Friday, 14 August 2020

Mars Reaver Titan No.2525 - Draco Interfectorem Inanis, Legio #REDACTED# of Mars

Certificate Number: 002525
Titan Name: Draco Interfectorem Inanis
Pattern: Mars Pattern Reaver Titan 
Head Unit: N/A
Primary Armament: Battle Titan Melta Cannon, Battle Titan Gatling Blaster
Princeps: #REDACTED#
Titan Legio: Legio #REDACTED# of Mars
Battle Maniple Composition: Warhound (AWOC29), Reaver (2525); Warbringer Nemesis (106); Warlord (761)

Owner: Stealthelephant
Location: Den Haag, Netherlands
Comments: She isn't finished, first layers only. (Beautiful candy red scheme for this Maniple - TOC)

Photos: 
WORK IN PROGRESS
A beautiful candy red scheme, built of several clear red glazes.
 Great internals
 Sister Hound looks on to it's bigger Brother Reaver
 Some great shade transitions too
 In progress on the workbench
Superb deep candy reds, Princeps Stealthelephant has the patience of a saint.

Cheers, Princeps Majoris Siph, TOC Admin

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Mars Warhound No.5015 - Scarlet Scout, Legio Atarus

Certificate Number: 005015
Titan Name: Scarlet Scout
Pattern: Mars-Alpha
Head Unit: N/A
Primary Armament: Inferno Cannon & Vulcan Mega Bolter
Titan Legio: Legio Atarus
Battle Maniple Composition: Mars Warhound (5015)
Owner: Kevin H
Location: Ohio, USA
Comments: Princeps Kevin is using a set of Rogue Trader (3) minis - Titan Crew on foot & Titan Enginseer instead of the crew that come with the Titan, a unique twist making a great looking diorama.
Photos:
WORK IN PROGRESS
 The basis of a great looking Titan diorama
The Certificate proudly framed on display.

Cheers, Princeps Majoris Siph, TOC Admin

Monday, 10 August 2020

Mars Warhound Titan No.6037 - Bellum Naga, Legio Atarus

Certificate Number: 6037
Titan Name: Bellum Naga
Pattern: Mars Pattern Warhound
Head Unit: N/A
Primary Armament: Vulcan Mega Bolter, Inferno Cannon
Princeps: Jefrye Berkett
Titan Legio: Atarus.
Battle Maniple Composition: Warlord: 676 Reaver: 2159 Reaver 2180, Warhound 5659

Owner: James.B
Location: Texas, USA
Comments: We March for Humanity! We March for the Emperor!

Photos:

WORK IN PROGRESS PHOTO:


Welcome to the family!

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Adeptus Titanicus - Defence of Ryza - Titans, Maniples, and Knights

Welcome back to our coverage of the Adeptus Titanicus supplement Defence of Ryza.  This book treats us to the usual expansion of Titan Legion rules and also give us some new Knight House rules, included House Morbidia who is doggedly loyal only to Kelbor Hal and House Sidus, the secret children of Ryza that proved Mars had every reason to be jealous of the Forge World after all.

THE TITAN LEGIONS

The supplement provides rules for:

·         The Death Bolts, the Legio Honorum

·         The Cockatrices, the Legio Osedax

·         The Warmongers, the Legio Crucius

·         The Flaming Skulls, the Legio Magna

·         The Gore Crows, the Legio Vulturum

·         The Death’s Heads, the Legio Mortis

As usual, each is given a quick blurb about what makes them special along with a full page of rules, stratagems, and traits.  The rules for the Legios Crucius and Mortis are the same as their previous publications but are included in Defence of Ryza since both forces had roles to play in the conflict, especially Crucius since it is their home Forge World.  We’ve included brief descriptions of each Legio to give you a taste of what is coming, but full breakdowns of each Legio are in their own article.

HONORUM

·         The crusaders of the Titan Legions, they are inexhaustible and staunchly loyal

·         This Legio excels at punishing salvos, heavy hitters, and good command checks.

 

OSEDAX

·         Ryza wasn’t the only Forge World that Mars had beef with and Osedax paid the price for it.

·         A Legio reforged in the fires of war, Osedax focuses on unshakeable Command Checks and a vengeful style.

 

CRUCIUS

·         The masters of plasma and sons of Ryza itself.

·         Durability is a by-word for Crucius and their ability to keep plasma going all day and remaining cool is their hallmark.

 

MAGNA

·         We sense a fire theme among the Traitor Legios though these guys are a minor Legio that just happened to campaign alongside Horus and Lorgar a lot.

·         These are the spearhead specialist of the Traitors.

 

VULTURUM

·         The Legio Pallidus Mor would love to have a word with these guys who jack their paint scheme, though where Vulturum stands apart is its shrouded history and use of esoteric and experimental weaponry.

·         Specialized wargear define this Legio while it hunts the weak.

 

MORTIS

·         The Legio Mortis reflects crews that are methodical killers.

·         They have traits that reward engine kills and allow for pain to be temporarily bypassed

 

THE MANIPLES

The book gives us four new maniples, including:

  • Perpetua Maniples consisting of 1 Warlord and 2-4 Reavers, built to withstand punishing fire and repair protocols that reflect it.
  • Extergimus Maniples of 3-4 Warlords and up to 1 Warbringer, this maniple is all about the scorched earth policy and beefed up weapons at the cost of hotter running reactors.
  • Firmus Maniples of 1-3 Reavers and 2 Warhounds, allowing the use of distraction tactics provided by the Warhound.
  • Dominus Maniples of 1 Warlord, 2 Reavers, 1 Questoris or Cerastus Banner, and up to 2 Warhounds and 1 more Banner; this maniple throws off targeting and provides “meat shields” for the Titans in the form of Knights that intercept shots from quite some distance.

 This time around the new maniples are actually very strong and are probably among the best in the game.  Perpetua Maniples will be great for the average gun line player while Extergimus Maniples are for the things you just want dead.  The Dominus Maniple is a reprint of the White Dwarf rules and still provides some amazing opportunities, acting as a modified “expanded” Axiom Maniple with different rules and completely different benefits.

KNIGHT HOUSES

Knights take on a larger role in the Defence of Ryza story and it’s great to see them nab the spotlight outside of a book like Doom of Molech.  One moment in particular stands out in the lore and it’s the stuff of legend.  This book gives us new household roles, along with the usual 1/3 sheet of lore and Seneschal Traits.  We’re treated to:

  • House Sidus – The secret of Ryza that gave proof to Mars’ suspicions after the Heresy.
  • House Taranis – A powerful brotherhood and first among equals in the Knightly Houses.
  • House Zavora – Deeply engrained with the Mechanicum
  • House Morbidia – Fanatically loyal to Kelbor Hal and jealous of the favor given to Houses Taranis and Zavora.
  • House Ioden – Perfidious betrayers who followed the style of House Devine’s betrayal.
  • House Oroborn – A House that fell to some unknown malaise and and eventual corruption of the soul itself.




Adeptus Titanicus - Defence of Ryza - Intro and Lore

Welcome, Princeps!

Today we being our review of the newest supplement for Adeptus Titanicus,
Defence of Ryza. As usual, we’ll start with a review of the lore supplied in this new book, covering this brutal campaign born of nothing less than jealousy and made more important due to Horus’s ambitions.

THE BOOK 



The fourth supplement in Adeptus Titanicus, Defence of Ryza is a hardback book that covers the battle for the Forge World of Ryza. Like always, there is a gorgeous cover, but this time we are treated to a special Mechanicum-type Knight on it. Portents of things to come? 



Clocking in at 108 pages, the largest of the AT supplements, the new expansion provides us with new lore, missions, Titan Legions, and more. It’s easy to say that Defence of Ryza follows in the footsteps of the other supplements. So, what’s new?

  • New lore of the battle of Forge World Ryza itself and a bit of its history
  • Six new narrative missions
  • New Legion rules for four Titan Legions, two each of Loyalists and Traitors
  • Reprints of rules for Legios Crucius and Mortis
  • Lore and rules for six Knight Households
  • Four new maniples
  • Rules for games fought on Ryza and Ryza Secundus
  • Additional items brought in through the appendix.


THE LORE

We got a map. Sadly, this map isn’t nearly as special as some of the previous ones and it’s largely useless, showing that Ryza has two huge continents and a bunch of bridges connecting them. However, we did get 18 pages of lore when you factor in the planetary/continent description pages.

Most of the new lore is simple, yet impactful. Fans of Warhammer 40,000 will have long known that relations between Mars and Ryza are somewhat strained. This was actually true even 10,000 years prior, during the days of the Mechanicum. Mars is the epicenter of their domain and none should stand as tall or as proudly as they, which makes Ryza’s power and standing absolutely unbearable.


Ryza is powerful, well-defended, and loved by many other Imperial forces in the galaxy. It became the Furnace of Shackled Stars through its mastery of plasma technology and its ability to forge alliances by helping those it can return to the fight. Horus sees this as a huge threat to be destroyed after Beta-Garmon is cracked, something that the traitorous forces of Mars are all too willing to sack and even claim for themselves.

The simplicity of the story is that once the “why” is revealed, it’s just a matter of telling the facts of a string of battles. That, admittedly, feels like a bit of a shame. There is nothing special about the story beyond the jealousy Mars had of Ryza and Kelbor Hal’s wish to be able to claim it for the Red Planet. The Legios Vulturum, Magna, and Mortis use trickery to gain a foothold on the planet and then overwhelming force to nearly capture it. We won’t go too far into the story so as to avoid spoilers, but even the way the Loyalists ultimately, and barely, secure victory isn’t all that special. We do, however, have to say that the conditions behind that victory are suitably heroic and bring shame the Titan Legions, which we don’t often see. We also find out later that Mars was right to be jealous and that the distrust some have of Ryza’s secrecy in the 40k era is actually warranted. While the lore itself doesn’t feel particularly special, it’s fairly well written overall with only a few parts feeling rushed. However, this sets the stage for what feels like forces and missions that will be full of outright carnage and heavy-hitting forces that may feel like a throwback to Titandeath but in a good way. This creates a very exciting start to this book.


Friday, 7 August 2020

Mars Warhound Titan No.843 - Pillar of Autumn, Legio #UNDESIGNATED#

Certificate Number: 00843
Titan Name: Pillar of Autumn 
Pattern: Mars Pattern Warhound
Primary Armament: Turbo Laser Destructor and Plasma Blastgun
Princeps: #CLASSIFIED#
Titan Legio: #UNDESIGNATED#
Battle Maniple Composition: Mars Warhound (843)

Owner: Pierre "SquareRoot".
Location: Paris, France.
Comments: The Titan underwent the Rites of Construction and Rite of Colour over 9 months in 2009, my childhood dream of having a giant robot that stemmed in the Mechwarrior video game series was fulfilled. 
The paint job is alright but it's quite old now and with 10 more years of painting experience I could do much better. So now that he's in his new display stand and I see it everyday maybe he'll get an improved paintjob in the coming months!

Photos:
COMPLETED PHOTOS
 An early Engine, No. 843 truly a relic of Mars
The paint scheme even though Princeps Pierre says is old - still stands up well and bright livery, (just a yellow head missing in my opinion ;) and Astorum has another Engine-TOC)

 "Pillar of Autumn" on an Engine Walk

Thanks for registering your fine Engine Princeps Pierre.

Cheers, Princeps Majoris Siph, TOC UK/EUR Admin

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Warbringer Nemesis Titan No.3 - God Incarnate, Legio Interfector

Certificate Number: 0003
Titan Name: God Incarnate 
Pattern: Warbringer Nemesis
Primary Armament: Nemesis Quake Cannon, twin Battle Titan Laser Blasters
Princeps: Goji, Firelord of the West
Titan Legio: Legio Interfector (Loyalist, Pre-Heresy)

Owner: Goji
Location: Texas, USA
Comments: Currently aiming to finish by end or mid summer 2020, colorscheme and name choice is meant to resemble Shin Godzilla/Godzilla Resurgence.  More photos to be posted soon.

Photos:
A very early Warbringer Nemesis, No.3. So the early Certificated Engines went to the US. Thank you for registering this fine Engine Princeps Goji, we look forward to seeing the Godzilla inspired Rite of Colour!

Cheers, Princeps Majoris Siph, EUR/UK Admin