Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth Game

This past weekend I went down to my local Games Workshop and they had a copy of the new Horus Heresy board game Betrayal at Calth and I managed to grab a demo game with one of the regulars down at the store, with a member of staff pointing out how the rule system works and answering any questions we had.

The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth
The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth

First of all the models are amazingly detailed, they are plastic, and it looks like they are replacing the Forgeworld Resin Mark IV armour by the fact it is no longer available on the Forgeworld site. This looks positive for the future of plastic Heresy models.

Sold Out Mk4 Maximus Armor

The game itself is very entertaining. I played the first scenario where the Word Bearers and Ultramarines face off against each other in a race against the clock to reach the safety of the blast doors at the other end of the map before the doors slam closed and the surface of the planet is irradiated by Calth’s dying sun.

Each of the forces consists of a 10 tactical marines, one with a special weapon, and one with a heavy weapon. The Word bearers, utilise a flamer and Heavy Bolter, and the Ultramarines have a missile launcher (which is amazing when it crits) and a plasma gun.

When playing the game, it’s best to forget most of what you know about 40k. The turn goes as follows. Roll Initiative, which is 3 dice +1 per Sargent that is still alive, and the player that has the highest number of hits wins, and goes first and you both pick up a command card which gives your marines a special benefit. This happens every turn.

Another thing that changes is that turns alternate by actions. Each squad of up to 3 marines has 2 actions, which can be move (move 1 hex), run (move 2 hexes, but cannot be done if you would pass through rubble or are in an adjacent hex to an enemy), shoot, or assault. There is also consolidate which is not going to be covered here.

When it is your action you choose a unit, and spend one of your actions, then your opponent spends their action, and you continue to alternate until neither of you have any left and then the turn ends and you go back to the initiative phase. Repeat this until a victory or loss condition is met. In the scenario I was playing, that was turn 6, when the last blast door closes and anyone outside the doors dies.

The shooting also differs from 40k, in that marines are a lot more survivable. Every marine has 2 points of armour, so they roll 2 dice and any shields reduce the damage by 1, then each marine also has 2 stamina which the amount of damage dealt, has to equal or exceed. This means that an entire unit of 3 marines that shoots their bolters (2 dice each) will get usually 3-4 hits, and “might” kill 1 marine if he fails his saves.

When rolling to hit, every one or more critical hits has a special effect. For example if firing bolters, if you score a critical hit your opponent loses a single action meaning that if they only have 1 they can no longer do anything this turn. This is particularly useful in this scenario because it is time sensitive and requires units to move across the map, if you can slow your opponent, you can get more of your units behind the doors than theirs, and win.

Honestly though, it’s quite simple and you will pick it up very quickly within a game or 2. In my game I won using the strategy I just explained, I moved across the map as quickly as I could and sacrificed a unit to shoot and slow him down.

I’m looking forward to getting my own copy, though finding time to assemble and paint the units is a different problem entirely.

Warhammer World open Day 2015

This weekend was the Warhammer World re-opening day and from what we saw from afar it looked to be an amazing event. Of particular interest was finally getting to see the new Warlord Titan complete, assembled and a few of them painted and they looked epic!

Warlord Titan - FrontWarlord Titan - RearWarlord Titan - Alternate HeadWarlord Titan - SideWarlord Titan - TopWarlord Titan - Close-up of rear

And someone was nice enough to snap a photo of the stats from the next Horus Heresy book, This will be a hard nut to crack with a base armour of 15, 30 Hull points and from the images above looks like 8 void shields. In a 30k Game it is nearly indestructible without other Titans (as it should be), and even in the current Eldar 40k meta at the moment, with more D than you can shake a stick at, it is still formidable.

Warlord Titan - Stats

Not to overshadow this, Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines and Sigismund, First Captain of the Imperial Fists, were also on sale. They look amazing! ForgeWorld have really captured the essence of the Primarch and the first Captain.

Roboute Guilliman - Primarch of the UltramarinesSigismund - First Captain of the Imperial Fists

There were a couple of things which sneaked under the radar with a Chaos Knight conversion kit, a legs conversion kit for the Lord of Skulls, and a Nurgle (Demon Prince/ Grater Demon thing).

Lord of Skulls - Leg Conversion KitNurgle Demon Prince / Greater Demon?Chaos Knight Titan

Many thanks to everyone who posted pictures during the event especially @Dark_Spartan_UK, @OnTheLam, @blacklibrarium, @lillegendstudio, and Rictus over on recalcitrantdaze for his amazing high-res pictures from the day.

40k Warlord Titan – New Image from the ForgeWorld Studio

Today’s ForgeWorld newsletter, covering the recent Salute weekend contained a small section referencing the last few seconds from the ForgeWorld visual feed. Those few seconds gave us a glimpse of a would be Warlord Titan, an amazing prospect in all rights.

Warlord Titan Teaser Image

There was a lot of speculation, as to if this was actually a Warlord or a new pattern of Knight Titan, that was until they looked closer at the video which seemed to indicate the new model dwarfed a Reaver Titan. Today, the ForgeWorld newsletter gave us all confirmation of a something very, very big being worked on in the studio, and now with a scale reference. Check it out.

Warlord Titan Leg with marine scale reference

I like many other #Warmongers are excited to see this project completed, though we can only guess at the price…

Forgeworld Warlord Titan teaser in the Horus Heresy Book 5 video

Today, Forgeworld released a new video for their 5th book in the Horus Heresy series: Tempest

A Storm is Coming

But the internet is a wash with speculation about the last 20 seconds of the video, where it appears to show a new Warlord Titan.

Warlord Titan Teaser ImageWarlord on far left appears to be bigger than the Reaver

My initial impression was that this was a new Knight Titan variant like a combination of a Knight Titan and a Thanatar with the shoulder mounted weapon. Then it was pointed out to me that at 0:58 you can see the shoulder of the new titan, is easily half again bigger than a Reaver titan and as the titan scale image by awaken realms image below shows it could not be a Knight, it has to be something new.

Amazing Awakened Realms Titan Size Comparison

I’m looking forward to this, time to start saving…

Rumours: Mechanicum in 40k, I want to believe…

Last month there was a few clipped images (see below) and very salty rumours around the Cult Mechanicus in 40k, with rumours around Skitarii models and codex.

Rumoured 40k Mechanicum Image 1Rumoured 40k Mechanicum Image 2

A short time later these rumours were supposedly quashed by a “Trusted Source” on Faeit 212.

Over the last 2 days though these rumours have started again, and as much as I wish it to be true, though the timing seems a little sketchy.

Regarding Ad Mech: via Lords of War Gaming

It’s Admech, but there will be two codices. Also tanks will be walkers.

via the Birds in the Trees: 2-18-2015

The Paper Products
– Codex:Adeptus Mechachanicus Skitarii
– Heraldry/Hobby book
– Ad Mech Datacards (contains no psychic power cards)

The Miniatures
– Ad Mech Skitarii box
– Ad Mech Myrmidon box
– Energy weapon platform/ transport box (combo-kit)
– Legio Cybernetica Colossus/Conqueror box (combo kit)
– Magos Clampack
– Secutor Clampack

Could this be an April fools joke, I hope so for my bank balance’s sake, you decide… But seriously, this could be awesome.

The Forgeworld Horus Heresy Weekender 2015 Flood of new releases

Last weekend was the amazing Forgeworld Horus Heresy Weekender 2015 and they have released a flood of information and new models for the community to consume.

Prior to the day the forgeworld newsletter was hitting the #warmongers email addresses, with the upcoming models to be released, including the very cool Alexis Polux, Captain of the Imperial Fists, who was the Forgeworld Christmas Puzzle model last year.

Alexis Polux

And a host of other exciting new models like the Stormhammer and Mahara Gal Tainted Dreadnought

Solar Auxilia StormhammerMhara Gal Tainted DreadnoughtSolar Auxilia OgrynSolar Auxilia Quad Multi-Laser And MortarScyllax Guardian-Automata

And then during the days there were some fantastic sneak peeks of models to come

Vindicator Laser DestroyerDredo Pattern Dreadnought Plasma Weapon Option

But I cannot go without showing off the 2 highlights of the weekend, the next Primarch Gulliman of the Ultramarines, and the seriously cool Mechanicus Ordinatus.

Gulliman Primarch Of The UltramarinesOrdinatus

Forgeworld Cerastus Knight-Lancer arrives

Earlier this year at the Horus Heresy weekender this model was available on limited release, but yesterday it was added to the Forgeworld main site for the rest of us to buy.

The Cerastus Knight-Lancer is a first strike weapon, attuned to rapid assault tactics and lethal outflanking charges against a foe. It is justly renowned for its speed and its power, as well as for the temperamental and restive nature of the machine-spirits which dwell as anima within its colossal frame.

It is a fantastic design based on the original epic model released by Game Workshop, this will be fantastic to see on the battlefield, and I hope to get the opportunity to see one of these, in the flesh, in the near future.

Cerastus Knight Lancer

Clocking in at £170, about half the price of a Warhound, this is not a cheap model (not that anything Games Workshop or ForgeWorld do could be considered cheap) but it does look great.

Daren Parrwood from Forgeworld discusses below the design decisions that brought this kit into being.

Also, with this release to the main site, there has also been a rules release, so that this can be used in 40k as well as 30k games.