The Harbingers of the Malign Portents are here and we’re taking a closer look at the Lord-Ordinator and the Darkoath Queen!
We’ve been pretty excited about the arrival of the Malign Portents. We’ve got some early previews of the new kits for the Harbingers of the Malign Portents and what they do in game. Let’s start with the Stormcast Eternal’s new Lord-Ordinator Vorrus Starstrike:
The model itself comes in a single sprue but it’s pretty well detailed as you can see below. I was a fan of the quilted details of his clothes and liked the crazy Gyro-scope doodad he was rocking as well.
Rules wise, he definately makes your Order War Engines better and isn’t too shabby in melee either. If he get two hits that are 6+, then he also generates D3 mortal wounds on an enemy unit within 1″ which was a nice bonus.
Now let’s peruse the Darkoath Warqueen’s new kit and rules:
This is is another really great sculpt from GW. Lots of details and I appreciate the whole “Conan/Red Sonja” vibe they were going for with the Darkoath Queen & Chieftain. But if you saw the video, then you know who’s the boss!
Rules wise as she starts killing other Heroes or Monsters, her number of attacks starts to add-up. Her runeshield offers her a 6+ save in addition to her standard save AND can cause a Mortal Wound back on the attacker. And as a leader she can let Slaves to Darkness units get a re-roll on their charge rolls, too! Not too shabby in my opinion!
On top of all these rules, the Harbingers also add to your games of Malign Portents by allowing you to generate new Prophecy Points. We’ll cover these in more detail later, but let’s just say they are VERY similar to Command Points – only you get them every turn! These models are up for pre-order now and will be available next weekend in your FLGS!
Masters of celestial engineering, the Lord-Ordinators are wise men who have shaped the Mortal Realms through the word of Sigmar and the readings of the heavens. When their sharp and serious minds cannot re-mould reality to their whims, they take up their hammers and march to war, hewing the future with each blow as a master mason shapes the stone of a temple to Sigmar’s glory. Striding to battle in sigmarite armour, Vorrus Starstrike wields hammers that strike with thunderclap force. It is his solemn duty to read the stars above, using the truths there to engineer fate on the battlefield.
This multi-part plastic kit contains the components necessary to build Lord-Ordinator Vorrus Starstrike. He comes clad in impressively ornate sigmarite armour – slightly less than most Stormcast Eternals, as his arms are bare between the gauntlets and his lion-and-hammer-motif shoulder pads. He wear a large textured tabard over his chest plate, which extends to a cloak at the rear, held fast by a belt featuring engineering and siege equipment – guides, measuring devices and a ratchet/wrench mechanism hang from his hips. Vorrus wears no helmet – instead, we’re treated to a view of his glorious facial hair, which frames his stern expression perfectly. Behind his head is an arcanabulum, and topping off the symbolism nicely is an anvil and pair of callipers on his belt. Weaponry-wise, he carries 2 astral hammers, one in each hand – these feature relatively short handles for a Stormcast Eternals hammer, but are no less potent for it.
Vorrus Starstrike comes as 9 components, and is supplied with a Citadel 40mm Round base.
Thousands of mortal tribes have bound their fates to the will of Chaos, and at the fore are the Darkoath Warqueens. These are souls who have committed all manner of atrocity to attract the favour of the Dark Gods. With a fierce animal charisma and the fires of ambition fueling their every move, they are deadly warriors all, but their true power is the favour of the Dark Gods, and their supernatural ability to unite the hordes of Chaos as one. Marakarr Blood-sky has proven herself the rightful leader of her barbarian tribespeople again and again, and they obey her without question.
This multi-part plastic kit contains the components necessary to assemble Marakarr Blood-sky, a Darkoath Warqueen. She wears a large, ornate horned crown, which she has earned by her furious leadership of the Slaves to Darkness. Her armour can best be described as functional – studs, leather, metal and mail protect the most vital areas, while her exposed skin bears the scars of a lifetime spent hewing flesh and reaping skulls (a few of said skulls are attached to her boots.) Hardly the shy and retiring type, Markarr Blood-sky is posed lunging forward, hefting her warlord axe (notched and worn through years of hacking at her enemies) and wielding an infernal runeshield – the face of this shield is divided into 8 sections, representing the winds of magic. Her long cloak is studded with stone tablets, each one an unbreakable oath to the Dark Gods.
This kit comes as 9 components, and is supplied with a Citadel 32mm Round base.
Stay tuned for more info about the Malign Portents!
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