In books we have one of the very few Kharadron-themed novels with Profit's Ruin, a massive Dan Abnett shorty story anthology with Lord of the Dark Millennium, and the new Warhammer Horror audio drama Darkly Dreaming.
Magic comes in all sorts of ways; a smile from a cute person on the train, that last minute goal, the smell of rain before it pours down. All of th0se are magic, and all of them because of Tzeentch - even the one on the train which you';d think was Slaanesh but they were really just laughing at your lunch split on your shirt. Tzeentch is magic and mystery, and next week Tzeentch will be getting a brand new Battletome for Age of $igmar. which rather neatly coincides with the new boxed game Aether War. Aether War sees Tzeentch and the steampunk dwarves, the Kharadron face off. The box is pretty unremarkable except for two new miniatures; the new Magister on Disc of Tzeentch and the Endrinmaster with Dirigible Suit. The game is pretty pricey, so be aware, but it does give us the opportunity to get two new Battletomes for both factions. Disciples of Tzeentch comes in both Rabbit Out of a Hat Limited Edition and Pick A Card Standard Edition and we also get the Cogs & Steel Limited Edition and Like a Lead Balloon Standard Edition for the Kharadron Overlords. Tzeentch also gets the new miniatures with Endless Spells: Disciples of Tzeentch, the Disciples of Tzeentch Dice, plus we get the Warscroll Cards: Disciples of Tzeentch and Warscroll Cards: Kharadron Overlords.
In books we have one of the very few Kharadron-themed novels with Profit's Ruin, a massive Dan Abnett shorty story anthology with Lord of the Dark Millennium, and the new Warhammer Horror audio drama Darkly Dreaming.
Invisible - like these very cute little The Ringbearers from Forge World. In days of long ago, there was a Frodo that came in clear resin, well now you can get some more! Little tip, if they're not very transparent, give them a coat of 'Ardcoat and they will be nice and sparkly clear!
The rest of the releases this week are books - Gloomspite in paperback, Hammer of the Emperor, a new Warhammer 40k Omnibus and The Oubliette, a Warhammer Horror eBook available through Black Library.
The Dark Angels are here, but WAY crappier than I bet you remembered.
With rumours about the Dark Angels being one of the biog reveals this weekend, Games Workshop have rolled out some old Dark Angels models to spice it up. Unfortunately, for the most part, it seems like a lump of coal in our stocking, but lets start with the good news; the very popular plastic models from the old Dark Vengeance boxed set have been made available as the Armies of Vengeance in Made To Order. In fact if you do order this set you also get this rather handsome Dark Angels Pin Badge (right). Also in Made To Order this week are some really pretty rank models - not helped by the work experience kid doing the paint jobs. The bad first - Dark Angels Veteran Sergeant, Veteran Sergeant Naaman and the old Cypher model are all here. Thankfully so is the rather smart Asmodai, so not all is lost. As a nice bonus, this weekend (and redeemable until March), if you order anything from the Games Workshop webstore, you also get a Total War: Warhammer Promotional Code for a full game download. Not bad at all!
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!
One of the really big surprises to come out of any GW event this year has been the new Space Marine 'action figure' from Bandai. At 8 inches high (thank you Games Workshop for pandering to the one market that uses the Imperial system) this is pretty impressive - but as anyone who has ever made a Bandai kit knows buy looking at it, this is really just a Gundam kit in blue injection-moulded plastic. We have many many feelings about this at Beardy Hammer HQ, but this may not be the venue for it, so when the NZ price was revealed to be $248, those feelings came charging forth. Our feeling - this will be a model kit by December or early next year, so bide your time.
In other releases we have the new warband for Beastgrave –the Grymwatch in nice dynamic poses. There's also themed dice and card sleeves for them too.
Blood Bowl - that seemingly forgotten game - has a new team this week with the Gwaka'moli Crater Gators Lizardmen. Probably less bestial and more Skink-based than people had hoped, these guys are sill pretty cool. There is also a custom Lizardmen Pitch for them to play on, Lizardmen themed dice and a Lizardmen Team Card Pack, as well as the next issue of Spike! Journal centred around them AND, if Made To Order is your thing - then the Blood Bowl Kroxigor returns! Two other interesting Blood Bowl products for next week - the new Head Coach's Rules & Accessories Pack which includes a condensed A5 rules, gaming aids, rosters for every team, and Star Player rules, plus we finally get the Team Card Pack for the Goblins!
Blackstone Fortress has brought us some really great miniatures, and we can now get two of these forces form the most recent incarnation separately, with the awesome Cultists of the Abyss (great price too) and the larger Servants of the Abyss sets on their way. This is all to coincide with the new expert-level Abominable Intellect card pack being released.
In books next week we have a tonne - Siege of Terra Book 2 The Lost and the Damned in hardback, Deathwatch Book 1 Deathwatch and Deathwatch Book 2 Shadowbreaker (interesting timing on this - sort of out of the blue unless this ties into Psychic Awakening), the Requiem Infernal paperback, the new Lords and Tyrants omnibus of 16 short 40K stories, and a book with probably the most gorgeous cover for some time - Neferata: The Dominion of Bones.
We mentioned Requiem Infernal earlier, well right now the Games Workshop Webstore is cleaning out their old collection of Sisters of Battle - all the metals have to go! The plastic ones must be next week or the week after. The holy grail is with us, so if that's your thing, get on board!
The other cool things are two Forge World Dark Angels - the Dark Angels Legion Praetor (with alternate head and shield can be swapped out for a Bolter) and the ominous (and a tad static) Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought.
Once they were the Empire, then they were part of the Free Peoples, and now they are back, this time in the new Battletome, Cities of Sigmar. It's really cool to see these guys back, especially to see the amazing Freeguild General on Griffon model back in the spotlight! The Battletome itself comes in the Blinding Heraldry Limited Edition and of course Muddy Patchwork Standard Edition. There are also two new Start Collecting! sets - Greywater Fastness (bog-standrad Dwarves with some characters. Probably a very good force starter set) and Anvilgard (all the Dark Elves no one buys) . Now the Empire might be cool, but the Orc are forever, and they also get new rules with Battletome: Orruk Warclans. This also comes in two editions, Grunts & Armour Limited Edition and When Did You Last Bathe Standard Edition. Both of these releases come with Warscroll Cards - one for Orruks and one for Cities of Sigmar.
It's actually quite the Age of $igmar weekend, with the "new" Warhammer Age of Sigmar Gaming Book, which includes the A0$ Core Rules, selected content from the General’s Handbook 2019, the Malign Sorcery content and more. No more lugging books about - it's all here. One day GW will enter the 21st Century and just put it in a bloody app!
Now for the Warhammer 40,000 players, this week also sees the new Warhammer 40,000: The Rules book released which covers the core rules plus a tonne of stuff from the current supplements.
It seems a whole lot of the 28mm range is getting love this weekend with a lovely set of new miniatures for Middle-Earth - King of the Dead & Heralds. How it's $70 AUD for 3 plastic miniatures, we're not sure, but there you go! There's also some themed Army of the Dead Dice which peer at you from across the room glowing in the dark as you try to sleep to remind you that you spent $70 on three plastic miniatures.
There's more Middle-Earth, with the metal Cirion and Beregond, Citadel Guard, and Lords of the Fiefdoms getting a re-release. There's also a whole series of profile cards for your forces too, Magical Powers Card Pack, Fallen Realms Profile Card Pack, Mordor Profile Card Pack, and the Defenders of Pelennor Profile Card Pack all on pre-order.
In books this week, we've got the paperback of Scourge of Fate, which is set around Archaon's Varanguard.
As Games Workshop move more towards quick competitive skirmish games (Apocalypse lasted about one week didn't it?), the Warhammer Underworlds series expands, with the latest installment, Beastgrave, on pre-order this weekend. The boxed game comes with some amazing looking additions to any Beastmen army and some rather odd looking Elves which sort of hark back to the old Wood Elves (with added 2019 hooves) but also channel the Daughters of Khaine, but in green! There's also a very looking terrain set, Beastgrave – Primal Lair, which would have some interesting texture challenges for hobbyists - from smoke to slime to crystals and bone. Now this is a a tokens and cards game, so there's a Beastgrave Deck Box for transporting your cards, the Beastgrave Counter Set to continue your adventure, a Skaeth's Wild Hunt Dice Pack or Grashrak's Despoilers Dice Pack (pick your poison) , a Beastgrave Playmat to keep things all in order and of course the all-important Card Sleeves which come in Skaeth's Wild Hunt or Grashrak's Despoilers variety. So many extra things to make your game prettier! Transporting your troops around seems a bit of a thing these days, so there's the Beastgrave Carry Case. We've seen these dropped and not entirely sure these are much good in reality. If you haven't had your fill already today, well you can get even more Beastgrave with the Beastgrave novel, which also include three alternative-art cards to use in the Beastgrave game.
In other book news, the big 40K novel at the moment is Belisarius Cawl: The Great Work, which promises the next chapter in the current 40K story arc. Not sure if this works into Psychic Awakening, but great to see the Emperor's Scythes in action too!
We also have an audio drama, with The Beast Inside, which places Ambull vs Rogue Trader!
Aren't all the best Space Marines black?
Exhibit A - Dark Angels. 'nuff said!
This week yet another Chapter falls to the Primaris scourge, in fact two - the venerable Iron Hands and the way-too-emo Raven Guard - with not only a Codex supplement for each, but also new plastic goodness!
Iron Hands were always a First Founding Chapter, all the way back in 1st Edition Rogue Trader and now you can field them in the new edition of 40K with either the Cold Dead Hands Collectors Edition or the Chrome and Cogs Standard Edition. Both supplements are 64 pages, so not huge, BUT they do have the rules in it for this guy - Iron Father Feirros - a mighty Techmarine with a tonne of gear strapped to his back. Amazing looking mini, probably a must-buy just for the bitz. The Iron Hands also get a new Primaris-flavoured Iron Hands Upgrade Sprue which includes decals and some Iron Hands Data Cards. No dice though, oddly!
In other noir-related news, those newly-named First Founding Raven Guard also have a new supplement. It comes in Daddy Doesn't Love Me Collectors Edition and But I Want To! Standard Edition. Raven Guard Chapter Master Kayvaan Shrike has also gone all Primaris-flavoured with his new mini, which come without alternative weapons or an alternative beaky helmet head - which seems a real shame. Feel like you need feathers on your army? Well let me introduce you to the Raven Guard Upgrade Sprue - everything has feathers, and if you like emo, well the heads come in My Chemical Romance flavour! In reality, if you've read the Horus Heresy books you know the Primarchs all had massive Daddy issues, so the Raven Guard are the perfect Space Marines. Oh and The Raven Guard don't get dice either, but they do get Data Cards.
In other Primaris news, the Eliminators can now be bought separately in what looks like a really nice kit with a nice selection of extra bitz. Not sure why they are drying their washing on their armour, but they are and by far the most dynamic Primaris so far, the Primaris Lieutenant in Phobos Armour is also out next week (again single pose and no alternative weapons or head).
In books we've got the Brunner the Bounty Hunter Omnibus, set in the Warhammer Old World and next week is White Dwarf, so if you live in Australia and get it via mail order, you'll have that in mid-October.
In the old world there was a hero, small of stature but giant of valour and victories - he was Gotrek Gurnisson... and he's back with an absolutely cracking plastic model! Thankfully not too expensive (comparatively) this will be gracing many people's armies that's for sure.
Warcry continues to evolve, with it's first expansion Monsters & Mercenaries out next week. Add the Untamed Beasts and Iron Golem warbands as well as the Chaotic Beasts from the original Warcry boxed set as well as a repacked Chimera (a sadly oft-forgotten kit) and you've got more options for those wanting to play! There's also a nice scenery set, the Defiled Ruins, adding some Age of $igmar to the Chaos realms.
Books this week is all about Gotrek - some solo Gotrek action in Ghoulslayer, or if you like him in a buddy-cop mode then Gotrek & Felix: The Fourth Omnibus may float your boat. In audio dramas, there's Realmslayer: Blood of the Old World and a nice addition, you can also get the Realmslayer: A Gotrek Gurnisson Series – The Complete Script in book form.
It's pretty amazing that games Games Workshop would once release as a Specialist Game through Forge World - like Titanicus and Necromunda - are now getting the full GW plastic boxed set treatment. It's actually a brilliant time to be part of the hobby, and this weekend sees the return of the classic Aeronautica Imperialis... and in the same scale as the afore-mentioned Adeptus Titanicus!
The Aeronautica Imperialis game itself is called Wings of Vengeance and comes with an Imperial and Ork squadron, which thankfully GW have also released separately next week too - so if you don't want to stump up on the game (and get twice as many planes) you can get the Dakkajets, Fighta Bommerz, Imperial Navy Marauder Bombers, Imperial Navy Thunderbolt Fighters and Imperial Navy Marauder Destroyers as individual sets, which is super cool and we're sure you will be seeing these flying around every game of Titanicus from now on. There's also some very cool Imperial and Ork Ground Assets (that again will be turning up as scenery in Titanicus games...!). The release of the game also includes a campaign book, Rynn's World Air War Campaign Book and a double sided board set called Rynn's World Area of Engagement. What would a GW game be without some sort of integrated card element? We have the Aircraft and Aces Imperial Navy Cards and Aircraft and Aces Ork Air Waaagh! Cards, plus of course the Ork Flyboyz Dice Set and Imperial Navy Dice Set. There's also a set of Order Tokens which include maneuvers and what each plane is doing.
As you would expect, this week's books generally fit around the theme, with Dan Abnett's Double Eagle, and the Wings of Blood Anthology all about those magnificent men and their flying machines. The other book next week is the Blood Rite book - which is set around the second series of Space Marine Heroes miniatures - Terminators. When will those get released?
Now if you're a good citizen and order enough Aeronautica Imperialis stuff from GW this weekedn, they will give you swag; the super cool Aeronautica Imperialis Ace Markings for your car/ laptop/ Dakkajet and if you order either the Rynn's World Air War Collection, Ork Air Waaagh! Collection or Imperial Navy Collection you will get the Aeronautica Imperialis Crew Cards (soon to be available for free as a download).
As an interesting aside, the packaging for Aeronautica Imperialis is completely different for any current GW product - you wouldn't even know this was to do with Warhammer except for a small badge on packaging. It did also remind us of the old Dust Tactics boxes a bit! Very crisp and clean.
Sorry for the delay this week - I have been away for work and didn't get the chance to do this - but next week sees yet another addition to the Blackstone Fortress game, this time a new large set with a bevy of cool new miniatures. Blackstone Fortress: Escalation brings a new set of adventurers into conflict with more Chaos Cultists, these ones drawing influences from some of the design elements in Warcry (check out the helmets) plus a touch of fire!
With a chunky box, it's just a few books left for next week - the intriguing Rites of Passage set around Navigator Houses (they've scrubbed up well from the Rogue Trader days), Terminal Overkill based in the Necromunda universe and the first novel featuring Severina Raine, Honourbound, get's it's paperback release.
Before we leave you, have a look at these lovely minis! Those Cultists are very nice and the fluffy Rogue Trader-era goodness coming out of the explorers is amazing. Lovely set!
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