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My blog is primarily my own personal fluff in the Warhammer 40,000 universe regarding the Draconis system such as the Knight House Yato in Draconis III, the Imperial Guard...I mean, Astra Militarum regiment trained there, the Draconian Armored Defenders, and the Forge World of Draconis IV with its Adeptus Mechanicus priesthood, Cybernetica cohorts and Skitarii legions, and the Titan Legion, Legio Draconis, known as the Dark Dragons.

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Draconis III marches to war!

I have finally finished painting my Legio Draconis Titans, or the Dark Dragons! Yay! My Adeptus Titanicus Battlegroup is finally complete! A...

Thursday, May 28, 2020

New Rules for Imperial Knights

Warhammer Community has a post containing some of the new rules for Imperial Knights! Yay!

So we have new Stratagems...too bad I no longer have Armiger Helverins, but I couldn't care less. I like my Armiger Moirax and their exotic volkite weapons more.

Thankfully I can swap my weapons about and get a Knight Warden, but I don't think I will do that. I like Knight Crusaders more. Speaking of which, I wonder if each Questoris Variant will have their own Stratagems...

And then we have something for my Knight Gallant or Knight Errant or whoever decides to run up close to smash my enemies in combat! I mean Titanic enemies, of course. Speaking of which, I rarely play against other Knight players for some reason.

Also, it seems that we will be getting our own Household Traditions! I can't wait to see what they will have! I've been using House Taranis, but if they have stuff that gives me "regain a wound" or something per turn, I would be happy to jump into that!

Apparently they have a new Household Tradition that is set up against Hordes like Orks and Tyranids. Just look at Guardians of the Frontier, for example.

And then you can combine that with Stormstriders to ensure they get into combat quickly!

This combo will give you a fast-moving, aggressive army that counters hordes and gets into combat as quickly as possible!

Additionally, we're finally getting rewards for Allegiances too! Remember when I was scratching my head and wondering what's the difference between Questor Imperialis and Questor Mechanicus, other than access to Stratagems? Well, seems like we're getting a bunch of different bonuses for choosing our Allegiances now!

And since I usually go with House Taranis and down the Questor Mechanicus route, I get the Sacristan Pledge!

Hell, yeah! Regaining 1 wound per turn will be awesome!

They also have new Warlord Traitors for each Allegiance, and the example they have is Tireless Duty.

Cool! I can't wait to see what else we're getting with Engine War. I'll be preordering it on Saturday, and will let you guys know more when I get my copy!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

New Rules for the Adeptus Mechanicus

As usual, Warhammer Community has a bunch of new stuff for us to read! This time it's the new rules for the Adeptus Mechanicus in Engine War!

We can make our own forge worlds now! Apparently we will have a primary dogma and a secondary dogma. I wonder what all our options will be?

Well, these seem cool, but I hope to see more.

We have a bunch of new Canticles too, by the way. Of course, you only get these if you stick to one of the named Forge Worlds, such as Mars or Stygies VIII.

Cool, eh? That's not all! In addition to making our own Forge Worlds or getting new Canticles for existing ones, we now have Holy Orders for our Tech-priests! There are four Holy Orders to choose from! Basically they give you one of three different aura abilities to choose from every turn.

This is pretty cool, eh?

We also get new Stratagems for our new units, such as the Archaeopter.

Or Pteraxii Skystalkers.

We already knew that the Serberys Sulfurhounds are pistoleers and can fire their pistol weapons even if they advanced this turn. However, we did not know that the Serberys Raiders are snipers! Whoa!

That is one cool looking flyer! Woohoo!

Our Skitarii have bad leadership, you say? Not anymore, they don't! Now they have a command uplink tot he Archaeopter! It doesn't matter which variant you're using!

Also, the chaff launcher also makes our Archaeopters a lot more resilient! Nice!

I can't wait to see what other stuff we'll get for the Adeptus Mechanicus and our Skitarii Legions!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Adeptus Mechanicus: Designing the Reinforcements

Warhammer Community has a new article up! This time it's designer commentary! There's a video in the link, so I'll ask you guys to go straight tot he Warhammer Community website. They have several awesome pictures, though!

Not sure if Jes Goodwin is one of them, but there's a video in the link. I have no idea how to embed videos in my blog post (it never works), so you'll have to visit the actual post itself.

Hey! Where's the Phosphor Torch? Warming up to these guys now for some reason.

Anyway, I'll keep an eye out for more news on these guys!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Engine War!

We'll finally get to pre-order Engine War next week! WOOHOO! Thanks to the news from Warhammer Community, we've learned that pre-orders are back! YES!

That's the collector's edition, apparently. And then you have the normal hardback and epub edition, and they also come with free datasheets for Syll'Esske, the Vengeful Allegiance and Shalaxi Hellbane no matter which edition you order! Cool!

We're also getting all of our new units out on pre-order, including the Tech-priest Manipulus, which is now available separately.

And of course the ones I'm looking forward to most of all! The Serberys Sulfurhounds and Raiders!

Joining them are the Pteraxii Sterylizors and Skystalkers!

Last of all, we also have the Archaeopter! YAY! The ability to build all three variants! I can't wait!

We also have a new Start Collecting! Skitarii box...well, it's Adeptus Mechanicus, but you know what I mean. They swapped out the Tech-priest Dominus with an Enginseer and the Onager Dunecrawler with a Skorpius Dunerider.

One word...awesome!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

9th Edition

Warhammer Community has all the Big Warhammer 40,000 Preview on right now!

Well...most of the changes don't affect me, but the big thing is 9th edition is coming!

Yay! Let's join the Crusade! I want to see how I can level up my Knights! Also, blast weapons now deal maximum damage...I mean maximum number of shots against horde armies! Not bad! Also, tanks can now shoot in close combat! My Leman Russ tanks have gotten deadlier! YAY! I don't know what's going to happen to my Thousand Sons, though. They'll probably endure as always. At least my Skorpius Disintegrators can shoot in close combat too. Heh.

Also...we are getting a Warhammer 40,000 app! This will probably replace Battlescribe.

Also, when we buy a new codex, we'll get the digital rules for it free! YES! Everything on my phone now! That's awesome! Army builder, rules for my collections, and stuff! YAY! The Omnissiah provides!

Not only that, we have Dawn of Fire...yikes, I don't know about this. They hyped it up to be the next Horus Heresy and Beast Arises, but I don't know about that. Nonetheless, I still want to read it. I did buy and read both books of Dark Imperium, after all.

Obviously this is going to be about Roboute Guilliman, and it's by Guy Haley, an author I really admire. I've read his Baneblade, Shadowsword, Stormlord, Iron Harvest and Titandeath, never mind his 2 Dark Imperium books. So I'm looking forward to this as well! We'll see. There's a lot of books for me to read before I get that far. Hell, I'm currently reading Warhammer Horror at the moment, and I haven't touched the Siege of Terra books yet! OH NO!!!!!

Will this be about the Psychic Awakening or tie them into the larger narrative? Who knows? I don't. I guess we'll find out. Looking forward to all of these!

That said, I've been reading the comments and I see a lot of moaning and complaining, even though 9th edition hasn't come out yet. Geez, the negativity and toxicity are just so overwhelming. I think I'll avoid comments from now on. It's just disheartening to see people write everything off before it even gets released. It's like they will never be happy no matter what Games Workshop do. Never mind we have Necrons, the moment they see an Assault Intercessor it's "oh no! Not another Space Marine!" I don't play Space Marine and I'm not even whining about that. Oh, and people concluding that Games Workshop not learning their lessons and already assuming that 9th edition will be bad. Because...I don't know, Command Points. We haven't even learned how they are doing detachments (apparently Detachments and allies cost points now). But hey, let's whine about how soup and Detachments will dominate the meta, eh? Best of all, people already complaining that Horde armies, Orks and Tyranids are dead...just because tanks can shoot in combat or blast weapons are now maximum fire against hordes. What the hell?! Easy there, don't jump into conclusions just because. I'm a Guard player and I'm not jumping and screaming about my poor Guardsmen dying (okay, because my Guard army comprises solely of Leman Russ tanks and Kasrkins, but even so that's a bit of an overreaction).

Calm down and wait for more information. Seriously. No need to get so emotional and moan. It only annoys people. Yeah, I know some people will say that they are annoyed, and they have the right to moan. But the thing is that you don't have the bigger picture. They said nothing about how assault will work, and people seem to be thinking that assault is dead and shooting is deadlier...because of how tanks work now. People write off the rules because Command Points or they think horde armies are dead. Based on what little information we have. You're right to be concerned, but at least don't lash out and make hyperbolic statements. Try not to whine. Be patient. We're all stuck here at home for months, unable to game, so we can wait a bit longer for more information, right?

Monday, May 18, 2020

The Adeptus Mechanicus Swoops Into Battle!

Warhammer Community with their promised preview of the Pteraxii.

I mean...I think it's best to go to Warhammer Community to read everything instead of me repeating here, but suffice to say they are the cousins of Sicarians who have their limbs replaced so that they can both fly and kill. And look cool (honestly, I'm not a fan of their aesthetic...).

Again, if you want to read more about scapuli superior implants and flight packs, it's best to head over to Warhammer Community to read the full article. Let's just say they are winged cyborgs and leave it at that. As much as I like the fluff, it's the standard grimdark "lobotomized to have enhanced reflexes."

Oh, their wings are made of nano-carbon fiber-weave! Same material as the one used in the wings of the Archaeopter. That's really cool! Still not a big fan of their design, unfortunately...but I do like the lore and fluff.

But I know you guys are mostly interested in their stats, so have at it!

Nice! Same as Sicarians, they have Strength 4 but are only Toughness 3. Have 2 wounds each as well, and the usual 4+ armor save. Plus 6++ invulnerable from bionics if I'm not mistaken.

I personally like the Sterylizors better because...come on. Phosphor flamers. What do you want me to say? I love flamers.

It has a range of 12" and ignores cover. But we already know that from the earlier previews...

And again, we already know about this. Strength 5 on the Charge. Yay.

Now this one is new! Plus it's add 1 to the Attacks characteristic of EACH MODEL. Yup, you read that right. So we have base attacks of 2 for normal Sterylizors and 3 for the Alpha. For a unit of 5, that's usually 11 attacks, but it goes up to 16 if you charge! At Strength 5, AP -1! Ave Omnissiah! That's brutal!

Then we have the Skystalkers. They are basically the same as Sicarian Infiltrators.

On the other hand, this is what you want them for, especially if you're facing a lot of vehicles (like my Imperial Guard army, or my Knights).

Yeah, you read that right. Fly them over a Knight or a tank and roll a D6 for each model in this unit to do up to 5 mortal wounds if you're lucky! Okay, on average you'll only do like 2 or 3 mortal wounds to a vehicle, but that's pretty impressive!

Pteraxii also pilot Archaeopters, by the way, which is a nice bit of fluff in my opinion. I don't know when these models will be released, but I'm tempted to at least get a squad of Sterylizors to accompany my Archaeotper, Serberys Raiders and Serberys Sulfurhounds! I can't wait!