Feels likes the Malign Portents balloon has burst hasn't it?
The expectation for Malign Portents was huge, so here's the 80-page Malign Portents book with fluff and new rules etc which is actually at a good price for what is supposed to be a major world event. These Harbingers, heroes from their individual factions have also taken the field - Keldrek: Knight of Shrouds, possibly the standout model in all the Stormcast faction Lord-Ordinator Vorrus Starstrike, beautifully crafted & fan favourite Fungoid Cave-Shaman Snazzgar Stinkmullett, and the not-so-great Darkoath Warqueen Marakarr Blood-sky which is a really boring model with no dynamic qualities whatsoever. Sad for a model with very positive things to add to the Community in terms of diversity - just could have been better. These Harbingers can also be bought with forces (probably the best way to get them) so Keldrek gets the Nighthaunt Spirit Host, there's Snazzgar's Portents of the Waaagh! and Marakarr's Warband of the Blood Sky. Starstrike doesn't get a force as yet but he does have gold pants! There are of course the usual themed add ons - dice, a combat gauge and the Malign Portents cards.Terrain has become more importantly, see the Nurgle forces use of the Feculent Gnarlmaw, so the re-released Warscryer Citadel also seems to be tactically very important. Whoever did the paint job on this model BTW did an amazing job!
Heading up this whole Malign Portents shindig is everyone's favourite Skeletor wannabe, Nagash, and his forces now have a new Battletome: Legions of Nagash which - from all reports - gives quite a bit more love to the unloved! There are also Warscroll Cards for Legions of Nagash too. Three of Nagash's Martarchs get bundles - Akhan gets the Lords of Sacrament, Mannfred get the Nightfall Pack, and Neferata gets the Court of Nulahmia. The option is still there to build any of the Mortarchs to lead these armies. The Terrorgheist kit now has a foruth incarnation with Prince Vhordrai now being the previously unnamed Vampire Lord rider. A few weeks ago we were speculating if there would be any new Death kits for this Battletome, and the one we were thinking would go was the old Zombies kit. It wasn't in any of the new pictures - but alas here it is for it's 20th+ year which is a bit sad, BUT if you do want to use them, try swapping the heads with some of the Citadel Skulls as really the old heads are the main issue.
In books, it's the next Horus Heresy book The Burden of Loyalty which is an anthology of 6 short stories; Perpetual by Dan Abnett, The Binary Succession by David Annandale, Into Exile by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Ordo Sinister by John French, The Heart of the Pharos by L J Goulding, Cybernetica by Rob Sanders, The Thirteenth Wolf by Gav Thorpe and The Wolf King by Chris Wraight.
If these don't tickle your fancy, the Necromunda gang Orlocks are scheduled to go on pre-order next week.