This Week in Warhammer – Soulblight Gravelords, Space Marines, and the Scions of Mars

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Games Workshop have previewed the Warhammer pre-orders coming this weekend; full of Soulblight Gravelords, Space Marines, Necrons, and the latest Adeptus Mechanicus codex.

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 official Warhammer TV Twitch channel.

Unsurprisingly, the next batch of Age of Sigmar releases are all about the new Soulblight Gravelords faction. The next pre-order wave finishes up releasing the faction’s new models from the recent battletome, and focuses specifically on the bestial Vyrkos bloodline. This includes Belladamma Volga (First of the Vyrkos), Kritza (the Rat Prince), Lady Annika (The Thirsting Blade), Radukar the Beast, and the brand new Direwolves plastic kit.

Speaking of Radukar, the original version of Radukar and his court are getting individual releases. Radukar the Wolf and his minions were originally released several weeks back as part of the Cursed City board game’s boss encounters, but are also useable within Age of Sigmar as part of the Soulblight Gravelords. Radukar and his court will only be available directly through the Games Workshop webstore.

Capping off the Soulblight Gravelords is a Start Collecting! box, which is a bit of a surprise, as most new factions have to wait around a year to get a starter box set. In this case, its probably because most of the models are really old kits. The set includes five Black Knights, 20 Grave Guard, and the brand new Wight King on Skeletal Steed, which is currently exclusive to this Start Collecting! box.

The last bit of new releases for the Mortal Realms are Kainan’s Reapers, the first Ossiarch Bonereapers warband for the card-driven board game, Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm.


Warhammer 40,000 is getting a ton of new releases too, most notably the Adeptus Mechanicus codex that was announced a while back. This book will update the AdMech to 9th Edition standards, and will also collect all of the faction’s new releases from the Psychic Awakening series in one place.

The book will contain rules for the Skitarii Marshal too; who acts as a cheap new HQ choice that was officially unveiled alongside the codex’s announcement.

As with all new codex releases, the Adeptus Mechanicus book will be accompanied by some accessories to show your loyalty to the scions of Mars, namely datacards and a dice set. Adeptus Mechanicus are also getting their Combat Patrol box, which consists of a Tech-Priest Enginseer, an Onager Dunecrawler, three Kataphron Destroyers/Breachers, and 10 Skitarii Rangers/Vanguards.

Other factions are getting some individual releases of models that were previously exclusive to boxed sets as well. Drukhari players can now get the new Lelith Hesperax model if they missed out on the limited Piety and Pain box from a few months back.

Meanwhile, all of the models that first released earlier this year as part of the Kill Team: Pariah Nexus box are getting separate releases as well. These include the Necron Chronomancer, the new Flayed Ones plastic kit, the Space Marine Gravis Captain with Master-Crafted Heavy Bolt Rifle, and the Heavy Intercessors.

Necrons and Space Marines will also be getting new Combat Patrol boxes to go with their new models. The Necrons box consists of an Overlord, 10 Immortals/Deathmarks, three Tomb Blades, and a Night Scythe/Doom Scythe. The Space Marine box is essentially a repackaging of the Start Collecting! Vanguard box, which was in turn a repackaging of the Space Marine half of the Shadowspear battlebox.

This box includes the easy-to-build Shadowspear versions of the Infiltrators and Eliminators, three Suppressors, and a Lieutenant in Phobos Armor. For some bizarre reason an Impulsor is also thrown in; which is a bit of an odd choice since everything in the box has either forward deployment or jump troop rules, and thus don’t actually need an APC.


Finally, Black Library has a trio of new book releases. Guy Haley’s Dark Imperium series sees a re-release of the first two books in hardback, eBook, and audiobook formats. The third book in the series, Godblight, will also finally be released. Options include a standard hardback version, a limited collector’s edition, eBook, and audiobook.


That’s all for the upcoming Games Workshop pre-orders and This Week in Warhammer news. All of these items will be up for pre-order on the 22nd, and will get a full release the following Saturday on the 29th.

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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