Arks of Omen has ended, in what seemed to be a bit of a rush right at the end. We had a very cool Tarot to go along with it, which was beautifully produced, but all in all, not a lot changed. If you've been following along, the final book, The Lion is out next week, with the Emperor's Chosen Limited Edition and Better Late Than Never Standard Edition ready to put a full stop to the event. As some things end, so others begin, and the new Lion El'Jonson miniature is absolutely amazing. Not too garish, not too huge, he is grace and power all in one miniature. Unfortunately for Australia and New Zealand he won't be turning up quite yet, but the rest of the world can enjoy his presence. With the increased popularity of Horus Heresy, it will be interesting to see if he will take to the field in those battles too. Being such a spectacular model, he'd be a pleasure to see anywhere. It's not just The Lion who's reappearing - old shiny-pants Dante has gone all Primaris on us and learnt to balance on a precarious rock. Commander Dante is the hero of heroes for the Blood Angels, so this update will be well received - even if the head is a bit weird. Dante heralds the release of specific Sanguinary Guard Dice Set, so go wild Blood Angels players. Released during the Arks of Omen event, both Azrael, Supreme Grand Master (who must be a little miffed about losing his job to the returning Lion) and Vashtorr the Arkifane (more like Vashtorr the Flash-in-the-Pan) are available separately. We also get the final two Boarding Patrols are also here, with the hefty Agents of the Imperium and Leagues of Votann sets on pre-order this weekend.
The Horus Heresy rumbles on, quite literally this week with two excellent vehicles - the randomly phallic Sicaran Venator Tank Hunter (of course based on the excellent Sicaran chassis) and the super-chunky Cerberus Heavy Tank Destroyer (based on the Spartan chassis). Be interesting to see if we eventually see a Sicaran and Spartan kit with all these variants together, but maybe that's a pipe dream!
Here's a thing we never thought we'd see - Made to Order Drukhari! Drukhari - or the Dark Eldar in Imperial slang - are one of the least served of the Warhammer 40K ranges, and before you arc up, this week proves it. Which other 40K faction has almost their entire command structure still in resin? None of them! What doesn't make sense in that decision is that the Dark Eldar are the love-children of Jes Goodwin - iconic miniature designer and creator. Anyway, the love for the Drukhari range is real despite them being very poorly served over the years. They're still some of the very best miniatures out there, and having a look over these Made to Order this week proves it in droves! The beautiful and deadly Lhamaean, the nightmare-ish Urien Rakarth, the miniature most-deserving of having a full boxed set - the lethal bodyguard Sslyth, the psy-assassin Medusae, the abomination that are the Grotesques (also desperately in need of plastic kits), the Mandrake shadow assassins, the Beastmaster, his Khymerae and Clawed Fiend, Ur-Ghul the blind alien hunters and the Razorwing Flock, who have found a home in Age of $igmar thee days. Have a look at the potential of not only the command units, but the terrors that the Drukhari unleash and tell me that you wouldn't want to see them in plastic and expanded into the range. Enough with the Vashtorrs, give us these to take the field. Imagine Imperial Guard assailed by the Khymerae in a jungle, or the Medusae holding reign over some unsuspecting Orks. It's worth doing, as this lore is some of the high points in 40K history.
In books this week, we of course have the The Lion: Son of the Forest in both beautiful Limited Edition or hardback, a new Dark Angels omnibus - the Legends of the Dark Angels in paperback, and it's a White Dwarf week with Issue 487 on the shelves this coming Friday.