This Week in Warhammer – Rise of the First Prince

Broken Realms: Be’lakor

Games Workshop have previewed the latest round of pre-orders, including the return of the first Daemon Prince Be’lakor to Broken Realms.

As with all Sunday previews, Games Workshop released a recap video discussing some of the upcoming releases, as well as the kind of articles and content fans can expect to find this week on the Warhammer Community site and the official Warhammer TV Twitch channel.

The ongoing Broken Realms series continues with Broken Realms: Be’lakor. This third book in the series will further advance Age of Sigmar‘s current narrative arc, which sees famous individuals in the lore leading the charge forward in realm-shattering battles that will alter the course of the game’s setting.

The focus of this latest book is the return of Be’lakor, the first Daemon Prince, who has made an unholy pact to challenge his archrival Archaon for control of the forces of Chaos. The book will also be available in a limited run special edition.

Be’lakor’s return is heralded by a gigantic new plastic kit befitting his stature as the first Daemon Price, which will finally replace his ancient resin model that has long since been dwarfed by Games Workshop’s many other increasingly huge centerpiece models.

If you don’t play Age of Sigmar then don’t worry, the new Be’lakor is also usable in 40k, and features options to decorate his base with the corpse of a hapless Chaos Warrior or Primaris Lieutenant. Regardless of which game you play, expect a complete rules overhaul for Be’lakor to emphasis his gigantic new presence on the field.

While Broken Realms: Be’lakor focuses primarily on the titular Daemon Prince and his campaign to challenge the Everchosen, players of other factions have new fiction and rules to look forward to as well. The book will contain new rules for Stormcast Eternals, Nighthaunt, Kharadron Overlords, and Seraphon.

Stormcast Eternals and Nighthaunt will be getting new heroes as well, with Stormcast getting the leader of the Hallowed Knights, Gardus Steel Soul, and the Nighthaunt getting the Krulghast Cruciator.

Following the trend of previous Broken Realms books, Be’lakor will release alongside four new battalion boxes. Each box contains what you need to run some of the new battalions in the book. These include:

  • Atra’zan’s Blazing Cavalcade, consisting of a Herald of Tzeentch on Burning Chariot, 10 Pink Horrors, 10 Blue Horrors, and 10 Brimstone Horrors.
  • The Celestial Stampede, consisting of 2 Stegadons and a Bastiladon.
  • The Sorrowmourn Choir, consisting of Lady Olynder, 10 Dreadscythe Harridans and 8 Myrmourn Banshees.
  • Drongon’s Aether-Runners, consisting of an Endrinmaster with Dirigible Suit, 3 Engrinriggers, and 3 Skywardens.

Forge World will be releasing a pair of dwarven heroes for the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game. These include King Dáin Ironfoot, and Thorin III ‘Stonehelm’; both of which can be added to your Erebor army. Meanwhile, Adeptus Titanicus players can acquire new Titan-class volkite weapons for their Warhounds, Reavers, and Warlords.

Finally, Black Library has a pair of new novels to look forward to. Inferno! is a collection of 10 Age of Sigmar and 40k short stories, while the Siege of Terra continues in the hardback general release version of Mortis by John French. Mortis is also available in eBook and audiobook versions. Duty Calls, the fifth book in the beloved Ciaphas Cain series, will also be getting an audiobook version.

That’s all for the upcoming Games Workshop preorders and This Week in Warhammer news. All of these items will be up for preorder on the 17th, and will get a full release the following Saturday.

Throughout the week, the Warhammer Community site will run articles teasing rules from the upcoming books and models, and the Warhammer TV Twitch channel will run a variety of hobby streams.


Which of these new models and books caught your attention? Will you be getting any of them when they release? Tell us in the comments below!

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Frank was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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