In early May, Games Workshop traditionally means Warhammer Fest, the miniature Wargaming company’s largest in-person event that is full of new products. Like many events this year, the Warhammer Fest is online. But that doesn’t seem to have slowed the British publisher in the least. The event is mainly limited to video revelations that were spread over a few days in half-hour sections.
If you haven’t been able to take advantage of the hours of content, here are the biggest announcements for Warhammer 40,000, Age of Sigmar, Necromunda, and more.
After a handful of teasing for the beast Snagga Orkz – including a new one Painboss – A wide range of new Orcs has been announced. The release is accompanied by a new Ork Codex and an Army Box containing 20 Beast Snagga Boyz, three Boyz from Squigs Hoppas and Nobs from Smasha Squigs, as well as a refresh of the second edition character Zodgrod Wortsnagga. Red color is extra.
It was briefly mentioned during the stream that this reveal only represents about half of the new Orcs that have been added to the range. As proof, Games Workshop (GW) showed a more traditional warboss in mega armor. Seems like there’s a bit of Waaagh on the way.
One of the big surprises was the unveiling of a number of models in honor of Dan Abnett’s years of experience Gaunt’s Ghost
These are outstanding plastic models that are full of character and beg for a place of honor in your collection or can be transformed into something extraordinary. The announcement coincided with another note good for future Astra Militarum releases, but more on that in a moment. All I can say is that the pan-galactic cannon fodder of the 41st millennium has never looked better, and these new models easily give them the personality to stand alongside modern day space marines.
Gaunt’s Ghosts are slated to appear along with a new Abnett prequel novel. The Vincula uprising, which will soon be available for pre-order as a limited edition collector’s set with pins, artwork, cards and an important data sheet for playing Gaunt’s Ghost in 40K full fat.
After Gaunt and Tanith First, GW announced an upgrade for the Astra Militarum’s Cadian shock troops. Instead of a completely new kit, the models are repackaged with a brand new set of parts to give them a bit more personality. This includes a selection of new heads and special weapon arms. There are a total of 25 new heads, including a number of expressive shapes of female faces. Like the recent ‘Eavy Metal studio work on the Ultramarines, they were painted in a mix of tones that highlight the POC in the fiction of the universe. It is a long overdue step forward for the base of the Imperial Guard.
GW has thrown it out of the park with its boxing games with real hits in recent years war cry, Necromunda, Warhammer Underworlds, Aeronautical Imperialis, and more. They are all great ways to enjoy the hobby without collecting an entire army. For the Warhammer Fest they have doubled up some new expansions and refreshments.
Aeronautica Imperlalis gets a new box set in which the Adeptus Astartes competes against the Aeldari that GW teased by cruelly announcing its most anticipated kit: a Thunderhawk plastic gunship, but on an 8mm scale instead of 28mm. Still, it’s a beautiful rendering of the iconic Space Marine gunship, full of detail and painted by the GW team in the salamander livery. The Aeldari planes look impressively chic too, and their high speed is sure to mess up the game.
Adepta Sororitas (Sisters of Battle) had also announced their codex for the 9th edition, but the showstopper piece was the battle suit with the High Lord of Terra Morvenn Vahl. It’s always fun to watch big, important characters step onto the battlefield, and Vahl’s battle suit – an upgrade from the previously announced nun in a gundam – is the perfect blend of Gothic excess and future high-tech weapons. She even has shoulder-mounted rocket launchers adorned with statues: that’s 25 miles.
Attention has been wasted War hammer: Age of Sigmar, which shortly before the publication of its third edition as Broken empires The narrative campaign series comes to an end. Kragnos, the new god of destruction and headliner for the final book, seems like a huge centerpiece for any army of destruction.
In the final book, GW will also release a number of new models, including a revised one Lord Kroakand the new one Twins newborns from Slaanesh, set up the scene for a titanic collision Age of Sigmarnext edition.
They followed Kragnos with a string of bestial vampires, introducing the draconian Avengorii dynasty and the lycanthropic Vyrkos dynasty, whose surprise returned Cursed cityis Radukar. New leaders and direwolves make a great addition to Soulblight, but the centerpiece here is Lakua Vai, the mother of nightmares – a chimeric horror that’s part dragon, part bat, part vampire, and all attitude. Eventually Elathain’s Soulraid saw the Idoneth Deepkin make their debut Warhammer Underworlds fourth season, Direchasm, with a war ribbon containing a fish and a crab, much to the delight of the Warhammer online community.
Warhammer Fest has one more day left, and fans can tune in to check it out this weekend. The details will be published live Pull out and archived there as well as on Youtube. The best guess is a new boxing game or, if we’re lucky, the first in a promising series of new in-house animation productions.