Chaos Space Marines - Advance Order

Get ready to fill your shopping carts. The Chaos Space Marine Advance Orders can be found here. Below is my run down. As ever, grey text is direct quoting.

Update - GW has released a video showing off the new models. They possibly should have done this a week ago, as it tops their teasers by a long way.

First off, and unexpectedly,  the "One Click Launch Bundle" Yours for £147.50, and providing a very unbalanced start to an army, but at least it shouldn't force you down the path of any one Legion.

Equally unexpected is the Limited Edition of the Codex, with a altered cover, silver edged pages and a ribbon bookmark. Not sure it's worth £50 though.*EDIT* All 1000 copies are gone from the UK store (16:51 - 22/09/2012)

 This edition of Codex: Chaos Space Marines is the first limited edition Codex that Games Workshop has ever produced. It is a collectors' item of the highest quality and a must-have for any Warhammer 40,000 collector.

The limited edition displays a unique blood-splattered, graphic rendering of the cover art to the standard edition of Codex: Chas Space Marine. With bright silver edging to the pages, and a ribbon book marker, and wrapped containing a numbered letter, the limited edition is truly an artefact that would please the Dark Gods themselves.

And the standard edition of the Codex (£30). I do wish that that the cover wasn't reusing the artwork from Blood Gorgons, it seems a real shame that no new artwork was commissioned. As ever though the interior looks lovely. Here's hoping it won't need an FAQ too soon.

 Death to the False Emperor!

Chaos Space Marines are corrupt and treacherous super-warriors hell-bent on tearing apart the Imperium. Though they once strode the galaxy as noble defenders of Mankind, a lifetime of unremitting war has driven them to worship the gods of Chaos. These fell deities have rewarded them with arcane powers, daemonic war marines and hellish weaponry with which to slaughter the armies of the Emperor.

Codex: Chaos Space Marines is the first hardback Warhammer 40,000 Codex. This high quality tome contains 104 full-colour pages, and is bound within a cover that features dynamic artwork.

The Codex contains information on how the Chaos Space Marines came to be the bane of their loyalist brethren, from the origins of the Horus Heresy, through to the Black Crusades and the Crimson Path. It also includes a description of, and rules for, the battle-hungry forces of the Chaos Space Marines, including a gatefold reference page. In addition to the jaw-dropping artwork within, there is a stunning showcase of the range of miniatures, presenting the colour schemes and iconography of the Traitor Legions and their Renegade allies.

12 Psychic powers cards for the CSM's come in at £4.50. Worth snagging a set even if they only end up on eBay.

Onto the new plastic kits then. Starting with the Helldrake at £45. As a model I like it, (although it seems unbalanced with the central section just too large for the neck and head) but as part of the Chaos range it seems out of place. We'll have to see if any yet to be seen options in the Codex fit with it. It's worth noting that this kit makes just the one model, so isn't likely to be the biggest source of parts for conversions.
Heldrakes are winged Daemon Engines that plummet out of the skies like living comets, hurtling towards enemy aircraft and crashing claws-first into them from above. A Heldrake takes cruel joy in diving down upon the unsuspecting air support of the enemy in order to shred them to pieces with its scything wings and rune-carved talons.

The Heldrake model is an enormous, dragon-like construct, a Chaos fusion of flesh, bone and metal. The model is sculpted as if soaring across the battlefield, and comes with numerous features: there are interlocking plates across the wings; a trail of cables from the rear of the model; as well as more subtle details such as wiring, rivets, spikes, and web of raised edging displayed across the metal plates. The Mark of Chaos can be discerned around the shoulder joints and on the wings.

This multi-part plastic boxed set contains 49 components, a flying stem and a large oval base, with which to build one Chaos Space Marine Heldrake.
The Forgefiend/Maulerfiend kit comes in at a hefty £40, but the pictures we've seen from White Dwarf do suggest it's a big beast. I've already said I like the more bestial Maulerfield, especially the tentacles, but I think seeing them in the flesh might swing me. It's nice to see Chaos get models that aren't old versions of Imperial kit. The last part of the blurb below is interesting. I wonder if they mean between the two versions shown, or have GW altered the joints to avoid needing to use magnets.

 The Forgefiend Daemon Engine was originally devised to sow death amongst enemy forces from afar. Maulerfiends, on the other hand, thunder towards the foe like giant attack beasts loosed from the leash. Their eyes glow with balefire as ecoplasmic drool drizzles from their fanged maws.

Forgefiends and Maulerfiends are hulking models, a fusion of metal and flesh that manifests in brutal creations. They feature a mind-boggling array of details, from vents, stretched skulls, wires, bundles of cables, pistons, cogs, spikes, claws through to their hoof-like feet, and the Mark of Chaos is emblazoned across the carapace. The Forgefiend possesses the immense hades autocannon, while the Maulerfiend unfurls numerous barbed, segmented tendrils.

This multi-part plastic boxed set contains 67 components and a large oval base, with which to build one Chaos Space Marine Forgefiend or Maulerfiend. On this kit, the heads and arms are swappable.
 OF all the new kits it is the Raptors/Warp Talons that I like the most (to the point of pre ordering them) and at £20.50 are the easiest on the wallet. They strike a nice balance between the Dark Vengeance Chosen and the normal CSM aesthetic, and the combat weapons look brutal. There are some poses on the Warp Talons I'd change, but otherwise the kit is lovely.

 The cruel terror troops known as Raptors consider themselves the elite of the Chaos Space Marine warbands. Their murder squads epitomise what has become the Assault Marines of the Traitor Legions. When a pack of Warp Talons emerges from the Warp, it appears to those on the battlefield below as if daemonic warriors have literally burst out from nothingness into fiery, vengeful life.

Both the Raptors and the Warp Talon miniatures come in a range of staggeringly dynamic poses. Both units are sculpted perched or taking off from the battlefield debris on their bases. All over the models, the metal-rimmed armour shows all the distorting effects of the Warp: grills emerge from shoulder pads; cables jut from armour; teeth protrude from various surfaces around the rim of the jump packs. While the Raptors carry a range of different weapon options, such as bolt pistols and chainswords, the Warp Talons feature vicious-looking lightning claws and horned helmets, as well as barbarous wings on their jump packs.
 The last of the plastics is the Aspiring Champion, the first (LE Chaplin from Dark Vengeance doesn't count) of what I hope will be a long line of lovely plastic characters for 40K. At £12, he's a bit steep, but at least, being plastic, he'll be free of issues. The model is a very good fit for the Dark Vengeance Chosen. 
 Much of the organisation and structure of a squad's former Legion or Chapter has disappeared, and in place of appointed sergeants, the Chaos Space Marines follow the strongest, boldest and most brutal of their brothers. These blood-soaked soldiers seek to become the favoured of the gods and so are known as Aspiring Chaos Champions.

The Aspiring Champion is a plastic single figure miniature that displays a staggering level of detail. The armour is covered in details: there are demonic heads emerging from the shoulder pads and a hideous face emerging from the surface of the axe blade. There are also gribbly tongues, ribbed horns, chains, skulls and spikes. If that wasn't blasphemous enough, on the rear of the model, an Inquisitor's head is bound by a chain that connects with the deceased's eye socket.

This multi-part plastic boxed set contains 8 components and sculpted round base, with which to build 1 Chaos Space Marine Aspiring Champion.

Lastly there's the Battleforce. At £70, it's a £20 saving over the buying the contents individually. How that value translates to the battlefield will have to be seen.

Onto Finecast models, and upgrade kits after the jump. 

The Warpsmith looks fantastically detailed, with my only reservation being the vents that match so neatly in style with the Maulerfiend, as Chaos should be more varied. At £18 he doesn't seem wholly unreasonable, as he looks to be a big model. Interestingly nothing in his blurb says he's aligned to a specific Legion, although he does scream Iron Warriors.
 Warpsmiths are the masters of the machine. Most can trace their origins back to the priesthood of Mars, whether through the schisms of the Magi or the rigid doctrine of the Techmarines. However, where the Adeptus Mechanics regard technology as sacrosanct, the Warpsmiths seek to subjugate and control it.

The Warpsmith model stands within a swirl of his own mechatendrils, segmented snake-like creations that end in an assortment of baroque heads, spikes and drills. Standing with one foot raised upon a piece of debris, the Warpsmith possesses fusion claws, stretched-skull vents, and a spectacular cloak of cables, each of which end in plugs or mechanical maws. The Mark of Chaos is emblazoned across his chest, whilst much of the rest of his armour - his shoulder pads and loin cloth - continues the pattern of segmentation. Finally, he carries a huge, barbed power axe
 A closer look at the Dark Apostle has made me reassess my views on him, as while the pose is good, the Crozius and the head need to be changed, and I'm uncertain about the halo. At £11 he's cheaper than the plastic Champion, which seems unlikely/unusual.  
 Dark Apostles make up the priesthood of the Dark Gods. Just as the Chaplains of the loyalist Space Marines uphold the creeds of their Chapters, the Dark Apostles devote their lives to the propagation of the unholy word, actively spreading the worship of Chaos across the galaxy.

The Dark Apostle shows off the incredible detail of our premium Citadel Finecast resin. With one foot atop a pile of books, he raises his defiled crozius arcanum to the sky as trails of parchment, affixed to his armour by 8-pointed stars, swirl to one side. With distorted faces upon his armour, there is another tome strapped to his thigh and numerous 8-pointed star amulets on chains. A huge, corrupted halo of the 8-pointed star looms over him.
 The Obliterators (£31.50) are simply Finecast versions of their predecessors. I'd rather convert them, but each to their own.
 The monstrous warriors of the Obliterator cults are a blasphemy against nature and Machine God alike. Obliterators are capable of not only absorbing weaponry into themselves, but also of manifesting munitions from their titanium-laced flesh.

These Obliterator models display all the signs of having spent too long in the Warp. They have become a true and hideous fusion of flesh and metal. Their hulking frames show stretched tendons of flesh erupting like infections across their thick armour. Their faces, too, are contorted beyond recognition, and they carry with them immense weapons, from blades to combi-weapons, which can be assembled in a variety of ways.
  The Mutilators, for the same £31,50 as the Oblits, provided a combat focused unit. I'm not a fan of anything but the style of the claws.
 It is believed that the first of the Mutilators were originally Traitor Legion Terminators who specialised in close quarters fighting, but as with all who harbour an obsession within the Warp, they grew to become the incarnation of the murderous desires in their heart.

The Mutilators are immense, Warp-distressed models, where flesh and metal have fused together to create truly gruesome and monstrous creatures. Their hulking frames show stretched tendons of flesh erupting like infections across their thick, riveted armour, though it is their gigantic claws that protrude from their arms - and even their shoulder pads - that mark them out as something especially daemonic.
 And now the most disappointing FInecast release. I had really hoped for plastic Havocs, but instead it's  £25.50 for five models, with only four heavy weapons. I see more conversions ahead if I chose to include Havocs at all.

Some Chaos Space Marine squads carry a high proportion of heavy weapons to lay down supporting fire for their brethren. Known as Havocs, these squads provide devastating anti-infantry and anti-armour firepower and dominate large swathes of the battlefield with their merciless volleys of fire.

These Chaos Space Marines, adored with the symbols of Chaos, are posed with a variety of weapons at the ready. This kit contains includes an option for an Aspiring Champion and four heavy weapons including a missile launcher, a heavy bolter, a lascannon, and an autocannon. Some of the weapons themselves show the taint of Chaos, with open maws sculpted at the tip of the barrels, as well as on charge pack and cylinders. In addition to this, skulls hang off the backpacks, or feature as icons.
I'm unsure about the Sorcerer(£12) but he does do a good job of stradling the old and new stlyes of Chaos

 Sorcerers of Chaos shape the destiny of the galaxy with forbidden rituals and unspeakable pacts. They channel the soul-blasting energies of the Warp into potent hexes and blasts of flame, and they mould the material universe with little more than a hate-filled curse.

Holding aloft a great blade, the Chaos Space Marine Sorcerer is a finely detailed model, displaying an array of items - from the eye set within the 8-pointed star that features on his breastplate and between the horns of his helmet, to the tome and the chained skull that hangs from his waist. A spiked Chaos motif can be discerned along the hem of his robe and his left shoulder pad displays the contortions and effects of the Warp. He also grips barbed bolt pistol in one hand, and takes a defiant stance.
  The four big Chaos characters have remained unchanged bar turning into Finecast. Personally I don't think much could be done to improve them without also losing something. I suspect we'll get to see more of them in Forge World's Heresy series though.

Ahriman (£15)
 Typhus (£15)
Khârn (£11)
 Lucius (£11)
 There's little to note with this fairly poor model except the bad photoshop job. I've included an unaltered image blow for comparison. He's yours for £15.

 Fabius Bile (£11) also remains unchanged, which is a shame as of all the old models he needs the most tweaking.

I'm surprised to see the Daemon Prince (£22.50) has made it into Finecast, as the (admittedly more expensive) plastic kit is available. Nice to have the option though.

Lastly, as a blast from the past, £22.50 will get you four of Jes Godwin's classic Chaos Space Marines.

 On to the upgrade kits, all listed as "resin" where of the pre existing sets the Death Guard are conspicuous in their absence, instead you'll need to buy a set of Plauge Marines for £25.50. This leaves only Word Bearers, Alpha Legion, and Black Legion without an upgrade set of their own.

The Thousand Sons set is the only on to give a whole model, and as such comes in at £13 for 31 pieces.

 Noise Marines are uniquely blessed with two sets, both for £9.00. The first is a general set, while the other is only weapons, suggesting that the codex will let you fully arm squads with sonic weapons.
Noise Marines Upgrades

 The Night Lords set weighs in at a heavy £14.50 for 21 pieces, making the Thousand Sons seem cheap.
The Biker set seems an odd one to release, as I'd much rather see GW redo both Chaos and Imperial bikes. Here's hoping Forge World go for some bikes with wheels as well as ones with jets.
 Lastly then the Iron Warriors, which includes usefully generic pieces, that may well find their way into my force, at a relatively cheap £9.

And that's the lot. I was hoping to see the core kits tweaked a little, and bought closer into line with the Dark Vengeance Chosen, and we'll have to wait a little longer to see if we get a separate Hellbrute or Cultist set (rumour is we will) outside of DV. The Limited Edition Codex is a surprise, and it'll be interesting to see if it's still in the store come morning. Just need to wait for the Codex to arrive now...


  1. "Here's hoping it won't need an FAQ too soon."

    Gosh. Aren't you cute.

    It seems a solid release but I think the re-releases are aimed to reduce third party manufactures. There's no way those conversion kits stand up to their more recent works.

    And the Obliterators are really showing their age. The flesh to weapon transitions were lazy sculpting then let alone now!

    Now Red Ranger and I have to round up our Zoi-er-Maulerfiends and ride into the sunse-er-the Warp...

    1. I try.

      Most of the conversion kits were available up to last week in metal, so it's just bringing items that will see a surge of orders into Finecast. Third parties certainly do have some better options out there for the shoulder pads etc. I'm surprised we've not seen limited ed. transfers instead, as we did for Loyalist Marines.

      Oblits do look ropey, especially with the Hellbrute to compare the flesh/metal transition to.

      Think I might have some Zoid bits somewhere that might work as conversion fodder. Jervis set the precedent with his grav tank way back in the early days of the hobby.

    2. Ahhh the Hellbrute you promised soo much!

      That was Rick Priestly - the issue is available in it's better looking than I remembered...

    3. The Hellbrute is a model of two halves, the quite good front, and the hideously bad back. Hopefully we'll see it better realised if it comes out as a stand alone kit.

      It was Rick wasn't it. Last I saw the tank was accompanying the vehicle design rules. Oh the naive days of yore.

    4. Oh I had forgotten about those those were the days my friend regularly fielded an Ork Dreads with two twin-linked assault cannons and two twin linked multi-meltas.

    5. It's a long long while ago, and I think we're all glad of that.


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