Breaking News – Studio Preview from the NOVA Open!

Fresh from the NOVA Open studio preview, we have the big news for you on loads of new releases, unveiled for the first time and shown at the event.

Our now legendary studio previews always feature a range of exciting upcoming releases – and this year at NOVA was no exception, with new games, new expansions for Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Age of Sigmar and new tools to help you with your hobby.

First up, we dive into the depths of the Underhive.

Necromunda is back and it’s bigger than ever. This much-loved classic returns this November with a brand new boxed game, complete with two fully plastic gangs, board sections, dice, templates and everything you need to play.

These two gangs won’t be on their own for long and the game will be supported with new expansions as we explore the Necromunda setting in more detail than ever before.

Those lucky souls at NOVA even get a chance to play the game tonight after the preview. (We’ll have more on that really soon – watch this space.)


Not to be outdone by the 41st Millennium, though, we also have news from another war-ravaged city – in the Mortal Realms.

That’s right – the Orruks are coming to the cursed City of Mirrors. The latest warband announced for Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire, Ironskull’s Boyz, are here to conquer with brute force and a little Orruk kunnin’. These greenskins will be representing the forces of Destruction in the first wave of Shadespire warbands, released soon after the game itself – which will be supported by its own dedicated website – later this year. 

Also confirmed at NOVA was that all of these new Shadespire warbands, Orruks included, will eventually get full Warhammer Age of Sigmar Warscrolls (once they escape from the City of Mirrors, of course).

But that’s not all on the way from the Mortal Realms….

Dark powers stir in the Mortal Realms. Malign Portents is a major event for Warhammer Age of Sigmar players, and it’s on the way in 2018. There will be big things coming both for the narrative of the setting and for matched play gamers.

There will be new models on the way for this release too, the first of which we can show you today. Introducing – the Knight of Shrouds:

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen a new Death model for Warhammer Age of Sigmar. Patience is rewarded though – we hadn’t forgotten about you. Alongside this Herald of Nagash, each of the other three Grand Alliances will also be getting a powerful new hero.

Warhammer 40,000 had some big news too.

We’ve heard a little more about what we can look forward to in the upcoming Chapter Approved, and it sounds more and more exciting the more we hear.

We learned at NOVA tonight that the new book will feature, (amongst many other things)

  • An expansion for Apocalypse games of Warhammer 40,000
  • Guidelines on running a planetary invasion campaign
  • Updated matched play points for dozens of units and weapons across every army
  • Loads of new Missions for open, narrative and matched play.

We are also bringing a whole new feature to Open Play. Designing and building your own vehicles is a feature that hasn’t appeared in Warhammer 40,000 since 5th Edition. We are going to trial some new rules to allow you to design your very own Land Raider variants and field these behemoths on the battlefields of the 41st Millennium.

Finally Chapter Approved will also give Factions that have not yet received their codex some expanded rules while they wait, allowing these factions to make use of some of the cool new mechanics available in Warhammer 40,000.

Chapter Approved is looking like a must for any dedicated Warhammer 40,000 player.

And that wasn’t the only news.

We also heard what the next three codexes will be following the release of Death Guard and Adeptus Mechanicus in September. Before the end of November, xenos fans will be pleased to see some of the galaxy’s alien races get their codexes for the new edition with Codex: Craftworlds and Codex: Tyranids, while Codex: Astra Militarum lets fans of the Imperium’s vast human armies create thematic armies from their favourite Regiment.

And that’s still not all!

We also had some big Warhammer Community news too.

Warhammer would be nothing without the dedicated community of hobbyists who support it. Everyone knows someone who is a hero of the hobby in their area – from a friend who was willing to run a great local club, to the hard-working organisers of tournaments, painting competitions and those who happily share their expertise online for the good of fellow fans.

We want to reward those hobbyists with a little something to recognise what they’ve done for the Warhammer community, so we’re introducing Warhammer Heroes.

You hobbyists out there will be able to nominate who you think is worthy of such an accolade and tell us why. Then we’ll reward the best of them with official recognition of their awesomeness, including a suitably impressive looking medal!

We’ll have more on this soon, so stay posted for details on how to nominate a hero near you.

And finally, something that will be of interest to hobbyists no matter who you are.

Everyone paints, and that is about to become a whole lot easier.

This is your free pocket guide to the Citadel Paint System – packed with guides, tips and tricks to help you get your armies looking awesome. We’ll have more news on when you can get your hands on this new app very soon, so stay posted for the latest information.

Wow, what a day!

There’s so much announced, were not even sure what to be most excited about.

Let us know what you’re looking forward to most, on the Warhammer 40,000, Warhammer Age of Sigmar and Warhammer Underworlds Facebook pages!

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