Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Thoughts On: New Games Workshop Announcements

Games Workshop have been causing a bit storm at GAMA this week with a barrage of new announcements.  Here is my thoughts that will obviously include a lot of speculation.

First up...

Shadow War: Armageddon

This one is of particular interest to me as I, as you may have been in a previous blog post,  am a huge fan of Necromunda.  Shadow War: Armageddon is a stand alone "squad level" skirmish game "set in the hive cities of Armageddon, with Orks against Space Marines and the option to add almost a dozen more factions".  So far so good.  Sound pretty cool.  But the bit that really peaked my interest was "the ruleset is based off of the classic Necromunda game, including some in-between game advancements and earning experience that can see your small recon-force grow to become an elite unit of honed killers." Interesting...

What does this mean for the future of Necromunda?   Will they ever release a new official version of the game of is Shadow War the new Necromunda?  Who knows?  This release does make perfect sense though.  Rules to play skirmishes in 40k using their pre-existing miniatures meaning you can use models from your 40k army or you can just buy a single box of miniatures and already get involved in the game! I already have eyes on a Genestealer Cult gang...and a Tau Firewarrior team...and a Chaos Marine Gang...basically I am sold on the idea.

You get a squad of Space Marine Scouts, a squad of Ork Boyz,  templates, rules and the usual things in the box but the most impressive is the scenery.  Plastic modular buildings with walk ways and towers and the like.  Very much what I predicted for the new Necromunda box.  It's very elaborate and very Games Workshop (lets play count the skulls!) but looks very cool.  The one thing for me is that it seems like there isn't very much terrain in the box but this.  I wish they had made it a bit less fancy and a bit more plentiful but I assume they will release separate boxes of scenery for use with this and 40k.

And most exciting of all is that Shadow War: Armageddon is coming out in April!!

Kharadron Overloads

Yet again Warhammer: Age of Sigmar is proving to split opinions.  One of the new announcements for the game has been their new race.  the Kharadron Overlords,  a faction of Duardin (Dwarfs to you and me) sky pirates.


I'm not usually a fan of the whole Steampunk thing.  It's a bit over done and, frankly, a bit dated now.  but I think these guys looks pretty damn awesome! A lot of people have complained that they look "to 40k" and are like the much missed Squats from the sci-fi game.  People had the same complaints about the Stormcast Eternal when they came out when AoS was released and it's understandable.  They are certainly making AoS much more unique looking, moving away from the usual Tolken inspired fantasy of old.

In game terms they seem to be armed with a lot of ranged weapons.  Lots of really cool looking guns and cannons.  Very different to anything else we have seen in AoS so far.  Will be interesting to see so these units work in the game! 

I'm a fan of these new sky dwarfs but I understand why people might not like them.  It's pretty simple though, if you don't like them you don't have to buy them.  There are so many unique factions in AoS that all look so different you can pretty much play what you want!

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Thunder & Blood

Another Age of Sigmar announcement was a new starter set called Thunder & Blood.

There isn't a lot of information about this yet but it seems like it is going to be a starter set in the style of the original one with Stormcast vs Khorne (a big clue in that name).  but this time with coloured plastic (red for Khorne and gold for Stormcast),  a double sided play mat and,  this is a really nice touch, the box can be used as a piece of terrain! What a great idea!! I wonder if it works as well as it should!

This seems like the perfect in for people new to AoS.  Another great move from GW making the buy in for the hibby much more accessible!  Looking forward to seeing more about this one. 

And last but not least...

Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire

This one is particularly interesting.  It is just a very cryptic video and a small write up on the Warhammer Community page at the moment.
"This is a new game, set in the Mortal Realms during the Age of Sigmar. It has been designed specifically for competitive, organised play, to support our growing community of gamers out there."

I could be anything.  My first thought was that it might be the Aos equivalent of the 40k Shadow War game above but that doesn't quite match up with the idea of it being designed for competitive play.   Is it a return of the "rank and flank" style of old Warhammer?  Look at that awesome old school logo! Maybe?  Really interested to see what it could be.  Hopefully we won't have to wait to long!

Well it's been a pretty exciting day if you are a Games Workshop fan.  Really looking forward to all of these and I am pretty sure there is much more to come.  A few years ago I don't think I would have ever written this but....well done Games Workshop.  Well done.

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