How much gold paint can one magazine take?
Well this issue of White Dwarf continues the theme of golden knights in the service of Sigmar as we delve further into the ever changing universe of Warhammer (Age of Sigmar).
I must admit, I am wondering what they will drop first, the "Warhammer" bit or the "Age of Sigmar" bit - I'm banking on the latter as more books, characters and story arcs are added.
Have you been like me and having great fun looking at the epic pictures of miniatures trying to spot the new ones that haven't been featured yet? Well I think I've found one too...
Apart from mini spotting, this issue launches not only a new commander, some new scenery, but it's also the debut of the fifth Chaos God - The Horned Rat... urgh. But more on that later.
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This is an imposing model! He's very ornate, and from painting one of the Liberators from the boxed game last week, he would likely be a joy to paint. If you haven't painted any of the Sigmar stuff yet, it really is rewarding once you pick out all those details.
Now his buddy, the Gryph-Hound is so cool! The sculptor has perfectly combined the haughty look of a bird of prey and the sleek cat-like lower body. Great looking miniature!
The kit is a bit pricey though, so expect this guy to hopefully pack a punch on the battlefield too!
The Ophidian Archway is effectively the front of a building in two levels with ornate decorations on both sides and modular walkway.
The Baleful Realmgates are an important part of the new Warhammer universe and the kit includes two. The detail across the top of the arch could actually be a pointer to a later miniature release. If you look closely the warriors are fighting skeletons, but the warriors themselves look like Vikings or Normans (same thing technically). Could this be the new look for the Bretonnians or Empire? Hope so!!
Now on the look of the Realmgates themselves...
The first painted images of the Realmgates we saw had a green/ blue kind of spiritual energy coming out of them - not dissimilar to the effect used so well on Nagash and his dudes.
But this week Games Workshop have changed that and started using yellow (left)... which to one of our keen-eyed observers says looks like melted cheese! A little too close to this guy (below) Pizza The Hut from the Star Wars spoof film "Spaceballs". Gross!
The other Forge World release is Roboute Gulliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines. This is a very ornate model and many of the paint jobs I've seen so far haven't been that great, but this one is a cracker showing this model in all it's glory. This has to be seen!
Unfortunately this is where I get a bit lost in this new Age of Sigmar. There are the traditional Gods of Chaos, who get their own spread here, but as you may have heard Slaanesh is missing and his followers leaderless. Slaanesh is the man/woman (sexy times!!) - Bring Slaanesh back!!
This plot point had better be good because the next thing they did is [++CENSORED++].
So it seems that the Horned Rat is now a God. *SIGH*
Really? He's just a big rat!
What about Khoine? This could split the already fractious relationship of the united Elves (Aelf). Khaine's cool and he has a big sword! The Horned rat to me just seems like an off-shoot of Nurgle.
That's my thoughts - keen to hear yours...
There's also some Tyranids... the 25 weeks of Tyranid releases killed my interest, sue me!
Look - if the rats can have a God in the pantheon then so can the scrolls, alright?!
All Praise the Chaos God Cinnamon Scroll - so tempting but also fattening. Pure, unadulterated evil!
Actually Slaanesh gave out free tips, but that's a different story! "Just the tip...". Sneaky Slaanesh!
That piece of scenery in the foreground with the big skull on it is new too, but not as cool as flying dudes with spears and shields. It's like a 1980's dream come true and Hawk Men are all the rage!
Mind you if those Prosecutors are in next week's White Dwarf... eeek squeeel!!
The hot money is on the ranged Liberators though, so don't hold your breath.
You could miss this week's and really not be too fussed. We already know about the Horned Rat from weeks and weeks of End Times issues...