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MathHammer

Greetings 40k fans!

We were contacted recently by an independent developer (Jake) from the 40k blog cadianshock.com (which I recommend you check out for all of its other awesome hobby content as well), to discuss their brand new 40k MathHammer app! Those of you who have been following us since before we were the Caledonian Deathwatch Network might remember we took a (far less functional) stab at doing this around about the time when 8th edition rolled out:

Old 8th Edition Damage Calculator

Jake contacted us to let us know about a new app he has developed, which is available on both the Android and Apple app stores (more details at the end of the article). From there the plan was to review this awesome app, and then tell you all about it here! So lets get into it. read more

Game Review: Dawn of War

Developed By: Relic / THQ

Platform(s): Windows

Genre: Real Time Strategy

Overview

Dawn of War (the first series) is a real time strategy game set in the 40k universe. Starting with the Blood Ravens space marine chapter, your assume the role of Gabriel Angelos, as he tries to get to the bottom of what’s happening on the planet Tartarus. In the later expansions (which we will also discuss here), you branch out into the various other factions of the 40k universe, including the Imperial Guard, Eldar, and even Tau and Necrons. Command huge forces and build your bases, as you try to edge out your opponents and claim victory! In this review i’ll be talking about Dawn of War, plus all of its expansions: Winter Assault, Dark Crusade, and Soulstorm. read more

Game Review: Horus Heresy – Legions

Developed By: Everguild

Platform(s): Windows, Android, iOS

Genre: Turn Based Card Game

Overview

Relive the cataclysmic battle of Istvaan III, as you take the role of one of the heroes or villains from this crucial juncture in the entire Horus Heresy! Legions is a strategy card game, in which your Warlord brings all their resources to bear against their opponent, rallying troops and utilizing tactics in order to defeat their enemies.

Gameplay

For those who have played other trading card games such as Magic the Gathering, or Hearthstone (which this game shares more similarities with), Legions is a great, fun experience for TCG fans who want to get their 40k (or 30k more accurately) fix. You start the game with one basic deck, with Luna Wolf Captain Garviel Loken as your deck’s Warlord and a preset deck. The aim of the game is simple – to win, you need to take all the hit points from the opposing warlord, while defending your own. Sounds simple right? Well as most fans of these games are only too aware of, the absolute plethora of available cards makes this a much more difficult task than it would seem. read more

Lennoxtown Gaming Club

Hi Guys!

Our website was contacted by a newly established gaming club in Lennoxtown. They look to play a wide range of games, including 40k, Warcry and various RPGs. Below is a short blurb provided by the club about what they do. I’ve also added their FB page to our club section so you can check them out anytime from our site!

Lennoxtown Gaming Hub meet every Thursday evening to get down and skirmish. Situated above a supply shop, the club is run by Donna and Alan who also run the art shop – that’ll come in handy for miniature painting nights. We were always looking to expand our business to include gaming but were not sure how. We then, through a chance meeting with James and then with Colin and Bobs support, we formed Lennoxtown Gaming Hub! We started out in June and are starting to gain more members and are now hoping to get some 40k tournaments arranged. read more

Game Review: Space Crusade

Developed By: Gremlin Interactive

Platform(s): DOS, Android(?)

Genre: Turn Based Strategy

Overview

Space Crusade is a 1992 video game based on the Space Crusade board game. It was one of the earliest video games of the Warhammer 40,000 series, being released in between first and second edition in 1990. The board game was produced jointly by Milton Bradley and Games Workshop, and included several Warhammer 40,000 miniatures. The game consisted of 2-4 players, with 1-2 marine players, and a 4th Alien player. Taking control of squads of Ultramarines, Imperial Fists or Blood angels, the players would need to guide their squads through several dangerous and challenging maps, defeating enemies, managing squad resources, and achieving critical Primary and Secondary objectives. The video game version of this is literally a digital version of the board game, so much of what I reference in this review will be relevant to both the video and board game versions. read more

Getting Back to Gaming!

Hi Everybody!

So I promised a recap from the weekend, and here it is! Firstly i’ll recap my army list (which you can also see in my earlier post):

++ Outrider Detachment +1CP (Aeldari – Craftworlds) [59 PL, 4CP, 986pts] ++
Craftworld Attribute: Saim-Hann: Wild Host
Specialist Detachment [-1CP]: Windrider Host

HQ [13 PL, 238pts]
Autarch Skyrunner [6 PL, 101pts]: Power sword [4pts], Twin Shuriken Catapult [2pts]
Farseer Skyrunner [7 PL, 137pts]: Craftworlds Warlord, Shuriken Pistol, Singing Spear [5pts], Twin Shuriken Catapult [2pts] read more

Game Review: Freeblade

Developed By: PixelToys

Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, iOS, Android

Genre: On Rails Shooter

Overview

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Freeblade is an on-rails shooter game, where you experience the awesome power of an Imperial Knight first hand! Carve and blast your way through hordes of Orks and Chaos Space Marines, taking on troops ranging from lowly Ork Boyz, all the way up to terrifying Khornate Lords of Skulls! Add in weapon customisation options, and the ability tailor your armoured behemoth’s appearance, and you’ve got quite a neat gateway into the world of Warhammer 40,000! read more

Baptism of Fire(storm)

Howdy everyone! Hope you are all awesome.

The keenly observant amongst you will have noted my absence from both articles on the website, and indeed on the return of the podcast (thanks to Ryan, Innes and Aidhan for their efforts on this so far). As you may or may not be aware, I’ve been on a somewhat extended hobby break due to a new arrival at home in the form of a baby girl! She is extremely demanding of my time, and so far I haven’t had really any opportunity to flex any sort of hobby muscles since Dark Millennium earlier this year. That’s no writing, no gaming, no painting no podcasting since February! I would be lying as well if I said that i had even opened any of my cases! read more

How to be a Flawless Host

Name: Dan “The Vulcanologist” Oldfield
Age:41 and a half
(Pre)occupation: CHAOS! (inc DA,obviously) and occasionally Space Wolves
Favourite rule: Heroic Intervention
Melee Weapon of Choice: Thunderhammer

This brings me on to my current fascination: The Flawless Host and it’s unbelievable combat potential in a competitive army. That being said, I only consider a few elements of FH to be competitive for the reasons below.

Whilst 8th edition 40k is predominantly a shooting game, and that the horrible Purge armour list played by Don “Back Once Again with the Renegade Master” Hoosen is better but I’m hopeful that the new +1 A for all Astartes will help mitigate this bias, and I’m looking at ways Make Combat Great Again. read more

Event Calendar Update!

Hi Everyone!

Hope the hobby has been kind to you all! Before the main post, just wanted to put out a huge thanks to all the members of the community who have reached out to check in, and inquire about Vanilla Fudge Jr! All is going well, although I have still not really managed to get any hobby time in yet! I’ll get there i’m sure….

For those wondering about the podcast, the intention IS to try and get going again, just not sure when this is going to happen yet. For now, i’m going to try and get my toe back in the water with the hobby a bit, and maybe get an article or 2 crunched out. read more

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