The Tabletop Spotlight is on Death Masque – the boxed set from Warhammer 40,000 from Games Workshop!
Hey BoLS Readers! Our buddies from Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy brought over the new Boxed Set from Games Workshop: Death Masque. It was everything I was expecting and more:
I have been a huge fan of the Deathwatch ever since I first learned about them in a White Dwarf Magazine / Chapter Approved way back in 2003. These guys were the Black Ops of the Space Marines and the ultimate xenos killers of the Imperium. They have all sorts of fancy wargear and could take on any foe. Most of the time you could only take a squad as an ally contingent and they never really had a full fledged codex release. Until now.
This new Death Masque box is another great addition to the Deathwatch Line of miniatures. The Overkill set was great – and Kill Team Cassius is perfect because it’s unique. But now we have the ability to create “Generic” Deathwatch Kill teams and I’m all for that!
It’s a little surprising how much other stuff is in the box also. You get a full Venerable Dreadnought kit as well as a full Vangard Veteran kit for the Marines. The Eldar players get a pair of Skyreaver Jetbikes, a Voidweaver, a dozen Harlequins, and a Death Jester! Oh and lets not forget the two characters, Captain Artemis and Eldrad Ulthran.
Another pair of items that I am really glad they included was the mini rulebook and the campaign supplement with missions and background. I won’t spoil all the details in the book but it’s worth a read if you’re a fan of the Warhammer 40,000 Lore.
Overall, it’s a great product and something you could split with a friend OR just keep both factions and use them as allies for your primary faction. My Deathwatch forces are definitely getting large enough to start to field solo but I still like sprinkling them in as an additional unit or two for a primary detachment. I’m also one of those random gamers who also happens to play both Space Marines and Eldar – although I never picked up any Harlequins – so I might end up keeping everything for myself. Now I just need to convince my wallet that I totally need to spend them money on another hobby project…
Eldrad Ulthran, the most skilled of the Eldar’s prophets and one of the most powerful psykers in the galaxy, whose existence has spanned ten millennia, has put into motion a series of incredible events. Descending upon the planet of Port Demesnus, his intention is to seize its crystal moon, Coheria, for a forbidden ritual capable of awakening a slumbering god…
Watch Captain Artemis – born into violence, recruited into the Mortifactors, his talents in the art of detecting and slaying the merest hint of xenos taint saw him plucked from his Chapter and sworn to lead Kill Teams of the Deathwatch. The first to respond to the distress signals from Port Demesnus, and the first to realise Eldrad Ulthran’s motives, he has diverted his strike force to Coheria.
The battle for this moon, and the events that transpire, will send shocking reverberations throughout the galaxy.
In the Death Masque boxed game, you’ll find two forces of Citadel miniatures with which to re-create the tense battles set upon Port Demesnus. The included booklet contains 3 Echoes of War missions which allow you to play through the story, with full background explaining each battle. Full rules for all the miniatures are included, with an exclusive formation for both forces. Also included is a 208-page softback copy of Warhammer 40,000: The Rules with an exclusive Watch Captain Artemis cover.
Eldrad is not to be trusted, but he may be the Galaxies only hope…