Our Top 5 Favorite GW Products of 2016

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With everyone feeling reflective on this past year we thought we’d share our favorite Games Workshop Releases from 2016.

Everyone has been looking back on this past year – it happens every December. And after watching the GW 2016 year-in-review video the Crew here at BoLS put our collective heads together and decided we’d list off our favorite models and products from Games Workshop. It was a process!

I’m sure there are some models or products we left off this list you might feel strongly about. That’s okay – let us know which ones you would have picked in the comments below. Now, without futher ado, here they are in no particular order:

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: General’s Handbook

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In our opinion (the staff writes at BoLS) this book was the saving grace for Age of Sigmar! When this book dropped retailer every where rejoiced along side players (both new and vets) as they could all agree on game sizes to play via the points system. When this book hit the shelves there was a noticeable shift in Warhammer Community at large. It was a literal game changer for Age of Sigmar and we (the staff writers) don’t think the game would be in the state it’s in without it.

Aside from all of that, the price is fantastic – for a full color 168 page book from Games Workshop, you can’t really beat that. If you know an Age of Sigmar fan and they DON’T own this book – give them the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season: buy this book.

Deathwatch Overkill

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If you had told me at the beginning of the year that Games Workshop was going to launch a new boxed game featuring The Deathwatch AND would herald the return of the Genestealer Cult, I would have probably laughed. Not only did Games Workshop do it, they also made a really fun board game to boot!

Deathwatch Overkill is on our list because it’s a fantastic stand alone product as well as the perfect product to add to an existing collection. If you play any flavor of Space Marines, you can totally use the Deathwatch Kill Team in the box. If you are looking at starting a new faction the Genestealer Cult isn’t just fluffy – it’s also an effective army on the table top! And even if you don’t need or want to use these fantastic models on the table top, the board game itself is still a blast to play.

Codex Supplement: Traitor Legions

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Chaos Space Marine Players, it’s been a LONG time coming. Traitor Legions is finally here and it’s just want you asked for. Each of the Original Traitor Legions is represented in this book and each one of them has their own Special Rules, Warlord Table, Artifacts, and a bunch of other toys to play with. This book is one of our picks because it’s that unfiltered Chaos Flavor that players wanted. It might not break the game as much as some folks wanted – but everyone else is enjoying it for what it is: A Great Chaos-filled release!

Magnus the Red

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This phrase sums up why Magnus is on the list:

“Daemon Primarch in Plastic.”

Magnus represents the First Daemon Primarch in Plastic and that is a BIG deal. That opens up the possibilities for all the other Daemon Primarchs to return in Plastic as well as the Loyalist Primarchs, too! Yes, we already have a chunk of them in Resin from Forge World but’s not the same as a freaking Daemon Primarch in PLASTIC!

On top of that, Magnus’ Return also opened up the doors for some pretty ground breaking lore changes. We’re still feeling the effects of those and we’re going to have to wait to see how it pans out next year. But that’s just one more reason Magnus the Red is one of our Favorite Products from 2016.

Alarielle the Everqueen

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Who rides atop a giant war beetle, carries the Spear of Kurnoth and never skips leg day? Alarielle the Everqueen that’s who! There were lots of really cool Age of Sigmar models to choose from this year but we decided to go with The Everqueen. Why? Because that Beetle is just too cool to pass-up. That and Duncan made it look so easy to paint with all those thinned-down paints.

But seriously, we had a hard time picking which one to choose and finally went with Alarielle because it’s just so different looking. The Beetle is cool and Alarielle is very commanding – we just liked this model!

Bonus: Custodes

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While they are currently only available in the Burning of Prospero boxed set, you KNOW they are coming as a stand alone release in 2017. I can’t wait to see these guys on the shelves personally.

The Custodes are another army/model that we here at BoLS didn’t think Games Workshop would ever make – especially not in plastic! We were so thrilled to see them in a boxed set this year and can’t wait to see what else Games Workshop has in store.

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • Blood Bowl
  • Kurnoth Hunters
  • Magmadroth
  • Warhammer Quest: Sliver Tower
  • Burning of Prospero
  • Codex: Deathwatch
  • All the Genestealer Cult Stuff – ALL OF IT
  • All of the Start Collecting Boxes – fantastic deals
  • All of the Battleforce Boxes – again, great deals

 

We could keep going but you get the idea. What do you think? What Games Workshop releases were your favorites of 2016?

  • Nyyppä

    Judging from the 40k products none of the people in BoLS actually play CSM.

    • Jukka Vuorisalo

      prkl, suomi mainittu

      CSM got back with this “supplement”

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        Seriously, this supplement put them on the map.

        • Nyyppä

          “Them” as in DG. The rest are not worth it.

          • Carl Tuttle

            It must hurt to be this wrong.

          • Nyyppä

            Well then, show me a WB list that has a 40% or better chance to win against top marine tournament lists. Apparently you know how this is done or are you just butt hurt because someone pointed out a shortcoming in the book?

          • Carl Tuttle

            Who cares about playing against a top tier marine tournament list with it? As usual – based on your prior commentary – you are missing the overall point.

          • Nyyppä

            Anyone who cares about balance. The rest do not need rules or a game since none of this has any meaning for them and they can just push models around the table and make “pew pew” noises.

            What would this point be if I missed it?

      • Nyyppä

        Back to the curb they tried to get out of. The idea was to make CSM fluffy and possibly viable. They succeeded in neither. It’s a failure.

    • ZeeLobby

      Judging from their continuously positive outlook of the game I can only assume they play Eldar exclusively, lol.

      • BurpinforDayz

        Noooooo that would be going too far. I’m sure a few of them have dabbled in space marines and tau too :P.

      • Nyyppä

        That or SM. Not much else is possible.

  • Seienchin

    Absolutely not a fan of Alarielle and Magnus look but from a miniature quality point of view they are outstanding… from a pricing point as well… Generals Handbook was amazing though! Really agree there.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      How can you not be a fan? I love both models. Alarielle makes me want to play Sylvaneth!

      • Raven21001

        Looks like a dude.

      • Seienchin

        Just a matter of taste. Magnus looks goofy to me with that face but my main complaint is indeed Alarielle. I am at heart just really more a fan of Tolkien like fantasy. Staying rather humble and subtle and at least being based on reality. Alarielle is just a mess in that regard. Cliched clothing, riding a beetle like in a videogame, superflous wings and crazy looking staff. Just waaay too much for me.

  • Median Trace

    How is Betrayal of Calth not in this list?

    • adamharry

      Because it came out in November 2015…

      • Median Trace

        Ah, fair enough. I thought it was this year.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      Burning of Prospero was this year.

      • BurpinforDayz

        And yet it’s not on the list.

        • bobrunnicles

          It gets an ‘honorable mention’ though, and the Custodes are there as a bonus pick…

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    4 really solid board game/model bundles – Overkill, Death masque, Blood Bowl and Burning of Prospero

    2 great new armies for 40k – Deathwatch and Genestealer Cults

    A great update to Chaos Marines

    2 beautiful armies for AoS – Sylvaneth and Ironjawz

    • Nyyppä

      “A great update to Chaos Marines”

      I want your meds too!

  • Xodis

    Yeah, my vote is the entire Tzeentch/1KSon release wins the year.

  • memitchell

    If the World experienced an extinction level event AFTER the (re)release of the Genestealer Cult, humanity will have had a good run.

  • Arthfael

    Most 30k/40k release this year have been wonderful. With the exception of the poorly written Curse of the Wulfen and the silly storyline of the Harlequins/Deathwatch box, I cannot see a reason to complain about GW this year.

    • Nyyppä

      You don’t play any of the armies they released stuff for or you play just the GSC?

  • neshta

    I really love Alarielle! I want to get her one day just to paint! And it’s great to see more ladies added to the lineup =)

  • DeadlyYellow

    Magnus was a lot cooler before I realized he had nipple horns.

    • nemesis7884

      nipple horns are the best

  • grenstauf

    I actually SQUEEEEED when I heard about the custodes. They were the actual reason i got into the game in the first place. When a friend first told me about the game and told me about emprah and his bodyguards, it sounded so cool and i wandted to paint them. Then he tells me they dont have figures but there are space marines. At least old school ultrasmurfs were cool. Now I just need GW to make an Emp. Mini and my childhood desire will be complete…..

  • mrbleak

    Why do I feel like i´m the only one that thinks Magnus´ sculpt is terrible?
    I just find him so ugly, nothing like what i imagined him T.T *Forever alone*

    • Carl Tuttle

      I’m sorry you are so lonely 🙁

  • Carl Tuttle

    The fact that people are continuously asking why [Their favorite GW product] is not on this list, speaks volumes about how much good stuff GW is putting out right now.