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Games Workshop This Week: Eldritch Omens Arrives with Aeldari vs. Chaos

It’s a pretty light week for Games Workshop pre-orders after a pretty busy start to 2022. Warhammer 40,000 gets the big release with “Eldritch Omens“. “Eldritch Omens” is the latest campaign box that pits Aeldari against Chaos with lots of new miniatures.

The Aeldari half is commanded by the new multi-part Autarch, five new Rangers, and three brand-new Shroud Runners.

Chaos delivers a Warpsmith, five new Chosen, and a Forgefiend.

The box set also has a 32-page booklet with datasheet, narrative missions, and a new Theatre of WAr to play out the battle in. There are also 700 transfers split between the two forces.

The box set ties into the current Nachmund season of Warhammer 40,000 so works as a nice hook for those focused on that narrative campaign.

The box set has a pre-order promise, so if it’s ordered at any point during the weekend, you’re guaranteed to receive a copy.

Purchase: Games Workshop – $199 — Flipside Gaming – $169.15

Black Library has a release with Pariah. Written by Dan Abnett, Pariah finds Alizebeth Bequin caught between two former allies – Gregor Eisenhorn and Gideon Ravenor.

It’s the first entry in the Bequin series.

Purchase: Games Workshop – $16 — Flipside Gaming – $16

Pariah

Marvel’s Sisters of Battle comic series wraps up with issue #5 and an exclusive cover only available through Games Workshop.

Purchase: Games Workshop – $4.99

Marvel's Sisters of Battle

Games Workshop Next Week: Eldritch Omens Arrives with Aeldari vs. Chaos

It’s a pretty light week for Games Workshop pre-orders after a pretty busy start to 2022. Warhammer 40,000 gets the big release with “Eldritch Omens“. “Eldritch Omens” is the latest campaign box that pits Aeldari against Chaos with lots of new miniatures.

The Aeldari half is commanded by the new multi-part Autarch, five new Rangers, and three brand-new Shroud Runners.

Chaos delivers a Warpsmith, five new Chosen, and a Forgefiend.

The box set also has a 32-page booklet with datasheet, narrative missions, and a new Theatre of WAr to play out the battle in. There are also 700 transfers split between the two forces.

The box set ties into the current Nachmund season of Warhammer 40,000 so works as a nice hook for those focused on that narrative campaign.

The box set has a pre-order promise, so if it’s ordered at any point during the weekend, you’re guaranteed to receive a copy.

Black Library has a release with Pariah. Written by Dan Abnett, Pariah finds Alizebeth Bequin caught between two former allies – Gregor Eisenhorn and Gideon Ravenor.

It’s the first entry in the Bequin series.

Pariah

Marvel’s Sisters of Battle comic series wraps up with issue #5 and an exclusive cover only available through Games Workshop.

Marvel's Sisters of Battle

Review: Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #5

Games Workshop‘s world of Warhammer 40,000 comes to Marvel comics! Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #5 has the Sisters of Battle knowing what needs to be done… purge the heretic!

Story: Torunn Grønbekk
Art: Edgar Salazar
Color: Arif Prianto
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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Review: Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #4

Games Workshop’s world of Warhammer 40,000 comes to Marvel comics! Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #4 has the Sisters of Battle come face to face with the Inquisitor’s Acolyte they’ve been looking for.

Story: Torunn Grønbekk
Art: Edgar Salazar
Color: Arif Prianto
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #4

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #4

Veridyan and her squad of Sisters of Battle learn the story and fate of the Inquisitorial Acolyte, but this doesn’t necessarily equal mission accomplished. Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #4 ups the action and scale of the story as the mission heads towards completion and the assault on Siscia begins!

Torunn Grønbekk has put together quite an issue with Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #4. The first three have done a solid job building up to this point where most of the cards are laid out on the table and we get an idea of the threat and scale of what’s ahead of the squad. There’s some solid action film tropes thrown in the comic but each moment makes the squad more and more badass as they attempt to complete their mission.

Grønbekk has done a fantastic job of balancing the details of the Sisters of Battle with making the comic accessible to new readers. This issue keeps the highlights on the faith in the Emperor that drives the Sisters of Battle and how this isn’t an issue about any one character. Many of them get their moments and throughout they whispers their prayers as their bolter shells fly. It’s this focus on details that create the solid atmosphere of the comic and really captures the spirit of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. We also get a bit of classic horror as well once it’s revealed as to where the “big bad” is, leading to expectations to come as the assault on the planet really begins and things ramp up (or down with Repentia).

The art by Edgar Salazar is the best it’s been in the series. There’s some fantastic panels and pages where the detailed nature of the Sister’s armor stands out. The forces the face are also littered with small details that give each character so much personality. Every visual detail adds to the world and enhances the story. Salazar is joined by Arif Prianto on color who does a solid job of balancing the grimdark and Clayton Cowles lettering gives such personality to the characters and moments. The prayers of the Sisters are handled so well as an example.

Story: Torunn Grønbekk Art: Edgar Salazar
Color: Arif Prianto Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #4 (of 5)

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #4 (of 5)

(W) Torunn Gronbekk (A) Edgar Salazar (CA) Dave Wilkins (VCA) Games Workshop
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VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE!
• The Sisters learn the story and fate of the Inquisitorial Acolyte, but this doesn’t necessarily equal mission accomplished…
• And: a discovery of the nature of SISCIA will require a drastic battleplan that will change the face of the planet forever!
• Chaos runs deep!

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #4 (of 5)

Exclusive: Torunn Grønbekk Discusses Faith and Sisterhood in Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle. Plus a Preview of Issue 4

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #4

The world of Games Workshop‘s Warhammer 40,000 has come to Marvel Comics! The second series, written by Torunn Grønbekk with art by Edgar Salazar, finds a squad of Adepta Sororitas, aka Sisters of Battle, on a mission and surrounded by the corruption of Chaos.

I got to ask Torunn about her own history with Warhammer 40,000 and what it’s like to work with Games Workshop and write for the Sisters of Battle.

Graphic Policy: What was your experience with Games Workshop before working on Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle? Have you played any of their games?

Torunn Grønbekk: I got into Warhammer back in the Fantasy days (…20 years ago!) It took me a while to discover the glory of Warhammer 40,000, but after reading up on the lore before painting some Warhammer 40,000 minis for a friend, I was hooked.

– Nowadays, I tend to paint more than I play, but I’ve still got my Sisters of Battle army.

GP: The first edition rulebook of Warhammer 40,000 is almost 35 years old, and there’s so much rich history of the world. Is it overwhelming diving into a project like this?

TG: I’d say it’s more inspirational than overwhelming. There’s, of course, a massive amount of lore to get lost in, but I had a fairly good understanding of the universe when I came on board this project. More often than not, taking a deep dive into researching very specific details would spark new ideas, so I wouldn’t have wanted to be without those side quests for sure.

GP: What type of research goes into a project like this?

TG: The extensive kind. Once I had the general idea in place, I needed to make sure if and how what I had in mind would work. Even the smallest detail needed to be researched and considered. For example, one of the characters is a Sister Dialogus who is on the mission specifically to record and translate ancient symbols carved into the walls of the underground city. Now, I knew they have pict-recorders, but are they readily available? Would they actually be used for something like this? Would it perhaps be built into a cherub that silently and creepily followed the squad, recording everything? (The latter being my favorite option, but it would also mean explaining it, drawing more attention to this specific plot point than was necessary — and of course, it would be one more element for Edgar to draw on almost every page) In the end, and after a ton of research, I opted to equip Sister Heda with plenty of war gear, haughty righteousness, and a notebook instead.

Another important thing was to verify the things I thought I knew to make sure my subjective understanding of the universe was both objectively correct and up-to-date. Like for most people, my knowledge of the lore comes from a mishmash of sources: what I read and play, my friends, the codexes, Black Library books etc. An excellent foundation, but not all sources are created equal, and I needed to make sure I got everything right. That meant a lot of re-reading of the codexes, checking sources online, and if all else failed: asking Games Workshop directly.

GP: What has stood out to you about this force and their history?

TG: Pipe organ tank!!! (I joke, but not really.)

Despite being a staunch atheist, it was this idea of faith I first found truly fascinating about the Sisterhood. And, let’s face it, they are just so damn cool. They are well-considered in every possible way, and I find the miniatures utterly delightful. The first time I saw an Exorcist, I squealed.

GP: Something that has stood out to me is the focus of the squad with this series. The previous series was very much about Marneus and his history. Canoness Veridyan is part of the story, but it comes off as she’s a part of a squad, not the center of attention. Was the shift to pulling the focus away from an individual on purpose?

TG: Very much so. I wanted to write a story that rang true to people familiar with The Sisters and the lore, but also one that works as an introduction to The Sisters for those who aren’t. Focusing on the sisterhood, following one squad, and how they worked together seemed more appropriate than singling out one specific Sister. Canoness Veridyan is a great character in her own right, but she is first and foremost a commander in The Order Militant. If you want to get to know her, I believe the best approach is to see how she leads and puts her trust in her squad.

GP: There’s also a very interesting change in that the previous series was very open in its settings while this is very claustrophobic in tunnels underground. Was that intentional?

TG: Absolutely! The tunnels serve a practical function, too: I wanted the squad cut off from the rest of the army, which meant sending them somewhere the Sister’s Vox just couldn’t reach.

It also lends itself well to worldbuilding. Civilian life in Warhammer 40,000 is always interesting (if, y’know, dire), and though we focus mostly on the Sisters and the cult, my goal was to make the underground city a place that felt lived in. I spent a lot of time figuring out how the population would spend its days, what kind of work they do, what they eat, how they worship, and it all began with the architecture of the underground city. (Not all of that makes it into the comic, of course, but some things do, like the giant mirror relay system that transports light from the surface down throughout the city. The idea was that this population that rarely, if ever, sees daylight would find the blinding Emperor’s light transporting – much more a religious experience than, say, a sermon. That fact that we could use it to blind some heretics before killing them was just the icing on the cake.)

GP: Chaos has corrupted the planet Siscia. Was there ever a discussion about another enemy or was it always Chaos? Genestealer Cults feel like they’d work well with this story as well.

TG: Certainly! Genestealer cults were actually very much on the table (so to speak), but as I worked through how I wanted things to play out, how much space we had available to tell the story etc, Chaos ended up as a better choice.

GP: There’s been a lot about the Sister’s faith in the Emperor. It’s absolutely something that makes them stand out from other forces of the Imperium. Was that something you really wanted to highlight through the story?

TG: Definitely. The Sister’s faith is such an integral part of their characters and history, it wouldn’t have been possible to do a story focused around them without prominently featuring their faith. There are no doubting sisters, no agnostics, no “I’m more spiritual than religious” sisters. Their faith is their most prized possession. This fanaticism is partly what I think makes them great, and in some ways, believable. I’ve tried to lean into it as much as possible, as it explains both their tactics and their behavior on the battlefield. I’ve also tried to feature and touch on things like The Repentia, faith healing, and other of the more quirky yet powerful sides of their faith.

GP: What’s it like working with the Games Workshop team? What’s their input on the comic series?

TG: It’s been great! They’ve been extremely helpful during the entire process, from finding correct references to going over the scripts and pages to make sure everything holds up. 

GP: What has surprised you the most while working on this series?

TG: I’m not sure surprised is the correct word, but more… continually amazed by the wealth and depth of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. I’ve always been struck by the imagination and delight that’s gone into the miniatures and the level of detail you find in both the characters and the lore. (It’s one of my favorite things about painting minis – figuring out what all the little details are, who the character is and what that mean-looking weapon does.) I quickly found that same attention to detail in all the other aspects of the universe, too. Nothing is easy or straightforward in Warhammer 40,000, but that’s in part what makes it work so well. Take something like time; it would be impossible to make a universal time system that would work for all the star systems and worlds across the universe and still feel authentic, so they didn’t. Instead, we get the opportunity to make a time system that would make sense locally, which, though difficult, adds to the worldbuilding.

Warcry, Blood Bowl, Necromunda, and 40K are All Available for this Week’s Pre-Orders from Games Workshop

It feels like a week where there’s something for everyone when it comes to the upcoming pre-orders from Games Workshop. So many different games are represented including the beginning of the reveals from Warhammer Day.

Celebrate the festive season with this limited edition model of Da Red Gobbo and Bounca. You can get it directly from Games Workshop for $35 or $29.75 and up from ebay shops.

Da Red Gobbo and Bounca

Warcry: Red Harvest is here with two new warbands, new terrain, and everything you need to start playing. You can pick from the Tarantulos Brood or the Darkoath Savagers to do battle. New rules allow you to activate machinery and push enemy fighters to their doom in molten pits!

Along with 23 plastic Citadel Miniatures and 28 terrain pieces, the box also includes rules, a board, cards, token, and dice – everything you need to begin your conquest of the Eightpoints. It’s available from Games Workshop for $210.

Warcry: Red Harvest

The Octarius campaign continues for Warhammer 40,000. War Zone Octarius Book 2: Critical Mass will be available delivering the conclusion to the epic conflict.

The book contains a codex supplement for the Blood Axes, updated Index rules for Rogue Trader crews, a Speed Freeks Army of Renown, and rules for embarking on an Octarius Sector Campaign with new Legendary missions, branching mission trees, and powerful Crusade relics up for grabs. There’s also rules for looted vehicles in Ork Crusade armies!

You can get it in a collector’s edition for $80 or the standard edition for $50 directly from Games Workshop. The standard edition is available for $42.50 from ebay shops.

War Zone Octarius Book 2: Critical Mass

Also coming is a new Crusade mission pack, Catastrophe. This release introduces Treachery and Honour system which offers new ways to play multiplayer games. Included are 21 new missions (six each for Combat Patrol, Incursion, and Strike Force-sized games, and three for Onslaught games), along with a host of bespoke Stratagems, Battle Traits, and Agendas. It also includes the new Underdog system, which can help you grasp victory from the jaws of certain defeat. It’s available for $40 from Games Workshop. You can find it for $34 and up from ebay shops.

Crusade mission pack Catastrophe

Finally, you can get a pack of dice in dark green with an Inquisitorial rosette and xenos skull. The dice are available from Games Workshop for $35.

Finally, Warhammer 40,000 Sisters of Battle #3 is out from Marvel. The issue features an exclusive cover only available from Games Workshop. It’s available for $4.99 directly from Games Workshop.

Cawdor get the focus in Necromunda. You’ll be able to get the Cawdor Weapons and Upgrade kit which is compatible with the Cawdor gang and features 14 alternate weapons. Also included are 10 heads to personalize your gang. You can get the pack for $25 from Games Workshop.

 Cawdor Weapons and Upgrade kit

Blood for the blood god. Skulls for the skull throne! Khorne comes to Blood Bowl with the Skull-Tribe Slaughterers. You can get the team for $40 from Games Workshop.

Blood Bowl

Spike! Journal 13 unleashes all of this with the background and history of Khorne teams in Blood Bowl. It has all the rules for fielding your new players along with sample rosters and more! The Spike! is available for $15.

Spike! Journal 13

You’ll need a proper pitch, dice, and card pack to show your allegiance to Khorne. You can get all of these as well giving you some home-field advantage. The pitch is $47, the cards are $27, and the dice are $18.

Black Library has some new releases starting with the next chapter in the Dawn of Fire series. Dawn of Fire III: Wolftime has Logan Grimnar and his Chapter attempting to stem the tide of rampaging Orks led by Ghazghkull himself!

You can get this book in a special edition limited to 2,000 copies that has a debossed leather-effect cover, foil blocking, and an additional short story, as well as signed by the author. The limited edition version is $75.

Dawn of Fire III: Wolftime

You’ll also be able to get The Wolftime as a paperback, epub, or audiobook as well. The paperback version is $16.

The Wolftime

Da Gobbo’s Revenge is a hardback book available for $8.99. The lowliest of ork society throws off the yoke of oppression in this novella from Mark Brooks.

Da Gobbo's Revenge

Warcry, Blood Bowl, Necromunda, and 40K are All Up for Next Week’s Pre-Orders from Games Workshop

It feels like a week where there’s something for everyone when it comes to the upcoming pre-orders from Games Workshop. So many different games are represented including the beginning of the reveals from Warhammer Day.

Warcry: Red Harvest is here with two new warbands, new terrain, and everything you need to start playing. You can pick from the Tarantulos Brood or the Darkoath Savagers to do battle. New rules allow you to activate machinery and push enemy fighters to their doom in molten pits!

Along with 23 plastic Citadel Miniatures and 28 terrain pieces, the box also includes rules, a board, cards, token, and dice – everything you need to begin your conquest of the Eightpoints.

Warcry: Red Harvest

The Octarius campaign continues for Warhammer 40,000. War Zone Octarius Book 2: Critical Mass will be available delivering the conclusion to the epic conflict.

The book contains a codex supplement for the Blood Axes, updated Index rules for Rogue Trader crews, a Speed Freeks Army of Renown, and rules for embarking on an Octarius Sector Campaign with new Legendary missions, branching mission trees, and powerful Crusade relics up for grabs. There’s also rules for looted vehicles in Ork Crusade armies!

You can get it in a collector’s edition or the standard edition.

War Zone Octarius Book 2: Critical Mass

Also coming is a new Crusade mission pack, Catastrophe. This release introduces Treachery and Honour system which offers new ways to play multiplayer games. Included are 21 new missions (six each for Combat Patrol, Incursion, and Strike Force-sized games, and three for Onslaught games), along with a host of bespoke Stratagems, Battle Traits, and Agendas. It also includes the new Underdog system, which can help you grasp victory from the jaws of certain defeat.

Crusade mission pack Catastrophe

Finally, you can get a pack of dice in dark green with an Inquisitorial rosette and xenos skull.

Finally, Warhammer 40,000 Sisters of Battle #3 is out from Marvel. The issue features an exclusive cover only available from Games Workshop.

Cawdor get the focus in Necromunda. You’ll be able to get the Cawdor Weapons and Upgrade kit which is compatible with the Cawdor gang and features 14 alternate weapons. Also included are 10 heads to personalize your gang.

 Cawdor Weapons and Upgrade kit

Cawdor gangs also get the Stig Shambler. This brute adds some heavy-hitting power to gangs. You can equip either a twin-linked heavy stubber or a heavy flamer to take on rival gangs.

Stig Shambler

Also coming is Klovis the Redeemer and his Deacon Malakev. Cut through the faithless with a master-crafted eviscerator. He’ll fire up your gang and cut through the others.

Klovis the Redeemer and his Deacon Malakev

How about some birds? Sheen Birds are a nuisance to the enemy with their beaks and claws. They can fly around to easily get to the enemy and make sure no one is safe no matter high up they’re hiding.

Sheen Birds

Blood for the blood god. Skulls for the skull throne! Khorne comes to Blood Bowl with the Skull-Tribe Slaughterers.

Blood Bowl

There will also be a booster pack from Forge World for you to add some variety to your team! It features two alternate sculpts for Bloodborn Marauder Linemen and two alternate Khorngors.

Forge World Khorne Booster Pack

And even more carnage is coming! Two Khornate Star Players, Max Spleenripper and Scyla Anfingrimm, are coming to the pitch!

Finally, you can add even more brute strength to your Khorne team with the Khorne Bloodspawn. This is for when you want to cause absolute havoc on the field.

Khorne Bloodspawn

Spike! Journal 13 unleashes all of this with the background and history of Khorne teams in Blood Bowl. It has all the rules for fielding your new players along with sample rosters and more!

Spike! Journal 13

You’ll need a proper pitch, dice, and card pack to show your allegiance to Khorne. You can get all of these as well giving you some home-field advantage.

Black Library has some new releases starting with the next chapter in the Dawn of Fire series. Dawn of Fire III: Wolftime has Logan Grimnar and his Chapter attempting to stem the tide of rampaging Orks led by Ghazghkull himself!

You can get this book in a special edition limited to 2,000 copies that has a debossed leather-effect cover, foil blocking, and an additional short story, as well as signed by the author.

Dawn of Fire III: Wolftime

You’ll also be able to get The Wolftime as a paperback, epub, or audiobook as well.

The Wolftime

Also coming from Black Library is this year’s Black Library Advent calendar. Count down the days to Christmas with 25 beautiful A3 art prints of Black Library covers.

Head to Harrowdeep and War Zone Octarius in Next Week’s Games Workshop Pre-Orders

Games Workshop has revealed next week’s pre-orders and it’s a mix of fantasy and future!

Warhammer Underworlds: Harrowdeep is here with a whole new box set featuring two new warbands. The shadow realm of Ulgu is a murky place at the best of times, and it takes brave souls indeed to journey into the dark fastness beneath the Shadow Sea in search of spoils and glory. Enter the terrifying labyrinth known as Harrowdeep.

The box set features new universal cards, new Grand Alliance cards, cards for Order, Chaos, Death, and Destruction warbands, and more. There are also new mechanics like Gloom tokens which hide objectives from view.

There are also two new warbands, the Thunderstrike-armoured Stormcast Eternals, Xandire’s Truthseekers, and Kruleboyz, Da Kunnin’ Krew.

If you order the set through the Games Workshop website, you’ll also get a set of acrylic objective tokens while supplies last.

Head to the Octarius sector with War Zone Octarius Book 1: Rising Tide. Inquisitor Kryptmann’s meddling has brought Hive Fleet Leviathan into the heart of a colossal Ork empire. Tyranids will feature new synaptic abilities, while Cadia’s remaining regiments are marshaled.

War Zone Octarius Book 1: Rising Tide

Octarius Mission Pack: Containment sees the return of deadly Planetstrike missions to Warhammer 40,000. It features 21 narrative play scenarios for Crusade campaigns.

Octarius Mission Pack: Containment

And what’s a game without dice!? Get these new dice featuring the sigil of Ordo Xenos!

Ordo Xenos Dice

Forge World has some releases as well!

Sons of Horus Legion Praetors lead the disciplined armies of the Warmaster into combat. They’re exceptional commanders who have no problem leading from the front.

Sons of Horus Legion Praetors

Legion Mk IV Destroyer Squad shoulder the burden of having to wield grotesque weapons. Rad weapons, phosphex bombs, and even worse are among their arsenal.

Legion Mk IV Destroyer Squad

Two classic Horus Heresy books are going to be released in softback. Book Three: Extermination follows the aftermath of the Istvaan V Dropsite Massacre, as the Heresy sweeps outwards across Imperial space and the Emperor’s loyal Legions race to respond. The Burning of Prospero reaches its apocalyptic climax in Book Seven: Inferno as the Space Wolves unleash their fury upon the Thousand Sons.

A new modeling release is out as well. Citadel Colour Tufts allows you to add some greenery to your bases with Verdia Veldt and Mordian Corpsegrass.

Citadel Colour Tufts

Finally, the second issue of Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle will be released with an exclusive variant cover.

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #2