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By TorogTarkdacil , October 29, in Deathwatch. I just want to remind everybody of this book, which is made of more win than natural child of Chuck Norris and Sebastian Yarrick. IA9 is absolute must-read for any SM fan and still a good thing for anybody else. Describing the events of infamous Badab rebellion, it shows us possibly the greatest insight into Astartes psychology, art of waging war, conflicts and misunderstandings with common humans and differencies between various Chapters ever.
And in bring us descriptions of several less-known Chapters, their history, psychology, traditions, famous campaigns and it shows, that not only SW, BA and BT are quite divergent from codex.
Converting them into Deathwatch RPG would be possibly beyond awesome. There are heroic but arogant Astral Claws and as little spoiler, their relatives Tiger Claws. Repeating myself, this book is recomended for all Deathwatch gamers, SM fans and backround-addicts.
I'll add my strong recommendation as well, the book is very well written and adds enormous depth to the events surrounding the Badab War.
It also very vividly points up the diversity of the Space Marines, from the grim practicality of the Red Scorpions to the near-berserker fury of the vicious Minotaurs. My only quibble is that I wish they had offered more information about the power armour suits illustrated in the Chapters section; there are a number of suits that I couldn't readily identify by mark, and more details about these variant suits would have been appreciated.
Regardless, this book is an excellent addition to any 40K or Space Marine fan's librarium. They should release it as pdf download and make it a reasonable price.
Since I won't torrent it I guess this means I just go without having that knowledge of the Warhammer 40k Universe.
Whilst still an extremely good book, I must confess to having been just a tad disappointed that they'd dropped the amount of front half fluff detail from the levels of the amazing Siege of Vraks books. I've picked up this book as well. It is true that it is quite pricey.
However, for those with the pockets to handle the purchase, it is well worth the cost. The production values are very good, both for writing and graphics, and it has a huge amount of material on both the Badab War and the chapters that participated - including a number that have not previously been covered in any detail.
Thanks for the updates and a description of the Chapters involved. As with All Imperial Amour books, this publication is a hardback book — in this case just over pages The book is divided into two main sections:. Part 1: The background to the conflict and the first phases of the war, the participating Chapters Part 2: Scenarios and rules for Loyalist and Secessionist special characters as well as the Tyrants Legion his attempted melding of Space Marine and Auxiliary human units.
Part 1 — perhaps describable as background fluff and imagery takes up the first pages and is a involving read, including the motivations of the major players. As the story continues, characters are outlined, mostly Chapter Masters but also including Inquisitors, opposing Imperial Commanders such as the Karthan Sector Satrap Tanit Koenig — she initially petitions the Fire Hawks to intervene against Huron and hence provokes the first Marine vs Marine conflicts.
The narrative is easy to read and is interspersed with many sidebars describing points of interest — for instance -Imperial planets fought over in the early parts of the conflicts ,as well other important worlds such as the fiercely independent Force World Angstrom. Illustrations are excellent — although the maps of the space conflict zones are somehow less satisfying than previous books illustrations as they try to describe the areas of space fought over.
A number of Chapters are given a fully realised background — foundation, traditions, selected battle honours and lovely pictures which would be both useful and inspirational for those wanting to paint up a less common Chapter.
The Chapters are a good, characterful mix of hard-line codex adherents and those with a more independent style. These rules include a variety of Stratagems for defender and attacker to make it more interesting. From a background POV there some nice little snippets here allowing us of graviton guns, boarding shields, Automated weapons platforms, Tunnel access etc.
Lords of Destruction describes in game terms the major Characters of the conflict — there are 13 in the book — mostly Chapter Masters or Senior Officers. As noted this would also serve well to represent Space marine forces with integrated allies in an extended conflict or renegade forces commanded by Alpha Legion or Iron Warrior Chaos marines.
Several Apocalypse formations round it all off. The book could also serve as an interesting setting for a campaign using the Deathwatch rules and involving the players in the ongoing conflict on either side. Given the described background and interactions between chapters on both dies — there is certainly scope for some excellent role-playing experiences. Alternatively a High level Dark Heresy or Rogue Trader — at least one Chapter has a bond with one and they do venture into the maelstrom, could work as the conflict rages about them.
These are only vaguely described and to me cry out for a whole section dedicated to them As well as some new models and rules. This is frustrating given the main map is in BFG format! Thanks for the info, you make quite the compeling argument for. As well as the price of the book you might also bear in mind that may HAVE to buy some of the accompanying models the Astral Claws Huron is already out and is basically as good a SM model as I've ever seen.
I can't say if they are still comitted to BFG but If they are I wouldn't put it past them to include the rules in a later book, as they would probably want to release models at the same time if they were going to. The Mantis Warriors were involved they were one of the three secessionist Chapters. They are talked about quite often in the Chronology. They seem to favour hit and run attacks.
A detailed background section for them is not in the first book. The first book contains information mainly about the Astral claws and their loyalist opponents. I suspect that the second book will have more information on the Chapters supporting the Secessionist cause such as the Mantis Warriors and the Executioners Chapters.
True that! They could have gone for some more inspired artwork in the second half of the book. Although the chapter profile pages do provide a good source of space marine names, names for vehicles, squad names etc etc. But compared to the first half, the chapter profiles artwork did feel like a rush job to fill pages. I was thrown off mainly by the head of the Mark V Heresy armour, which I forgot had studs on. There are a few pieces that are unidentifiable, but they're mostly artificer pieces or on special characters.
In addition, a lot of the depicted suits are a combination of various marks, reflecting pieces that have been replaced over centuries of use. Detailing what parts came from what marks and so forth would probably be a book in and of itself. Great book, looking forward to Part 2! You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
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By TorogTarkdacil , October 29, in Deathwatch. I just want to remind everybody of this book, which is made of more win than natural child of Chuck Norris and Sebastian Yarrick. IA9 is absolute must-read for any SM fan and still a good thing for anybody else. Describing the events of infamous Badab rebellion, it shows us possibly the greatest insight into Astartes psychology, art of waging war, conflicts and misunderstandings with common humans and differencies between various Chapters ever. And in bring us descriptions of several less-known Chapters, their history, psychology, traditions, famous campaigns and it shows, that not only SW, BA and BT are quite divergent from codex. Converting them into Deathwatch RPG would be possibly beyond awesome. There are heroic but arogant Astral Claws and as little spoiler, their relatives Tiger Claws.