I have to admit, the new Orcs have not created much excitement here, BUT, when I saw this model up close this morning and the options - it was a must-buy. The Swampboss Skumdrekk/ Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast combi-kit not only offers these two models, but carries so much character in the stead itself, and for a fair price. it's not the only Orc combi-kit this week, there's also the Gobsprakk, The Mouth of Mork/ Killaboss on Corpse-rippa Vulcha bringing you the options to make one of two leaders. The model itself isn't huge, but the wing span gives it presence. Interestingly the price point is quite high, making it lose to Primarch pricing. The Swampy-Orcs also get the creepy-looking Marshcrawla Sloggoth, which has multiple crew and weapon options, but really, wouldn't you get nightmares just painting this? There's a new unit of Gutrippaz too, different from the ones in the starter set, with both spears or swords and axes. These are actually quite nice, and I'm being very good not being tempted. The forces of Order have some terrain this week, and if most of it looks familiar, you'd be right - the Domicile Shell, Domicile Shell with Winch and Guardian Idol are all available in the cheaper option (so pick this up while it's till around): Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Extremis Edition – Realmscape Expansion Set. There is also the Nexus Syphon which could be nice converted into all manner of scenery if you're not into the gleaming white look.
It's a pretty big week for Age of $igmar, with the two main contenders for this edition - the steadfast Stormcast and the new-look Orruk Warclans getting some additions and splits from the boxed edition to add to their forces. You think that would be enough to get our attention, but something that really got our attention was the new faction dice on pre-release this week, and how lacklustre they are! GW used to do amazing dice - think back to the Custodes, the Beastmen, Slaanesh and of course the Gloomspite Gitz. But it has to be said that these new dice look very cheap, boring, obviously not from their usual manufacturer. It's a real shame as their previous efforts always sold well, and looked great on the table. Everything about these new dice looks off; the finish, the colour (especially on the Chaos and Destruction ones) - they just lack the quality we are used to getting. Not sure what bean counter thought this move was a good idea, but for us it's a real drop in quality that wasn't needed.
Alrighty, Age of $igmar peeps, your time has come - Sigmar's merry band of gold-rod muscle dudes and dudettes are here with their Battletome, which comes in Chromed and Ready To Rumble Limited Edition and Hail To The Chief Standard Edition. There's two amazing new models for the Stormcast too - both push-fit (which makes you wonder if they were meant for the boxed set), the Knight-Judicator with Gryph-hounds and Stormstrike Chariot. The Knight-Judicator comes with alternative heads and it has to be said, GW do a great job of chariots - those are bot excellent models. There's also two older releases boxed together in the form of the Stormcast Eternals: Masters of the Sacrosanct. The Stormcast of course get their Warscroll Cards and a set of rather nice Stormcast Eternals Dice Set. Now in the red corner we have the Orruk Warclans. Clearly drawing heavily on GW's experience making Lord of the Rings models, this new-look Orc faction have their new Battletome which comes in Rusted Blade Limited Edition and Recycled Armour is the new Black Standard Edition. There's a spectacular leader model for these guys - the Breaka-boss on Mirebrute Troggoth, which despite being snap fit, comes with head options for both the boss and his rather large friend. There's also the Beast-skewer Killbow which is a very detailed BRUTAL kit! Of course our friends get their Warscroll Cards and a set of comparatively boring Orruk Warclans Dice.
Speaking of dice, here they are in all their non-glory. As mentioned above there's sets for Grand Alliance Order, Grand Alliance Death, Grand Alliance Chaos (yuck!), and Grand Alliance Destruction.
It's a week for dice, because everyone's favourite sexy Elves, the Dark Elves, get some love in the Blood Bowl world with the Dark Elf Team Dice, the Dark Elf Team Card Pack and the Dark Elf Team – Double-sided Pitch and Dugouts. Why don't the Dark Elves get more love? They picked Order in the Ao$ universe so they got boring... or did they?
In books we have the new dogfighting Double Eagle in Special Edition, the paperback version of Direchasm, and this month's White Dwarf comes with a transfer sheet for the Includes lore and rules for the Wolfspear, the Space Wolves Primaris successor Chapter. Literally the only reason to buy WD.
Orks were the first enemy in the early days of Warhammer 40K, not canonically, but certainly in the battle reports and fleshed out in a miniatures range. They have a rich history that's been layered over decades of change and evolution, with clans and heroes, great battles and epic rivalries - but this update of the Orks in the Warhammer 40K universe seems to be a whimper, not a storm. Overshadowed by Warhammer+, the sworn enemies of the Tau, greatest scourge of the Imperium (arguably alongside the Tyranids), the unstoppable tide, has been lost. Lackluster response to the new Beast Snaggas, and almost no attention to the excellent new Combat Patrol with new plastic Boyz is sad to see. Will this be a release lost amongst all the others? Looking at the content of the Combat Patrol, the new Boyz and their Warboss look like they were meant to be half of a battlebox possibly cancelled. The Orks do deserve better, and if you look back at the rich tapestry of lore, especially in the late 80s and early 90s, this release has been given little respect - respect earned over a long time, purely by he creative energy of many over the years let alone the hobbyists and fans who have kept their spirit alive while others have been given more love.
It seems kind of odd that Orks, of all races would get a Collector's Edition of their Codex. If anything they should get one that's all torn and damaged - but none the less, there is indeed a new Ork Codex which comes in Grot-Stomper Collector's Edition and Dakka-dakka Standard Edition. As mentioned above there is a very cool new Combat Patrol with 20 new Boyz, and new Warboss, new Deffkoptas and an older Deff Dread. These new Boyz, by the way, are snap-fit - another pointer to them potentially being from another set and repurposed for this box. The Beast Snaggas are getting another run, this time with the Ork Beast Snagga Boyz and the Squighog Boyz/ Nob on Smasha Squig combi-kit. The awesome Beastboss is also here, with his magic-endowed offsider Zodgrod Wortsnagga and an old favourite for many the Big Mek With Kustom Force Field. Speaking of older, the amazing Battlewagon/ Gunwagon/ Bonebreaka combi-kit is back. Truly one of the quintessential Ork kits, this is such a brilliant model and a huge hit when it was first released. There's an extra piece of Ork terrain if you didn't pick up Kill Team Octarius, the Big'ed Bossbunka. Of course, with any update there is the Orks Dice Set and Datacards.
With the flurry of excitement around Kill Team over the last few weeks, it's a very quiet week from GW this week, so we've branched out this week, including some new Horus Heresy from Forgeworld.
But first, Warhammer Underworlds has been a big success for Games Workshop, and the latest incarnation - Direchasm – is now sporting single combat scenarios with Arena Mortis. No new minis, but you do get new upgrade cards and a double-sided game board. For the Destruction players there's also some really ugly dice with the Direchasm Grand Alliance Destruction Dice Pack.
In books this week we get a rather nice surprise with the Art of Warhammer Age of Sigmar and Warhammer Fantasy Battles
bringing us pretty pictures for inspiration and amazement from covers and batteltomes across that universe. If reading is more you thing, then Sanction & Sin in paperback might get your short story buzz on - another good things for inspiration!
With the lack of GW miniatures, and the seeming influx of Horus Heresy content, there are two new reinforcements for the Imperial Fists - an Imperial Fists Legion Terminator Praetor and Imperial Fists Legion Praetor in MK III plate. Both are nicely dynamic poses, and with the MKVI set ideally appearing soon, it's potentially a great time for Heresy gamers. Fear not other Legions, for you are also being served, with the updated Legion Graviton Gun Set.
Just in time for the "you'll all get a box of Kill Team if you order it... oh oops, we're selling out and we still have the Australian and NZ warehouse so they might miss out", the warehouse for Australia and New Zealand has reopened to orders. Distribution we will see about, but orders it is open to!
Well here we are, week 2 of Kill Team pre-orders, which sees two bundles added to the list from last week, the Kill Team Essentials Collection and the Kill Team Rules Collection.
The big release this week, however, is the BANDAI: Ultramarines Captain Action Figure. Two things to really note about this figure - how incredibly plastic it looks compared to the previous releases (have a look at that awful ammunition belt) and the price. Unless this is a mistake, you could buy an entire army for $500+ AUD it's listed at. Makes us wonder how this will sell, or if it will add to the disquiet in the community around GW prices...
With the ranked battle version of Warhammer in it's Old World form coming from Forge World, it's interesting to see skirmish games coming from the main studio - Warcry, Silver Tower and the Underworlds series, Necromunda and more. This week it's Warhammer 40K's turn with the reinvention of Kill Team, alongside the promise of a whole new combat system. It is interesting to see this not only having a two week delivery window, but also the rules, dice and extra bits from the boxed game being offered in the same week as the box release. And with the promise of add-ons each quarter (see below) this could be the 40K Warcry, which would be amazing!!
The big-mutha release is of course the boxed game - Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team: Octarius. With brand new Orks and plastic Krieg, all with multiple weapon options, and Ork terrain (some re-used) this is a hefty box for many a 40K player. Now if, like us, you want to ply the game but don't need the box, then happily you can pick up the Kill Team Core Book and the Kill Team Compendium - which contains the rules for 19 different factions, plus how to use the new "Ploy" system in Kill Team missions. You can also get the Tac Ops Cards and the Killzone Essentials. Now if you do buy the box, then you may get one of the limited edition Kill Team: Octarius Metal Combat Gauge. If you're a dice fa, then get excited as there are dice for Death Korps of Krieg, the Ork Kommandos, Adeptus Astartes (featuring the old Angels of Death icon) and the forces of Chaos.
In books we have the new Helwinter Gate in hardback, the Covens of Blood in paperback, and the latest version of the fan-favourite The Chronicles of Malus Darkblade: Volume One in paperback.
It's also a White Dwarf week with Issue 467.
## For Australian and New Zealand hobbyists, the distribution point in this neck of the woods stays closed (and by the sounds of today will do for some time) but stockists like Mighty Ape and Emerald Hobbies amongst others can sort you out ##
Welcome to this week's pre-orders, and for those of us in Australia and New Zealand - zero way of ordering. Have to feel sorry for New Zealand and the parts of Australia not in lockdown! Wonder if this will see a change of policy in terms of distribution in this neck of the woods.
This week sees the release of the Hexfire boxed set, and with the seeming lacklustre performance of Age of $igmar: Dominion, it will be interesting to see how this goes. In fact seeing the price point on what is effectively a box of old minis with two new characters, it will be truly interesting to see how strong this release is - being two pretty niche forces, though thematically well tied together.
The release of Hexfire sees two witchy-poo forces go up against each other, with two brand new characters leading the charge. This box is of course a great excuse for the release of two new Codex - one for Grey Knights, plus their Dice and Datacards - and one for the Thousand Sons, plus their Dice (which you'd kind of expect to be sparkly) and Datacards
Now if you're a big fan of either side, then you might decide to go for one of the deluxe bundles - the Shining Ceramite Collection with the game and all the Grey Knights goodies plus a pretty print, or the All Is Dust Collection with the game and all the Thousand Sons wonderments and print!
Blood Bowl keeps rumbling along, with the Shambling Undead Double-sided Pitch and Dugouts set plus the Undead Team Dice Set and Team Card Pack.
In books we have the very on-brand paperback version of Deathwatch: The Long Vigil, some Blood Angel-goodness in Darkness in the Blood in paperback, two of the tweens-focussed books Battle for the Soulspring: Book 6 and Tomb of the Necron: Book 6, speaking of Necrons the paperback of The Infinite and The Divine is coming, and Broken City gets it's paperback release. Now of course if you're down under, then you can look but not touch - so enjoy the look!
The release of the Sisters of Battle forces hase been a bit of a weird one - the deluxe box followed by intermittent releases, but today it all comes to an end with the final miniatures previewed all those months ago. It's actually quite a good time to get in, as the Combat Patrol: Adepta Sororitas has the backbone of a force, plus the release next week of the Castigator to give them some extra hitting power. The Sisters also get a new character in the shape of Aestred Thurga, Reliquant at Arms, who not only has a great banner, but an offsider who reminds is of Baldrick from Blackadder!
Talking of staggered releases, the update to the Delaque gang is here, with the new Necromunda: House Of Shadow which gives background and new forces to the gang of assassins, including the new Delaque Nacht-Ghul, Psy-Gheists and Piscean Spektor minis - which are weird and kind of cool, but a pretty sizeable departure from the minis we have seen before. Of course what would a release be with the requisite House of Shadow Dice and Delaque Gang Tactics Cards. In other Necromunda news, there's a great new weapon upgrade set, the Orlock Weapons & Upgrades, which not only gives you upgrades for them, but arms with rolled up sleeves - converters go forth and buy!!
There's some reissue scenery coming next week in the Battlezone: Mechanicus – Charadon. If you want to get these bits indiviudually, you can pick them up as the Battlezone: Mechanicus – Battlefield, Battlezone: Mechanicus – Ferratonic Furnace, Battlezone: Mechanicus – Galvanic Magnavent, and Battlezone: Mechanicus – Transterranic Gantries. On their own they're a bit useless, so having them together is actually quite good. There's also the new Battlezone: Mechanicum – Terrain Datasheet Cards.
In merch news, we have the Siege of Terra: Lion’s Gate Space Port Map, which you can add to your existing Horus Heresy maps, and in books it's the paperback version of The First Wall The Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra Book 3, which I think is the third of fourth version of this book that's been released.
Over the past couple of weeks, with Age of $igmar Dominion still on the shelves, we asked the question if this release had failed. Well today, the Age of $igmar Dominion boxed set went into Last Chance to Buy - probably the first time a box of this size and "importance" has done so.
Do you like your exclusive hero minis? Well this week both Warhammer 4oK and Age of $igmar get a pretty nifty release, with the Necron Lord Hasmoteph the Resplendent (he of the squashed head) and the Stormcast Knight-Questor Dacian Anvil on their way.
With Dominion ushering in a new version of Age of $igmar, the starter sets are upon us - Warhammer Age of Sigmar Extremis Starter Set, Warhammer Age of Sigmar Harbinger Starter Set, and the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Warrior Starter Set, all offering different levels to get involved in. If you're new to Age of $igmar, then the Getting Started With Warhammer Age of Sigmar magazine and mini set is fun and a great gift for any kids or a mate you want to get involved in the hobby. There's new paint sets too - the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Paint + Tools Set, the Stormcast Eternals Vindictors + Paints Set and the Orruk Warclans Gutrippaz + Paints Set.
If terrain is more your thing, then this brand new Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Extremis Edition – Realmscape Expansion Set is a really interesting addition with some cool pieces that take it away from some of the tolder sets. There's also the Penumbral Engine if you'd like a bit of an older fave atop something you've constructed.
There's also two magical sets, the combined Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery and Nagash-themed Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Forbidden Power.
In books we have the Thunderstrike & Other Stories in paperback and the paperback version of Indomitus.
Last week I posted some progress pics from a 3D printing project I've been working on, and really pleased to say that not only is it done, but super pleased with most of the results.
This is the largest model we have printed and comes from Aphyrion who does a series of vehicles, Titans and now more infantry. She also has a Patreon which we recently joined, but this purchase was made via CG Trader, and wow, this vehicle is a beast!
The Martian Kaphos Super-heavy Destroyer Engine
has multiple weapon options, but I went with the traversed artillery platform to give it that heavy hitting Titan-smashing look. Those big twin guns on the chassis certainly don't hurt!
I really took my time with this model, did my first ever non-military modeller style paint chipping (left) and was very careful and patient with the red shading, which is actually four levels of shading to get to that look. Usually I go for a crisp look, so tried to keep that style, but then thought about this being dropped into the field and rumbling along next to the troops, cracking the ground as its bulk arrives to give super heavy support and take down the giant walkers of whatever civilisation needs crushing.
This vehicle appears in the livery of Legio Ballista, our homebrew Titan Legio which was first started back in the early 90s with Epic 30K. It's certainly the biggest model for them so far and was a joy to paint!
Not only is this paint chipped, there's also rust on the parts of the metal that wouldn't see much movement and the most exposed to the elements - plus some filthy tracks!
Close up of the paint chipping, which is just Dryad Bark, with an extreme highlight thats used on the very edges of the armour plates.
The red recipe is Khorne Red base, Agrax Earthshade wash, Khorne Red highlight, Mephiston Red highlight followed by a Evil Suns Scarlet only on the very edges of the armour plates. Don't usually go with that extra layer of shading, but the sheer size of this vehicle needed it.
The tracks are Leadbelcher with Iron Hands Steel highlights. Then Contrast Wyldwood quite heavily over the top followed by Typhus Corrosion into the crevices to look like dirt and grime.
So how big is the Martian Kaphos Super-heavy Destroyer Engine? This big... It's a massive presence on the field and will be a cool objective to fight over or even crush oncoming Titans.
Hope you like this - I had to buy a new display cabinet for it to go in, so that's a good sign!
It seems to be the Summer of the Ork - or Winter of the Ork if you're in this neck of the woods - as Warhammer 40K get a flood of new Orks. This week we see the beginning with the new Ork faction, the Beast Snaggas. Like Sisters of Battle before them, the Beast Snagga Orks come in a new boxed set with the Codex and Data Cards as one bundle. If you like your orks fast, but not in cars - then this might be the force for you! We've seen there are also new Snake Bite Orks on the way too, so hold your horses for the flood of green in the next six months.
In books this week the classic Graham McNeill book Storm of Iron gets the Special Edition treatment and the paperback version of Warcry Catacombs: Blood of the Everchosen is coming your way.
Feels like next week might be more Orks...
It's been a bit quiet on the mini front for a while, but that's because we bought a new 3D printer - the Anycubic Mono X - and have been hard at work on some large models. Not to give too much away, but here's a sneak peak!
With the past few weeks being absorbed with Warhammer Age of $igmar Dominion, it's seemed it was all quite on the Warhammer 40K front - not so! Indeed War Zone Charadon continues as the forces of the Imperium and allies fight tooth and nail against Be'lakor. This campaign doesn't seem to have gained much traction in the community, but if you are a fan of Be'lakor, then Act III: The Book of Fire comes with a brand new datasheet for him - sounds like someone finally put some of that FAQ into print! War Zone Charadon Act III: Book of Fire comes in two forms; Hangry Chaos Limited Edition and Incursion Front Standard Edition. There is also a new Crusade Mission Pack: Amidst the Ashes which has 24 new missions for Crusade campaign games & more.
Next week is also a White Dwarf week. We picked up last month's to get the decal sheet, had a look through the issue and threw it into the paper recycling. It has zero interesting content, which is a huge shame!
Forgeworld also have a nice mini this week for Blood Bowl, it's Frank 'n' Stein. Really nice miniature!
This weekend holds another Online Preview which looks very 40K-focused, but the most exciting news is in the new Kill Team reveal - including the big teaser news plastic Death Korps of Krieg which are meant to be part of the new "huge" boxed set. By the sounds of it, we're looking at Orks vs Death Korps plus some scenery. Watch this explode!
With Warhammer Age of $igmar Dominion hitting the shelves this weekend, the pre-orders were bound to be a bit smaller, and that they are! With no Games Workshop miniatures revealed this week, we do have some new gaming items for Blood Bowl - the Ogre Team Dice, Ogre Team Card Pack and something to field them on, the Ogre Pitch: Double-sided Pitch and Dugouts.
In terms of books this week it's Book 3 of the Cadian series (which confusingly is also the second book of the Minka Lesk story arc), Traitor Rock in hardback.
The only miniature this week is from Forgeworld, and it's a great one; a loyal Luna Wolf, a proud servant of the Emperor, to be betrayed by his Father to turn against those he had shown so much loyalty to over his long life - Maloghurst the Twisted, the Warmaster's Equerry. Maloghurst is a great character from the epic Horus Heresy novel series, and it's a pity this isn't in plastic, but for a Heresy hobbyist, this has to be a must-have, surely!
This week we also have the new rewards scheme for purchasing Games Workshop and Forgeworld products. It's not s generous as previous years, but something is better than nothing!
With the launch of Age of $igmar Dominion last week, this week is pretty quiet, though it is interesting to see that Dominion is not sold out, and in fact the limited edition coins are also still being promoted as being available. It seems that maybe the new edition of Age of $igmar may have come too close to the release of the new edition of Warhammer 40K, or did Games Workshop not offer enough for the price, maybe the new look Orcs not to the Community's liking or we're sick of Stormcast? There's lots of variables, but this has to be the first big release that hasn't sold out quickly since Soul Wars (which was just in Last Chance To Buy) - also an Age of $igmar product.
So this week we have just two Games Workshop products and one Forgeworld. Games Workshop brings us two classic Blood Bowl teams - the cool-for-their-time High Elf Blood Bowl Team and the Vampire Team. From Forgeworld we have a very cool release - the much-anticipated Water Guild Mercator Nautica Syphoning Delegation. This is a very cool set, and real shame it's not in plastic. That big guy is perfection!!
Meanwhile, if you're hanging around waiting for your Gaunt's Ghosts, don't hold your breathe, as the Webstore now shows on October release date. Maybe this was always the way, but we didn't spot it so others may not have either! Thanks to Steven for the heads up!
It's the week we get to pre-order the new edition of Age of $igmer - Dominion! It seems like every time GW make their way through the races through all the Battletomes, a new edition is released and the cycle starts all over again! If you're a player, especially a casual player, it must be bloody hard to keep up to date. This new boxed set includes 60 brand new push-fit (urgh!!) Citadel miniatures from the Stormcast and Orruk sides. In terms of the boxed sets for Age of $igmar, including Silver Tower, this one seems not as impressive - the minis are nice, and there's a tonne in the box, but it lacks the *wow* factor. It is interesting to see GW move into the true-scale proportions, so we'll see what happens from here...
Well here we are, the next edition of Warhammer Age of $igmar all here in the one box - Dominion. With a full rulebook and campaign included it's a pretty good starter set, but as above, there's a certain lack of flair this time. Still, if you want it, you need to get in a queue to get it, so do not be late! The new rules are also available separately, and come in the Core Book Limited Edition (which is outrageously 3 times the price) or the Standard Edition. Either way, be aware this is a two week pre-order window, so you won't be getting it next week. This is for July! To supplement the new edition, there's the Warhammer Age of Sigmar General's Handbook Pitched Battles 2021 and Pitched Battle Profiles (try asking for that at the counter! What a mouthful) which has the new ways to play, 12 battleplans, updated Pitched Battle rules, profiles, points, and 14 double-sided tokens. Now to keep track of your glory, there's also the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Path to Glory Diary, 152 pages of fancy diary to help you see how your forces are doing on the Path to Glory campaign. Of course what would a release be without some terrain - so we get the Realmscape: Ghurish Expanse double-sided boards and Realmscape Objective Set. The Combat Gauge also gets trotted out again, and there's three new Base paints to colour-up the new race of Orcs - Orruk Flesh, Hobgrot Hide, Thondia Brown. Bless the Base paints and their superior coverage!
In other miniature related news, the venerable Cadian Defence Force box has now been updated with the new Upgrade Sprue we talked about last week too.
To support the new boxed set and set the scene for the changes to the universe, there's the Dominion novel in hardcover, which also comes in Stormcast Eternals and Orruks Special Editions.
If you do order the new Dominion boxed set this week, you may also receive the limited Warhammer Age of Sigmar – Coin Malleus Command Tokens and the Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground Spoils of War DLC 3 exclusive weapons for use in Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground.
Let's have a little discussion, shall we? Lets talk about something that no one seems to be discussing, and that's "quality". This isn't about GW core products, it's about their licensed products - which this week are the McFarlane Toys action figures. For the price, these are some of the worst paint jobs out there in the market; cheap 3 or 4 colours, badly applied, when the actual toy themselves - the Artist's Proof is evidence of this - is actually very good! Compare these toys to G.I. Joe Declassified, Star Wars Black Series or Marvel Legends and you will see that GW is cutting corners on cost in paint application but still selling at a boutique price. As an action figure buyer, it's easy to see through this cheap trick, and frankly very disappointing. The sculpts deserve better, and for the price, so do we!
Gaunt's Ghosts are an all time fan favourite, and in line with GW's recent update of some classics, this week we get the new plastic Gaunt's Ghosts miniatures, plus two very plush Sabbat World's Crusade source books, one in Nine Day Pack Limited Edition and the other in MRE Goodness Standard Edition, which is also pretty flash. these books are full of info on the campaign and forces involved. Be aware that the purple version is only available to order for two weeks. There's also a new prequel set as well in the form of The Vincula Insurgency: Ghost Dossier 1 which is not only Limited Edition, but full of cool extras beautifully presented. Surely this is one of the best limited editions GW has produced. If you're really into it, there's also the Ibram Gaunt Bookmark. Some minis that are in desperate need of an update are the old Cadian Guard, and although not a full update, this new heads and weapons sprue is very welcome, but only currently available with the new Cadian Shock Troops set. Maybe we'll get it separately later, but for now it's only in here plus a hefty price increase for the set (at least in Australia and NZ).
As we mentioned at the top of the show, the next line of McFarlane action figures is out, with the Blood Angels Primaris Lieutenant, Blood Angels Hellblaster (also available in Artist's Proof) and Adepta Sororitas Order of Our Martyred Lady Battle Sister (also available in Artist's Proof) on their way.
Nice little update to Blood Bowl this week with the delayed Lizardmen Double-sided Blood Bowl Pitch and Dugouts, Dice Set and Team Card Pack getting a release. Sort of expected more for Lizardmen dice, but there you go!
In books this week we have a hardback anthology of the Sabbat War, an Iron Snakes novel Urdesh: The Serpent and the Saint in hardback, plus it's a White Dwarf week which includes a transfer sheet for White Dwarf's Space Marine Chapter, the Tome Keepers which is quite cool.
We've also thrown a close up of the new Cadian Shock Troops upgrade sprue down the bottom here if you want to check it out.
Sisters of Battle - the Adepta Sororitas for the kids - have been getting a pretty amazing run. For a new army to have multiple vehicles and bespoke infantry units released so quickly is pretty rare. The range pretty much covers all the areas of melee, heavy support and gun line you'd need, plus more. Well this week they get more, with some dreadnoughts and our very first look at what a High Lord of Terra looks like on the battlefield - which has been controversial to say the least... This week we also see the next gang for Necromunda, which fuses two of the old gangs together and adds some old Confrontation vibes as well.
It really hasn't been that long since we had the last Codex: Adepta Sororitas, but here we are with a new edition yet again. The Codex: Adepta Sororitas comes in both Super Nun Collector's Edition and Praise Be Standard Edition with more units and updated rules. The High Lord of Terra mentioned earlier is none other than Morvenn Vahl, Abbess Sanctorum of the Adepta Sororitas who comes resplendent in this new look for battle armour. Part dreadnought, part weapons platform, we should probably be thankful it doesn't have boob armour too. There are other new characters too, with two new support HQs, the Palatine and Sister Dogmata, plus the elite Paragon Warsuits who look better and better with each glance. There's a new infantry unit too, the Celestian Sacresants who are a really nice mix between 40K and Ao$, so we can imagine these will be very popular for conversion fodder into the future. I for one, not a fan of the Adepta Sororitas am sorely tempted by this kit. The new Codex is of course supplemented with the Datacards and Dice Set.
The game that keeps on giving - Necromunda - gets a new expansion next week with House of Faith, which sees the Cawdor gang take on the aspect of the Redemptionists, seen both in the original version of Necromunda and the original original Necromunda, Confrontation. The Cawdor Redemptionist miniatures are very close to the original drawings from Confrontation, but also taking on some of the elements of the newer Cawdor look. Again, we get a set of Cawdor Gang Tactics Cards and the House of Faith Dice Set.
In the Age of $igmar world, Warhammer Underworlds have released another band of cool minis, Elathain's Soulraid, built around the Idoneth Deepkin. The Deepkin are an amazing range, very Dark Eldar in many ways, and this set adds some cool minis to that line, especially if you want squad leaders, but the inclusion of the crab and the fish just seems weird. Fun, but weird.
Do you like Death Guard? Well you've had YEARS of good releases, but we get the Lord Felthius and the Tainted Cohort re-released this week. If that's your thing, go forth and enjoy!
In books we have Blackstone Fortress: Ascension in paperback and the supposedly dark comedy that is Brutal Kunnin based around those fun and hilarious Orks.
Overnight the new Age of $igmar set, Dominion was previewed - ushering in a "new era" with updated rules and background for all factions (in the 350 page book included in the set), plus a new expanded narrative campaign system and different ways to play. For most, Dominion will mostly be about the miniatures, which GW say we will be able to buy at a 'significant saving' from when they are released individually later on - no time frame announced on this though unfortunately.
So with miniatures in mind, lets take a look and then discuss...
As is often the way, there was also a sneak peak of the new minis coming for this Dominion line, and they're all pretty impressive; the Knight-Judicator with Gryph-hounds is a new elite archer unit, and the Stormstrike Chariot drawn by Gryph-chargers is a really impressive light chariot with some new design features, including a very Classical Greece looking helmet on the archer.
The Beast-skewer Killbow is a heavy weapon for the Kruleboyz designed to take out line infantry and monsters - which the Kruleboyz also employ in the form of the Breaka-boss on Mirebrute Troggoth, a truly impressive model and probably one of the real standouts in this range.
Right, so what can we glean from this new preview? Well if we take this week's pre-orders, then look at the recent Behemoth release plus Bel'akor, plus this preview's Annihilators, the multiple Gryph-hounds, the Beast-skewer Killbow and Breaka-boss on Mirebrute Troggoth, it's pretty obvious we are going to have a new meta of "bigger is better" with giants and beasties of all descriptions coming out of the woodwork. In fact maybe that's what the little cute insectoid is on the new Warsong Revenant - it's the Sylvaneth's new beastie still to be released.
As for the box, it's pretty cool. For us the Orcs don't really work as any kind of real selling point - the look is a bit too different, but also seems cobbled together from LoTR. The old shield is cool though! The Stormcast are again a further evolution which improve the look of these pretty bland miniatures greatly. Both heroes in the sets are interesting, and the comparison between Yndrsata and Sanguinus from WH30K is pretty fun. It should be pointed out the number of female models in the Stormcast range. This is huge and a great addition for inclusion for all hobbyists in the game. It will be interesting to see if this carries across to any Empire faction infantry forces that may come along in the future. Shieldmaidens in Vikings have opened up the idea in many people's minds of how women in ancient times did fight and die in battle, and this happened across multiple civilisations across the world at various points.
So, is this box on the shopping list? We'll probably give it a miss, unless some splits turn up on FB.
Let us know what you think.
It's unusual for Games Workshop to release a lot of large models all at once, but with Age of $igmar Dominion on the way, it seems that maybe we are seeing a clearing of the decks as we get to the end of the Broken Realms saga. This week actually holds quite a bit for Age of $igmar hobbyists, with characters and some very decent collections.
Kragnos, like the recent big bois before him, is back to bring destruction and wrath to all before him, and in Broken Realms: Kragnos you'll find out exactly how and why! The tome is available in Four Hooves of Fury Limited Edition and My What Big Horns You Have Standard Edition. Kragnos himself is here too, in a massive new miniature. There's a reason they call him "The End of Empires". He's hardly the only power character though, with the most ancient of all Slaan, Lord Kroak getting an amazing updated miniature with an updated looking Skink next to him. One can only hope this ushers in a new era of Seraphon models. Speaking of power, Slaanesh is rumbling in the depths and ushering their return are the twins Dexcessa, the Talon of Slaanesh and Synessa, the Voice of Slaanesh in a combi-kit that adds arms and wings to the pantheon of looks for She Who Thirsts. These are both amazing looking miniatures and temptation is running rampant over here... Now if you don't like beasties, then these two will be more your cup of tea - Galen and Doralia ven Denst, the father and daughter team of kick-arsery, who not only give a new look somewhat in line with the Cursed City motif, but also come with some alternative bits to make them even cooler. It should be stated here that all of these large kits come with alternative pieces to customise, which is a nice return to form for GW. In the uber-cool department is the Warsong Revenant, not only a nice update to the armour style of the Sylvaneth, but the little hatching bug on the top of the mini also hints to possible insectoid allies for them in the future. It's a rerelease, but Melusai Ironscale also pops up this week - a really nice mini packed with character which would fit in with many different armies across all the universes.
With Broken Realms here, there are some new boxed sets, all of which it has to be said are great; Ghorraghan Khai – The Butcher-herd, Luxion and Vresca – The Exquisite Pursuit, Rattachak's Doom-coven and Drycha Hamadreth - Drycha's Spitegrove are all nice army boosters.
In the world of Warhammer 40k, sneaking in this week is the Chapter Approved: Grand Tournament 2021 Mission Pack and Munitorum Field Manual 2021 MkII set adding more to the most recent edition of 40K.
In books the beautiful Ghazghkull Thraka: Prophet of the Waaagh! Limited Edition is on the way, as is the paperback version of Realm-lords, the paperback version of Gotrek & Felix: The Sixth Omnibus and issue 5 of Marvel: Warhammer 40,000 Marneus Calgar.
An expensive week for some it looks like...
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