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How Will It Affect the Game? 40k Escalation Review

At the top of the page it stands out like a neon billboard; the rules on these pages enable you to field a Lords of War unit as part of your Warhammer 40k Army.

Not optional, not maybe, not play it if you want, not ask your opponent for permission, nope these are additional rules for 40k now, and the game may never be the same.

The new Escalation book has released, detailing how to use over fifteen Lord of War units (super heavies and gargantuan creatures) from nine different factions, in games of Warhammer 40k.

The book itself was written by “THE GAMES WORKSHOP DESIGN STUDIO” which I guess from that title may be under the control of the Hive Mind.  It’s almost 100 pages long, comes in hardcover, and has a retail price of $49.50 (just like a normal codex).

As you can see from the table of contents, it contains the rules for using these new units, as well as the rules almost twenty Lords of War themselves.

Other than what units can be transported in them, or what detachment may select them, there is no points or size restriction other than the fact you may only select the Lord of War units from the Escalation book to play with.

Well for now that is……

Plus all the normal Apocalypse rules apply to these units as too. Save denying Destroyer Weapons, Stomp Attacks, Super Heavy flyers, it’s all in there, and coming soon to a 4′ x 6′ table top near you!

It’s not all milk and honey though if you just show up with a Lord of War. Bringing the big guys to a game gives your opponent certain benefits for free in an attempt to “balance” playing against them.

Being an Apocalypse junkie, I can already see a glaring imbalance in this book, as the Eldar Revenant titan easily outclasses every other Lord of War in this book.

It comes standard with four Destroyer Templates, and semi broken Holo Fields (the only thing that has the potential to thwart a “D” Weapon Attack).  Throw in its ability to move a minimum of 36″ per turn OR the fact it could even be armed with TWO AP2 Hellstorm templates, this is one Lord of War that can not be ignored.

Also included in this book are six fancy Altar of War misisons which are alternate Eternal War missions from the main rulebook, made for playing 40k with the new units from this book.

And if that’s not enough, there are three Gauntlet Challenge Missions for smash ‘em ups using just Lords of War against each other, or just unleashing unbridled carnage throughout the tabletop.

So what does it all mean? Well as of thus far no one seems to know.

The first big Grand Tournament of 2014 is the Reece’s Vegas Open, so Reece and the FAQ council have a lot of work to do to try to figure out how to balance this before then.

That’s if for this one guys. Be sure to checkout my video review below on the new book, and visit the blog for over a hundred other unboxing and review articles as well!

So I gotta ask, how does this supplement affect YOUR game?  -MBG

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Lord Vader Charges Your Assault Terminator!

Welcome to Apocalypse Now, where we show off some great shots from various normal and Apocalypse sized games at the store, and abroad.

Eventually when you click on the Apocalypse Now label you’ll be able to scroll through some pretty sweet action shots of some rather large battles.

We played a mock game of 40k the other day at the store, and took some rather interesting video as well! More on that soon, but for now enjoy this epic battle moment!

Click the picture below for an APOCALYPSE sized look.


Who will win that challenge? Are light sabers AP2 or AP3? -MBG

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Apocalypse Now- Contemptor!!!

Welcome to Apocalypse Now, a new segment here on Spikey Bits where show off some great shots from various Apocalypse games at the store, and abroad.

Eventually when you click on the Apocalypse Now label you’ll be able to scroll through some pretty sweet action shots of some rather large battles.

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Kroot Shaper with Eviscerator, Contemptor Dreadnought with 12 Assault Cannon Shots. Who will win?

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To Kill a Baneblade…. Apocalypse Now!

Welcome to Apocalypse Now, a new segment here on Spikey Bits where show off some great shots from various Apocalypse games at the store, and abroad.

Eventually when you click on the Apocalypse Now label you’ll be able to scroll through some pretty sweet action shots of some rather large battles.

Sometimes it takes a lot to kill a Baneblade. Perseverance is key, remember not to get discouraged.

Click the pictures below for an APOCALYPSE sized look.

 Wanna smash an Imeprial Line? Send in the fast movers first!

 Rawr!

 When that attack is thwarted, send in something bigger!

 Now you see it…

Now you don’t! Problem Solved!



Oh my An’ggrath is awful close to that imperial Stronghold huh?
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Apocalypse Now- Mechanized Edition

Welcome to Apocalypse Now, a new segment here on Spikey Bits where show off some great shots from various Apocalypse games at the store, and abroad.

Eventually when you click on the Apocalypse Now label you’ll be able to scroll through some pretty sweet action shots of some rather large battles.

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Imperial Forces begin to mobilize to investigate cut off communications in a thriving hab area of sector 13176.

Main Battle Tanks begin to engage a concealed threat, with battalions of guardsmen ready to attack behind an armored spearhead.

Communications with HQ were cut off as a trio of pyramid shaped craft descent amid heavy fire from atmosphere.



Will the Imperial forces rally to defend a two front attack, or will the mysterious attackers seize the initiative? -MBG

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Apocalypse Now- Vile Forces of Chaos!

Welcome to Apocalypse Now, a new segment here on Spikey Bits where show off some great shots from various Apocalypse games at the store, and abroad.

Eventually when you click on the Apocalypse Now label you’ll be able to scroll through some pretty sweet action shots of some rather large battles.

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The forces of Chaos begin their advance. Note Kroot Mercenaries, and unpredictable Chaos Dreadnoughts in front.
                                             Khornate fast movers, adjust to intercept a Raven Guard flank attack.


Obliterators take up overwatch on An’ggarath’s summoning

Can the Chaos Forces buy enough time for the summoning of An’ggarath the unbound to be completed?

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Apocalypse Now- Monkey in the Middle

Welcome to Apocalypse Now, a new segment here on Spikey Bits where show off some great shots from various Apocalypse games at the store, and abroad.

Eventually when you click on the Apocalypse Now label you’ll be able to scroll through some pretty sweet action shots of some rather large battles.


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First one to the middle wins?

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Daily Gallery- Apocalypse Now

Welcome to Apocalypse Now, a new segment here on Spikey Bits where show off some great shots from various Apocalypse games at the store, and abroad.

Eventually when you click on the Apocalypse Now label you’ll be able to scroll through some pretty sweet action shots of some rather large battles.

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The Coven Abaddon charge into the the Blood Angels first company in an attempt to buy time for the summoning of An’ggrath the unbound to be completed.  


Which side will be left standing? The most feared renegades in the Galaxy, or the noble first company flanked by the Sanguinor, and Mephiston?



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