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Games Workshop Pre-Order Preview: Warhammer 40K Battleforces, the final Cursed City expansion, Necromunda, and more arrive!

If you’re looking to start or expand your Warhammer 40K forces, next week is a great opportunity with the release of this year’s Battleforce boxes.

Adepta Sororitas – Sanctorum Guard

The Sisters of Battle are bringing their praises of the Emperor with this boxed set. It features Morvenn Vahl, six Paragon Warsuits, five Celestian Sacresants, and Battle Sisters Squad (which can be built as Celestians or Dominions).

Retail value: $320

Adepta Sororitas – Sanctorum Guard

Adeptus Custodes – Watchers of The Gate

The Emperor’s warriors, the Adeptus Custodes are represented with the Watchers of The Gate. Captain-General Trajann Valoris leads three Vertus Praetors on Dawneagle jetbikes (which can also build a Shield Captain), three Allarus Custodians (which can build a Shield-Captain and a Vexilus Praetor), and it mostly features 15 Custodian Guard which can be built as Shield Captains and Vexilus Praetors.

Retail value: $282

Adeptus Custodes – Watchers of The Gate

Adeptus Mechanicus – Elimination Maniple

Belisarius Cawl commands the Adeptus Mechanicus in this set which contains a pair of Kastelan Robots with Cybernetic Datasmith handler, six Kataphron Destroys (or Breachers), and a unit of Skitarii Vanguard which can be built as Rangers.

Retail value: $310

Adeptus Mechanicus – Elimination Maniple

Imperial Knights – Chainbreaker Lance

The Imperial Knights feature an intriguing box. Knight Preceptor Canis Rex leads two ranged Helverins and two close-range Warglaives.

Retail value: $340

Imperial Knights – Chainbreaker Lance

Death Guard – Council of The Death Lord

Mortarion, Daemon Primarch of Nurgle is front and center for this box. It also features five Brightlord Terminators and 14 Plague Marines.

Retail value: $330

Death Guard – Council of The Death Lord

Thousand Sons – Court of The Crimson King

Magnus the Red leads this Battleforce with three Exalted Sorcerors and 20 Rubric Marines. Not a Tazangor in sight!

Retail value: $340

Thousand Sons – Court of The Crimson King

Imperial Fists – Bastion Strike Force

Tor Garadon commands this force that features three Primaris Aggressors, 15 Heavy Intercessors, as well as Imperial Fists Primaris Upgrades and transfers.

Retail value: $319

Imperial Fists – Bastion Strike Force

Raven Guard – Ravenstrike Battleforce

The Raven Guard strike in this box led by Chapter Master Kayvaan Shrike. Also features is a Librarian in Phobos Armor, 10 Primaris Reivers, two Invictor Tactical Warsuits, and three Eliminators. There are also Raven Guard transfer sheets.

Retail value: $349

Raven Guard – Ravenstrike Battleforce

In a surprise, the Adeptus Mechanicus – Technoarcheologist is finally getting a release on its own. Originally released in the Escalation expansion for Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress, this is your chance to get this HQ choice that’s been hard to find up to this point!

 Adeptus Mechanicus – Technoarcheologist

Warhammer Quest: Cursed City – Nemesis is the final expansion to Warhammer Quest: Cursed City and is a web exclusive. Nemesis features new quests, new enemies, and more! You’ll need the previous expansion and required miniatures to play.

Warhammer Quest: Cursed City – Nemesis

Necromunda gets a load of releases to help you dominate the Underhive and Ash Wastes.

Escher Cutters will have you speeding across the ash wastes in skimmers. The kit includes four machines that Leaders, Champions, and Prospects can ride. Options include heads, hair, and a choice of twin-linked heavy stubbers, grenade launchers, or plasma guns.

Escher Cutters

Go all in with Escher and also get Escher Tactics Cards and Ash Wastes Dice. There’s one for vehicles and another for battles in the underhive. Each contain 18 Escher specific cards and eight blank cards. The Tactics Cards contain new cards to use in the ash wastes, while the Escher Gang Tactics set is a reprint of a previous set, and the eight Escher-themed dice are coloured in stylish purple with luxurious golden ink. You get three regular D6s, three Necromunda injury dice, an ammo die, and a scatter die.

Escher Tactics Cards and Ash Wastes Dice

Forge World will release Athera, Blade of the Matriarch. Escher gangs can petition her for help with her master-crafted chainaxe. Athera is accompanied into battle by her grumpy Caryatid, Stix, who has the prescience to help them both avoid harm.

Athera, Blade of the Matriarch

There’s also the Escher Shivver and Apprentice Clan Chymist. They’re a pair of specific Hangers-on. One can see into the future and the other reduces the choice of Chem-Alchemy Elixirs. Or maybe even turn deceased Matriarchs and Gang Queens into Death Maidens!

Escher Shivver and Apprentice Clan Chymist

You can make your gang unique with the Escher Ash Wastes Upgrades. It features 10 new heads, 10 backpacks, and 10 flasks.

Escher Ash Wastes Upgrades

It’s not all Escher. Gorshiv Hammerfist is a massive slab of meat armed with power hammers named Wrack and Ruin. Add some muscle to your Goliath Gang!

Gorshiv Hammerfist

If you’ve got the credits, the Underhive Traders are here to do business. They’re versed in the art of the deal and you get three figures in the pack.

Underhive Traders

Head out to the Ash Wastes with the Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler. This tracked beast features some hefty armor and blends plastic and resin.

Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler

From Black Library

The Gotrek Gurnisson Collection rounds up all of Darius Hinks’ stories of Gotrek in the Mortal Realms in one lavish release, presented in a very fancy slipcase. There’s even a bonus, the never-before-seen story included – The Crown of Karak-Khazar – making it a must for every Gotrek superfan.

The Gotrek Gurnisson Collection

12 Tales of Christmas eShorts Subscription features stories by Danie Ware, Mike Brooks, Richard Strachan, David Annandale, and more will be released every other day from the 2nd of December until the 24th. You can get these 12 eShorts for the price of 10 if you sign up for the full subscription too.

12 Tales of Christmas eShorts Subscription

Hammers of Sigmar: First Forged by Richard Strachan has Lord-Celestant Vandus Hammerhand leading a group of warriors across the Great Parch to tackle an old foe that will test even the First Forged to their limits.

Hammers of Sigmar: First Forged

Heirs of The Emperor is an anthology that collects 27 short stories from 17 authors, including five that have never been in print.

Heirs of The Emperor

You’ll be able to get audiobooks for Gods of Mars, Orcslayer, and Rynn’s World.

Gods of Mars, Orcslayer, and Rynn’s World

And finally, Mortarion: Der Fahle König is a new German Black Library release.

Mortarion: Der Fahle König

Games Workshop Pre-Order Previews: Age of Sigmar Battleforces, Warcry, and new Dungeon Bowl!?

Games Workshop is gearing up for the holiday season with its first wave of Battleforces along with new Warcry and a surprise Blood Bowl release. See what’s coming to pre-orders next week.

Daughters of Khaine: Khainite Slaughter-Coven

Spill blood with this box! It features a Slaughter Queen on Cauldron of Blood (which can be built as a Bloodwrack Shrine or a Hag Queen on Cauldron of Blood), five Melusai Blood Sisters (who can be built as Blood Stalkers), five Khinerai Heartrenders (who can be built as Lifetakers), five Doomfire Warlocks, and 10 Witch Aelves (who can be built as Sisters of Slaughter).

Retail value: $302

Daughters of Khaine: Khainite Slaughter-Coven

Orruk Warclans: Kruleboyz Swamp-Lurkers

Step out the swamp with Swampboss Skumdrekk and Gobsprakk, the Mouth of Mork (who can also be built as a Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast and Killaboss on Corpse-rippa Vulcha, respectively). They lead three Man-Skewer Boltboyz and 10 Gutrippaz.

Retail value: $165

Orruk Warclans: Kruleboyz Swamp-Lurkers

Gloomspite Gitz: Stampeding Squigalanche

The Squiqalanche consists of a Loonboss on Giant Cave Squig, two Mangler Squigs (who can be ridden by Loonbosses), 10 Squig Hoppers (who can be assembled as Boingrot Bounders), and a 12-strong Squig Herd.

Retail value: $228

Gloomspite Gitz: Stampeding Squigalanche

Skaven: The Verminous Host

It features Grey Seer on Screaming Bell (which can also be built as a Plague Priest on Plague Furnace), a Warlock Bombardier, three Stormfiends, a whopping 40 Clanrats, and 40 Plague Monks.

Retail value: $338

Skaven: The Verminous Host

Nighthaunt: Legion Of Grief

You’ll haunt the table with Lady Olynder, Mortarch of Grief, a Black Coach, 10 Bladeghast Revenants, 10 Dreadscythe Harridans, and 10 Grimghast Reapers.

Retail value: $330

Nighthaunt: Legion Of Grief

Sylvaneth: Revenant Wargrove

Featuring Drycha Hamadreth leads two Treelords (which can alternatively be built as a Spirit of Durthu or a Treelord Ancient), 10 Spite-Revenants (which can be built as Tree-Revenants), and 16 Sylvaneth Dryads.

Retail value: $210

Sylvaneth: Revenant Wargrove

Stormcast Eternals: Thunderstrike Spearhead

You’ll get a Knight-Relictor, three heavily armed Annihilators, 10 Vanquishers, and 10 Vigilors armed with stormcaller bows. Finally, there’s a pair of swift and deadly Stormdrake Guards (one of which can alternately be built as a Knight-Draconis).

Retail value: $325

Stormcast Eternals: Thunderstrike Spearhead

Originally available in the Arcane Cataclysm boxed set, you can how get the Curseling, Eye of Tzeentch.

Curseling, Eye of Tzeentch

Scinari Enlightener joins the ranks of the Lumineth Realm-lords. Bring some immense magical power to the tabletop.

Scinari Enlightener

Warcry gets some big releases starting with Warcry: Sundered Fate. The Jade Obelisk or on a mission and the Hunters of Huanchi aren’t happy with the desecration. The boxed set features 23 miniatures, terrain, a gaming board, warband tome, fighter and ability cards, battleplan cards, and rules to play!

If you want some scenery, there’s also the Ravaged Lands: Gnarlwood Watchcamp. It collects a grisly glade of Ghurish terrain first released in Warcry: Heart of Ghur.

Ravaged Lands: Gnarlwood Watchcamp

The Horns of Hashut are coming! The 10 miniatures, including Ruinators, Demolishers – one of whom is armed with the deadly Flamehurler – and Shatterers. They’re also usable in Slaves to Darkness armies for Warhammer Age of Sigmar.

Horns of Hashut

Maybe the Rotmire Creed are more your thing? This warband contains a Witherlord, a Bloated One, two Carrion Catchers, and six Mirefolk Outcasts. The Rotmire Creed can also serve as a sneaky vanguard unit for the Maggotkin of Nurgle in Warhammer Age of Sigmar.

Rotmire Creed

Warband Tome: Rot and Ruin is a 64-page book containing the background information for the Horns of Hashut and the Rotmire Creed. There are also quests for both warbands and two campaign arcs.

Warband Tome: Rot and Ruin

The original Warcry warbands are returning. You can pick up all of the original eight warbands from the eight Mortal Realms, plus the spidery Tarantulos Brood, the brutish Darkoath Savagers, and Khainite Shadowstalkers. These updated boxes don’t include fighter or ability cards, all those rules are free to download. And you can use them in Warhammer: Age of Sigmar!

There’s also returning Warcry Monsters! Use them in games of Warcry or as part of your Slaves to Darkness armies.

Warcry Monsters

There’s also four dice packs coming. One for each of the Horns of Hashut, the Rotmire Creed, the Hunters of Huanchi, and the Jade Obelisk warbands.

In a bit of a surprise, Dungeon Bowl: Death Match is coming! This first expansion for Dungeon Bowl pits the College of Death against the College of Life in an almighty clash between two teams of mixed players, new Dungeon Tiles, tokens, and more.

Dungeon Bowl: Death Match

Blood Bowl Spike! Presents: 2022 Almanac! will be available as a hardback or ePub collecting the Norse and Amazon issues of Spike!. There’s also rules for eight new star players.

Blood Bowl Spike! Presents: 2022 Almanac!

Warhammer: The Horus Heresy gets upgrade packs.

The Night Lords MKVI Legion Upgrades features helmets, heads, and shoulder pads.

Flesh is weak, so upgrade your force with the Iron Hands MKVI Legion Upgrades.

Sanguinius: The Great Angel (Special Edition) is written by Chris Wraight and features gold page edges, leather-effect covers, and more. You can also get it in the standard hardback, eBook, or audio editions.

The Soul Drinkers Omnibus II by Ben Counter continues the saga collecting books four, five, and six, along with a novella.

The Soul Drinkers Omnibus II

Hallowed Ground by Richard Strachan is a family affair for the ven Densts, as Gloria sets off on her father’s trail in the aftermath of the great siege led by Kragnos, in order to discover a dark secret that spells doom for the city of Excelsis.

Hallowed Ground

Get the 12 Tales of Christmas eShorts Subscription, 12 eShorts from a range of Black Library writers.

12 Tales of Christmas eShorts Subscription

Mortarion: Le Roi Blême is the French edition of Mortarion: The Pale King.

Mortarion: Le Roi Blême

Games Workshop Pre-Order Preview: Ka’bandha for Horus Heresy, Necromunda, Knights, Kill Team, and more!

Games Workshop has revealed what’s coming next week for pre-order. Kicking things off is Ka’bandha, Daemon General of Signus for Warhammer: The Horus Heresy. The Daemon General is a force of nature who leaves battlefields drenched in blood in the name of Khorne. The miniature is resin and part of the Horus Heresy Character Series. It can be displayed with and without its horned helm. Rules are coming for The Horus Heresy.

For Necromunda, the Ironhead Squat Prospectors get the Vartijan Exo-Driller. With thick armor, it can survive a volley of enemy fire and give it back in return.

Vartijan Exo-Driller

The Knight Questoris gets a release for Warhammer 40,000. They fill a wide variety of roles. The reboxed release can be built into one of the six Imperial Knight variants as well as Canis Rex. Or, how about a Chaos Knight Despoiler?

Knight Questoris

For Kill Team, the Corsair Voidscarred and Chaos Space Marine Legionaries get individual releases. They can also be used for Warhammer 40,000 delivering a dual release.

If you don’t have a copy, you can get the Kill Team: Nachmund rulebook. The softcover book features lore, missions, and cinematic killzone rules.

Kill Team: Nachmund rulebook

How about Warhammer World: Dioramas (Third Edition) – Exhibition Ticket Bundle? Get to see the stunning dioramas on display at Warhammer World in this 88-page book. You also get an all-day, all-access ticket for Warhammer World in Nottingham.

Warhammer World: Dioramas (Third Edition)

Black Library has a lot of releases this week as well.

Vaults of Terra: The Dark City by Chris Wraight is the next volume of the Vaults of Terra series. Interrogator Spinoza finds herself alone and separated from her master – Inquisitor Erasmus Cowl. Available in hardback, eBook, and MP3.

Vaults of Terra: The Dark City

The Vulture Lord – A Zothar Athrabis Novel by Richard Strachan follows a king who has made an eternal pact with Nagash. When tradition is broken, a rebellion begins to take hold. Will the cruel Vulture Lord be able to bring his domain back under his control? Available as hardback, eBook, and MP3.

The Vulture Lord – A Zothar Athrabis Novel

The Rose at War by Dani Ware features eight stories featuring Sister Superior Augusta Santorus of the Order of the Bloody Rose. Available in hardback and eBook.

The Rose at War

Dominion by Darius Hinks comes to paperback for the first time. Amidst the chaotic times of the Era of Beasts, sellsword Niksar Astaboras must decide whether he values his own survival above all else – or if he will rise to defend the threatened domains of Order.

Dominion

The Twice-dead King: Ruin by Nate Crowley comes to paperback and begins the saga of the disgraced Necron Lord Oltyx.

Twice-dead King: Ruin

Thunderstrike & Other Stories is available in MP3. It features works by David Guymer, Gav Thorpe, Darius Hinks, David Annandale, and more.

Thunderstrike & Other Stories

Lupercal’s War: A Horus Heresy Anthology features 21 stories from across the galactic conflict. It comes to MP3.

Lupercal’s War: A Horus Heresy Anthology

German editions of Volpone Glory and Day of Ascension are being released.

French editions of The Twice-dead King: Reign and The Vincula Insurgency: Ghost Dossier 1 are coming as well.

It’s Fyreslayers vs. Idoneth Deepkin, Warhammer Underworlds, Blood Bowl, and Aeronautica Imperialis in Next Week’s Pre-Orders

This coming weekend’s pre-orders from Games Workshop have been revealed and there’s a little something for everyone!

The big release is Fury of the Deep for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar which sees Fyreslayers taking on Idoneth Deepkin!

The box features two forces ready for you to put together and clash on the table including brand new miniatures! The Auric Flamekeeper draws strength from his fallen comrades to bolster nearby allies, while the Akhelian Thrallmaster corrals his soulless Namarti troops and spurs them onwards to greater heights of violence.

Fury of the Deep includes a 40-page booklet full of history, 43 miniatures, a token sheet, and nine warscroll cards, as well as a 56-page Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Core Rules book. It sounds like a nice way to start in the game.

Warhammer Underworlds gets a release to start the year, Gorlok Blackpowder and his motley crew! The crew features two gnoblar minions, trusty parrot Shreek, and a monkey with a knife! Blackpowder is massive picking off foes from afar with his grunderbuss.

Gorlok Blackpowder

Also coming is the Illusory Might deck which features 32 brand new cards to shake up strategies. The deck can be used with whatever Warband you want! As part of the new Rivals format, it’s a ready-to-play selection of cards to quickly get into the action and play. They can also be used in existing decks and warbands taking advantage of Harrowdeep’s new Illusion and Grievous mechanics.

Illusory Might deck

Bless be Nurgle as Blood Bowl gets a pitch, dice, and cards to show off one’s devotion in the game. The Nurgle pitch features two sides with one side featuring a simmering infestation below the surface, while the other blooms into a full-blown plague garden complete with toothy growths erupting from the sod.

Blood Bowl Nurgle Pitch

Nurgle-themed dice are also coming as well as Team Cards which create a handy reference in the game including Star Players and Special Plays.

Blood Bowl Nurge dice and cards

Aeronautica Imperialis expands with the Aeronautica Imperialis – Companion. The book features new rules, aircraft, and factions as well as content already released in White Dwarf, allowing you to field squadrons from the Necrons, Asuryani, and Adeptus Astartes. Also included is a deeper dogfighting experience with expanded damage rules, new Ace abilities, and the challenges of limited ammunition.

Aeronautica Imperialis – Companion

But, that’s not all for the game as Forge World gets some releases for the Necrons! Each set contains two planes buildable as either Night Shroud bombers or Doom Scythe fighters! One is focused on speed and maneuverability and the other takes on rival interceptors!

White Dwarf #472 is on the horizon too. It features the finale of A Tale of Four Warlords, rules for Genestealer Cults Kill Teams, and a new Flashpoint set in the Nachmund Gauntlet. There’s also a focus on Ossiarch Bonereapers with new and updated rules!

White Dwarf #472

From Black Library comes some new releases.

Harrowdeep is a collection of three novellas by Gary Kloster, Noah Van Nguyen, and David Annandale.

Harrowdeep

In The End of Enlightenment by Richard Strachan, a powerful Alarith Stonemage must go on a quest from Teclis himself and battle Nagash’s Ossiarch generals.

The End of Enlightenment

The Beast Snaggas are Coming in Next Week’s Games Workshop Pre-Order

Orks are getting an update and to kick off the new Waagh is the Beast Snagga Orks boxed set. The set allows you to start your own Beast Snagga Waaagh! or add them to your existing Ork army.

The set is packed with miniatures as well as an exclusive version of the Ork Codex and a set of Ork datacards and a transfer sheet.

The miniatures include:

  • Zodgrodd Wartsnagga – the legendary Runtherder
  • Nob on Smasha Squig – oos the big bad boss to lead da new cavalry?
  • Squighog Boyz – cavalry are back!
  • Bomb Squig – a classic returns
  • 20 Beast Snagga Boyz – the core of an Ork army
Beast Snagga Orks boxed set

Black Library has to releases for pre-order as well!

Warcry Catacombs: Blood of the Everchosen by Richard Strachan takes readers into the vaults beneath the Eightpoints. Untamed Beasts, Scions of the Flame, and Splintered Fang fight for their very survival.

Warcry Catacombs: Blood of the Everchosen

Storm of Iron by Graham McNeill is a rerelease in a special hardback and includes two additional short stories. Limited to 1250 copies, it features a full art page, colored page edges, a ribbon bookmark, and is signed by McNeill!

Storm of Iron