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Originally Posted by Games Workshop Newsletter, November
People should feel free to post and discuss anything that they hear, regardless of the source, but the Summary will only ever include those rumours which I feel deserve to be here.
ALL NEW MODELS CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/co...p?aId=7300005a
Release is February 2010, after Tyranids, with advance orders starting January 4th. There will be a preview in WD362, and posters available in-store on January 3rd.
Was to be written by Andy Hoare, but he has since quit Games Workshop. Has since been finished by Phil Kelly.
The name of the book has changed from "Beasts of Chaos" to "Beastmen". The cover art is below.
The initial fluff for the army book claims that Beastmen were the original inhabitants of the Old World - although initially seeming odd, this is in line with fluff found in Liber Nurgle.
Army-wide Special Rules, Magic Lores, and Magic Items
Ambush is no longer dependant on the General - for every unit laying in Ambush, there must be one of equivalent or greater size on the table. Roll a D6 at the start of each turn for each Ambushing unit.
Unruly has been replaced by a new "Primal Fury" rule, whereby Gor Herds, Ungor Herds and Raiders, Bestigor Herds, Tuskgor Chariots, Minotaurs and Centigor Herds in combat may pass a Leadership test to gain Hatred (if passed on a double 1, Hatred and Frenzy are gained). The Beastlord allows a re-roll of this.
1: The unit comes onto the table, your opponent choosing which edge.
2-3: Roll again next turn.
4: The unit comes onto the table on your left hand table edge.
5: The unit comes onto the table on your rioht hand table edge.
6: The unit comes onto the table on an edge of your choice.
The Chaos Lores have been replaced by the Lore of the Wild, which has 7 spells, running from 0-6.
Magic Items include:
0: Bestial Surge - Cast on a 7+, the unit may make a free move, but may not use this to charge.
1: Viletide - Cast on a 7+, 24" Range Magic Missile, 5d6 S1 Hits
2: Devolve - Cast on a 9+, Enemy units within 12" take a Leadership Test, losing wounds equal to the amount they failed by, with no Armour Save allowed.
3: Bray-Scream - Cast on a 10+, One friendly character within 12" may use a S3 Breath Weapon with no Armour Save allowed.
4: Traitor-Kin - Cast on a 10+, All enemy models within 12" riding a mount of any kind suffer a number of attacks equal to their mount's attacks, at the same Strength, with no Armour Save bonus for being mounted or barded. The same applies to the handlers of Monsters and the riders of Chariots.
5: Mantle of Ghorok - Cast on a 13+, One friendly character within 6" gains +d6S and +d6A (max 10), if one or more 6s are rolled, the character suffers a wound with no saves of any kind allowed.
6: Savage Dominion - Cast on a 16+, You may 'summon' a new Giant, Gorgon Cygor or Jabberslythe, entering play at any point on a table edge and moving as if returning from pursuing an enemy off the board. While the monster is on the board, the wizard that cast this spell may not cast another spell, nor may he "dismiss" the model voluntarily, and if he dies the monster immediately disappears. Every time the monster takes a wound, the wizard must pass a Toughness Test or also suffer a wound with no saves allowed.
Nangelder: The wielder causes Terror. In addition, models wounded by the wielder suffer a -1Ld penalty for every wound.
Scimitar of Skultar: +D3 Attacks. If a 6 is rolled for bonus attacks then the wielder's attacks ignore Armour Saves for this turn. Two-handed.
Hunting Spear: A Magical Spear. May also be used as a Bolt Thrower, which may shoot after moving (not marching) and may be used to Stand-and-Shoot.
Axes of Khorgor: +1A, the wielder may re-roll failed "To Hit" rolls. Two-handed, and cheaper.
Stonecrusher: +3S. The wielder has S10 against Steamtanks, Chariots, Warshrines, Corpse Carts etc. NOT a Great Weapon.
Brass Cleaver: The wielder may make a single bonus attack against each enemy model in base-to-base contact.
Everbleed: Whenever the wielder inflicts a wound on an enemy model, roll a D6. On a 6, the model suffers another wound with no saves of any kind allowed, and you must roll again until you do not roll a 6.
Unnamed Weapon: The wielder treats the opponent's Leadership as his Strength. 100pts.
Unnamed Weapon: A magical Great Weapon. The wielder may re-roll all failed "To Hit" rolls.
Unnamed Weapon: The wielder has Killing Blow. In addition, if the wielder kills an enemy character in a challenge, they (and any unit they are with) become Unbreakable and cause Terror.
Unnamed Weapon: Bray-Shaman only. Put aside every model killed by this weapon - they may be used as one-use Power Dice by the wielder.
Trollhide Armour: Light Armour, Confers Regeneration upon the wearer. 50pts.
Unnamed Talisman: Confers a 2+ Ward Save against Flaming Attacks upon the bearer, and a 4+ Ward Save against Flaming Attacks for the unit he is with.
Horn of the Great Hunt: Beastlord/Wargor only. Bound Spell, Level 3. Contains the spell "Bestial Surge" with a range of 36".
Horn of the First Beast: Beastlord/Wargor only. All Beastmen within 36" of the bearer may re-roll failed Primal Fury rolls.
Crown of Horns: The wearer and any unit he is with is Stubborn. 75pts.
Stone of Spite: Bound Spell, Power Level 5. One Use Only. All enemy Arcane Items within 18" of the user are destroyed. The bearer of each item that is destroyed takes D6 S4 hits. 25pts.
Unnamed Enchanted Item: The bearer may force the opponent to re-roll a result on the Miscast table.
Herdstone Shard: Mark one spot within your deployment zone. All friendly wizards casting a spell within 6" of this spot may roll an additional "free" power dice every time they cast a spell.
Staff of Darkoth: Bray-Staff. Bound Spell, Power Level 3. Casts "Viletide".
Unnamed Arcane Item: The Shaman with this item may Scout.
Banner of Rust: All units (enemy or otherwise) within 6" suffer a -1 penalty to their Armour Save. Units in Base-to-Base contact with the banner suffer a -2 penalty. This does not affect Scaly Skin saves. 50pts.
Unnamed Banner: The unit carrying this banner has +1S. 75pts.
Alongside Magic Items, "Gifts" will be available in the same way as WoC Gifts, operating on the same budgetary lines. Bonuses like Scaly Skin or extra Attacks will be available, as well as more esoteric abilities like Breath Weapons.
There are NO Marks of Chaos in the army.
Lords & Heroes
Beastlord/Wargor – Ld 9, T5, with appropriate price hikes. May take Chaos Armour. May be accompanied by a 'pet' Revered Beast Spawn. Allows any unit he has joined to re-roll their "Primal Fury" roll.
Great Bray-Shaman/Bray-Shaman – T5, with price hike. Beast Spawn as above, access to new Lore. Bray-Staff may come as standard.
Doombull/Gorbull – S5, with price hike. The Doombull does not allow Minotaurs as Core. The Gorbull is a hero-level Doombull who may be the BSB. Both cause D3 Impact Hits on the charge. Any Gorbull or Doombull may declare The Slaughterer's Call at the start of the turn - all Minotaurs lose Primal Fury and gain Frenzy.
Gor Herds - A ranked unit, with no price change. Ld7 base - Foe Renders no longer provide +1Ld. Equipment options as now, at 1pt/model each.
Ungor Herd - A ranked unit, with Shields and the option for Spears. 20x20mm bases. A cheap Special Character is available as a Champion. 5pts per model.
Ungor Raiders - A skirmishing Ungor unit, with Shortbows and BS3. 20x20mm bases. 6pts per model.
Warhounds - As in WoC.
Tuskgor Chariot – Tuskgors are S4, but no longer gain +1S on the charge. 5pts cheaper.
Bestigor Herds – Bestigors may capture enemy Standards upon winning a round of combat, thereby depriving them of their bonuses - this allows the Bestigors to gain the bonuses of the captured standard themselves.
Centigor Herd – Not Fast Cavalry. New Drunken Rules, rolled for at the start of the game (as Eye of the Gods or Possessed).
Minotaurs – S5, 55pts. Options for Additional Handweapons, Great Weapons, Shields, and Full Command. The only "Ogre-Sized" infantry in the list. Frenzied upon winning a round of combat, gaining an additional attack per round of combat won as they go deeper into their bloodgreed. Only ever pursue and overrun D6". Cause one impact-hit on the charge.
1-2 = +2I
3-4 = -1M, Re-roll failed Primal Fury
5-6 = Stubborn
Razorgor - A warthog-esque unit of monsters. M7, S5, T5, 4A. +1S on the charge.
Razorgor Chariot – Ridden by Bestigor, pulled by Razorgor. Very hard-hitting.
Harpies - As in the Dark Elf book. May Scout for +6pts per model.
Chaos Giant – As in WoC book, with no Marks available.
Cygor - Cyclops monster, with WS2, S6, T5, W5, A6 and Ld8. It may move-and-shoot as a Stone Thrower with no minimum range, and re-roll failed hits against Undead, Daemons, and models with Ward Saves. In addition, wizards attempting to cast a spell within 24" must pass a Ld test - if they fail, any of their failed casting attempts this turn also count as Miscasts.
Spawn – As in WoC book. Possibility of slight changes with regards to "Marks".
Gorgon – A new monster, a great mutated Minotaur. Movement 8 and stats in the 5s, with Impact Hits and Killing Blow. May sacrifice its attacks to make a single attack which causes Killing Blow on a 4+. Upon causing a Killing Blow, it regains D3 Wounds.
Jabberslythe - A new monster, based around the Jabberwock of Wonderland fame. A Flying, Terror-Causing Large Target with Poisoned Attacks and Poisoned Blood. Any enemy unit within 12" that can draw Line of Sight to the Jabberslythe must make a Ld Test or take a number of wounds equal to the amount they failed by, with no Armour Saves allowed. This does not affect units that are Immune to Psychology.
All the Special Characters from the last book will return in this one. New ones talked about include:
- A Centigor character by the name of Ghorros Warhoof, with special Drunken rules, MR2, a Unicorn Helm, Hates Wood Elves, and a magical Great Weapon. All Centigor units gain +2WS and are Core. As his name suggests, he has hooves rather than claws.
- A Bray-Shaman by the name of "Malagor the Dark Omen", with a feather-lined cloak. He is a Level 4 Wizard who may fly, and gains +1 to his casting attempts for every successful spell he has cast this Magic Phase. Units rolling for Primal Fury within 6" gain Frenzy and Hatred on any passing roll of a double, rather than just a double one.
- A Doombull clad in brass daemon-armour that gives him a 1+ save. 6 Strength 6 attacks. Any attack against him that rolls a 6 to hit and a 6 to hit wound instantly kills him.
- A Shaman who causes random wounds on enemy units pre-game.
- A Beastman riding a two-headed monster.
- A four-horned Ungor champion upgrade, a level 1 Wizard.
- Morghur returns, as a hero-level Spawn character that allows you to convert friendly units into Spawn. Sadly, he's been very toned down.
- Khazrak now allows you to re-roll the Ambushing D6, as well as having a 2+ Armour Save and ignoring the magical effects of weapons.
Models and Army Book
Work by Aly Morrison and Mark Harrison. Releases are:
* Special Characters Malagor and Ghorros have models at £12.
* Metal Doombull Box, sculpted by Mark Harrison. One model, £25.
* Metal Razorgor Box. One new model, £15.
* Plastic Bestigor Box. Ten models, £25.
* Plastic Minotaur Box, sculpted by Mark Harrison. 3 models, with options for full command, greatweapons, two handweapons, and shields. £27.
* Ungors and Gors are being resculpted and split up into seperate plastic boxes, at £15 for 10 models each. They are extremely similar to the current models but more detailed, and with a greater variety of poses. Ungors will come with shortbows, and are on 20x20mm bases.
* The Tuskgor Chariot is a metal box at £18.
* The same applies to Centigors, who are now a metal box at £35.
* The Battalion will consist of 20 Gor, 10 Ungor, and 10 Bestigor, and costs £55.
If you intend to start BoC, I'd advise you to do so before the release, as Gor and Ungor (their basic troops) are becoming 67% more expensive. Snap up those Beast Herds!