Games Workshop New Releases
The End Times: Thanquol (Skaven)
It’s been a while since I posted about new releases and I know that these guys have been available for a while now, but I really like these new models, so I wanted to to post about them.
The Skaven prepare to conquer the world above rising up from their vast Under-Empire. Dwarfs, the Empire of Men, and the ancients of Lustria find themselves overwhelmed by the tide of Vermin. How will it ever end?
Warhammer: Thanquol is the fourth instalment of the epic saga of The End Times. Following the story of the Skaven as they burst forth upon the Warhammer world, no hold is secure, and no continent is safe from their pestilence and technology. The Skaven’s story is described over two hardback books which are presented together in a sturdy slipcase.
Warhammer: Thanquol Book 1 is a 232-page book which details the story of the Skaven during the End Times, chronicling the return of the Verminlords, the rise of Grey Seer Thanquol and the alliance of the Children of the Horned Rat with Archaon, the Everchosen.
Warhammer: Thanquol Book 2 is a 64-page rulebook that contains 6 new scenarios inspired by the End Times story and special rules for jungle fighting in Lustria. It also includes background and rules for the full range of new Skaven miniatures, including five Verminlords: Verminlord Corruptor, Verminlord Warbringer, Verminlord Deceiver, Verminlord Warpseer, and Lord Skreech Verminking. As well as this, there are rules and background for the Stormfiends, and Thanquol on the latest incarnation of Boneripper.
I haven’t had the chance to get my hands on any of The End Times since Nagash, but they all seem to be epically beautiful books of joy and I am sure this is no different. Albeit, a little more hairy and verminous.
Verminlord/ Skreech Verminking
The mightiest of all the Verminlords, Skreech Verminking is a legend amongst the Skaven. Possessing phenomenal magical ability, allied with the best traits of the Skaven clans, he is the master of ruin reaping death wherever he walks.
Towering over the rest of the Skaven range, this is a fantastic centrepiece miniature that oozes menace.
Skreech Verminking is armed with a plaguereaper and a doom glaive and has a unique half rotten face.
This multi-part plastic kit can also be made as one of four other Verminlords. Whichever one you choose to assemble the legs and body are used as the core to then add the following details to:
Verminlord Warbringer is armed with a doom glaive and punch-dagger and is notable for featuring a spiked helmet.
Verminlord Warpseer is armed with a doom glaive and scry-orb.
Verminlord Deceiver is armed with a doomstar (in the shape of the Clan Eshin rune) and a warpstiletto. It’s head wears a mask and hood to hide its features.
Verminlord Corruptor is armed with 2 plaguereapers. It has a skull head with broken horns and a mane of long hair.
This multi-option kit is absolutely sumptuous and I genuinely love each build, but I am completely in love with the Verminlord Warbringer. The doom glaive and helmet are just wonderful, but all the blades, tails and horns are amazing.
Thanquol & Boneripper
Thanquol is a grey seer of prodigious ability (some would say luck) who is watched over by his sturdy and loyal, albeit mindless, bodyguard Boneripper. They make a fearsome duo; the arcane might of Thanquol complimenting the savage brawn of his giant rat ogre.
This imposing multipart plastic kit makes one Thanquol and Boneripper. Thanquol himself is armed with the Staff of the Horned Rat (with his unique rune carved into it), and wears a warp-amulet.
Boneripper is a gigantic mutated four-armed rat ogre, covered in brands, stitched-up skin and rune-etched armour. He has a massive power pack on his back and sports a mechanical left leg. He comes with 2 variant heads and can be armed with either a warpfire projectors or warpfire braziers. There is also the option to add a alternate shoulder spike should you wish.
In addition to this there are 21 rats included with this kit. It’s up to you whether you decide to decorate this model with them, or include them amongst the rest of your Skaven collection.
This has been a model that has caused some varied opinions, along with the Stormfiends, but I have to say that I think the big guy and Thanquol look great. (on a side note I nearly passed out laughing after getting the giggles from attempting to pronounce Thanquol in a variety of ways. If anyone has the correct Skaven-accented pronunciation we would greatly appreciate it.
What I love about this model are the magical smoking effects, which I think are unbelievably beautiful on the warpfire braziers build. I am in love with those smoking fists…
However, Toxic assures me that I am completely wrong and has said Boneripper with the braziers reminds him of the above chap from Smash Bros.
The latest creations from the crazed laboratories of Clan Moulder, Stormfiends are hulking brutes stitched together from a variety of body parts. Armed with a deadly array of experimental weaponry, they are able to wade through densely-packed enemies, or single-handedly halt enemy charges with blistering fire-storms.
This multi-part plastic kit makes three Stormfiends that can be assembled with a variety of weapon options. The three Stormfiends each have a unique pose, and warpstone armour that is different for each model. They are covered in all manner of pipes, cables, stitched skin and runes.
Each miniature has the option to be armed with a pair of one of the following: ratling cannon,
grinderfists, doom-flayer gauntlets, shock gauntlets, warpfire projectors or windlaunchers.
These are another controversial set of models that have reminded some people too much of Warhammer 40k, but I really liked these interesting amalgamations of mutated ratmen and wicked weaponry and armour.
These certainly do push the steampunk weaponry of the Skaven to its most technological, but the warpstone, symbols, braziers and experimental weaponry shrieks of Skaven to me.
The End Time keeps pumping out beautiful and epic models that continue to blow my mind.
How are you guys feeling about these new models? Please do let us know and other Allies please feel free to reblog this back with your own comments and thoughts.
- Darth Sebious