For the Emperor

First, there’s a multitude of factions, ranging from the the Imperial Guard and Space Marines, to the  Sisters of Battle and the  Inquisition. Chaos Space Marines, Eldar and Dark Eldar, the Tau Empire… to name some.

With the essentials out of the way, I’m going to focus on the Imperial Guard, or Astra Militarum as Games Workshop has renamed them.

With hundreds of planets in the Imperium, it can be said that a handful of notable regiments stem from the vast millions. The Cadian Shock Trooper and Catachan Jungle Fighters, as well as the Tanith First and Only, as made popular by the Gaunt’s Ghost series of books, are only the tiniest handful to be named. Each regiment varies in strength. Some only number in the hundreds at their founding, while others will number in the tens of thousands. In the digital world, you will find the Guardsmen of Cadia in several of the Dawn of War titles as well as in Warhammer 40K: Space Marine.

Like any real world military, there is an absolute command structure with a Colonel often being at the highest rank of command. Within each Guardsman regiment is attached a Commissar, making the military structure something similar to that of World War 2 era Russia. These political officers function as moral boosters even though that, more often than not, moral is boosted by the terror of being shot for cowardice..

Further, regiments are then formed into a variation of types. From the heavily armored tank regiments to the more lightly equipped light infantry regiments.

A running joke within the Warhammer community, because of the Guardsman’s standard issue Lasgun being nothing more than glorified flashlights, is that ‘when in doubt, fix bayonets’.

Taking that in, a person using an Astra Militarum army for the tabletop game should never employ such tactics as, without armored support… Guardsmen are just so squishy, or in other words, easily overwhelmed by a superior force. Especially against Space Marines and their chaotic counterparts.

There is a lot to go over and so little time,  all I can suggest is that if you found yourself interested, check out OneMindedSyndicate on YouTube or any of the books from Black Library Fiction.

The Future is… Soon?

Video games have become a way of life, a culture even, for the mass population. An ever-growing need to have the next best thing, even after the latest in video game entertainment has just released. However, what about those titles that get announced, delayed and delayed again? Alternatively, even have an announcement released only for us to be told not to expect it for another year or two? Well, here are some titles to look for in the upcoming year.

Metal Gear Survive, oh boy, this has had controversy from all accounts I’ve witnessed over all forms of social media. Many die hard fans of the Metal Gear franchise feel this is very different from what the series is all about Metal Gear Survive is set in another dimension running alongside the canon dimension of Phantom Pains. From what I’ve seen, the game will be open world survival where the player must work to build up their base while finding others lost in this dimension, resources and fending off the horrors that plague the land. All while trying to find a way back home. Metal Gear Survive is set to release February 20th, 2018 and will be host to a beta running from January 18th to the 20th, 2018

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Of all the titles releasing in 2018, Metro Exodus is the one that has me in the highest state of anticipation any normal human being can be. There isn’t much known to me about the story, but from the videos and screen captures from what has been released, the graphics have once again improved since Metro 2033’s release of March 16th, 2010. All new story, possibly new characters, a whole new world to explore above ground. Enemies and weapons. I really feel that my words cannot do this game justice. This video however is an excellent example of what we can expect to see in the future tile set to release Fall 2018.

And finally, the Final Fantasy VII Remake. How long have we been waiting for this? Far too long, and if any of the videos and screen captures are an indication of what to expect, then it has been well worth the wait. With the apparent addition of more backstory on the secondary characters of AVALANCHE, a more FFXIV style of combat and those oh so spectacular graphics, I don’t expect anyone to get anything done upon its release.