Two gamers give a thorough overview on both days of this weekend’s events – don’t miss it!
DAY 1 – via m-r-parker
(edited for length, follow the link for the full piece)
Display cabinets were in their usual space, behind Bugmans. ForgeWorld had one side, GW the other, and the short end was a White Dwarf table weirdly. The ForgeWorld cabinets were a bit spartan from what we’ve been treated to previously, the only new stuff were items that could be purchased on the day, the completed Ordinatus Ulator, and the CAD for the Ordinatus Sagitar (and some books with transfers and brass etch in). Mark Bedford was doing some painting in his new Dark Mechanicum colour scheme to a Triaros, alongside a cabinet with 3 Knights and a Thanatar already done in the bone colour. Surprisingly he was able to do the painting of the two Knights and the Thanatar part time over two weeks (e.g. over lunch breaks), and he may have convinced me to go and buy more Mech stuff from the ForgeWorld store.
Presented by one of the GW rules designers and Laurie Goulding (representing the rules, and the narrative).
The first part of this Seminar came down to a run through of how they make the rules and narrative for a new model. The cynic in you starts to roll it’s eyes when one of the opening sentences is along the lines of “We start when a new model is presented to Design Team, and we’re told to come up with some rules and background for it”. This sounds exaggerated, like someone from the miniatures side of the building produces a KV128 Stormsurge (built and painted to ‘Eavy Metal standard) and says “We made this, make rules and background so we can sell it!” – but this is literally the example we were given! I know!
Colour me disillusioned on this one.
This is the Seminar people were wanting to see, and I’ve covered off in pictures the bulk of what was previewed from the PowerPoint slide pack. Andy Hoare and Mark Bedford heading this one up.
Knights Errant, apparently included so everyone would stop asking about when they / Garro would be included. They’re not squads. There will be Garro and the Ultramarines Librarian (don’t know the name, haven’t listened to the audios) as special characters, and customisable HQ choice dubbed “build your own Knight Errant”. Apparently you can give him skills and weapons / items to reflect your own character. Could be fun, but I know some will be disappointed around not having a full force of them.For new units, most of the stuff in there we’ve already seen models for and just get rules for. For the Ordinatus, these are the Ordinatus Minor in the Mechanicum Red Book just given page space in the main book. The Conemptor-Cortus is apparently a lighter-weight Contemptor, quick on it’s feet and more designed for combat and getting in close. Described at one point as ‘Scrappy’, which made me make the correlation that if a regular Contemptor was Scooby doo, the Cortus would be Scrappy doo – smaller and more aggressive. We’ll see what the model is like.
Artwork – the Salamanders ‘Disciple of the Flames’ is apparently similar to that annoying character in Deathfire that constantly shouts “VULKAN LIVES!!!” the whole way through the book. Kind of a chaplain in feel (my interpretation) that preaches about the survival / denounces the death of Vulkan within the Legion. For the Dark Angels apparently Book VI will have three Wings documented: Iron Wing, Dread Wing (I think, anybody confirm?) and the precursor of the Raven Wing. I can’t remember about the Blackshield Chymeriae, I think I was uploading pics at the time and may have missed it – although it is interesting to see it in MkV.
Horus Heresy Masterclass book is at the printers, and should be available soonish, maybe a couple of months. Also Retribution (hard not to call it Retalliation) has been finished and is about to be sent to the printers, with an ETA of the next Weekender for release (first weekend of February)
For the 40k fans on the forum jonesing for some 40k news from a 40k open day, the new Doom of Mymeara book is imminent, and the Eldar section is a complete re-write from an army list side. New rules, new units, new HQs, worked from the bottom up. We got some previews of Corsair jetbikes (upgrade kit) and new Wraithknight. Nothing about the Imperial side of the action (nothing on an absent Bran Redmaw either)
Delving into the Q&A:
– Alpha Legion headhunters came back from production on Friday and are looking good, so should be release soonish.
– Tyrant Siege Termies are a bit weird. Previously we heard they were near complete, but it looks like they’ve not had the go-ahead as people weren’t happy with them and are being re-done. interestingly It think they said they were being re-purposed for use within the Blackshields, and so would have to be re-done from the ground-up rather than touch-up what they already had. Again, a second source on that would be appreciated.
– Garro would be released probably before Retribution is released, but not sure when.
– Questoris Knight list would be updated with the new Warden / Crusader plastic kit as well as the new Atrapos.
– I’ll try to see if anything jogs my memory, but these were the salient points I think.
I left not long after the ForgeWorld Seminar. I got some pics of Garro in the cabinets, and headed out.
And this is going to be the same thing tomorrow, with swapping out a couple of things (i.e. HH novel artwork), so I just hope nobody bought tickets for both events.
Day 2 – via Philbrad2
Well my Sunday at the open day lasted an hour and a half. Nothing new to report over yesterday. A low attendance from what I can see, we parked up at 9.50am and were in just after 10am. GW to their credit seem to have sorted getting people into the WW venue quite slickly and the GW/FW/BL stores in WW process the myriad of buyers swiftly and effectively.
Some nice models in the Golden Daemon area but again a very low turn out, even as an avid 40K player I have to say I missed seeing any WHFB/AoS models in the Golden Daemon competition.
Designer area, well at least FW had something new to show us, think I’ll leave it as that. Once again beyond seeing what FW have to offer I don’t see the point of GW running these events for gamers with an internet connection and the ability to search the interwebs to get the latest info on what GW release are up to.
No HH spoilers from GW, not even a tease, a missed opportunity for GW to give us a bit of info on a project we all know is coming our way.
In 2014 GW ran Warhammer Fest, a smaller scale event than their previous UK Gamesday events at the NEC and NIA in Birmingham. This was even smaller and apart from FW I simply don’t see the point of going to future events. Even FW I feel had a lot more to offer us today and were told not to show us everything. Think for 2016 I’ll save the cash and just attend the FW open day.
A disappointing day and another missed opportunity to give us gamers something to really get excited about.
Games day is officially dead. R.I.P.
~Have at it. What’s your take on what’s going on with these events?