News/Rumours – Leaked images of the new Tau models

Images dropped last night on the Warhammer Tau Blog and then spread like wildfire around the internet of the rumored new Tau models release. This release had originally been rumoured for mid-September, it now appears to be October 10th by the cover of the White Dwarf below, and I’m really looking forward to this.

Leaked White Dwarf  89 - CoverLeaked White Dwarf  89 - BackLeaked November Issue of Warhammer Visions with Tau  Stormsurge on the coverLeaked White Dwarf  89 - Tau Fire WarriorsLeaked White Dwarf  89 - Closeup Tau Fire Warriors and new XV8 Battlesuit in the background

The new massive Riptide variant on the cover of the November Issue of Warhammer Visions called Stormsurge, thought to be Games Workshop’s answer to the amazing Forgeworld R’Varna Battlesuit.

Sporting a huge shoulder mounted Rail weapon (though is you compare the cover of Warhammer Visions to the back of White Dwarf you will see that the shoulder weapon changes, so there will be at least 2 options for this weapon), 4 seeker missiles, a huge main missile pod payload, and a host of secondary smart missile systems, it is sure to bring the pain to your opponent on the table, and increase competition for an already heavily contested Heavy Support slot.

If that was all, we would have been happy, but Games Workshop went the extra mile. Releasing a new design of Firewarrior which are a welcomed improvement, minor alterations to the XV8 battlesuit design (seems to be able to pivot at the waist), and another smaller Riptide variant sporting an Ion Cannon style weapon and Fusion Guns. This smaller variant has been rumored to be a “Stealth” variant, which would be awesome.

With still more than 3 weeks to go until this release hits the shops, I, as I am sure every other Tau player is getting very excited, and are counting the days until it hits the shelves.

Tau KX139 Taunar Supremacy Armour

Not to forget, the Forgeworld Tau titan that went on sale last week at the Forgeworld open day, and will hopefully go on general release in the coming weeks, this is a very good time to be a Tau player.

Alternative GW Miniatures from Wargame Exclusive

I stumbled across this site on twitter and I am very thankful I did. As the title suggests, Wargame Exclusive produce alternative Games Workshop miniatures, primarily female alternatives for miniatures, with a strong Ecchi theme. This includes a number of naked, semi-naked, or suggestive miniatures that might be frowned upon at your local gaming store, but in addition to that there are some fantastic alternatives to main miniatures.

An example would be the Greater good deep strike veteran ranger ‘Big Shas’ which could serve as both an alternative Fireblade Cadre, or painted up as a marble or brass statue to shout out to the world how the Tau can really look bad-ass.

TAU DEEP STRIKE VETERAN RANGER BIG SHAS

There are also a number of amazing ‘non-Ecchi’ Adepta Sororitas alternatives that look great, units of plague zombies, and even come conversion bits for various miniatures but the most exciting for me are the alternative heads for the Adeptus Mechanicus Kastelan Robots.

SORORITA SISTER WITH YOUNG PROGENIUMKORPS OF BLITZ KRIEG ZOMBIE MUTANTSAdeptus Mechanicus Kastelan Robot heads

Personally I picked up a ‘Big Shas’ miniature, from payment to delivery it was 12 days, and the quality was very good. During construction I only found one moldline which was very easy to clean off, and very little in the way of release agent, meaning I could very quickly get into assembly and painting. Check them out if you are in the market for some high quality alternatives.

#miniaturemonday 15/06 Assassinorum: Execution Force – Assassins

Last weekend I picked up the Assassinorum: Execution Force board game by Games Workshop. After assembling the models quickly and giving them a quick zenithal priming, I challenged my brother to a game.

Execution Force, is a cooperative game where you play 1 of 4 imperial assassins, in the game I played, we each had 2 assassins, and you are playing against the clock, and the game. It was quite fun and as our second turn showed, it can go very quickly wrong for the players.

I was running the Vindicare, and the Culexus assassins, and my brother was running the Callidus and Eversor. We decided to split up as to quickly cover as many of the rooms as we could to try and find the control room and teleporter before we were overrun with cultists.

Unfortunately for my brother he attacked and failed to kill a cultist who shot him twice rolling 2 6’s in a row, outright killing Callidus. This was an unlikely situation as Callidus should have easily killed the cultist, and the odds were against the cultist being able to even hit the assassin. At that point we went from 4 to 3 assassins.

Eventually we found the temple the ritual was taking place and worked our way to the chaos lord who was the boos enemy for the mission. Luckily I had not used the omega protocols for either of my assassins, so I was able to stun the chaos lord for 2 turns which allowed the Eversor to take a chunk of health away, before the Vindicare delivered the fatal shot.

Assassinorum Execution Force - Final battle - Victory

Following the completion of the mission I started work on painting the assassins, and by Monday morning I have 3 complete. I hope to have the last assassin, the Eversor ready for a re-match.

Vindicare, Callidus, and Culexus Assassins

Warhammer World open Day 2015

This weekend was the Warhammer World re-opening day and from what we saw from afar it looked to be an amazing event. Of particular interest was finally getting to see the new Warlord Titan complete, assembled and a few of them painted and they looked epic!

Warlord Titan - FrontWarlord Titan - RearWarlord Titan - Alternate HeadWarlord Titan - SideWarlord Titan - TopWarlord Titan - Close-up of rear

And someone was nice enough to snap a photo of the stats from the next Horus Heresy book, This will be a hard nut to crack with a base armour of 15, 30 Hull points and from the images above looks like 8 void shields. In a 30k Game it is nearly indestructable without other Titans (as it should be), and even in the current Eldar 40k meta at the moment, with more D than you can shake a stick at, it is still formidable.

Warlord Titan - Stats

Not to overshadow this, Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines and Sigismund, First Captain of the Imperial Fists, were also on sale. They look amazing! ForgeWorld have really captured the essence of the Primarch and the first Captain.

Roboute Guilliman - Primarch of the UltramarinesSigismund - First Captain of the Imperial Fists

There were a couple of things which sneaked under the radar with a Chaos Knight conversion kit, a legs conversion kit for the Lord of Skulls, and a Nurgle (Demon Prince/ Grater Demon thing).

Lord of Skulls - Leg Conversion KitNurgle Demon Prince / Greater Demon?Chaos Knight Titan

Many thanks to everyone who posted pictures during the event especially @Dark_Spartan_UK, @OnTheLam, @blacklibrarium, @lillegendstudio, and Rictus over on recalcitrantdaze for his amazing high-res pictures from the day.

Rampant Rumours – Mechanicus, Knight Titans, and new brushes

This has been the week of great reveals, while it has been discussed for a while, we now have images of the new Cult Mechanicus models to be released very soon.

White Dwarf Leaked Cover Image - Issue 66White Dwarf leak - new Imperial Knight Crusader VariantWhite Dwarf leak - new Imperial Knight VariantSales Poster for the Cult Mechanicus

In addition to this we also seem to have a new set of brushes coming from the Citadel Studios. This one seemed to sneak under the radar, which should not be supprising considering the wealth of rumours above.

Leaked White Dwarf - New Brushes

As these are leaked images of the new White Dwarf, they are pretty much confirmed. Today the Games Workshop website seemed to be displaying an error.

Games Workshop Webstore Error

This error seems to confirm the Warden rumours, while the link does lead to a 404 error page it is an interesting confirmation, I’m looking forward to the coming weeks.