Warhammer 40K

Battle Foam — Videos

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Battle Foam now has some informative videos detailing their products. There are two videos covering their trays including an overview of their foam trays along with a custom foam tray design tutorial. The latest video covers their two new model transport bags. All of the videos are reasonably well done and very informative.

Update: The bags are now generally available at better hobby stores. I got a chance to see them in person and was very impressed  — they look better in person than they do online. The bags are very sturdy and well built (and large!). The foam was not as stiff as I was expecting but still good enough to get the job done.

[Updated: 10JUL09]

Plastic Valkyrie — Confirmed!!

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Well it is a rumor no longer! We now have photos of the actual Valkyrie sprues and a whole lot more. It even looks like there is a new flying base design. The Ammo Bunker has a great selection of photos taken at the recent annual GW Design Studio Open Day 2009. Also shown are the new plastic Catachan troops as well as the new plastic Cadian Command Squad. See more photos.

Bell of Lost Souls has a nice post with photos as well. They now have a shot of the Valkyrie interior as well.

Games Workshop now has a step-by-step Valkyrie building guide.

The gents at Battlefoam already have custom foam trays to hold the Valkyrie.

[Updated: 6MAY09]

Plastic Imperial Guard Valkyrie — Photo?

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Plastic Legions has a photo of what they think is the upcoming plastic Warhammer 40,000 Valkyrie kit for the Imperial Guard. If it is the new plastic version it looks just like the Forge World version right down to the ill fitting canopies.

This is all now confirmed.

[Updated: 15FEB09]

Space Hulk Returns?!

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Well Bell of Lost Souls dropped a bombshell! They have a rumor that a completely redone Space Hulk game will be released by Games Workshop sometime around September 2009. The game would include new plastic Terminators, probably the same as those in Assault on Black Reach (and maybe the Genestealers from Battle for Macragge?). They do indicate that the rumor is certainly shaky but Space Hulk is one of our all time favorite games so we will take what we can get!

UPDATE: The rumors are true, Space Hulk is back but only in a limited release.

[Updated: 17AUG09]

Shadowsword Available for Order

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Games Workshop’s latest Imperial Guard Baneblade variant, the Shadowsword/Stormlord, is now available for advance order. What is great about this new kit is the number of variants you can make. Bell of Lost Souls has a nice posting that shows all the options. GW even released a video that shows full views of the major variants.

The new Ork Stompa is also available for advanced order.

Battlefleet Gothic — Overview

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Battlefleet Gothic
Battlefleet Gothic

Battlefleet Gothic is Games Workshop’s sci-fi space combat game set in the world of Warhammer 40,000. It is a Specialist Games title and, like Epic Armadgeddon, is often overlooked by gamers. BFG is overall a very well done set of ship combat rules. It is fast playing and mostly well balanced (with the exception of the Eldar that most players feel are over powered).  You can easily control up to a dozen ships on a side yet the game is still interesting with just a couple ships in play. The miniatures are generally well done, with the primary Imperial and Chaos ships available in plastic, and easy to paint. If you have an interest in sci-fi ship combat and you have not looked at BFG you should. To make this easy GW now has the rules available as a free download or you can still purchase the printed books (the box set does not seem to be available anymore).

BFG continues to have a lot of online support. There is the official web-zine Warp Rift and the Port Maw forums are good places to start. In addition, the World’s End Radio podcast provided some recent coverage of BFG. Episode #9 – All Ahead FAIL has a nice overview of the game (forward to 52min to get right to the BFG material). The following Episode #10 – Seeing Stars has a look at some of the advanced rules as well as the various fleets available (jump to 34min in to get right to it).

40K — Large Man Test

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Games Workshop released an…ah…interesting video on their new Citadel Realm of Battle modular plastic gaming board.

Warhammer 40K 5th Edition Vehicles & Buildings — Podcast

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The guys at 40K Radio put together a nice tips and tactics segment on vehicles and buildings in Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition (Episode 15). The podcast goes over the changes to the vehicle rules, how vehicles are now handled in 5th Edition, the new buildng rules as well as tips and tactics for their use. Fast forward to 46min into the show to get right to the topic.

Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition FAQ

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Games Workshop now has an official eratta/FAQ for the Warhammer 40K 5th Edition rulebook. It is a two and half page PDF that includes a few corrections to the rules and then the FAQs.

Warhammer 40K 5th Edition Review — Podcast

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The gents over at the 40K Warcasting podcast have done a nice show on Warhammer 40K 5th Edition (Webisode #6). They go over the rules and what is new from 4th Edition. Skip ahead 9min to get right to the review. At the 1hr 15min mark they go over the impact of 5th Edition rules on the various armies.

Also see, The D6 Generation 5th Edition show.