The Tabletop Spotlight is on the Munitorum Armoured Containers!
I was really excited when our Friends at Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy brought over the new Games Workshop Munitorum Armoured Containers. I had seen pics for them all week and was looking forward to actually getting to see them first hand. They did not disappoint:
Let’s hit the basics: You get 3 containers, 9 barrels, and 6 small & 6 large ammo crates at a $50 price point. Now if you’re like me you were hoping these would be $33, but unfortunately that rumor didn’t pan out. It happens and we all move on. However, I will say that the $50 price does seem in line with the rest of the GW terrain kits for what it’s worth. You get 3 identical sprues and they are packed with detail so I can’t complain about the quality of the product at all.
The kit does come with rules that you can use if you would like to purchase the items as part of your army. We’ve covered those too, so I won’t tread too deep into those waters. I will say that I probably won’t be using them for my games just because it’s one more thing to keep-up with and I’d rather just use them for other things. What “other things” you ask? Well Objective markers for one.
Those small ammo crates would make excellent objective markers! Slap them on a 40-50mm base, flock it and paint it up and boom, you’ve got a set of 6 (or twelve if you use both the large and small crates) objective markers. And if you don’t think matching themed objective markers adds some spice to your regular games then you really should give it a try. What about the barrels? Well I think they’d make wonderful additions to bases for my Monstrous Creatures – or Flyers, Knights, or really anything on a “Large/Oval” base.
The Containers themselves open-up a lot of modeling options. You could build and paint them as-is – that’s perfectly fine. But what if you cut off the back of a Taurox and plasticarded some wheels on one and combined the two? Well you’d have an awesome looking Big-Rig!
You could turn them into train-cars pretty easily. They are shipping containers after all. You could also re-create the shipping container scene from “The A-Team” …I’m not sure how many you’d need, but you COULD do it. There was also talk of making them into a 3D Space Hulk board (which would be SICK). And while you could also carve them up to use as basing materials, GW has the new Large Base Detail Kit which would pretty much do the same thing. Most of us would probably just use them as good old fashioned LoS blocking terrain. That’s A-OK with me.
I really hope GW decides to create more terrain kits like this one. While they did write some rules to use them in game, I would much rather treat them as non-military terrain kits. I think that having plain old shipping containers adds a little bit more of a “groundedness” to the setting. Not everything in the Grim Dark has to be a blown-out building or an ancient gothic inspired super-weapon/fortification/monastery. Then again..these containers do have skulls on them, who am I kidding, right?
The perfect purchase for anyone looking to put some variety on to their Warhammer 40,000 gaming table, the Munitorum Armoured Containers set is a versatile, easy to assemble collection of scenery pieces. Three Armoured Containers, nine Promethium Barrels and twelve Supply Crates are included, which can be freely stacked and arranged in any way you please – use them as cover, break lines of sight, add chokepoints and strategic interest to your games of Warhammer 40,000!
Special Rules are included in the box: take cover behind Promethium Barrels but beware their explosive tendencies, and search Armoured Containers (which can be equipped with storm bolters…) for potentially game-changing items.
What’s in the BOX?!?! Oh…it’s just fruits and veggies.