Sigmar’s Blood is a brand new event in the timeline of Warhammer. Yes, you read that correctly, a brand new event that’ll leave the Old World reeling in terror.
In the Empire, all eyes are turned to the north, the Imperial armies fighting a constant battle against the forces of Chaos. Unbeknownst to them, and right on their doorstep, Mannfred von Carstein has returned to claim Sylvania for his own. Throwing down a bloody gauntlet (or, more accurately, a mutilated body), he has seceded from the Empire and plunged the province into darkness. It’s rumoured that he’s gathering powerful artefacts in an attempt to resurrect the world’s most powerful Necromancer, but he still needs several vital items to complete his ritual, including Sigmar’s blood.
The book includes a huge amount of background narrative, detailing Volkmar the Grim’s crusade to hunt down and slay Mannfred von Carstein and return Sylvania to the Empire. You’ll meet new characters and read about Mannfred’s nefarious plans, while witnessing the downfall of Sylvania in more detail than ever before. It’s a grim book, darker than anything the forces of Chaos have ever thrown as the Empire, and something any Warhammer hobbyist will need in their life.
Volkmar’s Crusade is represented as a campaign, which you can play through using your Warhammer armies. Each scenario uses different forces, the final battle bringing them all together outside the walls of Castle Sternieste. Having fought through the campaign using my Empire army, it’s a brilliantly tense and nail-biting adventure. Sadly, Matt is a far better commander than I am, as you’ll see in December’s Battle Report. Maybe you’ll fare better with your own armies.
Also out this weekend are a host of other products, from Mirkwood Elves and Dwarves in Barrels, to the Stronghold Assault and Escalation supplements for Warhammer 40,000. Most of these products will be available off the shelf in Games Workshop stores around the world, though you can also order them right here.
It’s only another seven days until until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is released. And with a new movie comes a swathe of new miniatures, including plastic kits for Mirkwood Rangers and Palace Guards, plus two stunning plastic characters: Legolas Greenleaf and Tauriel, all of which make appearances in the film. You can see the full range of new miniatures below.
There’s also a new supplement, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which enables you to field these new miniatures as part of your collection. It includes rules for using them in pitched battles and a series of scenarios, which track the progress of Thorin’s Company as they make their way from the Misty Mountains to Lake-town. You can even fight the Barrels out of Bond scenario, in which the dishevelled-looking Dwarves escape from Mirkwood down the River Running.
You can find painting guides for both the Mirkwood Rangers and Palace Guards in December’s issue of White Dwarf, plus a stage-by-stage guide for Thranduil, King of Mirkwood.
There's more great news for Thorin's Company today because, to aid them on their quest, we've made all their rules and profiles available to download from the Games Workshop website. It includes all the characters from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, from Thorin Oakenshield and Radagast the Brown, to Azog and The Goblin King. You can find them all here:
Today I’m going to take a closer look at the two new supplements for Warhammer 40,000: Stronghold Assault and Escalation. In these two books you’ll find new ways to fight your battles, new rules for units and scenery, and a wealth of new background to get you in the mood for epic battles and bloody siege warfare.
Stronghold Assault is all about brutal sieges – one army cut off and surrounded, fighting for their lives while the enemy attempts to storm the barricades of their fortress. The book includes 17 datasheets, enabling you to add new fortifications to your collection. There’s no limit on scale either – you can add a single Bastion to your army, or you can go all out and add a full Imperial Defence Network, which includes trenches, bunkers, redoubts and emplacements. There’s even the option to include an Aquila Strongpoint in your games of Warhammer 40,000, a Massive Fortification that your opponents will really learn to fear.
Escalation is the perfect partner for Stronghold Assault, enabling you to add Super-heavy vehicles to your armies. Imagine storming the barricades of an enemy fortifications with your army, backed up by a Stompa or a Khorne Lord of Skulls. The book includes all the rules and dataslates you need to be able to field Super-heavy vehicles and gargantuan creatures as part of your regular Warhammer 40,000 army. There are also 11 new scenarios in which to field your units: eight Altar of War battle missions that’ll test your tactical genius, and three Gauntlet Challenge Missions that pit these mighty Lords of War against each other.
Today’s advent calendar offerings are a short story about Torias Telion from the Black Library and a Tactica guide for the Tau Riptide from the Digital team, which will come in handy if you’re planning on assaulting an Imperial fortress in the near future.
Forge World have released a fabulous new edition of Imperial Armour Volume Two. Or, to give it its full title, Imperial Armour Volume Two – Second Edition: War Machines of the Adeptus Astartes. This weighty 256-page tome includes full rules and background information on 38 vehicles and weapons of the Space Marines, from the Land Raider Helios to the Contemptor-Mortis Pattern Dreadnought and the Fellblade Super-heavy tank.
The first edition of Imperial Armour Volume Two was released almost a decade ago (yes, it really has been that long) and over the last ten years Forge World have released many new kits for the Adeptus Astartes. This new edition includes all the great content from the classic book and adds unit entries for all the new vehicles such as the Relic Sicaran Battle Tank and the Spartan Assault Tank. All the units include a full set of rules, updated for the current edition of Warhammer 40,000, enabling you to use them in your battles. All the artwork is now in full-colour too, with new illustrations depicting the heraldry and colour schemes of dozens of Space Marine Chapters. If you’re into Space Marines and tanks (and why wouldn’t you be?) then this is the book for you. You can order it from the Forge World site now:
Black Library and the Digital team have joined forces to bring us this year’s advent calendar, with a new product from each team being released every day in the run-up to Christmas. There’s even a special treat on Christmas Day, though you’ll have to wait patiently for another 23 days to see what it is.
Peeling back the first Digital advent window, we were delighted to find not one, but three downloads featuring Be’lakor, the Dark Master. Followers of Chaos will know that Be’lakor was the very first Daemon Prince, so it’s only fitting that he’s also the first festive download from the Digital advent calendar. There’s a dataslate for Warhammer 40,000, which chronicles Be’lakor’s history up to the 13th Black Crusade and includes full rules, enabling you to use him in your games. The Battlescroll does the same thing for Warhammer, giving details of Be’lakor’s rise and fall over the millennia, plus a full set of rules for using him in battle. The third download contains both the Dataslate and the Battlescroll in one Be’lakor-themed package. You can download them for iBook and eBook devices here:
The first download from the Black Library is Bjorn: Lone Wolf, a Horus Heresy short story by Chris Wraight. On the world of Velbayne, Leman Russ and the Space Wolves fight a desperate battle against a tide of Chaos Daemons. Yet one warrior does not fight alongside the pack, choosing to battle alone against the tide – the Lone Wolf. You can download the short story here: