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Necromunda gets a new starter set, Age of Sigmar a new army, and more from Games Workshop

Plus good news for fans of the Ork faction

A still frame from a teaser video showing an Irk in a mech. Image: Games Workshop
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Games Workshop has turned Saturday mornings into appointment viewing on Twitch, spending an hour previewing the week’s announcements for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, Warhammer 40,000, and more. This week, the company dropped a few bombs on the accumulated fandom.

Here are the four biggest announcements from the stream.

Soulblight Gravelords

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar may be getting a refresh soon, but that isn’t stopping GW from releasing a host of new models. This reveal includes a glorious new collection of vampires, skeletons, and zombies to build to flesh out your armies. The marquee set is a new batch of mounted Blood Knights.

A new set of Blood Knights models shown on 90mm oval bases. Image: Games Workshop

Redemptionists return to Necromunda

Lots of Necromunda in the news last week, as GW’s small-unit skirmish franchise was revealed to be the setting for a new first-person shooter: Necromunda: Hired Gun. The tabletop game is still going strong, largely based off the 2017 relaunch and a steady drumbeat of new miniatures and revised rules.

GW announced a new faction for the current edition of the game, along with a new sourcebook. The Redemptionists are an offshoot of House Cawdor, already very devout followers of the Emperor of Mankind. They’ll be getting a bunch of new models, including a new set of Zealots, and a sourcebook titled Necromunda: House of Faith.

A render of the contents of Necromunda: Hive War, showing two gangs and lots of scenery. Image: Games Workshop

There’s also a new boxed set on the way titled Necromunda: Hive War. It’s a full starter set, unlike the latest Kill Team release. It will include an Escher and a Delaque gang (both previously released), plus the hugely popular Zone Mortalis scenery. No pricing or pre-order dates were given for that new set.

Adepta Sororitas Castigator tank

The Sisters of Battle, which were relaunched as an all-plastic army in 2019, have been getting lots of attention lately. In January, GW put a nun in a Gundam, and now it’s putting a few more inside a tank. The Castigator should give the force some much needed range in Warhammer 40,000, plus be lots of fun for folks purely interested in the hobby.

The Orks are coming

Finally, GW teased a series of upcoming announcements for the beloved Ork faction in Warhammer 40,000. The greenskins haven’t seen much love of late — save for the epic Ghazghkull Thraka released last year. Expect more on this faction in the months to come. Perhaps we’ll see some even bigger announcements by Orktober ... I mean October.

You can watch the archive of the full hourlong stream on Twitch.

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