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lascannonsWe’re reviewing the rest of the new Forge World releases today. This is the other half of our earlier review. Instead of showing off all the upgrades and bobbins, this article will focus on the two big model releases. Without further adieu.



Deimos-Pattern Vindicator Laser Detroyer

Available for pre-order May 1st!
The rules are available on their site. The Laser Destroyer is first and foremost and awesome-looking model. If I designed models, “Stick a shitload of Lascannons on it” would be my mantra for most things. Bringing this to the table is like surfboarding down an avalanche of skulls while shredding a sweet guitar solo and banging a supermodel. It’s that awesome.
The rules are, however, better than when we reported on it earlier. It’s a 130-point tank, and it comes with a single Ordnance, AP1 twin-linked Lascannon shot. That’s not that great, but it’s not terrible either. However, you can now fire twice if you sit still, and you can fire three times if you stand still and take what amounts to a Gets Hot roll. That’s a lot better, making this better than a standard all-Lascannon Predator!
I will never accept that this has four barrels and fires one, two, or three shots. I know the fluff is that it’s shooting them offset with a miniscule difference to “drill into” enemy armor, but it just feels like it should be a four-shot tank.
Here’s the Forge World write-up and a few pictures.

Tearing through the armour plating of enemy vehicles, the Vindicator laser destroyer array is a potent weapon of destruction. First retrofitted into the heavily armoured Deimos pattern Vindicator chassis during the dark days of the Horus Heresy, several Legions took to fielding this variant as a mainline battle tank, proving itself on many occasions as an able tank hunter. After millennia of brutal warfare across the galaxy, it is still in favour within the Space Marine Chapters, the Vindicator Laser Destructor continuing to bring retribution to the enemies of Mankind.

The Deimos Vindicator Laser Destroyer may be fielded in Space Marine Legion armies in Horus Heresy games and also in Space Marine armies in standard games of Warhammer 40,000. Its updated rules can be found HERE.



Thanatar-Calix Siege Automata

Available now!
The rules for this guy are experimental, but available. This guy is an absolute monster, clocking in near 300 points. His S8/T8/W4/2+ armor save are basically a necessity to keep him moving, so he comes appropriately defended. He’s also packing a S10 Lascannon, which is pretty insane. He’s also got a Gravity-Gun-esque Graviton Ram that helps add a little punch if he’s going to be shooting something. He most likely will be focused on shooting tanks and buildings, though. He does need to shoot Troops to assault them, but his inability to run or Sweeping Advance really takes the punch out of assaulting.
The other neat part about the Ram is that it acts as a D weapon against buildings. This is very fun, as usually buildings feel just about impenetrable. This guy may be shooting as he lumbers across the field, but if he does end up next to a building it’s going to have a bad time.
Overall, I really like this unit. The game needs more on-foot Monstrous Creatures, and this guy has a great model and some decently balanced rules. I’d have to play it a few times to be sure, but I think Games Workshop landed on a winner, here.

The Thanatar-Calix class Siege-automata is a potent war machine and a wonder of the Mechanicum’s craft. Combining arcane and secret technologies, it carries a twin-linked mauler bolt cannon alongside a rare solex pattern heavy lascannon, whose beams of coherent light can reach far across a battlefield to lethal effect. The Thanatar-Calix’s most destructive armament though is the graviton ram, a weapon whose origins are lost in the Dark Age of Technology. The ram’s crushing waves of gravitational force can pulverise infantry and vehicles alike, and it can be utterly devastating at both range and close quarters.

The Thanatar frame, designed as a heavy weapons platform, is well armoured and further protected by atomantic shield generators, making it nearly impervious to all but the heaviest of weapons fire. Whilst it is slow to advance, the Thanatar-Calix’s durability allows it to close steadily on its target, moving ever nearer until its formidable weaponry can be brought into range.

The Thanatar-Calix may be taken in any Mechanicum army, including the Taghmata Omnissiah, Legio Cybernetica and Ordo Reductor army lists, in Horus Heresy games. Experimental rules for the Thanatar-Calix can be found HERE.



Here’s a quick rundown of the new Forge World releases that don’t involve entire new models. We’ll have another article up within a day of the new Mechanicus and Space Marine models.


Raven Guard Upgrades

Available for Pre-Order May 1st
These are straight-forward upgrades for the Raven Guard. Featured are Mark II, III, IV, and VI shoulderpads, in order below. There’s also Mark VI heads and torsos. These are solid sculpts and would be a great addition to any Raven Guard army.

Skilled infiltrators and masters of reconnaissance, the Raven Guard Legion was the hidden hand of the Emperor from even before the time of the Great Crusade, hunting down any who would not bend the knee to the Imperial truth. Striking from the shadows, the XIXth Legion is ever prepared for enacting rapid, overwhelming assaults from unexpected quarters against the enemies of Mankind.


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Mar 24

kawaii_skullForge World released the Scyllax Guardian-Automata Covenant over last weekend. They helpfully also released the experimental rules for them on their web site. Today we’re going to pick through these rules and figure out if these guys are worth it.

First and foremost, I want to complain about what I call “points packaging”. When you buy a unit in 40K, you get a few of the models. Rarely you get one model when buying the unit. The problem is that when you take this “package” of several models, the points value doesn’t add up.

This makes sense for stuff like Tactical Space Marines. Buying five Marines automatically comes with a Sergeant. Since they are X points each, you would expect the packaged group of five to be more points than 5*X since you are paying for the Sergeant as well. Indeed, the Tactical Space Marines are 5*X + 10 points.

The problem is that the Guardian-Automata don’t have a Sergeant. They are 35 points each, and the initial group comes with four of them. You would therefore expect them to be 140 points. They are not though – they are 155. If anyone wants to enlighten me in the comments as to why this is, feel free.

So, on to the actual review. The Guardian-Automata are a Troops choice for the Adeptus Mechanicus army. At 35 points, they are definitely one of the heavier-costed Troops choices in the game. That huge investment does give them T5 and two wounds, which will increase their staying power. It also makes them more-or-less immune to double-strength Instant Death, which really helps with the huge point investment. That also helps in a weird way because you can buy less models for your army, which significantly reduces the amount you spend per year on the Forge World tax.
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Scyllax AutomataForge World’s previous teaser in White Dwarf about new Mechanicum models has apparently come true! They released the Scyllax Guardian-Automata Covenant for pre-order over the weekend. You can order them now and they will dispatch for shipping on Friday, March 27th.

They have posted the rules for them on their site. I’ll be doing a write-up on those rules later today or tomorrow morning, so stay tuned.

Here’s Forge World’s official blurb…

Deployed onto the battlefield as elite shock troops or the bodyguards of their magos overseers, Mechanicum Scyllax Guardian-automata have been adapted with a wide variety of mechadendrites and servo-arms for dissecting living matter with murderous speed. With an armoured carapace as durable as Legiones Astartes battle plate and powered by a rad furnace which can vent debilitating radiation at will, the Scyllax Guardian-automata are a force to be truly feared on the battlefield.

The Mechanicum Scyllax Guardian-automata Covenant consists of four Scyllax Guardian-automata, each armed with a Scyllax bolter and various interchangeable claws and mechadendrites forming a mechadendrite combat array. Scyllax Guardian-automata Covenants can be taken in Mechanicum armies in Horus Heresy games and experimental rules for this unit are available to download here.

Let’s take a peek at these great models!


Horus Heresy – New Gubbin Preorders

posted by TheRascalKing13
Mar 22

There’s a new set of customizable parts for your Horus Heresy Space Marines army. There’s shoulderpads for Mark II, III, and IV Ultramarines. Thy have also pre-released Mark II torsos and heads for the Iron Warriors.

The models are available for preorder. They will be dispatched Friday, March 27th. Without further delay, here’s the new models.

Ultramarines Mark II, III, and IV Shoulderpads, respectively

Iron Warriors Torsos and Shoulderpads


Adeptus Mechanicus Rumors

posted by TheRascalKing13
Mar 18

mechanicus_broWe have news that the Adeptus Mechanicus are coming in soon. There’s speculation that they will be brought into the 40K universe as well as expanding on the opportunities they already have in 30K. The models that Forge World has released are stunning already, it will be nice to see them expanded into a plastic line.

This was found due to a teaser image I’ve copied in below. You can see that there’s some binary at the top of the new White Dwarf cover. We can use the programming language perl to decode it into ASCII text. Here’s what I ran through the terminal on MI40Ks servers to decode what that binary text says.

mi40k # echo “01000001 01101100 01101100 00100000 01101000 01100001 01101001 01101100 00100000 01001101 01100001 01110010 01110011 00100001″ | perl -lape ‘$_=pack”(B8)*”,@F’
All hail Mars!

So, everyone seems to think that means there’s going to be a wave of Mechanicus coming. Let us know in the comments what you think and if you’re excited for the new models!

Hail-Mars


New Forge World Solar Auxilia Models

posted by TheRascalKing13
Mar 14

bobcatForge World has released a new round of Solar Auxilia models. They are available for pre-order, and will be shipped out at the end of this week on March 20th.

Forge World’s quality is always unrivaled. There is some thin bits on the Ogryn I’d be worried about snapping, but for the most part these look pretty good. I also think the Rapier looks how I would design a gun car if I only had a Bobcat front-end loader and a minigun.

The rules for these models can be found in The Horus Heresy Book Four – Conquest.

Without further ado, here’s the models and Forge World’s official write up.


Solar Auxilia Rapier Quad Multi-Laser

The Rapier weapons platform is used extensively by the Solar Auxilia. Its hard-wearing armoured track system and high load capacity make it ideal for carrying powerful weapons that are too heavy for an auxiliary to carry into battle.The quad multi-laser tears through enemy infantry formations in rapid firing bursts, the terrifying sound of which has heralded the advance, and victory, of the Solar Auxilia for generations.

The Solar Auxilia Rapier Quad Multi-Laser can be taken as part of an Auxilia Rapier Battery in Solar Auxilia armies in Horus Heresy games. Rules for this unit can be found in The Horus Heresy Book Four – Conquest.

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