Monday, March 29, 2010

Blood Angels: WIP Death Company Drop Pod

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Hello all, Slick here. Another Blood Angels update for you guys. I decided to tackle the Drop Pod I won from the recent 40K team tournament. I built it with the intention of using it as a Dreadnaught Drop Pod so I left all of the internal 'stuff' out of the pod itself. FW does make a Dreadnaught Drop Pod but it's also rather expensive for something I won't be using that much. The exterior is more or less finished I just have to add some 'Death Company' markings to it and touch up a lot of areas. The interior still needs some work, specifically the storm bolter and adding hazard stripes to each ramp. Comments welcome!





Imperial Guard: WIP Armageddon Medusa

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Hello all, Slick here. Time for an Imperial Guard update after all of the Blood Angels stuff. I'm getting really close to finishing up another Guard tank and this is the last of my Forgeworld tanks to be finished. As with the Armageddon Basilisk, I decided to add a lot of stowage about the vehicle. I need to touch up a bunch of areas and this this one should be ready to rumble. It has already proven its worth in regular 40K and Apocalypse - that S10 template is killer! Comments welcome!


Blood Angels: WIP 2 - Whirlwind

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Hello all, Slick here. The Whirlwind is nearing completion. It's really just down to the last little details and cleanup work. The camera always seems to highlight every little spot that still needs work. Comments welcome!




Terrain: Battlefield in a Box - River Expansion - Island

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Hello all, Slick here. It's been a while since I posted anything for terrain. Well, our local store just stocked some of this awesome pre-painted terrain. While I already have quite a bit of river it never hurts to have more. Especially when you don't have to take forever painting it. There are different river sets, with straight sections, bends, and islands. I picked up the island set as u can see. You get a bout 3 feet of river in roughly three twelve inch sections. These are made from a hard rubber and do have some flex to them. You can drop these and not worry about it (unlike with the resin river I have). The pieces look just like they do on the box, except for flock, which you can add if you so choose. All of the river sets are going for $25. Not a bad deal in my opinion.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

News: GW Newsletter

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Hello all, Slick here with the latest GW newsletter. No new minis or previews this time around. Instead this newsletter just has some upcoming events and programs information:

The Games Workshop Newsletter March 26th 2010
In this issue: North American News and Events

North American News and Events

Below is a selection of events and activities across North America. Go to the Community & Events section of our website to find more events in your area.

Games Day Club Competition Games Day Club Competition With only one week left to register your Club for Games Day, make sure you get your application in by April 3rd! Details and the application are on the website. You can also find a blog in the Games Day section to follow John Shaffer's progress on the this year's new Display tables! Check back for updates to the blog every week or two.
April Hobby Center Events April Hobby Center EventsAt all North American Hobby Centers, April events include the release of the Blood Angels. The third and final round of the North American Hobby Center Warhammer Tournament will be on April 24th and 25th. Also check out the upcoming Birthday Celebrations in April with a variety of limited edition items available only at these events such as water bottles, key chains, pens, and posters. Find out all the details online!
April Hobby Center Grand Opening April Hobby Center Grand OpeningReceive 10% off a purchase of $50 or more! Make sure you get your 10% off coupon from the April issue of White Dwarf and celebrate the opening of your Hobby Center at the Grand Opening event! This coupon is exclusive to the Grand Opening Hobby Center in April ONLY so make sure to get down to those stores that weekend! Check the website to see which stores are celebrating this month.
2010-2011 Tournament Circuit 2010-2011 Tournament CircuitThe Tournament Circuit has kicked off and the competition is intense to earn an early spot for the Vegas finals. Here are the events for next few months: ConQuest Ragnorak in San Fran, CA (April 9th-11th), The Colonial GT in Atlantic City, NJ (April 9th-11th), and Slaughter in Space in Los Angeles (April 17th-18th), Astronomi-Con Toronto in Toronto, ON (May 1st-2nd), Capital City Carnage in Austin, TX (May 1st-2nd), The Alamo 40K GT in San Antonio, TX (May 22nd-23rd), ConQuest Cataclysm in Denver, CO (May 21st-23rd), ConQuest Onslaught in Edmonton, AB (Date TBD).
Independent Retailers Independent RetailersThere are currently over more than 1,000 Independent Retailers across the country that carry Games Workshop products and that number is increasing every month. Find out what events are going on and which new stores are now carrying Games Workshop product. You can always use the Store Finder online to locate a store near you.
The Academy Program The Academy Program Want to learn more about assembling your models, painting, or building an army? Join the Games Workshop Academy Program! Learn Figure Assembly, Priming, and Safety, Painting and Basing, Gaming and Basic Tactics, and How to Build an Army. This also makes the perfect gift for your friend who is new to the hobby or any of your loved ones such as your niece, nephew, father, or wife.
Games Workshop North American Sales Careers Games Workshop North American Sales Careers We are currently looking for enthusiastic people to fill the roles for Trade Sales Management and Store Managers. Check our Career Site for details of our current open positions in North America.

News: Mantic Newsletter

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Hello all, Slick here. The latest Mantic Newsletter is out. Not too much new stuff in this one. They do still have the free shipping deal going. If you're at Adepticon go check out Mantic's booth!

Mantic Games Newsletter
LAST WEEKEND OF FREE SHIPPING – ORDER NOW!

Our free shipping code (FREEDELWW) is coming to an end on the 31st March and, with the Undead Warhost now released and brand new previews of the Revenant Knights and Death Kings Cabal (Free in Malaks Legion of Death!) up on the mantic blog, now is the time to act to avoid missing out on this fantastic opportunity.

The remaining Undead sets – the Balefire Catapult, Balefire Battery, Omens of Death and Undead Warhost - are now hitting the shelves and we're currently running some fantastic offers of all shapes and sizes through our webstore.

From the massive Malak's Legion of Death that features over 100 plastic figures and 16 Mantic Points, to the Ghoul Troop Deal, containing 30 of the incredible new plastic ghouls, the free worldwide shipping code (FREEDELWW) applies to all of them, and everything else on the site for that matter!

To ensure that you get the very best from Mantic, we will be shipping any of the pre-order army deals in two packages, meaning you can get building and painting your plastic troops whilst you wait! Remember: not only are you getting a shed load of plastic and metal miniatures, but you're also getting a huge number of Mantic Points – the best way to get free models!


COME AND SEE US – NEW EVENTS

This weekend you'll be able to catch up with Mantic in two different countries!


Chicago 26-28th March
With a number of Mantic goodies to be had in the swag bag, Ronnie and co will be on hand at Adepticon with a number of pre-release items, previews, gossip and general good humour. Please do come and have a chat, we'd love to talk to every one of you and get your feedback on the figures!


Sunday 28th March
We're also going to be in Chorley for Warrior Bazaar where we'll be with Warlord Games showing off our range. We'll have a limited number of pre-release items and maybe even the Army Painter Army to showcase too - hope to see you there!

We're really pushing to get to as many events as possible, and will be attending both Sheffield Triples and Salute this April – please check out our events diary for all the details!
Now Released

With all the plastic frames now in the warehouse, we are now shipping:
Our New Releases section on the webstore is packed full of Advance Orders, Army Deals and Offers and the Latest Release for you to browse through, so check it out here.

Coming Soon

We've have some hugely anticipated releases coming in April including:
  • Elf Lord on Battledragon
  • Undead Death Kings Cabal
  • Undead Paintset
For more details and information on these massively exciting sets, keep an eye out for next weeks newsletter and blog posts!

An apology

As many of you know, we've been in collaboration with Wayland Games to offer a free Ghoul sprue if you filled out a form on their website. We've had a huge response so there has been a bit of a delay in getting them out, but they are now shipping.

For some of you, it wasn't made clear that you would be signed up to both the Mantic Games and Wayland Games newsletter. We can only apologise for this and we've taken the steps necessary to ensure no one will be left in doubt again. We hope that you will stick with us, especially now your Ghouls are on their way!

WAAAAAAAGH Pyle #3

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Hey everyone,

As promised I have finally managed to get some pictures of some WIP. In particular I finally constructed the Warboss on Gigantic Spider. The model is insane! It is one of the harder kits in the citadel range and took me a couple hours to build. Every joint was pinned and I even had to pin it to the base. That being said, the finished model looks amazing.

Along with this fella, I've been working on a pack of spider riders. I've included a pic of one that is nearly completed. All that's left is some final highlights and some static grass for the base.

The last pic is just to demonstrate just how big the warboss is. I would never have guessed by looking at the picture on the GW website that he was this large. I think he'll make a pretty good centerpiece model.

Let me have some feedback (specifically on the painted guy). I'll hopefully have some more up in a short while.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

News: Forgeworld Newsletter #233

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Hello all, Slick here. The latest greatest newsletter from Forgeworld just hit the inbox and the upcoming releases are just AMAZING! Check out the new Tau XV9 battlesuits! It looks like we could be seeing some new weapon types here. Then there is the upgrade for the Ork Stompa which looks pretty badass as well! Imperial Armour 8 is always coming out in the near future with those attending the FW Open Day being able to preorder already! Check out the newsletter below:

"Hi There,

There’s just enough time before our Open Day this weekend to fill you in with some further previews and news of what’s going on at the event. Remember, entry to the Open Day is free and it takes place this coming Sunday, the 28th of March at Warhammer World in Nottingham. Doors will open at 10am, and the event will finish at 4pm. We hope to see as many of you there for what is always one of the best shows we do in the year.

Thanks
Alan Bligh

We hope to have limited stocks of the following brand new models to purchase at the show. This is a great opportunity to get hold of these great new models, well before their standard release date.

New Tau Battlesuits!

Our first exciting preview for the weekend are three new variant XV9 Battlesuits, which you can see below, and include a new Tau Commander. These fantastic and characterful new Tau battlesuits have been designed by Daren Parrwood. Rules for the XV9 can be found in Imperial Armour Apocalypse II.

xv9 battlesuits

Ork Stompa Upgrades

StompaFirst of a new set of resin upgrades for the plastic Stompa kit, we have a titan-killing Claw Arm, a new Ork Stompa Head complete with the baleful gaze of Mork (or possibly Gork) and fighting-platform jaw, and the devastating if dangerously erratic Lifta-Droppa! These wonderfully ramshackle looking sets have been designed by Stuart Williamson, with crew by Mark Bedford.
Space Wolves Transfer Sheet

Space Wolves TransferWe also hope to have the first examples of our new Space Wolves Transfer Sheet available for sale at the Open Day. These large (A4) full colour sheets contain the symbols for each of the Space Wolves Great Companies, allowing you to customise the Sons of Fenris in any manner you choose. The sheet has over 400 symbols, including symbols sized for Terminator shoulder pads, and extensive wolf head and claw vehicle icons. The Space Wolves Transfer Sheet has been produced by Paul Rudge.
Imperial Armour Volume 8 Available for Pre-order!

Imperial Armour Volume 8As a special offer at Open Day 2010, attendees will be the first to be able to pre-order the soon-to-be-released Imperial Armour 8 -Raid on Kastorel-Novem. Copies paid for at the show will be signed by the author, and sent without any postage charge when the book is released.

Other New Models also Available at the Show

As featured in our last preview newsletter, we also expect to have Raven Guard Rhino Doors, Raven Guard Land Raider Doors, Raven Guard Terminator Land Raider Doors, Elysian Troops for the Valkyrie, the four wheeled Tauros Assault Vehicle, and our new show-only model for 2010, the Ork Runtbot with Grot available to buy in limited quantities.

Things to do at the Show

At the Forge World Open day, we'll have all our studio staff on hand to answer your questions and show off lots of previously unseen models and other cool things we have in store for you. We'll also have a well-stocked sales stand, participation games, a pre-production copy of our next Imperial armour book on display, and of course the facilities of Warhammer World and Bugman's Bar will also be open."

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hobby: Thoughts on Basing

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Hey there dice rollers:

It's your friendly neighborhood painting guy. This will be my first column on this sight and admittedly I don't have much experience with this kind of thing so bear with me. Today we are going to discuss some of the finer points of basing.

It is this humble modeler's opinion basing makes or breaks a model in it's finished state. A good base can make an average model look good and a good model look amazing. The flip side of that is a bad base can kill a models look in the same fashion. There are lots of things that you can do right and lots of things you can do wrong. I am going to discuss a few of both here.

Things not to do:

1. Do not limit the options for a base just because it is in the same army as other models with there bases already done. Repeating the same technique over and over will give a fielded army a cookie cutter look on the table top. Also having a uniform base with varied detail work on seperate units allows the army to look good on verying types of battlefields.

2. Do not over detail a base. To many things going on at one time gives the model an overdone look. This takes away from the paint job and wastes time. I'm not sure about anyone else but my hobby takes a great deal of time and wasting it not only keeps me from getting more done but also takes away from other things you may need to be doing.

3.Stay away from color coding the verticle sides of the base in order to separate different units. Having models with blue or yellow or red verticle bases makes your army look like a clown painted it when it is fielded. You can mark the bottom side of the bases with numbers or even colors in order to separate them.

Things to do:

1. More than one level to your bases will make them pop. Weather you are using green flock or sand adding static grass or some sort of stone in order to give the base a three deminsional look will bring the paint job on your models.

2. A uniform type of base is needed in order to make a completed army look good on the table top. Be careful to avoid making them all the same as we talked about before. Keep the details veried but all of your units need to look like they should be on the same battlefield.

3. Maybe the most important piece of advice I can give is the one the fewest people do when basing there models. Paint the base before you detail it. If you are using sand then paint the base beige before gluing the sand down. If its flock then paint it green and so on. This will take away the look of black or gray from showing through your basing and taking away from the work you are doing.

Next time we will dicuss how using washes can help and hurt your models look. Anyway, I hope these tips help you even if it is only a little. Until next time keep painting and basing and enjoy our great hobby. Pass it on to someone else if givin the chance.

Till next time
The Fiberglass Demon

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Chaos Space Marines: The Black Crusade

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Greetings minions, Son of Horus here. This is the first of what I hope will be many articles about playing, assembling, army building, and painting Chaos Space Marines. I figured with all the loyalist love on the site, a view from the Traitor Legions would be a welcome break.

For my first article I decided to discuss my prep for this years 'Ard Boyz tournament. I have 3 trains of thought for how I'm going to get prepared for this years tournament.
1.) What's Powerful - As 'Ard Boyz has no soft scores to determine outcome and only cares about winning, it frees people up to play the lists that they wouldn't normally play. For this reason I'm expecting to see people packing armies from the newer codecies (ie. Imperial Guard, Tyranids, Blood Angels) and some powerful old favorites (Drop Pod Marines, Green Tide Orks). Of these I think I should be most prepared for large hordes of Imperial Guard, Tyranids, and Orks. These armies allow you to field massive amounts of cheap guys that can just flat overwhelm the specialty armies like mine. So how does one beat these guys? That brings me to point #2.

2.) How do I beat the best? - Beating the big guys comes down to knowing and exploiting their weaknesses. Imperial Guard loses to close combat. If you're able to get to them before the tanks blow you to bits then you can tear them apart and prevent their tanks from shooting your infantry. Tyranids can suffer if you're able to off their synapse creatures and use your long range weaponry to soften up their lines before they get to you. The same is true of Orks. Just use your guns to soften them up on their way across the table. These kind of armies HAVE to come to you if their going to win so there's no reason to make it easy for them by going out to meet them.

3.) What about the other guys? - It can't all be Nids and Orks and Guard. How does one handle the guy that shows up with Marines or Eldar? Marines hit very hard and are able to get in behind your lines with drop pods and assault marines. The same is true with an extremely fast Eldar army that get up in your lines on turns 1 and 2. This can be quite problematic if you're not ready for these kinds of things. You have to have an army that is balanced enough to handle these kinds of armies as well as getting at the big guys.

This is the army list I decided on. Lots of thanks to Chris and Carlos for the help and the ideas.

HQ
Typhus - 225 pts
Kharn The Betrayer - 165 pts

Elites
Chaos Terminators x4 - 120 pts
-Pairs of Lightning Claws x4 +40 pts
-Icon of Khorne +30 pts
190 pts

Chaos Terminators x4 - 120 pts
-Heavy Flamer +5 pts
-Power Fist x2 +20 pts
-Chain Fist +15 pts
-Combi-Melta x3 +15 pts
-Icon of Nurgle +40 pts
215 pts

Troops
Plague Marines x7 - 161 pts
-Plague Champion +15 pts
-Power Sword +15 pts
-Plasma Gun +15 pts
Rhino - 35 pts
-Havoc Launcher +15 pts
256 pts

Plague Marines x7 - 161 pts
-Plague Champion +15 pts
-Power Sword +15 pts
-Plasma Pistol +15 pts
-Flamer +5 pts
-Meltagun +10 pts
Rhino - 35 pts
-Havoc Launcher +15 pts
271 pts

Khorne Berserkers x10 - 210 pts
-Skull Champion +15 pts
-Power Axe +15 pts
-Plasma Pistol +15 pts
Rhino - 35 pts
-Havoc Launcher +15 pts
300 pts

Khorne Berserkers x10 - 210 pts
-Skull Champion +15 pts
-Power Fist +25 pts
-Plasma Pistol +15 pts
Rhino - 35 pts
-Havoc Launcher +15 pts
315 pts

Fast Attack
Chaos Bikers x3 - 99 pts
-Meltagun x2 +20 pts
119 pts

Heavy Support
Chaos Land Raider x2 - 440 pts

2496 pts

I came to this list after several weeks of research on various sites and just by listening to the buzz in the store and looking at the results of the last tournament. I wont really go into the strategy behind the list (I don't wanna give you potential opponents a leg up on me after all :) ), but I will say that I should be able to handle my own against most of the armies I'll be seeing. I feel that the only problem I'll have are in those Annihilation missions against the horde style armies.

The most glaring omission that people have pointed out to me is my lack of a Defiler in the first list. I made the decision to run dual Land Raiders over a Defiler because I felt it would be a better option to get my heavy hitters into combat as soon as possible. Khornite Terminators with Lightning Claws assaulting out of a Land Raider and led by Kharn himself could cause major havoc on enemy troops in the early going. Being able to re-deploy them by getting back into the Raider and moving to a more vital part of the battlefield could be game-breaking late in the game. I really expect these guys to wreak all kinds of death on the enemy all over the board. The same holds true for putting Toughness 5 Terminators anywhere I want them on the battlefield in the midst of enemy assault troops. This is potentially devastating.

That's all the time I have for today. Next time I'll go over converting Scout Bikers into Chaos Bikers and Assault Terminators into Chaos Terminators. Until then
DEATH TO THE FALSE EMPEROR!!

Blood Angels: WIP Whirlwind

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Hey all, here are some wip pics of the Whirlwind I'm working on for my Blood Angels. The pics aren't that great. I'll have to get some in daylight. The tank is more or less close to being finished, I just need to hit a lot of small areas with touchup work, especially the freehand details. I'm putting a lot of work into adding weathering details - I want this tank to look like it's been in some major action. I decided to try out the Forgeworld weathering powders for the first time with this tank and so far I'm pretty happy with the way it's working! I added some dark earth to the lower parts of the tank, although I'm going to have to give it a few more layers I think. It just doesn't look dirty enough yet. The various vents and exhausts were hit with black soot. I should have some finished pics of it up soon. Questions and comments welcome!







Waaaagh Pyle #2

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Hey everyone,

I've had a little problem with my camera so as soon as I can I will upload some pictures of the minis I've been preparing. I've been painstakingly painting spider riders and expect my spider rider warboss to arrive tomorrow. So as soon as I can get the camera up and running I will post pictures of my WIP.

Stay tuned!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Blood Angels: First Impressions

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Hi all, Slick here. I finally got a chance to test the new Blood Angels codex, in a massive Apocalypse game no less. While I certainly didn't get to use everything in the list, I did field a lot of the new units and characters. The game itself was 2 vs 2 with Imperial Guard & Blood Angels vs 2 Chaos Space Marine players. To make a long story short, our opponents essentially had to concede at the end of turn 3!

Let me break down my impressions of the new Blood Angels as well as some new units Apocalypse-only units I used.

Vulture w/dual punisher cannons: This was the first time I got to use my flyer and I must say it was well worth it! In only two turns of action it managed to take down a greater demon and put some serious wounds on a Nurgle Biker squad. This thing is just plain badass, especially when the opposition has little in the way of dealing with flyers.

Mephiston: This guy is an absolute beast and a serious step up from his last iteration in the pdf codex. Mephiston came on in turn 2 and wiped out 7 Nurgle Terminators and put and ended up killing Tyhpus as well. The 3 psychic powers a turn are just plain brutal.

Librarian Furioso: I decided to try one of these out and it performed pretty damn well, dealing the last structure point to one of their superheavies. I definitely want to try these guys out in a regular game.

Death Company & Reclusiarch: The new DC are expensive in numbers. I ran a squad 0f 10 with a Reclusiarch and they basically made a squad of Nurgle Marines and minor demons disappear in a combo charge. I definitely want to try out some of the variations that these guys can be equipped with. It's kind of scary that you can field up to 30 DC in a single unit. The Reclusiarch granting re-rolls to hit and wound is really brutal.

Baal Predators: The scout ability for these tanks is awesome. I used my 2 Baals to effect, going after a lightly held objective held by just one Chaos Marine squad. The flamestorm cannon upgrade for Baal Predators was fairly effective too.

Hopefully we can get in a rematch game sometime soon. I really want to test the Stormraven gunships.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

News: GW Newsletter

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Hello all, Slick here. Another GW newsletter is out - this time it's essentially all about the new Chimera and Basilisk kits which have hit store shelves. As I mentioned in a previous thread, the new Chimera kit is nice in that it is easier to assemble and includes the various weapon options found in the Imperial Guard Codex. The new Basilisk kit, while also being easier to assemble, is simply underwhelming as GW really missed an opportunity here to produce a multi-variant kit as they did with the Demolisher set. The other part of the newsletter features upgrade sprues that you can buy to customize your tanks - sprues which were included in the old boxes but now are sold separate. There are also some Tank Commander and characterful Tank Crew minis to add to your Guard forces.

The Games Workshop Newsletter 19.03.2010
In this issue: New Tanks!

New Chimera and Basilisk

It is the tanks and armoured vehicles of the Imperial Guard that give their enemies cause to tremble. Under the cover of ground-shaking artillery barrages, whose very vibrations can snap a man's bones, vast columns of Chimera armoured carriers shoot ahead of the main Imperial Guard advance and disgorge infantry into the heart of the enemy defence.

Recreate these devastating battle tactics with the updated Chimera and Basilisk kits. They now come with all of the weapon options listed in Codex: Imperial Guard and are easier than ever to assemble.

Chimera Chimera Chimeras are an integral part of any Imperial Guard army. This kit is now more straightforward to assemble than before and includes all the weapon options from Codex: Imperial Guard.
Basilisk Basilisk The Basilisk kit now includes the new Chimera chassis so it too is easier to assemble than before. Pound the enemy into the dirt with the thunderous shells fired by this mobile artillery platform's massive earthshaker cannon.
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Personalised Armour

Every Imperial Guard vehicle is a multi-part plastic kit that can be assembled in a variety of ways and includes dozens of optional extras. However, you can personalise them even further with our range of Bitz Packs and accessories.

Tank Accessories Tank AccessoriesTank crews often upgrade their vehicles with extra weaponry, armoured track sections, and bolt-on all manner of fuel drums, packs and equipment. Tank Commanders Tank Commanders With the Imperial Guard Tank Commanders Bitz Pack you can upgrade any of your Imperial Tanks to command vehicles.
Tank Crew Tank CrewTank crews often upgrade their vehicles with extra weaponry, armoured track sections, and bolt-on all manner of fuel drums, packs and equipment. Leman Russ Accessories Leman Russ AccessoriesAdd track guards, stowage, additional weaponry and a host of other accessories to your Imperial Guard vehicles with this packed frame.
Stowage StowageThis set contains fuel canisters, bed rolls, equipment packs and ammo boxes - perfect for adding extra character to your Imperial Guard vehicles. Aquilas AquilasThese metal aquilas are ideal for adding extra detail to the hulls and turrets of your tanks and make for great focal points on a vehicle.
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Battle Missions Available Now

Battle Missions is a brand-new supplement for Warhammer 40,000 that contains more than thirty new missions for you to play. Each mission is designed to provide you with a battle that will really challenge your ability as a commander on the war-torn battlefields of the 41st Millennium.

Battle Missions Battle MissionsNo matter what Warhammer 40,000 army you collect, Battle Missions will add a new dimension to your games and expand your knowledge of the background and battle-tactics of the armies of the 41st Millennium. This is a must-have book for all Warhammer 40,000 collectors.

News: Forgeworld Newsletter #232

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Hi all, Slick here. It's been a while since we've had a Forgeworld Newsletter and this latest one is massive! There are several new releases coming. The Ravenguard are getting the door upgrade treatment with chapter-specific doors for their vehicles. Elysians are getting upgrades for Valkyries with passengers for the transport compartment. Perhaps the coolest preview here is the new Tauros vehicle variant which features either a grenade launcher or heavy flamer! An Elysian army featuring several units of these buggies would look amazing! Last but not least, there is of course a ton of information for the upcoming Forgeworld Open Day, if anyone does have the chance to go, it should be an amazing event!

"Hi There,
The Forge World Open Day is fast approaching, and we can reveal more details of what will be a fantastic show in this newsletter, along with a reminder that once again it is completely free to attend the event. We also have news of exclusive new kits that you will be able to buy on the day, as well as details of more exciting events in our 2010 show calendar.

Thanks,
Ead Brown

Forge World Open Day 2010 – Sunday 28th March
The Open Day is a great chance to come along and see what we have in store for you in the coming year, and all of our studio staff will be there for you to come and talk to. You’ll be able to see work-in-progress miniatures and artwork, as well as proof copies of the forthcoming Imperial Armour Volume 8: Raid on Kastorel-Novem. We will also have exciting, as-yet unseen models, participation games and much more.
Doors open at 10am and the Open Day itself will continue until 4pm. No ticket is required, and admission is free at the door.


Sneak Peeks and New Releases
As well as previewing future projects on the Studio stand, we will have a limited quantity of some of them available for you to buy. We will reveal more just before the event, but for now we can whet your appetite with details of some of these new releases:

Raven Guard Rhino, Land Raider, and Terminator Land Raider Doors
Valkyrie Sky TalonThe Raven Guard specialise in lightning attacks; demoralising raids from the shadows on the foe’s vulnerable supply lines that weaken and confuse the main strength of an enemy force. When the time is right, ebony-clad Space Marines will launch an overwhelming assault, their stark white heraldry gleaming as they slaughter the enemies of Mankind. While a Raven Guard strike force is predominantly composed of Assault Marines, heavy equipment is also used – the armoured vehicles of the Chapter are honoured relics, lovingly maintained and embellished by skilled artificers to display their battle honours and Chapter heraldry.

These vehicle upgrade sets, designed by Simon Egan, are ideal for use on all types of Space Marine tanks – each contains replacement side doors and a front hatch suitable for use on all Rhino chassis tanks such as Predators and Whirlwinds, and all Land Raider variants. Two sets of Land Raider doors are available, one featuring additional Crux Terminatus icons. Click here to view images of these doors used on different types of Space Marine vehicles.



Elysian Troops for Valkyrie
Ork Kil BlastaThis fantastic upgrade set for the plastic Valkyrie allows you to embellish the interior of the transport with a squad of Elysian Drop troops prepping in the moments before an assault – the troopers are all highly distinctive; checking weapons, talking amongst themselves and discussing the mission over a dataslate. The set contains a full Drop Troop squad of 10 seated troopers carrying a variety of equipment, as well as lasguns mag-clamped to the roof of the Valkyrie. The detailed heads of each trooper could also be used to add variety to a standard Elysian squad with some conversion work. You can find pictures of these incredible miniatures, designed by Simon Egan and Will Hayes, here.

Elysian Tauros Assault Vehicle
Ork Kil BlastaThe Tauros Venator is but one variant of this multi-purpose assault vehicle - the ‘standard’ 4-wheel Tauros is used by the Elysian regiments as a long-range scout vehicle, mounting potent anti-personnel firepower in the form of either a Heavy Flamer or Tauros Grenade Launcher. Its four wheels are individually powered by advanced high-yield galvanic motors, allowing it to maintain speed even with damaged tyres – often a crucial edge when faced with superior enemy firepower. This detailed model, designed by Will Hayes, is a full resin kit that comes with options for a Heavy Flamer or Grenade Launcher as well as two resin crew, designed by Simon Egan. The Tauros can be transported in either a Valkyrie Sky Talon or a standard Valkyrie, which the model will physically fit into. See pictures of the Tauros Venator here.

New Forge World Weathering Powders
Our penultimate Open Day release is a new set of our popular Weathering Powders – this new range of eight pigments compliments and expands the six powders currently available. The new powders are Aged Rust, Light Rust, Bone Dust, Faded Green, Dark Iron, Dry Mud, Fresh Mud and Medium Earth, and are available both individually and as a full set – our talented Studio designers will also be demonstrating how to work with Weathering Powders throughout the day, so make sure you stop at their stand.

Ork Runt Bot and Grot – 2010 Show Only model
Ork Kil BlastaThis fantastic figure, designed by Mark Bedford, is our exclusive Event-Only figure for 2010. Meks are always keen to test their bionik designs on the battlefield, and if no suitable ‘patients’ are available they will build a Runt Bot; a huge, clanking parody of an Ork warrior powered by a rumbling engine and directed into battle by a plucky Grot, who will be provided with a ‘kontrol pad’ for the mechanical warrior. This finely detailed and striking vignette depicts the Grot controller perched precariously on the shoulder of the Runt Bot, wrestling with the joystick in an effort to direct the shearing claws of the monstrosity. This great miniature can be used to represent a Warboss with the Bionic Body upgrade, a Nob in Mega-Armour, or simply as a centrepiece or painting project. You can find pictures of the Runt Bot and Grot Kontroller here.

All these great kits will be available to purchase in limited numbers from our Sales stand at the Open Day – you can also place a reservation order for all these items, but as we don’t yet know what quantities we’ll have on the day we will not be able to confirm reservations until the very last few days before the show.

Attractions and Activities
Ork StompasAs well as all the pre-release miniatures that our designers will be showing off, we will have many other fantastic displays and activities. You’ll be able to view the Forge World Studio’s Kastorel-Novem Ork board in all its glory, as our talented designers have expanded what you might have seen at Games Day UK last year.

We will also have two great participation games: Firstly, our ever-popular Warhammer 40,000-scale Aeronautica Imperialis game which will allow you to take command of either the noble Imperial Navy, a valiant Tau Air Cadre or a crack skwadrun of Ork Fightas and do battle in high-G dogfights to rack up the highest kill tally.

Reaver vs StompaWe will be unveiling a brand-new, giant Apocalypse participation game for this year, which sees an Adeptus Titanicus battlegroup supported by Imperial Guard tanks take on the savage might of a Goff Ork Stompa mob and their Speed Freek allies – skill, tactics and the ancient might of the Titan Legions face off against raw aggression, savagery, and the brutal genius of the Mekboyz.

Our sales stand will carry a wide range of Forge World kits, but you also can place a reservation order. This is the best way of getting exactly what you want, as we will ensure your order is packaged up and waiting for you at the Reservation point on our stand. You will be able to collect it at any point across the day, which means that you can spend more time enjoying the rest of the show – reservation orders must reach us by March 23rd.

To place a reservation, just send an e-mail to forgeworldreservations@games-workshop.co.uk including your name and a list of everything you’d like to reserve, and title your e-mail ‘Open Day Reservation’. You can also place a reservation order by telephone – just call 0115 916 8177 and a member of the Customer Service team will be pleased to assist you.

You can also bring your painted Forge World models and enter our painting competition – the model we judge as the Best in Show will win renown, honour and a unique trophy so make sure to bring your finest work.

Once again we’ll also be running our Charity Raffle – tickets are £1 each and all proceeds will be donated to Children In Need: this year the prize will be the mighty Reaver Titan. You can, as always, purchase as many tickets as you like and the draw will be made at the very end of the day – this is your chance to win a Titan for a pound!

The Warhammer World facilities will be open as normal so you can visit the store, take a look around the Citadel Miniatures Hall and admire the many jaw-dropping gaming tables created by the Scenery Team.
Food and refreshments will again be available in Bugman’s Bar throughout the day – they will even be serving a breakfast menu to start you off in the morning.
If you need directions to the event you can get them from the Warhammer World website Here, and you can find more details of the show on our website Here.

Games Day France and Salute 2010
Forge World will be attending Games Day France on April 18th at the Parc Floral de Paris, and Salute on April 24th at the Excel Centre in London – more details for each of these shows can be found on our Events pages.

We are now taking reservations for Games Day France and for Salute – just send an e-mail to forgeworldreservations@games-workshop.co.uk including your name and a list of everything you’d like to reserve, and title your e-mail ‘Games Day France Reservation’ or ‘Salute Reservation’. You can also place a reservation order by telephone – just call 0115 916 8177 if you live within the UK; 00 44 115 916 8177 from much of Europe or 011 44 916 8177 from the US and Canada.

New Forge World Catalogue Now Available!
Our new 2010 catalogue is available now. If you would like a free copy of the Forge World 2010 catalogue, please send an e-mail with your name and full postal address to forgeworldcatreq@games-workshop.co.uk – we’ll also pay the postage for it.
Alternatively, you can request a catalogue by telephone. Just call 0115 916 8177 from the UK; 011 44 115 916 8177 from the United States or Canada; or 00 44 115 916 8177 from much of Europe, and our Customer Service team will be happy to take your details.
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