As some of you may know over the last couple of years we have been making content for our YouTube channel. This includes painting tutorials, battle reports, reviews and much more. The channel has grown very well over the last few months and we really enjoy making the content. We have put a lot of investment into making the content which has allowed us to grow the channel and we want to do even more with it. That's why we have started a Patreon page to help make this a possibility. Of course we have some great rewards on offer or our Patreons who support us. The bags of gubbinz that we sell on our website are one of our rewards and for the time being this is the only way to obtain them. Another reward is a free shipping voucher code that you can use as much or as little as you want. The video below goes into a little bit more detail:
For our upcoming Path to Glory campaign on our Youtube Channel, we have created this page with photos of our lords plus our starting rosters.
NURGLE WARBAND ROSTER - nurgle
TZEENTCH WARBAND ROSTER - Tzeentch
KHORNE WARBAND ROSTER - khorne
SLAANESH WARBAND ROSTER - slaanesh
Former capital world of the Thracian Sector, Odessos Prime was never a shining beacon of imperial virtue for during the great crusades was an independent realm called the Oddryssian Kingdom that fought fiercely to deny the imperial truth. Eventually brought to compliance, the sector stayed out of the Horus Heresy and existed in relatively stable peace, rather unusual for an imperial sector on the fringe of imperial space.
In mid M39 a catastrophic accident occurred, the first moon exploded over the capital shattering the sectorial fleet that just happened to be at anchorage in orbit and of course decimated the planet beneath. Weakened the entire sector came under prey from Xenos incursions such as Ork Waaaaaghs! and Eldar pirates.
Upon Odessos Prime amidst all the destruction hive Tertius declared independence from the imperium and launched forbidden atomics assumed supplied by rogue elements of the mechanicus and decimated swathes of the two remaining hives Primus and Secundus before defensive measures could be taken.
Now after 500 years the Imperium has launched a reclamation campaign into the sector with seemingly random goals and a fierce intensity. One of the primary goals is the reconquest of Odessos Prime for which the situation has since deteriorated upon the planet.
Two factions currently vie for dominance upon the surface, the newly revealed forces of Chaos that was behind the rebellion of Hive Tertius and The Imperial loyalists of Hive Primus that are still attempting to maintain order.
History : The Last 500 Years
500 years ago - The Calamity: The event that rendered the entire sector defenceless. The entire sectorial fleet had gathered at the orbital shipyards about to embark on an important endeavour now forgotten, and though security was tight no one could of anticipated the primary moon exploding. The explosion devastated the fleet and shipyards, the resultant debris rained destruction upon the world devastating swathes of the land. As if this was not enough Hive Tertius declared war on the other two hives and levelled Hive Secundus with forbidden Atomic weaponry.
460 years ago - Revelation: Hive Tertius finally reveals its true colours as increasing waves of chaos warbands arrive and daemons are summoned into service.
500 - 20 years ago - The Years of Terror: 480 years pass with a grinding stalemate with the loyalist forces defending the remnants of Hive Secundus pushed back and now defending the besieged Hive Primaris. A few isolated mechanicus outposts hidden from the populace reveal themselves during this time and lend aid to the populace.
20 years ago - The Krieg - 3 lone troop transports exit the warp above planet and immediately descend to hive primaris’s starport the defenders unsure about the new arrivals are relieved when Death Korps of Krieg emerge specifically the 135th Assault Brigade with the 113th Death Rider Brigade attached. These forces save the day on more than one occasion but are unable to tip the balance in the imperiums favour.
15 years ago - Zylek : The imperial forces holding well due to the kriegs expertise in siege warfare are outmanoeuvred when chaos forces use sorcery to create warp portals teleporting them into there midsts, the Krieg General is cut down in a challenge by “Zylek Architect of Despair” a dark apostle of the black legion believed to of been behind the initial corruption. Before the krieg could get revenge Zylek escaped through the warp. Field Marshal Kruger of the 113th Death Riders takes overall command and is renowned for his stubbornness.
Now - Salvation: The imperial defences have collapsed and the chaos host march on Hive Primarus. The imperial forces see all hope lost and Governor Garrick Al’Vorn considers overloading the hives generators to cause a cataclysmic explosion. All hope however is not lost for above the turbulent stormy skies an imperial crusade fleet has entered orbit hoping to liberate the defenders below.
What happens next? We shall soon find out.....
I've had these painted up for a while not but haven't got round to updating the blog. These Death Company and the Librarian Dreadnought are the latets additions to the Bitzbox Chapter. I do plan on adding more Death Company in the future.
So we have a winner of the Bitzbox Chapter Design competition. Congratulations to Joshua Henry Christian Lockwood for this design.
I am really looking forward to painting the quartered coloured scheme as it's something I've never done before. I will be making an odd change to this design, for example the left shoulder pad will be white so the chapter symbol will stand out better. I may have dark grey weapon casings if the lighter red doesn't stand out from the darker red. The chest eagle will also be dark grey instead of silver.
Over the coming weeks I hope to have some models to show you guys. I have my christmas break coming up so hopefully that will give me plenty of painting time.
With the imminent release of the new Blood Angels codex I have decided to start up a Bitzbox Space Marine Chapter using the codex. I thought it would be a great opportunity for another competition and on our Facebook page I have a post where people can post their designs for the colour scheme of this new Chapter. The best design will win one of the special characters from the new Deathstorm boxed set (your choice).
Last week I attended and participated in a local Space Marine Painting competition at my FLGS Boundless Realms. The competition had a good turnout with painters from varied ages and skill levels. What made this competition fun and balanced was that the best painter or best painted model doesn't guarantee victory. Each participant had to paint the Space Marine for a custom chapter and they also had to come up with a chapter symbol, name and some fluff for their chapter. Points were awarded for the best of these as well as for uniqueness of colour scheme.
There were a small number of less serious entries including my own 'Barbie' marine. I wanted to paint a Space Marine pink as it's a colour I've not worked with a lot so I thought it would be a good opportunity to practice it. The Barbie theme came about after coming up with a silly battle cry of 'Come on Astartes, let's go party' which I felt was too funny to not use. I'm afraid my mind works in weird ways. Other comical entries included the Mr Blobby marine and the McDonalds Marine.
Below are the top three places from left to right, below them are the chapter names with their fluff. Congratulations to them!
1st. Scarred Hands; These Space Marines are mostly made up of Apothecaries and like nothing more than to replace any body part in a heartbeat and wear the scars with pride. Also the chapter master may of at one point used the arm of a fallen chaos lord as a replacement arm for himself (HERESY!!!!).
2nd. Lords of Atom; What do you get if you give Space Marines Nuclear Fusion? Neon blue and green crazys thats what. These space marines love strange forbidden technology so much, that they work almost exclusively with the mechanicus on mars and it is rumored that they worship another God over the God Emperor (HERESY!!!!)
3rd. Scions of Abraxes; With the destruction of their homeworld Abraxes IV. This second founding Chapter is now fleet based. Originally named the Sons Of Abraxes the chapter changed their name in remembrance of this event. Curiously a previously undetected Tyranid hive fleet was destroyed by the nova that claimed their homeworld and it is hinted that the Alpha legion may had somthi.......(HERESY!!!!)
An amazing 1218 people filled in a questionnaire and were all entered into a prize draw to win Nagash which was won by Paul Constant. So I thought I would write up a blog post which shares the results of our latest questionnaire with you guys. This post shares the results of the yes/no answers as well as the ratings for different aspects of the consumer experience.
How Did You Hear About Us?
Google - 564
Facebook - 167
Twitter - 4
Word of Mouth - 271
Other - 197
I wasn't too surprised to see that Google drives the most traffic to Bitzbox. I'm quite happy with the high percentage of people who have found us via word of mouth but was surprised that only 4 people found us for the first time on Twitter. That said it's not a platform I use as much as Facebook for example and maybe that's something I should use more.
Rate Bitzbox (average results)
Overall Experience -4.84
Prices - 4.4
Restock Rate - 3.5
Shipping Costs - 4.4
Shipping Time - 4.75
I'm quite happy to see these averages are quite high. Not surprisingly the low ratings for shipping costs and time were from customers outside the UK. This is partly due to Royal Mail's sharp increase in prices last year forcing us to raise the prices of international shipping overnight. Restock rate is of course an area of the business that needs improving and all bits sellers face the same problem here. For me the main issue is time rather than money. I'm seriously contemplating adding some part time staff at Bitzbox to help increase restocks in the near future so expect to see an improvement here, although no matter how much I restock it will never be quite enough I'm sure.
Have You Decided Not To Order Because...
Shipping Prices Too High?
Yes - 89
No - 1098
Prices Too High?
Yes - 168
No - 1109
Stock Too Low
Yes - 669
No - 501
Not much to add to these results. No surprises here. I always worry that our prices may be too high for certain items but then again people snap them up so fast. I always try to price items lower than eBay prices but for the most popular parts I try to sell them for a high price whilst trying to remain as fair as possible.
How Do You Get Stock Updates?
Automatic Email - 500
Facebook - 281
I Don't - 385
Are You Aware of Our Automatic Email Feature?
Yes - 830
No - 361
I'm glad such a high number of people use our automatic email feature. Since day 1 of Bitzbox I wanted this feature on the website and a few years ago I finally managed to found some working code for it. A couple of other sellers on the Internet have followed suit with this feature which I think is great.
How Often Should We Restock?
A few boxes daily? - 303
A lot of boxes weekly? - 732
A really lot of boxes monthly? - 164
For so long I was restocking a few boxes worth of stuff here and there on a semi daily basis. Now I've moved onto a weekly format, restocking regular GW items usually on a Monday afternoon. From my point of view this is my preferred way to restock and I'm glad the majority of customers agree.
Would You Like To See More GW Items?
Yes - 278
No - 899
Even though there is quite a high number of No results here, the people who have said yes have all given very similar results when it came to what GW sets they would like to see on the website. A lot of it is Fantasy stuff, such as Dwarves, Wood Elf and High Elf kits that we don't stock and larger kits from Fantasy. I can happily confirm that I will be adding a lot more Fantasy kits over the next few weeks so be sure to look out for them. Some people have requested very large 40k kits such as baneblades, knights and stompas. I just can't see myself ever stretching to these larger items anytime soon.
Would You Like To See More Forgeworld?
Yes - 864
No - 338
This is a pretty resounding yes. A lot of Warhammer Forge items and Horus Heresy Legion specific sets were requested so I'm sure within the next few months you'll see them appear for sale.
Would You Like To See More 3rd Party Bits?
Yes - 629
No - 505
Would You Like To See Other Game Systems?
Yes - 396
No - 788
A lot of people have commented that they just want to see more variety. I think I have wrongly assumed over the years that people visit the site knowing exactly what they want to purchase whereas in reality a lot of people just browse until they find something that catches their eye and gives them an awesome conversion idea. The people who visit the website in this way have said that more variety is never a bad thing so I will keep this in mind.
Would You Like To See More Modelling/Gaming?
Yes - 765
No - 440
A section of the website that is pretty quiet at the moment. I will eventually add a lot more items here and restock the ones we have. I may try and look for a wholesale supplier of items such as plasticard so I can offer these at a very low price.
I am happy to annouce that I have made my first ever video battle report for the Bitzbox Youtube Channel.
This is a 1000 pts kill point mission featuring Crimson Fists Space Marines vs Chaos Daemons. My opponent Callum is using my Chaos Daemon army, which he has not played before but I think he did pretty well considering. Early feedback has suggested a shorter format so in future videos I shall look into doing that. If I make enough videos I will probably be able to mix up the styles of bat reps so everyone will be able to find a video format they enjoy.