Codex: Astra Militarum leads the way, with the Boots And All Collectors' Edition and No Guts No Glory Standard Edition giving you all you need to know to field these new, and some older, units. Be great to see Guard Assault Squads back, but that seems unlikely. Leading your valiant troops to certain victory is Lord Solar Leontus on his trusty mech-steed. Now this model, well it sort of sucks. I mean there's some real missed opportunities here. First one is the head which is flat and featureless. Even the alternative head, which is better, is still pretty poor. Please bring Jes Goodwin back to designing the faces! The second real missed opportunity is how this could have been a miniature with a retinue, like The Silent King or Katakros, Mortarch of the Necropolis or even the much more recent Chaplain Grimaldus & Retinue. All of these are fantastic centrepieces, and surely this guy could to with some banner bearers, a town cryer guy and a priest, even a Sisters of Battle bodyguard! A real missed opportunity for what could have bene an amazing model. The second command model we get is Lord Castellan Ursula Creed, who despite being the first older female character we have seen in lord-knows how long, also suffers from the curse of having a face made of pudding. A nice mini otherwise, both options are pretty naff for someone who is manet to kick arse. Going way back in time, welcome back to the Primaris Psyker! How great to have a mini like this in the range - look at the expression and the dynamic pose. Great mini! Troops are plentiful, and the Cadian Command Squad is a nice step up from the older one, this time introducing an archaic radio and other nicely rendered specialists to lead the men and women of the rank and file - the Cadian Shock Troops. Great new poses (though the heads are a bit naff, so just use the old ones on the new bodies, they look great!) with better scaled weapons and a nice look and feel to them. Putting them together isn't as modular as the older set, but you can easily fix that, plus these poses really are excellent! Back up the waves of infantry is an other excellent update - the Heavy Weapons Squad. The poses and detail on these minis is such a huge step up they are almost mini dioramas in themselves. Very much worth a look and a nice little project to sit on their own even if you don't do Guard. Speaking of big guns, here's some bigger ones; the Field Ordnance Battery with which you can build two Ordnance Teams, with the choice of a heavy lascannon, bombast field gun, or malleus rocket launcher. Another nice little set to turn into an action scene. The brand new Guard tank makes it's debut this week, with the Rogal Dorn Battle Tank rolling out and having a very different look to the previous tracked support elements for the Guard. Sporting a rounded turret, but the flat sloped sides we're so used to, there's an almost Vietnam-era look to this one. It's big too! Kind of tempted, kind of not - be very interested to see what the community come up with when they get this kit. The other new armoured kit is the new Sentinel. Available as a combi-kit, the Armoured Sentinel/ Scout Sentinel looks less like a rubbish bin on legs and more like something you could imagine prowling around. A very welcome update for sure. Now here's a classic kit that should never go away, the Baneblade / Stormlord / Banesword / Shadowsword / Doomhammer / Stormsword / Banehammer / Hellhammer combi-kit. Now sporting the new decals and added sponsons, she's a beast and must be loved!! The other classic tank is the Leman Russ Battle Tank, which gets a rebox and new decals but misses out on the opportunity for the upgrade sprue that offers track covers and more.
Away from minis, helping you take to the field are the Astra Militarum Datacards and Dice Set.
Now if If you've been patiently waiting like the good supplicant that you are, then you could go all in and get the Collection, Art Print, Astra Militarum MKVII or the Collection, Art print, Astra Militarum, Launch Box Add-on MKIII and have it all at once. Maybe not the most imaginative names for these bundles, but there you go.
In books this week we have the Armageddon Special Edition novel too. All pretty and ready to be devoured.