As much as the end of White Dwarf Weekly saw foot traffic in Games Workshop stores decrease and it's a long time to wait between product updates - geez it's nice to have White Dwarf pop in your letterbox!
There's been a sense of expectation since last weekend, and I even found myself itching for something like this about 2 weeks ago. This sort of reaction has to be great news for Games Workshop who were badly looking for the expectation to drive sales, especially with big releases of late like Deathwatch and now Genestealer Cults.
The format hasn't changed from last month, in fact I feel like there might be even more in terms of value added content - extra little bits and pieces!
There's little boxes on almost every page with a tid bit of information, or a special painting tip, a bit of history or converting advice - this I think is where people will start to get lot out of this new format. Here's hoping they foster it.
Also, with a magazine this size, there is the room to really explore something; the 8 page Jes Goodwin interview or the 12 page Army of the Month...
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It's a big day for some of the older hobbyists out there, with new models and rules for the Genestealer Cults out next week.
There have been Genestealer Cult minis back in the late 80s, and of course lots of Imperial Guard armies painted purple as proxies, but now here we have some awesome new plastic minis, and as we reported exclusively yesterday on our Facebook - these are new kits, NOT repackaged from Overkill.
First up there is the very first Genestealer Cult Codex, which is available in normal and deluxe version. They say that this is full of fluff, so here's hoping it's nothing like some of the recent fluff-less Codex (Dark Angels, we're looking at you!). There are also dice, Data Cards and two paint sets - one for layers and one for drybrushing.
Also looks like White Dwarf next week has been taken over by the Hive Mind and Genestealers (maybe with some previews of coming weeks) will dominate that too.
But what about the miniatures we hear you cry? Well...
There are two main sets being released next week - the Neophyte Hybrids (above) and the Acolyte Hybrids/ Hybrid Metamorphs set (below).
As we said earlier, we got the news that these would be new kits, not the ones from Overkill, yesterday and having a look at the sprue breakdowns, it's very good news for hobbyists. The Neophyte Hybrids set has seperate arms, torsos, and legs abound. There don't seem to be any separate weapons for the bitz box, but it's really nice to see some plastic autoguns and shotguns again! First time since Necromunda that we can think of. How good is the head on that squad leader BTW?!
The Acolyte Hybrids/ Hybrid Metamorphs are all about claws and swords - and a tonne of extra heads. There's also that large saw weapon and whip arm we saw in the teaser a few days ago.
Looks like a really nice release! Are you buzzing for this? Will you be heading into GW to pick them up?
Well that's a bit sad... only one pre-order this week and it's for a product we have probably seen far too much of as it is!
Gorechosen is the "new" arena combat game that pits four Khorne Champions against each other. This must be Games Workshop's wet dream at the moment; a game all about Khorne. There was a while there where I thought they might change the name of the company to Khorne Workshop!!
As much as that game may not wet your whistle... I bet this does (below).
This shot of White Dwarf #3 was leaked today and on the cover it features miniatures from the Prospero Burns boxed set; plastic MKIII Space Marines (with Phobos Bolters), Legio Custodes, a Space Wolf character and by the look of it a Tartaros Terminator or two. Holy crap!! Legio Custodes and not from Forgeworld - so in glorious plastic!! Means it must be a few weeks off, so very exciting. Prospero Burns is starting to show even more promise!
"But seriously, how dramatic can a cheap lighting option be?" Well - this effective...
On the left is the natural lighting I have for one of the display cabinets here. On the right is the lighting after installing a set of DIODER LED 4-piece lighting strip from IKEA.
... and there you have it!
Like most IKEA products, there is a power button on the cable so you don['t have to turn it on and off at the wall all the time. The cables are also quite long; from switch to power hub is 1.5 m, and from power hub to lighting strips is 2.5 m - enough for most rooms, that's for sure!
The DIODER LED 4-piece lighting strip is $49.95 in Australia, so would vary depending on your region, but well worth the time and money!
There are other DIODER systems, one with an LED light changer to go from white light (bit too blue) all the way up to reds which could be really awesome if you want to do some terrain lighting. There is also a flexible strip version if you have a round display case or want to do something tricky.
If you prefer a spotlight rather than a strip, there is also a four light set or a single light set.
So to wrap it all up - well with the money PLUS it's very simple to install with great results.
(BTW, for those following the War Hounds Project on this site, this is where I'm at with the force!)
It's pretty rare to find something on Netflix for us, but my friend Don alerted me to a documentary on Netflix called Dwarvenaut. It follows the Stefan Pokorny, the owner of Dwarven Forge miniature terrain company, his terrain Kickstarter campaign and his love for Dungeons and Dragons.
Its a really interesting film, giving a good insight on both Kickstarter and Dungeons & Dragons!
I mean who doesn't have a soft spot in their heart for Dungeons and Dragons...?!
At some point, the Blood Angels became the pretty-boys of the Warhammer 40K universe - blonde haired, blue eyed - rather angelic looking. Oh, hold on, THAT'S why they are called Blood Angels? Crap - that's 24 levels of retcon there! Like the Dark Angels, these guys are the Angels of Death, BUT that's not the way it is anymore (despite them technically being vampires) - so here are a whole lot of blonde Space Marines.
The Archangels Demi-Company (right) is elements of the 1st Company, 25 minis & 2 dreadnoughts. Also packing a sizeable miniature punch is the Blood Angels Battle Demi-Company, a little smaller is the Blood Angels Death Company Strike Force - 15 minis plus a Chaplain and a dreadnought. Of similar size minus the dreadnaught is the Golden Host all sparkly and slashy slashy with the blades and jump packs. If your flavour is Terminators, then the Archangels Orbital Intervention force is for you.
Lots of Terminators of varying slicey and shooty flavours.
The Blood Angels release isn't just miniatures, there is also Angel's Blade (which sounds like a bad strip club) - this also comes in standard and Deluxe format. Hope this is better than the Sons of Sanguinius book which was super boring! The Blood Angels deserve a good book, so hers' hoping this is the one!
There are more miniatures too - basically repacks with the upgrade sprue: 10th Company Ambush is quite a cute idea, Blood Angels Chapter Ancients (great name BTW) are three dreadnaghts you can make into any of the available Blood Angels ones. The Blood Angels Assault Squad is based on the new excellent Assault Squad kit with a tonne of weapons, the Vanguard and Sternguard are as the normal ones but with a Blood Angels Upgrade Sprue, and finally the Command Squad is the normal one, but with the same Upgrade Sprue. So like the other week with the Deathwatch, the real hero release of next week is the current Blood Angels Upgrade Sprue which has been around for a while now.
Now this might be a thing and it might not be a thing - but it's pretty odd...
Last Saturday, the Games Workshop Pre Order section was choc-a-block with Chaos releases (re-boxings, yes, but I'm being generous), so much so that it took forever to write them all up.
Flick to today - Tuesday - and most of these have moved from the Pre-Order section (below left) to the New Releases section (below right). So what does this mean?
Is it as simple as no new branding or packaging for what really are just reboxings or does it mean wider things for this much anticipated Chaos Space Marine release?
After all the build up in Social Media about the Black Crusade. has this now become a soft release just pushed out there? This did seem to be the start of the next global campaign (after Age of $igmar's Seasons of War) with sweeping ramifications for the 40K universe - and that hype was there just 4 days ago.
With no sign of the rumoured new Chaos Space Marines, has this fizzled before it began? Time will tell!
~ Incidentally, don't faint at the prices below, this is what Australian GW prices look like ~
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The other releases for next week include the massive Chaos Warband, the Maelstrom of Gore which is the new Kharm model and 48 Bezerkers, the Hellforge Warpack with some big beasty dudes in it, the Raptor Talon which has... well Raptors in it, the Renegade Knight, Favoured of Chaos which includes more spikes than a Mad Max sequel, and finally the Helldrake Terror Pack for all your Helldrake needs and wants (it's not Slaanesh so no desires here).
Not really a huge week next week, but also interesting to see no new Chaos Space Marines. There's talk of a chosen-style sets for each Chaos Power (Nurgle Death Guard/ Tzeentch Rubic Marines/ Khorne Roid Rage Marines/ Slaanesh Ooooh Baby Baby Marines*) but that's certainly not coming out next week.
Pretty sure Slaanesh will get ignored too...
*Not Actual Marines but an awesome soundtrack when they march to war!!
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