I'm not a fan of this kind of model with tiny parts like the old spirit host. So not very seduced by the reaper, glaive-wraith, executioner and cie. But the chainrasp and the new black coach got my interest in particular. Even if i thought i was done with gw undead mini. For my next year order maybe
Which happens quite often, but I can't really blame GW. Well designed and executed details, especially long ones, always will be fragile, and I find it better than those old and awful thick ones found on old GW models and many modern ones from other companies like Warlord Games. Those are much more like thick and big tree branches than anything else. You find it also on many historical models like from Tamiya and other giants and that was long before GW and other companies.
I'm not very impressed by the models featured in the faction focus. They are too fragile and would be very awkward to assemble, let alone transport in an army case, without breaking something. I've never liked the new Spirit Host models and I certainly dislike the daft blindfolds that are covering the eyes of the Grimghast Reapers.
The rules are a more more appetising prospect though. I can see a Nighthaunt army being a rather scary and durable prospect. I really like the concept a lot.
I really like the new models, though i will be making some adjustments to make some of the flimsier models a bit more durable, mostly in the form of scenic bases to add extra contact points.
The new mounted knight of shrouds in particular looks amazing, imo. Among the best undead models GW has ever put out. And I really like the basic chainrasp guys, especially the unit leader (?) With the candelabra.
Even with the foam, you'd still have to be very careful. I speak from experience of transporting fragile models around in heavily padded cases only to have pieces break nevertheless. They just look way too fragile from the pictures. Also, they're going to be hard to fit into the relatively small spaces provided for infantry in a foam tray, even if it is customised, because of the way in which they have been designed.
You sound like my grandmother talking about them designing washing machines to fail after x years
I jest! But back on topic, my experience with foam trays and a good case have been pretty good, with the only breakages happening to models that wiggled their way out of the tray (typically the top most tray) during a car ride or what have you. Hopefully deeper foam or magnetizing them as you said will help to keep our new ethereal comrades battle ready at a moments notice!
First of the three named character reveals! We also can see the silhouettes of the other two!
Kurdoss Valentian, the Craven King, is one of the named champions who leads Nagash’s Nighthaunt legions. Serving at the side of his master, the Mortarch of Grief, this arch-plotter and schemer is an incredibly astute – if embittered and cruel – commander. He’s also not afraid to smash some Stormcast skulls with that mace…
A musician and a standard bearer all at once! Looks cool indeed, even if that connection with the base is flimsy. Now I'm more interested in that one on the left - GW made a flying, undead horse at last
The model reminds me of a cross between the Witch King out of Lord of the Rings and the Liche King from Warcraft III. It's an interesting model, but not one that makes me want to rush down to Warhammer World to buy it.
Anyone else worried frightful touch isn't a thing for the new night haunts? I thought it may just have been removed from warscrolls and put in army wide rules but the ethereal rule is on each warscroll...
Not at the moment. yeah, it would have been nice to have a melee MW factory, but the old models already do that… and it seems that the new night haunts will have different ways to inflict damage: the Lord Executioner will do 2 additional dam for each 6+ to wound (which will be buffed by the Guardian of Soul), so I'm positive about it.
The Lord Executioner is okay, but I do find the concept a bit too stereotypical. I prefer the concept behind the Guardian of Souls, although elements of its rules are also clearly borrowed from other fantasy settings.
I don't see muself fielding the executioner much. Guardian on the other hand looks like a solid support hero. Better than the torment from the last preview. The chainrasps are about what I expected, and should be quite good as long as they aren't much in excess of 10 points per model.
Really liking the Guardian quite a lot, depending on what the rest of the army is like I'll most likely be running a few blocks of Chainrasps supported by a couple of Guardians for support. So can't wait to see what rules the black coach has as I would love to have one as a centrepiece model for my army