They are beings of pure psychic energy, warped embodiments of emotion given ghastly purpose. They are every mortal nightmare given terrible form, a tide of destruction that has shattered civilisations and annihilated proud armies beyond counting.
They are the Daemons of Chaos, and they have come to claim your souls.
If the picture above and the video to the left haven't given the game away by now, then today heralds the arrival of reinforcements for the Daemons of Chaos. Several existing units will soon have brand new miniatures and there are even a few new units available, more of which you can see in the video.
The rules for all of these new units in both Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 will be be available in a handy Daemon-filled booklet that comes with August's issue of White Dwarf, so when you place your order for your new sets don't forget to include a copy of White Dwarf if you're not already a subscriber. All of the kits below are available to advance order right now. Should you place your order by the end of Sunday and choose to have your purchases sent to your local Games Workshop then it will be sitting there waiting for you on Saturday 4th August - the day of release. Alternatively, if you order after that date, or choose to have it sent to a different address (such as the Realm of Chaos), then your order will arrive the week commencing Monday 6th August.
The new stuff:
The set that many of you have been waiting for are the Plaguebearers of Nurgle. I think my mantra of 'good things come to those who wait' is entirely justified with these miniatures - they may be the last plastic foot troops of the four Gods to be released, but they are truly stunning miniatures. Every model is covered in pustules, open sores, gnashing fangs, rotten horns and a host of other nauseating features that'll make your stomach roil with disgust. Of particular note are all the little extras in the kit such as the Nurlings and maggots which can be used to garnish the bases of your models.
On the subject of Nurglings, we've also got new models for them too. These creepy little blighters may look vaguely cute, but the more you look at them the more you realise how nasty they actually are. Beady eyes sit above fang-lined maws; boils, maggots and intestines are strewn around them and one of them is even heralding their arrival with a torrent of chunky puke. The really cool news is that they can be built in 27 different combinations, meaning that no two piles of Nurglings in your force will ever look the same (unless you want 28 bases of them, of course...).
Last but not least, the followers of Tzeentch also receive reinforcements. The Screamers and Flamers of Tzeentch now have brand-new miniatures and, rather excitingly, they're both plastic kits. The Screamers are more lithe and organic than ever before and their manta-like forms are covered in eyes and fangs, all the better to see you and chomp you up. Meanwhile the Flamer miniatures have been given 25% more flame (that's not an exact measurement by the way, just an estimate) and there's even a few extra bits to upgrade one of them to a Pyrocaster. There's also one last addition to the armies of Tzeentch - the Blue Scribes. These cheeky (but inherently quarrelsome) Blue Horrors have been tasked by Tzeentch to record every spell every written. As befits their job role, they float into battle on a modified Disc of Tzeentch covered in books, scrolls and pieces of parchment recording all the spells they encounter on their travels through the mortal realm.
Now that was a lot of great stuff right there, but we're still not finished. This weekend also marks the release of August's issue of White Dwarf which, as you've probably guessed already, is packed full of Daemons of Chaos. There's not one but two battle reports, in which the Daemons take on two of their greatest enemies - the High Elves and the Eldar. There are also some superb painting tips for painting Daemons, a return to Blanchitsu, an Arena of Death, a stunning Ork display for Armies on Parade and, of course, the very important booklet with all the rules updates and unit bestiaries for Daemons in both Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000.