Now if you do order this from the GW webstore, then you'll get the Heart of Ghur Combat Gauge for free!
We've said it far too many times, but Warcry has produced some of the best miniatures to come out of the Warhammer universe in some time, and it's interesting to see - with the low sales for Dominion - if Warhammer see the future of the Warhammer universe in the look and feel of Warcry or the shininess of the Age of $igmar range. Certainly it's a new feel, and this week we get to pre-order the new Warcry: Heart of Ghur, which brings new minis and launches a new edition of this skirmish game. The seemingly Nurgle-aligned Rotmire Creed vs the Khorne/ Realm of Beasts-aligned Horns of Hashut give us an interesting look at the human level idolatry of the Chaos Powers, though GW seem to spending a lot of effort on the leaders, but less time on the followers, which gives these newer forces a less than interesting appeal. Compare these forces to the original Warcry Warbands like The Splintered Fang or the Corvus Cabal, absolutely awesome sets with not a misstep in them! Be interesting where we go from here, but hopefully the quality keeps up and we don't lose the dynamic poses and interesting spin on this universe.
Now if you do order this from the GW webstore, then you'll get the Heart of Ghur Combat Gauge for free!
Warhammer 40K continues to offer more Chaos goodies, this week not only expanding the Cultist range, but also adding some heavy-hitters for Space Marines.
Now if you have already dedicated your soul to The Warp, then this week's releases can all be snapped up in the Renegades and Heretics Collection, which also comes with a signed and framed print. However, if you are made of more mortal stuff, then you can pick and choose from some very cool models his week.
First up is the Warpsmith, straight from the mind of Jes Goodwin many moons ago, it's now available in miniature format, and he's awesome - plus with options heads, shoulder pads and melee weapon, having one is not enough. The Warpsmith brings with him some Chaos Space Marine Warpy Boys, the Chosen. Two sprues of slice and dice action to add some elites to your current forces. Now Chaos isn't all power armour, in fact many have pledged themselves to the Dark Gods, and those anointed to lead are the Dark Commune. Part Dark Eldar, part robed loons, this single sprue is pretty cool, but for the not-too-enticing-price do not expect customising options, which for these minis is a huge shame! And here come the sheep, the weak minded, the greedy, the power hungry and the ones who want to make a serious fashion statement - the Chaos Cultists. This is more a multi-part kit than a multi-pose kit, nd if you look at the minis, each pose has a mirrored version, so there's quite a bit of copy-paste here. These will fit in perfectly with the excellent existing Cultists of the Abyss set. Maybe a bit of a missed opportunity here to have lots of options, but for fodder this is the way of the world. Now when we talk about big boys, these guys come to mind - the Warpforged: Venomcrawler and Obliterators set. Many have waited for Obliterators to be their own kit, but for now this looks like it. They're big, they're mean, they're might unclean, and probably a real bugger to paint!
++ But wait, wasn't there some progenitor Chaos content this week? Read on, Supplicant ++
Away from minis and into merch, this week there are three new McFarlane Toys action figures - the Chaos Space Marine Action Figure (with a very cheap colour paint app), the Chaos Space Marine (Artist Proof) which is awesome and the Emperor's very own, a Dark Angels Intercessor (Artist Proof).
Books is yet another beautiful Special Edition, this time, The Devastation of Baal.
If you're not aware, in many senses Australia has been the Keepers of the Flame when it comes to Horus Heresy. Many of the biggest and first Heresy-themed podcasts come out of Australia, and while Heresy sat in a pseudo-limbo, we kept on. This devotion and loyalty has unfortunately not been reciprocated by Games Workshop as Australia and New Zealand will miss out on the release of the Leviathan Siege Dreadnought with Drill & Claw Weapons and the Leviathan Siege Dreadnought Close Combat Weapons Frame. So when will Australasia see this beast, this leviathan? One can only speculate!
Kill Team Nachmund was the first time we have seen Eldar Space Pirates since the very early days of Rogue Trader, the progenitor of Warhammer 40K. Like many, we jumped on the opportunity to have them in our mits... and they have sat in the boxed game in the hobby room ever since. So, Kauyon, you can avoid these budgetary flights of fancy and also enjoy the Corsair Voidscarred/ Corsair Voidreavers combi-kit in a much more measured way. Also from the Kill Team Nachmund boxed set you can get your hands on the Chaos Legionaries (with their cool upgrade sprue) and the Kill Team Nachmund rule book, all available separately in this week's pre-orders.
Speaking of books, if you're in Australia or New Zealand, the Nachmund stuff and the following books will be all you're getting this week - more on that later! The Sisters of Battle-themed The Rose at War in hardback, a novel based on one of the best minis from the Ossiarach range is also coming with The Vulture Lord in hardback, the third book in the Vaults of Terra series, The Dark City in hardback, the novelisation of potentially Games Workshop's least successful boxed game relaunch, Dominion, is out in paperback, and the very reason to LOVE the Necrons (their character-filled novels) with the Twice-dead King: Ruin in paperback out and about!
Unlike the rest of the world, well certainly the UK and US, there's two minis not available to the AUS/NZ market this week - the weirdly crab-like Vartijan Exo-Driller for Necomunda (it's growing on me though) and the new newly repackaged and consolidated Knight Questoris. This kit now comes with all the options to build one of the six Imperial Knight variants and also the Canis Rex pilot mini, which all in all is an awesome box and I'm sure highly prized by bitz collectors. By the look of the Armigers on the GW Webstore we may see those and the War Dogs in a similar style box soon too.
As we calmly and patiently wait for the new paints to be released, and droll at the new Angron Demon Prince model, we have a weekend of Made to Order models - some good, some bad, but all "classic". Interestingly, the first one for today is a plastic mini, the more recent Chaos Exalted Champion, but he's not the only Chaos boy in town, the classic Tzeentch Sorcerers are back; the
Chaos Space Marines Sorceror with Force Sword, Chaos Space Marines Sorceror with Force Axe, and the Chaos Space Marines Sorceror with Plasma Pistol. These are all good models, but isn't it interesting to see how far we have come.
Building on last week's classic Blood Bowl, this week we also have some very old Skaven models. First up is Ikit Claw, a really great model, almost to the standards of modern sculpting, but the rest are definitely showing their age... Classic Thanquol and Boneripper, the Verminlord, Queek Headtaker, Deathmaster Snikch, and one of the strangest Skaven models from the past, the Plague Lord Nurglitch.
In books we have the last Limited Edition; Helbrecht: Knight of The Throne. These Limited Editions are really beautiful, and this one has a lot of really nice thematic additions, like the colour of the page edges.
It's always a big day when Games Workshop release a new batch of paints, and - $300 later - we too have dived headlong into the new range. The videos online have been interesting for this release, with mostly favourable comments about the consistency and vibrancy of the new range. Many people have concentrated on the new yellows, reds and purples that cover so well - a big change from the current paint range - but for us it's more about the new and reformulated Shades which off that pastel style so common in many European painter's play-book. If you hadn't noticed, by the way, this is a two week pre-order window so don't start priming expecting to have them next weekend!
Let's start with the big attention getter for most in this release and that's the Contrast range, which promises better coverage and a more intense pigment; Garaghak's Sewer, Black Legion, Ratling Grime, Mantis Warriors Green, Aeldari Emerald, Gutrippa Flesh, Karandras Green, Striking Scorpion Green, Ironjawz Yellow, Bad Moon Yellow, Imperial Fist, Kroxigor Scales, Briar Queen Chill, Frostheart, Pylar Glacier, Asurmen Blue, Celestium Blue, Stormfiend, Leviathan Purple, Luxion Purple, Sigvald Burgundy, Dreadful Visage, Doomfire Magenta, Baal Red, Magmadroth Flame plus the reformulated Hexwraith Flame and Nighthaunt Gloom.
The Shade range isn't as long, with a range that will be brilliant for subtle shading; Kroak Green, Poxwalker, Targor Rageshade, Mortarion Grime, Tyran Blue, Berserker Bloodshade and our favourite, the Soulblight Grey, which is dirtied up a bit could make an amazing change to many hobbyist's difficulty with doing a realistic white. The rest of the existing Shades range has also been reformulated, with the Gloss version of Nuln Oil, Agrax Earthshade, and Reikland Fleshshade, plus Cryptek Armourshade Gloss being discontinued.
Also on the way is the new spray, White Scar, which promises less of the sandpaper finish and like the other Contrast sprays, a smooth even finish. They really are a big step up!
Now if you want to get these in sets, plus a little bonus gift, then the New Contrast Paints & Mug and the New Shade Paints & Mug Bundles are for you!
Away from paints, there a cool new decal sheet for the Thatos Pattern Hab Modules, so jump on these as they disappear!
Now to the crappy, sorry CLASSIC, release of the week and it's the miniatures that back in the day tuned me totally off the idea of mutations, it's the Skaven Mutations and Chaos Mutations in Made to Order. However, on the positive side, there are the metal Blood Bowl Trophies which look really nice!
Next week there's also White Dwarf 478.
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