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Book Review: Horus Heresy: The Flight of the Eisenstein (book 4)

The Flight of the Eisenstein book cover

The Flight of the Eisenstein picks up just after the Isstvan III traitor forces attack and massacre of loyal Space Marines, continuing the adventures of Death Guard captain Nathaniel Garro, who witnessed the rebellion, stole a ship and is trying to escape the Isstvan system to warn the emperor about Horus and some primarchs betrayal.

Without spoiling much, we'll read not only about battles between loyal and traitors, between space marine and demons, but also interal fights inside the survivor minds trying to digest the fact that most of what they stood for has been corrupted, that they will face their own brothers (and worse) in battle.

Continuing exactly where the third book left, was an enjoyable and nice paced read, with some tense moments and sometimes grotesque descriptions of some chaos taints.


Moving some old miniatures

To make some room and fit all my miniatures in less shelves, I took the (hard) decision of a) selling a few miniatures and b) moving some old painted ones to my mother's house. These last months (years?), mostly due to friends either moving out of the country or just all of us having a very busy life, I've stopped playing and keeping boardgames (with a few special exceptions), so it was reasonable to also "get rid" (in a safe way) of some miniatures. I decided to take some photos first and uploaded here to my galleries section.

The galleries that have been updated are Epic 40,000, Warhammer 40,000 (newest one as there are multiple galleries) and Assorted/Miscellaneous.

And this are some samples of the photos I've added to it. As you will see, nothing incredible and most if not all painted when I was young, but still so full of memories I wanted to keep some photos of them always available.

All my Epic 40,000 painted miniatures. I had already only kept at most 2 units of each from my Eldar army and from the Space Marines and Orks armies. Now I'll only keep the titans and gargants I have pending painting. Epic 40,000 miniatures

Miscellaneous fantasy heroes and monsters. Some from HeroQuest and Advanced HeroQuest, others from various sources. Some heroes

Orks and Goblins

And then, some Warhammer 40,000 stuff, mainly some old Rogue Trader era tanks from my Dark Angels Space Marine army:

Rhino APC

Predator

Razorback

But also other minis like an old metal Tyranid:

Tyranid warrior

Scenery... Imperial defense laser

And an old Leman Russ fully-armed Leman Russ


Book Review: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (book 1)

The Dark Tower: Book 1 cover

I've wanted to read The Dark Tower books since I was young and first heard about the adventures of The Gunslinger and the mysterious world, mixture of western and fantasy, guns and spells. I've had the books in english since at least a decade but never decided to start with them... until a few weeks ago.

I've now finished reading the first book (of the eight that compose the series), and while I'm not going to do individual reviews but instead write again when I finish all of them, I can summarize as "I'll keep reading". While I expected more action, I understand that the first book is more of a presentation, an initial act to set the scenario for the things to come. There is action and tension, but there is lot of background (especially of the main character Roland).

I had read before both a small graphic novel and a short story that I think was a fragment of one of the books, and got hooked by the mixture of classic western with weird magical stuff happening everywhere, as it breaks your preconceptions and expectations. It also denotes the sometimes turbulent but always brilliant mind of Stephen King.

As a quick summary for lazy people not wanting to click the link at the beginning of the blog post, Roland is the last of a line of gunslingers, who seems to be obsessed with finding a man in black and has been following him for a long time already. They live in a world where there are hints of past technology, but that seems stuck in between the old west and feudalism, but a world where magic is very often present. At the center of this world resides The Dark Tower, a mysterious building that our gunslinger seems to desire to enter.


Book Review: Lords of Caliban

Lords of Caliban book cover

Lords of Caliban is a six short stories anthology based on the Dark Angels space marines chapter. Some of the stories feature the chapter master Azrael and some company masters, like Belial and Sammael, plus other known relevant figures.

The stories are:

  • Honour of the Third
  • A Hunt in the Dark
  • Battle-Brothers
  • Accept No Failure
  • Holder of the Keys
  • All Must End

One of them narrates a fragment from Master of Sanctity from another point of view which, although interesting, feels a bit like cheating. As you might also notice, one of the list items links to an existing review that you can check for more details, but overall make for an interesting time, and thankfully some stories vary a bit from the classic "Fallen hunt", which is nice for a change.

Being a Dark Angels fan I enjoyed it.


Book Review: The Horus Heresy: The Master of Mankind

The Master of Mankind book cover

Book number 41 in The Horus Heresy series, The Master of Mankind attracted me because the character of the Emperor is always being talked about but never in detail in any Warhammer 40,000 lore. We can learn how he did this and that, how he fought, how others think he decided a certain strategy... but never get to actually see him in "direct action", engaged in a conversation with someone, or simply get to the time where he was not in the Golden Throne and how he lived and directed mankind then.

The book focuses indeed on the Emperor, both in how he was directing some of his main projects back in the Horus Heresy (the Eldar Webway, the Golden Throne, and other which I'd rather not spoil) and how he thinked, bits of his personality and extremely radical practicality regarding every action he took, in the form of half-dream half-visions he shares with some of his high-ranking Adeptus Custodes officers.

But we also get to learn qute a bit about the Adeptus Custodes themselves and the Sisters of Silence, as the problems that Magnus the Red caused spawned terrible chaos creaures pouring in into the webway, and mankind needs to keep hold of it at any cost.

An interesting book, as I mentioned with hints at the Emperor's personality, good battles full of tension, chaos demons, titans... The perfect mix for an entertaining read.


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