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Warhammer 40k Battleforce Boxes – How much and whats in them?

So the Battleforce boxes are back after their success in 2020. These are a fantastic way to get into a new army or even add to an existing one, but whats inside them and how many points of miniatures do you get?

The rumoured price of these is going to be:

Space Marines: Shieldbreaker Strike Force£130
Necrons: Worldscour Legion£130
Orks: Killdakka Warband£125
Adeptus Sororitas: Purgatos Mission£130
Adeptus Mechanicus: Omnissiah’s Talon£125
Death Guard: Plaguefester Warband£125

But I can tell you a way of saving even more money by purchasing these at 25% off the recommended retail price! Just visit SCN Hobby World and sign up to their mailing list for 25% off all GW products and 20% Warlord Games products.

So what do you get inside and how much would it cost you normally? All of the points and PL have been given for the basic unit options and include no upgrades.

Space Marines – Shieldbreaker Strike Force

The Shieldbreaker Battleforce Box
UnitPLPointsCost
Primaris Captain590£22.50
Bladeguard Veterans5105£31.50
Intercessors10200£35.00
Assault Intercessors10190£36.50
Heavy Intercessors7140£39.50
Storm Speeder8-9135-160£42.00
Total45-46860-885£207.00
Predicted RRP£130.00
Saving£77.00
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£97.50

Adepta Sororitas – Purgatos Mission

UnitPLPointsCost
Sister Dogmata465£21.00
Celestian Sacresants370£34.50
Battle Sisters6110£35.00
Immolator7130£45.00
Exorcist9180£50.00
Total29555£185.00
Predicted RRP£130.00
Saving£55.00
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£97.50

Adeptus Mechanicus – Omnissiah’s Talon

UnitPLPointsCost
Pteraxii485£35.00
Ruststalkers495£30.00
Serberys260£35.00
Ironstrider Ballistarii475£32.50
Skitarii Rangers490£27.50
Tech-Priest Manipulus480£22.50
Total22485£182.50
Predicted RRP£130.00
Saving£60.00
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£97.50
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Death Guard – PlagueFester Warband

UnitPLPointsCost
Plague Marine Champion21£17.50
Plague Marine Icon Bearer31£17.50
Plague Marines12147£30.00
Deathshroud Bodyguard7150£35.00
Myphitic Blight-Haulers21420£45.00
Plagueburst Crawler9175£40.00
Total49944£185.00
Predicted RRP£125.00
Saving£60.00
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£93.75

Necron – Worldscour Legion

UnitPLPointsCost
Psychomancer Cryptek470£21.00
Necron Warriors with Scarabs8175£29.00
Lokhust Heavy Destroyer460£21.00
Ophydian Destroyers5105£34.50
Flayed Ones3165£31.50
2x Canoptek Doomstalkers14280£53.00
Total38755£190.00
Predicted RRP£130.00
Saving£60.00
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£97.50

Orks – KillDakka Warband

UnitPLPointsCost
Nobz685£20.00
20 Boyz* 8160£63.00
Gretchin250£12.50
Deffkilla Wartrike7125£30.00
Big Mek with Shokk Attack Gun7120£22.50
Dakkajet8150£45.00
Total38690£193.00
Predicted RRP£125.00
Saving£68.00
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£93.75
*Based on price of Kruleboyz Gutrippas Sprue

So what do you think good value or not? Will you be picking up a set?

Rogue Trader Collection – V

Following on from last week’s post, I’ve not been able to get too much done painting wise. However a couple of pieces have arrived to enable me to do a quick dry fit mock up.

Is this a good layout?

As you can see I’ve had a bear rug delivered from a seller on Etsy (apologies I can’t recall the seller). And I’ve had a name plaque delivered from Versatile Terrain.

I’m more than happy with the name plaque which will get painted up and placed on the side of the plinth once that arrives from Green Stuff World. The bear however….. I’m not as keen on. It feels a little too large for the scene. Especially if I’m going to try and include a wall in the background. Also the print quality isn’t great.

I’m tempted at this stage to remove the rug from the equation.

While I’m here I wanted to give a massive shout out to fellow club member Steve Milford who sold me some metal rogue trader models you see below. But who also threw in some of the lovely plastic original space marines from the RTB1 set. Very generous!

Rogue Trader Imperial Bike – I think this is part of RT106 “Vincent Blackshadow”
Rogue Trader era terminator (I recognise this, but can’t pin point the exact code, it may be slightly later than RT).
I believe this was a Squat from the RT03 set named “Owen Garano” (1987)
RTB1 Marines

So what to do with these? The marines will be stripped and then painted up as Crimson Fists (may need to source a couple of arms and a boltgun). The terminator I’m going to to try and track down what set it belongs to before committing it to a paint scheme, however it may also end up as a Crimson Fist.

The Squat will get painted up and placed on a 25mm scenic base of some sort to wait for the rest of his brothers from that set who’ll then also be displayed on a plinth at some point.

I’m hoping that I’ll have the Imperial Commander sorted by next week (as long as the remaining parts arrive) at which point I can start thinking about which of the models to do next (yeah, it’ll be the land speeder).

#ArmiesonParade2021

I’ve been obsessed with looking through the hashtag for Armies on Parade in 2021 and I thought I would share some of my favourites.

Rogue Trader Collection IV

This is just a quick update to show the progress on Calgar.

Calgar on his ‘throne’

So Calgar is done, I don’t think there’s anything left on him for me to do. Though I’m sure an eagle eyed reader or even myself will spot something further down the line…..

His marine Guard is nearly finished, he just needs his backpack sorting and some freehand symbols on his pauldron.

The armour stand is also nearly finished. I just need to do some final highlights on the gold. The bolter stand is also nearing completion with the wood completed. I need to highlight the bolter and do some of the metal work.

The base is also completed. I’m just waiting on the miniature fur rug to be delivered and the bricks to replicate the background wall. Once that’s in place I can start glueing the piece together and work on the flag stands against the wall.

The whole thing will then be mounted on a plinth like the one below which will have a metal plate stating the name of the model, it’s code and the year it was produced.

Then I’ll be finished (I think) and work can commence on the Imperial Army Land Speeder.

Let me know what you think, anything you think I can do to improve the model?

Rogue Trader Collection III

So following on from my previous post. Marneus is now completed along with these seat.

Calgar in all his glory

I’ve also started work on an 80mm square base, which will have a wall built up at the back for the flags and Imperial posters.

Eventually it should look a little like the artwork.

I’m in two minds over recreating the Dinosaurs (which I’ve since found out are early Tyranids). But if I were to make them I’d pron use these.

I may have also bought the next model for the collection already….

I’ve purchased the Imperial Army one rather than the Space Marine version. More news on that next week though.

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Rogue Trader Collection – Part 2

I’ve started work on the Imperial Commander (Marneus Calgar). Well, I say on the Imperial Commander. All I’ve painted so far is his seat…..

Calgar’s Throne

I decided to go for a marble effect to give myself a little more challenge than the plain stone shown in the original images below.

Original Paint Scheme

I also decided to pick out the Eagle and writing in gold in order to make it stand out. I’m moving on to the gun holder and cloak holders next.

I forgot how nice the old metal models are to paint.

I also still need to sort out the diorama base for him as I would like this to be close to the artwork.

Peter

Birth of a Chapter

I’ve been asked a few times about the background to my homebrew Space Marine Chapter the Void Dragons. Therefore, I’ve written out here everything I have so far.

Genesis

The Primaris Marines of the Void Dragons Space Marine Chapter had been held in stasis for millenia within one of Archmagos Cawl’s many secret vaults. Following the Triumph on Raukos, Cawl travelled to his various secret locations activating the many Chapters held in stasis in order to reinforce the beleaguered Imperium.

Initially only known as Chapter 341 the Void Dragons as they were to be latterly known have no information on the origins of their Geneseed.

Tír

The Void Dragons were posted near to the world of Tír in the Ultima Segmentum. A small Feudal world with little to contribute to the wider Imperium. Only the upper echelons of the world’s leadership even had the vaguest idea that the Imperium even existed.

The populace of Tír was sparse but hardened against the many dangers of their planet, making them an ideal source of recruits for the newly formed Chapter. Wooden seagoing vessels plow the seas raiding rival lords (known as Cynig) lands. Vast Drake like monsters fly through the skies plucking livestock and peasants from the lands they pass over. Life is short on Tír.

Cynig of the 1st Company Grymund

The Space Marines of the Void Dragons found Tír would provide excellent prospective members for their chapter and so began recruiting from the planet. They established their fortress on the orbiting moon of Sable, able to oversee their planet and to protect the nearby shipping lanes through the Praxum Straight.

Organisation

The Void Dragons are a codex compliant chapter with the usual hierarchy. However rank names have been changed to reflect those of the planet they draw their recruits from.

The Chapter Master is known as Bretwalda and is voted for by the Cynigs (Captains) of the Chapter in a democratic process known as the Witan. Each Cynig has two Ealdormen (Lieutenants) serving their Company and each squad is led by a Thane (Sergeant).

The first Company are known as the Fehrweard (Guards of Life) and are the only company to have gold accents on their armour. The rest of the chapter are clad in a dark blue/green with white helms, Pauldrons, vambraces and gauntlets.

The Void Dragons do employ armsmen which are better equipped than your standard Planetary Defence Force. This standing army is also based on Sable and will deploy in force alongside their Chapter as and when needed.

Thane Penga of Squad Penga (7th Squad, 2nd Company)
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Beliefs

Despite the Chapter members hailing from a feudal planet with very little in the way of advanced technology, the Chapter has a thirst for knowledge and while they appear on the surface to follow the Imperial Truth, the Chapter rather believes the Emperor is not a god.

The Void Dragons will attempt at every opportunity to rediscover lost tech from the Dark Age of Technology and study it as best they can. Believing that only through advancement in knowledge can the Human race survive among the stars.

This belief is obviously against the beliefs of the majority of the Imperium and so the Void Dragons generally keep themselves to themselves.

Battles of Note

At present the Void Dragons are engaged in their first campaign as a Chapter. Fighting against the Necrons on Megaria.

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I’m in the process of creating a series of Wargaming Aids which allow players to play their favourite games in a single player format against an AI controlled enemy army. To find out more on this click here.

For as little as £1 a month (the price of a chocolate bar) you can help support me in this endeavour and receive cool perks as a thank you, such as access to our Discord Server as well as downloadable copies of the gaming aids which you can print out and use at home.

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Playing with LEDs

Yesterday I came across a post on Twitter that I just had to share with you all.

Absolutely stunning! Chris then directed me to his website where he has lots of tutorials on how to convert miniatures with LEDs.

One of my favourites is his guide on how to create candles for Nighthaunt miniatures.

Chris’ Dreadwarden

I urge you all to go take a look at his work, it’s stunning.

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I’m in the process of creating a series of Wargaming Aids which allow players to play their favourite games in a single player format against an AI controlled enemy army. To find out more on this click here.

For as little as £1 a month (the price of a chocolate bar) you can help support me in this endeavour and receive cool perks as a thank you, such as access to our Discord Server as well as downloadable copies of the gaming aids which you can print out and use at home.

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Rogue Trader Collecting

Last week I listed a number of sets on ebay that I knew I’d never get around to painting or even playing.

This was a bit of a watershed moment for me as I’ve hung on to some of these kits since I first bought them back in the 1990’s. The realisation I came to was that I do more painting more than I do playing. This is down to various factors but mostly time.

What has this got to do with Rogue Trader I hear you ask?

Well after I came to this realisation I thought perhaps if this is the case I should gather a collection together of figured that have historic significance to our hobby and that I can paint up to my highest standard without feeling rushed about getting them done for some game or other.

I got into the hobby in 93′ just as 2nd edition Warhammer 40k came out. There were still some fabulous metal miniatures knocking around then from the 80’s you could buy and I would spend hours looking through the pages of mail order catalogues thinking about which models I could try and convince my parents to buy for me.

Now, I have my own money to spend on this hobby and I have (hopefully) improved my painting standards enough to do these classic miniatures justice.

So this week I made my first purchase of a Rogue Trader era miniature.

RT105 – The Imperial Commander

This model was later renamed to Marneus Calgar in the very late 80’s and early 90’s. But the miniature itself is stunning. One of the very few diorama pieces Citadel have ever produced as a product and it’s based on piece of amazing artwork.

Simpler times indeed….

So here’s my first miniature. It’ll take a while to paint but I’m hoping to do it justice. I’m aiming to base this on a larger round base rather than one square one shown in the picture, perhaps complete with the rug, wall and banners shown in the artwork. Still debating the cold one pets.

This will take me some time, but after this the options are wide open on where to go next. I have my eye on the original Leman Russ miniature with Freki and Goki as the next collector piece. Is there a particular Rogue Trader miniature you think I should get? And if so why?

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For as little as £1 a month (the price of a chocolate bar) you can help support me in this endeavour and receive cool perks as a thank you, such as access to our Discord Server as well as downloadable copies of the gaming aids which you can print out and use at home.

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Warhammer 40,000: Imperium – Issue 6

Firstly, it’s been a decent week for me and getting things painted up. The Primaris Lieutenant (issue 1) and the Necron Warriors (issue 2) are now finished. Work has started on the Primaris Assault Intercessors.

Void Dragon 1st Company Lieutenant Osfirth
The Necron Warriors

This week we’re given three Primaris Aggressors which again is fantastic value, with three of these costing £20+ on the games workshop website we’re getting these for £9!

Granted they’re only equipped with flamers rather than bolters, but even so!

This week’s edition goes into more detail about the Necron nobles such as the Royal Warden (issue 1) or the Necron Overlord (issue 7).

Once more we’re given my favourite fluff builder for the Aggressors as well as the painting and build guide for them. This issue probably includes the most used paint as well in the form of Abaddon Black.

As I have now got both the Royal Warden and the Lieutenant painted up and finished, I thought it would be fun to play through the first scenario given in issue 1. Please bear in mind that this first mission is just teaching you the basic movement and ballistic skill mechanic. There is no hand to hand combat.


Halt the Awakening – Mission 1

The Void Dragons


The Necron invaders have already begun to transform Megaria into an alien fortress. Across the surface of the moon, the Space Marines battle Necron phalanxes in the shadow of towering Necron obelisks and ruined Imperial factorums.

Imperial forces have identified a repair station beneath the surface of Megaria as a key target. If the Void Dragons can prevent the Necrons from repairing their android legions, perhaps the Imperium may yet counter the Necron threat and reclaim the Ramasus system for the Emperor.

Having landed on Megaria the Void Dragons spread out, scouting the ruins and searching for Necron strongholds. Strange readings from beneath the planet’s surface revealed the presence of alien technology.

A small force of Space Marines have made their way through a crack in the moon’s crust and into a Necron repair complex. As they explored the ruins the tomb-like structures Canoptek defenders slew many of their number and the rest became separated by the alien labyrinth.

Lieutenant Osfirth finds himself near the repair complex’s core. With his brothers unaccounted for it falls to him to stop the Necrons awakening.

The aim of this mission is simple. Lieutenant Osfirth must destroy the Royal Warden before he can repair the nodes and awaken the rest of the Necron Forces inside the tomb.

Battle

With the Royal Warden taking the first turn he heads towards objective one while firing at Osfirth. Luckily Osfirth’s armour is too strong and he shrugs off the hits.

Eventually the Royal Warden claims first blood and pierces the armour of Osfirth.

The back and forth continued but the Warden manages to activate the first two objectives. By this point both warriors are battered and bruised.

With only one objective left the Royal Warden makes a dash for it and manages to activate the final node.

Victory: Necrons

Lieutenant Osfirth bruised and bedraggled drags himself away from the combat before the Necron reinforcements arrive. His only chance now is to link up with his brothers scattered throughout the complex.

Solo Wargaming for your Favourite Games

I’m in the process of creating a series of Wargaming Aids which allow players to play their favourite games in a single player format against an AI controlled enemy army. To find out more on this click here.

For as little as £1 a month (the price of a chocolate bar) you can help support me in this endeavour and receive cool perks as a thank you, such as access to our Discord Server as well as downloadable copies of the gaming aids which you can print out and use at home.

Why not pop over to Patreon and sign up and help me in this project? Money raised will go towards making these as physical products.