such time limit.
The thunder hammer is great rolls 2D6 and forces the genestealer to lose 1 attack. Similarly, lightning claws roll 2D6 +1. The standard attacks for terminators in 1D6.
Similar to overwatch, terminators armed with close combat weapons can go on 'guard' (for 2AP) which means they can force genestealers to re-roll one attack.
The genestealers have 3 attacks in close combat and whoever scores the highest kills the other. The terminator captains have +1 in close combat and can force a re-roll.
Monday, 17 August 2009
The one issue? Strictly limited edition. And aren't they going to be worth something in a few years!
12 Terminators including a librarian and 23 genestealers including a broodlord. The fluff on the GW website says there are deadend tunnels too - I wonder if there's going to be an element of surprise (similar to Heroquest) where the full layout of the map isn't revealed straight away. Not entirely sure how that would work without a gamesmaster but we'll wait and see.
The minis look awesome, the board is similar to the old editions - let's just hope the rules are like the 1st edition and not the 2nd.
I've already pre-ordered mine - I suggest you all do the same.
Friday, 7 August 2009
Back in the day I used to play a lot of Space Hulk. And I mean a lot. That and Tyranid Attack were the beginning of my foray into GW. Simple to understand, great minis (well, the genestealers, not the terminators particularly) and quick to play, they got me hooked from far too early an age.
Now it seems that the rumour on the grapevine is that a Third Edition of Space Hulk is being released. Whilst it's difficult to find the fact amongst the fiction in the rumours, the basics will be the same but some are suggesting there will be 2 metal minis - a broodlord (or in my opinion, even better would be a genestealer patriarch - remember the version of one sitting on a throne?) and a Terminator Captain or librarian.
Some of the rumours (and I think this is where it gets a little far fetched) have suggested that the new edition will include 3D terrain. The implications of making this are tremendous and far too much for a £50 boxed set. Aside from 3D doors (which were the classic card and base in the original), I doubt we will be seeing a 3D space hulk anytime soon. The picture below is of a 3D Space Hulk board and it's huge, each square had to be 2"x2" in order to allow for the new size terminators and genestealers.