Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Ever since Halo 5 was announced for the XBox One, rumors have been abound that an emulator would be made available so the previous Halo games could be played on the next-gen console. It looks like this was halfway to the truth. Revitalised versions of Halo: CE, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 will be made available to buy as Halo: The Master Chief Collection. There’s already been grumbles that Halo: ODST and Halo: Reach won’t be included but seeing as the Master Chief isn’t in those games, as great as they are, it would seem a bit daft. Plus it’s churlish to ask for Mars when you’ve been given the Earth. And four games for £50 is pretty tidy.

This is all adding up to one inescapable truth…I’m saving up for an XBox One as of now. It was always going to happen: I wanted an XBox One anyway but throw in Halo 5, Batman: Arkham Knight and now The Master Chief Collection and I’m about to be very poor for a very long time.

Anyway, enjoy the trailer. For the die hards out there this is a very familiar scene remastered beautifully.

Warhammer 40,000 7th Edition Available to Pre-Order

warhammer-40000-logoIn just 8 days time Warhammer 40,000 7th Edition will be unleashed on the world. Coming in at £50 the standard edition rulebook is actually three books grouped together in a pretty sleeve. The books being divided into hobby, background and rules. 60040199041_40kStandardEdition01Whilst I balked slightly at the price tag I’m delighted about the splitting of the rules and rather suggests that Games Workshop have been looking at the other games companies and taking on board customer feedback. Gamers no longer have to choose between a tiny rule book without all the cool shit or a whale killer of a tome when they go to a mates house or to a tournament.

60040199041_40kStandardEdition02The styling is a big departure from what we’ve come to expect from a 40k rulebook. It’s much more contemporary and almost feels like a luxury graphic novel. This isn’t a complaint, I like how uncomplicated it all is and how the artwork (aside from being lovely) ties in nicely with the single heroic character of the codex covers.

And for those with more money than sense. Or so much money they need not care (I’ll have some if it’s going spare), the Munitorum Edition weighs in at £200. It comes with the three main books (although the rulebook is A5 size) and the Visions of the Dark Millennium book which is £45 by itself. There’s also some exclusive decks of cards. I’m struggling to see where the £200 goes as whilst the books are nicely produced, the carry box is cardboard and can’t account for £80 of the cost. It does look cool though.

Warhammer 40,000 7th edition is available to pre-order from the Games Workshop and independent stockists.

 

Warhammer Dwarfs Available to Pre-Order

The latest iteration of Warhammer Armies Dwarfs is about to drop and with it some beardy new releases. Sadly the standard Dwarf warriors aren’t amongst them And by the looks of things, neither are the Trollslayers. Which means that Avatars of War will be doing a roaring trade in the coming weeks because there Dwarf models are just better. So very much better.

So what’s up for grabs? Well a box of 10 Hammerers/Longbeards for £30…

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These actually look pretty sweet. They kinda look power armoured which is no bad thing.

BelegarIronhammer01_873x627Belegar Ironhammer.  New character and an utterly stupid helmet. I’m not too convinced by this guy. Aside from the general lack of fine detail the model lacks dynamism. He weighs in at £13.DragonSlayer01_873x627On the other hand the Dragon Slayer has dynamism in spades but again, let seems to lack the finer detail we’d expect from metal or Finecast. Or, again, Avatars of War. The Dragon Slayer too is £13.

Forge World Space Marine Glaive

Snapped a while back at the Forge World Open Day, the Space Marine Glaive is now available to pre-order and due for release on the 28th June. Interestingly it was originally called the Fellglaive but the ‘fell’ part of the name has been dropped.

Anyway, here’s the blurb from the Forge World website and some jazzy snaps. The Glaive retails at £155.

The Glaive Super-heavy Special Weapons Tank is a variant of the Fellblade. Armed with a Volkite Carronade, it is designed to destroy xenos beasts and incinerate enemy light vehicles at a single sweep.

While the Glaive has been issued to all eighteen Legiones Astartes in limited quantities, the Salamanders and Dark Angels have long been noted to field Glaives as a matter of course; the XVIIIth Legion’s artifice is more than sufficient to maintain and replicate the arcane Volkite technology, while the provenance and honour of the Ist Legion means that their war matériel and weaponry are ancient indeed.

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The Frenchies are Coming!

That’s right folks, lock up your onions, the Republique of France has mobilized for all out retreat attack in Spartan Games’ Dystopian Wars.

With some absolutely awesome models in the range, including Battleships and Cruisers that can fly I want it slightly more than I want to buy food. Although I have to say that Spartan have done a cracking job with the above image, it really shows the models off nicely.

The land models are also looking a bit tasty and the land ship below especially and in no small part to the HAL like lens on the front. Which can only be some sort of gribbly laser face of doom:

The full range of shiny can be viewed here and is available for pre-order and will be released a month today (14th March). Spartan Games were also good enough to put up some lovely fluff about the Frenchies which I’ve kindly robbed and put up here:

Head of State: President Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte (elected 1866)

He has led a tempestuous life, spent mainly as a traveller in places as diverse as South America and West Africa. As the nominal head of the Bonaparte family, he and his supporters tried several times, by both legitimate and illegitimate means, to unseat the ruling Parti Gaulois in France.


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Eventually, whilst suffering a temporary bout of severe impoverishment in Britannia, he attended the Royal Society symposium in 1850 where Lord Sturgeon presented his findings from the Vault.

Witnessing Sturgeon’s humiliation at the hands of his audience, Louis decided to answer the maverick scientist’s call for volunteers to accompany a new expedition. He and his few remaining followers signed on with Sturgeon, spending much of their modest wealth in outfitting themselves. Louis-Napoleon sailed with the flotilla that accompanied Sturgeon’s return to Antarctica in 1850.

Louis stayed in Antarctica for several years. While never a member of Sturgeon’s inner coterie, he was nonetheless instrumental in founding the settlement now called The Gateway on the island of South Georgia. However, Louis’ true loyalty and ambitions remained first and foremost tied to France.

Persuading Sturgeon to appoint him as an emissary to the Republique (so as to gain diplomatic immunity to prosecution), Bonaparte returned to France in 1862.

Almost immediately on his return, he set about harnessing the opposition to the government to his own ends. With tension in Europe growing, the people of France were becoming increasingly wary of President Dumont offering unwavering support to the Prussians. Louis capitalised on his position as heir to the legendary Bonaparte name to cement an alliance of dissenters, which became an increasingly noisy presence in French politics.

Sturgeon, dismayed at what he felt was Louis’ rank abuse of his privileged position for partisan purposes promptly cut his erstwhile friend loose in 1863, stripping him not only of his position as emissary of the Covenant, but also of citizenship of the Covenant itself. A political pragmatist, Louis accepted his loss with neither regret nor malice, and by this time he had already become so visible and popular that the French government dare not arrest him for fear of provoking a storm.

Louis-Napoleon stood for election to the Presidency in 1866, promising grand plans of reform and the revitalisation of France. He accused Dumont and the Parti Gaulois of being unworthy of the very name of their faction.

They had, Louis said allowed France to stagnate to a point where it was patently almost impossible for the nation to act on any matter – including some of those within its own borders – without Prussian remit.

Although Bonaparte exaggerated the scale of the issues, as politicians will, even his harshest critics could see that there was some truth to his claims. The French electorate was more unequivocal – they elected him in a landslide that also gave the Imperial Eagles a clear majority in the Chamber of Deputies. From obscurity, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte had risen to a position of almost unfettered power in France.

Today Louis cuts a striking figure physically as well as politically. He is no longer a young man, and hard years adventuring and living in Antarctica have left him reliant upon a number of mechanical and chemical aids. He walks with the assistance of a special armature constructed for him in Wells Chasm.

He also has to take a cocktail of elixirs to treat several ailments such as rheumatism and gout, while his eyesight is maintained by a special optical array similar to those employed by marksmen. Nonetheless, he is still more than capable of impressive feats of physicality when necessary, riding with his troops on exercise and making extensive tours of his nation.