In this three part mini series I’m going to go over a selection of releases we saw from Games Workshop and Forgeworld over the last 12 months. What a year it has been for 40k players especially with the releases of 6th Edition from GW and Horus Heresy from FW. I’m going to start with the first 4 months of 2012 in this post.
January saw the release of Vampire Counts for Warhammer Fantasy. Along with a new army book there was a host of new miniatures including the Black Knights/Hexwraiths set and the Crypt Horrors/Vargheists. Keeping with Games Workshop new direction in Fantasy, the Vampire Counts also got a large warmachine in the form of the awesome Coven Throne/Mortis Engine. Forgeworld released some Skaven units for Warhammer Forge including Fimir Warriors and Skaven Wolf Rats.
The month of my 25th birthday, hurrah! Speaking of 25th birthdays it was also the 25th birthday of Warhammer 40,000. To celebrate GW released the 25th Anniversary miniature. This represented the Crimson Fist Space Marine from the original Rogue Trader book cover. Forgeworld also released a Space Marine tank crew featuring MKII and MKIV armour. Bits from this set will soon be available for purchase on our main site.
So we move into March. Forgeworld wanted us all to know what MKIV power armour and Terminator armour would look like together so they release the Tarteros Terminators. They also released the fantastic Chaos Space Marine Decimator Daemon Engine. From GW we saw new releases for Space Wolves and Tyranids. These included Thunderwolf Cavalry (finally), Fenrisian Wolves and for the Tyranids we saw a plastic Hive Tyrant/Swarmlord and a Tyranofex/Tervigon boxed set. On a personal level these releases made me want to start my own Tyranid army which I’ve been very slowly but surely been working on.
April saw the release of one of my favourite Forgeworld sets., Asterion Moloc and Ivanus Enkomi. These two Minotaur special characters look awesome and have some great bits for use in any Space Marine army. Forgeworld also bought out the Rapier Laser Destroyer. The big Games Workshop release was the new Empire army book and miniatures. These included the massive Empire General on Griffon (which included the biggest set of wings GW have ever made!) and they also got 3 variants of wagons, The War Alter, Luminark of Hysh and Celestial Hurricanum. Also released were the Demigryph Knights. These used a new larger size cavalry base which we are now starting to see more of in Fantasy.