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After hearing that it had gone direct only and was to be superseded by a new boxed set featuring the Tau, I decided I had better buy it now before it was gone.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

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.

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

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…