Saturday, 24 October 2020

Adeptus Titanicus - Crucible of Retribution - Intro and Lore

Welcome, Princeps!

Today we’re starting our review of the newest supplement for Adeptus Titanicus, Crucible of Retribution.  We’ll walk you through the book itself, the lore found in this supplement, and all of the new goodies in this mission-heavy add-on for the beloved game. 

THE BOOK



The fifth supplement in Adeptus Titanicus, Crucible of Retribution, is a hardback book that details the cold war and eventual devastation of the Belt of Iron.  Side note: we saw a special Mechanicum Knight on the cover of the previous book, but this time we see an image of a model of them in the back pages of this book.  Still portents of things to come? 

Coming in at just 100 pages, the new expansion is very much an expansion of options instead of building up new mechanics or bulking out rules for factions and forces.  So, what’s new? 

  •         New lore on the Belt of Iron and the planets and systems that comprise it
  •         Four new narrative missions for the Belt of Iron
  •         Fifteeen (15) new narrative missions for various conditions
  •         Legion rules for eight (8) Titan Legios; 4 Loyalists, 3 Traitors, and 1 Succesionist/Blackshield
  •         Lore and rules for four (2) Knight Households
  •         Two (2) new maniples, including one that is a modified Axiom maniple

It is interesting to note this time that there are NO NEW appendices, weapons, or even rules for specific warzones.  However, the 15 missions represent fights on Death Worlds, Forge Worlds, and Hive Worlds, and somewhat take the place of the warzone rules.  This also vastly increases the number of missions that players have available when they don’t wish to play the campaign-based missions.  This particular aspect is what makes Crucible of Retribution feel like an overall expansion rather than a mechanic builder.

THE LORE

We receive another two-page map that shows the absolute scale of the Belt of Iron.  Granted, it’s not the most detailed map, but it is well-drawn and helps to show just how large a warzone this book covers.  The warzone itself is so large that it wasn’t just one string of battles like Ryza or Molech, but a two-Segmentum-spanning assault that took years.  Twenty-six (26) pages of lore cover the planets and the timeline of this epic conflict.  That is by far the most pages dedicated to the lore of any Titanicus supplement. 





We alluded to the cold war nature of the Belt of Iron previously and this is due to a lot of long-standing enmity between the Forge Worlds that dominate and comprise the seats of power in the Belt of Iron. When the Imperium of Man first arrived during the Great Crusade it took a lot to get many of these Forge Worlds to bend the knee to the Emperor, something that lingers well beyond the Compliance of those worlds having happened.  Further, some of these Compliance actions were brought about through open war with members of the Belt of Iron that acquiesced to the Imperium earlier than others and subsequently acting as arbiters of the Imperium’s enforcement of Compliance.  Hate breeds hate as they say, and this led to a festering anger among the inhabitants of the region.  That anger would eventually lead to the battlelines being drawn and ultimately the decision of supporting the Emperor, the Warmaster, or the planet’s own freedom.



The cold war, like that fought by the United States and Soviet Union of old, initially begins with shadow skirmishes that eventually ends in full-scale war with Titan Legions deciding the fate of the Belt of Iron, leading to what becomes known as the Cataclysm of Iron as the worlds tear themselves apart.  Where we really have to give this book props is that the lore is deeper than usual and given a lot of attention.  The return of the timeline system is a very nice touch along with the bevy of pages dedicated to planetary descriptions and images.




Crucible of Retribution is off to a great start. 

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Lucius Warhound Titan No.1318 - Lupus Bellator, Legio Astorum

Certificate Number: 001318
Titan Name: Lupus Bellator
Pattern: Lucius Pattern - Wolf
Primary Armament: Titan Plasma Blastgun and Mega Bolter
Princeps: D. Jonker
Titan Legio: Legio Astorum
Battle Maniple Composition: Warlord 308 - Solar Praetorian, Reaver 631 - Lucius Ultor, Warbringer 116 - Ignis Destructor, Lucius Warhound 104 - Draconum Venator, Lucius Warhound 691 - Velox Praedator, Lucius Warhound 1318 - Lupus Bellator and Lucius Warhound AWOC27 - Citus Excursor

Owner: Fredrik B.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Comments: Lupus Bellator was discovered deep in the vaults on Lucius (or eBay…), only partially into rites of construction. Now after centuries in dormant sleep she has again gone through the rites of cleansing and is again on her way into the construction halls of the Legio Astorum and Mechanicum Adepts to form a hunting pack with Draconum Venator (Warhound 104).

Photos:
All the parts in their Forge World bags of resin joy, cleaned and ready for the Rites of Construction.
A rare find indeed, Princeps Fredrik's fourth Lucius Warhound! And that just about wraps up Princeps Fredrik's Maniple this week, seven Titans in seven days! Thankyou to Fredrik for registering not one, but four Lucius relics and 7 Titans in all! Great stuff.


Cheers, Princeps Seniores Siph, TOC Admin

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Adeptus Titanicast - USA: Ep. 8 - Titan Ownership and Escapism

Our Adeptus Titanicast series returns after a "post off" with Shadow on holiday and celebrating a life milestone.  This time, our host reminiscences on the escapism the hobby affords since he's stuck indoors.  We'd certainly love to know what you think after you hear the episode, so hit up the comments below.




Lucius Warhound Titan No.691 - Velox Praedator, Legio Astorum

Certificate Number: 00691
Titan Name: Velox Praedator
Pattern: Lucius Pattern - Jackal
Primary Armament: Turbo Laser, Plasma Blastgun, Mega Bolter and Inferno Cannon
Princeps: TBC
Titan Legio: Legio Astorum
Battle Maniple Composition: Warlord 308 - Solar Praetorian, Reaver 631 - Lucius Ultor, Warbringer 116 - Ignis Destructor, Lucius Warhound 104 - Draconum Venator, Lucius Warhound 691 - Velox Praedator, Lucius Warhound 1318 - Lupus Bellator and Lucius Warhound AWOC27 - Citus Excursor

Owner: Fredrik B.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Comments: Velox Praedator has joined the maniple from a long-lost Titan Legion as an independent hunting pack together with Citus Excursor (AWOC27). Her sister engine Citus Excursor was badly damaged in transport and in need of full repairs on Lucius – both engines will now join Legio Astorum once refitted and undergone the Rites of Colour.

Photos:
Further along in her assembly than her twin Engine, but yet to undergo the Rites of Colour and re-dedication into Legio Astorum.
Rare to find the certificates for Lucius Hounds, but each one is a blessing from the Omnissiah. Our thanks go to Princeps Fredrik for registering another (of 4) Lucius Warhound Titans - well, Legio Astorum does hail from Lucius Forge World after all!


Cheers, Princeps Seniores Siph, TOC Admin

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Lucius Warhound Titan No.AWOC27 - Citus Excursor, Legio Astorum

Certificate Number: AWOC27
Titan Name: Citus Excursor
Pattern: Lucius Pattern - Jackal
Primary Armament: Turbo Laser, Titan Plasma Blastgun, Mega Bolter and Inferno Cannon
Princeps: #CLASSIFIED#
Titan Legio: Legio Astorum
Battle Maniple Composition: Warlord 308 - Solar Praetorian, Reaver 631 - Lucius Ultor, Warbringer 116 - Ignis Destructor, Lucius Warhound 104 - Draconum Venator, Lucius Warhound 691 - Velox Praedator, Lucius Warhound 1318 - Lupus Bellator and Lucius Warhound AWOC27 - Citus Excursor

Owner: Fredrik B.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Comments: Citus Excursor is one of 2 remaining Warhounds of a long-lost Titan Legion. The pair was in route for maintenance on Lucius when their transport was attacked (rough transport handling by the post office). She was almost fully destroyed in the attack, but her sister survived with only minor damages. Together they are now awaiting restoration and repaint to be able to join forces with the rest of the Maniple as new members of Legio Astorum. Hopefully teleporting into battle will avoid any future transport mishaps…

Photos:
She took a beating in the warp transit hub, certificate lost to the warp denizens, but she'll Walk once again in her new Legio Astorum livery! Thanks to Princeps Fredrik for resurrecting and registering this long lost relic. Still more of Princeps Fredrik's Engines to appear this week...


Cheers, Princeps Seniores Siph, TOC Admin

Monday, 19 October 2020

Lucius Warhound Titan No.104 - Draconum Venator, Legio Astorum

Certificate Number: 00104
Titan Name: Draconum Venator
Pattern: Lucius Pattern - Jackal
Primary Armament: Mega Bolter and Inferno Cannon
Princeps: M. Houle
Titan Legio: Legio Astorum
Battle Maniple Composition: Warlord 308 - Solar Praetorian, Reaver 631 - Lucius Ultor, Warbringer 116 - Ignis Destructor, Lucius Warhound 104 - Draconum Venator, Lucius Warhound 691 - Velox Praedator, Lucius Warhound 1318 - Lupus Bellator and Lucius Warhound AWOC27 - Citus Excursor

Owner: Fredrik B.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Comments: Draconum Venator was discovered as a severely damaged wreckage by the rest of the Maniple when out on campaign on a barren death world. The wreckage has been salvaged by the Legio's Tech Adepts and taken back to Lucius and complemented with spare parts (big thanks to M. Houle and D. Jonker!!!). She has gone through rites of cleansing and is headed for the re-assembly yards.

Photos:
Rare to find the Lucius Hounds with Certificates these days.
A complex wreck site the Tech Adepts recovered most of the God Engine parts for transfer back to Lucius Forge World for re-dedication.
Freshly anointed and stripped to the bare machine parts, on the assembly lines at Lucius. Draconum Venator will Walk! Another of Princeps Fredrik's Titans, three more to come!
Brass work and pinning for strength
Princeps Fredrik has gone further and replaced Piston housings with brass.
Legs constructed already, fine fabrication so far.


Cheers, Princeps Seniores Siph, TOC Admin

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Warbringer Nemesis Titan No.116 - Ignis Destructor, Legio Astorum

Certificate Number: 00116
Titan Name: Ignis Destructor
Primary Armament: Mori Quake Cannon (remaining armament TBC)
Princeps: #CLASSIFIED#
Titan Legio: Legio Astorum
Battle Maniple Composition: Warlord 308 - Solar Praetorian, Reaver 631 - Lucius Ultor, Warbringer 116 - Ignis Destructor, Lucius Warhound 104 - Draconum Venator, Lucius Warhound 691 - Velox Praedator, Lucius Warhound 1318 - Lupus Bellator and Lucius Warhound AWOC27 - Citus Excursor

Owner: Fredrik B.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Comments: Ignis Destructor is the newest inbound reinforcement expected to join the Maniple once all rites have been completed.

Photos:
Big red boxes of ol' resin joy!
Certificate of authenticity, the 3rd of Princeps Fredrik's Maniple this week.


Cheers, Princeps Seniores Siph, TOC Admin