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Games Workshop Warhammer 40k Black Templars Army Set

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If you’re a big fan of narrative crusade play for Warhammer 40,000 then you won’t be disappointed by the offerings found in here.

It is somewhat confusing to me that the Sword Brother is on a 40mm base while the other 2W 3+ dudes are on 32s, but that’s probably for parity with the standalone Primaris Sword Brethren. More than ever, there is something for everyone – although I do wish it would talk straight to us fans a bit more.The new Black Templars rules are both a proper step into making the tabletop army feel distinct, personal, and stylish again – and a significant upgrade to the Templars’ competitive power. I would also like to touch real quick on the kitbash potential of using these dudes as regular Intercessors or whatever, as I’m sure someone out there has had this idea. I gave mine the hand flamer, rebreather, and power axe options to recreate my old Templar captain, Siegward, but the crown, plasma pistol, and sword options are all lovely too. But, by the time I waded joyfully back into the nerd quicksand of Warhammer, with 40k’s 8th Edition launch in 2017, the Templars were woefully forgotten relics themselves – bereft of rules, never seen at competitive tables, and generally consigned to Warhammer’s well-populated, eternal waiting room of once-loved factions, forever to await rebirth and rejuvenation. Alex Evans Alex is the gaming omnivore, clumsy escapist, and award-winning nerd who’s captained the good ship Wargamer from its 2021 relaunch to now.

Either way, as a tier one team in the Lustrian Superleague, their natural athleticism, agility, and propensity to violence make them brutal practitioners of Blood Bowl. Every Khemrian Blood Bowl team is held together, quite literally, by a liche priest – an ancient wizard who also fulfils the usual roles of a head coach. Once you start looking inside, well, it’s mostly a tale of righteous ecstasy, and the satisfaction of good things coming to those who wait. Leading the charge is the stunning new Emperor’s Champion, and ensuring that the correct vows are uttered and devotions followed is a Marshal. The Marshal goes together more or less how you would expect – he’s a modern GW plastic character kit, so it’s more or less just one pose for this guy.The choice of the Redemptor Dreadnought is, in my view, the only serious, slightly bitter disappointment, in an otherwise rapturous pleasure of a box that Templar fans can only welcome with open arms. These miniatures are supplied unpainted and require assembly - we recommend using Citadel Plastic Glue and Citadel paints.

You’ll also end up with a spare cape that can be jammed on any ol’ Primaris body, meaning you can kitbash a suitably cool Sword Brother or Marshal. The Marshal is a fun model to throw together, and he was a great way to get the ball rolling on this box. The good thing about GW being a vast, global games company now is that it can make more than one or two things at a time, and serve a wider variety of different tastes.

There’s no standalone rules for a squad of those chumps so you’d be stuck leaving them in the bits box or using them as a regular Scout squad. There was a considerable chance Geedubs had over-egged the pudding; that this box, and its all-important codex, would turn out an infuriating, misleading anti-climax. The blend of classic artwork and new pieces are beautiful, Maxime Corbeil’s Crusade force is downright aspirational, and the collector’s edition cover whips ass. For these kits you get: the Emperor’s Champion, a Marshal, a Primaris Crusader Squad and a Redemptor Dreadnaught. The only thing that could top it would be a Craftworld Eldar full refresh, with another Phil Kelly book of course!

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