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Posted 07/03/2017

Road to AdeptiCon – March for Macragge

Today we catch up with Robin about his upcoming trip across the pond to AdeptiCon… we’re sure he’s got everything all lined up and ready to go…

Robin: What do you mean AdeptiCon is only a few weeks away!? That can’t possibly be right. It’s months off yet, surely? Still plenty of time to pick armies, make objective markers and develop war-winning strategies, right? No. Oh…

Well time has really flown by. It really only feels like last week when Pete, Jes, Ben and myself gathered together to first discuss what we’d be taking along. Since then, we’ve been having loads of fun every Friday afternoon with our 40K AdeptiCon training camp ‘meeting’ (we all agree that it’s a tough meeting in our schedules; an entire afternoon booked every week to play games of Warhammer 40,000 – but sometimes you’ve just got to grin and bear it, haven’t you?). Well, last week, instead of playing a game, we gathered all our forces and set them up on our display board for the first time.

The four forces we originally chose all looked great individually (that doesn’t do them justice, they’re the studio armies for goodness sake, they all look awesome) but when they were all assembled together, they didn’t quite have that unified look to it that we felt a team-tournament deserved. Jes’ Cult Mechanicus force, on their red martian oxide bases just didn’t match the basing of the other armies, and the small band of Grey Knights I had chosen were just lost on the display board, overwhelmed by the sheer mass of Pete’s Cadians. It just didn’t look like the cool team army we had originally envisioned, so we sat down and thought things through.

From the onset we knew we wanted Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines, as our supreme Warlord. Taking Guilliman as our overall commander was the coolest thing we could think of, and that’s one of the few things that hadn’t changed. So, after a bit of head scratching, a quick tour around the Warhammer World exhibition hall and the studio’s camera room to have another look at all the painted models available, we decided to throw out the army lists we had scribbled down and start again.

This time, it would be simplicity itself: everyone would select an Ultramarines army. As you might expect, the Ultramarines are one of the studio’s finest and largest collections, and together, presented on the same board, they look amazing. So there we are, the sons of Macragge are marching to battle (or at least to Chicago). We’ve still got loads of time to write those army lists and develop those winning strategies though, right?

And if that’s not enough, there’s the Warhammer Age of Sigmar tournaments to consider too! I’ve signed up for two Age of Sigmar events; a team tournament and a Vanguard tournament. Now, as anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m a notoriously slow painter. Whilst I’ve started a Stormcast Eternals army, there’s simply no way that I’ll have enough ready in time for AdeptiCon. That being the case, I think I’ll dust off my old Death collection, awakened from their slumber on the cabinet shelf and summoned to war once again. My will be done…

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