Monthly Archives: July 2010

Drop Site is back!

After a relatively long hiatus, Drop Site Massacre is back in action.  He’s come back with a great review of Rynn’s World by Steve Parker. 
Why not jump over and have a look.  It’ll be worth your time.

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Black Tide Review|Spoilers

The latest and thankfully not the last of the Blood Angels series by James Swallow is my latest finished novel and it was quite a good book. Continuing the great stories of Rafen and his Blood Angels James Swallow has outdone himself with the latest entry, which has the Sons of Sanguinius chasing down the Arch-Traitor Fabius Bile to recover a stolen vial of Sanguinius’s own vitae, and to kill the heretic who despoiled Baal with his presence.
The story begins on a Tau Colony where Fabius Bile has taken up residence, and committed yet more atrocities in the name of his twisted plans. Rafen and his squad, the penitent Turcio, the devastator Puluo, the young and eager Kayne, the cynical Ajir and the newest addition the psyker Ceris, arrive at the colony and with the aid of a captured Tau make their way to Bile’s lair only to discover he has escaped yet again, and left a mocking note with only the words ‘You have failed.’
Returning to the Tycho, the orbiting Strike Cruiser, they are soon joined by the Flesh Tearers led by Sergeant Noxx who has been sent by Seth to join them in their quest. With Noxx’s aid the Sons of Sanguinius intercept a Mechanicus Lord named Zellik who has knowledge, albeit unaware, of Bile’s location. Both Strike Cruisers Gabriel and Tycho lay waste to Zellik’s ship The Archeohort and his archeo-tech, and xenos-tech, storage. From the traitor’s mind they learn that Bile is on the planet Dynikas V, a world be-set by Tyrandis.
Taking the Archeohort to Dynikas V the Sons of Sanguinius take to the planet in an ancient submersible called Neimos, while a single Flesh Tearer Techmarine remains behind to sacrifice the Archeohort. The Mechanicus vessel is shredded by the gun-skull defences but Rafen and his squads are able to make it into the infested oceans, where they are quickly set upon by Tyranid Lictors who have evolved into a shark like genus. After a lengthy trek through the oceans and a brief mutiny with Zellik’s servitors and an encounter with a literal Tyranid Kraken where Rafen is lost into the water the Sons of Sanguinius carry on with Noxx in command.
However Rafen is discovered by Splices, beastmen mutations created by Bile, and taken to his fortress. He is thrown into a cell and meets several other captives, all Space Marines, from the Doom Eagle Tarikus to the Space Wolf Vetcha who has been broken and now serves Bile. Eventually Rafen is able to escape but is quickly captured by Bile’s New Men lieutenant Cheyne, who incapacitates Rafen and brings him before Bile who explains his grand plan to Rafen. Using the stolen blood of Sanguinius, and many other genetic markers he has taken over the millennia, Bile will attempt to clone The Emperor himself and corrupt him with the taint of Chaos. At this revelation Rafen loses his mind and attacks Bile, tearing out his throat with his bare teeth. However later when brought to a game for the amusement of the guards Rafen witnesses Bile watching from a throne dais. During the race Rafen is able to convince Tarikus, his opponent, to rebel with him and are able to get out a message to all the other captured Space Marines, and in a brief struggle with Cheyne the New Man is killed by Vetcha who joins with Rafen.
Meanwhile Noxx and the Sons of Sanguinius are able to beach themselves while being chased by a Tyranid Kraken shoal and begin their assault while simultaneously Rafen and his ragtag band of Space Marines begin causing as much carnage as they can. Eventually Rafen and several other marines come across a captured Tyranid Zoanthrope which Bile has enslaved to keep the evolved Tyranids away from his base, and when Rafen kills the pitiful beast the entire Tyranid populace diverts to the island in search of fresh prey. Soon after Rafen is confronted by Bile yet again and in a brief skirmish in which Vetcha is killed saving Rafen’s life Rafen is able to kill Bile yet again. However soon after they discover a laboratory where clone replicae of Bile are being grown. Confronted by two more Bile’s, one of which flees to preserve their gene-data, Rafen is able to kill the second Bile by throwing him into a vat of liquid nitrogen.
Confronting the final Bile on the rooftop of the fortress, while below the Tyranids lay waste to the defenders and eat everything in their path, Rafen is forced to consume the blood of Sanguinius from the captured vial and is able to slay the final Fabius Bile, casting him over the roof to be devoured. Noxx and the other Sons of Sanguinius, and the surviving captive Space Marines, are able to teleport back to the Gabriel as the fortress crumbles around them.
The epilogue shows that Rafen is en-route back to Baal where he will need to explain his actions before Dante, and his actions involving the sacred vitae will come under heavy scrutiny. Meanwhile in a Crone World the true and real Fabius Bile receives a message that his proxy on Dynikas V has been killed, revealing that the true Bile was not directly involved with any of the events in Red Fury and Black Tide. He is offered revenge by someone who desires the same but rebuffs it, as pointless vengeance isn’t his way. But he is reminded that the Warp prince Malfallax, Lord of Change, shares his hate.
The pace of the novel was very well set and I enjoyed the underwater combat which was a first for me and I thought that James Swallow did it very well. And the evolved Tyranids were quite interesting, showing that Tyranids can adapt beyond battle and how radically different they can become. I can’t help but wonder just what those Tyranid Krakens were before they changed.
Fabius Bile was also quite a treat. Characters like Bile are rarely used, and they need to be used more often. Famous characters who’s fame or infamy are known to all BL readers almost never appear in the novels, when they deserve much more. I hope that in the future we will see more of these famous characters like Khârn the Betrayer, Eldrad Ulthran and Fabius Bile.
High Point: For me I think the high point of the novel was Rafen and the captive Space Marines fighting their way through the fortress while Noxx and the Sons of Sanguinius do the same outside. Rafen’s duel with the Bile replicaes was very good and I thought it was awesome when Rafen threw Bile into a liquid nitrogen tank, then as he climbed out Rafen slammed the Rod of Torment into Bile’s chest, killing him with his own weapon.
The ending was also very ominous. The Lord of Change Malfallax whom’s scheme to make the Blood Angels fall from grace with the Arkio Insurrection has returned and like all Daemons we know, wants a blood revenge. Whatever schemes he has now to make Rafen and all Blood Angels his slaves or dead cannot be imagined right now, but he is a Lord of Change. So their gonna be good plans.
Low Point: The only real low point for me was Ajir. In Red Fury the penitent sergeant Corvus sacrificed himself to save Ajir and I had hoped this would force Ajir to rethink his behaviour to Turcio, and at the end of the novel it appeared he might.. and in Black Tide his arrogant attitude has not changed a bit. If I were Corvus, I wouldn’t have even bothered trying to save him.
So with Black Tide finished I am finally caught up with my favourite loyalists, the noble Blood Angels. I look forward to James Swallow’s next novel with them, and I give Black Tide a 7.5/10.

Angry Robot News inbound!

Just wanted to pop in and let you all know that we will begin to feature news and author features from publisher Angry Robot.  Some of your favorite BL authors have written books under the AR logo, Dan Abnett and Gav Thorpe to name a few.  So i think its only right that we also focus on this name as well.  cheers all, and stay tuned for more info!

Graham McNeill’s 20th novel – Cthulhu

In line with Graham McNeill’s latest blog post, originally posted Friday, July 23, 2010.  It seems that Graham has finished his 20th novel! I’ll quote the specific excerpt below.  In the post, he won’t tell what the book is or who its for, but through a little digging and emailing a good friend and insider, i’ve found out the basic info.

Here be the quoted portion:

(posted by Graham McNeill)

…just finished writing another novel yesterday and have some time on my hands before the next project. I can’t tell you what this finished novel is, as it hasn’t been announced yet by the good folk who’re publishing it. But I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out and, I’ve just noticed, it’s my twentieth novel, which is no small landmark by my reckoning. Once the cat’s out of the bag, I’ll be sure to big it up (in-between real work, of course…).

So as you can see, with that he’s not giving us much to work with, especially information that is as interesting as a landmark 20th novel!

So through my emails and info digging i’ve discovered that Graham McNeill has just finished a Cthulhu book for Fantasy Flight Games.  Yes, you can quote that.  And make sure to spread the word!

Another TFF exclusive from Commissar Ploss

Our new home!

I’d like to welcome you all to our new stomping grounds! Woop!  We’ve moved to a dedicated domain name and server! If you are frightened at all, don’t be! You’ll still get the same great news and rumors regarding various tie-in wargaming fiction, be it Black Library news, author appearances, instructional articles, author interviews, or book reviews, we’ve got you covered.  Use the Google Friend connect module to follow us and get updates on our posts and whatnot.  Make sure to check out
our friends on the “TFF Associates” page and have a look around.  We’ve got you covered. :)

Care to shoot me a message? Want to have one of your reviews featured here on TFF? Or perhaps you’ve got another question?  Just use the “Contact Us” page and we’ll get the message.

Every month, I highlight BL Publishing with a report on their latest news.  Stuff like New Releases, upcoming Print On Demand titles, Author appearances, shows, and other news are all things that appear in these posts.

I’ll be updating you all on the most recent author appearance dates periodically as i find them out.  I’ve got friends within the Black Library that i ask periodically for these bits of information.  Just simple stuff, but its important to us fans to know these things.  Especially if you want to get a book signed by your favorite author!

So keep your eyes peeled and make sure you subscribe to our site, either through the Google Friend connect app on the sidebar or through our feeds, both posts and comments.  I’ve installed Disqus comment software to our posts so that you can comment on anything you see here, regardless of how short and simple the reply may be.  If you like something, let me know. Any and all feedback is welcome, and its very important to me to know what types of things you all are interested in.

If you would like to feature any of the posts found here, on your blogs or forums, please feel free! All i ask is that you post a line that you found the info here and the site address.  that way, we both benefit! :-)  Also, get in contact with me if you would like to have your banner and site added to our TFF Associates page.  I’m going to be doing periodic features on each of our Associates and a little article about each site.  This way, I help expand the wargaming community and all of us get exposure!

I also do a Featured Fiction post bi-weekly here and on Heresy-Online.  Where i spotlight some of the best fan-fiction on the net.  If you want to find out more about how you can get included in Featured Fiction, just head on over to the Featured Fiction page.

Please feel free to post any and all comments you have about anything here.  I’ve installed Disqus comments to the site, so you’ve got multiple ways of posting and connecting with us.

cheers, and i hope this site will be around for a long time!

Commissar Ploss

Baltimore Games Day 2010 – Free ticket!

A member of Heresy-Online is giving away a ticket to the Baltimore Games Day & Golden Demon 2010.  Its legit, and were i not in such dire financial straits, i would have traveled out there myself (i live in Chicago)!  Its a great way to meet a bunch of your favorite Black Library authors and get some books signed.  I’ll be there next year for sure.  I’ve posted the link below.

post your interest in this thread.  Long story short (as i’m sure you’ll read the prior entries) the ticket is still available.  Let him know via PM of your interest as well.   Cheers, and i hope whoever gets to go has a great time!  Make sure to take lots of pictures so i can show them here!


Dan Abnett to be at San Diego ComiCon

author Dan AbnettDan Abnett has put fingertips to keyboard once again to give us a look at his itinerary for the San Diego ComiCon.  If you are going to be there, why not stop by and wish Dan luck, or just drool in his presence.

ComiCon fast approaches. If you’re going to be there, and you’d like to stop by and say hello to me (or to me AND Andy Lanning), here’s a list of the whys and wherefores of when I’m supposed to be around:


3.15 – 4.15 Mr Lanning and I will be part of the Mighty Marvel Mondo panel in room 6DE

5.00 – 6.00 I’ll be on SFX magazine’s “British Invasion” panel in room 5AB


10.00 – 11.00 I’ll be doing an Ultramarines signing at Autograph Area (AA) 20 in the Sails Pavilion

5.00 – 6.00 Andy Lanning and I will be signing at the Marvel Comics stand (# 2329)


10.00 – 11.00 I’ll be signing at the SFX Magazine stand (# 5567)

11.00 – 12.00 Team DnA return to the Marvel stand (# 2329) for another signing

At other times, I’ll be strolling around the show going “wow” and “cor”‘ and “well, I never”. Alternatively, Andy’s sharing a table in Artists’ Alley with the fabulous Todd Nauck, so that might well be a place to come and find us, or at least find out when we’re likely to be there. Todd’s stand is BB13. Go visit him anyway and drool over his fantastic art. Please bear in mind he’ll be very happy to see you, but he’s NOT there to be our social secretary for the convention. 😉

So… hands up who’ll be in San Diego?

An Inside Look with ADB.

Author Aaron Dembski-BowdenAaron Dembski-Bowden gives us an inside look at his short story “The Core” featured in the Fear the Alien anthology due out in September from the Black Library.

I got mail today asking about the Night Lords story in Fear the Alien, regarding why “it’s so weird”. That’s a quote, like. Hence the quotation marks.

Allow me to explain.

The story, called ‘The Core’, was sort of part-experiment, part-risk, part-gimmick. It was a gimmick in the sense that it links to another story in the anthology, and it was a gimmick in the sense that it’s set after Blood Reaver, meaning it has spoilers for what happens in the next Night Lords novel. Apparently, and I’m quoting, “This is a bit too weird.”

I’m not going to argue that point. It is pretty weird. I also wanted to try to write a short story tied into another story’s plot (which was a struggle, actually) and I wanted to do a story that – for once – wasn’t clever or twisty, and was just a solid A to B situation, showing familiar characters and basically helping people get to know them a little better. But what matters here are the spoilers, so let’s deal with those.

Blood Reaver will have some pretty massive and story-changing revelations. Soul Hunter set First Claw and co. up, and in true, classic second-act style, everything is going to go to Hell in Blood Reaver. The opening trilogy is essentially about the Night Lords doing all they can to get back to the Eye of Terror, and survive well enough to make existence, and vengeance, worthwhile. Soul Hunter showed that they were in pretty dire straits where that was concerned. In Blood Reaver, everything gets worse. They have to fight harder, take a long look at just how corrupt they may or may not be, consider the Legion’s future, and weigh up the merits of betraying before they are betrayed.

Add to that, the fact that it’s based around the Fall of Vilamus – when the Red Corsairs and Night Lords lay siege to the fortress-monastery of the Marines Errant – and you can probably guess that things are going to get a bit nasty.

Now, seeing as I knew all of this beforehand, I was careful with the stuff I showed in ‘The Core’. The “spoilers” that were “too weird” in the Fear the Alien story are all basically things I would (and will) say when it comes time to discuss the novel, anyway. Reading ‘The Core’ will show some pretty significant changes have occurred, but none of the major revelations from Blood Reaver are spoiled. I’m not that mental.

Incidentally, ‘The Core’ won’t be in any future Night Lord anthology. It was a very fun gimmick, but I’d rather the anthology stories answered the really tricky questions, like the kind of training Talos went through (as in ‘Shadow Knight’); what happened to Secondus; or how Talos stole the Blade of Angels. In short, the really inspired stuff. For the rumoured Favourite Recipes of the Space Marines, I’m thinking of doing something that I get a lot of mail about – like the aforementioned Blade of Angels scenario.

I have the Blood Reaver cover, by the way. It’s even better than Soul Hunter.

Oh, yes.

"In the Name of my God" – Featured Fiction

This time we’ve got a great piece for you in Featured Fiction.  Another poetry piece by none other than Heresy-Online member Shogun_Nate.  I’m proud to say that i had the opportunity to witness most of Nate’s time on Heresy, and i must say we played host to one of fan-fiction’s great authors.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy this piece as much as i do.


In the Name of my God

With chain-ed axe,
I hacked and rent.
For Blood’s true call,
To hell I sent!
The Imperial Lap-dogs, whose faith disdained,
Quenched my thirst with their bloody rain.

For blood and death is all I know,
And darkest God in who’s name I sow,
The bloody Harvest of Gore and Pain
The crimson blood for Khorne’s name!
Skulls I heap at the foot of his throne,
The fate of those sealed in alabaster bone!

For Khorne’s mighty rage, I kill and bleed!
In death and blood, do I succeed!
Blighted is the name of God unknown,
From lips of fools who worship at the Golden Throne!
Would that they know my Master’s grace!
Would that they look upon his bloodied face!
His countenance would surely shame,
Those poor fools who worship in vain!

Let blood be my beckon’d call!
For that crimson ichor, I have sent them all,
To my Master, black and dark!
For forgotten Gods that bray and hark!
In blood my piety measures all!
For time will not pass without the call,
Of the Blood God’s wrathful thrall!

That we of Khorne have thusly slain,
The last of those who should remain,
On worlds touched with ignorant bliss,
For darkened words surely missed!
When comes the fire from the sky,
We blood-soaked warriors of the curse-ed Eye!

Pray in vain, you mortals all,
For in the coming darkness, the Blood God calls!
We who have come to tally the count,
We shall not leave without blood amount!

by: Shogun_Nate

Dan Abnett (and friends)- "Sabbat Worlds" prerelease date

Thursday 09 September 18:00 – 19:00

London Megastore

179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

FORBIDDEN PLANET is being invaded!

Grab a special PRE-PUBLICATION release of the Black Library’s SABBAT WORLDS ANTHOLOGY, at 6pm on Thursday September 9th, Forbidden Planet 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London – and get it signed by: –

Dan Abnett – Christian Dunn – Nick Kyme – Graham McNeill – Sandy Mitchell – Nik Vincent – James Swallow

This is one of trademark free-form signings – no tables, no queues – allowing our customers to meet and chat to their favourite authors in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It’s ideal for media, bloggers and fans alike to come down with their friends and make an evening out of an event.

SABBAT WORLDS, featuring Dan Abnett’s GAUNT’S GHOSTS tells new stories of the bitter conflict across the Sabbat Worlds, the conflict that can only end in victory or annihilation. The innumerable forces of the Arch enemy attack without mercy, and planet after planet burns with the flames of war. Yet even amidst this nightmare, the Imperial Guard stand stoic against their foes. The Phantine Air Corps battle the enemies of mankind across burning skies, while the Gereon resistance tries to break the foothold of Chaos on their beleaguered world and the legendary Gaunt’s Ghosts fight in the most violent and bloody of warzones. This anthology opens the gateway to the Sabbat Worlds like never before!

And a wealth of other Black Library titles!

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