It’s been a busy few weeks for Forge World, and they just dropped another set of models on us. We’ve got a nice variety this week, with a new Realm of Battle board leading us off. Additionally, there’s a new entry in the Horus Heresy Character Series; This time it’s Armillus Dynat, Harrowmaster of the Alpha Legion. Lastly, there’s the new Xiphon-pattern Interceptor. Let’s go through them and take a look.
Realm of Battle – Imperial Primus Redoubt
This model regretfully has nothing to do with the awesome sounds of Primus. There’s not a lot to say here, the model looks fine, and is just another brick in the wall that is Realm of Battle. My main beef with the Realm of Battle boards remains that they are enormously expensive. Each 2’x2′ board is $185.00, plus shipping. That makes this almost certainly over the $200 mark, or $1200+ for a full 6’x4′ board. That’s way too high, and also explains why I’ve only seen these in game stores.
The rules for this thing are insane. They released experimental rules. It’s a large building, with ten hull points and armor 15. It also includes a Turbo Laser Destroyer in the base cost of 650 points! That’s the biggest gun in the game, usually reserved for Reaver Titans, and it’s on a platform that is basically undestroyable. It’s a two-shot Large Blast at strength D. It also has options to bolt on smaller guns, but honestly, why bother?
At any rate, on to the pictures and official description.
Found on worlds across the Imperium since the days of the Great Crusade, the Primus Redoubt is one of a class of super-heavy emplacements built en-masse to defend the cities, foundries and other vital structures on newly Compliant worlds. Constructed with emplaced weaponry more often found on heavy void craft and battlecruisers, and powered by reactors buried deep beneath its visible structure, the Primus Redoubt is designed to eliminate vehicles at very long range, and has enough destructive force to take down super-heavy vehicles and even Titans. Its substantial walls are further protected by a projected force dome, shielding the redoubt from all but the heaviest of incoming fire and orbital bombardments.
The Realm of Battle Imperial Primus Redoubt consists of a 2′ x 2′ Realm of Battle tile that features a large bunker complex with multiple battlements and a double-barrelled turbo laser destructor turret. It is a fortification that can be taken by any Faction in Warhammer 40,000 and Horus Heresy games. Experimental rules for the Primus Redoubt can be found HERE.
This is a complete multi-part resin kit. It is available to pre-order today for despatch from Friday 10th April.
Armillus Dynat, Harrowmaster of the Alpha Legion
There’s no way I won’t call this guy “Armadillo Dymaxion” at every turn. It’s just a ridiculous name. And also, I want to know who is handing out honorifics at the Alpha Legion base. “Harrowmaster”? Someone was going through his annual review and thought “We should promote Armadillo from Division Manager to Harrowmaster”. Oh Warhammer, you are incorrigible.
As for the model, it’s not bad, and the scenic base is awesome. It is a little plain. I really like the scale armor, particularly the way the greaves go up past his knees. However, the pose is just so bland. It’s basically a trope at this point to have a guy with his legs slightly spread leaning on a weapon. Considering the $50 price tag, I would expect something a little more dynamic.
Armillus Dynat, the Harrowmaster of the Alpha Legion, has been a feared strike commander since his name came to prominence during the invasion of Paramar. Known to possess strategic genius, his style of warfare is as intricate as it is unorthodox. Using fast moving, heavily armoured vehicles and close air support, he will split enemy formations apart before crushing them without mercy.
Armillus Dynat is an expert duellist and warrior in his own right. Wielding a thunder hammer and power sword in unison and carrying uncommon wargear such as venom spheres and phosphex bombs, he is an opponent to be reckoned with.
The latest model in the Horus Heresy Character Series, Armillus Dynat is a multi-part resin kit that is supplied with both a 32mm base and a 50mm scenic base. The rules for using Armillus Dynat in games set during the Horus Heresy can be found in The Horus Heresy Book Three – Extermination.
Lastly is the Xiphon-Pattern Interceptor. This model also has an odd name. It reminds me of the 1990s, when everything had to have multiple x’s to be maxXximally exXxtreme.
The rules for this are very interesting. You can find the Horus Heresy rules and the regular Warhammer 40,000 rules online. Basically, this thing is completely geared toward removing enemy armor. It’s got two forward-facing Lascannons and a Rotary Missile Launcher. That Missile Launcher has S8 and AP2. It also has rules to mitigate Jink and to get the value on the damage table of a penetrating hit higher. Both of these equal an absolute murder machine against light armor. You can point this bad boy at a Rhino or a Chimera and watch the fireworks. You can also hunt just about any flyer you want without much fuss. If this goes head-to-head with an Eldar Crimson Hunter then whoever shoots first wins.
The model isn’t bad either. It’s a little generic looking, but it certainly gets the job done. The price is a little steep at about $120, but it’s not terribly high considering this is a Forge World model.
Anyways, on with the description and the pictures.
With unparalleled speed and manoeuvrability, the Xiphon pattern Interceptor saw increasing service in the Legiones Astartes during the dark days of the Horus Heresy. Based on ancient designs, the void and atmospheric craft carried heavy armaments into battle, allowing it to destroy both air and ground targets with apparent ease. Its pair of twin-linked lascannon and Xiphon rotary missile launcher combined with the Interceptor’s speed and agility to make it a deadly opponent from which the enemies of Mankind could not hide.
The Xiphon Pattern Interceptor is a flyer that is available to all Legiones Astartes armies in Horus Heresy games. Experimental rules for this unit can be found HERE. Additional experimental rules for using this vehicle in standard games of Warhammer 40,000 can be found HERE.
This is a complete multi-part resin kit which includes a plastic canopy and flying stand.