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Shadows over Hammerhal unboxing

The Warhammer Community website recently put up an article showing the contents of Warhammer Quest: Shadows over Hammerhal.

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Something that intrigued me from the first reveal of the box art (above) was the Old World Warhammer look of several of the characters. The dwarf, dark elf, and high elf are all recognisable to any Old World general. Are GW walking back on the radical new ‘aelf’ look featured in 2016’s Silver Tower release?

The names of the characters in question are Cogsmith, Black Ark Fleetmaster, and Loremaster. So early signs point to yes. Along with these comes a Lord Castellant and another Gryph Hound.

The other miniatures in the box provides enemies in the form of chaos worshippers, with 10 acolytes of Tzeentch, 10 Khorne Bloodreavers, and 5 Putrid Blightkings, along with a Chaos Sorcerer.

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Those are the only miniatures, so we are looking at a game about 60% the size of Silver Tower, at least by miniature count, with 31 miniatures compared with Silver Tower’s 49. Will the price be at a similar ratio? We’ll have to wait and see.

Right now this one does not have me as excited as last year’s release did.

 

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3 comments on “Shadows over Hammerhal unboxing

  1. Azazel
    February 18, 2017

    They’re not walking back on anything. GW was not expecting WQST to be as popular as it was, so this box is a “fast” response in order to get new product to market asap. With production time on new miniature design to production being in the region of 2 years, they needed to rebox/use existing miniatures as with many of their current board games. They also needed to use figures that they had not already registered for WQST as much as possible while maintaining some form of reconisability for the board game market, so we have the elf-dwarf-human thing here, avoiding an almost-identical Fyreslayer with the Cogsmith, and using what they have in terms of elves, another chaos barbarian type and one poster boy Sigmarine. They don’t actually have any other “Aelves” in production to rebox for this release….

    When we have a game with all-new fantasy sculpts that doesn’t adhere to the AOS ethos, that’s when it might be worth thinking about them walking it back….i

    • davekay
      February 18, 2017

      All good points, I had not considered that none of the figures are new and as you say, this box is here to capitalise on last year’s success.

      • Azazel
        February 26, 2017

        Altsain gave a pretty good review of it. It sounds like it’s well worth picking up for the utility it gives to New-WQ if nothing else. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of sets sold on eBay sand-models for those who aren’t impressed by the repackings.

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