12 February 2019
Viva Las Vegas
In a stunning turn of events, Games Workshop has announced that it’s going to stop price-gouging players and will be cutting prices by 75% across its entire product line.
Alas not. But whilst gamers continue to wait for the day when they won’t have to sell a kidney just to afford the new Warhammer starter box, in the interim Games Workshop has previewed a bunch of new releases at this year’s Las Vegas Open.
To start with, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar players can expect a new Khorne Battletome, in addition to a new Daemon model and some new miniatures representing Khornate spells (or, to pre-emptively cut off the lore buffs, whatever Khorne has instead of spells). These are, namely, a blood-drenched symbol of Khorne, a giant skull weeping blood and a blood-drenched axe – anyone else seeing a pattern here?
Sylvaneth – that’s the Wood Elves to those who didn’t get on board with Games Workshop’s efforts to make more copyright-friendly faction names – are also getting some new miniatures for Warhammer Underworlds, the board-cum-miniatures-cum-card game set in the Age of Sigmar universe. The fantasy setting’s also going to be receiving a new game that’s apparently some sort of cross between Underworlds and Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team.
On the Warhammer 40,000 front, Games Workshop has continued its proud tradition of terribly named games with ‘Shadowspear’, a new boxed set pitting Primaris Space Marines against the Black Legion of Chaos. The Primaris are rocking a ‘tacti-cool’ look this time round, with camo-cloaks, night-vision goggles and sniper rifles, whilst the Chaos faction has mostly received redesigns of existing miniatures as well as a few new bits as well.
In addition to what can only be called a Chaos-ified ‘spider-bot’ and a sorcerer with enough finicky details to madden even the most dedicated of painters, the Obliterator and bog-standard Chaos Marine units have also been subjected to a general visual updating and biggering of scale. Whether these will replace the existing separate boxes for these units remains to be seen. Abbadon (the Big Bad of the setting) is also getting a new figure.
Lastly, Games Workshop has continued to coyly tease the upcoming Sisters of Battle release, even whilst other manufactures have already beaten them to it.