17 February, 2011

Of Teleporting Grey Knights

From Blood of Kittehs:

*Nemesis Ward Staff can be only bought for one Grey Knight per squad. So that means only one will be able to take one of those mean wounds.

*Unlike reported before by me and others GKT do not get Storms Shields (with very few exceptions). That means you are stuck with sucky +5 invul saves on termies. What you do get instead is all nemesis force weapons grant a +1 to all invul saves in assault. That means +4 saves in close combat.
*A full man unit of Paladins average around 600-800 for 10 of them. So don’t expect to spam many of them.
*Add to that the Paladin Captain that makes them troops is the most expensive model in the codex over the cost of a Land Raider.
*Sadly the Dread Knight MC thingy cannot be put in a Stormraven.
*The worst change that I hinted at back when I first reported the rumors last year. The whole Teleporting Grey Knight once per game thing is for the Grey Knight squads in the Fast Attack slot. That means those guys and the Stormraven are your only FA choices in the entire codex. Normal GKs will not be able to teleport in the game.

Standard disclaimer applies: These are rumors and commentary on rumors. I want the codex now, too. And pics. Gimmeh pics. Here are my thoughts on these rumors:

16 February, 2011

Rumored Kits for Grey Knights Release

So it has come down the rumor pipeline on Warseer (Thanks, Stickmonkey!) that the Grey Knights release will contain a plastic 10-man PAGK box, a plastic 5-man Terminator box, a plastic Dreadknight kit, and "about a half dozen metal blisters" for the first wave. The second wave should be by late fall and cover some inquisition models.

13 February, 2011

Prediction Time!

I've been thinking about it, and I want to just throw it out there to the Internet for posterity. It's just a guess based on various rumors, but. . . .

I predict that Codex: Sisters of Battle will be released by the end of April 2012.

Let's see if GW will let me be right.

11 February, 2011

Grey Knights First Pictures!

So . . . much . . . epic. Thanks to Katie Drake on Heresy Online. I'm loving the Dreadknight! It's real, people! So when do I get to pre-order 3? I think it'll be around my birthday. . . . So I also hear they're going hard-back for the book. I'm slightly torn on it. I've played D&D for years, so I'm used to carting around plenty of (relatively) thin hard-backs.

I'd love to see nice hard-back codices with all the hobby related pictures in them . . . along with Assault on Black Reach style mini-dexes with the hobby section and maybe even the intro fluff cut out. Even better would be a combo pack! That way I can have a nice pretty book at home and a "travel size" mini-dex for the gaming.

Update: It looks like I now have a model for a Warstrider.

10 February, 2011

Stormraven Tactics

Bell of Lost Souls has an Article on Stormraven Tactics up today. It's rather timely as we had a good discussion at work on how to improperly use a Stormraven. Namely, I'm planning to do it wrong. This is what I'm told. If you aren't familiar with what my overall army strategy is for my Blood Angels, here it is:

09 February, 2011

Squall Guppy Work-in-Progress, Day 5

It's official: I'm calling my first Stormraven the Squall Guppy. I went to work mostly on broader areas today, but I still did a couple details like the black trim on the icon under the name. Enjoy the pics.

07 February, 2011

Squall Guppy Work-in-Progress, Day 4

Today I spent some time just working on some of the details to get a break from the wide brush. Thoughts on the Aquila colors? I decided to just go with the opposite color from what they are sitting on instead of a single color for all of them.

The bits at the edge of the glass are really tough to paint
The "feathers" are base-coated Tin Bitz and then drybrushed Dwarven Bronze
I don't know if any of you noticed, but in the previous pictures the tail fin was on backwards. Oops! I've fixed it now.

GK Rumors, Epic Edition

There is way too much to list out here, so I'll direct you to the Warseer post. My thoughts on this later.

06 February, 2011

Squall Guppy Work-in-Progress, Day 3

Well, I managed to prime most of the model today. I'm sure it would be much faster with an airbrush, but I like taking the time with a brush. Very relaxing.

Mr. Squall Guppy is coming along nice and slow
Bleached Bone and Mechrite Red
It's already starting to develop some character. I think it will turn out pretty nice. I've ordered some Forge World Blood Angel Rhino doors. I've got an idea of what to do with the front plate. . . .

Squall Guppy Work-in-Progress, Day 2

Yesterday I showed off the partially-constructed bird with some, uh, after-market parts. Today we add some paint! Some parts need to be painted prior to gluing (i.e. cockpit interior), so I'm doing a basic job on that. Due to the clear plastic the detail work will be slightly obscured, so I'm not putting a lot of effort into it, but the basic colors at least need to be done.

I bought a new wide brush today after watching a good, close Grey Scars v. Eldrad game (the Xenos scum lost, don't worry) and put it to work on the nice wide spaces on the Guppy. I've decided to try priming with Astronomican Grey and it looks like it will probably work out really well as a base for both the Bleached Bone and Scab Red. Chaos Black will naturally kill any color it is put on, so the parts I do with black won't be an issue.

I'm still undecided on the air scoop and turret
I'm just going with Boltgun Metal and Chaos Black predominately inside
It would be really cool to make the cockpit open up (probably by magnetizing). Using the below picture as a reference, I'm thinking the best place to cut it would be just above the aquila (which would make the cut right above the controls) and also above the head along the edge where it raises up to that back portion of the cover piece. Some plasticard is probably needed to cover holes. I'm not going to because it's more work than I'm willing to put in, but if anyone does it and it turns out awesome, let me know!

Base coat is mostly done but still missing arms
I won't be doing a full Battle Report on the game today, but I will likely put together an outsider's analysis of the game (with pictures--I took plenty!) some time tomorrow. It was a good game--albeit at a loser's 2000 points--and it was very back and forth the whole time.

04 February, 2011

Retribution Pattern Stormraven

So since all Power Armor codices are getting the Squall Guppy*, I present the Retribution Pattern Squall Guppy coming in the new Codex: Sisters of Battle!!!**

A few items of note!

1) Exorcist Missile Launcher! Now with S8, AP1, Heavy d6, Large Blast!
2) Immolator Turret! Twin-Linked Heavy Bolter, Twin-Linked Multimelta, and Twin-Linked Heavy Flamer (Measured from vehicle base!!!) are all options!
3) Holystrike Missiles! Just like Bloodstrike Missiles but holy! Praise the Emperor!
4) Typhoon Missile Launcher! Yes, you get your regular choice of Twin-Linked Heavy Bolter, Twin-Linked Multimelta, and the pictured Typhoon Missile Launcher under the cockpit!
5) Extra Twin-Linked Multimelta! No, your eyes aren't deceiving you, that's an extra Multimelta up next to the front ramp! You can also swap these out for a Twin-Linked Heavy Flamer!
6) Hurricane Bolter Sponsons! No, they aren't pictured, but they're still an option like usual!


*I'm totally making this up! Do not take this as fact! For comedic effect only!

**Again, totally not real! I know nothing of the rumored codex coming early next year!

Incoming! Squall Guppies

I have the reclusive creature in my possession, and I am in the process of taming not one, but two of the beasts! Once finished I will post the results!