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7Feb/190

Oldhammer – Choosing and preparing a project

To continue the Oldhammer series, introducing on how to tackle such a project. If we compare it to restoring an oldtimer / classic car, you would decide for a brand and car, narrowing it down which build and mark you are looking for. I suggest a similar approach to an Oldhammer project.

Especially for the beginning, it might make sense to narrow it down to a smaller core and later on extend the project. Of course Oldhammer isn't limited to 40k, you could do this with Warhammer Fantasy, Rogue Trader, Blood Bowl or any other game system that Games Workshop covered before 1992-98. One of the army bundles would be a solid starting ground, as they cover a determined and tractable number of miniatures, thus being not that costly (of course, varying what army you go for, Chaos Dwarves are a total different book than Space Marines).

I for example went with the Imperial Guard range from the 2nd edition, and focus on a squad of each of the regiments / units available during that period, using the old Codex supplement as a guide.

Warhammer 40,000 - 2nd Edition Oldhammer Warhammer 40,000 - 2nd Edition Oldhammer Warhammer 40,000 - Imperial Guard 2nd Edition

4Feb/190

Warhammer 40.000 Killzone: Sector Fronteris

A bit unexpected a new Killzone was released, the Killzone Sector Fronteris. So far, the existing Killzones were based upon already released terrain kits and repacked them with a solid bargain. The Sector Fronteris makes use of the STC Ryza Pattern design, that were first introduced with the Realm of Battle Moon Base Klaisus and later in a smaller kit as the Ryza Pattern STC Ruins. The later I already covered in a review on here.

Warhammer 40.000 - Killzone Sector Fronteris Warhammer 40.000 - Killzone Sector Fronteris

What does STC Ryza pattern mean in this case? A STC is a standard-template-construct, that enables the Construct Machines of the Empire to produce specific objects, to a certain standard, equally and easily all over the Empire with the local ressources. These STC aren't just covering buildings like the Ryza pattern, but vehicles, like the Rhino, generators or shelters.

This kit comes at the regular price tag of 65 EUR for the Killzones. It is a bit tricky to calculate the savings on this kit, the other kits usually have a value of at least 110 EUR. Beside the last before this one, the Wall of Martyrs, where the saving dropped by quite a bit. This box covers the large frame from the Moon Base twice, but none of the smaller ones (those were moved towards the Killteams Starn's Disciples and Theta 7), so a new sprue was added to the box. But more on that below.

2Feb/190

Warhammer 40.000 Urban Conquest

Today I'm covering the Urban Conquest supplement for the 8th Edition of Warhammer 40,000. Games Workshop is starting 2019 strong with a new campaign boxed set for their main game in the grim dark future of the 41st millenium.

Warhammer 40.000 - Urban Conquest

Urban Conquest picks up the city fight theme of its predecessor from the 3rd edition City Fight and 4th edition Cities of Death. But unlike the older supplements, this is a boxed set, covering not only the rules, but a bit of terrain and a modular campaign map.

29Jan/193

Oldhammer – The Imperial Guard

After the short introduction to Oldhammer earlier this month, we want to stick with the 2nd Edition of Warhammer 40,000 and highlight one particular army - the Imperial Guard.

Warhammer 40,000 - Codex Imperial Guard

If you think of Warhammer, especially 40k, you think of Space Marines. But the Imperium and its forces is not only made of Adeptus Astartes, but simple men defending their homeworlds and holy Terra as well. The Imperial Guard existed in Rogue Trader as well and is not something new, that came along with the second edition. But the diversity was surely brought to that army with the new miniature range introduced in 1994.

26Jan/190

Adeptus Titanicus – Reaver Battle Titan with Melta Cannon and Chainfist

Games Workshop starts into the new year with a new supplement for Adeptus Titanicus, Titandeath. Along the release of the book, you now have the chance to buy the weapon sprue from the Warlord Titan with Plasma Annihilator and Power Claw, and a Reaver Titan with Melta Cannon and Chainfist, that we're going to unbox today.

You'll find the reviews on the earlier released Reaver Titan with Gatling/Laser Blaster and Power Fist, Warhound Scout Titans and both Warlord Titans on my blog as well.

Adeptus Titanicus Reaver Battle Titan with Melta Cannon and Chainfist Adeptus Titanicus Reaver Battle Titan with Melta Cannon and Chainfist Adeptus Titanicus Reaver Battle Titan with Melta Cannon and Chainfist

10Jan/190

Oldhammer – An introduction

Nostalgy is something that many folks come across. Weither it is collecting old video game consoles from your youth, or the cars you grew up with (like your dad's/uncle's car or the super cars from the magazines). And this nostalgy is possible with wargaming as well. Of course, not only with the Warhammers and their sister games, but in this case Oldhammer is an actual thing.

And similar to oldtimers or other vintage (collecting) hobbies, the span is quite broad. Some goals are easier to reach than others. For example my brother-in-law gathering classic Nintendo entertainment systems along with the original games (and not going for emulators) is a bit easier, compared to actually buying the Ferrari F-40 or Lamborghini Countach that hanged as a poster on the wall of your children's room. But as I don't have the time or space to take on a project like my late uncle's E30 325i or the 100k EUR for an Schwimmwagen, I stick with the wargames from my youth. I did already talk about oldhammer in 2016, as part of the Sweetwater / Tactica contest.

BMW E30 325i Schwimmwagen Games Workshop Warhammer Store Darmstadt

14Dec/180

Adeptus Titanicus – Reaver Battle Titan

The second titan of the Adeptus Titanicus coverage is the Reaver Battle Titan,

Adeptus Titanicus - Reaver Battle Titan Adeptus Titanicus - Reaver Battle Titan Adeptus Titanicus - Reaver Battle Titan

The Reaver counts as an medium class battle titan, almost twice as tall as a Warhound but still a lot leaner and smaller as a Warlord. Similar to the Warhound and Warlord, the Reaver has different produced patterns, but more dominantly different Marks of its design. The design of the Reaver is quite consistent, did not change that much during the decades, "just" more modern. A Lucius Pattern was produced by Forge World for Epic 40k in the late 90s, but that is a relatively unknown fact. It is more commonly know for the different Marks of the Mars Pattern. A Reaver is commanded by a Princeps and between 2 to 5 Moderati (Primus, Steersman, Navigator, Sensorius, Oratorius), along with an extended crew of multiple servitors and such. Models of the Reaver were available in different Marks for a long time and in the lore it is mentioned, that it might even pre-date the Warlord Titan.

12Dec/182

Adeptus Titanicus – Warhound Scout Titans

Let's begin with the Titans. The first review will cover the duo of Warhound Scout Titans, the smallest of the Imperial Titans.

Adeptus Titanicus - Warhound Scout Titans Adeptus Titanicus - Warhound Scout Titans Adeptus Titanicus - Warhound Scout Titans

There are multiple patterns of the Warhound Titan, produced on Forge Worlds among others like Mars or the now destroyed Gryphonne IV. The here shown Warhound pattern is the Mars Pattern, depending on how you count the Mark III. It is the first time that the Mars pattern is produced in 6-8mm scale. A Warhound has a crew of 4 (a Princeps, a Tactical Moderati, a Weapons Moderati and a Techpriest Enginseer) along with multiple servitors and servo skulls.

9Dec/181

Adeptus Titanics – The Titans are coming!

With the 2018 release of Adeptus Titanicus, Games Workshop relaunched the series of the same name, 30 years after its initial release.

Adeptus Titanicus - Boxes

Adeptus Titanicus covered the battles between the Titan Legions of the Warhammer 40,000 universe in a much smaller scale than the initial 25 later 28mm, the so called Epic scale, where an infantry miniature was 6mm tall. But the game was set in M30, during the Horus Heresy and as the Space Marines fought a fratridical war, so did the Titan Legions against their traitorous brethren.

2Dec/181

Inq28 – An introduction

I have talked about my fascination for Inq28 in many of the past articles and even some reviews, but as not everybody might be familiar with it, I'd like to explain what it is and where it came from.

Inq28 is short for Inquisitor 28, meaning Inquisitor in 28mm scale. Inquisitor was a roleplaying miniature game released in 2001 by the Games Workshop subsidiary Specialist Games, a company founded as an umbrella for all the non-core games (Blood Bowl, Epic, Necromunda and so on) published by GW. Other than the other games, Inquisitor went with a 54mm scale, and focussed very strongly on the individual characters. For Inquisitor was a softcover rulebook released, and often bundled in a starter kit with two of the 54mm scale miniatures and a pair of D8.  To give you an idea of the scale, here's a brief comparison of the Artemis and an Imperial Soldier in 54mm next to similar miniatures in 28mm. The 28mm Artemis is a conversion, made by myself in 2011, long before he got a official model with Death Watch Overkill in 2016.

Inquisitor Rulebook Inquisitor - 54 vs 28mm Scale Inquisitor - 54 vs 28mm Scale

As Inquisitor did not really cover point values and it was advised to use a game master, it relied strongly on the role playing and narrative component of the idea. It was non competitive, and the larger scale opened up new opportunities, but was the games major problem on the other hand, as you would require a complete new set of terrain, that would work with the larger scale. As the rulebook covered a lot of great artwork and most player were already within the Warhammer "circle" and owned at least a couple of miniatures from the Warhammer 40,000 range, people stayed with the idea but converted it into the already used 28mm scale. Therefore Inquisitor 28, or short Inq28.

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