The reintroduction of the "Squats" came as a pleasant and somewhat unexpected surprise to the Community, and with Jes Goodwin at the designing helm, we were all very pleased to see what was to come. The first impressions were very good, with the rounded armour and the runic designs all echoing back to an earlier time, but much improved! As the designs continued though, it was interesting to see more slabs appearing, especially on the heavy armour - which seems to be at odds with the first designs we saw. However the flow from the League of Votann to the Necromunda to the Ironhead Squat Prospectors Gang is a really nice touch, giving hobbyists a way to customise even further. The new weapons for the Leagues of Votann has been a really nice evolution (or is it devolution) from the standard Imperial bits, including little nods to the Kastelan robots and even Volkite weapons. It will be interesting to see how the Community adopt this new faction, and what we see in the future. For us there are some things that gel nicely and some that seem a little out of place, but the attention to detail in the design is amazing, as are the nods to the pre-Imperial era.
Well they're here, and what a box it is! The new Leagues of Votann Army Set launches the new faction with everything you need to start, at what seems like a 50% saving on what would be the retail price. If you're even half-way interested, this box will sell out quickly - even if it's just to scalpers.
Meanwhile, there's a new expansion for Necromunda, this time tying in the events there with the events in the wider 540K universe, following the opening of the Great Rift effectively dividing the Imperium into two realms. Necromunda: The Aranthian Succession – Cinderak Burning brings you new rules for Goliaths and Escher, plus widens the pool of characters available to your gang. Speaking of Goliath, the new Goliath Maulers (which we guarantee will turn up as World Eater bikes before we see Goliath versions) are truly awesome, and terribly tempting! Goliaths also get their First Edition Gang Tactics Cards back, as well as a Goliath Ash Wastes Gang Dice Set. Fear not other gangs, there are also Ironhead Squat Prospectors Gang Dice, Ash Waste Nomads Gang Dice, Orlock Ash Wastes Gang Dice, and Necromunda Vehicle Dice. A little something for almost everyone.
We had some Lord of the Rings last week, and this week we have a wee Made To Order model of Old Bilbo Baggins. It's a nice model, but gosh it must be small.
In books this week the 20th Anniversary Edition of Nightbringer is coming (with a suitably boring cover unfortunately) and the Warhammer Crime anthology The Vorbis Conspiracy in paperback.
Well here we are, the star of the Games Workshop Nova Open Previews, the brand new Middle Earth edition, The Lord of The Rings Battle of Osgiliath. It's a pretty hefty box, with a new campaign, new rules and some new minis (alongside some old ones). As with much of the Lord of the Rings product, this is pretty pricey, and a different scale to the other GW minis, but form all reports it's a fantastic game to play, so go forth!
Speaking of new minis, there's a lovely new plastic Elrond, Master of Rivendell, who (as with previous characters) comes in both mounted and on-foot versions, plus a handy standard bearer. But what to play in this new edition? Well by chance there is a multitude of mew army boxes - and frankly they're all pretty great with the Isengard Battlehost, Minas Tirith Battlehost, Mordor Battlehost, and the Rohan Battlehost all on pre-order this weekend, plus the Ruins of Middle-earth terrain set and the Final Fate of the Witch-king diorama thing. You've got the new minis - what could be better?? What about Rivendell and Garrison of Dale Dice Sets? How fabulous!
Heresy is the gift that keeps on giving - if there's supply - and the new Deimos Pattern Predator Battle Tank is now where! It's a really nice looking kit with some cool details, especially the hatches under the turret gun. There's also two Heavy Weapons Upgrade Sets for Heavy Flamers, Multi-meltas, and Plasma Cannons
and one for Volkite Culverins, Lascannons, and Autocannons. A interesting addition this week are the Age of Darkness Reference Cards, which you think would have come out with the game!
Warhammer Underworlds: Nethermaze have an awesome new gang, the Gorechosen of Dromm. and the Deadly Depths Rivals Deck.
Add to your Chaos Daemons army from the other week with the Datacards.
In books this week the beautiful Special Edition of Awakenings is here, plus the standard hardback, there's also some Heresy offerings with The Horus Heresy Print on Demand Collection 11 (which includes
The Buried Dagger, Garro, Titandeath, Heralds Of The Siege – a Horus Heresy Anthology and Slaves To Darkness) and Mortarion: The Pale King in hardback.
It's also a White Dwarf week with issue 480 on offer.
If you're in the mood for some miniature collections with a limited edition art print, then it's the week for you: Tyranid Tendrils of the Hive Fleets Collection, Fighting for Ur-Gold Collection, Deepkin From the Ocean Depths Collection, and the Skaven Fight-fight, Kill-kill Collection.
Alrighty, we're back into the dark - not Zone Mortalis this time, but a Space Hulk - with Kill Team: Into the Dark. This is the first time we have seen Imperial Navy enmasse, and the first Kroot update in twenty years with the Kroot Farstalkers. As much as the Kill Teams themselves are interesting, the same can't be said for the terrain - it looks someone at a steampunk flying ship and vomitted it up on the game mat. Too ornate, and seemingly less compatible with the Zone Mortalis kits than they could be. It's a real shame and potentially a missed opportunity.
Now if Kill Team is your bag, then you'll want to get your hands on the Kill Team: Annual 2022, which includes new missions and rules including those for a number of Kill Teams including the Elucidian Starstriders & the entourage of Rogue Trader Elucia Vhane, the insane Gellerpox Infected, Skitarii Kill Team the Hunter Clade, Tzeentch's own Warpcoven, the Genestealers Cults Wyrmblade, and those bouncing happy killer Elves, the Void-dancer Troupes of the Harlequins. Probably a must for any Kill Team fan, and it saves having to be bored senseless by White Dwarf. Happily, this week also sees some of these miniatures available for the first time separately - the Phobos Strike Team, the Traitor Guard Blooded, the Elucidian Starstriders, and the Gellerpox Infected.
However if this is your first time in Kill Team-Land, then there is also the Kill Team 2022 Rules Collection, which gives you the Kill Team Core Book, the Kill Team Compendium and the afore-mentioned Kill Team: Annual 2022. But wait, there's more... the rules for the previous expansion Kill Team: Moroch and the Killzone Moroch terrain are also previewed this week too.
Books more your speed? The Astra Militarum get a run in the paperback version of Volpone Glory, and everyone's favourite loyal traitors star in the Soul Drinkers Omnibus, also in paperback.
Now if you did like the look of the new Kill Team, then ordering through the Games Workshop webstore will secure you a Kill Team: Into the Dark Token Tin.
As Horus Heresy is all the rage, Forge World this week have a number of Made to Order upgrades available - the Death Guard shoulders for MkII and MK IV, plus Cataphractii shoulders and the excellent Death Guard torsos, plus the runic Space Wolves torsos, that really don't get enough attention!
Project: War Hounds
Markings of the Great Crusade
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