This past weekend we were given a glimpse into what Games Workshop planned releases for the start of this calendar year. Whether you are into Age of Sigmar, Warhammer 40k or Specialist Games, there was something for everyone and for the most part the community response has been fairly positive. That’s not to say that the all the previews were well received, but I feel there was certainly more positive aspects of what we saw than negative.
So today we are going to have a recap of what we saw and talk a bit about those positive and negative aspects of the upcoming releases. Make sure you check out the official preview article for all the details if you haven’t already, then come back to catch our review.
Let’s start off as the Warhammer Community did, with the Paragon Warsuit of the Adepta Sororitas. Last year we finally got a full refresh of the Sisters of Battle miniature range, bringing them up to date with beautiful new plastic sculpts for most of the old model range. But as we move into 2021, it looks like we will at last be getting some fresh takes on the military wing of the imperial church. For now, they can truly stand toe to toe with some of the worst threats opposing humanity with these battle mechs of righteous fury.
While some people are unsure on the new design of these warsuits, I have to say I’m a huge fan. The Adepta Sororitas have a somewhat poor history of been the “massacred” party when it comes to the lore. Even though they are armed in much the same manner as the poster boys of 40k, the fact they are only human seems to mean they get their butt kick quite offend. But now we get to see them enact some much-needed cathartic beatdowns on all that thought to do them wrong, and I can’t wait to read some of the lore on these new additions to the army.
Crouching Kill Team, Hidden Flayers
Since the release of 9th edition 40k, we have had glimpses of a bunch of new and redesigned models for both the Space Marines and Necrons. Patiently we have awaited the release of these new kits, including the Heavy Intercessors and Flayed Ones, eager to add them to our collections and put them to work on the battlefield. Well now the wait is over as these two kits, as well as the Captain with master-crafted heavy bolt rifle and Chronomancer will soon be hitting store shelves… in a new Kill Team expansion.
Not going to lie, this one was a little disappointing. Not the sculpts of course, but the fact that these wonderful new models that a lot of people are super keen on getting their hand on, are been released first and foremost in an expansion for a Specialist Game. Hey, I like Kill Team ok, it’s a fun old time. But the idea that you need to buy an expansion for a game you might not even play or enjoy in order to get hold of these new 40k units is a little hard to swallow.
Now they have said that these kits will be released separately. But saying to someone that they have to wait if they don’t want to invest £80+ on a new boxset is pretty shoddy. It invites scalpers to profit on a secondary market, which is not a great advertisement for the brand GW. If you are excited for some new Kill Team rules, then that’s great. But this left a lot of people with a bad taste in their month, myself included.
Knee Cannon, Activate
While I do not play Adeptus Titanicus, I have to say them model range is rather great. GW have shown a lot of love to this iteration of an epic scale gaming system, and the release of the new Warmaster Class Titan is living proof of that. Bigger than even the Warlord Titan, this god of war is a one walker death machine that will leave most enemies a smouldering pile of scrap.
The rules for this new engine of death will be in the new Loyalist Legios book, which features a ton of new rules for loyalist commanders. Don’t worry heretics, the Warhammer Community team have promised you will be getting some love in the near future. Personally, I’m just waiting for Forge World to announce their latest kit and bring this monster in to 40k proper.
Form of, a Fox
Since their release, the Lumineth Realm-lords have been a favourite of many noble defenders of the realms. Bringing High Elves back to Mortal Realms, these noble warriors have had a fairly decent impact of the narrative of the Age of Sigmar. And soon they are about to gain a whole bunch of new toys to play with.
On Saturday, we got to see our first glimpses of these new reinforcements, including a look at the amazing Sevireth, Lord of the Seventh Wind. A fox-like demi-god empowered by the wind spirits of Hysh, this new avatar of war well be bringing a whole sway of new models to the range when it is released alongside the next book in the Broken Realms story, Teclis. But it’s not only the Lumineth that will be getting some new rules, as the Cities of Sigmar, Maggotkin of Nurgle (yay), Flesh-eater Courts and Ossiarch Bonereapers will all be getting some new warscroll battalions to try out.
And that’s not all. After the event of Broken Realms: Morathi, the Daughters of Khaine as set to strike out at the rest of the Mortal Realms with and all new Battletome, as well as a bunch of new Endless Spells. Not going to lie, I think I picked the right time to dive into Age of Sigmar.
The Stakes are High
Next up we have the full reveal of the next warband for Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm, with the blood suckers of the Crimson Court. This pack of Vampire are ready to terrorises the night and claim glory for the forces of Soulblight and Nagash. All four of these miniatures are absolutely breath-taking, and promises to be a real pain in the neck for the other warbands of Direchasm. If this is a preview of the standard of sculpts, we can expect from the new Soulblight Gravelords, then I just might have found my Death army for Age of Sigmar.
But these were not the only denizens of Shyish we got to see over the weekend.
I have to say, the Warhammer Community team certainly saved the best for last, as we got a sneak peek at the latest iteration of the much beloved Warhammer Quest. Cursed City takes us back to the Mortal Realms, as a new bunch of adventurers battle through the city of Ulfenkarn in the realm of death. Looking like a cross between Vermintide, Bloodborne and Darkest Dungeon, this new boxed game looks absolutely amazing (insert the Fry “shut up and take my money” meme”).
At the moment, we only have a trailer and two miniatures to look at, but what a pair of miniatures they are. The vampire hunter Jelsen Darrock and the creepy Gorslav the Gravekeeper are absolutely stunning miniatures that perfectly capture the gothic aesthetic that most of us love about the undead in Warhammer. Since the end of Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress, I have been hoping to have a new roleplay in a box project to get my hands on and I could not be happier with what we got. Expect me to be painting this up the second I can get my hands on it.
And that was all we got from Games Workshops latest preview stream. Overall, I’m fairly impressed with what we got, even if I was a bit disappointed with the Kill Team box situation. Guessing my pockets will be a bit lighter than normal in the coming months, but I guess that’s the price we pay for our shared hobby. Let us know what you enjoyed from the preview stream in the comments below, or you can let me know over on Twitter @TenguPlaysGames or on the Master of Magics Facebook page.
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