Battles with the Becker Boys, Part 4

For almost 20 years, my family and I have been good friends with our neighbors across the street, the Becker’s, who have two sons: Nathan (19) and Dylan (18).  The “Becker Boys” are ardent video gamers, and last year, got into 40K, with Nate choosing Space Marines, and Dylan picking up Space Wolves.

In teaching them how to play, we did two demo games against Necrons, then a “for-real” match against my proxied-Tyranids, then a massive contest with lots of figures and vehicles on each side.

The boys went off to school in the fall and played a little bit while they were away.  On Christmas break, they came back and we did a holiday-themed game.

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Battles with the Becker Boys, Part 3

The Jungle is turning 20 years old, and we’re celebrating! Come back every day from February 2 through February 8 for new material!

For almost 20 years, my family and I have been good friends with our neighbors across the street, the Becker’s.  Our kids are close in age, and have grown up together like siblings.  The two “Becker Boys”—Nathan (19) and Dylan (18)—are ardent video gamers, but haven’t been interested in 40K, despite knowing for years that I play.

“Haven’t been interested,” that is, until Nate went off to college, found some friends who are into it, and came back home raving to his little brother about how cool it is.  So, in the summer of 2019, I taught them the rules, gave them tips on collecting and painting, and helped them acquire their very own armies.  Nate has gone for Space Marines, while Dylan purchased 2000 points of Space Wolves from Jungle Guide Patrick Eibel.

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Armies of the Jungle: Fighting Tigers of Veda, “White Tigers” (Shikar #1)

The Jungle is turning 20 years old, and we’re celebrating! Come back every day from February 2 through February 8 for new material! 

In this series, we showcase armies used by your humble Jungle Guides. By detailing how the army was collected, how the background and color schemes were developed, and how the army is used on the battlefield, we hope that this series will provide inspiration for those interested in collecting similar armies.

“We have lost contact with Veda.”

There was silence on the bridge of the Battle Barge where the leaders of the Fighting Tigers had gathered.  Then Librarian Zaghnal Maratha spoke again.

“It is no mere Warp storm that will subside. It is, I believe, something much worse.  The Maelstrom has swelled, shifted, and engulfed Veda.  Our home world may very well be no more.”

“What is the latest on the Red Corsairs?” Raja Khandar Madu asked.

“Nothing new,” Kshatriya Jirbu Ghosh replied, “since we engaged that small force on Kepton’s Minl.”

“We cannot abandon our Crusade against them,” Anhurada Chawla, most-senior of the Chaplains, or Tigers of Brihaspati, said.

“Agreed,” replied Raja Rama Ayodhya. “And we’re also tasked with ridding this sector of the Drukhari and Aeldari, the Orks and Dvergar, the Kurindans and Necrons, and the remnants of Hive Fleet Ravana.”  He shook his head.  “So many of them, all of them resurgent.”

“Then there is the traitor Shamshir Talatra,” Chandramatie Bahl reminded them, “and his ‘Fearful Symmetry’ of Daemons.”

“Too many threats, all at once,” Khandar Madu said.  “And Veda seemingly lost.”

“But we’re strong,” Rama Ayodhya replied.  “There are many more of us than even in my first tenure.”

“More of us than ever,” Zaghnal Maratha pointed out, “even than at our Founding.  Much more than Guilliman would allow—if he knew.”

Anhurada Chawla frowned. “Varman Kumar would not be pleased.”

“Kumar sanctioned it,” Zaghnal Maratha told her.

“I did not,” she replied.

“Regardless,” Khandar Madu said, rising from the table, “I see no other option but to split the Tigers, at least for a while, but perhaps forever.”

Rama Ayodhya nodded.  “Send most of our forces after the Corsairs, and some against the others.  I’ll finish off Ravana.  They won’t get away from me this time.  But I’ll need help, Zaghnal.  A lot’s changed between then and now.”

“I’ll be with you, Raja.”

“Chakram is mine,” Chandramatie Bahl insisted.  “For Talwar’s sake.”

“In time,” Khandar Madu told her.  “Daksha Ram, you will return to Veda.”

“I hear and obey, Raja.”

“Jirbu Ghosh, it’s fitting that you serve karma as it relates to the Ozone Scorpions.  Anhurada, you and I—with Chandramatie’s assistance—will keep pursuing Blackheart.”  Khandar Madu looked around the table.  “Are we agreed?”

“We are,” Rama Ayodhya said.  “Assemble the strike forces.  Let the hunts begin.”

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Battles with the Becker Boys, Part 2

For almost 20 years, my family and I have been good friends with our neighbors across the street, the Becker’s.  Our kids are close in age, and have grown up together like siblings.  The two “Becker Boys”—Nathan (19) and Dylan (18)—are ardent video gamers, but haven’t been interested in 40K, despite knowing for years that I play.

“Haven’t been interested,” that is, until Nate went off to college, found some friends who are into it, and came back home raving to his little brother about how cool it is.  So, this summer, I taught them the rules, gave them tips on collecting and painting, and helped them acquire their very own armies.

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Codex: Space Marines—Wait, Haven’t We Done This Before?

by Kenton Kilgore

The latest (but certainly not last) version of Codex: Space Marines is here, the previous one having arrived only two years ago, with the advent of 8th Edition.  As I’m a SM player since 1987, I thought I’d take a look and share my thoughts on the new book with you.

I won’t go over everything (at almost 200 pages, it’s 4 times larger than the 3rd Edition version issued in 1998), just the stuff that jumped out me.  Sound good?  Let’s do this!

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Battles with the Becker Boys, Part 1

For almost 20 years, my family and I have been good friends with our neighbors across the street, the Becker’s.  Our kids are close in age, and have grown up together like siblings.  The two “Becker Boys”—Nathan (19) and Dylan (18)—are ardent video gamers, but haven’t been interested in 40K, despite knowing for years that I play.

“Haven’t been interested,” that is, until Nate went off to college, found some friends who are into it, and came back home raving to his little brother about how cool it is.  So, this summer, I taught them the rules, gave them tips on collecting and painting, and helped them acquire their very own armies.

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