Games Workshop 99120102065" Thousand Sons Magnus The Red, Black

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Games Workshop 99120102065" Thousand Sons Magnus The Red, Black

Games Workshop 99120102065" Thousand Sons Magnus The Red, Black

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First of all we have this chap, converted from a Kairic Acolyte and ready to spread havoc in the 41st Millennium. Another of the Emperor’s sons, Leman Russ, specialised in a combination of being loyal to the Emperor and killing people, which made him excellent as an enforcer in the event that any of his brothers got a bit out of line. Ultimately much remains unknown about the Emperor and his motivations but what we do know is that he foresaw the Heresy, if not its full extent, and his actions did more to cause it than to prevent it. I can argue until I’m blue in the face about the qualities of Iron Armour, the joy of extra variety, the enriched background and appearance of GW’s posterboys, but frankly if you don’t love Space Marines with an unhealthy passion it may be hard to regard this as filling a gap in the market. The solution to power creep and broken units is not “well, then let’s

They’d also take away some of the thunder from Forge World exploration of that iconic campaign – although one wonders if GW might be planning some kind of follow-up or expansion set to coincide? Mind you – not that I’m attempting to repeat my Nostradamus-like prediction trick – the boarding action on Perturabo’s flagship the Iron Blood by the Imperial Fists at Phall could make for an interesting game in this vein, somewhat akin to a Heresy-era Space Hulk. If anyone was feeling the lack of another wolf lord for their space wolves then here we have the man for you.

Perhaps it is simply that I am being left behind by the evolution GW envisions for its most popular creation. The addition of Daemon Primarchs into 40k is most welcome and with a small points adjustment I think the future Primarchs that might be released by GW for 40k could be potentially great additions into the game. With everything proceeding nicely the Emperor headed home to work on a new Top Secret project, leaving his favourite son Horus in charge.

On a final note it’s interesting that, although he’s not a character in the game, the shield-captain of the Custodes squad bears a striking resemblance to Constantin Valdor, the Captain General of the Custodes who took personal command of those amongst his troops who were sent to Prospero (painting by Adrian Smith again – please excuse the tiny picture of the model, I’ll replace it as soon as GW releases something better). In Magnus’s case this appears to have been taken even further, with the little finger missing altogether. Dare we imagine something of this quality released for the World Eaters, Death Guard, Emperor’s Children or any of the other Legions?The last time a miniature for Azhek Ahriman was released – a mere month ago – I got hugely excited and bought one, plus a Gaunt Summoner and started kitbashing wildly in the hopes that soon Mazzakim would emerge from my thoughts into solid reality. Also when he projected himself into the Emperor’s lab he brushed aside all the wards which the Emperor had put there precisely to stop anyone using magic to project themselves into his lab, which caused a major infestation of daemons which to this day threatens to burst through and devour everyone. Before we find ourselves plunging into the rabbit hole of rumour and counter-rumour let’s see what we have here and how. Edit: If you just can’t get enough of reading about this new boxset I highly recommend KrautScientist’s in-depth look at the models (and of course their conversion potential).

With his ornate power-armour, trophies and fetishes he’s a striking figure – enough to have any fan of the Rout excited. Even if you do want a force of Wolves to take the fight to the Thousand Sons there’s nothing distinctly Wolf-like about the rest of this boxset so he’ll always look a bit out of place unless you dig out a few spare trophies, wolf-skulls and totems from the bits box to decorate his followers. Instead, in a display of exceptional parenting, he waited until Horus was leading half the Imperium against him in civil war before declaring something to the effect of “Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal”. Hard to believe though it may be behind what might at first look like a random pick ‘n’ mix of Chaos forces, with cults of all four gods and none piling in together, exists an underlying plan that ties it all together. The first rule that’ll see your opponent gnash their teeth is Gaze of Magnus, a colossal buff to Smite that doubles the damage it deals.Always he seeks knowledge and always one secret dances just beyond his grasp for Tzeentch has bound him into a web of lies and the key to his freedom is forever out of reach. I’ve already got my eye on using him to create a custom sorcerer lord for my Chaos collection and of course plenty of people will be converting him into a 40k version of himself (the current Ahriman model being both iconic and rather old and clunky).

Likewise those who’ve thrown in their lot with Horus won’t find much use in the Custodes or the Sisters of Silence, representing as they do perhaps the only two facets of Imperial society that wasn’t split in two by the Heresy. Of course the standard issue Space Marine flaws are still in evidence – the weird, splay-legged half-squatting stance remains and they haven’t decided to true-scale them overnight either. For years fans have been pointing this out and muttering about Rubric Terminators and finally their hopes have borne fruit. You may be utterly shocked to read it – after reading the above information about our rogue enchanter – but Magnus makes quite the powerful psychic spell-slinger on the tabletop battlefield.Magnus paid no heed to this edict, instead choosing to continue his investigations into the Warp in secret. Although not as immediately iconic as last year’s Cataphractii the Tartaros are still great looking models.



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