Graham McNeil's The Crimson King is also out in paperback next week, so there's some extra witchy-poo action for you, this time in the Horus Heresy universe.
Realm of Chaos, the seminal books from 1988 that brought the Warhammer and Warhammer 40K universes together in a shared demon pantheon and that brand is now back with (what one can think is the first in a series) Wrath and Rapture, a boxed set bringing the forces of Khorne and Slaanesh into conflict. Including some new miniatures, and admittedly some pretty old tired ones, this set sees a new version of Karanak, the Hound of Khorne (right), new plastic Flesh Hounds, the new Infernal Enrapturess and the new Fiends of Slaanesh... plus the tired old minis! The set also comes with two different rules sets - one for 40K and one for Age of $igmar. Interestingly no themed dice this week or a novel tie-in so it seems like this set was really just thrown out there, and if this is the extent of the love Slaanesh fans are going to get from GW, then people will not be happy, especially after the amount all the other Gods have received over the last few years. Want to add to this force? Well mortgage the cat and we have the Realm of Chaos: Wrath, Rapture, Decay and Change Collection which includes Wrath and Rapture plus the Star Collecting Nurgle and a Start Collecting Tzeentch sets.
Graham McNeil's The Crimson King is also out in paperback next week, so there's some extra witchy-poo action for you, this time in the Horus Heresy universe.
The Resin Overlords at Forge World have two new Adeptus Titanicus releases - the Civitas District War Zone Alpha and the Civitas District War Zone Beta. Seems like a lot of money for something you could build at home, but there is a lot of detail to enjoy.
Imperium Nihilus is here with the first part, Vigilus Defiant delivering a sizeable 200 page campaign book - coming in both Collector's Edition and standard versions. This campaign promises much in terms of the forces involved and hints of key players turning up - heralded by none other than the new Primaris-enabled Marneus Calgar, Ultramarines Chapter Master with his bodyguard and Haarken Worldclaimer, Herald of the Apocalypse - supposedly promising the return of the Warmaster himself... but which one? Both miniatures come with a helmeted and bare head, but offer not much poseability. The long-awaited Chapter Approved 2018 is also out next week with the Warlord Edition coming with extra bits like a roster pad, datacards and Stratagem cards for the Sisters of Battle plus a sheet of tokens. There is also a Standard Edition too which still includes the Beta rules for the Sisters of Battle, so keep your hat on. Question is, will anyone actually field them? In terms of other minis next week, the old plastic and resin Ultramarines Honour Guard are back in the spotlight, possibly looking a little short next to the new Primaris. The Necron Cryptek is now available separately too - a very dynamic model for the Necrons and adds punch to that immortal force. There's another carry case heading our way - the Warhammer 40,000 Carry Case will happily hold your Space Marines and what ever other troops you need to transport. The protection provided from this case does look minimal, so be aware!
As the Horus Heresy draws to a close the books will be themed around the crusade to Terra and the eventual siege, thus Guy Haley's book Titandeath. This is sure be a hit with the Adeptus Titanicus crowd. The new Audio Drama Hubris of Monarchia is out too - full of Ultramarines goodness.
We don't usually do much on Forge World because a) their new pricing structure is a crime, b) their products are lacklustre, c) their service is pretty poor - but beside all that they have some interesting models coming out this week: Blood Bowl Orc Team Booster, the beautifully rendered Denethor and Irolas from Middle-Earth and two new weapons sets for Cawdor. In a way it's a bit of a pity they chose to mix the look of Cawdor with the old Ratskins gang as this cobbled together look doesn't entirely match their old look and makes them seem like hobos with guns!
VIGILUS - THE MISSED OPPORTUNITY?
As you would see from the top picture, there is a very cool pin you get for free when you order Vigilus Defiant from the webstore - great idea and it's a really nice design too! But how about, instead of a pin, you got a small sheet of decals? Like the ones that came in the Spear of the Emperor Deluxe novel set. This means that hobbyists can play the game, then add these campaign badges to their best force from the campaign or even theme an army around this part of history! If you had ten for the shin armour, four for the shoulder, maybe some tiny ones for banners, shields or Power Fists and a larger one for a vehicle. That's it. That would all fit on one of the normal sized decal sheets - even an Adeptus Titanicus sized sheet. As a hobbyist I would be more tempted to buy the book, even if that pin is very nice! Just a thought GW!
It's not often we lead with a book - but exciting news is that Visions of Heresy is back, revised and updated! Hopefully this retains the old pictures as well as new, but we checked the page count and it is more, so here's hoping!
Necromunda gets a pretty big boost with not only the excellent Delaque gang who are sure to be a hit in the post-Blanchitsu world, but also the new Necromunda Rulebook which compiles the old Necromunda Rulebook, rules content from Necromunda supplements so far and the latest FAQs and Errata. There's also Necromunda Gangs of The Underhive which is the rules and options for all the gangs, bounty hunters and more. Now if you like the sound of that, then you can get both in a Slipcase Edition. Of course the Delaque release also has the Delaque Gang Dice Set and the Delaque Gang Cards.
Blood Bowl is also getting a bump this week with a great looking Champions of Death team, themed dice and of course Shambling Undead Cards Pack. There's also two new playing fields - Blood on the Snow Pitch and Undead Pitch & Dugouts. The Blood Bowl magazine Spike #4 is out as is the Spike! Almanac 2018 which compiles the first 3 issues plus the FAQ rules... bit odd this isn't the four issues for the year! Good old GW.
Now - Battle Boxes - the Christmas tradition for all good boys and girls! This year we get a pretty good cross section - Space Marine Primaris Interdiction Force, Imperial Fists Supremacy Force (with the brand new Imperial Fists Primaris Upgrade Sprue), Idoneth Deepkin Deepsurge Raiding Party, Daughters of Khaine Devoted of Morathi, Death Guard Infection Cluster, Adeptus Mechanicus Fist of the Omnissiah (this is a really solid core set!), Seraphon Starclaw Strikehost (which is interestingly close to a force described in the Honest Wargamer as being a very competitive list to field), Necrons Dominion Spearhead, Slaves to Darkness Godsworn Warband and the Craftworlds Asuryani Bladehost (another solid choice).
After the last few weeks of Middle-Earth action, there's one more - Thorin Oakenshield & Company.
In books, there's a new omnibus out - Knights of the Empire telling tales of the Old World Knights.
White Dwarf December 2018 is also on pre-order next week, but since the subscription service in Australia doesn't seem to work, we won't be partaking of that.
Now to go mortgage the house to get all this stuff!
So you've built your Adeptus Titanicus Warlord and some Reavers and those super cool Warhounds and the tiny little Knights - now what? Well, Games Workshop are proud to present not only two Knight variants, the Cerastus Knights, a mighty new version of the Warlord Titan, this one with Plasma Annihilator and Power Claw but also the most expensive decal sheets known to humanity. Yes friend, you can get the Adeptus Titanicus Legio Mortis and the Legio Gryphonicus Transfer Sheets for $34 AUD each - that's about $7 per square inch! Bargain...
Now if you didn't buy the boxed game, then you missed out on the Adeptus Titanicus Accessory Sprue. Fret no more, it is now available separately.
How's your paint selection going? Stuck in a box, unloved and lacking sun? Well, no more, friend, for there is now the Citadel Hobby Project Box, the Citadel Paint Box and the Citadel Paint Racks all to keep your paints safe and also versatile enough to also act as paint racks! Joy...
Lets be honest, fellow traveller - Space Marines can be a tad boring at times, but Aaron Dembski-Bowden has set about making his own and they star in this glorious Spear of the Emperor (Limited Edition) bundle - and what a bundle it is. This is awesome! Have a look at the extras - everything you would need to add these guys into the Warhammer 40K universe. The normal edition isn't out for another 6 months, but I have to say, even with the price, we are very tempted to get this. Very tempted...
Also in books, the paperback version of The Emperor's Gift is out. Grey Knights vs daemons. It's a thing.
Okay, well Games Workshop have united their Hobbit and Lord of the Rings ranges under one banner; Middle-Earth. The new book Armies of The Hobbit allows you to field the forces in battles from the not-as-good-as Lord of the Rings films.
To go with this release are two new miniature sets - Gandalf the White and Peregrin Took (both mounted and on foot) and Théoden King of Rohan (also mounted and on foot). These are both beautiful sets with very intricate and finely done miniatures - both also in plastic giving ultimate flexibility to convert! These sets are just brilliant and if there hadn't been an expensive book this week a must-buy! Surely every Middle-Earth hobbyist would want these...
There's also some Gandalf the White Dice this week and more miniatures than you could count! The entire Hobbit range has been re-released (mostly as Mail Order Exclusives), so if you are tempted by this range, now is the time to jump on board. Elves, Orcs, Dwarves, the Mahud, Corsairs, the Numenor and characters aplenty!
With the recent Beasts of Chaos releases, GW have delved into the depths of their archives - not deep enough to hit Mordheim unfortunately - to bring us these blasts from the past.
Gorthor is a mixed plastic and metal kit, and would make an awesome centrepieces for an army. Speaking of centrepieces, the 'rare' Wargor Standard Bearer is back - still in white metal - and so is Ghorros Warhoof. We don't see Centigors get much love these days, so this is a nice commander for them. Chaos Devoted armies can add the Khorngor Command and the Khorngors as well as the Pestigor Command and Pestigors. Now if you're not a fan of the newer Chaos Warhounds, you can get your hands on the old Chaos Warhounds. Not entirely sure why you'd want these, but more power to you!
In books there's Warmaster, which basically looks like all the other Gaunts Ghosts books, except this guy looks more like David Beckham. It's actually not very smart. If I walked into the shop I wouldn't know if I had this book or not. Pick your game up, folks!
The internet is alive with the sound of music - and that music is fanboys in exultation at the site of the new GW boxed game Blackstone Fortress. Building on the seminal Rogue Trader and Explorer Fleets fluff, we have a group of adventurers heading out to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations... oh hold on! It's actually good to see GW haven't forgotten the Rogue Trader - considering the game released just weeks ago and the Mechcanicum Explorator Fleets are pretty much a similar idea, just with more guns! It's actually the foundation of the 40K universe and a somewhat popular RPG universe as well, coincidentally reacquired by GW earlier this year. The range of miniatures in this set is very cool really, we see a Kroot outside the Tau forces (as they regularly are and not dissimilar to the one we did back in 2014), some Imperial Ratlings (maybe this will see an end to this xenophobic absolutist change to the fluff that was made somewhere in the mid-90s that saw the end of Beastmen and Ratlings and others in Imperial service), we see another Navigator and of course the much touted "Iron Man" (which was always an amazing piece of fluff, but this mini isn't really our personal vision of who they were), plus there's the bad guys - amazingly Beastmen return to 40K, new Chaos Marines, the Renegade Guard, tainted Psykers and the Ur-Ghul from the Dark Eldar range turn up too. Really there's a lot in this and the excitement is understandable - maybe it's GW's marketing that just isn't hitting home. Isn't it funny - even after all the work that's going into Warhammer Community, it's the actual community on social media that drum up all the interest and hype.
Outside Blackstone, Kill Team continues with more additions to the Commanders range with Crasker Matterzhek from the Genestealer Cults and Nemesis 9 Tyrantis from the Tyranids. So far all the Xenos names in this range of Kill Team have been on point! Amazing job.
In the world of books, there is of course a Blackstone Fortress novel - it comes in Half-The-Price-Of-The-Game Special Edition and Oh-Look-It's-Just-A-Book Everyone Else Edition. Not to be left out the Stormcast get a new novel, Hallowed Knights: Black Pyramid and there's an audio drama, Eight Lamentations: War Claw with some adventurers in some rather unusual outfits - I wonder if this is a look into the future...
Now when one becomes a Rogue Trader, the Imperium gives you sanction to do so - because in reality you really are just a pirate with permission to do stuff and bring stuff back, no matter the mess you make. Well, not this honour is upon you, because with every purchase of Blackstone Fortress from the webstore you could be sent your very own Warrant of Trade. Now personally I would have thought a Warrant of Trade would have been dripping in ribbons, honours, a wax seal - but no, it seems you just need a foil sticker. Who knew? Look, this is a cute idea, but really, if Rogue Trader unfurled one of these in front of the leader of some far-flung world, they may as well be wearing an "... and all i got was this t-shirt". This is pretty naff, especially for such an expensive purchase. You can save over $30 online buying this game from somewhere pother than GW and this certificate cost about 10 cents to make. Not an enticement!
Games Workshop have put something on pre-order this week, and I'm not too sure they actually know what it is. Let us introduce you to the Citadel Assembly Handle - apparently it's to hold things while you put glue on something else. Personally I use my hands for that, but okay! What this actually is (GW - pay attention) is a copy of something that Gundam builders use - the little arms are actually for holding small pieces so you can paint them. Maybe GW should have asked the 3rd party that made this for them what it actually is! Now, there is finally the Citadel Painting Handle XL and the new tapered Citadel Water Pot - better for no spills! The paint range is also getting some new sets, the Citadel Ultimate Project Set and Citadel Project Paint Set with interlocking inserts, the Citadel Layer Paint Set and the Citadel Base & Shade Paint Set. There's new scenery with the Sector Mechanicus: Derelict Factorum plus some bundles- the bank-breaking Thermic Plasma Nexus Collection, the Sector Mechanicus Munitorum Munitions Hub (check out the bad Photoshop on this one- the work experience kid must have been in this day!), all the pipes with the Thermic Plasma Nexus, and the Sector Imperialis: Imperial Sector bundle. Age of $igmar also get some terrain love with the Desolated Township, Azyrite Townscape (a good price this one in terms of outlay and return) and the Vale of Ghyran.
Keep in mind, a bundle doesn't always equal value, so do the maths!
With news that the main Horus Heresy novel series is coming to an end, there two novellas forming part of the prequel - and they both sound like they will be fluff-impacting stories... Dreadwing centres around the Dark Angels and how The Lion is such an emo twat that his Legion actually have to work AROUND him to get the job done and Spear of Ultramar centres around the Ultramarines and why they didn't reach Terra in time to play a part in the final battles. In 40K land, Steel Daemon tells the story of a surviving Cadian just making his way in the world - even with that shocking haircut, The Bloodied Rose seems like Sisters of Battle hack and slash, Auric Gods tells the heartwarming story of how the Custodes just want to be loved, the Necromunda story Wanted: Dead and finally Death Knell, the backstory to the upcoming Space Marne Heroes miniature release. Age of $igmar get a look in too, with the Gotrek novella The Bone Desert, the Dark Elf story Heart of Winter, the last stand novella The Red Hours, and the Darkoath-themed Warqueen.
Yet another journal makes it's way to us - this time Nagash-themed. The quality of these is generally very nice, but the print job on the cover of this looks pretty ordinary to be honest!
There's also a Webstore offer on at the moment that if you buy everything in the webstore, you will receive this Brush Wallet - probably valued at around $15. Seems fair...!
The Orks are the last of the Xenos races to get a Codex release for the latest edition of Warhammer 40K. Some would say that this means that the new edition is right around the corner - but would we ever be so cynical?
The Codex is available in the usual flavours; the 'Uman Jam Collectors Edition and the Stompy Stomp standard edition. In terms of miniatures, this release is based around Speed Freeks - the boxed game from last week. The emphasis on mobility is writ large with four new vehicles; Megatrakk Scrapjet, Boomdakka Snazzwagon, Rukkatrukk Squigbuggy and the Deffkilla Wartrike. There's also an amazingly detailed terrain piece, the Mekboy Workshop, plus the usual themed Dice and Data Cards. As well as the new stuff we have pretty much the entire Ork range reboxed - minus some so we assume there will be more next week - the Ork Warbiker Mob, the resin Ork Kommandos and resin Ork Tankbustas, Ork Warboss Grukk's Boss Mob (you can also get the Nobz without him), the Ork Lootas/ Burna Boyz combi-kit (the best heads of almost any Ork kit out there), the excellent Ork Stormboyz, plus the venerable Ork Boyz kit with lots of great bits and packed with character. Speaking of character, the old Ork Gretchin kit is back, plus if you want to take a punt on Orks but you're not sure, the Easy To Build: Ork Boyz is around - also a great way to get alternative heads. To lead your Ork WAAARGH why not consider Ghazghkull Thraka? Pair him with the very expensive Ork Nob With Waaagh! Banner (he's the same price as a box of Boyz) and maybe one of a motley crew of characters - an Ork Painboy, the resin Mad Dok Grotsnik or even an Ork Mek.
What's really interesting about this range is the amount of years and editions of 40K it covers. Have a look at how the Orks have changed and also how reasonably priced their units are. Sure you can need a lot of Ork Boyz, but doing so won't break the bank!
Away from Orkiness, Sly Marbo gets an online re-release *yawn*, BUT how cool is this? Realmslayer: A Gotrek Gurnisson Series is back out... WITH BRIAN BLESSED DOING THE VOICE OF GOTREK. By the Gods this is cool. In the world of books, Blacktalon is out for Age of $igmar, the Voice of Mars paperback is also on it's way, as is White Dwarf November 2018. Now we still haven't received last month's White Dwarf, so any anticipation or interest is well and truly dead on this one!
Bit of a small pre-order week today, which could actually be a blessing after the huge Nighthaunt releases for Age of $igmar and Kill Team for 40k - but what would a weekend be without at least something top tempt us. Personally I miss these being first shown in the weekly version of White Dwarf (not that our WD even ever turns up anymore) but the internet is a hungry beast, so here we have it.
Next week sees the release of a new twist on an old favourite - it's Speed Freeks! Ork Klans via for supremacy around (you have to admit) a rather small area. These minis are really nice, the bikes not straying too far from art we have seen for decades and the buggies are a big improvement on the old model for sure. Apparently the buggies in this set are exclusive to this set, and with only the boxed set being released this weekend and no individual sets, it may be unlikely we know if they are for a while.
By the way, is it just us or does the book's cover art (below) look like Steve Bisley art?
In books next week, the Limited Edition Corax: Lord of Shadows hits the shelves as does the Age of $igmar-themed Sacrosanct & Other Stories plus a timely audio book release, Prophets of Waaagh! with a picture on the cover almost directly copied from a scene out of the newer Mad Max film.
In somewhat more exciting news, the Horus Heresy series is coming to an end (as such) with the Siege of Terra finally beginning. Next week sees the beginning of that part of the story arc with The Horus Heresy: Heralds of the Siege a collection of short stories - some in print for the first time and others were originally released as audio dramas.
is it an exciting pre-order week? No - but it's one week closer to the glory of Slaanesh!
Kill Team - elite squads of troops pitted against each other, and this week Games Workshop have introduced the Commanders Expansion Boxed Set, which includes a 120 page book, 33 Universal Commander Tactics cards (7 cards covering the psychic powers from the book, along with Psybolt from the Kill Team Core Manual), 20 blank Commander datacards, a double-sided Commander token sheet.
To go with this boxed set are Commanders for each faction - Ankra the Colossus Necron Commander, Feodor Lasko Astra Militarum Commander, Fireblade Twinflame T’au Empire Commander, Gaius Acastian Deathwatch Commander, Gitzog Wurldkilla Ork Commander, Magos Dalathrust Adeptus Mechanicus Commander, Torrvald Orksbane Adeptus Astartes and Vysa Kharavyxis Drukhari Commander. Each Commander is moulded in this new coloured platsic GW are using and come with a datacard, a skill tree card, 5 Tactics Cards (including 2 Tactics exclusive to this set) plus a sheet of tokens for use in games of Kill Team. Kill Team seems like Necromunda for 40K, so should make people pretty happy!
Away from 40K, last week we saw some cool new teams for Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault, well this week you can get some card sleeves for those factions - the Eyes of the Nine and Zarbag’s Gitz.
In books, the next Primarch book is out - Vulkan: Lord of Drakes. There's been some good press about some of these, so be interesting to see the verdict on this one too.
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