Black Library

The war rages on and another summer passes. With fall approaching, I am looking back at the books I read and what is on the horizon. I always enjoy the summer as I try to relax a bit more and do a little reading however, as much as I like the summer I really like the starting of fall. Especially for reading books. Something about the change in seasons/weather just puts me in the mood to start a new adventure. without further adieu, here is what I read over the past 2 months.

Savage Scars – Andy Hoore
Where do I begin.. well, to read my initial thoughts let me direct you to this previous post.  Overall I enjoyed it however, originally I chose this book because I was interested in learning more about the Tau. How they act, fight, etc. While there was some great moments I felt that the book never strayed farther or more in depth than what has been presented in the Tau Empire codex. The weapons, vehicles and warriors acted in a way that you would expect to see on the table. Although this is smart for the author to consider, you have to remember that it is a book and creative license is expected.

Aside from the description of the Tau units, I thought that the book’s strongest quality was watching this epic war play out from different points of view. The author did a great job of bouncing from one view to the next while keeping the story moving forward. Now, I must admit that I heard about the multiple perspectives from another review and at first I wasn’t too impressed by it but I did find it very easy to follow. This brings me to my biggest complaint about the next book.

Fall of Damnos – Nick Kyme
I was extremely excited about reading this book. The only other Space Marine Battles book I read was Rynn’s World and I loved all the action. So needless to say, I was expecting a similar experience with The Fall of Damnos. Unfortunately, I was left fighting just to finish it.

The beginning started off alright. I feel they threw a ton of characters at you right up front, between IG and the Ultramarine characters, for me it was hard to relate and keep up with what was going on. Not to mention getting caught up to speed on the Necrons. As the book continued I felt things became clearer and I could finally settle into what Damnos was up against. Honestly, this book was not for me and if this book was a 40K model it would be a Necron. Tedious and tough to get through. Maybe that was the author’s intension.

Purging of Kadillus – Gav Thorpe
Despite the bad reviews and my last experience I was even more excited to get into this book. And thank God I did because I really enjoyed it. So much in fact  that I read it in under 2 weeks… which is good for me cause typically I just read for about an hour or less a night. I’m also a slow reader.

Kadillus was a great example of how to bounce between characters while keeping the scale of the war epic. Gav Thorpe kept it to like 5 characters and bounced around a bit. He had fun and it shows in this book. Having read some of his other books such as Path of the Warrior and Angels of Darkness. Overall I find him to be a great author. He doesn’t hand you the story on a platter and allows the reader to figure it out. Not in Kadillus. It’s just a story of war. Win some, lose some either way you get two sides fighting hard, and that was entertaining to me. I don’t expect these Space Marine Battle books to give me something to think about.

There were maybe two spots I was losing interest but really no complaints. Great build up to a final battle. Solid entertainment. No complaints.

Helsreach – Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Coming off a high with Kadillus I quickly purchased more Battles books, Battle of the Fang and Helsreach. At first I tried to get into Battle of the Fang but after reading the prologue I just had to stop. Don’t get me wrong it started well enough, it just wasn’t where my head was. I just got off a huge war with Orks and still needed to spill xenos blood.

I jumped right into Helsreach and never looked back. Currently, I am just past half way and the book is moving. I wish I had more time to read otherwise I would have finished it already. It starts off at a great point and quickly moves into the action. I love how the Templars are portrayed because I never really learned anything about them before. Most of all, the thing I like best is what it takes to fight a war from with in a Hive. Always seeing picture of these type of wars and never reading about it, I have to say that the author paints a great picture of it.

Not sure what’s next for my fall to winter reading (usually slows down, and for good reason… more painting needs to happen) but I’m thinking either Gaunt’s Ghosts books 1-3 or finishing up the Path series by Gav Thorpe as I hear the last two are better than the first.

 

 

If you haven’t guessed, I’m reading the Black Library book Savage Scars. It’s a story about the Damocles Gulf Campaign against the Tau. Basically I really had no interest in the White Scars, basically picked up the book cause I wanted to read about the Tau. Currently, I’m about 1/3 of the way though and now I’m finding myself interested in the Scars. However, not interested enough to collect an army let alone paint a fully white one. But I can make a list for it.

So below is yet another attempt at creating a semi-fluffy list based on the book and the units they used.

123 – Captain Sarik (Power Sword, Stormbolter, Melta Bombs)
147 – Command Squad (4 Stormbolters, Champion, Melta Bombs)
340 – 2x Tactical Squads (10 man units) (Heavybolter, Flamer, Melta Bombs)
80 – 2x Razorbacks
70 – 2x Rhinos
225 – Assault Squad (10 man unit) (Sgt: Pair Lightning Claws, Melta Bombs, No Jumppacks)
30 – Drop Pod (Deathwind Missile Launcher, Locator Beacon)
270 – Landspeeder Squad (3) (2 Assault cannons, 1 Typhoon ML)
50 – Landspeeder Storm
150 – Devastator Squad (5) (4 Missile Launchers)

First off, I know Sarik wasn’t a captain but I added him for the purposes of the list as well as gave him some wargear so  that he’s not completely useless. Oddly enough in the book they didn’t seem so fluffy when it came to bikes so I left them out. I saw a lot of heavy blotters and missile launchers. Seeing as they were constantly traveling to cover ground I gave them plenty of transport.

I feel that this list captures the essence of the White Scars while staying relatively true to the book. Fast, mobile and assaulty.

Vacation is here and it is good. Currently, I am spending my vacation painting my Grey Knights, reading Rynn’s World, and watching my son… really just trying to get my fix of 40k before I go back to the grind. Anyway, Rynn’s World is awesome. Not that anyone cares, but here is my review. Skip the review if you haven’t read the book yet.

SPOILER ALERT! First off, the story is about the near extinction of the Crimson Fists by the Orks. The book started off fantastic. Great fight in the beginning, the Orks murdered the Fists. As it goes on the story builds nicely adding elements of the day to day life of the Rynnites and how the Fists interact with them. Then come the Orks taking the Fists by surprise and in one fell swoop take out a majority of the Fists by some freak thing. Sorry but that sucks. Of course I am not done with the book yet but pretty close and things could change but I was expecting to see a bloody and and disgusting Ork battle. Instead, all the cool graphic parts dealt with what the Orks did to the Rynnites.

Basically the book is similar to any old WWII movie where the squads that are followed throughout the story come away clean, with no casualties. I would have liked to seen glimpses of the annihilation of the fists over the course of a few battles. So that really is my only complaint at this point otherwise a fun book. Hey it inspired me to create this list.

The list is not really based on the book but my attempt at being semi-competitive and fluffy at the same time, using weapons and troops as they did in the book. You might ask why I didn’t use Kantor… because I believe that characters are unique models and should only be used as a rarity.

153 Captain (Storm Bolter, Artificier Armour, Power Fist, Hellfire Rounds)
127 Command Squad (4 Storm Bolters, Metla Bombs)
75 Razorback (Lascanon/TL Plasma Gun)
180 Tactical Squad(10) (Melta Bombs, Plasma Cannon)
180 Tactical Squad(10) (Melta Bombs, Plasma Cannon)
85 Scout Snipers(5) (1 Missile Launcher, Camo Cloaks)
155 Sternguard Vets(5) (Storm Bolters, Melta Bombs)
55 Drop Pod (Deathwind Missile Launcher)
115 Deadnought (Assault Cannon, Heavy Flamer)
115 Deadnought (Assault Cannon, Heavy Flamer)
120 Predator (Auto Cannon, Side Sponson Lascannon)
120 Predator (Auto Cannon, Side Sponson Lascannon)

Note that the flamers and plasmas are there to purge the dead Orks so the dead don’t spawn more. That and the power fists are probably the only thing that makes this list fluffy, but whatever… I had fun making it.