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Hello, TechRaptor readers! Hopefully everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Here’s what you may have missed in the world of tabletop wargaming during the holiday break.

The countdown for the Malign Portents website reached zero over the holiday break, and revealed the next chapter in the Warhammer: Age of Sigmar narrative. After the stalemate at the Allpoints and the growth of Order-aligned cities in the newly-freed realms the time has come for Nagash to start throwing his weight around the Mortal Realms. Signs are abundant across the realms that something is going on in Shyish, the Realm of Death, and everyone from the Stormcast Eternals to various nomadic Chaos warbands and even a handful of Moonclan Grot Shamans are taking notice and sending forces into the shadowy and heretofore unexplored realm.

What this means for Age of Sigmar fans is the long-awaited focus on the Death grand alliance and its various smaller sub-factions. The start of the Malign Portents chapter has started out with four new hero units: The Stormcast Eternals Lord-Ordinator, the Chaos Darkoath Warqueen, the Moonclan Fungoid Cave-Shaman, and the Knight of Shrouds. This release will also include a new campiang book and the coming re-release of a favorite terrain piece of Warhammer Fantasy terrain: the Skullvane Manse (now renamed the Warscryer Citadel). At the time of writing, no release date has been set for any Malign Portents content.

Looking at actual Games Workshop releases shows a new faction for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar with the Maggotkin of Nurgle. Similar to the Khorne Bloodbound and Tzeentch Arcanites, the Maggotkin of Nurgle are a Chaos faction based around the Plaguefather, Grandfather Nurgle. This release contains the Battletome for the faction along with new heroes, units, a new terrain piece, and the long-awaited plastic Great Unclean One model. All model releases in this current wave will be usable in both Warhammer 40K and Age of Sigmar armies. This wave has a street release date of January 13th.

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Image courtesy of Games Workshop

Mantic Games has announced the upcoming release of their upcoming Dark Horse Comics based Hellboy board game. The Kickstarter campaign for the co-op game will launch in April and will give players the opportunity to take control of BRPD members in order to explore gothic locations and discover eldritch and powerful artifacts. The complete press release is currently available from the Mantic Blog.

Corvus Belli recently posted a small preview of what’s in store for Infinity and Aristea! In 2018. The Warcors program will be bolstered to help grow the Infinity community, Combined Army players will be getting a themed version of Bit and Kiss, and a new Dire Foes mission pack will be coming this year focusing on USAriadna and the Combined Army. News about this year’s global campaign will be announced following this year’s Adepticon tournament, another major announcement will be coming at this year’s GenCon, and a few surprises will be coming towards the end of the year. As for Aristea!, the company has four expansions planned for this year with plenty of content sprinkled throughout between them.

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Image courtesy of Corvus Belli

Warlord Games has announced pre-orders are now available for the upcoming Bolt Action campaign book focusing on Operation: Market Garden. The campaign book will contain a timeline of the nine-day failed attempt to end the war quickly and decisively, along with new scenarios, a focus on the forces taking part, and plenty more. The campaign book will be available in February for $30 USD.

And finally, Steamforged Games has slowly begun leaking images from their upcoming Godtear game hinted at their recent SteamCon UK event in November. Details on the game currently are incredibly sparse, with little more than a sign-up for early access at the end of January. We now have the first painted miniature with Ragnosh, Scourge of the Broken Plains, painted by the amazing Studio Giraldez. More news on Godtear will be available here on TechRaptor as it becomes available.

What news snippets caught your attention? What are you saving your pennies for? Any games you’d like to see more coverage of? Let us know in the comments below!


Michael Johnson

Staff Writer

I'm one of the tabletop writers here at TechRaptor as well as an IT security analyst and full-time geek. If I'm not actively playing, I'm either painting something, enjoying burying my nose in a book or arguing on the Internet.