Monday, June 30, 2014

More Executioners Tactical Marines

Here are the final Marines to make up my third Tactical squad. This includes their sergeant, Koshek. He marks my return to using the Dark Angels Veteran backpack for my sergeants. The twin skull exhausts are just perfect for the Executioners.

Friday, June 27, 2014

7th Edition Battle Report: Executioners vs Grey Knights

Brother-Captain Amalric reined in his steed, he eyes scanning the northern horizon. His helmet’s auto-senses flagged several power armored forms moving on the horizon. Behind him was a recently ruined city, still smoking from an overwhelming assault. The Executioners had found it that way, and had landed troops to investigate such slaughter on an Imperial world. Based on the damage inflicted and the corpses they found, the had quickly discovered that the city had been purged by Imperial Space Marines. Not wanting to waste valuable resources, Amalric had deployed Chapter serfs and servitors to scavenge what resources they could. The Fourth Company’s stores had been dangerously reduced during their penitent crusade.

“At least we know who purged the city,” he said to his Command squad over their private vox. “Perhaps we should introduce ourselves. There may be more battles to fight here. Does anyone recognize their heraldry?” The approaching Astartes wore extremely baroque, silver power armor. As they closed the distance, it became clear that they carried an assortment of power weapons and storm bolters, hardly Codex armament. Two massive battle walkers followed their smaller brethren.

“I do not think they would accept our help,” intoned Death-Speaker Chareos. All eyes turned to regard the old Chaplain’s skull helm. “They are Grey Knights,” he continued, “Secretive hunters of daemons. They will not want any witnesses to their deeds here.” He let the final sentence hang in the vox as the other veterans considered its implications. Amalric’s words broke the silence, broadcast to all of the Executioners Astartes and staff.

“Brother-Captain Amalric to all Executioners. Take up defensive positions and prepare for battle against enemy Astartes. Do not antagonize them, but return fire if fired upon. All serfs and servitors, return to the drop site and await extraction.”

Monday, June 23, 2014

Executioners Tactical Marines

Here's the first batch of Tactical Marines that I promised. It's a simple 4 bolter Marines, but they were a relaxing paint job, probably because they are so simple and familiar. These will go toward my ability to field a third Tactical squad in my army. I've found that this really helps me to have a good scoring presence at the end of the game.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Space Marine Codex Review: Tactical Squads

The Tactical squad is the most basic and ubiquitous Space Marine unit. As a Troops choice, they have several advantages over most. They’ve got an above average statline, a great armor save, and an excellent basic gun, and they have the option to take a special weapon and a heavy weapon, as well as weapon upgrades for the Sergeant. This allows the Tactical squad to fulfill a variety of roles on the battlefield. Combine this with And They Shall Know No Fear and you get a durable, reliable objective holder that can help take out the enemy. The downside here is that you have to pay for all of this, so a fully equipped Tactical squad will cost as much as the Elite squads from many other codices.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Death-Speaker Chareos

Here is the last member of my mounted Command Squad, the Death-Speaker (or Chaplain if you follow the Codex Astartes more closely). I know Chaplains aren't common choices for Space Marine armies at the moment, but there were a few reasons I decided to make one.

Friday, June 13, 2014

My Favorite 7th Edition Rule Changes

As I mentioned in my last post, most of the rules for 7th Edition are the same as they were in 6th. Even so, there are a lot of small changes that I think really benefit the game. Spoilers, but I don't think there are any that will make my Blood Angels work on the tabletop again.

1) The new psychic phase is the biggest deal. In the long run, it means that less powers will be cast each turn and that players will have to prioritize their powers and focus on the one that is important each turn. No longer can you cast every power you have just because you have them. Armies with access to only a few psykers (such as Space Marines) will still find them useful against most armies, though they'll be shut down by the really psyker heavy builds. It still remains to be seen if these psyker heavy builds will dominate the game or if psychic powers are too expensive and random to be worth the points investment.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Product Review: 7th Edition

Now that life is getting back to normal, I've picked up the new 40K rules and had a chance to read them cover to cover. The biggest difference from previous editions is that it's been split into three different books, one each covering models, background, and rules. This is pretty awesome, as it makes it much easier to carry the rules to games without having to carry around 300 pages of extraneous material.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Status Update

Hi All. I don't have any new content today because I spent the last week on my honeymoon. While I enjoyed some much needed relaxation, I did make the honeymoon a gaming free time. This was partially out of respect to my new wife, but also because I was getting tired of all the drama associated with the release of 7th Edition. As a result, I haven't picked up the new rules yet so I'll be a bit behind the curve discussing them.

Along with that, the release of a new Edition will also slow down my Tactica: Space Marines. I don't want to post any new unit reviews without knowing how the new Edition affects them. I really hope it won't invalidate my previous entries. I really don't want to re-write all of those Chapter Tactics reviews.

Anyway, you can expect my normal models and hobby content to continue, along with my initial thoughts on the increasingly controversial 7th Edition as soon as I can get my hands on it. Tacticas will have to be postponed until I feel like I have a better handle on the current game.

Thanks for reading!
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