As I wrote Friday, Games Workshop held an online preview this weekend. The Decadence & Decay Preview brought us a glimpse of the exciting products arriving in the New Year. Let’s jump right into it!
We’ll make our first stop by warping into Warhammer 40,000. The narrative focus of the storyline shifts to War Zone Charadon chronicling the battles in and around Forge World Metalica. War Zone Charadon, Act 1: The Book of Rust, includes additonal rules for the Death Guard, Adeptus Mechanicus, Imperial Knights, and Drukhari. In addition, Crusade Mission Pack – Plaque Purge provides players with specific missions set within the war zone. The mission pack includes missions and upgrades for everyone, bot just the four listed above.
While we received a good dose of Decay already, Decadence was a bit lacking. The January Codex releases fix that. Codex Drukhari upgrades the raiders of Commorragh with improved attacks, damage, and reliable combat capability. Also, their special rules permit the design of realspace raiding forces without Command Point penalties.
Codex Dark Angels represents the Imperium this January. Like the previous Space Marine releases, this is a Codex supplement and requires Codex Space Marines to use. Ravenwing units become faster and deadlier in assault. Deathwing initiates units from the main book including Dreadnoughts. Plus a range of Stratagems and Relics assist your endless hunt for the Fallen.
Time to dial down from the big picture to the small-scale struggles occurring on Necromunda. Open up the House of Artiface to build your next Van Saar gang. In addition to the game specific strategies, lore, and technology, Van Saar brings two new fighters to your table. The new boxed models range from Archeoteks, masters of House technologies, to the Neoteks, fast moving grave-cutter pilots.
Warhammer – Age of Sigmar
Let’s turn away from the far flung reaches of Warhammer 40,000 and journey again to the Mortal Realms. Here, decadence has never looked so good.
Sigvald the Magnificent returns from the World That Was as a Prince of Chaos. Clad intricate golden armor with flowing blonde locks he appears as a wonderous hero. On closer look, one finds the many sigils of Slaanesh, the eight-pointed shield, and the horns aren’t representative of the Lumineth. And then there is the twisted face looking down upon everyone with distain.
Accompanying Sigvalt’s return are two new Hedonites of Slaanesh units. Both the Myrmidesh Painbrings and Symbaresh Twinsouls arrive clad in heroic golden armor, but the signs of Chaos are stronger on them both. Painbringers wield sword and board while the Twinsouls carry heavier weapons.
Kharga’s Ravagers will be the first expansion for Warhammer Hunderworlds – Direchasm. Games Workshop revealed little more about them other than the two center characters are sisters, wizard and warriors leader. In gameplay, they are able to desecrate objectives which turns them off for the other teams. Oops!
And the last reveal, a new Treebeard sculpt in plastic to lead your March of the Ents. Treebeard ships with both Merry and Pippen. Each hobbit has two models in this kit, one on foot and the other sculpted to cling to Treebeard’s branches.
In addition having a mighty stat-line, Treebeard may grab enemy models and use them as improvised clubs. Ouch!
I hope you enjoyed this review of Decadence & Decay. If you’d like to see the whole preview show, then head over to Twitch Warhammer for the video.