40K: White Dwarf 123 – The Return of the Broodlord!


The Tyranid Broodlord is back and he brought a friend – Come see the latest from WD #123!

via Scanner

Broodlord WD 1 Broodlord WD 3 Broodlord WD 2 Broodlord WD 4

This is the same Broodlord that was originally released with the Shield of Baal: Deathstorm. It’s a cool model and a much better pose than the “Opera Singer Pose” Broodlord previous to that one. It’s nice to finally see he’s back and getting his own clam pack even if it is at $40/£25.

Tech-Priest Enginseer WD 1 Tech-Priest Enginseer WD 4 Tech-Priest Enginseer WD 2 Tech-Priest Enginseer WD 3

This Tech-Priest model was first available from the Leman Russ Tech-Command box and is now available in a clam pack for the first time. From the looks of things, he’s going to run you $30/£18.

It’s interesting that Games Workshop would decide to bring these two models back. It makes me think they are probably sitting on a few other “Special/Limited/Bundle Deal Only” miniatures in a warehouse somewhere just waiting to see the light of day. These two random heroes also make me wish they had a version of Silver Tower for Warhammer 40k right now…

For More pics check out the BoLS Lounge Thread Below:

White Dwarf #123 Round-Up


Make you wonder what other models GW has that they are just waiting to release at some point…

  • euansmith

    It looks to me like he is saying, “I’m going to tickle you until you squeal, oh, yes, I am!”

    • nurglitch

      For certain values of ‘tickling’ involving swords, sure.

      • LordRao

        Define ‘sword’.


        • nurglitch

          Bladed weapons longer than a cubit.

          • usGrant7977

            Is that a English or Phonecian cubit? Will I need an adapter?

          • nurglitch

            An Imperial Cubit, of course.

  • Ben_S

    Thanks for including prices in GBP (£) as well as US dollars. I know it’s something people frequently moan about in the comments, so good to see you listen.

  • nurglitch

    Was there a datasheet or something? A Broodlord with the Patriarch’s Claws or similar would be groovy.

    • rtheom

      There was the Spawn of Cryptus, but this is meant to replace the old, terrible metal/Finecast Broodlord that hasn’t been available for a while, so I doubt we’ll be seeing another unique datasheet for it.

  • Bayne MacGregor

    You want a 40k version of silver tower? Well in the meantime till they make one you can play Relic and swap the busts out for 40k figures.

  • Arthfael

    Is there supposed to be a difference between a Genestealer Patriarch and a Broodlord (sometimes also I believe called a Prime?), or are they the same thing? They always had roughly the same description, and now also similar depictions (morphological variations notwithstanding).

    • Randy Randalman

      The Patriarch is more of a brain/psychic heavy bug than the Broodlord.

    • rtheom

      Broodlord is more of a Sergeant for Genestealers, a regular Genestealer with some extra fancy options, while a Patriarch is a mini-Hive Tyrant, in a sense. A Prime is a Warrior acting as a mini-Hive Tyrant.

    • Calum Wallace

      As I understand it, it’s a matter of how they came to be. The Broodlord was grown that way by the Hive Mind, while the Patriarch started life as Joe Average Genestealer.

      • Arthfael

        That would’ve been my idea as well, but wasn’t sure. So does this mean this one is hive fleets restricted and would not be expected to show up in a cult army? (i.e., no datasheet for including him in their list)

        • Calum Wallace

          Not a clue, I’m afraid. We’ll have to wait for GW to give us an actual Codex for the Cult (Please Sir? Can we haz some Codex?) if we’re going to have an official ruling.

          That said the miniature itself would make a snazzy Big Daddy Genestealer of any persuasion, Patriarch or Broodlord alike, and I’d reckon it should by all rights fly in either tabletop role – especially if you make the eminently sensible design decision of using the same colours for your ‘stealer cult and your Hive Fleet ‘stealers.

          This is 40k. If it looks good, it IS good.

  • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

    Crazy prices.

    • Randy Randalman

      Single model characters have always been way expensive. There just isn’t enough of a turnaround on them to be profitable. If the Broodlord were $15, for example, most Tyranids players would still only get 1 or 2.

      • nurglitch

        Which is absurd considering how many you’d need for all possible combinations of wargear, let alone dioramas.

      • chuck_lapine

        One could argue they would sell more at a lower price point to people who would buy them on a whim to paint or to make conversions.

        Back when the WHF regiment sets were $22 I bought a bunch from armies I didnt even collect just to get bits. When they went to $35 I cut back on that completely.

        • amaximus167

          Exactly. I mainly just hobby these days and I would buy several of these models to convert, if their prices were not so high. I rarely buy the clam shell models these days.

      • DaveTycho

        Most of the old metal character models never cost this much

    • Ross Webb-Wagg

      So Australia and NZ get jipped again on prices $70/$85 which is about 35 pounds or $50 US for a Broodlord!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stormandreas

    I sincerely hope that this might be the start of a new Tyranid codex… it’s LONG overdue. Hell, it was rumoured to be in Novemeber, then pushed back to October, then christmas release, then February… now nothing.

    • Randy Randalman

      That’s the fault of the rumormongers, not GW.

      • Shawn Pero

        Though, it IS the fault of GW that it needs it so badly. See also Orks, CSM, etc…

        • Chris. K Cook

          Why Orks, it’s not that bad and It’s the first 7th ed Dex.

          • Shawn Pero

            …says someone who doesn’t play Orks…

          • Chris. K Cook

            I’ve been playing Orks since 3rd ed. Bought the book as soon as it came out.

            Explain why it’s bad rather than attacking the man…

  • Andrew Thomas


  • Nesred22 .

    White Dwarf #123? Did they reset the clock?

    • Cylux

      Yeah, they did, round about 123 weeks ago or so.

  • Shiwan8

    Ehhhh. I have 3. I’m pretty sure everyone who wants one has one. Plus it’s easily obtained from ebay 1/3 of the suggested retail.

    • Chris. K Cook

      I don’t have any and I’ve not seen any on ebay for anywhere that cheap.

      • Shiwan8

        And? Am I supposed to feel bad for you or something?

      • memitchell

        I know it’s not the same (very close), but the Deathwatch Patriarch sells for half that price on ebay.

        • Chris. K Cook

          I’ll be getting that soon and using him as a Patriarch.

          My point is that there is a market for the mini.

      • Shiwan8

        And? Am I supposed to feel bad for you?

  • Boondox

    Are these plastic or resin? After Captain Centos I have to ask…

    • silashand

      It’s a plastic sprue. I have it from the Deathstorm box already.

  • Laurence J Sinclair

    Like all genestealers, the broodlord has four ARMS, but SIX limbs.

  • Seb

    Ten credits that techpriest’s dataslate backplate inscription reads like Jules’ Wallet.

  • Extra-galactic?

    • Calum Wallace

      The Tyranid Hive Fleet is attacking from outside the galaxy.

      ‘Stealers are a type of Tyranid.

      Extra-galactic: from outside the galaxy.

  • Darth Bumbles

    A land raider is only $110.

  • memitchell

    I have an Old School, bloated, blinged-out Patriarch. It has survived numerous trades, mass sell offs, and me quitting 40K at least thrice. I bought a “Fonzie” Patriarch off ebay a few years ago. I don’t know why, I guess I thought it would look better haunting my early versions of Space Hulk. It didn’t. the model is embarrassing, and I have no use for it. I have two newer Space Hulk Broodlords with my two sets of Space Hulk Genestealers. I now have a Deathwatch Patriarch. I never even knew the Cryptus one existed (think it came out during my last GW hiatus). So, why the hell do I now want one? Dammit!.