Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Horus Heresy Throne of Skulls & Hooters.

Hello everyone. 

Kaelo and I will be attending the Horus Heresy Throne of Skulls on the 3rd and 4th of October. I will be gaming and Kaelo will be perusing the hall and taking lots of photos of the armies out there. 


It looks to be an interesting event with some rules tailored towards each Legion's character. 

GAMES
ARMY SIZE
At this event, the minimum size army you should bring is 2,000 points, but, if you happen to have more than that, bring it along and if your opponents are up for it, you
can play a larger game. In general, you should expect to play 2,000 point games, and anything larger than that is a bonus - there is no upper limit so feel free to bring as much as you like, the only restriction is the amount of time you have to play the game.

MAELSTROM OF WAR

We will randomly select missions from the list on page 148 to 153 of the Warhammer 40,000 rule book.

Additionally, there are rules below which allow for the character of the Legions to shine through during your games. These changes are detailed in the section titled “Tactical Advantage” below.

Additionally, we are going to use a modified set of Tactical Objectives to make the games feel like they are happening in the Horus Heresy. These cards will be given to each player on the day. They will contain an extra six unique Tactical Objectives for the weekend, as well as the standard ones found in the rulebook. There will also be extra points available if certain armies complete certain Tactical Objectives. The rules for how this works is under “Legion Specialities” below.

THE LEGIONS

The Legions were the mightiest warmachine ever unleashed on the galaxy. They had many different styles of warfare, reflections of their Primarch’s vision and personality. Nonetheless, irrespective of individual flair, ultimately the result was always the same; the enemies of the nascent Imperium would be utterly smashed and the galaxy conquered.

TACTICAL ADVANTAGE

To represent this in the Maelstrom of War, each army has a Tactical Advantage they can make use of during their games. Which Tactical Advantage you use is dictated by your Primary Detachment. If your Primary Detachment is from the Ultramarines Legion, then you use the Ultramarines Tactical Advantage – easy!

DARK ANGELS

The first Legion were one of the most successful Legions, second only to Horus (and some say Leman Russ) in terms of worlds conquered for the Imperium. This is obvious to any who fight against them.
If you complete all your Tactical Objectives in the same turn then you gain an extra Victory Point.

EMPEROR’S CHILDREN

In their quest for absolute perfection the Emperor’s Children were counted as one of the proudest Legions, their individual skills second to none. Victory was celebrated before battle and was rarely, if ever, proven wrong.
Once per game, choose a Tactical Objective you have
just completed that requires a dice roll to determine
the amount of Victory Points scored. You score the maximum amount of Victory Points for that mission. For exampleaD3rollcountsasa3,aD6rollcountsasa6 and so on.

IRON WARRIORS

Grim warriors all, the Iron Warriors were marked by a genius for siege warfare and a dark bitterness which would see all their enemies’ accomplishments ground
to dust.

Your Iron Warriors units will deny objectives that are within 6”. All the normal rules for claiming objectives apply. Note: this rule does override the Objective Secured rule.

WHITE SCARS

Little was known about this Legion, save for their lethality and swiftness. The truth was that they were merciless yet noble warriors, honed to a razor’s edge by their Primarch and his beliefs.

You gain an extra Victory Point every time you complete a Tactical Objective that involves a unit of White Scars Bikes or Jetbikes.

SPACE WOLVES

As the Emperor’s executioners, the Space Wolves trained to not only use the myriad of weapons available to the Legion itself, but also to bring their enemies’ weapons to bear against them.

You may use your opponent’s Tactical Advantage.

IMPERIAL FISTS

The Emperor’s chosen defenders, recalled to defend Terra during his hour of need, the Imperial Fists were the most stalwart and tenacious of the Legions.
Your Imperial Fists units are able to claim objectives that are within 6”. All the normal rules for claiming objectives apply. Note that this does not override the Objective Secured rule.

NIGHT LORDS

Dread warriors of horror, fear and mayhem, few foes survived the mental onslaught of the Night Lords, let alone when their Legionnaires actually attacked.
Once per turn, after drawing your Tactical Objectives, you may treat any Tactical Objective as the Psychological Warfare Tactical Objective, but may only ever score 1 Victory Point from it if they do so. 

BLOOD ANGELS

Noble warriors marked by a tragic flaw and a dark fate, the Blood Angels are forever haunted by a lust for more than battle or glory.
You score double the Victory Points for any Tactical Objectives or Secondary Missions which were achieved during your Assault phase and involved the destruction of enemy models with Blood Angel units. Remember that any multiplication is always done before addition! So for example if you gain double Victory Points from a mission that gives D3 + 3 Victory Points, you double the dice roll result, and add on 3.

IRON HANDS

The Iron Hands were implacable and cold, warriors marked as much by what they had lost as by what they had gained from their bionic implants.
You score double the Victory Points for any Tactical Objectives or Secondary Missions which were achieved during your Shooting phase that involved the destruction of enemy models using only Iron Hands vehicles or walkers. Remember that any multiplication is always done before addition! So for example if you gain double Victory Points from a mission that gives D3 + 3 Victory Points, you double the dice roll result, and add on 3.

WORLD EATERS

Blood-soaked fighters, driven by barbaric implants to increase their already heightened relish for bloodshed, the World Eaters left very little alive in their wake.
Once per turn, after drawing your Tactical Objectives, you may treat any Tactical Objective as the Blood and Guts Tactical Objective for that turn, but may only ever score 1 Victory Point from it if they do so.

ULTRAMARINES

Gifted tacticians all, every Ultramarine
commander could read the flow of battle like a book,
and react accordingly.
You may draw an extra Tactical Objective at the start of each turn, and then discard down to the correct amount. You may also discard an extra unwanted Tactical Objective at the end of each turn, rather than one as normal.

DEATH GUARD

Few tactics were held as taboo by this determined and ruthless Legion, whose incredible resistance to poison and disease led them to use barely sanctioned weapons as often as could be tolerated. Their scorched earth tactics made holding ground against them nigh on impossible.

You may pick one Objective in your opponent’s table half. This Objective counts as being captured by your units at all times; provided there are no enemy units within 3”
of it.

THOUSAND SONS

The Thousand Sons were sorcerer’s all – gifted psykers who could manipulate time and space as simply as breathing and walking.
Once per game, you may swap the assigned number of two Objectives at the beginning of your turn. This effect lasts for the rest of the game. For example, you could make Objective 1 Objective 3, and vice versa. Just the numbers change, any Mysterious Objective results, or similar effects remain where they are. 

LUNA WOLVES/SONS OF HORUS

The greatest of all the Legions were savage and unrelenting, unwilling to accept anything less than victory for their beloved Primarch. Their favoured method of warfare was to decapitate enemy leadership before they even knew they were fighting.

All Secondary Missions are worth D3 Victory Points to you, rather than just one each, if they are completed by Luna Wolves or Sons of Horus units.

WORD BEARERS

Widely believed to have been at the root of Horus’s betrayal, the Word bearers have long held the favour of darker powers for their accomplishments and zealous worship.

You may re-roll the dice when determining how many Victory Points you score from any completed Tactical Objective.

SALAMANDERS

The Salamanders were marked by a nobility and kindness which was largely absent in the other Legions. Nonetheless, when their wrath was roused it was terrible to behold.
You score double the Victory Points for any Tactical Objectives or Secondary Missions which were achieved during the your Shooting phase and involved the destruction of enemy models using nothing but template weapons from Salamander units. Remember that any multiplication is always done before addition! So for example if you gain double Victory Points from a mission that gives D3 + 3 Victory Points, you double the dice roll result, and add on 3.

RAVEN GUARD

Though famous for using ambushes and stealth to win their battles, the Raven Guard’s most deadly weapons were often their elite killers – assassins of the highest calibre, from their Moritiats to their Seeker squads.
Once per turn, after drawing your Tactical Objectives, you may treat any Tactical Objective as the Assassinate Tactical Objective for that turn, but may only ever score 1 Victory Point from it if they do so.

ALPHA LEGION

Masters of deception, disguise and infiltration, no one was safe from the predations of this secretive Legion, not even themselves.
During your turn, you may treat one of the enemy’s Tactical Objectives as your own in place of one you have. The opposing player does not have to discard this mission once it has been completed, but may do so if they wish. If the Tactical Objectives are meant to be kept hidden, then choose one at random instead.

CULT ARMY LIST

Desperate to draw the attention of the Dark Gods,
the cults of chaos will go to extreme lengths in order
to improve their standing in the eyes of the pantheon
of chaos.
Once per game after drawing new Tactical Objectives, you may discard any or all of your Tactical Objectives and draw fresh ones.

 MECHANICUM

Every cog in the machine is programmed to do the Omnissah’s will. The will of the Machine God however, is mutable, and each cog can be turned to his chosen purpose with the press of a button.
You can choose one of your units at the beginning of your turn. That unit gains the Objective Secured special rule until the end of the turn.

SOLAR AUXILIA

The Solar Auxilia outnumber the very stars
themselves – a fact their enemies find out very quickly upon entering battle.
Once per turn, after drawing your Tactical Objectives, a Solar Auxilia player may treat any Tactical Objective as the Overwhelming Firepower Tactical Objective, but may only ever score 1 Victory Point from it if they do so.

MILITIA ARMY LIST

The Militia, formed not to capture territory but to hold
it, are largely defensive in nature, but fight with the vigour and tenaciousness of those who are defending hearth
and home.
Once per turn you may treat any Tactical Objective as the Hold the Line Tactical Objective, but may only ever score 1 Victory Point from it if they do so.

“LEGION SPECIALITIES”

Each Tactical Objective will be assigned a number of different armies that specialise in that kind of warfare. If that army completes that Tactical Objective, they gain an extra Victory Point. The armies that gain the extra Victory Point are listed on the Tactical Objective cards themselves.

FACTIONS

Upon registration, you will need to declare your allegiance - will you fight for the Emperor of Man, or the rebellious Warmaster? 

THE SCHEDULE
SAT
9:00am
Warhammer World main doors open 9:55am Welcome and event briefing 10:00am- 12:30pm Game 1
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 4:00pm Game 2
4:00pm - 4:30pm Break
4:30pm - 7:00pm Game 3
8:00pm Warhammer World closes

SUN
9:00am
Doors open.
10:00am - 12:30pm Game 4 12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 4:00pm Game 5
4:00pm - 4:45pm Break
4:45pm- 5:00pm Award Ceremony 5:00pm Event closes 

One thing we are not happy about is the fact Warhammer World closes at 8 now. At previous events quizzes, late night gaming and drinking could be had at the venue. The issue is the new layout has the entrance actually pass through the GW store. . . . So they would need to put staff on to 10/11 o'clock to keep the store protected from thieves etc. Apparently they are looking into solutions to overcome this oversight. 

Anyhoo that means after game 3 we will be mosying to Hooters for some hotwings, Chicken, Ribs and Beer. 



If anyone wants to join us for dinner just comment below. 

Are you coming? What do you think of the traits above?

14 comments:

  1. That looks like a fun event. If it wasn't so close to my sons birthday is be going but I'll never get a pass for those dates (although I hear hooters do kids party packages...)
    The rules look interesting and it's good to see thier thoughts on the legions they haven't covered yet.
    And that explains it, I wondered why WHW closes so early now. It's still open late on gaming night. They need to solve that as s bar full of paying customers is a lot of money to be lost in anyone's book.

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    1. Also, I like the option of using more points but I reckon 2000pts is probably about right for the time they have allocated. Maybe it's so if two people turn up and fancy throwing in a Fellblade each side they can do it. FW really do seem to hit the freedom of play nail where GW always end up sounding clunky and/or prescriptive

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  2. This event sounds like a ton of fun! I love how they made each army even more individual, though primarily based on objectives or victory points.
    I would love to attend, if not for playing then for enjoying the great hordes of FW HH miniatures. If I just had the funds! Maybe next time!

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  3. Drake Seta - Back on your post from Saturday regarding the awesome Warlord Titan, you provided the recipe on your Klear wash. You mentioned (2) cap fills of Pledge were used to make the mix.

    However, the caps looked huge on the pledge bottle you showed. Did you add (2) of those monster caps to your mixture, or was it a cap from a paint pot? Would you say the ratio then 50% citadel washes and 50% water + Klear?

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    1. Hi Jason. Welcome :)
      I would not change the water ratio or the two citadel wash pots. That is the core.
      One cap full is pretty much the same as a paint pot. You could always start with one capful and go up until you are happy with the wash. The more Pledge the longer it takes to dry and therefore the less surface glazing occurs.
      Work on one area at a time so that it can be adjusted should it have pooling.
      Hope this helps.

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    2. That does help. Thanks much! I'll will try it out this weekend.

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  4. :-) Sign Matthew Green and I up for hooters :-)

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    1. Lol. Looking forward to it guys.

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    2. Hi Ian. We have a table booked for 8 o'clock.

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  5. If I only had a legal fully assembled and painted Salamanders army then I'd be there!!

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    1. Whole month Andrew. Think you can have a good stab at it :)

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    2. Yeah no excuse Andrew, we are painting pretty much from scratch for this event lol.

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    3. And then to Hooters to Andrew!

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