Saturday, March 20, 2010

News: Forgeworld Newsletter #232

Hi all, Slick here. It's been a while since we've had a Forgeworld Newsletter and this latest one is massive! There are several new releases coming. The Ravenguard are getting the door upgrade treatment with chapter-specific doors for their vehicles. Elysians are getting upgrades for Valkyries with passengers for the transport compartment. Perhaps the coolest preview here is the new Tauros vehicle variant which features either a grenade launcher or heavy flamer! An Elysian army featuring several units of these buggies would look amazing! Last but not least, there is of course a ton of information for the upcoming Forgeworld Open Day, if anyone does have the chance to go, it should be an amazing event!

"Hi There,
The Forge World Open Day is fast approaching, and we can reveal more details of what will be a fantastic show in this newsletter, along with a reminder that once again it is completely free to attend the event. We also have news of exclusive new kits that you will be able to buy on the day, as well as details of more exciting events in our 2010 show calendar.

Ead Brown

Forge World Open Day 2010 – Sunday 28th March
The Open Day is a great chance to come along and see what we have in store for you in the coming year, and all of our studio staff will be there for you to come and talk to. You’ll be able to see work-in-progress miniatures and artwork, as well as proof copies of the forthcoming Imperial Armour Volume 8: Raid on Kastorel-Novem. We will also have exciting, as-yet unseen models, participation games and much more.
Doors open at 10am and the Open Day itself will continue until 4pm. No ticket is required, and admission is free at the door.

Sneak Peeks and New Releases
As well as previewing future projects on the Studio stand, we will have a limited quantity of some of them available for you to buy. We will reveal more just before the event, but for now we can whet your appetite with details of some of these new releases:

Raven Guard Rhino, Land Raider, and Terminator Land Raider Doors
Valkyrie Sky TalonThe Raven Guard specialise in lightning attacks; demoralising raids from the shadows on the foe’s vulnerable supply lines that weaken and confuse the main strength of an enemy force. When the time is right, ebony-clad Space Marines will launch an overwhelming assault, their stark white heraldry gleaming as they slaughter the enemies of Mankind. While a Raven Guard strike force is predominantly composed of Assault Marines, heavy equipment is also used – the armoured vehicles of the Chapter are honoured relics, lovingly maintained and embellished by skilled artificers to display their battle honours and Chapter heraldry.

These vehicle upgrade sets, designed by Simon Egan, are ideal for use on all types of Space Marine tanks – each contains replacement side doors and a front hatch suitable for use on all Rhino chassis tanks such as Predators and Whirlwinds, and all Land Raider variants. Two sets of Land Raider doors are available, one featuring additional Crux Terminatus icons. Click here to view images of these doors used on different types of Space Marine vehicles.

Elysian Troops for Valkyrie
Ork Kil BlastaThis fantastic upgrade set for the plastic Valkyrie allows you to embellish the interior of the transport with a squad of Elysian Drop troops prepping in the moments before an assault – the troopers are all highly distinctive; checking weapons, talking amongst themselves and discussing the mission over a dataslate. The set contains a full Drop Troop squad of 10 seated troopers carrying a variety of equipment, as well as lasguns mag-clamped to the roof of the Valkyrie. The detailed heads of each trooper could also be used to add variety to a standard Elysian squad with some conversion work. You can find pictures of these incredible miniatures, designed by Simon Egan and Will Hayes, here.

Elysian Tauros Assault Vehicle
Ork Kil BlastaThe Tauros Venator is but one variant of this multi-purpose assault vehicle - the ‘standard’ 4-wheel Tauros is used by the Elysian regiments as a long-range scout vehicle, mounting potent anti-personnel firepower in the form of either a Heavy Flamer or Tauros Grenade Launcher. Its four wheels are individually powered by advanced high-yield galvanic motors, allowing it to maintain speed even with damaged tyres – often a crucial edge when faced with superior enemy firepower. This detailed model, designed by Will Hayes, is a full resin kit that comes with options for a Heavy Flamer or Grenade Launcher as well as two resin crew, designed by Simon Egan. The Tauros can be transported in either a Valkyrie Sky Talon or a standard Valkyrie, which the model will physically fit into. See pictures of the Tauros Venator here.

New Forge World Weathering Powders
Our penultimate Open Day release is a new set of our popular Weathering Powders – this new range of eight pigments compliments and expands the six powders currently available. The new powders are Aged Rust, Light Rust, Bone Dust, Faded Green, Dark Iron, Dry Mud, Fresh Mud and Medium Earth, and are available both individually and as a full set – our talented Studio designers will also be demonstrating how to work with Weathering Powders throughout the day, so make sure you stop at their stand.

Ork Runt Bot and Grot – 2010 Show Only model
Ork Kil BlastaThis fantastic figure, designed by Mark Bedford, is our exclusive Event-Only figure for 2010. Meks are always keen to test their bionik designs on the battlefield, and if no suitable ‘patients’ are available they will build a Runt Bot; a huge, clanking parody of an Ork warrior powered by a rumbling engine and directed into battle by a plucky Grot, who will be provided with a ‘kontrol pad’ for the mechanical warrior. This finely detailed and striking vignette depicts the Grot controller perched precariously on the shoulder of the Runt Bot, wrestling with the joystick in an effort to direct the shearing claws of the monstrosity. This great miniature can be used to represent a Warboss with the Bionic Body upgrade, a Nob in Mega-Armour, or simply as a centrepiece or painting project. You can find pictures of the Runt Bot and Grot Kontroller here.

All these great kits will be available to purchase in limited numbers from our Sales stand at the Open Day – you can also place a reservation order for all these items, but as we don’t yet know what quantities we’ll have on the day we will not be able to confirm reservations until the very last few days before the show.

Attractions and Activities
Ork StompasAs well as all the pre-release miniatures that our designers will be showing off, we will have many other fantastic displays and activities. You’ll be able to view the Forge World Studio’s Kastorel-Novem Ork board in all its glory, as our talented designers have expanded what you might have seen at Games Day UK last year.

We will also have two great participation games: Firstly, our ever-popular Warhammer 40,000-scale Aeronautica Imperialis game which will allow you to take command of either the noble Imperial Navy, a valiant Tau Air Cadre or a crack skwadrun of Ork Fightas and do battle in high-G dogfights to rack up the highest kill tally.

Reaver vs StompaWe will be unveiling a brand-new, giant Apocalypse participation game for this year, which sees an Adeptus Titanicus battlegroup supported by Imperial Guard tanks take on the savage might of a Goff Ork Stompa mob and their Speed Freek allies – skill, tactics and the ancient might of the Titan Legions face off against raw aggression, savagery, and the brutal genius of the Mekboyz.

Our sales stand will carry a wide range of Forge World kits, but you also can place a reservation order. This is the best way of getting exactly what you want, as we will ensure your order is packaged up and waiting for you at the Reservation point on our stand. You will be able to collect it at any point across the day, which means that you can spend more time enjoying the rest of the show – reservation orders must reach us by March 23rd.

To place a reservation, just send an e-mail to including your name and a list of everything you’d like to reserve, and title your e-mail ‘Open Day Reservation’. You can also place a reservation order by telephone – just call 0115 916 8177 and a member of the Customer Service team will be pleased to assist you.

You can also bring your painted Forge World models and enter our painting competition – the model we judge as the Best in Show will win renown, honour and a unique trophy so make sure to bring your finest work.

Once again we’ll also be running our Charity Raffle – tickets are £1 each and all proceeds will be donated to Children In Need: this year the prize will be the mighty Reaver Titan. You can, as always, purchase as many tickets as you like and the draw will be made at the very end of the day – this is your chance to win a Titan for a pound!

The Warhammer World facilities will be open as normal so you can visit the store, take a look around the Citadel Miniatures Hall and admire the many jaw-dropping gaming tables created by the Scenery Team.
Food and refreshments will again be available in Bugman’s Bar throughout the day – they will even be serving a breakfast menu to start you off in the morning.
If you need directions to the event you can get them from the Warhammer World website Here, and you can find more details of the show on our website Here.

Games Day France and Salute 2010
Forge World will be attending Games Day France on April 18th at the Parc Floral de Paris, and Salute on April 24th at the Excel Centre in London – more details for each of these shows can be found on our Events pages.

We are now taking reservations for Games Day France and for Salute – just send an e-mail to including your name and a list of everything you’d like to reserve, and title your e-mail ‘Games Day France Reservation’ or ‘Salute Reservation’. You can also place a reservation order by telephone – just call 0115 916 8177 if you live within the UK; 00 44 115 916 8177 from much of Europe or 011 44 916 8177 from the US and Canada.

New Forge World Catalogue Now Available!
Our new 2010 catalogue is available now. If you would like a free copy of the Forge World 2010 catalogue, please send an e-mail with your name and full postal address to – we’ll also pay the postage for it.
Alternatively, you can request a catalogue by telephone. Just call 0115 916 8177 from the UK; 011 44 115 916 8177 from the United States or Canada; or 00 44 115 916 8177 from much of Europe, and our Customer Service team will be happy to take your details.
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