The Space Wolves are coming!

Note the Thunderwolves in the front, and the Wingy things in the back.

Ok, so there may also be some Tyranids as well, but really it’s the pace Wolves I’m interested in!

Pictures can be found here: http://www.beastsofwar.com/warhammer-40k/tyranids-space-wolves-march/

Thoughts

Firstly, very well done GW, very well done indeed. The Thunderwolves are different from the third party stuff we’ve seen, but still manage to look awesome. The Tyranids also look pointy and appropriately gribbily, as well as appearing to bit quite bit.

I knew there was a reason we waited so long…

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RUMOURS-Necrons and Tyranids next month

Nom, nom, nom!

Mid-month Tyranids:
4 Plastic Kits
4 Finecast

Late-month Necrons:
4 Vehicles Kits (1 walker, 2 aircraft)
Tomb Spyders
Thoughts
Thank goodness that the Tyranids are finally getting the new models that they needed. How long has it been that you’ve been without Mycetic Spores? Too long? I think so too.
This also leads my to believe that if Tyranids are finally getting their missing models, maybe GW will be kind enough to do the same for the Space Wolves (maybe why Ragnar wasn’t Finecasted? Just a thought…) some time soon.
7.5/10

RUMOURS-6th edition Tactical Marine

If THQ can make these guys AWESOME, why can't GW?

Despite the fact that we have heard very little (read as ‘nothing’) about a 6th edition Marine Codex, we’ve got something on what a 6th ed Tactical Marine is going in to be packing:

-Kraken Bolts
-New Special Weapon that ignores cover

Thoughts

Firstly, it looks as if they are giving Tac Marines a more anti-infantry role rather than the jack-of-all-trades master of none that we’ve had before. This may at least validate their usage more than their being better than Scouts.

Secondly, isn’t a Flamer/Heavy Flamer a special weapon a ‘Special Weapon that ignores cover’? I can only hope that GW has got a new trick up their sleeve.

Finally, we’ve heard little of a 6th edition Marine book, so take these rumours with more than just a pinch of salt, but personally I hope they get some more unique gear.

6.5/10

RUMOURS-Tau

They should be this epic.

The ‘facts’

-Battlesuit Commander: shifts ONE battlesuit unit to a Troops FOC slot.
-New Close Combat Battlesuit
-New Ethereal named character
-Ethereals will get upgraded to be the “leader” role in the Tau Empire army. (so not the best BS, or WS, but other interesting army-support tricks)
-New deepstriking Dropship (an Orca-ish platform on par with the IG valkyrie)
-Up-gunned Drone variants (specific anti-tank and anti-heavy infantry options) which can be attached to almost every TAU unit in the codex

Thoughts:

The way this is shaping up, it should be a brilliant Codex for the blue Communists. The improvements to the Ethereals may well mean that the Space Pope stops sucking and starts selling, which I’m sure is what GW wants to happen.

Also, it’ll be good to see some more drones, as they give the army a character, something that it defiantly needs.

2012-Looking Forwards

Rather than looking back over the past year (which I can entirely remember) I thought we’d look ahead forward into next year and beyond:

Warhammer 40,000 6th Edition:

After the brilliance of Fantasy 8th edition, 40k is going to have a truly great next year. By the look of it (judging by WHFB 8th), the book should be in colour, have a slightly revised or better explained background, and a more complex, but far better rule set.

Like the difference between 7th and 8th, 6th edition 40k should have some big changes. For a start, rumour has it that the FOC is either going to change, or be replaced by a percentage system. I would like this a lot. It would add more diversity to the game and allow armies that people haven’t thought of to happen. However, this may also lean towards more broken lists, for example, a lot more Thundercav, but I hope not.

Either way, a re-vamp of 40k would be very good for a game that these days is getting quite predictable.

Overall Thoughts: 10/10

Tau 5th Edition:

Very exited to hear this. I have always liked the look of the Tau (as weird as that may sound), but their Codex is a bit, lacklustre. The troops choices are substandard, as are the HQ choices (see, the Space Pope). From what I’ve heard, we’re talking Kroot HQs, more Vespid options, and the Demiurg leaving Battlefleet Gothic and entering the world of Warhammer 40,000 proper.

This is a codex I’d like to see Phill Kelly write, as I’ve always thought that the play style of the Tau is Eldaresque. The book needs a smooth flowing feel to it, and that’s what we’ve got Mr. Kelly for.

Overall Thoughts: 7.5/10

Chaos Legions:

This particular rumour made me punch the air and shout ‘yes!’ I have always wanted to play Chaos Marines of some form, but their current Codex is, again a bit lacklustre. The reports I’ve heard of this are that the book will be somewhat like Vanilla Marines 4th ed, in that you can take an upgrade your army to be one of the different traitor legions, and this will have different affects.

The only slight dissatisfaction I have is that this will not (according to the rumours) replace the current CSM codex, meaning that we will end up with two CSM book, Legions (which everyone will switch to) and Marines (which will by this point be redundant) which no-one will play.

One thing I have heard (that made me happy, but other upset) is that Mat Ward is reported to be writing the Codex. This is something I’m looking forwards to. Mr Ward is a crazy person, who writes crazy book. A warped, crazy Marine, who is oozing/glowing/berserkerising(?)/[censored by Inquisitorial mandate] is about as crazy as you can get. Therefore, Mr Ward is the perfect man is write this book.

Overall Thoughts:8/10

Black Templars 5th Edition:

This is apparently the next book. And considering that I hadn’t noticed the rumours, I feel like a bit of a plonker.

This is why I want to play these guys

Firstly, Phil Kelly is writing it! That is a brilliant thing, as, like the Space Wolves, the Templars need to be given a better flow, and not so much crazy things written into them. We’ve hearing about decent Sword Brethren, a special character Emperor’s Champion, Land Raiders that go berserk when destroyed, and, best of all, bikers become mounted Knights. This sounds like the greatest book ever written.

I think I’m gonna have to buy this one.

Overall Thoughts: 9.5/10

Empire 8th Edition:

This book slightly confused me. The Dwarves, Bretonians and Wood Elves surely need a new book more than the Empire. However, it seems that the new book should be a good one.

An Example of a Demigryph Knight from Warhammer Forge

We’ve hearing about a large War Altar/MASSIVE CANNON and Demigryph (such as Theodore Bruckner), as well as War Priests for more gods. This would add more variety into the book. However, I don’t think the Empire really needs it. There are books that are in much more dire need of an update.

Overall Thoughts: 6.5/10

Dark Millennium Online:

Warhammer online is a popular game, both with players of WHFB and ‘normal’ people. THQ and Games Workshop aren’t fools (are hard as that may be to believe) and so Dark Millennium is being released. All we know of it is that you can play as the Imperium and Chaos, and you might be able to drive/pilot a Titan as a co-operative effort (think, the larger fighters in Star Wars: Battlefront II).

http://www.darkmillenniumonline.com/

Overall Thoughts: I’ve not really got enough to go on, but I’ll go with 10/10

Guild Wars 2:

Really we know all about Guild Wars 2. I’ve never played it, but the amount of information they’ve but out means I could explain it to you very well.

My only gripe is that they seem to have done the opposite of GW. GW tells you about their new products at the last moment to generate hype. ArenaNet has been releasing huge amounts of information for years, so the hype has kind of died down. Fail.

Overall Thoughts: 9/10 (10/10 if they decide to release the damn thing)

Final Thoughts:

2012 is going to be truly brilliant year for gaming (unless you play WHFB, in which case it may suck a little), and I’m looking forwards to it a lot. The only draw back may be the amount of cool new armies coming out may mean that I spend all of 2012 stating armies. Oh well, totally worth it!

Have a Great New Year!

 

 

Warhammer Forge-Fimir

Now with Great Weapons!

News

In 3rd edition, we thought we would never have to see these guys again, but with GW’s new thing of bringing back old models (Lammasu)/races (Chaos Dwarves) it was inevitable, and so, with Storm of Magic the Fimir returned. Or, at least, one guy did.

But Warhammer Forge is going the whole hog and re-releasing Fimir Warriors in their upcoming book: Monstrous Arcana, which is going to contain more Storm of Magic bound monsters. The Fimir themselves are coming out in the first quarter of next year, and the book should be coming out at the same time.

From a rules perspective, all I can say is what’s in the picture: they’re monstrous infantry that can/come with Great Weapons.

Thoughts

I like these models. I’ve seen the old Fimir (I still play HeroQuest) and Warhammer Forge have done great work making them look modern and more believable, and from a rules point, if Tamurkhan is anything to go by, these guys are going to be at least viable. I’d say they’ll be able to run with Warriors (yes!), Beastmen and Orcs.

However, the more grizzled of our readers will remember the old Fimir fluff (and everything that entailed). I really hope that they retcon the living daylights out of these guys. Everything about their fluff was great, except the *ahem* reproductive method. Please Warhammer Forge, please ‘fix’ this.

Overall

Models: 8/10

Rule: N/A

I may very well buy these, as long as they ‘fix’ the fluff.

Rumours-Tau

This is the latest stuff we’re getting on the Tau:

via Jared Van Kell

The Tau codex belongs to Cruddace, lets get that fact straight. That is all I am going to say on that issue.

Black Templars on the other hand was always going to be Phil Kelly’s pet project. The only way Ward or Cruddace would ever get the Black Templars codex off him would be to prise the rough drafts out from his cold…dead…hands.
Unless of course they offered him the Dwarf Army Book……………(whistles innocently).

Some of these rumours [WF- In regards to rumor sumary posted up on BOLS – most of which were taken from Warseer] are spot on others not so spot on. 4 generic HQs are the Tau Commander, Tau Ethereal, Kroot Master Shaper and Demiurg Ancient. Blisters are, as far as I am aware, a new Tau Ethereal, Demiurg Ancient and 2 special character blisters.

I’ve also heard that the Skyray will be getting a better choice of missiles in addition to the Seeker missile which is believed to be S6 AP4 Blast, however you have to choose the missile type at the beginning of the game so you cannot mix and match. Despite the payload ts main role will still be target marking.

The Demiurg Special character is apparently the one called Iceheart.

The Battletech Mech in question is the Warhammer IIC mech (no joke about the name.) one of the unseen mechs in the battletech universe. The suit itself is quite big, not quite dreadknight sized but it can “brace”…..yes Matt Ward does play Spacemarine. The trouble is that it will be competing against Broadsides, Skyrays and Hammerheads, all of which have improved, a lot.

Regarding the “HQ unlocks troops” rumour – Well from what I can understand from the mechanic is this. A particular troop type is associated with a particular HQ but in doing so confers a special ability on those troop types.

Tau Ethereal – Unlocks Tau Firewarrior teams.
Tau Fire Commander – Unlocks Tau XV8 Crisis Battlesuit teams.
Kroot Shaper – Unlocks Kroot Carnivore squads.
Demiurg Ancient – Unlocks Demiurg Warrior squads.

I can understand the thought process behind the mechanic from what I know of the basic fluff regarding the Tau.

However I would have thought that Firewarriors would have always remained as basic troops and an Ethereal would have unlocked Honour Guard but it seems from the snippets of info I’ve been able to peice together that an Ethereal confers Preferred Enemy (Everything) and BS4 on those Firewarrior squads he leads making Honour Guard redundant.

All that I can say is known about the Demiurg is that they are the Tau’s main anti-MEQ unit. How effective they are I cannot say.

Actually you might be surprised. My sources and the several other rumour mongers have started indicating that Templars might actually be next followed by Tau, this is normally a sign for me that what I am hearing is correct but with recent developments such things are by no means certain.

I have however recently discovered that the Tau are in the proofreading stage of development which means that the codex is written but it has not yet quite gone to the printers. Now this means that all GW have to do is give the nod and the codex can be printed in numbers pretty quickly. All they then have to do is ramp up the advertisement, distribution and product support and we have them ready to go for our very much enjoyment.