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!
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!
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!!
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?
Holy bananas!! When GW drop a new edition, they really drop a new edition. There are so many new products, this may take a week to go through!
Okay, so we have the Dark Imperium boxed game that has the community buzzing. You would have to say it's an impressive box, with the full hardback rules included. The miniatures are, however, not super poseable - so be aware.
Then there's the rulebook itself - Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition and it's SUPER expensive Deluxe Edition partner in crime. Surely this is the most expensive edition we have seen in a while - I mean there's a lot in there! But the rulebook is just part of it/ To supplement the rules, there are also five different Index - reasonably priced collections of datacards and some limited background. Hopefully this won't mean the end to larger books of fluff for the races - but if so, this follows the boring as bat-shit Dark Angels Codex template which is pretty disappointing. There are of course the usual Tactical Objective Cards, new dice including the Command Dice and Wound Trackers (which come in a variety of colours to choose from) and also a Combat Gauge in case you don't know how to use a tape measure. The Combat Gauge is also double sided - one Imperial and one Chaos. In terms of miniatures, the Sector Imperialis Tactical Objectives are super cool and sees the first time that Games Workshop have used the Japanese technology that Bandai use of putting two different plastic types on the one sprue. Something to add to your paint collection (also in spray can) is the new Death Guard Green - which you'd think would be in the colour of Death Guard shoulder pads...
To coincide with this release, there are also a collection of Starter Collection sets which come with the Index you need for that force. This is actually pretty smart, especially if you're thinking of trying a new army.
As with any game release there is a novel release too, Dark Imperium tells the story of two star-crossed lovers trying to reunite while also looking for their lost goat.... no - that's another book, this one is far less interesting but has more pow pow and zap zap!
As you may know, a lot of today's pre-orders are actually set for a June 17th release, so it's a two week pre-order window BUT, the things released next week will be:
Audio Drama-wise there is Champions of the Eternal War which is an anthology of different short dramas. Sadly Lemartes gets his own novel which is released on this week - bad luck for the Chaplain. The Crimson King, the next in the Horus Heresy novels is also out and tells the story of two star-crossed lovers trying to reunite while also looking for their lost magical goat.... it's Magnus, go on tell me that's not in this book!!
With the flurry of news bot official and leaked in the last week about Warhammer 40k 8th Edition, this week's pre-orders are very small release - Hobbit-sized in fact.
First off is the Thorin Okakenshield & Company set - some of the skinniest Dwarves one is likely ever to see - and then there's the Goblin King and Retinue. Both of these sets are plastic, which is nice for conversions, but again come from the least successful of the Peter Jackson movie trilogies. Lord of the Rings was by far the better series.
Next up is a Blood Bowl bases set and shows just how lazy GW thinks hobbyists are. Now you can get bases with the hole pre-drilled in them... it's a hole, people!
And finally the next Horus Heresy novel, this one a Salamanders one - Sons of the Forge.
Don't forget, next week will see the two week pre-order window for 8th Edition start. Save your pennies for the 17th, because that's when this is all going to start to drop.
Age of $igmar (yes the "$" is back after the Kharadron releases) has a new skirmish ruleset, literally called Skirmish, oddly. This allows bands of anywhere from a few to 15 and above to fight small skirmishes rather than pitch battles. Helpfully there are also some releases to go along with this, including a gaming Necropolis-themed gaming mat and the Sigmarite Mausoleum, which is actually 2 x Garden of Mor sets in the one box
There's also 4 new warbands, the Hammerstrike Bretheren (disappointingly these are mostly the snap fit models), the Weirdnobz, Bloodbound Frenzied Wartribe and the Nightfeast Hunters.
Also next week there's the Iron Hands: Eye of Medusa novel and the 3 mini audio drama compilation Echoes of Revelation.
Now the hot gossip is that 8th Edition will begin pre-orders next week (a two week lead-in to actual delivery like Silver Tower). The bad news is that the Nurgle Marines are snap fit not multi-pose, so will be curious to see what type of Space Marines will come in that set too! We shall see....
A little while back we were talking about Blood Bowl needing some support or potentially being relegated to the "Specialist Games" pit of doom! Well next week there is at least two new releases and some Made To Order just for Blood Bowl fans.
Blood Bowl Season Two kicks off with a new book Death Zone. This book includes rules for Underworld Denizens, Goblins and Chaos Renegades s well as 12 new Star Players – some from teams we haven't seen yet like the Dark Elf, High Elf, Wood Elf, Amazon, Human, Halfling and Lizardmen teams; To Accompany the book, the new Goblin team The
Scarcrag Snivellers are also out with some very cool sculpts. Now if you don't want the whole team - you can just get four of them! The Goblins also form a part of other teams to make bundles like the Underworld Creepers with Skaven and Da Deff Skwad with Orcs - with an added Troll for good measure and some sizeable thumpidge!.
Also in Blood Bowl, there are some Made To Order teams from the past - Lizardmen and Kroxigor to give them extra hitting power, Necromantic Horror, Shambling Undead, and High Elf. Now if only we could get some new plastic Elf teams...
Also next week is the Jain Zar: The Storm of Silence book looking at the infamous Eldar Phoenix Lord.
It's been a sad week in the Beardy Hammer world, with the passing of Fenris Hobby Cat! He helped with every review and every article written here on the site - mostly by trying to knock the keyboard out of the way to get as much lap as possible. You may have first met Fenris and his sister Thud! here when they were first rescued (left). He was a good boy, always wanting to help hobby. We will miss him. Fenris 2013 - 2017
With White Dwarf released this week (our disappointed review here) and everything in the way of new minis apparently having been previewed (ie. nothing new in WD) , this week is a bit of a fizzer in terms of pre-orders.
It's the tail end of the Kharadrons. with the Endringgers/ Skywardens dual kit being an expensive end to the troops. There are two specialists, the Aether-Khemist, who is kind of like a hazardous environment trooper and the very cool Ednrinmaster, who pretty much encapsulates all things Kahardron in one miniature.
In other releases, the much-anticipated novel Azrael by Gav Thorpe is out. Dark Angels had half a second of sun recently and have since disappeared. Also next week is yet another Shadow Wars "deal" - the Shadow War: Armageddon Collection is the Galvanic Magnavent and Ferratonic Furnace plus the rule book.
With 8th Edition 40K in the wind, they need to do something soon, because we had a flurry of releases and now not much at all, certainly seemingly no surprises!