Hey, I know it's the 60th Anniversary of Dr Who, but this is getting weird!!
As we predicted a little while back, the Flesh-eater Courts are getting a refresh, and the Flesh-eater Courts Army Set is the harbinger of said influx. The entire range minus the amazing new King model are in this set plus the Collectors Edition Battletome.
Robots in Disguise was the catchphrase from 1984, but the Necrons have a whole new spin - they're ancient malevolent warriors disguised as robots... in plain sight! Well here they are in all their glory, with their new 10th Edition Codex and associated goodness. Their new Codex, comes in Spit and Polish Collector’s Edition (sporting green foil pages edges) or Malign Force of Evil Standard Edition. The Necrons also get some lovely new miniatures, with brand new versions of well-known characters Imotekh the Stormlord, Orikan the Diviner, as well as a nifty new Overlord with Translocation Shroud. After some delay, there's two of the best Necron minis to be released since Day Zero, with the Overlord with Tachyon Arrow and Royal Warden, available in the 9th Edition Starter Set but now here to buy separately. Speaking of which, the bulk of the Necron forces from that set are also now available in the Combat Patrol: Necrons. To help you reign supreme over these nefarious shiny evil doers, the Datasheet Cards for the Necrons (with pretty green foil edges) and a themed Necrons Dice Set are also available this week.
Your friend and mine, the toaster-worshipping techno-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus (beep-boop) are also rolling out their 10th Edition Codex, which is available in either Robes Are So This Year Collectors Edition (with red foil page edges) or Mechanoid Radioactive Army Standard Edition. Showing that the Adeptus Mechanicus, once the baby of legendary designer Jes Goodwin, have fallen so far from favoured status, the Adeptus Mechanicus get an absolute stinker of a mini. Fresh from the We Have No More Ideas Factory, is the Sydonian Skratos - comically absurd and ridiculous - this stilt-walker is less sniper and more carnival freak show. However, if you have love for the Priests of Mars, then the new Combat Patrol: Adeptus Mechanicus at least gives you some of the nice Goodwin minis, plus some of the questionable Latham ones. As with the Necrons, the new Adeptus Mechanicus Datasheet Cards are very nice, and come with red foil edges to the cards, plus there's a set of Adeptus Mechanicus Dice.
Da Red Gobbo has competition, and it's the Grotmas Gitz. Arguably a nicer miniature, let's hope these two fight it out to mutually assured destruction and next year we can get back to a White-bearded Dwarf!
In books this week it's the Vaults of Terra trilogy, available in the very pretty Collectors Edition. Plus White Dwarf is here again - Xmas Edition - with Issue 495.
This week was supposed to see the King of the Dead and Heralds (Clear Plastic) and Warriors of the Dead (Clear Plastic), two great looking new sets made of clear blue plastic giving them the ghostly look they have always needed and wanted. Though technically in Lord of the Rings they were green! Despite GW promises, these have also not turned up on the AUS/NZ site, and won't be available in the US/CAN for a little bit.
The big Horus Heresy release this week is the MKVI Assault Squad, not available in AUS/NZ, but ideally next week. This is a really nice kit - notice the jump packs modelled on the 40K Raptor kit to bring design elements together. Also this week everywhere apart from AUS/NZ are the Brimstein Firegrass tufts. They're kind of cool, but probably limited in usages.