AoS: Kharadron Overlords Landing April 15th

The Kharadron Overlords are dropping anchor this weekend and Games Workshop has a new teaser for us all!

These Duardin have taken gold mining to the next level: To the sky! It’s all airships and swashbuckling with the Kharadron Overlords. Are you ready for these new steampunk dwarfs because pre-orders are going up this weekend. To celebrate Games Workshop has droppped a new teaser video:

via Games Workshop (Warhammer TV)

“Landing next week, a brand new race for the Mortal Realms.

Forget everything you knew about duardin – these technologically gifted descendants of Grungni are lords of the skies and masters of the strange alchemical science of harvesting and using aether-gold – the mysterious power source of their wondrous sky-fleets.”

See the Entire Kharadrom Overlord Range HERE

As a concept, I love the idea of “Dwarven Steampunk Airships” and the execution in terms of modeling is pretty fantastic. I know I’ve been looking forward to their release since GAMA. It was the first time in a long time that Games Workshop announced a completely new race with an entirely different theme. Before this we had the more traditional Tolkien-fantasy dwarf themes. You know what I mean:

Beards, Drinking, Grudges, Underground Mining, and a bit of the vertically challenged. But they make fine sprinters.

With these models it looks like Games Workshop has managed to take those same themes and translate them to this new faction. And really, Pirates and Tolkien-Dwarves have one big thing in comming: Drinking!

It comes in pints?! Actually, it’s a couple ounces over or under* depending on where you’re from.

 

I, for one, welcome our new Kharadron Overlords. I hear they like to party.

*1 US pint is 16 fluid ounces. 1 Imperial Pint is 20 fluid ounces. The mug is 18 ounces.
  • I’d be tempted to make Squats out of these for Shadow War.

    • Xodis

      I fully expect to see many 40K conversions of these guys as time goes by.

      • Ben_S

        You don’t really need to convert them…

        • Xodis

          Maybe not just to use them, but then there are Chaos Sky Dwarves, Sky Dwarves with Imperial or TAU weaponry, etc… Could be some great conversions.

          • They may need some more guns, but otherwise would look great in a 40k environment, perhaps a little too flashy even for 40k (which tends to be somewhat more militaristic minded).

            Regardless of that this is a great start off point for a 40k space-dwarf equivalent

      • ZeeLobby

        Agreed.

  • Golden Yak

    Well pleased with the sky-pirate duardin. Bring on more stuff like this, GW!

  • orionburn

    I’m so looking forward to these guys. The pricing, not so much. I’m guessing the big airship is going to run in the $125+ range compared to other models in the AoS line.

  • If they can make their Dwarfs look like this, they can easily make a Dwarf like faction for 40k.

    Forget squats, just make them an alien race and bring dwarfs back into 40k

    • as a person with a scept symbol Im suprised you did not mention Demiurg

      • Good point, but whether or not GW will use them in that sense remains to be seen.

        Also GW is still reeling from the huge blunder that were the squats and that is part of the reason they are so against a space-dwarf equivalent.

        • Shawn

          blunder?

          • Squats are such a huge blunder for GW, that they had to not only retcon them out of the universe, they got rid of almost everything related to them.

            It’s nearly impossible to find anything related to them anymore and GW has been very explicit on the finality of the Squats.

            In theory the Dwmiurg are a sort of reimagining of the Squats or at least the space dwarf variation for 40k, but aside from a few sketches they’ve never gone any deeper into integrating them into current 40k

          • Shawn

            Okay, but what do you means by a huge blunder? Was it directly related to sales, or was their some other underlying cause? I’m just curious.

          • The details on the squats are murky at best, from what i’ve been able to gather is that they existed up to 5th edition, but where retconed out of existence after 6th edition.

            The reason is never clear, but they simply and completely shut off the squat line, had them killed as the tyranids came in and have abjectly refused to talk about the topic.

            Whatever the reason they have never been mentioned again by GW.

            Sad, cause the WHF Dwarves had awesome re sculpts even before WHF went into the end times and now the new Kharadon Overlords are coming.

            While the Kharadon Overlod aesthetic is perhaps a little too stempunkish even for 40k (though it still exists up to a point), this artistic direction would easily serve as a great starting point for a Space-Dwarf faction for 40k

          • Morgrim

            Squats were before my time, but from what I’ve heard they just didn’t have a role on the table. Everything they did someone else did better, they lacked a niche, and the models weren’t selling. Normally GW would let that sort of range fade quietly into the sunset. Unfortunately, Squats DID work well in some of their other scales – I recall that their odd warmachines and landtrains worked well in Epic. But keeping a range in the specialist games and abandoning them in the main game was a step too far for GW. Hence them being removed

            The utter annihilation of them by GW came because people would not stop asking when Squats would be coming back, and they became a meme on the old GW forums. To the point that GW finally lost their temper and had them die dramatically in fluff so they could point to it and go “Look! They’re EXTERMINATED, they’re never coming back, will you shut up about them already!?!” That would be the ‘blunder’ portion. They did not handle it very well…

  • Xodis

    Cloud dwarves look amazing, just not my style unfortunately. I look forward to seeing these guys on the table though.

  • Kolobius

    I happen to dislike these guys because I prefer the “Tolkien” dwarves. I don’t mind the idea of Dwarven sky pirates but seriously the troops with the balloons are pretty silly.

    • Arykaas

      I think I’ll try to convert some with more …. “sensible” Flying Apparatus (Similar to Jetpacks ? Maybe from Sanguinary guard’s pack, minus the wings ?)

      • SacTownBrian

        Like the propellers on the gyro copters?

  • Bran D

    Just the book for me. List building comes first before I jump into purchases…though i suppose I’ll need 2-4 battleline, le sigh.

    The cards and the Admiral are being released too according to another rumer site.

  • Talos2

    I like them, but there’s something missing for me. They’re a little low on character which is something dwarfs historically had in abundance. I like the general idea of the design, but just not quite for me

    • ZeeLobby

      It’s something that has dogged the Stormcast since launch. Lack of faces.

  • Victoria Kosovich

    Any word on a Start Collecting box? ‘Cause holy heck yes, I’d get into AoS in a heartbeat if that exists.

  • Matthew Pomeroy

    The more I see them, the less I like them. The style and the models look like they will be way too breaky.

  • Jasko

    The infantery still does not do it for me, not the regulars, and definitely not these balloon-guys! But the plans for converting the Arkanaut Ironclad into an awesome WHFB 8th Airship are coming along great. Not even the to be expected $125 pricetag will keep me from it.