As we know the box comes with 30 MKIII Space Marines, 5 Tartaros Terminators, 5 Sisters of Silence, 5 Adeptus Custodes and two characters - one Thousand Sons and the other Space Wolves.
The set comes in at a similar price point to Betrayal at Calth, in fact there's a deal to get both at once if you wish, or with the painting guide, or with White Dwarf, which is also out next week!
Speaking of White Dwarf, this month includes some interesting tidbits: A Tale of Four Keyboards – Total War: Warhammer comes to White Dwarf, A World in Flames – the Burning of Prospero, The Ultimate Guide to… Commorragh (for the Dark Eldar player out there), Army of the Month is Rik Turner’s Blood Ravens, A brand-new series about gaming in the Age of Sigmar, Rules for the Lord-Veritant in Warhammer Age of Sigmar, the Legio Custodes in Horus Heresy, and Contemptor Dreadnoughts in Burning of Prospero.
For the eagle-eyed, there's also a new section on the Games Workshop website called New and Exclusive where you can see the New Releases, Pre-orders and Last Chance To Buy.
This is actually going to be very useful and probably the place many people will start their browsing when they first go to the website - I know I will...
Horus Heresy - Burning of Prospero Sprue Observations
All GW stores will have a copy you can fondle, and fondle we did!
First off, it's fair to say that this is an awesome set. Personally I don't see Sisters of Silence in my forces and Adeptus Custodes are great for bitz - there's big shields and shoulder pads for all your Commanders!
The plastic MkIII Space Marines have always been the big drawcard for us, having many many Forge World versions for the War Hounds force, and I have to say they live up to the hype! There are small differences to the different MKIII helmets, the torsos are all the same. The backpacks are split so there is a front upper half meaning that the thrusters or whatever they are are split. Kind of annoying but not a huge deal.
The sprues are also split differently, as all the legs and arms that make up a Tactical Squad are on one sprue. Makes us wonder if later on they'll an Assault Squad and just replace those sprues. There is no missile launcher for the MKIIIs either, so just Heavy Bolter, plasma gun and melta-gun.
The Space Marine shoulder pads are also much better and the moulding channel is in the base not along the top. The rivets on the armour are smaller than the Forge World ones and not as obvious either.
The Adeptus Custodes are as broad but taller than a Stormcast and come with some nice shields you could use for elite Terminators. The Sisters of Silence are all on one sprue, as are the Tartaros and Custodes so can be easily spit up to make into separate releases, I assume in 6 months from now.
There is only one Volkite Charger for the Terminator Sereganht, so visions of Volkite littering your Terminators is down the gurgler!
As far as moulding goes, the weapons on all the sets are exactly the same as Forge World. but a lot cleaner, with the Chainswords and Bolters being very detailed and much improved from the Forge World ones.. The Umbra Patter Bolters for the Sisters is a nice touch!
Personally I wasn't a fan of the Sister's moulding. They are not disimilar to Dark Eldar, but not as crisp and the heads are pretty non-descript. The Adeptus Custodes are VERY like Stormcast Eternals!
We have a set on order so hope to bring you more next week - unless the glue comes out first...