Last weekend, January 23rd, Games Workshop live streamed The Dead and the Divine, an online preview. Like previous online previews, Decadence & Decay being the latest, we’re receiving glimpses of exciting new models, books, and games, but not much in terms of pricing or launch dates. So, whet your appetite on these teasers and we’ll let you know when the meal is ready.
Divine led off strong with the Sisters of Battle. We’d already seen a new 2021 release with the Palatine in our Piety & Pain preview. Today, we’re looking at the Paragon Warsuit.
So, first speculating on scale. I eyeball the sister’s actual legs ending above the knee of the Warsuit which makes the whole model 75% to 90% larger than a regular sister. Therefore we’re probably looking at a 50mm base for the model. Yes, she is freaking big. Hopefully she’ll have a Toughness and Wounds to match. Pictures further in the video imply they come in a unit of three.
The Paragon Warsuit shown bears a multimelta, a storm bolter on each shoulder, and one big power sword. Other models seen in passing in the video shows other Warsuits with the Sisters of Battle traditional heavy weapons; heavy flamer and heavy bolter.
The kit appears to come with a variety of melee weapons as well. In addition to the power sword, a large power mace is clearly visible on one model. The third model’s weapon is just out of the shot. Games Workshop may be hiding something new just out of frame. Only future teasers or rules previews will tell for sure.
The shoulder mounted secondary weapons, a pair of storm bolters, look to be present on the main model and one from the video. The third model however, sure looks like it has three small warheads on each side. Could this be a variant of the fragstorm or krakstorm grenade launchers? It would be very exciting to see some newer Imperial weaponry filtering to other forces.
Kill Team – Pariah Nexus
Next up on The Dead and the Diuvine, Necrons and Space Marines clash as Kill Team returns with a large boxed set, Pariah Nexus. We knew from earlier sneaks that Kill Team would start following the Warhammer 40,000 story line, but I had not expected it to be so large. Indeed, we’re looking at something similar to Kill Team – Rogue Trader with scenario rulebooks, boards, scatter / themed terrain, and two sides. Fortunately, the sides are the multi-part miniatures slated for general release and not bespoke.
The force decisions feel like an odd choice since we’re looking at Arena style boards. The Heavy Intercessors are dedicated long range troops Cramped corridors and closed doors aren’t to their liking. They do have a good set of assault options for their heavy bolt rifles. If you’re playing this as Kill Team, that might be your best bet.
On the other hand, Flayed Ones don’t have much in the way of AP to counter the high marine saves. I expect the Chronomancer will have a few answers for that based on Codex: Necrons.
Our hosts in The Dead and the Divine video shared that rules for units included in Indominus also appear in the Pariah Nexus book. If you have Indominus or the various starter editions, you’ll have more flexibility this and future Kill Team scenarios.
I know the units shown are desperately wanted by regular Warhammer 40,000 players. That makes the choice of their inclusion disturbing. Many, many people who don’t play Kill Team might want these sets on launch. Thus making it hard for Kill Team players to secure a copy.
The good news, the stream hosts stated the new kits would be released separately “soon”. I would hope no later than the end of the same quarter.
Let’s move from small scale conflict to the largest struggle the galaxy has ever seen, the Horus Heresy. Adeptus Titanicus captures the largest battle of this period with some of the smallest, large miniatures currently available.
Behold, the Warmaster Titan.
Outclassing every other Imperial Titan, including the mighty Warlord Titan, the Warmaster bears a pair of plasma destructors and a revelator missile launcher. An additional two shoulder mounts carry smaller, but no less deadly weapons.
Alongsidethe release of the Warmaster, Adeptus Titanicus expands with Loyalist Legios. The tome covers a range of loyalist specific Titan upgrades, strategems, and wide selection of lore.
Don’t worry herectics, your book will be arriving soon after the release of this one. Horus and his allies will get what’s coming to them in time.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar
Next in The Dead and the Divine, we’ll shift from the grim far future of our galaxy to the World That Was. Enter the Mortal Realms during the Age of Sigmar.
In 2020 the Lumineth Realm-lords unleashed their blinding glory upon the realms. This year, they continue to expand the range.
Warhammer Community teased some very fantastical archer cavalry, the Hurakan Windchargers, earlier in the month. Resembling kangaroos of all things, the treerunner mounts continue to push the oddities of the Mortal Realms.
Furthering the strangeness check over the Varani Lord Regent. With a bovine face, horns, clawed paws and a long tuffed tail, the Lord’s mount resembles a mix of bovine and great cat. Strange choices from GW, but they have the skills to make this model work,
Now for The Dead and the Divine, we got something even stranger.
This is Sevireth, Lord of the Seventh Wind, a strange fox-like creature borne aloft by the wind spirits of Hysh. With a similar floating design we’ve seen on the Celestant-Prime, Nagash, C’Tan Shard of the Void Dragon, Sevireth promises to be a high powered Hero. He embodies the force of the winds (aka air) as Avalenor, The Stone King did for the mountains (earth). Will we see a whole line of elemental themed Heroes from Hysh?
We might not get an answer to that question soon. However the next Broken Realms book, Teclis will provide some answers. Remember, Teclis always has a plan. This time he’s taking the Soul Wars straight to Nagash! We’ll see the storyline advance alongside new warscrolls for Lumineth Realm-lords unit, and new warscroll battalions for a host of factions. You’ll see battalions for Lumineth Realm-lords, naturally, Cities of Sigmar, Maggotkin of Nurgle, Flesh-eater Courts, and Ossiarch Bonereapers.
But what about Morathi? The last Broken Realms ended with her “apotheosis”. With that success, alongside the conquest of Anvilguard, we should be seeing greatly expanded rules in a new Battletome: Daughters of Khain. And here it is!
Alongside the Battletome, we’ll be seeing Daughters of Khaine Endless Spells for the first time. As you’d expect blood, more blood, and serpents made of blood make up the contents for this Endless Spells box.
Whose up for more blood? Pull your collar up against more than the cold when this warband arrives.
Four vampires, very reminiscent of their Old World kin, form The Crimson Court. The warband rewards highly aggressive tactics, but they’re held back by the need to “control their hunger”. If not fed properly, their aggressive play leads to heavy penalties.
With the successful end of Warhammer Quest – Blackstrone Fortress we return to the Mortal Realms. Here, heroes attempt to overturn the dominion of the dead in Ulfenkarn.
With a revised and refined rules set, Warhammer Quest – Cursed City promised another nail biting expedition into the unknown. Will you join them?
While Gams Workshop says the release of Cursed City is still many weeks away, they have revealed two of the fantastic models in the game. One of our heroes and a scion of evil.
More of the cast, setting, and game details are set to appear on Cursed City in the near future. Tune in.