Friday, 28 October 2016

Painting realistic looking gore - a brotherhood tutorial

Welcome brothers, this is our first tutorial here on the gdbrotherhood blog, and it comes courtesy of lonewolf, a member of The Dark City via one of the brotherhood founder members who has used it for some time now. This tutorial will also be recreated on our forum so even if you can't find it on here after a while, it will be kept there in perpetuity for you to retrieve should you need it. The photos have been updated from the original tutorial so that we're not stealing anyone else's imagery, and we will do this with all our tutorials in the future.

We're hoping to keep all our tutorials to a standard format to make them easier to follow, and we may even expand into doing some video tutorials in the future.

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Brotherhood spotlight - what is it?

Welcome brothers, here's the next little introductory post explaining a bit more about the brotherhood and what we're intending to bring to you in the future.

The Brotherhood's Spotlight. Each month we aim to feature an army for you, initially this will inevitably be armies we have played against or know very well, but we hope to expand our sphere of influence to bring in armies from further afield and throw the lamp of illumination onto them.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Genestealer Cult codex review. Part 1 - Expectations

Genestealer Cult codex cover

Greetings all, this is going to be a codex review with a difference, and something we hope to introduce to all of our codex reviews here on the Grim Dark Brotherhood. Not only will we be focusing on the units and their abilities on the tabletop, we will be reviewing the codex as a whole, and that means units, formations, background and fluff.

Ok, I hear you say, but there’s loads of guys out there doing reviews that include the fluff. Not as many as you’d imagine, and certainly not in the way we’ll be reviewing it.

Monday, 17 October 2016

The Fighting Pit - the concept explained

Welcome friends, so you've heard about our brotherhood and you've read our introductory post explaining what we're about, and you're interested in joining our fraternity and want to find out more about our plans.

That's fortunate, because that's exactly what this post is intended to do - about one particular part of our plans at least.

Friday, 7 October 2016

40k narrative tournament gaming - brought to you by the Grim Dark Brotherhood

Welcome friends, to the Grim Dark Brotherhood.

This blog is a joint venture between two gamers, one veteran sergeant who has faced innumerable enemies of mankind, and one who returned only recently, spat from the warp in the company of daemons.

Several weeks ago, the Hero for a Day 24-hour event was run by Nick Thrower at MAD Wargaming club in Asfordby. 10 gamers took part, raising money for the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group.

That event lit a spark, which has since been fanned into life, a solitary flame in the darkness that we want to see turned into a blazing inferno.

The concept is simple - there are many tournaments out there putting 40k gamers to the test in the most demanding arenas, where superpower armies slug away at each other for the right to call themselves champion. We want to do something different. We enjoy tournaments, but we don't enjoy games where the fluff is ignored for the opportunity to take the latest unbeatable combination of units.

Consequently, the Grim Dark Brotherhood will be developing a series of events to test a different kind of mettle of gamers. These events will look at narrative, fluff and building not only a competitive army, but using that army as it is being built, and elaborating on its component parts, showing a true understanding of its strengths and weaknesses.

What we are looking to do therefore is provide for gamers, we hesitate to say the less competitive gamers as that's not the case, but perhaps gamers for whom the background, narrative and fluff behind the games is equally as important as winning. To this end we are developing a series of events (tournaments for want of a better word) aimed at encouraging all aspects of the hobby to be brought forward. Events where each round escalates in size, where not only is your win/loss record important, but the background you write for your army is judged, your paint scheme and choice of warlord are assessed, where those warlords fight in the pits for the chance to be declared the supreme gladiator.

In short, if you've ever been to a tournament and faced 'that guy' and wished that tournaments and events discouraged such armies and encouraged consideration of the narrative, then you'll want to come along and see what we've got lined up for you!

That's not all though, because we can't do that every week of the year, so we'll be doing more, bringing you more narrative. Over time we will be bringing both video and map based battle reports to the community (hopefully for the same games so you can choose your preferred format). We'll also be looking at codex reviews, but not from the point of view of figuring out which unit you want to spam on the table, assessing a codex in terms of its own internal balance, the synergy between units and strategies, and the quality of the background material it provides you with.

This is the Grim Dark Brotherhood, and in our future, there is only war... (you know, fluffy war)