The next expansion in the growing range is Kill Team: Soulshackle, which sees the return of a fan favourite, the indomitable Imperial Adeptus Arbites (pronounced Ar-BEE-tees believe it or not... ) in an Exaction Squad matched up against the only real evil in the 40K universe, Drukhari of the Hand of The Archon. The Drukhari kit is not a new set of minis, it's an upgrade sprue with the venerable (and well priced) Kabalite Warriors kit. This is an excellent kit, so Soulshackle is coming in as one of the better of these expansions. There's also Exaction Squad and Hand of Archon Dice Sets plus a very cool new base set, Boarding Actions: Void War Bases, to go with the new Space Hulk feel. These seem like really nice bases, adding a new look and feel to the older Necromunda bases which many people use for Zone Mortalis.
If you didn't go all in on the Warhammer 40,000 Boarding Actions Terrain Set, then you can now get the smaller Kill Team: Killzone Gallowdark which comes with some extra scatter terrain but less wall sections. From that original expansion we also finally get access to the two Kill Teams, the Kasrkin and the Necron Hierotek Circle. Like the Drukari set this week, the Necron set is mainly an upgrade sprue with the existing Immortals sprue and some characters. If you want to team these guys up against each other, the Kill Team: Shadowvaults Book is also available separately, as is the Kill Team – Killzone Upgrade: Shadowvaults scatter terrain. But wait, there's more! That's right, the Imperial Navy Breachers Kill Team and the Kroot Farstalker Kinband are also now available to add to existing 40K forces or to throw into your Kill Team skirmishes too. The Farstalker Kinband is one of the really excellent additions to the universe, harking back to the original concept of Kroot outside the Tau alliance, so it's great to have these available. The Imperial Navy have always been around, first appearing in this form as part of the concept art by Jes Goodwin for Battlefleet Gothic. Like Shadowvaults, the Kill Team: Into the Dark Book and Dice Sets for the Imperial Navy Breachers and the Farstalker Kinband are also available.
There's also a very cool new addition for Horus Heresy this week, with the Legion Sky-hunter Squadron giving us Heresy-era Javelin jetbikes in plastic for the very first time.. Instead of one miniature, we get three. This is also the first time we have seen the Horus Heresy Space Marine 'rider sprue' for want of a better term, so that's worth a look as this may also appear in a later release of bikes or other fast transport.
It's not just Warhammer 40K that does skirmish, oh no, for Age of $igmar has Warcry, and this week gives us the opportunity to pre-order Warcry: Bloodhunt, a very cool new set with two excellent new warbands - the samurai vampires of the Askurgan Trueblades and the feral Khorne-worshiping Claws of Karanak. Both of these are excellent, and although the scenery is a bit Ewok village, it fits with the current deep-dark-jungle vibe. Speaking of deep-dark-jungle, the newest Seraphon warband, the Hunters of Huanchi had stepped out of the more recent expansion along with their foe, the Jade Obelisk warband. Again (broken record) these are also both awesome and oh-so-tempting. Honestly, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that each and every one of these warbands is great in their own right, it's just how far the wallet will stretch...
Oh look, it's some classic metal Made to Order Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Middle-Earth once again with some of the (mostly) later releases from that range - Heroes of Helm's Deep, Théoden (Warg Attack), the very nice and only eclipsed by the plastic kit Gandalf the White (The Two Towers), Gimli Getting Stoned on Dead Uruk-hai, Frodo, Sam and Gollum in Ithilien, Gamling (Warg Attack), the Rangers of Ithilien, Ringwraith on Fell Beast, another nice set the Warg Riders and the Uruk-hai Battering Ram.
Next week is also a White Dwarf week with issue 485 on sale on Friday.
If you missed our article on the new pricing for Games Workshop and how they A) don't need to do it and B) possibly shouldn't do it - then check that out here.