In books we get the Warhammer Crime novel Flesh and Steel in paperback.
With Indomitus launching the new crusade Crusade across the galaxy, and keen hobbyists playing through scenarios, it was only a matter of time before we got the first of the Crusade expansions. With Mission Pack: Beyond the Veil you get six new missions each for the Combat Patrol, Incursion, Strike Force and Onslaught games, some new Battle Traits and Crusade Relics plus some other stuff. There's also the new Chapter Approved Mission Pack: Tactical Deployment which gives 18 new missions for matched play, plus a the Tactical Deployment gameplay rules and how to use the new terrain. "New terrains?" Yes, there is new terrain... well sort of new! The big set is Battlezone: Manufactorum – Vertigus, but if you want the key buildings you can get them separately as Manufactorum Sub-cloister and Storage Fane or the Manufactorum Sanctum Administratus. Don't know how to best use them? Well, the Manufactorum Terrain Datasheet Cards will be pretty handy then! There's also some smaller sets under the new Battlezone: Manufactorum banner, with the Manufactorum Conservators and the Manufactorum Munitorum Armoured Containers. Now this might have been a better release for the Elves of the last few weeks, but the Woods terrain set is also out next week. It's branded "40K" so interesting we don't see more foliage in Warhammer 40K.
In books we get the Warhammer Crime novel Flesh and Steel in paperback.
The Limited Edition Siege of Terra novels have been a huge hit, as we usher in the end to the current Horus Heresy era of novels, and this week sees the much-delayed novella by Graham McNeill, Fury of Magnus go on pre-order. This is sure to be a hit, and maybe even rescue the image of the Primarch of the Thousand Sons once and for all.
The new Beastgrave expansion is here, having been teased some weeks ago, with the new free-for-all version of the game Arena Mortis. Very kindly Games Workshop have also put together a package Warhammer Underworlds Starter Collection just for such an occasion!
The latest expansion for the Middle-earth game Quest of the Ringbearer is here and it gives gamers 28 new narrative scenarios, plus rules for linking them together into a flowing campaign, detailed army focuses, rules for six new and updated Legendary Legions and a masterclass on how to best build and paint Forge World's Weathertop scenery piece. To accompany the expansion, there's a new terrain set, the Mines of Moria, which compared to the Warhammer ones is a tad sparse!
Fair few books this weekend, starting with the Imperial Infantryman's Handbook which includes the previously released Imperial Munitorum Manual, Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer and The Benedictions of the Emperor. There's also the paperback version of Necromnda's Uprising and the newest Last Chancers' novel, Armageddon Saint in paperback. Black library have also released a collection of Horus Heresy hardbacks - Vulkan Lives, The Unremembered Empire, Scars, Vengeful Spirit, and The Damnation of Pythos.
Week two of Lumineth Realm-lords dawns, with some big guns and sparkly magic, but fear not - Space Marines also get a look in!
The Lumineth Realm-lords are the uber-magic Elves, so when you have a hero the very serene looking Alarith Stonemage is the way to go. A very different type of miniature we are used to seeing, this is sure to be a hit come Golden Demon time!
They may be sparkly, but they have some heavy hitting power and that comes in the form of an Alarith, Spirit of the Mountain - a hammer-wielding sparkly cow with some amazing modelling potential. This is a combi-kit, so you can also make the named character Avelenor, the Stoneheart King. While we're talking hammers and the word "big", combine hammer and big hats and you have the Alarith Stoneguard - a very different Elven dynamic, but none the less very cool models. If you want your run-of-the-mill infantry fast attack, you can't go passed the Vanari Dawnriders, probably some of the nicest cavalry models since the old Dark Elves Black Riders.
Fans of Warhammer 40K, do not worry, you have not been left in the cold - coming some time next year but on pre-order now are the next in the series of Bandai Space Marine action figure that comes in Imperial Fists or Salamanders flavours. These are available to order for one week only!
In books there's the new 40K Ork Brutal Kunnin and it's a White Dwarf week...
For the Middle Earth fans, there's also the very nice new Forge World resin Rangers. These poses are becoming more statuesque every month, and really are a treat!
Long have we seen previews, and even a limited edition boxed set, of the varying flavours of Aelves - well finally today we get the first in the releases for the Lumineth Realm-lords, magical High Elves from the land of Hysh and beyond.
The undisputed father to the Lumineth Realm-lords is legend of old, Teclis - and we get a brand new model of him as the centrepiece to this new army - Archmage Teclis and Celennar, Spirit of Hysh. Its massive and certainly pricey, so if you have a hankering, brace your wallet! As in the limited edition boxed set, the no-skin no-bones general known as the The Light of Eltharion makes a reappearance, alongside Scinari Cathallar, delight to foot fetishists everywhere and possessor of a pretty neat social distancing belt. We also get the bulk of the infantry with the very cool, very sleek Vanari Auralan Wardens
and their ranged brothers and sisters, the Vanari Auralan Sentinels. Appropriately for magic elves, there are the Endless Spells: Lumineth Realm-lords and the most original dice we have seen yet in the form of the Lumineth Realm-lords Dice Set. I wonder if these will work!?! Of course to properly field your Lumineth Realm-lords army you will need the Lumineth Realm-lords Battletome (which so far only comes in standard flavour) and a set 0f the Lumineth Realm-lords Warscroll Cards.
Do you need to know more? Well the Realm-lords hardback book is also out so you can delve deep into the sparkly wonder that is the Lumineth Realm-lords.
If you missed the news on our Facebook last night, but Forge World have listed the latest Horus Heresy Black Book Nine - Crusade is out, as is the Dark Angels Primarch Lion El'Jonson, plus dice for every Legion!!
It's been an interesting adventure, but it had to end! That's right, the final expansion for Blackstone Fortress is on pre-order this week, with Blackstone Fortress: Ascension introducing of hostile Guardian Drones into the mix. This price-point on this is pretty high, getting up into the special character realm. As with life, there is a book - Blackstone Fortress: Ascension Special Edition and Hardback, plus the audio drama Augur of Despair set inside the Blackstone Fortress itself.
There's also a pretty cool Adeptus Titanicus release this week from Forge World, the Warhound Titan Ursus Claw/Natrix Shock Lance combi-kit. The Ursus Claws aren't as they are described in the book (more like a huge harpoon with a chain) but cool for fans of running groups of predatory Warhounds.
It's quite a diverse week for pre-orders, and for a change, let's start with The Hobbit because they have a great new miniature in the form of Éomer, Marshal of the Riddermark. Not only does he come mounted and dismounted, but also comes with weapon options and four head options, meaning you can use him as other characters or even a great source of bitz for other minis. The Eomer release is backed by yet more Profile Cards with the Hobbit – Good Profile Card Pack, the Hobbit – Dwarves Profile Card Pack and the Hobbit - Evil Profile Card Pack giving you stats for your forces. There's also a cool book, the Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game: Best of White Dwarf Magazine which would be great for those who don't get the magazine, but would like some new content.
As you know, the Middle-earth miniatures are slightly smaller scale to the normal GW miniature, but if you want really small you have to go to Aeronautica, and this week we get some new planes - the venerable Imperial Navy Avenger Strike Fighters to give yet more firepower to the Imperium.
A surprise release for Necromunda when first previewed, we finally get our hands on the Ogryn Gang, adding considerable brute force to the Necromunda game. Mostly lacking serious firepower, they make up for it in melee usage. Interestingly the release is the larger Slave Ogryn Gang set, and also the smaller 'Jotunn' H-Grade Industrial Servitor Ogryns. It's better value for money to get the larger set, as you basically get two for free. These will be kitbashed to Hell and back for every Imperial Guard force considering the current Ogryn models for the Imperial Guard are so poor. It's not just the big boys who get to play in Necromunda, it's also the deadly ladies as well, with Escher getting reinforcements via the Death-maidens and Wyld Runners which introduces some beastly companions and some great poses for the Escher gang. Both of these releases get cards with the Slave Ogryn Gang Tactics Cards and Escher Gang Tactics Cards out, plus there's the new Open Hive War Card Pack and Zone Mortalis Gang Tactics Cards. These releases are all off the back of the new Necromunda expansion, House of Blades which gives much more detail on the Escher gang and new units and rules. The book gets a House of Blades Dice and there's a House of Chains Dice too.
If you're more of a sporting hobbyist, then maybe Blood Bowl gets your heart pounding. Something that's unlikely to meet with too much excitement is the new team though, the Crud Creek Nosepickers. Mainly there for entertainment value, there's also the Blood Bowl Snotling Team Dice, Blood Bowl Double-sided Snotling Pitch and Dugout and Spike! Journal Issue 10 which gives rules and tactics for the Snotlings in the game.
Books this week include the new Warhammer Crime anthology No Good Men, the paperback version of Farsight: Empire of Lies for some Tau goodness, the Warhammer Age of Sigmar anthology Oaths and Conquests and the paperback version of Watchers of the Throne: The Regent's Shadow.
Had enough of space brutes and want to get back down to earth? Well Beastgrave is about as down to earth as you can get! Part of the Underworlds system, Beastgrave pits small units of fighters against each other... in reality we just want the new mini though, right?
So, Orks... or Orruks as they are now called, gets the very dynamic Morgok's Krushas and we have an entry for Daughters of Khaine with Morgwaeth's Blade-coven. These sets are usually great, but there's always one of the minis that really isn't as good as the rest, I'll leave that with you to decide which one! There are of course Morgok's Krushas Dice and Morgwaeth's Blade-coven Dice plus Morgok's Krushas Premium Sleeves and Morgwaeth's Blade-Coven Premium Sleeves for those pesky cards!
Now of course if you want the whole kit and caboodle, then you can just get the Morgok's Krushas Collection or the Morgwaeth's Blade-Coven Collection and be done with it!
In books we have the The Horusian Wars: Divination short story collection in paperback and Horus Heresy book 54 The Buried Dagger also in paperback.
Remember all those weeks ago when Indomitus was released - all those lovely new miniatures?
Well Games Workshop are now bringing some of them out in new Starter Sets and Paint Sets
. If you missed them the first time, or need some reinforcements, this seems to be the best way to get them for now!
If you'd like the core of the Indomitus set, plus some nifty new terrain, then the Warhammer 40,000 Command Edition is for you. Now if you're looking for a troop builder, then the Warhammer 40,000 Elite Edition or Warhammer 40,000 Recruit Edition may be more your style. The terrain in the Warhammer 40,000 Command Edition is also available separately alongside the Manufactorum Battlefield from a few weeks ago to become the Command Edition Battlefield Expansion Set.
There's also some new paint sets, with the Assault Intercessors + Paints Set, the Necrons Warriors + Paints Set and the Warhammer 40,000: Paints + Tools Set. It will be interesting if we see the old ones disappear in time and these replace them. With the deletion of the Easy To Build Primaris for the first release being discontinued, cheap V1 Primaris may become quite scarce
Books this week sees the Dawn of Fire: Avenging Son Special Edition and paperback version, plus the paperbacks of The First Wall and Kal Jerico: Sinner's Bounty.
Black Library takes the helm this week with some offerings that will delight and simultaneously break the bank.
Horus, the man, the demi-God, the enigma - you can now possess this unwieldly power in the form of the Horus Lupercal Bookends, or maybe two busts, your call. Pretty cool idea, but again, beware the cost of the Chaos Gods and the impact on your dwindling pay packet. The seminal Aaron Dembski-Bowden Night Lords series is available for a limited time in the form of the Night Lords Collector's Edition. Beautifully presented, this would look great amongst the Horus Heresy Siege of Terra books, Hell it would look good just hanging around in the car or maybe minding the cat while you're out on the town. This week also sees some new omnibus' - The Hammer and the Eagle: Icons of Warhammer and Scions of the Emperor: An Anthology featuring 8 short stories set around key moments in the lives of the Primarchs. If Ciaphas Cain is more your bag, then Old Soldiers Never Die sees him go up against zombies, Mr Witchy-Poo Ahriman's Exile is now available in paperback as is the new Warhammer Crime novel Bloodlines. Fan of art books, well Black Library: The Art of Warhammer 40,000 features art from across their book range, there's also the audio drama Dredge Runners based in the 40K universe and finally maybe the oddest thing ever released - the Gotrek Gurnisson Bookmark which is sure to destroy the top to any book.
The mighty mini minis are back with some new releases for Adeptus Titanicus all centred around your favourite orange plasma-lovers, Ryza!
The latest expansion to Adeptus Titanicus The Defence of Ryza which promises not only the story of the Defence of Ryza, Legion-specific rules for six Titan Legions (Honorum, Osedax, Crucius, Magna, Vulturum and Mortis), and six Knight Houses (Sidus, Taranis, Zavora, Morbidia, Ioeden and Oroborn), but also official rules for creating your own Titan Legions, something fans have been trying to navigate around for some time. The new book also sees a new version of the Cerastus Knights, with the Acheron & Castigator box bringing more weapons options to the party. With new rules and minis come the The Defence of Ryza Stratagem Cards, which knowing Games Workshop they will discontinue next week! Away from Adeptus Titanicus for a moment, last week we didn't get the Runelord Brass spray for the Necrons, so here it is this week.
In books this week, it's the Profit's Ruin paperback version for fans of the Kharadron Overlords.
With the the two-week order window for Indominatus in full swing, Games Workshop don't have their regular weekend pre-orders this week (apart from the Made To Order version of Indomitus), so we thought we'd take a tour around the internet and see what else is going on.
First cab off the rank this wekedn is a great Kickstarter (which we backed) called Cult of Vile Rattus: A Cheese Stealer Cult adding Skaven-like creatures to your armies. The wheeled vehicles are cool too, but only available for the highest tier.
Wargames Atlantic have a great new plastic set out, this time the Einherjar with Dwarven warriors for the futuristic battlefield. Like all Wargames Atlantic releases they have lots of weapons options and look like a great addition to a retinue. Go check out their kits - they're very cool. Mortian, one of the newer resin casters out there have a great range of customisable stationary weapons for a reasonable price. I find their pricing a little odd, but these look amazing and could add soem excellent flavour to your army, with fun additions like searchlights and multiple barreled weapons like mortars and autoguns. If history is more your bag, then the excellent range of Victrix kits now includes the fabled Dacians - the absolute terror of the Roman Legionary. Featuring the unique reversed curved blades, these minis are very cool. Speaking of classic miniatures, Lucid Eye Publications have the new 28mm version of Frank Frazetta's classic Death Dealer. This version is the original mounted one, and although mostly right, they didn't get the neck and head on the horse quite right. We have a cast of the original from back in the deep mists of time, and it's a beauty!
That's just some of the cool stuff we saw this week. Hope you enjoyed this little tour around the Geek-ernet for a change. We usually share these sorts of updates on our Facebook, so head over and you can share in the social media miasma that is Facebook!
Some years ago it was speculated that Games Workshop were desperate to get their games edition numbers higher than Dungeons & Dragons - well guys and dolls, we are here with Warhammer 40k 9th Edition. Go nuts!
9th Edition launches with the Indomitus boxed set - 61 new miniatures pitting Space Marines against Necrons, an exclusive version of the Warhammer 40,000 Core Book and datasheets for all 18 new units included in the box. It's a bit of a beast! But fear not, you can get the new Core Rule Book without the box in both Crush The Xenos Limited Edition and Clankety-Clank Standard Edition. If rules are your thing, then there's also the Chapter Approved: Grand Tournament 2020 Mission Pack and Munitorum Field Manual with new content for matched and competitive play plus missions for Incursion and Strike Force battles and updated matched play points values. Do you like missions? Well have we got missions for you - the Open War Mission Card Pack is here, which when teamed with the Battlezone: Manufactorum Battlefield can get you started very quickly. In the old days a table cloth and some tupperware would do the trick, but alas no more. In fact speaking of scenery there is a limited edition Battlezone Objective Set, so grab that before it's gone! But how will you complete your missions without knowing how far you have to go? Well the new Warhammer 40,000 Combat Gauge is here to save you, and when combined with the new Warhammer 40,000 World's-Most-Expensive-Pencil-Case you can carry your troops to war as well, plus write down all your victories and plan your Crusade forces in this plush Warhammer 40,000 Crusade Journal. It's all here!
The new Necron range is looking pretty spiffy, and there's new paint to celebrate with Runelord Brass, Canoptek Alloy, Cryptek Armourshade Gloss and new Technical paint Tesseract Glow also here.
Now if you do decide to order the Indomitus box through the Games Workshop webstore, you can also get the Indomitus Objective Markers, Coin and Dice Bag.
Remember this is a two week pre-order window, so they won't be out until the 25th July.
How about some reading? Do you like the written word to ad out the fluff? Well Gav Thrope has you covered with the imaginatively titled Indomitus, which also comes in a Necron Special Edition and a Space Marine Special Edition. Want to broaden your Astartes love? Well the Warriors and Warlords anthology may be for you, or maybe it's fantasy with Neferata: The Dominion of Bones or the Beastgrave paperback.
It's a big week - go press F5 on your favourite stockist now!!
++And if like me your stockist sold out in 60 seconds - good luck ++
Age of $igmar needs some love, and when the Generals' Handbook was released last year it met with critical acclaim from competitive and hobbyists alike. Well the Generals Handbook is back, this time with the 2020 edition bringing new rules to Age of $igmar. The book comes in a wizz-bang Warlord Edition or your run of the mill General's Handbook 2020 version.
It's a week for Blood Bowl too, with two coalition teams, the Underworld Creepers – Underworld Denizens Blood Bowl Team and the The Middenheim Maulers – Old World Alliance Blood Bowl Team made up of past releases. These are nice sets, giving you a nice opportunity to kitbash or just paint them as they are! Like most Blood Bowl releases, there is a Spike! Journal, plus the new Old World Alliance & Underworld Denizens Pitch and Dugout Set, and an Blood Bowl Old World Alliance Team Card Pack.
There's fair few books this week, with the hardback version of Horus Heresy Saturnine and the paperback version of
The Lost and the Damned. There's also a new Necromunda novel with possibly the loudest cover ever - Soulless Fury - plus the hardcover Lady of Sorrows and paperback Mark of Faith.
Black library are also re-releasing some old Inferno magazines from 1997 with #26, #27, #28, #29, #30, #31, #32 (with an illustration you usually only see in black and white and looks weird in colour) #33, #34, and #35.
... and like that, Psychic Awakening - the story to reshape the 40K universe - is over with barely a ripple felt through the Community. Rumours swirled around the Lion returning, or maybe Slaanesh, no it seems all of this was to rise the Necrons. Don't get us wrong, the Necrons are awesome and the minis are a must-buy, but it seems this could have been so much more.
Bring on the Indomitus Crusade I suppose...
Anyway, the final part of Psychic Awakening is out - Pariah - which comes in either From The Void Collector's Edition or Is That All? Standard Edition. This release does give us some nice minis though - with Necron Illuminor Szeras in an awesome new form with equally large price tag, Ordo Xenos Lord Inquisitor Kyria Draxus armed with a very cool Shuriken Catapult ushering back to the days of Rogue Trader, and the oddly-faced Ephrael Stern & Kyganil set. Interesting to see a Harlequin in such a team. The miniatures to come out of Psychic Awakening are all pretty amazing and dynamic, so it will be interesting to see where character models go from there. They certainly have raised the bar!
There's also a very deluxe Ephrael Stern: The Heretic Saint Limited Edition book set with added goodies and the classic Daemonifuge: 20th Anniversary Edition graphic novel getting a re-release.
If audio dramas are more your bag, then Broken Saints may be your thing.
Age of $igmar must be feeling a bit lonely lately. There's been things around Ao$, like Warcry and others, but now we get some solid $igmar godless, and this time it's one of the much-teased new Elf factions. The Lumineth Realm-lords are sparkly Elves in the fashion of the old High Elves, but this time more floaty, more spiritual, more Airbender-esque in design. This week we see the new Lumineth Realm-lords Army Set which gives you an infantry unit, a cavalry unit an a hero plus the rules and a Battletome. Compared to the Sisters of Battle army box it's actually pretty pricey for what you get, but the miniature are undeniably beautiful. Be interesting to see the rest of the army, which we have seen previewed previously. Now if you do pre-order this army box, you also get some nifty art cards.
The rest of the pre-orders this week are books - paperback versions of the Horus Heresy novel Titandeath, the most recent Mephoston novel City of Light, and speakign of Elves - here's the fishy ones in The Court of the Blind King with an epic cover!
Next week is also a White Dwarf week, so if you get that then woot! There are a few cool sounding articles in there actually; A short Space Marine story by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, new rules for Aeldari Harlequins and Sisters of Silence, a hive world army painting guide, the introduction of the Tome Keepers Space Marine Chapter, plus rules for using the Lumineth Realm-lords in Warcry. Actually sounds decent!
The universe of Warhammer 40K is full of bag guys, the misguided, the weak and the stupid - but it's a rare person who tops the list of the most vile, and that's Fabius Bile! If his coat of flesh doesn't give it away, this former Emperor's Children Apothecary come-Clonefather is pain and torment wrapped up into one. Originally a Jes Goodwin miniature back in the day, this very cool new version in plastic offers not only a whole lot more pieces, but a Surgeon Acolyte miniature as well.
Fabius Bile appears courtesy of a the next chapter in the Psychic Awakening series, War of the Spider, which comes in Nip and Tuck Collector's Edition or What A Lovely Specimen Standard Edition. The new book also gives you new rules for Custodes and Death Guard amongst others! Fabius Bile could mean all sorts of things - Chaos Primaris Marines/ the return of Fulgrim/ the Return of Slaanesh/ new beasties for Chaos... it's really never ending, but lets hope we see them soon!
Another blast from the past is contained in the next expansion of Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress – Deadly Alliance. There have been many Xenos through the annals of decades of 40K, but the Zoat has always held a special place in a lot of Beardy's lives. With GW now making him Unaligned, you can add a Zoat to your Tau, Chaos, Tyranids or even Imperial. The hobby potential is almost unlimited!
With Fabius Bile back, he needs a novel to catch us up on his ways, so if you have the stomach for it, then Fabius Bile: Manflayer could very well be for you!
Well, I don't know about you, but I need a Zoat!
"Look! Up in the sky - it's a bird, it's a plane...!" Yes, it absolutely is a plane, in fact it's the new Aeronautica Imperialis: Skies of Fire expansion, giving us new fighters for the Astra Militarum and Imperial Navy plus the powerful Tau all in one box! Thankfully you can also get the sets separately on the week of release, so let's start with the best side - the Tau. The Tau Air Caste fliers come in various flavours, the Barracuda Fighters, Tiger Shark Fighter-Bombers and the Tiger Shark AX 1-0 Fighter-Bombers - all very cool! There's also T'au Air Caste Cards and T'au Air Caste Dice Set to round off your new fleet. The Imperials also get some reinforcements with the Imperial Navy Lightning Fighters and Valkyrie Assault Carriers. They also get Astra Militarum and Imperial Navy Cards and camouflaged Imperial Navy Taros Dice. All of these aerial shenanigans are taking place on the world of Taros. Never heard of it? Well luckily there is a whole Taros Air War Campaign Book AND a Taros Area of Engagement Board to bring this battlefield to life! Having a close look at these new miniatures, the Tau ships seem to be out of scale with the Imperial ones, who seem to be much larger, especially the Valkyries!
Far away from the blood-soaked skies of the 41st millennium, we have the world of Middle Earth who, this week, get some new profile card for the Free Peoples, Isengard and Moria and the Elves and Dwarves.
Once all the rage, Kill Team seems to be making a bit of a resurgence with 9th Edition 40K on the horizon, so there's a new Kill Team Card and Dice Set, but you'll need the rules... which may change with 9th Edition.
In books we have the Horus Heresy Heralds of the Siege paperback anthology and the paperback version of Ghoulslayer.
Welcome back to your weekly pre-order update! It's been some time, and we're happy to be back to show all the new goodness - this week it's Mechanicus!
Psychic Awakening is still bubbling along, basically ushering in the next chapter of Warhammer 40K. With Psychic Awakening: Engine War, available in both Creepy Tendrils Collectors Edition or We Worship Your Toaster Standard Edition, we'll not only get up to date with the Adeptus Mechanicus but also get the rules for the brand new units we see released this week
The Adeptus Mechanicus range are probably some of the most popular kits in the current incarnation of 40k. Designed between the master mind of Jes Goodwin and the amazing hobbyist and designer Darren Latham, they are multi-faceted gems. This week we get some more units, the airborne assualt Pteraxii Sterylizors/ Skystalkers combi-kit which brings fast attack options to the tabletop and Serberys Raiders/ Sulphurhounds, which similarly gives you fast shock troops... mounted on giant dogs! Who would have thought? It's not just infantry, because there a new combi-kit flyer as well in the form of the Archaeopter Fusilave/ Transvector/ Stratoraptor. It's a strange one and, surprisingly expensive for that it is. There's also a new Start Collecting! Adeptus Mechanicus box that replaces the Dune Crawler with the Skorpius Dunerider/Disintegrator and replaces the fabulous Tech-Priest Dominus with the Tech-Priest Enginseer... at the new higher price. This week we also get, for the first time, everyone's least favourite Tech-Priest, Manipulus.
In books we get more Horus Heresy in the dust jacket format - Fear to Tread, Shadows of Treachery, Angel Exterminatus, Betrayer. Mark of Calth and the latest Siege of Terra book in paperback, Sons of the Selenar.
There's also the new Warhammer Adventures, War of the Orks and Flight of the Kharadron.
It's been a month and a bit since the Games Workshop webstore and physical stores shut their doors during the COVID-19 pandemic. In that time we've had previews and a multitude of web articles, but for many places this week sees those avenues of hobby reopen. All the Nuln Oil can be replenished, the spray undercoat and glue and paint restocked. If we avoid Wave 2 of the pandemic, then this could be the new normal - but lets play safe and smart. Stay well, and if you're not, bloody stay at home!
To usher in the reopening of stores, the next White Dwarf is out, so why not head into a store and get a good solid fix.
As you know, each week we post the latest pre-orders from Games Workshop. In a busy working life, posting those updates and painting War Hounds Legion minis is pretty much all we have time for these days. In Australia we're in a pseudo-lockdown, so working from home - which if you're doing it too you'll know has it's own stresses and strains.
What we will be doing here, later today, is announce a new venture here at Beardy Hammer which we really hope you like. We think it's going to be fun to do, and hopefully fun to join in with.
So what about the Games Workshop pre-orders? Well, there won't be any from GW as they have announced that there will be no there will be no new physical pre-orders until at least the 2nd of May due to the closure of Warhammer HQ and the factory and distribution centres in the UK, USA and Australia.
There are however a number of things they are doing to keep your hobby going.
You can go check out the Warhammer TV Twitch, which has hours of material to inspire you to get through your mountain of minis at home. This content has always been behind a paywall, but now GW have opened it up, and if you can navigate the awful layout of Twitch, then why not stream this to your TV and have it on while you hobby. I can highly recommend the episode on the amazing Mechanicus builds by GW's video editor Laura. Also, go follow her Twitter!!
Now if audio drama is more your thing, Black Library seem to be running a series of promotions on their Black Library Audio App. There's some mixed reviews on this app, but if you're more into hearing stories from right across the Warhammer universes, then this app is really the best place to get them all.
Currently I Am Slaughter is on special, so we'll see what happens next. It's a free app, so if you like stories of the Horus Heresy, Warhammer 40,000, Warhammer and Age of Sigmar, Necromunda and more, then this app is the gateway. There are in-store purchases, but just see what happens with specials, bundles and previews.
Also coming this weekend is the first in a series of previews. Whisper is it includes the new Fabius Bile - in if there's a new Fabius Bile, then there's probably Chaos Primaris Marines, new Slaaneshi Chaos Space Marines and... maybe even the Demon Prince himself.
Warhammer Storyforge have also just opened their Instagram account which will keep us all up to date on the new film projects, including previews and other nice visual tidbits. Add it to your Instagram feed and see what comes up! Who knows... while others are working from home we may see these come out sooner than we thought!
This post has concentrated on Games Workshop, because that's what we update you on every week here, but there are many other miniature companies - especially the small ones - who are continuing to print and sculpt from home and ship straight to your door. Don't forget them! Maybe find a new universe to enjoy, or some great conversion bitz! Many small miniature companies work from their home anyway, and with technology easier to get a hold of, there's some amazing things coming out.
If you have a 3D printer, don't forget the places like CG Trader and Thingyverse where creators post their sculpts up. There's also manufacturers who provide STLs too like Reptilian Overlords, and Imperial Terrain amongst others. For small manufacturers, that may be there livelihood right now so why not support them.
That's it from us. Bit of a different update I know. Stay tuned later today when hopefully we'll have an update on something very cool from us here at Beardy Hammer.
Stay safe, keep in touch with your friends and community, and don't forget the importance of face to face. Get on a Facebook Messenger/ Google Hangouts/ Zoom video call and chat with your fellow hobbyists!
Project: War Hounds
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