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I dunno, I think a fair few of them are novellas, but the ones I've red are good.  Blackstone Fortress is a lightweight but entertaining romp with some interesting stuff about blackstone fortresses.  You get the two Blackstone Fortress novellas as well, which is a nice addition.  The outstanding book in the collection though is Soul Hunter.  The Nightlords trilogy is the pinnacle of Black Library books in my opinion.  The only downside is that you'll have to buy the other two books in the series, but it's well worth it.  The third book in particular is amazing.  It's amazing how Aaron Dembski-Bowden makes the phychopaths of the 8th Legion into believable, even sympathetic characters.  

 

None of them are from the Horus Heresy series, which is a good thing in my opinion.  I have read a lot of the series, and I do generally like them, but they have become terribly unwieldy.  There was no reason for it to be such a long series, so you have lots of books where nothing of note happens.  The ones set in the 40K era rather than 30K are more fun, easier to follow, and don't require a lot of cross-referencing with other parts of a series that you might have read two years ago or something.

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5 hours ago, feltmonkey said:

I dunno, I think a fair few of them are novellas, but the ones I've red are good.  Blackstone Fortress is a lightweight but entertaining romp with some interesting stuff about blackstone fortresses.  You get the two Blackstone Fortress novellas as well, which is a nice addition.  The outstanding book in the collection though is Soul Hunter.  The Nightlords trilogy is the pinnacle of Black Library books in my opinion.  The only downside is that you'll have to buy the other two books in the series, but it's well worth it.  The third book in particular is amazing.  It's amazing how Aaron Dembski-Bowden makes the phychopaths of the 8th Legion into believable, even sympathetic characters.  

 

None of them are from the Horus Heresy series, which is a good thing in my opinion.  I have read a lot of the series, and I do generally like them, but they have become terribly unwieldy.  There was no reason for it to be such a long series, so you have lots of books where nothing of note happens.  The ones set in the 40K era rather than 30K are more fun, easier to follow, and don't require a lot of cross-referencing with other parts of a series that you might have read two years ago or something.

 

The NLT is a very good series true, but its likely cheaper just to buy the three together.

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1 hour ago, Oracle said:

 

The NLT is a very good series true, but its likely cheaper just to buy the three together.

 

It's swings and roundabouts, really.  If you want the audiobooks, they're available for the price of a credit each on Audible (or like £30 each on the Black Library app for some insane reason) so £7.99 each.  Or you can get the first one here for £13 with all these extra audiobooks and the other two for £7.99 each.  The inportant thing is that everyone does one or the other and listens to the Nightlords Trilogy because it's amazing. 

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14 hours ago, feltmonkey said:

The Nightlords trilogy is the pinnacle of Black Library books in my opinion. 

Eisenhorn / Ravenor / Bequin series for me. Though anything by ADB is worth a read. I find anything written by Chris Wraight is good as well. 

 

Was it the Nightlords series where you had to read an Ultramarines book to find out what happened to one of the main characters? 

 

One of the great things about the 40k universe is the sheer size and time of it all. There isn't really a here and now about it. In the Gaunt's Ghosts books, they mention Eisenhorn as being ancient history, for example. So you can have universe shaking events that don't really affect books set before or a while after. 

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I currently have 2 codexes with models

 

Death guard are brilliant models and nicely themed. Rebuilding my collection a bit after selling most of my army off, probably got enough to play 2000 points worth, just in the middle of building a custom wizard in terminator armour to bypass the fucking stupid hq rules they have. 

 

Marines are good in the game and easy to play as but thematically booooooorrring. And boring to paint. I have about 4000 Points worth. they do look cool though. 
 

Ad - mech have some of the the best models and are the most grim-dark imperial faction. Just sold my small army as well as my knights as they were never going to see play and I needed to invest money and more importantly time in getting both into a a shape where they were a coherent army rather than ‘behold, my stuff’

 

I quite like necrons. And my son and I are building a small army of them. But they have some real bullshit rules that are horrible to play against. So they can get in the sea. 
 

If I were starting again from scratch and had the time I’d be tempted by Orks. They’ve some brilliant looking models and 
They are the only faction in 40K that can remotely be classed as the goodies, they aren’t fascists, or religious fanatics, they aren’t deliberately evil, or twisted by chaos, they aren’t undead robots with a grudge, or a hive minded hegemonising swarm. They’re just having fun. They are the only faction that looks like it’s having a good time. 

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5 minutes ago, And said:

I quite like necrons. And my son and I are building a small army of them. But they have some real bullshit rules that are horrible to play against. So they can get in the sea. 
 


I feel attacked

 

I've got:

Necrons (3000 points painted)

Ravenwing Dark Angels (2500 points painted)

Death Guard (4500 points painted)

Orks (as yet unbuilt)

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I don't know how many points I have of each faction but I have Death Guard which is my main army. Chaos Knights which i have 4 Questoris, 2 Armigers and 2 more Armigers to make. The initial plan was to soup them with Death Guard and/or Plaguebearers; so I have a few Nurgle Daemon units that could make a 1500-2000pt army from.

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If I had to settle one one force I'd go Genestealer Cults or Orks. My son has an Ork army and they're just great, so I'll steal them at some point. 

 

The new Ork units are just fantastic too. 

 

I think both armies are thematically fun. GSC allow you to throw in some Genestealers too and then suddenly you can expand into Tyranids which I think have the most wonderfully alien looking creatures imaginable. 

 

Note; I don't play the game, I just build the models, prime them and put them in my cabinets to make me cry. 

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I don't really know how any factions actually play, but from a lore and aesthetic point of view my favorites are:

 

Adeptus Mechanicus because they have a fantastic look, lots of great models, and they are crazy worshippers of technology they don't fully understand, and have made themselves into grotesque cyborgs to be closer to the "machine god."

 

Harlequins because they are enigmatic graceful clowns.  They consider the universe to be a stage for their "plays" and worship a laughing god.  They also might be the only guys who actually know what's going on, and the only ones who might be able to defeat chaos.  They're quite a frightening prospect to paint as they are covered in diamond patterns.

 

Drukhari because they have amazing pointy models including goths on jetbikes, elvish samirai/ninja guys with huge swords, sleek fighter planes and cool skiffs.  Their lore is batshit - they have to take slaves and torture captaves to survive, and they are not unhappy with this situation.

 

and Custodes because they're the ultimate elite fighters.  Every model is like a hero character from any other faction.  An "army" of them might include 15 guys.  They wear the most bling gold armour and ostentatious hats.  The fact that the hats stand out even amongst the hat-centric world of Warhammer tells you just how over the top these hats are.

 

In Age of Sigmar, I like:

 

Sylvaneth because they are sinister living trees.  Like ents, but nastier, angrier, much more hasty.  They're also sort of good guys, as they are the faction of life.  Their leader is a large woman who rides a gigantic beetle and is one of the best models GW have ever produced.

 

Gloomspite gits because they are sheer comedy.  They're goblins, trolls, and squigs.  It is possible to have a giant with them as well, but it is stipulated in the rules that he is drunk and might tread on some goblins or fall over.  The goblins tend to have arrows through their hats, or mushrooms growing out of them.  I'm pretty sure some of the models are picking their nose.  They have a kit - the fanatics - which are a squad of five goblins swinging spiked ball-and-chains around.  The squad number is five, but you get six in a box - five normal models, and one who is already dead before you even build him.  Squigs, by the way, are round balls on two legs with a huge mouth.  They're about 30% teeth.  The goblins ride them into battle.

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10 hours ago, moosegrinder said:

 

Don't we all?

 

Nope. If I ever paint anything for myself, they go in plastic Tupperware boxes and get bunged in a cupboard somewhere, never to be seen again. 

 

I've never been especially fond of keeping the things on display - I'm much more interested in the process of painting rather than the end result :P . Plus, if I can get some money from the buggers, that's all the better! 

 

Filthy swine that I am.

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2 minutes ago, JoeK said:

 

Nope. If I ever paint anything for myself, they go in plastic Tupperware boxes and get bunged in a cupboard somewhere, never to be seen again. 

 

I've never been especially fond of keeping the things on display - I'm much more interested in the process of painting rather than the end result :P . Plus, if I can get some money from the buggers, that's all the better! 

 

Filthy swine that I am.


I’m the same, but I think as much as the process I enjoy photographs of my minis. The actual models are in Tupperwares like yours.

 

 

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I’m eternally optimistic my dudes will see battle. Some projects are born, completed and sold on before that happens. 
I can’t bear playing with unpainted models though so I'm constantly needing to get something done. 
 

just built up a blight lord squad from felthius and his cohort x2 

Some mild conversion and the felthius is now a sorceror and I’ve got 6 termies, 4 with axe and combi bolter and 2 with heavy weapons. I really like chopping models up.

 

these will get sprayed today and probably painted by 2026 at current rates. 

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30 minutes ago, Spatial said:

I don't even play 40k and thanks to Warhammer Imperium mag I appear to be amassing a collection of Necrons and Space Marines 🤔

 

I decided to opt out of it in the end, simply because I have a ridiculous amount of Stormcast and Nighthaunt still to paint (plus a box of Orks and the rest of Cursed City). 

 

What I don't have is any Necrons and any more than a few Space Marines. So whilst I'm not looking to add to my pile, I'd be most interested in any swaps if there's anything from my stash that interests you. I have lots and lots of stuff from the whole Mortal Realms run.

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52 minutes ago, Davros sock drawer said:

 

I decided to opt out of it in the end, simply because I have a ridiculous amount of Stormcast and Nighthaunt still to paint (plus a box of Orks and the rest of Cursed City). 

 

What I don't have is any Necrons and any more than a few Space Marines. So whilst I'm not looking to add to my pile, I'd be most interested in any swaps if there's anything from my stash that interests you. I have lots and lots of stuff from the whole Mortal Realms run.

I’ve got a spare necron warden I don’t need you can have if you want. Pm me your deets. 
 

if you’re after marines - there’s 3 assault intercessors on this months imperium. 
 

or if you want both, the cheapest starter set for 40k has about 18 models in for like £25

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9 minutes ago, And said:

I’ve got a spare necron warden I don’t need you can have if you want. Pm me your deets. 
 

if you’re after marines - there’s 3 assault intercessors on this months imperium. 
 

or if you want both, the cheapest starter set for 40k has about 18 models in for like £25

 

I'll take the warden thanks as I'm sending you a guy, which makes it one in, one out, right? Right?! :)

 

I'm definitely not swelling the ranks any more though, no sir!

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The churn. 
I've now hit over £550 in eBay sales this month from the pile of shame. 
Unfortunately I’ve also spent about £250 of that already!

Just scored a massive bargain bundle of warcry teams and monsters which will make for a very happy son at Xmas. 

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A mix! Sold off my ad mech and knights which were painted, and while I got probably almost double a bit more than what I’d spent on them, my hourly rate for building, magnetising, painting and basing would be pennies, so no, very far from pro. Also got rid of a bunch of unused stuff I’d bought but won’t use to make room for the next projects that will be on eBay in 18 months. 

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1 hour ago, And said:

A mix! Sold off my ad mech and knights which were painted, and while I got probably almost double what I’d spent on them my hourly rate for building, magnetising, painting and basing would be pennies, so no, very far from pro. Also got rid of a bunch of stuff I’d bought but won’t use to make room for the next projects that will be on eBay in 18 months. 

 

Honestly, if you're selling on ebay and getting more than they would go for unpainted, you're doing well.  Most of the time, if you put paint on a model, you're decreasing the value.  If you're making a profit, you can count yourself as a good painter.  Don't even mention hourly rates though.  :lol:

 

This has popped up on instagram - it's the Mortarion I painted a while ago, but in rotating video form with dramatic music.

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CUKXQz3DE_g/

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I’m selling for more than I paid, but not necessarily more than RRP! 

I’ve done the maths -

Paid about £120-30 for the admech guys and sold for £145.

 

Paid about £125 for the knights and sold for £195. So a small ‘profit’ but not much. But I’ve had my fun building and painting them and now I don’t feel guilty about them taking up loads of space in my hobby cupboard and I get to buy loads more small plastic monsters. 

 

 

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What’s Adeptus Titanicus like? Any good? Is it simple to play? Could a ten year old play it? Thinking about getting it to play with the boy. 
 

Is the start set enough to be getting on with or will I be going down a rabbit hole of loads more stuff to buy?

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10 minutes ago, And said:

What’s Adeptus Titanicus like? Any good? Is it simple to play? Could a ten year old play it? Thinking about getting it to play with the boy. 
 

Is the start set enough to be getting on with or will I be going down a rabbit hole of loads more stuff to buy?

 

It's a GW product, it's always a rabbit hole!

 

That said, some of the hardcore wargamers at work (who play bucketfuls of different things) swear it's the best system we do.

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