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DakkaDakka is a large, independent wargaming community that features discussion, tutorials and images for many games. If you are new to the world of wargaming then learn about it in our introductory article: What is Wargaming?

Project Logs
Necromunda terrain WIPs - Onager based cargo transport conversion (now with pics)
Updated: 2018-05-07 21:27:05
Gitsplitta's Unified Painting Theory (5/22: Moar scatter terrain!)
Updated: 2018-05-23 04:57:52
John's Tau Blog (T'au Blog? Nah, Tau Blog!) - Ghostkeel!
Updated: 2018-05-23 00:28:39
Featured Articles
Why Miniatures Gaming Is A Great Hobby For Kids
League Terrain Features in Warmachine/ Hordes
My hobby story
Friends of Dakka
Bell of Lost Souls - Warhammer 40k Blog
Tabletop Gaming News
Bartertown - wargaming trading forum
Lexicanum - Warhammer 40k background wiki
Warseer Forums
Warhammer 40k Wiki
Bolter and Chainsword forums
Beasts of War
Wikipedia - Warhammer 40,000 overview
Games Workshop - the company behind Warhammer
Flames of War - the official website
Privateer Press - the company behind Warmachine/Hordes
Global News Feed
40K Loremaster Quiz: How Much DO You Know? @ BoLS
40K: Why Do We Cheat? @ BoLS
Age of Sigmar: Tzeentch Is A Sign Of The Times @ BoLS
More About Dakka

DakkaDakka - Warhammer, 40k, Warmachine and Flames of War Community.

DakkaDakka is a large, independent wargaming community that features discussion, tutorials and images for many games.

Warhammer 40,000

Our warhammer 40k forums are among our most popular. They have been operating the longest and contain discussion about every facet of warhammer 40k from tactics and army lists to background and upcoming releases.

Warhammer Fantasy

The Warhammer Fantasy Battle Forums are consistently increasing in popularity and are almost on a par with our 40k forums covering the same large range of content with advice from some of the best tacticians the world has to offer.

Warmachine and Hordes

Dakka now has one of the largest Warmachine and Hordes forums on the web, and has a huge range of Warmachine Pictures in our gallery.

Flames of War

Flames of War and other historical games are growing in popularity here on dakka and we invite anyone to join in and discuss them in detail. As flames of war grows more popular, Dakka's coverage will only increase. Be sure to check out the Flames of War gallery to see some inspiring stuff.

Dakka Features

Dakka is a big site with a lot to explore. Here we highlight some of our more interesting features:

Wargaming Gallery

The dakka gallery is one of the largest wargaming galleries in the world and has a huge range of tagged miniatures from many game systems. From flames of war to babylon 5, and of course 40k. You can vote on images (like using hot-or-not), and use our advanced gallery search engine to find exactly what you are looking for, be it space marines, orks, cryx or Dark Elves!


The dakka forums are growing faster and faster and are the bread and butter of the website. They still maintain quality and a fair level of freedom compared to many other forums. Our most popular forum is News and Rumours, but Dakka Discussions and 40k army lists are very popular too. There are some important rules to consider (no spam, no swearing, no piracy) but everybody gets on well enough thanks to our great moderation team.


The dakka wargaming articles are run on a wiki (like wikipedia). We have a huge range of wargaming articles covering everything from tactica to modeling and painting and even some great funny stuff. If you are bored and want to have the equivalent of dozens of magazines to read then head over to the main articles page and start clicking around. Because it is a wiki, anybody can hop in and click the 'edit' tab at the top of the page, so if you have anything to add or just see some typos or bad grammar then you can help make it better for everyone.

Army Profiles

Dakka's army profiles are a throwback to the very earliest version of dakka from the late 1990s, where various armies were highlighted in detail. Our army profiles section now contains many armies from different game systems with in depth photographs, army lists and explanations of their signifigance from their owners.


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Dakka Blog

Dakka Forum: Let's officially welcome BrookM to the ranks of our moderation team!

Posted: 2018-05-22 17:59:07
Forum post by yakface, 36 responses at time of this post.

Hey everyone,

Although he's been in rigorous 'stealth' training for a couple of months now, its probably a good idea to officially announce that BrookM is now part of our highly international team of moderators, so feel free to welcome him to that role if you are so inclined!

As life and other commitments means that the make-up of our moderation team is ever-changing, whenever you need to contact a moderator for any reason, always make sure you double-check the listing of our current moderators before doing so (the link can be found at the bottom of any forum page: meaning once you're in the forum, but before you click-in to read an individual thread, just scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the moderator link).


Sponsor Press Release:
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Posted: 2018-05-20 00:00:00

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2. Starfall is franchise and miniatures agnostic.
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The core rules fit on 10 pages. The game mechanics are clear, sleek and intuitive. Gameplay is strategically satisfying and highly competitive while also maintaining an extraordinarily high level of intrigue and enjoyment.

4. Starfall is supported with organized play.
Starfall can be played in three ways: open play, tournament play, and campaign play. The Starfall Scenarios pack includes rules and scenarios for 2 to 6 players. Four seasons of play every year are supported with prize packs from independent model artists and companies.

5. Starfall is already growing and led by a fantastic community.
Along with its own forum at StarfallTT.com, Starfall is also on Facebook and on Youtube.

Free game? Any minis? Solid rules? Great scenarios? Tournament and campaign play? Community support? No crowdfunding? No beta? No waiting? Is Starfall too good to be true? No. But are you willing to see for yourself?

Sponsor Press Release:
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Posted: 2018-03-27 00:00:00

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Also, tasteless jokes. There will be lots of tasteless jokes.

Dakka Forum: Drop Pod Doors and Modeling to Advantage

Posted: 2018-05-22 16:59:07
Forum post by SputnikDX, 36 responses at time of this post.

I had an idea, and while I'm sure it's legal, I'm also wondering how scummy it is. Look at the following 4 scenarios:

1. A Space Marine player drops a Drop Pod from Reserves in front of a Chaos player's Havocs and disembarks the models that were inside it. He leaves the door shut, and the Drop Pod blocks line of sight between the Havocs and his Predator, forcing them to move and shoot at a penalty, or shoot at something else.

2. A Space Marine player drops a Drop Pod from Reserves right between a unit of Khorne Berzerkers and the bulk of his force and disembarks the models that were inside it. He opens all of the doors, giving the Drop Pod a much wider area, forcing the Berzerkers models to go around the Drop Pod in order to get to the bulk of his force.

3. A Space Marine player drops a Drop Pod from Reserves in front of a Chaos player's Havocs, and between a unit of Khorne Berzerkers and the bulk of his force, and disembarks the models that were inside it. He opens some of the doors, widening the amount of space that the Drop Pod takes, forcing the Berzerkers to have to go around the Drop Pod, while the closed doors block line of sight between the Havocs and his Predator.

4. A Space Marine player drops a Drop Pod from Reserves in between two terrain features and disembarks the models that were inside it. He opens all the doors he can, leaving doors closed where terrain features keep them from opening.

The first question is if all 4 of these are legal. I only posed the fourth scenario in the event that scenario 3 is illegal, but would that make scenario 4 also illegal? The second question is how cheesy would exploiting the doors of a drop pod be, and would it be considered modeling to advantage by tournament organizers? What are your thoughts?

Dakka Forum: John's Tau Blog (T'au Blog? Nah, Tau Blog!) - Ghostkeel!

Posted: 2018-05-22 15:59:07
Forum post by John Prins, 36 responses at time of this post.

So 8th is here and it's breathed new life into my desire to paint Tau. The Robot Monster Mash isn't a thing anymore and maybe gunline Tau and/or Mech Tau can live again. Importantly, drones offer cheap dakka, so gotta get more drones!

The biggest problem I was facing was matching my old grey color. Black Cap Codex Grey was replaced with White Cap Codex Grey, which didn't match and pretty much made progress impossible. I considered starting over, but it turns out the latest Dawnstone paint from GW is a really, really good match for the old Black Cap Codex Grey. Even better, it comes in Air format.

The drone on the left is the old paint method - grey carefully painted smooth over black, leaving black in recesses. It's also varnished and a little dusty. :*) The new drone (right) was done with an airbrush over black primer, then the recesses were carefully washed. The new method is a bit lower on contrast - the highlights help - but the important difference is how long it takes.

The old method was probably 3 hours of just painting from a primed miniature. Slow going! The new method, I managed to assemble, base, prime and paint 4 gun drones and a drone turret in about 7 hours (a long session for me). I'm more about progress than perfection these days, so the new method is a good'n. For vehicles I'll probably blackline the major panel details rather than wash, but being able to crank these suckers out at the improved rates is well worth the small contrast loss. In terms of just painting, it's probably less than 1 hour per drone.

All 4 drones (no varnish or basing green yet) plus the drone turret. Most of my old Tau stuff (5th edition) is up on my Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/52990657@N04/al...

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Dakka Gallery: Another Great Image!

Posted: 2018-05-22 14:59:07
Unknown creator

Dakka Forum: Belisarius Cawl a saint? (Spoilers to Wolfsbane)

Posted: 2018-05-22 13:59:07
Forum post by Delvarus Centurion, 36 responses at time of this post.

Belisarius Cawl could be a saint. For one his rapid rise in the Mechanicum and also for his dangerous beliefs. WolfsBane shows that he thinks that the human from and the Astartes are superior to upgraded mechanicum humans, thinking that upgrading is a weakness and doesn't really achieve anything at the end of the day and they are impractical because they will always have to upgrade, whereas the human form doesn't is complete and can reproduce. These opinions are unthinkable for someone in the mechanicum, does he have these thoughts because he is being guided by the Emps...

Dakka Forum: Banned for life...

Posted: 2018-05-22 12:59:07
Forum post by Daedalus81, 36 responses at time of this post.

The GT's post and his response - what's your call?

Dakka Forum: Space Wolves and Primaris marines.

Posted: 2018-05-22 11:59:07
Forum post by Mleander, 65 responses at time of this post.

I'm relatively new to the 40k universe and my question is very fluff related.
I've started collecting Space Wolves since I like the look of them and the lore I've read so far.
The question I have is how will the SW react to the reinforcements of the Primaris marines?
How will they fit into their packs? As far as I understand, every SW must start their career as a Blood Claw then earn the ranks of Grey Hunter, Long Fang, Scout and so on.

For example. According to the Dark Imperium box, a Primaris Intercessor marine has the same type of pack markings(a black mark over a red field) as a Grey Hunter, a seasoned warrior.
I have a hard time seeing the Grey Hunters or any other SW accepting that these fresh out of the pod marines will have any other rank in their packs other than Blood Claw(if they are even accepted as SW).

I pre-ordered a Dark Imperium box since I think the box itself and all the models look awesome. I'm thinking of painting the Primaris marines as their own "reinforcement chapter" and not accepting them into my SW packs.

I'm asking the more seasoned SW commanders here, what are your thoughts on this? How will you handle these new marines?

Dakka Forum: Grey Knight codex is worst codex

Posted: 2018-05-22 10:59:07
Forum post by Smotejob, 36 responses at time of this post.

In thi following thread... https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/90/757112.page#9987621

The grey knights have been overwhelmingly voted worst codex. They have completely disappeared from my flgs. Please email 40kfaq@gwplc.com (faq email Addy) and cc uk.custserv@gwplc.com (customer service) to tell them to fix. Thank you for your help.

Dakka Daily Poll: which term do you prefer?

Posted: 2018-05-22 09:59:07
which term do you prefer?
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Dakka Gallery: Icubi

Posted: 2018-05-21 18:59:07
By pan_rajcel

Dakka Gallery: Motorized Chariot of Slaanesh

Posted: 2018-05-21 17:59:07
By halfling84

Dakka Gallery: Tyranid

Posted: 2018-05-21 16:59:07
Taken with a Canon PowerShot SD1000
By 40k Ninja

Dakka Gallery: Blood Angel with lightning claws

Posted: 2018-05-21 15:59:07

Dakka Gallery: Cyper Wip 03

Posted: 2018-05-21 14:59:07
By KrautScientist

Dakka Gallery: Ork Battle Fortress Wip by Boundlessrealms

Posted: 2018-05-21 13:59:07
Unknown creator

Dakka Forum: Solution to the London GT problem

Posted: 2018-05-21 12:59:07
Forum post by iddy00711, 37 responses at time of this post.

Hey, having just spent 2 days at the LGT I want to discuss a few solutions I have, to the issues the tournament had. Before I begin I want to list the positive aspects of the tournament before I go into a critique -

The Good

Amazing venue, easy to access.

The TO was helpful and responded quickly to every query.

The concept of a tournament this size in the EU was ambitious and overall a benefit to the hobby/community.

The marketing, collaboration and sales experience before the event, were both excellent and very professional.

The Bad

Too Capitalistic


Detailed list submission format and point deductions

Physical space between the tables

Lack of easily available food/water.

Non-logical table numbering

Lack of flexibility in accounting for timing issues

London is a terrible city and terribly over costed.

Not enough organizers.

People with disabilities are not catered for.

Rather than simply complain about the event the most helpful thing I can do is suggest solutions to the areas that need improving. A lot of the issues in planning the tournament came about due to the cost of renting space in London, which meant a lot of finances would have been diverted away from making the gaming experience more enjoyable.


Move the LGT out of London to other cities in the UK (ie Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds etc). This would require a name change of course... EGT/BGT.

Doing this would bring the costs down and potentially increase the size of the venue. London is an international city, not a British one, moving the event each year would be chance to showcase the 'Best of Britain' for the international community.

Collaborate with hobby groups, brick and motor stores, and professional hobbyists outside of the GW corporate sphere.

This would benefit the tournament i...

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Dakka Gallery: Kd:m - The Thief

Posted: 2018-05-21 11:59:07
By Januine

Dakka Forum: Tabling opponent no longer scores max points. Why?

Posted: 2018-05-21 10:59:07
Forum post by Lord_Thanatos, 36 responses at time of this post.

Many of the 8e tournament scoring templates have specifically said that tabling an opponent does NOT award the victor maximum possible points for the contest. This is a change I have seen since 8e dropped. I was wondering what the rationale behind this trend is. I agree that as long as participants have access to the scoring template far enough in advance to take the scoring into account when constructing an army list that it remains fair for all. Still, I am curious why tabling an opponent should result in a lower score than is possible if you leave one marine scout alive and bleeding to death in a bunker in the center of the table. And I am curious what players think of this trend.

Dakka Daily Poll: How much time do you spend removing mould lines from a basic troop type model?

Posted: 2018-05-21 09:59:07
How much time do you spend removing mould lines from a basic troop type model?
A minute
Several minutes
Half an hour
More that an hour
I dont bother removing them
I dont paint or collect models
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Dakka Gallery: 14604: Joeliyn, Sister of The Blade

Posted: 2018-05-20 20:59:07
By Carrero Arts

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