Games Workshop’s 2021 opening salvo included an hour-long online event detailing previews for nearly all of its major wargaming series, including miniatures previews, new battletomes and a mech unit that might beat all previous height records.
All of the information provided during the stream consisted of sneak peeks, and no hard release dates accompanied the first look images. Games Workshop states on its community page that more information - including pricing and availability - will be shared as the year progresses.
Fans of the Adepta Sororitas, the Sisters of Battle, have been spoiled lately with new unit sets and key leaders announced throughout the last weeks of 2020. That hot streak continues with a preview of the Paragon Warsuit. One lucky Sister helms a resplendent suit of mechanised armor that doubles her height alongside an equipped sword and double-barreled gun. More Sisters of Battle miniatures should be announced later in the year, according to Games Workshop presenters.
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team players will be able to purchase the Pariah Nexus set that introduces new rules and a kill team each for the Space Marines and Necrons. Each team is composed of six miniatures - five units and a commander - and will come packaged with a double-sided game board, terrain piece, objective cards and the rulebook. The expansion will function as a standalone box, allowing players to jump directly into 40,000’s skirmish mode while combining with the previously-released Kill Team starter set for more complex scenarios.
The event presenters saved the biggest bit of Warhammer 40,000 news for last. The Warmaster Titan marks the latest addition to the Adeptus Titanicus line of mini mecha that tower over everything else on the field of battle. Larger than the previous record-holding Warlord Titan, the Warmaster one-ups its kin in weaponry, battle regalia and likely every other metric that matters. We imagine the painting alone qualifies as a part-time job.
Lovers of big metal bodies will also be able to snag a battletome detailing customisation and lore for all of the Emperor's most expensive toys. A separate book for those who’d rather swear loyalty to Horus will also be sold around the same time.
Leaving the bullet-riddled future for a universe of gods and monsters, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar’s 2021 preview boasted several new miniatures on both sides of its cosmic battle lines. Hysh’s native Aelves (the pronunciation of which Dicebreaker discussed on our latest podcast) are pushing towards an endgame, thanks to the plans of the god, Teclis. His narrative is the focus of a new book, which features battalion information for the Lumineth Realm-lords, Cities of Sigmar, Maggotkin of Nurgle, Flesh-eater Courts and Ossiarch Bonereapers. The new Lumineth miniature previewed during the event was the fox deity Sevireth, Lord of the Seventh Wind, who rides a cyclone to gain a height advantage on foes.
A battletome for the Daughters of Khaine details Morathi’s response to Teclis’ advance, along with information on three news Endless Spells - powerful battlefield effects unique to each faction. Both books continue the Broken Realms storyline, the major focus of Age of Sigmar’s colossal conflict introduced in Shadow & Pain.
The event continued with a proper preview of the newest warband to enter the fray in Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm, The Crimson Court. Launching in April, according to an updated roadmap for the skirmish wargame, this faction arrives bedecked in sanguine-colored Gothic armour and baring their fangs. Expect new mechanics on the cards that accompany the warbands that add fresh wrinkles to Games Workshop’s quick and intense alternative to its conventional wargame combat.
The Dead and The Divine wrapped with a preview of Warhammer Quest: Cursed City, which Dicebreaker detailed in a dedicated piece. Be sure to read all about the next board game from Warhammer Studios planned to ship sometime in 2021.