Welcome to part 2 of my miniature review of 2012. In this post I look at May to August.
May saw some new plastic releases for the Necrons including the Canoptek Spyder, Wraiths, Tomb Blades and Triarch Stalker. We also saw a complete overhaul of the paint range and a new painting guide from GW. It’s quite amazing to think the new paints came out 7 months ago. I have the mega paint set and I still don’t know what half of them are called. I will take a while to get used to all these new names. Forgeworld released the Storm Eagle Gunship for Space Marines.
June gave us a little taste of what to come in 6th Edition. That was new flyers! The Space Marines got the Storm Talon and the Orks got my favourite plastic kit to date, the Ork Bommer kit. I made one of these up for myself and it was an absolute joy to put together. GW were very clever in designing this kit to make the 3 different variants also. The Necrons also got a flyer kit in the form of the Night Scythe/Doom Scythe.
July saw the big one. Warhammer 40,000 6th edition was released. I for one was glad to see the back of 5th edition as it got a bit boring and predictable. So far I’ve enjoyed playing 6th edition and I’m sure it will continue. Flyers and the use of fortifications and more importantly allies have given the game an extra twist that makes it a cut above 5th in my opinion. The missing special characters from the Necron codex were also released in finecast along with several metal miniatures from Orks, Grey Knights and Dark Eldar making the switch over to finecast.
I was very excited for August. I was all set for a new Chaos Space Marine codex and then…. it didn’t come. Instead we got a White Dwarf update for Chaos Daemons and some new plastic and finecast kits. These included new Flamers, Screamers (who both had updated and better rules), Plaguebearers and a Chariot of Slaanesh. The Blue Scribes was also released in finecast alongside a Herold of Tzeentch on disc. In a weird move, Soul Grinders were also introduced to the Fantasy Daemons range.