28 Jun 20

Sunday Preview: Calling All Generals!

Fans of the Mortal Realms have a good reason to celebrate, as the 2020 edition of the annual General’s Handbook is just around the corner! Blood Bowl coaches who are looking to mix things up will want to pay close attention as well. Take a look at this week’s video, and then check out the details below. 

No matter how you like to roll in Warhammer Age of Sigmar, there’s something for you in this year’s General’s Handbook. The Warhammer Age of Sigmar Studio has once again analysed feedback and tournament results, and made some points adjustments to help balance the armies. But balance adjustments aren’t all you can expect from this book – you’ll get a new way to play battles in the skies, rules to create your own bespoke heroes, and complete rulesets for multiplayer gaming. In fact, this year’s General’s Handbook is chock full of ways to play games with more than 2 players, whether you’re looking for a narrative experience with deal-making and back-stabbing or want to throw down with the balanced tactical challenge of a war on two fronts, this year’s General’s Handbook has you covered and then some.  

If you like to stay organised, you’ll want to grab the Warlord Edition, which includes tokens and reference cards to help your games run smoothly. 

If you just want the book and Pitched Battle Profiles booklet, the General’s Handbook 2020 is also available in standard softback and ePub editions. 

We’ll dig deeper into the contents later this week, but suffice to say if you play Warhammer Age of Sigmar, you don’t want to skip this essential update.

Prefer your fantasy setting a little sillier and involving more touchdowns? We got you. 

The next Blood Bowl team is, well… complicated. Spike! Journal 9 is focused on hybrid teams with unlikely combinations of players from multiple teams hitting the pitch in volatile alliances. But, they’re united in a common purpose – winning games! 

Grab this issue to learn about three different categories of mixed teams – Chaos Renegades, Underworld Denizens and Old World Alliance Teams. You’ll discover why they formed – including some hilarious dugout mishaps and violent misunderstandings – the best ways to coach them to victory, and how their rosters and Star Players work in your games. There will also be puns. Lots of puns.  

Order Spike! Journal 9 in a standard 36-page softback magazine format and digital ePub editions. 

If you don’t already have all the constituent models to put together a mixed team, you’re going to love these mashup kits!

Underworld Creepers

This box mixes and matches the contents of both the Goblin and Skaven teams in one kit. You’ll also get extra balls, team tokens, and trackers since both teams’ accessories are included on their respective frames. It’s a really cool way to enjoy more of the incredible Blood Bowl model range while coaching just one team! Plus, each team member has a unique pose since no sprues are repeated! You’ll also find a combined Underworld Creepers transfer sheet so you can give them a unified look. Now, if only you could make them get along better…

Middenheim Maulers

While we’ve seen Chaos Renegades and Underworld Denizens in previous editions of Blood Bowl, this cracking new team of the ‘good guys’ comprises Human, Dwarf, and Halfling players. This mix makes for a very well-rounded team (and we’re not just talking about the little fellers’ ample bellies) that hits hard and can handle just about anything. Alongside the players, you’ll get team accessories and balls from the Human and Dwarf frames in the kit. 

Make sure you order the Old World Alliance Team Card Pack to keep track of the many positions, stats, and special rules during your games. 

Of course, these teams need somewhere to play their games, and this double-sided pitch will cover both Old World Alliance and Underworld Denizens arenas. These themed pitches really evoke the exciting mashup of cultures represented in each team, and include matching dugouts for each. 

That adrenaline-fuelled sports action got you all wound up? Wind down with some new reading material from Black Library

The fourth book in the Siege of Terra series jumps straight into the action as the traitors tighten their grip on Terra. Rogal Dorn marshalls the vast Imperial hosts to hold the line, but how long can they withstand such a potent invading army? This Saturday, you’ll be able to find out as you can order the hardback, eBook and MP3 audiobook versions of Dan Abnett’s compelling story. 

Talking of Siege of Terra, the second book in the series is out soon in a paperback edition. You don’t want to miss this one, as the war moves from the cold void of space to the initial bombardment and the landing of traitorous ground forces on the soil of Terra itself. Pre-order The Lost and the Damned from this Saturday.

The cursed Twinned Towns of Westreach and Eastdale in Shyish are cursed. The hosts of Lady Olynder rise once in each generation to slaughter the unlucky inhabitants. Now, a new discovery offers a glimmer of hope that might lead to breaking the curse – will Jahangir rise up to free his people? Pre-order this chilling novel in hardback, eBook and MP3 audiobook editions from this Saturday. 

The Adepta Sororitas stand against the tide of corruption and witchcraft that plague the Imperium Nihilus. This tale of faith and fire explores the Sisters’ role in the grim reality of the Dark Imperium, as they fight to protect the loyal citizens trying to survive in these challenging times. Pre-order the paperback next weekend!  

Mad D’onne’s wanton bloodshed may have gone too far, even for such a lawless wasteland as the Necromundan underhive. This story tells the tale of a Scrutinator Primus tasked with tracking her down and bringing her to justice – will she succeed? Soulless Fury will soon be available to pre-order in paperback and eBook. 

Inferno! magazine was the original Black Library publication, bringing Warhammer fans regular bite-sized chunks of stories, comics and more. Ten of these classic issues will be available to Print on Demand in perfect facsimiles of the original magazine. They’ll be available for two weeks only – don’t miss your chance to own these pieces of Warhammer history.

Warhammer TV Shows for Everyone!

Our lineup of programming on Twitch continues to go from strength to strength, with something for all Warhammer fans. Take a look at the schedule and pencil in your favourite shows so you don’t miss a thing. 

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Check back here this week for more Faction Focus articles covering some of your favourite forces in the 41st Millennium, plus more information about the General’s Handbook, and loads more. Stay safe out there, and don’t forget to share your hobby progress online by tagging your social media posts with #WarhammerCommunity.