Blood Red Skies Digital Edition

Today, Warlord Games announced Blood Red Skies Digital Edition, a WW2 action-packed aerial combat strategy title for PC based on the tabletop game by Andy Chambers of Warhammer 40k / Battlefleet Gothic fame.

The game is being developed under licence by games industry veterans Diecast Digital. “We are tremendously excited to bring the exceptional Blood Red Skies gaming experience to digital platforms in collaboration with Warlord Games and the supremely talented Andy Chambers. The team has ambitious plans for the title and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of players”, said Ash Colclough, Diecast Digital’s Co-Founder and Managing Director.

“In Diecast Digital we have found a partner who shares our passion for this game and the ability to produce a gaming experience that will excite and delight existing Blood Red Skies miniature game players as well as introducing the brand to fans of WWII digital gaming”: added John Stallard, CEO and Owner of Warlord Games.

For more information about the Blood Red Skies Digital Edition see www.diecastdigital.com.

Top Ten Blog Posts 2020

As with  the end of 2019, in 2020,  I went at writing and posting much more, and this year I published 436 blog posts. In 2019 I did 143 blog posts. Compare that to 2018 when I wrote just 21 blog posts.

I did a lot more modelling and painting in 2020 and was pleased with getting quite a few models finished or nearly finished.

Here are my top ten blog posts in reverse order. As is typical most posts are from previous years, however what was nice to see was that the top post (no spoilers) was from 2020.

The tenth most popular post was from 2009 and was about my disappointment with the Shrine of The Aquila scenery.

Shrine of The Aquila

Since then GW have released many more army specific scenery kits.

Ninth was an old post from 2007 about an Ork Army Box.

Ork Army Box, Deal or No Deal

A really old post from 2005 was in eighth place, it was about a new piece of scenery, a downed Valkyrie flyer from Forge World.

Downed Valkyrie

The first of a few posts from 2020 was the seventh most popular post. It was about the Land Rover Half=Track.

Laird Land Rover Centaur Half Track

Sixth was the post on Forge World’s 2010 Show Only model, an Ork Runt Bot and Grot.

Ork Runt Bot and Grot

I really quite liked the new Snotlings team for Bloodbowl which was revealed in April 2020. This was the fifth most popular post on the blog.

Bloodbowl Snotlings

The HUGE Tau Manta was the focus of the fourth post in this top ten,

Tau Manta

The third post was about the Ork Battlewagon Upgrade Pack

Ork Battlewagon Upgrade Pack

The top post in 2019 dropped to second.

Dwarf City under attack

Actually quite pleased that the post at number one for 2020 was from July 2020 and was a lengthy post about possible future models for Aeronautica Imperialis.

What next for Aeronautica Imperialis?

Overall I was pleased with the amount of blogging that I did in 2020, I liked the fact that two of the posts I enjoyed writing and liked were in the top ten. I did post a fair few photographs from a visit to Warhammer World that I made in January 2020 pre-lockdown, as well as photographs from a visit in 2018, as well as photographs from Duxford, RAF Cosford and Bovington. However due to the lockdown in 2020 I dind’t visit any musuems or go to any shows. So that will probably mean less posting in 2021.

New Aeronautica Ground Assets on pre-order

The ground assets for Aeronautica Imperialis that reflect the forces in the Skies of Fire boxed set and the Taros Air War campaign are now available to pre-order from Forge World.

Unlike the previous release of ground assets which was a plastic kit, these are resin models from Forge World.

For the Astra Militarum there will be a Hydra Flak Battery, a Basilisk anti-aircraft emplacement and a really nice sturdy refuelling station to represent as an objective.

The T’au weapons are the KV 126 Skyfire Platform and the KV 129 Stormfury Platform, and there is a nice T’au Air Caste communications tower as well.

Each set consists of the three models and are £22 each and are available to pre-order now.

Green Grot Tank

This is another one of my Forge World Grot Tanks.

I bought these ten years ago and I built them quite quickly and then they were undercoated. However for most of the next ten years they were kept in a box. In the last few months though, I got an itch and decided to finish them.

Here is one of the four that I have. The model was painted with a a basecoat using a spray can of Chieftain Green, and the tracks with Gorthor Brown.

This one always looks a bit like a Sherman so thought it worked well.

The model was then given various shades and washes before being slightly drybrushed.

See the workbench feature on this Grot Tank.

New Aeronautica Ground Assets

We will be getting some more ground assets for Aeronautica Imperialis that reflect the forces in the Skies of Fire boxed set and the Taros Air War campaign.

This was announced on the Warhammer Community site, and it looks like we will be getting the following new models.

For the Astra Militarum there will be a Hydra Flak Battery, a Basilisk anti-aircraft emplacement and a really nice sturdy refuelling station to represent as an objective.

The Hydra makes sense, not so sure about using the Basilisk as an anti-aircraft weapon, well then why not if you need to blow one of those Ork Air Waaagh! Mega Bommers out of the sky.

I quite like the T’au weapons, which includes the KV 126 Skyfire Platform and the KV 129 Stormfury Platform.

These are really nice models.

I like the T’au Air Caste communications tower as well which can be used, like the refuelling station as an objective.

As per usual no release date, but I am expecting it available to pre-order around the 20th November if other releases are anything to go by.

If Games Workshop ever went down turning Adeptus Titanicus into a fully fledged Epic style game with infantry and tanks and Xenos races, then the T’au would be a really tempting force to buy.

Bolt Action Battlefield Debris

So got an e-mail from Warlord Games today and there at the end was news about these marvellous little pieces of scenery.

Bolt Action Battlefield Debris

Perhaps your Squad has pulled furniture from a damaged building, forming a make-shift barricade or you want to add some interior detail to you abandoned houses, the new Battlfield scatter terrain set gives you an awful lot of new casts to work with, including damaged walls, furniture and the option to build the formiddable ‘rosa sessel’ makeshift barricade known to be used to great effect in many scenarios here at Warlord HQ.

In the box you get hard plastic walls, furniture, a checkpoint, oh and a guard dog!

I think what caught my eye was the sofa and armchair. I could see them on my Operation Sealion battles where the Home Guard have quickly pulled out stuff from their homes and built a barricade.

I really like the models and though I think it’s a little pricey at £49.99 they look like they will really add to my (future) games of Bolt Action.

Available for pre-order, but I couldn’t see a release date.

Site Update

I have over the last few months been revising and editing a fair few pages of my blog after changing hosts, as well as converting the gallery and workbench pages to the blog. I have taken content from the old site and moved it to the new site.

Having left the old site alone for a few months, I have now gone in and updated all (well the most of) the menu links so that they point to the new site.

The old site will no longer be updated, but I will keep it on the web so that old links to it still work.

Skies of Fire

Well on Sunday over on the Warhammer Community site, there has been the official preview of the new Aeronautia Imperialis boxed set, Skies of Fire.

You’ll get absolutely everything you need to fly your first sorties, including a set of five aircraft for each side, a game mat and rulebook, dice, reference sheets, tokens and a transfer sheet. The T’au force includes three Barracudas and two Tiger Sharks, each with a wide array of weapon options. The Imperium’s forces consist of two Valkyrie Assault Carriers, which can alternatively be built as Vendettas, plus three Lightning Strike Fighters, one of which can be built as a Lightning Fighter.

I mentioned in an earlier blog post that I had taken the leap and purchased the Wings of Vengeance boxed set.

After hearing that it had gone direct only and was to be superseded by a new boxed set featuring the Tau, I decided I had better buy it now before it was gone.

It’s not that I don’t like the new boxed set, much more that I prefer the Imperial and Ork models in the Wings of Vengeance boxed set. So much so (and quite unlike me) I have already started putting the models together…

These are lovely models, so I was interested to see what we would get in the Tau boxed set. Obviously there would be Tau, but I was intrigued who their opponents would be. Not looking at the rumours I did wonder if it would be a Xenos race, so was pleasantly surprised to see that it was the Imperial Navy.

I wasn’t anticipating that we would see the Valkyrie.

They look great.

I don’t think I will buy the boxed set, but I do think I might get a box of the Valkyrie Assault Carriers. As I said on Twitter I do wonder if we will ever see tanks and infantry in this scale for Adeptus Titanicus? Well this Valkyrie does show what is possible.

I am not a great fan of the Lightning Strike Fighters so happy to let them pass. As for the Tau, well they look like nice models, but not for me.

Warhammer 40000 Risk

Warhammer 40000 Risk

So a 40K version of Risk has been announced and will be available in the autumn.

Battle with your favorite factions for control of the planet Vigilus in the Battle of the War of the Beasts. Take control of your faction and attempt to vanquish your foes across the unique planet map that has been customized for Warhammer fans. In this Risk game, custom sculpted units will allow you to control the key locations in your bid to rule the planet!

I did think that the Warhammer 40,000 version of Monopoly was  a bit weird.

I can not believe that there is a Warhammer 40K version of Monopoly…. The whole reason I got into Warhammer in the first place was how disappointed I was with games like Monopoly!

With this product though, I am not just a little bit curious, I am quite interested.

The classic game of Risk can get rather stale rather quickly, but when mission cards are introduced then the game becomes very different.

One of my favourite games is Risk: Europe which is an advanced version of Risk.

Control Europe in the Risk Europe game, an exciting game of medieval conquest. The game challenges players to step into the role of a medieval king and rule feudal Europe by building castles, taxing subjects, expanding territories, and engaging in battle. 

While there’s some similarities to other versions of Risk, the turns are quite different.

From what I can see of the design of Risk: Warhammer 40,000 looks to be more than classic Risk, but not quite as indepth as the Europe version.

I like the little plastic pieces and the fact that the game has alien races as well as Space Marines.

It certainly looks like a possible purchase for me, though I do wonder if it will be available in the UK?