NEW White Dwarf Cover & Cult Mechanicus


When it rains it pours, and it’s raining tin men today. Come see the Next Week’s White Dwarf featuring Mechanicus!

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Looks like we have an idea about what the first Cult Mechanicus post will be out of the gate.  Without seeing the new releases section of the White Dwarf it’s hard to get an idea of which of the new models will be included, or if this will be a multiple week affair.

Full Mechanicus Roundup

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  • withershadow

    Why the hell are they putting a K on words that clearly should start with a C? I don’t understand. Is Mars like a Southern breakfast chain for old people? All about that Krazy Kountry Kooking!

    And those heads need to go, they look so bad.

    • Local Ork

      Because they can trademark it.

    • Hazamelistan

      Heads seem to be the same as they are at ForgeWorld.

      Fun thing is that FW names them Castellax 😉

      • withershadow

        You must be blind. The Castellax have low-profile domes composed of interlocking plates. These guys have conehead helmets with goofy visors. They look like they are from a cover of a 1950s pulp scifi novel. Not that I mind that particular aesthetic, but it looks out of place to me here.

        • amaximus167

          Kind of looks like Moltar. Now if only there was mantis looking Magos…

    • Benderisgreat

      Kwhy not? Kwhat Kis Kwrong Whith Kit?

  • moonshadow101

    Looks like a third-party knock-off of an actual GW model.

    • Spiritof69

      They look like the Iron Giant.

      • moonshadow101

        Iron Giant action figures counts-as Contemptor Dreadnauts

        Everyone you play hates you, but nobody has the heart to tell you that your childhood toy looks stupid and doesn’t belong on the board.

      • Barty

        They look like the illegitimate child of the Iron Giant and a Contemptor.

    • Benderisgreat

      K-Mart Derp-Bots HOOOOOOOOOOO!

    • Malthrak

      My thoughts exactly, they look like bad ripoffs of FW Castellax models.

  • D. B.

    I LOVE them. Like, directly from Rogue Trader.

    That, however, is why they’re gonna get a lot of hate, too. If the varying design phases of the game were each members of a family, “Rogue Trader” would be the crazy great uncle. What the Original Series is to Star Trek.

  • Badgerboy1977

    Wasn’t sure about them in the early blurry poster shots of them but they look great in the ones above which means there’s not a single thing I haven’t absolutely loved so far in this ad Mech release.
    Now I just need an IA from FW to combine these and the Mechanicum and I’ll be sorted.

  • benn grimm

    Deep sea divers from Mars eh? Coolish I guess, but nowhere near as good as the (very similar) stuff from FW.

  • Talos4

    Have gw signed the mantic sculptor? Those robots are awful

  • Im gonna paint one like Big Hero 6 for my daughter. Fa LA LA LA.

  • PrimoFederalist

    They’re Monstrous Creatures. Naturally.

    Why should giant robots be subjected to Haywire and explosions when they could be wounded by Poison on a 4+ or 2+ and given IWND from medicine?

    The Vehicles/Walkers/Monstrous-Gargantuan Creatures nonsense is so annoying…

    • mumblez

      It is hilarious that GW has 26 pages of vehicle rules and they refuse to use them for models that would fit them the most.

      • Bayne MacGregor

        Blame Forgeworld, they set the trend with the 30k robots.

  • ejvter

    The WD cover says “war machines from a lost age” so when the WM were created, dome heads were all the rage….Or maybe GW could do what they did with the Tau, you know big bodies little tiny heads…

  • tfkimmortal

    Immature moment… It says “niple” :3

  • Barty

    ….So these are the 40k equivilant of the Castellax? Since, whilst I never played Rogue Trader, I can only guess they are based on the same base idea due to the name and the lay-out. In which case, just wow… This is actually hilarious that they could look so dated when fairly good alternatives already exist with GW.

  • james

    Anyone notice they’re 290points for 1 guy base? Compare that to the new Wraithknight…
    BTW they come in maniples, so probably up to 3 guys?

    • Barty

      It’s 290 for the leader and 2 Robots. The bots themselves are 120 points a pop. You can add 4 more robots.

    • WrentheFaceless

      Its 290 for 2 bots and a warp smith

  • John Bower

    At least that will save me some money; they look hideous. 🙁

    • Benderisgreat

      The FW ones are much better value, especially if you can find cheap ones on eBay.

  • Mud_Duck

    I’m more interested in the Golden Demon Nagash thingie. Is this a sign that GW may be switching over to Fantasy here soon?

  • Shiwan8

    God damn it. I do not want to buy a 4th army.

    • jonathon

      do these things really encourage you to do so? All the other mechanicus models look great but these look like something straight out of 50’s era sci-fi & not in a good way…

      • Shiwan8

        A matter of taste and then there are conversions.

  • david

    The Kastelan robot on the left hand side on the cover, looks like it has the gun arms from OCP’S ED 209! “You have five second to comply!”

    • nurglitch

      You can swap out the power fists for a twin-linked heavy phosphor blaster, kinda of like a Mauler Bolt-Cannon, but with the luminagen rule.

  • Theik

    I didn’t realize big daddies were martian.

  • Benderisgreat

    Those Derpbots look awful. Hopefully you can get the minder separately.

    • Houghten

      That’s what eBay’s for.

  • Dave Scammell

    The more I see of them, the more they grow on me.

    • latro990

      • Dave Scammell

        lol, no I’m serious. They don’t fit in with the rest of the army’s asthetics at all, but I do think they’ll be fun to march across a battlefield.

        • latro990


  • Sparti67

    I wonder if you will be allowed to use some of the 30k stuff as relics of the armory. I was not going to get into 40k mechanicum but these bots might have just changed my mind

  • penio

    290 points for 2 flamers

    • Shiwan8

      Compared to the 295p WK. Seems a bit much?

      • penio

        You can buy 2 heavy phosphor blaster for 15 pt/model. Still quite expensive considering they’re bs3

        • Shiwan8

          Still not really comparable to WK.

          • jonathon

            waaaGH! this non-eldar codex doesn’t have an eldar unit in it. commence pout-mode.

          • Shiwan8

            If you feel like that then by all means do so.

    • Bayne MacGregor

      With torrent, that can be swapped for heavy phosphors which if they score wounds reduce cover saves by 1 and improve charge rolls against that unit so synergy there with other units.

    • nurglitch

      Torrent weapons on T7 Sv3+/Iv5+ platforms that reflect shooting attacks on save of 6.

  • latro990

    Those models remind me of that crap cheapo plastic present you got from your 4th aunt once removed on your dads side that you’d of much rather had £5-10 in a card… no… had to be the cheapo plastic robot you got from a pound shop
    eh eh?!

    • latro990


      • Houghten

        That looks pretty sweet actually…

      • georgelabour

        I’d have played with that as a child.

        Heck first thing I thought when I saw it was …”hrmm some potential conversion parts in there.

    • Angrygnome

      I think a head swap would probably do wonders for the model. I don’t see much wrong with the arms and legs, and the torso isnt’ too egregious. It’s just the head that really pushes it into derp-town.

  • amaximus167

    I think with a simple head swap and maybe banners between their legs they will not be terrible. It do agree that they do not really fit with the rest of the aesthetic. Looks more astartes.

  • jonathon

    “Danger! Danger Will Robinson!”

  • withershadow

    The more I look at them, the more they look like Centurions with Dunce helmets. I knew the models were bad when this thought popped up in my head: I wonder if I can use centurions to convert something more appropriate. When you look to centurions as a better base model, that’s scary.

    Anyway, after seeing the rules on these guys, I think I’ll just pass on them. At 120 points, they are essentially very expensive Castellax. The canticles are pretty neat though, max them out on guns, and each guy fires 9 S6 AP3 shots a turn, three being twin-linked.

  • apackistany

    Those are some cute robots!

  • Baymax is that you?

  • kobalt60

    Superfluous K aside, i’m in. Redo all the rogue trader era models, i’ll buy them. Give me a Codex featuring only Zoats, i’ll buy that too. It seems i’m the idiot GW is marketing to these days, and i’m fine with that

    • D. B.

      My sentiments exactly! Now, let’s see Enslavers, Squats, and Sisters (as you probably know, they already were in Rogue Trader… and looked a lot more the way they do today than their Space Marine counterparts, I have to say).

  • Agent OfBolas

    holy crap my eyes burns … they are so damn ugly ugly ugly !

  • Noctis Lucis

    Wow, those Kastelans look horrendous. Who would fork out the money for those pieces of cheap, plastic crap?

    Going to forgeworld instead.

  • Malthrak

    Ugh, those Kastelan things look like bad 3rd party rip-offs of the Forgeworld Castellax models.

  • Nick_Slender

    Found some nice crisp pics here
    Kastelan still look horrible though.

  • PrimoFederalist

    I think they’re fine. In fact, the subtle design evolution from the 30k to the 40k version is clearly deliberate and aesthetically brilliant.

    They’re purposefully made to not look “awesome”, but rather as a practical evolution of the older Castellan model from 30k.

    Did no one notice that it is an intentionally “more polished” version of the 30k robot? The spherical “head” with all the sensors is more pronounced and enclosed in armor. The exposed pistons on the joints of the 30k model are covered over by smooth body armor, yet the hips and torso and shoulder-mounted gun remain the same.

    I think it’s a pretty cool way of tying it into the “older” version while making a believable evolved version. Suum cuique.

  • Knight

    juggernaut + contemptor + sexy time = Kastelan Robots

  • Knight

    juggernaut + contemptor + sexy time = Kastelan Robots!