Today we've got some rather exciting news from the digital team, who have just completed work on their latest products for the iPad - The Empire army book, a Daemons of Chaos painting guide and six new battle missions for Space Marine players. All very exciting I think you'll agree. To find out more about our range of Digital Products and for the place to download them, simply follow this link to see what else we have on offer. Otherwise, check out the pictures below to see more about each of our new products:
Much like the Space Marine and Necron Codexes that we have already put on the iBookstore, the Empire army book is chock-full of new features. In addition to the army list, the bestiary and the miniatures gallery you've also got several new features such as 360 degree images of many of the miniatures and a rather handy shortcut button for accessing unit entries. A simple press of a button takes you from army list entry to unit bestiary, and a second click takes you to the unit summary sheet, which means even in the heat of battle you can look up units, rules and other information very quickly and easily. One of the biggest features, however, is that like the Space Marine and Necron Codexes, the Empire army book is entirely up-to-date with rules and FAQs and will be periodically updated when new FAQs are released. Great news all round I'd say!
How to Paint Daemons of Chaos is, in a nutshell - stunning. I was certainly not prepared for what was in the How to Paint guide. The first thing to note is that it is 62 pages long. Included within these pages are painting guides representing all four of the Chaos Gods from Bloodletters and Juggernauts of Khorne to Plaguebearers of Nurgle, Flamers of Tzeentch and the Seeker Chariot of Slaanesh. There's even a handy chart to show you all the colours you would need for the army and a modelling and painting guide for the Soul Grinder. Overall the whole guide is well laid out, the pictures and painting stages are all very clear and the instructions that go with them are easy to follow.
The last Digital Product is Altar of War, a new series of battle missions for the Space Marines. There are six new missions, all designed to illustrate the different ways that the Space Marines go to war. Missions such as 'Hammer Blow' represent the Space Marines' penchant for brutal fast-flowing warfare, while 'Willing Sacrifice' shows a small holding force take on overwhelming odds while waiting for reinforcements. It's certainly going to be fun trying them all out.
And to finish off today we thought we'd show off a couple of nicely painted models that tie in with the new Digital releases. These Empire Demigryph Knights were painted by Darko Bozic, who's been slowly painting up a unit of them to add to his Empire force. Currently he only has two of them finished, including a unit champion converted from the body of the Grandmaster of the Knights of the White Wolf. You can also see the fantastic bases that Darko is working on for his new unit, which represents the floor of a ruined temple.
And how could we announce a new Space Marine release without showing off some Space Marines? This beautiful version of Sergeant Chronus was sent in to us by Jinsong Lee, who painted the whole model as if the blue armour was highly reflective. You have to check out all the pictures in the gallery to truly appreciate how much hard work went into this model. In particular, check out his knee pad, the gleam on his gauntlets and the back of the backpack on the Sergeant next to Chronus. Jinsong Lee painted the models using a basecoat of Lothern Blue followed by two layers - Altdorf Guard Blue and Macragge Blue. A glaze of Guillliman Blue was used to help blend all the colours together.