It’s finally here, the box set to bring people into 6th edition, to create a whole new generation of Dark Angels and Chaos generals and to bolster the armies of those who have gone before; Warhammer 40k Dark Vengeance!
In my opinion this box has one of the most impressive arrays of miniatures that Games Workshop have released in a set for quite a while and is sure to give more than a few people a serious case of shiny syndrome.
So exactly what are you getting in the Dark Vengeance box set?
The set brings together two opposing starter forces: the Chaos and the Dark Angels. Let start off by seeing just what the Imperial players can expect to see.
First up, leading the Dark Angel forces are two special characters. The Company Master armed with combi-weapon, bolt pistol and power sword.
Accompanied closely by the Librarian Turmiel, carrying a bolt pistol and force sword.
These are two nicely detailed character sculpts sure to form a good centre piece for your army. Of the two I think I like the Librarian best. The pose is dramatic and the sculpt sets him apart from previous Librarian minis, while I can’t help feeling that the Company Master is rather static in comparison even though this does give him a more commanding appearance.
Following these two heroes into the fray are two units of the most iconic troops of the Dark Angels chapter; a Deathwing Terminator Squad and a Raven Wing Bike Squad.
All backed up by the stalwart force of the standard line troops, the Dark Angels Tactical Squad.
While the standard minis are by no means bad it is the squad sergeants which really stand out. Each of these is a named character in the box set and they have been given characterful sculpts to match. The Sergeant of the Deathwings is possibly the most impressive of these.
Set apart by his modified helmet, decorative wing mounts and flowing robe, this guy looks as if he’s ready to chop someone’s head off in a single swipe.
On top of these, those who manage to get a hold of the Limited Edition of Dark Vengeance will be receiving a special extra Dark Angels character; Interrogator-Chaplain Seraphicus.
I have to say I’m not sure whether I really like this mini or not. The sculpt is undeniably cool, with the cape flowing out behind and the smoke emerging from the pointless yet stylish incense burners on his back pack.
However, there is something about him which seems to me to be all together too bulky. This doesn’t stop him being any less of an impressive character mini which, if I were a Dark Angels player, I would definitely use to lead my troops.
All in all definitely not a bad look out for the Imperial forces. But it is with the Chaos forces of the Crimson Slaughter that Games Workshop have really impressed me. just check out this monstrous war engine they’re getting!
This mash up flesh and machinery is the Helbrute and he has been the source of much discussion here in the office. Could this be the Chaos equivalent of a Dreadknight?
The miniature itself is quite impressive, really giving the sense of a twisted creation of Chaos. With eyes, toothed jaws, horns and tentacles bursting out all over the place, this mechanical marvel is what Chaos is all about.
Of course the Helbrute isn’t the only impressive thing the Chaos are getting. Check out the Chaos Lord Kranon the Relentless, along with the unit of Chosen Draznicht’s Ravagers.
With decorative armour, dramatic poses and some truly menacing design work I think that these are some of Games Workshop’s best Space Marine style miniatures.
Then of course there are the guys everyone has been waiting for. They are here. And they are ready to cause some mayhem. It’s the Cultists!
Now personally I hoped these guys would look more like a bunch of corrupted Imperial Guardsmen. However, these guys definitely have their own unique aesthetic which sets them apart. The bit I like best has got to be the weaponry. They look battered, a mish-mash collection of fire arms, with the pride of the lot being that long barrelled chain fed machine gun type weapon. These guys are pretty damn awesome, with their leader being the best of the bunch. Is he wearing a commissar’s coat?
The Cultist units are made up from two different sects; Sect Anarkus and Sect Tetchvar. One deals in ranged weaponry while the other carries close combat equipment, allowing your army a greater level of versatility.
On top of this the box also contains the usual selection of reference sheets, templates, mini rulebook and even assembly guides to help you get playing Warhammer 40,000 as soon as possible.
Personally, I think this is one of the best boxed set Games Workshop have produced in quite a while. Sure not all of the miniatures are perfect, but they are for the most part incredibly well sculpted pieces that anyone would be proud to have in their army. So whether your coming to 40k for the first time or are an old time veteran of the game this set looks as if it could definitely set you up for 6th edition.
Will any of you be picking up this box set? Are you tempted to start collecting either of these armies because of these? What is your opinion of the miniatures in the box?