Monthly Archives: May 2011

Heresy-Online & The Founding Fields "Embedded" Giveaway

Heresy-Online and The Founding Fields have teamed up to give away two copies of Dan Abnett’s new book, Embedded! Find out how you can enter!

Hey There folks! Commissar Ploss here to bring you another wonderful something for the readers of The Founding Fields!

Heresy-Online (the best forum in the land) has partnered with TheFoundingFields.com (the premier Black Library book review and fiction news website) to give away two copies of Dan Abnett’s new book, EmbeddedAngry Robot Books has generously supplied us with the two copies to help spread the word of Mr. Abnett’s latest literary achievement.

The stunning military science fiction novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Prospero Burns.

We’re here to spread the nice goodies on to you, our loyal readers and forumites.  All you have to do, to enter, is answer two simple questions.  You didn’t think we were just going to throw them at you, did you?

Two available copies means two questions.  One that can be found here, and on that can be found over at www.Heresy-Online.net.

Here is the question for The Founding Field’s copy:

What is the name of the Jounalist who is featured in this book?

If you can answer this question correctly, you’ll be entered into the giveaway to win the copy from The Founding Fields. Now you can head on over to Heresy-Online for a chance to win their copy!

Send you answers to embeddedgiveaway@gmail.com

Be sure to mention which site’s question you are answering and include your forum handle in the subject line.
The Giveaway will run through Friday, June 10th.

or, If you’re a baby, and can’t wait to see if you’ve won, you can order the book below:

World At War: Revelation by Mark H. Walker – Review

Commissar Ploss reviews World at War: Revelation by Mark H. Walker. The first book in the World at War trilogy.

“Walker is clearly at the top of his game! A master of military SF!”
~The Founding Fields

 

Hello faithful readers. CP here letting you know i’ve had the distinct pleasure of getting to read and review this book. Mark contacted us through the Contact Us page here, and inquired whether or not we would like to review his book. I immediately said yes, of course. It’s a new avenue for us here at TFF. This will be the first review of a self-published book to grace the pages here at The Founding Fields, and a trend i hope will continue in the future. But enough about how chuffed i am. :)

World at War: Revelation was a wonderful book. Set in the dark, gritty reality of a World War III Earthscape, it pits NATO forces against those of the red star! Fought across the fields of a divided Germany, the war rages all along the East/West line. NATO forces are struggling to hold back the Soviets and their relentless attempt to gain purchase in West Germany.

I’m a huge fan of WWII, and WWIII settings and Mr. Walker has nailed the setting, in my mind. He’s nailed the characters too! What if i told you this involves more than just humans battling for scraps of land across a barren landscape? What if i told you there were other forces afoot? How about Lycans, Vampires, and Demons? Would you start to drool a bit? yeah, i think you would. :o) I know i did. Every one of the characters plays a vital role in the story, and they all coalesce into a climactic story line that kept me turning pages. And that’s a good thing! There’s a touch of the paranormal about as well. Not just the vamps, wolves and demons. One of the human characters even has a bit of the “power” in him. But ah, you know how i hate to give too much away!

The pacing of the story was well crafted. It was a page turner, no doubt about it. Mr. Walker has an interesting system he uses for his chapter titles, it’s the classic military date system, sort of how you would head a field journal with the time, date and location of the entry.  Although, there are points in the story, and he mentions this in the Authors Note at the beginning of the novel, where the dates/times jump around a bit. This is all on purpose i assure you, and it wasn’t that hard to follow along.

Characterization was very strong. I had no trouble picturing, and relating to each an every character.  Each character, no matter their stance in this war is easily empathized with. If that makes sense…  You get emotionally attached to each and every character.  Even for a book that isn’t as lengthy as others out there, it was easy to get attached.  The book’s only 268 pages long! If that isn’t a reason to pick it up at least, i don’t know what is. It’s a great read!

This is going to be a trilogy, and i hope that i get to read the next one soon! The close of the story did well in showing there is more to be told, it made me want another book. And that’s key when it comes to a trilogy. Keeping people interested can be difficult without a strong concept and equally strong writing.

In closing, Walker is clearly at the top of his game here. I dare say he’s one of the masters of Military SF. With already 40-some-odd traditionally published novels under his belt, it’s safe to say he hasn’t missed a beat with self-publishing.

Rating: 8/10

Reason:  While the story itself was superb, the dates at the top of the chapters threw me a bit. And, being self-published you have much more to worry about when it comes to spelling and typographical errors. Any errors that i found were very minor, no missing paragraphs or dead sentences or anything like that. Just a few word switches, and double usages.  Just not as clean in that sense when compared to a traditionally published novel.  A superb book overall however, and it earns a very high 8 in my mind.

Should you buy this book? I feel it’s safe to say: YES! you should definitely buy this book. If you’re interested in alternate historical tales, or a fan of any thing from Lycans to Demons to Vampires to Soviets, then yes, you should most definitely pick up this book. It’s a spectacular read.

Where can I buy one?! I must KNOW!:   You can find World at War: Revelation HERE

or, for more information about Lock ‘N Load Games and the published material therin, you can go to www.locknloadgame.com (btw, did i mention the game itself has won awards!)

cheers! -CP

Black Library News – May 2011

Commissar Ploss here. I’ve got the news for BL this month. Might as well share it with you all. I’m looking forward to the releases that are on their way, And don’t forget to vote the Gemmel awards this year and support your Black Library authors!!!

A note before you read the newsletter: Under the section of print-on-demand books to watch out for this year, Promethean Sun is listed first. I want you all to know, this is a misprint. Promethean Sun will not be reproduced in any form, either print or digital until May of 2013, so disregard that paragraph in the newsletter.

Black Library News – May 2011

Is Games Workshop done with "Incoming!" Emails?

Got an odd bit of rumour that has just surfaced, and i thought i should share it with you all. Seems there’s talk that GW will be doing away with their Incoming! emails and other such rumour-tastic propaganda. Heretofore substituting the aforementioned with absolute bup-kis until a week prior to a release date  for a specific item.  Here is the OR (Original Rumour). Source is 4chan /tg/ boards. Grain of salt suggested…

4chan /tg/:

“Basically, GW have decided that starting soon, nobody and that means absolutely nobody, other than the guys who deal with the products etc, will know what is in the pipework or being released until 1 WEEK before it’s actual release date. There will no longer be any incoming emails or the like, apparently the first that anyone will know of anything will be on the back page of WD. Which looks like releases will be tied into the same day that WD is released bearing in mind that subscribers get it around a week early.

Now before you all post pictures of salt cellars etc, I shall tell you where I heard this info. Today GW held it’s National Managers Meeting at GW HQ in Nottingham, and the source of this was actually present at the meeting. So bearing in mind it came from the head honchos at GW, and was announced to each and every member of GW management from across the country, please refrain from the salt jokes please.”

Discuss it how you will.  I will ask around and see if i can get a more thorough explanation. We deserve one, and i know some people. I’ll keep you updated.

CP

GW confirms Metal to Resin switch

My sources have confirmed that Games Workshop WILL be switching their Metal models over to Resin ones. There has been some speculation, and rumoring that this might be the case for some time now. Arguments went both ways on the subject. Unfortunately, along with the switch also comes a price increase… I’ve got the updated price list here. Stock will start changing on the 28th, so buy now…

here is the list with prices

41-60 COMMANDER DANTE £10.50
53-60 LOGAN GRIMNAR £14.50
55-61 THE EMPERORS CHAMPION £9.50
48-63 SPACE MARINE CHAPLAIN WITH JUMP PACK £10.50
44-60 DARK ANGELS COMPANY MASTER £10.50
48-61 SM LIBRARIAN IN TERMINATOR ARMOUR £14.50
53-61 NJAL STORMCALLER £14.50
41-61 ASTORATH THE GRIM £12.50
43-60 ABADDON THE DESPOILER £14.50
43-61 HURON BLACKHEART £10.50
50-61 ORK WARBOSS WITH ATTACK SQUIG £14.50
50-63 ORK BIG MEK £14.50
50-65 ORK PAINBOY WITH GROT ORDERLY £10.50
46-61 ELDAR AUTARCH WITH POWER WEAPON £10.50
46-62 THE AVATAR OF KHAINE £22.50
46-63 HARLEQUIN DEATH JESTER £10.50
46-64 HARLEQUIN SHADOWSEER £10.50
47-61 COMMISSAR YARRICK £10.50
47-63 IMPERIAL GUARD LORD COMMISSAR £9.50
51-61 TYRANID ZOANTHROPE £15.50
51-63 TYRANID TYRANT GUARD £15.50
51-64 TYRANID HIVE GUARD £15.50
51-65 TYRANID BROODLORD £15.50
57-61 BROTHER CAPTAIN STERN £14.50
57-60 LORD KALDOR DRAIGO £14.50
57-62 CASTELLAN CROWE £10.50
57-63 INQUISITOR COTEAZ £10.50
45-60 DARK ELDAR ARCHON £9.50
45-64 LELITH HESPERAX £10.50
45-63 URIEN RAKARTH £10.50
45-61 DARK ELDAR SUCCUBUS £9.50
56-60 TAU ETHEREAL WITH HONOUR BLADE £9.50
83-62 CHAOS EXALTED HERO £9.50
83-63 CHAOS KHORNE EXALTED HERO £10.50
86-60 EMPIRE CAPTAIN WITH HAMMER & PISTOL £9.50
92-60 WOOD ELF HIGHBORN WITH GREAT WEAPON £9.50
84-60 DWARF LORD WITH HAMMER & SHIELD £9.50
84-61 DWARF RUNELORD WITH GREAT WEAPON £9.50
90-60 SKAVEN WARLORD £9.50
90-61 QUEEK HEADTAKER £10.50
90-62 DEATHMASTER SNIKCH £10.50
91-61 VAMPIRE LORD £9.50
89-60 GRIMGOR IRONHIDE £10.50
89-62 BLACK ORC BIG BOSS £10.50
87-60 CARADRYAN £10.50
85-61 DARK ELF ASSASSIN WITH TWO HAND WEAPONS £9.50
81-60 MALAGOR THE DARK OMEN £12.50
10-61 URUK-HAI WITH CROSSBOWS £14.00
10-62 URUK-HAI BERSERKERS £14.00
08-61 GOTHMOG (PELENNOR) £20.50
05-60 ELROND AND GIL-GALAD £15.00
10-60 SARUMAN AND GRIMA £15.00
02-60 GANDALF THE WHITE £20.50
04-60 ARAGORN (THE BLACK GATE) £20.50
04-62 THEODEN (HELM’S DEEP) £20.50
04-61 BOROMIR (ITHILIEN) £20.50
09-60 SULADAN THE SERPENT LORD £20.50
08-62 THE DARK MARSHAL (RINGWRAITH) £20.50
05-61 DAIN AND BALIN £15.00
97-60 SKULLTAKER £14.50
48-40 MARNEUS CALGAR AND HONOUR GUARD £36.00
48-41 SPACE MARINE TECHMARINE WITH SERVITORS £25.50
55-40 BLACK TEMPLARS SWORD BRETHREN SQUAD £25.50
48-42 SPACE MARINE STERNGUARD VETERAN SQUAD £25.50
48-43 SPACE MARINE VANGUARD VETERAN SQUAD £25.50
53-40 CANIS WOLFBORN £30.00
43-40 NURGLE DAEMON PRINCE £21.50
43-41 CHAOS SPACE MARINE RAPTORS £25.50
43-42 DEATH GUARD PLAGUE MARINES £25.50
50-43 BOSS ZAGSTRUK £14.50
50-40 GHAZGHKULL THRAKA £22.50
50-41 ORK TANKBUSTAS £25.50
50-42 ORK BIG MEK WITH SHOKK ATTACK GUN £23.00
46-41 ELDAR RANGERS £20.50
46-42 ELDAR DARK REAPERS £23.00
46-44 ELDAR STRIKING SCORPIONS £23.00
46-40 ELDAR FARSEER AND WARLOCKS £20.50
51-42 TYRANID LICTOR £15.50
51-40 TYRANID HIVE TYRANT £36.00
51-41 TYRANID PYROVORE £21.50
45-40 DARK ELDAR INCUBI £23.00
45-41 DARK ELDAR MANDRAKES £20.50
56-40 TAU SNIPER DRONE TEAM £23.00
83-42 ARCHAON THE EVERCHOSEN £30.00
83-43 CHAOS LORD ON DAEMONIC MOUNT £22.50
83-41 CHAOS DRAGON OGRE SHAGGOTH £36.00
86-41 LUDWIG SCHWARZHELM £22.50
86-40 KURT HELBORG £22.50
82-41 THE GREEN KNIGHT £22.50
82-40 KING LOUEN LEONCOEUR £30.00
92-42 WOOD ELVES TREE KIN £30.00
92-40 ORION KING IN THE WOODS £22.50
92-41 WOOD ELVES TREEMAN £36.00
84-40 THOREK IRONBROW £36.00
84-41 DWARF GYROCOPTER £23.00
84-42 DWARF BOLT THROWER £23.00
90-40 SKAVEN WARPLOCK JEZZAILS £30.00
91-40 VAMPIRE COUNTS VARGHULF £21.50
91-42 COUNT MANNFRED £22.50
91-41 VAMPIRE COUNTS BLOOD KNIGHTS £61.50
88-41 KROQ GAR £40.00
89-44 GOBLIN SPEAR CHUKKA £18.50
89-43 SAVAGE ORC GREAT SHAMAN ON WAR BOAR £15.50
89-41 ORC WARBOSS ON WYVERN £40.00
89-42 GOBLIN ROCK LOBBER £23.00
89-45 GORBAD IRONCLAW £30.00
89-40 AZHAG THE SLAUGHTERER £55.00
85-41 DARK ELVES REAPER BOLT THROWER £18.50
08-40 THE DARK LORD SAURON £25.50
08-42 GULAHVAR THE TERROR OF ARNOR £30.00
08-43 MORDOR TROLL CHIEFTAIN £25.50
02-40 THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING £37.00
97-42 FLAMERS OF TZEENTCH £15.50

Promethean Sun by Nick Kyme – Review with Spoilers [Bane of Kings]

Promethean-Sun[4]

Bane of Kings reviews Black Library’s first limited edition Horus Heresy novella, Promethean Sun, written by Tome of Fire author Nick Kyme.

“At long last, the Salamanders get some Horus Heresy love. A Fantastic Novella, a fantastic legion, and a fantastic author.” ~The Founding Fields

Warning! This review contains spoilers! 

Dead in the Water by Sandy Mitchell – Advanced Review [Bane of Kings]

Dead-in-the-Water
Bane of Kings writes a short review for the first Commissar Cain audio-drama, read by Toby Longworth and written by Sandy Mitchell. Published by Black Library.

“A humorous take on the Warhammer 40,000 Universe.” ~The Founding Fields

Battle of the Fang: Chris Wraight – Advanced Review [Bane of Kings]

Battle-of-Fang

Bane of Kings reviews Battle of the Fang, a novel in the multi-author Space Marine Battles series written by Chris Wraight, focusing on a conflict between the Space Wolves and the Thousand Sons, published by Black Library.

“An epic encounter between old rivals written spectacularly by Chris Wraight, one of the best Space Marine Battles novels yet.” ~The Founding Fields

Note: This is an advanced review for Black Library. This book will not be published until June 2011.

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