Lets' start with the Golden Boys who for a while dominated the gaming tables, so this release will be keenly awaited by Custodes fans. The Codex come in two flavours; the Shiny Shiny Love Children Collectors' Edition (which for the price should really have gold coloured page edges) and of course the At The Emperor's Pleasure Standard Edition. There are of course the Adeptus Custodes Datacards and Dice as well. Not sure how to paint red and gold? Well GW make it so much easier with this exciting Adeptus Custodes Parade Ready Paint Bundle.
With the current 40K storyline seeing the Genestealer Cult infestation of Terra, who else pops up this week but those sneaky sneaky Genestealer Cults. These guys also get their Codex which comes in More Arms = More Hugs Limited Edition and Purple Forever Standard Edition. Again, why the Limited Edition doesn't have purple edged pages, we do not know, but it would be a very cool feature. Never one to be left behind, the Genestealer Cults also get Datacards and some very attractive dice. With a more nuanced look than their Imperial adversary, the Genestealer Cults Parade Ready Paint Bundle may actually be more handy to have. In fact swapping out the purples you could use this as a good basis for Necromunda civilians too.
Meanwhile, humanity in the Mortal Realms is also in danger with the release of Bawla and Burk, Boss Rat-Killas. Sadly this is the first new Skaven model we've seen for a while, and it's just his head. To be fair though, this is a lovely model that's full of character.
In books this week we have the next in the Twice-dead King series, with Reign on pre-order - coming in both Special Edition and Hardback. The Necrons are truly fascinating and the characters they have invented to head up these armies are great. If you haven't read any Necrons stuff, do! You will get thoroughly sucked into their courtly disputes and interesting backstories. I must admit I didn't pick up the first one because it had a lot to do with Flayed-Ones and I hate those guys, but now I wish I'd grabbe3d the earlier one to go with this one... Hopefully they will release a nice Special Edition Omnibus. The next Warhammer Crime novel is also on the way, with yet another excellent cover, this time it's The Bookkeeper's Skull in Hardback.
Next week also sees the fourth issue of Marvel: Warhammer 40,000 Sisters of Battle comic.
Now, one of the very big releases this week - but it's pretty niche - is the final Primarch in Forge World's series to depict the 18 leaders of the Legions during the Horus Heresy. This time it is the mighty and somewhat mysterious Jaghatai Khan, Primarch of The White Scars Legion. By Games Workshop's own admission, both the Primarch and the Legion have not been that well explored. There have been a few books (Scars is a notable example) that give us some idea, but the Primarch himself is somewhat of a mystery. Even the Horus Heresy black book that talks about them shows them as a bit of a confusing enigma, bringing in very different looking and sounding Chapters into the one Legion. Now the model itself is sort of interesting. There has been a lot of talk about how he's not on a bike, or doesn't come with bike legs as an option. To us that's the least confusing part; if you compare him to the rest of his Legion he actually doesn't match. They have a very Japanese/ Korean look to them, while he looks more Mongolian. The cultural influences for the White Scars have been long up for debate - it's obviously northern Asian, but where. In reality it probably doesn't matter, but it dopes help when trying to find a visual reference when trying to paint them. Anyway, suffice to say we're not huge fans of this one - despite his importance - in fact his base may be the most interesting bit.