GW: New Releases July 2nd “First Looks”

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Guess who’s coming to town…The Fey are BACK with a vengeance this week from Games Workshop!

via Game Workshop

Battletome: Sylvaneth

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Alarielle the Everqueen

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Drycha Hamadreth

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Kurnoth Hunters

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Tree-Revenants

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I felt a great disturbance in the force. It’s as if my wallet cried out in terror and was suddenly silenced.

  • Talos2

    Alarielle is spectacular. Brilliant even by fw standards. I can’t fault gw for what they’ve done with the minis (without mentioning prices) in AoS .

    • ZeeLobby

      It’s funny how subjective artistic tastes can be, cause I actually think aesthetically it is the most disjointed miniature in this release. Maybe with a different paint job. But it literally looks like a first attempt at model conversion, where you just glued one model on top of another.

      I also can’t understand why the explosion of the old world took conventional and functional saddling of a mount with it. Maybe the new world operates close to zero-g, so balancing precariously on top of your mount has little consequences. But that’s a whole other issue.

      • Talos2

        I could agree that maybe the two parts aren’t a perfect marriage, but both parts are spectacular imho. I think when I see it live I’ll struggle not to take one home.

        • ZeeLobby

          I mean separate they’re definitely both pretty awesome. Together I just feel like they polled a bunch of pre-teens about what’s cool from a list of given nouns: “Well angels and beetles scored highest, so we’ll glue two together!”

      • SupPupPup

        I think it looks more ‘whole’ from this angle (the one you’d probably see it most from)

        Its not my cup of tea, but I do like the beetle.

        • ZeeLobby

          Eh. That’s like discussing the architecture of a house purely by looking at the roof from above, lol. The beetle is boss though. Throw a tomb prince on there (saddled) and do Egyptian theming and it’d look awesome.

          • SupPupPup

            Sure, but it might be worth discussing the roof of a miniature house, as its the thing we see the most.

          • ZeeLobby

            You must be rocking some serious harnesses to get that view while playing. Or like standing over the floor.

          • Talos2

            I have to say, any conversions I’ve ever done down the years, never once did I give a rider a saddle. I prefer the idea of the rider being mobile on top running from edge to edge attacking opponents. Can’t really do much sat down

          • ZeeLobby

            But physics make that impossible and impractical. It’s like axes with flails attached. I guess some people see it as “bad@ss”. I just think it looks foolish. Especially when a general does it.

          • Talos2

            I’m not sure that’s true. Stunt horse riders can be very good so I’m sure an elf could be acrobatic and nimble enough to ride a large beetle. She’d sort be using it like a large bodyguard that she at times stands on but not at all times as she goes on the attack . That’s how I’d see it

          • ZeeLobby

            Show me a battle in real life where a general was stunt horsing all over the place. It’s just impractical. And foolish. Showboating I guess. Give that stunt horse rider a staff, shoot arrows at them, have him cast spells and while their mount is being stabbed and shot. It’s just silly.

          • Talos2

            Well thankfully this isn’t real life though. It would be bolt action or warhammer historical if it was. If we’re talking physics the beetle couldn’t exist as an exoskeleton and insect respiration would be incapable of supporting such a large creature. I’ve certainly seen some movies where stuff has happened on these lines.

          • ZeeLobby

            And it’s still silly. I mean Legolas jumpin all over an elephant to kill it is one thing. But he rode into battle in the saddle of a horse. I mean it’s just called being a dumb warrior. I’d expect more from Alarielle.

          • luke snell

            urm, we are talking about models/toys based on fictional magical creatures. I’m sure most of their spell capabilities are not exactly based in reality 😉

          • ZeeLobby

            True. Still doesn’t mean that it’s not silly. I never said that the game has to be real. Just that tiptoeing around on top of your mount is a silly idea.

          • Zack Seiders

            now you mentioned it. I kind of understand your point “while I still see nothing wrong with the model” the beetle is a little out of place for hippie elves.

          • ZeeLobby

            And like I said, it’s totally subjective. It just seems odd to me, especially when you look at the rest of the line.

          • Zack Seiders

            Compare to the rest of the trees a big giant beetle is the elephant in the room…. almost literally If you replace the elephant with the beetle.

      • Sam Nolton

        Gods don’t need saddles, ZeeLobby 😛 c’mon.

        • ZeeLobby

          Even gods like to sit occasionally :D. Sigmar is rocking that throne daily.

  • L-G

    My first thought when I saw the Hamadreth was like: “ey! The Wood Elv.. *cough* Sylvaneth got them selves a Pentinent Engine!” The Sisters live on in the form of bark with the Wood El… *cough* Sylvaneth!

    • Kostas Pap Gus

      Hamadreth is like a Helbrute. All of the new Sylvaneth models look like mutated creatures.

      • ZeeLobby

        Wow. It really is a hell brute. It’s hard not to notice all the 40K elements translated into AoS when they’re pointed out. Maybe they should just blow up 40K and merge the two. It’d be interesting, to say the least.

  • Shawn

    Hmmm, too many pointy spikes, must be Chaos.

    • ZeeLobby

      Lol. But these are squiggly points! (I do see many snapping off quite easily during transport, though they look cool).

    • Malisteen

      Tree spirits were daemonic entities, they have chaos origins, so some aesthetic links there are actually fitting.

  • Malisteen

    I really like these overall, particularly Drycha and the revenants. Not as big a fan of alarielle, but she’s ok. They aren’t nice enough to tempt me away from Nagash’s service, but still, a very solid release.

    Though, if the faction ability, command traits, spells, and artifacts are all book exclusives, then the claim to this games rules being free will be more tenuous than ever.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah. Definitely seems to be very micro-transactiony at this point. “Want points and matched play, buy this book. Want these cool formations, buy that book. Want these items and spells, buy this book.” It’s almost as if they want to break our backs to force us to digital, haha.

  • ZeeLobby

    I actually like the hooked scythes held by the kurnoth most of all weapons displayed here, at least painting wise. The spirit blades held by the tree-revenants blend too much with their skin, the bone weapons too close to tree colored, and the neon blue bows just seem out of place. I think if I painted these they’d all be carrying somewhat conventionally colored weapons. Think it makes a good contrast. I also like the idea of a tree demon awakening and then being handed a spear!

    • SupPupPup

      Kurnoth Hunters heads remind me of japanese Oni masks, so might look good painted with striking colours.

      Maybe pale woody colours with bright red masks, hopefully avoiding the cherryblossom pink leaves.

      • ZeeLobby

        That’d look cool.

      • Shinnentai

        Yeah I see what you mean – mebbe even a little gloss on the masks. A little like the House Nasier faction in Wrath of Kings.

  • Thatroubleshootah

    This all seems like the subject matter for led zeppelin songs. Not down.

  • Horus84cmd

    Spectacular sculpts. Jammed pack with character. Loving the little “quiver beetle” for Kurnoth Hunters.

    Once more, GW really showing off how good their kits and technology really are when compared to other manufacturers.

  • Shinnentai

    Technically great, but my the main these are following the aesthetics that seem to be building around AoS releases that I just don’t appreciate.

    Kurnoth Hunters with 2H-swords do look pretty bad-ass, but apart from those I’m not feeling this release. I think the Elf/tree elements of the Revenants needed to be a little more cleverly intertwined – as it is they look a little too much like a kit-bash.

    Alarielle certainly looks spectacular, but again the elements here are too disjointed. GW may have been better off with some kind of elaborate throne grown out of the beetle’s carapace? Or perhaps there’s just a little too much going on here – painting the wings in more muted tones as in the artwork might help I think. The Mortis Engine was a similarly intricate centrepiece but works far better because of the more limited palette used.

    A cookie for the first person to replace the pilot of the tree exo-armour with Jack Nicholson from the Shining… “HEEEEERE’S JOHNNY!”

  • dave long island

    They all look alike. Just buff warrior dudes with branches growing out of them…

    • Zack Seiders

      the fyre dwarfs were much worse in this regard. Save for weapons I cannot tell one stunty alike from the other.

  • Julio Lenin Roman Martinez

    My favourite recaster will have a lot of work to do.

  • Krizzab

    nice Quadriceps allaierle, crossfiting all day in ghyran

  • Adam Murray

    F**k you GDubs making models I want to buy all the time!

  • Koschei

    Did GW raise the prices on the Sylvaneth Wyldwood scenery, I was certain it was cheaper in the week? https://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/Sylvaneth-Wyldwood-Bundle

  • Alpharius

    Crazy models. I like how they put the Wood in Wood Elf. Too much detail on the queen, I think, and the feathered wings don’t really look right next to the stag beetle. She should have had beetle wings to keep the theme.

  • So Kurnoth the Elven God of the Hunt is still worshipped…

  • blackbloodshaman

    lame

  • RS TROUT

    them legs though.

  • MightyOrang

    Drycha Hamadreth – Slaneshi greater demon we’ve all wantinh

  • Jeff Daniels

    Nice to see that the Tree Revenants still have the options for a standard bearer and a musician, so they can still be used with Warhammer Fantasy Battle.

    I wonder if that was intentional, or if these sculpts were left over from the last major Wood Elf release?

  • Gorsameth

    The Everqueen should have been on her own, a nice hover pose that would have let her wings stand out more. She just looks out of place.
    Love the beetle on its own but it has no place in the aesthetic of the rest of the woodelf range

    Love the Kurnoth Hunters

    Drycha and the Revenants… I love the concept but they are so clearly 2 separate models stuck in one-another, The transition from spirit to tree should have been seamless then they would have been completely awesome models. Now they are in serious need of some greenstuff.

    All in all I would have been very excited about the new wood elf range if GW hadn’t killed the game ><

    ps. check out those calves, That elf lady has been hitting the gym hard (and totally does not look like an elf anymore)

  • William Jameson

    As good as these models look and how tempting it is to want to buy them all I think I’m going to try and wait for the eventual “Start Collecting” set to come out. It’s going to be REALLY hard to wait that long when we have no idea if or when that’ll come out.

    • SupPupPup

      It looks like Start Collecting sets are only old models. Fyreslayers, Bloodbound, Stormcast are all missing one.

      The next ones I think might be Witch Elves when they get a Flesh Eater type release.

      • William Jameson

        At the same time though the sets represent a good amount of savings in comparison to buying everything separately. I would also say “not necessarily” to the old models things as the Skeleton Horde included a full Mortarch kit. 🙂
        So I’m still looking forward to seeing what might be in the Sylvaneth one if they ever make it

  • Varangian Varcolaci

    I really like the Drycha Hamadreth. Not so much the half-naked pilot, but looking at the sprues she can be left out… Different pilot, channel the Circle from Privateer Press in painting and think it would look good as an animated, blood-soaked, sacrificial tree like the Wyrmwood from Hordes. The price does not frighten me away from the thought either.