Now the Christmas of 2021 has ended with a bit fo a whimper from Games Workshop. In years past we tended to have Battleforce boxes, or lots of little bit of merchandise or tools. Well in 2021 we got all of that earlier, and with the Horus Heresy box stubbornly not appearing, we're left with one of the oddest releases for some time - the forces of Warhammer 40,000 3rd edition. This was the first run of the modern incarnation of plastic Space Marines and the very first plastic appearance of the Dark Eldar. With retro being in, that's kind of cool, but having a look at the Dark Eldar models today really does show us how far was have come in 25 years. Cute idea, and fi they came in the original 3rd Edition box that might be cool, but even talk in the Dark Eldar Community groups across social media is that the troops sucked but the vehicles are what everyone loved. Maybe we might see those sprout up again too, but more likely this is GW testing out a new factory for a large-ish scale production run or something like that. Look, if these tickle your fancy, then Made to Order: Old Enemies is only available this week, so grab them while you can.
The Asuryani minis are interesting, with an Autarch that offers some great weapon and armour options, plus new Rangers and a new Shroud Runner jetbike especially for fast attack Rangers. Building on the Harlequin double-rider look (the one we used to make Dark Eldar versions), these look amazing.
The Chaos Space Marines have a new Warpsmith, who looks great and a nice basis for many conversions, and five Chaos Chosen, who have a lot of interesting detailing! They also get the old Maulerfiend in the set.
Overall a nice set, so we'll see what else it has, but very keen for new Eldar releases.