Book Review: Storm of Iron

Storm of Iron
by Graham McNeill

What I liked:

  • The characters are believable and appropriately developed.
  • There are various Imperial groups represented in the story and they interact with each other appropriately. While some groups are more secretive, elite, or bound to protocol than others they still support each other and show mutual respect because they all fight for the Emperor. This is lacking in other stories where you wonder how anything in Imperium is accomplished at all.
  • Excellent job of portraying the power struggle that Chaos characters are faced with and how they deal with it differently. I would have preferred more of the political maneuvering but it may not have been suited to the pace of the book.
  • Multiple sub-plots that serve the main plot well and intertwine believably.
  • Unpredictable twists and betrayals.

What I didn’t like:

  • My only gripe with the book is that some of the combat was a bit too drawn out for my own taste. It’s something that I struggle with in many books about warfare but I suppose it is appropriate given the subject matter. I heard it referred to as war porn once and that sounded like a great name for it. That said, it’s not over board in this book and it didn’t tarnish my opinion of the story.

I had heard and read a lot of good things about the book before picking it up, so my expectations were high. I wasn’t disappointed and definitely recommend giving it a read. That said, I typically assume that I shouldn’t be expecting a mind blowing read for anything associated with a saga or ‘world’, such as Dragon Lance or Warhammer 40k, so take that for what it’s worth. As these sorts of novels go I thoroughly enjoy Storm of Iron and can see myself reading it again at some point. This was the first novel by Graham McNeill that I’ve read and I’m looking forward to reading his other books in the future.


IG vs Necrons

My two previous updates included the addition of my Imperial Guard and Necrons armies. Entirely out of coincidence, I came across some photos of a game that my brother and I played around four years ago using those very armies, so I thought i would share them here. You’ll notice that some of the models are unpainted in the pictures. I actually finished painting both armies later that year.  *Update* Looks like there were some Eldar on the table as well at some point.

Inaugural post

Welcome to Waging War and Spilling Paint. I have several ideas for this site and I’m going to roll them out gradually to keep things manageable. Being that it’s only be two days since I set everything up I’m still undecided on the theme and some structural things but this works for now. There is still a lot to do to but for now I’ve added a small bit of content:

The basic structure of the Army Gallery page has been established, as has the For Decay! page.

The Imperial Guard gallery and some old photo’s of For Decay!’s city fight terrain board are ready for viewing.

Finally, the links section has been fleshed out.