Monday, August 31, 2015

The Time for Attack: Rebel Armada (Wave I)

Fellow Rebels, the Imperials believe they have us beat, but I bring good news and hope, our first wave of reinforcements is arriving! Our fighters will overwhelm the enemy, and take shelter in the mighty wings of our frigates. Lock wings to attack position, and let's being our attack run; the first wave is here!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I Smell Er-rat-ta

Greetings Gentlereaders,

Today I'm going to do my best to cover the direct effects and metagame implications of the recent errata document released by Privateer Press. There's some very simple, but impactful changes that hit a certain pair of epic sisters, and everyone's favorite mad scientist.  Combine that with some buffs to under-loved models and it feels like PP isn't just attempting to fix rules writing problems and typos, but rather to fix their mistakes in balancing models.  After my experience with GW erratas and their liberal use of "the most important rule," I'm happy to see something addressing perceived balance problems, even if they aren't addressing some of the problems I've heard are the most egregious.  With that preface, let's dig into these changes.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Team Up for Great Justice!

Greetings Gentlereaders,

Today I get to chat with you about one of my new favorite models supporting the armies of the ancestors, the young Tyrant Zaadesh.  As our part of the cycle of lesser warlocks, Zaadesh brings a distinctly Skorne spin on the concept.  He's impulsive young warlock, but he's also a man driven by his vision of the empire "as it should be."  When Makeada overthrew Vinter Raelthorne, she adopted the mantle of Supreme Archdomina and was the first skorne to rule the whole of the people.  Zaadesh wants to return the empire to its traditional ways of house warfare and infighting.  For all that divisive backstory, he is a piece in your arsenal that can bind together a list and take the weight of running a beast heavy list off some of our fury-starved casters.  If you're willing to take some risks, Zaadesh can be very rewarding, even if his beasts don't look like much on their own.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

RobPod #28: Mechanicum Series - Part III

Hello everyone, and welcome back.  I'm continuing my stay on Martian soil with another installment to my running series, this time I am joined by Trooper as we dive into two Black Library publications.  Novel reviews are normally a part of the Into the Black Library or Heresy in the Library series', but given the specialty of the topic, we figured they fit better here.  Today we're covering Mechanicum and Cybernetica. So strap in for some bionic hi-jinx and enjoy.

"When I grow up... I wanna go to MARS!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Trooper's GenCon 2015 Write Up and Thoughts

Hey all, and welcome back to the Rites of Battle. This is Trooper and I'm writing something out of the norm in relation to what I usually put out. Just somethin
g quick and fun to wrap up the 2015 GenCon experience. I am going to break down things by day. While not as swanky of a video as Godfrey posted, or as cool as the podcast we all did... I do better with the written word anyway. I would also like to use this as a prelude to something else I would like to starting writing for on the Rites of Battle. I really would like to delve more into the roleplaying aspect of games. In a way it was my big break into gaming in general (my room mate Collin got me into dice rolling and a break up got me into 40k)So, without further ceremony....

Thursday, August 13, 2015

RobPod #27: GenCon!

It was a whirlwind weekend for Godfrey, Havoc, Trooper, and myself. Join us in recounding our adventures with GenCon 2015!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Godfrey's GenCon 2015 Video Tour

Hey guys, and welcome back.  instead of the usual article I would normally write, I thought I'd do something a bit different this year and give you guys a video to enjoy.  It's by no means all encompassing and I know it's very long.  But for those of you who stick it out, there are some little extras I threw in during editing (if nothing else check out 14:45).

I hope you guys enjoy the video.  Hopefully next year I'll have one a little more planned and streamlined prepared for you.  But if nothing else, here are a few pictures I snapped along the way.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

First Thoughts: Zaal, the Ancestral Advocate

Greetings Gentlereaders,

The dust hasn't nearly settled, but I'm here to give you the latest about the newly announced (and not fully released) Skorne warlock, Zaal, the Ancestral Advocate.  As always, there has been a river of tears shed on the various Skorne forums that he may be taking up a place as our worst warlock.  From what I hear Dominar Rasheth received a similar reception and now he's one of our strongest warlocks.  It's been less than a week since his rules have been spoiled at Gencon.  Since the rest of the crew will be giving you a rundown of their experiences, here's my Gencon 2015 story.  Let's cut through the dross and see what gold we can mine from the game's first construct warlock and the first caster who is neither living in any way nor undead.

Fair Warning: This is a review of a warlock.  It's going to be long.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Honor the Codex: Brewing up some MSU

I figure it's high time to put my money where my mouth is. This past month, I've penned around an article a week, and with the exception of the last, both revolved around the latest and greatest marine codex, including a list review for a reader's Salamanders. That in mind, those articles are linked here and here, and I'm going to consider those almost required reading for what's coming. And what is coming? A few list drafts for MSU marines, as hinted at in past articles and the title.