Games Workshop Is Gearing Up For A Huge Warhammer Year In 2021
It may have been Christmas just the other day, but Games Workshop has already been busy making several announcements for brand new products that are due to launch over the New Year weekend.
The pandemic continues to dominate headlines all over the world, so it should come as no surprise that it has eventually hit Warhammer fans. Couple this with another tidbit of UK news – Brexit – and it should come as no surprise that GW is playing it extra safe as it heads into 2021. While it no doubt has a crap-ton of new minis lined up, it will not want to repeat the delay in December that saw an army revamp pushed back by a month.
For the months of January and February, new releases will hit shelves fortnightly starting from January 16. This includes the delayed Death Guard Codex. The 40K trend will continue with a new Codex each month until at least March. Unfortunately, Age of Sigmar players will have to wait until February for their as yet unannounced Battletome.
GW gave us a Christmas present this year as on Christmas day, pre-orders for Saul Tarvitz went live on the studio’s sister website, Forge World. This was followed by the limited release of Gorzag Gitstompa and Nikkit, appearing exclusively in stores on Boxing Day (December 26). If you don’t have or can’t get to your local Games Workshop or Warhammer store, don’t worry – this will hit the web store soon. No word as yet on whether this will be available through independent retailers, but unfortunately, we expect this is likely to remain a GW exclusive.
With plenty of releases expected in 2021, Warhammer Community has put together a ‘best of’ sizzle reel for what we can expect to see. The big highlight for us is the return of The Old World, previously announced way back in 2019. How the release of Warhammer The Old World will fit into GW’s lineup is unclear. It may be that its licenses with Warner Bros., New Line Productions, and Middle Earth Enterprises for the Middle Earth Strategy Battles game are ending. Or it could be an entirely new game. Either way, we expect The Old World to feature larger armies and battles on an epic scale. Expect teasers throughout the year with a potential release towards the end of 2021.
In exciting, but unexpected Warhammer 40,000 news, GW has announced a new Battlebox entitled Piety and Pain. As the name suggests, Sisters of Battle will play a key role here, with the long awaited Palatine making her debut. That’s the Piety part solved. What about the Pain? There is only one person worthy of that moniker, and she is none other than the Drukhari queen of the Wyches, Lelith Hesperax.
This is the first time that Lelith has appeared in plastic, with earlier models cast in resin and metal. From what we can tell, the new Battlebox promises to deliver and will no doubt sell out quickly. With the new HQ models available, at least to begin with, the Battlebox will be the gateway to new units for both factions. Expect a wave of the Dark Eldar to wash over much of the Imperium as The Sisters stand against the chaos.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar
Following on from the recent news of Sigvald The Magnificent, GW has a new Warhammer Age of Sigmar Battletome lined up for fans of Chaos and the Hedonites of Slaanesh. Inside, you will find plenty of new rules and game updates for this formidable army. Originally known as the Hosts of Slaanesh, they were renamed the Hedonites with the release of their previous Battletome in April 2019. This places the new Battletome release at about the two-year mark, which puts it in line with GW’s refresh schedule.
Accompanying the Battletome will be a range of new minis, and GW has not disappointed here. New mounted troops come in the guise of the SlickBlade Seekers, armed for close combat with mighty glaives and capable of inflicting severe pain. Expect the odd decapitation here and there. Their cousins, the Blissbarp Seekers, are far more suited to ranged combat, and can launch a volley of arrows across vast distances. Their mounts provide extra utility, giving them speed when needed most.
Foot-soldiers will always be the mainstay of the battlefield, and the new Battletome introduces two new unit types. Slaangor Fiendbloods will be familiar to Direchasm players following the recent release of the new core set that features Slakeslash, a Slaangor member of the Dread Pageant. The new minis look great and fight without a care on the tabletop, valuing the death of their enemies above all else. Finally, we have the Blissbarb Archers, who, like their mounted kin, are perhaps better suited to ranged combat. Don’t get too complacent when facing off against them, as they are devastating at range because of the accompanying Homonculus who provides a steady stream of toxic brew that the archers dip their arrows into before unleashing them on the unsuspecting.
2021 is already promising to be a killer year for fans of Games Workshop. There is much to look forward to with plenty of new releases for Warhammer 40,000 and Age of Sigmar. On top of that, with the possibility of a return to The Old World teasing us, we may well see a wargaming renaissance. Players who felt Age of Sigmar fell short may look to come back to the table and new challenges. How GW will manage the two in-house fantasy brands remains to be seen, but it’s not without precedent. Warhammer 40,000 and The Horus Heresy have long existed side by side, and The Old World has still been explored with the Warhammer Fantasy RPG. Either way, we are excited about what GW has lined up for us, even if our wallets and spouses say otherwise.
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