Sunday, March 9, 2014

Imperial Guard Rumors & Imperial Knights

Well this weekend has seen a lot come out and it is looking interesting.  First as you can see, my fears were confirmed and we have a new name :(.  Oh well.  No I don't love it, but unfortunately its not my army to name, as much as I wish it was.  Now there were also other leaked images and if you haven't seen them, I'm sure you know the good rumor sites to find them.  It shows the new vehicle kit, a command squad kit as well as a hardback codex for Militarum Tempestus.  It 72 pages so this is a supplement for the main IG dex, looking to be a storm trooper focused one.

As much as the new names disappoint, the models do not.  Jury is out on the transport, but hey no one liked the centurions when they came out and I now find them to look good.  So I'll wait till I see an actual model, and at worst I'll be cutting the tracks off and replacing with wheels.  The storm troopers look awesome, I can't wait to see more detail on this kit.  This also excites me in that storm troopers may be getting some nice lovin, which will make me happy to no end.

I really am hoping that the rules are solid for them. I have always wanted to do an inquisitorial task force, but the current STs are over costed and henchmen have a crappy stat-line to what STs are supposed to be.  This could mean that STs are going to be good and may receive more than just a points modification.  I am really excited about the tempestus codex, as it could really have some awesome rules and bonuses to storm trooper formations.

I'm not really worried about a massive change to IG, mainly because they would have to do a huge model overhaul in order to do so.  The core of the army is going to remain very similar to what we have now.  But I really expect the other odds and ends of IG to be fleshed out far more with more options and rules to accompany them.

The kits look to be reasonably priced, the command is 35, 10 more than the current one, BUT, what it has looks amazing so I will gladly pay 10 more for what looks to be in it.  I know many will disagree, but thats too bad, I'm ok paying for better models.  The transport is in a similar price range tot he leman russ, which may be ok depending on how the rules come out for it.  If it is an assault vehicle, OMG, that will be nice.  That alone will make me consider taking one or two, especially if Ogryns have reasonable points costs as well.  It looks to have a twin linked punisher, and that really is not bad.

I probably won't jump to buy one but I am open to seeing what comes from it.  Overall I am happy with what is coming and can't wait for more.  It looks like a very solid release with support with supplements.  I know many don't like supplements, I love them.  They have great fluff and most have solid if not amazing rules.  Having an IG supplement that lets storm troopers be troops is a very nice possibility.  I love them btw.  I want a storm trooper company :).

In other news, the chaos supplement looks nice too.  Oh I know its not a legion dex, but oh fucking well.  Maybe GW is publishing rules that allow you to run legion style armies but not giving it a name since hey, the traitors have broken down into warbands, not so much legions any more.  This one just screams Word Bearers to me, with possessed as troops, Gal Vorbak hells yeah!  With a new possessed table that looks to be pretty good as well, I can see this going pretty well and I really will be interested to see more of it when it drops.

This weekend was hobby focused.  My buddy came over and we worked on our knights as well as did a trial run for the podcast.  More to follow on the podcast, prob have to rerecord a few things, we'll get there.  But we really dig our knights.  Its a beautiful kit and awesome to assemble. I'll do a full review of the model and codex, but suffice it to say I am happy.  I know there seem to be a legion that love the dreamforge leviathan, I am not one.  I really don't like it at all and the knight looks so much better.  The arms are great as you can assemble it and still have almost full movement, you really don't have to worry about posing it as you can move the arms even when its completely assembled.

The helm is coming together and I'll do a hobby post once I get more painting done and get the finishing touches to it.  I decided to go less wolfy, after looking at it I really like most of the model so it will be just the helm and the shield that will be different.  I like the rules and the codex is actually good and you can take a knight army and be more than viable.  Flyers will be an issue but oh well, deal.

Magnetizing the weapons is super easy and you can swap back and forth between different types no problem.  I can't wait to see if the other knights come out.  The codex has heavy support, fast attack, elites slots, so theoretically they will get something for them at some point.  And about people griping that you;'ll have to pay again to get the rules.  Not really as they will be in a white dwarf and I'm sure you can come up with $4 to get them.  Or take a pic with your phone of a friends if you are that cheap.

All I can say is I am really happy right now and I can't wait to see what theses codex's will bring and how the IG has changed.  Some of the fluff may be dumb, but that happens with every new codex and edition.  Don't get too caught up by it.  Things are looking good.



  1. Likin the commissar on the cover. About damn time. Hope they are adding more to the army than just what the rumors are eluding to. I can't wait to see the new guard rank-and-file regardless, though.

    RIP everything that isn't Cadian/Catachan. What do you think the likelihood is of FW picking up the other regiments, and if they will stay plastic or be uber expensive resin like DKoK?

    1. I would say, expect more stuff from FW to pick up the slack for different regiments. And to be honest, resin is not as expensive as it used to be, the price gap is not too bad, especially if you do it right.

    2. A bare minimum DKoK force (4 infantry squads, 2 command squads, and an HQ squad) is £260. That's about 435 USD, and then there is shipping fees and tax payments. I'd like to start a Valhallan or Steel Legion force, but I'm not dropping $500 for about 250 points worth of an army. I understand that they are higher quality models, but IG is already one of the most expensive armies to build.

      It's a bit of a far cry (a bit, eh?), but if FW makes the models in plastic and FW products are sold through GW, building a non-cadian army will be plausible.

    3. If you dont play in a GW store try using alternative models to make your own. Victoria Miniatures is great for example. And the best part is they are in resin most of the time too (resin holds more detail) but its not low quality like FW or GW resin. Its easier to use and has the same detail. I know how you feel greatly. Im not a fan of seeing Cadians populate the imperial guard like rabbits haha.

      Madrobot miniatures is cool too. Both have lots of room for customization. Here in NZ victoriam miniatures is far cheaper than GW plus free shipping too.

      Sorry i cant help but spread the word about the awesome alternatives out there. But GW does do some nice minis but the cost is a bit much for many.

    4. Thank the God-Emperor I don't game at a GW store. I've checked out Victoria Miniatures, but I've always been skeptical of buying from 3rd party stores. If there's no way for me to get my beloved Steel Legion or Ice Warriors, Praetorians wouldn't be that much of a step down :)

    5. Hmm well I can assure you Vic Minis is great quality and service. Steel legion would be harder, but Madrobot does sell similar helmets and great coats. With a tiny bit of work you may be able to make them work but you are right. Steel legion is a hard one.

      And im glad you dont play at their stores. Talk about stifling creativity!

      The Praetorians look amazing, I have an army of the guys. They havent won a battle yet but one day they shall. I highly suggest you at least try a third party service. Once you start your eyes will be opened to a whole new world of epic models and ideas. Just gotta take that first step!

  2. I have been waiting for so long. This is the first time an army I collect has actually got a new codex. So should be fun.

    Since my last post I too can see that transport looking good in some themes.

    But boy those storm troopers are awesome. I just love the armour.

  3. Re: The new 'Astra Militarum' (no, I dinna like it neither. Blah, I say) Codex:
    Please be good.
    Please don't make me get 'serious' with the sacrifices to the Codex Gods...Dice and some random Beakie sprues should be enough, I hope.

    And hey, I like the idea of the supplements and dataslates an''s PAYING for them I'm not too happy about...
    ...And I'll prolly pay for 'em...Stormies as troopies?

    And yes, an Assault vehicle for the...the IG?
    Double booyah- even if it's silly lookin.' I'm with you- we cut that sucker up an' MAKE it cool lookin.'

    Nice post. Enjoyed it.

  4. I'm very excited about the new codex, just really really hope they keep the horseys, so want them to be useful! All I ask is hit and run and to be able to reuse there lances!

    New transport is rubbish, either needs wheels or er bining.

    Will prob buy the troopers supplement but will wait and see what's in it before committing.

  5. I'm excited too for the new releases.
    The codex looks awesome (despite name change), the stormtroopers seem to have cool big guns, beret heads (no more sculpting!!!) and proper armor and will definitively be mine.

    As for the transport, I have to see the model in reality.
    The centurions look worse on the pics than in real life, hopefully it's the same with this one.
    My main concern is the ridiculous-looking height, here's a quick manipulation of how I would have bought them instantly:

    If it's too terrible IRL, I'll see what I can convert to fit the rules.
    Salamander (as stormtrooper vehicle), a combination of sorts, or a Nod scratchbuilt, we'll see.

    1. Yeah, I think the manipulation makes it a hundred times better looking

  6. 1) So the new name is sucks, really...but, well...its stil Guard for me and whatever...:)
    2) Commisar on cover of Codex? Soooo badass, sooo cool :) Yup, that made me happy I began to collect commisars :)
    3) New stormtrooper models are awesome. Really, I wanted to have some berets in WH40K to remind me Mutant Chronicles Warzone and with their carapce, they look simply great! Almost as good as Kasrkin :)
    4) The transport is...well, so far it seems ugly. But maybe its the matter of photo. And Im glad you think it has twinlikend punishers too!

    So far...Im really excited for the new Codex. And supplement, its good to have more fluff and rules!

  7. I'm feeling a bit meh about the transport but i very nearly soiled myself at the sight of those stormies!

    Can't wait.

    I've played since 2nd edition and I love the direction GW us taking with dataslates etc. They really have made it possible ti field you collection rather than your "army".

    April's gonna be an expensive month!