Just a small week for pre-orders as we go into Christmas. with some reinforcements for Blood Bowl. When Blood Bowl first launched there was some excitement that we might get a new Chaos Dwarf team (and maybe we will) but this week sees the return of the old/"classic" Chaos Dwarf Team & the Bull Centaur as Made To Order. Chaos Dwarves have a real cult following (with a number of third-party companies making great versions of them), so it will be interesting to see how this goes and if it leads to a plastic boxed set down the line. With only those in the miniature releases, we have a new hardcover - The Court of the Blind King - with not only an excellent cover but also an insight into the Idoneth Deepkin. Maybe we'll see exactly how much like the Dark Eldar they are in personality since their mini range is so similar. It's also time for the "gift-filled" White Dwarf December 2019. It's a real pity it's not a free miniature, but seems like GW doesn't do that anymore.
The day has come - the brand new Chaos Warriors and expanded Slaves To Darkness are here. In an unusual move, Games Workshop have put the new Chaos Warriors, Chaos Knights and a new General in a new Start Collecting! Slaves to Darkness set. These are mono-pose miniatures, so it makes a bit more sense, but also begs the question; were these meant to be an adversary in a different collection? To Go with the new minis, there's the brand new Slaves To Darkness Battletome which comes in Dark & Spiky Limited Edition and of course Bow Before Me! Standard Edition. As with all new Age of $igmar army releases, we also get the new Endless Spells set and the Warscroll Cards - no dice though #sadface! Part of the new Battletome is to expand the forces of the Slaves To Darkness. which now include the forces from the Warcry game, so we get sets of Cypher Lords, Corvus Cabal, The Unmade, Iron Golem, The Splintered Fang, and Untamed Beasts, but with double the miniatures, but not double the price! Speaking of Warcry, two of the scenery sets from that, the Azyrite Ruined Chapel and the Azyrite Shattered Plaza, are now available separately. In yet more related Warcry news, the Warcry: Tome of Champions is on it's way with with rules for all the other factions in Age of $igmar - even the Seraphon get a mention!
The big boyz of the Ork fleet arrive with the new Aeronautica Imperialis Grot Bommers. These minis don't seem to be getting much love, but there's something Miyazaki about them, so we could be tempted...
Blood Bowl steams along, this time with the new Fire Mountain Gut Busters, the Ogre Team Card Pack, Ogre Team Dice, the Blood Bowl Ogre Team Pitch & Dugouts mat set, Spike! Journal Issue 8, and The 2019 Blood Bowl Almanac which compiles Spike! Journal, issues 4-7 plus an updated FAQ and more.
The Blackstone Fortress Annual 2019 is out next week with new content and also the articles from White Dwarf from December 2018 to December 2019. Interestingly it's softcover!
Middle-Earth has such a cult following, and the recent book releases continue with War in Rohan for Lord of the Rings. Adding new terrain to the system, we get the Rohan House and Rohan Watchtower and Palisades which can be combined to build a walled town, plus there's new Isengard Dice Set. The usual round of re-release miniatures get a run too, with a particularly nice set of Saruman the White & Gríma. The rest have been released a few times before, so I won't bore you with their relisting.
There is a cool book release next week though - the Sabbat Worlds Crusade by Dan Abnett. This is a background book that tells the story of this campaign, but there's also some extra stuff to go along with it, including a Sabbat Worlds Crusade Map in the form of a rolled faux-leather scroll, The Sabbat Worlds Crusade Pin Badges and The Sabbat Worlds Crusade Coaster Set. All Sabbat, all the time!
In other books, Spear of The Emperor, originally a limited edition hard cover with decals and extra stuff is finally out in paperback!
It's been some time since the Blood Angels got some love, but with the next part of Psychic Awakening (and bravo to GW for getting these out so quickly BTW) we see not only the Blood Angels in action, but a pretty damn spectacular new model in the Primaris-ified Mephiston, Lord of Death. With an alternate arm, he goes form Mark Gibbons drawing to plasma toting bad-arse!
The Psychic Awakening: Blood of Baal book itself comes in Nosferatu Is My Homeboy Collector's Edition or Look Mum, We're Bright Red Again Standard Edition. Either way, Blood Angels players are notoriously picky with their fluff, so it will be interesting to see what the fan base thinks. For thos very dedicated fans out there there is the Darkness in the Blood (Limited Edition) by Guy Haley which tells the story of the new Primaris Space Marines and Commander Dante, who has been made warden of Imperium Nihilus, doing what Blood Angels do best - be all angsty with inner demons. Of course anyone who orders Psychic Awakening: Blood of Baal from the webstore will also get the Datasheet Cards.
Still on Warhammer 40K, the Chapter Approved 2019 Edition is on it's way, which not only combines the White Dwarf articles from throughout the year, but also gives you rules for the tank and vehicle expansion Spearhead, plus rules on how to link your games of Kill Team, Warhammer 40,000 and Apocalypse. There's also a supplement with it that gives you all the updates points costs for your units. There's also a Warlord Edition, with a pad of 50 tear out army roster sheets, 2 game trackers, and 3 packs of cards featuring content taken directly from the Chapter Approved book, available as handy references.
Speaking of Kill Team, the Kill Team Annual 2019 is next week too, with compiling all of the rules from White Dwarf over the year, plus points updates, rules for using Sisters of Battle, Kroot Mercenaries and Chaos Daemons kill teams, as well as units from Blackstone Fortress. You can also create your own specialisms (is that a real word?).
The Battleforces are a bit early this year, but we have them again, some tweaked, some new - there's the Blood Angels Crimson Spear Strike Force, T'au Empire Starclaimer Hunter Cadre (another great core Tau set), Chaos Space Marines Vengeance Warband, Drukhari Poisonblade Raiding Party, Space Wolves Talons of Morkai, the massive Tyranids Bioswarm, Nighthaunt Court of the Craven King, Gloomspite Gitz Caveshroom Loonz, Skaven Corrupting War-swarm, probably the nicest Stormcast box ever - Stormcast Eternals Exorcism Soulstrike and for the Titanicus players, Knight Household Battleforce.
Blood Angels also get a book - the Mephiston-focused City of Light, there's a new Warhammer Horror anthology Invocations, the horror novel Dark Harvest. Horus Heresy gets Born of Flame re-released and the Black Library Advent Subscription 2019 begins giving you the 12 audio dramas, 12 digital shorts and 2 digital novel premieres for 26 stories for the price of 17.
After many weeks of new releases, we have a Made To Order week this week. Sadly though we have been offered these miniatures already reasonably recently, so it's nothing super-special, but it does tie into the rules for the Inquisition in a recent White Dwarf.
The excellent Confessor Kyrinov, Witch Hunter Inquisitor with Power Sword, Witch Hunter Inquisitor with Inferno Pistol, Witch Hunter Inquisitor with Plasma Pistol (a personal favourite) and the Daemonhunter Inquisitor with Grimoire round out the Inquisitors, while we also get two Daemonhosts; Daemonhost 1 and Daemonhost 2 whose names will be sadly lost in the Imperial canon somewhere - their sacrifice in vain.
There's also a collection of Imperial Assassins - and even though they say these are "classic models" there are not the original incarnations of these characters - Eversor Assassin, Culexus Assassin, Vindicare with Exitus Rifle and the Callidus Assassin.
In books this week, we have the Trollslayer: 20th Anniversary Edition telling the story of Gotrek Gurnisson in William King's classic novel, there's also two hardback collections of short stories set in the Horus Heresy - Age of Darknessand The Primarchs, plus three classic Horus Heresy stories in hardback - Know No Fear, Deliverance Lost and The Outcast Dead.
A respite from the recent avalanche of new releases - maybe next week well finally see those awesome new Chaos Warriors!
We were talking about this the other day, but there's been this constant "where are the Sisters of Battle?/ We need Sisters of Battle in plastic" emanating from the Community for year - it's been a constant bugbear, seemingly. But come the week leading up to their long awaited release, the Community went very quiet... until the boxed set sold out!
2019 sees the reemergence of the Sisters of Battle - the Adepta Sororitas, and instead of the amazing multi-part kits we have seen previewed, we get what is effectively a gift box, a one stop shop for all things Battle Nuns (such a better name, you have to admit!). The Sisters of Battle Army Set has 25 new plastic miniatures, the Adepta Sororitas Codex, the Adepta Sororitas Datacards, Miracle Dice (literally normal GW dice), a Transfer Sheet and the 40KCore Rules. This is effectively EVERYTHING you will need to field them and for that you do pay a price for this set! The multi=part minis look a lot more interesting, frankly, but this is a great start and might be an insight into more all-in-one boxes for armies including full Codex.
Psychic Awakening rumbles on, with the new chapter - Faith and Fury - out next week, This promises rules for the Chaos Legions, Chaplains, Techmarines, Librarians, Apothecaries etc etc. As usual there are two versions of the book, Kneel Before Zod Standard Edition and the Purge The Unclean Collectors Edition. Now of interest here is that the Collectors Edition, for the very first time that we know of, actually has bonus content for spending twice the price; an expanded background section which features brand-new narrative (so not copy and paste?) and three short stories based around Psychic Awakening. All in all it's only 18 extra pages, but really interesting and about time! Excitingly there is also a brand new Chaos Space Marines Sorcerer in plastic - and it's awesome. Single pose, with the option to include the magic on his hand or not. This seems like a must have for any Chaos army.
Some new releases for Warhammer Underworlds: Beastgrave with Rippa’s Snarlfangs available with the requisite Dice Pack and Premium Card Sleeves. The Champions of Dreadfane set also introduces Lady Harrow’s Mournflight and Ironsouls Condemnors to the game, if that is your want and desire. There are of course the Ironsoul's Condemnors Card Sleeves and Lady Harrow's Mournflight Card Sleeves. Now here's a release I just do not understand - the Warhammer Underworlds: Beastgrave Gift Pack is some cards and some cardboard. Go look at the price - go on... right! How??
There's two Start Collecting sets out too - Start Collecting! Vanguard Space Marines and Start Collecting! Chaos Space Marines. A lot of people have been waiting for the Chaos Space Marine one for the Obliterators especially. This does mean that the old one has now been deleted form the range, so if you want it, go get it now!
Now, book time - there's a fair bit actually including the Scalper's Product of the Month, the Horus Heresy Seige of Terra Limited Editions. We're up to Book 3: The First Wall which centres on Rogal Dorn and the robust defence of the walls of Terra. Also in pretty books, the Mark of Faith (Special Edition) is out next week as is the Mark of Faith hardcover. Also next week is the The Great Devourer: The Leviathan Omnibus centred on the Tyranids.
As a bonus, any Faith and Fury orders through the GW webstore get the Psychic Awakening: Faith & Fury Datasheet Cards.
Why is here a heap of plastic sprues to the left? Well it's not any heap of plastic - it's the birth of Zone Mortalis in plastic. If you've every played Horus Heresy, then you will know the importance of the Zone Mortalis missions, which have previously have needed the cumbersome Forge World tiles. Well with those being discontinued earlier this year, Games Workshop has remade them, in plastic and much more modular for their new Necromunda expansion, Dark Uprising! The Dark Uprising set is huge, with a new gang, new Enforcers, new plastic buildings and scenery. It's not cheap but probably well worth the value. The set comes with a cardboard mat, but if you prefer a plastic one, then there is the Zone Mortalis Floor Tile Set - 4 x 12" flat plastic tiles in the exact style of the Forge World ones. This is a huge advance - the Forge World ones were full of resin bubbles and often sunken in the middle. This is brilliant and sure to sell out. There's also a Zone Mortalis Bases Set, which looks suspiciously like the bass from the Necromunda game, which is a real shame because bases to match the new tiles would have been brilliant! There's also Necromunda Dice and the new Necomunda Book of Ruin expansion and the Underhive Graffiti Transfer Sheet. Now if you're a very good ganger and order the Dark Uprising set from the GW webstore, you will also get the Necromunda: Dark Uprising Keyring.
The Red Gobbo is up for pre-order on the GW site this morning, but interestingly a number of independent retailers had it up last week, so not sure what that's about. It's supposed to be available in store today...
There's more Middle-Earth this week with the new Evil Profile Card Pack, Good Profile Card Pack and Dwarves Profile Card Pack for The Hobbit as well as some Made To Order minis including Mirkwood Elf Captains, Young Thorin, Balin and Dwalin, Thranduil, King of Mirkwood (in all his guises), Legolas Greenleaf and Tauriel, Mirkwood Hunters and Narzug and Fimbul, Hunter Orc Captains.
An interesting one which seems oddly out of place this week, the Warcry Starter Collection has popped up.
In books we have some omnibus' - Myths & Revenants in paperback, the Warhammer Chronicles Thanquol and Boneripper in paperback, and the Blackstone Fortress anthology Vaults of Obsidian in hardback.
It's also time for White Dwarf November 2019. which includes a gallery of kitbashed Inquisitors and their retinues which could interest INQ28 and Blanchitsu hobbyists.
As we mentioned last week, the Ossiarch Bonereapers have really inspired a lot of chat in the Community. Maybe it's hangover from the eternal love for the old Tomb Kings, maybe it's the flush a new army - whatever it is, there is a definite groundswell of excitement out there, and having seen the prices of some of these products this morning, we may be able to avoid the Age of $igmar pricing on at least some of them.
Nothing says 'in charge' like a giant with a spear, and Katakros, Mortarch of the Necropolis is just that. This epic centrepiece general and retinue is very impressive (apart from the weird arms on the bannerman). The pseudo-samurai look is writ-large here, and it will be really interesting to see what people do with this... apart from make it about the Necrons. He's not the only guy in charge, we also have two mounted generals, Liege-Kavalos and Arch-Kavalos Zandtos - both skeletal mirrors of some of the Stormcast mounted heroes in dynamic poses. As beings of magic, the Bonereapers have some powerful wizards including the Mortisan Soulreaper and the Mortisan Boneshaper. Not into wizards, but we might NEED these. Everything was food, everything was fine, and then we get the Mortisan Soulmason, a weird mounted wizard that just doesn't seem to fit anything... There's some heavy hitters in the army too, with the Gothizzar Harvester which has optional parts for different roles. This didn't click for me until the new pics today and it's pretty huge for the price with a tonne of detail. So lets talk infantry because who doesn't love a foot-slogger? The Bonereapers have some really nice infantry too with the Mortek Guard, who are super cool, but are up there in terms of product cost unfortunately, which is a shame because you're going to need a fair few of them! There's the Kavalos Deathriders too (on some of the worst skeletal horses we've seen for years!) and some brutes in the form of the Immortis Guard/Necropolis Stalkers combi-kit. Just not sure about these. I'm sure the Community can fix them! Interestingly there is also an amazing war machine for the Bonereapers too - the Mortek Crawler, a huge catapult on legs. With the encroachment of the Bonereapers into the Mortal Realms and beyond there are two new scenery sets for Age of $igmar too - Penumbral Stormvault and Hallowed Stormthrone. Both very cool!
So if that hasn't exhausted you already, there are also some hobby accessories on the way too with the Citadel Colour Paint Pot Holder (who hasn't lost half a pot of Nuln Oil when it spills?), a new Red Painting Handle, a boxed set of five Citadel Colour Painting Handles (in case you hadn't worked out you could take the miniature off), and something truly stupid - the Citadel Colour Spray Stick. When a piece of wood and blue-tac won't do, make something out of plastic that will obviously not work!
It must be close to Christmas because we've got stocking-stuffers galore - the Dark Millennium Playing Cards by John Blanche get another run, there's a Black Library Advent Calendar 2019 full of A3 prints of stylised Black Library book covers, there's a Horus Heresy Reusable Coffee Cup and the next Apocrypha is also coming with White Dwarf: Apocrypha which seems to have loosely tied together content from White Dwarf issues. The other Apocrypha were great, but not sure about this one...
We also have books with two Warhammer Horror; Castle of Blood and the The Watcher in the Rain audio drama. There's also series 2 of the novellas - Code of the Skies, Isha's Lament, Lords of the Storm, Thieves' Paradise, The Measure of Iron, Iron Resolve, Wreck and Ruin, Low Lives, The Colonel's Monograph (by Dan Abnett), and Severed (which actually sounds like a really interesting look into the Necrons).
*For some odd reason two of the links above would not stick - sorry*
So it's a pretty big week. Go forth and bring forward the army of the dead!
It's been a while since GW released a boxed set and the same day it sold out - I guess the Adeptus Titanicus Grand Master Edition was probably the last - but the new Feast of Bones sold out on the first day. Was it the new Ossiarch Bonereapers or was it the new Orge character (who looks amazing!!)? Suffice to say it is gone, but there's more Ossiarch Bonereapers action to sink your teeth into, so sit back and check this out...
The Ossiarch Bonereapers model range actually hits next week, but this week we get to learn all about them with two versions of the Battletome - the Rattle and Bones Limited Edition and Jack Skellington Standard Edition. There's also the new scenery peice, the rather sizable Bone-tithe Nexus and a set of
Endless Spells. As per most large releases, there's the Ossiarch Bonereapers Warscroll Cards and a Dice Set. The adversaries in this box are the Ogor Mawtribe, which nicely allows two new versions of their Battletome - the In My Gut Limited Edition and the Fe-fi-fo-fum Standard Edition. We also get a pretty cool scenery piece with the Great Mawpot, the Warscroll Cards and Dice Set. Pity we don't get an upgrade to the existing Ogor line infantry kit...
In much smaller (in scale) news, Aeronautica Imperialis gets some new planes in the form of the Ork Air Waaagh! Eavy Bommers and Adeptus Titanicus re-releases the Questoris Knights box, this time with added Thunderstrike Gauntlets and Rocket Pods. The same Questoris Knights Upgrade set is also available separately but is sold out! In other Adeptus Titanicus news, there are two new decal sheets - one for Legio Tempestus and one for Legio Atarus.
Middle-earth also has some new products this week with the Profile Card Packs for Isengard and Moria, the Free Peoples and Elves and Dwarves (currently sold out). There is also Middle-earth Card Sleeves too. For fans of the game there are some Made to Order sets that might make you drool - Haldir & Celeborn, Lurtz and Uglûk, Glorfindel and Erestor, Mauhúr and Vraskû, Lords of the Dúnedain, Elladan & Elrohir, Elrond (great likeness too) and Lindir, Lords of Rivendell, Ringwraiths of the Fallen Realms (awesome looking set), Ringwraiths of Angmar, and Ringwraiths of the Lost Kingdoms. Hadn't seen these Ringwraiths sets before, but they're very cool.
In books, one of the most important books to the 40K universe is on pre-order Valdor: Birth of the Imperium (Limited Edition) tells the story of the man who was with the Emperor from the Unification Wars all through the Horus Heresy. What did happen to the Thunder Warriors? I think we're about to find out!
There's also the Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus Collection and the new First and Only: 20th Anniversary Edition (Hardback) which is rather pretty!!
The Astartes, part human, part bio-engineered killing machine - never has there been a less likely poster-child for the "good guys". But that's because they're not really the good guys, now are they?
This week we get yet more Primaris Space Marines in the form of the Infiltrators/ Incursors combi-kit - fast moving scouts who... look these have to be the ugliest Primaris yet. Not sure what's happening at GW with the whole design team, but Incursors especially are just awful, lack character and do not fit into the universe. The new Primaris Impulsor transport however, is awesome!! Super pricey, but very cool and rather tempting with it's open back.
It's not just generic Space Marines this week, it's also a good week for Imperial Fists and Salamander players as they both get new Codex supplements.
The Imperial Fists get two versions, the Build It Hard Collectors Edition and Why Is Yellow So Hard To Paint Standard Edition. There's also a character in the form of Tor Garadon (static pose and no alternate parts) and an Imperial Fists Primaris Upgrades and Transfers set. The Salamanders get a similar treatment with to version of the Codex, the Purge with Fire Collect0rs Edition and Scale Cloaks Are SO Now Standard Edition. There's also probably the best Primaris character released so far in the form of Adrax Agatone (static pose and no alternate parts) and a Salamanders Primaris Upgrades and Transfers set. There's also Data Cards for the Imperial Fists and Salamanders, but no dice - which is interesting as the Salamanders ones have leaked on the internet, so they should be coming.
Now if you're a very good customer and order over $223 worth of products through the webstore, you will get - for free - the Combat Doctrine Cards.
Warhammer 40K is a funny beast - sometimes they have an event which is legitimately a big deal that changes the path of the universe and we get all excited, and other times it's a big event and seems to fizzle out! With the first part of the Psychic Awakening on pre-order this weekend, it will be interesting to see which one this event will be.
Psychic Awakening starts off with a hefty bang in the form of the Blood of the Phoenix boxed set. Hefty in price, hefty in content, this is a really lovely set of miniatures - with the new multi-part multi-pose Howling Banshees and Incubi, plus the new Jain Zar and Drazhar in plastic plus more, this is an Eldar player's wet dream. Interesting this set comes with a Campaign Book and not Phoenix Rising, but it's a great set! Speaking of Psychic Awakening: Phoenix Rising - there's two versions - the Slinky Armoured Assassin Collector's Edition and the Close Quarters Death Machine Standard Edition. Now, if you're a good nubile nymph and you order through the webstore, you will get the Psychic Awakening: Phoenix Rising Datacards for Jain Zar and Drazhar.
It must be the end of the year because Games Workshop are offering calendars for 2020 - we have the Warhammer Age of Sigmar 2020 Calendar, the Horus Heresy 2020 Calendar and the Warhammer 40,000 2020 Calendar all festooned with Black Library art. Speaking of Black Library there are a few offerings from them this week - The Horusian Wars: Divination, a collection of short stories set in the Horusian Wars and Inferno Volume 4. Now if you're an Inferno fan, there are a selection of reprints of old Inferno magazines - you can get the Classic Inferno! Print on Demand Collection or you can get issues # 16 to #25 individually. Next week is also White Dwarf October 2019 with a feature on the Slaanesh miniatures released some months ago. It does seem that White Dwarf is WAAAAY behind the times in terms of rules content that is often not timely or relevant anymore. A bit like the whole White Dwarf these days!
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