With the potato camera working overtime last night, it seems GW have decided to drop the whole Blackstone Fortress reveal in one rather epic video. This boxed set will be highly prized we would think - with not only new Chaos Space Marines and Xenos characters, but Cultists, Ratlings, Beastmen and more.
The next gang in Necromunda also got a look in and these guys are spectacular - possibly the best yet! House Delaque. We have dynamic poses, some great head sculpts, new weapons and a look that can be transferred straight across to 40K for Mechanicum, assassins - whatever you like. These will be big on the bitz market for sure! A must buy for us! The rules also get an update with the new Necromunda Rulebook combining the rules found in the Necromunda: Underhive boxed set plus content from Gang War, FAQs and Errata. There is now also, thankfully, the Gangs of Necromunda supplement with rules for all six of the House Gangs, plus Hangers-on, Brutes, the trading post and more.
Wrath and Rapture turns out to be a boxed game of Khorne vs Slaanesh. Seems those nice Fiends of Slaanesh models are from this set plus there's also Flesh Hounds for Khorne and more on the way!
The next Age of $igmar Battletome will be Destruction and looks like the mushrooms are back! Not much in this video, but maybe we should expect to see more of the weirdness...
Meanwhile Warhammer Underworlds sees additions to the Darkoath range with the Godsworn Hunt. These are basically the new Chaos Marauders, skirmishers for the Slave To Darkness
Painting Monstrous Creatures is not a thing that comes naturally to someone easily distracted by the 'new shiny'. Nor someone lacking discipline - but the Beasts of Chaos Ghorgon was not only a large miniature, but also something I was going to finish before starting anything else - and what a fateful decision that was! You see the Ghorgon is not only large... but PACKED with detail. It's actually an excellent model, beautifully done, with more skulls than an Undead army and more leather straps than a Slaanesh meet and greet.
There's also a lot of alternate parts - from hands to forearm armour - so I took that extra armour and gave him knee and shoulder armour to give him a heavier appearance. Haven't seen this done before, but I' sure I'm not the first.
The colour of the flesh unites him with the other Beastmen in my force (unit examples below) which is a Celestra Grey base, with a Skavenblight DInge/ Lahmian Medium wash and then progressively lighter Celestra Grey/ Ceramite White highlights. Painting the skin was a pain as I decided to avoid large areas of colour and instead went for a strokes - look closely, it gives texture to something would obviously not be a flat colour. Thought that with the scale of him, the skin needed some sort of texture. The touches of red fabric also unite him with the rest of my force. There is a lot of warm colours on him to contrast with the cool skin colour - the leather, the red fabric, the tongue and then there's touches of cool like the green and purple gems. The leather has had a few comments - this is actually quite simple - Terracotta base, Ratskin Flesh highlights and then a very watered down dark brown wash. It flattens the colours together nicely.
The metals are all rusted with thinned brown paint and some very watery orange in the crevices, but the sharp parts of the blades are clean of rust to show they had been sharpened for war.
Overall I'm very happy with the result and would consider doing another, but after a bit of a rest! The Start Collecting Beast of Chaos is excellent value as it comes with this and some troops.
When the new Beasts of Chaos army was announced, one of the very cool things was the Start Collecting Beasts of Chaos set. This had light infantry (Ungor), a heavy infantry unit (Bestigor), a spellcaster (Great Bray-Shaman) and a monster (the Ghorgon/ Cygor combi-kit) - a great start to any army, especially in this era of magic. The Ghorgon/ Cygor combi-kit was cool before, when added into this kit it became amazing value; you effectively get the heavy infantry and spellcaster for free! With Beastmen in the air, the Start Collecting set was ordered and we were really surprised at the kit as a whole. It's sizeable, packed with a tonne of detail - and even on it's own - the $90 price tag is well worth it. The Sylvaneth Spirit of Durthu kit gets a lot of attention for it's level of detail - well this kit is definitely on par with both options, detail and scale.
We're going with the four armed Ghorgon model - rule of cool - but definitely considering another one. Now of course the painting may be an epic pain in the arse, so that could change, but for now until it sits gathering dust, revel in the beauty!!
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++ Have you been feeling the effects of the Warp recently? Does this post seem like you may have read it before and remember feeling a tinge of excitement?
If so, please see your local Ordo Maleus official to report this abomination. Praise be upon The Emperor ++
With the new version of Age of $igmar upon us, Soul Wars is where it all begins. Soul War is meant to point to the Forces of Nagash and their spectral forms, but personally we are hoping it points to the Slaanesh - Devourer of Souls! That being said, there isn't a spikey breastplate in sight yet, so the new Soul Wars boxed set will have to do. Packed with all brand new snap-fit miniatures, this puts a new spin on the look of the Stormcast Eternals and introduces some ghostly forces for Nagash. To supplement the boxed set there are also four additional Easy To Build kits; Castigators with Gryph-hound, Sequitors, Myrmourn Banshees and the Glaivewraith Stalkers - all dynamically posed with scenic bases. Soul Wars also sees the magic ability taken from your imagination and writ large on the battlefield with the Malign Sorcery miniature set. I saw this today and the pieces are huge! Games Workshop have been doing a lot with scenic bases, terrain and the like for a while now and this new edition of Age of $igmar is no exception with the Shattered Dominion Objectives set. Having a look at the sprue pictures, these certainly seem like a step up from the first sets for Age of $igmar.
Soul Wars also sees a slew of books - the new Age of $igmar Core Book (which is a nicely produced hefty tome), the Generals Handbook 2018, plus the Soul Wars novel which comes in standard and also a super deluxe version that I could be highly tempted to buy! "But where are the accessories?" I hear you cry...
There is a new Combat Gauge, Scenery Effects Dice, Command & Status Dice and Wound Counter Dice just to make life complicated. Speaking of which, something to make your life less complicated when painting your ghostly hordes are two new technical paints - Nighthaunt Gloom and Hexwraith Flame - both formulated to just wash over your primer or white base coat. There's also some paint sets - one for Nighthaunt and one for the new Stormcast Chamber, the Sacrosanct. Incidentally, if you do order the Soul Wars boxed set online, you will receive a set of Soul Wars - Warscroll Cards.
Not into Age of $igmar? Well... there are some books to tide you over - Horus Heresy - Master of Mankind is out in paperback, the Yarrick Omnibus, War of Secrets - a Tau vs Primaris Marines story, plus Matyrs of Elysia a new audio drama that chronicles the fateful destruction of the Elysians by the evil forces of Forge World!
Age of $igmar V2 is here with the Soul Wars boxed set, which sees a new generation of Stormcast take on Nighthaunt - but is that the whole story?
For a long time Slaanesh has been missing in action in a real way. Tzeentch, Khorne and Nurgle have had massive releases, but Slaanesh has been existing on old minis. Yesterday when Soul Wars was placed on pre-order we were questioning if maybe "Soul Wars" could be a larger reference to Slaanesh - Devourer of Souls. Well now Phil Kelly - Senior Background Writer for Games Workshop - has released a video to the Mortal realms... and have a look what's over his shoulder (left).
~ Bring on Slaanesh ~
Okay, so it turns out that most of these pre-orders are actually a two week pre-order window, so lets redact last week's update on preorders and - Imperium-style - pretend it always looked like this...
Age of $igmar V2.0 is on it's way and isn't just about new minis - it's also about starting a new army - AGAIN!
At this rate, soon Games Workshop will just be starter boxes... There's Starter Collections for Seraphon (there's a change to the background of the Seraphon too BTW - hold onto your hats), Fyreslayers, Malignants, Blades of Khorne and Demons of Khorne, Legions of Nagash, Demons of Nurgle, Ironjawz, Sylvaneth, Flesheater Courts, Kharadron, Skaven, Beastclaw and Tzeentch (which unfortunately doesn't include Tzaangor).
++ Now in the intervening week, these sets seem to have disappeared from the Games Workshop site, so in true Inquisition-style, consider this post scourged ++
The Las Vegas Open is on and Games Workshop dropped a few rather awesome previews...
First up is the Armiger Warglaive. These guys are what a War Hound Titan is to a Reaver Titan, smaller and faster than the Imperial Knights, they hunt and fight at the flanks..
With news that the Necrons, Tau and Dark Eldar are next to get Codex (after a very vocal campaign on the Games Workshop Community FB) it looks like the Necrons will be getting a new character, and he's a really dynamic miniature! This Cryptek mini is the first ever to be cast in plastic and features some new wargear. Necrons are my shadow army. Just love them, so this is exciting@
New Fyreslayers for Age of $igmar and Shadespire - this time Fyreslayers. Their minis are already pretty dynamic, but these make a very very nice addition to the range.
This one we reported one earlier today, but Daughters of Khaine DID get the flying infantry we predicted, and they're even better than we thought! Check out this range, which looks to be two combi-kits, a character and then a sneak peak of the Queen herself right at the end!
How awesome to see some new minis... and not a Space Marine in sight! JOY!!
It's certainly no secret that the Shadow Queen is on her way back, and the latest video released this morning had very few real clues, except what she looks like and this tantalizing little image - have a look in the top right hand corner - that looks like a winged creature of some description! Not really a Witch Elf due to the tail, but certainly something that looks cool and much needed, especially if the Daughters of Khaine are going to be a force of their own. So far their forces are limited, minus the allies from the Order Faction. Serpent tails aren't a new thing for the Daughters of Khaine - there's a stunning mini that comes with the Bloodwrack Shrine so it certainly fits the theme!
... and low and behold six hours after we post that - Games Workshop drop THIS...
Have to admit though - all I'm thinking about is adding those serpent warriors to my Dark Eldar!
It's been a bit of a busy hobby time of late with projects and ideas floating in and out of our heads, so we thought it was about time to share them.
As you may know, we're Beastmen fans here, and the Tzeentch Beastmen, the Tzaangor, have been a bit of a challenge getting the look and feel right. Then the other day I hit on the thought of putting wings on these birdy-Beastmen, and by the Gods it worked! Although the colour combination may be a little off, pretty happy with the look of the Blood Angels wings - they're not too big and seem to suit the angular nature of the head and weapons. Bit of Green Stuff and the wings and you're set!!
The ongoing War Hounds Legion project, although at times sometimes on the back burner, never stops - this time with quite a bit of progress on the once-fledgling Breachers unit. With the help of some Forge World Death Guard torsos and Mechanicum heads, we were finally able to get the look we'd been after; heavy infantry! For more pictures and information on the changes to the markings and direction of the Breachers, head over to the War Hounds Project Blog.
In the vain hope that Games Workshop may actually give us some new Seraphon./ Lizardmen troops, we decided to try a test scheme on this Saurus Eternity Warden because frankly he's the best looking of their current models - even if he is Finecast.. The figure itself is a pain the arse to make; the moulding is all over the place, there's a lot of trimming and the pieces really don't fit that well together. Apart from all that, the paint job was a bit of an experiment with the scales having quite a bit of attention and going for a white body with tiny black tattoos, feet and face. Not entirely sure this is a strong scheme , but it's a start! The other colour is a jade green which was a contract to the orange of the scales.
If you've every listened to the Eye of Horus Podcast, you will have heard them mention NPCs for games. Well this guy is my Non Playable Character. He seems to be a scribe or maybe a guy stealing secret documents. Not entirely sold on the robe, so may work on that. He's a combination of Battle Wizard, and Mechanicum parts which work in surprisingly well... with the help of a hobby knife!
Finally, the weeks before Malign Portents were around the Undead. Having been a huge fan of skeletons in Ray Harryhausen movies, it seemed time - and the new Citadel Skulls made fixing the awful GW ones the old skeletons a breeze. Just a bit of a nip and tuck and they fit right on PERFECTLY! Really happy with these and their layered rather than drybrushed finish. The layering was a bit of a pain, but the result is so much better. Speaking of pain - the Mortarch kit is so so painful! STRUGGLING!
If you saw our full reveal and review of White Dwarf for January 2018, you would have seen us make mention of the Death Faction splash page. This splash page, as you know, is supposed to show us the full Death Faction for the upcoming Malign Portents "event" and beyond - though they did say that there would be new Death Faction minis on the way. So what's missing and what could be on the way?
Having a look across this shot, most everything seems to be there, but there are some noticeable absences:
The Mortarch kits are not there, even though Arkhan the Black is available in the Start Collecting Skeleton Horde. You could get all three though in the rather pricey Fate of Shyish bundle.
Apart from the Terrorgheist kit (which also contains Zombie Dragon and Abhorrant Ghoul King on Terrorgheist kit) and Corpse Cart all of the Webstore Exclusive are not in this list.
The Wight King with Baleful Tomb Blade and Skeleton Warriors (5 models) are also missing - but one of the kits that surprises us and could be a hint of what's to come are the Zombies. This is a very old kit, not in keeping with any of the current kits in the Warhammer line.
With Games Workshop hinting at some new Death kits, it seems like maybe we'll see some zombies, maybe in the style of the Poxwalkers but hopefully more poseable.
Project: War Hounds
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