Hedonites of Slaanesh is of course spearheaded by the new Battletome, which comes in Tug My Piercings Limited Edition and Grab The Lube Standard Edition. The big kit for Slaanesh is the awesome Shalaxi Helbane/ Keeper of Secrets combi-kit. This is a very large kit with a very large price - it's Primarch pricing - which is surprising seeming some of the other Age of $igmar kits of this size, even among the Stormcast who are notoriously expensive! Then there's Syll'Esske: The Vengeful Allegiance, effectively a large mono-pose figure, The Contorted Epitome, a spell portal on legs, and a new version of the classic The Masque, another mono-pose figure. We do get a chance to get our hands on the miniatures first released in the Wrath and Rapture boxed game - the multi-pose Fiends of Slaanesh and the highly macabre Infernal Enrapturess. As usual, we have an amazing terrain piece for Slaanesh - the Fane of Slaanesh - which is very large and striking and a Slaaneshi Endless Spells which includes the awesome Mesmerising Mirror which is a huge hand holding a spell portal. Speaking of spells, there's also Warscroll Cards, and interestingly no themed dice which is a bit sad as we would have loved some of those.
Now before we move on to the other pre-orders for next week, lets talk about this release - it's an odd one. First of all we initially had just the new stuff being released this week, minus the Fane of Slaanesh. The two releases from Wrath and Rapture were not previewed for this week at all. This had left hope for those of us who were desperately wanting Cultists to bring a non-daemon element to this army. We thought these re-releases may mean a second week - but alas it looks like we only get one week of Slaanesh. Khorne got a huge release a few years ago, as did Nurgle and Tzeentch (which was amazing) - so why this truncated one for Slaanesh? This is a very daemon-oriented army with zero human followers. It will be interesting to see the rules to see if they are even provisioned for. Unlike Nurgle and Tzeentch, BTW (despite stating to the contrary) this is a very Ao$ army and not one that you could see fielded for 40K.
That being said, this is a release I have been desperately waiting for and so far I don't like much of it, so maybe this is just personal disappointment - but even my local GW guy looked at me today already knowing this probably wasn't the release any of us Slaanesh fans wanted.
Pre-order books next week, we have the Deathwatch sequel, Shadowbreaker, the two new Warhammer Adventures, Book 2: Realm Quest – Lair of the Skaven and Book 2: Warped Galaxies – Claws of the Genestealer. Next week also sees White Dwarf May 2019 rock up with amongst other things Index Xenos: Ynnari, a faction that was introduced as a new way for Eldar players to play and then completely ignored by Games Workshop. Either do it or don't, guys! Bit like Slaanesh, either do it properly or don't!