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The week ahead sees the beginning of a narrative event that will change the Age of Sigmar forever. The Broken Realms are coming, alongside a new battlebox, Ground Assets for Aeronautica Imperialis, and a familiar name with a fresh, bearded face. Before we dive into all this goodness, check out the highlights of this week in Warhammer.
Excited? You should be. Now, let’s take a closer look at the biggest narrative event to hit the Mortal Realms since the Realmgate Wars.
The Broken Realms saga is set to encompass the entirety of the Age of Sigmar, changing the status quo for every faction. It all starts next week with the first book in the series, Broken Realms: Morathi, coming your way in hardback, eBook, and limited editions.
The Shadow Queen has long plotted to attain true godhood, and she’s finally seizing her chance. Anyone who stands in her way will suffer… as you’ll see in the epic story that weaves together the Daughters of Khaine, Idoneth Deepkin, Slaves to Darkness, Stormcast Eternals, and Cities of Sigmar in a tale that promises to alter the balance of power in the Mortal Realms. After you’ve read it and picked your jaw up from the floor, you can replay key events with new battleplans and rules for all five factions.
To kickstart your Broken Realms gaming, you’ll also be able to choose from four themed boxed sets that will help you recreate the armies from the narrative in Broken Realms: Morathi – in fact, each contains everything you need to field a warscroll battalion from the book. These kits are a great starting point for a larger army or to reinforce your existing collection, perfect for anyone who wants a new force to take them through the Broken Realms or to tool up to stop Morathi’s devious plans. More details and contents for these can be found on the Broken Realms website.
Another excellent way to get started is the Shadow & Pain battlebox, which is packed with models for the Daughters of Khaine and Hedonites of Slaanesh, including two brand-new miniatures.
The Melusai Ironscale is an elite warrior of the Daughters of Khaine who can ignore the effects of spells and inspire nearby Melusai to greater deeds by murdering enemies in Khaine’s name.
The Slaaneshi Lord of Pain is so inured to agony that they have a chance to disregard any wounds. They also allow nearby Hedonites to re-roll hits as they seek to cause as much pain as possible.
There’s also a 40-page book with battleplans and Realm of Battle rules, plus warscroll cards for all the units and a pair of exclusive warscroll battalions. Split it with a friend or get the basis for two new armies – whichever you choose, you’ll be well on the way to carving out your own little corner of the Mortal Realms.
For decades, the name “Bugman” has struck a chord with Warhammer fans – it’s even immortalised in the bar at Warhammer World. Now, the legacy of the legendary Josef Bugman continues in the form of this year’s Christmas model, Jakkob Bugmansson XI. This Brewmaster-General, and (some say) descendant of the originator of many fine ales, will be available to order throughout November and December before he vanishes into legend. Who could be better to lead the approaching festive celebrations than an expert brewer?
In the grim darkness of the far future, the servants of Nurgle are getting reinforcements in the form of Space Marine Heroes Series 3. This latest set of blind-purchase models features the sons of Mortarion, the pustulent Plague Marines. There are six models available, each distinctly armed, with a textured base, and – perhaps most importantly – its own different Nurgling. The models are push-fit and push off the frames for ease of construction. You’ll be able to order individual packs, each containing a random model, or a complete set that’s guaranteed to get you all six.*
Also available next week is a set of playing cards featuring incredible art from throughout Warhammer 40,000 history. The 54-card set features four suits – Imperium, Space Marines, Chaos and Xenos – plus a pair of Jokers, which naturally feature Harlequins on them. These cards are perfect for whatever games you enjoy, from a friendly hand of Poker to an intense round of Solitaire (which takes us back to Harlequins again…).
Fill the skies with fire with the latest Aeronautica Imperialis models from Forge World. The Astra Militarum Ground Assets and T’au Air Caste Ground Assets sets each adds two different anti-aircraft gun emplacements and an objective marker to use as ground targets and Ground Defences in your games. Each kit is themed to their faction, styled similarly to Warhammer 40,000 models, helping to increase your immersion as well as giving you new guns to blast planes from the sky. The rules for them are in the Taros Air War campaign book, so just grab the models when they go on pre-order this Friday and watch the skies!
Black Library’s annual novella series returns next week with five hardback tomes, each telling a thrilling tale from across the 41st Millennium, the Age of Sigmar, and Necromunda. In these stories – also available as eBooks – you’ll witness the Adepta Sororitas at war on a forge world, discover how a new generation of Soul Drinkers can’t hide from the Chapter’s troubled past, escape from an ork prison alongside an Astra Militarum officer, embark on a quest to save a town from the bone tithe, and see a slave rebellion start in the underhive.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar fans can also enjoy a new portmanteau novel about the Daughters of Khaine, containing three intertwining tales of blood-soaked action from the Realm of Shadow. If you’re after something shorter and with more fire, the Heirs of Grimnir audio drama, which was originally released in three parts last Christmas, is being collected together on CD and MP3 for the first time. Each of these will give you new insight into factions of Order and their place in the war for the Mortal Realms.
With December fast approaching, you may be searching for an advent calendar. Look no further than Black Library’s deluxe boxed set containing 25 individually wrapped, A3 art prints. Some are straight art from the covers of your favourite books, while others have been turned into stylised posters – there’s even one printed on foil! You’ll be able to decorate your gaming room, living room, and much more with all of this stunning artwork.
This Week on Warhammer Community
We’ve got loads of exciting news and updates coming your way this week. You’ll find out about new offers coming to your local Warhammer store which will net you exclusive loot every month. We’ll delve more into the Broken Realms book, as well as giving you a look at what’s coming up for Blood Bowl’s Second Season Edition and bringing you our top tips for Armies on Parade.
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* Due to warp storms throughout the Imperium (aka, shipping delays) these guys won’t be available to order in Australia or New Zealand until the 21st of November.