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Horus Heresy 30K news for modelers, gamers and geeks. Warhammer 40,000, Forgeworld, Games Workshop

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    Well, as I predicted, it seems Games Workshop is reaching back out to us with a new Campaign. Centered around the Dark Vengeance set, it's a low points event for some fairly casual play. However, it's still in beta.

    The Gamer's Haven, in Spokane, Washington has the privilege, alongside approximately 12 other stores, (that we're aware of) of beta testing the missions. Apparently a community of over 200 people does count for something. Upon the success of the test event, it'll be rolled out nationally. Check out the details below:

    "On the remote imperial planet of Kaiserslautern VI in a distant sector the servants of the Dark Gods open a new chapter in their unending campaign to destroy the Imperium of Man. Having planted the seeds of rebellion among the populace for centuries, Chaos Lord Krannon the Relentless is now ready to reap the bitter harvest. There is still hope, however, for the citizens loyal to the Emperor. Company Master Balthasar and his Dark Angels stand ready to defend Kaiserslautern VI with their very lives, if necessary. The fate of the planet is now in your hands. It is time to choose sides and once again let slip the dogs of war."

    You will need a few things to play, mainly a small army that uses a modified Force Organization chart.
    - 600 point army that has 1 HQ, 1-2 Troops, 0-1 Elite, 0-1 Fast Attack, 0-1 Heavy Support, and 1 swing slot that can add 1 more slot on any part of the Force Organization chart. Alternatively, you may use either one of the armies from the Dark Vengeance Starter Set. The Dark Angels player may not use the Limited Edition Chaplain however.
    - 1-2 additional Basic Troop choices without upgrades, such as Kabalite Warriors, a Space Marine Tactical Squad, Chaos Cultists, etc. These should be in addition to your 600 point list as they will be added to your army later in the event.
    - 1 Fast Attack choice without upgrades
    - 1 Elite choice without upgrades

    All of these unit are important as this is a story driven campaign that starts with a few small games and builds up larger as you get further into the story. The actual missions will be posted in the store, and score sheets for the event will be handed out on the nights of the event. This is designed as a fun and friendly event, so feel free to come out and have a great time with us. There will be small participation prizes for everyone who shows up such as lanyards and patches, so come out and get some free loot as well!

    So it would seem that this could be a primer for a big summer event. Perhaps along the lines of what I predicted. Time will tell. I'll have a followup for the event after we've held it, so stay tuned. :)

    Son of Dorn

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     Gav Thorpe's short story of the Horus Heresy is now available as an eBook.

    It was released last year as an audio drama.  Now you can read it on yoru iPad, Kindle, etc.


    From The Black Library:

    As Calth burns, the Battle Titans of the Fire Masters legion take to the streets of the city of Ithraca, ready to massacre the fleeing civilian population in the name of their new, dark masters. But the remaining loyalist engines of the Legio Praesagius - the True Messengers - still stand ready to defend the Imperium, even in the face of almost certain death. With the nearby Ultramarines forces scattered and lost, the people of Ithraca must fend for themselves as gigantic war machines unleash apocalyptic weaponry across the ravaged skyline... 


    You can order the ebook on the Black Library website.

    I already bought this as I buy every Horus Heresy book.  My iPad is filling up!

    Nykona



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    Games Workshop stock lost 25% yesterday after release of their 6 month financials.

    You can download the financials here.

    The key numbers are:

    Revenue          £60.5m (2013)    £67.5m (2012)
     
    Pre-tax profit   £7.7m (2013)     £11.1m  (2012)

    That means that sales were down about 12% and profit down about 30%.  Those are huge numbers.  What is notable is that the profit is down so much despite major GW efforts to reduce costs and restructure their retail.  And their gross revenue is down despite the past two years or price increases.



    INTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT 
    First half performance 
    Sales in the first half of the year were down against the comparable period in the prior year, continuing the trend that developed in the second half of 2012/13. During the first half, the rapid transition from multi-man stores to one-man stores and the reduction of trading hours across the Group caused disruption in our retail chain. We also experienced some decline in sales through independent stockists.

    We view these as short-term issues and expect to see growth return in bothchannels. We continue with our store opening programme (27 stores opened, 20 closed in the period) secure in the knowledge that our one man model allows us to ensure new openings are profitable. In the future we expect to benefit from the more focussed selling operation across all channels against the background of a materially lower cost base.

    Changes to operating structure 
    We have just announced a major re-organisation of our sales businesses to allow management by channel: retail, trade and direct. Our retail businesses will be consolidated under a single Retail Sales Manager for each of our key geographic areas – UK, Europe and North America. Trade sales will be consolidated into a global business, operating from Lenton, Nottingham.

    Prospects 
    Our costs are well under control and margins remain strong. Cash management is good and our capital expenditure continues as planned. The principal risks and uncertainties for the rest of the financial year relate to sales and the implementation of the structural changes we have just announced. Whilst profit will remain under pressure during the implementation of the structural changes mentioned above, the board remains confident in the future growth and profitability of the Group.

    Going concern 
    After making appropriate enquiries, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason they have adopted the going concern basis in preparing this condensed consolidated interim financial information.

    I will be adding commentary on the above this weekend.  

    Nykona

     

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    Games Workshop has officially released information on the upcoming White Dwarf changes.


    From Games Workshop:

    White Dwarf magazine goes weekly!
    Saturday 1 February sees the birth of the new, weekly, White Dwarf magazine.
    Saturday 1 February sees the birth of the new, monthly, Warhammer: Visions magazine.
    Yes, that’s right. We’ll be launching two new magazines on the same day, Saturday 1 February.
    White Dwarf, now weekly.
    From Saturday 1 February, White Dwarf will be available each and every Saturday exclusively in your local Games Workshop store, Independent Stockist and at games-workshop.com
    White Dwarf will contain everything that’s new and exciting in the hobby that week, from news and information on all the week’s other new releases, to new columnists, interviews, painting, modelling, game rules and much more. And the price? The same as a pot of your favourite Citadel paint.
    Warhammer: Visions, now monthly.
    Warhammer: Visions will be available on the first Saturday every month in your local Games Workshop store, Independent Stockist, games-workshop.com and local newsstands in the UK, Europe and Australia.
    Warhammer: Visions is a completely new monthly magazine, also from the White Dwarf team. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done before and this super high-quality visual feast weighs in at a whopping 236 pages, each and every month.
    Just 17 days to go and counting.
    After months of planning and hard work, we’re really excited to be able to share this news with you. We were overwhelmed by all the support and feedback you gave us last time we relaunched White Dwarf back in September 2012 (and by your emails and photos that you send us every day – please keep them coming), and we’re even more excited by what we’ve got coming up for you in 2014.
    If you can’t wait for Saturday 1 February and want to know more, then your local Games Workshop store manager has more info…


    You can read it on the Games Workshop website.

     Nykona



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    Forge World has released their Heresy-era version of the durable Achilles Land Raider.

    And they can have twin-linkedVolkite Culverins as sponson weapons!

    From Forge World

    The Achilles-Alpha pattern Land Raider is the most durable vehicle currently in the service of the Legiones Astartes. These vehicles shrug off weapon strikes that would cripple other battle tanks, and are proof against even the most toxic environment. The weaponry of these vehicles is formidable, featuring an advanced quad launcher and powerful volkite batteries.

    The Achilles-Alpha pattern Land Raider model, designed by Stuart Williamson, is a complete multi-part resin and plastic kit that comes with the option of either twin-linked multi-meltas or twin-linked volkite culverins as sponson weapons. This model is available to pre-order now and will be despatched from Friday January 31st.


    You can buy it on the Forge World website here.  It costs £70 or $ 115

    I need 3.  But I think I will settle for one.  While $ 115 isn't bad compared to the $ 75 for a basic Land Raider, it is still $ 115!

    Nykona


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    A look at the highlights of this week in 40K
    And WOW, was this a week of news!  GW Financials, White Dwarf changes and one very cool model from our favorite people at Forge World.

    The GW Mid-year Financials

    Of course, the big news is Games Workshop's spectacularly BAD financials.  

    The basics of which are:

    Revenue          £60.5m (2013)    £67.5m (2012)
     
    Pre-tax profit   £7.7m (2013)     £11.1m  (2012)

    That means that sales were down about 12% and profit down about 30%.  Very big numbers.   What is notable is that the profit is down so much despite major GW efforts to reduce costs and restructure their retail.  And their gross revenue is down despite the past two years or price increases.  GW is still making money, but a publicly traded company need to constantly grow.


    This is the news that you will be hearing lots about over the next few weeks.  It highlights everything that has been said about Games Workshops business practices and constant price increases impacting its business. 


    White Dwarf Changes


    The official announcement of big changes in White Dwarf hit this week.  The monthly Warhammer Visions will be interesting, but the weekly White Dwarf Weekly sounds like a 32 page sales brochure.  And for $ 4?   Why pay to see previews of stuff available that week?

    From Games Workshop:

    White Dwarf magazine goes weekly!

    Saturday 1 February sees the birth of the new, weekly, White Dwarf magazine.

    Saturday 1 February sees the birth of the new, monthly, Warhammer: Visions magazine.

    Yes, that’s right. We’ll be launching two new magazines on the same day, Saturday 1 February.

    White Dwarf, now weekly.

    From Saturday 1 February, White Dwarf will be available each and every Saturday exclusively in your local Games Workshop store, Independent Stockist and at games-workshop.com

    White Dwarf will contain everything that’s new and exciting in the hobby that week, from news and information on all the week’s other new releases, to new columnists, interviews, painting, modelling, game rules and much more. And the price? The same as a pot of your favourite Citadel paint.

    Warhammer: Visions, now monthly.

    Warhammer: Visions will be available on the first Saturday every month in your local Games Workshop store, Independent Stockist, games-workshop.com and local newsstands in the UK, Europe and Australia.

    Warhammer: Visions is a completely new monthly magazine, also from the White Dwarf team. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done before and this super high-quality visual feast weighs in at a whopping 236 pages, each and every month.




    World Wide Campaign in Beta

    A new World Wide Campaign is in beta!  Centered around the Dark Vengeance set, it's a low points event for some fairly casual play. Beta testing is under way.


    Here are the details:

    On the remote imperial planet of Kaiserslautern VI in a distant sector the servants of the Dark Gods open a new chapter in their unending campaign to destroy the Imperium of Man. Having planted the seeds of rebellion among the populace for centuries, Chaos Lord Krannon the Relentless is now ready to reap the bitter harvest. There is still hope, however, for the citizens loyal to the Emperor. Company Master Balthasar and his Dark Angels stand ready to defend Kaiserslautern VI with their very lives, if necessary. The fate of the planet is now in your hands. It is time to choose sides and once again let slip the dogs of war."

    You will need a few things to play, mainly a small army that uses a modified Force Organization chart.
    - 600 point army that has 1 HQ, 1-2 Troops, 0-1 Elite, 0-1 Fast Attack, 0-1 Heavy Support, and 1 swing slot that can add 1 more slot on any part of the Force Organization chart. Alternatively, you may use either one of the armies from the Dark Vengeance Starter Set. The Dark Angels player may not use the Limited Edition Chaplain however.
    - 1-2 additional Basic Troop choices without upgrades, such as Kabalite Warriors, a Space Marine Tactical Squad, Chaos Cultists, etc. These should be in addition to your 600 point list as they will be added to your army later in the event.
    - 1 Fast Attack choice without upgrades
    - 1 Elite choice without upgrades

    All of these unit are important as this is a story driven campaign that starts with a few small games and builds up larger as you get further into the story. The actual missions will be posted in the store, and score sheets for the event will be handed out on the nights of the event. This is designed as a fun and friendly event, so feel free to come out and have a great time with us. There will be small participation prizes for everyone who shows up such as lanyards and patches, so come out and get some free loot as well!



    Forge World Releases Achilles Pattern Land Raider

    And they can have twin-linked Volkite Culverins as sponson weapons!  I do wish they would have changed the kit more to be more Heresy-era.  Basically, they slapped on new sponsons and wallah!  Not enough for me.  I want to see a new front end.


    From Forge World:


    The Achilles-Alpha pattern Land Raider is the most durable vehicle currently in the service of the Legiones Astartes. These vehicles shrug off weapon strikes that would cripple other battle tanks, and are proof against even the most toxic environment. The weaponry of these vehicles is formidable, featuring an advanced quad launcher and powerful volkite batteries.

    The Achilles-Alpha pattern Land Raider model, designed by Stuart Williamson, is a complete multi-part resin and plastic kit that comes with the option of either twin-linked multi-meltas or twin-linked volkite culverins as sponson weapons. This model is available to pre-order now and will be despatched from Friday January 31st.



    The new Tyranid Vanguard Dataslate was previewed.  This is the first of THREE for the Leviathan Hive Fleet.  Tyranid players who are whining about the mediocrity of their list can find solace in this new fluff and formations. 

    Tyranid Vanguard - Rising Leviathan I




    Description

    To the horror of the planetary governor of Satys, a Tyranid hive fleet has cut the planet off from Warp communication, and its creatures are infiltrating the furthest reaches of the planet. The irradiated jungles are being stalked by Lictors, while Genestealers are starting to infest the manufactorums. It is up to the planet’s two Catachan regiments as well as a small strike force of the Aurora Chapter to lead the planet’s defence. But the Hive Mind rapidly responds to the defenders’ tactics, and soon begins to overwhelm the Imperial forces...

    In this Book:
     
    Leviathan Rising is the first book in a trilogy of Tyranid Dataslates, each of which details the different stages of Hive Fleet Leviathan’s assault upon the planet of Satys. This first installment showcases the vanguard organisms of the Tyranid fleet. It contains formations, missions and rules so that you can re-create the hideous invasion techniques of Hive Fleet Leviathan in your games of Warhammer 40,000.



    About this Edition:
     
    This interactive edition features quick-links to special rules for ease of reference during your games.


    That's it for now!  Go forth and game!

    Nykona




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    Forge World has launched a new weekly blog with inside images.

    The blog will serve to keep everyone posted on news and information outside of their Facebook page or email newsletter.

    You can read the blog here:

    http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/News/FORGE_WORLD_BLOG_1.html

    I have to say other than a couple of cool photos, the blog itself is pretty weak.  It doesn't tell us much. As to the photos, we get a sneak peak at the new tank being worked on by Stuart Williamson and we get confirmation that the third book is about done.


    This new tank being worked on is in keeping with the Sicaran tank previously released.

    Work is finishing on the third Horus Heresy book.

    Being a huge Forge World geek, I am totally for more information!  But I would wish that Chris, the author, would be a bit more prolific.

    Nykona


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    The Black Library has put tickets on sale for Black Library Live, their one day event.

    I love these events, and wish I lived in the UK.  I wish GW corporate would clue in as these are events are always great for fans and community relations.
    From The Black Library:


    Black Library Live! is the annual celebration of all things Black Library.

    Held in Warhammer World Nottingham, on Saturday 1st March 2014, this event gives you a full day of Black Library activities, set in the most atmospheric of surroundings at Games Workshop HQ. Attend seminars and Q&A sessions on many different topics, meet a host of our authors and pick up pre-release and exclusive books.

    As this event is held in the iconic home of Games Workshop, you will also have full access to the Citadel Museum, the Warhammer World store and dwarf themed Bugman’s Bar.

    ‘...a vibrant, friendly and shamelessly enthusiastic atmosphere. Top marks to the Black Library & Warhammer World crews! And yes, I’ve already bought tickets for next year.’

    - My Favourite Books on Black Library Live! 2012

    Included in this year’s ticket price is an event exclusive hardback short story anthology.

    Only 450 tickets available so get yours now to avoid disappointment!

    Join the celebration this March, pick up your ticket today.

    Graham McNeill, Rob Sanders, Nick Kyme and Chris Wraight will all be there, along with brand new titles for you to buy, talk about and have them signed.


    Note that there are only 450 of the $ 40 tickets and if you are in the UK you don't want to miss this event!  You can buy tickets on the Black Library website.

    Nykona



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    The changes in the Games Workshop website seem to be coming soon.

    It sems like the combination fo Black Library and Forge World into one website is in fact true, judging by the multiple rumors from different sources.

    Via Necronspurs2012 on Dakka

    New GW Website
     
    -New site launches in March 
     
    -GW, Black Library, Forgeworld sites all merged under the new site umbrella. Unknown if the new FW/BL products will get their own separate areas, or merged into the existing army sub-sections.

    -Forgeworld products available from the new webstore and also orderable in GW stores. 
     
    -Expanded hobby tips and paint schemes content.
     
    -Games Workshop are changing their current look and will have their site, magazines and stores updated by the end of the year. 
     
     
    I am not sure how I feel, but willing to wait and see!
     
    Nykona

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  • 01/22/14--15:46: 40K Rumors, Release Schedule


  • First Larry over at Bell of Lost Souls, has posted this interesting tidbit:

    For all you folks who loved the models in the Dark Vengeance set - word is they are getting the "fancy treatment" in the days ahead.

    Sources have told us that many of the quick assembly minis in the Dark Vengeance set are getting the full treatment and arriving as fully-optioned multi-part plastic kits.  The following are on the way:

    -Helbrute with all the weapon options
    -Chaos Cultist set with options for Plague Zombies
    -Chaos Lord in clampack format said to be bits compatible with the existing CSM range.
    -Chaos Chosen with buckets of god-specific bits including 5 heads per god.
    -Obliterators/Mutilators combo-kit
    -Chaos Havocs with all new visual designs for certain weapons.

    Half of these will ship very soon, the other half closer to Summer.



    And elsewhere...
     
    via Dakka's Necronspurs2012

    Warhammer 40,000 Codex Releases in Order

    - Tyranids (done)
    - Imperial Guard
    - Orks
    - Space Wolves
    - Grey knights
    - Blood Angels
    (With new white dwarf format, dark eldar and necrons expected to)

    40k Expansions

    -Planetstrike redone
    -Fortifications for independent armies, starting with Aegis Defense Lines 

    Forgeworld

    Quoted from an independant source:
    -FW will release codexes containing their products with all rules, stats and fluff for each army for both 40k and Warhammer Fantasy. These will be similar to supplements with new rules and warlord traits. The prices are said to be similar to 40k hard back codices. 


    So there you go!  Lots of cool stuff.

    Nykona
     

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  • 01/23/14--08:19: Games Workshop - What To Do?



  • What is wrong with Games Workshop?  And what do they need to do to get back in the driver's seat?

    The 2 5% drop in Games Workshop stock last week lead to some big questions that have been asked again and again over the past couple years.  # 1 being:  "What the hell are they thinking?"
     
    When Games Workshop releases their  6 month financials they were BAD.  Yes, they are still making money, but compared to the previous 12 months they are down big.

    Revenue          £60.5m (2013)    £67.5m (2012)

    Pre-tax profit   £7.7m (2013)     £11.1m  (2012) 

    So sales were down about 12% and profit down about 30%.  Those are huge numbers - especially for a public company beholden to the shareholders.  A public company must keep growing to maintain or grow its stock price.

    What is notable is that the profit is down so much despite major GW efforts to reduce costs and restructure their retail.  And their gross revenue is down despite the past two years of price increases, an increase in the velocity of releases and new product, and significant sales growth in the Black Library and Forge World divisions.

    So what is the problem?


    Unit sales are down.  That is obvious.  People are buying less plastic crack. GW specifically notes that their trade sales are down as well.  Why?  Pretty simple, prices are TOO HIGH.

    Nothing new here.  Last year I did a poll on the Apocalypse40K Facebook page.  I asked how the price increase was affecting people's buying habits.  With over 100 responses, 75% of the people said they were BUYING LESS.

    A Land Raider increased in price 50% from 5th to 6th editions!   The basic intro set, increased from $ 50 to $ 100.   I have had one of the top GW managers in the country tell me that GW was cutting its own throat by doing that to the intro kit.  And he told me that GW expects $ 800 in sales the first year after someone buys an intro kit.  So why screw them up front and make that $ 800 less likely?

    This market will simply not take these price increases.  People are not buying new models and they are DEFINTELY not starting new armies.   Three of the top retailers in the US, all of whom are contributors to BoLS, agree, saying sales are down, and people aren't buying GW like they used to.  Heck, I am not buying GW as I used to.  I can't afford to!

    Why does GW not get this?
     
    I think it comes down to one word, stubbornness.  Games Workshop was used to being the only game in town for decades.  They were used to people not having easy alternatives.  But now there is the Internet, Kickstarter and competitors like Privateer Press (Warmachine),  Battlefront (Flames of War) , FFG (X-Wing) and a hundred other smaller game companies growing like weeds.  Yes, GW still makes the best models, but that doesn't mean people will pay a king's ransom for them.

    And this all falls at the feet of the Chairman of the Board, who now is the acting-CEO until they find a new one.  Tom Kirby.  He is making all the big decisions.  He is the guy who took the company public.  He carries the company's glories and also must shoulder it's failings.

    Kirby thinks he knows this business.  But statement after statement tells me he's losing the Midas Touch.  Mark Wells, the GW CEO who left early last year, was a good CEO.  A retail specialist, who had previously worked at Boots, the English chain store, the company did well under Wells. But despite his leadership, they made one big mistake, they increased prices to the bleeding edge, then one step beyond where the majority of the customerbase could afford it.  And in an economy that was difficult to begin with, that meant trouble.  They were able to hide that trouble for a bit through internal cost-cutting, but now  with the company lean and cut down to the bone, they are facing big problems. 

    And worse for GW shareholders, the whole idea of selling the company at peak value is now not going to happen any time soon. GW proudly touts that they don't do discounting - unless of course you're looking to pick up an English toy soldier company at a 25% markdown.

    So what do you do?

    You lower prices.  You get used to the fact that your business isn't what it used to be and you can't keep raising prices forever.  You're not Ferrari, but maybe you can be Mercedes. You also either get the company sold or you take it private, because this company cannot sustain the growth needed to be a public company, where growth is everything.  It simply cannot.  Do you hear me Tom Kirby?

    If you don't lower prices, then you really do have a serious problem. These types of situations often lead companies into the vicious-cycle of an ever shrinking customer base feeding into the need for ever-higher prices and down the drain it all goes.

    No need to get more complicated.  That is what needs to be done.  But I have my doubts the Chairman will do what is needed.  He is holding on too tight.

    Nykona




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    More Horus Heresy goodness from Forge World!

    This time it is all Mechanicum.  Tech-Thralls and a new Castellax.


    Tech Thralls with Las-Locks

    From Forge World:

    Tech-thralls are created by the Mechanicum through basic augmetics and cranial surgery as the need for them arises and, in the case of the Legio Cybernetica, the use of captured prisoners and criminals requisitioned from local authorities is common.

    Considered a lower order of being than most servitors by their masters, the ultimate fate of most tech-thralls is to end their lives recycled into servitor components and their implants harvested for use in future thralls as their bodies fail under the relentless toil to which they are subjected.

    The Tech-thralls with Las-locks, designed by Mark Bedford, is a complete multi-part resin kit comprising five models armed with las-locks. These models are available to pre-order now and will be despatched from Friday January 31st.



    You get 5 Tech-Thralls for £25 or $41.


     

    Castellax Battle Automata with Multi-Melta

    These are so freaking cool.  I love those two blades of doom on their arms!  Oh yeah, and a multi-melta.

    From Forge World:


    The Castellan-type Battle-automata’s modular chassis allows it to carry a variety of different weapons configurations, one of which provides the armour penetrating firepower of a multi-melta and replaces the Castellan’s standard shock chargers with Battle-automata power blades.

    The Castellax Battle-automata with Multi-melta, designed by Will Hayes, is a complete multi-part resin kit armed with a multi-melta, two Battle-automata power blades and a choice of two flamers or boltguns. This model is available to pre-order now and will be despatched from Friday January 31st.

    The Castellax costs you £36 or $59.




    Go forth and buy more plastic crack!

    Nykona



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    The new White Dwarf replacements have been announced.

    Nothing surprising, but details are here.  

    From Games Workshop:

    Introducing two new magazines from the White Dwarf team!

    White Dwarf, now weekly.

    Available exclusively through Games Workshop stores, independent retailers, and games-workshop.com. White Dwarf is an exciting and essential weekly hobby magazine that contains something for every hobbyist, every week - guaranteed!

    - 36 pages of everything that is exciting and new in the hobby this week.

    - Detailed information on all the week’s other new releases, and the latest hobby news.

    - New features, new modelling and painting techniques, new rules, new columnists and much more.

    - All this every week for the same price as a single Citadel pot of paint!

    Issue No.1 launches Saturday 1st February and subsequent issues follow every Saturday.
     

    Warhammer: Visions, now monthly.

    Experience a visual feast of super high-quality Citadel Miniatures. In more than 230 pages you’ll find a completely new take on the worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 in a stunning new extended pictorial style.

    - Contains all your favourite sections from Army of the Month and Blanchitsu, to Kit Bash and Paint Splatter.

    - Over 70 more pages than the previous monthly White Dwarf with more Golden Demon and Armies on Parade photos and more fantastic photographs of Citadel miniatures than ever before.

    And it’s wrapped up in a fabulous new format that you will want to keep and collect! 

    Issue No.1 out Saturday 1st February.
     

    I personally think the weekly will tank.  No one wants to buy a weekly publication telling you what you can buy that week.  Especially with everyone blogging it.

    The monthly looks to be a very interesting and I am in.

    Nykona



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    What's coming up for 40K?  Well, The Guard!

    But don't call it Imperial Guard, it is now Astra Militarium.  Oh, still the Imperial Guard for the rest of us, but like Sisters of Battle, we get the name in High Gothic.  

    The latest rumors are we are first getting Imperial Knights in March, supported with White Dwarf (or Warhammer Visions) and Dataslate support. Followed by the Astra Militarium Codex in April.

    Imperial Knights are of course from the old Epic game and are small Titans.  Smaller than Warhounds, we should expect them to be 6-7 Hit Points with a single void shield.

    Find out about Knights on the Wiki here.

    Knight Paladins

    Knight Errants


    I am all in for more firepower for the Imperium.  And a new Guard codex is always an exciting event.  


    Nykona



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  • 01/27/14--22:56: GW Seeks Retail Specialist


  • Games Workshop is looking for one brave soul.

    The latest job posting indicates an understanding that they are indeed in deep trouble and they need to make a bold move.  Read carefully....


    Customer Experience (Interim – 2 years): Nottingham, UK

    Wednesday 15 January, 2014
    About the Job

    Do you want to help Games Workshop revolutionise its customer experience?

    We are looking for someone to spend the next two years turning over every – and we mean every – stone to find opportunities for how we can improve the customer experience in our stores and recommend the ones that will work. We aren’t talking about incremental improvements; we want to completely re-imagine what it is like for people coming into our stores, engaging with and buying our wonderful miniatures.

    For the duration of the post you will be exploring opportunities all over the world, trying out the ideas and talking to both the people who designed them and the people who use them. You will need to agree your plans directly with the CEO and provide regular updates on your progress. Your final report to the CEO will need to include workable proposals for how we can transform the customer experience in our stores so that the chosen initiatives can be handed over to our strategic projects team.

    It should be obvious that this role will require a huge amount of travelling on your own to find these opportunities, to observe them in action and, most importantly, to try them out for yourself. To be successful you will need to be truly obsessed with the customer experience.

    Working at Games Workshop

    At Games Workshop we are looking for people who will do their best to understand the needs of the company and to put those needs first when they are at work. Because of this we believe that what you are like, hence the attitude you show to work and the way you choose to behave is even more important than your skills or experience.

    Other Essential Information

    This appointment is for a fixed term of two years.

    Closing date: Applications must be received by midnight, UK time, on 31st January 2014.

    How to Apply

    The most important thing we require is a letter telling us why you want this job. We select candidates for interview on the content of their letters. This is a great opportunity for you to let us know that you understand what we are looking for.

    No letter, no interview.

    It may also help to include an up-to-date CV.

    When you have gathered this information, you can email your application to ruth.moore@gwplc.com.

    You can read the job posting here.  And I do applaud GW for making this bold move.  But is one person enough?   I think they need a team of three at least, of different backgrounds and experience levels.  They need some real retail experience and some proven bold thinking.

    But what the hell do I know?

    Nykona



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    Lots of 7th Edition rumors.  But wait its not 7th!

    And that is the big news really.  This is NOT 7th edition, it is merely a 6th edition update.

    This is NOT a 7th Edition Rulebook

    First, 40K Radio has posted this:

    1) It will purely be a book release. 
    2) It could be released as early as May.
    3) Rulebook with incorporate data slates, escalation, stronghold assault, and some tweaks.


    This is not Seventh edition.  We keep hearing this.  It is part of the "living edition" that has been talked about as the new way GW will do business.  No more big releases, as GW tends to see a dip in income because of them (which doesn't make a lot of sense, but whatever).  

    Either way, this is a good sign as the more cohesive the rulebook the better.  Who wants to have to carry a 6th Edition rulebook, a hardcover codex, and two hardcover


    This is NOT a 7th Edition Starter Set.

    That is what we are told.  Just a new starter set to replace the current one.  And THANK GOD.  Using Dark Angels rather than vanilla marines was simply a dumb idea.  Everyone who bought multiple starter sets to get the vanilla marines was shut out of this release.  But wait, they are doing it again!  Blood Angels?  If these are basically vanilla marines with decals for the Blood Angels, then it works.  If the new molded two piece minis are all kitted out with Blood Angel iconagraphy, then again, the appeal is limited to new customers who want them.

    From Bell of Lost Souls:
    Launch Window - @SeptemberRules Summary: Updated Mini-rulebook contains FAQs, minor tweaks and clarifications, and much of Stronghold Assault rolled into a new shiny package.
    Miniatures included: @70
    Armies:
     Blood Angels (plastic quick assembly)
    - Assault Marine Squad
    - Tactical Marine Squad
    - Death Company Squad
    - Captain (kitted out for assault)
    - Chaplain
    - Sanguinary Priest (limited edition, similar to the Dark Vengeance mini was)

    Orks (plastic quick assembly)
    - 'Ardboys (full mob)
    - Nobs (small squad)
    - Warboss
    - Big Mek
    - Ork themed fortification

    This was described as simply an updated Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set and specifically "NOT 7th Edition."


    So take it for what it is worth.  Change is coming!

    Nykona

     

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    Any new Forge World is good, but as always, Forge World impresses.

    We get two new Command Sets, the Mk II and the MK III as well as the Legion Medusa.  All welcome kits that fill holes in our Horus Heresy collections.  

    The Command Sets are rather pricey at £25 or $ 41 a set.  The Medusa comes in at £59 or $ 97.
     
    And who is spell checking these emails from Forge World?  My spell check has found half a dozen errors today.  Someone better wake up!  (And this isn't that you spell armour with a "u")!


    From Forge World:

    Mk III Command Set

    The origins of MkII Crusade power armour hark back to the dawn of the Great Crusade when Mankind traveled out into the stars to forge the Imperium. Even during the Horus Heresy, Crusade armour is still one of the most common suits used within the Legiones Astartes and many of the earliest examples carry with them a glorious history.These suits are often reworked by master artificers to show the elevated status that their wearer now carries, be they leaders, champions, line officers or standard bearers.

    The MkII Command Set, designed by Israel Gonzalez, is a complete multi-part resin kit comprising two models: one armed with a thunder hammer and with the choice of helmeted or bare head, the other is equipped with a Legion standard and chainsword. These models can be used to represent a variety of different roles in the Legion army list from The Horus Heresy Book One: Betrayal, from Centurions to Veteran Sergeants, and are available now for immediate dispatch.


    Mk III Command Set

    MkIII Iron armour is a modification of Crusade armour where the MkII’s frame is reinforced with additional ablative armour plates. The increased bulk of the suit makes it less suitable for jump infantry, but the improved protection is invaluable when fighting in tight confines where room to maneuver is limited.

    The MkIII Command Set, designed by Israel Gonzalez, is a complete multi-part resin kit comprising two models: one drawing a large power sword and with the choice of helmeted or bare head, the other is equipped with a Legion standard and bolt pistol. These models can be used to represent a variety of different roles in the Legion army list from The Horus Heresy Book One: Betrayal, from Centurions to Veteran Sergeants, and are available now for immediate dispatch.



    Legion Medusa

    One of the heavy artillery units available to the Legiones Astartes is the Medusa, which carries a short ranged but extremely powerful siege mortar capable of breaching all but the thickest walls. When a breach has been secured, the Medusa will then rumble forwards to support the assault, levelling buildings with a single shell.

    The Legion Medusa, designed by Blake Spence, is a complete multi-part resin and plastic kit that includes two Legiones Astartes crew in MkIV power armour. The rules for the Legion Medusa can be found in The Horus Heresy Book One: Betrayal.



    Go forth and buy!

    Nykona


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    A video review of the new White Dwarf and Warhammer Visions.

    OK, the guy is annoying to listen to at times (move it on buddy) but the review is pretty good.  There are a lot of problems with Warhammer Visions.  Almost no text (and what there is is repeated in French and German), a bad layout and a SMALLER size than White Dwarf!  WTF???



    So it actually looks like White Dwarf weekly is way more interesting that Warhammer Visions, which frankly, looks awful.  I am not impressed.  My initial take on these magazines is now reversed.  I doubt I will buy Visions, but look forward to White Dwarf Weekly.

    Nykona




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    The new White Dwarf and Warhammer Visions are out and here is a new review video.
     
    Plus, there is a subscription to Warhammer Visions that costs $ 100 for 12 issues, a savings of $ 20 for a year's worth of the magazine.   

    Rob Baer over at Spikey Bits posted this.  As always, Rob does great little reviews.



    And from Games Workshop:



    White Dwarf Weekly 1

    White Dwarf magazine is a weekly publication that contains detailed information on all the week’s hobby news from new releases to modelling and painting techniques, new rules and much more. An essential publication for every hobbyist, there is something for everyone, every week - guaranteed! White Dwarf is available in your local Games Workshop store, games-workshop.com and Independent Stockists.




    Warhammer: Visions 1

    Warhammer: Visions is a monthly magazine that is overflowing with fantastic photographs of Citadel miniatures. From Golden Demon to Armies on Parade, every month the White Dwarf team deliver a spectacular array of images to delight and inspire you. Includes sections from Army of the Month, Blanchitsu, Kit Bash and Paint Splatter - each edition is wonderfully unique and the perfect monthly companion for any hobbyist.  

    Warhammer: Visions is available in your local Games Workshop store, games-workshop.com, Independent Stockists and local newsstands in the UK, Europe and Australia.
    Also available on subscription – ensure you never miss an issue!


    Nykona


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    Forge World has announced its next "Open Day". 
     
    Of course it is in Nottingham, England, and us Yanks are SOL.  But the event is always a hit and we get to see loads of new models Forge World is working on.

    From Forge World:

    Warhammer World once again hosts the Forge World Open Day on Sunday 30th March. Tickets for this event will be limited and sold out quickly last year, so we recommend you grab a ticket early!

    The entirety of the Forge World Model Design team will be attending the Open Day, showcasing all manner of work-in-progress models and recent releases.

    The Art and Book Design team will be there showcasing the process by which our books are created, and may even be seen working on artwork for future books on their advanced cogitator devices. The Forge World Writers will also be on hand to talk about the process of writing a Forge World book.

    Our Sales stands will be packed with a huge selection of resin kits, books and modelling supplies, including some very exciting pre-release kits (more news on these in future newsletters). The Open Day painting competition will again be judged by our Studio team, and all attendees can enter. Your entry should consist of a single Forge World model of any type, although we do advise that cabinet space may be limited. The prize, of course, is the prestigious Forge World Open Day trophy.

    We’ll also be running our Charity Titan Raffle, which is always incredibly popular. Tickets will be on sale throughout the day for a mere £1 each; all proceeds will be donated to Children In Need and the prize will be a complete mighty Imperial Reaver Titan.


    So go get your tickets if you live close.  All of us on this side of the pond are jealous!

    Nykona

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