Adeptus Titanicus is here

Adeptus Titanicus

Today saw the release of Adeptus Titanicus from Games Workshop. Though I did not play the original Adeptus Titanicus fgame back in 1988, I did buy some of the miniatures and bought more when Space Marine was released in 1989. I also didn’t buy Titan Legions which came out in 1994. I really did get into Epic though in 1997 with the release of Epic 40000.

Adeptus Titanicus: The Horus Heresy has probably been for me the most anticipated game from Games Workshop for some time. I don’t think I have been this interested or excited about a release for years.

Adeptus Titanicus: The Horus Heresy is a tabletop game of devastating combat between awe-inspiring machines, set during the civil war that tore the galaxy apart. 2 players take control of a variety of Titans – colossal, bipedal war engines covered in thick armour and weapons which can level a city in a single salvo. It is a strategic challenge in which you pit your skill and cunning against your opponent in a battle to the death; a test of tactical skill demanding the management of the resources at your disposal, determining the optimal reactions to the evolving state of the battlefield.

I decided to buy the Rules Set for £35 which includes loads of stuff, but no Titans.
Adeptus Titanicus
There is inside the box

  • a 96 page rulebook
  • 6 Titan Command Terminals: 2 Warlord Titan, 2 Reaver Titan, and 2 Warhound Titan Command Terminals, large card surfaces used to track the status of your Titans during games;
  • 2 Questoris Knight Command Terminals;
  • 28 Titan Weapon cards : these double-sided cards are placed on the Titan Command Terminals in-game to keep track of the weaponry you’ve deployed, with one side showing the weapon characteristics, and the reverse showing that it is disabled;
  • 24 Mission and Stratagem cards;
  • Battlefield Assets are a frame of 6 plastic miniatures, used to represent certain Stratagems – this set includes 1 Macro Cannon Battery, 1 Apocalypse Missile Strongpoint, 1 Command Bastion, 1 Plasma Generator, 1 Communications Relay and 1 Void Shield Relay.
  • Also included are markers for initiative, a wrecked Titan head which can be used as an objective marker, 50 status markers for use with Command Terminals, 6 designation markers for the Titans on the battlefield and 3 arc templates used to determine weapon firing arcs;
  • 2 reference sheets;
  • 21 Adeptus Titanicus dice;
  • 2 clear blast markers and a flame template.

That’s quite a box full of stuff.

The new plastic Warlord Titan, which is modelled after the Forge World model is amazing. However I didn’t buy one (yet).
Warlord Titan
I also like the new buildings, the two Civitas Imperialis sets look very appealing.
Civitas Imperialis

Designed for use in games of Adeptus Titanicus, this is a set of modular, plastic buildings which can be configured and stacked in a variety of configurations – multiple small buildings, several medium structures or a tower large enough to provide cover for a Warlord Titan can be assembled!

They look as if they will fit in with the existing Epic buildings, even though this game is at a different scale.

So what of the future? 

Well, we know from the rules there will be a Reaver Titan and the smaller Warhound Titan. We saw in White Dwarf there the Reaver Titan.

Today GW announced the Warhound Titan and released pictures.

Warhound Titan

I hope that we see more Imperial releases and that there may even be an Ork Gargant in the future.

I do wonder if they will do a “Space Marine” and release smaller models of Space Marines and Land Raiders at some point in the future.

Well must get around to opening that box and looking at the rules.

What is this? Is Man O War coming back?

This photograph was in the most recent Games Workshop email.

What is this?

So what is it?

Does it mean Man O War is coming back?

A new version of Dreadfleet?

What are these? Dark Elf ships?

Update: Well after a little bit of searching on the internet tubes, it appears that this may be a Warhammer Fantasy display in Warhammer World, Dark Elves versus High Elves. It’s 28mm not Man O War scale… well one can dream!

Incoming! Blood Angels

From the recent Games Workshop newsletter…

The Blood Angels are one of the most popular Space Marine Chapters. They fought at the Emperor’s side during the earliest days of the Imperium as one of the original Legions. Ten thousand years later, and one of the longest-running Chapters, they are still shaped by the deeds of their Primarch Sanguinius. Few Space Marine Chapters are as prolific and loyal in their defence of the Imperium as the Blood Angels, though a flaw in their gene seed makes them susceptible to the Black Rage and the Red Thirst – all-consuming curses that turn them savage and blood-thirsty in battle…

In February 2011, the Blood Angels will receive more reinforcements, including never-before-seen models – visit the website tomorrow for more information from the Studio in their Incoming! article. If you want to start massing your own Angelic Host, or are looking to bolster your troops, then here are some essential items to prepare for the new arrivals in February.

I wonder if this is going to be one of the new never-before-seen models?

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I would think so!

🙂

New Warhammer Fantasy Battle

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So there is going to be a new edition of Warhammer Fantasy Battle.

The Warhammer world is a place riven by relentless warfare and the corrupting power of dark magic. It’s a place where vile creatures and titanic monsters roam the lands, where vast armies of evil warriors unleash slaughter upon their victims and only the unceasing valour of the forces of Order prevent the whole world slipping away into chaos and death.

Amidst this tapestry of conflict and carnage are races fair and foul, warriors chivalrous and brutal. These are the combatants who fight for dominance of the world. From the blasted north come warmongering tribes of Chaos Warriors, armour-clad barbarians who have thrown their lot in with the Dark Gods of Chaos. In the Badlands gather the greenskinned marauders known as the Orcs and Goblins, vicious, brutal creatures whose insatiable lust for war grows almost as quickly as their vast numbers. Beneath the cities of the civilised realms nestle the repulsive ratmen, subhuman creatures whose machinations spread disease and distrust – these are the Skaven and they wish only to destroy and dominate all others. Even the forests of the Old World are not safe, for the trees themselves are things of malign presence and the Beastmen dwell within, the children of Chaos – braying beasts who crave slaughter and the chance to enact their savagery on the civilised races.

The Warhammer world is a place where you must bury your dead deeply, for Necromancers and Vampires raise the legions of undeath in their war against the living. Far away in the south the legendary kings of a long-dead kingdom now awaken, leaving their vast tomb cities to wage war upon all under the sun, their skeletal legions a chilling parody of their once glittering majesty.

All these examples of horror are enough to cause weaker hearts to quail, but there are those who resist the darkness, kingdoms and realms that fight for survival. The Empire, greatest of all the nations of Men musters regiments of brave soldiers. Armed with faith in Sigmar, their warrior god, and with tempered steel and black powder weapons they defend their lands. South and east of the Empire lies Bretonnia, a land of chivalry and noble tradition. There, bold knights harken the call of their mighty king and ride out to crusade against the monsters of the Old World. Dwarfs, in their mountain strongholds, are as unyielding as the stone around them as they battle above and below the ground. Loyal allies, but terrible enemies, the Dwarfs are brave-hearted and steadfast as they protect their once-great realm.

In far-off lands the Elves fight out their bitter blood feud against one another – a mighty civilisation that spanned the continents but is now riven with strife and betrayal. Perhaps the greatest warriors in all the world, their numbers are now few and too many of those that remain are lost each day in the unending war between Ulthuan and Naggaroth.

This is a world where victory and death rest upon a knife-edge and the fate of the world, be it damnation or salvation, will soon be decided.

Warhammer, the Game of Fantasy Battles will be released in July. The preparation for this date has been a time of great excitement here in the Studio as we have lavished detail, care and attention onto the rulebook and the fantastic Citadel miniatures range that it accompanies.

Now is the time to gather your regiments, paint your armies and prepare for a battle like never before. If you have a Warhammer army, dust it off and finish up those last few models. If you’ve always been tempted to collect a force there really has never been a better time to start! Warhammer is coming and it’s going to be great.

Might re-start my Dwarf army.

Spearhead

Interesting new expansion from Games Workshop for Warhammer 40K announced today.

Gather your tanks and ready your lascannons – in June the pages of White Dwarf magazine and the Games Workshop website join forces to bring you a whole new expansion for Warhammer 40,000: Spearhead.

Spearhead is a new way to play Warhammer 40,000 that enables you to unleash exciting tank battles and daring breakthrough missions on the tabletop, bringing the full mechanised fury of the 41st Millennium to bear in your games. June’s White Dwarf will contain the main part of the supplement, including new rules, missions and plenty of inspirational hobby advice. Alongside this, the Games Workshop website will feature additional material exclusively for registered members, such as details of how to assemble your Spearhead formations along with even more painting, modelling and collecting tips.

As if a whole new Expansion wasn’t exciting enough, it’s going to be accompanied by a range of new miniatures including some stunning new plastic kits – more details of these kits, and the Spearhead Expansion, will follow in White Dwarf and here on the Games Workshop website.

So this isn’t a new publication, but a WD article that expands the gameplay of WH40K.

Interested to know what new tank kits we will see.

Fallen Imperial Eagle

In May 2009 I posted the following photograph that I had taken at GamesDay 2007.

Fallen Imperial Eagle on display cabinets at GamesDay 2007
Fallen Imperial Eagle on display cabinets at GamesDay 2007

Back then I said:

I really like this and still wonder why a resin version wasn’t made available either by GW or Forge World.

Why?

Well…

It is going to be released as part of a three piece plastic kit including a ruin and a Space Marine statue.

New Ork Dreads and Kans

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Games Workshop have on their website details of the new Ork Deff Dread and new Ork Killa Kans. Check out these links for more pictures and ordering information.

I do like the new Killa Kans which come three to a boxed set.

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Killa Kans are essentially giant metal canisters on piston-driven legs that sport lethal close combat attachments and heavy-duty weaponry. One of their limbs usually ends in deadly-looking power shears or a great blood-encrusted buzz saw, whilst the other is a large calibre weapon welded to the opposite side.

This box set contains three multi-part plastic Ork Killa Kans. This 94-piece set includes: three variations of Cockpit, three different close combat weapons, a big shoota, a rokkit launcha and a skorcha. Also included are a host of glyphs, armour plates, horns, metal teef and dangly bitz. Models supplied with 60mm round bases.

You don’t get the chance to arm all three with the same weapon which is a standard tactic when using Ork Killa Kans, my metal models are all armed with Rokkit Launchas for example. But I am sure that if you wanted to swap there may be people you could swap with. I might use metal weapons, or spare weapons from the other plastic Ork kits I have.

I am less enthusiastic about the Deff Dread, but then I didn’t really like the old metal Ork Dreadnought. Still quite an impressive plastic kit. I am thinking the main reason I don’t like it, is the four arms!

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Deff Dreads epitomise three main ideal of Ork warfare: big, shooty and stompy. They thunder and clank towards the foe, limbs waving as heavy weapons spit death into the enemy ranks and powered shears snip excitedly in anticipation of the bloodletting to come.

This box set contains one multi-part plastic Ork Deff Dread. This 86-piece set includes: two cockpit sights, 10 different glyphs, five different close combat weapons, two big shootas, two rokkits, two kustom blastas, a skorcha, and other assembly options. Model supplied with a 60mm round base.

I am very tempted by the Killa Kans (not like that I don’t already have enough ork stuff to paint). Models are out on the 6th March.

Space Wolves

Next month (or even this month at GamesDay) sees the release of the Space Wolves.

On my website I have a gallery devoted to the Space Wolves. The pictures predominantly show Mike Sharpe’s superb Space Wolves army, which was on show at GamesDay 2006, GamesDay 2007 and GamesDay 2008.

Here are few images from the gallery.

Space Wolves Vindicator.

A Space Wolves Thunderhawk Gunship.

See the whole gallery.

It’s back…

In a limited release, Games Workshop are re-releasing Space Hulk.

Space Hulk

From the depths of space an ancient vessel drifts slowly towards the Imperium of Mankind – a space hulk. Within its confines, untold thousands of Genestealers slowly emerge from hibernation. The Space Marines must enter the cramped corridors and tomb-like chambers of the ancient ship to defeat this alien menace.

Space Hulk is a board game for two players, recreating the battles fought between the Space Marines and Genestealers. One player commands the Space Marines as they carry out deadly missions in the ancient Space Hulk, and the other commands the horde of Genestealers opposing them. Space Hulk’s fast-paced rules simulate the tense atmosphere of a mission deep inside the cramped confines of a derelict space hulk, where split-second decisions are needed for victory.

This boxed game contains: a 23-page Rulebook, a 47-page Mission book and 35 finely-detailed, plastic Citadel miniatures, including: 11 Space Marine Terminators, one Space Marine Terminator Librarian, 22 Genestealers, and one Broodlord.

Space Hulk Terminator

Also included are: 105 gaming counters, 24 corridors, 10 rooms, eight crossroads, eight T-junctions, six corner sections, four dead ends, four end pieces, 20 doors with plastic stands, one mission status display, and three plastic mission objectives, including: a dead Space Marine on throne, a Blood Angels artefact and a Cyber-Altered Task Unit. Plus a sand timer and five bone-coloured dice unique to this game.

I was never that into Space Hulk, I have never bought the game in its earlier incarnations. Not to say I have never played, I have had a few games.

I am considering a purchase, but I suspect I won’t. What about you, are you going to buy a copy?