starting with the combi-kit of Hurakan Spirit of the Wind/ Sevireth, Lord of the Seventh Wind, an awesome tabletop piece that frankly I'd be scared to paint. The dynamic duo of Ellania and Ellathor, Eclipsian Warsages and Monkey Magic-vibes of the Hurakan Windmage are equally impressive, in fact the Windmage is really quite amazing. - a total departure from anything GW has done before. There's the mounted hero combi-kit of Lyrior Uthralle, Warden of Ymetrica/ Vanari Lord Regent and the evocative Scinari Calligrave - also so bloody tempting. In an exciting development, the return of the bannerman is here with the Vanari Bannerblade and more buffs to your army with the Scinari Loreseeker.
++ It should be said at this point that if you read the GW site, you'll get an idea how this army plays - it seems each hero gives specific units buffs, so this could be quite a powerful character driven army ++
In terms of troops we have the Vanari Bladelords, the mega-flauna kangaroo-riders, the Hurakan Windchargers and a shout out to the other Elves ranges with the obligatory Vanari Starshard Ballista. The Lumineth also get a terrain piece, again a game changer (and wouldn't some of the other ranges love a hovering terrain piece) the Shrine Luminor.
We've already seen Lumineth dice, so none of those today, but we do get the Lumineth Warscroll Cards.
Allies and foes abound with four new boxed sets - the Gortle Pulpskull – Invidian Plaguehost (Nurgle), the Arcobalde Lazerne – Xintil War-Magi (lets say 'Empire' for old times sake), the Horrek Venzai – Horrek's Dreadlance (Ossiarch Bonereapers - a range that's gone nowhere, sadly) and the Gorstane Mortevell – Mortevell's Helcourt (Flesheater Courts). Quite the week, and be interesting to see what hobbyists do with the Lumineth. It's not really until they get out into the community that we often see the best way to do these models - a real tribute to platforms like Instagram and Facebook.
Away from Age of $igmar, how much would you pay for a Space Marine? Well BANDAI have a really lovely one and it's quite a bit... BUT the White Scars Primaris Intercessor Action Figure has got to be the best looking one so far!
Now, for books we of course have a Lumineth Realm-lords novel, The End of Enlightenment in hardback, the hardback (non-Limited Edition version) of Luther: First of the Fallen, and a new Warhammer Horror, The Vampire Genevieve in paperback. There's also the Marvel: Warhammer 40,000 Marneus Calgar – Issue 2 which GW shops have an exclusive cover for if that tickles your Smurfy bits.
In other releases, the folks at Forgeworld have finally released the new Word Bearers Legion Praetor
and Word Bearers Legion Terminator Praetor - both amazing Horus Heresy-themed models.