It's been some time since Betrayal at Calth was released following on from some of the biggest 40K excitement for many years - plastic MKIV multi-part Space Marines, a plastic dreadnought and the rest.
For so long the Horus Heresy had been something purely for the buyers of Forge World, but now not only were they easier and cheaper to get, they were also easier to build, convert and force build.
Ever since then, there has been the question as to their release outside the boxed game - and now here they are!
Bringing the same excellent accessories and range of customisability that the normal 40K marines have, these sets will be a massive hit - but is that all this issue of White Dwarf has to offer?
Indeed not - Age of $igmar is kicking up a new campaign; Season of War, and this issue gives you a really good insight into what that is going to be. But that's not all!
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You'll see MKIV on a few of our DIY Chapter, and if War Hounds ever saw MKIV, you would be sure to see many a suit of that plate amongst their ranks.
As far as this new boxed set goes - it's amazing! It has everything you need as well as being beautifully sculpted and cast.These guys are $10 AUD more than a standard Tactical boxed set, but considering they are new to the market and the cost associated with setting up the new moulds etc, it's not a massive price increase. Think of it this way - if you were building them from Forge World you would be paying a Hell of a lot more than this and getting less!
That being said, if you bought one Betrayal at Calth set, you get 3 of these boxes plus the terminators, the heroes and the dreadnought. Either way, these miniatures should be part of any Space Marine army.
Bigger, badder and with better armour, these are a brutal choice for any Space Marine force. Almost identical to the Forge World versions, these are amazing, and have either close combat or ranged weapons
As far as price go, these are pretty hefty - twice the price of the current Terminator boxed set. Again, better value if bought with the Betrayal at Calth set.
Unlike the MKIV Space Marines and the Terminators, these are not multi-pose. This is a pretty static model straight out of the box, exactly like the one in Betrayal at Calth. This issue here is the price - this is $100 AUD for one model. There has been no retooling, not change at all to the sprue in the boxed set. This price point has caused an absolute storm online, and we can see why; that's a lot of money for not very much.
The thing is, the Forge World version is very flexible and dynamic - this model is not. Sure it can be if you want to do some converting, but those legs are straight as straight can be. If there were two in the box, then we'd be talking a good deal, but one? Pretty sure this won't be marching off the shelves.
This section takes you through the venue for these mighty clashes and there's a fair bit of reading to be done too!! Get into this if you're into the universe.
In the Pot of Paint vs. White Dwarf: