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Book Review – Krieg

A Death Korps of Krieg Astra Militarum Story by Steve Lyons

After the Christmas break, I find myself getting back to work, but it does have an advantage – time to listen to great audio books. And who doesn’t love a bit of Astra Militarum / Imperial Guard. These tend to be the books that are most commonly released by Black Library and it was Gaunt’s Ghosts that relaunched Black Library!

Krieg by Steve Lyons (Black Library)

From the book:

Krieg is a dead world.

Fifteen hundred years ago, it declared its independence from the Imperium of Man, and paid the price. One loyal soul defied its treacherous rulers, and laid the world to waste. From these ashes emerged a unique fighting force, forged and tempered in nuclear fire…

Today, the Death Korps of Krieg lay siege to a captured hive city on the outskirts of the system-spanning Octarius War, in a desperate attempt to secure the cordon that stops untold masses of Orks and Tyranids from spilling out into the Imperium at large. The Korpsmen are relentless, ruthless, implacable, and unstoppable, even in the face of a war that seems unwinnable. How far will they go to achieve victory, and is history doomed to repeat itself?

Krieg is a two interwoven stories about the Death Korp of Krieg. The first is a current siege of a captured hive city, the second is the origin story of the regiments. And – for me at least – the origin story is the most interesting half of the book. Of course, the current day story has Orks, Tryanids, brave (or reckless) Imperial Guard, Cadians fighting alongside Death Korp troops… and an Inquisitor; but the origin story is new (to me at least) and is a great explanation of how Krieg is where it is now.

And where is it now; well it’s a dead world in the middle of nuclear winter but still able to produce regiments of renown to fight for the Emperor in all fields of the eternal war for survival. They have their rebreathers, lasguns, greatcoats, but most importantly their bravery – which could almost be called fanaticism… if that didn’t go against the Emperor.

In the past, Krieg is fighting a vicious civil war against traitors to the Emperor, and Colonel Jurten is fighting them despite being outnumbered and outgunned. The origin story included in Krieg is essential his story as well as the origin story of the regiment. And I loved it – it fits in very well with the Warhammer 40k background – it’s not good (Jurten himself talks about degrees of evil), but it does show the lengths the Imperium will go-to to keep itself alive and reminds the reader that there are no ‘good guys’ in the Warhammer 40k universe – just a lot of bad things happening and being forced on people.

And so it asks the question – ‘could you?’ or ‘could we?’; which was asked so much in 50s and 60s science fiction after the bombs were dropped on Japan in our own world. This is probably why I like Krieg so much.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

— Declan

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Painting Mephrit Dynasty Necrons

I wasn’t planning on starting the new year with a new army, but I wanted to test out a colour scheme before I started work on the Hierotek Circle Kill Team and then Games Workshop went and teased the rules for Boarding Actions. Thus I found myself gluing together the Necrons from the astonishingly good value Warhammer 40,000 Recruit Edition and picking out a colour scheme which started out by selecting the shiniest of metals to really push the Terminator vibe.

I’m pretty happy with the result, which took me about a week of short bursts in the evening and then a chunk of my Saturday (which was mostly devoted to edge highlighting). Here are the paints I used:

I started by priming using the Gloss Black, and then base coating the entire mode with Chrome. I used an airbrush or both of these stages. It’s a tool that lets me prime indoors and without fear of problems from temperature or humidity, and apply the Vallejo Metal Color range as a base coat quickly and smoothly. Substitute your preferred rattlecan or brush on black primer and then brush on the Chrome if you don’t have access to an airbrush.

Next up, give a light coat of Nuln Oil to the whole model to give it some depth. You can skip over the gun and other parts where the metal will be painted over.

Paint the gun Black, then gently dab White Ink into the recesses where the orange glow will come from. This is to give a bright colour to apply the orange to. Ink flows very easily so you can use capillary action instead of carefully painting the tiny gaps. Just add more ink until it flows into the next chamber. Do the same thing with the recesses between the ribs.

The various bits of wiring (such as the connection between the gun and the body and some damaged cables hanging from some of the torsos) also needs a white coat as do the scarabs’ central balls, but they don’t lend themselves to the ink method; use the regular White paint instead.

Once dry, apply the Fire Giant Orange to the white areas. It’s a speed paint, so use the same capillary action method for the guns and use a generous amount elsewhere. Finally use a tiny dot of Flash Gitz Yellow to create a point highlight.

Use Emerald for the face masks, the scarab wings, and the shoulder plates as well as the panels that make up the Royal Warden’s cloak (take care to leave the connectors in plain metal). Apply a tiny amount of Nuln Oil to the masks to shade the eyes and mouths so they have definition. Then go in and edge highlight with the Pale Blue. Use the Pale Blue to paint the stripe up the Royal Warden’s face too.

All the remains are the bases. I used Buff to base coat them, then applied Apothecary White to the rocks before covering the surfaces with Armageddon Dunes which I then highlighted by dry-brushing with Buff. Watch out for the single, tiny scarab that one of the warriors has perched on their tactical rock. Use the same paint scheme as the rest of them for that little fella’.

Add your preferred varnish to protect your paint job, and magnetise the bases for storage and transport if you are so inclined and you can call these Necrons done.

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Book Review – Fire Made Flesh

A Necromunda story by Denny Flowers

Before I begin, jus a quick thank you to Peter for designing our new Featured images. I like the simplicity, but also that it brings many of our articles under a common theme. Ta Peter! Do let us know what you think of them on our Discord.

My reading over Christmas was limited with family and time off for a new addition to the family, but I did manage to get Fire Made Flesh by Denny Flowers finished – and I love Necromunda stories.

Black Library

From the book:

The Fallen Dome of Periculus, once a hub of sanctioned commerce and illicit dealings, is lost no more… and the prizes it holds are sought by noble, Guilder, and hive scum alike. For Tempes Sol of the Guild of Light, Periculus is an opportunity to not only prove his superiority over his superstitious peers but also to see the end of Lord Silas Pureburn, Keeper of the God-Emperor’s Eternal Flame, bringer of fire and faith to the rioting masses, and his most hated rival.

But Periculus did not fall by chance. Dark secrets lurk in its shadows – forbidden archeotech, twisted creatures that feast on flesh, and an insidious rage afflicts all who dwell inside its confines. As madness and violence erupt within the fallen dome, the legacy of Periculus threatens not only to consume the underhive, but ultimately Hive Primus itself.

Necromunda (like Imperial Guard books) are amongst my favourite of the Warhammer 40k universe, because they involve (mostly) ordinary humans just trying to survive in the Grim Darkness of the Far Future where there is only war. It makes the characters much more relatable than the super warriors of the Space Marines, or the intrigue of the Eldar. With all that said, what was Fire Made Flesh like?

It begins with Periculus being discovered by a Goliath gang, but unlike the game of Necromunda this is not about the gangs, or a gang war – it is about other denizens of the underhive – from pit fighters to ratskin scouts, from Pureburn to Tempes Sol (from the upper-hive). Lord Silas Pureburn puts all his resources into ensuring any archeotech found in Periculus benefits him. But he’s not the only one in the hive interested in the new location and hivers come from far and wide to make their fortunes.

This is a great little book, with one shortfall – there were just too many characters for me and too many interwoven plots for me to follow all of them. That said it was still a fun read and a must read for those who lie Necromunda – however it probably wouldn’t be a good introduction into the world of Warhammer 40k.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

— Declan

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12th Day of Squig-Mas

On the 12th Day of Squig-Mas my gaming buddies gave to me…

12 Squigs a-Biting

11 Snotlings Scoring

10 Chainrasps Rasping

9 Netters Netting

8 Gitz a-Gaming

7 Orcs a-Bashing

6 Snufflers Searching

5 Gold Sigmaaa-rites

4 Ogor Guns

3 Rippa’s Wolves

2 Biggest Stabbas

and a Mangler Squig painted by me!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our jaunt through the days of Squig-Mas…

Happy New Year

— Declan & Eeyore

11th Day of Squig-Mas

On the 11th Day of Squig-Mas my gaming buddies gave to me…

11 Snotlings Scoring

10 Chainrasps Rasping

9 Netters Netting

8 Gitz a-Gaming

7 Orcs a-Bashing

6 Snufflers Searching

5 Gold Sigmaaa-rites

4 Ogor Guns

3 Rippa’s Wolves

2 Biggest Stabbas

and a Mangler Squig painted by me!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our jaunt through the days of Squig-Mas…

— Declan & Eeyore

For those who missed it, day 10 is here!

10th Day of Squig-Mas

On the 10th Day of Squig-Mas my gaming buddies gave to me…

10 Chainrasps Rasping

9 Netters Netting

8 Gitz a-Gaming

7 Orcs a-Bashing

6 Snufflers Searching

5 Gold Sigmaaa-rites

4 Ogor Guns

3 Rippa’s Wolves

2 Biggest Stabbas

and a Mangler Squig painted by me!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our jaunt through the days of Squig-Mas…

— Declan & Eeyore

Missed day 9? Don’t worry it’s here!

9th Day of Squig-Mas

On the 9th Day of Squig-Mas my gaming buddies gave to me…

9 Netters Netting

8 Gitz a-Gaming

7 Orcs a-Bashing

6 Snufflers Searching

5 Gold Sigmaaa-rites

4 Ogor Guns

3 Rippa’s Wolves

2 Biggest Stabbas

and a Mangler Squig painted by me!

Ah nets… hopefully they’ll be used again in the new year with the new book promised! Onward to day 10!

Talk about a net list!! If you want to catch up then day 8 Here

— Declan & Eeyore

8th Day of Squig-Mas

On the 8th Day of Squig-Mas my gaming buddies gave to me…

8 Gitz a-Gaming

7 Orcs a-Bashing

6 Snufflers Searching

5 Gold Sigmaaa-rites

4 Ogor Guns

3 Rippa’s Wolves

2 Biggest Stabbas

and a Mangler Squig painted by me!

There’s a distinct Greenskin view on most of Squigmas so far… but what do you think day nine will bring?

— Declan & Eeyore

Happy New Year. If you’ve missed the previous days, say 7 is Here!

7th Day of Squig-Mas

On the 7th Day of Squig-Mas my gaming buddies gave to me…

7 Orcs a-Bashing

6 Snufflers Searching

5 Gold Sigmaaa-rites

4 Ogor Guns

3 Rippa’s Wolves

2 Biggest Stabbas

and a Mangler Squig painted by me!

I hope you’re enjoying our jaunt through the days of Squig-Mas join us tomorrow for day 8.

— Declan & Eeyore

Well after the shock of a non AoS model appearing, if you’d like to view day 6 it’s Here!