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  1. Pretty solid round of previews I think. While every seperate preview is rather minor, it is all for miniatures, which is beyond welcome for me. Esher: I really love the Death Maidens, so much conversion potential. In fact the entire kit looks like a treasure trove of bits for just about every system. DoK Underworlds: They look excellent. The leader is the winner here and no doubt quite welcome for DoK players. Nothing really new or unexpected here though, bar maybe the armoured Witchaelf. The DoK or Slaanesh looking bit is absend here as well, so chances for EC are slightly raised. Lumineth: The archers are about what was to be expected. Still not a fan of the weird bowstring, but those where a known quantity. I also feel the uniformity of look and pose just does not work as well on these as it does on the spearbearers. I do like the look of the outfit though and the leader is quite cool. The mage is a mixed bag for me, I do really like the overall concept and look. But I'd have to see that helmed and face with a non studio paintjob to determin if it's just the paintjob I dislike or if they really just missed awesome and smashed into "too ridiculous for me" territory. Even if it's the second, a wee bit of gs to pull down the helmets armour and maybe a faceswap would fix that for me though. Really curious if we will see Tyrion with the release or if they'll save him and the units more associated with him for a later wave. "The Spider": Obviously Fabious Bile. This sadly does nothing to increase the likelyhood of an Emperors Children release though, since he completely broke from his original Legion. What is shown of his new mini looks great though and he certainly deserves the update. I also always liked his lore and place in 40k and it is very promising that he will get a dedicated PA instalment. This might be one PA release to actually have serious lore repercussions. Wonder what armies would see support with it besides a dedicated Fabius Bile subfaction for CSM? I guess daemons, Talons of the Emperor and Sisters of Battle will be the only ones left? Rumor Engine: My first thought was "finally some fresh infantry support for Orks in 40k", but I actually think Nekromunda is more likely. Orlock are up next and while not a 100% fit, this could be theirs. Closing thoughts: They really are taking their sweet time with those Scions of the Flame. I'm also starting to wonder if they are done with Killteam and Bloodbowl for the time, which would be quite sad.
  2. My best bet for the Rumor Engine would be Underworlds DoK. Could be Slaanesh, but I don't see more AoS releases for that one anytime soon. I'd welcome Emperors Children standalone in 40k though.
  3. So I remembered Rippers Snarlfangs actually having a rather high degree of craftsmanship for Destruction and took another look at them. Turns out they actually have shields with Chaos style trims, but slightly irregular (as is the trim on the rumor engine), so Gitmob is not out of the race at all.
  4. Looking at those bits of trim on the left and right makes me think generic Chaos deamonic visage and not evil Sun. Destruction tends toward a much lower level of craftsmanship and doesn't do trims like that. The easy to Start Collecting Chaos Warriors have some deko like that, so a part of me wants to believe well get that Warrior multipart kit after all, but it is so generic it could belong to all sorts of Slaves, Warcry or 40k CSM releases.
  5. So, that truly was a reveal worthy of being called "massive" for once. Going through it bit by bit: Lumineth Realm Lords: More miniatures shown than I expected, I thought we'd see Tyrion and maybe up to two new basic units. So having one more hero shown than I expected to see at maximum. Auralan Wardens: They are flawlessly executed. About the only unexpected bits are the non-pointy helmets and properly braced spears. A very similar unit to Ossiarch Mortek Guard. If they are similarly priced I might see myself getting a small force. Interestingly, no banner or musician. Could foretell these being part of another easy to build SC? On the other hand, the cavalry do have a banner and not all AoS units get a full command squad. Not as dynamic as almost every new GW unit, but that is more appropiate for a disciplined spear phalanx, so that choice gets a thumbs up from me in this case. Vanari Dawnriders: For the riders, I can only repeat myself, unsurprising, but flawlessly executed. It's nice to see cavalry on regular horses again. Just as with the Chaos Knights, the proportions of the horses look of to me, maybe I'm just to used to miniature horses having huge heads from old WFB, but these heads look to small to my mind The Light of Eltharion: The surprise star. Again, Looks wonderfully done. I'm a bit surprised the GW team didn't paint it with OSR, but I'm sure we'll see plenty of that once it's released. I really like this sort of way to bring back old heroes, more as homage instead of just plucking the old guys into a new setting. Personally hope it's like the Spirit of Druthu or the Eidolon of Mathlann, actually a generic hero, but even as SC I like it much better than a mere revival. Teclis himself: I don't care for SCs, even if they are gods. Bit by bit, he's as wonderful a mini as his Lumineth. The pose is a bit odd, though I think of it more as him floating next to the beast rather than jumping of the back of his mount. That thing has no saddle and looks way to fancy to serve as steed and a super-magic god that can fly at will probably has more use of a bodyguard/advisor/familiar than a mount. Well, Community says Teclis is "riding of it", though as pictured he isn't and Community doesn't always have those sort of details right. Celennar: This thing is my favorite of the batch. The parallels to the Mindstealer Sphyranx are obvious and unsurprising, considering the Sphyranxes are renegade servants of Teclis according to the Battletome. Very happy the Sphyranx wasn't a "one and done". Sphynxes are among my favorite mythic beasties and something GW never really explored as actual creatures before, as the khemrian ones where great, but to far of the inspiration and undead constructs to boot. Even then, these actually do tie in in a way with the old Tomb King Sphynxes. Those where also representative of the pre-undeath Khemrian culture opposed to Nagash, which used not only the Lore of Death, but also the lore of Light. If Community is to be believed, there's more than one of these, so if I can get one in a list without that SC floating god and there's more options for the beast, well I think that right there is a big draw to the army. Love to see the mask on it as well. As I've said before, masks are really a big thing in AoS and with so much High Elf nostalgia in the line, it's nice to see something to tie it in with the themes of the Mortal Realms and this thing does that 100%. Looking Forward: Obviously there's a lot more to come, I guess about a Bonereaper sized release. We can obviously expect a battleline unit of marksmen. Some generic heroes are to be expected as well, mostly Mages I'd expect, but some sort of martial general wouldn't be a surprise either. Then I'd expect at least one type of elite melee infantry, it's something all GW Elves save Idoneth got so far. Add a reimagination of the Reaper bolt thrower and some more fantastic units and we might be looking at a range not only similar in size to Ossiarchs, but with a rather similar army composition as well. Ossiarchs are comparatively budget friendly and since I am still looking for a more "for play" army next to my "for converting" Chaos collection the Lumineth might just steal that spot from the Bonereapers. On to the other things: Mechanicus: I love the Mechanicus and these are no exception. That said, I'm a bit annoyed at how non-futuristic they look. For one I wish GW did more of the nightmarish biomechanical Admech of old 40k art and for another I really dislike seeing Admech used for AoS conversions without major modifications, which I'll now see more of. It's admittedly a matter of taste and I always think people should follow their own taste when converting, still, it is a bit of an annoyance. Seraphon: I think the lore will be interesting and that terrain piece looks awesome. Still I really feel with the Seraphon players hoping for new minis. Not only where a bunch of basic Seraphon troops never great miniatures to begin with (throws side eye at all Saurus non-character units). Not only are many dated and finecast. But most of all I think Seraphon really need to get updated to their new lore, specifically the advanced magitek part of them to really properly bring them into AoS. The Wurmspat: The two blightkings are as most Rotbringers and Deathguard. Very nice to have some new poses and bodies in a force with a rather limited pool of them and very well executed, but ultimately more of the same. The sorceress on the other hand brings a lot of sorely missing points to the game. For starters, it's the first really appealing mage sculpt for the current Nurgle look. Then it's a female mini for a range that really should have some females among their numbers. Then it's a female mini of a body type we haven't got from GW currently and one that looks easily modified for a number of other ranges, I can see here really shining in Dark Age of Sigmar and Inq28 circles. And last, it's a classic fantasy trope, the wicked crone hag, that I can't remember GW doing in a long,long time if ever (Necromancer works, but was intended as male and the troll hag doesn't count due to size). The Zoat: The real star for me, absolutely everything a modern Zoat should be. They really went 11/10 with the 80s scyfy/Rogue Trader designs on its equipment and managed to make it look as good as it can possibly get. I love and adore it and must have it. In my eyes it easily beats out even the Ambull and GSC in the revival of a forgotten (by the GW design team that is) 40k classic. Blackstone Fortress has really been a teasure trove so far and I hope it will remain so for a long time to come seeing how much ground there is yet to cover.
  6. Eh, I'm all in on the really high fantasy elements of AoS, but I still consider that particular design to much. It's just that mixture of blatant disregard for anatomic limits and that there is not a single cue to how anything going on with that guy actually comes down to the magical nature of the realms. I can still accept it as an example of ceremonial garb that is rarely donned and highliy unpleasant to wear, quite possibly tying in with the theme of self flaggelation so common in Warhammer. But that is an explanation I, as a viewer, have to provide for myself, since neither the actual image nor the settings lore contain any contextualisation for this particular case of the impropable. Even a high magic setting should contain such contextualisation and imo, Warhammer and associated art usually does, which is why I consider this particular something of a design fail, high magic setting or not. Pitty too, with a bit more thought put into it I could see it could have been a sort of arcane equivalent to servo armor or an exoskeleton, holding up the wearer instead of the other way around. Now that would have been high magic.
  7. I think if Vampire Coast is on the horizon, then in the same vain as "Cthullu Elves" and "Tombking Revival" where on the horizon in the past (and some others, like whatever what would become Kharadron Overlords where called in the initial booklets Steamhead Duradin or somesuch). Meaning an army that could be described as such from a casual observation without context, but is very different from what people imagine just from the words.
  8. That rope and crude chain make me think that's a looted piece on a destruction model, either gargants or grotback skuttlers.
  9. So, Marauders, Marauder Horsemen and Exalted Hero are confirmed to still be around and the Soulgrinder is the last unaligned demon confirmed to be a Slaves unit. I think at this point the Lord on Daemonic Mount is the only unit with a chance to be axed? Allegiance abilities look flavorful, I'm quite fond of the heroes being placed front and center in particular, it's a nice nod how central Chaos Champions are in the lore of Chaos. Random eye os the gods is a must, though I get why more competitive types aren't to fond of it. Also fond of the more generic subfactions, leaves a lot of creative space for the players and aknowledges that these forces are incredibly varied. All in all, it looks good to me, no idea if its strong and will be competitive though, that's not really my field of interest.
  10. I was just about to get into the entire Multpart vs. ETB discussion again, but really, we've had that often enough in this thread and its actually exactly the same people exchanging exactly the same arguments as the last time we've had it about Chaos Warriors. That's not just of topic, it's pointless at this point to boot. Just gonna say, since its somewhat new, that the previewed Adeptus Sororitas are really giving me confidence MP's will figure into GW's plans for some time to come. The sisters and canoness are just brimming with options and bits of exactly the sort I want to see. I'll propably get quite a few just for conversions and to show that it's the sort of release I want to see.
  11. Did you look at the actual miniatures and sprews? Because the warriors really don't hold up so well in person. They are really low detail in the parts that aren't immediatly noticably and that, combined with their blocky static pose, means there is very little a modeller can actually do with them. I remember thinking they held up quite well myself until I help the actually held them in my hards and found they couldn't measure up in any regard even to monopose original starter set liberators. Knights are better, I think they could have easily gotten away with not updating them for quite a few years to come. But now there's the problem that there's new knights and old knights and the two won't really mesh with each other at all, the very different proportions on the mounts alone will see to that. So yeah, I'm not exactly happy they seem to be pulling another Dark Vengeance on us (on on Chaos again as well). Still the SC provides some really nice miniatures at a presumably a very decent price and a new lord choice (always welcome). I propably would have gotten far more Warriors with a new Multipart and I might not pull the trigger on the SC right away either, which would have been assured with more incoming next year. Still, I'm confident I could turn out twenty unique warriors and Knights from the SC given time, and that is likely all the Warriors I need for my Slaanesh for a long time, while I've already started on custom Warriors for Tzeentch, though at my current rate they'll be complete in a decade.
  12. That's my experience with Iron Golems and Splintered Fangs as well. Planning and dry fitting can help a lot, since some parts are better cut of and swapped before glueing and other are better assembled first and then cut. But who has time and a mind for that when in a kitbashing rage? Also felt the same way about how cohesive their equipment and style is. All in all, they are definitely not a breeze to convert, which is rather sad considering even with equipment options they are painfully monopose and a single box not exactly make for a great warband either. Doesn't change the fact they are lovely kits though and a great base for more freeform kitbashes for DAoS and Inq28.
  13. Yeah, it's not easy to see anything but a Destruction Gargant's weapon there for me. The tassle bits are interesting. This, the hints in the Old World announcement, Rippas Snarlfangs and Gitmob being Sun worshippers, I think we might be looking at a Hyish based Destruction Faction with multiple elements? Could be pretty interesting. Hyish tends to be home of more civilised factions and the Rippas armor is better quality advanced than anything else in Destruction so it works with my expectation that we will see a smarter Destruction faction down the road.
  14. I'm all for AoS gaining a War of the Beaurocrats. Between Lothan, Volkmortian and Epidemus accompanied by Spoilpox Scriveners we're already halfway there anyway
  15. I feel this is relevant news that some who only follow AoS might miss, GW-Community has put out an article aknowledging that the Sisters Battle Box sold out faster than is good and saying they are working on ways to avoid this sort of situation in the future. I think it's the first time Community actually explicitly aknowledges the developement of the new factory and distribution hub, though that was known via other channels: https://www.warhammer-community.com/2019/11/18/sisters-of-battle-situation-report/ I feel this sort of article is a very good sign for the hobby in general. A lot of stuff GW has always been completely silent about mentioned in there.
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