|Another new codex so soon after the Dark Angels? I did not think it was possible!|
The daemons have benefited from a collection of very well designed and sculpted plastic units in their Troops section (with the exception of the plastic Horrors which took a huge leap backwards from Alex Hedstrom’s metal ones). Brian Nelson’s plastic Bloodletters of Khorne were the some of the first, and did a wonderful job of reinvigorating the original concepts, maintaining many of their defining aspects while instilling in them a sinister furiosity. This was a huge transition for the daemon model range, shifting the focus from wonky and exaggerated to more refined distinctive forms.
|The current range of plastic lesser daemons.|
|The evolution of the Plaguebearer|
|Thankfully the ant-eater snouts do not have to be used...|
I am excited that they brought back Khorne’s penchant for cannons (it brings back memories of the crazy brass monstrosities from Epic), as the association has been something that has somewhat been lost over the years. Unfortunately, the Skull Cannon model suffers from the bloodletter tacked onto it, with seemingly no purpose (waving to the crowd perhaps?). I like the idea of the cannon being some daemon engine that runs solely on its utter hatred for all things (a bit like the Hellcannon I suppose). The chassis that the cannon is mounted on is an odd amalgamation of Tzeentchian gaping maws, brass wheels, and pistons fashioned out of juggernaut legs. While it is nicely detailed and sculpted, the frame of the contraption is awkwardly tall and narrow to the point that any slight breeze would surely send it toppling to its side. From the same kit, you can build the Blood Throne, which is the lessor of the two (at least visually). Quite why the throne is not massed with skulls is hard to say. More curious still are the two bloodletters hanging out in front of the warmachine, not very menacing.
|Some of the old daemon engines from Epic.|
|Probably the nicest of the new kits and it provides the much needed Herald on chariot for Tzeentch.|
|Along with the Storm of Magic sorcerer, Tzeentch has some excellent herald models.|
|Both this model's face and chain of skulls I find lacking.|
|It is as if they tried to incorporate everything remotely Nurgle in this model...|
On a more positive note, I am happy with the cover illustrations for both the Warhammer 40,000 and Fantasy army books. They continue the recent tradition of displaying a single character, and in the case of these new ones, a Bloodletter of Khorne. Of the two I think I like the Fantasy one better because the Bloodletter is a little more interesting, brandishing a flaming sword and a collection of skulls that are also appropriately on fire. It is also nice to see that they brought Raymond Swanland back to do the cover for the third hardcover Warhammer 40,000 codex, adding a subtle sense of uniformity to the books.
|Both of the new cover illustrations look great, making it one of the first for fantasy...|
- Harlon Nayl