We would firstly like to commend you on your zeal. Your recent valiant efforts have done the Emperor and your Commissars proud. While we intend the Regimental Standard to inspire you to greater heights of violence, we did not expect you to attempt a full bayonet charge on the first Knights you encountered.
Indeed, had these Knights not been an arriving support force from House Cadmus, your commanders would likely be receiving medals right now, rather than awaiting execution in accordance with House Cadmus’ honour codes!
As part of the reconciliation process, and to turn this incident into a teachable moment for the Astra Militarum as a whole, we have produced a guide to ensure that your death at the hands of an opposing Knight is a glorious martyrdom and not a humiliating error on your part.
Work continues on the NOCF charity armies. The White Scars are reaching completion, with a few units still in the works and getting ready to get shipped. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase on 1 July 2019 and the raffle will take place on Sunday, 1 September 2019. You do not need to attend NOVA to purchase tickets or win prizes, NOCF will ship worldwide to raffle winners! Check https://novaopenfoundation.org/ for updates and details in the near future.
White Scars Update
Rob of Remembrancer’s Retreat has been working on several units from Book8: Malevolence. He has done a unit of Ebon Keshig with a land raider transport. He has also done a bonus unit that had not been planned, a unit of Falcon’s Claws!
Chris has completed two units of jetbikes, magnetizing weapon options so you get an option on how to field them!
Chase has been working on a lightning strike fighter which will add some air support to the army.
Nate of the Greying Legion has been hard at work on a couple of jetbike characters, a unit of scimitar jetbikes and a unit of Golden Keshig from Malevolence.
The creativity and initiative of the artists will let this charity army offer one of each of the unique White Scars units from book 8. The lucky winner will have an army that is over 2,000 points and can be run as the Chogorian Brotherhood rite of war or a Pride of the Legion rite of war army. Still to be pictured is a tactical squad with a rhino. Expect another update in a couple of weeks with the complete army!
Night Lords Update
The Night Lords army is in the capable hands of Dave Taylor (Dave Taylor Miniatures) and Caleb Wissenback of CK Studios. Both artists have been busy with projects (a little kickstarter for Dave, a Warlord titan for NOCF for the CK team). However, Caleb and Dave are getting a start on this offering. Dave has a WIP of one of the 10 terminators he is painting for the army. Expect more updates over the next few weeks!
This past December there was a big call for an escalation league in the Maryland 30K facebook page. Every year people get excited to try the ‘new year, new army’ approach so we decided to give a venue for interested hobbyist to make monthly commitments to paint and play with their new force (or an addition to an existing army). The rules were straightforward. Every month you post a 500 point pledge of what you want to paint and post an update once it is painted. You also try to get a game in with someone using your current pledge level, and we had monthly game days to give another venue to play. You earn points for completing a monthly pledge, playing with that pledge and for attending the monthly game night.
Interest was pretty strong this year. Over 25 members of the Maryland 30K took the plunge and began work in earnest. We ran the league from 1 Jan – 14 April. Players were given 6 weeks for their first 500 points for the month of January, and 4 weeks each for the February and March pledge. I think giving 6 weeks up front encouraged people to stick with it. Everyone was encouraged to post progress pics whenever they liked to help provide motivation for other participants.
Of the 25 members who started out, only 4 or 5 completed their full pledge. Bad ratio you say? I am inclined to think that if people painted one model, one unit or one pledge level they have still made hobby progress. Life happens, and sometimes we do not get to spend as much time on a hobby as we would like. My goal was not to shame people for not completing a pledge, simply to offer a venue to show your progress. Even if you only planned a pledge / paint scheme or built some models, you are still a step closer to finishing your personal goals!
I highly recommend doing something similar with your gaming group. Whether it is just you and a friend or a large gaming group, you can find satisfaction in building, painting and playing with new models on the board. Being able to encourage each other and help motivate each other when you start to flag is a great way to make positive progress.
Below you will see examples of completed pledges. Taken as a whole, I am happy to have thousands more points of painted models in the Maryland 30K scene 🙂
For my part, I finished 1500 points of Word Bearers!
Adam knocked out multiple armies during this time, completing both Ultramarines and Iron Hands! The man is a machine that cannot be slowed down!
Zach knocked out 1500 points of Thousand Sons, and we were able to play our 1,000 point lists against each other…Psychic SHENANIGANS!
Shawn completed 1500 points of Alpha Legion.
Robert (of Remembrancer’s Retreat) completed 1,000 points of mechanicum, which I got to play against during one of the Richmond events.
Evan finished 1,000 points of Ravenguard, which I played against with my Word Bearers.
Matt knocked out 1,000 points of Solar Auxilia, which is an impressive feat in of itself.
One Andrew finished 1,000 points of Salamanders.
The other Andrew completed 500 points of Emperor’s Children
Blake finished 1,000 points of Cobra themed militia…Awesome right!?
Kris completed 500 points of beautiful Blood Angels.
Phil did 500 points of Iron Hands
Duncan completed some militia (missing some pictures, sorry!)
The Remebrancer’s Retreats very own Will completed Valdor. He looks pretty all by himself 😉
Finally, Roxy did up some Iron Hands!
I hope you enjoyed seeing everyone’s work, I know I enjoyed seeing all the progress. Until next time. -Ryan
With the release of Book 8,
Richmond 30k saw its first game with the new Demons of the Ruinstorm army list
this past weekend pitting Will’s Shattered Legion Iron Hands against Steven’s
Demons. We won’t give a play-by-play
here, suffice to say the new Demon rules are nothing short of
intimidating. Luckily for the loyalist
players out there, there’s plenty of new units and gear in Book 8 that’ll help
in dealing with what’s sure to be a bevy of demon players hitting the tables in
the coming months.
The Legion Nullificator and
Esoterist consuls are comparatively cheap psykers with special wargear options
geared towards combating warp entities.
The Nullificator terminator squad is sure to the be the bane of both
demon and militia players, and comes in at a comparable points cost to regular
Something that’s readily
apparent from the Demons list is combating it requires a different approach
than when facing Astartes or Mechanicum lists.
Tactical squads, Heay Bolters, Auto Cannons and all manner of high
volume/low AP shooting are likely going to be coming back into fashion. Below you’ll find a sample list built to face
demons. I kept it non-legion specific
and tried to limit the list to units that are common among Astartes forces
Legion Nullificator + 1x
Mastery Level 100 pts
Forge Lord + rad grenades +
thunder hammer + refractor field 120 pts
2x Sicaran Punisher tanks +
heavy bolter sponsons + pintle mounted heavy bolter 420 pts
This list has A LOT of
firepower. Force your opponent to roll
saves. Demons, even the high level ones,
don’t have great armor saves so you’re placing the mechanics of math and time
on your side. The Sicaran Punisher tanks
in particular are a great asset; 60 AP4 shots per turn, 36 of which can Rend if
they don’t move. Your “Death Star” of
sorts comes in the form of the two consuls along with the Nullificators hanging
out in the Spartan tank. The idea is for
your bolters to plow a path through the lesser demons and allow the
Nullificators a chance to close with a greater demon or lord. The Hexagrammic Wards allow you to reroll
Invul saves and the rad grenades on your Forge Lord are going to negate the +1
Toughness the demons get on Turns 1 and 2.
As always, thanks for your
time. Now get to painting.