Adeptus Mechanicus Preview – Lucius, Agripinaa, Stygies VIII and Ryza

Final Forge World previews before the codex goes drops this weekend were released over the weekend – too many weekends! This includes very little information about Stygies or Ryza unfortunately – clearly the not favoured of them all, but Stygies has a very, very nice Forge World trait.

Let’s look at each trait first.

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Offence/Defence Equilibrium in List-Building and Unit Composition

Greetings, fellow Survivors, Wolves and Saviors! An article for you today on offence/defence balance in list/unit composition. This article is aimed primarily at newer players, but it may put words on notions that more experienced players have come to instinctively apply without necessarily fully understanding. Indeed, one of the key concepts to implement when building a list is to seek balance between resiliency and damage output, both on an individual unit level but also across your army taken as a whole. What I mean by the is that you have to ensure your army is able to deliver punches but is also able to withstand them, and vice versa. If you concentrate too great a portion of your points on high-damage but fragile units, you will be able to deliver a mean alpha strike, but your ability to be alpha’ed yourself and not fold right there and then will be poor. Conversely, an army composed uniquely of units that are extremely efficient tarpits like Brimstone Horrors will be nigh unkillable, but will hit like a wet blanket.

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Adeptus Mechanicus Preview – Metalica

Next Forge World rules previewed are for Metalica (see below).

Another option to address AdMechs atrocious combat abilities, the Metalica rule leans towards affecting infantry more with their range of assault / rapid fire weapons compared to the heavy hitters. Whether any of these make the infantry more applicable is unlikely without some changes in the codex though.

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Forge World Focus: Mars and Graia

Some Adeptus Mechanicus leaks with Forge World rules for Mars and Graia. I will just outline that I am really pleased that every book is getting specific rules for individual armies akin to Regiments, Chapters and Legions, etc. We’ve seen modifications to this before, most importantly around 3rd edition with Craftworlds books or custom Hive Fleets, so it’s good to see this flavour coming back, even if it is at the expense of some general army rules or FoC swapping. Anyway, onto what has been revealed about Mars and Graia.

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Battle in the Bush – Tournament Wrap-up (Space Marines)

I’m back! For those of you who followed along on Twitter and Facebook, the results are known. For those who did not… I came 5th overall, though with slow play count back I came 4th (winning four and losing one). Lots to talk about and hopefully I will get all the battle reports scheduled before I go (I forgot my camera so all the pictures are mobile phone quality). Brief recap.

The list I used is here. The missions were ITC (sans the Relic).

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Codex: Space Marines Review Part 9 – Chronus, Telion, Lysander & Kantor

Greetings, fellow Peters, Pauls and Marys! Glad to have you visit us! Today we continue our look at the special characters from Codex: Space Marines. We shall set our sights on Sergeant Antaro Chronus (A.K.A. the Spear of Macragge) and Sergeant Toras Telion of the Ultramarines, Captain Darnath “my hammer is shaped like a fist so I can fist you while I hammer you” Lysander of the Imperial Fists and Crimson Fist Chapter Master Pedro Kantor. Are these great heroes of the Space Marines rendered justice on the tabletop? Or do they fall short? Maybe a bit of both? Let’s see, shall we?

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Battle in the Bush – Second 8th Edition Tournament

As you read this, day 1 will likely already be over and I am probably licking my wounds as I head into another tournament with very little practice with my list. Flakey gaming buddies *stares pointedly at someone*. You can follow along on the Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Anyway, ended up going with a modified Girlyman list with some thrown in Conscript allies – because you can. I unfortunately did not have time to finish off all my heavy weapon Marines or Conscripts so no super pretty pictures of the army but I will make sure they get finished when I return so I can (it’s amazing the amount of Marine models I have painted and then keep needing to add to them…).

List is below:

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Codex Preview – Death Guard: Special Rules and Psychic Powers

More information for Codex Death Guard following some insights into their warlord / relics / stratagems. We all know that nearly every model has Disgustingly Resilient (5+ FNP) and we are now privy to Inexorable Advance. No penalty for moving and shooting heavy weapons or advancing and firing assault weapons and can shoot rapid fire weapons at double tap range when in 18″ instead of 12″.

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Codex: Space Marines Review Part 8 – Calgar, Tigurius, Cassius & Sicarius

Greetings, fellow male catalogue underwear models! Today, we finally start digging into the core of the Marine codex with a look at Chapter Master Marneus Calgar, Chief Librarian Tigurius, Chaplain Cassius and Captain Sicarius, all of whom are Ultramarine special Characters. In the past, only Tigurius has been worth a damn, competitively, and I’m afraid this state of affair continues in 8th edition. Unfortunately, the shadow of the 13th Legion’s progenitor looms large over his children; it is impossible not to take him into consideration when analysing units that fulfill a similar-ish role in the army, and he’s so ridiculously good that he casts a damn long shadow that is nigh impossible to get out of. Let’s take a closer, Ultramarine-hued look, shall we? Read more »

Codex Preview – Death Guard: Stratagems, Relics and Warlord Traits

Warhammer Community has spoiled some of the Stratagems, Relics and Warlord Traits and advised which Warlord Traits Typhys and Mortarian have.

There’s a lot of Mortal Wounds being handed out here – all of them relatively short ranged but those will stack up quickly. Warhammer Community is kidding itself if this is going to be effective at scalping out Commissars (7″ is really easy to buffer a model from when we are talking Commissars buffing Conscripts) but it’s amusing to see them try and respond to the tournament sourcing. We said Conscripts were going to be mainstays the minute that Index got leaked back in June and look what’s happened…

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