40K New “Easy” Weapons & Minis

The Easy to build Reivers & Death Guard are very cool and have both minis and rules surprises.

I’m loving the new Easy to Build models that are hitting the shelves this week. They are dripping iwht cool little details and some really cool rules to boot. they also introcduce some new weapons into the grimdark.


Death Guard

OK now these guys are just fantastic.  I love how GW has taken the opportunity to “tell a story” with each Plague Marine. I love fully posable minis as much as the next guy, but if you are going to do a mono-pose mini – use the opportunity to show something cool and characterful. I’m getting lots that narrative vibe from the Death Guard minis. Look at these three fellows:


Plague Marine #1 is taking the WW1 Imperial German army vibe all the way. We’ve had the spiked “pickelhaube” helmets for a while, but the addition of the “potatomasher” grenade really pulls the theme together. If there’s an army that represents  WWI forces I would say it’s a tie between the Iron Warriors and the Death Guard – so details like this make me happy.

I’m not sure exactly when tentacles and extra mouths moved from being a Tzeentch thing to being a Nurgle thing, but during the END TIMES series Gutrot Spume has brought the maritime theme home to the God of Decay.  This guy has tentacles aplenty and it’s always handy to have some extra appendages to carry your plasma gun.

Onto Plague Marine #3. This guys is the first model to carry the new Blight Launcher. It’s a pretty snazzy weapon with 24″ Assault2 S6 AP-2 Dmg D3, rerolling to-wound rolls of 1. I hope to see these popping up all over the place on future Nurgle models and vehicles. The 24″ range is a really nice addition to Death Guard infantry who struggle with ranged firepower.

Primaris Reivers

These guys do have the odd appearance of wearing cyclist shorts – squint and you’ll see it, but they get the Immorten Joe filtermask so that makes up for it. Great, now I’m thinking of a Fury Road-Baywatch mashup…  Moving on, these guys have really nice minis but they really win in the rules department. While they have identical stats to Intercessors, they have a couple tricks up their shorts sleeves. Apparently these guy’s most important piece of wargear are those grenades. In particular Reivers have 2 rules that standout – giving Space Marine armies some cool tabletop options.

Shock Grenade: “A shock grenade does not inflict damage. Instead, each time a shock grenade hits an enemy INFANTRY unit it is stunned until the end of the turn – it cannot fire Overwatch and your opponent must subtract 1 from any hit rolls made for the unit. Second and subsequent hits from a shock grenade have no additional effect.”

~I assume these are the “red grenades” up in the picture.

Terror Troops: “Enemy units must subtract 1 from their Leadership characteristic if they are within 3″ of any Reivers.”

They also get Heavy Bolt Pistols with a AP-1.   I like these guys a LOT!

To me it looks like old Bellisarius Cawl has been mixing a bit of Night Lords geneseed into the Primaris Reivers!  But hey if it’s ok with Roboutte, it’s ok with me.

~What do you think?

  • ZeeLobby

    When do the pre-painted show up?

    • BaronSnakPak

      B-but…think of the commission painters, man.

      • ZeeLobby

        First it was removing Russian recasters. Now they’ve declared war on the basement painters!

        • BaronSnakPak

          I’ll have you know that I paint on the 2nd floor, thank you very much!

          • Drew_Da_Destroya

            And I don’t even have a basement in my house!

    • Txabi Etxebarrieta

      If they had a pre-painted option that didn’t cost an arm and a leg they’d have me back in a heartbeat.

  • Drpx

    These Night Lords rules look cool.

  • JL

    They look neat but a fear effect? Why because of skull masks? Chaos laughs at their lack of skulls.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah, thought all space marines caused fear, lol.

    • AircoolUK

      I think it might have something to do with hanging their entrails from the ceiling after killing you.

      They don’t ‘just’ kill you, they then go ahead and mutilate your body before displaying your internal organs as a promise of what’s to come.

      Regarding the skull masks. As soon as you move away from the Ultramarines colour scheme, you’re bound to find some good combinations. Black is somewhat obvious, but it’s still better than Ultramarine.

      • euansmith

        I think that showing someone their entrails before killing them would cause more fear. 😉

        • eMtoN

          That’s the Drukhari way.

  • af

    “Immortan Joen”, not “Immorten”. Get your sci-fi misspellings right!

    • Holger Wurst

      Joe not Joen…

      • af

        Dammit! Fixed. My standards are higher than BoLS’!

  • dynath

    The miss matched shoulder pads is going to bother my OCD.

    • Tshiva keln

      Damn you! I hadn’t actually noticed that and now it’s gonna bug me too!

  • Loki Nahat

    I call BS, nobody “likes” the reivers, they, much like this site, are a laughing stock

    • NNextremNN

      I like the reivers -.-
      and if you don’t like this site why bother visiting it and commenting?

      • Holger Wurst

        Pssst, do not feed the troll…

        • NNextremNN

          Come on what else should I do when I’m bored at work? XD

          Also nice name 😉 but why not Hans?

          • AircoolUK

            Do some more work you lazy dobber.

          • NNextremNN

            Well my job involves a lot of waiting for others. Some days there is an awful lot to do some days there is nothing to do.

          • euansmith

            Yeah, I know what you mean; I can be waiting hours for the target to enter my sights.

          • NNextremNN

            At least you get some action XD

            I just wrote an e-mail to 4 people which are all on vacation so they can fix a problem when they are back that someone else reported to me and writing that mail is all I can do about it -.-

          • euansmith

            As long as you don’t work in a Nuclear Reactor or at the CDC, it should be too much of an issue. 😉

          • NNextremNN

            Despite that fact that any problem is always super important and urgent no one really cares as long it’s not his problem. And don’t worry there isn’t any risk for anyone involved in my work.

          • Holger Wurst

            As it is my real name. I don’t post anonymously. So, no Hans.

          • NNextremNN

            Oh okay than sry I thought it was a nickname.

          • Holger Wurst

            Never mind 😉

      • Tshiva keln

        Me too – they are the first primaris models I have liked. Although really dislike the one without the helmet. Keep the mask, keep the ear muffs but just take the top bit off so you can get your brains blown out? Ok… I Will be waiting for the standard set of these.

    • spla5hmummy

      The reivers are perfect for my Raptors army. They have just the right look. If I was still running my iron hands I might think they were silly though. I suppose it’s a matter of perspective. I must admit I’d prefer them to have some form of submachine gun rather than pistols.

    • AircoolUK

      I like ’em. Then again I also like the Inceptors.

      • Loki Nahat

        well, you’re probably a newbie, welcome, but for us long timers, they’re a travesty in both fluff and appearance, I cant wait for someone to model a diorama showing them banging their heads on the standard STC pattern corridors/door frames

        • Spacefrisian

          I would like that you do not decide for me what i like and dont like, might not be as an old timer like others since i only been playing since 1998 but still.

          • Loki Nahat

            Welcome you whipper snapper

        • Damistar

          I’m an old timer(playing since 1987), and I like them. I’m not going to replace my old models with them, but I think they look pretty cool anyway. To each their own I guess.

      • Loki Nahat

        Cant be helped

    • Spacefrisian

      My 2nd name is nobody.

    • Horus84cmd
  • Male Banshees. Basically what Eldar players had always asked for…

    • Kefka

      Oh no, females in 40K, what a terrible thing.
      Srsly, is that such a problem?

      • Either I don’t understand what you mean or you didn’t read my comment correctly.

        • Kefka

          I understood it as you wanting both male and female banshees. Was that wrong?
          I’m all for equality in the hobby (I paint female astartes) but I just didn’t take male banshees as that much a priority.

          • I was being making a sarcastic point, because the ability to deny overwatch is exactly how Banshee masks should work imo (and by the opinion of many other’s too), stunning enemies on the charge. However, since it’s Marines who got it this edition, they once more gained something only a Xenos army previously had. Due to them being male and having a Banshee ability, there’s my comment.

      • Tshiva keln

        Think you misunderstood him mate. It’s not the females – that is cool – it’s the variety. Eldar don’t care about gender so you should get a mix, like you do in the wych set. Mostly female with the odd male would be cool, as would females thrown in the other aspect warriors.

        • General_Seedykay

          Same deal with mix gender guard units. I love the idea of adding more variance to squads, would be awesome.

          • Tshiva keln

            Plus you could do head and torso swaps and have some who are transitioning. 😉 But seriously, mixture and variety across all armies could only be a good thing.

        • Kefka

          Ah, I see. Sorry, I get snappy with the whole gender topic in 40K, too many bad experiences

        • georgelabour

          Just an aside but the eldaer DO have a mixed gender unit type. Guardians.

          First mixed gender unit in the game IIRC.

          And banshee armor will always be female no matter the gender of its occupant. It’s how aspect warriors roll when performing their cosplay based martial arts.

      • AircoolUK

        I think you missed his point. He’s asking for effective Banshees.

        • orionburn

          SJWs rarely care about any actual point. If there’s a chance to be offended you just run with it…lol

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    • georgelabour

      They’ve had male banshees at least since 4th edition when it was revealed that aspect warriors are all just cosplayers who ignore fiddly things like actual gender when dressing up for their martial arts.

      The boobs are just there because it’s a female aspect.

  • AircoolUK

    I must admit. I like the small box of Poxwalkers. The guy with the big club hands looks like he’s really enjoying himself, and the guy who’s got a flail made from a few lengths of chain and some grenades is in for a bit of a surprise if he hits anything with it 🙂

  • Badtucker

    “The 24″ range is a really nice addition to Death Guard infantry who struggle with ranged firepower”

    but the average range for deathguard is 24 anyways….. considering they are all armed with boltguns! jeeeze….

  • euansmith

    The grenades molded in to the chest plate bug me. 🙁

  • Not really a fan of the easy fit- monopose stuff, but I suppose it ok if they are still going to produce multipart kits of all these miniatures. It is good for entry level players and those who don’t like to convert their minis, but it seriously limits the options for making your army look different from all the others out there.

  • I wonder if I could find someone willing to trade the helmetless heads for helmeted ones. I can’t stand those on my marines, even characters. I’m sure that’s against the Codex somehow.

  • GHOSTvirus

    Cannot un see the reavers crocks!!