Death Guard reinforcements incoming – and the advent of 8th edition.

It seems that just about every blog out there involving Warhammer 40,000 has had something to say about the release of 8th edition. I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Since the release is just a few hours away, now seems like the perfect time for a procrastinator like me to say something. Here are a few quick thoughts.

First off, as someone who’s been a long-time Death Guard player and collector (since 3rd edition), the fact that the new starter box includes them has me giddy! While I’m probably one of the few players on the planet who still likes the old Death Guard models, I’m pleased to see the supplicants of Father Nurgle get an update. I haven’t seen anything confirmed yet, but it looks like from some of the teaser videos that a Death Guard Plague Marine multi-part kit is also on the horizon. So, looks like GW won’t pull another Dark Vengeance with the CSM faction and leave the starter box models as exclusive to the set.

Death Guard, pre-8th edition
Patiently awaiting reinforcements….

Second from what I’ve seen, I like most of the rules for the Death Guard. I’m glad the kept a Feel-No-Pain type rule that’s even a little more useful than it was in 7th edition. I like that my Forge World Death Guard dreadnought… err… Helbrute and Chaos Land Raider will be officially Death Guard units again. I like that the army is getting a few new specific units like the Pox Walkers, the Bloat Drone, and the Plague caster.  It’s also pretty cool that the troops can take up to three plasma guns in a squad, thanks to the new load-out available to the Plague Marine champion.

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Looking forward to the Black Legion update

Revised Black Legion supplement
“Alas, Brother-Captain Yorricus, I knew him….”

A quick post about the imminent release of the revised Black Legion supplement. I’m definitely getting it. It looks like the pre-order is sold out in the Games Workshop online store as of today, but I understand my local Games Workshop store will have some copies. So, yeah, it’s happening.

I’ve read the leaks online, and while the revision seems to be basically just the former supplement with new formations, I think it will be worth it. I like the formations for the most part, though I wish they’d done one with Obliterators as an option. But, right off, I can use several of the formations together with the models I already have painted. It’s not everything Chaos Space Marines should have, but it’s a step in the right direction with no countervailing backwards steps. I’m enthused.

I actually just sold my previous version to help fund the buy (which should be break-even; yay!). Yes, the revised version isn’t hardback with a dust cover, but then, I’m not a collector of the books. I’m also excited about some other things I’m hearing rumors about, but I’ll wait on that for another post.