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BurnageBurnage Registered User regular
edited April 16 in Critical Failures
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Warhammer 40k is a futuristic tabletop strategy game created by Games Workshop that pits multiple races and factions against each other for control of the galaxy.

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The Current State of the Game

9th Edition has arrived, and with it the narrative and rules are both continuing to evolve. Primarchs are returning, old threats have arisen, and Space Marines continue to be receiving an excessive number of releases.

How Do I Get Started?

40k can be a daunting game for beginners. Luckily, there are now some nice places to start; the core rules are available for free, the Recruit Edition starter set is a cheap way to get enough models and extras for two people to start playing, and the Easy to Build line of models give you a cheap way to pick up models if you're interested in putting some together and painting them (or just to expand your current collection).

The Command Edition starter set is probably the best way to go if you really want to dive in, as it'll give you a full rulebook alongside two decently sized armies. It only contains Space Marine and Necron units, but if you like the look of another army you might find a Start Collecting! or Combat Patrol box for them which will give you an easy way to begin playing them. The Indomitus box set that was released last year is also phenomenally good value if you can still find it for sale somewhere.

Hold On, How Do I Choose A Faction?

The simplest answer to this question is; however you want to. You might find the look of an army appealing. Maybe you like the way that it plays. Or maybe you just want to pick up the new hotness that's currently dominating tournaments. Whatever! It's your army. Details of a lot of the factions can be found below, but you can broadly divide them into a few different groups which share traits; Imperial factions tend to be versatile and solid at everything, Chaos factions are like the Imperium except edgier, Eldar armies tend towards being glass cannons, etc. 9th edition's rules allow you to mix and match similar factions to an extent, so if, for instance, you like the look of both Space Marines and Sisters of Battle then you can run both in the same army.

But Once I've Got All This, Where Do I Find A Game?

Maybe you've got some friends who play. Maybe there's a local hobby or gaming shop in your area - if there is, odds are good that there'll be people looking for games. 40k's always been popular in tabletop crowds and 9th edition seems to have made it even easier to find games. There are also large tournaments like the Las Vegas Open and the London GT, if you fancy diving into the competitive side of the game.

Factions:
Imperium
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Adeptus Astartes (Space Marines)
- The Loyal -
They are the most powerful and dreaded of all the human warriors in the galaxy. No longer strictly human, but superhuman, superior in all respects to mere men by a harsh regime of genetic modification, psycho-conditioning and rigorous training. Few in number compared to the uncounted trillions of humanity, Space Marines are organized into small independent armies called Chapters that stand ready to lay fight wherever the Imperium needs them. Their unswerving loyalty is to the Emperor of Mankind first, their Chapter second, and none other beyond that. There are also a number of specific Chapters with notably unique traits, such as the Blood Angels (space vampires), Space Wolves (space... wolves), and the Dark Angels (unquestionably loyal).

Adeptus Custodes (Golden Space Marines)
- The Watchful -
The Emperor's personal golden army, these chaps have finally become bored of standing by a corpse for several thousand years and have instead decided to venture out into space on their own personal jetbikes. These guys are the most elite of elite armies, and are the faction you want to be taking if you want every single model in your army to outclass the strongest heroes of other factions.

Adeptus Mechanicus (01000011 01111001 01100010 01101111 01110010 01100111 00100000 01100010 01110010 01101111 01110011)
-The Ironhearted -
The Adeptus Mechanicus is a technological organisation, often known as the Priesthood of Mars. It holds a monopoly on technological knowledge in the Imperium. Their Forge Worlds turn out the Imperium's most powerful and advanced weaponry and equipment. The organisation's adepts, the Tech-priests, are vital in maintaining much of the Imperium's more technologically advanced equipment, not the least of which is the Emperor's life-sustaining Golden Throne.

Astra Militarum (Imperial Guard)
- The Dutiful -
In the midst of genetically engineered super-beings, alien killing machines, warrior mystics, and technology that approaches sorcery in its sophistication, the Imperial Guard are mere mortals. Protected by little more than faith, they contend with the most terrifying threats the darkest corners of the galaxy vomits forth armed with flesh and steel. As such it is easy to identify with these brave souls and to see in them the qualities of true heroes. Also: tanks tanks lol

Adepta Soritas (Sisters of Battle)
- The Faithful -
The darkness contained within the hearts and minds of humanity itself is a sinister and subtle threat. The heretic, mutant, and rogue psyker threaten humanity with an internal rot as damaging any xenos invasion. The Ordo Hereticus exists to seek and burn out this threat. The Sisters of Battle, empowered by their unwavering faith in the Holy Emperor of Terra, hunt the witch, the heretic, the fallen cleric, and none is permitted to escape the cleansing fire of their wrath.

Grey Knights
- The Hammer -
The Grey Knights are the amongst the most inscrutable of the Imperium's many organizations. Incorruptible, armed with the best weapons and equipment that Mankind has to offer, they are humanity's defense against the darkness of Chaos wherever it may lurk.
Chaos
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Daemons
- The Nightmares -
Lust, hate, despair, sorrow. All emotion has a reverberation within the warp, the worst, most bitterly felt, and the furthest extreme becoming strong enough to persist, coalesce, and finally, become. It was from the darkest corners of the galaxy's hearts that Khorne, Tzeentch, Nurgle, and Slaneesh sprang forth, and they await the time when the veil against the Warp wears thin so that their warriors, spawn, and offspring can pour through.

Heretic Astartes (Chaos Space Marines)
- The Betrayers -
During the tumult of the birth of the Imperium of Man, half of the Emperor's most trusted Legions turned against him in a bitter civil war. Brother fought brother, and Mankind drove itself to the very brink of extinction. Ten thousand years after their defeat, those same traitors still launch their Black Crusades from within the Eye of Terror, their dead hearts intent upon nothing less than the utter destruction of the Imperium and the death of its weakling Emperor.
Xenos
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Asuryani (Craftworlds Eldar)
- The Dying -
An almost unimaginably ancient race who once ruled an empire spanning the galaxy. Then came the hideous time of the Fall, when the Eldar were consumed by their own decadence and nearly obliterated to the last, the few survivors scattered across the stars. Though now few in number, they are still one of the most advanced races in the galaxy. This advantage combined with the prescient abilities of their Farseers, who scry the future, guide their kin along the most favorable paths of fate, no matter what the cost to the lesser races.

Drukhari (Dark Eldar)
- The Lost-
These spawn of unquiet dreams inhabit a realm called Commorragh, a place as darkly twisted as its rulers, from which these merciless pirates launch raids across the length and breadth of the galaxy. The purpose of these raids is not to conquer planets or protect territory but to cause mayhem, steal, pillage, and – most importantly of all – capture new victims to be taken back to Commorragh for endless torture. Having fallen far into the depths of depravity, their every waking moment is dedicated to inflicting pain and suffering on the galaxy. The Dark Eldar are broadly an alliance of three loose groups; Kabals (pirate raiders), Wych Cults (drugged-up gladiators), and Haemonculus Covens (the cenobites from Hellraiser).

Harlequins
-The Laughing-
The Harlequins are the keepers of the Black Library and serve the enigmatic Eldar deity called the Laughing God. The Harlequins see no distinction between art and war, and their outlook can best be explained by reference to the legend of the Fall; one of their self-appointed duties is to keep this legend alive through their performances. The Laughing God is the only authority that the Harlequins recognise, and their every deed is thought to be in furtherance of his own inscrutable agenda. Harlequins are undeniably part of the Eldar race, yet they owe no allegiance to any given Craftworld or Kabal.

Ynnari
-The Reborn-
The Ynnari are a newly formed Eldar group that worship the God Ynnead and believe their race can be saved from the predation of Slaanesh, by helping to bring about the birth of the slumbering God of the dead. Led by Ynnead's Emissary Yvraine, the group is composed of Eldar from the Craftworlds, Corsair groups, Commorragh and even from among the Harlequins. With their combined might they have become a rising force in the galaxy, who not only seek to bring about Ynnead's birth, but also return the Eldar to the glory their race had before their Empire fell. However, the arrogant coercion they employ to save their race, has alienated as many Eldar as it has united under Yvraine's command. Worse still, many see the Ynnari as corrupted by the very daemonic forces they seek to thwart, while others believe they are already dead inside. Ynnari on the tabletop also have a hilarious history of veering wildly from being one of the most overpowered things in the game to being (currently) almost useless. Play at your own risk.

Necrons
- The Ancient -
Ancient beyond imagining even before their great sleep, the Necrons are awakening from their 60-million-year dormancy to plague the living once more. Countless thousands of immortal, soulless warriors have risen from dusty stasis-tombs, their cold wills bent on harvesting the teeming species of the galaxy. They commanded the stars long before the ancient Eldar had even begun their existence, and it is only that so few have awoken that they do not pose a greater threat in the current day.

Orks
- The Beast -
The most widespread and warlike race of aliens in the bloodstained galaxy of the 41st millennium. From the depths of the galactic core to the distant ghost-stars beyond the galactic rim, Ork empires rise, clash, fall and the remnants mixing to begin the cycle again. In terms of sheer numbers and planets, Orks occupy more of the galaxy than any other single race, and if they ever unified, they would crush all opposition the stood before them, It is to the galaxy's benefit that the orks' passion for violence is so unquenchable that they spend their entire lives embroiled in war, fighting each other as readily as any other foe.

T'au
- The Young -
Since their first contact with the Imperium in the 35th millennium, the Tau have risen from a hunter-gatherer society to a star-faring race, nibbling at the flanks of the Imperium, in less than six thousand years. Absolute obedient to the command of the enigmatic ethereal caste, the Tau believe that now is their time. It is their race and their Empire that will bring unity to the stars, all races equal, the Tau first among them. There is no foe their technology cannot overcome, no quandary their science cannot resolve, the stars and all that lies between to be joined beneath the aegis of the Greater Good.

Tyranids
- The Hungry -
Without a doubt the most alien race encountered by Humanity. They have been likened to locusts, piranhas, on a galactic scale remorselessly hungry, too numerous to destroy. Tyranids are a nomadic, space-dwelling race that emerged from the void between galaxies into our own in search of new resources to consume. These hive fleets have discovered sustenance in abundance in the forms of the myriad species of the Milky Way, leaving nothing but balls of scoured rock in the wake of their titanic swarms, tendrils boring ever deeper towards the heart of our galaxy.

Genestealer Cults
-The Insidious-
A Genestealer Cult is a xenos-worshipping secret society made up of and controlled by Tyranid Genestealers that thrives in the dark corners of the Imperial underworld across the galaxy. Secretive, stealthy, and utterly malignant, Genestealer Cults are the cankers growing unseen in the hidden spaces of Mankind's realm. Some cultists are truly monstrous, skulking along dank tunnels with robes or hessian sacks covering their hybrid xenos anatomies. Others are merely pallid and bald, able to pass for loyal Imperial citizens whilst their wyrm-form tattoos remain hidden. These latter-generation brethren mingle amongst the herd of Mankind like wolves in sheep's clothing, working so hard amongst the crumbling machineries of Human industry that none spare them a second glance -- but under their work fatigues and rough miner’s apparel, they all bear the mark of the alien.

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    http://chapterhousestudios.com/webshop/ Custom Sculpts and Bits for 40K and Fantasy.
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    http://custom-minis.blogspot.com/Bits and shoulderpads off of a 3D printer. Looks like he's testing printing up unique models as well.
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    http://www.ebobminiatures.com/products/tools.htm Tools, armatures, sculpting media
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    http://www.em4miniatures.com/acatalog/index.html Not a huge line of stuff and only tiny, tiny pictures available, but their range of metals seems to have some interesting options.
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    http://www.ff-fields.com/ Many custom Blood Bowl pitches in heavy cardstock or rollable fabric.
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    http://www.hlj.com/index.html A lot of mecha and tank parts that are of use to a creative IG or Ork player, so maybe search around a bit.
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    http://impactminiatures.com/ Many Blood Bowl-like miniatures and a stand alone game, plus a a rock band of Orcs.
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    http://puppetswar.com/Bases, weapons, miniatures and conversion sets for 40K, incling Twin-linked Autocannon arms and viariant Dreadntought arms.
    http://www.quantumgothic.co.uk/ A lot of neat scifi terrain.
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    http://www.ragingheroes.com/28mm and 54mm versions of Dark Eldar-ish and Female Commissar character models, nicely detailed with options.
    http://www.ramshacklegames.co.uk/nuclear/index.html Fulfilling that Post-Nuclear/Necromunda/Orky Bitz. Look at their 'Tridlins' for vehicle bitz
    http://www.reapermini.com/ If you have ever wanted a figure for your D&D character or fancy monster the PCs are facing, this is the site for you. They have an absolutely enormous range of tagged, searchable models of all manner of heroes and horrors. Their modern and sci-fi lines are much more limited, but there are still possibilities in here. (The Darkspawn in particular could easily be some kind of alien or Tyranid beasties.)
    http://www.resinfx.com/ Very detailed resin bases of various kinds, many of them fairly unique. Lots of "scenery" bases that aren't just some bumps on a standard 25mm/40mm circle, so if you're looking for something damn fancy, this may be the place. A little more pricey than most as a consequence, though.
    Robogear Model kits - Want some cheap plastic toys to chop up for your conversions? Here's the place.
    http://www.iconusa4.com/online/Robog...dels_index.htm
    http://www.sciborminiatures.com/ Can't say for sure, but the pics of the sculpts look amazing. Various minis and parts, very obviously 40K/Fantasy-themed ("celtic space warrior," hrmmmm?) including lots of alternate heads, shields, and breastplates. Also squats.
    http://www.secretweaponminiatures.com/ Mostly just bases, but a few conversion bitz mixed in (backpacks, helmets, Extra Armor). None of them are ground-breaking surprises, but if you have a specific look in mind for your army you'll probably appreciate another option.
    http://www.shadowforge.com.au/ Have I done any Australian companies yet? Here's one with anime-styled figures.
    http://www.shapeways.com/shops/customminis 3D printed miniature bitz and accessories
    http://www.smog1888.com/ You know how some games have crazy character models? Smog has a flying doctor with robo-arms and a smoke-belching stove-top hat, oh yeah. I know absolutely nothing of the game, but the models are perhaps the best thing in the whole world.
    http://southpawart.bigcartel.com/ Acrylic templates and game aids, plus a source for small, medium and large acrylic gears.
    http://starshipmodeler.biz/shop/index.cfm/category/93/lighting.cfm LED lighting kits for vehicle conversions.
    http://www.studiomcvey.com/ A small selection of extremely well-sculpted minis, although they're generally just a bit too large to use in 40K. Pretty, though.
    http://www.studiominiatures.com/Zombies, WWII Zombies, 90mm zombies, and survivors of the zombie apocalyse.
    http://www.taban-miniatures.com/ Another of the shops I haven't really browsed in extensive depth, they produce a stand-alone game with a vague gladiatorial combat theme.
    http://www.tabletop-art.de/More bits, bases and variant figures for Marine Character models.
    http://www.tabletop-world.com/index.php Fantasy buildings and accessories
    http://www.tengumodels.co.uk/index.htm Grey Aliens, Zombies, and Cthuluhu, oh my...
    https://www.thunderboltmountain.com Mostly fantasy, but I bought some wolves from them.
    http://www.tichytraingroup.com/index.php Pre-made RIVETS! Click the 'NBW & Rivets' link.
    http://www.tobsen77.de/index.php?lan=en Vehicles that would look good in an Ork army, or a wooden Steam Tank
    http://www.toysoldiersdepot.com/ Cheap plastic off-scale models which could be used for 40K, or as terrain/wrecks/etc.
    http://trollforged.com/index.html Another company I can personally vouch for being pretty excellent. Resin casts of several useful styles of models- Daemons, beasts, definitely-not-Tyranids, and best of all, Guardsmen with greatcoats!
    http://www.ultraforgeminiatures.com/ If you aren't going to Avatars of War for your Fantasy needs, you damn well better be going here. Ultraforge specializes in huge, detailed models of monsters like dragons, greater daemons, and the like, and their work is second to none. They also enjoy cult popularity as the makers of an excellent set of wings that can be added to models that are in need of flight, not the least of the Hive Tyrants and Harpies.
    http://www.urbanmammoth.co.uk/ I have some of their older models for my Necromunda gangs
    http://www.victorialamb.com/store.html IG Conversion bitz from the sculptor who did those 'Spanish Inquisition' Monty Python models.
    http://www.victoryforce.com/ They have a 'Gamer Rules Lawyer' figure, and WWII re-enactors
    http://www.voodooworx.co.uk/index.htm Custom resin bases
    http://shop.warlordgames.co.uk/ Not sure if these are the same guys as Wargames Factory, but if you want to 40K-ify some historical plastics.
    http://www.warmill.co.uk/storepage814911.aspx Custom clear bases, MDF terrain kits and bitz.
    http://www.wargamesfactory.com/webstore Makers of a variety of plastic kits, all of them competitively-priced compared to the alternatives. Foremost on the list would probably be their zombie and shock trooper kits, but they also have a variety of historical minis that could be integrated into a thematic force of some kind.
    http://www.wargamesfoundry.com/asp/nocookie.asp Lots of miniatures, but not to scale with 40K. Diverse selection, though.
    http://www.warploqueminiatures.co.uk/Fantasy miniatures
    http://www.westwindproductions.co.uk/ These guys have alternate-future WWII scifi stuff. Some cool mech thingies and neat troops.
    http://www.wholesale-miracle-beads.com/25mm-round-flat-back-clear-crystal-glass-cabochon-top-quality Clear glass bases for your miniatures.
    http://willy-miniatures.blogspot.com/ Fantasy Football alternate models. Some of the Undead team would look great in a Zombie Apocalypse type game.
    http://wyrd-games.net/shop/home.php Makers of Malifaux, a very cool-looking game that I unfortunately can't really afford to get into right now. But, like Hell Dorado, they have an awesome line of minis with a style all their own, slightly steampunk with a fantastic twist and some of the dark sensibilities that infuse GW's games.
    http://www.zealotminiatures.co.uk Resin miniatures and bitz, female tau heads, Space Marine scaled Guitars and bionics, etc.
    http://www.zombiesmith.com/ Zombies, survivors, and a tutorial video on "how I cast miniatures".
    http://www.zuzzy.com/ Scenery pieces and tabletops almost exclusively- and pretty nice ones, at that. If green felt isn't your thing, give this a look and see if you can't go for something more exotic; I'm told they are rather durable and quite worth the price.

    Other Places to Talk About the Game
    http://www.shiftedmatrix.com - Website owned and run by this thread's own Sharp101. It has expanded to include other contributors who are regulars in this thread. Blog posting that cover all things related to 40k and wargaming

    http://belloflostsouls.org - A great 40k (and sometimes fantasy) rumor site. They also post articles on campaigning, modeling and home made rules.

    http://www.chessex.com/ - Online custom dice store, great customer service and speed.

    http://www.warseer.com - Currently about the biggest GW-related forum on the net. Unfortunately, it has a horrible signal/noise ratio, but the rumors forums are frequently the first place to hear accurate news of upcoming products.

    http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/ - All about Space Marines and high fashion (okay, not the latter)

    http://www.the-waaagh.com - All about the orks orks orks orks! Jobs a gud'un boss.

    http://forums.tauonline.org/index.php - All things Tau in one handy place. Sign up for the greater good!

    https://www.thedarkcity.net/ - Used to be *the* Dark Eldar forum on the net. A bit less populated these days, but still a good source for discussion of the faction.

    http://www.dakkadakka.com/ - They used to be cool. Totally the place to go if you want to know why the hobby is dying. Also, a great coverage of all things wargaming.

    http://www.bartertown.com/ - The place to go when looking for like-minded people with models for trade and sale.

    Army Transports
    Because you need a way to cart all your wonderful new toys around, here are a couple recommendations beyond what you can get from GW itself:

    Sabol Army Transports - A little expensive, but I use them exclusively, because of the quite reasonable international shipping price, and mostly for the fact that you can custom cut the foam trays to fit your models. Also available from the War Store.

    Figures in Comfort - A wide range of precut foam trays, and carrying cases for whatever your needs.

    Battle Foam - Sturdy solid cases and custom cut foam tray. Pricey, but guaranteed to keep your little dudes safe and secure in transit.

    Tabletop Tyrant - A UK based company that do some nice transport cases, as well. Check them out!

  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    Really a discussion/rant my brother and I have been doing about the space marine codex and the space wolf
    One you want to play a homebrew more power to you! As it seems the primaris are taking the fluff out of the various chapters no wolf priest rules for primaris death company it's just paint no chapter trapings
    The Bladeguard Veterans don't seem like wolf guard in their look and don't have the ambience of the sanguinary guard for blood angels they barely look like they will work as sword brethren for Black Templars

    I still have to get the necron codex as I would like to know what I am doing with the army I have and this month the Drukhari one looks like it comes out with the box set I am sure will get bought and parted out just for the SoB

    Speaking of parting a box out
    https://www.warhammer-community.com/2021/02/02/even-the-new-terrain-wants-you-dead-in-kill-team-pariah-nexus/
    I know the new kill team one will get bought for the heavy primaris intercessors so I do hope I can get the boards and terrain for cheap to do fun games in a necron tomb

  • honoverehonovere Registered User regular
    Looks like the new Killteam board has basically "press X to take cover" integrated as "firing point" markers that make it easier to shoot around corners and into hallways.

    Could be fun but the matchup seems even more lopsided.

  • Gnome-InterruptusGnome-Interruptus Registered User regular
    So between my Facebook feed, and Glass Half Dead I have been seeing a lot of Tinker Turf these past few days.

    It is becoming super tempting too, as it looks really good, easy to assemble, and you don’t need to paint it, which is a super big plus to me.

    The only thing stopping me from pulling the trigger is the cost of shipping, and that I currently have enough of a backlog before I could even use it.

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  • SmokeStacksSmokeStacks The Myth, the Legend, the Bowman, the Shambler FuckerRegistered User regular
    honovere wrote: »
    Looks like the new Killteam board has basically "press X to take cover" integrated as "firing point" markers that make it easier to shoot around corners and into hallways.

    Could be fun but the matchup seems even more lopsided.

    I have no idea how five flayed ones are supposed to hold their own against five heavy intercessors even without rules that make it easier for the intercessors to shoot them. Maybe the new necron character gives out a ton of buffs and it's one of those "this one model is the lynchpin of the entire list" deals? If I had to guess I'd say it didn't really matter though, I think the number of people who are going to buy the box to add the models to their 40K armies is significantly larger than the number of people who are still playing Killteam.

    This whole "let's charge people full price for this box set but not give them any actual terrain, just some crates and doors" thing is getting really old though.

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  • Gnome-InterruptusGnome-Interruptus Registered User regular
    honovere wrote: »
    Looks like the new Killteam board has basically "press X to take cover" integrated as "firing point" markers that make it easier to shoot around corners and into hallways.

    Could be fun but the matchup seems even more lopsided.

    I have no idea how five flayed ones are supposed to hold their own against five heavy intercessors even without rules that make it easier for the intercessors to shoot them. Maybe the new necron character gives out a ton of buffs and it's one of those "this one model is the lynchpin of the entire list" deals? If I had to guess I'd say it didn't really matter though, I think the number of people who are going to buy the box to add the models to their 40K armies is significantly larger than the number of people who are still playing Killteam.

    This whole "let's charge people full price for this box set but not give them any actual terrain, just some crates and doors" thing is getting really old though.

    It’s an expansion box, not a stand alone box, so it won’t be 5 flayed ones vs 5 heavy intercessors. It’s meant to combine with Indomitus or the new 9th starters.

    Also not sure on where you are seeing the price to be complaining about it.

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  • NealnealNealneal Registered User regular
    I'd guess it's at least $150 with the two units, two character models, rulebook, scatter terrain, and arena boards. That's just at the edge of "Do I buy this for the Space Marines and goodies and try to pawn off the Murderbots or not?" pirce point for me. Any higher and it's a big no from me. I'll just pick up the book and marines when they release instead.

  • VanguardVanguard A wretched country of duskRegistered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    Yeah, I am betting most boxes are going to be $150+

    Covid is disrupting supply lines and they’re not eating the cost

    Also, they probably figure anyone buying this shit during a pandemic is doing fine for themselves

    Brainleech
  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    I wish Tyranid Primes could take Barbed Stranglers and Venom Cannons. Kinda feels like an oversight that they can’t.

  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    -Loki- wrote: »
    I wish Tyranid Primes could take Barbed Stranglers and Venom Cannons. Kinda feels like an oversight that they can’t.

    I have 15 warriors most were of the pre prime box so I plan on getting 2 more boxes but I would need to get three more legs or save my sprues and cast some? or just magnet them so I can swap?

    There is a trend on youtube about people building stuff from the sprues I have seen a few do castings but I feel just doing the magnet probably would be far more cost effective

    But really general my plan pre codex is to get some zoanthropes {I don't have any} and build my dakkafex as well as really do paint my swarm
    It is a debate of either blue or yellow eyes

  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    I was planning to magnetise something Warriors but then I realised I don’t even use different arms for my Carnifexes, and I don’t care enough, or play competitively enough, to run the exact same loadout in a Warrior squad.

    So I’m just going for 2 max squads, one with Deathspitters and one with Devourers, both with assorted melee weapons and 3 of each heavy weapon to mix through them. And a pair of Primes for if I want to run 2.

    I just wish Primes could take bio-cannons.

  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    That is why I am holding off on getting anything else other than the zoanthrope
    Most of my warriors are set up for hand to hand a few have deathspitters this is why I plan on getting two more boxes so I can play with a all warrior army {maybe toss in the zoanthropes for some psychic pew pew} I have seen people doing blindbags with the warriors with the devourer so I might do that?
    I know GW wants people to play with the bigger bugs so I do wonder what they have for the tyranid codex that is new

    I have 4 Carnifex from the old battalion box and the apoc box I only built one

    part of a project I have been working on is a custom hive tyrant I got the idea from someone's swarmlord? they showed here just how I want to build mine is a problem as I have to do a lot of cutting on something I only have one item of currently so I have to get it right the first time
    It's this one I got the idea from
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  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    That’s a good idea, but the body looks a bit small. A Carnifex torso would probably still fit on the Hive Tyrant legs and give it some needed bulk.

  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    -Loki- wrote: »
    That’s a good idea, but the body looks a bit small. A Carnifex torso would probably still fit on the Hive Tyrant legs and give it some needed bulk.

    Overall it looks good but I am not fully copying them
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    I just forgot who did it as I have a question about something

  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    edited February 3
    Okay, forget the torso suggestion. That looks badass.

    Curious about the swords. There’s no left handed bonesword in the Hive Tyrant kit, is there?

    -Loki- on
  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    The tiny swarmlord ones

  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    Ah I can see where the sword swap is.

  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    So it seems I built my warriors with deathspitters or rending claws
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    So yeah I feel I am getting a few boxes to do devourers and heavy weapons and magnet a few to swap for primes as I only have one prime the half in the back with a deathspitter and the one I did not set up

  • EinEin CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    I'm on the fence about trying to collect this again, mostly because the Orkz is still best. I haven't played since like 2008, though, and it looks like a lot has changed. I got rid of a lot of my old models, but I still have my heroes - warboss, big mek, that kind of thing. I recall finding building ork vehicles and stuff a lot of fun, but the infantry painting was tedious to me... is there much of a viable game style if I wanted to do an Ork Armored Korps or a Kult of Speed?

    Extreaminatus
  • AsherAsher Registered User regular
    Holy shit it's Ein! Welcome back! Sadly i know nothing about Orks these days but the last set of models they got were all kult of speed vehicles.

    I put models on Instagram now: asher_paints
  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    Well GW brought out contrast paint to help slap out orks quickly and models in general


    I know people want GW to redo the boyz sprue as it's showing it's age but how is the question. There are people want them to not have the dropping a load legs but I just don't know

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  • DayspringDayspring the Phoenician Registered User regular
    Ein wrote: »
    I'm on the fence about trying to collect this again, mostly because the Orkz is still best. I haven't played since like 2008, though, and it looks like a lot has changed. I got rid of a lot of my old models, but I still have my heroes - warboss, big mek, that kind of thing. I recall finding building ork vehicles and stuff a lot of fun, but the infantry painting was tedious to me... is there much of a viable game style if I wanted to do an Ork Armored Korps or a Kult of Speed?

    Welcome back!
    I'm not up on competitive stuff but i seem to remember hearing from a few places that Ork buggy lists do well, specifically with the drilly jet buggy and the shooty dragster buggy being the best/most popular.

  • SmokeStacksSmokeStacks The Myth, the Legend, the Bowman, the Shambler FuckerRegistered User regular
    Brainleech wrote: »
    I know people want GW to redo the boyz sprue as it's showing it's age but how is the question. There are people want them to not have the dropping a load legs but I just don't know

    I don't want GW to redo the Boyz sprues, because I'm worried that it'll be a monopose kit with fewer options that will look spectacular but cost $50.

    Twerking Orks are timeless.

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  • EinEin CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    I've got resin 3d printers and stuff for days now, so I'm giving some thought to maybe modeling and printing my own Ork stuff, or at least things like Killa Kanz or vehicles. Is there any small or killteam-esque game type these days that would support playing that kind of thing? I have to look into these buggies y'all are mentioning but if I could do an infantry-light setup I'd be thrilled.

  • VanguardVanguard A wretched country of duskRegistered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    Ein wrote: »
    I've got resin 3d printers and stuff for days now, so I'm giving some thought to maybe modeling and printing my own Ork stuff, or at least things like Killa Kanz or vehicles. Is there any small or killteam-esque game type these days that would support playing that kind of thing? I have to look into these buggies y'all are mentioning but if I could do an infantry-light setup I'd be thrilled.

    There’s Kill Team

  • Gnome-InterruptusGnome-Interruptus Registered User regular
    Ein wrote: »
    I've got resin 3d printers and stuff for days now, so I'm giving some thought to maybe modeling and printing my own Ork stuff, or at least things like Killa Kanz or vehicles. Is there any small or killteam-esque game type these days that would support playing that kind of thing? I have to look into these buggies y'all are mentioning but if I could do an infantry-light setup I'd be thrilled.

    Kill Team and Combat Patrol

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  • honoverehonovere Registered User regular
    No kanz or other vehicles in Killteam though, infantry only at the moment

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  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    Regarding the discussion earlier about wanting a squad of Warriors with Devourers, I’m now not sure.

    Now that I’m looking at the profiles and points, paying 2pts more for +6” range, +1 strength and AP -1 seems very worth it. 18” range is very short, S4 to S5 means 3+ to wound most other infantry, and AP -1 is always helpful.

  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    Really like I said I just plan on getting a Zoanthorpe pre codex and some more warriors post but I will magnet the hips so I can do primes and normal warriors but do I want to do the arms? as playing with an all warrior army seems like it would be fun
    I have a Tyrannofex I have not built because I saw a full magnetized one to swap between the various weapons and to change it to a tervigon. But I felt that was going overboard as I wanted to see it painted like that
    The necron codex is high on my list to see what I am doing with what I have

  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    While not an all Warrior army, my current project had 2 units of 6 Warriors with a Prime, to have a good fire base. With that goal in mind, I’m just liking Deathspitters a whole lot more.

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  • AsherAsher Registered User regular
    Man I fucking love the Stormspeeder. So cool. And goes together pretty well too.

    I put models on Instagram now: asher_paints
    Nechriah
  • NechriahNechriah Registered User regular
    Asher wrote: »
    Man I fucking love the Stormspeeder. So cool. And goes together pretty well too.

    Is there an option not to have the third guy in between the guns? That's the only thing I don't like about them

  • honoverehonovere Registered User regular
    He's set so deep inside that it should be easy to replace him or just leave his head off.

    Asher
  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    I forgot who is doing the bubble head primaris but they were going to do the dome on that head as well

  • MonwynMonwyn Registered User regular
    -Loki- wrote: »
    Regarding the discussion earlier about wanting a squad of Warriors with Devourers, I’m now not sure.

    Now that I’m looking at the profiles and points, paying 2pts more for +6” range, +1 strength and AP -1 seems very worth it. 18” range is very short, S4 to S5 means 3+ to wound most other infantry, and AP -1 is always helpful.

    What's the difference in rate of fire? Nids can kill infantry just fine, the issue is high toughness stuff where the difference between S4 and S5 is usually meaningless but an extra shot is huge.

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  • AsherAsher Registered User regular
    Nechriah wrote: »
    Asher wrote: »
    Man I fucking love the Stormspeeder. So cool. And goes together pretty well too.

    Is there an option not to have the third guy in between the guns? That's the only thing I don't like about them

    The torso is modeled into the cupola, ut it would be very easy to cut down the torso and seal it over with a spare hatch, or plasticard, or use the toolbars to turns it I to a box. There are probably enough extras thst could do that with spare bits from the missile bods, depending on which variant you build

    I put models on Instagram now: asher_paints
  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    edited February 5
    Monwyn wrote: »
    -Loki- wrote: »
    Regarding the discussion earlier about wanting a squad of Warriors with Devourers, I’m now not sure.

    Now that I’m looking at the profiles and points, paying 2pts more for +6” range, +1 strength and AP -1 seems very worth it. 18” range is very short, S4 to S5 means 3+ to wound most other infantry, and AP -1 is always helpful.

    What's the difference in rate of fire? Nids can kill infantry just fine, the issue is high toughness stuff where the difference between S4 and S5 is usually meaningless but an extra shot is huge.

    No difference in rate of fire. However, my main opponent is Dark Eldar.

    S5 makes them wound Raiders on a 4+ rather than 5+. Also keeps the wound roll a 3+ if Wracks appear, and a 4+ if Grotesques are in play.

    In my case, S5 actually sees a meaningful impact.

    -1 Ap is real nice when his save goes from 5+ to 6+. 1/3 to 1/6 save can make a difference. 6+ saves are negated entirely.

    24” is much nicer then 18” when you’ve got Wyches running you down.

    Deathspitters are just better for me.

    -Loki- on
  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    With that argument why build a dakkafex other than the boatload of dice to roll
    Sure it can survive to get that close or has support to get that close

  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    edited February 5
    Oh I have Dakkafexes too. They have Devourers though because the extra dice quantity is massive.

    My Tyranid army is very shooty.

    -Loki- on
  • VanguardVanguard A wretched country of duskRegistered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    The lack of AP really hurts Dakkafexes IMO. I usually prefer to run them with an acid maw so that they can race up the field and pick off 1-2 models a turn before shredding something in CC.

    Khraul
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