November 26, 2016 by brennon
Games Workshop is summoning up eldritch powers from the warp to get their revenge against the Space Wolves. Magnus The Red and Ahriman join forces alongside some new Tzeentch models as the Thousand Sons make their mark on Warhammer 40,000.
“The air screams as Magnus the Red descends from the skies, and stone runs molten beneath his shadow. Cyclopean son of the Emperor of Mankind, his very presence is anathema to logic. To look upon him is to surrender sanity, and when the Crimson King gazes back, destruction is loosed in unimaginable measure.
Second only to the Emperor in terms of psychic ability, he rends asunder reality with a sweep of his blade, annihilating even super-heavy vehicles with the sheer intensity of his ire. Then, with a flex of mighty pinions, Magnus the Red is borne aloft, glorying in his unnatural power as he brings fresh calamity to the weaklings who oppose him.”
Now that is a wonderful looking sculpt for the Daemon Prince. We’ve known this is coming for a while now but I don’t think it’s any less impressive. It’s hats off from us for this one.
Following on from Magnus is his servant looking for some sense of redemption in the eyes of the other Sorcerers of the Thousand Sons. As we mentioned when we saw the previews for these models the story of the Thousand Sons isn’t simply one of evil…
In reality, Ahriman was trying to do good with his powers and yet the worm turned and the Emperor needed them banished. Some might say that the Space Wolves deserve what’s coming to them.
Following in their wake we have a number of different troops on the way supporting their assault on Fenris. First up we have the standard Rubric Marines.
…and the slight more expendable daemons called forth from the warp in the form of Tzaangors.
On the more heavily armoured end of things, we have the Scarab Occult Terminators who look utterly superb and were what was really drawing me towards this force for use on the tabletop.
They are a little static looking but I think for heavily armoured spellcasters this might be alright. The fellow on the left with the staff is stunning and I could imagine someone painting up that cloth with some vivid freehand to make it all the more eldritch.
Backing them up from the solely magical point of view we do also have the Exalted Sorcerers.
It was great to see these join the forces of the Thousand Sons. I still don’t particularly like the design of the Sorcerer on the right-hand side but the other two on the disc and on foot really are superb looking. Something about them makes me want to use them in Age of Sigmar too.
The Story Unfolds
Of course, we want to see how the story unfolds and that comes as part of War Zone Fenris: Wrath Of Magnus.
…which also comes with a Limited Edition version of the book too packed with all sorts of extras.
“The skies of Fenris are aflame, the awful truth revealed. The Thousand Sons, hidden architects of the Space Wolves’ darkest hour, have launched an arcane invasion across those realms sacred to the Sons of Russ. The Wulfen’s Curse has taken hold, the daemonic invasions that followed it a precursor to deadly Imperial bombardments that saw Chapter set against Chapter.
The bringer of this system-spanning doom is Magnus the Red, an ancient demigod overthrown by the Fenrisians of yore. With the daemon primarch’s reappearance in realspace, a vendetta ten thousand years in the making has flared into world-shattering violence. The Crimson King is back to conquer Fenris, and the legions of the Warp march with him.”
“This 136-page hardback book contains the thunderous, galaxy-shaking story of the Wrath of Magnus; set over three chapters, it features a huge selection of brand-new artwork supporting the story within. There’s also a uniform guide, with colours and icon guides for several Thousand Sons warbands…”
For those of you who like your accessories, you can also pick up some Thousand Sons Themed Dice.
Whatever angle you’re coming at this from it’s going to be fun to see how it all ends between the Space Wolves and the Thousand Sons. Here’s hoping the Wulfen bring back someone decidedly more powerful to combat the Daemon Prince.
What do you think about the new releases?
""Second only to the Emperor in terms of psychic ability, he rends asunder reality with a sweep of his blade, annihilating even super-heavy vehicles with the sheer intensity of his ire""