Sororitas Canoness Veridyan: Unboxed

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The new Sisters of Battle Canoness Veridyan is here. Look how good she is unboxed in Finecast.

First off if you missed it last month at the end of Warhammer TV’s dust bins video the remark heard round the world was uttered:


“Cool this isn’t released for months yet. <Long Pause> Plastic Sisters of Battle!” ~GW Eddie

And now the first new Sister of battle in ages is here, but she’s not plastic however. Coming to us via the old 2nd Edition Codex Cover, this miniature is based off the Iconic John Blanche Art!


Now GW says she won’t be THAT hard to score as retailers had previous reported. So you may be able to still score one this weekend.


“We had a lot of questions about this new Canoness yesterday (no huge surprise there, we know lots of you have been faithfully waiting a long time for a new Battle Sister).

A lot of you were worried that you wouldn’t be able to get hold of one, but don’t worry; we don’t want any of you to miss out. While she’s going to be in stores for a limited time (from the 17th) she will be available to order direct from our online store for the foreseeable future, so you’ll all have the chance to add this heroine to your collection.

The Emperor protects”

We really wanted plastic sister of battles, but for now at least it looks like we’re getting a resin one (Finecast)?


You’re going to have to workout all your hobby muscles on this one because at first look this model on sprue may need lots of work to not only safely cut out the parts, but to also trim them. The sword also came bent on mine, and I’ll admit I don’t know the first thing about fixing bent finecast resin, maybe you can heat it up, maybe heat will damage it. I surely would not experiment on a model like this, that is for sure.


Other than that she looks to be very highly detailed and would definitely stand out amongst an army of normal battle sisters!

Moving onto the rules for her, again it seems like a mixed bag really?


(Image Credit: reds8n)

Other than the fact of a power weapon, she seems pretty “plain” in terms of rules here? Fact check me Sisters Experts, am I wrong? I mean setting her up next to an Exorcist (or other high strength weapons like melta squads) and giving it Precision Shots seems fun. But for 85 points I am not sure how she slots into a Sisters list in the current rules.

Check it out for yourself below in our first look video review!

~How excited are you for Sisters in 2017?


  • Champildhir

    You can safely straight the sword on hot water. Immerse it a bit for a few seconds, take it out and hold the sword straight with your fingers for a few seconds until is cold. It won’t bend again. I’ve done it with other finecast models. Besides, it’s a pretty normal issue with resin, nothing specific to finecast

    • bobrunnicles

      ^^^ this. I’ve had to put entire FW models practically under a kettle of boiling water the resin has been so warped. Certainly not exclusive to finecast!

      • orionburn

        Hell it’s not even limited to resin or finecast. Isn’t uncommon to see plastic injection molded kits (airplanes and such) warp from time to time. Just nature of the beast. Resin seems to be more forgiving to try and straighten out.

        • TenDM

          One of the swords on my plastic Dark Vengeance kit was J shaped. Warped plastic seems much, much rarer though.

    • Parthis

      Yeah, it’s easily fixed. I tend to use a hair dryer instead of water, simply as I can carry on construction rather than trying to try the pieces.

    • ZeeLobby

      Just be careful, a day in a hot trunk and it’ll go all limp-sword again (I often play after work).

      • Walter Vining

        I live in texas, and none of my finecast has ever warped in the heat here

        • ZeeLobby

          Must have been the way I stored them in the foam then, because by days end all their swords were bent at almost 90. It was GW’s old foam, where there was like a single rectangle and often long bits dangled out, but it definitely happens. Not shocking considering a car parked in sunlight can hit 170+ degrees.

    • ColonelFazackerley

      I would add that holding straight under cold tap reduces the time required. Also, if it is not quite right, it can go back into the hot water. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

      • Champildhir

        Indeed. I had a tough one with a high elf helmet that took me tons of trials. No problem with the model at the end when I got it finally right.

    • Chris Hateley

      Tell that to my Kaldor Draigo’s sword or my Blood Knights’ lances. I had to re-set them so many times I eventually cut them off and replaced them with plastic ones from other models. And while it may be a normal issue with resin, re-warping over time is certainly exclusive to finecast in my experience.

      • Champildhir

        Maybe you are not doing it properly. I have never had a problem. I think the main problem of finecast is the bubbles, not the bending, which, as I said and others said, it is pretty normal to resin, and not even just exclusive to resin.

  • Parthis

    One thing that still floors me is why we’re still suffering with finecast. GW own a company that specialises in world-class resin casting.

    Use them! Please.

    The model is easy to put together but takes a long time to tidy up the pieces.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah, people will tell you that bubblegate is over, but my friend still got burned last week.

      • SupPupPup

        I’ve never been unlucky enough to get a model ruined by bubbles.

        But I buy a lot more fantasy than 40k.

        There is a lot less hard surface sculpting going on, so maybe the bubbles are easier to miss.

        • ZeeLobby

          Back when it dropped if say half were ruined. It could be because I was buying DE models which are spindly to begin with, but I def had detached legs, etc.

          Supposedly it’s gotten better. I’ve stopped buying it, so I don’t know myself, but my friends box looks like it was chewed, lol.

    • mathhammer

      It means they had a metal model of this some time ago, and they pulled it out of storage and made it into a mold.

      There finecast stuff is just the old lead molds with a new compound.

    • Severius_Tolluck

      I think from now on they will. Problem was more… well.. They made this way back and shelved it. So I think we were supposed to see this around the time of the 6th ed codex drop that ended up being digital only.

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah, that makes sense.

    • amaximus167

      I have had way worse luck and experience with FW resin than FC.

  • ZeeLobby

    “Cool this isn’t released for months yet. Plastic Sisters of Battle!” ~GW Eddie

    People don’t seem to get that the might actually reflect a period. As in the “cool” thing that isn’t released for months yet has nothing to do in relation to “Plastic Sisters of Battle!”.
    I have no doubt we will see plastic sisters at some point, but I REALLY don’t think we should expect them within months of that video (unless months = 6+ months).

    • Munn

      I tend to lean towards the ‘we haven’t even started working on Sisters of Battle because let’s be real no one wants them and we’d sell like half a box for female guardsmen heads, hey wouldn’t it be funny if we brought up this ridiculous thing no one even wants in this teaser video we’re doing? Yeah, there’s no way we could piss off a large number of people with something like that!’ option post Imperial Agents.

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      • ZeeLobby

        I mean who knows now. I still think Celestine might be all we see. I’d be happy if new plastics came out for everything, but it sounds like she was in the campaign book which makes me think no codex is coming.

  • SilentPony

    Its still a terrible model.

    • nurglitch

      So much this.

    • edendil

      Yeah, I don’t like it. Its a very awkward pose. The positioning of her leg stuck out on that weird angle looks very unnatural.

  • Christian Zajac

    The fact that she doesn’t have a rosarius is problematic as well. I’m still going to get her, but I’m not sure if I’ll use her as Veridyan or just as a Canoness.

    • Djbz

      I don’t see the lack of a rosarius as a bad thing at all really, as the rosarius doesn’t do anything against the weapons that she doesn’t want to be be wounded by (Autocannon/scatter laser/Assault cannon/power maul etc)
      And she’s not really going to stand a chance against a fully kitted out combat monster even with it, so not having it (and therefore being cheaper for more points to spend elsewhere) is better.

      • Munn

        And she’s not unique, so double CAD artillery style lists would be pretty funny with basically the entire army being precision shots

        • Djbz

          Haha, I think they missed that…

  • nefu

    She’d go well in a back row, near exorcists and with a group of heavy bolters or multi meltas. But that’s sort of a waste of a heavy weapon spot. Riding with dominions means she’s crowding a rhino, with celestians just isn’t enough punch. Two exorcists and a HW squad? Could flow ok to hold an objective endlessly.

    Better than a generic cannoness, worse than the old suicide cannoness or living saint. Meh rules, but ok. Nice to have anything really.

    • It’s been a while, so maybe I’m a little out of date on special abilities, but wouldn’t she be good with Heavy Bolter Retributors? Precision Shots AND Rending seem like they’d be hard for an IC to ignore.

      • nefu

        Yeah, I just forgot the name of them, it’s also been a while.

        Sit them behind an aegis shield line thing. It’d be rather nice.

  • Randy Randalman

    The details themselves on the ones I’ve seen have been crisp and clean.

    As for the rules, I don’t think it’s meant to be a knock-your-socks-off general, but a simple and classic one. In fact, I hope characters become simpler like this in 40k’s future; more of a value-add that bolsters other units instead of themselves being the entire army.

    • Moonsaves

      Pretty much. It’s not “omg can she 1v1 Abaddon”, it’s more “she’d be a solid choice to anchor a couple of heavy weapons support teams to cover your other guys”.

      • Munn

        She’s certainly more worthwhile than the normal Canoness, it takes another 50 pts of wargear to make her useful, whereas veridyan is usuable out of the box. I’d love to be able to give her Mantle of Ophelia but ultimately not a huge deal.

  • Chris Hateley

    It’s Finecrap? Ugh. I was intending to buy this just for the novelty (I don’t collect Sisters, but I’m a sucker for models based on artwork). Don’t think I’ll be bothering now.

  • Cosmic_Seth

    Still hard to find. My local GW store received only three and they had to do a lottery. Been waiting for GW store, and I did receive one email saying it was in stock, but by the time I got to the page (within 30mins) already out-of-stock.

    • Nick Vaughn

      Yup. Really hope GW is paying attention to just how popular this model is. I can’t recall a time a model sold out in 5 minutes and as soon as they restocked immediately sold out again.

      Has me hopeful for the long term future for SoB.

      • Djbz

        As far as I can tell she has been restocked at least twice since they put her up for pre order and she was gone almost instantaneously each time
        I still haven’t gotten the chance to order her 🙁

        • JPMcMillen

          Really? I got home from work, saw the email that she was back in stock and had no trouble ordering one.

          • Djbz

            Timing is everything

  • Matthew Pomeroy

    soooo,….SIA is now a mini….ok..

  • MechBattler

    As much as the material sucks and the pose is slightly awkward, this model otherwise is an elegant proof-of-concept that represents how good they can make the Sisters look when they try.

    Hopefully the naysayers are wrong and this will eventually be followed by plastics that look just as good.

  • sethmo

    Heavy support is pretty legit support role for her imo. 85 points for a decent hq and a buff like that is nothing to sneeze at.

  • Hell-Nico

    I miss John Blanche…