Unboxing: Tzaangors (Thousand Sons / Disciples of Tzeentch)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted but I haven’t been completely idle. Alas, that’s an update for another time as I though I’d do an unboxing for one of my favourite classics to re-emerge from years past – Tzaangor!


First introduced in the Realms of Chaos tomes in years past, then more recently re-invisioned and actually made as plastic miniatures this year for Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower. Now with this month’s twin-release of Wrath of Magnus and Traitor Legions – followers of Tzeentch can rejoice that we now have a full multi-part kit for the bestial blighters!

What’s in the box?

In the box you get six sprues (2 duplicates of 3 different ones);

(shots of front and backs of sprues)

 

Interestingly there are a lot of weapon options here. This serves as a duel-purpose kit for both Warhammer 40k as well as Age of Sigmar. You get enough standard pairs of close combat weapons for all ten, as well as the option to swap them all for the chainsword and Autopistol (40k only). In addition, there are also a couple great weapons (I spot an axe and a really long two-handed sword) as well as bits for a Standard Bearer and a Musician (Age of Sigmar only). In fact, you get two copies of the banner and trumpet so those could be great for converting duplicate Pink Horror units!

To finish off the box contents, you get the usual instructions as well as a bag of ten 32mm round bases.

Instructions are simple enough, but however here comes the main critique of this set. The instructions miss out how to assemble any of the Age of Sigmar specific options (shields, great weapons, command options etc.) I can cope with the instructions not telling me how to assemble the special optional head for the Twistbray (it’s two parts. It’s obvious!) but the rest seems rather odd being missing. I did notice how the instructions only mention 40k. Am I missing any Age of Sigmar specific instructions?

Overall Thoughts

I haven’t begun assembling them yet, but reading through what instructions I have makes these seem like a simple enough kit to assemble.

Hobby Plans

I was all set to go with the chainsword and Autopistol combo for the box to go alongside my slowly growing Chaos Marines for 40k.

However…

About an hour before I could leave work, come home and wrote this, GW posted this teaser on social media…


Utterly fantastic news! What a great surprise for my birthday tomorrow! 

I’ve been keenly waiting for this Battletome since Silver Tower got Age of Sigmar Warscrolls shortly after release.

That has thrown a spanner in the works though, so now I think the standard close combat weapons option would be best as I could use them across both systems. Whilst I love the aesthetic of savage Gor-Kin with pistols, I’m willing to compromise to greatly expand their usefulness.

I would finish with a comparison picture between this kit and the Silver Tower ones, but I have yet to put clippers and knife to the former. I’m gonna do that right now, so thanks for reading!

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One made from kit on the left, Silver Tower monopose one on the right. 

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I’ll just leave these here..

Tzaangor Hero! Tzaangor on Disks!

Unboxing: Chaos Battletome: Skaven Pestilens

I rarely purchase anything GW makes on release let alone *shock horror* preorder stuff. Long story short, I did just that for the Clan Pestilens Battletome since I am currently (and slowly) collecting a Clan Septik faction for Age of Sigmar.

  

As a disclaimer, this is the first Age of Sigmar publication I own a physical copy of. I did buy the original big “fluffbook” through the app which I’ve since regretted as print is far better as I’m concerned for this format of publication. If any art or fluff is repeated from previous publications, I am unaware of such.

I also will not be publishing or taking photos of any of the rules!

Anyway, contents:

  

So; new background, a pair of new Battleplans, seven (already existing) Warscrolls and four new Warscroll Battalions. As far as I’m aware, most of the art and fluff is new (some of the colour schemes are taken from the old Skaven Uniforms and Heraldries book).

The book covers the main three original Clans Pestilens (Morbidus, Feesik and Septik) as well as mentions of lesser and splinter clans. For some reason, each of the Clans superstitiously follow a rule of three with their number – so if one Congregation is banished for heresy, political reason or whatever then another two must be as well even if they were “innocent” of any real crime in Skaven society. Quite funny if you ask me!

  

Speaking of Clan Septik (the one I collect), they have gained a new symbol (yay!) but changed colour to purple?! All is not lost for my green and beige-clad rats however as the book directly mentions the large number of Clans that have split off from Septik and taken their own colours. Such relief!

They do look pretty neat in purple though *temptation growing*

 
Still looking at alternative colour schemes, yellow looks pretty good too! They have runes painted on their cowl, which is a neat touch in going to use in the future.

  
I can’t say I’ve read enough of the book to give a good opinion on the background, so I’ll skip to over viewing the Warscroll Battalions new to this book.

  
There are four in total which together make up the above organisational chart of the various Clan Pestilens factions.

The first one is the Congregation of Filth, consisting of two or more units of Plague Monks as well as a Plague Furnace. This formation improves the charge range of the Monks (20+ size units) and allows the chance to ignore Wounds as well. Both abilities require the Monks being near the Furnace if hadn’t guessed already!

  
The second one is the Foulrain Congregation consisting of a Plague Priest directing three Plagueclaws (catapults). This formation allows the artillery to increase chances to wound and grants to hit re-rolls when concentrating fire on one target. The Priest is used as the lynchpin for one of these abilities but not both.

The third is the Plaguesmog Congregation, pairing 2+ units of Plague Censer Bearers with again a Plague Furnace. Harder to hit with shooting and upgrades the Censer Bearer’s Poisonous Fumes abilities with a new and better version.

  
The final Warscroll Battalion is the big one – the Virulent Procession. This consists of 2+ Congregations of Filth as well as one mighty Verminlord Corruptor. The lowly Monks can choose to take mortal wounds to heal the Verminlord as well as enemies in or near terrain taking damage one per turn.

The only real criticism of this release is that the Plague Monks kit is still horribly outdated by modern Skaven standards! The only formation I would be interested in collecting is the Foulrain one as it doesn’t use Monks at all! True, I am converting my own but the process of making a measly minimum unit size of 5 is long and a lot of work, let alone the 40+ I would need to individually convert to ideally make use of the basic Congregation of Filth.

All in all though, the book looks great and its helped me to get cracking on with some more diseased rats in the meantime!

Hobby Time: Skaven Brood Horror [Unboxing / WIP Part 1]

I got this bad boy in the post yesterday – my first impression when I opened the box was “holy s***!”

 
For £34 I think this model is certainly worth it, the body itself is quite a large chunk of resin and the details are gorgeous in their own grotesque body horror way – diseased growths, maggots and tiny rats crawling out of pick marks in the skin etc.   

 
Of course I had to start cleaning up and assembling the Brood Horror straight away!
  
As expected the limbs don’t perfectly fit flush to the (120mm oval) base! That’s fine however as I used a liberal amount of Milliput to start building up the base. Whilst it was still wet I started adding some old sculpted planks from a previous project.

Usually with my Skaven basing technique I break the planks down and remove the various barnacles and nautical bits I added previously. For such a large base however I kept a lot of the planks intact to represent a makeshift walkway in the muddy swamplands that my basing is supposed to represent!

More work has been done on the model and base since that last desktop WIP shot, which I’ll work in again after I’ve got further ahead with my Clanrat painting pledge for this month.