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With the leaks of 8th edition floating around everywhere and the release just around the corner, we couldn’t wait to get a game in. I quickly prepped some of my favorite unites and some stuff I never play, while Will prepped a lot of his newest stuff. Curious about the Power Level system, we elected to use it and built our armies at Power Level 60. In effect I think it felt like about 1850 in 7th edition.

It’s been a while since I wrote a batrep, so I kept forgetting to take pictures of the board setup, and I didn’t take notes of exactly what happened.

We played the basic mission and rather than role the objective, we selected Dominion. We also setup on my smallish dining table with a play space of about 3’x4′. We decided to play along long edges, and since my army was slightly lower power level (2 points difference), I was the Underdog and got to choose whether to go first. So, first I went.

Dominion calls for setting up 4 objectives, 2 per player placed in an alternating fashion. These are scored at the end of each player’s turn. We placed them roughly in the corners of the map. Unfortunately, I placed mine in spots that were hard to control for both of us.


Blood Angels

I hadn’t looked at the rules for any of his stuff so I really didn’t know what to expect. I figured a mix of light and heavy weapons and some strong melee should serve both as an all takers army, and as a good test of many of the new mechanics. Corbulo and Lemartes should help the Death Company stay alive and hit hard, and the Assault Squad in the Razorback should serve as a good anti armor unit. The Scouts should do their job to kill characters, and the Stormraven can mop up whatever is left.

  • Brother Corbulo
  • Lemartes
  • Death Company x10 (Plasma Pistols & Chainswords)
  • Assault Squad x5 (4x Plasma Pistols & Chainsword, 1 Eviscerator)
  • Razorback (Lascannon, Twin Plasmaguns & Stormbolter)
  • Scouts x5 (Sniper Rifles and Camo Cloaks)
  • Stormraven (Twin Assaultcannon, Hurrican Bolters, Typhoon Missile Launcher)

Assault Squad embarked on the Razorback, and Lemartes and the Death Company flying around in the air.


Will brought a lot of anti-psyker and heavy armor. The Custodes in particular had me a little worried.

  • Inquisitor Grayfax
  • Custodial Guard (3x Guardian Spears & Custodes Vexila)
  • Sisters of Silence Vigilators
  • Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought
  • Venerable Land Raider
  • Scout Squad x5 (Sniper Rifles and Camo Cloaks)
  • Null-maiden Rhino

Custodial Guard embarked on the Land Raider, and the Sisters embarked on the Rhino.

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Following in the wake of the Vanguard Vets I finished a little over a week ago, I give you my first two Raven Guard Land Speeders. Ready to dart out of the shadows and blast their enemies to dust.

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I recently finished a squad of Vanguard Veterans to go with the Shadow Captain I completed a few months ago.  Like him they are customized a good bit because I wanted a fairly specific look to them.

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So I finally finished the Shadow Captain I started back in November. Along the way however he’s gone through a few changes as a result of new models coming. Though I really liked the look I’d come up with, the Blood Angel Chaplain and Dark Fury Forgeworld models both had pieces that I really loved and wanted to add to this guy. As a result, he now sports a new jumpack and lightening claws. I also swapped out one shoulder pad for a more ornate version from Forgeworld.

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Since I’ve begun working on a Raven Guard force I decided I needed a good warlord to lead it.  The Ravens have Shadow Captains in that position and Games Workshop does offer a single model in fine cast on their site.  While Shadow Captain Shrike is fairly cool looking, I deplore fine cast and knew I could do better.  Scavenging from my bit box and a few specific parts orders helped me custom build my perfect warlord.

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I arrived home today to discover the Shadow Force Solaq boxset waiting at my door.  Now if you’ve been following all the rumors and reveals on the various Warhammer news sites you’ve likely already seen a reviews of the boxes contents, but I figured I’d offer up my own unboxing anyway.

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Astorath Front

Astorath is one of my favorite Blood Angel models and is one of the models that originally drew me to the army. The black wings, trailing scrolls and the weird Bram Stoker muscle armor combined with the Ozzy Osborn face and the flying overhead axe pose just make for an amazing over the top model. His fluffy insight into the Black Rage and the buffs he gives to the Death Company have left me wanting to field him since I started. The time is finally close at hand too.

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I love me some Orks, but had decided maybe it was time to jump into another faction with a small force. I love the fluff of the Raven Guard so I had started building some army lists and picking out models to purchase when all the reveals started popping up for the Raven Guard boxset and the new rules they are getting. Fate seemed to be working against my wallet so though I hadn’t really planned on jumping into them till end of year or early next, I’ve started now.

I managed to snag a Terminator Close Combat Squad box for cheap and had some bits so I figured I’d start experimenting on the paint side in preparation for the other models I’ll be buying. I love the beak and claw motif of the RG so modded a beak helmet for this guy and then went with a very basic paint scheme.

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Finally completed my five Blood Angel Assault Marine Terminators, the models are gorgeous with a ton of details.



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I’ve been working steadily on my Sanguinary Priest and its finally time to work on the face. Serendipitously, I found my macro lens for my phone, so we are going to get some extreme closeups. The photos make the surface of the model look a bit gritty, but it’s well within normal.

I always try to paint heads separate from their bodies, just because its easier overall. There is so much detail packed into such a small canvas and it really requires a lot of subtlety. This approach is by no means fast, but it does get results that I am pretty happy with.

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