Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Horus Heresy Weekender Schedule

Howdy Guys and Girls :)

Looks like we have the schedule for the HH weekender - via miniwars

Can't decide what's more exciting - New Models, Adeptus Titanicus or Angelus? Are you hyped for the event? What stuff are you hoping to see there? Write us in the comments below :)

Lady Atia

Monday, 23 January 2017

Inferno Revealed :)

Via Warhammer Community

"That’s right folks, feast your eyes on the cover of The Horus Heresy: Book Seven – Inferno.

Arguably the most anticipated Forge World book since the launch of our Horus Heresy supplements, Inferno is the campaign book that chronicles the epic battle of Prospero.

This is the saga of the Space Wolves and Thousand Sons Legions – two loyal(ish) Legions set upon each other by the machinations of Chaos and the traitorous Warmaster. It is one of the greatest tragedies of the era, but for Horus Heresy fans, one of the most awesome opportunities for games!

As you’d expect, there are loads of new rules for Space Wolves and Thousand Sons armies – both of which can deviate quite considerably from the standard Space Marine Legion force. It’s not just the VI and XV Legions in the book though – also covered are the Talons of the Emperor: the Sisters of Silence and Legio Custodes. Even in an age of superhuman demi-gods, this force is elite, with access to loads of great vehicle support for their unequaled infantry.

All in – it’s looking great, it’s going to be awesome, and it’s on its way very soon."

Can't wait to read it!

Lady Atia

The Heresy and Beyond - Settings for your 30k army

Howdy Guys and Gilrs :)

Today I want to do something different - not a finished unit or an army planning, but a little overview of time settings you can use your 30k armies - beyond the classic Horus Heresy.

The topic came up when the new 'Gangs of Commoragh' box went up for pre-order and I said "Can't wait to add the contents to my 30k Commoragh Eldar army". Of course people started to ask - 30k Dark Eldar? Where are the rules?

Now, my personal oppinion on that question - rules are just a framework. If it makes sense for the story and the setting - and if it's ok for your opponent - go for it. At the end of the day, just view any of the 40k codices and expansions as exactly what they are - expansions for your gaming experience. Try them out, tweak stuff after the first games if you need it, and have fun. Fall of Cadia has an awesome warp storm table (perfect for re-creating battles near the Ruinstorm in 30k) and even the dreaded Decurion-style Detachments and formations could work if you trim down some of their rules (to make them more like the CAD versions for Xenos - since the CAD is actually based upon Space Marine structure).

But enough talk about the rules - let's take a look at some potential settings to explore with your 30k army - if you need some vacation from the dark times of the Horus Heresy :)

The Unification and the Great Crusade

Probably the most obvious choice - Late Unification Era and the Great Crusade.

The Legiones Astartes saw first use during the last days of the Unification and the pacification of the Solar System. Back then, most of them were just grey, but Forgeworld has added some cool "pre-Primarch" schemes for some of them in the Black Books (aswell as the classic yellow and black scheme for the Salamanders - they used it during their first big battle!). 

Rules wise you probably just need a few tweaks here and there - of course no traitors rules for your Astartes. All kind of Eldar, Orks and Necrons can be used easily. Solar Auxilia and Militia army lists can be used to represent Human Empires, Space Skaven or even Squats! 

The Great Scouring 

Moving forward - the Heresy is over. Sorry guys, you lost (and with that I mean - it doesn't matters on what side you were, you lost - the big dream of the Emperor is over). Now, not all is bad - we still have a great time of loyalists hunting down traitors, some Primarch vs Primarch battles and even newly created Space Marine Chapters at the end of it.

An addition to your Scouring games could be another army that saw first use there (and actually fought longer than just seven years during the Scouring). Of course I'm talking about the Grey Knights. After all the build up they got during 30k - who doesn't want to use them to kill some traitors? Another newly created faction would be the Inquisition, lead by a certain Inquisitor using a relic suit of power armour ...

The Legion Wars

Also known as the Eye of Terror Slave Wars, this event was basically a civil war between the surviving Traitor Marines within the Eye after the Scouring was over. This conflict marked the final collapse of unity between the Chaos Marines that fought under Horus, aswell as the rise of the Black Legion. Who doesn't want to replay Abaddon vs Horus 2.0?

The 1st Black Crusade

Launched roughly 500 years after the Horus Heresy - the 1st Black Crusade of Abaddon the Despoiler. Also known as the First Battle of Cadia, it was the first big assault of the forces of Chaos after the Scouring. Both Sigismund and Rogal Dorn were alive and kicking during these events - Fists and Templar fans rejoice ;)

The Beast Arises

The biggest conflict between the Horus Heresy and the Gathering Storm - The War of The Beast. For me, this is the last big conflict that screams to be played out using a mix of 30k and 40k rules - you have the Successor Chapters and First Founding Chapters, Sisters of Silence, Custodes, Mechanicus, Deathwatch, Iron Warriors and even one of the Primarchs.

For the Xenos side of things - of course Orks (giant one!) and Harlequins played a part in it.

I also want to recommend anyone to read 'The Beast Arises' - if you are a fan of the Heresy from it's first hour you will love it, and it also ends some plot lines started with the first HH novels!

That's it from me today - I really hope I inspired some of you to play out one of these events, or maybe even the start of a new army. Be creative - this hobby is wonderful and you can make a lot of cool things if you really want it. And always remember ...

Rules are just a framework!

Lady Atia

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Weekly Progress Report 22/01/2017

Hello all and let's see what the Bunnies have been up to. 

Ikthelion has spent most of his available hobby time this week finishing up and basing Tactical Marines for the Heresy Doubles event. Still some work to go!

Darien put the finishing touches on his first 2 units of the year, 2 squads of Kurnoth Hunters for his Sylvaneth army.

Spectre has been working on a tactical support squad for the doubles tournament. They are currently under construction.

Hector has converted the chaplain from Betrayal at Calth into a Primus Medicae for his World Eaters. He's washed all of his Forge World resin and is making a start on building his Anvillus.

Kaelo has had Rogal Dorn in the last week, reinforcing and improving his kitchen. Thus had led to no hobby time and also means he will not have his Ultramarines complete in time for the Horus Heresy Doubles. At least he can cook now...

Aveinus has been adding the final highlights to his eldar jetbike since returning from his holiday. You'll see this progress in a post soon followed by a painting guide as he starts to paint the second jetbike.

Atia used this week to continue to work on the Skavenblight Scramblers - eight of them are ready for transfers now. Next on the list is a rat ogre player!

Drake has been busy at work but has found a few spare minutes to base Leman Russ and start to Green Stuff Freki and Geri. Expect a finished post soon. 

What have you been up to?

The Fracture of Biel Tan

Well Games Workshop are on top again. Great looking models revealed. 

Drake Seta

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Hector Cephas; Imperial Fist Legion Terminators

Hi all,

Today, I'm going to talk about my Imperial Fists terminators - namely my "shooting configuration" terminators.

The Imperial Fists are an interesting legion in gaming terms. We don't have a legion specific terminator unit unlike most legions, instead we have more options for our standard terminator units. We are the only legion with access to a proper storm shield (the Salamanders one only boosts a models existing invulnerable save after all), we have access to assault cannons (the Blood Angels also can use these too) and teleport transponders that allow us to deep strike.

My shooting configuration terminators make good use of assault cannons and combi-bolters to threaten targets as they either march up the battlefield or deep strike behind enemy lines. In cataphractii terminator armour, they can take a lot of punishment while they can deal with infantry and most vehicles at range and in close combat and certainly deal it back.

When Polux takes to the field, I normally give him a retinue of terminators in this configuration which you might view as an odd choice. I could stick him in a squad of terminators with storm shields and make use of the stone gauntlet rite of war to boost his toughness but I prefer to be more flexible than that. Storm shields make you more resilient but you need to get into close combat before you start to shine - Polux is odd as he is the exception to this rule, he also has ranged capability so he can threaten outside of close combat so he fits perfectly into this kind of squad.

I love this squad, I really do; they have great range and melee capability and as a result of that they draw a lot of attention and die horribly - particularly when Polux is with them. However, that is an awful lot of attention being drawn away from the rest of my army which is no bad thing.

Until next time,

Hector Cephas

Friday, 20 January 2017

New Releases 20/01/2017

Hi guys,

Looks like this week is dedicated to the Legio Custodes. The contemptor and grav attack from the open day a few weeks back are now available for pre-orders.
Galatus Dreadnought
Custodes Pallas Grav Tank
Grav Attack Bundle
 Legio Custodes Collection Bundle
(another useful way to get a squad of Custodians without paying for a full Burning of Prospero box)

I can't wait to see what will be coming out at the weekender as I expected these to be released fully that weekend!

Until next time,

Hector Cephas

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Freki and Geri, posed without scenic base?

Hi all

With the Primarch of the VI Legion almost finished on my table, I thought I would assemble his Wolf Kin. 

Nooooow. . . I do love a good scenic base for display purposes, but I am more a fan of not transporting dead Legionaires that are not present on the current Battlefield around with my models. Sooooo Freki and Geri maiming beautifully sculpted Thousand Sons on a pre-Heresy battlefield is just not for me. 
The problem that presents itself to me is: They are designed to be. . . . 

So Wolf 1 "Freki" looks like this

The claws on the paws are clearly designed to to be applying pressure on something. 

Wolf 2 "Geri" looks like this

Geri is not so much of a problem compared to Freki, but her paw is also in a position where she is pushing off of something. 

Here are some wolves and big cats either leaping or striking. 

I feel their paws need to be regarded as Lion-like instead of wolf like due to their scale. As you can see the fingers are not bunched up, but are extended to strike. I might be reading into this too much, but I feel like I need to alter them. 

What do you think?

Drake Seta

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Weekly Progress report 15/01/2017

Hi all. 

Let's see what we have done this week. 

Hector has been bringing order to chaos, gathering parts ahead of his World Eaters project. Forge World order should be arriving some time next week with the remaining upgrades he requires. Next week he will have pictures of assembled units for you all to see!

Darien has nearly completed his first 360 points of the year! He has been working on his Sylvaneth Kurnoth Hunters and should have them done in the next couple of days.

Atia did some more work on the Skavenblight Scramblers this week - the last 5 Gal Vorbaks got also some silver primer. Thanks to warpstorm-problems - no pictures for now 😞

Drake, Kaelo, Aveinus, Ikthelion and Castiel have been busy with life so no progress sadly. 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Ikthelion Orthos – An Introduction

Hi everyone! I’m Ikthelion Orthos and I’m thrilled to have been asked to help contribute to the Battle Bunnies community. Catching up with what has been happening on this blog has been part of a daily routine for me for a long time, and I’m really excited to be getting involved with such a great group of hobbyists in the awesome setting that is the Horus Heresy.

I’ve been playing 40k for ages, starting back at the tender age of 11 years old after walking into my local Games Workshop armed with birthday money which was burning a hole in my pocket. I walked out soon afterwards with the 3rd Edition starter box (Space Marines and Dark Eldar) and set about painting my first army – the Ultramarines. Well… perhaps ‘painting’ is a bit of a strong word… I certainly put paint (lots of paint!) on the models, but I’m not sure that much skill was involved!

Since then, I’ve had a go at collecting virtually every 40k army going. I am sadly what my friends describe as a “hobby butterfly” – I thought they were being really nice, until I realised they meant that all I did was flit from one project to another without ever making any progress. Having recognised this, I’m (trying to be) a reformed hobbyist – I’m sticking to one project at a time from now on and not letting my imagination run away to the hobby store with my wallet!

All of this was going perfectly well with a (new) 40k Ultramarines army until my friend who you know as Darien Vasco comes out with words to the effect of ‘you should look at getting into Horus Heresy’, whilst dragging me into the Forgeworld Store at Warhammer World. I’ve never forgiven him.

My Test Model

After losing far too much time looking at the pretty resin models, I got myself a 10 man Tactical Squad in Mk III Iron Armour. I decided that my Legion would be the Iron Warriors, as I was continuing with my 40k Ultramarines and it seemed silly to have the same army in two game systems. I started designing armies, and before long I had 3,000pts of Iron Warriors planned and mostly purchased. I managed to paint one (singular, solo, lonesome) Legionnaire in Iron Warriors colours before my old hobby butterfly tendencies reasserted themselves and I was already looking elsewhere for another project!

After a lengthy and sustained bullying campaign, Darien managed to have my mind focussed on the Heresy once again, but by this stage I had jettisoned the 40k Ultramarines in favour of another project (and it genuinely pains me to admit I can’t even remember which army this was!). I thought I’d have a go at building an Ultramarine Legion army and set about planning a mechanised list for the boys in blue. Around this sort of time, I met Kaelo and some of the other Bunnies at the Forgeworld Open Day – I’d never been to one of these events before and I really can’t recommend them enough. Kaelo and I got talking about all things Ultramarine, and I even managed to purloin details of the paint scheme he was looking to use for his army!

Just prior to all of this happening, I’d managed to convince another friend to get into the Horus Heresy so we could build Legions alongside each other. I had failed to consider that this friend is in fact a hobby machine and churns units out at an alarming rate – quickly leaving my paltry few painted Ultramarines in the dust whilst he was rapidly approaching 2k painted in just a few short months. Deciding that I would need an army that’s quicker and easier to paint, I decided to revert back to my old planned Iron Warriors list, and put the Ultramarines on hold. Each time I’ve had a hobby wobble since and thought about a new project, this friend has given me such an intimidating and judgemental look that I quickly scuttle back to my painting table to continue working on the IVth  Legion!

Tactical Legionary

Meeting the Bunnies at the Open Day was brilliant – They’re a great bunch of hobbyists who really care about the background of the Heresy. I’m looking forward to getting involved in some of the planned campaigns this year; it’ll be good to play a series of missions that are linked together with some solid background to really push the theme of the Heresy… and my brave Iron Warriors will get to shoot some dastardly Imperial Fists! Unfortunately my army has got a long way to go before it’s all painted, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted with my progress.  

Kaelo and Drake were clearly scraping the barrel when they asked me to contribute to this fantastic blog, but I’ll be aiming to bring you regular painting and hobby updates for the Iron Warriors, all the while being bitter about it as only a son of Perturabo can!