Games Workshop is keeping up the Squat reveals for Warhammer 40K and Necromunda! After the Squat Prospector gang, we now get to see more of what they’re bringing to the Ash Wastes! Joining the gang is the Vartijan Exo-Driller!
The exo-armor was designed for hostile environments, so perfect for the ash wastes. Now with heavy weapons and defense, they’re helping take on the hostiles trying also to claim dig sites.
Aside from its piston-powered pulverizing fist and seismic crusher, the suit’s also armed with a heavy flamer – which can be replaced with a heavy bolter.
The Vartijan Exo-Driller is a Brute exclusively available to Ironhead Squat Prospectors You can find rules in the upcoming Book of the Outlands!
Wizards of the Coast revealed a lot of what’s coming soon for Magic: The Gathering and we’re excited for the collaboration with Games Workshop. Yes, Warhammer 40,000, Age of Sigmar, and Blood Bowl are all coming to Magic: The Gathering!
The two games combined with four 100-card Commander decks and three Secret Lair drops. But, you’ll also be able to use those cards in Commander, Legacy, and Vintage.
As part of Magic: The Gathering’s “Universes Beyond” the four commander decks are:
Tyranid Swarm (green-blue-red)
Forces of the Imperium (white-blue-black)
Necron Dynasties (mono-black)
The Ruinous Powers (blue-black-red)
There’s a regular edition and “Collector’s Edition” which comes fully foiled with never-before-seen special surge foil.
The three Secret Lair drops go further into the worlds of Games Workshop:
Secret Lair x Warhammer 40,000: Orks
Secret Lair x Warhammer Age of Sigmar
Secret Lair x Blood Bowl
Previews of the cards begin on July 26 with the Secret Lair Drop running from August 12-22. A worldwide release for the set is August 12 with the Launch Weekend Event taking place August 12-14.
With the announcement, we also got the first previews of cards being released.
Since the commander format is all about legendary creatures and big plays, it should be no surprise that Abaddon, the Despoiler is getting a card. He’s the “face” of “The Ruinous Powers” deck.
You’ll scream your loyalty to Khorn with Blood for the Blood God! Appropriately the cost to cast the card drops the more things die on the battlefield.
Space Marine Vanguard Suppressors are a 3/2 creature and allows you to create a squad of them when the creature enters the battlefield through the token-related mechanic “Squad”.
The promo card Fabricate can be yours if you go to your local game store on launch day. The card features Belisarius Cawl and allows you to search your library for an artifact card and put it in your hand.
With The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness releasing next month, Games Workshop has been revealing many of the releases we’ll be seeing for the game. Some are plastic takes on formerly resin kits. The latest reveal is the Sicaran!
Designed by Roboute Guilliman and Ferrus Manus, the Sicaran is a high-speed destroyer tank. It’s a complement to the Predator and Land Raider. With its speed it can outflank the enemy’s slower vehicles attacking weaker armor.
The plastic kit comes with a giant autocannon, and your choice of heavy bolters, lascannons, heavy flamer, or volkite culverins as sponson weapons. There’s also a choice of combi-weapons, a havoc launcher, a multi-melta, a heavy bolter, or a heavy flamer as a pintle-mounted weapon.
Even better, the tank can be used in games of The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness as well as Warhammer 40K for both Space Marine and Chaos Space Marine forces. Expect this to be a popular kit when released!
Chaos is coming with a whole new codex and a lot of new miniatures to help burn the galaxy! To help you crush the loyalist scum, a brand new Combat Patrol: Chaos Space Marines is one the way.
A Dark Apostle and his two Dark Disciples lead the way and delivering blessings to your Core force.
Joining him is a squad of Legionairies which will feature a variety of wargear allowing you to be flexible for your playstyle. Also included are Havocs delivering death from a distance as heavy support. Finally, a Helbrute backs them up with an array of weaponry.
It all comes together for a base force of (currently) 745+ points.
While none of the miniatures look new, there’s about $218 worth of miniatures in the box and the new Combat Patrol boxes have retailed for about $150. It’s a nice base of miniatures to get started with and broad enough to be able to be used in multiple legions. Overall, it’ll be interesting to see how the set fits into the upcoming codex.
After a weekend of massive reveals for the upcoming The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness, Games Workshop kicks off the week with a bit more.
Lucius is known as the Faultless Blade, and you’ll be able to field him for your Emperor’s Children army. Lucius was known for his abilities in personal combat… plus his arrogant attitude. He saw the Horus Heresy as a way to test himself against other legions.
His close combat abilities will have you using him to seek out other enemy characters and challenging them in battle.
Check out the miniature featuring his ornate artificer armor and Blade of Laer!
The weekend’s reveals were focused on what’s launching with the game (or soon after) but what about down the road? While the initial announcements covered loyal and traitor Space Marine forces, that’s not all you’ll be able to play with.
Factions like the Mechanicum, the Solar Auxilia, and the Talons of the Emperor will be joining them very soon and that includes full Knight armies.
Each major faction will receive their own books but to start a Legacies of the Age of Darkness PDF will be made available for free to get players going. That will include rules for discontinued models. Current players will then be able to join in on the new edition as soon as possible!
Games Workshop has revealed a new battlebox featuring Skaven and Sylvaneth…. Echoes of Doom! The new box set features many of the new miniatures revealed this past weekend during Warhammer Fest.
The box set is everything you need to battle it out with these two armies including miniatures, tokens, core rules, warscroll cards, and transfers. There’s also a supplement to get your narrative play on.
New miniatures include Grey Seer Skrittat, Lady of Vines, and Gossamid Archers!
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!
The Horus Heresy is going mainstream with a brand-new box set launching in June. On the final day of Warhammer Fest 2022, Games Workshop shined the spotlight on the anticipated game with lots of reveals as to what’s to come.
The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness box set is packed with enough for two players to start or can be all used by one to build their legion! It’s packed with 40 Space Marine Legionairies in Mark VI Power Armour. This is the core of any army and even more important in this edition.
To lead them are two Praetors who are as decadent as you’d expect for the time.
The Contemptor Dreadnought brings heavy support and comes with loads of weapons and the ability to position it the way you want.
How about a Spartan, which is able to transport 26 Space Marines in power armour. The first time in plastic, it’s armed with lascannons to destroy the enemy.
The Spartan was originally designed to get Terminators into battle. The set also features 10 of them in Cataphractii plate!
The box set also feature templates, measuring sticks, dice, and a new rulebook!
All of that will cost less than £200 or $300 (US) when it launches.
Also revealed are the first two Legion Astartes army books. One will be for Loyalists while the other for the Traitor Legions.
The Liber Astartes book features profiles for shared units, weapons, special weapons, and guides to build your forces.
Liber Hereticus contains rules for all nine Traitor Legions, including Rites of War, Primarchs, Legion-specific units and wargear. If you’re of a more Loyalist bent, the Liber Astartes contains the same for the nine Loyalist Legions.
Each faction will get its own book in the future, so this is just the beginning!
If you want to build out your force, you’ll be able to get the Mark VI Tactical Squad on its own. The box features 20 Space Marines so you can make two 10-man squads or one giant 20-man squad!
If you like the look of other armor, you’ll be able to get Mark III and Mark IV Tactical Squads, each also featuring units of 20!
Geigor Fell-hand and Azhek Ahriman were originally released in the Burning of Prospero box set and they’ll now be available on their own for the first time with rules in their respective Liber Astartes books!
In one of the more intriguing announcements, Games Workshop has revealed new weapon upgrade kits. You’ll be able to turn your Tactical Squads into Tactical Support or Legion Heavy Support Squads.
The Special Weapons upgrade set contains 10 meltaguns, 10 plasma guns, 10 volkite calivers, 10 volkite chargers, 10 flamers, and 10 rotor cannons.
There’s an upgrade kit containing 10 heavy bolters and 10 missile launchers.
There’s also a kit featuring 10 plasma cannons, 10 heavy flamers, and 10 multi-meltas.
Finally, there’s a kit featuring 10 volkite culverins, 10 lascannons, and 10 autocannons.
Those looking for bits even for their 40K forces will be picking these up!
Speaking of use in 40K… the Deimos-pattern Rhino is an update to the classic Rhino kit back from Rogue Trader days. The kit features lots of options like pintle-mounted weapons and wargear. They can be taken by any legion and is similar to the Rhino from Forge World. Expect this to be a hot kit for both games.
Speaking of tanks, the Kratos is getting a plastic kit as well. It has loads of options to blast away the enemy including a battlecannon, volkite cardanelle, or melta blast-gun.
You’ll also be able to explore the world of the Horus Heresy with new books from Black Library.
Lupercal’s War contains 21 stories from some of the most prominent authors including Dan Abnett, Graham McNeil, and John French.
Cthonia’s Reckoning is an anthology of brand-new lore. As Horus is off trying to capture Terra, you’ll discover what is happening on his homeworld of Cthonia.
Rogal Dorn: The Emperor’s Crusader by Gav Thorpe expands the Primarch’s story as Dorn is tasked with expanding the Great Crusade by his immortal father.
Squats, yes Squats are heading into the Ash Wastes for Necromunda. During Warhammer Fest 2022, the Ironhead Squat Prospectors were revealed! These tough miners defend themselves in the ash wastes as they attempt to dig up treasure.
These Squats are distant relatives to the Leagues of Votann and look like a mix between the classic figures and the upcoming new army.
They’ll be armed with all sorts of equipment like boltguns, heavy stubbers, stone burners, and power hammers!
You’ll find their rules in the upcoming Book of the Outlands. It’s your guide to the Ash Wastes with rules for Prospectors, expanded rules for Ash Waste Nomad war parties, Orlocks, and vehicle rules! Can you say Squat Landtrain.. we mean Cargo-8 Ridgehauler! Alos, Rigerunners, Wolfquads, and Rockgrinders!