After such sizeable weeks with Warhammer 40K 8th Edition, the yoyo back and froth between 40K, Age of $igmar and Blood Bowl is in full swing! Next week sees three Start Collecting! Starter Sets - Beastclaw Raiders, Fyreslayers and Demons of Slaanesh. Usually these sets are pretty good value, just look at Tau in 40K or the Ironjawz in Ao$ - unfortunately for the Beastclaws and Fyreslayers, you';re really only getting two sets in these boxes. At least Slaanesh is more generous with a good sized force!. Meanwhile, Path To Glory, the new Ao$ supplement is out which takes you from Warband leader through amassing your forces, to full blown warlord. Great concept! For Blood Bowl players there's new team themed dice - Goblin, Orc, Skaven and human douchebag! Now, where's the Primaris tank?
Well it's another sizeable preorder week for Warhammer 40K 8th Edition with starter sets and Easy To Build sets coming out the wazoo! Now if you bought the Dark Imperium boxed set to get the miniatures, then this pre-order week may be a little bitter sweet, with the bulk of those minis now available in cheaper smaller sets. Know No Fear is a new starter set with the basic rules and 31 miniatures, First Strike has 15 minatures and is a quick start set. To accompany this new edition, like the launch of Age of $igmar, there is a Getting Started with Warhammer 40,000 magazine with free Primaris Marine. The Age of $igmar one was excellent, so two of these will be heading down to my nephews!
As far as stand alone miniatures go, there are three new Easy To Build set - Primaris Marines, Primaris Marine Reivers, Death Guard and Pox Walkers. Check out the coloured sprues! Takes me back to the old games systems.
There's also a Death Guard paint set - but this is pretty crappy; little sample pot sized paints!? Have a look at almost any other manufacturer and they will give you standard sized paints in themed sets. Why would a Death Guard player even want to buy this? They wouldn't. GW should take the hit, sell this at a bundle deal price and include normal pot sizes. More people would buy it so it's hardly a loss!
In terms of game play, GW have released some Open Play cards. 48 cards split into 5 types to supposedly help you determine the deployment, objectives and special rules for Open Play games. Okay...
In non-miniature related releases, the Horus Heresy: Dark Compliance audio book is out and looks at a world under siege by the forces of the Warmaster. Could be super cool!
Well there's lots there for the bargain hunter to bite into, so go forth!
It seems like just the other week we were talking about White Dwarf - and in fact it was - that was the delayed June issue of White Dwarf, and this time we are looking at the July issue!
The July issue sports the same image that has been floating around for a number of the new 8th Edition releases - the valiant Ultramarine Captain (love the personal heraldry on the pauldron BTW) going toe to toe with some Plague Marines.
The image itself is probably a bit misleading, because even though last issue was packed to the brim with Warhammer 40K stuff, this issue does have some more general content for the hobbyist also - but don't be too fooled, 40K is the undoubted cash cow right now!
Sadly there is no Blood Bowl supplement this month, nor are there too many exclusive rules. The format that the White Dwarf Monthly launched with of having the exclusive rules all together has gone now, and if you're looking for them then it's a scouting job to find them.
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The Primaris juggernaut is rumbling along, but with still no sign of the multi-pose models, their transport vehicle or their dreadnought, GW have thrown out some characters to back up the current minis released in the Dark Imperium boxed set.
Both of these new miniatures, the Primaris Captain and the Primaris Librarian, come with alternate head choices, but the Captain in particular also comes with multiple weapon and hand options - the first real versatility we have seen in the Primaris range so far. Some of the armour on the Librarian is interesting too, with a new helmet, backpack and arm bracers. Neither of these models are cheap - keep that in mind before opening you wallet!
Meanwhile White Dwarf is out next week. We had a bit of a spray about WD a few weeks back, so here's hoping it's an improvement on recent issues.
The Tau get a look in next week with the Farsight novel which looks like more of the origin story, so that should be cool!
The launch of any new edition of Warhammer, whether it's 40K, Age of $igmar or even Horus Heresy is a big deal. With millions of fans around the world, any change to the universe is met with... well quite often a tonne of whinging, but also anticipation. No one was really ready for the changes made to the Warhammer universe with Age of $igmar - some may argue those changes weren't for the better - but evolution is evolution so may as well go along for the ride, especially if you don't have a choice..
Games Workshop are trying a new strategy with 8th Editon - they have split the Rules over one book, then the datasheets and faction specific rules over a collection of Indexes. They say they will release Codex for the factions later, which you certainly hope they will because the background and fluff for anything but the Imperium in the rule book is so scant it almost seems like an after thought.
So - lets dive inside and break down what you get...
Well 8th Edition is here... and it kinds of feels temporary with this week's pre-orders - which for the main part are Age of $igmar.
This is a thing that Games Workshop sometimes do - they do a big release, then the next week alternate it with... well nothing really. In our minds it really doesn't work. Think of the big releases that really worked - Tzeentch, an amazing release that was balls to the wall consuming and had such momentum, some with the Dark Elves a while back, even Stormcast if you're into those. Now this week we get some Age of $igmar reboxes?
This week sees two excellent characeters from the Age of Sigmar starter box get a release; Vandus Hammerhand on his dragon-pony and Khorgos Khul and his Bloodsecrator bannerman. Two great sets at a not too horrible price. Speaking of prices, the Thunder & Blood starter set is excellent value if you're thinking of getting into Age of $igmar with a tonne of minis! In related products, Scions of Elysia audio drama sees the Elysian Drop Troops return and Hallowed Knights: Plague Garden is a Stormcast novel. Can you tell how excited we are by the Stormcast novel? It's palpable!!
This month's White Dwarf is late - in fact two weeks late - "and why" I hear you ask? Well fellow travellers on this roller coaster they call "life", it was so the release of Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition wouldn't be spoiled, so we would all gather together around the fireplace as one, like a Tyranid Hive Mind, and enjoy the great unveiling. Now in the days before the internet this would work marvelously - but Games Workshop have managed to saturate the internet so fully with their 8th Edition gushing that there is absolutely nothing new in this issue. We have literally seen it all, read it all, even tasted it all because I know you secretly want to put one of those new Primaris Space Marines in your mouth!
Oh sure there is some new-ish stuff outside of 40k, but if you're getting this issue for 40k, well wait until tomorrow and just pick up the new game! SO... why did Games Workshop hold this off? We're pretty sure it was the game play walk through, that or because they're mean!
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Last week we gave you (to use a peculiar Australian-ism) "the good oil" on the pre-orders for this week. With a two week pre-order window, this week was never going to be huge.... unless of course they brought out the tank or maybe the individual boxes of Death Guard and Primaris Marines... which would be smart to keep the buzz alive, but alas they did not! Instead they give us a Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition special issue of White Dwarf.
The last "special issue" of White Dwarf was for Gathering Storm and was boring as bat-shit, so lets see what this issue delivers for readers and especially subscribers, who lets be honest have now waited an extra two weeks to get a White Dwarf they have already paid for!
And this leads us to this thought; do Games Workshop care about their subscribers?
Subscribers pre-pay for an issue hoping it will be good, blindly paying for the issue despite quality-sporadic production - especially in the last few issues.
The new White Dwarf started strongly and was very very good, but recently it has been less so, naff on occasion!
So what does the subscriber get as a reward? The answer - nothing special! Sure you might get the issue a few days early, but if it's crappy then you just get the kick in the goolies a few days early and you can't put it back on the shelf and save the money for some minis or something in real life.
With the advent of WH40K 8th Edition this would seem like the perfect opportunity to reward subscribers. How about giving subscribers a Primaris Marine taped to the front of their issue? They're being given away in some stores, so it's not like it's a crazy idea PLUS it would encourage future sales.
Being a subscriber, and therefore loyal, to Games Workshop seems to gain us as subscribers absolutely nothing. So why do it? The answer is, we won't be again.
Having bought White Dwarf since 1989, been a subscriber on and off in that time, it again comes down to not being treated well by Games Workshop. Why show loyalty when that is not returned?
In the recent video released with Jervis (ALL PRAISE THE MASTER) and Robin, they start mentioning "Keywords" that will be found on teh new Datasheets. These are words like "Imperium" or "Ork" - they basically tie your unit and it's allies together. Interestingly there are also other Keywords that will identify your Chapter (if you use Space Marines), which will allow you to make sure the right characters are leading the right troops. Now this got us thinking...
This doesn't seem like it would be that important if you were using pen and paper and designing your forces to play your friends - but what if you were using an App. Now when you added a character to your force, or even a Wish List, you could make sure the right character was leading the right army. or maybe you were trying to add Librarians to a Chapter that doesn't have Librarians (World Eaters for example). Having these Keywords work like metadata or Tags would allow you, as the App User to easily make sure the unit you were building was (a) legal and (b) fluff-worthy.
This seems like a logical idea and frankly how soemthing like an App using metatdata would be ableo to easily identify units and groupings - they certainly couldn't purely by the name! What do you think?
Now lets take a flight of fancy and expand this a bit more and imagine this was then somehow integrated with the online store. The App User could build their force in the App, then click on the miniature they wanted to add and they would be directed to the store to buy it. Games Workshop could then see what people are buying, wanting to field and the cater to that.
If we were GW, this is something we might be looking at!