Betrayal at Calth 1: A Gateway

So, it’s Christmas day, you’re opening presents with family and loved ones, and lo and behold, your parents/significant other/sibling have bought you Betrayal at Calth! You look at the box, and your mind instantly begins to wander, and one of a few thoughts might go through your head, possibly at the same time.

1 “Betrayal at Calth? What’s that? Oh it’s a board game.. but you have to paint the miniatures? No thanks… I’ll take it back and get something else.”

2 “Betrayal at Calth? Sweet! I’ve been wanting to play this for a while. And I know a few wargamers, I wonder if I paid them would they paint the miniatures for me?”

3 “Betrayal at Calth? Sweet! I’ve always wanted an affordable Horus Heresy army! But I can only be Ultramarines or Word Bearers? Ah well, I guess I’ll choose one of the two…”

4 “Betrayal at Calth? Sweet! My Legion could use some support! And if I sell the board game bits I can buy some more toys on eBay!”

I find myself torn between the last two statements. I originally approached Mr. PaintingChap about blogging about my burgeoning Ultramarines army, which due to financial crisis I’ve since had to sell on. Needless to say I’ve been trying to find the money to get back into the Horus Heresy ever since – and with the release of Betrayal at Calth, it’s given me a gateway back into the hobby that I love.

I know there are people out there who will be happy to play the board game with unpainted miniatures, and there are those who will not. These are what I call “gateway gamers” they play games in one of any number of categories, be it card, board or video games, and Calth has shown them the gateway to table top gaming. Those who play without painting may find themselves getting more into board games, whereas those who are prepared to paint the miniatures, either themselves or pay people to paint for them, they may find the miniatures and the games rich background interesting, and look deeper into the world of wargames, which leads us on to scenario 3 and 4, and where I find myself.

I am a gamer. I play video, card, board and war games. I have been a wargamer since late 1999/early 2000. During my time in the hobby, I have had my “beer and chicks” phase, where I forsook my beloved hobby in pursuit of alcohol and attractive ladies. But like all things, my mistress called me back sometime in 2010 when I began to explore the Horus Heresy properly, and fell in love with the Thousand Sons. The story of the Thousand Sons, and the fall of Magnus grabbed me, and I instantly felt compelled to put paint to model. Unfortunately, there were no rules for us to play Heresy-era games, so my enthusiasm waned, and I focussed on other creative projects.

Then, with the release of Horus Heresy Vol. 1 – Betrayal, Forge World cunningly came up with a rules set that would work with the existing Warhammer 40000 rules, and allow you to use some of their miniatures to make an army and play Heresy-era, or 30k games. This gave me no end of joy as not only did I have a whole new group of geeky online friends, but some of them were coming up with really cool ideas. So I bought some basics, and considered how to make best use of them. However, with each passing book release came more and more interesting miniatures that I wanted to get my grubby little mitts on. So I found myself chopping and changing Legions more often than I care to mention. And now with the release of Betrayal at Calth and Forge World are now releasing Thousand Sons conversion parts, I can renew my beloved Thousand Sons project with vigour.

Next post in this series is due soon, keep your eyes peeled. 🙂

Twas The Night Before Christmas…

Well, the nights are getting colder, and the old calender is counting down the days to a particularly special day, for all mankind to celebrate, and be with their loved ones. A day commonly associated with red, jolliness and frivolity, and more than a few glasses of something to warm oneself. That’s right dear fellows, Christmas is but a few short days away. And to celebrate the joy of the season, I thought it would be nice to share a traditional story from my family that fellow hobbyists may enjoy. May your Christmas be jolly, full of holly… and other things ending in olly…

And for those of our number who are hoping Santa has a copy of Betrayal at Calth to put in their stocking, keep your eyes peeled in the New Year for a series of blogs with tips and tricks for how to get the most out of your armies using the Horus Heresy ruleset, and what to consider purchasing to expand your army when you do want to play bigger games.

From all at Team PaintingChap, we wish you a merry, healthy and peaceful Christmas, and a happy and prosperous New Year to all our friends, followers, contributors, and most importantly readers. Thank you for your support over the last year, and we hope to see you back in the New Year. Anyway, I’ll shut up and get on with the story. I hasten to add it is not a story of my own devising, if I knew who the writer was I would give due credit, however if you wish to know the source, please contact us.

Merry Christmas all :). ~Joe

 

 

Twas the night before 986996.M41, and all through the station
All there was clear, there was no abomination.
My helmet was set on the desk to my right,
On the chance that I was to need it that night.

The guardsmen were ensconced, asleep in their beds,
All the tanks too were safe, secure in the sheds.
Marines in the barracks, some manning the wall,
Assured me that the bastion never would fall.

When out in the yard there arose such discord
I grabbed up my bolter and unsheathed my sword.
Away to the window, I ran to take aim
As the marines around me all did the same.

My bionic eye turned the night into day
Allowed me to see, and to seek out my prey.
When what did my loyalist ocular show,
But an ancient conveyance, knee-deep in the snow.

The vehicle was pulled by horned quadrupeds
And a fiery red nimbus glowed from the sled.
The driver was mighty, his eyes full of scorn,
Dressed all in crimson like a servant of Khorne.

I gestured for other to shoot without pause,
For I was now certain this was Santa Claus.
“Fire Marines! Fire Guardsmen! Fire Ogryn and Ratlings!
Fire bolters! Fire lasguns! Fire mortars and gatlings!”

“You in the courtyard and you men on the walls!
Now blast away! Blast away! Blast away all!”
But all through this maelstrom the evil one flew,
Past plasma and bolt shells and frag that we threw!

And then, to my horror, I heard on the roof
The vile cavorting of each decadent hoof.
Screaming my orders, I spun quickly around,
As down the chimney shaft it came with a bound.

I saw its eyes glow, its vast stomach gurgle,
Bloated and fat, like a deamon of Nurgle.
Blinded by anger, I attacked with a scream –
Charged into battle with my brave space marines.

As we thundered towards him, closing the rift,
He reached in his satchel and pulled out a gift.
Then it tossed the vile boxes – I fell in a stoop,
As they arced through the air at me and my troops.

The wrapped missiles fell short, and plopped at our feet,
Our morale was quite strong, we did not retreat.
But the marines paused – our charge was disrupted,
They picked up the gifts and were quickly corrupted.

For each box contained a chaotic present –
The marines (damn their souls), found them quite pleasant.
A bolter, a flamer, a new power fist,
The Claus gave to all, and he checked off a list.

It moved through the station and left in its wake,
The sound of bright laughter and the stench of fruitcake.
The others succumbed, but it failed in its goal,
For to me it gave only a small pile of coal.

The station was lost, I could only instruct
The bastion computer to set self-destruct.
I failed to kill him, for I saw as I fled,
The target escaping, quite safe in his sled.

I heard it cry out as the base burst into light,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

We March For Macragge

So here we are, the start of my story here. My name is m0o0oeh, or Joe, or you can read my introductory post here to see the full list of nicknames, and why I’m here blogging.

You may find yourself asking what’s this box of junk? This, gentle reader, is, (short of a few bits and bobs) is to be turned into the bulk of my 30k Ultramarines army.

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This little selection of ForgeWorld bags, cork, little bits of terrain, and the bundle of black in the bottom of the bag, is my attempt to re-base my 30k Ultramarines to 32mm bases, before they get primed etc.

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So, what is all this junk now?! This (again, barring for a few odds and sods) the bulk of my (resin) 30k Ultramarines army, which equates to a 20 man Tactical Squad, and a 5 man Heavy Support Squad, I still have a Contemptor dreadnought tucked away in my “Unstarted Hobby Crack” box, along with a few other shiny things, and my Praetor, Recon Squad, Outrider Squad. Basically anything that I felt wouldn’t necessarily be improved by receiving the whole 32mm base treatment

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So here are the first 3 marines on their spangly new 32mm bases. If you’re thinking the bases are a bit plain, you’d be correct! I re-based these in the 5 minutes downtime between picking my fiance up from work and getting ready to go to work myself. Don’t worry, they’re ‘armless.. Ha! Geddit? No? Gods….I don’t know why I bother, my old man’s a vegetable, gibber gibber…

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Ahem, yes, sorry about that, hadn’t taken my anti-depressants. I’m good now though. Anyways, enough of this jibber jabber, this is a collection of my force as the2y stand (admittedly on their old 28mm bases. I’ve tried to go for a dynamic, and slightly (dare I say it) narrative posing of the models, so they’re re-loading, jumping, things of that sort.

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I thought this chap deserved some merit as in my last game, as he lead his squad to wipe out a 10 man Tactical Support squad with volkite weaponry in one turn. I don’t know how, I shall simply thank the dice-based gods for their intervention.

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This fine fellow, is my Legion Centurion, specifically, my Moritat. I have deliberately chosen not to take him down the twin plasma pistol chainfire-cheese of death, but something not necessarily as good in game terms, but for me, the choice was made when I played the demo of Space Marine on my XBox 360. The level where you play as an assault marine and jump way up high and smoosh Orks into the ground was deeply satisfying. I was channeling that memory when I built this model. This fellow also allowed me to kitbash, to a certain extent.

The torso, legs and jetpack are all from the Blood Angels Sanguinary Guard. They have had all the blood drops, and similar overtly angelic symbology removed, and soon to be replaced by some Ultramarine brass etch details. The head is part of a pack of 10 from MaxMini.eu, and the dread thunderhammer (which to be truthful, I’d love to replace with something a little less bulky, but I like the balance between the ornate work on the armour, and the sheer bulk of the hammer.

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Remember that first picture at the top of the page? No? That’s fine, feel free to scroll back up to refresh your memory. Refreshed? Yes? No? Tough, I’m carrying on anyway. This is what I have dubbed as my “Heresy Drawer.” I have two of these 3-drawer units, usually plastic construction, and stackable, and have 4 drawers of hobby supplies and things, and this one in the picture below me is the contents of my Heresy drawer, some of the gems of which have been pulled out for further detail/perusal/explanation below.. .

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So this is the original figure for Marneus Calgar, the head honcho of the Ultramarines in the 41st Millenium. I don’t really have a great use for him in 30k, so I am tempted to run him as a Centurion as and when I drop my jetpack-powered one

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These two handsome chaps are Rogue Trader-era Demolisher marines (that is to say they will be added to my RT Demolisher squad, as their heavy bolters will be most useful. I got these from a chap on the Oldhammer Community group on Facebook. If you’re a hobby Longbeard, I would recommend you check the group out, some really neat stuff comes through there.

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More Rogue Trader marines for me to play with! Apologies for the squiffiness, perhaps one of the more advanced servo-skulls can adjust this for me.

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This most excellent gentleman is the old 3rd edition Space Marine command squad captain. I have had my eye on trying to get one of these chaps for a long time, and got him in a trade with a fellow Oldhammerer. Thoroughly chuffed!

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And that, gentle reader, is my first official (non-introductory) post to PaintingChap. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. Do you like my writing style? Do you want more 30k content, or would you like me to explore some of the other game systems out there? I’m fairly new to this whole blogging thing, and I’d appreciate any constructive comments you guys may be able to give me.

m0o =)

Hello Swindon, I am here!

Hello dear Painters! My name is m0o0oeh, and I am a new contributor to the Paintingchap blog. My primary purpose on this blog is to show you cool and shiny miniatures wot I done painted. I’m also going to be concurrently posting on my own dedicated hobby blog (wemarchformacragge.wordpress.com,) which will primarily chronicle the advance of my Horus Heresy/30k Ultramarines army, but if there’s anything I’m particularly proud of, it’ll probably go up there too.

I suppose I’d better tell you a little bit about myself, hadn’t I? My name is Joe, although online (twitter, and a number of other forums) I am known as m0o0oeh. I don’t expect you to know how I pronounce my name, so just call me moo. I live near Swansea, in Wales. I am obviously a hobbyist, or else I wouldn’t be writing this blog post now would I? I started hobbying sometime around 1999/2000 in my last year in Comprehensive school. My brother had been introduced to Warhammer by a friend of his, and whilst he liked the models, the olde worlde look and feel to his friends Empire army didn’t spark his imagination as much as the Warhammer 40000 universe did. He came home with a Steel Legion Sentinel, and I was hooked. I went out the next weekend, and came home with a Black Templar squad, which I quickly assembled and painted. Soon, my army grew in strength. Then, the shiny bug bit, and I couldn’t just paint Black Templars. By the start of 4th edition 40k, I had collected all of the previous army books, and had a game-legal force (of some size) for all the armies.

So what about now? Well, I finally found the time and money to buy myself another Black Templars force, I have a small Necron force which is a throwback to 3rd or 4th ed when the plastics were released, and now I have my 30k Ultramarines. For thematic reasons I’ve placed them on Calth, and I’m currently working out a list for them so I can go to a campaign weekend in Warhammer World in November.

I’m not just a GW hobbyist though, oh no! I have forces for Malifaux (Viktoria’s, The Dreamer, Rasputina,) Infinity (Caldeonian Highlanders,) Relics (Britannans and Yuem,)

I appreciate that was a huge wall of text to read, but thank you if you did,

E-cookie to anyone who gets the title!

TL; DR: Hi, I’m Joe, I’m going to be a new blogger here. Shiny pictures incoming in the next week or two.