As some lucky types on the North American continent have already got their hands on the guns, Victoria Miniatures have released the first of the add ons and alternatives for the set as well as resin versions of the Bones crew.
A Stompa for £40. That was bought and placed in the back of a car within 10 minutes of getting in the venue.
It's not perfect. The original owner has left a fair few gaps that will need filling but the box came with most of the parts still on their sprues.
The one addition I have made however is the presence of a large lump of green stuff on the head for a beret. The Stompa will be providing heavy support for my Blood Axe boys. I've used the Blood Axe symbol from the Nobs kit to add a beret badge.
I think to save time, this one will be painted with sprays and the use of large amounts of blue tac for a camouflage pattern.
After a short dalliance with other projects, it's back to painting the Redcoat masses. First of all I have to finish the smaller details and helmets on this platoon, then it's on to the mortar squads.
Of course, we have to see what happens to the Guard with 8th Ed rules but, if it takes 500 bolters to bring down a Gorkanaut ( https://www.warhammer-community.com/2017/05/08/17794gw-homepage-post-4/ ), can I fit enough lasguns on aboard to do the same?
At least it loks like a slight reversion to 2nd Ed rules is going to happen. Those lascannons inside a squad can now go after a different target from the main troopers.
As one of the lucky few to get hold of the Shadow War box, I've been able to get a head start with the new industrial terrain. I may not get many more sets but for those with a bit of wedge and inspiration, there may not be a limit to what you can do with the kits.
This is just a rough first build plus you can mix and match through the use of the connectors meaning you don't have to glue it into one static build.
The winner for me is the Mechanicus spider crane thingy. Looks like the sort of deranged concoction that Toy Story's Sid would come up with.
Thanks to work (which does allow me to buy the toys), I'm a week or two behind everyone else with getting my hands on the new releases. As a result, I've only just managed to get my Spiritual Liege built and undercoated ready for painting over the Easter period.
Now I know he's a bit Ultrabling but I like the model. It will spur me to learn how to paint flames for a start. He is tall though.