The Battlehosts - A Warhammer 40k Podcast

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Episode 113: 40K on a Budget
1:55:47

In this episode, we discuss how to be part of the 40K hobby on a budget. We talk about limiting impulse purchases and buying models you will use and enjoy and getting discounts on models. We also talk about strategies such as converting, magnetizing, and bits purchases to save money. Finally, we discuss hobby supplies and what is worth the money and what is not. We also interview Aaron Albert, aka Trader-A on buying and selling used models for fun and profit.

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May 18, 2020
Episode 112: Planning and Finishing your Army
1:51:26

In this episode, we talk with Brian and Alex from the Splintermind podcast about planning and finishing your 40k army. We discuss what to consider as you plan out your army, including how it will look, its theme, and how it will work on the table. We share how we built our own armies, starting with detachments and growing to complete armies. Finally, we talk about avoiding distractions and the rewards of a completed army.

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May 03, 2020
Episode 111: Mathhammer Part 2
1:16:08

In this episode, we interview Brandon Grant to talk about how he uses mathhammer to answer questions important to his army, how to help when building  army lists, and how to prepare for games by knowing the offensive and defensive capabilities of his units. We also review the Math Hammer app and how you can use it to help build more effective lists and to improve your play.

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Apr 17, 2020
Episode 110: Mathhammer Part 1
1:02:46

In this episode, we talk about Mathhammer, which is using basic math to determine the offensive or defensive effectiveness of a particular unit in 40K. This is part 1 of a 2 part series. In part 1, we talk about the attack sequence and how to determine the probability of causing a wound. We then discuss the mechanics of the game that improve your odds, including re-rolls, modifiers, AP values, and volume of firepower. Finally we talk about variability and how randomness can impact your game plans.

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Apr 05, 2020
Episode 109: Genestealer Cult Part 2
1:30:48

In this episode, we continue our discussion on Genestealer Cults. In part one, we talked about the history and lore of Genestealer cults, their army rules, the cult creeds, and getting started. In this episode, we will cover the units,...

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Mar 16, 2020
Episode 108: Genestealer Cult Part 1
1:17:24

In this episode, we talk about Genestealer Cults. It's one of the newest and  most unique armies in the game of 40K and the only one who can ally with Tyranids. In part one, we will talk about the history and lore of Genestealer cults, their army rules, the cult creeds, and getting started.

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Mar 02, 2020
Episode 107: Black Library Book Club 1
2:20:18

In tonight's episode, we will discuss two books: Dark Imperium by Guy Haley, and Spear of the Emperor by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. Both are newer books that take place in the current era of 40K and both have Adeptus Astartes fighting Chaos, so they make for an interesting comparison. We start with a spoiler free review section and  give our recommendation for each book. We will then do a more in-depth spoiler-filled dive into each book to discuss the themes, characters, and stories.

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Feb 15, 2020
Episode 106: Recap LVO 2020
59:56

In this episode, Mark talks about his experience at the Las Vegas Open 2020. He discusses the lead up to the event, the army he choose, and how his games went in the competitive 40K event. He also talks about what he learned about playing the game of 40K and his plans for future competitive 40K events.

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Feb 03, 2020
Episode 105: The Road to LVO 2020
1:28:27

In this episode, we talk about planning for the Las Vegas Open 2020. We discuss the process of settling on an army, getting it ready, and practicing with it so you are ready to play. We also offer some practical advice on attending the LVO, including a checklist of items to pack, transporting models, and what to do between and during games to be as successful as possible. Finally, we talk about what we intend to bring and what our goals are for this LVO.

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Jan 15, 2020
Episode 104: Psychic Awakening Part 1
1:33:09

In this episode, we cover how  Psychic Awakening; Phoenix Rising and Faith and Fury has changed Eldar and Chaos Space Marines. Both of these factions now have new options that are pretty good on the tabletop as a result of these books plus the points changes in Chapter Approved. We discuss the rules in both volumes of Psychic Awakening and talk about some of the units and interesting combinations you should try in your next game.

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Jan 01, 2020
Episode 103: Christmas 2019
1:35:07

In our fifth annual Christmas episode, we once again do a year in review for 2019. We cover the major events and releases for 40K and discuss the state of the hobby as we near the end of 2019. We also talk about the state of the 40K community and looking ahead to next year.

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Dec 17, 2019
Episode 102: The Psychic Phase
1:02:49

In this episode, we talk about the psychic phase. We cover the rules and the probabilities behind casting psychic powers. We also talk about the various types of psychic powers and how you should use or plan for the psychic phase in your games. This is the final phase to be covered in our series of tactical podcasts.

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Dec 02, 2019
Episode 101: Three Ways to Play 40K
1:07:40

In our latest episode, we talk about the three ways to play 40K with Lawrence from Tabletop Tactics. We discuss the differences between competitive, casual, and narrative play, including army lists, game play, missions and the overall purpose of each way to play. We also catch up with the latest from Tabletop Tactics and how they produce content that appeals to all styles of play.

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Nov 16, 2019
Episode 100: Why We Play 40K
1:51:05

In a very special 100th episode, we talk about why we play 40K with three prominent 40K pod casters: Paul from Forge the Narrative, Skarri from Skaredcast, and Val from 40K Stats Centre. We hear how they got started, their first armies, and their first game experiences. We talk about some of their best moments, some of their worst moments, and why 40K has become an important part of their lives.

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Nov 01, 2019
Episode 99: Starting a Space Marine Army
1:21:38

In this episode, we talk about starting a Space Marine army. We cover the basic rules of marines and the format of the new codex and supplements. We then talk about picking a chapter and whether to collect "traditional" marines versus primaris marines. Finally, we discuss why we are all jumping on the Space Marine bandwagon and why right now is a good time to start a Space Marine army.

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Oct 14, 2019
Episode 98: Casual Play in 40K
1:31:01

In this episode, we talk about casual and narrative play in 40K. We discuss the differences in army lists, play styles and player attitudes between casual, narrative and matched play and how you can ensure you get the 40K experience you really want to have. I have an interview Dave from Miniwargaming.com about their awesome new space and how MWG keeps the play casual. We also talk about how to run a casual event, and his upcoming event; Gorkamorka. 

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Sep 28, 2019
Episode 97: The NOVA Open 2019
1:33:15

In this episode, we talk about our experiences at the Nova Open 2019. We discuss the event itself including the venue, layout, and accommodations. We also talk about the Nova mission format and our game play experiences. Finally, we discuss changes to our armies moving forward and our plans for future events.

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Sep 14, 2019
Episode 96: Astra Militarum Part 2
1:18:35

In this episode, we talk with Brandon Grant about how to play Astra Militarum competitively, including the strengths and weaknesses of the army and some of the more powerful units. We then round out our discussion on how to get started with Astra Militarum. 

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Sep 03, 2019
Episode 95: Astra Militarum Part 1
1:29:32

In this episode, we talk about the Astra Militarum, or the Imperial Guard. In this first part of a two part podcast, we talk about the history of the Astra Militarum and an overview of how the army plays in 40K. We then discuss each of the regiments, including their history, rules, some interesting combinations, and units that play to their strengths.

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Aug 17, 2019
Episode 94: Overlooked Units in 40K
1:19:11

In this episode, we discuss overlooked units in 40K. These may be units that you don’t see or hear about very often or that have been dismissed online because they are not the most efficient choices. Whatever the case, we set out to come up with units that we think can serve a useful role in your army list. They may not be the best, but they are better than you think and if you love the model sometimes that is what counts.

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Aug 01, 2019
Episode 93: Breaking out of a 40K Hobby Slump
1:21:19

In this episode, we talk about breaking out of a 40K hobby slump. No matter how much you love the hobby of 40K, there will be times when you lose your motivation to build and paint models, to play games, or to engage with the 40K community. Sometimes you might just be tired of one part of the hobby, others you might just feel like you need a break completely. It happens to all of us eventually and this episode is about what you can do to become inspired by the 40k hobby again.

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Jul 16, 2019
Episode 92: The Movement Phase
1:29:42

In this episode, we talk about the Movement phase.  This is another in our series of podcasts on Warhammer 40k tactics and the phases of the game. We start off with the mechanics of the movement phase and the impact of the different types of terrain on movement. We then talk about having a purpose for moving a unit, having a plan and thinking ahead, and movement with each of the different unit types.

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Jul 03, 2019
Episode 91: Drukhari Part 2
1:33:47

In this episode, we continue our discussion of Drukhari. In part 1, we interviewed Brian from the Splintermind podcast and covered the history and background of the Drukhari. We also overviewed the Kabals, Cults, and Covens and our favorite units. In this part, we interview with Skarri from Skaredcast to talk about how to play Drukhari competitively. We then finish up our discussion on the Drukhari model range and how to get started with the army.

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Jun 15, 2019
Episode 90: Drukhari Part 1
2:25:05

In this episode, we start our discussion on Drukhari. In this first part of a two part podcast, we have a special interview with Brian from the Splintermind podcast covering the history and background of the Drukhari. We then overview the Kabals, Cults, and Covens and talk about our favorite units.

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Jun 02, 2019
Episode 89: Playing to the Missions
1:29:26

In this episode, we talk about playing to the mission. In Warhammer 40k, killing units is not enough to win. Playing to the mission means never losing sight of what it takes to win the game. We  talk briefly about our experience with the new Eternal War and Maelstrom missions, but we will focus mainly on the two major competitive mission formats in North America: ITC and Nova missions.

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May 20, 2019
Episode 88: Getting Ready for Boise Cup 2019
2:14:53

In this episode, we talk about Boise Cup 2019, the largest 40K event in our area. The head tournament organizer Captain A joins us to talk about what makes an event successful for both competitive and casual players. We talk...

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May 01, 2019
Episode 87: Tau Part 2
2:17:15

In this episode, we finish our discussion on Tau. In part 1, we talked about the history of Tau, the different Septs, and our favorite Tau units. In part 2, we have separate interviews with Sean Morgan and Val Heffelfinger about their experiences playing Tau competitively. We also share some list ideas and discuss how to get started with the army.

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Apr 14, 2019
Episode 86: Tau Part 1
1:45:54

In this episode, we talk Tau in 8th edition 40K. Like all of our army reviews, this is a big topic, so we have broken this into two parts. In part one, we talk about the story and background of Tau, each of the Tau Septs, and our favorite units in the codex.

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Mar 31, 2019
Episode 85: Demystifying the Airbrush
2:17:44

By popular demand, in this episode we combine all of the smaller airbrush segments we previously recorded with Colin from Legalized Mischief Productions. We cover the benefits of using an airbrush, how to get started with one and what you need to buy. We also talk about how to use an airbrush, how to clean and maintain it, and using and blending colors. Finally, we talk about glazes, washes, and inks through the airbrush.

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Mar 16, 2019
Episode 84: The Basics of Miniature Painting
1:43:46

In this episode, we talk with Colin Ward about the basics of miniature painting. We start with how to approach painting your model and painting in sub assemblies and move on to preparing and priming your model. We talk about paint brushes, pallets, and other useful tools and how get a smooth finish. Finally, we talk about varnishing or sealing your models and what you have to do to make sure you don't ruin the finish.

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Mar 03, 2019
Episode 83: The Las Vegas Open 2019
2:04:55

In this episode, we talk about the Las Vegas Open 2019. We talk about our experiences at the event, including what we did well and what we learned about playing the game of 40K. We also discuss the state of the game and how the game has evolved since the last LVO. We also have in interview with Skarri from SkaredCast on his LVO experience and his thoughts on 40k.

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Feb 17, 2019
Episode 82: Orks Part 2
1:43:20

In this episode, we finish our discussion on Orks. In part 1, we talked about the history of Orks, the different clans, and our favorite Ork units. In part 2, we interview Richard Kilton, a longtime and top ranked Ork player about his experiences with Orks. We also discuss stratagems, psychic powers, relics and warlord traits. Finally, we talk about the Orks strengths on the tabletop, the weaknesses of Orks, and how to get started with the army

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Feb 02, 2019
Episode 81: Orks Part 1
2:02:04

In this episode, we talk about Orks! Like most of our army reviews, this is a big topic, so we have broken this into two parts. In this first part, we talk about the story and background of Orks, each of the Ork clans, and our favorite units in the new codex. We also talk about our preparations to go to the Las Vegas Open 2019.

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Jan 16, 2019
Episode 80: Chapter Approved 2018
2:07:29

In this episode, we talk about Chapter Approved 2018. We discuss the history of chapter approved and what it does for the game of 40k. We also go into the details, including the new missions, units, rules and points adjustments, and try and answer the question; is Chapter Approved worth your money? We also discuss the new campaign book Vigilus Defiant and pseudo return of formations to 40K

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Dec 28, 2018
Episode 79: Christmas 2018
1:26:31

This is our fourth annual Christmas Episode! We talk about the major Warhammer 40K events for 2018 and reflect back on where the game started and where it is at now. We talk about our personal experiences with the game and talk about the state of the 40K community a year and a half into the latest edition. 

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Dec 14, 2018
Episode 78: Imperial Knights Part 2
1:43:49

In this episode, we finish our discussion on Imperial Knights. In part 1, we talked about the history of knights, the different households, and each of the Knight units. In this podcast episode, we talk about the Forgeworld Knights, how to play knights, their strengths on the tabletop, the weaknesses of knights, and how to play against knights. We also have a new hobby segment on demystifying the airbrush; this time we talk about blending colors.

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Dec 01, 2018
Episode 77: Imperial Knights Part 1
1:53:47

In this episode, we start our discussion of Imperial Knights. This is another two-part army episode. In part 1, we talk about the history of Imperial Knights and the different household traditions, relics, warlord traits, and stratagems. We also discuss each of the Imperial Knight units.

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Nov 16, 2018
Episode 76: How to Succeed at the 40K Hobby
1:16:13

In this episode, we take a somewhat tongue-in-cheek approach about how to succeed at the 40K hobby. Part lessons learned, part support group, it’s a mixture of topics ranging from maximizing your time and money, building an awesome gaming group,...

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Nov 02, 2018
Episode 75: The Fall 2018 FAQ
1:54:53

In this episode, we talk about the recent 40k FAQ posted by Games Workshop. We discuss what we think the purpose and the intent is behind these FAQs as well as go into some detail on how these FAQs will change the game for you. This is another podcast on the changing nature of the game and its impact on the ruleset, which has changed a lot in the 15 months since this new edition of 40k has been out.

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Oct 16, 2018
Episode 74: Deployment
1:38:43

In this episode, we talk about the Deployment phase. We often hear that games are won or lost in the deployment phase, and in many ways it is one of the most important phases in the game. We are going to talk list archetypes and how they want to deploy as well as the timing and placement of units in order to maximize your options while limiting your opponents.

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Oct 02, 2018
Episode 73: Tyranids Part 2
1:57:27

In this episode, we finish our discussion of the Tyranids. In part 1, we talked about the history of Tyranids, the different Hive fleets, and some of the top units in the codex. In part 2, we cover the rest of the units in the codex, the psychic powers, stratagems, traits, and relics that we like. We also talk about getting started and discuss list building with Tyranids.

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Sep 16, 2018
Episode 72: Tyranids Part 1
1:20:02

In this episode, we are going to do our first podcast on Warhammer 40K's galactic super-predator: the Tyranids! This is another two-part army episode. In part 1, we talk about the history of Tyranids and we go over each of the Hive fleets, including the rules, relics, traits, and stratagems. We will also talk about some of the top units from the HQ and Troop slots.

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Sep 02, 2018
Episode 71: The Black Library: Getting Started
1:28:34

In this episode, we discuss getting started with Black Library books set in the Warhammer 40K universe. We will go through some of the major series of books and audiobooks that have been published and talk about some of our favorites. We will also talk about some of the really good titles to get you started in immersing yourself in the lore of Warhammer 40K.

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Aug 16, 2018
Episode 70: Attending the Renegade Open
1:32:23

In this episode, we interview Puck and David from The Renegade Open. We plan on attending so we wanted to know all about their unique format and missions for their 40K games. We also read what our listeners wrote to us about casual gamers and attending events.

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Aug 04, 2018
Episode 69: List Building Episode
1:20:53

In this episode, we talk about list building. We have had many listeners write in with questions about their lists and we wanted to commit an entire episode around list building. Almost all the lists are space Marines lists and a few chaos lists, and because these are two of the earliest codices, they pose as special challenge if you want to build lists that play well on the table.

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Jul 17, 2018
Episode 68: The Boise Cup 2018
1:22:33

In this episode we talk about the Boise Cup, our largest annual 40K event in our area. Last year, the Boise Cup was held one week after the launch of the new edition of 40K, so it's a perfect time to reflect on how the game has changed and evolved over the course of the year, especially when attending events. We also talk about what makes a 40K event successful and some of the lessons learned for next year

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Jul 01, 2018
Episode 67: Craftworld Eldar Part 2
1:28:22

In this episode, we finish up our discussion on Craftworld Eldar or Asuryani. We talk about our own experiences playing Eldar, including our favorite units and some underrated gems in the codex. We also talk about the Psychic Powers, Stratagems, Relics, and Warlord Traits that are powerful and some of the combinations you can use. We will finish our discussion with how to get started with the army.

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Jun 16, 2018
Episode 66: Craftworld Eldar Part 1
2:02:26

In this episode, we start our discussion on Craftworld Eldar, or Asuranni. This is part one of a two part series. We talk about the history of the Eldar and talk about the different Craftworlds. We also have an interview with Sean aka Abuse Puppy to talk about the strengths, weaknesses, and some of the top units and underrated units in the Eldar codex.

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Jun 02, 2018
Episode 65: Target Priority in 40K
1:15:56

In this episode, we talk about target priority in 40K. Knowing what to engage and when is a huge part of being successful at the game. We start before the game begins when you look over your opponents list to identify the key threats to your army. We then talk about prioritizing these threats during the game and how best to engage them.

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May 16, 2018
Episode 64: The Spring 40K FAQ
1:48:57

In this episode, we talk about the spring 2018 40K FAQ. We discuss this new era of 40K that we are playing, one in which an FAQ can cause some dramatic changes to the game. We also spend time talking about the new rules and what they mean for building and playing your army. Finally, we talk about what these changes might mean for the game moving forward.

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May 02, 2018
Episode 63: Building a Balanced Army
1:22:36

In this episode, we talk about building a balanced list in 40K. We start with the basics of what a list should have to be competitive and then go into more detail as you start to consider more and more things as you build your list. We don't tell you to take specific units, but rather we want to help YOU figure out how to build a balanced list based on your chosen army.

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Apr 16, 2018
Episode 62: Get Your Army Painted
1:19:14

In this episode, we talk about how to quickly get your army up to the minimum 3-color standard that most events have set. The purpose is not to shame you into painting, or push an unrealistic standard; the purpose is to show you how to do this quickly and efficiently. We discuss the techniques that we use to get armies ready for events. If you struggle to get your models painted, or even if you hate painting, then this episode is for you.

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Apr 02, 2018
Episode 61: Assault in 40K Part 2
59:17

In this Episode, we finish up our discussion of assault in Warhammer 40K. We talk about how to defend against an assault and what your options are when you find yourself stuck in combat. We discuss what makes an assault unit good and some of our favorite ones. Finally, we talk about building assault units into your army and how to best use them.

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Mar 20, 2018
Episode 60: Assault in 40K
1:19:00

In this episode, we talk about conducting successful assaults in Warhammer 40K. There are a lot of changes in this edition, starting with the fact that there is no more assault phase; its the Charge and Fight phase now. We discuss the reasons for charging and fighting and go into detail on the steps for each phase and all the flexibility you have as a player.

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Mar 07, 2018
Episode 59: Interview with Lawrence from Tabletop Tactics
51:24

In this episode, we talk with Lawrence Baker who runs the website and YouTube channel Tabletop Tactics. We discuss some of the current topics in 40K, including the pace of changes from GW and how to speed up games at...

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Feb 25, 2018
Episode 58: Converting your 40K Models
1:09:03

In this episode, we talk about doing conversions for your 40K army. Conversions range from simple add on bits like chapter specific shoulder pads to elaborate sculpts that change the look and feel of a model completely. We cover all of these kinds of conversions, the tools you will need, and what makes a good looking conversion.

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Feb 17, 2018
Episode 57: Post Las Vegas Open 2018
1:18:13

In this episode, we talk about our experience at the Las Vegas Open 2018. We discuss our games and lessons learned from our games. We also talk about slow play, sportsmanship, and our plans for the 2018 ITC season.  How...

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Feb 06, 2018
Episode 56: Getting Ready for the Las Vegas Open 2018
1:15:41

In this episode, we talk about our plans for attending the Warhammer 40K events at the Las Vegas Open. We discuss our expectations and why we will be attending. We also give tips on how to prepare a big event and what you should bring to maximize your success. Finally, we discuss the new ITC Champions missions and how to play them effectively.

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Jan 16, 2018
Episode 55: Chaos Space Marines (Part 2)
1:11:47

In this episode, we continue our discussion of the Heretic Astartes or Chaos Space Marines of Warhammer 40K. We go into more detail with each Legion, including their history, tactics, stratagems, and relics. We will also talk about the Chaos Space Marine model line and how to get started with collecting and playing them.

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Jan 01, 2018
Episode 54: Chaos Space Marines (Part 1)
2:03:36

In this episode, we talk about Chaos Space Marines, or Heretic Astartes. We talk about the history of the Chaos Space Marines, their rules, stratagems, and we spend time talking about their units. We also talk psychic powers and some of the really interesting combos you can do with this codex. We think this is a fantastic book that offers a lot of flexibility for those players who prefer to run traitor marines.

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Dec 19, 2017
Episode 53: The 2017 Christmas Episode
1:14:18

In our third annual Christmas episode, we talk about the Games Workshop, Warhammer 40K and our major events from 2017. We also talk about the state of the game of 40K as it sits right now. Finally, we discuss some of the controversies as well as what we are looking forward to in 2018.

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Dec 02, 2017
Episode 52: The Listener Episode
1:02:02

In this episode, we turn The Battlehosts over to you, our listeners! We review two lists and discuss a few topics submitted by our listeners. We have been doing this for two years now, and as long as you keep listening, we will keep making podcasts!

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Nov 20, 2017
Episode 51: Space Marines Part 2
1:54:05

In this episode, we finish our discussion of the Adeptus Astartes or Space Marines. We talk about the Primaris Space Marines, including their background, units and how they play in the game. We also go into a deeper discussion on the Space Marine stratagems, psychic powers, relics, and warlord traits. We talk about each of the codex Space Marine chapters and we end our podcast talking about list building.

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Nov 01, 2017
Episode 50: Space Marines Part 1
1:42:57

In this episode, we talk about about the Adpetus Astartes or Space Marines in Warhammer 40K. This is part one of a two part series on the most popular and iconic faction in the game. We cover a brief history of the Space Marines, discuss the weapons and units available to them, and talk about how to get started with a Space Marine army.

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Oct 23, 2017
Episode 49: Playing to the Mission
1:07:09

In this episode, we talk about what it means to play to the mission in Warhammer 40K. Tabling an opponent should never be your primary method to winning the game. We discuss the Eternal War and Maelstrom missions in the book as well as the ITC Combined Arms and Nova missions. 

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Oct 01, 2017
Episode 48: Playing with Titanic Units
1:12:27

In this episode, we talk about playing with Titanic units in 40k. Many events have banned all units above a power level of 31, but how necessary is this? We talk about all of the units that would be banned and evaluate it for durability and lethality to see how good they are and if these units have a place in a 2000 point Matched Play game.

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Sep 19, 2017
Episode 47: Tactics in New 40K (Part 2)
1:15:56

In this episode, we talk to Mitch Pelham, a top ranked ITC player who took 2nd at the Bay Area Open. We discuss his experience playing in a major tournament and the list elements and tactics that work well in New 40K. We also discuss how to survive two days of gaming and the importance of good sportsmanship and being a fun and fair opponent. 

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Sep 02, 2017
Episode 46: Owning and Playing a 40K Titan
1:19:44

In this episode, we talk about Warhammer 40K Titans. We discuss why you would want to own one, each of the titans available through Forgeworld, and playing them in games of Warhammer 40K. We also talk about purchasing and building these huge models and what to do when this kit arrives at your door. Our special guest is Nick Broussard, who helps to run the Titan Owners Club.

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Aug 17, 2017
Episode 45: Tactics in the New Edition of 40K
59:48

In this episode, we interview Zach Becker from Warhammer-tactics.com to talk about tactics in the new edition of Warhammer 40K. Zach was one of the play testers of the new edition, so he has a lot of good insight into playing the game.

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Aug 02, 2017
Episode 44: The History of 40K Part 4
59:28

In this episode, we finish our discussion of the history of Warhammer 40k by talking about New 40k. Rather than simply talk about the changes, we wanted to discuss this new edition in the context of what has come before it. Of course we will offer our own first impressions on this edition having played many games already. We will also talk about what you can look forward to from us as a result of this new edition of 40K.

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Jul 15, 2017
Episode 43: The Boise Cup GT
1:08:38

In this this episode, we talk about the Boise Cup, the first New 40k GT in the ITC. We talk about how it was created, organized, and run by the TOs so you get an idea of what it takes to hold an event in your area. We also discuss how New 40K plays in a matched play environment and discuss the top 3 lists at the event.

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Jul 03, 2017
Episode 42: Tables and Terrain in 40K
60:33

In this episode, we discuss tables and terrain in 40k. This can make or break a game of 40k. When you attend events the most important thing players talk about is the terrain. Most tables don’t have enough. If you want to play a balanced and competitive game of 40k, you need to have the right terrain.

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Jun 18, 2017
Episode 41: Surviving Change in 40K
62:16

Tonight we are going to talk about adapting to change in Warhammer 40k, especially big change like an edition change. We discuss why change can be hard for 40k players, what are some things to remember when you are faced with change, and some specific things you can do to make the best of it.

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Jun 05, 2017
Episode 40: The History of 40K Part 3
72:28

In this episode, we conclude our history of 40K with a discussion of 6th and 7th edition. We discuss the changes to the gameplay and how 40k dramatically escalated with 6th and 7th edition. We also have an interview with Carl Tuttle of the Independent Characters podcast to talk about his personal history of 40k.

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May 13, 2017
Episode 39: The History of 40K Part 2
72:27

In this episode, we continue our discussion of the history of Warhammer 40k. We talk about the third, fourth and fifth editions of 40k and how the rules, gameplay, art and story evolved through these editions of the game. We also have an interview with Chris Morgan and Paul Murphy of the Forge the Narrative podcast to talk about their own history of 40k.

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May 01, 2017
Episode 38: The History of 40k Part 1
80:33

In this episode, we begin our discussion on the History of 40k. This year is the 30th anniversary of Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader, so we will be covering all 7 editions of the game in three podcasts. This episode covers first and second edition of 40k. We also have a guest interview with Adam from TFG Radio!

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Apr 14, 2017
Episode 37: Cult Mechanicus
67:45

In this episode, we talk about the Cult Mechanicus, part two of our podcast about the armies of the Mechanicum or Omnissiah. If you have ever thought of running Cult Mechanicus or a War Convocation, or play against them, this is the podcast for you. We talk about the story and background of the Cult Mechanicus, the models and aesthetics, how the different units function in the game, and how they work on the table. Finally, we discuss the War Convocation, a great mixture of Cult Mechanicus and Skitarii.

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Apr 02, 2017
Episode 36: Skitarii and the Adeptus Mechanicus
63:31

In this episode, we talk about Skitarii, part one of our podcast about the armies of the Mechanicum. If you have ever thought of running Skitarrii or a War Convocation, or play against them, this is the podcast for you! We are going to talk about the story and background of the Skitarii, the models and aesthetics, how the different units function in the game, and how they work on the table.

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Mar 18, 2017
Episode 35: Imperial and Renegade Knights
1:27:49

In this episode, we talk about knights, both Imperial and Renegade. If you have ever thought of running knights in your list, or even starting an all knight army, this podcast is for you.
We talk about the story and background of the knights, the models and aesthetics, how the different variants function in the game, and how they can make their way into your lists.

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Mar 03, 2017
Episode 34: Back from the Las Vegas Open
62:43

In this episode, we talk about our experience this year at the Las Vegas Open 2017. It has become one of the largest Warhammer 40k events in the country, and this year it was bigger and better than before. We also talk about what we saw in in the competitive scene this year and how our own armies stacked up.

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Feb 17, 2017
Episode 33: Playing Defense in 40K -Assault
76:10

In part two of our discussion of playing defense in 40K, we talk about surviving assault. We also discuss surviving alpha strike armies such as Space Marine Drop Pods and beta strike armies such as Genestealer Cult.

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Feb 06, 2017
Episode 32: Playing Defense in 40k – Shooting Phase
71:36

In this Episode, we talk about playing defense in the shooting phase. We discuss what you can do to ensure your units survive shooting during a game of 40k, including reserves, line of sight, cover, and psychic defense. We also talk about what to look for in the list building stage to beef up the defense of your army.

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Jan 17, 2017
Episode 31: The London 40K GT
37:41

In this episode I talk with Zach Becker from the London 40K Grand Tournament. We talk about the now sold out 2017 event and his plans for future events. We also discuss the new Games Workshop and their support and engagement with the community.

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Jan 01, 2017
Episode 30: The 2016 40K Christmas Special
79:59

It's our second annual 40K Christmas special! We talk about the major themes from Games Workshop in 2016 and what we are looking forward to next year. We also do a bit of wish listing for a possible 8th edition 40K.

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Dec 16, 2016
Episode 29: Know your 40k Opponent
75:33

In this episode, we discuss knowing your opponent's army. It's always easier to play against an army you know really well. Most of us don’t know every army, unit or formation in the game. That is why it's important to quickly find out as much about an opponent’s army as possible in that brief time when you trade army lists and get started on playing you game.

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Dec 05, 2016
Episode 28: Can you be a top 40k player?
71:24

In tonight’s episode, we ask the question: can you be a top 40k player? Probably not, and we talk about what separates the top 40k players from the rest of us. But even if you won't be a top player, we talk about what you can get from the game by playing competitively and attending large events.

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Nov 18, 2016
Episode 27: Listener List Discussion
75:25

In this episode, we will be discussing two army lists that listeners have submitted to us. We talk about small tweaks to the lists and discuss some strategies on how to play each one. The goal is not to write a new list, but to apply what we talk about on the table top.

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Nov 02, 2016
Episode 26: Orks!!

We dedicate this episode to Orks! We talk about the history of the Orks and the units available. We also discuss how to play Orks effectively and talk some list building. This is a nice lengthy episode packed with Orky goodness, so sit back and enjoy!

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Oct 03, 2016
Episode 25: Running a Casual or Narrative Event
91:39

In this episode, we talk about how to run non-competitive 40k events. The two main types are friendly or casual and narrative. We will talk about both one-time events and leagues and how you can get the most out of running them.

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Sep 16, 2016
Episode 24: Building a Competitive List
59:52

In this episode, we talk about how to build a competitive list. We are going to focus on building a list for ITC events, but it’s applicable for any competitive lists. We will talk about the important things to have in a list and the kind of things you need to have an answer for. We also talk about some ways to play to win in a competitive event.

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Sep 02, 2016
Episode 23: Going to a 40K Event
66:47

In this episode, we talk about attending a Warhammer 40k event. We discuss the different types of events you can attend, what you can expect, and how to prepare. Most importantly, we talk about how to get the most out of the experience.

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Aug 19, 2016
Episode 22: Psychic Phase Part 2
79:18

In this episode, we finish up our discussion of the psychic phase in 40k. We cover the codex specific powers, independent characters, and special psychic formations for Space Marines, Eldar, Demons, Chaos Space Marines, Tyranids.

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Aug 02, 2016
Episode 21: The Psychic Phase
87:55

The first episode of a two part series on the Psychic Phase in Warhammer 40k. We talk about what psychic powers can do for your army. We "mathhammer" the psychic phase and we talk about the psychic powers in the main rule book.

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Jul 17, 2016
Episode 20: Tau Part 2
73:38

In this episode, we conclude our discussion on the Tau Empire in 40k. We talk list building and tactics and we each come up with a list that we find interesting.

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Jul 01, 2016
Episode 19: Tau Part 1
86:28

In this episode, we bring you another Warhammer 40K army review: the Tau Empire! In part 1, was talk about the army and how units function in the game. If you have ever thought of starting a Tau army, this podcast is for you!

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Jun 15, 2016
Episode 18: Sportsmanship and 40k
74:41

In this episode, we talk about how to be a good sport when playing Warhammer 40k. We discuss why it can be a problem in 40k and some of the do’s and dont’s when playing. We also give you some...

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Jun 02, 2016
Episode 17: Eldar Part 2

In part two of our discussion on Eldar, we talk list building and tactics with Eldar, Dark Eldar, Corsairs and Harlequins. We also discuss how to get started and why we love all things Eldar!

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May 01, 2016
Episode 16: Eldar Part 1
78:36

Our longest podcast yet, and its only part ! In this episode, we talk Eldar. Craftworld, Dark Eldar, Harlequins, and Corsairs. If you have ever thought of starting an Eldar army, this podcast is for you!

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Apr 16, 2016
Episode 15: Force Protection
53:31

In this episode, we talk about the concept of "force protection," or how to keep your models alive long enough to accomplish their mission. We also talk about when to protect and when its OK to lose units.

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Apr 02, 2016
Episode 14: Getting the Most From 40K
72:39

Warhammer 40k is much more than just a game. From modeling and painting to reading the novels to playing the game for fun or competition, we cover all parts of 40k. We also talk about how you can you get the most out of 40k and avoid burn out.

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Mar 14, 2016
Episode 13: The Assault Phase Part 2
58:20

In this episode, we conclude our discussion of the Assault Phase in 40k. We talk math hammer and assault and how to figure out what your units should and should not assault. We also talk about how to build an effective assault unit.

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Mar 01, 2016
Episode 12: LVO 2016 Lessons From Top Players
58:36

In this episode, we talk about our experience at the Las Vegas Open 2016 and the lessons we learned from watching and playing against the top 40k players in the country. We also talk about terrain, missions, the current game meta, and what you should include in your own armies.

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Feb 14, 2016
Episode 11: The Assault Phase Part 1
73:52

In this episode, we talk about the Assault Phase in 40k . In part one, we discuss why assault is an important part of every list, how to get into assault, what makes a good unit, and some tips and tricks for assault.

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Feb 01, 2016
Episode 10: Interview with Frontline Gaming
87:54

In this episode, we interview Reece and Frankie from Frontline Gaming to talk 40k! We talk about the Las Vegas Open, the ITC format, running events, starting out, and what keeps us all playing 40k.

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Jan 08, 2016
Episode 9: The Road to the Las Vegas Open
21:57

The Battlehosts are going to the Las Vegas Open! In this episode, we discuss our plans for attending our new favorite GT.

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Jan 01, 2016
Episode 8: The Battlehosts Christmas Special
58:45

In this episode, we present our very first Christmas Special! Its a chance to look back on the 40k hobby over the last year and to look forward to what is ahead.

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Dec 12, 2015
Episode 7: 40K Tactics: Space Marine Demi-Battle Company
64:45

In this episode, we discuss building and playing Space Marine Demi-Battle Companies, including the Dark Angels and new White Scars and Ravenguard.

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Dec 01, 2015
Episode 6: 40k Tactics: The Shooting Phase
61:10

In this episode, we are going to talk about shooting. We discuss the different types of firepower, how to "mathhammer," and target prioritization.

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Nov 08, 2015
Episode 5: 40k Tactics: The Movement Phase
56:16

In this podcast episode, we discuss movement, the most important phase of the game of 40k and one which sets you up for both shooting and assault.

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Nov 03, 2015
Episode 4: Preparing for a GT
60:23

In this episode, we discuss how to prepare for a major 40k GT with special guest Ben Cromwell. We also preview our plans for the Las Vegas Open 2016.

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Oct 16, 2015
Episode 3: 40k Tactics: The Deployment Phase
62:26

Deployment is the first step in the game and its critical to get it right. In this episode, we discuss deployment and how to get it right.

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Oct 11, 2015
Episode 2: 40k Tactics: The Take-All-Comers List
1:13:59

Some 40k players say that a take all comers list is impossible, but in this episode we discuss how you can build a winning list.

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Sep 20, 2015
Episode 1: Introduction to The Battlehosts
11:47

Introducing The Battlehosts, a podcast dedicated to 40k players of all skill levels. We discuss the purpose of this podcast and our guidelines and philosophy.

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Sep 20, 2015