Miniature Monday // Warlord Games - Nero Narcos 2000 AD


Whoop, getting through these Judge Dredd models at the moment. It is so nice to see models completed. This week I turn my attention to Nero Narcos the ultimate Crime Lord of Mega-City One. Here are his readily available details.

Full Name: Nero Narcos

Alias: None

Origin: 2000 AD prog 1141

Occupation: Leader of the criminal syndicate the Frendz

Powers/Skills: High Intellect

Goals: Conquer Mega-City One (Succeeded for a time, but was defeated)

Crimes: Murder/War Crimes/Robbery

Type of Villain: Crime Lord

Nero Narcos is a recurring antagonist in the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd. He was the main antagonist in the story "The Doomsday Scenario". He was responsible for employing Vitus Dance and Orlok the Assassin to assassinate a rival criminal and also the man responsible for the Second Robot War.

Biography

Nero is a leader of a criminal syndicate called the Frendz Mob, the most powerful criminal organization in Mega-City One. After surviving but suffering bad injuries after an assassination attempt, his brain has been transplanted into an armored robotic body, and also the Frendz Mob has also been secretly sabotaging the new Judge weapon Mark II Lawgiver Firearms, which the Judges are already being issued with.

After Dredd finds out about the sabotage, before he is able to warn anyone about the sabotage, Nero proceeds with 'Operation Doomsday' which ends up being an all-out attack on the Judges in Mega-City One to overthrow them and take control of the city himself. Although Dredd and Demarco's discovery led to Nero starting his operation early, it was still successful as most of the Judges had been issued with the new Mark II Lawgivers. Legitimate Lawgivers have a safety feature that consists of a sensor in the grip which can detect the palm print of the user and an explosive charge so that if an unauthorized user attempts to fire one, it will explode in his hand. After Nero transmits a radio signal that will make all of the sabotaged lawgivers explode should the Judges use them. Hundreds of Judges were crippled or killed as a result and Nero proceeds to send the "Assassinator"-class robots city-wide to attack the Judges everywhere. The Judges were in complete disarray.

Later on, the Judges were losing the war badly, with Nero's robots slaughtering Judges and taking Justice buildings. Most of the surviving Judges are in hiding or fighting a guerrilla war since open combat is far too risky. Nero broadcasts the people will be rewarded if they inform on the Judge's whereabouts, but promises to execute anyone who aids the Judges. The war is going terribly for the Judges, with Nero's robots being seemingly endless with all the destroyed ones being replaced, the Judges dying in droves, Nero's robots have seized Mega-City One military satellites so he has access to nuclear weaponry and Nero also gained control of the Grand Hall of Justice and the Public Surveillance Unit, enabling him to watch the city and deploy his forces more successfully.

With help from Brit-Cit, Dredd and a squad of American Judges from the embassy go to the Cursed Earth outside of Mega-City One, where Nero has four spaceships land at that location, each containing thousands of Assassinator droids. Dredd and his squad manage to infiltrate one of the ships and reprogram the robots to fight for them and Brit-Cit destroys the other three ships, eliminating Nero's reinforcements.

Without reinforcements and under heavy attack from Dredd's reprogrammed assassinators, the Judges fighting back led by Deputy Chief Judge Hershey and Nero's robots suffering heavy casualties, the tide of the war begins to turn for the Judges and Dredd and his squad return to fight in Mega-City One. By the time Nero realizes he's defeated, Dredd's robots retake control of Mega-City One's military satellites, denying Nero his doomsday plan. Nero was gunned down in the street by a dozen Judges and they regain control of Mega-City One.

Such a badass character! Let us go over a few rules from the game about him. So Nero Narcos comes in at a sweet 19 Notoriety. Meaning he is meant to be roughly on par with a Street Judge. He has an okay stat line and will hold his own, but it would seem he is designed to be a supporting character with some great skills. Up first, Robot Control. With this skill, he can forfeit one or two of his actions to control an already activated robot giving them a bonus single action. Pair this with the Warbots and get an extra shot off or dive them into cover, which can be pretty clutch. His second skill Self-Repair Sub-Routines; allows Nacros to rapidly heal, meaning if you put him down you best finish the job or he will come back and then finally Who Needs Frendz, a passive power used at the start of the game to force your opponent to discard an armory card, instantly putting them on a back foot. He also has a short-range grenade launcher that I feel if you are using this you are either in trouble or pushing too hard with this character.

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Audio Review 33 // Judge Dredd: Crime Chronicles - Stranger than Truth


Feels like forever since I reviewed a Judge story. These Big Finish audio dramas were so good and it is sad they are almost impossible to find now or you find them at silly prices. But when I do go across a well-priced version be sure to know I will pick it up. Today's title is Stranger than Truth, here is the write-up.

Captured and imprisoned by Judge Dredd, author Truman Kaput has spent years in the Mega-City One iso-cubes, his work banned. His crime: writing lurid detective novels in which the fictitious Slick Dickens repeatedly outwits the cowardly bully Judge Dredd. Now a New Truman Kaput novel is being serialized, and each chapter predicts an imminent murder with chilling accuracy.

Has Slick Dickens escaped the page to commit real crimes in Mega-City One? Is a serial killer using the chapters as templates for their crime? Where does fiction end and the truth start? Can Dredd stop the plot before his nemesis fulfills the finale of Slick Dickens: I Killed Judge Dredd?

Run time: 1 hr 11 minutes.
Author: David Bishop
Actors: Toby Longworth and Helen Kay.

As mentioned before I am a fan of the Big Finish series so was excited to see what was different with a Crime Chronicles format. From what I can tell the main difference is there are only actors, with a lot of narration building up the world around them.

The story revisits a character I have always found comical- Slick Dickens, the only (fictional) man to ever kill Judge Dredd in the comics. So when Eliza Blunt of Brit Cit, comes in search of a story about the arrested author Truman Kaput, it doesn't take long for Judge Dredd to appear. Rumor has it that a new Slick Dicken's novel is in the works. But when the fictional character suddenly comes to life, all hell breaks loose as murders start happening and the only lead is Eliza Blunt. Is the smooth killer actually loose in the city, has Truman Kaput somehow escaped and hired a killer or is there some darker truth behind the stories?

Well worth an hour of listening time, I would recommend having some previous knowledge of the characters before partaking. But if a fan of Judge Dredd you should definitely try to find and listen to it. The voice acting was on point and the sound effects absorbed me in, really great work.

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Book Review 130 // Mark of Calth (Horus Heresy)


Well after last week's little break, I was excited to get back to Space Marine high adventure in the 30k. Seems like a good title to bounce back into, it is full of short stories all set in the same theatre of war, Calth. Here is the official write up from Black Library:

In this all-new collection of Horus Heresy stories, witness the untold tales of the Underworld War. The Heresy reached Calth without warning. In just a few hours of betrayal and bloodshed, the proud warriors of the XIIIth Legion – Guilliman’s own Ultramarines – were laid low by the treachery of their erstwhile brothers of the XVIIth. Now, as the planet is scoured by solar flares from the wounded Veridian star, the survivors must take the fight to the remaining Word Bearers and their foul allies, or face damnation in the gloomy shelters beneath the planet’s surface. The battle for Calth is far from over...

The Shards of Erebus, Calth That Was, Dark Heart, The Traveller, A Deeper Darkness, The Underworld War, Athame & Unmarked

Let's dive into these tales:

The Shards of Erebus by Guy Haley

Had to start with the main villain himself Erebus. Set during the planning stages of the Calth war we get to see inside the villain head and his dealings with the other leaders. It is a great opening tale and gets you into the headspace of the book.

Calth that was by Graham McNeill

The main tale of the book. Set in the aftermath of the Calth conflict written in Know No Fear. This was an amazing read and the characters were all deserving of a full novel. It had some dodgy parts just like any Space Marine Tale, especially with the Ultramarines facing off against high numbers of Word Bearers and suffering no losses! But was a great follow-up to the Know No Fear novel.

Dark Heart by Anthony Reynolds

This story ties in with Reynold's 40k Word Bearer trilogy. The main feature character is Marduk and the story is set during the Battle of Calth. It would seem Marduk is in some deep trouble after killing his assigned mentor. Due to this, he is being interrogated by Kor Phaeron!

This was a standout story for me, as it fits in perfectly with Know No Fear story and makes me want to reread the Word Bearer Series. So watch this space.

The Traveller by David Annandale

The next story was a slight change of pace as we actually learn about the refugees of the conflict. It deals with life in the caverns, how they cause themselves more trouble than they solve and how scary daemons can actually be. It was an intriguing read.

A Deeper Darkness by Rob Sanders
 
Oooh, a horror/ghost story. Whilst seeking a warren of traitorous Word Bearers an Ultramarine squad discovers a darker horror! Some real great highlights in this tale, the setting is great and made me feel claustrophobic and the daemon is terrifying. Another great short story.

The Underworld War by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

An intriguing story about how the Gal Vorbek is created. The story had a great twist to it that left me wondering what was happening all the way up to the end. I found it interesting how Lorgar and Argel interact with each other over their creation and the future of the chapter. I hope we see more of these in future novels.

Athame by John French

A bit of a strange tale as it follows the life of a ritual dagger. It feels like this is an opening tale that will get a follow-up at some point. It did seem out of place in the story lineup and came across as an okay tale compared to those that came before it. 

Unmarked by Dan Abnett

Oh, wrote that last review too soon. Seems like the follow-up happens straightway. Abnett jumps into the tale and has to jump through time and space with a small group of Calth survivors fleeing with the Athame whilst chased by the daemon M'kar. Felt like a 30k version of Sliders and was a fun read, though once again with it being the final tale of the book it felt a bit out of place.

Overall an above-average read for this title. Lots of great shorts with the Dark Heart, A Deeper Darkness, and The Underworld War being my standout picks.

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Youtube // The Blessed Wormlings - Genestealer Cult


A long-overdue project finally getting some love. In this video, I finally get some paint on my Genestealer Cultist Neophytes, part of my slowly growing Blessed Wormlings army.

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Beer Review 141 // Greetings from Girltown by Beyond the Pale



You may have noticed a lot of my beer reviews have been coming from Beyond the Pale of late. With us in another lockdown in Ontario; it has been hard to purchase fresh beer. This has meant most of my drinking funds have been spent on BTP brews, so I thought it would be a good time to show my employers some love on the blog.

Today's beer is Greetings from Girltown, a beer designed for and brewed on International Women's Day. All the recipe designing was created by Sarah, one of the BTP brewers. She was then assisted on the brew day by a few of the other female employees to create Greetings from Girltown. The hops are also special as they came from the Pink Boots Society. A group specializing in supporting women within the brewing industry. They assist from knowledgeable mentors to group meetings and all the way up to scholarships. Go seek them out and have a read!

As the label mentions this is a California Common, a beer style I haven't tried in a long while. If I remember from my Anchor Steam days this should be a nice malty brew.

Straight away I can tell this is going to be a nice malty beer, a beautiful reddish, amber pour, greets you in the glass. As the sunlight hits it, it looks absolutely stunning! A nice malty, caramel nose on this one. As you first sip you get a little hop character but it is intermingled with the malts. It is a nice rich caramel taste, with a slight sweetness that has you going back for more and at 5.5% you can enjoy a couple and not feel guilty. It also pairs wonderfully with some bbq sauced jackfruit! Highly recommend this brew, but I sadly believe it is now sold out!

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Comic Review 136 // Strontium Dog: The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha: The Project


I am still hitting the Strontium Dog series hard. With this title, we pick up the story arc after Johnny Alpha's death. This entire graphic novel is basically John Wagner basically attempting to undo the entire Final Solution Arc. Which isn't a bad thing in my opinion. With only 144 pages this does seem like a lightweight tale, but let us dive in.

The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha - The Project

We are re-introduced to Precious Matson who we may remember from Blood Moon (last week's post), in this tale she has become a biographer researching Johnny Alpha's life. In her quest to learn more she seeks out the loveable Middenface. Here we get a long overdue catch-up with the character and it turns out life has gone downhill for this Scot. Now a full-time alcoholic, we find out about the guilt he has suffered since Johnny's death. But after the big reveal that Feral brought Johnny's body back, we see a reinvigorated Middenface.

With this pairing, we get to enjoy some planet jumping adventures. We get a catch-up with Feral and watch as Wagner completely destroys this character. I know Wagner was not a fan but damn what a brutal ending. We then join them as they recover Johnny Alpha's body and using the power of some wizard rocks they bring back Johnny Alpha!

A solid opening story, made great by Carlos' artwork. Well written and done in a way that makes sense.

The second half has the newly risen Johnny being hunted by some Strontium Dogs and it sets up the tale for the second book in the series (which will come next week). But ultimately we discover a group of rich "norms" drugging food supplies to mutant populations with the goal of sterilizing the entire mutant populous. This of course does not go down well once discovered and it would seem Johnny Alpha is about to start another war.

A good story, which I know is the prologue for the next book. But it really felt like it ended way too bluntly. I am lucky as the next book is already in my collection, but if I was reading at the time of release I would have been pissed to see it end that way.

Then in classic 2000 AD style we a bonus strip:

What if...? Max Bubba Hadn't Killed Wulf". That's right in this alt timeline our beautiful bearded Viking wasn't murdered by Bubba. Instead, he has grown old and following some incident has been left paralyzed. It seems like a sad state of affairs for such a great character and though fun to read I really didn't see the need for it.

Ultimately another solid graphic novel. I hope the next title Strontium Dog: The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha: War Dogs, lives up to expectations and answers some of the unanswered questions. Only time will tell.

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Miniature Monday // Judge Dredd - Nero Narcos' Assassinator Droids


Heading once more into the depths of Mega-City One and that cesspit Sector 102. I was staring at my Warlord Games Nero Nacros, when I realized I had two of his Assassinator Droids hidden away on a shelf from an earlier age (they are from the Mongoose era). Looking at these unfinished models filled me with a sense of dread and I knew I had to finish them.

In the comics, the Droids are a dull, realistic grey. This I could not live with, so I choose bold yellow and red to be their main coloring. I wanted them to say comic book death-dealing droid and I felt these were the colors to do it with. Started with a base primer of white to which I heavily coated in a yellow wash to give me a flat, solid yellow. Then simply with some red contrast paint, I picked out the eye lens, some wing panels, and one shoulder panel. To add some depth I used a brown wash to pick out panels and add some water damage. The bases are pretty straightforward, I used some torn-up corkboard and some wire to create a damaged floor effect. To this, I add grey paint before adding some washes of black and brown paints. These add some much-needed height to the models, to help them tower over their victims! Overall the paint scheme was nothing too serious and took about the hour tops, but I do now have two rather exciting-looking droids.

Nero Narcos' Assassinator Driods

Clocking in at a Notoriety of 22 each. These droids are a single point cheaper than a Senior Street Judge! But they come with some fearsome stats and equipment. First, up a shoot of 3, though not at a judge's level they do come two deadly weapons. Up first the Laser Rifle - Up to 24" range with Laser and Piercing rules, this weapon will hurt if it hits. Then on top of this the Inbuilt Rocket Launcher, once again solid range with the blast rule, high power and is able to use special ammunition. The weird thing with the rules that I don't understand is giving the droids Gunfighter? In the rules, you are allowed to fire back if you pass the test but due to its weapons how can you do that as they need to aim first...seems weird. It seems solid in combat with a good fight value and a super high resist, combining self-repair this thing will keep on going if given the chance! You have been warned.


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Audio Review 32 // The Binary Succession by David Annandale

I've been enjoying these Horus Heresy audio dramas, but I feel I need to take a little break (to avoid burnout), so after this one, I will be diving into some Xenomorph dramas. Before this happens let us dive into The Binary Succession.

Even as the Imperium faces the renegade Legions of the Warmaster, the ruling Council of Terra is becoming paralyzed from within by increasingly petty bureaucracy. Fabricator General Kane has seen his fellow Mechanicum adepts dismissed again and again by the High Lords – with his traitorous predecessor Kelbor-Hal still at large on the Red Planet, the political status of the tech-priesthood remains ambiguous. New alliances must be forged from the old if Mars and Terra are to survive the final battle.

Set after the fall of Mars, we finally get to catch up with the Cult of Machine members that remained loyal to Terra. Displaced from their homes, the Mechanicus are viewed as little more than refugees and burdens. But in this mess, the newly chosen Ambassador for Mars will risk everything to create one of the most powerful bodies in the New Imperium: The Adeptus Mechanicus. Within this tale, we have High Lords of Terra, Malcador, Titans, and very nearly a civil war. All perfectly voiced and portrayed.

An ultimately well-written piece that was performed well. Did it move the Horus Heresy series along? Nope. It was a great political piece and intriguing in the fact that its lack of action made it into a strong story. I not actually sure when this piece appears in the series, but based on the cover artwork it must be later on. I look forward to finding out when.

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Book Review 129 // The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien


Ever had an itch that you just couldn't ignore? Well, that happened to me this week, I had a need to visit Middle Earth once more and I felt it was right to give the Hobbit a re-read. The last time I properly read this title was about 10 years ago, in preparation for the film's release. I remember enjoying the title and being disappointed by the film ha! Let's see if that is still the case.

The Hobbit

In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable!

Kindle Pages: 322

Well, I am glad to revisit this classic. It is hard to review a classic like this because what can I realistically add that hasn't been said? I guess the main point of note is that you have to read it in the first person. You become Tolkien to narrate the tale of a group of Dwarves and a Hobbit named Bilbo, as they travel across Middle Earth to confront a dragon.

The story introduces us to characters that will become important in other tales like Gandalf, the Eagles and Gollum, but the main focus of the tale is Bilbo. A hobbit who unknowingly was searching for adventure and ultimately finds his true worth, whilst under the employ of Thorin. 

Thorin and his company of misfit Dwarves are a fun cast, though an important part of the story, they never overtake the lead. They are a displaced line of dwarves, chased from their home by a dragon, who claim their fortress as its new nest. They have roamed from place to place selling their strength and skills to earn a living, but now this group of 14 unlikely heroes, hope to sneak in and retake the fortress and their gold from the mighty dragon. Seems like a terrible plan ha. It is also worth noting at this point, that when compared to the film, the book has a lot less hacking and slashing happening, and is in fact a lot more realistic tale.  The group is attempting to get from A to B, with as little attention drawn to them as possible. Of course, this doesn't happen otherwise we wouldn't have a story lol. Most of the book comically is them getting into trouble and solving how to get out of it in one piece. They sneak around whilst attempting to distract their enemies, this seems like a more realistic choice in the events described, and it is comical to watch them lose everything in their first encounter. They are like a bad D&D group stumbling from one natural 1 roll to the next. Yes, Thorin is a great warrior, but in no way are these an elite unit of Dwarves, made up of old-timers, youngsters and cooks!

I also love how Tolkien describes the landscape and throughout the story, we visit some amazing locations. Like the Misty Mountains, the home to trolls, goblins and Stone Giants. Then scary Mirkwood, which is the home of Spiders and paranoid Elves (no Legolas and no Dwarf/Elf love stories), before finally reaching Laketown and the Dwarves home. It is these locations that sparked my hobby love, especially Mirkwood and are possibly the reasons I am such an Elvish fan nowadays.

It is a book that people either adore or dislike, for me, I adore it and I have so many memories attached to it. Why I hadn't read this in over ten years is unknown to me. But I am very excited to introduce this book to my children in the coming years, and I hope I can spark their imagination as it did for me.

My itch is definitely itched. Such a great refresher for me, don't think I am ready for LoTR just yet but I can only assume it is in my future soon. As always cheers for reading and let me know your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to sign up to get notifications and use any of these links to support me (any amazon link gives me a kickback...Thank you).

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Youtube // Channel Trailer

I have been putting this video off for far too long. A channel trailer for me seemed like a huge undertaking. Wanting something that showed me as a want a be creator. The problem was I know I don't currently have the skill set to produce that (or the equipment), so I had been putting this task off. That is until now! I realized I am better off with something now to help attract viewers and improve upon it later as I gain skills. This will have a two-fold effect: 1) I have a trailer to look back upon as I grow my skills and the channel, 2) It's an extra video to add to the collection, adding to my watch time and possibly gaining some more followers. So without further waffle here is trailer 0.1, hopefully, you will enjoy and consider giving my channel a follow: Youtube: Adventures with Peps


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Beer Review 140 // Party Animal by Beyond the Pale Brewing Company


A long overdue beer, out of Beyond the Pale Brewing Company. Party Animal was a beer that once I tried it, I would never forget. Sitting at 10%, this is a beast of a beer. Many a crazy night has begun with one of these brews.

The beer pours a beautiful, hazy, copper orange, topped with a creamy tinted head. The aroma is boozy, with tinned pineapple aroma, all backed up with caramel malts. This smells like a big beer and is a sipper for sure. In taste it is surprisingly smooth. The inital hit as expected is tropical fruit notes; think pineapple, stone fruits, even a bit of peach. This slowly makes way for a sweeter caramel taste that coats the mouth nicely before a slight spicy finish from the yeast, clears the palette for the next sip. I am surprised by the lack of booze in taste, you definitely get some alchol warmth from it, but nothing crazy. I am starting to remember why this beer is the Party Animal. It is easy to forget this is 10% and before you know it you've had two cans and are suddenly the life of the party.

A really surprising beer that I highly recommend you try. Key highlights is that this will hit you are somepoint with the 10% so don't go to hard to fast. Otherwise sit back enjoy and become one with the party animal.

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Comic Review 135 // Star Wars: Boba Fett - Death, Lies and Treachery


I only just realized May the 4th was a few days out. I knew I had to a Star Wars Comic! This means I have to bump a Strontium Dog review back a week. When doing a Stars Wars comic there is only one character I enjoy reading at the moment, Boba Fett. We are basically trading one intergalactic bounty hunter for another. Read on and enjoy!

Written by John Wagner so I know we are in good hands. At 144 pages, it should be a straight-up read. Here is the official read-up:

Throughout the vast reaches of the galaxy—wherever fugitives meet or lawbreakers conspire—one name is always uttered in hushed tones... Some say he is a Mandalore warrior; others, that he merely wears the Mandalore battlesuit because of its unrivaled killing power. The truth is impossible to confirm, for none have seen the face that gazes with merciless eyes from within that battered helmet – none, at least, who have lived to tell the tale.

Collects Boba Fett: Bounty on Bar-Kooda, Boba Fett: When the Fat Lady Swings, and Boba Fett: Murder Most Foul.

Let us start with the obvious. I find it funny that Wagner writes Boba Fett and Judge Dredd, but it also makes perfect sense. Two characters who are expert shooters, both never take their helmets off, both are clones and both have a strong viewpoint of right and wrong,

The story sees Boba Fett hired by the Hutt clan to do some classic bounty hunter jobs ie. Assassination and if possible some search and rescue. In classic Wagner styling, he brings some comedic relief to the Star Wars universe. Whilst the artwork of Cam Kennedy makes for some strange-looking villains. As with a lot of Star Wars stories, the actual tale is pretty straightforward and generic. We all know Boba Fett isn't going to die so at no point do you feel like he is in danger which is a shame. But we do get plenty of action, gunfights, and violence. It's classic sci-fi bounty hunting at its best. Well worth the read for some light enjoyment. Have an amazing May the 4th, Revenge of the Fifth and This is the May.

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Aeldari Craftworld Locations

Welcome, no miniatures this week as I wanted a little break. This time I will be continuing my work on tidying up the Eldar Encyclopedia page. A fun little page this week as I delve into the locations found on Eldar Craftworlds.

Most of these locations have come from Black Library novels and are not a full or complete list. If you know of locations I have missed let me know in the comments and I will add them on.

Craftworld Locations

"There is still time to change the course of history" - Autarch Talyesin Fharenal, Craftworld Saim-Hann


Locations on Alaitoc

Avenue of Starlight Secrets: Kilometer-long balcony located on the starward side and food bars.

Bay of Departing Sorrows: Viewing deck of the Shipyard

Boulevard of Split Moons: Fashion and Jewelry shops.

Crescent of the Dawning Ages: Park

Dome of Enchanting Echoes: Performance hall for Singers.

Dome of the Last Sunrise: Place of Celebrations.

Dome of the Midnight Forests: Blue Grass, Groves of Lianderin trees.

Dome of New Suns: Place of Quiet thought.

Dome of the Rising Hope: Artificial Sun, Lilac beaches.

Dome of Sighing Whispers: Home to the Fallen

Gardens of Tranquil Reflections: Rose colour water and white sands.

Hall of Truth: Public speaking hall

Hidden Chamber: Located in the heart of the Craftworld's Infinity Circuit, allowing Farseers some solitude.

Ixia Wayport: A transit and transportation hub for the Craftworld.

Place of Answering: A place to voice concerns on the ruling council's decisions.

Plaza of Reflection: Open city area.

The Dome of Midnight Twilight: Home to artwork depicting Chaos.

The Midnight Dome: Darkness and a place for lovers.

Shrine of the Deadly Shadow: Striking Scorpions temple dark swamplands, trees inside with a Pyramid.

Shrine of the Ending Veil: Dark Reapers Temple.

Shuttle Vault: Cross hub transport monorail.

Tower of the Dormant Witnesses: Poet Commune.

Tower of the Eternal Welcomes: Docking Bay, encased in a bluish shield that keeps the vacuum at bay.

Tower of the Evening Melodies: Music Venue

Tower of Infinite Patience: Hotel.

Tower of Starlight Majesty: Building with stunning views

The Vale of Khaine: The district of the Aspect temples.


Locations of Biel-Tann

Avenue of Lost Glories Remembered to be Recaptured: Arcade of statues.

Remembered Supremacy to be Regained: Main Webway portal.

Tower of Bloodied Knives: Biel tan docks



Locations of Iyanden

Aldanari Dome: Living quarters

Avenue of Guarded Love: Romantic Retreat

Bridge of Endless Night: Docks

Chamber of Starlight: Iyanden Farseer Meditation space.

Chambers of Resurrection: Spiritseers chamber to guide spirits to Wraiths.

Dome of Accentuated Night: Iyanden dome full of ruins and the house of Arienal

Endless Forest: One of the seven great domes on Iyanden, harboring an ecosystem collected from a thousand worlds.

Eternity Gate: Dock.

Fire of Creation: Home to a Flame created by Asuryan during the times of Legend.

Forest of Silence: A giant forest that acts as lungs on the Craftworld.

Fortress of the Red Moon: Fortress, location of the Swarmlord's defeat by Yriel.

Fortress of Tears: Fortress and Shrine to the lost.

Fortuitous Endings: Docks.

Hidden Gorge: A deep gorge that cuts to the wraithbone core of Iyanden. Found in the Haladesh desert. Those on the path of Solitude live near the waterfalls located within the gorge.

Long Swift Voyages: Docks.

Long Wandering: Docks.

Mistmaze: Ghosthalls of Haladesh.

Oceans of Ceaseless Tranquility: Once beautiful oceans, now boiled away to nothing following the Tyranid invasion.

Oasis of Tears: Bar.

Plaza of the Red's Moon New Birthing: Located in front of the Red Moon Fortress.

Tree of the Crone: A tree that aids the Iyanden Seers to search the future.

Shrine of Asuryan: Shrine to the God Asuryan.

Shrine of Ulthanash: Iyanden home of Yriel's Cursed blade.

Spider's Gate: Main Webway gate of Iyanden.

Urhaithanalish: Capital City of House Haladesh.

Wayport Vaidh: Webway Port.



Locations on Saim-Hann

The Fireglades: Home of clan Fireheart. Full of orange and red trees, with a coastal delta.

Lake of tranquil sorrows: Within the Fire Glades.

The Falls of the Unshed Tears: A waterfall on Saim-Hann.

Shadow Vale: Oldest dome of the Craftworld and home to the Oracle's of the last truth. The Oracle's are Cathasarren, Alodrist, and Yddgara. Farseers crystalized attempting to repair a damaged infinity circuit. Now the dead can talk through them.

Sighing Winds: Saim-Hann dome chamber of seers.

Tower of Winding Destiny: Saim-Hann location.

Locations on Ulthwe

Bridge of Sighing Clouds: Docks

Chamber of all Futures: Ulthwe seer chamber

Dome of Crystal Seer: The Dome of Crystal Seers is a location within a Craftworld's wraithbone core, existing as a broad bio-dome littered with groves of tall wraithbone trees that reach out into space. It is here that the most ancient Farseers of the Eldar retreat. As Farseers reach greater and greater ages, their minds become so closely linked with the Craftworld's core that their physical bodies simply grow dormant. Within the Dome, the eldest of seers gradually crystallize and take root, until they turn entirely to crystal. The Farseer's spirit is then preserved forever within the psycho-conductive Infinity Circuit. In the wraithbone trees sprouting from the core, tiny Warp Spiders are seen. They can melt their arachnoid forms to move through the Infinity Circuit to protect the Dome and the entire Craftworld from invasive psychic entities.

Port of Last Starlight: Dock


Other Locations

Maze of Linnian: A mystical location and is part of the Ulthanesh Mythos.


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Audio Review 31 // Garro: Ashes of Fealty and Shield of Lies by James Swallow


Today is a double feature kind of day! As you know, I've been hitting the Garro series hard. I have so far been loving it. But all good things come to an end. I have these two audio dramas left, plus one short story. I will be sad to see the end of the Garro tales for now, but it has been a blast.

Garro: Ashes of Fealty

After bringing warning of Horus’s treachery to Terra, Nathaniel Garro bade a solemn farewell to his Death Guard brethren and was set upon a more noble path than he ever could have imagined for himself. Now, an old comrade returns - Meric Voyen, once an Apothecary of the XIVth Legion, carrying a deadly cargo within the boundaries of the Solar System. Knowing only too well that to underestimate the powers of the warp is to fall prey to their corrupting influence, Garro must decide if any good can come of Voyen’s mission... and whether or not it is already too late to act against it.

Two old friends, now enemies, meet over a mysterious casket in this clash of ideals. Apothecary Meric Voyen challenges the mission of Knight Errant Nathaniel Garro. The tension mounts as the story head to a climactic ending. And what lurks in the casket is as disgusting as it’s frightening…

Performed by: Jonathan Keeble and Toby Longworth
Running time: 18 minutes

Was taken back by the shortness of this tale. At 18 minutes, how much action can you get in? The answer is a lot. I would highly recommend not just diving in, you need some background info for this tale, at the very least read the Flight of the Eisenstein. Garro having returned to Luna is reunited with one of his former Battle Brothers, whose fate we have never learnt (guessing they are stuck on Luna, untrusted, prisoners).
As mentioned Garro is reunited with Meric Voyen the Apothecary from Garro's old Death Guard command squad. We learn that the Heresy has been so kind to him and in an attempt to be of use, Meric Voyen has gone down a dark misguided path.
A very interesting audio drama and I hope we get to revisit the survivors again at some point.

Garro: Shield of Lies

While the war rages on across the galaxy, for many on the Throneworld of Terra it exists only in rumour and hearsay. But in the course of her daily duties, humble adept Katanoh Tallery discovers evidence of a conspiracy within the Administratum - surely, this can only be the precursor to a traitor attack on the Solar System itself! Fleeing into the shadows, she soon finds herself at the mercy of the mysterious Knight Errant Nathaniel Garro. Will this stalwart defender of mankind be her saviour or her executioner?

Performed by: Jonathan Keeble and Toby Longworth
Running time: 2hrs. and 6mins.

We go from the shortest tale to one of the longest. From the moment it starts to the final words the effects have improved so much. The voice acting is amazing, the sound effects absorb you into the story and the story was rather intense. The main character Katanoh Tallery has discovered a terrible secret, someone is cooking the books and moving material to a secret base. Unfortunately for her she doesn't know who to trust and ends up on the run. As she is chased through the city a grey armoured Space Marine comes to her and she must trust him to survive.
Garro seems changed in this book, back to having doubts as to who to trust and who is in the right. It seems like everyone is up to something suspicious and no one can be trusted and this is a Galaxy Garro is coming to hate. The story ends with some big reveals aka the Grey Knights.

Overall another solid tale, I am sad to start the last book but I feel that I must!

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