Saturday, 15 April 2017

"Guns. We need more guns." Astra Militarum v Nurgle Battle Report - Round 2

Having played the first battle (here) and been sent away with my tail in-between my legs as my assault army got out assaulted by a bunch of Plague zombies who are amazing in combat (enough for you yet Mike?!) revenge has always been on my Death Company Chaplain's mind. As he crawled off the battlefield a bloody mess he vowed to take down Typhus once and for all and amassed an Astra Militarum force with a squad of Death Company to lead Typhus and his zombie horde into a trap...
"Guns. We need more guns." Astra Militarum v Nurgle Battle Report - Round 2

The preview for the battle can be found here where I outline how I approached the game and offered up my list.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

"Guns. We need more guns." Blood Angels v Nurgle the rematch - preview

About a month ago I received a proper thrashing from my friend Mike and his Nurgle traitors who proved far too durable for my Blood Angels assault force (see the comments on the battle here).

I made a couple of mistakes in the battle but ultimately the extra bonuses given by papa Nurgle for using a specific formation was too much for my assault force. Extra cover saves, feel no pain, zombie regeneration and, the one that most hurt, reducing my WS, S & T by 1 meant that my - not amazing I will admit - assault focused force just could not get the job done. During this battle I also said that the Nurgle army was not great in combat. Mike has never let me forget this as all of his army demolished me in combat!!! - Gah!

However, crawling from the field, covered in blood the Death Company Chaplain vowed to exact revenge upon the foe and take the head of Typhus. In the last month he has been amassing a new force to crush the traitors once and for all.
"Guns. We need more guns." Blood Angels v Nurgle the rematch - preview

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Shadow War Armegeddon - Prelude to 8th Edition 40k?

The release of Shadow War Armegeddon has certainly piqued interest in the Warhammer 40k community. The box looks amazing with some amazing terrain and 3 kill teams (2 x scout marine squads and 1 Ork squad) included.
 Shadow War Armegeddon Games Workshop Boxed Game

Friday, 31 March 2017

Flesh Tearers Death Company Progress Update

Not a great deal has been happened in 4 Dads town of recent times. Work has been taking over our lives and even the whatsapp conversations have been declined over the last few weeks.

At last I have been able to begin expanding my death company after much consideration about bigger squads and better weapons following my drubbing against nurgle (see this post).

So here I have a little progress to show as I have sprued and glued 6 more marines and a bunch of arms ready to go. I have also basecoated them white - I choose to paint 7-8 thin layers of white rather than spray them. I don't know why, I have always done this even though it takes much longer!
Flesh Tearers Death Company Progress Update
I have prepped up some plasma pistols to go on the marines but actually on reflection I may replace them with Infernus pistols. They are shorter range but with jump packs that shouldn't be a problem and gives me the option of attacking armour or infantry in a fight.

Also I have put together a death company dreadnought which has been basecoated and washed with nuln oil. As you can see I am, panel by panel, going back over the dread with white leaving the recesses dark. This is something I will do with the marines as well which is time consuming but ends with a really good look in my opinion.
Flesh Tearers Death Company Progress Update
As you may realise my Death Company are white instead of black. I much prefer white and seee it as try ing to gain ascension in the name of glory rather than running headlong into a fight to die. Also they stand out really well on the tabletop!!!

Hopefully i'll get more work done on these guys in the Easter holidays and get another update out pronto. Please let me know what you think and if you have any ideas on how to get them out by all means share in the comments below.

All the best,
James – A blog about Warhammer 40k and the Horus Heresy by four Dads

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Comment on a battle - Blood Angels v Nurgle Chaos

Recently I played a game with my Flesh Tearer Blood Angels against a friends Nurgle chaos. I didn't have time to set up a proper battle report and take amazing photographs so I thought that I would just comment on the battle itself seeing as I haven't played for a while and have never played against this army before.

First and foremost the game was a tactical objectives game with objectives numbered 1-6 scattered around the table. We played 1500 points of which the armies were picked to the theme of the army. The Blood angels were fast moving units with jump packs, drop pods and a baal predator and very assault orientated while the chaos nurgle army was a plague zombie army with lots and lots of zombies and a few plague marines and champions thrown in for good measure.

Effectively could the Blood Angels charge the Chaos acolytes and hit hard enough before being swamped and overrun by zombies?

Flesh Tearers army
DC Chaplain
2 units of DC
5 Terminators
2 Assault squads
2 tactical squads - 1 with a drop pod
Baal Predator

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Tutorial: How to make and use oil washes

I have been using oil washes for a few years now, here is a tutorial in which I will take you through the process I use for making the oil wash, protecting the model, and applying the wash itself. Plus a few more random thoughts that came to mind as I was talking.... – A blog about Warhammer 40k and the Horus Heresy by four Dads

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Tutorial: Applying decals/transfers to your models – A blog about Warhammer 40k and the Horus Heresy by four Dads

Dad Rich gives his advice on how to get your decals looking as realistic as possible on your models...

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Running a narrative-style game

So Dad James and I took the Imperial Fists (IF) and Flesh Tearers (FT) to war on Saturday night - a game of 3,250 points each and lasting an eye watering 5 and a half hours - I can tell you, after getting home at 02:30 on Sunday morning and rising to play with the kids at 06:00, I was experiencing a new kind of hangover for me - "I got (War)hammered last night and feel terrible" I was saying to anyone who would listen on Sunday! (not many people were listening! - James)

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Rescue - Mission & Rules - Imperial Fists (Rich) vs Flesh Tearers/Astra Miltarum (James)

The Challenge
The challenge has been thrown down, a night has been arranged and the fluff has been written. Yes on Saturday evening Rich is coming over for beer and toy soldiers to my house to throw down some dice for the first time this year.

As we don't get to play too often (bloomin' kids) we love to have a bit of a story behind our games now that we are out of our 5th Ed. competitive stage. So the planning has been extensive over whatsapp deciding on mission, forces and story line. I thought that it was quite interesting and different and so here it is shared with you all.

It all starts with a map
Firstly as soon as Rich got the ok from his better half the first thing he did was draw a map...
He had this idea in his head about a rescue mission and that because we love playing Zone Mortalis he also wanted to incorporate his realm of battle and Zone Mortalis boards in the game.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Star Dads Interview - Gav Thorpe

Recently Dave met up with the mighty Gav Thorpe at Warhammer World to get an insight into Gav's gaming, designing and writing world and how that fits in with being a father.

You can catch up with Gav on his website at or on twitter: @DennisHampster

We hope that you enjoy the interview as much as Dave did.

If you have any questions that you might want to ask Gav then let us know in the comments and we'll try to oblige.

Hi Gav, thanks again for letting us interview you. It’s a real honour to meet one of the legends of Games Workshop.
So, what sort of games are you playing with your kids at the moment?
“We’re playing kids games at the moment really, memory games. Games like ‘Pizza Pizza’, where you’re trying to match bits of pizza. He got that for his birthday, it’s quite good. He likes games, and we’ve got a lot of them in the house so he’ll quite often just get the pieces out and look at them or be making up his own games with them and ask us to join in. There’s a few components that get found later under the sofa but we never want to tell him not to play with them, we don’t want any negative association with doing that. It’s the same with books really.
I recently dug out some older games, like ‘Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs’, which I played when I was younger, so hopefully when he’s older he might like them. Basically we’re throwing everything at him! Sometimes we’ll take him to The Dice Cup in town too where there’s lots of games for him to take a look at.”