Sunday, 18 September 2016

Revealed - Codex: Genestealer Cults

Announced today, and available (preorder or to buy?) on 24th September..... CODEX: GENESTEALER CULTS! 

Another blast from the past and a welcome re-introduction to the game, I'm glad GW are re-exploring some of the weirder, darker corners of the galaxy. 40k doesn't have to just be about mighty warriors clashing on the battlefield, it can also be about the countless smaller skirmishes and confrontations on the myriad planets and hives throughout the Imperium. 

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Two Minutes to Midnight?

For as long as I have played 40k (and I started back in the Rogue Trader era, so that's s LOOOONG time), the clock has been set at two minutes to midnight, figuratively speaking. The story has not advanced at all. The Old Man is still sat on his throne, the tendrils of the Tyranid Hive Fleets are still a marauding threat at the edges of Humanity's borders and the other alien races are still pottering about. Chaos is... there, but not really a dynamic threat. Sure, the story has been fluffed out over the years with various stories and backgrounds in the codices, but most of these have been carefully constructed cul-de-sacs where nothing actually changes the course of the story. 

So, what's changed? Well, the build-up to the Death Masque box set hinted toward an update in our favourite grim-dark storyline, and then today - BAM! - this image appeared on GW's own Facebook page, telling us in no uncertain terms that the storyline will be advancing toward 40k's very own version of the End Times, and personally I am cautiously very excited! 

For over twenty-five years I have stoically stayed loyal to 40k, never straying to any other sci-fi or fantasy setting. True, I tried Flames of War for a short while, but that was really more an extension of my interest in military history (and personal history, given my grandparents' direct involvement). I have also recently gotten heavily into 30k, which I really see as 40k's 'creation myth' if you will (a bit like the Silmarillion' is for the Lord of the Rings books). 

So part of me is a little scared that the bedrock of my favourite Sci-fi game is changing. Who will be killed off? Who will return? Will the game I love still be the game I love after all the upheaval? 

Probably, yes. Things are rarely as radical as your mind imagines. So, whilst I nervously await the changes, I'm also massively excited to see how our story progresses! 

Thursday, 4 August 2016

30k Space Wolves

Just a quick post to say that the Claws & Fists blog hasn't completely disappeared! 

Recently I have been playing a lot of 30k, with this Space Wolves army: 

Thursday, 10 March 2016

'Codex: Squat Strongholds' Is Here!

Finally, my meisterwork is complete! After six years, I have finally finished work on my fandex for 30k and 40k Squats. You'll find it here:  

Codex: Squat Strongholds

Please feel free to download it, read through it and even play a few games with it! So far, the units, rules and points values have had no playtesting, so once you have played some games, please let me know your experiences.
Have fun!

Friday, 8 January 2016

Tunnelling Machines & Steampunk Tanks

Now, these are cool. Ironclad Miniatures ( in Wales make some awesome resin steampunk models, including the tunnelling machines I've pictured below. Obviously these would be perfect as Termites and Moles for any old-school Squat players out there. 

Obviously I bought some! 

Friday, 25 December 2015

A Merry Christmas To You All!

Just a quick post to wish all our long-suffering readers a very merry Christmas (or other non-denominational mid-winter festival of your choice) and happy new year. 

I hope the fella in red (Santa that is, rather than Khârn) brought you all sorts of plastic, resin and metal goodies, ready to hit the tables in 2016. For me, Santa delivered a Dark Angels Nephilim which will be converted into a Lightning Strike Fighter for my 30k VI Legion Astartes, and a whole pile of awesome MDF laser-cut scenery ready for Duncs' next onslaughts against my armies. 

So, best wishes to all, and look out for more random, sporadic posts in 2016! 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

2-Year Hobby Challenge

It's been a while since I talked about the projects I'll be working on in the near future, so here is my plan: to publicly share my intentions, and to log my progress on each project as I work on them! 


My first task is to complete the 30k army I am working on. It is a 2,500pt Space Wolves force which makes full use of the Orbital Assault rite of war. The army consists of five drop-pods, two tactical squads, three tactical support squads and a large deepstriking Terminator squad, along with HQ characters and a couple of Apothecaries. 

The infantry models are being converted from fantasy Chaos Warrior models, while the drop-pods are actually Ranshackle Games' boring machines, which will represent boarding torpedoes for my veteran army. 

I have actually progresses quite far with this army, so look out for another blog post soon with pics of these models. 


Once the 30k Space Wolves are finished off, my next plan is to build some 30k/40k '28mm' vehicles for my ongoing Squat army. 

First, I have a Land Train to build, made by the ever-excellent Ranshackle Games. This model doesn't need too much conversion so I'm hoping for a quick, simple build. One thing I do need to do is to decide on exactly what rules and units from the 40k Imperial Guard and 30k Cults & Militia codexes. Suggestions please! 

Next, I have three Valkyries which will be converted into Squat 'Iron Eagle' gyrocopters. The main hulls are already perfect, so all I really need to do is to make the circular propeller housings and modify the wings to accept them. 

Finally, I will attempt to build a Leviathan super-heavy! I was lucky enough to acquire a Baneblade hull for less than £20, so I will break it apart and begin the process of rebuilding the main structure of the Leviathan using plasticard. This may well turn into a labour of love, but I am looking forward to getting started on this model once the others are completed. 


This last one represents another whole new army for me, and one I've always wanted to do. It is an assault-themed Heresy era 30k World Eaters army with a strong Khorne Daemon contingent. 

My plan is to use the Khorne Daemonkin book for the Daemons, choosing a Bloodthirster to lead the army, a Daemon Prince from the heavy support slot which I would model as Daemonic Angron, and then some cheap Bloodletters and Flesh-Hounds to screen the Astartes force. The World Eaters allies would be led by a Praetor, tooled-up for combat, and utilising the Pride of the Legion rite. The rest of the army consists of two squads of eight Veterans, each with five power weapons and Sergeants with power fists and plasma pistols. These two squads push forward in a pair of Land Raider Proteus'. The Praetor and veterans would all be modelled using plastic Berzerkers. 

The force probably isn't 'competitive' in the slightest, but that isn't the point! I think it perfectly fits the feel of a late-Heresy World Eaters force, combining traditional Astartes warriors and the Daemonic horde accompanying them. 


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