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11Aug/200

Adeptus Titanicus – Cerastus Knights Acheron and Castigator

Along with the Defence of Ryza campaign supplement, Games Workshop released the two of the missing Cerastus Knight variants - the Acheron and Castigator.

Adeptus Titanicus - Cerastus Knights Acheron and CastigatorAdeptus Titanicus - Cerastus Knights Acheron and Castigator

Among the Imperial Titans is a class of smaller and less powerful versions of the god-machines - the Imperial Knights. They are piloted by a single Knight commander, called scion, and not by a crew of princeps and moderati. With the knights being much smaller than Warhound Scout Titans, they can only to a limited amount carry titan weapon systems into battle. The Knights were introduced to Epic / Space Marine in UK White Dwarf #126 in June 1990, and a few years later in December of 1994 updated as part of the new editions of this game, Epic Titan Legions. Some of the new classes even derivate from the old names and types. There were Paladins, Lancers and Wardens, and those came back in the current variant as well. In addition knights had tiers, Squire, Knight and Lord, along with Senechal. Something that was picked up in the latest rules for Warhammer 40,000 to a degree.

7Aug/200

Bolt Action SdKfz 251/7 Ausf. D Pionierwagen

A bit of a sneaky release by Warlord Games, with the Campaign Stalingrad book a new plastic kit came along - the Sd.Kfz 251/7 Ausf. D Pionierwagen.

Bolt Action SdKfz 251/7 Ausf. D Pionierwagen Bolt Action SdKfz 251/7 Ausf. D Pionierwagen

There was a Pionierwagen kit available before, based upon the plastic Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf. C with a few resin parts added, to create the /7 variant. In this case we have the 251/1 Ausf. D as a base with an additional plastic frame, as we've seen in the kit of the Flammpanzerwagen, Stummel or mortar carrier.

6Aug/200

Bolt Action Campaign Stalingrad

The last Bolt Action supplement I've reviewed here was Korea and that was a spin-off, which covered for the first time a conflict outside of world war 2. So considering world war 2 books for Bolt Action, the latest one before that was Operation Overlord released in summer 2019, one more reason to see how Warlord Games covers one of the biggest battles of the second World War - Stalingrad.

Bolt Action - Campaign Stalingrad Bolt Action - Campaign Stalingrad

So far, the only campaign book covering Stalingrad, yet in a brief way, as Ostfront from the first edition of Bolt Action. Campaign Road to Berlin covers the epoch two years after the Battle of Stalingrad. But this battle and the fighting around it, had such an impact on the war in the east that they absolutely deserve a supplement of its own and Warlord Games spreads that on a very solid 176 pages. This is upper region for the length of Bolt Action supplement, and it stays with the regular price band of 20 GBP or 30 USD. And as often with the Bolt Action / Osprey books, we had an early cover (right) and a changed final cover of the supplement (left), moving from a Soviet soldier in winter gear to a sailor.

4Aug/200

Blood Bowl – Old World Alliance & Underworld Denizens Pitch

Since a few weeks the Blood Bowl setting has been expanded with a revised Underworld roster and a new Old World Alliance roster. As with almost every team release, special play cards, dice and a pitch come along too. In this review we take a closer look at the latter.

The product costs, depending on the retailer you order it from, about 30,- € and comes in a sturdy packaging. The contents are the typical cardboard for dugouts, the field itself, a foam inlay that prevents the longer dugout from snapping, and the packaging that can be used as a practical slipcase.

Blood Bowl - Old World Underworld Pitch

24Jul/200

Aeronautica Imperialis – Taros Air War

Right along with the Skies of Fire starter box, came Taros Air War, the second campaign supplement for Aeronautica Imperialis.

Aeronautica Imperialis - Taros Air War Aeronautica Imperialis - Taros Air War

The Taros Air War is part of the Taros Campaign, a conflict Forge World covered in one of their Imperial Armour books back in 2004, Imperial Armour Volume Three - The Taros Campaign, to be precise. Taros was mining world, in the Ultima Segmentum, in the service of the Imperium of Man. But the Planetary Governor Aulis, head of the Taros government, developed friendly trading relations with the Tau, and sought to defect to the Tau Empire with the support of much of the planetary population. A treachery the Imperium couldn't let go unpunished, and their response was relentless.

22Jul/200

Aeronautica Imperialis – Skies of Fire

Games Workshop gave Aeronautica Imperialis an update with 2020, a new starter set, with Skies of Fire, covering the Imperial Navy against the T'au Empire.

Aeronautica Imperialis - Skies of Fire Aeronautica Imperialis - Skies of Fire

17Jul/200

Black Seas – Schooners Squadron

We've seen the smallest of the ships from the Black Seas range and a third party company this week as well with Hagen Miniatures, so let's take a look at another small to medium sized vessel, the schooners who are offered by Warlord Games in a squadron of six.

Black Seas - Schooners Squadron Black Seas - Schooners Squadron

A schooner is a type of sailing vessel, that comes in different variants, for example as a two-masted schooner, and can be gaff or top-sailed. Warlord Games went with a top-sailed variant. The origins of the schooner is unclear, but the name appeared first on the eastcoast of North America in early 1700s, and became in the areas of New England and Atlantic Canada popular for coastal trade, as the ship required a smaller crew compared to other ships of its size and still was fast and versatile.

16Jul/200

Munchkin Warhammer Age of Sigmar

About a year ago, I've shown you Munchkin Warhammer 40,000. The licensing deal with Steve Jackson Games does not only covering the grim dark sci-fi setting of the Games Workshop brand, but Warhammer Age of Sigmar as well, and so in November of 2019 the fantasy counterpart of Munchkin Warhammer was released, first in English and just last month as a localised German version of Munchkin Warhammer Age of Sigmar by Pegasus Spiele.

Pegasus Spiele - Munchkin Warhammer Age of Sigmar Pegasus Spiele - Munchkin Warhammer Age of Sigmar

Munchkin started out in 2001 (almost 20 years ago!) as a not so serious card game, where you as the publishers say: Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Backstab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run. Your goal is to reach level 10 before anybody else, by exploring dungeons, killing mobs, looting them, and using the loot to kill bigger mobs to proceed faster. All that in a world with a lot of tongue in cheek humour, parodising well known elements of fantasy worlds and role playing games.

15Jul/200

Hagen Miniatures – Napoleonic Ships

The german miniature studio Hagen Miniatures has a diverse range of historical miniatures, among them a range of Napoleonic ships in 1:700th scale, fitting for among other systems Black Seas.

They were kind enough to send me some of their vessels, so we can take a closer look at them. Andy send me a cutter, a ketch and a schooner. The models come in a small ziplock bag and are casted from pewter. Please note, the vessels all come without sails, you'll need to cut our your own from paper or thin plastic card.

Hagen Miniatures - Napoleonic Ships

13Jul/200

Black Seas – Gunboat Squadron

I want to cover some of the smaller ships for Black Seas this week, and among the smallest models available are the Gunboats. They come with multiple ships per base and multiple base per pack, and are sold as a Gunboat Squadron for Black Seas.

Black Seas - Gunboat Squadron Black Seas - Gunboat Squadron

A gunboat was would usually have a single mast and be armed with between one up to three cannons or mortars. They were designed to be used in the near-shore areas, on rivers and inland waters, therefore their compact build. As such they service as support for troops on land in such areas, along with patrol or guard missions. Napoleon ordered hundreds of these to be build for the planned invasion of England and had them armed with howitzers.