Baneblade Variants and You; How do they stack up?

Look at all these Xenos and their pitiful Super Heavy Detachments. Aeldari Wraithknights? They’re mighty impressive and all that but heavy? Nothing with those flowing curves could be heavy. Probably forged from some lightweight, efficient, responsibly sourced materials too. Heretical, if you ask me. Now the Orks, they’ve got something approaching the right idea with Stompas but honestly, not enough guns. When it comes to Super Heavy vehicles, the right money looks no further than the Baneblade family of Astra Militarum tanks. With Warhammer 40,000 Apocalypse on its way alongside a fresh rebox of the Baneblade and its Baney or Bladey brothers, there’s never been a better time to stuff a Quake Cannon shell deep into the enemy front lines.

But which is right for your needs? The Shadowsword’s titan-slagging volcano cannon? A rain of bolts from a Stormlord’s Vulkan Mega-Bolter? Perhaps you’re a stickler for the ol’ reliable Baneblade Cannon? Let’s look at what each of the eight Baneblade variants does in Warhammer 40,000, shall we?

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Apocalypse Battalion Boxes: Value, Contents, and Ill Informed Price Speculation

The end is nigh, and what an end it is. Tanks rolling across in immense, fume-belching tidal waves, spitting a hail of shell and super-heated plasma as it crests against fortifications replete with soldiers beyond number giving life and limb to repel the inexorable advance. Mechanised Ork walkers swarm in roving packs as ships larger than cities fracture pummel the ground with enough firepower to tilt tectonic plates. And us? We get to direct the fight decide their fate with nothing more than the roll of the dice. Apocalypse is coming and Games Workshop wants to help us all get involved. How? By selling Apocalypse Battalion box sets, of course.

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In all there are ten of these new box sets on the way. How about we take a look at each and see how they match up, their value, and their potential price? Better get started.

NOTE: All of these images were taken from the Warhammer Community article announcing Apocalypse.

BIGGER NOTE: Retailers have confirmed these will sell for £100. So the price speculation at the bottom of this is meaningless.

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Four Signs Your Partner Could Be a Genestealer Cultist

Every Guardsman and their long-suffering commissar is talking about Genestealer Cults right now. You can barely scroll through Twitter for five seconds without somebody showing off their new Neophyte Hybrids or selling off Imperial Knights to afford their next army. Then there’s the shared images; the unending cavalcade of Games Workshop’s own marketing shots absolutely plastered with people’s excitement. But just because everybody swept up drooling at Genestealer Cults and their ridged, bulbous foreheads doesn’t mean you should let your vigilance fall. Furlough that watchful eye and you may miss the Genestealer Cultist right under your nose.

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That’s right! Your very partner, the one snoring next to you while you read this on your phone could in fact be under the influence of the Brood Mind. The Genestealer’s Kiss, also known as the Ovipositor, is the very stuff of horror. Continue reading →

Carrion Empire: Very Early Thoughts and Earlier Speculation

We should have seen Carrion Empire coming. Between the endless references to ratmen, the relatively recent release of fresh Battletomes in Grand Alliance Death and this Hammerhal Herald Christmas post, the signs were difficult to miss. At the New Year’s Open Day the first trailer contents shots landed. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been on something of a Flesh-eater Courts high ever since. There’s ample space in Age of Sigmar for more attention to rush over the Flesh-eater Courts and Clan Skryre for sure. Thing is, we have a few weeks at least until more information surrounding Carrion Empire drops, and I want to talk about it now.

So I’m going to. Specifically how much stuff does the set contain and its value, how much of an army could you draw from it, what new additions it (might) bring to Age of Sigmar, and drill into a concern I have over it.

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Five Alternative Warhammer 40,000 Monopoly Player Tokens

By now you’ve no doubt heard about Warhammer 40,000: Monopoly (and if not, here is the Warhammer Community article). Every other property under the Cicatrix Maledictum has a Monopoly version, it only makes sense for Warhammer 40,000 to follow in their footsteps. And yes, before you ask, player tokens unique to Warhammer 40,000 are in the box.

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Not a bad selection, but I can’t help but wonder if there are a few missed opportunities Of course nobody expects Hasbro to make a little pewter token for everything in Warhammer 40,000 (boy wouldn’t that be fun, not to mention heavy). Your typical common or garden Warhammer hobbyist, though, isn’t often against a touch of creativity. Get ten players into a room with the same armies painted from the same faction and you’ll be drowning in conversions and variations as each player makes their army theirs and theirs alone.

So why not do that with Monopoly? Let your neighbour use the Primaris helmet or Ork Choppa. Its time for you to make your token your own.

Grab a spray can of of Leadbelcher and ride with me shiny and chrome through five tiny character models perfect for the job. Continue reading →

Dubious Army Lists: Death Guard Daemon-Engines

Welcome, reader, to the deepest, darkest, least sensible regions of my mind. When I’m not painting an unending stream of Orks, Deathwatch, or Flesh-Eater Courts, army lists brew in perpetuity in the cauldron of my damnable skull. Not the netlists we’ve come to love/hate seeing grace the wargaming tables of the world. But dubious lists; lists focused on a singular element of an army’s mechanics or lore that borders on absurdity.

Here’s just one of those lists left to fester in my veins, a force build upon some of the more esoteric elements available to the Death Guard.

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Breaking Down Warhammer 40,000 Conquest’s Rumoured Contents and Value

Update: The image below showing off the collection can now be found on the Warhammer 40,000: Conquest site. As a result, I have removed a paragraph concerning speculation over the inclusion of the terrain as part of the standard or premium subscription. Looks like it’s all in there, fellow hobbyists! It is also worth noting that the numbers below are estimates based on the cheapest possible alternative. Some of the miniatures I figured as Easy To Build may in fact be the completely poseable versions. 

Two days ago I wrote about Warhammer 40,000: Conquest, its return and what it might contain. We’ve had a few hours since then, some from Hachette and Games Workshop themselves, and some from exceptional internet sleuthing. Part of which gives me the chance to present you with an estimated value of the entire thing. So let’s dive in to the new stuff that we know and then, finally, get to the full value of the set as we know it.

The Warhammer 40,000: Conquest website now confirms that the series will run for 80 issues. Sounds good and sounds like Hachette’s normal method. That means, with some math culled from yesterday, the roughly £625 cost of the collection still stands, assuming you subscribe straight away.

But wait. There’s more. Sorry about that. I’ve been watching lots of infomercials recently. Don’t judge me. Continue reading →