Wednesday, December 29, 2010

NEW Hell Pit Abomination/ Plague Claw Catapult/ Ikit Claw/ Doom Flayer/ Skaven Battle Magic Available for Pre-Order!


Crikey, all those rumors and other photos from around the web were right...the new official Skaven models from GW are on their way. From early in the New Year, Skaven players will be able to purchase the following models to add to their all-conquering armies...
...the Hell Pit Abomination.
...a Plagueclaw Catapult/ Warp Lighting Cannon kit.
...a Skaven Doom-Flayer Weapons Team kit.
...a new Ikit Claw model.
...a Warhammer Battle Magic: Skaven pack.

Please note, it is made clear that two of these items, the Hell Pit Abomination and Warhammer Battle Magic Pack, are listed as "While Stocks Last". Therefore, once stock is sold out they will "no longer be available". (Of course, it isn't made clear how many kits there are...)

See below for some photos and further information on each model. At the end of this entry you will find a full list of links.

Hell Pit Abomination
Box shot:

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One possible variation:
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...and another: (Notice the different configurations for the arms, head(s) and hand(s) etc.)
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-78 part kit.
-selection of Rat Ogre and Skaven heads.
- limb variations.
- etc.

Plagueclaw Catapult/ Warp Lightning Cannon
Now this is interesting - the Plagueclaw Catapult can ALSO be a Warplighting Cannon!

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Warp Lighting Cannon:
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Plagueclaw Catapult:
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I've got to say that I really like the look of this model!
Part of it is the possibilities that could arise from having two warmachines in one 51-part kit, and part of it is just the sheer appeal of the "pile of toxic sludge" included (that disgusting blob of plague-infested stuff in the picture above!). As there is already an incarnation of the Warp Lighting Cannon available, I am less excited about this new version -  it kind of looks a bit spindly and weak to me. (Having said that though, once people have played around with the kit a bit there may be ingenious ways of making both at the same time from one box...)

I note that this model isn't listed at the time of writing as a "While Stocks Last Item" (unlike the Hell Pit Abomination above) so hopefully this will be around for a while. According to the website, this item will available from the 15th January.

Ikit Claw
Finally, we have a new, metal model for Ikit Claw - the infamous Warlock Engineer...
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Love the look of this one! Like the other models above, the feared Clan Skryre master engineer will be available from the 15th of January.

Skaven Doom-Flayer Weapon Team
For sheer ingenuity, any rat-lovin', surface-dweller-slicing, skaplayer has to love the Doom-Flayer! This is apparently a 5 part metal kit. Note that as of the time of writing no release date is given for this model. ("This item is not available now, but you can pre-order it.")

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Warhammer Battle Magic: Skaven
I have to be honest with you, I don't really see the point of these Battle Magic sets.

Although GW claims that these are "...just what a Grey Seer needs to keep track of his spells in battle" I think that most Grey Seers would lose these cards or end up being slowed down by having to shuffle through them to find their magic. I'm going to take a wild guess and say that most players would take their Skaven army book to a battle anyway and that has all the spells already ( AND neatly laid out on a double page spread no less...)
Yeah, yeah, I me "Squeek the Cynical" if you wish. (and "Squeek the Two-Faced" as well, because I'll probably order a pack as they are only 3.50 of your man-thing British Pounds...)

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All the photos and info above come from the U.K. Games Workshop website. Please head there (links below) to see extra-large, detailed shots for yourself and to read the full accompanying descriptions of each model - and no doubt place your pre-orders!

For Skaven players it's going to be a Happy (if very expensive!) New Year...
For our enemies - a year of TERROR!

*Neek, Neek, NEEEEEK!*


  1. Hello, I just discovered your blog, and I like what I see.

    I too am a burgeoning rat-lord skulking about the backs streets of the capital city of Nippon, and I have been tempted back into the "hobby" after a near two-decade hiatus, courtesy of the "Island of Blood."

    I look forward to lurking about your blog to see what it has in store...


  2. @Nezumi-Kou:
    Yokoso, yokoso...both to The Chattering Horde and back to the hobby!
    If you are looking for a group to join in Tokyo let me know and I'll send you a PM. :-)
    Thanks for coming by and also for the kind comment too. I hope to post a few more things over the winter break and to see you around soon.
    Best of luck with your Clan!

  3. Thanks! I'm definitely interested in finding a gaming group in Tokyo.
    Although it will be a while before my troops are painted-up and table ready...


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