Alien Worlds

Before the close of August I wanted to give one more blast from Armorcast.  One of the toughest terrains to find is items that represent an alien landscape.  Aquarium vegetation and some specific finds in the flower décor department are great, yet the boards are always missing something.  Centerpiece terrain.  Terrain that truly looks foreign in nature.  Few places have them and I’m happy to point out that Armorcast is one of them.

Armorcast has a wide variety of alien plant life that could double for some of that classic death world terrain.  They also have birthing pods for alien fauna or perhaps something more sinister.

This terrain would look great accented with some of that aquarium terrain I mentioned earlier.

They also have great looking terrain to accompany any Nid board you have.  Plant life that looks like it is ready to burst with biomatter.  Endless consumption on the way to the digestive pools.  Armorcast Biolab terrain can help flesh out that special space or bring more character to your death world.

 

Don’t forget about their great discount offered to our listeners thru the end of 2017.

1_editedArmorcast was kind enough to send me a kit to give away to our listeners.  Please check facebook or twitter to see if you received a message from us.

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The Spice of Gaming Tables

A pinch here.  A dash there.  Scatter terrain can really add to the landscape of your gaming table.  Armorcast has loads of terrain pieces that make excellent scatter terrain.  So much in fact that I recommend visiting their website www.armorcast.com .  I am only able to show you enough to dip the toe in the waters of all they create and carry.

Some shining examples.  Your trying to find some unique pieces to go in that lab or space vessel.

What about a busy rail yard, loading docks, warehouse, you name it.  Nothing makes that terrain come more alive than having little bits stacked, leaning, piled up and grouped together throughout your gaming table.  Warehouses and docks are full of stuff, this is a time when it is okay to take the cap off the spice bottle and apply in spoonful’s.

When imagination sparks, sometimes you have to just go with it.  Add those missing pieces to your power station, warp gate and chemical facility.  Let the energy fill your vision and conduct it through your gaming table.

Don’t be afraid to stray from the recipe, you never know what unique gaming tables you will create.  Go and check out all the great scatter terrain from Armorcast.

Armorcast was kind enough to send me kits to give away to our listeners.

In addition, Armorcast is giving our listeners 10% off until the end of the year. 

Use coupon code: INQUIS

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

Selling the Scene

We are back again with Armorcast, our Model Terrain Company of the Month.  We all know that models are our little actors and that the gaming table is our stage.  The setting and backdrop is the terrain.  All are equally important in pulling you into the game and enhancing your hobby experience.

What about selling it?  I’m not talking about hocking your terrain, I’m talking about taking it to a level that pulls you into the scene.  Whether it’s water effects or smoky cotton, these little extras really sell your display or gaming environment that you worked so hard to set up.

What about your models, your  little actors?  Rippling water is cool, yet your actor is missing something.  They seem apart from the scene instead of in it.  Armorcast has just the thing to make your models actions come alive.

Armorcast Cinematic Effects take that final step to sell that scene.  Muzzles flashing, guns blazing, las weapons shooting hot lances of energy at your foe.  They have it in all sizes.

Missiles firing, shell casings ejecting, or my personal favorite, spraying the purifying, ever holy, hot promethium on your foes.

They also have a variety of explosions from grenades to exploding pieces of vehicles.  Following up explosions is rolling plumes of smoke help sell the scene of burnt out vehicles.

Lastly is one of my favorites for jump troops.  I always thought is would be really cool to have a squad of jump troops in multiple stages of the jump, dynamically moving towards the enemy.  One thing that has always been missing was the blasting off effect.  Armorcast has that covered too.  Check these out.

ACFX045JumpPackBlast-250x250Go and check out all the Cinematic Effects from Armorcast and get inspired to sell your own scene.

Armorcast was kind enough to send me kits to give away to our listeners.  Give the Armorcast Facebook page a ‘like’ and stay current on their latest releases.  Expect more great stuff in the weeks ahead.

 

As Always:

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

 

8th Edition Apocalypse (house) Rules

I’ve been working on additional rules for the local Apocalypse Events that I frequently host.  I can honestly say that with 4 years and 20 successful apocalypse events under my belt, a lot of thought has gone into these optional rules. 

These are house rules and are in no way endorsed or sponsored by Games Workshop.  Feel free to use them for your events.

Choosing your army:  Power Level points will be used.  All models will follow the “What you see is what you get”.  Levels may be subject to change during each event.

Getting Set Up:

One person will be chosen by their teammates to represent their side as Warmaster.  This person will make rolls for their side, place objectives and pick stratagems.  Most importantly it is this person’s job will be to keep their side moving along during the player turns.  The Warmaster’s Warlord becomes an objective worth 3 command points.

Game Turn:

Timed Turn Length Option: Player turns will not exceed 40min.

All Core turn rules are the same with the exception of the fight phase.

Replace sentence “After all charging units have fought. . . ” with the following:

After all charging units have fought, all the players on a side alternate choosing eligible units to fight with (starting with the players turn it is) until all eligible units on both sides have fought once each.  If sides are uneven in player count involved in the Fight phase, then a side may not choose more than the minimum number of players involved on a given side.  I.e. if there are 4 players on team A and 5 players on team B involved in the Fight phase, then no more than 4 eligible units can be chosen at a time per side

Other things of Note:

Claiming an Objective: A side controls an objective marker if they have more models within 6” of the centre of it than their opponent.  Any special rules regarding claiming objectives, such as the Space Marines ability “Defenders of Humanity” apply.  Each objective is worth 2 command points unless otherwise stated for the mission.  Objectives are scored at the end of every game turn.

Reserves:  No reserve roll is required and units may enter play counting as moved during the movement phase.

Command Points:

Command points entering the game are based on Detachments only.  The 3 cps base does not apply.  (this is to keep things even in case of one side having more players than the other)

The Command Points are then tallied up for the side and stratagems are picked by the Warmaster.  Stratagems can be used more than once, but not more than once in the same phase.

Terrain and Cover:

-All area terrain, obstacle, barricades, etc.  You must subtract from the units charge distance.

-All infantry models of a unit must be partially in the terrain to receive cover.  Touching is not considered “in” or “on” the terrain.

-In addition, the 50% obscured applies to all models out of terrain as well, so long as the target unit is 50% obscured from view by the targeting model.  Players please give the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the abstractness that is deciding what is 50% obscured from the view of the shooting unit.  Infantry can take advantage of this rule so long as each model in the unit is 50% obscured.  So just like area terrain, they do not gain the benefit unless everyone in the unit is obscured.

(Below is Work in Progress)

Apocalypse Stratagems

Blind Barrage: “A thick barricade of smoke protects your troops advance”  The opponent must subtract 1 from any hit rolls when shooting at your units if they are more than 12” away.

Camouflage: Nominate a friendly HQ unit.  All friendly models within 24” add 1 for cover to their saving throw.

August is for Armorcast

This month I reached out to one of the terrain company originals, Armorcast.  They have been in the biz since I’ve been in this hobby and they are still going strong.  Since the days of my first Reaver Titan, I’m always looking to see what cool stuff they are creating and how I can use it on the table top to better create my story.  I have boxes of there resin terrain kits for various projects I’m working on.  Over time I’ll be completing those projects and showing off pics and telling people just where I got those pieces that make the terrain pop.  Why wait when I can show you some cool stuff now.

Urban settings are very popular in the setting of Warhammer 40k and Armorcast has some great scenery for this.  Gothic to modern they have some great pieces for your table.  The Cathedral is amazing and they have a ruined version too.  I really like the modularity of the Goth Tech kits.  I was already thinking how I can combine this with other kits to make some truly amazing scenery.  If you are more into the modern look, they have you covered there as well.  Plenty of room to create your perfect cityscape and with their strong resin you know your terrain can handle some wear and tear.

I’ve said it before that I love scatter terrain and it can really spice up a city scene.  Armorcast has a wide variety, so much so that I thought it best to include it with each theme.  From roof top accessories to mailboxes, they got you covered.  They even have individual trash piles to make those alley ways seem all the more derelict.

Armorcast was kind enough to send me kits to give away to our listeners.  Give the Armorcast Facebook page a ‘like’ and stay current on their latest releases.  Expect more great stuff in the weeks ahead.

 

As Always:

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.