Friday, 27 March 2015

Skitarii up for pre order.

Hi all. 

The long and many years awaited Skitarii have finally arrived. The sculpts are very impressive in my opinion and are extremely close to the original art by John Blanche of his Skitarii (Tech Guard). 

They do feel very Grim dark to me, which I am thankful for. Still not too ennamered by the walkers, but they may grow on me. 

So now to the Sprues;

Very impressive. The flowing robes are completely independent of the legs. The Helmet variants are arrayed straight on and from the side too. Weapons are Cultist like (these two hands go together and fit snugly). 
Now with all the talk about Forge World's expansion of the Skitarii and their variants I think these Sprues could easily accommodate it. I say this as the Magaera and Styrix Knights were some of the first kits that FW had access to the digital sculpts for, so I can imagine a series / pack of alternative arms, weapons and heads to be designed by FW to go with this unit. 

I would be interested to see if FW did a variant of this kit, but I doubt it. 

What do you think of the new Models? 

Drake Seta

Forge World release 27/03. Age of Darkness expansion hint?

Here is another Friday's release. We see Anvilus Dynat (who we first previewed at the Weekender). The model is great looking and has some great detail. 

The painter did a great job on the Tattoo. 

Also we have the Xiphon Interceptor. I am a massive fan of this kit. Would like to know more about them, hopefully in a book or similar. 

With unparalleled speed and manoeuvrability, the Xiphon pattern Interceptor saw increasing service in the Legiones Astartes during the dark days of the Horus Heresy. Based on ancient designs, the void and atmospheric craft carried heavy armaments into battle, allowing it to destroy both air and ground targets with apparent ease. Its pair of twin-linked lascannon and Xiphon rotary missile launcher combined with the Interceptor’s speed and agility to make it a deadly opponent from which the enemies of Mankind could not hide.

The Rotary missile Launcher is a good looking weapon. Points-wise for that armour value I am a bit dubious of it's survivability. I will be getting one for my Night Lords when I get round to them. 

Could this comment be our first hint at the Age of Darkness expansion we are expecting from Games Workshop? We hope so. 

Age of Darkness is referenced in Forge World books as battles in the Age of Darkness but does that constitue the FW books themselves which have always been referred to as Campaign books, with Space Marine Crusade Army lists. What do you think? comment below. 

Drake Seta

Mechanicum: Unabridged Audio book coming soon?

Hi all

We are all very busy at the moment with the hobby. We have started our Karrus Campaign proper now, with a Conquest based Campaign system and exploration style map system (more info and Battle reports soon). We have all been ploughing through further Black Library stories and Unabridged audios. 

We at the Battle Bunnies camp really appreciate a good Unabridged audio from Black Library as it either turns work or travel time into Hobby time or if you are painting you can max up your hobby time. 

One of my favourite Books was Mechanicum. There were some incredible characters, set places, Insights and even Knights for the first time in Heresy! We have been waiting for this Unabridged book for a while and they even went out of sequence by releasing First Heretic before this on Audio. Maybe GW and BL decided to hold this one back because the Mechanicum / Adeptus Mechanicus release which we will see more of today (if you have not already seen all the incredible leaked images). 

A Skitarii (Tech Guard). 

I like to think this book will be out in the next 2 weeks, and really look forward to revisiting this story. 

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, and if you have a Mechanicum or a 30k Knight force why not show it off on our Legions on Parade feature. Follow link on left of page now for info on how too (desktop view). 

Drake Seta

Monday, 23 March 2015

Adeptus Mechanicus / Skitarii video online.

Here are a few sceen shots from the upcoming new GW Codex. Have a look.'s-New-Today-from-the-White-Dwarf-Team/2015/03/12/Incoming-message

Drake Seta

Forge World bulletin 23/3

Today a new bulletin has been released showcasing their appearance at Adepticon 2015. A great event I'm sure it was and with the bulletin comes a few pictures of the competition entries for the Crystal Brush competition. I urge you to check these out as they look great including the winner that was a scratch sculpt of a Crimson Fist commander:

Also featured in the bulletin is a peek picture of a new tank/artillery piece for the legions. With a gun as big as this you know you have to be excited:

From the looks of things it is the vindicator destroyer array previewed at the weekender. See below for our view of it from then:

Hope this quenches your thirst for the time being. How excited are you for this new artillery piece to come out? Leave your views in the comments below :)

Darko Thane

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Solar Auxilia: Charonite Ogryns completed

As you guys know we are firmly making.our way through the recent Solar Auxilia range released by Forge World. We already have a couple squads of lasrifle sections and have now finished a trio of the Charonite Ogryns.

These were really fun to complete and surprisingly simple. The size did shock us a little as they about as big as a Primarch!

Here are some pics to show our work:

We have had a playtest with these guys (yes a battle has taken place!) and with the rest of the Solar Auxilia units we have and was a good run through. We will be providing a report of this later next week.

What do you guys think of our work? Let us know your thoughts on the comments below.

Darko Thane

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Saturday Knight: House Vyronii

Hi all. It's been a while since Knights were first introduced onto our gaming tables (and my 8 are still boxed - though for hopefully not much longer). Choosing the Knight house that is best for you to is like choosing a pair of new shoes. 

So here I aim to give you the following information; what suits they favoured, colour scheme, Segmentum, Homeworld, Loyalty, Lord and most importantly the Legions they may have quested with. 

House Vyronii
Homeworld: Damaetus III/II. From a towering Keep over the planet called the Felweather keep. A planet of Marshes and forests, in the shadow of their green gas giant star. Were regularly invaded by Orks and Eldar Slavers during the age of Strife. A race called the Mitu almost totally destroyed the House Vyronii (last on the planet) with only 200 suits active, and would have succeeded were it not for the intervention of the 1st Legion who scoured the surrounding stars of the alien menace. 
Segmentum: Obscurus
Lord: Grandmaster Jahk. (Cerastus Lancer) at time of Great Crusade. Later at onset of Horus Heresy in 005 M31 Grandmaster Gios (Questoris Magaera suit "Dei-Phagia" after being grievously wounded after the Betrayal by Forge World Cyclothrate). 
Discovered by: 1st Legion recon force. They then felt bound to the Imperium by a debt of liberation they could never repay. 
Allegiance: In Great Crusade when discovered by the Dark Angels they joined the Great Crusade believing in the nobility of the cause. 
They fought throughout the Great Crusade with Word Bearers, Imperial Fists and Dark Angels as Legions of note, as numerous Imperial Army formations, always remaining respectful and humble. They painter their Armour Emerald Green realising how dull their unpainted suits truly were under alien stars. 

They were supported by the Forge Worlds of: in 005 m31 Cyclothrate was the Forge World Grandmaster Jahk eventually after winning much reknown, decided to swear fealty to. It was a poor choice as unbeknownst to them the Forge World had sided with the Warmaster Horus in the upcoming civil war. Gios (Grandmaster Jahk's eldest son) arrived home just before the delegation from Cyclothrate arrived bringing news of Horus' Heresy and the destruction / pillaging that Cyclothrate and Knight house Ærthegn were about to undertake on their world. 
Forewarned they managed to repel the Taghmata from Cyclothrate and the rival Knight House but Grandmaster Jahk was killed. Gios took command of the Knight House of Vyronii and joined the forces Forge World Mezoa and struck back against Cyclothrate. 
During the Horus Heresy the House was spread out, with many fighting alongside a Chapter of Blood Angels and and the Emperor's Children Death Eagles Menial (Contact was lost at the time of the Isstvan 3 atrocity). 

Materiél strength. 
During the Great Crusade Vyronii had 200+  working and fully maintained suits, but at the onset of the Horus Heresy they were just below the 100 mark, they did receive some new suits from Forge World Mezoa. Advanced Chassis such as the Cerastus suits were very common as were Questoris variants.
Recommended Loadout;
Great Crusade ratio: 2:3 Questoris Chassis to Cerastus chassis. Lancer, Archaron and Paladin should form base list. 
Horus Heresy: 2:3 Questoris Chassis to Cerastus chassis. Lancer, Archaron and Magaera should form base list. 

Official scheme from Forge World. 

The model is airbrushed with a base coat of Tamiya flat aluminium over a black undercoat.
Make a thin wash from equal parts Seraphim Sepia, Nuln Oil, Lahmian medium(or Tamiya klear) and water, this wash is brushed over the entire model 2 or 3 times, allowing it to dry between coats. 
The metal works was done before any of the armour Panels were done or stuck on. It was army painter spray can (can't remember the name but something like chainmail mid silver range). To create the aged worn look an oil wash using burnt sienna massively thinned with white spirits was washed randomly over exposed areas. More burnt sienna was applied near in random patches. Then pure white spirits were used to flood it and drag it down. Leaving some slightly dispersed speckles which create the look of rust patches and running rusty water streaking down the model. 

The colours of the armour plates are tamiya gun metal airbrushed, airbrush blend tamiya flat aluminium, several thinned coats of tamiya clear green.
The gold is Balthasar gold highlighted with auric armour gold followed by valejo air range gold(with a paint brush). 

Wonder wash was used in dirty areas as well as oil washes using burnt/raw umber. Chipping in all bar green areas was done with charadon granite and on green areas with valejo air range gold using sponges). 

The army painter spray is very textured. Which worked fantastically well on this  model with the oil washed on them as it made it look very worn and old. 

Hope you enjoyed Vyronii. Tune in next week for another. 

Drake Seta

Friday, 20 March 2015

Mechanicum Scyllax Guardian-automata Covenant experimental rules

Hi all

As I'm sure you know from our post earlier today, Forge World have opened up preorders for the Mechanicum Scyllax Guardian-automata Covenant. Forge World have also been kind enough to provide us with some experimental rules for this amazing looking models.  I was hoping to go through some of these rules and give my first impressions.

First of all, as you can see from their stat line, with a toughness of 5, 2 wounds and a 4+ armour save, we can tell that this models should be pretty resilient to most normal attacks. With a unit size from 4 to a maximum of 16, I'm sure that fighting these guys with anything other than some seriously strong fire power will seem like wadding through treacle.

Now let's have a look at their weapons. In close combat, you can choose to ether attack at base strength, AP 5 which the opportunity for even more attacks, or you can do less, more powerful attacks at ap2. This shows that they are somewhat flexible when fighting different opponents, which is always good.

Also any unit in close combat against a Scyllax suffer -1 to their toughness. This for me is pretty huge. The Scyllax are also resilient to poison and rad-phage, only being wounded on a 6.

For a ranged attack, the Scyllax just have a slightly longer range Bolter and AP4. Combine this with Relentless and they can do some damage if within 7-12" of an enemy unit in one turn. 

So overall, I think these guys are going to be pretty cool to use and are obviously more suited to close combat. I for one will properly pick a pack of these at the Warhammer World grand opening in May. But what I am interested in are you thoughts on these so make sure you comment below.

Take care :-) 

Forge World release 20/3

So today we have been treated with a number of goodies. For starters we have an Iron Warrior release that consists of new specific helmets and torsos. Good accessories for any IW player.

Next we have been given the first glimpse of Ultramarine releases. First up are the variants of shoulder pad from MKII to MKIV. These look pretty good for first viewing and I know a lot of people will be excited for these.

Lastly we have been shown the Scyllax Guardian-Automota Covenant. These were first previewed at the Horus Heresy weekender and are now available for preorder. Also featured on the page on Forge World are experimental rules for these so this is also very handy for those interested in this unit.

A good week for releases it seems with a nice variety of things for people to throw money at!! What do you guys think of this week's releases? What would you like to see next? Leave your ideas and suggestions in the comments below :)

Darko Thane

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Chaos Cultists: Defiler finished.

Little Bunny has finished her second Daemon engine. 

She did some lovely dry rushing on a black undercoat of Leadbelcher, sponged up with Iron Breaker and a light speckle of Runefang. This was then washed with 2-3 coats of 1:1 Blood for the Blood god and Lahmian. 

The banding was done with Warplock Bronze to Runelord Brass. 

Next she will either do a Daemon Prince or some Nurgle Cultists. 

I am really proud of her painting considering she has only been in the hobby for a couple of years. 

Stay tuned for more from Little Bunny. 

Drake Seta and Little Bunny.