Blackstone Fortress – Return of the Zoat

Zoat – a word that brings out a flush of nostalgia to hobbyists of a certain age. Well, now they’re making a return, helping your explorers in the Blackstone Fortress, so we’re taking a look at what exactly a Zoat is and admiring its awesome new model.

Zoats have been in the Warhammer 40,000 universe since the very first days of the game, back when these mysterious creatures were thought to be part of the Tyranid Hive Fleets. With their six limbs and incredibly alien appearance, they certainly look like they could have been created by a Norn Queen. But where they really come from and what they want, no-one can say for sure.

The Zoat aboard Precipice is just as mysterious. No-one knew where it had come from or what it sought upon the Blackstone Fortress. Rumours abound that it had discovered the existence of a Zoat vessel believed to belong to an individual called the Forerunner. Known as the Archivist, it has already secretly enlisted groups of explorers to search for the ship of its kin, but now it must enter the fortress itself to seek the craft and to overcome the Dark Vortices.*

As you can see, the new model shares many of the design cues from the classic Zoat, including the centaur-like body, the breathing mask and a similar choice of weapons to the model above. Let’s take a closer look at the epic new model.

As well as being a retinue character in Blackstone Fortress, the Archivist also has rules for Warhammer 40,000. Yes, soon Zoats will return to the battlefields of the 41st Millennium!

Make sure you come back later in the week when we’ll be taking a look at some of the rules for the latest expansion. In the meantime, explore the Blackstone Fortress from the comfort of your own home by reading the Black Library anthology Vaults of Obsidian. 

* At least if you fail, you’ll have a scape-Zoat.

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