RUMORS – Blood Ravens & Deathwatch Incoming!

By Rob Baer | February 16th, 2016 | Categories: News / Rumors

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Grab your salt shakers, and checkout these rumors about the Deathwatch box set and BLOOD RAVENS!

Via Sad Panda 2-16-2016

Q: guru wrote:
Deathwach vs genestealer cult game
A: You don’t have to wait till May for that one.

Q: WhhhhhhaaaAAAAT?

 Come on Panda, you can’t drop the mic and walk off after that one, tell us more…

A: Hmmmm…

Deathwatch miniatures in the boxed game are all mono-pose characters (think Space Hulk, except with normal bases). Sternguard rumors are nonsense. One is possibly the first dedicated Blood Ravens mini by GW (feel free to correct me there. My GW-history-fu is weak)?

Lots of cultists, a few pure genestealers, another new broodlord.

Multi-part kits later this year.

Q: the_Armyman wrote:
So, is this another offering from the fledgling Specialist Games Studio or is this a GW Main Studio product?

A: This is main studio. It is in hard plastic and the miniatures can be used in 40K without conversions.

People underestimate the lead time on those boxed games / starter sets in plastic.

The Deathwatch game was finished by the time EF was released.
The AoS-themed boxed game you’ll see this summer was finished by the time the AoS starter was released.
The second HH boxed game this fall was finished by the time Calth was released.

The specialist games studio was launched a little more than a month ago. The teased Blood Bowl stuff was probably the first work this team did after starting their new jobs in January. It will likely be among the first things they will release, and I don’t think they are aiming for 2016.

Here’s some of the remarks Sad Panda was referencing, below:

Previously a source who spoke to BoLS on condition of anonymity, said:

  • Opposition force for the Deathwatch in the Boardgame is Tyranids.
  • Look for Genestealers, Warriors, Lictors.
  • There is a “box only” Lictor Character.
  • As with Betrayal at Calth – these are standard 40K models fully usable outside the boardgame.
  • There is chatter of potential Deathwatch op-for xenos expansions for the boardgame (Orks, etc…)

Recall that the earlier set of info on the boxed game was:

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  • Look for the Deathwatch to arrive in the Grimdark in 2016.
  • They will make their initial appearance in a boxed boardgame like Execution Force / Betrayal at Calth.
  • The Deathwatch models are based around a new Deathwatch upgrade sprue.
  • The sprue will contain items such the distinctive shoulderpads, and specialist equipment and weapons of the Deathwatch.
  • The Deathwatch sprue will be bundled atop the Sternguard base kit in the boardgame.
  • The game will allow for you to equip your Killteam’s weapons and equipment in a variety of ways with rules to support them all.
  • As with Betrayal at Calth – these are standard 40K models fully usable outside the boardgame.
  • There will be an opposing force the Deathwatch is pitted against with their own models in the box.

Via Scanner 1-25-2016


Well that looks exciting. Huge tells about the studio, the new expansions and of course Specialist. A lot of support there too for the whole two box sets a year thing as well. Is Games Workshop going in the right direction release wise with the expansions and the new Splash releases? Stay tuned true believers 2016 looks to be BIG for the hobby!

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