Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Book review - Dark Imperium

Another Quick hit today. I have just finished reading the new Dark Imperium novel that I got for Christmas. Ok, so it might not be that new anymore but it was new to me. I haven't read much 40k stuff in recent years, the last thing that I read was the first trilogy for Ragnar, which I greatly enjoyed and have been meaning to read the second trilogy ever since, but at the time I read the first one is was not out yet. Having just looked, it was apparently published back in 2009! That's a long time ago now, I really should read more!

As for the Dark Imperium book itself, I really enjoyed reading the book. While I would not say it was a gripping as some other book I have read, both 40k ones and other genres, it was a good read. The story moved on nicely and always kept you wanting to read more and find out where things were going. There was also a few nice little teasers and intriguing bits in the book. Most, if not all, of these have already been seen and written about, such as Crawl having new marines with traitor gene-seeds or Crawls use of Xenos technology in many of his inventions. It does open many doors for GW to move the story and the technology on from where it presently stands. What really got me about the story though, was how many of the new marines, who in reality are actually old old marines, and the Primarch view the modern imperium. How archaic and regressive the place has become, how technologies that were taken for granted have become bastardised and corrupted. Even simple things like servitors and cherubs, which we all just take as being part of the 40k universe but are seen as vulgar and well, crap, compared to those from the 30k imperium. I am assuming that at some point we will get Primaris Tech Marines or something similar, trained by Crawl or one of his minions, and so will we see a return of some of the 30k technologies or even just some cleaner, more visually pleasing (?) models?

One other thing about the novel, is that it does make me like the Primaris Marines a bit more. They don't come across completely "i'm much better than you", in the book, they just act as marines act, but they do seem to be favoured by the primarch a lot more that the normal marines. I still don't like the back story at the moment and I really hope that they add to it and make the role of the Eldar more known and understood, or at least accepted that they had more of a hand in these things than we know at the moment.

If you haven't read the book, then I would recommend reading it as it is a good book but I would not jump it to the top of your reading list if you have one.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Easy Build boxes.

When I was down at the in-laws over the Christmas period, I took a walk into town to treat myself to a Costa (there's none around where I live) and I thought I would take a wonder down to the local toy shop and see what was on there shelves. Much to my surprise I can across these!

Only a few boxes hidden in amongst the boxes of Airfix and Revell

Not the complete collection, but some is better than none.

Now, I was initially very excited to see these boxes, as I haven't seen them around before and I don't know if they still produce them as all but the fact that they are there is great. This is the chance to introduce a new generation in to the hobby. However, I then noticed the prices!

I though that these were supposed to be easy build, snap fit starter sets, but for this price you could get a full multipart plastic kits!

Take the landspeeder, in the build+paint kit you get a speeder with heavy bolter and a small piece of terrain. Ok so you can't buy the terrain piece, but the speeder will cost you 18.50 direct from games workshop, but the build+paint set in the toy shop was 23.99! That means that the small terrain piece is going to cost you at least 5.49! Oh, and don't forget its snap fit with fixed options. It was the same with the bike kit. In it you get a bike and a hero, also known as a terminator, for the grand sum of 17.99. A bike off GW will cost you 20 for 3 bikes! That works out at about 6.66 per bike, a long was short of the 17.99 for the kit. The terminator is just a snap fit 3 edition model, (I think!) with storm bolter and power fist.

Its the same with the ork boxes. I haven't bben through all of there costs to see how they compare, but I would not be surprised to see that they too were massively over priced, being on sale for; 17.99 for the ork bike, 23.99 for the trukkboyz and a massive 38.99 for the ork raiders set.

Now, I don't know what the prices are supposed to be, I can only find them in dollars, but they are only a couple of dollars more that they are on sale for in pounds, which doesn't sound right, plus I don't know how much the various parts go for over the pond. Has anyone else seen these kits up for sale? How much were they up for? I'd be interested to know.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Telegraph article

Don't know if any of you have seen this, but it makes a interesting and quick read.


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

2018 Resolutions

With 2017 gone and 2018 upon us, its time to set some goals for this year. While there were a few points that were left outstanding from last year, i will only be looking to carry over two points. These will join a number of new points.

¹) paint up the remainder of the Dagr Ormr Militarum Tempestus force. - this has been started and a colour scheme for the PDF that accompany and support the scions has been chosen.

²) find a suitable base material for all my forces. - i think i have settled on one of the army painter battlefields scatters for the main part, i just need to take the plunge and do it.

³) finish building my jungle plant terrain. - need MDF boards and plaster mix, oh and time.

⁴) get pictures of the complete hjaltland LI and Eagle Knights. - as my first and second fully painted armies ever, this is something i really want to do.

5) get as much of the Hrossey Yeomanry and Dark Guardians primed and base coated as possible. - these are the next two armies to be painted after the Dagr Ormr, with Hrossey being the first of the two.

6) update my narratives, taking in to account the 8th edition universe. - the setting and armies all need updating, but especially the Dark Guardians and Eagle Knights, in light of there respective codices.

7) finish off my inquisitorial warband. - a fluff thing more than anything, but will help to tie things together.

8) add in new models, ogryns bodyguard's and MT transports. - shiny new models are always fun, but bodyguard's are new to the codex and the scions have been waiting for transport your ages. ( Come on anvil industries, where are the Taipan APC's you showed us?)

So, not as many points as last year, you'll notice i dropped the one about selling stuff!, but still a few things to do. This year will possibly see a few changes to my hobby, as the young lady is starting nursery this year and this may give me a little bit of time to indulge myself in the odd afternoon of painting.