Monstrous Xenos Creatures, Rising Cults & Competitive Kill Team On The Way

January 7, 2019 by brennon

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A whole bunch of new Games Workshop goodness came out of their Open Day over the weekend so we're going to be condensing it down into two different posts. The first of these is going to look at the Sci-Fi side of things and we start off with the coming of a Xenos monstrosity, the Ambull.

Necromunda Ambull - Games Workshop

This creature is a monstrous beast that will now be featuring in the labyrinthine passageways of Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress. You will either be hunting for its lair to bring it down or perhaps just running into it as one of the many possible enemies that dwell within the Fortress.

I think this monster is looking awesome. It's so great to see Games Workshop expanding into the wider lore to find new monsters, aliens and more to throw into the mix. I can already see the cinematic moments as this closes in on your adventurers.

Heavy Duty Kit

As well as the Ambull above with it there's the Ambot, a mechanical construction which is based on the anatomy of the above Xenos creature.

Necromunda Ambot - Games Workshop

These two miniatures are getting thrown into the ring alongside the Hive Gangs and the scum from the world of Necromunda. Each of them comes armed with all sorts of add-ons and accessories as you can see and I can already imagine a few people making these into brilliant pieces in their own right.

These look like they're going to be really fun miniatures to paint, especially with all of those flat panels offering up a blank canvas to those with a habit for trying freehand.

Genestealer Cults Rise

As well as all of these goings on with big hefty machinery, the Genestealer Cults are also getting ready to emerge from their hiding places and take over the world of the Imperium in Warhammer 40,000. A few new miniatures were shown off over the weekend alongside a rather cool animated trailer for the new Codex too.

One of the key characters from the reveals that I wanted to see properly was the new Cult Magus...

Cult Magus - Games Workshop

She looks awesome, and very dangerous indeed. I was thinking we might get a Kerrigan sort of thing happening down the line but this version of the Magus sits well with the existing line-up with a few nice touches to make her feel unique too. I can only imagine what carnage her abilities are going to cause on the tabletop!

Alongside the vehicles that we'd seen a few months ago there were a few more characters like this Cult Sanctus who is no doubt responsible for the deaths of many an Imperial agent...

Cult Sanctus - Games Workshop

...and this stern and pensive looking fellow, the Cult Locus. You could imagine him being a dangerous foe once he gets going, not saying much before the brawl, however.

Cult Locus - Games Workshop

There is very much a sense that the Genestealer Cult has its own personality, separating it from the world of the Imperium but giving you firm roots amongst it. Much like with the Traitor Guardsmen included in Blackstone Fortress it's rather cool to see Games Workshop taking Imperial kit and then using it against them!

Kill Team Arena

The additional big bit of news from the event was that Kill Team is getting itself a competitive supplement called Arena.

This version of Kill Team builds on the rules that a lot of people are enjoying right now but turns it into a tournament-ready system that can be used at clubs and events, giving everyone an even playing field to see who will come out on top.

Kill Team Arena - Games Workshop

The set comes with plenty of terrain and also extra rules for fighting in the close confines of Space Hulks or perhaps the caverns underneath a Necron Tomb World.

Kill Team Arena (Gameplay) - Games Workshop

It looks like a good set to get your hands on even if you have no desire to actually play the game in this competitive environment. The mat itself looks like it could be a good alternative for those playing Necromunda too.

Alongside the release of Arena, Games Workshop will also be adding two new Kill Teams to the roster with the Theta- 7 Aquisitus...

Theta 7 Aquisitus - Games Workshop

...and Starns Disciples. Both of these sets contain all of the rules and accessories for the teams plus you also get two new models to use as Commanders too.

Starns Disciples - Games Workshop

The first of these has a real 'Wild West' look to him, the Kelermorph.

Kelermorph - Games Workshop

He is, as you might imagine, going to be doing a lot of gunslinging; taking down his foes in a flurry of bullets from his three revolvers.

Preferring a more heavy duty approach you also have the Tech-Priest Manipulus with his magnarail lance.

Techpriest - Games Workshop

So, that's quite a lot for you to get your teeth stuck into when it comes to Games Workshop and the world of Warhammer 40,000 in general! There's quite a lot to be excited about but I think the thing that caught my eye the most was the appearance of that Ambull and the fact that we're going to be seeing expansions down the road for use in Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress.

It's something I would have loved to see them do in Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower or Shadows Over Hammerhal as I think that works well with the classic dungeon crawling setting BUT maybe we'll see them revamp those games in the near future.

What caught your eye from this haul?

"What caught your eye from this haul?"

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