Playtesting the Heralds of Ruin

We continued with our long-lasting tradition and had a little Kill Team tournament recently. To spice things up we gave the Heralds of Ruin rules a shot. Now after the three matches I had, all I can say is that the rules are very cool and pretty thought-out. I especially have to point out the huge variety of available team lists and the even bigger amount of possible builds with these lists. It’s safe to say that we’re about the switch on a permanent basis. We just found two little flaws which we would like to change in our games. The break tests are a bit to harsh. They used to decide the matches’ results way ...

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Border Princes Skirmish

If you’ve followed the last couple of posts regarding Warhammer you might have noticed that some of the Aleatores are diving into the world of Warhammer skirmish recently. It’s a homebrewed setting mostly consisting of Mordheim, Regiments of Renown, Heralds of Ruin and Kill Team rules. Our member Elrond is responsible for this very entertaining mix which we playtested now for the first time. As this playtest resulted in quite a few changes to our rule setting I am not going to explain the rules we used in detail (if you have any questions feel free to ask anyway). So what we have here now is more likely a visual teaser for the future matches to come. The ...

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Horus Heresy Kill Team Event 2016 – Battle Report

Once again we met in Fledermaus’ holy halls of figurines (a.k.a. “ze Püppchen-Imperium”) for a Kill Team Event. This time we did play with slightly larger teams of 300p each in the times of heresy. In the end there were five different player and kill teams present. World Eaters – by Fledermaus 20 tactical marines including a sergeant with power sword. Word Bearers Gal Vorbak – by Broncofish 7 Gal Vorbak with a Dark Matyr in Artificer Armour with Power Axe. One of the Gal Vorbak carried a Plasma Gun.   Sons of Horus Reaver Attack Squad – by Goatmörser 7 Reavers with Jump Pack and a variety of Power Weapons. Nightlords – by Kjeld 5 Terror Squad, one with flamer and 5 Night Raptors, with a nostroman ...

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Three Year Anniversary

It’s been three years ago now that the Aleatorblog went online with its first post in March 2013. We already celebrated our first birthday and our second birthday during the last years and now it is time for a celebration post again. Looking back on our last hobby year one can hardly notice any notable changes. Still painting & gaming, still not focused on one game, still enjoying what we are doing. Yet there is one cool new thing to report – we got a new member among our ranks. Regular readers might already know this guy as he often appeared in the comments section and some battle reports. Let’s welcome Felix ...

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Kharn vs. Loken

In this Battle Report we tried to mirror one of the most crucial events at the beginning of the Horus Heresy on Isstvan III, the battle between Kharn and Garviel Loken. Of course the novel “Galaxy in Flames” by Ben Counter had a huge impact on us. Therefore you’ll get to read an excerpt from it now: ‘Kharn!’ said Loken as the warrior attacked. Kharn paused in his attack and, for the briefest moment, Loken saw the noble warrior he had spoken with in the Museum of Conquest, before something else swamped it again – something that twisted Kharn’s face with hatred. That second was enough for Loken, allowing him to dodge back behind a fan of ...

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Into Competition

As I had proclaimed here I was about to visit an open tournament organised by the german Hobbit Tabletop Liga. The tournament’s intention was to bring new players to the scene, therefore it was addressed towards 24 rookies exclusively. I am a long time tabletop veteran but you have to keep in mind that I never played against other people than my club mates let alone visited a tournament. In fact this was quite a scary and unpleasant thought for the last couple of years. As we don’t play that often we mostly end up sitting around the table having a chit-chat and a couple of beers, outperforming each other with our lack of ...

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Betrayal at Isstvan III

I played the first mission of the new “Betrayal at Calth” at my local Games Workshop a couple of days ago. Now Flattervieh tested the board game for the first time aswell. We decided to place our own take of the included campaign at Isstvan III thus giving our World Eaters and Sons of Horus a fitting place to cross their chainswords. In fact there are several parallels to be found. The virus bombing of Isstvan III and the collapsing star of Calth both had a pretty severe effect on the planets’ surface thus making underground fighting likely. Another very appealing sidenote is that we will always play the missions on both sides. When the Sons of Horus ...

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Ironclad

I have to say that the plastic Cataphractii pattern Terminators are just as pleasing as the plastic Marines in Power Armour. GW did a marvelous job here. Yet I have to point out that it is (in my opinion) utterly important to give them a little twist to make sure that their universal look gets a bit modified towards their Legion’s look. That’s why I did not glue the little shield on my Terminators. I think that looks more like Imperial Fists or something in that vein. Then I attached a chain blade to the Storm Bolter to copy the look of the Justaerins’ weapons. Also I made a resin copy (my first try by the way) of ...

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Assassinorum Execution Force Aleatoris

So there is a new standalone game taking place in the rich background of Warhammer 40K on the shelves. Flattervieh, Rekrom and me bought one box each. So it was really just a matter of time until we would give it a try and paint an Assassin. The fourth player among our ranks was Elrond who doesn’t own the box. But as he owns a huge army of Chaos Space Marines he was able to bring all of the needed villains and on top he also had an old Assassin ready aswell. I took some pictures and would now like to report on our tryout. There was an evil genius hiding between the stars of the Aleator ...

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Honour thy Legion

As before the idea of the rivaling Legions is still omnipresent here even though they might all be on the Warmaster’s side. Having their martial background in mind it is more than possible to imagine that the Legions might have been up to challenges and duels between each other. Sometimes even in a very brutal way if one does consider the sanguis extremis rule of the World Eaters for example. So a Kill Team match between Flattervieh’s World Eaters and my Sons of Horus always seems like a good idea. But this time we had a special guest invited over for the very first time. As you our readers might have noticed Felix (or in some boards known ...

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