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Warhammer Fest 2017 report

A details from the Warhammer Fest Golden Demon Sunday, a day still mostly about 40k Eighth Eidition.

Space marine dreadnought

This was a demo game using the new 40k box set.

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I’m still in two minds over the Eighth Edition Space Marines. The new Chaos models look fab though.

I can’t tell you much about how the new 40k Eighth Edition rules play. As we didn’t get a copy during the Warhammer Fest demo game. The member of GW staff overseeing the game didn’t appear to know them either. He just knew enough to show us how awesome the new marines with plasma guns were; that don’t overload unless super charged.

Forgeworlds only had a single display board at Warhammer Fest this year. Forge World may be facing a few challenges at the moment given the said death of there lead developer. It was disappointing but understandable to see them up staged by the studio for once.

Forgeworld had a few of their new Thunderhawks on display at Warhammer Fest. Its a fantastic model, with some great refinement of the original design. There were some questions about why it didn’t make it into plastic. I understand the resources required to do it would have taken up all 40k development time for a full year. I have heard there may be an attempt to do a smaller new flyer in plastic for the Space Marines. Something more along the lines of a Storm Eagle.

This was the highlight of the new models on display for me. I’m not sure about the new front plate amour. I was told all the blue bits are detachable for ease of painting, also opening up conversion options. Like the Forgeworld Contemptor Dreadnought this model has lots of options for how the kits is built. Including positioning of the legs, arms and even the fingers on the power fist.

There was a fab display for the Warhammer 40k 40th anniversary, including lots of Rogue Trader models. The Rogue trader book was also on sale in the sales area. Spot a very small but impressively scratch build Baneblade at the rear. Also the Landraider and Rhino kit-bashed to make a Spartan and Sabre. I love seeing these old models. They always bring a smile to my face. There were also a few entered into Golden Demon

Somewhat shockingly less space was occupied by the GW sales area! Forge world spanned one of the short sides of the room. GW, specialist games, tee-shirts, black library all had there own area with tills and no queues. It was actually a pleasant and relaxed experience shopping! Although confusing as the sale area closed at 3:30, meaning I spent less than I intended to!

There were 2 full sized Crimson fists patrolling the hall ways. Along with a coupe of Imperial Guard. Keeping the armed police company.

Golden Demon was, as ever, well worth a look. Unfortunately the display screen for the awards didn’t work so I have no idea which models won. Although GW have posted that this was the overall slayer sword winner on their website.

Golden Demon 2017 Slayer Sword Winer
It was an event all about the new edition of 40k. I did get a brief look at the new book, but it was very brief. At only £35 I will be getting it. I did see is has lots of extra missions and expansion rules. Bravo GW. I think most people are excited about the new edition, even if they aren’t so excited about the Primus Space Marines. While the day wasn’t what I had expected it to be, I’ve come away from it feeling very positive and will be going again next year.

This last photo was taken by Jon with no release form. So thanks Simon proving you do Waaaaaaagh  and for being a fantastic sport!