GW: Große Vorschau
Games Workshop haben einen ganzen Schwung an Neuankündigungen zum Wochenanfang, die Zukunft von Warcry, der Läuterer der Sororitas, ein tödlicher Kämpfer der Dark Eldar und eine Kooperation mit Marvel Comics.
Warcry: The future of the Eightpoints…
Warcry – it’s pretty good, eh? Over the past month or so, hordes of you have sought tabletop glory in the Eightpoints, experiencing a new age of skirmish combat in the mortal realms and generally having a cracking time. So, with the game soaring in popularity, we wanted to give you an update on our future plans – of which we have lots!
Firstly, a heads-up. The Warcry Starter Set, in its current form, won’t be around forever. We’re letting you know so if you’re looking to give a friend or family member the gift of eternal carnage in the blood-stained wastes of the Eightpoints for Christmas, you’ll want to grab your copy today. Check with your local store to see if they’ve still got the Starter Set on their shelves.
Getting started with Warcry is still super simple, even without the Starter Set – just grab the Core Rules, then pick a warband and a Ravaged Lands set.
Another piece of good news is that you’ve got loads of awesome stuff to look forward to for Warcry. For one, the excellent scenery from the box will be available separately before long, perfect for building Warcry boards and creating epic cityscapes for your games. For another, the Iron Golem, Untamed Beasts and Chaotic Beasts are available separately right now.
After that, you can look forward to a new book containing rules for all the warbands in the game (and much, much more besides!), meaning if you missed out on their faction cards, you’ll still be able to play with them.
What’s more, as the sharp-eyed among you will have noticed, we’ve got two more warbands on the way. As an early teaser, here’s one of the barbarous pit-fighters from the Spire Tyrants – the battle-hardened gladiator tribes from the Varanspire itself.
It’s like someone crossed a Chaos Marauder and one of the Varanguard – then threw in a healthy dash of terror for good measure!
Meanwhile, if Monsters & Mercenaries has you raring to tackle (or enslave!) more terrifying beasts from the fighting pits of the Varanspire, good news! All manner of monstrous horrors are on the way, like this brutal Fomoroid Crusher.
Sick of your enemies hiding behind the scenery? Just enlist this guy to throw some at them. Simple!
And that’s just a small taste of what’s to come for Warcry! If you’re still looking for a Starter Set, make sure to grab it now before it disappears. If you’re already sorted, secure your copy of Monsters & Mercenaries and await your chaotic reinforcements…
Battle Sister Bulletin – Part 17: Capital Punishment… on Legs!
In this Battle Sister Bulletin, we’re checking in with everyone’s favourite execution machine of excruciating death – the Penitent Engine! This particular model features in the Adepta Sororitas: Sisters of Battle Army Set, which is on its way in November, so today we’re taking a closer look at the miniature’s incredible design. But before we do, let’s remind ourselves exactly what these horrific creations are all about…
What We Know
Life in the 41st Millennium is pretty bleak at best, but to delve into the background of the Penitent Engine is to gaze into some of the very grimmest and darkest parts of the far future. Brace yourself – this is not for the faint of heart!
The Ecclesiarchy is unflinching in its punishment of those who commit crimes against the Emperor.* Those judged guilty of the most heinous acts of treachery and betrayal are condemned to die – not by the executioner’s blade, nor even by immolation at the stake,** but as the pilot of a Penitent Engine…
Once wired into the Penitent Engine’s crucible, the convict is as good as dead, for once they are neurally bonded there’s no coming back from the physical and mental trauma inflicted upon them by the machine’s torment amplifiers.*** From that point onwards, the hapless sinner becomes little more than a pain-fuelled berserker, wildly lashing out at cruelly engineered projections of their own crimes as they seek desperate penance in an apoplectic, terminal rampage.****
For their part, the Adepta Sororitas often make use of Penitent Engines. Not only do the Battle Sisters see it as their solemn duty to witness the punishment of the condemned, but the wanton destruction that the Penitent Engines can unleash makes them highly effective – but entirely expendable – auxiliary assets.
The Penitent Engine is a lethal device – both for its unfortunate pilot andthose facing it in battle. It shares the aesthetics of a crude torture machine, with wrought iron and wooden elements layered on top of its otherwise minimalist structure. Given the intentionally disposable nature of the Penitent Engine’s occupant, every expense will have been spared in its construction, the one embellishment being the Ecclesiarchy symbol at its crown.
The Penitent Engine’s hollow main alcove – referred to as a crucible – is designed to accommodate its condemned occupant in whatever torturous stress position they’re bound in.***** Judging by his curled fingers and toes, not to mention the pained expression on his face, it’s fair to say this particular prisoner looks… less than comfortable! His emaciated body and ragged clothing also imply that he’s been incarcerated for some time, waiting on death row for his appointed time of execution in battle.
A visor covers the scalp and eyes of the Penitent Engine’s occupant,****** through which he is neurally overstimulated with pain via a series of umbilical cables, while racks of stimms and combat drug injectors run the length of his spinal column. Around his neck, a heavy weight has been hung, bearing his penitent number. There is no lock and key for his neck clamp – once it’s fastened, that’s it!
Even though the Penitent Engine has a stripped-down aesthetic for massed production, the weaponry is still more advanced than the crude buzz-saws and burnas of Ork Deff Dread and Killa Kans. The circular blades, in particular, feature deep indentations to ensure that they won’t get clogged up with viscera or the torn hulls of the Penitent Engine’s victims.
You can look forward to getting your own Penitent Engine in the Adepta Sororitas: Sisters of Battle Army Set later this year. Until then, make sure you’ve got the existing plastic miniatures, Celestine and Amalia Novena, painted in readiness for the new models. We’ll be back in a couple of weeks with your next Battle Sister Bulletin.
* As the saying goes: ‘To err once is human; to err twice is treachery.’
** Those methods are so 40,000 years ago!
*** To be fair, we doubt they’d want to after what they go through!
**** We recommend staying at a safe distance at this point.
***** Being bound to a wooden beam in this manner was apparently called ‘planking’ – and no, you wouldn’t want to post a picture online if you’re planking like this…
****** We like to think he’s in his happy place… but we somehow doubt it!
Wield the Living Sword
You’ve read the opening three passages of the Psychic Awakening prophecy from Phoenix Rising, and even had a cheeky glimpse of the upcoming art, but we’ve got one last treat for you. Today, we’ll be giving you the final part of the prophecy, and showing off the mystery model you saw in that artwork. So, without further ado…
Is that some semblance of hope? In the grim darkness of the far future?! Surely not! We’ll have to wait and see how that pans out, but one thing is certain – war will come first… in fact, you can even read some free fiction about what lies ahead right now!
As we promised last week, here’s the aforementioned warrior battling with Jain Zar in the artwork that we’ve seen!
I know, right?! Drazhar. The Master of Blades. The Living Sword. The deadliest killer in all of Commorragh.* Ever since Drazhar first walked into the Great Shrine of the Incubi, wearing the armour of their creed, and proceeded to effortlessly cut down the ruling Hierarch, as well as any others who stood in his way, he’s been the silent master of their order. Some even claim he is Arhra, the Dark Father of the Incubi…
Well, he’s back, with an astonishingly awesome model, and will be bringing his especially deadly presence to battlefields near you soon! Poised in a ready stance atop some Aeldari ruins, Drazhar bears The Executioner’s Demiklaives in each hand. Speaking of which, to ensure he hits as hard as such a master duellist should in combat, the profile of his blades has been improved to Damage 2!
In addition to this flat Damage increase, Drahzar also has the ability to dish out even more hurt thanks to his shiny new Lethal Precision ability!
Around his neck, Drazhar wears a necklace of shattered spirit stones taken from Exarchs he has slain. He yearns above all else to add a priceless gem from the body of a Phoenix Lord to his gruesome tally. Judging by the artwork from Phoenix Rising, it looks like Drazhar’s about to have a crack at it!
We have one last treat for you – a sign of what may yet come to pass. But what can you glean from this enigmatic herald of woe?
It’s not long now until Psychic Awakening: Phoenix Rising hits the shelves, so prepare to start, or reinforce, your Aeldari army of choice with a Start Collecting! Drukhari or Craftworlds set today!
* When it comes to the murderous denizens of the Dark City, that’s really saying something!
Games Workshop and Marvel Comics Team-up!
As everyone knows,* Marvel Comics are the name behind many of the world’s best-loved super hero characters (you know, like Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four). With more than 80 years of comics experience, Marvel has built an amazing reputation for bringing together the best comic book writers and artists to forge stories that span generations. It’s not for nothing that Marvel has cemented itself as a household name.
We haven’t got any more details we can share right now (we like to imagine that, even as we write, super-cool clandestine meetings are being conducted in a hidden lair somewhere) but, rest assured, as soon as there’s more information, we’ll be bringing it to you right here.
In the meantime, why not head over to the Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Age of Sigmar Facebook pages and share which subjects, heroes or places from Warhammer you’d like to see brought to life in the pages of a Marvel comic.**
* Unless they’ve spent the last 75 years frozen in ice
** And suggest the onomatopoeia for the firing-noises of the 41st Millennium’s more exotic guns.
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