Friday, 21 February 2020

Seven days of hobby - week 8

Greetings all!

Just my luck eh? I finally get back to a more regular routine of blogging and then my laptop goes and dies on me!

Still, I have a replacement now, so things should get back to being regular once more - hopefully you've been able to keep largely up to speed with what I'm working on via my other social media outlets (see the Contact me section on the right if you don't already follow me elsewhere).

So, what have I been working on since I last posted?

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Seven days of hobby - Week 3

 Greetings all! 

Well well well, onto week 3 of the new year already are we? I should probably start keeping a track of just how much I've done and how far along the painting train I'm getting!

Monday, 13 January 2020

Seven days of Hobby - Week 2

After a long (very long) break, I’m making a real effort to get back into blogging, I really have missed sharing the interaction with you guys and the opportunity to share my views to a wide audience.

Things have changed rather a lot since my last consistent posting, not least of which a new space marine codex has been released, so let’s take a quick look at where I am in the hobby now shall we?


When I last posted regularly I was working on three projects, the Swords of Dawn Primaris Marines, Craftworld Mael Dannan, and Hive Fleet Echidna.

Well, things have changed a little since then, as I’ve sold the Eldar stuff to a friend. I had a very specific picture in my head of where I wanted that army to go, and even with the release of the new howling banshees, it’s safe to say that I think it’ll be a while before the units I wanted to bulk the collection out with will be re-done.

That leaves two projects on the go. I’m still very committed to building out a Tyranid collection, and even though I’ve only added a unit of three warriors during my hiatus from posting, pretty much everything I have is now painted (except those warriors and old one eye).

The main focus of everything I’ve done since has been on the Swords of Dawn marines. I worked out the other day that I now have just shy of 5000pts in the collection, although there’s still plenty more that I want to add! Given that, that’s where I’m going to focus the rest of this post.


The army is centred around two companies of the Chapter, 3rd (Rapier Company) and 5th (Sabre Company). I have another Captain who is the commander of 4th (Scimitar Company) but only because he came in one of the army boxes I bought in 2018, he’s unlikely to see use anytime soon (until GW starts releasing another type of marines that is! 4th Company may well be designated a Gravis Company if that happens!)

I’ll do a quick run-down of the stuff in the collection then along with a brief suggestion of what I’d like to add - in time I’ll be setting up some new pages on the blog covering the narrative side of things (there you go Marc! I’ve written it down so I need to do it!) but for now this will have to do!


Chapter Master Lox Kaitana - standard Gravis Captain model.

5th Captain Janus Darke - standard Captain model with stalker bolt rifle and power sword.

4th Captain Nero Vanderling - Standard Captain model, part built.

3rd Captain Sorren Valdir - Phobos Captain model, converted head and removed the servo skull.

Chaplain Morren Vespasian - Standard Chaplain model, converted Crozius

Epistolary Hossan Kadjar - Standard Tacticus Armour Librarian

Chief Librarian Garrandol Pallas - Standard Phobos Librarian

Lieutenant Dante Terios - Standard Lt with a Stalker Bolt Rifle.

Lieutenant Kitt Sebring - Standard Lt with power sword

Lieutenant Endo Blaize - Standard Phobos Lt with Occulus Carbine and knife.

In addition to the above, I’d like to add:

-another Phobos Librarian, converted with some of the Eliminators kit to appear as though he’s drawing power from the ground and expending it simultaneously towards the enemy.

-another Phobos Lt, the newer Reiver style kit, although I’d do a head swap I think.


30 Intercessors - 10 Stalker Bolt Rifles and 20 standard Bolt Rifles.

30 Infiltrators - 20 from the Shadowspear kit and 10 from the multipart version, a few bits mixed in to give variety.

I’d also like to add 30 Incursors and another 30 Intercessors, some more stalker bolt rifles and 20 with auto bolt rifles to give me flexibility in troops choices, in particular giving me a close-ranged option.


6 Aggressors - flamestorm gauntlets. Standard easy to build kit.

3 Aggressors - boltstorm gauntlets. Full kit.

Primaris Ancient - standard starter set kit.

Primaris Apothecary - standard kit.

Redemptor Dreadnought - Full kit, both gatlings, rocket pod and storm bolters, plasma option switchable.

Redemptor Dreadnought - EtB kit, gatling, heavy flamer, fragstorms.

10 Reivers - full kit, grav chutes and cut down grapnels included to allow those options in game.

I’d like to add another 3 boltstorm aggressors, and a third full-kit dreadnought, as well as another 10-15 Reivers with a mix of weapons.

I’d also like to add a pair of tactical warsuits and magnetise the weapon options, as I do quite like the autocannon variant for long range firepower and counter-assault.


6 Inceptors - full kit variant with plasma exterminators

3 Inceptors - start kit variant with assault bolters

3 Suppressors - Shadowspear kit with accelerator autocannons

Given these are the only two primaris FA choices, I’m expecting more releases for them this year. I’d like to add another 3 Assault bolter Inceptors and some more suppressors, particularly if they get a weapon variant.


3 Eliminators - shadowspear kit, bolt sniper rifles

3 Eliminators (coming soon) - full kit, will be las-fusils

Repulsor executioner (coming soon) - full kit, will be the laser destroyer

10 Hellblasters - mix of starter kit and full kit

I’d like to add a couple more eliminator squads, one of each type for variety or focusing on a particular style.


Repulsor - full kit, magnetised (main options)

Impulsor - full kit, top option magnetised.

Certainly looking for another Impulsor, and eagerly awaiting what other transport options might be forthcoming, perhaps one with a higher transport capacity but not as many guns as the repulsor?

Yes, I have to admit, I’m a thorough marine fanboy through and through, and I’ll never stop collecting them, meaning any other armies I have will have to take a back seat to that as my priority, but I’m fully aware of that as a situation and it won’t stop me picking up other armies for variety as I go.

So, that’s the collection itself, how about the narrative behind the army, what’s that about? As I said earlier, this will be a quite brief overview that will be expanded in more detail in time on specific pages on the blog.

First up, it’s now more significant than ever as to where your collection hails from in game terms.

For the Swords of Dawn, I’ve always seen them as being a Raven Guard successor (yes, I’ve run them as that ever since release day for 8th edition) as Corax is one of my two very favourite Primarchs (Sanguinius being the other so there was no choice once I went with the main marine codex).

That being said, the new Chapter Traits gave me the scope to personalise my force a little more than previously, so I had a good deep dive into the tactics section of the codex to try and figure out which direction I went in.

Given the tie-in to Raven Guard, I decided from the outset that I would use the available half of their Chapter Tactics regardless, so Stealthy was in (and again, I’ve never deviated from this one, even if it’s not always the most relevant for the type of force I’m playing).

As for the second part, I wanted somehow to reflect the idea that the Swords of Dawn venerate close combat ability as well as stealth, so I was immediately drawn to the Duellists tactic. Something about it still wasn’t quite right though, it didn’t sit well, and so instead I looked elsewhere. My eyes settled on the Hungry for Battle tactic, which allows me to add 1 to advance and charge rolls. Narratively speaking, I see this as combining really well with both the fluff in my head and tabletop effectiveness (I do play a lot so this does matter though it will always be secondary to the narrative). Essentially therefore, I have a chapter who uses their skills in stealth and covert warfare to infiltrate a battlefield before launching a devastating close assault that overwhelms their foes before they are aware of what’s happening. It also helps to mitigate my terrible charge rolls! In game terms, the Hungry for Battle tactic is less useful - the Swords of Dawn are a Primaris-only chapter and there is a distinct lack of serious combat units in the ranks of the Primaris at present. What that actually means therefore is that in more ‘competitive’ environments, I tend to run Inheritors of the Primarch as my Chapter Tactic, since the modifier to hit is pretty powerful in a lot of situations.

I’ve got a knockout tournament coming up in my club over the next month or two, so I’ve been working hard to get a list written to give me the best chance of getting through to the main final (first round losers go through to play for a ‘B’ final).

With that in mind, my next post will be a breakdown of what I’ve come up with after a few refinements, a test game against the Death Guard, and then more refinements (aka ripping up and starting again!).

Till then, may all your dice roll sixes

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Week 1, 2020 - Seven Days of Hobby

Greetings all!

Happy New Year and all that, and hopefully another kick to re-start me blogging a bit more.

I'm going to start with something really simple, just some photos of what I'm currently painting.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Dreadtober 2019!

Greetings all! It's been a very long time since I posted anything on my blog, for which I am a very sad panda, I really wish I had the time to dedicate more effort to posting, but at the moment that's just not going to happen I'm afraid. I am determined to get something posted up for Dreadtober though, after all, I bought the Conquest 40k Redemptor Dreadnought specifically with this in mind!

So, without further ado then, here's my Swords of Dawn Redemptor, Honoured Brother Barbaliam, in his current 'glory', along with a pic or two of his finished partner in crime in the Fifth Company, Honoured Brother Zimaseo.

Honoured Brother Barbaliam. He says he feels quite naked at the moment.

Apparently being a painted dreadnought feels much more distinguished

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Hobby Origins - Marc van Holst

Greetings all! Once again real life has been intruding on my time to dedicate to the blog, but here's the second article in my hobby origins series - the legendary Mr Marc van Holst!

Checkout his own blog at Old School Gaming, and enjoy!

If you'd like to take part in the series, drop me a line at

Monday, 3 June 2019

Hobby Origins - Colin Goodman

Hi all, well here's the first Hobby Origins post, somewhat later than I'd originally planned and thank you to Colin for taking the time to put his thoughts on paper (well, fingers to keyboard at least) for me.

Without further ado therefore, I yield the floor to Mr Colin Goodman!

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Swords of Dawn vs Grey Knights

Hi all,

Well, last night I had one of the best games of 40k I’ve had in a very long time, possibly my best 8th edition game of all! 7 full turns and two armies slugging it out, tactical choices on both sides that affected the outcome of the game and played in a great spirit too. Thank you to my opponent James, I thought I’d do a quick report on how the game went (though I didn’t take detailed notes or photos). This game used the list from my last Primaris list evolution post.

Friday, 26 April 2019

The Primaris Project - latest list and progress.

Greetings all, welcome to my little corner of the digital world and the fevered ramblings of an Astartes obsessed Dad.

Well, I’m writing this post having reflected somewhat on my last game of 40k, which didn’t quite go as well as I’d hoped. I faced off against a Black Legion army (with Vigilus Ablaze and the updated codex released what else would it be!) and got schooled. My opponent’s list was (of course) led by Abaddon, supported by a Master of Possession, Dark Apostle and Sorceror, and it also included 2 marine squads and 1 cultist squad, 5 havocs, 5 terminators, a maulerfiend, helbrute and (of course) a Leviathan with the Grav Flux Bombard and a butcher cannon.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Primaris Speculation

Hello all,

Welcome once again to the weird and wonderful workings of my overactive imagination!

I’m still thinking about Primaris Marines a lot, and despite gaping in jealous wonder at the nasty combinations that Chaos Marines appear to be about to receive in the form of new rules, prayers etc to go with their new models, I’ve been thinking in particular about Primaris Infiltrators and what the implications for them might be from previous releases by GW. And then of course the implications of what might follow beyond that!

So, what the hell do I mean by that?

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Primaris Gravis Captain review

Hi all,

Welcome to the first of my detailed unit reviews for the Primaris Marines, the Gravis Captain!

Available in the Dark Imperium Boxed Set, but interestingly, not separately as a clampack, the Gravis Captain is the heaviest class of HQ currently available to the Primaris Marines.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

The Marbo Method

Hi all,

Welcome to my detailed review of the Primaris units within the Space Marine codex. I’m very much hoping for this to be a ‘living’ document for want of a better term, and so as FAQ’s etc are released I’ll update this, and any comments or insight that you guys can provide will most certainly be added to the review.

I’ve tried several times over the years to define a method for assessing units, and my latest iteration of that will take an appropriately legendary 40k approach, which I’m calling the MARBO method.


This section will cover all the mobility stats and options available to a particular unit, assessing whether it’s a strength or weakness of the model, what can be done to mitigate any weaknesses or enhance its strengths.


Kind of self-explanatory, but equally, I’ll try to look a little beyond the obvious to understand how those auras can be stretched, where they are most effective and how best to utilise them on the battlefield. Auras I have found are one of those areas that has far more depth within 8th edition than many people at first thought, and both their wording and their interaction with the rules can have significant consequences in a game situation.


This is probably the simplest, most obvious part of the unit review - a simple assessment of the weapons and wargear the unit has access to. Primaris units tend to have less flexibility in this respect than their mini-marine predecessors so their roles are a bit easier to understand and define, though their utilisation on the battlefield becomes more specialised and tactical as a result.


Some units are able to take different wargear or equipment that buffs them in a variety of ways, particularly characters, and there are items of equipment and wargear for most datasheets that is worth investigating in that regard to better understand its use. I’ll also look at the use of relics in this section as they generally fall within the buffs genre.


Anything that doesn’t fit within any of the other sections (and I needed something beginning with O to make the acronym work) I’ll cover stuff like stratagems in this section too, where they affect the unit in question or can be used by them.

Hopefully by taking a consistent approach to a review of each unit within the book, I can make sure that rather than just telling you what each unit does, I’m giving you more of an idea of how to use the unit and how it plugs into a wider Primaris force.

In the future if the posts are well received I may even look to expand the series into other codices as well, but let’s not get too far ahead of myself just yet!

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Shadowspear unit review

Hi all,

Like many of us I suspect, I’ve been eagerly devouring any information I can find on the Shadowspear boxed set recently, watching YouTube reviews from my favoured channels and trawling the interwebs for more in-depth stuff that doesn’t really seem to be available.

I’m working on an in-depth review of all the Primaris units for this very blog, but the nature of such an analysis means that the posts will take time to prepare. Much as I hate to admit it therefore, this will be a very broad-brush look at the new vanguard units, bear with me please as I play-test them and gain more insight into how they can be best employed.