The Overlords are coming!

Steamhead Duardin have been promised for what feels like an age – but next month, they’ll finally be A Thing. While there is naturally already an unhealthy amount of hate going around about these little dudes, I just thought I’d weigh in here and say that I actually really like the look of them! I don’t know if I’d go so far as to buy any of them right now, mainly because I’m not really that big into Age of Sigmar at the moment (although I’m also trying to cut down on how many models I’m buying, anyway). But they look good, and I’m excited to see what people do with them when they’re released and we start to see the facebook and instagram posts with all manner of interpretations!

Kharadron Overlords

And who doesn’t love mechanical blimp riding steampunk sky pirate dwarves?!

Kharadron Overlords

 

More Fyreslayers!

It’s week three of the new Fyreslayers release, and this week sees the big Magmadroth kit released, along with the Battletome and a collection of short stories telling the tales of the new Slayers in the Age of Sigmar.

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It’s a really exciting release day, for sure – that Magmadroth has had me all a quiver since the first pictures emerged over new year! Unfortunately, I’ve spent most of this month replacing water-damaged furniture following a leaky radiator, so have only picked up the Magmadroth itself. The battletome will have to wait for next weekend…

But what a kit this is! I haven’t actually built it yet, but in looking over the model, I have to say that I’m really impressed. It actually seems smaller than I was expecting, though that may change upon assembly. However, the most surprising thing, to me, was that the instruction booklet for how to assemble it not only has the full rules for the model(s), but also comes in full-colour and features a painting guide! Okay, so it’s not like the usual White Dwarf stuff, but merely a photograph with arrows pointing to specific bits, and a list of the colours and techniques used to achieve that look. I have to say, I’m really impressed with this bad boy. Hopefully we’ll see similar things for the big centrepiece models in the future, as well!

Age of Sigmar Fyreslayers

Next week would appear to be the final weekend in the Fyreslayer release window, though not for Age of Sigmar as a whole…

First up, we get two more heroes for the new faction, the Battlesmith (standard bearer) and Grimwrath Berzerker (company champion). The latter has some crazy rules whereby he never quite dies immediately, but the former has a rule that I think could be hilarious in practice. He’s a kind of bard as well as a standard bearer, and one of the things he can do is provide an inspirational presence to those duardin around him – by reciting tales of the ancestors. You just know I’ll be getting this model and, when I activate this ability, will start intoning some hilariously bad story from the long, long ago…!

Really looking forward to getting this force together as allies for my Stormcasts!

Also this week, we see a new Battletome for the Chaos Grand Alliance – it looks like a collection of all of the warscrolls that are currently freely available online for the existing Chaos models, though with background and new formations – though I could be wrong, and some scrolls could be altered? Anyway, for ¬£20, it looks like it might be worth picking up – I do love some of the peripheral Chaos models like beastmen and dragon ogres, so I may well snag a copy…

The White Dwarf hint has something about Slaves to Darkness, so I’m¬†guessing we’ll be seeing more Chaos stuff coming, then all rumours are pointing to a return to 40k the week after with Space Wolves, so at least February might be a little easier on my wallet!

There hasn’t been much time for painting this week sadly, due to degree commitments, but look for my painting update tomorrow regardless, with at least a smattering of Deathwing!

The Magmadroths!

Age of Sigmar Magmadroth

So it’s an exciting day today for the new Fyreslayer range – and for Age of Sigmar fans generally, really! The new Magmadroth miniatures go on preorder, and they look amazing!

These models have really gotten me excited for this new army, more than anything ever could, I would say. Is it because I’m Welsh, and the prospect of having a massive fire-breathing dragon in the midst of my models is totally amazing? Well, maybe. I’m certainly going to get myself one of these next week, anyway!

I love the fact that they look more like Chinese dragons, in the face at least, and as such I’ve been considering a green colour scheme for mine. Not yet sure how this will turn out, of course, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see! I’m not really one for big models, so I’m a little apprehensive, but hopefully it’ll turn out wonderfully.

This week’s White Dwarf is obviously replete with the new mini, and an interesting little tidbit says that, if you choose to build it with either the Runefather or the Runeson on the model’s back, you can build two standing Slayers – only the Runesmiter stops you from building the two standing chaps. I think this is really cool, as a lot of kits often contain parts to almost build more models, though inevitably require some extra bitz, but now we’re seeing something that allows us to get a whole lot more mileage out of the one box. Bravo, GW!

This week I also picked up a box of Vulkite Berzerkers, as I think the idea of little men throwing shields around the battlefield sounds hilarious. The kit looks fairly decent – each berzerker’s body is actually in one piece, much like the Ogres, so it doesn’t look like it’d take that long to build up all ten. However, I’ve fallen behind on my degree course, and with less than a fortnight until the next essay is due, I’ve been trying to catch up with that, so haven’t gotten around to building them up yet. I’ve also been trying to crack on more with painting than just endlessly building stuff – the second installment of my progress series will be up at some time tomorrow with the latest news there, anyway!

As well as the Magmadroth, next week brings the Fyreslayer Battletome, which I’m likely going to pick up, as I’m finding myself increasingly intrigued by the change from Old World Dwarves to these new guys. The first phase of End Times models is also being re-released in Age of Sigmar branding, which had me briefly nostalgic for those times! The Mortarch kit does look wonderful, of course, and I’ve been flirting with the idea of buying myself one, just for the hell of it. However, one of my new year resolutions was to be more responsible, and so I’m refraining from adding extraneous models to the pile of shame…for now!

It looks like the end of January will be seeing a third Fyreslayer release, along with some kind of Chaos, maybe? That sounds vaguely intriguing, though a hefty part of me is a little disgruntled that Chaos has been growing into such a huge faction right now. Unless they’ve got some kind of Beastmen-like models on offer, it all just seems like much of the same, really…

I’m still waiting impatiently for my Stormcast Eternal cavalry models, too!