Are 40mm Bases Better For AoS? Wave 2 Khaine REVIEW

By |2018-03-10T09:30:36+00:00March 10th, 2018|Categories: Age of Sigmar, Product Review, Videos|

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Are 40mm bases better for Age of Sigmar? Let’s take a look at the Melusai and Khinerai Unboxing & Build for the Daughters of Khaine releases from Games Workshop.

This weekend, Games Workshop has Wave Two of the Daughters of Khaine releases with the Melusai and Khinerai kits. Our very own Rob Baer got his hands on these fresh new kits that feature the serpentine bodyguard Melusai and the winged terrors that are the Khinerai.

These kits are on his paint bench to provide you the full breakdown of what you can expect to find inside.

For our complete review, be sure to scroll down!

Melusai Khinerai sprues

The Melusai and Khinerai kits come with two sprues, 40mm bases, and retail for $50 and $45 respectively. Each kit can make two individual units and there will be components left over for any conversion project you may have. They assemble in a similar way to the witch Aelves in that they have an overall pose then you attach a second section that will mask some of the mold lines.

The detail is great as usual and the posing is dynamic.

Melusai Khinerai assembled

Here are the Khinerai and Melusai all assembled. Overall they assemble very well with all the components looking into place smoothly. It is amazing how well the designs are in terms of everything fitting together to mask as much of the mold lines as possible.

You may see mold lines a bit more on their serpent tails but the detail in the scalework will be drawing the attention away from them. Overall, both models assembled quickly with no problems to make note of.

Rob dives further into the detail of these kits and does a size comparison in his full review video below!

Melusai:$50

Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters are powerful warriors used as bodyguards to High Priestesses or Bloodwrack Medusae, or as a potent vanguard for the war covens. Each Blood Sister is equipped with a heartshard glaive – a heavy polearm ideal for driving driving through armour and ribs to cut out an opponent’s heart. Blood Sisters can also channel the blackness of their tainted souls into a strike known as the ‘scáth touch,’ solidifying victims into an unmoving crystal statue that remains horrifically aware. The ultimate in cruelty is for a Blood Sister to thrust her glaive quickly enough to tear out a foe’s beating heart even as the scáth touch turns them to crystal, trapping them forever in a state of unimaginable agony.

This multi-part plastic kit contains the components necessary to assemble 5 Blood Sisters. The first thing you’re likely to notice about these miniatures is their legs, or rather their lack – reshaped in the image of their creator Morathi, everything below their torso has been reshaped into that of a sinister, twisted serpent. Above the this they feature metal waist pieces with attached sashes, and armoured breastplates. The Blood Sisters feature intimidating full-face masks, each with expressions of fury and snakes framing their wild, swept-back hair. You have the option to build 1 model as a Gorgai, the unit leader: she can be distinguished by her uniquely jeweled mask, specific heartshard glaive and her grisly trophy – the heart of an unfortunate victim, clutched proudly in her left hand.

The Melusai Blood Sisters come as 100 components, and are supplied with 5 Citadel 40mm Round bases. This kit can optionally be used to assemble 5 Melusai Blood Stalkers

BloodStalkers

The Blood Stalkers are Morathi’s elite archers, a venomous guard who rain death from afar. Each bears a heartseeker bow, a weapon carved from the wood of the sentient ashdusk tree. The arrows loosed by such bows are bloodseekers. shafts blessed by the Queen and imbued with the same enchantments as those that guide Morathi’s own spear, Heartrender. With uncanny accuracy, these missiles streak across the battlefield to pierce their targets through the heart. In close combat, Blood Stalkers wield scianlar, long daggers forged to absorb the energies from enemies’ vital organs. These are no gore offerings to Khaine, but tributes destined to strengthen the Melusai’s true master, Morathi.

This multi-part plastic kit contains the components necessary to assemble 5 Blood Stalkers. The first thing you’re likely to notice about these miniatures is their legs, or rather their lack – reshaped in the image of their creator Morathi, everything below their torso has been reshaped into that of a sinister, twisted serpent. Above the this they feature metal waist pieces with attached sashes, and armoured breastplates. The Blood Stalkers feature open-face masks, giving them better peripheral vision and tracking abilities essential to their role as archers – as a nod to their abilities in close combat, each model also carries a sacrificial knife, a scianlar, on their waists. You have the option to build 1 model as a Krone, the unit leader: she can be distinguished by her unique heartseeker bow, modelled with serpentine heads at each end of the handle.

The Melusai Blood Stalkers come as 100 components, and are supplied with 5 Citadel 40mm Round bases. This kit can optionally be used to assemble 5 Melusai Blood Sisters.

Khinerai: $45

Lifetakers

Tucking their wings close, the Khinerai known as Lifetakers plummet down at high speeds. At the last moment they spread their leathery pinions, snapping their descent as they swing their sickle-blades with maximum force. Foes that survive this devastating assault can strike back, but the Lifetakers are masters at turning their heartpiercer shields to not only parry blows but to puncture organs. Even as nearby enemies rally to pin the Lifetakers in combat, they rise above the melee in a flurry of beating wings, looking for the next target. For such unfortunates, the last thing they will hear is a sudden rush of wind before the Lifetakers’ deadly assault reaps its toll.

This multi-part plastic kit contains the components necessary to assemble 5 Khinerai Lifetakers. These Khinerai wear open-face helmets, making the twisted sneers of their bloodlust plainly visible as they soar through the skies on enormous, spiked wings. Their armour is minimal, designed more to be streamlined for aerial maneuvers than actual protection – thick plate would drag them down, providing a disadvantage to these high-speed killers. Each Lifetaker carries a horrific barbed sickle in one hand, with a heartpiercer shield in the other; these shields are aptly named, featuring large, sharp spikes. You can build a Harridynn, which is the unit leader – she is denoted by her unique hairpiece and loincloth. Each model is attached to its base via a sculpted ruin to which their base connects, providing the dynamic, aerial look they require.

The Khinerai Lifetakers come as 61 components, and are supplied with 5 Citadel 40mm

Heartrenders

The Khinerai Heartrenders sweep out of the skies, dark streaks that cut swiftly through low clouds. With streams of vapour still clinging to their bodies, the winged aelves pull up, using their forward momentum to help launch cruelly barbed javelins with great force. These spike-ridden spears travel with such velocity that they can skewer both a mounted warrior and their steed, and still maintain enough impetus to embed themselves deep into the ground. Should a tempting enough target present itself, however, the Heartrenders will forgive their missile assault and dive straight into combat.

This multi-part plastic kit contains the components necessary to assemble 5 Khinerai Heartrenders. Distinguishable from their Lifetaker sisters by their sinister, full-face horned helmets, they soar through the skies on enormous, spiked wings. Their armour is minimal, designed more to be streamlined for aerial maneuvers than actual protection – thick plate would drag them down, providing a disadvantage to these high-speed killers. Each Heartrender carries a long barbed javelin in one hand, with a heartpiercer shield in the other; these shields are aptly named, featuring large, sharp spikes. You can build a Shryke, which is the unit leader – she is denoted by her unique veiled helmet and loincloth. Each model is attached to its base via a sculpted ruin to which their base connects, providing the dynamic, aerial look they require.

The Khinerai Heartrenders come as 61 components, and are supplied with 5 Citadel 40mm Round bases. This kit can optionally be used to assemble 5 Khinerai Lifetakers.

The Khinerai and Melusai kits are available now online and in local Games Workshop stores. Be sure to press play on our quick and dirty review video below for the full product breakdown.

For more on these kits, the Daughters of Khaine, and all things Age of Sigmar, visit Games Workshop!

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