GW: New Releases 4-23-2016 “First Looks”

Orruks Art

Get ready for the WAAAGH! Check out what GW is bring to shelves this weekend!

via Games Workshop




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Megaboss on Maw-Krusha

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Weirdnob Shaman

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Battletome: Ironjawz

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Grand Alliance: Destruction

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This is a really cool looking release for the Orruks. I like the new look of the armor and I think the models really capture that Orky-Savageness and Cunning vibe. I find the choice to go with yellow as an odd choice for the Orruks as I think the alternate paint schemes look better paired with the green skin of the Orruks. I would have gone with it as a secondary or tertiary color…but that’s just me. Then again, I already have one yellow army and don’t want to paint another.


What’s your take on the new Orruks?

  • Iconoc1ast

    its the Bad Moons!!!!

    • Adrien Fowl

      Seeing them in that super yellow armor is kinda weird.

      • Dennis Finan Jr

        There’s all different paint schemes tho

  • Zack Seiders

    The new orc models ironically look better in any other color BUT light yellow. Starting to get use to the boar models a little bit (probably pass on them BUT will get everything else.)

  • Frank Underwood

    Don’t want to be that guy, but the yellow is definitely my least favourite of the 3 schemes here.

    All lovely models though.

    If you aren’t sold on David Cameron’s ideal prom dates/Gore Gruntas – the shot above of the red painted piggies where the face is exposed is actually quite sweet, I think.

    • Zack Seiders

      You are not the only one who hates the yellow good fellow.

      • Frank Underwood

        Dat rhyme do

    • Adrien Fowl

      I can’t understand why they chose that paint scheme. :/

      • Frank Underwood

        Well a lot of people like the Bad Moons in 40k too – I think they’d be fine if the armour was weathered and rusty.

  • Dogberry1982

    The real question is how many people will buy these just to kit bash/model for 40k…..

    • Zack Seiders

      I actually want to give aos a try or 2. Although the brute bosses would make an excellent snakebite meganob

      • Nazdreg

        I hope you can! Tonne of fun 🙂

    • Davor Mackovic

      As the Taco Bell girl said, “why not both”?
      Nothing wrong with playing them for 40K, nothing wrong with playing them with AoS.

      • LordRao

        Except konversjunz.

    • Admiral Raptor

      Hmm, I’d guess 95-100% in North America and maybe 70% in the UK. For some reason AoS seems to have a following there.

  • Nazdreg

    Really like the ‘Mawcrusha’ but I wish the special character had his own standalone model.
    I’ve said it before, but I really hope Grimgor comes back as their god.

    • I hope Gork is represented by Grimgor and Mork by Skarsnik. Too bad they forgot about the plotline they prepared for the latter halfway through the End Times…

  • zeno666

    First looks?
    This is the fifth post showing these models

  • Panos

    Look OrcMarines 😛 soon to come ElfMarines

  • CF

    Hello, Snakebite Army!

    The Boar/beastie mounts can be proxied for Warbikes.

  • Really liking the new models. Here’s hoping we see a 40K release with same aesthetic soon.


    These are hideous. Too much armor and the poses are horrible. Did the one orc excuse me, orruk have a metal jaw? These are horrible for fantasy. Warhammer 10k is a failure, give us warhammer 9th edition and the old models back and we’ll be happy.

    • Statham

      Heh, ‘us’/’we’.. So presumptuous.

      • RS TROUT

        What are you, a geedubs loyalist?

        • Statham

          No, I’m just someone who doesn’t presume he speaks for everyone.

          • Randy Randalman

            More people agree with you, Statham, than RS TROUT.

            If you hate it so much, stop paying so much attention to every AoS release. You’re one of those guys who didn’t play or purchase WHFB anymore (like the rest of the world), and hated AoS on principle.

            Well, it’s the community’s fault WHFB is dead. They didn’t want it or support it anymore.

            I’ve had more fun painting, collecting, and playing AoS in the last 8 months than I did the last 8 years of WHFB.

            “What are you, a geedubs loyalist?”

            Said the guy who posts in every GW article, and wants GW to remake WHFB so he can support GW.

          • Admiral Raptor

            Don’t blame the community for GW’s heinous mismanagement of Fantasy. If a product line fails it’s because the company failed to understand what the market desired. The onus is always on the company.

          • Exactly this. Demand was there, as proven multiple times with limited edition army books, The End Times and recently the Last Chance orders. It was GW who failed to meet demand with supply. The End Times sold out within moments of going on sale, and GW failed to anticipate demand, just how they failed to meet demand for updates to outdated rulebooks or new kits for core troops.

          • kloosterboer

            Clearly not, or they’d have continued right on.

            I swear, you guys make it sound like GW had it in for you, personally!

          • vlad78

            Aren’t you part of the boys band which posts on every AOS article to bash AOS haters? ;p

            I hate AOS, everything is dumb in this game imho.

            Yet those orks are perhaps the first good thing have seen aethetically speaking. They’d be perfect for 40k if 40k wasn’t such a mess nowadays.

          • kloosterboer

            We appreciate and value your opinion, Vlad. Everything in this game is superb, imho.

            These models are brilliant, all the way ’round.

          • RS TROUT

            I have 7 whfb armies all over 10k points, bretonnia, beastmen, daemons, dark elves, warriors, wood elves, and vc. All with up to date models and all the end time books. So how do you presume I didn’t purchase much whfb stuff?

          • Erik Setzer

            Clearly it’s the community’s fault Blood Bowl, Mordheim, BFG, etc. died. They weren’t supported and no one wanted them, and now they’re dead where they belong and there’s no way GW will every bring them back or anyone will ever make a product based on those un-supported IPs.

            I saw plenty of people buy and support WFB, when there was stuff to buy. I have fond memories of Triumph & Treachery games, loads of people throwing down, and the End Times just got people even more super-excited. In the last couple years of WFB’s life I picked up additions to my Skaven, a bunch of Undead, an entire Ogre army, all of the End Times books in hardcover (and the cards)… I put my money where my mouth is and saw other people doing the same. But it didn’t help that there was hardly anything being released, and GW had dropped the lower-level rules from WFB to try to push larger games (with models they kept making more and more expensive… though AoS has managed to blow those away on price). Makes it hard to attract new players when the company wants to create a niche that isn’t conducive to bringing in new players (aka new customers).

            Same local group isn’t buying AoS stuff. One guy’s dropped a load of money on a Sigmarine army (but you’d have to in order to have more than a handful of models, which would still set you back a good bit). But otherwise, the few people playing are pretty much using the same models they’ve had. I think I might have made the only other AoS related purchases in the past month or so. There’s barely any games going any more. Attempts to do events, campaigns, stuff like that, just fail to draw interest. It’s not GW games in general, either. People will show up at all the stores to play 40K, and the Space Marine birthday attracted a lot of people. But AoS? Nope. I’ll check in next week for a “mega-battle” to see how it goes, but I doubt it’ll be on the level of the WFB mega-battles.

            So yeah, buddy, you’ve got no more room to claim you know how “more” people feel than the guy you’re telling can’t presume to speak for others.

            And you’re also well off point, and I’d hope my initial sarcasm helped make the point, but if it didn’t, here’s a history lesson for you: GW killed off games before. If the reasoning is what you’d claim, then no one would care about them. But here we are, most of them have their own computer games, and GW’s creating a new department to resurrect those old games, because they suddenly realize that if you actually put some effort into your products, people will want them.

        • LordCastellan Vas

          Lol Loyalist? Are you engaging in some kind of high-stakes political debate or cultural revolution? thought we were talking about toys. Chill the frak out trout.

          • Erik Setzer

            SHHHHHH!!!! Don’t let GW call their products “toys!” They’ll go insane! (Even though that’s exactly what they are.)

    • standardleft

      Everyone is saying orcs can’t have armour, but there are even more armoured orcs in LOTR, and the hobbit and 40k.

      Fantasy even had armoured black orcs.

      Why can’t orcs have armour?

      • RS TROUT

        Black orcs were cool because their armor wasn’t power armor from 40k and that their armor looked beat up and rugged as if they were in combat every day. Not this polished power armor that looks better fit for 40k orks.

        • standardleft

          Are you looking at the pics on your phone?The armour has scratches and chips on it.

          • Statham

            Nope, clearly that is polished power armour and not just beaten scrap they’ve stolen from their foes.

          • LordCastellan Vas

            Actually, it’s stranger than that. This giant mutant boars they ride practically eat anything, inckuding iron-rich ore. They, uh, excrete a substance called ‘pig iron,’ in the process which the IronJawz beat with their fists and with stones and so forth into their weapons and armor. Presubaly the wash it a bit first. (Nice bit of fluff, that. Lol)

          • ZeeLobby

            pretty sure that’s just paint job, but yeah, he was overbearing in his description.

        • Randy Randalman

          Um…zero things about this armor is polished or comes with power packs and cables. It is literally chunks of salvaged material.

          Also, the Black Orcs armor wasn’t beaten up and rugged unless you painted it that way. Guess what you can do with this armor? That’s right…paint it.

          It’s the bright yellow that makes it look a little more “clean”, and Black Orcs would have looked the same way bright yellow.

          • Axis Mundi

            Yeah, I really like the models a lot, and I think the armour is going to look amazing when painted in a more realistic way.

            The yellow is really annoying me though, because, and I’m being all colour nerdy here but I can’t help it, it’s wildly anachronistic. Yes, I know, it’s a high fantasy setting (which I’m loving), but bright yellow paint that will stick to metal – that’s some serious chemistry and tech going on. It’s just by nature futuristic, and that’s kind of annoying.

          • LordCastellan Vas

            Also it’s full of divots and fist prints. It’s supposed to be jagged bigs of sift iron that they literally beat into shape with their fists. Doens’t really look like high tech power armor at all, in fact less so than the old Black Orc kit,

    • LordCastellan Vas

      You mean to say YOU’ll be happy.

  • Statham

    Never really been interested in an Ork-style army at all before today, but some of these really caught my eye. Love that Megaboss and the Maw-Krusha – at the very least I’m totally getting the former to convert – but.. Given I’ve not started on AOS yet… These could be fun. Yellow armour’s kinda weird for a game like AOS – it looks way more fitting for 40K, but.. Still.

  • SacTownBrian

    I don’t know why but I’m really partial to the Maw Krusha painted in white on the store site. I could see a pale yellow with the white in a snow themed base/display board. I think I’m not liking the yellow with the darker green skin tones and bases. Someone else mentioned that if the armor was chipped and rusted it would look better and I agree that is probably the missing secret sauce.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah, totally agree. There’s just not much feral about the design.

  • Pedwidge

    One brute has a powerclaw, and with the yellow armor and general style I think the sculptor really wanted to work on 40k models. I like the faces on the models since they look more savage and less cartoony and I really like the shaman.

    • Randy Randalman

      Well, it isn’t really a power klaw. It’s a blade fixed to the armor, with no actuation whatsoever. The other half is a blade in his hand.

      Looks like a power klaw, yes, but it isn’t functionally a power klaw.

      • Zack Seiders

        Still use it for a kitbashed snakebite meganob

      • Erik Setzer

        If the Ork using it believes it’s a power klaw, you better believe it’s going to work like a power klaw.

        Gork bless Orks. (And Mork, too.)

  • reynor

    The models in black armor are my one true love.

    • Zack Seiders

      Plan to make the orcs have silverish armor with red shoulder pads. Everything else is highlight and green skin. (save for shaman, he is going to be a little more creative.

  • hcls315

    I’m loving these new Orruk designs! WAAAGH!!!

  • Horus84cmd

    I really like all these kits. Brutal appearance with just the right amount bat-s* crazy menace in the eye. Plenty of implied movement and dynamism in the flow of weapons and cloth etc… It’s the move to round bases, that has really freed up the miniature designers to do this

  • Westdraygon

    Holy cow, I ADORE these models. This is the first AOS release that really got me excited. I liked some of the other stuff that came before it, but this got me hyped.

    And… I’m sorry folks, I love that yellow. It’s my favourite colour on Orks in 40k (Bad Moons ftw) and I love it here.

    So yeah. Great job GW.

    Now give 40k Orks a release this good. They need it.

    • LordCastellan Vas

      Good indications that they’re up next. I hope they make new plastic boyz. The old ones are starting to show their age a bit.

      • Erik Setzer

        How? They look fine. I don’t want new models that have a bunch of unnecessary gunk on them just to say “look at all that detail!” So what else do they do, completely change the look of 40K Orks (again)?

        There’s a lot they need to update in that line. The Boyz are not included.

        I’m sure in five years people will be claiming these Orcs will be “showing their age a lot” and need to be replaced because anything more than a week old is yesterday’s news…

        • LordCastellan Vas

          I find the super extreme squatting posture, and the large hands and right-angled arms all taken at once don’t look very agressive or scary. They look a little cartoonish to me, and not in a very appealing way. The nobs look a lot better. I love the new flash gitz. Love the new Mega Armored Nobz. The boys need to look a little more agressive and dangerous.

    • Zack Seiders

      Make the gork/morkanauts an actual superheavy as well as fixing cybork body back to its 5+ invulnerable save glory. Also do SOMETHING about the orks leadership, while the new mob rule is useful for mega nobs and nobs (they are best used to guard the warboss) also better transport and fix the deffrolla.

      • Erik Setzer

        Ah heck no! Got to give Space Marines better invulnerable saves, none of that for Orks! Space Marines need more Leadership rules, not Orks! Why bother improving those greenskinned losers who don’t bring in the money when you can give more to Space Marines?

        (Hardcore sarcasm, and it hurt to type… I love my Orks. But I know how GW views them.)

        • Zack Seiders

          All I did was make a wish list and hope it happens (when hell freezes over). Keeping the orks in the big bag until that day comes. (swapped to khorne daemonkin and might try the updated chaos daemons out when I get enough of khorne daemonkin.)

  • SundaySilence

    I love these models. Still just getting into AoS but these guys are going to get me redoubling my effort. I have played 40k Orks since 1999 so what the hell…

  • ZeeLobby

    I just still don’t get the warchanter. He looks like a cheerleader for orks…

    • DeanKhaine

      Or directing airplanes on the tarmac.

      • Erik Setzer

        Both of these are going to happen eventually. Especially with Blood Bowl coming back.

  • Dan Wilson

    The two shots of the brutes in black armour alone are better than all of the other yellow armoured model images.

  • Admiral Raptor

    These models are some of the better AoS releases so far. Bad colour scheme but that’s par for the course from GW anymore. I’ll have to see what they’re charging for these before making a final call.

  • And as expected, the audiobook of the new Age of Sigmar novel they advertised on WD does not exist. They gave up on Audiobooks for AoS for good, it seems.

    • Horus84cmd

      Perhaps for full novels but certainly not for novellas

      • Those aren’t novellas, they’re audio dramas. Those are barely short story length (and often have to be cut down even from that). A 70 minute drama is pretty different from a 6-12 hour audiobook (Age of Sigmar’s have been around 8 for the most part, whereas Horus Heresy tends to exceed 12, and The Beast Arises is circling the 6 hour mark).

        In essence, though, audio dramas are a wholly different beast from audiobooks. You have actors, sound effects, a sense of pacing that you won’t find with a simply narrated audiobook. The target audiences certainly overlap, but both fill different purposes and hold different appeals.

        • Horus84cmd

          Potato-Patato. That wasn’t really my point. Just because BL have not decided to produce a audio book for every printed book doesn’t mean they’ve given up altogether.

          Its not like BL produce Audio material for every book they publish.

          • Up to Wardens of the Everqueen, every single main Realmgate Wars installment HAD an audiobook. They only dropped those with Legends of the Age of Sigmar, and recently volumes 6 and 7.
            Heck, White Dwarf STILL advertises those as having audiobooks, so it was very clearly dropped between that going in print and release.

            They went all in on Age of Sigmar, with all the formats, and already dropped one, just how they reduced the limited edition print runs of the Realmgate Wars novels from 1000 to 500 copies by book 5, or canned limited edition Battletomes, or stopped limited edition campaign books with the second one, even though the first is clearly labeled with a big “1”

            BL has massively increased the audiobook treatment. They’ve gone back to give every single Horus Heresy installment one, the Beast Arises series got twelve, even Space Marine Battles have gotten them for a couple of years (with the exception of those that are just anthologies of previously available material, like Sanctus Reach or Shield of Baal). They even put out one for the tosh that Phil Kelly wrote, earlier this month.

            Audio productions happen in-house, and have for years. They’re more flexible and quicker this way, with less of an overhead. Producing more is likely more cost efficient for them to begin with, as it is better to make use of the studio and equipment than to let it collect dust while still paying for the space.

            Fact of the matter is, dropping audiobooks for Age of Sigmar, while still advertising them (and indeed, their authors seemed blissfully unaware of that format being dropped up until the supposed launch day!), marks a very clear and distinct shift in policy. They are dropping a product line that hasn’t been popular.

            The books they are obviously still publishing, as they already paid for them, while production of audiobooks can and has to happen closer to release. A lot of those books have been written quite a long time ago (which is also the case with The Beast Arises, which dates at least three years back with the earliest novels).
            Audiobooks, though? Those are a goner.

          • Horus84cmd

            Ahhh damn it..shouldn’t have poked the bear…you’re passing comment based nearly entirely anecdotal and speculative thinking. It reads pretty, but holds little substance and proves little.

            I’ll repeat just because BL has decided not to produce Audio for recent AOS products, doesn’t correlate to them giving up altogether. – BL does not produce a audio product for every publication they make.

          • They do for their flagship series, which The Realmgate Wars absolutely is supposed to be. That’d be like saying that nothing is amiss when two Horus Heresy novels in succession went without audiobooks.

            It is one thing for them not to produce audiobooks for the “Legends” books, or every single 40k trilogy that releases. It is another for them to stop midway through a series they are still advertising as getting audiobooks.

  • So I don’t play Sigmar, I can’t find opponents. I quit 40k long ago because that game is, frankly an atrocious mess.

    I can’t stop buying sigmar models, though. I am absolutely buying these. I need to paint them. Is that weird? Have I become the hobby unicorn that GW is always selling to?!

    • LordCastellan Vas

      Pity. We’re building up a community in our area and have really had a blast with it. The rules are a bit of a blank slate, like a miniature on sprue. The game itself has become part of the creative aspect of the hobby, which I riled at in the beginning, but have come to really enjoy.

      • Zack Seiders

        Only thing I agree with the haters on is that the game has a VERY weak “competitive” function. Basically relying on the other person to not be THAT guy. In terms of casual play it has plenty of.

    • Zack Seiders

      Have around 2 people who want to try aos where I am at. One is reforming his lizardmen army (they perished in a fire along with catachans) other I think is getting dwarfs for a different game altogether but still. Again I would like to try AOS before I join the hate wagon or send the hate wagon to the dump.

  • Gunther Clone C

    That paint job on the Weirnob Shaman “smoke”…my eyes…they can’t comprehend how one could paint that…it’s incredible! :-O

    • LordCastellan Vas

      Actually the boar and orc faces are ridiculously well painted too. The ‘Eavy metal team went balls to the wall on these paint jobs. I look at it and I genuinely don’t even know how they did that smoke.

  • JP

    How does that winged rump roast even get airborne? He looks like he eats protein bars and pumps ironjawz all day.

    • Adam Murray

      It’s orks it just believes it can fly. It believes it can touch the sky. It thinks about it every night and day, it spreads its wings and it flies away.

      • JP

        I tip my hat and applaud you. Well played, old chap. Well played.

    • Erik Setzer

      He doesn’t. He body-slams people who body-shame him for being a fat wyvern, and swears he’s a “Maw-Krusha, not a Wyvern, totally different.”

      (Seriously, look at the rules, it throws its weight into people.)

  • JP

    Did anybody see the Ard Boyz kit on GW’s site? They’re freaking gorgeous. You don’t even need to put sluggas in their hands. I would seriously just plug them into my orks army as is. Maybe glue some loose guns on their waists or something.

    • Erik Setzer

      That’s the classic Black Orc kit, albeit set at 15 models now with a hefty new price tag. (Sorry, I remember them at 20 for $35.) They do look solid for Orks, especially Ork ‘Ard Boyz.

      Also great for convert Blood Bowl Black Orcs from, just clip off the weapons (you can leave a hand guard as a set of brass knuckles, or the handle as the BO gripping something to add weight to his punches). The pose is perfect for that.

  • Tirelion

    That is one of the coolest dragon type models I have ever seen. Why can’t we get more of this for 40k? 😢

    • Erik Setzer

      Orks got the Morkanaut/Gorkanaut. It was a pretty awesome model. Just… kind of lame rules.

      As for organic creatures in 40K, they seem to be avoided these days. Means we’ll probably not see Eldar Exodites in the near future. Not sure why that is. Heck, there’s fewer models being released that aren’t mostly, if not entirely, covered in armor. Maybe that’s the current creative direction for 40K?

  • Edouard Decaen

    Wonderful models. But the story is still crap…