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:
There are a host of new products now available to pre-order for Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000 and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Before you start reading, check out the video above, which is all about the two new supplements for Warhammer 40,000: Escalation and Stronghold Assault.
These books give you several different ways of playing Warhammer 40,000. Where Stronghold Assault brings new rules and scenarios for scenery in your battles (including siege warfare), Escalation shows you how to introduce super-heavy vehicles to your games of Warhammer 40,000. Even better, the two books can be used in the same game, enabling you to field an Aquila Strongpoint on one side and a Khorne Lord of Skulls on the other. The battlefields of the 41st Millennium have never been so terrifying (or explosive). You can also pre-order both books for eBook devices:
Unless you’ve been hidden in a cave at the bottom of Goblin Town, you’ll know the second movie in The Hobbit trilogy is just around the corner. Available to pre-order this weekend is a wave of new miniatures and a supplemental source book for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Strategy Battle Game. You can find stage-by-stage painting guides for the Mirkwood Rangers, the Palace Guard and Thranduil, King of Mirkwood in December’s White Dwarf.
Not wanting to be left out, there’s a new campaign book out for Warhammer: Sigmar’s Blood. It’s a rip-roaring campaign that pits the Empire against the Vampire Counts in the dread land of Sylvania. We’ll be taking a closer look at it on White Dwarf Daily next week. There’s also a tie-in novella written by Phil Kelly, which sets the mist-wreathed scene perfectly.
To finish off, the novella Aurelian is also available to pre-order. It features Lorgar, the Primarch of the Word Bearers Legion at the pivotal moment of his treachery, turning his back on the Emperor and staring, unblinking, into the Eye of Terror. Even better, Black Library also have free shipping on all orders until Christmas.
If you place your pre-order before midnight on Sunday 1st of December and choose to have it sent to your local Games Workshop Hobby Centre then it will be sitting there waiting for you on Saturday 7th of December - the day of release. Choose to have it sent to another address and it will arrive with you in the week commencing the 9th of December.
This weekend sees Azog the Defiler, one of the most eagerly awaited miniatures for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Strategy Battle Game, go on pre-order. Many of you will have seen the movie by now and this miniature of Azog captures the barbaric feel of the character perfectly. 'Miniature' is probably not the right word to describe him though, because Azog is huge. He towers above Dwarves and men and, when mounted on the White Warg, is a very imposing figure indeed. His face and body are heavily scarred and his left arm is missing at the elbow - a result of his run-in with Thorin Oakenshield at the Battle of Azanulbizar. A crude metal claw replaces it, the end jutting out from his muscles where it has been hammered into place. As evil characters go, Azog is easily the mightiest and surely one of the most impressive.
Alongside Azog there are also three new miniatures for Thorin Oakenshield, Balin the Dwarf and Dwalin the Dwarf. These models represent them at the battle of Azanulbizar when they were younger - Balin was more spritely, Thorin Oakenshield had just acquired the eponymous Oakenshield and Dwalin had a lot more hair. All three of these models are wonderfully characterful and would make a great addition to any collection of Strategy Battle Game miniatures.
If you place your pre-order before midnight on Sunday 7th of July and choose to have it sent to your local Games Workshop Hobby Centre then it will be sitting there waiting for you on Saturday 13th of July - the day of release. Choose to have it sent to another address and it will arrive with you in the week commencing the 15th of July.
Radagast the Brown on Sleigh is the latest miniature to be released in an ever-growing range of miniatures for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Strategy Battle Game. This dynamic piece captures beautifully the scene in the movie when Radagast draws Azog's hunters away from Thorin's Company in a helter-skelter chase that's as much planned as it is spontaneous. Michael Perry has captured this image perfectly, with Radagast clinging on to his sled with one hand and his hat with the other as the Rhosgobel rabbits tear across the moorlands of Eriador. There is even a scenario in the Strategy Battle Game rules manual written specifically for this part of the story, in which Radagast and his sleigh play a starring (and highly entertaining) role.
Since the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Strategy Battle Game last year, we've released almost 50 new character models and 10 plastic kits to add to your collection of miniatures from Middle-earth. With so many models being released it can be quite hard to keep track of what's come out so, to help you build your collection, I've included a few of the most popular kits alongside Radagast. You can find the full range of miniatures in the links below:
If you place your pre-order before midnight on Sunday 28th of April and choose to have it sent to your local Games Workshop Hobby Centre then it will be sitting there waiting for you on Saturday 4th May - the day of release. Choose to have it sent to another address and it will arrive with you in the week commencing the 6th May.
The High Elves' existence is one of eternal battle, fought with a courage and skill that only they possess. - Warhammer: High Elves.
Forces of Destruction beware, for the glittering host has awoken and a time of reckoning will soon be at hand. Let none stand in the way of the High Elves, for the world is theirs by right and they will fight for eternity to see it returned to them. To help the High Elves in their mission there are six fantastic new kits available to pre-order including the mythical Flamespyre Phoenix, the swift-flying Skycutter and the sinister Shadow Warriors, not to mention a brand new army book. In addition to the High Elf releases, there are also two new Digital Products, six Black Library book and the brilliant Radagast the Brown on Sleigh for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Strategy Battle Game. First up, the High Elves:
The Flamespyre Phoenix is a magical creature that burns with a constant, unrelenting flame. As a monster they are fearsome creatures in their own right, but when ridden to war by an Anointed of Asuryan, they become far more deadly. With a wingspan rivalling that of the High Elf Dragon, the Flamespyre Pheonix is a large and impressive centrepiece for any High Elf collection. It's fiery body is a real eye-catcher and makes for a wonderful painting challenge, as I found out when I painted one for the Paint Splatter article in May's White Dwarf.
Phoenixes, as the legends go, don't stay dead for long though, and may rise from the ashes of their demise to fight again on the field of battle. Yet the longer they burn, the colder they become and in time their bodies will become so cold that they turn to ice, projecting an aura of frozen death before them. Because of the way this multi-part plastic kit has been designed, you can construct either a Flamespyre Phoenix or a Frostheart Phoenix with a choice of riders - an Anointed of Asuryan or the renowned Caradryan, Captain of the Phoenix Guard.
Another new unit to the High Elves is the Lothern Skycutter. This flying chariot is just one of the many magical creations to leave the shores of Ulthuan, pulled along by a Swiftfeather Roc and commanded by daring warriors of Lothern. The kit comes with a vast array of options, enabling you to make a variety of different kits including a Skycutter with an Eagle Eye bolt thrower. Probably my favourite part of the kit, however, is the Sea Helm - a hero that can take the Skycutter as a mount. Alternatively, you can fill the hull of the Skycutter with the regular crew and take the Sea Helm on foot instead. It's a beautifully diverse kit that we chat to the designers about at length in White Dwarf's This Month in the Design Studio.
The Shadow Warriors are the third new multi-part plastic kit to come out. The kit has also been designed so that you can build the fabled Sisters of Avelorn. It's incredible how two such different-looking units can come from the same kit. The enclosed helms and sweeping capes of the Shadow Warriors really set them apart from other High Elf models (as befits their clandestine, and not a little sinister, approach to warfare) while the flowing hair and magical bows of the Sisters of Avelorn add another distinctive unit to the High Elf army where they will look great ranked up alongside White Lions, Phoenix Guard and Swordmasters of Hoeth.
On top of these great new units there are also three new characters available - the Loremaster of Hoeth, the Handmaiden of the Everqueen and Alarielle the Radiant. The Loremaster is the ultimate combination of warrior and wizard and, as Jes found out in the High Elf Battle Report, his knowledge of all eight signature spells from the Lores of Magic is an incredibly useful trait. Alarielle the Everqueen makes a welcome return to the High Elf army too and, guarded by her Handmaiden, makes for an intriguing foe that's not to be underestimated.
The iPad Edition of the army book comes complete with a host of additional features that would be impossible to put in the paper version. The first is the 360º miniatures gallery, which includes rotating images of all the new miniatures so that you can see them from pretty much any angle. There's also a very handy series of buttons that allows you to flick effortlessly between the army list, the unit bestiary and the summary pages so that you can look up rules quickly in the heat of battle. The Hobby Team have also crafted a High Elf painting guide to run alongside the new army book. Inside you'll find plenty of stage-by-stage guides and variant colour schemes to help you paint your own glittering host.
Radagast the Brown on Sleigh is available to pre-order this weekend too. This characterful piece shows the brown wizard on his sleigh as he tries to evade Azog's hunters. Pulled by a dozen bounding Rhosgobel rabbits, this is one of the most dynamic pieces released so far for the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Strategy Battle Game. Come back tomorrow to find out more about it or, if you just can't wait, you can order it right now by clicking on the link to the left.
Not to be outdone, the Black Library have six new books available to pre-order this weekend, including Fist of Demetrius - the sequel to Angel of Fire (which is now also available in paperback), all six Soul Drinkers novels compiled into two Omnibuses, Headtaker and a re-release of the Ascension of Balthasar audio drama. Having completely run out of space today, I will take a closer look at these new novels on Monday.
About Pre-orders: If you place your pre-order before midnight on Sunday 28th of April and choose to have it sent to your local Games Workshop Hobby Centre then it will be sitting there waiting for you on Saturday 4th May - the day of release. Choose to have it sent to another address and it will arrive with you in the week commencing the 6th May.