So onwards with the final part of this miniature review of 2012 looking at releases from Games Workshop and Forgeworld.
The new Warhammer 40,000 starter set, Dark Vengeance was the big release this month. My beloved Chaos Space Marines vs Dark Angels (which we now know are the first two 6th ed armies who receive new codices). The miniatures in this kit are fantastic. GW can feel very proud of this one. For a snap together kit the level of detail is on par with any regular plastic kit from GW. The design work that went in to this should not be over looked. Luckily for me and a buddy of mine we both had our armies in this box so we bought one each and swapped my Dark Angels for his Chaos stuff. Even though they are the next codex after Chaos Space Marines it still was a brave choice for GW to include Dark Angels and not generic marines. A lot of other marine players may not have the time or patience to file down all the Dark Angel symbols off the models so might have passed on this kit. Games Day UK also saw the new Horus Heresy stuff from Forgeworld go on sale for the very first time and we also saw the first ever official model for a Primarch in Angron, along with rules for 4 Primarchs in Betrayal. This truly was a huge step for the hobby.
This was my month! Chaos Space Marines galore! New codex, new models, lovely. Sure we didn’t get a Mat Ward-esc over powered codex so I wont be steamrolling everyone I play but we did get a codex that has so many options that players like me can build several lists that are totally different from each other and still work. No mono builds here. The new models were pretty good. I loved the finecast HQ choices, the Warpsmith and Dark Apostle. The Mutilators were awful miniatures with rules to maych but the Forgefiend/Maulerfiend and Heldrake were very good and the plastic raptors/warp talons is just a treasure trove of awesome Chaos Space Marine bits. Forgeworld gradually released everything from Games Day UK on their website for general sale.
November saw some new models for Warhammer Fantasy. Warriors of Chaos had 3 new plastic sets including Skullcrushers of Khorne, the Hellstriders of Slaanesh and the Chaos Warshrine. My favourite Fantasy character, Valkia the Bloody also received an official miniature. Forgeworld again continued with Horus Heresy releases such as the legion champion and master of the signal. They also released a really cool monster for Warhammer Fantasy in the form of the Mourngul.
December was all about one thing: The Hobbit. Can’t say I’m at all interested in The Hobbit stuff. I did quite like some of the Lord of the Rings stuff. I never played it but liked having stuff such as the Fellowship of the Ring etc. If they release smaller releases in the near future I will perhaps buy a few but the larger bundle sets are doing nothing for me so far. Again Forgeworld continued to support the Horus Heresy. We saw Legion Command upgrades, Legion specific Contemptor dreadnoughts and weapon sets.