Warhammer Fest wrapped up last weekend, and there was a lot of things announced, a lot of excitement, as well as a lot of crushed dreams.
Many people were hoping for a huge 40k announcement, such as the preview of the Ghazghkull Thraka Prime Ork Model, a new Primarch, or even a new box set. Those hopes and dreams were dashed to bits. However, there were some interesting things that came out of there.
Titanicus appears to be a whole new specialist game system (much like Necromunda or Bloodbowl) that they will be releasing in 2018. Titanicus is an epic scale game, that is being resurrected from the olden days of GW. Here, you will be able to command an army of titans to purge the heretical followers of Chaos. I’m unfamiliar with the game play of the system when it used to be a thing, but, they noted that the new rules will inspired by this original rule set.
There will be some individual box kits available, however, there will also be a ‘Grand Master Edition’ that will feature all the rules, scenery, two warlord titans, and two knights. Each titan will be ‘highly posable’, however, the images we’ve seen have seemed fairly static. So, I’m curious as to either how posable they actually will be, or, why did they make some static battle poses for their sample pieces.
They mentioned that this ‘initially’ takes place during the Horus Heresy, which infers that we may see some 40k option at some point.
For pictures of the actual release seminar, head on over to Spikeybits.
Age of Sigmar 2.0
This was, to me, the most surprising thing to come out of Warhammer Fest. I guess I was maybe eventually expecting a new starter set, but, the announcement of a whole new edition was very unpredictable.
That being said, we’re slowly getting news on how the new edition will be changing, and it seems that it will be more of a find tuning of the current rule set. They will be taking things out like shooting out of melee combat, and slightly changing the rules to turn initiative.
Along side this though, is a whole new starter set, which means, new models. While, it was expected that the next starter kit would feature Stormcast, they’re at least creating a slightly more interesting Stormcast sub-faction with with Sacrosanct Chamber. They deal more with magic and arcane energies than their melee focused brethren.
As for their opponents, we will be seeing Death in a starter kit, which, to my knowledge, is the first time GW has ever featured this army in any starter. The Nighthaunts are already pretty tough in combat, so, I can only imagine how these new units will be on the board.
Along side the new models, starter kit, and edition, we will be getting a new feature, Malign Sorcery. These allow your wizards to cast persistent spells onto the battlefield. Think of the Purple Sun of Xersus (or whatever it was called) in eight edition. I suspect them being very similar to those, but, I would expect you would have some control over how they act. I’m going to predict that these will all come in one box set that will contain all of the different spells.
I’m particularly fond of the giant spiked purple skull ball of death that is with the necromancer. I feel that these will be very interesting, to say the least.
Lastly, in the Age of Sigmar front (holy shit they did a lot for AoS), Forgeworld announced a new Khorne model, and bless the 8 pointed star, it looks amazing! It’ll be costly for sure, but, painted up right, it’s going to be an amazing centerpiece on the board.
They also announced some minor news regarding new Community content, such as a ‘Regimental Standard’ for AoS called the Hammerhal Herald, an Age of Sigmar podcast called ‘Stormcast’ and a webcomic called Roll Models.
All I know is, they seem to really be double downing with Age of Sigmar. I want to check out the figures, but, perhaps it’s overtaking 40k as their primary cash cow.
There was some other news as well, such as the release of some new scenery pieces for 40k and AoS, some new technical paints (which look like they’ll be AWESOME for painting spirits) and some Lord of the Rings releases, which, I’m sorry, but, I won’t be talking about those.
I do want to note that they announced a new Necron construct from Forgeworld. He looks pretty damn awesome, and quite sizable. Finally, Necron’s have their own titan.
There was also the announcement of complete rules for the Sisters of Silence, which will make them a completely field-able army in 40k, Custodes getting the last of their Dreadnought rules created, and many other Horus Heresy and Specialist Games related items. If those interest you, I would recommend you go over to the community website and check those out.
Overall, it seemed to be a really good weekend for us Age of Sigmar folks, and slightly disappointing for the 40k players. Hopefully though, they will be getting the release they deserve soon.
Well, this post is getting WAY too long for my taste, so I’m gonna wrap this up.
Until next time…Happy Painting!