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The Riddle of the Fallen

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It's weird that no one seems to be discussing the significance of the Fallen being present in all the Rise of the Primarch (RotP) pictures and videos. A lot of the focus seems to be on Cypher himself, and whilst that's significant, it's really interesting to see black armoured Dark Angels running around.
Although the image for RotP shows a Dark Angel helmet (forever to be referred to as Dangles from here on out), the models we're shown are not the Green Wing Dangles we have in modern 40K.

And in the video above, those are certainly not loyalist Marines hovering in the shadows behind Cypher.
So... what's going on?
Honestly I couldn't tell you. Green Dangle armour is actually the colour of Caliban, the former home of the Dangles before the fall. Black was the colour of the original 1st Legion, which is why we can identify the models in the picture as The Fallen.
In case you weren't aware, the Fallen were Dangles that fell to Chaos, lured to Chaos by jealou…

Tabletop Engineer: Blood Angel Kit Bash Challenge!

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Tabletop Engineer back with a Bangle kit bash. Normal Stormshields are apparently unfit for the Sons of Sanguinius!


Here's the challenge: See if you can work out all the bits that went into this particular model. Bonus points if you can work out the paints used too!

Until next time!

Thanks for reading.

If you liked what you saw, and you want to help out, please leave a comment. Sharing this with your friends, and following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ would also be hugely appreciated.

If you have anything you want me to look at, let me know in the comments below. I'll probably be able to write an article about that topic within a day!

If you really love what I do here, you can make a one off donation at my PayPal, or become a true hero to table top education and make a regular donation to my Patreon. Every Little helps!

Free Warhammer Scenario!

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Yep, free as the sky!

My first scenario I wrote on Patreon is available to the public. There have been a fair few posts since then, and if you want to see all of them, drop a few pennies into the hat (seriously, minimum donation is $1). Those pennies will go towards my school's club.

Whilst I do get a budget for the term, and a great deal of support from Games Workshop itself, I still put in about £100-£200 worth of my own money into getting club supplies for each term. I don't mind doing it, and I do use the paints and tools for my own projects, but it does cut into my families budget quite a bit.

Helping me out on Patreon means that I can keep the club in paintbrushes and spray cans without putting me into bankruptcy (and maybe buy some more technical tools for the students). As ever, I want this to be a resource for students and teachers alike, and don't want to start adverts to avoid any issues with school firewalls.

Have a look at my first scenario, and remember, sup…

This week in Warhammer 25/02/2017

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Hello and welcome to this week in Warhammer on the 25th February 2017. Quite a few bits and pieces, and whilst it's not a roller coaster of a week in terms of news there are still some significant stories. Rumour Engine
This is a similar looking part to a Stormcast cloak clasp. The issue with going down that line of thinking is the chipping on the central piece, as well further up the model. The servants of Sigmar tend to always be at their best, so they can be somewhat ruled out. My guess would be some kind of Chaos model from either 40K or Age of Sigmar.
We'll see... there's not much to link this to last weeks image.  Warhammer 40KTheatrical Trailer for Fall of Cadia 3

With a bit extra information to be found on the Warhammer Community page, we have this new trailer for Rise of the Primarch. This is probably the biggest bi of news this week, so take a look!







Rumour: Cypher kills the Emperor Faeit 212 have run a story with some rumours for the upcoming Rise of the Primarc…

Tabletop Engineer: Making the Gunslinger

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A brief intro again for Tabletop Engineer. This time he's back with a dual wielding Blood Angel! This stuff is fairly old (and that becomes obvious in his first sentence!), but the paints can all be found with this hand converter.

Take it away buddy!




With the release of Warhammer 40k 6th edition there have been many changes to the rule system. Some good, some bad, some weird, some awesome.

There was one rule that popped out to me, not exactly game breaking but makes for some really fun models. Gunslinger: This allows a model with two pistol weapons to shoot both of them in the shooting phase. Since I run primarily Codex:Blood Angels this meant I had to give someone in my army two Melta pistols. I decided to give it to an Assault Marine sergeant, couple that with 2 Meltaguns from the squad and that's a Deep Striking Assault squad with 4 Melta shots.

Okay it is pretty game breaking.

Anyways I just had to convert a model with it, I've had this idea for a while and I have conve…

Dungeons and Dragons: The Back Story Trap

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Just a quick one today. Being on house duty and a solid day at the chalk face has left me fairly wiped out.

Also, it's bin day. That means I need to take out the trash bins. That might not seem too arduous to some, but I live on the top floor of an old listed building, and so need to drag a week's worth of a family's trash downstairs. And then 200 meters across campus to where the big wheely bins are. Then drag those wheely bins 50 meters to the nearest pavement where they can be picked up.

I'm not even exaggerating those numbers. Being a Physics teacher, I used one of our meter wheels to measure it.

Yes, I am that much of a nerd. And could you resist using a meter wheel to measure stuff if you had one?

Actually getting the meter wheel was a funny story. But I'm not going to get into it. Because this is an example of The Back Story Trap.

Dungeons and Dragons is a story led game. It's all about the narrative you build with the other players in your group, as yo…

Project Stormcast: Warlord in Progress

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Well... a longer shift than usual at the boarding house. It was really sort of a soft-interview. More on that later.

Anyway, this is the Stormcast Lord Celestant part of the whole model.



The picture quality is not so good. It was too late to go and take the picture in my lab, so the lighting isn't so good. Compounding that is the fact that this is the inking stage, so everything is ridiculously dark.

Ah well. Next week's picture will look muuuch better.

OK, I'm exhausted. Until next time!

Thanks for reading.

If you liked what you saw, and you want to help out, please leave a comment. Sharing this with your friends, and following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ would also be hugely appreciated.

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If you really love what I do here, you can make a one off donation at my PayPal, or become a true hero to table top education a…

Resisting the Grim Dark in 40K

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In these turbulent times of political unrest, en masse immigration of xenos and the fall of treasured institutions, it can be hard not to feel the grim dark pull of the 40K universe.

As Eldar start to push their way to Macragge, and Chaos get down to having a really good celebration over Cadia exploding, this Time of Ending in the galaxy can lead people to some very dark and depressing army themes.

This is not unusual.

Ever since the conception of 40K, the crazy metal themes of the past have been moving ever more into the Serious Business of dark and gritty stories. Whereas before we had Black Ork Rockers, we now have Grey Knights smearing themselves with the blood of Sisters of Battle. In the past, Harlequins would graffiti Land Raiders for the lulz, and now they are sober and determined fighters of Chaos, presumably trading in their spray cans for "cutting political satire which you will laugh at otherwise you're anti-Cegroachist".

I lost the point of the paragraph back th…

Tabletop Engineer: Gunslinger Blood Angel

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Another offering from the Tabletop Engineer, here we have a dual melta pistol wielding Blood Angel!


His guide to building this model will go up on his new weekly Friday spot.

Until next time!


Thanks for reading.

If you liked what you saw, and you want to help out, please leave a comment. Sharing this with your friends, and following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ would also be hugely appreciated.

If you have anything you want me to look at, let me know in the comments below. I'll probably be able to write an article about that topic within a day!

If you really love what I do here, you can make a one off donation at my PayPal, or become a true hero to table top education and make a regular donation to my Patreon. Every Little helps!

DnD Optional Rules: Infection!

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Patron-only post is up now. This week is still following on a Dungeons and Dragons theme, as requested by The First Patron (all Neophytes of the club hail his name). If you'd like any other content, please drop a little into the pot, for paint pots of new players in Warhammer.

Here's a snippet of the post:

If you’re a new Dungeon Master, it’s a good idea to daisy chain pre-packaged adventures before diving into your own story creations. As a matter of fact, I always start off with a standalone adventure with any group, regardless of if they’re experienced or not. It’s just a better way of testing the waters before throwing all your creative juices into a campaign. No point in giving away your best plot lines for a group that falls apart after the first session.
That said, if you are stringing together these often one-shot dungeons, it can difficult to maintain a sense of continuity. A good way of keeping a theme running through these is to give your characters a curse or infe…

This week in Warhammer 18/02/17

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So with a daily post schedule, it's next to impossible to keep up with all the news I follow, and want to chat about. So, barring breaking news, I'm starting this new weekly column about all the latest news in Warhammer. This way I can claim pretentious notions of journalism whilst still being a dime-a-dozen hobby blogger.

Let's start off with a bit of general news before going into specific bits.
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With the tag line "this looks a bit grim", it could be any number of things. Speculation starts with something from the Death faction of Age of Sigmar, but only a cursory look at 40K will show you just how much the skull icon is used across all of Games Workshop products. 
That said, as it looks a lot like a grave stone, I'm going to suggest it hints at some new Death faction miniature.
Warhammer 40K Last chance for Fantasy Flight 40K games This post on the Twitters from FF games gives us a hard deadline on when we can last pick up their great …

Tabletop Engineer: Making the Pi-Rat Warlord

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This is the first of a series of guest articles by a friend of mine, the Tabletop Engineer. He has far superior skills to me in table top, in almost every way. I think I can only beat him in purely random acts of accidental brilliance, but I'd rather not let him know that every victory I've had against him are the product of unbelievable luck.

My ego has a very low saving throw.

Anyway, this is his build log for his Pi-Rat warlord. It's old at this point, so please check up this handy chart to check which paints to use these days. As I said, he has far superior skills to mine in nearly every way, and you'll learn a great deal from this article. 

So without further ado...



Skaven pirates, what's not to like? This conversion was done to represent Capt'n Squeak Fleet of Clan Rickets with his trusty Bone Breaker (and honorary First-Mate) Planks.

The base for the Bone Breaker was made from the Rat Ogres that come with the Warhammer Fantasy Isle of Blood box set. These a…

Dungeons and Dragons: The Utility Stick

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Let me introduce to the most versatile and useful weapon in Dungeons and Dragons: the quarterstaff.


This realization came from building a half-orc monk. As a player, I'm usually the over-thinker. If I ever start an adventure without at least three damage types to use, a rope and about a dozen sacks, I can barely get out the front door. Whatever happens on an adventure, I will try to have a plan prepared weeks in advance.


And the monk doesn't really do that. When you play monk, you really have to embrace the poverty of the class. Although you can tool up a Fighter with an arsenal, or carry around a library on the back of a Wizard, the monk really lends itself to carrying nothing but the bare essentials.


There is a reason you have about 10GP of starting cash.


So when faced with the prospect of not having a tool bag with the right piece of kit for getting out of an oubliette rapidly filling with water, I started to think about how to use what I already had... the staff.


Weapon

Wh…

Project Stormcast: Warlord Mount in Progress

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The Dracoth mount is now done!


Well... nearly. You can see how the blue armour panels are very flat compared to the rest of the miniature. They're waiting for the Lord Celestant to be completed, and a star pattern to be painted on them. They'll then get another Nuln Oil wash to darken them down to a night sky colour, but I don't want to get started on that until the man himself is done, so that a constellation can be painted on them both.

Re-thinking the weekly format of the blog at this point, due to not being able to consistently get the paid post out on Fridays. If anyone has any weekly column ideas for me to write about, let me know in the comments below.

Until next time!

Thanks for reading.

If you liked what you saw, and you want to help out, please leave a comment. Sharing this with your friends, and following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ would also be hugely appreciated.

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Happy Valentine's Day from the Flowers of Sigmar!

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My fellow neck beards...


Valentine's Day is typically a day of sadness, regret, and far too much junk food. But as someone who has finally managed to roll a natural 20 on the relationship check, believe me when I say there is hope for us all.

For my darling wife, who somehow manages to still put up with me and my plastic soldiers, I have crafted the following... a Liberator of the Flowers of Sigmar!



Bugman's Glow, with a wash of Carrobourg Crimson... a highlight of Khorne Red mixed with Ceramite White. These, indeed, are the colours of love. Made in an hour's feverish work as she lay sleeping in the morning, with a fresh flower picked in the forest.

Here's the thing... you may not have the car, the muscles or the wallet. But remember to take advantage of the things you do have. A selection of paints no one used at the club. An abandoned Liberator from a students first paint session. Bit of foil left over from a failed experiment to launch a Space Marine on the weekend…

Ad Mech Engineer: Pi-rat Warlord

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The first of a guest painter on Tabletop Teacher, this Skaven monstrosity was created and painted by the one and only Ad Mech Engineer!

There will be a follow up step-by-step work in progress article written by the man himself. But for now, just admire the epic sillyness that only Skaven can deliver!


Thanks for reading.

If you liked what you saw, and you want to help out, please leave a comment. Sharing this with your friends, and following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ would also be hugely appreciated.

If you have anything you want me to look at, let me know in the comments below. I'll probably be able to write an article about that topic within a day!

If you really love what I do here, you can make a one off donation at my PayPal, or become a true hero to table top education and make a regular donation to my Patreon. Every Little helps!

DnD Scenario: Pitch Black

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The paid post is up on Patreon for the mighty patrons!

Another fun scenario, that requires very little preparation from the DM.

The players enter a magically darkened labyrinth. There is no light whatsoever, and the walls themselves suck light from any source. It is perfectly pitch black, and even if your adventurers devise some clever way of creating light or seeing, a malevolent, invisible force disrupts whatever plan they've had.

The goal is to get through the labyrinth, using nothing but touch, wit, and luck...

This is a great experience to drop in at the beginning of a dungeon, or as a mini-quest to find whatever mcguffin they need to get to advance the plot.

Drop in a few pennies, and take a look! You get a bundle of DnD, 40K and Age of Sigmar scenarios, and also get to buy some paint brushes for the school club. Entertainment AND sense of self-satisfaction and pride. What have you got to loose?

Thanks for reading.

If you liked what you saw, and you want to help out, please l…

Project Flying Space Marine: Galvanic Thruster

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This... failed. But it does look good!


So the reason this doesn't work is simple Physics.

This is a Van de Graaf generator. All it does it put electrons on the top dome, which can't escape leading to a build up of negative charge.

What we do is put a pie plate on top of the generator dome, and stick the jump pack marine (Ravenguard of course) to the pie plate. The plate becomes coated with electrons as well, and thus is negatively charged. Like charges repel, and so the plate, and Marine fly away!

Except the shape of the negative charge field is the shape of the dome... so the Marine just kind of slides off to the side.

This can be fixed with MOAR POWER! But that's not really likely to happen with school equipment.

This Space Marine is determined to fly though, and we will find new and exciting ways of launching this mini into the sky!

Until next time.

Thanks for reading.

If you liked what you saw, and you want to help out, please leave a comment. Sharing this with your fri…

Mad Science: Project Flying Space Marine

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It's half-term... we've just done electrical fields... and I have the Van de Graaf generator all to myself.


MWAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!





Tomorrow I hope to have a video of my first truly flying Space Marine (since I'll have someone else to help for the inevitable problems).


Looking forward to tomorrow

Thanks for reading.

If you liked what you saw, and you want to help out, please leave a comment. Sharing this with your friends, and following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ would also be hugely appreciated.

If you have anything you want me to look at, let me know in the comments below. I'll probably be able to write an article about that topic within a day!

If you really love what I do here, you can make a one off donation at my PayPal, or become a true hero to table top education and make a regular donation to my Patreon. Every Little helps!