With both Forge World and Games Workshop pouring out anything and everything to do with the Adeptus Mechanicus these days, they were bound to hit on the little known, short-lived but loved robots that existed in the universe during the late 80s.
The Kastelan robots (notice the new spelling) existed in both the 40k game and the Epic game from around 1988 and supported all Imperial and Squat forces.
The re-emergence of robots in Warhammer 40K is the main focus of this week's White Dwarf, but not the only piece of content by any means. In fact the amount of background on the Adeptus Mechanicus that has been filling issues of White Dwarf, the Skitarii Codex (our review) and two more Codex to come you would wonder how much more there is to know and how much repetition there is going to be...
So apart from Kastelans, what else is in this issue?
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The details on this model (above) seem pretty good. He's a solid lad, with two large Power Fists (3-fingered BTW) or Heavy Phosphor Blasters. The secondary shoulder-mounted armament is either an Incendary Combustor or a Heavy Phosphur Blaster. Personally I really like the legs. They are longer than the usual stocky legs on GW mecha and give it a removed look to the rest of the Imperial mechs.
This section is quite detailed and gives you a glimpse into the background of the robot and the Datasmith.
There are two new mobile games, Space Wolf which pits Space Wolf against Space Wolf in that famous time when they fought each other. How id this game get made? THAT NEVER HAPPENED!!
The other game is Snotling Fling where you fling a Snotling. Not a single frakk, frankly!
Forge World meanwhile bring us Samus, Daemon Prince of the Ruinstorm. I wasn't familiar with this guy, to be honest and the model seems okay.. Have a look what's in his front claw...
This is pretty much a repeat of earlier techniques apart from the paint chipping.
Could have used this to show how to use orange maybe...
James' stuff is always worth a look!
The details on this will blow you away.
Looks like GW are trying to move some Warhammer models. It's been the focus for a few weeks now!
Don't get me wrong - cool model, but...
Those Heavy Phosphor Blasters look mean!!
There's also a short piece on the match up between Eldar walkers and a Kastelan maniple and Codex Apocrypha Extra looks at the titles of various sections of the Mechanicus armies.
The Origins of the Castellan/ Kastelan
The Kastelan we see today is actually very similar, with the bulbous arms, rounded torso and shoulder mounted secondary armament. Significant changes have been made to the shoulders and head and the Heavy Phosphor Blasters for hands are new, replacing a singular handheld weapon.
Games Workshop seem to have done a nice job adapting this to the modern world.
Being a sucker I have pre-ordered it so can let you know what it's like next week!