Warhammer 40,000
Warhammer 40,000 or simply Warhammer 40K is a miniature-based tabletop game. It involves building and painting your own miniature army and pit them against others' on a dioramic 6x4 or 4x4 feet table using a standardized set of game rules. Miniature armies come in various factions, from Imperial commandos to space-faring orks, each with its own background stories (what 40K players call "fluff") and combat units.

My army, a sub-faction of the Adeptus Astartes or the Space Marines, is of the so-called Dark Angels Chapter - one of thousands of regiments of bio-enhanced supersoldiers created by the Emperor of Man to impose his will throughout the grim universe of the 41st millennium.

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Dark Angels of the Adeptus Astartes
The Dark Angels Chapter is first among legions of Space Marines bred by the Emperor from his own genetic imprints. Enhanced physiologically for combat operations, they are literally Angels of Death in the battlefield, sowing fear to anyone who dared oppose their mandate. Their homeworld, Caliban - now reduced to a barren asteroid after an epic battle against their traitorous Brothers - holds the Chapter's mobile fortress-monastery called the Tower of Angels. Here, deep within the labyrinthine pathways to the underground caverns, lies the key to their monastic nature. The Dark Angels hides a millenia-long secret that compromised their honor. It is with this reason that they and their Successor Chapters are called the Unforgiven.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Pork's Planking Article

I posted this same article at the Warmachine PH blogsite.


Decking for WARMACHINE Figs' Bases
by: Paul "Pork" Borja
Photos by John "Jumping Johnny" Borja and Joma Ramos

When you look at the different character classes in Warmachine, not all of them are encountered in open rural ground. Some classes are specifically limited by their environment and lifestyle and I thought that their bases should reflect this, especially for pirates who rarely stray away from their ships or the dock areas.

My folks at home never throw away spent matchsticks directly after using them – they let the pile grow in a jar before they throw it away. Although this is strange, it came to my benefit one day when a sudden thought entered my mind - what better way to use these matchsticks as basing material for my miniatures! After all, they are of the same scale as the miniatures already so there’s no more need to measure and cut them to the right length. Instead of letting these go to waste, might as well use them to make miniatures look more respectable!

Step 1
Cut off the burnt edge with a sharp model knife, but not all the way. You may choose the irregularly shaped sticks because these add texture to the base and give instant weathering at the same time.

Starting with one corner of the base, cut one matchstick and set it on the entire end of the base across the slot. This first stick would be your guide for the rest of the flooring. It would be difficult later on if the pattern began to lay over the slot.

The matchsticks stick well to the base using your Super Glue.

Step 2
Cut the second matchstick halfway across the base, but past the slot to avoid difficulties. Then finish this second plank by carefully cutting the overhang to retain the base shape. Just trim the sides of the matchsticks for flashes using your scalpel or hobby knife for a good fit.

Then simply follow through with the rest. But carefully make sure you follow an alternating pattern that is used in actual carpentry. It will add realism to your base.

Step 3
After attaching all the matchsticks to your miniature’s base, apply a gloss coat on it and let it dry. I use SEMCO Acrylic Gloss Coat for this step. The Acrylic Gloss Coat will protect the base and prevent too much ink from seeping in the wood. Too much ink would waterlog the matchstick making it brittle.

The Acrylic Gloss Coat is simply applied evenly using a brush. There is no need to thin the coat with water.

After which, carefully pick out alternating planks and paint it with a pure brown ink wash to achieve a dark stain, then simply let it dry.

Then dilute the brown ink wash to achieve a lighter stain before applying it to the rest of the base. Using the diluted ink wash would create a lighter shade and make the planking look like it was laid using different types of wood. Let it dry completely before you attach the base to the figure.

Remove the metal slot plug of the model then pin it instead on the plank base.


Sample Figs on Plank Bases

Iron Kingdom Fig (Pistoleer)

Cryx Bane Knights

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Apocalypse Megabattle - March 2008

Oberon sponsored this year's first Megabattle event for Warhammer 40K. Venue was at the RHGC-HQ in New Manila and both sides of the gaming table (four 6x4's!) amounted to 12,000 points worth of 40K armies!

We tried out the new Apocalypse ruleset. The mission was to capture three objective points in the table. The rest of the details are as follows...


Imperium of Man versus Chaos United

Imperium side:
Oberon (Sisters of Battle)
Jess (Luna Wolves - Space Marines)
Henri (Space Wolves - Space Marines)
Midnight (Titan Legion)
Ryan (Titan Legion)
Sigis (Blood Ravens - Space Marines)

Chaos side:
Romy (Dark Eldar)
Obi (Fallen Angels - Renegade Space Marines)
Adrian (Azure Dawn - Chaos Space Marines)
Lance (Khorne Legion - Chaos Space Marines)
Joel (Nurgle Legion - Chaos Space Marines)

The Imperium side has chosen "Ambush" as their team asset while our side (Chaos) picked "Flanking Deployment". As my personal asset, I've chosen "Orbital Bombardment".

Deployment of the Imperium players were pretty outright. Two Titans and a Baneblade took most of the right side of the table (right from our - Chaos - point of view) wherein there was a wider firing corridor. The Imperial armours were supported by Battle Sisters of the Ecclesiarchy and Brothers of the Space Wolves. On the left side of the table, the Space Marines of the Luna Wolves deployed a Baneblade supported by a trio of Land Raiders.

Deployment of the Chaos players were reactive... well... at least, for me and Romy. Adrian ought to go all-out Reserve. And when his Chaos Marines finally deployed, he scrambled em up all along the enemies' deployment zone. My Fallen Angels' armoured tanks hung back in the middle with Romy's piratical skimmers while the bulk of my infantry troops amassed on the left edge of the table.

It was a mass carnage for me. My infantry have picked off attention like Britney Spears kissing Madonna. The Baneblade on that side of the battle lose hell on them and when the smoke cleared, there were only a handful left. The Imperial Titans and the rest of the Imperium was busy swathing Adrian's forces.

The Dark Eldars secured an objective while my armoured forces secured another. My bike squadron continued forward, threatening the Imperial armours.

When, finally, the Azure Dawn was decimated to some couple of Speeders, the enemy turned its gaze on my tanks. Two titans belched holy ammunitions leaving a Rhino, a Land Raider, and a Vindicator smoking. My Veteran Squads and Terminators disembarked still claiming the objectives. The Luna Wolves became more and more busy with the coming of the Nurgle and Khorne Legion aids.

Out of nowhere, two Terminator squads were landed on the Dark Eldar side of the objective via a drop pod??!? Truly, a surprising move only Sigis could muster! To cap it, the raider squads opened up all projectiles it could throw upon the hapless Blood Raven Terminators before the Dark Eldar Wyches curtailed everything in sight and offer them to the sadistic Masters in Commoragh!

With two objectives already in Chaos control, the Blood Raven bikes zipped to contest the middle objective with the Fallen Angels. The Titan Legions, seeking blood and retribution, advanced forward and decimated the Deathwing Terminators leaving their only claimed objective open. A scoring unit from what was left of the Azure Dawn charged into it for a claim.

That was two points of objective victory for the forces of Chaos... times two! As Romy's personal asset multiplied it two-folds.

Chaos wins!


Thanks to Sir Oberon for hosting the game!

Thanks goes too for all the participants!


Other people who where there: Doc Benj, Arvs, Fred M., Pocholo, Ricky, Art, and Garr.

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