Posted 12/01/2020

Pre-order Preview: Sisters of Battle, Sorcerers, and Secrets

Another week, another set of incredible releases. We’ve got some smashing new models for Adepta Sororitas, the next instalment of Psychic Awakening, and a little treat for fans of Dark Angels.

Adepta Sororitas

You’ve already seen the Penitent Engine, but you’ll still be surprised how much stuff is packed onto these sprues. The kit includes two of these bizarre machines, with loads of cosmetic and weapon options so they never have to look the same. Which is good, because they’re so effective on the battlefield you’ll want loads of them. Kit them out with flails to smash through light to medium infantry or buzz-blades for chopping up big beasties and enemy armour. With two in the box, why not go for one of each?

This kit also allows you to build them as a brand new unit – Mortifiers are piloted by Sisters Repentia who’ve been given the ultimate sanction for fleeing from battle. Don’t let their previous cowardice fool you – they’ve still got the formidable stats and special rules you’d expect from a Battle Sister.

The unit can include an Anchorite – Sisters who not only fled but betrayed their Order as well – in a sarcophagus that both prevents them from the release of death and forever isolates them from their peers.

Speaking of penitent soldiers seeking absolution through combat, a full kit for Arco-flagellants is coming up for pre-order this weekend. You’ll find ten models in a wide variety of poses, with enough flail and head options to create all kinds of different looks. You can even build one as the notorious Damien 1427, first seen in the larger-scale Inquisitor game way back in 2001.

To further support your Sisters of Battle, the Exorcist has arrived to play them a little pipe-organ hymnal, complete with a built-in percussion section in the form of high explosives. This brutal battle tank fires two different types of weapon, but both fill the air with the screams of heretics to make a perfect accompaniment to their solemn dirges.

The Hospitaller is one of the most striking models in this army, and soon you can secure (at least) one for yourself. Not only is it an absolutely stunning character, rendered as a vignette of last rites being administered, but in battle, they can restore Wounds and even return casualties to the fight! They’re a massive force multiplier, and the kit comes with a choice of heads because you’re going to want a couple of them in your army!

If you’re looking for an inspirational leader for your Adepta Sororitas, Canoness Superior of the Order of Our Martyred Lady, Judith Eruita, will fit the bill nicely. Standing atop the most magnificent floating pulpit you’ve ever seen,* she offers fiery words to inspire the troops and, well, actual fire from ornate heavy flamers, plus the deadly Mace of Castigation. This model’s sure to be a hit with collectors too, bringing together so many of the overarching themes of Warhammer 40,000 in one model, replete with archaic gothic detail.


Psychic Awakening: Ritual of the Damned

The next chapter of the unfurling Psychic Awakening saga is almost here. Ritual of the Damned tells the tale of Magnus and the Thousand Sons, who seek to use the infernal energies unleashed by the Great Rift to further their own diabolical plans. They’re opposed by both the Dark Angels Chapter of Space Marines and the elite Daemon-hunting Grey Knights.

This 88-page book is packed with new background material for all three factions, plus loads of new rules for each of them. There’s a lot to unpack, so keep an eye* out this week as we take a closer look at the updates. Ritual of the Damned will be available in standard hardback and eBook editions.

As with the rest of the series, you’ll also be able to order a beautiful collector’s edition, including 16 extra pages with four short stories** and additional artwork, plus the soft-touch cover with wrap-around art, black page edges and a ribbon bookmark. Show your allegiance to Tzeentch or to the secretive soldiers of the Dark Angels and Grey Knights with this impressive tome.

The forces of the Dark Angels are bolstered not only by the new rules in the book but by Master Lazarus, Primaris Captain of the 5th Company. He’s crossed the Rubicon Primaris but still looks every bit a Dark Angel in his new armour, surveying the battlefield with a withering gaze, his winged helm in one hand and his sword, Enmity’s Edge, in the other.

You can also build this model as a Primaris Master, armed with a bolt carbine with special issue ammunition and a power fist, including a helmeted option and a bare head with a bionic eye.


The Hollow Mountain is the second book in the Vaults of Terra series from Chris Wraight, picking up where The Carrion Throne left off, and it will soon be available in paperback. Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl and his Interrogator Spinoza are about to uncover secrets that might make you reassess everything you think you know about Holy Terra.

Also soon to be released in paperback, Anarch is the latest Gaunt’s Ghost book from the esteemed Dan Abnett. Everything has led to this moment – the titanic battle for Urdesh has begun. Will Ibram Gaunt and his legendary Ghosts ultimately prevail against the sinister Anarch and his Sons of Sek? And if they do succeed, what price will they pay to achieve victory?


All of this will be available to pre-order this coming weekend! Keep an eye out for more information about these releases throughout the week. Don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter to make sure you never miss an important announcement! 


* Baleful and cyclopean, or otherwise – we don’t judge.
** Previously published right here on the Warhammer Community website!