An essential supplement and brilliant boxed sets

It’s time to change the way you play Warhammer 40,000 – the first annual instalment of Chapter Approved is here. It’s your perfect gaming companion, packed with 128 pages of new rules for open, narrative and matched play. In the open play section, you’ll find an entire Apocalypse expansion for playing massive games, including variant rules and three missions. There’s also a set of rules for customising your Land Raiders with different weaponry, allowing you to kit out your vehicle to fit your playing style.

Narrative play brings you expanded Planetstrike and Stronghold Assault rules, building on those in the Warhammer 40,000 rulebook with missions, Warlord Traits, Stratagems and datasheets for 11 fortifications.

The matched play rules include 12 new missions – 6 Eternal War and 6 Maelstrom of War – plus new rules for matched play games, a guide to making objective markers, and Faction rules for 11 of the factions yet to receive a codex, including Drukhari, Orks, Thousand Sons and Adepta Sororitas.

Finally, an appendix contains rules for any game type, including terrain rules, Stratagems, Battlezone: Empyric Storms and how to run ladder campaigns. Plus updated points for a range of models across all the game’s factions help to balance the game and make it more fun for everyone.

Chapter Approved 2017 is available to pre-order in paperback and eBook formats (including an iBooks-exclusive Enhanced Edition). There is also a fabulous Warlord Edition which includes the book alongside 24 exclusive mission cards detailing the Eternal War, Maelstrom of War, Planetstrike and Stronghold Assault missions from the book, alongside 47 Stratagem cards, various useful tokens, 2 turn and victory point trackers and a pad of 50 army roster sheets – a perfect festive gift for your favourite gamer (or yourself).

If you plan on building one of the new Land Raider variants in Chapter Approved, you might also be interested in the Terminus Ultra upgrade pack, which contains 2 sprues giving you weapons and additional sponsons to add to your Land Raider and build this devastatingly powerful variant.

Meanwhile, if your dearest wish this Christmas is to find a new army under the tree, this week’s releases are going to be right up your street. Eight new Battleforce boxes are available to pre-order now, each of them containing a complete starter army – or a fantastic addition to an existing force. Let’s have a quick look at what’s in them, shall we?

The Orks Kult of Speed is led by a Mek with a shokk attack gun, backed up by 11 Boyz and 5 Lootas, plus a Battlewagon and Trukk for them to ride in – and they’re supported by 3 Warbikes as well.

In the Astra Militarum Battlegroup, you’ll find the start of a Platoon, with a 5-man Command Squad and two 10-man Infantry Squads, backed up by 3 Ogryns, a Sentinel and a powerful Leman Russ Battle Tank. There’s also a Chimera to mechanise one of your squads.

If you want an all-Battlesuit T’au Empire force, the Rapid Insertion Cadre is for you. It includes a Commander, 3 XV8 Crisis Suits, 6 XV25 Stealth Suits and an XV95 Ghostkeel, along with 11 Tactical Drones.

Equally stealthy, but less armoured, the Genestealer Cults Insurrection includes a 5-model Broodcoven, including a Patriarch, Primus and Magus, alongside 10 Neophyte Hybrids, 5 Acolyte Hybrids, an 11-model Neophyte Hybrid Squad and a Goliath Rockgrinder.

There are also four Battleforces for Warhammer Age of Sigmar, each of them including a new and exclusive Warscroll Battalion that allows you to put the contents of the box straight onto the table and start playing (once you’ve built them, of course).

The Stormcast Eternals Vanguard Brotherhood gives you a ready-made force of storm-forged hunters, comprising a Lord-Aquilor with 3 Vanguard-Palladors, 10 Vanguard-Hunters, 6 Vanguard-Raptors, 6 Aetherwings and 12 Gryph-hounds (who are, of course, the real reason to get your hands on this box).

In the Tzeentch Arcanites Changecult, you’ll find a veritable host of Chaos worshippers, with a Tzaangor Shaman, 20 Tzaangors, 20 Kairic Acolytes, 3 Tzaangor Enlightened and 3 Tzaangor Skyfires (or 6 of one and none of the other, if that’s how you choose to build them).

If you want to take up aether-piracy, the Kharadron Overlords Sky-fleet will float your boat – or rather boats, as it contains an Arkanaut Frigate and a Grundstok Gunhauler, plus an Arkanaut Admiral, a 10-duardin Arkanaut Company and 3 Skywardens, which can be optionally built as Endrinriggers.

In the Blade of the Blood Queen box, you get Neferata herself (or Arkhan or Mannfred, should you so prefer), two Morghast – which can be built as either Archai or Harbingers – a Wight King, 20 Skeleton Warriors and 10 Grave Guard – perfect for bringing Nagash’s fury to the Mortal Realms.

Finally, we have a brand new hobby product to help you protect your precious paint jobs from wear and tear. Munitorum Varnish is a spray can full of a satin varnish that both protects your models from handling and evens out the shine of paint for a consistent appearance.

You can check out all of these new products now and order your own.

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