Steel Daemon 2015 – Entrant’s Information

Once again our very own Alistair Armes will be running the Steel Daemon painting competition on December 5th. Here are the categories and some FAQs from him.

Categories

1. Single Miniature

This is for any single miniature from any company. Models must be on a base 40x40mm base or smaller (Round or Square) e.g.  Space Marines, Terminators, Tyranid Warriors, Ork Warboss, Fantasy lords, on foot or horses.

2. Squad/Unit/Regiment

This is for any squad/unit/regiment.  Must be legal within the standard organisation of the game it is from i.e. 3 Skaven Clan Rats do not count but 3 Mega Armoured Nobz would.  This also includes gangs or smaller armies such as Necromunda gangs, Infintity Battlegroups, Guildball Teams etc.

3. Large Monster

This is for large monsters on bases bigger than 40x40mm. Things like Giants, Dragons,  Daemon Princes, Hive Tyrants, Lords on monstrous creatures. Things like Mortis Engines, Plague Furnesses or Warshrines would go in this category.

4. Vehicle

This is for vehicles of all types. Tanks, Dreadnoughts, Titans, Wraithlords/kinghts, Battlesuits, Riptides, Battlewagons, Trukks, TAGs, Warjacks etc.

FAQ

Can I use fancy display bases?

Go for the size supplied with the original kit other than that, it’s cool. If you want to use aftermarket resin bases or make a scenic display base to show of your figure go for it. If you want to put your Space Marine captain on a 40mm not 25mm base that ok ( I’ll just count it as a display base). Just don’t turn up with a grot on a Gorkanought base. If you’re unsure, please ask as pushing the rules too far may result in your being excluded.

What models can I enter?

Any from any company. If you fancy scratch building or heavily converting go right ahead.

What are you looking for in a model?

The best modelling and painting on a base that presents your miniature well.

Where do you stand on Regiments of Renown/Kill Teams?

These are an interesting problem when it comes to painting competitions. Due to their unique nature (outside the core games system) they often don’t fit within the standard categories. As such I will try to clarify how they will be entered into Steel Demon. Try to think of how the miniatures fit into the standard army:

  • A Killteam of just infantry will go into category 2
  • A Killteam with a transport would be split and the infantry will go into category 2 and the transport into category 4
  • Killteams of Tau Battlesuits/Imperial Guard Sentinels should go in category 4
  • Space Marines on bikes are category 2

Unfortunately, Regiments of Renown feature an odd mix of miniatures on different bases from various parts of the army book. It makes them doubly difficult to classify. As such they will not be allowed.

 

If you have any further questions, please ask.

 

 

Army Of The Month – Baz’s Blood Angels

Welcome to the first of our new features on the site – Army Of The Month. Each month we will showcase the army of one of our members, to show what we do and promote the club to the wider world.

If you’d like to get your army featured let us know!


 

This month, we have Baz and his Blood Angels. Baz hasn’t been with us for too long, only as long as we’ve been at Harlequin’s, but he embodies so much of what we love about the hobby. His enthusiasm for his army is infectious and he’s always a pleasure to play against. As far as his army goes, he’s got some current edition models mixed up with some retro flavour. His painting has come on in leaps and bounds over the past year as well, his army finished in a rich, vibrant red (aside from the Death Company!).

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Name:

Baz Robinson

Age:

35

Army:

Blood Angels

System:

Warhammer 40,000

How long have you been playing?

24 years with a major Hiatus in the middle. Returned to the hobby about 2 years ago.

Do you play any other armies or systems?

In my youth I had a smattering of Orks, Ultramarines and Imperial guard, but no serious other army since I restarted playing. I played Necromunda when I was younger as well, and Man O War.

What other hobbies do you have?

Live Role-play, Tabletop Role-play, PC gaming, Nerd Herding (it’s like cat herding but basically involves organizing nerds which is probably harder than cat herding, it’s not so much an individual hobby but happens with most of my other ones!)

What is your favourite model in your army?

Astorath the Grim lovely model and really puts a lot of the other blood angels special character to shame at the moment

What has been the best moment while playing this army?

Actually beating Ben Greaves!

What are you future plans for this army?

I’d like to get some Sanguinary Guard as there the other impressive set piece unit for Blood angels. My very old Dante model has got a bit damaged so I’m working on a new Dante model, and I have an Honour Guard that I play to try out magnetizing so they can be swapped between jump packs and ground pounding.

Looking Back: The First Event

Our first organised event was a Warhammer 40,000 narrative event that revolved around Red Steel Ridge. Our very own Joseph Cowlishaw wrote a full back story with narrative branches for each round of the event. There was a fantastic mix of armies on display and a great turnout from our members.

As you can see from the pictures, a good time was had by all!

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Looking Back is a series of articles showing highlights from our past. If you want to be part of our future, check out our About Us page.

Looking Back: Our First Day

On September 8th 2012, Worthy Gaming opened in Preston. Red Steel – as a club – formally started then. As an idea, the essence of what we became started a few months earlier. We were and still are a predominantly Warhammer 40,000  based club, and as such our founding came out of wanting somewhere more than our local Games Workshop store.

The story is repeated all over the country, and probably the world; veteran gamers who felt alienated by strict rules, limited gaming/painting space availability and the feeling of apathy from the company towards the people whose very patronage was responsible for their profits. This isn’t an anti-GW rant, I’m just setting the scene. We wanted our own place, and the news that a new wargaming shop was to open was a fantastic opportunity.

So, on that Saturday Worthy Gaming opened its doors to the public. A long hard day of painting, modelling and gaming was ahead of us. For a lot of us it was also our first exposure to new games such as Warmachine/Hordes, Infinity and Dark Age. In addition this, we had David from Hawk Wargames to run demos of his new game – Dropzone Commander. Also covering the opening was Joey Berry. Many games of DZC were played, alongside some Warhammer Fantasy and 40,000 on freshly pained tables.

The club also took on many new members that day. We had a dedicated place that was open late, and had the facilities that we wanted – we’d found our new home.

Or so we thought.

Looking Back is a series of articles showing highlights from our past. If you want to be part of our future, check out our About Us page.

The Armies of the Heresy!

As you may have read in our previous post, a few of our members headed off to the Horus Heresy Throne of Skulls and Chris got snap happy with his Camera! He didn’t get pictures of every army but he did get a lot of them!

There was a huge variety of armies on show and the amount of love that went into each every army was awe inspiring. As you can see, there were some similar units from army to army but no two were the same.

So here we go with a gallery of some of the best looking (and expensive) armies you’ll likely see at a tournament! We’d love to be able to tell you who they all belong to but I’m afraid we didn’t learn everyone’s name (we were to busy drooling!)

Hope you enjoyed looking at them all!

Horus Heresy Throne of Skulls Review

Well the dust has settled, the flames have died and the Emperor stands triumphant over the traitors!
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Last weekend was the first ever Horus Heresy Throne of Skulls event at Warhammer World and Red Steel members Mark, Hugh, Chris and Ben headed down with plans to either crush the upstart Horus or vanquish the false Emperor! The great thing about the events at WHW is that no two are the same. This inaugural event was for armies of 2000 to 3000pts with games being played at the players discretion (For example my first game was 3k, my next 3 were at 2k and the final was 2.5k – Ben). There would be 5 games over the Saturday and Sunday with the players divided into two teams; either the Emperor’s Loyalists or Horus’ Traitors. The games would all be maelstrom of war using a unique deck that was created specially for the event!

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Chris was the sole loyalist from team Red Steel with his Iron Hands army. Whilst Mark’s Solar Auxilia, Hugh’s Alpha Legion and Ben’s Ordo Reductor fighting for the fallen son. After the first game we quickly became aware of a few important issues. Mark’s untested Solar were utter filth, Ben’s Mechanicum had figured how to destroy enemy Typhons very quickly, Chris needed more beer and Hugh’s Alphas were facing an uphill battle thanks to his ‘Who needs tanks?’ mentality. Despite this, they all had an amazing time and consider this one of the best events any have attended before.

Best Army

An important part of any WHW event is the highly coveted best army award (Ben has 2 the cheeky sod!). This event was no different with a staggering array of beautifully crafted armies battling it out. Both Mark and Ben were fortunate enough to be nominated but neither were disappointed nor surprised to be beaten by Dimi’s stunning Ultramarines (see above). However, they didn’t leave empty handed as Mark won Engine of Legend for his amazing Marauder and Ben picked up the Thanatar Beast of Legend award for his Thanatar!

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Final thoughts

The best part about any event should be the people and this event was no exception. Everyone the boys met and played were absolutely awesome. Games were competitive and fun in equal measure and many new friends were made and wallets emptied in the Forgeworld shop. The next event was announced for January 16th and 17th and all of team Red Steel are planning to attend with a few extras thanks to this one. New armies are being planned and communities built. We can’t thank Nick and John of the Warhammer World events team enough and heartily recommend you all attend with us in January!

The only thing to share now is the final results (Ben was very proud to finish with 3 best game votes and 3rd overall!)

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Our New Website

This is our brand new website. We’ve used our 3rd anniversary as a club to make some changes, to make the club more ours than part of a larger group that is sadly no longer with us. You’ll notice a new logo that should be mostly familiar but with a few tweaks to make it more our own.

As far as the website goes, we aim to add original content in the form of painting and modelling guides, reviews, tips, showcases and more as well as gaming industry news.

The new logo will of course mean we’ll be a doing a long-overdue polo shirt run, but in addition to this we’re looking at more t-shirt and hoodie designs and dice!

Our Facebook and Twitter pages are still up and running, and any new content on here will be posted to those so it’ll be easy to stay up to date with what’s going on with the club. You’ll also find an RSS link in the footer for your favourite new reader.