Thursday, December 20, 2012

Games Workshop Product Review 2012 - The Best of Warhammer 40k

Okay onto the best releases of 40k in 2012. Obviously we had the release of the rules - as yet I have not been motivated to have a game but that is largely because I'm enjoying Fantasy so much. At my age you only have so many functioning brain cells.

The Best of Warhammer 40k

3. Tervigon

I love the Tyranids and have a army I built back in 3rd Ed in 2002. In 2005 I hovered up Rippers and painted them up. Ultimately it was hijacked by Jack and turned into a Nidzilla. There was a period around the end of 2007 when he and Charlie terrorised people with their Nids.

When the new book came out it had a lot of new models in it and this year GW filled in some of the gaps. One of them was this kit.

There's not too many games where you use models depicting the birthing process, so it deserves inclusion for that alone. That notwithstanding the model stands up very well against the multiple conversions people have done in the period before its release.

2. Ork Bomma/Dakkajet

I am not fussed with the concept of the inclusion of flyers in the game. To me it is an unnecessary distraction. Side by side with this GW has had more misses than hits with the Flyers so far released. The Dark Eldar flyer is great, the Imperials are all awful. Rest I can take or leave.....until this one.

I reckon that they have sold more of these kits than they have sold Ork armies in 5ed. It is a beautiful kit and comes in multiple variants. But who builds it out of the box.  Check out recent White Dwarf for some great ideas on kitbashing!

1. Forgeworld Horus Heresy "Betrayal"

This was GW's "hit outta the park" moment. It should be no surprise to anyone that this is my choice for best Warhammer 40k release. "But it's 30k Pete, you cheater", I hear the whines already. However in a great piece of forethought the rules in the book are totally compatible with 6 ed 40k. So it gets in.

Beautiful production values, packed with great information - this book was the highpoint of my hobby acquisitions. Based on this, the "tale of X Gamers - The Heresy Edition" has been spawned on this site which will culminate in a campaign weekend towards the end of 2013.

As a direct result of this book, I will build a new army and play Warhammer 40k again. The people will rejoice.


  1. I have some issues with the quality of the writing in the Heresy novels, but the Black Library and FW collaboration is pretty well done. I find myself wanting to buy some Marines in Mark IV armour just to paint some pre-Heresy Astartes. I don't like 30/40K, but the storyline is so compelling....

    I first came across the Heresy in 1990 with the original Epic Space Marine box. Anyone feel like playing beakie 6mm marines with Titans?

  2. I definitely agree with you on the HH book. Pre-heresy is what got me back into the hobby in January and having official rules come out around when my army was in a playable state was awesome. I honestly couldn't care less about the regular GW releases, FW has a much better design sense that's for sure.