Games Workshop announced the preorder date for their upcoming Warhammer 40K: Indomitus box. Meanwhile several distributors and stores leaked/confirmed the box’s retail price.
The new two-player box (not a starter box, mind you) will be available for preorder starting July 11, 2020. The preorder will run for two weeks and will ensure that anyone, gamer or hobbyist, has an opportunity to get the box if they want. The new edition will arrive on the tabletop July 25.
For the million dollar question, though, what will the box cost?
Based on several well known stores and distributors, the Indomitus box will retail for a mere $200 (US). When they previewed the box, Games Workshop said that the value of the box would save players over 50% compared to buying the models individually. Given that there are 61 models and the new core rule book (not to mention the transfer sheets and Edge of Silence booklet), the $200 price tag seems great to me.
Of course, it should be noted that this is not a starter box. It doesn’t include any of the measurement tools or dice that a new player would need to get the battle going on the tabletop. That being said, the amount of models included and the new edition’s focus on smaller scale battles, the set looks to still be a good value for anyone.
Will you be adding the Indomitus box to your collection or will you be passing on this? Let us know in the comments below.
This was not something I thought I would be doing, not five years ago or five years from now. If you have been following our Instagram account (if you aren’t, you’re missing out), then you know last week we took a step into the grimdark future of Warhammer 40K.
This was a game I swore I wasn’t going to get into because it seemed like a huge time and money sink. That opinion hasn’t changed, but my interest in the game has grown more as I’ve watched more community videos during this time of isolation and boredom. Plus, the game is one that a friend in my playgroup really seems to enjoy so it’ll be nice to play a different type of game to the rotation.
I decided, however, that the road for this journey is going to begin slightly askew of the main game proper and jump into Warhammer 40K: Kill Team. Having played games like Marvel Crisis Protocol and the Batman Miniatures Game, I have a general leaning towards smaller scale skirmish games. This game seems like the logical bridging/gateway title to Warhammer 40,000. Of course, I understand that the game has a different rule set, but it gives me a chance to better familiarize myself with the models, lore, and general aspects of the game.
I spent the weekend assembling the terrain.
Before now, I’d primarily only ever assembled MDF terrain and the plastic terrain from Marvel Crisis Protocol. The Crisis Protocol terrain offered very little in terms of customization out of the box, save for rather or not to put the taxi sign on the cars. I was pleasantly surprised by the additional bits, like various hanging wires and cables, that could be sprinkled about.
Then I began tackling the Tau portion of the starter box yesterday. I currently have built the DS8 Tactical Support Turret (Smart Missile System variant) and the Drones (a MV1 Gun variant and a MV4 Shield variant). Clean up and assembly was pretty straight forward.
I hope to get to the Tau forces later this week or this weekend. Its so different building models for a game where what you equip on them physically affects what they can or cannot do in game. All other miniature games I’ve played the upgrades are represented by cards and not the physical models themselves. So this is definitely a slight learning curve in terms of gaming and hobby.
This was a short and sweet one, folks.
Until next time, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.
I’ll be the first to admit I know next to nothing about the game outside what I’ve been researching. I’ve been debating getting into Killteam for months but could never decide on a faction I’ve wanted to actually try playing. The latest 2-player box they put out made for a tempting purchase, but neither side really spoke to me.
Then they teased their new line of plastic Sisters of Battle and I was like, “That looks like a faction I’d like!”
The new Sisters of Battle box comes with 25 new plastic miniatures, ranging from the leader Canones to a towering Penitent Engine. The models are monopose, which I have seen some disappointment raised via members of the community. As someone who has never played with or assembled anything by Games Workshop, I sort of appreciate the single use pose of the miniatures. Then again I’ve never been big on conversions or alternate sculpts, mainly because I can be so indecisive on permanent decisions like that (or that I’d need one of each pose/option).
The one thing I can see a creative issue with is the Penitent Engine. The new one looks like a simple torture murder machine. The original looks like something being piloted by a martyr or a believer in a cause. I know that is weird to say, but I can’t figure out a better way to explain that.
Again, though, that is purely a cosmetic, artistic preference. Even with my dislike of most metal models (thinks to a particular superhero line), I may have to pick up one or two of the original Penitent Engines before Games Workshop completely discontinues the metal line.
Along with the miniatures, the box includes everything a player would need to play- an exclusive edition of the Codex: Adepta Sororitas, Adepta Sororitas Datacards, 12 dice, an Adepta Sororitas transfer sheet, and a Warhammer 40,000 core rules booklet. The interesting part about the included Codex is, aside from the fantastic art featured on the cover, the book is not an abridged edition of the Sisters of Battle book. It is the updated hardcover edition of the full thing.
I am definitely a fan of this set, if for no other reason than it is the first set in a long time from Games Workshop that I’ve seen and have been interested in from the get go. The announcement article also mentions that this is just the beginning of a large Adepta Sororitas range. It would be awesome to get into the range at the ground level.
That being said, though, I am hoping that they don’t price this one at a point where that interest would be lost. Yes, there are long time players that’ll want to pick this box up, but this should be the ideal product to hook new players. It has everything, short of terrain, to get a player on the tabletop and playing. If they keep this product in the $149-$169 price range, I see myself preordering it. At ~$200, I’d be a bit more cautious about the purchase. Anything over $200 and it’ll be a pass. Yes, I’m aware of Games Workshop’s pricing structure, but doesn’t mean that I have to like it.
What do you all think? Is this a pass or a day one purchase? To the long standing Warhammer 40K players out there, does the switch to plastic, monopose miniatures sway your decision one way or the other?
Until next time, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.