EXCLUSIVE: 40K Lost Patrol Teaser

 

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We have some little treats for next month’s highly anticipated Lost Patrol game from GW.  Come see:

Here’s today’s morsels Grimdark fans!

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And here’s how you can preorder it:

Lost Patrol $60 

Moraz III – a deadly jungle world filled with danger and fear, populated by ferocious aliens who wait in the undergrowth to pounce on the unwary and mercilessly kill anyone who stumbles across them. Even the plant life itself is malignant here, constantly twisting and growing in unnatural ways to trap its prey.

A dropship containing vitally important surveillance files has crash landed on this hostile planet. It’s up to you and your squad of Space Marine Scouts to retrieve these files, activate the dropship, and hopefully escape with your lives.

A fun and compelling two-player challenge, Lost Patrol is a boxed game set on a hostile jungle world full of sinister hidden danger! Players assume the roles of a Space Marines Scout squad and a fierce swarm of cunning Genestealers eager to end their lives. The Genestealers of Moraz III have every advantage on their home turf and will make every attempt to quickly despatch the human intruders.

The Scouts will almost certainly all die. But how far can you get? Will you ever see the drop pod tile? And each game becomes a challenge to try and get further – and because you can turn games around in 10 minutes when you get into it, you can play loads of it, and swap sides and make it a competition with your mate.

Inside the box, you’ll find five Space Marine Scouts, twelve Genestealers, six Infestations (the markers of imminent Genestealer appearance),thirty hex tiles and the full rules for play.

 

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GW tells BoLS the game will be available in both traditional GW /FLGS and new retail channels in June.

Hmm, I’m wondering if that means bigbox retail such as Wal-Mart/Target as we saw FFG’s X-Wing get into.

 

 

 

 

~More Lost Patrol teasers coming soon!

  • Andrew Thomas

    This better be a masterpiece, because at least 12 of the items in that box are a bit of an albatross.

    • nurglitch

      Genestealers are great in Maelstrom of War where they can infiltrate and score, which isn’t even going into the formations available in the Leviathan dataslates.

      • Andrew Thomas

        Not sure it’ll be worth $10 discount though.

        • nurglitch

          It’s worth it to me, but then I like the games these miniatures are packaged with, and I find value in things like the board, dice, and so on.

          • bobrunnicles

            ^^^ This. I’m actually finding standard 40K a little bit OTT for me right now but I can still partake of the setting and the fluff via the generally easier to play boardgames, which in and of themselves have some pretty awesome looking board sections and other components etc.

          • captkaruthors

            Agreed. It’s the only way I get my 40K fix at the moment because 7th edition is tedious garbage.

          • euansmith

            Tedious Garbage? Isn’t he one of the Primarchs?

          • PrimoFederalist

            Tedious Garbage is the name of the Land Raider whose bellicose machine spirit drove all the snakes out of Ryn’s World.

          • nurglitch

            Also much easier to introduce people to, or to play with your kids.

          • memitchell

            My son was board with 40k after his second bucket of dice rolling. Likes the boardgames.

        • rtheom

          I don’t need any of the models either, and as you said, it’s not much of a discount for them, but I feel like I’ve already gotten my money’s worth out of the GW board games I’ve bought, which isn’t something I can say about a lot of the other minis I’ve purchased. :p

          If anything, I think of it as paying them a little extra (a.k.a. for models I don’t need) to encourage them to continue making more board games like this.

          Their actual board pieces have also been of just stellar quality, which also adds a lot to the value, in my opinion. Nothing ruins a board game’s value faster than when the pieces curl in on themselves or you accidentally bend them just removing them from the box.

  • Douglas Burton

    Looks interesting. Will definitely be picking this up.

  • WellSpokenMan

    I’m sure there will be people telling me I’m a bad person for this, (which is unfair, the reasons I’m a bad person have nothing to do with this) but SM Scouts are not the models I would choose enter new retail channels with. The sculpts seem very dated. I also wonder if there is any fluff in the game about Blood Angels scouts being bad shots.

    • An_Enemy

      Some of the worst sculpts you could lead with into new markets. SM scouts have always been dogs imo. If you want to run them you HAVE to secure third party heads. After that they’re passable.

      That said, maybe they figure no one will know any better?

      • Dave Scammell

        The out-dated sculpts are probably cheaper for them to shift in value boxes like this, which is probably why they were chosen (the genestealer moulds are getting on a bit too after all).

        • WellSpokenMan

          I’m sure this was seen as a way to get rid of some overstock, but for the large number of people who haven’t had any previous interaction with GW this isn’t going to make a great impression.

          GW has always been a bit of a mystery to me in their business practices, but stuff like this really makes my head hurt. Sometimes I wonder if someone is trying to sabotage the company in some kind of “Major League” style scenario.

          • memitchell

            In a produce-on-demand world, there is no such thing as overstock at the manufacturing level. This game includes scouts because the original had scouts, and the word “Patrol” means scouts. Genestealers are the go to generic bad guys. Can anyone name ALL the GW boardgames that actually (or thematically) featured Genestealers (or just rules for them)?

          • Stan

            And what makes you think just in time manufacturing is practiced by GW?

          • Lewis Anderson

            I think models are colored plastic which means not overstock sprues

        • Joe Dom GA

          I find the models from AOBR Look nearly as good as the multi part kit. When I have them bunch up in squads can’t really tell which is which. Is this a way to get new use out of existing expensive metal molds? Sure, why wouldn’t you want to keep using them?

    • nurglitch

      Maybe that’s a different line of products, like the Battle of Vedros line? This looks like certain other games that are designed to sell at discount kits that would otherwise take up space in a warehouse. I personally like the models, and those jungle-hex tiles are intriguing.

      • WellSpokenMan

        Different strokes. The Scout and Catachan models are some of the most “heroic” style miniatures GW has, and those miniatures seem a little out of place next to some of the models from the assassins board game, for example. I think it is a good way to get rid of old stock, I’m just not sure non-gamers are going to see these models and think “I’ve got to have that.” It could work to their advantage I guess. Non-gamers won’t know about models like the Infinity Spetsnaz which the SM Scouts do not compare favorably with, imo.

        • memitchell

          You guys need to move beyond “old stock.” There is no warehouse full of scout sprues that have to be sold in any old way possible. The original game featured Mohawk scouts. This is their update. New folks are gonna like the scouts. They are very approachable. Cool sci fi guys with faces.

          • WellSpokenMan

            Sci fi guys with really, really ugly, almost identical faces. If I do move beyond “old stock,” well, that pretty much removes the positives from the decision. At least those who worship at the church of GW will buy them, because GW made them. I can’t see them drawing in as many new players as some other GW products might. It’s just like, my opinion, man.

          • euansmith

            I actually like these minis, except for their crazy Samba Dancing sleeves. Their heads remind me of the old Chainsaw Warrior minis.

          • WellSpokenMan

            There’s something off about the dimensions for me. The codpiece probably doesn’t help either. With the Chaos AoS stuff, the Lord Commissar, and the Assassins board game, I was under the impression that GW was moving away from the heroic look for non armored minis. If I was to play this, I’d have to use the Sniper Scout models. The cloaks hide the anatomical awkwardness and the night vision makes the heads look a lot better.

          • euansmith

            I’m not saying I wouldn’t like a new scout sprue 😉 I guess the Scions would make a good stand in, with their berets and respirators, they just need shotguns, bolt pistols and bolters from the bitz box.

          • Joe Dom GA

            What there is, is a series of large metal molds just waiting to get plastic injected into. A retail line is a great way to get more use from those molds. Bandai is still making old cheap kits to go alongside the $150+ Perfect grade kits. Round 2 is still putting out the same 30 year old star trek kits.

      • rtheom

        These are colored plastic, so it’s definitely not an old stock shift. Maybe a final run for those molds however?

        • Douglas Burton

          Surely they made new molds that cost an obscene anount, because we all know it cost gw a fortune to make seemingly disposable molds…..ok, sarcasm off I guess.

    • Erik Setzer

      Look at the Scouts in this old gem. Heck, the Terminators, too. Look up the original Space Hulk Terminators.

      The sculpts are plenty fine for beginners who haven’t been taught that anything older than two years is outdated and anything without every square millimeter covered in plastic sticking out in multiple directions isn’t “detailed.”

      • WellSpokenMan

        I don’t think you have to be “taught” that the figure on the back of the box is a poor representation of the artwork on the front. Kids are smarter than people often give them credit for.

        • Ben_S

          By the standards that they’re probably used to, these models are likely great.

    • rtheom

      I’d be willing to be they chose the old scouts because they are very easy models to assemble. Head, torso, 2 arms and a pair of legs. No chest halves to match up, no legs to glue at the knee, and the only place that you need to be careful lining things up is at the arm on the front of the gun. There also aren’t many weapon or decorative options in there, so it’s not overwhelming to a newcomer like a lot of the newest sprues might be. Someone wanting to buy and assemble this in an hour or two will probably be good to go.

      Same with the Genestealers. One body piece then two arm sets and a head.

      You’ll also notice the back of the box has a “Complexity Level 1” on it. They wanted this to be something fast and easy to do.

      • euansmith

        Is Imperial Knights: Renegade “Complexity Level 2”? 😉

        • rtheom

          I’m guessing they’d have put it at 3. ;p

          Now Deathwatch, that thing was like Complexity Level 6. Soooo many cultist arms that couldn’t just be mixed and matched easily…

    • Lewis Anderson

      I can’t believe they didn’t single pose a scout squad… I would have bought game twice for new scout models.
      But hey at least it isn’t more tactical marines….
      I wonder if other units will be playable in this game…

  • Dave Scammell

    Might be a weird observation, but the ‘complexity level’ box in the bottom right of the back stands out to me as a hint that we might be seeing more of these mini-game boxes. Can’t see any complexity rating scale on Renegade or DW:Overkill, so it seems pretty weird to shove it on here as a one-off.

    • memitchell

      Aimed at a different consumer. On the toy shelves at Wal-Mart, a complexity rating is useful info.

      • captkaruthors

        It’s probably a Wal-Mart or Target requirement if you want to sell games in those stores. I can personally tell you that Wal-Mart has all sorts of “standards” they require of your product if you want to sell it there. My company that I work for sell product to them and it’s a PITA sometimes.

    • Lewis Anderson

      You know once you mention that… Does Battle for Vetros have complexity levels on box? Could this mean Bugs will be third BfV army meaning additional armies added? Or is GW slowly moving to modeling levels like BanDai and other non gaming models companies?

  • GW is turning into CMoN…….

    • euansmith

      I hope so; CMoN has some great games on their bill of fare.

  • Kenneth Portner

    Sounds like Space Hulk, but in a jungle, and with Scouts instead of Terminators

    • memitchell

      Nope. Much smaller, much more simply.

  • memitchell

    LP is a remake of a small “introductoryI game, Long out of production, it was once available from GW as a print your own pdf. I have my own homemade copy of the original (you can find it and make your own copy in a few minutes). It’s simple, fast, dumb fun. Unless there are startling changes in this version, this is an abstract little map building game that takes about 30 mins to play. NOT Space Hulk in the jungle. The original pitted the primordial Mohawk Scouts vs cardboard token “Lurkers.” I still use my 25 year-old Space Wolf Scout squad. For this remake, GW choose to stick with Scouts, but add Genestealers. It kind of goofs the original.theme of SM scouts trying to find a crashed shuttle to escape a death world, with both the indigenous fauna and flora as malign forces (both the forrest and foes are controlled by the Second Player). The very jungle sought to trap the scouts. With Genestealers, this ain’t an indigenous death world cause they are famously “otherworldly” and they would not logically work in concert with the jungle. It should be a death world for Genestealers, too.

    • nurglitch

      Maybe it’s a Tyranid-infected jungle. Likewise I’d imagine the Genestealers would survive, if not thrive, on a Deathworld. In previous editions of 40k plenty of deathworlds were theorized to be the result of failed Tyranid invasions.

      • memitchell

        Genestealers are the original gangster rapist alien invaders. The fluff about Tyranid-infected jungle is contradictory. Genestealers don’t change the ecosystem, they infiltrate. Tyranids don’t change the eco-system, they consume it. Genestealers in a Tyranid-infected jungle (and, as you point out, somehow, there is one) would be part of a Tyranid invasion, not inhabitants of a death world. Like I said, cobbled together. Just say’n.

        • nurglitch

          As opposed to the smooth bespoke lines of the 40k background back to its beginning in seamless whole cloth?

          • memitchell

            To many cooks spoiled this broth.

  • Joe Dom GA

    $60 is pretty high for Target or wal-mart. Retail channel probably means same as Battle for Vedros.

    • Christopher Saldaña

      They sell other $40-$50 board games there. This has a cool factor that you build cool models that some kids would enjoy.

  • am1t

    So … seems like Space Hulk in the Jungle