Thursday, December 12, 2013

5 Minute History: Adeptus Mechanicus Organization


Rouge Trader Tech Adept - Artist Unknown

The Fabricator-General of Mars is the leader of the Adeptus Mechanicus, and as the Magos Mechanicus is also the head of its Cult Mechanicus. He also invariably holds a position on the High Lords of Terra.
The Ruling Priesthood

Magi are the highest ranking Tech-priests. They have mastered a certain aspect of science, of which there are dozens. The rank of Magos accordingly consists of Magos Technicus, Magos Metallurgicus, Magos Alchemys, Magos Physic, Magos Biologis, Magos Genetor, Magos Cybernetica, Magos Explorator etc.

The Logis is a logistician, analyst, and statistician. His purpose is to predict future trends and make forecasts about expenditure and needs. They are regarded as prophetic figures.

A Genetor is a high-ranking Tech-priest specialising in the genetic sciences. They are very common among the Adeptus Mechanicus, and often accompany Imperial forces on exploration missions to new worlds.

Artisans (also known as Constructors) design machines, buildings, spacecraft, weapons, and other military hardware. They also control the vast labour forces of Servitors
Magos Fabricator

The Head of the Adeptus Mechanicus and representative for the Agency on Imperial Command, the Magos Fabricator appoints all Adepts within Hive Malton and has overall command of the Adeptus Mechanicus in the entirety of the Hive.

The local commander for the Adeptus Mechanicus, they command all Adeptus in a particular suburb of the Imperium of Man. They coordinate barricading and supply efforts to ensure that barricades for vital locations remain at their optimum levels, entry points remain free for use, and generators and Vox Casters are properly allocated and powered.

More experienced and capable members, Tech-Priests often are quite capable of handling any challenge thrown at them as well as basic medical support and revival services.

A fully trained member of the Adeptus Mechanicus and recent graduate of the Collegium Mechanicus, Initiates are the main rank and file who keep the lights on, barricades up, and generators fixed.

New members of the Adeptus, these individuals are still undergoing mandatory training to prepare themselves for work in the field.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gaming: The Importance of Deployment

Its the deployment that got me, how many times have you said that? As you can see in the picture I had everything bunched up on the right side and nothing in the middle / left sides. My opponent he ran up a landraider and once I dealt with the terminators he had everything over on the far left and I had to slog my way over to him while he shot me up and delayed me. So instead of deploying like this:

As you can see I bunched up and the terrain funneled my vehicles into lanes that restricted their movement, making it quite easy for my opponent to out maneuver me, heck - I gave him half the board with my shoddy deployment!

now look at this way to deploy:

deploying like this gives me at least three full squads that can converge on any portion of the midfield. Once I have his main effort stopped with three squads of grey hunters I will always have two other squads, one of which carries a rune priest, to get into his backfield. The long fangs pop shots all day long and the dreadnought is centrally placed so he can get wherever he is needed.

Sounds simple but its a huge difference in how you deploy and what you can do for the first two turns.

still practicing_


Monday, July 15, 2013

Banners, Chaplains & Commissions

A few months ago JJ over at "How to lose at 40k" put up an offer, make him a banner for his website and he would paint up a mini in trade. After a few emails back and forth I managed to meet his expectations and create a banner design he was happy with. For my mini I asked for a single Death Company Chaplain is exchange. I have been following JJ and his progress over the last year when he started his blog and I thought that I would at least challenge him a bit with the project. Here is the result:

I am putting this gun into a Death Company squad which will all have custom bases, so I let him know that a plain base was fine.

I specifically wanted a Forgeworld type combi-flamer, scratch built (to challenge him a bit). Not only did he get that part perfectly, he free handed the blood angel symbol on the shoulder.

On the scroll work everything is done with minute attention to detail and all the test runs in clear lines.

All the highlights are thin and well done, this is truly an excellent addition to my budding Death Company and I greatly appreciate all the work that went into it. An excellent trade for my work on his banners, and something that a great many people could have taken advantage of!

Now I am not normally one to pimp for other people but JJ has treated me right, and the photo speak for themselves. I would encourage anyone who might be interested in getting some painting done to go over and check out his rates, hes quite reasonable in comparison to some of the other services out there and the quality is just as good (in my ever so humble opinion). His site is here:

Silver Gargoyle Productions

_still practicing


Monday, July 8, 2013

Was ist der Boogeyman?

My last article gave rise to some questions about the concept of the boogeyman, and yes – for you readers in England we did add an extra O to the word! So, what is a boogeyman? In its most basic form a boogeyman is simply a shiny object used to attract attention. A perfect, and very recent,  example of a boogeyman either the Wraithknight or the Riptide. Both of these units are intimidating on the table top because of their size in comparison to other models and they are both durable because of their high toughness and wounds. Both of these units are fast on the tabletop and they both pack a fairly lethal arsenal of weapons. So why are both of these very good examples of boogeymen?