Road to Necromunda - House Delaque - WTF am I doing?

Something a little new today. I have waited and waited but now seems to be the right time to enter the hive. That's right! Time to start Necromunda. I'm not sure how far down the rabbit hole I will go, but I had the urge to make some Delaques, so I dusted off the Rulebook and Gang War tomes, but honestly, I couldn't be bothered with the rules, so I just started gluing models.

I had this idea of Delaque's being akin to spiders and ultimately downright creepy characters. So as I was imagining how the boss would look I started to collect parts. I like the cane as a suggestion of age, but can use it as a shock maul, I wanted him bent over, he spent his prime crouching and creeping which has lead to the curved back. 

With these basics sorted it was time to glue. I hope you will watch and enjoy the video. If you can go over to Youtube and subscribe you would make this old spider happy!


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Audio Review 53 // Horus Heresy Shorts - Serpent/Riven/Veritas Ferrum

Tripleheader today! I am slowly working my way through a load of Black Library Horus Heresy short audiobook/dramas, I have collected over the years. Conveniently most of these also fall under the umbrella of Legacies of Betrayal book 31 of the Horus Heresy series. So I can at least save some money and not purchase that book hahaha. Let us jump into this triple feature.


Serpent by John French and read by 
Toby Longworth

The first of two shorts by John French. I have found his work in the past to be enjoyable, so I have high hopes. If I remember correctly I got this as part of the Xmas advent calendar bundle. It really doesn't push the series forward in any real way. But what it does give us, is a rare insight into the Serpent Cult of Davin. How this cult works and how corrupted they are. It is an interesting story to listen to if a fan of lore and knowledge, but not really needed.



Veritas Ferrum by David Annandale and read by Toby Longworth

So in theory this story came before my Damnation of Pythos review and follows the main characters from this tale, as they ventured into the Istaavan system. We see through their eyes the destruction wrought on the Imperial forces and ride along, as they make extremely hard choices like aiding their following legions when aid is asked for. I am surprising myself with how much I am enjoying the Iron Hand stories. I have never really been that fond of them, but I have to admit that I am finding them surprisingly enjoyable. It's a great story that I honestly wish I had done before Pythos. 

Riven by John French and read by Toby Longworth

My third and final tale for this review, see us still with the 10th Legion aka Iron Hands. Focusing on Brother Crius, who it would seem has spent time in jail with traitors. This is due to the Imperial Fists being over-cautious following the open betrayal of their fellow legions. To say he is pissed is an understatement. Soon at the request of Rogal Dorn, Brother Crius alongside a force of Imperial Fist head off in search of survivors in the void. Sadly for him, he discovers a dead Primarch and broken-spirited brothers. Once again another amazing Iron Hands story, full of heartbreak and pain, it also contained a great void ship battle that was worth the price of admission alone. I feel this is a great introduction to Crius and I really hope the Black Library team has allowed him to do more with him.

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Book Review 152 // The Birth of Hunger by David Annandale

Got a few short stories reviews incoming in the upcoming weeks. They are all from the Necromunda title Uprising by Black Library. Mostly release during the Dark Uprising game release they seem to follow a theme of making the rules seem exciting and interesting.

The first title in the series is The Birth of Hunger by David Annandale. This opening tale is only twenty pages long but God Damn! does it set the mood and make me crave more of Annandale's writing. It does a great job of introducing us to the all-new Corpse guild and the newest Necromunda gang the Corpse Grinder. This is a sticking and eerie tale following one man's descent into the ultimate horror of cannibalism. 

This is dark, seriously dark, even for the Grim Dark Future of 40K. It is so well written and captures everything that I love about the setting. This would be the story I recommend to friends to introduce them to the setting. It has really made me want to pick up the game, but can my wallet afford it?

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Beer Review 162 // Double Jutsu by Bellwoods Brewery


Welcome back to another day of Bellwoods. I can't express enough how much I enjoy their brews. They are so consistent that you know what you get will not disappoint. It may not always be a winner but it never disappoints. So I am pretty excited to be once again enjoying a Bellwoods beverage.

Double Jutsu by Bellwoods is of course a DIPA, clocking in at 8% and coming in the classic Canada tallboy 473mL can. The beer pours a bright opaque yellow, with a lively white head that hangs around, which is always nice to see. The aroma coming off this beer is packed full of peach and orange, it smells juicy which is wonderful. The taste is as expected, a bold, rich, juice-filled, big citrus hit of orange and lots of peaches as it warms up. I am surprised by the low bitterness level on this, it is extremely easy to knock back a can which is dangerous.

I am sure you can guess I rate this beer highly. If you get the chance to enjoy it, please do! Grab a pint, sit back and enjoy.

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Comic Review 156 // Bad Manners by John Wagner and 2000 AD


I love knocking some titles off my TO BE READ pile of shame. This comic was brought over to Canada nearly 6 years ago and has sat waiting to be read ever since. Bad Manners collects three stories together tracking the final year of Judge Manners career. It tracks how the Justice Department s flawed in many different ways and shows the cracks appearing in a broken system.

The short series starts with the title piece Bad Manners. All the stories are written by John Wagner so you know you are in for a ride, but damn is this a dark opener! We follow a Juve who unluckily for him cross path with a Judge who is handing out a harsh side of justice. Soon this Judge is terrorizing the Juve and beating the crap out of him. Fearing for his life whilst still believing in the Justice Department the Juve reaches out to Judge Dredd for help. Unfortunately, Judge Manners discovers the call to aid and frames the Juve as a drug dealer, killing him in a failed arrest attempt. The artwork by John Burns is beautiful and really adds to the dark moody feel of the piece. This is a great opener.

We follow this up with a title called Flippers, once more John Wagner takes the lead, with the artistic skills of Wayne Reynolds. Before we get fully into this tale I should mention that Judge Manners is a bit of character in this story. He has at best five lines but does continue to show his character and a Tech Judge is becoming suspicious of his story. But with Judge Dredd around you know something will happen. Instead, this story follows a pair of judges who have taken their teamwork to the next level. Having discovered a child is on the way the pair attempt to steal money and flee, but sadly they are caught by Judge Dredd, moments from freedom. Overall a good story, interesting to see that Dredd really was obvious to them right up to the end. If they paid more attention to the world around them they may have escaped.

The final tale of this collection is called Rotten Manners - written by John Wagner and artwork by Paul Marshall. Once again Judge Manners has crossed paths with Dredd. With Manners being reassigned out of his old sector for unproven excessive use of force. Whilst on a routine patrol Manners discovers a guy handing out democracy fliers and gives him a beating, unknowingly leading to the perps death. As the case is discovered, Dredd remembers Manners being in the area and finally calls him for his corruption. Facing a one-way trip to Titan (a Judge Prison), Manners chooses to face off against Dredd. In an interesting turn of events, Dredd refuses to fight Manners, not wishing to grant him an easy way out. But as Manners draws his gun other Judges in the area gun him down, bring the reign of Manners to an end.

Overall this was a great read! It shows how all the perfect qualities of a Judge are actually only a short step away from a sociopath. It shows how the fear of the Judges can affect everyday people and worst of all it shows how those with the most power can abuse the system to the extreme. I feel this is a very valid view point of justice in general and shows the continuing flaw in the system.

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Miniature Monday // Oldhammer Spitgun Suzi

Something a little different today. I am painting up a 1980's 2000 AD Judge Dredd RPG miniature produced by Games Workshop. Titled Spitgun Suzi this model came in three styles. A long-barreled rifle, a shorter barreled version (this model) and a pistol corrupt version. As you can see there was no real attempt made to make them look different.


I decided to paint my version up to fit in with my local Block Gang the Blood Pact, hoping she will blend into this rough and ready group from Sector 102.

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Audio Review 52 // Brotherhood of the Storm by Chris Wraight

It was a nice short audio drama this week. I wasn't feeling a 10-12 hour epic this week so I hit up the Black library short; Brotherhood of the Storm. Let's go!

Title: Brotherhood of the Storm (buy with Amazon Link)

Author: Chris Wraight

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble and Penelope Rawlins.

Fluff: As word of Horus’s treachery spreads to fully half of the Legiones Astartes, Terra looks to the remaining loyalist Space Marines to defend the Imperium. One group, however, remains curiously silent despite apparent efforts from both sides to contact them – the noble Vth Legion, Jaghatai Khan’s fearsome White Scars. In the ork-held territory of Chondax, a bitter war has been raging since the Triumph at Ullanor, and only now do the sons of Chogoris return their gaze to the heavens...

Running time: 4 hours

Music: Jai Channa

Publisher: Black Library

Review

Here we go! An actual background building White Scars story. I know very little about them and sadly have not seen/read enough to get me to take interest. As I download this I was hoping to change this arc for me.

Boy, did this book deliver? I have a much better understanding of the White Scars culture and why they behave the way they do. I also now understand why no one was sure of which side they would join during the Heresy. As a legion, they believe strongly in honour and who they have given their word to. Which during this novel it is discussed that Horus has their support (this is pre-heresy), but the Scars also vowed to serve the emperor, so it seems like it comes down to who they will dishonour by not supporting and I hope this is discussed more in future novels. Their allegiance is also questioned by those around them as they are a very elusive legion. But what is perfectly explained is the fact that they are constantly pushing the boundary of know space and are actually at the forefront of most conflicts. Combine this with their style of warfare and language barriers and a lot of the known issues become more understandable.

Their way of warfare is really explained well in this and Chris Wraight does a great job at it. This was a great listen and told from multiple viewpoints, giving me the listener a great understanding of everything. Then we finally get Jaghatai Khan. He is such an out-there character compared to the other Primarchs and this truly is refreshing.

Overall this has left me excited for more Scars! I hope you enjoyed my quick review? Feel free to comment below or seek me out on one of the many social platforms I hang out on. Here is a quick LINK (Solo bio link) to my details.

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Comic Review 155 // Janus, Psi-Division Volume 2 by 2000 AD


After last week's Janus, Psi-Division review I was biting at the bit to get into the second issue. I was excited to see how Faustus would end and what other stories we would get treated to. With this in mind let us jump into this week's read.

Title: Janus, Psi-Division Vol. 2

Author: Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, John Freeman.

Illustrators: Paul Johnson, Adrian Salmon.

Notes: Originally serialized in 2000 AD Progs 1028-31 & Judge Dredd Megazine 2.56-2.61. Published 2014 by Rebellion

Review

The issue started off strong with the final of Faustus revealed. I really enjoyed this story, I loved the idea of the Future creating the past to ensure the future happens so they can manipulate the past (confusing right!). The story was ultimately well-conceived and beautifully executed on the art front, I felt bad for Judge Mookie, but even he rose to be a selfless hero of MC-1.

It was at this stage that the disappointment hit. This was the final story of Janus in the issue! Yep, half a story. This disappointed me more than you could realize as I had grown fond of Janus and the artwork. From this point on we just had some Judge Karyn stories. For those who don't know Karyn and Janus were attempts at replacing Anderson as she travelled the stars. Sadly Karyn never really found herself and was soon forgotten by 2000 AD or used as a filler character. Her stories here aren't very interesting, which is unfortunate as I am sure they could have captured the audience's imagination. Sadly from my viewpoint, the artwork is jarring and I lose all focus on the story. I really wish these tales had not been included. I also wish they had made a big single volume Janus tale and skipped these stories completely. Oh well, can't win them all.

My final thought for this issue is that it is worth it for the second half of Faustus but then stop reading. The real question now is what to read next?

Beer Review 161 // Roman Candle by Bellwoods


Is it time for a drink? Ha. Who am I kidding, it is always time for a beer. This week I am cracking open a can of Bellwoods Brewery - Roman Candle.

Priced at a respectable CAD 4.42 a can this IPA is a staple of Bellwoods. It is one most of the beer nerds have tried at least once and is now readily available all year round. Here is Bellwoods write up:

Fluff: Roman Candle is the first IPA we ever brewed, back when we first got reliable access to Citra and decided to base a beer around it. Dry-hopped at the rate of our Double IPAs, perfectly balanced, and showcasing bright citrusy aromatics, “Rocan” has earned a place among our favourites.

6.8% ALC./VOL. | 473mL can

Review

As you can see this pours hazy. The head is lively, but sadly rapidly disappears to nothing. The smell is great, some orange citrus and resin aromas float off the beer. In taste it is all that surprising, more citrus, melon, orange pith, I do lose that resin aroma though. It is stupidly easy to drink, not being too bitter in the finish and a four-pack soon disappears in an evening.

This is a great introduction brew for people new to Bellwoods, it will for sure spark interest and get people wanting to spend more on their beers without scaring them with a sour, which is the real reason to love Bellwoods.

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Book Review 151 // The Entrant - Antigravity Racing League - Book One by Rock Forsberg.


As I continue to explore more and more authors in a world outside of Black Library. I joined up with a company called Love Books Tour. Their goal is to pair bloggers with small-time authors and together promote exciting new books. What does mean? Well it means now and again, I get a free book to review and I get to widen my experiences whilst helping someone out. Win, win. Now to today's book:

Title: The Entrant - Antigravity Racing League - Book One

Author: Rock Forsberg.

To kick-off let us discuss the cover. I am getting a serious 1995, PS1 Wipeout vibes from this. How could I turn down this book based on the cover alone? It captured my imagination straight away and the plot teaser was great. It seems to suggest that there is more going on than straight-up racing and boy does it deliver.

I’m sure by now you all know I love a little sci-fi and this is pure sci-fi. It introduces a galaxy that seems to be at peace (rare for my reads) and that has allowed for a galactic sport known as the ARL, to grow. The ARL or Antigravity Racing League is the futuristic version of Car Racing. The machines are scary, fast and have so many moving parts that can break. A large part of the book is dedicated to this, with heart-pounding qualifiers and races, but the plot is much deeper than the racing. We get to chart the starting career of an ARL pilot named Zane. Zane was the child of a famous pilot who spectacularly died whilst racing, and as Zane attempts to start his career, he finds his father’s shadow is harder to step out of than planned. Then as things seem to be improving for the young driver, he discovers a seedy underbelly to his much-beloved sport and is stuck deciding whether this is the sport he wishes to be a part of.

Hugely enjoyable, a solid story arc. That opens up further avenues of exploration in future books and I hope Forsberg is not too far off the second novel? I want to see where Zane is headed. Available now on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YuYOwX

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A #gifted book from @lovebookstours in exchange for an honest review.

Miniature Monday // Denizens of Mega-City One by Warlord Games and 2000 AD

Hey! Welcome to another Adventures with Peps unboxing. I have added another set to my growing collection. This 2000 AD, Judge Dredd by Warlord Games kit is called Denizens of Mega-City One. Made up of some instantly recognizable characters from the comic strip.

Inside this pack, we find five, 28mm wargame sci-fi figures, representing Karl Raider, Oola Blint, Homer Blint, Sov Genetik Construkt and a Futsie. Four-unit cards, one Armoury card and one Big Meg card.

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Road to Necromunda - House Delaque - WTF am I doing?

Something a little new today. I have waited and waited but now seems to be the right time to enter the hive. That's right! Time to start...