The Lost Lighthouse Reviews: Forbidden Stars

“This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with a whimper”. Now, T.S. Elliot was a smart cookie, but he got it wrong here. The (many) worlds will end with a metric f**k ton of Orks, Chaos, Marines and Eldar ripping them apart with orbital bombardments. On the grim, dark future, there is no whimpering!

Forbidden Stars, where do I start? I could say “amazing components, exquisite board, and a great rules set” but when it comes to Fantasy Flight Games, it tends to be a given. Forbidden Stars is all those things and more, don’t get me wrong. The game pieces look like they could perfectly fit into epic or battlefleet gothic. FFG are not letting down the 40k license, they are representing! I particularly like the “titan” sized pieces.

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Oh, I almost forgot the board. You know I saying everything in this game is beautiful? Well the tiles are even nicer! They look like a wonderfully painted star chart. Almost too whimsical for the 40k universe.

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Now lets not praise this game too much, it has its flaws, but all games do. With FFGs recent 2 book system (one for the core rules, the other for referencing in-game), the initial read through can be a bit arduous. Over all I like the 2 book system for longevity but doesn’t do much for the first game. Secondly, to me the combat system seems a bit fractured. Trying to explain it to people was the most difficult part. Again, after a few actual combats it sinks in and works. Sadly, messing up your first few combats might screw you over for the rest of the game, and it’s not a short game at that! But I’m nit-picking. I do love this game.

The game is split into 3 phases. The planning phase, the operation phase and the refresh phase.

The planning phase is pretty self explanatory. Each player plans their moves for phase two. You do this by selecting one of your order tiles and placing it on a tile. The cool bit is, someone else can place there order on top of yours. Meaning you can’t resolve your order until they resolve their one that’s on top. Evan player puts down 4 order tiles, you get two copies of each order.

Order consist of the following (I’ve written a very basic summary):

1) Deploy. You build units, then structures. Structures include factories (you need these to build units), bastions (fortifications to help you hold worlds) and cities (needed to make the bigger and more killinger units!)

2) Strategize. Lets you upgrade your orders and improve your combat deck

3) Dominate. You harvest any assets your friendly worlds have. Such as extra money, reinforcements and forge tokens (you need these to build to best two units). You also get to activate your special faction power.

4) Advance. This is your move order. I found movement to be a little confusing at first, but after a couple of games I got it. Basically, if worlds are adjacent your troops can move to them. But if there is a void section (open space) you need to have a friendly ship in that space to allow them to move through it.

The Refresh phase sees you collecting materiel (Forbidden Stars currency), rallying units and, the coolest bit, moving the warp storms. These little strips of hell can make or break your plans! No units can move through them, so they may stop your invasion in a heart beat.

Your aim for the game is to pick up little objective tokens (which is the first step of the refresh phase). If you pick up as many as there are players, you win the game.

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I highly recommend this game. It’s awesome! Even if you’re not a fan of the 40k universe, it’s worth it!

Gary

The Tale Of 40K Gamers: Ep 10 It’s All Just For Research Purposes

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Welcome back you sexy people! In today’s show Gary and Chris talk about their progress with general hobbying and how they feel with the Tale coming to a close.

Gary’s Mic flips out at about 18mins into the Ep. We have a break soon after to resolve it, so it only lasts about 10 mins. Quality as always.


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Tale Of 40K Gamers Month Two: Jan Proudley’s Gray Knights

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Jan has written a great blog post this month so why listen to me!? Take it away, Jan!

Mission 1 defence of alpha prime

Darkness… Screams of the mad and dammed…..the sky swelling and bloated with green energies….. an insidious smile….

Captain Mikel awoke from his deep meditation In a self-made quarters in the space port. The comms flared to life “Captain Mikel?”, “this is brother Justicar Titus , the space port is completely clear and it seems we had no contact with this planets population since arrival.”

Mikel pondered this, the sight of his men in their Storm ravens should have solicited a response from the local population yet nothing? This was highly odd.

“keep trying to contact the local Loyalist forces within the hive, Inquisitor Johan told us that they could be relied on for support, especially as we are the only of part of the Imperial force to make a landing on Junkatta” said Mikel.

“I agree my lord” agreed Titus “ we should make ready our squads as soon as the Storm Ravens return and…… we have just detected movement outside the space port, looks like we have company, best get to the Command bunker Captain”

Mikel arrived at the command centre and it was in a buzz of activity, Justicar Titus turned around and greeted Mikel, the bulky form of his Terminator army easily distinguished against the backdrop of power armour.

“what do we have them Titus?” Commanded Mikel

“traitors my lord,they look like the hated Death Guard, they have brought a large group of plague victims to sacrifice” said Titus

“Look closer Titus, can you feel the dark energies pouring out of those wrenches? Those are plague zombies” said Mikel

looking at the screen Mikel saw another shadow and said,“We also have another unexpected guest, I still feel his darkness even if he tries to Shield himself, he must really want to get rid of us so he is coming.”

“Vox Kaine the Honoured one, we will have need of him” shouted Mikel as he left to come face to face with his foe.

As his men deployed into defensive positions And as the began the battle Mikel and his terminator bodyguard got onto the teleport pad. It didn’t take long for the tech marine to Input the position but it always made him antsy, he hated not being able to direct his troops as soon as he could but that was always the trade-off.

As the tech-marine gave him a nod a large light flashed in front of his eyes and  he was on the battlefield.

First thing Captain Mikel saw was a tide of dead putrid faces, with a calm voice he commanded over the Vox “ destroy the heretics!” Disciplined volleys cut through the ranks of zombies, the strike squad adding to the weight of fire until there was nothing left but puss filled mess.

Turning to face the rest of the enemy Mikel could feel the full dark corona of power be excluded by typhus as it took his full physic might combined with his squad to nullify the horrible cures.

The strain of holding back typhus was proving to much of a distraction and as they started to fall back behind cover a one of plague marine squad opened up and cut down half the squad including Titus, their holy Armour penetrated by bolt rounds which must have been blessed by typhus himself.

As Typhus marched closer he threw curse after curse the runes of protection grew hotter and Mikel knew he was closing in for the kill on his isolated unit.

Taking his only chance Mikel dashed out of cover and took up the psilencer from his dead bodyguard shortly before dived back into cover as corrupted bolt rounds sprayed against  the wall.

Mikel started channeling his psychic might into the core of the weapon as the weight of fire increased against the cover and the wall started shaking as something heavy was approaching

“Brother Devos, how goes the battle?” Enquired Mikel over the vox, “things arnt looking good, my strike squad is engaged in a firefight with a Traitor squad, but a chaos predator has arrived, The Honoured brother Cain is pinning it with his plasma cannon.” Shouted Justicar Devos.

The core of the psilencer was buzzing with psychic might but it would need more, he knew that he was pushing it beyond its normal limits but he had too.

The beast was only a few meters away, whispering a prayer to the Emperor, Mikel stepped out of cover locking eyes with the Typhus time slowed, his hand extending painfully slow to throw a deadly bolt of dark energy but Mikel was quicker, with a single though a gigantic bolt of energy explode forward as the gun exploded in his hand.

For the first time Mikel saw fear in Typhus’s eyes as the massive bolt of pulsing white energy stuck him hard in the chest causing holy flames to engulf him, Typhus roared in pain then disappeared as his fell god reached out to save his favoured son.

A warning shout came from behind as Mikel turned to see the Chaos Predator was in full view, it was damaged but the weapons trailed on him looked still active.

As the barrels of the gun began to glow Mikel had seconds and using all the strength he had left he changed everything into a force field, The Lascannon bolts struck hard but were ultimately deflected.

As blood flowed from his eyes and nose he knew the strain was too much, Mikel collapsed just to his knees as the barrels stared to glow, the last thing he saw was the tank erupting in flames as a bolt of plasma melted straight through the hull.

Month 1

Hello everyone, this month I have been painting my Storm Raven, as much as I love painting the model because of the flat surfaces I could not glaze the entire model.

To counter this I made sure to glaze sections separately and then I mixed my silvers with lamia glaze to go over the messy parts and it came out well.

My favourite  part of the model is actually the base, I loved the pillar as the flying stand and I think it helps really make the model look like a real centre point for my army.

Playing Aaron was fun as always and was close right till the end but I stole the win. I’m really looking forward to playing the others and seeing how their army’s develop.

See you guys next month.

Jan

The Tale Of 40K Gamers Month Two: Matt Clarke’s Space Wolves

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Matt’s Space Wolves are looking great! I wasn’t sure about the Storm Fang model until i saw it in the flesh. It’s really nice. Even if the cannon is, some what, masking some sort of insecurity.

Wolf Lord: Black Death; runic armour; bolt pistol 150

Rune Priest 60

Murderfang 135

• Drop Pod 35

5 Grey Hunters: 4× close combat weapon; plasma gun; Wolf Guard Pack Leader (storm bolter; frost sword) 128

5 Blood Claws: Wolf Guard Pack Leader (storm shield; frost axe) 105

5 Fenrisian Wolves 40

2 Long Fangs: plasma cannon; lascannon; + 1 Long Fang Ancient (plasma gun) 95

Stormfang Gunship: skyhammer missile launcher; twin-linked lascannon 235

983 points

Fluff

The wolves retreated. Their sensors had not picked up the Eldar wraith army that had been keeping a silent vigil on the battlefield and the over whelming firepower of the Eldar had cost the wolves dearly.  The space wolves had been too eager  to engage the chaos infesting this system and had walked into something more deadly.

Even from the beating the wolves would not retreat from the system though. They returned to their cruiser to lick their wounds and evaluate just how many different factions were in play in this sector.

The Tale Of 40K Gamers Month Two: Matt Lyon’s Crimson Haze (Blood Angels)

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What can I say, just look at Matt’s army. It’s beautiful, i think we can all agree that Matt’s airbrushing skills are amazing! please read hiss full blog post below, I really enjoyed it.

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To: Chief Archiver designation XVIIIVI, Baal

Received: 999.M4I

From: Scribe Adept designation VVXI

Message Format: Telepathic

Subject: Chronicle of Insertion Force; Crimson Haze

Thought of the Day: Doubt is the gateway to Chaos

Priority: Ultra High

Honoured archiver, I regret to inform you that Crimson Haze are yet to engage the enemy.

They have not deployed to the field of battle.

They have not faced off against the forces of the Tau Empire.

They did not get their red and black armoured asses handed to them in 15 minutes.

Please ignore any rumours contrary to the above.

Month 2

I decided this month yo write a little bit more of a Plog; especially as i’ve had a lot of people ask about the colour scheme.

In regards to painting the models this was actually my first use of an airbrush. The Terminators were sprayed grey and were then covered by a zenithal spray with white from a 45 degree angle. The first colour was airbrushed Mephiston Red, followed by army painter black in all the recess and underside of the models. I then finished the airbrushing with a very light top down highlight of Evil Sunz Scarlett.

Then it was a simple case of washing the armour with army painter strong tone ink and the applying the metal chipping effect with pure runefang steel.

The Deathcompany were all aribrushed army painter black, then edged highlighted with Mechanicus Standard Grey and Eshin Grey. The same chipping effect was applied.

As we have now entered the second month of the campaign I needed to paint up my next 250 points. I have added the following:

Captain Karlaen

Castiel – Librarian
Terminator Armour, Gallian’s Staff, Stormshield, Mastery Level 2

 
Raphen’s Death company 210

Cassor The Damned 140
5 Terminators: cyclone missile launcher

The Rapture – Vindicator
Overcharged Engines

Total – 1K

I added the Librarian as I really require a bit of psychic might, I have been disappointed with the Blood Angels one so far so will likely be running Biomancy. He will be stomping around with the Terminators and the captain most of the time.

I added a Vindicator as I wanted some long range firepower and something to counter things like Tau battle suits & Plague Marines. A fast moving, Strength 10, AP2 pie plate seemed to fill a niche!

Although I had the full month to paint these I wanted to crack on. Castiel was up first and received the same airbrush basecoat on the armour as the Terminators (obviously swapping red for blue!). I am completely in love with this model and it was a joy to paint, the only conversion work was a slight re-pose of the axe head and adding a stormshield I picked up off eBay.

The Vindicator was again airbrushing using the same technique used for the Terminators. I spend extra time really darkening the underneath this time to create a good strong contrast over the larger surface areas. Suffice to say the chipping took farm far, far longer than I expected!

The Tale Of 40K Gamers Month One: Jan’s Gray Knights

I’m afraid this being late is my fault, but it’s here now. Jan chose Gray Knights as his army, which may seem a simple paint job but looks can be very deceiving. One of the highlights in Jan’s army for me is the force weapons.

Looking around Mikal  could see he was on a battlefield, piles of corpses piled waist deep and the sky was the deep colour of blood.

The battlefield was silent apart from carrion fluttering and feeding on the dead but that soon changed as in the in the distance the sound of battle carried over to his ears.

Looking for the source he soon found it, firstly a blue beast on 4 legs, with a thick coat of fur and _ yellow eyes. The second was a red skinned creature with golden wings, a large halo and large menacing teeth. The third one was a giant green shadow stretching a hundred feet high who’s body squirmed and moved but the most disturbing thing was the horrible smile it gave as it fought the other two.

Mikel felt the overwhelming urge to save the two beings and broke into a run but to his horror the ground around him became fleshy and he started to sink, he struggled and pulled but nothing could be done and he slowly sank into the ground.

The last thing Mikel saw was the horrible green being crushing the golden red being and breaking the spine of the blue being before slowly turning his smiling gaze to Mikel.

Mikel awoke with a gasp, his twin hearts beating rapidly and sweat poring off his brow.

“Another vision?” Though Mikel as he donned his tunic, having visions wasn’t that unusual especially during his rare experience of being a Prognosticar in the Augurium, but to do so in his own chambers with such clarity was unusual.

Before he could think more on this an urgent summons from Grand master Drystann Cromm came through on his personal Vox and he knew how the Grand Master didn’t like to wait.

As Mikel arrived at Grand Masters chambers in the 4th brotherhood hall, clothed in his terminator armour he saw the figure of Drystann Cromm talking seriously to a human he didn’t know.

“Ahh Mikel, may I introduce inquisitor Tobias Grimm of the Ordo Malleus” introduced Drystann, the human nodded to Mikel  “ and may I introduce Mikel Corvin, Brother captain of the 4th brotherhood. Now please be seated”

As everyone sat down Drystann continued “we have had reports that the warp storms around Corvus sub sector have started to dissipate, now normally that wouldn’t be a situation for us but the Prognosticar’s have been having been seeing images of a great darkness returning for the first time since the emperor walked the earth.”

“Now Tobias here was one of the first to set foot in the system and has created a lot of local connections with those sill loyal to the imperium on the first few worlds, please work with him to find and stop those who would aid in its return?”

“yes Grand master” said Mikel

The Tale of 40K Gamers: Joe Hadfield’s Eldar Filth Month One

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Before we begun getting back into 40K, we’d heard the horror stories about Eldar and their pure filth on the tabletop. Then we played him. Yes, they are horrible. I’d love to hate them but I love Joe’s unique colour scheme, and the new wraith models are super cool!

Aomine the Victorious

Spiritseer- 70

The Shield of Aegis

5 Wraithblades, Ghost Axes & Force Shields- 160

The Iron Hearts

5 Wraithguard, D-Scythes, Wave Serpent, Twin-Linked Scatter Lasers, Shuriken Cannon, Holo-Fields- 355

The Veteran King

Wraithlord, Ghostglaive, Flamers, Scatter Laser, Brightlance- 165

Total- 750

Craftworld Teiko was never fated to endure.

Thought by their kin to be lost to the Warp, upon the resurgence of the scarred Craftworld some spoke of them as The Legion of Miracles. But the few communications made with those who survived and the terrible price of their being became known. As this battle with Chaos had doomed the Eldar of Teiko, as the losses of life piled up around them they sought the strength of the spirits of their ancestors. Wraith constructs were swiftly assembled and cast into battle, barely holding back the tides of Daemons long enough for the Craftworld to escape the jaws of the Chaos gods.

Those who remained were indeed changed by the experience, their harrowing past gave rise to a feeling of duty. Teiko would not simply wither into the annals of Eldar legend as an allegory of their races inevitable End. The conviction of The Legion of Miracles would go down as a rallying cry to their kin that if the race of the Eldar is to fall, then it shall fall with the grace and fury of the Stars of old.

Tale Of 40K Gamers: Dom Hook’s Tau Empire Month One

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Dom Hook shows off his painting skills by choosing white as his primary colour!

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Dom has really challenged himself with this army. White has always been a difficult colour to get right. It normally looks ether chalky or very thick, sometimes both! But as you can see Dom has done agreat job. He was inspired by an old city fight codex and has got it spot on!

Commander Farsight 165

XV104 Riptide: ion accelerator 185

3 Farsight Enclaves XV8 Crisis Team: Bonding Knife Ritual; Crisis Shas’ui (missile pod; missile pod); Crisis Shas’ui (missile pod; missile pod) 159
3 Farsight Enclaves XV8 Crisis Team: Bonding Knife Ritual; Crisis Shas’ui (missile pod; missile pod); Crisis Shas’ui (missile pod; missile pod) 159

1 XV88 Broadside Team: Bonding Knife Ritual; Broadside Shas’ui (twin-linked high-yield missile pod) 66

734 points

So are we liking Dom’s colour choices?

 

#TO40KGS Episode 4 Subs Over Dubs

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Pew pew pew mother truckers! Welcome back for instalment 4 of theTale Of 40k Gamers. With you today is Aaron, Gary and Jan.

In this episode we talk about our hobby progress and the approaching deadlines, the amazing new Harlequins products (available from Element Games), and a review for the awesome Fat Mats from Frontline gaming! You can pick these awesome mats up from the Frontline Gaming website. We end with Q&A’s as always. In this episode in particular, Jan’s voice is very quiet. We believe he may be concerned a yew tree agent is listening and may recognise his voice.
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Tale Of 40k Gamers: Matt Lyons Month One

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First out the gate is Matt and his Blood Angels

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So congratulations to Matthew Lyons for being the first person to complete their 750pt list, and what an awesome force he’s produced. I know this was Matt’s first adventure into airbrushing and wow, it looks great. It’s the little things that I love about Matt’s army, stuff like the blue effect on the power weapons and the purple purity seals.

Cassor The Damned

Cassor The Damned

 

The Crimson Tide

The Crimson Tide

 

Captain Karlaen

Captain Karlaen

So let’s get to the nitty gritty, here’s his army list and fluff!

To: Chief Archiver designation XVIIIVI, Baal

Received: 999.M4I

From: Scribe Adept designation VVXI

Message Format: Telepathic

Subject: Chronicle of Insertion Force; Crimson Haze

Thought of the Day: Wisdom is the beginning of fear

Priority: Ultra High

Honoured Archiver; herein lies the initial chronicle following the glorious deeds of Insertion Force; Crimson Haze.

Upon the command of Commander (commanders, command right?) Dante himself (long may the emperors light shine on him, so his hair looks shiny and magnificent) Captain Karlaen, following his heroic feats during recent campaigns against the Tyrands (vile xenos spawn, yucky… and the tongues! Eurghhh)  was tasked with creating a strike force for an important task; reclaim an ancient technology that (again!) could prove the cure to the red thirst.

*** XENOS TRANSMISSION INTERFERANCE***

***ORNY ORK LUKING FIR HOT SPOR ON SPOR ACTON***

**XENO; THIS IS NOT UNIVERSAL GRINDER. CEASE TRANSMISSION***

Upon choosing the members of his elite strike choice (I personally believe 1 of everything that looked cool at the time). The Strike Cruiser; Crimson Tide set sail (Ahoy!) for the Corous Sub-Sector (I believe named after a pre-emperor beer). Upon arrival on the rim (oo-err) of the sector it became quickly apparent that the Insertion Force was not the only interested party in the newly emerged worlds. In an attempt to approach our projected insertion point the crew of the Crimson Tide pulled all the blinds down on the windows (took hours, thousands of the damn things), turned off the hallway lights and oiled all the armour joints (god, the creaking, you have no idea what it’s like. Can barely frakking sleep) and prepared to slip into the sub sector through the back door.

Insertion Force; Crimson Haze

HQ

Captain Karlaen – 160

Blood Angel Captain, Terminator Armour, Stormbolter, Hammer of Baal (Master-Crafted Thunder Hammer), Iron Halo.

Warlord Trait (Strategic Genius)

Troops

Raphen’s Death Company – 210

5 Death Company Space Marines with Jump packs, Thunder Hammer (Raphen), Power Fist, Power Sword, Inferno Pistol

Cassor The Damned – 140

Death Company Dreadnought, Blood Talons, Stormbolter, Meltagun, Magna-grapple, searchlight

Elites

5 Terminators,

Heavy Flamer, Cyclone Missile Launcher, and Chainfist

745 points