Friday, 24 May 2013
At the Horus Heresy Weekender there was an open game in the evening called 'Last Man Standing'. I missed it because it was late on and I wasn't staying at the hotel but I took a snap of the rules (see below). It's basically a death match between X number of players, each of whom takes control of a single basic Tactical Space Marine from one of the founding legions. They can be equipped with any of the optional s available to a tactical marine (including heavy/special but not sergeant only upgrades like plasma pistols).
The choice of legion is important because each one has a different effect on the basic stat line, for instance Death Guard get +1 Toughness whilst Space Wolves get +1 Attack. So think carefully about your style of play before you enter the arena!
The game was played on a sizeable Zone Mortalis set but you can just do one littered with cover if you want to.
This looks like a great idea, provided that players are quick about it, there is also scope for other variants like, 3 lives per man, doubles match, king of the hill, oddball etc - I might thing of others as I go.
Anyways, have a game and let me know how it goes!
Death Guard, Word Bearers, Iron Hands +1 Toughness (Feel No Pain)World Eaters, Space Wolves, Night Lords +1 Attack (Furious Charge)
Iron Warriors, Sons of Horus, Salamanders +1 Strength (Eternal Warrior)
Blood Angels, Emperor's Children, Dark Angels +1 Weapon Skill (Preferred Enemy)
Ultramarines, Thousand Sons, Imperial Fists +1 Ballistic Skill (Scout)
Raven Guard, White Scars,Alpha Legion +1 Initiative (Infiltrate)
Note: the USRs in brackets are my own addition to add a different dynamic to the game - I've tried to make it fluffy, (the logic behind the 'scout' group was more about tactical repositioning) take it or leave it!
Whoever holds the Oddball has a thunder hammer (start of game roll a D6 per player until there is a winner - they start with the 'ball'. If you kill the carrier, you get the ball. First to 15 kills wins! Respawns ON
King of the Hill:
Set up 6 zones around the board, these are labeled 1-6. Every turn you stand unopposed in the zone you score a point. Every 3-5 turns roll a D6, the 'hill' moves to that zone first person to 15 points. Respawns ON
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Monday, 20 May 2013
The Legions - How each legion has its own characters
With Nick Kyne, James Swallow, Rob Sanders, Gav Thorpe
A structured and then open Q&A session
What legion do you represent the most and how do you make it different?
Raven Guard and Dark Angels. The story is how the legions change and how they are affected by the things around them. The raven guard are trying to stone to themselves for the shame of defeat. Trying to make a difference for the emperor. The dark angels is a lot more complex. Is about loyalty, where it lies and how it is tested. I focus on their organisation, wargear, and stuff devised by their Primarchs and allies. We can be a bit more adventurous in creating kit because most of it has been lost by the time of 40k. The story is all about the development of the founding legions and how that story has developed over ten thousand years.
Corax was the saviour of the Deliverance Raven Guard, the embodiment of the ideals of the great crusades. He was raised amongst them but raised above them. The lion has never really been one of them, he has been set apart. He tries to relate to them but he's so different, he had to learn differently. Corax was raised by political ideals, the lion by a need for survival. The RG are very down to earth - they are beefed up tunnel rats and have a very pragmatic relationship with their primarch whereas the dark angels are more customer and traditional.
Saturday, 18 May 2013
With Tony Cotteral, Alan Bligh and John French
Book 2 is Written (mostly) by Alan but helped by John, we might even get further than book 2!
What's in the book?
Part two of the first trilogy (Betrayal, Massacre part 1&2) they will be self contained trilogies in terms of rules for legions etc. FYI these 'trilogies' might be sets of two, three or four...
Focussing on the drop site massacre. The book contains the narrative of the loyalist's surprise attack on the 3 traitors, they get repulsed and then are betrayed by their reinforcements. This is set over the course of a day and lots of people, including the primarch Ferrus Manus, die. This is one of the largest battles ever known involving 7 legions, titans and the mechanicum. It's a big battle so needs to have two books. The first of the books covers the early stage of the battle.