Monday, January 30, 2012

The Book Whispers


Though it's probably already made it's way into your inbox, but there's a new photo that's been going around the interwebs.   & Here it is. 

While I haven't been down to the Keep to verify this yet, this is supposed to be a photo of the spines of the first two 2012 issues of White Dwarf lined up together.  It could be nothing, but then what fun is rumor mongering without some conjecture and just making things up?  The going rumor is that this shroud of a photo is showing a marine in green armor with a tan robe.  Hmm...  I wonder what that could mean?  Perhaps we could be seeing the first (legion) being the last (codex of fifth edition).  It adds a bit of fun to my life, as I'd love to see more Dark Angels fluff being added.  I hope this just stirs the pot of rumors up more and when we do get an announcement, that no one will believe it.  Have fun speculating!  Till next time.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Man(iple) Up! part 6


The time has come for me to acknowledge some well-considered and intelligent criticisms of my example list and adapt the example to accommodate those criticisms and better suit the maniple principles I wrote.  The new list will look significantly different and will use some rare choices, but I believe that this revision may both better suit the principles and reward aggression like my previous example has done for me.

Inside Look: Ghost/Doomsday Ark

Hello everyone.  On today's episode of Dragon Ball... or rather Inside Look, I thought I'd take a look at one of GW's newest kits, the Ghost/Doomsday Ark.  At first glance I was immediately shocked at the level of detail that has gone into the new metal men of the 41st millennium.  Much like the Mandrakes of Dark Eldar, the new Necrons utilize a fairly decent amount of engraved lines and built in details.  This is a great improvement upon the old as it just adds a level of detail that the majority of the hobbyist and players have a hard time achieving.  It seems the sculptors at GW have gone the extra distance to really make this new line shine.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Number 200

Wanted to stop and say thanks to all of our readers as we pass the 200 mark of Rites of Battle.  We hope to keep bringing you the best we can in interweb shenanigans.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Now & Later

For anyone who’s enjoyed this tasty candy comes today’s delicious article on the latest things to talk about in 40k: Necrons and 6th Edition. Now, I haven’t gotten a look at the leak myself but I’ve kept on a close eye on those rumors I see circulating, and I’ve looked the Necron codex over in great detail (mainly because it’s my first army outside of my beloved Ravens.)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hobby Table V

Hey guys, and welcome to another edition of Hobby Table.  Once again I have had some fun with my spare time and have come up with another unique scenario for people to enjoy.  Inspired by my Death Korps, and eager to create a fun (if toxic) atmosphere for those beer and pretzel lovers out there.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bang for your Buck

Hey guys.  Today I thought I'd brush off the old soap box and do a little preaching.  I promise to keep the religious zealotry I possess (... ha ha) to a minimum and keep on preaching about the use of points.  As I've said before, I'm not one for buying units into may army without putting a little something in them to make them worth the initial cost.  I won't say that this is the "only" way to do it, nor always the best idea.  But, I guess it's worked for me in the past.

So the theory here is to look at your list and apply some more thought to it.  Of course there is a mentality that can go with it such as building an army of Swiss Army Knife units that are suite to take on just about any target (the established "Marine" style) vs building several units , each with their own specific use and ability set (the established "Xenos" style).  This is a discussion for a different day, but it can come up here.  So how does spending points come into play?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Crossroads from 5th to 6th

So many directions to go, and only one new edition

Hey everyone,  After a cup of tea and a once over the supposed leaked 6th edition snippets, I thought it'd be a good idea to have a chat about the state of the game now, and where it sounds like it's going.  Bare in mind I'm very much the "I'll believe it when I see it in print" kinda guy when it comes to rumors for 40k so I don't take a lot of the rumors to seriously, but there are a few little (and a few more big) changes that have been floating about the interwebz for some time now.  I was curious to know what people think about the game, and how these changes will affect it.  If even half of the rumors about 6th are true, the game is looking to become radically different.  Before going to much further, I'll post a link to the "leaked 6th Ed. rules."

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Wheel of Time RPG

By Ishamael

Born at the dawn of the new millennium shortly after the advent of Third Edition, The Wheel of Time RPG was made in 2001 and only consists of a couple books, some old online support, and a couple bits in Dragon Magazine. From what I understand, RJ had to fight with Wizards quite often to keep them from putting the iconic classes from D&D into the WoT world. Which is quite understandable, since ninjas, clerics, and monks simply don't exist in that setting. However, eventually he got fed up and stopped working with them on it. After all, he had books to write!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Progress Report: Godfrey's Death Korps I

Hey guys!  Just thought I'd put up a few peeks into my Death Korps.  Having a blast building and painting them so far, and can't wait to get more!


Monday, January 2, 2012

Man(iple) Up! Part 5


While my recent trip to the Game Preserve did not result in triumph, I thought I would begin with a triumph from history. In the picture, from HBO's series Rome, Julius Caesar is celebrating his victories of the the barbarian Gauls with a ceremony called a triumph. These were generally only once-in-a-lifetime honors for generals and the pinnacle of their careers. Their faces would be painted to show their near divine status. Triumphs were chances for feasting, games and self-promotion for the general and some of the more successful generals would begin fighting the Senate and each other for sole control of Rome.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

From all of us at Rites of Battle, we hope 2012 will be everything it can be... except the end of the world.  We aren't sure, but there might not be enough war games in the afterlife for everyone, so for God-Emperor's sake lets hope this isn't the last year for it.

Hope this year will find you all well.
~ Rites of Battle Staff