Posts Tagged ‘Baneblade’

To tie-in with Warhammer 40,000 Apocalypse (out now!), I was asked to write two short stories and they’ve both been released. The first, “Iron Harvest”, is a follow up to Baneblade, and follows Honoured Lieutenant Bannick as he leaves Kalidar to take command of his own super-heavy tank, Cortein’s Honour. It was great fun to continue Bannick’s adventures, and I got quite carried away, so it’s a pretty long short story. Um, by which I mean twice the commissioned length… So it’s a bargain for you!

The second is “Engine of Mork”, which is hot off the presses today! (Metaphorically speaking, as you know, it’s a digital story). I love orks, and I loved writing this tale of a mekboy mob down on its luck on a backwater world. A nascent Waaagh, Death Skull thievery, mek boy ingenuity and very big guns all feature prominently. Crump!

A couple of weeks ago I did an interview with Geoff and Carl at the wargaming podcast The Independent Characters. It was heaps of fun, and went up on the net earlier this week. I talk mostly about Baneblade, but within that cover my work process, what it’s like writing for The Black Library, where my ideas come from and other writing-craft related topics. Be aware, there are spoilers.

I’m very tired today, having been up in Yorkshire celebrating my 40th birthday. Yeah, FORTY. Now I feel… Not old exactly, but well on the way to it. Still, lots of fun, and my lovely family all clubbed together to buy me an iPad, so I am at least still “down” with the “kids” or whatever the youth of today say.

Reviews for Baneblade are beginning to multiply. Here’s one from The Founding Fields, and another from Grogheads. Reviews thus far have generally been positive. Apart from this one by MegaV at Imperator guides.

Now, every book gets reviewed badly by at least somebody. Reading’s a personal thing. In my time I’ve given low scores to books that thousands of others like, and vice versa. Sometimes, I’ve been quite hard on a book. Bad reviews, as I’ve said before, are as useful to a writer as good ones. More useful, if it’s a well-written, critically insightful review. I’ve learned a lot from mine.

And usually, responding to bad reviews is a bad idea, but when someone’s calling you “f*&kface” simply because they don’t like your book, well, that’s not cricket really. I was annoyed enough to mention it, let’s put it like that.  Also, I’d be really excited to attend one of MegaV’s gaming sessions, as they must have really huge battles with hundreds of tanks on each side. Mine, alas, are slightly more modest.

A favourable review of Baneblade from the Warseer forums.

Baneblade (Guy Haley).


Posted: April 19, 2013 in Fiction, The Black Library
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Man, I totally forgot to tell you about “Stormlord”, it’s been a busy week what with finishing the final draft of Crash of and all.

To tie-in with the release of Baneblade, “Stormlord” is a standalone short story about another big Warhammer 40,000 tank. I decided to keep the tales quite closely linked, so although this particular battle takes place on another world, with another Imperial Guard army group, it’s set contemporaneously with Baneblade (more or less, you know what warp travel’s like). The story features another regiment of Paragon, and concerns a relative of Colaron Bannick (the protagonist of Baneblade). To whit, what happens to a young nobleman whose cousin causes a massive scandal at home? Nothing good, I assure you. Jonas Bannick didn’t even want to join the guard, let alone end up with an infantry regiment, but he had very little choice.

Who knows, maybe I’ll write a story about them meeting. I suspect Jonas Bannick might punch Colaron Bannick right on the hooter.

Anyway, the Stormlord is my favourite Imperial super-heavy tank model; a squat, bulky beast of a thing with a massive cannon on the front and a huge transport bay to get that cannon fodder… I mean, brave warriors of the Imperium, right into the fray. And that’s exactly what happens in the story, as a trio of these steel monsters storm a system of heavy defences protecting a defence laser. “Stormlord” was released on Monday as part of The Black Library’s ongoing “Digital Monday” series. It’s a mere £1.50. If you like it, hurrah! — there are more to come.

Salute 2013

Posted: April 19, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I’ll be at Salute tomorrow along with Graham McNeill and John French for the Black Library, where I’ll be signing copies of Baneblade. If you fancy a chat, or want to throw a few coppers in my tin cup while I dance a desperate little jig for your entertainment, please come along to the trade stand, which bears the code TC10. This will make sense if you have a map, otherwise it’s meaningless, so get a map off the site, go on, get it! Space is tight, apparently, so I won’t be sat there all day, and I don’t think John would want me to perch on his knee (although if I give Graham a drink, he might let me), but I will be wandering around the event for the full seven hours. Watch out for me, I’m the vaguely gobliny character, who’ll no doubt be glassy-eyed with consumerist lust for all the shiny toys…

See, Salute’s this massive wargaming fair in London. It’s being held at ExCel in the docklands, somewhere I’ve not been for years. Being a thorough wargames nerd (to the very CORE – seriously, it’s literally written into my genes. My father is a wargamer and a toy soldier dealer. See? Genetic), attending Salute has been something I’ve wanted to do for ages. That I haven’t so far is simply for fear of the obscene amount of money I might spend on tiny toy men. Because, if there’s one thing I love more than beer, money, extreme bog snorkelling and… Well, that thing all men love, it’s tiny soldiers. I’m steeling myself right now against the temptations that will no doubt assail me. I might even put a mousetrap in my wallet. I don’t think it’s going to stop me though.

Whatever happens, my wife will probably kill me when I get back.

This is better than Christmas.