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Warhammer Fest 2019

It’s time to lift your head up and out of the trenches, Warhammer Fest 2019 has come and gone, and we live to serve another day. What follows is a highlight of the more important events that went down at this year’s celebration of all things Warhammer, and what a time it was!

Starting off strong, the Space Marines got a new addition to their ever-expanding armory.

The Repulsor Tank has been part of many Primaris Space Marine lists for some time now, taking to the field with its anti-grav sleds while throwing out a ridiculous amount of anti-infantry fire to protect those it’s transporting. Its biggest downside was that its huge bulk was almost entirely dedicated to transporting soldiers which was a little bit meh when there were already Primaris Interceptors in play who could do the same job of darting about and laying down a hail of fire. That changes now thanks to the Primaris Executioner.

Fitted with a battle cannon, the Repulsor gains a tremendous step up in fire power and battlefield applications, twin bolters on the front (perhaps exchangeable with double Las?) alongside the gatling cannon will be sure to shred anyone that gets too close, while your battle cannon will shred enemy vehicles or hardened infantry like paper.

Feel like putting more hurt on the enemy’s ground pounders? We’ve got you covered with a Plasma variant, because who doesn’t like Plasma?

Not content to stop there, the forces of the Adeptus Mechanicus also received some much needed vehicular support, this time in the form of a Hovercraft that is very reminiscent of the LCVP. Bristling with anti-infantry weapons, this will get your Skitarri where they need to be in a hurry.

Scaling things up considerably, the Questor Traitoris, the Chaos Knights, are storming into the battlefield with a fully featured codex. According to the Warhammer Community, “All the Knight patterns from Index: Renegade Knights will still be usable, only now you’ll be able to combine them with Stratagems, Warlord Traits, Relics and, of course, Knight Rampagers and Knight Despoilers.” There will also be an inclusion of some new lore for the Chaos Knights in the Codex.

While details were scarce, 40K fans who use the Iron Hands have been complaining about the lack of named Hero characters in their force. Well the first one is coming soon, and you can put down those mortgage papers because he’s Plastic! No madly priced Forge World resin here! He will be arriving latter this year.

While all that was going on, Space Marines Heroes: Series 3 was being shown off half a world away in Japan at the Shizuoka. As mentioned in our coverage of the Shizuoka Hobby Show 2019, Warhammer 40,000’s Space Marine Heroes: Series 3 doesn’t feature Space Marine Heroes, rather, it features a variety of Traitor Marines of the Death Guard Legion.

Also on display at Warhammer Fest and the Shizouka Hobby show, is the new seven inch tall Primaris Space Marine action figure that is being brought to market by Games Workshop and Bandai in a strange and unexpected collaboration.

Another big part of the show was the Contrast Paints. In hobbying and wargaming, there is one thing that each person hates: Horde Army Painting. It’s all well and good to sit at your desk and paint up a squad of 5 soldiers over the weekend. But when you need to churn out 200 Tyranids, or 50 Bloodletters of Khorne or any army in Kings of War, the dynamic changes.

Enter contrast paints.

The idea is simple, and according to those who have had a demo with them, the contrast paints seem to work. You lay down a “contrast undercoat” which seems to be any stark pigment. The example given was Wraith Bone, an off-white that leans towards ivory. Over this, you lay down your contrast paints where needed. This idea being, they effectively self-shade by collecting in recesses while thinning on large curved areas. This lets the contrast undercoat shine through, giving the appearance of a light highlight. Honestly, it looks like a quick way of getting just about any horde army ready for the tabletop.

 

The Black Library was also in attendance, bringing with it a literal mountain of books with John French’s Horus Heresy Siege of Terra novel, The Solar War and Aaron Dembski-Bowden’s Spear of the Emperor taking center stage.

It looks as though a good time was had by all and I’m a little sad that I missed it. But there’s always next year. And the year after that. After all, we are taught in our Imperial Thought for the Day that, “Only in death, does duty end.”

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