They said it was coming in June and Games Workshop is starting things early with an extended pre-order launch for Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness. The new “core” game launches this coming Saturday with a load of releases to go with it.
Warhammer: The Horus Heresy – The Age of Darkness launches with a box set packed with everything you need to start. It’ll be available in English, French, and German. Within the box, you get 54 plastic miniatures, enough for two forces or one giant one. It includes 2 Legion Praetors, 10 Cataphractii Terminators, 40 highly customizable Tactical Space Marines in Mk VI power armor, one Contemptor Dreadnought, and one Spartan Assault Tank. All the miniatures except the Terminators are new models.
Also features is a 336-page hardback rulebook, 36-page construction guide, introductory army lists, and two four-page rules reference sheets.
There’s also 20 six-sided dice, two blast templates, one flame template, two classic red plastic measuring sticks, and a transfer sheet.
If you order the set directly from the Games Workshop webstore, you’ll also get an exclusive reaction token and card set (while supplies last). That’s eight metal tokens and a deck of eight cards to keep track of the game’s six reactions and two advance reactions.
You’ll be able to expand your game with the Liber Astartes. This Loyalist bible features rules, lore, unit profiles for each of the nine Legion Astartes that remained loyal. The 344-page hardback is packed with everything you need to dive further into your loyalist force and will be available in English, French, and German.
For those looking to topple the Emperor, you’ll want to get The Liber Hereticus. The 352-page hardback contains the full roster rules, and background for all nine Traitor Legions. It’ll be available in English, French, and German.
The Legiones Astartes Special Weapons Upgrade Set allows you to upgrade your squads into Legion Tactical Support Squads. The set contains 10 weapons each of six types – flamers, plasma guns, meltaguns, rotor cannons, volkite chargers, and volkite calivers.
The Legiones Astartes Heavy Weapons Upgrade Set (Missile Launchers and Heavy Bolters) delivers a bit more punch featuring 10 missile launchers, 10 heavy bolters, and associated arms.
Expand your force with the Kratos Heavy Assault Tank. There’s three options for the turret gun, four apiece for the hull weapons and the sponsons, nine choices of pintle gun, plus dozer blades, searchlights, and gunners. There’s also a datasheet for you to field it in your games of Warhammer 40,000!
The Deimos Pattern Rhino will get your squad into battle a bit quicker and with some protection.
Expand your force with the Mk III Tactical Squad. Repackaged for the new edition, it features 20 multipose Legion Astartes.
How about the Mk IV Tactical Squad instead? It features 20 Space Marines for your force.
Thousand Sons get some early help with Ahzek Ahriman, the Chief Librarian. Originally released in the Burning of Prospero set, the plastic model will be available on its own for the first time.
Keep track of the entire Imperium with the Carta Galactica: The Imperium of Mankind. It’s printed on a massive 1,000mm x 890mm fold-out poster, and it’s the essential guide to the galactic state of play.
Get The Horus Heresy Legion Transfer Sheets to make your Legion stand out a little more. Each contains more than 500 decals.
Show off your loyalty to your legion with The Horus Heresy Legion Dice. The sets feature 20 six-sided dice, one is a scatter die. There’s also the Legion emblem where the six should be.
There’ll be In-store Swag to celebrate. Head to your local Warhammer store for lodge coins, keyrings, pin badges, and vehicle damage counters and some independent stores will have them too.
Forge World is getting in on the action.
The Primarchs are being repackaged for the new edition. You can get these resin figures to help lead your force.
Sons of Horus and Imperial Fists Mk VI Heads and Shoulder Pads will allow you to build your Legion and each features 11 resin heads and 10 sculpted shoulder pads for every Legion. The Imperial Fists and Sons of Horus are the first two to be released.
The Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game is getting releases with the highlight being Grimbeorn. You’ll get this leader of the Beormings as well as the bear he can turn into.
You’ll also be able to get Beornings, hardy people who are also a strong, tough, and fierce force.
From Black Library comes a few releases.
Cthonia’s Reckoning (Special edition/Hardback/eBook/MP3) is an anthology featuring seven all-new short stories – Sons of Cthonia by John French, To the Last by Michael F Haspil, The Gangs Beneath by Gary Kloster, The Flesh Harvest by Nicholas Wolf, Traitor’s Faith by Noah Van Nguyen, For Hate’s Sake by Gav Thorpe, and Postulant by Chris Forrester.
Lupercal’s War features 21 short stories and an introduction to the Horus Heresy.
You’ll also be able to get The Horus Heresy Bookmark.
In French, you can get Cthonia’s Reckoning and Sons of the Emperor: An Anthology.
This week’s pre-orders are up on Games Workshop‘s website and features a mix of releases.
For Age of Sigmar, the latest battlebox is available, Echoes of Doom! It pits Skaven against the Sylvaneth. It’s also the first time you can get the Lady of Vines, Gossamid Archers, and Skaven Deathmaster.
Expand your games of Warcry with the Ravage Lands: Varanite Syphon Camp. Fight over the claustrophobic mines of the Eightpoints with this modular terrain kit. It contains 11 pieces of Chaos-themed industrial terrain.
It’s a fantasy sort of week for Games Workshop with next week’s pre-orders!
Nagash’s legions are back with Battletome: Nighthaunt! It features everything you need to bring this army to unlife. Get the regular edition or the limited collector’s edition which features a soft-touch cover, red ribbon marker, gilt page edges, and gold foil blocking.
You can show off your loyalty and keep track of your forces with the Nighthaunt Warscroll Cards and Dice.
Maybe Morathi’s bloodthirsty daughters are your thing? Battletome: Daughters of Khaine is also being released with new and updated rules, lore, and abilities for the six temples of Khaine! It too has a regular and collector’s edition.
Awlrach the Drowner is being released bringing spectral terror to the tabletop.
Maybe you need range support for your Nighthaunt army? Then the Craventhrone Guard is what you’re looking for.
The Ethereal Court features three heroes – the Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed, a Spirit Torment, and a Guardian of Souls.
If neither of those armies are what you’re looking for, then how about the Vanguard: Idoneth Deepkin? A great way to start your Deepkin force or expand a current one, it features 15 miniatures.
Or how about Vanguard: Fyreslayers? A perfect start to your force, it features 26 hot-headed miniatures.
Expand your Fyreslayers with the Auric Runefather on Magmadroth. It’s being sold separately for the first time. It can also be used to build an Auric Runeson or Runesmiter on Magmadroth. Plus, whichever hero you don’t use can be built on foot!
Defend the North of Middle-Earth with Defence of the North for the Middle Earth: Strategy Battle Game. The expansion takes players through pivotal events in the Northern Realms. It has new heroes and villains, new army lists, 22 narrative play scenarios, and six Legendary Legions.
Made to Order gets a whole bunch of miniatures for the game as well. Bolster your nefarious forces of Evil with a whole heap of goblins, including the Warg Marauder shock cavalry, a malevolent Dragon, Moria Goblin heroes like Ashrâk, Drûzhag, Durbûrz, and Grôblog, and some supremely skilled Easterling Mounted Commanders. Stalwart Dwarves join the fray in the form of the Khazad Guard and Captains of Erebor, who are more than a match for any enemy in Middle-earth – no matter their height – while the Lake-town Captains command the forces of Dale against Evil.
If you need a battlefield, then look no further than the Fortress of Dol Guldur. It features six modular kits to build your ruins to battle over and within.
Show off your favored army with the Easterling Dice Set.
The Easterling’s mysterious ruler also is coming with The Dragon Emperor of Rhûn.
You can also build out your force with the elite Easterling Black Dragon Warriors.
Lead the defense of the north with the Dale Commanders. It features a Captain of Dale with two Warriors of Dale to help command your armies.
The Dale Windlance is a war machine that fires fearsome Black Arrows as big as a man.
Blood Bowl gets a new release with Rumbelow Sheepskin! He’ll ram the other team and deliver touchdowns.
Adeptus Titanicus gets a release with the Dire Wolf Heavy Scout Titan. It packs a bunch with carapace-mounted Volcano Cannons and Neutron Lasers.
White Dwarf 476 is also available with a new Tome Celestial for Hedonites who worship the Prince of Pleasure as well as sentries in Kill Team, new Warcry fighters, and Crusade rules for falling to Chaos in Warhammer 40,000.
Black Library has a few releases. The Vincula Insurgency: Ghost Dossier 1 by Dan Abnett is getting a hardback, eBook, and audiobook release and you can get it in German too!
Two new characters have been revealed for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. Cado Ezechiar and Drekki Flynt are a bit different as the two are spinning out of Black Library books to the tabletop as opposed to starting their life on the tabletop and then getting books.
Cado Ezechiar has been featured in two short stories, star of the short stories Tower of Empty Mirrors and Beasts: The Road of the Hollow King. The vampire anti-hero is out searching for revenge.
He’ll star in his first novel soon. Be on the lookout for The Hollow King by John French.
Drekki Flynt is a Kharadron Overlord who’s picking up an axe for adventure. Drekki Flynt was featured in two short stories as well, The Lost Karak and Krenkha Gorogna. This pirate robs from the rich traveling to locales all across the Mortal Realms.
You’ll be able to find out more in Guy Haley‘s novel in The Arkanaut’s Oath which is coming soon.
After weeks of teases, next week sees the pre-order releases for Knights for both Chaos and the Imperium!
You’ll be able to get the Chaos Knights Army Set which allows for dozens of configurations as you build you machines of death. It’s the first place to get hold of the new Chaos Knights kits, the codex, and datacards. You can build a Knight Abominant as well as two War Dogs, great to reinforce your army or build a whole new one!
The codex is a special edition with a soft-touch cover. Also included are 50 datacards that feature generic stratagems for use by any Chaos Knight army, special stratagems for six individual Dread Houses, and six Warp Storm Discipline psychic powers. Also included is a transfer sheet with almost 600 decals!
This is your first chance to get this force, new rules, and models!
The Imperium isn’t outdone. You can get Codex: Imperial Knights too! The new codex features all the rules you need to get them to the tabletop plus all the background you need to build out your force. You can get a Collector’s edition which features a soft-touch cover, ribbon bookmark, and grand glit lettering, or get the regular edition.
You can also get Imperial Knights Datacards which help you keep track of Stratagems and Knightly teachings during battle. . Also included are cards for the Households-specific Stratagems for House Terryn, House Griffith, House Cadmus, House Hawkshroud, House Mortan, House Raven, House Taranis, House Krast, and House Vulker.
You’ll be able to build your Imperial Knights force with Knight Armigers and Knight Dominus. The Knight Armigers feature two shooty Helverins or a pair of up-close-and-personal Warglaives – or one of each! You could also corrupt them and turn them to the forces of Chaos.
The Knight Dominus kit will now let you build the enemy-incinerating Knight Valiant or the bombarding Knight Castellan. Or, corrupt it to serve the Dark Gods!
War Zone Nachmund: Rift War also arrives concluding the event story. The book includes new missions, new Crusade rules, and a War of Desperation campaign to wage across three distinct War Zones – plus a Codex Supplement for the Castellans of the Rift Chapter of Space Marines, and new Armies of Renown for the Warpmeld Pact and the Coteries of the Haemonculi. You can get a Collector’s Edition, featuring a soft-touch cover, a ribbon bookmark, fancy gilt lettering, or the hardback edition.
From Black Library comes the Khârn: Eater of Worlds Special Edition! The World Eaters are leaderless, their Primarch missing, and Khârn is in a coma. Will the Eighth Captain awaken in time to stop his Legion from tearing itself apart? This special edition is limited to 1,500 copies and faux leather cover, an introduction by author Anthony Reynolds, and the short story Chosen of Khorne.
You can also get it as an audiobook as well.
The Triumph of Saint Katherine by Danie Ware is coming as a hardback, ebook, and audiobook. On the world of Kiros, a young Battle Sister fights alongside the Ecclesiarchy’s most sacred procession, but the God-Emperor has bigger plans for her…
The Helwinter Gate by Chris Wraight sees Jarnhammer Pack alone and on a stolen spaceship. Can they restore their honor, and will they ever be allowed to return home to Fenris? You can get it as a paperback for the first time.
Covens of Blood is coming out as an audiobook. This novel weaves three stories together, telling the tales of three witch-aelves trying to achieve impossible tasks to prove their devotion to Khaine.
The Chronicles of Malus Darkblade: Volume Two follows the legendary druchii warrior Malus Darkblade on his adventures in the World-that-Was with this anthology, available in paperback and ebook.
Grim Repast (German) is getting a German release along with The Twice-Dead King: Reign (German).
Gaunt’s Ghosts: The Victory Part One (French) and Krieg (French) are getting French editions as well.
Next week’s pre-orders take us to Necromunda where the Ash Wastes open up. Take your games to the outdoors opening all new elements as you attempt to dominate the desert.
The Necromunda: Ash Wastes boxed set features two complete gangs. You get 10 Orlocks on foot and two Outrider Quads. There’s also the Ash Wastes Nomad gang which also includes the Dustback Helamite riders.
There’s also new multi-layered terrain for your fighters to do battle over and around.
The box features everything you need to play including tokens, cards, dice, templates, a playing mat, and an updated rule book featuring all the new rules to do battle in the Ash Wastes.
But that’s not all…
You can get the Ash Wastes Nomads, a deadly new gang that has emerged from the ash wastes. They seek vengeance against anyone that invades their lands. You get 14 heads, new weaponry, a perfect addition to build on your gang from the boxed set or start a new one.
Dustback Helamite Riders strike hard and past. They add hit-and-run options to gangs, allowing for a swift and deadly attack. You can build four riders with all the options you need to arm them.
Ash Waste Nomads Tactics Cards allow you to deploy cunning tactics for the gang. It comes with 18-gang-specific tactics and eight fighter cards to track stats, skills, and weapons.
Orlock Outrider Quads allow you to blast out into the ash wastes. They deliver heavy weapons choices mixed with speed. Start a biker gang or expand what you get from the new boxed set.
Orlock Vehicle Gang Tactics Cards help you pull off vehicular gambits in battle. There are also eight blank fighter cards to track your mounted House of Iron.
The Carta Galactica: The Western Hemisphere of Necromunda map will allow you to find your way around the ash wastes. The map shows where all the great hives are and the road that connects them.
Forge World also is in on the action with the Orlock Upgrades. It features alternate heads, water bottles, and backpacks. Perfect to upgrade your gang to survive in the ash wastes.
Black Library is not to be outdone.
Huron Blackheart: Master of the Maelstrom has the infamous Huron Blackheart facing a challenge to his authority from within. The book will be available as a limited edition version signed by the author and upgraded with soft-touch cover, full-color artwork, and red page edging. It’s limited to 2,000 copies. The book will also be available in hardback, audiobook, and ebook.
The Imperial Infantryman’s Handbook is back! It’s the ultimate guide to the Astra Militarum with advice on everything delivering a satirical look into the life of the Guard.
Penitent is book two in the Bequin series, now in paperback. Written by Dan Abnett, will Alizebeth Bequin stand with the Inquisition, and if she does, will she follow the ruthless Ravenor or the heretic Eisenhorn?
Gloomspite arrives in audiobook. Skragrott the Loonking leads the Glomspite Gitz to the city of Draconium as he follows the Bad Moon. Can the human defenders hold back the endless swarm of grots?
Discover the fearless exploits of the Adeptus Astartes—the elite Space Marines of the Warhammer 40,000 universe—in this collection of novels and fiction from Black Library! This galaxy-spanning bundle gathers war stories of Chapters and squads from across the Imperium, charged with defending humanity against the relentless forces of Chaos. Explore the grim darkness of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, and support EveryLibrary with your purchase!
Blood Bowl is the highlight for next week’s pre-orders from Games Workshop and Forge World.
The Norsca Rampagers are coming. The Blood Bowl team is an update to the classic Norse with new positionals and more! Though Berserkers, frenzied Ulfwerners punch holes in the opposition while the Valkyries score! Then there’s Beer Boars who give the team a mid-match pick-me-up.
You’ll need rules and that’s where Spike! Magazine 14 comes in. There are hints, tips, background, and lore to play the team in Blood Bowl and Dungeon Bowl!
You can enhance your games with the Norse Team Card Pack as well as the Norse Team Dice. There’s also the Norse Pitch and Dugout which is double-sided and brings games home to the frozen lands. There’s special rules for playing on an icy surface!
What’s a team without Star Players and Big Guys? Forge World has you covered!
The Yhetee adds more punching power to your team.
Skrorg Snowpelt is a bit more stylish, looking good while ripping the arms off of opposing players. He can inspire your team and pump up the crowds.
Thorsson Stoutmead has an arm on him. It’s good for throwing barrels of beer at opposing players.
Ivar Eriksson comes with Block, Guard, and Tackle which will absolutely come in handy for games.
The Yhetee is a big guy for Norse teams but the three Star Players can also be fielded by Dwarf, Halfling, Imperial Nobility, Old World Alliance, and Ogre teams.
Black Library also has releases for fans.
Bequin: Pariah gets a hardback edition. Book One of the Bequin series gets the special edition treatment, wrapped in a luxury hardback package with sumptuous tarot-style cover art. Signed and with an introduction by Dan Abnett, the edition is limited to 2,000 copies.
Sigismund: The Eternal Crusader by John French is the third book in the Horus Heresy Character Series. It arrives in hardback, eBook, and MP3.
Traitor Rock by Justin D. Hill sees Minka Lesk and the Cadian 101st fighting a meat-grinder mission that threatens to devour them.
McFarlane Toys gets a slew of releases. The artist’s proof Ymgarl Genestealer will be available from Warhammer stores in North America and from games-workshop.com – while the Ork Big Mek and the Primaris Reiver with Grapnel Launcher will be available from games-workshop.com and in selected North American Warhammer stores.
Five more McFarlane models are available on the same date – but only from the Los Angeles and Dallas Warhammer stores. These are all supplied ready-painted. Choose from a Genestealer, a Primaris Reiver, a Big Mek, and two Meganobs, one with a buzzsaw and the other a shoota.
There’s also an Adepta Sororitas print that’ll be available from selected Warhammer stories that features John Blanche artwork.
After weeks of teasing, the Tyranids are coming! The release of the army is the highlight for Games Workshop’s pre-orders next week.
You’ll need to get the new Codex: Tyranids which features all of the updated rules you’ll need to build your swarm. The book features 128-pages and is available in a regular and Collector’s Edition.
With a new codex comes a new miniature in the Parasite of Mortex. The bat-winged horror attacks the enemy with its razor-sharp claws but it’s the ovipositor tail you need to watch out for.
If you need a quick way to build your force, there’s the Combat Patrol: Tyranids. The box features 36 Termagants, a Hive Tyrant, three Tyranid Warriors, and three Ripper Swarms for about 25 Power Level’s worth of miniatures.
You can show off your dedication to the swarm with Tyranids Datacards and Dice Sets.
Space Marines get some reinforcements with some classic models that’ll be available Made to Order. You can get these Space Marine Captains to add to your force.
For Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, head to Thondia!
Season of War: Thondiacontains rules for playing in the savage lands in open, narrative, and matched play. There’s also the terrifying incarnation of Ghur itself – the Krondspine Incarnate! The book is available in a regular and a limited edition version.
Realmscape: Thondian Strongpoint arrives delivering more scenery and terrain for the tabletop.
You might need a board to play on and Realmscape: Thondian Expanse has you covered. The fold-out double-sided board takes you to the wind-swept heartlands. Get multiple boards for bigger games! One side features cracked, red earth littered with bones while the other is a dark and gloomy marsh.
Head to Middle-Earth with more classic miniatures celebrating 20 years!
One of the earliest releases for the game, The Fellowship of the Ring gathers once again! This set of nine models is a classic.
Another classic is The Battle at Khazad-dûm allowing you to re-enact the iconic scene. You get the Balrog and Gandalf in this set.
Escape from Orthanc features Gandalf, the great eagle Gwaihir, the sought-after Palantir, and Saruman.
Attack at Weathertop has the Ringwraiths attacking the hobbits in this set of ten miniatures that includes Aragorn, the Witch-King of Angmar, and a tiny fireplace.
Wrapping things up is the Ambush at Amon Hen recreating this key moment. Here’s your opportunity to get Boromir with arrows sticking out!
White Dwarf 475 is coming with updated rules for Kharadron Overlords, info on Thondia, and so much more!
Black Library won’t be outdone. You can get Classic Inferno! 46 via print on demand. It features Dan Abnett, CS Goto, Nathan Long, and CL Werner.
Titanicus by Dan Abnett arrives in MP3 audiobook.
Graham McNeill‘s Lord of Mars also arrives in MP3.