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Book Review – Shamanslayer

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Book 11 in Gotrek & Felix Series – by Nathan Long

Gotrek and Felix have been on many adventures in the World that Was started by William King whose mantel Nathan Long has taken up. In Book 11, they must stop a Shaman from destroying the Empire!

Shamanslayer by Nathan Long

From the book:

Dwarf Trollslayer Gotrek and his human companion Felix Jaeger, Warhammer’s most famous pair of heroes, head off to a new adventure in the latest novel of this best-selling fantasy series against a horde of beastmen who threaten the safety of the Empire.

The horde are moving a Herdstone to the centre of the Empire in order to unleash it’s magic. Magic which turns those near to it into Beasts as well. Will Gotrek & Felix be able to prevent the Shaman and save the Empire from this latest, grave threat?

At book 11, the Gotrek and Felix books are really morphing into the Felix and Gotrek books. This is not surprising as Gotrek developed by William King was already a full character with Felix being more of a sidekick. Nathan Long’s stories have development for Felix (because the only real development for Gotrek is to die!), and it’s good to see.

The story flies along, with a character returning from previous books and Felix must prove that he a worthy wielder of his sword. It has everything you’ll know from the previous books with swords and arrows flying, death all around and Gotrek and Felix at the centre of the storm and all the events.

Despite the death of the World that Was, Gotrek novels set in the Old-World are still great reads, and I would still recommend reading them if you haven’t before.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

— Declan & Eeyore

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Gitz at Warhammer World

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We spend a lot of time and energy getting together the Top Three List for AoS, but I think sometimes its nice to talk about a certain book and see what people chose to use. This is especially fun for armies not often in the Top Three, and hopefully gives you an idea of what else is available.

I’ve already done Big Waaagh at Quest for Champions, and as I’ve just been to Warhammer World with Gloomspite Gitz, it seems a perfect opportunity to look at Gloomspite Gitz. The Gitz community had hoped for a book this year, but as that seems unlikely this information may be useful to Gitz players!

Top Git! – Roald Hansen – 26th Place – WLLWW

Game 1 vs Slyvaneth
Game 2 vs Maggotkin of Nurgle
Game 3 vs Fyreslayers
Game 4 vs Seraphon
Game 5 v Gloomspite Gitz

Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
– Option: Gloomspite Gitz
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (95)***
– Lore of the Moonclans: The Hand of Gork
Loonboss on Giant Cave Squig (110)***
– Moon-cutta
Madcap Shaman (80)***
– Artefact: Moonface Mommet
– Lore of the Moonclans: Squig Lure
Loonboss on Mangler Squigs (290)*
– General
– Command Trait: Spiteful Git
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Moonclans: Itchy Nuisance

Battleline
20 x Shootas (140)*
20 x Shootas (140)*
36 x Squig Herd (480)**
– Reinforced x 2

Units
1 x Marshcrawla Sloggoth (150)*
– Allies
10 x Boingrot Bounderz (210)**
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Boingrot Bounderz (210)**
– Reinforced x 1
6 x Sneaky Snufflers (75)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters
***Command Entourage – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1980 / 2000

Roald took a mix of squigs with some Shootas to give extra Battleline units. His Loonboss on Mangler Squig is his general and it has some punch allowing Roald a good chance at the Battle Tactic ‘This One’s Mine’. Beating Seraphon, Slyvaneth and of course Gitz; Roald did it the hard way beating two of the good armies in the tournament scene.

2nd Git! – Declan Waters – 44th – LLWWL

Game 1 vs Maggotkin of Nurgle
Game 2 vs Sons of Behemat
Game 3 vs Seraphon
Game 4 vs Lumineth Realm-Lords
Game 5 v Gloomspite Gitz

Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
– Option: Jaws of Mork
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Loonboss on Giant Cave Squig (110)
– General
– Moonclan Stabba
– Command Trait: Envoy of the Overbounder
– Artefact: Syari Screamersquig

Battleline
10 x Squig Hoppers (180)
10 x Squig Hoppers (180)
36 x Squig Herd (480)*
– Reinforced x 2
12 x Squig Herd (160)**
12 x Squig Herd (160)**

Units
10 x Boingrot Bounderz (210)*
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Boingrot Bounderz (210)*
– Reinforced x 1
6 x Sneaky Snufflers (75)
6 x Sneaky Snufflers (75)
1 x Marshcrawla Sloggoth (150)
– Allies

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Expert Conquerors

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 150 / 400
Wounds: 242
Drops: 11

I’ll do short descriptions of each of my games, but beating Seraphon & LRL was certainly a good result especially with Kroak and Teclis present. Strangely the mass damage of the two super-casters didn’t do too much damage to the army, because there’s no small single link!

3rd Git – Matthew Ashworth – 54th – WWLLL

Game 1 vs Fyreslayers
Game 2 vs Nighthaunt
Game 3 vs Kruleboyz
Game 4 vs Slyvaneth
Game 5 vs Skaven

– Army Faction: Gloomspite Gitz
– Subfaction: Jaws of Mork
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Inspired
LEADERS
Loonboss on Giant Cave Squig (110)
– Moon-cutta
Loonboss on Mangler Squigs (290)*
– General
– Command Traits: Envoy of the Overbounder
– Artefacts of Power: Syari Screamersquig
BATTLELINE
Squig Herd (160)**
Squig Herd (160)**
Squig Herd (160)**
BEHEMOTH
Colossal Squig (325)*
Colossal Squig (325)*
OTHER
Boingrot Bounderz (210)***
Boingrot Bounderz (210)***
TERRAIN
1 x Bad Moon Loonshrine (0)
CORE BATTALIONS
*Linebreaker
**Expert Conquerors
***Bounty Hunters
TOTAL POINTS: 1950/2000

Matthew set Twitter & WhatsApp alight with 2 wins from 2, with his Colossal Squigs not seen in any of the other three lists. They may have let him down in the last three games though, as he couldn’t manage to sneak that mythical 3rd win for Gitz. He did it the hard way though, and no accusations of submarining would stick here.

4th Git – Stephen McMullen – 70th – LWLLL

Game 1 vs Slaves to Darkness
Game 2 vs Blades of Khorne
Game 3 vs Bonesplitterz
Game 4 vs Soulblight Gravelords
Game 5 vs Soulblight Gravelords

– Army Faction: Gloomspite Gitz
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Indomitable
LEADERS
Loonboss on Mangler Squigs (290)*
– General
– Command Traits: Fight Another Day
– Artefacts of Power: The Clammy Cowl
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (95)*
– Spells: Squig Lure
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (95)*
– Spells: The Hand of Gork
Loonboss on Giant Cave Squig (110)**
– Moon-cutta
BATTLELINE
Squig Herd (320)*
Squig Hoppers (180)*
Squig Hoppers (180)*
BEHEMOTH
Mangler Squigs (275)*
OTHER
Sneaky Snufflers (75)*
Marshcrawla Sloggoth (150)*
Boingrot Bounderz (210)**
TERRAIN
1 x Bad Moon Loonshrine (0)
CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Vanguard
TOTAL POINTS: 1980/2000

Having had a reasonable day 1 by Gitz standards, Stephen was unfortunate to meet two Soulblight Gravelords and not managing to grab the second win. This army was interesting because of the 2 Mangler Squigs, not seen in the other lists, but he still has much of the units in the other lists.

Common Units

There’s a lot of Squigs here with big units of Squigs (36,36, & 24) being used in the three of the lists. We all took Boingrot Bounders, and three took the Ally – Marshcrawler Sloggoth (from Kruleboyz).

In 3 cases the Loonboss on Mangler Squig was the chosen as General, with only me breaking the pattern!

Conclusions!

With 8 wins from 4 players across 20 games we all struggled a little, but it’s always worth looking at this in perspective and to do that I turn to Honest Wargamer Stats:

The Honest Wargames / T-Sports Network Stats!

It shows Gitz hovering below 40% (actually 37% in the overall stats – putting them last), and not bad meta-representation at 3% (putting them in the middle of the pack).

So with 8 wins between 4 of us (one in a mirror) we were pretty much spot on where we should have been – it’s a shame we didn’t do better, but given the number of stats now available – not surprising.

Hobby Update – Horus Heresy Blood Angels

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Space Marine Spartan Tank

With 40 Space Marines completed I now need to move onto the remaining four models. As one of them is quite big (very, very big), I realised I needed to get started on the Spartan.

As I’ve been playing mostly Fantasy and Age of Sigmar in the last decade I haven’t painted many tanks, so I needed to go back to basics and remind myself how to do it!

Assembly was a long process, but very straight forward apart from a small error with one of the top hatches. Once I’d worked that out it was completed and ready for undercoat.

Undercoat / Step 1

All my models have a black undercoat as I like the slightly darker affect it has on Mephiston Red. It also means there are no grey / white spots left even if I miss a bit! So I can always pretend it’s deliberate shadow.

I decided I would mask off the tracks and some of the weapons to ensure that these remained black as building back over red is a little pointless when it’s already there. If you’ve not done this before just make sure you take a little of the ‘stickiness’ off so that it doesn’t remove the paint when you take them off!

Step 2 – Red Undercoat

With the Mephiston Red undercoat on, and the masking tape removed it’s starting to look a lot like a Blood Angel tank. Next up is some pin washing (which I’ve never done before) with Nuln Oil and a little tidying up of the tracks where the red undercoat has snuck through!

I also need to finish the Lascannon Sponsors of course but they fit on very nicely to allow some movement of the model.

What’s Next

I need to finish the tank, and complete the remainder of the Age of Darkness Box Set. It’s great to be getting close to finishing a starter set!

— Declan & Eeyore

Tournament Preparation – Warhammer World – Age of Sigmar

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Gloomspite Gitz – Jaws of Mork

(Header picture from Games Workshop website)

Tomorrow the Age of Chumps club is travelling en-masse to Warhammer World to take part in a two day Age of Sigmar tournament. It’s my last for a while, so I was torn about what to take.

After the success last year of the Big Waaagh, they were the obvious decision – brute force, cunning application – all backed up by an improving profile which means that 2+/2+ doesn’t take long to get to…

But… I haven’t used my Gitz in a while and there is a new GHB, as well a small change to the Loonshrine warscroll.

Games Workshop FAQ

It’s not much, and it’s not a White Dwarf article like Beasts, or Khorne… but it does make a small difference. The Moon allows Moonclan to rally, and Squigs to charge after running. Perfect for getting Boingrot Bounders into the right place, or bouncing over units with Hoppers before finishing off lone heroes! Sure it’s range isn’t perfect, but it’s large on the smaller table.

Finally, the General gets an extra command point each turn – great resource benefit.

Squigs, Spiders, Trogs, or Grots

I have options for all Gitz forces, but my favourite has always been the Squigs… especially as they trigger the rally benefit and the run and charge… also; red looks great.

The List

Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
– Option: Jaws of Mork
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Loonboss on Giant Cave Squig (110)
 General
 Moonclan Stabba
 Command Trait: Envoy of the Overbounder
 Artefact: Syari Screamersquig

Battleline
10 x Squig Hoppers (180)
10 x Squig Hoppers (180)
36 x Squig Herd (480)*
 Reinforced x 2
12 x Squig Herd (160)**
12 x Squig Herd (160)**

Units
10 x Boingrot Bounderz (210)*
 Reinforced x 1
10 x Boingrot Bounderz (210)*
 Reinforced x 1
6 x Sneaky Snufflers (75)
6 x Sneaky Snufflers (75)
1 x Marshcrawla Sloggoth (150)
 Allies

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Expert Conquerors

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 150 / 400
Wounds: 242
Drops: 11

It’s not going to chose first or second, has no magic, lacks the punch to get out of a wet-paper bag, and the battle tactics are difficult but who’s counting! It has 242 wounds, Squigs come back in my battleshock phase on a 4+, and if I can get the foot squigs into all quarters I get my Grand Strategy… this includes the ones that come back thanks to the FAQ:

Games Workshop, GHB FAQ (Sep-22)

So that’s a bit of a trick – I’ll be sure to make my opponents aware at the beginning of the game, as it’ll be my aim all tournament.

I’m hoping for 1 win, and to avoid being bottom Chump but the Gitz will be a challenge – Tune back next week to see how I got on!

— Declan

Hobby Update – Horus Heresy Heavy Support Marines

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Legion Heavy Support Squads.

The last of the normal marines… having painted 10 Terminators and 30 Space Marines I am now on the final stretch (before characters, Dreadnought and tank).

And what a final stretch… for these I cheated a little bit and bought a second box set.

Missile Launchers and Heavy Bolters

I selected these, because the Missile Launcher is iconic from the RTB01 box set and my first foray into Warhammer 40k, so long ago.

The iconic RTB01 box for the original plastic Space Marines

Missile Launchers

Missile Launchers with Sergeant

Heavy Bolters

Space Marines with Heavy Bolters (including Sergeant)

It was great to have a bit of a change following the 30 Tactical Marines and the weapons themselves are easy to paint – especially given the simple scheme for the Blood Angels. Fortunately Black and Red go together!

What’s Next

I am halfway through the Praetors and Dreadnought and they will hopefully be finished before an October trip to Warhammer World. Meanwhile I have also started my Land Raider Spartan – more on that later!

— Declan & Eeyore

Hobby Update – Horus Heresy Tactical Marines

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Legion Tactical Squads.

To say that the Age of Darkness box set is bursting with value, is doing it a disservice. With 40 Mark VIs, 10 Terminators, 2 Praetors, Dreadnought and Spartan Tank; it has got everything you need to have a fun game.

I’ve previously finished my Terminators, and have now completed the Sergeants for the Tactical Marines.

As there are 40 Tactical Marines the obvious answer is to build them as 4 units of 10 to give a good backbone of any army, but I picked up a box of missile launchers and heavy bolters… so I have 3 units of 10 Tactical Marines.

Unit 1

Tactical Squad, including Sergeant with Power Fist

Unit 2

Tactical Squad with Chain-Bayonets and Sergeant with Power Sword

Unit 3

Tactical Squad with Sergeant with Lightning Claw

I really enjoyed painting these models. They have enough detail to be Space Marines, whilst not having too much to paint… no trim! Of course they do have the studded shoulder pads which took a while to get right, but I batch-painted them so got used to it by the 40th Space Marine!

What’s Next

I have finished the Missile Launchers and Heavy Bolters, so the next article will show some pictures of those!

— Declan & Eeyore

Book Review – Echoes of Eternity

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Book 7 in the Siege of Terra Series – by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

The Siege of Terra is reaching it’s climax, having been promised 8 books in the series although it does appear that book 8 will be in a number of parts! Such is the difficulty of writing an ending.

Echoes of Eternity from Black Library

From the book:

The walls have fallen. The defenders’ unity is broken. The Inner Palace lies in ruins. The Warmaster’s horde advances through the fire and ash of Terra’s dying breaths, forcing the loyalists back to the Delphic Battlement, the very walls of the Sanctum Imperialis. Angron, Herald of Horus, has achieved immortality through annihilation – now he leads the armies of the damned in a wrathful tide, destroying all before them as the warp begins its poisonous corruption of Terra. For the Emperor’s beleaguered forces, the end has come. The Khan lies on the edge of death. Rogal Dorn is encircled, fighting his own war at Bhab Bastion. Guilliman will not reach Terra in time. Without his brothers, Sanguinius – the Angel of the Ninth Legion – waits on the final battlements, hoping to rally a desperate band of defenders and refugees for one last stand.

Wow… how do you fit all that in? There are so many Primarchs still left on Terra or interacting with Terra, and there must have been a strong temptation to tell these stories, but Dembski-Bowden doesn’t – or rather he does, but through the eyes of others.

The book starts with a setting of the scene of war – which is essentially a series of short stories of those fighting. The author gives a superb view of the war, with pockets of soldiers fighting, tanks under attack, titan deaths and attacks on the Eternity Gate. These short stories bring the war to the gates, as the defenders (mostly Blood Angels) prepare and await their fate.

The second part is the attack itself, interspersed by the story of Vulkan and Magnus, and has the fight between the Blood Angels and Ka’Banda; and between Sanguinius and Angron. Meanwhile the Eternity gate is still under threat and the Emperor’s shield against the forces of the warp (The Neverborn) starts to weaken under constant assault.

It’s a great addition to the series – and my favourite one so far. We are approaching the end, and it’s great to have the iconic fights included but still see the battle and fighting from the view of more normal people — if ‘normal’ includes the Space Marines!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

— Declan & Eeyore

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Book Review – Double Eagle

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A Sabbat’s World Novel by Dan Abnett

Dan Abnett has made a new warzone with the Sabbat Worlds in his Gaunt’s Ghost series and he returns to the same series, but with aerial combat in Double Eagle.

Black Library

From the book:

While the Space Marines and Imperial Guard rule the battlefields of the Sabbat Worlds, the skies belong to the Imperial Navy. On Enothis, the enemy are threatening to halt the Imperial advance. Daemonic forces push into Imperial territory, thousands of refugees flee across the deserts and an infamous Chaos-tainted pilot, Khrel Kas Obarkon, rules the sky, his skill in the cockpit matched only by his kill tally. The ace pilots of the Phantine Twentieth Fighter Corps are the Imperium’s only hope for victory.

Have you ever wondered what the Battle of Britain would look like but set in the Warhammer 40k universe. Well have no fear, Dan Abnett has thought about it as well and he brings you the answer!

The Phantine Twentieth are a strange breed, being part of the Imperial Army (Astra Militarum) and not the Navy, because the world they come from has very little land and lots of sky! Of course there are rivalries with the Navy and with the local airforce and transfers between the three groups as planes are shot down, pilots are stranded and rescued, and others are promoted.

It’s a fast moving, well designed story with a few story lines but not too many as to be confusing. Abnett has also avoided the temptation to mention the Ghosts, as an aerial wing would not be concerned about a unit they have no link to. The combat is well described and you can imagine you are in the middle of the combat or watching an old WWII film.

Great fun, and definitely recommended if you like Gaunt. It’s also a great introduction into the Sabbat Worlds if you’re not sure you can commit to the entire Ghost’s series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

— Declan & Eeyore

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Hobby Update – Horus Heresy Terminators

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Blood Angel Cataphractii Terminators.

With the standard marines finished (just special equipment and Sergeants to go), I decided to try to finish off my Cataphractii Terminator Squad.

I needed them to pop a little and then I saw what Mengel Miniatures had done over on twitter.

Putting aside that they are the wrong legion, I loved the breakup of the single colour and the use of gold goes nicely with Blood Angels as well. As if to reinforce the hint, I bought the Astartes (Loyalist) book, and veteran marines in Blood Angels use gold (who knew).

The sergeant already had black shoulder pads to designate him, but a full gold helmet definitely doesn’t look out of place, and I’ve once again taken Mengel Miniature’s idea of white on the legs but moved it down to the knee. This has allowed me to use the black transfers for the legion number, although they are small, so it was fun getting some of them on.

I then added gold trim to all the models in places that felt appropriate and … hurrah they are finished.

10 Cataphractii Terminators for Blood Angel Horus Heresy

And some more pictures for details:

What’s Next

I need to finish the Sergeants and special equipment troopers, the Praetors, a Contemptor and the Spartan Assault Tank. Lots to get to, but happy with progress so far.

— Declan & Eeyore

Product Review – Vallejo Thick Mud

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Basing Materials for Miniatures

With Games Workshop making some changes to their range and removing some of the basing products, I wanted to try something new for my Horus Heresy Blood Angels.

So I spoke to some friends about what they use and Vallejo Thick Mud was recommended. So I went onto Element Games to have a look at the options and decided that Brown Mud was the one I would try. This is because I’ve used light basing before and it caused me issues when I came to drybrush. I hoped that the Brown Mud would be dark enough that a single highlight would be enough.

It retails at £12.50 which is the cost of 2 GW pots and you get a lot of bang for your buck. There’s no way this will run out soon – it’d be perfect for a display board.

It goes on easily – just make sure you use enough (don’t spread it too thin or it won’t work well). The more the better.

The finished product with XV-88 highlight

Overall I like it; it’s easy to use, looks great with a simple highlight and you get lots. Definitely recommended.

market as well.

— Declan & Eeyore