That’s why we’ve cut to the chase with the best Warhammer Fest reveals below. Want to catch up on the headlines quickly without hitting information overload? We’ve got the most important info below on everything from Codex updates to the additions to the best board games in the Warhammer world.
Space tricycles and Squats
Following the Leagues of Votann reveal, we now have our first look at a new version of the iconic Squat ‘tricycle’. Rather than being a wheeled bike like the original model from the 1980s, this version of the Imperial Chopper is much chunkier and hovers around the battlefield. That meshes better with the League’s technological focus (because they’re an offshoot of humanity, they wield long-lost gear now defining ‘heretical’ by other human categories).
We don’t know much else about the machine itself, but the rider’s outfit gives off 1920s biplane pilot vibes. Although there’s a good chance this was chosen simply because it looks cool, it (along with the trike’s very industrial design of pipes and plating) could also indicate a more dieselpunk-inspired theme for the army at large. That’d certainly jive with the cliché of technologically-advanced dwarves in fantasy, and would also mirror Age of Sigmar’s steampunk-influenced Kharadron Overlords.
Speaking of fantasy influences, these space dwarves are getting back into mining with a trip to the Necromunda: Ash Wastes game. ‘Squat Prospectors’ are meant to have abandoned the League long ago so are a little grungier, but they still share a design language with previously-released Votann artwork. As such, they might give us a better idea of what to expect from Votann models in terms of weaponry and style – namely, they emphasize heavy weapons, have distinctive dome helmets, and utilize mining gear in battle.
Warhammer 40,000 Chaos reinforcements
After the unveiling of new Chaos Space Marines earlier this year, we finally have eyes-on the models themselves. Some of them, anyway – Games Workshop showed off reworked Cultists, Possessed, and an updated Demon Prince that can be used for Warhammer 40,000 or Warhammer: Age of Sigmar (Warhammer Community notes that it will be “a match for the best the Dark Millennium” has to offer”, so we suspect it’ll be as infamous as the previous version).We were given a glimpse of the genuinely unsettling Tormented and Mutants, too. Both represent humans twisted by the powers of the Warp, but the former are further along in their journey – whatever’s left of them hangs from a clutch of extra heads and claws, so they’re good for intimidating the foe if nothing else. They’re also a good bit more horrifying than the old Chaos Spawn sculpts.