Last weekend saw the annual Blood & Glory event, with fans of Warhammer Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 descending on the city Derby for a weekend of tournaments and hobby fun. It was also an excuse for Games Workshop to bring us some great previews for the model range hitting the shelves in the latter part of this year.
Now if you are opposed to the forces of Chaos and their dark machinations, I’m afraid to say there wasn’t that much to see (although what we did get to see was pretty cool). However, if you are a devout follower of the ruinous powers for the mortal realms or the 41st millennium then you might just have had one of the best non-Warhammer World previews in a long time.
Today I’ll be recapping the best bits of the weekend’s sneak peaks, while also trying not to drool as we gaze at some exceptional plastic goodies. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get to the good stuff.
Beasts of Eightpoints
Firstly, we get a look at some of the new additions that are making their way to Warcry. One of my favourite specialist games to come out in recent years, Warcry has slowly been adding more and more content over the last couple of months. The next big thing, ironically, are a whole bunch of big bruisers set to smash apart Eightpoints in your games.
Firstly, we have the Ogroid Myrmidon, which takes the brutal and physical presence of an Ogroid Thaumaturge and ramps it up to eleven. With an imposing look that makes lesser Chaos worshipers look cute by comparison, this bad boy looks like he is ready to let rip and really cause some carnage.
If, however, you are more subtle in your machinations, you might instead be tempted with the slender Mindstealer Sphiranx. As the name would suggest the Mindstealer Sphiranx is all about that hypnotic power, disabling enemies before moving in for the kill. These two will be joining the already previewed Fomoroid Crusher in the near future. Additionally, all of these will have points and warscrolls for use in Slaves to Darkness armies. Speaking of…
That’s right. The Slaves to Darkness are the next force to get a new and improved Battletome, bringing them in line with the rest of the range. Additionally, they are getting some great new kits that update the classic model range while also keeping their unique look. The first of these are the Chaos Warriors.
Keeping their iconic aesthetic, these revamped warriors of the gods look fantastic with poses that bring them out of the world that was and right into the mortal realms where they belong. Along with the foot troops of Archaon we are also getting the magnificent new Chaos Knights, who look like they are ready to rundown any who would cross their path.
Lastly, we have new mounted Chaos Lord. Designed to be a dark mirror to the Lord Celestant on Dracoth, this champion of the dark gods cuts an imposing figure astride his monstrous mount and will be a great general for a new or existing Chaos army. All of these will be in the new start collecting box set for Slaves to Darkness, so keep your eyes peeled for them in the future.
The Grim Darkness just got Darker
Things are heating up in the 41st millennium. With the first book in the Psychic Awakening, Phoenix Rising now on shelves, we get ready to turn our eyes toward the Imperium of Man with the second chapter in this ongoing saga. Yes, it is time to test your Faith & Fury.
This next book “will see the Psychic Awakening’s effects begin to take hold in the Imperium, as the Emperor’s most faithful warriors go head to head with the Heretic Astartes.” The book will include content for the Black Templars, Night Lords, Alpha Legion, World Eaters, Emperor’s Children, Iron Warriors, and Word Bearers (one of these seems like the odd one out). It will also be hitting the shelves with the all new Chaos Sorcerer.
But fear not loyal servant of the Emperor. For we will also be seeing reinforcement with the upcoming Adepta Sororitas, who will bring their own version of Faith & Fury with their new armoured support kits.
Lastly, it appears that a classic hero will be joining the Psychic Awakening…
It looks like the end of the year will be a great time for the hobby.
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