Now we are assuming this is week one, becaus the new Cryptek model is not here!
The Necrons seem to be a big deal in the current Warhammer 40K story; they have had a lot of attention on the Community page with multiple articles (compared to the 2 for Tau), they're in the new Forgebane boxed set and there were potentially veiled references to them in the new T'au Codex and of course an integral part in the now long-forgotten Gathering Storm story arch. This week sees Week 1 of the Necron releases, with a brand new Start Collecting! Necrons set - now if you want to compare the old and the new, we did that for you last week if you want to see what is better value. There is of course a new Codex with the Unicron Collector's Edition and the Soundwave standard Codex: Necrons - no difference between the two except the price and a different cover. There are of course also the obligatory Datacards: Necrons. In terms of miniatures, the Canoptek Wraiths and Tomb Blades get a reboxing plus there is a massive set, the Necron Dynasty Battalion Detachment which gives you just about everything!
Now we are assuming this is week one, becaus the new Cryptek model is not here!
Having a look inside the Necrons Codex, it looks like it's the same high production values as the T'au Codex which is a very impressive tome, in fact a one-stop shop - certainly a vast improvement on recent Codex. Have a look at this Sautekh Dynasty page with all new art and some nice fluff!!
Everyone's favourite Necron fighter, the Doom Scythe, has been completely removed form the Games Workshop webstore. Having been released in 2012, the Doom Scythe has been listed as Out of Stock for some time, and now it's not even listed and showing a Records Expunged on the active links in Google.
Her'es hoping it makes a return soon. This did happen to the Dark Eldar Venom and then it turned up again - so who knows this could be temporary, but it doesn't look to good for a very cool miniature!
++ EDIT - On day of pre-orders, guess what showed up? Yep. plus the Flayed Ones and whole lot more ++
Games Workshop have lifted the lid on some of their upcoming releases at Adepticon - and first off... Idoneth Deepkin. Effectively Dark Elves under the sea, there seems to be an almost Slaaneshi influence to their armour. Certainly some amazing looking kits, both dynamic and powerful. Very curious to read their background and work out where they're from. Have a look at this awesome video!
Imperial Knights weren't missed out- not only are they getting a new Codex, they're also getting a very large rearmament! Have a look at this beast! Built around the current Imperial Knight kit, is this an upgrade box, or a whole new model?
People seem to be desperate for Sisters of Battle - well 2019 is your year. Not much to see here, but this is the official announcement of all your dreams come true!
Have a look at this! This looks like a massive kit - maybe a carriage drawn by horses - and it's all Nagash and his Legions of Death - but it's not just this miniature, it has a very spiky friend...
GW took some pretty draconian action on some of the online list builders for 40K, and it was because they were building their own - this video is scant on details, but you get the idea!
A new Event Exclusive miniature was also revealed - it's Primaris, so bit of a bummer there, but it's a great stance and powerful looking dude!
Some AWESOME reveals there! What do you think of these reveals??
Alrighty - next week the Necrons get their new Codex and to coincide with that there is a new Start Collecting set. Star Collecting Necrons is actually one of the few Start Collecting Sets released so far for the new 8th Edition Codex - BUT before the 2016 version disappears, which one is better value?.
The 2016 version of the Start Collecting has Necron Warriors (plus Scarab Swarm) a Necron Overlord and the awesome looking Triarch Stalker! If you were to buy them separately at retail, you'd be looking at $163 AUD.
The 2018 version of Start Collecting Necrons has Necron Warriors (plus Scarab Swarm), the same Necron Overlord, an Annihilation Barge/ Catacomb Command Barge and a unit of Necron Immortals/ Deathmarks.
If you were to buy these separately at retail you'd be paying $194 AUD.
So monetarily 2018 wins, and with two combi-kits in the 2018 version you also have more flexibility and more left over bitz (inlcuding the Necron Overlord left over from the Catacomb Command Barge if you build the Annihilation Barge option).
Each of these sets give a really nice core to your army, but the 2018 version, as well as being more flexible, gives you more options in terms of tactical play with the Deathmarks/ Immortals combi-kit giving you either snipers or heavy hitting power, plus the Barge option mentioned earlier.
The 2016 version does have the Triarch Stalker which is hands down one of my favourite models EVER, but the room it takes up in the box means you miss out on some other goodies - which are in the 2018 version.
Long time Necron players, let us know if we've missed something here. Always happy for feedback
Bit of a quiet week this one, with GW only releasing their new boxed game Forgebane, which also includes the new Armiger Warglaive Knights - two in fact! The rest of the box is already released minis, but there is a 40 page book in the set that promises to introduce a new phase in the Warhammer 40k story; covering the discovery of blackstone deposits, and the battle between the Necrons and Adeptus Mechanicus to secure them, a galactic map featuring the location of forge worlds, knight worlds, fallen forge worlds and Necron dynasties, a look at Imperial Knights, and introducing the Knight Armigers, a section on Quarry Worlds and the background on the new Necron Cryptek mini.
There's also an audio drama next week; Titan's Bane that tells the story of that time Charlize Theron joined the Imperial Tank Corp - seriously - have a look!
In other release news, Forge World have announced the pre-order for their first Necromunda upgrades - these ones for Escher. Little underwhelming I might say and also quite late. Releasing one weapon set for each of the three factions would probably have been smarter as these Escher sets all look very similar.
Now Forgebane is quite a hefty price, the same as the Horus Heresy boxes, but with only a small amount of new minis - so have a look around at some of the other dealers online. We saw Mighty Ape this morning for customers from Australia ($30 off) and New Zealand ($50 off) ... the rest of the world pays less anyway.
++ BTW, this isn't an ad - we didn't get paid - it's just giving you options. Also check international sellers on eBay and people splitting the box on Facebook groups ++
Games Workshop have unveiled their latest gang for Necromunda - and it's the formerly techno-enhanced House Van Saar. Having a look at these minis, you can see how these are going to be popular with customisers - especially people interested in making their own Assassins - those dynamic legs, unusual weapons and some techno heads that would be perfect. The legs and arms are also great for Guard or Security Teams for Necromunda or even the upcoming Kill Team! If you look closely you will also see the clear combat shield which will be very sought after for sure! Certainly a lot of potential and the chatter here today has been very much on conversions - and how we all wouldn't use the bare human heads!
In the old Necromunda there were some very cyber-enhanced Van Saar - mainly the Heavies - so it will be interesting to see if we get those too.
Now the elephant in the room with these minis is how they are really quite similar to the Corvus Belli Infinity range - from the pipes and hoses to the tactical suits and poses that are a lot more modern military than sci-fi that GW usually produce. We contacted Corvus Belli today and will keep the correspondence to ourselves, but there certainly seemed to be some amusement from them at this release.
Speaking of Kill Team...!
As we mentioned, Kill Team is coming back and it looks really great too. Not only did almost everyone get a nice new paint job for this video - except the Tau of course - but there is new large urban terrain! As you will see, it is multi-level and designed by the same team behind the current range of Sector Mechanicus kits.
This certainly seems to have a more RPG sound to it, with squad progression and customisation, so almost like a twist on Necromunda, but maybe a little more involved. Maybe this is how GW will head with their games - have 40k for the large games and then have something like this with the RPG element like Rogue Stars or other games like that in the market.
Okay, so we all have wish lists and projects on the go and things we want to do - it's part of the hobby - but sometimes there's so much going on in the planning stages that it gets too much.
This post is to share, and hopefully also hear from you about what you're working on or WANT to work on so we can encourage each other - as a community!
In the spirit of giving, we'll go first....
The T'au (yes that's how it's spelled now!) are a burgeoning empire on the fringes of space, but as their ambitions grow, so does conflict with the Imperium of Man - a very different empire. The T'au, you see, are built on the idea of spreading their new unified order and a better existence for all - very different from the superstition and xenophobia of the Imperium of Man. As the T'au bring more worlds into their fold, be aware, that although diplomacy is always their first choice, if resistance is encountered, negotiations are swiftly and aggressively replaced with a purely military solution.
The T'au Codex has been long awaited, with a veritable revolution brewing in the online T'au community who have been existing on the supplementary rules in Index Xenos 2 (which gives stats for units, but no stratagems or new ways to play in 8th Edition) putting an already fragile army at a disadvantage. But now the full rules are here!! The Tau Codex comes in two flavours; the Diplomacy Is The Key Collectors Edition and the Mecha Fist Punch standard edition. There are also the Data Cards... and apart from that there's nothing new! Yes there is a T'au Sphere Expansion bundle, but no repackaged minis or new models.
The T'au are a great model range, and with rumours of unit cost drops, it will be interesting to see what the community think of this new approach. Hopefully it will see some nice fluffy armies and less of the power gaming and strange combinations players have been forced to make do with to face 8th edition forces who already have Codex, or face defeat. Hopefully the Dark Eldar get their turn soon, because that is a very fragile army that needs skill to field effectively.
There are also a bevy of books coming next week - Nagash: The Undying King by Josh Reynolds tells the story of Skeletor's younger brother and his attempts to eclipse his sibling. I reality, this novel was only previously available as a Warhammer World-exclusive limited edition, so if you're into Nagash - jump on this one! Khârn: The Red Path is the collected version of the previously serialised short stories; Furnaces of Haeleon, Will of the Blood God, Abaddon Denied, Blood Vision, Wrath of the Emperor, Disciples of Khârn, Skulls of Salandraxis and Court of the Daemons. Dante by Guy Haley is the paperback version of the hardcover from a few weeks ago, and Cult of the Spiral Dawn was previously called Legends of the Dark Millennium: Genestealer Cults but now includes the short story Casts a Hungry Shadow.
The second week of Daughters of Khaine kicks off with the most highly anticipated minis, the Melusai Blood Sisters/ Melusai Blood Stalkers combi kit and the Khinerai Lifetakers/ Khinerai Heartrenders combi kit. Both of these units aren't your line troops - they're more specialists - as you can probably guess by the 5 minis per box and the higher price tag. Interestingly, if you have a look at the rules, there is another Khinerai listing; the Harpies. Many Dark Eldar players are looking at both of these as additions to their Sslyth bodyguard or Scourges units.
There are also some terrain sets released too - the Azyrite Ruins, and the Realm of Battle: Blasted Hallowheart which includes the ruins, plus 4 fold-out cardboard gaming boards, that form a 113x168cm battlefield. The boards are double-sided, one side featuring a set of overgrown remains and stonework – and the other featuring a volcanic landscape!
For very old Beardys like some of us, the Azyrite Ruins being moulded in the tan plastic is a throwback to the classic plastic beaky Space Marines, Rhino and Land Raider that all came on tan sprues!
On the front page of the Games Workshop webstore, there is also a placeholder for Black Library Print On Demand, so keep your eyes peeled when the UK pre-orders go up as we may see some products there.
++ BTW - do you think Khinerai is pronounced like canary, as in the bird, because that's kind of funny... ++
The recent Daughters of Khaine Battletome has only increased rumours that Games Workshop may indeed be introducing "fishmen" with the inclusion of Idoneth Deepkin and the recent underwater scenery piece previewed. Rumours are speculating an Aelven type race, but what if Games Workshop were drawing influence from a very successful Kickstarter...
In 2013 Cool Mini or Not launched what was, at the time, the most successful miniature Kickstarter. to date - Wrath of Kings. One of the adversaries in that were the House of Hadross which had some really awesome miniatures, including some very large beasts.
Knowing the lead time it takes Games Workshop to get an idea into miniature form, 2013 (and the eventual much-delayed miniature delivery in 2015) would make the time they would have been designing the Idoneth Deepkin surely around then... and this very successful Kickstarter surely couldn't have missed their attention!
We're only spit-balling here, but it will be very interesting to see what this release, rumoured to be April, will look like!