Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Podcast #5 Return of the Podcast!

After a long hiatus, we here at rites fire off with a double length podcast. There was a lot of material to hit here, including Eldar, supplements, Apocalypse, and the rumor mill. Sit down and strap it, this one's a long haul!


Friday, July 19, 2013

Let's be Friends! - Black Templar

Hello readers and welcome to the first official post in my series about the allies matrix, Let's be Friends! In this inaugural article, I'll begin with the first army on the matrix, the Black Templar. These guys are currently the oldest army in the game. Let's find out if making some new friends can help them mitigate some of the ailments that come with their age.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Let's be Friends! Allies in the Grim Darkness

Greetings readers and welcome to the introductory post for my forthcoming series on the allies matrix! Each week, we'll explore a new codex and it's yellow or better allies, looking for surprising synergies and strategies which may or may not be instantly obvious when looking to pair the headline codex with any other. So, strap in and ready your collections, it's going to be a weird ride. Next week we'll begin with Black Templar and work our way through the allies matrix in order. Hope to see you here!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Chaplain vs. Librarian: The Showdown

Welcome all to the first installment of a new series I shall be attending for Rites: The Showdown.  This series will take two units, usually sharing some similarity and breakdown in-depth what it is about them that shines.  And having had been made to suffer the presence of the witch we all know as Corvus, the Templar in me has decided to breakdown the uses of the Chaplain vs. the Librarian for the first showdown.

WARNING: the following is based completely on my views as a player, and I recognize bias is ever an issue with opinion/observation-based articles.  As such, take all that you read with a colossal size grain of naturally occurring, flavor enhancing crystal.

So as it is probably easy to recognize, these units are both HQ choices presented in just about every Space Marine codex.  A few exceptions are that some codexes refer to these units with different names, such as the Blood Angel "Reclusiarch" as well as their chaplains found in the elite slot. The Space Wolf "Rune Priest" and "Wolf Priest."  The Black Templars have no Librarians at all, so they will only be contributing for the men in black.  Regardless of name, I will be looking into the HQ version of each codex for this comparison.  So lets get down to business.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Drop Pod Tactica - Steel Rain

As some readers may remember, a few months ago, I did a two part series about my feelings on the tactical squad, and took some time to reexamine the strengths and weaknesses of that classic space marine mainstay. As a result of that article, and much conversation with Godfrey, I developed a fondness for drop pods, and proceeded to overhaul my first army, giving my Blood Ravens what feels like a new lease on life. In the vein of Son of Horus's recent rhino tactics article, I present to you drop pod tactica.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day

Good afternoon everyone,

Today's post isn't about wargaming or about our plastic space men.  Today is bigger than that.  Today is the day we in the United States have set aside to celebrate the declaration of our independence from the British crown.  Today is one of our days to remember those men and women who have been wounded or killed to defend that independence and the principles of our nation.  I would invite you to take the day, while you aren't spending it with your families, to consider the state of those principles in our nation today.

I apologize for my absence.  I have been pouring myself into making a game of Dark Heresy for all my co-authors.  I've been thouroughly enjoying it, but it has meant that I haven't been playing my 40k armies much and thus don't really have much to talk about.  I'll try to keep you up to date on the goings on in Bloomington and soon in the Arlington/Fairfax area of Virginia to which I will soon be moving.

Best Regards,