Battlezone Fronteris Terrain

I have to say, I do like the Battlezone Fronteris Terrain which was announced on the Warhammer Community site.

This battlezone is designed to give you a range of new terrain for your battles on frontier worlds or to add a little bit more militaristic utility to your existing gaming tables. It includes STC Hab-Bunkers, a Landing Pad, Vox-Antenna, Auspex Shrine, plus a selection of stockades, and will soon be available as a complete battlezone and in a variety of smaller kits.

The new scenery looks very SF but much more functional than the gothic type terrain we have seen in previous releases.

This is something I would put on my shopping list.

Asuryani Vampire Flyers for Aeronautica Imperialis

Was really only yesterday that we had the announcement about new Necron flyers for Aeronautica Imperialis. Today was have another Forge World Aeronautica Imperialis released announced, this time for the Asuryani.

We will be getting the Vampire Raider and the Vampire Hunter.

The Vampire Raider is a large Asuryani atmospheric craft, but its speed and agility belie its size.

Vampire Raider

Armed with twin-linked shuriken cannons and a nose-mounted scatter laser as standard, it can put out an impressive 17 shots at close range, all while carrying its load of jump troops to their drop site.

I love the mention of jump troops, part of me with my wishful thinking, is we will see those jump troops in a expansion of ground forces for Adeptus Titanicus (a future Epic or Space Marine game). The rational realist in me says, no, won’t happen.

The Vampire Hunter is a similar craft, it though replaces the Raider’s troop compartment with phoenix missile launchers, meaning it’s the ideal heavy ground attack bomber.

It’s also armed with a twin-linked pulsar instead of the shuriken cannon, making it absolutely deadly at long range.

Suspect that like the Necron flyers, this will be a single kit with the option to build either version.

Unlike the Necrons I may actually order these models to go with the Eldar, sorry Asuryani, flyers I already have on my workbench.

 

The Necrons are flying in

So announced today for pre-order next week (from Forge World) are some nice new Necron flyers for Aeronautica Imperialis.

Each set contains two planes buildable as either Night Shroud bombers or Doom Scythe fighters. The former possess speed and manoeuvrability akin to the fighters of lesser races, dropping deadly doom spheres with unerring accuracy, while the latter shred rival interceptors with a powerful death ray.

The kit allows you to either model. The Night Shroud is akin to the fighters of other forces.

The Doom Scythe is a heavier aircraft armed with a powerful death ray.

Though I like the look of the models, I think this is a purchase I will probably either leave to a later date, or not make at all.

Also announced is the Aeronautica Imperialis Companion.

The perfect addition to your games of airborne combat in the 41st Millennium is here in the form of Aeronautica Imperialis – Companion. This expansion collects new rules, aircraft, and factions, along with existing content previously found within White Dwarf magazine, allowing you to field squadrons from the Necrons, Asuryani, and Adeptus Astartes. Experience a deeper dogfighting experience with detailed expanded damage rules, new Ace abilities, and the challenges of limited ammunition. Novice and experienced commanders alike can use these rules to revolutionise their Aeronautica Imperialis games across a suite of new matched play scenarios.

Bringing in rules from across various sources and White Dwarf along with new rules, means this is a book I probably will buy.

 

 

Top Ten Blog Posts 2021

In 2021 I went at writing and posting, but not as many as in 2020, this year I published regularly, apart from a lull at the end of the summer. So in 2021 I published 162 blog posts. In 2020 I posted 436 blog posts, in 2019 I did 143 blog posts. Compare that to 2018 when I wrote just 21 blog posts. However due to the continuing lockdown in 2021 I didn’t visit any museums or go to any shows. So that will probably mean less posting in 2022 compared to 2020.

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

The tenth most popular post was from 2006 and was showing the Kroot Knarloc Riders from the Forgeworld Display Cabinets at GamesDay 2006.

Ninth  was from 2020 and was some photographs of the Sokar Pattern Stormbird at Warhammer World.

Sokar pattern Stormbird.
Sokar pattern Stormbird.

The post at number eight was a post from 2019 about Making the Ork Megatrakk Scrapjet which I had got for Christmas, alas it is still on the workbench. 

Seventh post was from 2005 and was when I managed to buy the Limited Edition 40K scale Inquisitor Model (got one) from my local branch of Games Workshop.

Post number six was was also from 2005 and was some photographs of the original Forge World Forgeworld Ork Battlefortress taken at GamesDay 2005.

Ork Battle Fortress
Ork Battle Fortress

When this model first came out, I was not a great fan. Having seen the model quite a few times I now quite like it and if I could afforded it I would have got one. Alas it is now OOP and has been for sometime.

The fifth post from 2009 when I bought the Ork Battlewagon Upgrade Pack for my plastic Ork Battlewagon.

The most popular post at number four was from 2020 and was photographs of Astra Militarum Super Heavy Tanks taken on my most last visit to Warhammer World.

In September 2009 Forge World announced a range of new Ork vehicles including the splendid Kill Krusha ‘Eavy Tank. Back in April at the Forge World Open Day I snapped a few Ork Kill Krusha ‘Eavy Tank Concepts and these I published on the blog in 2010. This post was the third most popular blog post.

The second most viewed post, was from 2020 and asked What next for Aeronautica Imperialis?  I started to think about which models I would get next, and that got me thinking what we have seen that still needs to be released and also what could be released in the future and what I would like to see in the future as well.

The most popular blog post some photographs from GamesDay 2008 of a Dwarf City under attack.

Overall I was pleased with the amount of blogging that I did in 2021.

Over the last eighteen months or so I have been converting and moving pages over from my old website to the new one on which the blog lived. As a result there are now 1150 pages on the website (along with nearly five thousand blog posts). The main difference between the two kinds are that pages are structured and undated, whilst the blog posts (though tagged and categorised) are in chronological order.

I have done a regular top ten blog posts article every year now for a fair few years, but going through the stats this time I noticed that there were a lot of popular pages as well.

One can dream…

So over the last week we have had Warhammer Fest Online.

Last weekend as I looked over the list of live shows, it was apparent to me that what I was most interested in was, would there be new Orks for Warhammer 4000, what would be revealed on Thursday for the boxed games and what would be the BIG mystery on Saturday.

Well we found out on Saturday that the mystery was a new edition of Age of Sigmar.

I am guessing exciting for players of Age of Sigmar, for me not so much.

I was hoping we would see the return of the Old World and Warhammer. We know from previous reveals that this was in the works and I am intrigued to see what this new (old) game looks like and what the models will be like, especially as we have seen massive jumps in model detail and development since the end of Warhammer back in 2015.

I was secretly hoping that we would see a relaunch of Epic in the (new) Adeptus Titanicus scale, but that was a far out dream… Well one can dream….

Saurus Scar-Veteran on Carnosaur

Saurus Scar-Veteran on Carnosaur at Warhammer World.

Disciplined beyond fault, trained to make unerring decisions in the heat of battle, Saurus Scar-Veterans are great champions of the seraphon. Always found where the fighting is at its most intense, their ferocity and tenacity are an inspiration to to massed ranks of seraphon that follow them. Far from mere berserkers, Scar-Veterans demonstrate an impressively cool temperament, choosing their battles relatively carefully. They ride mighty Carnosaurs, whose maws are lined with teeth as large and sharp as swords; these enormous saurian horrors are enough to decimate entire enemy armies.

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.