More GW News From NOVA; Shadespire, New Codexes & More

August 31, 2017 by brennon

Games Workshop had more than just Necromunda to show off at NOVA this week as they also had a bit of news for other games too. The other big announcement came with another warband for Shadespire and the Ironjawz.

Ironjawz Warband

The new warband and models look awesome, as has most of the new Shadespire collection. I think this could very well become the way I want to play Age of Sigmar themed games. I like the cut down number of models you need, the idea of deck building, and the pickup nature of it.

You can see the full reveal trailer for them below…

It’s going to be tough deciding if I like the Stormcast more or these Ironjawz. I suppose, much like with Blood Bowl you could end up just choosing a variety and playing with whatever takes your fancy since painting them isn’t going to be too much of a chore!

Malign Portents

That wasn’t all that Games Workshop had to share for Age of Sigmar either as they also teased the ominous Malign Portents.

Malign Portents

It looks like this is going to be a big global event/campaign similar to what we saw with the Warhammer 40,000 campaign this year. The event does mean we get some new models too like the Knight Of Shrouds here for your Death armies.

Knight Of Shrouds

More undead is always good, especially as an update for some of the range. A lot of it has translated over very nicely but I think people would prefer to see more models like this which add a bit more ‘AoS’ to their undead armies rather than still feeling like a revamped Warhammer army.

Warhammer 40,000

New Codexes were also announced at the event with the next three after Death Guard and Adeptus Mechanicus making an appearance.

New Codexes

Eldar, Tyranids and Astra Militarum sounds like a good shout as it now introduces more of the Xenos races into the mix which is good. It will be fun seeing how much of a change has come to the Eldar in particular and let’s hope we see more plastic boxes for their Aspect Warriors!

Chapter Approved is also returning with a new mandate to bolster your hobby in Warhammer 40,000.

Chapter Approved

Inside the book, you’ll find…

  • An expansion for Apocalypse games of Warhammer 40,000
  • Guidelines on running a planetary invasion campaign
  • Updated matched play points for dozens of units and weapons across every army
  • Loads of new Missions for open, narrative and matched play.

…but also interestingly some more rules for armies that haven’t yet got their Codexes meaning that they’ll feel more fleshed out ahead of time which is good.

Hobby Heroes

Maybe Games Workshop liked our Golden Button awards so much that they decided to copy us here right? Well, the community can now vote for their Warhammer Hero and have them get a medal for their diligence in painting and crafting armies.

Warhammer Heroes

This award could go to you for not just painting but also organising tournaments, running local game nights or simply just being an inspirational person who feeds into your hobby and helps you delve deeper into Warhammer 40,000 and Age Of Sigmar. More details on it are coming in the future.

What do you think of the news from NOVA?

"I think this could very well become the way I want to play Age of Sigmar themed games..."