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Kill Team Guide: The disappointing truth of Genestealer Cults Tactics

With one gem amongst the other situational and niche Tactics, the Genestealer Cults are going to be more reliant on the general and Specialist tactics. With the School League ruling that only 5 Tactics per force are allowed, I can’t see these seeing much use.

With that said, they do provide some interesting reactions to situations, and so have their place in less restrictive Matched, Open and Narrative play.

General Tactics
Tactic: Unnatural SensesUse when a model is declared as the target of a chargeThe model may fire Overwatch even if the model isn’t visible The model counts as obscuredCost: 1CP
We’re not starting off with a great one, being as amazingly niche as it is. The model being obscured only counts in terms of Injury rolls, Overwatch needed natural 6s to Hit in any case. In anything but the school’s league this is a nifty tactic to bring out as a surprise to the enemy. However, if you’re ever limited in the number of tactics you can bring feel free to skip this one.

Tactic: D…

I done a YouTube...

It's been a long day (actually haven't finished yet... 8:30pm and still 3 contact hours to go), and I'm just about tired enough not to care about how embarrassed I am about this. I made a YouTube clip of a older blog article.

I'm strongly considering switching to this instead of the written blog, but I appreciate I have a lot to learn about video making. I also love writing, and it would be a massive wrench to drop the written form. A happy medium between written blog and video content is probably what I'd strive for.

And of course, the video content would just be the same as written. The same nerdy stuff and over thinking rules and list crafting.

Well, all that is something of a pipe dream. Enjoy my dulcet tones.

Or at least I'm sorry for my funny voice.

Until  next time!

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Kill Team Guide: Secrets of the Sicarians

I'm officially on my second week of non-stop late nights at work, by which I mean I literally do not get out of the boarding house until 11pm after a 7am start. With the idea of a robot body having more and more appeal, we wrap up our analysis of the AdMech with some of my favourite models from Games Workshop: the Sicarians.

Sicarians The Sicarian frame is not the sturdiest in the world, but hits hard and fast. It’s no tank, and it shouldn’t be fielded as such, more an aggressive and panic inducing model.

The common attributes of the Sicarian models are as follows:

Bionics: 6+ invulnerable save2 WoundsLightning quick 8-inch movementStrength 4
They are tougher and faster than your Skitarii units, and at first blush are geared for all out assault. Toughness 3 is not quite the detriment it was in older editions of 40K. It’s still relatively weak, but you’ll be caught by 2+ To Wound rolls less often in Kill Team than in 7th or older.

Strength 4 alongside their wargear options puts the…

Magnus the Red, the True Viking Primarch

This is half a thought I had about Magnus the Red being more of a Viking Primarch than Leman Russ. I never quite had time to research the idea, but I thought I'd share the half-finished idea with you all now for discussion. Why? Because it's blog post day, I still have 5 hours of school work to do and it's already 9pm.

Enjoy the idea, and see if you can flesh it out a bit more than I have!

Whilst everyone considers Leman Russ to be the quintessential Viking primarch due to his reputation fo heavy drinking and general combat demeanour (a fancy way of saying he likes to hit stuff with a sword), Magnus is actually a much better candidate to represent the Norse in 40K.

You might be thinking that he much more clearly represents the Egyptians. Well, there's a difference between visual aesthetic and plot themes. Everything about Magnus hints at a far more Northerly inspiration than Ra or others in the Egyptian pantheon.

In fact... he's Odin.

Let's start with some gen…

Kill Team Guide: What you need to know about Skitarii

Term has hit surprisingly hard this year, and it looks like I will working for three weeks straight without a day off again. I'm also on the late night shift for three quarters of that, so please forgive any disruption to the post schedule.

As a scientitst and geek I should be more into the Adeptus Mechancus than I am. I like the aesthetics of most of the models, but then the fluff pulls me right out of actually purchasing models. I'm not a fan of religious dogma, no matter how many 1s or 0s make up the hymns. It grates against my teacher's ethics to have unthinking discipline, and I find the idea of electronically enforced servitude utterly repellent.

But I really like the idea of Skitarii as more free thinking volunteers, out to better mankind's understanding of the universe by defending the engineers and architects who work for it. So I bend the fluff a little in my end to make it work for me. But let's talk about crunch instead.

The Troops In discussing the va…

500 points Beginner Chaos Space Marine Army: I am Alphari-Horus

Term has officially started, with all our boarders back this evening. The house is alive with the bumps and crashes of boys trashing their bed rooms. Great to be back in the wing of things!

I will be continuing on with the analysi of the Adeptus Mechanicus in Kill Team, but I have a reader request to carry out first:

Howdy, I am new to 40k and just staring out with my friends. I am interested in the Chaos Space Marines. I was wondering if you could recommend a good 500pt army that I could put together. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. PS. I was thinking of either Black or Alpha Legion.Matthew Winning

First of all Matthew, have you and your friends tried Kill Team yet? It’s a cheaper and quicker way to get started!

Chaos Space Marines, now known as the Heretic Astartes, are in somewhat of a poor position for beginners. The models are getting rather dated now, unless you’re going Death Guard or Thousand Sons, and their classic Troops choice is mostly out-performed by Cultists.


Kill Team Guide: Tricks with Adeptus Mechanicus Tactics

Adeptus Mechanicum are nicely balanced in Kill Team, coming in as quirky Jack-of-all trades. Whilst you might look at them as a shooting force they’ve got surprising punch in melee, and are just a little fragile compared to Space Marines. Their tactics reflect their all-around nature, so lets see what tricks we can pull from them.

Canticles of the Omnissiah You can choose a Canticle at the start of each battle round, but you can only choose it once per battle. Alternatively roll for it, and it works even if the Canticle has been chosen before.

Incantation of the Iron Soul: reroll failed Nerve tests.Litany of the Electromancer: enemy models within 1-inch of models in your kill team take 1 Mortal Wound on a d6Chant of the Remorseless Fist: Re-roll Hit rolls of 1 in the Fight phase.Shroudpsalm: Targets of shooting attacks in cover gain an additional -1 To Hit.Invocation of Machine Might: +1 StrengthBenediction of the Omnisiah: Re-roll Hit rolls of 1 in the shooting phase.
It’s straightfo…