There Be Monsters

Forgeworld is releasing, on the 24th February,  the Basilisk as part of their ever-growing Warhammer Forge range. As you can see from the pictures below, it’s really quite exquisite and for £60 isn’t too steep a price considering it’s size.

The experimental rules can be downloaded here and here’s a little blurb on the beastie itself nabbed from the Forgeworld website:

Found in the most treacherous regions of the Warhammer world, from the Bloodspine Mountains of the unknown Southlands to the Grey Peaks that shoulder the Empire, Basilisks are a reclusive menace. They are a living blight so inimical to life that they poison the very ground they walk upon, the venom that suffuses their body and spirit capable of swiftly reducing verdant land to ruined waste. 

Their huge bodies are covered with brightly coloured scales from the membranous fins upon their head to the tip of their muscled tail; a warning of their noxious nature. They prowl stealthily on eight legs, and are capable of moving swiftly enough to run down even the quickest prey. The most potent weapon in the Basilisk’s arsenal, however, is its gaze. Renowned in folklore across the Old World for its lethal potency, the sickly pale eyes of the Basilisk can focus the essence of their poisonous soul, withering their prey until its skin and flesh slough away. 

Although already released I also had to share with you the Skaven Wolf Rats just because they’re utterly mental. Again, price wise – £28 – they’re not too bad considering they’re all resin and there’s 5 of them. Granted you probably need quite a few to make them worth taking but it’s no more batshit mad than collecting an all resin Chaos Dwarf army.

Experimental rules can be downloaded here and fluff is below as are some snaps – all from the Forgeworld website.

Not even the insidious rat-men themselves know the origins of the ravenous packs of Wolf Rats that are found almost everywhere that the Skaven themselves infest. Neither wholly rat or wholly wolf, but instead an aberrant and savage amalgamation of the two, Skaven Wolf Rats are kept by the rat-men for a myriad of uses; for guarding their lairs, as hunting beasts, and occasionally even as food. In battle packs of these hellish creatures will be unleashed ahead of Skaven troops, for unlike the cowardly rat-men the Wolf Rats are fearless shock troops, eager to feast upon the flesh of those who face their ferocious assault.

The Ratmen Stir

Forgeworld really are bonkers and thoroughly brilliant bunch of people. Their mandate has always been ‘make awesome stuff’ and as always, they don’t disappoint. It’s the Skavens turn to get some fresh gribblies in the form of a huge Exalted Verminlord and a thoroughly grim-looking Brood Horror.

I don’t collect Skaven. In fact they would be one of my least favourite armies to face thanks to some of the most unpleasant weaponry in the game. And in Mordheim they’re just a pain in the arse. Although nothing a few pistol shots to the face doesn’t solve. But anyway, below are some images from Fogeworld of these two new monster models. They come with an unsurprising price tag but I’ve never minded paying because what you’re getting is a big fat slice of fried awesome.

If you don’t believe me click here and tell me, if you’re a Space Marine player, you don’t want that model in your life.

Exalted Verminlord with its next victim for scale.

The Exalted is a not unreasonable £45.

The Brood Horror is, by the looks of it the Hellpit Abominations little brother…that’s not so little.

The Brood Horror is an acceptable £32 although a couple of casting flaws (like the feet) may make you wonder if it’s worth the money as you bodge and greenstuff your way through preparing it to paint.