Army Of The Month – January 2016

Edit – yes I know it’s 2016 – it’s going to take a while to get used to it!

 

To celebrate the start of our 2016 Warhammer 40,000 builder league, this month we’ve got two armies for your perusal – the joint first place winners from our 2015 league.

These two armies started off very close on points are provided a nail-biting finish – coming joint 1st on points. Both armies were built up over 6 months, adding points every month. These events are a great way to get a good-sized army built and painted in manageable chunks.

If you’d like to give it a try, come on down!

 

Mal’s Tyranids

Name:

Mal Yeo

Age:

37

Army:

Tyranids

System:

Warhammer 40,000

How long have you been playing?

27 years!

Do you play any other armies or systems?

Blood Angels in 40k and Rebels in X-Wing.

What other hobbies do you have?

Winding up Krist. Ballroom Dancing. Shooting, mainly ballroom dancers.

What is your favourite model in your army?

Trygon gorgeous model to paint not to use as his rules are rubbish.

What has been the best moment while playing this army?

Seeing Mark’s bottom lip tremble when my Crone downed his flyer in the final challenge and he realised he had lost. The tears were delicious and salty

What are you future plans for this army?

No future plans for the army as I’m back to painting more Blood Angels!

Mark’s Astra Millitarum Imperial Guard

Name:

Mark Norris

Age:

28

Army:

Imperial Guard

System:

Warhammer 40,000

How long have you been playing?

15 years on and off.

Do you play any other armies or systems?

Some Malifaux and board games.

What other hobbies do you have?

My classic Mini

What is your favourite model in your army?

The Vendettas

What has been the best moment while playing this army?

Playing Mal in month 1 and thought I was winning before his HQ came and destroyed my Leman Russ Punisher!

What are you future plans for this army?

Paint more infantry.

 

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.

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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