Friday, 1 December 2017

New Games Workshop Survey

Hi all


Games Workshop have given us all a chance to have our say in a new survey. 


The link to the survey is below. I would suggest that we all should take the time out to do this, as it is a really good chance to get some things off our chest. And you never know, Games Workshop may even take onboard some of the feedback given. On top of that, there is a chance to win a £50 voucher!!! It’s a no brainer 


https://www.warhammer-community.com/2017/11/30/say-big-community-survey-nov-30gw-homepage-post-1/

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Aveinus Kaane: Hobby Update 1




Hello everyone,

It's been a while since I have posted on Age of Warhammer, so I have decided in a bid to start providing more content on the blog whilst still posting on the Battle Bunnies, I will be doing a monthly hobby update. This will be to keep you up to date with my current progress in the world of fantasy wargaming plus any news or rumours I am personally excited about!

It will just be a monthly post but hopefully in the future when we get the campaign up and running there will be a second one from me on any campaign developments or battle reports we put together.

So, lets get started...


News & Rumours


So this section will just be my take on anything news or rumour related that I am personally excited about or that I am looking forward too. It won't be everything, but just the best bits or something I might want to have a moan about. Which brings me to this guy...





Don't get me wrong I do love the new Games Workshop and how they are now operating but I can't say I was pleased to see another stormcast hero revealed. Obviously it's great for stormcast players but could we please have a hero for another faction next time GW? I understand they are the poster boys of AoS but I think he is now the 16th leader option for the faction, from what I can see from the GHB 2017 points page.

Now a new plastic vampire would definitely be amazing to see but the model below is still pretty awesome, plus the new warrior queen that has also be revealed. So lets hope with the Malign Portents campaign we'll see a big death release!


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But overall I am very happy with how things are going for AoS currently, I'm just hoping we'll see an updated faction release or a new faction release soon. I'm thinking Nurgle next and then maybe a death release. Not sure where we'll see the rumoured elf faction though!

What do you think will come next?


Warhammer Total War

So if you haven't played this game yet on the PC I thoroughly recommend you do so. It really is terrific and vastly superior in my opinion to the newest Dawn of War game. Creative Assembly have really done a great job.

Particularly with the new Mortal Empires update you can pretty much play as any race from the old world and I am sure the missing ones like the Tomb Kings will have a DLC soon or will be included in the third game.

I am a Dwarf player through and through so the Dwarfs or Clan Angrund have been my main choices to play as so far. I have been playing on the hard difficulty setting which really does provide you with a tough challenge. I may try my hand at the very hard difficulty setting in the future but its going to take some practice!

Below is a graphic showing the territory I have conquered.




It's not a great tactical overview but it shows you the current situation. The light blue to the east and south are my territories with a few scattered over towards the west and the mountains near to Bretonnia.

The red is the Empire and the yellow represents the Border Princes who are both close allies. With the brown being the last few Vampire Count settlements.

The initial challenge was quite hard, as I had to try to wipe out the Greenskins quickly and efficiently while I hoped Zhufbar and Karak Kadrin could hold off the vampires long enough for me to move north again after I destroyed the orcs. Thankfully they did and I then overwhelmed them, buy supporting the empire with gifts of gold to keep them closing in on them from the west!

Next month I'll be able to show some more progress, when I hope to confederate with Clan Angrund to deal with the powerful and concentrated wood elf armies!


Modelling and Painting
 

So onto the actual hobby progress...

As a player I am mostly interested in improving my painting and gaming. I do like the tactics and strategy involved with more competitive gaming so I am hoping when I have finished an army, i'll have the chance to try out another tournament. However, finishing an army is a long way off!

As I said previously I am a Dwarf player at heart so I have been working on the beginnings of a Dispossessed army for the last few months. So here are the first five hammerers I have almost finished...



Although they lack dynamic poses they really are lovely models and have been great to paint. The two on the front right hand side of the picture are the two most completed of the bunch. As I have finished the gem stones.




The haft of the hammer has not been completed yet as I am still deciding on the colour that will tie the army together cohesively but at the moment its looking like it will be a base of screamer pink and then it will be built up from there.

I am currently working on the war horn bearer who is in the background, I'll show you a better shot of him next time and also give you a look at the models from behind.

The goal is to complete these five with blonde beards before moving on to the next five who will have either brown, ginger or grey beards. I'll do them in batches of five until I eventually have a unit of 20!

Moving onto bases...




Something I have really wanted to improve with this army is my basing ability. In previous armies I have just done the bare minimum, but I know if I do want to enter painting competitions in the future I'll have to improve my basing a lot. So I have been doing a lot of testing.

I have settled on using slate chippings rather than cork, so some of the models will be stood on rocks whilst others will just be on dirt with smaller rocks scattered at their feet.




Above is what I have settled on colour wise, but I am now looking into what foliage and flock I can potentially use to make them look like a rocky Dwarven hillside but with some grass and flowers to make them interesting and eye catching.

I am also trying to make them fit well with the terrain we'll be using for where the Dwarves are situated in the campaign which is predominantly grass and rocks.

I'll have a lot more for you to see on this in my next post as I should have more foliage by that point. It really is just about testing things out at the moment to find the right look.


AoS Gaming


I have not played any games of age of sigmar for a while now, which is my fault for swapping from Ironjawz to a new army. Although I have been watching a lot on the Warhammer TV stream and looking into what kind of army I would like to build for the Dwarves from a campaign point of view and from a competitive point of view.

For the campaign it will just be a combination of the units I would like to use, so it will be a nice and fun army for my fellow bloggers to play against.

Where as for any future tournament I have been looking at how I could create a good list from what the Dispossessed have available to them (Which isn't much, so it will probably crash and burn! lol) Although I do like the challenge, so expect to see more on that next time.

Well thank you for reading and I will hopefully have even more to talk about next time, any questions just fire away below and i'll get back to them when possible!


Aveinus Kaane

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Interview with David Guymer

Hi all


Shortly after the Black Library Weekender, I contacted David Guymer to see if he would like to contribute to this blog in the form of an interview. He gracefully accepted. 


I hope you enjoy :-) 


Could you tell us how and when you got into the hobby?


Like a lot of gamers my age, I started out playing Space Crusade, and through that discovered the wider world of Games Workshop. I picked up a box of Clanrats aged 12 and never looked back



You have a PhD in molecular microbiology. How did you go from that, to being an author? 


Science is a great career full of great people, as satisfying and inspiring as anything a creative person could want. And it doesn’t actually pay too badly, despite what scientists like to complain about when they compare themselves to vets, doctors, or City financiers (compare themselves to authors and they’d feel much happier). Unfortunately the career path of a scientist probably hasn’t changed much since Isaac Newton’s day and is essential a pyramid with a whole lot PhD students at the bottom, a few post-doctoral scientists in the middle, and the big guy on top.


It doesn’t take a PhD in anything to figure out that not all of those students at the bottom can end up being the guy on the top.

 

Despite how much I loved the work I knew I was never going to be that guy, so started looking for other things. The desire to write was starting to come along at about the same time. I was lucky that the first story I wrote, The Tilean’s Talisman, was picked up by Black Library through their open submissions window.



What influenced your writing growing up? 


Since I never had any great inclination to write when I was younger, it’s difficult to say in hindsight. But I read Fantasy and SF almost exclusively. Terry Pratchett, Anne McCaffrey, Brian Jaques, Robin Jarvis, the Darksword Books by Magaret Weiss.



Who is your favourite author, and why? 


There’s any number I could name, generally depending on what I’m ready at the time. Any of those names I mentioned above would be high on my list, as would Joe Abercrombie, Conn Iggulden, Dan Abnett or Bernard Cornwell.


But I’d probably name Lois McMaster Bujold as my favourite author. She writes Fantasy and SF that is filled with great ideas, but that always manage to move me with great characters.



You were one of the guests at the Black Library weekender. What are your thoughts on how the event went? 


I love these events because they’re a chance to get out of the house and meet people. There’s a few Black Library guys I know well (Josh, and Guy, and Gav for instance) and a few I don’t, and it was nice to have a good talk with Jim Swallow and David Annandale, meet Robbie McNiven for the first time, as well put faces to the legion of new names behind the scenes at Black Library. Unfortunately we’re always kept so busy that the event itself becomes something of a blur and I never leave feeling that I’ve done everything or seen everyone that I wanted to. It wasn’t helped that I went to bed before midnight on the Saturday. As a parent of a toddler I was torn between the competing desires for a chance to drink until late and the chance for a night’s uninterrupted sleep.

 

I’m not sure either won.



Out of all of your novels with Black Library, which one are you most proud of? 

 

The Gotrek and Felix novels Kinslayer and Slayer, probably. Writing the concluding parts to such a long-running and well-loved series, there was a lot riding on it, and I knew that if I didn’t knock it out of the park then the fandom would remember it forever. I think Slayer is still my highest rated book, which is satisfying.



If you could choose what race or event you would like to write a novel on, what would it be? 


I’m a lifelong skaven player, so anything involving skaven. They’ve poked their heads above ground a few times now in Age of Sigmar but they’ve not had a novel that really looks at them in detail yet.



Do you play the hobby? If so, what armies do you collect? 


I come and go. I’ve currently got an Adeptus Mechanicus army for 40K, doubling as a Shadow War warband, and a Malignants/Sylvaneth (I think they look good together) army for Age of Sigmar. I was recently at the Warhammer World open day however and I’m totally sold on the new Necromunda. I was Orlocks and Goliaths back in the day, but I think I’m going to wait and see what the new Van Saar or Delaque miniatures look like.



Can you tell us what you are working on now, and when you aim to complete it?


I’m working on a few things right now.

 

Probably the most exciting thing is the return of Gotrek Gurnisson to the Age of Sigmar, a 4-part audio series that was announced at the Black Library Weekender and which will be out late next year. That’s actually finished, but I’m working through some re-writes so the actors involved (some big names apparently) can read the scripts before Christmas.

 

I’m also working on another Age of Sigmar with the working title of ‘Knight Questor’ which follows the Hamilcar Bear-Eater character from my earlier short stories and audios. He’s something of a larger than life, Ciaphas Cain type character, and if he’s as popular with the fans as with the editorial staff then I’ll be well satisfied.



Thursday, 23 November 2017

New AOS and 40k models

Hi all


Today on Warhammer Community, there has been quite a few new models shown off. 


Firstly, we have a new Lord-Celestant





The. Onto 40k, we have 2 new Primaris Space Marine Lieutenants. One Blood Angel and one Dark Angel. 







These will be released with new codexes, which apparently we will see by the end of the year 





We also have some new easy to build Primaris Aggressors and Redemptor Dreadnought.







Next we have a new Sly Marbo model.





And finally we have some easy to build Blightlord Terminators, Lord of Contagion and a Myphitic Blight-hauler. 







All really great models to add to your Death Guard army. 


All of this new stuff looks really great, and is really tempting me to go back into some 40k. 


Take care

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Rumour Engine 21/11

Hi all

Below is a new teaser picture onWarhammer Community. 




I for one, really don’t have a clue what this could be. Maybe someone with a beast at the end of the chain, or maybe someone holding/hanging off something like the Dark Elder do with the Raider model. 

Put what you guys/girls think this might be in the comments below, as I would be very interested the hear other people’s ideas. 

Take care :-) 

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Coming soon from Black Library

Hi all. 


The final seminar of the weekend was of course the ‘Coming soon from Black Library’


Now this was very quick, so I don’t think I was able to catch all of them, but here we go


Horus Heresy

Jaghatai Khan. New Primarchs book by Chris Wraight


Ferrus Manus. New Primarchs book by David Guymer






Vulkan. New Primarchs book by David Annandale


The Burden of Loyalty. A collections of short story’s for the Horus Heresy. 


The other 2 Horus Heresy novels, Wolfbane an Slaves to Darkness, I have mentioned in previous posts.


Warhammer 40K

Lords of silence. The start of a new Death Guard series by Chris Wraight


The Magos. New Eisenhorn novel by Dan Abnett


Titian’s bane. A new audio drama.


Ashes of Prospero. New Space wolf novel by Gav Thorpe


Blood of Iax. New Primaris marine trilogy.


Imperator. New novel by Gav Thorpe.





Sons of the Hydra. New Alfa legion novel by Rob Sanders 


Lukas the Trickster. New Space Wolf novel by Josh Reynolds 


Knightsblade. A sequel to Kingsbade by Andy Clark





Legacy of Dorm. New Crimson Fist novel.


Castellan. The second book in the Grey Knights series by David Annandale





Hunger. New Flesh Tearers novel 


Soul bound. New Raven Guard Audio Drama


Choose Your Enemies. New Ciaphas Cain novel.


Incarnation. Book 2 of the Horusian Wars by John French


Age of Sigma


Neferata: Monarch of Blood. David Annandale


Nagash: Undying King. This was formally a special addition. 


Blacktalon. A novel about Neave Blacktalon by Andy Clark.


They also announced that Gotrek will make an appearance in some up coming audio dramas.


At the end of the seminar, they announced that they do plan to do both a Black Library Live and a Black Library Weekender in 2018.  


That’s it form me, I really did enjoy the weekender and spent far too much money, as always lol. But I still can not wait to do it all again soon. 


Take care :-) 

Wolfsbane. New Horus Heresy Novel

Hi. 


Next up was the Wolf against Wolf seminar with Guy Haley, and this one was very exciting. 







This was about the next Horus Heresy novel called Wolfsbane. As you can see from the cover, we know the Leman Russ and Horus have a confrontation, and Russ has the Emperors own spear. 


Guy then read the prologue of the book, which was all about Horus meeting Russ for the first time on Fenris, which was very cool, and had a lot of dialogue with the Emperor.  


As with the actual details of the novel, it is set just before the battle of yarem and Jaghatai Khan and Sanguinius have both arrived at Terra, and dispute Dorns wishes, Russ wants to go and confront Horus. Russ is aware that he will not be able to beat Hours if he assaults him head on, however he has a plan, which involves him going back to Fenris. There is also a lot of information about Beta Garmon. Unfortunately, Guy was not able to give any more details. 


The release date is not certain yet, however, it will not be far off.


Guy then went on the say that he is writing at least one more novel in the Horus Heresy, and he is doing more in the Primarch series. 


This book sounds really good, and I’m very interested about the actually fight between Russ and Horus because, well, who doesn’t like a Primarch duel? 


Take care :-)