Dark Angels Land Raider Redeemer

This Dark Angels Land Raider Redeemer was in the displays at Warhammer World.

Dark Angels Land Raider Crusader
Dark Angels Land Raider Redeemer at Warhammer World

The Land Raider Redeemer is a variant of the Land Raider Crusader, which itself is a variant of the standard Land Raider used by the many Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes to provide short-range, anti-infantry assault support during urban offensives.

The Land Raider Redeemer replaces the Land Raider Crusader’s weapons with the dreaded sponson-mounted Flamestorm Cannons. These massive flame-based weapons send burning sheets of promethium into the thick of the foe, purging even well-defended bunker complexes in solar seconds. This enables the Redeemer to be highly effective against infantry during grueling and dangerous urban combat.

Churchill AVRE

The Churchill AVRE was one of the so-called ‘funnies’ designed by Percy Hobart specifically for use on the D-Day beaches to break through the German fortified defences. The AVRE was the most successful ‘funny’ type and AVRE vehicles remain in service with the British Army today.

This Churchill AVRE was on display at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. For many years it had been a target on Sailsbury Plain and then spent a fair few years as a monument on the Normandy beaches.

A variant of the British WW2 Churchill Mk.III or IV tank adapted to carry and support assault engineers in breaching heavy defences, crew of 6, powered by two Bedford 6-cylinder petrol engines, armed with a 290mm Petard mortar.
A variant of the British WW2 Churchill Mk.III or IV tank adapted to carry and support assault engineers in breaching heavy defences, crew of 6, powered by two Bedford 6-cylinder petrol engines, armed with a 290mm Petard mortar

There was a 15mm resin and metal version of this tank available for Flames of War.

However it has now been replaced for the forthcoming (March 2020) plastic Churchill that can either be a later mark Churchill, the flamethrower Crocodile version or the AVRE version.

In gaming terms most specialist vehicles don’t really work, however this AVRE version with it’s Petard Mortar has a place if your opponent had troops skulking in bunkers.

The Zoats are back….

Wow.

Zoats are making a comeback…

Zoat

For those of you wondering what the big green thing in the picture above is, allow us to explain. Back in the distant past of Warhammer 40,000 they were a race of strange creatures who served as heralds for the Tyranid Hive Fleets before disappearing, seemingly forever. (We all assumed they’d just been eaten…)

Even before they were servants of the Tyranids they were using hammers…. and were in the Fantasy world…

I have one.

LE Fantasy Zoat
LE Fantasy Zoat

Though the new model does look a lot more detailed, and I quite like it…

Top Ten Blog Posts 2019

In 2019 I went at writing and posting much more and this year I published 143 blog posts. Compare that to 2018 when I wrote just 21 blog posts.

Here are my top ten blog posts in reverse order. As is typical most posts are from previous years.

Tenth most popular was the start of a workbench feature on the Forge World Ork Big Trakk.

Starting the Ork Big Trakk

Ninth post was was photographs from Dwarf City under attack. This was of my favourite display game at GamesDay 2008, it was the Dwarf City that was under attack by a sea borne Orc and Goblin army.

Dwarf City under attack

I have added a new gallery of this display game on the site with higher resolution photographs.

Post at number eight was this one on the then new(ish) miniature on display at the Forge World Open Day of the Nurgle Daemon Prince.

Nurgle Daemon Prince

Post number seven was on the then new Forge World conversion kits for the plastic Baneblade model.

BaneBlade Conversion Kits

Sixth most popular post was from 2019 and was a little bit of a rant about the Warhammer 40K version of Monopoly!

Warhammer 40K Monopoly

Warhammer Monopoly

At number five was another Dwarf City under attack post.

Dwarf City under attack

The number four post was from this year, it was about the availability of PDFs of GZG’s Dirtside Rules.

Dirtside Rules

At number three was a post about the upgrade sprue for the Ork Battlewagon from 2009.

Ork Battlewagon Upgrade Pack

My second most popular post was a photograph of a Beautiful Dystopian Wars game.

Beautiful Dystopian Wars

My top post in 2019 was this post about that Dwarf City under attack.

Dwarf City under attack

Followers of the blog will have realised I am now adding new pages to the site as I migrate the old site to this new one. Taking advantage to add higher resolution photographs and update links and images.

The Old World in Warhammer is coming back…

Warhammer

According to the latest posting on the Warhammer Community sites, the Old World in Warhammer is coming back.

The original Warhammer world was “destroyed” in 2015. The Warhammer: The Game of Fantasy Battles changed forever when Games Workshop (though they said Archaon was responsible) destroyed the world.

 Everything we knew of the Old World collapsed into a void of Chaos and infinite possibility. From that tumultuous storm came the Mortal Realms, heralding a new dawn of unending war in the Age of Sigmar.

I never really got the Age of Sigmar, apart from it was an attempt to make Warhammer Fantasy Battles more like Warhammer 40K.

I am intersted to see where this is going, but it’s not a new story or a new world, it’s the original old world.

The Old World is to Warhammer Age of Sigmar, as the Horus Heresy is to Warhammer 40,000.

So looks like we’re getting the old Warhammer back…

Junith Eruita

Over on the Warhammer Community a new model for the Sisters of Battle has been shown off. It’s a model of Junith Eruita, a Canoness Superior of the Order of Our Martyred Lady, complete with flying pulpit.

Junith Eruita, a Canoness Superior of the Order of Our Martyred Lady

This massive model is as gloriously over-the-top as Sisters of Battle classics like the Exorcist or Penitent Engine. It’s a floating pulpit with a massive aquila on the front and skeletons holding heavy flamers on the bottom.

I do think this is one bizarre model, even by the standards of Warhammer 40K.

Car Wars Sixth Edition Preview

I have been wondering about the new edition of Car Wars, so it was interesting to watch this preview of the new rules.

Car Wars Sixth Edition is a complete redesign of the original game of autoduelling. It plays faster and includes new plastic miniatures.

So it captures the spirit of the original game, but loses a lot of the complexity. Sounds like it will be interesting to see it in the flesh.

Car Wars 6th Edition Kickstarter

So having started looking again at Car Wars, and seeing what is out there, I was intrigued to read on the Daily Illuminator that there will be a Black Friday Kickstarter launch for the sixth edition of Car Wars…

Work continues on Car Wars Sixth Edition, with lots of energy going into the construction of the Kickstarter campaign page. Building a page is never easy, but creating an attractive, information-packed page for our biggest game of 2020 is more challenging than you may realize. Getting all of the graphic assets in place, the manufacturing costs nailed down, the stretch goals ready, and the near-endless other details prepped consumes a lot more bandwidth than any other Kickstarter campaign we have run this year.

Still, we’re on track for a November 29 launch! For those who join us on that very first day of the project, we have a Black Friday special reward level coming. You are planning to join us on Day One, right? You won’t want to miss out on Uncle Albert’s Black Friday special. This is gonna be epic!

There was also a picture of some new models for Car Wars…

Car Wars Miniatures

I’ve not done a Kickstarter before, though have heard some good things (and some bad things) about them. This time I may take the plunge…

The cars look very “modern” and “futuristic”, kind of expect from the future world of Car Wars. My own thinking for Car Wars is more akin the “Chassis and  Crossbow” or Gaslands style, a little more Mad Max kind of look.

1917

1917 Movie

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

The film is nearly two hours long, the story plays out in real time, and is presented as one continuous shot. The director explains more, in this behind the scenes look…