Thursday, September 20, 2012

Forge World Newsletter #317 - Cataphractii Terminators, Weapon Sets, Legion Command Upgrades

As always all the important bits below:

Hi there, It’s only three days until Games Day UK, and the question on everyone’s lips is ‘How much more awesome can Forge World have to reveal?’
Well, we’ve still got plenty to tell you about, starting with the announcement in today’s newsletter of  no less than seven more kits that will be on sale, in limited numbers, for the first time at Games Day UK...

Games Day UK Pre-release Kits
Cataphractii Pattern Terminators and Weapon Sets

Terminator armour is the finest protective wargear in the arsenal of the Legiones Astartes. Several different Tactical Dreadnought Armour patterns were developed roughly concurrently by different Forge Worlds during the later decades of the Great Crusade, and most of these, such as the Indomitus, Tartaros and Saturnine patterns, were functionally identical.

Cataphractii Pattern was amongst the first issued, and suits of this type were even more heavily protected than their contemporaries. Slab-like ceramite pauldrons housed additional shield generators, although this formidable protection came at the cost of the wearer’s speed, and the trade between agility and survivability meant that this pattern was beginning to decline among some Legions at the outbreak of the Heresy.

Designed by Will Hayes, the iconic Cataphractii Pattern Terminators is a set of 5 detailed multi-part resin models which includes an optional bare head and a grenade harness. Will has also designed three weapons sets. The Cataphractii Power Fist set contains 5 combi-bolters, a power sword, 4 power fists and a chainfist, while the Cataphractii Power Axe set contains 5 power axes, a power sword and 5 combi-bolters. The third set is the Cataphractii Special Weapons Set, comprising two sets of lightning claws, two thunder hammers, a power sword, a power maul, a chainfist, a plasma blaster, a twin-linked autocannon and a heavy flamer.

Rules for fielding squads of Cataphractii Pattern Terminators can be found in the Space Marine Legion army list contained in The Horus Heresy Book I: Betrayal.

Space Marine Legion Command Upgrade Packs
The Legiones Astartes maintains the ancient martial traditions of Terra; their officers and sergeants often marking themselves out with a helmet crest in the manner of the Romanii of Ancient Terra, while each squad, company and Chapter bears a standard as a rallying point in the midst of battle, and a spur to glory. Each squad maintains constant co-ordination with other elements of their Legion, be they in orbit or in other theatres of war on a given world, using so-called nuncio-voxes which are often built into a modified power armour backpack and helm.

Will Hayes and Mark Bedford have designed sets of MkII, MkIII and MkIV Legion Command Upgrades for use with our Armour Marks. Each set contains two crested officer’s helmets, two vexilla icons and two nuncio-vox helmets and backpacks. These detailed resin components each allow you to represent several squad upgrades from the Space Marine Legion army list in The Horus Heresy Book I: Betrayal on the tabletop.

All seven of these fantastically detailed kits will be on sale in limited numbers at Games Day UK, in advance of their scheduled release date.

Must say the new upgrades are great for ultramarine and imperial fist players even if they arent playing preheresy armies, some very very awesome upgrades, certainly considering the comms models for a deathwatch character!

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